Former and current Italy Mission Presidents are listed here with a few paragraphs about each to let you know about them. You are encouraged to keep in touch with your president, and keep the missionary spirit going in your lives. They welcome your letters and other contact.
Jeffrey Acerson (Italy Rome Mission)
Howard C. Anderson, Jr. (Italy Padova Mission)
8071 Mountain Oaks Circle
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Email: hcanderson2msn dot com
Howard Anderson served among the very first missionaries to be called to serve in Italy. At that time there was no MTC or Language Training Mission, so he was sent directly to the Mission Headquarters in Florence with no formal training in Italian. He served for 30 months with Pres. John Duns, and was acquainted with some of the "pioneer" members of the church in Italy during his mission.
He was called to return as Mission President to the Padova Mission in 1992 and worked with the sons of several of his former colleagues and companions as they served as missionaries in Italy under his direction. Pres. Anderson and his wife Claudia live in East Sandy. He works in the Real Estate Division at Zions First National Bank and is currently serving in a Branch Presidency for inmates at the Uinta Unit (maximum security) of the Utah State Prison.
Giovanni Ascione (Italy Catania Mission)
Via Degli Scaglieri, 12
37012 Bussolegno (VR)
Ralph A. Barnes (Italy Rome Mission)
Ralph Barnes served as President of the Italy South Mission from April 1973, which was renamed to the Italy Rome Mission during his tenure. He passed away several years ago. Similar to his predecessor President Call, he and his wife served as a missionary couple in the same mission before being called as the mission president.
Rodney B. Boynton (Italy Milano Mission)
Email: vickiboyntonyahoo dot com
Rodney Beck Boynton, 56, Hillcrest 4th Ward, Orem Utah Hillcrest Stake; high councilor, former counselor in stake presidency, bishop and missionary in Italy. Associate director of David M. Kennedy Center at Brigham Young University. Born in Long Beach, Calif., to Harold Oscar and Carol Beck Boynton. Married Vicki Jeanne Greenall, seven children.
Sister Boynton, Serving in family record extraction, she is a former ward Young Women president, counselor in the ward Relief Society, Young Women camp director, Primary president, Relief Society instructor and Young Women adviser. Born in San Luis Obispo, Calif., to Edward and Velma Amelia Hilbert Greenall.
Lester D. Call (Italy South Mission)
Lester D. Call and his wife were serving together as a missionary couple in the Italy Rome Mission when he was called to serve as the new Mission President. He served as President of the Italy South Mission from March 1972 until April 1973 when Ralph A. Barnes was called as the new President. President Call passed away in the spring of 1997 at a Utah Hospital after a short illness. A memorial service was held in Utah, and another one in California. He is buried near Roseville, California. Sister Call preceeded him in death.
Craig Allen Cardon (Italy Roma Mission)
Quorums of the Seventy
47 East South Temple Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84150
Sustained to the Second Quorum of the Seventy April 1, 2006, at age 57.
Elder Cardon says there is no substitute for the power that comes through the scriptures. I set a rule for myself long ago, he says. I was not going to let my eyes close for the final time upon the day unless they had fallen upon the scriptures.
When serving as president of the Italy Rome Mission from 1983 to 1986, Elder Cardon started discussing the scriptures during each presidency meeting a practice he continued in subsequent callings. Teaching from the scriptures was always on the agenda, he says. We would spend a significant amount of time focusing on the doctrine as taught in the scriptures. That was a valued, cherished time.
Elder Cardon was born on December 30, 1948, in Mesa, Arizona, USA, to Vilate Allen Cardon and Wilford Pratt Cardon. After serving a mission in Italy, he married Deborah Dana on November 25, 1970, in the Mesa Arizona Temple; they are the parents of eight children.
While growing up, Elder Cardon says, he benefited from the righteous example and teachings of his parents. "I had a mother who taught me to pray and a father who taught me to trust and love the Lord, he says. Their guidance helped him recognize the Spirit at a young age. On one occasion, a concern weighed heavily on his mind. Because of the way I had been taught, I went out to kneel in the fields near our home. I remember getting some distinct answers." Tutoring experiences continued throughout his life and helped prepare him for his call to the Second Quorum of the Seventy.
Elder Cardon, who has worked in a family real-estate business, received his bachelor's degree from Arizona State University and his master's degree from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. He has been a bishop, stake president, Gospel Doctrine teacher, and institute instructor.
