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George Franklin Richards

Information regarding Elder George F. Richards

  • Apostle number:  52
  • Quorum of the Twelve number:  45
  • Date of birth: February 23, 1861
  • Place of birth:   Farmington, Davis County, Utah
  • Date of apostolic ordination:  April 9, 1906
  • Age when ordained apostle:  45 years 1 month
  • End of apostolic service:  August 8, 1950
  • Total apostolic years:  44 years 4 months
  • Date called into the Quorum of the Twelve:   April 9, 1906
  • Tenure in the Quorum of the Twelve:  44 years 4 months
  • Date of death:  August 8, 1950
  • Age at death:  89 years 5 months
  • Place of death:  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Remarks Son of Franklin D. Richards; Acting Presiding Church Patriarch from October 8, 1937 – October 3, 1942; called as Church Patriarch by President Heber J. Grant; father of Elder LeGrand Richards
  • Famous quote:   “We are His [God’s] children in very deed, having been born of Him in the spirit, and we have inherited the very attributes which He possesses. They are in us, and they make us God’s embryo.  We believe that as we are now God once was, and by the practice of virtue and righteousness, by obedience unto law and authority, He has become what He is, and as He is, man may become, on the same principle.”

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