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Rare Photographs of the Mothers of the Prophets

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Explore a captivating glimpse into history with our collection of photographs featuring the mothers of prophets. Join us as we honor some of these influential women who played pivotal roles in shaping the lives of our beloved Church leaders. 

Floss Edna Anderson Nelson

Floss Edna Anderson Nelson

Floss Edna Anderson was born on May 17, 1893, in Ephraim, Utah. She married Marion C. Nelson on August 25, 1919, in Salt Lake City. They had four children, of which President Russell M. Nelson is the second. 

When Edna was 84 years old, she and her husband finally determined they were ready to be sealed in the temple, an event which overjoyed President Nelson. An excerpt from the book Fathers of the Prophets reads:

On the beautiful spring day of March 26, 1977, Marion and Edna received their endowments and were sealed for time and all eternity in the Provo Utah Temple. 

Edna and Marion Nelson.

Edna was known for her beautiful singing voice. One family member recalled her being a soloist in the Tabernacle Choir, which is where she caught the attention of Marion, who was reporting on the concert. 

Edna passed away on July 19, 1983, at the age of 90.

Stella Harris Oaks

Stella Harris was born on July 27, 1906, in Provo, Utah. She married Lloyd Edress Oaks on June 14, 1929, in the Salt Lake City Temple. Together they had three children, with President Dallin H. Oaks as the eldest. In June of 1940, Lloyd passed away, leaving Stella as a single mother. 

Lloyd and Stella Oaks at Stella’s BYU graduation.

Leaving her children with her parents, Stella traveled to New York City to try and get a Master’s Degree, but could not bear the emotional weight. She returned to Utah and got a job as a teacher. She would eventually earn her Master’s Degree in Guidance and Personnel Administration in August 1946. 

The Stella H. Oaks Foundation, which helps single mothers gain skills and education, described her like this: 

Stella’s native intelligence, her teaching skills, her love for people, and her innate optimism made her a natural leader with a remarkable capacity to bring people together to accomplish a common task.

Stella died on January 8, 1980, at the age of 74.

Mildred Bennion Eyring

Mildred Bennion was born on May 23, 1896, in West Valley City, Utah. She married Henry Eyring Sr. on August 25, 1928, in Chicago, Illinois. They had three sons, of which President Henry B. Eyring is the second. 

Mildred, far right, poses with a young Henry B. Eyring in her arms, along with other family.

Mildred was known for her service on the General Relief Society Board. She passed away on June 25, 1969, at the age of 73. 

Alice Bentley Holland

Alice and Frank Holland

Alice Bentley was born on October 20, 1915, in St. George, Utah. She married Frank Dennis Holland on September 7, 1936. They had three sons and a daughter. President Jeffrey R. Holland is their second son. 

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Alice Holland, center, surrounded by her children and their spouses.

Alice died on January 2, 2011 at the age of 96. 

Hildegard Else Opelt Uchtdorf

Hildegard Else Opelt was born on May 5, 1908, in Zwickau, Germany. She married Karl Albert Uchtdorf on September 24, 1932. She and her family, including President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, were converts to the Church. 

Hildegard, in stripes, surrounded by family, including President Uchtdorf and her husband Karl, far right.
Hildegard and Karl Uchtdorf outside the Bern Switzerland Temple.

Hildegard passed away on October 13, 1990, in Kaysville, Utah, at the age of 82. 

Lavinia Whitney Bednar

Lavinia at her 8th grade graduation.

Lavinia Whitney was born on March 15, 1915, in Stain Thomas, Nevada. She married Anton Bednar on July 31, 1935, in Washington, Utah. She was the mother of Elder David A. Bednar. She died on October 3, 1988m at the age of 73. 

Lavinia, seated in pink.

Cleo Berniece Kimball Cook

Cleo Berniece Kimball was born on December 14, 1913, in Garfield, Utah. She married Joseph Vernon Cook Sr. on June 15, 1934, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had two sons and a daughter, including Elder Quentin L. Cook. 

Berniece died on December 27, 2001, at the age of 88. 

Jeanne Swenson Christofferson

Jeanne Swenson was born on August 13, 1924, in American Fork, Utah. She married Paul Vickery Christofferson on January 24, 1944, in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had five sons, of whom Elder D. Todd Christofferson is the oldest. 

Jeanne with her five sons in the 1960s.

She died on October 19, 2011, at the age of 87. 


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