The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released the following statement today on the passing of Eldred G. Smith, who served as Patriarch to the Church from 1947 to 1979:
The Church lost a valued friend and respected leader with the passing of Patriarch Eldred G. Smith. He was a man who lived a Christ-centered life as he faithfully served as Patriarch to the Church. We pray for the Lord’s blessing to be upon his family at this tender time.
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