140 years ago today - Jun 24, 1883

Parowan 1st Ward membership record and stake history records: "Sister Ellen Banks Wife of Wm Banks was ordained & Set Apart to administer to the Sick in the capacity of Midwifery & all other kinds of Sicknesses By Apostle Francis M. Lyman." Hers is the first entry in a list of "Special Ordinations." Ten other entries (1883-1886) are for men to various priesthood offices.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database ( http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase )]]

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