Hyrum M. Smith

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Hyrum M. Smith
Hyrum M. Smith.jpg
Smith in 1901
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 24, 1901 (1901-10-24) – January 23, 1918 (1918-01-23)
LDS Church Apostle
October 24, 1901 (1901-10-24) – January 23, 1918 (1918-01-23)
Reason Death of Lorenzo Snow; reorganization of First Presidency
at end of term
Richard R. Lyman ordained
Personal details
Born Hyrum Mack Smith
(1872-03-21)March 21, 1872
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
Died January 23, 1918(1918-01-23) (aged 45)
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Resting place Salt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′37.92″N 111°51′28.8″W / 40.7772000°N 111.858000°W / 40.7772000; -111.858000
Spouse(s) Ida Elizabeth Bowman
Children 5
Parents Joseph F. Smith
Edna Lambson

Hyrum Mack Smith (March 21, 1872 – January 23, 1918) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Smith was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, the eldest son of church apostle and future church president Joseph F. Smith and Edna Lambson. Smith was named after his paternal grandfather Hyrum Smith, who was the elder brother of LDS Church founder Joseph Smith and a prominent leader of the early church.

Smith attended Latter-day Saint College, from which he graduated in 1894. On November 15, 1895, he married Ida Elizabeth Bowman and the next day left her behind in Utah to serve a mission in Great Britain. From October 1896 until February 1898, Smith presided over the Newcastle Conference.[1]

After returning from his mission, Smith worked at ZCMI while also serving as a part-time missionary in Salt Lake City.[1]

Smith was ordained an apostle of the church on October 24, 1901, at the age of 29, by his father, who was president of the church. Smith was the first apostle of the church ordained in the 20th century.

In 1913, Smith was called as the president of the European Mission of the church. He served in this capacity until 1916, when the activities of the mission were suspended due to World War I.

Smith and his wife had five children, one of whom was Joseph Fielding Smith, who became presiding patriarch of the church. Another of Smith's children was Geraldine Smith, the mother of M. Russell Ballard, and apostle of the LDS Church.[2]

Smith wrote a commentary on the Doctrine and Covenants with Janne M. Sjödahl.

Smith died in Salt Lake City from a ruptured appendix at the age of 45.[3] He was buried at Salt Lake City Cemetery.



  1. ^ a b Jenson, Andrew (1901). Latter-day Saint biographical encyclopedia: A compilation of biographical sketches of prominent men and women in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. 1. Salt Lake City, Utah: The Andrew Jenson History Company (Printed by The Deseret News Press). p. 772.  External link in |title= (help);
  2. ^ 2008 Deseret Morning News Church Almanac (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Morning News, 2007), p. 37.
  3. ^ State of Utah Death Certificate.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints titles
Preceded by
Reed Smoot
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 24, 1901 – January 23, 1918
Succeeded by
George Albert Smith