75 years ago today - Feb 26, 1948

[J. Reuben Clark]
Nicholas Baker, member of the bishopric of Layton Ward called and made the following statement: He was teaching the Gospel Doctrine class in his ward ... He said that Bro. and Sister Nalder (who had been to see me regarding the matter of conscientious objectors, they being conscientious objectors, and their two sons likewise, were making trouble in his class and quoting me. They are saying, as Brother Baker remembered it, that I had said that the spirit which prompted Nephi to kill Laban in order to get the plates on which the Law of Moses was engraved, was the spirit of the Devil and not the spirit of the Lord. I told Bro. Baker that I did not remember ever having talked that matter over with the Nalders, though I may have done, but I would repeat to him the statement that Bro. George Albert Smith had made, namely, that I do not remember whether or not I made the statement, but I did not think that I did, but if I did make that statement I did not believe it when I said it and I do not believe it now. I called Bro. Baker's attention to the fact that the word spirit is capitalized all through those verses carrying the account of this incident, and that indicated to the man who superintended the printing of the Book of Mormon regarded it as the Spirit of the Lord and not the spirit of the Devil, otherwise he would not have capitalized the word Spirit. ... These people who are apparently really apostates, also had some kind of a cock and bull story about the Church having under consideration the elimination of part of the Doctrine and Covenants and printing a new edition. ...

[The Diaries of J. Reuben Clark, 1933-1961, Abridged, Digital Edition, Salt Lake City, Utah 2015]

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