Brigham Young

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Brigham Young

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Teachings of Brigham Young


Brigham Young's beliefs related to science and education

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Brigham Young's beliefs related to racial issues

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Statements made by past prophets as "scripture"

Summary: Are statements of past prophets considered doctrine? It is claimed that anything that is, or ever was, officially published by the Church ought to represent doctrine.

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Brigham Young's beliefs regarding women

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Quote mining JD 13:95 on sermons as scripture

Brigham Young on need to know for ourselves


Brigham Young's statements regarding polygamy

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Criticisms of Brigham Young

Repudiated concepts: Adam-God theory

Summary: Brigham Young taught that Adam, the first man, was God the Father. Since this teaching runs counter to the story told in Genesis and commonly accepted by Christians, critics accuse Brigham of being a false prophet. Also, because modern Latter-day Saints do not believe Brigham's "Adam-God" teachings, critics accuse Mormons of either changing their teachings or rejecting teachings of prophets they find uncomfortable or unsupportable.

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Brigham as Young Earth Creationist

Summary: Some try to portray Brigham Young as a "young earth creationist" (YEC). This is someone who believes the earth was created in the recent past, usually 6-7,000 years ago, based upon a literal and fundamentalist reading of Genesis. They hope that by making Brigham appear uninformed about scientific matters, they can challenge his status as a prophet.

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Brigham Young and Joseph Smith's First Vision

Summary: It is claimed either that Brigham never taught about the First Vision, or that he taught that the Lord did not appear to Joseph. Both claims are false.

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Brigham Young and the apostles' ability to bear witness of Christ

Summary: It is claimed that Brigham Young and his successors lacked the ability to bear witness of Christ as a true apostle because they had not had divine manifestations.

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Slavery in Utah?

Brigham Young and the Mormon Reformation

Prosecution of Mountain Meadows Massacre

Counterfeiting by Brigham Young and other apostles at Nauvoo?

Brigham announced his own death and resurrection?

Threats against early federal officials?

Women not to meddle?

Whistling and whittling brigades

Urban legend: Was Brigham's hearse used at Disneyland?

Did Brigham Young believe that he would some day become president?

Summary: It is claimed that Brigham believed that one day soon he would himself become president of the United States, or that he would be able to dictate who should become the president.


Brigham Young's involvement in Freemasonry

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Brigham Young and the Word of Wisdom

Did Brigham Young violate the Word of Wisdom?

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Did Brigham Young encourage others to violate the Word of Wisdom?

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Fictional portrayals of Brigham Young

Reviews of works

Summary: Reviews of books or films about Brigham Young

Fake quotations attributed to Brigham Young

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Brigham Young's attempt to destroy all copies of Lucy Mack Smith's biography of Joseph Smith

Summary: Did Brigham Young attempt to suppress and destroy all copies of Lucy Mack Smith's Biographical Sketches of Joseph Smith because it contained information which would embarrass the Church? It is claimed that Brigham Young inserted the reference to Joseph Smith's First Vision into Lucy's book. Critics also try to prove that the silence of Joseph's mother and siblings in her history prove that the First Vision did not take place, and is a later fabrication by Joseph, and not well known to the early members of the church.

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