Camp of Israel 


The name of the spring 1834 military expedition from Kirtland, Ohio, to Clay County, Missouri. It later came to be known as “Zion’s Camp.” This relief expedition, appointed by revelation and led by JS, consisted of about two hundred armed but largely untrained men who hoped to reinstate the exiled Latter-day Saints to their lands in Jackson County, Missouri.1 Despite the sacrifice of the marchers in journeying on foot more than eight hundred miles under difficult circumstances, the expedition did not fulfill its ostensible mission.2 A revelation directed that the Camp of Israel be disbanded and that its members “wait for a little season for the redemption of Zion.”3 Members of the original Quorum of the Twelve and the original Quorum of the Seventy were later selected primarily from those who made this trek to Missouri with JS.4