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New temple presidents

Published: Saturday, June 22, 1996

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The First Presidency has called 10 new temple presidents.

- CARLOS E. ASAY, 70, Moss Hill Ward, Bountiful Utah Central Stake, called as president of the Salt Lake Temple, succeeding Pres. George I. Cannon. Pres. Asay's wife, Colleen Asay, will serve as temple matron. Pres. Asay, senior president of the Presidency of the Seventy, before his call as a General Authority served as an assistant to the Presiding Bishopric, regional representative, member of the Sunday School general board, and bishop. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah, a master's degree from Long Beach State University, and a doctorate from the University of Utah. He was born in Southerland, Utah, to A.E. Lyle and Elsie Egan Asay. Sister Asay has served as a stake Relief Society president, general board representative for the Europe Area, stake organist, and Relief Society president. She was born in Monroe, Utah, to Glyde and Christie Ilene Morrison Webb.- ALEDIR P. BARBOUR, 59, Granja Viana Ward, Sao Paulo Brazil Cotia Stake, called as president of the Sao Paulo Temple, succeeding Pres. Athos Marques de Amorim. Pres. Barbour's wife, Christine Barbour, will serve as temple matron. Pres. Barbour, a temple sealer, has served as a regional representative, stake president and bishop. He is a retired geologist and professor at the University of Sao Paulo Brazil. He was born in Pereira Barretos, Brazil, to Alfredo and Annita Paganelli Barbour. Sister Barbour is a former stake Primary president and counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency. She was born in Lunebourgheide, Germany, to Friedrich and Ruth Hedwig Rieger.

- ROBERT J. BELBIN, 74, Cowley Ward, Temple View New Zealand Stake, called as president of the Sydney Australia Temple, succeeding Pres. Ian Goodwin Mackie. Pres. Belbin's wife, Dorothy Belbin, will serve as temple matron. Pres. Belbin, a stake patriarch, temple sealer and ordinance worker, has served as a stake president's counselor, high councilor, bishop and counselor, priests quorum adviser, family history name extractor, temple missionary, a branch president's counselor and branch clerk. He attended the All Souls College in Charters Towers, Australia, and is a retired photographer. He was born in Brisbane, Australia, to Robert J. H. and Isobel McDougall Belbin. Sister Belbin is a former Relief Society president and teacher, Primary president and teacher, temple missionary, temple ordinance worker, and family history center worker and name extractor. She was born in Cairns, Australia, to Edward W. and Dorothy Winifred Pearson Phillips.

- GEORG JULIUS BIRSFELDER, 74, Zollikofen Ward, Bern Switzerland Stake, called as president of the Swiss Temple, succeeding Pres. Mario B. Vaira. Pres. Birsfelder's wife, Annaroesli Birsfelder, will serve as temple matron. Pres. Birsfelder, a high priests group leader, has served as counselor in a temple presidency and in a mission presidency, district president, branch president, high councilor, temple missionary and missionary with wife in the German Democratic Republic. He is a retired temple recorder. He was born in Elberfeld, Germany, to Julius and Emma Erdmann Birsfelder. Sister Birsfelder is a former assistant temple matron, district Relief Society president, counselor and secretary, temple missionary and missionary with husband in the German Democratic Republic. She was born in Basel, Switzerland, to Robert and Anna Katharina Hofmann Dettwiler.

- LE GRAND R. CURTIS, 72, Holladay 24th Ward, Salt Lake Holladay North Stake, called as president of the Jordan River Temple, succeeding Pres. C. Elliott Richards. Pres. Curtis' wife, Patricia Curtis, will serve as temple matron. Pres. Curtis, a stake patriarch and temple sealer, has served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy and Young Men general presidency, regional representative, mission president, stake president, and bishop. He is a retired dentist and member of the American Board of Orthodontics. He was born in Salt Lake City to Alexander R. and Genevieve R. Curtis. Sister Curtis is a former counselor in the stake Relief Society presidency, Young Women and Primary president, and counselor in the Relief Society presidency. She was born in Salt Lake City to Earl J. and Sarah Elizabeth R. Glade.

