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Meet the new leaders of these 16 missions — from Barbados to Bangkok

They will begin their service in July

The following new mission presidents and companions have been called to serve by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July.

Frantz and Brandi Belot
Frantz and Brandi Belot | August Miller, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Frantz Belot, 55, and Brandi Belot, five children, Mapleton 8th Ward, Mapleton Utah North Stake: Florida Orlando Mission, succeeding President Ciro Schmeil and Sister Alessandra Schmeil. Brother Belot is a stake presidency counselor and former stake Young Men presidency counselor, bishop, elders quorum president, temple ordinance worker and missionary in the Alabama Birmingham Mission. He was born in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and raised in Montreal, Quebec, by his mother, Odette Desmangues.

Sister Belot is a ward activities committee chair and former stake Primary president, stake Young Women presidency counselor, stake Primary presidency counselor, ward Young Women president and ward Relief Society presidency counselor. She was raised in Mulino, Oregon, by her parents Glen Goodson and Patty Goodson.

Kent G. and Gabriella M. Burnham
Kent G. and Gabriella M. Burnham | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Kent G. Burnham, 59, and Gabriella M. Burnham, two children, Okanagan YSA Branch, Vernon British Columbia Stake: Barbados Bridgetown Mission, succeeding President Danford C. Bickmore and Sister Lisa Bickmore. Brother Burnham is a YSA branch president and former stake president, stake presidency counselor, high councilor, stake Young Men president, ward Young Men president and missionary in the Arizona Holbrook/Phoenix Mission. He was born in Vernon, British Columbia, to James Ronald Burnham and Shirley Mae Greene Burnham.  

Sister Burnham is a stake Young Women president and temple ordinance worker and a former ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, ward Primary music leader, institute teacher, seminary teacher and missionary in the Utah Ogden Mission. She was born in Calgary, Alberta, to Arij Sala and Maria Adriana Sala.

Brice and Emily K. Chandler
Brice and Emily K. Chandler | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Brice Chandler, 52, and Emily K. Chandler, three children, Mission 1st Ward, McAllen Texas West Stake: Perú Trujillo South Mission, succeeding President Theodore W. Parsons and Sister Kathryn H. Parsons. Brother Chandler is a mission presidency counselor and temple ordinance worker and a former service mission leader, stake president, bishop, elders quorum president, ward temple and family history leader, and missionary in the Guatemala Guatemala City North Mission. He was born in Nampa, Idaho, to Ricky Darwin Chandler and Karen Rae Wake Chandler.

Sister Chandler is a ward Primary pianist and temple ordinance worker and a former ward Young Women president, ward Young Women presidency counselor, service mission leader and seminary teacher. She was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Philip Arthur Choules and Susan Jane Choules.

Kerry B. and Alison C. Dickerson
Kerry B. and Alison C. Dickerson | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Kerry B. Dickerson, 59, and Alison C. Dickerson, eight children, Lebanon 3rd Ward, Cookeville Tennessee Stake: Utah Spanish Fork Mission. Brother Dickerson is a stake presidency counselor and former stake Young Men president, high councilor, bishop, branch president, ward Young Men president, Primary teacher, assistant Scoutmaster and missionary in the Ecuador Quito Mission. He was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, to Robert Gerald Dickerson and Shirley May Dickerson.

Sister Dickerson is a Primary teacher and a former ward Primary president, ward Young Women presidency counselor, ward Primary presidency counselor, Young Women adviser, Sunday School teacher, Relief Society teacher and ward Primary pianist. She was born in Richmond, Virginia, to Broadus Alonzo Crowder and Loula Anne S Crowder.

Rachelle and Carl Doane
Rachelle and Carl Doane | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Carl Doane, 61, and Rachelle Doane, three children, Imperial 2nd Ward, Salt Lake Highland Stake: Australia Sydney Mission, succeeding President Gabriel W. Reid and Sister Heather Reid. Brother Doane is an elders quorum president and former high councilor, stake assistant clerk, bishop, ward mission leader and missionary in the California San Jose Mission. He was born in Rupert, Idaho, to Charles Lamar Doane and Geneva Mae Doane. 

Sister Doane is a ward Young Women presidency counselor and former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, temple ordinance worker, YSA leader and Sunday School teacher. She was born in Salt Lake City to Frederick Eugene Beck and Karen Kay Beck.

Leslie and Chris Doughty
Leslie and Chris Doughty | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Chris Doughty, 61, and Leslie Doughty, six children, Franklin Ward, Blackstone Valley Massachusetts Stake: Argentina Buenos Aires East Mission, succeeding President Luis A. Ferrizo and Sister Natalia Ferrizo. Brother Doughty is a Sunday School teacher and institute teacher and former stake presidency counselor, stake Young Men president, bishop, ward Young Men president and missionary in the Argentina Bahia Blanca Mission. He was born in Santa Monica, California, to William Herbert Doughty and Carolyn Powers Doughty.

