|Simeon A. Carter
|June 7 1794
|Interwiki: Death date and age 1869020317940607++
Simeon A. Carter learned about the Mormon religion from his friend Parley Pratt. When Parley appeared at Simeon’s door with an angry mob not far behind, Simeon told him to go out the back door, take a horse and flee. As Parley was leaving, he handed his friend a Book of Mormon and asked him to read it. When Simeon finished reading the book, he traveled to Kirkland, Ohio, to meet Mormon Prophet Joseph Smith. Soon after, he joined the Mormon Church.
Simeon was a prosperous farmer. One day while returning from a trip, Simeon was confronted by a mob that threatened to burn everything he owned if he did not denounce Joseph Smith. When Simeon refused, the mob set fire to his house, barns, sheds, hay and grain. When they left, Simeon’s only possessions were the wagon he was riding in and money from the sale of hogs earlier in the day.
Simeon fulfilled a mission for the church in England, then brought a company of converts to Utah. Brigham Young, who succeeded Joseph Smith as President of the Mormon Church, sent Simeon and William Davis to settle Brigham City. Simeon lived in the city’s first fort. By1855, Lorenzo Snow and 50 families of his choosing were planning to join the settlers. A number of years later, Lorenzo established the United Order and asked everyone to turn over all their possessions to the church. Simeon obediently complied.