A Ministry of Meetings
Stan Larson, editor

Chapter 7. 

Diary Sixteen
4 January – 31 December
1903

Balancing the Ledger: “Twelve Percent Allowed for Handling the Tithes”

[p. 529] [Sunday, 4 January, 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. At 10 a.m. accompanied by Lydia I attended a very interesting fast meeting at the temple, Pres. Smith presiding.

At 3 p.m. attended a lecture in the Salt Lake Theater given by General Wm. P. Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army movement. The title of the lecture was “Some Lessons of My Life,” and proved to be quite interesting. He has certainly accomplished a great work of reform among the criminal classes and poor people of the world.

7 p.m. Dedicatory service of the remodeled 18th Ward chapel, Bp. Orson F. Whitney presiding. Of the general authorities present, there were Presidents Jos. F. Smith and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, myself, and Jno. Smith, patriarch, and Angus M. Cannon, president of the stake.

Bp. Whitney made brief remarks, giving a short history of the 18th Ward to date, also a general statement of the remodeling of the chapel. The dedicatory prayer was offered by Pres. Jos. F. Smith and was impressive and eloquent.

Pres. Lund made brief remarks and said that he was greatly pleased with the reports that had been made. Counseled the saints [p.530] to make good use of the new meeting house by coming to their meetings. Elder Jno. H. Smith also expressed pleasure and approval of the reports, which had been given in such detail and thoroughness.

Pres. Smith occupied the balance of the time. Said that other wards in the church would do well to follow the example of the 18th Ward in reporting public improvements involving the expenditure of the people’s means. Spoke of the rights of the children in our meeting houses. They are entitled to attention and at least to the extent of being provided with good seats. Also dwelt upon the principle of obedience and forgiveness, as set forth in the life of the Savior.

[Thursday, 8 January 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Continuation of the conference of the Twelve, Elder Jno. H. Smith presiding. Present: Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Patriarch Jno. Smith.

Elder Clawson accounted for his absence yesterday by saying that he was in attendance at the funeral of Elder Jas. Larson, instructor at the L.D.S. University, who had recently died with the smallpox. The memorial service was held in the Barratt Hall. The minutes of Dec. [January] 7 (there being but one session) were read and approved.

Elder Clawson was the first speaker. Topics treated. Said that he was often profoundly impressed with the depth and originality of the gospel. It was always pleasing and instructive to listen to the elders speak, when moved upon by the Holy Ghost. In attending so many conference, priesthood, and other meetings had occasionally experienced a fear that there would be a sameness about them that would make them dull and uninteresting, but found this fear seldom realized as there is an infinite variety in the gospel. Dwelt upon the importance of self-control. In a dispute or contention the one who is calm, dignified, and self-contained has a decided advantage over the spirit of anger. Said that he desired to be one with his associates and ever held himself in readiness to respond to the call of duty.

At this point the Presidency came in. Song, “In the Sun and [p.531] Moon and Stars.” Pres. Lund opened, and Reed Smoot was month at the altar. The minutes of Dec. 31, 1902, were read and approved. Conference appointments: Emery, M. F. Cowley; Beaver, Elder Teasdale; Utah, the Presidency and Elder Clawson.

The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the Utah Stake, in which they stated that Bp. Geo. H. Maycock of Springville 1st Ward and Bp. Peter Wentz of the Timpanogos Ward had for good, sufficient, and acceptable reasons sent in their resignations, which they recommended for favorable action, and also recommended Arthur J. Southwick as first choice, and O[liver] B. Huntington, Jr., second choice for bishop of Springville 1st Ward, and Ray Wentz for bishop of Timpanogos Ward. Upon motion of Reed Smoot the recommendations were adopted, Brother Huntington being chosen instead of Brother Southwich, who was about to move from the ward.

Reports
Elder Teasdale attended S. School, fast meeting, and circle meeting at Nephi. Elder Merrill attended Hyrum Stake Conference, Dec. 23 and 24. Good conference. The new meeting houses in the Hyrum Ward are progressing nicely. Dedicated the new residence of Pres. Wm. C. Parkinson. The tithing of the stake exceeds that of last year. On Sunday, the 4th, attended meetings at home.

M. F. Cowley attended a priesthood meeting in Preston on Saturday and fast meeting in the 17th Ward on Sunday. In the evening spoke at a conjoint meeting in the 1st Ward. Elder Woodruff attended the dedicatory service of Judge Jno. E. Boothe’s new home at Provo on 2d and on Saturday, Jan. 3, attended monthly priesthood meeting at Am. Fork.

Elder Clawson reported the dedication of the 18th Ward remodeled chapel. Said that Presidents Smith and Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Jno. Smith, pat., and Pres. A. M. Cannon were present. Pres. Smith offered the dedicatory prayer. Singing exercises very fine. The improvement had cost between nine and ten thousand dollars, which was all paid and over two hundred dollars in the treasury. Brother Clawson also attended the temple fast meeting in the morning and Gen. Booth’s lecture on the founding of the Salvation Army at the theater in the afternoon.

Elder Reed Smoot lectured Sunday night in the Provo 6th [p.532] Ward. Subject, “There Is No Excellence Without Labor.” Presidents Smith, Winder, [and] Lund, and Jno. Smith were all at the temple fast meeting, as was also Jno. H. Smith and Abraham O. Woodruff.

The reports and labors of the brethren were approved. Benediction by Elder Jno. H. Smith.

[Saturday, 10 January 1903] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and snowing. 7:55 a.m. Left by train for Provo to attend the Utah Stake Conference.

I took dinner at Brother Smoot’s [in Provo]; he is in Salt Lake and will be down on the 6 p.m. train. This is his birthday and he is 41 years of age. The legislature is about to convene, and it is expected that Elder Reed Smoot will be elected United States Senator. A strong effort is being made to defeat him, President [Theodore] Roosevelt having sent word to the Utah legislature through Senator [Thomas] Kearns that he hoped an apostle would not be sent to Congress. If this be true, and the papers so report the matter, it is an unwarrantable interference on the part of the president and deserves to be treated with cold indifference (as doubtless it will be).

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. David John presiding. The first speaker was David John, stake president. Topics. Stake affairs in pretty good shape. Tithing in 1902 fully up to that of 1901. Purity and cleanliness. Church magazines.

R. Clawson. Topics treated. The redemption of Zion. Obedience.

[Thursday, 15 January 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 10:30 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Anthon H. Lund, and  Jno. R. Winder, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Jno. Smith, pat., and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Though Deepening Trials.” Prayer by Pat. Jno. Smith, with Elder Teasdale mouth at the altar. Song, “O My Father.” The minutes of Jan. 8 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the Bingham Stake, in which they recommended the following brethren for [p.533] bishops: Frank Hesse, bishop of Blackfoot; Jno. R. Williams, bishop of Thomas Ward; Adam Yancey, bishop of Groveland. The recommendations were approved by unanimous vote.

A letter was read from the bishopric of the Sumaria Ward, Malad Stake, in which they solicited aid to help liquidate the indebtedness on their meeting house amounting to $1500. Upon motion of Pres. Winder $500 was appropriated to assist them.

Conference appointments: Weber, Elder Woodruff; young men’s conference at Moroni, R. Clawson; Mutual Improvement question at B. Y. Academy, Provo, Reed Smoot.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith reported the Sunday sessions of the Utah Stake Conference. Presidents Smith and Lund, and Elders Clawson and Smoot were also present. Large attendance and good spirit. Splendid conjoint meeting in the evening. Saturday evening the brethren took dinner with Elder Smoot upon the occasion of his forty-first birthday. On the 14th Brother Jno. Henry attended the funeral of Myron Tanner of Provo. He left seven sons and three daughters. Was a good man.

Elder Teasdale reported the Beaver Stake Conference. The various organizations were heard from. The subject of dividing the Beaver Ward was considered, and the saints voted the division be not made. Bishop Geo. Mumford and counselors were honorably released, and Jno. M. Murdock, Samuel O. White, Jr., and Lewis E. Farnsworth were called to succeed them, being ordained by Brother Teasdale, who also ordained Bp. Mumford a patriarch in the church. On Monday forenoon he held meeting at Greenville and Monday afternoon at Minersville. He also reported that Jno. H. Yardley and Geo. C. Murdock were set apart as high councillors.

Elder Woodruff attended two meetings in the Farmers Ward on Sunday. A splendid missionary work is being done among the outsiders in the Farmers Ward. On Wednesday spoke to the missionary class at the L.D.S. University.

Elder Clawson reported the Saturday meetings of the Utah Stake Conference. Said that [al]most all the auxiliary organizations were heard from, also the presidency of the stake, one bishop, and a patriarch. Spoke at Springville Sunday evening.

Elder Smoot reported the political situation. A caucus of the Republican members of the legislature was held last night and he [p.534] was nominated as senator by a vote of 38 against 5 for [George] Sutherland and 2 for Governor [Heber M.] Wells.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith said that he attended Sunday School at Farmers Ward on Sunday and a conjoint meeting at the Sugar House Ward in the evening. There were only 9 young men in the ward not enrolled in the Y.M.M.I.A.

Elder Jno. Smith attended meeting at the tabernacle. Pres. Winder attended a ward conference at Sugar House. Fine meetings and good order.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Hyrum M. Smith.

The Apostles’ Room in the temple has been thoroughly renovated: the walls painted, the ceiling calcimined, the woodwork repainted, and the carpet cleaned. The portraits of the Presidency and Twelve by [George H.] Taggart have been substituted for the pictures previously seen in the said room. The improvement is very marked and the room is certainly most delightful and attractive.

[Monday-Wednesday, 19-21 January 1903] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild, thawing. During these three day[s] I was very busily engaged in closing the books of the trustee-in-trust at the President’s office, or at least in directing how they should be closed, and completed the work Wednesday night. I will now proceed to get out a statement of the assets and liabilities of the church. On Wednesday at noon Elder Reed Smoot was elected U.S. Senator by the Utah legislature, which is now in session.

[Thursday, 22 January 1903] Salt Lake City. Cloudy, thawing. 10:40 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Anthon H. Lund, and  Jno. R. Winder, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, patriarch, and the clerk.

There was an informal talk about the election of Reed Smoot as United States senator from Utah. The very pleasing information was conveyed to the brethren that the campaign of Brother Smoot was conducted absolutely without bribery or liquor. There was only one attempt at bribery, and that was in the case of one of the legislators who sent word to Elder Smoot that, if he would use his [p.535] influence to have said party appointed chairman of the committees on railroads, he would in return vote for him. Brother Smoot immediately turned him down by sending word that, so far as his influence had any weight, he would oppose his appointment to said committee in any capacity and further that he did not want his vote.

The brethren clothed and sang, “Up, Awake, Ye Defenders of Zion.” Elder Cowley opened, and Elder Merrill was mouth at the altar. Song, “Come, All Ye Sons of Zion.” Minutes of Jan. 15 were read and approved.

Letter from Elder Cowley, dated Jan. 17 at Castle Dale, reporting the Emery Stake Conference of two weeks ago, was read by the clerk. The conference was well attended and instructive. The stake academy was dedicated, Elder Jos. M. Tanner offering the prayer.

Conference appointments: Juab, President Smith and Elder Teasdale; Alpine, Elder Cowley; Fremont, Elder Clawson; Cache, Elders Woodruff and Hyrum M. Smith.

Reports
Elder Teasdale attended the Forest Dale Sunday School last Sunday and meeting in the Sugar House Ward in the afternoon and Forest Dale meeting in the evening. Elder Merrill attended meeting at Coveville, Cache Stake, last Sunday. The people there have built a fine new school house.

Elder Cowley said he attended the San Luis Stake Conference last Sunday. All the wards reported and most of the auxiliary associations. Conditions were favorable.

Elder Woodruff reported the Weber Stake Conference last Sunday and Monday. Pres. Lund and Elder Hyrum M. Smith were also in attendance. A splendid spirit prevailed and the attendance at the meetings was crowded. Attended the funeral of Elder Chas. Welsh, high councillor, on Monday.

Elder Clawson was in attendance at the tabernacle meeting on Sunday afternoon and in the evening attended a religion class conference in the 20th Ward. The religion class movement was thoroughly explained by Bro. Clawson, and Elder Horace Cummings conducted a class of about 20 children, who had previously had no experience in this line, through the six steps as set forth in the outlines. The meeting was instructive and will doubtless lead [p.536] to the organization of religion classes in that ward.

Elder Smoot attended meetings in Provo on Sunday at the B. Y. Academy and the tabernacle. Pat. Jno. Smith attended the tabernacle meeting, and Pres. Winder visited the Mill Creek Ward in the afternoon and the Forest Dale Ward in the evening.

The reports and labors of the brethren were approved. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Clawson.

[Friday, 23 January 1903] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and thawing. Now that the books of the trustee-in-trust are closed, I was busily engaged all day in getting out my report from them for next Thursday—namely, a statement of assets and liabilities for the year 1902.

[Thursday, 29 January 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear, with nice covering of snow on the ground and heavy snows in the mountains. 10:30 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: President Lund, and Elders Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith,  Jno. Smith, pat., and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Minutes of Jan. 22, 1903, were read and approved.

Reports
Elder Teasdale attended the Juab Stake Conference, Sat. and Sunday. Elder Cowley and Pres. Smith were also in attendance. Held regular conference meetings, priesthood meeting Sat. evening, and Sabbath School session Sunday a.m. Excellent spirit prevailed.

Elder Cowley also attended the Alpine Stake Conference on Sunday, when most of the presiding authorities were heard from. Bp. Jos. E. Thorne of Pleasant Grove Ward was honorably released and set apart as a high councillor. Swen L. Swenson was appointed to succeed him. Bp. Chas. G. Patterson of Am. Fork 1st Ward was honorably released and Jas. T. Gardner was called to take his place and ordained to that position by Brother Cowley. At this point Presidents Smith and Winder came into the meeting.

Elder Clawson reported the Fremont Stake Conference. Elder  Jas. Sharp accompanied him. Had a splendid time. At the priesthood meeting the stake academy now in course of erection was talked up; of about $25,000 already expended,  $3,448 remains [p.537] unpaid, which Brother Clawson thought a very good showing. Most of the stake authorities were heard from. Pres. [Thomas E.] Bassett is down with smallpox, but the attack is light. He [Elder Clawson] held meeting in Idaho Falls on his return home.

Elder Smoot attended the reorganization of the bishopric of the Springville 1st Ward. Bp. Geo. H. Maycock was honorably released and O[liver] B. Huntington, Jr., was appointed in his stead. Elder Smoot was mouth in ordination.

Elder Hyrum Smith said he attended the Cache Stake Conference last week and was accompanied by Elders Merrill and Woodruff. Stake affairs in pretty good shape. $2,000 of the $2,300 indebtedness on the B. Y. College had been paid up.

Patriarch Jno. Smith attended meeting at the tabernacle on Sunday p.m. and the funeral of Chas. W. Smith on Monday. Presidents Winder and Lund both remained at home, being a little under the weather. Reports and labors of the brethren approved.

Brother Clawson of the auditing committee now presented the auditing committee’s report for the year 1902, which was an exhaustive statement of the financial condition of the church. A recapitulation of the general totals is given below, to wit:

January 1, 1903
Assests of the Church of Jesus Christ of L.D.S.
Real estate   1,217,003.93
Bank, R.R., and mercantile stocks and bonds   1,092,771.67
Cash on hand   285,990.24
Zion’s Savings Bank—certificate of deposit   100,000.00
Sinking fund, acct. church bonds   258,030.32
Bills rec., notes on hand   44,901.96
Sundry assets as per report   35,705.03
Total assets   3,034,403.15

Liabilites

Bills payable, notes outstanding   38,778.00
Church bonds   991,800.00
Jackson County Temple offerings   1,584.50
F. M. Lyman, amt. due him   431.44
[p.538] Jno. R. Winder, amt. due him   150.00
Surplus, Jan. 1, 1902, 1,399,020.59  
Loss and gain acct. net surplus for year 1902 602,638.62 2,001,659.21
Total   3,034,403.15
The report was dated Jan. 28, 1903, and signed by Rudger Clawson and Reed Smoot, auditing committee.
DETAIL OF THE LOSS AND GAIN ACCOUNT
Credits
Revenue or Gains
 
Tithing for the year 1902   1,188,010.49
Capital stocks—sales and dividends   176,345.14
Bonds—interest   30,037.50
Sundry items   45,449.33
    $1,439,842.46

Debits
Expenses or Losses

 
Appropriation to general authorities   100,466.60
Appropriation to church schools    119,106.37
Appropriation to temples   42,958.65
Stake and ward meeting houses   51,370.76
Improvements and repairs   19,151.17
Appropriations to the poor, charity acct.   40,660.49
Mission maintenance   45,426.16
Fares of returning missionaries   16,279.45
Brigham Young memorial hall   12,880.61
Deseret News building—depreciation in value   159,000.74
Salt Lake and Los. A. Ry. bonds—depreciation in value 25,000.00
Saltair Beach bonds—depreciation in value   25,000.00
Interest on ch. bonds and notes   60,939.18
Taxes for 1902   21,755.90
Sundry items   97,207.76
Total expenses and losses 837,203.84
Net gain for the year 1902 602,638.62
    $1,439,842.46

[p.539] Comparisons and Deductions

Tithes received at the President’s office during the year 1898:
Cash

326,441.27

 
Produce

467,891.01

794,332.28

For the year 1899:    
Cash

668,979.30

 
Produce 

469,383.34

1,138,362.64

For the year 1900:    
Cash 

695,682.79

 
Produce

487,324.22

1,183,007.01

For the year [1901]:    
Cash

939,001.32

 
Produce

460,678.26

1,399,679.58

For the year 1902:    
Cash

902,481.86

 
Produce

285,528.63

1,188,010.49

Total  

$5,703,392.00

Indebtedness of the Church, Oct. 1, 1898

Bills payable, notes outstanding  

1,819,724.08

Interest guaranteed on Pioneer [Electric]  

190,000.00

Due acct. Sterling Mine  

118,288.12

Due H. B. Claflin and Co.  

40,000.00

   

2,168,012.20

Indebtedness Guaranteed by The Church, Oct. 1, 1898

Note of H. J. Grant, et al.  

65,000.00

1500 ($1000) Pioneer Electric Power Co. bonds  

1,500,000.00

   

$1,565,000.00

Indebtedness of the Church, Jan. 1. 1903

Church bonds

991,800.00

 
Less amount in sinking fund

258,030.32

733,769.68

Bills payable—notes outstanding  

38,778.00

[p.540] Jackson County Temple offerings  

1,584.50

Due sundry persons  

581.44

   

774,713.62

     
Brought down:    
Indebtedness, Oct. 1, 1898  

2,168,012.20

Indebtedness, Jan. 1, 1903  

774,713.62

Total net indebtedness paid in 5 years (or $278,659.71 per year)

$1,393,298.58

The contingent indebtedness of $1,565,000 was also wiped out.
Figuring on the basis shown above, it will require two years and three quarters only to cancel the present church indebtedness.

 

Annual Interest Paid on Church Indebtedness

January 1, 1899  

138,180.89

Annual interest paid on church indebtedness Jan. 1, 1903  

53,308.83

Total annual interest now saved to the church  

$84,872.06

Tithes on hand in stakes of Zion, Jan. 1, 1902 (the statement for 1903 not yet compiled)  

$400,147.49

Silent Assets

Real estate, coal lands &c.  

180,914.78

Tithing buildings in stakes as appraised in 1902— appraisement for 1903 not yet completed  

300,931.29

   

481,846.07

B. Y. Academy, Provo, loan  

109,262.41

Josepa Agricultural Co.  

50,000.00

Total  

641,108.48

Cost of Deseret News Building

Cost to Jan. 1, 1902

324,329.28

 
Cost for the [year] 1902

184,671.46

 
Total cost to date  

$509,000.74

[p.541] Cost of Deseret News Annex

Cost to Jan. 1, 1902

5,944.06

 
Cost for the year 1903

83,121.70

 
Total cost to date  

89,065.76

Total cost of both buildings to date  

$598,065.50

Status of the Church

Excess of assets over liabilities, Feb. 18, 1899, or surplus (not including the tithes on hand in the stakes of Zion)

82,628.40

Excess of assets over liabilities, Jan. 1, 1903 (not including tithes on hand in stakes of Zion)

2,001,659.21

Net increase of assets over liabilities or surplus between the dates indicated

$1,919,030.81

Upon motion of Elder Reed Smoot, the report was approved by unanimous [vote], and order[ed to be] placed on file.

Elder Smoot arose and said that he felt that there were some contradictions in reference to the compensation allowed to the clerks in the President’s office, as for instance, Brother Jas. Jack is receiving $225 per month, and Brother David McKenzie, assistant bookkeeper, is receiving $200 per month, while Bro. Clawson, who has been engaged in closing and reopening the books and directing how the work show [should] be done, as well as furnishing complete reports of the financial condition of the church, is receiving only $150 per month. He did not think this was right and felt that it should be rectified. Felt that Brother Clawson should receive at least $200 per month. Elder Teasdale expressed himself similarly to Elder Smoot and moved that the matter be referred to the First Presidency for their action. Carried by unanimous vote. Benediction by Elder Smoot.

Salt Lake City
Jan. 29, 1903

Elder Francis M. Lyman,
Liverpool, England.

My dearly beloved brother:

I was about to include in the foregoing minutes a [p.542] copy of the financial statement referred to, but upon second thought, decided that it would be an unwise thing to do. If a report of that kind should by any chance fall into the hands of a stranger while in transit, a complete and thorough knowledge of the affairs of the church would be known and this, of course, is undesirable. I regret you were not here to learn the splendid condition of our church finances. Our present indebtedness is less than three quarters of a million dollars as against two millions five years ago. Should the question be asked, when will the church be free from debt? I answer, if the indebtedness is reduced at the same average rate per annum as during the past five years, the indebtedness will be liquidated in two and three-quarter years, or in the latter part of 1905. The Lord willing, it may be sooner, but I think we may safely count on the estimate given. Now, my dear brother, is not this good news, and do you not rejoice with me?

An important move to be undertaken in the near future, which will distinguish the administration of Pres.  Jos. F. Smith, is the erection of a memorial building in honor of the Prophet Joseph Smith.

Brother Brigham does not improve as we would like to see him. If he recovers from this sickness, it will be due to the special interposition of the Lord.

We are having extremely cold weather.

As ever, yours most affectionately,
[signed] Rudger Clawson.

[Tuesday, 3 February 1903]m [Salt Lake City.] Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. attended a meeting of the stockholders of the Salt Lake Knitting Factory. The yearly reports were submitted and approved, the showing being very favorable. A divident of 10% was declared and 10% was carried to reserve fund. Jos. F. Smith was elected president, R. Clawson, vice president, and Thos. Hull, Jos. Nelson, and Alvin Smith, directors for the ensuing two years, with Chas. Thorstensen, sec. and manager, and Richard Smith, treasurer.

[p. 543] [Thursday, 5 February 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold, zero weather at day light. 10:25 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno.  R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Do What Is Right.” Prayer by Elder Clawson, with President Smith at the altar. Song, “Be It My Only Wisdom Here.” Minutes of Jan. 27 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Elder Jno. W. Taylor written from Cuidad Juarez, in which he informed the council that he was about to visit the city of Mexico with Pres. A. W. Ivins to attend conference there. A letter was read from Bp. Jas. England of Union Ward, Union Stake. He asked the privilege to appropriate the tithing in his ward of 1902 for meeting house now in course of erection. It was decided not to use the tithing in that way, but rather upon application to make an appropriation from the funds of the church. The clerk was instructed to write Bp. England to that effect.

Stake conference appointments: Wasatch, Reed Smoot and R. Clawson; South San Pete, Pres. Lund and Elders Teasdale and Cowley; Bingham, Elder Jno. H. and Hyrum M. Smith; young people’s conference at Richfield, Elder Woodruff.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith said that a week ago Sunday he spent with his dying boy, and during the week attended an irrigation meeting at Provo. Last Sunday attended the Oneida Stake Conference. Pat.  Jno. Smith and Elder Merrill were present. The weather was cold. Meetings fine. Pres. [George C.] Parkinson has matters well in hand. Tithing for 1902, $31,000.

Elder Teasdale said that he attended priesthood meeting at Nephi on Saturday morning and a high priests meeting in the afternoon. On Sunday was present at Sabbath School and fast meeting in afternoon.

Elder Cowley reported the Woodruff Stake Conference at Evanston. Meetings were good but poorly attended except on Sunday. The stake presidency of the Y.M.M.I.A. was reorganized with Chas. Kingston as president. The tithing in 1902 fallen off $481. The stake a little behind the times in the spirit of things.

[p. 544] Brother Clawson said that he and Brother Geo. F. Gibbs attended meeting at the Hooper Ward, Weber Stake. Attendance large and a good spirit prevailed. The people there have a good substantial meeting house and seem to be thrifty.

Elder Smoot attended the Jordan Stake Conference at Draper and was well pleased with the work being accomplished by Hyrum Goff, president of the stake. A good feeling prevails in the stake.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith reported the Summit Stake Conference, which was attended also by Presidents Smith and Lund. The attendance was poor, owing, he thought, to the quarantine maintained in four of the wards for smallpox. The remarks at the conference of the Presidency were practical. Stake Pres. Moses Taylor reported that all the past indebtedness on the stake meeting house had been liquidated.

Pres. Winder attended the fast meeting held at the temple on Sunday and the fast meeting in the Farmers Ward in the afternoon. Upon motion the reports and labors of the brethren were approved.

Elder Jno. H. Smith said that Brother Brigham Young, whom he had recently visited, besides being extremely sick, was distressed and worried about his financial condition. Besides the usual expenses of his family, he was extending assistance to a sick son in Mesa, Arizona. After some discussion it became the sense of the council that Brother Brigham be not allowed to suffer from financial embarrassment, and that, therefore, his wants be relieved.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction [by] Elder M. F. Cowley.

[Sunday, 8 February 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. I visited Willard City, Box Elder Stake, today for the purpose of reorganizing the bishopric there. This action became necessary on account of the ill health of Bp. Geo. Facer, who in the past has been a very energetic and competent bishop, but he is at present very feeble and not able to attend the duties of his office. The brother chosen to succeed him was Elder Wm. J. Facer, his son, just returned from a mission to Gt. Britain. The meeting was largely attended and the change effected and the new bishopric ordained and set apart under the hands of myself, the presidency of the stake, and others.

[p. 545] [Thursday, 12 February 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold; heavy snowstorm yesterday. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Anthon H. Lund, and Jno. R. Winder, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, pat., and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Let Us Pray, Gladly Pray.” Pres. Winder opened, and Elder Jno. H. Smith was mouth at the altar.

In view of Elder Smoot’s early departure for Washington (namely, next Monday) he knelt at the altar and received a special blessing, in which the blessing and favor of the Lord was sought for his success in obtaining a seat in the senate of the United States Congress, Pres. Smith being mouth. The brethren disrobed and sang, “Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise.” The minutes of Feb. 5 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. Byron Sessions of the Big Horn Stake, in which he set forth the desirability of some steps being taken to secure 17,000 acres of choice land on Whistle Creek, Wyoming. It could be had on very reasonable terms with ten years time for settlement of the obligation. Elder Woodruff confirmed the statement of Pres. Sessions and said he thought it advisable for the church to make a move in the matter. After some discussion, it became the sense of the council that immediate steps be taken to secure the said tract of land, and $500 was appropriated to make surveys and so forth. Elder Woodruff was authorized to continue in the supervision of the colonization of the Big Horn country, including the lands above referred to.

Elder Woodruff reported that a very choice body of land of some 22,000 acres could be secured in the Payette Valley, Idaho, at a low figure but to make it valuable and productive it would be necessary to build a canal costing about $150,000. With such a canal this land would furnish ideal homes for the Latter-day Saints, and the future tithing derived therefrom would pay good interest on the investment. The council was not prepared to act upon the matter, but instructed Elder Woodruff, with Hyrum M. Smith associated, to investigate further into the proposition and report.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. [William H.] Smart of [p.546] Wasatch Stake, in which he reported the division of Heber City into three wards and Midway into two wards under the direction of Elder M. F. Cowley, as follows: [Heber City:] Robt. Duke, bishop of 1st Ward; Jas. [Joseph] A. Rasband, bishop of 2nd Ward; Fredk. Crook, bishop of 3rd Ward; Midway: Jos. Wm. Francom, bishop of 1 st Ward; Jacob Probst, bishop, 2nd Ward. The foregoing report was approved.

Conference appointments: Nebo, Elder Teasdale; Granite, Elders Jno. H. Smith and R. Clawson.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith reported the Bingham Stake Conference at Shelley, Idaho. Elder Hy. M. Smith accompanied him. Large attendance and good spirit. Jno. R. Williams was ordained high priest and bishop and set apart to preside over Thomas Ward; Frank Hess or[dained] high priest and bishop and set apart to preside over Blackfoot Ward.

Elder Teasdale attended the South San Pete Stake Conference at Ephraim. Pres. Lund was also present. There was a good turn out. Besides the regular conference meetings, there was a priesthood meeting Sat. evening. The presidency of the high priest quorum and the high council were reorganized. The indebtedness of the Snow Academy at Ephraim is about $4000.

Elder Cowley reported the Wasatch Stake Conference and in addition to what Pres. Smart had written felt to say that all the bishoprics and stake presidencies were heard from. The tithing had increased $4000 in past two years; the fast offerings 98%, and there were 60 young people from Wasatch attending the Brigham Young Academy.

Elder Woodruff attended the Wayne Stake Conference at Loa. Said that it was difficult to get there on account of the recent heavy snow fall. Held high council meeting Sat. and conference meetings Sunday and Monday. Attendance large and good spirit prevailed. Also visited Teasdale Ward and while there set apart Heber J. Wilson as bishop (he having previously been ordained a bishop). On Feb. 3rd held meeting in the Giles Ward, on the 4th in Kanesville, and on the 5th in Thurber.

Elder Clawson visited Willard Ward, Box Elder Stake, on Sunday to assist in the reorganization of the bishopric. Bp. Geo. Facer was honorably released on account of ill health and was [p.547] succeeded by Wm. J. Facer, his son. He was ordained a high priest and bishop by Brother Clawson. Helgar Packer was sustained as 1st and Wm. M. White as 2nd counselors. Bp. Geo. Facer was present at the meeting and was as yellow as saffron in the face, his trouble being jaundice.

Elder Smoot did not fill his appointment to Wasatch Stake on account of a bad cold, of which he was now fairly well recovered. Jno. Smith, pat., attended the Oneida Stake Conference. Pres. Winder attended meeting in the Wilford Ward on Sunday. Pres. Smith said that he enjoyed a visit to the Sugar House Ward, where he attended a conjoint meeting of the young people. He had such freedom of spirit that he was led to talk for an hour and quarter.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pat. Jno. Smith.

[Monday-Wednesday, 16-18 February 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. I spent these three days in Salt Lake. Part of the time I was engaged in checking up the Deseret News bill against the church of some $2600. It was a long and tedious task.

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings I attended a program meeting at the Beehive House, which was called for the purpose of giving Bp. Orson F. Whitney an opportunity of reading his last and greatest effort in poetry—his masterpiece—namely, “Elias, an Epic of the Ages.” The poem has great merit and will doubtless be issued from the press at an early day. It deals with the great plan of salvation as introduced and shown in the history of the Mormon Church.

[Thursday, 19 February 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool; cold spell breaking. 10:30 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jno. R. Winder and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, pat., and the clerk. Song, “The Time Is Far Spent.” Jno. Smith was mouth in prayer. The minutes of Feb. 12 were read and approved. At this point President Jos. F. Smith came in.

The clerk read a letter from Alfred A. Cluff and several other [p.548] brethren written in behalf of about 25 members of the church from Guatemala, Central America. They reported the fact that they had reached that land and found everything favorable to establishing a colony of our people, which they would do. Said that the Presidency of the church might look for a letter from them occasionally. Regarding this matter Pres. Smith said that they were counseled not to go, because of the great distance from the body of the saints, and the first thing we knew they had gone. Elder Jno. H. Smith moved that, notwithstanding the move had been made against counsel, they be nursed along and that a kind and encouraging letter be written in answer to their communication. Carried.

A letter was read from Chas. W. Carroll, Orderville. He said that the report had gone out among the people down there that plural marriages were being solemnized under the sanction of the Presidency, and this was causing some commotion among the saints. Pres. Smith remarked that, as the brethren knew, the rumor was foundationless, and Elders Teasdale and Cowley were instructed to confer with Brother Carroll at the next quarterly conference of the Panguitch Stake and endeavor to correct any wrong impression in the minds of the people.

The presidency of the Utah Stake wrote, recommending the honorable release of Bp. Hugh Clayton that he might assume the management of the Provo Woolen Mills. The council did not concur in this suggestion, but felt that he could meet both obligations.

Certain questions, that had come to the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A. from the Fremont Stake, were now referred to the council by Thos. Hull, Sec. lst: Would it be proper for members of the lesser priesthood to assist in administering to the sick? Answer: In cases where necessary, they might assist, but could not officiate by anointing or sealing the anointing. They could lay their hands on the sick in connection with the elder. 2nd: Would it be necessary for a seventy who had been called to be an alternate high councillor to be ordained a high priest? Answer: Yes. 3rd: In several instances young men had been ordained to the office of a deacon without mentioning the church or sealing upon him the gifts, powers, and authority of the office. Would this be proper? Answer: No. Considered by the council a very foolish question to ask.

Conference appointments: Benson, Elders Cowley and Hyrum M. Smith; Box Elder, Elders Merrill and Clawson; special [p.549] meeting at Pleasant Grove Ward to determine the advisability of dividing the ward and locating new meeting house, Elder Teasdale; Millard Stake, one of the seventies.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith said that he attended the Granite Stake Conference part of Saturday and part of Sunday last. The gatherings were choice. Sunday afternoon spoke at the tabernacle, Salt Lake.

Elder Teasdale attended the Nebo Stake Conference and while there dedicated a very beautiful building erected at Payson for the use of the presidency of the stake and high council and other stake purposes.

Elder Merrill attended meeting at home. Elder Cowley reported the Star Valley Stake Conference. Encountered deep snow and severely cold weather. Good conference. Heard from most of the stake organizations. Religion classes gave some interesting exercises during the conference.

 Jno. Smith was busily engaged in giving patriarchal blessings. Presidents Winder and Lund and Elders Woodruff, Clawson, and Hyrum M. Smith were also at the Granite Stake Conference. Pres. Smith attended a revival conjoint meeting at Murray Sunday evening. House crowded.

The reports and labors of the brethren were approved. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder M. W. Merrill.

[Tuesday-Wednesday, 24-25 February 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. I was busily engaged during these two days in part in entering financial statement of the church for 1902 in the record prepared for same.

I went with my brother, Fred, several times to administer to Sister Clara Benedict, who was recently confined with childbirth and who is critically ill—in fact, she is beyond the reach of the physician’s skill. The case is now in the hands of the Lord.

On Tuesday I invested $500 in the Idaho Sugar Factory enterprise. To do this it was necessary to borrow part of the money with a view to paying it back by monthly installments of $25.

[Thursday, 26 February 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 10:35 a.m. Meeting at the [p.550] temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, pat., and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Glorious Things Are Sung of Zion.” Elder Hyrum M. Smith opened, and Pres. Lund was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.”

There was some discussion regarding secret orders in our midst, suggested by the fact that in one instance a secret order claimed the privilege to officiate at the funeral of a member of the society—a Latter-day Saint—and in case of denial threatened to withhold the annuity, or death allowance, to which said deceased person was entitled. The bishop objected to being mixed up with said society in the funeral services. It became the sense of the council that the stand taken by the bishop was [right] and that in future cases of a similar character, our bishops should insist upon completing the funeral service before any society or outside organization should officiate in the burial.

Minutes of Feb. 19 were read and approved. The clerk read a letter from Geo. D. Pyper in regard to the St. Louis Exposition. He stated that he was giving the matter of church representation his attention. Pres. Smith remarked in this connection that an effort had been put forth by influential people to have a special exhibit of church work and special building for use of all churches at said exposition, but now that the Mormon Church had made application for proper representation, it looked as if the whole project would be killed. This statement did not come to the council with a crushing surprise, as they were accustomed to such things.

