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Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Reynolds Cahoon

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: Reynolds Cahoon, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

Reynolds Cahoon, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

Reynolds Cahoon

(1790–1861)

Reynolds Cahoon

Reynolds Cahoon, prior to 1861, engraving, Church History Library, PH 1700 1717.

Reynolds Cahoon was born in Cambridge, New York. He married Thirza Stiles in 1810. In 1825, he moved near Kirtland, Ohio. He was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1830 and was ordained an elder and a high priest in June 1831. Two days later, he was appointed by revelation to serve a mission to Missouri (Doctrine and Covenants 52:30). He traveled back to Kirtland with Joseph Smith after the prophet dedicated Independence, Missouri, for the establishment of Zion (see Doctrine and Covenants 61:35). He served as a counselor to Bishop Newel K. Whitney at Kirtland beginning in 1832. The following year, he was appointed to serve a mission to Warsaw, New York.

Back in Kirtland, Cahoon helped oversee the building of the Kirtland Temple (Doctrine and Covenants 94:13–15), held stock in the Kirtland Safety Society, and served in the Kirtland stake presidency. In 1838, he moved to Missouri, where he was a counselor in the Adam-ondi-Ahman stake presidency.

Cahoon fled Missouri with the Saints, eventually moving to Nauvoo, Illinois, where he served on the Nauvoo temple building committee and was admitted to the Council of Fifty. He migrated to the Salt Lake Valley in Utah Territory in 1848.

References in the Doctrine and Covenants

Doctrine and Covenants 52, 61, 7594