40 years ago today - Jan 25, 1982.

The First Presidency writes Leonard J. Arrington a letter extending him an "honorable release" both as Church Historian and as director of the History Division. Elder Durham is set apart as Church Historian privately on 8 February 1982. Neither Leonard's release nor Elder Durham's appointment is announced at April conference, although President Hinckley says, "Elder G. Homer Durham, a member of the Presidency of the First Quorum of the Seventy and the Church Historian who, if I remember correctly, was born in Parowan, has now addressed us."

[Anderson, Lavina Fielding, "The LDS Intellectual Community and Church Leadership: A Contemporary Chronology," Dialogue, Vol.26, No.1]

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