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Learn about the new leaders of 16 missions worldwide — from California to Cambodia

They will begin their service in July

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

Guillermo A. Alvarez and Pati Alvarez
Guillermo A. Alvarez and Pati Alvarez | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Guillermo A. Alvarez, 60, and Pati Alvarez, four children, Jardines de la Asunción Ward, Guatemala City Palmita Stake: Bolivia Cochabamba South Mission. Elder Alvarez is an Area Seventy and former stake president, bishop, MTC branch president and missionary in the Guatemala Quetzaltenango Mission. He was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, to Julio Alfredo Alvarez and Edna Graciela Monzón Hurtado.

Sister Alvarez is a former stake Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, institute teacher and seminary teacher. She was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, to Francisco Pineda Garrido and Fulvia Margoth Vela López de Pineda.

Bryce Byers and Danielle Byers
Bryce Byers and Danielle Byers | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Bryce Byers, 55, and Danielle Byers, six children, Hillcrest 6th Ward, Orem Utah Hillcrest Stake: Perú Lima South Mission, succeeding President Ray Holt and Sister Jackie L. Holt. Brother Byers is a Primary teacher and temple ordinance worker and a former stake presidency counselor, high councilor, bishop, bishopric counselor, ward Young Men president and missionary in the Spain Bilbao Mission. He was born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Thomas Quentin Byers and Martha Ann Byers.

Sister Byers is a Primary teacher and temple ordinance worker and a former ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president and Sunday School teacher. She was born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Brent Dee Morris and Kathryn Lucille Morris.

Ray Carter and Cathy Carter
Ray Carter and Cathy Carter | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Ray Carter, 63, and Cathy Carter, four children, Dunwoody Ward, Atlanta Georgia Stake: California Modesto Mission. Brother Carter is an elders quorum president and temple ordinance worker and former stake president, high councilor, stake YSA adviser, bishop, ward Young Men president; and missionary in the Argentina Cordoba Mission. He was born in San Diego, California, to Wayne Bryant Carter and Patricia Ann Carter.

Sister Carter is a ward Young Women presidency counselor and temple ordinance worker and former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, stake Young Women presidency counselor, stake Primary presidency counselor, stake temple and family history consultant, stake YSA adviser, ward Young Women president and missionary in the Colorado Denver Mission. She was born in Berkeley, California, to Joseph Dean Madsen and Helen Joyce Madsen.

Richard Paapa Dadzie and Ida Dadzie
Richard Paapa Dadzie and Ida Dadzie | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Richard Paapa Dadzie, 52, and Ida Dadzie, five children, Abokobi Ward, Accra Ghana Adenta Stake: Nigeria Uyo Mission, succeeding President Daniel A. Abeo and Sister Evelyn Abeo. Brother Dadzie is a stake presidency counselor and a former high councilor, stake clerk, stake Young Men president, bishop, bishopric counselor, elders quorum president, ward mission leader, ward pianist and missionary in the Ghana Accra Mission. He was born in Gomoa Abonko, Ghana, to Kow Akyempem Dadzie and Veronica Arhin Dadzie.

Sister Dadzie is a Sunday School teacher and Relief Society teacher and a former ward Primary president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor and Primary teacher. She was born in Anto, Ghana, to Benedict Kwamena Ackon and Grace Awortwe.

Allen Hicken and Alisa Hicken
Allen Hicken and Alisa Hicken | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Allen Hicken, 54, and Alisa Hicken, six children, Chelsea Ward, Ann Arbor Michigan Stake: Cambodia Phnom Penh East Mission. Brother Hicken is an Area Seventy’s executive secretary and a former high councilor, stake executive secretary, bishop, seminary teacher and missionary in the California San Diego Mission (Cambodian-speaking). He was born in Logan, Utah, to Dee Allen Hicken and Judy Ann Hicken.

Sister Hicken is a Primary activity leader and Primary teacher and a former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, ward Primary presidency counselor, Relief Society teacher and Primary music leader. She was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Robert Paul Harbrecht and Sherrie Louise Harbrecht.

V. Daniel Lattaro and Ana Lattaro
V. Daniel Lattaro and Ana Lattaro | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

V. Daniel Lattaro, 50, and Ana Lattaro, three children, Villa Colón Ward,Montevideo Uruguay North Stake: Argentina Santa Fe Mission, succeeding President Terry M. Slezak and Sister Kristie L. Slezak. Elder Lattaro is an Area Seventy and former stake president, bishop, seminary teacher, institute teacher and missionary in the Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission. He was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, to Washington Aldo Lattaro and Maria Rosario Gonzalez.

