The Secret Life of a Bishop’s Wife

Jeff and Becky Porter, almost two years after his call to be bishop.

This article was originally written by Becky Porter for

On the surface, it appeared to be a typical Sunday in a typical LDS chapel in Phoenix.  There were a couple of items, however, that would make it stand out in my mind forever.  It was Leap Day 2004 — the day after my 25thbirthday – and it was the day my husband was sustained and set apart as a bishop.  It was the day I became a bishop’s wife.

When Jeff was called it was made clear that I had also received a call to serve alongside him and sustain him.  At the time I had no idea what that would entail or how heavy Jeff’s burdens would  sometimes be.  Even now, as my husband serves in the capacity of stake president, I can remember the weighty feeling of his responsibilities as bishop, and I often tell people that being a stake president is much, much easier; Jeff agrees.

One of the lessons I learned quickly as a bishop’s wife is the power of prayer.  My prayers lengthened and intensified and increased in frequency as Jeff served.  I learned that I could pray for people I had never met and situations I didn’t know the specifics of because of confidentiality.

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Kylie is a writer at and graduate of BYU with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. She grew up in a Chicago suburb where she gained a passion for the Chicago Cubs. She enjoys writing and live event video production.