Alphabetical Alumni
Smith, Edna

Smith, Edna

Edna Smith

Class of 1914. Edna Smith. Graduated in 1914 from Brigham Young High School, Normal Department. Source 1: 1914 BYU Banyan, BYH section, pp. 84-89. ~ ~ ~ ~ Class of 1914. Edna Smith. She received a BYH Normal Certificate (1 year) in 1914. Source 2: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 8, page 139.

Smith, Eleanor

Eleanor Smith

Class of 1927. Eleanor Smith. Eleanor is pictured with the BYH Class of 1927 in the BYU Banyan yearbook, BYH section.

Smith, Eliza (1883)

Smith, Eliza (1883)
Smithfield, Utah US

Eliza Smith

BY Academy High School Class of 1883. Eliza Smith of Smithfield, Utah. Graduated Friday, June 15, 1883, with a Normal diploma, second level (assistant teacher). Source: Territorial Enquirer, Friday, June 15, 1883.

Smith, Eliza B. (1916)

Smith, Eliza B. (1916)

Eliza Smith

Class of 1916. Eliza B. Smith. She received a Normal Diploma in 1916. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 8, page 416. ~ ~ ~ ~ Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1930. Eliza B. Smith. She received a BS Degree in Education in 1930. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 8, page 416.

Smith, Ella

Smith, Ella

Ella Smith

Class of 1920. Ella Smith. She received a BYH Business Diploma in 1920. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 176.

Smith, Emily J.

Smith, Emily J.

Emily Smith

Brigham Young High School Graduate, Class of 1904. Emily J. Smith. She also received a Special Certificate in Elocution. Source: Students Record of Class Standings B. Y. Academy, Book 2, Page 58.

Smith, Emma

Smith, Emma

Emma Smith

Class of 1916. Emma Smith. Graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1916. Source: 1916 BYU Banyan yearbook, BYH section, about 23 pages, not numbered.

Smith, Ethel

Smith, Ethel

Ethel Smith

Brigham Young High School, Class of 1908. Ethel Smith. She received a Normal Diploma. Source 1: Students Record of Class Standings B.Y. Academy, Book 2, Page 219. ~ ~ ~ ~ Source 2: Ethel Smith. 1908 BYH Commencement Program.

Smith, Florence

Florence Smith

Class of 1933. Florence Smith. ~ ~ ~ ~ IS THIS? Florence Ida Smith, born November 12, 1915 in Erda, Tooele County, Utah. Her parents were Robie Earl Smith and Catherine Park. She married Benjamin Henry Beckstead on January 30, 1935 in Farmington, Utah. She died October 1, 1971.

Smith, Francis F.

Smith, Francis F.

Francis Smith

Collegiate Grad of BYU, Class of 1919. Francis F. Smith (male or female?). Received an AB Degree in Education in 1919. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 188.

Smith, Gary
Provo, Utah US

Gary Smith

Class of 1961 ~ Honorary.

