Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Asahel Luther Fuller

Elder Fuller was born Asahel Luther Fuller on 3 July 1852 in Des Moines, Iowa. His parents Amos Fuller and Esther Smith (a first cousin of Joseph Smith - Happy Birthday, Joseph), had joined the LDS Church in New York and had gathered to Missouri. After being driven out they settled in Lee County, Iowa. When Joseph Smith was killed the family moved to Voree, Wisconsin, probably following James Strang. But only a couple of years later the family was back in Iowa where Asahel was born. Asahel's father died in Des Moines and the family eventually joined the saints in Utah, settling in Mill Creek.

Asahel married Mary Jane North in 1872 and Mary Elizabeth Herbst probably in 1883. He was called to the Souther States Mission from February 19, 1887. (His older brother Jesse Johnson Fuller also served in west Tennessee) He was released from his mission on November 20, 1888 and upon arriving back in Utah on November 24, 1888 was arrested for "u. c." (unlawful cohabitation or polygamy).  Following his imprisonment he moved to Manassa, Colorado.

In March 1891 he was ordained a high priest to preside over a colony on Chama River in New Mexico. The colony was short lived, being broken up in 1895. Asahel died in Salt Lake City in 1923. Asahel's Mission Journals were donated to L. Tom Perry Special Collection Library at BYU and are available for viewing on microfilm.

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