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The First Presidency of
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has called new mission presidents and companions for 134 missions worldwide.
These couples will begin their three-year service in July of 2023.
The list also includes assignments for the
six new missions that begin this summer — five in Africa and one in Europe.
The six new mission are:
Cote d’Ivoire Abidjan North Mission
Democratic Republic of the Congo Kananga Mission
Nigeria Aba Mission
Nigeria Abuja Mission
South Africa Pretoria Mission
România Bucharest Mission
With the addition of these new 6 mission The Church of Jesus Christ will have 416 total missions.
2023 Mission Leadership Assignments
Africa Central Area
Mission President and Companion Cameroon Yaounde David and Sally-Jane Kannar Democratic Republic of the Congo Kananga (New) Eric and Therese-Alberta Kapanga Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa East Rémy and Alda Tshilombo Ethiopia Addis Ababa Oliva and Rebecca Cowley Republic of Congo Brazzaville Brian E. and Rebecca S. Dunn Tanzania Dar es Salaam Samuel Enos Kwamina and Paulina Kissiwaa Eghan Africa South Area
Mission President and Companion Madagascar Antananarivo Deryl and Valerie Eastman Mozambique Maputo David A. and Janet Valletta South Africa Cape Town Dan and Susan E. Stringham South Africa Johannesburg Paul W. and Marianne Ruben South Africa Pretoria (New) Glenn M. and Amanda M. Holmes Africa West Area
Mission President and Companion Benin Cotonou Kelly and Tina Lundeen Cote d’Ivoire Abidjan East Pascal J. and Lauralyn Budge Cote d’Ivoire Abidjan North (New) Gregory B. and Robin A. Robinson Ghana Accra Ben and Julynn Beeson Nigeria Aba (New) Terrify Antonio and Mary Banda Nigeria Abuja (New) Dennis and Rita Darkwaah Ocansey Nigeria Port Harcourt Sipho and Christine Ndlovu Asia North Area
Mission President and Companion Brazil Brasília Eliezer and Regina Santos Brazil Campinas Adam B. and Kimberly Ball Harker Brazil Florianópolis Rogerio and Renata Finholdt Brazil Fortaleza Júlio C Lima and Kelli Sudy Feitosa Brazil Maceió Nathan and Michelle Hanks Brazil Manaus Andre and Carla França Brazil Recife North Davis M. and Asialene C. Smith Brazil Recife South Lincoln P. and Bianca Orsi Martins Brazil Rio de Janeiro North Alan and Joanna Dutson Brazil Salvador Troy and Carrie R. Jepson Brazil São Paulo Interlagos J. Tyler and Dana L. Rollins Brazil São Paulo North F. Alan and Mary S. Walker Brazil São Paulo South Milton and Sandra Queiroz Brazil Vitória Humberto and Kilma Barbosa
Mission President and Companion Dominican Republic Santo Domingo East Luis C. and Anna Chaverri Dominican Republic Santo Domingo West Hector David and Emma Hernandez Puerto Rico San Juan Paul and Karryl Horstmeier
Central America Area
Mission President and Companion El Salvador San Salvador East Rob and Debbie Young El Salvador Santa Ana Jared and Glendy Díaz de Choy Guatemala Guatemala City Phillip N. and Gretchen L. Foster Guatemala Guatemala City Central Daren and Becky Heyland Guatemala Guatemala City East Jose Andres and Tania Bermudez Guatemala Quetzaltenango Rossvan and Yoanna Plata Honduras Tegucigalpa Roberto and Lilian Carolina Gonzalez Nicaragua Managua South José and Mercedes Hernández
Europe Central Area
Mission President and Companion Adriatic North Brian E. and Angelika Cordray Adriatic South David A. and Emily Wood Nelson Alpine German-Speaking Martin W. and Donna Bates Bulgaria/Central Eurasian Michael and Johanna Auras France Paris Ryan R. and Heather A. Munns Germany Frankfurt Douglas P. and Lynne G. Cropper Hungary Budapest Chet J. and Kristy Wall Poland Warsaw Gregory D. and Christine Roney România Bucharest (New) Geoffrey R. and Roseanna C. Fowler Spain Barcelona Frank and Maria Heckmann
Europe North Area
Mission President and Companion Baltic Antti and Skaistė Makslahti-Tolstosheev Cape Verde Praia Abel and Paula Chaves Finland Helsinki Juha and Ulla Lehtinen Sweden Stockholm Barry N. and Tonya C. Johnson
Mission President and Companion México Guadalajara East Kleber A. and Miriam Litardo México México City Southeast Michael D. and Kay Y. Jones México Oaxaca Marcelo and Adriana Paz México Puebla South Raúl and Roxana Oyarzabal México Tijuana Jorge E. and Gloria P. Lara México Torreón David L. and Cambria Blain México Tuxtla Gutiérrez Luis J. and Bertita Camey México Veracruz Elder and Celeste Aída Alvarado México Xalapa Alejandro and Olga M. Villanueva
North America Central Area
Mission President and Companion Colorado Colorado Springs To be announced Colorado Denver North Charles C. and M’Recia R. Clawson Minnesota Minneapolis Jeff and Jeni Gochnour Missouri Independence Scott D. and Lisa B. Sommerfeldt
North America Northeast Area
