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 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 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.