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Revelation, 12 October 1833 [D&C 100]

unto this calling even to be a spokesman unto my servant Joseph and I will give unto him power to be mighty in testimony and I will give unto thee power to be mighty in expounding all schriptures

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that thou mayest be a spokesman unto him and he shall be a revelator unto thee that thou mayest know the certanty of all things pertaining to the things of my kingdom on the earth6

Rigdon later stated that he had been “consecrated a spokesman” to JS. The day after this revelation was dictated, JS noted each of their ministerial roles: “Brother Sidney preached & I bear record to the people.” Shortly after their return from Canada, JS wrote that Sidney Rigdon was “a man of great power of words and [could] gain the friendship of his hearrers very quick.” (Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Minutes, 7 Aug. 1844; JS, Journal, 13 Oct. and 14–19 Nov. 1833; see also Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:23].)  


Therefore continue your journey and let your hearts rejoice for behold and lo I am with you even unto the end7

See Matthew 28:20.  


And now I give unto you a word concerning Zion Zion shall be redeemed altho she is chasened for a little season8

Regarding the Saints’ recent troubles in Missouri and the notion that Zion must be chastened, see Letter from John Whitmer, 29 July 1833.  


thy breatheren my servents Orson Hyde

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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and John Gould

21 Dec. 1784–25 June 1855. Pastor, farmer. Born in New Hampshire. Married first Oliva Swanson of Massachusetts. Resided at Portsmouth, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire, 1808. Lived in Vermont. Moved to northern Pennsylvania, 1817. Served as minister in Freewill...

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are in my hands and inasmuch as they keep my commandments

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they shall be saved9

Responding to the news of violence perpetrated against church members in Jackson County, Missouri, JS sent Orson Hyde and John Gould with letters, other documents, and information to the Church of Christ leadership in Jackson County in late August 1833. Hyde and Gould arrived in Jackson County in the latter half of September and assisted beleaguered church members in their efforts to obtain protection against violence. Hyde and Gould returned to Kirtland shortly after attacks against church members again erupted in early November. They arrived on 25 November 1833 with “the melencholly intelegen [intelligence] of the riot in Zion with the inhabitants in pers[e]cuting the breth[r]en.” (Historical Introduction to Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833; Knight, History, 439; “History of Orson Hyde,” 12, Historian’s Office, Histories of the Twelve, ca. 1856–1858, 1861, CHL; JS, Journal, 25 Nov. 1833.)  


therefore let your hearts be comforted10

See Revelation, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:1].  


for all things shall work together for good11

See Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:24]; and Romans 8:28.  


to them that walk uprightly and to the sactifycation sanctification of the church

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for I will raise up unto myself a pure people that will serve me in righteousness and all that call on the name of the Lord and keep his commandments shall be saved even so Amen [p. [2]]
unto this calling even to be a spokesman unto  my servant Joseph and I will give unto him power  to be mighty in testimony and I will give unto  the<e> power to be mighty in expounding all schrip tures

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that thou mayest be a spokesman unto  him and he shall be a revelator unto thee that  thou mayest know the certanty of all things  pertaining to the things of my kingdom on  the earth6

Rigdon later stated that he had been “consecrated a spokesman” to JS. The day after this revelation was dictated, JS noted each of their ministerial roles: “Brother Sidney preached & I bear record to the people.” Shortly after their return from Canada, JS wrote that Sidney Rigdon was “a man of great power of words and [could] gain the friendship of his hearrers very quick.” (Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Minutes, 7 Aug. 1844; JS, Journal, 13 Oct. and 14–19 Nov. 1833; see also Revelation, 7 Dec. 1830 [D&C 35:23].)  


Therefore continue your journey  and let your hearts rejoice for behold and  lo I am with you even unto the end7

See Matthew 28:20.  


