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From the Church News --
6 March 1999:
Kim M. Johnson, 52, [called to be President
of] Finland Helsinki Mission; Highland 2nd Ward,
Pocatello Idaho Highland Stake; counselor to Idaho Pocatello
Mission president; former stake president and counselor,
high councilor, bishop, Young Men adviser, and missionary in
Finnish Mission; institute instructor; received bachelor's
degree in sociology and master's in recreation from BYU;
born in Brigham City, Utah, to Conrad A. and Norma Monson
Johnson; married Pamela Rogers; five children. She serves
with her husband in the Idaho Pocatello Mission; former ward
choir director, counselor in stake Young Women presidency,
counselor in ward Relief Society presidency, Young women
camp director and sports director; received bachelor's
degree and master's in education from BYU; born in Nampa,
Idaho, to Milford J. and Myrtle Nelson Rogers.
Past Mission Presidents
7/93-7/96 Roger T. & Janice Fuller
4776 Canyon View Dr, Highland, UT 84003
7/90-7/93 J. Lewis & Jon L. Taylor
Group photo: in
mission home with missionaries
3325 La Mesa Rd, Salt
Lake City UT 84109-4237
The following is from the Church News, 24
John Lewis Taylor, 56, East Mill Creek 16th
Ward, Salt Lake East Mill Creek North Stake; high
councilor and temple sealer, former stake mission
president, high councilor, chairman for priesthood and
curriculum writing committees, bishop, Young Men
president and counselor; served mission in Finland,
1954-57; instructor at Salt Lake University of Utah
Institute of Religion; earned bachelor's degree from
University of Utah, master's and doctorate degrees
from BYU; born in Montpelier, Idaho, a son of John
Whitaker and Grace Bernice Lewis Taylor; married Jon
Margaret Lee; seven children. She is Relief Society
president, former stake Primary president's counselor,
ward Relief Society president, Primary president,
Young Women president's counselor, and gospel doctrine
teacher; born in Price, Utah, a daughter of J. Bracken
and Margaret Draper Lee.
7/87-7/90 Steven and Donna Mecham
Group photos: in
mission home with missionaries and Christmas
2163 Jennifer Dr, Ogden UT 84403
7/84-7/87 Melvin J. and Anne-Maj Luthy (née
East 4380 North, Provo UT 84604
Children Michael, Melanie, Annette and Michelle
of Linguistics, BYU
Served 2/57-8/59 as a missionary
7/81-7/84 E. Arnold & Donna Isaacson
372 E. 700 N., Centerville, UT 84014
7/78-7/81 James M. & Beverly Benson Parker
Gateway, 40 North State Street #4H, Salt Lake City UT
Retired - Former head of the BLM
in Utah and Deputy Director of the BLM in Washington, D.
Now in Salt
7/75-7/78 Stephen B. & Lea A. Mahoney
Windsong, Sandy, UT 84092
Children Stephen R. Mahoney, David J. Mahoney, Tiina-Lisa
Watts, Helena Hathaway and Carina Mahoney
Working for a financial services company in Midvale, UT.
Lea is a genealogical missionary. Carina is a nurse in
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
I help people accumulate assets, either on a tax-deferred
basis, or preferrably, on a tax-free basis. Who help you?
I am a registered representative NASD, SEC, insurance -
mainly mutual funds; variable annuities; VUL; living
trusts/ estate plng.; 401k, 403b, IRA rollovers; asset
allocation planning; needs analysis data gathering;
retirement planning; investment plng after retirement;
7/72-7/75 Robert & Faye Wade
Died December 30, 1995. See the mission
news. Also see the reunion
Sister Faye Wade is now living in Bountiful
I'm excited to finally have a computer where I can
have contact with those who served with us from
1972-1975. It has been nearly a year since Bob passed
away of tongue cancer (12/30/95). I moved this summer to
Bountiful after being away from Utah since 1972. I have
one daughter still at home, four children in the Provo
area, and four in California. Four of the children are
married: Lori, Mike, Kathryn, and Allison. We have four
grandchildren with two more on the way. We have all been
blessed with a great feeling of peace since Bob's death.
