Relief Society General Presidency
Sustained in March 2012
On March 31, 2012, the Relief Society general presidency was reorganized. Linda K. Burton was sustained as the Relief Society general president. Carole M. Stephens was sustained as first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, and Linda S. Reeves was sustained as second counselor.
“Our presidency’s earnest hope for all of Heavenly Father’s daughters is that we will increase our faith in Jesus Christ by focusing on the power of His Atonement, cheerfully keep our covenants to strengthen our families, and work in unity with the priesthood to reach out and rescue those in need.”
Relief Society General Office
76 North Main
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150
Linda K. Burton
Relief Society General President
Sister Linda K. Burton was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a teenager she lived in New Zealand for three years, where her father served as mission president. Living in the mission home and later attending the Church College of New Zealand as a boarding student provided her unique opportunities to see missionary life up close and for her to observe and embrace many cultures. She attended the University of Utah, where she studied elementary education and met her sweetheart, Craig P. Burton. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in 1973 and are the parents of six children and have 24 grandchildren. Being a grandmother is her favorite hobby!
Although she has loved every Church calling she has had, serving with Heavenly Father’s beloved daughters in Relief Society has enabled her to feel His love for them. She is inspired by their faith, strength, and selfless service.
While serving in the Korea Seoul West Mission with her husband, their mission theme found a permanent home in her heart. It reminds her who she is and whom she serves: “Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life” (3 Nephi 5:13).
Carole M. Stephens
First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Sister Carole M. Stephens was serving on the Relief Society general board when she accepted the call to serve as first counselor in the general presidency. She has also served as stake and ward Relief Society president; ward Relief Society counselor, teacher, and homemaking leader; ward Young Women president; member of a ward Primary presidency; Primary teacher; Cub Scout leader; Church-service missionary; and seminary teacher.
She attended Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, and is currently a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, where she serves as the Farr West camp captain.
She is married to Martin R. Stephens. They are the parents of six children and have 15 grandchildren.
Linda S. Reeves
Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Sister Linda S. Reeves was serving as the first counselor in her ward’s Relief Society when she was called to serve in the Relief Society general presidency. Previously she served with her husband when he was president of the California Riverside Mission. She also served as stake Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, ward young single adult adviser, Sunday School teacher, and Primary chorister.
She graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of science degree in special education. She is married to Melvyn K. Reeves, and they are the parents of 13 children.
General Relief Society Board