Even today, that legacy of history-making women in the Church continues.Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President, and her counselors, Sister Lisa L. Harkness and Sister Cristina B. Franco, spoke May 2 during a breakout session at BYU Women’s Conference on the contributions of women to the building of Zion. Sister Jones participated in the discussion via video. She was in Washington D.C., where she earlier participated in the National Day of Prayer at the White House. (See related story.)In closing, Sister Jones said, “We hope it is plain to see, sisters, that you can and indeed do write your own history, and that is part of the history of this Church—the Kingdom of God on earth. … Let us join hands and hearts with our sisters of the past and the present.”“Mazuran took the manual, read all of the lesson, and told her mother, ‘Mom, I’ve got this. I don’t need your help,’” Sister Jones said. Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President, and her counselors, Sister Lisa Harkness, left, and Sister Cristina B. Franco, right.Sister Jones recently attended a stake conference where a mother of four-year-old twins and a nine-year-old daughter shared her family’s experience using the new Come, Follow Me curriculum in their home. The lessons had been going well for a couple of months when nine-year-old Mazuran asked if she could teach the next lesson. Her mother was surprised but gave her the manual and offered to help. Women listen during a class session during the 2019 Women’s Conference on May 2, 2019. Photo by Ryan Campbell, BYU Photo. Women gather outside the Marriott Center as they head to their classes during the 2019 Women’s Conference, on May 2, 2019. Photo by Ryan Campbell, BYU Photo.Today, the Church is in a home-centered, Church-supported era, Sister Harkness said. “If we are to be women making history in the Church, that also translates into women making history in the home.”Mazuran proceeded to teach a wonderful lesson on “The Bread of Life” and related it all to the Savior, astonishing her parents.Each person’s history has great value and can be a source of strength and inspiration to children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, they taught.The topic of women making history in the Church has as much to do with the present as the past, Sister Franco said. “What history are you making in your own way? What stirs your passion? What makes you burn with divine energy within?”When leaving a legacy, what is important is not what one leaves for his or her children and grandchildren but what is left in them, she said.“Perhaps the greatest thing we can plant in them is that which points them to Jesus Christ.”“What a wonderful example of a woman making history in the lives of her children as they simply learned together from the scriptures and as she allowed them to develop confidence and testimony of their own,” Sister Jones said.From Emma Smith, the wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith, to Sarah Granger Kimball, a 19th-century Latter-day Saint advocate for women’s rights whose involvement in the Church led to the establishment of the Relief Society, to Martine Grimm, whose missionary work in Indonesia led to the establishment of the Church in that country—the history of the Church is filled with women who have helped build the kingdom of God.“We live in a day when rich narrative is being added to the history of our Church,” said Sister Franco. “That history is filled with the experiences of sisters all over the world. We hope that you feel a bond to your sisters, both past and present.” Women exit the Marriott Center as they head to classes during the 2019 BYU Women’s Conference, on May 2, 2019. Photo by Claire Gentry, BYU Photo.Sister Harkness told the women to let their history live on in their children. “If they understand the past, they can better live the future. Plant those seeds of faith.”
The official said that they would be charged for carrying the car seat, and Sister Cordon’s daughter-in-law said that they hadn’t been charged before. With suspicion, the official asked, “Where’s the child?” Women wave as they move to other classes as they attend women’s conference at BYU in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.“As soon as I feel that extra dose of love, … I know I can do it,” Sister Cordon said.The Sister-to-Sister event will be available in the Media Library of ChurchofJesusChrist.org.“Feeling Heavenly Father’s love is so important because there are so many things in the world that would tear down that feeling of who we are and how much we are loved and how patiently He watches over us.”[Watch the event now.]It’s essential to stay close to the Holy Ghost and Heavenly Father while asking these questions so the Spirit can do the teaching, Sister Jones said. Moderator Sister Sheri Dew, joins Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President; Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President; and Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President Women at a “Sister to Sister” event at women’s conference at BYU’s Marriott Center in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News. Women listen as they attend a “Sister to Sister” event at women’s conference at BYU’s Marriott Center in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.The final question Sister Dew read concerned a sister’s discomfort with aspects of Church history and the Church’s position on certain social issues. “How do I reconcile my testimony with my concerns?” she asked.“I’ve decided that for me the secrets of the universe are those little assurances, little reminders, little promptings that get me through the day,” Sister Jones said. “It’s those little things that guide and help me and give me hope and help me to feel Heavenly Father’s love. That’s what I would hope for all of you.”“She was expressing feelings we all have,” Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President, said of the question. “We all live in different circumstances, but we have similar concerns.” Women wave as they move to other classes as they attend women’s conference at BYU in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.Additionally, one should never criticize leaders “because it doesn’t help,” she said. “When you approach it with love, that’s how you find the charity to work forward.”“Everybody wants to belong. Everyone wants to feel loved, needed, and important,” commented Sister Cordon, quoting 3 Nephi 17:7. “Have ye any that are sick among you? Bring them hither. Have ye any that are ... afflicted in any manner? Bring them hither and I will heal them, for I have compassion upon you; my bowels are filled with mercy.”The woman shared that she tries to make time for the scriptures and prayer, stay awake during her temple attendance, and appropriately nurture her little ones. And yet, “everywhere I look, there are voices telling me to do more, be more, fit more in, spend more, more, more.” Invitations to be better often make her feel more resentful than encouraged, which led her to ask: “How do we balance rest and saying ‘no’ with the high commission given us as covenant-keeping, relief-providing sisters in the kingdom of God?”Many questions were submitted regarding women’s roles in the priesthood. However, they did not have enough time to go over them. Instead, Sister Bingham and her counselors, Sister Sharon Eubank, and Sister Reyna I. Aburto, addressed four of these questions during a session the day before. (Read about their address here.)Moroni 7:48 says to “pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that ye may be filled with this love.” Nora Maxwell of Bountifull smiles as she listens to Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President; Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President; and Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President Women at a “Sister to Sister” event at women’s conference at BYU’s Marriott Center in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.Over time, she learned how to work with this brother. “I learned that if I prayed for him, if I worked to understand him and better ways to express myself, that we worked much better together.”Quoting 2 Nephi 31:20, “Wherefore, ye must press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men,” Sister Bingham promised, “When we follow through on that scripture, then everyone feels included regardless of the particular situation—married or not, children or not, challenged in many, many ways. With eyes of understanding and compassion, we can make every single person feel like they belong because they do.”“As we are friends together and as we open our arms, we realize that we bring each other to the Savior as He asked ...,” she said. “May we come to the Savior together. May we put our arms around each other and have everybody feel important.” Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President; holds a bag of popcorn before giving it to Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President, who reacts to the gift as Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President; reacts as well at a “Sister to Sister” event at women’s conference at BYU’s Marriott Center in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.“If I don’t have answers to all the questions, that’s all right,” she said. “It’s good to ask questions; it’s good to explore.”When Sister Cordon, Young Women General President, feels like the woman who posed the question, she said, “I know I just have to go to my knees. I ask the Lord, ‘Tell me again that you love me. I need to know.’”Her daughter-in-law could have been offended by this question, but “chose to realize that this agent had no idea of the tragedy that went on in her life,” Sister Cordon explained. So, with a lot of love and tears, her daughter-in-law explained.“The Savior is always the right example,” she said. “The Savior is the healer of all relationships.”The live Sister-to-Sister event, broadcast from the Marriott Center as part of the 2019 BYU Women’s Conference, began with “a big question” submitted by a woman in the Church who described herself as “tired.”“The Atonement of Jesus Christ is not exclusionary. It’s infinite,” added Sister Jones. Christ took upon Himself death and their infirmities so that He would know how to succor His people. “It’s so personal, isn’t it? Our Savior knows us so individually.” Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Sister Jean B. Bingham and Sister Joy D. Jones, with Sister Sheri Dew, left, moderating, participate in the first Sister-to-Sister event during the 2019 BYU Women’s Conference, held in the Marriott Center at BYU in Provo, Utah, on May 3, 2019. Photo by Madeline Mortensen, BYU Photo. The Sweet Shots, a tennis team from Mesa Arizona, pose for photos while attending women’s conference at BYU in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.The pregnant mother of three little boys—ages 5, 3, and 1—who also serves as her ward’s Young Women secretary, wrote, “I could happily sleep for 4 years, yet I feel pressure to be a contributing professional who makes the world a better place and a nurturing home sanctuary-making mother with a perfectly clean, but appropriately stimulating, home full of healthy, nontoxic yet delicious meals and pleasant decor, where the gospel is lived and taught always.”The Lord is fresh out of perfect people, Sister Cordon said. And in the Lord’s Church, “we have a wonderful opportunity to do something that I think is remarkable, and that is to sustain [our leaders and others],” she said.Some questions will not have answers right now. However, “I have to be faithful enough that I can put that on the shelf and let it rest until I can find that answer because I trust. I trust that [Heavenly Father] loves me enough to help me move forward despite that challenge that I don’t have an answer for right now.”Sister Bingham noted that it seems like the woman is choosing the right priorities, “and yet, it doesn’t make it easy.” Stretching, growing, and learning are an important part of Heavenly Father’s plan for His children, the Relief Society leader said. Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President; gives boiled eggs to Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President; after giving a bag of popcorn to Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President Women at a “Sister to Sister” event at women’s conference at BYU’s Marriott Center in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News. A group of women from the Philippines poses for a photo while at women’s conference at BYU in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.Sister Bingham immediately could relate, recalling an experience she had with one priesthood brother who would generally leave her seething after every meeting she had with him. “I’d come home and I’d slam my purse on the counter,” she said. “My husband would say, ‘Oh, it was a purse-slammer meeting, huh?’”Sister Dew then posed a question submitted by a sister who has felt in her experience that women are not that important in the Church. “What suggestions do you have about working more effectively and in unity with priesthood leaders, especially when from time to time, they seem a little dismissive?” she asked.Sister Cordon pointed out that oftentimes disagreements happen because of misunderstanding. As an example, she shared an experience her son and daughter-and-law had with an airport official while returning from vacation in Florida in December 2016. They carried a child’s car seat—empty due to the tragic and unexpected loss of their 2-and-a-half-year-old son during the trip.“Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not,” Sister Bingham read from Doctrine and Covenants 6:36. Joanne Price, and Kay Morgan talk as they attend women’s conference at BYU in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019.
Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.In the first-of-its-kind event, the general presidents of the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary organizations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met together May 3 to address some of the real-life concerns shared by women in the Church. Jazlynn Steed, Rachel Ostler and Christa Ostler talk as they walk to another class as they attend women’s conference at BYU in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.“This dear woman, as well as so many others, we have to make choices. We have to prioritize, but the Lord will help us as we counsel with [Him] in all of our doings. He’ll help us make those choices. Recognize that we’re still going to have challenges and problems. That is part of the plan of our Heavenly Father to help us to grow and to learn.”With the expanded vision of the situation, the official was much more willing to work with her and check in the car seat at no extra charge.Sister Dew then combined two questions—one from a woman in Mexico asking how to strengthen her marriage and family and another from a single woman about how to feel included in a family-centric Church—for the women leaders to answer. Women take notes as they attend a “Sister to Sister” event at women’s conference at BYU’s Marriott Center in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.In her response to the woman who felt “she could happily sleep for four years,” Sister Jones said, “It’s easy for us to fall into comparisons; to feel we’re not enough, that we’re not giving enough, doing enough, being enough. When in reality, through our Savior, we are enough.” Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President; teases Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President; before giving her boiled eggs and after giving a bag of popcorn to Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President Women at a “Sister to Sister” event at women’s conference at BYU’s Marriott Center in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.Sister Jones turned to Ephesians 2:13-14: “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us.” Renae E Powell poses for photos with her granddaughters Genel McRoberts Anderson and Melanie Cox as they attend women’s conference at BYU in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Scott G Winterton, Deseret News.Sister Jean B. Bingham, Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, and Sister Jones took turns responding to questions submitted by women throughout the world. Sister Sheri L. Dew, former member of the Relief Society General Presidency and executive vice president of Deseret Management Corporation, moderated the event.Charity never faileth, she said. “Truly, true love never fails. True love is irresistible.”President Russell M. Nelson has been encouraging members to deepen their ability to receive personal revelation, she said, and that God is giving away “the secrets of the universe.”
