A Ministry of Meetings
Stan Larson, editor

Chapter 6.

Diary Fifteen
1 January – 31 December
1902

Setting Policy: 
“Confidences Held Sacred”

[p. 373] [Wednesday, 1 January, 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. I spent the day quietly at home, working a small portion of the time on the B[righam] C[ity] Roller Mill books. Accompanied by Lydia and the children, I spent the evening at mother’s. Her children and grandchildren were all there except Stanley, who is in San Francisco. We had an excellent dinner, and the children were treated to a Punch and Judy Show, conducted by Fred, my brother.

[Thursday, 2 January 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Jno. Smith, the patriarch, [and George F. Gibbs, clerk].

A question having arisen in regard to ordaining elders, it was decided that in all cases their names should be submitted to the branches where they reside before ordination. Song, “Come Let Us Anew Our Journey Pursue.” Apostle Hyrum M. Smith was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Clawson in the circle. Song, “O My Father.”

[p. 374] The minutes of the meeting held Dec. 26, 1901, were read and approved. Stake conference appointments: Beaver, Apostles Woodruff and Clawson; Apostles Jno. H. Smith and Teasdale were appointed to attend a special conference in the Fremont Stake, called for the purpose of organizing the Fremont, Bingham, and Teton Stakes into a church school district. They were also duly authorized to reorganize the Fremont Stake presidency, if in their judgment it should be done at that time. Brother Thos. E. Bassett was mentioned favorably as a man who would make a good president. He was counselor to President [Thomas E.] Ricks.

Pres. Smith in referring to the Malad Stake said that he felt the presidency there was in great need of reorganization, in which view the brethren concurred. Elder Willard S. Hansen was mentioned by Apostle Jno. W. Taylor for the place. He was heartily endorsed by Pres. Winder, Jno. H. Smith, and myself. It was moved that the matter be laid over for the present. Carried.

Elder Gibbs read a letter from the clerk of the Bannock Stake, in which he said that bishops were needed for the Hatch Ward and the Mound Valley Ward, and named as the choice of the stake presidency, Elder Nels Hogan for Hatch and Elder Wm. W. Williams for Mound Valley. Recommendation adopted by unanimous vote.

The clerk read a letter from Thos. Hull, sec. Y.M.M.I.A. board, enclosing a report of committee of five, namely, Elders B. H. Roberts, Rudger Clawson, Nephi L. Morris, Brigham F. Grant, and Thos. Hull, who had been appointed by the Y.M.M.I.A. board to investigate the propriety and wisdom of erecting a monument to the memory of Joseph Smith, the prophet, the same to be dedicated on the centennial of his birth in 1905. The report was read, received with thanks, and laid on the table for further consideration. The committee suggested that either a statue or memorial building be adopted as the form of the memorial. If a memorial building, it should be located on the old Deseret News corner. An informal discussion took place regarding the matter. Remarks were made by Apostles Teasdale, Jno. H. Smith, Reed Smoot, and myself favoring a memorial building. Apostle Jno. H. Smith felt that such a building would eventually become the “Westminster Abbey” of the church. Apostle Clawson said that the report did not fully cover the views of the committee in respect to a memorial [p.375] building. They thought that said building should be provided with a rotunda where a statue of the prophet in marble might be placed and that the building should be used for office purposes by the First Presidency, the Twelve, the Seven Presidents of Seventies, and the Presiding Bishopric, with an apartment set apart for a library.

Pres. Smith spoke at some length and very interestingly upon the subject. He favored a memorial building and thought it should be provided with a rotunda for the placing of a statue of the prophet, or perhaps the “martyrs”; niches should also be provided for statues of the presidents of the church, also paintings of our leading men; the building should also be used for the following purposes: offices for the First Presidency, the Twelve, Seven Presidents of Seventies, and the Presiding Bishopric; the Deseret Museum; the Historian’s office; and a church library. He felt, he said, that the church should furnish means, and not the people. The views expressed by President Smith were heartily endorsed by the council.

Apostle Clawson felt that immediate steps should be taken to secure the plans for the building, that the brethren might have plenty of time to look them over with the most careful thoughtfulness and that when they were needed there should be no delay. Apostle Smoot thought an extra special effort should be made to have the building ready for the centennial of the prophet’s birth in 1905. It was ascertained as the best judgment of some of the brethren present, that the erection of said building would require two years.

It was decided that an effort be made to place the Church Chronology in the hands of the saints. The sale of this useful book had been checked by some unfavorable remarks made by the late Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon at one of the general priesthood meetings.

Apostle Clawson desired an expression of the brethren in regard to a case that had come to his attention. A young man—a member of the church—had sought the hand of one of the daughters of Zion in marriage. She desired to be sealed in the temple. It was ascertained, however, that his mother was tainted with negro blood—she being one-fourth negro—while his father was the son of a prominent family in Israel. Would that be a bar to his entrance to the house of the Lord? It was decided that he [p.376] could not have the blessings of the house of God.

Apostles Taylor, Woodruff, and Jno. H. Smith all reported that in some cases high council and bishop[‘s] court decisions were disregarded. Pres. Smith said that this matter would receive the attention of the First Presidency in a circular letter or epistle to the saints.

Minutes of the council meeting of Oct. 17, 1901, were read and approved. It was decided that the sacrament meetings of the First Presidency and Twelve, held quarterly, should be continued.

Apostle Clawson reported his visit to the Sevier Stake and the following changes and ordinations: Jacob Godfreyson, set apart to preside as bishop over the Vermillion Ward; Saml. W. Gould, ordained and called to preside over the Monroe Ward, with August W. Bowman as 1st and Geo. A. Smith as 2nd counselors. Benediction by Pres. Jos. F. Smith.

[Saturday, 4 January 1902] Milford, Utah. Clear and cold. 6 a.m. Left by team for Beaver (32 miles distant), arriving at 10 a.m. It was a cold ride.

6 p.m. Meeting of the [Beaver Stake] high council in the high council chamber, Pres. C[harles] D. White presiding. The brethren were questioned as to their faith and as to how they stood on the word of wisdom, tithing, and family prayer, and other duties. The responses were generally quite satisfactory.

Brother Wilson G. Nowers, who is and has been a faithful man, was released on account of defective hearing, with the love and blessings of his brethren. Brother Rollin R. Tanner was released as a member of the council by unanimous vote because of neglect of duty in attending council meetings, payment of tithes (he had paid nothing in 1901 and only 12 dollars in 1900) and other duties. He was present and in being questioned did not manifest a spirit of the gospel, but brought accusations against the president of the stake and council. At this point (7:30 p.m.) I was requested by Apostle Woodruff to go to the priesthood meeting that had been called for 7 p.m. and they would come later.

7:45 p.m. I came into the priesthood meeting a little late, and Elder Reinhard Maeser was talking. I followed him. Topics treated. Gave some reasons why the sisters (and there were a number present) were interested in priesthood meetings. Marriage. Work [p.377]for the dead. Dwelt upon the authority of the priesthood.

Apostle Woodruff. Topics treated. Bishops to exercise care in giving recommends to the temple. Decisions of church courts should be enforced. Stake presidency and bishopric[s] of wards to meet once a week.

[Sunday, 5 January 1902] Beaver, Utah. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. White presiding.

Apostle Woodruff. Topics treated. Expressed the pleasure he had felt in listening to the reports. The branch school of the B. Y. Academy of Provo at Beaver and the advantages of church school training.

R. Clawson. Topics treated. Read Sec. 71, D.&C., and commented on same and endeavored to impress upon the minds of the saints the importance of honoring the priesthood and listening to the voice of counsel. Seymour B. Young. Topics treated. The multiplied blessings of the Lord daily bestowed upon the saints.

High councillors and bishops of wards were instructed to take their proper places in the afternoon, as also the sisters were requested to sit without their hats. 7:30 p.m. Conjoint meeting of the young people, Chas. Wolfenton presiding.

Apostle Woodruff. Topics treated. The birth of the spirit. We know that we are born again but don’t know just how it is done. Home life and the influences of a good wife.

R. Clawson. Topics treated. The blessing of being wellborn and how the young men of Zion should appreciate it. Related an instance where a young man was barred the privilege and blessing of the house of the Lord because he was tainted with the blood of Cain—his mother was one-fourth negro. He could not bridge the gulf and get into the house of God.

S. B. Young. Topics treated. True greatness. Fulfillment of the prophecies of Joseph Smith in relation to Stephen A. Douglas and the war of the rebellion.

[Tuesday, 7 January 1902] Salt Lake City. Foggy and cold. 2 p.m. Quarterly conference of the Twelve. Present: Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Jno. W. Taylor, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hyrum [p.378] M. Smith. Song, “For the Strength of the Hills, We Bless Thee.” Apostle Jno. H. Smith was mouth in prayer. Song, “Glory to God on High.”

Apostle Jno. H. Smith was the first speaker. Topics treated. Advantages of these meetings. Regretted the absence of our president on account of ill health. Alluded to the passing away of the older brethren of the general authorities and as a consequence, the active labors of the work falling on younger shoulders. These brethren have taken their priesthood with them but left the keys of power and authority to others. Spoke of the blessing of being wellborn, and remarked that all the members of the quorum of Apostles of today were born in the church but Apostles Teasdale and Merrill. Expected to see a great work performed under the administration of Pres. Jos. F. Smith. The cause of Zion, he thought, would take a more spiritual character than it had done during the tribulations and drivings at the hand of our enemies. Looked for a wide extension in the preaching of the gospel. Spoke in reference to the principle of plural marriage, saying that under that principle men learned the true order of government and obtained invaluable experience; the fathers of all the apostles present had made a fairly good record in the practice of polygamy; a majority of the quorum were the sons of plural wives, namely,  Jno. H. Smith, Heber J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hyrum M. Smith; it has been predicted that the posterity of the wicked should wither and die while the issue of plural marriage should be honored and blessed of the Lord, and I feel that in the quorum of the Twelve is found evidence of the fulfillment of said prediction.

Reed Smoot. Topics treated. Spoke of the mission to Japan and said that without the Spirit of the Lord nothing would be accomplished there. He was impressed with the utterances of Pres. Snow at the Beehive House reception, when he said he did not know that a single soul would be converted in Japan, but this he did know that Brother Grant and companions would be doing their duty in taking said mission; he (Bro. Smoot) felt, however, that the brethren would meet with a limited success. Spoke of missionary work in general, and how he had felt to bless a young brother this morning on the train, who was leaving an apostate father and mother to go and preach the gospel. Referring to the [p.379] principle of plural marriage, spoke of the success of his father in its practice, which was due in part to the character of his wives, for they were good women; this order of marriage, if universally practiced, would save the world much sorrow and distress; looked for its restoration. The evil of debt, and felt that the apostles ought to lift a voice of warning against it. Improvement in tithing among the saints.

Apostle Jno. W. Taylor. Topics treated. Had been impressed with the success of Pres. Smith in his family and home life, and desired to emulate his example. Referred to the growth of secret societies in our midst. Mothers’ clubs were being encouraged to the hurt of the Relief Societies. The secret orders for young men and women caused him considerable alarm; “such things are an abomination in the sight of God.” He sometimes felt that it would be proper for the church to issue a manifesto against secret societies—the Catholic church, seeing the danger in them, has done so. Spoke of the great need of an early reorganization of the Malad Stake presidency. Proclaimed against the evil arising from brethren going to law one with another and quoted some passages of scripture bearing on the point. Apostle Smoot said that Springville was honeycombed with secret societies.

Apostle Clawson said that he felt that in selecting sisters for officers of importance in the church, they should be interrogated as to their views and feelings, as were the brethren, for some who have been chosen, it seems, have no faith whatever in the principle of plural marriage, and even talk against it.

Apostles Teasdale and Cowley came in just before Apostle Taylor arose to speak. They had been assisting to set apart some missionaries.

Minutes read and approved. Song, “Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow.” Benediction by Apostle Teasdale, and the meeting adjourned until 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.

[Wednesday, 8 January 1902] Salt Lake City. Foggy and cool; regular London weather. 11:30 a.m. Apostle M. W. Merrill was speaking when I came in from a meeting of the board of directors of the Utah Light and Power Co. (Apostle Teasdale had spoken.) Had been speaking of tithes and offerings. Said he was not in favor, as a rule, in [p.380] going to the saints for donations. Some people, when crowded in this way, made a deduction from their tithing. Within recent years $20,000 had been solicited from the people of Cache Valley to build an addition to the B. Y. College, Logan, and there is still some eleven or twelve thousand dollars due and unpaid, and it is difficult to reach. He thought that a good way to get in large donations would be to encourage the saints to pay individually a small amount each month with regularity and precision—”Little drops of water constantly falling wear away the stone.” Spoke of the evil of going to law as between members of the church and said that some of the brethren were trying to force him into the courts over a water difficulty; he was trying to avert trouble in this way; didn’t think the brethren ought to go to law; the gentiles used to be willing to submit their grievances to the church courts. Recess taken until 2 p.m.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference. Apostle Cowley was the first speaker. Topics treated. Dwelt upon the moral conditions among our young people. The spirit actuating them seems in a great measure to be antagonistic to the gospel. Feared that the influence of the district school was hurtful to our children. Spoke against secret combinations; referred to a young man, member of a secret benefit society, who had it in for Brother [Brigham H.] Roberts, because he had spoken in condemnatory terms of secret orders. Brother Cowley thought we ought to use our utmost influence against them. Spoke of Freemasonry as being a counterfeit of the true masonry of the Latter-day Saints. Said he thought great care ought to be exercised in calling men to positions in the priesthood, being sure in every case that they accept fully in their hearts all the principles of the gospel. Felt pleased that for the present elders going on missions were not ordained seventies. Speaking of the tendency among our people to go to law, he did not think a case should be kept out of the high council unless it could be adjudicated to the satisfaction of all parties concerned; sometimes forced compromises are effected to the injury of those who are in the right. Felt interested in the preaching of the gospel to the Lamanites and thought it would be well for our young men to study the Spanish language with a view of carrying the gospel to them.

Apostle Woodruff. Topics treated. Rejoiced in the fellowship [p.381] of his brethren and felt grateful to the Lord for all blessings. Desired a spirit of willingness to go forth and preach the gospel, when called, or to labor in the stakes of Zion. Felt that the Lord is watching over his church. Took breakfast with Senator [Thomas] Kearns the other day, who said that if the proposed constitutional amendment were loaded down with other features, such as fornication and adultery, as contemplated by him, it would never get through the committee room. Referred briefly to the colonization of the Big Horn country and said that the people there had been greatly blessed of the Lord, through railroad contracts taken. Steps should be taken to furnish employment to newcomers in our midst.

Apostle Clawson. Topics treated. Rejoiced in his testimony of the gospel and in the priesthood and apostleship. Felt that all the meetings thus far had been intensely interesting and instructive; every word spoken was timely and appropriate and like a costly jewel set in a crown. Was in strict harmony with the sentiments expressed. Felt that some plan should be instituted looking to improved conditions in the quorums of the priesthood. We are not in such perfect and absolute touch with them as are the authorities with the M[utual] I[mprovement] Associations—they work to a definite plan; we do not, except in the case of the Seven Presidents of Seventies. While he rejoiced in the good work being accomplished by the Mutual Improvement organizations, he did not feel that they should be fostered to the hurt and neglect of the priesthood. One often hears of special meetings, conferences, and conventions of our auxiliary associations, but seldom of a conference of the high priests or elders or lesser priesthood in any of the stakes of Zion. He conceded the point that the obligation to look after these matters rested upon presidents of stakes, but they were not doing it—at least in many instances. There was no uniformity of action; some plan should be adopted that would bring about better results.

[Apostle Clawson] Said that he was now busily engaged in making preparations to close the books of the trustee-in-trust [as of] Dec. 31, 1901, and to open a new set for Jan. 1, 1902, which would involve a good deal of labor. Spoke of conditions that existed some three years ago when the First Presidency were totally unacquainted with the financial status of the church [p.382] through lack of correct and full reports. He had sought to supply this want and had been enabled through the blessing of the Lord not only to put Pres. Snow and President Smith with their counselors in absolute touch with financial conditions but also the quorum of apostles. In speaking of this matter the other day to the Presidency, he gave a simple example to show the present deplorable condition of the books of the trustee-in-trust, about as follows: suppose, said he, that President Smith as president of Z.C.M.I. should instruct Thos. G. Webber, supt., and A. W. Carlson, sec., to close the books of the institution and report at the next meeting, and suppose further that they had carried out the wish so expressed, and in submitting their report casually observed that the books were out over $800,000, or, in other words, showed a deficit in assets to that amount. Would there not be consternation among the stockholders and directory, if not a panic? He further remarked that it is just as necessary for the church to have its books in correct form as Z.C.M.I. or, in fact, any mercantile house or business concern, and yet the trustee-in-trust’s books today show a shortage in assets to the extent of $882,000. Alluded to some remarks that had been made and rejoiced that he, like his brethren, had been wellborn and was deeply impressed by the fact that the brother who had been born into the world through a pure parentage, by marrying a woman who was tainted with the blood of Cain, brought a curse upon his posterity in shutting them out from the blessings of the house of God.

Hyrum M. Smith. Topics treated. Felt that his selection as an apostle might properly be taken as a compliment to his father, or perhaps to his grandfather, and was not due to any worthiness in himself. He desired the spirit of discernment and faith that he might have wisdom in choosing brethren and sisters for office and in healing the sick. Referred to secret orders and said that a large number of the employees of Z.C.M.I. belonged to that class of organizations. Spoke of the lack of interest and faithfulness in the quorums of the priesthood. He differed a little, he said, with Brother Teasdale, who in speaking of Brother Grant and his companions, said they ought not to separate as they might be killed. Well, what if they were killed, they would not be the first and doubtless would not be the last; we lack faith—at least he did.

Minutes were read and approved. Benediction by Apostle Teasdale.

[Thursday, 9 January 1902] Salt Lake City. Foggy and cold. 9 a.m. Continuation of conference. Present: Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hyrum M. Smith. Song, “See How the Morning Sun Pursues Its Shining Way.” Prayer by Apostle Clawson. Song, “Redeemer of Israel.” It was moved that after adjournment today we meet again in quarterly conference, April 1, 1902, at 10 a.m. Carried.

Apostle Jno. H. Smith spoke. Topics treated. Dwelt upon the subject of punctuality and suggested that whoever came in first to the meetings, if he be the only one present, should open at the time appointed. We should cultivate the spirit of promptness in opening our meetings at stake conferences and at other times. Referred to the evil of our people going to law one with another, but realized that some cases could not well be settled in the church tribunals. Many of the church courts had become so dilatory in enforcing their decisions that they were actually coming into contempt with the saints; alluded to some cases confirmatory of this statement. The apostles should instruct high councils and bishops in their duties regarding these things. Every decision should be clear and definite both as to purpose and time of enforcement. Regretted that in many cases which were settled by compromise, the aggrieved parties were wronged. Alluded to the remark of Apostle Hyrum M. Smith that he saw no reason why Apostle Grant and companions should not separate and gave it as his opinion that as a rule the elders should travel two and two.

Apostle Cowley, who had been excused to attend a funeral, and Apostle Taylor came in late. Minutes read and approved. Song, “May the Grace of Christ Our Savior.” Benediction.

It was decided by a formal vote of the brethren that the special weekly meetings of the Twelve, held just previous to the council meeting, be discontinued. An informal discussion concerning secret societies was indulged in. Apostle Jno. H. Smith reminded the brethren that the accepted rule of the church is that those connected with secret orders shall not be promoted in the priesthood or recommended to the temple.

[p. 384] 11 a.m. The First Presidency came in. Song, “Though Deepening Trials Throng the Way.” Apostle Smoot was mouth in prayer, and Apostle and Pres. Lund in the circle. Song, “Now Let Us Rejoice in the Day of Salvation.”

Minutes of Oct. 24, 1901, read and approved. Minutes also of Jan. 2, 1902, read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. Brigham Young, in which he recommended the name of Wm. Hall for president of the San Juan Stake. Recommend[ation] adopted. Pres. Young is a little improved in health.

The president [Lewis W. Shurtliff] of the Weber Stake recommended Adam A. Bingham as bishop of Riverdale to succeed his father [Sanford Bingham]. Recommendation approved. Upon motion of Apostle Woodruff the action of sometime ago to divide the Emery Stake was rescinded for the reason that the division would seriously interfere with the prosperity of the church schools in that stake.

Apostle Smoot raised the question as to whether it would be proper for children under eight years, or unbaptized children, to receive their patriarchal blessings. It was decided that this matter should be left to the discretion of the patriarchs.

Apostle Jno. W. Taylor asked if it would be proper for the patriarchs to take a priest or teacher with them and go into the homes of the saints for the purpose of preaching and expounding the gospel. Pres. Smith explained that a high priest or patriarch could so act under a call from the bishop of the ward. In calling young men of the M.I.A. to perform duties in the church, the quorums of the priesthood should not be overlooked, but we ought rather to work along these lines.

Apostle Clawson reported the visit of Apostle Woodruff and himself to the Beaver Stake, where they attended the quarterly conference. The following changes were effected, to wit: Wilson G. Nowers was honorably released from the high council on account of defective hearing; Rollin R. Tanner was released from the high council on account of general neglect of duty; three vacancies in the high council were filled, as follows: Jno. M. Murdock, Reinhard Maeser, and Jas. E. Tanner; F. D. Farnsworth was ordained pres. of the high priest quorum, and Wm. Burt, pres. of the elders quorum; Reuben Dotson was ordained bishop of [p.385] Minersville to succeed Geo. Eyre, resigned on account of ill health, with Geo. Marshall for 1st counselor and Wm. C. Bowman for 2nd counselor. Reported that the case of Catherine Nowers versus Jas. H. Skinner, et al., was amicably settled and dismissed and that the brethren generously agreed to make good the loss of the plaintiff as follows, to wit: M. L. Shepherd, 10 head of sheep, and Jas. H. Skinner, et al., 11 head. The report was adopted by unanimous vote.

At this point the tables were prepared and the brethren sat down to the sacrament, which was thoroughly appreciated and enjoyed. Apostle Jno. H. Smith blessed the bread and wine. Pres. Anthon H. Lund offered the benediction.

[Sunday, 12 January 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 2 p.m. Meeting at the tabernacle, Pres. Angus M. Cannon presiding. I was the speaker and read Sec. 46, D.&C., and commented on the office and calling of the Holy Ghost.

6:30 p.m. Attended the sacrament meeting in the 18th Ward chapel, Bp. [Orson F.] Whitney presiding. I spoke in complimentary terms of the improvements made in the chapel and also referred to the propriety of the sisters sitting [with heads] uncovered in meeting.

[Wednesday, 15 January 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. At 10 a.m. attended a meeting of the First Presidency and Twelve at the temple. The First Presidency and seven of the quorum were present.

Pres. Smith stated that the object of the meeting was to take into consideration the question as to whom we would favor as next United States senator from Utah—whether a member of the quorum of apostles, a member of the church, or a gentile. All the brethren of the Twelve expressed themselves, and it seemed to be the feeling of the majority of those present that none of the apostles could be spared from the ministry, but at the same time the next senator should be a member of the church, as the gentiles had already had a full share of representation in congress.

It was moved that so far as this matter concerned the brethren, the nomination be left to the First Presidency. Carried.

[p. 386] [Thursday, 16 January 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Think Not When Ye Gather to Zion.” Apostle Jno. W. Taylor was mouth in prayer, and Pres. Smith in the circle. Song, “For the Strength of the Hills, We Bless Thee.”

Corrected minutes of Jan. 2, and minutes of Jan. 9, 1902, and of Oct. 31, 1901, were read and approved. Conference appointments: Big Horn, Apostle Woodruff; San Luis, Apostle Cowley; Weber, First Presidency and Apostles Jno. H. Smith and Clawson.

Apostle Merrill said he was pleased that Apostle Woodruff had been appointed to visit the Big Horn Stake at this time, as there were matters arising there in relation to colonization that needed attention. He further remarked that the Big Horn is a good country for our people.

Apostle Clawson said he felt that sisters who were called to positions in the church should be carefully questioned as to their views and feelings toward the principles which we espouse, as there is danger in calling some to office who have no faith in plural marriage. The brethren were instructed to do this and also have presidents of stakes adopt the same rule.

The clerk read a letter from Brother D. T. Miller, committee in charge of the publication of the Book of Mormon in the Tahitian language. He had sought and received bids for the printing of the work, as follows:

Magazine Printing Co.:
1000 copies, 1535
2000 copies, 1900
5000 copies, 3050
   
Deseret News Co.:
1000 copies, 1650
2000 copies, 2050
5000 copies, 3250

Apostle Jno. H. Smith said that he felt that this and other similar works and, in fact, all church literature ought to be published at home, but in his opinion the Deseret News Co. is high in [p.387] price. Apostle Clawson took the same view and said that in getting a blank record at the News office for use of the trust-in-trust, they fixed the price at $15.00, and yet as good a book could have been purchased at Z.C.M.I. for about $5.00, and this led him to the thought that the News co., which is a church business, is disposed to take advantage of the church itself. Apostles Jno. H. Smith and Clawson were appointed a committee to confer with the manager of the News co. concerning the publication of the work above referred to, with authority to act.

A letter from Pres. Geo. C. Parkinson was read [by] the clerk. He suggested the propriety of dividing the Preston Ward into four wards and submitted the names of four brethren for bishops. The population of said ward is about 1400 souls, and it was thought by some of the brethren to be too small for four wards but might make two. The matter was referred to Apostle Merrill to investigate.

Apostle Teasdale reported that he had installed Jas. Taylor as bishop of Levan. Apostle Teasdale made verbal application for appropriation of $400 to pay off indebtedness on the meeting house of 1st Ward, Nephi. Matter referred to the Presidency for their consideration.

Apostle Jno. W. Taylor reported the visit of himself and Hyrum M. Smith to the Emery Stake. While there, the bishopric of Castle Dale was reorganized with Jno. Y. Jensen, bishop, and Wellington, with Eugene Branch as bishop.

A long letter from Apostle Grant addressed to the Presidency was read by the clerk. He felt that Japan would yet become a good field for missionary work and thought some young elders should be sent there to study the language. Pres. Smith and the brethren did not think the time had arrived for sending more elders to Japan. It would be time enough to consider that question after a branch of the church had been organized. Benediction by Apostle Merrill.

[Monday, 20 January 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. I devoted a portion of the day working on my annual church financial statement. Also got out a form for a payroll to be used by the trustee-in-trust in the President’s office. It will be bound in book form. The purpose of having [p.388] a monthly payroll is to obviate the necessity of carrying a large number of personal accounts on the ledger. Of these there are now about 55, and with the payroll there will be about 10 general appropriation and salary accounts, such as the app’n. First Presidency acct., the app’n. Twelve Apostles acct., the app’n. First Seven Presidents acct., the salary acct. President’s office, the salary acct. Historian’s office, salary acct. attorney fees, &c. It is thought this will be a great improvement on old methods.

[Thursday, 23 January 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hyrum M. Smith. Song, “See How the Morning Sun.” Apostle Matthias Cowley was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Rudger Clawson in the circle. [Song,] “O Saints, Have You Seen o’er Yon Mountain High.”

Minutes of Jan. 16 were read and approved; also, minutes of Nov. 7, 1901. Stake conference appointments: Alpine, Apostle Clawson; Bannock, Apostle Cowley; Juab, Reed Smoot and Apostle Hyrum M. Smith; Fremont, Apostles Jno. H. Smith and Teasdale; Cache, Jno. W. Taylor.

The clerk read a letter from Bp. Geo. R. Hill, in which he expressed a desire to have Apostle Cowley come and preach to the saints of the Springville 3rd Ward, Sunday evening, Jan. 26. Request granted, but the meeting postponed for one week to the first Sunday in Feb.

Letter from Martin Slack, sec. Hurricane Canal Co., Virgin City. Stated that the said company were building a canal to reach and irrigate some 2000 acres of fine land 4 miles from Virgin City; that they had already expended about $45,000 on said project and it would require $15,000 more, and they now, therefore, asked for a church appropriation of $5,000 to assist in its completion. In view of the good faith and perseverance shown by the people in Virgin City and vicinity in carrying on an enterprise of such magnitude, Apostle Clawson said he favored the appropriation. Apostle Smoot moved that the church subscribe $5000 in the stock of the Hurricane Canal Co. to be paid as needed by the First Presidency.

[p. 389] Apostle Clawson reported his attendance at a meeting in the 6th Ward last Sunday evening, when the ward was divided and the new ward called the 25th Ward of the Salt Lake Stake of Zion. Carl A. Eck was sustained as bishop with Wm. H. Tolman as 1st and Oliver Pearson as 2nd counselors.

Apostle Jno. H. Smith reported the attendance of the Presidency, Hyrum M. Smith, and himself at the Weber Stake Conference. The meetings were well attended and a good spirit prevailed. Sanford Bingham was ordained a patriarch, and Anthum A. Ranthum [Adam A. Bingham] was ordained a bishop and set apart to preside over the Riverdale Ward. While there, he visited and administered to Elder Jas. L. McMurrin, who is suffering with cancer, and believed he was on the road to recovery. Benediction by Apostle Hyrum M. Smith.

[Thursday, 30 January 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cold. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hyrum M. Smith. Song, “Our God, We Raise to Thee.” Prayer by Apostle Merrill, and Apostle Teasdale mouth in the circle. Song, “This Earth Shall Be a Blessed Place.”

Minutes of meeting held Jan. 3rd, 1909, were read and approved; also minutes of Nov. 21 and Dec. 12, 1901, were read and approved. The clerk read a letter from Pres. Brigham Young, who reported that he had arrived at Mesa but was suffering from a severe cold. Said that he desired to overhaul the affairs of the stake, so far as may be necessary, and would report progress.

Pres. Jas. W. Paxman reported by letter the visit of Apostle Smoot, who came to attend their conference and also look into the matter of the building of the Mammoth reservoir. A meeting was held to consider the latter question, and it was resolved by unanimous vote that “we unite in building the reservoir.” Said that Apostle Smoot’s visit had accomplished a great deal of good and hoped that he would be appointed to visit Fairview, Mona, San Pete County, and other places to encourage the people to lend their aid and strength to the enterprise. Apostle Smoot was appointed to visit said places.

[p. 390] Apostle Jno. H. Smith reported the visit of Geo. Teasdale and himself to the Fremont Stake, where they attended conference. The stake was reorganized with Thos. E. Bassett as president and Jas. W. Webster, 1st counselor, and Chas. H. Woodmansee, 2nd counselor; Jos. B. Lloyd was set apart as a high councillor; three brethren were ordained patriarchs. Fremont, Bingham, and Teton Stakes were organized into a church school district. Some $6000.00 had already been expended in the erection of a stake academy in Rexburg.

Apostle Clawson reported his attendance at the Alpine Stake Conference held at American Fork. As a result of the division of the latter place into four wards, the presidency of the stake and bishops reported a marked improvement in all directions.

Apostle Merrill reported his visit to Preston last Sunday and said that Pres. [George C.] Parkinson was very anxious to divide that ward into four wards. The matter was deferred, however, until the council might have an opportunity to act upon it.

Apostle Cowley reported the Bannock Stake Conference. Bro. Wm. W. Williams was ordained bishop of Mound Valley Ward. The presidency of the stake had visited every family under their jurisdiction with good results. He was in favor, he said, of dividing Preston into four wards.

Apostle Smoot reported the visit of Hyrum M. Smith and himself to Nephi, where the Juab Stake Conference was held. Apostles Merrill and Clawson were appointed to attend the Oneida Stake Conference next Sunday and Monday and, while there, to act with reference to the division of the Preston Ward as the Spirit might suggest. By unanimous action of the council, Elder Geo. D. Pyper was appointed as an agent of the church to take whatever steps would be necessary to secure representation at the coming fair to be held at St. Louis in 1903.

Stake conference appointments: Jordan, Reed Smoot; Woodruff, Jno. W. Taylor and Hyrum M. Smith; Summit, Geo. Teasdale. Benediction by Pres. Jno. R. Winder.

[Sunday, 2 February 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold; wintry. 7 a.m. Left for Preston to attend the Oneida Stake Conference, arriving at 12:30 noon, accompanied by Elder Seymour B. Young.

[p. 391] 2 p.m. Meeting of the conference, first session, in the academy building, Pres. Geo. C. Parkinson presiding. Rudger Clawson. Topics treated. Read part of Sec. 68, D.&C., and commented upon the building up of the kingdom of God by the Holy Ghost. Tithing.

S. B. Young. Topics treated. Divine calling of Joseph Smith, the prophet. Apostasy. Obedience as exemplified by the life of Nephi. Tithing.

7 p.m. Conjoint meeting of the young people at the academy building, Elder Arthur W. Hart presiding. R. C[lawson]. Topics treated. The strength of the mutual improvement organizations, and the great good being accomplished by them. The power of the priesthood upon the young men of tile church. The work awaiting us in the spirit world.

S. B. Y[oung]. Topics treated. The traditions of the Indians, as set forth in [Henry Wadsworth] Longfellow’s poems, evidently point to incidents that occurred in the history of the Nephites. Fulfillment of the prophecy on war given through Joseph Smith, the prophet.

[Thursday, 6 February 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild; thawing. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hyrum M. Smith. Song, “A Saint, and Is the Title Mine?” Prayer by Pres. Anthon H. Lund, and Jno. H. Smith mouth in the circle. Song, “O Say, What Is Truth?” Minutes of Dec. 19, 1901, and Jan. 30, 1902, read and approved.

The clerk read a written report from Apostles Jno. H. Smith and Rudger Clawson, committee on publication of Book of Mormon in the Tahitian language, in which they recommended the acceptance of the Deseret News bid for an edition of [two] thousand copies at 90 cents a copy. They also recommended that $10,000 be appropriated for the purpose of putting the book-bindery and press on a basis to compete with the rigid competition of eastern houses in the publication of our church works and literature. The report was received and approved by unanimous vote. The auditing committee was instructed to investigate [p.392] the account of Geo. C. Lambert with the Deseret News Co., in which there appears to be some discrepancies, and report to the Presidency.

Apostle Taylor reported his attendance at the Woodruff [Stake] Conference in company with Hyrum M. Smith. While there they had organized three wards: namely, Kemmerer with David McMillan, bishop; Cumberland with Geo. W. Collins, bishop; Diamondville, Andrew Easton, bishop. He also spoke of the oil prospects in Wyoming through sinking wells as being most excellent and felt that the church should interest itself in the matter. Brother [Charles] Kingston in the land office there could furnish full information.