The presidency of the Union Stake recommended by letter the appointment of Wm. J. Waile to the bishopric of Baker City Ward. The selection was confirmed. Conference appointments: Panguitch, Elder Cowley; Tooele, Elder Hyrum M. Smith; Union Stake, Elder Jno. H. Smith.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith said that he visited Boise, Idaho, last Sunday and held four meetings, which were well attended. Pres. [Franklin S.] Bramwell of Union Stake and Elder [Melvin J.] Ballard and Jos. McMurrin and other speakers were present. The branch recently organized at Boise numbers over 100 souls. Ezra [p.551] J. Merrill was chosen to preside. On Monday in company with several of the brethren he visited the penitentiary and held services. Elder Ballard sang and he did the preaching. Conditions in Idaho are favorable to our people at the present time.

Elder Teasdale visited Pleasant Grove last Sunday. Inspected the ruins of the meeting house recently destroyed by fire. Held council meeting with the presidency of the stake and bishopric of the ward Saturday afternoon and priesthood meeting in the evening. The people voted against division, and a site was selected for the new meeting house on a piece of ground 10 x 10 rods square.

Elder Clawson said that Elder Merrill and himself [were] in attendance at the Box Elder Stake Conference. The meetings were largely attended, and the bishops gave in excellent reports. The lesser priesthood are active. Was pleased to report that Brigham City is now favorably situated in regard to their amusements for the young. Through the counsel and earnest effort of the presidency of the stake, the people have joined together and purchased the opera house property for the four wards. The amusements will hereafter be under the control of the priesthood. Was also pleased to say that the difficulty between the Brigham City Corporation and the Electric Light Co. had been adjusted, and the city would own its own electric light system.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith reported the Benson Stake Conference, which was an interesting occasion. Elder Cowley was also present. Brigham Benson was ordained a [first counselor to] bishop [Benjamin F. Bingham] and set apart to preside over the Trenton Ward, and some other minor changes were effected. With an income of over half a million dollars, the people of that stake were, nevertheless, heavily in debt. Preached against this evil. Advised the pres. of the stake to insure the meeting house.

Pat. Jno. Smith attended the funeral of Bp. [Frederick W.] Schoenfeld’s wife at Brighton on Sunday. Pres. Lund attended the Scandinavian meeting, this city, on Sunday a.m. and the 17th Ward meeting in the evening. Pres. Winder attended meeting at Mill Creek. Upon motion the reports and labors of the brethren were approved. Upon motion of Elder Jno. H. Smith, the Boise Branch was detached from the Union Stake and added to the N.W. States Mission.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Teasdale.

[Thursday, 5 March 1903] [p. 552] Salt Lake City. Cloudy; heavy rain during night. 10:15 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith,  Jno. Smith, pat., and the clerk.

Some informal talk was indulged in regarding Brother Reed Smoot at Washington, and the information was brought out by the reading of an excerpt from the Tribune that Dr. [Samuel E.] Wishard was in Washington to enter formal protest against the seating of Brother Smoot. Pres. Smith remarked that the activity of Satan and his hosts against us in the present case was only a further testimony to him of the divinity of Mormonism. In view of the fact that the question of seating Brother Smoot would probably be under consideration while we were in session, he suggested that special prayers be offered up in his behalf.

Song, “How Firm a Foundation.” Elder Merrill opened, and Elder Clawson was mouth at the altar. Song, “Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded.” Minutes of meeting held Feb. 26 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Bp. W. D. Johnson, Diaz, Mexico, in which he stated that 12% was allowed for handling the tithes paid in Mexico—10% to the bishops and 2% to the stake tithing clerk. As said clerk, he received $600 in 1901, and $475 in 1902. He now asked that last year’s percentage be raised to $600, which request was approved by Pres. [Anthony W.] Ivins. Granted.

Pres. Reuben Miller of Emery reported the following ordinations at recent stake conference: Jno. C. Welsh, h. p. [high priest] and high councillor; Jno. Reeve, h. p. and high councillor; Jno. Wood, president, 2nd quorum elders; Jno. Finlayson, stake supt. religion classes; Oscar Fullmer, h. p. and bishop of Abraham Ward. Approved by unanimous vote.

Stake conferences: Salt Lake, Pres. Winder, Jno. H. Smith, and Rudger Clawson; North San Pete, Elder Teasdale; Pocatello, Elders Merrill and Hyrum M. Smith. Pres. [William A.] Hyde of Pocatello Stake recommended Nathan S. Coffin for bishop of Marsh Center to succeed Lehi Wright, removed to Oregon. Recommendation approved.

Reports
[p. 553] Elder Jno. H. Smith said that he attended the Union Stake Conference at LaGrande, Ore., and was accompanied by Elder Jos. W. McMurrin. Organized the 143rd quorum of seventies, with the following brethren as presidents: M. O. Miner, J. M. Grant Geddes, Andrew Amusen, Geo. R. Lyman, and Elder McBride—the others to be chosen later. The following ordinations also occurred: Jas. H. Wadscow, patriarch; Parley M. Griggs, high priest and high councillor; Lehi Wright, high councillor; Arnold W. Miller, h. p. and high councillor; W[illiam] J. Wale, h. p. and bishop of Baker City; Hans Jacob Jeppesen, h. p. and bishop of Bramwell; Wilford E. Andersen, h. p. and bp. of Emmett Ward. Reported quite an influx of our people into the LaGrande valley. Good spirit in the stake. Pres. [Franklin S.] Bramwell active and faithful, but Chas. W. Nibley stronger man of the two. The latter has purchased mills and timber land at a cost of $300,000 at LaGrande and will move from Baker City to that place.

Elder Teasdale attended prayer circle, Sunday School, and fast meeting at Nephi last Sunday. Elder Merrill attended Sunday School and meeting at home last Sabbath. Elder Clawson attended the temple fast meeting on Sunday and meeting in the 18th Ward chapel in afternoon.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith said that he and Jas. Sharp attended the Tooele Stake Conference Sunday and Monday. Meeting fairly well attended and good spirit prevailed. Less tithing paid in Tooele Stake last year than the year before. Reports at conjoint meeting not very favorable to young people. Felt that Pres. [Hugh S.] Gowans was very easygoing for a president of a stake. Jno. Smith, pat., was also in attendance at the conference.

Pres. Lund went to Lehi last Sunday to visit a sick friend and while there attended meeting. Pres. Winder attended the temple fast meeting Sunday a.m. and Farmers Ward meeting p.m. Pres. Smith attended fast meeting at the temple. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. Jno. R. Winder.

Note. Immediately upon conclusion of the prayer at altar, word came by wire from Washington that Senator [George F.] Hoar moved that Reed Smoot of Utah be sworn in as a member of the senate and that said motion was carried by unanimous vote. This news was received by the brethren with a feeling of satisfaction [p.554] and thankfulness.

[Wednesday, 11 March 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild; beautiful day. 8 a.m. Lydia’s confinement was still in progress. At 9:50 a.m. the doctor consented for me to attend a meeting of the board of directors of the Utah Light and Power Co. One purpose of the meeting was to elect the officers of the company for the year 1903. The election resulted as follows: Jos. F. Smith, president; Jno. R. Winder, 1st vice president; Thos. G. Webber, 2nd vice president; L. S. Hills, treasurer; Robt. S. Campbell, sec. and manager; executive committee,  Jno. R. Winder, L. S. Hills, and Rudger Clawson.

While the meeting was in progress Dr. [Charles F.] Wilcox called in and notified me that the child [Lydia Clawson] was born at 10 a.m. and was a beautiful girl, weighing 9 1/2 lbs. The mother and child, he said, were doing well. This was very gratifying news to me, for we were anxiously looking for a girl—we now have living 4 boys and 2 girls, and dead 3 boys and 1 girl. Upon my return home, I found that she was indeed a beautiful girl. We rejoiced in the goodness of the Lord unto us.

At 3:30 p.m. I attended a meeting of the religion class board. Returned home early in the day.

[Thursday, 12 March 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild; like a spring day. 10:50 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, pat., and the clerk.

Pres. Smith asked if any of the brethren had heard from Brother Brigham this morning. Geo. Gibbs said that word was received to the effect that he was somewhat better. Pres. Smith said that Brother Wm. Bateman, who is waiting upon Brigham, informed him the other day that he was slowly growing worse each day. Brother Brigham himself seems to be very hopeful. He remarked to one of the brethren the other day that he was all right above the abdomen—namely, in the heart, liver, lungs, and kidneys, but was in a bad condition below the waist.

Sympathy was expressed for Jno. W. Young, who is financially [p.555] distressed in Paris, as it was thought he would not be likely to recover from this last great misfortune. It was remarked that he had many times been upon the point of succeeding, but invariably failed.

The brethren clothed and sang, “Come, All Ye Sons of Zion.” Pres. Smith opened, and Elder Teasdale was mouth at the altar. The brethren disrobed and further sang, “How Firm a Foundation.”

The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the Juab Stake. They recommended that Bp. Geo. Hales of Mammoth Ward be honorably released from his bishopric as he desired to return to his old home at Spanish Fork and that the bishopric be reorganized next Sunday. The recommendation was approved and Elder Clawson was appointed to effect the change.

Pres. J. A. McRae, pres. of the Colorado Mission, said that he had recently taken a trip through the mission and found the saints well and a good feeling towards us among strangers. The elders in the field report that they are short of help—at least thirty are needed and could be used to good advantage. A conference had been appointed for the 22, 23, and 24 March at Denver and he hoped that some of the brethren would be in attendance. No appointment made from the council.

Brother Nephi Pratt of the N.W. States Mission wrote, asking the attendance of some of the authorities at a conference to be held in Butte on the 15 inst. and at Anaconda on the 22nd. It was decided by unanimous vote that the next fast day in the Salt Lake Stake be held on the 29th of March instead of one week later so as not to interfere with the general conference.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith said that Pres. Winder, Elder Clawson, Pat. Jno. Smith, and himself attended the Salt Lake Stake Conference on Sunday last. There was a good attendance throughout, and some excellent reports were made. Pres. Winder spoke Sunday morning at the assembly hall, he [John Henry Smith] spoke Sunday afternoon at the tabernacle, and Elder Clawson spoke Sunday evening.

Elder Teasdale said that in company with Elder S. B. Young, he attended the North San Pete Stake Conference at Mt. Pleasant last Sat. and Sunday. They had a very good conference and while [p.556] there he attended a meeting of the presidency of the stake and high council.

Elder Clawson said that he was struck with a remark of Elder Geo. A. Smith, stake supt. Y.M.M.I.A., Salt Lake Stake, to the effect that after the division of some of the larger Salt Lake wards, the attendance and enrollment in the associations of the new wards was fully equal to that of the one association of the old ward. This, I remarked, was in harmony with our experience in dividing some of the larger stakes of Zion. I further reported that the meeting Sunday evening was opened 20 minutes after the time announced, and this led me to make some remarks upon the principle of punctuality in commencing our services. I called the attention of the congregation to the fact that we were making a strenuous effort to have our children punctual in attendance at their Sunday Schools but were setting an example of tardiness in our public meetings.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith reported the Pocatello Stake Conference. He said that the meetings were not well attended by the saints living out of Pocatello. In answer to the report that the Pocatello Stake was falling down in its tithing, he said that Pres. [William A.] Hyde felt encouraged, as in the past four years the tithing had increased nearly 100% or from $8000 to $14,000.

Pres. Lund said that Pres. Smith and himself attended a domestic conference of the B. Y. Academy last Sunday. It was reported that the duty of looking after the students after school hours was placed upon students chosen from the school with good results. The general reports were quite satisfactory.

The labors of the brethren were approved. Benediction by Jno. Smith, pat.

[Wednesday, 18 March 1903] Salt Lake City. Heavy snowstorm. At 10 a.m. Wednesday I attended a meeting of the executive committee of the Utah Light and Power Co., and at 3:30 p.m. a meeting of the general board of religion classes.

At 4:30 p.m., our baby being just 8 days old and in accordance with our custom heretofore, I blessed and named her. The name given was Lydia. She was dressed for the occasion and looked very sweet and beautiful. I was assisted by Brother George Auer. The mother, Sister Burt, Miss [Helen L.] McDuff, the nurse, and all the [p.557] children except Rudger were present. I gave the baby a gold pin with her name engraved upon it and a deposit of $1.00 at the Zion’s Savings Bank and a small bank from the same institution in which to collect and concentrate moneys for her from time to time to be deposited on her account. At 5 p.m. attended a meeting of the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A.

[Thursday, 19 March 1903] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cold, with snow on ground. 10:20 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Patriarch [John Smith], and clerk.

There was some informal talk regarding the great tidal wave on the Tuamotu group of islands and the miraculous escape of the elders. It was sad to learn, however, that some of the native saints perished. Pres. Smith remarked that a discourse upon the great judgments predicted in the scriptures would be very interesting in view of recent happenings in the world.

The brethren clothed and sang, “Great God, Attend While Zion Sings.” Elder Jno. H. Smith opened, and Hyrum M. Smith was mouth at the altar. The brethren disrobed and sang, “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.” The minutes of March 12th were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Elder Cowley at Kanab, in which he gave a brief account of his labors in the Kanab and Panguitch Stakes. Was accompanied by L. A. Kelsch, Julia A. Brixen, and others. Encountered deep snow on the trip down. Conference appointments: Parowan Stake, Elder Cowley; Malad, Elder Hy. M. Smith; Hyrum Stake, Elder Teasdale; Davis, Elder Clawson and the Patriarch.

A letter from Mgr. [Horace G.] Whitney of the News was read by the clerk. He referred to the publication of the pamphlet entitled Mormonism written by B. H. Roberts. His understanding of the proposition was that the church should furnish the money to print say 20,000 copies at 3 7/10 cts. each or $740. The News would handle them and in the course of a year return the money advanced to the church.

The question was discussed. Pres. Smith thought it unfair to [p.558] advance the money without interest or any consideration. It would be only proper, he thought, for the News to share the profits of handling this publication with the church—inasmuch as they supplied the means. Some of the brethren took the view that it made but little difference, as the Deseret News business belonged to the church, and whatever profits there were would eventually come to the trustee-in-trust. Pres. Smith, however, did not quite endorse this view, and the matter was referred to Elder Clawson of the auditing committee to investigate and get more favorable terms. Pres. Smith at this juncture expressed some dissatisfaction with the manner in which the News is conducted, and rather spoke as if he felt that his wishes in regard to its policy were disregarded. The headlines in the News sometimes gave it the appearance of a gentile paper. As, for instance, referring to our people constantly as the “Mormons” or the great “Mormon” conference, and alluding to Senator Smoot, as Smoot. To say the least, this was disrespectful and unbecoming. Presidents Winder and Lund were appointed to have a talk with Elders [Charles W.] Penrose, [Horace G.] Whitney, and [John E.] Hansen in regard to some of these things. It was decided that all copyrights of the church publications should be assigned to the trustee-in-trust rather than to the Deseret News.

Reports
Elder Teasdale said that he started for Richfield last Saturday to attend the Sevier Stake Conference, but missed R.R. connection and failed to reach that point. On Sunday visited Levan and reorganized the Sunday School of that ward.

Elder Clawson reported his visit to the Mammoth Ward. The church population of that place was, he said, 275 souls. All the ward organizations were complete except the religion class. A good prayer circle has been organized and meets weekly. In the evening Bp. Geo. Hales was honorably released to return to his home at Spanish Fork and the following brethren were called to the bishopric: Fredk. Lundberg, bishop; Andrew Steedman, 1st counselor; Wm. Chatwin, 2nd counselor. It was very evident that Bp. Hales had accomplished a good work during the past eight years. Bro. Clawson was mouth in ordaining Bp. Lundberg, while Pres. Jas. Paxman officiated in setting Elder Steedman apart and Isaac H. Grace, Elder Chatwin.

Elder Hy. M. Smith attended the Morgan Stake Conference. [p.559] Enjoyed the visit. Said that in the Croyden Ward there were two factions at enmity one with the other, which had brought about the bishop’s release, and a presiding elder had been called to take his place. All the organizations were complete with the exception of the religion class. Jno. R. Porter was set apart as a high councillor. Spoke of a scandal in the Morgan Stake that had grown out of a case of immorality and was causing a great deal of discussion and bad feeling.

The Patriarch attended meeting at the tabernacle last Sunday, as also did Pres. Lund. Pres. Winder attended a funeral in the Mill Creek Ward and in the afternoon of Sunday called to see Pres. Brigham Young. Could not see, he said, that he was improving; his legs were very much swollen. Nevertheless, he was quite cheerful.

The reports were received and the labors of the brethren approved. Benediction by Pres. Lund.

[Sunday, 22 March 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 9 a.m. Left by the dummy line for Bountiful to attend the Davis Stake Conference. Pres. A. H. Lund and Elder R. S. Wells were in attendance.

10 a.m. First session of conference, Stake Coun. Hy. Grant presiding. Coun. Hy. Grant was the first speaker. Topics. Reported that the stake organizations were in fairly good condition. Read a letter of greeting from Pres. Jno. W. Hess, who is indisposed. Rudger Clawson. Topics treated. Religion Class work. Pres. A. H. Lund. Topics. Advantages of church school education. True religion.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Counselor Hy. Grant presiding. The first speaker was Elder Rulon S. Wells. Topics treated. Family prayer. The saints should often converse upon the principles of the gospel. The religion class movement. Pres. Anthon H. Lund. Topics. The mission of Joseph Smith. The purpose of the deluge in the days of Noah. The turning of the hearts of the children to the fathers. Baptism for the dead.

[Thursday, 26 March 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10:32 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Mat-[p.560]thias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Abraham O. Woodruff, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, patriarch, and the clerk.

There was some informal talk regarding the question as to whether there are, or would be, any women in hell. It was conceded that some women by their acts—namely, abortion, child murder after birth, and the poisoning of their husbands, and other criminal acts—merited a place in the lower regions. President Smith expressed the view that women who commit such crimes as those mentioned would receive punishment to the uttermost farthing, but that there would be no daughters of perdition. This, he said, was his view in regard to the matter, which also seemed to meet the minds of the brethren.

The question was asked as [to] the health of Elder Marriner W. Merrill, and Elder Cowley reported that he was suffering with paralysis or numbness of the lower limbs but is now a little better. Pres. Winder remarked that he was troubled with a numbness in his left arm from the elbow down.

The brethren clothed and sang, “When Shall We All Meet Again?” Elder Woodruff opened, and Elder Cowley was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “From Greenland’s Icy Mountain.” The minutes of March 19 were read and approved.

An application for the use of the tabernacle in June was received from the principal of the All Hallows College, Catholic. The purpose was to give a sacred concert to raise means to assist in the erection of an additional school building. The matter was discussed and it became the consensus of opinion that inasmuch as our elders in the field were making application for the use of church buildings in which to preach the gospel, that we could do no less than grant the request, which was done.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith at this point offered some criticism as to the character of several entertainments given in the tabernacle, which in his judgment had a tendency to desecrate the building. For example, when the Scotch band from Canada was here, the Highland fling and the sword dance were given, and other exercises of a vaudeville character. He remarked that after some of the performances a half a bushel of cigar stumps could be gathered up. He felt that this matter should have our careful attention. It was moved and carried that hereafter the tabernacle be not rented [p.561] for entertainments in which dancing occurred or anything calculated to desecrate the house, and in fact not until after the program had been submitted to President Smith. Carried.

The clerk read a letter from Wm. A. Hyde of the Pocatello Stake, in which he desired counsel in reference to our attitude to the Young Men’s Christian Assn. In Pocatello they were very friendly to our people and desired him to affiliate with them. He now wished to know how far it would be wisdom for him to go in this matter.

The question provoked a good deal of discussion. Elder Jno. H. Smith said that the general purpose of the Y.M.C.A. was to win young men away from the saloon and bad companionship and he felt that it might be good policy to affiliate with them to some extent. Elder Clawson took an entirely different view. He said he looked upon the Y.M.C.A. as being a very little less dangerous to our young people than the secret orders against which we proclaim. While we approve of all the good they do, to affiliate with them would be giving the seal of sanction, and the tendency would be to draw our young men away from the church institutions. What is lacking in our church schools in the line of a gymnasium should be supplied that our young people would have no desire to go to the Y.M.C.A. rooms. Elder Woodruff was opposed to affiliation. He remarked that “those who are not for us are against us” [cf. Matthew 12:30]. Pres. Smith said that he did not want his children to patronize the Y.M.C.A. and was, therefore, opposed to affiliation. He had recently visited the gymnasium at the B. Y. College at Logan and the one at the B. Y. Academy, Provo, and was well pleased with what he saw. The Latter-day Saints University should have something of the same kind. It is required of us to keep ourselves pure and unspotted from the associations and organizations of the world. We should not affiliate or fraternize with them. We can mingle with the world and not be hurt but our children cannot—this by reason of their lack of knowledge. The Mutual Improvement Associations include and comprehend all that they have and more too. It was decided to write and advise Pres. Hyde to simply maintain a friendly and liberal neutrality towards the Y.M.C.A.

The clerk read a letter from Roxey Nelson, Denver, addressed to Annie T. Hyde, in which she asked if it would be proper to invite [p.562] gentile doctors to lecture before the parents class of the Relief Society in the Denver Branch of the church. The answer was that it would be proper to do so under wise restrictions. The privilege should be limited to notable and scientific men.

Pres. Lund and Elder Jno. H. Smith were appointed to attend the dedicatory service at the Sandy Ward meeting house next Sunday, when the meeting house will be dedicated. This was the only appointment made.

Reports
Elder Geo. Teasdale said that he attended the Hyrum Stake Conference last Saturday and Sunday. Elders Jos. M. Tanner and Congressman [Joseph] Howell were present. There was fine turnout which necessitated an overflow meeting on Sunday p.m. All the wards were represented and all the organizations were doing well with the exception, possibly, of the religion classes.

Elder Cowley reported the St. George Conference, the other conferences during his absence having been reported by letter. The meetings were well attended and a good spirit prevailed. He was gone from home a little over two weeks and during that time had held 50 meetings. Three of the brethren in the St. George Stake were ordained to the office of patriarch.

From what Elder Cowley and Elder Woodruff and other brethren said at this point it was learned that the Panguitch Stake was in need of early attention. The spirit of the work there was at a low ebb. Pres. David Cameron, while a good man of strong integrity, was not equal to the responsibilities of his position. He lacked somewhat in the spirit of progress and enterprise, and it seemed to be the feeling of the council that a change is imperative.

Elder Woodruff said that he left 5 weeks ago for the Big Horn country. Met Gov. [DeForest] Richards of Wyoming at Cheyenne and was kindly received. The governor remarked that our people-the four representatives—had had great influence in the legislature. He himself had relied upon Byron Sessions for counsel and advice. From Cheyenne he went to Denver and visited the saints there and then proceeded on his way to the Big Horn. Said that he assisted Engineer Chas. Hardy, with the help of others, to survey or run a line for the proposed new canal leading to the tract of land known as the Whistle Creek Tract, consisting of 50,000 acres of which 35,000 acres was of most excellent quality. He considered the land very desirable for our people but did not feel [p.563] to make any particular recommendation as to its acquirement by the church in view of the magnitude of the canal feature of the enterprise. He now took pleasure, he said, in submitting the report of the presidency of the Big Horn Stake endorsed by the priesthood under their jursidiction.

The clerk read the report, which was to the effect that the canal already built through the country where the saints were located was 20 miles long [and] had been three years in construction at a cost of $100,000, which obligation had been met by the people of the colony. The canal together with the lands it had made valuable could today be sold for $200,000. The governor assures the colonists that when they can raise 3000 acres of beets they shall have a sugar factory.

The canal leading to the Whistle Creek Tract would cost $200,000, but in view of what had already been accomplished by the building of the first canal and the increase of value that had thereby accrued to the lands now settled, they strongly recommended the acquirement by the church of Whistle Creek Tract for the settlement of our people. One third of the cost of building the canal must be met with cash and the balance could be furnished by labor on the part of settlers.

On motion of Elder Jno. H. Smith the report was approved and the recommendations adopted. Elder Woodruff said that in view of the adoption of the report that a few good, substantial, enterprising brethren, like Presidents [Byron] Sessions and [Jesse W.] Crosby, should be called to take charge of a movement looking to the colonizing said lands. Elder Cowley reported that some of the leading brethren in the southern part of the state desired to go to the Big Horn country and other places in the north.

Elder Clawson reported the Davis Stake Conference of last week. Pres. Lund and the Patriarch were present. The affairs of the stake were in a reasonably good condition. A splendid spirit prevailed at the conference. As against a church population of over 7000, there were 188 non-tithe-payers. This we considered not a bad showing, but it furnished a text for discussion.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith said that he attended the Malad Stake Conference held at Fielding and enjoyed the spirit of the occasion. Pres. Smith reported that he called on a Mr. and Mrs. Nichols at the [p.564] [Hotel] Knutsford, who claimed relationship to the Prophet Joseph.

Pres. Winder said that he paid Brother Brigham a visit on Sunday and found him in no way improved. His legs were very much swollen and hard as this table (referring to the table just in front of him). He had quite a heavy fall the other day and it was with some difficulty that they got him on to his feet again. Notwithstanding all this, Brother Brigham, he said, maintains a spirit of cheerfulness, and even indulges, as was formerly his wont, in pleasantries and joking remarks.

The reports were received and the labors of the brethren approved. The meeting adjourned and Elder Clawson offered the benediction.

[Sunday, 29 March 1903] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 10 a.m. Fast meeting at the temple, Pres. Jos. F. Smith presiding. A number of the brethren and sisters bore their testimonies. Pres. Smith also occupied a portion of the time. He spoke upon the principle of integrity. Said that he loved those who loved the Lord. Much will be forgiven to the man who is faithful to his brethren, the priesthood, and the Lord. Counseled parents to look well after their children and guard their habits.

In the evening I attended a conjoint meeting in the 18th Ward chapel. Elder Ben J. Cluff, president of the B. Y. Academy, delivered a lecture on the South American Expedition, which was undertaken some time ago by Pres. Cluff and others from the academy. His remarks were of an exceedingly interesting character.

[Wednesday, 1 April 1903] Salt Lake City. Cloudy; rain during the night. 10 a.m. Attended a meeting of the executive committee of the Utah Light and Power Co.

11 a.m. Quarterly conference of the Twelve at the temple. Present: Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith.

Having been lawfully detained, I was a little late to the meeting and Elder Jno. H. Smith was speaking. He alluded to the extremes [p.565] to which some of the brethren go in their administration over the saints. He understood that in one ward the bishop required the people to ask forgiveness for the most trivial offenses; in another ward the boys were forbidden to play marbles.

Elder Geo. Teasdale. Topics treated. Was happy, he said, to be here—yesterday was quite sick with a cold. Spoke at some length upon the subject of amusements, of which he was reminded by the fact that at the B. Y. Academy, Provo, they have nothing but round dances in their parties. This, he felt, was improper and remarked that excessive round dancing exerted a bad influence over the mind. Enjoyed himself exceedingly at the last quarterly conference in the Hyrum Stake, where the Spirit of the Lord was poured out upon the people without measure. Referred to Elder Smoot’s election to the U.S. Senate and said that he recognized the hand of the Lord in it. He will be able to represent Utah affairs as they are. Rejoiced in the union of the brethren of this council. Felt thankful that he had received the principle of plural marriage. When sick upon a mission many years ago, the fact that he had not entered into the practice of this higher law was the one and only thing that worried him. Prophesied that our enemies would never prevail against us, and we shall be blessed individually with every gift needful for our welfare. Remembered that Brother Brigham, who is sick, was healed upon one occasion by the prayer of faith offered by Pres. Smith and his brethren, but the Lord at this time seems to have something else in view concerning him.

At this point Elder Woodruff, who had just come from the bedside of Brother Brigham, said that he bore a message from him, which, as nearly as he could get it by brief notes taken at the time, was as follows:

[Brigham Young, Jr.] I do not know whether I shall pull through or not, but I firmly believe that I shall and that a few more years will be added to my life. I do not know how long it will take me to recover, but I have faith to that end. I would like the apostles to arrange a time to come to my home and meet with me. If I live, it will do no harm, and if it should die, it may do some good. I have no wish to tax the brethren unnecessarily, and they may think this request foolish, but to me it is rational and will do me much good. The advance of the cause has been steady and all the works of God praise him. The wicked are sinking [p.566] deeper in the mire, while the righteous are moving on to success. I am not bowed down but am bouyed up. I see how the brethren are honoring their callings and how wonderfully they are advancing. Our steps will never be backward in this world nor in the next. I rejoice each day in witnessing from a side view the advancement of God’s work. I would like to know when the brethren will come, and let it be as early as possible. Oh! I would like to be with you at the temple and I expect to be, but just when I cannot say. I feel exceedingly well spiritually. How can the Lord be better to us, his wayward children, than he is?

Elder Jno. W. Taylor. Topics treated. Am sorry that Elder Teasdale is suffering from a cold and that Brother Brigham is still sorely afflicted, although he seems to have great faith. Brother Taylor said that he had just returned from a trip to Mexico and while there visited the city of Mexico in company with Pres. [Anthony W.] Ivins and also the missionary field near the latter city. Many of the Indians of Mexico are being baptized and are desirous of being taken out of the country and colonized. They cling to the promises made in the Book of Mormon. It may be said of them that they are much more intelligent than the northern Indians. Brother Ivins and himself both think that some place near our settlements should be provided for their colonization. Brothers Ammon Tenney and [H. L.] Hall, who are laboring among the Indians, do not get along together very well, and so it was thought advisable to release Brother Tenney for the present, which was done. Brother [Hyrum S.] Harris was called to succeed him. There were about 300 Indians in attendance at the conference held during his visit, and some of the women walked 75 miles with babies strapped to their backs in order to be present, which showed great faith on their part. There are some 11,000,000 of these people in Mexico. The missionary work should be checked until such time as a place is found to locate the converts. Brother Ivins is a little puzzled as to a suitable location for colonizing them. The Juarez Stake paid $23,000 [in] gold in tithing last year. Brother Ivins, in his opinion, is a good, strong man and well qualified for the presidency of that stake and mission.

It was moved and carried that the brethren go in a body to visit Brother Brigham at 3 p.m., and recess was taken until 2 p.m.

2 p.m. Elder Marriner W. Merrill was the first speaker. Said [p.567] that he was not feeling very well, but had made a special effort to reach this [these] meetings, as he considered them by far the best meetings that we have—even better, if anything, than the conferences. About a month ago he was stricken with a feeling of numbness in his legs, which occasioned him considerable inconvenience. Had listened with great interest to the report of Elder Taylor. Remembered hearing Brother [Moses] Thatcher many years ago predict that the Indians in Mexico would receive the gospel as a nation. It would now almost appear as if the prediction was on the point of fulfillment. The work of the Lord is stronger in the earth today than ever before. There was only one member of his family in the church, namely, himself. Had rejoiced much in laboring for his dead. Encouraged the people to get up their records, for he felt it an important thing to hunt after our kindred and urge others to do the same. Had once heard a good man prophesy that the land of North and South America would yet be dotted with temples and work would go on in them until all of Adam’s race should be saved that could be. Said that he had no feelings against any living soul. Felt to sustain the Presidency. I want to hold on to the faith and never apostatize. Our families will constitute our kingdoms. If we are faithful, power will be given us to save our wayward children.

Elder Cowley. Topics treated. Said that since the last conference of the Twelve, he had visited 12 stake conferences, having been out nearly every Sunday. Desired while young to be kept busy as in old age he might be incapable of any great activity. While in attendance at the recent Kanab Stake Conference, he was led by a rich outpouring of the Holy Spirit to speak upon the principle of plural marriage and to defend it. This talk seemed to be necessary because of a spirit of fault finding and complaint against the authorities that had broken out there. The present agitation throughout the country would doubtless result in good. The hand of the Lord is in it, so that our young people shall not lose sight of the principle. We must, of course, sustain the policies of the church, but cannot change the revelations of God. Plural marriage will stand. Said that some strong men of the church, living in the southern part of the state, desired to move away, and he thought that they should be directed to the proper localities. He was at peace, he said, with all mankind.

[p. 567] Elder Abraham O. Woodruff said that this is a time of refreshing for me. Spoke of his labors in the Big Horn Stake. Thought it very desirable to secure the Whistle Creek Tract of land. Had also been engaged in looking up the Payette Valley, Idaho, proposition. The prospects look bright for our people in a temporal way.

“Doxology.” Benediction by Elder Smoot.

The following brethren then took a car to go to Brother Brigham’s: Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, and Hyrum M. Smith. Brother[s] Merrill, Taylor, and Smoot were excused, because of feebleness in the case of Brother Merrill and appointments with the Presidency for the other two.

We found Brother Brigham feeling fairly well—that is to say, not in any particular pain, though he looked pale and weak and had evidently lost much flesh. His stomach and legs were very much swollen and bloated—as a result of his dropsical condition. He was quite cheerful throughout our visit and spoke in a very hopeful manner in relation to his condition. It would almost seem that, if he recovers, a miracle must needs be wrought in his behalf.

Just before taking our leave of Brother Brigham, Elder Jno. H. Smith asked if he had any special word for the brethren of the quorum. He spoke in substance as follows:

[Brigham Young, Jr.] I would like to say how satisfied I am. I feel that I am going to get well. Some time ago Sister Caroline Holbrook said to me that she was anxious about me and had made it a subject of prayer. The Spirit whispered to her (so she informed me) and said: “Be of good cheer; he will get well.” When summer comes, I expect to get out, and I certainly do not anticipate an underground passage at this time. If I were well, there is a question I would like to bring to the attention of the Presidency. And that is this: I feel that two or three members of our quorum should be appointed to visit every mission in the world for the purpose of regulating the affairs thereof. This has been on my mind, and if I were well, I should surely have talked the matter up. There are people in our missions coming into the church who are not converted. This is a growing evil and should with other things have proper attention. I feel that the Twelve should look after matters in all the missions. I do not see any necessity of regulating our own [p.569] affairs. I see that you are going from morn until night and I want to be with you. The quarterly meetings of the Twelve are productive of good. There is a necessity of the quorum coming together in this way and mingling their spirits, because of the divided character of their work. Socially we ought to draw a little closer, if possible. There is a thought in my mind and heart which is paramount above all else and it is this: that the kingdom is growing. You are marching right on, and great victories are being accomplished every day. I look upon the First Presidency as being in harmony with the work of the Lord. I pray for the Presidency and quorum and I tell you, I plead for myself. I am full of blessings for the quorum.

It was moved and carried that Pres. Young’s remarks be entered up in the minutes as part of our proceedings.

Elder Jno. H. Smith said, Brother Brigham, you have our confidence, love, and best wishes for your complete restoration to health. In view of your sickness, we feel it would be an impropriety to remain longer at your bedside. May your last days be your best days and may God direct you in all things for your good.

The brethren then returned to the city.

[Thursday, 2 April 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 9 a.m. Continuation of quarterly conference of the Twelve. Present: Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, and Hyrum M. Smith. Song, “Be It My Only Wisdom Here.” Prayer by Elder Merrill. Minutes of Wednesday, Apr. 1, were read and approved.

Elder Clawson was the first speaker. Said that he had enjoyed the spirit of our meetings. Recognized the hand of the Lord in Elder Smoot’s admittance into congress. Referring to the efforts of our enemies, said that no persecution or crusade against the saints from the first had ever permanently hurt the church. The clouds are sometimes very threatening, but there is always a way of escape. Remembered that during his incarceration in the penitentiary none of the brethren—not even the late President Snow—could foretell the outcome—and surely there was no one to predict that fair Utah would speedily come into the union of states. The wicked could do nothing against but [only something] for Zion. [p.570] While we may say that the work prospers and all is well, there is yet much work to be done, and a great responsibility rests upon the Twelve. Referring to the matter of tithing, said that the reports from the Presiding Bishop’s office showed the number of tithe-payers in the church for the year 1902 to be 74,764, and that the number of non-tithe-payers were 12,412, divided as follows: 243 high priests, 656 seventies, 3396 elders, 584 priests, 600 teachers, 1966 deacons, total priesthood 7445, members 4967, grand total 12,412. Here was a field, the speaker said, for activity. Tithe-paying in his opinion was the true test of a man’s faith; and furthermore, men who were guilty of neglect in this matter would in all probability be guilty of neglect in other things, such as prayer, word of wisdom, &c. Felt to be one with his brethren and held himself in constant readiness to answer the calls of the First Presidency and the president of his quorum.

