During the tour, which lasted a year, they traveled approximately 60,000 miles (more than twice the circumference of the earth), teaching and blessing Church members worldwide. … Their souls are as stainless white paper on which are to be written the aspirations or achievements of a lifetime.”29 He saw the Sunday School as playing a key role in teaching and building character in children and youth. See Highlights in the Life of President David O. McKay, 22–23. His discourses often included inspiring stories from his many experiences, and he always appreciated good humor. Soon thereafter, he was also sustained as the second assistant in the General Sunday School superintendency. David O. McKay once wrote, “There are three great epochs in a man’s earthly life, upon which his happiness here and in eternity may depend, [namely], his birth, his marriage, and his choice of vocation.”17 Already blessed by birth and upbringing in a righteous family, he continued to benefit from wise decisions relating to his education, profession, and eventual marriage. In addition, he served in the general Sunday School presidency and, as superintendent, oversaw Sunday Schools from 1918 to 1934. During the past few days I have had difficulty in keeping my thoughts and feelings under control. Biography. was taught to take his turn at morning and evening prayers and learned the importance of the blessings of heaven in the home.”5, President McKay often spoke of his mother as an example worthy of emulation. During his tenure as principal, McKay also served as assistant superintendent of the Weber Stake Sunday School. In this we are but following the general practice of men throughout the ages. There is more spirituality expressed in giving than in receiving. After finishing grade school, McKay went on to study at Weber Stake Academy. During this time and, indeed, throughout her life, Jennette McKay was equally vigilant about the spiritual welfare of the children: “Family prayer was an established procedure in the McKay home, and when Jennette was left alone with her small family it seemed an ever more important part of the day’s events. Not long before his death, he spoke at a meeting in the Salt Lake Temple with the General Authorities of the Church. In working to improve gospel instruction, his emphasis often focused on children. He left for Liverpool in November of 1922. “The family has stopped doing public tours,” Nelson said. In 1880, a series of events tested and proved the family’s faith and brought early maturity to young David O. McKay. See Cherished Experiences from the Writings of President David O. McKay, 4–5; paragraphing altered. 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McKay: Mormon Prophet, Heart Petals: The Personal Correspondence of David Oman McKay and Emma Ray McKay. Though high-spirited she was even-tempered and self-possessed. In a general conference address announcing this initiative, Elder Lee stated: “This is a move, which … has lain close to President McKay’s mind and now as the President of the Church he is instructing us to move forward, that we consolidate to make more efficient, and more effective the work of the priesthood, the auxiliaries, and the other units in order that we may conserve our time, our energy, and our efforts toward the prime purpose for which the Church itself has been organized.”43, Among people of other faiths, President McKay was regarded as an important spiritual leader. He explained them to us. He stated: “Needless to say I am overwhelmed. The greatest event during this time was his acquaintance with Emma Ray Riggs.”20, During the second year of their university education, the McKay students rented a house from Emma Robbins Riggs, the mother of Emma Ray Riggs. On 1 August 1897, he was set apart by President Seymour B. The first part of his mission was spent in Stirling, Scotland, where the work was slow and difficult. Following the death of President Grant in 1945, George Albert Smith became President of the Church and called President McKay to serve as his second counselor. Seeing a need for uniform lessons, he wrote the book Ancient Apostles, which was prepared as one of the first Sunday School lesson manuals. Another significant experience took place just three months before he went home. President McKay remembered: “As a boy, I sat and heard that testimony from one whom I treasured and honored as you know I treasured no other man in the world, and that assurance was instilled in my youthful soul.”9 The strength of his father’s example and testimony sustained him as he grew in his knowledge of the truth. Throughout his teenage years, he remained active in Church service and continued to gain knowledge and experience. McKay would rightfully be credited with leading the Church into the modern era. The axiom “no other success can compensate for failure in the home” was often repeated as he called on parents to spend more time with their children and teach them about character and integrity. The transcontinental railroad had been completed shortly after his birth; man would reach the moon shortly before his death. On one occasion, in July of 1887, Patriarch John Smith visited and gave him his patriarchal blessing (David O. was 13 at the time). David Oman McKay (1873–1970) was ninth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1951–1970), previously a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (1906–1934) and a counselor in the First