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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]

He was with the Latter Day Saints in Kirtland, Missouri 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[3]. During the Missouri years of the Latter Day Saint movement, his farm was stolen from him, and he was nearly murdered in his effort to regain it.[4]. 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.[5][6]

In 1851, Call led the first company of Latter-day Saints to settle at Fillmore, Utah Territory.[7]

Other areas Call helped colonized were Iron County, Utah, Tooele County, Utah, Carson Valley and Calville, Arizona.[6]

In LDS history, he is perhaps most famous for recording Joseph Smith, Jr.'s Rocky Mountain prophecy.

References

  1. ^ Call, Kenneth Ray. "Anson Call" in Garr, Arnold K, 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 1560850566.
  3. ^ Anson Call (1854) Personal Journal
  4. ^ Anson Call (1854). Personal Journal. p. 17
  5. ^ Jenson. Encyclopedic History. p. 81
  6. ^ a b Garr. LDS History. p. 170
  7. ^ Jenson, Andrew. Encyclopedic History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. (Salt Lake City: Deseret News Press, 1941) p. 250
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