Smith, George Albert

Smith, George Albert
Salt Lake City, Utah US

George A. and Lucy Smith

Class of 1888 ~ Honorary. Board of Trustees, 1945 to 1951. George Albert Smith. Seventh President of the Board of Trustees, 1945 to 1951. Eighth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. George Albert Smith was born in Salt Lake City on April 4, 1870, the son of John Henry Smith and Sarah Farr Smith. His father served as an LDS apostle from 1880 to 1911, and his grandfather, for whom he was named, was also an LDS apostle, from 1839 to 1875, as well as first counselor to Mormon Church President Brigham Young. When George was twelve years of age [1882], his parents helped him to go to Provo to begin to attend the Brigham Young Academy high school to study under Professor Maeser and his associates. He lived with his grandmother Smith for one winter, helping with chores about the house and yard. He walked each day to the Lewis Building on Center Street and Third West. A member of the future BYA high school Class of 1888, George Albert Smith attended Brigham Young Academy through 1884 [he was fourteen]. He then transferred to the high school program at the University of Deseret 1885-1888 [now University of Utah]. While in his teens, one summer he was working on a surveying party for the Denver & Rio Grande Railway, east of Green River, when the heat and glare from the sun so impaired his sight that he never fully recovered, and suffered intense headaches all too often. Source: Book, The Sons of Brigham, by T. Earl Pardoe, pp. 161-171. ~ ~ ~ ~ George was a sergeant in the Utah National Guard, worked for ZCMI as a salesman, and was a surveyor for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad. While working in the latter capacity, he suffered the permanent injury to his eyesight mentioned earlier. He married Lucy Emily Woodruff in 1892; she bore them three children. Active in the LDS Church, Smith was an officer of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association for most of his life and served three proselyting missions. He supported William McKinley for president in 1896 and was named by him to be receiver of public moneys and special disbursing agent for the U.S. Land Office in Utah. In 1903, at the age of thirty-three, George Albert Smith was named to the Quorum of Twelve Apostles of the LDS Church, in which capacity he worked with the YMMIA, with church missions, and with scouting, serving as a member of the executive board of the national council. He was also vice-president of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution and founding president of the Utah Pioneer Trails and Landmarks Association, and he helped organize the American Pioneer Trails Association. He was president of the International Irrigation and Dry Farm Congress in 1918, president for sixteen years of the Society for Aid to the Sightless, and in 1947 chairman of the state-sponsored commission that celebrated Utah's settlement centennial. In 1945, George Albert Smith became eighth president of the LDS Church, and served until his death on 4 April 1951, at the age of eighty-one. As church president, he also was president of many church-controlled corporations: Beneficial Life Insurance Company, Utah Hotel Company, Utah Home Fire Insurance Company, Utah-Idaho Sugar Company, Utah First National Bank, Zion's Savings Bank and Trust, ZCMI, and Zions Securities Corporation. He was president of the Church Board of Education, which controlled LDS educational institutions, and was also editor of the church's official magazines. He expedited welfare shipments to Latter-day Saints in Europe at the end of World War II, supervised the reconciliation of 1,200 Latter-day Saints in Mexico who had formed a schismatic group, and expanded programs to help American Indians. A person of compassion, he worked especially in the interests of the youth of the church, the troubled, the poor, and the underprivileged. See: Merlo J. Pusey, Builders of the Kingdom: George A. Smith, John Henry Smith, George Albert Smith (1981); and Pusey's chapter in Leonard J. Arrington, ed., The Presidents of the Church: Biographical Essays (1986). ~~ Leonard J. Arrington ~~~~ George Albert Smith: "As a child, thirteen years of age, I went to school at the Brigham Young Academy. It was fortunate that part of my instruction came under Dr. Karl G. Maeser, that outstanding educator who was the first builder of our Church schools. I cannot remember much of what was said during the year that I was there, but there is one thing that I will probably never forget. Dr. Maeser one day stood up and said: 'Not only will you be held accountable for the things you do, but you will be held responsible for the very thoughts you think.' Being a boy, not in the habit of controlling my thoughts very much, it was quite a puzzle to me what I was to do, and it worried me. In fact, it stuck to me just like a burr. About a week or ten days after that it suddenly came to me what he meant. I could see the philosophy of it then. All at once there came to me this interpretation of what he had said: Why of course you will be held accountable for your thoughts, because when your life is completed in mortality, it will be the sum of your thoughts. That one suggestion has been a great blessing to me all my life, and it has enabled me upon many occasions to avoid thinking improperly, because I realize that I will be, when my life's labor is complete, the product of my thoughts." ~~ George Albert Smith, Sharing the Gospel With Others, p.62-63. Bio

Smith, Ida

Smith, Ida

Ida Smith

Classes of 1913 and 1914. Ida Smith. Graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1913. Name on list, but no photo. Source: 1913 BYU Banyan yearbook, BYH section, pages 63-81. ~ ~ ~ ~ Class of 1914. Ida Smith. She received a BYH Music Diploma in 1914. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 7, page 233.

Smith, James

Smith, James

James Smith

BY Academy High School Normal Class of 1892? James Smith. Listed as a Junior in the 1891 Normal Commencement Program. Source: Commencement Program of the Normal Class of 1891 on May 21, 1891.

