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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 10 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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April Rain
Salt Lake City, Utah

What a special blessing it was in my life to serve as Patriarch Eldred G. Smith's Secretary in 1966 when I was only 19 yrs old. Remembering the special experiences I had while working there has continually blessed my life. My Dad even called him to perform the marriage of my youngest sister. We were both thrilled to attend his 100th Birthday in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. Patriarch Smith always responded to the Brethren to assist the Twelve in stake conference visits especially when dividing stakes, and speaking in General Conference. He used to call the firesides where he showed articles of clothing etc belonging to Joseph and Hyrum,and the box that held the plates,"the Box Talk" (which were later translated into the Book of Mormon). What a legacy of love, testimony and service he has given as a direct descendant of Hyrum Smith.

Carlsbad, CA

He is a treasured link to the past for the whole church. When I was a young convert traveling to Utah, he gave me my patriarchal blessing. He knew nothing of me, but hit many issues spot-on. I can see where many of the cautions and promises have played a huge part in my life. I feel he was truly inspired in his position as Patriarch. Go, Eldred G.!!!!!

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Sterling Heights, MI

I never met Elder Smith to my knowledge but he is a most remarkable man. This article brought some good feeling to my heart as I read about his association with President Monson.Thank you.

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