Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Apostle that Wasn’t

Lyman Sherman
Lyman Sherman is the only man in this dispensation that holds the distinction of being called to the apostleship, but not actually ordained. He became sick and died before being ordained. What were the circumstances of his sickness?
a.          He took cold while visiting Joseph Smith in prison
b.          He took cold while crossing the plains
c.           He took cold while being re-baptized in the Mississippi River
d.          He took cold while performing baptisms for the dead in the Nauvoo Temple
Yesterday’s answer:
(C)   A note on the cobbler’s floor
John R. Winder, counselor in the First Presidency to Joseph F. Smith, joined the Church in England after he found a note of paper on the floor of the cobbler shop that he worked in. The only words on the note were “Latter-day Saints.” This note led him to Elder Orson Spencer and soon after John and his wife were converted.

Edward H. Anderson, “President John R. Winder.” Improvement Era 13 (May 1910), 617-627; Lawrence R. Flake, Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 187-89; Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia. 4 vols. 1901-36. Reprint, (Salt Lake City: Western Epics, 1971), 1:244.

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