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Learn about the new leaders of 16 missions from Argentina to Vietnam

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.

Fresnel Charles and Nerlande Saint-Fleur Charles
Nerlande Saint-Fleur Charles and Fresnel Charles | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Fresnel Charles, 39, and Nerlande Saint-Fleur Charles, Petit Place Cazeau Ward, Croix-des-Missions Haiti Stake: Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission, succeeding President Géthro Nérosil and Sister Djénica Nérosil. Brother Charles is a stake president and former mission presidency counselor, stake presidency counselor, branch president, elders quorum president, ward Young Men president, branch Young Men presidency counselor, branch Young Men secretary, mission audit committee chair, Sunday School teacher and missionary in the Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission. He was born in Saint Marc, Haiti, to Raymond Charles and Sonia Silencieux.

Sister Saint-Fleur Charles is a self-reliance facilitator and a former ward Relief Society president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women presidency counselor and Young Women adviser. She was born in Saint-Marc, Haiti, to Joseph Saint Fleur and Gerturde Ersulein.

Jason Ellis and Naomi Ellis
Naomi Ellis and Jason Ellis | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Jason Ellis, 53, and Naomi Ellis, six children, Onkaparinga Ward, Adelaide Australia Marion Stake: Utah Provo Mission, succeeding President Todd L. Hendrickson and Sister Rebecca A. Hendrickson. Brother Ellis is a ward mission leader, elders quorum presidency counselor and temple ordinance worker, and former stake president, stake presidency counselor, stake Young Men president, stake executive secretary, high councilor, bishop, bishopric counselor, ward Young Men president, employment specialist, seminary teacher, ward clerk and missionary in the New Zealand Christchurch/Wellington Mission. He was born in Adelaide, South Australia, to Frank Anthony Ellis and Mary Lou Williams.

Sister Ellis is a ward Primary president and a former stake Young Women presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women presidency counselor, Primary music leader, Relief Society teacher, visiting teaching coordinator, nursery leader and ward missionary. She was born in Launceston, Australia, to James Ian Pawson and Ruth Margaret Pawson.

Javier Figueroa and Vicky Figueroa
Vicky Figueroa and Javier Figueroa | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Javier Figueroa, 48, and Vicky Figueroa, three children, Los Laureles Ward, Santo Domingo Ecuador Stake: México Cuernavaca Mission, succeeding President Mario A. Reyes and Sister Kennya Reyes. Brother Figueroa is a mission presidency counselor and former stake president, bishop, bishopric counselor, high priests group leader, ward mission leader and missionary in the Ecuador Guayaquil North Mission. He was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, to Francisco Figueroa Borbor and Alba Elena de Figueroa Perez.

Sister Figueroa is a seminary teacher and a former stake Relief Society president, stake Young Women presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women presidency counselor and ward Primary presidency counselor. She was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, to Hipolito Gerardo Leon Carrion and Etna Isabel de Leon Vera Cedeño.

Cesar Hermosilla and Chira Hermosilla
Chira Hermosilla and Cesar Hermosilla | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Cesar Hermosilla, 55, and Chira Hermosilla, three children, Bella Vista Ward, Luque Paraguay Stake: Argentina Tucumán Mission. Brother Hermosilla is a mission presidency counselor and a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, high councilor, bishop, elders quorum president, institute teacher and missionary in the Argentina Cordoba and Argentina Salta missions. He was born in Asuncion, Paraguay, to Eliodoro Ramon Hermosilla and Elva Felicita Hermosilla.

Sister Hermosilla is a former stake Primary president, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, Sunday School teacher, seminary teacher, Church service missionary and missionary in the Uruguay Montevideo Mission. She was born in Temuco, Chile, to Francisco Antonio Reyes and Elena Araya.

Rob Howell and Jami Howell
Rob Howell and Jami Howell | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Rob Howell, 57, and Jami Howell, four children, Davis Creek 2nd Ward, Farmington Utah South Stake: Vietnam Hanoi Mission, succeeding President Larry K. Hughes and Sister Janece Hughes. Brother Howell is a stake president and a former stake presidency counselor, stake executive secretary, stake Young Men secretary, high councilor, bishop, bishopric counselor, Primary teacher, Sunday School teacher, ward clerk, Young Men adviser and missionary in the California San Jose Vietnamese-speaking Mission. He was born in Bountiful, Utah, to Donald Earl Howell and Lois Standing Howell.

Sister Howell is a Primary pianist and a former stake Young Women president, ward Primary president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women presidency counselor, ward Young Women secretary, Primary music leader, Primary teacher and Relief Society teacher. She was born in Burley, Idaho, to David McKell Beck and Susan Kay Beck.

