85 years ago today - Sep 27, 1934

[President Heber J. Grant]
After the funeral today [of Counselor Anthony Ivins] Brother Clark called and I told him I thought we ought to decide on a counselor and asked for his suggestions. He said, 'I think anyone whom you want will suit me.'

I said, 'My mind had rested upon Brother McKay.'

He said, 'I am very glad; he is the man that I had thought of and would like.' He said, 'I started with the head of the Quorum, and when I got to brother McKay, I did not have any desire to go further.'

I sent for Brother McKay and notified him of our choice. He was very much surprised and pledged his absolute loyalty, and I felt sure he would do all in his power to aid in fulfilling the duties of the Presidency of the Church.

[Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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