Each person’s history has great value and can be sources of strength and inspiration to children and grandchildren, nieces and nephews, they taught.“We live in a day when rich narrative is being added to the history of our Church,” said Sister Franco. “That history is filled with the experiences of sisters all over the world. We hope that you feel a bond to your sisters, both past and present.”Sister Harkness told the women to let their history live on in their children. “If they understand the past, they can better live the future. Plant those seeds of faith.”From Emma Smith, the wife of the Prophet Joseph Smith; to Sarah Granger Kimball, a 19th-century Latter-day Saint advocate for women’s rights whose involvement in the Church led to the establishment of the Relief Society; to Martine Grimm, whose missionary work in Indonesia led to the establishment of the Church in that country—the history of the Church is filled with women who have helped build the kingdom of God.“Perhaps the greatest thing we can plant in them is that which points them to Jesus Christ.”The topic of women making history in the Church has as much to do with the present as the past, Sister Franco said. “What history are you making, in your own way? What stirs your passion? What makes you burn with divine energy within?” Women gather outside the Marriott Center as they head to their classes during the 2019 Women’s Conference, on May 2, 2019. Photo by Ryan Campbell, BYU Photo.In closing, Sister Jones said, “We hope it is plain to see, sisters, that you can and indeed do write your own history, and that is part of the history of this Church—the Kingdom of God on earth. … Let us join hands and hearts with our sisters of the past and the present.”Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President, and her counselors, Sister Lisa L. Harkness and Sister Cristina B. Franco, spoke May 2 during a breakout session at BYU Women's Conference on the contributions of women to the building of Zion. Sister Jones participated in the discussion via video. She was in Washington D.C. where she earlier participated in the National Day of Prayer at the White House. (See related story.)Today, the Church is in a home-centered, Church-supported era, Sister Harkness said. “If we are to be women making history in the Church, that also translates into women making history in the home.”Sister Jones recently attended a stake conference where a mother of 4-year-old twins and a 9-year-old daughter shared her family’s experience using the new Come, Follow Me curriculum in their home. The lessons had been going well for a couple of months when 9-year-old Mazuran asked if she could teach the next lesson. Her mother was surprised, but gave her the manual and offered to help.Even today, that legacy of history-making women in the Church continues.“Mazuran took the manual, read all of the lesson, and told her mother, ‘Mom, I’ve got this. I don’t need your help,’” Sister Jones said.When leaving a legacy, what is important is not what one leaves for his or her children and grandchildren, but what is left in them, she said.“What a wonderful example of a woman making history in the lives of her children as they simply learned together from the scriptures, and as she allowed them to develop confidence and testimony of their own,” Sister Jones said.Mazuran proceeded to teach a wonderful lesson on “The Bread of Life” and related it all to the Savior, astonishing her parents. Women exit the Marriott Center as they head to classes during the 2019 BYU Women's Conference, on May 2, 2019. Photo by Claire Gentry, BYU Photo. Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President, and her counselors, Sister Lisa Harkness, left, and Sister Cristina B. Franco, right. Women listen during a class session during the 2019 Women’s Conference on May 2, 2019. Photo by Ryan Campbell, BYU Photo.
Watch the talks now. Attendees sing during BYU Women's Conference in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.
Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks during BYU Women's Conference in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Elder Christofferson said an important underlying element of Sister Christofferson’s message is the need for personal responsibility.“Our Heavenly Father is not a ‘helicopter parent.’ He does not generally intervene to protect us from the consequences of our choices,” he said. “If He routinely acted in that way, our cherished moral agency would become meaningless. We would be turning over to Him or someone else responsibility for our lives. That is what Satan has always wanted, but our Heavenly Father wants us to learn how to act independently and choose well.”Elder Christofferson asked the congregation to think of what life is like because we know the Father’s plan of salvation, or what it might be like if we didn’t have that knowledge.“The gift of the Holy Ghost, the Comforter and Spirit of Truth, is of incalculable worth and help to each of us,” he said. “I would call it the essential gift.”While He does not clear paths of all obstacles or automatically erase the consequences, God does provide a way for us to recover, he said. “When we turn to Him with broken hearts and contrite spirits, His arm of mercy is stretched out still. He is more than willing to help us resolve problems, deal with the consequences of our foolishness or rebellion, or prevail over the injustices and injuries caused by others.”God is willing to help His children, he said, noting that repeatedly in the scriptures that God and the Savior say, “Fear not.” He has the power to help by His omnipotence and by the merits, mercy and grace of Christ’s Atonement. Attendees enjoy the sunshine during BYU Women's Conference in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.
Kathy Christofferson speaks during BYU Women's Conference in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.“First, we will be steering a path in life that will bring peace and joy. … Secondly, by choosing to obey His commandments—by this exercise of our agency—we allow God to pour out help and blessings upon us.”GiftsElder Christofferson said he received inspiration for his remarks—titled “For He That Is Mighty Hath Done To Me Great Things”—after learning of his wife’s topic. “I want to say a strong ‘amen’ to the message we just heard,” he said of Sister Christofferson's talk.“Great things”Massive ships move through the Panama Canal on a series of stair-step fashion locks, powered by gravity and a lake filled with a constant flow of water running out of the rain forest. Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints speaks during BYU Women's Conference in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.“We thought it was stunning that massive cargo ships weighing 120,000 tons or cruise ships 11 stories high with over 3,000 passengers plus crew could move through this canal because of tiny raindrops that come together to form tiny rivulets, then streams, then rivers to fill the lake and provide for that necessary constant flow of water,” she said. Women walk with a view of the mountains during BYU Women's Conference in Provo on Friday, May 3, 2019.
Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, joined political and religious leaders at the White House on Thursday morning, May 2, for the National Day of Prayer. As part of the event, Sister Jones offered a prayer.“Please help us to unite as one nation under God.”She concluded, “Father, in these times of heightened complexities and opportunities, we plead for Thy continued guidance and forbearance. We commit to love with more righteousness, and to live with greater moral rectitude.” In her prayer, Sister Jones said during the founding of the United States of America, “its leaders sought Thee. During war and peace, in prosperity and poverty, we pled for Thy providential care. And Thou hast continually answered our supplications in Godly wisdom.”In March of 1776, as the founders prepared to draft the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress asked everyone to join in a day of prayer and fasting for the cause of freedom, said U.S. President Donald Trump during the service. “Today we give thanks for this magnificent country and we proudly come together as one nation under God.”
Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President.During her prayer, Sister Jones prayed for the military and their families and government and religious leaders in the United States of America. “Grant them the strength to shepherd their flocks in Thy word,” she prayed. “Inspire our citizenry. Strengthen the families and communities of the United States of America.This is the second year in a row that a general leader of the Church has been invited to participate in the annual interfaith event. It was just one year ago that Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President, offered a prayer on behalf of the country.“We condemn all hate and violence, particularly in our places of worship,” he said. “I invite the citizens of our nation to pray, in accordance with their own faiths and consciences, in thanksgiving for the freedoms and blessings we have received, and for God’s guidance and continued protection as we meet the challenges before us,” he said.Read the transcript of Sister Jones' prayer.U.S. President Trump issued a proclamation earlier this week designating May 2 as a National Day of Prayer.
During the Second Global Summit on Religion, Peace, and Security, Sister Eubank referenced the Church’s history as refugees and spoke about the importance of reaching out to those in similar conditions today, the Daily Universe reported.According to Newsroom, Sister Eubank also spoke about the role of both government and religion working together in society. Sister Sharon Eubank, left, director of LDS Charities and first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, spoke at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, April 29, 2019. Also pictured are Dr. Azza Karam, center, senior advisor on culture, United Nations Population Fund, and Sister Carol F. McConkie, right, Church representative to the United Nations.“The best answer to Islamic extremism will be authentic Islam, just as the solution to Christian extremism will be authentic Christianity,” she said. “It will be the best of faith that defeats distorting versions of religious belief.”“The good that religion can do, especially when it comes to ... sustainable development goals, is amplified if religious groups work in partnership with each other, and with governments and non-governmental actors.”Additionally, she talked about preventing hate speech, religious intolerance, and discrimination by being “authentic” examples of one’s faith.Sister Sharon Eubank, director of LDS Charities and First Counselor of the Relief Society General Presidency, spoke at a recent conference held at the United Nations in Geneva.“Minorities and refugees and migrants have in common one thing, and it is that their dignity is at risk, and their otherness and their acuteness makes their needs particularly vulnerable,” she said. “It is precisely in reaching out to these others that you see dignity come alive and are reminded about what democracy should mean and what development can mean.”
“Wherever you see large populations of Latter-day Saints, you’ll see the same consolidation,” Elder Foster said.And not just Latter-day Saints, since such centers are open free to the public. The Ogden facility is the latest of five FamilySearch centers, joining four others in Utah—in Salt Lake City, Lehi, Layton, and St. George. Two more are underway—in Bountiful, Utah, and Mesa, Arizona.Normal operating hours will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Fridays; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.The Ogden FamilySearch Center is currently in open-house mode, welcoming visitors for three days before the Monday, May 6, formal opening. The main floor of the new Ogden Utah FamilySearch Center features life-sized interactive media. Photo by Scott Taylor. Visitors to the April 30, 2019, dedication services of the new Ogden Utah FamilySearch Center walk throught the interactive media on the main floor. Photo by Scott Taylor.OGDEN, UtahEnhancing that experience are 11 life-sized interactive media, 60-plus desktop computers, and three recording studios.You know the typical stake family history center—stuck in a corner room or two in a meetinghouse, with limited equipment, resources, staffing, and hours to help individuals do research while compiling or confirming personal and family histories. Visitors to the April 30, 2019, dedication services of the new Ogden Utah FamilySearch Center walk through upper-level computer stations. The center has more than 60 desktop computers available for research use. Photo by Scott Taylor.The open house runs until 9 p.m. Thursday, May 2; from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 4.With its April 30 dedication and May 6 formal opening, the new Ogden Utah FamilySearch Center just replaced 40 stake family history centers throughout the city and in surrounding areas.“This center is a ‘golden spike,’” said Elder Petersen, emphasizing the linking and bonding nature of family history. “We’re joining the past, the present, and the future.”Located at 321 22nd Street, the Ogden FamilySearch Center has north-side windows on both levels that offer stunning views of the adjacent temple—views that remind Saints of the shared importance of family history work and temple work.The FamilySearch app—both the desktop version available online as well as the mobile-phone version—is what Elder Foster calls “our personal family center on demand, wherever we are.”“Just as President [Russell M.] Nelson teaches, ‘Names nourish temples,’” said Elder Kevin S. Hamilton, a General Authority Seventy who attended the dedication service.“By putting it together, we engage technology in a bigger facility,” said Elder Foster who presided at the center’s April 30 dedication, with stake presidents from the aforementioned 40 stakes among the invited guests. “We can bring big groups in here, we can bring in families here, we can teach in here, and it will give people the experience they deserve.”Now, the two-level, 12,000-square-foot facility located across the street from the Ogden Utah Temple offers the latest in interactive activities and online resources, a volunteer staff of more than 70 to offer personal assistance and a monthly classes and workshops to increase understanding and abilities in family history efforts.Besides doing research and participating in interactive activities, visitors can learn about preserving and digitizing family records, including moving slides, photographs, printed material, and videos in film or VHS formats into digital formats. The new Ogden Utah FamilySearch Center opens formally on May 6, 2019. Photo by Scott Taylor.The Ogden FamilySearch Center and others like it, he added, are “where we’ll come to go to the next level, with volunteers to help us. That’s just part of our master plan—to make the experience richer and (more) fulfilling for every member of the Church.”And that’s a good thing, says Elder Bradley D. Foster, a General Authority Seventy who is executive director of the Church’s Family History Department. Elder Bradley D. Foster, a General Authority Seventy and executive director of the Church's Family History Department, speaks at the April 30, 2019, dedication of the Ogden Utah FamilySearch Center. Photo by Scott Taylor.In brief remarks before he offered the dedicatory prayer, Elder Steven M. Petersen, an Area Authority, noted Ogden’s original name being Junction City and the role of the nearby Promontory Point, where a golden spike was driven to link approaching railroad lines to form the intercontinental railway. This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony.