Leavitt Christensen (Great Italy and Italy South Missions)
Leavitt Christensen was a Counselor to Pres. John Duns, and served as President of the Great Italy Mission from March 1969 until July, 1971, when during his administration, the mission was divided. The other former counselor to Pres. Duns, Dan Jorgensen, was called to return to Italy and preside over the Italy North Mission with headquarters in Milan. President Christensen continued as President of the Italy South Mission until Lester D. Call was called as the new President in the Spring of 1972.
J. Halvor Clegg (Italy Milano Mission)
339 East 1655 South
Orem, UT 84058
LeGrand Curtis, Jr. (Italy Padova Mission)
1837 E. Moorecrest Court
Salt Lake City, UT 84121
Email: padova4hotmail dot com
Upon our return from Italy we moved back into our home in Salt Lake County. We stay busy with church assignments and the practice of law. Family events have been numerous: Our daughter Jessica was married in July. Jon left on his mission to Russia in September. Our first grandchild, Thomas, was born to Tom and Steph in December. Matt was married the week after. Sam is finishing his senior year at Brighton High School and will attend BYU starting in September.
G. Robert DeWitt (Italy Catania Mission)
1732 West 540 North, #124
St. George, UT 84770
Email: ilcapoinfowest dot com
I served as President of the Italy Catania Mission from 1992 - 1995. As a convert to the Church in mid life, I did not have the privilege of serving as a young man. As a matter of fact, Sister DeWitt and I were called on our mission without benefit of the language; we presided over 4 districts - there was no stake in the south of Italy at that time. The brethren assumed that in as much as we are both half Italian, we could speak the language. It was an a real challenge for that first year. We still hold an annual summer mission reunion at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City. Our mission has remained very close.
Cleve Dibble (Italy Padova Mission)
2463 West Gentile St.
Layton, UT 84041
Email: cdibblecomcast dot net
Since returning from Italy, Pres. Dibble has returned to his career as an educator, currently working as an elementary principal. He has also continued with his farming interests, working with Sister Dibble and family members to produce hay, grain, fall ornamentals, and fresh vegetables for local markets. He is currently serving as stake president of the Layton Utah South Stake. He and Sister Dibble are the parents of seven children and thirteen grandchildren.
J. Scott Dunaway (Italy Milano Mission)
J. Scott Dunaway, 52, Italy Milan Mission; Windsor 5th Ward, Orem Utah Windsor Stake; stake president; former bishop, high priests group leader, high councilor, ward mission leader and missionary in the Italy Rome Mission. Assistant dean for the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences at Brigham Young University. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to James Bryant and Ruth Eloese Anderson Dunaway. Married Ruth M. L. Malmfeldt, five children.
A ward Sunday School teacher, Sister Dunaway is a former counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency, ward Primary chorister, ward enrichment leader and gospel doctrine teacher. Born in Binghamton, N. Y., to John Arthur Malmfeldt and Roberta Louise (Nopper) Jackson.
John Duns, Jr. (Great Italy Mission)
1238 East Ave., R-2
Palmdale, CA 93550
Christian Euvrard (Italy Milano Mission)
Richard H. Favero (Italy Roma Mission)
3122 South 4700 West
Odgen, UT 84401
Leone Flosi (Italy Roma Mission)
1017 Sheppey Ct.
Naperville, IL 60565
Phone: (630) 428-1686
Email: TheFlosiscs dot com
I did not serve as a missionary in Italy prior to being called as President of the Italy Rome Mission in 1996. I was baptized at age 34, after I was married and had a child. I did however get transferred to Rome with my work in 1980 and while there served as a counselor to four different mission presidents (Coletti, Gillespie, Cardon and Williams.).
Lino Pablo Gambarotto (Italy Catania Mission)
Email: norevituol dot com.ar
Clinton G. Gillespie (Italy Roma Mission)
9348 Solena Way
Sandy, UT 84093
Email: cggillespiecomcast dot net
Clinton G. Gillespie was called as President of the Italy Rome Mission in July 1980 and served until July 1983. This assignment was one of the finest experiences in all of his and Sis. Gillespie's Church service and the missionaries were the best in the Church. While in the Air Force, he had previously served as Branch President of the Vicenza Servicemens's Branch from 1964 to 1967 during the period when the first missionaries were brought into Italy and when the Great Italy Mission was finally formed, with Pres. John Duns as president. He also served as District President of the Naples Italy District from 1975 to 1978.
