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New mission presidents

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:

- Dean M. Davies, 46, Eaglewood Ward, North Salt Lake Utah Stake; financial clerk; former stake president and counselor, high counselor, mission president's counselor, bishop's counselor, and missionary in the Uruguay-Paraguay Mission; investment manager for the Church; received bachelor's degree in business management from BYU, and attended Northwestern-Kellogg and Stanford University; born in Salt Lake City to Oliver Truex and Myra Baer Davies; married Darla James, five children. She is Relief Society president; former Young Women and Primary president, publication specialist, Young Women adviser, and Sunday School teacher; received bachelor's degree in elementary education from BYU; born in Logan, Utah, to Wayne William and Ruth Bowen James.- Allen C. Feller, 43, Morningside 2nd Ward, St. George Utah Morningside Stake; bishop; former counselor in stake Young Men presidency, bishop's counselor, clerk, counselor in elders quorum presidency, project temple teacher, and missionary in Oregon and Idaho; president and owner of Feller Stone Co.; received associate degree from Dixie College and attended BYU; born in St. George, Utah, to George Russell and Mary Luella Carter Feller; married Sheri Esplin, five children. She is Relief Society compassionate service leader; former Relief Society president and counselor, counselor in Primary and Young Women presidency, Young Women secretary, Relief Society amd Primary teacher, Cub Scout leader, girls camp leader; received bachelor's degree in child development and family relations from BYU and associate degree from Dixie College; born in St. George, Utah, to Stanley Church and Diane Olson Esplin.

- Julio Gacha Gaviola, 42, Bonifacio 3rd Ward, Makati Philippines Stake; stake president; former counselor in stake presidency, high councilor, bishop and counselor, institute and seminary teacher, and missionary in the Philippines Manila Mission; Church area distribution manager; received bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Feati University; born in Allen, Philippines, to Cristito Gallego and Veronica Porio Gacha Gaviola; married Teresita Tangalin, four children. She is a Relief Society teacher; former counselor in stake Relief Society presidency, and Primary president and counselor; received bachelor's degree in nursing from Arellano University and graduate degree in nursing at Baguio General Hospital; born in Baguio City, Philippines, to Protacio Huliganga and Purita Peralta Peralt Tangalin.

- Wilson R. Gomes, 50, Aeroporto Ward, Sao Paulo Brazil Santo Amaro Stake; stake president; former counselor in stake presidency, bishop and counselor, and missionary in the Andes Mission; regional manager for Church Family History Department; received bachelor's degree in business administration from Faculdade Luzwell; born in Marilia, Brazil, to Henrique and Rosa Vergines Gomes; married Regina Machado, four children. She is Relief Society president; former stake Young Women president and counselor, Young Women president, Sunday School and seminary teacher; received bachelor's degree in biology from Mackenzie University; born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to Paulo Dias and Maria Gioconda Vilardo Machado.

- Hector Alfonso Hernandez M., 42, Tierralinda Ward, Bogota Colombia Stake; counselor in Colombia Bogota North Mission presidency; former stake president, secretary to stake president, branch president, and missionary in the Colombia Cali Mission; finance manager for Church area office; received bachelor's degree from Colegio Mayor San Bartolome and CPA from Central University; born in Bogota, Colombia, to Hector Alfonso and Maruja Malaver Hernandez; married Alma Christancho, two children. She is a Relief Society and seminary teacher; former Relief Society president and counselor, seminary teacher, Relief Society secretary and teacher, and Primary secretary and teacher; born in Bogota, Colombia, to Miguel Angel Christancho Puerto and Rosalla Ramirez Morato Christancho.

- Donald Kent Miller, 52, Rockyview Ward, Calgary Alberta West Stake; ward mission leader; former counselor in stake presidency, high councilor, counselor in mission presidency, bishop and counselor, elders quorum president, and missionary in France; dentist; received bachelor's degree in zoology from BYU and doctorate in dentistry from Marquette University; born in Taber, Alberta, to Douglas and Anne Elizabeth Harris Miller; married Janet Scadlock, eight children. She is stake Young Women president; former stake public affairs director, member of ward Young Women presidency, Primary and Sunday School teacher, seminary teacher, and Relief Society homemaking leader; received bachelor's degree in sociology from BYU; born in Lynwood, Calif., to Enard William and Bonnie Gene Snarr Scadlock.

- Kirk Thomas Waldron, 61, Pleasant View 6th Ward, Provo Utah Sharon East Stake; former stake president and counselor, high councilor, bishop and counselor, high priests group leader, Young Men president, priests quorum adviser, activities committee chairman, and missionary in the California Anaheim Mission; retired manager of ports of entry for state of Utah; received bachelor's degree in business administration from Utah State University and master's degree in public administration from Golden Gate University; born in Tremonton, Utah, to Russell Bowen and Lucille Cannon Waldron; married Carol Draper, four children. She is a former stake Relief Society adviser, Primary president, counselor in Relief Society presidency, Missionary Training Center service missionary, seminary teacher, Young Women and Primary teacher, and missionary in the California Anaheim Mission; attended Utah State University and Belleville Community College; born in Provo, Utah, to Ralph Lloyd and Edna Vearl Christensen Draper.

- W. Mack Watkins, 61, Kaysville 12th Ward, Kaysville Utah Crestwood Stake; former counselor in stake presidency, high councilor, counselor in bishopric, Mormon Tabernacle Choir member, Temple Square guide, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the Swiss Austrian Mission; president of WMW Management Inc.; received bachelor's degree in history from the University of Utah; born in Tremonton, Utah, to Clifford Charles and Lois Evelyn Oswald Watkins; married Julia Simmons, nine children. She is counselor in stake Primary presidency, former counselor in Young Women presidency, counselor in Relief Society presidency, Relief Society homemaking leader, Temple Square guide and hostess, and Primary secretary; received bachelor's degree in speech and Spanish from the University of Utah; born in Salt Lake City to Roy William and Tibby Ellison Simmons.