Exciting Happenings In Missionary Work!

As the work of the Lord moves forward, missions throughout the world are seeing some exciting changes. Recently the LDS Church announced the creation of 11 new missions, as well as the sustaining of 120 new mission presidents.

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Church Announces 2015 Mission Presidents by Area

  • 13 JANUARY 2015

The number of new presidents per area. The Church has called 120 new mission presidents and created 11 new missions.  Image courtesy of the Deseret News.

The Church has announced the callings of 120 new mission presidents who will begin their service in July of 2015, and the creation of 11 new missions. The new presidents and their predecessors are listed below in this order: mission, current president, new president.
AFRICA SOUTHEAST AREA
Democratic Republic of the Congo Kinshasa W. Bryce Cook Herve Baehrel
Madagascar Antananarivo David R. Adams Raymon D. Foote
Mozambique Maputo Paulo V. Kretly To be announced
Zimbabwe Harare Bryson C. Cook T. Jackson Mkhabela
AFRICA WEST AREA
Ghana Kumasi Leon A. Holmes Michael L. Cosgrave
Nigeria Calabar John E. Kosin Mathias O. Eguko
ASIA AREA
Cambodia Phnom Penh David C. Moon To be announced
China Hong Kong Val D. Hawks
Maurice M. Lam
India New Dehli Peter E. Sackley Kirt L. Hodges
Singapore Bradley S. Mains Stephen A. Simmons
Taiwan Taipei David O. Day Jace B. Jergensen
Thailand Bangkok David M. Senior Kelly R. Johnson
ASIA NORTH AREA
Japan Fukuoka C. Samuel Gustafson Bradley C Egan
Japan Nagoya Kazuhiko Yamashita Tetsuji Ishii
Japan Tokyo L. Todd Budge Takuji Nagano
Korea Seoul Brent J. Christensen R. Craig Sonksen
BRAZIL AREA
Brazil Belém José C. Scisci Alexandre Stasevskas
Brazil Belo Horizonte Paschoal F. Fortunato Bruno M. A. Fernandes
Brazil Campinas Carlos E. Perrotti Bruce Hill
Brazil Cuiabá Keith R. Reber Adilson Oliveira
Brazil Porto Alegre North D. Layne Wright José V. Campos
Brazil Porto Alegre South Palmênio C. Castro Rogério G. R. Cruz
Brazil Salvador South Marcelo Andrezzo G. Paulo Bangerter
Brazil São Paulo East Don L. Andrew Roy W Silcox
Brazil Teresina Alvacir L. Siedschlag Wilson Melo
CARIBBEAN AREA
Barbados Bridgetown(Renamed from the West Indies Mission) Daniel S. Mehr II Alan C. Herrington
Dominican Republic Santiago John Douglas Lorenzo A. Castillo Camacho
Haiti Port-au-Prince Hubermann Bien-Aime Karlyle Raphael
Trinidad Port of Spain New Mission Gregory W. Egbert
CENTRAL AMERICA AREA
Costa Rica San José East (Renamed from the Costa Rica San José Mission) Chad R. Wilkinson Randy H. Hayes
Costa Rica San José West New Mission German Laboriel Guitty
Honduras Comayagüela Candido Fortuna Edwin R. Ferman Zelaya
EUROPE AREA
Belgium/Netherlands Alden C. Robinson Robert L. Bunnell
Denmark Copenhagen Shawn D. Sederholm Daniel R. O’Bryant
England Birmingham R. Craig Rasmussen To be announced
England London David J. Jordan Mark W. Stevens
England London South Roger C. Millar Ronald K. Gubler
France Lyon Blake M. Roney Scott D. Brown
Germany Berlin Henry W. Kosak Christian H. Fingerle
Greece Athens Eric B. Freestone Bill O. Heder
Hungary Budapest Lowell V. Smith József Szabadkai
Norway Oslo Don A. Evans Tracy A. Hill
Portugal Lisbon Stephen L. Fluckiger Victor Tavares
Scotland/Ireland Alan H. Brown George R. Donaldson
Spain Barcelona Mark L. Pace Merril T. Dayton
Spain Madrid Scott T. Jackson Kevin B. Pack
Spain Málaga Monte M. Deere Jr. T. DarVel Andersen
EUROPE EAST AREA
Bulgaria Sofia Michael S. Wilstead Michael D. Barclay
Russia Rostov-na-Donu William H. Prows David H. Miner
Russia Vladivostok Gregory S. Brinton John W. Perkinson
Ukraine Dnepropetrovsk J. Robert van Bruggen Paul R. Sullivan
IDAHO AREA
Idaho Pocatello Marvin T. Brinkerhoff Gene E. Hancock
MÉXICO AREA
México Cuernavaca Bruce C. Kusch Héctor Ávila Rosales
México Guadalajara G. Wesley Wagner Robert J. Clayton
