100 years ago today - Mar 17, 1921

[James E. Talmage]

... When after due consideration the name of Brother Widtsoe was placed before the Brethren by President Heber J. Grant for their vote, as we testified to each other our hearts verily burned within us. We know that the selection of Brother Widtsoe is the Lord's choice. Word was sent out and an automobile was dispatched to the University to bring Brother Widtsoe to the Council. Actually, he was overwhelmed when the announcement of the action of the Council was made to him. After he had received a very impressive charge from President Heber J. Grant, Elder John Andreas Widtsoe was ordained an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ and was set apart as a member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles under the hands of the First Presidency and of all members of the Twelve present, President Heber J. Grant being voice in the ordination and setting apart. Brother Widtsoe took his place as the junior member of the Council, and remained with us during the rest of the session. ...

[James E. Talmage, Diary, 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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