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Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Isaac Morley

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Isaac Morley, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

Isaac Morley, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

Isaac Morley

(1786–1865)

Isaac Morley

Isaac Morley, photograph.

Isaac Morley was born in Montague, Massachusetts. In 1812 he married Lucy Gunn, and around this time they settled in Kirtland, Ohio. Morley was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in November 1830, and the following year, he allowed Latter-day Saints from New York to settle on his Kirtland farm. In a revelation dated September 1831, Morley was chastised for disobeying the Lord and having evil in his heart (Doctrine and Covenants 64:15–16). From 1831 to 1833, he lived in Independence, Missouri (see Doctrine and Covenants 52:23). While there, he was appointed to organize the branches of the Church in Missouri and serve as a bishop. In the summer and fall of 1835, he accompanied Edward Partridge on a mission to the eastern United States. In 1837, Morley was ordained a patriarch. He moved to Hancock County, Illinois, in 1839. The following year, he was appointed president of the stake at Lima, Illinois. In 1845, he moved to Nauvoo, Illinois. He migrated to Utah in 1848, and he led a settlement of Saints in Sanpete County, Utah, the following year.

References in the Doctrine and Covenants

Doctrine and Covenants 5264