Franklin Dewey Richards

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Franklin D. Richards

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  • Birth: (2 Apr 1821) (Richmond, Berkshire, Massachusetts, USA)
  • Death: (9 Dec 1899 (Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA)
  • Burial: (12 Dec 1899) (Ogden, Weber, Utah, USA)

History

A member of the Council of Twelve Apostles from 1849 to 1898, was the son of Phineas Richards and Wealthy Dewey. a member of the Council of Twelve Apostles from 1849 to 1898, was the son of Phineas Richards and Wealthy Dewey.

In the summer of 1836, Elders Joseph and Brigham Young came from Ohio to Richmond as messengers of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. They left a copy of the Book of Mormon with the Richards family and it was carefully and intelligently perused. Franklin brought all the ardor of his studious mind to bear upon it, and after having studied it carefully, accepted it as the truth and believed. In the autumn of that year (1836) Willard and Levi Richards went to Kirtland, Ohio, as delegates and leaders of the family to the truth. They accepted the gospel and remained.

In the summer of 1836, Elders Joseph and Brigham Young came from Ohio to Richmond as messengers of the true gospel of Jesus Christ. They left a copy of the Book of Mormon with the Richards family and it was carefully and intelligently perused. Franklin brought all the ardor of his studious mind to bear upon it, and after having studied it carefully, accepted it as the truth and believed. In the autumn of that year (1836) Willard and Levi Richards went to Kirtland, Ohio, as delegates and leaders of the family to the truth. They accepted the gospel and remained.

3rd day of June, 1838, Phineas had the pleasure of immersing his son within the waters of Mill creek in Richmond, his native town. Franklin abandoned his employment, and left Richmond for Far West, Missouri, October 22, 1838. It was a lonely, toilsome journey. On the 30th of October he crossed the Alleghanies; and almost at the same hour, his beloved brother, George Spencer Richards, was slain by an assassin mob at Haun's Mill. But the news of his brother's tragic death, and the hideous stories of the "Mormon War," were alike powerless to restrain his purpose and he journeyed on eventfully. After visiting Far West and gaining confirmation of his faith, he found employment along the Mississippi river.

In May, 1839, he first met the Prophet Joseph, and the following spring, April 9, 1840, he was ordained to the calling of a Seventy by Joseph Young, and was appointed to a mission in northern Indiana. He journeyed and preached with great success; established, by his own personal efforts, a branch of the Church in Porter county; and before he was twenty years of age delivered, at Plymouth, a series of public lectures which attracted much attention. The April conference for the year 1841 saw him at Nauvoo an adoring witness to the laying of the corner stone of the Temple; and at this eventful gathering he was called to renew his labors in the region of northern Indiana. . .

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