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Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: David W. Patten

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: David W. Patten, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

David W. Patten, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

David W. Patten

(1799–1838)

David W. Patten was born in Vermont. He married Phoebe Ann Babcock in 1828. He was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by his brother John Patten on June 15, 1832, and ordained an elder two days later. He was ordained a high priest by Hyrum Smith about two months later. In December 1833, he helped deliver dispatches from Joseph Smith to Church leaders in Clay County, Missouri. In February 1835, Patten was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Between 1832 and 1835, Patten served missions to Michigan Territory, the eastern United States (twice), the southern United States, and Tennessee. Patten moved to Far West, Missouri, in 1836. He was a member of the presidency pro tempore of the Church in Far West in 1838.  Active in Latter-day Saint attempts to defend Caldwell County, Missouri, he was mortally wounded during the skirmish at Crooked River, near Ray County, Missouri, in October 1838.  He died near Far West (see Doctrine and Covenants 124:19, 130).

References in the Doctrine and Covenants

Doctrine and Covenants 114124