Memorial to the prophets

Published: Wednesday, May 20 2009 12:15 a.m. MDT

After Joseph and Hyrum were shot at Carthage Jail in 1844, they were initially buried secretly in the cellar of the unfinished Nauvoo house, which was under construction, said Lachlan Mackay, historic sites coordinator for the Community of Christ, which manages the site along with several other historic homes and buildings. Two boxes with sand and other weight were publicly buried.

At some later point, the bodies were moved. They were later moved again to where they now are, along with several others of the Smith family, including Joseph Smith Sr., Lucy Mack Smith, Don Carlos Smith and Samuel Smith.

Brigham Young

Apartments and houses have cropped up around Pioneer Memorial Park at 140 First Ave. in Salt Lake City, almost obscuring the place where Brigham Young, second president of the church, is buried. His grave is in the back southeast corner surrounded by a small fence. There are markers for nine other grave sites around the park, including Eliza R. Snow, former president of the Relief Society.

Lorenzo Snow

When President Snow, the fifth president of the church, died in 1901, he was buried in Brigham City.

"He is probably the most famous resident (in the Brigham City Cemetery)," said Pete Young, an assistant sexton at the cemetery. The first recorded burial at the cemetery is in 1852.

Young estimates that about 90 percent of the people who stop by the cemetery and aren't visiting a relative's grave, are visiting President Snow's at the corner of A and Center streets. The grave is marked by a historical marker, an obelisk and a smaller headstone one row to the west.

President Snow helped found Brigham City under the direction of Brigham Young and was stake president for several years. He served as president of the church from 1898 to 1901, when he died at 87.

Ezra Taft Benson

When President Benson was buried in 1994, it was next to his wife, Flora, in the Whitney, Idaho, cemetery, according to the Deseret News archives.

President Benson, the 13th president of the church, was born in Whitney and grew up on a family farm there, according to lds.org.

The Deseret News archives noted that there were "a remarkable number of gravestones that all bear the Benson name" in the Whitney cemetery.

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