Summarized by Kent Larsen
Wit and wisdom of J. Golden live on
Deseret News 12Dec99 A2
By Dennis Lythgoe: Deseret News book editor
With the rapid growth of the LDS Church, more and more members are
unfamiliar with legendary LDS general authority J. Golden Kimball. Now
James Kimball, a great grandnephew of J. Golden, has produced "J. Golden
Kimball Stories" to bring J. Golden to life to a broader audience. James
Kimball is also working on a biography of his relative.
J. Golden Kimball was one of the LDS Church's seven presidents of the
Seventy from 1892 to his death in 1938 in an automobile accident.
Growing up on a ranch near Bear Lake in northern Utah, Kimball learned
the rough life and profanity that colored his later life. He had a high,
squeaky voice and down-home manner that endeared him to the
rank-and-file members of the Church while worrying other general
Since his death, stories about J. Golden have proliferated, raising him
to mythical status. While all the stories told about him are probably
not true, it is also impossible to sort out which are factual and which
are simply imagination based on the myth. James Kimball has been
collecting these stories all his life, and is well known in Utah for his
performances of a one-man show, "Remembering Uncle Golden," in which he
portrays the LDS general authorities in a variety of situations. His
performance was recorded by Salt Lake public TV station KUED, as well as
a follow-up show, "On the Road with Uncle Golden."
The book covers little new from James Kimball's shows, but those not
familiar with J. Golden or who don't live where they could see the shows
will now be able to get the stories easily. And those familiar with the
shows and stories may still not be able to resist a second helping.