140 years ago today - Jul 9, 1883

[A letter to the Bishops of the Church setting them straight on their lack of authority over Relief Society wheat and its disposition.] ... "No Bishop has any right, because of his authority as a presiding officer in the ward, to take possession of this grain. It belongs to the [relief] societies who have collected it, and it is their province to dispose of it for the purpose for which it has been collected, and it should not be appropriated or disposed of by any Bishop for any other object. JOHN TAYLOR, GEORGE Q. CANNON, JOSEPH F. SMITH,

["To the Bishops of Wards" First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. {1883-July 9-Woman's Exponent 12:4, p. 28 (July 15, 1883)} in Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)]

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