Lyman R. Sherman

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Lyman R. Sherman
First Seven Presidents of the Seventy
March 1, 1835 (1835-03-01) – April 6, 1837 (1837-04-06)
Called byJoseph Smith
End reasonHonorably released because he had already been ordained a high priest
Personal details
BornLyman Royal Sherman
(1804-05-22)May 22, 1804
Monkton, Vermont, United States
DiedJanuary or February 1839 (aged 34)
Far West, Missouri, United States

Lyman Royal Sherman (22 May 1804 – January or February 1839) was an early leader in the Latter Day Saint movement, an inaugural member of the Seven Presidents of the Seventy, and was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles but died before being informed and ordained.


Sherman was born in Monkton, Vermont to Elkanah Sherman and Asenath Hulbert. In 1832, he joined the Latter Day Saint Church of Christ and in 1834 was part of Zion's Camp.[1]

On January 16, 1839, Joseph Smith, along with Sidney Rigdon and Hyrum Smith, wrote Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball to call Sherman and George A. Smith to replace Thomas B. Marsh and Orson Hyde, respectively, in the Quorum of the Twelve.[2] The next month, on February 23, Kimball noted that George A. Smith was indeed added to the quorum, but Sherman died shortly after Joseph Smith wrote the letter. Kimball concluded that it was not the will of God for a man to take Hyde's place in the quorum.[3]

On the west side of the Latter Day Saints' temple in Kirtland stood a printing office. Enemies of the church were planning to use the printing press in a scheme against Joseph Smith. Sherman heard of the plot, and burned the printing press before it could happen. Winds saved the temple from catching fire.[4]

A section of the Doctrine and Covenants is a revelation received by Smith in response to a query from Sherman about the Lord's will for him.[5]

Sherman died in January or February 1839, in Far West, Missouri. His widow, Delcena Didamia Johnson, married Joseph Smith by July 1842.[6]


  1. ^ Compton, Todd (1997). In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith. Salt Lake City, Utah: Signature Books. p. 293.
  2. ^ Cook, Lyndon W. (Fall 1978). "Lyman Sherman—Man of God, Would-Be Apostle". BYU Studies. 19 (1).
  3. ^ Woodruff, Wilford (1981–1984). Scott G. Kenney (ed.). Wilford Woodruff's Journal, 9 vols. Midvale, Utah: Signature Books. pp. 5:298.
  4. ^ Susan Easton Black: "Who's Who in the Doctrine and Covenants"
  5. ^ The section is Section 108 in the LDS Church edition. The section is not included in the Community of Christ edition.
  6. ^ Compton, Todd (1997). In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith. Salt Lake City, Utah: Signature Books. p. 295.