2011 Mission President Assignments

Church Announces 2014 Mission President Assignments

The Church has announced the following new mission president assignments, effective in July 2014. The new presidents and their predecessors are listed by area below in this order: mission, current president, new president.

Africa Southeast 

Democratic Republic of the Congo Lubumbashi

Phillip W. McMullin

F. Brent Thomas

South Africa Cape Town

Mark L. Wood

Stephen J. Merrill
South Africa Johannesburg

S. Craig Omer

Michael A. Dunn

Africa west 

Benin Cotonou

Robert F. Weed

Pierre-Paul Morin

Cote d'Ivoire Abidjan

Z. Dominique Dekaye

Marc Sahy

Ghana Accra

Daniel K. Judd

David L. Heid

Ghana Cape Coast

Jeffrey L. Shulz

R. Scott Stevenson

Nigeria Port Harcourt

Phillip K. Xaxagbe

Anthony M. Kaku

Asia North

Japan KobeRichard G. ZinkePhillip K. Welch
Japan SopporoEric C. EvansHirofumi Nakatsuka
Japan SendaiGary D. RasmussenJeffrey R. Smith
Korea BusanLynn A. GilbertKennth S. Barrow
Micronesia GuamStephen F. MechamJohn S. Zarbock

Brazil 

Brazil Brasilia

Helcio L. Gaertner

Mark C. Lundgren

Brazil FlorianopolisJ. Joel FernandesRamilfo E. Silva
Brazil FortalezaFrancisco A. SouzaGilberto Bonini Ribeiro
Brazil MaceioMauricio G. GonzagaHenrique Gomes Junior
Brazil ManausH. Moroni KleinRui B. Castro
Brazil RecifeRubens C. LaniusRory C. Bigelow
Brazil Rio de JaneiroGeraldo LimaMarcos Cabral
Brazil SalvadorJames W. HartDavid T. Lisonbee
Brazil São Paulo Interlagos

R. Pacheco Pinho

Loren G. Dalton

Brazil São Paulo North

Marcus H. Martins

Timothy L. Farnes

Brazil São Paulo South

John S. Tanner

Phillip E. Broadbent

Brazil Vitoria

J. Araújo Bezerra

David E. Young

Caribbean

Dominican Republic Santo Domingo East

Heriberto Hernández

Ahmad S. Corbitt

Dominican Republic Santo Domingo WestRaul Rodriguez MorelJames H. Nuckols

Central America

El Salvador San Salvador East

David L. Glazier

Bruno E. Vásquez Robles

El Salvador Santa Ana

L. Poloski Cordon

Ronald L. Spjut

Guatemala Guatemala City Central

M. Joseph Brough

To Be Announced

Guatemala Guatemala City East

Edward D. Watts

David J. Crapo

Guatemala Guatemala City South

Larry R. Stay

E.J. Caffaro

Guatemala Quetzaltenango

Lewis Bautista

Rick L. Smith

Honduras Tegucigalpa

Carlos A. Hernández

Kendle Bowler

Europe 

Adriatic North

Edward B. Rowe

David J. Grant

Adriatic South

Andrew M. Ford

Louis Weidmann

Alpine German-Speaking

Richard L. Miles

Cape Verde Praia

Roberto F. Oliveira

Robert P. Mathews

England Manchester

Robert I. Preston

Mark D. Ulrich

Finland HelsinkiDouglas M. RawlingsWayne T. Watson
France ParisFranck PoznanskiFrédéric J. Babin
Germany FrankfurtLehi K. SchwartzRonald A. Stoddard
România/MoldovaNed C. HillClark D. Ivory
Sweden StockholmGregory J. NewellJames E. Beckstrand

