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Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Amasa M. Lyman

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Amasa M. Lyman, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

Amasa M. Lyman, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

Amasa M. Lyman

(1813–77)

Amasa M. Lyman

Amasa M. Lyman, photograph, Church History Library, PH 1700 3741.

Amasa Lyman was born in Lyman, New Hampshire, in 1813. In April 1832, he was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served several missions in the 1830s and early 1840s. In 1834 he participated in the Camp of Israel expedition to Missouri. The following year, he became a member of the Seventy and married Maria Louisa Tanner in Kirtland, Ohio. Between 1837 and 1841, Lyman moved to various locations, including Far West, Missouri, and Nauvoo, Illinois. In Nauvoo he became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a counselor in the First Presidency, and a member of the Council of Fifty. In 1847 and 1848, he was the captain of wagon companies on the trek to the Salt Lake Valley in Utah Territory (see Doctrine and Covenants 136:14). In 1851 he was appointed to establish a Latter-day Saint settlement at San Bernardino, California. From 1860 to 1862, Lyman served as president of the European mission. In 1867 he was removed from the Quorum of the Twelve, and in 1870 he was excommunicated. That same year, he became president of the Church of Zion (later known as “Godbeites”).

References in the Doctrine and Covenants

Doctrine and Covenants 124136