In preparing for that assignment, Elder and Sister Rasband thought back of an earlier time. “We realized that when we were just a little bit older than you—newly married, living in Sandy, Utah, and raising our children—the Church dedicated the 20th temple—the Jordan River [Utah] Temple in the Salt Lake Valley,” Elder Rasband said.A little over a month ago, President Russell M. Nelson revealed he was instructed by the Lord to take the entire First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to Rome for the Rome Italy Temple dedication.In that moment, “we were deeply humbled honoring these faithful brethren [who] we love in their divinely appointed roles as prophets, seers, and revelators—beside their predecessors.” The BYU-Idaho combined choirs perform during a devotional held in the BYU-Idaho Center on April 28, 2019.
Photo by J. Lawson Turcotte, BYU-Idaho.Elder Bednar and Elder Rasband made two videos while in Rome—one of a virtual tour of the Rome Italy Temple, and the other of the two apostles bearing testimony of Christ while standing outside the Mamertine Prison. These videos were posted in a BYU-Idaho discussion board before the devotional, with students invited to share them with their friends.Before leaving Rome, the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles gathered in front of the Thorvaldsen statues in their white suits for a photo. “This show of unity, my dear brothers and sisters, is perhaps my second most favorite picture,” Elder Rasband said. Sister Melanie Rasband speaks during a devotional held in the BYU-Idaho Center on April 28, 2019. Photo by Brooklin Larson, BYU-Idaho. Elder Ronald A. Rasband waves to students as he and his wife, Sister Melanie Rasband, leave following a devotional held on April 28, 2019. Photo by Ericka Sanders, BYU-Idaho.While in Rome, Sister Rasband wondered what made this city so special. “What was this I was feeling?” she asked.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband and his wife, Sister Melanie Rasband, stand in front of the Rome Italy Temple. Photo by Chad Phares.“Think of someone you can do a little missionary work with using one or both of these videos,” Elder Rasband said.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband receives a hug from President Russell M. Nelson on March 9, 2019, in Rome, Italy.Every member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dressed in white temple clothing, posed for an iconic photograph in the Rome Italy Temple visitors center in Rome, Italy on Monday, March 11, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Sister Rasband described the love she felt as she and the other wives of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles were photographed in front of the Rome Italy Temple, as well as the “magnificent moment” as their husbands posed for a photo before the Thorvaldsen statues.Ever since President Nelson announced the new First Presidency a little over 15 months ago, his focus has been with the end in mind—“meaning, the temple and the endowment,” Elder Rasband explained.“To the degree you include the temple in some form in your daily lives, the stronger you and your testimonies will be.” Students arrive at the BYU-Idaho Center to hear Elder Ronald A. Rasband and his wife, Sister Melanie Rasband, speak during a devotional on April 28, 2019. Photo by Brooklin Larson, BYU-Idaho.His most favorite photo was an unprompted one.She described the joy of the Italians to have a temple in their own country, the symbol of the oval, which represents eternity, depicted in the temple; the 500-year-old olive trees and the fountain in the piazza, the latter symbolizing Christ’s living water; and in the visitors’ center, the replicas of Thorvaldsen’s statues of Christ and the original twelve apostles, and the curved art-glass mural depicting the Savior’s life, miracles, and parables.Their experiences in Rome actually began in January, well before the March 10 dedication, when they, along with Elder David A. Bednar and his wife, Sister Susan Bednar, were assigned to go to the city in advance for a news conference, media open house, and tours with dignitaries.The tour included explaining how temples are built with the finest of materials, the scriptural basis for baptism for the dead and purpose of the sealing rooms. In the sealing room, “Sister Rasband and I took turns bearing our testimonies that the temple is the great symbol of our membership in our Church and everything in the temple culminates in eternal marriage and the creation of eternal families,” he said.In an April 28 evening devotional at BYU–Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho, Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Melanie Rasband, fulfilled that charge, speaking to the students about their experiences in Rome.Sister Rasband added her own testimony that “Jesus is the Christ, that this is His true gospel, that we are on His errand in serving Him in declaring to the world that His gospel has been restored.” Students in the BYU-Idaho Center wait to hear Elder Ronald A. Rasband and his wife, Sister Melanie Rasband, speak during a devotional on April 28, 2019. Photo by Brooklin Larson, BYU-Idaho.
Elder Ronald A. Rasband waves to students as he and his wife, Sister Melanie Rasband, leave following a devotional held on April 28, 2019. Photo by Ericka Sanders, BYU-Idaho.For instance, Elder Rasband felt inspired to tell this delegation that the temple in Rome as well as all the Church’s temples did not originate with the Latter-day Saints. After mentioning the temple of Solomon and Herod’s temple, he explained that in the Book of Mormon, “the people in the Americas also built temples. A prophet named Nephi had a temple, as did King Benjamin, and the Savior appeared after His resurrection at one of their temple sites.”“When Melanie and I arrived in Rome, we saw President Nelson and he greeted me warmly,” Elder Rasband said. He didn’t realize a Church photographer had captured that moment.Elder Rasband said that after having been in Rome, “having been in this eternal temple, having been with God’s prophet on the earth and my brethren of The First Presidency and Twelve Apostles, we came away more united than ever to go forward as witnesses of the name of Christ in all the world; to bear our testimonies that the keys of the Lord Jesus Christ that He did give to Peter and the apostles of that day are on the earth today.”One of the Catholic Church leaders asked Elder Rasband to keep the temple tour based on the scriptures. Elder Rasband knew that this is what he had prepared for and asked Heavenly Father for His help in this tour.“In our lifetime, with the Rome Italy Temple and the recently dedicated Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple, the Church is now at 163 temples. That is an increase of 143—and President Nelson just announced eight more.”One of the first tours they led was a delegation from the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican.In answer to her original question, she said, “All of these things contributed to the powerful spirit of being at the Rome temple because they all bore witness that Jesus is the Christ.”“If you have been paying attention to the revelations, moves, changes, new directives from The First Presidency and the Twelve, you know the covenant path that leads through the temple is what our worship is all about. Wives of the members of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, pose for a photograph near the Rome Italy Temple visitors center in Rome, Italy on Monday, March 11, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Returning to the March events in Rome, he described how President Nelson met with Pope Francis, how he and Sister Rasband worked with the sister missionaries in the visitors’ center, and the seven “beautiful” dedicatory sessions of the temple.“I will always treasure the pure joy that is on President Nelson’s face.”He also charged the apostles to speak about the dedication of the Rome temple as they travel throughout the world.“You can imagine, I was a little concerned about how the Catholic Church would welcome The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and our temple to Rome,” Elder Rasband said. “Well, we learned quickly that they brought love and best wishes.”
The presidents of the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary General Presidencies, respectively, will discuss issues that are most relevant for the sisters of the Church.Both events will be available in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Later on, recordings of these events will be archived in the Church’s Media Library.Additionally, the Sister-to-Sister event will be available on several women leaders’ Facebook pages, listed here.The annual conference, co-sponsored by the Relief Society, is a two-day gathering of Latter-day Saint women who come from all over the world to meet on the campus of Brigham Young Unviersity. More than 140 presenters will “share their perspectives and insights on a variety of topics including womanhood and sisterhood, gospel principles, marriage, family, and practical and timely topics of interest and concern to women of all ages,” according to the BYU Women’s Conference website.Have you wanted to attend BYU Women’s Conference but were unable to due to distance or other reasons?Later that day, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Kathy Christofferson, will be the final keynote speakers. Their address will be streamed at 3:45 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.This year, two sessions will be streamed live on ChurchofJesusChrist.org, as well as on the Church’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. The first Sister-to-Sister event will be held on May 3, 2019, in the BYU Marriott Center. Sister Jean B. Bingham, Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, and Sister Joy D. Jones will answer questions during the event, which will be moderated by Sheri Dew.Women’s Conference will be held on May 2 and 3. To learn more about the events or to sign up, visit womensconference.byu.edu. Sister Jean B. Bingham, Relief Society General President; Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, Young Women General President; and Sister Joy D. Jones, Primary General President meet in Salt Lake City on September 4, 2018. They will answer questions in the first-ever Sister-to-Sister event held on May 3, 2019. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News. Sister Kathy Christofferson and Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles laugh together on the stand before he delivered a campus devotional in the Marriott Center at Brigham Young University on Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Elder and Sister Christofferson will speak in the final keynote address of the 2019 BYU Women’s Conference on May 3, 2019. Photo by Nate Edwards, BYU.On Friday, May 3, at 9:00 a.m., Sister Jean B. Bingham, Sister Bonnie H. Cordon, and Sister Joy D. Jones will answer questions submitted by women from all over the world in a Sister-to-Sister event moderated by Sheri Dew.
Dennis Dwayne Berry, 71, Orange Park Ward, Jacksonville Florida West Stake, called as president of the Orlando Florida Temple, succeeding President Ranier F. Munns. President Berry’s wife, LaVaun Elizabeth Milton Berry, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister April C. Munns. He is a ward Young Men president, and a former stake president, bishop, and high councilor. A retired regional manager, he was born in Sacramento, California, to Francis Leroy and Esther Telintha Coburn Berry.
Ofelia T. and Marco A. CárdenasSister Batt is a stake missionary preparation class instructor and temple ordinance worker, and a former mission president companion, stake and ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, and ward Primary president. She was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, to Eli Karl and Beulah Memmott Clayson.Roy Sidney Bush, 72, Kentville Ward, Dartmouth Nova Scotia Stake, called as president of the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple, succeeding President David J. Veinot. President Bush’s wife, Amelia Corazón Signación Bush, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Veronica E. Veinot. He is a bishopric counselor, and a former Halifax Nova Scotia Temple presidency counselor, stake presidency counselor, and temple ordinance worker. A retired scientist and research center director for the Government of Canada, he was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, to William John Bush and Florence Anna Gold.Abraham Martínez Cerón, 62, Xalostoc Ward, Mexico City Anáhuac Stake, called as president of the Mérida Mexico Temple, succeeding President Augusto Peña Barrera. President Martínez’s wife, Virginia Monroy Villalobos de Martínez, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Sandra A. Peña. He is a Sunday School teacher and temple ordinance worker, and a former Area Seventy, Mexico León Mission president, stake president, bishop, and patriarch. A Seminaries and Institutes area director, he was born in Santiago Tezontlale, Hidalgo, Mexico, to Julio Martínez López and Mercedes Cerón Zárate.Sister Crawford is a temple ordinance worker, and a former ward Relief Society and Young Women president and seminar supervisor. She was born in Spencer, Tennessee, to Thurman Leard and Emma Jewell Hitchcock.Sister Cárdenas is a Sunday School teacher, and a former mission president companion, ward Relief Society president, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Distrito Federal, Mexico, to Agustín Trejo Zenil and Rosa María de Trejo Ruiz.Sister Berry is a ward Young Women presidency counselor, and a former stake Primary president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, and ward Young Women president. She was born in Madison, Florida, to Frank James Milton and Vela Elizabeth McDaniel.Marco Antonio Cárdenas López, 59, Bosques Ward, Mexico City Bosques Stake, called as president of the Mexico City Mexico Temple, succeeding President Lester F. Johnson. President Cárdenas’s wife, Ofelia Trejo Ruíz de Cárdenas, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Debra K. Johnson. He is the Mexico Missionary Training Center district president, and a former Area Seventy, México Tijuana Mission president, stake president, and bishop. A recorder for the Mexico City Mexico Temple, he was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, to Reynaldo Cárdenas Sabori and Alicia de Cárdenas López.
Dennis D. and LaVaun M. BerrySister Bush is a seminary teacher, ward choir accompanist, and temple ordinance worker, and a former assistant to the matron of the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple, stake Primary presidency counselor, and ward Relief Society and Primary president. She was born in Manila, Philippines, to Marcos Ojean and Lourdes Moscoso Vagilidad Signación.
