Ordained Seventy and called to First Quorum of Seventy
Exceedingly little is known of Jezeniah (or Jaziniah)
B. Smith. His name apppears only twice in the History of the Church,
and since it appears with alternative spellings, we do not know which (if
either) spelling is correct. He does not appear with either spelling in
the Ancestral File, the International Genealogical Index,
nor the Pedigree Resource File. Nor does he appear in any of the
other resourses we have searched. Thus we know nothing of his birth nor
We may guess that he was an early convert to the
Church, for he was among the some two hundred odd volunteers who accompanied
the Prophet Joseph Smith on Zion's Camp in 1834, an expedition intended
to provide relief to the saints suffering the depredations of the Missouri
mobocrats. We might also surmise both that he was somewhat older than most of
the volunteers since the Prophet refers to him as "Captain Jezeniah Smith"
and that he came from a military, naval, or maritime background.
He must have displayed a degree of faithfulness and
valor for a year later in 1835 he was ordained a Seventy and called to
serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy, thus joining the ranks of the General Authorities. With the issuance of that call,
we lose track of Jezeniah B. Smith. He is not heard of again. We know nothing
of any marriges or family, his later life, nor his death. Among General Authorities,
he is the complete mystery man.
Smith, History of the Church, vol.2 pp.72, 204, 252