Joseph Smith Sr. never had an issue believing his son, Joseph Jr,. prior to the organization of the Church. Why was this?
a. Joseph Jr. was honest to a fault
b. Joseph Sr. had dreams that pointed him to the Church
c. Joseph Sr. read the Book of Mormon
d. Joseph Jr. admitted he cut down the cherry tree so he could be trusted in everything else
A Rudger Clawson
In 1898 Elder Clawson was called to the Quorum of the Twelve and three years later was chosen as second counselor in the First Presidency to Lorenzo Snow, with whom he had been imprisoned. Elder Clawson was never set apart for this position because President Snow passed away just four days after general conference.
Returning to the Quorum, he served a total of forty-five years as an apostle, including twenty-two years as president of the Twelve.
Flake, Lawrence R., Prophets and Apostles of the Last Dispensation, (Provo, Utah: Religious Study Center, Brigham Young University, 2001), 262.