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Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Orson Hyde

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Orson Hyde, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

Orson Hyde, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

Orson Hyde

(1805–78)

Orson Hyde

Orson Hyde, ca. 1852, photograph by Marsena Cannon, Church History Library, PH 100.

Orson Hyde was born in Oxford, Connecticut, in 1805. He was baptized in Kirtland, Ohio, in October 1831 and ordained a high priest shortly thereafter. In 1832, after being called by revelation (Doctrine and Covenants 75:13), he preached in the eastern United States with Samuel Smith. Afterward, Hyde returned to Kirtland, where he participated in the School of the Prophets, was appointed clerk to Joseph Smith and his counselors, and became a member of the Kirtland high council (Doctrine and Covenants 102:3). In 1834 Hyde was appointed by revelation to recruit funds and people for the Camp of Israel expedition (Doctrine and Covenants 103:40). He participated in the Camp of Israel expedition, marching from Ohio to Missouri, later that year. The same year, he married Marinda Nancy Johnson. In 1835, Hyde was ordained a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Between 1836 and 1838, he served missions in New York, Upper Canada, and England, after which he relocated to Far West, Missouri. He was removed from the Twelve in May 1839 but was restored to his position the following month. From 1840 to 1842, he served a mission where he preached in the eastern United States and Europe and dedicated Palestine for the gathering of the Jews. He then settled in Nauvoo, Illinois. He served another mission to Great Britain in 1846 and 1847. He migrated to Utah Territory in 1852.

References in the Doctrine and Covenants

Doctrine and Covenants 68, 75, 100, 102, 103, 112124