The two men replaced former apostles Thomas B. Marsh, who had left the church, and Orson Hyde, who had been disfellowshipped and removed from his position. Grandson Robert Murray Stewart remembers, 'There were problems associated with his mental health, just maintaining control of himself.' 21 quotes from George Albert Smith: 'There are two influences ever present in the world. In his youth, Smith worked at the Zions Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI) factory and traveled throughout Utah as a salesman. John Henry Smith and George Albert Smith are the only father and son pair to have been members of the Quorum of the Twelve at the same time, having served in the Quorum together between 1903 and 1910. He was interred at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. The assignment was to increase attendance and participation in MIA, for both young men and young women. His counselors were Richard R. Lyman and Melvin J. Ballard. There were times when 'he just could not pull it all together.' In March 1951, Smith suffered a stroke that left him mostly paralyzed on the right side of his body, and gradually deteriorated until his death on April 4, 1951, his 81st birthday. A. H. Lund & son, Coy. Smith was appointed mission secretary. He was born on 4 January 1864 in London. George Albert Smith Sr. (April 4, 1870 – April 4, 1951) was an American religious leader who served as the eighth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). It was several years after their marriage that the first daughter was born, with the pregnancy starting shortly after Woodruff gave Lucy a priesthood blessing to be a mother. [10], In 1921, Smith became a member of the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce. Another granddaughter, Shauna Lucy Stewart Larsen, who lived in George Albert’s home for twelve years as a child, remembers that 'when there was great, tremendous stress, mostly [of] an emotional kind, it took its toll and he would literally have to go to bed for several days.' When World War II ended, Smith helped send supplies to Europe and was also known for his efforts to revitalize missionary work. Pages: George A. 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His grandfather, for whom he was named, was also an LDS Church apostle as well as a cousin of church founder Joseph Smith. From 1920 until 1921 Smith served as president of the church's British and European missions. In 1928, Smith purchased the Hill Cumorah for the church. [30] In 1935 he was succeeded in this position by Albert E. Bowen. Elder Smith became the father of twenty children. Grant, Smith became president of the church on May 21, 1945. The couple later had three children..." "...Smith was called to be a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1903. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/EoM/id/4143, Grampa Bill's G.A. George Albert Smith We visited the Hill Cumorah and were accorded the courtesy of going thereon by the wife of Mr. George Sampson, a brother of Admiral Wm. While presiding over the European Mission, Smith had his first airplane flight as part of a journey from Britain to Sweden. Being unable to support the chosen course of action, he resigned from the board later that year. Lucy Smith died in 1937. In 1921 Smith became the chairman of the executive board of the Deseret News. He would be regularly invited to give a talk while visiting. He was eventually diagnosed with lupus erythematosus, a chronic debilitating autoimmune disease. Just prior to his marriage to Lucy, Smith served as a Mutual Improvement Association (MIA) missionary throughout many areas in Southern Utah. On August 25, 1857, Smith's group camped next to the Fancher–Baker party, headed the opposite direction, at Corn Creek, now Kanosh. One is constructive and elevating and comes from our Heavenly Father; the other is destructive and debasing and comes from Lucifer. For a few years leading up to 1902 Smith served as an assistant to Richard R. Lyman and Joseph F. Merrill in running the Salt Lake Stake's youth program for young men. They named their community Parowan. Smith never remarried, which made him the only man to have not had a living wife while he was serving as church president. While Larsen was still technically Church Historian until 1997, others succeeded him as Executive Director of the Historical Department, and those men were sometimes referred to as the Official Church Historians. In 1946 I witnessed a prophetic utterance made by George Albert Smith, prophet and president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1945 to 1951. She was a member of the YW MIA's General Board for 29 years.