México Guadalajara East Luis F. Camarillo Jack B. Egginton
México Hermosillo Alberto E. Hernandez Terence L. Robinson
México México City South Roberto Valadez D. Bryan Mecham
México Monterrey West Edward M. Swapp Daniel D. McArthur
México Puebla North Ralph N. Christensen Eric W. Nelson
México Tampico Ralph B. Jordan III Nelson S. Ramirez Herrera
NORTH AMERICA CENTRAL AREA
Canada Calgary Howard Nicholas Stephen P. Miles
Canada Winnipeg Kirk M. Thomas John N. Craig
Illinois Chicago West Jerry D. Fenn Gilbert M. Griffin
Montana Billings Kris J Mecham Gordon L. Wadsworth
Nebraska Omaha Michael D. Weston Chad B. Gardner
North Dakota Bismarck (Renamed from the South Dakota Rapid City Mission) Curtis E. Anderson Michael J. Hess
NORTH AMERICA NORTHEAST AREA
Canada Halifax Brian Leavitt To be announced
Maryland Baltimore Mark L. Richards Randal J. Christiansen
Massachusetts Boston Daniel W. Packard A. Todd Miller
New York New York North Thomas B. Morgan David L. Smith
New York New York South Kevin E. Calderwood Gary Reynolds
New York Utica Joseph B. Wirthlin Jr. Jeffrey G. Rogers
Ohio Cleveland Michael L. Vellinga Michael D. Brown
Washington DC South Matthew L. Riggs David H. Huntsman
NORTH AMERICA NORTHWEST AREA
Washington Seattle Yoon Hwan Choi Anthony W. Schofield
Washington Spokane Donald E. Mullen Wayne R Dymock
Washington Yakima New Mission John C. Lewis
NORTH AMERICA SOUTHEAST AREA
Georgia Atlanta John R. Harding David A. Foote
Mississippi Jackson Mark J. McDonough Bruce L. Olson
North Carolina Charlotte Ronald L. Craven Allen B. Alexander
North Carolina Raleigh Marc A. Bernhisel Dennis R. James
NORTH AMERICA SOUTHWEST AREA
Nevada Reno David N. Hermansen Bruce W Chesnut
New Mexico Farmington Doyle L. Batt David G. Adams
Oklahoma Tulsa Scott K. Shumway Kevin H Loveland
Texas Houston South Brian K. Ashton Aaron T. Hall
NORTH AMERICA WEST AREA
California Modesto New Mission To be announced
California Oakland/San Francisco A. Jerry Meredith Ted H. Frandsen
California San Fernando Kenneth T. Hall To be announced
California Santa Rosa René R. Alba Jim L. Wright
PACIFIC AREA
Australia Adelaide Bradley D. Carter R. Jeffrey Parker
Australia Perth R. Bruce Lindsay Walter S. Fife
Australia Sydney North Philip F. Howes Max L. Checketts
Papua New Guinea Port Moresby Pita F. Hopoate Voi R. Taeoalii
Vanuatu Port Vila Larry E. Brewer Paul W. Granger
PHILIPPINES AREA
Philippines Bacolod Marlo O. Lopez Christopher A. Barredo
Philippines Laoag Julius Jonah F. Barrientos Robert M. Andrada
Philippines Urdaneta William J. Monahan Ernesto A. Deyro Jr.
SOUTH AMERICA NORTHWEST AREA
Bolivia La Paz El Alto New Mission Juan R. Ocampo González
Colombia Bogota North Mark F. Andelin Robert Laney
Colombia Bogota South Letvin Lozano Renzo Baquerizo
Colombia Medellin Roberto O. Pitarch Víctor R. Calderón Punto
Perú Lima Central Alan M. Borg Stephen J. Larson
Perú Lima South Sean Douglas G. Boyd McGinn
Perú Piura Chad A. Rowley Daniel L. Rasmussen
Perú Trujillo South New Mission Manuel Rios Alejandro
Venezuela Barcelona Juan C. Chacín Nava Alberto A. Álvarez Mosquera
Venezuela Maracaibo Juan F. Zorrilla Efraín R. García López
SOUTH AMERICA SOUTH AREA
Argentina Bahia Blanca Manuel Parreño Mark E. Cifuentes
Argentina Buenos Aires East New Mission To be announced
Argentina Neuquén Paul R. Lovell Carlos Casariego Abellal
Argentina Santa Fe New Mission Gabriel Pérez Benavides
Chile Santiago East David L. Wright Marty Morgan
Chile Viña del Mar Federico M. Kähnlein Raúl Díaz Navarro
Paraguay Asunción P. David Agazzani Sergio A. Wilson
UTAH AREAS
Utah Logan New Mission To be announced
Utah Ogden Maurice D. Hiers Jr. Jeremy R. Jaggi
Utah Orem New Mission Chris D. Killpack
Utah Provo John A. McCune John C Hodgman
Utah Salt Lake City Central Richard W. Moffat Mission Consolidation
Utah Salt Lake City West Earl S. Swain L. Scott Palmer

