Of All Things
March 2004

“Of All Things,” New Era, Mar. 2004, 40

Of All Things

Be Fearless

“You can be a leader. You must be a leader, as a member of this Church, in those causes for which this Church stands. Do not let fear overcome your efforts, for as Paul wrote to Timothy: ‘For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind’ (2 Tim. 1:7). Fear comes not from God but from the evil one. The adversary of all truth would put into your heart a reluctance to make an effort. Cast that fear aside and be valiant in the cause of truth and righteousness and faith. If you now decide that this will become the pattern of your life, you will not have to make that decision again. You will put on the ‘armour of God’ and raise your voice in defense of truth, whatever the circumstances now and in all the years that lie ahead (see Eph. 6:11).”
—President Gordon B. Hinckley, “Be a Leader in Honorable Causes,” Ensign, Jan. 1998, 72.

Baptisms of Latter-day Prophets

Did you know that President Gordon B. Hinckley was the first latter-day prophet to be baptized in a baptismal font in a Latter-day Saint meetinghouse? It’s true. He was baptized on 28 April 1919 in the First Ward chapel, Salt Lake Liberty Stake. Here are some facts about the baptisms of the other 14 Church Presidents.


Baptism Date

Baptism Location

Joseph Smith

15 May 1829

Susquehanna River, near Harmony, Pennsylvania

Brigham Young

14 April 1832

A millpond near Mendon, New York

John Taylor

9 May 1836

A stream near Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Wilford Woodruff

31 December 1833

An icy stream near Richland, New York

Lorenzo Snow

3 June 1836

Chagrin River, near Kirtland, Ohio

Joseph F. Smith

21 May 1852

City Creek, Salt Lake City, Utah

Heber J. Grant

2 June 1864

A wagon box near City Creek, Salt Lake City, Utah

George Albert Smith

6 June 1878

City Creek, Salt Lake City, Utah

David O. McKay

8 September 1881

Spring Creek, near Huntsville, Utah

Joseph Fielding Smith

19 July 1884

Probably in City Creek, Salt Lake City, Utah

Harold B. Lee

9 June 1907

Bybee Pond, near Clifton, Idaho

Spencer W. Kimball

28 March 1903

5 October 1907

Hog-scalding tub, Thatcher, Arizona

Union Canal, Thatcher, Arizona (rebaptized because of concerns about the appropriateness of the tub baptism)

Ezra Taft Benson

4 August 1907

Logan River Canal, Whitney, Idaho

Howard W. Hunter

4 April 1920

An indoor swimming pool, Boise, Idaho

(Information on baptisms courtesy of Michael D. Taylor, “The Baptisms of Latter-day Prophets,” Religious Educator, vol. 3, no. 3, 2002.)

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