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‘Mormon Land’: LDS mission presidents are in the news, but what do these influential church leaders do?

Chris Detrick | The Salt Lake Tribune Mormon missionaries participate in the annual Freedom Festival Grand Parade in downtown Provo on Monday, July 4, 2016.

They decide which Mormon missionaries should be paired up as 24/7 “companions.” They make sure the young proselytizers stay healthy and safe. They shepherd these eager elders and sisters through any crisis of mind, faith or body. In the end, LDS mission presidents can rank among the most influential church leaders in individual lives.

This week on “Mormon Land” — and in the wake of recent revelations about misconduct by a couple of former mission presidents — Jim and Jeanne Jardine, who oversaw the California Sacramento Mission from 2008 to 2011, discuss the vital role of LDS mission presidents.

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