Seven new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin service about July 1.
Devin George Durrant, 50, and Julie Lois Mink Durrant, six children, Texas Dallas Mission; Grandview 21st Ward, Provo Utah Grandview Stake. Brother Durrant serves as a counselor in a stake Sunday School presidency and is a former counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, counselor in a bishopric, stake institute instructor, stake mission president, high councilor and missionary in the Spain Madrid Mission. Owner, Durrant Properties & Investments. Born in Brigham City, Utah, to George Donald Durrant and Marilyn Kay Burnham.
Sister Durrant serves as a stake Relief Society president and is a former stake institute instructor, stake Primary secretary, stake missionary, Relief Society president, family history consultant, and missionary in the Peru Arequipa Mission. Born in Ithaca, N.Y., to Oscar Gorton Mink and Julia Lavern Boyce.
Bruce Edward Ghent, 53, and Kathryn Spencer Ghent, five children, Ecuador Quito Mission; Manhattan Beach Ward, Torrance California North Stake. Brother Ghent serves as an assistant area executive secretary in the South America Northwest Area and is a former ordinance worker in the Los Angeles California Temple, stake president, stake executive secretary, high councilor, bishop and missionary in the Mexico Villahermosa Mission. Retired owner of a construction and development company. Born in Torrance, Calif., to Robert Maynard Sr. and Dorothy Francis Sharpnack Ghent.
Sister Ghent serves as an assistant area secretary in the South America Northwest Area and is a former counselor in a stake Primary presidency, stake public affairs director, counselor in a stake Young Women presidency, Young Women president, Cub Scout leader, Primary teacher and temple coordinator in the Los Angeles California Temple. Born in Torrance, Calif., to Donald Jay and Beverly Carmen Spencer.
Paul Nicholas Lekias, 43, and Rebecca Jane Liddicoat Lekias, four children, New Zealand Auckland Mission; Duncraig Ward, Perth Australia Warwick Stake. Brother Lekias serves as a stake president and is a former high councilor, bishop, elders quorum president, counselor in a Young Men presidency and missionary in the New Zealand Christchurch Mission. Director, Whitepeak Finance Pty., Ltd. Born in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, to Nicholas Simon and Beverly Mary Wilkinson Lekias.
Sister Lekias serves as a Primary teacher and is a former counselor in Relief Society and Primary presidencies and Sunday School teacher. Born in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, to Geoffrey James and Lesley Mary Dawson Liddicoat.
Robert Scott Taylor, 51, and Cheryl James Taylor, four children, Arizona Phoenix Mission; Sunset 11th Ward, Provo Utah Sunset Stake. Brother Taylor serves as a high councilor and is a former stake president, stake mission president, bishop, high councilor, counselor in a bishopric and missionary in the Venezuela Maracaibo and Texas Houston missions. Reporter and editor, Deseret News. Born in Ogden, Utah, to Robert Ellis and Carole Tanner Taylor.
Sister Taylor serves as a stake Relief Society president and is a former counselor in Relief Society and Primary presidencies, Primary teacher and music leader, Young Women secretary, Relief Society president and Primary president. Born in Corvallis, Ore., to Sydney Carter and Hope Dawn Gardiner James.
Clinton D Topham, 62, and Jeanne Lynn Pendleton Topham, four children, Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission; Fruit Heights 9th Ward, Fruit Heights Utah Stake. Brother Topham serves as a ward financial adviser and is a former area executive secretary, stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, counselor in a bishopric and high priest group leader. Senior vice president, Parsons Brinckerhoff. Born in Cedar City, Utah, to Alma Eugene and Alice Norma Davenport Topham.
Sister Topham serves as Relief Society secretary and is a former stake Primary board member, organist, ward choir accompanist, Relief Society president, Young Women adviser and counselor in a Primary presidency. Born in Cedar City, Utah, to Kent and Marilyn Mitchell Pendleton.
Douglas Wendell Weaver, 61, and Lynette Holladay Weaver, five children, Washington Tacoma Mission; Wasatch 3rd Ward, Salt Lake Wasatch Stake. Brother Weaver serves as an institute teacher and is a former stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, gospel doctrine teacher and elders quorum president. CPA, Weaver and Call, LC. Born in Murray, Utah, to Russell Edmund and Larue Dorris Quinn Weaver.
Sister Weaver serves as a counselor in a ward Primary presidency and is a former ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple, counselor in a stake Young Women presidency, Relief Society president, Young Women president and counselor in a Relief Society presidency. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Hollis Thomson and Madlyn Perkins Holladay.
John Gary Weston, 43, and Lauri Lynn Reynolds Weston, four children, California Roseville Mission; Murray 12th Ward, Murray Utah Stake. Brother Weston serves as a counselor in a stake presidency and is a former counselor in a prior stake presidency, bishop, counselor in a bishopric, ward Young Men president, counselor in an elders quorum presidency and missionary in the Japan Tokyo South Mission. Partner, Snell & Wilmer L.L.P. Born in Hayward, Calif., to Gary Alfred and Mary Marlene Weston.
Sister Weston serves as a choir director and is a former Relief Society compassionate service leader, counselor in a Primary presidency, Primary teacher, Primary music leader, achievement day leader, Relief Society teacher and nursery leader. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Charles Calvin and Marian Joy Allington Reynolds.