APOSTLES – Excommunications & Reinstatements
QUESTION: Can you name the three brethren of this dispensation who were dropped from the Quorum of the Twelve and then later re-instated to the Quorum?
ANSWER: The three brethren are Orson Hyde, Orson
Pratt, and Amasa M. Lyman. Elder Hyde
was dropped on
QUESTION: One of the apostles who served in the Quorum of the Twelve in this dispensation was baptized a member of the Church, ordained an apostle, and placed in the Quorum of the 12 all on the SAME day. Can you name him?
ANSWER: This could be considered a "trick"
question, but it is nevertheless true.
Orson Pratt was initially ordained an apostle on
QUESTION: One of the apostles of this dispensation served as a bishop of a ward AFTER having served in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles! Can you name this apostle and the circumstances that led to this unusual occurrence?
ANSWER: Elder Luke S. Johnson was one of the original
twelve apostles. He was excommunicated
in 1838 due to apostasy. He was
rebaptized in 1846 in
QUESTION: One of the members of the original Quorum of the Twelve was ordained as Patriarch to the Church, but he was rejected as such by the membership of the Church and was not sustained in this calling. Shortly thereafter he was excommunicated from the Church. Can you name this apostle?
ANSWER: William B. Smith, brother of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. He was excommunicated in October of 1845.
QUESTION: One of the early apostles of this dispensation is said to have served nearly 100 missions for the church. One of these missions lasted for well over 4 years. His dedication to the Prophet Joseph was legendary. Unfortunately, later in his life, he publicly preached that the atonement of the Savior was not necessary for our salvation. Unwilling to abandon such heresy, he was released as an apostle and eventually excommunicated from the church. Can you name this apostle?
ANSWER: This apostle was Elder Amasa M. Lyman. He was excommunicated in 1870, having served as an apostle for 23 years.
QUESTION: Two apostles resigned from the Quorum of the Twelve on the same day. Can you name these two apostles and identify the circumstances surrounding their resignations?
ANSWER: Elders Matthias F. Cowley and John W. Taylor
both resigned from the apostleship on
QUESTION: How many apostles have been excommunicated, disfellowshipped, or released in this dispensation?
ANSWER: Eighteen apostles have been excommunicated, disfellowshipped, or released in this dispensation. They are, followed by the year in which their service in the apostleship came to an end, John F. Boynton (1837), Luke S. Johnson (1838), Lyman E. Johnson (1838), William M’Lellin (1838), Oliver Cowdery (1838), Thomas B. Marsh (1839), Orson Hyde (1839), Orson Pratt (1842), William B. Smith (1845), John D. Page (1846), Lyman Wight (1848), Amasa M. Lyman (1867), Albert Carrington (1885), John W. Young (1891), Moses Thatcher (1896), Matthias F. Cowley (1905), John W. Taylor (1905), and Richard R. Lyman (1943).