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 Bonnie H. Cordon, 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
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.”
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
Michelle D. Craig
Sister Michelle Craig was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Robert H. and Janet Daines. She is married to E. Boyd Craig. They have three children and six grandchildren. She has served in many positions in the Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society auxiliaries and as a Gospel Doctrine teacher. Michelle served a mission in the Dominican Republic Santo Domingo Mission. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University. She loves family history and temple work as well as reading and enjoying time with her family.
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.
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.
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.