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Question #89598 posted on 05/14/2017 11:02 p.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Joseph Smith, senior was ordained as the first "Patriarch to the Church", later sometimes called "Presiding Patriarch" and his son, Hyrum was ordained to that priesthood office after his father's death. That office was subsequently held by later family members.

My questions: At what point in church history were men called to be "stake patriarchs"? Who were some of the first ones, and in which stakes or congregations did they serve?



Dear you,

I couldn't find any information on who the first stake patriarchs were, or when and where they were ordained. The term "evangelical ministers" in D&C 107:39 has been interpreted to mean stake patriarchs, so the Quorum of the Twelve got the authority to ordain them pretty early on in the history of the Church. I was able to find some notes from a meeting of the Quorum of the Twelve in 1901 that mention ordaining some stake patriarchs in Arizona. My speculation is that there began to be stake patriarchs as soon as the Church settled various parts of Utah, if not earlier.

-The Entomophagist