Sister Doughty is a Relief Society service coordinator and temple ordinance worker and a former stake Relief Society president, stake single adult adviser, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president and seminary teacher. She was born in Rochester, New York, to Eugene Freeman Spanganberg and Charlotte June Ellis.

Dirk and Anja Franz
Dirk and Anja Franz | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Dirk Franz, 64, and Anja Franz, three children, Delingsdorf Ward, Hamburg Germany Stake: Germany Hamburg Mission. Brother Franz is a high councilor and former mission presidency counselor, stake presidency counselor, stake Young Men president, bishop, bishopric counselor, ward mission leader and missionary in the Germany Hamburg Mission. He was born in Saarbrücken, Germany, to Horst Hermann Franz and Edith Hedwig Henriette Helene Franz.

Sister Franz is an institute teacher and ward organist and a former stake Primary presidency counselor, stake Young Women camp director, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, ward Young Women presidency counselor and ward Primary presidency counselor. She was born in Wolfenbüttel, Germany, to Dietmar Gerald Matern and Silvia Anna Magdalena Matern.

Keila de Oliveira Pereira Freitas and Maicon Rodrigues de Freitas
Keila de Oliveira Pereira Freitas and Maicon Rodrigues de Freitas | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Maicon Rodrigues de Freitas, 42, and Keila de Oliveira Pereira Freitas, three children, Conselheiro Paulino Ward, Teresópolis Brazil Stake: Brazil Cuiabá Mission, succeeding President Gibran Zoccoli and Sister Meg G. Zoccoli. Brother Freitas is a stake president and former assistant temple recorder, stake presidency counselor, high councilor, stake Sunday School president, stake Young Men president, bishop, elders quorum president, ward Sunday School president and missionary in the Brazil Manaus Mission. He was born in Nova Friburgo, Brazil, to Walter de Freitas and Rosangela Rodrigues de Freitas.

Sister Freitas is an institute teacher and former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, stake Young Women presidency counselor, stake Primary presidency counselor, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women presidency counselor, ward Primary presidency counselor and ward Young Women secretary. She was born in Nova Friburgo, Brazil, to Cely de Oliveira Pereira.

Sarawut and Sasithorn Kanyaphan
Sarawut and Sasithorn Kanyaphan | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Sarawut Kanyaphan, 55, and Sasithorn Kanyaphan, four children, Bangkapi Ward, Bangkok Thailand Stake: Thailand Bangkok East Mission. Brother Kanyaphan is a mission presidency counselor and former bishop, seminary teacher, stake president and missionary in the Thailand Bangkok Mission. He was born in Bangkok, Thailand, to Boonlerd Kanyaphan and Sunantha Saeloh.

Sister Sasithorn Kanyaphan is a ward Relief Society president and former stake Primary president, district Relief Society president, institute teacher and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Chiangmai, Thailand, to Somchai Charoensiriwat and Saengwaree Chainam.

Rafael Antonio and Fanny Jasmin Lopera
Rafael Antonio and Fanny Jasmin Lopera | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Rafael Antonio Lopera, 45, and Fanny Jasmin Lopera, three children, Kennedy 2nd Ward, Bogotá Colombia Kennedy Stake: Bolivia Cochabamba Mission, succeeding President Marco A. Quezada and Sister Patricia Quezada. Brother Lopera is a Sunday School teacher and a former area family history adviser, stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, bishopric counselor, branch president, elders quorum presidency counselor, institute teacher, temple ordinance worker and missionary in the Bolivia La Paz Mission. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia, to Rafael Lopera Rodriguez and Ana de Jesus de Lopera Leon.

Sister Lopera is a ward Relief Society presidency counselor and former ward Relief Society president, ward Primary president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women presidency counselor, ward Primary presidency counselor, institute teacher, seminary teacher and Sunday School teacher. She was born in Paz del Rio, Colombia, to Jose Noel Mojica Amaya and Hilda Librada de Mojica Mojica.

Lloyd D. and Karmel Newell
Lloyd D. and Karmel Newell | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Lloyd D. Newell, 67, and Karmel Newell, four children, Mountainville 5th Ward, Alpine Utah Stake: California Los Angeles Mission, succeeding President John J. Egbert and Sister Mary P. Egbert. Brother Newell is the “Music & the Spoken Word” announcer and writer and a stake presidency counselor and former high councilor, bishop and missionary in the Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission. He was born in Provo, Utah, to Neil Oscar Newell and Verna Louise Newell.

Sister Newell is a former stake Relief Society president, stake Young Women presidency counselor, stake Primary presidency counselor, ward Relief Society president, ward Primary president and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Salt Lake City to Larry Don Howell and Ruby Ludwig Howell.

