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William Wines Phelps
Birth: Feb. 12, 1792
Morris County
New Jersey, USA
Death: Mar. 7, 1872
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA

Poet and Orator of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A writer of considerable ability and especially prolific of hymns, including "The Spirit of God Like a Fire Is Burning" and "Now Let Us Rejoice" which celebrate the restoration of the latter-day Church. Both of these were sung in the dedicatory services of the Kirtland temple.
He became a member of the first stake presidency organized there as editor of the Church's newspaper.
Some of the land around Far West was purchased by Phelps and John Whitmer used nearly $1,500 that had been raised to aid the poverty-stricken incoming Saints. Without consulting other local leaders, they developed the land, sold it, and retained some of the profit for themselves. Conflict festered in Far West throughout 1837 until Joseph Smith, visiting from Ohio in November, the entire Missouri stake presidency (David Whitmer, Phelps, and John Whitmer), and three Apostles were all excommunicated. In November 1838, he signed an affidavit against Joseph, which was instrumental in causing the Prophet to be incarcerated in Liberty Jail for four months. His correspondence to enemies of the Church prompted Joseph Smith to write Phelps a letter on 22 May 1839, rebuking him and calling him to repentance.
In a state of misery and poverty, he met Elders Orson Hyde and John E. Page, in Dayton, Ohio. They recommended that he write Joseph Smith and ask for forgiveness. The Prophet wrote back to Phelps, calling him home. He did so, and upon reunion the Prophet embraced him and invited him to rejoin the Saints. (bio by: Chad Stowell) 
 
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 Parents:
  Enon Phelps (1765 - 1855)
  Mehetabel Phelps (____ - 1854)
 
 Spouses:
  Harriet Henriette Schrader Phelps (1809 - 1892)*
  Stella Waterman Phelps (1797 - 1874)*
  Sarah Betsina Gleason Phelps (1827 - 1916)*
 
 Children:
  William Waterman Phelps (1823 - 1886)*
  Henry Enon Phelps (1828 - 1901)*
  Lydia Phelps Varney (1835 - 1923)*
  Gleason Wines Phelps (1850 - 1853)*
  Ellen Phelps Lane (1853 - 1932)*
  Enon Gleason Phelps (1858 - 1916)*
 
 Siblings:
  Ruama W. Phelps (____ - 1838)*
  William Wines Phelps (1792 - 1872)
  Elijah Phelps (1796 - 1865)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Salt Lake City Cemetery
Salt Lake City
Salt Lake County
Utah, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Chad Stowell
Record added: Apr 06, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6326911
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- A Marine's Daughter
 Added: Feb. 14, 2014
You wrote some beautiful hymns.
- A Marine's Daughter
 Added: Feb. 12, 2014
God bless. RIP.
- MBB
 Added: Oct. 17, 2013
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