LDS Church announces new Mormon mission presidents

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  • RLD Riverton, UT
    Jan. 16, 2014 1:20 p.m.

    Is the John W Boswell III the same person who attended Hillcrest High School and graduateed in 1981?

  • suzyk#1 Mount Pleasant, UT
    Jan. 13, 2014 2:18 p.m.

    To: Bob A. answer to your question...our missionaries are sent to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ and it's also our hope that those taught would have a desire to join the Church if through their praying and fasting they knew it was right.

  • kiddsport Fairview, UT
    Jan. 13, 2014 1:32 p.m.

    Mr. Bohey,
    In addition to comments already posted, allow me to add the LDS Church also has various public service missions- welfare missions teaching things such as hygiene, medicine, public works, etc.; construction missions for building church meeting houses or for teaching trades in developing countries; and targeted missions, such as those in historic sites, temples, genealogy, etc.

  • red.diehard Central, UT
    Jan. 13, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    Hmm...‘LDS Church announces new Mormon mission presidents’, should that be LDS mission presidents? Is this the SL Trib?

  • Powderski Provo, UT
    Jan. 13, 2014 8:11 a.m.

    Reed Tolman was the best missionary in Samoa from 1971-1973 -- he kept all of the mission rules, strived to learn the language, and was always positive about the people and the missionaries. Years later he served a second mission to Samoa with his wife, and they did a wonderful job. He is superbly prepared and will be a great blessing to the missionaries and people of Samoa. All of our prayers go with them.

  • EnglishAlan Rugeley, Staffs
    Jan. 13, 2014 7:39 a.m.

    What a wonderful couple the Elders and Sisters of the Toronto Canada will have coming into their lives. Weath and Lisa Clayton are totally and utterly Christlike and great leaders. Watch the Toronto Mission fly.

    My family and I had the pleasure of spending a week with Weath, Lisa and their children at their home in Southern California several years ago. That experience, and their kindness will forever live with us. Lisa is the daughter of one of the most humble Mission President and wife I ever met. (The late Madison and Marion Thomas of the England Bristol Mission.)

  • MileHighCougarFan Brighton, CO
    Jan. 12, 2014 7:30 p.m.

    @Bob A. Bohey

    Great question. Every mission has its own unique political and social circumstances that influence the daily activities of the missionaries within the mission. The guiding purpose is to bring souls to Christ. In some missions that means teaching those who are familiar with Jesus Christ while the people of other missions may have less familiarity with Christianity such as some Asian countries. The duties, daily routines, and goals can be different for each mission in the world.

    The actual day-to day work consists of everything from teaching language classes to helping an individual with yard work, and everything in between. The work that is done can better the lives of the missionary and the person being served.

    Some missionaries will see many individuals join the Church while others will see no one join the church. (I had a friend who served in France and only taught one missionary lesson.) The success of the mission is not based on the number of converts, per se, but on the faithfulness of the missionary in serving our fellow man, all of whom we believe are children of God.

  • abuessecker Calgary , 00
    Jan. 12, 2014 6:36 p.m.

    Mr. Bohey --- the primary goal of these missions is to teach people about the gospel and about Jesus Christ. We teach them with the hope that they will accept our message into their hearts and allow it to influence their lives, which would then lead to personal conversion. I am about to leave as an lds missionary, and that is at least what MY personal primary goal is!

  • Bob A. Bohey Marlborough, MA
    Jan. 12, 2014 12:47 p.m.

    Serious question from a non LDS person. Is the primary goal of these missions to convert people to the LDS church?

  • kevo Saratoga Springs, UT
    Jan. 12, 2014 8:54 a.m.

    Those of you in Guatemala City South mission are in for a treat. EJ Caffaro will be an awesome mission president! Good luck to you sir!

  • Globemaster In the Valley, UT
    Jan. 12, 2014 8:40 a.m.

    As one of the 122 on the list, I can tell you this process starts very early. I was called three months ago.

    There were 173 called last year due to the 58 new mission created last year. Announcement last year was in March as so many had to be called.

    Believe me, we need all the advance notice we can get in order to properly prepare. There is a lot to be done to get ready for this type of service.

    With 405 missions total, that leaves 110 calls for next year (assuming no new missions) and then the cycle begins again.

    It is a *very* strange and humbling feeling to see your name on that list.

    I am looking forward to doing my part in the hastening of the Lord's work.

  • tophat utah, UT
    Jan. 12, 2014 7:29 a.m.

    Exciting times. I remember when I was called to be a Mission President. The time for final time to prepare was interesting. Bless these couples.

  • sdunn Spanish Fork, UT
    Jan. 12, 2014 7:28 a.m.

    I wonder why New Jersey Morristown mission is not on there? My parents just got called there and the president there is suppose to be going home in July as well.

  • havinFun Malta, ID
    Jan. 11, 2014 11:48 p.m.

    Is that former UVU athletic director Michael V. Jacobsen called to preside over the Lansing Michigan mission?

    -Go Wolverines!

  • SLCWatch Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 4:50 p.m.

    @Get her done

    The church needs to replace mission presidents every three years. So they rotate out one third every year. There are no so many missions that one third is about 122. Because there are so many new missions with the age change the numbers may be skewed a little for a while.

    Arizona Mormon

    Yes, the total list this early is slightly unusual but a lot depends on how soon the interviews and clearances can be finished. The work is moving faster.

    Jan. 11, 2014 4:45 p.m.

    I'm continually impressed with the large number of leaders it takes to look after the Missions worldwide. I'm equally impressed with the extensive labor it takes to plan for, extend calls to, and train, so many leaders for worldwide service in differing cultures. - J. Collins Meek, Ph.D., Jan 11, 2014

  • Elaine Slsmstr Upland, CA
    Jan. 11, 2014 4:25 p.m.

    Loren Dalton is a great example of a terrific leader! If I could color a picture of what a true leader is, it would look just like Loren...As someone that worked with him for 25+ years, I can say he is about the finest man, and friend I have ever been blessed to know in my lifetime. May the Lord be with him on this new journey, and I will pray for him and his wonderful family...

  • wd Salt Lake City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 4:22 p.m.

    two things in reply to "get her done"

    1. First time for the very early announcement of new mission presidents. Usually done in March with preceding months announcements of few each week.

    2. Turnover is 3 years and there's the increased number of missions.

  • ArizonaMormon Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 11, 2014 2:33 p.m.

    Is it just me or is this earlier than normal?

    It seems they usually start listing mission presidents in the Church News about this time of year and then announce the list in the spring a couple of months prior!

    Either way, it's awesome. Always fun to see the list.

  • goatsrue Cedar City, UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 1:21 p.m.

    Did Pres. David Passey (Arizona Tuscon mission) serve a mission in the Indianapolis Mission (1988-1990)?

    Also, R. Larry Brough (Kentucky Louisville mission) is my former Stake President. He'll do great, and will serve the missionaries there very well.

  • get her done Bountiful, UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 11:49 a.m.

    Why so many, why all at the same time? Just wondering.

  • ladyjane Corona, CA
    Jan. 11, 2014 9:23 a.m.

    May the Lord be with all of them and bless them.

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Jan. 11, 2014 8:32 a.m.

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana Mission: You are about to get outstanding leadership in Reed & Mary Anne Hansen. Reed was our Bishop in Boise a few years ago. He and his wife are such loving, kind, and wonderful leaders and friends. We were so excited when we heard about this call. Mary Anne is from the South and will feel right at home in their new setting. Lucky missionaries; lucky people in Louisiana mission!