“To Every Nation, Kindred, Tongue, and People”: Pioneers in Every Land

Presented by Elder James J. Hamula

The Church History Library’s 2015 lecture series will be centered on the theme “Pioneers in Every Land.” No longer an organization made up mostly of U.S. members, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has spread from Tahiti to Taiwan. Latter-day Saint men and women are building the kingdom of God all over the world. All are invited to come hear their stories, feel their challenges, and be inspired by their faith.

Elder James J. Hamula of the First Quorum of the Seventy will be the kickoff speaker for the series. His presentation is entitled “‘To Every Nation, Kindred, Tongue, and People’: Pioneers in Every Land.” The lecture will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. This event is free and open to the public.

Elder James J. Hamula is currently Assistant Executive Director of the Church History Department. He recently returned from serving as president of the Pacific Area headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand.  “After serving among the people of the Pacific islands,” he said, “I learned that there is no place in this world that is beyond the redeeming interest, love, and grace of Jesus Christ.”

Elder Hamula practiced law before his call to the First Quorum of the Seventy, receiving his Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University. He and his wife Joyce served together in the Washington D.C. South Mission, where he presided as mission president. Later, he served as an Area Seventy in the North America Southwest Area. Elder and Sister Hamula now enjoy being the parents of six children, two of whom are currently serving full-time missions, one in Taiwan and the other in Mexico. One of their daughters just returned home from serving a mission in Japan.

This free lecture is part of the 2015 Pioneers in Every Land Lecture Series sponsored by the Church History Library. Lectures are held on the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. Limited free parking is provided at the Conference Center for those attending this event. Parking may fill quickly and is not guaranteed. As an alternative to parking downtown, please use the UTA transit system.

For those who cannot attend, this lecture will be made available on history.lds.org a few weeks after it is given. All lectures from past years are also available on this site. For more information or to download a brochure listing all of this year’s lectures, please visit the 2015 Lecture Series web page, or call 1-801-240-2272.