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Cheryl A. Esplin

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Cheryl Asay Esplin (born October 3, 1944) was a counselor in the general presidency of the Primary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 2010 to 2016.

Esplin was born and raised in Lovell, Wyoming.[1] She holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Brigham Young University.[1] In September 1967, she married Max Esplin[1] in the St. George Temple and they are the parents of five children.[1] Esplin has served in the LDS Church as a ward Young Women president,[1] stake Relief Society president,[1] and in a ward Primary presidency.[1] From 1997 to 2000, she served with her husband while he was president of the North Carolina Raleigh Mission.[1] Immediately prior to her call to the Primary general presidency she was a member of the Primary general board.[2][3] In April 2010, she was called as second counselor to Rosemary M. Wixom in the Primary General Presidency.[4] In April 2015, when Jean A. Stevens was released as first counselor due to her husband's call as a mission president, Esplin was appointed as first counselor.[5][6] In that capacity, she visited LDS communities and taught classes to counselors who guide women child rearing.[7][8]

Esplin was in a leadership role in the Primary when for the first time portraits of the top female LDS leaders were hung in Salt Lake City's LDS Conference Center. She was one of the first group of nine women so honored.[9]

Esplin was released in April 2016, when Wixom was succeeded by Joy D. Jones.[10]

Esplin actively promotes the important role of parents in building "Strong... Spirit-filled homes." [11][12][13] Since November 2016, Esplin has been serving as an assistant matron in the Provo Utah Temple, with her husband serving as first counselor to the temple president.[citation needed]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 Pugmire, Genelle (28 March 2016). "Q and A with Sister Cheryl Esplin, first counselor in Primary General Presidency". Daily Herald. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  2. Marianne Holman, "Always involved in His great work", Church News, August 14, 2010.
  3. "Cheryl A. Esplin", Liahona, May 2010]
  4. Stack, Peggy Fletcher (3 April 2010). "New Primary presidency chosen for LDS children". Salt Lake Tribune. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  5. "New General Authorities, Young Men Presidency and Primary Presidency Changes Announced", Mormon Newsroom, April 4, 2015.
  6. Walch, Ted (27 March 2015). "Preparing to split up, LDS General Primary Presidency looks back on 5 years of service together". Deseret News. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  7. "Church gets visit and training from women leaders". St. Cloud Times. 7 October 2013. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  8. Walch, Tad (21 November 2015). "Mormon women leaders visit Asia". Deseret News. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  9. Stark, Peggy Fletcher (20 March 2014). "A first: Photos of Mormon women leaders in Conference Center". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  10. "First Presidency Announces New Primary General Presidency", Newsroom, LDS Church, 2016-04-02
  11. Stark, Peggy Fletcher (7 April 2015). "Defend 'traditional families' and beware of 'worldly dogma,' Mormons told". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  12. Stark, Peggy Fletcher (3 April 2010). "Families in peril, LDS leaders warn". Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  13. Christiansen, Barbara (28 March 2015). "LDS Women's Session focuses on family, home". Daily Herald. Retrieved 19 October 2018.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Jean A. Stevens
First Counselor in the
Primary General Presidency

April 4, 2015 (2015-04-04) — April 2, 2016 (2016-04-02)
Succeeded by
Jean B. Bingham
Preceded by
Vicki F. Matsumori
Second Counselor in the
Primary General Presidency

April 3, 2010 (2010-04-03) — April 4, 2015 (2015-04-04)
Succeeded by
Mary R. Durham

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