New temple presidents

Five new temple presidents have been called by the First Presidency, with their wives called as matrons. They will begin service in November.

José Maria Arias, 65, Chácara das Pedras Ward, Porto Alegre Brazil North Stake, called as president of the Curitiba Brazil Temple, succeeding President Jason G. Sousa. President Arias’ wife, Aida Celeste Bentancort Núñez Arias, will serve as temple matron. He serves as a counselor in the Porto Alegre Brazil Temple presidency. He has served as president of the Brazil Fortaleza Mission, regional welfare agent, district president, bishop and high councilor. Retired Church area Welfare Services manager, he was born in Rio Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina, to José María and María Elba Funes Arias.

Aida C. and Jose M. Arias
Aida C. and Jose M. Arias

Sister Arias serves as assistant to the matron of the Porto Alegre Brazil Temple and served with her husband as he presided over the Brazil Fortaleza Mission. She served as stake and ward Relief Society president, counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency, ward Primary president and gospel doctrine teacher. She was born in Rocha, Uruguay, to Carlos Bentancort and Eulogia Leopolda Núñez.

Malcolm Royston Mullis, 63, Epping Ward, Melbourne Australia Heidelberg Stake, called as president of the Melbourne Australia Temple, succeeding President M. Murray Lobley. President Mullis’ wife, Ruthje Mosterd Mullis, will serve as temple matron. He serves as area family history advisor. He served as a mission president’s counselor, stake president, bishop, stake executive secretary, high priests group leader and temple ordinance worker. A retired manager of Mercedes-Benz of Australia, he was born in Birmingham, England, to Alfred Howard and Ada May Benham Mullis.

Ruthje M. and Malcolm R. Mullis
Ruthje M. and Malcolm R. Mullis

Sister Mullis serves with her husband as an area family history advisor. She serves as a temple ordinance worker and has served as a counselor in a stake and ward Relief Society presidency, ward Primary president and Relief Society teacher. She was born in Weesp, North Holland, Netherlands, to Alburtus and Hendrijntje Klok Mosterd.

Luis Manuel Petit, 65, El Progreso Ward, Maracaibo Venezuela South Stake, called as president of the Caracas Venezuela Temple, succeeding President Teodoro Hoffmann. President Petit’s wife, Juana Bautista Pimentel González de Petit, will serve as temple matron. He serves as a stake president and has served as a counselor in a mission presidency, bishop, bishop’s counselor and high councilor. President of a construction company, he was born in Coro, Falcón, Venezuela, to Galo Hector Valles and María Seferina Petit.

Juana B. and Luis M. Petit
Juana B. and Luis M. Petit

Sister Petit serves as a ward Relief Society compassionate service leader and has served as a stake Primary president and ward Relief Society president. She was born in Coro, Falcón, Venezuela, to Felipe Antonio Pimentel and Regina González.

Maury Wintle Schooff, 73, Plattsmouth Ward, Council Bluffs Iowa Stake, called as president of the Winter Quarters Nebraska Temple, succeeding President Merrill C. Oaks. President Schooff’s wife, M. Joan Zitzman Schooff, will serve as temple matron. Recently released as an Area Seventy, he has served as a counselor in a mission presidency, stake president, stake president’s counselor, bishop, branch president and high councilor A semi-retired lecturer at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, he was born in Ogden, Utah, to Maurice John and Dorothy L. Wintle Schooff.

Maury W. and M. Joan Schooff
Maury W. and M. Joan Schooff

Sister Schooff serves as a temple ordinance worker, ward activities committee member, institute teacher and has served as a stake Relief Society president’s counselor, ward Primary president, branch Young Women president’s counselor and Sunday School teacher. She was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to J. Rex Kennard and Margaret Evans Kennard Zitzman.

Robert Lloyd Smith, 67, Pellissippi Ward, Knoxville Tennessee Stake, called as president of the Nashville Tennessee Temple, succeeding President Richard K. Sager. President Smith’s wife, Judy Lee Rees Smith, will serve as temple matron. He serves as a stake seminary supervisor, and has served as an Area Seventy, president of the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission, regional representative, stake president, stake president’s counselor, bishop, bishop’s counselor and high councilor. A retired radiologist, he was born in Atlanta, Ga., to Robert William and Essie Ruth Arrowood Smith.

Judy L. and Robert L. Smith
Judy L. and Robert L. Smith

Sister Smith serves with her husband as a stake seminary supervisor. She served with him while he presided over the Minnesota Minneapolis Mission. She also served as a stake Relief Society president and counselor, ward Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary president and counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency. She was born in Ogden, Utah, to Richard Grant and Dorothy Fry Brimley Rees.