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Amy H. and James E. MoserSantiago Chile Temple
Abraham and Virginia M. MartínezMérida Mexico TempleSister Martínez is a temple ordinance worker, and a former mission president companion, stake Relief Society and Primary presidency counselor, ward Relief Society and Young Women president, and area youth leadership council member. She was born in Tula, Hidalgo, Mexico, to Rafael Monroy Espejel and Virginia de Monroy Villalobos.Mexico City Mexico Temple
Miriam H. and Cordell H. CrawfordJames Edward Moser, 65, Bedford Ward, Thayne Wyoming Stake, called as president of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, succeeding President McKell W. Allred. President Moser’s wife, Amy Louise Harris Moser, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Glenae D. Allred. He is a temple sealer, and a former stake president, bishop, and temple ordinance worker. Retired optometrist, he was born in Jackson, Wyoming, to Dee and Louise A. Merritt Moser.Cordell Hull Crawford, 68, McMinnville Ward, McMinnville Tennessee Stake, called as president of the Nashville Tennessee Temple, succeeding President Thomas E. Allen. President Crawford’s wife, Miriam Elaine Hitchcock Crawford, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Kristine Allen. He is a stake president and temple ordinance worker, and a former bishop, high councilor, and mission presidency counselor. Retired director of special projects, he was born in Lebanon, Tennessee, to Joseph Morgan Crawford and Ada Lea Apple.
Doyle L. and Karen C. BattIdaho Falls Idaho TempleThe following eight new temple presidents and matrons have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in November.Star Valley Wyoming TempleHalifax Nova Scotia Temple
Carlos R. and Cristina S. ChávezDoyle Lee Batt, 69, Fairview Ward, Idaho Falls East Stake, called as president of the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, succeeding President Donald J Archibald. President Batt’s wife, Karen Clayson Batt, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Sherry S. Archibald. He is a stake missionary preparation class instructor, elders quorum instructor, and temple sealer, and a former New Mexico Farmington Mission president, stake president, bishop, and local chairman of the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple open house, cultural celebration, and rededication committee. A retired engineering manager, he was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Melvin Lee and Nora Maud Batt.Nashville Tennessee TempleOrlando Florida TempleSister Chávez is a Primary pianist, Relief Society teacher, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Ovalle, Chile, to Humberto Nuñez and Ana Ginger Silva Duran.Carlos René Chávez González, 65, Hospital Ward, Buín Chile Stake, called as president of the Santiago Chile Temple, succeeding President Gerardo J. Wilhelm. President Chávez’s wife, Cristina Fernanda Fuentealba Silva de Chávez, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Silvia E. Wilhelm. He is a Sunday School teacher and temple ordinance worker, and a former stake president, bishop, and area temple and family history consultant. A retired coordinator of the Church Educational System, he was born in Santiago, Chile, to René Isaac Chávez Chávez and Teresa del Carmen de Chávez González.Sister Moser is a ward temple and family history consultant and temple ordinance worker, and a former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women presidency counselor, and ward organist. She was born in Salt Lake City to Martin and Gloria Mae Gentry Harris Jr.
When asked why that is, Yo-Yo Ma explained: “At each stage of your life, you go back and discover new things. The way I understand Bach now is with the analogy of a river. It’s like you’re touching a living stream of water that keeps flowing, and by touching it or listening to it or playing it, you are in touch with something much bigger than yourself. It changes from day to day, from season to season and from year to year” (Raisa Bruner, “Yo-Yo Ma Looks at Music Like It’s DNA,” Time, Sept. 13, 2018).The Music and the Spoken Word broadcast is available on KSL-TV, KSL Radio 1160 AM/102.7 FM, ksl.com, KSL X-Stream, BYUtv, BYUradio, BYUtv International, CBS Radio Network, DISH Network, DIRECTV, SiriusXM Radio (channel 143), and on The Tabernacle Choir’s website and YouTube channel.The Apostle Paul, writing 2,000 years ago, gave us a way to identify that which is timeless—and worth coming back to throughout our lives: “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things” (Philippians 4:8).Editor's note: The “spoken word” is shared by Lloyd Newell each Sunday during the weekly Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square broadcast. The following was given April 28, 2019.The program is aired live on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. on many of these outlets. Look up broadcast information by state and city at musicandthespokenword.org.Tuning InSo, what is it about such music—or any kind of art—that keeps us engaged over the decades, even centuries? Some of its timeless appeal comes from its ability to lift us above the mundane, temporary things of daily life. It stretches us and challenges us to see things from an ever higher perspective. Such art feels eternal, because it opens our minds to eternity. Some say that beauty is in the eye or ear of the beholder, yet beauty also seems to speak to people of every age, culture, and class. That’s why it’s considered classic.Of course, Bach’s music hasn’t actually changed since he composed it 300 years ago. We’re the ones who change! We see, hear, understand, and appreciate differently as we grow and mature. What makes his music timeless is that we find something meaningful in it no matter how many times we listen. The Tabernacle Choir still performs many of the same musical selections they sang when the Choir was formed, more than 170 years ago. Some music simply never seems to grow old.The first time famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma ever performed, as a young boy, he played a piece by Johann Sebastian Bach. In the 60 years since then, he has performed works by scores of other composers, but he finds himself constantly returning to Bach.
Elder Peterson had traveled extensively to fulfill responsibilities as a counselor in the Presiding Bishopric and knew he would go to many places as a General Authority Seventy. His extensive travels, he felt, were partial fulfillment of the patriarchal blessing he received as a young man.He painted a verbal picture of himself as a youngster: “I was a run-of-the mill, garden-variety kind of kid. I was a tow-headed boy with straight hair. I never put anything on my hair; it just laid there. I was not the handsome, dashing type. Physically, I was just a little kid. When I entered high school, I weighed 115 pounds. You can’t do much on the football field at that weight. My size added to my feelings of inadequacy. I wanted to be in sports ... but I was never much at them in high school.”Elder Peterson was the eldest of four sons of Harold Antone and Juna Tye Peterson. He was born in Salt Lake City but grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. “We were poor boys in the sense of not being able to do things the neighbor kids did. We never had a lot of money.I met Elder H. Burke Peterson while he was serving as a counselor in the Presiding Bishopric from 1972 to 1985. After he was sustained to the First Quorum of the Seventy during the April 1985 general conference, I met with him and his wife, Brookie Cardon Peterson, for an interview.“Those feelings,” he added, “were not brought about by my parents. I was raised in a family where there was never a question that we were loved.” With palms turned upward and a shrug of his shoulders, he surmised, “These are just feelings I’ve always had and will probably never get over, so I quit worrying about them.”“My parents were always dedicated, always obedient to the Lord. I never heard them speak down to each other. They always lifted and made us feel important. I guess the most important things we learned from them was love, obedience, and discipline.”After he proposed to Brookie Cardon, he said, he began getting excellent grades at the University of Arizona. He received a bachelor’s degree in engineering in Arizona and a master’s in the same field from Utah State Agricultural College, now Utah State University. He completed a civil engineering course at the University of Oklahoma. During World War II, he served as a U.S. Navy officer in the engineering corps and worked on projects in the South Pacific theater.He opened a desk drawer and retrieved a copy of his blessing and said, “I didn’t go on a mission. I was in the military. I had never read the Book of Mormon through before I was 30. ... But one day, when I was 29, I was reading this blessing and I was reminded to ‘seek to know the will of the Lord in all things, thereby will success come to you in your life and you will know of a surety that the Lord lives, that He is watching over His people.’I’ve always remembered our conversation, mainly because of how straightforward Elder Peterson was in telling me about what he called “hurdles” in his life.His profession as an engineer led him to being very thorough and “preparing to hilt.” He said he would get overly prepared, but he developed a confidence in the Lord. “I know when I do my part I won’t fail; that if I am prepared, He will draw it out of me.”Academically, he was in about the middle of his 1941 graduating class in Phoenix. He said he often told young people, “‘Not every one of you can be a valedictorian, so marry one.’ That’s what I did.”Several years later, he confided to his bishop his disappointment. The bishop advised him to pray about it and, if still concerned, to talk with him again. “I did what he said, and I never went back,” Elder Peterson said.After having served in the Presiding Bishopric for 13 years, and with his calling to the First Quorum of the Seventy, he said he realized how much that blessing really contained.While he acknowledged being “scared to death” when he spoke in general conference, or even stake conferences, he managed to appear calm. “I do an awful lot of praying and an awful lot of preparing,” he said.Elder Peterson put the copy of the blessing back in the drawer and said, “It’s not a long blessing. I was 18 when I received it and was disappointed because it didn’t say much.”He said he had “some choice stories” about his experiences in the Navy but that he didn’t talk about them. But he would sometimes talk about times when he and two or three other Latter-day Saint servicemen gathered for sacrament meetings under a stand of coconut palms or in a tent on a South Pacific island. “I remember things like that, which were good for me. I decided to put the other things, the bad experiences, aside.”In the first few minutes of our interview, Elder Peterson said, “My hurdles today are the same ones I had as a boy—feelings of inadequacy.”During the dozen or so years I’d crossed paths with Elder Peterson, I had always seen him as a confident, self-assured Church leader. I was surprised when he revealed he had a very different view of himself.“I started then. I decided I was going to study the scriptures every day, and I have, with few exceptions, for the last 30 years.”Elder Peterson served as a General Authority until October 1993, when he was given emeritus status. He died April 14, 2013.
Maya Gilmore, who serves as Laurel president in the West Boca Raton Ward, said that the most meaningful part of the night was intermingling with the youth. “Like President Nelson recently said in Italy about the Pope, our differences may be real, but what is important is all that we have in common. We are not all that different than our Jewish friends. They know exactly what it is like to be a teenager standing for their faith at all times and in all places.”“It was a peaceful night. I think they were surprised by how many of our youth came to greet them,” Hansen said. “I am hoping we can do it again next year because it helped me be a member missionary and inspired me to use what I had been studying in seminary that week.” The enjoyable evening ended with everyone sharing tasty (kosher) desserts and an invitation for both youth groups to join each other in service projects and a Passover Seder.The event was spurred by Rabbi Greg Weisman of Temple Beth El, who came to know Church leaders through other interfaith events and thought it would benefit his congregation’s teens to learn what Church members believe. Like other youth worldwide, the youth in this stake are eager to heed President Russell M. Nelson’s call to gather Israel. Pamphlets and a Hebrew Book of Mormon sit on a table decorated for the interfaith activity. The chapel was decorated with items to represent both the Jewish and Latter-day Saint faiths.This past October, members of local bishoprics attended Jewish synagogues for a vigil after the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue, and local clergy were invited to address those gathered, including a member of the local stake presidency. At the vigil, a local Jewish leader recommended in his keynote address that Jews and Latter-day Saints stand together to fight against religious persecution.Stake President Andy Lustig, who happens to be a Latter-day Saint convert from Judaism, presented the rabbi with a Book of Mormon in Hebrew. The youth all viewed a presentation regarding basic Latter-day Saint beliefs, the priesthood, temples, the Word of Wisdom, and similarities between the two faiths. Stake President Andy Lustig gifts Rabbi Greg Weisman with a Hebrew copy of the Book of Mormon.Youth from the Boynton Beach Florida Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hosted friends from the community curious to learn more about their faith at their local chapel in March. Stake President Andy Lustig guides visiting Jewish youth through a chapel of the Boynton Beach Florida Stake. President Brett Puterbaugh, second counselor in the Boynton Beach Florida Stake, Rabbi Greg Weisman, and Stake President Andy Lustig smile together during an interfaith youth activity.
Rabbi Greg Weisman holds up a gifted copy of the Book of Mormon in Hebrew.The Church’s presence in the community is newly growing, but Latter-day Saints’ extended hand of friendship has been well received.
Bags labeled “Choose the Right” sit in a crate at an interfaith youth activity.Boynton Beach Florida Stake President Andy Lustig guides visiting Jewish youth through the foyer of a meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints during an interfaith activity.Skye Hansen, who serves as the priests quorum first assistant for the Boca Raton Ward, said the event was as fun as it was unifying. He was able to contribute by giving a tour of the chapel and telling the visitors what Church members believe.BOYNTON BEACH, FLORIDA
The image of the young Uruguayan woman entered his mind.They plan to share tried-and-true counsel with all they meet.“That promise touched me in a strange way—I wanted to read the book,” he said.The shelves in Rubén’s guest bedroom held hundreds of copies of the Book of Mormon. Curious, he pulled out a Spanish copy and discovered Moroni’s promise located at the front of the book. Through his words, the ancient prophet assured the young man that he could know the Book of Mormon was true through prayer.Looking back, he realizes those assignments were likely beyond his capacity. But he also was never alone in Church service. He knew he was called by the Lord through his local priesthood leader.Meanwhile, young Rubén’s desire to serve qualified him for the calling.He was 14 when he left home to live with his Uncle Manuel in the United States. His father, Rubén Reynaldo Alliaud, had died a short time earlier and the teenager was developing, in his words, a “rebellious spirit.”Peace and joy, added Sister Alliaud, are found “by looking to the Savior and following His words in whatever ways possible.”So his mother, Maria Alliaud, sent her son to Houston, Texas, to be with her brother, Manuel Bustos, and his family.