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David T. and Lenise W. Onekawa
David T. and Lenise W. Onekawa | Lenise Onekawa, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

David T. Onekawa, 62, and Lenise W. Onekawa, three children, Alfriston Ward, Auckland New Zealand Manurewa Stake: Kenya Nairobi East Mission. Brother Onekawa is a patriarch and former Church service missionary, FSY representative, stake president, stake presidency counselor, stake mission president, bishop, bishopric counselor, elders quorum president, ward Young Men president, temple ordinance worker, ward mission leader, seminary teacher and missionary in the Florida Tallahassee Mission. He was born in Wairoa Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, to David Tuhekerangi Onekawa and Mary Akroyd.

Sister Onekawa is a patriarch scribe and a former Church service missionary, FSY representative, stake Young Women presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, ward Young Women presidency counselor, ward Relief Society secretary, ward Primary secretary, Sunday School teacher, seminary teacher and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Auckland, New Zealand, to Lanny Louis Hunt and Maraea Te Huna Bishop.

Gloria J. and Emmanuel G. Reyes
Gloria J. and Emmanuel G. Reyes | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Emmanuel G. Reyes, 60, and Gloria J. Reyes, five children, Novaliches Ward, Novaliches Philippines Stake: Philippines Dumaguete Mission. Brother Reyes is a Sunday School teacher and senior missionary coordinator and former mission presidency counselor, MTC presidency counselor, stake presidency counselor, high councilor, stake Sunday School president, stake executive secretary, bishop, MTC branch president, elders quorum president, ward Young Men president, seminary teacher, institute teacher and missionary in the Philippines Davao Mission. He was born in Manila, Philippines, to Teofilo del Rosario Reyes and Pilar Dela Cruz Guillermo Reyes.

Sister Reyes is a ward Relief Society presidency counselor and senior missionary coordinator and former stake Young Women presidency counselor, stake Primary presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women presidency counselor, ward Primary presidency counselor, Primary teacher, Relief Society teacher and Sunday School teacher. She was born in Manila, Philippines, to Luis Estrellado Jornacion Sr. and Luwalhati Castillo Naredo Jornacion.

Mona M. and Paul H. Sinclair
Mona M. and Paul H. Sinclair | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Paul H. Sinclair, 57, and Mona M. Sinclair, five children, Zionsville Ward, Indianapolis Indiana North Stake: England London Mission, succeeding President Orville Thompson and Sister Heidi Thompson. Brother Sinclair is a Light the World committee co-chair and former Area Seventy, stake president, bishop, Primary teacher, seminary teacher and ward Young Men president. He was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to Roland Eugene Sinclair and Rosalie Henrietta Geurts.

Sister Sinclair is a Light the World committee co-chair and temple ordinance worker and a former temple baptistry coordinator, ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women presidency counselor and ward Primary presidency counselor. She was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to Whayne Bryson Hill and Loma Louise Gracey Buck Hill. 

Ryan and Lori Van Alfen
Ryan and Lori Van Alfen | Fabiana Huffaker, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Ryan Van Alfen, 51, and Lori Van Alfen, four children, Eagle 4th Ward, Eagle Idaho Stake: Perú Piura Mission, succeeding President Carlos Salinas and Sister Mónica M. López de Salinas. Brother Van Alfen is a Sunday School teacher and former bishop, bishopric counselor, elders quorum presidency counselor, Young Men adviser, ward mission leader and missionary in the Spain Seville Mission. He was born in Salt Lake City to Brent Holbrook Van Alfen and Janet Saunders Van Alfen.

Sister Van Alfen is a seminary teacher and former stake Primary president, stake Primary presidency counselor, ward Primary presidency counselor, ward Young Women presidency counselor, Young Women adviser, ward Primary music leader and Sunday School teacher. She was born in Salt Lake City to Kumen Eric Gardner and Marian V Gardner.

Bryan L. and Kathy M. Ward
Bryan L. and Kathy M. Ward | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Bryan L. Ward, 60, and Kathy M. Ward, three children, Rhodes Valley 2nd Ward, Kamas Utah Stake: Japan Sendai Mission. Brother Ward is an institute teacher and former temple ordinance worker, stake president, stake presidency counselor, high councilor, ward Young Men president, elders quorum president, Gospel Doctrine teacher, seminary teacher and missionary in the Japan Sendai Mission. He was born in Bountiful, Utah, to Kenneth Meldon Ward and Carole Jean Ward.

Sister Ward is a Church service missionary, stake temple and family history consultant, and FamilySearch center director and former temple ordinance worker, stake Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Primary president and ward Relief Society presidency counselor. She was born in Peoria, Illinois, to Jon Dennis Showley and Ginger Marie Showley.

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