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John Longden John Longden

1898 - 1969

  • Born 1898, Oldham, Lancashire, England
  • Baptized 1906; Aaronic Priesthood as a youth; Melchizedek Priesthood as a young man
  • Married Frances LaRue Carr 1924, Salt Lake Temple; three children
  • Ordained High Priest 1925
  • Assistant to the Twelve 1951-1969
  • Died 1969 Salt Lake City, Utah

    Elder John Longden was born November 4, 1898 in Oldham, Lancashire, England, the son of Thomas J. Longden and Lizette Taylor. He was baptized in 1906 at the age of eight and raised in the Church.

    From 1921 to 1924, he filled a Mission for the Church, serving in the Central States. He remained in the United States and less than a year after completeing his mission, was married in the Salt Lake City Temple to Frances LaRue Carr. The marriage would be blessed with three children

    In his secular life, he was a businessman.

    A year after his masrriage, he was ordained a High Priest and a Bishop by Elder Rudger Clawson on September 27, 1927. He would serve as Bishop of the 19th Ward, Salt Lake Stake for five years until 1930. Later he was called as Stake President.

    On October 6, 1951 at the age of fifty-two, he was sustained as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and set apart on October 11, 1951 by President J. Reuben Clark, Jr. He served in that position until his death August 30, 1969 at Salt Lake City, Utah.

   Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p.605
   Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol.4, Appendix 1
   2005 Church Almanac, p.74

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