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George Albert Smith

Information regarding George A. Smith

  • Apostle number:  19
  • Quorum of the Twelve number:  16
  • Date of birth:  June 26, 1817
  • Place of birth:  Potsdam, St. Lawrence County, New York
  • Date of apostolic ordination:  April 26, 1839
  • Age when ordained apostle:  21 years 10 month
  • End of apostolic service:  September 1, 1875
  • Total apostolic years:  36 years 4 months
  • Date called into the Quorum of the Twelve:  April 26, 1839
  • Tenure in the Quorum of the Twelve:  29 years 05 months
  • Date of death:  September 1, 1875
  • Age at death:  58 years 2 months
  • Place of death:  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Remarks:   Elder Smith served in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and as a member of the First Presidency.  He 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. The city of St. George, Utah, may have been named after him.  Elder Smith was the eighth official Church Historian and General Church Recorder of the Church.
  • Inspirational quote:   Elder Smith told the saints in southern Utah to “…prepare to touch fire to your homes, and hide yourselves in the mountains, and to defend your country to the very last extremity…”.

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