Missionary Monday: A Message From the Mission President For All Members

                                 
2014 was a good year for the members and missionaries living in the Colorado Denver South Mission (CDSM). By working together last year we saw 441 people come unto Christ by joining His church.  This coming year we are committed to dramatically improve that number.
 This past year the work was made all the more exciting by the release of the feature length motion picture Meet The Mormons.  That was followed by the, He is the Gift initiative which gave of us all an opportunity to share the true meaning of Christmas with our non-member friends. 
 Another great missionary event took place last summer in Grand Junction as five Stakes joined together to produce the play, 18 Lives and The Book of Mormon.  This was a remarkable production and it did much to strengthen the testimonies of our youth and also served as an excellent missionary tool.
 My wife and I enjoy our opportunity to meet those who are taking the lessons and finding faith in Christ and choosing to be baptized.  This is an important work and we appreciate that more of you are inviting people you know to meet the full-time missionaries and take the lessons.
 Last summer I had a chance to meet Mari-Emilie  who was about to baptized in the Cedaredge Ward in the Montrose Stake. In talking with her I learned that six years ago her son, Ian, made friends with some member boys and joined the ward’s Cub Scout Pack.  Shortly thereafter Mari-Emilie became involved, first as a mother and shortly thereafter as a member of the scout committee. 
 As a natural result of this she made friends with a number of ward members.  Then about three years ago she says one of the scout committee mothers invited her over for dinner and to meet the missionaries.  At the time Mari-Emilie says she had little interest in learning about the church but as one that strived to live a Christ-centered life she relished the idea of talking about God, so she agreed to come.
 That process continued, on and off for three years.  During that time Ian grew into a teenager and continued his involvement in the ward’s scout troop and thus started coming to Mutual.  About this time last year the five Stake production of 18 Lives and The Book of Mormon was gearing up and Ian decided it might be fun to participate.  Ian says that while playing the part of one of the sons of Helaman he realized Helaman was a real person and the Book of Mormon was true.  That night, on the drive home he told his friends he wanted to be baptized.  Mari-Emilie says she could see in his eyes that something in him had changed.  She allowed him to take the lesson and join the church.  During this time she also took the lessons but did not get baptized. But, about six weeks later she got a personal answer to her prayers and was baptized. 
 I share this story because it demonstrates a perfect pattern for member missionary work.  All too often active members of the church believe that others are not interested in our church and fear inviting them to participate in church-related activities.  While most people we know are not ready to take the missionary lessons the fact is there are many that are. Our job is to pray, ponder and find the faith to ask the Lord to direct us to someone He has prepared to investigate the church and invite them to meet the missionaries.
 As a mission presidency we counsel together, pray and ponder about this work on a daily basis. In doing so we have been inspired to know that each ward or branch in this mission can both baptize and reactivate at least one person each month. Our fervent prayer is that by working together, members and missionaries, we can find, teach and help many more people find the joy of the gospel.  
 We look forward to seeing this happen as the Lord continues to hasten His work. 
 Respectfully,
Blake Murdock

