This week in Church history

100 years ago

President Joseph F. Smith spoke encouraging words to the Tabernacle Choir after announcing a replacement conductor during one of the choir's rehearsals, according to the Jan. 19, 1900, Deseret Evening News.

During the rehearsal, President Smith read a letter from the First Presidency that stated Horace Ensign would direct the choir while longtime director Evan Stephens took a leave of absence to tour Europe.

Then President Smith said, "I hope the choir will maintain their reputation as singers, as also their reputation of Latter-day Saints. United action is necessary to ensure future success. You could not have achieved your present success had you not acted unitedly and in harmony in the past."

The First Presidency's proposal was sustained by members of the choir and then Brother Stephens and Brother Ensign each spoke briefly.