Hyrum M. Smith followed and said in substance that he felt encouraged in his labors. The condition of the work of God in a general way was such, he thought, that we might feel encouraged. Greatly rejoiced in the weekly meetings of the council. Many of the careless ones among us are good at heart. The spirit of the gospel is with them and as they grow older, repentance will come. Tithe-paying in his judgment was not the great test of a man’s faith. The true test is observance of one’s prayers. Prayer had been a great support and strength to him.

At this point (10 a.m.) the First Presidency came in, and a little later Elder Reed Smoot. Pres. Smith asked after the health of Brother Brigham. Elder Jno. H. Smith said that we found him in a somewhat better spirit and condition. He made a nice talk to the brethren. Brother Woodruff was requested to read the synopsis of Brother Brigham’s remarks, which he did.

President Smith observed that no portraits of Pres. Winder or Elder Hyrum M. Smith were hanging upon the walls of the room in which we were assembled with the other brethren of the council and suggested that Brother [John] Hafen be requested to furnish said portraits—especially in view of the fact that he is receiving $100 per month from the church. Elder Jno. H. Smith moved the adoption of the suggestion, with the portrait of Patriarch Jno. Smith added. Carried.

The brethren clothed and sang, “Come, Let Us Anew.” Elder [p.571] Smoot opened, and Elder Taylor was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Away With Our Fears.”

The clerk read a letter from Pres. D. John of the Utah Stake addressed to Bp. [William B.] Preston, in which he reported that Bp. Hugh Clayton of the Provo 2nd [6th] Ward, and who was also supt. of the Provo Woolen Mills, could not attend to the duties of both offices. He understood, he said, that it would be very difficult to fill his place as supt. of the mills but his place as bishop could be filled. If it were thought wise by the Presidency to release him as bishop, he would suggest the name of Brother [Ralph] Poulton, his 1st counselor, as his successor. The matter was fully discussed and it was thought that the circumstances would justify the release of said brother as bishop that he might be retained as supt. of the mills, a home manufacturing institution. Action to that effect was taken. The discussion brought out the information that few of our Utah boys were fitting themselves to take charge and superintend our leading manufacturing industries, and as a result skilled labor[er]s [were] being imported from abroad. Pres. Smith thought that this condition furnished a good text for the coming general conference.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith said that he attended the monthly priesthood meeting at Provo last Saturday. Attendance small, but good spirit prevailed. Talked upon the subjects of prayer and tithing. In the afternoon Engineer [Abraham F.] Doremus and himself attended a meeting called to consider the subject of reservoiring Utah Lake. Spoke to the brethren of the council in relation to the national irrigation law as applied to Utah. On Sunday Pres. Lund and himself attended meeting at Sandy, and Pres. Lund was mouth in dedicating the completed meeting house, the dimensions of which were 41 x 70 ft. The Bishop [William D. Kuhre] of Sandy said he is the baby that was found on the mother’s breast, who was killed by the Indians many years ago.

Elder Geo. Teasdale reported that he attended stake Relief Society at Nephi last Sunday. Elder Jno. W. Taylor gave a brief account of his recent trip to Mexico. While absent, attended the funeral of Elder A. F. McDonald.

Elder M. F. Cowley said that he attended meeting in the Whitney Ward, Oneida Stake, last Sunday. Speaking of his recent [p.572] trip south, said that he dedicated the new Kanarra Ward meeting house, Panguitch [Parowan] Stake. Elder Abraham O. Woodruff attended temple fast meeting on Sunday morning and fast meeting, Farmers Ward, in the afternoon.

Elder Rudger Clawson reported his attendance at the temple fast meeting Sunday. Said that a splendid spirit prevailed. A number of the brethren and sisters bore testimony, and Pres. Smith spoke interestingly and feelingly upon the subject of integrity among the saints. In the evening attended a conjoint meeting in the 18th Ward chapel and listened to an entertaining lecture by Pres. Ben J. Cluff on the South American Expedition.

Eider Reed Smoot said that while absent from home he always thought of his brethren. There is quite a little colony of Latter-day Saints at Washington, and a good spirit prevailed in their meetings. In New York there are eight, bright, active elders at work. Three of the sectarian ministers from Utah are opposing the work in N.Y. and as a result of a call by them upon Mayor Seth Low our elders were forbidden to preach on the streets there. Elder Clarence Snow, son of Erastus Snow, who is in Washington, says that he has no testimony of the truth, and is much worried over the matter. There was a good feeling in Washington towards me, he said, when the charge of polygamy was brought forward. The press manifested a spirit of fairness. The correspondent of the N.Y. Journal came to Washington to interview me. He asked if I were a polygamist child, expecting no doubt that I would deny it. I replied, Of course I am and I am proud of it. This answer seemed to strike him with stunning force. A good impression was made and at the close of the interview he said, I will give a satisfactory [report] of this occasion, and he did. A big effort is being made to disfranchise our people. The late Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon made us many friends in congress. Senators [Henry M.] Teller, [Joseph G.] Cannon, and others are true to the Mormon people. Many of them are very friendly. A number of the senators simply wanted to know if I were a polygamist, and when I affirmed that I was not, they said that they were satisfied and would stand by me. The coming question will not be polygamy, for they want to prove that all who go through the temple are disloyal to the government. When I called to see President [Theodore] Roosevelt, he came across a crowded room to shake hands with me. Received me [p.573] warmly and bade me welcome to Washington. Said that he wanted to explain that unfortunate affair of Senator [Thomas] Kearns. I cannot tell you just what the president said to me for that would be contrary to the generally accepted code of honor regarding interviews with the president of the United States, but it was a shameful affair. Utah, Idaho, and Wyoming will play an important part in the next presidential election.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith attended the temple fast meeting last Sunday, as also did the Patriarch. The latter attended a M.I.A. meeting the evening.

Pres. Lund reported that the Sandy meeting house had cost $12,000. Pres. Winder said that he attended the temple fast meeting in the morning and Farmers Ward fast meeting in the afternoon of Sunday. Pres. Smith also attended said fast meeting and spoke at the 2nd Ward house in the evening.

The reports were received and the labors of the brethren approved. Benediction by Elder Merrill.

The tables were then spread with bread and wine and the sacrament administered, Elder Jno. W. Taylor being mouth in offering the sacramental blessing. As usual it proved to be a very enjoyable occasion.

During the conversation Elder Smoot remarked that Willard Young was thought a great deal of in the army and throughout the country. His chances for appointment on the Panama Canal Commission are fairly good. The Pacific coast is making a strong pull for the place. The appointment means $10,000 a year for a long time to come and great influence in directing the work. Benediction by Elder Woodruff.

Continuation of the conference of the Twelve. Elder Reed Smoot was given an opportunity to express his feelings. Said that he did not know how he would like to live in Washington, but didn’t think it would be agreeable to him. For one thing he was not a society man, and had little desire to mingle with the people there in that connection. The condition prevailing in society is deplorable. The great question is, how much money have you to spend for jewelry and style? Desired himself to set a good example and bear a faithful testimony of the truth of the gospel. Said that he always had in mind Zion and her people. Her interests are my interests; whatever hurts Zion, hurts me. Desired to be in harmony [p.574] with the Presidency and his brethren. If it were thought advisable for him to resign from the senate, he would not hesitate a moment. Felt that the Lord had directed his movements in Washington. I love my brethren. I have not corresponded with Elder[s] Lyman and Grant as I should have done, but the neglect was due to press of business. Hope to rectify this error. Happy to get home. God bless you all and the Church of Christ.

Elder Jno. H. Smith said that we must shape our affairs to attend these quarterly meetings. These are the only gatherings which the Twelve can claim as strictly their own. Said that he felt to lay it as an obligation on every man of the quorum that his duty requires him here unless taken away by the Presidency. Unless this is done, we cannot accomplish the purpose had in view by President Snow in inaugurating these meetings. We must be united, for our voice is a potent voice in the church.

Elder Teasdale said that he thought Elders Lyman and Grant should be asked to report themselves by letter to these quarterly meetings. This suggestion met the approval of the brethren. Elder Hy. M. Smith moved that the secretary be instructed to send a formal notice to each member of the quorum of these quarterly conferences.

Adjourned until June 30, 1903. Benediction by Elder Cowley.

In the meeting of the Presidency and Twelve today, in behalf of the church auditing committee, I submitted the following report from the Presiding Bishop showing the receipts and disbursements of tithes for the year 1902. Also, a report from the books of the trustee-in-trust incorporating the final results as shown by the Presiding Bishop’s report and a statement of the silent assets of the church. (This report should have been included in the foregoing minutes.)

Presiding Bishop’s Office,
March 1st, 1903

GENERAL STATEMENT OF RECEIPTS AND DISBURSEMENTS
OF TITHES FOR THE YEAR 1902
Receipts
Tithes on hand, Jan. 1, 1902    
P.B.O.

36,805.09

 
[p.575] Stakes

355,554.70

 
Missions

12,787.70

405,147.49

Tithes received:    
Stakes

1,363,544.66

 
Missions

57,506.53

1,421,051.19

Profits in handling, P.B.O.  

424.00

Receipts from other sources    
P.B.O.

1,013.09

 
Stakes

3,588.50

 
Missions

12,082.18

16,683.77

Total receipts  

1,843,306.45

Disbursements
Losses    
P.B.O.

16,871.52

 
Stakes

25,177.50

42,049.02

Bishops’ percentage    
P.B.O.

7,928.00

 
Stakes 

123,148.41

131,076.41

Improvements    
P.B.O.

114.60

 
Stakes

40,169.23

40,283.83

General expenses    
P.B.O.

7,917.92

[7918.16]

Stakes

14,138.00

 
Missions

106.00

22,162.16

Mission Maintenance  

23,077.88

Paid trustee-in-trust    
Cash

902,631.86

 
Orders

285,528.63

1,188,160.49

Balance on hand, Dec. 31, 1902:    
P.B.O.

46,475.88

 
Stakes

339,804.00

 
Missions

10,216.78

396,496.66

Total  

1,843,306.45

Audited Mch. 27, 1902, and submitted April 2, 1903.
(Signed) Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Auditing Committee.
GENERAL REPORT
Surplus
[p. 576] Net surplus at the office of trust-in-trust

2,001,659.21

Tithes on hand in stakes of Zion, Jan. 1, 1903

396,496.66

Total  

2,398,155.87

Silent Assets of the Church
Real estate:    
Coal lands &c.

180,914.78

 
Tithing properties in stakes

325,801.12

506,805.90

B. Y. Academy, Provo, loan  

100,262.41

Josepa Agricultural Co., owe on acct.  

50,000.00

Total  

666,068.31

Recapitulation
Surplus and tithes on hand, Jan. 1, 1903  

2,398,155.87

Silent assets of the church  

666,068.31

Total  

3,064,224.18

Submitted, (signed) Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot.
Data taken from Presiding Bishop’s general reports.
Net increase in tithing in 1902 over 1901

10,662.34

Net increase of cash tithing in 1902 over 1901

31,733.03

Total tithing paid in stakes 1,363,544.66; of this amount $1,049,541.73 was forwarded to the Presiding Bishop’s office, and $342,721 was disbursed locally. Total loss in handling tithes was 2.1%. Amt. paid to bishops for handling tithes was $123,148.41 or 9% of the total tithing received. The trustee-in-trust received 99.1[%] of the cash tithing of 1902. All the local expenses in the Stakes were paid or could have been paid from the profits in exchanges. Amount paid to the worthy poor—$95,713.92; of this amount the trustee-in-trust paid 36%, the fast offerings covered 40%, and Relief Society and sundry offerings covered 24%.

Number of tithe-payers in the church in 1901 were 74,625
[p.577] Number of tithe-payers in the church in 1902 were 74,764
Net increase 139
Number of non-tithe-payers in 1901 10,859
Number. of non-tithe-payers in 1902 12,412
Increase 1,553

Number of non-tithe-payers, showing priesthood: 243 high priests; 656 seventies; 3396 elders; 584 priests; 600 teachers; 1966 deacons; 7445 total priesthood; 4967 members; 12,412 total.

Brother Clawson explained that if the foregoing Presiding Bishop’s report were approved, it would be copied into the trustee-in-trust’s record of assets and liabilities of the church, and the net results, namely, the tithes on hand, Jan. 1, 1903, would be carried into the trustee-in-trust’s general ledger. The said ledger would then show the exact financial status of the church with the exception of the Deseret News business, which the committee would report upon at an early day. Upon motion of Elder Jno. H. Smith the report was received, approved, and placed on file.

A copy of the foregoing minutes were sent to Elders Francis M. Lyman and Heber J. Grant. The figures as shown by the Presiding Bishop’s report and the general report of the auditing committee were left out as I felt it would be unsafe to trust them to the mails.

[Tuesday, 7 April 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting of the First Presidency, the Twelve, First Seven Presidents of Seventies, Patriarch, Presiding Bishopric, presidencies of stakes, high councillors, bishopric[s] of wards, and others. Meeting called to order by Pres. Smith.

Pres. Smith was the first speaker and said in substance that those present were the highest type of faithful membership in the church—exemplary men. We look upon these men as being the soul of honor and integrity in the widest and broadest sense. There ought not to be a man present who would not rather sacrifice his life than betray the church and kingdom of God. I am here to protect you and I would be willing to lay down my life to protect your liberty. We should all feel that way. The Lord God Almighty’s eye is upon those who are assembled here and he looks upon you [p.578] as his leaders. It is in your power to entertain the children of men in fellowship or cut them off the church and turn them over to the buffetings of Satan. You ought to be humble, truthful, honest, and upright. What is said in these meetings should be kept sacred and not be talked about on the outside. It is almost impossible to keep the covenants of the temple sacred in the hearts of the people. No bishop holding church property in his name has a right to dispose of it without the consent of the Presidency of the church. There is but one head in the church and all sub-heads must be amenable to that head. The knitted garment, as approved by the Presidency, is acceptable at the temple. All knitted garments should bear the approved label. No color but white can be used in a garment of the priesthood. A question was asked as to the propriety of burying a suicide in his temple clothing. Answer: it depends upon circumstances. If his life was taken through wickedness, no; if through insanity, yes. Action in cases of this kind is not governed by precedent but by circumstances. It is not the duty or right of bishops to give recommends for second blessings. This privilege belongs exclusively to presidents of stakes with the endorsement of the President of the church. Presidents of missions should not recommend people of their missions to the temple, and bishops should not receive people from the mission field into their wards without a letter of standing. Students going to school in the east and west should take a recommend of standing and join the nearest mission, and when they return home they should bring a recommend back with them.

Pres. Winder gave some instructions in regard to the temple. Also said that a woman who lives and cohabits with a gentile husband cannot be received into the temple. People who come to the house of the Lord should be cleanly in their persons.

Pres. Smith further said that no assistance would be extended to bishops for building meeting houses, or other improvements, without the endorsement of the president of the stake. Cases of adultery should be investigated and decided by the bishopric of wards and stake high councils and should not be sent up, originally, to the First Presidency.

Pres. Lund said that the saints should be instructed that it is not right to move from place to place without counsel. Tobacco users should not be recommended to the temple, but cases might [p.579] arise where a little leniency should be shown in regard to this matter.

[Thursday, 9 April 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 10:20 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, patriarch, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Come, All Ye Sons of God.” Pres. Lund opened, and Pres. Winder was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Let Those Who Would Be Saints Indeed.”

There was some informal talk as to the pressing need of a Latter-day Saint hospital in Salt Lake. Elder Jno. H. Smith remarked that there were as many as eight and ten Mormon patients at the Holy Cross Hospital nearly all the time, and you could find from five to seven at the St. Mark’s Hospital. The talk naturally drifted to the question as to where, if desired, we could locate a hospital. While discussing this point it was conceded that the church had missed it sadly by not purchasing the old university grounds, or 16th Ward square, for $100,000, and the old fair grounds, or 10th Ward square, for $22,000. Minutes of Apr. 2, 1903, were read and approved.

Pres. [Thomas E.] Bassett of the Fremont Stake wrote, saying that Bp. Geo. A. Pincock of Wilford had resigned on account of living some three miles distant from central part of ward. The resignation had been accepted and he now recommended Saml. W. Orme as his successor. Recommendation approved. Pres. Smith reported that he and Pres. Lund had ordained Nathan William Tanner, bishop of the Aetna Ward, Alberta Stake.

The clerk read a letter from Elder Heber J. Grant, dated Mch. 19, 1903, regarding the Japanese Mission. He said that a tract had been prepared for use in Japan by himself and fellow missionaries, a copy of which was enclosed and read to the council. There was also enclosed an extract from the book written by Takahashi Goro and translated by Alma Taylor, which the clerk read. The said communications were of an extremely interesting character. It was thought that the tract covered the ground nicely and would be productive of good.

[p. 580] Pres. Smith explained that the Oregon Short Line Ry. Co. was acquiring property in the vicinity of the 15th Ward meeting house by purchase and condemnation proceedings. The question, therefore, of selling the property to the Short Line was not exactly a matter of choice, but of compulsion and would doubtless realize some $35,000 to the ward. The real question now to be decided was as to the wisdom of continuing the 15th Ward in its present form, with the railroad cutting through the center, or of dividing it by the railroad and attaching the east portion to the 14th Ward and the west portion to the 24th Ward, changing the name of the latter ward to that of the 15th. After some discussion it was decided, upon motion of Elder Clawson, to divide said ward as suggested. This change, of course, of necessity wipes out the present bishopric of the 15th Ward, namely Bishop [Joseph R.] Morgan, Nephi L. Morris, and Rodney Badger.

Clarence Jackson, a crippled brother, who has been working for years in the St. George Temple, wrote asking the brethren to assist him in getting a home, which could be purchased for $400, though much more valuable than that figure. Upon motion of Pres. Winder it was decided that the trustee-in-trust should purchase the home and allow said brother and his family to occupy it rent free.

Elder Woodruff said that he called on Pres. Young night before last and learned that he had had a bad day. Yesterday was also a bad day for him.

Conference appointments: Emery, Elder Clawson; Utah, Elder Smoot and Pres. Smith; Beaver, Elder Cowley. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Hy. M. Smith.

{Sunday, 12 April 1903] Price, Utah. Clear and cold. 8:30 a.m. Meeting of the high council at Pres. [Reuben G.] Miller’s, Pres. Miller presiding. A resolution in regard to the liquor traffic was passed. The resolution provided that members of the church engaged in the saloon business and all who patronized saloons were to be handled on their fellowship, if they did not repent. A resolution to support the Mammoth Reservoir scheme and canal was also passed. By this enterprise it was shown that 10,000 acres of land would be brought under cultivation and reclaimed.

[p. 581] 10:10 a.m. We were a little late in coming into the Sunday School session of the [Emery Stake] Conference, the opening exercises having been concluded. Rudger Clawson. Topics treated. Punctuality. Rulon S. Wells. Topics treated. Profanity. The taking of the name of God in vain.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. Miller presiding. Pres. Miller made a brief report, showing that matters were in pretty fair shape in the Emery Stake. Rulon S. Wells. Topics treated. Repentance. R. Clawson. Topics. All blessings received by the Latter-day Saints predicated upon law.

[Thursday, 16 April 1903] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hy. M. Smith, Jno. Smith, patriarch, and the clerk.

There was some informal talk in relation to the financial affairs of Brother Brigham, and it developed that while two of his wives—those raising young children—were fairly well fixed, the others had little or nothing.

The brethren clothed and sang, “An Angel Came Down From the Mansions of Glory.” The Patriarch opened, and Elder Clawson was mouth at the altar. Song, “Come, All Ye Sons of Zion.” Minutes of April 9 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Elder Francis M. Lyman, dated April 1, 1903, and enclosing a letter from Elder Hugh J. Cannon, regarding the banishment of our elders from Germany. The communication was of an interesting character and elicited considerable discussion. Pres. Smith felt that something should be done, if possible, to help our elders in Germany. The liberty of our brethren in that country, as American citizens, should be demanded of the government, not as a religious right, but as a right belonging to all Americans. It was moved and carried that the matter be referred to a committee of three of the Twelve, with the church attorneys associated, to get up a remonstrance addressed to the Secretary of State, Jno. Hay, asking for relief from imprisonment and persecution of our elders in Germany. Pres. Smith [p.582] named Elders Jno. H. Smith, Rudger Clawson, and Reed Smoot as said committee.

Stake conference appointments: Weber, Elders Geo. Teasdale and M. F. Cowley; Boise Mission, Elder A. O. Woodruff; domestic conference, Beaver branch of the B. Y. A[cademy], Rudger Clawson; the reorganization of Timpanogos Ward and 6th Ward, Provo, Utah Stake, Reed Smoot.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith said that on Sunday morning [he] met with Presidents Smith and Lund and Elders Hy. M. Smith and A. O. Woodruff at the residence of the late Pres. Brigham Young to make arrangements for the funeral. In the afternoon attended the funeral of Sep[timus] W. Sears. On Monday, in company with Presidents Smith and Lund, went to Idaho to assist in laying the cornerstone of the new sugar factory. The building will be about 300 feet long. There were fully 3000 enthusiastic people present. On Wednesday attended the funeral of Brother Brigham at the Tabernacle, the President and all the members of the quorum of the Twelve present today being in attendance. Said that while Brother Brigham had his faults, this characteristic shown out through his life work, namely, the principle of integrity.

Elder Teasdale said that he attended a prayer circle meeting and afternoon service at Nephi last Sunday. On Tuesday assisted in setting apart some 40 missionaries.

Jno. W. Taylor reported that he attended the funeral of Sister Nellie R. Smith, Davis Stake, on Sunday. Elder Merrill attended a special meeting at home to consider business relating to the wards in north end of Cache Valley.

Elder Cowley said that he attended the stake conference at Beaver last Saturday and Sunday. Attendance large. Some very good people there, but nevertheless there is a kind of a spirit of coldness among them. He ordained Marcus L. Shepherd, a patriarch. At Milford a new meeting house is in course of erection. Beaver has an excellent choir.

Elder Woodruff attended a young people’s conjoint meeting in the Wilford Ward, Granite Stake, last Sunday. Elder Clawson reported the Emery Stake Conference held at Price. Large attendance. Topics treated during the conference: saloon evil, non-tithe-payers, marriage, and Mammoth Reservoir and Canal.

[p. 583] Elder Smoot said that he attended the Utah Stake Conference at Provo Sat. and Sunday. It was very enjoyable in every respect. Elder Hy. M. Smith was busily engaged in committee work for the funeral Sunday a.m. and in the evening attended meeting at the 16th Ward house. Pres. Winder attended the funeral service of S. W. Sears on Sunday afternoon. The Patriarch was at home last Sunday. Attended the funeral of Pres. Young on Wednesday.

Reports were approved by unanimous vote.

The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the Salt Lake Stake, in which they recommended the dividing of the 15th Ward, as talked of at the last meeting of the council, by taking part of it to the 14th Ward and the other part to the 24th Ward. The recommendation was adopted. This action, of course, wipes out the 15th ward, which, in view of the fact that the time must soon come when it will be necessary to make a rearrangement of the wards in Salt Lake City, was thought to be proper.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Woodruff.

[Wednesday, 22 April 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. I attended the usual meetings today, namely, the executive committee of the Utah Light and Power Co. at 10 a.m., the religion class board at 3:30 p.m., and the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A. at 5 p.m. At 1 p.m. I took Sister Clawson out for a ride. Feeling the need of some exercise, I am devoting about 15 minutes each morning to physical culture in the shape of gymnastics. I began about April 6, 1902 [1903].

[Thursday, 23 April 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Anthon H. Lund, and Jno. R. Winder, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hy. M. Smith, Jno. Smith, pat., and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “This Morning in Silence I Ponder and Mourn.” Elder Teasdale opened, and Pres. Smith was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Let Us Pray, Gladly Pray.”

The clerk read a letter from Pres. Wm. Parkinson of the Hyrum Stake, in which he stated that Bishop Jno. H. Anderson of [p.584] Mendon had been honorably released on account of poor health and he now recommended Delbert M. Bird to succeed him. The only objection he had to Brother Bird was his lack of leadership, but he was the best material at hand. The brethren thought the objection a very serious one and referred the matter to the brethren who should go to the conference in Cache next Sunday for investigation.

The presidency of the Bannock Stake wrote, saying that Bishop Judson A. Tolman of Chesterfield had been honorably released and that Jno. Balfour, Jr., was recommended to succeed him; also Jos. T. Pond recommended as a high councillor. Recommendations approved.

A letter from David H. Cannon, president St. George Temple, and addressed to President Smith, was read. He said that they were short of help in ordinance work and recommended that Wm. Gardner of Pine Valley be called to labor in the temple as a missionary. This letter precipitated a discussion in relation to the temple, namely, as to whether it would not be a good policy to close said temple for three or four months during the summer, in view of the very light attendance. It was learned that on many days the companies were limited to some seven or eight people, or, in others words, that they were no larger than that number. Elder Clawson moved the St. George Temple be closed until after the October conference next. Seconded and carried.

The committee on petition of redress for our German elders submitted the document which had been drafted by the attorneys. The only criticism offered was that the application for redress was based upon the fact that said elders were peaceable, law-abiding men, who were engaged in preaching the gospel, rather than the fact that they were American citizens and as such should receive full protection. The petition was referred back to the committee, with instructions to have it remodeled, omitting allusion to the church as far as possible.

Conference appointments: Cache, Elders Cowley and Woodruff; Alpine, Elder Teasdale; Fremont, Hyrum M. Smith; Bannock, Elder Clawson. Conference appointments for a week from next Sunday: Woodruff, Elder Woodruff; Wayne, Elder Clawson.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith said that he attended the funeral of Robt. [p.585] J. Johnson on Sunday. Elder Teasdale said that he and Elder Cowley attended the Weber Stake Conference Sunday last. The attendance was crowded. The reports were condensed and written and proved to be quite satisfactory. At the conjoint meeting of the young people, Elder B. H. Roberts lectured. There was an overflow meeting on Sunday. Elder Taylor attended Sunday School at Woods Cross Sunday morning and M.I.A. conference at Centerville in afternoon.

Elder Woodruff visited Boise on Sunday. At the Sunday School there were about 100 present and good order prevailed; at 2 p.m. about 250 present. Elder Geo. D. Pyper sang. Made a change in the supy. of the Sunday School and put in Samuel E. Peterson to preside. Brother Woodruff said that he talked with the Governor [John T. Morrison] of Idaho in regard to the Payette Valley colonization scheme, and the governor did not seem to be very favorable to our people in this matter. Visited the Boise penitentiary and found some of our church works in the hands of the inmates. Assisted in laying the cornerstone of the new meeting house in Pocatello on Tuesday. The building, he said, would cost $13,000.

Elder Clawson reported the domestic conference of the B. Y. Academy branch at Beaver. The meetings were attended by about 185 students, the faculty, and a number of the saints from Beaver City. A good spirit prevailed, the reports being quite satisfactory. The attendance at the school during the past year has been 240, distributed approximately as follows: from Millard Stake, 20; from Parowan, 40; [from] St. George, 14; from Kanab, 6; from Panguitch, 55; from Beaver, 97; scattering, 8; total, 240. In the theological departments the following studies were taken up: the life of Christ, church history, Book of Mormon, and missionary subjects. A splendid work is being done in the Sunday School, M.I.A., and religion class courses, and many of the young people when they leave the academy will be prepared to take positions of importance in the auxiliary organizations of the church. The baneful influence exerted by the soldiery while stationed at the fort and the many evils resulting therefrom are fast being overcome by the wholesome spirit and teachings of the academy.

Elder Smoot said that he assisted in the reorganization of the Timpanogos Ward, Utah Stake. Elder O. L. Terry was called to succeed Bp. [Peter M.] Wentz and received his ordination under [p.586] the hands of Elder Smoot, as also did Ralph Poulton, who was appointed to succeed Hugh Clayton, bishop of Provo 6th Ward.

Elder Hy. M. Smith attended meeting in the Salt Lake City 3rd Ward last Sunday. The Patriarch attended meeting at the tabernacle. Pres. Lund said that he attended Scandinavian meeting in the morning and the 17th Ward meeting in the evening. Pres. Winder attended meeting in the Wilford Ward on Sunday afternoon.

Pres. Smith reported that on Tuesday he visited Logan. While there the question of selling the Hyde Park tithing property, which had become quite valuable, arose. He said that the matter must be determined by the presidency of the stake, high council, and bishopric. A strong appeal was made by the bishopric of the Logan First Ward, who had been for years meeting by permission in the basement of the tabernacle, and who now desired the privilege of purchasing a corner lot of the tabernacle square, that they might have a place to erect a new meeting house. Pres. Smith referred them, he said, to the presidency of the stake, high council, and all the bishops of Logan for a decision in the matter.

It developed during the conversation regarding the tabernacle square, that there is a strong sentiment in Logan favoring the sale of a strip of the square along Main Street for business purposes. It become the sense of the council by vote that we do not favor the cutting up of our public and church squares, but should use our influence to keep them intact.

Elder Smoot reported that Mrs. Phebe Cousins, a somewhat notable woman, was stranded in Washington and needed help. She had at one time in the midst of our persecutions lifted her voice in defense of the saints and now looked to them for assistance. Pres. Smith remarked that we could not consistently take up matters Of this kind. He had no objection, he said, for men who were well-to-do, such as Elder Smoot and others, doing something for her.

Upon motion of Elder Woodruff, Elder Jos. McMurrin was released from his missionary appointment at Boise, where he has been in general charge of the work there. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Taylor.

[Sunday, 26 April 1903] [Chesterfield, Idaho.] 2 p.m. Continuation of [Bannock Stake] [p.587] Conference, Pres. L. S. Pond presiding. Pres. L. S. Pond was the first speaker. Topics treated. The presidency of the stake united, and a good work being done by the organizations, with the exception of the religion class. Responsibility of the priesthood not appreciated by many of the brethren. Said that the presiding authorities were much hampered for suitable material for bishops and presidents of organizations.

R. Clawson. Topics treated. The evil of people moving their homes from one location to another without counsel. People should be content to labor where the Lord calls them, and when a change comes, not to feel that the president of the stake, or the bishop, has their knife in them, or desires to injure them.

[Monday-Tuesday, 27-28 April 1903] Chesterfield, Idaho. Cloudy and cold. 10 a.m. Continuation of conference, President L. S. Pond presiding. I stated that it had been decided to make a change in the bishopric of the Chesterfield Ward and that Bishop Judson A. Tolman was now called to be an alternate high councillor of the Bannock Stake. Bishop Tolman had been faithful and was, therefore, worthy of this promotion. President Pond made brief remarks in regard to the faithfulness of Bishop Tolman.

John Balfour was then sustained as bishop of the Chesterfield Ward, with R. V. Call as his first counselor. Brother J. B[alfour] was then ordained a high priest and a bishop and was set apart to preside over the Chesterfield Ward, myself being mouth. I then made remarks on the duties of a bishop, also upon the different degrees of authority in the order of the priesthood, and the mysteries of the kingdom. Prest. Chas. Kelly followed and dwelt upon the importance of showing kindness to the dumb brute creation.

1 p.m. After lunch President Kelly and myself left for Bancroft, driving Prest. Pond’s team and buggy. About four miles from Chesterfield we came to a fork in the road—the road to the right led around the head of a large reservoir, the one to the left led over the hill and across the reservoir. Unfortunately, we went to the left, following the new-made track of some conveyance that had preceded us. Reaching the water’s edge, we observed that the track had disappeared but was visible again on the opposite bank.

[p. 588] This led to the belief that we were on the line of a good ford. We entered the water, which immediately rose to the hubs of our buggy, and thus we proceeded two thirds of the way across, when suddenly the animals went plunging into deep water, which filled the buggy to overflowing and reached the seat upon which we were sitting. The sensation that followed was decidedly chilly. After swimming about twenty feet, the horses found sure footing and drew us safely to shore. There we were in a sorry plight with the water dripping from our clothes and gushing from every nook and corner of the conveyance. Bro. Kelly at this point suggested that we look after our traps, when much to our surprise we found that they had vanished. Looking back with some anxiety, I saw floating upon the water my valise, which contained a new suit of clothes, typewritten notes for my journal, nightshirt, brushes, and etc., etc., and also my typewriter, which was floating upon the water. Brother Kelly’s valise and contents, valued at ten dollars, had gone to the bottom to rise no more. I was fortunate in securing my things, but found them soaked through and through and heavy enough to weigh down the stoutest heart. We pursued our journey to Bancroft, sitting upon a wet seat in wet clothing and facing a cold wind, a distance of six miles, arriving at 2:45 p.m. At 3:45 p.m. we took train for Pocatello, still traveling of necessity in our wet clothes. We laid Over at the latter point until 2:40 Tuesday morning when we took train for Salt Lake, arriving at 10 a.m. Bro. Kelly dropped off at Brigham City. My clothes went to the tailor’s to be pressed, and my typewriter went to the agents to be renovated and oiled. The whole thing summed up amounts to this: that Bro. Kelly had ten dollars, and I had two dollars, worth of experience from this unhappy incident, and both of us very narrowly escaped a more serious mishap.

[Thursday, 30 April 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Pres. Jno. R. Winder, and Elders Geo. Teasdale, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, the Patriarch [John Smith], and clerk. Presidents Jos. F. Smith and Anthon H. Lund and Elders Jno. H. Smith and Reed Smoot were absent on a trip to St. Louis. The brethren clothed and sang, “Glory to God on High.” Elder Hy. M. Smith opened, and Elder Woodruff was [p.589] mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Be It My Only Wisdom Here.” The minutes of April 16 and 23 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. [William H.] Smart of the Wasatch Stake, in which he strongly recommended that the Daniels and Bysville Wards be amalgamated. The two wards are adjacent, the first having a total church population of 110 souls and the second, 168 souls—grand total 278. Upon motion the recommendation was approved.

Stake conferences: Wayne, Elder Clawson; Woodruff, Elder Woodruff; Oneida, Elder Teasdale; Jordan, Elder Hy. M. Smith; San Juan, Elder Cowley.

Reports
Elder Teasdale said that he visited the Fremont Stake on Sat. and Sunday. Conference was held at Rexburg. Besides the regular meetings, which were crowded, held a priesthood meeting Saturday evening and Sunday School Union Sunday after regular session. The reports were quite satisfactory. Regretted to report that Pres. [Thomas E.] Bassett lost his home and most of the contents by fire.

Elder Woodruff reported his attendance at the Cache Stake Conference. Elders Merrill and Cowley were also present. Enjoyed the spirit of the conference. Elder Cowley visited Mendon and effected the reorganization of the bishopric of that ward, ordaining Elder [Mormon D.] Bird to the office of bishop.

Elder Clawson said that he attended the Bannock Stake Conference at Chesterfield in company with Pres. Chas. Kelly of Box Elder Stake. The meetings were well attended. Bishop Judson A. Tolman was honorably released from the bishopric and set apart as an alternate high councillor, as also was Jas. Hurd. Jno. Balfour was sustained as bishop of Chesterfield with R. V. Call as 1st councillor, and Minnie Lau was sustained as stake president of the Y.L.M.I.A. I was mouth in setting apart and ordaining these brethren and sister. Brother Clawson related his thrilling experience in crossing a reservoir near Chesterfield.

Elder Hy. M. Smith attended the Alpine Stake Conference held at Lehi. The reports were of an interesting character, especially that of the religion class. Said there were 30 classes with 50 teachers and 1300 pupils. He ordained Wm. Clark of Lehi, a [p.590] patriarch, and Elias A. Bushman, a high priest and alternate high councillor. Elder Smith handed the clerk a letter from Bp. Thos. R. Cutler of Lehi addressed to Pres. [Stephen L.] Chipman. He said that his duties were becoming so arduous that he felt it would be proper for the president of the stake to consider the propriety of releasing him from the bishopric, although, he said, he was willing to do whatever the brethren thought would be best and wisest. The letter was laid on the table for the present.

Jno. Smith attended ward meeting at home on Sunday night. Pres. Winder attended the afternoon meeting at Mill Creek.

Upon motion the reports were received and the labors of the brethren approved. Meeting adjourned, and the Patriarch offered the benediction.

[Wednesday, 6 May 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. I attended the usual meetings, namely, at 10 a.m. executive committee of the Utah Light and Power Company, at 3:30 p.m. religion class board, and at 5 p.m. general board of the Y.M.M.I.A. At 1:30 p.m. I took Sister Clawson and the children out for a ride.

