|Quorum of the Twelve Apostles|
|February 12, 1849– May 27, 1888|
|LDS Church Apostle|
|February 12, 1849– May 27, 1888|
|Reason||Reorganization of First Presidency; excommunication of Lyman Wight|
at end of term
|Marriner W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, and Abraham H. Cannon ordained|
November 9, 1818
St. Johnsbury, Vermont, United States
|Died||May 27, 1888
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
|Resting place||Salt Lake City Cemetery
Erastus Snow (November 9, 1818 – May 27, 1888) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) from 1849 to until his death. Snow was also a leading figure in Mormon colonization of Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico.
Born in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, Snow joined the institutional predecessor of the LDS Church, the Church of Christ, in the early 1830s. One of the missionaries who taught him was Orson Pratt. Snow's brother, Zerubbabel Snow, joined the church prior to him.
Snow moved to Kirtland, Ohio, where the church was headquartered, but spent much of his time on missions, primarily in Pennsylvania. He later served a mission to Salem, Massachusetts, where he baptized several converts, including Nathaniel Ashby, a man with whom he shared a duplex when they both resided in Nauvoo, Illinois.
At the October 1849 general conference, Snow was assigned to lead a mission to Scandinavia. He had as a companion a Danish convert, Peter O. Hansen, who had joined the church in Boston. They focused most of their efforts in Denmark, but another convert had joined them, John E. Forsgren, who preached in Sweden.
While serving as a missionary in Denmark, Snow baptized the first Icelanders to join the church, ordained them to the priesthood, and sent them to Iceland to preach. Before the end of his mission, Snow began the publication of a church periodical in Danish.
In 1860, Snow went with Orson Pratt on a mission to the Eastern States. By the time they reached the Eastern United States, Abraham Lincoln had been elected president. With the impending war, they were able to convince many church members to move to Utah. Much of this migration happened in 1861 after the American Civil War had begun.
- Snow, Charles C. Rich, Lorenzo Snow, and Franklin D. Richards were ordained on the same day to fill four vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.
- Three apostles were ordained to fill three vacancies in the Quorum of the Twelve which were occasioned by the deaths of Snow and John Taylor and the reorganization of the First Presidency under Wilford Woodruff.
- Smith 1994, p. 16
- Larson, Karl Andrew. Erastus Snow: The Life of a Missionary and Pioneer for the Early Mormon Church (Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, 1971) p. 80.
- Allen, James B. and Glen M. Leonard. The Story of the Latter-day Saints (2d ed.) pp. 256-57.
- Erastus Snow and Lorenzo Snow were only distantly related and did not know one another until they both became Latter Day Saints.
- Deseret Morning News Church Almanac, p. 319.[full citation needed]
- Mulder, William, Homeward to Zion (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1957).
- Larson, Karl Andrew, Erastus Snow: The Life of a Missionary and Pioneer for the Early Mormon Church (Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah Press, 1971) p. 225.
- Yorgason, Blaine M. (2013). All That Was Promised. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book. pp. 77–96. ISBN 9781609073671.
- Snow College is also named after Lorenzo Snow.
- Snowflake is also named after William J. Flake.
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- "Snow, Erastus" in the Utah History Encyclopedia
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|Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
February 12, 1849 – May 27, 1888
Franklin D. Richards