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The Orson Pratt-Brigham Young Controversies by Gary Bergera

The Orson Pratt-Brigham Young Controversies by Gary Bergera

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From Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 13 (Summer 1980)
From Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought 13 (Summer 1980)

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 ARTICLES AND ESSAYS 
THE ORSON PRATT-BRIGHAM YOUNGCONTROVERSIES: CONFLICT WITHIN THE QUORUMS, 1853 TO 1868
GARY JAMES BERGERA
 Brigham Young and Orson Pratt are both regarded as valiant leaders during the first generation of the restored Church. Both worked mightily in the missionary field and showed themselves stalwart defenders of the faith. Yet there were differences betweenthem. Those differences were not hidden to the Latter-day Saints of the past century;they were referred to in conference sermons and in statements and retractions in the
Deseret News and Millennial Star.
 In retracing the fascinating course of theologicaldifferences Gary James Bergera reminds us that dedicated leaders could disagree on
 
 points of doctrine and that the capacity to submit to higher authority when largerinterests of the Kingdom are involved is itself a mark of greatness. It is worth em- phasizing, too, that the differences sometimes separating Brigham Young and OrsonPratt were never as great or as fundamental as their common bonds.
[N] early every difficulty that arises in the midst of the inhabitants of the earth, is through misunderstanding; and if a wrong in intent anddesign really exists, if the matter is canvassed over in the manner Ihave advised, the wrong-doer is generally willing to come to terms.—Brigham Young
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AMONG THE MANY PERCEPTIONS
shared by faithful adherents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, few are as strongly inculcated or pervasiveas that of harmony among church leaders. From their faith's 1830 inception,
GARY JAMES BERGERA is
a senior in psychology at Brigham Young University. His article,
"I'm Here for
the Cash:" Max Florence and the Great Mormon Temple,
appeared recently in the
Utah Historical
Quarterly.
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8 I DIALOGUE: A Journal of Mormon Thought 
 
Orson Pratt (late 1840s or early 1850s)
Mormons have been commanded, "[B]e one; if ye are not one ye are notmine."
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Nowhere is this sentiment more keenly asserted than within thepresiding quorums of the First Presidency and Twelve Apostles—collec-tively, a small, tightly-knit group of Mormonism's elite. Former President andHistorian Joseph Fielding Smith said, "There is no variance among theteachers in Israel concerning the principles of the gospel. We are unitedconcerning these things. There is no division among the authorities, andthere need be no divisions among the people, but unity, peace, brotherlylove, kindness and fellowship one to another."
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In spite of such well-intentioned reassurances, Mormonism's own turbulent history suggests thateven within these church councils interpersonal conflict occasionally flaresup.Specifically, the little known conflict between President Brigham Youngand Apostle Orson Pratt extended throughout the web of Mormon interper-sonal and ecclesiastical relationships.IIFive years after their arrival in the West, Mormon leaders began a publicrelations move calculated to offset public outrage over their recent an-nouncement of plural marriage. High-ranking church authorities were called
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