T[hursday, 7 May 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10:15 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hy. M. Smith, Jno. Smith, pat., and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “O Give Me Back My Prophet Dear.” Elder Cowley opened, and Elder Merrill was mouth at the altar. The brethren disrobed and sang, “Ye Who Are Called to Labor and Minister for God.”

Elder Woodruff read a letter [addressed] to himself from F[enimore] Chatterton, sec. of state in Wyoming, and through the death of the governor [DeForest Richards], now himself governor of said state. He intimated that it was his purpose to carry out the policy of the late governor towards the Mormon people. The news was quite agreeable to the brethren. Minutes of April 30th were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. Wm. H. Lewis of the Benson [p.591] Stake, in which he recommended the reorganization of the bishopric of the Newton Ward with Martin Rigby as bishop. Upon motion of Elder Clawson the recommendation was approved.

The clerk again read the letter from Bp. Thos. R. Cutler to Pres. [Stephen L.] Chipman, suggesting that he be released from the bishopric on account of his arduous duties. The council took the matter into careful consideration and finally decided that it would be for the best interest of the ward and also the bishop to retain him; it was thought that his frequent absence from the ward could be met by the increased activity of his counselors.

Conference appointments: Wasatch, Elders Clawson and Hy. M. Smith; South San Pete, Elders Cowley and Smoot; Bingham, Elder Woodruff; Cassia, Elder Taylor.

It became the sense of the council that the Twelve should meet every Thursday at 9:45 a.m. and arrange among themselves for the visiting of the various stake conferences, which arrangement should be submitted to the council meeting for confirmation.

The clerk read an invitation from the bishopric of the Draper Ward for the Presidency and Twelve to be present at the dedication of the Draper Ward house a week from next Sunday.

A letter was also read from Pres. Ben J. Cluff of the B. Y. Academy, in which he said that the graduating sermon at the B.Y.A. would be delivered May 24, 1903, and that it was desired that Pat. Jno. Smith be invited to deliver said sermon. Also that the graduating exercises would be given on the same date at the Provo Tabernacle. It was expected that Pres. Smith would preside and deliver the opening address, and Elder Jno. H. Smith the closing address. There would also be other speakers.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith said that Pres. Smith, Pres. Lund, Elders Smoot and himself and wives and others visited Independence while East recently. The spot where the printing office stood was pointed out, and they also visited the temple lot; called upon the widow of Jno. E. Page, who expressed a wish that the Mormons would repent of their sins and return to Zion. Attended a Hedrickite meeting and the services of the Reorganized Church. Later met with the elders at Kansas City and addressed them.

Elder Teasdale said that he attended the Oneida Stake Conference Sat. and Sunday last. Apostle Merrill was also present. The [p.592] large attendance necessitated an overflow meeting Sunday afternoon. All the organizations reported and seemed to be moving along nicely, except the academy, which had lost its principal by resignation. Conjoint meeting Sunday night under direction of J. G. Kimball. Brother Teasdale held meeting at Franklin.

Elder Taylor reported his visit to Ottawa, Canada, in the interest of the Knight Sugar Factory. In returning spent the Sabbath day in Chicago. Attended Sabbath School, fast meeting, and evening service. Large attendance; one woman applied for baptism; keen interest manifested among the few investigators. There is an average of about one baptism per year to each elder.

Elder Merrill said that the Oneida Stake is in good condition. Said that there was a little division in the Benson Stake respecting ward lines. The counselors to the president of the stake feel that the lines of the Trenton and Lewiston Wards should be readjusted and that these two wards should be divided into three. Pres. [William H.] Lewis does not share in this view. Brother Merrill counseled them to get together and harmonize their views.

Elder Cowley referred to the Mendon bishopric and said that Elder [Mormon D.] Bird had been notified before the matter was finally settled. However, it was conceded by the brethren there that he was by far the best man in the place for the position. He was, therefore, installed, Elder Cowley being mouth in the ordination. He said that last Sat. and Sunday he attended conference of the San Juan Stake held at Mancos. All the wards were represented. It requires 600 miles travel to cover the stake. Pres. [Platte D.] Lyman is doing a pretty good work, notwithstanding there was an odd thing or two that came to his attention. He learned that a presidency of the high priest quorum and also of the elders quorum had never been organized in that stake. This he thought rather strange in view of the fact that both Elders Young and Lyman had visited there a number of times. He effected these organizations, ordaining Wm. Hall, president of the high priest, and Wm. A. Shaffer, president of the elders quorums. He also ordained Wm. M. Black of Fruitland, a patriarch, and Jno. L. Tenny, bishop of Hammond. Learned that the bishop of Moab was $250 short in his tithing accounts and that the bishop of Fruitland was $1200 behind.

Pres. Smith instructed Elder Cowley to report these deficiencies to Bp. [William B.] Preston with power to act. Elder Woodruff [p.593] attended the Woodruff Stake Conference at Randolph. A new meeting house is in course of erection at Randolph that will cost $15,000 and is now nearly completed. The bishop [John C. Gray] of that ward is very energetic. All stake officers reported at the conference. Priesthood meeting Saturday night. Elder Jos. W. McMurrin and others visited Diamondville on Sunday and dedicated new meeting house there. Elder Woodruff remained at Randolph.

Elder Clawson said that he attended the Wayne Stake Conference. Weather much cooler there than here with frost nightly. Conference well attended and good spirit prevailed. Said that there was some division growing up between the bishop [William H. Morrell] of Loa and the ward presidencies in regard to amusements. He held a meeting with the presidency of the stake and bishopric of Loa, at which a policy was outlined and accepted by the brethren that would correct the evil. Said that while there one of Pres. [Willis E.] Robison’s boys met with an accident. Gibbs, his little 12-year-old son, was riding in a buggy with some other children, when he dropped one of the lines, and in reaching after it fell between the wheels with the result that three of his teeth were knocked out, his face badly scratched, and body bruised. One of the high councillors of Wayne Stake is acting as a counselor to the stake president of the Y.M.M.I.A. This Brother Clawson thought improper and quite inconsistent. While no vote was taken in this matter, the brethren seemed to concur in the view expressed.

Elder Smoot reported the visit of the brethren and their wives to St. Louis to attend the opening exercises of the World’s Fair at St. Louis. A private car was placed at the service of Pres. Smith and party, which was much appreciated, and the party was met at St. Louis by Mr. Thos. Myer and Jno. N. Allen, who did everything in their power to make their visit pleasant. Pres. Smith and wife and son were entertained at the Myer home. Tuesday afternoon a week ago, Pres. Smith and party took a drive through the city. On Wednesday visited Myer Drug Co.’s big business house—one of the largest in the country. In the afternoon were driven in a tally-ho to the Glen Echo Country Club, which proved to be a delightful drive. Thursday was the Presidents’ Day, being the one hundredth anniversary of the Louisiana purchase, now covering about 14 states. The feature of the day was the big parade. Pres. Smith, Elder [p.594] Jno. H. Smith, and Reed Smoot, and wives were honored with a place on the stand with Pres. [Theodore] Roosevelt. President Roosevelt volunteered the information that it was his intention to do what he could for the Mormon missionaries who were suffering persecution in Germany. In the evening the fireworks display was witnessed, which was extremely grand. Friday evening reception given by the World’s Fair officers to the diplomatic corps. The Utah party witnessed the civic parade on Saturday from the Myer’s residence. At 5 p.m. the Utah party assisted in dedicating the ground for the Utah building. Speeches were made by Elders Jno. H. Smith and Reed Smoot, and Pres. Smith offered the dedicatory prayer.

Elder Hy. M. Smith in company with the Patriarch attended the Jordan Stake Conference. Reports generally good. Pres. Winder attended fast meeting at the temple and fast meet[ing] in Farmers Ward in afternoon.

Reports of the brethren received and labors approved.

Elder Woodruff said that Pres. Frank Y. Taylor, through the death of Brother [James R.] Miller was in need of a counselor. His mind had rested upon three brethren: namely, Geo. M. Cannon, Jno. M. Cannon, and Bishop M. M. Atwood. Pres. Smith did not feel as if Bp. Atwood could be spared from the bishopric. As to the other two brethren, it was a matter for further consideration. He instructed Elder Woodruff to notify Pres. Taylor to call upon the Presidency when they would consult him regarding the matter.

Elder Clawson said that the auditing committee were prepared to make a full report upon the Deseret News business, but as the time was far spent, the matter was deferred until next meeting.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Clawson.

[Sunday, 10 May 1903] Heber City. Clear and mild. 2 p.m. Continuation of [Wasatch Stake] Conference, Pres. [William H.] Smart presiding. Elder Hy. M. Smith. Topics treated. Good order and attention in our meetings. The close connection between the spiritual and temporal. R. Clawson. Topics. The order of the priesthood. Nominations come from the head. Those who are chosen to preside have the right to select their counselors by and with the approval of their presiding [p.595] officer. Blessings received by the Latter-day Saints predicated upon law. Marriage. Closing remarks by Pres. Smart, who gave a resume of the teachings of the conference.

8 p.m. Conjoint meeting of the young people, stake supt. Y.M.M.I.A., Jas. H. Moulton presiding. Supt. Moulton reported the Y.M.M.I.A. of the stake, but his report was not very satisfactory for the reason that he seemed not to be posted. R. Clawson. Topics treated. Character of the M.I.A. work. Self-control. H. M. Smith. Topics. Spoke strongly upon the failure of the stake supt. of the Young Men to make a clear report. Order in the house of worship. Good manners.

[Tuesday, 12 May 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. I spent the day at the President’s office at my desk.

During the morning, however, Brother Andrew B. Christensen of Gunnison was set apart and blessed as a missionary to England to pursue the study of philosophy of literature in history, under the hands of Geo. Reynolds and myself, I being mouth.

[Thursday, 14 May 1903] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 10:20 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hy. M. Smith, the Patriarch [John Smith], and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Though Deepening Trials.” Elder Taylor [opened with prayer,] and Elder Jno. H. Smith was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “In the Sun and Moon and Stars.”

Conference appointments: Granite, Elder[s] Woodruff and Clawson; Star Valley, Elder[s] Taylor and Hy. M. Smith; Nebo, Elders Teasdale and Smoot; Snowflake, Elder Cowley.

Pres. Smith called attention to the fact that Dr. Jos. S. Richards was not at all satisfied with the decision in the arbitration between himself and the church, in which he claimed the latter owed him a large sum of money (about $70,000). The decision was against him. He now asked the First Presidency to grant a reheating of the matter. Pres. Smith said that the Presidency had prepared a letter [p.596] to be sent to Dr. Richards, in which they represented that the case having been heard and closed could not be reopened. The President further said that inasmuch as the Twelve had acted in conjunction with the Presidency in granting an arbitration, the said letter would be submitted for their action, and, if approved, for their signature. The letter was read, approved, and signed by the brethren. Pres. Smith remarked that the Presidency, while not recognizing the doctor’s claim but simply to promote good feelings, offered him something like $7000 a few years ago, hoping that this amount would be accepted and appreciated as full satisfaction in the premises. He replied that he would have the entire claim or none and spurned the tender. Minutes of May 7 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the Union Stake, in which they reported the organization of a new ward called Summerville and they submitted the name of Thos. Platt as bishop. They also contemplated, they said, reorganizing the Bramwell Ward and recommended W. J. Orchard for bishop. Recommendations approved.

Prof. Andrew B. Anderson of the B. Y. Academy branch at Beaver wrote, asking that one of the brethren be sent to deliver the baccalaureate sermon at Beaver, May 17th. The brethren of the council being otherwise engaged, it was decided to ask Elder B. H. Roberts to fill said appointment.

Pres. Smith said that Bp. Robt. T. Burton had made a special request that the Presiding Bishopric be authorized to contract at once for the painting of the tabernacle cornice (which in fact had never been painted but only whitewashed) the work to be accomplished before the visit of President [Theodore] Roosevelt. Upon motion of Elder Clawson, the work was authorized.

Elder Jno. H. Smith said that Tuttle and Woolley (Bp. [Marcellus S.] Woolley) were negotiating the sale of some 11,000 acres of good land in Wyoming at $8.00 per acre; the land is adjacent to Cheyenne, and 1300 acres are under cultivation with 60 miles of fencing, &c. They now offered the tract to the church at above figure. It was decided that the church declines the offer with thanks.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith spoke at the tabernacle last Sunday [p.597] afternoon and attended 17th Ward meeting in the evening. Elder Teasdale said that he attended a Sunday School Union meeting at American Fork last Sunday.

Elder Taylor attended the Cassia Stake Conference held at Oakley Sat. and Sunday last. Was accompanied by Rulon S. Wells. A good spirit prevailed. There is a little immorality in the stake. Said that the Twin Falls canal now in course of construction will come within ten miles of Oakley and will greatly benefit the country. Visited the stake academy and spoke to the students.

Elder Woodruff reported the Bingham Stake Conference held at Lewisville. Attendance large. The presidency of the stake advocate its division; population about 8000 souls and widely scattered. Some difficulty experienced in raising means for the stake academy at Rexburg. Said that Jas. J. Chandler was set apart as a high councillor, after having been ordained a high priest.

Elder Clawson said that, in company with Brother Hy. M. Smith, he attended the Wasatch Stake Conference held at Heber City. Good attendance and good conference. Brother [William H.] Smart is doing an excellent work. On Sunday afternoon a consolidation of the Daniels and Bysville Wards was effected with Patrick H. McGuire as bishop, who was set apart, himself (R. C[lawson].) being mouth, and Wm. C. Bell, 1st counselor, who was ordained a high priest and set apart by Hy. M. Smith, and Jos. C. McDonald, who was ordained a high priest and set apart by Wm. H. Smart. The naming of the new ward was left in the hands of the stake presidency. On Monday the reorganization of the bishopric of the Wallsburg Ward was effected, with Geo. P. Garf as bishop, who was ordained a high priest and bishop and set apart to preside over said ward, Brother Clawson [being] mouth, and Wm. A. Nuttall, as 1st counselor, who was ordained a high priest and set apart to said office by Elder Hy. M. Smith.

Elder Smoot said that he failed to fill his appointment to the South San Pete Stake on account of sickness at home. His wife, he said, was quite sick; she is now a little improved. He attended meeting in Provo.

The Patriarch attended meeting at the tabernacle last Sunday and ward meeting in the evening. Pres. Lund attended the 18th Ward Sunday School in the morning and the funeral of Lamoni Holbrook, counselor in the bishopric, in Bountiful in the after-[p.598]noon. Pres. Winder, not feeling well, remained at home last Sunday.

Elder Clawson, for and in behalf of the auditing committee, gave a full and complete report of the Deseret News business, as furnished by the manager, H. G. Whitney, and later audited by the committee, who had carefully gone through the assets and cut them down to a cash basis. In order to do this, it was necessary to take $25,410.83 of the $50,166.67 surplus accumulated by the business during the management of H. G. Whitney. The following is a brief summary of the report. The volume of business transacted during the year 1902—$296,891.03; net gain for the year 1902, carried to the undivided profits—$21,192.85.

STATEMENT OF [DESERET NEWS] ASSETS AND LIABILITIES, JAN. 1. 1905
Assets
Book accounts   33,041.02
Due from subscribers   5,666.63
Bills receivable   10,560.93
Cash and due bills   3,555.05
Newspaper plant, valued at   19,316.80
Paper, ink, and supplies, valued at   4,606.19
Job, bindery, and press room plant 19,525.16  
Less dis’ct fixed by aud. com. 2,079.24 17,445.92
Material and work in hand 21,425.63  
Less dis’ct fixed by aud. com. 1,994.71 19,430.92
Old Home Editions, Contributors, Deseret Weeklies 15,434.59  
Less dis’ct fixed by aud. com. 6,605.29 8,829.30
Book dept., accounts outstanding   12,730.46
Book Dept., mdsc. as per inventory 72,483.72  
Less dis’ct fixed by aud. com. 14,731.59 57,752.13
Total assets (at cash valuation)   $192,935.35
Liabilites
Capital plant 154,907.90  
Scrip advanced by T. in T. 3,398.25 158,306.15
[p.599] Sundry accts. due at News office   5,744.38
Sundry accts. due at bookstore   4,128.98
Surplus   24,755.84
Total liabilities   $192,935.35

The above report clearly showed, said Brother Clawson, that the Deseret News business is worth to the church today the sum of $183,061.99 in cash.

The auditing committee also submitted the following items of data relative to the Deseret News business. Prior to the change of management, namely, Jan. 1, 1899, when H. G. Whitney took charge, the News had been running behind for years. Pres. Lorenzo Snow assumed the old debts for back wages, machinery, &c., amounting to $108,960.66, which was subsequently paid in cash. In four years, under the new management, about one-half of the foregoing amount—namely, $50,166.67—was accumulated as a surplus (part of which, namely, $25,410.83, has since been applied by the auditing committee as a discount on the asset valuation of the News and bookstore plant and stock of goods). When the change of management occurred, Jan. 1, 1899, it was estimated that it would require 1,200 per month to keep things even. The new management not only did not draw said amount from the church as per arrangement with the trust[ee]-in-trust, but held its own ever since and accumulated the surplus above referred to, besides making the changes, improvements, and additions in the newspaper, which speak for themselves. It was necessary to add thousands of dollars to the expense acct. to make the paper one that the public would support and one that could successfully compete with the other papers. Under the new management the daily circulation of the News (which is now 5000 copies) has been doubled; the Saturday issue (8,000) has been almost trebled; and the semi-weekly (now 21,750) has been more than doubled.

The book, stationery, and church works department has the foundation for a very fine, paying business, but is seriously crowded for room, having less space in the new building than in the old Cannon premises across the street. If the time should ever come that the drugstore is moved out of the Deseret News building, the committee strongly urges that the original intention of using it for one large book, stationery, and church works department be carried out. The partition is only temporary and could easily be [p.600] removed.

The foregoing report of the Deseret News business bore the following endorsement:

Audited, approved, and submitted Apr. 24, 1903.

(signed) Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Auditing Committee.

Upon motion of Pres. Winder, the report was received, approved, and ordered placed on file, with instructions that a copy of the report be placed in the hands of the First Presidency. Brother Clawson explained that proper entries would now be formulated, carrying the Deseret News business into the general ledger of the trustee-in-trust. Heretofore no account of the said business has appeared on said ledger, which indicates a careless way of keeping books.

Brother Clawson, in behalf of the auditing committee, also submitted a report showing the exact financial status of the church, Jan. 1st, 1903. He was not able to do this before by reason of not having the Deseret News report. The following is a copy of said report:

General Report
Net surplus at office of trustee-in-trust, Jan. 1, [19]03 $2,001,659.21
Tithes on hand in stakes of Zion, Jan. 1, [19]03 396,496.66
Net surplus at Deseret News, Jan. 1, [19]03  
Cap. invested 158,306.15  
Surplus  24,755.84 183,061.99
Total active surplus   2,581,217.86
Silent assets surplus, Jan. 1, 1903   666,068.31
Total net assets of the church, Jan. 1, [19]03, showing its exact financial status or worth at the time $3,247,286.17

The said foregoing general report was also approved by unanimous vote and ordered placed on file. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Hy. M. Smith.

[p. 601] [Sunday, 17 May 1903] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cold; snow during the night. 10 a.m. Sunday School session of the [Granite Stake] Conference, Sup. Geo. M. Cannon presiding. Pres. Smith spoke. Topics treated. Explained that it was not what we hear that makes us wise, but what we remember. Children should be obedient in their homes. Pres. Winder. Topics treated. Prayer. Pres. Lund also touched upon the principle of prayer.

11 a.m. Regular session of the conference, Pres. F. Y. Taylor presiding. The first speaker was Elder Hyrum M. Smith. Topics treated. Faith. Office of the Holy Ghost. Pres. Angus M. Cannon. Topics treated. Spoke of how faith sprung up in his heart when but 6 years of age. Said that he had received a testimony that this work is true. Speak no evil of any one but rather speak good. Referred to his colonizing mission to Southern Utah in the sixties.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. F. Y. Taylor presiding. Pres. Lund was the first speaker. Topics treated. Free agency. Pres. Winder. Topics treated. Mission of the Latter-day Saints. Drew a contrast between the Latter-day Saints and the 1,000 Christian ministers now in Salt Lake from the East, who will today preach in the outside churches there and scatter tracts against the Mormons. Hoped the saints of the Granite Stake would be able to meet in their new stake house now in course of construction in six months from date. Pres. Jos. F. Smith. Topics treated. Spoke in complimentary terms of the good singing of the choir. Virtue. Free agency. The difference between belief and faith. The resurrection. Bore a strong testimony of the truth of Mormonism.

[Thursday, 21 May 1903] Salt Lake City. Raining and cool. 10:20 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hy. M. Smith, the Patriarch [John Smith], and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “What Glorious Scenes My Eyes Behold.” Pres. Winder was mouth in prayer, and Elder Smoot was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded.” Minutes of May 14th were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Mr. G. Edmonds, attorney, [p.602] Carthage, Ill., in which he stated that Mrs. [Eliza M.] Browning, the owner of the Carthage jail, in which the Prophet Joseph Smith was martyred, contemplated going to California to reside and would dispose of the property for $4,000. He now addressed this letter of inquiry to the Presidency, thinking that perhaps the church would like to make the purchase. Pres. Smith remarked that some years ago the property was offered for sale at $5,000 and was considered favorably with a view to opening up in the building a bureau of information and keeping on sale the church works and gospel tracts, but for some reason the matter dropped through. The question was pretty thoroughly discussed and, in view of the fact that the Carthage jail was a building of great historic interest to the Latter-day Saints and in fact to the world, it became the sense of the council that the Presidency take such steps as might be necessary looking to the purchase of the property to the best advantage and that a bureau of information and depot for our church works he established in it.

A letter was read from Elder B. F. Grant, calling attention to the fact that the insurance on the plate glass windows of the Deseret News building expired in April last and asking a renewal of the same. Pres. Smith remarked in this connection that the insurance on the Zion’s Savings Bank building had been taken away from the Home Fire Ins. Co. by Cashier Geo. M. Cannon and given to two of his brothers, who were in the insurance business. Brother B. F. Grant complained of this treatment. Pres. Smith said that so far as he was concerned the insurance should be divided and part of it go to the Home Fire Co. Upon motion the matter was referred to the Presidency for their action.

Elder Jos. F. Simmons reported by letter that he had been called through Elder A. O. Woodruff to properly arrange and record the minutes of the meetings of the Twelve Apostles since July 1887 to date. Made some suggestions as to the kind of a record needed and how said minutes should be recorded. He said that, if the work were undertaken by himself, it must necessarily be done at odd times outside of his regular temple work in the recorder’s office. In view of this fact and other considerations which he mentioned, he asked that his compensation be increased from $70 per month, the present figure, to $100 per month.

Upon motion the matter was referred to Elder Jno. H. Smith [p.603] to further investigate and report. Elder Jno. H. Smith said that at a recent meeting of the Twelve, he was instructed to represent to the Presidency that the Twelve were much in need of a stenographer and a room for council and business purposes, and suggested that they be given what was the parlor in the Lion House. Pres. Smith said that when the Brigham Young Memorial building, now in course of construction, was completed, he could see no reason why the Twelve should not have the room asked for.

Stake conference appointments: St. Johns, Elder Cowley, now on the way; Uintah, Elder Woodruff, now on the way; Millard, Elder Hy. M. Smith; Juarez, Elder Teasdale; Benson, Elder Clawson.

Elder Taylor recommended that the Alberta Stake be divided for various reasons: distances between wards are long; the church population about 7000—a proper division would leave about 4,000 in west end and 3,000 in east end, with the east end growing rapidly. Upon motion the matter was laid on the table until next Aug. when two or three of the apostles would be sent there to investigate and report.

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Elder Jno. H. Smith attended the Summit Stake Conference Sat. and Sunday, which was held at Kamas, where a new meeting house is nearing completion to take the place of the one that was destroyed by fire. Good spirit prevailed at conference. Jno. Lemon of Kamas was ordained a patriarch. The presidency of the stake are active. Held conjoint meeting of young people Sunday evening. Returned home on Monday and attended peace meeting in 17th Ward house Monday evening and meeting of Y.L.M.I.A. Tuesday evening in 17th Ward.

Elder Geo. Teasdale attended the Nebo Stake Conference on Sat. and Sunday at Spanish Fork. Elder Smoot was present on Sunday. All the bishops and some of the stake presidencies reported. The time was profitably spent. Jno. W. Taylor said that Elder Hy. M. Smith and himself left last Thursday night for Star Valley to attend the conference there, but upon reaching Montpelier found that no arrangements had been made for their transportation from that point to Afton and so they returned to the city.

Elder Clawson said that Elder Woodruff and himself attended Saturday’s meetings of the Granite Stake Conference and that the [p.604] First Presidency and Elder Hy. M. Smith were present on Sunday. Saturday’s meetings were poorly attended, and Sunday’s meetings were crowded. Many good instructions were given. On Sunday evening at 5 p.m. the cornerstone of the new Granite Stake tabernacle was laid with appropriate ceremonies, Pres. Winder officiating. During the conference Elder Jno. M. Cannon was chosen and sustained as 2nd councillor to Pres. Frank Y. Taylor, and Brother Tobiason was sustained as an alternate high councillor; Brother [Edwin] Bennion, the second counselor to Pres. Taylor, was advanced to first place; these brethren were set apart at the President’s office on Monday.

The Patriarch attended meeting at the tabernacle Sunday afternoon and the ward meeting at night. Pres. Smith reported to the council the sad death of Pres. Ephraim H. Nye and said that the Presidency telegraphed orders to have his body prepared for burial and shipped home. The funeral, he said, would take place in Ogden next Sunday. He felt that some of the Twelve should be present. Elder Jno. H. Smith said that he would make an effort to be there.

Upon motion the reports were received and the labors of the brethren approved.

Elder Smoot, speaking of the German missionary persecutions, said that this present persecution was brought on, or at least encouraged, by Mr. [Charlemagne] Tower, the United States ambassador to Germany, and he felt that some steps should be taken to reach the ambassador, and thereby bring about a modification of the situation. He also felt that the affidavits, as set forth in the Deseret News a night or two ago, proving the Rev. Mr. [Duncan J.] McMillan a liar, should also be published in the Los Angeles papers, while the Presbyterian convention is in session, and before McMillan makes his speech. It would take the wind out of his sails.

Pres. Lund, referring to the German missionary situation, said that the matter had gone beyond Mr. Tower. Felt that it would be good policy to remain quiet for the present. If the German government look upon our people as being obnoxious and act accordingly, the United States government could do nothing. Elder Jno. H. Smith said that inasmuch as we had made the effort, he did not think it wise to further crowd matters at present.

Pres. Smith at this point made some very interesting remarks, [p.605] in brief, as follows. We are not in a position legally, or in a popular sense, to assert our rights. We can pray to the Lord and petition governments for our rights, but cannot force our way. The whole world is against us; hence, our best policy is meekness and humility. It is not well to be too aggressive. Nevertheless, we should be prompt in exposing the lies of wicked and corrupt priests, and in a way that the world will see and understand the other side. Our policy should not be a policy of force but rather a policy of persuasion. Speaking of the crusade of recent years said that Pres.  Jno. Taylor, who was a good deal like himself, felt to meet the enemy on his own ground and fight, but when the storm broke with such fury and violence as it did, he concluded that it would be wisdom to round up his shoulders (which he usually illustrated with a shrug) and receive unmoved the brunt of the tempest. This should be our policy. Regarding the McMillan matter, thought perhaps it was a little too early to act—and perhaps it was not. Let them show their hand, and we would then know what was best to be done. We must be wise and politic, and if we would catch flies, let us use honey rather than vinegar. Our most prudent course at present is to lay low, for we know not as yet what efforts will be put forth to unseat Brother Smoot in congress. The brethren of the Twelve should be wise in their public utterances. And if we are humble and faithful, no matter what our enemies do, they cannot defeat the purposes of Jehovah.

Pres. Winder endorsed the remarks of Pres. Smith, as also did Elder Jno. H. Smith. Elder Clawson moved that, as a council, we endorse the wise and prudent sentiments expressed by Pres. Smith and adopt them as the sense of the meeting. Carried by unanimous vote.

Pres. Smith suggested to Elder Smoot that he be very wise and politic in his attitude to congressmen and also endeavor to maintain good feelings with his colleague, Senator [Thomas] Kearns. The wisdom of this would be seen. Elder Smoot replied that he had endeavored to meet the situation along the lines suggested by Pres. Smith.

Elder Merrill reported by letter that he attended a ward conference at Newton last Sunday and ordained Martin C. Rigby, bishop of said ward, and Christen Christensen, a high priest, and set him apart as 1st counselor. He also ordained Wm. H. Griffin, [p.606] a patriarch. Upon motion the report was received.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. Jos. F. Smith.

Note: just before the close of the meeting, Elder Clawson asked if any rule had been adopted in cases where the first baptism was required and the record had been lost. The answer was that the date should be fixed as near to the time as possible by the memory of parents and others.

[Tuesday, 26 May 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. At 12:30 midnight by request of the First Presidency I left by train for Neeleyville, Pocatello Stake, to attend the funeral of Elder Geo. Oscar Stanger, a young missionary, 23 years of age and unmarried, who died at Kansas City, May 23, of pneumonia and typhoid fever. The body was on the train, being in charge of Pres. Jas. G. Duffin of the S.W. States Mission.

[Wednesday, 27 May 1903] Pocatello, Idaho. Raining. We arrived at 9 a.m., where we changed cars, but the train we expected to take was six hours late, so that we did not reach American Falls until 4 p.m. instead of 10 a.m. The parents of the deceased, who live at Neeleyville, met the body at Ogden and were, therefore, on the train. Bp. [Wilford] Bennion had provided teams and we were driven from the Falls to Neeleyville some four and half miles, reaching that point at about 5:30 p.m. The family were grief-stricken in the sad homecoming of their worthy and faithful son.

[Thursday, 28 May 1903] [Neeleyville, Idaho.] Clear and cool. Many friends and sympathizers came in to see the family and view the remains. 2:20 p.m. The funeral cortege left the home for the meeting house.

3 p.m. Funeral services, Bp. Wilford Bennion presiding. Bp. Wilford Bennion made brief remarks and said that the deceased was a promising young man. Pres. Jas. G. Duffin spoke and gave a brief account of Elder Stanger’s faithfulness and diligence in the mission field. Spoke of his last sickness in the St. Joseph Hospital, Kansas City. He was very patient in his sufferings. Part of the time, was delirious, and while in that condition, frequently spoke of his [p.607] missionary labors. In fact, he said nothing but what indicated to the sisters of charity and attendants that he was a pure young man, which indeed was something of a testimony to them of the teachings of the gospel.

I followed and said that I came as a representative of the First Presidency. Drew attention to the fact the ordeal of parting with the dead comes into the homes of many Latter-day Saints. Related some incidents to the point. Spoke of the faithfulness of our young brother and said that he had secured the right to come forth in the first resurrection and enter into his exaltation.

The casket was borne to the cemetery and I was mouth in dedicating the grave. We took supper with Bp. Bennion and family, and afterwards returned to Brother [George W.] Stanger’s, where we held a short meeting. After the opening exercises, Brother Duffin and myself spoke briefly. I related several remarkable dreams.

[Thursday, 4 June 1903]m Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10:20 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hy. M. Smith, the Patriarch [John Smith], and clerk.

Pres. Smith stated that Elders Thos. R. Cutler and W. W. Riter asked for the privilege of presenting a certain matter to the brethren. The request was acceded to and these brethren were invited in. Elder Riter was the first speaker and called attention to the movement now on foot to establish a sugar factory at Lewiston, Utah. The enterprise was being promoted, he said, by Chas. W. Nibley, who has invited into the directorate, two apostles (namely, A. O. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson), four presidents of stakes, a member of congress, and others. He said that he felt it to be an unwise move for several reasons. In the first place Utah has a sufficient number of factories to supply the demand and Utah is our greatest and most important market. This move would have a tendency in his judgment to depreciate the Utah Sugar Co. stocks. In the second place it would appear like a breach of faith on the part of the church authorities, as the Presidency and some of the Twelve are associated with one directorate and some of the Twelve and a number of presidents of stakes with the other. He spoke at [p.608] some length and expressed the view that steps should be taken to discourage the new factory project. Bp. Thos. R. Cutler expressed similar views to those of Brother W. W. Riter and said that he feared that the Eastern people would charge us with bad faith. In his judgment conditions would not justify another factory in Utah.

Pres. Smith said that Brother Nibley had talked with him regarding the matter and, while he did not favor the move, he felt delicate about counseling him not to go into it. He did not at the time, nor at this time, wish to be placed in a position of this kind. Brother Nibley and himself were and had always been on the most intimate terms of friendship, and while he much regretted the inauguration of said enterprise at the same time he hoped that Brother Nibley and his friends would be able to enter into some satisfactory combination with the Utah Sugar Co. and thus avoid any unpleasantness. Pres. Winder said that the name of Pres. Smith had been published in connection with the new move, which he very much deplored, as it would carry a false impression among the people.

Elders Riter and Cutler then retired, after an announcement by the former that there would be a meeting of the directors of the Utah Sugar Co.’and the Amalgamated Sugar Co. at 2:30 p.m. He explained in this connection that David Eccles, who is quite antagonistic to C. W. Nibley, seemed determined to attack him in the public prints. In view of his attitude and determination, it was deemed wisdom for the two boards to get together and consider the situation. If it became necessary to go into print, there would at least be a mutual understanding.

After the brethren had retired, Elder Clawson explained his connection with the directorate of the new factory. Said that Elder Woodruff, who had decided to accept a directorship told him that he was also wanted for a similar position. Upon inquiry he was told that Brother Woodruff had consulted Pres. Smith, who, while he did not approve, did not disapprove of his accepting the appointment. Later he was told by Brother Nibley, who entered into a detailed explanation of the project, that he had endeavored to meet Pres. Smith’s wishes by tendering to the Eastern people one half of the stock to be issued, namely, $250,000. In view of the foregoing explanations Brother Clawson allowed his name, he said, to be used as one of the directors. Later on he felt that he [p.609] ought to consult the President about the matter personally, which he did. Pres. Smith felt a delicacy in giving counsel, but advised him to withhold his name until he should be able to learn whether there would be a consolidation of interests between the Utah Sugar Co. and the new enterprise, which he trusted would be accomplished. Thereupon, Brother C[lawson] made every effort, he said, to locate Brother Nibley and instruct him to withhold his name from publication, but failed. It came out in the News that same evening. Brother Clawson further said that he desired to be in harmony with the Presidency and his brethren and to be subject to counsel, for that was a doctrine he taught from the stand in the stakes of Zion.

Pres. Lund said that in these matters it would be necessary to use great wisdom, otherwise the idea would go out that the authorities were using an undue influence upon the minds of the brethren in regard to business enterprises. Or, in other words, that they were infringing upon the rights of the individual—upon individual liberty. Minutes of May 28th were read and approved.

Stake conference appointments: North San Pete, Reed Smoot; Pocatello, R. Clawson; Union, Pres. Smith and Elder Hy. M. Smith.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. [William A.] Hyde, Pocatello Stake, in which he expressed a hope that one of the apostles would be sent to their conference to counsel with them in regard to some labor troubles that have arisen between the brethren working for the O.S.L. [Oregon Short Line] Ry. Co. and other employees connected with the union there.

Pres. Smith said that agreeably to the resolution passed at the last meeting the Twelve were excused from attending stake conferences that they might attend the M.I.A. conference at the tabernacle. He reported that the Presidency and Twelve attended said conference, consisting of officers meetings on Sat. and Monday, and three regular meetings on Sunday. On Monday, June 1, Brigham Young’s birthday, the Brigham Young Memorial Hall was dedicated. The dedication took place at 10 a.m. and R. W. Young offered the opening prayer, and Pres. Smith, the dedicatory prayer. Brief remarks were made by Elder Jno. H. Smith, Presidents Jos. F. Smith and Anthon H. Lund. Pres. Winder offered the benediction. On Monday evening a banquet was given in the Barratt Hall and B. Y. Memorial Hall to the officers of the M.I.A. [p.610] and proved to be a great success.

Pres. Winder said that yesterday was a “field day” at the temple. There were given 298 endowments and 40 marriages solemnized.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Jno. H. Smith.

[Saturday, 6 June 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. I spent the day in Brigham City, leaving Salt Lake at 9:45 and returning at 9 p.m. While there I attended a meeting of the presidency of the stake and bishopric[s] of the wards. The subject under discussion was the new summer pavilion, erected for dancing purposes against the counsel of the priesthood and in opposition to a decision of the high council. The speakers were Presidents Chas. Kelly, Oleen N. Stohl, and myself, and the bishops were advised to unite the ward authorities that they might be able to exercise an influence upon all who are now opposing the priesthood.

