175 years ago today - Jul 28, 1847

Young selects the site of the Salt Lake temple by using Oliver Cowdery's divining rod. This same day Cowdery writes David Whitmer, also a Book of Mormon witness and previously ordained successor that "we have the authority, and DO HOLD THE KEYS. It is important, should we not be permitted to act in that authority, that we confer them upon some man or men, whom God may appoint..." A year later Cowdery would disavow his succession claim and accept baptism in the church Young was leading to Utah.

[Quinn, D. Michael, The Mormon Hierarchy: Origins of Power, Appendix 7: Selected Chronology of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-47, http://amzn.to/origins-power]

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