Mission President and Companion Maryland Baltimore Robert J. and Patricia Brigham Michigan Lansing Gene and Karen Peckham New Jersey Morristown S. Mario and Karla K. Durrant Ohio Columbus David T. and Heather Brockbank Pennsylvania Pittsburgh R. Scott and Janny P. Hoffman
North America Southeast Area
Mission President and Companion Arkansas Little Rock To be announced Florida Fort Lauderdale David W. and Jennifer J. Cluff Georgia Atlanta North Russell V. and Shawna Judd Kentucky Louisville David B. and Lori McGinn Louisiana Baton Rouge Michael C. and Holly J. Smuin North Carolina Raleigh John and Marcia Kirk Stevens South Carolina Columbia Scott and Deanna Hamblin Tennessee Knoxville Mark and Kimberly Barlow
North America Southwest Area
Mission President and Companion Arizona Phoenix Cory D. and Carrilyn M. Fisk Arizona Scottsdale Scott and AnnaLisa Stratton Arizona Tucson Chris W. and Lesley P. Woodfield Nevada Las Vegas Carl D. and Emily Liljenquist Vance Nevada Reno Robert and Cyneil Saxton Texas Austin Gary F. and Marci Carter Texas Dallas East Donald B. and Andrea Taylor Texas Dallas West Jonathan and Stacey Ord Texas Houston Jeffrey C. and Jill Whatcott McMullin Texas Houston East Steve and Becky Schmutz Texas Lubbock Jason L. and Jamie Langeveld
North America West Area
Mission President and Companion California Anaheim Jerome G. and Beverly S. Galotera California Arcadia Brent D. and Elizabeth Jones California Fresno Jeff and Amy Davis California Riverside Clark R. and Teresa H. Hendrickson California Roseville Edward and LeAnn Basha California Sacramento Kenneth B. and Julianne Black California San Jose Benjamin S. and Rebecca Larson California Santa Rosa E. Mark and Elaine H. Quinn California Ventura Juan and Martha Rodriguez Oregon Eugene Christopher J. and Rhonda L. Cornelius Oregon Portland Benjamin and Sela Tupouvainiaku Botchway Washington Tacoma To be announced
Mission President and Companion Fiji Suva Mac and Helen La’ulu New Zealand Auckland Marvin R and Lori B. Allen New Zealand Wellington Paul A. and Kristi T. Clark
Mission President and Companion Philippines Angeles Michael and Danielle Bingham Philippines Cebu Omer D. and Amalia B. Fernandez Philippines Davao Aretemio C. and Arlene Esguerra Maligon Philippines Manila Janryll and Liberty Fernandez Philippines Olongapo W. Scott and Megan G. Albrecht Philippines Quezon City North Mark and Janis Workman Philippines San Pablo Jon and Karen Scholl Philippines Tacloban Doroteo Allen G. and Ma. Hazel R. Martinez
South America Northwest Area
Mission President and Companion Colombia Cali Tomas E. and Mayanin Ecuador Guayaquil East Bryan J and Dixie Peterson Ecuador Guayaquil North Gregg A. and Janette P. Toolson Ecuador Quito Bryan L. and Jenny Welton Perú Chiclayo Gus and Anny Giuria Perú Lima East Luis Daniel and Diana Carolina Santana Venezuela Caracas Henrry Jose and Airam Susej de Perez Venezuela Maracaibo Euvel and Neidy Rodríguez
South America South Area
Mission President and Companion Argentina Buenos Aires West Richard and MaryAnn Holley Argentina Mendoza To be announced Argentina Resistencia Brad and Angela Barlow Argentina Rosario To be announced Argentina Salta F. Wayne and Cheryl Janzen
Mission President and Companion Utah Salt Lake City Temple Square Raúl E. and Sani-Dee Kekauoha Braun
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What is the responsibility of Mission Presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ?
1 million missionaries have served missions since the Church was organized in 1830. The mission presidents who lead them have a heavy responsibility in directing the work of individual missionaries.
Mission presidents come from all walks of life, from many geographic locations, from varied experiences in Church leadership and from diverse family situations.
As mission leaders, they supervise and train on average from 170 to 180 missionaries during a given time period, but they will work with around 600 young people during their three-year period of service.
Mission presidents share a variety of responsibilities in their service. They are directed to first maintain their own well-being and that of their families. They instruct missionaries to effectively teach gospel principles as well as to maintain their individual health. In addition, the president assumes responsibility for the baptism of new converts and their initial development as new members of the Church.
On a day-to-day basis the supervising couples oversee not only the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of their own families, but also assume responsibility for each of the missionaries assigned to their area. For example, individual missionaries arrive and depart at approximately six-week intervals, as they begin or conclude their two-year period of service. Each missionary is personally attended to, orientated to the mission environment, and then assigned to a companion. (From the