(from The Church News)

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

MissionPresident and Companion
Cameroon YaoundeDavid and Sally-Jane Kannar
Democratic Republic of the Congo Kananga (New)Eric and Therese-Alberta Kapanga
Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa EastRémy and Alda Tshilombo
Ethiopia Addis AbabaOliva and Rebecca Cowley
Republic of Congo BrazzavilleBrian E. and Rebecca S. Dunn
Tanzania Dar es SalaamSamuel Enos Kwamina and Paulina Kissiwaa Eghan

Africa South Area

MissionPresident and Companion
Madagascar AntananarivoDeryl and Valerie Eastman
Mozambique MaputoDavid A. and Janet Valletta
South Africa Cape TownDan and Susan E. Stringham
South Africa JohannesburgPaul W. and Marianne Ruben
South Africa Pretoria (New)Glenn M. and Amanda M. Holmes

Africa West Area

MissionPresident and Companion
Benin CotonouKelly and Tina Lundeen
Cote d’Ivoire Abidjan EastPascal J. and Lauralyn Budge
Cote d’Ivoire Abidjan North (New)Gregory B. and Robin A. Robinson
Ghana AccraBen and Julynn Beeson
Nigeria Aba (New)Terrify Antonio and Mary Banda
Nigeria Abuja (New)Dennis and Rita Darkwaah Ocansey
Nigeria Port HarcourtSipho and Christine Ndlovu

Asia North Area

MissionPresident and Companion
Japan KobeTsuyoshi and Tomomi Sano
Japan SapporoKen and Ruri Toma
Japan Tokyo NorthReed T. and Heather L. Deshler

Brazil Area

MissionPresident and Companion
Brazil BrasíliaEliezer and Regina Santos
Brazil CampinasAdam B. and Kimberly Ball Harker
Brazil FlorianópolisRogerio and Renata Finholdt
Brazil FortalezaJúlio C Lima and Kelli Sudy Feitosa
Brazil MaceióNathan and Michelle Hanks
Brazil ManausAndre and Carla França
Brazil Recife NorthDavis M. and Asialene C. Smith
Brazil Recife SouthLincoln P. and Bianca Orsi Martins
Brazil Rio de Janeiro NorthAlan and Joanna Dutson
Brazil SalvadorTroy and Carrie R. Jepson
Brazil São Paulo InterlagosJ. Tyler and Dana L. Rollins
Brazil São Paulo NorthF. Alan and Mary S. Walker
Brazil São Paulo SouthMilton and Sandra Queiroz
Brazil VitóriaHumberto and Kilma Barbosa

Caribbean Area

MissionPresident and Companion
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo EastLuis C. and Anna Chaverri
Dominican Republic Santo Domingo WestHector David and Emma Hernandez
Puerto Rico San JuanPaul and Karryl Horstmeier

Central America Area

MissionPresident and Companion
El Salvador San Salvador EastRob and Debbie Young
El Salvador Santa AnaJared and Glendy Díaz de Choy
Guatemala Guatemala CityPhillip N. and Gretchen L. Foster
Guatemala Guatemala City CentralDaren and Becky Heyland
Guatemala Guatemala City EastJose Andres and Tania Bermudez
Guatemala QuetzaltenangoRossvan and Yoanna Plata
Honduras TegucigalpaRoberto and Lilian Carolina Gonzalez
Nicaragua Managua SouthJosé and Mercedes Hernández

Europe Central Area

MissionPresident and Companion
Adriatic NorthBrian E. and Angelika Cordray
Adriatic SouthDavid A. and Emily Wood Nelson
Alpine German-SpeakingMartin W. and Donna Bates
Bulgaria/Central EurasianMichael and Johanna Auras
France ParisRyan R. and Heather A. Munns
Germany FrankfurtDouglas P. and Lynne G. Cropper
Hungary BudapestChet J. and Kristy Wall
Poland WarsawGregory D. and Christine Roney
România Bucharest (New)Geoffrey R. and Roseanna C. Fowler
Spain BarcelonaFrank and Maria Heckmann

Europe North Area

MissionPresident and Companion
BalticAntti and Skaistė Makslahti-Tolstosheev
Cape Verde PraiaAbel and Paula Chaves
Finland HelsinkiJuha and Ulla Lehtinen
Sweden StockholmBarry N. and Tonya C. Johnson

México Area

MissionPresident and Companion
México Guadalajara EastKleber A. and Miriam Litardo
México México City SoutheastMichael D. and Kay Y. Jones
México OaxacaMarcelo and Adriana Paz
México Puebla SouthRaúl and Roxana Oyarzabal
México TijuanaJorge E. and Gloria P. Lara
México TorreónDavid L. and Cambria Blain
México Tuxtla GutiérrezLuis J. and Bertita Camey
México VeracruzElder and Celeste Aída Alvarado
México XalapaAlejandro and Olga M. Villanueva

