40 years ago today - 40 years ago - Nov 26, 1979-Monday

[Leonard Arrington]
Fred Babbel telephoned ... had heard that our sesquicentennial volumes were being put on the shelf. Because of his close connection with Elder [Ezra Taft] Benson, I suppose he has heard something from that source. I told him as far as I knew, the volumes were proceeding, though more slowly than expected. He said he felt very strongly that we need to have good honest history-that the Church has nothing to fear from opening up the records. If he is ever with Elder Benson and the subject comes up, I'm sure he'll say a word favorable to us.

[Confessions of a Mormon historian : the diaries of Leonard J. Arrington, 1971-1997, Gary James Bergera, editor, Signature Books, 2018]

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