Letter from Chas. O. Card regarding certain lands in southern Alberta, which strangers would come in and secure, if they were not taken by Latter-day Saints. He had understood, he said, that emigration to Canada was now being discouraged. Pres. Smith asked if the council knew of anyone who was discouraging it. The reply was no, but some of the brethren remarked that Pres. Snow had expressed the view, just prior to his death, that colonizing of Canada had now reached a point where it would take care of itself without urging.

Apostle Woodruff reported his visit to the Big Horn. The conference was held at Cowley in a new meeting house that had cost some $3,000 and had been erected in the very short period of six weeks. There are 5 wards in the stake with a population of about 1500 souls.

Apostle Teasdale reported his attendance at the Summit Stake Conference, and while there ordained David Reese, bishop of Castle Rock, to succeed himself as presiding elder. Good meetings.

Apostle Clawson reported the visit of Apostle Merrill and himself to Oneida Stake, where stake conference was held. During the conference and after mature consideration, it was decided to divide Preston into four wards, and this was done with the following brethren to preside: Henry T. Rogers, Edwin Cutler, and Willard Larsen, bishopric of the Preston 1st Ward; Hugh S. Geddes, Wm. M. Daines, and Junius Jensen, bishopric of Preston 2nd Ward; Geo. H. Carver, Thos. Greaves, and Jas. Johnson, bishopric, Preston 3rd Ward; Allen R. Cutler, Walter P. Monson, and Wm. A. Skidmore, bishopric, Preston 4th Ward.

[p. 393] Apostle Clawson reported that on a blackboard in the room where the conference was assembled was recorded the following:

Coincidence

1844

Joseph Smith (brothers) Hyrum Smith
Prophet Patriarch

Brigham Young
President of the Twelve Apostles

1902

Joseph F. Smith (brothers) John Smith
Prophet Patriarch

Brigham Young
President of the Twelve Apostles

Apostle Cowley reported his visit to Springville at which time he had enjoyed himself. Apostle Merrill said that while at Preston he had advised that a central school be erected and established and that all the children under the 8th grade be taken from the academy and sent to the district schools, which would make room in the former building for older students.

Upon motion the reports were approved. Benediction by Pres. Jos. F. Smith.

[Tuesday, 11 February 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. Spent most of the day at the President’s office engaged in opening the books of the trustee-in-trust.

Towards evening Mr. [William G.] McGinty, architect, called in, and we went carefully over the specifications of Lydia’s new home and added the items that had been overlooked. He then said he would build the home, complete, according to plans and specifications, for $3036. We accepted the offer and instructed him to come tomorrow, Wednesday, when all would be in readiness to sign up the contract.

[Wednesday, 12 February 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. At 10 a.m. I attended a meeting of the board of directors of the Utah Light and Power Co.

[p. 394] At 1 p.m. Mr. McGinty called in and Lydia signed the contract for the new home at $3036.00 to be completed within 90 days. I had previously deed[ed] to her during the day 43 3/5 ft. x 69 ft. of land in front of our present home for the erection of the new home, which will be one and half stories in height, with sandstone foundation and red pressed-brick walls. There will be 8 rooms, hall, bathroom, laundry room and cellar in basement, and we anticipate it will be a very handsome and substantial building and just about as convenient in all its arrangements as it possibly can be made. When we move into the new home, the old home where we at present reside, which is large and spacious, will be turned into a rooming house. Its close proximity to the business center will doubtless insure ready patronage. At 4 p.m. I attended meeting of the general board of the religion classes, and at 5 p.m. a meeting of the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A.

[Thursday, 13 February 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Jno. Smith, patriarch, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire.” Pres. Jno. R. Winder was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Woodruff in the circle. Song, “How Firm a Foundation.”

Minutes of Feb. 6th were read and approved. Stake conferences: Nebo, Apostle Jno. H. Smith; Granite, Apostles Woodruff, Pres. Winder, and Hyrum M. Smith.

Apostle Jno. H. Smith reported his attendance at the Bingham Stake Conference at Idaho Falls in company with Seymour B. Young. During the conference Alonzo Z. Bell [Dabell] and Andrew Jensen were ordained patriarchs; Jacob Elias Jacobson was ordained a bishop and set apart to preside over the Palisade Ward.

Apostle Teasdale reported the conference at the Wasatch Stake. Pres. [William H.] Smart doing a good work. Good feeling among the priesthood. Seventies improving. Elder Jos. W. Musser was set apart as clerk of the high council and stake tithing clerk.

Apostle M. F. Cowley reported that he and Apostle Woodruff attended a religion class conference in the Benson Stake. Apostle [p.395] Clawson reported the division of the Salt Lake 22nd Ward into three wards last Sunday night, namely, 22nd, 28th, and 29th Wards with Wm. McMillan as bishop of 28th Ward and Theo[dore] McKean as bishop of 29th Ward. The meeting was crowded and a good spirit prevailed.

The presidency of the Nebo Stake recommended by letter that Bp. Jno. Huish of Payson 1st Ward be honorably released and taken into the high council and that he be succeeded by Julius Jenson. Matter referred to Apostle Jno. H. Smith with power to act while at the quarterly conference.

The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the Union Stake, in which they said that the organization of a ward from the Emmett Branch was under contemplation and they wanted to know what steps should be taken regarding the ordination of the bishop. It was decided that a letter should be written instructing them to appoint the bishop and authorize him to act until the quarterly conference, when he could be ordained by the visiting apostle.

A letter from Pres. Brigham Young conveyed the information that he was much improved in health. In the matter of selecting a president for the San Juan Stake, it was decided that the matter be left to the judgment of two of the apostles, who would be appointed to attend their conference in the near future.

Apostle Clawson made a verbal report in regard to the settlement of the Geo. C. Lambert notes held by the Deseret News Co. He reported that there were six notes amounting to $7525.34 with interest at 12% from maturity, amounting to $2602.91 [$2605.91], in all $10,111.25 [$10,131.25], which had been paid and settled up. There had been some correspondence between Geo. C. Lambert and the Presidency in regard to the subject and some of the expressions used in the former’s letters were quite offensive. He claimed that the rate of interest was too high, although the face of the notes called for 12% and now asked for a rebate. The matter was referred back to the committee, namely, Apostles Clawson and Smoot with Jno. H. Smith added for further investigation and report.

President Lund reported his attendance at the North San Pete Stake Conference. Had an excellent time. Benediction by President Jos. F. Smith.

[p. 396] [Sunday, 16 February 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild, like spring. I attended Sunday School at the 18th Ward in the forenoon.

2 p.m. Meeting at the tabernacle, Pres. A. M. Cannon presiding. The speakers were Elder J. G. Kimball and myself. J. G. K[imball]. Topics treated. Preaching the gospel in the world, and the power of the Lord, which accompanies an elder when he testifies that Joseph Smith was a prophet. The saloon evil and immorality. Profanity.

R. C[lawson]. Topics treated. Read from Sec. 29, D.&C., commencing at the 31st verse and commented thereon, regarding the character of the Lord and his laws. Free agency. Second death. Repentance.

[Thursday, 20 February 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Pat. Jno. Smith, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Behold, the Mountain of the Lord.” Prayer [by] Apostle H. M. Smith, with Pres. Smith mouth in the circle. [Song,] “Israel, Israel, God Is Calling.”

Minutes of Feb. 13, 1902, read and approved. The presidency of the Millard Stake recommended by letter that Elder Wm. F. Pratt be appointed bishop of Hinckley. Recommendation adopted.

The clerk read report of committee appointed to investigate the settlement of the Geo. C. Lambert notes held by the Deseret News, who recommended that the interest be reduced from 12% to 8% from maturity, which would amount to $868.64. This added to $268.04 now due him from Deseret News, would amount to 1136, which the committee recommended be appropriated and paid as follows, to wit: $268.04 by the Deseret News and $868.64 by the church as a donation. The committee also recommended that Bro. Geo. C. Lambert be required to make reparation for the offensive [language] used in his correspondence with the Presidency. The recommendations were adopted by unanimous vote.

[p. 397] Elder C. P. Edlefson wrote from Emmett Branch, Idaho, south [northwest] of Boise, in regard to the wisdom of building a canal and purchasing certain lands for the benefit of settlers from among our people. Apostles Woodruff and Hyrum M. Smith were appointed to visit that part of the country and investigate the matter.

Pres. E. H. Snow of St. George Stake wrote, saying they were very desirous of a visit from some of the brethren at their next quarterly conference, Mch. 14, 1902. Apostle Smoot was appointed to attend said conference in company with Bp. [William B.] Preston.

Pres. Smith requested the clerk to read a dispatch, cable, from Apostle Heber J. Grant as follows, to wit: “Grant will leave Friday midday (21) unless advised to contrary. We cannot too strongly recommend. Grant.” Answer: “We are placed in a very awkward position. Don’t come home at present. You had better write. Smith.” Both telegrams were couched in a cipher, and the action of the Presi[dency] was concurred in by the council. The Presidency knew nothing, they said, as to Heber’s purpose in coming home.

Apostle Jno. H. Smith reported his attendance at the Nebo Stake Conference held at Payson. During the conference Bp. [John E.] Huish was made a high councillor, [and] Elder Justin A. Loveless called to succeed him as bishop of Payson 1st Ward. Stake matters in fair condition. Apostle Cowley attended a religion class conference [in] Farmington.

Apostle Clawson reported his attendance last Sunday evening at a meeting held in the 4th Ward branch, when that branch was organized into what is now known as the 30th Ward of the Salt Lake Stake. The following brethren were called to the bishopric: Heber S. Cutler, Chas. Cottrell, Jr., and Jno. De Grey Dixon. Church population, 255 souls. The saints there have just finished a new brick meeting house at a cost of $1400, which was dedicated during the meeting.

Apostle Clawson reported further that in accordance with the resolution adopted by the council, Dec. 12, 1901, he had closed the books of the trustee-in-trust, Dec. 31, 1901, and had opened up a new set for Jan. 1, 1902, and would be pleased at the first opportunity to submit the books, as closed and opened, to the [p.398] Presidency for their inspection and approval. He also read a statement of the assets and liabilities of the church, Jan. 1, 1902. The following is a recapitulation of the report, which was given in much detail:

Recapitulation
Assets Active Silent
Cash on hand 297,907.73  
Real estate 1,096,828.96 492,005.25
Bank, R.R. and mer[cantile] stocks and bonds 974,617.00  
Bills receivable and accounts 21,991.28 159,262.41
Sinking fund 149,429.07  
  $2,540,774.04 $651,267.66
Liabilites
Church bonds (2 series of $500,000.00 each)   $1,000,000.00
Bills payable, sundry notes   230,633.35
Jackson Temple offerings   1,410.00
Sundry persons and accounts   8,409.30
    $1,240,452.65
Total excess of active assets over liabilities or surplus   $1,300,321.39

Apostle Clawson said that he was not prepared today to submit a supplementary report of assets and liabilities at the Presiding Bishop’s office, and tithes on hand in the stakes of Zion, Jan. 1st, 1902, but would do so at an early day. He remarked that said report would make a still more favorable showing in regard to the financial status of the church.
He made the following deductions from this and previous reports, to wit:

Surplus, Feb. 18, 1899 82,628.40
Surplus, Jan. 1, 1902 1,300,321.39
Net increase $1,217,692.99
Surplus, Nov. 1, 1901 881,791.82
Surplus, Jan. l, 1902 1,300,321.39
Net increase $418,529.57

[p. 399] Upon motion of Apostle Jno. H. Smith, the report was adopted and ordered spread on the minutes and to be recorded in the special record provided for same. Benediction by Apostle Jno. H. Smith.

Friday, 21 February 1902

Salt Lake City
Feb. 21, 1902

Apostle Francis M. Lyman
Liverpool, England

My dearly beloved brother:

I send you a few additional leaves, which I am sure will interest you greatly, as they set forth in brief the present financial status of the church. The figures sent you are intended for your comfort and consolation and, particularly, for your eye alone. In writing home to others, say nothing of this matter. I think you will coincide with me that the showing is little less than marvelous and is an evidence of the Lord’s gracious watchcare over his church. A very few years and the church will be [free] from every obligation of a financial character.

I received your good letter of Jan. 3, 1902, and was pleased with all you had to say and approve heartily of the excellent work being accomplished over the sea. May you be greatly and abundantly blessed. You can well imagine that at present my time is so occupied I have little opportunity for correspondence.

Your affectionate brother,
[signed] Rudger Clawson

[Thursday, 27 February 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Pat. Jno. Smith. Song, “Though Deepening Trials.” Apostle Clawson was mouth in [p.400] prayer, and Apostle Smoot in the circle. Song, “O Give Me Back My Prophet Dear.”

Minutes of Feb. 20, 1902, were read and accepted. Conference appointments: Bear Lake, Apostle Teasdale; Union, Apostle Cowley; Tooele, Apostle Taylor.

The clerk read a letter from Thos. E. Bassett, in which he said that they had concluded to change the name of the Fremont Stake Academy to that of the Smith Academy—in honor of Jos. and Hyrum Smith—if agreeable to the council. Some of the brethren expressed the view that the said academy was hardly of sufficient importance to bear the name of the Prophet and also that an action of this kind now would detract somewhat from the contemplated memorial building to memory of Joseph Smith. Upon motion of Apostle Jno. H. Smith it was decided that we recommend the name of the Ricks Academy.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. A. W. Ivins of the Juarez Stake, who wrote concerning the missionary work in the city of Mexico and vicinity. Much good, he said, was being accomplished, and the cause prospered.

It was learned by letter from Pres. Jas. Paxman of Juab Stake that Jas. M. Taylor had been ordained bishop of Silver City under his hands. Pres Smith asked by what authority this had been done and told that Brother Paxman claimed he had received the authority from him. Pres. Smith said that it was not so and remarked that he had exceeded his privileges and should be corrected. It was moved that Apostle Teasdale be directed to instruct Pres. Paxman as to his duty in regard to such matters, namely, that presidents of stakes have no authority to ordain bishops without special orders, and that presidents of seventies should not be transferred to other quorums or positions without the consent of the First Council of Seventies.

Pres. Smith made brief remarks in relation to the priesthood. Men should learn their duty from the first round on the ladder upward; when men are taken from the quorums, we should consult the authorities that be, especially as to presidents. There should be a mutual understanding. A president of a stake may organize a ward and ordain bishops when so directed, but no such general authority is given; otherwise they may call men to act temporarily until the apostles come along and ordain them.

[p. 401] Apostle Clawson asked if it would be proper to ask the Seven Presidents of Seventies to assist, when present, in ordaining bishops, patriarchs, and high priests. The answer was “yes,” but they should not be called upon to be mouth.

Apostle Jno. W. Taylor recommended Ezra Richards for president of the N.W. States Mission. He would make a capable president in his opinion, and the mission was sadly in need of a president. After due consideration it was decided that the matter be laid on the table for the present, as Elder Richards would doubtless soon be needed for the New Zealand Mission, he being familiar with the Maori tongue.

Apostle Taylor recommended that steps be taken at an early day to establish church schools in Canada—a matter of great importance. It was moved that Supt. J. M. Tanner be instructed to visit Canada and give this question careful consideration on the ground and report his findings. Carried.

In speaking of the presiding authorities of the Alberta Stake, Apostle Taylor said that a change should be effected as Pres. [Charles O.] Card is somewhat feeble in health and suffers by reason many times of a lapse of memory, or in other words, he is very forgetful. All in all, he is hardly equal to the situation. He thought Heber S. Allen would make an able president. After some discussion it was decided by unanimous vote that the presidency of the Alberta Stake be reorganized and that the visiting apostles at the next quarterly conference in March, namely, Jno. W. Taylor, Abraham O. Woodruff, and Hyrum M. Smith, be authorized to effect the change.

Apostle Merrill reported his attendance at the Benson Stake Conference. He counseled the saints there to go ahead and complete the canal now in course of construction, which taps the Bear River, without calling upon the church for assistance. The action of Apostle Merrill was approved.

Apostle Cowley reported his attendance at the Millard Stake Conference and while there he ordained Elder Wm. F. Pratt, bishop of Hinckley Ward. Apostle Jno. H. Smith reported the ordination under his hands of Edward S. Sheets, bishop of the 31st Ward, Salt Lake Stake. Apostle Smoot reported the serious illness of Pres. Canute Peterson of [South] San Pete Stake.

Apostle Clawson reported the attendance of himself and [p.402] Hyrum M. Smith at the Box Elder Stake Conference. Meetings were largely attended. Pres. [Charles] Kelly made the following tithing report. Tithing paid during the past seven years, as follows, to wit: in 1895, 15,079.97; in 1896, 15,286.36; in 1897, 16,344.81; in 1898, 22,947.65; in 1899, 26,470.82; in 1900, 31,226.62; in 1901, 32,249.95; total, 159,650.88. Stake population, 7000. Benediction by Apostle Teasdale.

[Saturday, 1 March 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and thawing. A portion of the day was devoted to the balancing of cash at the President’s office, but we did not strike the balance. Will go over the figures on Monday. I expect to introduce a new method of keeping the cash, by which it will be a simple matter to strike a balance at any time without uncertainty of shortage or overplus. Got out a statement of the church note indebtedness for the information of the Presidency.

[Thursday, 6 March 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund, Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk.

In view of the fact that an arbitration had been appointed to settle the difficulties arising in the late President Snow’s family (consisting of Apostles Merrill, Taylor, and Smoot), Pres. Smith enquired as to how matters stood. Apostle Taylor said that one session of 5 hours had been held and as a result they found a bitter feeling in the family towards Minnie and her children. Some members of the family claimed that she had taken things from the Beehive that she was not entitled to. It was also thought that the 300 shares of sugar stock in her possession and transferred to her should be divided among the heirs. It is also claimed that she has two pieces of land (20 acres in one and 9 acres in the other) more than the others have received. He further said that the arbitrators had not yet formulated their decision but would do so this afternoon.

Song, “Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise.” Apostle Teasdale was mouth in prayer, and Reed Smoot in the circle. [Song,] “This Earth [p.403] Was Once a Garden Place.” After some discussion it was decided by unanimous vote that the reorganization of the stake presidency of the Alberta Stake be deferred for the present, owing to the unsettled condition of our land interests in Canada.

Upon motion Elder Nephi Pratt was called to the presidency of the N.W. States Mission, said mission to be comprised within the following lines: Montana, Northern Idaho, Washington, and British Columbia, Canada. An allowance of $75.00 per month was voted for the family of Elder Pratt during his absence.

The clerk read a letter from Elder Richard W. Young, seventy, addressed to Elder Golden Kimball, in which he suggested that a missionary work should be done in Salt Lake City. In this connection he proposed the erection of a building under the direction of the First Council of Seventies for the holding of a nightly meeting in the interest of tourists, [and] also the establishment of a bureau of information.

The whole matter was referred to the Seven Presidents of Seventies for their consideration and action. Pres. Smith remarked in this connection that he was not in favor of the erecting of a building for meeting purposes as suggested, but thought a test could be made by taking a house like the 14th Ward house. Apostle Clawson said that he doubted if the nightly meetings would prove a success, as it would be difficult to get tourists out in the evening. Those who are attracted to our meetings usually come out of curiosity to see the tabernacle and hear our celebrated choir. The most effectual missionary work to be done in Salt Lake City would be on the Streets and in the hotels during the hours of the day and also by the establishment of a bureau of information. The idea of a bureau of information, it should be understood, did not originate With Elder R. W. Young, but has been under advisement of the Presidency for some time past.

A letter from Pres. B. Young from Mesa City, Feb. 22, informed the brethren that he was still mending in health. Pres. Wm. H. Seegmiller informed the council that Bp. Wm. R. Stevens had resigned as bishop of Aurora, with a view to going to Canada, and Bp. Hans Rasmussen of Redmond, on account of ill health. After consultation with the high council, he now submitted the names of the following brethren to fill the vacancies: Christian Christensen, bishop of Aurora, and Martin Jensen, bishop of Redmond. [p.404] Upon motion of Apostle Clawson the recommendation was adopted, these brethren to be ordained at next quarterly conference.

The clerk read a letter from Bp. [Joseph] Bentley of Juarez addressed to Apostle Jno. H. Smith, in which he expressed the thanks of the family for sympathy in the death of Henry Eyring. Conference appointments: North San Pete, Geo. Teasdale; Pocatello, Apostles Cowley and Clawson.

Apostle Cowley reported the ordination by himself of Eider Geo. E. Stoddard, bishop of LaGrande, Union Stake. Benediction by Apostle Merrill.

[Thursday, 13 March 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the Temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, A. H. Lund, and Apostles Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. Gibbs, clerk, [and Patriarch John Smith]. Song, “Truth Reflects upon the Senses.” Patriarch Jno. Smith was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Cowley in the circle. Song, “Glory to God on High.” Minutes of March 6, 1902, were read and approved.

Pres. Jos. F. Smith made some remarks upon the authority invested in the apostles. He said he had known of instances where some of the brethren of the quorum, under a sudden inspiration, would ordain a man a patriarch or perhaps a bishop. He did not feel that this method of procedure was exactly right, as it infringed upon the principle of common consent. Due respect should be had for the presiding authorities in the stakes of Zion. Apostles who came as representatives of the Presidency had authority to ordain, but they should consult with stake authorities, that the action might have the approval of all concerned. In cases of emergency, where the Presidency of the church could not well be reached, the apostles would have power to act, but this should be the exception not the rule.

Stake conference appointments: Morgan, Reed Smoot and Rudger Clawson. The clerk read a letter from [Samuel C.] Dallas and [William S.] Hedges, architects, in which they suggested that the most suitable building to erect on the old Deseret News corner would be an office building in modern style and finish. Pres. Smith remarked that they had certainly gotten a wrong impression as to [p.405] what was wanted, and it was suggested that the Presidency ask them to draw up some plans for a memorial building incorporating such ideas as would be given them. Carried.

Sisters Mary Noal and Mary K. Roberts of Farmington, N.M., wrote giving information as to conditions prevailing in their vicinity and saying that they needed a good, strong leader to keep the saints from moving away. The matter was referred to the apostles, who would be called to attend the next San Juan Stake Conference.

The brethren now listened to the reading of a letter from Pres. Jas. Paxman of the Juab Stake, in which he apologized for ordaining a bishop without authority. It occurred, he said, through a misunderstanding. Explanation and apology accepted by unanimous vote.

The matter of calling some missionaries to labor in the mining camps of Juab Stake was referred to the Twelve with power to act. Part of a letter [to] Apostle Cowley from Brother [Louis A.] Kelsch, Japan, was read. He spoke of Apostle Grant’s intended return for the purpose of reporting his labors and attending the April conference. He and his companions were unanimous in the feeling that it would be a proper thing to do and would result in much good to that mission. He was of opinion that a great work would yet be accomplished in Japan. The present need was young men engaged in the study of the language. Missionaries to Japan would find it difficult [to] reconcile themselves to habits and customs of the people—especially the diet.

Apostle Clawson reported that he had set apart Elder Jno. Larson of Preston, a high councillor of the Oneida Stake. Pres. Winder reported his attendance at the Y.M.M.I.A. conference at the Granite Stake last Sunday. Apostle Teasdale reported the Bear Lake Stake Conference and Apostle Cowley the Pocatello Stake Conference.

Upon motion of Pres. Winder, the Saturday night of the general conference was given to Prof. [Evan] Stephens for a concert, and the general priesthood meeting was set for Friday night. Benediction by Pres. Lund.

[Wednesday, 19 March 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool, with rain in afternoon. I spent [p.406] a portion of the day working on my annual financial statement. At 4 p.m. attended a meeting of the general board of the religion classes, and at 5 p.m. a meeting of the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A. Our new home is progressing very rapidly.

[Thursday, 20 March 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild; most beautiful day. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, patriarch, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Glorious Things Are Sung of Zion.” Apostle Woodruff was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Merrill in the circle. Song, “The Time Is Far Spent.”

Minutes of March 13th [were] read and approved. Stake conference appointments: Malad, Apostles Taylor and Clawson; Davis, Apostles Woodruff and Smoot, and members of the Presidency; Hyrum, Apostles Cowley and Hyrum M. Smith.

Apostle Teasdale reported his visit to Eureka last Sunday, which was pleasant and profitable. Apostle Taylor reported the visit of himself and Apostles Woodruff and Hyrum M. Smith to Canada, where they attended the Alberta Stake Conference. The attendance was large. The tithing of that stake last year was $23,000 and would probably be $30,000 in 1902.

Apostle Taylor said something ought to be done to save the church holdings of our people in Mesa City, Arizona, as a good many are selling out and moving away. He also thought some further steps ought to be taken in relation to colonizing the Big Horn country, as that was a very desirable country for homes. He felt that it was a mistaken policy to restrict the emigration of our people from the mission fields of the world, in view of the many opportunities offered for securing comfortable homes.

Pres. Smith said in brief that these matters had received the attention of the First Presidency. The people of Mesa were counseled sometime ago not to move away, and respecting the colonization of Canada and the Big Horn basin, we have not the colonists, unless they should be taken from the Salt Lake Stake and other populous centers—thus weakening the church politically. Nevertheless, Apostle Woodruff, Chas. Card, Canada, Chas. [p.407] Wilkins, Deseret, have been authorized to direct those who are dissatisfied and uneasy in securing new locations. In relation to emigration he said that newcomers usually desired to settle in our populous communities, where there is nothing to do, rather than build up new countries.

Regarding the help that is expected from the church by our new colonies, he said that today the church owes a million and a quarter of dollars, and we will, therefore, have to exercise wisdom and prudence until the debt is cancelled, which will be in some three or four years, but when the obligation is wiped out, we will then have means to build canals, develop the country, and beautify Zion, and perform any other work required by the Lord. We are now helping the people of Dixey to get the water onto the Hurricane bench and have appropriated $5000 for that purpose. After conference some of the apostles should visit the Maricopa Stake and ascertain what is necessary to be done to strengthen the cause in that part of the vineyard.

Apostle Woodruff made brief remarks in reference to the colonization of the Big Horn country. Said that our people there had thus far received no help from the church. Politically, we control two counties. It is a great section for alfalfa. If our new colonies are to receive accessions from the mission fields, he suggested that it would be well for the presiding authorities in said fields to select those who would be suitable and recommend them to settle in certain localities.

Apostle Cowley reported his attendance at the funeral of a son of Brother Bybee of Hooper, who met death by accident. Apostle Woodruff reported the visit of himself and Hyrum M. Smith to Payette valley, Idaho, on their way to Canada. It is a fine country, and about 30 or 40 families of Latter-day Saints are living there. They are divided into two factions. He recommended that they receive early attention.

Apostle Clawson reported the visit of himself and Apostle Smoot to Morgan Stake. The conference was well attended and spirited. He said that the bishopric[s] of two wards—namely, North Morgan and Croyden—were sadly in need of reorganization. Pres. Smith suggested that word be sent to Pres. [Daniel] Heiner to effect the necessary changes subject to the visit of an apostle, who would attend to the ordination.

[p. 408] Presidents Smith and Lund attended the Salt Lake Stake Conference. The clerk read a letter from Pres. Brigham Young, which announced that he would in all probability be in attendance at the general conference in April, although his health was not the best. The clerk also read a letter from Elder J. M. Tanner, who recently saw Pres. Young at Mesa City and who said that he looked quite ill. Brother Tanner felt that it would be unwise for Brother Brigham to come home to conference. While some of the brethren shared in the same view, it was left to Brother Brigham to exercise his own judgment in the matter.

A letter was read from Apostle Grant, in which he explained in part his reason for wishing to come home. It was not due to homesickness, but it was with an idea of availing himself of the privilege granted to mission presidents to attend the annual conference of the church. Action was taken to this effect, as he remembered it, by the Presidency and apostles several years ago. And further he could better represent the exact status of the Japanese Mission in person than by correspondence, and besides he wished to see and congratulate the new Presidency. Benediction by Apostle Jno. W. Taylor.

[Saturday, 22 March 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 7 a.m. Accompanying Apostle  Jno. W. Taylor, left for Portage to attend the Malad Stake Conference, where we expected to reorganize the presidency of the stake, arriving at Collinston at 10 a.m. From there we were driven to Portage—20 miles—by Elder Mason. The weather was cold, making the ride anything but pleasant. We arrived at 1:30 p.m. and went directly to the home of President O. C. Hoskins.

2 p.m. Second session of conference, Pres. O. C. Hoskins presiding. Apostle Taylor was the first speaker. Topics treated. Said that the First Presidency and Twelve contemplated making a number of changes in the stakes of Zion, among other things they had decided to tender to Pres. Hoskins his release as president of the Malad Stake with their confidence and blessing. This decision was reached in part on account of the advancing age of Pres. Hoskins. Said he desired to see Pres. Hoskins ordained a patriarch in the church, if he felt to appreciate and accept the appointment. Commented upon the greatness of the patriarchal priesthood.

[p. 409] Pres. Hoskins. Topics treated. Said that he never had felt better than when Apostle Taylor was speaking. He had ever tried to serve the Lord and do his duty. The stake is fairly well organized, and we have a good corps of bishops. He was willing, he said, to submit to the judgment and counsel of his brethren.

R. Clawson. Topics treated. Said he was very deeply impressed with the talk of Apostle Taylor upon the priesthood and hoped that all would understand the rights, privileges, and authority of the holy priesthood. Mothers should be instructed so that they might teach their children the great importance of holding and honoring the priesthood. This sacred authority is given to the sons of God with an oath and covenant that cannot be broken. It is without beginning of days or end of years, being everlasting and eternal in its character. The keys of the holy priesthood are in this church, with power to bind on earth and it is bound in heaven, and to loose on earth and it is loosed in heaven. This principle is shown forth in our marriage ceremony; we are married for time and all eternity, while out in the world death ends the contract. When a man is called to be a bishop in the church, he continues always to be a bishop, but not so with the president of a stake, who is simply set apart to that calling. On the other hand, a bishop is ordained to the presidency of the Aaronic Priesthood. If a man is ordained a high priest, he is a high priest forever, if faithful, both in this world and the next. Spoke of the lack of appreciation on the part of some of our young men who are married in the temple for time and all eternity, for after they have secured this great blessing, they become careless and neglectful of duty and fail to honor the priesthood. The speaker read from page 292, D.&C. [84:35-42], and said that the passages referred to the priesthood and not callings growing out of the priesthood. Think of it, brethren and sisters: all that the Father hath shall be given unto us, if we are faithful. The priesthood is a precious gift from God, which is sealed upon us with an oath and covenant and is the power by which we will be exalted in the kingdom of God. Referring to the patriarchal priesthood, said that it is not thoroughly understood by the saints.

[Apostle Clawson] Was highly pleased and delighted with the remarks of President Hoskins. Wanted to say that he has [p.410] the faith and confidence of this people. He has suffered bonds and imprisonment for the gospel and is a man of integrity. God bless him and his wives and children. Testified that Pres. Hoskins had a great work to perform before his death. Bore testimony that this church is the little stone that was cut out of the mountain without hands, as spoken of by Daniel the prophet, and will roll forth and fill the whole earth [Dan. 2:44-45].

[Thursday, 27 March 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Joy to the World, the Lord Will Come.” Prayer by Pres. Jos. F. Smith, with Pres. Lund mouth in the circle. Song, “Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded.” Minutes of March 20, 1902, were read and approved.

Apostle Teasdale reported his visit to Parowan with Pres. Seymour B. Young, where they attended conference. Said that the new bishops recently appointed in that stake are doing an excellent work. The meetings were well attended.

Apostle Cowley reported the Hyrum Stake Conference. He was accompanied by Hyrum M. Smith. They held some spirited meetings. By special invitation he spoke in Logan Sunday night upon the subject of immorality. He learned that immorality prevailed among the young people of that place to an alarming extent.

Apostle Woodruff reported that the Presidency, Apostle Smoot, and himself attended the Davis Stake Conference. He said that during the conference Pres. Smith made a very pointed and impressive talk upon the subject of secret societies, showing the evil pertaining thereunto.

Apostle Clawson reported the Malad Stake Conference. Said that under the authority of the council, Apostle Taylor and himself felt impressed to reorganize the stake presidency. Pres. Hoskins accepted his release in a kindly spirit, saying that he was conscious of having done the best he could, but was perfectly willing to submit to the wisdom and judgment of his brethren. The following brethren were sustained as the new presidency: Milton H. Welling, [p.411] president, Wm. H. Gibbs, 1st counselor, and Moroni Ward, 2nd counselor. They were set apart during the conference. Apostle Clawson further said that these brethren and all the stake presidencies were given a two-weeks mission to visit the Granite Stake and study their methods of conducting stake affairs. Apostle Taylor added that Pres. Hoskins was in financial straights and needed immediate help. Pres. Smith said that he was informed as to Pres. Hoskins financial affairs and the Presidency contemplated giving him some assistance.

Apostle Hyrum M. Smith said that the conditions in the Hyrum Stake were similar to those in Logan City; there was a great deal of immorality. He spoke during conference against said evils.

At this point Pres. Smith referred to a report made by Elder Jos. M. Tanner at the church board of education meeting yesterday, in which he stated that the practice of masturbation was indulged in by many young people in the church schools. Pres. Smith remarked that this was a most damnable and pernicious practice, and the face of every apostle, president of a stake, and high councillor should be set as flint against it. The priesthood should be called together at the stake conferences and the brethren and parents should be instructed and warned in relation to this matter.

Pres. Winder said he felt that there is too much familiarity between the sexes at the Latter-day Saints University. Pres. Lund, who is president of the board, said he would enquire into the matter.

Apostle Smoot referred to the case of a young man who had committed himself with his wife just previous to their marriage in the temple. His wife is now dead, and his transgression is worrying him. He is faithful in the church, and his wife was always a good girl. Apostle Smoot was authorized to say to him that, if he was thoroughly repentant, having resolved in his heart to sin no more, he would be forgiven.

The question of sealing our young people in Mexico, Canada, and outlying stakes was discussed. Pres. Smith said that it was proper to do this in cases where they could not go to the temple. This privilege was, however, not to be extended to those who had already been married by the law of the land. He further said that [p.412] there had been a difference of opinion as between Pres. Brigham Young and Lorenzo Snow regarding the nature of such sealings. The former taught that it would be necessary in each case when opportunity offered to be resealed in the temple; the latter claimed it was not necessary. This matter, he said, would be early brought to the attention of the council for final decision. Benediction by Apostle Cowley.

