Stephen L Richards

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Stephen L Richards (18 June 187919 May 1959) born in Mendon, Utah Territory, was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from January 8, 1917 to April 9, 1951. Richards also served as First Counselor in the First Presidency of the church under Church President David O. McKay from April 9, 1951 until his death.

Elder Richards was the grandson of Willard Richards, an early Apostle of the church at the time of Joseph Smith. Elder Stephen L. Richards himself was the son of Stephen Longstroth Richards and Emma Louise Stayner. In fact Elder Richards father and George F. Ricahrds were half-brothers since they were both children of Nancy Longstroth, who after the death of her first husband, Willard, married Willard's nephew Franklin D. Richards.

Richards received his law degree from the University of Chicago.[1]

Richards was a mentor to Gordon B. Hinckley since he was the head of the Radio, Publicity and Missionary Literature Committee when Hinckley served as its executive secretary.[2]

Elder Ricahrds' son Stayner Richards was an Assistant to the Quorum of the Twelve and his grandson G. William Richards was a member of the committee that organized the 1985 hymnal.


  1. Dew. Go Forward With Faith. p. 86
  2. Dew, Sheri L., Go Forward With Faith: The Biography of Gordon B. Hinckley (Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Co., 1996) p. 86