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New temple presidents

Two new temple presidents and matrons have been announced by the First Presidency.

William R. Bradford, 72, Eagleridge Ward, North Salt Lake Utah Parkway Stake, called as president of the Houston Texas Temple, succeeding Richard H. Sutton. President Bradford's wife, Mary Ann Bird Bradford, will serve as temple matron.

William R. and Mary Ann Bradford
William R. and Mary Ann Bradford

President Bradford is an Emeritus General Authority, a former member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, area president and counselor, assistant executive director of the Church's Curriculum Department, managing director, executive administrator, area supervisor, president of Chile Santiago Mission, branch president and elders quorum president. He is the retired owner of a fruit and vegetable and shipping company in Texas, Mexico and Central America. He was born in Springville, Utah, to Rawsel William and Mary Waddoups Bradford.

Sister Bradford served with her husband when he was a mission president, and is a former member of ward and stake Relief Society presidencies, Primary presidency and Young Women presidency. She was born in Mapleton, Utah, to Freeman C. and Eva Marchbanks Bird.

N. Gaylon Hopkins, 67, Harvest Hills 5th Ward, Saratoga Springs Utah North Stake, called as president of the Montevideo Uruguay Temple, succeeding James R. Driggs. President Hopkins' wife, Margaret Ann Childers Hopkins, will serve as temple matron.

N. Gaylon and Margaret Ann Hopkins
N. Gaylon and Margaret Ann Hopkins

President Hopkins is a patriarch and temple ordinance worker, a former Missionary Training Center president in Guatemala, president of Venezuela Valencia Mission, counselor in stake presidency, bishop, high councilor and member of district presidency. He is retired as an instructional designer and trainer and institute instructor for the Church Educational System and a former member of BYU Jerusalem Center faculty. He was born in Soda Springs, Idaho, to Nephi C. and Martha Grace Moore Hopkins.

Sister Hopkins, a temple ordinance worker, served with her husband when he was a mission president and president of the Missionary Training Center in Guatemala, and is a former gospel doctrine teacher, ward Primary teacher, ward Young Women president and counselor, ward and stake Relief Society president, member of stake Relief Society presidency, Cub Scout leader and nursery leader. She was born in Alton, Ill., to Marion A. and Virgia Childers.

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