New auxiliary leaders announced during LDS general conference

Church members sustained four new general auxiliary leaders during the Saturday afternoon session of general conference.

Called as members of the Young Men general presidency are Stephen W. Owen, president; Douglas D. Holmes, first counselor; and M. Joseph Brough, second counselor. Members of the Young Men general presidency, under the direction of the First Presidency, oversee the activities of young Mormon men ages 12 through 18.

A new counselor was called to the Primary general presidency to replace Sister Jean A. Stevens, who will serve with her husband in the England London Mission. Sister Rosemary M. Wixom will continue to serve as president, Sister Cheryl A. Esplin, who previously served as second counselor, will serve as the first counselor and Sister Mary R. Durham has been called as second counselor.

Young Men General Presidency

Stephen W. Owen, 57, was sustained as the Young Men general president on April 4. His previous Church service includes serving as a full-time missionary in the Texas San Antonio Mission, president of the California Arcadia Mission, stake president, as a counselor in the stake presidency, bishop, high councilor, Scoutmaster, ward Young Men president and elders quorum president.

He received a bachelor of science degree in finance at the University of Utah, and is a business owner in Provo, Utah. He is married to Jane Stringham, and they are the parents of five children.

Douglas D. Holmes, 53, was serving as a counselor in a stake presidency when he was sustained as the first counselor in the Young Men general presidency on April 4. His Church service includes president of the Michigan Detroit Mission, bishop, ward Young Men president, stake Young Men president’s counselor, gospel doctrine teacher, ward mission leader, bishop’s counselor and elders quorum president.

He received a bachelor of arts degree in family science and an MBA in finance, both from Brigham Young University. He is self-employed as an investor and developer. He is married to Erin Sue Toone, and they are the parents of six children.

M. Joseph Brough, 51, was sustained as the second counselor in the Young Men general presidency on April 4. Previously, he has served as president of the Guatemala Guatemala City Central Mission, ward Young Men president, bishop, bishop’s counselor and high councilor.

He received a bachelor of arts in finance and a master of business administration from the University of Utah. He is a business owner in Brigham City, Utah. He is married to Emily Jane Thompson Brough, and they are the parents of four children.

Primary General Presidency

Mary R. Durham, 61, was sustained as the second counselor in the Primary general presidency on April 4. Prior to her call, Sister Durham had served as a member of the Primary general board since 2000.

Sister Durham served with her husband as he presided over the Japan Tokyo North Mission and has served as a Primary counselor, Young Women president, stake Relief Society president and gospel doctrine teacher. She is married to Mark P. Durham, and they are the parents of seven children.