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Erastus Fairbanks Snow

Missionary, Founder of St. George,
President of the Cotton Mission

Erastus Snow was born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont in 1818.  He entered the Salt Lake Valley on July 21, 1847, in advance of the first company of Mormon Pioneers.  He was ordained an Apostle at the age of thirty.  As a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, he crossed the Great Plains seven times and published the first foreign translation of the Book of Mormon in Denmark in 1850.  Elder Snow presided over the Cotton Mission from 1861 to 1888 and supervised the construction of the St. George Temple and Tabernacle.

This monument is dedicated to Elder Snow’s leadership and the great sacrifice of the Cotton Mission Pioneers.

May 24, 1997