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Course of study: President George Albert Smith

George Albert Smith was just 13 years old in January 1884 when Zebedee Coltrin, an ordained patriarch who had been a confidant of the Prophet Joseph Smith during the turbulent days of early Church history, appeared unexpectedly at the Smith family home in Salt Lake City with the intention to bless the boy.

"Thou shalt become a mighty prophet in the midst of the sons of Zion," Brother Coltrin said in the blessing. "Thou shalt become a mighty apostle in the church and kingdom of God upon the earth, for none of thy father's family shall have more power with God than thou shalt have, for none shall excel thee."

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