Abraham Owen Smoot

Abraham Owen Smoot (1815-1895) was born 17 Feb. 1815 in Kentucky. He was the son of George Smoot and Nancy Rowlett. He married Margaret T. Atkinson on 12 Nov. 1838 in Caldwell Co., Missouri; participated in plural marriage. He was baptized 22 Mar. 1835 in Henry Co., Tennessee. He served with Wilford Woodruff as a missionary in the Southern States Mission in 1835 and 1836. He died 6 Mar. 1895 in Provo, Utah Co., Utah Territory.


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    February 16, 1836 ~ Tuesday Feb 16 Rode to Br Petty's Preached at his house. 10 miles & Wrote A Letter to John Whitmer & Jared Carter & sent them two subscribers for M[essenger] & Ad[vocate] & 8 baptised since Dec 1st 1835 & sent them in the Letter $40. dollars & an account of $5, dollars that I sent in Seth Utley's Letter. $45 dollars the whole $6, dollars was for papers & ...
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    And it was carried by a clear voice after which Presdt Woodruff Proceded to ordain Abram O Smoot Elder & Benjamin Boydstun Elder & Daniel Thomas & Benjamin Clapp Priest's & James Allen Teacher & Henry Thomas & John Camp Deacon. After Which Seven branches of the Church was represented Presdt Woodruff represented, one Branch on Egle Creek Benton Tenn 15 in good standing one at Chalk Level 21 in good standing
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    March 13, 1836 ~ Sunday March 13 Sunday Preached at Br Taylors communed with the Saints[.] after meetings visited Sister Chumbley who lay apparently upon a bed of Death but was resigned to the will of God & After bidding her farewell I left in company with Elder Abram O Smoot who has now commenced travling with me to Preach the gospel of the Son of God may the Lord bless us & enable us to do much good rode to Mr John Landers Preached ...
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    Soon after the meeting was dissmissed Miss Elizabeth Wilson was attacked with violent sickness {Elder Wells and myself assisted her throughout the night} we thought she would soon depart but the Lord was merciful unto her {Elizabeth was a lady possessing a generous heart a refined mind and adoring and expanded} thought {celebrated for her accomplishment and the knowledge and right she possesses and [uses] her} qualifications {to the best advantage} Elizabeth had much influence in the society of her acquaintance esspecially her sect March 29, 1836 ~ Tuesday March 29th ...
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    April 7, 1836 ~ Thursday Aprail 7th Rode to Br Simeon Hendricks & Spent the day in teaching them & strivings to reinstate them into their former faith & fellowship which had been shaken by wrong constructions upon the Law of the Church &c by Elder Cathcart these are days of trial Who is weak & I am not weak Who is offended and I burn not O my God give me wisdom & spirit to feed the flock & proclaim against every evil Spirit. held a debate with Mr
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    it was A happy meeting he had Been with Elder Patten & his wife for several days Br Smoot related the news to me from Br Patten which was glorious in the first degree he gave me an account of the endowment at Kirtland Ohio the heavens was opened unto them Angels & Jesus Christ was seen of them sitting at the right hand of the father he also informed me that Elder W Parish ...
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    ADVENTURE IN BLOODY RIVER. I told him we did not really consider them essential to salva- tion. He said he did, and therefore should not join our Church. On the 4th of April, 1835, I had the happy privilege of meeting Elder Warren Parrish at the house of Brother Frys. He had been preaching in that part of Tennessee, in company with David W. Patten, and had baptized a number and organ- ized several small branches. Brother Patten had ...
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    SUMMARY OF MY LABORS DURING THE YEAR. This brings the year 1835 to a close—the first year of my mission—during which time I had traveled three thousand two hundred and forty-eight miles, held one hundred and seventy meetings, baptized forty-three persons—three of whom were Campbellite preachers—assisted Elder Parrish to baptize twenty more, confirmed thirty-five, organized three branches, ordained two Teachers and one Deacon, procured thirty sub- scribers for the Messenger and Advocate, one hundred and seventy-three singers to the petition to the governor of
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    LEAVES FROM MY JOURNAL. After conference I took Brothers Smoot and Clapp with me to preach. The former traveled with me constantly till the 21st of April, when we had the privilege of meeting with Elder David W. Patten, who had come direct from Kirtland, and who had been ordained one of the Twelve Apostles. It was a happy meeting. He gave us an account of the endowments at Kirtland, the glorious blessings received, the ministration of ...
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    LEAVES FROM MY JOURNAL. I was invited to hold a meeting at a Baptist meeting house on the 27th of June. On my arrival I met a large congrega- tion; but, on commencing meeting, Parson Browning ordered the meeting to be closed. I told the people I had come ten miles to preach the gospel to them, and was willing to stand in a cart, on a pile of wood, on a fence, or any other place they would appoint, to have that privilege. One man said he owned the fence ...