Grandchild George Albert Smith V suggests that his grandfather struggled with depression, feeling incompetent, and being overwhelmed. In 1838, he moved with his parents and a large body of church members to the state of Missouri. 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. This was an employee gift by the First Presidency in 2000. He was also an ardent supporter of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). He publicly denounced the activities and political influence of the American Ku Klux Klan. Smith served in this position until his death on September 1, 1875. Grandson Robert Murray Stewart remembers, 'There were problems associated with his mental health, just maintaining control of himself.' [20] Also traveling north with the Smith party were several Native chiefs of the southern Utah Territory.[21]. Why? "...In 1892, Smith married Lucy Emily Woodruff, the daughter of Wilford Woodruff, Jr., in the Manti Temple. [34] The group would eventually erect more than 100 monuments and markers. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, Smith was one of nineteen children of Latter Day Saint apostle John Henry Smith. [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." Simple Acts of Loving Service. 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. 11 Smith was ordained a seventy in the priesthood on March 1, 1835, by Joseph Smith. He was also made chairman of the church's Centennial Celebration Committee. 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… George Albert Smith is one of the most important figures in Victorian cinema. 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. He was later present at the Pan American exposition in Buffalo in 1901 and heard the shot that killed McKinley. Smith was known for his patriotism and joined various American patriotic groups. [36] Also during his presidency the first translation of the endowment ceremony was done. From 1922 to 1935, Smith was the general superintendent of the church's MIA. One sign of this was the Young Women's Journal, merging into the young women's MIA-published Improvement Era in 1929. After his four months of service, President Smith returned home and married Lucy Woodruff, his childhood sweetheart. 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. One of his sons, John Henry, became a member of the Twelve and father of George Albert Smith, the eighth president of the Church. Smith was called as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1903. Louie B. She was a member of the YW MIA's General Board for 29 years.[20]. [7]:116 After 1903, Smith found his frequent travels debilitating and began to show prominent symptoms of physical weakness. 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. 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Smith was made the first president of this organization. (GASD) 1946 - October 3 As reported in both the Improvement Era and the front page of the Deseret News , Patriarch Joseph F. Smith wrote a letter to Pres. 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.' Term ended by removal of apostleship; was later excommunicated. Initially when Smith left to serve in the Southern States mission on June 23, 1892, he left Lucy behind in Salt Lake City. 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. For four years, beginning in 1909, President Smith suffered a severe illness and was unable to carry on his duties as a general authority. His grandfather, for whom he was named, was also an LDS Church apostle as well as a cousin of church founder Joseph Smith. 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). After his return from Europe in 1921, Smith had a full schedule of stake conference assignments. Here’s a statement by President George Albert Smith who reported in 1906 of visiting the Hill Cumorah and of hearing the reports of farmers finding arrow heads while plowing in the region. In 1907, Smith negotiated the church's purchase of the Joseph Smith farm in Palmyra, New York..[29]. She and May Anderson disagreed on how to run the hospital which lead to her resignation from the Primary General Board in 1932. [30] In 1935 he was succeeded in this position by Albert E. Bowen. [7]:115 Throughout his life, Smith took to his bed, sometimes for days at a time, with emotional and mental illness related issues. 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's daughter Emily Stewart, served for a time on the Primary General Board. He was humorously known for sometimes removing his wig to wipe his brow while preaching. [23] However, Kimball felt that Smith needed more training in the mission field before being joined by his wife, and so did not allow her to join her husband until November. In this capacity, he preached in the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Germany. 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. [14], Starting in 1933 Smith was president of the Utah Society for the Sightless. A Ghost Hunter Overshadowed George Albert Smith (1864-1859) is someone I should've known about long ago. My father was a great-grandson of George A. Smith, cousin of the Prophet Joseph and counselor to Brigham Young. Especially in the 1920s, Smith would regularly contact Salt Lake City businessmen to personally urge them to donate money to scouting. These documents are located in boxes 132-143. And a third is Hugh B. Brown’s remarks about “heterodox” thoughts to a BYU audience in 1969. 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. This council oversaw scouting in California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. He worked for Zion's Cooperative Mercantile Institute in the factory and later as a salesman. In 1868, Smith was called to replace Heber C. Kimball as First Counselor in the First Presidency to church president Young. They had two daughters and one son. In 1932, Smith found himself at odds with much of the ZCMI board over plans to cut pensions for retirees as the Great Depression caused disruption for the company. George Albert Smith and Charles Urban snaffled the plum job of travelling to Italy to take a series of views of Italy for the Warwick Trading Company, including this one. 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. Smith was a portly man, at 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) and at least 250 pounds (110 kg). 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 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. His wife joined him, and they served in the mission office until June 1894. The assignment was to increase attendance and participation in MIA, for both young men and young women. [25], As was common at the time, Smith was ordained a seventy when he went on his mission. 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 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. [3] His first cousin was Joseph Smith Jr., the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. 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. Never a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Not only did he conduct an extensive ghost hunt -- lasting over a year -- in Brighton, England, he went on to make some of the very earliest movies, some … George was a giving, hard working man that loved his family and helping all She also was a delegate to the world council. 