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.
Roy S. and Amelia S. Bush
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.
Graduates, family, and friends gather on campus prior to the April 25, 2019, commencement exercises at Brigham Young University. Photo by Jaren Wilkey, BYU Photo.Each graduate faces a future equipped with promise, hope, and a college degree—but there’s still plenty of uncertainty and doubt.Many of God’s children across the globe suffer from poverty, oppression, injustice, war, and corruption.“I remember his loving encouragement, his joyful view of the world, and generous propensity to see and encourage the best in people,” he said. “I realize that he let me experience hard things, even leaving challenges in my path to prepare me for the life that he could see I would lead.”Elder Kearon said President Russell M. Nelson reminded Latter-day Saints during general conference to become “better disciples” and more “natural ministers.”Thousands of graduates, relatives, and friends gathered in the Marriott Center for the morning commencement services. This year’s class again reflects the Church-owned school’s global reach. Graduates came from 66 foreign countries, 49 states (no Delaware) and two U.S. territories (Guam and American Samoa). The average age of all graduates, including graduate students, is 27.“As you set goals and make plans for your life, working to relieve the suffering and lift the burdens of others should be present in your endeavors,” he said. “These don’t have to be grand acts. You may not be in a position to make a global impact, though some of you will, but all of you will be able to do your part in spreading light, hope, peace, joy, and love in your circles of influence, helping to make this a more wonderful world for more of God’s children.”It’s clear that repentance has not been properly understood. There are too many “negative responses” often associated with the principle.“It might surprise you that President Nelson calls all of this ‘repentance’—this spiritual growth, this strengthening of our faith, this doing better and being better than we have ever done or been before.”“We are slowly getting used to having less structure and guidance, no boxes to check, and much more love, as we look after and look out for one another. We are learning over and over again the joy of simply caring for each other in the Lord’s way.”Elder Kearon began his commencement remarks by recalling his late father’s love for him. BYU President Kevin J. Worthen speaks at the April 25, 2019, commencement exercises at Brigham Young University. Photo by Jaren Wilkey, BYU Photo.Repentance is not steps on a checklist—but rather a condition or state of a happy, peaceful life. It is much more than merely stopping sin. “It is turning away from the natural man in us and turning back to God, returning to Him with our changed behaviors, minds, and hearts.”
With Y Mountain in the background, new BYU graduates gather prior to April 25, 2019, commencement exercises. Photo by Jaren Wilkey, BYU Photo.“When it is described as I just did, however, we should feel differently, with no hesitation and no discomfort,” said Elder Kearon. “This fresh and much brighter understanding of repentance will be vital on our path of discipleship.”“The course He has created for you is entitled discipleship, and the path of discipleship is your life’s work,” said Elder Kearon. “This will be your training ground, where you will be proved and learn what you need to learn to make your way home.”Just don’t forget “how much you are adored in heaven and how joyful and fulfilling our path of discipleship on earth can be,” said Elder Patrick Kearon of the Presidency of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Seek opportunities to engage in public service in communities. If possible, get involved in politics—but avoid “the political tribalism and contempt which has become so destructive across countries and continents.”Outside of the one “unpardonable” sin, repentance offers the gift of forgiveness for everything else.Graduates leave BYU with much more than a degree to aid them on the disciple’s journey home, he said. Through the Spirit, they are equipped with faith, strategies and understanding to see the world as it really is as well as to enjoy the journey and choose to be happy.Another loving father—“your Heavenly Father”—is also willing to do anything for His children. A flower arrangement on BYU commencement exercises on April 25, 2019. Photo by Jaren Wilkey, BYU Photo.The Church’s 17th president is also challenging disciples to turn their homes into sanctuaries of faith and centers of gospel learning—even while deepening their convictions to the Lord.Thursday marked a day of celebration, relief, anticipation, and perhaps even a bit of anxiety for more than 8,000 students graduating from Brigham Young University.“He wants nothing but your eternal happiness and success,” said Elder Kearon. “He is providing you with a learning experience so much richer than the one for which you are being honored today. You are being prepared for life—eternal life and exaltation.” Elder Patrick Kearon of the Presidency of the Seventy offers the principle address at the BYU commencement exercises on April 25, 2019. Photo by Jaren Wilkey, BYU.The Father has tailored a personalized syllabus for each of His children because no two are alike. He is eager for all to return “joyfully” to Him.
South America NorthwestJorge F. Zeballos
First CounselorEnrique R. Falabella
Second Counselor UtahRandy D. Funk
First CounselorCraig C. Christensen
PresidentWalter F. González
Second Counselor The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles act under the direction of the First Presidency “to build up the church, and regulate all the affairs of the same in all nations. ... The Seventy are to act in the name of the Lord, under the direction of the Twelve ... in building up the church and regulating all the affairs of the same in all nations” (Doctrine and Covenants 107:33–34). MexicoRafael E. Pino
First CounselorArnulfo Valenzuela
PresidentJohn C. Pingree Jr.
