AF 04012017 General Conference LDS-78-7

A sustaining vote during General Conference Apr. 1, 2017. Adam Fondren

SALT LAKE CITY — The First Presidency announced a new Relief Society general presidency during the Saturday afternoon session of General Conference for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Jean B. Bingham will become the 17th general president of the Relief Society. Sharon Eubank was named the first counselor for the organization, and Reyna I. Aburto will become the Relief Society’s second counselor. 

Bingham is a Provo, Utah, native who holds a master’s degree in teaching from National Louis University in Illinois. She was previously serving as first counselor in the primary general presidency.

Eubank was previously the director of LDS Charities and is from Redding, California.

Aburto, a native of Nicaragua, studied industrial engineering at Universidad Centroamerica and holds a degree in computer science from Utah Valley University.

It was also announced that Cristina B. Franco will be the new second counselor for the Primary Presidency. 

The Relief Society is the main women’s organization within the church. The purpose of the organization is to prepare women for the “blessings of eternal life,” according to the society’s website.  It is one of the largest women’s organizations in the world.

Contact digital producer Jacob Scholl at or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.