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7th Patriarch of the LDS Church dies at 106 years old

By | Posted - Apr. 6, 2013 at 12:05 p.m.

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SALT LAKE CITY — The seventh patriarch for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints died Thursday night.

Elder Eldred G. Smith was an emeritus general authority of the LDS Church since 1979. The faith's First Presidency released a statement in regards to Smith's death.

"The Church lost a valued friend and respected leader with the passing of Patriarch Eldred G. Smith," the statement said. "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."

Smith was the most long-lived general authority in the history of the LDS Church and also became the oldest Utahn on record. Smith celebrated his 106th birthday on Jan. 9.

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