Friday, April 04, 2008

Parley P. Pratt's remains to be moved to Utah

Remains of early Mormon leader can be moved to Utah

VAN BUREN, Ark. (AP) - Early Mormon leader Parley Parker Pratt could soon be returning to Utah.

Crawford County Circuit Judge Gary Cottrell ruled Wednesday that Pratt's remains may be unearthed from an Arkansas grave. Pratt was buried there after his 1857 murder by the estranged husband of one of his wives.

The ruling answered a request by Robert J. Grow of Salt Lake City, an attorney and Pratt's descendant.

Pratt was an original member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Quorum of the Twelve Apostles.

Grow must now get a disinterment permit from the Arkansas Department of Health. That usually takes a couple of days.

He says Pratt will be buried in the Salt Lake City Cemetery with two wives on each side.

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