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New mission leaders called to serve in Cote d'Ivoire, Bolivia, Russia and other areas around the world

The following eight new mission presidents and companions have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July.

Mikel Jon and Amy Lara Anderson

Mikel Jon Anderson, 44 and Amy Lara Anderson, six children, Manette Ward, Bremerton Washington Stake: Russia Moscow Mission, succeeding President Jeffrey D. McGhie and Sister Josie Preisler McGhie. Brother Anderson is a Washington Tacoma Mission presidency counselor and institute teacher, and a former stake president, bishop, stake executive secretary, elders quorum president, seminary and institute teacher, and missionary in the Russia Rostov-na-Donu Mission. He was born in Bremerton, Washington, to Leonard M Anderson and Kathleen Milligan Anderson.

Sister Anderson is a ward Relief Society presidency counselor and a former ward Primary and Young Women presidency counselor, teacher improvement coordinator, Primary music leader and Nursery leader. She was born in Bremerton, Washington, to Keith Allen Shumaker and Patricia Anne Nicholson Shumaker.

J. Francisco and I. Lucrecia Piedrasanta de Dubón

J. Francisco Dubón Valdez, 50, and I. Lucrecia Piedrasanta de Dubón, three children, Arrazola Ward, Guatemala City Don Justo Stake: El Salvador San Salvador West/Belize Mission, succeeding President Eric M. Adams and Sister Cheri L. Adams. Brother Dubón is a former stake president, stake Young Men president, bishop, branch president, bishopric counselor, EFY director and missionary in the Guatemala Quetzaltenango Mission. He was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, to Julio Adán Dubón Paredes and Amada Elizabeth Valdez.

Sister Dubón is a former stake Young Women president, ward Young Women and Primary president, ward Relief Society and Primary presidency counselor, young single adult adviser, EFY director and missionary in the Guatemala Guatemala City South Mission. She was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, to Adalberto Piedrasanta Mendez and Irma Yolanda De León Ochoa.

Matthew K. and Shannon Hawkins

Matthew K. Hawkins, 57, and Shannon Hawkins, six children, Almond Grove Ward, Modesto California North Stake: Bolivia Santa Cruz North Mission, succeeding President Enrique Cabezas Gomez and Sister Manuela Sanchez de Cabezas. Brother Hawkins is a former stake president, bishop, stake and ward Young Men president, high priests group leader, ward mission leader and missionary in the Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission. He was born in Melbourne, Florida, to David Henry Hawkins and Vela Washburn Hawkins.

Sister Hawkins is a former stake and ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society president, ward Relief Society and Primary presidency counselor, and ward pianist and organist. She was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Vance R. Leavitt and Marquitta Elton Leavitt.

Daniel W. and Betty Jo Lewis

Daniel W. Lewis, 54, and Betty Jo Lewis, five children, Taylor Ranch Ward, Albuquerque New Mexico West Stake: Côte d’Ivoire Abidjan West Mission, succeeding President David Hamand and Sister Michel Hamand. Brother Lewis is a former stake president, bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, ward mission leader, seminary teacher and missionary in the France Paris Mission. He was born in Gallup, New Mexico, to Evan Morris Lewis and Velma Lorraine Crawford Lewis.

Sister Lewis is a former ward Relief Society presidency counselor, Sunday School teacher, ward family history consultant, seminary teacher, nursery leader and missionary in the France Paris Mission. Born in Fullerton, California, to Harley Hughes Evans and Laura Jean Potts Evans.

Israel and Linda Marin

Israel Marin, 48, and Linda Marin, five children, Vista 4th Ward (Spanish), Vista California Stake: México Cancún Mission, succeeding President Miguel A. Reynoso Lopez and Sister Gabriela Marin de Reynoso. Brother Marin is a California Carlsbad Mission presidency counselor and is a former bishop, branch president, high councilor, branch presidency counselor, Sunday School teacher and missionary in the Texas Corpus Christi Mission. He was born in Veracruz, México, to Ismael Marin Fernandez and Flora Martinez Leal.

Sister Marin is a former stake Primary president and counselor, ward and district Young Women president, ward Young Women presidency counselor and missionary in the New York New York South Mission. She was born in La Cruz, Sinaloa, México, daughter of Arturo Garcia Carrillo and Natividad Lopez Meza.

Sean B. and A. Joanne Murphy

Sean B. Murphy, 58, and A. Joanne Murphy, four children, Rocklin 2nd Ward, Rocklin California Stake: Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission, succeeding President Jack Ross Williams and Sister Lisa Marie Williams. Brother Murphy is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, bishopric counselor, elders quorum president, Scoutmaster and missionary in the Wisconsin Milwaukee Mission. He was born in Mountain Home, Idaho, to James Lester Murphy and Elizabeth May Wilson Murphy.

Sister Murphy is a Sunday School teacher and a former ward Relief Society, Young Women and Primary presidency counselor, and Young Women adviser. She was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to Lewis Benjamin Horne and Sandra Lavon Lindsay Horne.

John H. and Janet L. Rees

John H. Rees, 62, and Janet L. Rees, five children, Cottonwood 13th Ward, Salt Lake Cottonwood Stake: Colorado Denver South Mission, succeeding President Kirk D. Gifford and Sister Holley R. Gifford. Brother Rees is a mentor in a young single adult stake and a former stake Young Men president, stake executive secretary, high councilor, bishop and missionary in the Washington Seattle Mission. He was born in Salt Lake City to Richard Davis Rees and Tecla Holmes.

Sister Rees is a Sunday School teacher and a former temple ordinance worker, ward Primary president, ward Relief Society, Young Women and Primary presidency counselor, and gospel doctrine teacher. She was born in Salt Lake City to John Langeland and Edna Fluge Langeland.

Mozart B. and Roxana Soares

Mozart B. Soares, 57, and Roxana Soares, five children, Jardim Massangana Ward, Recife Brazil Boa Viagem Stake: Brazil Belém Mission, succeeding President Izaias P. Nogueira and Sister Diná Nogueira. Brother Soares is a ward Young Men presidency counselor and former Area Seventy, stake president, mission presidency counselor, bishop, regional Church History adviser, stake presidency counselor and missionary in the Brazil São Paulo North Mission. He was born in Recife, Brazil, to Milton Soares Junior and Irene Bandeira Soares.

Sister Soares is a young single adult adviser and former stake and ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society and Young Women president, and regional Church History adviser. Born in Recife, Brazil, to Saulo Dantas Armstrong and Laureta de Medeiros Armstrong.

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