A Ministry of Meetings
Stan Larson, editor
8 October-5 May
Call to the Apostleship: “Let Others Speak”
[p. 3][Saturday, 8 October 1898] [Editor’s note: Clawson, not in attendance at this meeting, is quoting from the diary of Apostle Heber J. Grant, currently housed in the archives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.]
There was a meeting of the First Presidency and Apostles held in the Celestial Room of the Temple immediately after the close of the morning session of the regular conference, all of the Presidency and eleven of the Quorum being present. At the request of Prest. [Lorenzo] Snow, the Apostles handed to him suggestions of brethren whom they would like to be chosen to fill the vacancy in the quorum of the Apostles. Prest. Snow and his Counselors then withdrew to consider the names. After their return I (Heber J. Grant) have recorded in my journal the following:
Upon the return of the Presidency, Prest. Snow said that it was a very solemn thing to fill a vacancy in the Quorum of the Apostles. Our union for many years has been of the most perfect kind, and we hope it will continue to be perfect in the future. Said that he and his Counselors had met and read the names of those suggested to fill the Vacancy in the Quorum of the Apostles. We are perfectly [p.4] united. He was sure we would want the man whom the Lord approved of and that none of us desire that our own judgment shall prevail. Said: I know that we have the mind of the Lord, and I know it just as perfectly as I have ever Known anything. The man we have chosen, and upon whom we are perfectly united, is Rudger Clawson. Prest. Franklin D. Richards moved that we sustain the choice of the Presidency and the motion was unanimously sustained.
Prest. Snow then said he wanted to say something about Rudger Clawson. Said that when he was in the Penitentiary he became intimately acquainted with Bro. Clawson and learned his worth. While in the “Pen” with Bro. Clawson it was manifested to him that Bro. Clawson should be chosen to preside over the Box Elder Stake. You are all familiar, brethren, with that horrible scene through which Bro. Clawson passed in the Southern States while on a mission there and at the time Elder Joseph Standing was killed. When Bro. Standing was killed the man in charge of the mob ordered them to turn their guns on Bro. Clawson and fire. Bro. Clawson closed his eyes and waited for a moment or two, expecting to have the bullets of the assassins crash through his brain. When they did not fire, he opened his eyes and saw the guns were still pointing at him, but the leader countermanded the order to fire.
Brother Clawson during his long confinement in the “Pen” (3 yrs., I mo., 10 days) for plural marriage made a good record. When he was told that he was wanted for the President of the Box Elder Stake, he was willing to go and did go. When Prest. Snow went to Box Elder Stake to place someone in the office of President of that Stake, he met with the High Council and they did not seem to be able to agree upon a man, and finally a motion was carried for him to name the President, and he presented the name of Rudger Clawson, who was unanimously sustained. He had had no experience in preaching but had been faithful, and Bro. Snow said he did not know of any young man who had improved as Bro. Clawson had done.
Prest. Snow closed his remarks by saying, as nearly as I can remember: “I feel to say to you, my brethren, God bless you because you are willing to gather here, and in perfect union accept the mind and will of the Lord.”
[p. 5] [Monday, 10 October 1898] Ordination of Rudger Clawson to the office of an Apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 12 o’clock noon. The First Presidency and Apostles (Eleven) laid their hands upon him, Prest. Lorenzo Snow being mouth. The following is a verbatim report of the ordination:
Brother Rudger Clawson, in the name of the Lord Jesus and by virtue of the Holy Priesthood, we place our hands upon your head and we ordain you an Apostle in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and confer upon you all the gifts, blessings, rights, Keys, and powers that pertain unto this holy and sacred Apostleship. And we say unto you, Brother Rudger, in the name of the Lord, inasmuch as you will be humble and seek the Lord for His Spirit, it shall be even as the Spirit of revelation upon you, which it is your privilege to have as an Apostle and to testify of your Knowledge that there is a God over the inhabitants of the earth, and that there is a Jesus, the Son of the living God, who was crucified upon Mount Calvary—that you may testify of this, having a most perfect Knowledge of it by the power of God and the Holy Ghost.
All the blessings, all the qualifications, and all that is necessary to make you perfect in this Apostleship, in the name of the Lord Jesus we seal upon you, and say that these blessings that we have sealed upon you shall continue upon you during your life and also throughout all eternity. These blessings, gifts, powers, rights, and Keys we seal upon you in the name of the Lord Jesus. Amen.
President Lorenzo Snow delivered the following charge to Brother Rudger Clawson [age forty-one]: A few words I want to say as to the obligations you are placed under now that you have received the Apostleship. The Lord will reveal unto you according to your faithfulness and the circumstances and the duties that will be required of you. You must understand that it is not man that has chosen you; it is not the wisdom of man that has selected you. If it had been man that selected you, or the wisdom of man, there would be a possibility of a failure in the future, and you would not be so well satisfied if you understood that you had been selected by a Council that talked over this matter in a common way, as we generally talk over matters of lesser importance. But you have been chosen because the Lord wanted you to fill this place and because of your faithfulness in the past. You have been [p.6] placed in circumstances that have been very tempting to you to depart a little from the path of wisdom, and you have resisted those temptations, and you have kept in the path of truth and righteousness, just where the Lord wanted you to keep. You have been wonderfully blessed. I do not know of any young man that has been called to positions like you have been, or any other important positions that the Lord has blessed any more than he has blessed you. It seems that almost every effort you have made has been a success. You were willing to go to the penitentiary for nearly three years, I think. (3 yrs., I mo., 10 days.) You had the opportunity of escaping that if you had been pleased to have done so; but you performed your duty under those circumstances acceptably to the Lord and pleasing to your brethren. And now you have been appointed of the Lord to a high and holy calling. Your success depends entirely upon yourself. There is no man that lives and no impediment that you can get into your path, but will be removed, and you will go right along, providing that you preserve your humility, and your meekness, and lowliness, as you have done in the past. Do not think of yourself when important duties are to be performed wherein perhaps there might be advantages to yourself, but think of what the Lord requires of you; think of the good that will be accomplished to others without reference to yourself at all. In this way you can go on and your faith [will] be increased.
You are now, of course, the youngest of the Apostles, so far as coming into the quorum is concerned. There are many of this Quorum that have been in this relation to the Church, as apostles, for a great many years, and have had a long experience, and the Lord has blessed them wonderfully. You must not expect that at once you can feel yourself at home and be equal with them in that knowledge which they have obtained through perseverance and a long movement in the path of duty; that you can be as wise and prudent as they, their experience having given them the right to blessings that have been very great to them in the line pertaining to their duties. You will, of course, not feel it your duty to take up all the time, but to let others speak. Let those who have had long experience speak when it comes to matters of high importance and you listen. Do not occupy too much time at first. Wait until you have had the experience and get the wisdom and [p.7] the understanding the Lord has given to them and will give to you.
Now, Brother Clawson, we are glad to receive you. President Richards, who is President of the Quorum of the Twelve, is glad to receive you, and all the brethren of the Quorum welcome you to the Quorum with their whole hearts. The more they get acquainted with you, Brother Clawson, the more they will love you; and the more you get acquainted with the brethren, the more you will love them. Move along slowly and pause as you make your steps along; and the Lord will be with you. He will be your leader, and His Spirit will suggest how you should act under the circumstances that may surround you.
Now, we all feel, Brother Clawson—I speak in the name of my Counselors and the brethren of the Twelve—we all feel to welcome you with all our hearts. God bless you.
President Joseph F. Smith said: There is one principle that I would like to have presented to Brother Clawson. Perhaps, Prest. Snow, it may not be my place to do that, but as it did not come to your mind, I thought I would like to mention this fact, that one of the great callings and special duties of the Apostles is to become a living witness of the Lord Jesus Christ; to know Him and to be able to testify that He is the Son of God and the Savior of the world. That is essential to the calling of an Apostle of Jesus Christ.
Another principle is, that the Apostles must acknowledge the order and organization of the Priesthood and the united counsels of the leading presiding quorums of the Priesthood as supreme above his own judgment, his own predilections, choice, or desires, no matter how strong his predilections, desires, or choice may be. All the Apostles and all those holding the Priesthood, especially in the Council of the Apostles and of the First Presidency, we must covenant and agree before God, angels, and men, and with each other, that we will acknowledge this organization that God has instituted as His supreme authority on earth. We must do that in order to preserve the integrity of the work of the Lord and of the organization of the Holy Priesthood. This is one thing that Brother Clawson, as well as each of us, must accede to in order to obtain the spirit of the Apostleship.
President George Q. Cannon: I would like Brother Rudger Clawson to understand, when he takes upon himself this ministry, [p.8] that it is the first and most important thing, that he should not set this aside to attend to anything else. His whole life, and all that pertains to his power of life, his talents, and everything should be devoted exclusively to the Apostleship and everything else should be entirely subordinate to that.
Elder Rudger Clawson then made the following remarks: All I can say, brethren, is that I very much appreciate the instructions and suggestions that have been given and I fully accept and endorse them. I feel very weak—a great deal more so than I did at the conference.
Since I have come to think the matter over, a great deal has opened up to my mind. If I could not feel that this call had come to me from the Lord, I would shrink from it, I could not accept it, because the responsibility of it, it seems to me, is so very great that no man of his own wisdom could magnify a calling of this kind. With that feeling in my heart, and the testimonies given here that this is a call from the Lord, that it is His will, why, I feel very much blessed in it and in the acceptance of it; and all that I ask at this time, brethren, is that I may have the faith and prayers of the brethren. If I can have the prayers in my behalf of the Presidency of the Church, of the President of the Twelve, and of my brethren of the Twelve—if I can have their prayers, and sympathy, and support to sustain me—I will endeavor humbly to do my duty and to be one with you. I have been one with you always in my feelings; I have always sustained with my whole heart the Presidency of this Church in their calling and I have accepted and revered their counsels. I believe that my success, if I have attained to any success in the Box Elder Stake where I presided, is due to this spirit to submit fully to the counsels of the Presidency of this Church and the brethren who have presided over me; and I believe that my success in the future can only be in following those lines.
I pray fervently that the Spirit of this appointment and the Spirit of the Apostleship may rest upon me and that I may live so as to deserve the confidence of my brethren. That is all I ask, and I ask it in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
4 p.m. The First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles and their wives were invited to take dinner with Brother John R. Winder at “Poplar Farm,” a few miles south of Salt Lake City. All were present. A sumptuous repast was provided and the afternoon [p.9] passed swiftly and pleasantly away.
[Tuesday, 11 October 1898] 10 a.m. I assisted Prest. Franklin D. Richards, Apostles Brigham Young [Jr.], F[rancis] M. Lyman, Anthon H. Lund, Elders Fjeldsted and J. G[olden] Kimball in setting apart missionaries who had been called to preach the Gospel to the nations of the earth. About 40 missionaries were set apart. Valuable instructions were given by Prest. Richards and Apostles Lyman, Young, and Lund.
The following letters are explanatory:
Oct. 10, 1898
Apostle Rudger Clawson,
Brigham City, Utah.
Permit me to congratulate you upon your election as one of the Twelve Apostles of our Church. I sincerely hope that the calling will be agreeable to you and that you may be blessed of our Heavenly Father to serve him in that position the remainder of a long and faithful life and that each succeeding year may bring to you increasing assurance of the satisfaction of the people with your administration of the office and of their love and esteem of you.
Praying that the Almighty may specially endow you for the high office, I remain, with profoundest respect,
Your brother in the Gospel,
(signed) C. C. Richards.
Salt Lake City
Oct. 11, 1898
C. C. Richards,
Your esteemed favor of the 10th inst[ant] came [p.10] duly to hand. Permit me to thank you for the very kind wishes concerning my appointment therein expressed, and to say they are indeed highly appreciated.
I am sensible of the great responsibility that comes with this call and realize that no living mortal in his own wisdom and of himself could meet it. I shall, therefore, strive for the Spirit of the Apostleship, and do earnestly pray for the good wishes, faith, and support of the Latter-day Saints. Truly, it may be said, the Lord has chosen a weak vessel to bear witness of his power and authority in the earth.
Very truly, your brother in the Gospel,
[signed] Rudger Clawson.
