About The Pacific Area Presidency

    The Pacific Area Presidency
    Pacific Area Presidency Pictured left-to-right: Elder K. Brett Nattress, Elder Ian S. Ardern and Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita

    Elder Ian S. Ardern

    Elder Ian S. Ardern was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2011. At the time of his call, he had been serving as a member of the Eighth Quorum of the Seventy in the Pacific Area. He is currently serving as a member of the Pacific Area Presidency.

    Elder Ardern received a bachelor’s degree in education in 1982 and a master’s degree in education from the University of Waikato in New Zealand in 1994. In 1981 he joined the Church Educational System as a teacher and later was principal of the Church College of New Zealand. In 2004 he became the Pacific Church Educational System area director and later worked as the institute director and seminary coordinator for the Church Educational System in New Zealand.

    Elder Ardern has served in a number of Church callings, including full-time missionary in France and Belgium, stake Young Men president, high counsellor, counsellor in a bishopric, bishop, counsellor in a stake presidency, president of the Fiji Suva Mission, and Area Seventy.

    Ian Sidney Ardern was born in Te Aroha, New Zealand, on February 28, 1954. He married Paula Ann Judd in January 1976. They are the parents of four children.


    Elder K. Brett Nattress

    Elder K. Brett Nattress was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2016. At the time of his call, he had been serving as president of the Arizona Gilbert Mission.

    Elder Nattress served at Church headquarters as an area assistant in the Utah, Idaho, and North America Central Areas and as an Assistant Executive Director of the Missionary Department. He is currently serving as a member of the Pacific Area Presidency.

    Elder Nattress attended Brigham Young University and received a bachelor of science degree in physical therapy from the University of Utah in 1990. He has been employed in healthcare administration as co-founder and president of Advanced Health Care Corporation beginning in December 2000. He was also the founder and president of Advanced Health Care Management, Inc.

    Elder Nattress has served in numerous Church callings, including full-time missionary in the California Sacramento Mission, ward Young Men president, bishop, stake Young Men president, stake president, Area Seventy, and mission president.

    Kevin Brett Nattress was born in Pocatello, Idaho, on March 4, 1965. He married Shawna Lee Adamson in April 1987. They are the parents of seven children.


    Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita

    Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita was sustained as a General Authority Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2011. At the time of his call, he had been serving as a member of the Eighth Quorum of the Seventy in the Asia North Area. He is currently serving as a member of the Pacific Area Presidency.

    Elder Yamashita received a bachelor of arts degree in education at Saitama University and a master’s degree in sports science from Tsukuba University. He studied philosophy of physical education and sports at Brigham Young University. During his career, he worked as an instructor and professor at various universities and more recently as professor of health and sports sciences at Fukuoka University. He has served in many positions in universities, scientific societies, and community and sports organizations.

    Since joining the Church in 1971, Elder Yamashita has served in numerous Church callings, including bishop, high councillor, stake mission president, stake president, Area Seventy, and president of the Japan Nagoya Mission (2013–2015).

    Kazuhiko Yamashita was born in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan, on September 15, 1953. He married Tazuko Tashiro in March 1980. They are the parents of six children.