Lorenzo Snow was an American religious leader who served as the fifth president of The Church from 1898 until his death in 1901. Snow was the last president of the LDS Church in the nineteenth century and the first in the twentieth.
In 1831, Joseph Smith, founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, took up residence in Hiram, Ohio, four miles from the Snow farm. The Snow family was Baptist, but soon took a strong interest in the new religious movement. Snow recorded that he heard the Book of Mormon being read aloud in his home in Mantua and met Smith at Hiram in 1831.
Shortly after his call to the Twelve, Snow served a mission to Italy and French-speaking Switzerland.