Lyman Sherman had followed the Spirit’s promptings to join the Church and to walk a thousand miles with Zion’s camp. But he still felt a deep, personal yearning to know of his standing before the Lord.
Priesthood authority was restored in 1829, but it took time to organize the Church in the Lord’s way. Revelation helped establish the council system and priesthood quorums as fundamental features of the Church.
Leman Copley was a Shaker convert to the Church. His interest in preaching the restored gospel to his former coreligionists led to an encounter that would put his commitment to his newfound faith to the test.