Smith, JenaVee
1207 North 1650 West
Provo, Utah 84604-2976 US

JenaVee and Tony Gee
  • Work: (801) 361-6658
  • Cell: (801) 357-9318

Class of 1967. JenaVee Smith [Crookston, Gee]. Pep Club (Vice President as a Senior), Hi-Steppers, F.H.A., Honor Society, Symphony Debonairs, Drama, Chorus, 4th Year Seminary, Attendant to Harvest Ball Queen, High Honor Roll Scholarship Award. BYU BS Child Development & Family Relations 1970. First married Byron F. Crookston [BYH Class of 1969], dec. 1985. She second married Tony Gee. @2007

Smith, Jeraldine Daynes
958 W Bloomington Dr S
St. George, Utah 84790-7500 US

Jerrie and Kenneth Randall
  • Home: 435-674-0409

Class of 1948. Geraldine Daynes "Jerrie" Smith. East High 2. BYH 3. Chorus 3. Her name appears in the Senior Index, 1948 Wildcat Yearbook. Jerrie Smith married Kenneth A. Randall. ~ ~ ~ ~ HER HUSBAND'S OBITUARY: Kenneth Alfred "Kay" Randall. St. George, Utah ó Our husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather passed away January 26, 2016, after a long struggle with Parkinsonís disease, at his home in St. George, Utah in the care of his family. Kenneth, known as Kay, was born June 22, 1927 in Ogden, Utah to John William and Beatrice Pingree Randall. His sister, Virginia Randall Rozynek predeceased him. He was educated in Ogden City Schools and then graduated from Weber College before attending Brigham Young University, where he served as Senior Class President in 1949. He graduated that year, receiving a BA in Finance and Banking. In 1958 Kay received his MS of Economics from BYU. After graduation, Kay went to work with his father at The State Bank of Provo. In 1952, he married his wife of 64 years, Jeraldine Daynes Smith Randall, daughter of Fisher J. and Marie Daynes Smith. After their wedding, they moved to Los Angeles where Kay joined the Executive Training Program at Citizenís National Bank. Upon completion, he and Jerrie moved back to Provo where he served as an officer at The State Bank of Provo. He attended The Stonier School of Banking at Rutgers University, receiving his banking degree. During his time in Provo, Kay was the Senate campaign manager for Wallace F. Bennett in Utah County. In 1964, Senator Bennett nominated Kay to fill a vacancy on the board of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. He was selected by President Lyndon B. Johnson to serve and became LBJís first Republican appointment. In April 1964, Kay and Jerrie moved their family to Rockville, Maryland. Kay served as Director and then Chairman of the FDIC until March 1970. From 1970 to 1976, Kay served as CEO of United Virginia Bankshares in Richmond, Virginia. During this time, Kay served on the Board of Trustees at Mary Baldwin College. In 1976, he was named President and CEO of The Conference Board in New York City, New York. He served in this capacity until 1982. From 1983-2005 he served on the board of Dominion Resources in Richmond, Virginia. In 1987, Kay and Jerrie moved to Williamsburg, Virginia. He continued serving on several corporate boards including Kemper Insurance, Oppenheimer, Prime Retail, Dominion Resources, the Electric Power Research Institute and Consolidated Bathhurst of Canada. In 2005, Kay gave the graduation address and received an Honorary Doctorate from Weber State University. Kay was a lover of the arts and a supporter of the Utah Symphony. He also served on the board of the Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah. Kay is survived by his wife: Jeraldine Daynes Smith Randall; his daughters: Shelly (Ralph) Millard, Nancy (David) Mackey, Tami (Jeffrey) Relick; 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on, Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park in Salt Lake City, Utah. Arrangements in the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. Website at www.metcalfmorturary.com for condolences, complete obituary and funeral listings. [January 31, 2016, Provo Daily Herald]

Smith, Jeryl
14000 S. Redwood Dr.
Bluffdale, Utah 84065 US

Jeryl Smith

Class of 1970. Jeryl Smith (male).

Smith, Jessie

Smith, Jessie

Jessie Smith

Class of 1916. Jessie Smith (female). Graduated from Brigham Young High School, Academic Department, in 1916. Source 1: 1916 BYU Banyan yearbook, BYH section, about 23 pages, not numbered. ~ ~ ~ ~ Class of 1916. Jessie Smith. She received a High School Diploma in 1916. Source 2: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 9, page 86.

