65 years ago today - Wed Jul 10, 1957

[David O. McKay Office Journal]

8:45 a.m.--Case of Joseph Smith III Bishop Lowell Christensen of the Waikiki Ward, Honolulu Stake, called at the office. He asked if Joseph F. Smith III may be given responsibility and assignment in the ward. Sinc no official action to excommunicate or disfellowship had ever been taken, and in view of the steadfast faithfulness of his wife and children, and the punishment Brother Smith has suffered, and that he has confessed, asked to be forgiven, and has forsaken his sins, the duty to forgive him was recognized. I presented this matter at our meeting of the First Presidency this morning, and it was agreed that Bishop Christensen be so informed. Later, when Bishop Christensen returned to the office, I told him of our decision this morning--that Brother Smith is to be forgiven and that he may now be given responsibility in the ward.

[McKay, David O., Office Journal]

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