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.
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.!!!!!
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
That reference to Elder Smith's advice to look to one's ancestors for career
guidance is something I never heard before, but makes so much sense. Maybe the
reason people like Patriarch Smith live for so long is so we have the
opportunity to recall the advice given over their associations with many of us
who have known them but are not the biographers who would write their stories,
so we share these with one another as this person did, and learn. Thank you for
that gift, received and passed along again, as did others who shared the
strength found in this man's presence.
Happy Birthday, Elder Smith! You gave me my patriarchal blessing in 1970 the day
after my 16th birthday. Being of Navajo Indian descent, I asked youquestions that related to my native traditions as compared to the priesthood
and gospel teachings. You gave me the most comforting answers, along with a
beautiful blessing. Thank you, Elder Smith, for making time for a blessing that
has been a sacred guide and a source of my hope and gratitude.I would not have
become who I am today without it. My love and best wishes to you.
Cora@ really?, politics need to be entered? Let's just recognize a significant
milestone as properly as we should
I do not know about Smith as the oldest living man in Utah, but he is without a
rival the longest-lived general authority during this dispensation.
I love a story like this. My Aunt died a few years ago at 109. Still
meeting her own basic needs. I talked to her severaltimes when she
was 107. I love it when people get real old and can still function
day to day. There does not have to be a reason for living that long
except that you just can.
Briefly alluded to ine article, but largely forgotten today, is that the
Patriarch was considered on a level with, and shared many of the duties of, the
Quorum of the Twelve. On picturea of the Brethren published at Conference time
in the Church News, Elder Smith's picture was the same size as the apostles' and
situated to the right of theirs rather than below. In the 1960s, for example,
all missionaries had to be set apart by an Apostle. My oldest brother was set
apart by Delbert L. Stapley of the Twelve in 1966, and my next brother by
Patriarch Smith in 1968. Happy birthday to this remarkable, loving man.
Patriarch Smith, we love you and honor you for your quiet but tremendous service
to the work of God.
I'll bet he's a democrat. They have long healthy lives. 105 years, my hat's off
I was also given a blessing by Elder Smith in 1954 as I came through Salt Lake.
He is the only General Authority that I ever got to talk with on a one-to-one
basis. As a young man I was greatly impressed by him, the Church Office Building
and by Temple Square. It was a memoriable visit.Even if I would live
another 30 years, I doubt that I could catch up with him or his service.Happy Birthday!
He is absolutely an incredible man. A few years ago he presented his very
special fireside to our stake. Afterwards he stood by his diplay and shook
hands with over 600 hundred folks who came forward at his invitation to view the
artifacts. He and his wife (Hortense)did not leave the venue until well after
10:30 that night. They were staying with us on this occasion, so after we got
home my wife offered desert and we sat around the kitchen table where he talked
to us and with us until well after midnight. His vitality and enthsiasum bested
mine by a long shot. But of course we was a youthful 98 or 99 at the time.
Truly an incredible man by any measure.
Elder Smith gave me my patriarchal blessing in 1970 when I was a young man. He
gave me some excellent advice as we visited prior to the blessing: in choosing a
career, look to your ancestors and how they earned their livelihood. He said
that talents tend to run along family lines, which allows parents to nourish
those talents in their children. That has been invaluable advice as my career
has modulated over the years.Happy Birthday, Elder Smith. Thank you
for your generous service over the decades!
Re: Tekakaromatagi | 10:28 a.m. Jan. 10, 2012 ". . . I wonder what
dark secrets he must have had so he didn't make it?"'No, those
waiting for him on the other side know he is a righteous man who's work here on
the earth has not been completed.
Geez, I thought he died a long time ago.I wouldn't want to live to
be that old because all my friends in heaven would be sitting around and saying,
"Where is Tekakaromatagi?""He isn't here?" "He should be dead by now. Maybe he just didn't make it."". . . I wonder what dark secrets he must have had so he didn't make
Happy Birthday Elder Smith and hope you have many more!
I had a chance to meet Elder Smith a few years ago at a fireside, where he
brought some of Hyrum's arifacts and told us all about Hyrum and Joseph. He was
so interesting and such a humble man. (I even had the chance to walk he and
Sister Smith out to their car, and to carry some of the artifacts that they
brought with them). Thanks so much for your service, example, and continuing
testimony of the restored gospel! And by the way, Happy Birthday Elder Smith!!
105 is remarkable!
My wife, children, and I received our patriarchal blessings from Elder Smith in
1978 as we were passing through SLC after returning from a three year Air Force
assignment in Japan. They had just recently rearranged the Church office
building and he had been moved to a less traveled area, so, as he told us during
our nearly four hour visit, "I am lonely". Apparently he had many
drop-ins in the former area, to include members of both the First Presidency and
the Quorum of the Twelve. What a wonderful visit! I can still remember his
guidance relative to ddoing geneaology and temple work. Happy Birthday, Elder
President George Albert Smith called Eldred Smith as patriarch in 1947, not
1949. President Heber J. Grant could have called Eldred Smith as
patriarch -- and probably should have -- back in 1932 or 1933. Here's a piece
of semi serious speculating -- if President Grant had decided to call him in
1932, if President Kimball had not ended the Presiding Patriarch position back
in 1979, Eldred Smith would today be a general authority for 80 years. Not many
of that vintage still around. And breathing. Congratulations.
Happy Birthday !!!
Keep breathing. That is great. We appreciate your faithfulness, and your
105 is really old. Having the blood of Hyrum Smith is also very special. My wife
attended a fireside 20 years ago when he brought the tool box that was used to
house the Gold Plates. Incredible man.
I believe Patriarch Smith is currently the oldest living man in Utah, the oldest
living General Authority, and the longest living General Authority in modern
times--this guy is simply amazing!