[Thursday, 11 June 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Pres. Jno. R. Winder, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Marriner W. Merrill, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, the Patriarch [John Smith], and the clerk. (Pres. Smith and Lund were absent in Oregon, having gone there to attend the Union Stake Conference.) Minutes of June 4th were read and approved. The brethren clothed and sang, “Glory to God on High.” Elder Woodruff opened, and Elder Clawson was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “School Thy Feelings, O My Brother.”

The brethren indulged in a little informal talk regarding the new sugar factory. Elder Smoot said that while in Cache Valley last week he discovered quite a feeling against what was understood to be the action of the church authorities in reference to the enter-prise—namely, a determination to crush it. Of course there was no such action. One brother, said Elder Smoot, spoke pointedly and strongly against any church action, saying that the President had no right to interfere in matters of this kind—in fact, had no time for anything but his church duty. Elder Smoot asked him if that were his candid judgment that Pres. Smith had no time but [p.611] for one thing—namely, his duty in the church. He answered in the affirmative. Elder Smoot then replied and told him to apply the rule to himself, to mind his own business, and let the church do the same.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. David John of the Utah Stake, in which he called attention to the fact that Harvey Cluff had been severed from the church about a year ago for fornication, but, upon showing forth a spirit of repentance and humiliation, had recently been received back by baptism. He also drew attention to the case of Conrad Maug, Jr., who had been cut off for fornication and restored. Both these brethren now desired the priesthood, and for this reason the matter was sent to the council. Elder Smoot, who was personally acquainted with both of these brethren, said that they were sincerely repentant, but it was a question in his mind whether they should be given the priesthood so soon after the commission of the offense and their restoration to the church. A sufficient time should elapse to make a proper impression upon the minds of the young. Action was deferred until next meeting.

In answer to a letter from Bp. J[ens] P. Jensen of Crescent, Jordan Stake, Elder Reed Smoot was appointed to visit said ward and dedicate their meeting house next Sunday. Conference appointments: Sevier, R. Clawson; Morgan, Elder Jno. H. Smith; Salt Lake Stake, members of the First Presidency.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. Jos. Morrell to Elder Woodruff, in which he desired to know if it would be in harmony with the views of the council for the people of Hyde Park to sell a small portion of the public square for school purposes. Elder Woodruff was instructed to write Brother Morrell that the council would advise that it be not done.

A letter from Brother Cowley was read in which he said that after leaving St. Johns, Arizona, he and Brother [Louis A.] Kelsch proceeded to Mexico, where they met Elder Teasdale and wife [Letitia Teasdale]. The conference was held in Diaz. Besides the regular meetings, the brethren met with the auxiliary organizations and quorums of the priesthood. A splendid spirit prevailed and the saints were delighted to see Elder Teasdale, who presided over them so long. From Mexico Brother Cowley said that he would go to the St. Joseph Stake for conference.

Reports
[p. 612] Elder Jno. H. Smith said that he attended fast meeting at the temple last Sunday a.m.; 22 testimonies were borne and it was very choice meeting. In the afternoon attended fast meeting in the 17th Ward and in the evening was present at a special meeting of the young people of the Granite Stake at the Farmers Ward. There were at least 1000 present. Speaking of the young people, Elder Smith alluded to the effort now being made to keep Saltair free from liquor. Notwithstanding this, a strong effort is being made to induce our young people to visit the Lagoon and Calder’s Park. The latter place, he said, is a veritable hell-hole. It is said that some 400 people there upon a recent occasion were intoxicated.

Elder Merrill reported that he attended fast meeting at home. Referring to the new sugar factory, said that he was opposed to it. Felt that it was not needed. He regretted, he said, that Brother [Charles W.] Nibley was placing Pres. Smith in a false light by saying that he did not feel like withdrawing from the enterprise unless Pres. Smith should tell him to do so. Elder Merrill did not think the move a good one. The people of Cache not very enthusiastic about it. Drawing a comparison, he said that in the country where he lived one creamery paid well, but when a second one was established there, neither paid. The two creameries referred to will be combined into a condensed milk factory, and when this is done the people in his judgment will quit raising beets and turn their attention to the producing of milk, as this branch of industry will pay better than beet culture. Hence, a sugar factory will not do well there.

Elder Woodruff reported his visit to the Big Horn Stake. The conference was held at Lovell. All the bishops—5 in number—and 2 presiding elders were present, and on Sunday over 500 people attended the meeting, thus showing a gratifying growth in church population. Regarding the tract of land that the church has taken steps to secure, he said that the Wyoming officials are very favorable to our people and will do all in their power to help us. There were some difficulties in acquiring 13,000 acres of the 43,000, but Senator [Francis E.] Warren, who was particularly friendly, advises us to go ahead and secure the 30,000 acres, and the other tract, he thought, would fall into our hands later. Patriarch Jas. H. Leathead bore an interesting testimony. Said that he was a resident of [p.613] Nauvoo in the early days of the church and filled the position of drummer boy in the Nauvoo band. Said that he was present and heard the Prophet Joseph Smith predict that the saints would move to the Rocky Mountains.

Elder Clawson said that he and Elder Smoot attended the Pocatello Conference. Elders Jos. M. Tanner and Henry Petersen of the Sunday School Union board and Jos. F. Smith, Jr., of the Y.M.M.I.A. board were also present. The usual meetings were held with a conjoint meeting of the young people Sunday evening. A Sunday School Union for the stake was organized on Sunday morning. The time of the conference was occupied by the visitors and the presidency of the stake. Elder Clawson said that he was prepared to report on the labor situation at Pocatello, but it was decided to call for said report at the next meeting.

Elder Smoot said that he addressed the students of the B. Y. College, Logan, on Friday last. Jno. Smith added his testimony to that of Elder Jno. H. Smith regarding Calder’s Park. Said that there were a class of men among us, who sought the destruction of young ladies who visit that resort by getting them intoxicated and then taking them into the bushes. Pres. Winder attended fast meeting at the temple Sunday morning and fast meeting in Farmers Ward in the afternoon.

Reports were received and the labors of the brethren approved.

Elder Smoot drew attention to the fact that some move in his judgment should be made looking to the organization of a life insurance company. He said that it would be surprising to the brethren to know what large numbers of Utah people—many of them our young people—are having their lives insured, and as a result sending thousands of dollars out of the state that might be kept at home. A great evil connected with this matter was, he said, that in many instances our young people are led away from the church. He felt that something should be done to meet the emergency. Elder Clawson reminded the brethren that Elder Heber J. Grant had called attention to this matter some two or three years ago and urged the importance at that time of immediate action, looking to the organization of a home life insurance company. Pres. Winder considered this an important question and asked the brethren to give it some thought prior to next meeting, [p.614] when it would again be called up.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Smoot. At 4 p.m. attended prayer circle at temple.

[Friday, 12 June 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 9:45 a.m. Accompanied by Lydia and mother, I left for Ogden to attend the reunion of the priesthood of the Weber Stake of Zion. On the same train were Elders Abraham O. Woodruff and Reed Smoot and wives, the Patriarch Jno. Smith and wife, Bathsheba W. Smith and Julina Smith, all going to the reunion. (Pres. Jos. F. Smith and wife, Alice, Pres. Anthon H. Lund, and Elder Hyrum M. Smith and wife came down to Ogden last night from Oregon, whither they had gone to attend the Union Stake Conference.) Our train arrived at 10:45 a.m. and we were driven in carriages to the 5th Ward meeting house, where the brethren of the priesthood of the Weber Stake and their wives had assembled, Pres. Lewis W. Shurtliff presiding. The visitors were conducted to seats on the stand. The house was beautifully decorated with flowers. Suspended from the ceiling just over the stand was a bell constructed of choice flowers with a seagull floating underneath. At the rear of the stand and hanging on the wall was a portrait of Joseph Smith, the prophet, with an American flag for a background.

Remarks, Pres. Jos. F. Smith. He said in substance. This is an occasion that should make us better and happier, if possible, than we were before. Why are we here? What is our responsibility? What is expected of us? These questions arise in my mind. First and foremost, we should acknowledge the divinity of this work, of the mission of Joseph Smith, the prophet. I ask myself, is it true that God himself has come to the earth in person to restore the gospel? I ask myself, is this true? Do you believe it? If you do not believe it, you are acting the hypocrite, you are trifling with the truth. Pres. Smith testified to the divinity of the mission of the Prophet Jos. Smith. The point with me is this, am I a worker in the cause? If so, I should go at it with all the power of my soul, and so should my brethren. Said he wanted to impress upon the minds of the brethren the great truth that God lives, as also does his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, and that Joseph Smith was a prophet.

The men and women here assembled today ought to be one, [p.615] for they are among the best men and women on the earth, and yet they are beset with the weaknesses of mortality. Jesus was the great exemplar, and we should follow in his footsteps. I love the people of God and I know that this work is true. We must be long-suffering, kind, and charitable one with another, and willing to forgive on the least intimation of repentance. We cannot at once, and in all cases, bring people to our measure. We should, therefore, be lenient and patient. To tell you the truth, I love a man who has never made a mistake. I mean a man who has never faltered, never shrunk, never quivered, but has stood to the rack, “hay or no hay.” I love such a man with all my heart. I love a man that makes no mistakes. You may talk all you please about the prodigal son. It is true, he may have the fatted calf and be clothed in the scarlet robe, but remember the faithful son received all that the father possessed. The example of the prodigal son is given simply to illustrate or show that we welcome the repentant sinner and are willing to help him all we can. Brethren and sisters, said Pres. Smith, I do not believe you are prodigals, that you are profligate. You have not squandered your patrimony—the priesthood. Every man will receive according to his work and record.

Here is Bathsheba W. Smith, widow of the late Geo. A. Smith, perhaps the only living person who received her endowments under the hands of Joseph Smith, the prophet. Here is a living witness to the fact that Brigham Young did not institute the endowments, and did not introduce the principle of plural marriage. We are not at present teaching plural marriage, but we want the brethren to take care of their wives. That man who is not true to his family, his wives, had better not come before me for judgment. Joseph Smith revealed under God the principle of plural marriage; Jos. Smith revealed under God the endowments. Here is a living witness. I am a witness for I received my endowments from those who received them at the hands of the Prophet. A man who rejects the principle of plural marriage in his heart will never attain to exaltation and glory in the presence of God. We would be pleased to have a few words from Sister Smith.

Sister Bathsheba W. Smith responded and said in substance. Pres. Smith has spoken the truth. I know that the endowments now given are the same as given by Joseph Smith, the prophet. He used to instruct us and tell us many things in relation thereunto and [p.616] also with respect to our duty. I know that he was a true prophet and that he revealed the endowments and they did not come from Brigham Young. I know that he never taught a wrong principle, and if we will obey his voice. we will be saved; otherwise we cannot be. Pres. Woodruff and myself were the last to receive our endowments at his hands. Pres. Woodruff has gone and I am left. I was present at the organization of the first Relief Society by Joseph Smith. I testify that the principle of plural marriage was not revealed to the church by Brigham Young but by the Prophet Joseph. I have lived in it and know that it is true.

Pres. Anthon H. Lund was the next speaker. He said in brief that he was pleased to be present. Spoke of the greatness and power of the priesthood. Warned the brethren against the spirit of pride. He that is chief among you should be as one who serves. Our president is a man in whom this principle is exemplified. Had listened with much interest to the testimony of Sister Smith. A certain church (meaning the Josephites, so called) claims that plural marriage was not introduced by Joseph Smith, but we have in our midst today a living witness, who testifies that he did establish that principle in the church.

Elder Reed Smoot made brief remarks. Said that he esteemed it a great privilege to be present at the reunion. No doubt all present felt, he said, as he did, that the Spirit of God was in our midst. If we could understand and appreciate the value and importance of the priesthood, all the resolutions in the world passed by the Presbyterians and other sects would have but little weight and influence with us.

After the singing the brethren and sisters present to the number of about 250 passed in front of the stand and shook hands with the visitors. The banquet that followed proved to be a splendid success. Three long tables had been arranged in the amusement hall and were fairly burdened with the good things of the earth, with flowers in profusion to relieve the eye, and as the guests were actively and busily engaged in satisfying the inner man, beautiful strains of music floated into the room from the orchestra on the stage.

It fell to my lot to make a short after-dinner speech, and I spoke in substance as follows. Said that I had been greatly impressed with the character of the occasion, had listened with rapt attention to [p.617] the instructions given at the morning service, and now viewed the banquet as a most splendid success. Of all the things connected with this affair that impressed me most was not the numbers in attendance but rather the nature of their calling in the priesthood. I was reminded, I said, of the following words written upon a certain occasion by the Prophet Joseph Smith to the saints: “This may seem like a strong doctrine we talk of—a power that records and binds on earth and binds in heaven. Nevertheless, in all ages of the world, whenever God has given a dispensation of the priesthood to any man by actual revelation, or any set of men, this power has always been given. Hence, when those men did anything in authority, in the name of the Lord, and did it truly and faithfully and kept a proper and faithful record of the same, it became a law on earth and in the heavens, and could not be annulled, according to the decree of the Great Jehovah.” Brethren and sister[s], said I, how impressive are these words. The priesthood is the power that connects the heavens and the earth and brings us into the very presence of the Lord, as it did Moses, the prophet, and other ancient worthies. It has been conferred upon us, first, that we might be able to save our own souls and, second, that we might be instrumental in saving others. Now mark it, a man that is not himself faithful and true—or in other words, is not in a saved condition—cannot be instrumental in saving others. Behold how great is our calling, and what manner of men and women ought we not to be. Prayed that those present might be blessed of the Lord in the performance of their duty.

[After the banquet] Pres. Jos. F. Smith alluded in the warmest terms to some of the prominent brethren who wielded a strong influence among us in the recent past, and named Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Jr., Capt. [James] Brown, Jonathan Brown, Richard Ballantyne, Bp. [Edwin] Stratford, Father [William] Critchlow, F. A. Hammond, and Francis A. Brown. These, he said, were noble men.

Spoke of a serious difficulty that arose among the brethren of Ogden many years ago. Pres. Jno. Taylor delegated Lorenzo Snow,  Jos. F. Smith, and Daniel H. Wells to investigate the matter and effect a settlement. Pres. Snow was taken ill and confined to his bed, leaving the responsibility with the other two brethren. They called the parties at fault together and met with them and kept [p.618] meeting with them, hour after hour, and day after day, until they confessed their faults, broke down, were melted into tears, and made matters right. Francis A. Brown was the first to make acknowledgement and ask forgiveness. He was a courageous, good man. There is no court, in or out of the church, that can settle a difficulty between two individuals. They may formulate decisions and reach certain conclusions by law but that do[es]n’t settle it. Exhorted the brethren and sisters to do something, say something, or desire something that will benefit the saints and assist in building up Zion. Condemned the too frequent use of the terms: prophet, seer, and revelator, and apostle. These are sacred terms and should not be often used. It is sufficient generally to say Pres. Smith or Brother Jos. F. and Elder for Apostle. The brethren who hold the priesthood and are faithful, are all prophets, but it would not be consistent to say Prophet Shurtliff, Prophet Jones, Prophet Middleton, Prophet Flyfare. The term is too sacred.

Brief closing remarks were made by Pres. [Lewis W.] Shurtliff. Elder Smoot in behalf of the visitors spoke a few fitting words of appreciation and praise for their hearty reception and generous entertainment.

[Thursday, 18 June 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 10:20 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jno. R. Winder and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hy. M. Smith, the Patriarch [John Smith], and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Jesus Once of Humble Birth.” Elder Smoot was mouth in prayer, and Elder Hy. M. Smith was mouth at the altar. The brethren disrobed and sang, “Captain of Israel’s Host and Guide.” Minutes of June 11, 1903, were read and approved.

Conference appointments: Malad, Elder Woodruff; Hyrum, Elder Clawson; Parowan, Elder Smoot; Davis, Elder Hyrum M. Smith.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. Ben. E. Rich, in which was enclosed a suggestion from his son to the effect, namely, that a convention or indignation meeting of the young people of Zion be called to protest against the attitude of the Presbyterians at the Los Angeles gathering towards the Mormons, and to put said [p.619] protest in the form of a resolution, which could go to the nation. He felt that such a meeting and such action would bear good fruit and possibly help Elder Smoot in retaining his seat in Congress. The said above letter was read and passed without discussion.

Another letter from Elder Rich was read by the clerk, in which he drew attention to the fact that since dividing the Southern States Mission, the Middle States Mission had fallen behind some $1500.00, and in his judgment it would be impossible to make the mission self-supporting. This condition is due, he said, to the weakness that often times follows division. The Southern States Mission was self-supporting, due in part to the greater number of elders laboring therein and other causes. He sincerely regretted the necessity which made it imperative for him to call upon the church for help. He suggested that it might be a good thing to reunite the Southern and Middle States Missions.

Elder Woodruff said that he believed we could now clearly see that a mistake had been made in the division—not only from a financial point of view but from a consideration of the health of the elders. It will be remembered that the Middle States Mission got the healthy states, while the other got the unhealthy states, and the elders, who in past years were transferred from the South to the North in the hot weather, were not cut off from this privilege. After further discussion, it was moved by Elder Clawson that these two missions be reunited and that West Virginia be given to the Eastern States Mission. Carried.

Pres. Thos. E. Bassett of the Fremont Stake recommended that a new ward, to be called Vernon, be taken out of the Marysville Ward, which would then leave a church population of about 300 to each ward. Recommendation adopted. His recommendation that Parley LeRoy Cutler be chosen as bishop of the new ward was also approved.

The presidency of the Beaver Stake wrote, calling attention to the fact that the late Sarah M. Dell of that place had bequeathed to the church $500 in cash and a house and lot. They now asked that said bequest be set aside and turned over to the Beaver branch of the B. Y. Academy. Upon motion of Elder Jno. H. Smith said request was granted.

The clerk read a letter from Elder Jno. W. Taylor, dated June 4 and written from Stirling, Canada. Said that he attended the [p.620] Alberta Stake Conference, after which a company consisting of the stake presidency, two patriarchs, himself, and others started out to visit all the wards. They expected, he said, to organize several branches of the church in the outlying districts. He reported that the stock losses during the recent storms would amount to 6 to 10%. The erection of the sugar factory is well under way.

It was moved and carried, after some discussion, that the priesthood and their former blessings be conferred upon Harvey Cluff, nephew to H. H. Cluff, and Conrad Maug, Jr., who had been cut off for fornication and restored to the church.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith said that he attended the Salt Lake Stake Conference last Sunday and enjoyed the spirit of the meetings. Pres. Smith made a very spirited talk Sunday night. Last night Brother Smith attended a banquet given to Senator [William A.] Clark, promoter of the Salt Lake, Los Angeles, and San Pedro Ry. It was a great success. Senator Clark spoke and among other things said that he had been offered the Pioneer Square, but did not want it. He suggested, however, that said square should be retained by the people and beautified. Elder Smith thought this a very happy suggestion and should be followed out.

Elder Woodruff said that on Saturday last he assisted in laying the southeast cornerstone of the Wellsville meeting house. In the afternoon a feast was spread for the old folks. At this point Elder Woodruff recommended that Brother [William H.] Maughan, former bishop of Wellsville, be ordained a patriarch. It was known that Brother Maughan had been addicted more or less to the use of liquor and tobacco, and it became a question of worthiness on his part to receive the patriarchal office. The matter was laid over for the present.

In regard to the question of ordaining patriarchs, Elder Hy. M. Smith said that he noticed that a good many of the brethren had been ordained to this office in reward for faithfulness and in some instances to pave the way to their release from certain callings in the church—rather than with reference to their fitness for the patriarchal priesthood. He considered this a matter of great importance and felt that every man who is ordained to this calling should pass under the scrutiny of the Presidency and Twelve in council, rather than be ordained simply on the recommendation [p.621] of the presidency of the stakes, as had been the case in many instances.

Pres. Lund said that men should be selected who have the spirit of blessing and are thus adapted in a measure for this responsibility, and he did not think it right to confer this office on men simply as a reward for faithfulness. Men who had been particularly faithful might be recommended for their second anointings as a mark of favor from the Lord. One patriarch, said Brother Lund, in giving a blessing instructed the young man, who was single, not to get married until after he had fulfilled his mission, as he would be the better able to do his duty in the field. Pres. Lund learned from the young man upon inquiry that he was not under call and had received no intimation of a mission. Pres. Lund’s advice in this particular case was for the young man to go and get married at once. He answered, What about the blessing? He cited this case to show how ill-adapted the patriarch was to his office.

Upon motion of Elder Clawson, it was decided that in the future recommendations for the office of patriarch be sent by the presidents of stakes to the council. At this point President Smith came in.

Elder Clawson said that Presidents Smith and Lund, and Elders Woodruff, Smoot, Hy. M. Smith, Jno. Smith, and their wives attended a reunion of the presiding priesthood of the Weber Stake last Friday. Meeting was held in the morning and a banquet served in the afternoon. It proved to be a very interesting and instructive occasion. Brother Clawson also attended the Sevier Stake Conference at Richfield on Sunday. A good spirit prevailed in the meetings and drew out a large attendance. Certain brethren were set apart and ordained as follows: Wm. Ogden, high councillor; Heber C. Christensen, high priest and high councillor; N. L. Christensen, high priest; Andrew P. Rasmussen, high priest; Lars P. Jensen, high priest; Lars Christensen, high priest; Geo. M. Jones, seventy; Erastus Christensen, elder; Heber Andersen, elder; Jno. E. Heppler, high councillor.

Elder Smoot said that Pres. Winder and himself attended the dedication of the Crescent Ward meeting house on Sunday. Pres. Winder offered the dedicatory prayer, and remarks were made by Pres. Winder, Bp Wm. B. Preston, and himself.

[p. 622] Elder Hy. M. Smith reported that Presidents Jos. F. Smith and Anthon H. Lund and himself attended the Union Stake Conference a week ago Sunday and had a very enjoyable time. During their visit J. R. Price was ordained a high priest and set apart as president of the high priest quorum; Elder [Thomas] Platt was ordained a high priest and set apart as bishop of Summerville; Jno. Abbott was ordained a high priest and set apart as bishop of Cove Ward. Last Sunday Brother Hyrum Smith attended the Salt Lake Stake Conference.

Pres. Lund said that he attended a Scandinavian reunion at Logan last Sunday. It was a grand success. Commemorated the establishment of the first branch of the church in Norway and the first branch in Sweden.

Elder Clawson reported the labor situation at Pocatello so far as it concerned our brethren. Said that while Mr. [W. H.] Bancroft, mgr. of the O.S.L. [Oregon Short Line] Ry. Co., expressed warm feelings of friendship and interest for our people at Pocatello; it was, nevertheless, a fact that they were discriminated against in the O.S.L. shops at that place. This was due, he said, to the influence of the bosses. Cited a number of cases. Pres. Smith suggested that Elders Clawson and Smoot obtain a full statement of the case from the presidency of Pocatello Stake and present the matter to Mr. Bancroft for his action in the light of the facts.

Reports and labors of the brethren were approved. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. Lund.

[Wednesday, 24 June 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. I spent the forenoon at the President’s office. At 2:30 p.m. attended a meeting of the general board of education of the church. During the meeting I called attention to the importance of the study of the science of life, which I thought was being neglected in our schools. It seemed to me, I said, that [more] of [the] young people should receive instruction in relation to love, courtship, and marriage, and should be warned against self-abuse and kindred evils. Many of the young people acquire the habit of self-abuse without knowing its baneful effect upon the health.

Supt. Jos. M. Tanner stated that arrangements had been made in the B. Y. College, Logan, the B. Y. Academy, Provo, and the [p.623] Latter-day Saints University, Salt Lake, for instructions upon these important subjects, but nothing had been done as yet for the stake academies, though the matter would receive attention as early as possible.

Pres. Smith remarked that everything possible should be done to impart proper instructions to the young regarding the science of life and also to correct any immoral habits they may have contracted.

[Thursday, 25 June 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Patriarch Jno. Smith, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Lord, We Come before Thee Now.” Pres. Smith opened, and Elder Cowley was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang [blank]. Minutes of June 18th were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter addressed to Elder Francis M. Lyman from Elder Hugh J. Cannon, relating to the persecution of our elders in Prussia. He stated that there were 55 elders laboring there but he expected to cut the number down to about 30, and that he was adopting measures by which each elder would have to be served by a notice in case of banishment, thus hampering the authorities all he could. Thought Switzerland the best place for headquarters of the mission. The council approved of the policy outlined in his letter by unanimous vote.

Pres. A. W. Ivins wrote from Mexico, regarding the proper form to be used in confirming applicants for membership in the church. He had been an advocate of the following form: “In the name of Jesus Christ, I lay my hands upon your head and confirm you a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and say unto you receive ye the Holy Ghost.” He discouraged the idea of giving a patriarchal blessing in connection with this ordinance. His object now in writing about this matter was for information, as he had been told that he was in error. The matter was discussed and it became the sense of the council that the short form, as above, is correct, but that, if the Spirit so prompted, there [p.624] could be no objection to adding a few words of blessing.

Letter from Nephi Pratt, president of the N.W. States Mission, asking for the appointment of some of the brethren to attend conference at Butte next Sunday and conference at Anaconda, July 5.

Elder Hy. M. Smith was appointed to attend the Butte conference and Elder Cowley, the conference at Anaconda. The latter received an appointment to preach in Boise next Sunday. There were no stake conferences this week.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith said that Pres. Winder and himself attended meeting at Draper last Sunday. The president of the [Jordan] Stake was there also. Became necessary to look into a little trouble that had arisen between the Bishop [Willard B. Enniss] and the President [Hyrum Goff] of the stake. Reached a satisfactory settlement of the matter.

Elder Teasdale reported his recent visit to Mexico. The conference, which was very interesting and instructive, was held at Diaz. Meetings were also held at Juarez, Pacheco, and Dublan. He was well received and enjoyed the trip. Last Sunday he attended a Sunday School conference of the Juab Stake at Nephi.

Elder Merrill attended the Hyrum Stake Conference, where the conference was held in a bowery. Elders Clawson and Chas. Kelly were also in attendance. Excellent meetings were held. Felt that Pres. Wm. C. Parkinson was doing a good work and had matters well in hand. Could not be present at the Monday meetings.

Elder Cowley said that he had reported his trip south to the Presidency by letter, with the exception of the Maricopa Stake Conference. The saints at Maricopa feel encouraged. There has been an increase of population during the past year of 164 souls. The government is building a reservoir there to cost $2,500,000.00, which will irrigate 200,000 acres of land. The prospects are bright for our people, providing they get possession of the lands. Returned home by way of California and held meetings at San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. There are few investigators of the gospel in that mission. Pres. [Joseph E.] Robinson wants Patriarch Johnson to visit them and give some patriarchal blessings. No objections to this request were offered. Last Sunday [p.625] Brother Cowley spoke at the tabernacle and in the 9th Ward in the evening.

Elder Woodruff attended the Malad Stake Conference last Sunday at Malad City, and while there dedicated the new meeting house that has been in course of erection for a number of years. There are some people living there who withdrew from the church at the time the Idaho test oath was put into force as a matter of policy and have never returned to the church.1

Elder Clawson said that he attended the banquet and ball given last Saturday night by the employees of the Deseret News in the Deseret News Annex. The affair, which was entitled a house warming, was a fine success. Pres. Lund, Elder Jno. H. Smith, and other specially invited guests were there. Brief speeches were made by Pres. Lund, Elders Jno. H. Smith, and himself, and Editor [Charles W.] Penrose, H. G. Whitney, business manager, and Pres. Angus M. Cannon, and others. Elders Penrose and Whitney, for themselves and also in behalf of the employees, expressed a sentiment of warm appreciation for the handsome new home provided for the Deseret News by the church authorities. Brother Clawson also referred to the Hyrum Stake Conference, which he said was well attended and very enjoyable. He noticed a tendency there, as also in other stakes, on the part of the young people to disregard the Sabbath day. The evil in this case has taken the form of Sunday riding in the afternoon and evening.

Elder Smoot got as far as Lund, O.S.L., in an effort to reach Parowan Conference, but there was nobody at the station to meet him so he was obliged to return. Reported that he had conferred the priesthood and former blessings upon Harvey Cluff as instructed.

Elder Hy. M. Smith and S. B. Young attended the Davis Stake Conference last week. There was a large attendance and a good spirit prevailed. The Patriarch attended services at the tabernacle last Sunday, as also did Pres. Lund.

Elder Clawson reported that while at Hyrum Lars Peter Christensen was ordained a bishop and set apart to preside over the  [p.626] Stirling Ward, Elder Merrill, mouth; Robt. Baxter, Jr., ordained a high priest and set apart as first counselor, Elder Clawson, mouth;  Jno. P. Cooper, ordained a high priest and set apart as second counselor, Wm. C. Parkinson, mouth.

Reports received and labors approved. Benediction by Pres.  Jno. R. Winder.

[Saturday, 27 June 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. I was engaged during the forenoon on the record of the patriarchs of the church.

At 2 p.m. I attended by invitation a meeting of the board of directors of the Saltair Beach Co. at the President’s office. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Nephi W. Clayton, and Jas. Jack of the directory, Jerry Langford, manager, and Elders A. O. Woodruff and myself.

Pres. Smith explained the object of the meeting by saying that an important question had arisen respecting Saltair beach. The pavilion, taken by itself, is not a paying proposition. There has been a wonderful falling off in patronage, and our people do not sustain it as they should. We have been tendered the sum of $8000 for a lease on the property for the balance of the season, and the question before the brethren is this, would it be wise and proper to accept said offer? This matter, he said, was pretty well thrashed out in a meeting of the directors yesterday, and we have now called in all the members of the quorum of apostles within reach to get their judgment also upon the subject.

Elder Clawson said that in his opinion the question would have to be considered from two points of view: namely, the financial and the moral. As to the financial point, it was clearly an advantage to the Beach Co. to lease, but from the moral point, it was not so clear, as the leasing of the pavilion means the selling of liquor and other serious evils.

Elder Woodruff moved that we lease the property, but his motion received no second. He made the motion, he said, upon the ground that the beach was not paying its way.

Elder Jno. H. Smith said that, as a director of the company and viewing the matter as a cold business proposition, he favored the leasing of the plant at the meeting held yesterday, but today as an [p.627] apostle he was compelled to view the question from the moral standpoint and in doing so would vote against leasing. He hoped the brethren could see their way clear to continue in the management of the property, though it might be a losing proposition—and this for the sake of our young people.

Pres. Lund said that he was not in favor of leasing, as he believed very much good had been accomplished in the effort put forth to make of Saltair a temperance resort, and if we should put the property into other hands, he was afraid the enemy would take advantage of it. He, therefore, moved that the property be not leased. Seconded by Elder Clawson.

Elder Clawson said that he was well aware that Saltair was seriously suffering from a lack of patronage this season, but he thought it could be accounted for in two ways: namely, in the first place by the recedence of the water, and in the second place by the raising of the fare to 50 cts. He felt that the question of leasing was inopportune at the present time for the reason that the first evil mentioned was sought to be corrected by cutting up the present bath houses into sections and moving them out to deep water, and the second evil could be reached by reducing the fare to 25c, which he favored. He was always of opinion that it would be a difficult matter to get the fare up to 50c again. The leasing of the property meant the selling of liquor, and the odium attaching thereto would rest upon the authorities of the church and could not be shifted to the lessee. He was, therefore, in favor of Pres. Lund’s motion.

Speaking of the matter of raising the fare to 50c, Pres. Smith said that the S. L. and Los A. Ry. Co. had been tricked by [Simon] Bamberger of the Lagoon. The latter had urged them to raise the fare to 50c because he intended to do so. It was afterwards learned that he controlled the Calder’s Park property, and by this move hoped to draw custom that way; besides he was refunding to each passenger going to the Lagoon, the sum of 25c to be expended at the Lagoon.

Nephi W. Clayton said that he favored the motion if the purpose for which the pavilion was built could be accomplished, and also the purpose had in view by restricting the sale of liquor, but he very much doubted it. He remarked that there was quite a wide demand among our own people for beer at Saltair.

[p. 628] Jerry Langford, being called upon for his judgment, said that as a servant of the company he had nothing to say. Jas. Jack had nothing further to say than this; that a very good showing was made last year for the company notwithstanding the prohibition against liquor. The interest on the railway bonds, namely $18,000, and 4% on the beach stock, namely, $6000, had been paid. He thought this a good showing.

Elder Woodruff in view of the fuller information before the meeting favored the motion. The motion not to lease and also to reduce the fare to 25c was put and carried by unanimous vote.

Elder Clawson said that in view of the action [that] was taken, he was in favor of a vigorous campaign in the interest of Saltair. He was perfectly willing as an apostle to go to the people and ask for their patronage and support. There was a time when the apostles could not consistently do this, but every obstacle had now been removed. He advocated the propriety and importance of calling a meeting of the priesthood, separately, of the Salt Lake Stake, Granite Stake, Jordan Stake, and Davis Stake—and later perhaps others—and placing this matter before them strongly. The suggestion was adopted, and Elders Woodruff and Clawson were instructed to arrange for said meetings. Adjourned.

[Thursday, 2 July 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10:20 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, the Patriarch [John Smith], and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Praise Ye the Lord, My Heart Shall Join.” Elder Jno. H. Smith opened, and Elder Teasdale was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Judges Who Rule the World by Law.” Minutes of June 25th were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the South San Pete Stake, in which they represented that the conditions in the Gunnison Ward were such as to make a change in the bishopric very desirable. Bp. Christian A. Madsen is 82 years of age and quite feeble and besides for various reasons had lost his influence with the people. They recommended that Bp. Madsen be honorably [p.629] released, that the bishopric be reorganized, and that some financial help be extended to the bishop. Brother Clawson moved that the recommendations be adopted. Carried. The matter of assisting him was discussed. It developed that he had been a bishop there about 40 years and had ever been a good, faith fill man. A motion prevailed to the effect that Bp. Madsen’s debts be paid by the church and that he be allowed $25.00 per month.

Pres. Wm. Jack of the Cassia Stake wrote, saying that George Creek had heretofore been a branch of the Yost [Almo] Ward, but he now recommended that it be organized into a [Yost] ward with Thos. H. Blackburn, Jr., as bishop. Upon motion of Elder Jno. H. Smith, the recommendation was adopted.

The clerk read a letter from Jos. L. Mair, Logan, in which he asked for some visitors to attend a German conference at Logan, July 5th. It was decided to ask Elder R. S. Wells and B. H. Schettler to fill the appointment.

Elder Jno. W. Taylor wrote from Canada, giving an account of a trip among the saints in the outlying districts. They expect to organize some branches of the church soon.

A letter from the Presiding Bishopric was read. They desired to know what should be done with the Cove Creek Ranch, as the present lease would expire at an early day. Should they look for a purchaser of the property or release it? It was decided upon motion that the title to said property should be perfected and that it should be released and not sold. Elder Reed Smoot was appointed to attend the dedication of the Bingham Ward house, July 12th.

Reports
Elder Teasdale said that he visited Eureka Sunday morning and Mammoth Ward in the evening. At the former place the Sunday School was reorganized, and at the latter, a district conference of the young people was held. He took some of the stake from Nephi with him.

Elder Cowley held two meetings in Boise last Sunday—one in the afternoon and one in the evening. Attendance fair. A good feeling prevailed. Brother [Ezra J.] Merrill, the presiding elder, is doing a good work. Before leaving Boise, Elder Cowley held services in the penitentiary. There are, he said, some 20 investigators of the gospel in Boise. The Governor [John T. Morrison is] [p.630] not very favorable to our people. On Monday night held meeting at Nampa, which was fairly attended.

Elder Woodruff said that he attended a priesthood meeting Tuesday night at Sandy, Jordan Stake. The principal topic treated was amusements. Also touched upon the subject of tithing. Elder Woodruff said that he thought an organized effort should be made to stir the people up on tithing.

Elder Clawson said that in response to a very urgent request he attended meetings in the Hooper Ward last Sunday. In the afternoon he gave an account of the martyrdom of Elder Jos. Standing, and in the evening, an account of his imprisonment in the Utah Penitentiary. The meetings were largely attended, and good order and strict attention were given.

