SALT LAKE CITY — The First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church excommunicated a member of the Quorum of the Seventy on Monday.
Elder James J. Hamula had been a General Authority and member of the Seventy for nine years, since his call in April 2008.
“This morning, James J. Hamula was released as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, following Church disciplinary action by the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles,” said Eric Hawkins, a spokesman for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Such an action is rare, but when necessary, a disciplinary council for a senior LDS leader is comprised of members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. The church holds its most senior leaders to the same standards of conduct as all other members, if not more so.
The church confirmed that this action was not taken because of disillusionment or apostasy.
“All church discipline is carried out in complete confidence,” according to an article on the church’s official Mormon Newsroom website. “Church leaders have a solemn responsibility to keep confidential all information they receive in confessions and interviews. To protect that confidence, the church will not discuss the proceedings of a disciplinary council.”