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Independent national quarterly established to express Mormon culture and examine the relevance of religion to secular life. It is edited by Mormons who wish to bring their faith into dialogue with human experience as a whole and to foster artistic and scholarly achievement based on their cultural heritage. The journal encourages a variety of viewpoints; although every effort is made to insure accurate scholarship and responsible judgment, the views expressed are those of the individual authors and are not necessarily those of the Mormon Church or of the editors.
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Dialogue: Vol 21 No 1
Orson Pratt, Jr.: Gifted Son of an Apostle and an Apostate
Orson Pratt, Jr.: Gifted Son of an Apostle and an Apostate Richard S. and Mary C. Van Wagoner The distinction of being the firstborn of Apostle Orson Pratt's forty-five children belonged to his namesake, Orson Pratt, Jr. Unlike Joseph Smith III, Brigham Young, Jr., Joseph F. Smith, Heber J. Grant, John Henry Smith, John W. Taylor, Abraham O. Woodruff, and Abraham H. Cannon, young Orson did not follow the footsteps of his famous father into the hierarchy of Mormon leadership. Orson Pratt, Jr., endowed with the superior intellectual abilities of his father, became convinced in his early twenties that Joseph Smith was not the divinely inspired prophet of God he claimed to be. This loss of faith, publicly announced in 1864, resulted in young Pratt's eventual excommunication. Though he lived in Salt Lake City for the remainder of his life, he never again affiliated with the church of his youth. Few people know the pathways his life took. Born in Kirtland, Ohio, on 11 July 1837, to Orson Pratt and Sarah M. Bates, young Orson experienced early the uprooting displacements common to many saints during the Church's infancy. After the collapse of Kirtland society in 1837 the Pratts lived briefly in Henderson, New York; St. Louis, Missouri; Quincy, Illinois; and Montrose, Iowa, before settling in Nauvoo in July 1839. Though Orson Pratt, Sr., was in the vanguard pioneer company of 1847, his family stayed temporarily in Winter Quarters, Nebraska. On 16 April 1848 Orson was appointed to preside over all branches of the Church in Europe as well as to edit the Millennial Star. Orson and Sarah and their three children left Winter Quarters for Liverpool on 11 May and arrived there on 26 July. During the three years that the Pratts were in England, young Orson attended school and received excellent musical training under English masters. RICHARD S. VAN WAGONER, a clinical audiologist, is the co-author of A Book of Mormons (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1982) and author of Mormon Polygamy: A History (Salt Lake City: Signature Books, 1986). MARY C. VAN WAGONER is in the graduate school of education at the University of Utah. They are the parents of five daughters and live in Lehi, Utah.