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Joseph Smith (1805–1844)

1st President of the Church

  • Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him when he was 14 years old.

  • He translated the Book of Mormon from the golden plates.

  • He directed the Saints to build the Kirtland and Nauvoo temples.

Brigham Young (1801–1877)

2nd President of the Church

  • He became an Apostle just three years after joining the Church.

  • He led the pioneer Saints to Utah.

  • He began work building the Salt Lake Temple.

John Taylor (1808–1887)

3rd President of the Church

  • He grew up in England.

  • He sang for Joseph and Hyrum Smith in Carthage Jail.

  • At the Martyrdom he was shot at several times but still survived.

Wilford Woodruff (1807–1898)

4th President of the Church

  • He served several missions and baptized thousands of people.

  • He was Church Historian and wrote in his own journal daily for 63 years.

  • He dedicated the Salt Lake Temple.

Lorenzo Snow (1814–1901)

5th President of the Church

  • He chose to be baptized after taking a Hebrew class with Joseph Smith.

  • He almost drowned while going to preach in Hawaii.

  • He told Church members they would be blessed if they paid their tithing.

Joseph F. Smith (1838–1918)

6th President of the Church

  • He was the son of Hyrum Smith, and Joseph Smith was his uncle.

  • At age nine he drove a team of oxen to Utah with his mother and other pioneers.

  • He was only 15 years old when he began serving a mission in Hawaii.

Heber J. Grant (1856–1945)

7th President of the Church

  • He and his widowed mother didn’t have much money, but he once gave his coat to a boy who needed it.

  • He practiced hard to improve his baseball and handwriting skills.

  • He was President during the Great Depression.

George Albert Smith (1870–1951)

8th President of the Church

  • He had many health challenges, including poor eyesight.

  • One of his lifelong goals was: “I would be a friend to the friendless and find joy in ministering to the needs of the poor.”

  • As President, he sent humanitarian aid to Europe after World War II.

David O. McKay (1873–1970)

9th President of the Church

  • He was raised on a farm and loved animals all his life.

  • While serving a mission in Scotland, he saw a carving that became his motto: “What-e’er thou art, act well thy part.”

  • While he was President, the first stakes were organized outside of North America.

Joseph Fielding Smith (1876–1972)

10th President of the Church

  • He was the son of President Joseph F. Smith.

  • As a young man, he drove his mother in a carriage when she needed to take care of women in the neighborhood.

  • He loved playing sports, especially handball.

Harold B. Lee (1899–1973)

11th President of the Church

  • The Spirit helped him avoid dangerous situations as a child, like telling him not to explore a run-down shed.

  • He was a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse.

  • He helped create the Church Welfare Program.

Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985)

12th President of the Church

  • As a boy, he memorized scriptures and hymns while milking cows.

  • While President, the number of temples doubled.

  • He received revelation that all worthy men could hold the priesthood.

Ezra Taft Benson (1899–1994)

13th President of the Church

  • He grew up on a farm and studied agriculture in school.

  • Before becoming President of the Church, he served as Secretary of Agriculture for the United States government.

  • He encouraged people to read the Book of Mormon every day.

Howard W. Hunter (1907–1995)

14th President of the Church

  • He earned his Eagle Scout Award at age 15.

  • When he was young, he played in a band that traveled to Asia on a cruise ship.

  • He traveled to the Middle East as an Apostle and helped choose the site for the BYU Jerusalem Center.

Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008)

15th President of the Church

  • A walnut tree he planted as a boy was used to build the pulpit of the Conference Center.

  • He presented “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” in 1995.

  • While he was President, more than 70 temples were dedicated.

Thomas S. Monson (1927)

16th President of the Church

  • As a boy, he learned to unselfishly share with those in need.

  • He was called as a bishop at age 22 and as an Apostle at age 36.

  • He encouraged Church members to go to the rescue of those who have wandered away from Heavenly Father.