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 Israel Alexander Smith

Israel Alexander Smith

Birth
Plano, Kendall County, Illinois, USA
Death 14 Jun 1958 (aged 82)
Bethany, Harrison County, Missouri, USA
Burial Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 9309471 · View Source
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Religious Leader. The President of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints from 1946 to 1958. His leadership was more pastoral and focused on reconciliation, allowing time for the healing of wounds caused by the divisive issues his brother had dealt with. The church became more united than it had ever been previously, and he presided over a church that was beginning to see itself as more than merely a United States body. Many members had served in the military and returned with a more global viewpoint. This was to have an increasing impact on the church both then and in future years. Since members had more income than they had had for a number of years, they began to build new meetinghouses and repair old ones. They began an increased missionary outreach. In this process, Israel A. Smith recognized a need for improved education for ministers. A site was located in Independence, Missouri, and a curriculum established for all ministers. Construction on the Auditorium resumed under his leadership. This building, begun under Frederick M. Smith in 1926, was designed to serve as a headquarters building for the denomination with office spaces and a large conference chamber for holding the church’s biennial conferences. Although its construction had been delayed during the Great Depression and World War II, Smith was able to see the building resumed and progress made toward its completion.

Bio by: Carl W. McBrayer



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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Carl W. McBrayer
  • Added: 12 Aug 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 9309471
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Israel Alexander Smith (2 Feb 1876–14 Jun 1958), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9309471, citing Mound Grove Cemetery, Independence, Jackson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .