Pres. [Joseph F.] Smith stated that Jno. Smith, the patriarch, felt that his name should be presented before the conference immediately following the First Presidency, and not the Twelve, as has been the custom for a good many years heretofore. The President now presented the matter for the consideration of the brethren. Pres. Young [Jr.] said that so far as he was concerned, he was willing to accept any suggestion the Presidency might make in regard to this matter.
Apostle Jno. H. Smith said that he viewed this as a very important question that should not be decided hastily, as possibly it would involve the succession to the Presidency in the event of the President's death. Apostle Grant moved that consideration and action be deferred for the present and the patriarch's name presented as usual. Carried by unanimous vote.
[Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]
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