Nicholas G. Smith

Nicholas G. Smith

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Nicholas Groesbeck Smith (20 June 1881 – 27 October 1945) was a general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Born in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, Smith was the son of LDS Church Apostle John Henry Smith and Josephine Groesbeck. At age three he had gone to England with his parents, where his father was serving as a church mission president.

Smith was baptized by his father on his eighth birthday.Jenson, Andrew. LDS Biographical Encyclopedia. (Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson Memorial Association, 1936) Vol. 4, p. 167. From 1902 to 1905 Smith served as a LDS Church missionary in the Netherlands. During part of the time he was on his mission he was president of the Amsterdam District of the church.

In 1913, Smith was called by Church President Joseph F. Smith to serve as president of the South African Mission of the church. He served in this capacity until 1921. He was succeeded in this position by J. Wyley Sessions.

Some LDS Church sources state that Nicholas G. Smith served as Acting Presiding Patriarch of the LDS Church between 1932 and 1934. However, Smith was never sustained to this calling in a general conference of the LDS Church. It is unknown whether he was ordained or set apart to serve in this office or calling.

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