140 years ago today - Sep 6, 1879

Other apostles vote against presiding apostle John Taylor's proposal to organize the First Presidency. Deseret News editorial "What Shall the Mormon Church Do?" quotes recommendation of the pro-Mormon Omaha Herald: "Let the Mormon people renounce all future polygamous marriages by an open and honest declaration, and there are not a baker's dozen of decent people in America who would ask that any such a brand [of abandonment] as is mentioned by the NEWS should be put upon the women and children." The Deseret News replies: "If the authorities of the Church were to take any such stand as some friends suppose possible, their enunciation [pronouncement] would in all probability be repudiated by the people." The apostles restate this fear in 1890.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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