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:
Cammon Irby Arrington, 63, Farmington 1st Ward, Farmington Utah Stake; Sunday School teacher; former stake president and counselor, member of Melchizedek Priesthood writing committee, bishop, high councilor and missionary. Service director for University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Irby Neront and Faith Louise Arrington. Married Jan Wolthuis, five children.
A Primary pianist, she is a former Relief Society president and teacher, Sunday School teacher, Young Women president and counselor. Attorney for State of Utah. Born in Brigham City, Utah, to Barteld and Ellen Wolthuis.
Richard Theodore Bretzing, 64, Mueller Park 8th Ward, Bountiful Utah Mueller Park Stake; Sunday School teacher; former single adult adviser, high priests group leader, high councilor, counselor in stake presidency and bishop. Managing director of Church security. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Karl Theodore and Afton Iona Smith Bretzing. Married Sharon Diane Johnson, seven children.
A member of the stake Relief Society board and temple ordinance worker, she is a former single adult adviser, Young Women president, counselor in Relief Society presidency, Primary president and teacher in the Relief Society. Born in Phoenix, Ariz., to Abia Ensign and Jessie Irene Tannehill Johnson.
Laurie Baker Craig, 59, Phoenix 35th Ward, Phoenix Arizona North Stake; patriarch; former institute teacher, missionary preparation instructor, stake president, high councilor, bishop and counselor. Attorney. Born in Helena, Ark., to Laurie Moreland and Mary Baker Craig. Married Pamela Kay Redd, six children.
A stake Relief Society president, she is a former stake Primary music director, counselor in Primary presidency, nursery leader, choir director, Young Women president and Relief Society president. Born in Lethbridge, Alberta, to Kay Bryner and Velma Esther Nalder Redd.
Jeffrey Pollard Johnson, 55, Crescent 14th Ward, Sandy Utah Crescent South Stake; stake president; former counselor in stake presidency, high councilor, bishopric, Sunday School teacher, Scoutmaster and Aaronic Priesthood adviser. Manager of translation for the Church. Born in Brigham City, Utah, to Clinton Miles and Beverly Jean Pollard Johnson. Married Peggy Davis, six children.
A counselor in the ward Primary presidency, she is a former music chairman, organist, Relief Society teacher, counselor in the Young Women and Relief Society presidencies and Primary teacher. Self-employed dance instructor and owner. Born in Gooding, Idaho, to William Roy and Katherine Johnsen Davis.
Robert England Lee, 53, Cary 2nd Ward, Raleigh North Carolina Stake; bishop; former high councilor, high priests group leader and missionary. Institute director. Born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Curtis and Shirley England Lee. Married Peggy Marilyn Furniss, six children.
A Primary pianist, she is a former organist, Relief Society president and counselor, choir accompanist. Piano teacher. Born in Chicago, Ill., to Lloyd Smith and Carol Marie Chester Furniss.
Ted Hop Ong, 50, Carlsbad 3rd Ward, Carlsbad California Stake; counselor in bishopric; former stake executive secretary, high councilor, high priests group leader, Aaronic Priesthood adviser, branch president, Sunday School teacher, stake missionary, counselor in stake mission presidency and missionary. Financial investment adviser. Born in Winslow, Ariz., to Albert June and Sue Kim Wong Ong. Married Wai-Mui Amelia Yeung, four children.
A ward photographer, she is a former Primary teacher, counselor in Young Women presidency, Primary president and counselor, seminary teacher, Cub Scout leader, counselor and president in branch Relief Society. Born in Hong Kong, to Foo and Pui Fong Chan Yeung.
Bruce Smith, 56, Crestwood 2nd Ward, Louisville Kentucky Stake; stake mission president; former high priest group leader, Young Men president, Primary teacher, stake public affairs director, counselor in stake presidency, bishop and missionary. General manager, The Beehive. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Jay Randolph and Geraldine Louise Smith. Married Debra-Marie Annette Clement, six children.
A counselor in stake Primary presidency, she is a former Sunday School teacher, Primary teacher, Relief Society teacher, counselor in stake Relief Society and stake Primary presidencies. Born in Cambridge, England, to James Andrew Jr. and Hazel Louette Clement.
Jerald Lynn Wagstaff, 60, Cottonwood 13th Ward, Salt Lake Cottonwood Stake; high councilor; former Sunday School teacher, bishop, Young Men president, Sunday School teacher, counselor in stake presidency and bishopric. Owner and CEO of Holiday Oil. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Nathan Harding and Thelma Laura Mills Wagstaff. Married Laura Floy Seeley, six children.
A family history consultant, she is a former Relief Society president, Young Women adviser, counselor in Relief Society presidency, Young Women president and adviser. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Afton Deward and Edna Naomi Jenson Seeley.