[Wednesday, 12 October 1898] The following is the copy of a letter from my brother Spencer Clawson, who was in the east buying goods for the firm of Spencer Clawson and Co.:
Oct. 12, 1898
It was very gratifying to the little colony here (meaning Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Easton and his daughter Clara) to learn of your elevation to the Quorum of Apostles, and especially so to me for I am proud to know that I have a brother who is deemed worthy to fill the important place. Will it necessarily change your place of residence to Salt Lake, or can you still remain President of the Box Elder Stake?
I pray you may be blessed in your new duties and prospered in every way.
(signed) Spencer Clawson
I did not answer this letter, as I had been given to understand that he would leave for home before a letter could reach him.
Another letter [p. 11]:
Salt Lake City
Oct. 12, 1898
Elder Rudger Clawson.
My Dear Brother:
When your name was mentioned last Sunday for the Apostleship, my heart was filled with emotion and increased love for you, in the thought that God our Father was thus willing to so honor you. I was deeply impressed to unfold to you my feelings, as your name had just previously passed through my mind. You have always been in my thoughts when thinking of my best friends and associations during my incarceration (at the Penitentiary).
God bless you, brother Rudger, in your new responsibilities is the prayer and desire of your brother in the Covenant.
(signed) Samuel F. Ball.
[Thursday, 13 October 1898] 11 a.m. I met for the first time with First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve at their regular weekly meeting. Present: the First Presidency and 7 of the Twelve [the remainder being out of town or ill].
The principal matter of interest that came before the meeting was the contemplated trip of the authorities to Omaha to be present and take part in the exercises arranged for Utah Day at the Exposition. Free passage had been tendered by the Railroad Company and the following brethren signified their intention of going: The Presidency, Brigham Young, H[eber] J. Grant, and A[braham] O. Woodruff. Prest. Lorenzo Snow was mouth in prayer.
[Friday, 28 October 1898] Made a trip to Salt Lake and return[ed]. Called on Prest. [Snow] and arranged in part for the organization of the Sunset Branch into a ward. Talked over the propriety of looking out for a home in Salt Lake City. Prest. Snow thought it would be proper and wise to take steps in the direction of purchasing in Salt Lake.
[p. 12] [Thursday, 3 November 1898] Trip to Salt Lake. 11 a.m. Meeting of First Presidency and Apostles. Pres. Snow stated that Pres. W[illiam] H. Seegmiller of Richfield had asked permission to appeal to the Latter-day Saints for assistance in rebuilding the Sevier Stake Tabernacle, which had been destroyed by fire, and had also asked for help from the Church. The feeling of the brethren was that Elder Seegmiller’s request be granted so far as appealing to the saints was concerned, but it was decided that the Church, owing to its indebtedness, was not in a position to render any assistance whatever.
Apostle R. Clawson presented a plan for preserving current history in the stakes of Zion. Submitted blank forms covering the plan. Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon moved that the matter be referred to Pres. F[ranklin] D. Richards. Carried. Prayer by Pres. F. D. Richards.
[Thursdays 10 November 1898] 11 a.m. Meeting of the First Presidency and Apostles at the Salt Lake Temple. Pres. Snow and 1st Counselor [George Q. Cannon] and Pres. F. D. Richards and 7 apostles present.
A letter from Wm. Parkinson, Pres. of Pocatello Stake, was read in which he stated that he had selected his counselors, namely, Wm. A. Hyde and [his brother] Frank Parkinson. The brethren approved the name of Wm. A. Hyde but disapproved of that of Frank Parkinson, solely on account of relationship.
Apostle Lyman stated Pres. [Christian G.] Larsen of Emery Stake desired to resign on account of failing health. It was, therefore, decided to release him and appoint Reuben Miller to succeed him in the presidency of that stake.
Apostle R. Clawson called attention to the wish of the Saints of Sunset Branch, Box Elder Stake, to be organized into a ward. It was decided to give them an organization, and Apostles J[ohn] H[enry] Smith and R. Clawson, who were appointed to attend the Box Elder Stake Conference, Nov. 13 and 14, 98, were instructed to attend to the matter. (The 15th Nov. was the time set for the organization.)
Pres. Snow said that the Deseret News had been turned over to the Church and that C[harles]. W. Penrose had been selected to edit it. Asked an expression of the brethren with reference to the [p.13] selection. It was moved that he be sustained in this appointment. Carried by full vote.
The question of a manager was discussed, the names of J[oseph] W. Summerhays and H[orace] G. Whitney being suggested. Remarks were made in favor of H. G. Whitney by Apostle Grant. Pres. F. D. Richards spoke in favor of J. W. Summerhays. The matter was left to the discretion of the Presidency.
Apostle J. H. Smith suggested the propriety of withdrawing the Deseret Evening News be withdrawn [sic] as a daily paper and issued as a weekly journal. Spoke at some length in favor of his views. Pres. Jos. F. Smith spoke as against the idea of making a change but thought an improvement should be made in the manner and style in which the paper is conducted. Pres. F. D. Richards, Apostles [Francis M.] Lyman, [Anthon H.] Lund, [Heber J.] Grant, [George] Teasdale, [Matthias F.] Cowley, and Clawson were in favor of a daily issue. No vote was taken, but the matter seemed rather to be left to judgment of the Presidency. Some of the brethren were of opinion that, in order to give the paper influence and prestige among the Saints, Pres. Snow’s name should appear as Editor, but the idea did not meet with his approval. Pres. Jos. F. Smith suggested that if Brother Penrose were called to the editorship of the News, he should be released as Counselor in the Presidency of the Salt Lake Stake. Pres. Cannon thought that, before action was taken, he ought to be consulted, as possibly he might wish for no change. It was so ordered.
With reference to Bro. W. A. Hyde I omitted to state that it was the mind of the brethren that he be written to, asking if his circumstances were such to justify him in accepting a counselorship in the presidency of the Pocatello Stake. This in view of the fact that he would have to move his family and interests from Downey Ward, where he now resides presiding as Bishop, to Pocatello. Prayer by Apostle J. H. Smith.
I returned to Brigham City on the 8:45 p.m. train.
[Thursday, 17 November 1898] Left at 6:10 a.m. for Salt Lake. 11 a.m. Meeting of First Presidency and Apostles. Present: Pres. L. Snow and Jos. F. Smith, Prest. F. D. Richards and 8 Apostles.
A letter from Wm. A. Hyde of Downey Ward, Pocatello Stake, [p.14] accepting appointment as first counselor in said stake presidency and expressing a willingness to move to Pocatello, was read and approved.
A letter from Collins Haig [Hakes], Prest. Maricopa Stake, was read respecting the intended removal of some families from the stake and saying that it would be detrimental to the interests of that part of Zion. The matter was discussed, Pres. J. F. Smith and Apostles J. H. Smith and H. J. Grant speaking. It was decided that a letter be written to Pres. H., instructing him to discourage emigration from his stake, this being the mind of the First Presidency.
A report showing forth the present condition of the Sandwich Island [colony] in Tooele Stake was read. It was very favorable and showed a progressive spirit.
Apostle Rudger Clawson reported that on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1898, he and his counselors visited the Sunset Branch and organized a ward with Walter L. Grover as Bishop. Also organized a Relief Society and Primary, the branch already having a Sunday School, Y.M.M.I.A., [and] Y.L.M.I.A. [Young Men’s Mutual Improvement Association and Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association]. The voting, he said, was unanimous. He also further reported that the people there objected to the name of Sunset and wanted that of Garland. It was decided by vote that the new ward be named Garland.
The following appointments were made for quarterly conferences convening Nov. 19 and 20 and Nov. 20 and 21: John Henry Smith, San Pete; F. M. Lyman, Millard; M. F. Cowley and R. Clawson, Pocatello; Pres. L. Snow, Salt Lake; H. J. Grant, Y.M.M.I.A. Con[ference]. at Tooele. Prayer by Apostle A. H. Lund.
[Saturday, 26 November 1898] For several days past our little baby (2 1/2 months of age), Lorenzo, has been very sick with croup and other ailments but through the principle of faith and careful nursing, he is rapidly improving.
[Thursday, 1 December 1898] 6 a.m. Took train for Salt Lake. 11 a.m. Regular meeting of the brethren of the authorities. Present: First Presidency, Pres. F. [p.15] D. Richards, and 9 Apostles, and Presiding Bishopric. A letter from Reuben G. Miller, Emery Stake, accepting the presidency thereof was read and approved.
Pres. Snow submitted for the consideration of the brethren the proposed plan of getting out an issue of $500,000 in bonds to meet a portion of the Church indebtedness. Said bonds to be placed among the Latter-day Saints; payable in 11 years at 6% per annum. A fund to be created to pay bonds at maturity and also to pay the interest half-yearly. The Presidency had given the matter some attention and thought it feasible. It is deemed advisable that two brethren of good financial standing and judgment be appointed as trustees to look after the business connected with the issuance of the bonds and the payment of principal and interest. It was moved by Prest. G. Q. Cannon and seconded by Pres. J[oseph] F. Smith that 50,000.00 be set apart yearly as a sinking fund to mature the bonds. Some discussion ensued. It was stated by Bp. [Bishop] J. R. Winder upon request for information that the income of the Church at present is about $600,000 and the running expenses about $400,000. Prest. Cannon spoke in favor of the motion as made by himself. Prest. Snow explained the financial condition of the Church, saying that it was heavily involved, the indebtedness being about $1,500,000 and every effort should be made to cancel same. Pres. F. D. Richards, Apostle Merrill, Bp. [William B.] Preston, Winder, and [Robert T.] Burton all favor the $50,000. Apostle J. H. [Heber J.] Grant favored a $25,000 sinking fund. The motion prevailed.
Pres. Snow called for the views of the brethren as to the two trustees. The names of L. S. Hills, David Eccles, and Jno. [John] C. Cutler were suggested. Some opposition as to the name of L. S. Hills arose in the discussion that followed. Upon motion of Apostle Merrill the matter of selecting the trustees was left with the First Presidency. It was moved and carried by unanimous vote that bonds to the amount of $500,000.00 be issued by the Church.
Apostle Rudger Clawson called attention to the fact that there is a lack of uniformity in presenting the General and Stake Authorities in the stakes of Zion. A necessity for uniformity was shown by the remarks of some of the brethren, but the matter was left for further discussion. Prayer by Apostle A. H. Lund.
[Thursday, 8 December 1898] [p. 16] 11 a.m. Weekly meeting of the authorities. Present: First Presidency, President F. D. Richards, and 7 apostles. A letter from Presidency of Woodruff Stake was read. It related to a location for a townsite. A letter from Brigham Young [was read], giving an account of his travels in the southern part of the state. Some discussion respecting the bond issue was indulged in. Elder H. J. Grant reported $76,000.00 promised for the Ogden bank. Stake quarterly conferences were made as follows: Salt Lake, Dec. 10 and 11, Pres. G. Q. Cannon, Pres. J. F. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, J. H. Smith; Morgan, Dec. 11 and 12, F. M. Lyman and A. H. Lund; Box Elder, Dec. 11 and 12, Y.M.M.I.[A.] Con., M. F. Cowley and R. Clawson; Sevier, Dec. 11 and 12, Y.M.M.I.A. Con., H. J. Grant. Prayer by Pres. Jos. F. Smith.
Left for Brigham City at 8:45 p.m.
[Thursday, 15 December 1898] 11 a.m. Regular meeting of the authorities at temple. Present: Pres. Snow and Counselors, Pres. Richards and 5 Apostles. Appointments to stake conferences were made as follows: Pres. G. Q. Cannon, J. F. Smith, and Apostle Grant to Davis; Apostle J. H. Smith to Brigham; and Apostle Rudger Clawson to Malad.
A letter from Apostle Geo. Teasdale, stating that his wife was dangerously ill from confinement and asking the faith and prayers of the brethren, was read.
Apostle A. H. Lund presented some letters from Brother F. F. Hintze, asking help for the Turkish Mission. Being asked how much he thought ought to be appropriated, he replied $350.00.
Question: When an illegitimate child is brought to be blessed, shall it bear the father’s or the mother’s name? It was thought the mother should have the right [to] determine this point.
Apostle Rudger Clawson wanted to know if the authorities approved of the teachings of a certain sister by the name of Hannah Sorensen, relating particulary to “diet” and “marital relations of the sexes.” Stated that she was so radical in her views upon these subjects that harm was being done among young married women in the Box Elder Stake, who had studied in her classes. Some discussion ensued, and the general opinion seemed to be that Sister Sorensen was a “frank,” or in other words, an [p.17] extremist. Apostle Lyman was mouth in prayer.