Second Counselor The First Presidency also announced that seven areas in the United States and Canada will be combined into three areas. South America SouthMark A. Bragg
First CounselorBenjamín De Hoyos
PresidentJuan Pablo Villar
Second Counselor North America CentralChi Hong (Sam) Wong
First CounselorS. Gifford Nielsen
PresidentMatthew L. Carpenter
Second Counselor Presidency of the Seventy North America WestScott D. Whiting
First CounselorKevin W. Pearson
Second Counselor North America SouthwestAdrián Ochoa
First CounselorPaul B. Pieper
PresidentKyle S. McKay
Second Counselor EuropeMassimo De Feo
First CounselorGary B. Sabin
PresidentErich W. Kopischke
Second Counselor Africa SoutheastJoseph W. Sitati
First CounselorS. Mark Palmer
PresidentJoni L. Koch
Second Counselor AsiaPeter F. Meurs
First CounselorDavid F. Evans
PresidentDavid P. Homer
Second Counselor With the changes, the Church will have 15 areas outside North America and 6 areas inside North America for a total of 21. North America SoutheastVern P. Stanfill
First CounselorJames B. Martino
Second Counselor The First Presidency has announced changes in the Church’s area leadership assignments, which will become effective on August 1, 2019.Beginning in 1984, the Church established areas to direct the work in geographic locations. The area presidencies for the United and States and Canada will work from Church headquarters; area presidencies outside of the United States and Canada operate from area offices in each assigned area. The Church’s Middle East/North Africa Area is administered from headquarters. L. Whitney Clayton
PresidentCarl B. Cook
PresidentRobert C. Gay
President Terence M. Vinson
PresidentJosé A. Teixeira
PresidentCarlos A. Godoy
President PacificBrett K. Nattress
First CounselorIan S. Ardern
Second Counselor CaribbeanEduardo Gavarret
First CounselorJosé L. Alonso
PresidentElder Jorge M. Alvarado
Second Counselor Africa WestEdward Dube
First CounselorMarcus B. Nash
PresidentHugo E. Martinez
Second Counselor Central AmericaBrian K. Taylor
First CounselorJuan A. Uceda
PresidentElder Alan R. Walker
Second Counselor PhilippinesTaniela B. Wakolo
First CounselorEvan A. Schmutz
PresidentSteven R. Bangerter
Second Counselor All members of Area Presidencies are General Authority Seventies or Area Seventies.Effective August 1, the North America Northwest Area and the North America West will combine to become the North America West Area. The Idaho Area and North America Central Area will become the North America Central Area. And the Utah North Area, Utah Salt Lake City Area and the Utah South Area will combine to become the Utah Area. Asia North AreaTakashi Wada
First CounselorYoon Hwan Choi
PresidentTodd L. Budge
Second Counselor North America NortheastAllan D. Haynie
First CounselorRandall K. Bennett
PresidentW. Mark Bassett
Second Counselor BrazilAdilson de Paula Parrella
First CounselorMarcos A. Aidukaitis
PresidentJoaquin E. Costa
Second Counselor Europe EastHans T. Boom
First CounselorChristoffel Golden
PresidentAlexy V. Samaykin
Second Counselor Middle East/Africa NorthLarry S. Kacher
First CounselorAnthony D. Perkins
PresidentJeffrey H. Singer
Promised effects:From leaders, teachers, and staff members for whom the Savior and His kingdom are at the center of their lives, students will learn how to keep on a steady upward course, even in times of great change, President Eyring said.There will come times when the Lord’s prophet will ask His people to do more with less. “Knowing that will come, we must and will find ways to improve and to innovate that require little or no money,” President Eyring said. “We will depend more upon inspiration and perspiration to make improvements than upon buildings and equipment.”5. Treating everything as the Lord’sFaith in Christ should be central to students’ academic pursuits. “We will not attain academic excellence without that faith of yours as students and those that follow to learn by study and by faith,” he said. BYU–Idaho President Henry J. Eyring and his wife, Sister Kelly Eyring, greet students as they leave the BYU–Idaho Center following a devotional on April 23, 2019. Photo by J. Lawson Turcotte, BYU–Idaho.“But then the unthinkable happened,” recalled his son BYU–Idaho President Henry J. Eyring in an April 23 devotional address. Terrorist attacks destroyed the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and damaged the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.Graduates of BYU–Idaho will be natural leaders who know how to teach and learn, President Eyring said. Those graduates “will become legendary for their capacity to build the people around them and to add value wherever they serve.”“These five types of effort on your part will produce remarkable outcomes,” President Henry J. Eyring said following these clips.“He optimistically decided to make the theme of change central to the address that had been in the works for months,” President Henry J. Eyring said, expressing his desire for all students at BYU–Idaho to become familiar with his father’s 2001 address. But rather than quote from it, he shared brief video clips from the address, titled “A Steady, Upward Course.” The address centered on nine themes, five efforts required of individuals and four resulting effects that come as promised blessings.1. Centering on the Savior and His commandments4. Teaching and nurturingShe quoted from Matthew 20:26: “But whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister.”“I see you doing these things, and I look forward to a lifetime of watching you rise on your steady upward course.”President Eyring’s wife, Sister Kelly Eyring, spoke briefly on leadership during the devotional.1. Frugal innovationPresident Henry B. Eyring, then commissioner of Church education and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and now a member of the First Presidency, was assigned to speak at BYU–Idaho on September 18 that year.