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And now I give unto you a word concern ing Zion Zion shall be redeemed altho she  is chasened for a little season8

Regarding the Saints’ recent troubles in Missouri and the notion that Zion must be chastened, see Letter from John Whitmer, 29 July 1833.  


thy breathe ren my servents Orson [Hyde]

8 Jan. 1805–28 Nov. 1878. Laborer, clerk, storekeeper, teacher, editor, businessman, lawyer, judge. Born at Oxford, New Haven Co., Connecticut. Son of Nathan Hyde and Sally Thorpe. Moved to Derby, New Haven Co., 1812. Moved to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, ...

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and John [Gould]

21 Dec. 1784–25 June 1855. Pastor, farmer. Born in New Hampshire. Married first Oliva Swanson of Massachusetts. Resided at Portsmouth, Rockingham Co., New Hampshire, 1808. Lived in Vermont. Moved to northern Pennsylvania, 1817. Served as minister in Freewill...

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are in my  hands and inasmuch as they keep my com mandments

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they shall be saved9

Responding to the news of violence perpetrated against church members in Jackson County, Missouri, JS sent Orson Hyde and John Gould with letters, other documents, and information to the Church of Christ leadership in Jackson County in late August 1833. Hyde and Gould arrived in Jackson County in the latter half of September and assisted beleaguered church members in their efforts to obtain protection against violence. Hyde and Gould returned to Kirtland shortly after attacks against church members again erupted in early November. They arrived on 25 November 1833 with “the melencholly intelegen [intelligence] of the riot in Zion with the inhabitants in pers[e]cuting the breth[r]en.” (Historical Introduction to Letter to Church Leaders in Jackson Co., MO, 18 Aug. 1833; Knight, History, 439; “History of Orson Hyde,” 12, Historian’s Office, Histories of the Twelve, ca. 1856–1858, 1861, CHL; JS, Journal, 25 Nov. 1833.)  


therefore let  your hearts be comforted10

See Revelation, 6 Aug. 1833 [D&C 98:1].  


for all things shall  work together for good11

See Revelation, 8 Mar. 1833 [D&C 90:24]; and Romans 8:28.  


to them that walk  uprightly and to the sactifycation [sanctification] of the chur ch

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for I will raise up unto myself a pure  people that will serve me in righteousness  and all that call on the name of the Lord  and keep his commandments shall be saved  even so Amen [p. [2]]
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Among the most fruitful areas for proselytizing in the early years of the Church of Christ

The Book of Mormon related that when Christ set up his church in the Americas, “they which were baptized in the name of Jesus, were called the church of Christ.” The first name used to denote the church JS organized on 6 April 1830 was “the Church of Christ...

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were the regions around eastern Lake Erie and southwestern Lake Ontario. In the words of the 12 October 1833 revelation featured here and the minutes from a church conference

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, that region was primed for the “salvation of souls.” In March 1833, several men left Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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, Ohio, to go eastward to this region and “preach by the way.”1 That summer, The Evening and the Morning Star published letters from various missionaries that described their successful conversion efforts. Gideon Carter

1798–25 Oct. 1838. Born at Killingworth, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. Son of Gideon Carter and Johanna Sims. Moved to Benson, Rutland Co., Vermont, by 1810. Married first Hilah (Hilda) Burwell, 1822. Moved to Amherst, Lorain Co., Ohio, 1831. Baptized into ...

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wrote that “in all the regions round about, especially east, much addition is made to several churches, and new ones are springing up.” Sylvester Smith

25 Mar. 1806–22 Feb. 1880. Farmer, carpenter, lawyer, realtor. Born at Tyringham, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. Son of Chileab Smith and Nancy Marshall. Moved to Amherst, Lorain Co., Ohio, ca. 1815. Married Elizabeth Frank, 27 Dec. 1827, likely in Chautauque...

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reported on fifteen churches established between Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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and Chenango

Created in south-central New York state, 1798. Population in 1830 about 37,000. In this county, Josiah Stowell employed JS as farmhand and millworker, 1825–1827. JS married Emma Hale in South Bainbridge, Chenango Co., 1827. JS was charged with and acquitted...

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, New York, some of which were composed of almost one hundred members, and “in nearly all of them, the work is still going on.”2

“Progress of the Church of Christ,” The Evening and the Morning Star, July 1833, 108.  


