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A Timely Intervention

On August 3, 1844, five weeks after Joseph Smith’s death, Sidney Rigdon proposed to the Saints in Nauvoo that he serve as guardian of the Church. Most members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles had not yet returned from their missions, but Apostle Parley P. Pratt was back home and working in his garden. As soon as he learned of Rigdon’s plan to call for a vote on this proposal, Pratt “dropped his hoe and came to the meeting, Walked on the stand Barefoot his pants rolled up above his ankles and his shirt sleeves halfway to his Elbows,” and successfully pleaded with the assembled Church members to delay a vote until Brigham Young and others returned a few days later.

Terryl L. Givens and Matthew J. Grow, Parley P. Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (2011), 224; spelling standardized