James J. Hamula

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James J. Hamula
First Quorum of the Seventy
April 5, 2008 (2008-04-05)
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Personal details
Born James Joseph Hamula
(1957-11-20) November 20, 1957 (age 58)
Long Beach, California, United States

James Joseph Hamula (English pronunciation: /ˈhæmjᵿlə/;[1] born November 20, 1957) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2008.


Hamula's father was Joseph Hamula, a son of Hungarian immigrants who grew up in a heavily Magyar speaking area of metro Cleveland, Ohio. After service in the Navy, Joseph Hamula attended school in Southern California where he joined the LDS Church. At the urging of his stake president, Howard W. Hunter, Joseph served as a missionary in the church's SwissAustrian Mission.


Hamula was born and raised in Long Beach, California. He later served as an LDS Church missionary in the Germany Munich Mission. After his mission, he received a bachelor's degree in political science and philosophy, a master's degree in political philosophy, and a juris doctorate, all from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

For one summer while studying law, Hamula did an internship in Mesa, Arizona. There he met Joyce Anderson, and in 1984 they married in the Mesa Arizona Temple. They are the parents of six children.

Hamula has spent most of his career working for the Arizona-based law firm of Gallagher & Kennedy. He was largely involved in Superfund and other environmental law issues.[2]

LDS Church service[edit]

In the LDS Church, Hamula has served as a elders quorum president, bishop, stake high councilor, and stake Young Men president. He also served as president of the Mesa Arizona Salt River Stake and as the first president of the Mesa Arizona Red Mountain Stake when it was organized in 1992.[3]

From 1994 to 1997, Hamula was president of the church's Washington D.C. South Mission.[4] From 2000 to 2008, Hamula was an area seventy in the church's North America Southwest Area.[5] He became a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy during the church's April 2008 general conference. After serving first as a counselor in the area, from 2011 to 2014 he served as president of the church's Pacific Area headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand.


  1. ^ Hamula introduced himself and pronounced his own name during an LDS Church broadcast to church members on the US and Canadian west coast on February 14, 2016.
  2. ^ World Services Group: James J. Hamula, worldservicesgroup.com, accessed 2008-07-08.
  3. ^ New Stake Presidencies, Church News, 14 November 1992.
  4. ^ New Mission Presidents, Church News, 29 January 1994.
  5. ^ New Area Authority Seventies, Church News, April 15, 2000.

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