January 31, 2023

Get to know the Prophet Lorenzo Snow

Lorenzo Snow was born Montua, Ohio to Oliver Snow and Rosetta Leonora Pettibone Snow. He had six brothers and sisters and was the oldest son.

Lorenzo Snow was the fifth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and served as Prophet from 1898 to 1901.

Four miles from the Snow’s family farm is the home of Joseph and Emma Smith when they moved to Kirtland Ohio.

Lorenzo attended Oberlin College for one year and found himself defending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He left school after one year to study in Kirtland Ohio.

On June 19, 1836 he was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Chagrin River which runs through Kirtland Ohio, he was twenty-two.

From ages 24-25 Lorenzo went on to serve many missions for the Church. He first served in the Ohio area converting many family members. Then he served in Missouri, Illinois, and Kentucky.

Then he served more missions from ages 26-29 he served in Great Britain.

When he was 31 years old Lorenzo was sealed to four women when he stared practicing polygamy. He married Charlotte Merrrill Squires, Mary Adeline Goddard, Sarah Ann Prichard, and Harriet Amelia Squires on January 17, 1845. Only a few years later, in 1848 Lorenzo and his family went West with the Saint to Utah.

After a short time in Utah Lorenzo Snow was ordained to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles by Heber C. Kimball, in 1849.

From ages 35-38 Lorenzo served a mission to Italy, England, Switzerland and Malta. He was very successful as a missionary and converted many people to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Lorenzo was away from home for three years and during that time his wife Mary passed away.

Lorenzo was called to oversee the building of Brigham City, Utah. He organized a public school system, department store called Brigham City Mercantile and Manufacturing Association.

Lorenzo Snow went on another mission to the Hawaiian Islands where he nearly drowned when his boat capsized in the Lahaina Harbor. The missionaries with him were impressed to perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on him to save his life, one of the Missionaries was Alma Smith. Mouth to mouth procedure was unheard of at the time.

During the time of Lorenzo Snow’s presidency he reduced Church debt.

Through Lorenzo Snow’s granddaughter we have one of the most amazing accounts of Christ appearing in the Salt Lake Temple. You can read about it HERE.

More Blog Posts:

Fun Facts about Joseph Smith

Get to know the Prophet Brigham Young

Get to know the Prophet John Taylor

Get to know Wilford Woodruff

Places to Visit:

Lorenzo Snow’s Birth Place marker in Montua, Ohio.

Historic Kirtland

Salt Lake City Temple

St. George Tabernacle

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