70 years ago today - Feb 16, 1951

[George Albert Smith to Arthur Haycock]

... You know as much or more about my affairs as anybody. I am not gaining any strength, and unless the Lord takes a hand it will not be long before it is over. ... Zion's Savings Bank has been appointed my trustee, as you know, and my will provides for the division of the real estate amongst my children, share and share alike. I don't think my girls have any idea how near I have been to the other side. I haven't felt that my work was done at all.... The big automobile belongs to the Church. It isn't mine. One of my regrets is that I have been unable to organize a library and dispose of it. I don't know how I ever got here (in the hospital). They never talked to me about it. I don't like the idea of being in the hands of doctors all the time. I want to leave some of it up to the Lord. Arthur, I want you to know that I have absolute confidence in your faith and integrity and in you as a member of the Church. My family feel toward you just as I do. The Lord bless you, and many, many thanks for your kindnesses. As long as I have the money I want to pay my own hospital expenses. I don't want the Church to do it.

['Statement Made by President George Albert Smith to His Secretary, D. Arthur Haycock, Friday, February 16, 1951, 10:15 A.M., L.D.S. Hospital, Room 703', as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

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