120 years ago today - Saturday, Oct 8, 1898

At the request of Prest. [Lorenzo] Snow, the Apostles handed to him suggestions of brethren whom they would like to be chosen to fill the vacancy in the quorum of the Apostles. Prest. Snow and his Counselors then withdrew to consider the names. After their return I (Heber J. Grant) have recorded in my journal the following:

... Said: I know that we have the mind of the Lord, and I know it just as perfectly as I have ever Known anything. The man we have chosen, and upon whom we are perfectly united, is Rudger Clawson. Prest. Franklin D. Richards moved that we sustain the choice of the Presidency and the motion was unanimously sustained.

Prest. Snow then said he wanted to say something about Rudger Clawson. Said that when he was in the Penitentiary he became intimately acquainted with Bro. Clawson and learned his worth. ... When Bro. Standing was killed the man in charge of the mob ordered them to turn their guns on Bro. Clawson and fire. Bro. Clawson closed his eyes and waited for a moment or two, expecting to have the bullets of the assassins crash through his brain. When they did not fire, he opened his eyes and saw the guns were still pointing at him, but the leader countermanded the order to fire.

Brother Clawson during his long confinement in the "Pen" (3 yrs., I mo., 10 days) for plural marriage made a good record. ...

[Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson]

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