175 years ago today - Apr 28, 1842

[Eliza R. Snow]
"He [Joseph Smith] ask'd the Society if they could not see by this sweeping stroke, that wherein they are ordained, it is the privilege of those set apart to administer in that authority which is confer'd on them— and if the sisters should have faith to heal the sick, let all hold their tongues, and let every thing roll on... Respecting the female laying on hands, he further remark'd, there could be no devils in it if God gave his sanction by healing— that there could be no more sin in any female laying hands on the sick than in wetting the face with water. He reprov'd those that were dispos'd to find fault with the management of concerns--saying if he undertook to lead the church he would lead it right-- that the calculates to organize the church in proper order." -

[Source: Eliza R. Snow, Nauvoo Relief Society Minutes, as quoted at http://ordainwomen.org/quotes. See Quinn, "Mormon Political Conflicts" for full cite and context.]

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