145 years ago today - Nov 15, 1878

Elizabeth Ann Whitney (counselor to Emma Smith in the Relief Society Presidency, wife of the Church's first bishop) received her authority to bless through ordination. "I was ordained and set ... apart under the hand of Joseph Smith the Prophet to administer to the sick and comfort the sorrowful. Several other sisters were also ordained and set apart to administer in these holy ordinances."

[Elizabeth Whitney Autobiography, published in the Woman's Exponent, 15 Nov. 1878, p. 91, as quoted at http://ordainwomen.org/quotes. See Quinn, "Mormon Political Conflicts" for full cite and context.]

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