Sister Fabiana Bennett and Elder Rubén V. Alliaud, General Authority Seventy“So, I knocked on my branch president’s door and said, ‘President, I’m here by myself—there are no youth here.’”With the Lord’s help, he began fulfilling a number of challenging Church callings. But he also longed to belong to a branch with more young people his own age.He set out to find youth to join him at church by first reaching out to his friends. He also secured a list of the less-active youth in his ward and made contact with them, inviting them to return to the Church.“Pay attention to what the prophet is saying,” said Elder Alliaud. “There is no more important message than to look to the prophet and the First Presidency for direction. We live in a complicated world—and the prophets are receiving revelations from the Lord to guide us.”He organized a family trip to return to his mission country where he formally—and somewhat nervously—reintroduced himself to Fabiana. They spent time together and realized that they were a good fit. During a visit to the beach he gave her a kiss and asked her to be his wife.“He was an excellent missionary,” she remembered. “Everybody loved him—the children, the adults, the older folks. ... I knew that this was the sort of person I hoped to marry one day.”Now 53, Elder Alliaud is certain that the Lord knows him and wants him to enjoy the full blessings of the restored gospel.Young Rubén learned early that blessings often follow hard work and personal effort. He also came to value loving leaders who ministered to him and helped him grow as a man and a priesthood holder. Those teachings would serve him well when he left Argentina in 1986 to serve a full-time mission in Uruguay.
Elder Rubén V. Alliaud, General Authority SeventyThe branch president offered a simple solution before closing the door: “Well, go find them.”Three years later, Rubén returned to Montevideo. Fabiana was pleasantly surprised when he showed up at her ward one Sunday.Honoring his agreement, Uncle Manuel didn’t discuss the gospel. Instead, he immediately sent Rubén back to Argentina where he could receive his mother’s permission to join the Church. He was soon baptized—but only after a thorough “baptismal interview” with his mother. She wanted to be certain that her son was “all in” in his commitment to the restored gospel.Rubén took Moroni’s promise to heart and prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was true. He received an affirmative answer before telling his surprised uncle that he wanted to be baptized.Elder Rubén V. Alliaud knows President Monson was speaking the truth.Elder Alliaud was dating several young women at the time. He was busy establishing his legal career and remembers hoping to find the right person and start a family of his own. But he had not made it a matter of prayer. So, just as he had years earlier when studying the Book of Mormon, he asked the Lord for guidance.“The mission was like a school that set the pattern for my life; it was everything for me,” he said.Still, she never figured to see the Argentine again after he completed his mission.Rubén and Fabiana were married on December 17, 1992, in the Buenos Aires Argentina Temple. The Alliauds raised six children in the capital city where Elder Alliaud practiced law and, together, served in the Church. The two served as missionary companions when he presided over the Argentina Cordoba Mission.“I couldn’t believe it—and he remembered me,” she said, laughing.The Alliauds are both humbled and excited to now serve alongside Latter-day Saints in all parts of the world.She had one condition of her younger brother: Do not share his Latter-day Saint beliefs with her Catholic son. Uncle Manuel agreed.
Graphic by Joseph TolmanBut the spirit of the gospel communicated with the struggling teenager in other ways. He observed the many ways that the Church united the Bustos family.A young Uruguayan woman named Fabiana Bennett Lamas belonged to one of the wards assigned to Elder Alliaud. She admired him from a distance, even writing in her journal about the principles he had taught during sacrament meeting talks. She invited her nonmember friends to Sunday School classes that were being taught by the young elder.“My branch president gave me callings that you typically wouldn’t give to a teenager,” he said. “But that meant I could never miss church. I think I only missed church once from the time that I was baptized until the time I went on my mission.”President Thomas S. Monson offered this wise and timeless counsel to any Latter-day Saint feeling a bit overwhelmed with a Church calling or assignment: “Remember that whom the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies.”When the newly called General Authority Seventy was just 16 or 17 years old—and a fledgling Church convert—he was called to fulfill several demanding callings in his branch.
A new stake has been created from the West Columbia South Carolina and Augusta Georgia stakes. The Aiken South Carolina Stake, which consists of the Barnwell Branch and the Aiken, Coker Springs, Gilbert, Lake Murray, Lexington, and North Augusta wards, was created by Elder Richard J. Maynes, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Rene R. Alba, an Area Seventy. COLLEYVILLE TEXAS STAKE (February 24, 2019): President—Christopher Robert Klemann, 42, vice president of financial services, Signet; succeeding Mark A. Gottfredson; wife, Brittany Weston Bingham Kelmann. Counselors—Brian Jay Hulse, 43, president, Pinnacle Senior Living; wife, Xochitl Michaela Anson Hulse. Carlos Arturo Perez, 50, managing partner, CP & Krell Group; wife, Heidy Valentina Castroman.SUDBURY ONTARIO STAKE (March 3, 2019): President—Keid Andersen Scott, 39, suprerindendent of business,t Northeastern Catholic District School Board; succeeding Ian C. Jenner; wife, Catherine Jeanne Foucher Scott. Counselors—Harri Juhani Heimonen, 46, medical surgical nurse, War Memorial Hospital; wife, Bridget Louise Macmichael Heimonen. Edward Thomas Mazey, 53, chief legal officer, Vale Canada Ltd.; wife, Amy Lynne Withers Mazey.FREDERICK MARYLAND STAKE (February 17, 2019): President—Christopher Curtis Safsten, 50, senior advisor, NTT Data; succeeding Jeffrey P. Cook; wife, Jennifer Holt Bramwell. Counselors—Michael Jay Turner, 39, assistant professor, Mount St. Mary’s University; wife, Rhonda Mae Garside Turner. John Kevin Magee, 52, account executive, Open Text; wife, Stephanie Anne Miller Magee.LIMA PERU SAN JUAN STAKE (March 10, 2019): President—Luis Alberto Martinez Casquillo, 52, zone manager, Financeira Crediscotia; succeeding Ellias Silva Samame; wife, Maria del Carmen Tito Villanueva. Counselors—Felix Balta Espinoza, 48, manager, Sentrol SAC; wife, Monica Gisella Benavides Ordoñez. Juan Carlos Landa Ramos, 51, consultant, Polysistemas; wife, Carmen del Olivos Garcia.A new stake has been created from the Savannah Georgia Stake. The Hilton Head South Carolina Stake, which consists of the Oakatie (Spanish) and Parris Island Military branches and the Beaufort, Hilton Head, Pooler, Ridgeland, and Rincon wards, was created by Elder Weatherford T. Clayton, General Authority Seventy, and Elder Matthew S. Harding, an Area Seventy.SAVANNAH GEORGIA STAKE (February 24, 2019): President—Darron Ross Alvord, 40, president, Savannah Dental Implants; succeeding James M. Odiorne; wife, LuAnne Jones Alvord. Counselors—Reginald Cameron Cowart II, 42, physical and occupational therapist, C. Ross; wife, Leah Brooke Taylor Cowart. Mitchell Ellis Brannen Jr., 55, real estate investor; wife, Leah Proud Brannen.OREM UTAH YSA 3RD STAKE (February 24, 2019): President—Michael Albert Frost, 58, seminary instructor; succeeding David L. Hadon; wife, Janell Jarvis Frost. Counselors—Brad William Farnsworth, 64, religious education faculty, BYU; wife, Deborah Jeanne Hulme Farnsworth. Craig Alan Barker, 61, president and owner, MMC Composites; wife, Pennie Sue Stastny Barker.ANAHEIM CALIFORNIA STAKE (February 24, 2019): President—Scott David Hicken, 51, owner, Technology Control; succeeding Filipe T. Wolfgramm; wife, Darsi LaVae Wolsleger Hicken. Counselors—Douglas Jerry Sereno, 68, director of project management, Port of Long Beach; wife, Mariellen Ferrin Sereno. Bryan James Law, 41, architect; wife, Tanya Marie Johnson Law.CLEARFIELD UTAH SOUTH STAKE (February 17, 2019): President—Logan Thomas Toone, 39, assistant superintendent, Davis School District; succeeding Adam D. Moulding; wife, Kara Lynn Baker Toone. Counselors—Adolfo Armando Alvarez, 54, district manager, Healthcare Services Group; wife, Evelyn Johanna Rodriguez Alvarez. Gary Thomas Wight, 41, shareholder, Kipp and Christian; wife, Amanda Jane Hill Wight.KINSHASA DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO BINZA STAKE (February 10, 2019): President—Didier Muamba Mutombo, 39, manager, Self Reliance Services of the Church; succeeding Mwanke Baker David Ngabizele; wife, Thethe Ngalula Makenga. Counselors—Emmanuel-Aimé Mbiyavanga Phaka, 41, middle school teacher; wife, Bedelle Mlombi Nzeza. Tresor Djonga Londola, 35, coordinator; wife, Kabeya Mulanga.HAYDEN LAKE IDAHO STAKE (February 17, 2019): President—Frederick Allen Sharp Jr., 54, realtor; succeeding Dirk A. Baird; wife, Sheila Krahn Sharp. Counselors—Erik Raymond Curtis, 48, orthodontist; wife, Sondra Marian Wolfert Curtis. Randall Patrick Priebe, 48, owner, Chiropractic Pain Relief Clinic; wife, Deanna Westover Priebe.LEESBURG FLORIDA STAKE (February 17, 2019): President—Michael Earl Saunders, 49, tax resource officer, Advent Health; succeeding W. Michael Ingalls; wife, Mary Ann Rutledge Saunders. Counselors—Kenneth Bret Bullinger, 53, safety professional, Department of Business and Professional Regulation; wife, Bridget Mary Leonard Bullinger. Justin Ryan Boulter, 40, recorder, temple department of the Church; wife, Christi Lynn Swalberg Boulter.LIMA PERU CONDEVILLA STAKE (March 3, 2019): President—Johnny Alberto Zamora Delgado, 45, lawyer; succeeding Edgar Hinostroza Cordova; wife, Ana Maria Huamán Chávez. Counselors—Enrique Bellido Ponce de León, 46, non-commiccioned officer, Peru National Police; wife, Rocio Elena Llerena Lopez. Miguel Angel Infante Tenorio, 46, recors and finances employee for the Church; wife, Brigitte Diana Salvador Poma.XALAPA MEXICO STAKE (February 24, 2019): President—Fredy