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Stephen L Richards

Information regarding Elder Stephen L Richards (Elder Richards’ full middle name was L and thus it is usually written without a following period.)

  • Apostle number:  58
  • Quorum of the Twelve number:  51
  • Date of birth:  June 18, 1879
  • Place of birth:   Mendon, Cache County, Utah
  • Date of apostolic ordination:  January 18, 1917
  • Age when ordained apostle:  37 years 7 months
  • End of apostolic service:  May 19, 1959
  • Total apostolic years:  42 years 4 months
  • Date called into the Quorum of the Twelve:  January 18, 1917
  • Tenure in the Quorum of the Twelve:  34 years 2 months
  • Date of death:  May 19, 1959
  • Age at death:  79 years 11 months
  • Place of death:  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Remarks Elder Richards’ middle name was L, and thus it was usually written without a following period.  He was the grandson of Willard Richards.  He married Irene Smith Merrill, a granddaughter of George A. Smith.  He served as First Counselor to President David O. McKay for 8 years.
  • Famous quote:   “The human body is sacred – the veritable tabernacle of the Divine Spirit which inhabits it. It is a solemn duty of mankind to develop, protect, and preserve it from pollution, unnecessary wastage, and weakness..”

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