9--History--The Expanding Church

9--History--The Expanding Church - TheExpandingChurch

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The Expanding Church
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“From 1901 to 1970, four prophets presided over an  expanding Church—Joseph F. Smith, Heber J. Grant, George  Albert Smith, and David O. McKay. These Presidents  witnessed the transition from horse and buggy transportation  to travel by rocket into outer space. Two world wars and a  global depression challenged the Saints. During this time, nine  temples were built. In 1901, there were approximately 300,000  members in 50 stakes, and by 1970 the Church had over  2,800,000 members gathered in 500 stakes throughout the  world.”
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President Joseph F. Smith • Born in 1838 in Far West, Missouri • His father was Hyrum Smith (Joseph  Smith’s brother) • Joseph was 13 when his mother died      leaving him an orphan • At age 15 he left on a mission to the  Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands) • When he was 21 he served another  mission for three years in the British Isles • He was 28 when Brigham Young ordained  him as an Apostle  • Became the sixth President of the Church  in October 1901 when Lorenzo Snow died
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Joseph F. Smith His sermons and writings were  compiled into a text known as  Gospel  Doctrine— an important doctrinal  Church text today Recognized need for temples  Received revelation on salvation of  In the early 1900s Church leaders and  President Smith encouraged members  to remain in their own lands rather than  gather to Utah. Brought Church out of debt in 1907 President Smith died in Nov. 1918
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One afternoon in 1907, President Smith came from his office and found his daughter in the front hall of the Beehive House. “Where is your mother?” he inquired. “I don’t know.” “Where could she be?” “I don’t know.” “When will she be here?” “I don’t know Pap, I don’t know much. I just got home from school.” “Well baby,” he said, “I wanted your mother to be the first to know, but since you don’t know anything, I will tell you.”
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