- UDINE DE LEON FALABELLA, 71, Monserrat Ward, Guatemala City Guatemala Monserrat Stake, called as president of the Guatemala City Temple, succeeding Pres. Owen D. Call. Pres. Falabella's wife, Graciela Falabella, will serve as temple matron. Pres. Falabella is a former regional representative, patriarch, stake president, and counselor in a temple presidency. He is a retired candy maker. He was born in San Pedro, Guatemala, to Gaetano and Hortensia de Leon Falabella. Sister Falabella has served as an assistant temple matron and Relief Society president. She was born in Taxisco, Guatemala, to Elias and Isaura Chamquin Aguirre.

- ROBERT J. MATTHEWS, 69, Lindon 6th Ward, Lindon Utah West Stake, called as president of the new Mount Timpanogos Utah Temple. Pres. Matthews' wife, Shirley Matthews, will serve as temple matron. Pres. Matthews, a member of the Church's materials evaluation committee, has served as a member of the general Church correlation committee, stake president, patriarch, high councilor, and bishop. A retired member of the BYU faculty, he received bachelor's and master's degrees and a doctorate from BYU. He was born in Evanston, Wyo., to Roland James and Elsie Maude Gulliver Matthews. Sister Matthews has served as a stake Relief Society president's counselor, Primary president, Young Women president's counselor, and Relief Society president's counselor. She was born in Burlington, Wyo., to Chester Earl and Caroline Elizabeth McIntosh Neves.

- IAN D. SWANNEY, 64, York 2nd Ward, England Leeds Stake, called as president of the London Temple, succeeding Pres. Arthur J. Turvey. Pres. Swanney's wife, Anne Swanney, will serve as temple matron. Pres. Swanney, a high priests group leader, has served as mission president and counselor, regional representative, stake president, high councilor, district president, and bishop. A retired lecturer in physical education at the University of Ripon, he received a diploma in physical education from Jordanhill College in Glasgow, Scotland. He was born in Stronsay, Orkney Islands, Scotland, to David and Lillah Drever Swanney. Sister Swanney has served as a stake Young Women president, member of a stake Primary presidency, stake activities committee member, Young Women president, member of Primary and Relief Society presidencies, seminary and institute teacher, and Primary chorister. She was born in Dunfermline, Scotland, to Thomas Campbell and Marjorie Suttie Marshall.

- JOSEPH F. WILLMOTT, 72, Richmond Hill Ward, Brampton Ontario Stake, called as president of the Toronto Ontario Temple, succeeding Pres. Gerald E. Melchin. Pres. Willmott's wife, Gladys Willmott, will serve as temple matron. Pres. Willmott, a counselor in the temple presidency, has served as a stake president's counselor, high councilor, mission president's counselor, patriarch, bishop, branch president, seminary teacher, Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the England London South Mission. He is a retired manager of employee benefits for an electrical company. He was born in London, England, to Alfred James and Alice Hannah Willmott. Sister Willmott has served as a stake Relief Society and Young Women president, ward Relief Society president and teacher, Young Women and Sunday School teacher, and missionary in the England London South Mission. She was born in London, England, to Edwin John and Grace Hoffe Howard Besgrove.

- DURREL A. WOOLSEY, 70, Thirty Third Ward, Salt Lake Central Stake, called as president of the Oakland Temple, succeeding Pres. Orlin C. Munns. Pres. Woolsey's wife, LaRae Woolsey, will serve as temple matron. Pres. Woolsey has served as a member of the Second Quorum of the Seventy, mission president, stake president and counselor, high councilor, stake Young Men superintendent, and bishop's counselor. He is a retired oil company owner and attended Princeton University and University of the Pacific. He was born in Escalante, Utah, to Willis Arden and Ruby Olena Riddle Woolsey. Sister Woolsey has served as a stake Young Women president and counselor, Primary president's counselor, and teacher in auxiliaries. She was born in Hurricane, Utah, to George Henry and Iva Orilla Williams Wood.