Returned to Brigham City at 8:45 p.m.
[Thursday, 22 December 1898] Left Brigham City at 6:10 a.m. for Salt Lake. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren. Present: Presidents Cannon and Smith, Pres. Richards, and 7 Apostles.
Apostle A[braham] Owen Woodruff reported his visit to some of the stakes south of Salt Lake. Said he had had a very pleasant and profitable trip. Held conference at Snowflake on the 13th and 14th Nov. There was some division among the saints upon the matter of selecting an academy site in Snowflake, but he finally succeeded in uniting the people upon that point. Also held conferences at Maricopa and St. Joseph Stakes. Found affairs in St. Joseph Stake in good condition.
It was moved and carried that some steps be taken to establish a mission among the Jacky [Yaqui] Indians and that the matter be referred to Apostle Brigham Young.
Also, the question of abandoning, or at least giving the Saints liberty to abandon, certain settlements in the South owing to unfavorable conditions was referred to Apostles Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, and A. O. Woodruff.
The absence of Pres. Snow from the meeting was due to the death of his daughter, Lydia Snow Pierce. Prayer by Apostle Rudger Clawson.
7 p.m. Called upon Pres. Snow, who told me that it had been decided to bury Sister Pierce in Brigham City; the funeral to take place at 11 a.m., Saturday morning, Dec. 24, 1898. He requested me to make all necessary arrangements for the services. Left for home at 8:45 p.m.
[Sunday, 25 December 1898] Christmas. Spent the day pleasantly but quietly at Brigham City. At 1 p.m. sat down with the family to a Turkey Dinner. In the afternoon attended services at the Tabernacle. The speakers were Reuben Alvord, Henry Blackburn, and Jas. [James] Larsen, Jr., returned missionaries from the Southern States, who gave an interesting account of their labors. At 6 p.m. Sister Clawson and myself and others sat down to a Christmas supper at Sister Ann Burt’s.
[p. 18] [Thursday, 29 December 1898] Left for Salt Lake at 6:10 a.m. 11 a.m. Weekly meeting of the brethren. Present: Presidents G. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, and F. D. Richards, and 9 Apostles.
A letter from Pres. David K. Udall, relative to the condition of the Ramah Ward, was read. He stated that the membership of the ward was small and the Saints had a difficult time to get along. Either the ward should be strengthened by immigration or the people be permitted, if they so desired, to move away. Also, a letter from Bp. [Samuel E.] Lewis of Ramah to the same effect. By motion the matter was referred to the committee appointed at the last meeting. A letter from Fred Lundberg of Robinson was read. He stated that he and some others had thought of making a settlement in a certain locality in the Mammoth District Tintic, and asked for counsel as to whether they should proceed or not. Everything was favorable except as to the water supply. It was moved and carried that the matter be referred to Wm. H. Seegmiller, Pres. [of the] Juab [Sevier] Stake.
It was suggested by Pres. Cannon that a committee be appointed whose duty it should be to use an influence and take whatever steps were necessary to have the Federal Court House located on the Deseret News Corner. After some discussion it was moved and carried that a committee of three be appointed to look into the matter and suggest the names of some 3 or 5 to the First Presidency for said committee. Pres. Cannon named Heber J. Grant, M. F. Cowley, and John H. Smith. Prayer by Apostle Jno. W. Taylor.
[Wednesday, 4 January 1899] 2 p.m. Special meeting of the brethren at the President’s office. Present: First Presidency, Pres. F. D. Richards, Elders Heber J. Grant, F. M. Lyman, M. F. Cowley, J. H. Smith, A. H. Lund, George Teasdale, and R. Clawson of the Quorum of the Twelve, [and] Jno. R. Winder, and LeGrande Young.
Pres. Snow stated that it was thought to be desirable to make a second issue of bonds to the amount of $500,000.00. The first issue had been rapidly taken up, and the second issue, if made, would doubtless find a market. The money, he said, would be needed by the Church. The matter was then submitted to the [p.19] brethren. It was moved by Elder J. H. Smith and seconded by M. F. Cowley that the second issue of bonds for $500,000 be made. Carried by unanimous vote.
Pres. Snow stated that the Church would be called upon tomorrow (Jan. 5, 1898 ) to pay $45,000 interest on certain bonds of the Pioneer Power Co. After some explanations were offered showing the relationship of the Church to said company, it was decided by unanimous vote to pay said amount.
[Thursday, 5 January 1899] 11 a.m. Regular weekly meeting. Present: First Presidency, Pres. F. D. Richards, and 9 of the Apostles, namely, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, and R. Clawson.
A letter from Fred B. Brooke, missionary, Indianapolis, Ind., was read. It was addressed to Chas. R. Savage and related to the building of a meeting house, and Bro. Savage desired to know if the authorities approved of the Elders abroad appealing to the saints in Zion for help in erecting houses of worship. The question was not answered.
The committee appointed to look into the matter relating to the Ramah Ward were called upon for a report, but, owing to the sickness of Elder B. Young, asked for further time. Granted.
The committee on Federal Court House named the following brethren as a working committee, viz., Thos. G. Webber, W. S. McCornick, and Jno. C. Cutler. The com. was authorized by the meeting to see these brethren and ascertain if they would act.
Apostle Lund referred the brethren to a letter from Elder Petersen, Copenhagen, to Elder [Christian D.] Fjeldsted in which he urged that the saints of Copenhagen, assisted by the Scandinavians of Utah, should purchase a meeting hall with tenements above (4-story building) now offered for sale for $20,000, $5000 payable down. The rent would pay the interest on the $20,000 and leave a surplus of $250.00 per year. Bro. Lund stated that in this case the church was not called upon for help, but he desired to know if the Presidency approved of the idea and would authorize some steps to be taken to secure the aid of the Utah Scandinavian Saints. It was suggested by Pres. Snow that it would be better to call upon the brethren for loans at the present time, rather than [p.20] to ask for donations. Upon motion Bro. A. H. Lund was authorized to act upon the suggestion made.
Apostle Jno. H. Smith moved that a committee be appointed to audit the accounts of the Church. The motion was seconded by Pres. Jos. F. Smith. The following brethren spoke in favor of the motion: Pres. F. D. Richards, Pres. L. Snow, G. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Apostles H. J. Grant, J. H. Smith, and Geo. Teasdale. Pres. Snow named the following brethren as said committee: F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, and R. Clawson. Benediction by A. O. Woodruff.
[Tuesday, 10 January 1899] 10 a.m. Quarterly conference meeting of the First Presidency [sic] and the Twelve. Present: Pres. Richards, Apostles Francis M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. W. Merrill, M. F. Cowley, J. H. Smith, and R. Clawson. Prayer by Francis M. Lyman.
Prest. Richards was the first speaker. Topics treated. The calling of the Twelve. The experiences of life. Oneness. Forgiveness.
F. M. Lyman. Topics treated. Confidence in the brethren. Devotion to the work. Sustaining the First Presidency. Power of example. Family government. Burdens resting upon Pres. Snow.
Pres. Richards said that righteous parents would sometime have power to influence their wayward children from the downward course. Said the Lord was with Pres. Snow in the measures he was now instituting, and the Church would be relieved of the burdens resting upon it, and the love of the people would be drawn toward him.
Apostle John H. Smith. Topics treated. Spoke of his experience in his family and the importance of taking a course to win the love and confidence of our wives and children. Present troubles of the saints. Pres. Snow’s successful presidency over the Council of Apostles.
2 p.m. Singing. Apostle George Teasdale spoke. Topics treated. Afflictions of life. Prayer. Expressed thankfulness to the brethren for their faith and prayers in the great sorrow that had visited him, namely, the loss of his wife [Marion Scoles Teasdale] by death. Blessings of the Lord to the saints.
Apostle H. J. Grant followed. Topics treated. Financial trouble. Character of Nephi. Labors among the young men as one of the General Superintendency. His success in collecting means to save the Utah Loan and Trust Company of Ogden. The responsibility of the brethren to their families. The loss by death of his only son. Pres. Richards promised Brother H. J. Grant that he would have sons to his entire satisfaction before he died.
John W. Taylor spoke. Topics treated: Prophecy. Administering to the sick. Patriarchal blessings. Setting our houses in order. Colorado Mission in prosperous condition, 240 to 250 souls baptized.
M. W. Merrill occupied a few minutes of the time. Topics treated: Faultfinding. Church bonds. Counsel of the priesthood in both temporal and spiritual matters. Church discipline. Ben[ediction]. by Pres. F. D. Richards.
[Wednesday, 11 January 1899] 10 a.m. Present: Pres. Richards, Apostles F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, A. O. Woodruff, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, and R. Clawson. Singing. Prayer.
A. H. Lund spoke. Topics treated. Church bonds. Office of the Holy Ghost. The Ten Tribes. The Godhead.
Pres. Richards explained the nature of the Holy Ghost. Said the Holy Ghost presides over all righteous spirits, and that when the Holy Ghost is conferred upon a man, in his opinion, it is a righteous spirit, or in other words, a Holy Ghost under the direction of the Holy Ghost.
2 p.m. Apostle M. F. Cowley spoke. Topics treated. The wisdom of being cautions about what we put in writing. Unwise discussions among the elders of Israel.
Pres. Richards said that the ten Tribes of Israel were separated from the earth—so Joseph Smith had said.
Apostle A. O. Woodruff followed. Topics treated. Posterity. Testimonies.
Pres. Richards, in speaking of the financial troubles of some of the brethren of the Twelve, said matters would soon take a turn. Said to Heber that things would soon come around and be made easy for him, and also for Bro. Jno. W. Taylor. The time will come, [p.22] he said, when those who live among us and who do not live the lives of saints, will pick up their traps and clear out. The duty of the Twelve is to see that the Gospel is sent to the nations of the earth.
[Thursday, 12 January 1899] 10 a.m. Meeting of the brethren continued. Present: Pres. F. D. Richards, Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, A. O. Woodruff, J. W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, and myself. Song. Prayer by Apostle George Teasdale. Song.
Prest. Richards said he had compiled the Instructions of Jos. Smith to the Twelve and had turned them over to the secretary, A. O. Woodruff. Song. Presidents Snow and Cannon came in.
Appointments to quarterly conferences were made as follows: F. M. Lyman and A. H. Lund to Emery Stake; A. O. Woodruff and J. H. Smith to Woodruff Stake; H. J. Grant and George Teasdale to Utah Stake; and Rudger Clawson to Juab Stake.
Some discussion was indulged in with reference to the Federal Court House site. It was thought that the Government would want 20 rods each way from the Deseret News Corner. Apostle H. J. Grant gave it as his opinion that the value of said corner is $150,000 to $200,000, and he moved that the church ask $200,000, and give $25,000 as a donation. He said that while there might be some objections to having the building there, from a business standpoint it would be very desirable.
Apostle J. H. Smith favored the idea but thought the corner would not bring more than $150,000. Apostle F. M. Lyman favored the proposition. Pres. Cannon spoke in favor of the proposition. Apostle Grant withdrew his motion and moved that the Church ask $200,000 for the property and give a donation of $50,000. Seconded by M. F. Cowley. The motion was amended as to the consideration, leaving that matter to be determined by the First Presidency.
A letter from the President [Albert R. Smith] of the San Luis Stake was read. He represented that there were some difficulties in the Sanford Ward to be adjusted, and asked for a visit of some of the Apostles. Apostles Jno. W. Taylor and M. F. Cowley were appointed to visit them.
At this point the tables were spread and the brethren partook [p.23] of the sacrament. After the bread and wine were blessed by Pres. Snow, [they] ate and drank freely until satisfied. It was indeed a time of refreshing and one long to be remembered. Benediction by Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon.
[Thursday, 19 January 1899] 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren. Present: Presidents Snow and Cannon, Pres. F. D. Richards, Apostles J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, F. M. Lyman, A. O. Woodruff, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, R. Clawson.
A letter from Elder Ben E. Rich, pres. [of the] Southern States Mission, was read. Said that persecution was increasing in the South—due in a measure to the [Brigham H.] Roberts case,1 and the Elders preaching the gospel a little stronger than heretofore. Desired to know if it would be proper to counsel the saints to move to Zion, as by remaining in the world they suffered many disadvantages. Alluded to the case of Sister Cracroft, a noble woman, who is in need of help.
