President Harold B. Lee was born March 29, 1899. He served as president of Pioneer Stake from 1930 to April 6, 1941, when he was ordained an apostle and set apart as a member of the Council of the Twelve. In 1970 he was ordained president of that quorum and set apart as first councilor to President Joseph Fielding Smith. In July of 1972 he became the prophet, seer, revelator, and president of the Church. He passed on to a great reward December 26, 1973. Although he served a shorter time as president of the Church than any of his predecessors, his contributions to it were great. He was no ordinary man. His influence in its councils was effective from the beginning. It continued to increase until the day of his passing.