Sister Lattaro is a ward Relief Society president and former stake Relief Society president, stake Primary president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, self-reliance specialist, seminary teacher, Sunday School teacher and missionary in the Uruguay Montevideo Mission. She was born in Minas, Uruguay, to Ramon Adolfo Chappe and Irma Nelly Hernandez.

Estevan P. Leal and Danielle A. Leal
Estevan P. Leal and Danielle A. Leal | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Estevan P. Leal, 38, and Danielle A. Leal, two children, Portal do Morumbi Ward, São Paulo Brazil Ferreira Stake: Portugal Porto Mission. Brother Leal is a stake presidency counselor and former high councilor, stake clerk, bishopric counselor, seminary teacher, ward mission leader and missionary in the Brazil Manaus Mission. He was born in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, to Ademar Leal and Alicia Del Transito Paredes Navarro Leal.

Sister Leal is a ward Relief Society president and former stake Young Women president, stake Relief Society secretary, ward Primary president and ward Primary presidency counselor. She was born in Santo André, Brazil, to Sergio Gonçalves de Almeida and Neusa Siqueira.

Daren A. Lovell and Cami Lovell
Daren A. Lovell and Cami Lovell | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Daren A. Lovell, 59, and Cami Lovell, six children, Johnson Fort Ward, Enoch Utah Stake: Ghana Accra North Mission. Brother Lovell is a temple ordinance worker and former stake president, stake presidency counselor, high councilor, bishop, bishopric counselor, elders quorum president, ward Young Men president and missionary in the Spain Madrid Mission. He was born in Delta, Utah, to Austin Nielson Lovell and Meredith Adelyn Anderson Lovell.

Sister Lovell is a ward Relief Society president and temple ordinance worker and former ward Young Women presidency counselor, ward Primary presidency counselor and Primary music leader. She was born in Salt Lake City to Newell John Hatch and Mary Ann Mecham Hatch.

Krist McFarland and Sheryl McFarland
Krist McFarland and Sheryl McFarland | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Krist McFarland, 63, and Sheryl McFarland, five children, North Field 2nd Ward, Pleasant Grove Utah North Field Stake: Nevada Las Vegas East Mission. Brother McFarland is a Primary teacher and a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishopric counselor, ward Young Men president, ward Sunday School president and missionary in the Kentucky Louisville Mission. He was born in Mount Ayr, Iowa, to Gary Ray McFarland and Susan Kaye McFarland.

Sister McFarland is an institute teacher and former ward Relief Society president, ward Primary president, Young Women adviser, Relief Society teacher, Primary teacher, Primary music leader and Primary pianist. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Alvin Floyd Williams and Ruth Marian Williams.

Vusimuzi N. Msiza and Keagile L. Msiza
Vusimuzi N. Msiza and Keagile L. Msiza | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Vusimuzi N. Msiza, 51, and Keagile L. Msiza, three children, Vosloorus Ward, Bedfordview South Africa Stake: Zimbabwe Bulawayo Mission, succeeding President William Coleman and Sister Philomina Coleman. Brother Msiza is an elders quorum president and a former stake president, high councilor, stake Young Men presidency counselor, bishop, elders quorum president and missionary in the South Africa Cape Town Mission. He was born in Leslie, South Africa, to Levi Msiza and Beauty Tozi Mahlangu.

Sister Msiza is a ward Young Women president and a former ward Relief Society president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Primary presidency counselor, ward temple and family history consultant and self-reliance specialist. She was born in Soweto, South Africa, to Moatisi Daniel Mahlasi and Emily Mokoena.

Curtis Oscarson and Mary Oscarson
Curtis Oscarson and Mary Oscarson | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Curtis Oscarson, 44, and Mary Oscarson, three children, Elk Hollow Ward, North Salt Lake Utah Stake: Brazil Rio de Janeiro South Mission, succeeding President Aroldo B. Cavalcante and Sister Christiana Cavalcante. Brother Oscarson is a Young Men adviser and former high councilor, bishopric counselor, branch presidency counselor, elders quorum president, Sunday School teacher, temple ordinance worker, Church Service missionary and missionary in the Brazil Belo Horizonte Mission. He was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to David A Oscarson and Kathleen Roundy Thorne.

Sister Oscarson is a ward Young Women presidency counselor and former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, stake Young Women camp director, ward Relief Society president, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Primary teacher, and temple and family history consultant. She was born in Portland, Oregon, to Warren Herman Winter and Patricia Jeanne Winter.

