Invitations for the 12 new leaders were announced at General Conference in April 2022. These invitations include the six General Assemblies of the 1970s, the new Relief Society, and the first public presidencies. The leader of the new and main Relief Society will begin his service on August 1, 2022.
President Dalyn H. Oakes, President of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, announced the invitation during the Saturday afternoon session of the conference. (Note: Earlier this week, 45 new 1970s districts were announced at a meeting of General Conference leaders.)
The new general office of the 70s
Sheikh Mark D
Brother Eddy is from Long Beach, California. He was a member of the Twelfth Quorum of the Seventy in Utah County. From 2016 to 2019 he served as Head of Mission for Uruguay in Montevideo. Brother Eddy studied communications and law at Brigham Young University. He worked as a lawyer and sales manager. He and his wife Annette have six children.
James W. McConkey III
Brother McConkey from Salt Lake City, Utah. His last assignment in the church was president. From 2013 to 2016 he was Head of the Czech/Slovak Mission. He studied history (University of Utah) and law (George Washington University School of Law). He is the founder and director of the Wallace Toronto Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides aid in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Brother McConkey and his wife Laurel have four children.
Isaac K. Morrison
Sheikh Morrison was born in Takoradi, Ghana. He was the head of the Cape Coast Mission in Ghana. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Operations and Project Management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration. He also holds a Master of Science in Strategic Management and Leadership from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Brother Morrison has held various positions in the church since 2004. He has three children, he and his wife Hanna.
Sheikh Ryan K. Olsen
Brother Olsen is from Prova, Utah. He was a member of the Twelfth Quorum of the Seventy in Utah County. From 2016 to 2019 he was the head of the Uruguayan mission, Montevideo West Mission. He studied mass communication at the University of Utah. Elder Olsen most recently served as Senior Vice President of Arthur Gallagher & Company. He and his wife Julia have four children.
Jonathan S. Schmidt
Brother Schmidt is from Mesa, Arizona. His final service was in the Eleventh Quorum of the Seventy in southwestern North America. From 2014 to 2017, he served as Chief of the California Mission in San Diego. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a postgraduate degree from the University of Arizona. Sheikh Schmidt was an associate vice president at Arizona State University during his career as the 70th public authority. He and his wife Alexis have four children.
Brother Denilson Silva
Brother Silva was born in Recife, Brazil. At the time of his career, he was a member of the 75th College of the Brazilian Region. From 2016 to 2019 he was Head of Mission for Angola in Luanda. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and has worked in the tourism industry for over 30 years. He and his wife Regina Maria de Carvalho have two children.
New Relief General Executive
Sister Camille N. Johnson, President
Sister Johnson served as the first Chief Executive for the past year. She and her husband Douglas served as partners and missions on the Peruvian Mission in Arequipa from 2016 to 2019. Upon completion of their service, Sister Johnson returned to work as an attorney at the law firms Snow, Christensen, and Martino. She has held numerous teaching and leadership positions in her local parish. Sister Johnson studied English and law at the University of Utah. She and her husband have three sons. She was born in Pocatello, Idaho.
Sister C. Annette Dennis, Senior Counselor
Sister Denise has held many positions, including the Primary Public Advisory Board, the Davis County Utah Public Affairs Board, and the President of the Guayaquil Temple in Ecuador and her husband’s partner in the Ecuadorian Mission, Guayaquil West. . Born in Provo, Utah, she studied elementary education at Brigham Young University. She and her husband, Jorge Denis, have four children and nine grandchildren.
Sister Christine M. Jo, second counselor
Sister Ye works as the director of the church’s animation team. Before that, she worked for Disney Interactive Studios for 13 years. Her responsibilities in the church included the Primary General Advisory Council (since 2021), stake and department president, Young Women president, and a Sunday School teacher. I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University. She was born in Sacramento, California.
New Primary General Presidency
Sister Susan H. Porter, President
Sister Porter has served as a general counselor in the Primary general presidency for the past year. Previously, she served on the Relief Society General Advisory Board for four years. She has also worked in various teaching and leadership roles in her local parish. She and her late husband, Elder Bruce D. Porter of Seventy (1952-2016) raised two sons and two daughters in the eastern United States, Germany and Utah, and served church missions in Russia. and in the Middle East. Sister Porter attended Brigham Young University and graduated with a BA in Chemistry. I worked as a part-time lab technician and math teacher. She was born in Oklahoma and raised in New York.
Sister Amy Wright, Chief Counsel
Sister Wright served as the second counselor in the Primary general presidency last year. Previously, she was a member of the Young Women’s General Advisory Council for three years. Born in Salt Lake City, she earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from the University of Utah. Sister Wright worked at Marquette University at Diederich College of Communication, where she helped organize the city’s youth journalism camp. She and her husband James have three sons. She has been involved in many teaching and leadership roles in local churches and community service opportunities.
Sister Tracy Y Browning, Second Counselor
Sister Browning has served on the Relief Society General Advisory Board since 2018. She was born in New Rochelle, New York, but spent much of her childhood on the West Indies island of Jamaica, where her mother and his father. She spent 15 years working in the financial services industry at Morgan Stanley before joining the church in 2015. Sister Browning is currently the director of customer service in the church’s publishing services division. She and her husband Brayden D. Browning, parents daughter and son.