Pres. Snow said in reference to the emigrating of the saints that if such counsel is given, some good man, who is full of the Spirit of the Lord and is capable, should be appointed to look after this matter and find places for the saints as they arrive. Some discussion bearing upon the subject ensued. Apostle A. O. Woodruff thought that Canada, Arizona, and Mexico offered good opportunities for colonization.
Apostle M. F. Cowley thought it would be good policy to leave Southern States converts in the South for the present, or at least until such time as they shall become well grounded in the faith, and in view of their instability of character, when they emigrate they should be scattered among the saints.
I made a few remarks regarding the Industrial Bureau,2 saying that I considered it a fine move, but thought it ought to be divorced from the Presiding Bishop’s office and made a separate institution, with a strong man at the head as proposed by Pres. Snow. Other speakers were Apostle F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, and [p.24] Pres. Cannon. Pres. Snow requested the brethren to be prepared to suggest the name of a brother for the above appointment at the next meeting. Appointments to conferences: F. M. Lyman and A. O. Woodruff to the Tooele Stake; F. D. Richards, Geo. Teasdale, and H. J. Grant to Weber Stake. Apostle Lyman reported certain changes in the Emery Stake. Pres. [Christian G.] Larsen, owing to advanced age and infirmity, was honorably released and Reuben G. Miller ordained in his stead with J[ohn] H. Pace and [Henry] G[eorge] Mathis as counselors. Benediction by H. J. Grant.
[Sunday, 22 January 1899] 12:30 p.m. [Prayer] circle meeting at Tabernacle. Roll call, 20 present. Bp. A[ugust] Valentine mouth in the circle.3 I made a few remarks urging the brethren to avail themselves of every opportunity and privilege of learning.
7 p.m. Continuation of First Ward Conference. Bp. J. B. McMaster was proud of the organizations of the ward. Spoke of the work done on the new meeting [house] (in which we were then met). Something like $5000 had been expended. While many were doing their duty, some fail. 145 families in ward, total number of souls 703. Tithing paid in 1898—$2288.09.
I made closing remarks, dwelling upon the duties of the bishopric and other officers of the ward. Also complimented the people upon their enterprise in building the new meeting house.
[Thursday, 26 January 1899] 11 a.m. Weekly meeting of the brethren. Present: Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Geo. Q. Cannon, Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, and R. Clawson.
But little business was brought before the meeting. Some discussion was indulged in with reference to administering to the sick, suggested by Elder R. Clawson, who spoke of Bro. Patterson. Said that he was traveling around in the stakes of Zion administering to the sick, in some cases meeting with success and in other cases failing. The criticism offered was that in going into strange wards and stakes he ignored the presiding authorities in those [p.25] places. This was not approved by the brethren.
Appointments to stake conferences: F. M. Lyman and Geo. Teasdale to Cache Stake; H. J. Grant and A. H. Lund to Summit; M. F. Cowley and A. O. Woodruff to San Luis. Singing. Benediction by M. F. Cowley.
[Thursday, 2 February 1899] 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren. Present: Prests. Lorenzo Snow and Geo. Q. Cannon, Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, A. O. Woodruff, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, and Rudger Clawson.
A letter from Wm. T. Jack, pres. [of the] Northern [Southwestern] States Mission, was read. He asked that an apostle be sent to visit the mission.
M. F. Cowley reported the visit of himself and A. O. Woodruff to the San Luis Stake to settle a difference existing between the president of the stake and bishop of the Sanford Ward. The result of their deliberations was the release of the bishop upon his own request from presiding over the ward. Wm. O. Crowther was selected to succeed him and was ordained under the hands of Jno. W. Taylor, M. F. Cowley, and A. O. Woodruff being mouth. Counselors were also chosen and set apart.
Pres. Snow stated that the committee on Federal Building reported there would be no hope of getting the Government building on the Deseret News Corner, unless the ground were given free of charge. If this were done, the business houses and property owners adjacent to said property would agree on their part to pave the street around the Federal building at a cost of $60,000. They would also pay the expense of sending a man to Washington to work up the matter there. After some discussion, it was moved by Apostle F. M. Lyman and seconded by Apostle R. Clawson that the Deseret News Corner (10 x 10 rods)4 be tendered to the Government, without charge, for the Federal Court site. Carried by unanimous vote.
[p. 26] Apostle F. M. Lyman reported the visit of himself, M. W. Merrill, and A. H. Lund to Kaysville to adjust a difficulty existing between the people of Layton and Kaysville respecting the boundary line between the two places. It was mutually agreed by both sides that the matter be submitted to the courts of the land.
The question of round dancing was brought up by R. Clawson, who desired to know if it would be proper to encourage the saints in sending their children to dancing school, or in other words, would it be right to approve of it. Said that among other things the children learned at dancing school good manners and orderly conduct, but their attendance at such places involved the question of round dancing. In his opinion, however, the good results arising from these schools outweighed the evil. Some considerable discussion bearing upon this matter followed, and the general sentiment of the meeting seemed to be that round dancing among the saints, under proper control, was not necessarily objectional. Benediction by Geo. Teasdale.
[Sunday, 5 February 1899] 2 p.m. Fast meeting at Brigham City 2d Ward, Bp. A. Valentine presiding. Sacrament. 10 bottles [of oil consecrated]. Our baby blessed and two girls confirmed members of the Church.
I made a few remarks. Topics treated: Permanent nature of the work of the Lord. Integrity.
[Thursday, 9 February 1899] 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren. Present: Pres. Snow and Cannon, Apostles J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, A. O. Woodruff, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, Geo. Teasdale, and R. Clawson.
A letter from Saml. R. Brough, bishop of Owen Ward, Woodruff Stake, was read. He requested that Apostle Lyman be sent to attend the funeral of [James] Henry Rollins, one of the oldest members of the Church.
Apostle Cowley called attention to the fact that a missionary in the Brooklyn Branch of the church had been kept in the cook shop instead of the missionary field. Pres. Snow said that the president of the mission [Alonzo P. Kesler] would soon be honorably released to come return [sic] home and that would probably lead to the release of Elder [Lashbrook] Laker from the kitchen. [p.27] Benediction by Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon.
[Thursday, 16 February 1899] 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren. Present: Pres. Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, F. D. Richards, A. O. Woodruff, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, and R. Clawson.
A letter from A. W. Ivins respecting conditions in Mexico, mainly with reference to the instability of the Mexican character, was read. The question of conferring the Priesthood upon children—boys—who were just at the point of death was discussed. The decision was that it would be improper.
Apostle J. H. Smith drew attention to the condition of the Mutual Improvement League and said that it was about to fail because of the lack of means. It was shown that from the date of its organization—a number of years—it had failed to pay its running expenses. It was decided, after some discussion, to close up the league.
In view of the [fact] that Spencer Clawson is indebted to the Church to the amount of $40,000, it was decided that steps should be taken to secure possession of his large three-story brick Dry Goods building—to be used as the Church printing house. Heber J. Grant was appointed a committee of one to look into the matter. Benediction by Pres. Lorenzo Snow.
[Wednesday, 22 February 1899] Salt Lake. Fine. 9:30 a.m. Met with the Church Auditing Committee, but it being a holiday, an adjournment to the 23d at 10 a.m. was taken. However, I worked on the statement of assets and liabilities of the Church until 12:30 p.m.
3 p.m. Spent an hour at the Salt Lake Theatre witnessing the Opera, “A Trip to Africa,” given by the House Company.
4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Was engaged on auditing committee work at President’s office. In the evening entered the minutes of annual meeting of stockholders of Brigham City Roller Mill Co. in minute book.
[Thursday, 23 February 1899] Salt Lake. Fine. 11 a.m. Meeting of the First Presidency and [p.28] Twelve. Present: Prests. Snow and Cannon and Pres. F. D. Richards, and Apostles J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, A. O. Woodruff, Brigham Young, Jr., M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, and R. Clawson; also Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk.
Appointments to stake conferences were made as follows: A. H. Lund and M. F. Cowley to Bear Lake Conference; F. M. Lyman and M. W. Merrill [to Oneida Stake Conference]. Apostle J. H. Smith reported the visit of himself and M. F. Cowley to the Pocatello Stake conference. Said they had reorganized the bishopric of the Downey Ward with Geo. Hyde as bishop.
Geo. Teasdale reported the visit of himself and A. H. Lund to the San Pete Conference. Had a pleasant time. Quite an interest, he said, is being taken in the stake academy.
Apostle A. O. Woodruff reported the visit of himself and F. M. Lyman to the Millard Stake Conference. Had made some changes in the High Council owing to the infirmities of certain members.
Apostle R. Clawson made a few remarks in reference to the religion class work. Said he thought it was a great movement and should receive the encouragement of the apostles in their visits to the stakes.
The political situation with reference to the election of a senator to Congress by the legislature now in session was discussed. It was thought by the brethren that, owing to the charges of bribery that are at present under investigation and other things, none of the candidates in the field were exactly suitable for the position and that, therefore, a dark horse should be brought forward. It was the unanimous sentiment of all present for Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon and it was agreed that an influence should be used to accomplish his election to the high office of United States Senator. Benediction Pres. F. D. Richards. Meeting adjourned at 3 p.m.
[Wednesday, 1 March 1899] Salt Lake City. Cloudy, threatening rain. 10 a.m. Committee met as usual, all being present but Brother H. J. Grant. Pres. Snow came in and the report of assets and liabilities of the Church was read, beginning at the point where the reading was left yesterday. At the conclusion Pres. Snow expressed himself as being greatly pleased with the labors of the committee. The following is a [p.29] recapitulation of the report and gives an exact showing in total figures:
|Bank and mercantile stocks and bonds||974,437.29||204,200.00|
|Bills receivable and accounts||88,632.49||85,000.00|
|Church bonds, series A||499,200.00|
|Church bonds, series B||164,100.00||663,300.00|
|Bills payable, sundry notes||1,006,433.70|
|Pioneer Electric Power Co. int. on bonds||80,068.25|
|Deseret News Co. note at Zion’s Savings Bk.||48,089.43|
|Saltair Beach Co. note, Church endorsement||3,954.29|
|H. J. Grant et al. note, Church endorsement||65,000.00|
|Pioneer Electric Power Co. bonds||1,500,000.00|
|Excess of assets over liabilities||$80,228.40.|
At 2 p.m. I went to a matinee at the theatre given by [John Philip] Sousa and his famous band. It was truly a great musical treat. As the people left the theatre, they were greeted by a heavy rainstorm, which lasted about an hour. Called at the President’s office, and did some committee work.
[Thursday, 2 March 1899] Salt Lake. Snowing. 11 a.m. Regular weekly meeting of the First Presidency and Twelve. Present: Presidents Snow and Cannon, Pres. F. D. Richards, Apostles John H. Smith, F. M. Lyman, Brigham Young, Jr., A. O. Woodruff, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, and Rudger Clawson; and G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
Pres. Snow reported at length what had been done respecting [p.30] the matter of securing Pres. Cannon’s election to Congress. A number of the legislators had been seen, and, while they were not asked to vote for Brother Cannon, the advantages that would arise from doing so were clearly explained to them. Everything, he said, seemed favorable at the present time. There were many difficulties in the way, but the Lord was helping him. He felt that the move was right for the reason, among other things, that our enemies are working for a constitutional amendment against polygamy, and if Pres. Cannon were in Congress, he would doubtless be able to exercise a powerful influence to defeat any such movement.
Apostles J. H. Smith, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and Pres. Cannon made some remarks bearing upon the same subject. There was a strong feeling and testimony in the hearts of the brethren that it is the will of the Lord for Pres. Cannon to go to Congress. Benediction by Brigham Young, Jr.
[Sunday, 5 March 1899] Brigham City. Clear and warm. 2 p.m. Fast meeting at 4th Ward House. Bp. [Jens] Hansen made a few remarks on the old folks entertainment. I made some references to the old folks entertainment. Also spoke upon the principle of revelation. Spent the remainder of the afternoon at home. In the evening Adolph Madsen called to see me and we had a long visit together. Just before retiring, had a talk with Sister Clawson in reference to my public speaking, she pointing out some faults and mannerisms to which I am addicted. I shall endeavor to correct same.
