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New mission presidents

Published: Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006

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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 G. and Ingrid Borcherding
Karl Gunter Borcherding, 48, 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; four children.

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.

Fern K. and Allen F. Hill
Allen Flake 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 Jones; 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.

Janice J. and W. James Keller
Wallace 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; six children.

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 V. and Holly C. Peterson
Kenneth Virgil 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 Cook; 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 and Kathryn L. Somers
Karl Brent Somers, 57, Solon Ward, Kirtland Ohio Stake; counselor in the Ohio Cleveland Mission presidency, 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 C. M. and Heidi S. Swinton
Jeffrey Cheever Miller Swinton, 58, 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 Heidi Sorensen; 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 Arrington.

Holly Ann and Lee H. Van Dam
Lee Herbert 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 Hemming; 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 Williams Hemming.