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New Mission President called:
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.



Current Mission President

7/96-7/99   P. Lyn & Helen Thompson

Neitsytpolku 3A4, FIN-00140 Helsinki
tel. +358 0 177311

The following was published in the Church News, 11 May 1996:

P. Lyn Thompson, 57, [called to be President of] Finland Helsinki Mission; Oak Hills Ward, Bountiful Utah Central Stake; former high councilor, temple worker, bishop and counselor, Sunday School and Young Men teacher, high priests group leader, guide and host on Temple Square, and missionary in the Finnish Mission; orthopedic surgeon; received medical degree from the University of Utah; born in Salt Lake City to Monte Cleon and Elizabeth Evans Thompson; married Helen Harker, six children. She is serving in the Young Women; former Scouting advancement chairman, Young Women worker, and Relief Society teacher; received registered nursing degree from Ricks College; born in Salt Lake City to John Ray and Frances Myrtle Denney Harker.


Past Mission Presidents

7/93-7/96 Roger T. & Janice Fuller

4776 Canyon View Dr, Highland, UT 84003
tel. 801-756-2328

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
tel. 801-487-3784
Daughter Susan

The following is from the Church News, 24 February 1990:

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 conference 1989
2163 Jennifer Dr, Ogden UT 84403
tel. 801-479-0841

7/84-7/87 Melvin J. and Anne-Maj Luthy (née Anne-Maj Savstrand)

551 East 4380 North, Provo UT 84604
Children Michael, Melanie, Annette and Michelle
Department 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

The Gateway, 40 North State Street #4H, Salt Lake City UT 84103

Retired - Former head of the BLM in Utah and Deputy Director of the BLM in Washington, D. C.
Now in Salt Lake City.

7/75-7/78 Stephen B. & Lea A. Mahoney
14 Windsong, Sandy, UT 84092
tel. (801) 571-3392
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; etc.

7/72-7/75 Robert & Faye Wade

Died December 30, 1995. See the mission news. Also see the reunion information.
Sister Faye Wade is now living in Bountiful
tel.available on request
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 with you.

7/69-7/72 Orval and Joyce Nelson

2525 Rising Legend Way, Las Vegas, NV 89106
tel. 702-648-2552

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 follows:

10:00 Saturday (tomorrow), May 23rd, Las Vegas, Nevada
Charleston Stake Center Chapel
3400 West Charleston

11:00 Tuesday, May 26, Moses Lake, Washington
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 adult life.

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. Nelson
2525 Rising Legend Way
Las Vegas, Nevada 89106

Sincere regards,

Frank R. Smith, Consul

Consulate of Finland
    at Phoenix, Arizona

1966-1969 Udell & Pauline Poulsen

2608 East Sherwood Drive, Salt Lake City UT 84108
tel. 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

In Sweden:
Tempelvagen 4, 137 41 Västerhaninge, Sweden
tel. 046 08 500 64 513
Currently serving as temple missionaries at the Stockholm Temple

901 Union Avenue, Salmon ID 83467
tel. 208-756-4807

1961-1964 Mark E. & Marilyn F. Anderson

980 Northcliffe Drive, Salt Lake City UT 84103
tel. 801-596-0365

1958-1961 John D. & Ruby Warner

1212 West 1330 South, Orem UT 84058
tel. 801-765-1353

1955-1958 Phileon B. & Hortense B. Robinson

1154 E. 930 N., Provo, Utah 84601
tel. 801-377-4998
Also served temple mission at Atlanta, Georgia Temple

1947-1954 Henry A. & Mae Matis

2710 Highland Drive #6, Salt Lake City UT 84106
tel. 801-467-9754

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 of the mission.

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