[Thursday, 9 March 1899] Salt Lake City. Cloudy, threatening storm. 11 a.m. Council meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: First Presidency, Prest. F. D. Richards, Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, B. Young, Jr., A. O. Woodruff, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, and Rudger Clawson.
A letter from President [Hugh S. Gowans] of Tooele Stake, with reference to a certain brother who had committed adultery, was read. He desired to know if by repentance he could be retained in the Church and not be cut off. He had already suffered imprisonment for his transgression. It was decided by unanimous vote that he be cut off, with the understanding that his re-instatement [p.31] be subject to the action of the presidency and high council of the Tooele Stake.
Pres. Snow made some references to the political situation. Apostle Lund asked for an appropriation of $340 for the Turkish mission. Granted by full vote.
Stake conference appointments: J. H. Smith and M. F. Cowley to Morgan; A. O. Woodruff to Kanab; Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon and Apostle Teasdale to Salt Lake. Benediction by John Henry Smith.
Pres. Snow made an appointment with me for 3 p.m.
3 p.m. Met Pres. Snow. He said that he wanted me to get up a set of books showing forth the condition of the Church in a condensed form for his personal use, that he might be posted each week as to the exact financial situation. He wanted this work to commence with the beginning of his administration as President of the Church and said that I could get all the information needed from Jas. Jack, head clerk in the President’s office. Said in reply that I thought I knew just what he wanted and would be pleased to undertake the work immediately.
Today is the last day of the legislature and the members are trying hard to elect a senator. It requires 32 votes to elect. A[lfred]. W. McCune has received 29, and Pres. Cannon, whose name was sprung on Wednesday for the first time, received 13 and later 15 and 23 votes.
[Friday, 10 March 1899] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool; 2 inches of snow on ground. Upon rising learned that, as a result of the balloting yesterday, there was no election of senator, thus leaving Utah with but one senator in Congress for the coming two years. Pres. Cannon recd. 20 votes and A. W. McCune, 24—32 votes being necessary to an election. If all who were pledged to Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon had voted for him, he would have been elected, but at the last moment a number weakened and thereby caused a failure of the movement.
10 a.m. The auditing committee met at the usual place. Present: Pres. F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, and R. Clawson.
Pres. Snow came in according to appointment, and the Sterling Mining Co. note of $96,000 at Zion’s Savings Bank was discussed. It was finally decided by unanimous vote that, as the facts do not warrant it, the said note be not accepted by the committee as a Church obligation, and that Geo. M. Cannon, cashier, be notified that he must look to the endorsers of said note for relief. The committee then adjourned until Tuesday, Mch. 14, 1899. In the afternoon I worked at some forms for Pres. Snow’s private books.
8 p.m. Accompanied by mother, visited Prof. [Robert L.] Landrum’s dancing school and spent an hour or so watching some of the latest dances. The music consisted of violin and piano, my sister Phebe being pianist.
[Thursday, 16 March 1899] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. I worked on Pres. Snow’s private books until 11 a.m.
11 a.m. Council meeting of the brethren at temple. Pres. L. Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, and Jos. F. Smith, Apostles F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Brigham Young, Jr., Jno. W. Taylor, M. W. Taylor [Merrill], A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, and R. Clawson.
Pres. Snow made a few remarks respecting the move made to send Pres. Cannon to Congress. Said that those legislators who did not carry out their pledges—thus defeating the movement—would sometime suffer a loss. He was thankful, however, for that degree of union which had been attained by the First Presidency and Twelve.
A letter from Thos. E. Ricks, prest. of Fremont Stake, was read. He suggested the name of Robertson [Oliver L. Robinson] to be ordained bishop of Egin Ward. Accepted, subject to examination of the brother at time of setting apart.
Apostle J. H. Smith made some remarks respecting men betraying the confidence of the brethren, saying he thought some steps ought to be taken to guard against such things. Pres. Snow said in reply, he thought the only way it could be done would be by giving men new bodies and eliminating all the material of which they are at present composed.
Letter from W. H. Seegmiller, Pres. of Sevier Stake, was submitted. Said Bp. [Theodore] Brandley expected to leave the Stake and asked that some of the apostles be sent down to select and install his successor. Apostle F. M. Lyman was appointed to [p.33] attend to the matter. Stake conference appointments: J. H. Smith and Geo. Teasdale, Davis Stake; M. F. Cowley and A. H. Lund, Malad Stake; F. M. Lyman, Bingham.
Pres. Jos. F. Smith made some remarks about republishing the history of the Church as it is given in the Millennial Star. The matter had been discussed by the General Board of the Y.M.M.I.A., and it was decided to publish it in the Improvement Era. Said he had presented the matter to Pres. Snow, and had agreed to publish the said history (16 pages in each issue) without expense to the Church, the latter to have the copyright.
Pres. Cannon said that Elders C. W. Penrose, editor, and H. G. Whitney, manager, claimed that it was clearly the right of the Deseret News to publish the Church history. Made some remarks favoring early action. Pres. F. D. Richards was very much in favor of the suggestion, but thought it ought to be published in book form rather than in a magazine. Thought that the history as given in the Star including the revelations should be followed. There is a demand among the people for some such work. Pres. Cannon was very much interested in the subject, and thought enough attention had not hitherto been given to the writing of our history. Great care should be taken and all important facts fully explained, and when necessary amplified.
Pres. Snow endorsed remarks of previous speakers, and suggested that the matter be gone right into and a history of the Church be published in book form—cheap binding, each volume to cost not more than 75¢ or a $1.00 that it might be within the reach of all. “The Church has but little means to put into this enterprise, but, if we are united, a great deal can be accomplished,” said he.
An active committee should be appointed, and that, too, at once to take charge of the work. I moved that it be the sense of the meeting that we accept the suggestions of Pres. Snow and that the Presidency be authorized to select the committee. Pres. Jos. F. Smith asked if the motion carried with it the understanding that the history should be published by the Deseret News. Pres. Snow answered yes and said that the committee appointed would be held responsible to see that the work is speedily and correctly done. The motion was then put and carried by unanimous vote.
Pres. Jos. F. Smith said a question had been asked in reference [p.34] to baptism for the dead. Read from Alma (Book of Mormon), Chap. 34, Verses 32, 33, 34, and 35. How can these passages, it was asked, be reconciled with [the] principle of the baptism for the dead? After a few moments of animated discussion, the idea seemed to prevail among the brethren, that, at the time of uttering those words, Amulek could not possibly have been acquainted with the principle of baptism for the dead. Benediction by Apostle M. W. Merrill.
At 3 p.m. I called at [Charles R.] Savage’s Photograph Gallery and sat for my picture. Spent the balance of the day till 7 p.m. working on Pres. Snow’s private books. In the evening attended a “Reading” given by Prof. Arthur Loining at the Methodist Church, 3d So. Street. It was a very pleasant entertainment.
[Sunday, 19 March 1899] Brigham City. Clear and mild; muddy under foot. Accompanied by Coun. Chas. Kelly, I left at 9 a.m. to attend ward conference at the North Ward. Roads were very bad.
10 a.m. Conference called to order by Bp. Thomas Harper. While the organizations fall short in many things, the reports showed that the ward had made considerable progress during the year 1898, and that faith was increasing in the hearts of the people. The tithing paid in 1898 by the ward was $462.00—an amount that really could have been doubled.
Brother Kelly and myself took dinner at Bp. Harper’s and enjoyed the meal very much. Before returning to the meeting, we had a brief conversation with the bishopric respecting the Word of Wisdom and expressed the hope that the counselors would follow the example of Bp. Harper in keeping this commandment of the Lord.5
We left immediately at the close of the conference and reached home at 5:30 p.m. At 6 p.m. sat down to supper with Lydia, Brother and Sister Kelly and Brother and Sister Horsley. Spent the evening at home.
[p. 35] [Wednesday, 22 March 1899] Salt Lake City. Cloudy. I was engaged all the forenoon on Pres. Snow’s private books. At 2 p.m. went to a matinee at the theatre. “The Sign of the Cross” was the piece given. The attendance was crowded and the interest manifested by the audience was very great. It is truly a thrilling drama, the persecution of the Christians by the Roman Emperor, Nero, being clearly portrayed. After leaving the theatre, I went to the President’s office and worked from four till seven on Pres. Snow’s books.
[Thursday, 23 March 1899] Salt Lake City. Cloudy; rained during the greater part of the night. 11 a.m. Council meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Pres. Lorenzo Snow and Jos. F. Smith, Pres. F. D. Richards, Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, George Teasdale, Brigham Young, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, and Rudger Clawson; and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk.
Apostle J. H. Smith stated that he had received a letter from Brother [Franklin S.] Bramwell, President of the Northwestern States Mission, in which he suggested that the Lima Montana Branch be organized into a bishop’s ward and that Wm. T. Hopkins be appointed bishop. In answer to a question, Brother John Henry [Smith] stated that there were about 30 families in said branch.
It was moved by Brother J. H. Smith, and seconded, that Lima, Montana, and also Baker City, Or., be organized into wards. After some discussion the motion carried by a unanimous vote. It was then moved and seconded that these wards, when organized, be left in the missions where they are located. The motion failed, after which it was moved and carried that Lima be attached to the Fremont Stake and that Baker City be attached to the Pocatello Stake.
Apostle J. H. Smith referred to an interview between himself and the President [Richard Fry] of the Morgan Stake at a recent quarterly conference in which the latter had received a list of brethren living in his stake whose names had been suggested by the Missionary Committee for missions. He wondered how the brethren got the names, as some of them were unworthy of a call and others did not belong to the Church.
[p. 36] Pres. Jos. F. Smith explained the matter by saying that elders going out from Zion would in many cases submit to mission presidents the names of their acquaintances who they think would make good missionaries. These names are sent to the Missionary Committee who in turn send them to the stake authorities where they reside for action, and if the brethren thus recommended are acceptable to the stake authorities their names are returned to the Missionary Committee for appointment. Some of the brethren of the council rather objected in their feelings to this way of calling missionaries, as they thought the recommendations should come through the First Presidency, Twelve, First Seven Presidents, or stake authorities. After some discussion, the matter was taken under advisement by the Presidency.
Stake appointments: to Sevier Stake Conference, F. M. Lyman and A. H. Lund; Fremont Stake, J. H. Smith. Benediction by Apostle A. H. Lund.
In a brief interview with Pres. Snow, he said he wished me to leave the work I am at present engaged on and get him up a condensed statement of the entire receipts and disbursements of the Church, commencing with the year 1898, which I promised to do.
[Saturday, 25 March 1899] Salt Lake City. Mild, raining. At 8 a.m. took the train for Brigham, arriving at 10 a.m. Found more or less sickness at home. Lydia was suffering with an attack of La Grippe and Samuel was down with measles. Spent the afternoon at the bank writing up insurance business.
[Sunday, 26 March 1899] Brigham City. Bright and clear. The children were very restless during the night. Spent the forenoon at home, helping to look after the children.
2 p.m. Meeting at the tabernacle. I occupied the time. Topics treated. Obedience. Office of the Holy Ghost. Reading the scriptures.
Spent the afternoon and evening at home. Children quite sick, viz., Samuel and Lorenzo.
[p. 37] [Monday, 27 March 1899] Brigham City. Cloudy; heavy frost during the night. At 6:10 a.m. took the train for Salt Lake, arriving at 9 a.m.
Called at Presiding Bishop’s Office to get some information for the general statement of receipts and disbursements of the Church that I am getting up for Pres. Snow, but was told that it would not [be] ready for a week yet. I then went [to] the President’s office and spent the greater part of the day on some special work for Prest. Cannon.
Towards evening I addressed a letter to Bp. A[rnold] Goodliffe of Snowville, answering certain questions as to the case of a young woman who had given birth to an illegitimate child. Following is a copy of the letter:
Bishop A. Goodliffe.
Replying to letter of the 23d inst[ant] respecting the case of Miss [Mary E.] Higley, would say: First, in view of the nature of her transgression, she ought to have been cut off from the Church instead of being disfellowshipped. That should now be done by action of the bishop’s court. Her not being enrolled as a member of your [ward] and yet living in your ward for over a year is simply a technical question. If she does not dispute your right to handle her, then your action will stand, but if she does dispute your right to act, then the matter will necessarily have to be referred back to her former bishop.
