- As a trivial example, Orrin
Porter Rockwell (with mother Sarah, brother Peter,
and sister Caroline) were baptized on the afternoon of
April 6, 1830. Within hours of the formal organization of the
Church. Not just the same year.
- That day, he was (at 16) the Church’s
youngest member. When he died 49 years later, after a
remarkably long career as a frontier scout, lawman, and (yes)
gunslinger, he had been a Latter-day Saint longer than anybody
else then living.
- To my mind, Porter’s greatest contribution
was not the physical protection he provided to Joseph but his
unwavering and unstinting friendship and support.
Joseph Smith never lacked for
counselors and critics. It may be that he really had only one