-- Aug 3, 1887 (Wednesday)
Counselors Geo. Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, eight of the Council of Twelve Apostles (Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Moses Thatcher, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Heber J. Grant and John W. Taylor), and Counselor Daniel H. Wells, met in council in Salt Lake City. Geo. Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith were reinstated in their former positions in the Council of the Twelve and an epistle, written by Pres. Wilford Woodruff to the Church, was approved. (1)
-- Aug 3, 1887
[In afternoon meeting:] George Q. Canon requested to continue the subject of misunderstanding existing in the minds of any of the brethren.
Brother Daniel H. Wells wished to say that the Twelve were not and could not be in any sense the Presidency of the Church. That it was getting out of their place to try it.
Lorenzo Snow asked Brother Wells if the Twelve had not the power to lead the Church during the interval between the death of the president and the election of a successor, to which he answered, "No! not for twenty-four hours, or for ten minutes!"
John Henry Smith asked President Brigham Young once in St. George [Utah] as to the positions of Orson Hyde and Orson Pratt. In case of President Young s death who should preside. He answered, "The Twelve, and their President was the President of the Church, unless he had forfeited his right to do so." That Orson Hyde and Orson Pratt had forfeited their right to preside, therefore it went to John Taylor.
On being asked, Brother Wells said it was the counsel of heaven that this body should now proceed to appoint a First Presidency as the only legitimate thing we can do legally. Brother Wells maintained his position [u]nflinchingly in opposition to the united views of all present.
At 10 went into Council with Pres[iden]t. W[ilford]. Woodruff L[orenzo]. Snow, F[ranklin].
D. R[ichards]. G[eorge]. Q. Cannon, J[oseph]. F. Smith, F[rancis]. M. Lyman, J[ohn]. H[enry].
Smith, H[eber]. J. Grant, J[ohn]. W. Taylor & D[aniel]. H. Wells,-10-
Voted that F[ranklin]. D. Richards be clerk of the council, That Geo[rge]. Q. Cannon & Joseph F. Smith be restored to their former places in the Council-
D[aniel]. H. Wells moved that the council proceed to appoint a First Presidency-although persistent could not obtain one other to join him in his views-that the 12 apostles were in no sense a presiding council.
Voted means to construct a vault for the corpse of Pres[iden]t [John] Taylor-Was elected Clerk of C[ouncil] of 12 Apostles.
Deliberations-as to jurisdiction of Apostles in the Stakes of Zion took a wide range referring to the treatment of Apostles by Pres[iden]t. Angus M. Cannon & W. W. Cluff & others-
Adopted by vote Pres[iden]t. Woodruffs address to the Saints in all the world. Adj[ourne]d. till 10. a.m. tomorrow. (2)
1 - Jenson, Andrew, Church Chronology
2 - Minutes; Franklin D. Richards, Diary
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