We know he had an important work to do on the other side
of the veil. Bob is the only Finnish Mission President in
the Spirit World! I'd love to hear from any of you as
Finland is so special to me and our family. Our reunion
this past summer at the Nyborg's Finlandia Ranch in
Ashton, Idaho was so wonderful. We hope to keep in touch
7/69-7/72 Orval and Joyce Nelson
2525 Rising Legend Way, Las Vegas, NV 89106
Sister Joyce Nelson passed away on 20 May 1998.
Frank Smith posted the following to the FMA mailing list
on Friday, May 22nd...
Dear Finland Mission
Missionaries, Saints and Friends:
Sister Joyce Nelson, wife of
President Orval L. Nelson, passed away Wednesday May
20th, at 3:00 pm at her home in Las Vegas, Nevada. She
had suffered from pancreatic cancer and a number of
strokes since January of this year.
Funeral arrangements are as
10:00 Saturday (tomorrow),
May 23rd, Las Vegas, Nevada
Charleston Stake Center Chapel
3400 West Charleston
11:00 Tuesday, May 26, Moses
Rose Street Chapel
Interment: Moses Lake
Sister Joyce Lufkin Nelson was born
March 12, 1933 in Shelley, Idaho. She married Orval L.
Nelson November 13, 1954 in the Idaho Falls Temple.
She is survived also by her five children (Rick
Nelson, Janet Karels, Jay Nelson, David Nelson and
Shelley Rial) and twenty grandchildren.
For several years she travelled
with President Nelson while he served in many places
with the U.S. Army. They also lived in Platteville,
Wisconsin just prior to going to Finland. Following
their Finland years, the Nelsons lived in Provo,
Oklahoma City and Spokane prior to retirement in Las
Vegas in 1995.
Sister Nelson served with President
Nelson from 1969 to 1972 in Finland. None of her
missionaries will ever forget many Sister Nelson
"trademarks" -- her ever radiant smile that cheered up
her Elders, her many informative lessons on Finland's
history, her inspiring testimonies and love she shared
for the Book of Mormon, many wonderful American meals,
many comforting and encouraging words delivered at
just the right moment, that inevitable farewell hug at
the Helsinki airport, her ever joyful and loving
spirit, and countless, timeless many other things with
which Sister Nelson blessed our lives and that of the
Finnish Saints who along with their country held a
special, loving place in her heart for nearly all her
My wife, Kirsti, and my children
also mourn the passing of Sister Nelson. Over these
25+ years, we have been most fortunate to have kept in
touch with the Nelsons and been very lucky to have
lived fairly close to them and enjoyed many visits.
They continued to inspire us just as if we were still
with them as missionaries in Finland.
For all the wonderful, selfless
things the Nelsons have done for all of us as
missionaries and Finnish Saints, let's at least pray
for comfort and support for the family.
For a man who with his beloved wife
did so much for Finland and the Finns, the Government
and People of the Republic of Finland join with me in
this expression of remembrance and sympathy to all
members of the Nelson family.
Messages can be sent to President
Nelson and his family:
President Orval L.
2525 Rising Legend Way
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106
Frank R. Smith, Consul
Consulate of Finland
at Phoenix, Arizona
1966-1969 Udell & Pauline Poulsen
2608 East Sherwood Drive, Salt Lake City UT 84108
801-582-2253 Lives in Salt
Lake City. Can be reached at the Church Office
Building (801-240-1000 or 800-453-3860).
1964-1966 J. Malcolm & Pat Asplund
Tempelvagen 4, 137 41 Västerhaninge, Sweden
046 08 500 64 513
Currently serving as temple missionaries at the Stockholm
Union Avenue, Salmon ID 83467
1961-1964 Mark E. & Marilyn F. Anderson
980 Northcliffe Drive, Salt Lake City UT 84103
1958-1961 John D. & Ruby Warner
1212 West 1330 South, Orem UT 84058
1955-1958 Phileon B. & Hortense B.
1154 E. 930 N., Provo,
Also served temple mission at Atlanta,
1947-1954 Henry A. & Mae Matis
2710 Highland Drive #6, Salt
Lake City UT 84106
The Finnish mission (later renamed the Finland Helsinki
mission) was formed from the Scandinavian mission September
1, 1947. The Scandinavian mission was created May 11, 1850.
See the history
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