Europe East

Baltic

Jeffrey G. Boswell

David P. Harding

Russia NovosibirskDaniel Bay Gibbons

Michael G. Williams

Russia St. Petersburg

N. Warren Clark

Larry G. Childs

Ukraine Kyiv

Jörg Klebingat

Jeffrey D. McGhie

MÉxico

México México City North

J. Dana Call

Todd Titensor

México City Southeast

Raymundo Morales Barrera

E. Keith Stutznegger

México Oaxaca

Enrique Leyva Jimenez

Lynn R. Madsen

México Puebla South

Robert C. Reeves

John M. Stellmon

México Tijuana

Armando Carreón Rivera

Jorge A. García Licona
México Torreón

David Flores Villaseñor

J. Alejandro Ramos Rivera

México Tuxtla Gutiérrez

Juan G. Cardenas Tamayo

Arley H. George

México Veracruz

Carlos W. Treviño

Daniel Córdova Esparza

north america Central 

Colorado Colorado Springs

J. Patrick Anderson

Dennis E. Rehm

Colorado Denver North

Jerry M. Toombs

Brent M Mendenhall

Minnesota Minneapolis

Jordan W. Clements

Missouri Independence

Donald J. Keyes

Randy J. Vest

North America Northeast 

Canada Toronto

Brent L. Scott

Weatherford T. Clayton

Michigan Lansing

Stephen H. Hess

Michael V. Jacobsen

New Jersey Morristown

Jon M. Jeppson

Ohio Columbus

Robert T. Nilsen

Pennsylvania Pittsburgh

Clinton D Topham

Bradley K. Johnson

West Virginia Charleston

Bruce G. Pitt

Paul W. Salisbury

North America Northwest 

Alaska Anchorage

Jon Beesley

Eldon R. Robinson

Canada Vancouver

Karl M. Tilleman

Ronald P. Burt

Oregon Eugene

Mark A. Young

H. Jeff Russell

Oregon Portland

C. Jeffery Morby

Craig B. Ballard

Washington Tacoma

Douglas W. Weaver

John D. Blatter

North America Southeast 

Arkansas Little Rock

Steven M. Petersen

Taniela B. Wakolo

Florida Fort Lauderdale

Donald E. Anderson

Douglas M. Richardson

Georgia Atlanta North

Mark A. Wolfert

John E. Bennion

Kentucky Louisville

W. Richards Woodbury

R. Larry Brough

Louisiana Baton Rouge

Jim M. Wall

South Carolina Columbia

Monte Holm

Judd A. Turner

Tennessee KnoxvilleRichard A. IrionSteven P. Griffin

North America Southwest 

Arizona Phoenix

R. Scott Taylor

Spencer Griffin
Arizona Tucson

Roger E. Killpack

David Passey

Nevada Las Vegas

Michael A. Neider

D. Jack Snow

Texas Dallas

Devin G. Durrant

Brian K. Taylor

Texas Houston

John C. Pingree

Mark A. Mortensen

Texas Houston East

Thomas J. Crawford

Dennis Drake

Texas Lubbock

Arnold R. Augustin

David Heap

North America West 

California Anaheim

Bradford C. Bowen

Steven W. Taggart

California Arcadia

Jorge T. Becerra

Moisés Villanueva López

California Fresno

Larry Gelwix

Jeffrey D. Clark

California Riverside

Paul F. Smart

John H. Mullen

California Roseville

John G. Weston

Michael F. Marston

California Sacramento

H. Benson Lewis

Bruce D. Jardine

California San Diego

Paul N. Clayton

Jonathan S. Schmitt

California San Jose

W. Lincoln Watkins

Glen D. Mella

California VenturaFernando R. CastroDell C. Felix

Pacific 

Fiji SuvaKenneth D. Klingler

LaMar L. Layton

New Zealand Auckland

Paul N. Lekias

Frederick K. Balli Jr.

New Zealand Wellington

Michael L. Kezerian

Roger C. Hudson

Samoa Apia

Johnny L. Leota

Reed C. Tolman

Tahiti Papeete

Benjamin T. Sinjoux

Pierre Bize

Philippines 

Philippines Angeles

David C. Martino

Scott B. Clark

Philippines Cebu

Evan A. Schmutz

Terry C. McCurdy

Philippines Davao

Ferdinand Pangan

Efren M. Lamoglia

Philippines Manila

Lyle J. Stucki

Creg D. Ostler

Philippines Olongapo

Roberto B. Querido

Dennis V. Dahle

Philippines Quezon City North

Dennis R. Sperry

Kim C. Bertin

Philippines San Pablo

George E. Peterson

Bart A. Mangum

Philippines Tacloban

Jose V. Andaya

Wayne E. Maurer

South America Northwest 

Bolivia Cochabamba

Dan L. Dyer

Mark W. Hansen

Colombia Cali

Jonathan M. Prince

Sergio Prícoli

Ecuador Guayaquil North

Lizardo H. Amaya

William J. Riggins

Ecuador Quito

Bruce E. Ghent

Roger G. Christensen

Perú Chiclayo

Eduardo C. Risso

Mark L. Williams

Perú Lima East

Nelson Ardila Vásquez

John W. Boswell III

Venezuela Caracas

Vianey R. Villamizar

Fernando Vivas Calderón

South America South 

Argentina Buenos Aires West

Douglas B. Carter

David P. Robertson

Argentina Mendoza

Sergio E. Ávila

Kevin R. Goates

Argentina Resistencia

Raymond S. Heyman

Rodolfo C. Franco

Argentina Rosario

Hugo L. Giuliani

Francisco J. Zanni

Argentina Salta

Juan J. Levrino

Ariel Chaparro

Chile Concepción South

Osvaldo Martinez Carreño

L. Lothaire Bluth

Chile Osorno

John E. Rappleye

Chile Santiago North

Fred D. Essig

Rene O. Videla Riveros

Utah 

Utah Salt Lake City East

New Mission

Eberhardt, John C.