Smith, Jocie [Jocia]

Smith, Jocie [Jocia]

Jocie and Spencer Broadhead

Classes of 1920 and 1921. Class of 1920. Jocie Smith. She graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1920. Source 1: 1920 BYU Banyan yearbook, BYH section, page 65-85. ~ ~ ~ ~ Class of 1920. Jocia Smith [or Jocie]. She received a High School Diploma in 1920. Source 2: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 300. ~ ~ ~ ~ Class of 1921. Jocia Smith [or Jocie]. She received a BYH Normal Certificate in 1921. Source: Annual Record, B.Y. University, Book 10, page 300. ~ ~ ~ ~ Jocie Elizabeth Smith was born on December 17, 1902 in Pleasant Grove, Utah. Her parents were Stirling Benjamin Smith and Janet Mabel Johnson Smith. Jocie married Spencer Norton Broadhead on January 29, 1924 in Price, Utah. Jocie Smith Broadhead died on September 22, 1982.

Smith, Joel [Joe L.]

Smith, Joel [Joe L.]
Socorro, New Mexico US

Joel Smith

Class of 1947. Joel [Joe L.] Smith. Senior Class Social Chair in 1946-1947. BYU BS Art 1955. University of California, Berkeley, Master of Arts, 1957. Master of Arts, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois in June 2003. ~ ~ ~ ~ His name in high school was Joe L. Smith, and as an artist he adopted the name "Joel Smith" by combining his name and middle initial. ~ ~ ~ ~ Joel Smith, Faculty, Joseph Smith Academy ó 2001, 2002. I was born in Draper, Utah, on September 10, 1929, and lived in Provo most of my young life, with trips to Logandale, Nevada to stay some years with my grandparents. I graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1947, and then received a B.S. Degree from BYU with an Art Major. I worked at a number of jobs through the years: picking tomatoes, cantaloupes, strawberries, apples, cherries, pears and so on. Also as a janitor for a number of years at BYU, worked in a cannery, at Bryce Canyon as a dish washer, as a lumberjack in West Yellowstone, Montana, and as a window display artist in Provo and Ogden. After marriage, I worked many years as an insurance investigator in Los Angeles and in Oakland, California. I received a Masters Degree in Painting from the University of California at Berkeley and also attended the Los Angeles County Art Institute for a summer. Since my terminal degree in 1957, I have been employed as a professor in seven different universities that include Ohio State, University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University in Canada, University of Idaho, University of California-Berkeley, and University of Texas. I taught oil painting, design, drawing, figure drawing, watercolor, and general art history survey courses. I retired from Western Illinois University in 1994 and have been engaged as an artist since that time. I work in oil and watercolors and paint landscapes and some abstract art. My work is in international museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Tate Museum in London, the contemporary Museum in Tokyo and many others. I have had an active exhibition schedule with entry into a number of national Juried Watercolor exhibits, and International invitational exhibits. I have received a number of awards and one man shows. I taught a drawing class at the BYU-Nauvoo semester in the Fall of 2001 and the Fall of 2002. ~ ~ ~ ~ UPDATE -- August 2007: Larry, My wife and I bought a home in Socorro New Mexico a year ago and she moved there a few months later. I have been camping out in my art studio for the past 8 months taking care of one-man art exhibits. I had a one-man show at a gallery in Davenport last month, a one-man show at Western Illinois University opening in a few days, and another show following in a month that will last until the first of November. Then I will hie off to New Mexico. My new email: Joelsmith@sdc.org