Castañeda Sánchez, 44, teacher, Universidad Veracruzana; succeeding Noe Dominguez; wife, Estrella Ilcance Cortes. Counselors—Jared Zayas García, 37, head chef, Estela Garcia Pastoressa; wife, Karina Soto Alvarez. Adan Edilberto Aquino González, 42, administrative coordinator, National Council for Education Promotion; wife, Nora Romero Fernández.SANTA CRUZ BOLIVIA ABUNDANCIA STAKE (February 17, 2019): President—Ricardo Macusaya Limachi, 39, manager/owner, Empresa Impal; succeeding Randol Salazar Quiroga; wife, Yarifa Robles Mendoza. Counselors—Jorge Meliton Taboada Rojas, 49, human resources manager; wife, Amparo Maldonado Cordova. Luis Carlos Ruiz Lara, 33, textile business employee, Feria Barrio Lindo; wife, Juana Jaez Vasquez Gutierrez.EL MERENDON HONDURAS STAKE (March 10, 2019): President—Manuel Antonio Bueso Rubio, 46, forest technician, ICF; succeeding Miguel K. Sing Salman; wife, Claudia Lorena García. Counselors—Javier Guevara Sánchez, 42, janitor for the Church; wife, Agustina Sánchez. Regino Antonio Benedit Alvarez, 37, file organizer CACEENP; wife, Blanca Zulema Bonilla Arzú.TAYLORSVILLE UTAH YSA STAKE (February 24, 2019): President—Bruce Jean McDonough, 65, vice president, Layton Construction; succeeding Alan B. Tingey; wife, Allyson Baui McDonough. Counselors—Richard Lee Morrill, 65, retired; wife, Debra Yvonne Webster Morrill. Alan Dale Rindlisbacher, 61, communications director, Layton Construction; wife, Tammy Crump Rindlisbacher.MEXICO CITY LOMAS STAKE (March 3, 2019): President—Claudio Antonio Schiavon Vazquez, 49, client services director, Coltomex SA de CV; succeeding Victor M. Rosas Tenorio; wife, Evelia Valle Varela. Counselors—Manlio Fabio López Delgado, 44, country manager, Terumo BCT Mexico; wife, Patricia Ruth Frol Matteazzi. Eric Alejandro Hernandez Gutiérrez, 46, manager, IBM of Mexico; wife, Claudia Ramirez Juárez.LOGAN UTAH MARRIED STUDENT 1ST STAKE (February 24, 2019): President—Stephen Alburtus Simmons, 60, chief financial officer, Blackstone Group; succeeding Boyd G. Rowley; wife, Elizabeth Poelman Simmons. Counselors—Paul Worthen Mortenson, 59, pilot, Delta Airlines; wife, Jill Godfrey Mortenson. David John Swenson, 57, high school principal, Cache County School District; wife, Paige Marie Martin Swenson.REXBURG CENTER STAKE (February 24, 2019): President—Kyle Jefferson Rawson, 32, founder, Darci Media; succeeding Eric W. Erickson; wife, Nicole Webster Rawson. Counselors—Francis Joseph Hadry Jr., 55, sales manager, Main Street Diamonds; wife, Wendy Joy Bowman Hadry. Kenneth Lynn Jackson, 51, financial aid director, BYU-Idaho; wife, Christine Stembridge Jackson.SACRAMENTO CALIFORNIA STAKE (February 17, 2019): President—Aaron Richard Cocker, 45, BTS Analyst, UC Davis Health; succeeding John E. Cassinat; wife, Ilaisaane Tupoutu’a Teu Cocker. Counselors—James William Gleim, 50, program manager, state of California; wife, Steffany Dorene Glade Gleim. Alfred Loni Henare Mann, 41, accountant; wife, Etevise Lillian Moea’i Mann.PROVO UTAH YSA 17TH STAKE (February 24, 2019): President—Gregory John Heiner, 61, chief information officer, chief technology officer, United Insurance Group; succeeding Benjamin M. Ogles; wife, Lauri Jo Ikhaml Heiner. Counselors—Thomas Jeffrey Wilks, 47, director and professor of accounting, BYU; wife, Melinda Ruth Huebner Wilks. Daniel Wade Mitchell, 49, Sundance Resort employee; wife, Lori Maxwell Mitchell.BARQUISIMETO VENEZUELA OBELISCO STAKE (February 24, 2019): President—Ricardo Antonio Rico Figueroa, 31, data entry, Jairo Diaz; succeeding Gustavo Silveira Latorre; wife, Leidy Diana Vasquez Cardona. Counselors—Fernando Alcides Frias Vasquez, 41, freight operator; wife, Maribel Josefina Urrieta de Frias. Luis Eduardo Hernandez Figueroa, 35, marketing analyst, Papelera Dimar; wife, Vanessa Carolina Rodriguez Martinez.ESCUINTLA GUATEMALA STAKE (March 3, 2019): President—Nefi Abraham de la Rosa Zamora, 43, jeweler; succeeding Alvin O. Juarez Ayala; wife, Olga Marina Solis de la Rosa. Counselors—Héctor Ignacio Enriquez Ruiz, 53, senior mechanic for the Church; wife, Carmen Amparo Rivera Enriquez. Alvaro Hernández Chitay, 39, recycling company owner and administrator; wife, Lisseth Francisca Juárez Hernández.Reorganized stakesCHINANDEGA NICARAGUA STAKE (March 3, 2019): President—Norman Ramiro Vado Rojas, 29, seminary coordinator for the Church; succeeding Marlon G. Meraz Guevara; wife, Daniela Estelí Velásquez Mena. Counselors—Héctor Antonio Romero Potosme, 33, high school teacher; wife, Carla Patricia Arauz Tercero. Cristian Ali Escorcia Pereira, 46, shrimp industry administrator, Adali Escorcia; wife, Jacqueline de los Angeles Osorio Mendoza.ANTIGUA GUATEMALA STAKE (March 10, 2019): President—Daniel Antonio Gálvez Berdugo, 49, business owner; succeeding Joel A. Oliva Gonzalez; wife, Nelly Karina Martinez Rodríguez. Counselors—José Mario Cuc Perez, 43, technical manager, Evinsa; wife, Ana Beatriz Jop Hernández. Freedy Leopoldo Vásquez García, 39, regional manager for the Church; wife, Evelyn Karolina García López.MARTINEZ DE LA TORRE MEXICO STAKE (March 10, 2019): President—Modesto Mendez Rios, 41, businessman; succeeding Francisco Ol Morales Ontiveros; wife, Catalina Caracas Julian. Counselors—Herlindo Ramirez Moya, 54, director, Agropecuarios Jiliapan; wife, Olga Lidia Ojeda Rizo. Esteban Guzmán Verona, 64, farmer; wife, Emma Marin Martinez.LAS VEGAS NEVADA LAKES STAKE (February 17, 2019): President—Travis William Brady, 49, CEO, Brady Industries; succeeding Kurt K. Teshima; wife, Laura Howlett Brady. Counselors—Jeffrey Lynn Warnick, 49, vice president and chief financial officer, Fabulous Freddy’s Companies; wife, Jennifer Allison Harvey Warnick. Jedediah William Jones, 46, physician partner, Hand Surgery Specialists of Nevada; wife, Brooke Jeanette Jones.HIGHLAND UTAH STAKE (March 3, 2019): President—Alan Spencer Bailey, 56, regional account executive, UCB; succeeding Paul B. Anderson; wife, Sara Jo Burr Bailey. Counselors—Steven Earl Lund, 50, seminary principal and teacher; wife, Annette Peterson Lund. David Scott Hilmo, 50, physician; wife, Teresa “Tess” Marie Hart Hilmo.FAYETTEVILLE NORTH CAROLINA STAKE (March 10, 2019): President—Brady Mitchell Smith, 51, controller, Ward Productions; succeeding David L. Chandler; wife, Cynthia Colleen Monahan Smith. Counselors—Stacey Allen Dickerson, 59, area manager, Verdin Company; wife, Anne Marie Confield Dickerson. Brent Alexander Wadas, 36, CEO, PsyLynx; wife, Christina Denise Leer Wadas.HILTON HEAD SOUTH CAROLINA STAKE (February 24, 2019): President—Richard Arther Maseda, 45, engineering and operations manager, Georgia Pacific; wife, Janna Caroline Crolley Maseda. Counselors—Daniel Robert Morgan, 49, GIs and applications director, Beaufort County; wife, Michelle Jensen Morgan. Eric Stephen Peltz, 43, pediatrician; wife, Janine Renee French Peltz.STILLWATER OKLAHOMA STAKE (February 17, 2019): President—Barry Lynn Wade, 53, president, RehabSource; succeeding Kent W. Bowman; wife, Tracy Ann Utley Wade. Counselors—Gilbert Reed Holyoak, 61, professor, Oklahoma State University; wife, Lili Jo Blanchard Holyoak. Wade Don Hutchings, 46, senior vice president, Devon Energy; wife, Galadriel Anne Woods Hutchings.SÃO PAULO BRAZIL SOUTH STAKE (February 17, 2019): President—João Roberto Costa Martins Silva Filho, 38, senior engineer, Comgás; succeeding Daniel Martin Piros; wife, Fernanda Mello Pereira Martins Silva. Counselors—Fábio Pires da Silva, 39, secretary for the Church; wife, Elaine Soares da Silva. Rafael Duarte, 33, senior manager, Cognizant; wife, Karen Fonseca Kuratomi.New StakesSOLDIER HILL NEW JERSEY STAKE (February 24, 2019): President—Bradley Hasler Thatcher, 50, founder, CEO, Thatcher & Company; succeeding McLoyd K. Jensen; wife, Elizabeth Pearson Thatcher. Counselors—Andres Radames Nietd, 58, director of community health, New York Presbyterian Hospital; wife, Isis Rodriguez. David Kent Vawdrey, 41, vice president of analytics and clinical systems, New York Presbyterian Hospital; wife, Alicia Kaye Schmidt Vawdrey.EAST LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA STAKE (February 24, 2019): President—Gustavo Adolfo Miranda, 27, retail parts representative, Goudy Honda; succeeding Jorge E. Esquerra; wife, Gabriela Flores Contreras. Counselors—Sergio Lopez, 66, chief designer, Williams & Associates; wife, Laura Rina Mai Porras. Ricardo Manuel Osorio, 39, electrician; wife, Shaheen Olympia Osorio.PARANAQUE PHILIPPINES STAKE (February 17, 2019): President—Franco Dellosa Advincula, 51, area Self-Reliance operations manager for the Church; succeeding Jesus E. Arreola; wife, Minnie Reyes Cadeliña Advincula. Counselors—Ryan Lapuz Flores, 37, territory business manager, Unilab Consumer Healthy Pharmacy; wife, Juliane Margarett Valera Quintana Flores. Belmin Espineli Misalucha, 52, flight purser, Philippines Airlines; wife, Lucena Incognito Robles Misalucha.AIKEN SOUTH CAROLINA STAKE (February 11, 2019): President—Charles Nathan Hancock, 44, associate professor, USC-Aiken; wife, Alyn Diehl Hancock. Counselors—Michael Knotts Whetstone Jr., 58, engineer, Palmetto Fabricators; wife, Jacquelyn Lee Hagins Whetstone. Michael Anthony Odom, 58, co-manager, Lowes Foods; wife, Laura Lynn Kinsey Odom.LIMA PERU CHORRILLOS STAKE (March 10, 2019): President—Alberto Jesús Berrocal Lozada, 48, driver, KD Training Center; succeeding Hugo M. Chavez Bernaola; wife, Cecillia Ysabel Solari Gallegos. Counselors—Enrique Abraham Waitong Campos, 36, assistant manager, Interbank; wife, Amalia Maritza Lopez Gutierrez de Waitong. Guido Abad Andia Zayas, 55, self-employed; wife, Bertha Joana de Andia Suarez. LYNNWOOD WASHINGTON STAKE (March 3, 2019): President—Marty Steven Daybell, 62, CEO, WSIPC; succeeding Jeffrey B. Lee; wife, Cynthia Lee Fillmore Dabell. Counselors—Michael Edward Harrison, 42, group manager of accounting, Microsoft; wife, Elizabeth Anne Freeman Harrison. Kent Calvin Hendricks, 58, controller, HB Management & Treen Coproration; wife, Jill Dee Wehrwein Hendricks.LEWISTON IDAHO STAKE (March 10, 2019): President—Matthew Spencer Clegg, 45, endodontist; succeeding William J. Perez; wife, Ashlee Hoopes Clegg. Counselors—Walter Leroy Williams, 53, physician; wife, Sheri Lyn Anderson Williams. Michael Thor Kessinger, 44, attorney; wife, Jennica Michelle Strand Kessinger.
