The callings of six new mission presidents have been announced by the First Presidency.
They will be assigned to specific missions later and, along with their wives, will assume their responsibilities about July 1. The mission presidents are:Neil Linden Andersen, 37, Tampa 4th Ward, Tampa Florida Stake; stake president's counselor, former high councilor, stake Young Men president, and elders quorum president; served mission to France, 1970-1972; owner and president of advertising agency; received bachelor's degree from BYU in 1975 and master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration in 1977; born in Logan, Utah, a son of Lyle Peter and Kathryn Keller Andersen; married Kathy Sue Williams; four children. She is a Relief Society president's counselor, former stake Young Women president, regional public communications director, Primary chorister, early morning seminary teacher, and served in Primary presidency; born in Tampa, Fla., a daughter of James Bernard and Martha Kerr Aman Williams.
Walter Fermin Gonzalez N., 36, Inaquito Ward, Quito Ecuador Colon Stake; stake president's counselor, former stake president and counselor, and high councilor; Church Educational System associate area director for Ecuador; studied for several years at universities in Argentina and Uruguay; born in Montevideo, Uruguay, a son of Fermin Gabino and Victoria Dolores Nunez Gonzalez; married Zulma Anahir Nunez V.; three children. She is a seminary teacher and Primary president's counselor, former stake Primary president's counselor, stake Relief Society president, stake Young Women president's counselor, institute director, and Primary president; born in Montevideo, Uruguay, a daughter of Ruben Antonio and Mirta Vaz Laborido Nunez.
Ronald William Grear Innis, 43, Castle Hill Ward, Sydney Australia Parramatta Stake; regional representative, former mission president's counselor, stake president, bishop, and Young Men president; Pacific Area Church Offices area manager; received bachelor's degree in 1970 from University of New South Wales and master's degree in 1979, also from University of New South Wales; born in Sydney, Australia, a son of Alwyn Roy and Viola Pearl Sylvia Grear Innis; married Desley Alberta Hickey; five children. She is a Relief Society teacher, former stake Relief Society board member, Primary president, and Primary teacher; born in Sydney, Australia, a daughter of Francis Keith and Alberta Kemp Hickey.
Nick Marion Mascaro, 65, Union 1st Ward, Midvale UtahFort Union Stake; high priest group leader, former high councilor, elders quorum president, Scoutmaster and Cubmaster; served a mission to Italy, 1984-1985; retired from Kennecott Copper Corp.; attended Utah State Agricultural College, 1942-1944; born in Helper, Utah, a son of Charles Pasquale and Caroline Mascaro; married Raeola Brady; four children. She is a visiting teacher, former stake and ward sports director, Relief Society secretary and teacher, Sunday School teacher, Junior Sunday School coordinator, and MIA counselor; served with husband on mission to Italy, 1984-1985; born in Union, Utah, a daughter of Hyrum Andrew and Harriett Ann Pierce Brady.
Lewis Vernal Nord, 61, Bountiful 29th Ward, Bountiful Utah Central Stake; stake director of public communications, former stake Sunday School president, high councilor, branch president, ward clerk, and elders quorum president; served a mission to Australia, 1987-1988; owner of advertising agency; received bachelor's degree from Weber College in 1950 and studied management and marketing at University of Utah; born in Vernal, Utah, a son of Arthur George and Elda Lorretta Morgan Nord; married JoAnne Marie Thayne; six children. She is a stake Young Women president, former Young Women president and counselor, Primary president and counselor, Relief Society and Sunday School teacher; served with husband on mission to Australia, 1987-1988; born in Provo, Utah, a daughter of William James and Irene Elizabeth Erickson Thayne.
Robert Warren Peterson, 55, Arcadia Ward, Phoenix Arizona Camelback Stake; high priest group leader, former high councilor, stake Sunday School president's counselor, bishop and counselor, and elders quorum president; served a mission to Germany, 1953-1956; physician; received a bachelor's degree from BYU in 1951 and doctorate in medicine from the University of Southern California in 1961; born in Phoenix, Ariz., a son of Harold Anton and Juna Sidora Tye Peterson; married Bette Lyn Payne; four children. She is a Primary president's counselor, former stake Primary president's counselor, Relief Society president and counselor, Relief Society teacher, Primary inservice teacher, and Mia Maid teacher; born in Oakland, Calif., a daughter of Ezrel Junius and Helen Dixon Payne.