LDS Church releases general authority

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Hamula, a member of the Quorum of the Seventy, was excommunicated by the LDS First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Monday, August 7, according to the Deseret News.

"This is a course of last resort and is only taken when less serious disciplinary measures are insufficient".

"Members sometimes ask why Church disciplinary councils are held". "Additionally, they would not be permitted to pay tithes to the Church". The grounds on which the Utah-based church excommunicates leaders include gross iniquity (involving transgressions such as murder, adultery, sexual perversion, and felony conviction) involving in or advocating plural marriage and apostatizing from the teachings of the Church.

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Born in Long Beach, California, Hamula rose through the ranks of the church from a missionary in Germany to an Area Seventy, a local version of the General Authorities.

He was a general authority for LDS for nine years and is a married father of six, the Deseret News reported. It is a group of almost 90 leaders below the LDS Church's president, his two counselors and two other levels of leaders. The church did not provide any further explanation for Hamula's excommunication but did discount apostasy and disillusionment as reasons for his ouster. "To protect that confidence, the Church will not discuss the proceedings of a disciplinary council".

"Criminal activities, including fraud, robbery, burglary, the sale of illegal drugs or the abandonment of family responsibilities, also warrant Church discipline". "For me personally, on one level, it's news". LDS has roughly 100 general authorities. On the other hand, this is someone's private life. Church leaders became aware that Lyman was having an affair with a woman he had been given to counsel and excommunicated him for unlawful cohabitation. Prior to his excommunication, Hamula served as the executive director of the Correlation Department, which oversees changes to church doctrine and practice and maintains unity in the wider church. He now serves as Executive Director of the Correlation Department. From 1985 until his call to be a General Authority, Elder Hamula practiced law.

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