Lyman E. Johnson, Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (1835-1838)

[Elder Lyman E. Johnson, an original member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, was excommunicated in 1838. Here is a quote about him by President James E. Faust in the October, 2005 General Conference. Also included is a quote by Elder Lyman E. Johnson.]

[By James E. Faust] Since the beginning of the world, history has recorded many examples of those who have not been in harmony with the prophets. In the early days of our dispensation, several of the Twelve, to their regret, did not stay loyal to the Prophet Joseph Smith. One of these was Lyman E. Johnson, a member of the original Quorum of the Twelve who was excommunicated for unrighteous conduct. He later lamented his spiritual downfall:

[Elder Lyman] said: “I would suffer my right hand to be cut off, if I could believe it again. Then I was full of joy and gladness. My dreams were pleasant. When I awoke in the morning my spirit was cheerful. I was happy by day and by night, full of peace and joy and thanksgiving. But now it is darkness, pain, sorrow, misery in the extreme. I have never since seen a happy moment.” He died in a sleighing accident in 1856 at the age of 45.
James E. Faust, “Called and Chosen,” Ensign, Nov. 2005, 53