New temple presidents

Elder Rulon G. Craven, 73, of the Pheasant Ward, Centerville Utah Stake, a former member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, has been called as president of the New Zealand Temple, succeeding Pres. Kenneth J. Domney. Elder Craven's wife, Donna Lunt Craven, will serve as temple matron.

Elder Craven, first counselor in the presidency of the Bountiful Utah Temple, served as a General Authority from 1990-96, and as president of the New Zealand North Mission, regional representative, counselor in the general Sunday School presidency, Sunday School general board member, stake president's counselor and bishop. He served on the administrative faculty at BYU for 20 years, as secretary of the Quorum of the Twelve and director of the Aaronic Priesthood. He received a bachelor's degree from BYU. He was born in Murray, Utah, to Gerald and Susie Craven.Sister Craven, who served with her husband on numerous overseas assignments, is a former ward Relief Society and Young Women president, and a temple worker. She is currently assistant matron at the Bountiful Utah Temple. She attended BYU and was born in Duncan, Ariz., to Heaton and Chloe Haws Lunt.

W. Brent Hardy, 64, of the Orchard Valley Stake, Las Vegas Nevada East Stake, has been called as president of the Hong Kong Temple, succeeding Pres. Ng Kat Hing. Pres. Hardy's wife, Elaine Taylor Hardy, will serve as temple matron.

Pres. Hardy is a former president of the Southern Far East Mission, regional representative in Asia, temple sealer, patriarch and bishop. An automotive business owner and governmental affairs consultant who is retiring to accept this call, he graduated from Dixie College and the University of Utah. He has been active in government, serving as city councilman, vice chairman of Southern Nevada Water Authority, and executive director of Nevada State Board of Oriental Medicine. He was born in La Verkin, Utah, to Isaac Warren and Harriet Bowers Hardy.

Sister Hardy, who served with her husband when he presided over the Southern Far East Mission, is a temple worker and former officer and teacher in Young Women, Relief Society and Primary. She attended Weber State College and was born in Ogden, Utah, to Hance A. and Erma Greenwall Taylor.

Magnus R. Meiser, 68, has been serving since June as president of the Freiberg Germany Temple. He succeeded Pres. Justus Ernst. Pres. Meiser's wife, Ingeborg Bartelt Meiser, is serving as temple matron.

Pres. Meiser served as president of the Germany Leipzig Mission, regional representative, stake president, district president, high councilor, bishop and branch president. He is a retired sales training manager for Kraft/General Foods. He was born in Muenster, Germany, to Aloys and Maria Tepperies Meiser.

Sister Meiser is a former mission Primary president and counselor, district Relief Society president and counselor, and teacher in the Primary and Relief Society. She was born in Langenhagen, Germany, to Wilhelm and Ingeborg Mueller Bartelt.

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