February 25, 2023

Get to know the Prophet Joseph Fielding Smith

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Joseph Fielding Smith became the 10th Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Joseph Fielding Smith is the son of the prophet Joseph F. Smith and the grandson of Hyrum Smith, the brother of the prophet Joseph Smith.

Joseph F. Smith was born in Salt Lake City to Joseph F. Smith and Julian Lambson Smith on July 19, 1876.

At age 16, Joseph Fielding Smith attended the dedication of the Salt Lake Temple.

When Joseph was 21 years old he married Louie Emily(Emyla) Shurtliff on April 26, 1898, she ended up passing away ten years after they married.

In 1910, Joseph Fielding Smith was ordained an apostle at age 33 by his father Joseph F. Smith who was prophet of The Church at the time.

Joseph Fielding Smith spent a lot of time as the Church Historian and Recorder. He wrote over 25 books for the Church.

In 1965, at age 89, Joseph Fielding Smith was called as a counselor to the Prophet David O. McKay.

In 1970, at age 93 Joseph Fielding Smith was sustained as Prophet of the Church with Harold B. Lee and N. Eldon Tanner as his counselors.

He was the oldest man to become prophet of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

At age 95 he presided of over the first area general conference of the Church held in Manchester England.

Joseph Fielding Smith dedicated the Ogden Utah Temple on January 8, 1972 and the Provo Utah Temple on February 9 of the same year.

He was only prophet for two and a half years before passing away on July 2, 1972 in Salt Lake City Utah. He is buried the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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Fun Facts about Joseph Smith

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Get to know the Prophet John Taylor

Get to know Wilford Woodruff

Places to Visit:

Ogden Temple

Provo Temple

Salt Lake City Cemetery

Salt Lake Temple

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