Joseph Angell Young
|Joseph Angell Young|
|LDS Church Apostle|
|February 4, 1864– August 5, 1875|
|Reason||Brigham Young's discretion|
at end of term
Joseph Angell Young|
October 14, 1834
August 5, 1875 (aged 40)|
Manti, Utah Territory
Mormon Pioneer Memorial|
Joseph Angell Young (October 14, 1834 – August 5, 1875) was an apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Young is one of the few Latter-day Saints in history to have been ordained to the office of apostle without ever becoming a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles or the First Presidency of the church.
Young was born in Kirtland, Ohio, the eldest child of Brigham Young and Mary Ann Angell. He was baptized into the church in Kirtland by his father at the age of eight. In 1847, Young travelled with his family and a group of Mormon pioneers from Nauvoo, Illinois to the Salt Lake Valley.
Young was a missionary for the LDS Church in England from 1854 to 1856, working in Liverpool, Manchester, and Bradford. Upon his return to Utah Territory, Young married Margaret Whitehead, a native of England.
In 1864, Brigham Young privately ordained two of his sons—Brigham Young, Jr. and Joseph Angell—to the priesthood office of apostle, without a public announcement or adding them to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Brigham had also previously ordained his son John Willard Young an apostle in 1855. Unlike his two brothers, Joseph Angell would never become a member of the First Presidency nor, like Brigham Jr., a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Joseph Angell was active in territorial politics and was a member of the Utah Territory's House of Representatives in its 6th, 11th, and 12th sessions and was a member of the territory's upper chamber in its 14th through 19th sessions.
In 1872, Young was called to preside over the Sevier District of the church in present-day central Utah. He became the first stake president of the Sevier Stake when it was organized in 1874. Young served only a few months before dying unexpectedly in Manti, Utah Territory at the age of forty. He was buried in the Brigham Young Cemetery in Salt Lake City.
- Todd Compton (Winter 2002). "John Willard Young, Brigham Young, and the Development of Presidential Succession in the LDS Church" (PDF). Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. 35 (4): 111–12. Retrieved 2014-12-09.
- Since Young was not a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles or the First Presidency, no one was called to the apostleship as a replacement after he died.
- David Whitmer was an ordained apostle but was never a member of either quorum. Some have also suggested that Martin Harris was an ordained apostle. See Brigham Young, Journal of Discourses 6:320 and Heber C. Kimball, Journal of Discourses 6:29.
- Andrew Jenson, Latter-day Saints Biographical Encyclopedia vol. 1, pp. 518–19.
- Jenson, Andrew. Latter-day Saints Biographical Encyclopedia. vol. 1. Salt Lake City: Andrew Jenson History Company, 1901.
- Warnock, Irvin, and Lexia Warnock, eds. Our Own Sevier. Richfield, Utah: Sevier County Commissioners, 1965.
- Young, Brigham. Letters of Brigham Young to His Sons. Edited and with an introduction by Dean C. Jessee. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 1974.