Saturday, 29 March 1902

Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. Saturday night in an interview with Pres. Joseph F. Smith I stated that the work in the President’s office had got beyond Brother Jas. Jack, and that in closing and opening the books, as I had done, it was clearly shown that he did not fully and clearly understand bookkeeping; that he could not have closed the books and now that they were properly opened, he could not close them. Also the incident of the other day (to which the attention of the Presidency had already been called) wherein a shortage of some $7000 had been discovered in the cash, and which discrepancy had gone from June 1901 until March 1902, showed beyond dispute that Brother Jack was not in the habit of balancing cash each month and thus exposed himself to severe criticism. In all large enterprises, where large sums of money are handled, the balancing of cash once a month is imperative. I also reminded him that church assets under the former management of the books to the extent of six or seven hundred thousand dollars had wandered away, but under the new regime had been gathered in and entered up in the new books. I also called attention to the fact that since Brother Jack had been absent in California new methods had been adopted that would be unfamiliar to him. All this suggested the need of a change, in which event I suggested that some provision should be made for Brother Jack during the balance of his natural life. His faithfulness, integrity, and long connection with the office would certainly justify it.

Pres. Smith asked if I had any suggestion to make as to Brother Jack’s successor, should the Presidency decide to make a change. I replied that I had been practically in charge since Jan. 1, 1902, and that if this arrangement was satisfactory to the brethren, it might be so continued. He suggested that it might interfere with the duties of my apostleship. I said that with Brother [David] [p.413] McKenzie to do the detail work under my supervision it would not necessarily interfere with my duties. He assured me that the matter would receive the attention of the brethren.

[Tuesday, 1 April 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 10 a.m. First meeting of the quarterly conference of the Twelve at the temple. Present: President Brigham Young, and Apostles Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant,  Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hyrum M. Smith. Song, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.” Prayer by Apostle Smoot. Song, “Ye Who Are Called to Labor and Minister for God.”

Pres. B. Young was the first speaker. Topics treated. Expressed thankfulness and gratitude for his presence in the midst of the brethren. All the days of his life he had been associated with the leaders of the church. In the days of Nauvoo he lived at the Mansion House, where he could see the Prophet almost daily. Therefore, when absent, he missed the society of his associates. He had been weak and sick with dropsy, but the Lord had opened up the way for his return, and he now felt fairly well and strong. Of late had felt an anxiety to get new missions under way. He felt that there was a big work to be done among the Spanish-speaking nations; likely a good work could also be done in South Africa. Spoke of Maricopa and said there must be an overhauling of that stake. Brother [Collins R.] Hakes is not a natural leader but a splendid support. He said, “Plenty of missions to be established, but where? Plenty of people to hear the gospel, but where are they?”

Hyrum M. Smith. Topics treated. Rejoiced in the association of his brethren, for he felt that in our meetings is to be found a spirit of candor and zeal for the work of God, and the spirit of sophistry and intrigue is not known among us. Had a testimony of the gospel and was willing and anxious to do his duty, but was not much of a hand to volunteer. Felt timid in speaking.

Rudger Clawson. Topics treated. Was deeply impressed with the great responsibility resting upon the apostles. If we would succeed, we must throw ourselves wholly upon the Lord and resist the spirit of self-sufficiency. Was indeed happy to see Brothers Brigham and Heber in our midst and felt an abiding interest in the [p.414] labors of Apostles Lyman and Grant and their companions. The efforts of Brother Grant were being crowned with success and Brother Lyman had been actuated by a spirit of energy and progress that was indeed commendable. For the information of Apostle Grant, who had been absent, spoke of the financial condition of the church, saying that the books of the trustee-in-trust were closed under his direction, Dec. 31, 1901, and re-opened, Jan. 1, 1902, with a net surplus over and above all liabilities of over $1,300,000, which contrary to former methods was clearly set forth in the books; also that the surplus tithes on hand in the stakes and at the Presiding Bishop’s office, amounting to over $400,000, had been transferred to the trustee-in-trust’s ledger; that the surplus at the Deseret News office would also be carried to said book, as soon as it could be gotten out; that at present the trustee-in-trust’s books show the net surplus to be something over $1,700,000.00. By deducting a reasonable percentage for loss and shrinkage of tithes on hand, say 33 1/3%, the net surplus over and above all liabilities of the church would be at least $1,500,000.00, and this most important information can be had at a moment’s notice by inspection of the ledger. It never was there before, and in fact no one book up to this time ever contained full information as to the financial status of the church. During Brother [James] Jack’s absence in California, the speaker said, he had balanced cash at the President’s office, the first time in some nine months, and had introduced a simple method of his own by which a daily cash balance is taken, and weekly reports of the receipts and disbursements of cash is furnished to the Presidency. The title of James Jack, treasurer, had been abolished and all checks are now signed by Jos. F. Smith, trustee-in-trust. Benediction by Apostle Hyrum M. Smith.

2 p.m. The same brethren were in attendance as at the morning session. Song, “Though Deepening Trials Throng the Way.” Prayer by Pres. Brigham Young. Song, “Come All Ye Sons of Zion.”

Apostle Smoot. Topics treated. Took satisfaction and pleasure in these meetings. Referred to the practice of hoodlumism so prevalent in all the stakes of Zion; the matter should receive special attention by the brethren and be treated at conference and priesthood meetings. Also felt that the saints should be warned against the secret vices practiced in our schools—such as self-abuse and [p.415] kindred evils. Was in sympathy with the remarks of Pres. Young on the importance of opening up new missions and reminded the brethren that the Twelve had considered the matter some time ago and recommended to the Presidency (Pres. Snow and counselors) that a mission be opened in South America, and if he remembered correctly, South Africa was also mentioned. He did not approve of the policy of withdrawing the elders too rapidly from any one field of labor. Was gratified with the financial condition of the church and said a splendid feeling prevailed among the Latter-day Saints respecting this matter. The spirit of tithe-paying was stronger today than ever before. Deprecated the fact that many presidents of stakes and bishops of wards were timid in making necessary changes, and even the apostles were sometimes guilty of this weakness. He felt thankful that the Lord had not given him a mission to curse men as in his dealings with E. H. Jones on the Utah Loan and Trust Co. liquidation he felt like doing so; it cost the church $1500 to get the surrender of his certificate of stock, and this in his judgment was a cold-blooded robbery.

Apostle Woodruff. Topics treated. Was pleased and happy to see Brothers Brigham and Heber with us. The suggestions made in relation to opening new missions met his approval. Invoked the blessings of the Lord upon Pres. Brigham Young.

Apostle Cowley. Topics treated. Was in full accord with the sentiments and testimonies expressed. Was delighted to see Brothers Young and Grant present. Believed that there will be a great work done in Japan and that thousands will be baptized in that land. Spoke in regard to the principle of gathering and said that he was delighted with the work of Apostle Woodruff in the Big Horn and Apostle Taylor in Canada; these countries should be settled by our people. The saints who remain in the world marry and intermarry with the gentiles, which is a great evil, and should be remedied in his opinion by gathering. As to opening new missions, he had discovered a feeling with the Presidency, he fancied, that two or three apostles absent at a time would be sufficient; this idea was doubtless wise and proper. There is more or less vice among our young people, and this was due in a measure, he thought, to the carelessness of presiding officers. We should devote more attention to the priesthood; there is a tendency to exalt the Mutual Improvement work [p.416] above the priesthood; the lesser priesthood do not magnify their callings. A stricter enforcement of church government would cure the spirit of hoodlumism and similar evils. Spoke of a little work [Cowley’s Talks on Doctrine], written by himself and published by Ben Rich, containing 39 biographies and 36 chapters on gospel principles, a copy of which he intended to send to each of the brethren with his compliments. He hoped the brethren would find nothing objectionable in this work.

Minutes read and approved and the meeting adjourned until tomorrow at 11 a.m. Benediction by Apostle Teasdale.

[Wednesday, 2 April 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 11 a.m. Continuation of quarterly conference of Twelve, Apostle Teasdale presiding. Present: Apostles Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hyrum M. Smith. Song, “Lord, We Come before Thee Now.” Prayer by Apostle Grant. Song, “Do What Is Right.”

Apostle Teasdale spoke briefly and said he very much regretted the absence of Pres. Brigham Young. When these meetings were first inaugurated, the Apostles were not fully united and Pres. Snow’s purpose was to unite the brethren that they might be presented to the Presidency as being of one heart and one mind. Upon a certain occasion at the close of one of our quarterly conferences, he presented the quorum of apostles to the Presidency as being fully united and said that in this the desire of his heart had been gratified. It would be a calamity, said Apostle Teasdale, if this body of men were divided.

Apostle Merrill. Topics treated. Felt to appreciate these meetings—more so now than formerly; the value of them became more apparent to him as time went on. Said his labors were a little different to those of the other brethren. His health had been poor of recent years and he could not travel very much. Had been called to labor in the Logan Temple, where he had spent some 18 years of his life; this work was not so arduous and he had enjoyed it very much. Felt that it was important and had received many wonderful manifestations in the house of the Lord. Referred to the action taken by the late Presidency in furnishing to the Salt Lake Temple [p.417] paintings of the First Presidency and Twelve, and felt that these pictures should be reproduced and placed in the Logan Temple; many who go to the temple never get to see these brethren in a quorum capacity. Glad to have Brothers Grant and Young with us. When we are all together, there is more strength in the quorum. Never allowed anybody to speak against his brethren without correcting them.

Apostle Taylor. Topics treated. Said he fully sustained the Presidency and Twelve Apostles in his heart. Said that during a recent trip Brother Clawson and himself had talked over the propriety and wisdom of the presidents of stakes holding a convention to discuss the best methods of conducting stake affairs; there is a great variation in the management of stakes. He thought much good would result therefrom.

Minutes read and approved. Adjourned until 2 p.m. Benediction by Apostle Jno. W. Taylor.

2 p.m. Continuation of meetings of the Twelve. The same brethren present as were in attendance in the morning, with Pres. Young added. Song, “How Firm a Foundation.” Prayer by Apostle M. W. Merrill. Song, “Redeemer of Israel.”

Apostle Heber J. Grant. Topics treated. Said he was exceedingly happy in being present today; he could not fully express his appreciation. His trip to Japan, barring sea-sickness, was very pleasant. In Portland on the way held a street meeting and enjoyed great liberty of spirit; before that time was prejudiced against street preaching. While in Japan was interviewed and wrote for the papers; his articles invariably received by the newspapers. Had met prominent people and they were of the opinion that the Japan Mail had been “knocked out” in the discussion over the boarding house incident.1 Thousands of Japanese people talk English, but we did not preach in English because we were sent to learn the language. He felt that it would be about impossible for him and Brother [Louis A.] Kelsch to learn that tongue. As to the people they are very curious and inquisitive. Felt that there was going to be a wonderful conversion in the land; his first baptism was a Shinto priest by name of H. Nakazawah, Mch. 8, 1902, and second [p.418] baptism, a young man by the name of Saburo Kikuchi, Mch. 10, 1902; the first had sacrificed a salary of what would be $150 or $200 in our money. No Shinto priest has ever before been baptized into the Christian religion. Ten young students had applied for baptism, but he felt they did not sufficiently understand the gospel. Felt that the gospel would be accepted by the higher classes rather than the middle classes, the latter being very superstitious. The industry and frugality of the Japanese are something marvelous. Had employed a native of Japan—the strongest writer in that country in favor of Christianity—to write a book favorable to Mormonism, at a cost of $200. A good deal of immorality exists among the Japanese people. Was very happy while away from home, and the time passed quickly.

Minutes were read and approved. Adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow. Benediction by Apostle Cowley.

[Thursday, 3 April 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Continuation of quarterly meetings of the Twelve. Present: Pres. Brigham Young, and Apostles Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hyrum M. Smith; also the Presidency and Patriarch Jno. Smith. Song, “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.” Prayer by Pres. Young, with Apostle Grant mouth in the circle. Song, “Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded.”

Reports
Pres. Young. Topics treated. Said a delegation of leading men at Mesa had waited upon him for purpose of finding fault with the conditions in Maricopa Stake. Felt that there should be an overhauling of that stake of Zion. He was informed by Pres. Smith that apostles would soon be sent there to effect a change.

Apostle Teasdale spent Sunday in Nephi and attended fast meeting. Apostle Taylor attended the funeral of Sister [Laduska] Grover in Farmington. Apostle Grant gave a report of his mission to Japan, covering practically the same ground as at yesterday’s meeting. Apostle Merrill attended fast meeting last Sunday and visited the sick. Apostle Cowley preached to the young people of Fielding last Sunday evening. Apostle Smoot attended fast meeting at Provo. Said that  Brother Geo. H. Brimhall was a very sick man, [p.419] his condition being due to overwork.

The Presidency, Jno. Smith, and Hyrum M. Smith attended fast meeting Sunday at the temple, and later the Presidency and Apostle Clawson attended the funeral service of J. S. Brown in the assembly hall. The verbal reports were approved.

Apostle Clawson read a comprehensive financial report covering the receipts and disbursements of the trustee-in-trust for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from all sources for the year 1901, totals as follows:

Balance on hand, Jan. 1, 1901 588,610.89
Receipts 1,860,347.01
total 2,448,957.90
Disbursements 1,757,955.99
Balance on hand, Jan. 2, 1902 $691,001.91
Also statement of revenues and expenses for the year 1901, totals as follows:
Revenues 1,627,054.85
Expenses 924,659.25
Total excess of revenues over expenses $702,395.60
The above excess of revenues, or margin, was used in part as follows:
Cancelled outstanding notes 268,212.40
Paid on Deseret News new building 275,085.45
Capital stocks purchased 58,926.00
Real estate purchased 11,122.90
  613,346.75

The clerk read an interesting letter from Apostle Lyman, in which he described his visit to the city of Jerusalem. The letter was written from the latter place. Upon request of young Geo. Cannon, the council consented to the organization of a society composing the elders of the German Mission.

The presidency of the Utah Stake wrote, recommending the division of Provo into six wards for the general good of the saints there. Recommendation adopted, or rather the letter was referred to the visiting apostles at the next quarterly conference with power to act.

[p. 420] A letter was read from Pres. Thos. E. Bassett of the Fremont Stake, in which he recommended that the south part of the Burton Ward be organized into a ward to be known as Independence. Recommendation approved. Pres. Bassett asked certain questions concern[ing] the appointment and standing of high councillors. The answer was that the new member of a high council has his standing in the quorum by date of ordination and takes number 12, all the other members advancing one number.

President Smith stated that the remains of Lot Smith had been brought up from Arizona for burial here and that the funeral would take place at Farmington next Tuesday at 1 p.m. Pres. Young and Cowley were appointed to attend said services. The clerk read a letter from Apostle Jno. H. Smith, who is doing a good work at Washington in opposing a constitutional amendment against polygamy.

The brethren at this point sat down to the sacrament, Pres. Brigham Young being mouth in blessing the bread and wine. Adjourned until July 1, 1902, at 10 a.m.

[Friday, 4 April 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 7 p.m. General priesthood meeting in the tabernacle, Pres. Smith presiding.

Pres. Jno. R. Winder was the first speaker. Topics treated. Congratulated the presidents of stakes and brethren upon the success of their operations during the year 1901 in the payment of tithes and other matters. The President anxious to see the church free from debt. Evil of indebtedness and placing mortgages on our homes. Fast offerings.

Pres. Anthon H. Lund. Topics treated. The evil of debt. Sacredness of the priesthood. Secret vices among the young people of Zion. Religion class work.

Bp. Wm. B. Preston. Topics treated. Tithes and offerings. Pres. Brigham Young. Topics treated. Power of the Priesthood. Apostle H. J. Grant. Topics treated. Gratified to be present at this conference. By reason of his absence, he was hungry to hear the gospel. Tithing. Debt. Pres. Smith. Topics treated. The evil of debt and mortgaging our homes. Tithing. Non-tithe-payers should be reduced in numbers. Secret vices. Blessed the brethren of the priesthood.

[Sunday, 6 April 1902] [p. 421] At 1:30 p.m. there was a meeting of the Presidency and Twelve at the office, and it was determined by unanimous vote that the following brethren should be presented at the general conference as assistant church historians: Andrew Jenson, Orson F. Whitney, A. Milton Musser, and B. H. Roberts. Pres. Smith stated that Jno. Smith, the patriarch, felt that his name should be presented before the conference immediately following the First Presidency, and not the Twelve, as has been the custom for a good many years heretofore. The President now presented the matter for the consideration of the brethren. Pres. Young said that so far as he was concerned, he was willing to accept any suggestion the Presidency might make in regard to this matter.

Apostle Jno. H. Smith said that he viewed this as a very important question that should not be decided hastily, as possibly it would involve the succession to the Presidency in the event of the President’s death. Apostle Grant moved that consideration and action be deferred for the present and the patriarch’s name presented as usual. Carried by unanimous vote.

[Monday, 7 April 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy in morning, heavy storm in afternoon. 10 a.m. Meeting of general and stake authorities at the assembly hall, President Smith presiding.

Pres. Jno. R. Winder was the first speaker. Topics treated: Financial condition of the church favorable; never better for years past. It is the purpose of the authorities to relieve the church of its indebtedness. The Latter-day Saints counseled to free themselves from debt. Report [has] gone out that the Presidency contemplated erecting a million-dollar hotel on the old Deseret News corner. This [is] not true, but a memorial building in honor of the Prophet Joseph and Patriarch Hyrum Smith is under contemplation for the future. The importance of looking after our water rights as a people. Was anxious to see the time when we would have means to purchase lands in Jackson County.

Reed Smoot. Topics treated. The importance of protecting our water rights. Pres. Brigham Young. Topics treated. Water rights; when the people quarrel over the water, the land will deteriorate and the water decrease.

[p. 422] Apostle Jno. H. Smith. Topics treated. Urged the importance of this matter of looking after our water rights and taking steps to secure the watersheds of this country. A motion prevailed to the effect that it be the sense of the meeting that the land commissioner at Washington be asked to withdraw from entry [into] our watersheds until such time as the rights of the people could be determined. Carried.

Pres. Smith made brief remarks showing the importance of protecting our watersheds. People should not move from one place to another to settle without counsel. Opposed to labor unions as well as secret orders.

Rudger Clawson. Topics treated. Said that the committee on church records was gratified to report a marked improvement in record keeping throughout Zion. The spirit of record keeping had also extended into the missions. This was true of the British Mission where Apostle Lyman had introduced the new forms but recently. The wisdom and propriety of having short meetings and commencing them on time, a matter that should have the attention of the authorities in all the stakes. The committee on records had in preparation a guide for acting teachers, which would embody instructions on the duties of teachers and a form for statistical data. Its adoption would be a great help to bishops in getting reports. Advised presidents of stakes and bishops of wards to encourage and maintain the custom recently adopted by the church, namely, to have the sisters sit with their heads uncovered in our meetings.

At 4 p.m. Apostle Reed Smoot entertained the First Presidency and Twelve at the home of Sister [Chloe Redfield] Eldredge, his mother-in-law. The wives of the brethren were also present. It was a delightful social gathering, and a very splendid dinner was served.

[Thursday, 10 April 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Brigham Young, Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Patriarch  Jno. Smith. Song, “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.” Prayer by [p.423] Apostle Jno. H. Smith, with Apostle Clawson mouth in the circle. Song, “Come All Ye Sons of God.”

Minutes of March 27 and April 3, 1902, were read and approved. Stake conference appointments: Emery Stake, Presidents Smith and Winder; Utah, Apostles Clawson, Young, and Smoot; Apostles Jno. H. Smith and Teasdale also to Emery; Apostles H. J. Grant and A. O. Woodruff to Jno. Scowcroft’s funeral, Ogden.

Apostle Grant desired to know when the brethren wished him to return to Japan. He said that, if it were agreeable to all, he would like to remain until after the June conference of the Y.M.M.I.A. It was decided by unanimous vote that he delay his departure until after that time.

Apostle Jno. H. Smith reported his recent visit east in the interest of the Latter-day Saints as being very satisfactory. There was some little discussion as to Elder Ephraim H. Nye’s fitness for the presidency of the Eastern States Mission, as he was thought by some to be too austere in his ways; others of the brethren thought he would make a capable president. It was decided that inasmuch as he had been called to said presidency that no change be made for the present at least.

Apostle Clawson said that in view of the absence of President Winder when his financial report was submitted at the last meeting, he had prepared a skeleton of same, giving the essential points of importance, and would be pleased to read it, which he did. Upon motion of Apostle Jno. H. Smith the report was received and ordered to be placed on file and recorded. Benediction [by] Apostle Hyrum M. Smith.

[Sunday, 13 April 1902] Provo. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Continuation of [Utah Stake] Conference, Pres. D. John presiding. Reed Smoot. Topics treated. He advised the presidents of Relief Societies and Young Ladies’ organizations to teach the sisters the propriety of sitting in all public gatherings with their heads uncovered.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. John presiding. Rudger Clawson. Topics treated. Dwelt upon the attributes of the Lord—as to his power, mercy, truth, and to the fact that he is no respecter of persons.

[p. 424] Apostle Reed Smoot. Topics treated. Announced that the division of Provo into six wards would not take place until next Sunday at 2 p.m. Weakness of Christianity in the world. The resurrection from the dead. The power of the priesthood. United order. Patriarchal priesthood. Warned the saints against drummers and advised parents to keep their girls away from the depots.

[Thursday, 17 April 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Marriner W. Merrill, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Jno. Smith, patriarch. Song, “Come, Thou Glorious Day of Promise.” Prayer by Apostle Smoot, with Pres. Winder mouth in the circle. Song, “O Ye Mountains High.”

Minutes of April 10 were read and approved. Stake conference appointments: Weber, Apostles Teasdale and Woodruff and members of the First Presidency; San Luis, Apostle Jno. H. Smith; to effect division of Provo into 6 wards, Apostles Clawson and Smoot.

There was some discussion in regard to the reorganization of the presidency of the San Juan Stake, and it was decided that the matter be left with the visiting apostles at their next conference. L[emuel] H. Redd received favorable mention, as also his brother [Wayne H. Redd], in this connection. Apostles Jno. H. Smith and Smoot were appointed to visit Moab in the near future and look after the property interests of the church in that place.

Apostle Geo. Teasdale reported the visit of the Presidency and himself to the Emery Stake last Sunday and Monday. The conference was exceedingly interesting. Stake Pres. [Reuben G.] Miller recommended that a change be made in the bishopric of the Price Ward and that Wm. Henderson be called to succeed Ernest S. Horsley, the present bishop. The latter, though a good man, is very slow and, therefore, not equal to the situation. Recommendation adopted. Pres. Miller suggested that Brother Horsley be sent on a mission, but the brethren felt it was not a proper thing to send a man on a mission to get rid of him.

Apostle Grant reported the Saturday meetings of the Utah Stake Conference and said that he also attended the funeral of [p.425] Brother [John] Scowcroft in Ogden on Sunday. Apostle Woodruff was with him. In the evening there was a crowded meeting.

Apostle Clawson reported the Sunday meetings of the Utah Stake Conference, which he said were well attended. Among other things, tithing, morality, and the evil of young girls hanging around depots were touched upon.

Pres. Lund attended the funeral of Brother [Soren P.] Neve on Sunday. Apostle Jno. H. Smith attended the funeral of Elder  Jno. Alford.

Apostle Grant said that he had just received a letter from Horace S. Ensign. One of the native converts had upon a certain occasion borne a good testimony, and he and Alma O. Taylor were able to understand about half what was said. In view of the difficulties of the language, he felt that this was encouraging. The clerk read an interesting letter from Apostle Lyman, dated Haifa, Mch. 17, 1902.

Apostle Teasdale called attention to the increasing responsibility resting upon the First Presidency and felt that it would be an eminently proper thing for these brethren to devote Saturday of each week to rest and recreation. The brethren present favored the suggestion, which was adopted by the Presidency.

Pres. Winder said that a young woman called upon him a few days ago and desired to know if the privilege of taking plural wives was now extended to the brethren of the church. She had understood that one high in authority said it was permissible. He informed her that she had been misinformed and Pres. Smith confirmed what Pres. Winder had said by stating that the Presidency had given no such authority and such marriages could not take place by the sanction of the church within the United States. Benediction by Apostle Hyrum M. Smith.

[Sunday, 20 April 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 7:55 a.m. Left for Provo to attend meeting at 2 p.m. and assist in dividing Provo (4 wards) into 6 wards, arriving at 9:30. I was driven to a meeting of the presidency of the stake and high council, Apostle Smoot being present, where some preliminary talk was indulged in regarding the division, and the names of brethren presented to occupy the new positions created and to fill some vacancies in the old ward [p.426] bishoprics. A spirit of harmony prevailed. The names will be presented this afternoon.

At 1:30 p.m. [there was a] meeting of the apostles, stake presidency, and brethren newly-called to office. The latter were given an opportunity to express themselves as to whether they would receive the appointments; all expressed a willingness to do so, except one.

2 p.m. General meeting of the 4 wards of Provo at the tabernacle, Pres. David John presiding. The first speaker was Reed Smoot. Topics treated. Said he was gratified with the large attendance and suggested that the voting be done by wards, the saints rising to their feet with uplifted hand. He then named the division lines of the six wards, which were approved by unanimous vote.

There were two opposing votes [to the Provo Sixth Ward Bishopric]. The objections brought by the parties in opposition were later investigated and found to be of a very flimsy character. A resolution involving the equal division of the Provo church property among the six wards was passed.

Brief remarks of acceptance were made by the five new bishops chosen. I made remarks upon the duties of a bishop.

[Thursday, 24 April 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Jno. Smith, patriarch. Song, “O Zion, When I Think of Thee.” Prayer by Apostle [John Henry] Smith, with Geo. Teasdale mouth in the circle. Song, “When Shall We All Meet Again.”

Minutes of April 16 read and approved. Conference appointments: Fremont, Apostle Woodruff; Alpine, Hyrum M. Smith; Cache, Apostle Clawson; Moab to attend to special business, Apostles Jno. H. Smith and Smoot.

Reports
Apostle Teasdale attended the Weber Stake Conference, and meetings were well attended. Apostle Grant attended the funeral of Elder Jno. B. Furster and also spoke at the tabernacle in the afternoon.

[p. 427] Apostle Woodruff reported the San Luis Stake Conference. Had a good time. With a population of 2121 there were only 16 marriages in 1899 and about the same number in 1900; he thought this a very bad showing. Apostle Woodruff read a letter addressed to him from Apostle Cowley, Big Horn Stake, who said that the people there were greatly in need of $2000 to buy seed wheat for the coming year, and he hoped the trustee-in-trust would loan them that amount. It was later decided by unanimous vote that this be done.

Apostle Clawson reported the division of Provo into six wards and submitted the names of those who had been called to the bishopric. Apostle Reed Smoot was also at Provo.

Pres. Lund attended the funeral of Elder Furster, and Pres. Winder attended a meeting in the East Mill Creek Ward. The reports were approved by unanimous vote.

Apostle Clawson called attention to the fact that there is a lack of uniformity in the church in ordaining men to the priesthood; for example, some of the brethren in ordaining a man to be a high priest would first confer upon him the Melchizedek Priesthood and then ordain him a high priest, while others would follow the usual procedure, i.e., ordain him a high priest conferring upon him all the keys, powers, and blessings pertaining to that calling in the Melchizedek Priesthood. Apostle Clawson felt that some action should be taken by the council in relation to this question, reminding the brethren that once before the matter was briefly discussed without decision. Pres. Smith asked for an expression from the brethren, who responded, some of them favoring the first form given and others the second form.

Pres. Smith said that, while he took the view that both forms were correct and would not favor any action looking to a change of the present procedure, he considered the first form the simplest and most direct, and accorded with the definition of the priesthood given in Sec. 107, Book of D.&C.

Apostle Grant said that he desired to make some recommendations relative to the Japanese Mission, but as the time was far spent, he would ask for a hearing at the next meeting. Granted.

Before adjournment, however, Pres. Smith said that it would be perfectly agreeable to the brethren for Heber to take his wife with him to Japan, if he desired it, also the wife of Brother Horace [p.428] Ensign. When Heber was ready to return, he thought it would be wise and proper for him to take three or four bright young men with him—young men who could readily learn the language.

[Sunday, 27 April 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 7 a.m. Left for Logan to attend the Cache Stake Conference, arriving at 10:40 a.m. I was immediately driven to the tabernacle, where the conference was in session.

Apostle Marriner W. Merrill. Topics treated. Testified that Jos. Smith was a prophet of God. The Latter-day Saints founded upon a rock. The evil of secret societies. Completeness of the church organization. Faultfinding. Exercising faith for and nursing the sick. We should counsel with the priesthood and our families. The saints should not move from one place to another to make new homes without counseling with the priesthood.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. [Joseph] Morrell presiding. The first speaker was R. Clawson. Topics treated. The division of the stake [was] a great blessing. Showed how the Latter-day Saints had progressed to a height beyond the comprehension of the world. Pointed to the fact that the people of the world knew nothing of the Holy Ghost, temple work and building, or the priesthood. Alluded briefly to the duties of a bishop in training the lesser priesthood. The work for the dead.

Bp. [William B.] Preston. Topics treated. Early conditions. Education. Temple work. Training of children. Good order in our meetings. Apostle M. W. Merrill. Topics treated. Temple work.

[Thursday, 1 May 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Smith, Winder, and Lund, and Apostles B. Young, Jno. H. Smith, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Patriarch Jno. Smith, and Geo. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “O Give Me Back My Prophet Dear.” Apostle Merrill was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Taylor in the circle. Song, “The Time Is Far Spent.” Minutes of the 24 April were read and approved.

Reports
Apostle J. H. Smith said he would make a written report of the [p.429] visit of himself and Apostle Smoot to Moab. Apostle Teasdale reported the Juab Stake Conference. While there high councillors Bryan and Frankum resigned, and their places were filled by Thos. Belleston and Timothy Hoyt. Good conference.

Apostle Taylor reported his recent visit to Canada with Jesse Knight on sugar factory business. While there attended meetings in Magrath. People prospering. They expect to raise 150,000 bushels of grain the coming year. Brother [Ephraim P.] Ellison intends to build a touring mill near Magrath at a cost of $35,000.

Apostle Merrill reported the Cache Stake Conference, at which Apostle Clawson was also present. The attendance was large and meetings spirited.

Apostle Cowley reported his visit to the Big Horn Stake. The conference was held at Cowley. A priesthood meeting was called before he left. The people are laboring under some difficulties incident to the settlement of new countries, but are getting along fairly well. Church population about 1500—poor in circumstances. Felt that, if Apostle Woodruff could spend two or three weeks among the people there, good would result.

A. O. Woodruff reported the Fremont Stake Conference. Excellent time. Ordained 5 bishops while there, as follows: Burton Ward, Conrad Walz, bishop; Independence Ward, Andrew P. Anderson, bishop; Lyman Ward, Casey P. Bowen, bishop; Archer Ward, Geo. Briggs, bishop; Parker Ward, Daniel G. Miller, bishop. If it were the wish of the Presidency, he would willingly take trip to the Big Horn as he felt that the saints there needed attention. The Presidency felt that it would be wise for him to go. He also further reported the ordination of David Robinson and Jno. J. Johnson, Fremont Stake, as patriarchs, and Hyrum Ricks and Ezra Christiansen, alternate high councillors.

Apostle Hyrum M. Smith attended the Alpine Stake Conference. Pres. Lund was present at a Sunday School conference at Provo. Pres. Winder reorganized the bishopric of the East Jordan Ward with Jos. B. Wright, bishop. Pres. Smith attended the funeral of Peter Reid. Reports were approved.

Stake conference appointments: Wayne, R. Clawson; Summit, H. J. Grant; Woodruff, one of the seventies; Oneida, Apostle Cowley.

The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the Wayne [p.430] Stake, in which they asked for an appropriation of $1000 to assist them in building a canal for the benefit of the Torrey Ward now in course of construction. Letter referred to the visiting apostle.

Apostle Grant made some suggestions respecting the Japanese Mission. Said he didn’t wish to take his family with him simply on permission, as had been granted, but desired to know if the brethren felt that it would be a wise and proper thing to do. The matter was discussed and it became the unanimous feeling and sentiment of the brethren that he should take a wife and one daughter and also the wife of Horace Ensign. He was instructed to use his judgment as to whether he would honorably release Elder [Louis A.] Kelsch, who it was thought could not acquire the language. Adjourned until 3 p.m.

3 p.m. Continuation of morning meeting. Apostle Grant again took up the question of the Japanese Mission and spoke in regard to the importance of translating our tracts into that language. This should be done at once. Alma Taylor, though not able to translate, can understand the language sufficiently to know if the spirit of the translation is correct. The suggestion was approved by unanimous vote. Pres. Smith suggested that the Twelve take up the matter of selecting some three or four young men to accompany Heber on his return in June.

Pres. Jno. R. Winder submitted the rules now used in the Salt Lake Temple, which were read and carefully revised and adopted for use in all the temples. Among other rules the following was approved: that where couples, who have never had their endowments, are sealed under proper authority in distant places they should be instructed to come to the temple when opportunity offered, have their endowments, and be resealed over the altar, but if the opportunity never came the first sealing would stand. Benediction by Pres. Brigham Young.

[Sunday, 4 May 1902] Teasdale. Clear and cool; wind blowing. 7 a.m. Left for Loa, arriving at 9 a.m.

11 a.m. First session of [Wayne Stake] Conference, Pres. Willis E. Robison presiding. Pres. W. E. Robison. Topics treated. Reported a good spirit prevailing in the stake. Progress of the work of God in the world.

[p. 431] Jos. W. McMurrin. Topics treated. Difficulties attendant upon colonizing new countries by the Latter-day Saints—such places as Arizona, Canada, Big Horn, &c. Latter-day Saints should not move from place to place without counsel.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. Robison presiding. R. Clawson. Topics treated. The colonizing and building up of Zion. The obstacles to be overcome have a tendency to develop and strengthen faith and will qualify the saints to build up Jackson County. The people of Wayne Stake should be contented, happy, and full of gratitude.

At 5:30 p.m. we—Brother [Joseph W.] McMurrin and myself—had an interview with a young sister by the name of Nancy Hunt, who had been charged with the crime of incest with her father. The latter is now in the penitentiary, having been convicted in the courts of the land of said crime and sentenced to a term of ten years. From all we could learn, the evidence adduced pointed strongly to his guilt. The girl now comes to the church, claims she is innocent, and asks for justice. She gave birth to an illegitimate child, but claims that she was drugged and ravished by some stranger. Her story is very loose, and rather convinces one that she is lying. The matter was taken under advisement.

It was later decided to give Nancy Hunt a church trial, and the bishop of her ward—Bp. [Levi C.] White—was instructed to institute early proceedings in the case.

