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Kimball, Spencer W., 1895-1985

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1895-1985

Biographical History

Spencer W. Kimball (1895-1985) was the twelfth president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving between 1973 and 1985.

Spencer Woolley Kimball was born on March 28, 1895 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Andrew Kimball and Olive Woolley. Kimball grew up in Thatcher, Arizona. He married Camilla Eyring on November 16, 1917 in Pima, Arizona, and they had four children together. Kimball worked as a clerk and bank teller and eventually co-founded a business that sold bonds and insurance. He was ordained an Apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on October 7, 1943 by Heber J. Grant. In 1960, Kimball was named honorary chairman of Brigham Young University's Institute of Lamanite Research and Services in recognition of his contributions toward the advancement of Native American education. On January 23, 1970, he was set apart as acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He was later set apart as President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on December 30, 1973. He died on November 5, 1985, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Citation

Spencer W. Kimball, 1995: p. 1. (Spencer Woolley Kimball; b. Mar. 28, 1895; d. Nov. 5, 1985)

LDS.org, via WWW, Nov. 16, 2018 (Spencer W. Kimball; b. in Salt Lake City, UT; grew up in Thatcher, AZ; ordained an Apostle on Oct. 7, 1943 by Heber J. Grant; set apart as acting president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on Jan. 23, 1970; set apart as President on Dec. 30, 1973; served as the 12th President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1973 to 1985; d. in Salt Lake City, UT)

FamilySearch, via WWW, Nov. 16, 2018 (Spencer Woolley Kimball; p. Andrew Kimball and Olive Woolley; m. Camilla Eyring on Nov. 16, 1917 in Pima, AZ)

BYU Continuing Education website, via WWW, Nov. 16, 2018 (named honorary chairman of BYU's Institute of Lamanite Research and Services in recognition of his contributions toward advancement of Native American education)

Wikipedia, via WWW, Nov. 16, 2018 (worked as a clerk and bank teller in Gila River Valley, AZ; co-founded a business that sold bonds and insurance)

Found in 30 Collections and/or Records:

Brief histories of the wives of the LDS General Authorities in 1980

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6163
Abstract This is a compilation of brief life summaries and pictures of the wives of the General Authorities who served under President Spencer W. Kimball in 1980, collected in honor of Camilla Kimball's 86th birthday on 7 December 1980. It contains brief life histories and pictures of each of the women as well as personal messages to Camilla on her birthday.

Brigham Young University photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3244
Scope and Contents Collection documents people, places, and topics related to Brigham Young University between 1968 and 1994. Subjects include: theatre arts, mountain scenery, music, Festival of Life, parades, sports, football, ballet, running, basketball, Ezra Taft Benson, Dallin H. Oaks, Jeffrey R. Holland, Thomas S. Monson, Gordon B. Hinckley, Spencer W. Kimball, Henry B. Eyring, Boyd K. Packer, Neal A. Maxwell, Howard W. Hunter, Hugh Nibley, and N. Eldon Tanner.

First Presidency letter

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 2041
Scope and Contents Photocopy of a typewritten letter signed by Spencer W. Kimball and other members of the First Presidency of the Mormon Church. Letter includes guidelines for local Church authorities when interviewing members for callings, temple recommends, or missionary service. Includes instructions for local leaders to avoid indelicate inquiries into marital relations, as well as an interpretation of oral sex as constituting an unnatural, impure, or unholy practice.

David B. Galbraith collection on the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 952
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence between Brigham Young University officials, leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and other people involved in the construction of the Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. Also includes newspaper articles, written reports, video materials, and other material concerning the Jerusalem Center. Dates range from 1968 to 1994.

Roscoe A. Grover collection

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: MSS 3706
Scope and Contents Collection includes photographs of Roscoe A. Grover, David O. McKay, Spencer W. Kimball, and Marion G. Romney. Also in the collection are two scrapbooks containing photos, newspaper articles, and other miscellaneous artifacts documenting Roscoe Grover and his KSL-TV show "Uncle Roscoe's Playtime Party." There are also photographs of Grover's son, Paul Grover.

KBYU-TV slides of devotional addresses

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3783
Scope and Contents Collection contains eighty-four 35 mm color slides taken by a KBYU photographer in the 1970s. Prominent people in the photographs include Dallin H. Oaks, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Paul H. Dunn, and Spencer W. Kimball. Apart from devotional pictures, there are also slides of Spencer W. Kimball's early life, including black and white slides of his family and old buildings.

David Matthew Kennedy papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1583
Scope and Contents Diaries, correspondence, business and political records, reports, and miscellaneous items relating to Kennedy's banking and political assignments.