Whitehouse - Latter-Day Saints: Church getting new Bishop

Published on Friday, 1 August 2014 23:39 - Written by Rebecca Hoeffner rhoeffner@tylerpaper.com

Sam Anderson has been called to serve as the new Bishop of Whitehouse Ward, a congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

A bishop is the leader of a local congregation (known as a ward). In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this position is unpaid.

Bishop Anderson is a 28-year resident of Tyler. He is employed as the community involvement manager at Brookshire Grocery Company, according to the written release. He has been married 31 years to his wife, Leslie, and they are the parents of four children. He has been active in the Boy Scouts of America and has served as a youth leader for many years.

Two counselors assist bishops, and Bishop Anderson has called Nathan Clark Johnson to serve as his first counselor, and Tony Jameson, as second counselor.

Nate Johnson is a dentist at Shiloh Family Dental in Tyler. He and his wife, Ginnie, are the parents to four children and are expecting a baby boy. They have lived in Tyler for just over a year and have “quickly grown to love the area and everyone here,” according to the written release. Before moving to Tyler they lived in Utah. Johnson enjoys shooting, hiking, reading and anything to do with fly-fishing.

Tony Jameson was born and raised in Las Vegas but moved to East Texas in 1994. He has been married 28 years to Auralee Jameson. They have three children, who graduated from Robert E. Lee. He retired after 23 years service in the U.S. Army Reserves and the Texas National Guard. He has been a physician assistant for 22 years and works for the Trinity Mother Francis Clinic in Mineola.

Together, these men in the Whitehouse Bishopric will oversee the spiritual and social needs of their ward members.

“The bishop helps each member of his congregation in their efforts to follow Jesus Christ,” according to the written release. “In addition to spiritual matters, a bishop helps members who are struggling financially or in other ways to become self-reliant through welfare assistance. A bishop also oversees practical matters such as records, reports, finances and the meetinghouse where members meet.”

Bishops typically serve for about five years, according to the release. Bishops report to stake presidents, and these local leaders have an amount of local autonomy to make decisions regarding the members in their wards and stakes