115 years ago today - Oct 3, 1905

[At apostles' quarterly meetings:] ... Any good sister who may desire a blessing at the hand of her sisters before her confinement may be thus administered to. And any good sister who has received her endowments and who is in good standing in the Church might officiate in washing and anointing previous to confinement, if called upon, or if requested to do so, by the sister or sisters desiring the blessing. But in no instance should a sister take the initiative by offering to do this.... Some sisters are gifted in administering and comforting with faith, and yet may hold no official position in the relief society. Then again the sister desiring a blessing might have a choice as to whom she would prefer to render her this service. They should avoid all reference to ceremonies of the temple, and should be very careful not to detract from or encroach upon the privileges or uses of the priesthood. We have heard that the labors of our sisters in this respect have resulted in benefit and blessing, and that the services of sisters capable of officiating in this ordinance are being sought after. The advice given to all of our sisters who may be called upon to render this service to our sisters approaching their confinement is that they shall regard it in the spirit of the greatest solemnity, and not fail to call upon the Lord in prayer previous to officiating in this as well as every other sacred duty.

[Rudger Clawson Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

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