Seven new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency to begin their service about July 1.
Larry Ernest Anderson, 65, Sweden Stockholm Mission; Lakes Ward, Richland Washington Stake; missionary in the Germany Hamburg Mission; former stake president and counselor, bishop and counselor, ward mission leader, elders quorum president, Scout leader and missionary in the Swedish Mission. Retired research scientist/project manager, Battelle Pacific Northwest Laboratories. Born in Corvallis, Ore., to Ernest Clifford and Idon Chadwick Anderson. Married Sally Anne Bond, nine children.
A missionary in the Germany Hamburg Mission, Sister Anderson is a former stake Relief Society president and counselor, stake Young Women camp director and secretary, ward Young Women president, ward missionary and stake historian. Born in La Grande, Ore., to Charles Wesley and Rebekah Mary Hudson Bond.
Guillermo Arturo Antivilo, 52, Dominican Republic Santo Domingo East Mission; La Dehesa Ward, Santiago Chile Las Condes Stake; high priest group leader; former bishop and counselor, counselor in a stake presidency, counselor in the Venezuela Caracas Mission presidency, stake missionary and missionary in the Chile Osorno Mission. Director of Temporal Affairs for the Church in the Chile Area. Born in Ovalle, Chile, to Manuel Guillermo Antivilo Antivilo and Nelida del Rosario Rojas Paez de Antivilo. Married Mary Elizabeth Haycock, six children.
A ward Young Women president and seminary teacher, Sister Antivilo is a former stake Primary president, ward Primary president and counselor, gospel doctrine teacher and missionary in the Chile Santiago South Mission. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Ralph Hugh and Joan Hart Haycock.
Otto Vincent Haleck, 59, Samoa Apia Mission; Mesepa International Ward, Pago Pago Samoa West Stake; stake president; former patriarch, bishop, high councilor, ward Primary teacher, counselor in a ward Young Men presidency and missionary in the Samoa Apia Mission. President, Tropical Beverage Dist., Inc. Born in Utulei, American Samoa, to Otto Vincent Haleck Sr. and Dorothy Swan Haleck. Married Peggy Ann Comeron, three children.
Sister Haleck is a former ward Relief Society, Young Women and Primary president, ward Relief Society and Primary teacher and member of the ward activities committee. Born in Provo, Utah, to Owen Eldon Cameron Jr. and Asta Christiansen Cameron.
Kevin De Mar McCracken, 55, Nevada Las Vegas West Mission; Shamrock Park Ward, Idaho Falls Idaho South Stake; Church Service Missionary at the Provo MTC; former president of the Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission, stake president and counselor, bishop, high councilor, Scoutmaster and missionary in the Guatemala-El Salvador Mission. Owner, Sunnyside Gardens Inc. Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Harold Arthur and Coila Ethel Speas McCracken. Married Marilyn Wilding, four children.
A Church Service Missionary with her husband, Sister McCracken served with her husband in the Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission, and is a former counselor in stake Young Women and Primary presidencies, counselor in ward Young Women and Relief Society presidencies and ward enrichment leader. Born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, to Malcolm Walker and Mary Lindsay Wilding.
Benson Lee Porter, 51, New Zealand Auckland Mission; Gleneagle Ward, Colorado Springs Colorado North Stake; stake president; former bishop, high councilor, ward Young Men president, stake mission president and missionary in the Australia Perth Mission. President, LeaderWorks Inc. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Kenneth Winder and Annemarie Immerthal Porter. Married Kerry Lee Elkins, six children.
A ward Primary chorister, Sister Porter is a former ward Young Women president, nursery leader, counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency and gospel doctrine teacher. Born in Lawton, Okla., to Robert Davis and Gladys Ellen Barron Elkins.
Don Hansen Staheli, 58, France Paris Mission; Val Verda 1st Ward, Bountiful Utah Val Verda Stake; temple sealer; former regional representative, stake president, bishop and missionary in the Franco-Belgian Mission. Personal secretary to the President of the Church. Born in Spanish Fork, Utah, to Gerald Douglass and Nadine Hansen Staheli. Married Cynthia Anne Bodine, five children.
A member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Sister Staheli has served in stake Primary and Young Women presidencies, as ward Young Women, Relief Society and Primary president, and seminary teacher. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Harold Shiblon and Marian Stuhff Bodine.
Joe Neil Swenson, 52, Chile Santiago North Mission; Pittsburgh 5th Ward, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Stake; stake president; former counselor in a stake presidency, stake and ward Young Men president, counselor in a bishopric, high councilor and missionary in the Spain Mission. Retired president and chief executive officer, DynaVox Systems. Born in Provo, Utah, to LaVell and Mary Josephine Elder Swenson. Married Jolene Swain, four children.
A seminary teacher, Sister Swenson is a former ward Young Women president and counselor, counselor in a ward Primary presidency, ward Relief Society president and Blazer leader. Born in Provo, Utah, to Mack F and LaRie Kay Swain.