40 years ago today - Oct 2, 1978-Monday

[Leonard Arrington]
... The announcement of the first additions to the canon of scripture in our century-the revelations of Joseph Smith and Joseph F. Smith, which were approved two years ago in General Conference. [[The revelations of January 21, 1836, to Joseph Smith and of October 3, 1918, to Joseph F. Smith were placed in the Doctrine and Covenants as sections 137 and 138.]] ...

Let me add a comment on the changes in General Authority assignments. Elder [James E.] Faust [new apostle] has had long experience in both community and church and is a responsible and pleasant person with whom to work. It must be consoling to Church members and leaders who are Democrats to have a declared and active Democrat party member in the Quorum. ...

I learned over the weekend that President Kimball had told his son Edward [L. Kimball] when he was working on the biography of President Kimball that he should get it out quickly, and the reason President Kimball gave was that he thought he should get it out while Pres. Kimball was still alive so that it would sell well. President Kimball told Edward that he had never gotten into a position where he had made enough to leave anything to the family, and so in the interests of the family having something to work with, he encouraged them to get the book out, as it would surely bring them some income. I have been told by Lowell Durham that 60,000 copies were sold within six months after the book was published, so the book should have brought an income of maybe $30,000 or $40,000 to the family.

[Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, Signature Books, 2018]

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