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Joseph Fielding Smith

Information regarding President Joseph Fielding Smith

  • Apostle number:  56
  • Quorum of the Twelve number:  49
  • Date of birth:  July 19,1876
  • Place of birth:  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Date of apostolic ordination:  April 7, 1910
  • Age when ordained apostle:  33 years 8 months
  • End of apostolic service:  July 2, 1972
  • Total apostolic years:  62 years 2 months
  • Date called into the Quorum of the Twelve:  April 7, 1910
  • Tenure in the Quorum of the Twelve:  59 years 10 months
  • Date called as President of the Church:  January 23, 1970
  • Age when called as President: 93 years 6 months
  • Tenure as President of the Church:  2 years 5 months
  • Date of death:  July 2, 1972
  • Age at death:  95 years 11 months
  • Place of death:  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
  • RemarksPresident Smith was the brother of Apostle Hyrum Mack Smith, son of President Joseph F. Smith, grandson of Hyrum Smith, and he remained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve while he was serving as a counselor to President David O. McKay.  He was one of the greatest gospel scholars of this dispensation.
  • Inspirational quote:  “There is no cure for the ills of the world except the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

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