An account of a private interview with Pres[iden]t. [Wilford] Woodruff Dec[ember]. 2 1892 at Salt Lake City. ... And when I go I want you, Brother [Lorenzo] Snow, not to delay but organize The First Presidency, take George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith for your councillors, they are good, wise, and men of experience.' Of course I was much surprised, and said, Pres[iden]t. Woodruff, am I to receive this as a revelation? I do not call to mind the words of his answer but they were such as gave me the impression that he wished me to regard it as such. Without thought or considering the impropriety of such a question, I continued'Pres[iden]t. Woodruff, is this the place I am to occupy? He hesitated a moment then replied 'It is according to the order.' I asked, if he had mentioned this matter to his councillors? He said 'No, not to any one.' I told him I wished he would, I understood from his answer that he would do so. This interview was brief'As we arose to return to the Pres[iden]t's Office, he said, 'Now Brother Snow do not neglect to organize as I have told you, it may prevent much trouble.' L[orenzo Snow].
[Source: 'Brigham City Dec. 3rd 1892', as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]