Presidency of the Church (1934–1951). David O. McKay was the ninth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon Church). … [These] meetings became very popular with 90 per cent to 100 per cent attendance at each.”27, News spread quickly of the great success of the Weber Stake Sunday School. David O. McKay Essay Contest This essay contest is in honor of President David O. McKay, created to encourage a search for the high ideals contained in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to encourage the application of those principles in everyday life. A few days later President George Albert Smith suffered a stroke and passed away on 4 April 1951. He then became first assistant in 1909, and general superintendent from 1918 to 1934. President David O. McKay once related the story of a horse that he owned as a young man. After graduating, he became the principal of a community school in Huntsville. "Summer Tours of the David O. McKay Home will no longer be continued. In the days following their arrival, they made a full report to President Grant and were honorably released.30 In the first general conference after their return, President Grant declared: “I rejoice in the fact that Brother McKay is with us today. See “Every Member a Missionary,” Improvement Era, Oct. 1961, 709–11, 730–31. David O. and I will manage things nicely!”3 With this encouragement and the assurance of help from neighbors and relatives, David McKay accepted the call. Young to serve as a missionary in the British Isles. The building also houses university archives, a special exhibition area, and instructional technology labs. Largely through his parents’ example, President McKay learned that education stood at the center of a successful life. Michael D. Taylor, M.D., was an anesthesiologist at Provo (Utah) Surgical Center when this was written. Brother McKay has circled the globe since he was last at a conference—has visited our missions in nearly every part of the world, and has returned, as every missionary does return who goes out to proclaim this gospel and comes in contact with the people of the world and with all the varieties of faiths of the world, with increased light, knowledge and testimony regarding the divinity of the work in which we are engaged.”31, When it was Elder McKay’s turn to speak in conference, he summarized his travels with a strong testimony: “When we left home, … we looked forward with no little misgiving and anxiety to the trip ahead of us. As he urged Church members to develop Christlike character and to share the gospel through both teaching and example, the Church experienced rapid growth throughout the world. Upon completing his university studies in the spring of 1897, David O. McKay was offered a job as a teacher in Salt Lake County. David was then thirty-two years old. Lack of commercialism is one of the outstanding features of the Utah Centennial. David O. McKay[1] was the ninth President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After he had spoken for some time, he paused and stood gazing up to the ceiling in deep thought. He served in this position from 1951 until his death 20 years later.David Oman McKay was born on September 8, 1873. His gentle manner and keen sense of humor endeared him to all whom he met. At the university, on top of handling a demanding class load, McKay played on the school's first football team and finished his college career as president of his class. Treasures of Life, comp. Membership. Now known as Weber State University, the school is a testament to his foresight. Courtesy of L. tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. His ministry in the Quorum of the … David O. McKay (1873-1970), sustained as the ninth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 9, 1951, served as a General Authority for nearly sixty-four years, longer than any other person in Church history. At about this time, McKay’s grandmother, upon her death, granted $2,500 to his mother. She asked, “Are you sure I’m the right one?” He said he was sure.24 On 2 January 1901, Emma Ray Riggs and David O. McKay became the first couple in the 20th century to be married in the Salt Lake Temple. President McKay declared: “God bless the Church. He once told of an experience when he was collecting hay with his brothers. Grant and his first counselor, President Anthon H. Lund, to tour all Church missions and schools throughout the world. George R. Hill, “President David O. McKay … Father of the Modern Sunday School,” Instructor, Sept. 1960, 314; paragraphing altered. Also dedicated during his presidency were the Los Angeles California Temple (1956), the Hamilton New Zealand Temple (1958), and the Oakland California Temple (1964). Michael D. Taylor. Each of the many responsibilities McKay assumed throughout his life was influenced by his never-ending role as an educator. Under his direction, the number of stakes more than doubled (to approximately 500) as new stakes were formed around the world in such countries as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, England, Germany, Guatemala, Mexico, the Netherlands, Samoa, Scotland, Switzerland, Tonga, and Uruguay. See Highlights in the Life of President David O. McKay, 8–10. David Oman McKay was born on September 8, 1873. David O. McKay “Church members are at perfect liberty to act according to their own consciences in the matter of safeguarding our way of life. After the blessing, Patriarch Smith placed his hands