[Thursday, 8 May 1902] Salt Lake City. Ten a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Brigham Young, George Teasdale, Heber  J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, and Hyrum M. Smith, and Patriarch John Smith. The brethren clothed. Song, “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah.” Brother Cowley was mouth in prayer, and Brother Merrill at the altar. The brethren disrobed. Song, “Ye Who Are Called to Labor and Minister for God.” Conference appointments: Wasatch, Brother Grant; South San Pete, Brother Smoot; Bingham, Brother Teasdale.

Reports
Apostle Teasdale attended the monthly priesthood meeting of [p.432] the Juab Stake last Saturday at Nephi. Ordained Albert Henry Belliston high priest and set him apart as second counselor to Bishop Wm. H. Pettigrew of Nephi. While at the tithing office a small boy came in to pay his tithing. He was very regular in observing this law and he felt to bless him. Reported that a Josephite is flooding that part of the country with tracts, endeavoring to show that Brigham Young had no authority to build up the church of God.

Apostle Heber J. Grant reported the Summit Stake Conference, which was held at Kamas. At the monthly priesthood meeting held last Saturday, all the bishops were present but one and he sent in an excellent excuse. Conference was well attended. He was present at a conjoint meeting Sunday night, and the reports made were very satisfactory. Before leaving he laid the southeast cornerstone of the Kamas new meeting house. $208 was contributed at the time to assist in the erection of the building. Bishop Danl. Lambert of Kamas makes a good bishop. Brother Moses W. Taylor, he felt, had done a grand work in Summit Stake. Held a meeting Monday night in Coalville.

Apostle John W. Taylor reported his attendance at the Jordan Stake Conference last Sunday and Monday, held in the Draper Ward. Presidents Smith and Lund and Apostle Hyrum M. Smith were present. They had an excellent conference. Brother Taylor said he was well pleased with the spirit of President [Hyrum] Goff. Attended conjoint meeting Sunday night, at which there was a splendid feeling manifested. President Smith, Hyrum M. Smith, and himself ordained twelve high priests. People of Draper have built a substantial meeting house. Spoke of the custom of alternating the stake conferences, as result[ing] in good. Some of the meeting houses, however, are too small. Thought the plan of a model meeting house should be drawn up by an architect, which might be used to advantage in wards that were thinking to build.

Apostle M. W. Merrill said that, in connection with Brothers Cowley and [Melvin J.] Ballard he attended conference at Oneida Stake last Sunday and Monday. Although the weather was unfavorable, attendance at the meeting was good. Gave the West Canal Company encouragement. Said the canal they were building was one of the largest ever undertaken in Cache Valley. There are some 30,000 acres principally owned by our people under the canal. [p.433] Ordained Jos. J. Hill, a high councillor. Not being in very good health, he did not attend the Monday meeting. Apostle Cowley reported his attendance at the conjoint meeting Sunday night and said that the attendance at conference on Monday was larger than on the Sabbath day.

Brother Clawson reported the Wayne Stake Conference of last Sunday and Monday. He was accompanied by Bro. Jos. W. McMurrin. In accordance with instructions of the brethren, he visited the Torrey Ward and carefully inspected the canal that was in course of construction. He was prepared, he said, to verify the statements made by the presidency of the Wayne Stake in their communication to the First Presidency. The people had shown forth good faith and determination in carrying forward this enterprise. Some $2200 in labor had already been expended by the people under adverse circumstances, and it would require some $1,800 to complete the work. Should the people there fail in this undertaking, it means the breaking up of the Torrey Ward. Brother Clawson now recommended, in view of the conditions set forth, that $1,000 be appropriated to assist the people of the Torrey Ward in building the Center Irrigation Company canal—the money to be paid to Bishop John R. Stewart, as trustee, as soon as the earth work between the head of the canal and the Torrey Ward (some 6 miles) is entirely completed; the church to receive $1,000 in capital stock of the Center Irrigation Company.

Brother Clawson further reported that he had made some inquiries in relation to the case of Nancy Hunt, who had been charged with the crime of incest and whose father [Jonathan Hunt] was serving a term of ten years in Utah penitentiary, having been convicted of said crime in the district court. From all that could be learned he had every reason to believe that she was guilty, although at the end of a two hours’ interview, Bro. McMurrin being also present, she declared her innocence. The story she tells, however, in many respects is very flimsy. It was decided to give her a hearing before the bishop’s court, and Bishop [Levi C.] White was instructed to take up the matter at an early date.

Patriarch John Smith attended fast meeting at the temple. President John R. Winder also attended fast meeting at the temple and a meeting in the evening at Farmers Ward. President Brigham Young attended fast meeting at the temple on Sunday. The reports [p.434] of the brethren were received, and their labors approved by unanimous vote.

Apostle John W. Taylor moved that $1,000 be appropriated in accordance with the recommendation of Bro. Clawson. Seconded. Brother Merrill thought it not well to make recommendations of this character, where the expenditure of means was involved. He thought the matter ought to be left entirely in the hands of the trustee-in-trust, who is fully posted as to the financial condition of the church and who knows whether there is sufficient on hand to meet obligations that arise.

President Smith said that the idea was to assist the people of Torrey in a small way, and he simply desired to know if the brethren of the Twelve felt to approve it. We have not at our disposal sufficient means to make large appropriations for purposes of this nature.

Apostle Taylor took exception to the view expressed by Brother Merrill and felt that when the brethren were asked regarding such matters they should express themselves freely. Brother Clawson thought it a simple question. The presidency of the Wayne Stake had written a letter to the First Presidency in behalf of the people of Torrey Ward asking for help. The letter was referred by the brethren to the council for discussion and action. Brother Clawson was thereupon instructed to investigate the matter during his visit to the Wayne Stake, and he, therefore, felt perfectly justified in making his recommendation.

President Smith remarked that the reason the church could not assist the people in building the Cache Valley canal was because they asked for so large an amount; but the people at Torrey are very poor, and without the help sought after would suffer serious results. Therefore, if the brethren felt to sanction it, he would be pleased to make the appropriation. Where we have money in the bank and see an opportunity for investment, such as buying sugar stock, to benefit the church, the Presidency would feel at liberty to do so. As to matters involving large appropriations, we think it proper and wise to consult the council. I never would think, he said, of putting up a building like the Deseret News block without the unanimous approval of this council. The motion carrying an appropriation of $1,000 to the Center Irrigation Company canal was carried by unanimous vote.

[p. 435] President Smith spoke briefly in reference to a tithing report of the Utah Stake read before the saints of that stake at the last conference. He did not believe, he said, it would be wise and prudent for us to show our hand in these matters. It excites the cupidity, covetousness, and criticism of the people. To show what is received by the church and not what is paid out is manifestly unfair and imprudent, and should not be done.

President John R. Winder was opposed to such things, and said that aside from the tithing paid by Jesse Knight the people of that stake did not pay as much tithing into the church as was disbursed locally. One third of all the tithing paid into the church is expended locally.

President Joseph F. Smith referred to financial conditions and said that the trustee-in-trust has on deposit in the bank about $240,000, but the tithing is falling off, and we will have $30,000 interest on church bonds to meet in the near future. There will be some revenue from the Deseret News building, if it is ever completed, but the work goes on very slowly, and something like eight or ten thousand dollars is paid out weekly to meet this obligation. President John R. Winder said that the erection of the [temple] annex means an expenditure of $100,000, which will be required on or before October 1902.

Brother Clawson said that he desired to mention another subject that was on his mind. He felt that an injustice towards some of the saints existed in Zion. The obligation to preach the gospel rested generally upon the elders of Israel. Some, however, because of the engrossing affairs of life, were exempt in a great measure from this duty. He referred, he said, to the wealthy brethren among our people, and in one case a young man, a banker, was called to take a mission. He reported that to leave home for this purpose would be very hurtful to his affairs and he proffered to pay $25 a month in lieu of missionary work. He was excused and the $25 a month, which was paid for two years, was used to assist two of his poorer brethren in their missionary labors abroad. Brother Clawson felt that the obligation to preach the gospel should be borne by the rich as well as the poor, and where the rich cannot go they should contribute of their means to strengthen and assist their needy brethren.

President Smith said he thought it would be well for the [p.436] brethren of the Twelve to take this matter into consideration. Motion for adjournment prevailed. Benediction by President Brigham Young.

[Thursday, 15 May 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith and Jno. R. Winder, and Apostles Brigham Young, Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, patriarch, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Come, All Ye Sons of Zion.” Pres. Jos. F. Smith was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Hyrum M. Smith in the circle. The brethren disrobed.

Pres. Smith spoke of an interview he recently had with Sister Ann W. Cannon, in which she represented that John Q., her husband, had been out of work since his father died and was, therefore, in needy circumstances, which was a matter of great anxiety to her. She referred to their condition with tears in her eyes. Pres. Smith remarked that he had a feeling of sympathy for them, and if employment could be found for Jno. Q. at the News office, or somewhere else, he thought it would be a good thing. One of the brethren stated that he had been informed that Jno. Q. was leading a dissipated life and did not enjoy the confidence of the Cannon family. Upon motion a committee of two, namely, Apostles Cowley and Clawson, were appointed to enquire into the matter and report to the council.

Minutes of May 1 and 8 were read and approved. An epistle from the First Presidency to the saints was submitted to the council, but owing to lack of time was only partially read, the balance to be taken up later. Conference appointments: Granite Stake, Pres. Jno. R. Winder and Apostle Hyrum M. Smith; San Juan, Pres. B. Young; Nebo Stake, Apostle Teasdale; Star Valley, Jos. W. McMurrin and J. G. Kimball.

Reports
Pres. Brigham Young said he was sick last Sunday. Apostle Teasdale attended the Bingham Stake Conference. Said the Lost River Branch was severed from the N.W. States Mission and attached to the Bingham Stake. Eli Mcintyre was released from the high council and made president of the high priest quorum, and [p.437] Jos. Holland was set apart as a high councillor to succeed him.

R. Clawson reported the attendance of himself and Apostle Smoot to the South San Pete Stake Conference. The meetings were held in a bowery in Mayfield and were well attended. The people were gratified to have the conference there.

Apostle Smoot reported his recent visit to the San Pete Stakes in the interest of the Snow Academy. A strong effort is being made to complete the building. He suggested that ten scholarships be offered for $1000 each (that is to say, anyone accepting this offer would have the privilege of sending a scholar to the academy at any time during the donor’s life); he also suggested that twenty people be asked to donate $500 each and a large number $100 each. His recommendation adopted by the trustees of the academy.

Apostle Hyrum M. Smith attended meeting at home, as also  Jno. Smith, patriarch. The First Presidency attended the funeral of Elder Guy Hill. Song, “Know This, That Every Soul Is Free.” Benediction by Apostle Teasdale.

4 p.m. Attended prayer circle. Our new home is nearing completion; the painters are through, and the calciminer has just finished tinting the rooms. The mantels are being put in place, and carpets will be laid next week.

[Monday-Wednesday, 19-21 May 1902] Salt Lake. Stormy part of the time, and cool. I spent these three days in Salt Lake and was busily engaged part of the time at the President’s office, copying my annual financial report of the church into a book bound for that purpose. On Wednesday I attended three meetings: namely, at 10 a.m. executive committee of the Utah Light and Power Co., at 4 p.m. general board of the religion classes, and at 5 p.m. general board of the Y.M.M.I.A.

[Thursday, 22 May 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Marriner W. Merrill, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Patriarch  Jno. Smith, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “O Say, What Is Truth?” Prayer by Pres. Lund, with Reed Smoot mouth in the circle. Song, [p.438] “Come, O Thou King of Kings.” Minutes of meeting of May 15 read and approved.

Reports
Apostle Teasdale attended the Nebo Stake Conference, Sunday and Monday, held at Santaquin. Good attendance and good reports. He felt that the dividing of the Utah Stake had accomplished great good. Tuesday attended a Relief Society conference at Nephi. While at Santaquin, he set apart August Swensen, a high councillor of that stake.

Apostle Grant attended the Granite Stake Conference. The Presidency and Apostle Hyrum Smith were also present. Sunday at 4 p.m. the funeral of Sister F. M. Bishop, daughter of Orson Pratt, was held.

Apostle M. W. Merrill attended ward conference at Providence. Corrected a little trouble that had arisen between the bishop and his people.

Apostle Clawson reported his attendance at a conference of the young people of Davis Stake. Elder Frank Smith was chosen president of the Y.M.M.I.A. of the stake to succeed Supt. Lee, removed to Canada. Elder Smith is a seventy and at the request of Elder [Brigham H.] Roberts, who was present, he retained his priesthood and was not ordained a high priest, as is the usual custom. Elder Roberts said that he was cognizant of a number of exceptions to this rule. Apostle Clawson now submitted the question to the council for action.

Apostle Smoot reported that he had attended a number of meetings in San Pete Stake in the interest of the Snow Academy during the past week with gratifying success. He felt that the erection of said building, though expensive, will be a success.

Apostle Grant reported the ordination by himself on Wednesday of Robert Sherwood, as bishop of the 32[nd] Ward, Salt Lake Stake. Conference appointments: Box Elder, R. Clawson; Millard, Geo. Teasdale; Benson, M. W. Merrill; Teton, Hyrum Smith.

Relative to the ordination of stake supt.’s of Y.M.M.I.A., Pres. Smith said that the only reason they had been ordained high priests was due to the ruling of Pres. Jno. Taylor, who claimed that the presiding offices of the church belonged to the high priest. Pres. Smith remarked that an elder could as well preside when authorized by proper authority. It was decided by unanimous vote [p.439] that a man holding the high priesthood, namely, an elder, seventy, or high priest, would be eligible to the office of stake supt. Y.M.M.I.A. without further ordination.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. [Franklin S.] Bramwell of Union Stake and Nephi Pratt, pres. of the N.W. States Mission, in which they notified the brethren that the headquarters of said mission would be established at Spokane, Washington. The clerk also read a letter from Ben E. Rich, in which he called attention to the matter already mentioned to him by the Presidency and now recommended that the Southern States Mission be divided as follows: on the north, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio; on the south, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Recommendation adopted by unanimous vote. Moved that the states on the north be called the Middle States Mission. Carried. Moved by Pres. Lund that Ben E. Rich be made president of the Middle States Mission. Carried. Moved by Apostle Smoot that Elder Ephraim H. Nye be transferred to the presidency of the Southern States Mission. Carried.

A letter was read from the presidency of the Utah Stake recommending Elder Geo. Ruff for bishop of Scofield Wd. to succeed Bp. [John E.] Ingles, who expects to move away from the ward. Recommendation adopted on motion of Apostle Clawson. They also reported the organization of a branch of the church at Clear Creek.

Apostle Smoot asked if it would be proper for a little deaf girl, whose parents are not members of the church, to be baptized for her health in the temple—the request coming from her mother. The answer was yes; there would be no impropriety in it.

Adjourned for two weeks. Benediction by Apostle [Patriarch]  Jno. Smith.

[Friday, 23 May 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. Having decided to do the temple work for my oldest boy [Rudger Elmo Clawson], who died Apr. 19, 1898, namely, to have his endowments [done] for him, accompanied by Lydia, I repaired to the temple at 8:45 a.m.

9 a.m. Usual meeting in the annex for the benefit of those who go through for ordinance work, Pres. Jno. R. Winder presiding. I [p.440] made brief remarks upon temple work and the sacredness and importance of the temple records. Pres. Winder also spoke briefly.

Sitting with others, I was ordained an elder for my son, Rudger Elmo, by Elder W. W. Riter. I then proceeded with the company and was washed, anointed, and endowed for him, getting through at 1:30 p.m. I am gratified and pleased in having done this very necessary work. I learned from the recorder that the first baptism for the dead in the Salt Lake Temple took place just nine years ago today.

[Monday-Wednesday, 2-4 June 1902] Salt Lake City. Weather favorable. During these three days we have been very busily engaged in moving into our new home, which is now completed and furnished. The following is a statement of the cost:

Amount paid by Lydia for the erection (and furnishing of the house in part) [blank]
Value of land contributed by myself 1000
Amt. paid by myself, acct. furnishing and 300
Amt. paid by myself, acct. extras 170
Amt. paid by myself, acct. folding bed and mattress 92
Total 1562

The new home has been deeded to Lydia (this is, the land) and the old home still belongs to me, which will be of great value for renting purposes.

On Monday I went to the lake in the afternoon, where a celebration was in progress in honor of the birth of Pres. Brigham Young. On Wednesday afternoon I attended a meeting of the general board of religion classes at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. a meeting of the general board of Y.M.M.I.A.

Thursday, 5 June 1902

Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Brigham Young, Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, patriarch, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk.

[p. 441] The brethren clothed. Song, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.” Apostle Grant was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Jno. H. Smith in the circle. Song, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” The minutes of May 22 were read and approved.

Reports
Apostle Brigham Young reported the San Juan Stake Conference held at Mancos in a new hall several weeks ago. Walter C. Lyman was made president with Wm. Hall and Wayne Redd as counselors. Peter Allen was ordained a high councillor in place of Jesse P. Steele, dropped. Stake increasing in number and people feeling well.

Apostle Jno. H. Smith attended the commencement exercises of the Beaver Branch of the B. Y. Academy, Provo. Said that it is a good school and exerts a good moral influence in the Beaver Stake. Attended the general M.I.A. conference in Salt Lake last week.

Apostle Teasdale attended the Millard Stake Conference at Scipio two weeks ago. The meetings were largely attended and were profitable. Last Sunday met with the saints at Nephi. Apostle Grant attended fast meeting at the temple a week ago Sunday, also officers meetings and M.I.A. conference last week.

Apostle Taylor said that he had just returned from a trip to eastern Canada, where he went with Brother [David] Eccles to arrange for machinery for the sugar factory to be built at Raymond, Canada; also to see what could be done in regard to obtaining favorable freight rates. The trip was successful.

Apostle Merrill visited the Benson Stake in connection with Apostle Cowley a week ago. Good conference. Prospects for heavy crops were bright. Advised the Lewiston people to pipe the mountain water for culinary purposes. Said that in one of the northern stakes there was an organization known as a traveling prayer circle and asked if such an organization met the approval of the brethren. The answer was no, and Apostle Merrill was requested to report the matter to the president of the stake with proper instructions.

Apostle Woodruff said that he had addressed to the Presidency a written report of his recent visit to the Big Horn. He, however, remarked that the water was now running the entire length of the new canal.

[p. 442] Apostle Smoot attended meeting at Provo a week ago, [and] young people’s conference on Sunday last.

Apostle Hyrum M. Smith reported the Teton Stake Conference held at Hayden a week ago last Sunday. There was much sickness among the people, hence a small attendance at meetings. Held meeting at Rexburg Monday night and at Idaho Falls Tuesday night. Last Sunday was present at Y.M.M.I.A. conference.

Apostle Clawson reported the attendance of Pres. Lund and himself at the Box Elder Stake Conference a week ago. He also attended the young people’s conference.

Pres, Winder attended fast meeting at temple a week ago, Primary conference at assembly hall on Saturday last, and young people’s conference on the day following.

Pres. Smith said that an impression seemed to be among the saints that plural marriages were being authorized by the authorities at the present time. He was emphatic in saying that such was not the case.

Meeting adjourned until 3 p.m. Benediction by Jno. W. Taylor.

3 p.m. The same brethren were in attendance as at the morning session. A general epistle of the First Presidency to the active workers in the ministry was read, amended, and approved upon motion of Apostle Clawson.

Apostle Smoot said that Emma Ramsay, who is studying music and voice culture in Paris, was desirous of making a loan from the church of $1000 to complete the course. He thought her worthy and recommended that the loan be made. After some discussion, it was decided that the church could not very well accede to her request, as it would be setting a dangerous precedent. It was thought that the loan should be made by private parties, and Pres. Smith remarked that if she were unable to return the money, he would see that they lost nothing.

Apostle Grant moved that in view of the fact that no liquor was being sold at the beach, it be the sense of the meeting that we request the First Presidency to instruct the bishops of adjacent wards that it would be expected of them to patronize Saltair the coming season and use their influence to have others to do so. Carried.

Apostles Cowley and Clawson made their report in relation to [p.443] the circumstances of Jno. Q. Cannon. They said that he was in rather poor circumstances financially, but they had learned that he was thoroughly dishonest and unreliable, and they could not, therefore, recommend that the church furnish him employment—in fact, there was no vacancy where he could be used. Benediction by Apostle Merrill.

[Wednesday, 11 June 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. At 5 p.m. I attended a meeting of the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A. at the President’s office. At 6 p.m. an adjournment was taken to the home of Apostle Heber  J. Grant, where a conjoint meeting was held with the young ladies’ board. During the evening refreshments were served. Very little business was transacted, although it would be proper to record that a resolution was passed to the effect that the two boards would use their influence to have the young people of our associations patronize Saltair this season. During the evening brief speeches were [given] by Pres. Smith, Apostle Cowley, myself, B. H. Roberts, Augusta W. Grant, and Sister [Ruth M.] Fox, in which the speakers expressed their appreciation of being present and invoked the blessings of the Lord upon Brother and Sister Grant as they journeyed to the land of Japan, the former to resume his missionary labors.

Pres. Smith remarked in part that Brother Grant had been greatly blessed of the Lord in being called to open the door of the gospel to the Japanese nation, and this honor would attach to his name forever, if he would continue faithful. He would have the prayers and faith of his brethren.

Apostle Grant made brief remarks and showed how the Lord had opened his way for financial relief since he was called to this duty. He was owing over $1,000,000 when he took his departure for Japan and he was now free from this heavy burden. It was marvelous, he said, what the Lord had done for him.

[Thursday, 12 June 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cooler. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Anthon H. Lund, and  Jno. R. Winder, and Apostles Brigham Young, Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, [p.444] Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, and  Jno. Smith, patriarch, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Let Us Pray, Gladly Pray.” Pres. Winder was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Woodruff was mouth in the circle. Song, “Think Not When You Gather to Zion.” Minutes of June 5 were read and approved.

Apostle Woodruff’s written report of his labors in the Big Horn Stake was read. Details were given as to the building of the canal, which cost $100,000. 20,000 acres had been brought under cultivation. The presidency of the Big Horn Stake were faithful and capable men. Apostle Clawson moved that the report be received, approved, and placed on file. Carried.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. Wm. H. Seegmiller, reporting their last stake conference. The resignation of Wm. H. Clark, 2nd counselor, had been received and accepted, and Jas. C. Christiansen was recommended as his successor. Elder Chas. L. Bean had been chosen to fill a vacancy in the high council. It was recommended that Leonard A. Hill be called to succeed Bp. Jno. Anderson of Burrville, removed to Canada. Recommendations approved.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. Collins Hakes regarding the Indian Mission of the Maricopa Stake. Said that many of the Indians were progressing favorably in a knowledge of the gospel. Gave a detailed report of the annual expenditure of the church appropriation. Upon motion of Apostle Jno. H. Smith, Collins Hakes was appointed to take charge of the Indian Mission, as successor to Henry Rogers, deceased, and it was decided that he be allowed $1000 per year. It became the sense of the council that a number of names be submitted to Pres. Hakes, from which to choose a counselor in the stake presidency. Here follows the names: Frank T. Pomeroy, Elder [Isaac] Dana, Bp. [James M.] Horne, and Carl Johnson.

Reports
Pres. Jno. R. Winder and Apostle Jno. H. Smith attended Relief Society conference of the Salt Lake Stake in the assembly hall last Saturday, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, R. Clawson, and Hyrum M. Smith attended the Salt Lake Stake Conference on Sunday, which was an interesting and profitable occasion. Apostle Smith said he felt that the brethren should take up a labor with the young people on good behavior in our meetings. He cited a [p.445] case where strangers had found fault with some of our young people for disturbing one of the tabernacle meetings and wearing their hats.

Apostle Grant attended young people’s conference at Lehi last Sunday, and Apostle Jno. W. Taylor attended meetings at Farmington. Apostle Cowley, accompanying Pres. Smith, attended commencement exercises at B. Y. College, Logan, on Friday, and also reported his attendance at Pocatello Stake Conference on Sunday and Monday. Albert M. Boyce was ordained bishop of McCammon.

Pres. A. H. Lund and Apostle Smoot attended the North San Pete Stake Conference, and Pres. Jno. R. Winder was present at the Granite Stake Sunday School Conference on Sunday. Apostle Clawson said he had made an investigation relative to the fourth volume of the History of Utah and found that the church is in no wise obligated to bear an[y] part of the expense of its publication; that the manuscript is now ready for the printer and bids are being sought by the Geo. Q. Cannon Co., who are prepared to meet the expense, with an idea of delivering the book at the next Oct. conference.

Pres. Smith announced that a letter had been written by Mrs. May Wright Sewall, president of the National Council of Women, to Susa Y. Gates inviting her to go with Mrs. Sewall to an important convention to be held in Copenhagen in the near future. Pres. Smith desired to know how the brethren felt about it. It was the unanimous feeling of the meeting that we should take advantage of every such opportunity of association with the prominent women of America and that Susa should go.

Pres. Smith stated that there is now an opportunity for the church to acquire valuable land and water rights in the Payette country, Idaho, and invited the views of the brethren. After some discussion, it was moved that a committee be appointed by the President to look into the matter at once. He named Apostles Woodruff, Hyrum M. Smith, and Elder Chas. W. Nibley.

It was ascertained that the Presidency and most of the Twelve present and Jno. Smith, pat., would accept an invitation to attend the reunion of the presiding priesthood of the Box Elder Stake to be held June 14, 1902. Benediction by Apostle Cowley.

[p. 446] [Saturday, 14 June 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 7 a.m. Accompanied by Lydia, I left for Brigham City to attend a reunion of the presiding priesthood of the Box Elder Stake. As invited guests, the following were on the train: Presidents Jno. R. Winder and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Matthias F. Cowley, Heber J. Grant, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, and Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, patriarch, Bishop Wm. B. Preston, Lewis W. Shurtliff, Bp. Hiram B. Clawson, and their wives, and several others. The train arrived at 9:30 a.m. and the party was met at the depot by carriages and were driven to various homes.

The opera house had been selected for place of meeting, which was called to order at 10:30 a.m., Pres. Chas. Kelly presiding. Present: the visitors named above, the presidency of the stake, the high council, bishopric[s] of the wards, presiding elders over branches, and presidencies of the elders quorums—in all about 250. The following interesting and entertaining program was carried out, consuming about two hours of time.

Program
Opening remarks, Pres. Chas. Kelly. He bid the visitors and all present a warm and hearty welcome. Said the priesthood of the stake were united.

Remarks, Pres. Jno. R. Winder. He regretted the absence of Pres. Jos. F. Smith, who, he said, could not be present. Remembered the enjoyable visit of the temple workers to Brigham some years ago, which was a pleasant affair. He expected to have a happy time today, but this occasion is mingled with regret because of the absence from our midst of Presidents Woodruff, Cannon, [and] Snow, who were here with the temple party. Spoke of the prediction made by Pres. Woodruff upon that occasion, when he said that the power of the enemy should be broken and they should not have power to prevail against the saints. He also predicted that great judgments should go forth, and the brethren and sisters were impressed with the news that came over the wires next day to the effect that the president [Sadi Carnot] of the French Republic had been assassinated. Invoked the blessings of the Lord upon the priesthood of the Box Elder Stake.

Remarks, Apostle Rudger Clawson. Quoted from a revelation given to Pres. Brigham Young in 1847 at Winter Quarters, wherein [p.447] the Lord instructed the saints to prepare to go to a land of peace. Pointed to our surroundings and the history of the church in these mountains to show how the promise of the Lord had been literally fulfilled. Spoke of the notable cities built by the Latter-day Saints and remarked that Brigham was one of these notable cities—a city that is named after the great pioneer and colonizer, prophet, seer, and revelator, Pres. Brigham Young. This beautiful city, he said, was founded by the late Pres. Lorenzo Snow. Quoted further from the revelation: “Go your way, and do as you are told and your enemies shall not prevail against you, for they shall not have power to stop my work. And if any man shall seek to build himself up, and seeketh not the counsel of the Lord, he shall have no power and his folly shall be manifest.” The truth of these words had been apparent all through our experience as a people. Our ene[mies] have not prevailed against us, and those who have turned from the counsel of the Lord have had no power, and their names are almost forgotten.

Remarks, Apostle Heber J. Grant. Expressed his pleasure in being present. Said that to his knowledge the Box Elder Stake stood in the front ranks of the stakes, and this is gratifying to the general authorities. The only way we can grow and progress in this world is to perform the duties of each day.

Remarks, Apostle M. F. Cowley. His first visit to Brigham City, he said, occurred about 20 years ago. Since then he had made visits from time to time and had enjoyed himself. Said that there is room for improvement in all the stakes of Zion. Those who withdraw themselves from the counsels of the priesthood lose influence with others. Cited the case of an apostle of these latter days who, after turning away from the church, lost all influence with his wife and children. You have been blessed in this stake with the personal ministrations of Lorenzo Snow, who was an apostle and later president of the church, and also Brother Clawson, who is now an apostle. This has been of great advantage to you.

Remarks, Apostle A. O. Woodruff. This is the home of the late Pres. Snow. He hoped that the spirit of integrity which possessed the soul of that great man rests upon the priesthood of the Box Elder Stake. In speaking of men who could be trusted, Pres. Snow once said that there were 40 men in the Box Elder Stake (and there may have been others) whom he could absolutely trust and who [p.448] would not betray him in any important matter. This was a great thing to say. You have been blessed in having the ministrations of Pres. Snow and Apostle Clawson. Pres. Snow was a great friend to me and I loved him. The spirit of union characterizes the Box Elder Stake. Invoked the blessings of God upon the presidency thereof and the saints.

Remarks, Apostle Hyrum M. Smith. Said that his father (Pres Jos. F. Smith) could not be present as he was in attendance at the birthday reunion of the Heber C. Kimball family at Saltair. It is due that we honor our great leaders who have passed away, and it, therefore, becomes necessary to distribute the brethren of the authorities of the church. He was pleased to see entertainments, reunions, gatherings, excursions, &c., given under the direction and control of the priesthood. This would help us to maintain our influence over the saints.

Remarks, Pres. Anthon H. Lund. Contrasted the conditions in Box Elder with those that prevail in the San Pete Stakes, where the fruit has been destroyed by frost and the crops are threatened by the grasshoppers. A great effort is being put forth to rid that locality of this pest. Various methods have been adopted. Upon one occasion recently an entertainment was given and the price of admission was fixed at one half a bushel of grasshoppers. Seventy tickets were so sold, which netted 35 bushels of grasshoppers. Recited how the Lord had delivered his people from various evils in the past and would continue to bless them through their faithfulness. Spoke of the brethren of the priesthood as being watchmen upon the towers of Zion and said: Are you doing your duty? Are you teaching the people? Referring to the principle of obedience, said, we must submit to the priesthood. Many of the early elders and some of the apostles never learned that important lesson. Spoke of the Josephite church as being (so they claim) the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Ours is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; it is not reorganized and never needed to be. Spoke of the great leaders of the church, namely, Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Jno. Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, and Lorenzo Snow. They have filled their missions and passed away. Pres. Jos. F. Smith is the prophet, seer, and revelator of today and speaks with such authority that we feel the influence of his words. The Lord wants us to learn and exercise [p.449] the principle of faith. Blessed the people present and said: may you be active and faithful.

[Sunday, 15 June 1902] Brigham City. Clear and cool. 2 p.m. Meeting at the tabernacle, Pres. Chas. Kelly presiding.

Rudger Clawson was the first speaker. Topics treated. Reunion of the presiding priesthood of the Box Elder Stake yesterday. The securing of our mortal bodies a matter of supreme importance to every one of us—they are called in the revelations “the temples of God”; we should keep them undefiled.

Apostle Jno. H. Smith spoke upon the evils attending divorces, and also amusements for the young. Advised our people to patronize Saltair.

Apostle Heber J. Grant. Topics treated. Showed how people can become familiar with vice. Rejoiced in the knowledge that liquor is no longer sold at Saltair.

Apostle A. O. Woodruff. Topics. Rejoiced in the instructions of today’s meetings. We do not always place proper value on the words and counsels of the Presidency. Our birth into the world not a matter of chance—we are here to accomplish a mission. We should be loyal to the priesthood and Presidency of the church.

Apostle Hyrum M. Smith. Topics. Breaking of the Sabbath day. Pres. Jno. R. Winder read from a revelation of the Lord to the Prophet Joseph Smith regarding the duty of the Latter-day Saints in keeping the Sabbath day holy.

Pres. Jos. F. Smith. Topics treated. It is a sad thing when Latter-day Saints indulge in the spirit of anger and profanity. The taking [of] the name of Deity in vain is an abomination to God. Did not believe in killing animals for the fun of the thing. It may be all right to kill for the purpose of appeasing hunger. Word of wisdom. The value of holding the priesthood. Those who mar their garments by cutting off the sleeves are covenant-breakers and will forfeit their blessings, if they do not repent. Counseled the people to get out of debt and keep out.

[Thursday, 19 June 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. [p.450] Lund, and Apostles Brigham Young, Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Jno. Smith, patriarch, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Think Gently of the Erring One.” Patriarch Jno. Smith was mouth in prayer, and Pres. Brigham Young in the circle. Song, “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet.”

Pres. Smith spoke strongly against the policy adopted by the town and county authorities, granting a right of way through Davis County along the county road. Said that the Presidency had called attention of the county commissioners to the folly of this and had counseled them against trifling away such a valuable right, but they have ignored the counsel. He wanted the visiting apostles to talk the matter up.

Conference appointments: Davis, Jno. W. Taylor, Heber J. Grant, and Hyrum M. Smith; Malad, Abraham O. Woodruff; Hyrum, M. W. Merrill and M. F. Cowley; Parowan, Rudger Clawson. The clerk read a letter from Elder E. H. Nye, dated Chattanooga, June 8, in which he reported that he had just arrived to take charge of the new Southern States Mission.

Elder Chas. Kingston wrote in reference to the Big Sandy country, Wyoming. Said that he was interesting eastern people in a project to build a canal through said country with an idea of our people coming in to make settlement. He further said that it is a choice tract of land and well timbered. The matter was referred to Apostle Woodruff to investigate.

Elder Jas. G. Duffin, president of the S.W. States Mission, made brief report by letter of the mobbing of two elders in Van Buren County, Arkansas. He said that he was seeking redress from the governor of the state. The clerk then read a letter from Brother Duffin addressed to the governor [Jeff Davis], setting forth the facts connected with the affair. His excellency replied that immediate steps would be taken to punish the guilty parties.

