Bonnie D. Parkin
|Bonnie D. Parkin|
|14th Relief Society General President|
|April 6, 2002– March 31, 2007|
|Called by||Gordon B. Hinckley|
|Predecessor||Mary Ellen W. Smoot|
|Successor||Julie B. Beck|
August 4, 1940
Murray, Utah, United States
|Residence||Salt Lake City, Utah, United States|
|Alma mater||Utah State University|
James L. Parkin (m. 1963)
Bonnie D. Parkin (born August 4, 1940) is an American religious leader, teacher, and speaker. She served as the fourteenth Relief Society General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 2002 to 2007.
Parkin was born in Murray, Utah and grew up with four siblings in Herriman, Utah. In 1963, she married James L. Parkin. She earned a degree in elementary education and early childhood development from Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Parkin and her husband moved to Seattle, Washington as he finished his residency. The couple returned to Utah when he took a position in the division of otolaryngology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She taught elementary school for three years. Parkin’s community service included work as PTA board president, docent for Utah Symphony, and page on Utah Senate floor. She was also a public speaker and at community and religious events.
LDS Church service [ edit ]
Parkin served in various capacities in the LDS Church, including stake Young Women president, ward Primary president, and ward Relief Society president. In 1994, she was called to serve as second counselor to Janette C. Hales in the Young Women General Presidency. She served with husband when he was president of the church's England London South Mission from 1997 to 2000. She was then called to the Relief Society general board.
In 2002, Parkin was called as the church's Relief Society General President. Kathleen H. Hughes and Anne C. Pingree served as her counselors. Parkin’s twelve addresses in the church's general Relief Society Meeting or general conference included How Has Relief Society Blessed Your Life?, Fat-Free Feasting, and Gratitude: A Path to Happiness.
Personal life [ edit ]
Parkin and her husband have four children and they live in Utah.
References [ edit ]
- Dockstader, Julie A. "Her parents' trust instilled desire in her to do what is right", Church News, Utah, 26 November 1994. Retrieved on 2 August 2019.
- "Utah State University honors Sister Parkin", Church News, Utah, 27 October 2005. Retrieved on 2 August 2019.
- Hancock, Jacob. "MCAP conference defends faith in ministry", Deseret News, Utah, 2 April 2010. Retrieved on 2 August 2019.
- Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "LDS women told to find joy in journey", Salt Lake Tribune, London, 27 September 2005. Retrieved on 2 August 2019.
- Westenskow, Rosalie. "'How's your heart?' an LDS leader asks", Deseret News, Utah, 14 February 2007. Retrieved on 2 August 2019.
- Jones, Morgan. "'Attitude of gratitude': 25 quotes from LDS leaders on being thankful", Deseret News, Utah, 19 November 2014. Retrieved on 2 August 2019.