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George Albert Smith was ordained as the eighth President of the Church on May 14, 1945. He was known for his love and genuine concern for others.
George Albert Smith was born on April 4, 1870 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to John Henry Smith and Sarah Farr. His grandfather, George A. Smith, was an apostle and counselor to President Brigham Young, and his father, John Henry Smith, was an apostle and counselor to President Joseph F. Smith. When he was five years old he had the opportunity to meet Brigham Young.
As a young man, George Albert Smith served two missions. The first was to work with youth in southern Utah. He was called on his second mission just a week after he married Lucy Emily Woodruff in May of 1892. She joined him in the Southern States Mission. After their mission the Smiths settled in Salt Lake City and raised three children.
In life outside of the Church, George Albert Smith became president of the Sons of the American Revolution, was awarded the highest award in Scouting, served on the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America, and was the president of the International Irrigation and Farm Congress.
In 1903 George Albert Smith (at the age of 33) was ordained to be an Apostle. His father was already serving as an Apostle. As an apostle, he served as European Mission president from 1919 to 1921, and on his return from Europe he became YMMIA general president. On May 21, 1945, he was sustained as President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
As President of the Church George Albert Smith conducted numerous welfare operations for those who were suffering from the effects of World War II. He also oversaw an increase in missionary work and construction of buildings for the increasing members of the Church.