Did you know that most of the LDS women auxiliary leaders have spent time in the mission field? Some have served as single sisters, while others served alongside their husbands (usually when he was a mission president). These sisters have the missionary spirit, and they bring the knowledge they’ve gleaned from living all over the world to the table as they serve in Church leadership positions. We’re so lucky to have them! Between the General Presidencies and the General Boards, these sisters have served in 25+ different missions all over the world. Are you curious where they’ve served? Read on; listed below are the missions they served in.
General Relief Society Presidency- Linda K. Burton was a teen while her father was the mission president of the New Zealand South Mission for 3 years, and she later served in mission field with her husband while he was president of the Korea Seoul West Mission. Carole M. Stephens served as a Church-service missionary in the Family History Library. Linda S. Reeves served with her husband as he presided over the California Riverside Mission.
General Relief Society Board Members:
Robin F. Bonham – India Bangalore Mission
Anne H. Clegg – Spain Bilboa and Malaga Missions
Sandra Rogers – Health Missions in New York & the Philippines
Elizabeth D. Rose – Japan Tokyo South Mission
Laraine S. Swenson – California Arcadia Mission
Maria Luisa Torres – Central American Mission; Guatemala Guatemala North Mission
General Young Women Presidency– Bonnie L. Oscarson served with her husband in the Sweden Göteborg Mission (they later returned to Sweden, and she spent 3 years as matron of the Stockholm Sweden Temple). Carol F. McConkie served with her husband in the California San Jose Mission. Neill F. Marriott served with her husband in the Brazil Sao Paulo Interlagos Mission.
General Young Women Board Members:
Carmela Melero De Hooker – Peru Piura Mission
Leslie P. Layton – New York Rochester Mission; humanitarian mission in Peru
Denise P. Lindberg – Church service missionary in the Inner City Project
Dorah Mkhabela – Zimbabwe Harare Mission (starting in July 2015)
M. Lúcia Silva – Brazil Fortaleza Mission
Susan S. Taggart – Netherlands Amsterdam Mission
Megumi Yamaguchi – Japan Sendai Mission
Primary General Presidency– Rosemary M. Wixom served with her husband while he was president of the Washington D.C. South Mission. Sister Cheryl A. Esplin served with her husband in the North Carolina Raleigh Mission. Sister Mary R. Durham served with her husband in the Japan Tokyo North Mission. (Sister Jean A. Stevens was recently released from her calling as 1st counselor, and will be serving with her husband in the England London Mission.)
Primary General Board Members:
Janice P. Taylor – Mexico Monterrey East Mission.
And last but not least, on the General Sunday School Board, which consists of both men and women, member Amy White has served a mission in Italy.
Reprinted with permission from My Best LDSRevised and Updated by original author for LDS Missionaries