North America Central Area

MissionPresident and Companion
Colorado Colorado SpringsTo be announced
Colorado Denver NorthCharles C. and M’Recia R. Clawson
Minnesota MinneapolisJeff and Jeni Gochnour
Missouri IndependenceScott D. and Lisa B. Sommerfeldt

North America Northeast Area

MissionPresident and Companion
Maryland BaltimoreRobert J. and Patricia Brigham
Michigan LansingGene and Karen Peckham
New Jersey MorristownS. Mario and Karla K. Durrant
Ohio ColumbusDavid T. and Heather Brockbank
Pennsylvania PittsburghR. Scott and Janny P. Hoffman

North America Southeast Area

MissionPresident and Companion
Arkansas Little RockTo be announced
Florida Fort LauderdaleDavid W. and Jennifer J. Cluff
Georgia Atlanta NorthRussell V. and Shawna Judd
Kentucky LouisvilleDavid B. and Lori McGinn
Louisiana Baton RougeMichael C. and Holly J. Smuin
North Carolina RaleighJohn and Marcia Kirk Stevens
South Carolina ColumbiaScott and Deanna Hamblin
Tennessee KnoxvilleMark and Kimberly Barlow

North America Southwest Area

MissionPresident and Companion
Arizona PhoenixCory D. and Carrilyn M. Fisk
Arizona ScottsdaleScott and AnnaLisa Stratton
Arizona TucsonChris W. and Lesley P. Woodfield
Nevada Las VegasCarl D. and Emily Liljenquist Vance
Nevada RenoRobert and Cyneil Saxton
Texas AustinGary F. and Marci Carter
Texas Dallas EastDonald B. and Andrea Taylor
Texas Dallas WestJonathan and Stacey Ord
Texas HoustonJeffrey C. and Jill Whatcott McMullin
Texas Houston EastSteve and Becky Schmutz
Texas LubbockJason L. and Jamie Langeveld

North America West Area

MissionPresident and Companion
California AnaheimJerome G. and Beverly S. Galotera
California ArcadiaBrent D. and Elizabeth Jones
California FresnoJeff and Amy Davis
California RiversideClark R. and Teresa H. Hendrickson
California RosevilleEdward and LeAnn Basha
California SacramentoKenneth B. and Julianne Black
California San JoseBenjamin S. and Rebecca Larson
California Santa RosaE. Mark and Elaine H. Quinn
California VenturaJuan and Martha Rodriguez
Oregon EugeneChristopher J. and Rhonda L. Cornelius
Oregon PortlandBenjamin and Sela Tupouvainiaku Botchway
Washington TacomaTo be announced

Pacific Area

MissionPresident and Companion
Fiji SuvaMac and Helen La’ulu
New Zealand AucklandMarvin R and Lori B. Allen
New Zealand WellingtonPaul A. and Kristi T. Clark

Philippines Area

MissionPresident and Companion
Philippines AngelesMichael and Danielle Bingham
Philippines CebuOmer D. and Amalia B. Fernandez
Philippines DavaoAretemio C. and Arlene Esguerra Maligon
Philippines ManilaJanryll and Liberty Fernandez
Philippines OlongapoW. Scott and Megan G. Albrecht
Philippines Quezon City NorthMark and Janis Workman
Philippines San PabloJon and Karen Scholl
Philippines TaclobanDoroteo Allen G. and Ma. Hazel R. Martinez

South America Northwest Area

MissionPresident and Companion
Colombia CaliTomas E. and Mayanin
Ecuador Guayaquil EastBryan J and Dixie Peterson
Ecuador Guayaquil NorthGregg A. and Janette P. Toolson
Ecuador QuitoBryan L. and Jenny Welton
Perú ChiclayoGus and Anny Giuria
Perú Lima EastLuis Daniel and Diana Carolina Santana
Venezuela CaracasHenrry Jose and Airam Susej de Perez
Venezuela MaracaiboEuvel and Neidy Rodríguez

South America South Area

MissionPresident and Companion
Argentina Buenos Aires WestRichard and MaryAnn Holley
Argentina MendozaTo be announced
Argentina ResistenciaBrad and Angela Barlow
Argentina RosarioTo be announced
Argentina SaltaF. Wayne and Cheryl Janzen

Utah Area

MissionPresident and Companion
Utah Salt Lake City Temple SquareRaúl 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 ?

Stan and Judi Nielson

Over 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 Church Newsroom)


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