Missionary Monday: Catholic Archbishop Delivers Message on Religious Freedom at Brigham Young University

What a wonderful opportunity the students at BYU had to listed to the words from Archbishop Chaput! For those of us with Catholic friends, this is a great talk to springboard a discussion about our similarities and how we can work together by building on things we have in common.

The original article was posted on the Church News site- HERE.

SALT LAKE CITY — 

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia shared a message on the importance of preserving religious freedom to students, faculty and administrators at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, on Friday, January 23, 2015. The university is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Archbishop Chaput addressed a noon gathering in the Wilkinson Student Center’s Varsity Theater. “Brigham Young University is an extraordinary university not just because of its academic excellence — or the fact that it occasionally beats Notre Dame (a comment that drew chuckles from the audience) — but because it’s a center for learning enriched by its religious identity. Please never lose that.”
Archbishop Chaput said Mormon and Catholic communities share common concerns and “have a duty to seek common ground where possible.”
“We need to work vigorously in law and politics to form our culture in a godly understanding of human dignity and the purpose of human freedom,” he stressed.
“The differences in our doctrine and practice are obvious,” Archbishop Chaput elaborated. “Ignoring them wouldn’t serve the truth. But that doesn’t preclude friendship. It doesn’t preclude working together. And it doesn’t obscure the fact that we face many of the same problems and share many of the same convictions about marriage and family, the nature of our sexuality, the sanctity of human life and the urgency of religious freedom.”
Archbishop Chaput discussed the significance of the Great Charter, or Magna Carta, that dates back 800 years in England, which promised the protection of church rights. “It started the process of carving out space for what would become civil society.”
“Its impact can be seen on the charters of the American colonies, on the First Continental Congress, on the Bill of Rights of the United States, on the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and on national constitutions around the world,” he added.

“The Founders clearly understood the value of the past,” said Archbishop Chaput. “Most were Christians. Nearly all were religious believers.”

“In 2015 we’re a nation of many faith communities and no single church. That’s a gift, not a burden,” he concluded. “But as the Founders knew, and we forget at our peril, the American project of ordered liberty can’t work without the support of a moral people — a people formed by a living faith in a loving God.”

Archbishop Chaput also met with BYU faculty and administrators and visited the J. Reuben Clark Law School while on the Provo campus. On Friday evening, he will attend a special dinner with leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City before returning to Philadelphia. Pope Francis is expected to visit Philadelphia in September for the Eighth World Meeting of Families.

Missionary Monday: Elder Cook Reports Europe Area Focused on Work of Salvation

This article originally appeared HERE and was written by Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News associate editor

After visiting the Church’s Europe Area in November, Elder Quentin L. Cook of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles reported that missionary, temple, and family history work is moving forward.
The majority of the trip, November 14–23, was focused in Portugal and Spain—where Elder Cook presided over stake conferences in the Porto Portugal North Stake and the Lléida Spain Stake, met with members and missionaries, and conducted leadership training meetings.

