Sister Porter was born July 31, 1955, in Ponca City, Oklahoma, and grew up in New York. She graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
On February 2, 1977, she married Bruce D. Porter, who later served as a General Authority Seventy. He passed away in 2016. They raised their four children in the eastern United States, Germany, and Utah and fulfilled Church assignments in Russia and in the Middle East while her husband was serving as President of the Europe East Area.
Sister Porter has served in many callings, including as a member of a ward Young Women presidency, ward Relief Society and Primary president, and counselor in a stake Relief Society presidency. She has been serving on the Relief Society general advisory council since 2017.
In addition to volunteering with various community and civic organizations, Sister Porter has worked as a lab assistant for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and as a math teacher.