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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:

  • Omar A. Alvarez, 43, Venezuela Valencia Mission; Mercedes Ward, Caracas Venezuela Stake; stake president's counselor; former stake president and counselor, high councilor, bishop's counselor, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Bolivia La Paz Mission; supervisor, operations and maintenance for the Church; received degree in engineering from Zulia University; born in Lagunillas, Venezuela, to Tomas Antonio and Elena Mosquera Alvarez; married Nexa Campos, four children. She is Young Women president; former ward Primary president and counselor, Relief Society president, Young Women president's counselor, seminary teacher, and missionary in the Uruguay-Paraguay Mission; received license in bioanalysis from the University of Zulia; born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, to Julio and Yolanda Campos.- Ted M. Bair, 51, North Carolina Charlotte Mission; Dawson Hollow Ward, Layton Utah Kays Creek Stake; high priests group leader; former stake president's counselor, high councilor, stake missionary, bishop and counselor, Young Men president, Sunday School teacher, Primary teacher, seminary teacher, and activities committee chairman; manager of human resources outside the United States for the Church Educational System; received bachelor's degree in physics, master's degree in science education, and doctorate in sociology of the family from Utah State University; born in Tremonton, Utah, to Mearl Kay and La Priel Sorensen Bair; married Patricia Nelson, four children. She is stake Relief Society president's counselor and Sunday School teacher; former ward Young Women president, Primary president, Laurel adviser, Relief Society teacher, Primary teacher, and seminary teacher; received bachelor's degree in elementary education and child development from Utah State University; born in Brigham City, Utah, to Sterling and Arlene Griffen Nelson.
  • Max Esplin, 53, North Carolina Raleigh Mission; Edgemont 8th Ward, Provo Utah Edgemont South Stake; stake president's counselor; former high councilor, bishop and counselor, elders quorum president, deacons quorum adviser, and missionary in the Northwestern States Mission; vice president, finance, for Nu Skin International; received bachelor's degree in accounting and business management from BYU; born in Glendale, Utah, to Roland Stolworthy and Vilate Sorensen; married Cheryl Asay, five children. She is stake Young Women president's counselor; former ward Young Women president, Relief Society president's counselor, Primary president's counselor, Primary teacher, Relief Society teacher, Cub Scout den leader, and nursery leader; received bachelor's degree in elementary education from BYU; born in Lovell, Wyoming, to O. Harris and Mildred Stahle Asay.
  • Darryl W. Harris, 55, Korea Seoul Mission; Ammon 8th Ward, Idaho Falls Idaho Ammon Stake; Sunday School teacher; former area and region public communications director, high councilor, stake mission president, bishop's counselor, Aaronic Priesthood adviser, elders quorum president, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the Korean Mission; chief executive officer for Harris Publishing Inc.; received bachelor's degree in communications from BYU and attended Idaho State University; born in Emmett, Idaho, to Reed Ingval and Evelyn Faye Wengreen Harris; married Christine Sorensen, five children. She is Beehive leader; former ward Primary president, Relief Society president's counselor, Primary teacher, ward librarian, and Cub Scout den leader; attended Southern Utah University; born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Wayne and Donna Warnice Sorensen (stepmother Beryl Gillen Sorensen).
  • Clifford L. Jones, 57, Utah Ogden Mission; Corona Del Mar Ward, Newport Beach California Stake; deacons quorum adviser; former area athletic director, high councilor, ward executive secretary, ward mission leader, and teachers quorum adviser; retired president of glass company; received bachelor's degree in business from California State University; born in Los Angeles, Calif., to George Sterling and Alice Elizabeth Christensen Jones; married Linda Miller, three children. She is ward Relief Society president; former ward Relief Society president's counselor, Laurel adviser, Relief Society teacher, and ward choir director; attended Golden West Junior College; born in Phoenix, Ariz., to Karl Hansen and Ida May Ware Miller.
  • August Schubert, 52, Germany Berlin Mission; Salzburg Ward, Salzburg Austria Stake; stake mission president; former stake president, stake mission president, district president and counselor, district mission president, and branch president; owner and general manager of hotel with health recreation; born in Bad Reichenhall, Austria, to August and Olga Maria Bauer Schubert; married Theresia Gaisreiter, two children. She is ward Relief Society president; former ward Primary president, Relief Society president's counselor, and Relief Society homemaking leader; born in Inzell, Germany, to Michael and Theresia Lackner Gaisreiter.
  • Arlen D. Woffinden, 47, Brazil Belo Horizonte Mission; Santa Margarita Ward, Santa Margarita Stake; ward mission leader; former high councilor, stake Young Men president, bishop, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Brazil North Mission; attorney, partner in law firm; received bachelor's degree in English and economics, and juris doctorate from BYU; born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Charles Maurice and Ruth Jane Rynearson Woffinden; married Debi Nielsen, five children. She is Laurel adviser; former member of stake Young Women board, ward Young Women president, Primary president, Relief Society teacher, ward children's choir director, and ward music chairman; received associate degree in business from BYU; born in Portland, Ore., to Delmar and Marjorie Avery Nielsen.
  • Arlan W. Woodward, 57, Brazil Porto Alegre North Mission; Studio City 1st Ward, North Hollywood California Stake; stake president; former regional welfare agent, stake executive secretary, stake clerk, high councilor, stake mission president, bishop, ward executive secretary, elders quorum president, and missionary in Brazil and Uruguay; owner of an agribusiness company; received bachelor's degree in languages from BYU, master's degree in public administration from University of Southern California, and attended the University of Utah; born in Tooele, Utah, to Alfred George and Minnie Norma Severe Woodward; married Sally Lindsey, three children. She is ward Primary president's counselor; former stake Young Women president, ward Relief Society president and counselor, Primary president, Relief Society compassionate service leader, Relief Society teacher, seminary teacher, Junior Sunday School coordinator, Sunday School teacher, and Primary teacher; received associate degree in child development from Weber State University and bachelor's degree in child development from BYU; born in Ogden, Utah, to Frank Forrest and Mildred Drake Francom Lindsey.

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