In June 2018, three stakes joined together to host a Project Connect event at Mesa’s Inter-Stake Center. Randy Thomas, the JustServe specialist for the Mesa Arizona Mountain View Stake, led the effort and served as the liaison to the United Way.“We all have the same needs”The three stakes organized a clothing drive, collected bikes, enlisted bike technicians and barbers, assembled backpacks with hygiene kits and snacks, planned and prepared meals, and coordinated with the United Way to host over 30 different service providers. When the day finally came, there wasn’t an empty room in the whole building. People were everywhere, serving diligently in so many different ways.“Project Connect not only helps us serve a population in great need, but it also helps us build an army of people informed about homelessness,” said Krickette Wetherington, director of community impact for VSUW.And that’s what Valley of the Sun United Way hopes will happen seven times a year as the organization coordinates Project Connect events. Working in partnership with churches and community organizations throughout the Phoenix metro area, Project Connect events are about connecting the community with those experiencing homelessness. Organizers hope to build a greater understanding of homelessness.“Project Connect was a very positive experience for me,” said Cobb. “The people I connected with really helped me grow. They helped me be better.”“We spent several months preparing, and it was great to see how many people wanted to help,” said Thomas. “It built my testimony of the saints and their willingness to serve.”That was his attitude coming into Project Connect, but after spending the day as a guest guide to a woman experiencing homelessness, he left with an entirely different perspective. He expressed that the experience opened his eyes to their challenges but also to their efforts to manage the life they have.Volunteers worked hard helping people experiencing homelessness access vital human and social services. Some volunteers prepared and served meals. Others cut hair, fixed bikes, and distributed clothing. And hundreds more served as guides and companions to the guests as they traversed the myriad of service providers on hand.PHOENIX, ARIZONAGuest guides provide an invaluable service, ministering with a human touch that helps the guests get the most out of their day at Project Connect, but the guides also gain an invaluable perspective on homelessness, fulfilling another purpose of the event.“We have so many stereotypes about people who are homeless. We will cross the street just to avoid them,” said Cobb. “But at Project Connect, for a moment, we were on equal ground, and it reminded me that we’re really all the same. We all have the same needs.”Jenna Cobb is a JustServe volunteer who recently participated in a Project Connect event in Tempe, Arizona. She has been volunteering through JustServe.org since it was first introduced in the Phoenix area. Volunteers help individuals experiencing homelessness check in during a recent Project Connect event in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Kari Handley.“On JustServe.org, people can find thousands of opportunities to do the same thing we did anytime,” said Thomas. “JustServe helps people make that leap, and when they do make that leap, their experiences are life-changing.”“They were just regular people who wanted to feel normal again,” said Horne. “After I cut their hair and trimmed their beards off, they felt better about themselves. It felt good to do that. ... It’s really nice to make people happy.”For information on local service projects, go to JustServe.org.As a result, Project Connect—which began nine years ago to serve the unsheltered homeless population and serves more than 4,000 people each year—is more important than ever.Horne said he loved the opportunity to do good for others and would absolutely do Project Connect again. “It’s my way to serve the Lord.” More than 30 service providers participated in a Project Connect event hosted at the Mesa Inter-Stake Center by three stakes in Mesa, Arizona, and sponsored by Valley of the Sun United Way. Photo by Kari Handley.Partnering with the faith community A Project Connect event hosted at the Mesa Inter-Stake Center by three stakes in Mesa, Arizona, provides meals to people experiencing homelessness. Photo by Kari Handley.“JustServe.org helps us make important connections to the faith community and to individuals who want to help,” said Wetherington. “It’s the way for us to have the whole world in that room—individuals, faith groups, business and corporate volunteers, civic leaders, lawmakers, and our guests. It would not be possible without JustServe.”“Truly a change of heart”Homelessness on the riseJohn Horne is a barber, and he knows that everyone likes a good haircut—whether you are homeless or not. So when he saw the opportunity to help at Project Connect, he volunteered right away. At the event, he and two other hair stylists were busy for hours cutting hair and trimming beards.Hubbard is a living witness of that. His service outside the Church to people in the most dire of circumstances has been more rewarding than he ever imagined. “I’m 63 years old, and I’ve been serving in the Church since I was old enough to do it, and I’ll tell you, this is the greatest thing I’ve ever done.”“That one-on-one experience with a guest changes everything for our guides—how they view the homeless and what they understand about homelessness,” said Wetherington. “They can’t unsee homelessness anymore.”“Project Connect brings all the services and resources to one place,” explained Wetherington. “We are there for one day, and we bring in as many people as we can.”“The number one thing—the most important service—is that interaction with the guest guide,” said Wetherington. “When people are experiencing scarcity, they cannot evaluate and make decisions well. The guest guide helps them prioritize their needs and accomplish what needs to be done.”“It was a long day, and I was exhausted, but I left feeling tremendous. You forget what’s wrong in your life when you help someone who is in a worse situation,” she said.“If we truly want to exemplify the Savior, we need to serve as He did,” said Sister Stokes. “And He wouldn’t just serve in the ward or stake or branch. He would be out working in the community, with people different from Him, for people from all walks of life.”On any given day, some 6,000 people are experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County, Arizona. Many of these people find relief in shelters, but many do not.Many of the volunteers who participate in Project Connect come through the VSUW’s corporate partnerships and civic connections, but a good number come through JustServe.org—a free online clearinghouse created by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that identifies nearby service opportunities.
A volunteer takes a selfie with a guest to a Project Connect event in Mesa, Arizona. With the help of the Church’s JustServe program, the event was able to provide services to more than 400 people experiencing homelessness from surrounding areas. Photo by Kari Handley.With the help of the Church’s JustServe program, a Project Connect event in Mesa, Arizona, was able to provide services to more than 400 people experiencing homelessness from surrounding areas. Photo courtesy of Sharon Price, Valley of the Sun United Way.Since 2014, the county’s unsheltered homeless rate has risen 25 percent, largely because of an affordable housing crisis in the area: There are only 20 affordable housing units for every 100 families facing homelessness. And while Phoenix has the fifth highest eviction rate in the country, many people who are now homeless have not been evicted. Their landlords simply have not renewed their leases, making space for people who can pay higher rents. At the same time, the county lacks sufficient permanent supportive housing for people with physical and intellectual disabilities and mental illnesses.“It was sanctifying work. These were all God’s children and they just needed a little help,” said Thomas. “Our members were in tears because they were walking in the Savior’s shoes and they felt the love He has for each one of the people there.”Thomas was amazed and humbled to see it all come together and couldn’t hold back his emotions as he saw this work of temporal salvation unfolding.Sister Kalina Stokes, a missionary serving in the Tempe Arizona Mission and a participant in a recent Project Connect event hosted by the Tempe Arizona West Stake, was heartened to see members of the Church working alongside others in the community to serve people experiencing homelessness. For her, the whole event was a way to grow in charity and empathy and to serve more like our Savior did.That’s what makes JustServe.org such a valuable resource for members.Through it all, both guests and volunteers found they have a great deal in common.Doug Hubbard is big on self-reliance. He volunteers regularly at a drug rehab center, and for the guys he works with, there are no excuses—“Shape up, clean up, get off the couch, and get a job.”Moving beyond the church walls to serveCobb found herself lifted by the people she served and was amazed at how much the event benefited her personally.These conditions have strained the county’s ability to respond. Shelters are full, and people are staying in them longer, making it difficult for unsheltered people to access vital services, which are shelter-based.“Our responsibility is to share what we can and help them have the best life they are capable of living,” he said, noting how grateful he is for the opportunities he’s found through JustServe.org to understand the challenges other people face. “I had no idea about any of this. It was truly a change of heart. And it was good for me.” Youth help sort donations prior to a Project Connect event hosted at the Mesa Inter-Stake Center by three stakes in Mesa, Arizona, and sponsored by Valley of the Sun United Way. Photo by Kari Handley.Guests can enjoy two meals, take a shower, pick out new clothes, get a haircut or beard trim, see a medical professional, apply for a birth certificate or ID card, get a new bike or get one fixed, find supplies for their pets, apply for housing and food assistance, and so on. They also get personal, individualized care and attention from a guest guide.Cobb spent her day at Project Connect doing intake as the guests arrived. As she gathered information and conversed with them, she said she was impressed by how respectful and appreciative they were.
A man experiencing homelessness gets a free haircut at a haircutting station at a Project Connect event in the metro Phoenix area. Photo courtesy of Sharon Price, Valley of the Sun United Way.“They wanted to feel normal again” A volunteer helps to register individuals experiencing homelessness during a recent Project Connect event in Phoenix, Arizona. Photo courtesy of Sharon Price, Valley of the Sun United Way.
David N. and Teresa L. OldhamOklahoma Oklahoma City Mission
Hakeai V. and ‘Ana Seini Folau PiutauThe following new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July of 2019. Biographies of other mission presidency couples will be published throughout 2019 on news.ChurchofJesusChrist.org. (See other published biographies.)Sister Hintze is a temple ordinance worker and a former stake Relief Society and Young Women presidency counselor, ward Primary and Relief Society president, ward Primary and Young Women presidency counselor, Relief Society teacher, and ward music chairwoman. She was born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, to Lee Roy Barton and Zella Rae Christensen Barton.Brother Piutau is an elders quorum president and a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, and missionary in the Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission. He was born in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, to Sione Pulu Piutau and Tangitangi Saia.Brother Monroe is a stake Self-Reliance specialist and stake Young Men presidency counselor and a former stake presidency counselor, stake and ward Young Men president, bishop, and missionary in the Korea Busan Mission. He was born in Great Falls, Montana, to Shirley Archie Monroe and Doris Marie Serdahl.Scott D. Hintze, 63, and Janice B. Hintze, five children, Manti 10th Ward, Manti Utah Stake: Argentina Córdoba Mission, succeeding President Pedro Francisco Correa Cárdenas and Sister Hilda A. Aravena de Correa.
D. Eric and Lisa M. EnsignPerú Huancayo MissionPhilippines Cebu East MissionGary B. Garrett, 60, and Jana L. Garrett, five children, Pleasant View 5th Ward, Provo Utah Sharon East Stake: Panamá Panamá City Mission, succeeding President William F. Current and Sister Susan Current.
Craig H. and Shawna W. ChristensenSister Cabrera is a former stake and ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society president and presidency counselor, ward Primary president, ward Primary music leader, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the Ecuador Quito Mission. She was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, to Miguel A. Pincay Haro and Francisca G. López Alvarado.Brother Oldham is a former bishop, YSA bishop, bishopric counselor, and missionary in the Brazil São Paulo North and Brazil Campinas missions. He was born in Stockton, California, to Normand Grant Oldham and Beatrice Louise Hawkes Richards.
Gary B. and Jana L. GarrettDavid N. Oldham, 52, and Teresa L. Oldham, four children, American Fork 32nd Ward, American Fork Utah East Stake: Brazil Curitiba South Mission, succeeding President B. Corey Cuvelier and Sister Wendi S. Cuvelier.
Scott D. and Janice B. HintzePanamá Panamá City MissionSister Ensign is a former stake temple and family history consultant, stake Young Women presidency counselor, ward Primary president, ward Relief Society, Young Women and Primary presidency counselor, and Primary music leader. She was born in Marinas Islands, Guam, to Van Lorin MacCabe and Joyce Ann Kartchner MacCabe.Tonga Nuku'alofa MissionSister Oldham is a ward organist and a former ward Young Women president, young single adult adviser, and Young Women adviser. She was born in Glendora, California, to Bruce McAllister Lake and Patricia Deane Goalen Lake.Brother Garrett is a former mission presidency counselor, stake presidency counselor, bishop, high councilor, and missionary in the Perú Lima North Mission. He was born in Salt Lake City to Max Harold Garrett and Maxine Jacobs Garrett.Sister Monroe is a Young Women adviser and ward organist and is a former ward Young Women president, stake Young Women camp director, stake Relief Society president, and ward Relief Society presidency counselor. She was born in Logan, Utah, to Verl Cutler Walker and Joyce Rebecca Walker.D. Eric Ensign, 65, and Lisa M. Ensign, seven children, Granite Ridge Ward, Sandy Utah Granite View Stake: Ohio Cincinnati Mission, succeeding President M. Tim Welch and Sister Michele A. Welch. Argentina Córdoba MissionBrother Hintze is a temple ordinance worker and a former mission presidency counselor, stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Ecuador Quito Mission. He was born in Roosevelt, Utah, to Lyle Sears Hintze and Nadine Day Hintze.