“We must have an eye of faith fixed on eternal life,” President Eyring said. Eternal life, which is “the greatest of all the gifts of God, is to live in glory forever in families in the presence of our loving Heavenly Father,” he continued.President Henry B. Eyring recognized the connection between the changes occurring to BYU–Idaho at the time and the great uncertainty that hung over the world following the September 11, 2001, attacks.2. Influencing others for goodRequired efforts:Following the second set of clips, President Henry J. Eyring told students they have the promise of becoming natural leaders who influence others for good.President Eyring made a prophecy in 2001 that the day will come that “capacity to influence people around you for good will have you singled out as one of the great leaders in whatever place you’re in.”Two events occurred in 2001 that seemed to have little to do with one another. One was Ricks College becoming the four-year institution known as Brigham Young University–Idaho. The other was the September 11 terrorist attacks.Many students participated in a discussion board on leadership before the devotional. Sister Eyring remarked, “Most everyone who shared an example of a leader they know mentioned the humility of the leader.” Students walk to the BYU–Idaho Center for a devotional on April 23, 2019. Photo by J. Lawson Turcotte, BYU-Idaho.Frugality and willingness to do more with less will set a tone for the campus of BYU–Idaho, President Eyring said in his 2001 address. “Their sacrifice, your sacrifice, will bring down the blessings of heaven as it always has.”“I hope this semester you will look to serve your roommates and classmates. This kind of caring is the key to becoming a great leader.”“In hindsight, Commissioner Eyring couldn’t have been more right,” President Eyring said of his father.3. Praying for the guidance of the Holy Ghost Sister Kelly Eyring speaks during a devotional held in the BYU–Idaho Center on April 23, 2019. Photo by Ericka Sanders, BYU–Idaho.“From that example they—you—will become life-long teachers in their families, in the Church, and in their work, and they will bless others wherever they go by what they have learned about innovating with scarce resources and treating all they have as if it were the Lord’s.”By coincidence, both President Henry J. Eyring and his father were scheduled to speak to college students the following Tuesday. And although the younger President Eyring felt they should cancel their addresses, President Henry B. Eyring felt that the remarks he had prepared during the summer would be perfectly appropriate at BYU–Idaho.“One of the reasons that we can prophesy about the academic excellence that will be here is [that] you will do that same thing in classes. … You’ll pray that you’ll be taught by the Holy Spirit,” he said. “The prayer that I’ve felt in this room is one of the things that has made this institution worthy of the trust that has been given it by the prophet of God.”BYU–Idaho will be a great teaching institution because the Savior is the great exemplar, President Eyring said in his 2001 address. “He was a teacher. His work and glory was to lift others. He taught His disciples not to set themselves as being better than others, but to be the servants of all.”2. Focusing on the unchangeable4. A steady, upward course to exaltation3. Legendary leadership
Elder Josh Hinton was “that guy” you knew in high school who seemed to balance the world on a string while everyone else was just trying to make it through seventh period. Elder Joshua Hinton, center, speaks with Elder Jacob Mower, left, and Elder Saxon Tornow prior to a leadership council meeting at the LDS Motion Picture Studio in Provo. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.“I started dancing my freshman year of high school, and by my junior year I was pretty serious about it,” he said.But with each stage of his treatment—entering and leaving the intensive care unit, beginning and ending in-house rehabilitation, and returning home in a wheelchair—he had to accept that his daily routine had forever changed.Josh accepted a two-year call to serve five days a week at the motion picture studio, where many of the Church-sponsored films and videos are produced. Like missionaries anywhere in the world, Elder Hinton has learned the value of flexibility. Sometimes he’s assigned to perform historical research for upcoming film projects. Other days are spent editing raw video footage or transcribing dialogue to be used for translation services. Elder Joshua Hinton, center, meets with his companion, Elder Jacob Mower, and Ryan Johnson at the LDS Motion Picture Studio in Provo on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.“I am definitely a lot more confident in myself,” he said. “I’ve also grown to know my Savior better, and I know the joy that comes from serving my Savior.”“Three months after my injury, I had improved dramatically.” Josh Hinton returns to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo on Thursday, January 7, 2016, to thank the people who saved his life after he broke his neck on August 29, 2015. Photo by Steve Landeen, Deseret News. Elder Joshua Hinton, center, laughs with Sister Hannah Morris, right, during a party at the LDS Motion Picture Studio in Provo on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.
Elder Joshua Hinton and Sister Kirsten Widmer choose a hymn during a leadership council meeting at the LDS Motion Picture Studio in Provo. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.“I was scared and nervous about everything,” he said. “I would go to class and then get home as quickly as possible, where I knew that it was safe.”Meanwhile, technology specialists helped him relearn to manipulate a keyboard, a smart phone, and other devices.“I can ask him to do anything, and he will say, ‘OK, I’ll try.’ And then he goes and figures it out,” said Johnson.“I wasn’t super scared—but I remember calling out for help. It was hard to breathe, so I just focused on my breath. Words were hard to get out.”“Elder Hinton is so grateful for the gospel in his life,” said the bishop. “He knows with certainty that he will one day be made whole.”And Josh could dance—any style of dance: ballroom, jazz, hip-hop.But even during the most difficult and stressful moments of his recovery, Josh’s lifelong desire to wear the missionary’s name tag never wavered.After more than a year of rehab in both Colorado and Utah, Josh was ready to get back to school. He studied at the BYU Salt Lake Center for a year before moving in with his sister in Utah County to attend the Provo campus.