John Taylor

Birth Date
1808 November 1
Death Date
1887 July 25
Gender
Male
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John Taylor was born November 1, 1808, in Milnthorpe, Westmorland, England. An 1832 immigrant to Toronto, Canada, he was a cooper and part-time Methodist minister. He and his wife, Leonora, joined the Church in 1836. Two years later, he became an Apostle and enjoyed close association with Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. John Taylor accompanied Joseph Smith to Carthage, Illinois, in June 1844 and was seriously wounded when Joseph Smith was killed. He was sustained as President of the Church on October 10, 1880, during one of the most challenging periods in Church history. The Church was persecuted for the practice of plural marriage, and many Latter-day Saints were being fined, imprisoned, and denied the vote due to their beliefs and practices. President Taylor organized members to meet this trial of their faith and for the last 2½ years of his life administered the affairs of the Church from the seclusion resulting from antipolygamy legislation. After seven eventful years as President, he died July 25, 1887, in Kaysville, Utah. (CH-Prophets of the Restoration)

 

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Born in Milnthorpe, Westmoreland, England

1808 November 1
Mother
Agnes Taylor
Father
James Taylor

Baptized by Parley P Pratt

1836 May 9 (Age 27)

Served in Canadian Mission

1837 (Age 28) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Office
Elder
Residence When Called
Toronto, Canada
Additional Notes


Appointed to Council of Twelve

1838 July 8 (Age 29)

D&C 118:6 given at Far West, Missouri. 

Served in British Mission

1839 August–1841 April (Age 30) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Additional Notes

Companion was Wilford Woodruff.

Wounded at the Martyrdom of Joseph & Hyrum Smith

1844 June 27 (Age 35)

 D&C 135:2 at Carthage, Illinois.   

Served in British Mission

1846 July–1847 April (Age 37) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Other
Marital Status
Plurally Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Winter Quarters
Additional Notes

Companions Orson Hyde and Parley P Pratt.

Called as President to French Mission

1849 October–1851 December (Age 40) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Plurally Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Great Salt Lake City, Great Salt Lake, Deseret, United States
Additional Notes

Companion Curtis E Bolton.

Served With

Called as President to Eastern States Mission

1854 September–1857 May (Age 45) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Plurally Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Great Salt Lake City, Great Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
Additional Notes


Served in Eastern States Mission

1869 July 22–January (Age 60) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Plurally Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States
Set Apart By
Brigham Young
Additional Notes


Death in Kaysville, Davis, Utah Territory, United States

1887 July 25 (Age 78)

Among Choice Ones in Spirit World

1918 October 3

D&C 138:53 Revelation given to President Joseph F Smith in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Married Caroline Hooper Saunders

No dates given.
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