Lt. Gov. Rhoden to be sworn in with parents' bibles

When South Dakota Lt. Governor-elect Larry Rhoden is sworn in Saturday ceremony, he will do so using two bibles full of history.

The New Testament Bible carried by Lt. Governor Larry Rhoden’s father in World War II rests atop the study bible used by his mother. The New Testament Bible has a bullet proof cover that soldiers often carried in a pocket near their heart. (SDBA photo)

The South Dakota Broadcasters Association reports Rhoden will use a small new testament bible carried by his father during World War II, as well as a well-worn study bible used by his mother.

"My brothers and sisters presented me my father's new Testament that he carried in World War II. It has the bulletproof cover with the inscription on the front. It's a little New Testament," Rhoden said. "It's going to be on top of my mother's study bible, which is not presentable for public viewing because it is so worn and tattered. But that obviously means a great deal to me."

Rhoden will serve under Gov.-Elect Kristi Noem, who will be sworn is as the first woman governor of South Dakota on Saturday.

Members of the Noem and Rhoden family advised the Inaugural committee on personal preferences related to the ceremony. A spokesperson described the selections as being ‘simple but deeply meaningful’ to the families.


The New Testament Bible carried by Lt. Governor Larry Rhoden’s father in World War II rests atop the study bible used by his mother. The New Testament Bible has a bullet proof cover that soldiers often carried in a pocket near their heart. (SDBA photo)