80 years ago today - Feb 27, 1943

[Heber J. Grant]
I think it was an inspiration not to choose John Smith's great grandson to be the patriarch. For ten years there has been a vacancy in the office of Presiding Patriarch, and yet at one time a majority of the Quorum of the Twelve felt that I ought to choose one of John Smith's great grandsons. It has been a very humiliating thing to me to have the majority of the brethren wanting me to choose a man who felt he was entitled to it, but I have seen all of them lately and they all say they are perfectly willing to sustain Joseph F. Smith [III] for the position. I was very glad that I stood out for ten years seeing that President Smith himself felt that he was entitled to have one of his line as the Presiding Patriarch.

[The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

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