Julie B. Beck

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Mormon Relief Society President Julie B. Beck
Julie B. Beck was the president of the Relief Society (women's organization) of the Mormon Church
Julie Bangerter Beck, born 29 September, 1954, was called as the General President of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 31 March 2007 and served until 2012. She was serving as the first counselor in the General Young Women Presidency prior to receiving her call to direct the Church's women's service organization.

Born in Granger, Utah to William Grant Bangerter and Geraldine Hamblin, Beck grew up in Utah and in São Paulo, Brazil, where her father served as a mission president for the LDS Church for five years. As a child she learned to speak Portuguese while living there. Beck graduated from Dixie College and Brigham Young University with a degree in family science. On 28 December 1973, she married Ramon P. Beck in the Salt Lake Temple. Beck and her husband have two daughters, one son and eight grandchildren. They currently reside in Alpine, Utah.

In October 2002, Beck was asked to be the First Counselor to President Susan W. Tanner in the Young Women General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served in this capacity until her call in 2007 as the General President of the Relief Society, succeeding Bonnie D. Parkin. Beck was the fifteenth general president of the Relief Society since it was organized in 1842. As Relief Society president, Beck was an ex officio member of the executive committee of the Board of Trustees of the Church Educational System and is a member of the church's Board of Education. Beck was assisted by two counselors, Silvia Henriquez Allred and Barbara Thompson.

Beck's father, William Grant Bangerter, has been a General Authority of the Church since 1975, when he was called as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He is also a former member of the First Quorum of the Seventy and the Presidency of the Seventy and has been an emeritus General Authority since 1989. She is the niece of Utah's 13th governor, Norman H. Bangerter, who served from 1985 to 1993.

In recent times, the call to serve as the general Relief Society President has been limited to a term of five years. Sister Beck was released from this calling in April 2012. In August 2012 her former alma mater, Dixie College, announced that it had named her to its board of trustees. 1 Beck was appointed by Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

Beck, who was inducted into the Dixie State College Hall of Fame in the area of Public and College Service in 2007, was a performing member of the famed Dixie College Program Bureau, a member of the executive council and marched with the Rebelettes during her time at Dixie. She went on to complete her education at Brigham Young University. As a full-time homemaker, Beck has been active in many educational and community efforts. She has been a leader in parent teacher associations, school district advisory councils, music teacher associations, community celebrations and local politics.
In addition, Beck has served in leadership roles for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, most recently as the Church’s Relief Society General President, a role she held for five years until her release this past April. As part of her responsibilities, she was a member of the Church Board of Education and the Board of Trustees of four Church universities; and was on the Executive and General councils for Welfare and the Perpetual Education Fund of the Church. In addition, Beck served on the Church’s Young Women General Board and as First Counselor in the Young Women General Presidency.
Dixie State College’s Board of Trustees is the institution’s governing board, appointed by the Governor and approved by the Utah State Senate, and acts as a liaison between the college and the community. In addition, the Board of Trustees assists and approves the college’s mission, traditions, strategic planning, policies, budgets, new degree programs and honorary degrees. The Trustees are also involved in alumni relations and fundraising. [1]

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