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New temple president

Published: Saturday, Aug. 2 2014 12:05 a.m. MDT

William Arthur and Sharon Lynn Schaefermeyer

Welden C. Andersen, IRI 2014

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William Arthur and Sharon Lynn Schaefermeyer have been called by the First Presidency to preside over the Jordan River Utah Temple, effective Nov. 1, replacing James Reed and Vicki Aileen Matsumori, who were called by the First Presidency but are unable to serve due to health reasons.

William Arthur Schaefermeyer, 71, Hunter 15th Ward, Salt Lake Hunter East Stake, called as president of the Jordan River Utah Temple, succeeding President Robert P. Haight. President Schaefermeyer’s wife, Sharon Lynn Bodily Schaefermeyer, will serve as temple matron, succeeding Sister Dorothy H. Haight. He serves as a patriarch, stake institute teacher, temple preparation teacher and sealer in the Jordan River Utah Temple. He has served as president of the Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission, stake president, bishop and high councilor. Retired director of studios and events for the Church, he was born in San Diego, California, to Arthur Eugene and Mary Vera Aycock Schaefermeyer.

Sister Schaefermeyer serves as a temple preparation teacher. She served with her husband as he presided over the Pennsylvania Philadelphia Mission. She has also served as stake Primary president, ward Relief Society president and as a counselor in ward Relief Society, Young Women and Primary presidencies. She was born in Vernal, Utah, to Reed Fisher and Olen Orabus Bodily.