Thomas Bullock was born on December 23, 1816, in Leek, Staffordshire, England. On November 20, 1841, Thomas Bullock was baptized as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints “on a cold . . . night, when ice was on the canal, and the keen frosty air was blowing in all its severity.” On March 8, 1843, Thomas, his wife, and three children boarded the ship Yorkshire and embarked on their journey to the United States. On the day Thomas arrived in Nauvoo, he met the Prophet Joseph Smith, and within five months he called Thomas to be his personal clerk. As a result of this appointment, Thomas took notes recording the contents of many of Joseph Smith’s sermons during the last few months of the Prophet’s life. See more on Thomas Bullock in the BYU Religious Studies center article called Thomas Bullock “The Lord’s Clerk” by Arnold K. Garr.