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. He then studied law at University of Deseret (later the University of Utah) for a year. His wives bore him 20 children, 11 of whom were still living when Smith died. In his youth, Smith worked at the Zions Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI) factory and traveled throughout Utah as a salesman. Though he worried about her and tried to comfort her as much as he could, President Smith’s duties as a General Authority often required him to be away from home. And a third is Hugh B. Brown’s remarks about “heterodox” thoughts to a BYU audience in 1969. George Albert Smith, first counselor to President Brigham Young from 1868 to 1875, was the first son ... "Before leaving the Temple of Nauvoo," wrote George A., "my wife, under the law of Abraham and Sarah, gave me five wives, viz: Lucy Smith, born February 9, 1817, at Newry, In 1928, Smith purchased the Hill Cumorah for the church. Smith instructed church members to stockpile grain, and not to sell it to emigrants or use it for animal feed. Smith was ordained a seventy in the priesthood on March 1, 1835, by Joseph Smith. The assignment was to increase attendance and participation in MIA, for both young men and young women. He served in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and as a member of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). When World War II ended, Smith helped send supplies to Europe and was also known for his efforts to revitalize missionary work. 21 quotes from George Albert Smith: 'There are two influences ever present in the world. 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. These documents are located in boxes 132-143. His mother, Sarah Farr, was the first of John Henry Smith's two wives (who he had simultaneously for many years). Grandson Robert Murray Stewart remembers, 'There were problems associated with his mental health, just maintaining control of himself.' The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles had not had twelve members since September 3, 1837, when. [34] The group would eventually erect more than 100 monuments and markers. Leaving on August 3, 1857, Smith arrived at Parowan, Utah on August 8, 1857,[8] and on August 15, he set off on a tour of the local military district manned by the Utah militia known as the Nauvoo Legion, led by stake president-Colonel W. H. Dame. ... “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. [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. This trip, known as Zion's Camp, was intended to bring aid to suffering members of the church in Missouri. With the death of Heber J. 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. Baptism Smith was the eighth official Church Historian and General Church Recorder of the LDS Church between April 1854 and 1871. Especially in the 1920s, Smith would regularly contact Salt Lake City businessmen to personally urge them to donate money to scouting. Smith felt that the pensions should be left in place. He was also made chairman of the church's Centennial Celebration Committee. This council oversaw scouting in California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. 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. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, Smith was one of nineteen children of Latter Day Saint apostle John Henry Smith. [30] In 1935 he was succeeded in this position by Albert E. Bowen. [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. He instead deferred to allow Reed Smoot to be the Republican candidate. Smith taught school during the first winter, and later served as a member of Utah's territorial legislature. 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. Wells and Wife, General C. S. Burton & Wife, Bp. This article is about the president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. [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. In 1934, the BSA's National Council awarded him the prestigious Silver Buffalo Award. She and May Anderson disagreed on how to run the hospital which lead to her resignation from the Primary General Board in 1932. From 1920 until 1923 Smith served as president of the British and European Missions of the church..." He also received the Silver Beaver Award that year. 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. She was a member of the YW MIA's General Board for 29 years.[20]. 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. … 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. One year later, on his 81st birthday, April 4, 1951, George Albert Smith passed away quietly in his home with his son and daughters at his bedside. 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. 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. [14], Starting in 1933 Smith was president of the Utah Society for the Sightless. For others of the same name, see. There were times when 'he just could not pull it all together.' For four years, beginning in 1909, President Smith suffered a severe illness and was unable to carry on his duties as a general authority. After returning, he was made a member of the third quorum of the seventies presiding council in Salt Lake City, which meant he had specific assignments for conducting missionary outreach in the area. [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. 