Second, presuming that you have taken action and cut her off, then if she wishes to be received back into the Church, it can only be done by manifesting a spirit of true repentance and making a full confession of her sin by giving the name of the child’s father. This information should be given to you personally, as bishop, and then, of course, you could act as wisdom might suggest. In her public confession she would only need to make a general statement. It will be very apparent to you that she is hardly a fit subject for baptism if she persists in withholding a knowledge of her partner in transgression.
[p. 38] With very kind regards and best wishes, I remain,
[signed] Rudger Clawson.
[Thursday, 30 March 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 11 a.m. Regular weekly meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: First Presidency, Apostles F. D. Richards, F. M. Lyman, Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, B. Young, Jr., A. O. Woodruff, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, and R. Clawson [and Heber J. Grant]; and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk.
Apostle F. M. Lyman said there was an opportunity, he thought, to sell the Deep Creek Ranch—1000 acres for $7000.00. The property cost the Church $8000.00. No definite action was taken.
Pres. Snow said that he had received and accepted an invitation to visit the Brigham Young Academy, Provo, tomorrow, Friday. His counselors and the Twelve were also invited and he desired to know how many were going. Apostles J. H. Smith, F. M. Lyman, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, and myself signified their intention of going.
In view of Apostle H. J. Grant’s absence for some time past, Pres. Snow made a few remarks explaining the action of the brethren of the council in relation to Pres. Cannon and the senatorship. Apostle Grant replied by saying among other things, that had he been here he would have been one with his brethren.
Apostle J. H. Smith reported that at the recent Fremont Stake Conference, he ordained Oliver LeGrande Robinson, bishop of the Egin Ward. Apostle F. M. Lyman reported his visit to the Sevier Stake Conference, saying that he had ordained Elder Archibald G. Young bishop of Richfield with Elder Hays and Jensen for counselors. There were four changes in the high council. Apostle H. J. Grant gave an account of some conferences he attended while in the East.
The question of presenting the Church authorities in which there was a lack of uniformity among the stakes was brought forward by myself. It was moved by Pres. Jos. F. Smith and seconded by Apostle R. Clawson that at the general conferences, all the general authorities including the general presidencies of Relief Society, Sunday School, Young Men, Young Ladies, and [p.39] Primary be sustained and that at the stake conferences the general and stake authorities including all stake presidencies be sustained. Carried by unanimous vote.
Pres. Cannon reported that Elders [Thomas] Steed and [Joseph E.] Robinson were sustained as patriarchs at the Davis Stake Conference, Bro. Steed being ordained at the time. A letter from Mary Cox was read. She claimed that some important papers relating to early church history were deposited in one of the banks in the state of Nebraska and stating that if the railway passage were furnished she could secure them for the Church. It was moved and carried that an effort be made to obtain them. Benediction by F. M. Lyman.
[Friday, 31 March 1899] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. Prest. Lorenzo Snow’s 85th birthday occurs on Monday, April the 3d. In honor of that event an informal celebration was planned for today at the Brigham Young Academy, Provo. This to suit Pres. Snow’s convenience, as he could not be present Monday.
The members composing the President’s party were Pres. Snow and wife, Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon and wife, Pres. Jos. F. Smith and wife, Pres. F. D. Richards and wife, Apostle F. M. Lyman and wife, Apostle J. H. Smith and wife, Apostle M. F. Cowley and wife, Apostle A. H. Lund, myself, LeRoi Snow, and Sister M[argaret] G. Clawson. Leaving Salt Lake at 8 a.m. we reached Provo at 10 and were driven immediately to the academy building. A reception committee conducted us to the assembly room in which were gathered about 500 students.
The lady teachers and students withdrew for the purpose of holding a meeting with the lady visitors. A priesthood meeting with the male students was then held, they being arranged in bodies according to their priesthood. Brief reports of a very interesting character were given by a student holding and representing those of the Melchizedek Priesthood, also from the priests, teachers, and deacons.
Pres. Snow made brief remarks. Was highly delighted, he said, in meeting with so many bright young men of the priesthood. Spoke of his early experience in the Church in bearing testimony. Was very diffident and at first could occupy not more than one or [p.40] two minutes, but made up his mind that whenever called upon to speak, he would do so, and his success as an elder was due to the observance of that resolution. Pointed out the advantages that invariably come from following counsel.
God revealed to him, he said, a perfect knowledge that the gospel as we have it is true and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Never sought to be an apostle, or the president of the Twelve, or the president of the Church, but he did seek, he said, for the office of an elder, and when he received that priesthood sought for the spirit of it.
Advised the young men present to be humble that they might have the spirit of revelation, which it is their privilege to enjoy. Never disobeyed counsel, he said, but once. It was in Kirtland 60 years ago. In asking counsel of Pres. [Sidney] Rigdon about going to college, the latter advised him to go. However, he got the spirit of the gospel, he said, and went out preaching instead. Gave an account of his early experience in preaching. In conclusion, he said, be humble and simple and do not try to be great until the Lord brings greatness upon you.
At 1 p.m. a program was given in the assembly room, the visitors and same 500 or 600 students being present. Pres. Cannon made brief remarks alluding to Pres. Snow’s 85th birthday. Showed how greatly blessed of the Lord we are in having a man of his great experience to be our president. Spoke of his (Pres. Cannon’s) early experience in the Church. His greatest desire at the age of 12 was to become an elder and preach the gospel. Warned the young people against being over-ambitious. Be humble, trust the Lord, and he will bring you forward. Listen to counsel—a man that fails to do this will not succeed. Said there were two things to guard against: namely, impurity and rebellion.
A young lady, dressed in white, entered and in a neat speech presented a basket of flowers to the president. The basket also contained the names of all the students in attendance at the academy.
Pres. Snow expressed feelings of gratitude for what he had witnessed. He then made brief closing remarks upon the principle of obedience. The party returned to Salt Lake at 4:10 p.m. At 8 p.m. I attended a lecture at the university given by Dr. [J. C.] Freeman. Subject: The Philippine Islands.
[p. 41] [Monday, 3 April 1899] Brigham City. Clear. 6:10 a.m. Took the train for Salt Lake arriving at 9 a.m. 10 a.m. Quarterly meeting of the Quorum of Apostles at the temple, Pres. F. D. Richards [presiding]. Full quorum present. Singing. Prayer by J. H. Smith. Singing.
Pres. F. D. Richards made brief opening remarks. Said one of the duties of the Twelve is to search out elders to go and preach the gospel. 1781 elders are now in the field. Of this number, 29 are sisters and 41 native elders. Dwelt upon the importance of training our children in righteousness. The gospel will be sent to every nation, tongue, and people. Spoke of politics and said that political dissensions have the effect of bringing a spirit of coolness among the people.
Apostle Brigham Young referred to the Deseret News and deplored the policy of the editor in his attitude towards the Tribune, namely, in answering an attack to descend to the same style and manner of the Tribune. Said he understood there [were] feelings on the part of one member of the quorum [Heber J. Grant] against one of the Presidency—Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon—growing out of politics. He thought, if this were true, the matter ought to be talked over in the quorum. Speaking of politics, he said, it seemed strange that politics should cause a man to reject the Lord, but such had actually been the case with some of the brethren recently, who, after pledging themselves, failed to carry out the counsel of the prophet. We ought to take up a labor with our leading men with reference to sustaining the priesthood.
Pres. Richards said that, if any of the brethren entertained feelings against the Presidency of a personal nature, they should be settled in a personal way and the matter should not be brought before the quorum.
At 1:20 p.m. the meeting adjourned to the temple annex to be present at a surprise given in honor of Pres. Snow’s 85th birthday.
[Tuesday, 4 April 1899] Salt Lake City. 10 a.m. Continuation of our quarterly meeting at the temple, Pres. Richards presiding. Full quorum present. Singing. Prayer by Apostle Geo. Teasdale. Singing.
Pres. Richards made a few remarks upon the importance of the brethren keeping sacred matters that are brought before the [p.42] brethren for their consideration. Also, dwelt upon the importance of keeping proper minutes of our meetings. Said he desired to say a few words about Freemasonry. A Masonic Lodge, he said, was established in Nauvoo and Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Willard Richards, John Taylor, Lorenzo Snow, Orson Hyde, F. D. Richards, and about 1000 others in all became Masons. Joseph, the Prophet, was aware that there were some things about Masonry which had come down from the beginning and he desired to know what they were, hence the lodge. The Masons admitted some keys of knowledge appertaining to Masonry were lost. Joseph enquired of the Lord concerning the matter and He revealed to the Prophet true Masonry, as we have it in our temples. Owing to the superior knowledge Joseph had received, the Masons became jealous and cut off the Mormon Lodge.
Apostle F. M. Lyman was the next speaker and said that, when we have misunderstandings with our brethren, we should endeavor to settle them privately and not through the quorum. He felt that the brethren of the Twelve and leading men in the stakes should keep pretty well out of politics unless they were called to engage in them. As to what occurs in the council, he said, we should keep it sacred.
Pres. Richards dwelt upon the subject of charity and mercy and quoted from the Book of Covenants, wherein the Lord said: “I, the Lord, will forgive whomsoever I will [forgive], but of you it is required to forgive all men” [D&C 64:10], showing the necessity of our being forgiving.
2 p.m. Apostle Geo. Teasdale spoke upon the principle of integrity and said he was thankful for the association of his brethren.
Apostle H. J. Grant made brief remarks. Referred to the prediction of Pres. Richards made 3 months ago (see page 88) [see 11 January 1899] that the Lord would open up the way for his deliverance from debt. Said it was being fulfilled—Jany. 1, 1899, he was, he said, $82,000 [in debt]. With the changes that had taken place and the advance in his stocks and holdings his indebtedness would now practically amount to $57,000.00. Thought it would have been better had he remained out of politics: it would be better to wait until we are sent. It was true, he said, that he had entertained some feelings against Pres. Can-[p.43]non, but could now say that he had overcome and was in a proper frame of mind to break bread with him, and could do so without compunctions of conscience.
Apostle John W. Taylor also spoke at some length of his financial embarrassments. Pres. Richards said that J. W. Taylor would yet be thankful for his great misfortunes in a financial way. They would be sanctified for his good. Apostle M. W. Merrill showed the advantages resulting from obedience to counsel. Apostle A. H. Lund dwelt briefly upon the subject of Masonry. Apostle M. F. Cowley’s remarks were directed to the subject of secret societies. Apostle A. O. Woodruff expressed in a few words the love and confidence he had in his brethren.
I made concluding remarks. Referred to the priesthood conferred upon us and the blessing and promises sealed upon our heads in the house of the Lord, saying that, were it not for the condescension of the Lord, our temples would be of little use to us. Said that I desired to be one with my brethren. Adjournment was then taken.
[Wednesday, 5 April 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Continuation of quarterly meeting. The brethren came fasting. Full quorum present, Pres. F. D. Richards [presiding]. Singing. Prayer by [blank]. Singing.
Pres. Richards made brief re[marks] and said that he was in favor of the brethren of the apostles being called to visit conferences in the various missions of the Church as well as stake conferences, and would confer with the Presidency regarding the matter.
Apostle J. H. Smith made a few remarks suggesting that the quorum ought to be extremely careful and guard against taking action in advance upon any question that may be brought before the Presidency and Twelve, and that we should hesitate before making appeals, as a quorum, to the First Presidency and especially when such appeals affect our personal interests.
Pres. Richards spoke on the same lines. Said when any of the apostles wish a favor from the president of the Church or desire to make an appeal, it should be made personally except in cases of the greatest importance in which, if not altogether, at least in a [p.44]measure, the entire quorum feels an interest, and then the appeal would doubtless be effectual. Explained the character of the decisions of the council of Apostles. The validity of their decisions is equal to that of the First Presidency. We should, therefore, exercise great care in reaching conclusions.
Apostle F. M. Lyman in brief remarks said the way would open up for the relief of the brethren from financial embarrassment and also that the Church would be relieved. Said he felt that there was going to be a great change in the financial condition of the Church. The stand that Pres. Snow is taking is the beginning of a great revolution. It will be but a little time when we may look for an increase of faith in the hearts of all. There will be an increase in the tithing. A wonderful change is coming.
