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Joseph Francis Merrill

Information regarding Joseph F. Merrill

  • Apostle number:  62
  • Quorum of the Twelve number:  55
  • Date of birth:  August 24, 1868
  • Place of birth:  Richmond, Utah Territory, United States
  • Date of apostolic ordination:  October 8, 1931
  • Age when ordained apostle:  63 years 1 month
  • End of apostolic service:  February 3, 1952
  • Total apostolic years:  20 years 3 months
  • Date called into the Quorum of the Twelve:  October 8, 1931
  • Tenure in the Quorum of the Twelve:   20 years 3 months
  • Date of death:  February 3, 1952
  • Age at death:  83 years 5 months
  • Place of death:  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Remarks:  Son of Marriner W. Merrill, who also served as an apostle.  Elder Merrill was a key figure in the development of the Church Educational System in the early twentieth century. He served as the sixth Commissioner of Church Education from 1928 to 1933.  He died of coronary thrombosis.
  • Inspirational quote:  “Again may I say that I believe there is no kind of education in the world that is so fine and so elevating and so good and so important as religious education. And I believe that nowhere in the world is there a system of religious education that is equal in its quality, in its thoroughness and in its comprehensiveness to the system of education that is being undertaken in this Church. The time will come, I verily believe, and before very many years, when week-day religious education will be offered to every high school boy and girl, to every college and university boy and girl in this Church.”

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