The first seven new mission presidents and their wives, called by the
First Presidency, have been announced. The new leaders will begin their
service about July 1. Assignments will be announced later. The new mission
leaders and their wives are:
Karl Gunter Borcherding
Karl G. and Ingrid Borcherding
Stadthagen Ward, Hannover Germany Stake, former stake president's
counselor, high councilor, stake mission president, and counselor in a
stake Young Men presidency and missionary in the Switzerland Zurich
Mission. CES coordinator and former general manager of Scandinavian MOB.
Born in Stradhagen, Germany, to Karl Friedrich and Hanna Ruth Wolfert
Borcherding. Married Ingrid Thoma
Sister Borcherding is a former ward Primary and Young Women president
and counselor. Part-time physician. Born in Eppingen, Germany, to Emil and
Emilie Gebhardt Thoma.
Allen Flake Hill
Fern K. and Allen F. Hill
, 59, Union 3rd Ward,
Sandy Utah Cottonwood Creek Stake; ward mission leader, stake Young Men
president, Young Men adviser, high councilor, bishop and counselor in a
bishopric, and missionary in the Northern Far East Mission. Owner of
Churchill Group Life Insurance brokerage; born in Sacramento, Calif., to
Ralph J. and Afton Clark Hill. Married Fern Kay
; nine children.
A Relief Society teacher, Sister Hill is a former seminary teacher,
counselor in a Young Women presidency, counselor in stake and ward Primary
and Relief Society presidencies and was Sunday School teacher. She was born
in Malad, Idaho, to Lester T. and Lillith Williams Jones.
Wallace James Keller
Janice J. and W. James Keller
, 61, Rexburg 16th
Ward, Rexburg Idaho East Stake; gospel doctrine teacher, Young Men
president, stake president's counselor, bishop, counselor in bishopric, and
missionary in the French East Mission. Religious Education faculty at
BYU-Idaho. Married Janice Jeanselme
A gospel doctrine teacher, Sister Keller is a former counselor in stake
Young Women and Relief Society presidencies, ward and stake Primary
president and ward Young Women president. She is an elementary school
teacher. Born in Price, Utah, to Albert June and Arlien Peacock Jeanselme.
Kenneth Virgil Peterson
Kenneth V. and Holly C. Peterson
, 53, Heritage
2nd Ward, West Jordan Utah Heritage Stake; former stake president and
counselor in a stake presidency, bishop and counselor in a bishopric,
Scoutmaster, and missionary in the Ontario Quebec Mission. Institute
instructor in Salt Lake City. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Virgil Lyman
and Verna Marie Hedberg Peterson. Married Holly
; seven children.
A ward Young Women president, Sister Peterson is a former ward Primary
president and counselor in Young Women, Primary and Relief Society
presidentcies. She is a preschool teacher. Born in Murray, Utah, to Clifton
Arvin and Verlee Darlene Johnson Cook.
Karl Brent Somers
Karl Brent and Kathryn L. Somers
, 57, Solon Ward,
Kirtland Ohio Stake; counselor in the Ohio Cleveland Mission
former stake president and counselor in a stake presidency, stake mission
president and ward mission leader. President of Somers & Associates. Born
in Logan, Utah, to Wilford Karl and Beth Johnson Somers. Married Kathryn Lenhart
; five children.
Sister Somers is a former stake and ward Relief Society president, ward
Primary president and teacher and seminary teacher. Born in Logan, Utah, to
Ernest and Hannah Mae Larsen Lenhart.
Jeffrey Cheever Miller Swinton
Jeffrey C. M. and Heidi S. Swinton
University Ward, Salt Lake Central Stake; Area Seventy, former stake
president and counselor in a stake presidency, bishop and missionary in the
British Mission. Attorney with Stoker and Swinton. Born in Salt Lake City,
Utah, to Eldon Guest and Venice Cheever Swinton Miller McCall. Married
; five children.
A member of the Relief Society general board and Curriculum Writing
Committee, Sister Swinton is a former ward Primary, Young Women president
and counselor in a Relief Society presidency. Author/screenwriter. Born in
Salt Lake City, Utah, to Frederick Christian and Harriet Horne Sorensen
Lee Herbert Van Dam
Holly Ann and Lee H. Van Dam
, 59, Willow Creek
5th Ward, Sandy Utah Willow Creek Stake; counselor in a stake presidentcy,
high councilor, former bishop, stake mission president and ward Young Men
president and missionary in the Southern Far East Mission. President and
owner of Van Dam & Associates. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Donovan H.
and Ada Strong Van Dam. Married Holly Ann
; two children.
Stake Primary president, Sister Van Dam is a former ward Young Women and
Primary president, and counselor in ward and stake Relief Society
presidencies. She was born in Tulsa, Okla., to Wallace R. and Louise