Lost Legacy: The Mormon Office of Presiding Patriarch

Lost Legacy: The Mormon Office of Presiding Patriarch

by Irene M. Bates, E. Gary Smith

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Joseph Smith's father, Joseph Smith Sr., first occupied the hereditary office of Presiding Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Thereafter, it became a focal point for struggle between those appointed and those born to leadership positions. This new edition of Lost Legacy updates the award-winning history of the office. Irene M. Bates and E. Gary Smith chronicle the ongoing tensions around the existence of a Presiding Patriarch as a source of conflict between the Smith family and the rest of the leadership. Their narrative continues through the dawning realization that familial authority was incompatible with the LDS's structured leadership and the decision to abolish the office of Patriarch in 1979. This second edition, revised and supplemented by author E. Gary Smith, includes a new chapter on Eldred G. Smith, the General Authority Emeritus who was the final Presiding Patriarch. It also corrects the text and provides a new preface by E. Gary Smith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252083099
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 01/24/2018
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 290
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Irene M. Bates received a Ph.D. in history from UCLA. She died in 2015. E. Gary Smith is the son of the last Presiding Patriarch and is retired after being senior partner at Smith & Smith in Santa Ana, California.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition vii

Prologue 1

Introduction 5

1 Charisma and Authority: The Crucible for the Office of Patriarch 13

2 "Like the Patriarchs of Old": Joseph Smith, Sr.-First Patriarch, 1833-40 29

3 "By Blessing and also by Right": Hyrum Smith-Second Patriarch, 1841-44 59

4 Office in Crisis: William Smith-Third Patriarch, May 1845-October 1845 72

5 Patriarchal Bridge: Interregnum, 1845-47, and Uncle John Smith-Fourth Patriarch, 1847-54 104

6 Continuing the Tradition: John Smith-Fifth Patriarch, 1855-1911 123

7 A Question of Primacy: Hyrum G. Smith-Sixth Patriarch, 1912-32 151

8 Decade of Uncertainty, 1932-42, and the Compromise: Joseph F. Smith II-Seventh Patriarch, 1942-46 173

9 The End of the Line: Eldred G. Smith-Eighth Patriarch, 1947-79 201

10 Unique Emeritus: Eldred G. Smith-Patriarch/General Authority Emeritus, 1979-2013 221

Conclusion 239

Appendix A Presiding Patriarchs and Presidents of the Mormon Church 251

Appendix B Mormon Presiding Patriarchs 253

Bibliography 255

Index 269

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