Antoine R. Ivins

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Antoine Ridgeway Ivins (May 11, 1881 – October 18, 1967) was a member of the First Council of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] from 1931 until his death.

Youth and family

Ivins was born in St. George, Utah Territory. Ivins spent some of his younger years in Mexico. Ivins was the son of Anthony W. Ivins, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and counselor in the First Presidency. His mother was Elizabeth Ashby Snow Ivins, the daughter of Latter-day Saint Apostle Erastus Snow.

Ivins studied law in Mexico City.[1] He also studied at the University of Michigan and the University of Utah. Ivins received a degree from the University of Utah.[2]

In 1912 Ivins married Vilate Ellen Romney.[3]

Church service

From 1921 to 1931 Ivins managed the Church's sugar cane plantation in Laie, Hawai'i.[4]

From 1931 until 1933 Ivins was the president of the Mexican Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ. He succeeded Rey L. Pratt in this position.[5] At this time the mission not only had responsibility for all of Mexico, but also for all proselytizing efforts among the Spanish-speaking populations of the Southwest United States. Ivins performed the first translation of the temple Endowment into a language other than English: in cooperation with Eduardo Balderas, he translated the Endowment into Spanish.

During the 1930s, after his return from serving as president of the Mexican Mission, Ivins worked on translating the Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price into Spanish.[1]

From 1931 until his death Ivins was a member of the First Council of the Seventy. He also served as a member of the General Welfare Advisory Committee of the Church.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Balderas, Eduardo. "How the Scriptures Came to By Translated into Spanish". Ensign, Sep. 1972.
  2. Introduction to BYU devotional by Ivins in 1963
  3. Jenson, Andrew. LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake CIty: Deseret Book, 1936) Vol. 4, p. 749
  4. Introductory notes connected with the University of Utah's Antoine R. Ivins papers collection.
  5. Jenson. LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 749
  6. Conference Report, October 1952