Scott Kelley and Elizabeth Kelley
Scott Kelley and Elizabeth Kelley | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Scott Kelley, 65, and Elizabeth Kelley, eight children, Manor Ward, Austin Texas Stake: Costa Rica San José East Mission, succeeding President Andrew H. Johnson and Sister Diane Johnson. Brother Kelley is a stake president and addiction recovery group leader and former stake presidency counselor, high councilor, bishop, high priests group leader and missionary in the Costa Rica San José Mission. He was born in Loma Linda, California, to Charles Brinton Kelley Jr. and Marjorie Kelley.

Sister Kelley is a stake Young Women camp leader and former addiction recovery group leader,ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Primary presidency counselor and seminary teacher. She was born in Joplin, Missouri, to Douglas Clair Serage and Nancy Charlotte Serage.

Ferdinand Lantaca and Miriam Aileen Lantaca
Ferdinand Lantaca and Miriam Aileen Lantaca | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Ferdinand Lantaca, 56, and Miriam Aileen Lantaca, three children, Dumaguete 1st Ward, Dumaguete Philippines Stake: Philippines Butuan Mission, succeeding President Danilo Baligod and Sister Elizabeth Baligod. Brother Lantaca is a mission presidency counselor and former stake president, district president, district presidency counselor, branch president, institute teacher and missionary in the Philippines Baguio Mission. He was born in Dumaguete City, Philippines, to Novetor Bation Lantaca and Rosario Flores Abao Lantaca.

Sister Lantaca is an institute teacher and former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president and seminary teacher. She was born in Dipolog City, Philippines, to Donato Mercado Corro Jr. and Agnes Josefina Gamalinda Cunanan Corro.

Ricky P. Mak and Mery Mak
Ricky P. Mak and Mery Mak | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Ricky P. Mak, 52, and Mery Mak, four children, Tangerang 1st Ward, Jakarta Indonesia Stake: Indonesia Jakarta Mission, succeeding President Edwin Tandiman and Sister Christine D. Tandiman. Brother Mak is a Sunday School teacher and former mission presidency counselor, district president, stake auditor, high councilor, bishop, bishopric counselor, ward clerk and missionary in the Indonesia Jakarta Mission. He was born in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Marzuki Makmur and Sumiati Pudja.

Sister Mak is a stake Primary president and former ward Primary presidency counselor, Primary teacher, Relief Society teacher, seminary teacher and Sunday School teacher. She was born in Medan, Indonesia, to Djohan Halim and Siu Lan Yap.

Roger McConkie and Sara McConkie
Sara McConkie and Roger McConkie | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Roger McConkie, 61, and Sara McConkie, five children, Wasatch 6th Ward, Salt Lake Wasatch Stake: Japan Nagoya Mission, succeeding President Richard M. Chidester and Sister Etsuko M. Chidester. Brother McConkie is a patriarch and former stake presidency counselor, stake mission president, high councilor, bishop, elders quorum president, ward Young Men president, ward Sunday School president, Sunday School teacher, institute teacher and missionary in the Japan Tokyo South Mission. He was born in Salt Lake City to Oscar Walter McConkie Jr. and Judith McConkie.

Sister McConkie is a patriarch scribe and Relief Society teacher and former stake Primary president, stake Primary presidency counselor, stake young single adult adviser, ward Young Women president, ward Young Women presidency counselor, ward Primary presidency counselor, Activity Days leader, Primary music leader, Sunday School teacher and Primary teacher. She was born in Salt Lake City to Lathael Holladay Fryer and Marna Lou Fryer.

David Oryang and Christine Oryang
David Oryang and Christine Oryang | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

David Oryang, 64, and Christine Oryang, two children, Woodbridge 1st Ward, Woodbridge Virginia Stake: Nigeria Calabar Mission. Brother Oryang is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, stake Young Men president, high councilor, bishop, bishopric counselor, branch president and Primary teacher. He was born in Gulu-Acholi, Uganda, to Edward Anthony Oryang and Eva Hellen Oryang. 

Sister Oryang is a Primary teacher and former branch Primary president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women presidency counselor and ward Relief Society secretary. She was born in Kumi, Uganda, to William Ibuyat Obore and Faith Asekenye Opolot.

Kimball A. Palmer and Brenda L. Palmer
Kimball A. Palmer and Brenda L. Palmer | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Kimball A. Palmer, 64, and Brenda L. Palmer, eight children, Glenwood Branch, Little Rock Arkansas Stake: Colombia Bogotá North Mission, succeeding President Carlo M. Lezano and Sister Ketty Inga de Lezano. Brother Palmer is a stake presidency counselor and former high councilor, branch president, branch clerk, ward Young Men president and missionary in the Colombia Bogotá Mission. He was born in Moline, Illinois, to Ira Willard Alan Palmer and Shirley Ann Palmer.  

Sister Palmer is a stake FSY representative and former stake Young Women president, branch Relief Society president, branch Young Women president and branch Primary presidency counselor. She was born in Mesa, Arizona, to John Edgar Davis and Diana Jo Davis.

