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New leaders called in 8 new stakes — New Caledonia to Germany

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A meetinghouse for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake City.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

The following new stake presidents have been called.

FRIEDRICHSDORF GERMANY STAKE: (June 12, 2022) President — Björn Christoph Tiebing, 55, business owner and CEO; succeeding Mark-René Marth; wife, Silke Grünewälder Tiebing. Counselors — Joshua Steven Konietz, 36, JSP International GmbH Europe North regional sales manager; wife, Janina Veit Konietz. Daniel Kopischke, 34, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints communication specialist; wife, Marisa Anneli Fingerle Kopischke.

GOLD COAST AUSTRALIA STAKE: (June 5, 2022) President — Adam Tyler Smith, 55, Southern Cross Water sales manager; succeeding Daniel J. Shine; wife, Amber Georgette Lisa Prigoone Smith. Counselors — John Arthur Blair, 66, City of Gold Coast chief finance officer; wife, Bronwyn Louise Kitchin Blair. Kaufana Fieilo Taulepa, 47, business owner; wife, Arina Audrey Teuteufo’ou Hikule’o Davies Taulepa.

GUAYAQUIL ECUADOR PUERTO NUEVO STAKE: (May 29, 2022) President — Elison Francisco Tejada Betemith, 51, independent technical support; succeeding Mario R. Olvera Tomalá; wife, Ericka Yadira Tejada. Counselors — Adrian Arturo Cedeño Olvera, 31, Coopi Cooperazione Internazionale family support technician; wife, Angie Dayana Villamar Gavilanes. Emilio Javier Moran Moreira, 50, independent manager; wife, Laura Sabrina de Moran Villacis.

LAYTON UTAH NORTH STAKE: (June 5, 2022) President — Michael Jensen Christensen, 55, Church Commissioner of Education budgets and administration director; succeeding Fred K. Wasden; wife, Annette Jane Pholi-Smith Christensen. Counselors — Mark Stephen Johnson, 53, Fortress Asset Management owner and partner; wife, Toni Allen Johnson. Terris Everitt Foust Jr., 59, Senior Charity Care Foundation president and National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management national consultant; wife, Elizabeth Hope Bassett Foust.

MESA ARIZONA FLATIRON STAKE: (June 12, 2022) President — Gregory Ryan Knight, 54, attorney; succeeding Bradley E. Larson; wife, Jenet Perkinson Knight. Counselors — Daniel William Zimmerman, 64, Epicurean Foods distribution sales representative; wife, Rita Kay Randall Zimmerman. Carl Wray Squires, 41, Southwest Heliservices LLC owner and pilot; wife, Rebecca Hutzler Squires.

NOUMEA NEW CALEDONIA STAKE: (April 24, 2022) President — Jean-Olivier Brahim Smatti, 44, National Education associate professor in economics, management and marketing; succeeding Georgie E. Guidi; wife, Cathy Andree Brigitte Samez Smatti. Counselors — Didier Daniel Solange Moriniere, 48, artisan carpenter; wife, Sonia Vu Van Binh Moriniere. Heimana Yannick Tama, 41, Calédonienne des Eaux group leader; wife, Stephanie Penehata Tama.

SILVER SPRING MARYLAND STAKE: (June 5, 2022) President — Grant Henrichsen Willis, 46, Jones Day partner; succeeding Eric Baxter; wife, Jennifer Anne Kelly Willis. Counselors — William Mills Killingsworth Fullmer, 53, Life Chiropractic Clinics chiropractor; wife, Marlisa Mangelson Fullmer. Michael William Stratton, 45, Nyla Technology Solutions principal software engineer; wife, Heather Amanda Macbeth Stratton.

WEST JORDAN UTAH BINGHAM CREEK STAKE: (June 19, 2022) President — Marvin Brook Nipko, 53, self-employed real estate appraiser; succeeding Scott F. Blake; wife, Amy Dawn Cragun Nipko. Counselors — Joseph Richard Hall, 61, Brigham Young University business manager; wife, Annette LaVinia Mitchell Hall. Abel Weenig Thompson, 48, Sierra-Cedar update services manager; wife, Sheri Lynn Snow Thompson.

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