Rachel Ivins Grant gave birth to her only child, a son named Heber. Heber's father, Jedediah, died nine days later.
Rachel Ivins Grant served as a ward Relief Society president for 30 years. “I grew up as a little boy in the Relief Society meetings,” Heber recalled. His testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith came in part from the testimonies of the “fine, lovely, intelligent, wonderful women” who led the Relief Society in Utah and had known Joseph Smith in Nauvoo.
“More, I believe, than the influence of my friends," said Grant, "Nephi has made an impression upon my heart and my soul and has been one of the guiding stars of my life.”
Grant was the first prophet born in Utah and the last to have practiced plural marriage.
Heber J. Grant was ordained an apostle following a written revelation through President John Taylor.
As an Apostle, Grant served missions in the southwestern United States, opened a mission in Japan, and led a mission in Europe.
During the panic of 1893, Grant secured loans that saved the Church from default and many members from serious financial problems.
Heber J. Grant became President of the Church. “The thought of the responsibility that rested upon me was overwhelming,” he said.
During Grant’s time as President of the Church, Latter-day Saint communities outside the Rocky Mountain region became more established and visible.
Perhaps more than any prior Church President, Grant worked to improve relations with people outside the Church. He spoke often at civic and business gatherings and was attentive to the feelings of others. By the time the Church Welfare Plan was introduced in 1936, many people saw the Mormon community as a model rather than a threat.
Born before the railroad reached Utah, Grant lived to lead the Saints through the Great Depression and Second World War. He died in 1945.
"There are two spirits striving with us always, one telling us to continue our labor for good, and one telling us that with the faults and failings of our nature we are unworthy.”
“I will ask no man to be more liberal with his means than I am with mine. . . . I will ask no man to observe the Word of Wisdom any more closely than I will observe it. I will ask no man to be more conscientious and prompt in the payment of his tithes and his offerings than I will be. I will ask no man to be more ready and willing to come early and to go late, and to labor with full power of mind and body, than I will labor."
"Man is, as we all know, a triple being; there is the spirit first and foremost, then the mind or intellect, and lastly the body. Unless the spirit is properly educated, our education is not complete and we have a lop-sided individual."
“No matter in what land we may dwell the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ makes us brothers and sisters, interested in each other, eager to understand and know each other.”
“We pray that the spirit now raging in men's hearts, of hate, of exploitation, of a desire to dominate, may be supplanted by the spirit of reconciliation and forgiveness.”
"I sympathize with our young people because of the temptations that beset them. I urge them, as I always have, to live the gospel of Jesus Christ fully. In that way they will have health and happiness and will meet with success in this life and will have an eternity of joy in store for them in the life to come. I bless them with courage to meet the problems that lie ahead."
“I leave with you my testimony that God lives, that Jesus is the Christ, that Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God. . . . How do I know it? I know it as well as I know that I stand before you tonight. I know heat; I know cold; I know joy, and I know sorrow; and I say to you that in the hour of sorrow, in the hour of affliction, in the hour of death, God has heard and answered my prayers, and I know that He lives.”
“I do not have the language at my command to express the gratitude to God for this knowledge that I possess. Time and time again my heart has been melted, my eyes have wept tears of gratitude for the knowledge that He lives and that this gospel called Mormonism is in very deed the plan of life and salvation, that it is in very deed the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
( Conference Report, Apr. 1945, 10. )
"God help you and me and every Latter-day Saint to prove to the Lord by our lives, that our testimony of the divinity of this work is not merely lip service."
Ron Walker, Qualities That Count: Heber J. Grant as Business, Missionary, and Apostle, 2003.