Susan Holland Porter was born in Oklahoma to Hans J. and Charlene Coleman Holland and raised in Painted Post, New York. She attended BYU, where she met her husband, Bruce D. Porter, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. After their marriage in the Washington D.C. Temple, they raised their family in Massachusetts, Virginia, Germany, and Utah. They are the parents of two sons and two daughters.
Prior to her call to the Relief Society general advisory council, Sister Porter was serving as a counselor in her stake Relief Society presidency. She has also served as a ward Relief Society president, Young Women president, Gospel Doctrine teacher, and temple ordinance worker. Elder Porter was called as a member of the Seventy in 1995, giving them the opportunity to serve in the Middle East/North Africa Area and the Europe East Area of the Church. Elder Porter passed away in December 2016.
Sister Porter enjoys spending time with her family, playing the piano, and learning from the example of children of God near and far. She loves the invitation of Nephi to “press forward with a steadfastness in Christ, having a perfect brightness of hope, and a love of God and of all men” (2 Nephi 31:20).