Religion: Passing of a Saint

George Albert Smith was born poor and grew up proud. As a plain, gawky kid in Salt Lake City, he always remembered that he bore one of the most illustrious names in Mormonism: his grandfather had been a cousin of Founder Joseph Smith. George worked hard to live up to his name. His father's house had no front lawn and he labored to put one in, then toted water for it from an irrigation ditch every night. He started to work making overalls, later on he became a successful salesman.

When he was only 33, Mormon Smith was shaken to learn that...

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