Among the primary twelve apostles in the first times of the Last mentioned Time Saints Movement. In his early 20s, out of interest he made a decision to go to a sermon from the The LDS Cathedral; he noticed the gospel and significantly less than a calendar year later joined up with the cathedral. After Joseph Smith’s murder as well as the Mormon exodus from Illinois, he helped to make the plan because of their migration to Utah. He wedded Vilate Murray in 1822; he was 21 at that time. He was a good friend and counselor to Smith’s successor, Brigham Youthful.