Elder Smoot spent Sunday at home, attending meeting at the tabernacle. Elder Hyrum M. Smith reported the Butte conference. He was accompanied by Elder R. S. Wells. They held a priesthood meeting with the Elders Sunday morning, there being 7 from Butte, and 2 from Anaconda present. Held public meetings in afternoon and evening. Meetings fairly well attended. The elders were called upon to speak in the afternoon, and the nine of them occupied but 15 minutes, so he concluded they were a weak lot. In view of the character of the elders and also the fact that there are no investigators in Butte, he advised Elder [Nephi] Pratt to withdraw them all but two.

The Patriarch attended services in the tabernacle Sunday afternoon and ward meeting in the evening. Pres. Lund attended the Sunday School session of the 17th Ward Sunday morning and the tabernacle meeting in the afternoon.

Pres. Smith reported a visit to the bedside of Sister Caroline Cannon last Sunday morning. There was a slight improvement in her condition. He administered to her. He attended the Cannon Ward Sunday School and the evening meeting of the 28th Ward. The weather being hot, they had a roasting time.

Pres. Smith said that he wanted to say a few words to the Twelve regarding Saltair. He felt that this property had been somewhat neglected by the brethren. We should use our influence with the saints to patronize the beach. Few of our people are going there at the present time. From 70 to 75% of those who visit Saltair are gentiles and tourists. The lack of patronage may be due in part [p.631] to the raising of the fare to 50c, which was done at the instance of [Simon] Bamberger, who said that he intended to advance the rate to the Lagoon. We have, however, reduced it to 25c, and we want our people to go there. The expense of keeping up the property has been very heavy. The painting alone this spring cost about $3000, and it will cost another $3000 to move the bath houses. We had an opportunity to lease for $8000, but after due consideration determined not to do so, even if the church suffered a loss, for which action he was very thankful. The Twelve should use their influence in favor of Saltair.

In speaking of the matter of tithing, said that we were about $18,000 short in cash tithing compared with last year at this time. He feared the saints were becoming somewhat slack in the payment of their tithes. The Twelve should bear this in mind while visiting in the stakes. However, the brethren should not make a hobby of it, but refer to it incidentally, and yet with intention, in their sermons. The main question is the preaching of the gospel. Was gratified, he said, with the financial condition of the church. We are gradually getting out of debt. There is very little note indebtedness to be met and between two and three hundred thousand dollars have been paid into the Bond Sinking Fund.

I want to see the day, said he, when we shall be freehanded to start the memorial building. We now have two important undertakings before us. First, we have pledged $50,000 for the building of a hospital in connection with the $20,000 left by Dr. [William H.] Groves. It is time the Latter-day Saints had a hospital of their own. Second, we have pledged ourselves to furnish $100,000 to be used in getting the control of the Salt Lake City Street Ry. The church is largely interested in the Utah Light and Power Co., and the Street Ry. Co. have [it] in their power to cripple us in the matter of lighting. It is important, therefore, that we should move in the direction indicated. Pres. Smith expressed himself strongly to the effect that we must hold on to the enterprises in which the church is interested; otherwise, we will become like the other sects of the day. God does not so design. We must be men of affairs in building up Zion. Said that he did not want to enter into any arrangements or enter into any engagements without the full approval of all his brethren. We must be united in that which we do. I have no secrets [p.632] to withhold from the brethren. There are many things to be thought of, said he. The Sabbath day is constantly desecrated. Many of the younger children of the saints will be found upon the streets at all hours of the night, and children do not show that respect for their parents as they should. These matters should receive the attention of the Twelve.

Elder Smoot recommended that at the stake conferences the lesser priesthood be called together for instruction, which he thought would result in much good. He also referred again to the importance of organizing a home life insurance company.

Elders Woodruff, Cowley, and Jno. H. Smith were appointed to attend the Granite Stake monthly priesthood meeting tomorrow to talk up Saltair, and the brethren were instructed to attend the Salt Lake Stake priesthood meeting tomorrow night for the same purpose.

Elder Clawson referring to the quorums of seventies said that he had often wondered why there were no first quorum as the numbering appears to begin with the second. The revelation on priesthood (Sec. 107) seems to indicate that there should be a first quorum.

Pres. Smith said in reply that this matter had been thrashed out in the days of Pres. Taylor, and he decided that the presidents of the first sixty-three quorums, with the First Seven Presidents at the head, should constitute the first quorum, the quorum referred to as coming next to the Twelve. Brother Clawson remarked that the matter was not so understood by the First Council of the Seventies nor by the people generally, and in fact that the identity of this quorum is not recognized (or is practically lost) for the reason that they are never called together as a quorum, and it was a question in his mind whether these presidents of the first 63 quorums were aware of the fact that they constituted a part of the first quorum.

As the time was far spent Pres. Smith said that this matter would be called up again as he considered it an important question. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Woodruff.

[Tuesday, 7 July 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 2 p.m. First session of the quarterly conference of the Twelve. Present: Elders Jno. H. Sinith, [p.633] Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hy. M. Smith. Song, “Up, Awake, Ye Defenders of Zion.” Prayer by Elder Woodruff. Song, “Come, Listen to a Prophet’s Voice.”

Elder Jno. H. Smith made opening remarks and said that he was pleased to meet with the brethren of the quorum, all of whom were present that could be reached. Spoke of the good work being done by Elders Lyman and Grant. He doubted not that they remembered us in their prayers, as we remember them. Conditions in the church are in fairly good shape. Spoke of the feelings of bitterness that have been aroused among the Swedish people of the church. It had been a question in his mind whether it was good policy to encourage a spirit of nationalism among the people of God. It seems to beget a spirit of clannishness, and there is some danger of these various nationalities—namely, the Danish, Swedes, Germans, and Swiss—breaking up into factions. It is certainly a matter that should receive careful and serious consideration.

Elder Hy. M. Smith followed. Said that he was in the hands of his brethren to be used as they saw fit in the service of the Lord. Was striving to magnify his calling and desired to do something to benefit the people of God. Felt that many of our young people were being affected by outside influences. Business men of the church in furnishing work should invariably give Latter-day Saints the preference, but this is not always done, for the reason that they are not skilled workmen. Given a chance, in many cases they would acquire the skill. Many of the employees of Z.C.M.I. are non-Mormons, and many of the [Mormon] employees are weak in the faith. Deprecated the spirit of faultfinding against the priesthood, which he has met in the church. Considerable fault had been found with Pres. Smith, his father, because of his remarks at the last conference in reference to lawyers, which remarks were misunderstood. Desired to see the spirit of union among the saints.

Elder Reed Smoot said that he hoped to receive strength and benefit from these meetings. Had talked somewhat with Pres. Smith in regard to the various nationalities among us. A great number of meetings held on national lines had come under his notice in the Utah Stake, and he was not aware of much good [p.634] resulting therefrom. One effect of keeping up these national lines is to keep a good many from learning the English language. Felt that when the proper time comes they should be discontinued. Suggested that a number of strong Swedish brethren be called to go among the Swedes and work a reformation. He never saw the time, he said, when there was so much indifference among a certain class of our people as now. Many are growing cold. The only way to keep the saints alive in the gospel is to keep them at work. Regretted to see so many enterprises and industries going out of our hands. Felt that the labors of the Twelve were effectual for good. There is a great work to be done in Zion as well as in the world.

Elder Clawson followed. (His remarks as here recorded were taken down by Elder Cowley.) Spoke of the unions among the saints nationally as tending to clannishhess and detrimental to the spirit of the gospel. He agreed with the views expressed by Elder Smoot that these sectional feelings should be done away, and probably the discontinuance of national organizations would accomplish the desired result. Referred to the condition of the young people, largely bent on pleasure and pastime to the exclusion of the spirit of the gospel. Expressed his views relating to the recent priesthood meeting in the assembly hall of this stake, where the brethren made special reference to the control of our amusements, and thought it would result in great good. Spoke of the extravagant and senseless way in which the 4th of July is celebrated frequently among us. Referred in terms of approval of the recommendations of Prof. [Joshua H.] Paul on this subject at the 18th Ward meeting Sunday night, namely, that instead of individual families giving a display of fireworks, donations for this purpose should be given into the hands of a committee appointed by the ward, who would have general charge of the display for the benefit of the people of the ward. In this way much means would be saved and many accidents averted. Brother Clawson said that he thought the attention of this council should be turned very much for a long time in a special effort to improve the youth of Zion. Spoke of the benefits to be derived from meeting with the lesser priesthood and urging them to a performance of their duty. Felt that the quorums of the lesser priesthood were not conducted in a skillful and interesting manner. Made honorable mention of the labors of [p.635] Counselor Jos. B. Keeler of the Utah Stake presidency in this direction. Felt that the M.I.A. work, in respect to order and system and effective action, had some advantages over the Aaronic Priesthood meetings, because greater attention was being paid to them. Children should be kept under the control of their parents until they should be sufficiently trained in the spirit of obedience. Said that the practice of self-abuse existed to an alarming extent among the boys in our community who attend the district schools, and also, he doubted not, the church schools. He felt that the boys and girls should be properly instructed in regard to this evil. The matter could be mentioned to good advantage at our priesthood meetings.

Elder Abraham O. Woodruff felt that this question of national lines among our people [was] very important. He had noticed that the saints in the German organization were drifting into a spirit of indifference. The matter needs looking into. The present presiding officers do not have that weight and prestige among the Germans that is essential. Brother [Arnold H.] Schulthess is the most influential man among them. In his judgment these organizations should be discontinued. Brother Woodruff said that he enjoyed the spirit of his labors. Felt interested in all the subjects mentioned by the brethren. Spoke of his labors in Wyoming on the land question. The Latter-day Saints there will control from thirty to fifty thousand acres. Someday he thought our people would be in control of the state. Believed in getting possession of the earth and then holding on to it. There are about 2000 saints in the Big Horn Stake. Spoke of the new Granite Stake house, which will cost between forty and sixty thousand dollars. It will amply meet the demands of the people. The presidency of the stake are making an effort to accomplish this work without calling upon the church for assistance. Cost to date, $15,000. Children, he said, should be under the strict control and authority of parents until they are old enough to be taught and to understand the gospel, after which they will be measurably safe. When discussion is invited in the council, he thought that the brethren should express themselves freely and without restraint, according to the judgment that God gives them.

Adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow. Benediction by Elder Clawson.

[p. 636] [Wednesday, 8 July 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. Continuation of quarterly conference of the Twelve. Present: Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hy. M. Smith. Song, “High on the Mountain Top.” Prayer by Elder Smoot. Song, “Come, Let Us Anew.”

Elder Cowley was the first speaker and said in substance that he felt well pleased to be present this morning. Gave an account of his labors since the opening of the year to date. Had visited 21 stake conferences, and since he was called to the apostleship had paid all the stakes a visit except North and South San Pete Stake[s]. Found much pleasure and happiness in his labors and delighted to go to the distant stakes, where the people see but little of the brethren. Had ordained several bishops and a number of patriarchs this year. Referred to the spirit of Sabbath-breaking that is among the saints. Fully acquiesced in what had been said in relation to the young. He also thought the views expressed relative to nationalism among us [are] correct and proper. Said that a Josephite Swede has been preaching on the streets, seeking to win away those who are discontented among the saints. Speaking of the Mexican Mission he felt that some attention should be given to the Indians therein. Rejoiced in the work of the Lord. There is no time for idleness, for there remains much to be done.

Elder M. W. Merrill said that he had listened with much interest to the remarks of the brethren. Elder Jno. H. Smith had given the key in his opening talk. Had reflected somewhat upon the question of national lines among the saints and came to the conclusion long ago that said lines ought to be obliterated. In Logan a feeling was growing in the hearts of the Danish people that their dead should all be buried from a certain house. He had also observed a feeling of jealousy between the Danes and Swedes as to presiding. Thought the time ripe for a discontinuance of these national gatherings in the worship of the Lord. Because of their experience, the members of the quorum of the Twelve were pretty well agreed concerning this matter. He spoke in reference to the importance of furnishing employment to our people and in this connection dwelt upon the principle of cooperation. He organized the Richmond Co-op in 1866, and it had been running [p.637] ever since. This principle has been measurably lost sight of. Pres. Young advocated and promoted it, while [Henry W.] Lawrence, [William S.] Godbe, and others opposed its introduction. The co-op stores have had a tendency to concentrate business into the hands of our people. If we could go back to this manner of doing business, there would not be such a lack of employment in our midst. Felt well in spirit, but weak in body. His legs, he said, sometimes refuse to go. Endeavoring to set his family in order. His children consisted of 17 boys and 10 girls, and all were married and tithe-payers. If he had his life to live over, with the knowledge he now has, could probably do much better than he had done, but without that knowledge, didn’t know that he could. He had managed to retain his standing in the church and the fellowship of the brethren, and this he felt was a grand thing.

Song, “O Say, What Is Truth?” Elder Jno. W. Taylor had listened with pleasure, he said, to all that had been said. Was in favor of discontinuing the meetings that are held in the various languages. Gave an account of his recent labors in Canada. It took 30 days to visit the outlying districts. The northern part of the Alberta Stake is growing rapidly. Felt that the stake should be divided. Pres. Smith suggested some time ago that he investigate the matter and report. This he had done. A few years ago where there was but a single ranch, there is now a flourishing settlement. The people there are prospering. Last year some $33,000 was paid in tithing. A young man, who went to Canada recently, put in a section of land with wheat and will probably harvest some 16,000 bushels this season. The policy of calling people to colonize these new countries [is] a good one. Those who are thus called seemed to accomplish better results than other classes—for the reason in part that their wives accept the call as a mission and are, therefore, more contented in their minds. Crops in Canada are looking fine. The recent storms affected the stock interests to some extent, but were a blessing to the farmers. The stock losses occurred principally among the imported cattle, buttermilk calves, and newborn lambs. If the division were made into an eastern and western stake, the population in each would be about 3000 souls. Recommended Elder E. J. Wood for president of the western stake and Elder H. S. Allen for the eastern division, with headquarters at Raymond, at which point Brother Allen would establish a branch mercantile [p.638] house. He would not, therefore, be injured financially by the change. Elder Wood is a fine man, is well liked, and very popular.

Elder Geo. Teasdale said that he was very happy in these meetings. The union existing between the Presidency and apostles was one of the most powerful levers at our command. You will have noticed, he said, that when we have been one in spirit our enemies have failed in their designs concerning us. This had been an object lesson to him. The work in which we are engaged is of the Lord and he sustains it. The apostles enjoy the spirit of their calling, and a split in our ranks would be a terrible thing. He was not aware that there ever had been a time in the history of the church when the Presidency and Twelve were more fully and completely united than at present. The Lord is with his servants and every mission given them has been accomplished by and through the power of God. While in Mexico lately, was inspired to ordain a certain brother to the patriarchal office, but did not do so because it seemed to be a little out of order. For this neglect, he felt condemned. We should follow the promptings of the Spirit. Spoke of his visit to that distant land and also his former labors there and how he had enjoyed himself. Said that the saints in that country had been greatly blessed, because, as he thought, of their faithfulness and integrity to the principle of plural marriage. Referring to the principle of tithing, said that the people could not rob God, if the tithing did not belong to him. Endorsed the suggestion offered by Brother Clawson that an effort should be put forth to meet the evil of self-abuse among the young.

Elder Jno. H. Smith spoke in relation to a sentiment that is being worked up against the principle of plural marriage, which he deprecated. Brother Smith felt that it would be proper to interrogate the apostles, individually, which he did, as to whether they felt to sustain the authorities of the church and accept all the revealed principles of the gospel. The brethren answered heartily in the affirmative.

There being thirty minutes of the time left, Elder Smith gave each of the brethren an opportunity to again speak for five minutes. They availed themselves of the privilege and the talk turned upon the Manifesto, which was pretty thoroughly [discussed] as to its scope and application. Adjournment was taken until Sep. 29, 1903, at 2 p.m. Benediction by Elder Hy. M. Smith.

[p. 639] [Thursday, 9 July 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 10:40 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, the Patriarch [John Smith], and the clerk.

Elder Smoot’s little boy, Harlow, commonly known as Brownie, being afflicted with an ear trouble resulting from scarlet fever, was brought in and administered to. Elder Jno. H. Smith anointed and Pres. Winder sealed the same.

The brethren clothed and sang, “Let Us Pray, Gladly Pray.” Elder Merrill opened, and Elder Jno. W. Taylor was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.” Conference appointments: Beaver, Geo. Teasdale; Utah, Elder Cowley.

Upon request of Pres. [James E.] Steele, the Bingham Stake conferences were changed from Sunday and Monday to Saturday and Sunday. The question of dividing the Bingham Stake was discussed. Elder Woodruff, who had been there recently, spoke strongly in favor of it. He said that the distances between wards are long and for that reason many of the saints, and also frequently the ward authorities, failed to be present at the stake conferences. Elder Clawson, who had visited that stake a number of times, corroborated what Brother Woodruff had said and moved that the matter be taken up at the next conference in Bingham Stake by the brethren in attendance with a view to effecting the division, if all the circumstances justified it. Carried.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith said that he delivered a Fourth of July oration at Taylorsville last Saturday. On Sunday attended the temple fast meeting in the morning and the funeral of Sister Caroline Cannon in the afternoon. In the forenoon of Friday last he attended a priesthood meeting in the Granite Stake with Elders Cowley and Woodruff, and in the evening the monthly priesthood meeting of the Salt Lake Stake at the assembly hall with Elders Cowley and Clawson. The matter of sustaining Saltair was strongly urged, and amusements generally were discussed.

Elder Teasdale attended a prayer circle at Nephi Sunday [p.640] morning, as also the session of the [Nephi] North Ward Sunday School and fast meeting in the afternoon. Elder Taylor reported his recent trip to Canada, in substance, about as he gave it in yesterday’s meeting. Elder Merrill attended fast meeting at Logan last Sunday. Elder Cowley said that in addition to what Elder Jno. H. Smith had reported for him, he attended the 17th Ward Sunday School on the 5th. Elder Woodruff attended the Sunday School in Kamas Ward last Sunday and also the afternoon meeting.

Elder Clawson, in addition to what had been reported for him, attended a conjoint meeting of the young people in the 18th Ward chapel Sunday evening. Elder Smoot said that he attended fast meeting in Provo on Sunday. Elder Hyrum M. Smith attended fast meeting in his ward. The Patriarch said that he was in attendance at the funeral of Sister Sarah C. at Spanish Fork on Friday. President Lund spent the 4th at Ephraim but attended Sunday School at home. Jno. R. Winder attended both the fast meeting at the temple and the funeral of Sister [Caroline] Cannon on Sunday, as also did Pres. Smith.

The question of dividing the Alberta Stake was taken up. Elder Taylor made a clear and strong statement as to the situation in Canada and favored the division, recommending Elder Heber S. Allen for president of the eastern division and Elder E. J. Wood for the president of the western division. After considerable discussion it was moved that the Alberta Stake be divided and that Elder Allen be notified that he will be wanted for the eastern division, and that if he anticipates building a home, to locate it at Raymond; the matter of a president of the western division to be left until the next quarterly conference in Canada, when the division will be effected. Carried by unanimous vote.

Elder Taylor reported that the Canadian N. W. Irrigation Co. had contracted with the Canadian government for a large tract of land east of Lethbridge and desired to enter into arrangements with the First Presidency for its colonization by our people. It became the sense of the council that an effort be made to secure all the advantages we can for our people who care to settle on said tract of land, but that the church could not bind itself to furnish a given number of colonists to settle up the country in a given time. The matter was referred to the Presidency to take such steps in the premises as might seem best.

[p. 641] Pres. Smith spoke at some length of the practice among our people of playing cards. If it could be said that there is nothing wicked in a game of cards, it could also be said that there is nothing good in it, and it was a practice that might easily lead to evil. What surprised him most was that some of our prominent brethren engage in this pastime and defend it in public talk. He referred to one of the Seven Presidents of Seventies [B. H. Roberts], who advocated it as a means of keeping his children at home. Brother Smith said that he was opposed to card playing, which to say the least is a great waste of time. He knew a bright young brother who believed in cards, and from time to time, while engaged in the festive game, indulged in the use of beer, and from beer went to wine, then to strong drink, and then to jail. His downfall could properly be attributed to the practice of playing cards. This was one case among many. He did not think it a wise policy for Latter-day Saints to waste their time over cards. He was opposed to it and with the approval of the brethren proposed writing against the evil. He wanted to know how the brethren felt in regard to this subject. Pres. Lund thought card playing in our homes a very dangerous thing. It often times led to gambling. There was less objection in his opinion to a game of checkers or chess.

Pres. Winder was in hearty accord with Pres. Smith’s views. He could not draw the line between card playing and checker and chess playing as Brother Lund had done, for the reason that, if a brother encouraged checkers and chess in his home, the children of another brother would point to him and say, why brother so and so has checkers and chess in his home and cards are no worse than these games.

Elder Clawson was opposed to card playing not because there was any harm in a simple game of cards but because of the evil that comes of excessive use of cards in the home. In speaking of checkers said that many years ago he became so infatuated with the game that he sometimes sat playing until two and three o’clock in the morning to the injury of his health. There were also other evils. Said that he had been informed that a member of the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A. had installed a billiard table in his home, thus affording young men who go there an opportunity to learn how to play, which might lead later to saloon playing and saloon [p.642] drinking. With such examples at the head, it is difficult to correct these evils in the church.

Elder Smoot said that he was in the habit years ago of playing cards but had given it up, as it certainly appeared a waste of time. Elder Taylor said that because of the attitude of one of the Seven Presidents on this question, the authorities in the Davis Stake had experienced a great deal of trouble with the young people. He felt that anything President Smith might say regarding this evil through the magazines of the church would have great weight with the saints.

Elder Cowley felt that card playing is not in harmony with the spirit of the gospel. He also pointed out some evils connected [with] the social clubs among the women of this city. He said that we have been warned in the scriptures to “beware of the leaven of the gentiles” [cf. Matthew 16:6] and would do well to heed the counsel.

Elder M. W. Merrill said that he had seen the evil of card playing for many years. It may not be a sin in itself but it leads to sin, oftentimes to strong drink and gambling. He could count on his fingers half a dozen families who had been ruined by card playing. He was opposed to the practice.

Elder Teasdale was opposed to card playing. In early life he was somewhat given to chess playing, but it worked upon his nervous system to that extent that he thought it wise to desist.

Elder Jno. H. Smith felt that evil would come from card playing, but what to substitute for cards, checkers, and chess in our homes, he did not know. However, he was opposed to card playing. Pres. Smith suggested that the substitute should be music, singing, good books, &c., that would tend to cultivate the mind and educate the heart.

Elder Hy. M. Smith was in hearty accord with the sentiments expressed by the brethren—especially in reference to cards. Did not see so much evil in checkers or chess. Pres. Smith said to him, “even taking that view of it, could you consistently advocate in public the practice of checker and chess playing?” He answered, “no.”

The Patriarch was in perfect harmony with his brethren in this matter. Elder Clawson moved that it be the sense of the council that we discourage the practice of card playing in our homes, [p.643] among our kinfolk, and among the Latter-day Saints generally. Carried by unanimous vote.

The meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Clawson.

As usual the tables were spread and the brethren partook of the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, Elder Smoot being mouth in pronouncing the blessing. In discussing a political question that arose while we were at the table, it was conceded by the brethren that the present plan of electing United States senators—namely, through the state legislatures—was a safeguard to the liberties and rights of the people and that it would be an unfortunate, and possibly a disastrous, thing for the country should the time ever come when Senators would be elected by popular vote. The popular vote is a very uncertain quantity.

In speaking of the moral status of the world, Elder Clawson spoke of a statement made by Prof. [John M.] Mills, just returned from attendance at the University of Chicago, to the effect that it was claimed, if not actually conceded, that 85% of the students of the institution of learning consort with fast women. He further stated that one of the professors in addressing about two hundred of the students surmised that they had all indulged in intercourse with women, but if not he would advise them do so at the earliest opportunity. The only further advice he had to offer in the matter was that they go to a first-class house and thus guard against loathsome diseases. A young man at the university, who is studying for the ministry, admitted to his fellow student that he had refrained from illicit intercourse with women for three weeks but could stand it no longer.

Elder Geo. Gibbs offered the benediction and the brethren separated.

[Fridays 10 July 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. [During] Friday forenoon I finished closing the books of the Brigham City Roller Mill Co. In the afternoon, accompanied by Lydia and the children, I went to Saltair. It was Pacific Islanders day at that resort, and many people were there. The water being of a delightful temperature, the bathing was unusually good. Some exercises, representing the manners and customs of the natives inhabiting the islands of the Pacific, were given and proved to be quite interesting.

[p. 644] [Thursday, 16 July 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. 10:25 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith and Jno. R. Winder, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and clerk.

There was a little informal talk regarding socialism and the United Order. It was remarked by one of the brethren that the claim is made by many socialists that the acceptance of the doctrines of socialism would lead to the introduction of the United Order. It was asserted by one of the brethren that the socialists have many sympathizers among our people. Pres. Smith said that there was no power on earth that could possibly establish the United Order—this could only be done by the power of God, after selfishness is eliminated from our natures.

The brethren clothed and sang, “Let Those Who Would Be Saints Indeed.” Elder Cowley opened, and Pres. Winder was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Do What Is Right.” The minutes of July 9th were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the South San Pete Stake, in which they stated that Bp. Hans Jensen of the Manti South Ward had sent in his resignation, which they had accepted, and they now recommended Lewis C. Jar [Louis C. Kjaer] as his successor. Recommendation adopted.

Pres. Thos. E. Bassett asked by letter for the appointment of one of the brethren to act as orator of the day at their coming 4th [24th] of July celebration. Elder Cowley was appointed to fill this call, and the clerk was instructed to invite Dr. Jas. E. Talmage to fill a similar call at Boise.

Stake conference appointments: Bannock, the Presidency and Elder Cowley; Weber, Elder[s] Teasdale and Clawson; San Luis, Elder Jno. H. Smith; South Jordan Ward Conference, Elder Smoot and Pres. Winder.

Elder Clawson reported that in answer to his request the presidency of the Pocatello Stake had sent him a strong communication, addressed to W. H. Bancroft, mgr. O.S.L., regarding the troubles of our people at the O.S.L. shops at Pocatello. The letter was then read by the clerk, and it was conceded to be a splendid presentation of the case, but it was deemed advisable to have the statement revised in some particulars, and this duty was given to [p.645] the clerk, after which it should be sent to the presidency of the Pocatello Stake for their signature and then presented to Mr. Bancroft by the committee, namely, Elders Clawson and Smoot.

The clerk read a letter from Elder Jas. E. Robinson, president of the California Mission, in which he reported the work done in the mission for the month of June. The elders had visited, he said, the homes of 3205 strangers; revisited 1552 of them; distributed 6570 tracts; held 185 indoor and 91 outdoor meetings; baptized 2 children and baptized 9 members; tithes for the month were $617.21.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith attended the Utah Stake Conference. Elder Teasdale said that he was in attendance at the Beaver Stake Conference. Besides the usual conference meetings, there was a priesthood and an M.I.A. meeting. Good time.

Elder Cowley attended the Utah Stake Conference and also held a meeting in Springville on Sunday evening. Elder Clawson said that he attended meeting in the Salt Lake tabernacle on Sunday afternoon. The speakers were Elder Chas. W. Penrose and himself, and the topics treated were Sabbath breaking and the principle of revelation.

Elder Smoot dedicated the new Bingham Ward meeting house on Sunday. He said that he instructed the president of the stake to release Bp. [William B.] Waters and call another to his place. Brother Waters does not want the bishopric and positively refuses to attend his monthly stake priesthood meetings and other duties.

Elder Hy. M. Smith was in attendance at the Utah Stake Conference. Pres. Jos. F. Smith said that he attended the funeral of Sister Forsythe on Sunday. Pres. Winder attended meeting at the Wilford Ward.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Teasdale.

[Monday, 20 July 1903] Ogden, Utah. Clear and hot. 10 [a.m.] Continuation of [Weber Stake] Conference, Pres. L. W. Shurtliff presiding. Elder Geo. Teasdale. Topics treated. Plural marriage. The importance of making a good record. Sabbath breaking. Evil of card playing and round dancing. Short, interesting meetings.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Counselor C. W. Middle-[p.646]ton presiding. R. Clawson. Topics treated. The evil of disobedience and rebellion. Related some dreams bearing upon this subject.

We had a very interesting conference, but the weather was extremely warm and the attendance was rather poor. There is more or less a spirit of indifference to duty among the Latter-day Saints. Instead of going to the house of God upon the Sabbath day for worship and prayer, many go to the various summer resorts in search of pleasure and recreation, thus violating the express command of the Lord to “keep the Sabbath day holy” [cf. Ex. 20:8].

[Tuesday-Wednesday, 21-22 July 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. I spent these two days in Salt Lake City, working a portion of the time on the record of the genealogy of the patriarchs of the church.

On Wednesday at 10 a.m. I attended a meeting of the executive committee of the Utah Light and Power Co., and at 3:30 p.m. a meeting of the general board of the religion classes, and at 5 p.m. a meeting of the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A. In the evening I had a little talk with my son, H. B. [Hiram Bradley], and instructed him in regard to the importance of cleanliness in his personal habits, and especially with reference to washing his procreative organs at least once or twice a day. I told him that a neglect in this particular might lead to weakness and exhaustion.

[Thursday, 23 July 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot; cloudy in afternoon. 10:20 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, the patriarch, and the clerk. Conference appointments: Juab, Elder Woodruff; Alpine, Reed Smoot; Emery, Elder Clawson; Cache, Elders Merrill and Teasdale.

The brethren clothed and sang, “Praise to the Man.” Patriarch Smith opened, and Pres. Lund was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Hark! Hark! Ten Thousand, Thousand Voices.” Minutes of July 16 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. Lewis G. Anderson of the South San Pete Stake, in which he said that at a recent conference [p.647] at Gunnison, Bp. [Christian A.] Madsen resigned, and Elder Jas. Christensen was sustained as his successor with F. N. Swalsburg as 1st and Arthur Larson as 2nd counselors. The brethren to be set apart and ordained at the next quarterly conference.

A letter from Bp. Geo. R. Emery of the 16th Ward was read. He represented that Elder Lauritz C. Larsen, a recent arrival from the old country, now desires to borrow sufficient means to emigrate his wife and family, whom he left behind. The bishop said that so far as he knew Brother Larson is an honorable, upright man, and he recommended that the trustee-in-trust make him the loan. The matter was discussed. The only objection offered was that a favorable action would establish a precedent that others might take advantage of. It was finally decided that the loan be made through Bp. Emery.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith reported his attendance at the San Luis Stake Conference in company with Ben J. Cluff, Jr. Said that it was the best conference he had ever attended there. Reported that Simeon A. Dunn, who had been severed from the church for fornication, had through repentance been restored to his fellowship and former blessings, he being mouth.

Elder Teasdale said that on Friday he attended a Relief Society special meeting in Nephi and on Sunday and Monday was present at the Weber Stake Conference. Elder Clawson was his companion. The attendance was light but a good spirit prevailed. Written reports were read from the various organizations, which were of an interesting character.

Elder Woodruff said that he attended a meeting at Pocatello a week ago Sunday and ordained Milo A. Hendricks, bishop of Pocatello, to succeed Smith Woolley, who had moved away. On Sunday last he attended some special meetings in Afton, Star Valley Stake, which were largely attended. On Monday a Relief Society conference was held.

Elder Clawson said that he also attended the Weber Stake Conference and could say as Elder Teasdale had said that the meetings were poorly attended. Many people who should have been at the tabernacle went out to the various pleasure resorts. The written report of the high priest quorum showed that with an enrollment of about 800 the average attendance was 80, and the [p.648] Relief Societies with an enrollment of 1900, the average attendance was 335. This, he thought, a very poor showing. Elder Clawson reported that while speaking Monday afternoon a sister in the meeting created quite a disturbance by whipping her little girl unmercifully. Brother Clawson called to her several times to desist, but she paid no attention to him, which attracted unfavorable attention to her.

Elder Smoot reported the reorganization of the South Jordan Ward with Thos. Blake as bishop, and Saml. E. Holt as 1st and Byron H. Beckstead as 2nd counselors. Pres. Winder was present.

The Patriarch attended meeting at the tabernacle. Pres. Smith attended the Bannock Stake Conference, held at Soda Springs in a bowery. The weather was windy. Meetings well attended, and the saints were pleased with the instructions given.

The reports were received and the labors of the brethren were approved. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. Smith.

[Friday, 24 July 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. A general holiday. There is no formal celebration in Salt Lake, and consequently the people are flocking to the various summer resorts—Saltair, the Lagoon, Calder’s Park, Liberty Park, and the canyons.

During the forenoon I took Lydia and Samuel and Lorenzo for a ride on the “Seeing Car.” The distance covered was about 20 miles, taking in all the points of interest in and about the city. The car was crowded with tourists, who listened to a very interesting lecture provided for their information and benefit.

[Thursday, 30 July 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, the Patriarch [John Smith], and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Do What Is Right.” Elder Clawson was mouth in opening, and Elder Woodruff prayed at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Let Us Pray, Gladly Pray.” The minutes of July 23 were read and approved.

There was some informal talk in regard to card playing. Pres. [p.649] Smith remarked that at the meeting of the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A. held last evening the question of card playing was discussed and upon motion of Brother Clawson it became the sense of the board that card playing be discouraged among our young people. Brother [B. H.] Roberts, he said, made a strong plea for cards, saying that he had always looked upon it as an innocent amusement, but nevertheless felt to accept the view expressed by Pres. Smith and would abide by the action of the board.

Pres. Smith informed the council that an application for assistance had been made by Mr. Fred J. Kiesel of Ogden for and in behalf of the Irrigation Congress that would meet in that city in the near future. Mr. Kiesel thought that the church and church business houses should contribute at least $1500. Upon motion of Pres. Winder, Pres. Smith was authorized to lay the matter before the various church institutions and see what they would do and also make a donation for the church.

The clerk read a letter from Martin F. Saunders, president of the Samoa Mission. He reported that much good would be accomplished by the distribution of the Samoan Book of Mormon just issued from the press. He was greatly in need of some German-speaking brethren and sisters, who could be employed as school teachers.

Pres. Hyrum Goff of the Jordan Stake wrote, recommending that Jas. Glover be ordained a patriarch. Recommendation approved. A very interesting letter from Elder Francis M. Lyman, dated Berlin, July 13, was read. He gave an account of prevailing conditions in the German Mission. Stake conference appointments: Summit, Hy. M. Smith; Oneida, Elder Cowley; Jordan, Elder Clawson; Woodruff, one of the Seventies.

Pres. Smith stated that a suggestion had been made to the effect that the lower front room of the Deseret News annex be used as the temporary home of the Deseret Museum—or at least until the memorial building shall have been completed, when a permanent place would be found for it. The exhibits, he said, which are of great historical value, are serving no good purpose, being stored away out of sight. The question to be considered, said Pres. Smith, is this, Shall we sacrifice the revenue that might be secured from renting said room for the benefits that would necessarily arise through opening the museum. After some discussion it was de-[p.650]cided upon motion of Elder Clawson that the museum be taken into the annex.

Reports
Elder Teasdale attended the Cache Stake Conference last week. Elders M. W. Merrill and Bp. [William B.] Preston were present. The attendance was light, but a good spirit prevailed.

Elder Cowley attended the Bannock Stake Conference two weeks ago. In company with Elder J. G. Kimball, was present at the 24th of July celebration at Rexburg. It was an occasion of considerable enthusiasm. A big parade was one of the features. The exercises were given in the uncompleted Ricks Academy. Brother Kimball and himself made short speeches. He also attended the Fremont Stake Conference at Rexburg, which was well attended. One of the topics treated was the Ricks Academy. After the conference Elder Kimball left for the Yellowstone Park.

Elder Woodruff attended the Juab Stake Conference held at Levan. The weather was roasting hot, and the meetings were poorly attended.

Elder Clawson attended the Emery Stake Conference held at Ferron Ward. In addition to the regular conference meetings, a priesthood and conjoint meetings were held. The attendance was crowded throughout. One of the topics brought prominently before the saints was the principle of repentance. The academy was also talked up. Held meeting at Huntington Monday night.

Elder Hy. M. Smith said that he attended the funeral of Sister Peter Reid on Sunday and the evening meeting in his ward. Noted that while the services were in progress that crowds of people passed the door on the streetcars headed for Calder’s Park. Jno. Smith attended the Sunday School at the Reform School at Ogden last Sunday.

