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New mission presidents

The First Presidency has announced the calls of eight more mission presidents. The mission presidents and their wives will begin their service about July 1. The new mission presidents and their assignments are:

  • James R. Engebretsen, 42, Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mission; Broomall 2nd Ward, Philadelphia Pennsylvania Stake; high councilor and stake mission president; former bishop and counselor, high priests group leader, Young Men president, and missionary in the California Sacramento Mission; president of Waterloo Capital Management; received bachelor's degree in economics and master's degree in finance from BYU, and attended BYU-Hawaii; born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Arden Bernt and Eleanore Joy Allen Engebretsen; married Tamera Jones, six children. She is stake director of public affairs; former stake cultural arts director, counselor in stake Young Women presidency, Relief Society teacher, Primary chorister, single adult adviser, and counselor in Young Women presidency; received bachelor's degree in human resource development from BYU; born in Ukiah, Calif., to Milton Bennion and Grace Elaine Guymon Jones.- John H. Holbrook, 57, Switzerland Zurich Mission; Monument Park 14th Ward, Salt Lake Monument Park Stake; teachers quorum adviser; former high councilor, stake Sunday School president, bishop, Sunday School teacher, seventies quorum president, and missionary in the Swiss-Austrian Mission; professor of medicine and attending physician at the University of Utah; received bachelor's degree in pre-medicine and medical degree from the University of Utah; born in Salt Lake City to Raymond Brimhall and Esther Ruth Hamilton Holbrook; married Judith Morris, seven children. She is a Primary teacher; former stake Relief Society presidency counselor and board member, ward president, counselor and teacher, stake Primary presidency and board member and ward president, stake Sunday School board member; received bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Utah; born in Salt Lake City to Ernest William and Ruth Ellen Guild Morris.
  • David C. Hoopes, 55, Chile Santiago South Mission; Moraga Ward, Oakland California Stake; regional welfare agent and stake high councilor; former mission president's counselor, executive secretary to regional representative, high councilor, stake clerk, counselor in stake Young Men presidency, bishop and counselor, executive secretary, clerk, Young Men president, counselor in elders quorum presidency, priests quorum adviser, and missionary in the Argentine Mission; financial consultant, Merrill Lynch; received bachelor's degree in political science and master's degree in public administration from BYU, and master's degree and doctorate in public administration from University of Southern California; born in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Lorenzo Neville and Stella Sorensen Hoopes; married Diane Tuttle, seven children. She is a seminary teacher; former stake Primary president, member of stake Young Women board, Primary president, Young Women president, Primary teacher and chorister, Laurel adviser, counselor in Relief Society presidency, Relief Society secretary and teacher, Sunday School teacher, and Cub Scout leader; attended BYU; born in Rigby, Idaho, to Albert Theodore and Marne Whitaker Tuttle.
  • Kenneth Y. Knight, 71, Canada Vancouver Mission; Valley View 10th Ward, Salt Lake Valley View Stake; Sunday School president; former bishop and counselor, high priests group leader and assistant, and high priests teacher; vice chairman of Sinclair Oil Corp.; received bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of Utah and master's of business administration from Stanford University; born in Woodland, Utah, to George Chester and Gladys Young Knight; married Nancy Rich, five children. She is Relief Society president; former member of stake Primary board, Relief Society counselor and teacher, Sunday School teacher, Young Women teacher, Primary teacher, and Cub Scout den leader; received bachelor's degree in education from BYU and attended the University of Utah; born in Salt Lake City to Moses Logan Rich and Afton Robinson Rich Williams.
  • Robert D. Murdock, 59, Taiwan Kaohsiung Mission; North Logan 7th Ward, North Logan Utah Green Canyon Stake; counselor in bishopric; former high councilor, stake mission president, bishop, branch president, ward mission leader, Sunday School teacher, priests quorum adviser, and missionary in the Southern Far East Mission; institute instructor; received bachelor's degree in mathematics from Utah State University and master's degree in educational administration from BYU; born in Salt Lake City to Robert Burns and Ada Elizabeth Rothey Murdock; married Diane Williams, six children. She is Mia Maid adviser; former stake missionary, counselor in Relief Society presidency, Primary teacher, librarian, and Relief Society homemaking leader; received associate degree in business from Weber State University; born in Ogden, Utah, to John Raynond and Claramay Stephens Williams.
  • Wayne M. Reilly, 59, Florida Orlando Mission; Valley Center 1st Ward, Escondido California Stake; counselor in stake presidency; former high councilor, bishop and counselor, and Young Men president; president and owner of Palomar Grading and Paving; attended Long Beach Community College, California State University Long Beach, and California State University Los Angeles; born in Long Beach, Calif., to Norman Walter and Ruth Ione Bingham Reilly; married Gail Romero, three children. She is Relief Society president; former Relief Society homemaking leader, Primary president, counselor and teacher, and Young Women president; attended Ponce School of Cosmetology; born in Long Beach, Calif., to Robert Lawrence and Marjorie Ann Spongberg Clark Romero.
  • David Franklin Robertson, 57, Japan Kobe Mission; Stamford 1st Ward, Yorktown New York Stake; counselor in stake presidency; former regional public communications department member, counselor in stake presidency, high councilor, bishop and counselor, high priests group leader, and missionary in the Northern Far East Mission; brand manager for IBM; received bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Utah and attended University of Southern California; born in Logan, Utah, to Von Hoyt and Clarice Vilda Anderson Robertson; married Mary McDonald, seven children. She is Relief Society compassionate service leader and nursery leader; former regional public communications department member, counselor in stake Young Women presidency, Relief Society president, Young Women president, seminary teacher, Primary teacher, and Boy Scout troop committee chair; received bachelor's degree in speech, English, education and music from University of Redlands, and attended the University of Utah; born in Salt Lake City to Verdel John and Mary Elizabeth Davis McDonald.
  • F. Weldon Thacker, 64, Illinois Peoria Mission; Bountiful 11th Ward, Bountiful Utah East Stake; stake Sunday School president; former chairman of the Church's adult curriculum writing committee, stake president, high councilor, stake missionary preparation adviser, and missionary in the North Central States Mission; retired area director for seminaries and institutes; received bachelor's degree in chemistry, master's degree in counseling and guidance, and doctorate in religious education from BYU; born in Castle Gate, Utah, to Fay Elgie and Thaylia Watson Thacker; married Chadley Ann Hill, eight children. She is stake Primary president; former counselor in stake Primary presidency, music leader, Primary president, counselor, Cub Scout leader, stake missionary and counselor in Relief Society presidency; received bachelor's degree in nursing from BYU; born in Logan, Utah, to Archie "K." and VaLoie Rosenbaum Hill.

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