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First Presidency Calls 8 New Temple Presidents to Serve in Utah, Australia + More

From Utah to Brazil and Australia to Canada, the following eight temple presidents and their wives have been called by the First Presidency to serve in temples around the world. 

Benedito Sergio Antunes dos Santos, 62, Monte Serrat Ward, Itu Brazil Stake, called as president of the Recife Brazil Temple, succeeding President Francisco A. Souza. President Antunes’ wife, Jussara Oliveira Antunes, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Elaine M. G. Souza. He is an Area Seventy and a former Brazil Porto Alegre North Mission president, stake president and bishop. Retired regional Church Education System director, he was born in Pindamonhangaba, São Paulo, Brazil, to Pedro Antunes dos Santos and Maria José Pereira Antunes.

Sister Antunes is a stake temple and family history consultant. She served with her husband as he presided over the Brazil Porto Alegre North Mission and is a former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, stake and ward Young Women president and stake Primary president. Born in Arapongas, Paraná, Brazil, to Manoel Francisco Oliveira Filho and Clarice Costa Oliveira.

David Wesley Balderson, 69, Magrath 7th Ward, Magrath Alberta Stake, called as president of the Cardston Alberta Temple, succeeding President Clark L. Hardy. President Balderson’s wife, Elva Lorraine Smith Balderson, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Deanna Hardy. He is a Cardston Alberta Temple presidency counselor and a former stake president and bishop. Retired professor of management, he was born in Magrath, Alberta, to Kenneth Kincade and Marjorie Ririe Balderson.

Sister Balderson is an assistant to the matron of the Cardston Alberta Temple and a former stake Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Relief Society president and ward Young Women and Primary presidency counselor. Born in Vulcan, Alberta, to Morgan Walter and Doris Elva Smith.

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