Julina Lambson Smith

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Julina Lambson Smith
Bust photo of Julina Lambson Smith
Second Counselor in the general
presidency of the Relief Society
October 3, 1910 (1910-10-03) – April 2, 1921 (1921-04-02)
Called by Emmeline B. Wells
Predecessor Ida Smoot Dusenberry
Successor Louise Y. Robison
Personal details
Born Julina Lambson
(1849-06-18)June 18, 1849
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
Died January 10, 1936(1936-01-10) (aged 86)
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
Cause of death Myocarditis
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 Joseph F. Smith
Children 11: including:
  Joseph Fielding Smith
  David A. Smith
Parents Alfred Boaz Lambson and Melissa Jane Bigler in

Julina Lambson Smith (June 18, 1849 – January 10, 1936) was a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). From 1910 to 1921 she was a member of the General Presidency of the Relief Society. The second wife of Joseph F. Smith and the mother of Joseph Fielding Smith, she is the only woman in the history of the LDS Church to have been the wife of a President of the Church and the mother of another church president.

Julina Lambson was born to Alfred Boaz Lambson and Melissa Jane Bigler in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory. Her parents were Mormon pioneers who arrived in Utah in 1847. Her family's home was the first house in Salt Lake City to be plastered.

In 1866, Lambson married Joseph F. Smith in the Endowment House. It was Joseph F. Smith's second marriage; Juliana was his first plural wife. Joseph F. Smith would go on to be an apostle in the LDS Church and was the church's president from 1901 until his death in 1918. Joseph F. Smith and Julina Smith had 11 children, one of which was Joseph Fielding Smith, longtime apostle of the church and president from 1970 to 1972. Another son was David Smith, who became a member of the church's Presiding Bishopric.

In 1870, when the first Young Women's Retrenchment Society was first organized in Salt Lake City on a ward level, Julina Smith was selected as one of its first ward presidents.[1] In 1892, she became a member of the general board of the Relief Society. When Emmeline B. Wells became the president of the Relief Society in 1910, she selected Smith as her second counselor. Along with first counselor Clarissa S. Williams, the presidency served until Wells died in 1921.

Smith was one of the first trained midwives in Utah. She died in Salt Lake City, Utah and was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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Preceded by
Ida Smoot Dusenberry
Second Counselor in the general
presidency of the Relief Society

October 3, 1910 (1910-10-03) – April 2, 1921 (1921-04-02)
Succeeded by
Louise Y. Robison