105 years ago today - Jul 3, 1918

[Heber J. Grant]
At 10 attended meeting of the Presidency and Apostles in the Temple. This morning, before going to the Temple, Joseph F. Smith, Jr., David O. McKay, and I called on President Lund and Penrose, and stated to them that we understood that Brother Hyrum G. Smith, the Presiding Patriarch, held the idea that he was, in case of the death of President Smith, the presiding authority in the Church. We announced to the brethren that all of the Council of the Twelve differed with Brother Hyrum G., and we did not care to have any controversy with him at all over a matter of this kind. I read to the brethren a letter written to me by the President Wilford Woodruff, dated at St. George March 28, 1887, bearing upon this subject, and announcing that without a direct revelation from the Lord, who had organized the Church of Christ of the earth, that he did not believe that the day would ever come when the President of the Twelve Apostles would not succeed to the Presidency of the Church. The brethren expressed their pleasure at my having such a letter from the late President Wilford Woodruff, and said they did not think, in view of President Smith's ill health, that it would be a wise thing to bring this matter up for discussion before him.

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

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