“Serving also helps a ton, along with spending time with my family. ... I know they are always there for me.”Meanwhile, he owns and operates his own car that uses a gas-and-brake joystick that he manipulates with one hand while steering with the other. “I drive to St. George or to Logan or wherever I need to go,” he said.Unimaginable tragedyHis mother, Jan, had served a mission to Brazil. His father, Todd, labored in Japan. And he came to love the Golden State during his ballet studies after high school. “So whenever I pictured where I would serve my mission, it was always Brazil, Japan, or California.”Missionary service in a foreign land or even a nearby state was no longer an option—but his talents were still needed, said Josh’s bishop, John Russell.Transitioning into the life of a full-time student evoked unexpected emotions.Even while serving as the school’s 2015 student body president, the lifelong Latter-day Saint found time to earn good grades and compete on the Stallions’ track and cross-country teams. Elder Joshua Hinton logs onto a computer to begin his daily service missionary duties at the LDS Motion Picture Studio in Provo. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.His spinal cord was also severely injured. He felt no pain as he lay on the ground. He felt nothing at all.Both Johnson and Bishop Russell note that Elder Hinton won’t tolerate being defined by his physical challenges. He has good days and, well, not-so-good days. But he focuses on service and ability.As he looks back over the past several months of missionary service, Elder Hinton traces personal growth and development. He says he's being blessed for his efforts.Always a competitor, he decided to race another student through an inflatable obstacle course. As he entered an obstacle-course tunnel, “I hit my head on something ... and it broke three vertebrae.”Denial was Josh’s initial defense against the outcomes of the accident. “I’m a procrastinator at heart,” he said, laughing.Four years have passed since he initially enrolled at the Church-owned school. And Elder Hinton, who is several months into his service mission at the Church’s motion picture studio in Provo, knows that even the most well-planned life rarely follows a steady, unobstructed path.Elder Hinton plans to serve until May of 2020. Then he will return to BYU and resume his business and finance studies. And he hopes to one day marry “the girl of my dreams.”August 29 marked the Saturday before the beginning of BYU’s 2015 fall semester, and 18-year-old Josh Hinton was enjoying his freshman orientation outdoor party.Return to BYU—and a call to laborRyan Johnson, the operations manager of the Church service missionaries at the studio, calls Elder Hinton a “rock star” and a “natural born leader.”Ballet was his favorite. After graduating from high school, he spent the summer studying with California’s Anaheim Ballet.Josh was a big man on campus at Utah’s Stansbury Park High School—though it’s doubtful he ever thought of himself that way.During his stay in the ICU, doctors were uncertain if he would regain any use of his arms. But he worked fiercely with his rehab specialists during his lengthy stay at a facility in Colorado. Working to recover strength in his arms became a full-time “job.”Difficult days are ahead. But he says he has proven tools he can draw upon such as prayer and scripture study.Much of his therapy focused on recovering daily life skills such as moving in and out of his wheelchair, brushing his teeth, tying his shoes, and getting dressed. Elder Josh Hinton enjoys a recent family home evening activity with fellow members of his Provo-area YSA ward. Elder Hinton is the family home evening coordinator. Photo by Scott Taylor. Elder Joshua Hinton, right, speaks during a leadership council meeting at the LDS Motion Picture Studio. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News. Elder Joshua Hinton transcribes a video at the LDS Motion Picture Studio. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.Dance, he decided, would always be a part of his life, either as a performer or an instructor.Bishop Russell said several people in his ward (including himself) are inspired by Elder Hinton’s “can-do” ways. When the young missionary isn’t serving at the studio, he is likely focusing on his YSA ward assignment as the family home evening chairman. He plans and coordinates the weekly ward family home evening events, making sure each activity promotes inclusivity and gospel learning.“He is so charismatic and friendly, I’ve never seen him not be positive and upbeat about any assignment,” said Johnson. “Other missionaries look to him for leadership.”He’s also a mission leader—overseeing and mentoring fellow service missionaries. He meets often with the elders and sisters to boost their spirits, extend assignments, and help them succeed in their callings.But there were also victories.It was hard. His mortal life would never be as it once was.“When I asked Josh if he would be interested in serving a service mission, he lit up like a Christmas tree,” said Bishop Russell, who presides over the Provo 215th YSA Ward.He’s only 22, an age when most Latter-day Saints are just dipping their toes into adulthood. But this elder with the broad smile and wise eyes is well-seasoned at weathering storms of change and disappointment.
On August 29, 2015, Josh Hinton broke his neck while attending BYU freshman orientation. While in ICU, his mother, Jen Hinton, put his iPhone next to his ear and played music from Alex Boye. She said she could see her son calm down and breathe easier. Photo courtesy of the Hinton family.Using his thumbs, Elder Joshua Hinton edits a video at the LDS Motion Picture Studio in Provo. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News. Elder Joshua Hinton works on his laptop before a leadership council meeting at the LDS Motion Picture Studio. Photo by Laura Seitz, Deseret News.He remembers commemorating the two-year anniversary of the accident with justified discouragement. “I was still here in this situation,” he said. “It was a sad moment when I realized that this situation may go on longer than I had thought.”An ambulance transported him to a Provo hospital, commencing what became more than a year of intensive medical care and therapy at facilities in Utah and Colorado. The promising young ballet dancer and anticipated future missionary had lost the use of his legs and much of the function in his arms, hands, and fingers. On August 29, 2016, Josh Hinton broke his neck by hitting his head on an inflatable post in a bounce house during BYU freshman orientation. Photo by John Wilson, Deseret News.But he planned to first attend Brigham Young University and eventually serve a full-time mission.
