Shortly after excommunicated Apostle John W. Taylor’s death in 1916, President Joseph F. Smith visited his wife Nettie with a package. What was said to be in the package?
c. Temple clothing
d. The last of the items that he left in his desk
D Joseph F. Smith
From the life of Joseph F. Smith: July 1, 1866: Following the regular Sunday prayer circle of the Frist Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve, Brigham Young suddenly said, “Hold on. Shall I do as I feel led? I always feel well to do as the spirit constrains me. It is my mind to ordain bro. Joseph F. Smith to the Apostleship, and to be one of my Councilors.”
Though an apostle, Joseph F. Smith was not admitted to the Quorum of the Twelve until 1867, replacing Amasa Lyman. Knowledge of the secret ordination was kept even from Heber C. Kimball, Brigham Young’s first counselor—and Joseph F. Smith’s stepfather.
Joseph F. Smith served in the Frist Presidency for thirty-eight years, longer than any other man. He was counselor to Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, and Lorenzo Snow.Richard S. Van Wagoner and Steven C. Walker, A Book of Mormons, (Salt Lake City: Signature