75 years ago today - Jan 8, 1938

[President Heber J. Grant Diary] This evening at 6:30 I was at the Lion House at a banquet given in honor of George Albert Smith. ... I made brief remarks and told the joke about the two drunkards at the time George Albert Smith was sustained an apostle, one drunkard asked the other if he would like to know his opinion of the new apostle, and he said Yes, and the answer was "There are too d----d many Smiths." The other said "Do you want my opinion of your opinion: Well, it is my opinion of your opinion that the Lord doesn't give a damn for your opinion."

[Source: Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]


  1. What was the reason/occasion that GAS would be honored with a banquet?

  2. The following is the most likely reason for the banquet (it was a "going away party.")

    1938, January–July:

    [George Albert Smith] Visits the missions of the Church in the South Pacific, including stops in Hawaii, Samoa, Tonga, Tahiti, New Zealand, and Australia.

    [Source: Teachings of Presidents of TCofJCofLDS: George Albert Smith, Historical Chronology]


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