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General Relief Society Presidency

Relief Society General Presidency
Sustained in March 2007

On March 31, 2007, the Relief Society general presidency was reorganized. Julie B. Beck was sustained as the Relief Society general president. Silvia H. Allred was sustained as first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency and Barbara Thompson was sustained as second counselor.

As a presidency, it is our desire that Latter-day Saint women be strong and immovable as disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. We live and share testimonies of Him and His restored gospel; we uphold, nourish, and protect families; and we provide relief.

Relief Society General Office
76 North Main
Salt Lake City, Utah 84150


Julie B. Beck

Julie B. Beck
Relief Society General President

Julie Bangerter Beck was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her earliest memories are of growing up in the mission home in the heart of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she lived and breathed a missionary atmosphere as her father presided over the Brazilian mission. By the time she returned to Utah at age nine, she was fluent in Portuguese and had developed a strong love for the gospel of Jesus Christ. She grew up in Granger, Utah, with numerous cousins, who along with her ten siblings provided most of her social interaction.

During high school she moved to Alpine, Utah, where her parents had purchased a farm years earlier. After a year at Dixie College, she met her husband, Ramon, an Alpine native. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple December 28, 1973. Both attended and graduated from BYU. Sister Beck has served in all the auxiliaries of the Church and also in Scouting. She served on the Young Women General Board and as first counselor in the Young Women general presidency.

She currently serves as the Relief Society general president. As part of her responsibilities, she is a member of the Church Board of Education and the Boards of Trustees of Church schools and universities; she is on the executive and general councils for Welfare and the Perpetual Education Fund of the Church. She is the mother of three children and grandmother of ten; Sister Beck’s chief source of joy is time spent with her family and in serving the Lord.

   
Silvia H. Allred

Silvia H. Allred
First Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency

It was when she was just 16 years old that Silvia Henriquez Allred, recently called as the first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, gained a testimony of and love for Relief Society.

“Shortly after she was baptized, my mother was called as the Relief Society president in our branch in El Salvador,” Sister Allred explains. “She was overwhelmed, but my sister and I [who were also recent converts] told her, ‘It will be okay. The Lord will help you.’ And He did.”

As Sister Allred served alongside her mother as the Relief Society secretary, she was impressed by the opportunities that Relief Society offered in leadership, education, homemaking skills, and service—opportunities Sister Allred says are available “to every woman who embraces the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
Sister Allred was born to Carlos Florentino Henriquez and Hilda Alvarenga on October 11, 1944, in San Salvador, El Salvador, the fourth of eight children. She attended the University of Arizona, Brigham Young University, and the General Francisco Morarzan Institute in El Salvador, studying mathematics and languages.

She married Jeffry A. Allred on September 7, 1966, in the Salt Lake Temple. They are the parents of two sons and six daughters and have 14 grandchildren. Motherhood, she says, has been her greatest joy.

Sister Allred has served as a full-time missionary in the Central America Mission, as a Relief Society and Primary president at the ward and stake levels, and as a member of the Young Women general board. She also served with her husband when he presided over the Paraguay Asuncion Mission, and most recently as he presided over the Missionary Training Center in the Dominican Republic. The Allreds were also public affairs missionaries in Madrid, Spain.

   
Barbara Thompson

Barbara Thompson
Second Counselor, Relief Society General Presidency

As a former ward activities committee chair, Barbara Thompson is more comfortable in jeans putting together hygiene kits than as a member of the Relief Society general presidency. But she’s grateful for her new calling as second counselor in that presidency.

Having also served as a missionary in the Germany Hamburg Mission, gospel doctrine teacher, Young Women camp director, Laurel and Beehive advisor, ward Young Women president, ward Relief Society counselor, and Relief Society general board member, Sister Thompson believes that “when sisters have a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel, they are moved to action.”

Born to W. Peter and Fern Rymer Thompson on June 13, 1952, in San Luis Obispo, California, Sister Thompson and her family later moved to Granger, Utah. She has always loved sports and camping, but her favorite pastime is visiting with friends and family.

With a master’s degree from the University of Utah in social work, Sister Thompson worked for the Utah Department of Human Services for 30 years. Since retiring, she has served as executive director of an international organizaiton which serves abused and neglected children.
Although she hasn’t married or had children of her own, Sister Thompson says “I have borrowed family members and friends, and I’ve always had a lot of support from the sisters of this Church.”

She sees her new role as being supportive of Sister Beck. “I want to lift her up in her calling.”

Sister Thompson looks forward to hearing the testimonies of women and men throughout the world as she serves. Her message to her Relief Society sisters is: “Love the Lord. Come unto Christ with your whole heart. Women face incredible challenges, but by relying on the gospel and the sisterhood we have in Relief Society, our burdens will be lighter.



Relief Society General Board
Called May 2008
Marsha G. Beck
Ann W. Farnsworth
Martha Johnson
Marsha G. Beck
Ann W. Farnsworth
Martha Johnson
     
Pamela J. Norby
Jana P. Staples
Carole M. Stephens
Pamela J. Norby
Jana P. Staples
Carole M. Stephens
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