First Presidency Assigns New Mission Presidents

  • 13 April 2015

The First Presidency has called eight mission presidents and their wives. They will begin their service in July.

Mozambique Maputo Mission

Manoel L. and Marcia C. Amorim

Manoel Luiz Ferrao de Amorim, 56, and Marcia do Carmo de Souza de Amorim, three children, Bitner Ranch Ward, Park City Utah Stake: Mozambique Maputo Mission, succeeding President Paulo V. Kretly and Sister Adriana Kretly. Brother Amorim is a former stake presidency counselor, stake mission president, MTC branch president, bishopric counselor, ward mission leader, and missionary in the Brazil São Paulo South Mission. Partner, Peak Capital Partners. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Athos Marques de Amorim and Maria Alice Barcellos Pires Ferrao.

Sister Amorim is a former ward Relief Society and Primary president. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Gilberto Sergio Gonçalves Nunes and Marly do Carmo Nogueira de Souza.

Belgium/Netherlands Mission

Robert L. and Jann W. Bunnell

Robert Lee Bunnell, 65, and Jann Walker Bunnell, five children, Monument Park 12th Ward, Salt Lake Monument Park North Stake: Belgium/Netherlands Mission, succeeding President Alden C. Robinson and Sister Brenda Robinson. Brother Bunnell serves as a high councilor and is a former bishop, stake mission president, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Netherlands Mission. Physician assistant, Wee Care Pediatrics. Born in Salt Lake City to Alton Leroy Bunnell and Carol Lucille Roberts Bunnell.

Sister Bunnell is a former ward Relief Society and Young Women president, ward Primary presidency counselor, ward Relief Society secretary, sports director, and seminary teacher. Born in Salt Lake City to Edwin Reeves Walker and Ethel Lucille Garvin Walker.

Chile Viña del Mar Mission

Jean and Raúl Díaz

Raúl Antonio Díaz Navarro, 54, and Jean Grace Wall de Díaz, five children, Los Plátanos Ward, Santiago Chile Ñuñoa Stake: Chile Viña del Mar Mission, succeeding President Federico M. Kähnlein and Sister Sabrina Kähnlein. Brother Díaz serves as a Sunday School teacher and is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, stake Young Men presidency counselor, and ward Young Men president. Coordinator of religion, Seminaries and Institutes. Born in Santiago, Chile, to Luis Alberto Díaz Subiabre and Juana Cecilia Navarro de Díaz.

Sister Díaz serves as a stake Primary president and is a former stake Young Women president, ward Primary president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, and seminary teacher. Born in Antofagasta, Chile, to James Wall and Carmen Julia Juul.

Norway Oslo Mission

Joeen R. and Tracy A. Hill

Tracy Arnold Hill, 63, and Joeen Renee Thompson Hill, seven children, Lakeview 6th Ward, Orem Utah Lakeview Stake: Norway Oslo Mission, succeeding President Don A. Evans and Sister Susan Evans. Brother Hill is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, MTC branch president, high councilor, and missionary in the Norway Oslo Mission. Pulmonary and critical care physician and regional chief medical officer, Intermountain Healthcare. Born in Berkeley, California, to Herbert Jackson Hill and Joyce Standing Hill.

Sister Hill served with her husband in an MTC branch and is a former ward Young Women, Relief Society, and Primary president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, compassionate service leader, and ward Relief Society teacher. Born in Portland, Oregon, to Joseph Richard Thompson and Evelyn Amanda Johnson Thompson.

Colombia Bogota North Mission

Robert and Shaunna Laney

Robert Franklin Laney Jr., 54, and Shaunna Lee Frey Laney, five children, McQueen Ward, Gilbert Arizona Stapley Stake: Colombia Bogota North Mission, succeeding President Mark F. Andelin and Sister Tia Andelin. Brother Laney serves as a stake president and is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission. Physician, Premiere Emergency Medical Specialists. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Robert Franklin Laney and Helene Patricia Phelan Laney.

Sister Laney serves as a temple worker and is a former ward Primary president, ward Young Women presidency counselor, and ward Relief Society teacher. Born in Lynnwood, California, to Fred La Rue Frey and Dixie Annette Causey Frey.

México México City South Mission

Katrina and D. Bryan Mecham

David Bryan Mecham, 56, and Katrina Marie Gurley Mecham, six children, Mount Pleasant 6th Ward, Mount Pleasant Utah North Stake: México México City South Mission, succeeding President Roberto Valadez Alvara and Sister Angélica Álvarez de Valadez. Brother Mecham serves as a ward Sunday School teacher and is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Costa Rica San José Mission. Manager and partner, Terrel’s Country Bakery. Born in Payson, Utah, to David Edmund Mecham and Verla Kay Houser Mecham.

Sister Mecham serves as a Sunday School teacher and is a former ward Primary president, ward Young Women adviser, and Cub Scout leader. Born in Provo, Utah, to Dale Lee Gurley and Dorothy Ann Johnson Gurley.

New York Utica Mission

Mitzie T. and Jeffrey G. Rogers

Jeffrey Gordon Rogers, 59, and Mitzie Talbot Rogers, six children, Green Valley 3rd Ward, St. George Utah Green Valley Stake: New York Utica Mission, succeeding President Joseph B. Wirthlin Jr. and Sister Kathleen Wirthlin. Brother Rogers is a former stake president, high councilor, stake mission president, bishopric counselor, ward mission leader, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Germany Hamburg Mission. Physician, Southern Utah Women’s Health Center. Born in Salt Lake City and son of William G. Rogers and Richard and Sheron Hafen.

Sister Rogers is a former ward Relief Society and Primary president, ward Young Women and Relief Society presidency counselor, and family history committee member. Born in Cedar City, Utah, to Brent Gale Talbot and Sherlie Smith Talbot.

Brazil São Paulo East Mission

Roy W and Cathy Silcox

Roy W Silcox, 59, and Cathy Meyers Silcox, four children, Salem 10th Ward, Salem Utah West Stake: Brazil São Paulo East Mission, succeeding President Don L. Andrew and Sister Claudia Andrew. Brother Silcox serves as an institute instructor and is a former stake president, ward mission leader, and missionary in the Brazil Porto Alegre Mission. Professor of physiology, Brigham Young University. Born in Riverton, Utah, to Jack W Silcox and Myrl Beckstead Silcox.

Sister Silcox serves as an institute instructor. Born in Salt Lake City to Norman Ardell Meyers and Virginia Lenore Groce Meyers.