Anson Call

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Anson Call (May 13, 1810 – August 31, 1890) was a Mormon pioneer and an early colonizer of many communities in Utah Territory and surrounding states.

Born at Fletcher, Vermont, Call was baptized a member of the Church of the Latter Day Saints in 1836.[1]

Call was with the Latter Day Saints in Kirtland, Ohio and Nauvoo. In Missouri, he was allegedly a member of the Danites,[2] although there is no reference to Danite activity or battles associated with the Danites in his personal memoirs or journals. During the Missouri years of the Latter Day Saint movement, Call's farm was stolen from him, and he reported that he was nearly murdered in his effort to regain it.[3] In 1848, he crossed the plains as a Mormon pioneer. He settled in Bountiful, Utah Territory, where he served as a bishop beginning in 1850.[1][4]

In 1851, Call led the first company of Latter-day Saints to settle at Fillmore, Utah Territory.[5]

Other areas Call helped colonized were Iron County, Utah; Tooele County, Utah; Carson Valley; and Calville, Arizona.[1]

In Mormon history, Call is perhaps most famous for recording Joseph Smith's Rocky Mountain prophecy.


  1. ^ a b c Kenneth Ray Call. "Anson Call" in Arnold K. Garr, Donald Q. Cannon, and Richard O. Cowan, ed., Encyclopedia of Latter-day Saint History. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Deseret Book, 2000) p. 170.
  2. ^ D. Michael Quinn (1994). The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power (Salt Lake City, Utah: Signature Books) ISBN 1-56085-056-6.
  3. ^ Anson Call (1854). Personal Journal. p. 17
  4. ^ Andrew Jenson. Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1941) p. 81.
  5. ^ Jenson, p. 250.