Missionaries were also successfully proselytizing in western New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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. In an early September 1833 letter, JS mentioned the proselytizing work of David W. Patten

14 Nov. 1799–25 Oct. 1838. Farmer. Born in Vermont. Son of Benoni Patten and Edith Cole. Moved to Theresa, Oneida Co., New York, as a young child. Moved to Dundee, Monroe Co., Michigan Territory, as a youth. Married Phoebe Ann Babcock, 1828, in Dundee. Affiliated...

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in New York, near the Upper Canadian

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border along the southern shore of Lake Ontario, that brought about eighty members into the church.3

Letter to Vienna Jaques, 4 Sept. 1833; see also Patten, Journal, 28 Dec. 1833.  


In 1833, Amasa Lyman

30 Mar. 1813–4 Feb. 1877. Boatman, gunsmith, farmer. Born at Lyman, Grafton Co., New Hampshire. Son of Boswell Lyman and Martha Mason. Baptized into LDS church by Lyman E. Johnson, 27 Apr. 1832. Moved to Hiram, Portage Co., Ohio, May–June 1832. Ordained an...

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also traveled to nearby Cattaraugus County, New York, and other areas where he “held one hundred and fifty-two meetings, and saw one hundred souls added to the church.”4

“Amasa Lyman’s History,” Deseret News (Salt Lake City), 8 Sept. 1858, 117.  


JS and Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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also experienced a successful missionary journey in this region. In October 1833, they traveled to Upper Canada at the request of new converts Freeman

5 Feb. 1779–22 Jan. 1847. Seaman. Born at South Dennis, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. Son of Eleazer Nickerson and Thankful Chase. Moved to Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1800. Married Huldah Chapman, 19 Jan. 1801, at Cavendish. Served as officer in Vermont...

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and Huldah Nickerson.
In April 1833, Zerubbabel Snow

29 Mar. 1809–27 Sept. 1888. Clerk, teacher, merchant, lawyer. Born at St. Johnsbury, Caledonia Co., Vermont. Son of Levi Snow and Lucina Streeter. Baptized into LDS church by Orson Pratt and Lyman E. Johnson, 1832. Ordained an elder by JS and Frederick G....

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had baptized

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Freeman Nickerson

5 Feb. 1779–22 Jan. 1847. Seaman. Born at South Dennis, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. Son of Eleazer Nickerson and Thankful Chase. Moved to Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1800. Married Huldah Chapman, 19 Jan. 1801, at Cavendish. Served as officer in Vermont...

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, who lived in Perrysburg

Also spelled Perrysburgh. Located in northwestern New York state, about six miles southeast of Lake Erie. Created 1814; first known as Perry Township. Name changed to Perrysburg, 1818. Population in 1830 about 2,400. Branch of LDS church organized in township...

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, Cattaraugus County, New York.5

Historian’s Office, Obituary Notices of Distinguished Persons, 45; 1830 U.S. Census, Perrysburg, Cattaraugus Co., NY, 224. On 12 March 1833, a council of high priests instructed Zerubbabel Snow and Horace Cowin to journey together “to the East.” It is not clear if Huldah Nickerson, Freeman’s wife, was baptized at the same time as her husband, though she appears to have been a member of the church by June 1833. (Minute Book 1, 12 Mar. 1833; “Autobiography of Moses C. Nickerson,” True Latter Day Saints’ Herald, 15 July 1870, 425.)  


Moses Nickerson

9 Mar. 1804–4 Mar. 1871. Tinsmith, merchant, farmer. Born at Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Freeman Nickerson and Huldah Chapman. Moved to Mount Pleasant, Brantford Township, Wentworth Co. (later Brant Co.), Gore District (later in Ontario), Upper...

