The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a new Relief Society General Presidency during the Saturday afternoon session of the faith’s 187th annual general conference April 1, 2017.
Jean B. Bingham, Sharon Eubank, and Reyna I. Aburto will serve as the new Relief Society Presidency. The Relief Society Presidency oversees the women of the Church ages 18 and older and helps them prepare for the blessings of eternal life as they increase faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and His Atonement; strengthen individuals, families, and homes through ordinances and covenants; and work in unity to help those in need. This new presidency will serve under the direction of the First Presidency and will travel frequently to help guide and support Relief Society sisters and their local leaders.
Relief Society General Office
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Jean B. Bingham
Relief Society General President
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 Relief Society General President, Sister Bingham served as First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency and 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 and refugees.
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.”
First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Sharon Eubank was born in Redding, California, to Mark and Jean Eubank. She served as a full-time missionary in the Finland Helsinki Mission. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Brigham Young University. She works for the Church Welfare Department and is currently the director of LDS Charities, the Church’s humanitarian organization. She continues in this role while serving in the Relief Society.
One of her favorite things is to meet the members of the Church from all around the world, to hear how they joined the Church, and to talk about their ideas for how the gospel can flourish in their countries.
She will always be thankful to the home teacher and his wife who brought her parents into the gospel.
Reyna I. Aburto
Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency
Reyna I. Aburto was sustained as Second Counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency in April 2017.
Prior to her call she served as a member of the Primary general board and in different callings in Relief Society, Young Women, Primary, Sunday School, and Scouting.
Sister Aburto was born in Managua, Nicaragua. She moved to the United States in 1984 and joined the Church in 1989 in San Francisco, California. She and her husband, Carlos, live in Orem, Utah. They have three children and two grandchildren.
Sister Aburto studied industrial engineering at Universidad Centroamericana in Managua, Nicaragua, and earned an associate degree in computer science from Utah Valley University. She has worked in the language industry for more than 25 years and currently works as a translator in a small translation business she owns with her husband.
General Relief Society Board Members
Memnet P. Lopez
Memnet Panes Lopez was born in Iloilo, Philippines, to Sal Chavez Panes and Purificacion Pasaporte Patriarca and was raised in Guam. At the age of 19, she joined the Church with her family. She graduated from Brigham Young University–Hawaii with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She also attended Far Eastern University Medical School–Philippines for two years. Sister Lopez was married to Marlo Oliveros Lopez in the Laie Hawaii Temple. They have three sons and eight grandchildren.
She enjoys gardening and cooking and loves spending time with her grandchildren. One of her favorite scriptures is Helaman 5:12: “It is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation.”
Prior to her call to the Relief Society general board, Sister Lopez served as a nursery leader, ward missionary, seminary teacher, Primary president, in a stake Young Women presidency, and as a missionary in the Illinois Chicago Mission. She also served as a missionary companion to her husband when he presided over the Philippines Bacolod Mission. She is currently serving as a member of the seminary and institute research committee.
Melinda Anne Booth
Melinda Anne (Mindy) Booth was born and raised in Salt Lake City. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public communication from the University of Utah and a master of public administration degree from New York University. She has worked in international development and financial compliance and is now a chef in Salt Lake City.
Prior to her calling to the Relief Society general board, Sister Booth served as Relief Society president in her single adult ward. She had previously served as a Primary chorister, stake Relief Society counselor, ward Relief Society counselor and president, ward Young Women president, and Church-service missionary to the Relief Society General Presidency.
Sister Booth loves the temple, music, and cooking with her 13 nieces and nephews. One of her favorite scriptures is Helaman 5:12: “Remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation.”
Rebecca Mehr was born in 1964 to Jay Lloyd and Linda Lewton Olpin and was raised in New York and Maryland. She earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Brigham Young University, with a minor in music. She worked as an engineer and marketing executive in the computer industry for such companies as Hewlett Packard, Novell, and 3Com. She served on the international boards of directors for both the bluetooth and USB industry standard governing bodies. Rebecca left the high-tech industry in 2005 to work for the Church as director of audience needs for the Church History Department.
Rebecca served a mission in Bordeaux, France, and sang for eight years as a soprano with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She married Daniel S. Mehr in 2007, after the death of his first wife, Deborah Lucille Petersen, becoming an instant mom and grandma. Together, Daniel and Rebecca have served as public affairs missionaries in the Caribbean Area and as mission president and wife in the West Indies Mission. Currently, Rebecca serves on the Relief Society council of the Provo Missionary Training Center.
Rebecca is delighted to be a wife, a mother to six children and their spouses, and grandmother of 21. She and her husband reside in Highland, Utah.
Susan H. Porter
Susan Holland Porter was born in Oklahoma and raised in the small town of Painted Post in western New York with four siblings by loving parents. She attended BYU, where she met her husband, Bruce D. Porter, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. After their marriage in the Washington D.C. Temple, they raised their family in Massachusetts, Virginia, Germany, and Utah. They are the parents of two sons and two daughters.
Prior to her calling to the Relief Society general board, Sister Porter was serving as a counselor in her stake Relief Society. She has also served as a ward Relief Society president, Young Women president, and Gospel Doctrine teacher. Elder Porter was called as a member of the Seventy in 1995, giving them the opportunity to serve in the Middle East/North Africa Area and the Europe East Area of the Church. Elder Porter passed away in December 2016.
Sister Porter enjoys playing the piano, reading, sewing, and spending time with her family, including 11 grandchildren. She loves the invitation of Nephi to “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men” (2 Nephi 31:20).