After returning from the Rome Mission, Pres. Gillespie worked at the Church Office Building in Temples & Special Projects for 11 years, during which time, he helped organize and served as the first president of the Italy Missionary Association. After working for the Church, he and Sis. Gillespie served a two year temple mission to the Swiss Temple and a second two year mission to the Seoul Korea Temple. Pres. Gillespie served a one year service mission with the Temple Construction Department at the Church Office Building before leaving on a mission to the Spain Temple with Sister Gillespie in 2001. As with all their other missions, serving in the Spain Madrid Temple was a great and enjoyable experience.
Upon returning home from Spain, Pres. & Sis Gillespie were called to serve a two year mission in the Salt Lake Temple with the Church Translation Department, a unique and interesting mission. Sister Gillespie passed away on 19 December 2006 from cancer but Pres. Gillespie still resides in Sandy and continues to work as an ordinance worker and sealer in the Jordan River Temple.
Kenneth R. Goodman (Italy Milano and Italy Catania Missions)
1185 N. 160 E.
American Fork, UT 84003
Email: goodmankraol dot com
Since our July 1996 release from the Catania mission, Carol and I have been living in Utah County. I served in the Mount Timpanogos temple for three years and as a patriarch in Highland until we built a home and moved to American Fork in November 2007. Carol has been teaching in Relief Society and primary. In retirement from the US Foreign Service, I have been working part time as a contract consultant. Carol has been enjoying teaching elementary school since our return, a love she abandoned for most of our married life. We are both enjoying reasonably good health and, since our return from the mission, the number of our grand children has increased from 6 to 15. They keep us young!
John Grinceri (Italy Padova Mission)
14 Cranberry Gardens
Western Australia 6021
Email: jagrinceribigpond dot com
I was born and raised in Perth, Western Australia. I joined the Church along with my family when I was 14 years of age. I received my mission call to Switzerland, but when I arrived in February 1966 I was advised that Italy was a part of the Swiss Mission, and it would be my field of labor. The Italian Mission was organised six months after my arrival, with John Duns Jr. as president. I was also present on Mount Brigham when Ezra Taft Benson rededicated Italy. I had a wonderful mission and had many great experiences.
In 1975 at the age of 29 I was called back to Italy to serve as the president of the newly created Italy Padova Mission, my wife Vicki was just 26. When we arrived we had to start almost from scratch as there was no mission home, no mission office, not even a Phone or a desk. Nevertheless, with the help of some wonderful missionaries we soon began to see the fruits of our labors and the Italy Padova Mission became the highest baptising mission in Europe. President Spencer W Kimball visited the mission in 1977, and a number of chapels were built during this period. Our fourth child Todd was also born.
After returning home to Australia 2 more sons were born making it a total of 6 sons. I taught high school for a few years before turning to business. I have been blessed to serve in a number of church callings including that of area authority seventy. I currently serve as the multi stake director of Public affairs. Our six sons have all served missions, the first five in Italy, and the youngest in New Zealand. We are now grandparents several times over. We continue to have fond memories of the missionaries and the members with whom we served, and our love for the Savior and His gospel is still as strong as ever. May the Lord bless you all.
J. Lane Henderson (Italy Milano Mission)
143 W 400 North
Email: hendersonsinitalyhotmail dot com
Daniel O. Jensen (Italy Roma Mission)
2726 NE 159th Circle
Ridgefield, WA 98642
Email: danjenetek dot com
Daniel O. and Beverly Jensen were called to the Padova Mission in 2001. Their assignment was changed to the Roma Mission in 2002 where they served until 2004. "The Villa" in Rome is where President Jensen spent his first night in Italy on his mission in 1972 so it was a surreal experience to return 30 years later to preside over the Rome mission and live in the same home. President and Sister Jensen have 5 children, all of whom were married in the temple before their missionary service. They now have 10 grandchildren. President Jensen works as a consultant for Direct Selling Companies and loves his calling as a Gospel Doctrine teacher. Sister Jensen loves the time she has to be a nonna. They live in Washington State but will always have a love for Italy and the special missionaries they served with.
Dan Jorgensen (Italy North Mission)
67 South 300 East
Ephraim, Utah 84627
We have restored and renovated an old pioneer home near the Snow College campus where Elaine is a professor of music. We also spend lot of time at our family cattle ranch in the Fishlake National Forest near Salina, Utah.
About every other year we return to Italy, usually with all the family. We rent a villa near Lucca and travel about the north enjoying all that italy has to offer and visiting old friends. It is indeed wonderful to see the growth and progress of the Church in Italy. It was a blessing to spend six years there in the early days working so closely with the members and outstanding missionaries.