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. [12] In the 1920s Smith was elected a member of the BSA Regional Executive Council for the 12th region. Here is the entire caption: “George Albert Smith was among the General Authorities assigned to purchase and preserve important Church history sites. Just prior to his marriage to Lucy, Smith served as a Mutual Improvement Association (MIA) missionary throughout many areas in Southern Utah. Grandchild George Albert Smith V suggests that his grandfather struggled with depression, feeling incompetent, and being overwhelmed. [7]:116 After 1903, Smith found his frequent travels debilitating and began to show prominent symptoms of physical weakness. Like many other 19th-century Mormon leaders, Smith practiced plural marriage. [18] Smith later said he was uncomfortable, perhaps "on account of my extreme timidity", because some of the militia members were eager that "their enemies might come and give them a chance to fight and take vengeance for the cruelties that had been inflicted upon us in the States", such as the Haun's Mill massacre,[19] where 18 Mormons were killed in 1838 in a skirmish with the Missouri militia during the Mormon War. The places a large number of historical markers in the western United States over the next five years. While not common knowledge among contemporary members of the LDS Church, nor even in Smith's day, it was well known to his close friends, church associates, and family members that Smith suffered from chronic depression and anxiety, which at times could be debilitating, including one nervous breakdown that left him largely bedridden from 1909 to 1912. It was intended he would assume the position of mission secretary, essentially chief assistant to the mission president, in August. He continued in this position until 1949. Grant, Smith became president of the church on May 21, 1945. A son, John Henry Smith, also served as an apostle and member of the First Presidency. Pages: George A. 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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). Smith also gave many impromptu concerts on this sales trip, playing on harmonica and guitar with Poulton accompanying on the flute. From 1922 to 1935, Smith was the general superintendent of the church's MIA. [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]. [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. Smith was the first church president to visit Mexico while in office. They had two daughters and one son. From 1920 until 1921 Smith served as president of the church's British and European missions. Under his leadership the society built a new home for the blind in Salt Lake City. [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. 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 … They also printed the first Braille edition of the Book of Mormon.[15]. Elder Smith was soon appointed mission secretary. I am a son of Dr. Lyman Merrill Horne and Myrtle Swainston Horne. Elder Smith became the father of twenty children. [36] Also during his presidency the first translation of the endowment ceremony was done. In 1837 the callings of Church Historian and Church Recorder were separated, but in 1842 these callings were again merged. On May 25, 1892, Smith married Lucy Emily Woodruff, a granddaughter of Wilford Woodruff, in the Manti Temple. Smith felt the charges were baseless charges developed by other morticians who resented the Salt Lake Mortuaey's low prices. His counselors were Richard R. Lyman and Melvin J. Ballard. [17] Smith's son, George Albert Smith, Jr., became a professor at Harvard Business School. His grandfather, for whom he was named, was also an LDS Church apostle as well as a cousin of church founder Joseph Smith. Smith's first wife, Bathsheba W. Smith, served as general president of the church's Relief Society from 1901 to 1910. When he was excommunicated they both left him and again both married his cousin George Albert Smith on 11/20/1845, Sarah’s grandson George Albert Smith became prophet. 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). The translation was done by Antoine R. Ivins and Eduardo Balderas, with the approval of the First Presidency. He was appointed as a receiver for the Land Office in Utah in the years 1898 and 1903.[6]. Smith was made the first president of this organization. 11 [25], As was common at the time, Smith was ordained a seventy when he went on his mission. To visit the site with all of the books and quotes from these, go here. 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. His wife joined him, and they served in the mission office until June 1894. Isaac C. Haight, Cedar City stake president, and second in military command under Dame, met with Smith again on August 21. Why? DOVER - George Albert Smith, 82, of 6115 Wyse Fork Road, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2011, at Lenoir Memorial Hospital. They were assigned to the 4 stakes that covered Juab, Millard, Beaver and Iron counties. [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. He was among those closely involved in the 1912 decision for the LDS Church to sponsor scout troops. He worked for Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institute in the factory and later as a salesman. During their engagement, President Smith had received word that he would be called to serve a second mission. 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. [citation needed]. George Albert Smith (June 26, 1817 – September 1, 1875) was an early leader in the Latter Day Saint movement. He publicly denounced the activities and political influence of the American Ku Klux Klan. [10], In 1921, Smith became a member of the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce. A. H. Lund & son, Coy. He was born on 4 January 1864 in London. 