175 years ago today - Dec 24, 1847

[Hosea Stout]
Went to the General Conference at Millers Point, in company with Zera Pulcifer. ...

O. Pratt spoke at length on the policy of electing a First President. That God had saw proper to govern the Church by the Twelve since the death of Joseph the Prophet and that he could govern it by whatever authority he was proper even by teachers and deacons. There was a time when this Church was governed by the Lesser Priesthood[.] But now the Lord manifested by his Spirit that it was best to appoint a First Presidency again that the organization of the Church might be perfected and the Twelve have a chance to spread abroad again to the nations &c. ....

[Diaries of Hosea Stout]

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