Leopoldo Larcher (Italy Roma Mission)
Via XXII 13 Quartiere La Famiglia
Thomas Kelly (Italy Roma Mission)
Currently Serving President
Via Cimone 103
Thomas Eugene Kelly, 57, and Kathleen Fisher Kelly, five children, Italy Rome Mission; Cottonwood 13th Ward, Salt Lake Cottonwood Stake. Brother Kelly is a former stake president and counselor, bishop and missionary in the Italy North Mission. Former executive vice president and general counsel, JetBlue Airways. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Eugene Lyle and Carol Crockett Kelly.
Sister Kelly is a former stake and ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society president, counselor in a ward Young Women presidency, ward choir pianist and Church History Museum docent. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Grant J. and Alta Smith Fisher.
Frank Lombardo (Italy Milano Mission)
1224 Valhalla Driive
Clearfield, UT 84015
Email: falombardodeseretonline dot com
Craig N. Pacini (Italy Roma Mission)
837 Juniperpoint Court
Salt Lake City, UT 84103
Email: presidentpacini dot net
Craig N. Pacini was called to serve in the Italy North Mission (1972 - President Dan Jorgensen) and finished after the name change in the Italy Milan Mission (1974 - President Ivan Radman). He and his wife Julie were called to preside over the Italy Rome Mission and commenced there service in July of 1999. They have 7 children, four of which are currently with them in Italy. The mission home remains "the Villa" in Via Cimone with the mission offices next door. Pres. Pacini was released on July 1, 2002 and has returned to Salt Lake City where he and his family currently reside. The Pacinis are hosts of a web page for their missionary group that is located at http://italyromemission.com, which you are invited to visit.
C. Gerald Parker (Italy Roma Mission)
(More information will be posted when available.)
Giuseppe Pasta (Italy Roma Mission)
Via Magellano, 5I
24050 Grassobbio (Bergamo)
Phone: 035 335251 - Fax 035 4522780 - Cell. 338 4569017
Email: pastagildschurch dot org
Ivan G. Radman (Italy Milano Mission)
4384 Park View Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84124
Terrence G. Rempel (Italy Catania Mission)
4325 Goodison Road
Kelowna, British Columbia
Email: rempelonishaw dot ca
Robert Rhien (Italy Roma Mission)
711 Crestview Dr.
Email: rrhiencovenantmail dot com
(from LDS Church News): Robert Clare Rhien; Italy Rome Mission; Farmington 7th Ward, Farmington New Mexico Stake; former stake president, high councilor, bishop, high priests group leader and missionary in the Italian Mission. Physician. Born in Farmington, N.M., to Robert Edward and Maxine Webb Rhien. Married Rebecca Anne Taylor, four children. Sister Rhein, A ward Young Women president, is a former stake Young Women president, counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency, Young Women adviser, Blazer Scout leader and missionary in the Chile Santiago Mission. Born in Farmington, N.M., to Hiram Merrill and Miriam Ailsie Mumma Taylor.
Madison U. Sowell (Italy Milano Mission)
872 Osmond Lane
Provo, UT 84604-5229
Email: madison_sowellbyu dot edu
Madison and Debra Sowell served from 1998-2001 in the Italy Milan Mission with 434 missionaries. From 2001-2006 he served in Provo MTC branch presidencies with over 1200 missionaries. Currently he is the Honors Program Director and an Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education at BYU, and she is an associate professor of humanities at BYU.
James A. Toronto (Italy Catania Mission)
Norman C. Turner (Italy Catania Mission)
225 East 1000 North
Orem, UT 84057
Arthur R. Watkins (Italy Padova Mission)
907 East 200 North
Orem, UT 84057
Dwight B. Williams (Italy Roma and Catania Missions)
6011 So. Lake Placid Place
Holladay, UT 84121
David Wolfgramm (Italy Milano Mission)
Currently Serving President
Via Gramsci, 13/4
20090 Opera (MI)
David Rudolph Wolfgramm, 59, and Sue Gardiner Wolfgramm, five children, Elk Hollow Ward, North Salt Lake Utah Stake. Brother Wolfgramm is a teacher at the Wasatch Branch youth correctional and foster care facilities, and a former stake president, bishop, ward missionary, gospel essentials teacher, and missionary in the Italy South Mission. Chief financial officer, The Ivory Companies. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Rudolph Herbert and Edna Wiberg Pugsley Wolfgramm.
Sister Wolfgramm is a teacher at the Wasatch Branch youth correctional and foster care facilities and is a former stake Young Women president, ward Relief Society president, ward enrichment leader, ward missionary and gospel essentials teacher. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Harold Birk and Erma Young Gardiner.