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Joseph Fielding Smith Sr.

Birth Date
1838 November 13
Death Date
1918 November 19
Gender
Male
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Joseph F. Smith was born 13 November 1838, in Far West, Missouri. In 1844, his father, Hyrum Smith, was martyred along with his uncle, the Prophet Joseph Smith. Young Joseph F. Smith helped his mother, Mary Fielding Smith, migrate to Utah in 1848 and establish a house in Salt Lake City. After she died in 1852, he began a life of service to the Church. In addition to his many religious duties, he served in Utah’s territorial legislature from 1865 to 1874.

He became President of the Church on 17 October 1901. While ushering the Church into the 20th century, Joseph F. Smith brought Latter-day Saints to a better appreciation of early Church history. He worked to improve the public image of the Church by developing important Church historical sites in New York, Missouri, and Illinois, building a visitors’ bureau, and expanding Church missionary and educational systems. He clarified important doctrines, served numerous missions, and directed the construction of a new headquarters complex for an expanding Church. After 17 years as Church President, Joseph F. Smith died on November 19, 1918, in Salt Lake City. (CH- Prophets of the Restoration)
 

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Born in Far West, Caldwell, Missouri, United States

1838 November 13

Baptized by Heber Chase Kimball (1801 - 1868)

1850 September (Age 11)

Served in Hawaiian Mission

1854 May–1857 October (Age 15) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Single
Priesthood Office
Elder
Residence When Called
Great Salt Lake City, Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States

Arrived in Field

1854 September 27 (Age 15)

Departed from Field

1857 October 6 (Age 18)

Arrived at Home

1858 February 24 (Age 19)

Served in British Mission

1860 April–1863 September (Age 21) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Single
Priesthood Office
High-priest
Residence When Called
Great Salt Lake City, Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
Set Apart By
Orson Hyde and Parley Pratt
Images
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Mission Photo
Elder Joseph F. Smith

Arrived in Field

1860 July 27 (Age 21)

Departed from Field

1863 October 12 (Age 24)

Called as President to Hawaiian Mission

1864 March 2–October 2 (Age 25) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Single
Priesthood Office
High-priest
Residence When Called
Great Salt Lake City, Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
Set Apart By
President Brigham Young

Arrived at Home

1864 December 12 (Age 26)

Married Julina Lambson

1866 May 5 (Age 27)

Married Sarah Ellen Richards

1868 March 1 (Age 29)

Called as President to British Mission

1873 November–1876 October (Age 35) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Plurally Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
Set Apart By
President Brigham Young

Arrived in Field

1874 March 21 (Age 35)

Called as President to British Mission

1877 April 25–September 28 (Age 38) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Genealogy
Marital Status
Plurally Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
Set Apart By
President Brigham Young

Served in Eastern States Mission

1878 September 2–28 (Age 39) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Plurally Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
Set Apart By
Wilford Woodruff
Served With

Served in Hawaiian Mission

1885 February–1887 July (Age 46) See Missionaries
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Salt Lake City, Utah
Additional Notes

Per Hawaiian Mission Record of Missionaries, 1850-1914, his wife Julina Lambson, and daughter Julina C.  accompanied him; son Elias Wesley was born on 21 Apr 1886 in Hawaii; and mother & children Departed from Field on 16 Mar 1887.

Per Hawaiian Mission Index, 1850-1930, daughter Donette joined them 31 Oct, 1886.

Death in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States

1918 November 19 (Age 80)
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