First Presidency Announces 2019 Temple Presidents for Nova Scotia, Chile, Mexico, and More

Contributed By the Church News

  • 1 May 2019

Halifax Nova Scotia Temple.

The following eight new temple presidents and matrons have been called by the First Presidency. They will begin their service in November.

Doyle L. and Karen C. Batt

Idaho Falls Idaho Temple

Doyle Lee Batt, 69, Fairview Ward, Idaho Falls East Stake, called as president of the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple, succeeding President Donald J Archibald. President Batt’s wife, Karen Clayson Batt, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Sherry S. Archibald. He is a stake missionary preparation class instructor, elders quorum instructor, and temple sealer, and a former New Mexico Farmington Mission president, stake president, bishop, and local chairman of the Idaho Falls Idaho Temple open house, cultural celebration, and rededication committee. A retired engineering manager, he was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Melvin Lee and Nora Maud Batt.

Sister Batt is a stake missionary preparation class instructor and temple ordinance worker, and a former mission president companion, stake and ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, and ward Primary president. She was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, to Eli Karl and Beulah Memmott Clayson.

Dennis D. and LaVaun M. Berry

Orlando Florida Temple

Dennis Dwayne Berry, 71, Orange Park Ward, Jacksonville Florida West Stake, called as president of the Orlando Florida Temple, succeeding President Ranier F. Munns. President Berry’s wife, LaVaun Elizabeth Milton Berry, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister April C. Munns. He is a ward Young Men president, and a former stake president, bishop, and high councilor. A retired regional manager, he was born in Sacramento, California, to Francis Leroy and Esther Telintha Coburn Berry.

Sister Berry is a ward Young Women presidency counselor, and a former stake Primary president, ward Relief Society presidency counselor, and ward Young Women president. She was born in Madison, Florida, to Frank James Milton and Vela Elizabeth McDaniel.

Roy S. and Amelia S. Bush

Halifax Nova Scotia Temple

Roy Sidney Bush, 72, Kentville Ward, Dartmouth Nova Scotia Stake, called as president of the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple, succeeding President David J. Veinot. President Bush’s wife, Amelia Corazón Signación Bush, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Veronica E. Veinot. He is a bishopric counselor, and a former Halifax Nova Scotia Temple presidency counselor, stake presidency counselor, and temple ordinance worker. A retired scientist and research center director for the Government of Canada, he was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, to William John Bush and Florence Anna Gold.

Sister Bush is a seminary teacher, ward choir accompanist, and temple ordinance worker, and a former assistant to the matron of the Halifax Nova Scotia Temple, stake Primary presidency counselor, and ward Relief Society and Primary president. She was born in Manila, Philippines, to Marcos Ojean and Lourdes Moscoso Vagilidad Signación.

Ofelia T. and Marco A. Cárdenas

Mexico City Mexico Temple

Marco Antonio Cárdenas López, 59, Bosques Ward, Mexico City Bosques Stake, called as president of the Mexico City Mexico Temple, succeeding President Lester F. Johnson. President Cárdenas’s wife, Ofelia Trejo Ruíz de Cárdenas, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Debra K. Johnson. He is the Mexico Missionary Training Center district president, and a former Area Seventy, México Tijuana Mission president, stake president, and bishop. A recorder for the Mexico City Mexico Temple, he was born in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, to Reynaldo Cárdenas Sabori and Alicia de Cárdenas López.

Sister Cárdenas is a Sunday School teacher, and a former mission president companion, ward Relief Society president, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Distrito Federal, Mexico, to Agustín Trejo Zenil and Rosa María de Trejo Ruiz.

Carlos R. and Cristina S. Chávez

Santiago Chile Temple

Carlos René Chávez González, 65, Hospital Ward, Buín Chile Stake, called as president of the Santiago Chile Temple, succeeding President Gerardo J. Wilhelm. President Chávez’s wife, Cristina Fernanda Fuentealba Silva de Chávez, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Silvia E. Wilhelm. He is a Sunday School teacher and temple ordinance worker, and a former stake president, bishop, and area temple and family history consultant. A retired coordinator of the Church Educational System, he was born in Santiago, Chile, to René Isaac Chávez Chávez and Teresa del Carmen de Chávez González.

Sister Chávez is a Primary pianist, Relief Society teacher, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Ovalle, Chile, to Humberto Nuñez and Ana Ginger Silva Duran.

Miriam H. and Cordell H. Crawford

Nashville Tennessee Temple

Cordell Hull Crawford, 68, McMinnville Ward, McMinnville Tennessee Stake, called as president of the Nashville Tennessee Temple, succeeding President Thomas E. Allen. President Crawford’s wife, Miriam Elaine Hitchcock Crawford, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Kristine Allen. He is a stake president and temple ordinance worker, and a former bishop, high councilor, and mission presidency counselor. Retired director of special projects, he was born in Lebanon, Tennessee, to Joseph Morgan Crawford and Ada Lea Apple.

Sister Crawford is a temple ordinance worker, and a former ward Relief Society and Young Women president and seminar supervisor. She was born in Spencer, Tennessee, to Thurman Leard and Emma Jewell Hitchcock.

Abraham and Virginia M. Martínez

Mérida Mexico Temple

Abraham Martínez Cerón, 62, Xalostoc Ward, Mexico City Anáhuac Stake, called as president of the Mérida Mexico Temple, succeeding President Augusto Peña Barrera. President Martínez’s wife, Virginia Monroy Villalobos de Martínez, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Sandra A. Peña. He is a Sunday School teacher and temple ordinance worker, and a former Area Seventy, Mexico León Mission president, stake president, bishop, and patriarch. A Seminaries and Institutes area director, he was born in Santiago Tezontlale, Hidalgo, Mexico, to Julio Martínez López and Mercedes Cerón Zárate.

Sister Martínez is a temple ordinance worker, and a former mission president companion, stake Relief Society and Primary presidency counselor, ward Relief Society and Young Women president, and area youth leadership council member. She was born in Tula, Hidalgo, Mexico, to Rafael Monroy Espejel and Virginia de Monroy Villalobos.

Amy H. and James E. Moser

Star Valley Wyoming Temple

James Edward Moser, 65, Bedford Ward, Thayne Wyoming Stake, called as president of the Star Valley Wyoming Temple, succeeding President McKell W. Allred. President Moser’s wife, Amy Louise Harris Moser, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Glenae D. Allred. He is a temple sealer, and a former stake president, bishop, and temple ordinance worker. Retired optometrist, he was born in Jackson, Wyoming, to Dee and Louise A. Merritt Moser.

Sister Moser is a ward temple and family history consultant and temple ordinance worker, and a former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women presidency counselor, and ward organist. She was born in Salt Lake City to Martin and Gloria Mae Gentry Harris Jr.