Sunday, August 08, 2004

the trib on apostalic succesion

the salt lake trib has an interesting article on apostalic succession in the church.

some things of interest are..

-"current apostles usually are asked to write three names on a slip of paper. With or without open discussion, it will end up being a secret ballot whose results are tallied and then forwarded to the president .... The president sometimes accepted the council's recommendations - and sometimes he did not."

-"In 1901, Joseph F. Smith ignored the unanimous recommendations of the Quorum and put in his 31-year-old son, Hyrum M. Smith, who was a clerk at ZCMI....The church president's only explanation was: 'He's a good boy with a good heart.'"

-Neither Elder Nelson nor Elder Oaks were general authorities before their call to the apostle ship.

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