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Elaine L. Jack

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Elaine Low Jack was the twelfth general president of the Relief Society (women's organization) of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often mistakenly called the Mormon Church.

Elaine Jack, Mormon leader

Elaine Jack served as Relief Society general president from 1990 to 1997.

She was born on March 22, 1928, in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, to Sterling Oliver and Lovina Anderson Low, both faithful members of the Church of Jesus Christ. She grew up steeped in Mormon culture in a family dedicated to living the gospel. She lived only a block from the Cardston Alberta Mormon Temple, and her parents were sealed there. Her grandfather was a patriarch, and she transcribed the oral blessings he gave by the laying on of hands to worthy Latter-day Saints.

Elaine was an excellent student, the valedictorian of her high school. She went on to attend the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where she majored in English. There she met "Joseph E. Jack, a senior medical student. They married September 16, 1948, in the Cardston Alberta Temple. The couple lived in New York, Massachusetts, and Alaska before returning to Utah. They reared four sons." [1]

Following the course of a medical career, they lived in Boston, New Jersey, then to Mount Edgecombe, Alaska. During the two years they lived there, Church services were held in their home. [2] After returning to Utah, the family eagerly participated in outdoor activities. Elaine participated with her family in skiing, rappelling, and hiking. Elaine is also an excellent pianist and inherited a Steinway piano from a friend.

Elaine served as second counselor in the Young Women general presidency under Ardeth G. Kapp before she served in the Relief Society. From 1997 to 2000, the Jacks served as president and matron of the Cardston Alberta Temple.

She was the first Relief Society general president from outside the United States. She emphasized community service and a sound testimony of the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

She said,

“Despite trials, worldly confusion, and caustic voices, we can trust in the Lord and go forward with happy hearts, knowing that with every challenge or problem, there’s the strength to go on. Why?” she asked. “Because we know His promises are real, that He does know us by name and has a plan for each of us. He will help us learn what it is and give us joy in doing it.” [3]

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