“President Spencer W. Kimball: The Arizona Years,” New Era, Mar. 1978, 21
Spencer Woolley Kimball, the 12th president of the Church, was born March 28, 1895, in Salt Lake City to Andrew and Olive Woolley Kimball. Andrew Kimball was then serving as president of the Indian Territory Mission. When Spencer was three, his father was called to be president of the Arizona Stake and so moved his family to Thatcher, Arizona. It was here that young Spencer Kimball gained experiences and wisdom that would guide him throughout his life.
The Arizona years were happy, growing years for President Spencer W. Kimball and provided a solid foundation for a future of even greater service to the Church and all mankind. In this month of his birth we gratefully share some warm memories of his youth.