50 years ago today - Jan 23, 1970

The Quorum of the Twelve Apostles ordains Joseph Fielding Smith as church president. Some apostles considered by-passing this ninety-three-year-old apostle for the vigorous Harold B. Lee. Smith promised to make Lee his first counselor if he would support the automatic succession of the elderly apostle. Both keep their promises, and N. Eldon Tanner remains second counselor. Smith is the oldest man to become the LDS church president.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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