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Wallace B. Smith

Wallace B. Smith
Prophet Emeritus
April 15, 1996 (1996-04-15)
Prophet–President of the Church
April 5, 1978 (1978-04-05) – April 15, 1996 (1996-04-15)
Predecessor W. Wallace Smith
Successor W. Grant McMurray
Reason Designated successor by W. Wallace Smith
End reason Granted emeritus status
Prophet and President Designate [1]
1976 (1976) – April 5, 1978 (1978-04-05)
Called by W. Wallace Smith
Predecessor none
Reason To assist the Prophet-President
End reason Became Prophet–President of the Church
Personal details
Born William Bunnell Anthony Smith
(1929-07-29) July 29, 1929
Lamoni, Iowa, United States
Residence Independence Missouri
Spouse(s) Anne Smith[2]
Children 3
Parents W. Wallace Smith
Rosamund Bunnell Smith

Wallace Bunnell Anthony Smith (born July 29, 1929) was Community of Christ), from April 5, 1978 through April 15, 1996. Son of W. Wallace Smith, he was designated as his father's successor in 1976, and ordained church president in 1978 when his father retired to emeritus status. Wallace B. Smith is a great-grandson of Joseph Smith (the founder of the Latter Day Saint movement), and was a practicing ophthalmologist in the Independence, Missouri area before accepting ordination to RLDS leadership.

Smith's presidency was notable for authorizing construction of the church's

On September 19, 1995, Smith announced he was retiring as prophet, seer and revelator of the church, and designated W. Grant McMurray as his successor. Smith formally retired on April 15, 1996, at which time his successor McMurray was ordained in a ceremony at the RLDS Auditorium. Smith was designated "President Emeritus," as his father likewise had been designated in 1978 upon ordination of his son. Smith holds the position today.


  1. ^ Book of Doctrine and Covenants (Independence, Missouri: Herald Publishing House) 152:1a.
  2. ^ Kahtava, Alex (January 2010). "Wallace B. Smith Honored". Community of Christ News. Community of Christ. Retrieved 31 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "2 Women Ordained to RLDS Priesthood".  

External links

  • Community of Christ's online history of Wallace B. Smith
  • , Herald House: 1993. ISBN 978-0-8309-0648-2The Temple: Dedicated to PeaceLaurie Smith Monsees,
Community of Christ titles
Preceded by
W. Wallace Smith
President Emeritus
April 15, 1996–
With: W. Wallace Smith
Succeeded by
Preceded by
W. Wallace Smith
April 5, 1978–April 15, 1996
Succeeded by
W. Grant McMurray

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