Anthony W. Ivins

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Anthony W. Ivins
Anthony W. Ivins2.jpg
Taken in 1921 at age 68/69
First Counselor in the First Presidency
May 25, 1925 (1925-05-25) – September 23, 1934 (1934-09-23)
Called by Heber J. Grant
Predecessor Charles W. Penrose
Successor J. Reuben Clark
Second Counselor in the First Presidency
March 10, 1921 (1921-03-10) – May 25, 1925 (1925-05-25)
Called by Heber J. Grant
Predecessor Charles W. Penrose
Successor Charles W. Nibley
End reason Called as First Counselor in the First Presidency
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 6, 1907 (1907-10-06) – March 10, 1921 (1921-03-10)
Called by Joseph F. Smith
End reason Called as Second Counselor in the First Presidency
LDS Church Apostle
October 6, 1907 (1907-10-06) – September 23, 1934 (1934-09-23)
Called by Joseph F. Smith
Reason Death of George Teasdale
Reorganization
at end of term
Alonzo A. Hinckley ordained; David O. McKay added to First Presidency
Personal details
Born Anthony Woodward Ivins
(1852-09-16)September 16, 1852
Toms River, New Jersey, United States
Died September 23, 1934(1934-09-23) (aged 82)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Resting place Salt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′37″N 111°51′29″W / 40.777°N 111.858°W / 40.777; -111.858 (Salt Lake City Cemetery)
Spouse Elizabeth A. Snow
Children 9, including
Antoine R. Ivins
Parents Israel Ivins
Ann Lowrie

Anthony Woodward Ivins (September 16, 1852 – September 23, 1934) born in Toms River, New Jersey, was an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Early life and family[edit]

Ivins at age 35 (c. 1887)

When Ivins was still an infant, his parents migrated to Utah Territory. In 1861 they moved in St. George, Utah, as part of the original settling party for that city.

Ivins was a cousin of Heber J. Grant: Ivins's father and Grant's mother were siblings. In 1878, Ivins married Elizabeth A. Snow, a daughter of Erastus Snow, an apostle; they had nine children. His son Antoine R. Ivins also served as a general authority of the LDS Church.

Politics and public service[edit]

On his return to St. George from an 1877 mission, Ivins was appointed a constable. He later served on the St. George city council and as a prosecuting attorney for Washington County, Utah.

After a mission to Mexico City, Ivins served as Mohave County Assessor, as special Indian Agent for the Shivwits band of Southern Paiutes, and as a delegate to the 1895 Utah State Constitutional Convention.

Ivins was an avid member of the Democratic Party.

Church service[edit]

In 1875, Ivins was part of an exploratory mission that found many sites in New Mexico and Arizona which were later colonized by the Mormons. In 1877, he served a mission to New Mexico, where he focused much of his attention on the Native Americans, but also preached to people of Mexican descent.

In the years immediately after his marriage, he served as a member of the stake high council in St. George. In 1882, Ivins was called on a mission to Mexico City, where he served for about the next two years. He served as the first stake president in Colonia Juárez, Chihuahua; the Juárez Stake was the first stake in Mexico.[1] Ivins served in this position until his call to the Quorum of the Twelve in 1907.

Ivins was ordained an apostle and joined the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on October 6, 1907, after the death of George Teasdale. From 1918 to 1921, Ivins was the superintendent of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association. In 1921, Ivins was called as second counselor to Heber J. Grant in the First Presidency, and was replaced in the Quorum of the Twelve by Alonzo A. Hinckley. In 1925, Ivins became the first counselor to Grant in the First Presidency, and he served in this position until his death.

Death[edit]

Ivins died in Salt Lake City of a coronary occlusion.[2] He was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery.

Honors[edit]

The small city of Ivins, Utah, is named after him.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2006 Deseret Morning News Church Almanac, p. 396.
  2. ^ State of Utah Death Certificate.
  • Wilson, Guy C.; The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1921). "President Anthony Woodward Ivins". The Young woman's journal 32. Salt Lake City, Utah: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association General Board. pp. 264–268. Retrieved December 14, 2011. 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Charles W. Penrose
First Counselor in the First Presidency
May 25, 1925 – September 23, 1934
Succeeded by
J. Reuben Clark
Secound Counselor in the First Presidency
March 10, 1921 – May 25, 1925
Succeeded by
Charles W. Nibley
Preceded by
David O. McKay
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 6, 1907 – September 23, 1934
Succeeded by
Joseph Fielding Smith
Preceded by
Joseph F. Smith
Superintendent of the
Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association

1918–1921
Succeeded by
George Albert Smith