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Elder Orson Pratt

Information regarding Orson Pratt:

  • Apostle number:  12
  • Quorum of the Twelve number:  10
  • Date of birth:  September 19, 1811
  • Place of birth:  Hartford, Oneida County, New York
  • Date of apostolic ordination:  April 26, 1835
  • Age when ordained apostle:  23 years 7 months
  • End of apostolic service:  October 3, 1881
  • Total apostolic years:  46 years 5 months
  • Date called into the Quorum of the Twelve:  April 26, 1835
  • Tenure in the Quorum of the Twelve:  38 years 7 months
  • Date of death:  October 3, 1881
  • Age at death:  70 years 0 months
  • Place of death:  Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah
  • Remarks:  Orson Pratt was the younger brother of fellow-apostle Parley P. Pratt.  Orson was excommunicated for apostasy on August 20, 1842, but was re-baptized and readmitted to the Quorum of the Twelve on January 20, 1843. As a result of this time out of the Quorum, he was moved back in seniority in the Quorum in June of 1875.  He lived the longest of all of the original members of the Quorum of the Twelve.  Under the direction of Brigham Young, Elder Pratt published ‘The Seer’, which became a standard doctrinal document for the Church.
  • Inspirational quote:  “It is not for us, unless we have some definite instructions by the word of God, to tell how He [the Lord] is going to accomplish His great purposes. It is sufficient for us to know that He will do it.”

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