Elaine L. Jack

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Elaine L. Jack
12th Relief Society General President
March 31, 1990 (1990-03-31)[1] – April 5, 1997 (1997-04-05)[2]
Called by Ezra Taft Benson
Predecessor Barbara W. Winder
Successor Mary Ellen W. Smoot
Second Counselor in the
Young Women General Presidency
1987 – March 31, 1990 (1990-03-31)
Called by Ardeth G. Kapp
Predecessor Jayne B. Malan
Successor Janette H. Beckham
Personal details
Born Elaine Low
(1928-03-22) March 22, 1928 (age 89)
Cardston, Alberta, Canada
Alma mater University of Utah
Spouse(s) Joseph E. Jack
Children 4

Elaine Low Jack (born March 22, 1928) was the twelfth general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1990 to 1997. She also served in the general presidency of the church's Young Women Organization between 1987 and 1990. Jack was the first Relief Society president to be born outside of the United States.

Elaine Low was born and raised in Cardston, Alberta, Canada. She attended the University of Utah where she met Joseph E. Jack. They married in the Alberta Temple on September 16, 1948. The couple had four sons. They lived in Staten Island, New York; Boston, Massachusetts; Mount Edgecumbe, Alaska; and Salt Lake City, Utah.

At the April 1987 general conference of the church, Jack was called as the second counselor in the Young Women organization to president Ardeth G. Kapp. She served in this capacity until the April 1990 general conference, where she was chosen to succeed Barbara W. Winder as the president of the Relief Society, the church's organization for women. Jack served in this capacity until April 1997, when she was released and succeeded by Mary Ellen W. Smoot.

From 1997 to 2000, Jack returned to Cardston as the temple matron of the Cardston Alberta Temple, while her husband served as temple president.

See also[edit]


  • Elaine L. Jack (1992). Eye to Eye, Heart to Heart (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book) ISBN 0-87579-603-6


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Barbara W. Winder
Relief Society General President
March 31, 1990 (1990-03-31) – April 5, 1997 (1997-04-05)
Succeeded by
Mary Ellen W. Smoot
Preceded by
Jayne B. Malan
Second Counselor in the
 Young Women General Presidency 

1987 – March 31, 1990 (1990-03-31)
Succeeded by
Janette Hales Beckham