Willard Joseph Richards, Apostle, Church of Latter-Day Saints

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About Willard Joseph Richards, Apostle, Church of Latter-Day Saints

Wikipedia Biographical Summary:

"...Willard Richards (June 24, 1804 – March 11, 1854) was an early leader in the Latter Day Saint movement and served as Second Counselor in the First Presidency to church president Brigham Young in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1847 until his death.

"...Willard Richards was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to Joseph and Rhoda Howe Richards on June 24, 1804. At the age of four he injured his head in a fall and was left with some residual muscle tremor and paralysis. As the injury limited his physical activity, he focused his attention on education and obtained a teacher's certificate at age sixteen..."

"...At the age of thirty, after the death of his sister Susan, Richards decided to become a physician. He studied at the Thomson Infirmary in Boston focusing on medication and herbal preparations. He then settled in Holliston, Massachusetts, where he practiced medicine. From a 21st century perspective, he would probably be considered a pharmacist..."

"...In 1836, Richards was introduced to the newly published Book of Mormon by his cousins, Joseph and Brigham Young. He read the book twice within ten days and, after making the necessary preparations, left for Kirtland, Ohio to join the Church and be with the Saints. Richards was baptized there on December 31, 1836, by Brigham Young and ordained an Elder roughly two months later, in February 1837..."

"...Richards was ordained an Apostle on April 14, 1840 by Brigham Young. In 1841, he moved to Nauvoo, Illinois to be with the body of the Church and became the private secretary to Joseph Smith, Jr..."

"...Richards and his family left Nauvoo in February 1846 and spent the year at Winter Quarters, Nebraska. He traveled with Brigham Young and the first group into the Salt Lake Valley, returning to Winter Quarters that fall to gather his family for the trip west. He was called as Second Counselor in the First Presidency under Brigham Young on December 27, 1847 in Council Bluffs, Iowa. After moving to Utah, Richards was involved in establishing the Deseret News. He served as the first editor of the news.

He died in Salt Lake City on March 11, 1854..."

SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willard_Richards

AFN: 18QR-WN (shows Hopkinton, Middlesex, MA as birthplace)

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Willard Joseph Richards, Apostle, Church of Latter-Day Saints's Timeline

June 24, 1804
Hopkinton, Middlesex, MA, USA
August 1804
Hopkinton, Middleses, Massachusetts, USA
May 18, 1812
Age 7
January 13, 1814
Age 9
Limehouse (London),, England
February 17, 1815
Age 10
King Stanley, Gloucesters., England
February 13, 1817
Age 12
Leek, Staffordshire, England
March 24, 1820
Age 15
Farrington, Lancashire, England
December 31, 1836
Age 32