Anthon H. Lund

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Anthon H. Lund
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First Counselor in the First Presidency
November 23, 1918 (1918-11-23) – March 2, 1921 (1921-03-02)
Called by Heber J. Grant
First Counselor in the First Presidency
April 7, 1910 (1910-04-07) – November 19, 1918 (1918-11-19)
Called by Joseph F. Smith
End reason Death of Joseph F. Smith
President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
November 23, 1918 (1918-11-23) – March 2, 1921 (1921-03-02)
Second Counselor in the First Presidency
October 17, 1901 (1901-10-17) – April 7, 1910 (1910-04-07)
Called by Joseph F. Smith
End reason Called as First Counselor in the First Presidency
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 7, 1889 (1889-10-07) – October 17, 1901 (1901-10-17)
Called by Wilford Woodruff
End reason Called as Second Counselor in the First Presidency
LDS Church Apostle
October 7, 1889 (1889-10-07) – March 2, 1921 (1921-03-02)
Called by Wilford Woodruff
Reason Excommunication of Albert Carrington; death of John Taylor and reorganization of the First Presidency; death of Erastus Snow[1]
at end of term
Anthony W. Ivins added to First Presidency; John A. Widtsoe ordained
Personal details
Born Anthon Henrik Lund
(1844-05-15)May 15, 1844
Aalborg, Denmark
Died March 2, 1921(1921-03-02) (aged 76)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Resting place Salt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′38″N 111°51′29″W / 40.7772°N 111.8580°W / 40.7772; -111.8580 (Salt Lake City Cemetery)
Nationality Danish
Spouse Sarah Ann Peterson
Children including:
  Anthony C. Lund
Anthon H. Lund

Anthon Henrik Lund (15 May 1844 – 2 March 1921) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) and a prominent Utah leader.

Early life[edit]

Lund was born in Aalborg, Denmark, to unmarried parents and raised by his maternal grandmother until his emigration to the United States in 1862. Lund's mother died when he was less than four years old.[2] At that time his father was serving in the war over Schleswig-Holstein.[2] Lund was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the age of 12,[2] he soon assisted the missionaries fulfilling his duties as both a teacher and then a priest in the Aaronic Priesthood in declaring the word of God.[3] In 1862 Lund went with his grandmother to the United States.[2] He arrived in Utah in September and settled in Sanpete County, following the tradition of many Scandinavian immigrants.

In 1864 Lund was a teamster in a Down and Back company. The next winter he served as a school teacher. In 1865 he responded to Brigham Young's request that men come to Salt Lake City and learn to be telegraph operators. In 1866 he became the telegraph operator for the Mount Pleasant, Utah station[2] where he was ordained a Seventy by Peter Madsen Peel.

Church service[edit]

From 1884 to 1885, Lund served as president of the Scandinavian Mission of the church.[4]

Lund served in the Utah Territorial Legislature. He is credited for starting Utah State University because he introduced the legislation to start it.[5] Lund served on the Utah Capitol Grounds Committee when it was formed in 1888.[6]

He was ordained October 7, 1889, to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles[7] after the death of Church President John Taylor, who died two years earlier. He was ordained along with two other apostles: Marriner W. Merrill and Abraham H. Cannon.

At the time of his call, Lund was the only monogamist in the quorum of the twelve. His only wife was Sarah Ann Peterson who he had married in 1870.[2] In 1891 Lund was made the president of the Manti Temple.[2]

From 1893 until 1896, Lund was the president of the European Mission.[2][8] He then made a journey to the Ottoman Empire in 1897, where he organized the Turkish Mission and looked into a local gathering place for the primarily Armenian church members in that mission.[2]

In 1899, Lund laid and dedicated the southeast cornerstone of the Sanpete Stake Academy (now Snow College).[9] That same year Lund gave a General Conference talk in which he emphasized it was no longer Church policy to encourage members to emigrate to the western United States.[10]

In 1900, Lund was made the superintendent of Church religion classes.[11]

President Joseph F. Smith selected Lund as second counselor in the Mormon First Presidency on October 17, 1901. There he served until April 7, 1910, when Smith called him as first counselor to replace John R. Winder, who died in March 1910. Lund assumed a myriad of duties, including heading various church agencies and again serving as a temple president. Lund also served as a member of several writing committees to revise scripture and publications. Lund also participated in numerous businesses in Utah such as the Hotel Utah, the Amalgamated Sugar Company (1914–1920),[12] and ZCMI.

While Anthon H. Lund was in the First Presidency they sent out a letter encouraging the practice of Family Night.[13]

During this time Lund also fulfilled civic roles. He replaced John Henry Smith on Smith's death as a member of the Utah Capitol Commission.[14]

After the death of Joseph F. Smith, President Heber J. Grant called Lund again as first counselor on November 23, 1918. Lund also assumed the position of President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles as he was second-most in seniority.

Lund served as Church Historian from 1900-1921.[2][15][16] While in this office, he supervised the movement of the office and its materials to the new Church Administration Building in 1917.[17]

Lund served as president of the Genealogical Society of Utah and as the first editor of the Utah Historical and Genealogical Magazine.[18] From 1911-1921 Lund served as president of the Salt Lake Temple.[19]


Anthon H. Lund died March 2, 1921, from a duodenal ulcer, an ailment that plagued him for many years. He was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery. John A. Widtsoe was called to the Quorum of the Twelve after his death.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lund, Marriner W. Merrill, and Abraham H. Cannon were called as apostles at the same time to fill three vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Sargent, Arthur T. (1902), Utah, The Inland Empire, Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, pp. 18–19, OCLC 21744943 
  3. ^ Utah Artists Project - Julia Farnsworth Lund Wassner
  4. ^ Brief History of the Scandinavian Mission
  5. ^ Microsoft Word - Historical significance document.doc
  6. ^ Agency history for Utah's Capitol Grounds Commission, 1888-1896
  7. ^ Deseret Morning News Church Almanac 2006, p. 57
  8. ^ George Malcolm Stephenson (1969). The Religious Aspects of Swedish Immigration. Ayer Publishing. ISBN 0-405-00539-3. 
  9. ^ News Room
  10. ^
  11. ^ Jenson, Andrew. Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Arrow Press, 1920) p. 753
  12. ^ Thomas G. Alexander (1996). Mormonism in Transition. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-06578-6. 
  13. ^ Home & Family- First Presidency Statements
  14. ^ Utah's Capitols
  15. ^ Arrington, Leonard J. (1998). Adventures of a Church Historian. University of Illinois Press. ISBN 0-252-02381-1. 
  16. ^ Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1941) p. 140
  17. ^ Church Historians
  18. ^ Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine, Volume 1
  19. ^ Salt Lake LDS (Mormon) Temple Presidents
  20. ^
  21. ^ Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1941) p. 452

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
John R. Winder
First Counselor in the First Presidency
November 23, 1918 – March 2, 1921
April 7, 1910 – November 19, 1918
Succeeded by
Charles W. Penrose
Preceded by
Heber J. Grant
President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
November 23, 1918–March 2, 1921
Succeeded by
Rudger Clawson
Preceded by
Rudger Clawson
Secound Counselor in the First Presidency
October 17, 1901 – April 7, 1910
Succeeded by
John Henry Smith
Preceded by
Marriner W. Merrill
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 7, 1889–October 17, 1901
Succeeded by
Abraham H. Cannon