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The Orson Pratt-Brigham Young Controversies: Conflict Within the Quorums, 1853 to 1868
ARTICLES AND ESSAYS THE ORSON PRATT-BRIGHAM YOUNG CONTROVERSIES: 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 between them. 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 theological differences Gary James Bergera reminds us that dedicated leaders could disagree on points of doctrine and that the capacity to submit to higher authority when larger interests of the Kingdom are involved is itself a mark of greatness. It is worth emphasizing, too, that the differences sometimes separating Brigham Young and Orson Pratt 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 and design really exists, if the matter is canvassed over in the manner I have advised, the wrong-doer is generally willing to come to terms. —Brigham Young1 Among the many perceptions shared by faithful adherents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, few are as strongly inculcated or pervasive as 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.