New Mission Presidents Called to Serve in Guatemala, Philippines, England, and More

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  • 1 June 2016

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

Bolivia Santa Cruz North Mission

Manuela and Enrique Cabezas

Enrique Cabezas Gomez, 65, and Manuela Sánchez de Cabezas, five children, Calacoto Ward, La Paz Bolivia Calacoto Stake: Bolivia Santa Cruz North Mission, succeeding President Richard C. Zambrano and Sister Patricia Zambrano. Brother Cabezas serves as an area public affairs director and is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, high councilor, and institute teacher. Self-reliance manager, Corporation of the Presiding Bishop. Born in Sucre, Bolivia, to Augusto Cabezas Salguero and Blanca Gomez Castropinto.

Sister Cabezas serves as a visiting teaching supervisor and is a former ward Relief Society and Young Women president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, seminary teacher, and Sunday School teacher. Born in Sucre, Bolivia, to Aurelio Sánchez Vargas and Albina Medina de Sánchez.

Guatemala Cobán Mission

Carlos A. and Teresa Faundez

Carlos Alfonso Faundez Maureira, 53, and Teresa de Jesús Riquelme de Faundez, five children, Las Gardenias Ward, Santiago Chile Javiera Carrera Stake: Guatemala Cobán Mission, succeeding President John F. Curtiss and Sister Beatriz Curtiss. Brother Faundez is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, stake Young Men president, and ward Sunday School presidency counselor. Managing partner, Kate Trader Ltda. Born in Santiago, Chile, to Antonio Nicodemus Faundez Muñoz and Berta del Carmen Maureira Araya.

Sister Faundez is a former ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, and ward Primary presidency counselor. Born in Santiago, Chile, to José Riquelme Urzua and Maria Elvira Lorca Carrasco.

Philippines Legazpi Mission

Lori Jan and Dale K. Kotter

Dale Kent Kotter, 59, and Lori Jan Fielding Kotter, five children, Taylor Ward, Shelley Idaho South Stake: Philippines Legazpi Mission, succeeding President Jovencio A. Guanzon and Sister Jocelyn Guanzon. Brother Kotter is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, high councilor, branch president, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Canada Toronto Mission. Consulting engineer, RedWave Energy. Born in Shelley, Idaho, to Keith Karl Kotter and Dorothy Christensen Kotter.

Sister Kotter is a former ward Relief Society and Primary president, ward Young Women and Primary presidency counselor, Sunday School teacher, and Primary teacher. Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Kenneth Paul Fielding and Colleen Ekstrom Fielding.

Florida Jacksonville Mission

Jacque S. and Brent I. Lee

Brent Isaac Lee, 60, and Jacque Suzanne Lake Lee, five children, Burley 2nd Ward, Burley Idaho Stake: Florida Jacksonville Mission, succeeding President Paul W. Craig and Sister Nadine Craig. Brother Lee serves as a stake presidency counselor and is a former bishop, stake mission president, high councilor, high priests group leader, and missionary in the Hawaii Honolulu Mission. President and owner, Lees Furniture Inc. Born in Burley, Idaho, to Isaac William Lee and Pearl Genevieve Larson Lee.

Sister Lee serves as a stake music chairman and is a former stake Young Women presidency counselor; stake Relief Society secretary; ward Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary president; and birth parenting representative. Born in Los Angeles, California, to John Herbert Lake and Geraldine Rohner Lake.

Idaho Idaho Falls Mission

Cheryl A. and Brent J. Nelson

Brent Jay Nelson, 57, and Cheryl Ann Ellingson Nelson, five children, Woodburn 1st Ward, Keizer Oregon Stake: Idaho Idaho Falls Mission, succeeding President Glen R. Curtis and Sister Nancy Curtis. Brother Nelson is a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, stake Young Men president, stake mission presidency counselor, seminary teacher, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the Arizona Tempe Mission. Self-employed nursery owner. Born in Logan, Utah, to Jay Gerald Nelson and Julia Campbell Nelson.

Sister Nelson is a former stake Primary presidency counselor, ward Primary president, ward Young Women presidency counselor, seminary teacher, Primary teacher, and Cub Scout leader. Born in San Bernardino, California, to Jesse Roland Ellingson and Sharon Louise Bishop Ellingson.

