The First Presidency announced a new Primary General Presidency during the Saturday afternoon session of the 187th Annual General Conference on April 1, 2017.
Sister Joy D. Jones, Sister Lisa L. Harkness, and Sister Cristina B. Franco will serve in the new presidency.
Primary General President
Joy D. Jones
Joy D. Jones was born and raised in Oregon, USA. She met and married her sweetheart, Robert B. Jones, while attending BYU, where she received a degree in family living. They were married in the Manti Utah Temple and are the parents of five children and the grandparents of 19.
Before her call as the 13th Primary General President, Sister Jones served for nearly six years as a member of the Primary general board. She has enjoyed serving in many ward and stake Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society callings.
Sister Jones loves eating popcorn with her family, being in the temple, and visiting children throughout the world. 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.”
Primary Presidency First Counselor
Lisa L. Harkness
Sister Lisa Harkness was born in Los Angeles, California, to Ronald and La Rae Long. She is married to David S. Harkness. They have five children and two grandchildren. She served a full-time mission in the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission, where she taught in Spanish. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and secondary teaching from Brigham Young University. She served as a stake Young Women president and in many other positions in the Church. Lisa enjoys golf, hiking, and family history.
Primary Presidency Second Counselor
Cristina B. Franco
Cristina B. Franco was born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She met her best friend and husband, Rodolfo “Rudy” C. Franco, when she was a Primary child. They were later married in the Salt Lake Temple and are parents of three sons and have nine grandchildren.
In addition to spending time with her family, Sister Franco finds joy in art—specifically painting with watercolors and working with acrylics. Sister Franco loves reading the scriptures. She would read with her children before they went to school. She said, “We had to make sure they put on their ‘armor’ every day.”
Before her call as the Second Counselor in the Primary General Presidency, Sister Franco was serving with her husband as he presided over the Argentina Resistencia Mission. Sister Franco has served in many different capacities in the Primary, Young Women, Relief Society, and Sunday School organizations. She served as a member of the Primary general board from 2005 to 2010.
Primary General Board Members
Jennefer H. Free
Sister Jennefer Free was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Kenneth B. and Renee Hill. She is married to Brian D. Free. They have two children and one grandchild. Jennefer has served in many stake and ward positions in the Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society auxiliaries. She has also given many hours of service in different capacities for BYU women’s conferences through the years. She is currently studying marriage and family science at BYU–Idaho. She loves gardening, traveling, and scuba diving.
Sister Salote Tukuafu was born in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, to Sonasi and Susana Po’uha. She is married to Suliasi Tukuafu, and they have four children and four grandchildren. Salote studied at LDS Business College and owns her own catering business. She has served in many capacities in the Church and is currently serving as a temple worker in the Salt Lake Temple. Salote loves to cook and create art.
Sister Dana Wiest was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Robert and Jewel Cutler. She is married to Mark J. Wiest. They have four children and one grandchild. Dana served a full-time mission in Oslo, Norway. She has earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah and an MPA from Brigham Young University. Dana is currently serving as a temple worker in the Salt Lake Temple. She likes water-skiing and hiking.