[J. Golden Kimball]
Pres[ident]. Jos[eph]. F. Smith explained the object of the conference which was to ratify the appointment and organization of the Seventy Presidency of the Church and the appointment of the boy Apostle and other officers. He also read a revelation on the order of the Priesthood and said that others of the Presidency and Apostles had not carried out the order of this revelation. I could not help but think, if Jos[eph]. Smith, Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff and Lorenzo Snow, together with the Twelve Apostles had erred in this matter, why should we believe that he so soon had received all the light and inspiration. He also said he would never take the bits into his mouth and the reins into his hands and ignore his councillors as others had done before him. I think he has already done this, when he nominated his son as an Apostle. To publicly arraign and criticize men that are his superiors in every way is to me a great mistake and will not add one cubit to his strength or height.
[Source: J. Golden Kimball, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]