William Budge

Actor, Art director


William Budge (May 1, 1828 – March 1, 1919) was a member of the Council of Fifty as well as the Idaho Legislature and was a mission president and stake president in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Budge was born in Lanark, Scotland but in his teen years moved to Glasgow for employment. At the age of 20 he joined the LDS Church. He became a missionary in 1851 and continued in that position until about 1860. During these years Budge served for a time as president of the Swiss Mission, as district president in Glasgow and five different districts in England, and also preached the gospel in Italy and Germany. Among other assignments, in 1855 the president of the European Mission Franklin D. Richards sent Budge to Saxony to respond to inquires about the LDS Church from Karl G. Maeser. In 1860 Budge emigrated to Utah Territory. He later moved to Bear Lake County, Idaho. From 1878 to 1880 Budge was president of the European Mission, and in 1877 as well as in 1870 to 1906 he served as president of the Bear Lake Stake. From 1906 to 1918 Budge was the president of the LDS Church's Logan Utah Temple. Budge also served as a member of the Idaho Legislature. One of the Helaman Halls at Brigham Young University is named for Budge.

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