Eight new mission presidents, called by the First Presidency, have been announced. The new leaders and their wives will begin service about July 1. Assignments mission presidents were announced in the Feb. 26, 2005, issue of the Church News.
Scott Douglas Farrell, 54; Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission; Anaheim 10th Ward, Anaheim California East Stake; counselor in the stake presidency; former stake and ward Young Men president and missionary in the Argentina South Mission. Optometrist. Born in Ogden, Utah, to Glen Lorenzo and Norma Cross Farrell. Married Janis Elizabeth Johnson, three children.
A counselor in the stake Young Women presidency, Sister Farrell is a former counselor in stake and ward Relief Society presidencies and stake public affairs director. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Jay Hill and MaryJane Egan Johnson.
James Phillip Freestone, 58; Mexico Puebla Mission; Cascade 2nd Ward, Orem Utah Cascade Stake; former counselor in stake presidencies, stake Young Men president, bishop and missionary in the Brazilian South Mission. Physician. Born in Mesa, Ariz., to James Russell and Virginia Hunter Freestone. Married Elizabeth Ogden, six children.
A counselor in the stake Primary presidency, Sister Freestone is a former stake Young Women secretary, counselor in ward Relief Society and Young Women presidencies and Cubmaster. Born in Richfield, Utah, to Ralph Gerald and LuJeanne Christensen Ogden.
Richard James Hogan Sr., 48; Mexico Torreon Mission; Spring Creek Ward, Klein Texas Stake; gospel doctrine teacher; former bishop and missionary in the Uruguay Montevideo Mission. Sales and marketing specialist at Emerson Process Management. Born in Orange, Calif., to Millard Junior and Betty Jean Shepherd Hogan. Married Amy Nielsen, six children.
A counselor in the stake Young Women presidency, Sister Hogan is a former counselor in stake and ward Relief Society presidencies and ward Relief Society, Young Women and Primary president. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Cyrus Otto and Neva Thomas Nielsen.
Theodore Marshall Jacobsen, 64; England Manchester Mission; Yalecrest 1st Ward, Salt Lake Bonneville Stake; chairman of the board of the PCC, regional welfare agent and Sunday School teacher; former stake president, bishop and missionary in Northern Scottish Mission. Chairman of the board of Jacobsen Construction Company Inc. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Leo Martin and Rosebud Marshall Jacobsen. Married Charlotte Garff, seven children.
The ward Relief Society president, Sister Jacobsen is a former stake Relief Society president, ward Young Women and Primary president and Relief Society teacher. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Mark Brimhall and Gertrude Laura Ryberg Garff.
Moises Mercado Mabunga Jr., 58; Philippines Davao Mission; Pinnacle Ward, Las Vegas Nevada South Stake; counselor and missionary in the Philippines Davao Mission; former temple ordinance worker, stake Young Men president, bishop and missionary in the Southern Far East Mission. Retired facilities manager for the Church. Born in Manila, Philippines, to Moises Marzan and Vicenta Medina Mercado Mabunga. Married Amparo Alzate Hipol, three children.
A missionary in the Philippines Davao Mission, Sister Mabunga is a former ward Young Women and Primary president and librarian. Born in Manila, Philippines, to Francisco Campos and Filomena Dupay Alazate Hipol.
Boyd Bruce Muir, 51; Brazil Maceio Mission; Valley View 7th Ward, Layton Utah Valley View Stake; high councilor; former bishop, high priests group leader and missionary in the Brazil Sao Paulo South Mission. Managing director of translation for the Church. Born in Logan, Utah, to Byron Boyd and Geraldene Faye Hansen Traveller Muir. Married Mary Elizabeth Olsen, three children.
Sister Muir is a former counselor in ward Young Women and Primary presidencies, Primary teacher and visiting teaching coordinator. Born in Logan, Utah, to Ray Oliver and Sarah Elizabeth Wyatt Olsen.
Valten Jay Tucker, 57; Japan Tokyo South Mission; Lehi 14th Ward, Lehi Utah East Stake; Sunday School teacher; former stake president, counselor in a bishopric and missionary in the Northern Far East Mission. Regional facilities manager for the Church. Born in Richfield, Utah, to Arthur Rex and Judy Jaye Morrill Tucker. Married Elaine Whimpey, four children.
A Relief Society teacher, Sister Tucker is a former counselor in stake and ward Relief Society presidencies, counselor in a ward Primary presidency and gospel doctrine teacher. Born in Lehi, Utah, to Don L and Vera Creer Whimpey.
Douglas Laney Weight, 60; Croatia Zagreb Mission; Battlecreek 4th Ward, Pleasant Grove Utah East Stake; ward Young Men president; former stake president, stake Young Men president, bishop and missionary in the South Australian Mission. Owner of Knightwest Construction. Born in Provo, Utah, to Leslie LaMar and Esther Laney Weight. Married Roylene Dearing, six children.
Sister Weight is a former counselor in a stake Young Women presidency, ward Relief Society and Young Women and Primary president. Born in Provo, Utah, to George William and Bernice Newell Dearing.