The Relief Society, Primary and Young Women general presidencies now have Instagram. Find their accounts here

A screenshot of President Bonnie H. Cordon’s first Instagram post. Credit: Instagram screenshot

Increasing their reach to women, youth and young adults around the world, all nine general leaders of the Relief Society, Young Women and Primary organizations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints now have active accounts on Instagram.

This week, the leaders expressed their excitement to use Instagram, in conjunction with their Facebook accounts, as a means to help spread the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ and connect with the members they serve and lead.

“We’re delighted to be able to communicate with our sisters of all ages around the globe on the Instagram platform,” said Relief Society General President Jean B. Bingham. “This is a wonderful opportunity to increase our feeling of unity as the gospel of Jesus Christ brings us together in love and service. 

“The women of the Church are incredible; they bring great strength, humility, creativity and purpose to their divinely inspired labors. We are excited to communicate our appreciation as well as provide encouragement to our sisters, whether they are 18 or 108!”

As a tool, social media provides leaders with the opportunity to reach people in a personal and individual way, said Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency. “Because these platforms are used primarily by women, as a Relief Society presidency, we want to connect with our sisters in a global yet personal way. Through these accounts, we can have one-on-one connections and, hopefully, help bring the light, peace and joy of Christ to them.”

The Instagram profiles for the general presidencies of the organizations led by women come just two years after all 15 members of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles joined the social media platform.

By following the social media accounts of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, many members — particularly women of the rising generation — are able to feel a more personal connection to the leaders of the Church, Sister Aburto said. “We want to follow their example and find ways to reach our members in a close, individual way.”

Speaking of the power that tools like Instagram have for connecting Young Women and leaders around the world, Young Women General President Bonnie H. Cordon highlighted how youth have used Instagram to share their light this year as part of the Young Women Sesquicentennial celebration by posting their My150 challenges.

“This year as part of the 150 challenge, we were able to see hundreds of examples of Young Women sharing their light as they posted to Instagram and other platforms with the #strivetobe,” President Cordon said.

Now, with the general presidency members each having official accounts of their own, President Cordon said they are excited to continue connecting with Young Women around the world by finding new ways to engage in gathering with them through Instagram.

“We are excited to connect with the young women where they are,” she said. “This is a platform where they are connecting with one another, and we hope that we too can connect with them. The Young Women of today have so much light to share and social media tools like Instagram help give a space for them to share their light and love of the Savior.”

Noting the difficulties of connecting with members one-on-one during a year when the usual travels of Church leaders have been limited, Primary President Joy D. Jones said, “I am grateful for this means of communicating in a more personal way with members across the globe.”

Social media is a valuable tool that provides yet another way for individuals to share their testimonies of Jesus Christ, she said, no matter where they live.

Below are links to all nine of the women leaders’ Instagram accounts and their designated handles:

Relief Society

President Jean B. Bingham — @jeanbbingham

Sister Sharon Eubank — @sharon_eubank

Sister Reyna I. Aburto — @reynaiaburto

Young Women

President Bonnie H. Cordon — @bonniehcordon

Sister Michelle D. Craig — @michelledcraig

Sister Becky Craven — @beckylcraven


President Joy D. Jones — @joydjones_

Sister Lisa L. Harkness — @lisalharkness_

Sister Cristina B. Franco — @cristinabfranco_

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