Joseph Fielding Smith

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Joseph Fielding Smith, 10th President of the Church

Joseph Fielding Smith, the son of Joseph F. Smith, was born on July 19, 1876, in Salt Lake City and spent his entire life in Church service. During nearly three-quarters of a century, he was a missionary, Church Historian, president of the Genealogical Society and of the Salt Lake Temple, an Apostle, and Church President. In addition, he supervised the evacuation of Latter-day Saint missionaries from Europe prior to World War II, dedicated four countries in the Far East for missionary work, and inaugurated the first area conference of the Church in 1971. He became President of the Church on January 23, 1970, at the age of 93. As one of the Church’s most prolific writers, Joseph Fielding Smith’s numerous books and articles helped educate generations of Latter-day Saints about the history and doctrine of the Church. Under President Smith’s administration, missionary work continued to grow, the Ogden and Provo temples were dedicated, several Church departments were restructured, and the Church magazines were consolidated. On July 2, 1972, President Smith died quietly at his home in Salt Lake City.

Joseph Fielding Smith Videos

Testimony of Joseph Fielding Smith
President Joseph Fielding Smith testifies that the work of the Lord will not fail and that the Savior’s true Church bears His name, His priesthood, and His doctrine. (1:52)
Preparation of Joseph Fielding Smith: The Example of a Righteous Father
Joseph Fielding Smith learns at the side of his father, Joseph F. Smith, that education is eternal and that learning is done by study and faith. (1:41)
Preparation of Joseph Fielding Smith: Learning Service in Family Duties
While in his youth, Joseph learns service while assisting his mother in her midwife duties. (1:07)
Preparation of Joseph Fielding Smith: A Love of the Scriptures
As a boy, Joseph demonstrates his remarkable interest in studying the scriptures. (1:05)
Ministry of Joseph Fielding Smith: The Worldwide Church
President Joseph Fielding Smith institutes conferences across the globe, where the teachings of the gospel could strengthen Church members in their native lands. (1:40)
Ministry of Joseph Fielding Smith: The Church Historian
Joseph Fielding Smith plays a key role in caring for the history of the Church during the time Apostle Reed Smoot was on trial. (1:17)
Ministry of Joseph Fielding Smith: A Call to the Apostleship
Joseph Fielding Smith is called as an Apostle, fulfilling the promise of a patriarchal blessing pronounced upon Joseph when he was a youth. (1:28)
Teachings of Joseph Fielding Smith: A Beloved Father
Testimonial from Ethel Georgina Reynolds Smith (President Joseph Fielding Smith’s wife) depicts the tender heart and loving nature of her husband. (2:02)
Teachings of Joseph Fielding Smith: A Voice of Warning
President Smith urges all people to prepare for the coming of the Savior through obedience to commandments. (1:33)
Teachings of Joseph Fielding Smith: Sanctity of the Family
President Smith seeks to strengthen the family home evening program, pleading with parents to teach the gospel to their children in their homes. (1:24)

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