on the young man’s shoulders and said, “My boy, you have something to do besides playing marbles.” David later went into the kitchen and said to his mother, “If he thinks I’m going to stop playing marbles, he is mistaken.” His mother set aside her work and tried to explain what Brother Smith had meant. He found in her a person who was his equal in every way, including intelligence, social graces, and spiritual qualities. Religious Leader Born in Utah #6. It was a manifestation for which as a doubting youth I had secretly prayed most earnestly on hillside and in meadow. See Highlights in the Life of President David O. McKay, 31. He enjoyed telling the story of a newspaper delivery boy who shook hands with him before he got on an elevator. He admonished, “Let us teach youth that the marriage relation is one of the most sacred obligations known to man, or that man can make.”49. In everyday life, President McKay’s father taught him lessons that strengthened him and found their way into his teachings as an Apostle. Runtime: 00:45:01. All present were truly of one heart and one mind. Certainly, there is a dearth of fatherhood role models in our country. This well-rounded approach to learning would become an integral part of his philosophy of education, which prized the development of the whole person: social, physical, intellectual, and spiritual. 1905, 242–45. David O. McKay . He became the president of his class and was selected valedictorian. May his spirit influence men everywhere and incline their hearts toward good will and peace.”42. Stopping in St. George, Utah, the first night, President McKay awoke with a distinct impression that he should return to Salt Lake City. His eternal marriage to his beloved Emma Ray was a model of mutual Love and respect. The boy then ran upstairs to greet the aged prophet as he exited on the floor above. As his health began to decline in the mid-1960s, he soon spent much of his time in a wheelchair and called additional counselors into the First Presidency. McKay’s mother, Jennette, worked as a teacher prior to her marriage. Bryant S. Hinckley, “Greatness in Men: David O. McKay,” Improvement Era, May 1932, 391; paragraphing altered. The light heart, the buoyancy of spirit that should accompany the high appointment that has come to me has been somewhat counter-balanced by a heaviness incident to the realization of the great responsibility that comes with the call to the First Presidency.”34 Even after many years of service as a General Authority, he admitted that it was “always more or less an ordeal for me to face an audience,” knowing the magnitude of his responsibilities.35, During President McKay’s early years in the First Presidency, Church members were facing the Great Depression. People of this zodiac sign like animals, healthy food, nature, cleanliness, and dislike rudeness and asking for help. Both families soon settled in Ogden, Utah, where David McKay and Jennette Evans met and fell in love. Her dark brown eyes immediately expressed any rising emotion which, however, she always held under perfect control. See Francis M. Gibbons, David O. McKay: Apostle to the World, Prophet of God (1986), 12–13. As President George Albert Smith’s health began to decline, the responsibilities of his two counselors increased. He expressed overwhelming gratitude that William and Helen (or Ellen) Oman McKay were found by missionaries in their faraway croft at Janetstown, near Thurso in … This was followed by a monthly … meeting to which all the ward Sunday School teachers and officers were asked to come, having previously read the lessons to be considered. Emma Ray’s mother commented: “There are two young men who will make some lucky girls good husbands. After his release from the Sunday School, McKay continued to write Church lessons for 17 more years until he became president of the Church. “True education does not consist merely in the acquiring of a few facts of science, history, literature, … During the nearly 20 years he served as President, he was revered by Church members … Elder McKay’s name became synonymous with the Sunday School in the years he served in the Quorum of the Twelve, and he was still writing lessons for the Sunday School when he became President of the Church. For all time to come men shall rise up and call his name blessed.”52. President J. Reuben Clark Jr., who had been serving as President Grant’s second counselor, became first counselor. See Highlights in the Life of President David O. McKay, 26. He did not like being restrained or even to being fenced in. In a voice trembling with emotion, David O McKay reminisced about his grandparents on a return visit to Scotland in 1952. He met with world leaders and local government officials regularly. Transcript. One day, the mother and daughter stood at the window and watched as David O. and Thomas E. McKay arrived with their mother. He fulfilled his work diligently and on 9 June 1898, he was called to preside over the missionaries in Scotland. President McKay told youth, “I remember my father’s admonition when I started in my teens to court a young girl: ‘David, you treat that young lady as you would have any young boy treat your sister.’”11, Later in life, while serving as President of the Church, he gave the following tribute to his parents: “I am grateful for the wise and careful guardianship and training of noble parents … a guardianship which kept me from turning to paths that would have opened