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New mission presidents

Published: Saturday, March 15, 2014

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Eight new mission presidents have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July.

Frederick K. and Robyn R. Balli

Frederick Karl Balli Jr., 57, and Robyn Kaye Russell Balli, five children, Centennial Ward, Littleton Colorado Stake: New Zealand Auckland Mission, succeeding President Paul N. Lekias and Sister Rebecca J. Lekias. Brother Balli serves as a temple ordinance worker and seminary teacher and is a former counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, high councilor, ward Young Men president and missionary in the New York Rochester Mission. Self-employed. Born in Salt Lake City to Frederick Karl Balli and Bodell Jensen Balli.

Sister Balli serves as a stake Relief Society president and temple ordinance worker and is a former ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president and stake missionary. Born in Salt Lake City to John Earl Russell Jr. and Nan Kathryn Brockbank Russell.

Jayne L. and Ahmad S. Corbitt

Ahmad Saleem Corbitt, 51, and Jayne Lillian Joslin Corbitt, six children, Sewell Ward, Cherry Hill New Jersey Stake: Dominican Republic Santo Domingo East Mission, succeeding President Heriberto Hernández and Sister Leonor R. Rivera de Hernández. Brother Corbitt is a former stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor and missionary in the Puerto Rico San Juan Mission. Director, New York Office of Public and International Affairs, Corporation of the President. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., to James Earl Corbitt and Amelia Johnson Campbell Corbitt.

Sister Corbitt is a former ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, seminary teacher and missionary in the Washington DC Mission. Born in Pitman, N.J., to Gilbert S. Joslin and Grace Mae Joslin.

David P. and Kaylene P. Harding

David Paul Harding, 57, and Kaylene Porter Harding, four children, Lindon 4th Ward, Lindon Utah Central Stake: Baltic Mission, succeeding President Jeffrey G. Boswell and Sister Shirley Boswell. Brother Harding serves in a branch presidency at the Provo MTC and is a former stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, ward Young Men president, Scoutmaster and missionary in the Canada Toronto Mission. Program manager, Family History Department, Corporation of the President. Born in Provo, Utah, to Paul Claude Harding and Sally Colleen Madsen Harding.

Sister Harding serves as a temple ordinance worker and is a former stake and ward Young Women president and ward Relief Society and Primary president. Born in Salt Lake City to Lawrence Cardon Porter and LaDawn Thain Porter.

Bart A. and Renae J. Mangum

Bart Arnold Mangum, 60, and Renae Jarvis Mangum, six children, Lakeview 5th Ward, Orem Utah Lakeview Stake: Philippines San Pablo Mission, succeeding President George E. Peterson and Sister Kathryn M. Peterson. Brother Mangum is a former counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, MTC branch president, stake Young Men president and missionary in the Canada Montreal Mission. Vice president, supply chain planning/systems, Nu Skin. Born in Price, Utah, to James Edwin Mangum and Shirley Rae Arnold Mangum.

Sister Mangum serves as a Primary teacher and is a former ward Relief Society president, ward Primary president and counselor in ward Relief Society and Primary presidencies. Born in Salt Lake City to Wesley Dwight Jarvis and Irie Daphene Bailey Jarvis.

Sergio and Raquel Pricoli

Sergio Omar Prícoli Caniella, 59, and Raquel Edelma Porley de Prícoli, three children, Montevideo 10th Ward, Montevideo Uruguay West Stake: Colombia Cali Mission, succeeding President Jonathan M. Prince and Sister Joni C. Prince. Brother Prícoli serves as a counselor in a mission presidency and is a former stake president, counselor in a stake presidency, bishop and missionary in the Uruguay-Paraguay Mission. Regional director, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. Born in Fray Bentos, Río Negro, Uruguay, to Mario Jesús Prícoli Molinari and Mirtha Adelina Caniella.

Sister Prícoli serves as a director of public affairs and temple ordinance worker and is a former stake Relief Society president, ward Primary, Relief Society, and Young Women president, and missionary in the Uruguay-Paraguay Mission. Born in Colonia Suiza, Colonia, Uruguay, to Albérico Porley and Dorotea Delia Lemes.

Lynda and Rick L. Smith

Rick L. Smith, 60, and Lynda Lee Smith, three children, Brighton 8th Ward, Salt Lake Brighton Stake: Guatemala Quetzaltenango Mission, succeeding President Lewis Bautista and Sister Leslie Bautista. Brother Smith recently served as executive secretary to the Central America Area Presidency and is a former high councilor, counselor in a bishopric, institute teacher and missionary in the Mexico North Central Mission. Retired managing director, Merrill Lynch. Born in Fullerton, Calif., to Lloyd Dean Smith and Delores Mae Craig Smith.

Sister Smith served with her husband in the Central America Area and is a former stake and ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, Church-service missionary and seminary teacher. Born in Blue Island, Ill., to Berton Eugene Lee and Jeanette Bell Brewer Lee.

Paul S. and Jane Taggart

Paul Scott Taggart, 62, and Jane Driggs Taggart, six children, Cottonwood 16th Ward, Salt Lake Big Cottonwood Stake: New Jersey Morristown Mission, succeeding President Jon M. Jeppson and Sister Bonnie B. Jeppson. Brother Taggart serves as a counselor in a bishopric and is a former high councilor, stake Young Men president, ward mission leader, Scoutmaster and missionary in the England East Mission. CEO, Age Sciences. Born in Salt Lake City to Scott Allen Taggart and Marilyn Hunter Wood Taggart.

Sister Taggart is a former ward Relief Society, Young Women and Primary president, ward Sunday School teacher and stake missionary. Born in Salt Lake City to Leonard Ellsworth Driggs and Helen West Driggs.

Moises and Leticia Villanueva

Moisés Villanueva López, 47, and Leticia Avalos de Villanueva, three children, El Bosque Ward, Oaxaca México Amapolas Stake: California Arcadia Mission, succeeding President Jorge T. Becerra and Sister Debbie I. Becerra. Brother Villanueva serves as a Church-service missionary and is a former counselor in a mission presidency, counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, bishop and missionary in the Mexico Hermosillo Mission. Owner, transportation company. Born in Oaxaca, Mexico, to Rubén Villanueva Platas and Delfina López Dominguez.

Sister Villanueva serves as a Church-service missionary and is a former stake Primary president, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, seminary teacher and missionary in the New Mexico Albuquerque Mission. Born in Mexico City, Mexico, to Adolfo Avalos Rico and Josefina Lozano Herrera.