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. [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." In addition to Parowan, Smith's tour included visits to Cedar City and Santa Clara. He also was closely involved in its implementation. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, Smith was one of nineteen children of Latter Day Saint apostle John Henry Smith. 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… Considering how many airplanes crashed in these early years of aviation Clark may well have had a more reasonable approach to the issue. Wife/Age @ marriage (Smith’s age) Marriage date Kids Other info Wife’s marital status 1 Bathsheba W. Bigler – 19 (24) 7/25/ 1841 3 Born 5/3/1822 Died 9/20/1910 in SLC Officiated in each of the temples constructed during her lifetime: Nauvoo, Logan, Manti, St. George, and Salt Lake. Term ended by removal of apostleship; was later excommunicated. Smith was appointed mission secretary. Smith was a portly man, at 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) and at least 250 pounds (110 kg). Felt, the general superintendent of the Primary, guided Stewart to take a hospital training course in Denver expand her medical training she already had as a registered nurse. Smith served in this position until his death on September 1, 1875. There is a division line well defined that separates the Lord's territory from Lucifer's. 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. [32] Smith continued as chair of the Centennial Committee until it work ended in 1930. 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. This trip, known as Zion's Camp, was intended to bring aid to suffering members of the church in Missouri. Golden Kimball as their mission president, from 1892 to 1894. Although Smith's rank in the Legion was simply a private,[9] one Parowan resident understood that part of the purpose of his trip was to represent the church leadership and to organize the regiment, inspect the troops, and provide instructions. George Albert Smith is one of the most important figures in Victorian cinema. He was humorously known for sometimes removing his wig to wipe his brow while preaching. 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. She also was a delegate to the world council. One sign of this was the Young Women's Journal, merging into the young women's MIA-published Improvement Era in 1929. In 1896, he had joined the Republican Party and campaigned for William McKinley, who became President of the United States. He was set apart as a missionary on September 7, 1891. In addition to his first wife, Bathsheba, Smith married Lucy Smith, Nancy Clement, Sarah Ann Libby, Hannah Maria Libby, Zilpha Stark, and Susan E. West. "[7]:115, "Those close to George Albert Smith were aware of some emotional problems. After seeing Smith remove his hair, glasses, and false teeth, Paiutes gave him the name Non-choko-wicher, or "takes himself apart".[25]. Over his lifetime, he traveled approximately a million miles fulfilling church assignments.[35]. This was an employee gift by the First Presidency in 2000. 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. 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. Smith's brother, Winslow Farr Smith, was also involved with these charges. In 1907, Smith negotiated the church's purchase of the Joseph Smith farm in Palmyra, New York..[29]. Being unable to support the chosen course of action, he resigned from the board later that year. This was a result of over 20 years of work on trying to get the hill coordinated between Smith and Willard Bean on the part of the church and the local landowners.[33]. One is constructive and elevating and comes from our Heavenly Father; the other is destructive and debasing and comes from Lucifer. They named their community Parowan. [13] In 1932, Smith was elected a member of the BSA's National Council. 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. 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. George A. Smith was born in Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, New York, the son of John Smith and Clarissa Lyman, and was brought up in the Congregational Church. [16] Lucy had spent much of her time growing up in the household of her grandfather and looked on him as almost more of a father than a grandfather. 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. Following a normal pioneer Utah childhood, George Albert Smith married Lucy Woodruff in 1892 in the Manti Utah Temple. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s he was a strong supporter of use of airplanes in travel. In 1838, he moved with his parents and a large body of church members to the state of Missouri. Smith's first wife, Bathsheba W. Smith served as general president of the LDS Relief Society from 1901 to 1910. He was the son of “Uncle John Smith,” the patriarch. 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. The group stopped at Mountain Meadows to eat dinner on August 20[12] with a group of resident missionaries. [19], Lucy served as president of the Relief Society in Europe while Smith was the mission president. [7], During the hurried series of actions Young and LDS Church leaders initiated on learning of the imminent arrival of U.S. troops into Utah Territory in 1857-8, Smith left Salt Lake City to visit southern Utah communities. 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. Simple Acts of Loving Service. [20] Also traveling north with the Smith party were several Native chiefs of the southern Utah Territory.[21]. 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