[20]. Along with his better-known French counterpart Georges Méliès George Albert Smith was one of the first filmmakers to explore fictional and fantastic themes, often using surprisingly sophisticated special effects. In 1838, he moved with his parents and a large body of church members to the state of Missouri. He also was closely involved in its implementation. "[7]:115, "Those close to George Albert Smith were aware of some emotional problems. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, Smith was one of nineteen children of Latter Day Saint apostle John Henry Smith. [21], Smith and his new wife, Lucy, were missionaries in the church's Southern States Mission, with J. During his tenure, cooperation between the young men and young women's MIA organizations increased. [22], Smith's first assignment in Tennessee was to serve in the Middle Tennessee District, covering the area in and around the city of Nashville. … From 1920 until 1923 Smith served as president of the British and European Missions of the church..." Smith agreed, and "admired his grit". One of his sons, John Henry, became a member of the Twelve and father of George Albert Smith, the eighth president of the Church. He was among those closely involved in the 1912 decision for the LDS Church to sponsor scout troops. J. Reuben Clark, of the church's First Presidency, was an equally ardent opposer of the use of airplanes. In 1837 the callings of Church Historian and Church Recorder were separated, but in 1842 these callings were again merged. He worked tirelessly to convince the British government to allow the church to send more missionaries and also met with Swiss officials to get permission to send more missionaries to that country. They organized the Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association. See George A. Smith [July 4, 1852], JD 1:79; harvnb error: no target: CITEREFSmith1875 (, harvnb error: no target: CITEREFSmith1857 (, These chiefs included Ammon, Kanosh, Tutsegabit, and Youngwids (, harvnb error: no target: CITEREFBrooks1950 (, harvnb error: no target: CITEREFBagley2002 (, harvnb error: no target: CITEREFCarleton1859 (. American religious leader who served as the eighth president of The Church, George Albert Smith was one of nineteen children of Latter Day Saint apostle John Henry Smith. It was looked upon as the "flagship" stake of the church, and Lyman, Merrill and Smith initiated programs and changes that were adopted elsewhere throughout the church. [13] Smith addressed a group of Indians in Santa Clara, counseling them that "the Americans" were approaching with a large army, and were a threat to the Indians as well as the Mormons. His illnesses seem to have come on in large part as a result of many of the difficult circumstances he suffered while visiting stake conferences during the first six years he was an apostle. Smith's brother, Winslow Farr Smith, was also involved with these charges. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s he was a strong supporter of use of airplanes in travel. The nearer I went to the other side, the greater was my assurance that the gospel is true. [20] Also traveling north with the Smith party were several Native chiefs of the southern Utah Territory.[21]. Smith felt the charges were baseless charges developed by other morticians who resented the Salt Lake Mortuaey's low prices. A son, John Henry Smith, also served as an apostle and member of the First Presidency. In 1907, Smith negotiated the church's purchase of the Joseph Smith farm in Palmyra, New York..[29]. Known for his somewhat bombastic speaking style, Smith once said, "We breathe the free air, we have the best looking men and handsomest women, and if [non-Mormons] envy us our position, well they may, for they are a poor, narrow-minded, pinch-backed race of men, who chain themselves down to the law of monogamy, and live all their days under the dominion of one wife. The translation was done by Antoine R. Ivins and Eduardo Balderas, with the approval of the First Presidency. They had two daughters and one son. Smith was ordained a seventy in the priesthood on March 1, 1835, by Joseph Smith. Smith served in this position until his death on September 1, 1875. Smith's teachings as an apostle were the 2012 course of study in the LDS Church's Sunday Relief Society and Melchizedek priesthood classes. Following a normal pioneer Utah childhood, George Albert Smith married Lucy Woodruff in 1892 in the Manti Utah Temple. [6] There George met his cousin, Joseph, for the first time. [8], In 1902, there were those who sought to convince Smith to run for the United States Senate. Elder Smith was soon appointed mission secretary. Over his lifetime, he traveled approximately a million miles fulfilling church assignments.