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Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Joseph Young

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Joseph Young, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

Joseph Young, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

Joseph Young

(1797–1881)

Joseph Young

Joseph Young, after 1847, photograph, Church History Library, PH 1700 3768.

An older brother of Brigham Young, Joseph Young was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. He was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and ordained an elder in April 1832. That year, he served missions to New York and Upper Canada. In the fall of 1832, he moved to Kirtland, Ohio, after which he served a second mission to Upper Canada. He married Jane Bicknell in 1834. Later that year, he participated in the Camp of Israel expedition to Missouri. In 1835 Young was ordained a Seventy, was appointed a president of First Quorum of the Seventy, and served a mission to the eastern United States. He was a stockholder in the Kirtland Safety Society. Young moved to Missouri in 1838, where he witnessed the massacre at Hawn’s Mill before joining the Saints’ exodus from the state. In 1840, he lived in Nauvoo, Illinois. There, in 1844, he was appointed “first president over all the quorums of the seventies.” He was admitted to the Council of Fifty the following year. From 1846 to 1850, he lived at Winter Quarters (later in Omaha, Nebraska), and at Carterville, Iowa. He migrated to Utah Territory in 1850.

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