Funeral Sermons
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“Funeral Sermons,” Ensign, Feb. 1974, 86–96

In Memoriam: President Harold B. Lee

Funeral Sermons

Photography by Eldon Linschoten, Frank Gale, Royce Bair, Lonnie Lonczyna, and Jed Clark.

President Lee’s body lay in state for one and one-half days, during which time the line of mourners visiting him for the last time never diminished, even though it snowed and rained almost continually.


President Lee’s grandsons bear the casket from the Church Administration Building, en route to the Tabernacle. General Authorities, honorary pallbearers, line the steps.

President Spencer W. Kimball, as president of the Council of the Twelve, conducted the funeral service and spoke.

President Spencer W. Kimball, left, with President Ezra Taft Benson, and Elders Mark E. Petersen and Delbert L. Stapley of the Council of the Twelve.

President Lee’s counselors sit pensively on either side of the empty chair.

An overview of the scene at the Tabernacle, with General Authorities at left, the bier in front, and family and friends to the right.

The funeral cortege leaves the Church Administration Building for the Tabernacle.

Sister Helen Goates and Freda Joan Lee

Shielded from the rain by umbrellas, President Spencer W. Kimball conducts the graveside service. L. Brent Goates, left, son-in-law of President Lee, gave the dedicatory prayer.

Pallbearers carry the casket from the hearse to the graveside.