Learn More About the Incoming Sunday School General Presidency (2024)

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During the Saturday morning session of the April 2024 general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 6, members sustained a new Sunday School General Presidency. President Dallin H. Oaks, First Counselor in the First Presidency, led the sustainings.

On August 1, Elder Paul V. Johnson will begin his service as the new Sunday School General President. Brother Chad H Webb and Australia Sydney Mission President Gabriel W. Reid will serve as first and second counselors, respectively. Elder Johnson currently serves as a General Authority Seventy and will receive emeritus status effective August 1.

Following is a brief look at the new leaders. A more in-depth profile on each will appear in coming weeks.

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Elder Paul V. Johnson has never been a Sunday School teacher, but he has plenty of gospel-teaching experience, from his career as a seminary teacher to the nine years he spent as Church commissioner of education.

And effective August 1, 2024, the most important thing he’ll bring to his new role as Sunday School General President is “my love for my Heavenly Father and the Savior, and my love for young people and other people, too,” he said.

Elder Johnson was born June 24, 1954, in Gainesville, Florida, to Vere Johnson and Winifred Amacher. Before he was a year old, his parents moved to Logan, Utah, where they raised him and his seven siblings.

He met his future wife, Jill Washburn, when he was recruited to play high school football in Monticello, Utah. They became friends while attending the same ward and seminary class, and she wrote to him while he served his mission in Norway.

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They were married August 18, 1976, in the Logan Utah Temple and have nine children and 43 grandchildren.

The Johnsons have faced their share of trials together, from losing a daughter to cancer to struggling through their own health challenges. But Elder Johnson said those experiences have shaped his perspective of God’s plan.

“I think it makes me, as a teacher, yearn to help these young people grasp on to the Savior and to their Heavenly Father,” he said.

Elder Johnson’s education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from Brigham Young University in 1978 and a doctor of education degree from Utah State University in 1989.

His Church service includes bishop, stake presidency counselor, counselor in the Chile Area Presidency and President of the Europe Area.

He was sustained as a General Authority Seventy in April 2005 and has been serving as a member of the Presidency of the Seventy since August 1, 2021. He will be given emeritus status effective August 1, 2024.

Chad H Webb, First Counselor

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As a young man, Brother Chad H Webb was attending the College of Eastern Utah (now Utah State University Eastern) when he had a foundational spiritual experience that deepened his testimony of the gospel.

It started with a desire to strengthen his faith. Amid school work and playing basketball on the college team, Brother Webb made it a priority over several months to study his scriptures, ponder and pray often as he prepared to serve a mission.

One cold night, he went for a long walk around Price, Utah, where he thought about everything he was learning. Heaven’s love came as he entered an empty parking lot.

“I felt like all the answers to my prayers and questions came, and I felt very deeply how true the gospel and the Church are,” he said. “It came with great clarity in my mind, along with the feeling that Heavenly Father was aware of me. I felt His love and His direction. That was one of the early, really impactful experiences I had to deepen my testimony.”

Chad H Webb was born in Rexburg, Idaho, on Decrmber 18, 1964, to Larry George Webb and Paige Webb. He grew up in southeastern Idaho, and married Kristi Ann Bronson in the Logan Utah Temple on August 4, 1990. They live in Layton, Utah, and have six children.

Brother Webb graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in educational leadership and foundations. He taught released-time seminary in Salt Lake City and institute in Virginia and Utah. He coordinated institute programs in Washington, D.C. and supervised training and selection of seminary teachers. He has served as an administrator of Seminaries and Institutes of Religion since 2008.

Brother Webb was released as Layton Utah Valley View Stake president shortly before his call. He served as a full-time missionary in Veracruz, Mexico. Previous callings include bishop, high councilor and elders quorum president.

Gabriel W. Reid, Second Counselor

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For President Gabriel W. Reid, one of the most rewarding parts of being a mission leader is to see missionaries “feast upon the words of Christ,” develop a love for the scriptures and desire to be more like the Savior.

“If you truly figure out how to make your gospel study ‘delicious’ to you, as it says in the scriptures, that’s when your life changes,” said President Reid, who concludes his service as president of the Australia Sydney Mission in July.

President Reid — who was born in Pago Pago, American Samoa, and speaks Samoan and Spanish in addition to English — said the word “feast” in the Book of Mormon in Samoan is translated to “taumamafa fiafia” and in Spanish to “deleitar,” both of which denote enjoyment.

