-- Feb 14, 1896
Apostle Brigham Young Jr. writes in his journal: "Our conversation during the entire day was of the most interesting character. He [Heber J. Grant] said I & Lyman & J[ohn] H[enry] S[mith] have decided in our own minds that Jos[eph] F. S[smith] should be placed ahead of you in the Quorum. He thinks that, tho' a man may be ordained an apostle he takes rank when he comes into the Quorum" Brigham Jr. had been secretly ordained an apostle by his father long before he became a member of the Quorum of Apostles. This re-ordering makes Joseph F. Smith president of the church upon the death of Lorenzo Snow instead of Brigham Young Jr. (1)
-- Mar 13, 1896
[Apostle Heber J. Grant Diary] Met brother Francis M. Lyman and he asked me if I had seen the letter from Brother Brigham H Roberts, and I answered no, and was surprised and delighted to learn that Bro. Roberts had decided to bow to the wishes of the brethren. .... Called at the Temple and told Pres[iden]t Lorenzo Snow and he was delighted ... (2)
-- Mar 31, 1896
[Apostle Heber J. Grant Diary] [Pre-conference quorum meeting in temple.] Lorenzo Snow ... [Lorenzo Snow] wanted to know what success had attended the efforts of Bro[ther]s Richards and Grant in favoring with Elder Moses Thatcher. Bro[ther] Richards explained, as so also did I, that we were not aware that we had been appointed to talk with Bro[ther] Moses, but that there had simply been some informal remarks made about the matter and that it would be well for us to visit him. Brigham Young, Lorenzo Young, Myself, Francis M. Lyman and Franklin D. Richards all expressed ourselves regarding Bro[ther] Moses' condition. These brethren not only felt that Bro[ther] Moses' physical condition was very serious indeed, but they also felt that he was in a very dangerous position spiritually. After the remarks of the brethren our meeting adjourned until 2 pm.
-- Tuesday, Mar 31, 1896
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill and Abraham H. Cannon met in Counsel at the Temple. Lorenzo Snow. The Lord will bless you all. You will be required to do many things that will make you unpopular with both saint and sinner. Franklin D. Richards. Said let us seek to know Christ.
Brigham Young. Said I have been sorely tried for 48 hours but Bro. L. Snows word had comforted him. (3)
1 - Advent Adam website (defunct) - based on http://amzn.to/originsofpower
2 - Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
3 - Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith
LDS History Chronology: Lorenzo Snow
Mormon History Timeline: the life of Lorenzo Snow
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