Julie B. Beck

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Julie B. Beck
15th General President of the Relief Society
March 31, 2007 (2007-03-31) – March 31, 2012 (2012-03-31)
Called by Gordon B. Hinckley
Predecessor Bonnie D. Parkin
Successor Linda K. Burton
First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency
October 5, 2002 (2002-10-05) – March 31, 2007 (2007-03-31)
Called by Susan W. Tanner
Predecessor Carol B. Thomas
Successor Elaine S. Dalton
End reason Became General President of the Relief Society
Personal details
Born Julie Bangerter
(1954-09-29) September 29, 1954 (age 59)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Residence Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Alma mater Brigham Young University (B.S.)
Spouse Ramon P. Beck (1973–present)
Children 3

Julie Bangerter Beck (born September 29, 1954) was the fifteenth general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 2007 to 2012.

Biography[edit]

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.[1] Beck's father would later serve as an LDS 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.[1] On December 28, 1973, she married Ramon P. Beck in the Salt Lake Temple and they are the parents of three children.

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.[1]

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 Henriquez 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.[1] 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.[2] 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".[3] 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."[2]

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 women and women without children and was more enthusiastically received in the United States than previous addresses.[4]

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Bonnie D. Parkin
President of the Relief Society
March 31, 2007 (2007-03-31) – March 31, 2012 (2012-03-31)
Succeeded by
Linda K. Burton
Preceded by
Carol B. Thomas
First Counselor of the
 general presidency of the Young Women 

October 5, 2002 (2002-10-05) – March 31, 2007 (2007-03-31)
Succeeded by
Elaine S. Dalton