Julie B. Beck
|Julie B. Beck|
|15th Relief Society General President|
|March 31, 2007– March 31, 2012|
|Called by||Gordon B. Hinckley|
|Predecessor||Bonnie D. Parkin|
|Successor||Linda K. Burton|
|First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency|
|October 5, 2002– March 31, 2007|
|Called by||Susan W. Tanner|
|Predecessor||Carol B. Thomas|
|Successor||Elaine S. Dalton|
|End reason||General President of the Relief Society|
September 29, 1954
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
|Alma mater||Brigham Young University (B.S.)|
|Spouse(s)||Ramon P. Beck (1973–present)|
Born in Granger, Utah, to William Grant Bangerter and Geraldine Hamblin, Beck grew up in Utah and in São Paulo, Brazil, where her father served as a mission president for the LDS Church for five years. Beck's father would later serve as an LDS Church general authority. Beck is also the niece of Utah's thirteenth governor, Norman H. Bangerter, who held office from 1985 to 1993. Beck attended Dixie College and graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in family science.
LDS Church service [ edit ]
In October 2002, Beck was called as First Counselor to Susan W. Tanner in the Young Women general presidency of the LDS Church. Beck served in this capacity until 2007, when she succeeded Bonnie D. Parkin as the general president of the Relief Society.
Beck was the fifteenth general president of the Relief Society since its organization in 1842. In that assignment, Beck was an ex officio member of the Boards of Trustees/Education of the Church Educational System and was also a member of the executive committee of the Boards of Trustees/Education. Beck's two counselors were Silvia H. Allred and Barbara Thompson. The 2011 publication of the book Daughters in My Kingdom was described as the "crowning achievement" of Beck's five-year tenure. Beck was succeeded by Linda K. Burton.
Key addresses [ edit ]
At the church's October 2007 general conference, Beck delivered a sermon that caused controversy among some members of the church. In her sermon, Beck equated "nurturing" with "homemaking"—which Beck said "includes cooking, washing clothes and dishes, and keeping an orderly home"—and stated that "Latter-day Saint women should be the best homemakers in the world". A report issued a few days after Beck's speech stated that "she has caused a stir among Mormon women not seen since 1987, when President Ezra Taft Benson said unequivocally that mothers should not work outside the home except in emergencies."
Beck's second annual address to the church's women in September 2008 focused on strengthening the role of the Relief Society in each congregation throughout the world. The address was viewed as being more inclusive of single and childless women and was more enthusiastically received in the United States than previous addresses. During her time at the Church, Beck delivered 15 talks and estimated she spends between 100 and 150 hours preparing each talk. She writes that her Presidency focused on "three simple concepts: faith, family and providing relief".
Personal life [ edit ]
On December 28, 1973, she married Ramon P. Beck in the Salt Lake Temple and they are the parents of three children. In 2017 she was included in an article in The Atlantic about people with the name Julie Beck.
Bibliography [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
- Peggy Fletcher Stack, "Mormon women's leader turns to the past to build brighter future", Salt Lake Tribune, 2012-03-31.
- Peggy Fletcher Stack, "Conference address by LDS relief society president sparks furious debate"Archived 2013-10-21 at the Wayback Machine, Salt Lake Tribune, 2007-10-11.
- Julie B. Beck, "Mothers Who Know", 2007-10-07.
- Jessica Ravitz, "This year, LDS women's leader steers clear of storm", The Salt Lake Tribune, 2008-09-28.
- Toone, Trent. "Sister Julie B. Beck talks new book, President Nelson’s Book of Mormon challenge and keeping an eternal focus", Church News, Utah, 16 November 2018. Retrieved on 9 August 2019.
- Lloyd, R. Scott. "'Faith is really an alignment,' Sister Julie B. Beck says at lecture series", Deseret News, Utah, 14 March 2013. Retrieved on 9 August 2019.
- Beck, Julie. "All the Other Julie Becks and Me", The Atlantic, 15 May 2017. Retrieved on 13 March 2020.
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- General Authorities and General Officers: Sister Julie B. Beck
- “Julie Bangerter Beck First Counselor, Young Women General Presidency”
|The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles|
Bonnie D. Parkin
|Relief Society General President
March 31, 2007 – March 31, 2012
Linda K. Burton
Carol B. Thomas
|First Counselor in the
Young Women General Presidency
October 5, 2002 – March 31, 2007
Elaine S. Dalton