The church has been assisting Jno. Hafen, the artist, to support his family and pursue his artistic labors by allowing him $100 per month, the church to be remunerated by the sale of his pictures, or rather, the church to receive his paintings in lieu of the allowance. He had painted 45 pictures of which 4 only had been sold. A long letter from Brother Hafen was read by the clerk, in [p.451] which he reported that he had been east for the purpose of securing recognition of the art gallery people, and thus open up the way for the sale of his paintings. He had met with great encouragement, but he estimated it would cost him $3000 before he could accomplish his desires in full and asked the church to appropriate that amount, and in return he would paint for them 100 pictures. After some discussion it was decided not to accept the offer, but to allow him $100 per mo. to assist in the support of his family, with the understanding that he should be entitled to all he could make over $100 per month in the sale of his pictures.

Pres. Smith reported that Frank J. Cannon has brought a claim against the church for the Sterling Mining Co. [account] of $12,000. The mine, he said, had been turned over to the Cannon boys some years ago by Pres. Snow, who declared that after an expenditure of $325,000 he would have nothing further to do with it. It was decided that the church wanted nothing further to do with said mine and, therefore, would ignore the claim now put in. Minutes of meeting of June 12 read and approved.

Reports
Pres. Smith attended special conference at Brigham City on Sunday.

Apostles Grant, Cowley, Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Patriarch Smith, and Counselors Winder and Lund were at Brigham City Saturday (and some of them remained over Sunday) to attend a reunion of the presiding priesthood of the Box Elder Stake. It was a very splendid affair.

Apostle Taylor reported the Morgan Stake Conference last Sunday and Monday. Reed Smoot attended the St. George Stake Conference Sunday and Monday. Large attendance. Good meetings. While there he visited the temple, which he said was sadly in need of repairs. He recommended the building of a vault in the temple for the safe keeping of the records. Pres. A. H. Lund addressed the Agricultural College students on Sunday. Benediction by Apostle Reed Smoot.

[Tuesday, 24 June 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. 10 a.m. Quarterly conference of the Twelve at the temple. The conference was called one week ahead of time in view of Apostle Heber J. Grant’s early departure [p.452] for Japan, namely, Thursday, June 26, 1902. There were present: Pres. Brigham Young, Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hyrum M. Smith. Song, “Up, Awake, Ye Defenders of Zion.” Prayer by Apostle Jno. H. Smith. Song, “Ye Who Are Called to Labor and Minister for God.”

Apostle Hyrum M. Smith was the first speaker. Topics treated. Felt to rely upon the Lord for his blessings. Was careful to remember his prayers in the season thereof. Hoped his children would grow up strong in the faith. In connection with his brothers and sisters, had been taught to observe the word of wisdom. Spoke of the ordinance of the administration for the sick and rejoiced in it. Pres. Young made brief remarks on the ordinance for the administering to the sick and felt that it was very essential not only for the elder who administers but for the party who is sick to exercise faith.

Apostle Smoot. Topics treated. Thought the work to be done at home is as great as that in the world outside. Had counseled the saints to keep out of debt and retain their possessions. Was pleased that Saltair is being managed this season without liquor. Believed care ought to be exercised in regard to having certain ones called from a distance, sometimes out of the ward, to administer to the sick. In his candidacy for the senate of the United States he proposed to make an open fight and leave the residue in the hands of the Lord.

Apostle Clawson rejoiced in the spirit of these occasions. Said that there is plenty to do: “The field is white, already to harvest and the laborers are few” [D&C 6:3; Matt. 9:37]. The Lord said to Oliver Cowdery that he need not suppose he could say enough for the cause of God, and that if he would be faithful, he should receive such strength as is not known among men. So it will be with us through our faithfulness. Spoke of Heber’s return to Japan and felt that if he should succeed it will be because the angel of the Lord goes before him, and so with the brethren of the Twelve, whether at home or abroad, if they succeed it will be because the angel of the Lord goes before them. Felt to be one with his brethren, for in union there is strength.

Pres. Young said that Brother Clawson’s remark that the angel of the Lord goes before his servants fit into his mind and met with [p.453] his hearty approval. Benediction by Apostle Teasdale. Adjourned until 2 p.m.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. Young presiding. Song, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.” Prayer by Apostle Grant. Song, “Come Let Us Anew.” Minutes of morning meeting read and approved.

Apostle Cowley was the first speaker. Topics treated. Said that he felt exceedingly happy in meeting with the brethren in council. Remembered what Pres. Snow had said upon one occasion in giving young men advice to sit and listen that they might learn rather than be too forward in speaking; this counsel, he said, was easy for him to follow. Spoke of the word of wisdom and said we ought to be exemplary in respect to this doctrine and should teach it to the saints. Felt exceedingly well towards the First Presidency of the church and remarked that everything goes to show that the spirit of this great appointment rests upon Pres. Smith. There has been a tendency in recent years to draw away from the counsel of the authorities. This is probably due to the conditions by which the saints have been surrounded. Our people should be brought to honor and respect the priesthood. Said that many of our young men are coming to the front. Brother [Milton H.] Welling, president of the Malad Stake, is doing a good work, and in his opinion Apostles Taylor and Clawson were inspired in naming him for that important position.

Referred to the recent action taken in dividing some of the larger stakes and felt that great good would follow. Felt interested in the candidacy of Apostle Smoot to the United States Senate and thought it a wise thing for him to make an open campaign and not place himself under obligation to Thos. Kearns or any other man. We ought to stand by the action we have taken to sustain Apostle Smoot in this undertaking and express no weakness on the outside. Desired to be one with his brethren—to be true and valiant to the cause. Felt that there was a gigantic work to be done at home as well as abroad. Spoke of the bureau of information now being established under the direction of the Presidency. This movement would result in good, as there is a field for missionary labor in Salt Lake. Brother Grant returns to Japan with our confidence and blessing. The entertainment and sociable given at the Beehive recently by Pres. Smith in honor of Apostle Grant was a very [p.454] pleasant and successful affair.

Apostle Marriner W. Merrill. Topics treated. Spoke in reference to the calling of a patriarch and looked upon it as very different to that of a high priest or elder, as it was his especial duty to bless; there was a time when the patriarchal priesthood and second anointings were conferred only upon those who had entered into the practice of plural marriage. This rule had afterwards been changed by the authority that had the right to decide such matters. Brother Merrill said that he was not as strong physically as he used to be and easily grew tired. Said that he allowed nothing to come between him and his brethren. Felt to give them his love and confidence and constantly prayed for them. We ought to love one another, for the Lord has chosen us to labor together. Felt that Pres. Smith is doing too much—there is too great a strain upon him.

The minutes were read and approved. Benediction by Apostle Taylor.

[Wednesday, 25 June 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. 10 a.m. Continuation of conference of Twelve. Present: Pres. Brigham Young, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hyrum M. Smith. Song, “Redeemer of Israel.” Prayer by Apostle Merrill. Song, “Now, Let Us Rejoice in the Day of Salvation.”

Apostle Taylor was the first speaker. Topics treated. Was thankful to be here. He felt like Brother Merrill, that Pres. Smith ought to be relieved of detail work, if possible. To me he looks tired and weary. Spoke of his interview with the pres. [Thomas Shaughnessy] of the Canadian Pacific. There were no papers on his desk; he could not talk about details but rather about generalities. He thought the time had come when the Presidency of the church ought to be relieved of details. Had nothing on his mind particularly, but came to the meeting to enjoy himself. In relation to the candidacy of Brother Smoot to congress, how good and satisfactory it is for the council to have a uniform understanding. Apostle Taylor said that he had no feelings against his brethren.

Apostle Grant said that he had just received a letter from [p.455] Brother Lyman, which gave expression to just such views as had been uttered by the brethren. He felt, as we do, that Pres. Smith is being overworked. Would rejoice to see matters systematized and changed. He felt that great good had already been accomplished by the new system of bookkeeping introduced into the President’s office by Brother Clawson. Said that he was happy to be with his brethren and that the conference had been advanced. Was thankful for the privilege of taking five young men with him to Japan. Remembered Pres. Snow’s last instructions to the effect that the apostles should be carrying the gospel to the nations. This duty rests upon us. Felt that in the near future there would be openings for the gospel in South America and South Africa among the Boers. After a time, if agreeable to the Presidency, would drop down and investigate conditions in the latter country. Hoped Pres. Young’s health would be restored. Was heartily in favor of the position taken by Brother Smoot politically, namely, that he would enter into no alliances with anyone, but carry on an open fight.

Apostle Teasdale. Topics treated. Didn’t know of any sweeter meetings than these. Pres. Snow exhibited great wisdom by the inauguration of our conferences. He desired that we should be one and so presented the quorum at one time to the Presidency. Felt the importance of being willing to go and to be where the Lord wants us—like clay in the hands of the potter. Had had a feeling that the Manifesto was one of the most disastrous things that had ever come to the church. We see this on all sides. The condition today is painful. “The man is not without the woman, in the Lord” [1 Cor. 11:11]. The union of the apostles and the love they bear each other is productive of good in the midst of the people. He had suggested sometime ago that Saturday of each week be set apart as a holiday for the Presidency, because he felt that the President was overworked. Desired to be a minute man. Every blessing pronounced upon his head in taking various missions had been realized. With regard to Bro. Smoot, felt just as he did some time ago. If the Lord wants him in congress, he will open the way. In regard to opening up missions, said he knew the philosophy of it. Brother Heber Grant will always be the president of the Asiatic Mission. And when he goes there he will know just what to do. It was so with Heber C. Kimball, Erastus Snow, and others in opening up new missions. Regretted that we have class [p.456] distinctions among us. It is the poor who have built up the kingdom, and the saints should not separate themselves from them. Said he knew there would be great rejoicings among our people when plural marriage is restored, but that time will never come so long as the saints rob the Lord of tithes and offerings.

Apostle Woodruff expressed happiness in being present today. His absence yesterday was due to sickness in his family (the birth of a little girl). These meetings were more helpful to him than most any other meetings in the church. He was pleased to think that we could safely speak our thoughts to one another and could feel that our confidences would be held sacred, even if we were called before the courts of the land. In relation to the candidacy of Apostle Smoot, the brethren knew how he felt about it, though his views were not prompted by personal feelings, but when the Presidency indicated the mind of the Lord, he was ready and willing to accept it. Felt that Apostle Grant was greatly honored of the Lord in being called to carry the gospel to Japan. This is assuredly a greater honor than anything coming from man. Our great mission is to carry the gospel to the nations. My labors of recent months have carried me to the frontiers of Zion to counsel and assist in colonizing our people. Had experienced joy and satisfaction in this duty. We ought to take advantage of every opportunity and opening to secure places for the saints—in Idaho, Wyoming, and other localities. We cannot afford to pass favorable opportunities. The Lord will bless our efforts and put means into our hands. Was anxious in relation to these matters. He desired to be and labor where the Lord wants him, whether at home or abroad. Appreciated calls from the Presidency and desired to meet them. He had been impressed with the fact that, without this spirit and disposition, there could be no success. It is not profitable to counsel the head. Felt the presence of Pres. Young in our midst today was due to the special favor of the Lord through the prayers of his servants. Invoked the blessings of the Lord upon Apostle Lyman, who is absent, and also upon Apostle Grant, who is soon to take his departure for the mission field. Expressed a feeling of love for the apostles and Presidency of the church. Hoped Pres. Smith would be careful so as not [to] suffer from overwork and that ways and means would be provided for his relief. Adjourned until 2 p.m.

[p. 457] 2 p.m. Continuation of conference with the same brethren in attendance. Song, “Weep, Weep Not for Zion.” The minutes of the morning meeting were read and approved.

Apostle Jno. H. Smith said that he had enjoyed the conversations of the brethren. Had nothing special to present. Thought likely it would be well to talk over the question as to where the name of John Smith, the patriarch, should come in the presentation of the general authorities of the church. In the case of Joseph Smith, Senr., Hyrum Smith, and some of the other presiding patriarchs, their names were represented immediately following the First Presidency. Today the patriarch’s name follows the Twelve. Read from Sec. 124, D.&C. Felt this to be a matter of importance and should receive thoughtful consideration. There was one thing that rather perplexed him and that was this: in a sermon of Pres. Young’s published in the Times and Seasons it was stated that if Hyrum Smith had survived the Prophet, he would have become President of the church, but afterwards and later Pres. Young took a different view. He understood that Patriarch John Smith feels that his name should by right follow the Presidency. The question is this, “Do the spirit and letter of the gospel indicate that anything or anybody can come between the Presidency and Twelve.” His own judgment, shorn of the spirit of revelation, was that the Almighty when he named the presidency of Three and council of Twelve fixed the order of government for all time to come, and that nothing should come between them. And yet owing to some conditions that existed in the past there was a shade of doubt in his mind.

Pres. Young said that the matter was plain to his mind. The succession to the Presidency had been fully determined, and no matter where the patriarch’s name was presented, nothing could come between the Presidency and Twelve. Apostle Hyrum M. Smith took a little different view to some of the brethren. He understood that Brother John Smith lost his place in the line of presentation because of a failure to magnify his calling. If that be true, and he repents, should he not be brought back into line?

Apostle Smoot thought the order as shown by the relationship of Jesus to his apostles makes the matter plain. He thought the present method of presenting the authorities quite proper.

Apostles Taylor and Grant both expressed themselves as being [p.458] in favor of the present line of procedure, though they felt perfectly willing to abide the decision of the President. Apostle Cowley thought that the question of succession to the Presidency was not and could not become involved in this matter. It is simply a question of courtesy to the patriarch.

Apostle Clawson felt that we should take a logical view of the matter. The great presiding authority of the church is vested in three high priests and called the First Presidency, and their names are, therefore, presented first; the next great presiding authority is the quorum of Twelve Apostles and, if the President of the church dies, the president of the Twelve becomes his successor, hence it would seem eminently proper that the quorum of Apostles should be presented next to the Presidency. And besides, the Lord has brought the apostles still closer [to] the Presidency by designating them, prophets, seers, and revelators. Not so in the case of the patriarch. He viewed the present arrangement as being just right.

Pres. Young said that when Pres. Smith, the head, indicated what is right in this matter we would be ready to sustain him. Nevertheless, if he desires our views upon the subject, we will give them. Said, “If I were John Smith, I would work where I am until the Lord calls me to stand before the Twelve. By urging his own claims, he only hurts himself and lessens rather than strengthens his influence.” When the matter comes up and Pres. Smith indicates what is right, let us accept the decision and be one.

“Doxology.” Benediction by Apostle Cowley.

[Thursday, 26 June 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. 10 a.m. Continuation of conference and meeting with the Presidency. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Brigham Young, Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant,  Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Patriarch Jno. Smith, and Geo. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “The Time Is Far Spent.” Aposident [President] Smith was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Clawson mouth in the circle. Song, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” Minutes of June 19 were read and approved.

[p. 459] The clerk read a letter from Jane S. Richards, pres. of the Weber Stake Relief Societies, and also a number of ward presidents, asking a loan from the church of $750 to assist them in completing a Relief Society building now in course of erection. After some discussion, it was decided upon motion of Apostle Clawson that $250 be appropriated to assist them in lieu of making a loan.

A letter from the presidency of the Utah Stake was read. They notified the brethren that Bp. [John E.] Ingles of Scofield would return from Oregon next month about July 20, and would then expect to turn over the Scofield Ward to his successor. It was decided to send one or more of the apostles to Scofield, July 20, to attend ward conference and set apart Bp. Ingles’ successor.

Pres. [Reuben G.] Miller of the Emery Stake had addressed a letter to the Presidency, desiring to know what action should be taken against members of the church who keep saloons for the sale of liquor. Pres. Smith asked for an expression of the brethren regarding this matter. Apostles Smoot, Cowley, Grant, Woodruff, and Clawson expressed themselves strongly upon the subject and said that they felt it should be made a test of a man’s fellowship. Apostle Woodruff moved that members of the church who engage in the saloon business and those who frequent such places be tried for their fellowship. Carried by unanimous vote.

The clerk read a letter from Elder J. G. Kimball, representing the First Seven Presidents of Seventies, who submitted the following names from which to choose to take charge of the bureau of information: Benjamin Goddard, Henry W. Nesbitt, Arnold H. Schulthess, Josiah Burrows, and Thos. Hull. After some discussion it was decided to call them all to this labor, with the exception of Elder Henry W. Naisbitt.

Stake conference appointments: Sevier, Geo. Teasdale and Reed Smoot. Benediction by Apostle Hyrum M. Smith.

The tables were then spread for the sacrament, and Apostle Grant blessed the bread and wine. The brethren spent a very enjoyable time in partaking of the Lord’s supper. Before separating Apostle Grant announced that at 1:30 he expected to seal his daughter [Lucy Grant] to [George J. Cannon] a son of Abraham H. Cannon and he extended a cordial invitation to the Presidency and the Twelve and their wives to attend the wedding reception at [p.460] his home at 5 p.m. Benediction was offered by Pres. Young.

Later the minutes of the meeting of the Apostles were read and approved, and an adjournment taken until Sep. 30, 1902. Benediction by Apostle Woodruff.

[Thursday, 3 July 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cold. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, patriarch, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren clothed. Song, “Come, O Thou King of Kings.” Apostle Geo. Teasdale was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Cowley in the circle. Song, “Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded.” Minutes of June 26 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Collins R. Hakes. Said he would do the best he could looking after the Indians. Reported circumstances and conditions of the brethren whose names were suggested from which to select a counselor. After some discussion, it was decided that the question of appointing a counselor to Brother Hakes and possibly the reorganization of the Maricopa Stake presidency [be] laid on the table for one week.

Reports
Pres. Winder was at Mill Creek last Sunday. Apostle Teasdale accompanied Pres. Jos. F. Smith, Pres. Anthon H. Lund, and Apostle Smoot to Sevier Stake Conference last Saturday and Sunday. Excellent meetings. The following were ordained and set apart: Jos. Horne, 1st counselor to Pres. [William H.] Seegmiller; Jas. Christiansen, 2nd counselor to Pres. Seegmiller; Chas. R. Blair, high councillor; Jacob L. Norwardson [M. Lauritzen], clerk of stake; Christian Christensen, bp. of Aurora; Martin Jensen, bp. of Redwood [Redmond]; Leonard A. Hill, bp. of Burrville.

Apostle Cowley attended meeting at Mammoth Ward last Sunday afternoon and at Eureka in the evening. People feeling pretty well and fairly good tithe-payers.

Apostle Clawson attended the Parowan Stake Conference a week ago Sunday and spoke in the tabernacle, Salt Lake, last Sunday. Reported that the people of the Parowan Ward are suffering very seriously from drought—their crops will be almost an entire failure. The saints of Cedar City have repaired the [p.461] meeting house and put in a new gallery, increasing the seating capacity about one third.

Jno. Smith attended meeting in Salt Lake last Sunday. Pres. Lund reported the visit of Pres. Smith and himself to the Hyrum Stake a week ago last Sunday. They had a good conference.

Upon motion the auditing committee—Apostles Clawson and Smoot—were instructed to audit the books of the Deseret News preparatory to their removal to the new building and report to the council. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Jno. Smith, patriarch.

[Sunday, 6 July 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Fast meeting at the temple, Pres. Jos. F. Smith presiding. The meeting was given into the hands of the brethren and sisters, and nine of the brethren and 17 of the sisters spoke and bore testimony.

Pres. Winder made brief concluding remarks and said in substance. Remarks have been made today in reference to the Manifesto. Said he wanted to explain how that instrument came to the church. One morning during the dark days of persecution, I met Pres. Woodruff and asked him how he was feeling. “Pretty well,” he said, “only I did not get much rest during the past night. I was wrestling with the Lord all night.” Handing me some sheets of paper, he said, “And this is the result of my wrestling.” The sheets contained the Manifesto, which was later adopted by the Twelve and published with very little alteration. Brother [George] Reynolds was also there.

[Thursday, 10 July 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “O Give Me Back My Prophet Dear.” Apostle Merrill was mouth in prayer, and Pres. Lund was mouth in the circle. The brethren disrobed and sang, “Glorious Things Are Sung of Zion.” The minutes of July 3 were read and approved.

The matter of reorganizing the presidency of the Maricopa Stake was taken up and discussed. It was finally decided by unanimous [p.462] vote upon motion of Apostle Clawson that action be deferred until the next quarterly conference in that stake and the visiting apostle be authorized to effect the reorganization, if in his judgment such change would be for the best.

The clerk read a letter from Patriarch Oliver B. Huntington, who said that there was a lack of understanding and harmonious action among the patriarchs of the church in reference to their duties, the charging of a fee, &c., and asked for instructions. Considerable discussion followed. Apostle Jno. H. Smith said that in his opinion the Presiding Patriarch should keep a perfect record of all the patriarchs of the church, as to birth, where born, place of residence, when and by whom ordained, and date of death. He thought that Brother Jno. Smith should send out a letter of instructions to the patriarchs. As to whether they should charge a fee or depend upon voluntary donations is a matter to be determined by each patriarch. Their field of labor should be confined to the stakes where they reside, but if they officiate in other stakes, it should be by permission.

Apostle Clawson said that he heartily endorsed the recommendation of Apostle Jno. H. Smith as to the wisdom and propriety of keeping a record of the patriarchs. Also suggested that it would be well for Brother Jno. Smith to follow the practice of the Seven Presidents of Seventies, i.e., when he is visiting at a stake conference, he should call the patriarchs together and impart special instructions and ascertain how far they are magnifying their calling. He should also encourage the saints in his public addresses to get their patriarchal blessings. In speaking of the practice of charging a fee, said that so far as he knew it was very offensive to the people, and he believed it would be better for them to depend upon voluntary donations. He mentioned the temple as an example and said, of course, it is understood that the expense of running our temples is very heavy, but, nevertheless, the blessings of the house of the Lord are free to the saints, “without money and without price” [Isa. 55:1], and yet all who enter these sacred places have an opportunity to make donations. If a fee were charged at the temple, he believed it would be offensive to the people and productive of no good. He took the same view in relation to the patriarchs. Pres. Lund said that the patriarchs would have to use care in regard to charging a fee as there was no doubt [p.463] in his mind that this was a matter of offense to the people.

Pres. Smith called attention to the fact that there is more or less expense connected with the giving of blessings, such as paper, pens, ink, and clerk hire, which should be borne by those who are benefited. He did not like the idea, however, of charging a fee. He thought that in all cases when the patriarch is asked as to his bill, he should say, “If I were to make a charge, it would be so much a blessing, but, of course, I make no charge but leave it to your discretion as to whether you would like to make a free-will offering.” Patriarchs should impress those who come to them that they have the spirit and power to bless, and the people would then feel that a patriarchal blessing is beyond price. And the impression should never go out that they are traveling around giving blessings simply for the fee. A patriarch should be the acme of fatherhood to the church in exercising the spirit of his calling and priesthood. Father [Joseph] Smith [Sr.] and Hyrum Smith were just such men. The Presiding Patriarch should have a fatherly care over all the patriarchs and should visit with and call them together in the stakes, giving needful and necessary instructions.

Patriarch Jno. Smith made some remarks and said that he usually charged two dollars for a blessing, in cases where the parties could afford to pay, but in many instances where a man and his family came, it did not average more than a dollar a piece, and in some cases he received nothing at all.

It became the sense of the council by vote that the church furnish a record for the patriarchs, the form to be determined by Pat. Jno. Smith and Apostle Clawson, and that where a fee is mentioned it shall be done in the manner suggested by Pres. Smith. Pres. Lund said that Brother Jno. Smith should inspect the records of the various patriarchs and see that they are properly kept and see if the patriarchs, or any of them, are in the habit of using presumptuous words in their blessings.

Pres. Smith stated that Brother Howard Coray of Provo claimed he had a “sack” full of speeches, sayings, &c., of the Prophet Joseph Smith, acquired by Sister [Martha] Coray. His claim may be good and it may not, but he felt some action should be taken to get possession of them. Apostle Jno. H. Smith moved that steps be taken by the church to secure possession of said papers. Carried.

[p. 464] Conference appointments: Utah Stake, First Presidency and Apostles Jno. H. Smith and Reed Smoot; Beaver, Apostle Cowley. Benediction by Pres. Jos. F. Smith.

[Friday-Saturday, 11-12 July 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. I spent the forenoon of Friday at the President’s office. In the afternoon took Samuel and Lorenzo to see a dog and pony show, which amused them very much. On Saturday I got out a form for the genealogy of the patriarchs of the church to be submitted to the Presidency.

[Thursday, 17 July 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, pat., and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Praise to the Man Who Communed with Jehovah.” Apostle Hyrum M. Smith was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Smoot at the altar. The brethren disrobed and sang, “‘Mid Scenes of Confusion.” Minutes of July 10 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Prof. Jno. J. McClellan, requesting a change in the hour of recitals. They are now given on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Fridays at 5 p.m. He suggested Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. This change would enable many of our people who are employees to attend the recital given Saturday night. The brethren took the view that the change would be undesirable, as the recitals were given expressly for the benefit and entertainment of tourists, who would not be likely to attend so late in the evening. Pres. Lund and Apostle Clawson were appointed as a committee to consult with Brother McClellan regarding this matter.

The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the Relief Societies of the Weber Stake, in which they extended an invitation to the Presidency and Twelve to attend the dedication of their new Relief Society hall on Saturday, July 19, at 11 a.m. Pres. Jno. R. Winder and Apostle Teasdale were appointed to attend said services.

Pres. Reuben G. Miller wrote requesting the council to take [p.465] some steps looking to the adjustment of the water rights pertaining to the Emery Creek, Emery County. Pres. Smith remarked that about all the apostles could do in matters of this kind was to counsel the people to adjust the trouble themselves by entering into an amicable agreement and having it ratified by the district court. It was left for the visiting apostle to carry into effect the suggestion of Pres. Smith at their next quarterly conference.

A letter from C. Anderson, representing the presidency of the Millard Stake, was read. He extended an invitation to the brethren to attend a reunion of the Millard Stake in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the organization of that stake on July 25, 1902. Matter of appointment deferred temporarily.

The clerk read a letter from Brother [Anthon L.] Skanchy, president of the Scandinavian Mission, in which he reported that the conference house of Christiania had been condemned by the building inspector as being unfit for use. A new house would cost, he said, about $12,500. If the church would appropriate $5000 to assist them, he thought they could fairly well meet this obligation. He also said that $2000 was needed to pay off the remaining obligation on the Copenhagen house, recently dedicated. Upon motion of Apostle Jno. H. Smith $7500 was appropriated to meet the above call.

A letter from Andrew Jenson to Pres. Lund gave the information that he was getting along nicely in his labor of printing a new edition of the Book of Mormon in the Danish language. He suggested that the number of copies of [the church periodical] the Bikuben now sent to the various conferences of the Scandinavian Mission—namely, 100—be doubled, as this paper is accomplishing much good. The suggestion was adopted by unanimous vote.

Reports
Jno. H. Smith reported the attendance of the First Presidency, Apostle Smoot, and himself, and Pat. Jno. Smith, at the Utah Stake Conference Sat. and Sunday last. Apostle Teasdale attended Sabbath School Union meeting of the Alpine Stake at Am. Fork. Apostle Taylor visited Granger Ward last Sunday. Apostle Cowley attended the Beaver Stake Conference.

Apostle Smoot reported that Jean Clare Holbrook was set apart as stake pres. Y.L.M.I.A. of the Utah Stake during the conference. Apostle Hyrum M. Smith was present at the laying of [p.466] the cornerstone of the new Forest Dale meeting house on Sunday. Apostle Clawson attended meeting in the tabernacle, Salt Lake City, on Sunday last.

Pres. Smith stated that he gave notice in his remarks at Provo that we objected to our people joining secret societies for the insurance benefits to be derived therefrom, or for any purpose whatever, and that those who identified themselves with these organizations would be denied the blessings of the house of the Lord. Felt that the Twelve should take up this subject in their visits to the stakes.

Pres. Smith said that he had received a letter, in which the party wanted a ruling upon that passage of scripture in which Christ speaks of the church as being built upon a rock [Matthew 16:18]. He wanted to know whether the rock referred to was Christ or the rock of revelation, as some took one view and some another. Pres. Smith expressed surprise in having received such an inquiry, as the question, he thought, had been answered to the satisfaction of every member of the church, but, nevertheless, he desired to know if the council entertained a harmonious view upon this point. It was ascertained to be the unanimous view of the brethren that Christ was speaking of the rock of revelation, which interpretation was adopted by unanimous vote.

After some discussion in relation to the Deseret News, it became the sense of the council that the paper should be conducted absolutely on a non-partisan basis. Adjourned until Wednesday, July 23, 1902. Benediction by Pres. Jno. R. Winder.

[Friday, 18 July 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. I called at the Deseret News office and arranged for the publication of the book of the patriarchs. In the afternoon in connection with Pres. Lund talked with Prof. [John J.] McClellan in relation to the tabernacle organ recitals, and we decided to retain the present arrangement.

[Wednesday, 23 July 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, pat., [p.467] and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.” Apostle Jno. H. Smith was mouth in prayer, and Pres. Jno. R. Winder was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Come, All Ye Sons of Zion.” The minutes of July 17 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from President Young and Apostle Woodruff, dated Victor, Wyoming, July 18, who were on their way to Yellowstone Park, the trip being undertaken to improve the health of Pres. Young, which they said was steadily improving.

A letter from H. G. Whitney, mgr. of the News, was read. He stated that the lodge house on the temple block at the west gate had been closed, according to instructions of the Presidency, in view of the opening of a bureau of information at the south gate. Manager Whitney mildly remonstrated against this action, as the literature sold at the lodge house netted the News about $1500 a year. Pres. Smith remarked that the Presidency had met Brother Whitney’s objection by directing those in charge of the bureau to purchase their literature from the News Co.

Conference appointments: Fremont, Apostle J. H. Smith; Alpine, Apostle Teasdale; Emery, Apostle Clawson; Cache, Apostle Smoot; Bannock, Apostle Hyrum M. Smith; Scandinavian reunion, Brigham City, Pres. Lund.

Reports
Apostles Jno. H. Smith and Reed Smoot visited Moab on Sunday. Matters pertaining to water rights badly mixed up. They recommended that settlement should be sought in the district court. The line between the church property and the bishop’s property was by mutual agreement left to the surveyor to determine.

Apostle Geo. Teasdale reported the attendance of Presidents Winder and Lund and himself at the Weber Stake Conference. On Saturday the Weber Stake Relief Society hall was dedicated by President Winder. Sunday evening Apostle Teasdale returned to Nephi to attend the funeral of Brother [William H.] Warner. Apostle Taylor attended meeting at Farmington.

Apostle Clawson reported the San Luis Stake Conference held at Manassa. Meetings were well attended especially on Monday. The saints of that stake are taking steps to secure more water by building a reservoir on the west side of the valley that will cost [p.468] $150,000. The importance of this move is emphasized by the drought that prevails there at the present time.

Apostle Smoot reported that a change in the bishopric of the Moab Ward is imperative and recommended early action. He also recommended that Parley Jenson be appointed to look after the products raised on the church property, Moab. Latter recommendation adopted; action on the former deferred.

Apostle Hyrum M. Smith visited Scofield last Sunday and reorganized the bishopric with Geo. Ruff as bishop. Held meeting at Winter Quarters Sunday evening. [Patriarch] Jno. Smith attended the Weber Stake Conference.

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

[Tuesday, 29 July 1902] Emery, Utah. Clear and hot. At 3 p.m., after partaking of some very fine fruit and a dish of ice cream, we left for Huntington. We reached Huntington at 7 p.m. and drove to Elder [James W.] Nixon’s, where we took supper.

8 p.m. Meeting in the Huntington Ward house, Pres. [Reuben G.] Miller presiding. I spoke of the office and calling of a patriarch in the church and said that we wanted Bp. Peter Johnson of Huntington for a patriarch. We had decided to take this action for two reasons: namely, that he had our confidence and that he was worthy through his faithfulness and integrity. Said that he had been honorably released as bishop by the presidency of the stake and high council and then proposed that he be sustained as a patriarch. Carried by unanimous vote. Pres. Miller, Jno. H. Pace, and myself then ordained him to said office, I being mouth.

After brief remarks, I presented the name of Jas. W. Nixon as bishop of Huntington. Carried with one opposing vote. That vote was cast by Jno. F. Wakefield, a high councillor of the stake. He afterwards arose and said that he had no reason for voting against Brother Nixon, only that he felt he was not the right man for bishop. He asked forgiveness for the stand he had taken and raised his right hand to sustain the new bishop.

After meeting we repaired to Bp. Nixon’s home, his counselors also coming along, where we gave them special instructions as to the duties of their new appointments. Later I was mouth in family prayer.

[Thursday, 31 July 1902] [p. 469] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, pat., and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “When the Voice of Friendship’s Heard.” Apostle Clawson was mouth in prayer, and Pres. Jos. F. Smith at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “The Trials of the Present Day.” Minutes of July 23, 1902, were read and approved.

Pres. Jas. E. Steele wrote recommending the name of Christian E. Anderson for bishop of Taylorsville, Bingham Stake. Upon motion of Apostle Clawson the recommendation was adopted.

The clerk read a letter from Elder Nephi Pratt, pres. of the N.W. States Mission, in which he reported his labors. Among other things he recommended that Lima Branch, Montana, be attached to the Fremont Stake, which suggestion was approved upon motion of Apostle Clawson.

Conference appointments: Jordan, Apostle Jno. H. Smith and Apostle Teasdale; Oneida, Apostle[s] Cowley and Merrill; Summit, Apostles Clawson and Smoot; Woodruff, members of the First Presidency and Apostle Hyrum M. Smith. In view of the fact that Pres. Smith had an important appointment at 12 noon, reports were not called for, but the brethren were requested to hand in their reports to Geo. F. Gibbs, the clerk. Benediction by Apostle  Jno. H. Smith.

[Wednesday, 6 August 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. At 10 a.m. attended a meeting of the executive committee of the Utah Light and Power Co., and at 4 p.m. a meeting of the general board of religion classes.

The Benevolent [and Protective] Order of Elks expect to hold a convention in Salt Lake next week. The city is, therefore, looking for a big crowd of people. We have contracted to furnish lodging for 30 at one dollar a piece or $30.00 per day for ten days.

[Thursday, 7 August 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. [p.470] Present: the First Presidency, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, pat., and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah.” Apostle Cowley was mouth in prayer, and Jno. Smith was mouth at the altar. The brethren disrobed and sang, “Ye Ransomed of Our God.” Minutes of July 31 were read and approved. Conference appointments: Wasatch, Apostle Smoot; Bingham, members of First Presidency and Apostle Clawson; South San Pete, Geo. Teasdale.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. [Anthony W.] Ivins, in which he stated that there had been a disastrous flood in Mexico. In some of the narrow valleys the water rose 20 feet and swept everything before it. In Juarez the water was higher than ever before in its history. The greatest damage was done to the roads, which were almost obliterated. The people would need help to assist in repairing them. It was voted that an appropriation be made by the church to assist them in this matter. Apostle Cowley was appointed to attend the Juarez Stake Conference a week from next Sunday.

