New LDS General Primary Presidency

Joy D. Jones, center, Jean B. Bingham, left, and Bonnie H. Cordon, of the Church's Primary general presidency.

During the opening moments of the Saturday afternoon session of the 186th Annual General Conference, the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced a new Primary general presidency.

The presidency includes Joy D. Jones, Jean B. Bingham and Bonnie H. Cordon. The Primary presidency oversees the teaching of children, ages 18 months to 11 years, the gospel of Jesus Christ and helps them live its principles. These leaders serve under the direction of the First Presidency and travel frequently to help guide and support the children and their local leaders.

According to the church, Primary General President Joy D. Jones was beginning her sixth year of service on the church’s Primary general board at the time of this call. She has also served in several assignments in her local congregation, including work as Relief Society president and time in the Young Women and Primary organizations. Jones was born and raised in Oregon and married Robert B. Jones while attending Brigham Young University, where she received a degree in home and family sciences. She and Robert have five children and 13 grandchildren.

Primary Presidency First Counselor Jean B. Bingham was also in her sixth year of service on the Primary general board at the time of this call. Her previous Church assignments include service in her local ward Young Women and Primary organizations, as well as time as a Seminary teacher. She is a native of Provo, and received a master's degree in education from BYU. Bingham and her husband, Bruce, are parents of two daughters.

Primary Presidency Second Counselor Bonnie H. Cordon served with her husband, Derek, in the Brazil Curitiba Mission from 2010 to 2013 when he was the mission president. She was a full-time missionary in the Portugal Lisbon Mission from 1982 to 1983 and is fluent in Portuguese. She has also served in the Young Women, Relief Society and Primary organizations of her local congregation.Cordon was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and received a bachelor’s degree in education from BYU. She and Derek have four children — three boys and one girl.

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