Orson Pratt writes to Brigham, asking to make a confession of his doctrinal wrongs.

Jul 1, 1868
Orson Pratt

Orson Pratt, letter to Brigham Young, July 1, 1868, Brigham Young office files, 1832-1878 (bulk 1844-1877), CR 1234 1, Church History Library

Orson Pratt
Brigham Young, Orson Pratt
Brigham Young

Dear Brother, since the last two meetings at the school, I have, at times, reflected much and very seriously, upon the feelings which I have suffered myself for years to occasionally entertain respecting certain doctrines, or rather items of ante-deluvian history, now believed by the Church, and have tried to justify myself in taking an opposite view, on the supposition that I was supported by the letter of the word of God: but as often as I have yielded to this influence I have felt an indescribable wretchedness which fully convinces me that I am wrong <I wish to repent of these wrongs> for I fully realize that my sins, in this respect, have been very great, and of long continuance, and that it has been only through your great forbearance and long suffering, and the patience of my quorum, that I have been continued in the high and responsible calling of the Apostleship to this day.

I am deeply sensible that I have greatly sinned against you, and against my brethren of the school, and against God, in foolishly trying to justify myself in advancing ideas, opposed to those which have been introduced by the highest authorities of the Church, and adopted by the Saints. I humbly ask you and the school to forgive me. Hereafter, through the grace of God assisting me, I am determined to be one with you, and never be found opposing anything that comes through the legitimate order of the Priesthood, knowing that it is perfectly right for me to humbly submit, in all matters of doctrine and principle, my judgment to those whose right it is, by divine appointment to receive revelation and guide the Church.

There is no one thing in this world, or in that which is to come which I do more earnestly desire, thank to honor my calling and be permitted to retain the same, and with my brethren the Twelve, enter the Celestial Kingdom with a full preparation to enjoy the glory thereof for ever.

With regard to all that portion of my printed writings which have came under the inspection of the highest authorities of the Church, and judged incorrect, I do most sincerely hope that the same may be rejected and considered of no value, only to point out the imperfections of the authors, and to be a warning to others to be more careful. This request I made formerly, but feel to renew it again in this letter.

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