SALT LAKE CITY — The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church excommunicated a member of the Quorum of the Seventy on Monday.
Elder James J. Hamula had been a General Authority and member of the Seventy for nine years, since his call in April 2008.
“This morning, James J. Hamula was released as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, following Church disciplinary action by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,” said Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Such an action is rare, but when necessary, a disciplinary council for a senior LDS leader is comprised of members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The church holds its most senior leaders to the same standards of conduct as all other members, if not more so.
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Elder Hamula gave two talks in General Conference, one in 2004 and the other in 2008. The link to these talks can be found here > Elder Hamalu General Conference Talks
What are Disciplinary Councils?
It is important to remember that disciplinary councils are a blessing, as they help individuals make positive changes and take hold of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and use it to benefit their lives.
“Church discipline is an inspired process that takes place over a period of time. Through this process and through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, a member can receive forgiveness of sins, regain peace of mind, and gain strength to avoid transgression. Church discipline is designed to help Heavenly Father’s children in their efforts to be purified from sin through the Atonement, return to full fellowship in the Church, and receive the full blessings of the Church.” – Church Disciplinary Councils