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Joseph Fielding Smith (1838 - 1918)

Joseph Fielding Smith
Born in Far West, Caldwell, Missouri, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 5 Apr 1859 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United Statesmap
Husband of — married about 1866 [location unknown]
Husband of — married about 1868 [location unknown]
Husband of — married about 1871 [location unknown]
Husband of — married about 1883 [location unknown]
Husband of — married 13 Jan 1884 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 80 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United Statesmap
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Preceded by
Lorenzo Snow
President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Succeeded by
Heber J. Grant



Joseph Smith was a Latter Day Saint pioneer.

Joseph Fielding Smith was the sixth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the nephew of Joseph Smith. He was the son of Hyrum and Mary (Fielding) Smith. [1]

"Trials are necessary to the perfection of mankind, as friction is necessary to separate the dross of human judgment from the pure gold of divine wisdom” (quoted in Smith, comp., Life of Joseph F. Smith, 280).

From Wikipedia: Joseph F. Smith:

Joseph Fielding Smith, Sr. (November 13, 1838 – November 19, 1918) was the sixth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was the last president of the LDS Church to have personally known the founder of the Mormon faith, Joseph Smith, Jr., who was the brother of his father, Hyrum Smith.

Joseph was named after his uncle, Joseph Smith, and his mother's brother, Joseph Fielding. His mother and maternal aunt, Mercy Fielding Thompson, fled with their children to Quincy, Illinois early in 1839 after many of the men in the community had been arrested and incarcerated under Missouri Executive Order 44 for practicing plural marriage.

Joseph's family later moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, when the majority of the church's members settled there. Hyrum, his father, was later released from custody during a transfer from Liberty Jail and joined his family in Nauvoo.

Joseph said he remembered Nauvoo, and could recall his uncle, Joseph Smith. Joseph was only five years old when his father and uncle were killed in Carthage, Illinois, on June 27, 1844.[2][3][4]

At the age of nine, Joseph drove the family wagon all the way to the Salt Lake Valley.[5]


Soon after his 15th birthday, Joseph F. Smith was ordained an elder and called to serve a three-year mission in Hawaii. During his mission he overcame fatigue, severe illness, and material loss by flood and fire. He preached, healed the sick, cast out devils, and presided over numerous branches of the Church.[6]

At the age of twenty-seven Joseph was ordained an Apostle by Brigham Young. He was the first President, of which there were three, to have served in the First Presidency of the Church. At the age of 40, he went on a great mission to England, details of which he recorded in his more

Joseph Fielding Smith believed that family was the most important thing. He passes this message on to his son, Joseph Smith, Jr.

He introduced Family Home Evening which remains an important part of LDS tradition. Called to practice plural marriage, Joseph F. Smith received five wives over the years. Thoughtful and kind, he deeply loved his wives and children.

Joseph and his wife lived to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Their relationship demonstrated his belief in the importance of marriage.


Date: November 13, 1838
Place: Far West, Caldwell, Missouri, United States[7]


Date: 19 Nov 1918
Place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah[8]


Date: 21 Nov 1918
Place: Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah[9]


  1. Dictionary of American biography by American Council of Learned Societies, Published 1943. Vol 17 page 313
  2. Wikipedia: Death of Joseph Smith.
  3. Mormon History:Final Moments at Carthage Jail.
  4. The Carthage Conspiracy Trial, University of Missouri Kansas School of Law.
  5. Trail Excerpt, Pioneer Overland Travels.
  6. LDS Church Manaual: Joseph F. Smith].
  7. Wikipedia: Jospeh F. Smith.
  8. Joseph Fielding Smith, LDS Church History.
  9. Find A Grave Memorial.
  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 January 2022), Joseph Fielding Smith, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States; citing enumeration district , sheet , NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm .
  • 1900 US Federal Census Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States Page: T623, roll T623_1684, Salt Lake City, enumeration district (ED) 2, sheet 5A, dwelling 81, family 85, Joseph F. Smith, accessed 12 Jul 2010.
  • "United States Census, 1900", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 13 January 2022), Joseph Smith, 1900.

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