"The basis for every temple ordinance and covenant—the heart of the plan of salvation—is the Atonement of Jesus Christ."
- President Russell M. Nelson
April 2001 Conference
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Prophets throughout time have told the Saints how important it is that we attend the temple, for ourselves and our ancestors. Many Saints are blessed to have the means and location to attend the temple easily. For others, it may take years to be able to attend only once. Temple Air is volunteering time, talents, energy, and expense to help these Saints without means reach their eternal goals.
Through countless hours of research and discussion, Temple Air has determined to begin helping the Saints in the Pacific Islands receive assistance in reaching the temple. We hope to expand to other parts of the world as requests come in.
Temple Air is a not for profit organization that puts 100% of all donations towards transporting LDS families to the temple. Please donate when and if the time is right for you. When you are ready, please click here to donate.
Temple Air Volunteer Board of Directors
- Daniel Todd is one of the founders of the organization. He started the plans for Temple Air 11 years ago. He has been a pilot since 2007 and currently serves as the Open Water Training Sergeant for Utah County Search and Rescue. He is also a medic with the team. Daniel founded Law Firm Sites in 1999 and employs 34 people, half of whom live in the Philippines. Dan served a full-time mission to Boise, Idaho from 1995-1997 and is currently Scoutmaster and family history teacher in his ward.
- Herschel Pedersen is also one of the founders of Temple Air. He was the Mission President of the Auckland, New Zealand Mission. He started the process of chartering planes for saints when he flew about 60 people from the island of Niue to the Tongan Temple.
- Stanley Ulualofaiga Snow is currently the Assistant Chief Pilot for United Airlines. Stan has over 34 years of experience as a pilot. From 1983-2014, he served his country as an Air Force pilot and retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was the first fighter pilot in the Armed Forces of Samoan descent. Colonial Snow flew the A-10, F-15, F-16 and F-22 fighter jets as well as the KC-135 and C-130 cargo planes. Stan is Temple Air’s Chief Pilot and will oversee all pilots and aircraft.
- Gary Huggard has over 35 years of military experience managing logistics for the US Air Force and as a defense contractor. He is currently the Senior Logistics Manager for a major US-based defense contractor in Kaysville, Utah. Gary will be the head logistics manager and advisor.
- Brett Gerlach is the founder of Brevium, a software company offering patient reactivation services to medical offices. Brett serves on the advisory board for Brigham Young University’s Information Technology major, and he also serves as a Trustee on the American Heritage School’s board. Brett has been flying since 1999 and will be Temple Air’s Assistant Chief Pilot.
- Emoani Tulimalefoi Snow Willing studied International Relations at BYU from 2004-2009. She was invited to play for the US National Softball Team in Australia. Emi speaks several languages including Samoan, Tongan, and French. She will serve as the manager of our translators as well as manage the staff who arrange room and board for the saints traveling to the temple.
- Dr. Paul Byrd is a retired Colonel with the Utah Air National Guard, a military advisor, and serves on the Utah State Critical Incident Stress Management Team. Dr. Byrd has experience with overseas security for the military. He is Temple Air’s safety officer while traveling abroad.
- Ilima Kahokuhealani Todd attended Kamehameha School in Hawaii where she took 5 years of Hawaiian language classes. She has a physics teaching degree from BYU and is a published author with Deseret Book. Ilima will assist in translating as well as recording the stories of the saints who travel to the temple.
- Aaron LuBean has been a Senior Software Engineer with the ICS Department for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the past 9 years. He has been instrumental in developing tools for the Church to analyze temple activity and innovated the creation of new reporting tools for church leaders to measure temple attendance.