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Antoine R. Ivins Antoine R. (Ridgeway) Ivins

1881 - 1967

  • Born 1881 St. George, Utah
  • Baptized 1889
  • Received Aaronic Priesthood as a youth
  • Ordained Elder 1901
  • Ordained Seventy 1914
  • Married Vilate Ellen Romney 1912; Salt Lake Temple
  • Called as President of the Mexican Mission 1931
  • First Council of the Seventy 1931-1967
  • Ordained High Priest 1961
  • Died 1967 Salt Lake City, Utah

    Antoine Ridgeway Ivins, one of the First Seven Presidents of Seventies from 1931 to 1967, was born May 11, 1881, at St. George, Washington Co., Utah, a son of Anthony Woodward Ivins and Elizabeth Ashby Snow.

    Being instructed from early childhood in the principles of faith and repentance, the boy was baptized in the St. George Temple Sept. 24, 1889, by Walter Granger, and confirmed by David H. Cannon. In due time he was ordained a Deacon and, having moved to Mexico with his parents, he was ordained a Teacher in Colonia Juarez, Mexico. He was ordained an Elder by his father in Salt Lake City Oct. 10, 1901, and a Seventy Dec. 28, 1914, by Fred E. Barker.

    Bro. Ivins received his endowments in the Salt Lake Temple Oct. 10, 1901, and on June 26, 1912, in that holy house, was united in marriage to Vilate Ellen Romney, daughter of Orson D. Romney and Emma Phillips. The Ancestral File lists no issue from this marriage.

    On Aug. 5, 1931, Bro. Ivins was set apart by Pres. Heber J. Grant to preside over the Mexican Mission, succeeding Elder Rey L. Pratt, deceased, in that position. Having spent several years in Mexico he was highly trained in Spanish and was much endeared to the Mexican people, in whose behalf his father, Pres. Anthony W. Ivins, labored with so much fidelity.

    On Oct. 8, 1931, in the Salt Lake Temple, Bro. Ivins was set apart as a member of the First Council of the Seventy by Pres. Heber J, Grant, assisted by Pres. Anthony W. Ivins.

    As a general authority and as a former president of the Mexican Mission Elder Ivins was privileged to help bring a great blessing to the Mexican people and indeed to all speakers of the Spanish language. It was under his direction that Temple Ordinance ceremonies were translated into Spanish. Brother Eduardo Balderas, a translator with whom Elder Ivins worked, recorded, "The opportunity of translating the sacred ordinances within the confines of the Salt Lake Temple was, of course, a wonderful privilege and blessing... the influence of the Holy Spirit... guided [us] in [our] challenging but enjoyable labors." When the translation was complete, temple workers were called and trained in the Mesa, Arizona temple. For the first time since the Meridian of Time the endowment was presented in a language other than English.

    In 1961, as part of a restructuring of authority and assignments given the First Council of the Seventy, Elder Ivins and other members of the First Council were ordained High Priests so that they could preside over Stake Conferences, ordain High Priests, set apart Stake Presidencies, and in other areas more fully function as General Authorities. President David O. McKay performed the ordination.

   Following his wife Vilate's death in 1964, Elder Ivins married Edna Robbins.

    President Ivins continued his selfless service until his death October 18, 1967 at Salt Lake City, Utah.

   Andrew Jenson; LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p.749
   Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol.4, Appendix 1
   2005 Church Almanac, p.73

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