Wallace B. Smith
|Wallace B. Smith|
|since April 15, 1996|
|Prophet–President of the Church|
|April 5, 1978– April 15, 1996|
|Predecessor||W. Wallace Smith|
|Successor||W. Grant McMurray|
|Reason||Designated successor by W. Wallace Smith|
|End reason||Granted emeritus status|
|Prophet and President Designate |
|1976– April 5, 1978|
|Called by||W. Wallace Smith|
|Reason||To assist the Prophet-President|
|End reason||Became Prophet–President of the Church|
|Born||William Bunnell Anthony Smith
July 29, 1929
Lamoni, Iowa, United States
|Parents||W. Wallace Smith
Rosamund Bunnell Smith
Wallace Bunnell Anthony Smith (born July 29, 1929) was Prophet-President of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS) (now Community of Christ), from April 5, 1978 through April 15, 1996. Son of W. Wallace Smith, he was designated as his father's successor in 1976, and ordained church president in 1978 when his father retired to emeritus status. Wallace B. Smith is a great-grandson of Joseph Smith (the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement), and was a practicing ophthalmologist in the Independence, Missouri area before accepting ordination to RLDS leadership.
Smith's presidency was notable for authorizing construction of the church's temple in Independence, Missouri, with construction occurring from 1990 to 1994. His presidency was also noted for promoting a church conference vote on April 5, 1984 which approved ordination of females to priesthood offices: The first ordination took place on November 17, 1985. Smith is also credited with being one of the first church leaders to formally propose a name-change for the church, at a Joint Council retreat in 1994. At the subsequent World Conference in 1996, the proposed name change (to "Community of Christ" from "Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints") was not approved by a majority vote at that time, but conference approval did take place during the April 2000 World Conference, four years after Smith's retirement as the church's prophet-president.
On September 19, 1995, Smith announced he was retiring as prophet, seer and revelator of the church, and designated W. Grant McMurray as his successor. Smith formally retired on April 15, 1996, at which time his successor McMurray was ordained in a ceremony at the RLDS Auditorium. Smith was designated "President Emeritus," as his father likewise had been designated in 1978 upon ordination of his son. Smith holds the position today.
- Book of Doctrine and Covenants (Independence, Missouri: Herald Publishing House) 152:1a.
- Kahtava, Alex (January 2010). "Wallace B. Smith Honored". Community of Christ News. Community of Christ. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
- "2 Women Ordained to RLDS Priesthood". Deseret News. 1985-11-19. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
- Community of Christ's online history of Wallace B. Smith
- Laurie Smith Monsees, The Temple: Dedicated to Peace, Herald House: 1993. ISBN 978-0-8309-0648-2
|Community of Christ titles|
W. Wallace Smith
April 15, 1996–
With: W. Wallace Smith
W. Wallace Smith
April 5, 1978–April 15, 1996
W. Grant McMurray