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Descendants of Silas Smith (1779-1839) may not be aware of a special connection to Hyrum Smith. Hyrum was on the Kirtland Temple Committee.
In 1835, the ever obedient Hyrum was sent on two separate assignments to try and gather funds from surrounding branches of the church to try and help the debt created from building the temple. He went to Potsdam and Stockholm, NY on his second trip.
Hyrum was influential in helping Grandfather Silas enter the waters of baptism. Said he, "Uncle Silas,...the Lord has sent me to baptize you, for the Lord has seen the integrity of your heart but knows your fears with regards to your family but you need not suffer any anxiety about them for if you embrace the Gospel it will be the means of saving them." Silas, Elias & Martha (his Uncle Asael Jr.'s children) were all baptized by Hyrum on 27 August 1835.
Silas had 7 children with his first wife Ruth Stevens. These would be the children Hyrum was referring to. What is neat to think about is that Hyrum would have most likely seen and associated with Silas's two young sons from his second marriage: Silas Sanford and John Aikens. He also most likely saw 9 month old baby Jesse Nathaniel. Pretty neat to think about that experience! Hyrum's boldness helped and through the priesthood he carried, he performed the necessary ordinances for our forefather.
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