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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 35 No 4
John Willard Young, Brigham Young, and the Development of Presidential Succession in the LDS Church
John Willard Young, Brigham Young, and the Development of Presidential Succession in the LDS Church Todd Compton On November 22, 1855, eleven-year-old John Willard Young, son of Brigham Young, received his endowment, undoubtedly accompanied by his father. Brigham Young clearly felt there was something out of the ordinary in John Willard, which is also shown by the event following the endowment—President Young placed his hands on the head of his son and ordained him an apostle. While we know little about this ordination beyond its date and the attendant endowment ordinance, some family members were probably witnesses, including possibly John Willard's older brother, Brigham Young, Jr., who left a record of the ordination some thirty years later. It was a private event, yet this ordination would potentially impact church government, significantly given the importance of apostolic seniority in the LDS church. Brigham Young may have envisioned that at some point John Willard, his favored son, would succeed him. About eight years later, Brigham Young ordained two more of his sons apostles in a private ceremony. Brigham Young, Jr., who received his apostolic ordination at this time, wrote, or spoke, the following words recording the event: In President Young's private room in the Lion House, February 4, 1864 he (Brigham Young) ordained Joseph Angell Young and Brigham Young Jr. Apostles and confirmed upon John Willard Young the ordination to the Apostleship which he received when he went through the endowment