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David Wyman Patten – Born November 14 1799 in Theresa, Jefferson County, New York and died during October 1838 in Caldwell County Missouri. He was buried October 27, 1838 at Far West Missouri. David Patten married Phoebe Ann Babcock of Dundee, Monroe County Michigan during 1828. They had no children.
The second most senior of the original Latter-day Apostles was David Patten who lived in Michigan when he was baptized on June 15, 1832 by his brother John Patten. He was baptized in Greene County, Indiana. Shortly after baptism David Patten began a mission to Southeastern Michigan Territory with Brother (probably Joseph) Wood as a companion. He states 16 people were baptized near the Maumee River. On October 18, 1832 David Patten took a steamer from Detroit on his way to Kirtland.
The original Quorum of Apostles was placed in seniority by age with Thomas B. Marsh being most senior, David Patten second and Brigham Young third. They were called by recommendation of the three witnesses of the Book of Mormon in February 1835 at Kirtland, Ohio.
David Patten left Kirtland on November 9, 1832 and was accompanied part of the time with John Murdock and part of the time by Reynolds Cahoon. He journeyed to Springfield Pennsylvania and met with Hyrum and William Smith near Philadelphia.
He had a gift of healing and at times healed people almost daily in his missionary efforts which helped make him a very successful missionary as people flocked to him. Once he, through his faith, instantly healed a woman who had had an infirmity for 20 years.
Brother Patten arrived back in Kirtland during the fall of 1833 and for a time worked on building the Kirtland Temple. He and William Pratt left Kirtland on December 28, 1833 and arrived in Clay County Missouri on March 4, 1834 after much cold and fatigue. Clay County is immediately north across the Missouri river from Jackson County from which the Saints had recently been evicted by mobs and their condition was deplorable.
David remained in Missouri until the Zion’s camp group arrived from the east in June 1834 with provisions for the suffering Saints. He left with Warren Parish on September 12, 1834 and traveled and taught through northern Missouri and Tennessee.
On his return to Kirtland he was named one of the original Apostles during February 1835. From there he traveled to the eastern United States and Canada as a missionary where he introduced future Church President Lorenzo Snow to the Restored Gospel. He returned to Kirtland in September 1835 and stayed until the dedication of the Kirtland Temple in March 1836.
From Kirtland he and his wife Phoebe left on a mission to Tennessee and on to Missouri where he would be killed. For a time he and Thomas B. Marsh shared leadership of the Church in Missouri.
David Patten was shot and killed in the battle of Crooked River in Caldwell County Missouri as the Saints attempted to defend themselves from mobs. As he was running toward a mob group that had fled from them one combatant had stopped behind a tree to rest and turned to shoot Brother Patten as he approached. For a time he was given a succession of Priesthood blessings that kept him alive but he objected to the blessings and requested that they stop so he could die.
Brother Patten had earlier expressed a desire to die as a martyr for the gospel and it was reported that the entire citizenry of Far West Missouri wept as they followed his body to the gravesite where he was buried.

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Kourou Branch, French Guiana: Submitted by Elder John McAdam

In 1981 in French Guiana two older members of the church, Charles Fortin and Rosiette Fauvette, both previously baptized in France, began to hold meetings periodically in either Cayenne, the capital, or in Kourou, a smaller city an hour's drive away. Soon two member families moved to Kourou from France to help form the nucleus of the church in French Guiana. The group met in one of the member homes. Then another family came from France. By 1988 Elder Charles Didier of the Seventy came and assisted in establishing the church in French Guiana.

The Kourou Branch was officially orgaized that year with Bro. Pratique as president of the little branch. Later that year the Bonniot family of four were baptized as the first converts in French Guiana. The first missionaries, a senior couple, Elder and Sis. Wortham, stationed in Cayenne, served in Kourou. Sis. Jacqueline Wortham was herself a convert years before in Belgium.

The first meeting in Cayenne was held in July, l989, splitting off from the branch in Kourou. In November of that year Elders Hammond, Rector, and Didier of the Seventy established the branch in Cayenne.
In Kourou more convert baptisms followed. In February 1990, Elder M. Russell Ballard of the Twelve officially dedicated French Guiana for the spreading of the gospel. The first young missionaries, Elders Richards and Hooker, were assigned to Kourou.

By then meetings were being held in a special room constructed by the Fauvette family, but the branch moved to a rented house in 1991.

More baptisms, more missionaries came and left, and the little branch in Kourou was thriving. After Bro. Pratique left a succession of young elders and senior couples served as branch presidents. The Sunday School, Relief Society, and Primary were orgaized, though they had few members in each. Regular visits by the mission presidents helped sustain the little branch. District meetings of the branches at Cayenne and Kourou were held in Cayenne periodically.

The branch at Kourou then began to have difficulty surviving because a number of active families moved away. There were enough baptims to keep the branch going, but even some of them dropped into inactivity. There were few Melchizedek Priesthood holders, and sometimes only one. The branch continued to rent one house after another, never having enough members to warrant bulding their own chapel. During the same period the branch in Cayenne prospered and soon had their own building.

In 2001 mission Pres. Don Van Noy considered closing the branch in Kourou, but sent a senior couple, the McAdams, as a last effort to sustain and build the branch. In April,2002, in spite of a few baptisms, the numbers were reduced by several excommunications. Pres. Van Noy checked with Elder Gene R. Cook of the area presidency about closing the branch. Elder Cook then gave him a challenge. If they could find, convert, baptize, and ordain an adult male to become the branch president all within 60 days, then the branch could remain. Otherwise the branch would be closed and the members would attend the branch in Cayenne. This challenge was passed on to the McAdams, the young elders, and to the branch members.
The young elders went into acction and persuaded a longtime investigator, the middle-aged son of Sis. Fauvette, to make a decision. He did, and was baptized, ordained, and made a counselor to Pres. McAdam of the branch presidency, all within two weeks of the challenge. The branch was saved.

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