“Their Priests Shall Contend One with Another”

Bryan Richards

Note how accurately this phrase describes the religious tension in Joseph Smith’s day, it was seen that the seemingly good feelings of both the priests and the converts were more pretended than real; for a scene of great confusion and bad feeling ensued—priest contending against priest, and convert against convert; so that all their good feelings one for another, if they ever had any, were entirely lost in a strife of words and a contest about opinions (JS-Hist 1:6).