New mission presidents

Eight more mission presidents have been called by the First Presidency. The mission presidents and their wives will begin their service about July 1. The new mission presidents and their assignments are:

Mario L. Carlos M., 36, Mexico Mexico City South Mission; Dorado Ward, Gomez Palacio Mexico Stake; stake president's counselor; former stake president's counselor, high councilor, stake mission president's counselor, bishop's counselor, and missionary in the Mexico Mexico City South Mission; institute director; received certificate in civil engineering from Autonoma de Sinaloa University and bachelor's degree in technical mechanics from Chihuahua Technology Institute; born in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Mario Soto and Luz Vasquez Moran Carlos; married Yadira Ruvalcaba F., three children. She is stake Relief Society president; former stake Young Women president and counselor, ward Relief Society president, Young Women president, and Primary president; received bachelor's degree in elementary education from Benemerito de Las Americas; born in Chihuahua, Mexico, to Hiram Esparza and Irma Gonzales Flores Ruvalcaba.- Arlen B. Crouch, 62, Washington D.C. South Mission; Willow Creek 9th Ward, Sandy Utah Willow Creek Stake; Sunday School teacher; former stake president's counselor, high councilor, and bishop; president and chief executive officer for Franklin Quest Co.; received bachelor's degree in finance and banking from BYU; born in Jerome, Idaho, to Arthur Ben and Catherine Folkman Crouch; married Derrel Robison, four children. She is a Relief Society teacher; former stake Young Women president's counselor, ward Young Women president, Young Women Laurel adviser, Young Women Mia Maid adviser, Young Women Beehive adviser, Blazer leader; attended BYU; born in Murray, Utah, to Robin Lock and Esther Thompson Robison.

H. Ray Hart, 60, Belgium Brussels Mission; Idaho Falls 31st Ward, Idaho Falls Idaho Central Stake; Sunday School teacher; former high councilor, bishop's counselor, elders quorum president, LDS servicemen coordinator, Boy Scout leader, activities committee co-chairman, high priests group instructor, Temple Square guide, and missionary in the French Mission; president and general manager of Hart Pontiac-Cadillac Inc.; received bachelor's degree in business from the University of Utah and attended Harvard Business School; born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Cecil E. and Vera Christina Pfost Hart; married Joanne Garff, five children. She is ward Laurel adviser; former stake Primary presidency member, member of stake Relief Society board, ward Relief Society president, Primary presidency member, Young Women president, activities committee co-chairman, Temple Square guide, Relief Society homemaking leader and teacher, Primary chorister, and Cub Scout leader; received bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Utah and attended BYU; born in Chicago, Ill., parents are Royal Lovell and Maxine Rice Garff, and the late Marba Stewart Garff.

Javier Ibanez L., 42, Venezuela Barcelona Mission; Nueva Concordia Ward, San Cristobal Venezuela Stake; stake president; former stake president's counselor, district president and counselor, high councilor, branch president, and missionary in the Venezuela Caracas Mission; sales representative for Grupo Serponex, C.A.; received bachelor's degree from Superior Normal School and attended Industrial University of Santander; born in Ocana, Colombia, to Pedro Emilio Ibanez and Elida Maria Leon De Ibanez; married Tahis Maldonado, three children. She is ward Young Women president; former stake Young Women president, stake pianist, district Young Women president, district Primary president, ward Relief Society president, and Primary president; received degree in English from American Institute of Bogota and degree as a musical specialist from Muguel A. Espinel School of Music; born in San Cristobal, Venezuela to Miguel Angel and Teresa Maldonado Cardenas.

Jay M. Smith Jr., 64, Maryland Baltimore Mission; Oak Hills 4th Ward, Provo Utah Oak Hills Stake; stake family history consultant/director, temple ordinance worker, and family history service missionary; former stake president, high councilor, bishop, Young Men president, Boy Scout committee chairman, Explorer adviser, and seminary teacher; professor of accounting at BYU; received bachelor's and master's degrees in accounting from BYU and doctorate in business from Stanford University; born in Denver, Colo., to Jay Myrven and Relia Cooley Smith; married JenaVee Cordon, 11 children. She is a family history service missionary, ward family history consultant, and temple ordinance worker; former stake activities committee member, ward Primary president, member of Young Women presidency, Young Women adviser, Relief Society secretary and teacher, Cub Scout den leader, and Sunday School teacher; born in Driggs, Idaho, to Voss Christian Cordon and Lydia Emma Fuller Cordon.

Gary R. Stephens, 53, Bulgaria Sofia Mission; Forest Ridge Ward, Layton Utah North Stake; high priests group leader; former high councilor, stake missionary, district president's counselor, bishop and counselor, branch president, Sunday School president, Scoutmaster, LDS Group Leader in Vietnam, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the Netherlands Mission; retired colonel in the U.S. Army; received bachelor's degree in political science from BYU, master's degree in public administration from the University of Oklahoma, national security fellow at Harvard University, and attended the U.S. Military Academy and the University of Southern California; born in Ogden, Utah, to Roy Vaness and Belva May Grow Hickman Stephens; married Annette Allen, two children. She is activities committee member and homemaking committee member; former Church Educational System area representative, seminary teacher, Young Women president, Relief Society teacher, Sunday School teacher, and Primary teacher; attended BYU, South Dakota State University, and American Institute of Banking; born in South Gate, Calif., to James Glen and Annie May Craner Allen.

Stanley Tak-Chung Wan, 41, Hong Kong Mission; Pokfulam Ward, Hong Kong Island Stake; Primary teacher; former stake president's counselor, mission president's counselor, high councilor, bishop, branch president, Young Men president, and missionary in the Hong Kong Mission; director for temporal affairs for the Church; received bachelor's degree in office management from BYU and master's degree in management in information systems from the University of East Asia; born in Hong Kong to Leung and Wai Fong Tse Wan; married Kathleen Ng, three children. She is ward nursery leader; former Primary president and counselor, Relief Society president's counselor, ward music chairman, ward pianist, Relief Society teacher, and seminary teacher; received certificate in Japanese language from Hong Kong University; born in Hong Kong to Ip-Fan and Hing-Lim Wong Ng.

Gary R. Wight, 49, Venezuela Maracaibo Mission; Idaho Falls 19th Ward, Idaho Falls Idaho North Stake; high councilor and stake mission president; former stake Young Men president, stake missionary, bishop's counselor, elders quorum president and counselor, Scoutmaster, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the Central American and Colombia, Venezuelan Mission; owner/manager of Monte Wight Chevrolet; received associate degree in accounting and business management from Ricks College and attended BYU; born in Provo, Utah, to J. Monte and Jesse Maxine Tucker Wight; married Pamela Funk, four children. She is a former stake organist, ward Relief Society president, Primary president's counselor, Primary secretary, ward organist, Boy Scout advancement chairman, Primary teacher, Primary pianist, and Relief Society pianist; attended Ricks College; born in Burley, Idaho, to Rufus Merle and Alda Lee Schuyler Funk.

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