A mission president, along with his wife, supervises and trains hundreds of the Church’s 52,000 missionaries assigned to a specific geographic area. Twenty-seven percent of newly called mission presidents will serve in countries outside the United States. Some newly called mission presidents have little previous experience with the language or culture of their new assignment. Others may have served in the country as a young missionary, but for most of them, assuming the role to guide a group of missionaries may seem overwhelming.
“As you are called to this assignment, you feel inadequate in every way,” reported Wayne Miller of Kansas City, Missouri, who will serve with his wife, Loralee, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for three years beginning this July. “The only way we can say yes is that we know Heavenly Father has helped us in our past Church service and that He will help us again.”