While there a question arose as to whether the elders going to Samoa would be permitted to take their wives. In answer to this question Pres. Smith said it would depend largely upon the character of the wives. If they were women of faith and good example, there would be no objection to their going.
[Source: Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]