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Sutikhchan A. and Akanisi V. Bhan
Keith L. and Kathleen C. SmithParis France Temple
Janis W. and Gordon J. HallSuva Fiji TempleMonterrey Mexico TempleSister Andersen is a former senior missionary couple, ward Relief Society and Young Women president, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Phoenix, Arizona, to Charles Leach and Jean Hardy.Gordon Jeffrey Hall, 67, Corona 2nd Ward, Tempe Arizona South Stake, called as president of the Gilbert Arizona Temple, succeeding President Alyn M. McClure. President Hall’s wife, Janis Whiting Hall, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Brenda B. McClure. He is a Gilbert Arizona Temple presidency counselor and a former Brazil João Pessoa Mission president, stake president, bishop, and senior missionary couple. Retired dentist, he was born in Salt Lake City to Vaughn Leroy and Vea Lois Monson Hall.Pierre Francois Bize, 62, Silva Valley Ward, Folsom California Stake, called as president of the Paris France Temple, succeeding President Gérard S. Giraud-Carrier. President Bize’ wife, Brigitte Denise Ferrandes Bize, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Annie Giraud-Carrier. He is a ward missionary, and a former Tahiti Papeete Mission president, bishop, district president, and high councilor. Retired CEO of CSE Insurance Group, he was born in Constantine, Algérie, to Jean Germain Bize and Josette Marie Chauliac.Stephen Lynn Fluckiger, 67, Parkside Ward, Round Rock Texas Stake, called as president of the Dallas Texas Temple, succeeding President John G. Elmer. President Fluckiger’s wife, Dorothy Jean Horlacher Fluckiger, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Cheryl A. Elmer. He is associate area legal counsel in the São Paulo Brazil Area Office and is a former Area Seventy, Portugal Lisbon Mission president, stake president, bishop, and temple ordinance worker. A retired attorney, he was born in Salt Lake City to Wilford Lynn and Louise West Fluckiger.Sister McCarrey is a seminary teacher and temple ordinance worker, and a former mission president companion, stake Primary president, ward Young Women president, and gospel doctrine teacher. She was born in Milford, Utah, to Harold William and Ina Smith Norton.Eric Gordon Andersen, 69, Grandview 21st Ward, Provo Utah Grandview Stake, called as president of the Nauvoo Illinois Temple, succeeding President Richard A. Irion. President Andersen’s wife, Catherine Hardy Andersen, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Gloria N. Irion. He is a former senior missionary couple, stake presidency counselor, bishop, and high priests group leader. Retired professor of law and senior associate dean, College of Law, University of Iowa, he was born in Los Angeles, California, to Mark Eldon and Joyce Elaine Andersen.Kyiv Ukraine TempleJuan Manuel Villarreal Morán, 61, Aeropuerto Ward, San Luis Río Colorado México Stake, called as president of the Monterrey Mexico Temple, succeeding President Ralph N. Christensen. President Villarreal’s wife, Luz Ernestina Garza Lizardi de Villarreal, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Teresa T. Christensen. He is an elders quorum president and a former México Aguascalientes Mission president, district president, stake presidency counselor, branch president, and Mexico Area Public Affairs missionary. Retired customs agent, he was born in Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, México, to Ricardo Villarreal Gámez and Luz Esthela Morán Gómez.Kaplin Salisbury Jones, 65, Grand Valley Ward, Grand Rapids Michigan Stake, called as president of the Detroit Michigan Temple, succeeding President Raymond W. Pollard. President Jones’ wife, Lesley Jean Dickson Jones, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Diane S. Pollard. He is a Sunday School teacher and temple ordinance worker, and a former stake president, bishop, and high councilor. Partner, Varnum Law, he was born in Lansing, Michigan, to Edwin Boyd and Mildred Salisbury Jones.
James L. and Barbara N. McCarrey IIICalgary Alberta TempleSister Jones is a ward Young Women president and temple ordinance worker, and a former stake Young Women and Primary presidency counselor, ward Relief Society and Primary president, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Arlington, Virginia, to John Allan and Sarah Shaw Dickson.Sister Ulloa is a temple ordinance worker and a former stake and ward Relief Society presidency counselor. She was born in Pijijiapan, Chiapas, Mexico, to Franundo Cruz de la Cruz and Victorina Cruz Lopez.Ciudad Juárez Mexico TempleColumbus Ohio TempleYutaka Onda, 66, Kawasaki Ward, Yokohama Japan Stake, called as president of the Sapporo Japan Temple, succeeding President Bin Kikuchi. President Onda’s wife, Noriko Matsuyama Onda, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Hiroko Kikuchi. He is an Area Seventy and a former Japan Okayama Mission president, stake president, bishopric counselor, and high councilor. Retired regional director for the Church Educational System, he was born in Toshima-ku, Tokyo, Japan, to Kazuo and Fumiko Onda.Sapporo Japan TempleSister Villarreal is a ward Relief Society presidency counselor and a former mission president companion, district Young Women president, branch Relief Society president, and ward Relief Society and Young Women presidency counselor. She was born in La Paz, Baja California, Mexico, to António Garza Flóres and Aida Lizardi Agramont.Sister Swendsen is part of a senior missionary couple and a former stake Relief Society and Young Women presidency counselor, ward Relief Society president, and temple ordinance worker. She was born Cardston, Alberta, Canada, to Donald Richard and Elaine Stevenson Low.Moisés Ulloa Solís, 60, Chapultepec Ward, Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico Stake, called as president of the Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico Temple, succeeding President Robert D. Call. President Ulloa’s wife, Rosby Cruz Cruz de Ulloa, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Michele C. Call. He is a mission presidency counselor and temple ordinance worker, and a former stake president, bishop, and branch president. A university manager and instructor, he was born in Tonalá, Chiapas, Mexico, to Hermenegildo Ulloa de Cuesta and Reymunda Solís Villanueva.John Wayne Munster Swendsen, 65, Heritage Ward, Calgary Alberta Stake, called as president of the Calgary Alberta Temple, succeeding President Howard P. Heninger. President Swendsen’s wife, Catherine Low Munster Swendsen, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Sharlene B. Heninger. He is a mission presidency counselor and a former stake president, bishop, Calgary Alberta welfare region chairman, and temple sealer. Retired vice-chairman of a bank, he was born in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, to Carl Henrik and Hope Rita Mary Salway Munster-Swendsen.
A. David and María C. VázquezKeith Lloyd Smith, 70, Hilliard Ward, Columbus Ohio Stake, called as president of the Columbus Ohio Temple, succeeding President Walter C. Selden. President Smith’s wife, Kathleen Child Smith, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Susan H. Selden. He is first counselor in the Columbus Ohio Temple presidency, and a former Area Seventy, stake president, bishop, and mission presidency counselor. Retired associate vice president, Agricultural Administration at Ohio State University, he was born in Lehi, Utah, to Keith Howard and Janet McLachlan Smith.Sister Vázquez is an assistant to the matron of the Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple, and a former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, seminary teacher, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Puebla, Mexico, to Manuel Cueto Corzo and Teresa Olvera Ramírez.