Pres. Lund said that he met with the old people of Ephraim on the 24th and on Sunday attended the Alpine Stake Conference in company with Elder Smoot. The Rev. Dr. [John D.] Nutting was present. The “reverend” gentleman is traveling through the country ostensibly for the purpose of doing missionary work but really for the purpose of getting evidence against polygamists. Elder Smoot “roasted” him in one of the meetings. Mr. Nutting, who was present, seemed not to relish it, but he richly deserved the just reproof that was given.

[p. 651] Pres. Winder said that he accompanied Pres. Smith, Elder Jno. H. Smith, and others to Provo last Friday to attend the celebration of the Sons and Daughters of the Pioneers. He attended the funeral of Sister Reid on Sunday.

Elder Clawson reported that Elder Smoot and himself had called upon Mr. [W. H.] Bancroft of the [Oregon] Short Line and submitted and read to him the letter from the stake presidency of the Pocatello [Stake] relative to the unfavorable conditions existing in the Pocatello shops as affecting our brethren. He seemed much interested in the communication and said that he would give the matter his personal attention.

Elder Woodruff read an extract from a letter written to him by Asahel Woodruff, president of the Northern States Mission, in which he reported that the work in his mission was prospering.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Cowley. At 4 p.m. attended my regular weekly prayer circle at the temple. At 5 p.m. attended a special conjoint meeting of the Y.M. and Y.L.M.I.A. boards at the Beehive House.

[Saturday, 1 August 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. At 8:30 went to the R.G.W. [Rio Grande Western] depot to take train for Sandy to attend the Jordan Stake Conference. The train was three hours late. At 11:30 a.m. I boarded the train only to learn after they had gotten fairly under way that no stop would be made this side of Provo. Here was a dilemma! However, I was dropped off at Mesa, where I boarded’ a train going north and reached Bingham junction at 12:45 noon. From this point it was 2 miles to Sandy, to which point I walked part way and by invitation rode in a passing buggy the balance of the distance. I arrived just in time for the 2 p.m. meeting, which was held in the Sandy meeting house, Pres. Hyrum Goff presiding.

Pres. Goff was the first speaker. Topics treated. The presidency of the stake united and hold weekly meetings. High council and home missionary meetings well attended and the brethren are doing a good work. The auxiliary organizations are doing well. The religion class is in its infancy. I followed and spoke upon the importance of the saints striving to meet every just obligation and to keep every promise made. Economy. I returned to Salt Lake in [p.652] the evening, arriving at 5:45 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. I took Lydia and the children out for a ride.

[Thursday, 6 August 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, the patriarch, and the clerk.

Pres. Smith stated informally that a new sugar factory was in contemplation, the same to be erected between Rexburg and St. Anthony, Idaho. Pres. Winder, Jno. Henry, and himself would control about $102,000 of the stock. If the Twelve, he said, desired a portion of these holdings they could have them. He felt that it would be a good investment. What the brethren did not want of this block of stock would probably be turned over to the church.

Song, “Children of Zion, Awake from Your Sadness.” Elder Hyrum M. Smith opened, and Elder Smoot was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, ‘”Mid Scenes of Confusion.” Stake conference appointments.’ Wasatch, Elder[s] Teasdale and Smoot; Bingham, Elder Cowley; San Juan, Elder Woodruff; South San Pete, Elder Hyrum M. Smith and Pres. Lund; Arizona conferences and Mexico, Elder Clawson. Minutes of July 30, 1903, were read and approved.

Bp. [Robert A.] Brighton sent in an invitation to the brethren to be present at the laying of the cornerstone of the 33rd W[ar]d meeting house next Sunday evening. The clerk was instructed to write him that some of the brethren would be there.

The presidency of the Granite Stake recommended that the following brethren be ordained to the office of patriarch: Amos Neff, Archibald Frame, and Jonas Johnson. Upon motion of Elder Clawson the recommendation was approved.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith attended fast meeting in the 17th Ward last Sunday. Elder Teasdale attended prayer circle at Nephi Sunday morning, Sunday School at 10 a.m., another circle meeting between 12 and 1, and fast meeting at 2 p.m.

Elder Merrill attended fast meeting at home. Elder Merrill said [p.653] that he received a message from Clarkston last Monday to the effect that a young brother there had committed suicide, and the bishop [John Ravsten] desired to know what kind of a funeral should be held in his case. He replied that he should be buried quietly and without display. He did not know, he said, what the rule is, but this was the advice given.

Pres. Smith remarked that the policy heretofore followed respecting suicides is that they should receive a speedy and unceremonious burial. This policy was reaffirmed upon motion of Elder Clawson, except in cases where it is clearly shown that the suicide was out of his mind.

Elder Cowley attended the Oneida Stake Conference last week. The meetings were poorly attended. The majority of the bishops were present and a good spirit prevailed. With a new principal for the academy, the prospects for a liberal patronage for the coming year are good.

Elder Woodruff attended fast meeting at the temple on Sunday morning and at 2 p.m. met with the German-speaking saints. A week ago met with Pres. Lund and Pres. A. M. Cannon for the purpose of discussing the propriety of making a change in the presidency of the German meetings in Salt Lake City. It was finally decided to make no change for the present. He attended the 3rd Ward conjoint meeting Sunday evening.

Elder Clawson reported the Jordan Stake Conference held at Sandy. The attendance was fair. Reports from presidents of the elders and seventies quorums showed that a spirit of indifference seems to be resting upon the brethren of the church in many cases. One president represented that with an enrollment of 103 elders the average attendance was 15. There is a slackness among the brethren of the priesthood throughout the church, said Brother Clawson, that needs attention. During the conference Elder Jas. Glover was ordained a patriarch, Brother Clawson being mouth.

Elder Smoot explained his absence from the meeting last Thursday by saying that he helped to entertain Gov. [Benjamin B.] Odell of New York and party on that day. They seemed to be delighted with their visit. Brother Smoot attended meetings at home last Sunday.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith said that he attended the Summit Stake [p.654] Conference last Sunday at Kamas, which was very enjoyable. The Patriarch attended the monthly priesthood meeting of the Weber Stake on Saturday and spent several days thereafter in the stake giving patriarchal blessings. Hyrum M. Smith further reported that he ordained Robt. Jones of Hennifer a patriarch, while attending the Summit Stake Conference.

Pres. Lund attended the temple fast meeting last Sunday and the 17th Ward fast meeting in the afternoon. He also referred to the German organization and said that while it was desirable to reorganize with Elder [Arnold H.] Schulthess as president, at the same time, the brethren who had the matter under consideration felt that it would be better to let the matter stand without change for the present.

Pres. Winder attended the temple fast meeting on Sunday and Farmers Ward fast meeting in the afternoon. Pres. Smith was also present at the temple fast meeting and attended a conjoint meeting of the young people in the 3rd Ward in the evening.

Reports were received and labors of the brethren approved.

Elder Jno. H. Smith said that in his judgment the question of maintaining national lines among the Latter-day Saints needed serious revision. He called attention to the fact that many of our emigrants upon arrival here receive little or no care or attention. There is a neglect somewhere, said he, and it should be corrected.

Pres. Smith said that the rule governing in this matter is that none should emigrate, except those who have relatives or kindred to receive and take care of them. However, in all other cases it is clearly the duty of the Presiding Bishop to give the proper attention. The clerk was instructed to write Bp. [William B.] Preston regarding this matter.

Some of the brethren spoke of the tendency among our people to move out of the state to the injury of the cause politically and otherwise. Pres. Smith deprecated this tendency and said that it should be discouraged, and he further remarked that our people should be encouraged to learn trades and prepare themselves to take the positions requiring skilled labor that are constantly open to us.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Merrill.

[p. 655] [Friday, 7 August 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. I spent the forenoon at the President’s office. At 2 p.m. I was assisting Lydia at home in killing bedbugs in my folding bed. She was pouring benzine into the cracks and crevices, while I held the candle. Our little boy, Lorenzo, was sitting on the springs. By some accident the benzine was ignited, and we were in the midst of flame. My face and hands were touched, but I was not so badly burned as Lorenzo, who was badly scorched also on his face and hands. We had some difficulty in putting out the fire. Being fully insured we will recover the amount of the damage, namely, $57.00.

[Sunday, 27 September 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. I spent the forenoon quietly at home visiting with the wife. I attended fast meeting in the 18th Ward chapel at 1 p.m. The speakers were Elder John W. Taylor, Bp. O. F. Whitney, and myself. I testified to the truth of the gospel and showed that every blessing therein which is enjoyed by the saints came through the Prophet Joseph Smith under the Lord.

[Tuesday, 29 September 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. I spent the forenoon at the President’s office and was busy on various matters.

2 p.m. Quarterly conference of the Twelve. Present: Elders  Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hyrum M. Smith. Song, “Come, All Ye Who Are Called to Labor.” Prayer by Elder Jno. H. Smith. Song, “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah.”

Elder Jno. H. Smith made opening remarks. Said that he was pleased to meet the brethren. All were present who could be reached at this time. Referred to the absence of Pres. Lyman. Spoke of the diversified labors of the Twelve. Said that the Latter-day Saints were making many friends in the world. Also referred to some of the agencies at home that were accomplishing good, such as the bureau of information, tabernacle meetings, &c. Regretted to observe a lack of faith among many of our young people and thought that some further and perhaps different plan should be adopted to reach them. Noticed that some of our returned [p.656] elders fall into the old grooves and lose interest in the work. The young must be reached through presidents of stakes and bishops of wards.

Elder Teasdale said that to him these meetings were delightful. Our union with the Presidency is pleasing to the Lord. The Savior enjoined it upon his disciples as a duty that they should love one another. In listening to the reports of the brethren, had noted the fact, which corresponded with his own experience, that the saints—very many of them—were neglecting their meetings. This might be due in part to the weather—as many things that go wrong are blamed to the weather. It is, however, an unfortunate condition. The authorities so far as he could see, however, are united. An immense amount of means is being expended by the saints for the erection of meeting houses, school buildings, &c. Was pleased to see Brother Grant at home again.

Elder Grant said that his release to come home was something of a surprise to him. He would a little rather have remained in Japan until spring, but nevertheless was pleased to be home again. The work in that land is beginning to open up. The elders can speak to some extent in the language and are attracting from 50 to 75 to 100 to their gatherings. Felt that a good work will be accomplished in Japan, but, if so, more elders will be needed. He expected, he said, to see Brother Lyman at home and expressed some disappointment. In view of the fact that we have the testimony of the gospel, the Latter-day Saints are a careless people. The tithing paid is not what it should be. Felt that it is the duty of the Twelve to carry the gospel to the nations. Said that he entertained the best of feelings towards the Presidency [and] Twelve and had noted the wonderful changes in the quorum, whereby Brother Lyman had now come to be president. He will have our unqualified support, and we will have perfect liberty and freedom in our relationship with him. Thought it might be a good idea to take up a labor with the wealthy Latter-day Saints upon the subject of tithing.

Elder Jno. W. Taylor said that he was pleased to see Brother Grant in our midst once more. Elder Taylor said that so far as he knew he was in fellowship with the Presidency and his brethren. Spoke of the duty of parents to their children; that they should teach them the principles of the gospel, night and morning. He [p.657] was very much in favor of devotional exercises in the home. Made some remarks about Elder Moses Thatcher. He could easily forgive him, he said, if he would repent, and so far as he was concerned, he was willing that he should have every blessing God designs for him. Elder Jno. H. Smith here remarked that Brother Thatcher “was willing to forgive the brethren the wrong (?) they had done him.”

Minutes read and approved. Song, “Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessings.” Benediction by Elder Teasdale.

[Thursday, 1 October 1903] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 9 a.m. Meeting of the Twelve at the temple. Present: Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hyrum M. Smith. Song, “Up, Awake, Ye Defenders of Zion.” Prayer by Elder Merrill. Song, “Glory to God on High.”

Elder Clawson was the first speaker. He said that he regretted his absence yesterday from the meetings, which was due to the fact that he was called to attend the funeral of the little baby of his sister’s—Tessie Groesbeck, and in the afternoon he was under call from Pres. Smith. Referred to his recent trip to Arizona and Mexico, where he had attended four stake conferences in Arizona and one in Mexico, and five young men’s conventions. Had greatly enjoyed his labors. Notwithstanding the fact that many were under the impression that the principle of plural marriage is dying out in the hearts of the people, he could testify that such was not the case in those southern stakes of Zion. The spirit of it seems to be working upon the hearts of the young people. One young woman in the St. Johns Stake of about 18 years of age, speaking for herself and a number of companions of the same age, said that they would much prefer to take a married man in the church who had proven his faithfulness and integrity than to marry a single young man who was untried.2 The same spirit was upon the young people of Mexico. Brother Clawson said that he was in harmony with the [p.658] Presidency and his brethren, that he loved them with a love that exceeded the love of a man for his wife.

It was decided that when we adjourn, it should be until Jan. 5, 1904. Elder Jno. H. Smith made brief closing remarks and said that the brethren should make a strenuous effort to be present at these quarterly meetings and should allow nothing to detain them except sickness and death in their families or a call from the Presidency. Referred to the effort that is being made by our enemies to bring about old conditions in Utah and Idaho for political ends. The brethren must be wise. The minutes were read and approved. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Cowley.

At 10:15 a.m. the Presidency came in. Song, “Redeemer of Israel.” Elder Smoot opened, and Elder Grant was mouth at the altar. Song, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” Minutes of Sep. 24th were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. W. A. Hyde and counselors of the Pocatello Stake regarding the trouble that had arisen between our brethren and the labor unions in the railway shops at Pocatello, and enclosing statements and affidavits from the brethren who had been discriminated against. The matter was referred to the committee, Messrs. Clawson and Smoot.

The names of members of the various general auxiliary boards that would be presented at the conference were read by the clerk and passed upon.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith attended the funeral of Sister Lees of the 16th Ward during the week and the fast meeting last Sunday. Elder Teasdale attended the Relief Society conference of the Juab Stake last Friday, prayer circle at Nephi Sunday morning, Sunday School in the [Nephi] North Ward, and a general meeting in the afternoon, and M.I.A. meeting in the evening.

Elder Grant was present at the temple fast meeting and attended the 13th Ward fast meeting in the afternoon. In the evening spoke briefly at the 18th Ward chapel. (The report of his missionary labors was postponed for the present for want of time.)

Elder Taylor attended Sunday School and fast meeting in the 18th Ward and in the evening attended a meeting in the 15th Ward. Elder Merrill, though not feeling well, had been able to attend his duties in the temple. Attendance there is fairly good. [p.659] He felt aggrieved, he said, while listening to the reports of the brethren, that he could make none himself because of bodily weakness. Felt to sustain Pres. Smith in the views he had expressed on the subject of card playing.

Elder Cowley attended the Malad Stake Conference last week. The young man who had been chosen bishop of Cherry Creek expressed a determination to move from the ward, hence he did not ordain him to that office. The young people of Malad are much addicted to the use of tobacco. Elder Woodruff attended a Sunday School conference last Sunday in the Weber Stake of Zion. The meetings were crowded and a splendid spirit prevailed.

Elder Clawson said that he had just returned from a seven weeks trip to Arizona and Mexico, and as he had sent in written reports from the stakes would not now enter into detail. Returned by way of California and visited the branches of the church in San Bernadino, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento. Pres. [Joseph E.] Robinson has the mission well in hand, and the elders are faithful and diligent, but there is a great indifference to religion on the part of the people. They simply do not want to hear it and have no interest in gospel subjects.

Elder Smoot said that in returning from Canada, he stopped over at Butte. He recommended that the elders be withdrawn from that locality, as it had been thoroughly canvassed and nothing at present is being accomplished. Attended fast meeting at Provo last Sunday. Elder Hy. M. Smith attended the temple fast meeting on Sunday and meeting in the Farmers Ward in the evening. The Patriarch attended the temple fast meeting.

Pres. Lund attended the temple fast meeting and lectured in the 17th Ward in the evening. The subject of his talk was, ‘°Travels in Palestine.” Pres. Winder attended the temple fast meeting and Farmers Ward in afternoon. Pres. Smith attended the temple fast meeting and afterwards a funeral.

Reports were approved. Benediction by Elder Grant. The tables were then spread with bread and wine, and the blessing was pronounced by Elder Grant, after which the brethren partook freely and with much relish and enjoyment.

After the Presidency had withdrawn and before the Twelve separated, Elder Marriner W. Merrill made a few remarks. He bore [p.660] testimony to the truth of the principle of plural marriage and said that the brethren of the Twelve should lay the foundation for their kingdoms in their youth and not wait until old age comes on. If we have a kingdom, we must ourselves lay the foundation for it. We could not expect to inherit somebody else’s kingdom. Brethren, he said, do not neglect your opportunities; otherwise you may fail in securing a kingdom. This advice is for Brother Hyrum, and Brother Rudger, and Brother Woodruff. Those who will avail themselves of the opportunity when it opens up, will be crowned with glory and exaltation in the presence of God.

[Tuesday, 6 October 1903] At 12:30 noon a meeting was called at the President’s office. Present: the Presidency and all the members of the Twelve, but Elders Lyman and Merrill. Pres. Smith said that the Spirit of the Lord had indicated to him that Brother Heber should be called to preside over the European Mission. It was moved and carried that the selection of the Presidency be approved. Carried. Elder Grant said that this appointment came to him in answer to a prayer offered up by himself in Japan.

Pres. Smith, in alluding to the vacancy in the quorum of the Twelve, said that he had made it a subject of prayer, for he desired the mind of the Lord respecting the matter. Many names of prominent families—such as Geo. Q. Cannon’s, Daniel H. Wells’, Wilford Woodruff’s, Jno. Taylor’s, Heber C. Kimball’s, Parley P. Pratt’s, Lorenzo Snow’s, and others, although some of these families had been and now are represented in the quorum of the Twelve—had occurred to him, but his mind rested on Elder Geo. A. Smith. And as he considered the various names his mind always came back to that of Geo. A. Smith.

A motion was made to the effect that the selection of President Smith be sustained. Remarks were called for. Each of the brethren expressed himself as being willing to sustain and support the proposition, although it was pointed out that there would doubtless be more or less criticism indulged in unfavorable to the appointment, because the selection came from the Smith family. This was the view expressed by Elder Woodruff.

Elder Clawson said that he had always recognized the principle that propositions come from the head, and in matters of this kind [p.661] Pres. Smith was entitled to the inspiration of the Spirit. Inasmuch as Pres. Smith had named Elder Geo. A. Smith, he was prepared personally to sustain the nomination, although he had no doubt there would be fault found therewith; but on the other hand, he doubted if there ever had been an important appointment made that satisfied everybody and met with no criticism. It was generally conceded that Elder Geo. A. Smith was a young man of faithfulness and ability and worthy of the high appointment. The motion was put and carried by unanimous vote.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. Jno. R. Winder. (Note: Patriarch Jno. Smith was also present at the foregoing meeting.)

[Wednesday, 7 October 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and beautiful. 10 a.m. Special priesthood meeting at the assembly hall. Present: the general authorities of the church, the presidencies of stakes, high councils, bishoprics of wards, and others, Pres. Smith presiding.

Pres. Smith was the first speaker. Topics treated. He reported briefly the conditions existing in the various missions of the world—to the effect that they were generally in a prosperous and healthy condition. In appointing brethren and sisters to the various offices of the church, the rights of bishops and the First Council of Seventies must be respected and there should always be a mutual understanding regarding these matters. Men should not be called for missions, who are in any manner disqualified, or in need of reformation, and good men should not necessarily be held back because they were needed at home. Good men are needed in the mission field as well. The deaf, the halt, and the blind should not be called to this labor, but good, strong, active men should be sought after.

Pres. Winder. Topics treated. Said that word had just been received to the effect that Elder Merrill is confined to his bed by sickness. Pres. Winder gave instructions regarding temple work and temple workers. Explained why the brethren of the Presidency were engaged in various business enterprises—it was not for personal profit but for the benefit of the church. One advantage sought after was the employment of our people.

Pres. Lund. Topics. The bishops should look carefully after [p.662] the deacons and teachers and keep them employed. Warned the brethren against immorality among the young. Elder Heber J. Grant spoke briefly of his labors in Japan and incidentally bade the brethren farewell in view of his early departure for Europe.

Rudger Clawson. Topics treated. Spoke upon the subject of church records and emphasized the importance of observing Record Day. He called attention to the fact that a committee on church records had been appointed and they were providing for the needs of the church in this respect, and he did not want the brethren to feel that any member of the church was authorized to get up forms for general use throughout the stakes. This duty devolves upon the committee. In the selection of a ward or stake clerk, if the choice lies between a good penman and inaccuracy or a poor penman and accuracy, invariably, said he, choose the latter.

Pres. Smith spoke briefly upon the importance of sustaining home industries.

2:30 p.m. Meeting of the Twelve and presidents of missions at the annex. Present: Elders Jno. H. Smith, Heber J. Grant, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. W. Taylor, Geo. A. Smith, and Pres. Jos. E. Robinson of the Cal[iforni]a. Mission, Ben E. Rich of the Southern States, Pres. Jas. Duffin of the S.W. States, J. G. McQuarrie of the Eastern States, Nephi Pratt of the N.W. States, Pres. [Joseph A.] McRae of the Colorado Mission, Pres. Asahel Woodruff of the Northern States.

Elder Jno. H. Smith said that he wanted a brief report from the brethren present respecting the missions over which they preside and their manner of doing things for the information and comparison of the Twelve and also for their mutual benefit.

In answer to this invitation each of the brethren reported. It was an exceedingly interesting meeting, and the reports clearly showed that we have some very bright, capable, active, wide-awake, progressive mission presidents in the United States, who are doing a great work for the Lord. And if they are not baptizing many people, it is not the fault of these men or the elders under them, but is rather due to the indifference of those who hear the word. The methods adopted by these brethren in the management of their affairs are admirable; they have matters well in hand and the [p.663] missions—most of them—are self-supporting. Each mission is greatly in need of more elders. The elders now in the field are neat and attractive in their personal appearance and hold forth on the streets and in respectable halls. Instructions were given by the brethren of the Twelve, and the meeting adjourned after a five hours’ session.

[Thursday, 8 October 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10:25 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber  J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Jno. Smith, the patriarch, and the clerk. Song, “The Happy Day Has Rolled On.” Prayer by Pres. Jos. F. Smith, and Elder Clawson at the altar. Song, “How Pleasant ‘Tis to See.”

Conference appointments: Beaver, Elder Hyrum M. Smith; Emery, Elder Cowley; Utah, Elders Grant and Taylor. The minutes of Oct. 1 were read and approved.

Pres. Lund moved that Elder [Joseph A.] Jones, whose name had been recommended for bishop of Cherry Creek, Malad Stake, be presented to the people of the ward. Carried. Elder Geo. A. Smith was then ordained an apostle in the quorum of the Twelve Apostles under the hands of the brethren above named, Pres. Smith being mouth.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith reported that he attended the general conference, as did all the other brethren. He also reported the meeting of the Twelve with the mission presidents and said that more experienced elders were needed in the field. Elder Teasdale assisted in setting missionaries apart yesterday. The other brethren reported their attendance at the conference.

Elder Woodruff read the notes that he had taken at the meeting of the Twelve and mission presidents, showing among other things the financial status of the missions in the United States. Most of them are self-supporting.

Elder Grant suggested that the headquarters of the British Mission, namely 42 Islington, Liverpool, be abandoned and new headquarters established with the erection of a new building. He [p.664] believed that he could raise by voluntary donation at least $25,000 for this purpose before leaving and he had no doubt that he could raise a similar amount in Gt. Britain. The English people would certainly be as liberal in this matter as had been the Scandinavian saints for their headquarters.

Pres. Smith remarked that a strenuous effort was being made to cancel the church indebtedness and he did not want any move made that would affect the payment of tithes on the part of the saints. Elder Grant replied that he could raise the money in a way that the tithes would not be affected. It was moved and carried that this question go over until tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. at the temple. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Woodruff.

Pres. Smith withdrew with his counselors after instructing Elder Jno. H. Smith to deliver the charge to the new apostle. Elder  Jno. H. Smith, addressing Elder Geo. A. Smith, said in part. You should understand that you are now wedded to a tie stronger than life or death. You are subject to the counsel and direction of the Presidency and your quorum, and your field of action is the whole world. You are to attend your quorum meetings regularly. It is presumed that you accept all the principles of the gospel and that you accept and sustain with your whole soul the First Presidency as now organized, and that you accept and sustain Francis M. Lyman as president of the quorum of the Twelve with the members thereof. You are to respond to the calls of the Presidency though it should take you from a sickbed, though it should cost you your life. The obligation is placed upon you to express when called upon clearly and boldly your views even though you may differ with your brethren, but you must in all cases submit to the decisions and judgment of your quorum. It is your duty to preach the gospel and lead an exemplary life. It is your duty to serve God and fear no man.

Each of the brethren present spoke briefly a word of counsel and welcome to Elder Geo. A. Smith, who in a few earnest words expressed his determination to magnify his apostleship. It became the sense of the council, that all matters which are brought by the President to the council should be discussed and decided here and not be referred back to the Presidency for action. It was clearly apparent that when the President submitted a matter to the council, he expected a decision and to immediately refer the [p.665] matter back to the Presidency, as had been done in some instances, would be in bad taste.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Jno. Smith, Pat.

[Friday, 9 October 1903] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 10:20 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency and all the members of the quorum of the Twelve, except Elders Lyman and Merrill. Prayer was offered by Pres. Jno. R. Winder.

Elder Heber J. Grant gave a brief report of his labors in Japan. Among other things he said that more elders were needed in Japan—six at least; that the Japanese people are somewhat loose in their morals and he had, therefore, instructed the elders to travel two and two, and not to go alone; [that] he had published an announcement of the gospel and a tract written by Alma Taylor in the Japanese language, the announcement having been written by himself; that the people in that land are a very quiet people and are not given to hoodlumism; that their public buildings are fine; that he would recommend the release of Elder Horace S. Ensign at the end of another year and the appointment of Elder Alma Taylor to succeed him.

Elder Grant next took up the question of new headquarters for the British Mission. He was in favor of it and felt that a nice sum of money could be raised at home to be used in that direction. He said he would like Elder Jos. W. McMurrin for a counselor.

The brethren were asked for an expression on this subject. Pres. Winder said that he felt it would be wisest for Heber to defer this matter until he went to England, when he could look into the situation and then make such recommendations as might seem best. Did not think an apostle, in presiding over a mission, was in need of a counselor and, therefore, he did not favor the appointment of Elder McMurrin.

Pres. Lund said that he had listened with much interest to Heber’s suggestion, but Pres. Winder had expressed his view in regard to the matter. Felt it would be wisest for Heber to go alone and take no counselor. Elder Jno. H. Smith said that in his judgment Pres. Winder had struck the key note regarding new headquarters in Gt. Britain. Elder Teasdale said that he was in harmony with the expression of Pres. Winder. Elder Taylor said [p.666] that the sentiments expressed were in accord with his views. Elders Cowley and Woodruff approved of the views already submitted.

Elder Clawson said that he had heard a great deal about 42 Islington, and that it had been many times reported that it was no credit to the church and brought no prestige. He felt that possibly something would have to be done sooner or later, but he did not think Brother Heber was in a position to make any recommendation whatever in the matter. After being on the ground, he would better know just what is needed and could then submit his recommendations. He did not favor the appointment of Elder McMurrin, who is badly needed at home.

Elder Smoot acquiesced with the views expressed. Elder Hyrum M. Smith was pleased with what had been said. He understood that 42 Islington had been renovated and improved and would do nicely for headquarters. He thought they should remain at Liverpool. Elder Geo. A. Smith said that in his judgment 42 Islington was no credit to the church, and while some changes had been made, there was great room for improvement.

Pres. Smith said that when he was presiding in England years ago, he was instructed by Pres. Young to hunt up new headquarters and to locate them either in Liverpool or London, giving the latter city the preference. He made an effort, but could find no suitable place without paying five or six times as much rent as they had been paying, and the matter was dropped. So far as location is concerned, there is no place equal to 42. Personally, he said he would like to see Heber go quietly and unassumingly and take charge of the mission without flourish of trumpets. Brother Heber does not need a counselor, but will need a good man for the [Millennial] Star. He wanted to say to Brother Heber, he said, and in fact to all the brethren, that they must not show favoritism in the field.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. A. H. Lund.

[Saturday, 10 October 1903] On Saturday I talked with Lydia in relation to the subject of plural marriage, and she expressed a willingness for me to take another wife provided that I should not take the step without her knowledge. I assured her that in case such a step were taken she should be fully advised.

[p. 667] [Thursday, 15 October 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and Cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant,  Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, and the clerk. It was suggested by Elder Jno. H. Smith that Elder Geo. A. Smith be retained as president of the Y.M.M.I.A. of the Salt Lake Stake for the present. Adopted.

Pres. Smith said that he felt that the brethren ought to take a personal interest in Z.C.M.I., at least more than had been done. The directors—six of whom were present—should feel a special interest in the matter as to who the employees are and how they treat the customers. He had heard, he said, some complaints in this particular. Considerable discussion was indulged in regarding Z.C.M.I. and similar institutions.

Song, “Away with Our Fears, the Glad Morning Appears.” Eider Geo. A. Smith was mouth in prayer, and Elder Lund was mouth at the altar. Song, “In the Sun and Moon and Stars.” Minutes of Oct. 8 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Elder Francis M. Lyman, in which he endorsed the recommendation of Pres. [Anthon L.] Skanchy of the Scandinavian Mission that a certain piece of property in the city of Stockholm (90 x 100 feet) be purchased for church purposes. The said property would cost about $35,000 and was considered a splendid bargain. After considerable discussion, it was moved by Elder Clawson that the purchase be made and that the church advance sufficient means up to $15,000 to secure the property, with the understanding that it be mortgaged for the balance. Carried.

Conference appointments: San Luis, Elder Clawson; Weber, Elder Hyrum M. Smith and Elder Cowley; dedication of Sandy meeting house, Pres. Jno. R. Winder and Elder Teasdale.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith attended the Utah Stake Conference. There [were] the usual meetings and a conjoint meeting Sunday evening. Elder Teasdale went to Richmond Saturday night to visit Elder Merrill, who is sick. Found him much improved in health. Brother Teasdale attended Sunday School at Richmond in the [p.668] morning and general meeting in the afternoon and a seventies meeting in the evening.

Elder Jno. W. Taylor attended the funeral of Elijah Ellison on Saturday. Elder Cowley was present at the Emery Stake Conference held at Huntington Sunday and Monday last. Attendance fair. Found a little bad feeling among the brethren at Huntington. The bishop [James W. Nixon], he thought, was a little straight-laced.

Elder Clawson reported the attendance of Elder Smoot, himself, and the presidency of the Pocatello Stake at a meeting of the O.S.L. Ry. officials (namely, Mr. [W. H.] Bancroft and Mr. Calvin). All the information that could be obtained, relative to the situation at Pocatello regarding the attitude of the unions and the railroad co. to our brethren, was laid before them. They listened patiently and said that measures would at once be instituted to correct the evils complained of and that we would shortly hear from them. However, during the interview Mr. Bancroft candidly admitted that when it came to adjusting matters with the labor unions there were many difficulties in the way.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith in company with Elder Jos. W. McMurrin attended the Beaver Stake Conference. The attendance was poor, and things seemed to be pretty “dead” down there. Elder Geo. A. Smith said that he not only attended the Utah Stake Conference but also attended a meeting at Springville Sunday night. Pres. Winder attended a ward conference at Big Cottonwood last Sunday. Pres. Smith attended a funeral Sunday afternoon.

Reports were approved and the meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Cowley.

[Thursday, 22 October 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10:20 a.m. Meeting at the temple in the room of the First Presidency, it having been decided to hold our weekly meetings there for the present. The light is not so hard on the eyes of the brethren. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Jno. Smith, the pat., and the clerk. Song, “The Time Is Nigh, the Happy Time.” Elder Jno. H. Smith was mouth in prayer, and Pres. Winder [p.669] was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Come, All Ye Sons of Zion.” The minutes of the meeting of Oct. 14 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from a Mr. [Allen C.] Sothern of Independence, Mo., in which he made a tender to the church of 25 acres of the original temple lot of 65 acres at Independence at a thousand dollars an acre. Pres. Smith reported that Pres. [James G.] Duffin of the S.W. States Mission had been instructed to proceed to Independence at once and negotiate for said property being authorized to offer not to exceed $20,000, but to get it for $16,000, if possible.

Pres. Smith explained that during the lifetime of President Woodruff a guaranty had been given to Joseph Banigan for $1,500,000. The honor and prestige of the church was behind said guaranty, but that during the Presidency of Lorenzo Snow, under the providence of the Lord in a miraculous manner, the said guaranty was released by the payment of what would be considered a trifling sum of money. At this point Pres. Smith exhibited the paper much to the gratification of all present.

The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the Malad Stake, in which they represented that Brother Oliver C. Hoskins, who had been recently operated on for gravel was not only in ill health but very poor financially. They recommended that he be allowed a regular monthly appropriation. After due consideration it was decided that he be allowed $20.00 per month.

Stake conference[s]: Fremont, Elders Clawson and Hy. M. Smith; Juab, Elder Cowley; Cache, Elder Teasdale; Alpine, H. J. Grant and Geo. A. Smith; 3rd Ward, Salt Lake, Pres. Lund and  Jno. Smith.

The Presidency of the Juab Stake recommended that Heber S. Olsen be appointed presiding elder of Mona. Adopted.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith reported that Elders Teasdale, Grant, and himself attended a priesthood meeting of the Jordan Stake at Sandy on Saturday and on Sunday attended the Weber Stake Conference. Hy. M. Smith, Reed Smoot, and Andrew Jenson were also present. They had an excellent conference. He visited the stake academy on Monday.

Elder Teasdale remained at Sandy for Sunday meetings. Elder [p.670] Grant attended the tabernacle meeting on Sunday and spoke and was present at the 13th Ward meeting in the evening. Elder Cowley visited the Oneida Stake Academy on Friday and on Saturday visited and administered to Elder Merrill, who, he said, is a little better but still in a poor condition.

Elder Clawson said that Elder S. B. Young and himself attended the San Luis Stake Conference Sunday and Monday. Found conditions favorable. The saints of San Luis have harvested about 60,000 bushels of wheat during the past season. The mill combine, however, dictates the prices paid for the products of the country down there. There is a movement on foot looking to the organization of a farmers union for the protection of the people.

Elder Geo. A. Smith held an overflow meeting in the Ogden 3rd Ward last Sunday. Elder Smith reported that the 23rd Ward, Salt Lake Stake, is dying spiritually and needs immediate attention.

Pat. Jno. Smith attended the tabernacle meeting on Sunday. Pres. Winder reported his attendance at the East Mill Creek Ward Conference last Sunday. Pres. Smith attended two meetings of the B. Y. College, Logan, on Saturday. There are, he said, some 300 students in attendance at the academy and are under excellent discipline. Attended the college Sunday School on Sunday and tabernacle meeting in the afternoon and Logan 1st Ward meeting in the evening.

Elder H. J. Grant said that while in Japan [he] learned that the council had decided to again divide the Salt Lake Stake and wondered why it had not been done, as in his judgment it was a very necessary move. Pres. Smith explained that for various reasons action upon this matter had been postponed. Elder Clawson called attention to the fact that if the division were made this year, immediate action would have to be taken or nothing could be done until next fall. A change of this kind should come at the beginning of the year with a margin of two months for preliminaries.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Teasdale.

[Saturday, 24 October 1903] [Rexburg, Idaho.] 2 p.m. Second session of the [Fremont Stake] Conference, Pres. Thos. E. Bassett presiding. Pres. Bassett. Topics treated. The people of the stake are prospering financially. Crops better than ever before. Many sugarbeets raised this season. [p.671] Counseled the saints to get out of debt. Organizations in good running order. The duties of acting teachers. Poor have been neglected. The stake academy progressing nicely, being almost completed at a cost of $50[,000]. Some of the wards a little behind in their payments. Upwards of 200 students at the academy, 30% being from the outside wards, or rather stakes. Elder Hy. M. Smith. Topics treated. Bore his testimony. R. Clawson. Topics treated. Duties resting upon the teachers. The evil of indebtedness. Backbiting. Faultfinding.