[35]. [17] Haight told Smith he had heard reports that 600 troops were already approaching Cedar City from the East, and that if the rumors were true, Haight would have to act without waiting for instructions from Salt Lake City. I am a son of Dr. Lyman Merrill Horne and Myrtle Swainston Horne. Smith was a prominent leader in the settlement of many communities in southern Utah, and played a role in the chain of events preceding the Mountain Meadows Massacre on September 11, 1857. These documents are located in boxes 132-143. A second is George Albert Smith’s famous disavowal of the claim that “when our leaders speak, the thinking has been done” in 1945. A-1, 229; "Sketch of the Autobiography of George Albert Smith,", harvnb error: no target: CITEREFMartineau1857 (. George Albert Smith and his father, John Henry Smith, had the distinction of being the only father and son to serve simultaneously in the Quorum of the Twelve, which they did from 1903 until 1911. Smith was known for his patriotism and joined various American patriotic groups. No apostle was immediately called to replace Smith. Smith felt that the pensions should be left in place. [7]:124 Smith professed that these experiences helped deepen his understanding of the Gospel and personal belief in the existence of God, stating in a 1921 general conference session, "I have been in the valley of the shadow of death in recent years, so near the other side that I am sure that for the special blessing of our Heavenly Father I could not have remained here. His grandfather, for whom he was named, was also an LDS Church apostle as well as a cousin of church founder Joseph Smith. He was appointed as a receiver for the Land Office in Utah in the years 1898 and 1903.[6]. This was an employee gift by the First Presidency in 2000. [19], Lucy served as president of the Relief Society in Europe while Smith was the mission president. [28] Smith then served as head of the youth program for young men in Salt Lake Stake from 1902–1903. 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[9], In 1920, while serving as president of the church's European Mission, Smith toured England and Scotland as the ZCMI representative to the American Goods Association tour sponsored by the British Chamber of Trade. Smith's first wife, Bathsheba W. Smith, served as general president of the church's Relief Society from 1901 to 1910. It was also planned for his wife to join him at that time. George Albert Smith, Director: As Seen Through a Telescope. At the time the Salt Lake Stake took in all of Salt Lake county and was by far the largest stake by membership in the LDS Church. [25], As was common at the time, Smith was ordained a seventy when he went on his mission. He excelled at this enough to be promoted to working in the packing box shop, where he again excelled and was promoted to wholesale grocery salesman for ZCMI's Salt Lake County operations. T. R. Cutler & Wife, W. S. McCornick, Joseph Geoghegan, George [Albert] Smith and wife, George Alfred Smith, Myself & Wife Sarah F. and others Went in a special Car to the Sugar Co. Power plant in Bear River and found it … In the early 1880s Smith began to … [18], Smith's second daughter, Edith, earned a master's degree in history. [7]:115 Throughout his life, Smith took to his bed, sometimes for days at a time, with emotional and mental illness related issues. Initially when Smith left to serve in the Southern States mission on June 23, 1892, he left Lucy behind in Salt Lake City. [13] In 1932, Smith was elected a member of the BSA's National Council. After his return from Europe in 1921, Smith had a full schedule of stake conference assignments. He was later present at the Pan American exposition in Buffalo in 1901 and heard the shot that killed McKinley. The following quotes come from the book The Teachings of George Albert Smith by eighth president George Albert Smith (edited by Robert and Susan McIntosh. They also printed the first Braille edition of the Book of Mormon.[15]. JS History, vol. This council oversaw scouting in California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. He was humorously known for sometimes removing his wig to wipe his brow while preaching. Given what seems to be George Albert’s emotional fragility, physical illness may have been a socially acceptable way for him to retreat, rest, and regroup before tackling his responsibilities again with renewed determination."