[James E. Talmage to John A. Widstoe]
[The council meeting on August 29, 1931] revealed a very strong feeling on the part of a minority of the brethren against giving public sanction to the views of geologists as set forth in the address [i.e., 'The Earth and Man'] ... the insistence on the part of three of our brethren'really to the effect that all geologists and all geology are wrong in matters relating to the sequence of life on earth'has been surprising. The author of the genealogical society address [i.e., Joseph Fielding Smith] holds tenaciously to his view that prior to the fall of Adam there was no death of animals or plants upon the earth.
[James E. Talmage, Letter to John A. Widtsoe, 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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