Monday, January 4, 2016
Alexander Hale Smith grave, Lamoni, Iowa
(by Kenneth Mays deseretnews.com 12-30-15)
Of the 11 children of Joseph and Emma Smith, only four biological sons and one adopted daughter survived to adulthood. The third son was Alexander Hale Smith. He was born June 2, 1838, in Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri. His family had arrived there from Ohio less than two months before. Six months later, his father, the Prophet Joseph Smith, would be arrested and ultimately end up in Liberty Jail until April 1839.
Alexander’s older brother, Joseph, became the first president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now the Community of Christ) in 1860. Another brother, Frederick, passed away in 1862 without having been baptized. This led Alexander to become more religiously inclined, and he was baptized into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He served in many important callings therein, including apostle, missionary, member of the First Presidency and Presiding Patriarch. He passed away on Aug. 12, 1909.