As a new counselor in the Sunday School General Presidency, “I’m excited to help others see how much joy there is in unpacking the scriptures,” he said.

Gabriel “Gabe” Walter Po’u Reid was born May 28, 1977, to Eugene and Tupu Reid and raised in the village of Leone in American Samoa.

President Reid’s love of God and desire to put Him first began at an early age and sustained him as he played football for Brigham Young University from 1999 to 2002 and pursued a career in the National Football League from 2003 to 2006. It was during this time he learned a valuable lesson — “When the Lord tells you something, you go ‘all in.’”

He married Heather Lynn Sasse in the Bountiful Utah Temple on June 24, 2000, and they are the parents of four children. President Reid graduated from BYU in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in international relations and owns a construction management company.

In addition to presiding over the Australia Sydney Mission, President Reid has served as a counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, bishop, ward Young Men president, temple ordinance worker and full-time missionary in the Chile Santiago South Mission (1996-1998).

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FAQs

Who is the Sunday School General Presidency? ›

Elder Paul V. Johnson, who will be the new Sunday School general president on August 1, and his wife, Jill, pose for a photo at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Monday, April 8, 2024. Photo by Scott G Winterton, courtesy of Church News.

Who sets apart the Sunday School President? ›

Calling a Sunday School President

The bishop calls and sets apart a Melchizedek Priesthood holder to be the ward Sunday School president. They discuss whether counselors should be called.

Who is the general primary presidency? ›

President Susan H. Porter

Who is the General Relief Society presidency? ›

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Who is Michael T. Nelson? ›

Brother Nelson is a partner and chief financial officer in a commercial and residential real estate investment company. He studied organizational communications at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah.

Who is Jan E. Newman? ›

He worked as a serial entrepreneur for more than 30 years, founding several successful software companies. Currently, he is a partner at SageCreek Partners, a technology consulting company in Alpine, Utah. Brother Newman married Lucia Price in the Oakland California Temple on August 18, 1984.

What is the 2024 LDS Primary theme? ›

The 2024 theme comes from 3 Nephi 5:13, where Mormon says, “I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.” Nik Day has written many of the youth album songs over the past six years, including theme songs like last year's “I Can Do All Things,” 2022's “Trust in the Lord,” “A Great Work” from 2021, and “I Will Go and Do” from 2020.

Who is the first counselor in the Primary LDS? ›

Wright. Sister Amy A. Wright was sustained as First Counselor in the Primary General Presidency for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 2, 2022.

What are the duties of the Primary president of the LDS Church? ›

The Primary presidency ministers to children one by one as they learn children's names and become familiar with their talents, interests, and challenges. They look for ways to strengthen children individually. They also minister to Primary teachers and support them in their efforts to teach the gospel.

What was the original name of the Relief Society? ›

Founded as the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo in 1842, the organization has operated as a charitable, educational, and religious sisterhood for most of the 150 years since its establishment under the direction of Latter-day Saint prophet Joseph Smith.

How many members of the Relief Society are there? ›

The Relief Society is a philanthropic and educational women's organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). It was founded in 1842 in Nauvoo, Illinois, United States, and has more than 7 million members in over 188 countries and territories.

Who was the longest serving Relief Society president? ›

Legacy. Spafford was released as Relief Society General President in 1974 after serving for almost 30 years in that position, the longest term of service in the church's history for a Relief Society president.

Where is Mark L. Pace from? ›

As a young man he served as a full-time missionary in the Spain Madrid Mission. From 2012 to 2015 he served as president of the Spain Barcelona Mission. Brother Pace was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 1, 1957.

Who is Milton Camargo? ›

He was a full-time missionary in the Portugal Lisbon Mission. Camargo is the first son of Helio da Rocha Camargo, who was the first Brazilian General Authority of the Church of Jesus Christ (he served in the First Quorum of the Seventy and the Second Quorum of the Seventy).

Who is in the presidency LDS? ›

President Russell M. Nelson (President, centre) President Dallin H. Oaks (First Counsellor, left)

Who are the new members of the presidency of the Seventy? ›

Elder Carl B. Cook (a member of the presidency since 2018) is now Senior President, and Elder Marcus B. Nash has been appointed to the presidency. These new assignments fill the vacancy created by Elder Patrick Kearon's call to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in December 2023.

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