Levi E. Young
|Levi E. Young|
|First Council of the Seventy|
|October 6, 1909– December 13, 1963|
|Called by||Joseph F. Smith|
|Born||Levi Edgar Young|
February 2, 1874
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
|Died||December 13, 1963 (aged 89)|
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Levi Edgar Young (February 2, 1874 – December 13, 1963) was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was one of the seven presidents of the Seventy from 1909 until his death.
Young was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, the son of LDS Church general authority Seymour B. Young and grandson of Joseph Young. Levi Young graduated from the University of Utah in 1895, and later became a faculty member at the same school, teaching history. Later in his life, he would do graduate studies at Harvard University and Columbia University and earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Columbia.
Of his life spent in both clerical and academic pursuits, J. Golden Kimball, in good humor, said of Young: "That little shrimp. He goes around here carrying water on both shoulders, and he's afraid to lean one way or the other for fear of spilling some of it."
When George Reynolds died in 1909, Young was selected to take his place in the First Council of the Seventy. He served as President of the New England States Mission in the early 1940s. Young became the senior president of the Seventy in 1941 and continued in that position until his death. He died in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Young is also alleged to have been the source from which the existence of the 1832 account of Joseph Smith's first vision, a major point of doctrine in the LDS Church, came to light. While recounting an interview with Young after his death, LaMar Petersen, an amateur Mormon historian, mentioned that Young had recounted of a 'strange account' of the first vision that was kept, separate from its original book from which it had been excised, in the Church historian's office, Joseph Fielding Smith, who at the time of the recounting had ascended to the position President in the LDS Church. Smith denied access to the original documents to Jerald and Sandra Tanner, a pair prominent of Mormon critics and historians but subsequently granted access to the original document to a BYU Paul R. Cheeseman to base he's dissertation on the account. With the introduction of The Joseph Smith Papers project, the original letter book confirms that the pages related to the account were later re-inserted into the book.
- Grampa Bill's G.A. Pages: Levi E. Young
- Levi Edgar Young's diary from at L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University
- Levi Edgar Young Papers. MSS 561; 20th Century Western and Mormon Americana Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.
- Levi Edgar Young Letter. MSS 3929; Levi Edgar Young letters; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.
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