120 years ago today - Oct 4, 1898; Tuesday

[Heber J. Grant]
[At apostles' quarterly meeting:] Prayer by Brigham Young [Jr.]. Splendid prayer. .... Asked God to direct us politically and preserve the Saints from being led away from a right course by wicked men. Asked God to confound those who are running the [Salt Lake] Tribune. ...

[Franklin D. Richards:] When Bro[ther] [Brigham] Young died Counselor Daniel H. Wells said that Joseph F. Smith should be chosen to be the President of the Church, but the apostles did not accept of this and it was some time before there was a perfect union so that the Presidency could be organized. ...

There are men among us who would go in direct opposition to what the wishes of the Presidency were politically if they should learn their wishes, and yet these men claim to be in fellowship in the Church. I feel that such men are sure to lose the faith unless they repent and change their course of action. [Apostle] Marriner W. Merrill Expressed himself freely on political matters and said that while it might not be a wise thing to publicly say it yet, in his opinion it was the right of the Presidency of the Church to express their opinions on all matters, political as well as religious and what he wanted to know is what the Presidency desire and then he wanted to do it, and was only too willing to lay aside his own feelings if they were not in harmony with the feelings of the apostles.

[Heber J. Grant, Diary]

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