A new presidency for The Monticello Temple for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been called and began serving on November 3, 2015.
The new Temple Presidency will be led by President Thomas Livingston and the new Matron, his wife Layne, of Monticello. President Livingston’s counselors are Larry Yarbrough and his wife, Renae, of Cortez, CO and James Harris and his wife, Beverly, of Blanding.
The exiting president is Richard Pinnock and the Matron, his wife Renee, of Blanding. President Pinock’s counselors were Steven Law and his wife, Donna, of Cortez, and Bert Oddette and his wife, Mernice, of Monticello. They have been serving for the past three years.
“It was a great experience to have been involved in the leadership of the Monticello Temple for the past six years,” President Pinnock said, who also served as a counselor for three years.
President Pinnock has served faithfully in the Temple Presidency for six straight years.
“That is a long stretch,” said President Livingston, who served in a previous temple presidency with Pinock and will replace him as the new President. “I am sure he is looking forward to visiting with his grandkids.”
“One of the great parts of working in the Temple Presidency is becoming well acquainted with many great people who either serve as workers in the temple or who attend the temple as patrons,” said President Pinnock of his service.
“We are thrilled with the calling of our new temple presidency and matrons and know that they will be effective and faithful in their new assignments.”
As with any new presidency, there will be some changes, said President Livingston who will be meeting with the workers prior to the official transition.
“We wish to invite all those can, to participate in temple activity,” he said. “Our calling is to invite and welcome all those wishing to participate in the temple and to assist in making each visit a spiritual and uplifting experience.”
The Monticello Temple was the first of the many smaller temples around the world to provide temple blessings. The temple serves members of the LDS Church from the Moab, Monticello, Blanding, Durango, and Grand Junction stakes of the LDS church. The temple district includes outlying communities in Utah, Colorado and New Mexico.
“There are many areas of the Church that are remote, where the membership is small and not likely to grow very much in the near future,” said President Gordon B. Hinckley, past President of the LDS Church, in 1997. He added, “We will construct small temples in some of these areas, buildings with all of the facilities to administer all of the ordinances.”
Although smaller, the Monticello Temple, according to President Pinnock, is busy. “We have about 225 ordinance workers who each help staff one of the 10 different shifts we have each week,” said Pinock. “Many of these people travel long distances in all sorts of weather to fulfill their assignments. The faithfulness and dedication of our many workers and also those who come as patrons has been a powerful example in our lives.”
“The work which goes on in the temple is largely in behalf of others. During our lifetimes we may visit the temple many times, but we only do this once in our own behalf, and every other time we are serving in behalf of others.
“When we serve unselfishly in behalf of others, our lives are richer and more meaningful, so that explains why attending the temple becomes such an important thing in the lives of many people,” said President Pinnock.
The calling of Temple President comes from the First Presidency of the LDS Church.