15 New Mission Presidents to Begin Serving in July 2014

  • 4 March 2014

Fifteen mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July.

Korea Busan Mission

Kenneth S. and Diane K. Barrow

Kenneth Scott Barrow, 54, and Diane Kay Barrow, five children, Sugar Land 2nd Ward, Houston Texas South Stake, succeeding President Lynn A. Gilbert and Sister Cindy B. Gilbert. Brother Barrow serves as a stake president and is a former counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, bishop, Scoutmaster, seminary teacher, and missionary in the Korea Seoul Mission. Vice president and general counsel, Benchmark Electronics, Inc. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, to Wylie Ratliff Jr. and Rosalind Loretta Kelly Barrow.

Sister Barrow serves as a Church-service missionary and is a former ward Relief Society president, counselor in ward Young Women and Primary presidencies, Cub Scout leader, and ward missionary. Born in Canton, Ohio, to Lawrence Allen and Carol May Kennington Reichenbach.

Kentucky Louisville Mission

Rulon L. and Estella J. Brough

Rulon Larry Brough, 64, and Estella Joy Brough, four children, Enoch Utah 1st Ward, Enoch Utah Stake, succeeding President W. Richards Woodbury and Sister Rebecca B. Woodbury. Brother Brough serves as a temple ordinance worker and is a former stake president, bishop, branch president, counselor in a ward Young Men presidency, Scout leader, stake mission president, and missionary in the England South Mission. Retired U.S. Air Force pilot, partner MSCAerospace. Born in Payson, Utah, to Ernest Rulon and Arta Alena Brough.

Sister Brough serves as a temple ordinance worker and is a former stake Young Women president, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, counselor in a ward Young Women presidency, counselor in a branch Primary presidency, and Primary teacher. Born in Cedar City, Utah, to Norman Jones and Loleen Naegle Grimshaw.

Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission

Antônio M. and Rita Maria N. Cabral

Antônio Marcos Cabral de Sousa, 54, and Rita Maria Nascimento Cabral, two children, Mondubim Ward, Fortaleza Brasil Bom Sucesso Stake, succeeding President Geraldo Lima and Sister Lúcia M. Lima. Brother Cabral serves as a bishop and is a former counselor in a mission presidency, stake president, bishop, branch president, and elders quorum president. Professor, Secretaria de Educação do Estado Ceará-Seduc. Born in Fortaleza, Brazil, to Filomeno Alves Cabral and Francisca Cabral de Sousa.

Sister Cabral serves as a Gospel Principles teacher and is a former stake Relief Society president, ward Relief Society president, and ward Primary president. Born in Fortaleza, Brazil, to José Fluripes and Antonia Maria do Nascimento.

Brazil São Paulo Interlagos Mission

Loren G. and Annette N. Dalton

Loren Grant Dalton, 52, and Annette Nielsen Dalton, four children, Placentia 2nd Ward, Placentia California Stake, succeeding President R. Pacheco Pinho and Sister Beatriz P. Pinho. Brother Dalton is a former counselor in a mission presidency, bishop, counselor in a bishopric, high councilor, elders quorum president, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Brazil São Paulo South Mission. Co-owner, Meds in Motion Pharmacy. Born in Harbor City, California, to Leonard Franklynn Dalton and Davida Payne.

Sister Dalton serves as a counselor in a ward Young Women presidency and is a former ward Relief Society president, counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency, nursery leader, and Primary music leader. Born in Brigham City, Utah, to Farrell Spackman Nielsen and Coleen Andersen.

Argentina Mendoza Mission

Kevin R. and Louise D. K. Goates

Kevin Robert Goates, 56, and Louise Dianne Kowallis Goates, four children, Hereford Ward, Sierra Vista Arizona Stake, succeeding President Sergio E. Avila and Sister Claudia Navia de Avila. Brother Goates serves as a Sunday School teacher and is a former stake president, high councilor, bishop, and missionary in the Bolivia La Paz/Santa Cruz Mission. Director, Unmanned Systems Integration Center, Northrop Grumman Corporation. Born in Palo Alto, California, to Richard Floyd Bird Goates and Marilyn Knowlden.

