Primary General Presidency News Conference

The New Primary General Presidency

We just got finished attending the press conference for the new Primary Presidency. A few photos are below, as well as a few bits of information from the Q&A session we attended.

Each woman was asked in turn to describe their feelings at having been sustained in the new call. Sister Wixom spoke gratefully of the past presidencies, and testified that teachers and families can bless and strengthen children. In a surprisingly touching gesture, Sister Wixom held both counselors’ hands and said that the only requirements for this calling are to love the Lord and to love children. Sister Stevens spoke of the passages in 3 Nephi in which the Savior demonstrated his love for children, while Sister Esplin affirmed their intentioned to go forward with “much” prayer.

When asked what they believe the single biggest concern or priority they have as a presidency, Sister Wixom stated that helping children understand who they are–children of a loving Heavenly Father. The presidency expressed concern and excitement also for the growing need to adapt and meet the needs of children from different cultures and backgrounds.

The presidency also affirmed their continued determination to support families, put emphasis on the temple, and to simply love children and teach them.

From the Church’s Media Supplement regarding the new Primary General Presidency:

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom, Primary General President

Sister Rosemary M. Wixom was raised in Salt Lake City and attended Utah State University where she graduated in elementary education. She and her husband, B. Jackson Wixom, are the parents of six children and six grandchildren.

She has served on the Primary General Board, the Young Women General Board, and with her husband as he served as president of the Washington, D.C. South Mission. She loves her grandchildren and considers Sunday family dinners the highlight of her week.

Sister Jean A. Stevens, 1st Counselor

Sister Jean A. Stevens was born and raised in Salt Lake City where she graduated from the University of Utah with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a teaching certificate. She has served as a member of the Primary General Board and as a ward Relief Society president, counselor in a ward Primary presidency, and as a gospel doctrine teacher. Sister Stevens and her husband, Mark, are the parents of five children and have seven grandchildren.

Sister Cheryl A. Esplin

Sister Cheryl A. Esplin was born and raised in Lovell, Wyoming. She graduated from Brigham Young University in elementary education. She and her husband, Max Esplin, are the parents of four sons and one daughter and the grandparents of nineteen grandchildren.

She has served in Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary, most recently having served on the Primary General Board. Sister Esplin served with her husband when he was a mission president of the North Carolina Raleigh Mission.


  1. Kevin Barney says:

    Just wanted to say you and B. are doing a stellar job with this.

  2. Swisster says:

    Yes, thank you for filling us in on our newest women leaders. I expect we’ll hear from Sister Lant tomorrow.

  3. Cynthia L. says:

    Anyone know if Sis. Esplin is any relation to Rachel Esplin, the Harvard student?

  4. Thanks Kevin. We enjoy being here!

  5. I watched the afternoon session in my stake center in Northern VA. Most of those in attendance in the chapel were missionaries serving in my stake. When Sister Wixom’s name was read, the missionaries were very happy and excited to hear her name called to that position! (as the Wixom’s were just released last summer so most of the missionaries know her). In fact their happiness was so much so, that I couldn’t hear the name of the counselors who were read, as the missionaries were still expressing their happiness about this! :)

    We’ve enjoyed learning from the former Primary leaders ( I especially appreciated a talk by Sis Matusmari where she talked about her father who was not LDS).

    But having had a chance to observe Sis Wixom and her excitement for missionary work, as well as her love and care for the missionaries in this part of the world, it is exciting to ponder the possibilities as that excitement and love is multiplied for the children of the world.

  6. Thanks so much for, your excellent work Scott. This is a great perspective.

  7. It was actually a startling experience for me. Although I grew up near the Wasatch Front, I never spent any time on Temple Square and until today, I had never been in the RS building. When I walked into the room and saw the paintings and photos of all the many women leaders throughout the Church’s history on the walls, I was just taken aback by it all.

  8. Steve Evans says:

    Strong work Scotty. Thanks for being there.

  9. Sister Wixom was my Mission Mom, she is a wonderful lady who has God by her side at all times. I see why the Lord chose her.

  10. I really like the 2/3 have elementary education degrees, and that the other also has an education degree. Their education makes me trust them more.