[George F. Richards to the President of the St. George Temple]
At request of President Grant we have already adopted some of the changes decided upon, and it will be in order for you to do the same. . . . Omit from the prayer in the circles all reference to avenging the blood of the Prophets. Omit from the ordinance and lecture all reference to retribution. The last change can be made with a day's notice to those taking the parts that contain such reference. This letter is written with the approval of the Presidency.
[George F. Richards to the President of the St. George Temple, February 15, 1927, Historical Department Confidential Research Files, CR 100 14, as quoted in Sources on the Oath of Vengeance or Law of Retribution, Christopher C. Smith, privately circulated]