Reports
Apostles Jno. H. Smith and Teasdale attended the Jordan Stake Conference on Sunday and Monday. A new meeting house in course of erection there that has already cost $12,000 and it will require about $10,000 more to complete it. New counselors were given to stake supt. Y.M.M.I.A. Spirit of conference fine.

Apostle Cowley attended the Oneida Stake Conference. He recommended that the state of Oregon be attached to the N.W. States Mission, which now includes Washington, Montana, and northern Idaho, [with] Nephi Pratt, president. Oregon at present belongs to the Union Stake. Recommendation adopted.

Apostle Clawson attended the Summit Stake Conference. Great improvement in that stake. Five new ward meeting houses in course of erection. The foundation of the Kamas house which was burned now completed, and 85,000 brick burned and ready for use; effort will be made to have it ready for next stake conference. Splendid spirit of enterprise and progress in Kamas Ward. Thos. Copley was ordained a patriarch.

Presidents Smith [and] Lund, and Hyrum M. Smith attended Woodruff Stake Conference held at Lyman Ward. Were met by [p.471] brass band and large concourse of people, who sang, “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet.” Excellent meetings. Nine babies blessed by Pres. Smith. Supt’y. Y.M.M.I.A. Lyman Ward reorganized. The visitors went over to Fort Bridger.

Patriarch Jno. Smith and Pres. Winder attended fast meeting at temple on Sunday. Apostle Hyrum M. Smith felt that it would be a good thing if the church reporter were instructed to accompany the Presidency in their visits to the stakes to report the sermons. Other[s] of the brethren expressed a similar view but no action was taken. Benediction by Apostle Smoot.

[Monday, 11 August 1902] Lewisville, Idaho. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Continuation of [Bingham Stake] Conference, Pres. [James E.] Steele presiding.

Sister Edna Smith of Salt Lake. Topics. The power of prayer. Girls should make confidantes of their mothers and keep good company. They should avoid young men who smoke, drink, and swear. The Primary associations.

Apostle Hyrum M. Smith. Topics treated. The importance of teaching our Sunday School children correct doctrines. R. Clawson. Topics. Dwelt upon the principle of obedience. Pres. Anthon H. Lund. Topics. The evil of false pride. The lesson of humility set forth in the life of our Savior. The saloon evil. Church schools.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. Steele presiding. Pres. Jos. F. Smith occupied the time. Topics treated. The restoration of the gospel to the earth by a personal visitation of the Father and the Son to the Prophet Joseph Smith. Spoke of Brigham Young and said he knew that he was a good man, a prophet of God, and that he did the work God required of him. Also Heber C. Kimball and others. Drivings and persecutions of the saints from Illinois and Missouri. The law of tithing. The word of wisdom.

After meeting we drove to Idaho Falls, 15 miles distant, and put up with Gib. Wright.

8 p.m. Meeting at the Idaho Falls meeting house, Bp. Jas. Thomas presiding. Pres. A. H. Lund was the first speaker. Topics treated. The Lord wants our hearts, and we must give our hearts to him; otherwise our labors become onerous. Training of our children. Obedience to counsel.

[p. 472]R. Clawson. Topics treated. The conference at Lewisville and some of the subjects dwelt upon, namely, the evil of indebtedness, of mortgaging our homes, and the word of wisdom. Apostle Hyrum M. Smith. Topics treated. The reading of the church works neglected by the saints.

Pres. Jos. F. Smith. Topics treated. The Latter-day Saints the best people on the earth according to their knowledge. Word of wisdom. We should do unto others as we would they should do unto us. The sin against the Holy Ghost. Our people should not ally themselves with secret societies. Warned the brethren to refrain from engaging in strikes.

[Thursday, 14 August 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Patriarch  Jno. Smith, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “The Happy Day Has Rolled On.” Prayer by Pres. Lund, with Apostle Merrill mouth at the altar. The brethren disrobed and sang, “Joy to the World, the Lord Will Come.”

Pres. Chas. Kelly reported the organization of the Stone Branch, Box Elder Stake, into a ward, with Thos. W. Rowe as bishop. Upon motion of Apostle Clawson the said action was ratified.

Pres. Wm. H. Lewis of Benson Stake recommended that Elder  Jno. Raysten be ordained a bishop and set apart to preside over the Clarkston Ward and that ex-bishop, Jno. Jardine, be ordained a patriarch. The recommendation was approved by unanimous vote.

Conference appointments: Granite, Apostle Teasdale and Pres. Winder; Star Valley, Apostle Clawson; Nebo, Apostle Smoot. The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the Malad Stake, in which they suggested that Holbrook Branch, Malad Stake, be organized into a ward, with Heber Holbrook as bishop. The suggestion was adopted.

Reports
Apostle Jno. H. Smith attended the funeral of Elder Jas. L. McMurrin on Sunday last; also tabernacle meeting in afternoon and 17th Ward meeting in the evening.

[p. 473] Apostle Teasdale attended the South San Pete Stake Conference held at Gunnison. Excellent meetings. Frank L. Copening and Jas. Christensen were sustained as counselors to Bp. [Christian A.] Madsen of Gunnison and were ordained high priests and set apart by Apostle Teasdale.

Apostle Merrill was not feeling well last Sunday, so failed to fill an appointment at Hyde Park. Apostle Clawson reported the attendance of Presidents Smith and Lund, and Hyrum M. Smith, and himself at the Bingham Stake Conference last Sunday and Monday. The meetings were largely attended and practical instructions were given. While there Pres. Smith ordained Christian Anderson a bishop and set him apart to preside over the Taylor Ward. Held meeting Monday evening at Idaho Falls.

Apostle Smoot attended the Wasatch Stake Conference, which was well attended, and better order and attention from the young people than ever before. Pres. [William H.] Smart doing a splendid work. He reported that the “Hot Pots” or pleasure resorts in Heber were sources of evil and he had recommended to the owners some changes and improvements. In the event that said changes were not made, he advised the presidency of the stake to also establish a resort to be conducted under the direction of the priesthood. Good Sunday School in Heber with an admirable kindergarten dept. Abraham Hatch was sustained and ordained a patriarch. A prayer circle composed of the presidency of the stake and bishopric[s] of the wards was organized. Fine young people’s meeting Sunday night.

Pres. Jno. R. Winder attended the funeral of Elder McMurrin and the tabernacle meeting in the afternoon. Reports were approved.

The clerk read a letter from Elders H. H. and Ben J. Cluff, in which they asked counsel as to the advisability of the Cluff family colonizing in Guatemala, Central America. A number of the brethren expressed themselves as not being in sympathy with the movement, feeling that the time had not yet arrived for such an important undertaking. It became the sense of the council that colonizing by our people should be confined within the present lines for the present, and any movement in this direction should come by and through the counsel of the First Presidency. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Apostle Clawson.

Sunday, 17 August 1902 [p. 474] Afton, Wyoming. Clear and cool. 8 p.m. Priesthood meeting, Pres. [George] Osmond presiding. Rudger Clawson. Topics treated. The power of the priesthood and the duties of those who bear the same. The calling of a teacher. Tithing. Evil of indebtedness and of mortgaging the homes of the saints.

[Thursday, 21 August 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Geo. Teasdale, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Jno. Smith, patriarch, also the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Behold, the Harvest Wide Extends.” Apostle Smoot was mouth in prayer, and Pres. Winder at the altar. The brethren disrobed and sang, “From the Regions of Glory an Angel Descended.” Minutes of Aug. 14 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Apostle Merrill, in which he said that he would attend the coming Benson Stake Conference. He reported that the Logan Temple repairs were completed.

Elder Nephi Pratt, pres. N.W. States Mission, recommended by letter that Pres. [James E.] Steele of the Bingham Stake be requested to visit members of the church in Custer County, at Barton, the distance from his headquarters being 600 miles and from Pres. Steele’s headquarters about 150 miles. Recommendation adopted. Stake conference appointments: Millard, Apostle Smoot; Benson, Apostle Merrill; Box Elder, Apostle Clawson.

Reports
Apostle Teasdale reported the visit of Pres. Winder, Hyrum M. Smith, Pat. Jno. Smith, and himself to the Granite Stake. Conference was held at Farmers Ward and largely attended. Good live spirit in the stake.

Apostle Clawson reported the Star Valley Stake Conference. People feeling well with prospect for good crops. Effected reorganization of stake superintendency of Y.M.M.I.A. Anson V. Call, the supt., and who is also one of the stake presidency, was honorably released. The conference then sustained Clarence Gardner as his successor with Arthur F. Burton and Willard Cazier as assistants.

Apostle Smoot reported the attendance of Presidents Smith [p.475] and Lund and himself at the Nebo Stake Conference held at Spanish Fork. During the conference Geo. D. Snell was honorably released as bishop of Spanish Fork 2nd Ward and ordained a patriarch. He was succeeded by Ben J. Argyle, and Pres. Smith was mouth in both ordinations. Andrew N. Ferguson was set apart as an alternate high councillor, Pres. Lund mouth.

Reports were approved, and the meeting adjourned. Benediction by Patriarch Jno. Smith.

[Tuesday-Wednesday, 26-27 August 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. I spent these two days at the President’s office, working in part on my financial statement for the year 1902. In the evening of Wednesday I went to the theater to see the play of “Corianton,” a Book of Mormon play. The play is well written and splendidly staged and has had a phenomenal run of over a week. It is the calculation of the Corianton Co. to visit all the leading cities of America, and I believe the play will attract a good deal of attention and perhaps cause some investigation of the Book of Mormon.

[Thursday, 28 August 1902] Salt Lake City. Warm rain. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, pat., and the clerk.

As Pres. Smith was late in coming to the meeting, Pres. Lund called for the reading of the minutes of the 21 inst., which was done and the same were approved.

Reports
Apostle Teasdale attended meetings at Nephi on Sunday. Apostle Merrill visited Hyde Park and attended meeting there a week ago, and last Sunday was present at the Benson Stake Conference. The attendance was very large and a good spirit prevailed. He ordained Jno. Jardine a patriarch, also Jno. Ravsten a bishop and set him apart to preside over the Clarkston Ward. His counselors were Thos. Griffin and Ole Peterson.

Apostle Cowley attended the Juarez Stake Conference. All the bishops were present and every organization was represented. [p.476] Between meetings he was present at gatherings of the high priests, seventies, and the Relief Society. Set apart Helaman Pratt as 1st counselor and Guy C. Wilson as 2nd counselor to Pres. [Anthony W.] Ivins, and ordained Miles P. Romney a patriarch. Ammon Tenney, missionary at the city of Mexico and vicinity, reported the organization of 8 branches of the church with a membership of about 250 souls.

Apostle Clawson reported the Box Elder Stake Conference last Sunday and Monday. Large attendance on the Sabbath but poor on Monday. Some of the topics treated were tithing, the evil of indebtedness and mortgaging of our homes, and politics. Ordained Thos. Wm. Rowe a high priest and bishop and set him apart to preside over the new ward of Stone. His counselors were Jno. Sparks, 1st, and Hulbert B. Robbins, 2nd.

Apostle Smoot attended the Millard Stake Conference last week. The meetings were crowded, and the conjoint meeting of the young people was well attended. Talked with the presidency of the stake in relation to the building of a reservoir near Holden. It was represented that with an expenditure of $23,000 an immense amount of water could be obtained. Apostle Smoot approved the project and instructed them to take the necessary preliminary steps at once.

Apostle Hyrum M. Smith reported the Uintah Stake Conference held at Vernal. The meetings were of an interesting character. No notice had been given publicly of the young people’s conference for Monday, so it was decided simply to call them together and impart general instructions. Counseled the young people against going to Fort Duschesne to dances.

Patriarch Jno. Smith attended meetings at home. Pres. Lund attended a district conference of the 18[th] and 20[th] Ward Sunday Schools and tabernacle meeting in afternoon. Pres. Winder was at the Wilford Ward last Sunday. Reports were approved.

The clerk read a letter from a Brother Earl of Mountain View, Canada, in which he desired to know what temple work, if any, could be done for those who will inherit a telestial kingdom. The answer was, none.

Pres. Geo. C. Parkinson of Oneida wrote stating that a certain brother, who had been convicted of incest by the courts of the land and also the courts of church, strenuously maintained his inno-[p.477]cence and demanded baptism in the church. After some discussion and upon motion of Apostle Merrill, it was decided that he was not a suitable candidate for baptism at the present time.

Conference appointments: Alberta, Presidents Smith and Lund; Tooele, Apostle Hyrum M. Smith; Union, Apostle Clawson; Panguitch, Apostle Cowley. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. Smith.

[Sunday, 31 August 1902] LaGrande, Ore. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Continuation of [Union Stake] Conference, Pres. [Franklin S.] Bramwell presiding. R. Clawson. Topics treated. The responsibility resting upon the members of the church, individually and collectively, as members of quorums and organizations.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. Bramwell presiding. Coun. C[harles] W. Nibley was the first speaker. Topics treated. Life and death of the Savior as commemorated in the sacrament. First principles of the gospel. The importance of union—oneness. Authority. Revelation.

I made remarks in relation to the sacrament, explaining why water was substituted for wine, and quoted the revelation bearing upon this question. Also the restoration of the various keys and powers of the priesthood, the first vision of Joseph Smith, and later visions where the Savior, Moses, and Elijah appeared to him.

[Thursday, 4 September 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Pres. Jno. R. Winder, and Apostle Geo. Teasdale, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Arthur Winter, clerk pro tem. In the absence of Pres. Smith, Pres. Winder presided. Song, “Though Deepening Trials.” Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved. The brethren clothed and sang, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.” Apostle Woodruff was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Teasdale at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Be It My Only Wisdom Here.” Stake conference appointments: North San Pete, Apostles Geo. Teasdale and A. O. Woodruff; Pocatello, Apostle Clawson; Kanab, Apostle Cowley.

Reports
Apostle Teasdale attended meeting at Levan last Sunday. [p.478] Apostle Woodruff reported that he was with Pres. Young on his trip north. Held meeting in Paris on the way. Attended the Big Horn Stake Conference held at Burlington, Aug. 2 and 3, and following the conference held meetings at Lovell and Byron Wards. The gatherings were much appreciated by the saints. Our people find ready employment at good wages on the new government road now being built into the Yellowstone Park. The crops and garden products were fairly satisfactory. Visited the national park with Pres. Young, who on his way home was taken quite sick. He was in a dropsical condition and took the train at St. Anthony, while Apostle Woodruff remained to attend the Teton Stake Conference at Pratt Ward.

Apostle Clawson attended the Union Stake Conference held at LaGrande, Or., Aug. 30 and 31. The conditions there were favorable. The church membership of the LaGrande Ward, where the conference convened, had doubled in 7 months, namely, from 102 to 107 [207]. The Sunday School enrollment of the stake at the time of its organization was between 400 and 500, and is now between 800 and 900. Reported further that he had set apart Elder Edmond Z. Carbine as stake supt. of Y.M.M.I.A.

Apostle Smoot attended meeting at Provo last Sunday, and listened to Susa Y. Gates’ report of her recent trip to Europe. He reported the case of a young man by the name of Jones, who had committed himself [sexually] and who now desired to enter the B. Y. Academy. Apostle Smoot counseled that before this privilege be extended to him that he be required to make matters right, which action was approved by the council. He also further reported that Pres. Canute Peterson, whom he called to see yesterday, was a very sick man and would in all probability pass away in the course of a few days.

Pres. Winder reported his attendance at the Sunday School conference held in the Salt Lake tabernacle last Sunday. It was a splendid occasion. The multitude of children assembled attracted the attention of strangers, who expressed great surprise at what they saw. The reports and labors of the brethren were approved on motion of Apostle Teasdale.

Apostle Clawson said that while at LaGrande he had consulted with the stake presidency of Union, and now moved that the state of Oregon north of Willamette Valley, including the [p.479] city of Portland, be taken from the Union Stake and attached to the N.W. States Mission, and that that portion of the state south of the said valley be attached to the California Mission. Carried by unanimous vote.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. [Anthony W.] Ivins, who reported that the recent Juarez Stake Conference was extremely interesting and instructive. After conference there was a convention of teachers, and following that a convention of the Sunday Schools. Reported that an excellent work is being done in and adjacent to the city of Mexico by Elder Ammon Tenney and fellow missionaries. Pres. Ivins recommend[ed] that Elder Tenney’s wife be permitted to join her husband. Approved. Benediction by Apostle Smoot.

[Wednesday, 10 September 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. At 10 a.m. attended the regular monthly meeting of the Utah Light and Power Co. and at 4 p.m. the board meeting of the religion classes and at 5 p.m. the board meeting of the Y.M.M.I.A. and at 6:30 p.m. a conjoint meeting of the boards of the Y.M. and Y.L.M.I.A. Verily, the day was well filled up with meetings.

[Thursday, 11 September 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Geo. Teasdale, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, patriarch, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” Jno. Smith was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Hyrum M. Smith at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded.” Minutes of Sep. 4, 1902, were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Brother Merrill, who wrote that he had been quite ill during the past week. Pres. Smith incidentally remarked that he had been visited by Pres. A[ngus]. M. Cannon, who complained that a personal difficulty had arisen between himself and Brother B. H. Roberts, and asking an investigation by the First Presidency. Unless some immediate action was taken Brother Cannon could not, he said, sustain Brother Roberts at the general conference, when his name should be presented. Pres. [p.480] Smith further said that many people were bringing their little difficulties to the Presidency to settle, which was certainly out of order and contrary to the usual procedure in the church. Only the more important matters should be brought to the First Presidency. If no objections were offered by the council, he would instruct Pres. Cannon to go to Brother Roberts and endeavor to adjust matters, which up to this time he had not done. The brethren concurred with Pres. Smith.

Stake conference appointments: Morgan, Apostle Teasdale; Salt Lake, members of the Presidency.

Reports
Apostle Teasdale attended the North San Pete Stake Conference last Sat. and Sunday, held at Mt. Pleasant. The meetings were very satisfactory. Dedicated an annex of 2 rooms to the meeting house of the North Ward, also upper room for prayer circle purposes, which was beautifully furnished. Pres. C. N. Lund was set apart as president of one circle. Jas. C. Livingston was ordained a patriarch under the hands of Apostle Teasdale.

Apostle Clawson reported the Pocatello Stake Conference held at Rockland last Sunday and Monday. The attendance was large. During the conference he dedicated the meeting house recently completed at a cost of about $3800. Ordained Arthur Edgley a high priest and set him apart as 2nd coun. to Bp. Hyrum S. Woolley, Jr., of Pocatello Ward.

Apostle Hyrum M. Smith attended the Tooele Stake Conference two weeks ago and reported an enjoyable time. The people have been suffering with drought to some extent during past season. Jno. Smith was present at the fast meeting in the temple last Sunday morning.

Pres. Lund reported the visit of Pres. Smith and himself to Canada during the past week. The conference was held at Cardston, and an excellent spirit prevailed. The stake was divided into two circuits for the work of the auxiliary organizations. Great damage had been done by the recent floods; otherwise the country looks beautiful. On Tuesday a meeting was held at Magrath, on Wednesday at Raymond, and on Thursday at Stirling. During the visit of the Presidency it was decided to honorably release Pres. [Charles O.] Card from the burden of presiding over the stake and to call Brother [Heber S.] Allen of Cardston to succeed him, the [p.481] change to be effected by Apostle Taylor one week later. Brother Card was ordained a patriarch by Pres. Smith.

Pres. Winder attended fast meeting at the temple last Sunday and a convention of the Y.L.M.I.A. on Friday. Upon motion the reports were approved and meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. Winder.

[Monday, 15 September 1902] Fielding. Clear and cool; later in day threatening storm. 5 a.m. Left for Collinston, arriving at 5:40 a.m., where I took train for Brigham. Spent the day in Brigham and while there had a long talk with Lorenzo Stohl. We were agreed that something ought to be done to bring the respectable element of the Republican party of Box Elder to the front, and I suggested that he take the field and make a run for representative in the next legislature, which he consented to do. Steps will, therefore, be taken to make his campaign successful. Personally, I am not particular who is put forward for office in the party in said county so [long as] the candidates are good men and representative of the party and are not identified with the miserable ring that is now manipulating affairs.

[Thursday, 18 September 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: President Jno. R. Winder, and Apostles Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk; also Apostle Abraham O. Woodruff. The brethren clothed and sang, “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah.” Apostle Merrill was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Clawson at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “O Say, What Is Truth?” Stake conference appointments: Davis, Apostle Teasdale; Hyrum, Apostles Merrill and Woodruff; Malad, Apostle Smoot.

The clerk read a letter from Apostle Cowley written from Rockville, Washington Co. Said that he and Brother [Joseph W.] McMurrin were having a good time in holding meetings with the people of the southern stakes, namely, Parowan, Panguitch, Kanab, and St. George.

A letter was read from the presidency of the Box Elder Stake, in which they recommended that the Thatcher, Penrose, and Promontory Branches be organized into a ward with Jas. Nelson, [p.482] Jr., as bishop. Upon motion of Apostle Clawson the recommendation was adopted.

Reports
Apostle Teasdale attended conference at Morgan on Sunday. The meetings were fairly well attended and a good spirit prevailed. Apostle Merrill had not been away from home lately on account of sickness, but had attended meeting in his ward.

Apostle Woodruff attended a convention of the Y.M.M.I.A. of the Alpine Stake on Sunday held at American [Fork]. It was a profitable occasion. The presidency of the stake were present, and he looked upon them as a choice presidency. He reported that the Pratt Ward of the Teton Stake had been included by the government in the forest reserve, but Senator [Francis E.] Warren of Wyoming had expressed a willingness to use his influence to have such sections as might be designated cut out.

Apostle Clawson attended the convention of the Y.M.M.I.A. held at Portage. There was a good attendance and all the topics on the program were full), treated. The new stake presidency are alive and active. During the afternoon of Sunday he ordained, he said, Brother Oliver C. Hoskins a patriarch.

Pres. Winder attended the Salt Lake Stake Conference on Sunday with Apostles. Jno. H. and Hyrum Smith and had a very enjoyable time. The counsels given were timely. The reports and labors of the brethren were approved.

Apostle Merrill was authorized to bless and set his boys apart for missionary work in connection with their studies while attending school in the east. Meeting adjourned and benediction by Apostle Reed Smoot.

[Wednesday, 24 September 1902] At 8:30 p.m. I attended a meeting of father and his boys at my brother Fred’s home. The purpose of the meeting was to submit for the inspection of those present a loaf of bread that had been made without yeast in a machine or mixer invented by my brother, Selden. It is the purpose of the invention to revolutionize bread making. The loaf referred to consisted simply of flour and water and after passing through the mixer (time: ten minutes) was put into the oven and came out as light and sweet as the best quality of yeast bread. The entire time in producing this sample was one [p.483] hour and fifteen minutes. The loaf was cut into slices, buttered, and passed around, and pronounced first-class bread by all present. I have furnished my brother, Selden, with the money (namely $100) to bring the invention to its present incomplete state of perfection, for which he gives me a one-tenth interest in the same. He now proposed to give the boys and father a one-fourth interest in the patent (when secured) for $2500, which would furnish means to complete his investigations and put the thing on the market. They did not accept the proposition, but made a counter proposition to the effect that they would furnish the capital if Selden would put in the invention, all to bear an equal interest. Selden did not view this latter proposition favorably, and the meeting broke up without any definite action. There were present: Hiram B. Clawson, and H. B. Clawson, Jr., Stanley H., myself, S[idney] B., Fred, Selden, and Walter.2 At the conclusion of the meeting Selden offered me a fifteenth [15 percent] interest for $150, which would then make my holdings a one-fourth interest in the invention. I accepted. This invention, if it proves to be of any value at all, will undoubtedly be a big thing.

[Thursday, 25 September 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Pres. Jno. R. Winder, and Apostles Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Jno. Smith, pat., with Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “The God That Others Worship.” Prayer by Reed Smoot, with Apostle Cowley at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Away with Our Fears.” The minutes of Sept. 12 and 18 were read and approved.

Reports
Pres. Jno. R. Winder and Apostles Teasdale and Taylor attended the Davis Stake Conference last Sunday and Monday. It was a spirited conference. The bishops complained a little as to the slothfulness of some of their members who are market gardeners. The instructions given were timely.

[p.484] Apostle Cowley reported his southern trip in company with Elder Jos. W. McMurrin. They held conference in Parowan, Panguitch, Kanab, and St. George. Affairs in Panguitch somewhat disorganized and records in poor condition. Felt that the stake presidency should be reorganized. Brother [David] Cameron is a good man but very slow; either of his counselors his superior, in ability to lead. Visited six wards in said stake. Visited and held meetings in all the wards of the Kanab Stake. Visited 12 wards in the St. George Stake and ordained Samuel K. Gifford a patriarch on Sep. 11. Apostle Cowley recommended that the Pinto and Harmony Wards of the St. George Stake be turned over to the Parowan Stake. Also recommended that the Tuba Ward, which is surrounded by the Indians by reason of its location on an Indian reservation, be abandoned. Both recommendations were laid over to await the return of Presidents Smith and Lund from St. George.

Apostle Woodruff attended a Y.M.M.I.A. convention at Logan last Sunday morning and the funeral of Sister Willard Maughn at noon, after which he drove to Wellsville to attend the Hyrum Stake Conference. While at Wellsville, set apart Jos. Howell a high councillor.

Apostle Clawson reported the dedication of a tithing office—a very fine building—at American Fork on Thursday evening last. There were present of the visitors, Apostle Woodruff, Bp. Orrin P. Miller, and himself, of the local brethren, the presidency of the stake, high councillors, and bishops of the Alpine Stake. Apostle Clawson offered the dedicatory prayer. Much good instruction was given to those in attendance. Apostle Clawson also attended a Y.M.M.I.A. conference at Rexburg. The attendance was poor, although the spirit of the convention was good. The president of the stake was a little at fault in not giving the M.I.A. cause that attention it deserved.

Apostle Smoot attended the conference of the Malad Stake at Fielding last Sunday. The attendance was poor, but was pleased to report that the presidency of the stake are doing a good work.

Pres. Winder reported that he had the workers of the temple—that is, the sisters—together last Friday, when he referred to some difficulties that had arisen among the sisters which were causing a bad feeling, and remarked that it was all wrong. Sisters Margaret C. Roberts and Annie Hyde among those alluded to were reconciled.

[p. 485] Apostle Cowley further reported that he had attended young men’s conventions at the four stakes already mentioned in his report but those held at Parowan and Panguitch were failures. Reports and labors of the brethren were approved.

George Gibbs, the clerk, reported the condition of Pres. Young as follows, to wit: his dropsical condition remains the same with no improvement; stimulants administered to strengthen his heart, and opiates given to induce sleep.

The clerk read a letter from Jos. E. Robinson, president of the California Mission, in which he gave an excellent report of the work in that part of the Lord’s vineyard. Notwithstanding the spirit of indifference that is abroad, the elders are active and efficient.

The question of releasing Jno. G. McQuarrie of the Eastern States Mission, on account of the length of his absence from home and the needy circumstances of his family, was discussed, and it was stated by Pres. Winder that the matter was under consideration by the Presidency, and should it be decided to keep him in the field still longer, help would be extended to his family.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pat. Jno. Smith.

[Sunday, 28 September 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 10 a.m. Fast meeting at the temple, Pres. Winder presiding. Pres. Winder made some remarks upon the necessity of the saints being in a position to partake of the sacrament worthily, and that we should seek to rid ourselves of hard feelings. The spirit of the meeting was very fine.

After the meeting Apostle Woodruff, Jos. E. Robinson, Asahel Woodruff, and myself called in to see Pres. Brigham Young and found him somewhat improved in health. We administered to him before leaving.

2 p.m. Fast meeting at the 18th Ward chapel, Bp. [Orson F.] Whitney presiding. Some nine of the brethren and sisters bore their testimony, including Apostle Jno. W. Taylor and myself. I suggested that it would be a good thing if Bp. Whitney would adopt the rule of meeting at 1 p.m. on fast day instead of 2 p.m. as now. The saints would then be able to get their afternoon meal at 4 p.m. instead of 5 p.m., and thus the more aged people would be somewhat relieved from the long fast. The matter was taken under advisement.

[Tuesday, 30 September 1902] [p. 486] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Quarterly conference of the Twelve. Present: Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, and Hyrum M. Smith. Song, “Truth Reflects upon Our Senses.” Prayer by Apostle Cowley. Song.

Apostle Jno. H. Smith was the first speaker. He said that Brother Teasdale and himself had called upon Brother Brigham this morning and found him somewhat improved. He had intended to be present at our conference today, but the doctor absolutely forbid it. The spirit of Pres. Smith during his southern tour has prompted him to dwell on temporal things. He has spoken powerfully upon the word of wisdom, tithing, and kindred subjects, as also the brethren who were with him; much good counsel was given in regard to making improvements. Apostle Smith gave a brief account of the recent Trans-Mississippi Congress, over which he presided. While East, he visited Nauvoo, and during his visit was told that Hancock County was no longer “Anti-Mormon” but “Jack Mormon.”3 Brought home with him part of the nostril of one of the oxen of the Nauvoo temple, which will be esteemed as a valuable relic.

Apostle Geo. Teasdale. Topics treated. Looked upon these meetings as being among the choicest we have, for the reason that we meet strictly in the capacity of a quorum. Had reflected of late in listening to the reports of bishops at stake conferences regarding the slothfulness of many who have membership in the church. Presumed that the wheat and tares would have to grow together. Blessed is that man, he said, who sees and understands by the spirit of God. He thought it a marvelous thing that 15 men (the Presidency and Twelve) could see eye to eye and be perfectly united. He felt that we were highly blessed, and the Lord prospers our ministrations. Our union, our love for one another is wonderful. The Lord is pleased with it. I love my brethren with an unspeakable affection and delight to be associated with them. Said he had been [p.487] 50 years in the church in August and was now in his 70th [71st] year. Knew the principles of the gospel—[and] of plural marriage-to be true, and that the purposes of God could not be fully accomplished without the practice of this latter law. Prayed that the spirit of unity and love might continue with us.

Apostle Jno. W. Taylor. Topics treated. Said he was in good health. Had been laboring in Canada lately and assisted in reorganizing the presidency of the Alberta Stake with Heber S. Allen as president and Theo. Brandley, 1st, and E. J. Wood as 2nd counselors. Spoke of Brother [Charles O.] Card and said that he was a very fine man, but has been very much hampered through the failure, in part, of his memory; he accepted the change in good part. Pres. Card was ordained a patriarch by Pres. Smith. Frank Grant was ordained bishop of Stirling Ward to succeed Brother Brandley. 300,000 bushels of grain were raised at Stirling, McGrath, and Raymond this year, and the people generally are prospering. The government is fair to our people and give them appointments whenever they can. Utah graduates are not prepared to teach in Canada without several years special training—which places us at a disadvantage. The people of Canada are more law-abiding and are more strict in observing the Sabbath than the people on this side of the line. $23,000 tithing was paid by the saints of Alberta last year. Machinery for sugar factory will reach Raymond next month. Jesse Knight and friends will hold three-fourths of the stock, and E[phraim] P. Ellison and friends will hold the other one-fourth. The grist mill at Raymond has a capacity of 125 barrels, and the grain elevator has a capacity of 45,000 bushels. Apostle Taylor said that he had no feelings against anybody on earth. Had felt impressed lately to teach his children a little each morning, namely, by having a song and reading a chapter from the scriptures before praying. He had an intense desire to preach the gospel, but had been hampered by financial difficulties from which he was gradually getting free. Felt the responsibility of the priesthood.

Apostle Merrill. Topics treated. Said his hearing was a little impaired; could not hear all what Apostle Smith had said but heard Apostle Taylor distinctly. Was pleased with the favorable report of Canada. What had been said about the observance of the Sabbath in that country was true; our people are too neglectful in this [p.488] matter. Speaking of Brother Brigham, said that he was quite a young man, and ought to live many years, but the chances are against him. Since he (Bro. M[errill]) came to this country, 20 of the Presidency and apostles had passed away. This to him was a serious thought. Said that he had been a little longer in the church than Apostle Teasdale, having been baptized in Sep. 1851. In early days Pres. Young said that he wanted him for a “home minister,” and he had labored at home ever since. The President blessed him and said he should never want for bread, neither his children nor his children’s children, if he would keep the commandments of God. That promise had been realized and he was reminded of it the other day at a family reunion on his 70th birthday. There were 214 present all told; 120 grandchildren. Brother Merrill remarked that he has 8 wives, 46 children, and 150 grandchildren. Said that he taught his family the doctrine of plural marriage upon the occasion mentioned. Said that although he looked well in the face, his natural forces were somewhat impaired, and he could not travel as much as he would like to. Said that he believed the Lord would give righteous men power to save their children, though some may be wayward. I had a strong impression upon a certain occasion—it was in the nature of a manifestation—that Pres. Snow would have power to save all his children.

Minutes were read and approved. Meeting adjourned until Wednesday at 10 a.m.

At 4 p.m. I went to the state fair, being accompanied by the family. The exhibit this year is made in the new building at the new grounds, namely, Agricultural Park, near Jordan River. The new building is rather small but very creditable in appearance and convenience. The exhibit is up to the standard and excels in the fruit display, which is very fine.

[Wednesday, 1 October 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Having been lawfully detained, I came into the conference meeting at the temple late, and Apostle Woodruff was speaking. He was giving a report of the trip of Pres. Young and himself to the national park and of Brother Brigham’s subsequent sickness. Referred to the subject of colonizing among our people. Deplored the fact that by the withdrawal of our young people from the older and long-established settle-[p.489]ments, the aged are left to grapple with the difficulties that arise from day to day.

Apostle Clawson. Topics treated. Rejoiced in the spirit of unanimity that prevails in the quorum. When matters go right and the spirit of union characterizes our labors, little notice so to speak is taken of it, but if one of the apostles should fall by the way or be found in an attitude of rebellion, his brethren are deeply affected and the church suffers a shock. In visiting the stakes he had met a variety of conditions: some stakes were in a healthy, prosperous way, while others were spiritually sick. He was led to believe, he said, that much depends upon the presiding officers, or the head, and in our day the scripture is fulfilled which says, “as with the priest so with the people” [cf. Hosea 4:9]. Was reminded of the counsel given to him as president of a stake some years ago by Pres. Snow, who said, “Brother Clawson, in selecting your presiding officers be careful to get the right men and women; it is easy to put a man into office, not so easy to get him out.” Had desired and hoped that some means would be devised by which we could more effectually reach the quorums of the priesthood than we do at present. So much of the time is taken at the stake conferences by the regular meetings and conjoint meeting of the M.I.A., there is little or none left for special instructions to the priesthood. Referred to the fact that our meetings in the stakes and wards are not as a rule well attended, which is due in part to neglect of duty by the acting teachers, who are not properly looked after by the bishops, who are not followed up by the presidents of stakes. Felt that the Mutual Improvement organizations, which are doing an excellent work, receive attention sometimes to the hurt of the quorums of the holy priesthood. Was well assured of the fact that, unless the latter was being magnified, there is no life in us. Felt to acknowledge the authority of the Presidency and his quorum, for whenever a matter was passed upon by the Apostles, or a majority of them, no matter what his views in the premises, their decision was his decision.

