Church patriarch marks 105th birthday

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  • kenny Sterling Heights, MI
    Jan. 16, 2012 6:48 p.m.

    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.

  • barbara Carlsbad, CA
    Jan. 11, 2012 8:58 a.m.

    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.!!!!!

  • April Rain Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 10, 2012 11:42 p.m.

    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.

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    Jan. 10, 2012 11:03 p.m.

    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.

  • GentleDove Mesa, AZ
    Jan. 10, 2012 8:59 p.m.

    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 you
    questions 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.

  • kiaoraguy Provo, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 5:46 p.m.

    Cora@ really?, politics need to be entered? Let's just recognize a significant milestone as properly as we should

  • John Pack Lambert of Michigan Ypsilanti, MI
    Jan. 10, 2012 5:20 p.m.

    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.

  • awsomeron Waianae, HI
    Jan. 10, 2012 2:01 p.m.

    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.

  • NDM Vienna, Austria
    Jan. 10, 2012 1:23 p.m.

    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.

  • Cora Smith BOUNTIFUL, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 12:54 p.m.

    I'll bet he's a democrat. They have long healthy lives. 105 years, my hat's off to him.

  • OLD-GUY Central, Utah
    Jan. 10, 2012 12:46 p.m.

    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!

  • CRM Tempe, AZ
    Jan. 10, 2012 11:57 a.m.

    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.

  • aceroinox Farmington, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 11:14 a.m.

    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!

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 10, 2012 10:45 a.m.

    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.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Jan. 10, 2012 10:28 a.m.

    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 it?"

  • Julianne North Salt Lake, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 10:08 a.m.

    Happy Birthday Elder Smith and hope you have many more!

  • Timpman Heber City, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 10:01 a.m.

    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!

  • floridian navarre, fl
    Jan. 10, 2012 9:43 a.m.

    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 Smith.

  • rightascension Provo, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 9:19 a.m.

    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.

  • Ok Salt Lake City, Utah
    Jan. 10, 2012 9:07 a.m.

    Happy Birthday !!!

  • Andermart Pullman, WA
    Jan. 10, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    Keep breathing. That is great. We appreciate your faithfulness, and your service.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 8:23 a.m.

    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.

  • ParkCityLawyer SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Jan. 10, 2012 7:43 a.m.

    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!