George Albert Smith, Monday, April 23, 1888

-- Monday, April 23, 1888
[Apostle John Henry Smith [father] Diary] Snowflake

The day is warm and sultry and in the evening it rained. Bro. Jesse N. Smith and I went to Taylor and I gave Bro. L. H. Hatch a blessing, after which We attended a meeting and both spoke.

A blessing by John Oakley, Patriarch, at Snowflake, Apache Co., Arizona, Dec. 27, 1887 upon the head of John Henry Smith, son of George A. and Sarah Ann Libbey Smith, born in Carbunca, Pottawottomie County, Iowa, Sept. 18th 1848.

Bro. John Henry Smith, in the name of Jesus Christ I lay my hands upon your head and seal upon you a patriarchal and father's blessing and ask my heavenly Father that his holy spirit may rest down upon me and upon you and upon the Scribe, that the words that may be said may be in accordance with the spirit of Truth. Your linage is that of Ephraim through the loins of Joseph, and thus cometh this blessing unto your father's house. Your Heavenly Father, as also your earthly father Geo. A. Smith are well pleased with your course. They have a special and constant care of you you to preserve you from the many dangers and evels that are continually surrounding you and to guide you also and inspire you to do much good among the people. And as your days and years increase your usefullness shall also increase because of your gain in experience and prudence and discretion, and you shall live until you are satisfied with life and be changed in the twinkling of an eye. Not long hence
and you

shall see and take hold of the hand of your Savior.

Your joy shall be increased as your days and your years increase, and you shall have this to add to your testimony that you have seen the Lord. There is much that I can see and understand that is for you, to numerable to mention at this time. I seal these blessings upon your head in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. (1)

-- 1888 May 1
[Apostle John Henry Smith [father]] Moves [wife] Josephine to Manassa, Colorado. (2)

-- Sunday, June 10, 1888
[Apostle John Henry Smith [father] Diary] Salt Lake City

I was reading all day. My Son George Went to Logan and got the papers and returned.... (1)

-- June 11, 1888
Sister of George Albert Smith: Tirzah Priscilla born June 11, 1888, married William Langton (3)

-- Thursday, Feb. 21, 1889
[Apostle John Henry Smith [father] Diary] Salt Lake City

I got three hundred dollars from J. Jack and paid that amount of tithing. I paid $10.00 for George and $75.00 for [wife] Josephine.... (1)

-- January 30, 1890
half sister: Elizabeth born Jan. 30, 1890, married Samuel Rex (3)

-- Thursday, June 5, 1890
[Apostle John Henry Smith [father] Diary] Beaver City

I met my son George Albert here. He is traveling for Z.C.M.I. and is feeling very well. (1)

-- Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1890
[Apostle John Henry Smith [father] Diary] Salt Lake City

At 10 a.m. Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Moses Thatcher, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Abraham H. Cannon and Anton H. Lund [met]. I spoke upon the manifesto, was not fully clear upon it. Heber J. Grant, Anton H. Lund, and Abraham H. Cannon spoke in regard to the Manifesto and endorsed it. During the day all of the brethren expressed their views upon various subjects.

I related to the brethren an answer made to me by Presid[e]nt Brigham Young to the Question "In case of your death to whom should I look to lead the Church[?"]

His answer was. To any one of the Council of the Apostles in the order of ordination, baring Orson Hyde and Orson Pratt, who had forfeited their right. This was in the spring of 1874. My father, George A. Smith, Bathsheba W. Smith and Amelia Folsom Young were also present and I think Erastus Snow, but am not posative. (1)

1 - White, Jean Bickmore, Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990,
2 - White, Jean Bickmore, Church, State, and Politics, p.xviii, A John Henry Smith Chronology,
3 - Frank Ellwood Esshom, "Pioneers and prominent men of Utah" (1913)

LDS History Chronology: George Albert Smith

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