After Elder Elbert A. Smith was ordained Presiding Evangelist at the Conference of 1938, the First Presidency continued with Elder F. M. McDowell as the sole remaining counselor to President Frederick M. Smith. President McDowell resigned in October 1938. With the approval of the Council of Twelve, acting under the inspiration given to him at the time, President Frederick M. Smith associated Elders Israel A. Smith and L. F. P. Curry with himself in the Presidency. In the following revelation this arrangement is confirmed. The revelation was received by unanimous action of the Conference and was ordered included in the Doctrine and Covenants.
To the Saints in General Conference Assembled:
[Sec 138:1a] As a result of the conditions existing when the Joint Council of First Presidency, Quorum of the Twelve and Presiding Bishopric, met in October, 1938, Brother Floyd M. McDowell, Second Counselor, presented his resignation to me to take effect immediately.
[Sec 138:1b] This left the President without Counselors; and to meet the situation, acting under such inspirational impulsions as were given me at the moment, I presented the names of Brethren Israel A. Smith and Lemuel F. P. Curry to fill the vacancies in the First Presidency, these selections being unanimously approved by the Quorum of Twelve.
[Sec 138:1c] I suggested to the brethren named the wisdom of at once entering upon their tasks in the Presidency.
[Sec 138:1d] This was done, and there was thrown upon Brother Curry a double responsibility, for it was thought best for him to continue his work as Presiding Bishop until further instructions were given.
[Sec 138:1e] Acting further under the impulsion referred to I now present the names of Israel A. Smith and Lemuel F. P. Curry for ratification as Counselors in the First Presidency, Brother Curry to be released from further responsibility as Presiding Bishop.
[Sec 138:2] To effect necessary reorganization of the Presiding Bishopric let G. Leslie DeLapp be selected and ordained as Presiding Bishop, he being left free to nominate his counselors in due time.
[Sec 138:3a] Let the church again be admonished that the task of establishing Zion presses heavily upon us.
[Sec 138:3b] Barriers and hindrances to the achievement of this goal should be removed as speedily as possible and practicable.
[Sec 138:3c] To lay securely the foundations for Zion and her buildings the work should be accomplished in peace and harmony. Unity should prevail.
[Sec 138:3d] To this end all the Saints should work together in the rich fraternity which can and will prevail among them when they keep faithfully the commandments.
[Sec 138:3e] Great blessings are in store for the church if it will in faith and saintly devotion go forward in its tasks.
Frederick M. Smith
President of the Church
Independence, Missouri, April 10, 1940