Joseph smiths father joseph smith sr first occupied the hereditary office of presiding patriarch of the church of jesus christ of latter day saints thereafter it became a focal point for struggle between those appointed and those born to leadership positions this new edition of lost legacy updates the award winning history of the office. Lost legacy the mormon office of presiding patriarch author richard l bushman at the october 1979 general conference president nathan e tanner counselor in the first presidency announced the retirement of eldred g smith as patriarch to the church. Lost legacy the mormon office of presiding patriarch an expanded edition of the award winning history with new material by e gary smith joseph smiths father joseph smith sr first occupied the hereditary office of presiding patriarch of the church of jesus christ of latter day saints. This excellent in depth look at the now defunct office of patriarch to the lds church is made fascinating by the fact that one of the authors is the eldest son of and heir presumptive of the final presiding patriarch the reader should know this beforehand in order to appropriately weigh the
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