Naomi Maxfield Shumway

Sixth General Primary President: 1974–1980

The theme of Sister Shumway’s administration was “Primary is to train, not entertain.” As the sixth General President, she worked to strengthen the spiritual foundation of every child; reverence and teacher training received renewed emphasis. The worldwide Church was now a reality, and every decision had to be considered by how it would affect the newest branches in far corners of the world. In 1978 the Primary celebrated its 100th birthday.