I made a few remarks endorsing the sentiments expressed by the brethren. Said that I was deeply impressed with the spirit of our meetings and felt that the inauguration of the quarterly meetings under the direction and by the suggestion of Pres. Lorenzo Snow some years ago was a great and important movement. The Spirit bore testimony to me that the prophecies uttered by the brethren while we have been together would be fulfilled.
At this point the First Presidency came in and, after some conversation in which it was decided by unanimous vote that Pres. Snow be authorized to appoint a committee to revise the next edition of the hymn book, sacrament was administered. The brethren sat around a table provided plentifully with bread and wine, which was blessed by Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon. We had a very enjoyable and profitable time together and adjourned at 2 p.m.
In the evening Lydia and myself went to the theatre. The play given was the “School for Scandal.” It proved to be very interesting.
[Monday, 10 April 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the Assembly Hall of the First Presidency, Twelve, presidents of stakes and counselors, patriarchs, high councillors, First Seven Presidents of Seventies, and bishops and counselors.
Pres. Lorenzo Snow was the first speaker. Topics treated. Duties of the presidents of stakes and bishops in the selection of brethren to fill offices of importance. Presidents of Stakes are not selected for their eloquence but rather with a view to their being [p.45] practical men. Indebtedness of the Church. Said the Church will emerge from debt. Imagination cannot conceive the grandeur of the prospects before us in the other life. The experience and training we are getting here will fit us for that other life. Speaking of the compensation of the presidency of stakes, said those who are really not in need of same should not draw it. Bishops of wards ought not to engage in building of meeting houses or other enterprises of importance without first consulting the presidency of the stake. Following Counsel.
Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon was the next speaker. Topics treated. Temporal matters. Indebtedness. Returning missionaries should not only be used as home missionaries, but should be employed in the Sabbath School as well.
Pres. Jos. F. Smith spoke briefly upon the subject of Mutual Improvement. In organizing presidencies there should be a mutual understanding as between stake and ward authorities.
Pres. F. D. Richards was the next speaker. Topics treated. Keeping of records in the stakes of Zion.
Pres. Jos. F. Smith said: when men go for counsel they should accept it as being their own mind and will and not go whimpering around, as in some cases, and say that they didn’t want to do so and so, but were counseled to and must obey. The brethren should not divulge what transpires in our special meetings.
Apostle J. H. Smith urged the presidents of stakes to meet the apportionment for Brigham Young Monument Fund as soon as possible. The following question was asked: “If a man doesn’t believe in the law of tithing, and doesn’t pay tithing, what shall be done with him?” Apostle F. M. Lyman answered the question by saying: “If he is a good man in every other respect, continue to labor with him. Perchance he may be converted.”
Apostle H. J. Grant said: In the case of a pres. of a stake, or high councillor, or bishop, or counselor, who did not pay tithing, they should be released. Asked if he gave that as counsel, he said, “No. I give it as my opinion, but if I am wrong the First Presidency are here to correct me.”
[Thursday, 13 April 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 11 a.m. Regular weekly meeting of the brethren in the temple. Present: First Presidency, Pres. F. [p.46] D. Richards, Brigham Young, Jr., Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, R. Clawson, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk.
A letter from Elder A[nthony] W. Ivins, Pres. of Mexican Mission, was read. He wrote regarding the Oaxaca Ward, Mexico, saying that a change in the bishopric seemed necessary, and suggesting Elder Geo. C. Naegle as the most suitable man for the place and one who would be the most acceptable to the people. The said recommendation was approved by unanimous vote.
Pres. Wm. Budge of Bear Lake Stake recommended (by letter) Elder Hyrum Humpherys to succeed Bp. Wm. West as bishop of the Paris First Ward—a change was made necessary owing to the removal of Bp. West to Canada.
Apostle A. H. Lund stated that while in England, he received a cable-gram from the First Presidency instructing him to set apart Jos. W. McMurrin as one of the First Seven Presidents of Seventies, but in doing so he used the words “set you apart” instead of the words “ordain you” and yet, he said, he conferred upon him in so many words all the keys, powers, and authority pertaining to said office. He now referred the matter to the brethren because some people had called the ordination into question, claiming it was illegal.
Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon’s view was that it would have been better to use the word “ordain,” but inasmuch as gifts, keys, and powers were conferred the ordination should stand. Pres. Lorenzo Snow took the same view and said the matter ought not to be called into question, although in this instance he would have preferred the word “ordain.” Pres. Richards moved that the action of Bro. Lund in using the words “set apart” be sustained. Carried by unanimous vote. Pres. Snow, again referring to the subject and speaking of the words “set apart” and “ordain,” said that that which is of the most importance is to convey or confirm upon the individual the keys, power, and authority pertaining to the office.
Conference appointments: to Juab Stake, F. M. Lyman and Geo. Teasdale; to Utah, J. H. Smith and Geo. Q. Cannon; to Emery Stake, A. H. Lund. Benediction by Pres. J. F. Smith.
[Sunday, 16 April 1899] Brigham City. Clear and cool. At 10 a.m. I drove out to see N. [p.47] C. Christensen, carpenter, who is living on Bear River below Corinne, 14 miles distant from Brigham, and was accompanied by Lydia and the children. My object in making the trip was to engage Bro. Christensen, if possible, to do the carpenter work on the 18th Ward house.
There were two roads leading down from Corinne: we took the one to the left and after traveling about 2 miles came to an impassable slough, and was, therefore, obliged to turn back. This made quite a delay. After fairly getting started on the right-hand road a terrific windstorm blew up. The wind blew with such force we were obliged to stop in the road for an hour, and as we were then about 7 miles from our journey’s end and the wind still blowing a gale, we decided to return home, arriving at 4 p.m. I felt somewhat condemned in starting out, as we did, on Sunday, my only reason for doing so being a desire to return to Salt Lake tomorrow morning (Monday) to finish up some special work that I am preparing for Prest. Snow. The manner in which our trip ended, however, made it clear to my mind that I was in the wrong.
[Monday, 17 April 1899] Brigham City. Clear and cool. At 6 a.m. I started out again to see Brother Christensen, reaching his place at 9 a.m. After some conversation, he agreed to come and do the carpenter work for me and would charge $1.50 per day, net, which arrangement I accepted. After lunch and a boat ride on Bear River, I returned home arriving at 2 p.m. Attended to some matters of business on the street and took the train at 5:15 p.m. for Salt Lake.
[Thursday, 20 April 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Regular weekly meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: First Presidency, Pres. F. D. Richards, and Apostles B. Young, Jr., F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, George Teasdale, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, and R. Clawson; and G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
Pres. J. F. Smith stated that Nathan Tanner, Sr., was desirous that some steps be taken looking to a reunion of the survivors and immediate descendants of Zion’s Camp. The question as to the propriety of such a move was now submitted. After some discussion in which other organizations were mentioned, Pres. J. F. [p.48] Smith moved that there be a reunion of the survivors and immediate descendants of Zion’s Camp, the first company of Pioneers, and Mormon Battalion. Carried by unanimous vote. The Presiding Bishopric were then sustained by vote as a committee to take charge of the matter.
It was reported by Elder Seymour B. Young, so Pres. Smith said, that Apostle J. W. Taylor, president of the Colorado Mission, had been ordaining some of the seventies laboring under him to the office of high priests to preside over branches of the Church. Elder S. B. Young felt that this ought not to be done inasmuch as these appointments were only temporary, an opinion which seemed to be shared by the brethren present, but definite action was deferred until such time as Apostle Taylor could be heard from respecting the matter.
Brother Plant, who has a life lease in some property belonging to the Church and who depended on same for his support, reported through Pres. J. F. Smith, that he could not lease the property to advantage because of the uncertainty of his life and desires, therefore, that the Church take the property and in lieu thereof furnish him with a house and support. Referred to Bp. Preston for action.
An interesting letter from Elder Elias Kimball, chaplain in the army, giving an account of his experience and labors in Cuba, was read. Also a letter from Elder H. W. Naisbitt of the English Mission, stating that the mission in Great Britain is in a healthy and active condition. The zeal of our elders, he said, was wonderful.
A letter from W. W. Berry was read. He stated that some 18 years ago he was called to go from southern Utah to St. Johns, Arizona, where he had been living ever since, but now desired, if agreeable to the brethren, to move away. It was moved that he be permitted to move. Carried.
Apostle [Francis M.] Lyman had talked, he said, with Pres. Abram Hatch about resigning the presidency of the Wasatch Stake on account of ill health and learned that such a step would be perfectly agreeable to Elder Hatch. Apostle Lyman suggested the name of Jos. R. Murdock as being a good man to succeed him. This was also the view of Apostle J. H. Smith. Pres. Jos. F. Smith, in speaking of Bro. Murdock, said that he was a member of the legislature some years ago and at that time proved himself to be a [p.49] weak man in matters relating to the Church. Pres. Cannon said that he was certainly a weak man—a man without any “backbone,” so to speak. Brigham Young, Jr., said that Bro. Murdock also impressed him as being a weak man. Apostle J. H. Smith suggested that if Elder Murdock was not considered a suitable man, perhaps Elder Elias Kimball, who will soon be mustered out of the army, could be utilized for that position. The matter was left open for further investigation.
Conference appointments: Weber Stake, Pres. J. F. Smith and Elder Geo. Teasdale; Tooele, Elder F. M. Lyman and J. H. Smith. Benediction by myself. By invitation of Pres. Snow, mother and myself attended the theatre occupying his box.
[Friday, 21 April 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm.
10 a.m. Special meeting at the President’s office. Present: First Presidency, Pres. F. D. Richards, Apostles Brigham Young, J. H. Smith, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, and myself; N. W. Clayton, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
Pres. Cannon explained the object of the meeting. Said a gentleman from the East, Henry Altman, desires to get an option on the Saltair Beach property and Salt Lake and Los Angeles Railway. In answer to a question Col. N. W. Clayton said the two properties were bonded for $500,000. It was also thought that if the Beach and Ry. were offered for sale the Inland Crystal Salt Co. property, valued at $600,000 (50% of which is owned by Eastern people, balance by the Church), should also be sold. Pres. Snow said he desired an expression from the brethren as to how they felt about disposing of the said properties.
Pres. Jos. F. Smith explained the object for which the Saltair Beach Pavilion was built. It was that we might be able to control in some degree the amusements and pleasures of the young. There was to be no traffic in liquor and no Sunday trains. These rules had the effect of driving away patronage, but at the same time interest had to be paid on the investment. It was, therefore, decided to rent bar privileges under stringent regulations and to put all attractions under proper control. All this was necessary to make the property pay interest on the investment. There were also other difficulties to contend with. The Inland Crystal Salt Bonds [p.50] are paying 7% interest. The Beach and Railway Bonds are not paying interest at present, but it is thought they will soon begin to pay interest. He was opposed, he said, to the idea of selling, as almost every big enterprise our people have entered into has gone out of our hands. Very few of our people are employed by the railroads in the state. In answer to a question Pres. Jos. F. Smith said he didn’t think there was any chance for successful competition against us in the salt business or railway.
This was also N. W. Clayton’s view. Apostle Jno. H. Smith seemed to favor the retention of the salt business and railway, but thought it would be a difficult matter to manage the beach property as a pleasure resort. Jas. Jack said he was opposed in his feelings to selling the property. Apostle Brigham Young, Jr., was opposed to selling. Said he thought, if we were firm now in holding on to this property, it would be the turning point so far as the Church holding and requiring property is concerned. Pres. F. D. Richards was opposed to selling. He thought it better to retain the property and place it under the best possible control. Apostle M. F. Cowley said he was opposed to selling, as was also Apostle A. O. Woodruff.
I said that I regretted to see enterprises inaugurated by our people go into the hands of the Gentiles. We lose prestige and influence, &c. Also remarked that the building of the Saltair Pavilion was a great accomplishment and is preaching the gospel. It is the admiration of strangers. I was opposed, I said, to selling.
Apostle A. H. Lund expressed himself as being opposed to selling. Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon said that he had always been opposed to selling out our enterprises. He mentioned the early railroads, as an example and said it was a mistaken policy. Remarked that many abominable lies had been told concerning Saltair and they were circulated in some instances by our brethren. He was in favor, he said, of holding on to these properties. He admired the liberal policy of Pres. Brigham Young in building the theatre and other places of amusement. He felt it would be better if the brethren of the Church would take hold of these enterprises and relieve the Presidency from the responsibility, but they won’t do it.
