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


 President Joseph F. Smith

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President Joseph F. Smith was born November 13, 1838, in Far West, Missouri, to Hyrum Smith and Mary Fielding Smith. When he was just five years old, his father, Hyrum, was incarcerated in Carthage Jail and killed by an angry mob along with the prophet Joseph Smith. 

After his mother passed away in 1852, when President Joseph F. Smith was 13, he was left in the care of his aunt Mercy R. Thompson. In 1954, he was called on a mission to Hawaii and later served as a missionary in England before returning to Hawaii in 1864.

President Joseph F. Smith was called as an apostle and counselor to the First Presidency in 1866 at the age of 28. He was later called as a prophet in 1901.

During his time as the prophet, President Joseph F. Smith emphasized the importance of home teaching and worked to develop historic Church sites. He served for 17 years as a prophet before passing away at 80 years old on November 19, 1918, in Salt Lake City and he is buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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President Heber J. Grant

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President Heber J. Grant was born November 22, 1856, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Jedediah Morgan Grant and Rachel Ridgeway Ivins. 

When he was just nine years old, his father passed away from a combination of typhoid fever and pneumonia. 

After President Grant was called an apostle on October 16, 1882, he was called to serve as a missionary in Sonora, Mexico, and theSouthwestern U.S. He later presided and opened the Japanese Mission.

On November 23, 1918, President Grant was called to be a prophet. He added the Word of Wisdom to temple worthiness requirements in 1921, spoke at the first radio broadcast of general conference in 1924, and oversaw the Salt Lake Missionary Home—the processor to the Missionary Training Center—in 1925. 

After nearly 27 years as the prophet, Heber J. Grant passed away on May 14, 1945, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He is now buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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President George Albert Smith

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President George Albert Smith was born on April 4, 1870, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to John Henry Smith and Sarah Farr. 

Though he struggled with chronic fatigue and poor health that would later be a diagnosed as lupus erythematosus, President George Albert Smith filled his life with service for others.

When he was 33 years old, he was ordained an apostle and was called as a prophet on May 21, 1945. A strong supporter of Boy Scouts of America, President Smith recommended the program become a part of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association, the predecessor for the Young Men program.

After six years as a prophet, George Albert Smith passed away on his 81st birthday on April 4, 1951, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery.

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President David O. McKay

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President David O. McKay was born September 8, 1873, in Huntsville, Utah, to David McKay and Jennette Evans McKay. 

While President McKay was still young, his father was called on a two-year mission to Scotland. Despite the hardship of running a farm without her husband, David O. McKay's mother encouraged her husband to take the call. President McKay would later say that his mother "In tenderness, watchful care, loving patience, loyalty to home and to right, she seemed to me in boyhood, and she seems to me now after these years, to have been supreme."

Throughout his life, President McKay pursued education and became a professional educator. He married Emma Ray Riggs on January 2, 1901, in the Salt Lake Temple and became an apostle on April 9, 1906, at the age of 32. He later became president of the Church on April 9, 1951, at the age of 77.

President McKay served for 19 years as the prophet of the Church before passing away at the age of  96 on January 18, 1970, and is buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery. 

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President Joseph Fielding Smith

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President Joseph Fielding Smith was born July 19, 1876, in Salt Lake City to Julina Lambson Smith and President Joseph F. Smith. 

President Joseph Fielding Smith spent most of his life serving the Church through his work as a missionary, Church historian, president of the Genealogical Society and of the Salt Lake Temple, an apostle, in addition to his service as a prophet. 

He was called to serve as the president of the Church on January 23, 1970, at the age of 93. President Joseph Fielding Smith passed away on July 2, 1972, and is buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetary. 

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