|Title:||The Essential Orson Pratt|
|Additional Info:||Forward by David J. Whittaker|
"The author of several dozen seminal treatises on Mormon doctrine, Orson Pratt (1811-81) produced during his life a spirited and thoughtful exposition and defense of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints that charted the course for all subsequent LDS theologians.
"Born in Henderson, New York, Pratt was a contemporary of Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism. Smith and his successor Brigham Young depended on Pratt's rhetorical skills and scientific eclecticism in presenting the Mormon message to the outside world. While Pratt was a member of the LDS church's leading Quorum of Twelve Apostles many of his works on theology were published in pamphlet form and used in proselytizing new converts. His rudimentary mathematical talents were also relied on to help navigate the first party of Mormon pioneers to the Great Salt Lake Valley. He was, in fact, the first Mormon to enter the Salt Lake Valley--three days before Brigham Young.
"A stubborn and fiercely independent intellectual, Pratt clashed with Joseph Smith over polygamy and Brigham Young over the nature of God and the origin of the human soul. Their arguments eventually led Young in 1875 to demote Pratt within the Quorum of the Twelve, reducing his chances of succeeding to the presidency of the church. Pratt suffered from diabetes, and his final years were plagued by illness. He died in Salt Lake City on 3 October 1881 at the age of seventy." (From inside jacket.)
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