Pres. Snow then took an expression of the meeting and the vote was unanimous for retaining the properties. His view, he said, [p.51] was similar to that of the brethren—we should hold on to our enterprises. Speaking of indebtedness, he said the First Presidency ought not to go into debt to establish new movements. The present indebtedness of the Church, he remarked, amounted to about $2,000,000.00 and in order to meet this stupendous obligation, matters would have to be managed carefully. Had called the brethren together, he said, for the purpose [of] uniting them that whatever the action taken it would have their support. Speaking of the Pioneer Power Plant Project, said that the Twelve were opposed to it, and now they talk about and against it. Such would not be the case had they been called together and taken united action. Meeting adjourned sine die.
In the afternoon the First Presidency and wives and a number of the brethren of the Twelve and wives took the train over the Salt Lake and Los Angeles Railway at 2:15 p.m. for Saltair Beach. The main object of the trip was to visit the salt works of the Inland Crystal Salt Co., which they did. It was very interesting to go through and watch the manufacture of salt for table and dairy purposes. Returning we reached the city at 4:30 p.m.
[Thursday, 27 April 1899] Salt Lake City. Cold and snowing. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: First Presidency, Pres. F. D. Richards, B. Young, Jr., F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, [Rudger Clawson,] and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Conference appointments: to Cache Stake, A. H. Lund; to Bannock Stake Apr. 29, one week later to Wayne Stake, Geo. Teasdale; to Woodruff Stake, F. M. Lyman and A. O. Woodruff.
Brother Lund had received a letter, he said, from [Ferdinand F.] Hintze, who had gone from Turkey into Greece and thought there would be an opening for the gospel there.
Brother B. Young, Jr., said that the members of Pres. Young’s family desired to celebrate his birthday, June 1, at Saltair, and desired to know if the First Presidency and Twelve and their wives would accept an invitation to be present. It was moved that the invitation be accepted. Carried. Benediction by A. O. Woodruff.
12 o’clock noon. Meeting at the President’s office. Present: First Presidency, Pres. F. D. Richards, Apostles B. Young, Jr., F. M. [p.52] Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, J. H. Smith, A. H. Lund, M. W. Merrill, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, and R. Clawson; the Presiding Bishopric, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk.
Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon explained the object of the meeting. Said he had been impressed since the death of Pres. Woodruff to transfer to Pres. Snow what is known as the “dedicated stock.” (The dedicated stock was a fund created by Pres. John Taylor and composed of Bullion, Beck, and Champion Mining Co. Stock contributed by the late Pres. John Taylor, Moses Thatcher, John Beck, and Geo. Q. Cannon. After the death of Pres. John Taylor, Moses Thatcher, the heirs of Pres. Taylor, [and] John Beck drew their “dedicated” stock out of the fund, leaving Pres. Cannon’s only.) Said Pres. Snow had hesitated about receiving the stock. Since the conversation with him the Sterling Mining Co. matter had been decided. He was pleased with the decision, he said, but he felt as if he would like to do something towards making the loss to the Church good, at least in part. He now proposed that the”dedicated” stock be turned over to the Church and be absorbed by the Church funds to stand as against the expenditures of the Sterling Mine.
Pres. Cannon, by request of Pres. Snow, then read a statement (previously prepared by himself) explaining the nature of the dedicated stock and the purposes for which it should be used, among other things, namely, to purchase the Jackson County Temple site, or if that failed, to establish Church schools, or if that failed, to be used for the benefit of the Church, and the instrument provided that he, Geo. Q. Cannon, in whose charge the dedicated stock was placed by Pres. Taylor, should not be required to give an account of its management to the Church or to anybody else, the only restrictive clause being that the “fund” should not be used for private purposes by the said Geo. Q. Cannon.
The following is a statement, he said, of the management of the fund up to a recent date:
|7390 shares, face value||73,900.00|
|Dividends from stock||159,669.69|
|Interest paid by Geo. Q. Cannon||20,000.00|
|[p.53] Sterling Mine||11,677.78|
|House and lot||60,000.00|
|Cannon, Grant, and Co.||36,000.00|
|Tithing and services||40,000.00|
|[Balance] on hand||24,991.91|
|170 Shares Saltair Beach Stock||17,000.00|
|3 Church bonds||1,600.00|
Pres. Snow said: this is a very serious matter. Pres. Cannon has made a statement, showing the manner in which the fund has been used and suggesting, if it meet with the approval of the brethren, that it be disposed of by being closed into the Church funds. It seems, so far as we can learn, that the fund was established by the spirit of revelation and whether it would be proper to close it up or suppress it, is a question for the brethren to decide.
Pres. Cannon said that fault had been found and the opinion expressed by some of the brethren that he ought to have turned this fund over to the pres. of the Church long ago inasmuch as the church had saved the mine in a time of danger by giving a heavy bond. He then produced a copy of the bond, which clearly showed that the Church was in no way connected with it. Pres. Cannon said that if the brethren would consent to have the “dedicated” stock closed into the Church funds to stand as against the Sterling Mining Co. matter, the showing would be as follows:
|7390 shares Bullion, Beck, and C[hampion] Mining Co. valued at||44,338.00|
|House and lot||40,000.00|
|170 shares Saltair Beach Stock||10,000.00|
|3 Church bonds||1,600.00|
|Cash paid within a few days||739.30|
|[p.54] Last payt. by the Church on the Sterling Mine||115,500.00|
Pres. Cannon said that he would pay the $11,663.40 out of his private funds. The mines could probably be sold some day, the proceeds to stand against the other $216,000 paid by the Church for the Sterling Mine.
Pres. Jos. F. Smith said that this “dedicated” stock was an anomaly. There never was anything just like it. It was something that originated with Pres. Taylor from the Lord. Pres. Taylor felt there ought to be a “fund” created that could be used for defense of the saints in such cases wherein it might be thought to be improper to use the Church funds. Spoke of the withdrawal from the “fund” of Moses Thatcher, John Beck, the heirs of Pres. Taylor, and others, and felt that inasmuch as they had taken this step, Pres. Cannon had a perfect right to suggest as to the disposal of the stock dedicated by himself.
Apostle F. M. Lyman was in favor, he said, of accepting the proposition of Pres. Cannon. Apostle J. H. Smith was in favor of the fund being turned over to Pres. Snow. Apostle M. W. Merrill expressed the view that inasmuch as others had withdrawn their dedicated stock, Pres. Cannon was entitled to his. Pres. Cannon said that he did not take the view expressed by M. W. Merrill, but looked upon the dedication of this stock as being most sacred. Pres. Jos. F. Smith moved that the “dedicated” fund now under consideration be turned over to Pres. Snow to be used according to his best wisdom and judgment. Seconded.
I said that I thought the object for which the fund was established should be maintained so far as possible and should not be placed as against the Sterling Mining Co. business—that matter having already been decided. Said I favored the motion.
The following brethren in brief remarks favored the motion: Pres. F. D. Richards, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, M. F. Cowley, and Geo. Teasdale. The motion was then put and carried by unanimous vote.
[Wednesday, 3 May 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. I spent the day at the President’s office, working on Pres. Snow’s cash book.
[p.55] However, in the afternoon I was invited to be present at a meeting held in the President’s office. Present: Pres[idents] Snow and Smith, T. G. Webber, Geo. M. Cannon, John M. Cannon, and myself. It was stated by John M. Cannon, atty., that the management of the Bullion, Beck, and Champion Mine was threatened to pass into the hands of the Gentiles, unless some steps were taken to guard against it. It would be necessary to form a syndicate and raise $250,000 to purchase 51,000 shares of the Beck stock now about to pass into other hands.
Mr. [Simon] Bamberger, the party immediately interested in forming the syndicate, could raise $150,000. The proposition was this: if the Church would loan the syndicate $100,000 for 3 years at 8% secured by a portion of the said stock, Mr. Bamberger would guarantee the management of the mine to the Church for that length of time and probably for all time to come. At least things would be in a much more favorable condition than at present.
Pres. Snow could see the necessity of some action, but was averse to using Church funds in the way suggested. In answer to a question by Geo. M. Cannon, cashier, he said he would approve of a loan of $100,000 to the syndicate by the Zion’s Savings Bank, the directors being favorable. It was then decided to call them together.
[Thursday, 4 May 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Jos. F. Smith, Pres. F. D. Richards, and Apostles B. Young, Jr., F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, and A. O. Woodruff, [and Heber J. Grant].6
Pres. Snow stated a trip by the Presidency and some members of the Twelve through the southern settlements to St. George was in contemplation, the party to leave about June 1, 1899. A letter from W. W. Cluff, Pres. Summit Stake, inviting the Presidency to be present at the dedication of the Summit Stake Tabernacle, was [p.56] read, [to be held on] May 14 and 15. Pres. Snow said he thought likely he would be able to accept the invitation.
Apostle Teasdale reported his visit to the Bannock Stake Conference and said the following changes had been effected: Clarence Eldredge was ordained a high priest and set apart as 2d counselor to Pres. [Lewis S.] Pond; Alma E. Hubbard ordained a high priest and set apart as bishop of Grace Ward; Peter J. Williams set apart as bishop of Hatch Ward; Wm. Ansel Hatch set apart as 1st counselor to Bp. Williams and Alma Hogan 2d counselor to Bp. Williams; Rufus Voscoe Call 2d coun. to Pres. [J. W.] Hubbard of [stake] Y.M.M.I.A.; Ira Call resigned and Christian Nielsen was transferred from 2d to 1st coun. to Pres. Hubbard; Heber Carlos Loveland ordained a high priest and set apart as 2d counselor to Bp. [Judson A.] Tolman of Chesterfield.
Pres. [John W.] Hess of the Davis [Stake] recommended (by letter) Nelson [Melvin] H. Randall as Bp. of Centerville to succeed Bp. [Aaron B.] Porter resigned. Recommendation sustained.
Apostle Teasdale referred to the case of Chas. Higginson, who seduced his wife [Charlotte Muir] before marriage, not confessing his transgression until after the child was born, when he offered to marry her which he did and was forgiven. Outside of this affair, he was exemplary. Subsequently, he took a mission and while absent his wife was corrupted by two men. She was excommunicated. She pled for forgiveness and he forgave her and took her back. This gave offense to the people of his ward. The question that agitated the minds of the bishopric at present was as to the propriety of receiving her into the church. Bro. Teasdale thought that, if she were truly penitent, she should be given a standing in the church.
Apostle H. J. Grant reported his recent trip to San Francisco, where [he] attended some meetings of the saints. At one of the meetings, Elder [Ephraim H.] Nye, president of the [California] Mission, was the principal speaker and in the course of his remarks criticized the views and tenets of the Christian denominations rather too strongly—a policy, he thought, that would have a tendency to antagonize the stranger against us. He found the mission, he said, in a prosperous condition. Speaking of the Salt Lake Tribune, which is vilifying the our [sic] people, he thought [it] a disgrace for the saints to patronize it.
The question of the attitude of the Deseret News toward the [p.57] Tribune was discussed. It was the feeling of the brethren that Editor Penrose was a little too pugnacious—and that the better policy would be to treat that paper with silent contempt. Pres. Snow intimated that he would have a talk with Bro. Penrose respecting the matter.
It was decided by unanimous vote that the second choice of the brethren for the government building, should there be a failure in getting the [Deseret] News corner, would be the old city hall corner, and, if necessary, $10,000 would be appropriated by the church to locate it on that site. Benediction by Pres. Jos. F. Smith.
[Friday, 5 May 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. Spent the day at the President’s office and brought Pres. Snow’s (Trustee in Trust’s) cash book to date, namely, May 1, 99. Pres. Snow desired me to ascertain the amount of interest paid by the church in 1897, or rather from Sep. 1, 1897 to Sep. 1, 1898, on its indebtedness, which I did, the same amounting to $109,000.
4. These dimensions are probably in error, because the Journal History (located in LDS church archives) for this date gives the size of the lot as 20 rods by 20 rods, as well as the initial discussion concerning the selling of the lot in Clawson’s diary (12 Jan. 1899).
6. Since the remarks of Heber J. Grant are summarized by Clawson, the addition of “[and Heber J. Grant]” restores Grant to the list of apostles actually present. For instances where Clawson added names missing from the typewritten list of those present, see entries of 9 January, 31 October, and 14 November 1901. Other instances of this kind of editorial addition are made without explanation.