Sunday, October 27, 2019

Attracting the Italians


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What were the two programs that attracted the Italian people when the Italian mission was reopened in 1965?
a.                  Tithing and the MIA
b.                  Primary and the missionary program
c.                   Welfare and the Relief Society
d.                  Primary and MIA
Yesterday’s answer:
C   Why the next prophet is the president of the twelve
A week later on March 28, [Wilford] Woodruff wrote [Heber J.] Grant a second lengthy letter, in which he quoted Grant’s persistent question: “Do you know of any reason in case of the death of the president of the church why the twelve apostles should not choose some other person besides the president of the twelve to be the president of the church?” Woodruff firmly answered: “I have several very strong reasons why not.” He then listed two broad arguments, each with specific sub points. First, as the most senior apostle, Woodruff possessed as much presiding authority as if he had been assisted by two counselors. He pointed out that, during the discussions establishing a First Presidency for Brigham Young and John Taylor, no one had ever asserted that anyone else claimed a superior right to the quorum presidency and Church leadership, because, by that juncture “they were already [literally] the president of the church.” If either man had been deemed unfit to be president of the Church, he was certainly unfit to preside over the Quorum of the Twelve either.
His second point was that it would take a majority of the twelve apostles to appoint a new Church president upon the death of the incumbent. Therefore, “it is very unreasonable to suppose that the majority of that quorum could be converted to depart from the path marked out by inspiration and followed by the [original] apostles at the death of Jesus Christ and also [by the first latter-day Quorum of Twelve Apostles] since the death of Joseph Smith.” He concluded decisively, and perhaps somewhat impatiently: “Again I see no reason for discussing this subject until there is some cause for it.” Woodruff’s explanation was clear and firm—and should have decisely answered Grant’s questions—even if the young apostle did not entirely agree with him. However, Grant continued in quiet resistance to Woodruff, joined by the increasingly defiant Apostle Moses Thatcher, during an extended period which demonstrated a rather shocking breach of deference to the most senior of Church authorities.
Edward Leo Lyman, Succession by Seniority: The Development of Procedural Precedents, in the LDS Church, Journal of Mormon History, Spring 2014, 116-117.

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