The First Presidency has called five new Missionary Training Center presidents with their wives. They will begin service about Jan. 1, 2008.
Hoyt William Brewster Jr., 69, New Zealand Missionary Training Center; Brighton 10th Ward, Salt Lake Brighton Stake; stake president; former president of the Netherlands Amsterdam Mission, member of the Church Correlation Committee, counselor in a stake presidency, bishop and missionary in the Netherlands-Belgium Mission. Retired as manager in the Church Temple Department. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Hoyt William and Naomi Smith Brewster. Married Judith Louise Thiede, five children.
A counselor in the ward Primary presidency, Sister Brewster served with her husband in the Netherlands Amsterdam Mission and is a former ward Relief Society and Primary president, counselor in a ward Young Women presidency and teacher in Relief Society and Sunday School. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Robert D. and Mildred Allen Thiede.
David Alan Christensen, 57, Guatemala Missionary Training Center; Mill Hollow 3rd Ward, Rexburg Idaho North Stake; stake president; former president of the Chile Santiago North Mission, ward Young Men president, bishop and counselor, high councilor and missionary in the Mexican Mission. Professor at Brigham Young University-Idaho. Born in Farmington, N.M., to Vaughn L. and Irene Cardon Christensen. Married Deena Bond, eight children.
An activities committee chairman, Sister Christensen is a former ward Relief Society and Primary president, Relief Society and Primary teacher and seminary teacher. Born in Farmington, N.M., to William Dale and Adelaide Call Bond.
David Warne Ferrel, 67, Chile Missionary Training Center; Quince Orchard Ward, Seneca Maryland Stake; temple ordinance worker; former Area Seventy, president of the Ecuador Quito Mission, stake president and counselor, bishop and missionary in the Uruguay Montevideo Mission. Retired executive. Born in Modesto, Calif., to Rex Warne and June Norton Ferrel. Married Laurel Jennette Fisher, six children.
A temple ordinance worker and stake Relief Society president, Sister Ferrel served with her husband in the Ecuador Quito Mission and is a former member of the Washington D.C. Temple Visitors Center cultural arts committee, seminary and institute teacher and ward Relief Society president. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Alma Stoker and Elva Dorothy Hulterstrom Fisher.
James Andrew McArthur, 63, Japan Missionary Training Center; St. George 8th Ward, St. George Utah Stake; counselor in the stake presidency; former president of the Japan Fukuoka Mission, bishop, high councilor, Varsity Scout Coach and missionary in the Northern Far East Mission. Owner of McArthur's Temple View RV Resort. Born in St. George, Utah, to Andrew and Merle Wallace McArthur. Married Denise Annette Stone, seven children.
A stake Primary president, Sister McArthur is a former counselor in a stake Primary presidency, ward Primary president, ward Young Women president and counselor and Relief Society teacher. Born in Glendale, Calif., to Ira C. and Margaret Irene Loutensock Stone.
Gordon Thomas Wilson, 61, Argentina Missionary Training Center; Hobble Creek 9th Ward, Springville Utah Hobble Creek Stake; branch president at the Provo Missionary Training Center; former president of the Bolivia La Paz Mission, counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, bishop and counselor and missionary in the Uruguay Mission. Retired systems engineer for IBM. Born in Lovell, Wyo., to Boyd Lee and Althea Marsden Wilson. Married Emolyn Manwaring, five children.
A stake Young Women music specialist and ward organist, Sister Wilson served with her husband in the Bolivia La Paz Mission and is a former seminary and institute teacher, stake missionary and ward Relief Society, Young Women and Primary president. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Arthur Everett and Barbara Emolyn Head Manwaring.