[7]:124. Grandchild George Albert Smith V suggests that his grandfather struggled with depression, feeling incompetent, and being overwhelmed. George Albert Smith (commonly known as George A. Smith to distinguish him from his grandson (George Albert Smith, the prophet, of the same name) was an early leader in the Latter-day Saint movement and served in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and as a member of the church’s First Presidency (counselor to Brigham Young). One sign of this was the Young Women's Journal, merging into the young women's MIA-published Improvement Era in 1929. In September 1832, at the age of 15, George A. Smith, was baptized into the Church of Christ,[4] eight months after his parents had been baptized. He was the son of “Uncle John Smith,” the patriarch. And a third is Hugh B. Brown’s remarks about “heterodox” thoughts to a BYU audience in 1969. His mother, Sarah Farr, was the first of John Henry Smith's two wives (who he had simultaneously for many years). The long panning shots of Pompeii linger respectfully, as a tourist would, before the camera finally raises its eye to the mighty volcano looming in the distance beyond. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, attack and destroy the Baker–Fancher emigrant train, "George Albert Smith Family photograph collection, 1870s-1950s", George A. Smith Family Papers, University of Utah, Grampa Bill's G.A. George Albert Smith accomplished much during his 81 years—in the Church, in his community, and throughout the world. His mother, Sarah Farr, was the first of John Henry Smith's two wives (who he had simultaneously for many years). In this capacity, he preached in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Germany. John Henry Smith and George Albert Smith are the only father and son pair to have been members of the Quorum of the Twelve at the same time, h… After Joseph Smith's death and the assumption of church leadership by Brigham Young, George A. Smith traveled to the Salt Lake Valley as a Mormon pioneer with the first company of settlers in 1847. This article is about the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Never a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In 1896, he had joined the Republican Party and campaigned for William McKinley, who became President of the United States. Like many other 19th-century Mormon leaders, Smith practiced plural marriage. He was assigned to serve with William B. Dougall, Jr., who was a grandson of Brigham Young. After his four months of service, President Smith returned home and married Lucy Woodruff, his childhood sweetheart. In the spring of 1834, the 16-year-old Smith accompanied a group of Latter Day Saints on a 2000-mile march to Missouri and back to Ohio. [37]:1 He was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery. 10Sarah Libby – 26 (34) 8/8/ 1845 0 Born 5/7/1818 Died 6/12/1851 Sarah & Hannah (sisters) joined the Church and both promptly married William. Considering how many airplanes crashed in these early years of aviation Clark may well have had a more reasonable approach to the issue. "Hyrum Smith and Harold Beecher came to consider Joseph Patriarch's position." [12] In the 1920s Smith was elected a member of the BSA Regional Executive Council for the 12th region. This trip, known as Zion's Camp, was intended to bring aid to suffering members of the church in Missouri. [7]:116 After 1903, Smith found his frequent travels debilitating and began to show prominent symptoms of physical weakness. In 1923, he served on the reception committee for US President Warren G. Harding's visit to Salt Lake City.[11]. [14], Starting in 1933 Smith was president of the Utah Society for the Sightless. [citation needed]. [3], In 1894, after returning from serving in the church's Southern States Mission, Smith got a job as assistant to a traveling salesman at ZCMI. It was intended he would assume the position of mission secretary, essentially chief assistant to the mission president, in August. - LDS First Presidency (George Albert Smith), letter to Virgil H. Sponberg (critic of the anti-black ban), May 5, 1947, quoted in Lester E. Bush, Mormonism's Negro Doctrine: An Historical Overview, p. 42 Apostle Mark E. Peterson (1900 – 1984): “We must not inter-marry with the Negro. During their engagement, President Smith had received word that he would be called to serve a second mission. DOVER - George Albert Smith, 82, of 6115 Wyse Fork Road, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at Lenoir Memorial Hospital. He was set apart as a missionary on September 7, 1891. With the death of quorum president, Rudger Clawson, in 1943, Smith was sustained as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and served in the position for two years. In the winter of 1850, Smith led a company of 118 volunteers and about 30 families to establish a colony near the Little Salt Lake in Iron County. Term ended by removal of apostleship; was later excommunicated. Scholars have asserted that Smith's tour, speeches, and personal actions contributed to the fear and tension in these communities, and influenced the decision to