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LDS Church announces new Primary general presidency

By Megan Marsden Christensen | Posted - Apr. 2, 2016 at 10:20 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a new Primary general presidency Saturday during its 186th semiannual General Conference.

Sisters Joy D. Jones, Jean B. Bingham and Bonnie H. Cordon will serve as president, first counselor and second counselor respectively of the Primary general presidency. President Dieter F. Uchtdorf of the LDS First Presidency made the announcement during the Saturday afternoon session of General Conference.

The former presidency, Sisters Rosemary M. Wixom, Cheryl A. Esplin and Mary R. Durham were released. Sister Wixom and Sister Esplin had served in the calling since April 2010. Sister Durham was called in April 2015.

Joy D. Jones

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Joy D. Jones (Photo: © 2016 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.)

Sister Jones has served on the LDS Church's Primary general board for the last five years. In her local congregation, she has served as Relief Society president and in the Young Women and Primary organizations, according to the LDS Church. She grew up in Oregon and married Robert B. Jones when she was a student at Brigham Young University. Together, they have five children and 13 grandchildren.

Jean B. Bingham

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Jean B. Bingham (Photo: © 2016 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.)

When Sister Bingham was called as the first counselor in the Primary general presidency, she was in her sixth year of service on the Primary general board, according to the LDS Church. She has formerly served in the Young Women and Primary organizations in her local congregation and as a Seminary teacher. Sister Bingham is from Provo and has a master's degree in education from Brigham Young University. She is married and has two children.

Bonnie H. Cordon

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Bonnie H. Cordon (Photo: © 2016 by Intellectual Reserve, Inc. All rights reserved.)

Sister Cordon served alongside her husband, Derek, when he was mission president of the Brazil Curitiba Mission from 2010 to 2013. She also served a full-time mission from 1982 to 1983 in the Portugal Lisbon Mission, according to the LDS Church. She has formerly served in the Young Women, Primary and Relief Society in her ward. Born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, she obtained a bachelor's degree in education from BYU. She is the mother to three sons and one daughter.

Also during the Saturday afternoon session, President Uchtdorf announced the calling of 11 General Authority Seventies and 62 Area Seventies. To read more, visit Mormon Newsroom.

Contributing: Sam Penrod

Megan Marsden Christensen

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