Sister Goates serves as a Gospel Doctrine teacher and is a former ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, institute teacher, and missionary in the Colombia Bogota Mission. Born in Pasadena, California, to Otto Karl and Cleo Marie Kowallis.

Brazil Maceio Mission

Henrique G. and Maria A. Gomes

Henrique Gomes Jr., 58, and Maria Aparecida Pereira da Silva Gomes, three children, Votorantim Ward, Sorocaba Brazil Barcelona Stake, succeeding President Mauricio G. Gonzaga and Sister Claudia S. Gonzaga. Brother Gomes serves as a high councilor and is a former stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Brazil São Paulo North Mission. Property manager, Corporation of the Presiding Bishop. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, to Henrique and Rosa Virgínio Gomes.

Sister Gomes serves as a Sunday School teacher and Church-service missionary and is a former stake Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, counselor in a ward Primary presidency, family history center director, and seminary teacher. Born in Guarujá, Brazil, to Alberto and Ivanete Pereira da Silva.

Brazil Salvador Mission

David T. and Bianca P. Lisonbee

David Ted Lisonbee, 60, and Bianca Palmieri Lisonbee, five children, Windsor 6th Ward, Orem Utah Windsor Stake, succeeding President James W. Hart and Sister Laurel Hart. Brother Lisonbee served with his wife as a missionary in the Italy Milan Mission and is a former counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, bishop, counselor in a bishopric, Young Men adviser, and missionary in the Brazil North Central Mission. CEO/founder, 4Life Research. Born in Ashland, Oregon, to Alvin Lisonbee and Louise Mae Tenney.

Sister Lisonbee is a former stake Young Women president, ward Relief Society president, Gospel Doctrine teacher, BYU institute teacher, and Relief Society teacher. Born aboard a ship at sea to Antonio Fulvio Palmieri and Josephine Frances Lupo.

Chile Osorno Mission

Rodrigo and Alma A. Obeso

Rodrigo Obeso, 58, and Alma A. González Florez Obeso, four children, Bella Vista Ward, Mexicali Mexico Stake, succeeding President John E. Rappleye and Sister Nancy Rappleye. Brother Obeso serves as a bishop and is a former Area Seventy, stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, counselor in a bishopric, and missionary in the Mexico Mexico City Mission. Owner, air conditioning company. Born in Guasave Sinaloa, Mexico, to Jose Ramon Obeso Perez and Ignacia Buelna Beltran.

Sister Obeso is a former stake Relief Society president, stake Young Women president, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, seminary teacher, and missionary in the Mexico Mexico City Mission. Born in Mexicali, Baja California, to Jesus González Moreno and Manuela Florez Almenara.

Florida Fort Lauderdale Mission

Douglas M. and LuAnn E. Richardson

Douglas Milo Richardson, 63, and LuAnn Ebert Richardson, four children, Red Cliffs 8th Ward, St. George Utah Red Cliffs Stake, succeeding President Donald E. Anderson and Sister Janet Anderson. Brother Richardson serves as a bishop and is a former high councilor, stake Young Men president, stake mission president, counselor in a bishopric, and missionary in the Brazil North Mission. Director, Strategic Partner Alliance, Western Digital Corporation. Born in Arlington, Virginia, to Acel Wayne Richardson and Vivian Carol Lee.

Sister Richardson serves as a counselor in a special needs Young Women presidency and is a former ward Relief Society president, counselor in a ward Young Women presidency, and Primary teacher. Born in Salt Lake City to Richard Wayne Ebert and Geraldine McCullough.

Argentina Buenos Aires West Mission

David P. and Juliana M. H. Robertson

David Paul Robertson, 52, and Juliana Marie Hendershot Robertson, seven children, La Molina Ward, Lima Peru La Molina Stake, succeeding President Douglas B. Carter and Sister Debra A. Carter. Brother Robertson is a former counselor in a stake presidency, stake Young Men president, bishop, and missionary in the Brazil Recife Mission. SANW area controller, Corporation of the Presiding Bishop. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, to John Arte and Helen Edith Waters Robertson.

