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President Spencer W. Kimball was a small man with a great appetite for work

One of the pleasures of going through the photo archives of the Deseret News is that it occasionally brings back personal memories of some of the people I have met — and one that I made bleed. A few months ago, around the 116th anniversary of the birth of Spencer Woolley Kimball, the 12th President of the LDS Church, I went through several photographs of his life. He was born in Salt Lake City and was the grandson of President Heber C. Kimball, one of the early members of the Mormon Quorum of the Twelve and First Counselor to LDS Church President Brigham Young.

Great men come in all sizes. President Kimball was a small man with a great appetite for work in general and missionary work specifically.

At the age of 3, his family left Salt Lake for Thatcher, Ariz. where he later attended Gilla Academy (an LDS High School) graduating in 1911.

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