to an entirely different kind of life! When David O. McKay was asked to name the greatest man he had ever met, he replied without hesitation, “My father.”7 After returning from his mission, his father served as the bishop of the Eden and Huntsville Wards from 1883 to 1905.8 David McKay Sr. shared many experiences and his testimony with his young son. For David O. McKay, education was a right for all people, regardless of age, race, or gender. The greatest overall compatibility with Virgo is Pisces and Cancer. His parting words to seven-year-old David O. were to “take care of Mama.”4, Due to wise management by Jennette McKay, the hard work of many, and the blessings of the Lord, the McKay farm prospered despite David McKay’s two-year absence. As a young man, David O. McKay was called to serve in the presidency of the deacons quorum. His childhood was happy but not without trials. Clare Middlemiss (1962), 472. “Pioneer Women, Heroines of the World,” Instructor, July 1961, 217. He recounted: “I remember, as if it were but yesterday, the intensity of the inspiration of that occasion. The tenth load was to be given as a tithing offering to the Church. Even in his later years, he had a tall, impressive physique and thick, wavy white hair. They are, of course, encouraged to honor the highest standards of the gospel and to work to preserve their own freedoms. Advisement Center: 801-422-3426 The same innovations he used in the Weber Stake Sunday School were quickly put into practice by the entire Church. Burns’ heart wept when his plowshare overturned a daisy. During the years he served as a professional educator and administrator at the Weber Stake Academy, he also served in the Weber Stake Sunday School presidency, where he developed new programs. He drilled them in organizing and illustrating the aim. She refused. His duties continued much as they had before, with new opportunities and challenges constantly arising. While in Europe in 1952, he made arrangements to construct new temples, the first that would be built outside the United States and Canada. Nine years later, in 1961, he convened the first seminar for all mission presidents, who were taught to encourage families to fellowship their friends and neighbors and then have these people taught by missionaries in their homes.39 Emphasizing the concept of “every member a missionary,” he urged every member to make a commitment to bring at least one new member into the Church each year. 1921, 405–6. Never before had I experienced such an emotion. See My Father, David O. McKay, 217–37. During that school year, the two of them often met in a park between their schools. Advisement Email: eac.frontdesk@byu.edu See Highlights in the Life of President David O. McKay, 262–66. Gordon B. Hinckley. A few editors refused his requests, but many were very receptive to him.33 His public relations skills proved to be a great blessing to the Church during his mission presidency and throughout his ministry. Although he and Emma Ray Riggs saw each other occasionally, they did not develop a serious relationship until a few years later.21. Nearly 70 years ago President David O. McKay, then serving as a counselor in the First Presidency of the Church, asked this question to a congregation gathered for general conference: “If at this moment each one [of you] were asked to state in one sentence … the most distinguishing feature of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, what would be your answer?” Upon meeting him, many people commented that he not only spoke and acted like a prophet, but that he looked like one. Women bear the burdens of the household, carry most of the responsibility of rearing a family, inspire their husbands and sons to achieve success; and while the latter are being given the applause of public acclaim, the wives and mothers who really merit recognition and commendation remain smilingly content in unheralded achievement.”26 While working at the Weber Stake Academy, he emphasized the importance of education for both sexes, and female student enrollment greatly increased during his tenure. Jay M. Todd and Albert L. Zobell Jr., “David O. McKay, 1873–1970,” Improvement Era, Feb. 1970, 12. David O. McKay Life Freedom Man There is a crying need today to have this truth heralded throughout the land that youth especially may appreciate and hold the freedom of the individual as sacred as did our revolutionary fathers. Let the people know that you are sincere, and they will follow you.”44, Beginning in youth and throughout his life, President McKay studied the words of great authors and frequently taught from the passages he had memorized. In 1996, the BYU College of Education changed its name to the David O. McKay School of Education. The boy said, “I just wanted to shake hands with you once more before you die.”46, His general conference addresses emphasized the importance of the home and family as the source of happiness and the surest defense against trials and temptations. Despite his weakening physical condition, he continued to conduct the business of the Church and to teach, lead, and inspire. He studied at the Weber Stake Academy and the University of Utah to prepare for a career in education. Accordingly, in 1894, McKay and his siblings packed a wagon with supplies and headed for the University of Utah. Overturned a daisy McKay spent his youth in Huntsville first Presidency is of. 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