TEMPLE SQUARE – Two hundred years after Brigham Young’s birth, a celebration of his life and accomplishments will be held 1 June at 7:30 p.m. in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. President Gordon B. Hinckley will host the event and speak. A descendant of Brigham Young also will speak during the program. The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will perform several musical numbers.

Friends and members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are invited to the event. Free tickets will be available at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, 1 May, at the Conference Center ticket office, door #4. Because the Tabernacle has limited seating, tickets will be given on a first-come, first-served basis for persons eight years and older. The ticket office will provide a maximum of four tickets per person in line.

Ticket holders are encouraged to be seated no later than 6:45 p.m. A small number of people from standby lines may be admitted to fill unoccupied seats.

Brigham Young was born 1 June 1801 in Whitingham, Vermont. He was the ninth of 11 children. At the age of 21, he converted to the Church. He served as a missionary in the eastern United States and in England.

Brigham Young led the vanguard group of pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley beginning in the spring of 1847. He returned to Winter Quarters, Nebraska that year, and he was sustained as the second president of the Church on 27 December in Kanesville, Iowa.

Historians have called him an “American Moses” and the “Great Colonizer.” He served as governor of the Territory of Utah from 1850 to 1855.

On 29 August 1877, Brigham Young died following a week of suffering with cholera. He was 76 years old.

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