Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I was asked the names of the various Presiding Patriarchs of the church.
First, Joseph Smith, Sr., the father of Joseph Smith. Served from 1833 to 1840.
Second, Hyrum Smith, older brother of Joseph Smith. Served from 1841 to 1844.
Third, William Smith, brother to Joseph Smith. Served from May 1845 to October 1845.
There was an interval between 1845 and 1847 while the Church moved west when the office was not filled. John Smith was called in 1847 and served until 1854.
Fifth, John Smith, who served from 1855 until 1911.
Sixth, Hyrum G. Smith, who served from 1912 until 1932.
Seventh, Joseph F. Smith II who served from 1942 to 1946.
Eighth, Eldred G. Smith who began in 1947 and still serves, although as emeritus since 1979.