Information concerning the baptisms of the Presidents of the
1. Joseph Smith: The
Prophet Joseph was baptized on Friday,
May 15, 1829 (age 23 years 5 months) by Oliver Cowdery in the
Susquehanna River near Harmony, Susquehanna
Joseph was rebaptized on April
6, 1830, the day the church was organized, to signify official
membership in the new Church of Jesus Christ.
2. Brigham Young: President Young was baptized on Saturday, April 14, 1832
(age 30 years 10 months) in his own millpond near Mendon, Monroe County, New York,
by Eleazar Miller, one of the early missionaries of the Church.
3. John Taylor: President Taylor was baptized on Monday, May 9, 1836 (age 27
years 6 months) in Black Creek near Georgetown,
He and his wife were baptized by Elder Parley P. Pratt, a member of the Quorum
of the Twelve.
4. Wilford Woodruff: President Woodruff was baptized
on Tuesday, December 31,
1833 (age 26 years 10 months) in an icy stream near Richland, Oswego County, New
York. He was baptized by Zera Pulsipher, an early
missionary for the Church (see D&C 124:138).
5. Lorenzo Snow: President Snow was baptized on Friday, June 3, 1836 (age 22
years 2 months) in the Chagrin
River near Kirtland, Lake County, Ohio.
He was baptized by Elder John F. Boynton, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve.
6. Joseph F. Smith: President Smith was baptized on Friday, May 21, 1852 (age
13 years 6 months) in City Creek, Salt
Lake City, Salt
Lake County, Utah. He
was baptized by Heber C. Kimball, who at the time was 1st Counselor in the
First Presidency and was married to Joseph's mother.
7. Heber J. Grant: President Grant was baptized on Thursday, June 2, 1864 (age
7 years 6 months) in a wagon box rigged up as an outdoor font behind Brigham
Young's school in Salt Lake City,
Salt Lake County, Utah
8. George Albert Smith: President Smith was baptized
on Thursday, June 6, 1878
(age 8 years 2 months) in City Creek in Salt
Lake City, Salt
Lake County, Utah, by
9. David O. McKay: President McKay was baptized on Thursday, September 8, 1881
(age 8 years 0 months) in Spring Creek near Huntsville, Weber County, Utah,
by Peter Geertsen.
10. Joseph Fielding Smith: President Smith was
baptized on Saturday, July
19, 1884 (age 8 years 0 months) by his father, Joseph F. Smith, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.
The records do not say exactly where President Smith was baptized, but since it
was a hot summer day, he was probably baptized outdoors in City Creek.
11. Harold B. Lee: President Lee was baptized on Sunday, June 9, 1907 (age 8
years 2 months) in Bybee Pond, an old limekiln near Clifton, Franklin County, Idaho, by Lester
Bybee, the owner of the limekiln.
12. Spencer W. Kimball: President Kimball was
baptized on Saturday, March
28, 1903 (8 years 0 months) by his father, Andrew Kimball, in the
hog-scalding tub that was also used as the family's bathtub. This occurred in
His father stood outside the tub, which some people felt was not a correct way
to baptize. To be sure that Spencer was properly baptized, he was baptized
again on October 5, 1907
(age 12 years 6 months) in the Union
Canal in Thatcher, Arizona, just one block
away from his home.
13. Ezra Taft Benson: President Benson was baptized
on Sunday, August 4, 1907
(age 8 years 0 months) in the Logan
near his home in Whitney, Franklin County, Idaho. President Benson was baptized
by his father, George Taft Benson. This information was obtained from Sarah
Benson Eveleth, President Benson's sister.
14. Howard W. Hunter President Hunter was baptized
on Sunday, April 4, 1920
(age 12 years 5 months) in the Natatorium, a large indoor swimming complex in Boise, Ada County, Idaho.
15.Gordon B. Hinckley: President Hinckley was
baptized on Monday, April
28, 1919 (age 8 years 10 months) by his father, Bryant S. Hinckley,
in the baptismal font of the First Ward in the Liberty Stake in Salt Lake City.
16. Thomas S. Monson: “I recall the
time I approached baptism, when I was eight years of age. My mother talked with
me about repentance and about the meaning of baptism; and then, on a Saturday
in September of 1935, she took me on a streetcar to the Tabernacle baptistry on
At the time it was not as customary as it is now for fathers to baptize their
children, since the ordinance was generally performed on a Saturday morning or
afternoon, and many fathers were working at their daily professions or trades.
I dressed in white and was baptized. I remember that day as though it was
yesterday and the happiness I felt at having had this ordinance performed.”
Ensign, May 2007, “Tabernacle Memories”
(Most of this information was obtained from
The Friend, August 1997, pages 42-43)
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