Some Latter-day Saints are, I think, a bit uncomfortable with Brigham Young. He was, they admit — and who could plausibly deny it? — a brilliant organizer, leader, and pioneer, but . . . but . . . well, he taught some funny things, they may say, and he may have been mean if not downright vicious and violent on occasion. And then there are all those wives.
I don’t think he merits this guarded, rather suspicious, and grudging admiration. He was a good man. Moreover, he was Joseph Smith’s true and worthy successor, and I sustain him heartily as a prophet and apostle.
Here are three excellent books that will, I think, help readers to appreciate Brother Brigham more fully:
And here, by the way, is another very fine book (the first of a projected two-volume work) that helps enormously with the single most serious matter that’s thought by some to count against Brigham Young’s good character: