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 26 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 served in various stake and ward callings in Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary. She also served as a Church-service missionary in the Family History Library and as a seminary teacher.
Sister Stephens studied early childhood education at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where she met her husband, Martin R. Stephens. They were married in the Logan Utah Temple and are the parents of six children and have 21 grandchildren.
Sister Stephens loves scriptures and joins with Ammon declaring: “How great reason have we to rejoice. … And this is the blessing that has been bestowed upon us, that we have been made instruments in the hands of God to bring about this great work. … Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in His strength I can do all things” (Alma 26:1, 3, 12).
Linda S. Reeves
Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Sister Linda Sheffield Reeves was born in Los Angeles and raised in Pasadena, California. She met her husband, Mel, when his family moved into her ward the summer before they began attending BYU; they were married four years later in the Los Angeles Temple. Sister Reeves graduated in special education and taught school before the first of their 13 children were born. The Reeves family moved to Utah in 1997 but returned to California when Brother Reeves presided over the California Riverside Mission. Sister Reeves loves genealogy, travel, art, music, and meeting sisters from around the world.
She has tried to follow Helaman’s admonition to “remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation … a foundation whereupon if men build they cannot fall” (Helaman 5:12).
General Relief Society Board