175 years ago today - Nov 16, 1847

Young claims that Apostles Taylor and Parley P. Pratt "had committed adultery" when "they committed an insult on the Holy Priesthood" by marrying plural wives to each other in 1846 and 1847 despite Young's refusal to authorize these marriages. When the Quorum of Twelve excommunicates William W. Phelps on Dec 5 for doing the same offense, the apostles agree that Apostles Pratt and Taylor were equally guilty but pursue no action against them.

[Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

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