135 years ago today - Jun 24, 1887

[Heber J. Grant]

Tuesday evening I called at the Prest's office where I met Apostle Moses Thatcher and we had a long talk regarding church matters. We did not feel to approve the way Prest Cannon had acted in the fall of his son John Q. In fact we found a good deal of fault with the way he had treated his brethren the Apostles, and with many of his official acts. We felt a lack of confidence in his official acts that I sincerely wish was not the case. Unless brother Thatcher and myself have greatly misjudged Prest. Cannon I am confident the Twelve Apostles will object to his succeding Prest Taylor and I am of the opinion that he expects to be his successor. Unless my present opinions shall undergo a wonderful change I can't possibly vote to have him succeed Prest Taylor, I am inclined to think nothing short of a revelation from the Lord will make me feel like sustaining him. I regret more than words of mine can tell that my confidence in the second official of our Church should be so limited. ... Prest Cannon, unless I have misjudged him likes power very much and this is why I hope he will not succeed Prest. John Taylor.

Prest Woodruff holds in his letter to me of March 28/87 that the Prest of the Apostles must be made the Prest of the Church in case of the death of our present president. I don't care to express an opinion publicly or even to him but I feel very strongly impressed that Joseph F. Smith will be the successor to Prest John Taylor, and I will wait patiently to see whether I am mistaken. My impressions may be more than half brought about by my wishes to have him made our next President. The Spirit may have nothing to do with them but I think It has.

[The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

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