attack and destroy the Baker–Fancher emigrant train near Mountain Meadows, Utah. Smith was made the first president of this organization. [1] His work as a salesman for ZCMI involved a long trip, starting at Panaca, Nevada and moving north-eastward, with Smith taking grocery orders while his associate, James Poulton, took shoe orders. In 2005 the callings of Church Historian and Church Recorder was restored. Smith dedicated the Idaho Falls Temple on September 23, 1945. [34] The group would eventually erect more than 100 monuments and markers. They were married on May 25, 1892, in the Manti Utah Temple. George Albert Smith is one of the most important figures in Victorian cinema. On the way back to Salt Lake City, Smith was accompanied by a party including Jacob Hamblin of Santa Clara, a newly appointed Mormon missionary to the Natives in the region who also ran a federally funded "Indian farm" next to Mountain Meadows. Why? In 1930, Smith invited a group of his friends who shared his interest in the history of the LDS Church to his house. Smith taught school during the first winter, and later served as a member of Utah's territorial legislature. [10] During the tour, Smith gave military speeches[11] and counseled Mormons that they should prepare to "touch fire to their homes, and hide themselves in the mountains, and to defend their country to the very last extremity." A son, John Henry Smith, also served as … George Albert Smith attended Brigham Young University and later the University of Deseret (now the University of Utah). The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles had not had twelve members since September 3, 1837, when. There is a division line well defined that separates the Lord's territory from Lucifer's. Smith was the eighth official Church Historian and General Church Recorder of the LDS Church between April 1854 and 1871. Under direction from the General Assembly of the State of Deseret, the group organized the political entity of Iron County and elected Smith as chief justice. My father was a great-grandson of George A. Smith, cousin of the Prophet Joseph and counselor to Brigham Young. In addition to Parowan, Smith's tour included visits to Cedar City and Santa Clara. In 1873 he was appointed and sustained as Trustee-in-Trust for the church, which office he held until his death. Isaac C. Haight, Cedar City stake president, and second in military command under Dame, met with Smith again on August 21. A Ghost Hunter Overshadowed George Albert Smith (1864-1859) is someone I should've known about long ago. [36] Also during his presidency the first translation of the endowment ceremony was done. "...In 1892, Smith married Lucy Emily Woodruff, the daughter of Wilford Woodruff, Jr., in the Manti Temple. Louie B. Here is the entire caption: “George Albert Smith was among the General Authorities assigned to purchase and preserve important Church history sites. Starting in 1978, the duties of Church Historians fell to the Executive director of the historical department. With the death of Heber J. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, Smith was one of nineteen children of Latter Day Saint apostle John Henry Smith. [4], Smith also served as secretary of the Kanab Cattle Company and a member of the Utah National Guard.[5]. [24] From November 1892 to August 1893 and from October 1893 to May 1894 Kimball was out of the mission so Smith was acting mission president. George Albert and Lucy Smith had been married for about 40 years when Lucy began a prolonged struggle with frail health. Smith also gave many impromptu concerts on this sales trip, playing on harmonica and guitar with Poulton accompanying on the flute. Smith served as a missionary to the eastern United States, traveling and preaching during the summers of 1835, 1836, and 1837, while attending school each winter. George Albert Smith (June 26, 1817 – September 1, 1875) was an early leader in the Latter Day Saint movement. When George Albert Smith fled Nauvoo with his wives Bathsheba, Lucy and sixteen year-old Hannah, he left in their fourteen room house (unsold) his wife Sarah Ann, (Hannah's sister) to take care of his wives, Nancy and Zilpha, who were to have babies. [14] Riding in a wagon afterwards, John D. Lee said he warned Smith that the Indians would likely attack emigrant trains, and that Mormons were anxious to avenge the blood of the prophets,[15] and according to Lee, Smith seemed pleased, and said "he had had a long talk with Major Haight on the same subject."[16]. He continued in this position until 1949. After the death of his father, his mother moved the family to Brighton where she would run a boarding house on Grand Parade. George A. 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