Church History



    "George A. Smith was an unusual personality. Cautiously estimated at 250 pounds on a five-foot, ten-inch frame, he was a jolly-looking man with a sense of humor to match. Some Paiute Indians called him Non-choko-wicher—'takes himself apart'—after they saw him remove his glasses, his false teeth, and, most stunningly, the wig that rested uneasily on his head. At times when preaching from the pulpit, he would 'remove his wig and mop his brow to the great amusement of the audience.' 'When my wig is off,' he quipped, 'there is scarcely a hair between me and Heaven.'"

    Ronald W. Walker, Richard E. Turley Jr., and Glen M. Leonard, Massacre at Mountain Meadows: An American Tragedy (2008), 51