I have a website featuring my abstract paintings at joelsmithart.com and in the near future will have one for my realistic art. All the best. Joel @2007 ~ ~ ~ ~ HIS OBITUARY: Joseph Loraine (Joel) Smith died peacefully at his home in Socorro, New Mexico on August 17, 2017 at the age of 87. Joel was born to Jenniev Jorgensen on September 10, 1929 in Draper, Utah. Sadly, his father William Lavern Smith died before he was born. Joel grew up in Provo, Utah with his mother and siblings Vern and Jennie Lin. He had many fond memories of time spent on his grandparents family farm in Logandale, Nevada, where he visited often and spent happy days fishing, horseback riding, and eating watermelons. He graduated from BYU High School in 1947. As a young man, he enjoyed drawing, hiking, track, theater, and creating cartoons for the yearbook. He met his future wife, LuJuana Pearson, when they were attending BYU. They were married in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 26, 1950 and spent 65 years together. His jobs as a young man varied from fruit picker to BYU janitor, from insurance investigator to window display artist. Joel received his Bachelorís from Brigham Young University in 1955, and his Masterís Degree in Painting from the University of California in 1957. With a young family to support, he decided to become an art teacher. He taught at four state universities, including California, Texas, Idaho, and Ohio. He also taught at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia. One of his favorite teaching jobs was volunteering at Haney Correctional Facility in British Columbia. Joel and Lu finally settled down in Macomb, Illinois in 1971, and lived there for 35 years. In 1994, Joel retired from Western Illinois University and was happy to be able to devote all his time to painting and showing his work. Joel received a second Master of Arts degree at WIU in 2003. Joelís favorite mediums were oils and watercolors. He was passionate about painting and was most often found in his studio. He was primarily known as an abstract artist, but he also enjoyed painting landscapes and nature. His work is exhibited in museums and collections around the world, and he has received numerous awards. In 2006, Joel and Lu made one final move to Socorro, New Mexico to be near their daughter and grandchildren. They enjoyed the sunny weather and bird watching at the nearby Bosque del Apache Refuge. Joel was a very special husband, father and grandfather who was always fun to be around. He enjoyed his pets, history, current events, reading, traveling, learning new things and visiting with friends and family. Joel was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He enjoyed being active in the church and learning about church history. He was wildly creative, very intellectual, and he had a great sense of humor. He was an active person who played golf and tennis and he was especially fond of hiking and camping in the red rock country of southern Utah. Joel was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, and his wife, LuJuana. He is survived by his son Courtney David Smith of Las Vegas, Nevada; his daughter and son-in-law Karin and Mike Fort of Socorro, New Mexico; and grandchildren Courtney Donovan Smith, and Caleb, Skye, and Max Fort, and his sister Jennie Lin (John) Strong of Provo, Utah. A viewing will be held at Nelson Family Mortuary, 4780 N. University Ave, Provo, Utah on Thursday, August 24, 2017 from 10-10:30 a.m., followed by a brief service and luncheon. Interment at the Meadow, Utah Cemetery. To express condolences visit www.NelsonMortuary.com [Provo Daily Herald, August 22, 2017]

Smith, John Alwyn (Aldy)

Smith, John Alwyn (Aldy)
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Aldy and Norma Smith

Class of 1929? John Aldwyn (Aldy) Smith. Special mention as a member of the BYH Tennis Team for 1928-1929, in the 1929 BYU Banyan, High School section. Composed a doubles team with Wilson Booth. ~ ~ ~ ~ Aldy Smith was born on August 18, 1911 in Silver City, Utah. His parents: John Sims Smith and Doressa Eggertsen Smith, were married on September 7, 1910 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Their only child: John Aldwyn Smith [BYH Class of 1929?]. His mother, Doressa, died on March 21, 1919 when Aldy was 8 years old. His father, John Sims Smith then married Myrtle Hone on September 14, 1920, in St. George, Utah. John and Myrtle had two daughters and one son: Marjorie Smith [BYH Class of 1932] Hyatt, Boise, Idaho; Ruth Smith [BYH Class of 1939] (Wilbur Anthony) Sowards, Provo, Utah; and Paul Hone Smith [BYH Class of 1941] -- lost in action 1944 in France, World War II. ~ ~ ~ ~ John Aldwyn Smith married Norma Martha Scott on August 6, 1934 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He worked as an accountant for the Utah State Tax Commission for two years, until January of 1936. In January of 1936 he was injured in an automobile collision, and died on February 8, 1936. His interment, Provo City Cemetery, Block 3, Lot 155. He died at the young age of 24.

