David Oman McKay (1873 - 1970) MP

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Birthplace: Huntsville, Weber, UT, USA
Death: Died in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
Managed by: Karen Stimson (Jay)
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About David Oman McKay

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...David Oman McKay (September 8, 1873 – January 18, 1970) was the ninth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), serving from 1951 until his death. Ordained an apostle and member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1906, McKay was a general authority for nearly 64 years..."

"...The third child of David McKay and Jennette Eveline Evans McKay, David Oman McKay was born on his father’s farm in Huntsville, Utah Territory, about 10 miles (16 km) east of Ogden. His mother, Jennette, was a Welsh immigrant from Merthyr Tydfil in south Wales. McKay’s father was a Scottish immigrant and was called on a two-year church mission to Scotland in 1880 after David O. McKay’s two older sisters died. The young David McKay took on responsibilities to help his mother.

McKay graduated from the University of Utah in 1897 as valedictorian and class president. Immediately afterward he was called on a mission to Great Britain. Like his father, he presided over the Scottish district of the church...."

"...Upon his return in fall 1899, McKay taught at the high school level at LDS Weber Stake Academy (the predecessor of Weber State University) and became principal in 1902. He married Emma Ray Riggs in the Salt Lake Temple on January 2, 1901..."

"...From 1923 until 1925, McKay served as president of the church's European Mission, headquartered in London. In this capacity, he had direct responsibility over all church functions in the British Isles and supervisory functions over mission presidents on the European continent. It was while in this position that McKay first used the slogan "every member a missionary" for the promotion of outreach. The philosophy has since become a standard practice in every unit of the LDS Church..."

"...In 1934, McKay was called as second counselor in the First Presidency by Heber J. Grant. He also served as second counselor to George Albert Smith...."

"...McKay became President of the LDS Church when he was 77 years old. He acted in this capacity until his death, for a total of 19 years. In this period, the number of members and stakes in the LDS Church nearly tripled, from 1.1 million to 2.8 million, and 184 to 500 respectively..."

SOURCE: Wikipedia contributors, 'David O. McKay', Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 13 November 2011, 03:37 UTC, <http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=David_O._McKay&oldid=460386297> [accessed 21 November 2011]

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David O. McKay, President, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints's Timeline

September 8, 1873
Huntsville, Weber, UT, USA
January 2, 1901
Age 27
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
September 30, 1901
Age 28
Ogden, Weber, UT, USA
June 5, 1904
Age 30
Ogden, Weber, UT, USA
October 21, 1909
Age 36
Ogden, Weber, UT, USA
Age 39
January 18, 1970
Age 96
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
January 22, 1970
Age 96
Salt Lake City, Weber, UT, USA