125 years ago today - Sep 24, 1896; Thursday

Pres[iden]t. G[eorge]. Q. Cannon stated that the question had been asked him whether in blessing children a distinction should be made between those born in the covenant and those not born in the covenant. He answered no. He learned that the answer had created some feeling, as it had been the custom in the ward where the questioner lived, to pronounce the blessing of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob on children born in the covenant, but not on the others. President Cannon asked the brethren of the Council whether they had heard of this distinction. The answer was no.

Elder J[ohn]. W. Taylor inquired why the Church did not acknowledge or recognize what is called the new translation of the Bible by the Prophet Joseph Smith, as printed and sold by the Josephites [RLDS / Community of Christ]. It was explained to him that the book he spoke of was not correct; that the Josephites had changed the wording and meaning of certain parts relating to plural marriage, thereby making it appear that the principle was condemned. It was further explained that the Church was in possession of a corrected copy of the new translation by Joseph Smith, which had come into possession of the Church through the late J[ohn]. M. Bernhisel, and that comparison had been made with it and the Josephite edition, by a committee appointed for the purpose, one of them being Elder F[ranklin]. D. Richards.

[First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

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