2018 Mission Presidents Called to Serve in Australia, Cambodia, Japan, and More
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The following eight new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July of 2018. Biographies of other mission presidency couples will be published throughout 2018 on news.lds.org. Find other published biographies.
Chile Santiago East Mission
William Todd Brotherson, 55, and Carrie Ann Parrott Brotherson, three children, Rockbridge Ward, Buena Vista Virginia Stake: Chile Santiago East Mission, succeeding President Marty Morgan and Sister Lydia Morgan. Brother Brotherson is a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, stake executive secretary, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Texas San Antonio Mission. Born in Provo, Utah, to William Max Brotherson and Deanne Barbara Bingham Brotherson.
Sister Brotherson serves as a ward Relief Society presidency counselor and is a former ward Primary and Young Women president, Sunday School and Relief Society teacher, and missionary in the Spain Seville Mission. Born in Sacramento, California, to Arnold Robert Parrott and Phyllis Arlene Gregg Parrott.
Taiwan Taichung Mission
Bradley Watson Card, 45, and Cynthia Jean Card, four children, Forest Heights Ward, Edmonton Alberta Bonnie Doon Stake: Taiwan Taichung Mission, succeeding President Michael John U. Teh and Sister Grace Teh. Brother Card serves as a high councilor and stake Young Men president and is a former ward Young Men president, ward mission leader, bishopric counselor, and missionary in the Taiwan Taipei Mission. Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Bryce Dean Card and Kathryn Watson Card.
Sister Card serves as a ward Young Women president and is a former ward Relief Society secretary, ward Relief Society president, and stake Primary presidency counselor. Born in Magrath, Alberta, Canada, to Robert Hodgson Whitehead and Gloria Jean Whitehead.
Japan Tokyo Mission
Jon Ross Kimo Esplin, 55, and Kaye Davis Esplin, eight children, Willow Creek 7th Ward, Sandy Utah Willow Creek Stake: Japan Tokyo Mission, succeeding President Takuji Nagano and Sister Kuniko Nagano. Brother Esplin is a former stake president, stake Young Men presidency counselor, bishop, high councilor, ward Young Men president, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the Japan Kobe Mission. Born in Kahuku, Hawaii, to Ross Stolworthy Esplin and Olive Ora Moody Esplin.
Sister Esplin serves as a Primary music leader and is a former ward Young Women president, ward Primary and Relief Society presidency counselor, and stake camp director. Born in Salt Lake City to Paul Nofear Davis and Rae Jean Davis.
Venezuela Barcelona Mission
Pedro Esteban Hernández Alfonzo, 48, and Magdalena Inés Romero de Hernández, two children, Punto Fijo Ward, Punto Fijo Venezuela Stake: Venezuela Barcelona Mission, succeeding President Alberto A. Álvarez and Sister Aurora M. Rojas de Álvarez. Brother Hernández is a former stake president, mission presidency counselor, district president, stake executive secretary, high councilor, and missionary in the Venezuela Maracaibo Mission. Born in Falcón, Venezuela, to Nicolas Hernández and Carmen de Hernández.
Sister Hernández is a former ward and branch Relief Society president, district Young Women presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, institute teacher, and missionary in the Venezuela Barcelona Mission. Born in Falcón, Venezuela, to Rodolfo Romero and Maria Magdalena de Romero Senar.
Utah Ogden Mission
Mark Allen Hobbins, 59, and Diane Teresa Sasine Hobbins, seven children, Live Oak Canyon Ward, Santa Margarita California Stake: Utah Ogden Mission, succeeding President Jeremy R. Jaggi and Sister Amy A. Jaggi. Brother Hobbins serves as a mission presidency counselor and is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, seminary teacher, ward Young Men president, ward mission leader, and missionary in the New York Rochester Mission. Born in Fullerton, California, to Milton Emery Hobbins and Dolores Joyce Pages.
Sister Hobbins is a former ward Relief Society president, Young Women adviser, Sunday School and Primary teacher, and nursery leader. Born in Los Angeles, California, to Robert Gale Sasine and Caroline Lucy Sasine.
Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission
John Wootton Lewis, 60, and LaCinda Smoot Lewis, eight children, Cullumber Ward, Gilbert Arizona Stake: Cambodia Phnom Penh Mission, succeeding President James L. Christensen and Sister Charlene Christensen. Brother Lewis serves as a ward Young Men president and is a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, stake Sunday School presidency counselor, ward mission leader, and missionary in the Japan Fukuoka Mission. Born in Provo, Utah, to Ben Elden Lewis and Barbara Rae Wootton Lewis.
Sister Lewis serves as a temple preparation teacher and family history specialist and is a former ward Relief Society president, stake missionary, stake Primary secretary, stake public affairs specialist, ward Young Women presidency counselor, and ward music chairman. Born in Seattle, Washington, to L. Douglas Smoot and Marian Bird Smoot.
Australia Sydney Mission
R. Scott Runia, 60, and Tamara Wood Runia, seven children, Edgemont 1st Ward, Provo Utah Edgemont Stake: Australia Sydney Mission, succeeding President Daniel J. and Sister Donna J. Bingham and President Max L. and Sister Donna H. Checketts. Brother Runia is a former Area Seventy, stake president, high councilor, stake presidency counselor, bishop, and stake Young Men president. Born in Salt Lake City to Thys Runia and Christina Hendrika Meister Runia.
Sister Runia serves as a stake Relief Society scripture instructor and is a former stake Young Women president and stake Relief Society presidency counselor. Born in Concord, California, to Vincent Alma Wood and Gail Hilton Wood.
México Cuernavaca Mission
Alejandro Humberto Treviño, 53, and Elisa Casanova de Treviño, five children, Contry Ward, Monterrey México Roma Stake: México Cuernavaca Mission, succeeding President Héctor Ávila Rosales and Sister Martha P. Meléndez de Ávila. Brother Treviño Almaguer serves as a high councilor and is a former bishop, bishopric counselor, and missionary in the México Hermosillo Mission. Born in Monterrey, México, to Carlos Walter Treviño and Emma Delia Almaguer.
Sister Treviño serves as a stake Relief Society president and is a former stake Young Women president. Born in México City, México, to Juan Casanova Cerda and Alfa Loya de Casanova.