How many missions were rescinded for Reed Smoot?
A George A. Smith
From the life of George A. Smith: Called to be Church historian and recorder at the death of Willard Richards. His grandfather described fourteen-year-old George as “a rather singular boy. When he comes here, instead of going to play as the rest of my grandchildren do, he comes into my room and asks me questions about what occurred seventy or eighty years ago.”
Smith’s memory was legendary. Brigham Young referred to him as a “cabinet of history,” and Orson F. Whitney described him as “a walking encyclopedia of general information.” His greatest contribution to Mormon history was completing the multi-volume History of the Church begun by Joseph Smith.
Richard S. Van Wagoner and Steven C. Walker, A Book of Mormons, (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1982), 273.