90 years ago today - Mar 23, 1933

[Heber J. Grant]

I called Winslow Farr Smith this morning and asked him to be ready to go to my office at eight o'clock and to notify his brother Nicholas G. Smith to be there also. We discussed the troubles we are having over the tendering of resignations to Sister Vilate Raile and George Albert Smith's daughter, and we are a perfect unit that George was making the mistake of his life in defending his daughter who is not reliable. They both agreed that she is not reliable, and I am sure she is not, from all I have heard and from my own personal investigations. A committee has been appointed to investigate the matter, and up to date George does not seem to be willing to listen to the committee; and they agreed that he was wrong and so did I. We all three love George Albert Smith dearly and we all feel that he is on the wrong path, and that he must repent, and that he must accept the decision of the brethren. ... I told them I felt almost as though I didn't want to join in a prayer circle with Brother George Albert while he takes the position that he does. I know how hard it is for parents to judge of their own. ...

The brethren reported their labors as usual and the mail was given attention, and then we discussed the question of filling the vacancy caused by the death of the Presiding Patriarch, Hyrum G. Smith. A report by the Council of the Twelve was read unanimously favoring Hyrum G. Smith's son, Eldred, being made the Patriarch, and all of the brethren expressed their willingness and desire that he be made the Patriarch to the Church. I am free to confess that I think the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles has made a mistake but I shall earnestly pray to the Lord to give me the impression to appoint him, and unless I get that impression, although we may have to wait another six months before coming to a decision, I certainly shall not vote for this young man to be made the patriarch. It may be that I am prejudiced in favor of my son-in-law, Willard R. Smith....

[The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

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