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  • Zions Camp 1834
  • Ordained Seventy and called to First Quorum of Seventy 1835

    Exceedingly little is known of Jezeniah (or Jaziniah) B. Smith. His name apppears only twice in the History of the Church, and since it appears with alternative spellings, we do not know which (if either) spelling is correct. He does not appear with either spelling in the Ancestral File, the International Genealogical Index, nor the Pedigree Resource File. Nor does he appear in any of the other resourses we have searched. Thus we know nothing of his birth nor his family.

    We may guess that he was an early convert to the Church, for he was among the some two hundred odd volunteers who accompanied the Prophet Joseph Smith on Zion's Camp in 1834, an expedition intended to provide relief to the saints suffering the depredations of the Missouri mobocrats. We might also surmise both that he was somewhat older than most of the volunteers since the Prophet refers to him as "Captain Jezeniah Smith" and that he came from a military, naval, or maritime background.

    He must have displayed a degree of faithfulness and valor for a year later in 1835 he was ordained a Seventy and called to serve in the First Quorum of the Seventy, thus joining the ranks of the General Authorities. With the issuance of that call, we lose track of Jezeniah B. Smith. He is not heard of again. We know nothing of any marriges or family, his later life, nor his death. Among General Authorities, he is the complete mystery man.

    Smith, History of the Church, vol.2 pp.72, 204, 252

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