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Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Levi Hancock

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Levi Hancock, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

Levi Hancock, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

Levi Hancock

(1803–82)

Levi Hancock

Levi Hancock, ca. 1860–1866, photograph by Edward Martin, Church History Library, PH 5962.

Levi Hancock was born in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Kirtland, Ohio, in November 1830 and married Clarissa Reed the following March. He served a mission to Missouri in the summer of 1831 after being called by revelation to do so (see Doctrine and Covenants 52:29), and he was appointed to serve in Missouri, Ohio, and Virginia in January 1832. Hancock attended the organizational meeting of the School of the Prophets, held in Kirtland in January 1833. The next year he participated in the Camp of Israel expedition to Missouri. He was ordained a Seventy in February 1835 and was appointed a President of the Seventy shortly thereafter. In 1838 he moved to Missouri; in January 1839, he was part of a committee in Far West, Missouri, that worked to supervise removal of Latter-day Saints from Missouri. He moved to Commerce, Illinois, which was later renamed Nauvoo, in 1839. In 1846–1847, Hancock served in the Mormon Battalion, the only General Authority on the march. He arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah Territory, in 1847.

References in the Doctrine and Covenants

Doctrine and Covenants 52124