Rafael E. Pino
|Rafael E. Pino|
|First Quorum of the Seventy|
|5 April 2008|
|Called by||Thomas S. Monson|
|Born||Rafael Eduardo Pino Gimenez
27 October 1955
Rafael Eduardo Pino Gimenez (born 27 October 1955) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2008 and is the first Venezuelan general authority in LDS Church history.
Pino was born in Valencia, Venezuela. He joined the LDS Church in 1972 and later served a mission in the church's Venezuela Maracaibo Mission. He was later trained in commerce and employed by the LDS Church in a variety of positions. At the time of his call to full-time church service, he was working as a regional manager for church operations.
Pino has served in the church as a bishop, high councilor, mission president's counselor, and stake president. From 1999 to 2002, Pino was president of the church's Argentina Rosario Mission. He later served as an area seventy in the Fourth Quorum of the Seventy and the church's South America North Area.
At the church's April 2008 general conference, Pino was accepted as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, a full-time ecclesiastical position. As a general authority, he has served as a counselor in the church's South America North Area. He later served as a counselor, and since 2011, as president of the South America Northwest Area.
Pino married Patricia Monica Villa Dassler on March 31, 1981 in the Washington D.C. Temple. They are the parents of three children.
- LDS Church, "New General Authorities and Area Seventies Announced", 2008-04-05, press release, newsroom.lds.org, accessed 2008-04-17
- "Called to Seventy: New General Authorities and Area Seventies sustained", Church News, 2008-04-12
- Church News, 1999-04-24[full citation needed]
- “Elder Rafael E. Pino,” Liahona, May 2008, p. 138