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New mission presidents

LDS Church News

Published: Saturday, March 29 2014 12:15 p.m. MDT

Eight new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service later this year.

James Earl Beckstrand, 56, and Tamara Condie Beckstrand, four children, Meadow Ward, Fillmore Utah Stake: Sweden Stockholm Mission, succeeding President Gregory J. Newell and Sister Candilyn Newell. Brother Beckstrand serves as a ward Young Men president and is a former bishop, high councilor, counselor in a bishopric, high priests group leader, elders quorum president and missionary in the Sweden Mission. Hospital administrator, Intermountain Healthcare. Born in Lynwood, Calif., to DeLyle and Joyce Slack Beckstrand.

Sister Beckstrand is a former stake Primary president, counselor in a stake Primary presidency, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president and gospel doctrine teacher. Born in Salt Lake City to John Robert and JoAnn Mullins Condie.

Ariel Esteban Chaparro, 45, and Ana Lidia Scazzina Chaparro, five children, Banfield 2nd Ward, Buenos Aires Argentina Banfield Stake: Argentina Salta Mission, succeeding President Juan J. Levrino and Sister Monica A. Palancar de Levrino. Brother Chaparro serves as a stake president and is a former counselor in a mission presidency, bishop, stake Young Men president, stake Sunday School president and missionary in the Argentina Salta Mission. Manager, LDS Employment Services. Born in Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Adolfo Ercilio and Ana Maria Macieri Chaparro.

Sister Chaparro serves as a secretary to a stake Relief Society presidency and is a former ward Relief Society president, seminary teacher, counselor in ward Young Women and Primary presidencies, gospel doctrine teacher and missionary in the Argentina Salta Mission. Born in Venado Tuerto, Santa Fe, Argentina, to Luis Angel and Elsa Beatriz Isla Scazzina.

Arley Hulet George, 54, and Kaye Jensen George, seven children, Cody 1st Ward, Cody Wyoming Stake: Mexico Tuxtla Gutierrez Mission, succeeding President Juan G. Cardenas Tamayo and Sister Sonia Alvarado de Cardenas. Brother George is a former counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, bishop, counselor in a bishopric, Scout leader, ward clerk and missionary in the Bolivia Santa Cruz Mission. Partner, George Farms. Born in Powell, Wyo., to Arley Wallace and Evaleen Hulet George.

Sister George is a former counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency, Relief Society compassionate service leader, Primary teacher and ward organist. Born in Worland, Wyo., to Richard Wirth and Myrna McArthur Jensen.

David Louis Heid, 63, and Delynn Susan Parry Heid, three children, Fallbrook 2nd Ward, Vista California Stake: Ghana Accra Mission, succeeding President Daniel K Judd and Sister Kaye Judd. Brother Heid serves as a high priests group leader assistant and is a former PEF missionary in the Africa West Area (Ghana), counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, stake mission president, stake Young Men president, seminary teacher and missionary in the South Africa Mission. Educator and coach. Born in Seattle, Wash., to Elmer Louis and Bonnie Jean Paris Heid.

Sister Heid serves as a stake public affairs director and is a former PEF missionary in Ghana, ward Primary president, counselor in a ward Young Women presidency, ward missionary, temple ordinance worker and seminary teacher. Born in Alhambra, Calif., to Richard Keith and Shirley Ruth Parry.

James Hunter Nuckols, 57, and Susan Louise Kendra Nuckols, four children, Encinitas Ward, Del Mar California Stake: Dominican Republic Santo Domingo West Mission, succeeding President Raul Rodriguez Morel and Sister Maria Collado de Rodriguez. Brother Nuckols is a former counselor in a stake presidency, bishop, high priests group leader, ward Young Men president, Scoutmaster, seminary teacher and missionary in the Spain Seville Mission. Senior vice president, marketing, Sharp Healthcare. Born in Kansas City, Mo., to William Henry Nuckols and Bernice Jacobsen Nuckols.

Sister Nuckols serves as a counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency and is a former counselor in a stake Primary presidency, ward Relief Society president, counselor in a ward Young Women presidency and seminary teacher. Born in Santa Monica, Calif., to Thomas Carl Kendra and Marilyn Lee Putnam Kendra.

Harold Jeffrey Russell, 59, and Susan Joyce Christensen Russell, four children, West Jordan 43rd Ward, West Jordan Utah East Stake: Oregon Eugene Mission, succeeding President Mark A. Young and Sister Sue A. Young. Brother Russell serves as a ward mission leader and is a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, stake mission president, ward Young Men president and missionary in the Austria Vienna Mission. Senior marketing specialist, Ashley Furniture Inc. Born in Salt Lake City to Harold Gubler Russell and Afton Lucille Beck Russell.

Sister Russell serves as a temple ordinance worker and is a former counselor in stake Young Women and Primary presidencies, ward Young Women president, counselor in ward Young Women and Primary presidencies and gospel doctrine teacher. Born in Salt Lake City to Harold Lynn Christensen and Connie Jean Price Christensen.

Richard Scott Stevenson, 57, and Marion Penelope Speir Stevenson, five children, Lake Oswego Ward, Lake Oswego Oregon Stake: Ghana Cape Coast Mission, succeeding President Jeffrey L. Shulz and Sister Lynnette Shulz. Brother Stevenson is a former stake president, bishop, counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, temple ordinance worker, seminary teacher and missionary in the Sweden Göteborg Mission. Chief Financial Officer, Fog Cutter Capital Group Inc. Born in Henderson, Nev., to William Leon and Winnie Nell Heywood Stevenson.

Sister Stevenson serves as a Primary teacher and is a former counselor in a stake Primary presidency, ward Primary president, ward Young Women adviser and ward missionary. Born in Santo Andre, São Paulo, Brazil, to Andre Marcel and Else Thera Joyce Briet Spier.

Mark L. Williams, 56, and Dianna K. Williams, five children, Rock Springs Ward, Rock Springs Wyoming Stake: Peru Chiclayo Mission, succeeding President Eduardo C. Risso and Sister Jeanet E. Risso. Brother Williams is a former bishop, branch president, high councilor, stake and ward Young Men president, ward mission leader, temple ordinance worker and missionary in the Spain Seville Mission. Institute director, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. Born in Cheyenne, Wyo., to Glenn and Johnnie Belle Williams.

Sister Williams serves as a counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency and is a former ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, temple ordinance worker and seminary teacher. Born in West Covina, Calif., to Charles E. and Katherine L. Boice.