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The First Presidency has called the following 16 new temple presidents and matrons. They will begin their service later this year.

Accra Ghana Temple

Helen B. and Gary M. Parke.

Gary Mont Parke, 64, Centerville 7th Ward, Centerville Utah South Stake, called as president of the Accra Ghana Temple, succeeding President Stephen L. Graham. President Parke’s wife, Helen Butterfield Parke, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Vanessa J. Graham. He is a senior missionary and a former stake presidency counselor, bishopric counselor, and temple ordinance worker. Retired electrical contractor and builder, he was born in Gooding, Idaho, to Curtis Lytle and Dolores Mae Parke.

Sister Parke is a senior missionary and a former Relief Society and Primary presidency counselor and temple ordinance worker. Born in Salt Lake City to Thomas Ralph and Cornelia Jane Butterfield.

Albuquerque New Mexico Temple

Cindi T. and Perry M. Webb

Perry Max Webb, 68, Ventana Ward, Albuquerque New Mexico West Stake, called as president of the Albuquerque New Mexico Temple, succeeding President W. James Kearns. President Webb’s wife, Cindi Turner Webb, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Donna T. Kearns. He is an Albuquerque New Mexico Temple presidency counselor and a former Area Seventy, Alabama Birmingham Mission president, stake presidency counselor, and bishop. President/general manager of Webb Automotive Group, Inc., he was born in Farmington, New Mexico, to Marlo L and Eva Louise Webb.

Sister Webb is an assistant to the matron of the Albuquerque New Mexico Temple. She served with her husband as he presided over the Alabama Birmingham Mission and is a former stake Relief Society and Young Women presidency counselor, ward Young Women president, and ward Relief Society and Primary presidency counselor. She was born in Logan, Utah, to Lowell Gillins and Constance Turner.

Boise Idaho Temple

Linda D. and Larry D. Bishop.

Larry Douglas Bishop, 68, Sun Rise Ward, Boise Idaho West Stake, called as president of the Boise Idaho Temple, succeeding President A. Brent Belliston. President Bishop’s wife, Linda Doman Bishop, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Diane B. Belliston. He is a temple sealer and a former stake president, bishop, and high councilor. Retired pediatrician, he was born in Logan, Utah, to Vernal Reid Bishop and Ella Jean Messinger.

Sister Bishop is a Bear den leader and temple ordinance worker and a former stake Primary president, ward Relief Society and Young Women president, and ward Primary presidency counselor. Born in Denver to James Chandler and Leona Doman.

Brigham City Utah Temple

Steven O. and Deborah D. Laing

Steven Olson Laing, 67, Kotter Canyon Ward, Brigham City Utah North Stake, called as president of the Brigham City Utah Temple, succeeding President Jay C. Stuart. President Laing’s wife, Deborah Lee Demille Laing, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Marcia H. Stuart. He is an Area Seventy and a former stake president, bishop, and high councilor. Former faculty member of Utah State University, he was born in Logan, Utah, to John Franklin and Dagney Otelia Olson Laing.

Sister Laing is a Primary teacher and Activity Days leader and a former Relief Society teacher. Born in Cedar City, Utah, to Dale Webster and Jula Rose Demille.

To read the full list of new temple presidents on LDS.org, click here