Seven new mission presidents and their wives have been called. They will begin service about July 1.
Antonio Kaulle Machado Bezerra, 45, Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission; Jardim America Ward, Fortaleza Brazil Montese Stake; former stake president and counselor, counselor in the Brazil Fortaleza Mission presidency, bishop, ward mission leader and missionary in the Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission. Institute director, Church Educational System. Born in Caio Prado, Ceara, Brazil, to Luis Rodrigues and Francisca Machado Bezerra. Married Ana Rosa Moura, three children.
A ward Primary president, Sister Bezerra is a former counselor in stake Young Women and Primary presidencies, ward Primary and Relief Society president and seminary teacher. Born in Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil, to Francisco Alves de and Maria Teresa Souza de Oliveira Moura.
Todd Bailey Hansen, 52, Texas Houston Mission; Higley Groves Ward, Gilbert Arizona Highland Stake; ward mission leader; former bishop, high councilor, stake mission president, temple ordinance worker and missionary in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission. National sales director, Genentech, Inc. Born in Cedar City, Utah, to Robert Carvel and Ann Claire Bailey Hansen. Married Sharon Elder, four children.
A stake Relief Society president, Sister Hansen is a former ward Young Women president, seminary teacher and gospel doctrine teacher. Born in Van Nuys, Calif., to Morris Day and Verna Ingram Elder.
Robert Forrest Jensen, 60, Ohio Columbus Mission; Prunedale Ward, Monterey California Stake; stake Sunday School president and institute teacher; former stake president and counselor, bishop, seminary teacher and missionary in the California Los Angeles Mission. Vice president, design and creative director, Robert Talbott Inc. Born in Denver, Colo., to Forrest J and Mary Lindsay Jensen. Married Carolyn Pratt, five children.
A counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency, Sister Jensen is a former counselor in a stake Primary presidency, ward Primary president, seminary teacher and counselor in ward Young Women and Relief Society presidencies. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Elliott Lee and Ruth Wilcox Noall Pratt.
Juan Augusto Leyva, 47, Peru Lima East Mission; California Ward, Trujillo Peru Central Stake; counselor in the Peru Trujillo Mission presidency; former stake president and counselor, bishop, high councilor and missionary in the Peru Arequipa Mission. Regional manager of LDS Employment Resource Services. Born in Chepen, La Libertad, Peru, to Arturo Leyva Sanchez and Olga Petita Ponce Solano de Leyva. Married Luisa Rita Yturbe Gutierrez, five children.
A stake Young Women president, Sister Leyva is a former ward Relief Society and Primary president, counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency, Relief Society teacher and seminary teacher. Born in Trujillo, Peru, to Segundo Julio Yturbe Leon and Teresa Gutierrez Flores de Yturbe.
Alejandro Lopez, 44, El Salvador San Salvador West/Belize Mission; San Cristobal Ward, Guatemala City Guatemala Mariscal Stake; counselor in the Guatemala Guatemala City Central Mission presidency; former counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, branch president, mission secretary and missionary in the Guatemala Quetzaltenango Mission. Electrical engineer, engineer in Guatemala City Guatemala Temple. Born in Santa Cruz de El Quiche, Guatemala, to Enrique Omar Lopez Gil and Alicia Mota Villegas. Married Emna Patricia Medina Calderon, four children.
A ward Primary Activity Day leader, Sister Lopez is a former stake Primary president, ward Young Women camp director, welfare missionary in the Guatemala Quetzaltenango Mission, seminary teacher and member of the area and mission Primary training committee. Born in Guatemala to Ricardo Medina and Hilda Alicia Calderon Padilla.
Gelson Pizzirani, 56, Brazil Brasilia Mission; Indianopolis Ward, Sao Paulo Brazil Santo Amaro Stake; Area Seventy; former stake president, bishop, branch president, high councilor and stake Young Men president. Retired senior vice president of strategic planning, TAM Airlines. Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Presciliano and Alzira Do Carmo Pizzirani. Married Mirian Da Silva Sule, four children.
Sister Pizzirani, librarian, is a former counselor in stake Young Women and Relief Society presidencies, ward Primary and Relief Society president and ward Relief Society teacher. Born in Bela Vista, Mato Grosso, Brazil, to Elias and Nilda Da Silva Sule.
David Edward Poulsen, 62, South Africa Johannesburg Mission; East Mill Creek 12th Ward, Salt Lake East Millcreek North Stake; gospel doctrine teacher, former counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, stake patriarch, high councilor, regional representative and missionary in the Southern Far East Mission. Chief executive officer, American Express Centurion Bank. Born in Provo, Utah, to Charles Edward and Annie Leona Clegg Poulsen. Married Adrienne Veneta Wilson, six children.
A ward missionary and member of the ward activities committee, Sister Poulsen is a former ward Relief Society and Young Women president, branch Primary president, seminary teacher and gospel doctrine teacher. Born in Long Beach, Calif., to Charles Kimball and Veneta Caroline Kohler Wilson.