2018 Mission Presidents Called to Serve in Venezuela, Brazil, Provo, and More
Contributed By The LDS Church News
The following 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.
Venezuela Maracaibo Mission
José Jesús Acevedo Hernández, 42, and Mary Leonor Rodríguez de Acevedo, three children, San Diego Ward, Puerto La Cruz Venezuela Stake: Venezuela Maracaibo Mission, succeeding President Efraín R. García López and Sister Lilia J. Parra de García. Brother Acevedo serves as an area temple and family history consultant and is a former stake president, high councilor, assistant stake clerk, bishop, and missionary in the Venezuela Valencia Mission. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, to Antonio Acevedo and Agueda Hernández.
Sister Rodríguez serves as a seminary teacher and is a former branch Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, and ward Primary presidency counselor. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, to Cesar Rodríguez and Flor Ramirez.
Texas Houston South Mission
Jeremy Shane Guthrie, 39, and Jennifer Joyce Guthrie, three children, Skyline Ward, Cedar Mill Oregon Stake: Texas Houston South Mission, succeeding President Aaron T. Hall and Sister Kim Hall. Brother Guthrie serves as a seminary and Sunday School teacher and is a former Young Men adviser, ward Young Men presidency counselor, and missionary in the Spain Bilbao Mission. Born in Roseburg, Oregon, to Steven Neal Guthrie and Clarice Yukiko Guthrie.
Sister Guthrie serves as a ward Relief Society presidency counselor and is a former ward Primary president, Young Women adviser, nursery leader, and Sunday School teacher. Born in Provo, Utah, to Steven Kenneth Williams and Kathryn Jo Williams.
Paraguay Asunción Mission
Kimball Ray Hansen, 56, and Christine Erickson Hansen, six children, Shamrock Park Ward, Idaho Falls South Stake: Paraguay Asunción Mission, succeeding President Sergio A. Wilson and Sister Susana Ramos de Wilson. Brother Hansen is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, high councilor, elders quorum president, and missionary in the México Monterrey Mission. Born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Ray Richard Hansen and Veloy Washburn Hansen.
Sister Hansen is a former ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women and Primary presidency counselor, and Cub Scout leader. Born in Salt Lake City to Melvyn John Erickson and Bonnie Lee Gilbert Westbroek.
Argentina Bahia Blanca Mission
Robert William Hymas, 59, and Katherine Ann Call Hymas, five children, Beaumont Ward, Lexington Kentucky North Stake: Argentina Bahia Blanca Mission, succeeding President Marcos E. Cifuentes and Sister Jennifer Cifuentes. Brother Hymas serves as a temple sealer and is a former Area Seventy, stake president, stake Young Men president, bishop, high councilor, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Argentina Buenos Aires South Mission. Born in Salt Lake City to William Merrill Hymas and Anna Darlene Coop Hymas.
Sister Hymas serves as a stake Relief Society president and is a former stake music chairman, ward Primary and Relief Society president, institute teacher, Primary music leader, and missionary in the Bolivia Mission. Born in Salt Lake City to Eran Abegg Call and Katherine Groesbeck.
Honduras Comayaguela Mission
Marvin Estuardo Mejía Casasola, 42, and Diana Elizabeth Hernández de Mejía, one child, Nueva Florida Ward, Guatemala City Bosques de San Nicolás Stake: Honduras Comayaguela Mission, succeeding President Edwin R. Ferman Zelaya and Sister D. Suyapa Romero de Ferman. Brother Mejía Casasolas is a former stake president, bishop, bishopric counselor, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Honduras San Pedro Sula Mission. Born in El Estor, Guatemala, to Marciano Mejía and María Elida Casasola Padilla.
Sister Mejía serves as a Primary teacher and is a former stake Young Women presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, stake choir director, and institute teacher. Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, to Eliazar Hernández Orellana and Maria Alicia Herrera Gonzalez de Hernández.
Brazil São Paulo East Mission
Stephen Douglas Miller, 65, and Lynne Ellen Bacigalupi Miller, four children, Cochrane 1st Ward, Calgary Alberta West Stake: Brazil São Paulo East Mission, succeeding President Roy W Silcox and Sister Cathy Silcox. Brother Miller is a former stake president, high councilor, area temple and family history consultant, branch president, bishop, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Brazil North Mission. Born in Taber, Alberta, Canada, to Leo Douglas Miller and Reta Louise Elder Miller.
Sister Miller is a former stake Relief Society president, ward Relief Society and Young Women presidency counselor, ward Relief Society and Young Women president, and seminary teacher. Born in Oakland, California, to Ronald Edward Bacigalupi and Doreen Florence Brooks Bacigalupi.
Utah Provo Mission
Andrew Michael O’Riordan, 51, and Helen Gilbert O’Riordan, four children, Rosebud Ward, Melbourne Australia Braeside Stake: Utah Provo Mission, succeeding President John C Hodgman and Sister Victoria K. Hodgman. Brother O’Riordan serves as assistant ward mission leader and is a former Area Seventy, stake president, bishop, stake presidency counselor, and missionary in the Japan Fukuoka Mission. Born in Coburg, Australia, to Denis Patrick O’Riordan and Margaret Rose Wickett O’Riordan.
Sister O’Riordan serves as a Primary teacher and is a former seminary teacher, ward Relief Society and Primary presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, ward music director, and ward choir director. Born in Swindon Wilts, England, to John William Gilbert and Margaret Jane Gilbert.
Peru Lima Central Mission
Michael Brent Strong, 52, and Cristin Connelly Strong, six children, Brookhurst Ward, Centerville Utah North Stake: Perú Lima Central Mission, succeeding President Stephen J. Larson and Sister Becky Larson. Brother Strong is a former stake president, bishop, stake executive secretary, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission. Born in Salt Lake City to A. Brent Strong and Margaret McKean Strong.
Sister Strong is a former ward Primary and Relief Society president, Young Women adviser, Sunday School teacher, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, and missionary in the Bolivia Cochabamba Mission. Born in Provo, Utah, to John Richard Connelly and Cheryl Anne Connelly.