-- Sep 13, 1898
[Apostle Marriner W. Merrill Diary] Tuesday. Salt Lake City. Met with the Apostles at 10 a. m. and organized the First Presidency by electing Lorenzo Snow President and George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith Counselors, and F. D. Richards President of the Twelve Apostles. At 2 p. m. met at Brother Savage's Art Gallery and had our photos taken all together in one group. In the evening went with Brother H. J. Grant to see the O. S. L. Passenger Agent to get lower Conference rates, but failed to do so. (1)
-- Sep 13, 1898; Tuesday
All of our thoughts seemed directed to organizing First Presidency. Several Brethren spoke & all felt alike. By unanimous vote we sustained Lorenzo Snow as President. He said I knew this would come and the Lord has revealed to me who my councillors [sic] were, George Q. Cannon & Jos[eph]. F. Smith. I did thank God in my heart and so all seemed to feel. Pres[ident]. S[now]. Trustee in Trust--Franklin D. Richards President of the Twelve.
What a load is removed from the Twelve we can now go out into our fields among the people and labor as usual. (2)
1 - Notes from the Miscellaneous Record Book, 1886-1906: Selected diary notes from the journal books of Marriner Wood Merrill, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - Brigham Young Jr., Diary
LDS History Chronology: Lorenzo Snow
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