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LDS General Authority removed after 'disciplinary action' by top Mormon leaders

James Hamula. (Photo: LDS Church)

(KUTV) The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Tuesday a high-level leader was relieved of his position after “disciplinary action" by top Mormon leaders.

The church did not give specifics of why Elder James J. Hamula, 59, was disciplined and excommunicated, but said that such disciplinary actions are “exceptionally rare.”

Church spokesperson Eric Hawkins told 2News in a statement that the disciplinary action was not taken because of “disillusionment or apostasy.” He added that the church hold senior leaders to the same standards of conduct as all other members.

Hamula was a General Authority Seventy, a position that directs affairs of the church across the world. Hamula had been serving as a Seventy since 2008.

According to biographical information on Mormon Newsroom, Hamula was born in California. He graduated with a bachelor of arts from Brigham Young University in 1981. He later completed a master of arts and a law degree from BYU. He was an attorney and practiced law until his call as a general authority.

Hamula served as a young missionary in Germany. He has also served as a bishop, stake president, president of the Washington, D.C. South mission, and Area Seventy. Hamula and his wife have six children.

Daniel Woodruff contributed to this report

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