Temple Presidents Announced
June 1981

“Temple Presidents Announced,” Ensign, June 1981, 79

Temple Presidents Announced

The First Presidency has announced new presidents for four temples—and three of the temples are not yet dedicated.

Elder Angel Abrea, 47, sustained April 4 as a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy, will be president of the Buenos Aires Temple in Argentina. His wife, Maria Victoria Chiapparino Abrea, will be the temple matron, as will the other new presidents’ wives. The couple have three children.

Harold Brown, 63, of Mexico City, will be president of the Mexico City Temple, now well along toward completion. He has served as Regional Representative for the Tijuana and Mexicali, Mexico, regions, and was the first president of the Mexico City Stake. He and his wife, Leanore Jesperson Brown, have two children.

Called as president of the Tonga Temple is Tonga Toutai Paletu’a, 57, the first Tongan called as a mission president. He presided over the Tonga Nuku’alofa Mission and has been a Regional Representative. He and his wife, Lui’isa Heha Paletu’a, have two children.

The Saint George Temple, the oldest Latter-day Saint Temple in continuous use, will also receive a new president. He is John M. Russon, 69, of Leeds, Utah, and patriarch of the Washington Utah Stake. President of the Swiss-Austrian Mission from 1962 to 1965, he has also been a Regional Representative. He and his wife, Margaret Ethelyn Cardon Russon, are the parents of ten children.