160 years ago today - Aug 26, 1860

... we proceded to ordain George Quayle Cannon unto the Apostleship and a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Presidet Brigham Young was mouth which makes thirteen Apostles of the Twelve which President Brigham Young has ordained. Brother Cannons ordination & Blessing was reported by G. D. Watt.

We repaired to the upper room for Prayer when President Young Called for the names for missions abroad, when 16 names was presented & Excepted. Among those names were Orson Pratt, Erastus Snow & George Q. Cannon of the Twelve & Richard Bentley & John L Smith from the office. Gilbert Clements was presented & Presidet Young said Cross his name of the List. When he goes to England let him go as an apostate. He will not have my Consent to go as a missionary.

Brother Edington name was presented. President Young said I do not know what good he Could do on a mission unless he had more wisdom in preaching than he has in business matters he would not do much good. He is a nice man & would do well in fitting up a room for a party or a show but he would not be worth a groat on a mission....

Brother Kimball asked how it would do to send Dr Anderson on a mission. President Young asked what for? He is a vary nice plesant man but he is thorough Infidel in his faith. He had a talk with me upon the subject and honestly acknowledged that he had no faith in spritual things. "I want nothing said out of the council about this. He likes to live with this people & thinks we have the best organization in the world...

[Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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