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Was Sidney Rigdon an apostle?


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If I remember right, at first the original "counselors" were not Apostles. So no, he doesn't seem to have been an Apostle. This is all I could find on your questions at the moment.

In March 1833 Sidney Rigdon and Frederick G. Williams were formally set apart as counselors to Joseph Smith in the First Presidency. Sidney had already been called as a counselor to Joseph a year earlier, before there was a First Presidency.

One thing to note is that Rigdon and Brigham really were the only ones that were considered to have any sort of "valid" claim to the succession. Joseph's Son never was in the running as RLDS/COC like to manufacture. Of course, scripture wise Brigham had it locked, but Rigdon could be seen reasonably to have some authority since he was one of the counselors. One interesting thing about that as well is that Joseph had technically previously "removed" Rigdon from being a counselor, though the saints kept him in place by vote of the Church. So, it seems in every way, he was not meant to lead the Church, especially when you add a "miracle" to Brigham's speaking about the issue to the Saints, as well as Rigdon ultimately failing to build a Church with any longevity.

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No, Rigdon was never ordained an apostle. None of the counselors in the First Presidency during Joseph Smith's lifetime were apostles aside from Oliver Cowdery, who served as Assistant President/Counselor.

Since then there's been a few other non-Apostles who served in the First Presidency. The most recent was Thorpe B. Isaacson, who was Assistant to the Twelve, and then called as a counselor to David O. McKay. Before him, Charles W. Nibley, who was the Presiding Bishop, was called as a counselor to Heber J. Grant without ever being called as an apostle.

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One interesting thing about that as well is that Joseph had technically previously "removed" Rigdon from being a counselor, though the saints kept him in place by vote of the Church.

I haven't really looked into the meetings and all yet. I have never understood how this worked. This could never work today.

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Sidney Rigdon served in the 1st presidency in Nauvou.

Was he an apostle?

If so, when was he ordained?

Rigdon certainly was NOT one of The Twelve, at

any point in his Mormon affiliation.

However, in the earliest days of the movement, the term

"apostle" was applied to some Mormon leaders (such as Oliver

Cowdery and David Whitmer) in a loose sort of way, not tied

to any official quorum office.

Rigdon claimed to have encountered Jesus Christ in March of 1832.

In that early stage of Mormon theological development, a leader

(including Smith) who had communicated face-to-face with God,

might have been called "an apostle" in informal terminology.

UD

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So, it seems in every way, he was not meant to lead the Church, especially when you add a "miracle" to Brigham's speaking about the issue to the Saints, as well as Rigdon ultimately failing to build a Church with any longevity.

Is the "miracle" to which you refer the alleged transfiguration of Young into the image of Smith? Richard Van Wagoner wrote an article claiming that it never happened.

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Is the "miracle" to which you refer the alleged transfiguration of Young into the image of Smith? Richard Van Wagoner wrote an article claiming that it never happened.

Van Wagoner's works are considerably "less than steller".

See these for some examples.

http://maxwellinstitute.byu.edu/publications/review/?vol=14&num=1&id=411

http://www.fairlds.org/FAIR_Conferences/2009_Everything_You_Always_Wanted_to_Know_About_Plural_Marriage.html

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