James B. Allen, Provo, Utah: Brigham Young University Press, Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for Latter-day Saint History, Biographies in Latter-Day Saint History Series, 2002, 6×9″ softbound. ISBN: 0842525041
Joining the Church in 1838 catapulted William Clayton into new activities and associations, took him from England to the United States, and offered him soul-satisfying spiritual experiences.
As Joseph SmithÆs friend and scribe, Clayton kept extensive journals and was the one who recorded the revelation on plural marriage. He also wrote the first history of the Nauvoo Temple.
As a pioneer, Clayton wrote the words to the hymn “Come, Come Ye Saints,” and compiled the Latter-day SaintsÆ EmigrantsÆ Guide. He was among Salt Lake CityÆs original settlers and worked in a variety of religious, economic, and civil activities.
Clayton was faithful, but he had his share of human frailties. Even though his wives considered him a good husband-so far as plural marriage allowed-why did some divorce him?
William ClaytonÆs life encompassed nearly all the joys and struggles that could come to a Church member of his day. Yet “no toil nor labor” did he fear. His story, in many respects, echoes the soul-stirring words of his immortal Mormon pioneer anthem.