Smith, John Henry

Smith, John Henry
Salt Lake City, Utah US

John & Sarah Smith

Board of Trustees, 1901 to 1911. John Henry Smith. He was the father of LDS Church President George Albert Smith. John Henry Smith was born September 18, 1848 in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. His parents were George Albert Smith and Sarah Ann Libby. He married Sarah Farr on October 20, 1866 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah. He died October 13, 1911 in Salt Lake City, Utah. ~ ~ ~ ~ John Henry Smith (1848-1911) served as a Mormon apostle for thirty years -- 1880 to 1910 -- and a counselor in the First Presidency until his death the next year. In addition to religious obligations, he was a major stockholder and officer of several prominent businesses -- everything from U & I Sugar to the Co-op Wagon and Machinery Company, as well as the Saltair Beach and Salt Lake Theater Company. Politically he helped found Utah's Republican Party. Following his controversial election to the state constitutional convention, he served as president of the convention. Although a polygamist, he testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Privileges and Elections, where he equivocated on the question of post-1890 polygamy.

Smith, Joseph F. (1838 -1918)

Smith, Joseph F. (1838 -1918)
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Joseph F. Smith

Board of Trustees, 1901 to 1918. Fifth President of the Board of Trustees, 1901 to 1918. President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph F. Smith was a frequent visitor and speaker at the school. ~ ~ ~ ~ A prophet, the son of a prophet, the grandson of a prophet and the father of a prophet. Few men have enjoyed a more illustrious lineage than Joseph Fielding Smith (Sr.)-- his full name. He was the last President of the Church to have known the Prophet Joseph Smith in mortality, having played on the Prophet's knee as a young child in Nauvoo. Joseph F. Smith was the son of Hyrum Smith and Mary Fielding Smith and the nephew of the Prophet Joseph Smith. He was born November 13, 1838 in Far West, Missouri while his father was falsely imprisoned in the dungeon beneath Liberty Jail house. His mother was gravely ill at his birth and unable to tend him, but his aunt Mercy Fielding Thompson had recently given birth and was able to nurse both her own child and the young infant. Scant months later, Joseph F. and his mother were driven through the snows of Missouri as she fled, still on her sickbed, to escape the flames of persecution and the edict of Governor Lilburn W. Bogg's infamous "Extermination Order." The family settled in what became Nauvoo and some months later were joined by Hyrum. Joseph F. Smith was only five when mobs, this time from Illinois, murdered his father Hyrum Smith and uncle, Joseph Smith, Jr. If his father was made of gold, then surely his mother, Mary Fielding Smith, was made of steel. Caring not only for her own two children but five others from Hyrum's deceased first wife, Jerusha, she worked with her sister, Mercy Fielding Thompson to raise the two widows' families and instill in them the principles of the Gospel. Young Joseph F. Smith was only seven when he drove a team of oxen across Iowa in the exodus from Nauvoo. The family spent a year and a half suffering the deprivations of Winter Quarters before pushing on to Salt Lake, young Joseph F. driving a wagon the whole way. Those were hard years and arrival in the Great Basin did little to east the family's need. He tended cattle and sheep, cut wood, and hired out at harvest time. In 1852 at the age of thirteen, Joseph F. Smith lost his mother to overwork and malnutrition. He was devastated and he says in danger for some time. Nevertheless, Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball and others watched to the needs of the young man. At the age of fifteen, Joseph was called to serve a mission in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii). Apostle Parley P. Pratt, who led the mission and set him apart, promised him that he would learn the language with success. The Apostle's prophecy was fulfilled and Joseph enjoyed great success laboring under inspired men of God. The mission lasted four years and Joseph returned to find Utah preparing for "Johnston's War." Joseph joined the "Nauvoo Legion", the territory's militia with a thousand others and spent the next several months patroling the east wall of the Rockies. When the hostilities ended, Joseph assisted his relative in resettling their lands from southern Utah whence they had fled. In April 1859, twenty-one-year-old Joseph married his sixteen-year-old cousin, Levira, daughter of Samuel Harrison Smith. With Levira's permission Joseph then married Julina Lambson in plural marriage. Later, he also married Sarah Ellen Richards, Edna Lambson, Alice Ann Kimball, and Mary Taylor Schwartz. He eventually was the father of forty-three children, thirteen of whom preceded him in death. Joseph was a kind and loving husband and father. He was ordained an Apostle July 1, 1866 by Brigham Young and sustained as a Counselor to the First Presidency, which office he held until President Young's death. He was not sustained as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve until the October Conference of 1867. He served as second counselor to presidents John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, and Lorenzo Snow, and was sustained as first counselor to President Snow on the death of George Q. Cannon, the previous First Counselor, but never served, because President Snow himself died only four days later. Joseph F. Smith was sustained as President of the Church on 17 October 1901, which position he held for seventeen years, until his death on November 19, 1918. Joseph F. Smith's administration was marked by gradual improvements in the Church's perception, its treatment by the federal government, and in the Church's financial position. He also oversaw a continued growth in the Church. He left a legacy of inspired writings.

