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Stayner Richards Stayner Richards


1885 - 1953


  • Born 1885, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Baptized 1898
  • Ordained Elder 1908
  • Mission to Great Britain 1908-1910
  • Married Jane Foote Taylor 1911; six children
  • Ordained High Priest 1914
  • Sustained Assistant to the Twelve 1951
  • Died 1953 Salt Lake City, Utah

    Thhe following biographical sketch is adapted from the LDS Biographical Encyclopedia. Additions are in [brackets.]
    Stayner Richards, [bishop,] counselor in the Granite Stake presidency, Utah, from 1928 to 1930+, [Stake President, and Assistant to the Twelve] was born Dec. 20, 1885, in Salt Lake City, Utah, a son of Stephen L. Richards and Emma Louise Stayner. He was a grandson of Willard Richards.

    Elder Richards was baptized Feb. 5, 1898 at Salt Lake City, Utah. He was ordained an Elder and filled a mission to Great Britain in 1908-1910. He was ordained a High Priest Feb. 24, 1914, by George F. Richards, and sustained as Bishop of the Highland Park Ward Dec. 3, 1916. He presided over the ward till 1928, when he was called to serve as second counselor in the Stake presidency. [Later he was called as Stake President.

    From 1950 to 1952 he served as President of the British Mission. One of his assignments while serving as the Mission President was to seek land for the proposed London Temple. All of these helped prepare him to serve as a General Authority. It was while he was still serving as Mission President of the British Mission that that call came October 6, 1951 to be sustained as an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He served the Lord and the Twelve in this capacity until his death May 28, 1953 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Elder Richards married Jane Foote Taylor December 28, 1911 and by her fathered six children.]

    He [was] an independent businessman, working in various aspects of land development, real estate sales, and home construction. He is described as having been highly successful in his chosen career.


Bibliography
    Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p.477
    Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol.4, Appendix 1
    2005 Church Almanac. p.74

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