Pres. Monson, Elder Ballard, R.S. Pres. Beck speak at Barbara B. Smith's funeral

Family members and friends celebrated the life of Sister Barbara B. Smith, former Relief Society general president, during her funeral held Monday at the Ensign Second Ward chapel.

During the service, President Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as Elder M. Russell Ballard, of the Quorum of the Twelve apostles, and Sister Julie B. Beck, Relief Society general president, spoke.

"I've never heard an unkind word spoken of Barbara," President Monson said. "I've never heard her speak an unkind word of anyone else. ... Everyone was her friend."

President Monson spoke of Sister Smith's great ability to lead as she served in callings in the church. He said that she had the capacity to meet leaders throughout the world and still be herself.

"She never turned anyone away, she never shirked her duty," he said. "She preferred the kingdom of God and his righteousness and was an example for all of us."

Elder Ballard cited the great impact Sister Smith had on issues related to the family.

"No one has more influence over boys and girls, young men and young women, and families of the church, even of the whole world, than do the sisters of the church," Elder Ballard said. "Barbara had a mothering, mentoring nature that was unparalleled, in my judgment. Barbara had the gift of a gentle love and caring and at the same time the strength and courage to be firm in the cause of righteousness."

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