80 years ago today - Dec 24, 1942

Heber J. Grant signs recommends for thirteen general authorities to receive second anointing ceremony. President Grant withdrew all second anointing recommend books from stake presidents in 1928 after Idaho Mormon told priesthood meeting about ordinance. From 1930 to 1942 Grant allows only eight such ordinances, compared with performance of 3,419 living second anointings from 1877 through 1893. This 1942 renewal occurs at strenuous urging of Apostle George F. Richards.

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

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