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Charles A. Callis

Charles A. Callis
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 12, 1933 (1933-10-12) – January 21, 1947 (1947-01-21)
Called by Heber J. Grant
LDS Church Apostle
October 12, 1933 (1933-10-12) – January 21, 1947 (1947-01-21)
Called by Heber J. Grant
Reason Death of James E. Talmage
at end of term
Henry D. Moyle ordained
Personal details
Born Charles Albert Callis
(1865-05-04)May 4, 1865
Dublin, Ireland
Died January 21, 1947(1947-01-21) (aged 81)
Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Resting place Salt Lake City Cemetery
Spouse(s) Grace Elizabeth Pack
Children 8
Parents John and Susannah Callis

Charles Albert Callis (May 4, 1865 – January 21, 1947) was a leader and missionary in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was ordained an apostle by church president Heber J. Grant on October 12, 1933, and remained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles until his death.[1]


  • Early life 1
  • Missions 2
  • Apostle 3
  • Death 4
  • Quotes 5
  • Images 6
  • Works 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10

Early life

Callis was born on May 4, 1865, in Dublin, Ireland, to John and Susannah Charlotte Callis. While living in England, Callis met Mormon missionaries in Liverpool and joined the LDS Church along with his three siblings and their widow mother. The Callis family immigrated to Utah Territory in 1875 and settled in Davis County, Utah, living first in Bountiful and later in Centreville. At age 16, Callis moved to Coalville in Summit County, where he worked in the coal mines for 11 years.[2]

Callis's mother married George Hyrum Williams on July 25, 1878, and they had several children.[1]

In 1891, Callis was elected constable of Coalville. In 1892, he served as a church missionary in Wyoming under the direction of the Summit Stake. From Decenmber 1892 until June 1895, he served as a missionary in the British Isles, including time in the Liverpool Conference. He later served as a missionary in Iowa.

In 1896, at the age of 31, Callis was elected to the Utah House of Representatives; he served in the 1st Utah State Legislature.[2] In 1898, Callis became the attorney for Summit County.

Callis married Grace Elizabeth Pack, a granddaughter of John Pack, in 1902; they were the parents of eight children.[3]


Callis, his wife, and their two daughters moved to Darlington, South Carolina.[2] In 1907, the Callis family returned home to Utah, but were almost immediately sent back to the southern United States, this time with Callis being appointed to head the South Carolina Conference.

In 1908, Callis was called as the president of the Southern States Mission of the church, succeeding Ben E. Rich. He held this position until his call as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve in 1933. When he began his tenure as mission president, he presided over 250 missionaries spread across 10 states.


Callis became an apostle in the LDS Church on October 12, 1933. He was added to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to fill a vacancy created by the death of James E. Talmage. Callis served as a member of the Quorum of the Twelve until his death. Henry D. Moyle was added to the Quorum to fill the vacancy created by Callis's death.

[2] Nephi Jensen, a fellow missionary who worked with him in Jacksonville, Florida, wrote:

C. A. Callis in many respects [is] a very remarkable man. He is one of those heroic souls who have come up from the depths. A few years ago he was working in a coal mine in Utah, now he is a practicing attorney and has been admitted to the bar in two states. Without opportunities or aid from friends he has risen by the sovereignty of his determination to an enviable station in life. He not only acquired a knowledge of law by self effort but read widely on general subjects and trained himself in the art of public speaking. He is an able, pleasing and convincing orator.[4]

Callis's guiding light and inspiration was always Jesus Christ. He once said, “From my earliest recollections to the present time I have always had an abiding and intense love for my Savior. I cannot read the story of His sufferings and crucifixion without shedding tears.[5]

As an apostle, Callis authored one nook, Fundamentals of Religion (Deseret Book, 1945), a collection of seventeen lectures about the tenets of the LDS Church he gave over national radio in 1943.


Callis died of a massive heart attack[6] on January 21, 1947. His wife's death, which had occurred in October 1946, deeply affected Callis, and he never fully recovered from that loss. Callis died in [8] Funeral services for Callis were held both in Jacksonville and in Salt Lake City. He was buried in Salt Lake City Cemetery.


"The awakening of the conscience is the grandeur of the soul."[9]

"In far too many cases riches and their owners change places—the riches own the owners. Money will become the master if it is not made to be the servant."[10]

“The greatest thrilling experience that you and I can ever have in our hearts will be on those occasions when deep down we receive the witness that our acts and our labors are approved by our Heavenly Father.”[11]

"This is the world in which to cultivate righteous tendencies and just causes that will produce, in the world to come, results and harvests of perfection and heavenly fruit."[12]



  • Callis, Charles A. (1945). Fundamentals of religion: A series of radio addresses. Independence, Missouri: Zion's Printing and Pub. Co.  

See also


  1. ^ a b c Flake, Lawrence R. (2001). Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation. Salt Lake City:  
  2. ^ a b c d  
  3. ^ Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, vol. 4, Deseret Book Company, 1930, p. 380.
  4. ^ Nephi Jensen Journal, July 1907, pp. 65–67, Archives & Manuscripts, Brigham Young University.
  5. ^ Bryant S. Hinckley, "Charles A. Callis," Improvement Era, July 1934, p. 435.
  6. ^ "Charles A. Callis", in Donald Q. Cannon, Richard E. Cowan, and Arnold K. Garr (eds.), Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History, Deseret Book Company, 2001.
  7. ^ Brent L. Goates, Harold B. Lee: Prophet and Seer, Deseret Book, 1985, p. 205.
  8. ^ Charles Callis to Kathleen Larsen, 20 January 1947, Callis Collection, Mss 22, Archives and Manuscripts, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University.
  9. ^ Bookcraft, 1969, ch. 11.
  10. ^ Charles A. Callis, "Give me neither poverty nor riches", Improvement Era, June 1946, vol. 49, no. 6.
  11. ^ Harold B. Lee, The Teachings of Harold B. Lee, Deseret Book, 1996, p. 414.
  12. ^ Charles A. Callis, "The Eternal Years", Improvement Era, August 1944, vol. 47, no. 8.

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Preceded by
Joseph F. Merrill
Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
October 12, 1933–January 21, 1947
Succeeded by
J. Reuben Clark
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