[Heber J. Grant]
Spent the time from 10 to 12:30 at the Seventies Office talking with several members of the First Council. ...
Brother Kirkham said he had set apart a Bishop, and he learned that that was contrary to the rules, and apologized, and he said: 'I wish the Presidency and Apostles would give us the authority to attend to ordinations of that kind.' He said it was humiliating to go to a conference as a representative of the General Authorities and not permitted to bless any who needed to be blessed. Personally I live in hopes that that privilege will be granted to them in the future. We call them on missions to preside over the European Missions and over other great bodies who are High Priests and others, and I think it would be a good thing for them to have the privilege of setting apart those who need setting apart when they go out to conferences.
[The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]
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