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Leman Copley

Born: Mar 25, 1781

Nationality: United States

Leman Copley

Date of Birth : Mar 25, 1781

Leman Copley was an early convert to Mormonism. Born in Connecticut, Copley moved to Rutland County, Vermont sometime before 1800 and was living in Thompson Township, Ohio by 1820. Prior to his conversion to Mormonism, Copley was a Shaker. In March 1831, Copley was called by Joseph Smith, Jr. to preach the gospel to the Shakers along with Sidney Rigdon and Parley P. Pratt. When the members of the branch of the Church of Christ from Colesville, New York came to settle in Ohio, Copley consecrated his large farm for their settlement. When he and the church had a falling out he forced them all to leave. Joseph Smith received a revelation to have the "Colesville Saints" go to Missouri, where God would reveal to Smith the location of land of Zion. This was the beginning of the church's movement to Missouri and the dual centers of church activity. In June 1831, Copley was excommunicated from the Latter Day Saint church. He was readmitted to the church in October 1832. He served another mission with Doctor Hurlbut. After the death of Joseph Smith, Copley joined the Church of Christ which was led by Hazen Aldrich.

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