45 years ago today - Aug 22, 1978-Tuesday

[Leonard Arrington]

Elder Packer [[Arrington probably meant Marion D. Hanks and not Packer.]] said he would recommend it [the Mormon history book _Story of the Latter-day Saints_, which was eventually banned] to the full board, and, if the board will permit it, he will volunteer to go to Elder Mark Petersen and try to persuade him that it should go through a second printing for that purpose-putting it in the kit. He said Elder Petersen, while quick to form opinions, can be persuaded to a different opinion, while this is not true of Elder [Ezra Taft] Benson. But Elder Petersen, if persuaded, might persuade Elder Benson. Lowell felt reasonably optimistic. The main task is to persuade Elder [Marvin J.] Ashton at their board meeting tomorrow to let Elder Hanks do this.

[Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, Signature Books, 2018]

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