Scott L. and Sonja R. RotiTwin Falls Idaho TempleGuadalajara Mexico Temple
Pierre F. and Brigitte F. BizeSister Roti is a ward Relief Society presidency counselor and a temple ordinance worker, and a former assistant to the Kyiv Ukraine and Orlando Florida temple matrons, stake Primary president, patriarch scribe, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Mount Clemens, Michigan, to Elbert Owen and Minnie Lou Wimpy Reddick.
Moisés and Rosby C. UlloaSister Smith is an assistant to the matron of the Columbus Ohio Temple, and a former stake Relief Society and Primary president, and ward Young Women presidency counselor. She was born in Logan, Utah, to Derral Mark and Romania Grant Child.
Lesley D. and Kaplin S. Jones
Alejandro and Zeferina G. GómezJames Lewis McCarrey III, 72, Westchester Ward, Anchorage Alaska North Stake, called as president of the Anchorage Alaska Temple, succeeding President Melvin R. Nichols. President McCarrey’s wife, Barbara Norton McCarrey, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Sharon L. Nichols. He is a seminary teacher and temple sealer, and a former Brazil Campinas Mission president, stake president, and bishop. General Counsel/Senior Vice President for McKinley Capital Management, LLC, he was born in Anchorage, Alaska, to James Lewis and Cora Broadbent McCarrey Jr.Sister Bize is a former mission president companion, stake Primary presidency counselor, and ward Relief Society and Young Women president. She was born in Cheragas, Algérie, to Louis Adrien Ferrandes and Simone Villemin.Anchorage Alaska TempleTerry Calvin McCurdy, 69, Lynwood Ward, Twin Falls Idaho Stake, called as president of the Twin Falls Idaho Temple, succeeding President Paul B. Young. President McCurdy’s wife, Judy Cheryl Menard McCurdy, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Susan Young. He is an elders quorum presidency member and temple sealer, and a former Cebu Philippines Mission president, stake presidency counselor, bishop and high councilor. Former president of Integrated Technologies, Inc., he was born in Pocatello, Idaho, to Frank Calvin and Joey Doralee McCurdy.Nauvoo Illinois TempleThe following 16 new temple presidents and matrons have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in November.Sister Hall is an assistant to the matron of the Gilbert Arizona Temple and a former mission president companion, stake Relief Society presidency counselor, stake Young Women president, and ward Relief Society and Primary president. She was born in Kanab, Utah, to Arthur Milton and Lorana Randall Whiting.Detroit Michigan TempleGilbert Arizona TempleA. David Vázquez González, 62, Angelópolis Ward, Puebla México Angelópolis Stake, called as president of the Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple, succeeding President Darwin R Jensen. President Vázquez’ wife, María Dolores Cueto Olvera de Vázquez, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Angélica Z. Jensen. He is a Ciudad Juárez Mexico Temple presidency counselor and a former stake president and bishop. A self-employed contractor, he was born in Oaxaca, Mexico, to José González Arellano and Migdalia González Cruz.
Luz G. and Juan M. VillarrealSister Gómez is a temple preparation teacher, and a former assistant to the Oaxaca Mexico Temple matron, mission president companion, and ward Relief Society and Young Women president. She was born in Mexico City, Mexico, to Luís García Bonilla and Irene Gómez González.Dallas Texas TempleSister Fluckiger is an area welfare missionary and a former mission president companion, stake and ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Caliente, Nevada, to Harry Hearne Horlacher and Susan Eliza Christiansen.
Catherine H. and Eric G. AndersenSister Onda is an institute teacher, and a former mission president companion, stake and ward Relief Society president, and ward Young Women presidency counselor. She was born in Toyohashi, Aichi, Japan, to Mitsuji and Shizuko Matsuyama.S. Anil Bhan, 70, Samabula 1st (English) Ward, Suva Fiji North Stake, called as president of the Suva Fiji Temple, succeeding President Alipate Tagidugu. President Bhan’s wife, Kanisia R. Bhan, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Anaisi R. Tagidugu. He is a temple sealer and a former Suva Fiji Temple presidency counselor, stake presidency counselor, bishop, and high councilor. Retired leading hand to Fijian Infrastructure and Public Utilities, he was born in Samabula, Viti Levu, Fiji, to Sushil Bhan and Surjan Kumari.
Catherine L. and John W. Swendsen
Judy M. and Terry C. McCurdySister Bhan is a Sunday School teacher and temple ordinance worker, and a former assistant to the matron of the Suva Fiji Temple, stake and ward Primary president, ward Relief Society and Young Women president, and stake Family History Center director. She was born in Naivakacau, Nakelo, Tailevu, Fiji, to Inoke Vuki and Susana Lewaqiriwaqa.Sister McCurdy is a ward Relief Society presidency counselor and temple ordinance worker, and a former mission president companion, stake Primary presidency counselor, and ward Relief Society and Young Women president. She was born in Wendell, Idaho, to Jack Judson and Shirley Menard.Tuxtla Gutiérrez Mexico Temple
Yutaka and Noriko M. OndaAlejandro Gómez Moreno, 64, Quetzalcoatl Ward, Puebla Mexico Cholula Stake, called as president of the Guadalajara Mexico Temple, succeeding President Ismael Mendoza Regino. President Gómez’ wife, Zeferina Graciela García Gómez de Gómez, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister María del S. de Mendoza. He is an elders quorum presidency counselor, institute teacher and temple sealer, and a former Oaxaca Mexico Temple presidency counselor, Perú Iquitos Mission president, stake president, bishop, and branch president. Strongator Industrial Products owner, he was born in Cintalapa, Chiapas, Mexico, to Librado Antonio Gómez Moreno and Catalina Moreno Cuesta.Scott Lewis Roti, 72, Cedarcrest Ward, Cartersville Georgia Stake, called as president of the Kyiv Ukraine Temple, succeeding President Gerold Roth. President Roti’s wife, Sonja Kathy Reddick Roti, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Gertraud Roth. He is a temple sealer, and a former counselor in the Kyiv Ukraine and Orlando Florida temple presidencies, bishop, stake presidency counselor, patriarch, and high councilor. Retired Chief Deputy Clerk of Courts, he was born in Atlantic City, New Jersey, to John Frederick and Shirley Estelle Weinstein Roti.