After the meeting we visited and went through the new stake academy building and can say that we were more than pleased. It is a very handsome building, very commodious, well and substantially finished and furnished. It will accommodate about 600 students. It is a structure that will bring credit and prestige to the Latter-day Saints of the Fremont Stake and the other stakes that belong to this church school district.

7:30 p.m. Priesthood meeting at Flamm’s hall with the sisters also in attendance. Pres. Bassett presided. The speakers were Pres. Bassett, Pres. Wm. Smart of the Wasatch Stake, Elder Hy. M. Smith, and myself. Some of the topics treated were: the importance of attending our priesthood and quorum meetings, integrity to the truth, and the condition of the apostate.

[Thursday, 29 October 1903] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “High on the Mountain Top.” Elder Cowley opened by prayer, and Elder Teasdale was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.” The minutes of Oct. 22 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from E. B. Tripp, Senr., who had been cut off the church some years ago for immorality and later restored and who now wanted his former blessings sealed upon him. After some discussion it was decided that his request be granted.

A letter was read from Elder Jos. J. Daynes, in which he asked for the privilege to practice on the tabernacle organ. Upon motion [p.672] it was decided that not only should the privilege be granted to Elder Daynes but also to Arthur Shepherd and other competent musicians of our faith, that we might have more than one in training for a time of need.

The presidency of the Nebo Stake wrote, saying that they had released Bp. [Marinus] Larsen and his counselors from presiding over the Spanish Fork 3rd Ward and recommended Elder Geo. Hales for bishop of said ward. Upon motion of Elder Clawson, the recommendation was approved.

Conference appointments: Wasatch, R. Clawson; Cassia, Elder Cowley; Bingham, Geo. A. Smith; Elders Jno. H. Smith and Hy. M. Smith were appointed to attend the Oneida Stake Conference, Nov. 7 and 8th. The clerk read an interesting letter from Elder Francis M. Lyman, addressed to Elder Teasdale.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith attended conference during the past week in Juab Stake. In addition to the regular conference meetings there [was] a conjoint meeting of the young people, a religion class meeting, and a priesthood meeting. A good spirit prevailed.

Elder Cowley was present on Sunday. Elder Teasdale and Elder Smoot attended the Cache Stake Conference. There was a fine religion class conference also held. Elder Grant attended the Alpine Stake Conference, which was poorly attended on Saturday, but crowded on Sunday. Affairs there are in fine shape.

Elder Clawson reported the attendance of himself and Elder Hyrum M. Smith at the Fremont Stake Conference held at Rexburg. Attendance at all the meetings very large, showing the necessity of a stake tabernacle, which the authorities of the stake expect to build in the near future. The crops have been heavy this season. The stake academy, now nearing completion and in use, is a fine building and will bring credit and prestige to our people in Idaho. It has cost about $50,000, which is all paid up but $6000. There are 200 pupils in attendance with accommodations for 600.

Pres. Lund attended Scandinavian meeting on Sunday afternoon and 3rd Ward meeting in the evening. The meeting house in that ward, he said, had been remodeled and now presented a beautiful appearance. Pres. Smith was also in attendance.

Pres. Winder attended conference in Farmers Ward last Sunday. Pres. Smith, besides going to the 3rd Ward, also attended the [p.673] funeral of Sister Shaw of the 17th Ward.

Reports were approved. Upon the suggestion of Elder Grant, it was moved and carried that two or three young men be called to take a mission to Japan. In view of the approaching city election, the brethren indulged in a political discussion at some length.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Clawson.

[Monday, 2 November 1903] Heber City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Administered to the little boy of Brother Price, who is troubled with fits.

Also held a meeting with Pres. [William H.] Smart and Counselor Jos. R. Murdock and Bp. Wm. Daybell and a number of the brethren from Charleston for the purpose of organizing a prayer circle for that ward. Present 15. I made brief remarks in reference to the purpose and character of a prayer circle and presented the name of Bp. Wm. Daybell as president and Ernest Bate as secretary. Sustained. The brethren then robed, and I explained the signs and tokens [of the temple endowment ceremony] and took them through, after which prayer was offered at the altar by Bp. Daybell.

[Thursday, 5 November 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Jno. Smith, the patriarch, and the clerk.

Conference appointments: Wayne Stake, Elder Cowley; Oneida, Elders Jno. H. Smith and Hyrum M. Smith; Jordan, Elder Clawson. Minutes of meeting of Oct. 29th were read and approved.

The brethren clothed and sang, “Thou, Earth, Wast Once a Glorious Spot [Sphere].” Elder Hyrum M. Smith prayed, and Pres. Smith was mouth at the altar. Singing.

An application was made by the Preston 1st Ward for assistance to build a ward meeting house. They were now meeting in the stake academy, which is unsatisfactory, and they, therefore, asked for $1000. The matter was referred to Elder Jno. H. Smith, who will attend the Oneida Stake Conference.

The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the Teton Stake, [p.674] addressed to Elder Cowley regarding the resources of the Teton Basin and the price of land.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith remained at home on Sunday and attended fast meeting at the temple and afternoon service in the 17th Ward. Elder Grant reported his attendance at the fast meeting in the temple on Sunday, also prayer circle, afternoon meeting in the 13th Ward, and evening meeting at the 18th Ward chapel. At 4 p.m. he spoke to strangers at the tabernacle.

Elder Cowley attended the Cassia Stake Conference and was accompanied by Elder Louis A. Kelsch. Had an excellent conference. During the conference he ordained Thos. H. Blackburn, Jr, a bishop and set him apart to preside over the Yost Ward.

Elder Clawson attended the Wasatch Stake Conference held at Heber City. Attendance large and good spirit prevailed. Pres. Smart [is] alive and active. On Monday organized a prayer circle for the Charleston Ward and at 12 noon attended the funeral of Sister Agnes Fisher of Center Ward, who met death by an accident, leaving a husband and seven children.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith attended fast meeting at the temple. Elder Geo. A. Smith attended the Bingham Stake Conference. The turnout was small on Saturday but large on Sunday. Many babies in evidence. Found stake in fair condition. Church population some 15,000 souls and stake needs to be divided. The stake presidency work in harmony.

Jno. Smith went to Preston on Wednesday to visit the sick and on Sunday attended the temple fast meeting. Pres. Lund attended the temple fast meeting on Sunday, as also did Pres. Smith, while Pres. Winder was not only at the fast meeting but attended meeting in the Farmers Ward in the afternoon.

The labors of the brethren were approved. Elder Clawson said that he had been approached by a bishop who wanted to know the view of the council in regard to the Word of Wisdom, as to whether it was now binding upon the church as a commandment, as thus saith the Lord. Pres. Smith replied that it is so regarded. Benediction.

At the close of the meeting Elder Grant was set apart under the hands of the brethren as president of the European Mission, Pres. Jos. F. Smith being mouth.

Friday, 6 November 1903

[p. 675] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. I was engaged during the day, mostly, in writing a very important letter, the nature of which I do not care to mention here.

7 p.m. Monthly priesthood meeting of the Salt Lake Stake of Zion, Pres. Angus M. Cannon presiding. Pres. Cannon read a communication from the First Presidency in reference to the missionary classes taught in the church schools. In accordance with a previous understanding, I spoke and informed the brethren present that an effort would be made, under the approval of the stake presidency, to introduce the religion class work in the Salt Lake Stake. I commented on the character of this work. I was followed by Horace Cummings, who explained the six steps. Elder Henry Peterson also made a few remarks on the same subject. Pres Cannon endorsed what had been said and desired to know what bishops would like classes organized in their wards. Out of 35 wards two bishops responded. Bishop [George] Romney of the 20th Ward arose and threw cold water on the proposition. Altogether it was a bad showing for the chiefest stake in Zion.

[Thursday, 12 November 1903] Salt Lake City. Snowing and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Pat. Jno. Smith, and clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, ‘”Mid Scenes of Confusion.” Elder Clawson prayed, and Elder Jno. Smith, patriarch, was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Be It My Only Wisdom Here.”

A letter was read from the presidency of the Millard Stake, in which they stated that Bp. Frank Hinckley of Deseret had sent in his resignation and giving as a reason that he was financially involved and could not give the bishopric that attention it demanded. The resignation was accepted and the brethren now recommended Hyrum S. Cahoon to succeed him. On motion of Elder Clawson, the recommendation was approved.

The clerk read a letter from Alfred Parsons, Auckland, asking for assistance in the emigration of himself and his intended bride to Zion. He promised to repay the amount advanced. The matter [p.676] upon motion was referred to the president of the Australian Mission.

Stake conference appointments: Nebo, Elder Teasdale; Bannock, Elder Clawson; to attend the funeral of Aaron Farr at Ogden this afternoon, Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Hyrum M. Smith, and Jno. Smith.

Reports
Elder Teasdale reported his attendance at fast meeting at Nephi two weeks ago, Sunday School in the morning, and conjoint meeting in the evening. On Friday he attended the exercises at the Snow Academy at Ephraim in honor of the Founder’s Day. Last Sunday attended Y.M.M.I.A. conference at Nephi. Monday attended priesthood meeting in the Nephi North Ward.

Elder Cowley attended the Wayne Stake Conference last Sunday with Louis A. Kelsch. Most of the bishops were present, and a good spirit prevailed. Jos. Eckersley was ordained a high priest and set apart as 2nd Counselor to Pres. Willis E. Robison to succeed Elder [Hans M.] Hansen, removed. Elder [Gearson S.] Bastian was made first counselor. The people of that stake feel poor as a rule and want to move away.

Elder Clawson attended the Jordan Stake Conference and was accompanied by Elder J. W. McMurrin. The usual conference meetings were held with a meeting of the officers and teachers of the religion classes on Sat. at 4 p.m. and conjoint meeting of young people Sunday evening. Very good attendance all through and very good spirit. Friday evening he attended, he said, the priesthood meeting of the Salt Lake Stake with Elders Henry Peterson and Horace Cummings to present the subject of religion class work and ask the bishops of the stake to take hold of it. The matter had the endorsement of the stake presidency but met with a cold reception from the bishops, there being only two out of 35 who expressed a willingness to organize classes in their wards. Elder Clawson said it [he] thought it a very bad showing for the president of the stake, and the response of the bishops was similar with what would be called under different circumstances a “black eye.”

The report of the other brethren was deferred for one week. Meeting adjourned. Before adjournment was taken, however, a letter from Pres. F. M. Lyman, dated Oct. 3, was read by the clerk. Bro. Lyman informed the brethren that a desirable piece of [p.677] property in Liverpool suitable for headquarters of the European Mission (a picture of the building and a rough draft of the dimensions being enclosed) could be purchased, he thought, for 1500 pounds. After some discussion Elder Clawson moved that the purchase be made and that Pres. Lyman be authorized to take whatever steps might be necessary in the premises.

[Monday, 16 November 1903] Mound Valley, Idaho. Snowing and cold. 2 p.m. Continuation of the [Bannock Stake] Conference, Pres. [Lewis S.] Pond presiding. The authorities were presented and sustained. Pres. Pond announced that Elder Denmark Jensen, his counselor, had sent in his resignation for the reason that he had moved into another stake, and hence his name would not be presented. Pres. Pond gave notice that Thanksgiving day would be observed by the four wards in the new meeting house and read the program. He also made brief remarks and expressed regret that some of the reports concerning the priesthood of the stake were unfavorable. Read the rules that should be used in governing the new house. R. Clawson. Topics treated. Spoke in words of praise concerning the efforts put forth to erect the new house. The nature of sin; the commission of sin leads to spiritual death and our only deliverance is by the shedding of blood—even that of the Lord Jesus Christ. The evil of indebtedness.

[Thursday, 19 November 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and John Henry Smith, [George Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith,] George A. Smith, the Patriarch [John Smith], and clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Now Let Us Rejoice in the Day of Salvation.” President Lund prayed, and Elder George A. Smith was mouth at the altar. The brethren disrobed and sang, “An Angel from on High.”

The question arose as to how far the tokens and signs of the priesthood should be explained in a prayer circle. It was the sense of the meeting that we should go no further than an explanation of the signs. Minutes of Nov. 5th and Nov. 11th were read and approved.

[p. 678] Conference appointments: Box Elder, Elder Cowley; Millard, Elder Teasdale; South San Pete, Elder Hyrum M. Smith; Teton, Elder Clawson. Upon recommendation of the presidency of the Teton Stake, Elder [George W.] Hendrickson was endorsed for bishop of Driggs Ward.

Elder Benj. Cluff, Jr., wrote, saying that he had accepted an offer to take charge of the business of the Utah and Mexican Rubber Co. with headquarters in Mexico. This he had done with the approval verbally of President Joseph F. Smith. The action of President Smith was sustained.

Jos. W. McAllister, recorder of St. George Temple, wanted help to the extent of $90.00 from the church to repair his two homes, which were in bad shape and leaking. It was decided to extend him a loan of $90.00 and take his note for same. If he failed to pay the obligation, it would be forgiven him.

Reports
Elder John Henry Smith reported the attendance of Elder Hyrum M. Smith and himself to the Oneida Stake Conference two weeks ago. They also attended the funeral of Aaron Fart last Thursday. Last Sunday attended the funeral of Sister Burnham, tabernacle meeting in the afternoon, and 17th Ward in the evening.

Elder Teasdale said that he attended the Nebo Stake Conference last Sunday and was accompanied by Elder George A. Smith. Had a good time. David Prior was ordained a high priest and set apart as 1st counselor to Bishop [George] Hales of Spanish Fork 3rd Ward. Elder Cowley attended meeting last Sunday at the Fielding Ward, Malad Stake.

Elder Clawson reported the attendance of Elder B. H. Roberts and himself at the exercises of Founder’s Day at Oneida Stake Academy; and on Sunday and Monday attended the conference of the Bannock Stake at Mound Valley Ward, 30 miles north of Preston. The conference was held in a new meeting house now nearing completion. It is a beautiful house. Elder Denmark Jensen was not sustained as a counselor to President [Lewis S.] Pond for the reason that he had moved out of the stake, and he had taken this step without counseling with Brother Pond.

Elder George A. Smith attended the Summit Stake Conference two weeks ago. Good attendance. Good music. Opportunity [p.679] for doing much good in that stake. President Lund reported that he attended meetings at home two weeks ago. Last Sunday was reading manuscript. President Winder attended Granger Ward Conference two weeks ago and on last Sunday attended the funeral of Sister Burnham.

Reports and labors of the brethren approved. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by President Smith.

[Friday, 27 November 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, [and Anthon H. Lund,] and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Jno. Smith, patriarch, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “From the Region of Glory.” Pres. Winder offered the opening prayer, and Elder Woodruff was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Afflicted Saint, to Christ Draw Near.” Minutes of Nov. 19 were read and approved.

Conference appointments: Tooele, Elder Teasdale; Panguitch, Elder Cowley; Bear Lake, Elder Clawson; Granite, Elder Hy. M. Smith. The Pocatello Stake Conference was postponed indefinitely that they might have opportunity to get the new meeting house at Pocatello ready for dedication. The clerk read a letter from Reed Smoot, in which he explained how he intended to make a defense on the question of unlawful cohabitation.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith attended the Benson Stake Conference with Elder Seymour B. Young. Had a good conference. While there called to see Elder Merrill and found him feeling badly—most trouble was in his legs. Came down to the Box Elder Stake Conference on Monday.

Elder Teasdale reported the Millard Stake Conference. Had an excellent priesthood meeting Saturday night, also fine conference meetings, [and] conjoint meeting Sunday night. Ex-Pres. Ira Hinckley very sick but improved by the prayer of faith. Installed the new bishopric of Deseret, as follows: Hyrum S. Cahoon as bishop, with Wm. R. Black, 1st counselor, and Ed. J. Wicker, 2nd counselor. Wm. Beeston was ordained a patriarch under his hands.

Elder Woodruff said that he had attended the Sunday School [p.680] conferences in Arizona in company with J. M. Tanner, also the church schools at St. Johns and Thatcher. The diphtheria has broken out in Snowflake. Visited Juarez and made a tour of that stake in company with Jno. W. Taylor. J[ohn] E. Steiner was sustained as bishop of Pacheco.

Elder Clawson reported the Teton Stake Conference. The meetings were well attended there, being about 300 people present at each session. The church population of the stake is about 1700 souls. The following brethren were sustained as alternate high councillors: Geo. W. Tonks, Jas. I. May, and R[obert] G. Meikle; and the following brethren were sustained as the bishopric of the Leigh Ward: Geo. W. Hendrickson, bishop, Hans Peter Mack, 1st, and Jas. Henry, 2d counselors.

Elder Hy. M. Smith attended dedicatory services of the 28th Ward meeting house, Salt Lake Stake. Fine house and good service. Elder Geo. A. Smith was also in attendance. Elder Geo. A. Smith also attended the tabernacle service last Sunday.

Pres. Lund said that Pres. Smith and himself attended the South San Pete Stake Conference. During the conference dedicated the meeting house in Manti. It was an old house now finished off at a cost of $9000. It makes a fine house as completed. The conference meetings were spirited. Pres. Smith offered the dedicatory prayer.

Pres. Winder attended ward conference at Hunter. Pres. Lund further reported that Hans Jensen of Manti was ordained a patriarch under the hands of Pres. Smith. Elder Jno. H. Smith said that the saints of Richmond, Benson Stake, were building a $40,000 meeting house and had inaugurated the work without consulting the stake presidency.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Teasdale. 8 p.m. Lydia, Eliza Madsen, and myself went to the theater.

[Sunday, 29 November 1903] Paris[, Idaho]. Clear and cold, but little snow on the ground. 11 a.m. First session of the [Bear Lake Stake] Conference at the tabernacle. R. Clawson. Topics treated. Forgiveness. S. B. Young. Topics treated. Forgiveness. Duty of the Seventy.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. [William] Budge presiding. I spoke. Topics treated. The character of sin. The need [p.681] of repentance. S. B. Young. Topics treated. The importance of sustaining those whom we pray for. The fate of those who turn against the church. Tithing.

After the meeting I visited the new stake academy building, which is now in use. It is a fine structure and very nice in all of its appointments. Certainly all such buildings will bring credit to our people.

[Thursday, 3 December 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hy. M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, the Patriarch [John Smith], and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Jesus Once of Humble Birth.” Elder Teasdale opened, and Elder Smoot was mouth at the altar. In the conversation concerning Elder Smoot’s case, it was decided that he should employ a home attorney to defend him at Washington, in connection with legal help on that end of the line.

The clerk read a letter addressed to Elder Clawson from the presidency of the Pocatello Stake, in which they stated that matters had greatly improved for the brethren employed by the Oregon Short Line Ry. Co.

Minutes of Nov. 27th were read and approved. The clerk read a letter from Ernest Rowe, representative of Frank Leslie’s Weekly, in which he offered to publish an article from the church at $600 per page. The offer was politely declined.

 J. W. Paxman wrote that one of the bishops of his stake claimed that, in a case where a new supt. of the Sabbath School was needed, it was his prerogative to take the necessary steps to effect the change, whereas, heretofore, in the Juab Stake the stake supt. of Sabbath Schools had taken the initiative. It became the mind of the council that the bishop was right, but that in all such cases, he should act in conjunction with the stake supt. of Sunday Schools.

Stake conference appointments: Kanab, M. F. Cowley; North San Pete, Elder Teasdale and the Patriarch.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith attended the Granite Stake Conference in their new stake meeting house on State Street. It is a beautiful [p.682] structure but somewhat deficient in acoustics. Last evening attended a meeting of the stake officers of the Y.M.M.I.A., Salt Lake Stake. Present [were] between 60 and 70 active, wide-awake, young men, and it is evident they are doing a good work.

Elder Teasdale said that Elder Geo. A. Smith and himself attended the Tooele Stake Conference. The meetings were poorly attended on Saturday but well attended on Sunday and a good spirit prevailed. He dedicated the Tooele tithing office.

Elder Woodruff said that he was also in attendance at the Granite Stake Conference. Elder Clawson reported the Bear Lake Stake Conference. Missed Saturday’s meetings on account of poor R.R. connections. Sunday’s meetings were well attended. Crops good this year but stock market in bad condition to the injury of the people. There is a little snow in the valley, and roads very heavy.

Elder Hy. M. Smith and Pres. Lund were both at the Granite Stake Conference. Reports approved and meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Jno. H. Smith.

[Friday-Saturday, 4-5 December 1903] Salt Lake City. Weather cold and clear. I spent these two days mostly at the President’s office, being engaged in various matters of business. I also wrote several important letters.

[Thursday, 10 December 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Rudger Clawson, Abraham O. Woodruff, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “The Morning Breaks and the Shadows Flee.” Pres. Jos. F. Smith opened, and Elder Jno. W. Taylor was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Up, Awake, Ye Defenders of Zion.”

The clerk read a letter from L. P. Christensen, Richfield, in which he complained that his bishop would not give him a recommend to the temple and that the high council had sustained said action. He wanted a further investigation. The matter was referred back to the presidency of his stake. A letter from President Geo. C. Parkinson was read. He stated that Bp. M. W. Pratt of Fairview had been released, and he now recommended Edwin Bodily to [p.683] succeed him. Recommendation approved.

Pres. Wm. Seegmiller of Sevier wrote, saying that he was in ill health and felt that it would be wisdom on his part to winter in a warmer climate, also felt that his long administration as president of the Sevier Stake had told [tolled] on him and that doubtless it would be a good move to reorganize the presidency of that stake, in which case he would willingly resign. The clerk was instructed to write him that a furlough would be granted, and that if his health did not improve, the reorganization alluded to would then be considered.

Conference appointments: St. George, M. F. Cowley; Sevier,  Jno. H. Smith; Morgan, Elders Clawson and Geo. A. Smith; Salt Lake, Elders Woodruff and Teasdale.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith said that on last Sunday he attended the temple fast meeting, the 17th Ward in afternoon, and meeting at Forest Dale in the evening. Presidents Smith and Lund and himself attended the celebration ceremonies of the Idaho Sugar Factory on Tuesday forenoon and in the afternoon assisted in laying the cornerstone of the new sugar factory at Sugar City, Idaho, 3 miles north of Rexburg.

Elder Teasdale and the Patriarch attended the North San Pete Stake Conference last week and had an exceedingly fine time. Elder Taylor said that Elder Woodruff had reported his recent visit to Mexico. However, he would say that before leaving Juarez he attended a meeting called by Pres. Ivins, at which $12,500 was subscribed to the new stake academy not yet begun, and this added to $10,000 previously arranged for insured the success of the project. Last Sunday he was at Farmington where he attended meeting. Reported that Pres. [John W.] Hess is very dangerously sick; his bladder must be tapped every 15 minutes.

Elder Clawson attended the temple fast meeting and conjoint meeting of the young people at the 18th Ward in the evening. Elder Woodruff attended the temple fast meeting and the Sugar House Ward meeting at 2 p.m. An effort was put forth to raise means for the new Granite Stake house with good success—$1500 was subscribed.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith attended the temple fast meeting in the morning and 31st Ward meeting in the evening. Elder Geo. A. [p.684] Smith was at the temple fast meeting at 10, at the 17th Ward at 2 p.m., and at the 18th Ward at 6:30 p.m.

Pres. Lund attended the temple fast meeting and the 17th Ward meeting at 2 p.m. and delivered a lecture in the 28th Ward in the evening. Pres. Smith attended the temple fast meeting in the morning and the Forest Dale meeting in the evening.

Reports received and labors of the brethren approved. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Geo. A. Smith.

[Friday, 11 December 1903] Salt Lake City. Snowing and cool. In the afternoon attended a reception given by the temple workers of the Salt Lake Temple to Pres. Jno. R. Winder in honor of his 83rd birthday. The gathering was held in the Celestial Room, and there were present, besides the workers, Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Abraham O. Woodruff, Jno. W. Taylor, Rudger Clawson, and Hyrum M. Smith, and Geo. A. Smith, the Seven Presidents of Seventies, the Presiding Bishopric, the presidency of the Salt Lake Stake, and others. A very fine program, consisting of speeches, sentiments, and songs, was carried out. Many complimentary words were spoken concerning the life and work of Pres. Winder.

Sunday, 13 December 1903

Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 6 a.m. Accompanied by Elder Geo. A. Smith, I left for Morgan City to attend the Morgan Stake Conference, arriving at 9:30 a.m. Snowing.

10 a.m. First session of the conference in the stake house. Opening remarks by Pres. Dan Heiner. Topics treated. Bountiful harvest this year. Saints enjoying good health. Elder Geo. A. Smith. Topics treated. Tithing. Spiritual blessings. The youth of Zion. Missionary work in Zion. Elder S. B. Young. Topics treated. The visitation of the Father and Son to Joseph Smith, the prophet. The martyrdom of Joseph and his brother Hyrum.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. Heiner presiding. R. Clawson. Topics treated. Made some remarks concerning the new stake house in which we were assembled. The Bible, Book [of] Mormon, and Doctrine and Covenants. Dwelt at some length on the vision of the three glories. Disappointment constitutes hell. [p.685] Elder Geo. A. Smith. Topics treated. By the example of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the flood, and the life of Christ, he showed how the people of the world were destroyed by disobedience to the counsels of the servants of God. Word of Wisdom.

Thursday, 17 December 1903

Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cold. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Jno. Smith, the patriarch, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Thou, Earth, Wast Once a Glorious Sphere.” Prayer by the Patriarch, and Jno. H. Smith mouth at the altar. Song, “Awake, O Ye People, the Savior is Coming.” The minutes of Dec. 3 and 10 were read and approved.

Pres. [Stephen L.] Chipman invited Pres. Smith by letter to dedicate the American Fork school building recently erected at a cost of $16,000 on Jan. 2, 1904. The President said he would make an effort to respond.

Appointments: Davis Stake Conference, members of the Presidency and Elder Geo. A. Smith; reorganization of the bishopric of the Lehi Ward, Elder Teasdale; Parowan Stake Conference, Elder Cowley; dedication of the Three Mile Creek Ward meeting house, Box Elder Stake, Elder Clawson. Bp. [George R.] Emery of the 16th Ward invited the brethren to attend commemorative services in honor of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Wednesday night, Dec. 24th, 1903.

Elder Taylor recommended the division of the Davis Stake. He mentioned the matter in view of the death of Pres. [John W.] Hess. No action was taken. Pres. Winder, however, expressed the view that as said stake was very compact in area and has a light membership—namely, about 4000—he could see no very good reason for making the division. Elder Taylor submitted a number of names that might be considered for the new presidency. The matter of reorganizing was left for the conference that convenes next Sunday and Monday. Pres. Smith intimated that he would be there.

Reports

Jno. H. Smith attended the Sevier Stake Conference. Good time. There is a strong sentiment, he said, in favor of dividing [p.686] Richfield into three wards. Salina Ward also needs a new bishop. He instructed them to make their recommendations to the council. Filled two vacancies in the high council and set apart some bishops’ counselors.

Elder Teasdale said that he attended the 13th Ward Sunday School Sunday a.m. and Salt Lake Stake Conference afternoon and evening. Elder Jno. W. Taylor spent Sunday in Farmington. Elder Woodruff attended the Salt Lake Stake Conference. Had also assisted Pres. Frank Y. Taylor at the Granite Stake fair during the week.

Elder Clawson, accompanied by Elder Geo. A. Smith, attended the Morgan Stake Conference. Good attendance. Fine class of young people in that stake. Presidency united and meet once a week. Having a little trouble with Brother [Charles] Welsh, high councillor, who does not fully sustain the presidency. Good crops.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith attended a domestic conference at B. Y. University, Provo. There was a fine gathering of young people and good reports given in. Good showing on Word of Wisdom. The Patriarch said that he had been visiting in San Pete, where he gave a number of blessings. Last Sunday attended the Salt Lake Stake Conference.

Pres. Lund also attended the domestic conference at Provo and was pleased with the reports. B. Y. University the best conducted school in the church. He recommended Edwin Johnson for bishop of Mt. Pleasant. Elder Geo. A. Smith reported that the 15th, 23rd, and 12th Wards needed attention, as some very unfavorable conditions prevailed in those places. Elders Clawson and Geo. A. Smith were appointed as a committee to see Pres. A. M. Cannon and urge him to take some action in the premises.

Pres. Jno. R. Winder attended a ward conference at Murray last Sunday. Pres. Smith said that he had just received word from Elders Lyman and Grant to the effect that they had about closed the bargain for the new mission house and property at Liverpool.

Reports approved and benediction was offered by Pres. Winder.

Saturday, 19 December 1903

Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. I spent the day at the President’s office. During the day I received a very important letter, the [p.687] contents of which made me very happy. I also sent away to a “special” friend an important Christmas package.3

At 5:45 I left for Brigham City for the purpose of attending the dedicatory service of the new Three Mile Creek—or rather, the Perry Ward meeting house.

Thursday, 24 December 1903

Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cold. 10 a.m. Meeting in the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, the Patriarch [John Smith], and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire.” Elder Geo. A. Smith prayed, and Elder Cowley was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.” Minutes of Dec. 17th were read and approved.

Pres. Wm. H. Seegmiller wrote, recommending the division of the Richfield Ward into three wards and suggesting the following brethren for bishops: 1st Ward, Heber C.. Christensen; 2nd Ward, Virginius Bean; 3rd Ward, Geo. W. Coons. Also suggested the reorganization of the Salina bishopric with Carl Mattson as bishop; Koosharem Ward, with E. C. Bagley to succeed his father as bishop; recommended that the Vermillion Ward, which had been greatly weakened by removals, be reduced to a branch and attached to the Sigurd Ward. The recommendations were approved.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. L. S. Pond, in which he recommended Rasmus Jorgensen as bishop of Central Ward, Bannock Stake; and that Jos. T. Pond be sustained as his counselor to succeed Denmark Jensen, resigned. Pres. Pond said that he felt a delicacy in recommending his brother, because of the family relationship. Brother Clawson said that at the last stake conference there he had made inquiries about Jos. T. Pond of disinterested parties, and they all said he was by far the most available man for the place. The recommendation was approved.

[p. 688] Pres. J[onathan] S. Page, Jr., of the Nebo Stake addressed a letter to Elder Cowley, in which he recommended that Elder Henry W. Barnett, who was unable to make a living but who was a good man and an able speaker and defender of the faith, be employed as a missionary to travel through the stakes preaching the gospel, and in return that he be supplied with board and clothes. The clerk was instructed to write him to the effect that it would probably be advisable to employ Brother Barnett as a home missionary in the Nebo Stake.

Reports
Pres. Jno. R. Winder attended Forest Dale Ward Conference last Sunday. Elder Jno. H. Smith was at Lehi on Sunday. Elder Teasdale reported the division of the Lehi Ward into four wards. The people were well satisfied with the division and the brethren chosen.

Jno. W. Taylor attended the funeral of Pres. Jno. W. Hess on Saturday. Attended the Forest Dale Sunday School on the 19th and advised against the habit of our girls keeping company with gentile boys. In the afternoon was at Mill Creek and in the evening at Farmers Ward. Administered to a number of the sick during the week. Elder Merrill said that he had done but little visiting in the stakes of late on account of ill health, but had managed to attend to his duties in the temple.

Elder Cowley reported his recent visit to the four southern Utah Stakes. Said that the Panguitch Stake was behind in its auxiliary organizations and that the Kanab Stake is lame on the religion class work. At St. George the people are feeling well. It requires 1000 miles travel to cover the stake. The people are being urged to go into the business of raising seedless raisins, which can be done at a profit of $150 per acre. Parowan Stake was under a peculiar spirit. The Y.M.M.I.A. had been weak but would now do better under a new superintendency. Chas. L. Adams was set apart as a high councillor, and Geo. Corey and Elder [William T.] Wilkinson were set apart as alternate high councillors. Elder Cowley collected $586 as a donation to the Denver meeting house.

Elder Woodruff attended meeting at Big Cottonwood on Sunday, at which $900.00 was raised for the Granite Stake house. Elder Clawson said that he dedicated the new Perry Ward meeting house, Box Elder Stake, on Sunday. It was a good substantial [p.689] building with a basement for amusements and an upper assembly hall for meeting purposes. The total cost was $5224 [5223]—$2450 [2425] of which was realized from the sale of the old meeting house, balance was paid in on donation. Elder Hyrum M. Smith attended the funeral of Pres. Jno. W. Hess on Saturday and Farmers Ward meeting in the evening.

Elder Geo. A. Smith reported the Davis Stake Conference, which he attended on Sunday. He also said that Elder Clawson and himself had consulted with the presidency of the Salt Lake Stake with reference to the 15th and 23rd Wards and learned that the 15th Ward would be divided up on the first of the year, part going to the 14th Ward and part to the 24th Ward, but that the name of the 24th Ward would be changed to the 15th. This action was made necessary by reason of the sale of the 15th Ward meeting house property and other lands adjacent there to the Oregon Short Line Ry. Co.; and also that the presidency of the stake had been looking for a long time for a successor of Bp. Geo. Jones, whose administration had been very inefficient. Bishop timber, they say, is very scarce in that ward.

The Patriarch attended the funeral of Pres. Hess, the 10th Ward Sabbath School Sunday morning, and tabernacle service in the afternoon. Pres. Lund was at the Davis Stake Conference on Sunday.

Pres. Smith attended the Davis Stake Conference on Sunday, also Pres. Hess’ funeral. Yesterday attended a meeting of the Daughters of the Pioneers and in the evening he was present at a meeting in the 16th Ward, held in commemoration of the birth of Joseph Smith, the prophet.

Reports were approved. Elder Jno. H. Smith suggested that it would be wise for the apostles in visiting the stakes to confine their remarks to the preaching of the gospel rather than to refer to ministers of the gospel (?) in the world. Our enemies are watching for something to take hold of just at present.

Benediction by Elder Merrill. After the meeting Elder Merrill was administered to for his health. Elder Teasdale anointed and  Jno. H. Smith confirmed the same.

[Thursday, 31 December 1903] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. [p.690] Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, the Patriarch [John Smith], and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Sing to the Great Jehovah’s Praise.” Elder Woodruff prayed, and Elder Hyrum M. Smith was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Come, Let Us Anew.”

The clerk read a letter from Elder Chas. B. Bartlett, president of the New Zealand Mission, in which he suggested the wisdom and propriety of establishing a high school in New Zealand under church auspices. The means for erecting a building and conducting the school could be raised, he thought, by donations from the saints there and the saints here in Zion, with some help from the church. Other denominations had instituted church schools as an aid to proselyting and were meeting with good success. The clerk was instructed to write to Brother Bartlett for further information as to what this move would cost, action being deferred for the present.

Reports
Pres. Winder said that he was at the dedication of the Granite Stake tabernacle on Sunday. The building, which had been erected at a cost of $64,000, was crowded to the limit, and Pres. Smith offered the dedicatory prayer.

Elder Jno. H. Smith attended a funeral Sunday morning and the tabernacle meeting in the afternoon. Elder Teasdale said that he attended a meeting of the presidency of the Juab Stake and high council at Nephi on Sunday. Elders Cowley, Woodruff, and Clawson were also at the Granite Stake meeting on Sunday. Elder Clawson spoke in the 24th Ward in the evening. Elders Hyrum M. Smith and Geo. A. Smith also attended the dedication of the Granite Stake house, as also did the Patriarch. Pres. Lund was one of the speakers at the dedication.

The division of the Davis Stake had been informally discussed. Elder Taylor had proposed that some wards be taken off the Weber Stake and be added to what would be the North Davis Stake, should this move be made. Pres. Lund moved that no wards be taken from the Weber Stake and added to the Davis Stake. Carried. Elder Hyrum M. Smith moved that the Davis Stake be not divided at [p.691] present. Carried. Benediction by the Patriarch.

2 p.m. I attended a meeting of the Utah Light and Power Co. This was one of the last meetings of the board of directors of that corporation prior to merging into the Utah Light and Railway Co. (namely, a merging of the Utah Light and Power Co. and the Consolidated Power and Railway Co. of Salt Lake City). The directorate of the new company will consist of 9 directors, of which the trustee-in-trust has the naming of three. Before the adjournment, he named Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund. This, of course, lets me out, but it will be seen that no better appointment could be made than the First Presidency.

Notes

1. The state of Idaho had previously banned Mormons from voting. Consequently, the church had allowed some members in Idaho to withdraw temporarily from the church in order to vote.

2. Clawson is probably speaking of Pearl Udall, whom he wed as a post-Manifesto plural wife in less than one year.

3. Clawson here seems to be referring to his nascent relationship with Pearl Udall.