Church Calls 8 New Mission Presidents to Brazil, South Korea, Finland, U.S. & More

From Finland to Brazil and South Korea to Puerto Rico, meet the eight new couples the First Presidency has called to preside over mission around the world.

The following new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin serving in July 2017.

Finland Helsinki Mission

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Ilkka Olavi Aura, 54, and Paula Kaarina Tapola Aura, Espoo 2nd Ward, Helsinki Finland Stake: Finland Helsinki Mission. They are succeeding President Wayne T. Watson and Sister Luana Watson. Brother Aura serves in a stake presidency and is a former stake executive secretary, high councilor, bishopric counselor, institute teacher, and missionary in the Finland Helsinki Mission. Managing partner, Sequoia Partners. He was born in Jyväskylä, Finland, to Urpo Olavi Aura and Pirkko Liisa Paasilahti.

Sister Aura serves as a seminary teacher and is a former ward Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary president; temple open house and dedication committee member; nursery leader; and missionary in the Finland Helsinki Mission. She was born in Kuopio, Finland, to Anssi Tuomas Tapola and Kaija Annikki Rautiainen.

Texas Dallas Mission

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John Cranmer Dalton V, 46, and Lisa Ann Linford Dalton have four children and are from the Yorba Linda Ward, Placentia California Stake. They will be serving in the Texas Dallas Mission, succeeding President Brian K. Taylor and Sister Jill Taylor. Brother Dalton is a counselor in the stake presidency and is a former bishop, high councilor, stake Young Men president, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Chile Santiago South Mission. Chief executive officer, Dalton Capital, Inc. He was born in La Mesa, California, to John Cranmer Dalton IV and Louise Dean Dalton.

Sister Dalton serves as a counselor in a ward Primary presidency and is a former ward Relief Society, Sunday School, and Primary teacher; ward Young Women adviser; and ward missionary. She was born in Provo, Utah, to Michael Raymond Linford and Linda Ann Smith Linford.

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