130 years ago today - Jan 17, 1894

[John M. Whitaker]

On the 17th day of January, an important meeting was held in the Assembly Room of the Temple by the First Presidency, the Twelve, the First Council of Seventy, at which President Wilford Woodruff made plain the rights of the Priesthood and the matter of ordaining Seventies was plainly settled. He stated that from now on no more Seventies will be made direct from the Elders Quorums, but as the Elders are set apart as missionaries, they will be ordained Seventies and sent forth as Seventies as that is their special calling to preach the gospel to all nations; he said that the brethren do not seem to appreciate the priesthood sufficiently, and greater care should be taken in ordaining men to the priesthood.

[John M. Whitaker, Diary, 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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