Eight new mission presidents, called by the First Presidency, have been announced. The new leaders and their wives will begin service about July 1. Their assignments will be announced later. The new leaders and their wives are:
Darl Jay Andersen, 54, Mesa 20th Ward, Mesa Arizona Maricopa North Stake; counselor in stake presidency; former bishop, high councilor, stake Young Men president, ward mission leader and elders quorum president. Senior vice president of Bashas' Inc. Born in Mesa, Ariz., to Darl Edwin and Erma Farnsworth Andersen. Married Kaye Layton, nine children.
A ward Relief Society president, she is a former Primary teacher, Young Women president, stake Primary president's counselor, Primary chorister and Relief Society teacher. Born in Safford, Ariz., to LeRoy and Roberta LaFayette Nash Layton.
Dean Harold Curtis, 49, Oakwoods Ward, Kaysville Utah Crestwood Stake; Sunday School teacher; former bishop, member of stake presidency, Scoutmaster and district president. CEO and owner of Curtis & Associates Inc. Born in Murray, Utah, to Warren Dale and Dora White Curtis. Married Julie Ann Whittaker, nine children.
A family relations teacher in the Sunday School, she is a former seminary teacher, ward and stake Relief Society president, Primary teacher and stake Young Women president's counselor. Born in Ogden, Utah, to Don LeRoy and Lola Chamberlain Whittaker.
Timothy Sears Evans, 53, Oakley 2nd Ward, Kamas Utah Stake; gospel doctrine teacher; former high priests group leader, bishop, high councilor, stake executive secretary and counselor in bishopric. Dentist. Born in Alameda, Calif., to Sears Joseph and Joyce Orlob Evans. Married Melissa Cannon, five children.
Ward organist, she is a former Young Women president and counselor, Relief Society teacher, counselor in Primary. High school Russian teacher. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Edwin Quayle Cannon Jr. and Janath Russell Cannon.
Glenn Rex Frazier, 59, Cottonwood 2nd Ward, Salt Lake Big Cottonwood Stake; high councilor in University of Utah 1st Stake; former bishop, high councilor, Young Men president, stake Young Men president's counselor, bishop's counselor and elders quorum president. President of JP Realty Inc. Born in Oakland, Calif., to Glenn and Helen Rex Frazier. Married Barbara Irene Walker, eight children.
A ward Relief Society enrichment night leader, she is a former Relief Society teacher, counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency, ward Relief Society president and teacher. High school teacher. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Reed L and Irene Brinton Walker.
Kay Michie Lewis, 66, Monument Park 17th Ward, Salt Lake Monument Park North Stake; bishop of the Salt Lake University 35th Ward; former high councilor and bishop's counselor. Attorney. Born in Heber City, Utah, to Sterling Samuel and Fern Elena Michie Lewis. Married Sherlyn Hart, six children.
Sister Lewis is a former Young Women president's counselor and adviser, Primary president's counselor and teacher, and Cub Scout leader. Social worker and therapist. Born in Washington, D.C., to Joseph Irel and Bessie Collins Hart.
Robert Bruce Merrell, 57, Mercer Island Ward, Renton Washington North Stake; director of multi-stake public affairs; former stake president, bishop, Aaronic Priesthood adviser, counselor in stake presidency and seminary teacher. Consultant, self-employed. Born in Brigham City, Utah, to Elliott Hepworth and Doris Jensen Merrell. Married Lynne McDermott, five children.
A ward Relief Society president, she is a former seminary teacher, Primary counselor and teacher, and inservice teacher. Born in Long Beach, Calif., to Bruce Joseph and Betty DeKarver McDermott.
Kelend Ivan Mills, 36, Canyon Ridge Ward, Spanish Fork Utah Canyon View Stake; bishop; former counselor in bishopric, Primary teacher and chorister, Sunday School president, gospel doctrine teacher. Director of training in Provo Missionary Training Center. Born in Afton, Wyo., to Richard Ivan and Betty Burton Mills. Married Katherine Goates, three children.
A Primary chorister, she is a former Achievement Day leader in Primary, Relief Society teacher, and choir director. Born in Murray, Utah, to Kenneth Joseph and Gwendolyn Seely Goates.
Paul Harold Thompson, 64, Forest Green Ward, Ogden Utah Weber Heights Stake; single adult adviser; former stake president and counselor, correlation committee member, branch president. Professor and former president of Weber State University. Born in Ogden, Utah, to Harold Merwin and Elda Skee Thompson. Married Carolyn Lee Nelson, six children.
A single adult adviser, she is a former Young Women president and adviser, nursery leader, Relief Society president and counselor. Born in Wakefield, Neb., to Nels Nathaniel and Lena Dean (Mickey) Johnson Nelson.