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Putting on the Harness

After 13 years as a counselor in the presidency of the Weber North Stake, John V. Bluth was finally released—and then immediately called as the new stake president. “It is a peculiar feeling,” he told stake members just after they sustained him, “to have some one come up on one side of you, after a hard day’s work, and gently remove the harness, then quietly step around to the other side and just as gently replace a heavier one, and tell you to ‘get up.’ There is one good thing, however,” he added. “There is no cracking of the whip, just a gentle persuasive way urging to the work required.”

Ogden Utah Weber North Stake general minutes, Sept. 21, 1921, page 51, Church History Library, Salt Lake City