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, who lived in Upper Canada

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, visited his parents, Freeman and Huldah, in Perrysburg in June 1833 and, according to his later autobiography, “heard for the first time what was then known as Mormonism.” He recalled being “favorably inclined towards the doctrine preached” and requested his parents to “have some of the elders visit us in Canada

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if they could make it convenient.” In September, Freeman and Huldah visited Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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and requested that JS and Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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preach to others in the Nickerson family in New York

Located in northeast region of U.S. Area settled by Dutch traders, 1620s; later governed by Britain, 1664–1776. Admitted to U.S. as state, 1788. Population in 1810 about 1,000,000; in 1820 about 1,400,000; in 1830 about 1,900,000; and in 1840 about 2,400,...

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and Upper Canada.6

“Autobiography of Moses C. Nickerson,” True Latter Day Saints’ Herald, 15 July 1870, 425.  


On 5 October 1833, JS and Rigdon left Kirtland to go east with Freeman and Huldah Nickerson. Before JS left, David Elliott

18 Nov. 1799–2 Dec. 1855. Blacksmith. Born at Charleston, Montgomery Co., New York. Son of Peter Elliott and Phebe Holley. Married first Almira Holliday of Solon, Cortland Co., New York, ca. 1821. Married second Margery Quick. Lived at Ithaca, Tompkins Co...

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also requested that JS and Rigdon “call on his Brother in Law” in Upper Canada, and JS’s uncle John Smith

16 July 1781–23 May 1854. Farmer. Born at Derryfield (later Manchester), Rockingham Co., New Hampshire. Son of Asael Smith and Mary Duty. Member of Congregational church. Appointed overseer of highways at Potsdam, St. Lawrence Co., New York, 1810. Married...

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asked him to call on Richard Lyman, John’s brother-in-law, in the same region.7

JS, Journal, 4 and 5 Oct. 1833.  


In a letter written five days after JS, Rigdon, and the Nickersons left Kirtland, Frederick G. Williams

28 Oct. 1787–10 Oct. 1842. Ship’s pilot, teacher, physician, justice of the peace. Born at Suffield, Hartford Co., Connecticut. Son of William Wheeler Williams and Ruth Granger. Moved to Newburg, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, 1799. Practiced Thomsonian botanical system...

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explained that they had gone on a proselytizing mission through northwestern Pennsylvania

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, southwestern New York, and a portion of Upper Canada near the northeastern shore of Lake Erie and the southwestern shore of Lake Ontario.8

Frederick G. Williams, Kirtland, OH, to “Dear Brethren,” 10 Oct. 1833, in JS Letterbook 1, p. 57.  


On 12 October 1833, a week after their departure, the party reached the Nickerson home in Perrysburg

Also spelled Perrysburgh. Located in northwestern New York state, about six miles southeast of Lake Erie. Created 1814; first known as Perry Township. Name changed to Perrysburg, 1818. Population in 1830 about 2,400. Branch of LDS church organized in township...

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. Upon arriving, JS wrote in his diary, “I feel very well in my mind the Lord is with us but have much anxiety about my family.”9

JS, Journal, 6–12 Oct. 1833.  


The revelation featured here, recorded the same day, assured both JS and Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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that their families were well and would remain so. The main thrust of the revelation, however, was to encourage both men to preach according to the thoughts that would be given to them, assuring them that the Holy Spirit would confirm their message to many individuals in the region who were prepared to receive it. In addition, this revelation called Rigdon to act as a “spokesman” for JS and offered comfort concerning the hardships of church members in Jackson County

Settled at Fort Osage, 1808. County created, 16 Feb. 1825; organized 1826. Named after U.S. president Andrew Jackson. Featured fertile lands along Missouri River and was Santa Fe Trail departure point, which attracted immigrants to area. Area of county reduced...

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, Missouri, who were currently facing expulsion.
No doubt encouraged by this revelation, JS and Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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proceeded north from Perrysburg

Also spelled Perrysburgh. Located in northwestern New York state, about six miles southeast of Lake Erie. Created 1814; first known as Perry Township. Name changed to Perrysburg, 1818. Population in 1830 about 2,400. Branch of LDS church organized in township...

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and Lodi

Settled 1816. Named Lodi, 1822. Incorporated as Gowanda village, 1848. Straddled Cattaraugus River. Population in 1842 about 700. Transferred from Perrysburg to Persia Township when Persia was created, 1835.