With a single domed spire topped by a gold-plate statue of the Angel Moroni, the temple stands over 100 feet tall and sits on a gently rising slope overlooking the city. The exterior of the temple is Branco Ceara granite. In the interior, motifs featuring Brazilian orchids and trailing vines are used among the glass art, carpets, painting, and woodwork. Art glass detail in the Fortaleza Brazil Temple. Celestial room of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple. Recommend desk of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple.The Fortaleza Brazil Temple—which will become the Church’s 164th operating temple worldwide and seventh in Brazil—is opening its doors to the public beginning Saturday, April 27. Fortaleza Brazil Temple. Instruction room in the Fortaleza Brazil Temple.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ presence in Brazil dates back to 1929; in the time since, the membership in the country has grown to nearly 1.4 million.The temple’s open house runs from April 27 through May 18, excluding Sundays. The temple will be dedicated on Sunday, June 2; a youth devotional will be held the evening prior to the dedication on June 1. Baptistry of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple. Sealing room in the Fortaleza Brazil Temple.Brazil is home to six operating temples, the first in the country and all of South America being the Sao Paulo Brazil Temple, dedicated in 1978. Other operating temples are located in Campinas, Curitiba, Manaus, Porto Alegre, and Recife. An additional temple in Rio de Janeiro is under construction, with three more announced for Belem, Brasilia, and Salvador. Baptistry of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple.President Thomas S. Monson announced the Fortaleza Brazil Temple during general conference in October 2009. Elder David A. Bednar of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles presided over the November 15, 2011, groundbreaking at the temple site. Fortaleza Brazil Temple.The temple grounds, which include a meetinghouse and apartments for those serving in the temple, are located in an area known as Avenida Santos Dumont in Forteleza, the capital city of the Brazilian state of Ceara. Entry way of the Fortaleza Brazil Temple. Designer detail in the Fortaleza Brazil Temple.In November 2018, the Church announced that Paulo Renato Grahl and his wife, Zuleika Morais Grahl would serve as the first temple president and matron for the new temple. President Grahl is a former Area Seventy. Chandelier and art glass detail in the Fortaleza Brazil Temple.
President Nelson will be accompanied by his wife, Sister Wendy Nelson, and Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and his wife, Sister Harriet Uchtdorf.For more information about the Orlando devotional, visit the Newsroom website.President Russell M. Nelson will speak in a devotional in Orlando, Florida, on Sunday, June 9, the Church announced on April 19.Earlier this year, in February, President Nelson spoke to about 65,000 in a devotional in Phoenix, Arizona, in the State Farm Stadium.They will be speaking at 5:00 p.m. in the Amway Center, located in downtown Orlando. Local congregations in central Florida have been invited to the devotionals.President Nelson's Florida visit will follow his upcoming visit to the Pacific May 16-25.
We all know how frustrating it is to be judged unfairly or wrongly perceived. The truth is that no one is qualified to pass final judgments on anyone else—our own shortcomings and lack of perfect understanding disqualify us from that. Besides, not one of us is ready for “final” judgment yet anyway. We are all works in progress, not finished products.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 14, 2019.It may seem obvious, but peacocks are not chickens, and each person is wonderfully unique. As we withhold judgment long enough to see each other as we truly are, we will open doors of friendship and understanding, happiness and peace.If we focus on the differences and perceived flaws in those around us, that’s what we’ll get: differences and flaws. But if we try to look at what we have in common, what we share, then we have a greater likelihood of connection and understanding. And there is much we have in common: We all share this earth as our home, we all seek happiness and peace, and we all thrive on love and connection. Compared to that, our differences are rather minor.The Music and the Spoken Word broadcast is available on KSL-TV, KSL Radio 1160 AM/102.7 FM, ksl.com, KSL X-stream, BYU-TV, BYU Radio, BYU-TV International, CBS Radio Network, Dish Network, DirecTV, SiriusXM Radio (Channel 143), and on the Tabernacle Choir’s website and YouTube channel.Her mother smiled. “Honey, that is a peacock.” (From Jean B. Bingham, “I Will Bring the Light of the Gospel into My Home,” Ensign or Liahona, Nov. 2016, 6–9.)Sometimes we think we know what we’re looking at, but our understanding is limited—whether it’s about chickens, peacocks, or people. We don’t know the full story on anyone’s life, and we know almost nothing about many of the people with whom we interact daily.It’s been said that “the greatest form of charity may be to withhold judgment” (see “I Will Bring the Light of the Gospel into My Home”). Everyone needs love instead of judgment, compassion instead of harshness, understanding and acceptance instead of condemnation. And although our perceptions and our judgments are less than perfect, there is one whose perception and judgment is perfect—God sees His children with love and compassion. He sees our glorious potential. Imagine what could happen if we sincerely tried to see others that way.Tuning inThe 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.Not long ago, a three-year-old girl was watching a movie with her family. With a puzzled look on her face, she said, “Mom, that chicken is weird!”
