At Council meeting Pres[iden]t [Joseph F.] Smith said when the Apostles are sent out into the Stakes to attend Stake conferences they are authorized to select & ordain Bishops and Bishop counselors and set them apart or ordain them, however, Presidents of Stakes should anticipate their necessities and submit the names to the Presidency of the Church that the Council may pass on the names. The Apostle visiting the Stake should be clear that it is the right thing to do. The Presidency of the Stake should in all cases receive indorsement of the Presidency & Twelve. An Apostle should not summarily dismiss a Stake Presidency before consulting Presidency of Church. Patriarchs should be chosen and ordained only after the Council or Presidency of the Church have passed on the name. The Apostles have all authority when sent out to do everything necessary but it is safe to take counsel. Be clear before doing any reorganizing.
[George F. Richards, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]