75 years ago today - Oct 20, 1947

[Spencer W. Kimball]
This October Conference was their first General Conference. They were guests of the colored members out in Mill Creek way and attended all the meetings. They desired a Patriarchal Blessing and in our meeting of the Presy and Council of Twelve we decided that colored people could have their blessings from Patriarchs'Pres. McKay had told them they could. The new Patriarch, Eldred Smith, was somewhat perplexed, he said, as to this new experience, so he spent the night in prayer and contemplation and finally felt impressed to indicate that they were 'associated with the line of Manassa.' After the blessings, Brother and Sister Hope told him that they had done considerable genealogical research and had found that each of them had found their ancestors had mixed with Indians so his impressions were verified.

[Spencer W. Kimball, Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

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