Church Calls New Mission Presidents for Brazil, South Africa, U.S. & More

From New Zealand to California and Brazil to South Africa, learn more about the new mission presidents recently called by the First Presidency.

The following new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin service later this year.

Brazil São Paulo South Mission

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Pedro Aurelio Mendes Acosta, 59, and Glicia Maria Menezes Dos Santos Acosta, three children, Glória Ward, Manaus Brazil Rio Amazonas Stake: Brazil São Paulo South Mission, succeeding President Phillip E. Broadbent and Sister Laura J. Broadbent. Brother Acosta serves as an assistant area auditor and is a former mission presidency counselor, stake presidency counselor, branch president, and stake family history center director. Systems analyst supervisor, Corporation of the President. Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, to Juan Anair Acosta and Ananda Mendes Acosta.

Sister Acosta is a former stake Primary presidency counselor, ward Relief Society and Young Women president, public affairs director, and seminary teacher. Born in Manaus, Brazil, to Lindolfo Cardoso Santos Filho and Edna Menezes Santos.

Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission

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Steven Craig Bednar, 53, and Cindy Kay Christensen Bednar, four children, Reading Ward, Centerville Utah North Stake: Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission, succeeding President Bradley K. Johnson and Sister Rosemarie M. Johnson. Brother Bednar serves as a temple ordinance worker and ward Primary teacher and is a former bishop, high councilor, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Netherlands Amsterdam Mission. Managing partner, Manning Curtis Bradshaw & Bednar, PLLC. Born in Provo, Utah, to Richard Lee Bednar and Saundra Rochelle Knudson Bednar.

Sister Bednar serves as a temple ordinance worker and ward Primary teacher and is a former ward Relief Society president, ward Primary secretary, ward Sunday School teacher, and ward Young Women adviser. Born in Bountiful, Utah, to Robert Albert Christensen and Kay McCullough Christensen.

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