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New temple presidents called to serve in Honduras, Japan and Missouri

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

Rodolfo Díaz Ortiz, 66, Bella Vista Ward, Danli Honduras Stake, called as president of the Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple, succeeding President Luis G. Duarte. President Díaz’s wife, Rosario del Carmen Tilguant de Díaz, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Gladys E. Zeitun de Duarte. He is a former Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple presidency counselor, stake president, bishop, patriarch and branch president. Retired chief of forest protection, he was born in Cuyalí, El Paraiso, Honduras, to Armando Díaz Méndez and Josefina Ortiz Vendel.

Sister Díaz is a former assistant to the matron of the Tegucigalpa Honduras Temple, ward Young Women and Primary president, and a stake temple and family history consultant. She was born in San Marcos de Colón, Choluteca, Honduras, to Francisco Mata and Aminda Tiguant.

Chikako I. and Katsuyuki Otahara
Chikako I. and Katsuyuki Otahara Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Katsuyuki Otahara, 69, Atsubetsu Ward, Sapporo Japan Stake, called as president of the Fukuoka Japan Temple, succeeding President Kouzou Tashiro. President Otahara’s wife, Chikako Ibata Otahara, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Akiko Tashiro. He is an Area Seventy and temple ordinance worker, and a former stake president, bishop and high councilor. Retired coordinator for the Church Educational System, he was born in Hokkaido, Japan, to Tadayoshi and Chiyo Komine Otahara.

Sister Otahara is seminary supervisor and temple ordinance worker, and a former ward Relief Society president and counselor, ward Primary president and seminary teacher. She was born in Hokkaido, Japan, to Hiroshi and Mie Masaki Ibata.

Jane Darger and Matthew Thomas
Jane Darger and Matthew Thomas Photo: Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Matthew Anthony Thomas, 65, Frontenac Ward, St. Louis Missouri Stake, called as president of the St. Louis Missouri Temple, succeeding President Terry R. Clegg. President Thomas’ wife, Jane Darger Thomas, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Melodee L. Clegg. He is a patriarch and temple sealer, and a former stake president, bishop and welfare regional chairman. A vitreo-retinal surgeon, he was born in Salt Lake City to Madison Hayball and Phebe Marian Thomas.

Sister Thomas is a Young Women adviser and temple ordinance worker, and a former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, stake and ward Young Women president, and ward Relief Society president. She was born in Salt Lake City to Stanford Parley and Arlene Barlow Darger.