General Primary Presidency and Board


“All thy children shall be taught of the Lord; and great shall be the peace of thy children.”   —3 Nephi 22:13

Our goal in Primary is to assist parents in teaching their children the gospel of Jesus Christ. Primary can play a vital role in the process of true conversion. In Primary, testimonies are nurtured and strengthened as we help children feel Heavenly Father’s love, understand the gospel of Jesus Christ, feel the influence of the Holy Ghost, and prepare to make and keep sacred covenants.

Heavenly Father has provided a beautiful plan for all of His children. Our great desire as a presidency is to help families—parents and precious children—return to His presence. And so for children all over the world we say, “Take my hand. Hold on tight. We will stay on the path together back to Heavenly Father.”

Rosemary M. Wixom
Primary General President

Rosemary M. Wixom

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom was sustained as the 12th general president of the Primary in general conference on Saturday, April 3, 2010.

She was raised in Salt Lake City and attended Utah State University, where she graduated in elementary education. She and her husband, B. Jackson Wixom, are the parents of six children and have eight grandchildren.

She has served on the Primary general board, the Young Women general board, and with her husband as he served as president of the Washington D.C. South Mission. She loves her grandchildren and considers Sunday family dinners the highlight of her week.

Cheryl A. Esplin
First Counselor, Primary General Presidency

Cheryl A. Esplin

Sister Cheryl Esplin was born and raised in Lovell, Wyoming. She graduated from Brigham Young University in elementary education. She and her husband, Max Esplin, are the parents of five children and have 21 grandchildren, most of whom are in Primary.

She has served in Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary. Sister Esplin served with her husband when he was mission president of the North Carolina Raleigh Mission.

Mary R. Durham
Second Counselor, Primary General Presidency

Mary R. Durham

Sister Mary R. 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”

Primary General Board

Reyna L. AburtoJean B. BinghamJoy D. Jones
Reyna I. AburtoJean B. BinghamJoy D. Jones
Cecilia T. PlascenciaLarraine RowberryErin C. Sanderson
Cecilia T. PlascenciaLarraine A. RowberryErin C. Sanderson
Ginny U. SmithJan P. Taylor 
Virginia U. SmithJanice P. Taylor