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Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: John Corrill

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: John Corrill, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

John Corrill, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

John Corrill

(1794–1842)

John Corrill was born in Worcester County, Massachusetts. Around 1830, he married Margaret Lyndiff. He was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kirtland, Ohio, and ordained an elder in January 1831. Corrill was called by revelation to serve missions in 1831 (Doctrine and Covenants 50:3852:7). After serving in New London, Ohio, he was ordained a high priest and appointed second counselor to Bishop Edward Partridge, which calling he held until 1837. Later in 1831, he moved to Jackson County, Missouri, where he presided over a group of Church members until 1833. In November 1833, he was driven from Jackson County with the Saints and moved to Clay County, Missouri. From 1834 to 1836 he lived in Kirtland and helped build the temple. Then he returned to Missouri, helped found Far West, and was appointed “Keeper of the Lord’s store house” there.

Corrill was appointed a Church historian in April 1838. That November he testified against Joseph Smith when he was tried for treason in connection with the conflict in Missouri. The following year, while living in Illinois, Corrill was excommunicated. In 1839 he published A Brief History of the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, (Commonly Called Mormons).

References in the Doctrine and Covenants

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