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Wilford Woodruff

Alternate Names
Birth Date
1807 March 1
Death Date
1898 September 2
Gender
Male

Wilford Woodruff was a miller by trade. He joined the Church in 1833 and served two missions before being ordained an Apostle in 1839. As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, he completed four additional missions, presided over the temple in St. George, Utah, and served six years as Church Historian. He was sustained as Church President on April 7, 1889. As President of the Church, he dedicated temples in Salt Lake City and Manti, Utah, oversaw the organization of the Genealogical Society, and reemphasized the value of historical record keeping. After much pondering and prayer, he received a revelation that the Latter-day Saints should cease the practice of plural marriage. In 1890, he wrote the Manifesto, testifying that the Church had ceased teaching the practice of plural marriage. In addition to being the Lord’s mouthpiece for that revelation, President Woodruff also left a legacy that emphasized missionary and temple work. (Church History, Prophets of the Restoration)

 

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Born in Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut

1807 March 1
Mother
Beulah Thompson
Father
Aphek Woodruff

Baptized by Zera Pulsipher (1789 - 1872)

1833 December 31 (Age 26)

Served in Southern States Mission

1835 January 12 (Age 27) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Single
Priesthood Office
Priest
Residence When Called
Clay County, Missouri

Married Phebe Whittemore Carter

1837 April 13 (Age 30)

Served in Eastern States Mission

1837 May–1838 April (Age 30) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Office
Seventy
Residence When Called
Kirtland, Ohio

Appointed to Council of Twelve

1838 July 8 (Age 31)

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

Served in Central States Mission

1839 April 18– (Age 32) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Other
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Quincy, Illinois

Served in British Mission

1839 August–1841 April (Age 32) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Montrose, Iowa
Additional Notes

On the way to England he preached in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, and New York.

Images
Mission Photo
Mission Photo
Mission Type
Other
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Nauvoo, Illinois
Additional Notes

He went to purchase paper for the Times and Seasons newspaper.

Served in Eastern States Mission

1843 July 9–November 19 (Age 36) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Nauvoo

Served in Joseph Smith Presidential Campaign Mission

1844 May 13–August 6 (Age 37) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Other
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Nauvoo, Illinois
Additional Notes

He was sent to visit conferences in these states and to campaign for Joseph Smith as US President.

Called as President to British Mission

1845 January–1846 April (Age 37) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Nauvoo, Illinois
Served With
Phoebe Whittemore Carter Woodruff

Called as President to Eastern States Mission

1848 April–1850 April (Age 41) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the Twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Winter Quarters, Nebraska

Served in California Mission

1872 September 9– (Age 65) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Other
Marital Status
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
Twelve Apostles
Additional Notes

California As Delegate For Agricultural Society

Issued Manifesto Against Practicing Plural Marriage

1890 October 6 (Age 83)

D&C: Official Declaration 1 at Salt Lake City, Utah 

Death in San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States

1898 September 2 (Age 91)

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. 

Media
Wilford Woodruff (1807 - 1898) Profile
Mission Photo
Mission Photo

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