Utah SLC 

Utah Salt Lake City

Winn, Bruce R.

Hansen, Stephen W.

Utah Salt Lake City South

Miller, Bruce E.

Chambers, Robert E.

Two days ago the LDS Church News released new mission president assignments for 2018. The affiliated mission adjustments garnered a bit more media attention (5 new missions, 19 missions to be merged with others), but that’s not what caught my eye. It was the inclusion of wives with that list of new mission presidents.

Historically, the announcement of new mission presidents was slightly different. In 2017, the list of 123 new assignments gave the name of each mission with its current mission president in one column and new mission president in another. No wives were listed. The 2016 announcement of 168 new assignments was the same: mission name, current mission president, and new mission president. Same with 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, and, well, you get the picture.

But this year they dropped the name of the current mission president and added in the new president’s wife:

So what’s the deal with referring to the wife as a “companion”? Apparently, “mission president’s companion” is a semi-official title for the calling of a mission president’s wife, though it’s public appearance is sporadic. In a 1998 Deseret News obituary, a woman is celebrated as having served four times as “Mission President’s Companion.” The title “mission president’s companion” is used in this 2017 Mormon Newsroom announcement and quite often in this 2011 Church News article. The 2011 article even explained some responsibilities, “Mission presidents’ companions provide assistance in everything from health care to training to counseling.”

Yet the title is conspicuously absent in other places. Take this 2013 Mormon Newsroom press release describing the creation of the new “Mission Leadership Council.” This was at the same time the role of “sister training leader” was created, a leadership responsibility necessitated by the increased numbers of women entering the mission field after the age change. The Mission Leadership Council was to consist of “the mission president and his wife, assistants to the president, zone leaders and sister training leaders.” During this press release, it was also announced that the mission president’s wife would assume new responsibilities: “Additionally, the wives of mission presidents are now being asked to play an enhanced role in training and caring for sister missionaries, subject to their individual and family circumstances.” But nowhere is a wife of a mission president described as a “companion.”

And then there’s lds.org, which doesn’t seem to register anything for “mission president’s companion” (or “president’s companion”):

Searching for “president and companion,” “presidents and their companions,” “presidents and companions,” or “presidents’ companions” is more successful, though you’ll never get more than a half dozen results each (if that). For example, “president and companion” yields the recent February news release, a 2003 Ensign article, a 2005 article appearing in both the Ensign and Liahona, and Elder Rasband’s personal bio.

So it’s understandable that members, like me, aren’t familiar with a title of “companion” for the mission president’s wife. Which is why, in a 2016 poll by the online Mormon journal SquareTwo, hundreds of Mormon women indicated they’d like to see the wife of a mission president be given an official title. Authors Valerie Cassler and Neylan McBaine reported that, with over 400 predominantly centrist/orthodox LDS women responding, 96% of respondents wanted to see a change to the title of “mission president’s wife.” People weren’t shy in offering suggestions. Funny enough, “Mission President’s Companion” was offered as an alternative, but not a common one. It’s in the “other” category on SquareTwo‘s description (emphasized below).

The question of what to change her name to resulted in less uniform answers. The majority (58%) suggest also calling her “President,” or some variation: co-president, presidentess, presidenta. “Why can’t they both be mission presidents?” was a common refrain in the comments….

Other suggested names for the mission president’s wife included “matron”, signaling a desire perhaps to have some uniformity in our women’s titles as it would echo the current “temple matron” appellation. “Mission matron” and “temple matron” allow both callings to gain in stature and indicate similar partnerships with their male equivalents. Overall, 23% of respondents indicated that “mission matron,” “mission matriarch,” or “mission mother” felt right to them.

Other terms offered by a few individuals included Mission Advisor, Mission Counselor, Mission Leader, Mission President’s Companion, Mission Associate President, Mission Administrator, and “use Mission Father and Mission Mother.”

Questions:

  • What do you think about the changes to the 2018 announcement, omitting the previous mission president’s name in favor of the new president’s wife?
  • How do you feel about the title “Mission President’s Companion”? Is there another title you’d prefer for a mission president’s wife?

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