Willard Richards

Birth Date
1804 June 24
Death Date
1854 March 11
Gender
Male
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Appointed to the Council of Twelve at Far West in 1838.  Served as Second Counselor in the First Presidency to Brigham Young from 1847 until his death.

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Born in Hopkinton, Middlesex, Massachusetts

1804 June 24
Mother
Rhoda Howe
Father
Joseph Richards

Baptized by Brigham Young

1836 December 31 (Age 32)

Served in Eastern States Mission

1837 March 14–June 11 (Age 32) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Single
Priesthood Office
Elder
Residence When Called
Kirtland, Ohio
Additional Notes

Willard Richards traveled as a missionary companion to Brigham Young in New York and the Eastern States. (Journal History of Mar. 14, 1837

Served in British Mission

1837 June–1841 April (Age 32) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Single
Priesthood Office
Elder
Residence When Called
Kirtland, Ohio
Additional Notes

Willard Richards filled an important mission to England and raised up a branch of the Church in Bedford. He acted as counselor to President Joseph Fielding . (Journal History of June 13, 1837) Married Jennetta in 1838 in Preston, England

departed from field

1837 July 20 (Age 33)

Appointed to Council of Twelve

1838 July 8 (Age 34)

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

Served in Northern States Mission

1841 August 31 (Age 37) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Nauvoo, Illinois
Additional Notes

Willard Richards was appointed on a special mission to locate a settlement of the Saints at Warsaw, Illinois. (Journal History of August 31, Sept. 7, and Oct. 14, 1841)

Served in Eastern States Mission

1842 July 1 (Age 38) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Proselytizing
Marital Status
Married
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Residence When Called
Nauvoo, Illinois
Additional Notes

Willard Richards left Nauvoo, Illinois, July 1, 1842, for New England. (Journal History of July 1 1842.)

Wounded at the Martyrdom of Joseph & Hyrum Smith

1844 June 27 (Age 40)

 D&C 135:2 at Carthage, Illinois.   

Served in United States and Europe

1848 May 31 (Age 43) See Missionaries
Mission Type
Other
Priesthood Quorum
Quorum of the twelve
Priesthood Office
Apostle
Additional Notes

Willard Richards was appointed to travel and preach in the United States and Europe. (Journal History of May 31, 1848.)

Images
Mission Photo

Death in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah Territory, United States

1854 March 11 (Age 49)
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