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Joseph Young
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First Seven Presidents of the Seventy
March 1, 1835 (1835-03-01) – July 16, 1881 (1881-07-16)
Called by Joseph Smith
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Born (1797-04-07)April 7, 1797
Hopkinton, Massachusetts, United States
Died July 16, 1881(1881-07-16) (aged 84)
Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, United States
Resting place Salt Lake City Cemetery
40°46′37″N 111°51′29″W / 40.777°N 111.858°W / 40.777; -111.858 (Salt Lake City Cemetery)
Spouse(s) Jane Adeline Bicknell
Lucinda Allen
Lydia Caroline Hagar
Mary Ann Huntley
Sarah Jane Snow
Elizabeth Stevens
Children 21 (11 with first wife and 10 with plural wives)
Parents John Young
Abigail Nabby Howe

Joseph Young (April 7, 1797 – July 16, 1881) was an early convert to the Latter Day Saint movement and was a missionary and longtime general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). He was an elder brother of Brigham Young.

Young was born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, the eighth child born to John Young and Abigail (Nabby) Howe.

Brigham Young and his brothers
The five sons of John and Nabby Young
From left to right: Lorenzo Dow, Brigham, Phineas H., Joseph, and John.

In 1830, while he was a preacher for the Methodist Church in Upper Canada, Young was introduced to the Book of Mormon by his younger brother Brigham. Joseph eventually abandoned the Methodist faith and was baptized a member of the Church of Christ by Daniel Bowen in Columbia, Pennsylvania, on April 6, 1832; Brigham followed his brother and became a member of the church one week later. Later in April 1832, Joseph was ordained to the priesthood office of elder by Ezra Landon. Immediately following his ordination, Young began a mission for the church, preaching in New York and Upper Canada in the spring and summer of 1832 with his brother Phineas.

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