Koichi Aoyagi

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Koichi Aoyagi
Second Quorum of the Seventy
4 April 2009 (2009-04-04)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Personal details
Born Aoyagi Koichi 青柳弘
(1945-03-24) 24 March 1945 (age 69)
Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan

Koichi Aoyagi (Japanese: Aoyagi Koichi 青柳弘; born 24 March 1945) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2009.

Aoyagi was born in Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan. He joined the LDS Church in 1962 and shortly after began studies at Kanagawa University. He studied at Kanagawa for two years, but then returned home because the family business had gone bankrupt. He then served as a building/construction missionary for the LDS Church in Japan from 1965 to 1967. After working for a year to save up money, he served as a full-time missionary for the LDS Church in the Northern Far East Mission, serving in Japan, from 1968 to 1970.

Aoyagi first met Shiroko Momose in 1962, shortly after Aoyagi was baptized. They were married in Japan in 1970 and their marriage was sealed in the Salt Lake Temple a week later. They are the parents of four children.

Aoyagi earned his real estate license from the Japan Real Estate Authority. He worked as a sales manager for multiple companies and later as assistant recorder of the Tokyo Japan Temple and as Real Estate and Construction Manager for the Asia North Area of the LDS Church, overseeing church building acquisition and construction in Japan, Korea and Micronesia.

After serving in the LDS Church as a district president, Aoyagi served as the first president of both the Tokyo Japan North and the Chiba Japan stakes. He has also served as a branch president, bishop, high councilor, counselor in a mission presidency, regional representative and area seventy. Aoyagi was president of the Japan Sendai Mission from 1984 to 1987. He was also president of the Tokyo Japan Missionary Training Center and a temple sealer in the Tokyo Japan Temple.

While living in Chiba Prefecture of Japan, he became a general authority and member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy in April 2009. In August 2009, he began his service as a counselor in the presidency of the church's Asia North Area, serving as Second Counselor.[1][2][3] He became First Counselor in that area when the former First Counselor, Kazuhiko Yamashita, became president of the Japan Nagoya Mission in July 2013.[4][5] He will continue with that assignment through 2014.[6]

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