Let’s ‘Duet’

“Let’s ‘Duet’” Ensign, Aug. 1972, 44

“Let’s ‘Duet’”

President Joseph Fielding Smith was once the speaker at baccalaureate services at Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. At the conclusion of his talk his wife, Sister Jessie Evans Smith, sang the beautiful solo, “He That Hath Clean Hands and a Pure Heart.”

She then hinted to the congregation that President Smith might join her in a duet. Amid delighted applause he arose and, with his exceptional wit, quipped, as he often did when this same request would arise, “Well, Sister Smith, if we’re going to ‘duet,’ let’s ‘duet.’”

President and Sister Smith then sang a touching song about people understanding each other. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience those in attendance will always cherish.