(2 February 1842 – 21 August 1909) was an apostle
and a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles
in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(LDS Church). He was one of only a few members of the Quorum of the Twelve to be dropped from the Quorum but to remain in good standing in the church and retain the priesthood office of apostle
Moses' parents were Hezekiah and Alena Kitchen Thatcher. Moses was born in Sangamon County, Illinois
. The Thatcher family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
in 1843, and moved to Macedonia
and later to Nauvoo
. Together with the main body of the church, they began their trek westward in 1846 and arrived in the Salt Lake Valley
in September 1847.
Hezekiah and Alena, with seven of their eight living children (including Moses), departed for California
in 1849, seeking to acquire wealth by taking advantage of the Gold Rush
, but they returned to Utah
in 1857. Moses, although only fifteen years of age, was called to serve a mission for the church, from which he returned in 1858. In 1859, the family settled in Cache Valley
, where Moses helped Hezekiah locate canal and mill sites.
From 1860 to 1861 Moses studied at the University of Deseret
. From 1866 to 1868 he served a second mission, this one to the United Kingdom
. He later served as the church's first mission president
Moses Thatcher was called to be an apostle
and a member of the Quorum of......