120 years ago today - Feb 4, 1903; Wednesday

Elder [B. H.] Roberts called attention to the following circumstances as modifying the doctrines of President Brigham Young's sermon delivered in Logan [Utah] on __________, and asked that it be spread upon the minutes so that it will tend to modify some of the statements of Pres[ident]. Young in the discourse alluded to.

... some questions arose concerning Priesthood, in which reference was made by President Rulon S. Wells to a discourse on Priesthood by the late President Brigham Young delivered in Logan, where he discussed the relative positions of High Priests and Seventies,--whereupon Pres[ident]. Joseph F. Smith related the following incident concerning that discourse.

" ... Henry W. Naisbett was the junior editor of the "Star" and "Journal of Discourses" Bro[ther]. Naisbett, seeing the discourse of President Young in the News, took it for granted that it must be published in the "Journal of Discourses" and consequently had it all set up and it was to go to press that evening in the last form. President Joseph F. Smith, however, objected to some of the doctrines of the discourse and told Bro[ther]. Naisbett that it must not be published. To this Bro[ther]. Naisbett demurred, when President Smith humorously remarked, "he did not know but what Bro[ther]. Naisbett would have him churched for refusing to publish a discourse of President Young's." Bro[ther]. Naisbett also urged that the periodical must come out in the morning and they had not other matter that they could use to take the place of the discourse, to which Pres[ident]. Smith replied--"It made no difference. That discourse could not be published." This ended the matter as between President Smith and Bro[ther]. Naisbett, but about twelve o'clock that same night Pres[ident]. Smith received a cablegram from Pres[ident]. Young asking him not to publish the discourse in question. "Whereupon", remarked President Smith, "there was a very happy man at #42 Islington that night."

[Excerpt from the Minutes of the First Council of the Seventy, February 11, 1903]

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