Reyna I. Aburto

Reyna I. Aburto (born October 24, 1963) is a Nicaraguan-born American religious leader, language translation specialist, and public speaker. She has been the second counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) with Jean B. Bingham since April 2017.[1][2][3]

Reyna I. Aburto
Sister Reyna I. Aburto (42092859821).jpg
Reyna I. Aburto in 2018
Second Counselor in the general presidency of the Relief Society
April 1, 2017 (2017-04-01)
Called byJean B. Bingham
PredecessorLinda S. Reeves
Personal details
BornReyna Blanco
(1963-10-24)October 24, 1963
Managua, Nicaragua
Alma materUtah Valley University
Spouse(s)Carlos Aburto
ParentsNoel Blanco and Delbi Cardoza

Aburto was born in Managua, Nicaragua to Noel Blanco and his wife, Delbi Cardoza. She moved to California in 1984 as civil violence increased in Nicaragua. She joined the LDS Church in California in 1989 and moved to Utah shortly afterward. In 1993, she married Carlos Aburto, a native of Mexico, in the Jordan River Temple, and they are the parents of three children.[4][5] She has a degree in computer science from Utah Valley University.[6] She worked in the language industry for more than 25 years and owns a translation company with her husband.[7]

Aburto's family attended Spanish-speaking congregations until 2013, when they began attending their neighborhood English-speaking ward. From 2012 to 2016, Aburto was a member of the LDS Church's Primary General Board. She has traveled widely as a counselor in the Relief Society General Presidency. In August 2018, she visited residents of a shelter in Guatemala built by LDS Humanitarian Services.[8][9]

At the church's October 2019 general conference, Aburto spoke about issues of mental illness, including her father's death from suicide.[10][11] In March 2020, Aburto was the keynote speaker at the International Women-in-Diplomacy Day Luncheon.[12]


  1. ^ "Sister Reyna I. Aburto". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  2. ^ "Sister Reyna I. Aburto Says Gospel Was Something She Didn't Know She Needed". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  3. ^ Passey, Brian. "LDS Church announces new female leaders". The Spectrum. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  4. ^ Toone, Trent. "New LDS general Relief Society presidency is unique". Deseret News.
  5. ^ News, St. George. "Mormon church announces new Relief Society and 'Primary' program leadership". Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  6. ^ Scholl, Jacob. "LDS Church announces new leadership for the Relief Society". Ogden Standard-Examiner. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  7. ^ Stack, Peggy Fletcher. "New Mormon women's leaders bring a global bent". Salt Lake Tribune.
  8. ^ News, Fox 13. "LDS Church Relief Society, Primary leaders visit victims of volcano eruption in Guatemala". Fox 13. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  9. ^ Pugmire, Genelle. "LDS Church sees growth coming from women, leaders say". Daily Herald. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  10. ^ Roe, Ginna (2019-10-07). "Latter-day Saint leaders offer message of hope for those with mental health issues". KUTV. Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  11. ^ "Talk by Reyna I. Aburto". Retrieved 2019-10-08.
  12. ^ Deseret News report on luncheon speech

External linksEdit