“Brother Joseph Is Truly a Wonderful Man, He Is All We Could Wish a Prophet to Be”: Pre-1844 Letters of William Law

Although now seldom recognized as being anything more than a bitter apostate, William Law was for several years a Church member of considerable faith. The six letters reproduced in this article were written by William while he was still a member in good standing. His words breathe a spirit of faith and brotherly concern for his fellow members in the restored gospel. Similarly the letters reflect William’s conviction that Joseph Smith was a divinely called prophet.

Our knowledge of William Law’s later disaffection should not discolor his earlier good deeds. Nor should it distort our understanding of the man nor lessen our appreciation of his early championing of Mormonism.

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