Mormon Church leader excommunicated

LDS Church Leader, member of General Authority Seventy excommunicated. 8/10/17 (Gerard Ramalho | KSNV)

He was a well-known figure within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a mid-level leader who some believed could someday join the high-level Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. But this week, for an undisclosed reason, Elder James Hamula was excommunicated from the church.

"I think it's unlikely the church would ever divulge the information," said former church member and the host of Mormon Stories podcast, Dr. John Dehlin. "It's absolutely something that the top church leadership is going to be very disturbed about."

News 3 reached to church leaders for comment. A written statement confirmed, "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."

No official reason was offered other than it was not apostasy. Other possible reasons, according to Dehlin, could include, Adultery, Severe Crimes, Child Abuse or Homosexual Activity.

Elder Hamula will have an opportunity to appeal his excommunication. If denied he can eventually be re-baptized into the church, but that would likely be years down the road.

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