Eight new mission presidents have been called by the First Presidency. The mission presidents and their wives will begin their service about July 1. Their assignments will be announced later. The new mission presidents are:
- Belisario E. Benites, 46, Los Jardines Ward, Trujillo Peru Central Stake; mission president's counselor; former district president, stake president's counselor, stake Sunday School president, member of stake mission presidency, ward clerk, and missionary in the Peru Lima Mission; institute director for Church Educational System; received associate degree in linguistics from Columbia Basin College and bachelor's degree in psychology and linguistics from BYU; born in Lima, Peru, to Belisario and Elva Mendoza Benites; married Bertha Briones, four children. She is a mission specialist; former stake Young Women president, stake Relief Society president, district Primary president, district Young Women president, Young Women president, and missionary in the Peru Lima Mission; received associate degree in fashion design from Santo Toribio College; born in Cajamarca, Peru, to Jose A. and Carlota Cotrina Briones.- M. Keith Hansen, 65, Walters Hill Ward, Gresham Oregon South Stake; temple ordinance worker and Young Men president, priests adviser, Explorer leader; former high councilor, stake mission president, counselor in stake presidency, stake executive secretary, priests adviser, Explorer leader, bishop and bishop's counselor; dentist; attended University of Idaho in engineering, graduated from Officer Candidate School as second lieutenant, received bachelor's degree in pre-dental from University of Oregon, received doctor of medicine in dentistry from University of Oregon Dental School, continuing education in dentistry; born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Milton Dale and Lola McBride Hansen; married Carol Siddoway, six children. She is a temple ordinance worker and Sunday School teacher; former stake Young Women president and stake Laurel adviser, ward Young Women president and Laurel adviser and Mia Maid adviser, ward Relief Society president and counselor, stake missionary and young single adult adviser; dental assistant; attended BYU and University of Oregon; born in Teton City, Idaho, to Ernest R. and Geneva Parker Siddoway.
- Lee Ford Hunter, 51, Ensign 5th Ward, Salt Lake Ensign Stake; bishop; former high councilor, bishop's counselor, gospel doctrine teacher, deacons adviser, Primary teacher, Sunday School teacher, full-time missionary in Philippines Mission; attorney with Kirton & McConkie; former military intelligence agent in U.S. Army; received bachelor's degree in accounting at Utah State University and juris doctorate at University of Utah; born in Cedar City, Utah, to Grant and Odessa Ford Hunter; married Janet Kirton, six children. She is ward Young Women counselor; former member of general board for Melchizedek Priesthood - Mutual Improvement Association, Young Women Mutual Improvement Association, and Sunday School, and counselor in ward Young Women, Primary and Relief Society, and teacher in the auxiliaries; former elementary school teacher; received bachelor's degree in elementary education from University of Utah; born in Salt Lake City to Wilford W. Kirton Jr. and Arlene Sonntag Kirton.
- Stephen L. Jensen, 51, Blanding 2nd Ward, Blanding Utah Stake; stake mission president; former high councilor, bishop's counselor, branch group leader, high priests group leader, Scoutmaster, priests quorum adviser; instructor at College of Eastern Utah; former pilot/officer with U.S. Air Force; graduated from Air War College, Air Command and Staff, and Squadron Officer School; received bachelor's degree in physical education and master's degree in health science education from BYU; born in Moab, Utah, to Ned and LaVerda Barton Jensen; married Donna Nielson, four children. She is a ward Relief Society counselor; former stake Relief Society counselor, ward Relief Society president, Young Women president and Primary president, and gospel doctrine teacher and ward activities chairman; staff nurse and prenatal instructor for San Juan County Health Services, former school nurse and staff nurse; received associate's degree in nursing from New Mexico State University, bachelor's degree in elementary education from BYU; born in Monticello, Utah, to Norman and Ruth Jones Nielson.
- D. Michael Stewart, 58, Ensign 6th Ward, Salt Lake Ensign Stake; high councilor and stake mission president for University 5th Stake; former high councilor, stake Young Men president, bishop and full-time missionary in Swiss-Austrian Mission; leadership consultant; former director of Human Services Department for State of Utah, Salt Lake county commissioner, history professor and real estate developer; president National Associations of Counties, U.S. President George Bush appointment to National Advisory Commission on International Relations, director United Nations International Year of the Family; received bachelor's and master's degrees in history and political science from University of Utah, doctorate in U.S. Constitutional history and public administration from Wayne State University; born in Salt Lake City to Harold and Abbie Sermon Stewart; married Betty Lou Sine, seven children. She is stake Primary counselor; former Young Women counselor, Sunday School teacher, Primary teacher, choir director, organist and nursery leader; former middle school teacher; received bachelor's degree in English and German from University of Utah, studied gifted education at University of Utah and Utah State University; born in Salt Lake City to Ira and Dorothea Popp Sine.
- J. Richard Thorderson, 60, Livonia Ward, Westland Michigan Stake; mission president's counselor; former regional representative, stake president, high councilor, bishop and gospel doctrine teacher; associate vice president of academic affairs at Wayne State University; former assistant vice president for enrollment services, director of admissions (both Wayne State and Illinois State universities), director of high school relations at Utah State University; received bachelor's degree in political science and master's degree in educational administration from the University of Utah and doctorate in higher education from Illinois State University; born in Lava Hot Springs, Idaho, to Parley and Winona Seely Thorderson; married Carol King, six children. She is member of ward Relief Society board; former stake Primary counselor, member of stake Relief Society board, ward Primary president and counselor, Relief Society president and nursery leader; studied nursing at University of Utah; born in Salt Lake City to Wallace and Elizabeth Webb King.
- M. Richard Walker, 60, Valley View 3rd Ward, Salt Lake Holladay North Stake; stake president; former stake president's counselor, high councilor, bishop, elders quorum president, ward Young Women president and full-time missionary in Eastern States Mission; attorney with M. Richard Walker & Associates; received juris doctorate from University of Utah; born in Salt Lake City to Milton and Emma Summerhays Walker; married to Margene Nielsen, five children. She is ward compassionate service leader; former ward Young Women counselor and adviser, Primary counselor and teacher, homemaking leader; former preschool teacher and secretary; studied elementary education at BYU; born in Salt Lake City to Clarence and Dolorys Hemsley Nielsen.
- H. Ross Workman, 57, Mt. Olympus 8th Ward, Salt Lake Mt. Olympus North Stake; bishop; former high councilor, counselor in stake mission presidency, bishop's counselor, Young Men president, priests quorum adviser and full-time missionary in Southern States Mission; attorney and firm managing director for Workman, Nydegger & Seeley; former attorney and partner with Fox, Edward's & Gardner, and former medical technologist; received bachelor's degree in chemistry and juris doctorate from University of Utah; born in Salt Lake City to Harley and Lucille Ramsey Workman; married to Katherine Meyers, four children. She is a nursery leader; former ward Primary president, counselor and secretary, counselor in Relief Society and Young Women, and Beehive and Laurel teacher; former member of reception and clerical staff; born in Salt Lake City to Eugene and Dorothy Miller Meyers.