The Primary children of the Limété Branch in 1987 in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). A group from Mucioko Banza's study group being taught by Church missionaries in 1986 in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, pose for a photo. The Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple was dedicated on April 14, 2019.They became the Church’s representatives for the document to be signed by the country’s president, culminating an effort of seven years and multiple trips to Zaire by Church legal counsel Oscar W. McConkie Jr. David M. Kennedy, second from left, a special representative of the First Presidency, and Oscar W. McConkie Jr., fourth from left in the back, legal counsel for the Church, were key in helping get official recognition in 1986 for the Church in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). They are joined, from left, by Mr. Minani of the Zaire intelligence office, Mucioko Banza, Mbuyi Nkitabungi, Regine Banza, Sister Jean Hutchings, Judith McConkie, and Elder R. Bay Hutchings. Converts and missionaries pause for a photo in the late 1980s when 40 people—on the same day—were baptized members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). Church member Gilbert Mingtoyi, left, assists with the baptism of three men at the edge of an abandoned copper mine near Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 1987. Elder and Sister Noot are the senior missionaries in the photo. Mingtoyi had been baptized in May 1987 at the same location as part of a baptismal service involving 80 converts.More than a decade earlier, Kasongo himself had discovered a library book mentioning The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and ended up writing to Church headquarters, receiving a reply from President Spencer W. Kimball and ongoing correspondence from the International Mission.For The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to be officially recognized in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo) in early 1986, law required the signatures of three Congolese members. Family, friends, and branch members gather on June 1, 1986, for the baptisms of Junior and Philippe Banza, the first baptisms conducted in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo). The baptisms were performed in the swimming pool of the home of Kinshasa Branch President Michael C. Bowcutt, who worked at the U.S. Embassy in the capital city.In fact, three were required.Meetings were held—the first in the Nkitabungi Mbuyi living room, then the carport. A branch was formed, with Michael C. Bowcutt—who worked at the embassy—called as branch president. Then baptisms, the first being Junior and Philippe Banza, in the swimming pool behind the Bowcutt home.On August 30, 1987, in the garden area of the Bowcutt home, Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles dedicated the country for the preaching of the gospel.Some learned of the Church on their home soil, well before the official recognition. They included 18-year-old Gilbert Mingotyi, who came across a copy of Elder LeGrand Richards’s book A Marvelous Work and a Wonder in 1985, borrowed it, closely scrutinized it, received confirmations of its truths, and joined a study group with Kasongo Mulunda Ngoy in the town of Lubumbashi.Missionary lessons soon followed the early 1986 official recognition. Elder R. Bay Hutchings and Sister Jean Hutchings were the first missionary couple assigned to Zaire in 1985 when the Church was established as a nonprofit organization; they led the Zaire Kinshasa Mission when it was organized in 1987. The family of Mucioko and Régine Banza, photographed in Utah in 2019. Elder Marvin J. Ashton of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, fourth from left, and Elder Alexander Morrison of the Seventy, second from right, are joined by members of the Kinshasa Branch presidency and elders quorum presidency on August 30, 1987, the day that Elder Ashton dedicated the country—then known as Zaïre, now known as the Democratic Republic of the Congo—for the preaching of the gospel.After having put pen to paper for the Church’s official recognition 33 years ago, they have witnessed the reality of a temple in Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Banzas traveled for the dedication from their home in Utah, and Nkitabungi Mbuyi is a new ordinance worker in Kinshasa.In Belgium since 1969, Nkitabungi Mbuyi was tracted out by missionaries and baptized in 1980. Two years later, he left to serve as a missionary in the England Birmingham Mission. Once back in Brussels, visa problems resulted in his forced return to Zaire.
Mucioko Banza and Régine Banza pause for a photo in front of the Kinshasa Democratic Republic of the Congo Temple in April 2019. The couple—who were among the first Latter-day Saint permanent residents of the country formerly known as Zaire—now live in Utah's Salt Lake Valley and were helped by family members to return to Kinshasa for the temple dedication weekend.For more than a decade, Church headquarters had received letters from the area requesting literature, missionaries, and baptism. Some interested in the gospel and the doctrine formed study groups; others formed their own unsanctioned churches. Mbuyi Nkitabungi Dieudonné, left, joins family members in welcoming home a son, Jonathan, following his service as a full-time missionary in 2019.It was not for a lack of effort or desire.And three there were, present and available—Nkitabungi Mbuyi, Mucioko Banza, and Régine Banza.They aren’t the only Congolese “pioneers.” Jean Jacquaes Tamba was baptized in Belgium in October 1977, a year before the 1978 revelation that all male members could receive the priesthood. Facing opposition from his African friends for joining the Church, he returned to Zaire after completing his graduate studies and continued to be ministered to by his former home teacher in Belgium, who remained in contact and also looped in the International Mission for communication and correspondence.
Democratic Republic of the Congo has over 60,000 Latter-day Saints and is roughly the size of the Eastern United States past the Mississippi River.Both the Banzas and Nkitabungi Mbuyi and his wife, Lumbay Mujinga Maguy, have since been sealed in the temple. The two men served as translators, branch presidents, and bishops, with Banza a patriarch. And both families claim a posterity of Latter-day Saint members, missionaries, and leaders.It all started with three.It wasn’t until three years later that the Banza family connected with the first of several Latter-day Saint families to work in the American Embassy in Kinshasa; they would meet on Sundays to partake of the sacrament.As for the Banzas, they left Zaire in 1976 to study in Geneva, Switzerland, afforded scholarships by a homeland religious council. When they were baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 1979, however, the scholarships were terminated, and they and their sons, Junior and Philippe, returned home.How the Banzas and Nkitabungi Mbuyi were able to represent the Church in their homeland was the result of conversions in Europe and unexpected returns to Zaire, where the meaning of “faith” meant their own testimony and not an organized, functioning religion.