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, New York, and then west across the Niagara River into Upper Canada

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. On 18 October 1833 they reached the village of Mount Pleasant

First settled, 1799. Population in 1846 about 130. JS preached at Mount Pleasant and baptized several people during mission to Upper Canada, Oct.–Nov. 1833.

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, near Brantford

In 1784, area designated by British government for Mohawk Indians to compensate for their losses in American Revolution and their faithfulness to Britain. First known as Brant’s ford. First white settlers arrived, 1805; Mohawks surrendered land to Crown, ...

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, and were “kindly received” by Freeman Nickerson

5 Feb. 1779–22 Jan. 1847. Seaman. Born at South Dennis, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts. Son of Eleazer Nickerson and Thankful Chase. Moved to Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont, 1800. Married Huldah Chapman, 19 Jan. 1801, at Cavendish. Served as officer in Vermont...

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’s sons Eleazer Freeman Nickerson

2/12 Apr. 1806–16/14 Sept. 1862. Merchant, farmer. Born at Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Freeman Nickerson and Huldah Chapman. Moved to Dayton, Cattaraugus Co., New York, mid 1820s. Moved to Mount Pleasant, Brantford Township, Wentworth Co. (later...

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and Moses Nickerson

9 Mar. 1804–4 Mar. 1871. Tinsmith, merchant, farmer. Born at Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Freeman Nickerson and Huldah Chapman. Moved to Mount Pleasant, Brantford Township, Wentworth Co. (later Brant Co.), Gore District (later in Ontario), Upper...

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. On Sunday, 20 October, they held a morning meeting at Brantford and an evening meeting at Mount Pleasant, at which “a very large” congregation “gave good heed to the things which were spoken.”10

JS, Journal, 14–18 and 20–25 Oct. 1833.  


After preaching in the area the next week, the two missionaries baptized twelve people on Sunday, 27 October, and two more on Monday, 28 October; those baptized included Moses and Eleazer Freeman Nickerson, as well as Lydia Goldthwaite Bailey. JS and Rigdon also conferred the gift of the Holy Ghost

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on those recently baptized and ordained Eleazer Freeman Nickerson an elder

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. The two missionaries departed for their homes in Kirtland

Located ten miles south of Lake Erie. Settled by 1811. Organized by 1818. Population in 1830 about 55 Latter-day Saints and 1,000 others; in 1838 about 2,000 Saints and 1,200 others; in 1839 about 100 Saints and 1,500 others. Mormon missionaries visited township...

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on 29 October and arrived on 4 November. JS wrote in his journal that he found his family “all well according to the promise of the Lord. for which blessings I feel to thank his holy name; Amen.”11
After JS and Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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’s preaching efforts, the church began to grow in the Mount Pleasant

First settled, 1799. Population in 1846 about 130. JS preached at Mount Pleasant and baptized several people during mission to Upper Canada, Oct.–Nov. 1833.

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area; by late December 1833 another twenty people had joined the Mount Pleasant branch

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of the Church of Christ. Moses Nickerson

9 Mar. 1804–4 Mar. 1871. Tinsmith, merchant, farmer. Born at Cavendish, Windsor Co., Vermont. Son of Freeman Nickerson and Huldah Chapman. Moved to Mount Pleasant, Brantford Township, Wentworth Co. (later Brant Co.), Gore District (later in Ontario), Upper...

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wrote to Sidney Rigdon

19 Feb. 1793–14 July 1876. Tanner, farmer, minister. Born at St. Clair, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Son of William Rigdon and Nancy Gallaher. Joined United Baptists, ca. 1818. Preached at Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, and vicinity, 1819–1821. Married Phebe...

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on 29 December, informing him that “your labors while in Canada

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have been the beginning of a good work: there are 34 members attached to the church at Mount Pleasent.”12

Moses Nickerson, Wendhom, Canada, to [Sidney Rigdon], 29 Dec. 1833, in The Evening and the Morning Star, Feb. 1834, 134.  


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