Juan A. Uceda

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Juan A. Uceda
First Quorum of the Seventy
3 April 2010 (2010-04-03)
Called byThomas S. Monson
Presidency of the Seventy
August 1, 2017 (2017-08-01) – August 1, 2018 (2018-08-01)[1]
Called byThomas S. Monson
Personal details
BornJuan Alberto Uceda Andrade
(1953-07-10) 10 July 1953 (age 68)
Lima, Peru

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Juan Alberto Uceda Andrade (born 10 July 1953) has been a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 2010. He was a member of the Presidency of the Seventy from August 2017 to August 2018.

Uceda was born in Lima, Peru. He holds a degree in public relations from San Luis Gonzaga National University.

Uceda worked in the Church Educational System as the area director for Peru and Bolivia. In 2003, Ucdea moved to New Jersey to help his father run their family business.

LDS Church service[edit]

Uceda converted to LDS Church in 1972 at age 19. He served as a missionary for the church in Peru and as a stake Sunday School president, bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, and as president of the Lima Peru Magdalena Stake. Uceda was also president of the Lima Peru North Mission from 1992 to 1995. He became an area seventy in 1995, during which time he was the second counselor in the presidency of the church's South America West Area.

At the time of his call to the First Quorum of the Seventy, Uceda was living in Clifton, New Jersey, and serving as a counselor in the presidency of the Caldwell New Jersey Stake. As a general authority, he served as a counselor in the presidency of the church's South America Northwest Area from 2010 to 2013. From 2013 to 2016, he served as president of that area, covering Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, and Venezuela.[2] In February 2016, Uceda presided over the groundbreaking ceremony for the Barranquilla Colombia Temple, the LDS Church's second temple in Colombia.[3][4]

In August 2016, he was assigned to the church's headquarters and became an assistant executive director of the church's Missionary Department.[5] Uceda's address to general conference in October 2016, The Lord Jesus Christ Teaches Us to Pray, taught on the principle of prayer.[6]

In May 2017, it was announced that Uceda would become a member of the Presidency of the Seventy at the beginning of August.[7][8] Among other assignments in this position he presided over the church's North America Southwest Area.[9][10][11] Among other duties in this role Uceda lead out in reoganizing stake presidencies.[12]

On 31 March 2018, as part of the church's general conference, it was announced that Uceda would be released from the Presidency of the Seventy, effective 1 August 2018.[1] Later in 2018 Uceda was assigned to preside over the church's Central America Area, headquartered in Guatemala City, Guatemala.[13] In the latter position Uceda worked closely with Ulisses Soares during his early 2020 visit to Central America in meeting with multiple government and other regional leaders.[14]

Personal life[edit]

Uceda and his wife, Maria Isabel Bendezú, are the parents of five children.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Walch, Tad (March 31, 2018). "New Young Women general presidency, members of the Presidency of the Seventy and 8 General Authority Seventies called". Deseret News.
  2. "Area leadership", Church News, May 25, 2013.
  3. Swensen, Jason. "Ground is broken at site of future temple in Barranquilla, Colombia". thechurchnews.com. Deseret News. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  4. KSL article on Uceda heading the groundbreaking for the Baranquilla Temple
  5. "Church biography of Uceda". churchofjesuschrist.org. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  6. Pugmire, Genelle. "LDS leaders testify on basic doctrine of God's plan, prayer and missionary work", Provo Herald, 1 October 2016. Retrieved on 31 March 2020.
  7. "First Presidency announces changes in area leadership assignments". Church News. 3 May 2017.
  8. "Leadership changes give Mormon council a more foreign flavor". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  9. This area covered Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklhaom and parts of Arkansas, Colorado, California, Louisiana and Missouri.
  10. Robison, V. "New Presidency Named In LDS Logandale Stake". mvprogress.com. Moapa Valley Progress. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  11. New Area Leaders assigned, Ensign, August 2017, pp. 14-15. Retrieved 26 August 2017.
  12. The Progress of Moapa Valley article on stake presidency reorganization emphasizing Uceda's role in leading it
  13. article on Uceda's new calling in 2018
  14. Salt Lake Tribune article on Soares visiting Central America

Additional reading[edit]

  • "Elder Juan A. Uceda," Liahona, May 2010, p. 141
  • Megan Matis, "Spanish-speaking YSAs attend conference in N.J.", Mormon Times April 29, 2009
  • "New Area Assignments", Church News, June 16, 2001
  • "5 Added to Second Quorum of the Seventy", Church News, October 5, 2002
  • "Excitment for missionary work surges", Church News, June 19, 1999
  • "New mission", Church News, May 30, 1992.

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