Five New Temple Presidents Assigned

  • 4 May 2015

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

Boise Idaho Temple

A. Brent and Diane B. Belliston

Alma Brent Belliston, 68, Greenhill Ward, Meridian Idaho Stake, called as president of the Boise Idaho Temple, succeeding President W. Leigh Brinkeroff. President Belliston’s wife, Diane Braden Belliston, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Donna Brinkerhoff. Brother Belliston serves as first counselor in the Boise Idaho Temple presidency. He has also served as president of the Maryland Baltimore Mission, stake president, bishop, high councilor, and temple ordinance worker. A retired software consultant and contractor, he was born in Nephi, Utah, to Lester Howell and Leona Bertina Belliston.

Sister Belliston serves as assistant to the matron at the Boise Idaho Temple. She served with her husband as he presided over the Maryland Baltimore Mission. She has also served as a counselor in stake and ward Relief Society presidencies, ward Young Women presidency, Primary and Sunday School teacher, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Ontario, Oregon, to Joseph Pat and Lois Edith Montgomery Braden.

Tokyo Japan Temple

Yasuo and Tomiko M. Niiyama

Yasuo Niiyama, 71, Fuchu Ward, Musashino Japan Stake, called as president of the Tokyo Japan Temple, succeeding President Ryuichi Inoue. President Niiyama’s wife, Tomiko Hatakeyama Moulton Niiyama, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Reiko I. Inoue. Brother Niiyama serves as a member of the Church Area Government Relations Council and as a Sunday School teacher. He has served as an Area Seventy, president of the Japan Sendai Mission, regional representative, stake president, high councilor, and branch president. A council member of the Japan Immigration Association and retired CEO of the Selnate Group, he was born in Kobe, Japan, to Yoshio and Tsujiko Murakawa Niiyama.

Sister Niiyama serves as a counselor in a ward Relief Society presidency. She served with her husband as he presided over the Japan Sendai Mission and has also served as a counselor in a stake Young Women presidency, stake and ward Primary president, ward Relief Society president, and ward Young Women president. She was born in Sendai, Japan, to Arlo and Eiko Hatakeyama Moulton.

Cebu City Philippines Temple

Fe A. and Cesar A. Perez Jr.

Cesar Abina Perez Jr., 60, Consolacion 2nd Ward, Cebu Philippines Consolacion Stake, called as president of the Cebu City Philippines Temple, succeeding President Arsenio A. Pagaduan. President Perez’s wife, Fe Visabella Alinsug Perez, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Aida C. Pagaduan. He serves as the Philippines Cebu CES coordinator. Brother Perez has served as an Area Seventy, president of the Philippines Cagayan de Oro Mission, stake president, bishop, and temple open house and dedication committee coordinator for the Cebu City Philippines Temple. An institute director for the Church Educational System, he was born in Tomas Oppus, Philippines, to Cesar Fernandez Sr. and Isabel Calimbas Abina Perez.

Sister Perez serves as an assistant public affairs director for the Cebu Philippines Region and as ward activity chairman. She served with her husband as he presided over the Philippines Cagayan de Oro Mission and has also served in a stake Relief Society presidency and as a Sunday School teacher. She was born in Consolacion, Philippines, to Aurelio Ceniza Alinsug and Felisa Semblante Visabella.

Draper Utah Temple

Kathryn L. and K. Brent Somers

Karl Brent Somers, 66, Corner Canyon 6th Ward, Draper Utah Corner Canyon Stake, called as president of the Draper Utah Temple, succeeding President Harold C. Brown. President Somers’s wife, Kathryn Lenhart Somers, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Penny D. Brown. Brother Somers serves as high priests group assistant, Sunday School teacher, and sealer in the Draper Utah Temple. He has served as president of the Idaho Pocatello Mission, counselor in the Draper Utah Temple presidency, stake president, bishop’s counselor, and high councilor. Former owner of Somers & Associates, he was born in Logan, Utah, to Wilford Karl and Beth Johnson Somers.

Sister Somers serves as a Sunday School teacher. She served with her husband as he presided over the Idaho Pocatello Mission. She has also served as assistant to the matron of the Draper Utah Temple, stake and ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, ward Primary president, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Logan, Utah, to Ernest and Hanna Mae Larsen Lenhart.

Atlanta Georgia Temple

Bonnie N. and Lyle J. Stucki

Lyle Jay Stucki, 60, Louisville 2nd Ward, Louisville Kentucky Stake, called as president of the Atlanta Georgia Temple, succeeding President Stephen D. Posey. President Stucki’s wife, Bonnie Norton Stucki, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Nancy L. Posey. Brother Stucki serves as second counselor in the Louisville Kentucky Temple presidency. He has served as president of the Philippines Manila Mission, stake president, bishop, high councilor, welfare regional chairman, and temple ordinance worker. Owner of Unique Management Services, he was born in Rigby, Idaho, to Delos Sharp and Betty Rae Olson Stucki.

Sister Stucki serves as an assistant to the matron in the Louisville Kentucky Temple. She served with her husband as he presided over the Philippines Manila Mission and has also served as a counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency, ward Relief Society president, counselor in a ward Young Women presidency, ward Primary president, and temple ordinance worker. She was born in Preston, Idaho, to Max Loris and Camilla Price Norton.