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Elaine L. Jack
12th Relief Society General President
March 31, 1990 (1990-03-31)[1] – April 5, 1997 (1997-04-05)[2]
Called byEzra Taft Benson
PredecessorBarbara W. Winder
SuccessorMary Ellen W. Smoot
Second Counselor in the
Young Women General Presidency
1987 – March 31, 1990 (1990-03-31)
Called byArdeth G. Kapp
PredecessorJayne B. Malan
SuccessorJanette H. Beckham
Personal details
BornElaine Low
(1928-03-22) March 22, 1928 (age 92)
Cardston, Alberta, Canada
Alma materUniversity of Utah
Spouse(s)Joseph E. Jack

Elaine Low Jack (born March 22, 1928) was the twelfth Relief Society General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1990 to 1997. She also served in the general presidency of the church's Young Women Organization between 1987 and 1990. Jack was the first Relief Society General President to be born outside of the United States.

Elaine Low was born and raised in Cardston, Alberta, Canada. As a teenager she was the scribe for her grandfather as he gave patriarchal blessings in a room adjacent to the foyer of the Alberta Temple.[3] She was valedictorian of her class at Cardston High School. She attended the University of Utah where she met Joseph E. Jack. They married in the Alberta Temple on September 16, 1948 and are the parents of four sons. They lived in Staten Island, New York as her husband pursued advanced medical studies. They then moved to the Boston, Massachusetts area where she served as the Relief Society president of the Cambridge Branch. The Jacks then spent two years living in Sitka, Alaska while her husband was stationed there with the Public Health Service. In 1958, they moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. This frequent moving was caused by her husband's medical career.

In Salt Lake City, Jack was a stake Relief Society president. She was later a member of the Relief Society General Board from 1972 to 1983.[4]

In public service, Jack was president of the Salt Lake County Medical Auxiliary. She also served as a member of the Women's Legislative Council and the Salt Lake Council of Women. She was also a lecturer for the American Cancer Society.[5]

At the LDS Church's April 1987 general conference, Jack was called as the second counselor to Ardeth G. Kapp in the Young Women organization. She served in this capacity until the April 1990 general conference, where she was called to succeed Barbara W. Winder as the president of the Relief Society.

Under her leadership, the Relief Society developed a new statement of purpose that read "Build personal testimony, bless the individual woman, develop and exercise charity, strengthen families, enjoy a unified sisterhood, be full participants in the blessings of the priesthood."[6] She made promotion of service and literacy[7][8] the main points of her administration. During her administration policies shifted to include the Relief Society General Presidency more fully in general church council meetings.

Jack served as Relief Society General President until April 1997, when she was released and succeeded by Mary Ellen W. Smoot.

From 1997 to 2000, Jack returned to Cardston as the temple matron of the Cardston Alberta Temple, while her husband served as temple president.

See also[edit]


  • Elaine L. Jack (1992). Eye to Eye, Heart to Heart (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book) ISBN 0-87579-603-6


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Barbara W. Winder
Relief Society General President
March 31, 1990 (1990-03-31) – April 5, 1997 (1997-04-05)
Succeeded by
Mary Ellen W. Smoot
Preceded by
Jayne B. Malan
Second Counselor in the
 Young Women General Presidency 

1987 – March 31, 1990 (1990-03-31)
Succeeded by
Janette Hales Beckham

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