The Mantle of the Prophet Joseph Smith Passes to Brother Brigham : One Hundred Twenty-one Testimonies of a Collective Spiritual Witness
Welch, John W.
Opening the Heavens : Accounts of Divine Manifestations 1820-1844
Provo, UT and Salt Lake City
BYU Press and Deseret Book
Discusses the meeting of August 8, 1844, in which Brigham Young and the Twelve were sustained as successors to Joseph Smith. Produces 121 personal accounts of spiritinal confirmation that Brigham Young was to be the leader. This article is followed by a transcription of Brigham Young's speech on this pivotal day.