“New President Called to Serve London Temple,” Ensign, Nov. 1973, 91
Joseph William Darling, patriarch of the London (England) North Stake for the past six years, has been called as the new president of the London Temple. He succeeds President Dougald C. McKeown. Sister Darling has been called to serve as temple matron.
Set apart by President Harold B. Lee, the new temple president previously served as recorder of the temple from 1959 to 1962. He then served five years as president of the London Stake before being sustained as patriarch in the London North Stake.
President Darling was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he was baptized into the Church in 1930 when he was 23. Subsequently he served a full-time mission in the British Mission for two years.
Sister Darling, a native of Dublin, Ireland, was baptized in Belfast in 1934. She has served as a seminary teacher, teacher trainer, and Relief Society president in the Hyde Park Ward, Primary president in the South London Ward, and London Temple ordinance worker.