135 years ago today - Sep 8, 1887

Wilford Woodruff and the Twelve formally establish fixed salaries for themselves. Previous to this apostles negotiated individually with the Trustee-in-Trust for allotments according to their needs. At this meeting Joseph F. Smith prefers the old system and comments that "it was repugnant to the people to have the 12 draw a salary." Not long after this meeting, the apostles set the "annuity" of the Presiding Patriarch at a rate exactly one-third of the annual allotment for each apostle. Church members also give patriarch $2 for each patriarchal blessing.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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