Prophets' Homes

Joseph Smith

Brigham Young

John Taylor

Wilford Woodruff

Lorenzo Snow

Joseph F. Smith

Heber J. Grant

George Albert Smith

David O. McKay

Joseph Fielding Smith

Harold B. Lee

Spencer W. Kimball

Ezra Taft Benson

Howard W. Hunter

Gordon B. Hinckley

Thomas S. Monson

"It isn't enough to say that we believe in home building and in the purity of the home. What are we doing? Go into the homes of true Latter-day Saints, and there see if the most substantial part of the nation—the home—is not the best that can be found. The family tie is an eternal one; it is not one of experiment; it is not one of satisfying passion; it is an eternal union between husband and wife, between parents and children. That eternal bond is one that must be held sacred by the man as well as by the woman. Is it a source of safety? Is it a blessing to humanity to have such homes? The safety of our nation depends upon the purity and strength of the home; and I thank God for the teachings of the Church in relation to home building, and the impression that kind parents have made, that the home must be the most sacred place in the world."

David O. McKay
President David. O. McKay



Houses of David O. McKay

These pictures are of some of the houses and dwellings that David O. McKay had lived in after his calling as an Apostle and then as Prophet. David O. McKay graduated valedictorian from the University of Utah with a degree in education. His career in education included working as a high school teacher, school principal, school board trustee and he served on the university board of regents. He was ordained as an Apostle on April 9, 1906 and was sustained President of the Church on April 9, 1951.

David O. McKay house 1940-1960

1037 East South Temple Street
Salt Lake City, Utah

David O. McKay lived in this house while he was an Apostle and for the first nine years he was Church President.

David O. McKay house 1940-1970

Joseph Smith Memorial Building (Formerly the Hotel Utah)
15 East South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah

David O. McKay spent the last years of his life and presidency living in a suite in the Hotel Utah, a classy hotel owned by the LDS Church. The Hotel Utah operated from 1911 until 1987. In 1993 the LDS Church renovated the building, converting rooms into administrative offices, restaurants, a chapel, meeting halls and a genealogical center and renamed the edifice The Joseph Smith Memorial Building.

David O. McKay's presidency is noted for stressing the importance of family, making Family Home Evening an official church program, standardizing the missionary discussions, loosening restrictions on members of African descent, emphasizing education, transforming BYU into a four year university, tripling church membership, dedicating the first temple in a non-English speaking country, and popularizing the motto "every member a missionary".