Sister Robertson serves as a counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency and is a former stake Young Women president, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, and seminary teacher. Born in La Mesa, California, to Robert Harold and Dina Cynthia Beltran Hendershot.

Brazil Florianopolis Mission

Ramilfo E. and Célia M. da Silva

Ramilfo Evandro da Silva, 55, and Célia Maria Mastroto da Silva, three children, Árvore Grande Ward, Sorocaba Brazil Barcelona Stake, succeeding President J. Joel Fernandes and Sister Maristela Fernandes. Brother Silva serves as a counselor in a mission presidency and is a former stake president, high councilor, bishop, and missionary in the Brazil Recife Mission. Coordinator for LDS Seminaries and Institutes. Born in São Paulo, Brazil, to Ramilpho and Helenice Aparecida da Silva.

Sister Silva is a former stake Relief Society president, counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency, seminary teacher, and missionary in the Brazil São Paulo North Mission. Born in Botucatu, Brazil, to João Baptista and Apparecida Vernini Mastroto.

El Salvador Santa Ana Mission

Ronald L. and Gayle P. Spjut

Ronald Lynn Spjut, 62, and Gayle Platt Spjut, six children, Northern Kentucky Ward, Cincinnati Ohio Stake, succeeding President I. Poloski Cordon and Sister T. Lorena Espinoza de Cordon. Brother Spjut serves with his wife as a missionary in the Guatemala Retalhuleu Mission and is a former counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, bishop, Scoutmaster, and missionary in the Bolivia Mission. Business director (retired), Celanese Corporation. Born in Salt Lake City to Carl Melvin Spjut and Ruth Wakefield.

Sister Spjut is a former counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency, ward Relief Society president, and ward Young Women president. Born in Salt Lake City to James Lowell Platt and Barbara Goodwin.

Finland Helsinki Mission

Wayne T. and Luana A. Watson

Wayne Thomas Watson, 59, and Luana Allred Watson, six children, Heatheridge 5th Ward, Orem Utah Heatheridge Stake, succeeding President Douglas M. Rawlings and Sister Rhea Rawlings. Brother Watson serves as a branch president at the Provo Missionary Training Center and is a former stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, counselor in a branch presidency, high priests group leader, ward Young Men adviser, and missionary in the Finland Mission. Assistant vice president, electronic clinical information management and chief nursing information officer, Intermountain Healthcare. Born in Heber, Utah, to Nyle Thomas and Marva Young Watson.

Sister Watson serves with her husband at the Provo MTC and is a former stake camp director, counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency, ward Young Women adviser, ward music director, Relief Society instructor, and Primary teacher. Born in Heber, Utah, to Lorin Ernest Allred and Mildred Joy Defa Allred Clark.

Brazil Vitoria Mission

David E. and Rae Lou W. Young

David Elmer Young, 60, and Rae Lou Wight Young, 10 children, Wandamere Ward, South Salt Lake Stake, succeeding President J. Araújo Bezerra and Sister Zelia Bezerra. Brother Young is a former stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, stake Young Men president, bishop, and missionary in the Brazil North Central Mission. Regional vice president, sales, Sequoia Group, Inc. Born in Van Nuys, California, to Frank Elmer and Eunice Hawker Young.

Sister Young is a former counselor in a stake Primary presidency, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, and missionary in the Germany North Mission. Born in Salt Lake City to Ellery J and Ella Rae Wilson Wight.

Argentina Rosario Mission

Francisco J. and Verónica M. Zanni

Francisco Javier Zanni, 43, and Verónica Morales de Zanni, seven children, Retiro Ward, San Juan Argentina Chimbas Stake, succeeding President Hugo L. Giuliani and Sister Adriana M. Giuliani. Brother Zanni serves as a stake president and is a former counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, bishop, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Argentina Trelew Mission. Production manager, Group Zanni SA. Born in Carlos Casares, Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Osvaldo Enrique Zanni and Leonor Ester Carballo.

Sister Zanni serves as a seminary teacher and is a former ward Young Women president, branch Primary president, counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency, institute teacher, Gospel Doctrine teacher, and Young Women adviser. Born in San Juan, Argentina.