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New mission presidents

Published: Saturday, March 22, 2014

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

Craig B. and Melissa G. Ballard

Craig Bowen Ballard, 44, and Melissa Garff Ballard, six children, Elk Hollow Ward, North Salt Lake Stake: Oregon Portland Mission, succeeding President C. Jeffery Morby and Sister Connie M. Morby. Brother Ballard is a former high councilor, bishop, counselor in a bishopric, YSA high councilor, high priests group leader, ward mission leader and missionary in the Japan Osaka Mission. CEO/managing director, Promontory Capital. Born in Salt Lake City to Melvin Russell Ballard and Barbara Bowen Ballard.

Sister Ballard serves as a ward Primary president and is a former ward Young Women president, counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency, Cub Scout leader and gospel doctrine teacher. Born in Salt Lake City to Robert Heiner Garff and Katharine Bagley Garff.

Rui B. and Elizabeth T. Castro

Rui Basaldua Castro, 59, and Elizabeth Teixeira Fros Castro, five children, Itapoã Ward, Vila Velha Brazil Stake: Brazil Manaus Mission, succeeding President H. Moroni Klein and Sister Ana Lucia Klein. Brother Castro serves as a counselor in a stake presidency and is a former district president, bishop and missionary in the Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission. Coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. Born in Santana do Livramento, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, to Bernardino and Margot Basaldua Ramos Castro.

Sister Castro serves as an institute teacher and is a former stake and ward Relief Society, Young Women and Primary president. Born in Rivera, Uruguay, to Ruden Jubette and Petrona Nelida Fros Teixeira.

Jeannie H. and Spencer Griffin

Spencer R Griffin, 59, and Jeannie Hobbs Griffin, six children, Alkali Creek Ward, Billings Montana East Stake: Arizona Phoenix Mission, succeeding President R. Scott Taylor and Sister Cheryl J. Taylor. Brother Griffin serves as a stake president and is a former counselor in a stake presidency, counselor in a mission presidency, bishop and missionary in the Mexico North and California Anaheim missions. Owner, Griffin Automotive Enterprises Inc. Born in Burley, Idaho, to Alton Rulon Griffin and Lue Dean Griffin.

Sister Griffin is a former stake Young Women president, counselor in a stake Young Women presidency, counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency, temple ordinance worker and seminary teacher. Born in Ames, Iowa, to Earnest LeGrande Hobbs and Jane Deona Hobbs.

Alice A. and Michael V. Jacobsen

Michael Verl Jacobsen, 70, and Alice Ann Jacobsen, four children, Hobble Creek 11th Ward, Springville Utah Hobble Creek Stake: Michigan Lansing Mission, succeeding President Stephen H. Hess and Sister Vicki K. Hess. Brother Jacobsen is a former stake president, high councilor, bishop, counselor in a bishopric and temple ordinance worker. Director of athletics/associate vice president, Utah Valley University. Born in San Diego, Calif., to Darrell William Jacobsen and LaVerl Barrett Jacobsen.

Sister Jacobsen is a former stake Young Women president, counselor in a stake Young Women presidency, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president and temple ordinance worker. Born in San Diego, Calif., to Gerard Henry Pelletier and Mary Evelyn Pelletier.

Robert P. and Susan F. Mathews

Robert Paul Mathews, 60, and Susan Jean Friedman Mathews, four children, Kingwood 1st Ward, Kingwood Texas Stake: Cape Verde Praia Mission, succeeding President Roberto F. Oliveira and Sister Eliana Oliveira. Brother and Sister Mathews recently served in the Cape Verde Praia Mission. Brother Mathews serves as a temple sealer and is a former stake president, bishop, institute teacher and missionary in the Brazil Rio de Janeiro Mission. Retired human resources senior advisor, Exxon Mobil Corporation. Born in Gilroy, Calif., to Dasil George Mathews and NaDeen Kathleen Stanton Mathews.

Sister Mathews is a former ward and stake Young Women president, ward Relief Society president, stake public affairs director, and seminary teacher. Born in Baton Rouge, La., to Isidore Herbert Friedman and Roberta Hilda Juban Friedman.

Susan H. and E. Keith Stutznegger

E. Keith Stutznegger, 64, and Susan Debra Hardy Stutznegger, five children, Oroville 1st Ward, Gridley California Stake: Mexico Mexico City Southeast Mission, succeeding President Raymundo Morales Barrera and Sister Isabel Alejandro de Morales. Brother Stutznegger serves as a counselor in a stake presidency and is a former bishop, ward Young Men president, Scoutmaster, seminary teacher, ward mission leader and missionary in the Northern Mexico Mission. Dentist. Born in San Jose, Calif., to Elisha King Stutznegger and Della Mae Nielsen Stutznegger.

Sister Stutznegger is a former ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, seminary teacher and institute teacher. Born in Springville, Utah, to Ralph Blaine Hardy and Elizabeth Doreen Mann Hardy.

Mark D. and Laura K. Ulrich

Mark Dennis Ulrich, 62, and Laura Knight Ulrich, seven children, Willow Creek 1st Ward, Sandy Utah Willow Creek Stake: England Manchester Mission, succeeding President Robert I. Preston and Sister Patricia Preston. Brother Ulrich serves as a bishop and is a former high councilor, ward Young Men president, institute teacher, temple ordinance worker and missionary in the Irish Mission. Real estate broker, Ulrich Realtors. Born in Salt Lake City to Herman Dean Ulrich and Marie Allen Ulrich.

Sister Ulrich serves as a family history consultant and temple ordinance worker and is a former ward Primary president, counselor in ward Relief Society and Young Women presidencies, gospel doctrine teacher and ward missionary. Born in Provo, Utah, to Richard Knight and Gale Stewart Knight.

Dariana and Fernando Vivas

Fernando Vivas Calderón, 37, and Dariana Zambrano de Vivas, three children, Los Sauces Ward, Valencia Venezuela Los Sauces Stake: Venezuela Caracas Mission, succeeding President Vianey R. Villamizar and Sister Maria I. Villamizar. Brother Vivas serves as a counselor in a stake presidency and is a former high councilor, ward mission leader, seminary teacher and missionary in the Venezuela Valencia Mission. Regional director, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. Born in Merida, Venezuela, to Manuel Fernando Vivas Mendez and Maria Luisa Calderón de Vivas.

Sister Vivas serves as a counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency and is a former counselor in stake Young Women and Primary presidencies and counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, to Dario Jose Zambrano Marval and Ana Maria Briceno.