“The members in both countries are spiritually mature, with strong leaders and a great desire to serve the Savior and live His commandments,” said Elder Cook.

Elder Cook, who was accompanied on the trip by his wife, Sister Mary Cook, praised the “wonderful service” of the Area Presidency: Elder José A. Teixeira, Elder Patrick Kearon, and Elder Timothy J. Dyches, all of the Seventy.

After meeting with missionaries in the Portugal Lisbon Mission in Oeiras and Porto, Portugal, Elder Cook said missionary work in Portugal is strong and progressing. He noted that missionaries in Portugal will be blessed to baptize more than 1,000 people this year. “What wonderful success we are having in missionary work,” he said.

Members gather for the Porto Portugal North Stake conference on November 15, 2014.
Elder Quentin L. Cook visits the Europe Area.
Members gather for the Porto Portugal North Stake conference on November 15, 2014.
Elder Quentin L. Cook visits the Europe Area.
Elder Quentin L. Cook poses with local leaders during a visit to the Europe Area.
Elder Quentin L. Cook and his wife, Sister Mary Cook, pose for a photograph with missionaries in the Porto Portugal Mission.

The stake conference sessions on November 15-16 were attended by “an extraordinarily large number of investigators” who “seemed to be touched by the spirit of the conference and were ready to join the Church and to assist with leadership and other assignments,” he reported.

Elder Cook told the members in Portugal that they need to be preparing for the new temple. It is anticipated that construction will commence in the near future.

President Thomas S. Monson announced on October 2, 2010, that a temple would be constructed in Lisbon. Latter-day Saints in Portugal—where the Church currently has six stakes and four districts, attend the Madrid Spain Temple—which is located 390 miles from Lisbon.
Elder Cook was impressed by the strong tradition of members attending the Madrid Spain Temple. “The Portugal youth in every stake make at least one trip a year to the temple in Madrid and stay several days,” he said.

Elder Cook was equally impressed with the strength of the Church in Barcelona, Spain. The missionary work and the commitment to family history and temple work are extraordinary. He was able to meet with the Barcelona, Spain, missionaries and then an overflow congregation of faithful members in the stake conference on November 22-23.
Elder Cook also praised the family history work Latter-day Saints in the Europe Area are doing.

“We know that blessings come when you not only go to the temple but also take the names of your ancestors.” He said 100 percent of the work the youth do in the temple is generated by the family history efforts of Church members in Europe.

It is very important for the young people of the Church to be involved in family history work. “The blessings are huge when they are taking family names to the temple.”

During the stake conferences in the Lléida Spain Stake and the Porto Portugal North Stake, Elder Cook emphasized the need for members to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. “We focused on religious observance in the home and the importance of family councils. We encouraged members to be a light and an example to their neighbors,” he said. “In addition, we spoke about the need to make temple covenants their objective and goal.”

Elder Cook was particularly impressed with the quality of local leadership in the area. During the trip, Elder Cook worked with Elder Adonay S. Obando, an Area Seventy who was born in Costa Rica and works as an executive for Bayer Cropscience, and Elder Joaquim J. Moreira, an Area Seventy from Portugal and former president of the Brazil São Paulo East Mission, who is a regional coordinator for the Church Educational System.

“The Church’s Seventies worldwide are just incredible,” Elder Cook said. “Everywhere we go we find people of great capacity—spiritually humble but capable of accomplishing all that is asked of them.”

In addition to member and missionary meetings in Spain and Portugal, Elder Cook had missionary, temple, and family history assignments. He met with seven stake presidents and the temple presidency in Frankfurt, Germany, with 280 missionaries in the Paris France Mission, and with 450 missionaries in the combined London and London South Missions.

Elder Cook reported that the mission presidents and leaders in Europe ”are incredible“ and it was “touching to speak to and shake hands with approximately 1,200 missionaries in five different missions.”