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No picture available. Lyman R. (Royal) Sherman

1804 - 1839

  • Born 1804 Salem Massachusetts (? See text.)
  • Married Delcena Johnson 1829; six children
  • Baptized 1832
  • Helped Lay the Cornerstones of Kirtland Temple 1833
  • Ordained High Priest 1833
  • Participated in Zion's Camp 1834
  • Ordained Seventy and called to First Quorum of Seventy 1835
  • Participated in dedication of Kirtland Temple 1836
  • Received Revelation through Joseph Smith; See D&C 108
  • Released from Presidency of Seventy and member of First Quorum 1837
  • Called as an Apostle 1839 (see text)
  • Died 1839 Far West, Missouri

    Elder Lyman Royal Sherman was born May 22, 1804, the second child of eight born to Elkenah Sherman and Asenath Hurlbut. He is variously described as having been born  in Salem, Massachusetts or in Monkton, Vermont. Lyman married Delcena Didamia Johnson on January 16, 1829 by whom he would father six children.

    Benjamin F. Johnson, his brother-in-law, in writing his autobiography, spoke of Lyman meeting secretly with family members to read the Book of Mormon, such was the opposition to the work in his neighborhood. Nevertheless Lyman and his wife embraced the Gospel  and were baptized in January of 1832.

    A year later in 1833, Lyman and his family joined the saints by moving to Kirtland, Ohio. He was privileged to assist in laying the cornerstones of the Kirtland Temple in July of the same year. Lyman Sherman was soon afterward ordained a High Priest.

    In 1834 Lyman answered the call and joined the Zion's camp expedition to provide relief to the saints who were suffering persecution among the mobocrats of Missouri. As a result of his faithfulness he was ordained a Seventy on February 28 of 1835 and assigned to the First Quorum of Seventy and set apart as a president thereof. When it was found that he had previously been ordained a High Priest, he was released from the Presidency of the Seventy and invited to take his place among the High Priests. Josiah Butterfield was called to take his place in the Presidency.

    In the latter part of 1835, Lyman became somewhat exercised concerning the will of the Lord and that which he should do. He was told of the spirit to seek counsel under the hands of the Lord's Prophet. Accordingly, he approached Joseph Smith December 26, 1835 "for," said he, "I have been wrought upon to make known to you my feelings and desires, and was promised that I should have a revelation which should make known my duty." He was given a personal revelation through Joseph which we have as the 108th Section of the Doctrine and Covenants:

 1 VERILY thus saith the Lord unto you, my servant Lyman: Your sins are forgiven you, because you have obeyed my voice in coming up hither this morning to receive counsel of him whom I have appointed.

 2 Therefore, let your soul be at rest concerning your spiritual standing, and resist no more my voice.

 3 And arise up and be more careful henceforth in observing your vows, which you have made and do make, and you shall be blessed with exceeding great blessings.

 4 Wait patiently until the solemn assembly shall be called of my servants, then you shall be remembered with the first of mine elders, and receive right by ordination with the rest of mine elders whom I have chosen.

 5 Behold, this is the promise of the Father unto you if you continue faithful.

 6 And it shall be fulfilled upon you in that day that you shall have right to preach my gospel wheresoever I shall send you, from henceforth from that time.

 7 Therefore, strengthen your brethren in all your conversation, in all your prayers, in all your exhortations, and in all your doings.

 8 And behold, and lo, I am with you to bless you and deliver you forever. Amen.

    Even as he had participated in laying the cornerstones of the Kirtland Temple in 1833, he was likewise privileged to participate in its dedication in 1836. On October 10, 1837 he was called to fill a vacancy in the Kirtland High Council. He was to hold this position but a year before removing with his family to join the saints in Far West, Missouri in October of 1838. There he was called to serve as a temporary High Councilor on December 13, 1838.

    And there also he suffered the depredations of the savage mob. He succumbed to the vicious attacks and harsh Missouri Winter on January 27, 1839 in Far West, Caldwell County, Missouri, not having been notified in this life that he had been called to the Holy Apostleship and a position among the Twelve. He thus became one of the early martyrs to the restored Gospel.

    His family, left to fend for itself, made its way to Nauvoo, where on January 24, 1846, his faithful wife Delcena Didamia Johnson was sealed to him by proxy for all eternity. His family remained faithful and made the exodus to the Great Basin. Delcena died in 1854 in Salt Lake City.

    Smith, Smith, History of the Church, multiple citations; see index
    Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p.190
    Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol.4, Appendix 1
    Lyndon W. Cook, The Revelations of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p.217
    2005 Church Almanac, p.70

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