Elaine S. Dalton

Elaine S. Dalton
Photo of Elaine S. Dalton at BYU Commencement (2008)
Dalton at BYU Commencement in April 2008
13thYoung Women General President
2008 – 2013
Called by Thomas S. Monson
Predecessor Susan W. Tanner
Successor Bonnie L. Oscarson
End reason Honorably released
First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency
2007 – 2008
Called by Susan W. Tanner
Predecessor Julie B. Beck
Successor Mary N. Cook
Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency
2002 – 2007
Called by Susan W. Tanner
Predecessor Sharon G. Larsen
Successor Mary N. Cook
Personal details
Born Elaine Schwartz

(1946-11-01) November 1, 1946 (age 73)

Ogden, Utah, United States
Alma mater Brigham Young University
Spouse(s) Stephen E. Dalton
Children 6
Website Elaine S. Dalton

Elaine Schwartz Dalton (born November 1, 1946) was the thirteenth president of the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 2008 to 2013.

Dalton was born in Ogden, Utah. She earned a degree in English from Brigham Young University (BYU).

LDS Church service [ edit ]

At the October 2002 LDS Church general conference, Dalton, who had been serving on the Young Women General Board, was sustained by the church as the second counselor to Susan W. Tanner, the newly-called general president of the Young Women organization. On March 31, 2007, Dalton became Tanner's first counselor when former first counselor Julie B. Beck was released to become the general president of the church's Relief Society. When Tanner was released on April 5, 2008, Dalton succeeded her as the president of the organization. Dalton's counselors were Mary N. Cook and Ann M. Dibb.

In 2009, Dalton spoke at the student body of BYU at their weekly devotional with an address entitled, "Zion Is the Pure in Heart".[1] Dalton has spoken and written on the topics of modesty, chastity, and temples.[2][3][4]

In early 2013, Dalton was criticized by some women in the church who were advocating greater church responsibilities for women (including receiving the priesthood).[5] Consistent with current terms of service for church auxiliary presidencies, Dalton and her counselors were released at the April 2013 LDS Church general conference, with Bonnie L. Oscarson succeeding Dalton.[6]

In July 2013, Dalton was appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees of Utah Valley University and from 2015 to 2019 served as the chair.[7]

Personal life [ edit ]

She married Stephen E. Dalton in the Salt Lake Temple on September 13, 1968 and they are the parents of six children.[4] She is an avid runner and has completed more than 15 marathons.[8]

Bibliography [ edit ]

  • Shine (Deseret Book Company, 4 April 2016) ISBN 978-1609072247
  • No Ordinary Women: Making a Difference through Righteous Influence (Deseret Book Company, 1 August 2016) ISBN 978-1629721514
  • A Return to Virtue (Deseret Book Company, 20 March 2018) ISBN 978-1629724751

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ "Zion Is the Pure in Heart", BYU Speeches, 13 September 2009. Retrieved on 13 March 2020.
  2. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "Does Mormon modesty mantra reduce women to sex objects?", The Washington Post, 5 March 2014. Retrieved on 13 March 2020.
  3. ^ Allred, Cathy. "What is an LDS temple?", Provo Herald, 10 January 2016. Retrieved on 13 March 2020.
  4. ^ a b Ravitz, Jessica. "Special Report: She's ready to lead the way for a 'return to virtue'", The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah, 9 May 2008. Retrieved on 17 August 2019.
  5. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher (January 22, 2013), "LDS women's leader stirs it up with 'no need to lobby for rights' remark", The Salt Lake Tribune, archived from the original on March 1, 2017, retrieved April 7, 2013
  6. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "New leaders named for Mormon young women", The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 April 2013. Retrieved on 13 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Elaine Dalton completes term as UVU Board of Trustees chair; Duff Thompson appointed to fill the role",, 19 June 2019. Retrieved on 13 March 2020.
  8. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "Elaine Dalton sets the pace for next generation of Mormon girls", The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 April 2013. Retrieved on 13 March 2020.

External links [ edit ]

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by

Susan W. Tanner
Young Women General President

Succeeded by

Bonnie L. Oscarson
Preceded by

Julie B. Beck
First Counselor in the

Young Women General Presidency

Succeeded by

Mary N. Cook
Preceded by

Sharon G. Larsen
Second Counselor in the

Young Women General Presidency

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