[George F. Richards]
I spent about two hours with Pres[ident]. Francis M. Lyman at his home considering church history, most of which is not found in the regular history of the Church. I read a controversy had between B[isho]p. C[harles]. W. Nibley & B. H. Roberts over the latter's attitude toward Elder Reed Smoot's candidacy to succeed himself as U.S. Senator. Read a letter from Pres[ident]. Wilford Woodruff addressed to Elder H[eber]. J. Grant on Succession to the Presidency to the Church also minutes of a meeting of the First Presidency and the Twelve held in Pres[ident] Lorenzo Snows day in 1890 [sic; 1900] where the question of right of seniority between Jos[eph]. F. Smith and Brigham Young Jr. was decided. I also read a sermon in Millenial Star preached by Amasa Lyman in Scotland many years ago which lead to his excommunication from the Church. In this sermon Apostle Amasa Lyman denied the efficacy of the blood of the Savior to atone for sins repented of holding that repentance alone was necessary i.e. turning away from sin.
[George F. Richards Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]
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