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Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: William Marks

Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources: William Marks, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

William Marks, Doctrine and Covenants Historical Resources (2021)

William Marks

(1792–1872)

William Marks

William Marks, prior to 1872, photograph.

William Marks was born in Rutland, Vermont, in 1792. He married Rosannah R. Robinson in 1813. By April 1835, Marks was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Portage, New York. By September 1837, he moved to Kirtland, Ohio, where he served on the Kirtland high council and was president of the Kirtland stake. In July 1838, a revelation appointed him to preside over the Church at Far West, Missouri (Doctrine and Covenants 117:10), but the Latter-day Saints were soon expelled from that state. After a brief sojourn in Quincy, Illinois, he moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, where he was a stake president and a member of the Council of Fifty. An 1841 revelation instructed him to buy stock for building the Nauvoo House (Doctrine and Covenants 124:80). After Joseph Smith’s martyrdom, Marks left Nauvoo and became a counselor in James J. Strang’s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Between 1852 and 1855, he affiliated with other churches claiming a line of succession from the Prophet Joseph Smith. In June 1859, he was baptized into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Amboy, Illinois.

References in the Doctrine and Covenants

Doctrine and Covenants 117124