Joseph Fielding Smith - Prophet
He is one of the sons of Joseph F. Smith and grandson of Hyrum Smith.
"My husband doesn't eat meat. We eat lots of fruits and vegetables." (ERA 73:59, April, 1970)
"President Joseph Fielding Smith is said to have a 'disdain of meat and love of vegetables.'" (BYU Daily Universe, May 6, 1971, p.1)
See also the complete article "Is It a Sin To Kill Wantonly?" (ERA, Aug. 1961)
David A. Smith - Presiding Bishopric
Younger brother of Joseph Fielding Smith, grandson of Hyrum Smith.
"Every man in this building yesterday morning was, I believe, an observer of the Word of Wisdom as far as it pertains to the use of wine, strong drink, and tobacco…but I am not so sure that we all understand this revelation in its reference to other matters of equal importance…stop eating meat!" (CR April 1930, p. 83)
You have taken some liberties with your ellipsis. Distorting the quote really does you no favours. "Medical science definitely knows that meat diet is harmful and dangerous in the presence of a number of diseases." Dr. Herser, a man of international reputation has said, "That in all cases of chronic rheumatism, his main advice and treatment is, simply stop eating meat!"
George Albert Smith - Prophet
George was the cousin of Joseph Fielding Smith.
"In the summer he eats no meat, and even in the winter months he eats very little." (ERA Apr. 1950, p.287)
Yet he did eat meat and was fond of poultry.
Brigham Young - Prophet
"Mothers, keep the children from eating meat; and let them eat vegetables that are fully matured, not unripe, and bread that is well baked, not soft." (BYJD 8:63)
"We have had this Word of Wisdom thirty-five years last February, and the whole people have not yet learned to observe it after the true spirit and meaning of it…Flesh should be used sparingly, in famine and in cold." (JD 12:209)
Flesh should be used sparingly
Lorenzo Snow - Prophet
"While moving slowly forward in pursuit of something to kill, my mind was arrested with the reflection on the nature of my pursuit - that of amusing myself by giving pain and death to harmless, innocent creatures that perhaps had as much right to life and enjoyment as myself. I realized that such indulgence was without any justification, and feeling condemned, I laid my gun on my shoulder, and returned home, and from that time to this have felt no inclination for that murderous amusement." (Thomas C. Romney, The Life of Lorenzo Snow, p.35)
Another quote dealing with hunting as sport, not vegetarianism.
"…special attention to that part which relates to the use of meat, which he considered just as strong as that which relates to the use of liquors and hot drinks.' Apostle Snow 'was convinced that the killing of animals when unnecessary was wrong and sinful, and that it was not right to neglect one part of the Word of Wisdom and be too strenuous in regard to other parts." (Journal History, 5 May 1893, p. 2-3)
Killing animals when unnecessary is wrong, that is the point of the quote.
Heber J. Grant - Prophet
"I think that another reason I have very splendid strength for an old man is that during the years we have had a cafeteria in the Utah Hotel I have not, with the exception of not more than a dozen times, ordered meat of any kind…I have endeavored to live the Word of Wisdom, and that in my opinion, is one reason for my good health." (CR April 1937, p. 15)
Yet he did eat meat, just not frequently or excessively.
David O. McKay - Prophet
"While in his youth, David O. McKay's dog killed a badger and President McKay said: 'I carried the dead animal back to father. His face fell as I showed him the animal, and he said, "Why did you let your dog kill it? It is a harmless creature, and there was no need to take its life. Who know, it may even have some babies which now will starve to death in their holes!" I have never needlessly killed an animal since that time!" (Llewelyn R. McKay, Home Memories of President David O. McKay, p.30)
Surely you aren't suggesting that David O. McKay was going to eat the badger? His father was appalled because there was no reason to kill.
"A true Latter-day Saint is kind to animals, is kind to every created thing, for God created all." (CR, Oct. 1951)
Kindness to animals doesn't equate vegetarianism.
Harold B. Lee - Prophet
"But although God has ordained animals for the use of man…man must not waste animal life. To kill when not necessary, is a sin akin to murder…a tyrant who has learned nothing but selfishness and cruelty can hope for no position of trust hereafter in the kingdom of the Father." (Joseph Fielding, Harold B. Lee, Marion G. Romney, revised The Doctrine and Covenants Commentary, originally written by Hyrum M. Smith and Janne M. Sjodahl, p. 286)
How is that a Harold B. Lee quote?
Spencer W. Kimball - Prophet
President Kimball has carried on the legacy of the Smith family with his many talks respecting animal life. Still to this day, his General Conference talk regarding the needless killing of birds is cited often by other writers and speakers. He begins by citing a primary song:
"I remember that my predecessor, President Joseph Fielding Smith, was a protector of these feathered and other wild life creatures."
"Now, I also would like to add some of my feelings concerning the unnecessary shedding of blood and destruction of life. I think that every soul should be impressed by the sentiments that have been expressed here by the prophets."
"And not less with reference to the killing of innocent birds is the wildlife of our country that live upon the vermin that are indeed enemies to the farmer and to mankind. It is not only wicked to destroy them, it is a shame, in my opinion. I think that this principle should extend not only to the bird life but to the life of all animals. "
"Don't kill the little birds
That sing on bush and tree,
All thro' the summer days,
Their sweetest melody."
(Deseret Songs, 1909, no. 163)
"Take not away the life you cannot give, for all things have an equal right to live." (Spencer W. Kimball, "Fundamental Principles to Ponder and Live," Ensign, 1978)
As vermin are hardly a feature on most tables, how is this espousing vegetarianism?
"I still don't eat very much meat." (CR, April 1978)
But did eat meat.
George F. Richards - Apostle
"We are not asked now…to lay down our lives to show our obedience to the Lord, and our worthiness to be his disciples, but we are asked by the Lord to abstain from…the use of meats to excess. This is simple requirement. How can we hope to lay down our lives, how can we claim to be willing to do so, while our lives and actions every day, show to our neighbors and to the Lord that we are not willing to rid ourselves of...those things forbidden by the Lord? Let us be consistent with ourselves and our professions of faith." (CR, Oct. 1908, p. 88)
Right, so excessive use is wrong.