S. Ray Peterson and Sarah G. Peterson
S. Ray Peterson and Sarah G. Peterson | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

S. Ray Peterson, 57, and Sarah G. Peterson, six children, Laguna Beach Ward, Laguna Niguel California Stake: Perú Lima Central Mission, succeeding President Robert W. Ferrell and Sister Lori Ann Ferrell. Brother Peterson is a seminary teacher and a former stake Young Men presidency counselor, YSA bishop, bishopric counselor, elders quorum president, ward Young Men president, ward Sunday School president, Young Men adviser and missionary in the Texas Houston Mission. He was born in Salt Lake City to Gerald Joseph Peterson and Christa Guertler Peterson.

Sister Peterson is a stake Young Women specialist, stake Young Women camp director and ward missionary and former stake Young Women president, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women presidency counselor, Young Women adviser, Relief Society teacher and Sunday School teacher. She was born in Caldwell, Idaho, to Rodger Delynn Galland and Margaret Virginia Rose Galland.

Eelco Scheltinga and Jo-Ann Scheltinga
Eelco Scheltinga and Jo-Ann Scheltinga | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Eelco Scheltinga, 51, and Jo-Ann Scheltinga, four children, The Hague Ward, The Hague Netherlands Stake: Utah Ogden Mission, succeeding President Richard Holley and Sister Betsey Holley. Brother Scheltinga is a stake president and a former mission presidency counselor, high councilor, stake mission presidency counselor, bishopric counselor, ward mission leader and missionary in the California Carlsbad Mission. He was born in The Hague, Netherlands, to Theodorus A. Scheltinga and Maria C.A. Simonis.

Sister Scheltinga is an institute teacher and a former stake Primary president, ward Primary president, ward Young Women president, Primary music leader and seminary teacher. She was born in The Hague, Netherlands, to Jacob Pieter van Oudheusden and Bertie Louise van Oudheusden.

Aiveni Taufa and Sulieti Taufa
Sulieti Taufa and Aiveni Taufa | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Aiveni Taufa, 57, and Sulieti Taufa, six children, Rose Park 5th Ward (Tongan), Salt Lake Utah Stake (Tongan): New Mexico Farmington Mission, succeeding President William McNabb and Sister Lisa McNabb. Brother and Sister Taufa served as senior missionaries in the Colorado Colorado Springs Mission. Brother Taufa is an elders quorum teacher and former mission presidency counselor, stake presidency counselor, high councilor, bishopric counselor, ward Young Men president, Scoutmaster and missionary in the Washington Seattle Mission. He was born in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, to Tevita Sitelimani Mafi Taufa and Siosiane Taemanisa Taufa.

Sister Taufa is a Primary teacher and former ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women presidency counselor, ward Primary presidency counselor, Relief Society teacher and Sunday School teacher. She was born in Nukualofa, Tonga, to Angitau Mosa’ati Maka and ‘Ana Tupou Maka.

James E. Taylor and Wendy L. Taylor
James E. Taylor and Wendy L. Taylor | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

James E. Taylor, 58, and Wendy L. Taylor, four children, Ames First Ward, Ames Iowa Stake: Brazil Manaus South Mission. Brother Taylor is a technology specialist and former servicemember group leader, high councilor, stake Young Men president, stake Sunday School president, stake YSA representative, bishop, branch president, elders quorum president, ward Young Men president, ward Sunday School president, temple ordinance worker and missionary in the Uruguay Montevideo Mission. He was born in Logan, Utah, to Sterling Elwynn Taylor and Carolyn Schenk Taylor.

Sister Taylor is a Relief Society committee member and former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, stake Primary presidency counselor, stake public affairs specialist, ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Primary presidency counselor, seminary teacher, institute teacher, cub scout leader and nursery leader. She was born in LaJara, Colorado, to Dennis Lyle Valentine and Trudy Schmidhauser Bashara.

Raymond Vicente and Marylene Vicente
Raymond Vicente and Marylene Vicente | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Raymond Vicente, 48, and Marylene Vicente, four children, Muntinlupa 2nd Ward, Las Piñas Philippines Stake: Philippines General Santos Mission. Brother and Sister Vicente served as an interim mission president and companion in the Philippines Cavite Mission. Brother Vicente is a stake president and former stake presidency counselor, district presidency counselor, high councilor, bishop, branch presidency counselor, FSY session director, ward Young Men president, Church service missionary and missionary in the Philippines Davao Mission. He was born in San Fernando City, Philippines, to Roberto Evangelista Vicente and Janet Cuyos Rivera Vicente.

Sister Vicente is a ward Relief Society presidency counselor and temple ordinance worker and former FSY session director, stake Relief Society president, stake Young Women president, stake Primary presidency counselor, stake Relief Society secretary, ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, Young Women adviser, seminary teacher, Church service missionary and missionary in the Philippines Davao Mission. She was born in Batangas City, Philippines, to Dionisio Boquio Roman Sr. and Arsenia Antenor Roman.

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