Apostle Hyrum M. Smith. Topics treated. Did not feel that he was equal to the responsibility of the apostleship. However, he could see that the Lord was blessing his efforts. In his recent trip south Pres. [Edward H.] Snow of the St. George Stake told him that certain changes effected previously by Apostle Woodruff and [p.490] himself were bearing good fruit. During the trip referred to, the brethren counseled the people to remain where they are and not move away, and by taking this course they would be blessed. This required faith for, said he, without the word of the Lord I could not live in some localities where the thermometer runs up to 120 degrees. He desired to live up to his own teachings. Referring to Pres. Young and said that he visited him every day before he went south. Confessed that his faith in the permanent recovery of Brother Brigham was weak, but nevertheless he proposed to go on praying for him.

Closing remarks were made by Apostle Jno. H. Smith, who said that many valuable suggestions had been thrown out by the brethren. Very much good is accomplished by visiting in the wards and settlements of the stakes where it can be done. The water rights and settlements of our people should be maintained. These mountain valleys are the nursery grounds of the Latter-day Saints, and if our people settle too much on the plains, we will suffer a loss of strength. The remarks of Brother Clawson, said he, are very pertinent. The auxiliary associations, he thought, were receiving attention at the expense of the priesthood.

Apostle Taylor said that at the recent Davis Stake Conference Pres. Winder asserted that the Davis Stake had fallen off thirty-three and one-third percent in their tithing. If this condition prevails in other stakes, should we not, he asked, make it a point to teach this law in all our stake conferences? In answer Apostle J. H. S[mith] said that one discourse on tithing should be preached at every conference, but care should be taken not to overdo it.

Minutes were read and approved, and meeting adjourned until tomorrow at 10 a.m. Benediction by Apostle Clawson.

[Thursday, 2 October 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Patriarch Jno. Smith, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Who Are These Arrayed in White?” Pres. Jos. F. Smith was mouth in prayer, and Pres. Lund at the altar. The brethren disrobed and [p.491] sang, “O Ye Mountains High.” Minutes of Sep. 25 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Asahel Woodruff, president of the Northern States Mission, in which he reported the affairs of the mission as being in a fairly satisfactory condition. The elders under him were zealous in their operations. Urged the necessity of sending some experienced brethren to that mission. Forty or fifty elders are needed at this time. Asked that an apostle might be appointed to attend the fall conferences of the Northern States Mission. Request granted.

Pres. [James E.] Steele of the Bingham Stake reported as to the number of families residing in Custer County, Idaho, and said that there were only three. It was decided that they should be looked after but that the number was not sufficient to justify an organization. The stake conference appointments by date for the ensuing 6 months were read and adopted.

Reports
Apostle Teasdale was at Nephi last Sunday where he attended meeting. Apostle Jno. W. Taylor attended fast meeting at the 18th Ward chapel. Apostle Merrill attended a family meeting at home. Apostle Cowley was at the Preston Ward and attended fast meeting in the afternoon and young people’s meeting at night. Apostle Woodruff attended fast meeting at the temple in afternoon and meeting in his ward at night. Apostle Clawson attended fast meeting at the temple at 10 a.m. and fast meeting in 18th Ward at 2 p.m. Apostle Smoot was at Provo, where he attended fast meeting in afternoon and young people’s meeting at night.

Apostle Hyrum M. Smith reported the visit of Presidents Smith and Lund and Apostles Jno. H. Smith and himself to the St. George, Parowan, and Beaver Stakes. Had a very enjoyable time. 18 meetings were held. A grand fruit festival was tendered the visitors at St. George. O[rrin] H. Snow was ordained a bishop by President Smith and set apart to preside over the Lund Ward. Harmony was separated from the St. George Stake and attached to the Parowan Stake, and it was left with the local brethren to decide whether the Pinto Ward should also be attached to said stake. Pres. Winder attended fast meeting at the temple in the forenoon and fast meeting in his ward in the afternoon. Upon motion the reports and labors of the brethren were approved.

Apostle Clawson submitted a report of the cash receipts and disbursements of the trustee-in-trust for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the six months ending June 30, 1902, in round numbers, as follows:

Cash on hand, Jan. 1, 1902 $297,907.73
Receipts from sundry sources 650,935.91
Total receipts 948,843.64
Disbursements 863,456.08
Bal. on hand, July 1, 1902 85,387.56

The report was adopted by unanimous vote.

Apostle Clawson said that there was a matter he wished to bring to the attention of the brethren, namely, that the religion class work was assuming considerable importance. A manual or guide is now being published in the Juvenile Instructor under the direction of the religion class board, which would add still further interest to this worthy cause. What is needed most at the present time is a field-worker to take the place and follow along the lines adopted by the late Karl G. Maeser. Apostle Clawson in behalf of the religion class board asked for the appointment of Louis A. Kelsch to this office. The matter was taken under advisement by the First Presidency.

Apostle Clawson offered a suggestion to the effect that the meetings of the general conference now at hand be commenced at the hour instead of 15 or 20 minutes after, as heretofore. He said that, inasmuch as the Presidency and apostles were making an effort’ when visiting the stakes to have the conference meetings open on time, we should certainly set the proper example in our general conferences. The purpose of beginning the meetings after time is to give the saints from a distance an opportunity to reach the appointed place before calling the meeting to order. He felt that this was unnecessary as people usually figured on the time: if it were ten, they make their calculations accordingly; if it were 10:15, they would simply figure on that hour. Though no formal action was taken, the brethren coincided with the suggestion, and Pres. Smith said an effort would be made to begin the conference meetings on time. This may seem like a small matter, but it is not.

Benediction by Apostle Hyrum M. Smith. After the tables were set, the brethren partook of the sacrament, the bread and wine having been blessed by Apostle Teasdale.

[p. 493] After the Presidency had withdrawn, Apostle Smoot, who was absent from our meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, was given an opportunity to express himself. Said he thought our people on a whole were striving to live their religion. A serious trouble confronts us in the stakes of Zion, namely, the difficulty of getting suitable material to fill vacancies. Referring to himself, said that he would not neglect his calling for politics, private business, or any other consideration; and speaking of politics said that he had no doubt of the outcome as to his candidacy to the senate, if the state went Republican. In conclusion, said that he loved the brethren.

Closing remarks by Apostle Jno. H. Smith. Meeting adjourned for three months to meet on Jan. 6, 1903. Benediction by Apostle Smoot.

It would be proper here to remark that the brethren who are absent, namely, Pres. Brigham Young, and Apostles Francis M. Lyman and Heber J. Grant are constantly remembered in the prayers of the brethren, both at the opening and at the altar, and they are greatly missed in all our meetings.

[Tuesday, 7 October 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 10 a.m. Meeting at the assembly hall of general authorities of the church and stakes of Zion, Pres. Smith presiding.

The speakers were Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, Rudger Clawson, Seymour B. Young, and Geo. Reynolds. The principal topics presented were: proper recommends for the temple. Males over 21 and females over 18 cannot do ordinance work in the house of the Lord, without having had their endowments. Fast offerings. Tithing. Presidents of stakes should be posted relative to affairs in their stakes. 2nd anointings. Religion class work. Church divorces. District teachers’ record book. Securing reservoir sites. Quorums of the lesser priesthood should be fully organized. The importance of developing the resources of the country in which we live. The binding and sealing power in the gospel. Sanitary conditions in the stakes. The importance and propriety of being wise and prudent in politics. Avoiding contentions and animosities.

At 6 p.m., accompanied by Sister Clawson, I attended a social [p.494] gathering at Apostle Abraham O. Woodruff’s given at the home of his mother. There were present Presidents Winder and Lund, and Apostles Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Presidents Seymour B. Young, Geo. Reynolds, J. G. Kimball, B. H. Roberts, Rulon S. Wells, and Jos. W. McMurrin, and Jno. Smith, the patriarch, Bp. [William B.] Preston, Frank Y. Taylor, Asahel Woodruff, and others, and their wives. The evening was pleasantly passed in social chat with songs and brief addresses, and a splendid supper was served at an early hour. Pres. Smith was unavoidably detained, and Apostle Jno. H. Smith was absent from the city. This was quite a notable gathering from the fact that the following prominent families were represented: Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, Daniel H. Wells, Jno. Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, Lorenzo Snow, and Jos. F. Smith.

[Thursday, 9 October 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Teasdale, Cowley, Woodruff, Clawson, Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Jno. Smith, patriarch, and clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Though Deepening Trials Throng the Way.” Apostle Teasdale was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Taylor at the altar. The brethren disrobed and sang, “Sons of Michael, He Approaches.” Minutes of Sep. 25 and Oct. 2, 1902, were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Sister Jno. G. McQuarrie acknowledging receipt of $60.00. She said among other things that, if the Presidency had decided to keep her husband, Brother Jno. G. McQuarrie, still longer in the mission field, the decision is unjust. Pres. Smith explained that the $60 had been sent to Sister McQuartie to relieve her present wants, and that $30 would be sent to her each month during the absence of her husband. After brief discussion regarding the spirit of her letter, it was decided upon motion of Apostle Clawson, that Brother Jno. G. McQuarrie be retained in the mission field until next July 1903.

Referring to another matter Pres. Smith said that Brother [Samuel] McMurdy of Cache Valley, being in great financial distress with his property and some lands in which he was interested [p.495] under mortgage to Thatcher Bros. and Z.C.M.I., the Presidency had concluded recently to authorize Zion’s Savings Bank to loan him a little money—some $2000—to relieve the situation. The church is, therefore, behind the loan. Brother McMurdy with others is trying to organize a corporation to hold and manage the lands referred to, and which are now subject to mortgage, and desires the church to subscribe the amount of the said loan in stock of the corporation. In view of the fact that nothing would be realized from this loan in its present form, it was decided to take stock in the said corporation.

The clerk read a very interesting letter from Apostle Francis M. Lyman, dated Sep. 26, 1902, regarding some difficulties that had arisen through the unwise conduct of elders, who were employing a portion of their time in sparking the girls. A letter from Jas. Duckworth, president of the Australia Mission and dated Sep. 11, was read. The prospects for that mission are good, although the elders are experiencing trouble with the Josephites.

Apostle Woodruff was appointed by unanimous vote to visit the Northern States Mission and attend the fall conferences that are under appointment.

Stake conference appointments: Emery, Apostle Cowley; Utah, First Presidency and Apostle Clawson. Benediction by Apostle Cowley.

[Sunday, 12 October 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 7 a.m. Left by train for Preston and was joined at Logan by Bp. Wm. B. Preston. The purpose of our visit was to confer with the presidency of the stake and the four wards of Preston in regard to the building of a new tithing office to be used jointly for the benefit of the said four wards, also to decide whether it would be wisdom to sell the public square or any portion thereof. The First Presidency had advised that as a rule it would not be wise to do so. Incidentally we were expected to attend the meetings of the saints. We arrived at noon and visited the square and other church property.

2 p.m. Meeting in the academy building, Pres. [William C.] Parkinson presiding. Bp. Preston was the first speaker and dwelt upon the following topics. Missionary work. The training of our children. Calling of our boys to hold the priesthood. Tithing. R. [p.496] Clawson. Topics treated. The eternal character of the Lord’s commandments to the children of men.

4:30 p.m. Meeting of the visiting brethren, the stake presidency, the bishopric[s] of the 4 wards. The purpose of our visit was discussed, and it was finally decided that a tithing office should be built after the plan furnished by the Presiding Bishopric, which was a little smaller in dimensions than the plan furnished by the bishops of Preston. Upon the explanation of Pres. Parkinson that the question of selling a portion of the public square was referred to Pres. Woodruff some years [ago] and decided by him that it might be done, it was now determined to resubmit the matter to Pres. Smith.

7:30 p.m. General meeting of the academy building, Pres. Parkinson presiding. Elder Alma Larson spoke and made confession of his wayward course of life and asked forgiveness. Upon motion he was forgiven by unanimous vote. I followed and dwelt at some length upon the principle of integrity. Bp. Wm. B. Preston. Topics. Good order in our meetings. The saloon evil.

[Wednesday, 15 October 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple (held today instead of tomorrow to give the brethren an opportunity to attend the exercises at the B. Y. Academy on the 16th in honor of the founding of the academy). Present: President Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Jno. Smith, pat., and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Minutes of Thursday, Oct. 9, 1902, were read and approved. Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Apostle  Jno. H. Smith came in. Conference appointments: Weber, Apostles Clawson and Hyrum M. Smith.

The clerk read a letter from Wm. T. Jack, pres. Cassia Stake, in which he stated that the new stake house had been completed and was ready for dedication. He extended a cordial invitation to the brethren to attend the coming stake conference in Nov. Apostle Jno. H. Smith was appointed to attend said conference.

Reports
Apostle Jno. H. Smith reported the visit of Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostle[s]  Teasdale, Hyrum M. Smith, and himself to the Utah Stake Confer-[p.497]ence. A very interesting time was had.

Apostle Cowley attended the Emery Stake Conference. Nine bishops out of 13 were present and many stake authorities also. Most of the presiding brethren and sisters were called upon to report. Elders [Louis A.] Kelsch and Halliday were in attendance and gave some good talks. Apostle Clawson reported that he attended meetings in Preston and also visited the Oneida Stake academy on Monday.

Apostle Smoot attended a convention at Kamas, at which there were representatives from four stakes, namely, Summit, Morgan, Davis, and Weber. The convention was called to investigate some questions concerning a reservoir enterprise. Their deliberations were characterized by a spirit of harmony, and he felt that good would result therefrom.

Pres. Jos. F. Smith announced that the claim of Dr. Jos. S. Richards against the church amounting to $55,000, which was recently submitted for arbitration, was disallowed by the arbitrators, who decided that there was no cause for action. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. Winder.

[Thursday, 16 October 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. I spent the day in Provo going there for the purpose of attending the exercises commemorative of the founding of the Brigham Young Academy. Of the authorities there were present: Pres. A. H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Reed Smoot, and myself. We were met at the depot at 10 a.m. by the students of the academy, numbering about 800, who marched up to the tabernacle just ahead of our carriages, displaying their banners and various mottoes. The exercises in the tabernacle consisted of addresses by the visitors, members of the original or first school board, and singing by the academy choir. The name of Brigham Young was much honored upon this occasion, and the school which he founded is certainly a grand institution. We returned to Salt Lake at 4:15 p.m.

[Wednesday, 22 October 1902]

Salt Lake City,
October 22, 1902.

Apostle Francis M. Lyman,

[p. 498] My dear Brother:

Today’s mail brings you a stray leaf. I write you a line regarding Elder H. J.R. [Homer J. Rich] and his home affairs. He is married to M. J. [Sarah Maude Jenson] of B[righam City], a very estimable young lady, who is in every way worthy of his devotion and faithful allegiance. Through the meddling interference of a certain young married woman, who has diligently sought to poison H.’s mind against his wife, a rupture followed and almost led up to a divorce. His departure for a mission frustrated the designs of the enemy.

H. has ceased writing to his wife, although he addressed one or two letters to her soon after arriving in Great Britain. It is understood that the woman who exercised such a potent influence over him at home is now in communication with him by letter and is writing things (though untruthful) that are very hurtful to M. Now, if H. allows himself to be influenced by this woman and her evil reports, or in fact by anybody contrary to the spirit of righteousness, it will undoubtedly lead to a divorce in the end, which would be lamentable. H. is a young man, an orphan, as well as being a missionary in the field, and is much in need of a little good counsel. Brother Lyman, could you not take this matter in hand and do something for a worthy young woman in Zion as well as to prevent if possible the commission of a serious blunder by one of your active, promising young elders. This is perhaps somewhat of a delicate subject, but, with your wide and varied experience, you will know better than I can tell you how to get at it. Any word from you respecting this important matter will be duly appreciated. I remain, as ever,

Your brother, and friend, and well-wisher,
[signed] Rudger Clawson

[Thursday, 23 October 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. [p.499] Merrill, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hyrum M. Smith. The brethren clothed and sang, “An Angel from on High.” Apostle Hyrum M. Smith was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Jno. H. Smith was mouth at the altar. The brethren disrobed and sang, “Glory to God on High.” The minutes of Oct. 15 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the Malad Stake, in which they called attention to the fact that Moroni Ward, who is bishop of the Washakie Ward, is also a counselor in the presidency of the stake. They, therefore, recommended that he be released from the bishopric and that Geo. M. Ward, his son, be appointed as his successor. Recommendation adopted by unanimous vote.

Conference appointments: Cache, Apostles Jno. H. Smith, M. W. Merrill; Alpine, Apostles Clawson and Hyrum M. Smith; Juab, Apostle Teasdale; Bannock, M. F. Cowley.

Reports
Pres. Jno. R. Winder reported his attendance at a meeting held in Mill Creek last Sunday. Apostle Jno. H. Smith reported the attendance of Pres. Lund, and Apostles Teasdale, and Smoot, and himself at the funeral of the late Pres. Canute Peterson at Ephraim. The occasion was one of much interest.

Apostle Teasdale reported not only his attendance at the funeral aforesaid but also the Weber Stake Conference at which the following brethren were also present: Pres. Smith, and Apostles Clawson and Smoot. Much valuable instruction was given. Pres. Smith, he said, preached a powerful discourse on priesthood.

Apostle M. W. Merrill attended a special meeting in Franklin on Sunday last. While there a question arose as to whether the elders going to Samoa would be permitted to take their wives. In answer to this question Pres. Smith said it would depend largely upon the character of the wives. If they were women of faith and good example, there would be no objection to their going.

Pres. Lund said that it would soon become necessary to install a new president in the South San Pete Stake and there is but little material in that part of the country to select from. Henry Beal, he thought, was about as strong a man as could be found in the stake, and he is getting rather old. He felt, however, that Brother Beal ought to be considered in view of his faithfulness and integrity. [p.500] Pres. Smith suggested that it might be a good thing to take Brother Beal for president and give him two young, active, wide-awake, progressive counselors, which thought was concurred in by a number of the brethren. Apostle Smoot expressed the highest regard for Brother Beal, but thought better results would be obtained if Henry Beal was ordained a patriarch and a young man like Robert Anderson of Manti chosen for president. The latter, he said, was young, active, and enterprising and would give a strong administration. After some further discussion, the matter went over for one week.

Apostle Hyrum M. Smith called attention to the Panguitch Stake and said that in his judgment some action looking to the reorganization of the presidency was imperative. To use a common expression, things in that stake were “dead,” and every organization was suffering from neglect. The president, though a good man, is, nevertheless, weak. It seemed to be the general sentiment of the meeting that something should be done in the matter. Pres. Smith asked the brethren to give attention to the subject and be prepared at an early day to suggest names from which to select a president.

Apostle Clawson said that Sister Phoebe Kimball, his aunt, desired a little counsel as to whether it would be right and proper to sell the old homestead of the late Heber C. Kimball, situated on East Temple [Main] Street. The property now belongs to her but she feels that she is not in a position to carry it, owing to taxes and other expenses. The house itself, though it might be kept in good repair, is not modern, and will, therefore, bring but a small revenue. Brother Clawson was instructed to tell Sister Kimball that she must act upon her own judgment and do the best she can. Pres. Smith said that it would be unfortunate for this property to go into the hands of the gentiles, and, therefore, the sons of Pres. Kimball should unite together and purchase it, which could be done for $15,000. Apostle Clawson pointed out the fact that most, if not all, of the sons of Pres. Kimball are financially broke.

Bp. E. D. Woolley of Ogden wrote a long letter, explaining that there were so many auxiliary organization meetings to be provided for in his ward that there were not sufficient nights in the week to cover the demand, and asked the brethren for counsel and instructions in this matter. The clerk was directed to say to [p.501] him that he must do the best he can.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. Lund.

[Wednesday, 29 October 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. At 10 a.m. attended a meeting of the executive committee of the Utah Light and Power Co. At 2:30 p.m. attended a meeting of the general church board of education. At 4 p.m. a meeting of the general board of religion classes, and at 5 p.m. a meeting of the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A.

At 6 p.m. Prof. [Joseph F.] Merrill of the University of Utah called in by appointment to have a little talk with Rudger R., who is attending the Latter-day Saints University at present but expects finally to take a course at the state school. His present intention is to complete the four years course at the church school in three in order to save time. By doing this he would have to dispense with the study of theology, to which I am opposed. Prof. Merrill took the same view as myself and advised him to take the full four years course, including theology. He would then get a certificate which would be received at the university. My son has had the very best of counsel in this matter, and I trust he will give heed to it.

[Thursdays 30 October 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith and Jno. R. Winder, and Apostles Teasdale, Clawson, Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith. Minutes of Oct. 3 read and approved. The brethren clothed and sang, “Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded.” Apostle Clawson was mouth in prayer, and Pres. Jos. F. Smith at the altar. Song, “Glory to God on High.” Pres. Lund and Patriarch Jno. Smith came in.

A letter from Ben J. Cluff, Jr., was read, in which he stated that founders day of the Beaver branch of the B.Y.A. would be celebrated Oct. 31, and he solicited the attendance of Pres. Smith and any others he might choose to invite. Pres. Smith said that he did not see his way clear to accept, nor did any of the other brethren. Stake conference appointments: Oneida, Apostles Smoot and Cowley; Jordan, Presidents Smith and Lund; Summit, Apostle Teasdale; South San Pete, Y.M.M.I.A. Convention, Apostle Clawson.

[p. 502] The clerk read a letter from Elder [David] Brinkerhoff of Tuba regarding the proposition of the government to buy out the people of that place. Each separate property was appraised, and amounted in all to about $48,000, which was to have been paid over on July 1st, this year. The settlement was not made, and it looks, said he, as if the trade had fallen through. The turn affairs had taken seemed to be satisfactory to the people, as the great majority of them are not now desirous of selling their holdings in that part of the country. And furthermore, the Indians are not unfriendly, as reported. It became the sense of the meeting that the settlement be not abandoned.

Pres. H. S. Allen of the Cardston [Alberta] Stake wanted instructions regarding what action should be taken in the case of those who engage in the saloon business and members of the church who get drunk. The clerk was directed to write him that in all such cases, after all other proper means were exhausted, they should be handled for their fellowship.

A communication from Elder [John B.] Fairbanks, the artist, was read. He had started, he said, a school of art, but after mature consideration, he had come to the conclusion that this was a move that should be undertaken by the church, which is in a position to make it an institution of the first rank. Pres. Winder moved that it be the sense of the meeting that the church do not engage in this business. Carried.

Elder Jesse W. Crosby enclosed a letter from Mayor Conley of Billings, Montana, who wrote in relation to certain very desirable lands about 80 miles north of the Big Horn country. He said the lands could be purchased at a low figure and he was desirous that our people should colonize them. It was decided by unanimous vote that we could not at present entertain any proposition in that direction.

Apostle Smoot said that the temperance people of Provo desired Elder Jos. B. Keeler to join with them in this movement, and that Brother Keeler wished to know how far it might be proper for him to go. In view of the fact that the Mormon people are in every sense a temperance people, it was thought best for Elder Keeler to hold himself aloof from alliance with this movement.

Reports
Apostle Teasdale attended the Juab Stake Conference. Bp. [p.503] [Orrin P.] Miller and Jos. W. McMurrin were also present. They had a good time.

Apostle Clawson and Hyrum M. Smith attended the Alpine Stake Conference held at American Fork. Brother Clawson said the meetings were largely attended and the presidency of the stake and all stake presidencies spoke. Pres. [Stephen L.] Chipman has things well in hand and is accomplishing a good work. The benefits arising from the division of the Utah Stake were quite apparent at this conference.

Apostle Smoot reported the attendance of Pres. Winder and himself at the Cache Stake Conference, where the meetings on Sunday were largely attended but poorly attended on Monday. Pres. Lund reported the attendance of Pres. Smith and himself at a meeting of the Deseret Sunday School board on Sunday, which lasted eight and [a] half hours. The purpose of the meeting was to consider the Sunday School manual or guide that is being prepared.

Apostle Clawson said that a spirit of indifference or neglect is manifested in many wards by the bishops regarding the standing of those who move into their wards, and as a result there [are] people in various wards in the church who have no standing whatever. This is true of many district school teachers. He moved that a letter be prepared and sent to the bishops, instructing them in a known but much-neglected duty. Pres. Smith suggested that Apostle Clawson prepare the letter and then submit it to the Presidency. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. Lund.

At the close of the meeting Pres. Smith invited the brethren to step into the Elders’ Room, which had been recently renovated and the walls tinted. It was the unanimous opinion of all that taste and good judgment had been displayed by those who had the work in charge. Pres. Smith proposed that the Apostles’ Room be treated in like manner. The suggestion was concurred in by all present.

Before final separation Apostle Smoot introduced an important question by suggesting that all two-day quarterly [stake] conferences be discontinued and that a one-day’s conference with three meetings be substituted. Said conference to be held on the Sabbath day. In support of said proposition, he reminded the brethren of the partial failure in some instances and total failure [p.504] in others of the weekday meeting. The Salt Lake and Alpine Stakes were meeting with gratifying success in this matter. A one-day’s conference with three rousing, good meetings would accomplish fully as much good as [a] two-day’s conference conducted in the usual way. At least this was his view of the situation. Upon motion of Pres. Winder the matter was taken under advisement for one week.

[Wednesday, 5 November 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. I attended three meetings during the day, namely, executive meeting of the Utah Light and Power Co. at 10 a.m., religion class board meeting at 4 p.m., and Y.M.M.I.A. board meeting at 5 p.m.

During the day I took what to me is a very important step, namely, the closing up of all my accounts at the stores. I shall now make a very strong effort to pay as I go. The evil of running accounts is quite apparent to me, but I presume it will be difficult to overcome the habit of years. It is so easy to say “charge it,” and withal so pleasant, that the day of reckoning, which will come with unerring certainty, is lost sight of. In order to carry out the resolution herein referred to, I was under the necessity of borrowing $80.00.

[Thursday, 6 November 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Pres. Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, and Reed Smoot. The minutes of Oct. 30 were read and approved. Presidents Smith and Winder and Apostle Jno. H. Smith now came into the meeting, having been detained by an important engagement.

After some discussion it was decided upon the suggestion of Pres. Smith that Henry Beal be made president of [South] San Pete Stake. It was felt by the brethren that he should have two young, active counselors. Conference appointments: South San Pete, Presidents Smith and Lund and Apostle Smoot; Bingham, Apostle Clawson; Wasatch, Apostle Teasdale; Cassia, Apostle Jno. H. Smith; Tintic Ward, Apostle Cowley.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. [William] Budge, who [p.505] extended an invitation to the Presidency to attend the dedicatory services of the Fielding Academy, Paris, next Sunday. The clerk now read a letter that had been prepared by Apostle Clawson in relation to “floating” members of the church throughout Zion. The matter was discussed and referred to a committee, namely, Apostles Teasdale and Clawson, for further amendments.

A letter was read from Bp. [William] Edwards for Greenville, Beaver Stake, in which assistance was asked to help build a Relief Society hall. The matter was referred to the presidency of that stake with instructions to investigate and make recommendation. Genl. Supt. [Joseph M.] Tanner addressed a communication to the council in regard to the duties of stake boards of education and made some recommendations in reference thereto.

Apostle Clawson called attention to the fact that it had been decided by the council about a year ago to further divide the Salt Lake Stake with Main St. as the dividing line. The brethren went so far in this matter as to consider names for the new presidencies, but later it was decided to postpone action for a time. Bro. Clawson said that he now referred to the subject for the reason that we are rapidly approaching the end of the year. If any change is to be made, it should be made at once. Some things have occurred since last year, he said, that seem to emphasize the importance of this move, namely, the dividing up of a number of the wards in Salt Lake City until we now have 35 [32] in all, with a population of 28,000 souls. Brother Clawson further remarked that every argument heretofore advanced for the dividing of stakes applied with equal force to the present case. He thought it not too much to say that the results following the divisions heretofore effected were magnificent. No presidency of a stake in his opinion could do justice to 35 wards and 28,000 people, for it would certainly be a tremendous labor. With Main Street as the division line, the church population on the east side would be 12,898, and on the west, 11,932, thus making two of the largest stakes in Zion. He was the more in favor of the change because it could be effected without disturbing existing conditions only so far as improvement is concerned. The temple block might be reserved as independent territory under the immediate control of the First Presidency, who would preside in the tabernacle meetings in person or appoint the two new presidents to preside alternately, the saints of the two [p.506] stakes meeting conjointly in the afternoon and in their respective wards at night. Brother Clawson concluded by saying that if we would plan for the welfare—both spiritual and temporal—of the people of Salt Lake Stake, as well as to develop talent that is now dormant, the change proposed is absolutely essential. Upon motion of Apostle Cowley, the matter was referred to the First Presidency for final action.

Reports
Apostle Jno. H. Smith said that he attended fast meeting in 17th Ward last Sunday and the Fremont Stake Conference the week before. Apostle Teasdale attended Relief Society conference at Nephi last Friday at which an excellent spirit prevailed. On Sat. and Sunday was present at the Summit Stake Conference at Coalville, and on Wednesday in company with Apostle Cowley attended founders day exercises at Ephraim Academy, which was a profitable occasion.

Apostle Merrill said that he attended the Oneida Stake Conference Sunday. Brother Cowley was also present, as also the presidency of the Benson Stake. The meetings were crowded and much good instruction given.

Apostle Cowley said that, in addition to the places already named, he attended conference in Gentile Valley of the Bannock Stake, week before last. Had also attended some priesthood meetings at Oakley, Cassia Stake, which were largely attended. The Oakley meeting house is completed, and at one of the meetings named Pres. [William T.] Jack took up a collection to pay for seats and realized $600 from his effort. While at the Oneida Stake Conference ordained Wm. Georgeson, bishop of Cedar Ward.

Apostle Clawson reported the young men’s convention at Manti and said that it was a profitable gathering. In the evening he gave a brief account of the martyrdom of Joseph Standing. He remarked that Manti was behind the times in many respects due, he thought, to a lack of enterprise on the part of those who preside. The Manti tabernacle is unfinished, and there is no choir in the place. A change is needed.

Apostle Smoot attended meeting at Provo last Sunday, also a funeral. Pres. Lund said that he was at the Jordan Stake Conference held at Sandy. A good spirit prevailed. Pres. Smith was at home all day Sunday ministering to the sick in his own family. Pres. [p.507] Winder attended the funeral of Jos. Hugely last Sat. at Mill Creek and the temple fast meeting on Sunday.

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

[Friday, 7 November 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. I spent the day during the forenoon at the President’s office. At 5 p.m. accompanied by Lydia and the children, I attended a reunion of the Clawson family at the 18th Ward amusement hall. This was the first event of the kind held in the family, and was given in honor of father’s seventy-sixth birthday. Now I think of it, there was a similar gathering only on a smaller scale last year. There were father and his two living wives, 28 children, and over 100 grandchildren present, and as they stood upon the stage repeating the Lord’s Prayer, and later as they were grouped for a flashlight photograph, and still later as the children marched around the room in step with the music, I do not remember of having witnessed a more beautiful sight. It was a moment of joy and gladness when presents were distributed to the grandchildren.

Most excellent refreshments were partaken of during the evening. The following interesting program was carried out:

Song, by the family
Lord’s Prayer (opening), grandchildren
Shower of flowers, under direction Georgie Foote
Dialogue, Elsie and Myrtle Green
Whistling, Monroe Clawson
Quartet, S. B., Shirley, Seldon Clawson, and Seymour B. Young, Jr.
Recitation, Kinksley Clawson
Punch and Judy, under direction Fred Clawson
Shadow pantomime, by the boys
Grand march to fishpond, grandchildren
Refreshments at 6:30 p.m.
Distributions of souvenirs
Benediction and blessing, by father

The affair closed at 11 p.m. and was pronounced by all a grand success. Father is indeed blessed in having so many beautiful [p.508] children. Father was presented with a new suit of clothes, hat, and pair of shoes costing about $80.00 in all by his children as an expression of their love and confidence.

[Thursday, 13 November 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cold. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Jno. Smith, patriarch. The brethren clothed and sang, “Come, Let Us Anew.” Pres. Winder was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Smoot in the circle. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Come, All Ye Sons of Zion.” The minutes of Nov. 6 were read and approved.

The council were notified by letter from Pres. [Ira N.] Hinckley, Millard Stake, that Orvil L. Thompson had been selected as bishop of Scipio, subject to the approval of the brethren. The selection was approved by unanimous vote.

Apostle Smoot stated that Pres. Hinckley felt desirous of tendering his resignation as president of the Millard Stake. His health is not the best, and if he were honorably released, he would move to Provo, where some of his children are attending school. It was decided that he be released, and the brethren were instructed to come to the meeting next Thursday prepared to suggest names from which to choose his successor.

Stake conferences: Star Valley, M. F. Cowley; Snowflake, Hyrum M. Smith; Nebo, Apostles Clawson and Jno. H. Smith; Granite, Pres. Winder and Jno. W. Taylor; South San Pete, Presidents Smith and Lund, and Reed Smoot.

Reports
Apostle Jno. H. Smith congratulated Pres. Smith on reaching his 64th birthday. Brother Smith said that he attended the Cassia Stake Conference Sat. and Sunday, and while there dedicated the new meeting house at Oakley, which was a fine building but too small for stake conferences. Will seat about 600 people. There is a good feeling among the saints. Crops reasonably fair. At one meeting a show of hands was called and it was ascertained that there were present four brethren and three sisters who had known the Prophet Joseph Smith. He ordained the following brethren patriarchs in the church: Jas. W. Phippen, Jas. Dayley, and Thos. Dunn.

[p. 509] Apostle Teasdale said that he attended the Wasatch Stake Conference last Sat. and Sunday. Made special mention of the kindergarten work being accomplished in the Sunday School. Some splendid exercises were given along this line Sunday morning.

Apostle Taylor attended the funeral of Susan Clark of Farmington during the past week. On Sunday attended meeting at West Layton. He said that he recently visited Ottawa, eastern Canada, to make arrangements for more land for our people in Canada. Owing to unsettled conditions politically, nothing was accomplished, but the application will be considered later.

