First Presidency Calls 8 News Mission Leaders to Serve in New Philippines Mission, Russia + More

The following eight new mission presidents and companions have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July.

Mark R. Alder, 60, and Beki B. Alder, four children, Jennings Lane Ward, Centerville Utah North Stake: Philippines Antipolo Mission (newly created). Elder and Sister Alder are currently serving as senior missionaries in the New Zealand Hamilton Mission. Elder Alder is a former stake presidency counselor, stake and ward Young Men president, bishop, high councilor, elders quorum president and missionary in the California San Diego Mission. He was born in Salt Lake City to Lawrence Wesley Alder and Carolyn Ranck Alder.

Sister Alder is a former ward Relief Society meeting committee member, Primary teacher and temple ordinance worker. She was born in San Antonio, Texas, to Barry H Bright and Donna Bright Linford.

Maksim Byrdin, 47, and Ol’ga Byrdina, five children, Zelenogradsky Ward, Moscow Russia Stake: Russia Yekaterinburg Mission, succeeding President Ray M. Beck and Sister Julie B. Beck. Brother Byrdin is a former mission presidency counselor, branch president, bishopric counselor, and high priest group leader. He was born in Moscow, Russia, to Oleg Evgenievich Byrdin and Tatiana Alexandrovna Pankova Byrdina.

Sister Byrdina is a former ward Young Women presidency counselor, Relief Society teacher, Sunday School teacher, and seminary and institute teacher. She was born in Moscow, Russia, to Vladislav Ivanovich Pomoshnikov and Antonina Ivanovna Chertova Pomodhnikova.

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Lead image: President Russell M. Nelson and his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, greet new mission presidents and their wives during the 2017 New Mission Presidents Seminar on June 28 in the Provo Missionary Training Center. Photo: Cody Bell, Intellectual Reserve Inc.
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