From Utah to Brazil and Japan to Canada, the First Presidency has called eight new mission presidents and their wives to begin their new callings in July. Their biographies will be published through 2018 on news.lds.org.
Colombia Medellin Mission
Armando Ceballos Morales, 63, and Dina de Hoyos de Ceballos, three children, Quintas Ward, Querétaro México Los Arcos Stake: Colombia Medellin Mission, succeeding President Víctor R. Calderón and Sister Patricia Calderón. Brother Ceballos serves as an area Church history adviser and is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, high councilor, and bishopric counselor. Born in México City, México, to Rodolfo Ceballos Cano and Maria Morales de Ceballos.
Sister Ceballos also serves as an area Church history adviser and is a former ward Primary president and ward Relief Society presidency counselor. Born in Monterrey, México, to Alfredo de Hoyos and Sarah Estrada de Hoyos.
Argentina Buenos Aires East Mission
Daniel G. Gifford, 60, and Heidi Nielson Gifford, six children, Draper 5th Ward, Sandy Utah Hidden Valley Stake: Argentina Buenos Aires East Mission, succeeding President Valentin F. Nuñez and Sister Maria V. Herrera de Nuñez. Brother Gifford serves as a Sunday School teacher and is a former bishop, stake and ward Young Men president, high councilor, ward mission leader, bishopric counselor, and missionary in the Texas San Antonio Mission. Born in Kalispell, Montana, to Grant R. Gifford and Marlene Choules Gifford.
Sister Gifford serves as a stake Young Women secretary and is a former stake and ward Young Women president, stake and ward Relief Society presidency counselor, nursery leader, and ward organist. Born in Mesa, Arizona, to Lars P. Nielson and Elberta Brown Nielson.