Lisa L. Harkness

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Lisa Harkness served as the first counselor in the Primary general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from March 31, 2018, to April 3, 2021. She had been serving on the Primary general board since September 2017. “The Primary presidency oversees the Church’s organization that teaches children ages 18 months to 11 years the gospel of Jesus Christ and helps them live its principles. These leaders serve under the direction of the First Presidency and travel frequently to help guide and support the children and their local leaders.”[1]

She has served in many positions in the Church previously, including Young Women president, Relief Society president, gospel doctrine teacher, and full-time missionary in the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission. She has a bachelor’s degree in political science and secondary teaching from Brigham Young University.

Lisa and her husband, David Harkness, are the parents of five children. The Church announced that David Harkness was called to preside over the Canada Montreal Mission and Sister Harkness will serve as his companion. They begin their service in July 2021.

In November 2020, the members of the Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary general presidencies of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints launched official Instagram accounts to expand their global ministries. The Church leaders’ use of social media platforms demonstrates a desire to connect with members around the world using technology. [2]

Sister Harkness's General Conference talks