Smith, Joseph Fielding, Jr. (1876-1972)

Smith, Joseph Fielding, Jr. (1876-1972)
Salt Lake City, Utah US

Joseph Fielding Smith

Board of Trustees, 1912 to 1972. Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr., served as the tenth President of the Church. He was born July 19, 1876, in Salt Lake City, the firstborn son of Joseph F. Smith (Sr.), an apostle who would become the sixth President of the Church, and Julina Lambson. Perhaps no General Authority has ever come from a more distinguished lineage, with a father, grandfather, and great grandfather, all of whom held the Presidency. He was called Joseph Fielding to distinguish him from his father who was more generally called Joseph F. He was an inveterate student and scholar, reading and studying extensively. As a result of this he became known as perhaps the most learned theologian and historian in the Church. Young Joseph was married on April 26, 1898 to Emily Louie Shurtliff. The couple had two children before Emily's death, which happened on March 28, 1908. Concerned about his young children's need for a mother, he remarried within a year of wife's death, this time wedding Ethel Georgina Reynolds on November 2, 1908. Ethel bore him nine children. She died August 26, 1937. Joseph Fielding Smith was ordained an Apostle in 1910 and immediately became the object of ridicule by the Salt Lake Tribune, which editorialized that his calling was because of family connections. The criticism, of course, ignored the monumental qualifications and intellect he brought to the calling. During his apostolic tenure, amid many responsibilities and duties, Joseph Fielding Smith was best known, and is best remembered, as a theologian and gospel scholar. President Heber J. Grant called him "the best posted man on the scriptures of the General Authorities of the Church that we have" (Letter to Joseph Fielding Smith, Dec. 31, 1938, HDC). He published more books and articles than any other man who became President of the Church, though it was never his main intent to become an author. Many of his writings were discourses, answers to questions posed to him, instructions for Church leaders, and efforts to clarify common uncertainties. He was a prolific author with many of his works becoming classics in Church literature while others remain a bit too lofty for the popular market. After the death of his second wife, Elder Smith married a third time, this time wedding Jessie Ella Evans on April 12, 1938. Jessie bore him no children, but worked side by side with him as he visited congregations throughout the Church. Elder Smith worked in the Church Historian's Office and later as the Church Historian for many years both before and after his call as a General Authority. Joseph Fielding Smith became President of the Church on January 23, 1970, following the death of President David O. McKay. His two-and-one-half-year tenure was marked by steady missionary growth; the dedication of the Ogden and Provo temples; some significant organizational restructuring, including reorganizations in the Church Sunday School system and the Church Department of Social Services; and a revamping of portions of the Church internal communication systems, which led to the consolidation of all general Church magazines into three. Joseph Fielding Smith, Jr., died July 2, 1972, in Salt Lake City.

Smith, Joseph Fish

Smith, Joseph Fish
Of Snowflake, Arizona US

Joseph Smith

Class of 1912. Joseph Fish Smith, of Snowflake, Arizona. Graduated from Brigham Young High School in 1912. Source: 1912 BYU Mizpah, BYH section, photos and names on pp. 1 - 62, 105. ~ ~ ~ ~ Joseph Fish Smith was born on May 17, 1891, in Snowflake, Arizona. He married Lillian May Fountain on August 24, 1925, in Monte Vista, California. His parents: Joseph West Smith and Catherine Delphina "Della" Fish Smith. He died on December 5, 1981 in Portola Valley, California (San Mateo County).

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