The First Presidency announced a new Primary General Presidency during the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Annual General Conference on April 2.
Sister Joy D. Jones, Sister Jean B. Bingham, and Sister Bonnie H. Cordon 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 5 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
Jean B. Bingham
Jean B. Bingham was born in Utah and grew up in Texas, Minnesota, and New Jersey, USA. She met her husband, Bruce B. Bingham, at Brigham Young University. They were married in 1972 in the Provo Utah Temple, raised their two daughters in Illinois, have been foster parents to many children and youth, and are delighted as they now welcome grandchildren to the family.
Prior to her call as First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency, Sister Bingham served as a member of the Primary General Board. Her previous callings include serving in ward and stake Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society organizations, and she particularly treasures her time spent teaching early-morning seminary. Sister Bingham received a master’s degree in teaching from National-Louis University and has taught English as a second language to immigrants.
Through all of her life experiences, Sister Bingham has sought to be guided by the counsel in Proverbs 3:5–6: “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”
Primary Presidency Second Counselor
Bonnie H. Cordon
Bonnie H. Cordon was born and raised in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She served a full-time mission in the Portugal Lisbon Mission and is fluent in Portuguese. After her mission she received a bachelor’s degree in education from Brigham Young University, where she met her sweetheart, Derek Cordon. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple and are the parents of four children and grandparents of three.
Sister Cordon served with her husband when he was the mission president in the Brazil Curitiba Mission. She has enjoyed serving in ward and stake Primary, Young Women, Relief Society, nursery, and seminary. She has worked in management and managed her own business. Sister Cordon likes to spend time with her family hiking, skiing, and even scuba diving.
One of her favorite scriptures is Doctrine and Covenants 123:17: “Therefore, dearly beloved brethren, let us cheerfully do all things that lie in our power; and then may we stand still, with the utmost assurance, to see the salvation of God, and for his arm to be revealed.”