Six new temple presidents have been called by the First Presidency.
The new presidents and the temples where they will preside are: Reid H. Johnson of Salt Lake City, Stockholm Sweden Temple; Heber L. Matkin of Lethbridge, Alberta, Alberta Temple; Garth P. Monson of Ephraim, Utah, Manti Temple; John H. Tanner of Mesa, Ariz., Arizona Temple; Jiri Snederfler of Prague, Czechoslovakia, Freiberg Germany Temple; Paul W. Wilson of Plymouth, Minn., Chicago Illinois Temple.Biographies of Presidents Johnson, Monson, Tanner and Wilson are included below. Biographies of Presidents Matkin and Snederfler will be published at a later date.
Reid H. Johnson, 62, Valley View 8th Ward, Salt Lake Holladay North Stake, called as president of the Sweden Stockholm Temple, succeeding John Langeland. Pres. Johnson's wife, Donna Wood Johnson, will serve as temple matron. Pres. Johnson is an officer with Industrial Container & Supply Co. and Johnson Sales Co., Salt Lake City. He is a former mission president in Sweden, mission and regional representative assigned to Sweden, member of YMMIA general board, ward YMMIA superintendent, Tabernacle Choir member, high priests group leader and Sunday School teacher. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, a son of J. Herman and Melva Ashton Johnson. Sister Johnson is a Lambda Delta Sigma adviser at the University of Utah, and former ward and Stake Relief Society president and counselor, and member of general Church writing committee. She served a mission in Sweden with her husband from 1966-69. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, a daughter of Alan G. and Villetta Cowley Wood.
Garth P. Monson, 63, Ephraim 3rd Ward, Ephraim Utah Stake, called as president of the Manti Temple, succeeding Pres. Earl R Olsen. Pres. Monson's wife, Shirley Hall Monson, will serve as temple matron. Pres. Monson is a former director of the Ephraim (Snow College) and Honolulu, Hawaii, (University of Hawaii) institutes of religion. He is a temple sealer, former stake president's counselor, high councilor and bishop. He received a bachelor's degree from Utah State University and a master's degree from BYU. He was born in Preston, Idaho, to Alma H. and Ena Peterson Monson. Sister Monson is a temple ordinance worker, former ward Relief Society president and stake Relief Society board member. She was born in Hyrum, Utah, to Claude Leroy and Ethleen L. Hall.
John H. Tanner, 67, Hillcrest Ward, Mesa Arizona Mountain View Stake, called as president of the Arizona Temple, succeeding Pres. Nephi S. Allen. Pres. Tanner's wife, Bertha (Bobbie) Pratt Tanner, will serve as temple matron. Pres. Tanner is a retired corporate president. A sealer in the Arizona Temple, he is a former president of the Florida Tallahassee Mission, regional representative and stake president's counselor. He received a bachelor's degree in engineering from the University of California at Los Angeles. He was born in Joseph City, Ariz., to Rollin C. and Anna Harbrecht Tanner. Sister Tanner is a former stake Primary president, ward Relief Society and Young Women president, and teacher. She was born in Colonia Dublan, Mexico, to Emerson Wilcken and Irene Porter Pratt.
Paul W. Wilson, 71, Plymouth 1st Ward, Minneapolis Minnesota Stake, called as president of the Chicago Illinois Temple, succeeding Pres. Edwin B. Jones. Pres. Wilson's wife, Helen June Jackson, will serve as temple matron. Pres. Wilson, a retired public accountant, is a former regional representative, stake president, stake president's counselor, bishop and Welfare Services regional agent. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah. He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Robert Nathan and Sarah Smith Williams Wilson. Sister Wilson is a former director of family history center, counselor in stake Relief Society presidency, ward Primary president and teacher in the auxiliaries. She was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Maurice Edward and Helen Hattie Hennefer Jackson.