Brother Taylor said that Bp. [David] Stoker of So. [East] Bountiful desired to resign his bishopric for the reason that he had secured employment in Salt Lake. In Apostle Taylor’s judgment the resignation should be accepted.

Apostle Cowley attended meeting in Eureka Sat. night and on Sunday. There is a fine meeting house there but with a debt of $2000 still upon it. The brethren there are withdrawing from the lodges.

Brother Clawson said that he attended the Bingham Stake Conference held at Idaho Falls Sunday and Monday. The stake presidency, the bishops of wards, and all the stake presidents of organizations reported, and he was impressed with the thought that President [James E.] Steele had matters well in hand.

Apostle Smoot reported the attendance of Presidents Smith and Lund and himself at the Bear Lake Stake Conference Sat. and Sunday. Conditions in that stake were favorable. Crops fairly good. On Monday the visitors attended school exercises at the Fielding Academy. There were 200 pupils present. The dedication of the building was deferred on account of a debt of $7000 still remaining unpaid.

Pat. Jno. Smith remained home all day Sunday to write letters and on Monday went to Provo to see his sick boy. He said that Black Jane [i.e., Jane Manning James] had called on him and wanted to know when the curse would be taken off that she might have her endowments. Brother John was instructed to tell her to be patient and wait a little longer; that the Lord has his eye on her and would be far better to her than ever she had dreamed.

Pres. Winder attended ward conference at Taylorsville and on Monday attended the funeral of Orson H. Pettit. Later attended [p.510] an officers meeting of the Primary Ass. in the 21st Ward. Pres. Smith reported that he spoke at the new 21st Ward chapel Tuesday evening, his text being “The Prophet Joseph.” Reports and labors were approved.

Pres. Smith spoke of the excommunication of Elder [Otto] Rydman and the agitation among the Swedish members of the church, which he said was brought about through the efforts of apostates, who were throwing dust in the eyes of the people. Apostle Teasdale, who recently returned from the Wasatch Stake, said that it was the desire of the presidency and high council that Heber City (now two wards) be divided into three wards and Midway into two wards. Midway has a church population of 1000, and Heber City, 1500. After some discussion, it was decided to make the division as suggested.

Pres. Smith said that everything looks favorable for Brother Smoot’s appointment to the United States senate. The only opposition comes from anti-Mormon sources. As members of the council, we must be consistent and stand by our views heretofore expressed, and so continue unless otherwise determined. Benediction by Pres. Jos. F. Smith.

[Saturday, 15 November 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cold. 7:55 a.m. Left for Payson to attend the Nebo Stake Conference arriving at 10:20 a.m. and were driven immediately to the Payson meeting house where conference was in session.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. [Jonathan S.] Page presiding. The speakers were Pres. J. S. Page, Jr., who said that the presidency of the stake and high council were united and worked together harmoniously. A new building is being erected by donation in Payson at a cost of about $3000, in which will be provided rooms for the presidency and high council, and stake tithing clerk, and also a vault for the storing of stake records. Importance of record keeping. I spoke upon the importance of the religion class work and explained its scope and nature.

Pres. Page then showed us through the new building intended for the presidency and high council. It is a fine structure, being constructed of pressed brick with stone sills and lintels. There are three rooms and a vault. Much credit is due to Pres. Page and the [p.511] brethren for this very necessary and desirable piece of work. Though the attendance at the conference was rather poor, the reports were, nevertheless, quite spirited.

[Thursday, 20 November 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear with snow on the ground. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale,  Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Jno. Smith, patriarch, also the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Redeemer of Israel.” Apostle Merrill was mouth in prayer, and Pres. Lund at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “A Saint! and Is the Title Mine?” The minutes of Nov. 13 were read and approved.

Apostle Woodruff writing from Kansas City gave an account of his visit and labors in the Northern States Mission, where he had attended a number of interesting conferences with the elders and saints. Asahel Woodruff, pres. [of the] N.W. [Northern] States Mission, also reported the labors of Apostle Woodruff under separate cover.

The presidency of the Davis Stake recommended Dan Muir as bishop of West Bountiful Ward to succeed Bishop [Lewis M.] Grant, deceased. The council took up a question from the Y.M.M.I.A general board, as follows: Apostle Merrill had recently advised the young ladies of the Benson Stake to meet in the afternoon instead of the evening as heretofore. The young ladies were rather opposed to this change as it would interfere with the preliminary program provided in the manual for conjoint use by both organizations. The question to be determined was this, should the young ladies be required to hold their meetings in the afternoon, thus interfering with the plan followed generally throughout the church or should they meet in the evening? Apostle Merrill said in defense of his position that the young ladies—his own daughters among them—through attendance at said meetings were often out until 11 and 12 o’clock at night, and he objected to it. He referred to the many evils that usually grow out of the habit of keeping late hours. Apostle Jno. H. Smith spoke strongly in regard to the many evils practiced among the young people of the church. He endorsed Apostle Merrill’s position. He [p.512] thought some steps should be taken to stem the tide of evil.

Apostle Clawson said that he appreciated the fact that evils existed among the young, but he did not think that this unfortunate condition was enhanced by the Mutual Improvement organizations. He believed that the objection offered by Apostle Merrill might be met in part, if not altogether, by commencing the meetings at a uniformly early hour—6:30 or 7 p.m. instead of 8 and 8:30 p.m. Pres. Smith expressed the view that the sexual evils in our midst did not arise from or because of the M.I.A. meetings, but rather from other causes. These organizations certainly have a restraining influence upon the minds of the young.

After some further discussion, Apostle Clawson moved that the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A. be instructed to make a special effort to establish a uniformly early hour for commencing the evening meetings throughout the stakes of Zion. The motion was seconded, but was not carried for the reason that Pres. Smith suggested that a committee be appointed to investigate the matter and report. Suggestion approved.

Conference appointments: Benson, Apostles Merrill and Cowley; Box Elder, Apostles Taylor and Clawson; Millard, Pres. Lund and Apostle Smoot.

Reports
Apostle Teasdale said that he attended the Mona Ward Conference, Juab Stake. Good meetings. It was record day and the ward records were duly inspected.

Apostle Taylor attended conference at Granite Stake, which was largely attended and profitable. Pres. Winder was also present. Apostle T. attended the funeral of Alma Pratt Sunday afternoon.

Apostle Cowley attended the Star Valley Conference being accompanied by L. A. Kelsch. Poor attendance of bishops. In addition to other gatherings had a M.I.A. meeting and religion class meeting.

Apostle Clawson said that he attended the Nebo Stake Conference held at Payson. Apostle Jno. H. Smith and Pat. Jno. Smith were also present. Meetings poorly attended on Saturday, crowded on Sunday. All stake presidencies and a number of bishops reported. Pres. [Jonathan S.] Page is an extremely modest man, so much so that his true worth does not appear on the service [surface]. He has matters pretty well in hand.

[p. 513] Apostle Smoot reported the attendance of Pres. Smith, Pres. Lund, and himself at the Manti Stake Conference. The presidency of the South San Pete Stake was reorganized, but instead of putting in Henry Beal as previously determined, it was decided after due consideration on the ground to call Lewis G. Anderson to the presidency with Jos. Y. Jensen and Gustave A. Iverson as counselors. Brother Beal was continued as supt. of construction of academy and was made president of the Snow Academy board. He was also ordained a patriarch, as was Jno. B. Maiben. Lewis Robert Anderson was made stake president of Y.M.M.I.A.

The letter prepared by Apostle Clawson, which was read at last meeting and referred to Apostles Clawson and Teasdale for further consideration, having been slightly amended, was reread and adopted by unanimous vote. Benediction by Apostle Clawson.

At 8 p.m. I attended a meeting of the Clawson brothers, which was called for the purpose of determining, or rather discussing, the wisdom and propriety of having a family organization. Present: Bradley, Spencer, Stanley, myself, and Selden. After some talk bearing upon the many phases of a family organization, it was decided so far as we were concerned that it would be a proper step to take. Selden was in favor of an organization for social purposes only; the other boys were in favor of organizing not only for social but financial purposes. It was thought that if each head of a family would pay monthly into a fund a given amount for each member of the family financial strength would follow. The means thus raised might be used for burying the dead, temple work for our ancestry, for investment, &c. Adjournment was finally reached but with the understanding that another meeting should be called for further consideration of the subject, after which the matter will in all probability be referred to the family for final action.

[Sunday, 23 November 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 7 a.m. Accompanied by Lydia, left for Brigham City to attend the Box Elder Stake Conference. Apostle Jno. W. Taylor joined us at Farmington.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. Chas. Kelly presiding. The first speaker was Pres. Chas. Kelly. Topics treated. Brief report of stake. The evil of faultfinding. Opposition to the holy priesthood. S. B. Young. Topics treated. The evil of strong drink. [p.514] Word of wisdom. R. Clawson. Topics. Exaltation. Apostasy. Apostle Jno. W. Taylor. Topics treated. Rebellion. Apostasy.

6:30 p.m. General priesthood meeting, Pres. Kelly presiding. Apostle Jno. W. Taylor was the speaker. Topics treated. Said that those who have sexual intercourse with their wives or touch any dead body are unclean until evening, and, therefore, during that day should not enter the temple or officiate in the ordinances of the gospel. Advised the brethren not to eat pork or use it in their families. Dwelt upon the power and authority of the holy priesthood. Testified that he had seen the face of the Savior in vision by night.

[Wednesday, 26 November 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk.

Pres. Smith read a subpoena signed by U.S. Marshal [Benjamin B.] Heywood, summoning Jno. Nicholson to appear before the grand jury and bring with him the temple marriage records No. A. and No. A-1. Pres. Smith remarked that he did not know what the grand jury had in view but presumed they sought some evidence that might be used against Reed Smoot, prospective senator from Utah. The policy to be followed in this matter was not determined.

The brethren clothed and sang, “Though Deepening Trials Throng the Way.” Prayer by Apostle Cowley, and Apostle Teasdale mouth at the altar. Song, “Come, All Ye Sons of God.” The minutes of Nov. 20 were read and approved. The Union Stake Conference was postponed indefinitely on account of sickness.

Reports
Apostle Jno. H. Smith reported the attendance of Pres. Jno. R. Winder, Apostle Teasdale, and himself at the domestic conference of the B. Y. Academy, Provo, last Sunday. The status of the pupils from the various stakes was very favorable. A choice spirit prevailed in the meetings. The academy being in need of another school building, it was decided at a later meeting, Pres. Smith being in attendance, to divide the expense—namely, about $18,000—between [p.515] the five stakes belonging to that church school district.

Apostle Jno. W. Taylor attended the Box Elder Stake Conference. Large attendance and good meetings. Priesthood meeting Sunday night, 66 presiding authorities present and a large number of the brethren. Apostle Cowley accompanied Apostle Merrill to the Benson Stake Conference, being held at Smithfield. The reports were encouraging.

Apostle Clawson attended the Box Elder Stake Conference in company with Apostle Taylor. Was mouth in ordaining Jas. Nelson, Jr., bishop of Thatcher Ward. One of the stake presidency reported a large number of people in the various wards of the stake without a standing in the church, which emphasized the importance of the letter of instructions recently passed upon by the council.

Apostle Reed Smoot, Presidents Jos. F. Smith and Anthon H. Lund attended the Millard Stake Conference at Oasis. Attendance poor on account of bad roads. Reports only fair. Considerable interest shown in the M.I.A. work. Pres. Ira N. Hinckley was honorably released, and Alonzo A. Hinckley called to succeed him, with Thos. C. Callister, 1st counselor, and Geo. A. Seamon, 2nd counselor. Daniel Thompson and David R. Stevens were ordained patriarchs, and Orville L. Thompson, a high priest and bishop of Scipio. After the conference the brethren visited the Desert reservoir and found considerable work had been done. Benediction by Apostle Reed Smoot.

8 p.m. Meeting of the Clawson brothers. Present: Bradley, Spencer, myself, Leo, and Selden. I should have said, the committee on organization. We discussed the subject of organization further and decided that we would call the family together and submit the following recommendations. First, that we organize the family under the title of the Clawson Union. Second, that each head of a family who is identified with the union be assessed 25c per capita for his family monthly. Third, that the management of moneys arising from said fund be under the direction and control of a board of 7 directors, namely (for the first term): Hiram B. Clawson, president; Rudger Clawson, vice president; Spencer Clawson, secretary and treasurer; and Jno. Groesbeck, Alex. Campbell, Selden I. Clawson, and Oliver C. Green. Adjourned.

[p. 516] [Friday, 28 November 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. At 10 a.m. attended a meeting of the executive committee of the Utah Light and Power Co.

We have concluded to rent our old home at the rear of 49 Canyon Road to Brother Jno. Anderson of Brigham City, and I have been busy all the afternoon in assisting to get it ready. The rent will be $35.00 per month.

[Thursday, 4 December 1902] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 10:20 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Jno. Smith, pat., and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Let Us Pray, Gladly Pray.” Apostle Taylor opened, and Pat. Jno. Smith was mouth at the altar. Song, “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah.” The minutes of Nov. 26 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the St. George Stake, in which they recommended the division of the St. George Ward, with Isaac C. Macfarlane for bishop of the St. George East Ward and Jas. McArthur, bishop of the St. George West Ward. Upon motion of Apostle Clawson the recommendation was adopted, and Apostles Cowley and Clawson were appointed to attend the next conference in that stake and effect the change. Conference appointments: Pocatello, Apostle Jno. H. Smith; North San Pete, Apostle Teasdale.

A letter from Elder [John E.] Magleby, former president of the New Zealand Mission, making a number of suggestions relating to said mission and the elders thereof, was read. It was decided that all elders honorably released from the New Zealand Mission should have the privilege of intermediate passage home at $115, instead of steerage at $100.

The question of dividing the Salt Lake Stake, which had been referred to the Presidency, was brought up by Pres. Smith and discussed. Pres. Jno. R. Winder and Apostles Clawson and Smoot felt that the time had come for the division, and were, therefore, in favor of it. Pres. Anthon H. Lund and Apostles Taylor and Jno. H. Smith were opposed to it. Apostle Teasdale preferred that the [p.517] Presidency would decide the matter. Apostles Merrill and Cowley did not express themselves. Pres. Smith said that he was not quite clear on the matter and suggested that it be laid on the table for the present with the understanding that the brethren could bring it up again at any time, which was done. Pres. Smith stated that the total amount of tithing paid in to date was a little in excess of the receipts for last year covering the same period.

Reports
Apostle Jno. H. Smith and R[ulon] S. Wells were at the Tooele Conference last week. Attendance large on Sunday but small on Monday. The church population of the stake has increased 268 souls in the last 20 years. Apostle Smith dedicated the new meeting house in the Lincoln Ward. Monday they visited the big railroad cut near Stockton between Tooele and Rushton valleys. Apostle Teasdale attended an exhibition of the district schools at Nephi on Thursday and the Sabbath meeting at Nephi.

Apostle Taylor attended the funeral of Jno. Ford on Sunday and on Wednesday assisted in the reorganization of the bishopric of the West Bountiful Ward with Dan Muir as bishop. He also ordained Chas. R. Jones of East Bountiful, a patriarch.

Apostle Merrill said that he received a delegation last Sunday from the West Canal Company or rather the canal company who are building a canal on the west side of Cache Valley. The people who are prosecuting the enterprise are in deep distress for want of means. They wanted to know what to do. Apostle Merrill told them they could not expect help from the church but must rely upon their own resources.

Apostle Cowley attended a stake priesthood meeting at Rexburg last Sunday. The principal subject of discussion [was] the Fremont Stake Academy now in course of erection. They are meeting with some difficulty in getting in funds.

Apostle Smoot attended a meeting of the directors of the Mammoth Reservoir Co. at Nephi last Friday. The difficulties connected with this enterprise were discussed. On Sunday he attended meeting at Provo.

Pres. Lund attended Sunday School and meeting in the 17th Wd. last Sunday, and Pres. Winder attended the Wilford Ward Conference. The reports and labors of the brethren were approved. Benediction by Apostle Merrill.

[Saturday, 6 December 1902] [p. 518] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. I spent the day in Brigham City. While there, attended monthly priesthood meeting of the Box Elder Stake, which convened at 11 a.m. Pres. Chas. Kelly presided. There were 217 bearing the priesthood present. The letter from the First Presidency regarding the saints who were living in wards without a standing in the church was read, and Bro. Kelly commented on it.

I made remarks on the candidacy of Apostle Reed Smoot to the United States Senate. Also spoke upon the evil of self-abuse among our boys and advised parents to enquire into the habits of their children.

[Thursday, 11 December 1902] 10:55 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk, [and Abraham O. Woodruff]. The brethren clothed and sang, “Glory to God on High.” Apostle Jno. H. Smith opened, and Apostle Woodruff was mouth at the altar. Song, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.” Minutes of Dec. 4, 1902, were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the Malad Stake, in which they extended a special invitation to the First Presidency to attend the Malad Stake Conference a week from next Sunday. Pres. Smith said that they would try and respond.

A very excellent report from Pres. E[phriam]. H. Nye, pres. [of the] Southern States Mission, was read. Said that there were 118 elders laboring in his mission and 1 lady. They had recently held a number of interesting conferences. Their present operations covered some 13 cities as well as country districts.

The brethren listened to the reading of a very interesting letter from Apostle Francis M. Lyman to Apostle Cowley. Conference appointments: St. George, Apostles Cowley and Clawson; Sevier, Geo. Teasdale and Reed Smoot; Morgan, Presidents Smith and Lund.

The brethren were invited to attend an old folks gathering at Centerville on Saturday. Bishop [George R.] Emery of the 16th Ward extended an invitation to the brethren to attend services [p. 519]commemorative of the birth of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Tuesday evening, Dec. 23, 1902. Invitation accepted.

Reports
Apostle Jno. H. Smith and Rulon S. Wells attended the Pocatello Stake Conference last Sunday and Monday. Monday’s meetings poorly attended. The spirit of the conference was fine. Foundation of new Pocatello meeting house was in.

Apostle Teasdale said that he attended the North San Pete Stake Conference, which was well attended. The reports were encouraging. Apostle Cowley attended the temple fast meeting Sunday morning and the afternoon and evening meetings in the 17th Ward.

Apostle Woodruff gave a brief report of his recent visit to the S.W. States Mission (having sent in a written report of his labors in the Northern States Mission). Found matters in pretty good shape, and while absent had attended 100 meetings. These missions were in need of experienced elders. Recommended that a suitable man be selected and sent to succeed Pres. [James G.] Duffin, who has been a long time in the field.

Apostle Clawson attended three meetings on Sunday. The temple meeting in the morning, and afternoon and evening meetings in the 18th Ward. Apostle Smoot said that he attended meetings in Provo on Tuesday and on Monday attended the funeral of Stanley Partridge. Said that a wave of immorality seems to be passing over the Utah and adjoining stakes and he had advised active measures.

Pres. Lund said that he had attended meetings in the 17th Ward, and Pres. Winder attended temple fast meeting and also fast meeting in the Farmers Ward. A short letter addressed to Pres. Smith from Susa Y. Gates was read.

Apostle Jno. H. Smith proposed that Jos. F. Thomas of Manassa, Col., be appointed to succeed Pres. Duffin of the S.W. States Mission. Pres. Smith remarked that Brother Duffin had made an excellent president and he was in favor of keeping him there some years longer and furnishing support to his family. This view was heartily coincided in by the brethren, and Apostle Clawson moved that he be retained in the S.W. States Mission and that the necessary help be extended to his family and further that he be allowed to have his family with him, if he so desired. [p.520] Carried by unanimous vote.

Apostle Woodruff moved that Elder Jos. F. Thomas be called to fill a mission in the Northern States, as it was thought that Brother Thomas would be just the man to follow up and meet the Josephites, who were doing the church considerable injury by their false and malicious lies. Carried and Apostle Jno. H. Smith was instructed to write him relative to his circumstances financially.

Pres. Smith said that the Presidency had concluded to send Brother Saml. E. Woolley back to the [Sandwich] Islands to take charge for several years on account of his familiarity with affairs there and during his absence to support his family. The brethren concurred. Benediction by Pres. Anthon H. Lund.

[Saturday, 13 December 1902] St. George. Raining and cool. 10 a.m. First session of [St. George Stake] Conference at the tabernacle, Pres. Ed. H. Snow presiding. Apostle Cowley. Topics treated. St. George and neighboring towns located and settled by counsel of Pres. Brigham Young. A good people reside here. Tithing.

4:30 p.m. Priesthood meeting. Pres. Snow presided. Apostle Cowley spoke on a number of practical subjects. I dwelt upon the principle of union, the evil of self-abuse among the young, and punctuality, and the importance of keeping our promises.

[Thursday, 18 December 1902] Salt Lake City. Snowing and cold. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents ]os. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Marriner W. Merrill, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Jno. Smith, pat., and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “A Saint! and Is the Title Mine?” Pres. Jos. F. Smith opened, and Apostle Clawson was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Weep, Weep Not for Me, Zion.” Minutes of Dec. 11 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Aunt Lucy Walker Smith addressed to Pres. Smith, the gist of which was some reflections upon the work for the dead suggested to her mind in the temple. The question with her was this: were not her great grandparents, who died without a knowledge of the gospel, entitled to receive their [p.521] second anointings. Pres. Smith added, and the further question is, how far back shall we go with this ordinance? The rule heretofore has been that none (whether living or dead) should be privileged to receive this blessing, unless they could be recommended from personal knowledge to be good and worthy.

Pres. Lund felt that the second anointings should be given as a reward of faithfulness. “If this rule were departed from,” said he, “where could we stop?”

Pres. Smith said that the rule laid down by Pres. Young had been more or less departed from. At that time no two brethren could receive their 2nd anointings at the same meeting. In each case prayer and the signs were offered at the altar. Brother Geo. A. Smith remarked to the Prophet Joseph upon one occasion that, if the said ordinance were administered in that manner, the millennium would hardly be sufficient time to get through with it. He answered in the affirmative. Pres. Smith expressed the opinion that this work for the dead would be accomplished in the millennium.

Apostle Jno. H. Smith thought the present rule ought to be followed, except in case of revelation signifying a person’s worthiness. Apostle Teasdale was of the same opinion. Apostle Merrill felt that presidents of stakes were not quite careful enough in recommending people for this sacred blessing. Endorsed the sentiments of the brethren who had spoken. Didn’t think the Lord would reveal to Aunt Lucy, or any woman, those of the dead, or any of the dead, for second anointings. This right belonged to the president of the church.

Pres. Smith said that all such matters should be decided here and by us, and it should be understood that it is not the privilege of individuals to ask for this ordinance. In relation to giving 2nd anointings to the dead, he thought, any man who had received the gospel and priesthood in the flesh and was faithful, and also had someone sealed to him, would be entitled to it. There might, however, be exceptions to that. As to the remote dead, who died without the gospel, they may be endowed for and sealed and be safely left there—at least until we get further light.

Pres. Winder’s views were similar to those of Pres. Smith. He said that presidents of stakes had been a little reckless in this matter and should be checked up.

[p. 522] Pres. Smith further remarked that those who present themselves at the temple for blessings who appear to be unworthy (as, for instance, under the influence of liquor or tobacco, &c.) should be put on probation. Presidents Winder and Merrill at the temples should act as a check upon the presidents of stakes in regard to this matter.

Conference appointments: Malad, Apostle Clawson; Hyrum, Apostle Merrill; Davis, Apostles A. O. Woodruff, Teasdale, and  Jno. Smith, patriarch.

The clerk read a letter from Apostle Woodruff and Jas. G. Duffin, pres. [of the] S.W. States Mission. They had investigated, they said, the propriety of establishing a townsite for our people at Kelsy, Upshur County, Texas. The conditions were favorable and they recommended that it be done. The matter was laid on the table for one week, but, so far as putting money into it, was decided that the church could not do this.

The bishop of Byron Ward, Big Horn Stake, F. Kohler, wrote and invited the presidency to subscribe for $3,000 worth of stock in the co-op store at Byron just started. It would be a great help to them and success was certain with big profits. It was determined by unanimous vote that the church is not in a condition to subscribe.

Reports
Presidents Smith and Winder and Elder Jno. H. Smith attended the Salt Lake Stake Conference. The attendance was fair all day and a good spirit prevailed. Pres. Smith in his remarks said that the names, “Prophet, Seer, and Revelator,” and “Apostle” were too sacred to be used as it is commonly done. The brethren should address each other as “Elder.”

Apostles Teasdale and Smoot attended the Sevier Stake Conference. The subjects treated were appropriate to the prevailing conditions. Apostle Woodruff attended a ward reunion at Centerville last Saturday and in company with Pres. Lund attended the Morgan Stake Conference Sunday and Monday.

Apostle Clawson reported the attendance of Apostle Cowley and himself at the St. George Conference. Said that the people all through the southern part of the state had been visited by splendid storms, which gives promise of an abundant harvest next year. During the conference St. George was divided into two wards, with [p.523] Isaac Macfarlane as bishop of East St. George Ward and with Jas. McArthur as bishop of West St. George Ward. Also ordained Heber E. Harrison, bishop of Pinto Ward. George Jarvis was ordained a patriarch, Brother Clawson being mouth, and James Andrus, late bishop of St. George, was ordained a high councillor, Brother Clawson also being mouth.

Patriarch [John Smith] visited a sick grandchild at Provo. Pres. Lund said that two brethren were ordained high councillors in the Morgan Stake. The reports and labors of the brethren were approved and the meeting adjourned until next Wednesday. Benediction by Apostle Teasdale.

[Sunday, 21 December 1902] Sumaria, Idaho. Clear and cold. 2 p.m. Continuation of [Malad Stake] Conference, Pres. [Milton H.] Welling presiding.

Bp. Daniel E. Price gave a brief report of the new meeting house in which we were assembled. Cost $4000—$3000 paid up and $1000 remaining unpaid, which has been assumed by the building committee. Dimensions of the house [are] 40 by 72 ft. and constructed of frame. Work done substantial and the painting neat and attractive to the eye.

Pres. Milton H. Welling gave a brief report. Topics treated. Presidency of the stake hold weekly meetings and are united. The presiding authorities of the various organizations quite active and faithful.

Rudger Clawson. Topics treated. The birth of Jos. Smith, the prophet. The new meeting house. Amusements.

Rulon S. Wells. Topics treated. Life and character of Jos. Smith. The building up of Zion in the mountains.

[Wednesday, 24 December 1902] Salt Lake City. Mild; thawing. 10:30 a.m. Meeting at the President’s office. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Pat. Jno. Smith, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Elder Hyrum M. Smith opened. Minutes of Dec. 18, 1902, were read and approved. Appointments: Elder Clawson was appointed to assist in dividing the 10th Ward, Salt Lake Stake, next Sunday evening.

[p. 524] There was some further discussion on the propriety of using the word “Apostle” too frequently and a motion prevailed that we discourage its too common use, that the Twelve be referred to in print as “Elders,” and that we address each other as “Brother.” It was also decided that the epistle under preparation by the First Presidency be issued at the earliest possible moment in the new year.

Reports
Pres. Winder attended Sunday School in Farmers Ward on Sunday and the tabernacle meeting in the afternoon. Elder Jno. H. Smith attended Sunday School and evening meeting in the 17th Ward.

Elder Clawson reported the Malad Stake Conference and said that it was the best conference he had ever attended in that stake. He noted a general improvement since the reorganization of the stake. The conference was held at Sumaria, at which place a new meeting house was dedicated by him. It was 40 x 72 ft. in dimensions and had cost $4000. It was a frame building, neat in appearance, and well and substantially constructed. During the conference he ordained two patriarchs and two bishops and assisted in setting apart their counselors. One was Elder [Heber A.] Holbrook, bishop of Holbrook, and the other was Geo. M. Ward, bishop of Washakie.

Elder Smoot went to Mammoth to consult with the brethren in regard to the Mammath Canal leading into San Pete. There are many difficulties in the way, but he advised the people to make every effort to accomplish the work. Attended meeting at Provo Sunday afternoon.

Elders Geo. Teasdale, A. O. Woodruff, and Jno. Smith attended the Davis Stake Conference. The meetings were well attended and a good spirit prevailed. Found Pres. [John W.] Hess in pretty good health.

Elder Cowley reported his attendance at the St. George conference with Brother Clawson a week ago Sunday. On Monday attended the funeral of Brother DeFrieze, who was the 15th victim [of] the DelaMar Mine dust. From St. George he proceeded to Parowan for the purpose of attending conference and held meetings by the way as follows: Santa Clara, Washington, Toquerville, Kanarra, Cedar, and Summit. Said that his attention had been [p.525] called to two or three cases of fornication and that the brethren there were somewhat divided as to what action should be taken. Some took the view that they should be cut off the church without consideration, others that they might be forgiven upon showing forth a spirit of repentance and retained in the church. Pres. Smith here remarked that every case must stand upon its own merits. The apostles have authority to give counsel and act in all such cases and in other matters that come before them in the stakes. Should any case arise where one or more of the apostles are a little in doubt, let it be brought to the council and decided.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith reported his recent visit south. Said that a fine conference was held in Juarez, Mexico, Elder J. G. Kimball being in attendance. Three meetings were held in Diaz and three in Dublan. Conference was also held in the Maricopa Stake, where Elder Isaac Dana was set apart as 2nd counselor to Pres. [Collins R.] Hakes and Elder [William J.] LeBaron as 1st counselor. Pres. Hakes, he said, is not a strong president. They returned home by way of California and held meetings in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Concluded by saying that they had a good time all along and found the people feeling pretty well spiritually, but not doing so well financially.

Elder H. M. Smith said further that there was a brother in the St. Joseph Stake, a patriarch, who had been living with a woman out of wedlock. He was cut off the church but had since been restored, and now desired to receive again the patriarchal priesthood. He declined, he said, to ordain him. Brother Hyrum referred to the fact that the First Council of Seventies in calling men to be presidents of seventies ordained them to said office, whereas he took the view that the proper action would be to set them apart. This was the view taken by the brethren present. The clerk said that the council decided some years ago that presidents of seventies should be ordained. The matter was, therefore, laid on the table until such time as the clerk could look up the decision referred to.

Elder Smoot said that there was a diversity of opinion in Utah Stake as to who would sit in judgment if the President of the church were placed on trial. Some claimed that it would be the right of the Presiding Bishopric to try him. Elder Smoot said he did not coincide with this view. The matter might be considered inappropriate for discussion, but he thought the council ought to be [p.526] agreed as touching this question. Elder Smoot said that the revelation which directed that in case the President of the High Priesthood should [be] put upon trial, the Presiding Bishop associated with twelve high priests should constitute the trial court, was given before the church was fully organized and before the Twelve had been chosen.

Pres. Smith suggested that the matter be taken under advisement for one week, which was done. Pres. Smith reported that he attended Sunday School in the 16th Ward, tabernacle meeting at 2 p.m., and evening meeting in the 16th Ward. Benediction by Jno. Smith, pat.

Note: The above minutes state that Pres. Lund was at the meeting. This is an error, as Pres. Lund had gone to San Pete for Christmas. The meeting was held at the President’s office for the reason that the Apostles’ Room at the temple is being renovated.

[Sunday, 28 December 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 2 p.m. Meeting at the tabernacle, C. W. [Penrose] presiding. Elder Hyrum M. Smith was the first speaker. Topics treated. Preaching the gospel of repentance to the world in our day. The ten commandments. R. Clawson. Topics treated. The character and power of the Almighty. The restoration of the gospel.

6:30 p.m. Meeting in the 10th Ward meeting house called for the purpose of dividing the 10th Ward, Bp. Adam Spiers presiding. Sacrament. While the sacrament was being administered, brief remarks were made by Stake Counselors Jos. E. Taylor and Chas. W. Penrose.

Pres. Angus M. Cannon arose and stated the division lines of the new ward, which would be called the 33rd Ward of the Salt Lake Stake. As Bishop Spiers was in need of a counselor, Elder Jos. Keddington, 2nd counselor, was sustained as 1st counselor and Jos. Christensen was sustained as 2nd counselor. Brother Jos. Christensen was not set apart for the reason that he is a president of the seventies and the First Council of Seventies had not been consulted. I made remarks upon the duty and calling of a bishop.

[Wednesday, 31 December 1902] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the President’s [p.527] office. Present: the First Presidency and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Rudger Clawson, Abraham O. Woodruff, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Pat. Jno. Smith. Prayer by Pres. Jno. R. Winder. Minutes of Dec. 24 were read and approved.

Reports
Pres. A. H. Lund said that he attended the 17th Ward Sunday School and tabernacle meeting in the afternoon [on] Dec. 21, and spoke at the Scandinavian meeting last Sunday and at the 33rd Ward in the evening. Pres. Winder attended the funeral of Jno. Allen last Sunday. Elder Teasdale said that in the forenoon of last Sunday attended prayer circle and Sunday School at Nephi and annual ward conference of the 1st Ward same place in afternoon. Elder Woodruff said that Elder Cowley and himself attended the funeral of Elder Geo. W. Thatcher on Sunday at noon.

Elder Clawson reported the division of the 10th Ward which was effected Sunday evening with Robert Brighton as bishop [of the 33rd Ward] and Henry C. Baddley and Wm. Harvey as counselors. He was mouth in the ordination of the bishop. Jos. Keddington and Jos. Christensen were sustained as counselors to Bp. Adam Spiers of the 10th Ward.

Elder Smoot attended meetings at Provo. The Patriarch [John Smith] said he was present at Isaac Seeley’s funeral on Saturday. Elder Jno. H. Smith attended the funeral of Shadrach Holdaway of Provo on Saturday and was present at the tabernacle Sunday p.m.

Pres. Smith attended the 20th Ward Sunday School, of which he gave a good report. In the afternoon, Sunday, he visited the sons and daughters of Heber C. Kimball. Held a little meeting and dedicated the home of Jos. Kimball. The report and labors of the brethren were approved.

The question of ordaining presidents of seventies was further discussed and laid on the table for one week. Patriarch Jno. Smith said that he was in need of a clerk to assist him in taking down blessings and recording same in a record kept for the purpose. $30.00 per month was appropriated for said purpose.

The meeting adjourned for one week to meet at the usual time and place. Benediction by Elder Teasdale.

Notes

1. The missionaries were evicted from their boarding house.

2. The missionaries were evicted from their boarding house.

3. Stanley, Sidney, and Fred are Rudger Clawson’s brothers; H. B., Jr., Selden, and Walter are half-brothers.

4. Contrary to its usual meaning of “inactive Mormon,” the term “Jack Mormon” appears to mean “friendly non-Mormon.”