He traveled to Hawaii and Israel on church business; and he presented England's Queen Victoria and Prince Albert with copies of the Book of Mormon, receiving in return their autographs, which he cherished for life. At age seventy-two Snow was sentenced to a prison term for practicing polygamy. In prison he taught classes in reading, writing, mathematics, and bookkeeping during his one-year term. In 1893 he was named the first president of the Salt Lake Temple.
Lorenzo Snow was sustained LDS Church president on 13 September 1898. With the church in severe financial circumstances, Snow reaffirmed the members' responsibility to pay a ten-percent tithe. The fifth LDS prophet, he was the last of those who were personally taught the church's principles by its founder, Joseph Smith. He died on 10 October 1901 at the age of eighty-seven.
See: Thomas C. Romney, The Life of Lorenzo Snow (1955); Preston Nibley, The Presidents of the Church (1974); Eliza R. Snow Smith, Biography and Family Record of Lorenzo Snow (1884); Leonard J. Arrington, Great Basin Kingdom (1966); Clyde J. Williams, ed., The Teachings of Lorenzo Snow (1984); Francis M. Gibbons, Lorenzo Snow: Spiritual Giant, Prophet of God (1982); and Maureen Ursenbach Beecher, "Leonara, Eliza, and Lorenzo," The Ensign 10 (June 1980).