120 years ago today - Jul 29, 1903

We have reason to believe that sufficient discriminating judgment is not being exercised in the selection of men ordained patriarchs, and that as a consequence it sometimes happens that some brethren are recommended to represent this high and important office in the holy priesthood who are not in every respect suitable to do so; and we have therefore concluded to request that all stake presidencies submit to us the names of the men recommended by them to be ordained patriarchs in order that we may satisfy ourselves as far as possible of their fitness for the patriarchal office.

[First Presidency, Letter to Joseph Morrell, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

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