Mary Ellen W. Smoot
|Mary Ellen W. Smoot|
|13th General President of the Relief Society|
|April 5, 1997 – April 6, 2002|
|Called by||Gordon B. Hinckley|
|Predecessor||Elaine L. Jack|
|Successor||Bonnie D. Parkin|
|Born||Mary Ellen Wood
Ogden, Utah, United States
|Home town||Clearfield, Utah, United States|
|Spouse||Stanley M. Smoot|
In 1983, Smoot accompanied her husband to Ohio, where her husband presided over the Ohio Columbus Mission of the church, and later the Ohio Akron Mission. The Smoots later served as the head of Church hosting for VIPs that visited Temple Square and LDS Church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah.
At the April 1997 church general conference, Smoot was accepted as the general president of the Relief Society, with Virginia U. Jensen and Sheri L. Dew as her counselors. Smoot succeeded Elaine L. Jack, who had been Relief Society president since 1990. Smoot was the first Relief Society president to call an unmarried woman—Dew—to be a member of the general Relief Society presidency. Smoot was succeeded in 2002 by Bonnie D. Parkin.
- Mary Ellen W. Smoot and Mary Ellen Edmunds (2000). Sweet is the Work : How Relief Society Helps Bring Women to Christ (Salt Lake City, Utah: Bookcraft) ISBN 1-57345-790-6
- "New Leaders Called, Three New Quorums of Seventy Formed", Ensign, May 1997.
- "New General and Area Authorities, Relief Society Presidency Sustained", Ensign, May 2002.
- "West Ridge Academy Advisory Board". West Ridge Academy web site. West Ridge Academy.
- “Mary Ellen Wood Smoot: Relief Society General President,” Ensign, May 1997, p. 108.
|The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles|
Elaine L. Jack
| President of the Relief Society
April 5, 1997 –April 6, 2002
Bonnie D. Parkin