Lilian M. and Carlos R. Cabrera RondónSister Piutau is a stake Primary president and a former ward Primary president, ward Young Women presidency counselor, institute and seminary teacher, and missionary in the Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission. She was born in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, to Patimiosi Tu'ipulotu Folau and Seini Toakase Finau.Hakeai V. Piutau, 52, and ‘Ana Seini Folau Piutau, five children, Nuku'alofa City Ward, Nuku'alofa Tonga Capital Stake: Tonga Nuku'alofa Mission, succeeding President Sione Tuione and Sister Moala Tuione. Keith B. Monroe, 60, and Beverly W. Monroe, six children, Twin Peaks Ward, Poway California Stake: Philippines Cebu East Mission, succeeding President Rocky Kellett Maughan and Sister Dixie Maughan. Brother Ensign is a former stake presidency counselor, bishop, high councilor, ward mission leader, stake temple and family history consultant, and missionary in the Australia East Mission. He was born in Salt Lake City to Milton Dale Ensign and Joyce Murdock.Brother Cabrera is a former stake president, mission presidency counselor, stake executive secretary, high councilor, bishopric counselor, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Perú Lima East Mission. He was born in Lima, Perú, to Carlos J. Cabrera Odicio and Elizabeth J. Rondón Rivas.Sister Garrett is a member of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square and is a former ward Young Women president, ward Primary and Young Women presidency counselor, and missionary in the Germany Munich Mission. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Donald Richard Dewey and Patricia Ann Dewey.Ohio Cincinnati MissionBrother Christensen is a former bishop, high councilor, elders quorum president, ward Young Men president, institute teacher, and missionary in the Australia Sydney Mission. He was born in Merced, California, to Harold Parley Christensen and Joanne Stringham Christensen.Brazil Curitiba South MissionSister Christensen is a former stake and ward Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, and institute teacher. She was born in Kahuku, Oahu, Hawaii, to David Bean Walch and Phyllis Darlene Walch.
Keith B. and Beverly W. MonroeCraig H. Christensen, 62, and Shawna W. Christensen, two children, Pleasant View 2nd Ward, Provo Utah Sharon East Stake: Oklahoma Oklahoma City Mission, succeeding President Darren J. Mansell and Sister Shilane Mansell. Carlos R. Cabrera Rondón, 52, and Lilian M. Cabrera, four children, Manuel Prado Ward, Arequipa Perú Manuel Prado Stake: Perú Huancayo Mission, succeeding President Edgar Silva Julian and Sister Ana Moran de Silva.
Although the road ahead will not be easy, Steve said that Heavenly Father has given him a way to move forward and that he has hope in his recovery.After visiting with his bishop and receiving counseling, Steve attended a pornography addiction workshop and eventually attended the Church’s 12-step recovery program. His wife also received counseling and attended a recovery program for spouses.In the latest installment of the “His Grace” series one man shared his experience with pornography addiction.“I just was convinced my life was over,” he said in the clip. “There was nowhere to go, there was nothing I could do. I was not sure that I wanted to go on. It was the worst day and it was probably the best day as well because it was the start of my recovery.”Although he never thought of himself as an addict, Steve’s problem escalated to the point where he had multiple affairs and his wife learned of his actions.For those struggling with pornography use, visit addressingpornography.ChurchofJesusChrist.org. Additional support is available through addictionrecovery.ChurchofJesusChrist.org.“I hadn’t been able to see past my problems to see that Heavenly Father wanted to help me,” he said. “I had to be willing to trust Him, to take a step to turn my life over to Him.”Watch the video on YouTube.In the video, Steve stated that he initially wanted God to simply make his pain go away. But he ultimately realized that he needed to take action and that he was not alone in the journey.
The worldwide Children and Youth Initiative will begin in 2020.“We want to see who you want to become, who you desire to become, and what you desire your life to look like,” said Debbie Angelos, a Young Women president. “I think offering them that freedom helps them feel the responsibility of it but also makes them feel that this is their choice.”“It focuses on what really matters, helping our children and youth discover their eternal identity and develop skills and talents unique to them,” he added. “As the Church continues to grow and the world continues to change, the time is right for a simplified, personalized approach to helping children and youth.” The worldwide Children and Youth Initiative will begin in 2020. The worldwide Children and Youth Initiative will begin in 2020.Amie Heap, a Young Women president, said: “You can determine your spiritual and temporal destiny and your ability to access the power of the Savior’s Atonement and to follow Him in His example.”The new initiative will allow local leaders and families to customize their weekday activities, service opportunities, camps and other outdoor activities to meet the needs of children and youth rather than prescribed requirements. The worldwide Children and Youth Initiative will begin in 2020.On May 8, 2018, the First Presidency announced that a new initiative is being developed to replace existing children and youth programs within the Church, including Boy Scouts of America, Personal Progress, Duty to God, and Faith in God.The initiative will provide children, youth, families, and leaders personalized opportunities to grow spiritually, socially, physically and intellectually through activities, service, gospel learning, and goal-setting, according a senior leader of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Church leaders are moving forward on a new global initiative for children and youth that will begin in 2020.“For years, Church leaders have been preparing a new initiative to teach and provide leadership and development opportunities to all children and youth, to support families, and to strengthen youth everywhere as they develop faith in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” stated the First Presidency in the May announcement.
Leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints share information about new children and youth initiative, which will begin in 2020. Photo by Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News.Watch this video for an update on the worldwide Children and Youth Initiative that begins in 2020. Watch this video in Español and Português.“This is going to be an exciting, wonderful enhancement to everything we have done before,” said Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. “This new initiative is not only going to point them all to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, it’s going to give opportunities for large gatherings and personal development through goals and achievement of goals.” The worldwide Children and Youth Initiative will begin in 2020.Details about the global initiative for children and youth will be shared at ChildrenAndYouth.ChurchofJesusChrist.org as the implementation date approaches.The new initiative is being tested in locations around the world. “It kind of brings every aspect to be more spiritual and closer to Heavenly Father,” said Meribelle Long, a young woman who has been participating in the initiative. “We can bring school activities or other activities—sports, art classes, music—it kind of ties it all together.”Elder Rasband said Church leaders “are thrilled with what we are learning and so excited in the future of this new initiative.”
New Zealand Hamilton MissionUtah St. George MissionSister Triumpho is a former stake and ward Young Women president, stake Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Young Women presidency counselor, and Primary teacher. She was born in São Paulo, Brazil, to Ubirajara Debieux Freitas and Melchiades Furlan Freitas.Sister Anderson is a temple ordinance worker and a former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, and ward Young Women and Primary president. She was born in Missoula, Montana, to Joseph Samuel Gasser Jr. and Freda Nadine Smith Gasser.Sister Cardús is a Sunday School and seminary teacher and a former ward Young Women, Relief Society, and Primary president, ward Relief Society and Young Women presidency counselor, and Primary teacher. Born in Capital Federal, Argentina, to Rodolfo Omar Cerda and Maria Luisa Cerda.
Jeffrey D. and Tina Erekson
Susan G. and Jeffrey J. AndersonGeorge Kaluhiokalani, 59, and Manao Kaluhiokalani, four children, Kaneohe 3rd Ward, Kaneohe Hawaii Stake: Utah St. George Mission, succeeding President D. Zackary Smith and Sister Sharon H. Smith. Brother Kaluhiokalani is a temple sealer and a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, elders quorum president, ward Young Men presidency secretary, and missionary in the Oregon Portland Mission. He was born in Riverside, New Jersey, to Joseph William Thomas Kaluhiokalani and Ruth Anna Hubbs Kaluhiokalani.South Africa Durban MissionChile Concepción South Mission
Tim R. and Lori Lines
Claudia F. and Júlio C. TriumphoSister Kaluhiokalani is a former ward Primary president, ward Relief Society and Young Women presidency counselor, and Relief Society and Primary teacher. She was born in Lautoka, Viti Levu, Fiji, to Wai Tong Kwong Yee and Mereoni Torisi Sauhuaekaratini Yee.
Declan O. and Stella Ihunna MaduJeffrey D. Erekson, 56, and Tina Erekson, six children, Mason Creek Ward, Meridian Idaho Victory Stake: New Zealand Hamilton Mission, succeeding President Jeffrey D. Cummings and Sister Evelyn M. Cummings. Brother Erekson is a temple ordinance worker and a former Area Seventy, stake president, bishop, high councilor, ward Young Men president, elders quorum president, and missionary in the England Manchester Mission. He was born in Salt Lake City and is the son of William Dean Long and Doreen Loveall Long.Sister Madu is a former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Primary and Young Women presidency counselor, Sunday School teacher, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Ogwa, Nigeria, to Clement Chukwuma Ihenacho and Beatrice Chinenyenwa Azuike.Declan O. Madu, 56, and Stella Ihunna Madu, one child, Nekede Ward, Owerri Nigeria Stake: Nigeria Benin City Mission, succeeding President Alexander A. Odume and Sister Theresa A. Odume. Brother Madu is a former Area Seventy, stake president, stake presidency counselor, assistant area auditor, branch president, and elders quorum president. He was born in Azare, Bauchi State, Nigeria, to Daniel Onyenakazi Madu and Eunice Akuba Nwaonyebi Madu.Jeffrey J. Anderson, 58, and Susan G. Anderson, six children, Willow Creek Ward, Prescott Arizona Stake: Botswana/Namibia Mission, succeeding President Dunstan G. B. T. Chadambuka and Sister Pertunia Chadambuka. Brother Anderson is a former stake president, bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Virginia Roanoke Mission. He was born in Provo, Utah, to Belmont Ferdinand Anderson and Vivian Schipper Anderson.Sister Erekson is a temple ordinance worker and ward organist and a former ward Young Women president, ward Young Women and Primary presidency counselor, and Relief Society teacher. She was born in San Francisco, California, to Ronald Waldo Thurber and Rena Elwira Schartner Thurber.The following new mission presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in July of 2019. Biographies of other mission presidency couples will be published throughout 2019 on news.ChurchofJesusChrist.org. (See other published biographies.)Nigeria Benin City Mission
Claudia Jaquelina and H. Marcelo CardúsBotswana/Namibia MissionBolivia La Paz MissionBrazil Salvador South MissionSister Lines is a Young Women adviser and a former ward Relief Society and Young Women president, ward missionary, and Sunday School teacher. She was born in Mesa, Arizona, to Kendall Jack Ray and Stanlee Ann Winsor Ray.Tim R. Lines, 62, and Lori Lines, four children, Gilbert 4th Ward, Gilbert Arizona Val Vista Stake: South Africa Durban Mission, succeeding President Kip G Thompson and Sister Leesa C. Thompson. Brother Lines is a former stake president, bishop, ward mission leader, stake executive secretary, high councilor, elders quorum president, and missionary in the Michigan Lansing Mission. He was born in Mesa, Arizona, to Ted Elvan Lines and Edith Elaine Openshaw Lines.
Jenny E. Antelo de Salazar and Randol Salazar Quiroga
George Kaluhiokalani and Manao KaluhiokalaniSister Salazar is a stake temple and family history consultant and a former ward Primary and Young Women president, stake missionary, and seminary teacher. She was born in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, to Ramiro Antelo Saenz and Elvira Antelo Avalos.Randol Salazar Quiroga, 43, and Jenny E. Antelo de Salazar, four children, Las Misiones Ward, Santa Cruz Bolivia Abundancia Stake: Bolivia La Paz Mission, succeeding President Fabian Vallejo and Sister Maria Vallejo. Brother Salazar is a former stake president, stake presidency counselor, bishop, bishopric counselor, high councilor, stake Sunday School president, institute teacher, and missionary in the Bolivia La Paz Mission. He was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, to Reinaldo Salazar Montaño and Luz Yolanda Salazar Quiroga.H. Marcelo Cardús, 53, and Claudia Jaquelina Cardús, four children, Hurlingham Ward, Buenos Aires Argentina Caseros Stake: Chile Concepción South Mission, succeeding President Richard D. May and Sister Pamela A. May. Brother Cardús is a high councilor and a former Area Seventy, stake president, bishop, elders quorum president, stake mission president, and missionary in the Argentina Cordoba Mission. He was born in Ramos, Mejia, Buenos Aires, Argentina, to Luciano Cardús and Elba Gorosito.Júlio C. Triumpho, 62, and Claudia F. Triumpho, one child, Vila Mariana Ward, São Paulo Brazil Ipiranga Stake: Brazil Salvador South Mission, succeeding President Natã C. Tobias and Sister Tarcila Tobias. Brother Triumpho is a high councilor and a former Brazil MTC branch president, stake Young Men president, bishop, branch president, ward clerk, and missionary in the Portugal Lisbon Mission. He was born in Coroados, São Paulo, Brazil, to Victório Triumpho and Rosalina Torres Triumpho.