Lost legacy the mormon office of presiding patriarch author richard l bushman no successor was mentioned thus leaving an office vacant that in joseph smiths time was considered to be second in preeminence to the president of the church. This new edition of lost legacy updates the award winning history of the office irene m bates and e gary smith chronicle the ongoing tensions around the existence of a presiding patriarch as a source of conflict between the smith family and the rest of the leadership. Lost legacy the mormon office of presiding patriarch an expanded edition of the award winning history with new material by e gary smith joseph smiths father joseph smith sr first occupied the hereditary office of presiding patriarch of the church of jesus christ of latter day saints. This excellent in depth look at the now defunct office of patriarch to the lds church is made fascinating by the fact that one of the authors is the eldest son of and heir presumptive of the final presiding patriarch the reader should know this beforehand in order to appropriately weigh the
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