Ryan D. Robinson and Elena M. Robinson
Ryan D. Robinson and Elena M. Robinson | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Ryan D. Robinson, 62, and Elena M. Robinson, eight children, Crystal Falls Ward, Cedar Park Texas Stake: México Mexicali Mission. Brother Robinson is a stake president and former high councilor, bishop, bishopric counselor, elders quorum president, Young Men adviser, seminary teacher and missionary in the Mexico Monterrey Mission. He was born in Ogden, Utah, to Gary Scott Robinson and Connie Robinson.

Sister Robinson is a Primary teacher and former stake Primary president, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, Young Women adviser, Primary music leader and seminary teacher. She was born in Urbana, Illinois, to Merlin Henry Forster and Vilda Mae Forster.

Michelle H. Russell and J.R. Russell
Michelle H. Russell and J.R. Russell | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

J.R. Russell, 51, and Michelle H. Russell, four children, Walnut Hills Ward, Des Moines Iowa Mount Pisgah Stake: Idaho Pocatello Mission, succeeding President Scott Herrod and Sister Deanna Herrod. Brother Russell is a stake presidency counselor and former bishop, bishopric counselor, Gospel Doctrine teacher, Young Men adviser and missionary in the Nevada Las Vegas Mission. He was born in Seattle, Washington, to Robert Orvin Russell and Patricia Lee Russell.

Sister Russell is a choir director and former stake Young Women president, stake Young Women presidency counselor, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, Young Women adviser, Relief Society service coordinator, Relief Society teacher and Primary music leader. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Richard Curtis Huffaker and Judy Huffaker.

Mark Sheffield and Heather Sheffield
Mark Sheffield and Heather Sheffield | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Mark Sheffield, 47, and Heather Sheffield, four children, Newcastle Ward, Sandy Utah Granite Stake: Washington Yakima Mission, succeeding President Phil Welch and Sister Anita Welch. Brother Sheffield is a bishop and a former high councilor, stake assistant clerk, stake assistant executive secretary, ward Sunday School president, elders quorum presidency counselor and missionary in the Florida Fort Lauderdale Mission. He was born in Bountiful, Utah, to Thomas Heber Sheffield and Geraldine Sheffield.

Sister Sheffield is a ward Young Women presidency counselor and a former stake Young Women secretary, Young Women adviser, Sunday School teacher and Primary teacher. She was born in Salt Lake City to James Michael Groscost and Cheryl Lynn Groscost.

Shannon B. Tilley and R. Clark Tilley
Shannon B. Tilley and R. Clark Tilley | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

R. Clark Tilley, 58, and Shannon B. Tilley, six children, Vintage Ranch Ward, Gilbert Arizona Greenfield Stake: México Puebla North Mission, succeeding President Helamán Montejo and Sister Carmen Montejo. Brother Tilley is a Young Men adviser and Sunday School teacher and former stake presidency counselor, YSA stake presidency counselor, stake Young Men presidency counselor, stake Self-Reliance facilitator, stake Mission Preparation teacher, bishop, ward Young Men president, Gospel Doctrine teacher, scouting district chair and missionary in the Ecuador Quito Mission. He was born in Ogden, Utah, to Clarence H. Tilley and Joyce C. Tilley.  

Sister Tilley is a ward missionary and Sunday School teacher and former stake Primary president, stake Young Women camp director, stake Self-Reliance facilitator, ward Young Women presidency counselor, ward Primary presidency counselor, ward Young Women camp director, Young Women adviser, seminary teacher, Gospel Doctrine teacher and Relief Society teacher. She was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Lindsay Anderson Brady and Darlene Dorothy Bills Brady.

Arnaldo D. Ullua and Silvana Ullua
Arnaldo D. Ullua and Silvana Ullua | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Arnaldo D. Ullua, 53, and Silvana Ullua, five children, Funes Ward, Rosario Argentina West Stake: Argentina Neuquén Mission, succeeding President Steven E. Pennington and Sister Rachel Pennington. Brother Ullua is an elders quorum president and former stake presidency counselor, high councilor, bishop, branch president, temple ordinance worker and missionary in the Argentina Buenos Aires South/West Mission. He was born in Rosario, Argentina, to Arnaldo Pascual Ullua and Regina Lucia Plocharczyk.

Sister Ullua is a stake Young Women president and former ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, ward Primary presidency counselor, seminary teacher and missionary in the Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission. She was born in Rosario, Argentina, to Saul Francisco Jansa and Nelida Marcos.

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