75 years ago today - May 2, 1949

[Joseph Fielding Smith]
Today I had an interview with Dr. Heber C. Snell, who is a teacher in the institute in Logan. He has not been sound in his faith and has been called in question repeatedly because of his doctrine. Elder John W. Widtsoe, I invited to be present and also Elder A. William Lund. I was convinced that Dr. Snell ... had been guilty of following, and believeing, the doctrines of the un-inspired teachers of the school of divinity at the Chicago University ... I showed him wherein his doctrines contradicted the teachings in the Book of Mormon and Doctrine and Covenants. He has written a book on the Old Testament, which, in my judgment, is destructive of faith... He professes to believe in the Book of Mormon and the mission of the Prophet, but he does not accept the miracles ... [that] the Bible has been a progressive development from a belief in a blood- thirsty tribal god to the loving and kindly Savior of the New Testament. In other words, that God, or the belief in God has been a
progressive development. The ancient prophets, in fact, thought they received revelations to kill people and create war, etc. ...

[Joseph Fielding Smith Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

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