Sister Reyna I. Aburto, second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency, spoke during the Saturday morning session of April 2022 general conference. She explained that the Church is more than its structure, it’s the members. The following is a summary of what she said.
Notable quotes from Sister Aburto
Summary of Sister Aburto’s talk
The Lord is doing a marvelous work through His Church. “Sometimes we are givers and sometimes we are receivers, but we are all one family in Christ.”
Some sisters feel that serving in Primary or Young Women means they are not active members of Relief Society. But Relief Society is not just a room, lesson or activity, it is the covenant women of the Church — a “global community of compassion and service.” Similar belonging exists for elders quorums and children and youth organizations.
“The Church is more than its buildings and ecclesiastical structure; the Church is the members, … with Christ at the head and the Prophet as His mouthpiece.”
Belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ is a privilege, “where members can unite their faith, hearts, strengths, minds and hands for Him to perform His mighty miracles.“
Followers of Christ are striving to become of “one heart and one mind,” and to become like Him.
Even the smallest efforts make a significant difference in God’s kingdom. “Our purpose in His kingdom should be to bring each other to Christ.” And as Christ’s Church, the members are the means through which the Savior will perform some of His mightiest works before He comes again.
About Sister Aburto
- Sister Reyna I. Aburto was born in Managua, Nicaragua, in October 1963 to Noel Blanco and Delbi Cardoza, as the second of four children. She married Carlos Aburto of Mexico in the Jordan River Utah Temple in 1993. They are the parents of three children.
- When Sister Aburto was 9 years old, an earthquake struck Managua on Dec. 23, 1972. Her older brother was killed when her family’s adobe home collapsed. After fleeing growing violence in Nicaragua, Sister Aburto joined the Church while living in San Francisco, California.
- Since 1991, Sister Aburto has been a part of the translation industry, working as a linguist and a project manager. In 2005, she and her husband started their own company, working together on translation for different agencies.
- Sister Aburto was called as second counselor in the Relief Society general presidency in April 2017.
Sister Aburto in the news
- While ministering in Spain, the United Kingdom and Ireland, Sister Aburto and Sister Michelle D. Craig, first counselor in the Young Women general presidency, celebrated the Relief Society’s 180th anniversary by serving.
- Sister Aburto participated in the 2022 Temple and Family History Leadership Instruction in March.
- “We have seen the hand of the Lord in this process,” said Sister Aburto about the revised General Handbook’s completion. She served on the committee of Church general authorities and general officers who met weekly to review every line of the new handbook.
Sister Aburto’s recent social posts
- Sister Aburto invited others to increase their knowledge and understanding if they are wondering how to help someone struggling with emotional challenges, in a social media post on Jan. 26.
- On Feb. 27, Sister Aburto wrote about visiting the meetinghouse in San Bruno, California, where she was baptized.
- “If you feel that you cannot take one more step, my plea to you is this: Please tell someone what you are experiencing. There are people who care about you and want to help you,” Sister Aburto wrote on social media on March 25.