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David Oman McKay

Information regarding President David O. McKay

  • Apostle number: 54
  • Quorum of the Twelve number: 47
  • Date of birth: September 8, 1873
  • Place of birth:  Huntsville, Weber County, Utah
  • Date of apostolic ordination:  April 9, 1906
  • Age when ordained apostle:  32 years 7 months
  • End of apostolic service:  January 18, 1970
  • Total apostolic years:  63 years 9 months
  • Date called into the Quorum of the Twelve:  April 9, 1906
  • Tenure in the Quorum of the Twelve:  28 years 6 months
  • Date called as President of the Church:  April 9, 1951
  • Age when called as President:  77 years 7 months
  • Tenure as President of the Church:  18 years 9 months
  • Date of death:  January 18, 1970
  • Age at death:  96 years 4 months
  • Place of death:  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Remarks:  President McKay graduated from the University of Utah in 1897 as valedictorian and president of his graduating class.  During his mission in Great Britain as a young man, he saw an inscription on a building that stated, “What e’er thou art, act well thy part.”  This became a motto and guiding principle for this wonderful leader for the rest of his life.
  • Inspirational quotes:  “Every member a missionary!”  “No other success can compensate for failure in the home.”

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