Indonesia Jakarta Mission

Paul S. and Robin M. Rowley

Paul S. Rowley, 61, and Robin Middlemiss Rowley, five children, Harris 2nd Ward, Mesa Arizona Central Stake: Indonesia Jakarta Mission, succeeding President Christopher L. Donald and Sister Lucinda Kay Donald. Brother Rowley serves as a YSA stake presidency counselor and is a former bishop, branch president, high councilor, ward executive secretary, ward Young Men president, and missionary in the Indonesia Jakarta Mission. Managing attorney for Rowley, Chapman, and Barney, and superior court judge pro tem. Born in Salt Lake City to Dean Anderson Rowley and Christine Yenzi Rowley.

Sister Rowley serves as a stake Relief Society secretary and temple ordinance worker and is a former stake Primary presidency counselor, ward Primary president, and ward Young Women presidency counselor. Born in Salt Lake City to Robert Russell Middlemiss and Ina Ruth Allen Middlemiss.

Florida Tallahassee Mission

Clint W. and Katherine M. Smith

Clint William Smith, 59, and Katherine May Stiteler Smith, five children, Glenview Ward, Mesa Arizona Kimball Stake: Florida Tallahassee Mission, succeeding President Bradley J. Smith and Sister Dana Smith. Brother Smith is a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, temple ordinance worker, Scoutmaster, and missionary in the Germany Hamburg Mission. Self-employed attorney. Born in Hemet, California, to William E. Smith and Joyce Record.

Sister Smith is a former stake Young Women and Primary presidency counselor, ward Relief Society and Primary presidency counselor, and Relief Society teacher. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, to William L. Stiteler and Kay Conley.

Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission

Robert T. and Kristine Smith

Robert Theron Smith, 55, and Kristine Scoville Smith, eight children, Forest Bend Ward, Sandy Utah Cottonwood Creek Stake: Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission, succeeding President David S. Ayre and Sister Kelli Ayre. Brother Smith is a former bishop, stake mission president, high councilor, ward mission leader, and missionary in the Chile Santiago South Mission. Managing director and regional advisor, International Center for Law and Religion Studies at Brigham Young University. Born in Berkeley, California, to Merlin Claire Smith and Donna Lee Angeli Smith.

Sister Smith is a Sunday School teacher and is a former ward Relief Society president, ward Relief Society and Primary presidency counselor, ward Young Women camp director, and ward missionary. Born in Westminster, California, to Harmon Groesbeck Scoville and Donna Davis Scoville.

England Leeds Mission

Debra L. and Martin J. Turvey

Martin Jonathan Turvey, 55, and Debra Louise Christie Turvey, six children, Bath Ward, Bristol England Stake: England Leeds Mission, succeeding President Graham Pilkington and Sister Jane Pilkington. Brother Turvey serves as a ward music chairman and young single adult adviser and is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, bishopric counselor, national public affairs specialist, and missionary in the Germany Munich Mission. Chairman, Nauvoo Apparel Group. Born in Northampton, England, to Arthur James Turvey and Olive Margeret Gibbins Turvey.

Sister Turvey serves as a young single adult adviser and is a former stake Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary presidency counselor and ward Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary president. Born in Tamworth, England, to David Christie and Pamela Betty Beddard Lealand Christie.

Washington Kennewick Mission

Doneal L and Claudia Esplin White

Doneal L White, 59, and Claudia Esplin White, six children, Mapleton 2nd Ward, Mapleton Utah North Stake: Washington Kennewick Mission, succeeding President Boyd S. Ware and Sister Linda P. Ware. Brother White serves as a stake presidency counselor and is a former high councilor, bishop, Scoutmaster, and missionary in the Indiana Indianapolis Mission. State Farm Insurance Special Investigative Unit. Raised in Ephraim, Utah, son of Jack Deon White and Hazel Lund White.

Sister White is a former stake and ward Relief Society president, stake and ward Young Women presidency counselor, ward Young Women and Primary president, and missionary in the New Zealand Auckland Mission. Raised in Provo, Utah, daughter of Ross S Esplin and Olive Moody Esplin.