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New temple presidents

Published: Saturday, June 16, 1990

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Six new temple presidents have been called by the First Presidency for temples in Utah, California, Washington D.C., Mexico and New Zealand. They will begin service Sept. 1.

Elder Wm. Grant Bangerter, 72, emeritus member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and former executive director of the Temple Department, called as president of the Jordan River Temple, succeeding Pres. John A. Larsen. His wife, Geraldine Hamblin Bangerter, will be temple matron. Pres. Bangerter served twice in the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy, as an Assistant to the Twelve to which he was called in 1975, and as president of the Brazilian, Portugal Lisbon and International missions. He served twice as stake president. Sister Bangerter has accompanied her husband to Brazil and Portugal serving as mission Relief Society president, and on numerous other assignments. She has served on various stake boards, and as temple matrons trainer for the Temple Department. She is now district Cub leader. Pres. Bangerter and his first wife, Mildred Schwantes, who died in 1952, had three children. He married Geraldine Hamblin in 1953, and they are parents of seven children.Elder Waldo P. Call, 62, of the Second Quorum of the Seventy and currently president of the South America South area, called as president of the Mexico City Temple, succeeding Erasmo Flores de Imbert. His wife, LaRayne Whetten Call, will be temple matron. Pres. Call, a self-employed orchardist at the time of his call as a General Authority in 1985, is a former president of the Uruguay Montivideo Mission, a former regional representative and stake president. Sister Call, a former elementary school teacher, has served as area general board representative and teacher in the auxiliaries. She served a full-time mission to Mexico and was a stake missionary for eight years. Pres. Call and his first wife, Beverly Johnson, had seven children. She died in 1986, and he married LaRayne Whetten in 1987.

David S. King, 73, former president of the Haiti Port-au-Prince Mission and a former U.S. Congressman from Utah, called as president of the Washington Temple, succeeding Pres. Thomas G. Bell. His wife, Rosalie Lehner King, will be temple matron. Pres. King, an attorney, served in Congress for two terms and was former U.S. Ambassador to the Malagasy Republic. He is an ordinance worker and sealer in the Washington Temple. He's also served as high councilor four times, in the general superintendency of the Mutual Improvement Association, and as bishop. Sister King has served as YWMIA president, instructor in the auxiliaries, and assisted in healthcare of missionaries. Parents of eight children.

F. Briton McConkie, 72, counselor in the Salt Lake Temple presidency and a former president of the California Los Angeles Mission, called as president of the Manila Philippines Temple, succeeding Pres. Floyd H. Hogan. His wife, Beth Merrill McConkie, will be temple matron. Pres McConkie, who served with the U.S. Army in World War II, is an attorney with his own firm, and served as legal counsel for the First Presidency in Southeast Asia. He has served in three stake presidencies, and as patriarch in the Philippines and throughout Southeast Asia. Sister McConkie, assistant matron of the Salt Lake Temple, has served as ward and stake Primary president, ward Relief Society president, teacher in the auxiliaries and been involved in a number of civic activities. Parents of eight children.

Elder Spencer H. Osborn, 68, released from the Second Quorum of the Seventy in October 1989, called as president of the Salt Lake Temple. His wife, Avanelle Richards Osborn, will serve as temple matron. Pres. Osborn was called to the Second Quorum of the Seventy in 1984. He has served as counselor in four area presidencies, and has served in the Salt Lake Temple presidency, as president of the Florida Tallahassee Mission, as full-time regional representative in the Philippines, and as stake president and counselor. Sister Osborn has served as an area general board representative, assistant matron of the Salt Lake Temple, on a stake Primary board and in ward Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society organizations. Parents of seven children.

Elder John Sonnenberg, 68, released from the Second Quorum of the Seventy in October 1989, called as president of the New Zealand Temple, succeeding Milton "W" Russon. His wife, Joyce C. Dalton Sonnenberg, will serve as temple matron. Elder Sonnenberg, a dentist, was called to the Seventy in 1984. He is former president of the Pacific Area, and served in two other area presidencies. He has also served as regional representative, chairman of the Chicago Temple committee, president of two stakes, and as high councilor. Sister Sonnenberg served in the East Central States Mission, and has served as area general board representative in the Europe and Pacific areas, and as ward Primary, Relief Society and Young Women president. Parents of seven children.