Sister Sharon Eubank, first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, spoke during the Saturday evening session of October 2021 general conference. She gave a report on the Church’s recent humanitarian efforts around the world and taught that the essence of the gospel is caring for those in need. The following is a summary of what she said.
Notable quotes from Sister Eubank
Summary of Sister Eubank’s talk
The Church of Jesus Christ is under divine mandate to care for the poor. The Church responds to this charge in a wide variety of ways, organized through the priesthood, where small efforts collectively make a big impact through individual efforts made by disciples of Jesus Christ.
The First Presidency has instructed to increase humanitarian outreach in a significant way and is interested in “the largest trends and the smallest details.” At President Nelson’s direction, Sister Eubank reported about how the Church is responding to a variety of global needs, and she shared four examples to illustrate the efforts: COVID-19 relief in South Africa, the sewing of head coverings for female refugees from Afghanistan, a young woman in Haiti lifting others after the earthquake, and missionaries in Germany answering a Catholic shopkeeper’s prayers after flooding.
Baptized members of the Church are under covenant to care for those in need. Efforts to do so require the guidance of the Holy Spirit and a willing heart to say to the Lord: “Here am I, send me.”
“Jesus Christ asked Peter: ‘Do you love me?’ The essence of the gospel is contained in how we answer that question.’”
About Sister Eubank
- Sister Sharon Eubank was sustained as the first counselor in the Relief Society general presidency on April 1, 2017. Previously, she served on the Relief Society general board under Sister Julie B. Beck.
- She received her bachelor’s degree in English and history from Brigham Young University and served a full-time mission in Helsinki, Finland.
- Her career includes working in the U.S. Senate, teaching English in Suzuka, Japan, and starting her own business in Provo, Utah. In 2005, she moved to France for a time before returning to Church employment where she is the president of Latter-day Saint Charities worldwide.
Sister Eubank in the news
- Sister Eubank spoke during the G20 Interfaith Forum in Bologna, Italy, about the ways that faith groups can prevent hunger through food development, on Sep. 14.
- In June, Sister Eubank and Elder Jeffrey R. Holland of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles participated in the 2021 AMAR Windsor Dialogue Conference. The focus of the conference was the mental and emotional health of millions of people in refugee camps, and the support they need in expressing religious faith, and was held at the historic Cumberland Lodge, Windsor, England.
- Sister Eubank gave the opening keynote address at the Utah Coalition Against Pornography annual conference on April 24.
Sister Eubank’s recent social posts
- “We can be unified in the gospel of Jesus Christ even if we are very different from each other,” Sister Eubank wrote in a social media post Sep. 22.
- On May 24, Sister Eubank shared what she learned from her meteorologist father about the importance of keeping a record.
- Sister Eubank wrote a social media post about how “there is room in the heavenly kingdom for every individual and unique child on earth” after speaking on belonging during BYU Women’s Conference April 29.