Elder James J. Hamula

Elder James J. Hamula

General Authority Seventy

Elder James J. Hamula was sustained a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 5, 2008, at age 50. At the time of his call as a General Authority, he had been serving as an Area Seventy in the North America Southwest Area.  From 2009 to 2014, Elder Hamula was a member of the Pacific Area Presidency headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, serving for three years as Area President. Currently, Elder Hamula is Assistant Executive Director of the Church History Department. 

Elder Hamula received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and philosophy from Brigham Young University in 1981. He graduated magna cum laude with highest honors. In 1985, he received both a Master of Arts degree in political philosophy and a Juris Doctorate degree from Brigham Young University. From 1985 until his call to be a General Authority, Elder Hamula practiced law. 

Elder Hamula has served in a number of Church callings including full-time missionary in the Germany Munich Mission, bishop, Young Men's president, stake president, president of the Washington D.C. South Mission (1994-1997), and Area Seventy (2000-2008). 

James Joseph Hamula was born in Long Beach, California, on November 20, 1957. He married Joyce Anderson in April 1984. They are the parents of six children.