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. There is a division line well defined that separates the Lord's territory from Lucifer's. They arrived at Center Creek, 265 miles from Salt Lake City, on January 13, 1851. Smith taught school during the first winter, and later served as a member of Utah's territorial legislature. Smith also gave many impromptu concerts on this sales trip, playing on harmonica and guitar with Poulton accompanying on the flute. His wives bore him 20 children, 11 of whom were still living when Smith died. Starting in 1978, the duties of Church Historians fell to the Executive director of the historical department. They also printed the first Braille edition of the Book of Mormon.[15]. They were assigned to the 4 stakes that covered Juab, Millard, Beaver and Iron counties. After seeing Smith remove his hair, glasses, and false teeth, Paiutes gave him the name Non-choko-wicher, or "takes himself apart".[25]. 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. The places a large number of historical markers in the western United States over the next five years. Smith was the eighth official Church Historian and General Church Recorder of the LDS Church between April 1854 and 1871. 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. In 1930, Smith invited a group of his friends who shared his interest in the history of the LDS Church to his house. [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. There were times when 'he just could not pull it all together.' Smith's teachings as an apostle were the 2012 course of study in the LDS Church's Sunday Relief Society and Melchizedek priesthood classes. On May 25, 1892, Smith married Lucy Emily Woodruff, a granddaughter of Wilford Woodruff, in the Manti Temple. In 1934, the BSA's National Council awarded him the prestigious Silver Buffalo Award. One is constructive and elevating and comes from our Heavenly Father; the other is destructive and debasing and comes from Lucifer. For much of the 1930s Smith was involved in protecting her husband, George Elliott, from charges of mail fraud connected with alleged fraudulent stock sales by the Salt Lake Mortuary in Montana. Never a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He was appointed as a receiver for the Land Office in Utah in the years 1898 and 1903.[6]. [18], Smith's second daughter, Edith, earned a master's degree in history. In the early 1880s Smith began to … This trip, known as Zion's Camp, was intended to bring aid to suffering members of the church in Missouri. Throughout the 1920s and 1930s he was a strong supporter of use of airplanes in travel. From 1920 until 1923 Smith served as president of the British and European Missions of the church..." 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. It was also planned for his wife to join him at that time. - 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. 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. Lucy Smith died in 1937. They organized the Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association. The couple later had three children. Elder Smith became the father of twenty children. Smith served in this position until his death in 1875. Smith later said he had no knowledge of the Baker–Fancher party prior to meeting them on the trail. [17] Smith's son, George Albert Smith, Jr., became a professor at Harvard Business School. Following a normal pioneer Utah childhood, George Albert Smith married Lucy Woodruff in 1892 in the Manti Utah Temple. He then studied law at University of Deseret (later the University of Utah) for a year. With the death of Heber J. A second is George Albert Smith’s famous disavowal of the claim that “when our leaders speak, the thinking has been done” in 1945. 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. 21 quotes from George Albert Smith: 'There are two influences ever present in the world. George Albert Smith attended Brigham Young University and later the University of Deseret (now the University of Utah). The translation was done by Antoine R. Ivins and Eduardo Balderas, with the approval of the First Presidency. 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. 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. 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. Smith's brother, Winslow Farr Smith, was also involved with these charges. [22] When the Baker–Fancher party inquired about places to stop for water and grazing, Hamblin directed them to Mountain Meadows,[23] near the "Indian farm" there, a regular stopover on the Old Spanish Trail. His mother, Sarah Farr, was the first of John Henry Smith's two wives (who he had simultaneously for many years). 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. 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. He was eventually diagnosed with lupus erythematosus, a chronic debilitating autoimmune disease. [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. George Albert Smith, Director: As Seen Through a Telescope. We have our agency and make our own choice in life subject to these unseen powers. They ought to be ashamed of such conduct, and the still fouler channel which flows from their practices; and it is not to be wondered at that they should envy those who so much better understand the social relations."[24]. Elder Smith was soon appointed mission secretary. Smith died in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, and was buried at the Salt Lake City Cemetery. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, Smith was one of nineteen children of Latter Day Saint apostle John Henry Smith. He also was closely involved in its implementation. 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. [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. [6] There George met his cousin, Joseph, for the first time. While presiding over the European Mission, Smith had his first airplane flight as part of a journey from Britain to Sweden. 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 this photograph is Lucy Woodruff Smith standing on top of the Hill Cumorah with Pliny T. Sexton, who was the owner of most of the hill. "Hyrum Smith and Harold Beecher came to consider Joseph Patriarch's position." The nearer I went to the other side, the greater was my assurance that the gospel is true. Smith agreed, and "admired his grit". [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. J. Reuben Clark, of the church's First Presidency, was an equally ardent opposer of the use of airplanes. A great bond of love existed between George and his cousin Joseph. Under his leadership the society built a new home for the blind in Salt Lake City. [32] Smith continued as chair of the Centennial Committee until it work ended in 1930. It was intended he would assume the position of mission secretary, essentially chief assistant to the mission president, in August. [21], Smith and his new wife, Lucy, were missionaries in the church's Southern States Mission, with J. On April 26, 1839, at the age of 21, George A. Smith was ordained an apostle and became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve. To visit the site with all of the books and quotes from these, go here. During his tenure, cooperation between the young men and young women's MIA organizations increased. ... “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. 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. 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. 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