In the evening Pres[ident]. D[aniel]. H. Wells, Orson Hyde, Jno. [John] Taylor, Erastus Snow, Geo[rge]. A. Smith, W[ilford]. Woodruff of the Quorum of the Twelve met at the office and conversed upon the bringing the red men to the truth, the degeneracy of the nations when they lose the Spirit of the Lord. Pres[ident]. B[righam]. Young observed the great differences that now exist among the nations arises from a cause similar to Jacob's plan to make the sheep speckled & ring tailed by peeling hazel rods, recorded in the Book of Genesis.
[President's Office Journal, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]