Primary leaders begin term of service
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Sister Cheryl Clark Lant was called as the new general president of the Primary, with Sister Margaret Swensen Lifferth and Sister Vicki Fujii Matsumori as first and second counselors, respectively. They were sustained at the Saturday afternoon session of general conference April 2.
Released were Sister Coleen K. Menlove, Sister Sydney S. Reynolds and Sister Gayle M. Clegg, after more than five years of leadership.
Sister Lant studied early childhood development at BYU and has spent most of her adult life teaching children, both as a mother and as an educator. She is co-founder and co-owner with her husband of a private school for children and the co-founder and developer of a phonics-based beginning reading program. Her service to the Church has been extensive, including service on the Primary general board, stake and ward Primary president, counselor in stake Relief Society presidency, ward Young Women president and Primary teacher. Sister Lant and her husband, John, are the parents of nine children.
Sister Lifferth, first counselor, earned her bachelor's degree in English from BYU. Sister Lifferth has served her community on elementary and high school PTA boards and on the BYU Women's Conference Committee. She has served the Church as a member of the Primary general board, counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency, ward Relief Society president, ward Young Women president, counselor in a ward Primary presidency and volunteer docent at the Museum of Church History and Art. Sister Lifferth and her husband, Dennis, are the parents of seven children.
Sister Matsumori, second counselor, earned her bachelor's degree in journalism and English with a teaching certificate from the University of Utah. She has taught junior high English and was an adjunct instructor at Salt Lake Community College. The Church has benefited from her service as a member of the Primary general board, stake Relief Society board, ward Primary president, ward Relief Society president, counselor in a ward Young Women presidency and Young Women adviser. Sister Matsumori and her husband, James, are parents of three children.