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The LDS Church isn't done shuffling its leadership ranks.

Three days after naming three Utah natives as new apostles, the Salt Lake City-based faith announced changes to another high-ranking body: the Seventy.

L. Whitney Clayton, 65, another Utahn, will take over as senior president of the Quorums of the Seventy, replacing newly named apostle Ronald A. Rasband, according to a Tuesday news release from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In addition, Gerrit W. Gong, 61, an Asian-American in the First Quorum of the Seventy, will become a member of the presidency of the Seventy.

Clayton, an attorney by training who was born in Salt Lake City, has been an LDS general authority for more than 14 years.

He is fluent in Spanish, having served a Mormon mission to Peru as a young man. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and a law degree from the University of the Pacific.

Clayton already was serving in the faith's presidency of the Seventy.

Gong, who joined the First Quorum of the Seventy more than five years ago, has been overseeing the Asia area — the vastest in the church, according to the release, when it comes to geography, population, languages spoken and religious diversity.

A Rhodes scholar, Gong earned a bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and a doctorate from Oxford. He has worked for the State Department as a special assistant to the undersecretary of state and as a special assistant to the U.S. ambassador in Beijing.

Born in Redwood City, Calif., Gong served a Mormon mission to Taiwan. His grandparents were Chinese immigrants.

David Noyce