True Succession in Church Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints : Being a Reply to Elder B. H. Roberts on "Succession in the Presidency of the Church"
Board of Publication of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
In the latter part of the year 1895 Mr. Roberts, together with Moses Thatcher, fell under the displeasure of church authorities for his political actions; while under the ban of disapproval he was interviewed, and the interview published in the Salt Lake Tribune for October 1895. The following is an extract from the interview:—
I have always regarded myself as properly respectful and attentive to church authority. In my labors in the church, whether in missionary or literary affairs. I have always consulted with the presidency when communication was possible; and their wishes have been respectfully followed. All the manuscripts of tracts and books of which I am the author, that have been written in advocacy or defense of the Mormon faith have been invariably submitted to their personal inspection or to the inspection of committees appointed by them.
This, then, fixes the responsibility of an indorsement upon the Presidency; and in meeting the issues discussed by Mr. Roberts in "Succession in the Presidency of the Church," we are not simply meeting Mr. Roberts alone, but we are meeting the authorized positions of the church in Utah upon the issues involved.