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8 temples, from Colombia to Samoa, will have new presidents this year

Most will begin their service in September

The following new temple presidents and matrons have been called to serve by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in September, with the exception of the leaders of the new Layton Utah and Casper Wyoming temples who will begin when the temples are dedicated.

Kent J. Arrington and Michele Arrington | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Kent John Arrington and Michele Kae Dahle Arrington, Silver Lake Ward, Morgan Utah West Stake, called as president and matron of the Ogden Utah Temple, succeeding President Don Keyes and Sister Jackie Keyes. President Arrington is a patriarch and temple sealer and a former Chile Concepción Mission president, stake presidency counselor and bishop. A retired Salt Lake Temple recorder, he was born in Ogden, Utah, to Cammon Tuckfield Arrington and Dorine Gibbs Arrington.

Sister Arrington is a temple ordinance worker and a former mission president companion, stake Young Women presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president and ward Relief Society presidency counselor. She was born in Ogden, Utah, to Norman Garthell Dahle and Karma Jean Orton Dahle.

Kathleen Bangerter and Jay R. Bangerter | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Jay Ronald Bangerter and Kathleen Rich Bangerter, Canyon Woods Ward, Kaysville Utah Crestwood Stake, called as president and matron of the new Layton Utah Temple. President Bangerter is a Primary teacher and temple sealer and a former Korea Seoul West Mission president, high councilor and bishop. A retired certified public accountant, he was born in Salt Lake City to Ronald LaMar Bangerter and Jean Winegar.

Sister Bangerter is a Primary teacher and temple ordinance worker and a former mission president companion, stake Relief Society presidency counselor and ward Young Women president. She was born in Salt Lake City to Clifford Archie Rich and Eileen N Rich.

Jeffrey Flynn Bellows and Marion L. Bellows | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Jeffrey Flynn Bellows and Marion Louise Dodge Bellows, Mustang 1st Ward, Oklahoma City South Stake, called as president and matron of the Oklahoma City Oklahoma Temple, succeeding President Kent W. Bowman and Sister Laurie Bowman. President Bellows is a stake president and a temple ordinance worker, and a former bishop. A retired FAA air traffic controller and manager, he was born in Provo, Utah, to Joseph Charles Bellows and Veryl Liston Dunbar.

Sister Bellows is a Primary teacher and a former stake and ward Relief Society presidency counselor. She was born in Miami, Florida, to Robert Whitmore Dodge and Martha Marie Allen.

Larry Boberg and Jeanne Boberg | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Larry D Boberg and Ava Jeanne Anderson Boberg, Cypress Ward, Cypress California Stake, called as president and matron of the Newport Beach California Temple, succeeding President C. Michael Zundel and Sister Jill Zundel. President Boberg is a patriarch and temple sealer and a former high councilor and bishop. A retired owner of Boberg Engineering & Contracting Inc., he was born in Murray, Utah, to Jack W Boberg and Phoebe Delores Boberg.

Sister Boberg is a ward missionary, scribe to the patriarch and temple ordinance worker and a former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Relief Society president and ward Young Women president. She was born in Inglewood, California, to Richard Houghton Anderson and Donna Jean Anderson.

Keith B. Caldwell and Nena Caldwell | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Keith Birch Caldwell Jr. and Rahnena Massey Caldwell, Glines 6th Ward, Vernal Utah Glines Stake, called as president and matron of the Vernal Utah Temple, succeeding President DeArmon Batty and Sister Jacqueline Batty. President and Sister Caldwell are former senior couple missionaries in the Mexico Missionary Training Center. He is a temple sealer and a former Ecuador Guayaquil South Mission president, stake president and bishop. A retired owner of Basin Nickel Ads, he was born in Camp Cooke, California, to Keith Birch Caldwell and Lila C Caldwell.

Sister Caldwell is a Relief Society service coordinator, Sunday School teacher and temple ordinance worker and a former mission president companion, stake Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president and ward Primary president. She was born in Fort Ord, California, to Valda Deze Massey and Donna Moon Massey.

Victoria E. Pico and Christian Pico Castro | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Christian Pico Castro and Victoria Eugenia Navas Prada de Pico, Villa de San Carlos Ward, Bucaramanga Colombia Stake, called as president and matron of the Bogotá Colombia Temple, succeeding President Roberto O. Pitarch and Sister Cristina Pitarch. President Pico is a temple presidency counselor and a former mission presidency counselor, stake president and bishop. A retired Church Educational System coordinator, he was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, to Espiritu Santo Pico and Adelaida Castro Gonzalez.

Sister Pico is an assistant to the matron and ward Relief Society presidency counselor and a former stake Relief Society president, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women presidency counselor and ward Primary presidency counselor. She was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, to Francisco Navas Sanmiguel and Maria Teresa de Navas.

Jo Rae Smathers and Millard L. Smathers | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Millard Lee Smathers and Jo Rae Comin Smathers, Fort Caspar Ward, Casper Wyoming Stake, called as president and matron of the new Casper Wyoming Temple. President Smathers is a patriarch and a former stake president, high councilor and bishop. A retired general manager for Wyoming Rents, he was born in Casper, Wyoming, to Billie Vaughn Smathers and Hope Smathers.

Sister Smathers is a scribe to the patriarch and a former stake and ward Primary president, ward Relief Society president and ward Young Women president. She was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to William Edward Comin and Marjorie Jean Comin.

Uele Va’aulu and Lolini Va’aulu | The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Uele Va’aulu and Lolini Aloi Va’aulu, Pesega 5th Ward, Pesega Samoa Stake, called as president and matron of the Apia Samoa Temple, succeeding President Meliula M. Fata and Sister Ponaivao L. Fata. President Va’aulu is a temple presidency counselor and patriarch and a former stake president, high councilor and bishop. A retired Church regional real estate manager, he was born in Saleimoa, Samoa, to Siu Va’aulu and Lefetaui Tafa.

Sister Va’aulu is an assistant to the matron and ward Young Women presidency counselor and a former stake Young Women president, stake Relief Society presidency counselor and ward Relief Society presidency counselor. She was born in Sauniatu, Samoa, to Ulimasao Aloi and Fa’aninimo Taula.

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