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Six new temple presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service later this year.

Six new temple presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service later this year.

Steven D. and Marjorie H. Bennion
Steven D. and Marjorie H. Bennion Photo: IRI

Steven Don Bennion, 71, Eighteenth Ward, Salt Lake Ensign Stake, called as president of the Manhattan New York Temple, succeeding President W. Blair Garff. President Bennion's wife, Marjorie Hopkins Bennion, will serve as temple matron. He serves as a Church-service missionary in Church Hosting. He has served as president of the New York New York South Mission, regional representative, stake president's counselor, bishop and high councilor. Retired president of Southern Utah University, he was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Lowell Lindsay and Lela Merle Bennion.

Sister Bennion serves with her husband as a Church-service missionary in Church Hosting. She previously served with him as he was a mission president. She has served in a stake Primary presidency, as a ward Relief Society president and counselor and as ward Primary president. She was born in Vernal, Utah, to Clair Ross and Voneta Millett Hopkins.

Pamela G. and Robert Eppel
Pamela G. and Robert Eppel Photo: IRI

Robert Eppel, 67, Weltevreden Park Ward, Soweto South Africa Stake, called as president of the Johannesburg South Africa Temple, succeeding President Kenneth S. Armstrong. President Eppel's wife, Pamela Anne Greenhalgh Eppel, will serve as temple matron. He serves as a senior couple missionary in the Africa Southeast Area Office. He has served as a stake president, high councilor, branch president and bishop's counselor. A retired director for temporal affairs for the Church, he was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to Harold Eugene and Margaret Hannan Eppel.

Sister Eppel serves with her husband as a senior couple missionary. She has served in a stake Relief Society presidency and as a stake Young Women president, ward Relief Society president and counselor in a ward Primary presidency. She was born in Sherugwe, Zimbabwe, to Colin Wright and Betty Sylvia Mary Prior Greenhalgh.

Kenneth and Pamela W. Johnson
Kenneth and Pamela W. Johnson Photo: IRI

Kenneth Johnson, 72, Cambridge Ward, Ipswich England Stake, called as president of the London England Temple, succeeding President C. Raymond Lowry. President Johnson's wife, Pamela Violet Wilson Johnson, will serve as temple matron. He serves as a temple ordinance worker in the London England Temple as a stake high councilor. He has served as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, regional representative and stake president. An emeritus General Authority and retired partner in an insurance brokerage, he was born in Norwich, Norfolk, England, to Bertie Alfred Maurice and Ada Hutson Johnson.

Sister Johnson serves as a temple ordinance worker and as a ward choir director. She has served in a stake Relief Society presidency, district MIA presidency, ward Young Women presidency and ward Primary presidency. She was born in Norwich, Norfolk, England, to Thomas George and Evelyn Maud Martins Wilson.

Rae W. and Theodore H. Okiishi
Rae W. and Theodore H. Okiishi Photo: IRI

Theodore Hisao Okiishi, 74, Ames 1st Ward, Ames Iowa Stake, called as president of the Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple, succeeding President Maury W. Schooff. President Okiishi's wife, Rae Weimers Okiishi, will serve as temple matron. He serves as a temple ordinance worker in the Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple and as a high priests group leader assistant. He has served as a patriarch, stake president's counselor, bishop and stake mission president. An emeritus professor of mechanical engineering at Iowa State University, he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Clifford Muneo and Dorothy Asako Tokushima Okiishi.

Sister Okiishi serves as a temple ordinance worker and as a stake family history staff worker. She has served as stake Primary president, in a stake Young Women presidency, as ward organist and as an American Sign Language interpreter. She was born in Brockton, Mass., to Eugene Lee and Ortis Juanita Pettingill Wiemers.

Philip C. and Patsy W. Wightman
Philip C. and Patsy W. Wightman Photo: IRI

Philip Coy Wightman, 76, Rexburg 19th Ward, Rexburg Idaho Stake, called as president of the Rexburg Idaho Temple, succeeding President Clair O. Thueson. President Wightman's wife, Patsy LoAnn Wright Wightman, will serve as temple matron. He serves as a temple ordinance worker and as a priests quorum adviser. He has served as president of the England Manchester Mission, stake president, bishop, welfare regional chairman and high councilor. Retired chairman, division of religious and family life, Ricks College, he was born in Provo, Utah, to William DeMar and Thelma Wightman.

Sister Wightman serves as a temple ordinance worker and as a ward Relief Society compassionate service coordinator. She served with her husband as he presided over the England Manchester Mission. She has served as a student stake Relief Society adviser, stake Primary president and ward Young Women president. She was born in Hinckley, Utah, to John Leslie and Thola Orissa Wright.

H. James and Janet C. Williams
H. James and Janet C. Williams Photo: IRI

H. James Williams, 71, Holladay 18th Ward, Salt Lake Holladay South Stake, called as president of the Copenhagen Denmark Temple, succeeding President H. Hjort Nielsen. President Williams' wife, Janet Christensen Williams, will serve as temple matron. He serves as a sealer in the Salt Lake Temple and as a gospel principles teacher. He served as president of the Denmark Copenhagen Mission, stake president, bishop, counselor in the Missionary Training Center presidency and temple ordinance worker. An emeritus professor of rheumatology, he was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Howard James and Silva Florence Tayler Williams.

Sister Williams serves as a Relief Society visiting teaching coordinator. She served with her husband as he presided over the Denmark Copenhagen Mission. She has served in a stake Relief Society presidency, as ward Relief Society president and in a ward Young Women presidency. She was born in Ephraim, Utah, to Reuel Eldon and Thea Vonda Henrie Christensen.

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