Friday, October 18, 2013

The Most Famous Picture of a U.S Flag

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Marines hoisting U.S. flag on Iwo Jima during WWII
I’m sure you have seen this famous picture of the U.S. flag being raised by marines on Iwo Jima during the Second World War. Surprisingly, the marine that found the flag for the picture eventually went on to become a General Authority. Who was this man?

a.      Boyd K. Packer

b.      A. Theodore Tuttle

c.       Paul H. Dunn

d.      Loren C. Dunn

Yesterday’s answer:

a.      Daniel Wells

Although any number of living men could be ordained to the office of apostle, by definition the Quorum of Twelve Apostles was comprised of twelve such ordained men. Qualifications of this statement are necessary. First, three men were given the official designation as Counselor to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: Amasa M. Lyman (1844-45), Daniel H. Wells (1877-91), and John W. Young (1877-91); Sylvester Q. Cannon was ordained an apostle and served as an Associate to the Quorum of the Twelve (1938-39). After 1847 when members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles served as counselors to the President of the church, new apostles were called to replace them in the Quorum of the Twelve. In 1887, the death of the President of the church created a situation in which his two counselors returned to their former positions in the Quorum of the Twelve, resulting in the presence of thirteen members of the Quorum of the Twelve, in addition to the two counselors to that quorum. The presence of more than twelve men in the Quorum of the Twelve was thereafter relieved by organizing another First Presidency from among members of the Quorum of the Twelve. Their temporary abundance of men in the Quorum of the Twelve subsequently occurred with the death of each President to the Church.

Journal of Mormon History, D. Michael Quinn, The Evolution of the Presiding Quorums of the LDS Church, Vol.1 1974, note 27.

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