120 years ago today - Jan 31, 1893

[James E. Talmage] This day in an interview with Presidents [Wilford] Woodruff and [Joseph F.] Smith of the First Presidency, I was appointed to now proceed with a work before given and subsequently withdrawn. ... I am requested to prepare a work on Theology, suitable as a text-book for our church schools and other organizations. In making the appointment Pres[ident]. Woodruff gave me his blessing. I told the brethren that I would accept the appointment as a mission; with no expectation of any pecuniary reward should the work ever be published, hoping that the book would be sold more cheaply if I waived all claim to royalty in the sale. Without the blessing of the Almighty, and the support of the brethren I should shrink from even attempting such a work.

[Source: James E. Talmage, Diary]

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