LDS Church News

New mission presidents

Published: Saturday, April 5 2014 1:35 a.m. MDT

Kim C. and Jennifer Bertin

IRI

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

Kim Conrad Bertin, 62, and Jennifer Hebertson Bertin, five children, Foxhill Ward, North Salt Lake Utah Stake: Philippines Quezon City North Mission, succeeding President Dennis R. Sperry and Sister Teresa H. Sperry. Brother Bertin served as a missionary with his wife in the Asia Area as a medical adviser and is a former high councilor, counselor in a bishopric, high priests group leader, ward Young Men president and missionary in the Germany West Mission. Orthopedic surgeon, private practice. Born in Blackfoot, Idaho, to James Conrad Bertin and Dorothy Louise Bertin.

Sister Bertin is a former counselor in a stake Primary presidency, ward Primary president, counselor in ward Relief Society and Young Women presidencies and a Church-service missionary. Born in Provo, Utah, to Richard M Hebertson and Barbara Hebertson.

Daniel Córdova Esparza, 46, and Teresa Romero de Córdova, two children, Playas Ward, Tijuana Mexico Stake: Mexico Veracruz Mission, succeeding President Carlos W. Treviño Almaguer and Sister Esther Torres de Treviño. Brother Córdova serves as a counselor in a stake presidency and is a former stake president, bishop and missionary in the Mexico Mexico City North Mission. Institute director, Seminaries and Institutes of Religion. Born in Aguascalientes, Mexico, to Pedro Córdova Ortiz and Maria Luisa Esparza Avalos.

Sister Córdova serves as a counselor in a ward Primary presidency and is a former counselor in a stake Young Women presidency, counselor in ward Relief Society and Young Women presidencies and missionary in the Mexico Chihuahua Mission. Born in Tierra Blanca, Veracruz, Mexico, to Mauro Romero Natividad and Lucia Cruz Hernandez.

David James Grant, 59, and Judith Wilson Grant, nine children, Cedar City 16th Ward, Cedar City Utah Cross Hollow Stake: Adriatic North Mission, succeeding President Edward B. Rowe and Sister Brooke F. Rowe. Brother Grant is a former stake president, bishop, institute teacher and missionary in the Italy Milan Mission. Chairman, MSC Aerospace. Born in Salt Lake City to David Morris Grant and Reva Luella Carlow Grant.

Sister Grant is a former stake and ward Young Women president, stake Young Women secretary and counselor in ward Relief Society and Primary presidencies. Born in Driggs, Idaho, to John Mark Wilson and Janice Waddell Wilson.

Bradley Kent Johnson, 57, and Rosemarie Miller Johnson, eight children, Providence 5th Ward, Providence Utah South Stake: Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission, succeeding President Clinton D Topham and Sister Jeanne Topham. Brother Johnson is a former bishop, stake executive secretary, high councilor, stake mission president, temple ordinance worker and missionary in the Switzerland Geneva Mission. Retired CAO/CFO, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI). Born in Logan, Utah, to Vere Hodges Johnson and Winifred Amacher Johnson.

Sister Johnson is a former stake Relief Society president, counselor in a stake Young Women presidency, ward Relief Society president and ward Young Women president. Born in Logan, Utah, to Ivan Valaire Miller and Ruth Maurine Nelson Miller.

Steven Jay Merrill, 59, and Brenda Joyce Larson Merrill, four children, Sun City West Ward, Surprise Arizona North Stake: South Africa Cape Town Mission, succeeding President Mark I. Wood and Sister Kathleen D. Wood. Brother Merrill serves as a Church-service missionary and is a former counselor in an elders quorum presidency, ward Young Men adviser, institute teacher and missionary in the Canada Toronto Mission. Air Force JROTC instructor, Peoria Unified School District, and retired LDS chaplain, United States Air Force. Born in Phoenix, Ariz., to Justin Clayton Merrill and Bernice Jean Vander Weide Merrill.

Sister Merrill serves as a Church-service missionary and is a former ward Relief Society president, ward Primary president, Cub Scout leader and ward Young Women adviser. Born in Safford, Ariz., to Bruce Alan Larson and Betty Jane Bryce Larson.

William James Riggins, 57, and Bonnie Lynn McKee Riggins, four children, Crest Haven Ward, Rexburg Idaho East Stake: Ecuador Guayaquil North Mission, succeeding President Lizardo H. Amaya and Sister Elsa M. Granados de Amaya. Brother Riggins serves as a ward missionary and stake institute instructor and is a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, stake Young Men president and missionary in the Chile Santiago Mission. Professor, BYU–Idaho. Born in San Diego, Calif., to William Riggins and Esther Riggins.

Sister Riggins serves as a counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency and is a former counselor in stake Young Women and Primary presidencies, counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency and missionary in the Mexico Torreon Mission. Born in Henderson, Nev., to Kenneth McKee and Claire McKee.

Ronald Aaron Stoddard, 64, and Barbara Turner Stoddard, five children, Sunset Heights 2nd Ward, Orem Utah Sunset Heights Stake: Germany Frankfurt Mission, succeeding President Lehi K. Schwartz and Sister Gudrun Schwartz. Brother Stoddard serves as an Area Seventy executive secretary and is a former stake president, bishop, high councilor, elders quorum president and missionary in the Central German Mission. Neonatologist and medical director, newborn intensive care unit, Intermountain Healthcare. Born in Provo, Utah, to Aaron Ray Stoddard and Lorayn Walker Stoddard.

Sister Stoddard is a former ward Relief Society president, counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency, counselor in a ward Primary presidency and Cub Scout leader. Born in Provo, Utah, to Lloyd Edward Turner and LaVon Forsey Turner.

Randy Johnson Vest, 64, and Kristine Louise Varley Vest, five children, Colleyville Ward, Colleyville Texas Stake: Missouri Independence Mission, succeeding President Donald J. Keyes and Sister Jackie Keyes. Brother Vest is a former counselor in a temple presidency, counselor in a mission presidency, stake president, bishop, branch president and missionary in the Japan Okinawa Mission. Vice president and controller/CAO, Kimberly–Clark Corporation. Born in Spanish Fork, Utah, to Dean S. Vest and Emma Jean J. Vest.

Sister Vest is a former assistant to the temple matron, counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency, seminary teacher, institute teacher and temple ordinance worker. Born in Albany, Calif., to Charles Raymond Varley and Marilyn Ream Varley Hunt.