Lorenzo Snow

1814– 1901

Born at Mantua, Portage County, Ohio. Baptized in 1836 in Kirtland. Served a mission to England from 1840 to 1843. Returned to Nauvoo. Emigrated to the Great Salt Lake Valley in 1848. Ordained an apostle in February 1849. Called to open missionary work in Italy in 1849; arrived in Genoa in 1850. Released from missionary service while laboring in Malta in 1852. Elected a member of Utah territorial legislature in 1852. Called by Brigham Young to move to Box Elder County with fifty families in 1853. Lived in Brigham City, Utah, for forty years. Served as stake president and helped organize many industries in that area. Served a mission to the Sandwich Islands in 1864. Visited Palestine in 1873. Imprisoned in 1886 for practicing polygamy. Released from prison in 1887. Became president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1889 and president of the Church in 1898. (Eliza R. Snow, Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow [Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1884]; Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 1 [Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History Co., 1901], 26–31; Thomas Cottam Romney, The Life of Lorenzo Snow, Fifth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints [Salt Lake City: Deseret News, 1955]; Francis M. Gibbons, Lorenzo Snow: Spiritual Giant, Prophet of God [Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1982].)