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Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Almon Babbitt

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Almon Babbitt, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

Almon Babbitt, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

Almon Babbitt

(1812–56)

Almon Babbitt was born in Cheshire, Massachusetts. He was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in about 1830, served missions to New York in 1831 and 1833, and married Julia Ann Johnson in late 1833. He participated in the Camp of Israel expedition to Missouri in 1834 and was appointed a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy in 1835. He was disfellowshipped in December 1835 but was restored to fellowship the following month. In 1837–38, he served a mission to Upper Canada, and in 1838 he led a company of Latter-day Saints from Canada to Missouri. In 1839 Babbitt was appointed to gather all the reports and publications against the Church that he could find. The following year, he was appointed president of the Kirtland, Ohio, stake. He was disfellowshipped again in 1840 and 1841 but was restored to fellowship and appointed presiding elder in Ramus, Illinois, in 1843. In 1844 he was admitted to the Council of Fifty, and in 1846 he was appointed one of five trustees responsible for the Church’s financial and temporal affairs in Nauvoo. He participated in the Battle of Nauvoo, when the remaining Saints were forcefully expelled, and signed the surrender treaty in September 1846. In 1849, Babbitt migrated to what would become Utah Territory, where, in 1854, he was excommunicated from the Church.

References in the Doctrine and Covenants

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