Mary Fielding Smith: Daughter, Woman of Faith, Mother

Audrey M. Godfrey

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About the Lecture

Audrey M. Godfrey holds a master’s degree in history from Utah State University and is the co-author of Women's Voices, Our Heritage, the history of the Church Educational System, and a contributor to history encyclopedias. Godfrey claims that there is much to learn from Mary Fielding Smith, mother of the former Prophet—Joseph F. Smith.  "Mary Fielding Smith's life, though lived in the nineteenth century, provides many lessons on how to live in the modern world.”

This lecture will highlight faithful moments in Mary Fielding Smith’s lifetime that exemplify living the gospel and finding happiness. Godfrey tells a story from Smith’s life, “As she became a second wife and a stepmother, we see how she navigated new relationships and found her own place in the family. We learn from her mistakes, what it means to love family members and help them be happy.”

Godfrey believes Smith’s greatest legacy she left for her children was: “She taught them about the gospel and how to take care of themselves and help others.” Her life was built around charitable acts and a strong work ethic, which provided a fruitful life.  

This event was part of the 2014 Men and Women of Faith lecture series sponsored by the Church History Library.  Lectures are held the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, 50 North West Temple Street.  

For more information, please see the 2014 Men and Women of Faith Lecture Series, or call 1-801-240-2272

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