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Photos: Where All 15 Latter-Day Prophets Are Buried (A Few Might Surprise You)

by | May 29, 2017

Mormon Life

Throughout the years, the Church has had many wonderful prophets who have guided and counseled members as they acted as leaders of the Latter-day Saints. To honor these wonderful men, we have compiled a little bit about their history as prophets to remember them this Memorial Day. 

Did you know: 11 of the 15 former prophets of the Church were buried at the Salt Lake City Cemetery located two miles from Temple Square.

President Joseph Smith

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President Joseph Smith was born December 23, 1805, in Sharon, Vermont to Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith. 

In 1820, at the age of 14, President Smith went out to a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York, to pray concerning which religious sect he should join. While praying, he was visited by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in what would become known as the First Vision. Of this experience, Joseph Smith said, "I had seen a vision; I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it, neither dared I do it” (Joseph Smith—History 1:25).

This event led to Joseph Smith aiding in restoring the gospel to the earth and serving as the first prophet of the Church for more than 14 years. He died on June 27, 1844, at the age of 38 at Carthage Jail after a mob murdered him and his brother Hyrum Smith. President Smith was buried at his family cemetery in Nauvoo, Illinois. 

Did you know: The bodies of Joseph and Hyrum Smith were originally buried in the basement of the unfinished Nauvoo House in secret while coffins carrying sandbags were buried publicly in order to avoid desecration of the bodies. Months later, Emma Smith had the bodies reinterred once again in secret on land the family owned.

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President Brigham Young

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Brigham Young was born June 1, 1801, in Whitingham, Vermont, to John Young and Abigail Howe Young. 

Brigham Young was sustained the second president of the Church on December 27, 1847, and served as a prophet for almost 30 years. As a prophet, he was known for his work leading and organizing the movement to bring the Mormon pioneers to Utah. While in Nauvoo, Illinois, President Young had a vision of the location where the saints were to settle to avoid further persecution. After traveling 1,300 miles across the Great Plains, President Young looked across the Salt Lake Valley and said, "This is the right place" for Mormon pioneers to settle.

On August 29, 1877, at the age of 76, President Young passed away and was buried at the Pioneer Memorial in Salt Lake City. 

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President John Taylor

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John Taylor was born on November 1, 1808, in Milnthorpe, United Kingdom, to James and Agnes Taylor. 

Taylor joined the Church in 1836 and was ordained an apostle in 1838. As a member of the Church, he served missions to France, Germany, and England. He was also seriously injured at Carthage Jail when a mob murdered Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith.

Taylor was ordained the third prophet of the Church in 1880. During his time as a prophet, President Taylor aided with the worldwide acceptance of the Primary program and dedicated the Logan Utah Temple. He also helped canonize the Pearl of Great into modern-day scripture.

President Taylor died on July 25, 1887, in Kaysville, Utah. He is buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. 

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President Wilford Woodruff

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President Wilford Woodruff was born March 1, 1807, in Farmington, Connecticut, to Aphek Woodruff and Beulah Thompson.

President Woodruff joined the Church in 1833 and later was ordained an apostle in 1839. Although he had no formal education, President Woodruff became one of the first Church historians and also served as the temple president for the St. George Temple.

President Woodruff was ordained a prophet on April 7, 1889, and, as a prophet, he dedicated the Salt Lake Temple and the Manti Temple. He also ended the practice of polygamy within the Church.

After a little more than nine years as the prophet, President Woodruff died September 2, 1898, in San Francisco, California. He was later buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetary. 

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President Lorenzo Snow

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President Lorenzo Snow was born on April 3, 1814, in Mantua, Ohio, to Oliver Snow III and Rosetta Lenora Snow. 

He became a member of the Church in 1836 and served missions to Ohio, Kentucky, southern Missouri, Illinois, Northwestern U.S., Hawaii, Italy, and England. He was ordained as an apostle on February 12, 1849, and later ordained as a prophet on September 13, 1893.

During his time as a prophet, President Snow visited the members in St. George for a series of special conferences. While speaking to the members, he urged them to pay their tithing faithfully. As a result, the Church was eventually cleared from debt and able to establish a firm temporal foundation. 

President Snow was a prophet of the Church for a little more than three years, and he passed away at the age of 87 on October 10, 1901, in Salt Lake City. He was later buried at the Brigham City Cemetery.

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