Jennie B. Knight

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Jennie B. Knight
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First Counselor in the general
presidency of the Relief Society
April 2, 1921 (1921-04-02) – October 7, 1928 (1928-10-07)[1]
Called by Clarissa S. Williams
Predecessor Clarissa S. Williams
Successor Amy B. Lyman
Personal details
Born Jennie Brimhall
(1875-12-13)December 13, 1875
Spanish Fork, Utah Territory, United States
Died March 31, 1957(1957-03-31) (aged 81)
Provo, Utah, United States [1]
Resting place Provo City Cemetery
40°13′30″N 111°38′38″W / 40.225°N 111.644°W / 40.225; -111.644 (Provo City Cemetery)
Organization Executive for Utah County Red Cross[1]
Spouse(s) J. William Knight
Children 2[1]
Parents George H. Brimhall
Alsina Elizabeth Wilkins

Lucy Jane ("Jennie") Brimhall Knight (December 13, 1875 – March 31, 1957(1957-03-31) (aged 81)) was a leader in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). She was also one of the first two single female missionaries of the LDS Church.[2]


Jennie Brimhall was born in Spanish Fork, Utah Territory, to George H. Brimhall and Alsina Elizabeth Wilkins. Jennie was educated as a teacher at Brigham Young University (BYU) and taught school in San Juan County, Utah.

On April 1, 1898, Jennie was set apart as one of the first two single women in the LDS Church to be formally selected as full-time church missionaries.[2] The other was her childhood friend Inez Knight.[2] Jennie Brimhall and Inez Knight were missionary companions in England in 1898; Jennie returned to Utah in November 1898 due to poor health.[2]

After she returned from her mission, Jennie Brimhall married J. William Knight in January 1899. (William Knight was the brother of Inez Knight, her friend and missionary companion.) Shortly thereafter, she accompanied her husband to Canada, where his father Jesse Knight had established the Mormon settlement of Raymond in present-day Alberta. While living in Raymond, Jennie Knight was the president of the Taylor Stake's Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association from 1903 to 1906.[3]

William Knight and Jennie Knight later returned to live in Utah. In 1921, Jennie Knight was selected as the first counselor to Clarissa S. Williams in the General Presidency of the Relief Society. Along with Louise Y. Robison, Knight was a counselor to Williams until 1928, when the presidency was released from their duties.

Knight was the mother of two sons. The Knight Mangum Building on the BYU campus in Provo, Utah, is named after Knight and her sister-in-law Jennie Knight Mangum.

Knight is buried in the Provo City Cemetery.



  • "Greeting". Relief Society Magazine. 9 (12): 1. January 1922.
  • "To Our Beloved Sisters". Relief Society Magazine. 11 (12): 601. December 1924.
  • "National Council of Women of the United States". Relief Society Magazine. 15 (3): 138–142. March 1928.
  • "Louise Yates Robison". Relief Society Magazine. 16 (1): 3–6. January 1929.
  • "The Pioneer Mother". Relief Society Magazine. 16 (5): 233–236. May 1929.
  • "Tributes to Clarissa Smith Williams". Relief Society Magazine. 17 (5): 224–225. May 1930.
  • "Bessie Potter Vonnoh". Relief Society Magazine. 18 (5): 273–275. May 1931.
  • "Alice Louise Reynolds". Relief Society Magazine. 26 (1): 5–7. January 1939.
  • "Pioneering in Southern Alberta, Canada". Relief Society Magazine. 31 (8): 425–430. August 1944.
  • "Settling Raymond, Alberta, Canada". Relief Society Magazine. 32 (8): 524–528. August 1945.

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  1. ^ a b c d Ludlow, Daniel H, ed. (1992). "Appendix 1: Biographical Register of General Church Officers". Encyclopedia of Mormonism. New York: Macmillan Publishing. p. 1640. ISBN 0-02-879602-0. OCLC 24502140.
  2. ^ a b c d Diane L. Mangum, "The First Sister Missionaries", Ensign, July 1980.
  3. ^ Melvin S. Tagg, A History of the Mormon Church in Canada (Lethbridge, Alberta: Lethbridge Herald, 1968) p. 103.

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Preceded by
Clarissa S. Williams
First Counselor in the general
presidency of the Relief Society

April 2, 1921 (1921-04-02)–October 7, 1928 (1928-10-07)
Succeeded by
Amy B. Lyman