Elaine S. Dalton

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Elaine S. Dalton
Photo of Elaine S. Dalton at BYU Commencement (2008)
Dalton at BYU Commencement in April 2008
13th Young Women General President
2008 – 2013
Called byThomas S. Monson
PredecessorSusan W. Tanner
SuccessorBonnie L. Oscarson
End reasonHonorably released
First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency
2007 – 2008
Called bySusan W. Tanner
PredecessorJulie B. Beck
SuccessorMary N. Cook
Second Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency
2002 – 2007
Called bySusan W. Tanner
PredecessorSharon G. Larsen
SuccessorMary N. Cook
Personal details
BornElaine Schwartz
(1946-11-01) November 1, 1946 (age 72)
Ogden, Utah, United States
Alma materBrigham Young University
Spouse(s)Stephen E. Dalton
WebsiteElaine S. Dalton

Elaine Schwartz Dalton (born November 1, 1946) was the thirteenth president of the Young Women organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 2008 to 2013. From 2002 to 2008, Dalton was a counselor to Susan W. Tanner in the general presidency of the Young Women.


Elaine Schwartz was born in Ogden, Utah. She earned a degree in English from Brigham Young University. She married Stephen E. Dalton in the Salt Lake Temple on September 13, 1968 and they are the parents of six children.

At the October 2002 LDS Church general conference, Dalton, who had been serving on the Young Women General Board, was sustained by the church as the second counselor to Susan W. Tanner, the newly-called general president of the Young Women organization. On March 31, 2007, Dalton became Tanner's first counselor when former first counselor Julie B. Beck was released to become the general president of the church's Relief Society. When Tanner was released on April 5, 2008, Dalton succeeded her as the president of the organization. Dalton's counselors were Mary N. Cook and Ann M. Dibb.

In early 2013, Dalton was criticized by some women in the church who were advocating greater church responsibilities for women (including receiving the priesthood).[1]

Consistent with current terms of service for church auxiliary presidencies, Dalton and her counselors were released at the April 2013 LDS Church general conference, with Bonnie L. Oscarson succeeding Dalton.

In July 2013, Dalton was appointed as a member of the Board of Trustees of Utah Valley University.[2]


  1. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher (January 22, 2013), "LDS women's leader stirs it up with 'no need to lobby for rights' remark", The Salt Lake Tribune
  2. ^ UVU bio of Dalton


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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Susan W. Tanner
Young Women General President
Succeeded by
Bonnie L. Oscarson
Preceded by
Julie B. Beck
First Counselor in the
Young Women General Presidency

Succeeded by
Mary N. Cook
Preceded by
Sharon G. Larsen
Second Counselor in the
Young Women General Presidency