Sister Bonnie H. Cordon was serving as the second counselor in the Primary general presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when she was called to be the first counselor in the Primary general presidency in April 2017. She was born to Harold and Carol Hillam and was the third of seven children. She learned her work ethic growing up on the family’s 80-acre farm in Idaho Falls, Idaho.
Sister Cordon met her husband, Derek, while they were both students at Brigham Young University. They were married in the Salt Lake Temple in April 1986 and are the parents of four children and have three grandsons. Sister Cordon loves spending time with her little grandsons.
Sister Cordon received a bachelor’s degree in education from BYU. She worked in management in the software industry.
She was a working mother until she was expecting her third child and she and her husband relocated to Indiana. “I put all my corporate clothes back in my closet and put on my peanut butter and jelly clothes,” she said. After a move to Boise, Idaho, she jumped back into the business world, starting her own business.
She also was a school volunteer in Idaho and Utah, serving in PTA, the classroom and community council.
Sister Cordon’s faith has carried her through her life. She served a full-time mission in the Portugal Lisbon Mission. Her Portuguese language skills would come in handy when she served with her husband, Derek, as he presided over the Brazil Curitiba Mission from 2010 to 2013. She has also served in her ward (local congregation) and stake (diocese) Primary, Young Women and Relief Society organizations. Sister Cordon taught early morning seminary and has been a two-time nursery leader.
She loves the outdoors, enjoying jogging, scuba diving, hiking and skiing. She enjoys being with her family and traveling. “I love people,” she said. “We are children of Heavenly Father. He loves us.”