Reyna Aburto was born in Nicaragua. She is married to Carlos Aburto, who is from Mexico, and they have three children. She attended Universidad Centroamericana, where she studied industrial engineering, and she has an AAS degree in computer science from Utah Valley University. Sister Aburto has happily served in Relief Society, Young Women, Primary, Sunday School, and Scouting. She finds peace in knowing that “men are, that they might have joy” (2 Nephi 2:25) because all of our “afflictions … [can be] swallowed up in the joy of Christ” (Alma 31:38).
Jean Bingham was born in Utah but grew up in Texas, Minnesota, and New Jersey. She met her husband, Bruce, a convert from Illinois, at BYU. They have two daughters and five grandchildren. Sister Bingham received a master’s degree in teaching from National-Louis University. The counsel to “trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding” (Proverbs 3:5) has been a guiding and strengthening principle as she has served in Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society and as an early-morning seminary teacher.
Mary Durham was born in Virginia and raised in Minnesota and Utah. She is married to Mark P. Durham. They have two daughters, five sons, and twenty-two grandchildren. She has served as stake Relief Society president as well as Young Women president and loves to work in the temple. Sister Durham served with her husband when he presided over the Japan Tokyo North Mission. Through many varied experiences in her life, she continues to learn “that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God” (1 Corinthians 2:5).
Joy Jones was born and raised in Oregon by loving parents. She met and married her sweetheart, Robert B. Jones, while attending BYU, where she received a degree in family living. They have five children and thirteen grandchildren. She treasures the wonderful experiences she has had serving in her ward and stake callings. Sister Jones loves spending time with family, in the temple, and outdoors. She trusts the promise in Doctrine and Covenants 88:63: “Draw near unto me and I will draw near unto you; seek me diligently and ye shall find me.”
Cecilia Plascencia was born in Tijuana, Mexico. She joined the Church with her husband, Pedro Plascencia, and three children. She has eight beautiful grandchildren. She loves serving others and has had many sweet experiences as a Relief Society, Young Women, and regional auxiliary leader. Sister Plascencia finds strength through the words of Ether 12:19: “And there were many whose faith was so exceedingly strong, … who could not be kept from within the veil, but truly saw with their eyes the things which they had beheld with an eye of faith.”
Larraine Rowberry was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She attended BYU and graduated from the College of Notre Dame in Belmont, California, with a bachelor’s degree in music. She and her husband, Jon, have five children and thirteen grandchildren. Sister Rowberry has served in Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society in various callings and is a former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. “Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good” (Alma 37:37) is a scripture that inspires and brings peace to her.
Erin Sanderson was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, grew up in Williamsburg, Virginia, and moved to Utah while in her youth. She later married her best friend and neighbor, Mark Sanderson. They are the parents of two sons and five daughters and have one precious granddaughter. Sister Sanderson learned to appreciate and love Scouting by immersing herself in the training and through serving the boys and their families. She would like to be known, as was Joseph Smith, as “a disturber and an annoyer of [the adversary's] kingdom” (Joseph Smith—History 1:20).
Ginny Smith was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. She met her husband, Douglas H. Smith, while attending the University of Utah, where she received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. They have three children and five grandchildren. Her career in hospital management and nonprofit administration has focused on serving children. Sister Smith has enjoyed all her ward and stake callings, but her first love is teaching. She believes in possibilities, and her favorite scripture is found in Mark 10:27: “For with God all things are possible.”
Jan Taylor was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. She married John R. Taylor in the Salt Lake Temple. They have one daughter, three sons, and four wonderful grandchildren. She loves to be actively engaged, whether working or playing, with her grandchildren. Sister Taylor served with her husband when he was mission president of the Mexico Monterrey East Mission. She has gained much strength from Nephi's words, "I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know … he shall prepare a way for them” (1 Nephi 3:7).