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Zenas H. Gurley, Sr.

Born: May 29, 1801

Death: Aug 28, 1871

Nationality: United States

Zenas H. Gurley, Sr.

Date of Birth : May 29, 1801
Date of Death : Aug 28, 1871

Zenas Hovey Gurley, Sr. was an important leader in the history of the Latter Day Saint movement. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on April 1, 1838, and became an elder soon thereafter. By the death of Joseph Smith in 1844, Gurley had been ordained a seventy. Beginning in 1849, Gurley led a branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Yellowstone, Wisconsin, in the early years after the succession crisis. In 1852, Gurley broke with James Strang over the issue of plural marriage and was eventually excommunicated from Strang's church. Along with Jason W. Briggs, Gurley became an important early leader of the "New Organization" of the church that developed in the Midwest in the 1850s. In 1853, he was called as an apostle in the New Organization, which is today known as the Community of Christ. Along with William Marks, Gurley ordained Joseph Smith III as President of the Church in 1860. Gurley's son Zenas H. Gurley, Jr. was called as an RLDS Church apostle in 1873.

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  • Zenos Gurley, Sr.
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