The Douglas Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints acquired a new bishopric on April 27.
Bishop Juan Carlos Velasco, has been a member of the church since infancy. His mother converted when he was a baby.
He was born in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas Mexico, moved to Idaho as an exchange student not knowing a word in English and then applied to and attended Brigham Young University, where he met his future wife Karime.
He took a year off from BYU to go on his mission, returned to BYU and received his masters in accounting in 2002.
Family business moved both him and his new bride to Douglas.
Velasco runs his own business in Agua Prieta. His responsibilities as a bishop include administering to the physical and spiritual needs of the 400-plus members of the Douglas Congregation.
Bishop Velasco and his wife have four children Karime, Juan Carlos, Kamila and Jacob.
“It feels (like) a lot of responsibility but at the same time a lot of blessings. I get my guidance from Heavenly Father,” Velasco said about his new responsibilities to the church. “I may not be ready but I’m here and I will get through it. And become a stronger person for it."