Oscar A. Kirkham
|Oscar A. Kirkham|
|First Council of the Seventy|
|October 5, 1941– March 10, 1958|
|Called by||Heber J. Grant|
|Born||Oscar Ammon Kirkham
January 22, 1880
Lehi, Utah Territory, United States
|Died||March 10, 1958
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Kirkham was born in Lehi, Utah Territory, to James Kirkham and his wife, Mary Mercer. Oscar Kirkham was the younger brother of prominent educator and Book of Mormon defender Francis W. Kirkham. Kirkham was ordained a seventy by Joseph W. McMurrin on February 26, 1905. After serving as a Mormon missionary in Germany and graduating from Brigham Young Academy, Kirkham studied music in Germany and then taught at the Latter-day Saints University.
In 1913 Kirkham was appointed the traveling secretary of the LDS Church's Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association (YMMIA) to oversee recreational activities. He later served for many years as the executive secretary of the YMMIA. Kirkham was involved with Scouting at a high level, serving as a regional scout executive and on the U.S. national staff at the 1929 International Jamboree at Arrowe Park in Birkenhead, England, where he was in charge of the religious exercises of the American scouts.
Heber J. Grant installed Kirkham as one of the seven presidents of the Seventy on October 5, 1941. Marion D. Hanks had Kirkham's personal notes published as a book, Say the Good Word, to which Hanks wrote the forward.
- Richard I. Kimball, Sports in Zion: Mormon Recreation, 1890-1940 (Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2003) p. 39
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