The Florida-Tallahassee Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints welcomes a new couple to preside over the mission. Bradley J. Smith and his wife, Donna, have been assigned to preside over and supervise 200 plus full time missionaries and several senior couples.

The mission encompasses the north Florida Panhandle from Tallahassee to Pensacola and Dothan and Mobile in Alabama. The Smiths will serve three years in this calling, operating from the mission home owned by the Church and a suite of offices on Killearn Center Boulevard in Tallahassee.

New age requirements which were recently lowered is causing a huge influx of new missionaries, especially young ladies to the area. President Thomas S. Monson calls the response “remarkable and inspiring.” Fifty- eight new missions will open world-wide by fall with 85,000 missionaries serving. New and expanded Missionary Training Centers are being built to accommodate the aspiring trainees.

Smith is taking a leave of absence from his position as vice president of Doug Smith Autoplex of Salt Lake City, Utah. The Smiths are the parents of five children.