“Prophet Cards,” Friend, Dec. 2014, 37–40 Prophet Cards These cards are a Christmas gift to you! You can use them to learn more about our modern-day prophets. You could also copy the cards to make a matching game. Print more copies at friend.lds.org. Joseph Smith (1805–1844) 1st President of the Church Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him when he was 14 years old. He translated the Book of Mormon from the golden plates. He directed the Saints to build the Kirtland and Nauvoo temples. Brigham Young (1801–1877) 2nd President of the Church He became an Apostle just three years after joining the Church. He led the pioneer Saints to Utah. He began work building the Salt Lake Temple. John Taylor (1808–1887) 3rd President of the Church He grew up in England. He sang for Joseph and Hyrum Smith in Carthage Jail. At the Martyrdom he was shot at several times but still survived. Wilford Woodruff (1807–1898) 4th President of the Church He served several missions and baptized thousands of people. He was Church Historian and wrote in his own journal daily for 63 years. He dedicated the Salt Lake Temple. Lorenzo Snow (1814–1901) 5th President of the Church He chose to be baptized after taking a Hebrew class with Joseph Smith. He almost drowned while going to preach in Hawaii. He told Church members they would be blessed if they paid their tithing. Joseph F. Smith (1838–1918) 6th President of the Church He was the son of Hyrum Smith, and Joseph Smith was his uncle. At age nine he drove a team of oxen to Utah with his mother and other pioneers. He was only 15 years old when he began serving a mission in Hawaii. Heber J. Grant (1856–1945) 7th President of the Church He and his widowed mother didn’t have much money, but he once gave his coat to a boy who needed it. He practiced hard to improve his baseball and handwriting skills. He was President during the Great Depression. George Albert Smith (1870–1951) 8th President of the Church He had many health challenges, including poor eyesight. One of his lifelong goals was: “I would be a friend to the friendless and find joy in ministering to the needs of the poor.” As President, he sent humanitarian aid to Europe after World War II. David O. McKay (1873–1970) 9th President of the Church He was raised on a farm and loved animals all his life. While serving a mission in Scotland, he saw a carving that became his motto: “What-e’er thou art, act well thy part.” While he was President, the first stakes were organized outside of North America. Joseph Fielding Smith (1876–1972) 10th President of the Church He was the son of President Joseph F. Smith. As a young man, he drove his mother in a carriage when she needed to take care of women in the neighborhood. He loved playing sports, especially handball. Harold B. Lee (1899–1973) 11th President of the Church The Spirit helped him avoid dangerous situations as a child, like telling him not to explore a run-down shed. He was a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse. He helped create the Church Welfare Program. Spencer W. Kimball (1895–1985) 12th President of the Church As a boy, he memorized scriptures and hymns while milking cows. While President, the number of temples doubled. He received revelation that all worthy men could hold the priesthood. Ezra Taft Benson (1899–1994) 13th President of the Church He grew up on a farm and studied agriculture in school. Before becoming President of the Church, he served as Secretary of Agriculture for the United States government. He encouraged people to read the Book of Mormon every day. Howard W. Hunter (1907–1995) 14th President of the Church He earned his Eagle Scout Award at age 15. When he was young, he played in a band that traveled to Asia on a cruise ship. He traveled to the Middle East as an Apostle and helped choose the site for the BYU Jerusalem Center. Gordon B. Hinckley (1910–2008) 15th President of the Church A walnut tree he planted as a boy was used to build the pulpit of the Conference Center. He presented “The Family: A Proclamation to the World” in 1995. While he was President, more than 70 temples were dedicated. Thomas S. Monson (1927) 16th President of the Church As a boy, he learned to unselfishly share with those in need. He was called as a bishop at age 22 and as an Apostle at age 36. He encouraged Church members to go to the rescue of those who have wandered away from Heavenly Father.