New Mission Presidents Now in Place
    Footnotes

    “New Mission Presidents Now in Place,” Liahona, Aug. 2006, N4–N5

    New Mission Presidents Now in Place

    Accepting assignments from the First Presidency, 108 new mission presidents began serving on or around July 1, 2006.

    The new presidents and their wives are humbled by the calls to serve in this capacity, each in their own way.

    For John Douglas Whisenant, he is “home.” The president of the Brazil Porto Alegre North Mission served in this same mission as a young missionary.

    “I was here when the first stake was organized in São Paulo, in 1966,” he said. “When we talk about the growth of the Church in a short time, I think of those days and look at the Church in Brazil today. There are now 26 missions and about 200 stakes—incredible.”

    David B. Iwaasa is also returning home—to his heritage. Both he and his wife, Jane Kadonaga, are third-generation Japanese Canadians and are heading the Japan Fukuoka Mission.

    “Jane and I have a deep love for the Japanese people and want to share the joy of the gospel with them,” Brother Iwaasa said. He feels, just as in 1 Nephi 3:7, that the Lord has prepared a way for them to accomplish this calling, as he has been privileged to serve in Canada as bishop of a Japanese-speaking ward and in a stake presidency of a Japanese stake. Sister Iwaasa has also served in a Japanese-speaking ward and stake.

    “As a consequence, I feel that we can understand many of the challenges facing those who become members of the Church in Japan,” Brother Iwaasa said.

    Peter Leonard Joyce expressed his feelings over different challenges as he presides over the Utah Ogden Mission: “I don’t know of many areas in the Church with 144 stakes and about 1,500 wards and branches,” he said. Yet adapting to this mission environment is a challenge he looks forward to. The location is special to his wife, Sheena, as the missionary who taught her the gospel 42 years ago resides within the mission. “It’s not a small world,” she said. “It’s a big Church.”

    The missions and their respective new presidents are:

    Argentina Bahía Blanca

    Raúl H. Spitale

    Argentina Neuquén

    Carl L. Cook

    Australia Adelaide

    Robert E. Quinn

    Australia Sydney South

    Brent W. McMaster

    Belgium Brussels/Netherlands

    Paul R. Woodland

    Brazil Belém

    Roger D. Hoggan

    Brazil Belo Horizonte

    Daniel K. Frei

    Brazil Belo Horizonte East

    P. Randy Johnson

    Brazil Porto Alegre North

    J. Douglas Whisenant

    Brazil Porto Alegre South

    Ren S. Johnson

    Brazil Salvador South

    Getúlio W. J. Silva

    Brazil São Paulo East

    Craig D. Wilkins

    Bulgaria Sofia

    Blair S. Bennett

    California Oakland

    James C. Beck

    California San Fernando

    Robert L. Goodrich

    California San Francisco

    W. James Keller

    California Santa Rosa

    Charles C. Stoddard

    Cambodia Phnom Penh

    Robert W. Winegar

    Canada Calgary

    Gene F. Priday

    Canada Halifax

    S. Gardner Jacobsen

    Canada Winnipeg

    Judd D. Morgan

    Cape Verde Praia

    Ronald C. Tolman

    Chile Concepción South

    Jorge F. Zeballos

    Chile Santiago East

    Sofocles E. Morán

    Chile Viña del Mar

    Gerardo J. Wilhelm

    China Hong Kong

    Lee H. Van Dam

    Colombia Bogotá North

    Hernando Camargo

    Colombia Bogotá South

    Rene Arturo Martinez

    Costa Rica San José

    Luis Ricardo Arbizú

    Dominican Republic Santiago

    Richard W. Thomas

    England Birmingham

    Richard W. Moffat

    England London

    Clayton F. Foulger

    England London South

    Jeffrey C. Swinton

    Florida Tampa

    Clark A. Davis

    Georgia Atlanta

    H. Warren Mathusek

    Germany Berlin

    K. Günter Borcherding

    Greece Athens

    John Galanos

    Haiti Port-Au-Prince

    Fouchard Pierre-Nau

    Honduras Comayaguela

    Sergio A. Gómez

    Hungary Budapest

    G. Walter Gasser

    Idaho Pocatello

    K. Brent Somers

    Illinois Chicago North

    William H. Stoddard

    Jamaica Kingston

    David W. Gingery

    Japan Fukuoka

    David B. Iwaasa

    Japan Tokyo North

    Allen F. Hill

    Korea Seoul

    Man Goo Cho

    Madagascar Antananarivo

    Ricardo V. Gaya

    Maryland Baltimore

    T. Dean Moody

    Massachusetts Boston

    Edward C. England

    Mexico Cuernavaca

    Wayne L. Gardner

    Mexico Guadalajara South

    Ross J. Davidson

    Mexico Hermosillo

    Omar Villalobos

    Mexico Mexico City South

    Gary B. Doxey

    Mexico Monterrey West

    Ernesto R. Toris

    Mexico Tampico

    Brian H. Moss

    Micronesia Guam

    Gary L. Marshall

    Mississippi Jackson

    Parker J. Fuhriman

    Montana Billings

    Craig G. Fisher

    Mozambique Maputo

    Blair J. Packard

    Nebraska Omaha

    Jan E. Newman

    Nevada Las Vegas West

    Douglas M. Andrus Jr.

    New York New York North

    Richard M. Searle

    New York New York South

    Steven D. Bennion

    New York Utica

    Jay W. Eckersley

    Nigeria Enugu

    W. Blair Garff

    Nigeria Ibadan

    Steven G. Dyreng

    Nigeria Lagos

    Chad L. Evans

    Nigeria Uyo

    J. Wayne Brockbank

    North Carolina Charlotte

    Brad R. Hobbs

    North Carolina Raleigh

    W. Budge Wallis

    Norway Oslo

    Lynn J. Poulsen

    Ohio Cleveland

    Kenneth V. Peterson

    Oklahoma Tulsa

    Kent M. Seal

    Papua New Guinea Port Moresby

    Tevita Funaki

    Paraguay Asunción

    Matthew G. Bradley

    Pennsylvania Harrisburg

    Donald E. Pugh

    Peru Lima Central

    Jeffrey C. Elmer

    Peru Lima South

    Francisco W. Fierro

    Peru Piura

    Carlos A. Solís

    Philippines Bacolod

    Dany T. Daquioag

    Philippines Baguio

    Eleazer S. Collado

    Philippines Laoag

    Mark L. Lewis

    Portugal Lisbon

    Craig B. Terry

    Portugal Porto

    James F. Henry

    Russia Moscow South

    Philip L. Collins

    Russia Rostov-na-Donu

    Michael A. Harrison

    Scotland Edinburgh

    Lynn L. Summerhays

    Singapore

    Bryan Skelton

    South Dakota Rapid City

    Joseph S. Cannon

    Spain Barcelona

    W. Christopher Waddell

    Spain Bilbao

    Kenneth L. DuVall

    Spain Madrid

    Brad W. Farnsworth

    Switzerland Geneva

    Paul T. Peterson

    Taiwan Kaohsiung

    William S. Hsu

    Taiwan Taipei

    Norman S. Nielson

    Texas Houston South

    Calvin W. Allred

    Thailand Bangkok

    Karl L. Dodge

    Uruguay Montevideo

    Frederick H. Ashby

    Uruguay Montevideo West

    Lewis C. Bankhead

    Utah Ogden

    Peter L. Joyce

    Utah Provo

    Harold C. Brown

    Venezuela Barcelona

    Alexander Mestre

    Venezuela Maracaibo

    Fidel Alberto Coello

    Venezuela Valencia

    Abraham E. Quero

    Washington D.C. South

    B. Jackson Wixom Jr.

    Washington Spokane

    David R. Clark

    West Indies

    Reid A. Robison

    Zimbabwe Harare

    Andre Bester