Joseph Smith Jr. “ And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! “For we saw him, even on the right hand of God: and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father – That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God.” Joseph Smith Jr.
First President of the Church • Presidency: 1832 - 1884 • Born Dec. 23, 1805 in Vermont • Died June 27, 1844 in Carthage Jail • When 14 years old saw the Father and the Son • Translated the Book of Mormon • First temple built in this dispensation, in Kirtland, Ohio • Baptized in the Susquehanna River on May 15, 1829. • Favorite food: Johnny Cakes Restored the Church of Jesus Christ
Brigham Young “Have no fears, for if the word of the Lord is true, you shall yet be tried in all things; so rejoice, and pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks, … for it is the had of God that leads us and will continue to do so.” Brigham Young
Second President of the Church • Presidency: 1847 - 1877 • Born June 1, 1801 in Vermont • Died Aug. 29, 1877 in Salt Lake • Dedicated Nauvoo and St. George temples • Led the Saints to Utah • Baptized in his own millpond near Mendon, New York on April 14, 1832, when he was 30 years old. • Favorite food: buttermilk donuts Find your duty and do it!
John Taylor “Never forget that there is celestial radar – revelation from God guiding us and guiding you. There is an inspired captain – a prophet of God. “I bear witness to you that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is … the only true and living Church upon the face of the whole earth. I bear witness that Jesus is the Christ, and that the Church was formulated for strength in difficult times.” John Taylor
3rd president of the church • Born Nov. 1, 1808 in, England • Died July 25, 1887 in Utah • Presidency: 1880 - 1887 • Watch saved his life when a bullet struck it in Carthage Jail • Dedicated Logan Temple • Favorite food: applesauce cake The kingdom of God or nothing!
Wilford Woodruff “The day has already dawned when the light of heaven is to fill the earth; … “It is the day in which the gospel is to be preached to every nation, tongue and people …” Wilford Woodruff
4th president of the church • Born March 1, 1807 in Farmington, Connecticutt • Died Sept. 2, 1898 in San Francisco • Presidency: April 7, 1889 - 1898 • Dedicated Manti and Salt Lake Temples • Baptized more than 1800 people • The Lord protected him • Announced the Manifesto • Favorite Hymn "God Moves in a Mysterious Way" • Favorite food: cherry nut cake There is… no true happiness except in the service of God!
“It is well for us, once in a while to look away ahead and see what will be the result of all the sacrifices and labors that we endure and perform in this life. This existence is but a moment; but the other life is continuous from eternity to eternity. … Our future is glorious. … Those who endure to the end shall sit upon thrones, as Jesus hath overcome and sat upon His Father’s throne. All things shall be given to such men and women …” Lorenzo Snow Lorenzo Snow
5th president of the church • Born April 3, 1814 in Ohio • Died Oct 10, 1901 at home in the Beehive House, SLC, Utah • Presidency: 1898 - 1901 • Stressed the law of sacrifice and tithing • Saw the Savior in the Salt Lake Temple • Favorite food: Yorkshire pudding As man now is, God once was: As God now is, man may be.
Families Can Be Together Forever Joseph F. Smith “There is no happiness without service, and there is no service greater than that which converts the home into a divine institution, and which promotes and preserves family life.” Joseph F. Smith
6th president • Born Nov 13, 1838 in Far West, Missouri • Died 1918, in SLC, UT • Presidency: 1901 - 1918 • Dedicated temple site of Laie • First president born into church • Received vision of the Spirit World • Served a mission to Hawaii • Favorite food: custard pie I feel in my heart to forgive all men. Have courage.
“All the knowledge in the world would not amount to anything unless we put that knowledge into actual practice. We are the architects and builders of our lives, and if we fail to put our knowledge into actual practice and do the duties that devolve upon us we are making a failure of life.” Heber J. Grant Heber J. Grant
7th president of the church • Born 22 Nov 1856 in SLC • Died May 14, 1945 in SLC • Presidency: 1918 - 1945 • Dedicated three temples • Loved to sing • Taught importance of hard work and developing talents • Counseled Saints to avoid debt • Favorite food: Christmas Fig • Pudding Have a humble & prayerful heart & work, work work!