Mission Presidents

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President Ranier F. and April Munns (1994 - 1997)
President David and Dorris Gillette (1991-94)
President Francis A. and Connie Madsen (1988-91)
President Kem C. Gardner (1985-88)
President Bruce L. Olsen (1982-85)
President Richard B. Tempest (1979-82)
President Jae R. Ballif (1977-79)
President Alan C. Rozsa (1974-77)

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President Dale B. and Nancy Murphy
(July 97 - Current)

Alpine 2nd Ward, Alpine Utah North Stake; stake president's counselor; former high councilor, member of stake mission presidency, bishop, and member of ward Young Men's presidency; former major league baseball player, played with the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and Colorado Rockies; attended BYU; born in Portland, Ore., to Charles Milton and Betty Louise Bryan Murphy; married Nancy Thomas, eight children. She is a Primary achievement day leader; former stake missionary, ward Primary president and counselor, Laurel advisor, Relieft Society teacher, and Primary chorister; attended BYU; born in Albuquerque, NM, to Claude Ray and Bonnie Ann Davis Thomas.

President Ranier F. and April Munns
(July 94 - 97)

President Ranier F. Munns was born in Logan, Utah. His family moved to Florida before he started first grade. He grew up in the mission field and had many missionary opportunities as a youth. He has a brother and two sisters. At the age of nineteen he was called on a mission to Scotland. Elder David B. Haight of the Quorum of Twelve Apostles was his Mission President. After his mission he returned to BYU and obtained a degree in Political Science and Psychology. He received a Juris Doctorate at the University of Utah Law School.

While attending Law School, President Munns served as Editor of The Summation, A Journal of Utah Law. He has been the Managing Partner of Bogin, Munns, and Munns and is admitted to practice before all State and Federal Courts in Florida as well as the United States Supreme Court. He has been active in the Florida Bar in areas of Workers Compensation, Trial Lawyers, Insurance and Negligence Law. He is a member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers and he is a founder of the Florida Association of Adoption Lawyers. He is active in the American Bar Sections on Insurance, Negligence, and Compensation Law.

He has served has a Bishop in several wards, in a Stake Presidency, and as a counselor to three Mission Presidents. He was interviewed to serve as a Mission President by Elder David B. Haight. The call to serve was extended by President Thomas S. Monson.

The Munns were married in the Salt Lake Temple while President Munns was attending Law School. They lived in Florida for 25 years. They have thirteen children and brought eight with them to Massachusetts. Their children range from age 9 to 25. They will soon have five Eagle Scouts and have sons who have served or are serving in Geneva, Switzerland, Tacoma, Washington, and Milan Italy. Their oldest daughter, Vanessa, was Miss Utah USA.

President Munns likes to go deep sea fishing with his sons. He also likes to collect early Church memorabilia and has recently obtained an original 1830 edition of the Book of Mormon. Sister Munns is a gifted artist. She loves to sew and does many creative activities with the children. She loves to read and is looking forward to many grandchildren. She is noted for her ability to do "everything."

Sister Munns was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. She has three brothers. Robin, her oldest brother, graduated from the Naval Academy and was killed in Viet Nam. She is a convert to the Church. Her family joined the Church in Arizona as a direct result of member missionary work. As a child, she lived in Europe and Japan. She attended San Jose Junior College and graduated from Brigham Young University where she was an Art major and Certified as a High School Art and Drama Teacher. While attending college she "took a break" and went to Europe and Africa. She has served as Stake Relief Society President, Primary President, and most other teaching positions. She is an accomplished cook and loves to feed the missionaries!

President David & Dorris Gillette
(July 91 - 94)

President Gillete was an attorney. He retired from that profession so that he could be a Mission President. He is an expert in the areas of tax, financial planning, and estate planning. He has also been involved in a variety of other businesses over the years. President Gillete is an adventurer. He likes to try new things. He doesn't want to ever get too old to have fun. President Gillette has been active in sports. He loves to play tennis and ski. He enjoys scuba diving, and climbing. He has been in the depths of the oceans and has climbed the highest peak... the Exum Ridge... of the Grand Tetons.

Sister Gillete took charge of raising her five (5) children. "I've done a pretty great job of it, I must say." Being a mother has been her favorite work so far. It is so challenging and diversified. Just when you think you have something figured out, along comes another kid with different challenges and you have to start over. Sister Gillette has basiclly been a teacher all her life. She has taught 4th, 5th, and 6th grade. Not to mention Young Women, Primary, Relief Society, sewing, cooking, and everything from leadership skills to relaxation techniques. She has been an avid volunteer in many SLC organizations. What she didn't volunteer for, her children volunteered her for.

from the archives of Elder Adam Lund

President Jae R. Ballif
(July 77 - 79)

President Ballif served just under two years. He was asked to be vice president of BYU (he was the dean of physical and mathematical sciences before his mission), where is still is today (801-378-4365). He has since written a book, published by Bookcraft, entitled In Search of Truth and Love; in addition to several articles on Book of Mormon studies which have been published in F.A.R.M.S.

President Alan C. Rozsa

After finishing his mission, President Rozsa became the Los Angeles Temple president during the mid 80's.

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