Brigham Young was the Lord's presiding prophet the moment after the Prophet Joseph Smith was killed. All of the Lord's apostles are "prophets, seers and revelators" and Brigham Young was the presiding prophet as President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. He continued to be the presiding prophet when the First Presidency was reorganized 3 1/2 years later.
why did it take so long for BY to accept the Lord's will in him becoming the next prophet? He knew when he spoke to the members as you have recorded.
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