A Ministry of Meetings
Stan Larson, editor
11 May to 11 January
Descendants of Jesus:
“His Seed is Represented in This Body of Men”
[p. 59] [Thursday, 11 May, 1899] 11 a.m. Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents Snow and Smith, Pres. F. D. Richards, Apostles F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, and R. Clawson; and G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
A letter from Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon, Washington, respecting the labors of himself and Bishop [Hiram B.] Clawson on the government building site, was read. He said the present prospects of getting the building on the Deseret News corner are favorable. Also wrote regarding the prospect of getting a senator from Utah seated should the governor appoint one. The matter is somewhat uncertain.
A letter from John M. Baxter, pres. of Woodruff Stake, was read. Said that some of the brethren wanted to engage in the publication of a newspaper and he wanted counsel on the subject. There is a paper now published in the stake, called the Round Up, but it is unfavorable to our people, and the proposition is to buy it out and make a stake paper of it.
Apostle Lyman, just returned from there, said that he had counseled them to give up the idea of buying and to turn their attention to the Deseret News by giving it their patronage. Brother [p. 59]Lyman’s action was approved. In speaking of the Deseret News under the management of H[orace] G. Whitney, Apostle Grant said there has been a great improvement in the business, the subscriptions for the semiweekly having increased some 1600 issues since Jan. 1st. Pres. Snow also stated that, while under the old management the business was continually running behind, within a few days H. G. Whitney had proffered the church a loan of $5000.00, which had been accepted.atrona
A letter from L[ewis] S. Pond, pres. of Bannock Stake, was read. He stated that the bishop of the Lund Ward had resigned and suggested the appointment of F. E. Reddish as his successor. It was recommended that the presidency of the stake be authorized to select an acting bishopric to act until some of the apostles visit the Bannock Stake. Adopted.
A letter from Apostle J. W. Taylor, recommending the appointment of certain brethren to settle in Canada and work on the canal there, was read. It was moved that, in consideration of the fact the call is intended to fill a contract made by the First Presidency, the communication be approved. Carried. Benediction by Pres. J. F. Smith.
I spent the balance of the day at the President’s office, working on Pres. Snow’s private books.
[Sunday, 14 May 1899] Brigham City. Cloudy and cool. At 12 o’clock I left for Mantua Ward accompanied by Lydia and the children, arriving there at 1:30 p.m. We found the Bishop [Peter C. Jensen] confined to his bed with a severe cold.
2 p.m. Meeting at the ward house, Counselor [Michael J.] Schow presiding. Elder J. D. Call, home missionary, was the first speaker. Topics treated. Preaching the gospel by inspiration rather than depending upon the written sermon. Compared false religions with the true religion.
I occupied the balance of the time. Read from the 31st chapter of 2nd Nephi, commencing at the 14th verse, and made comments thereon.
After meeting called at Brother [Hans N.] Jeppesen’s accompanied by Brother Schow and administered to his boy, Joseph, who has recently had a paralytic stroke. Later took dinner at the [p.61] bishop’s and after administering to the bishop, we returned to Brigham City. The ride through the canyon was delightful. Shortly after midnight I was called and asked to go and assist in administering to Sister Phebe Tracy, a sister living in the 3rd Ward, who had suddenly been struck down with paralysis, her whole left side being affected. She was in a most distressing condition. Brother [Lorenzo N.] Stohl, Rohwer, and myself administered to her.
[Monday, 15 May 1899] Brigham City. Cloudy and cool. I took the 6:10 a.m. for Salt Lake, arriving at 9 a.m. I spent the forenoon and part of the afternoon at the President’s office, working on President Snow’s private books. At 3 p.m. went with Mother and some of the girls down to Scheel’s Bros. and selected the wallpaper for the 18th Ward house.
At 5:30 p.m. President Snow and party took train for St. George where they will hold conference, and in their return home will take teams and visit the settlements along the rode. It is expected that they will have a grand time. The party was composed of the following brethren and sisters: Pres. Snow and wife, Pres. J. F. Smith and wife, Pres. F. D. Richards and wife, Apostle F. M. Lyman and wife, A[braham]. O. Woodruff and wife, Bishop [William B.] Preston, Seymour B. Young, and Arthur Winter, church reporter. Pres. Snow kindly invited me to go with the party, but owing to certain matters of importance arising I could not accept the invitation, much to my regret.
[Sunday, 21 May 1899] Brigham City. Clear and cool. 2 p.m. [Box Elder Stake Conference.] I made brief remarks concerning the affairs of the stake, expressing my appreciation of the fellowship of the saints of the Box Elder Stake. Said that we, as saints, are highly blessed, because in our weakness God has made us strong by the power of His Spirit and by that Spirit would thresh the nations. Also showed that man could not find out God, except by the Spirit of God.
7 p.m. Priesthood meeting in the tabernacle. Pres. [Christian D.] Fjeldsted was the first speaker and dwelt upon the duties of the priesthood. Also spoke against mask balls.
J. H. Smith followed and spoke upon the subject of marriage. [p.62] He also spoke in praise of the singing by the choir.
Patriarchs, high councillors, bishops, and counselors were asked to remain a few minutes after the meeting. Apostle Taylor addressed them and said that Bp. Preston and himself had been appointed by the First Presidency to get settlers to the number of 100 to go to Canada to work on a canal there and settle in that country, to fill a contract made by the Presidency in the interest of our people. He said it was desirable to have one or two families go from each of the larger wards of the stake, and he would leave the matter in the hands of the bishops to investigate and report to him at the earliest moment.
[Monday, 29 May 1899] Brigham City. Cloudy and mild. 6:10 a.m. I took the train for Salt Lake, arriving at 9 a.m.
The great naval hero, W. S. Schley, who was the central figure in the battle of Santiago Harbor when the Spanish fleet under Cevera was destroyed, is in Salt Lake. He came in yesterday morning and received an ovation at the depot and along the streets. In the afternoon he attended services at the tabernacle and made a short speech that was applauded to the echo. In the afternoon he made a short visit to Saltair Beach and seemed to greatly enjoy it. At 9:45 this morning he was accorded a street reception by the school children of Salt Lake City. The children formed in line on the north side of South Temple St. from Main to 10th East. The admiral rode in a carriage with Governor [Heber M.] Wells, drawn by four white horses, preceded by a band. There were many carriages in the line. The children were very enthusiastic and cheered to the echo as the distinguished party passed along.
2 p.m. Afternoon session of officers meeting of Y.M.M.I.A., Pres. Lorenzo Snow presiding. Pres. Lorenzo Snow said, we are going to visit you in your stakes and tell you what the Lord has put in our hearts to tell you. Spoke upon the law of tithing, and said, if we don’t obey it, this will not be a land of Zion to us. We don’t half obey it. If the saints had paid an honest tithing during the past two years, there would be a million dollars in the treasury of the Church that is not there now. It is a question, he said, whether people who don’t pay an honest tithing are entitled to go into the temple and receive blessings there. In conclusion he invoked the [p.63] blessings of the Lord upon the young men present.
[Thursday, 1 June 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. Birthday of President Brigham Young. Celebration was given by his family at Saltair, trains going out and returning every hour in the day after 10 a.m. At 2 p.m. an elegant luncheon was served to First Presidency and Twelve and other prominent visitors, after which a very interesting program was rendered in the pavilion. The temple choir furnished the singing, popular airs were rendered by [John] Held’s Band, and addresses were made by Brigham Young, Jr., Governor Wells, Senator Jos. L. Rawlins, Apostle F. M. Lyman, and Judge Kinney of California. All of the speakers paid a glowing tribute to the memory of President Brigham Young. In the evening an old time ball with old time costumes was given, and it proved to be a very enjoyable affair. The only unpleasant feature of the celebration was the weather, which was quite cold during a greater part of the day. Mother and myself returned on the 8:15 p.m. train.
[Thursday, 8 June 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 8 a.m. Worked on the monthly statements for the Brigham City Roller Mill Co.
11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents L. Snow, J. F. Smith, F. D. Richards, and Apostles B. Young, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, R. Clawson, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk.
A letter from Orson Smith, tendering his resignation as president of Cache Stake, was read. Financial troubles led him to resign.
A letter from C. M. Wilson, Att[orne]y, Los Angeles, Cala., was also read. He felt interested, he said, in the Yuma Indians of Arizona and thought they ought to be colonized in Cala., as there was a good chance for them to secure land there. In the event of steps being taken in that direction, our people, he was sure, could materially assist them. Apostle J. H. Smith thought that, before final action in the matter, Henry Rogers, who has been laboring among the Indians in Arizona, should be consulted. The question was referred to B. Young, Jr., to investigate.
Apostle J. H. Smith reported the visit of himself and M. F. Cowley to Chattanooga, Tenn. Said the elders in the Southern [p.64] States were suffering considerably from malaria, and they had, therefore, advised Ben Rich to withdraw the elders from the low lands during the summer months. Said there was a splendid feeling among the elders. Had held some very interesting meetings of which the press gave favorable notice. Reported that a commissary had been established in the Southern States Mission to supply the Elders with clothing and other things, and they thought it a good thing. The Book of Mormon, he said, was being sold by the Josephites [members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints] in the South at 50 cts. per volume. He recommended that a cheap edition of the Book of Mormon be published by the Church to meet this condition. Apostles J. H. Smith and M. F. Cowley were appointed a committee to look into the matter. Brother Cowley stated that the Book of Mormon could be published in the South for 27½ cts. and in the North for 33½ cts., just as good in style and finish as the dollar edition sold in Salt Lake.
Speaking of the distribution of our literature in the world, Pres. Snow said the difficulty now confronting us is the lack of means. If the people would pay a just tithing, he said, there would be no trouble.
Pres. A.M. Cannon reported by letter that people, who in some cases were unworthy, were recommended by Elders in the world for their [temple] anointings and endowments. It was the mind of the council that the practice be stopped, and that a circular letter be sent to the Elders instructing them in the matter.
Heber C. Iverson was recommended by the presidency of stake as bishop for the 2nd Ward, Salt Lake. Taken under advisement. Benediction by M. F. Cowley.
8 p.m. Accompanied by Mother, I attended a banquet given by the Latter-day Saints College alumni at Christensen’s Hall. It was a very pleasant affair and was much enjoyed by all.
[Monday, 12 June 1899] Brigham City. Clear and warm. Accompanied by Lydia I left for Salt Lake, arriving at 9 a.m. The purpose of Lydia’s visit was to go with me to the 18th Ward house and consider some changes therein.
10 a.m. Second day of Salt Lake Stake Conference at the [p.65] assembly hall, general priesthood meeting. Prest. Snow was the first speaker. Read from Section 85, Book of Covenants, bearing upon the law of tithing, also from Section 101. Said we have come here today to tell you exactly what the Lord expects of you and me with reference to the law of tithing. Speaking of the saints in Jackson County, said that God made certain promises to them—namely, to bless and multiply them in that land, if they would observe to keep the law of consecration, but they failed to do it and God permitted their enemies to drive them out. Had they observed to keep His law, the Latter-day Saints would be the wealthiest community on the earth today. Said, “Brethren, you and I will never be called to go to Jackson County until we shall be willing to accept the law of consecration. After the people had failed in keeping this law, they were placed under another law, namely, that of tithing, and we are now under that law.”1 He then read the revelation on tithing from the Book of Covenants. Not more than 50% of the tithing has been paid, said he, and also further remarked that, if a full tithing had been paid during the past year, there would be $1,000,000.00 in the treasury that is not there now. He said, “A part of a tithing is no tithing at all, any more than baptizing half the body constitutes a baptism. It is now time for the people to wake up and do their duty in this matter.” Prest. Jos. F. Smith also spoke upon the law of consecration and tithing.
After the meeting Lydia and myself went through the 18th Ward house and decided upon some important and radical changes. At 8:45 p.m. we took the train for Brigham City, arriving at 2 a.m., having been greatly delayed at Ogden.
[Thursday, 15 June 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents Snow and Smith, Apostles J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, F. D. Richards, R. Clawson, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clk., [and Matthias F. Cowley].
[p.66] Pres. Snow said that he had been impressed to call the presidents of stakes and bishops of wards throughout Zion to meet in the temple, fast day, July 2nd, 1899, and there present to them the law of tithing. He wished to know, he said, how the brethren felt in relation to the matter. Apostles J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, and myself made remarks favoring the idea. It was moved by myself that the meeting be held, July 2nd, in accordance with Pres. Snow’s suggestion, and that the following authorities be invited to attend: First Presidency, Twelve, First Seven Presidents, Patriarch, presidents of stakes and counselors, and bishops of wards. Carried.
A letter from Wm. H. Seegmiller, pres. Juab [Sevier] Stake, was read. He stated that the stake tabernacle, recently destroyed by fire, would soon be ready for dedication and expressed the hope that the First Presidency and Twelve would favor them with their presence upon that occasion, the President to designate who should offer the dedicatory prayer. Invitation accepted.
Apostle J. H. Smith asked if there would be any objection to Elder Ben E. Rich, president of the Southern States Mission, having his wife live with him in the mission, as it was thought she would make a very efficient missionary. President Snow said there would be no objection to it.
Singing. Benediction by Apostle Geo. Teasdale.
In the afternoon had F. G. Holden, the electrician, come to the 18th Ward house and get out a bid for wiring same. He told me it would cost $27.50, and I instructed him to go ahead.
[Sunday, 18 June 1899] Fielding. Clear and warm. At 7:39 a.m. we left for Portage, a 17-mile drive, arriving at 10 a.m. The roads were dusty.
10 a.m. [Malad Stake] Conference convened at the ward house. Meeting called to order by Pres. O. C. Hoskins.
Pres. Hoskins gave a brief report of the stake. Said the presidency of the stake had recently visited the Sunday Schools, and could say that a good work is being done among the children. A good spirit prevails in the meetings of the people, both general and priesthood. Exhorted the saints to faithfulness.
Andrew Jenson, Asst. Church Historian, followed. Topics treated: Preaching the gospel. Manners and customs of the people [p.67] living on the islands of the sea, namely, Sandwich Islands, Samoa, and New Zealand. I made a few remarks on the subject of infidelity, showing the great responsibility resting upon parents respecting their children.
2 p.m. Moroni Ward, bishop of Washakie Indian Ward, reported the condition of the Indians under his charge. There are some of the Indians, he said, who are faithful in the performance of every duty, others there are who are careless and indifferent. They have a Relief Society and a Sunday School, and a number have received the priesthood of an elder. The Indian, he said, is naturally very suspicious, but when he is treated right by his white brother, is strong in his friendships. Apostle A. O. Woodruff followed and dwelt at length upon the law of tithing.
[Thursday, 22 June 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents L. Snow and Jos. F. Smith, and Apostles B. Young, Jr., J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A[braham] O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
A communication from certain members of the 2nd Wd., [Salt Lake] City, was read. It represented that they had purchased some lots [in] Steffensen’s Division from one Chas. [Christian] Steffensen, who is now on a mission in Scandinavia, and that he had sold some of the lots twice, which would doubtless lead to trouble. They asked that Elder Steffensen be released to come home and fix up the matter. Upon vote the matter was referred to Apostle Lund to investigate.
After some discussion in reference to reorganizing the bishopric of the 2nd Ward, City, it was moved that Heber C. Iverson be appointed bishop. Carried.
Apostle J. H. Smith suggested that some attention should be given to a number of the presidents of stakes, who are getting old and are, therefore, not so active and progressive as they should be. He named the following stakes as needing a change: Bannock, Cassia, Wasatch, San Pete, Malad, Beaver, Morgan, and San Juan. Pres. Snow said he would be in favor of a change if we could supply their places with men who are devoted and ambitious. Benediction by Pres. Lorenzo Snow.
[Friday, 23 June 1899][p.68] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. The following is a copy [of] a letter addressed to me, the meeting to be held in the Salt Lake Temple, July 2nd, 1899:
Salt Lake City
June 22nd, 1899
A Call by the First Presidency
Pres. Rudger Clawson and Counselors,
Box Elder Stake of Zion,
A Solemn Assembly of the Holy Priesthood, consisting of [the] First Presidency, [Apostles,] First Seven Presidents of Seventies, Presiding Patriarch, Presiding Bishopric, presidents of stakes and their counselors, and bishops of wards will convene in the Salt Lake Temple next fast day, July 2nd, at 10 o’clock a.m.
Please notify the bishops of your stake of this meeting and send us the names, as soon as possible, of those who will attend, including those of yourselves.
Geo. Q. Cannon,
Jos. F. Smith.
[Thursday, 29 June 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. Meeting of the brethren at the President’s office. Present: President[s] Snow and Smith, Apostles F. M. Lyman, B. Young, Jr., Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, F. D. Richards, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, and myself, Bp. W. B. Preston, F. S. Richards, Robt. R. Anderson, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk.
The object of the meeting briefly stated was this: the First Presidency of the Church in the days of Pres. Woodruff, being desirous to see the Pioneer Power Plant enterprise a success and in order to aid said company in securing funds, guaranteed the bond issue, namely, $1,500,000.00, which action, owing to the uncertainty of business enterprises generally, is causing the Presi[p.69]dency and Twelve considerable anxiety. The Pioneer Co. afterwards went into the consolidation known as the Union Light and Power Co. Certain English capitalists, who are also interested in the consolidation, are dissatisfied and are trying to make trouble. Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon, LeGrande Young, and R. S. Campbell have had several conferences with them in Boston and under the authority of Pres. Snow are trying to get the Church released from the guarantee. Pres. Cannon telegraphed that the Banigan Estate, which holds the bonds referred to, would surrender the guarantee upon condition that the Church pay $25,000.00 in 30 days, $200,000 in one year [at 5 percent interest] and guarantee 5% [2 percent] interest on $250,000.00 bonds for 10 years. By accepting this proposition the Church would be relieved of any further liability as against the $1,500,000.00. After some discussion it was decided by unanimous vote to accept, and a telegram announcing the decision was sent East.
Pres. Snow said that the meeting called for next Sunday at the temple would be a very important one, if not the most important we have had for years. It is to be called a Solemn Assembly and surely will be one. We calculate to partake of the sacrament at one o’clock, and about 4 p.m. break our fast in the assembly room of the temple. The meetings will be held in the Celestial and Terrestrial Rooms. The object to be accomplished is twofold, namely, to get those who attend the meeting to pay a full tithing, and through them, to get those over whom they preside to do the same. I know the brethren feel impressed with the importance of this meeting, and I want you to pray for the Spirit to rest upon all who attend. There will be no time for long sermons, but we want to hear from the Presidency, the Twelve, the Seven Presidents, and very briefly from the presidents of stakes. I will keep the time.
Apostle Heber J. Grant said he thought he could get a loan of $50,000.00 for the Church from the Hartford Fire Ins[urance] Co. at 6%, and possible at 5%. Taken under advisement.
Apostle Lyman reported his recent visit to the East. Said that while absent, he met Elder [Louis A.] Kelsch, pres. of the Northern States Mission, and Elder Ben E. Rich, pres. of the Southern States Mission. These brethren wanted the headquarter[s] of the Southern States Mission removed from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Cincinnati, Ohio. One reason for the change was to get away from the [p.70] unhealthy localities of the South. After some discussion it was moved by myself that the change be made. Carried.
Apostle Lyman read a letter from the President of the Wayne Stake [Willis E. Robison] in relation to a certain bishop by the name of Thos. Blackburn of Loa, who admitted that he had made several improper proposals to a number of sisters of his ward and had done things prejudicial to the character of a good Latter-day Saint. He wanted some counsel, he said, respecting the case. The matter was left for one of the Twelve to investigate at the next quarterly conference of the Wayne Stake.
Apostle Lund made a report in relation [to] the case of Elder [Christian] Steffensen, who had deeded a certain piece of land to two parties. He found that such had really been done, but, so far as he could learn, it was done by mistake. He had advised that the matter be left until Elder Steffensen’s return home. Meeting adjourned.
[Sunday, 2 July 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. This being the day for the Solemn Assembly called by the First Presidency, a large number of brethren were admitted to temple at 10 o’clock and were seated in the Celestial and Terrestrial Rooms. There were about 700 present, as follows, the First Presidency, Twelve, First Seven Presidents of Seventies, Presiding Patriarch, Presiding Bishopric, presidency of stakes, the bishops of wards, stake presidencies of Y.M.M.I.A., Y.L.M.I.A., Relief Society, and Sunday Schools, and a few others. Meeting was called to order by President Lorenzo Snow.
Pres. Snow said, it may seem strange, your being called together, but when you understand the object of the meeting you will understand the importance of it. Read Section 104 and a portion of Section 85, D.&C. Said that if the brethren present lived 10, 15, or 20 years, or perhaps less, they would go back to Jackson County. The time for returning to Jackson County is much nearer than many suppose and it is the faithful that would be selected to go and they will be required to accept the United Order. Read of the troubles and curses that are visited upon apostates. Said he would tell us what the Lord requires of us today. Read Section 119, D.[&]C. Talked upon the subject [p.71] of tithing. If the people, he said, had paid an honest tithing for the past year, we would have received $1,000,000.00 more than we did receive, and if a full tithing had been paid for the past 12 years, we would have received $10,000,000.00 more than we did receive. Bp. Preston says, and the books prove it, that only about a 50% tithing is paid. A half tithing or a third tithing is no tithing at all, but simply an offering. If we do not observe this law, we have no promise that we shall remain in this land an hour. Said that while visiting in St. George on his recent trip, the Lord revealed to him what counsel he should impart to the people, and the word of the Lord was that the Saints should pay their tithing. Trouble has come upon the people. In the south stock is dying off and crops are drying up, and in the north crops were partially destroyed by frost. An effort is being made to influence the Government to disfranchise the Latter-day Saints by a constitutional amendment. How far this is due to the disobedience of our people in observing the law of tithing, I do not know, but the saints are certainly under condemnation.
Bp. Preston followed. So far as he could ascertain, he said, there is about one-fourth of the saints that pay no tithing at all, while the average tithing paid by those that do pay is not more than 50%, and many fall below that percentage.
The following brethren spoke briefly but strongly upon the subject of tithing: Apostles A. O. Woodruff, F. D. Richards, B. Young, Jr., R. Clawson, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, and H. J. Grant.
President Snow read Sec. 86, Book of D.&C. Said, we are the sons and daughters of God, and descendants of the prophets and apostles. Said, the Lord has forgiven us for our carelessness in paying our tithing in the past, but he will forgive us no longer—and if we do not obey this law, we will be scattered as were the saints in Jackson County, and this by reason of the knowledge we have attained to. What I say is as true as God lives. We must teach the people this law of tithing—first by paying tithing ourselves. Just as sure as we live, if we do not honor the law of tithing, we will never possess the land of Jackson County, except it be by the shedding of blood, but it will not be by the shedding of blood because you will listen to my voice and the voice of my brethren. We are the sons of the prophets [p. 72]and the sons of God. The Lord will not send hornets to drive the people out of Jackson County, as he promised to drive the people out of the land of promise before the children of Israel, but he will send cyclones, earthquakes, and pestilences.
Apostle M. F. Cowley made brief remarks upon the law of tithing.
Recess. Lunch was served in assembly room on the upper floor, and consisted of ham sandwiches, cheese, buns, and cakes. In view of the long fast, the lunch seemed to be greatly relished by all.
At about 5 o’clock meeting was resumed in the Celestial and Terrestrial Rooms. Instructive remarks were made by the following brethren upon the law of tithing: LeRoi Snow, Apostle Geo. Teasdale and Pres. Jos. F. Smith. The latter, in speaking of tithing, said, the books should record not only what we do, but what we ought to have done and did not do. A man is in a poor business as president or bishop of a ward who says to the people, do as you ought to do, not as I do. The poor of a ward—widows and orphans—all should pay their tithing. Pres. Smith was followed by Apostles Smith and Lyman, who also dwelt upon the law of tithing.
Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon also spoke upon the law of tithing. Among other things [he] said, “there are those in this audience who are descendants of the old 12 Apostles and, shall I say it, yes, descendants of the Savior himself. His seed is represented in this body of men.”
Pres. Snow made closing remarks. Said he hoped the brethren would take the spirit of these meetings home with them and impart the same to the people. A resolution to the effect that the brethren present would accept the law of tithing, obey it themselves, and teach it to the people was adopted by a rising vote with uplifted hands. Pres. Snow then led in the Sacred Shout, and the meeting came to a close.
After the meeting Bp. Carl Jensen, Chas. Kelly, and myself went down to one of the restaurants on Main St. and took supper, after which the brethren took train for their homes.
[Tuesday, 4 July 1899] Brigham City. Clear and hot. With the exception of a few [p.73] hours at the bank I spent the day quietly at home. At 5 p.m. Lydia, myself, and the children took supper at Brother Kelly’s, and spent a few hours at his home very pleasantly. In the evening Lydia and myself went to the theatre and witnessed the “Cuban Spy” by the Home Dramatic Co.
[Wednesday, 5 July 1899] Brigham City. Clear and hot. At 8:20 a.m. took the train for Salt Lake, arriving at 10:20 a.m.
I spent the day in getting out a statement of the revenue and expenses of the Church for the year 1898. In round numbers the revenue amounted to about $837,000.00, and the expenses, to $514,000.00, leaving a margin of about $323,000.00. The revenue is chiefly derived from tithing, $22,000.00 is derived from dividend-paying stocks, and $2,000.00 from rents.
[Thursday, 6 July 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Pres. F. D. Richards, Apostles F. M. Lyman, Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, R. Clawson, A. O. Woodruff, and G. F. Gibbs, clk.
A letter from H. J. Faust, in reference to settling up Deep Creek Valley, was read. He thought the church ranch there ought to be divided up into small holdings and some of the families of the saints be called to go there.
The question of colonization, in a general way, was discussed at some length. Apostle J. H. Smith thought Nevada ought to be colonized by our people, and it would be but a short time, in his opinion, when the saints would control that state.
Pres. Snow expressed the view that we ought to colonize in places where the Church would acquire political power and influence, and thought Nevada was just such a place. Canada did not offer any opportunities to obtain political power and influence, and he was not, therefore, in favor of colonizing that country any more than was necessary to fill the contracts entered into by the First Presidency. Pres. Snow felt that some good, active brother ought to be selected to look after the colonization of our people.
[p. 74] Apostle A. O. Woodruff reported that the people in the Big Horn Valley, Wyo., had drifted into that valley in an unorganized condition and had gotten behind somewhat in spiritual matter[s]. They now desired to be forgiven for drifting away and they would try and do better in the future.
Apostle Smith moved that they be forgiven. Seconded. Pres. F. D. Richards moved as an amendment that the saints in the Big Horn Valley be organized into a ward. Motion and amendment carried, and Apostle Woodruff was authorized to attend to the matter. Apostle J. H. Smith also moved that the people in the Lucerne Valley, Wyo., be organized into a ward. Carried. Apostle Woodruff was instructed to attend to this matter also.
Apostle Lyman called attention to the many blessing[s] that are being showered down upon the saints, and he felt that the Lord was abundantly blessing Pres. Snow’s administration. Pres. Snow remarked that in the settlement with the English bond-holders of the Union Light and Power Co. and the Banigan Estate, holders of the Pioneer Bonds—$1,500,000.00 of which were guaranteed by the Church—the Lord had favored the Church in a marvelous manner. See page 32 [29 June 1899] for terms of settlement.
Pres. Cannon gave a detailed account of how the settlement was effected, which more than ever confirmed the brethren in the belief that the hand of the Lord was in it. Benediction by Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon.
[Saturday, 8 July 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 8 a.m. Left for Brigham City, arriving at 10 a.m.
11 a.m. Gathering of the old folks of Box Elder Stake—aged 70 and upwards—at the tabernacle, about 150 being present. Meeting called to order by Coun. Chas. Kelly, Chairman.
Coun. Chas. Kelly made opening remarks, welcoming the old folks. Bp. Preston followed and said he was pleased to meet the old folks, but was not in favor of calling them old—inasmuch as many people at 70 and 80 are as young in spirit and feeling as others at 50 and 60. Spoke of the old folks excursion from Salt Lake to Geneva, Utah Co. There were 21 carloads and they had a splendid time. Some of the young folks were as lively and active as young men and women of 20 and 30. There were, he said, 1000 [p.75] old folks in the Salt Lake Stake. Did not like to hear the brethren in their prayers ask the Lord to bless His aged servant, President Snow. We are not growing old while engaged in the service of the Lord.
Remarks were made by Apostle A. H. Lund. Spoke in terms of great respect for the aged. Related an incident wherein his little son, in speaking of a certain brother who had reached the ripe age of 90, said he must have been very obedient to his parents—thus fulfilling the scripture which says, Honor thy father and thy mother that thy days may be long in the land [cf. Exodus 20:12].
Pres. Snow made brief remarks. Said it was not only the privilege but the duty of the aged brethren and sisters present to live just as long as they can. They were entitled, he said, through faithfulness to have with them the Holy Spirit, which would strengthen their bodies and lengthen out their lives. Admonished those present not to brood over the unpleasant things of life, but always look on the bright side. It will not be long, he said, before the saints—many of them—will live 100, 105, 115, and 120 years old.
In the afternoon a dramatic performance was given in the opera house by the Home Company for the benefit of the old folks. The title of the piece was the “Cuban Spy,” and [it] was very much enjoyed by all.
[Sunday, 9 July 1899] Brigham City. Clear and hot. 8:30 a.m. Accompanied by Lydia and the children I left for Bear River City to attend the dedication of the new meeting house there.
10 a.m. The saints of Bear River City Ward and surrounding settlements were gathered in the new meeting house—a beautiful and substantial brick building erected at a cost of $6896.00, consisting of a large assembly room, vestry, and room above vestry. The walls were finished in white and the woodwork was painted in oak. The stand for speakers and singers occupying one end of the assembly room was built in a substantial and convenient manner being ornamental to the room. The vestry and upper room were also finished off in good style. In fact, the workmanship throughout was first class in every particular.
Meeting was called to order by Bp. Carl Jensen. As Pres. Snow [p.76] and party—consisting of Apostle A. H. Lund, Bp. Preston, presidency of stake, and others—approached the meeting house, the band struck up a lively air, and as they entered the house, the Sunday School children sang “We thank thee, O God, for a Prophet.”
The dedicatory prayer was then offered by Pres. Lorenzo Snow. Brief opening remarks were made by Bp. Jensen in which he reported that the building had cost $6896.00, and [the expenses of] which had all been paid for but $400.00, and this had been assumed by a number of the brethren to relieve the house of debt that it might be dedicated to the Lord.
I made remarks expressing great satisfaction with the new meeting house in which we were assembled. Gave as a reason for the accomplishment of this great work, the faithfulness of the people in observing the law of tithing. Referred to Bp. Jensen as being a priesthood man willing to take counsel, and when he got word from the presidency of the stake to go ahead and build a new meeting house, he accepted it, and you see the result.
2 p.m. Pres. Snow made remarks. Spoke of the great and varied experience we had passed through since embracing the gospel, and took it for granted that none present would like to go back and pass through those things again. Said if the saints would get out of debt, keep the commandments of God, control their amusements, and pay their tithing, it would not hurt his feelings at all to hear that they had erected a theatre in this ward for amusements. Under proper control amusements were acceptable to the Lord. Asked God to bless the people of Bear River City and told them not to be discouraged. Spoke of tithing and said the saints were driven from Jackson County because they failed to obey the law of consecration. The saints are now under the law of tithing. The same fate will follow you and me and the Church, if we fail to obey the law of tithing. It is because of your faithfulness in observing this law that you have been so abundantly blessed in obtaining this new meeting house.
Apostle A. H. Lund made brief remarks, complimenting the people upon the possession of such an excellent building. Exhorted the saints to fill it at times of worship. Dwelt upon the import[ance] of being pure in heart.
[Tuesday, 11 July 1899] [p. 77] Brigham City. Clear and warm. 8 a.m. Accompanied by Lydia and the children, I left for Salt Lake with the Sunday School excursion to Saltair Beach, arriving 11 [sic] a.m. At the Brigham depot I had some conversation with Bro. J. D. Call, with whom I am negotiating for the sale of my home in Brigham City. He told me that he would give $1600.00 in cash and a piece of land in the 2nd Ward near Main St. worth $200.00 and I accepted the offer. I have all along been asking $1800.00 for the property.
10 a.m. Quarterly meeting of the Twelve at the temple. Meeting called to order by Pres. F. D. Richards. Singing. Prayer by H. J. Grant. Singing. Present: Pres. F. D. Richards, Apostles F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, [Marriner Wood Merrill,] and myself.
The following brethren spoke briefly: Pres. F. D. Richards, Apostles F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale. Besides testifying of their good feelings towards the First Presidency and their brethren of the Twelve, they dwelt somewhat upon the law of tithing and plural marriage. Meeting [adjourned] until 2 p.m.
2 p.m. Singing. Apostle H. J. Grant spoke of the prejudice that is being worked up by the Salt Lake Tribune against the Church. Didn’t look upon it as being very serious. Said that Pres. Richard[s]’s prediction with reference to his getting out of debt is being rapidly fulfilled. Thought he would be out of debt in about 18 months, whereas it looked sometime ago as if it would take at least 10 years.
Apostle Taylor followed and referred to a recent conference held in Canada at Cardston. The attendance was large and the meetings instructive. There are, he said, about 3000 people belonging to the Church in Canada at present. The canal contract entered into by the First Presidency would be filled.
Apostle Merrill spoke upon the subject of tithing. Said if the saints would pay their tithing the Church would soon be out of debt. The Church once had plenty of money and would see that day again. The Lord is going to open up the way for the Church to get out of debt. Predicted that the time would never be in this Church when children from plural marriages will not be born. Said he believed that the First Presidency had a right to counsel him in [p.78] all things, both spiritual and temporal.
Apostle A. H. Lund made brief remarks. Apostle Cowley spoke upon the law of tithing in brief. Also said he felt in his heart that the day is not far distant when the Lord will clean out Jackson County and open up the way for the redemption of Zion.
Apostle A. O. Woodruff spoke of his devotion to the work of God. Also referred to the subject of tithing. Had noticed, he said, one brother in attendance at the Solemn Assembly in the temple, who was a non-tithe-payer, and felt he ought not to have been permitted there. Benediction by myself.
4:15 p.m. Accompanied by Lydia and the children, I went to Saltair. It being Mutual Improvement Day there was an immense crowd there—possibly 7000 people.
[Wednesday, 12 July 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. I spent the forenoon at the county court house, recorder’s department, fixing up the transfer of the 18th Ward property from my sister Tessie to myself, the property being in her name, she having negotiated the purchase of it in the first place.
2 p.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Singing. Prayer by Apostle M. F. Cowley. Singing.
Pres. Richards made a few remarks respecting the authority pertaining to a high council of a stake and the First Presidency. I spoke briefly saying that I was in full accord with the Presidency and my brethren of the Twelve. Spoke of tithing and building meeting houses as a test of men’s faith.
Apostle Lyman made some remarks on the Manifesto suspending plural marriage, showing that it was given by inspiration and that to his mind made it equivalent to a revelation. Meeting adjourned. At 6:15 Lydia and myself went out to the lake for a bath.
[Thursday, 13 July 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. Continuation of the quarterly meeting of the brethren in the temple. All of the Twelve were present but Apostle B. Young, Jr. It was decided that the next quarterly meeting be held on Oct. 3, 4, 5, 1899, at 10 a.m.
Some discussion was indulged in with reference to the pay[p.79]ment of tithes—that is, as to the percentage. At 11:00 a.m. the First Presidency came in; also, by invitation, the First Seven Presidents of Seventies.
The President made brief remarks, saying that he was pleased to have the First Seven Presidents to come in and meet with us. I know that the Lord has revealed to me, said he, that it is our duty to stir up the people to pay their tithing. If this law is not observed, the Church cannot stand. Some discussion followed on the interpretation of the law of tithing.
Some remarks were made about the Montana and New York Missions. The latter was reported to be in good condition, the former needed attention. Reference was made to traveling without purse and scrip, and it was very much approved of. The matter of selecting a president for the Cache Stake was introduced, and the names of Isaac Smith and Jos. Morrell were suggested for consideration. After some discussion as to the qualification of these two brethren for said position, the matter was left to First Presidency for final action.
The sacrament was then partaken of. Pres. Jos. F. Smith was mouth in blessing the bread and wine, which was supplied in sufficient abundance to satisfy all present. A very enjoyable time was passed at the table, after which an adjournment was taken, Pres. F. D. Richards offering the benediction.
[Sunday, 16 July 1899] Richfield. Clear and warm. 9 a.m. Sunday School session at the tabernacle. The First Presidency and other authorities present. A large number of beautiful children were assembled. School called to order by Asst. Stake Supt., Chariton Seegmiller.
Pres. Snow said that he was over 85 years of age and that the little children before him, if they would do right, could live to be 85, 95, 100 years and longer. Advised them to pay tithing on all money they received.
Pres. Cannon made brief remarks on the word of wisdom, prayer, and obedience. The children were given the opportunity to shake hands with Pres. Snow and 717 enjoyed the privilege.
10:30 a.m. Regular service of [Sevier Stake] Conference continued. Meeting called to order by Pres. [William H.] Seegmiller. Prayer by Pres. Lorenzo Snow, which was the dedicatory prayer.
[p. 80] Pres. Snow was the first speaker and dwelt at some length upon the principle of tithing. Also spoke of the law of consecration and said that sooner or later—not today or tomorrow—we would have to observe that law. If it had been observed by the people of Jackson County from that day to this, we would now have power over the nations and would be the richest community on earth. There would not be a poor man or woman in the Church. The Church will never get out of debt, the Lord will not allow us to get out of debt, unless we pay a proper tithing. I say to you in the name of the Lord God of Israel that He will not let us pass along in relation to that law as we have done without bringing trouble upon us. If I were going to my death within an hour, I would leave with you as my dying testimony that which I have said to you. Pres. Snow spoke 53 minutes. I took dinner with Jos. Thurber, who was incarcerated in the penitentiary at the time I was serving my sentence there.
2 p.m. Meeting called to order by Pres. Seegmiller. Pres. J. F. Smith followed and spoke in complimentary terms of the new tabernacle. Spoke of the great change and improvement that had taken place in the Sevier Stake in the last 30 years. In speaking of the righteous and the wicked, showed how the former would be blessed and the latter, destroyed. Exhorted the saints to pay their tithing and be blessed. Read from Sec. 82, D.&C., and spoke powerfully. Endorsed the statement of Pres. Snow, wherein he said that the Lord will forgive us for our past neglect of tithing in the past, if we will pay our tithing in the future.
Apostle F. M. Lyman spoke powerfully upon the subject of tithing. Pres. Cannon spoke and said he hoped the people would receive the word of the Lord as delivered to us through Pres. Snow. Dwelt upon the principle of tithing and bore testimony that it was from God.
[Thursday, 20 July 1899] Salt Lake City. 11 a.m. Regular weekly meeting of the First Presidency and Twelve. Present: First Presidency, Pres. F. D. Richards, Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
A letter from Bp. Lunford [George Mumford], Beaver, was read. He wanted information respecting certain remarks on tithing, [p.81] made by Bp. Preston at the Solemn Assembly, wherein he stated that if a man pays tithing on 10 loads of hay, [and if] afterwards the hay he retains rises in value, he owes tithing on the increased valuation. After some discussion it was decided to answer his letter by saying that only one tenth would be required, and as to any increase in valuation and tithing thereon, it would be a matter for his own conscience to determine.
The clerk read a letter from Elder Geo. Parkinson, pres. of the Oneida Stake, in which he explained that immediately following the Solemn Assembly, the presidency of the Oneida Stake and high council were called together and by a rising vote agreed to accept the counsel of Pres. Snow in regard to the principle of tithing. Later the presidency of the stake, high council, and presiding authorities of the stake met and took the same action with uplifted hands. He looked, he said, for good results.
Apostle J. H. Smith reported his visit to the Emery Stake Conference. With reference to the change contemplated in the bishopric of the Orangeville Ward, said the people of the ward were called together, and when the matter was presented, one brother arose and suggested that Bp. [Jasper] Robertson be retained and he for one would sustain him better than he had done in the past. This seemed to be the mind of the meeting, and he was retained by a strong vote.
A letter from Bp. [John O.] Freckleton, Eureka, was read. He said that a certain brother in his ward was willing to act as janitor, if he could have credit for same on the books as labor tithing. It was moved and carried that it be not admitted as a precedent, but in all cases of this character the matter be referred to the president of the Church.
A letter from David R. Carr, Menan, Idaho, in relation to marriage was read. He was single, he said, and wanted the name of a widow to correspond with. The matter was referred to Apostle Lyman to answer.
Stake conferences: Pres. Snow, F. M. Lyman, and Geo. Teasdale to Utah Stake. Alluding to the matter of tithing Pres. Snow said, our financial salvation depends upon our success in getting the people to accept the counsel given in relation to tithing. Pres. Cannon said that was the reason he was anxious that Bp. Preston’s remarks be properly explained that no intricate questions should [p.82] arise. Pres. Snow also felt, he said, that all questions leading to complications should be avoided.
Apostle R. Clawson reported that in his opinion a reorganization of the bishopric of the Willard Ward, Box Elder Stake, was needed. Abram Zundel, the present bishop, though a very good man with undoubted integrity, did not Seem to be in possession of those peculiar qualifications that are found in a successful bishop. This was evidenced by his administration to date. In view of the statement made and, on the other hand, the general good character of Bp. Zundel, it was moved that he be released from the bishopric and ordained a patriarch. Carried.
It was moved and carried that Bp. [William H.] Maughan of Wellsville be asked to resign. This action was taken in view of the attitude of Bp. Maughan towards Moses Thatcher as against the presiding authorities of the Church. Benediction by Pres. F. D. Richards.
[Monday, 24 July 1899] Brigham City. Clear and hot. Pioneer Day was celebrated in Brigham in the grandest and most gorgeous manner ever witnessed in this city. Firing of cannon began at daylight. All the business houses and many private dwellings were elaborately decorated. Arches were built showing the conditions in 1847 and 1899. The parade was over a mile long. Indians, Indian scouts, pioneers, the handcarts, pony express, martial band, and two brass bands. All the trades and businesses were represented. There were an old log hut and a modern mansion, representing the old and the new Utah. There were floats of the Relief Society, floats of Young Ladies, floats of Young Men, and floats of Utah’s best crop. While these paraded the streets, the sidewalks were filled with a mass of people that could not be numbered. The bands discoursed sweet music for the pleasure of the assembled crowds.
In the tabernacle not more than one-half of the throng could be seated. The program was an interesting one, consisting of music from the bands, singing by the choir and the Indians. The latter Bp. [Moroni] Ward had been invited to bring down from Washakie; there were about one hundred of them, some dressed in the old barbaric style, while some of them showed some degree of civilization. Bp. Ward was with them. The rest of the program [p.83] consisted of singing, reciting, and speech-making. It lasted for over two hours, but was so varied as to keep all interested and prevent all weariness.
In the afternoon, old and young, male and female, enjoyed themselves in all kinds of sports and games. There were prizes up for all successful competitors. The games closed with an Indian war dance.
Among those who spoke at the tabernacle was myself. While I gave to the pioneers of 1847 the honor of settling up this our state, being the first white people to pioneer this part of the country, I pointed to the Indians as being the real pioneers of America and proceeded to give a brief account of the travels of Lehi and his family from Jerusalem to the land of America. Lydia and myself made a call or two towards evening.
[Thursday, 27 July 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Pres. F. D. Richards, Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
I reported my recent visit to the stake Sunday School conference of the Box Elder Stake, July 22 and 23. One of the most interesting features of the conference was the report of the Stake Supt. of Sunday Schools, L. A. Snow, to the effect that out of 425 officers and teachers in the Sunday Schools, all were observers of the Word of Wisdom. The Box Elder Stake, I remarked, was the first stake in Zion that was able to make this report.
In view of the charge of adultery brought by our enemies against Apostle H. J. Grant, and the possibility of the Presidency and Twelve being called in as witnesses, there was some discussion as to what attitude it would be best for the brethren to assume. It was finally decided that the matter be left to each one to answer according to the whisperings of the Spirit of the time.
The committee on church publications, Apostles J. H. Smith and M. F. Cowley, filed a written report, which was read. Upon motion it was received and laid on the table for future consideration.
Adjournment was then taken. Benediction by J. H. Smith.
Monday, 31 July, to Saturday, 5 August 1899
[p. 84] On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday I was busily engaged in moving my family from Brigham City to Salt Lake—that is to say, in packing and shipping our household goods. On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday we were busily engaged in receiving and placing said household goods in our new home in the 18th Ward, and it was a considerable of an undertaking.
[Thursday, 3 August 1899] The following are the minutes of a meeting of the Presidency and Twelve held in the temple, Thursday, Aug. 3rd, 1899, at 11 a.m. Present: Pres. Snow, Pres. J. F. Smith, Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, and myself; and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Stake conference appointments: Cache, Pres. Snow, Pres. Richards, and F. M. Lyman; Summit, Apostles J. H. Smith and myself; Wayne, A. H. Lund.
A letter from Christine D. Young, divorced wife of Jno. W. Young, was read. She asked the Presidency to use their influence in getting J. W. Young to assist her in the support of herself and family. The clerk was instructed to send the letter to Brother J. W. Young.
A letter from S. R. Bennett [Bennion] and R. S. Collett of the Uintah Stake Presidency in relation to the reorganization of the Glines Ward was read. They suggested that Elder [John A.] Workman, now laboring in the Texas Mission, be selected for bishop of said ward, as he was the most suitable man for the place. It was moved and carried that Elder Workman be released to return home and that he be ordained bishop of the Glines Ward.
A letter from Geo. D. Pyper, Sec. Sunday School Union, was read by the clerk. He reported that the Sunday School board was contemplating the propriety of publishing some cards with the Lord’s Prayer printed on them. A question, however, had arisen as to whether Joseph Smith’s version or the Bible version should be adopted. The difference in the two versions, he said, was this. In the Bible version it says, “Lead us not into temptation” [Matthew 6:13]; in Joseph’s version, “Suffer us not to be led into temptation.” After some discussion, it was decided to leave the matter open until the First Presidency should all be present with the Twelve to take action. Benediction by Apostle A. H. Lund.
[p. 85] [Sunday, 6 August 1899] Salt Lake City. Cloudy, threatening storm. 7 a.m. Took train for Coalville to attend the Summit Stake Conference. Met the following brethren on the train: Apostle J. H. Smith, his son Geo. A. Smith, and Andrew Jenson, Asst. Church Historian. We arrived at Coalville at 10:30 a.m. and went immediately to the tabernacle.
The Summit Stake Tabernacle is a fine brick building that has just been completed and dedicated, and will hold about 1200 people. The general style and finish are very substantial and attractive.
7 p.m. General priesthood meeting. Pres. [William W.] Cluff made brief remarks. Spoke in relation to continuing the stake academy. At the last priesthood meeting, he said, the brethren voted to continue the academy, but the action, he felt, was not quite definite enough. He would be willing, he said, to go ahead and arrange for the opening, if the brethren would be willing to have any shortage that might occur prorated among them. He further said that it was desirable that a committee be appointed to get up entertainments for the old folks every once or twice a year. It was the sense of the meeting that the committee be composed of 13 members, one from each ward.
Apostle J. H. Smith spoke briefly. Endorsed the idea of having entertainments for the old folks. Also spoke upon the necessity of parents looking more carefully after the virtue of their sons and daughters. Urged that the balance of the B. Y. Monument fund apportionment made to the Summit Stake be paid as soon as possible.
Andrew Jenson made some remarks urging the brethren to subscribe for the Church Chronology. I spoke briefly on the subjects of priesthood, union, and virtue.
I passed the night at Pres. Cluff’s, occupying a bed with Andrew Jenson.
[Thursday, 10 August 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents Snow, Smith, and Richards, Apostles J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk.
A letter from Jas. Reid, Manila, Uintah Co., was read. He said [p.86] that the saints in Manila would like to be organized into a ward. It was moved and carried that the matter be referred to Pres. [John M. Baxter] of Woodruff Stake with authority to act.
A letter from Wm. C. Parkinson and Wm. A. Hyde of the presidency of the Pocatello Stake was read. They had decided, they said, to organize a ward at Calvin and had selected H. J. Hunt, stake pres. Y.M.M.I.A., for bishop, and now submitted the matter to the brethren for their approval. It was moved and carried that Brother Hunt be released from the presidency of the Y.M.M.I.A. and be ordained bishop of Calvin Ward.
A letter from Geo. Osmond, pres. [of the] Star Valley Stake, inviting the Presidency and Apostles to visit Star Valley at the next quarterly conference, Aug. 13 and 14th, was read, and I was appointed to go there. Stake conference appointments: to Wasatch Stake, the First Presidency; to Cassia Stake, A. H. Lund.
Apostle H. J. Grant reported his labors in connection with the Utah Loan and Trust Co. matter and said that he had only been partly successful in collecting the necessary funds. Benediction by myself.
[Thursday, 17 August 1899] 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Pres. Snow, Pres. Richards, Apostles J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, H. J. Grant, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
A question as to temple aprons was discussed and it seemed to be the mind of the brethren that the aprons should be uniform in design. Apostle Teasdale reported the visit of himself and A. H. Lund to the Wayne Stake Conference. Had enjoyed their visit. They had attended, he said, to the matter of reorganizing the bishopric of the Loa Ward. The brethren selected and ordained were Wm. H. Morrell, bishop, and Gabriel [Michael] Hansen, 1st counselor.
I reported the visit of myself and R[ulon]. S. Wells to the Star Valley Stake Conference, Aug. 13 and 14. Said certain changes were effected, as follows: Bishop [George] Waite of Afton Ward was released because of living some two miles out of town, and Elder Osborne Lowe was selected and ordained bishop of Afton in his stead. The Fairview Ward, which had been without a bishopric for over a year, was also reorganized with Franklin G. Tolman [p.87] as bishop, Christopher Merkley, 1st counselor, and Levi Richardson, 2nd counselor. I also reported that Elder Samuel Henderson, senior president of the 103rd quorum of seventies—aged 79—was released on account of infirmities and ordained a high priest.
Pres. Snow made brief remarks, saying that he did not know how long the Lord would justify us in retaining brethren in position, after they had become disqualified by age or from other causes. The matter, he said, ought to be fully discussed by the brethren. References were made by Apostles J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, and myself to cases where the brethren were disqualified to act in presiding.
Singing. Benediction by Apostle H. J. Grant.
[Sunday, 20 August 1899] Soda Springs. Clear and windy. 10 a.m. Bannock Stake Conference meeting at bowery built for the purpose, Pres. Lewis S. Pond presiding.
Pres. Snow spoke to the children of the Sunday Schools, who were scattered through the congregation. Said that he had reached the age of 85, but many of the children present, he remarked, by doing right could live to be a hundred years old. Admonished them to honor their fathers and mothers that their days might be long in the land. Also spoke upon the subject of prayer.
At the close of the meeting an opportunity was given to the Sunday School children, and in fact to all present, to shake hands with President Snow. One thousand and ten availed themselves of the privilege.
2 p.m. Meeting called to order by Pres. Pond. Pres. Snow said that the Lord had shown him that the people of His Church must wake up and obey the law of tithing, or calamities would come upon them. Read the revelation on tithing and made some remarks upon it. “I say to you in the name of the Lord,” he said, “if you will pay your tithing in full, the Lord will forgive you for your disobedience in the past.”
After meeting, a party of us, namely, Pres. J. F. Smith, wife, and son, Bp. Preston, myself, Rudger [Jr.] and Lorry Snow drove out to the Hooper Spring. We enjoyed the water very much.
[p. 88] [Monday, 21 August 1899] 2 p.m. Attendance [at Bannock Stake Conference] large. Pres. Snow said in conclusion, “The Lord loves you. He has blessed you in the past and will bless you in the future, but He wants you to pay your tithing in full. This is the word of the Lord to you through me.”
During the first day’s meeting a strong wind was blowing, which made it dusty and disagreeable. Today it has been quite chilly. Nevertheless, we have had an excellent conference.
[Thursday, 24 August 1899] Soda Springs. Clear and breezy. The day was passed quietly. The springs and points nearby were visited by various members of the party. Tomorrow we will leave for Paris, Bear Lake County, to attend quarterly conference there. During the day Brother [Ludwig] Shurke called upon Pres. Snow and made a request that he would christen a spring that he—Shurke—had recently discovered. At 8 p.m. Pres. Snow and party repaired to the spring, which is one of the best in Soda Springs, and by candle light Pres. Snow with a cup of the water in his hand christened it the “Woodruff” Spring.
[Saturday, 26 August 1899] Paris, Idaho. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Quarterly conference of the Bear Lake Stake, Pres. Wm. Budge presiding. The stake tabernacle in which the conference met is a large stone building (with tower) 100 ft. long by 80 ft. wide and will comfortably seat about 2000 people. The building inside is well and substantially finished. The seats for the presiding authorities are made comfortable and the choir is beautifully located in an alcove just above and back of the presidency of the stake. A spacious gallery runs around three sides of the room.
The speakers were Pres. Snow and Bp. Wm. B. Preston. Topics treated: General improvements made in the stake during the past 20 years. Dealings of the Lord with the children of Israel. Exaltation and glory. Tithing.
[Sunday, 27 August 1899] Paris. Clear and mild. It may be truly said that this [was] one [p.89] of the most largely attended, and by far the most interesting, conference[s] ever held in the Bear Lake Stake of Zion. After the meeting the members of the party called in at Pres. Budge’s and took supper with him and later paid a visit to Brother Stucki, where we had ice cream.
[Thursday, 31 August 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: The First Presidency, Apostles J. H. Smith, B. Young, M. W. Merrill, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, and A. O. Woodruff.
Apostle B. Young reported his recent visit south. Held conference in Mexico on July 23 and 24; also held meeting in Dublan [Mexico].
A letter from Anthony Ivins in relation to the Dublan W[ar]d was read. He said that a reorganization of the Dublan Ward was almost a necessity, owing to the inability of the present bishopric to meet the requirements of the office. Winslow Farr, the bishop, had decided to resign, and in fact had done so, and Philip H. Hurst had been selected by the presidency of the stake and high council to succeed him, subject to the approval of the brethren. It was moved and carried that said action be sustained.
Stake conferences appointments: to Pocatello, Apostle M. W. Merrill; to San Pete, President Snow and party. Apostle A. O Woodruff reported the recent visit of himself and Jos. W. McMurrin to the Woodruff Stake Conference. The conference was well attended, and the reports were favorable. They afterwards visited, he said, the Big Horn country, which was 150 miles long by 125 miles wide. At Burlington the people had built a good sized meeting house. They were visited by some elders from Colorado, who had organized a Sabbath School, a Young People’s Association, and Relief Society. The people there had paid some tithing. Said that the Big Horn valley is a beautiful valley and very desirable for settlement. There were, he thought, about 400 people of our faith in the Big Horn. The following brethren, he said, were selected and ordain[ed] to the bishopric of the Burlington Ward: W. H. Packard, bishop; D. P. Woodruff, 1st counselor; Wm. Neves, 2nd counselor. Held ward conference at Fort Bridger, and also visited Lucerne Valley, and gave the [p.90] people there a branch organization. They also visited Vernal but finding the conference adjourned, or rather postponed, they left for home immediately.
Pres. Cannon expressed some views respecting the colonization of our people at distant points—500 or 600 miles—from headquarters (Salt Lake City). He was opposed to it in his feelings. He thought the policy not a wise one, as a rule. There are reasons, however, he thought, why we should colonize Canada and Mexico. It seemed to be the general feeling among the brethren that it would be a good thing to secure the Big Horn valley, so far as possible. Prayer by M. W. Merrill.
[Sunday, 3 September 1899] Mount Pleasant. Clear and warm. 9 a.m. Meeting of the Sunday School children [of San Pete Stake] at the pavilion.
Pres. Snow was the first speaker. Admonished the children to be kind and loving to their parents, and to listen to the counsel of their teachers, and if they would do this, he promised them that they would live long upon the earth.
Pres. Jos. F. Smith counseled the children to keep the Word of Wisdom. Also spoke upon the martyrdom of Joseph Smith, the Prophet. The children were then given an opportunity to shake hands with Pres. Snow, and there were 778 who did so.
Having been troubled continuously with the rheumatism in my foot since leaving home, I decided to return to Salt Lake on the 2 p.m. train. The balance of the party will return tomorrow (Monday).
[Thursday, 7 September 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, and R. Clawson; and G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
Apostle Cowley reported by letter from Chicago his trip to the Northern States Mission. Had attended, he said, the following conferences: the Iowa and Nebraska. Had also met with the saints in the Chicago branch and held some meetings on the street corners. Paid a visit to Nauvoo and Carthage. Also visited North and South Dakota.
[p. 91] A letter from Apostle Lyman informed the brethren that he had attended the Panguitch Stake Conference, which was well attended. He spoke upon the law of tithing, he said, and enjoyed great freedom of speech.
A letter from John Baxter, Pres. of Woodruff Stake, was read. He reported that a branch had been organized at Manila with Willis Twitchell as Presiding Elder, and J. E. Reed and R. A. Nelson as counselors.
Pres. Chas. O. Card wrote, recommending David H. Caldwell for bishop of Caldwell Ward. The recommendation was approved by unanimous vote.
There being some doubt as to what stake the Blackfoot and Riverside Wards, Idaho, belonged to, the matter was referred to Apostle J. H. Smith to adjust. Prayer by B. Young.
[Saturday, 9 September 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 2 p.m. Afternoon session of the Salt Lake Stake Conference at the assembly hall. Meeting called to order by Pres. Angus M. Cannon.
The speakers were Pres. Lorenzo Snow and Bp. Wm. B. Preston. Topics treated: Dealings of the Lord with the children of Israel. Marriage among the children of Israel. Consecration. Tithing. Among other things Pres. Snow said, “The land must be sanctified by the payment of tithing.” The Latter-day Saints owe millions of dollars in tithing, which they never can pay. Promised the people in the name of the Lord, if they would pay their tithing from now on, that the Lord would forgive them for their past remissness, and their indebtedness for tithing would be blotted out. Submitted the following figures to show that there had been an improvement in the payment of cash tithes during the past few months: during the months of June, July, August, and Sept. 1899  $66,000.00 was paid, and in the same months of 1899 to Sep. 10, $137,000.00 was paid.
[Thursday, 14 September 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents Snow and Smith, Apostles J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Pres. Cannon afterwards came in.
[p. 92] Apostle J. H. Smith reported his visit to the Morgan Stake Conference. Said that he organized the bishopric of the Peterson Ward with the following brethren: Jos. B. Robbins, bishop, and Eli Frank Whittier, 1st counselor.
Speaking of the San Pete Stake, Pres. Snow said that he was surprised to learn that the saints there were very much behind in tithe-paying—not more than 25% was being paid by them. Apostle Lund remarked that the sheep men of San Pete—and there were many of them—feel cold toward the church and pay but little tithing. Pres. Cannon asked if that were not the case with most of the sheep men of the church. The brethren thought it was.
Apostle J. H. Smith made a verbal report of the B. Y. Monument Fund. Said that out of $35,000.00 apportioned to the stakes about $17,000.00 had been paid. The three largest stakes in the Church, namely, Salt Lake, Cache, and Weber were the most behind. The amount owing by these stakes, he said, was about $10,000.00. The Presidency being anxious to have the money paid in as soon as possible, the stakes were divided off to the apostles as follows, and they were instructed to see that collections were made and the money paid into the Church without delay: A. H. Lund, Weber, Morgan, Tooele; M. F. Cowley, Pocatello, Bingham, Cassia, Bannock, and Bear Lake; J. W. Taylor, Canada; J. H. Smith, [blank]; Geo. Teasdale, Utah, Juab, San Pete, and Emery; H. J. Grant, Mexico, Arizona, San Luis, and San Juan; A. O. Woodruff, Uintah, Summit, Woodruff, Wasatch, and Star Valley; Rudger Clawson, Malad, Box Elder, and Oneida, and Cache; F. M. Lyman, St. George, Kanab, Beaver, Parowan, Panguitch, and Wayne.
[Monday, 18 September 1899]
Brigham City. Clear and mild. Word came this morning that Patriarch Alvin Nichols had passed away, he having been afflicted with cancer. He was 80 years of age, was a pioneer resident of Brigham City and a faithful Latter-day Saint.
10 a.m. Left for Logan, arriving at 11:40 a.m. Called on Isaac Smith, counselor in the presidency of stake, to consult with him in reference to the B. Y. Monument Fund apportionment for the Cache Stake and to devise a plan for getting in collections. I found that he had sickness in the house, his 13-yr.-old girl being very ill. [p.93] We administered to her, he anointing and I confirming. We then had a little chat relative to the apportionment, and he suggested that it would be a good thing for me to come up and go through the stake, visiting each ward in company with himself and others. This I agreed to do, setting the time for next week.
After lunch I called at the temple to see Apostle Merrill but did not find him there. At 3 p.m. took train for Salt Lake, arriving at 6:45 p.m.
[Thursday, 21 September 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren in the temple. Present: Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon, Apostles B. Young, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, and G. H. Gibbs, clerk. Stake conference appointments: Fremont, R. Clawson; Bingham, J. H. Smith; Sevier, Geo. Teasdale.
A letter from David K. Udall, president of St. Johns Stake, was read. He stated that Jos. Udall had been selected as successor to Geo. H. Crosby, bishop of Springerville [Eagar], who had moved away from the ward, subject to the approval of the brethren. It was moved and carried that the selection be ratified. Prayer by Apostle Geo. Teasdale.
12 noon. Special meeting at the President’s office. Present: President Geo. Q. Cannon, Apostles B. Young, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, F. S. Richards, and Geo. C. Lambert.
F. S. Richards, as a citizen of Salt Lake, represented that a certain Electric Light and Power Co., whose plant was situated near the head of the Jordan River, were appropriating and striving to secure water that rightly belonged to Salt Lake City and two or three canal companies who were drawing water from Utah Lake. He thought that some steps ought to be taken by the officers of these companies and the city council of Salt Lake to preserve their rights, but nothing was being done. He, therefore, felt that the brethren ought to interest themselves in the matter, which view was shared by those present. It was moved and carried that B. Young and J. H. Smith be appointed a committee to confer with the officers of the canal companies and a representative from the city council, and use an influence to get them to take such steps as will secure their rights in the premises. Adjourned.
Tuesday, 26 September 1899
[p. 94] Logan. I called upon Isaac Smith, with whom I had some conversation in relation to the B. Y. Monument Fund, and he informed me that a meeting of the brethren had been called for 2 p.m. and that nothing much could be done until that hour. In the meantime Elder Jos. W. McMurrin had come up from Salt Lake by my request to join me. We called at the temple to pay our respects to Apostle M. W. Merrill. He was pleased to see us, he said, and would be present at the meeting.
2 p.m. Meeting of the brethren at the high council chamber in the tithing office. Present: Apostle M. W. Merrill, myself, Presidents Jos. W. McMurrin and C. D. Fjeldsted, Elders I. Smith and S. Molen of the stake presidency, 8 high councillors, 16 bishops or counselors out of the 26 wards composing the stake. Meeting called to order by S. Molen.
Apostle Merrill invited me to state the object of the meeting. I then submitted a letter from the First Presidency, of which the following is a copy.
Salt Lake City,
Sep. 22, 99
To the Stake Presidency, High Council, and Bishopric of Cache Stake of Zion
We are desirous that the means due from the Cache Stake to the Brigham Young Memorial Fund be paid in at the earliest possible moment. The matter is of such urgency that we have appointed Elder Rudger Clawson, who will be accompanied by Elder Jos. W. McMurrin, to visit your stake and confer with Elders Molen and Smith of the stake presidency, the high council, and the bishopric of the various wards as to what steps should be taken for the collection of the fund.
Trusting that they will be met by a prompt and generous response, we remain,
Signed Geo. Q. Cannon,
Jos. F. Smith.
[p. 95] I made brief remarks upon the matter set forth in said letter. Explained that the authorities of the stake had been called together that we might consult with them and take such action as might seem best and wisest. At all events, I said, if anything were accomplished it would be by the united effort of the presiding authorities of the stake. Said that the amount apportioned to the Cache Stake was $3500.00 of which $408.28 had been paid, leaving $3091.72 still due.
Elder Jos. W. McMurrin spoke briefly on the life and character of Brigham Young and showed clearly the importance of meeting this requirement at once. Apostle Merrill said that steps should be taken at once to get this means in and he would favor an apportionment of the same to the various wards. So far as he knew this never had been done.
It was moved and carried that an apportionment of $3500 be made on the basis of the number of families in each ward, and that Apostle M. W. Merrill, associated with the stake presidency, be appointed a committee to make the apportionment. The committee notified the brethren that the apportionment would be made out immediately after the close of the meeting and they could get it at 4:30 p.m.
[Thursday, 28 September 1899] Preston. Clear and warm. 10 a.m. Meeting at the Preston Ward Meeting House. Present: myself, Jos. W. McMurrin, stake presidency, members of the high council, and a large number of bishops and counselors from the stake. Meeting called to order by Pres. [George C.] Parkinson.
I made remarks with reference to the object of the meeting, urging the necessity of collecting in the means due Brigham Young Monument Fund. I read a letter from the First Presidency, similar to the one read at Logan. Hoped the brethren would be united in whatever action should be taken.
Elder Jos. W. McMurrin made brief remarks on the same line. Pres. Parkinson spoke briefly, dwelling upon the life and character of Brigham Young and the great blessings that had come down to us through his administration. Explained the status of the fund in the Oneida Stake by saying that the apportionment was $835.00, amount already paid $234.95, amount due $600.05. He then read [p.96] the apportionment as it was made to the wards and which was again accepted by unanimous vote, and the bishops expressed their intention of getting the means in at once.
[Friday, 29 September 1899] Brigham City. Clear and mild. I had some talk with my partner, Homer Rich, who has control of a certain building on Main Street in his own right, which he has leased for saloon purposes. I showed him the evil that would grow out of taking such a step, that it would hurt his business and his influence in the community, not to say anything of the responsibility he was assuming. He seemed to feel his position keenly and said that he would do all that he could to break the lease and keep the man out. I attended to some matters of business.
[Saturday, 30 September 1899] Brigham City. Clear and cool. I had some further talk with Homer, who said that he had been down to Ogden to see the party who held the lease, but could do nothing with him, much to his regret. It was then decided that we use an influence with the city council to get them to raise the license for selling liquor, hoping in this way to shut him out.
[Tuesday, 3 October 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Quarterly meeting of the Twelve at the temple. Present: Apostles F. M. Lyman, Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, and R. Clawson. Meeting called to order by Apostle Lyman. Singing. Prayer by F. M. Lyman. Singing.
The speakers were F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, and H. J. Grant. Topics treated. F. M. L[yman]. Condition of Pres. Richards, who has gone to California for his health, [was] reported improving. Fellowship of the brethren. Financial condition of the brethren and the church. The disposition of people when they get into trouble to come to the church for relief. Tithing.
J. H. S[mith]. Condition of Pres. Richards’ health. Obligations of the church. Tithing. Amusements among the saints. Humility.
G. T[easdale]. Indebtedness of the people of Nephi to the merchants, namely, about $250,000.00. Fashions of the world. [p.97] Tithing. Colonizing Mexico. Spoke of his own health as not being very good, owing, he thought, to the loss he had sustained in the death of his wife.
H. J. G[rant]. Demand for Church bonds, 103 being bid for them. Maintaining the credit of the church. Amusements. Dividing the Salt Lake Stake, said he favored it. Favored the discontinuation of the general conferences for a time or two to force better rates from the railroads for our people. It was decided to bring the matter to the attention of the Presidency at the Thursday meeting. Apostle Grant said that he owned the controlling interest in the Salt Lake Theatre, but owing to his circumstances financially, he would be obliged to sell. He mentioned the matter to the brethren, because in the event of having to sell he hoped the church would take it to keep the property in the hands of our people.
Singing. Benediction by Apostle J. H. Smith.
[Wednesday, 4 October 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. Continuation of quarterly meeting of the Twelve at the temple, Apostle F. M. Lyman presiding. Present: Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, and R. Clawson. Singing. Prayer by Geo. Teasdale. Singing.
The speakers were M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, and M. F. Cowley. Topics treated. M. W. M[errill]. Dividing of the Salt Lake Stake; was in favor of it. Tithing. Church indebtedness. B. Y. Memo[rial] Fund. The employment of doctors by our people.
A. H. L[und]. Faith. Word of Wisdom. Tithing. Church Schools. Salt Lake Theater; would prefer that the church do not buy it, as it is so difficult to control the character of performances given there, and the church would many times be exposed to adverse criticism. Hoped Brother Grant would see his way clear to hold the property.
M. F. C[owley]. His visit to the East. Visited 5 states and preached a number of times on the streets of Chicago. Was gone seven weeks and spoke thirty times. B. Y. Fund. Church indebtedness. Meeting adjourned until 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. Meeting called to order by Apostle F. M. Lyman. Present: F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, M. W. Merrill, [p.98] A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, and R. Clawson. Singing. Prayer by H. J. Grant. Singing.
The speakers were Apostles A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and J. H. Smith. Topics treated. A. O. W[oodruff]. Dividing the Salt Lake Stake; was in favor of it. Also favored the purchase of the Salt Lake Theater by the church. Colonizing the Big Horn country. Tithing.
R. C[lawson]. Brigham Young Memorial Fund. Dividing the Salt Lake Stake; was in favor of it. The purchase of the Salt Lake Theater by the church; rather than see the theatre go into the hands of the gentiles, would favor its purchase by the church, but would prefer that it be held by the brethren.
J. H. S[mith]. Amusements. Benediction by H. J. Grant.
[Thursday, 5 October 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. Continuation of the quarterly meeting of the Twelve at the temple. Present: Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, and R. Clawson. Singing. Prayer by M. W. Merrill. Singing. Brethren engaged in conversation until 11 a.m. when the First Presidency came in.
Apostle Lyman made brief remarks, explaining the principal points that had been discussed in our three days’ meetings; namely, the dividing of the Salt Lake Stake, also the passing over one or two conferences to secure better R. R. rates for our people. Apostles H. J. Grant and M. W. Merrill were appointed a committee of two to look into the [latter] matter.
The question of dividing the Salt Lake Stake was discussed. It was moved and carried that the division be made and that Pres. Snow be authorized to appoint a committee to look into the matter and report. He appointed J. H. Smith and A. H. Lund as said committee. The question of buying the Salt Lake Theater for the church came up, but inasmuch as Apostle [Grant] said that he would endeavor to keep the property in the hands of our people, no action was taken.
The tables were then spread with bread and wine, and the Lord’s Supper was partaken of, Pres. Cannon being mouth in asking the blessing. We had a very enjoyable time together. During the time we were at the table several topics were discussed. It was [p.99] decided that there were three subjects that ought to be treated in the general conference; namely, tithing, morality, and amusements.
Apostle H. J. Grant asked if there would be any objection to his joining the Alta Club of this city. There was a diversity of opinion among the brethren in relation to the matter; some were in favor of it and others felt opposed to it. Apostle Grant was instructed to do as he felt in the matter. He rather thought, he said, that he would not join.
Adjournment taken. Benediction by F. M. Lyman. The three days’ meetings were adjourned until Jany. 9th, 1900. Benediction by A. H. Lund.
[Saturday, 7 October 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool.
7:30 p.m. General priesthood meeting in the tabernacle. Meeting called to order by Pres. Snow.
The speakers were Bp. W[illiam] B. Preston, Elder Andrew Jenson, Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon, and Pres. Lorenzo Snow. Topics treated. W. B. P[reston]. Tithing. Duty of the bishopric.
A. J[enson]. Record keeping in the wards and stakes. Church Chronology.
G. Q. C[annon]. Influence of the gospel in correcting the evils of the world. Responsibility connected with the bearing of the priesthood.
L. S[now]. Spoke of the great importance of the elders of Israel keeping their promises. They should not make any promise that they cannot fulfill. The word of the Trustee-in-Trust should be as the word of God. Circumstances have been such that the Trustee-in-Trust could not always keep his engagements. This should not be. It was his great desire and aim, he said, to see the church relieved of debt, and would do all he could to bring about this much-desired condition of affairs. Spoke interestingly upon the subject of indebtedness among the people, mortgages, &c.
[Monday, 9 October 1899] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting of the general authorities of the church. Meeting called to order by Pres. Lorenzo Snow.
[p. 100] The speakers were Pres. L. Snow, Apostles Geo. Teasdale, myself, F. M. Lyman, Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon, H. J. Grant, and Jos. F. Smith. Topics treated. Snow. Great responsibility resting upon the brethren assembled. Tithing. “Upon the presidencies of stakes and bishoprics of wards, I place the responsibilities of see[ing] that the counsels given at conference concerning tithing and other matters are carried out by the people.”
Teasdale. Bore testimony to the truth of the teachings given at the conference.
Clawson. Great importance attached to the visiting of wards by the presidents of stakes, also by the bishops of wards visiting the various organizations under their control.
Lyman. B. Y. Monument Fund. Record keeping. Ordinations to the priesthood.
Pres. Snow. Second anointings2 to be given to faithful brethren. It is not necessary, he said, to wait until they are ready to drop into their graves.
Cannon. Election matters. We should seek to repress contention. Division on party lines a good thing.
Grant. B. Y. Monument Fund. Supporting the Deseret News. Pres. Snow. Spoke favorably of the Deseret News.
Cannon. The impropriety of reading newspapers that oppose the work of God.
Smith. Every man to be respected and honored in his priesthood and calling. Mutual Improvement missionaries.
[Thursday, 12 October 1899] Salt Lake City. Snowing. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Quarterly conference appointments: Utah Stake, F. M. Lyman; Juab, H. J. Grant; Emery, R. Clawson.
Pres. Snow suggested that it would be well for the brethren in visiting the conferences to counsel the people to keep out of debt—individually and in a church capacity. I [Rudger Clawson] [p.101] referred to a matter that was worthy, I thought, of some consideration; namely, the passing of aged brethren from the seventies quorums to the high priest quorums. The matter was discussed and, while it seemed to be the general feeling of the brethren that they should do so, no definite action was taken.
Apostle H. J. Grant suggested that it would be an excellent idea to organize a small bank (say with $75,000.00 capital) to take the place and succeed the Utah Loan and Trust Co. at Ogden. The matter was taken under advisement by the First Presidency.
Apostle J. H. Smith thought immediate action should be taken (in conformity with the committee’s report) looking to the printing of a cheap edition of the Book of Mormon to be sold in the Southern States Mission, as against the Josephite Book of Mormon now in circulation there. Pres. Snow said that the Presidency would act upon the matter at once. Prayer by Apostle A. O. Woodruff.
[Tuesday, 17 October 1899] Salt Lake City. Cloudy. At 3 p.m. the church auditing committee met at the President’s office to hear the report of R[obert] R. Anderson, who had been appointed to audit the books of the Salt Lake and Los Angeles R[ailwa]y Co. and the Saltair Beach Co. Pres. Snow was present, as also Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, and myself. The reports were quite voluminous but showed quite clearly that the business of those two companies had been grossly mismanaged, and it was apparent to all present that a change in the management was badly needed. During the six years the two companies have been in operation, the manager and secretary have received between them as a salary, some $56,000.00, which is an enormous sum in comparison with the service they have given the companies.
[Thursday, 19 October 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Pres. L. Snow, Pres. J. F. Smith, Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, and myself; also G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
A letter from Platte D. Lyman, president of the European [p.102] Mission, was read. He said that Elder H. L. James would leave for home in a few days having in charge the body of Elder [Samuel T.] Clark, who recently died in Cardiff, Wales. Said they had been compelled to release several elderly missionaries on account of physical disabilities. Reported that two elders in Germany had been disfellowshiped for transgression. Said that missionaries were needed in most of the European missions.
Pres. J. F. Smith stated that brethren going on missions who were over sixty years of age were instructed that, as the church did not require elders beyond that age to take missions, if they were released on account of sickness or physical disability, they would be obliged to bear their expenses home.
Apostle A. O. Woodruff said that more native elders were needed in the Swiss and German Missions. President Snow thought that the elders who go out to preach the gospel should have a special training (in a training school) for missionary work. Thought that perhaps arrangements could be made in our church schools for such training. The brethren, generally, endorsed the views of Pres. Snow.
Division of the Salt Lake Stake. The committee appointed on the division of the Salt Lake Stake reported. After some discussion it was moved by Apostle F. M. Lyman and seconded by Apostle Cowley that the Salt Lake Stake be divided into three stakes, to be divided as follows, to wit: The Salt Lake Stake to comprise all that district of country lying north of 10th South Street, Salt Lake City, to the north line of the Salt Lake Stake—including Hunter, Brighton, and North [Point] Wards (and Pleasant Green, if the people there desire it). The second stake to comprise all that district of country lying south of 10th South Street, Salt Lake City, and west of the State [Street] road to the south line of the Salt Lake Stake. The third stake to comprise all that district of country lying south of 10th South St., Salt Lake City, and east of the State Road to the south line of the Salt Lake Stake. Motion put and carried by unanimous vote. Moved and carried that the stake southeast of Salt Lake City be called the Granite Stake of Zion. Moved and carried that the stake lying southwest of Salt Lake City be called the Jordan Stake of Zion. Moved and carried that O. P. Miller be selected as president of the Jordan Stake, and Frank Y. Taylor, president of the Granite Stake.
[p. 103] Apostle J. H. Smith moved that Apostle M. F. Cowley be sent to visit the N. W. States Mission, as some matters in that mission needed attention. Carried.
I expressed the opinion that the recent excellent instructions and teachings given on the principle of tithing be followed up with some definite action, and suggested that the brethren in visiting the conferences should call the bishopric[s] of the wards together and give them some special instructions—especially in regard to visiting members of their wards who were slack in the payment of tithes or were non-tithepayers, and seek in [a] private way to convert them to the principle. The idea was approved by the brethren.
It was moved and carried that hereafter the church bear the expense of furnishing the missionaries with their blessings. They have been required to pay 50 cents for them.
Moved and carried that the Mutual Improvement Conferences be held at the time of the stake conferences—the evening to be used for that purpose. Prayer by Apostle M. F. Cowley.
[Wednesday, 25 October 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 9 a.m. There was a meeting of Apostles F. M. Lyman, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, and myself at the [Improvement] Era Office to investigate the case of Leroy Campbell vs. Silas S. Smith, sent up on appeal from the high council of the San Luis Stake. Briefly stated the trouble was this: Leroy Campbell was in possession of some leased land, but the lease had run out. He intended, however, to re-lease the land and with that intention in view was still cultivating it. In the meantime, and without consulting Campbell, Silas S. Smith slipped over to the land office and leased the land for himself. The decision of the bishop’s court, which was also confirmed by the high council, was rendered in favor of Leroy Campbell.
The following is a copy of our report to President L. Snow:
Salt Lake City,
Oct. 24th, 1899.
Pres. Lorenzo Snow,
After a careful reading and consideration of the papers in the case of Leroy Campbell vs. Silas S. Smith, [p.104] San Luis Stake, we find:
1st. That the case was sent up on appeal from the bishop’s court to the high council, and from the high council to the First Presidency; 2nd. That the case was very wisely and properly handled both in the bishop’s court and the high council; 3rd. That the decision of the bishop’s court was sustained by the unanimous vote of the bishopric, and that the decision of the high council, sustaining the action of the lower court, was acquiesced in by every member of the high council.
We can see no reason why the decision of these two courts should be modified or reversed and would, therefore, recommend it to your favorable notice and approval.
F. M. Lyman,
A. H. Lund,
(Signed) A. O. Woodruff,
[Thursday, 26 October 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Jos. F. Smith, and Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
Apostle J. H. Smith reported that he had been to Ogden to visit Pres. F. D. Richards and said that he was very seriously ill, being afflicted with nervous prostration. His mind also, he said, seemed to be failing. Apostle A. O. Woodruff made a similar report.
The clerk read a report showing the status of polygamy in Utah, as follows, to wit:
The number of polygamists in 1890—
|The number of deaths since then—||
|The number removed from the U.S.||
|The number divorced||
|Leaving a balance of||
|37%—died, left, or divorced.|
[p. 105] Apostle H. J. Grant said that he thought he could get managing control of the Salt Lake Herald, if it were thought advisable. As it is now, the paper is run on anti-Mormon principles, but might be used to favor the church. I moved that Apostle Grant be authorized to do what he could in the matter of securing control. Carried by unanimous vote.
A letter from Apostle B. Young, Jr., Chicago, was read. It was in relation to the matter of introducing coke from some of our church lands, into the Chicago market. Hadn’t as yet succeeded, but hope to soon.
The question of a presidency for the Cache Stake was introduced by Pres. Snow, and he asked the brethren how they felt about it. Apostle Lyman suggested the name of Chas. W. Nibley. The brethren who followed, namely, Apostles J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, M. F. Cowley, and Pres. J. F. Smith, all spoke highly of Elder Nibley. Apostle A. H. Lund was in favor of a man who would have some influence with the Moses Thatcher faction. He did not think C. W. Nibley would be altogether the most suitable, he being a Republican in politics. Pres. Snow proposed the name of Apostle M. W. Merrill. Seconded and carried by unanimous vote.
Apostle F. M. Lyman made an appeal for aid in behalf of Elder Nephi Pratt, who, he said, is in destitute circumstances, and Pres. Jos. F. Smith, in behalf of Elder Jno. T. Caine, suggesting that the latter be appointed stake tithing clerk of the Cache Stake, to succeed the present clerk, who purposes to resign. Action on these two cases was deferred for the present. Prayer by President Lorenzo Snow.
[Monday, 20 November 1899] Brigham City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Forenoon session of the 2nd day’s quarterly conference of the Box Elder Stake, myself presiding. Present on the stand: Pres. Lorenzo Snow, Apostles J. H. Smith, A. H. Lund, Elder Frank Y. Taylor of Salt Lake, Counselors Chas. Kelly and Wm. L. Watkins, Thos. E. Williams, Young Mens’ missionary from Arizona, and others. I called the meeting to order.
The speakers were myself, Coun. Wm. L. Watkins, and A. H. Lund. Topics treated. R. C[lawson]. In view of the reorganization of the stake presidency, I spoke of my labors in the Box Elder Stake [p.106] and said that the past 12 years had been the happiest period of my life. Referred to the high council, the bishopric of the wards, and stake presidencies as a body of brethren and sisters who were united in all their labors and were, therefore, accomplishing a good work. Said the stake presidency had been united as one man from the first.
W. L. W[atkins]. Bore a strong testimony concerning the work of the Lord.
A. H. L[und]. The perfect law of the Lord. The life of Abraham. Obedience. Spoke in complimentary terms of the beauty and convenience of our tabernacle.
It would be proper here to remark, that before the opening of the morning meeting Apostle J. H. Smith and myself had a talk with Pres. Snow in relation to the reorganization of the stake presidency, and decided on Elder Chas. Kelly for president and Lucius A. Snow and Oleen N. Stohl for counselors, providing they were acceptable to Brother Kelly as counselors (which they were). We also united upon the following brethren for bishops to fill certain vacancies; Michael Schow, Mantua; Thos. Yates, North Ward; Lorenzo Stohl, 3rd Ward, Brigham City; and Brigham Wright to succeed Bp. Jens Hansen, who desired to be released on account of the infirmities of age.
Meeting of the above-named brethren at Pres. Snow’s home after the morning session of the conference. Pres. Snow stated the object of the meeting and asked the brethren, each one, if they were willing to accept the appointments. Each expressed his willingness to do so and would endeavor to magnify the same.
Bp. [Abraham] Zundel of Willard, who came in with the brethren, was asked to remain after the others were excused. Pres. Snow explained to Bp. Zundel that it was deemed advisable to make a change in the bishopric of the Willard Ward and felt that it would be for the best good of all concerned—for himself and for the people—if he would resign. He [Lorenzo Snow] said that affairs in Willard were not satisfactory. He did not wish to go into details, unless Bp. Zundel desired it. Had no desire to find fault, but would be content in the statement that he, Bp. Zundel, probably lacked some of those qualifications that were indispensable to a successful bishop.
Bp. Zundel seemed to feel that he was entitled to know the [p.107] exact cause for asking his resignation. Pres. Snow, thereupon, called upon me to make a statement. I complied by saying that the Willard Ward was not up to the standard of the other wards of the stake; that the tithing was not properly looked after; that, speaking of tithing, the presidency of the stake a year or two ago called Bp. Zundel and counselors together and stated clearly and strongly that the tithing was not properly cared for and demanded stricter attention to this matter, but no improvement had since been made; that the Willard Ward, the largest in the stake, paid less tithing than the Brigham City 4th Ward—a ward of widows and orphans; that Willard was always slack in meeting the apportionments made by the Presidency of the church and the presidency of the stake (which Bp. Zundel now admitted); that aside from the matters herein specified, many complaints concerning the bishop’s neglect had come to the presidency of the stake from the people of the ward; that Bp. Zundel’s counselors had threatened to resign because of the unsatisfactory condition of affairs. Brother Chas. Kelly endorsed my statement as being correct.
Bp. Zundel said he was willing to do anything Pres. Snow desired and, if his resignation was wanted, it would be forthcoming, but he was now taken by surprise and, therefore, asked a few days for consideration. Granted.
2 p.m. Continuation of conference. Meeting called to order by myself. Pres. Lorenzo Snow was the speaker of the afternoon. Topics treated. Spoke of the contemplated reorganization of the stake presidency and some of the bishopric[s] and said that it is a difficult matter to find men that are qualified and adapted for the positions to be filled.
The purpose of our coming into the world, he said, was to labor for the salvation of souls. All the inhabitants of the earth are our brethren and sisters, and we should labor in their interests. Spoke of the path to exaltation and glory, which, he said, is made plain to the Latter-day Saints. Referred to the judgments that are being poured out upon the nations of the earth. Said he was not alarmed at these things. Our business is to serve the Lord. All things we are called upon to suffer and pass through are intended for our good. Alluded to the driving of the saints from the States and showed how the saints had been blessed in it by coming to the mountains and building up a great church and a great commonwealth. [p.108] Spoke of the Manifesto and said the saints were enabled to receive it because of their experience. “Don’t worry about the future. Do right today, and we will be sufficient for tomorrow.” “Some people are worrying about an amendment to the Constitution. This should not be. Every persecution, every driving, has only advanced the saints. Do right today; don’t worry about tomorrow.”
I suppose you are anxious now, he said, to know who shall be president of the stake. Don’t worry about it; you shall know in good time. Said the brethren called will be set apart to these positions. How long will they act? Forever, no, perhaps not. It depends on circumstances. They may be called to other positions; they may be released, possibly, for lack of qualification as the future may develop. Spoke of one of the presiding bishops of the church, who was successful in a small way, but when he came to be Presiding Bishop and had to deal with large concerns, he measurably failed. Referred to the case of a leading man in one of the southern stakes, who was called to preside over a stake because of certain qualifications the brethren thought they discovered in him, but after awhile there was trouble. He failed to visit among the people, to get acquainted with them. For this and other reasons he was asked to resign and it was right to do so.
A bishop of a ward should be interested in every man and woman in the ward. Some bishops want to do all the talking. They are not made bishops for that purpose. When he talks, he should be brief and to the point. He is a common judge in Israel. He should feel as great an interest in his ward as in his own family. Amen.
[Thursday, 23 November 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles J. H. Smith, B. Young, Jr., H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Singing. Prayer by myself. Singing.
A letter from Saml. R. Thurman was read. Said that he was attorney for [Panguitch Stake] Pres. Jesse Crosby in the trial against him for adultery and felt that he was greatly wronged. Gave a synopsis of the trial, which seemed to bear out his statement fully. The report of Attorney Thurman was accepted by unanimous vote as a vindication of Pres. Crosby.
[p. 109] Letter submitted from the presidency of the Utah Stake. They called attention to the condition of the Lake View Ward. It is, they said, narrow and long—about 7 miles long—with a population of 250 souls at each end. The people were going to build a meeting house but could not agree on the location. The presidency of that stake recommended a separation and the organization of two wards. It was moved and carried that the ward be divided.
Apostle Cowley reported his visit to the N. W. States Mission. He said that the mission was in good condition, the pres. of the mission [Franklin S. Bramwell] being a spirited man. One elder reported 17 baptisms in 17 months, and another 20, during his labors. Had an interesting conference in Butte last Sunday.
Pres. G. Q. Cannon moved that the presidents of missions be instructed to withdraw elders from fields where no good results arose from their labors. Carried.
There was some discussion as to the policy of advising the brethren to promise to obey the law when brought before the court for unlawful cohabitation, as that question was being sprung on them. While the brethren were left to give such counsel as the Spirit might suggest, it was decided not to counsel them to say that they would not obey the law. Benediction by Pres. J. F. Smith.
The following is a copy of a letter addressed to S. A. Hunsaker, in answer to one he wrote to me:
Salt Lake City,
Nov. 23rd, 1899
Simeon A. Hunsaker,
In answer to your letter of the 1st inst., would say that the reply you received from Pres. Woodruff, as quoted by yourself, would not in any sense justify you in taking another wife. You certainly did wrong in this matter. Why did you not seek counsel from the president of the stake, inasmuch as the answer of Pres. Woodruff was not and could not be considered a definite consent? By taking the course you did, you were certainly exposed to church action for your fellowship. However, that feature of the case is past, but under the circum[p.110]stances I could not feel justified in giving you a recommend, as requested. If there was nothing else to be said, I could not very well go behind your residence in Canada. It seems to me that you should now apply to the authorities there for one, if you want it.
Your seeking to justify wrong by referring to other cases, about which you may be entirely mistaken, is not done, to my way of thinking, in the spirit of the gospel. If you will reflect upon the situation in a spirit of meekness and humility, you will be constrained to acknowledge that it was entirely wrong to step over the president of your stake and take another wife on the simple statement of President Woodruff “that anyone who wished to take a woman through the temple must have a license or marriage certificate.” President Snow, or any of the apostles, would make the same statement today, but that would not authorize the saints to take plural wives.
For you to ask “what have I done to make me unworthy of a recommend” is, I think, easily answered. In conclusion, would say, I think you are wise in keeping out of the way, as our enemies have a strong case against you.
[signed] Rudger Clawson.
[Sunday, 26 November 1899] [Paris, Idaho.] 10 a.m. Continuation of quarterly conference [of the Bear Lake Stake], Pres. Wm. Budge presiding.
The speakers were: Pres. Wm. Budge, Bp. Geo. Romney of Salt Lake City, and Apostle J. H. Smith. Topics treated. W. B[udge]. Reported the condition of the Bear Lake Stake. As to difficulties in the stake, the high council has but little to do. The sins of the people are sins of omission rather than sins of commission. The organizations of the wards are doing a good work, but there is a slackness in the labors of the lesser priesthood. The acting teachers in many cases are not doing quite as well as they should do. More interest should be taken in the religion class work.
G. R[omney]. His early experience in the church. Had listened [p.111] to the voice of Joseph Smith, the Prophet, many times. The gospel revealed for the salvation of man. The eternal nature of the everlasting covenant. Trials of life. Saints not led by any man but by the Lord.
J. H. S[mith]. Religion class movement. The providences of the Lord to His people. Proper education of our children. Little children who die in their infancy inherit eternal life through the blood of Christ. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto salvation.
2 p.m. Meeting called to order by Pres. Wm. Budge. The speakers were myself and Apostle J. H. Smith. Topics treated. R. C[lawson]. The qualifications necessary to make a good bishop. Related an incident showing how a bishop had been led to resign through the influence of a faithless wife and another incident showing how a man had been converted to the truth by the faith and faithfulness of a good wife.
J. H. S[mith]. The greatness and extent of the work of the Lord. Prayer. The joy and happiness of that man who should succeed in bringing even one soul into the way of salvation. B. Y. Monument Fund. Said the Bear Lake Stake was somewhat behind in its apportionment and urged the bishops to get in the means as soon as possible and send them to Salt Lake. The lives and work of the pioneers.
[Thursday, 30 November 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. Thanksgiving day. I spent the day quietly at home with the folks. At 8:45 p.m. Lydia and myself called in at mother’s, and spent an hour with her in visiting.
[Friday, 1 December 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 7 a.m. Took train for Brigham City, arriving at 9 a.m. During the forenoon attended to some matters pertaining to the mill and insurance business. Also called at the tithing office and paid in some tithing.
4 p.m. Meeting of the high council at the tithing office, Pres. Chas. Kelly presiding. The case of H. W. Harris vs. A. H. Snow, which by the consent of the high council and agreement of both parties was submitted to arbitration, came up for final action. Brother H. W. Harris stated in a letter to the council that he would [p.112] not abide the decision of the arbitration, which was to the effect that A. H. Snow pay him $147.00, and asking for a rehearing.
Pres. Kelly asked for an expression of the brethren, most of whom took the view that the council should ratify the decision. This was also the view of Pres. Kelly, who explained that the First Presidency had recommended that the matter be settled by arbitration. The council then voted unanimously to sustain the decision of the arbitration.
I made a few remarks. Topics treated: Pleasant relations in the past with the council. The [Brigham H.] Roberts Case. Said I believed the hand of the Lord was in it, and whether or not he obtained his seat in Congress, felt that the gospel was being preached by and through the prominence given to him.
[Saturday, 2 December 1899] Pocatello, Idaho. Bright and beautiful morning. 10 a.m. Opening meeting of the [Pocatello Stake] Conference in the ward house, Pres. Wm. Parkinson presiding.
The speakers were: Apostle M. F. Cowley, myself, and J. G. Kimball.
M. F. C[owley]. Sacrifice. The spirit of prophecy. Martyrdom of Jos. Smith, the Prophet.
R. C[lawson]. Progress. Religion class work.
J. G. K[imball]. Salvation. Evil of riches. Faith without works is dead.
2 p.m. Continuation of the conference, Pres. Wm. Parkinson presiding. The speakers were: David Clark, returned missionary; and Elder J. G. Kimball.
D. C[lark]. Missionary experience in England. Apostasy in the early days of Christianity. Sects of today without the keys of life and salvation.
J. G. K[imball]. Read from the Doctrine and Covenants with reference to the value of souls in the sight of the Lord. Missionary labor. Whisperings of the Spirit. The influence of money on elders. Healing of the sick.
Apostle Cowley, Pres. Parkinson, Wm. A. Hyde, and myself took supper at Sister Orum’s. I spent the night at Sister Orum’s and slept with Apostle M. F. Cowley. The night was cold, but we had a very comfortable bed.
[p. 113] [Monday, 4 December 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. Remained home until after dinner and spent the afternoon at the President’s office, getting out a report of the Box Elder Stake Fund, a fund which I have managed for a number of years as president of the Box Elder Stake. I now feel it my duty to turn it over to Brother Chas. Kelly, my successor in office. A good opportunity for investing a little money in sheep with my brother-in-law, Samuel G. Spencer, having presented itself, I borrowed $267.50 from the Box Elder Stake Fund under the approval of Chas. Kelly, president of the stake, giving my note for 3 years at 5% per annum, being the same rate of interest as the bank is paying.
[Thursday, 7 December 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles B. Young, Jr, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, M. W. Merrill, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, myself, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Apostle H. J. Grant was mouth in prayer, and M. W. Merrill was mouth in the [prayer] circle, this being the second time the brethren clothed [in temple robes] since I came into the quorum. Song.
A letter from Elder E[phraim]. H. Nye of the California Mission was read. He said that there were a splendid lot of Indians on the Yuma reservation, and if they would register, their tribal relations would be severed and they could then enter land in their own right. Should this be done, they could then be reached, he thought, by the gospel. It was moved and carried that Brother Nye should be instructed to meet Elder [Henry] Rogers, who is laboring somewhere near the reservation, and they two should investigate the matter.
The recommendation of Pres. L. W. Shurtliff of the Weber Stake that Elder E. T. Woolley be appointed bishop of the 4th Ward, Ogden, and Jas. A. Slater, bishop of Slaterville, was approved by unanimous vote. Pres. F. A. Hammond of the San Juan Stake sent in a request that Elder J. G. Kimball, who had just been touring his stake, be sent to the Moab Ward to preach against certain evils existing there. In view of the fact that it was a long journey to make and that Elder Kimball had just returned from [p.114] that part of the country, [it was decided] that Pres. Hammond and his counselors be instructed to take up that labor and do what they could as the presidency of the stake.
Elder Platte D. Lyman, president of the European Mission, reported to the council that the certificates of E[rastus] F. Ronnow and J[ohn] Borlace [were] called in and they were cut off from the church—the first for whoredom and the second for un-christian-like conduct.
Stake conferences: St. George, H. J. Grant; Morgan, M. F. Cowley and A. H. Lund. Elder D. K. Udall, pres. of the St. Johns Stake, reported that there was quite a disposition manifested among the saints of his stake to move away, and as the quarterly conference would be held Dec. 11 and 12, he asked that some of the brethren be sent to visit them. The clerk was instructed to write him that a special conference would be called for the St. Johns Stake in the near future.
I reported that since my visit to the Cache Stake early in Oct. that stake had paid in to the B. Y. Monument Fund $798.92, which added to $408.28 already paid made a total of $1,207.20, leaving a balance of $1,946.17 still due; and the Oneida Stake had paid in $467.45, leaving $93.20 still due.
Pres. Snow made some remarks in relation to a certain petition now in circulation among the seventies and elders who had labored under the late Pres. John Morgan to build a monument to his memory. The general sentiment of the meeting was opposed to such things. I moved that it be the sense of the council that they were opposed to the policy of circulating petitions among the saints for the purpose of raising means to build monuments to the dead. The motion was carried by unanimous vote. Benediction by Pres. J. F. Smith. In the evening Lydia and myself went to the theater.
[Friday, 8 December 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool; snowed during the night. At 7 a.m. left for Brigham City accompanied by Lydia and two or three of the children, arriving at 9 a.m. We spent the morning at Brother Kelly’s, taking dinner with him. In the afternoon attended to some matters of business.
In the evening we called in at Brother Anderson’s, where we [p.115] expected to spend the night. After we had been there about an hour, a whole lot of Brigham’s best people came streaming in at the door, and we then discovered for the first time that we were the victims of a surprise and a very pleasant one it proved to be. There were about 60 in the company headed by Brother Chas. Kelly and his counselors. The evening was spent in chatting, picnicking, and various exercises. The company separated at midnight, after a most delightful evening.
[Saturday, 9 December 1899] Brigham City. Clear and cool, with snow during the night. Upon taking up the morning paper, I read a notice of the death of President Franklin D. Richards, president of the Twelve Apostles. He died at 12 o’clock last night. He was a great and good man and will be deeply mourned by Israel.
[Sunday, 10 December 1899] Brigham City. Cloudy and cold. 9 a.m. I took train for Beaver Ward to attend the dedication of the new meeting house, arriving at 10 a.m. Apostle J. H. Smith, the presidency of the Box Elder Stake, Pat[riarch] Wm. L. Watkins, Bp. Jas. Nelson of Three Mile Creek, Elder O. N. Stohl, and Bp. Lorenzo N. Stohl of the Brigham City 3rd Ward also went up to the dedication. The train by special request was stopped opposite the ward three miles north of Collinston and about one mile from the meeting house. We were driven in carriages from the railroad to the new house.
The new meeting house is constructed of stone with cut-stone lintels and windowsills and cut-stone arch over the main front entrance. It is a two-story building with an upper room for worship and a basement for amusements and ward organization meetings. The dimensions of the upper room are 56 x 26 ft., and the lower room a little smaller. The workmanship on the house both inside and out is first class in every particular, while the painting is very attractive, being finished in oak-varnished. The stand is neat and attractive, and ample provisions are made for the choir. The floor of the assembly room is built on a pitch, and the seats are made quite comfortable. The new house, which has cost in the aggregate $5,784.00, is a great achievement and reflects credit upon the saints of the Beaver Ward. The work was begun and finished in a period [p.116] of 1 yr., 8 months, and 1 day, and when it is remembered that the church population of Beaver is 30 families—or about 150 souls—too much cannot be said in praise of the enterprise.
Meeting was called to order by Bp. Francillo Durfey. F. D[urfey]. Gave a brief account of the manner in which the building of the new house was inaugurated. Said that Pres. Clawson made the suggestion in the fall of 1897 and gave counsel for the erection of the same by saying that the time had come for its accomplishment. Reported that the people had responded liberally to the calls made upon them and had been united in the work.
J. H. S[mith]. Spoke many good words for the new house. Was pleased to see that provision had been made for amusements (namely, a basement) and dwelt at length upon the subject of amusements. Spoke of the death of Pres. F. D. Richards and Emily Partridge Young. I explained that the absence of Pres. Snow (for he had made arrangements to come) was due to the death of Pres. F. D. Richards and also to a severe cold which had settled in one of his eyes.
1:30 p.m. Meeting called to order by Bp. Durfey. Dedicatory prayer by myself. The speakers were Elder Jacob Jensen, myself, and Apostle J. H. Smith. Topics treated. J. J[ensen]. The new house should be kept clean and pure—free from liquor and profanity.
R. C[lawson]. Expressed pleasure in what he had seen. Was well satisfied with the style and finish of the house and was greatly pleased with the reports submitted. Spoke of the interest taken by the stake presidency in the work from the start.
J. H. S[mith]. “By their fruits ye shall know them” [cf. Matthew 7:16]. Respect for the priesthood. The nobility of labor.
Offered in the dedication of the new meeting house erected by the saints of the Beaver Ward, Box Elder Stake of Zion, By Apostle Rudger Clawson. Reported by Henry Seiger of Brigham City.
All-wise and Holy Father, we Thy children, have come into this house to worship before Thee and to call upon Thy Holy name in prayer and supplication.
We do humbly thank Thee for all Thy blessings and mercies so abundantly bestowed upon us. We thank [p.117] Thee for the ward organizations of Thy church in this part of Thy vineyard. We thank Thee for the authority of the holy priesthood, for Thy servants, the bishopric of this ward, for the acting teachers, and for all who bear the holy priesthood; for the high priests, the seventies, the elders, and members of the lesser priesthood, and for the organizations of Thy church which have been established in this ward. We thank Thee for that degree of faith and oneness that prevails in the hearts of this people. We thank Thee, Holy Father, that when Thy servants, the presidency of this stake of Zion, came into this ward and counseled the people, few in numbers and limited in the things of the world, to go to and erect a house unto Thy holy name for worship, for instruction, and for amusement, that Thy saints might come together with an eye single to Thy glory and call upon Thee in faith with pure desires, and that they might approach Thee even in their amusements—in the dance, in the dramatic performance, and in the entertainment—in all the meetings of the various organizations of the ward and priesthood, they accepted the counsel and went to with their might, trusting in the Lord, to accomplish this work.
And we perceive, Holy Father, that Thou hast abundantly blessed, prospered, and multiplied them in all their labors, until they have succeeded in completing this house in every detail—in the painting, in the plastering, in the woodwork, in putting in a stand for the priesthood, in providing a place for the choir, and in the seating; and that Thy saints in this ward have been united in all these things and have striven to accomplish this work in the best possible manner.
Now, Holy Father, inasmuch as Thy people have assembled here to call upon Thy name and to present this house before Thee for Thine acceptance, we do now most humbly dedicate this house to the name of the Lord for the worship of Thy people, that they may assemble here from time to time to receive instruction and counsel and to bear testimony to each other of Thy [p.118] goodness, that they may come into this house in the spirit of recreation and amusement from time to time as wisdom shall suggest and approve. We beseech Thee, Holy Father, in the name of Jesus, to accept of this house at the hands of Thy people of the Beaver Ward, and grant that Thy blessings may be upon it. Let Thy blessings be upon the foundation stones that they may rest securely in their places, and support the main walls of this building. Bless every piece of material that has been used in the construction of the floors, window frames, and windows, the speaker’s stand, the choir stand, and the seats that have been provided in this house, the doors and hardware that have been used and the roof that covers this house, together with all that pertains to it, both in the interior and exterior.
Grant that Thy peace and blessings may be upon it, that Thy spirit, Holy Father, may ever be present and have a dwelling place in this house when Thy saints assemble from time to time to worship before Thee, that they may feel the same good spirit and influence that prevail on this occasion—even the spirit of revelation, of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of knowledge and instruction. Grant that this spirit may rest upon Thy servants who preside in this ward, upon the bishopric, that they may be filled with the spirit of their calling, that they may be wise and prudent in all their administration of the affairs of this ward; that they may raise a voice of warning in times of evil and danger, and may bless, comfort, and instruct the people upon all occasions. Grant that the spirit of light and understanding may also rest down upon the teachers of the ward, and upon all who bear authority and priesthood among this people, that they may magnify the same in their daily walk and conversation. Let Thy spirit rest upon the presidents of quorums who dwell in this ward, upon the presidencies of organizations—the Sabbath School, Relief Society, Young Men’s and Young Ladies’ Associations, the Primary and Religion Class, and all the organizations that make up and constitute this ward. May Thy [p.119] spirit be continually poured out upon them in all their labors and in all their deliberations. Wilt Thou grant that those who preside in this ward may walk by the counsel of those who preside over them—even the presidency of the stake and the general authorities of the church, that they may be in touch with the living oracles and receive light and counsel to impart unto Thy saints who dwell here.
Now, we humbly beseech Thee to hear us in these our feeble utterances, and answer the prayer of Thy servant who is mouth in this dedication, upon the heads of this people. Holy Father, wilt Thou bless abundantly all those who have engaged in this great labor, those who have given of their substance to erect this house unto Thy name, wilt Thou multiply and bless them all the day long, and may they feel no loss in their contributions, but may their means be increased unto them. May the spirit of wisdom and understanding grow and increase in their hearts from this very hour, and may they rejoice greatly in all the labors of life. Wilt Thou accept of this dedication, and let Thy Holy Spirit be in our midst, and may it rest down upon us this afternoon while we further wait before Thee, in the testimonies and admonitions that may be given.
And the honor, and glory, and power shall be given unto Thee, through Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen.
[Tuesday, 12 December 1899] Salt Lake City. Cool and snowing. At 12 noon took the D. and R. G. [Denver and Rio Grande] train for Ogden to attend the funeral of Pres. Franklin D. Richards, arriving at 1 o’clock. A large number of visitors came up from Salt Lake on the same train.
The services began at 1:30 p.m. at the Ogden Tabernacle, which was crowded to suffocation. There were present on the stand: Presidents Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, and Apostles B. Young, Jr., F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, H. J. Grant, M. F. Cowley, and myself, the stake presidency, Bp. Robt. McQuarrie of Ogden 2nd Ward, Bp. Wm. B. Preston, Elders S[eymour] B. Young, R[ulon] [p.120] S. Wells, Jos. W. McMurrin, Geo. Reynolds, Pres. Angus M. Cannon of the Salt Lake Stake, and Counselors Jos. E. Taylor, Chas. W. Penrose, Bp. O[rson]. F. Whitney, Pres. Wm. Budge, and others. The meeting was called to order by Bp. Robt. McQuarrie.
The speakers were Pres. L. W. Shurtliff, Bp. Robt. McQuarrie, Elder D. H. Peery, Apostle B. Young, Jr., Presidents Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Cannon, and Jos. F. Smith. Topics treated. L. W. S[hurtliff]. Said he felt that all Israel will mourn the death of the noble Apostle. He will be missed in the Weber Stake of Zion, where he has lived so many years.
Bp. McQuarrie. Could hardly realize what had happened. The longer he had known him, the more he loved him. He was a man of fine example—full of love and kindness to all associated with him. Related an incident showing the esteem in which he was held by the people of Great Britain.
D. H. P[eery]. Had known a large number of great men, but he placed Pres. Franklin D. Richards at the top. Said he was a great worker. There was no man, he said, but could speak a good word for Franklin D. Richards. Felt that Weber County was greatly in advance of what it would have been had he not lived here. Invoked the blessings of God upon his family.
B. Y[oung], Jr. Felt, he said, as he did at the death of his father—he had been so intimately associated with Pres. Richards. He was a good man, a great man, a bold man, a father, and a friend. Felt to mourn with his family in the loss sustained, but rejoiced with the people in the great work of his life. Felt thankful that he had been associated with Franklin D. Richards. Congratulated the people of the Weber Stake in having had him to live in their midst.
L. S[now]. Said his acquaintance with Franklin D. Richards had been very intimate. Over 50 years ago Pres. Richards and himself, he said, were ordained to the apostleship. There were 4 vacancies in the quorum at the time, and they were filled by Elders C. C. Rich, Lorenzo Snow, Erastus Snow, and Franklin D. Richards. Pres. Richards had out-lived four presidents of the church, and his life was filled up with good works. All that the breth[ren] have said concerning him is true. All that needs to be said about him, perhaps, is this: did he accomplish the work given him to do before he came into the world? The speaker doubted not, he said, that those who knew him would feel that he had accomplished that [p.121] work. He has returned to the spirit world covered with eternal and everlasting glory. His family have before them the example of a great and good man. Invoked the blessings of the Lord upon the family of Pres. F. D. Richards. The people of the world, who are disposed to persecute us, did they know us as the Lord knows us, and as we know ourselves, would know that we are their best friends. Related an incident that occurred in the days of the [Mormon] reformation when some thought that the priesthood should be taken from a great many men in the church. Brother Franklin D. Richards and himself went to Pres. Young and tendered to him their priesthood, if he felt they had not magnified it. Pres. Young replied: “Brother Lorenzo and Franklin, you have magnified your priesthood to the satisfaction of the Lord. God bless you.”
G. Q. C[annon]. Said he was ordained an apostle after Brother Franklin D. Richards—some years later—and was afterwards called into the First Presidency, which made his relationship with the deceased, peculiar. He did not remember, he said, an instance where Brother Franklin did not show respect for his position and calling. Never heard him indulge in criticism of his brethren; never heard him find fault with his associates. It was a lovely feature of his character. Never saw him out of temper. He was very urban[e] and kind in manner. Though not an aggressive man, if his priesthood was attacked, he could assert himself with great vigor. Brother Franklin D. Richards will share in the glory and authority of the Celestial Kingdom.
J. F. S[mith]. To say that the Lord loved Pres. F. D. Richards would be but to speak what you all know. Did not see how it could be possible for any man who knew him not to love him. Had always received the greatest consideration at his hands. No man had so won his confidence as Brother Richards; no man was truer to the Prophet Joseph than he. Had been blessed by the example of Pres. Richards, who, while passing under the rod, humbly submitted to the providences of the Lord. No matter what difficulties he had to meet, he was for Zion and the building up of Zion. Invoked the blessings of the Lord upon his family.
A large number of carriages followed the casket to the grave, which was dedicated by Apostle Geo. Teasdale.
[p. 122] [Thursday, 14 December 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, R. Clawson, Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk.
A letter was read from the family of the late Franklin D. Richards, expressing thanks and appreciation for the sympathy and good words spoken at the funeral services. The letter was received by unanimous vote, and the clerk was instructed to enter it upon the minutes of the council meeting.
The brethren robed, Apostle Teasdale being mouth in prayer and Pres. Jos. F. Smith, mouth in the circle. After disrobing, the brethren sang “Zion stands with hills surrounded.”
Stake conference appointments: Parowan, Apostle H. J. Grant; Davis, Pres. Jos. F. Smith and Geo. Teasdale; Malad, Apostles F. M. Lyman and R. Clawson; Beaver, Apostle J. H. Smith. Apostle J. H. Smith, being one of the committee, made remarks on the division of the Salt Lake Stake. Said there was some difference of opinion among the people as to the dividing lines first suggested, namely, 10th South and State St[reet]s. These lines, he said, would split up and divide a number of wards. President Snow said that it would be the duty of the committee to gather up all the information they could get respecting the matter and report to the council. President Cannon thought that wards ought not to be split up any more than possible.
The clerk stated that in the month of April, Brother R[ulon] S. Wells had by permission of the Presidency engaged in the life insurance business, having become manager for Utah of the New York Mutual Life Insurance Co. And now the question is asked if the council would approve of Elders J. G. Kimball and Jos. W. McMurrin acting as life insurance canvassers at times when not engaged in other duties. Pres. Snow doubted the policy, he said, of their acting as such canvassers.
Apostle H. J. Grant favored the organization of a home life insurance co. with the church to have the controlling interest, in view of the fact that some $500,000.00 is being sent out of the state annually for life insurance—and this money, he thought, should be kept at home. Apostle R. Clawson favored the views of Apostle Grant. Pres. Snow thought it a matter worthy of consideration. [p.123] Pres. Cannon thought the idea good but was a little afraid that if the church took a hold of the matter, it would arouse the hatred of our enemies, and this view was shared by Pres. Jos. F. Smith. It was moved by Apostle Grant and seconded by Apostle R. Clawson that a committee be appointed by the President to investigate the matter and report to the council. Carried. The President appointed, as said committee, Jos. F. Smith, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, and A. H. Lund.
Apostle R. Clawson said there was a matter he desired to bring to the attention of the brethren, namely, that in many of the wards of Zion the records are found to be in a very imperfect condition, and in some wards there were practically no records kept at all. Had thought of a plan, he said, which if adopted by the presidents of stakes, would effect a decided improvement. The plan would be to have in every ward of the church sometime during the year a “record day,” i.e., a day appointed (preferably the Sabbath day) when the presidency of the stake would visit the ward and spend the forenoon in inspecting the records—first, the records of the ward proper, then the records of each organization and of each quorum of the priesthood, a portion of the afternoon meeting being devoted to the subject of record keeping. It was moved by Apostle J. H. Smith and carried that Apostles F. M. Lyman and R. Clawson, and Andrew Jenson, be appointed and authorized to look into the propriety of instituting some such plan in the church and report to the council. Benediction by R. Clawson.
8 p.m. Lydia and myself went down town and had an oyster supper, and on our way stopped in at some of the stores to inspect Christmas goods.
[Sunday, 17 December 1899] Fielding. Cloudy and cold; the ground covered with about 1½ in. of snow. 11 a.m. Quarterly conference of the Malad Stake. Meeting called to order by Pres. O. C. Hoskins.
The speakers were Pres. O. C. Hoskins and R. S. Wells. Topics treated. O. C. H[oskins]. Reported the condition of the stake. No difficulties in the bishop’s courts or high council. Teachers slack in their duties. Presidency of the stake and presidents of associations recently visited all the wards and filled up vacancies where necessary.
[p. 124] R. S. W[ells]. Daily progress. Faith without works is dead. Seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness. Testified that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God.
2 p.m. Afternoon session of the conference. Meeting called to order by Pres. Hoskins. The speakers were myself and Apostle F. M. Lyman. Topics treated. R. C[lawson]. Absence of some of the high councillors, and the bishopric of some of the wards. The absence of the entire people of three wards out of eleven. Importance of bishops getting strong men for counselors and acting teachers—men who will sustain them in the priesthood. The priesthood to control amusements in our wards. Union. New meeting house at Beaver.
F. M. L[yman]. The obligation resting upon the authorities of a stake to attend quarterly conferences and other important meetings. High council decisions, although formulated by the presidency of the stake, only become decisions by the action of the high council. The weekly meeting of the First Presidency and Twelve held for the purpose of counseling in the affairs of Zion—the most important business of the church considered in those meetings. The Presidency and Apostles [are] the living oracles of the church; the presidency of the stake, the living oracles of the stake; the bishopric of the ward, the living oracles of the ward. Moses Thatcher was successful in financial affairs but failed in matters pertaining to things of the kingdom. He failed to meet with his brethren and keep in touch with them.
[Thursday, 21 December 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles B. Young, Jr., F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, R. Clawson, A. O. Woodruff, G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Redeemer of Israel.” The brethren robed, and Apostle Lyman was mouth in prayer, and Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon mouth in the circle.
A letter from Elders Platte D. Lyman and Jas. L. McMurrin of the European Mission was read. They reported that some 5 or 6 elders were laboring in Bristol, but found difficulty in securing a house in which to hold regular service. The elders were, therefore, somewhat discouraged. An opportunity now offers to purchase a [p.125] chapel situated in a respectable part of the city. It cannot be leased or rented, they said, but can be purchased for £300 or $1500.00. The proposition is this: that the church make the purchase and the saints pay £25 a year until the church is reimbursed. They also reported that with the last company of Elders going to Europe there was a young man by the name of Harold Eldredge, an elder, who behaved in a scandalous manner, drinking, smoking, and boasting of his lewd conduct in New York City. An effort is being made, they said, to secure the return of his license.
Pres. J. F. Smith stated that a letter had already been sent to Elder Platte D. Lyman, instructing him to take up the young man’s license. It was moved and carried that the action of Pres. Lyman be approved and that he be instructed to take steps to have the young man cut off from the church, if the evidence warrants it. There was some discussion on the proposition to purchase the Bristol chapel. It was moved and carried that further information be obtained in relation to the matter before final action.
A letter from Pres. [Franklin S.] Bramwell of the Montana Mission was read. He acknowledged receipt of a letter from the First Presidency, instructing him to move elders from fields where no good was being accomplished. In answer, said that elders had been moved from two conferences. The mission would be improved, he said, if a better class of elders intellectually were sent there. A higher percent of baptisms was reached last year than ever before in the Montana Mission. Said he expected to organize a branch of the church in Portland, Oregon, next week.
Stake conferences: Fremont, Apostle J. H. Smith; Bingham, H. J. Grant. It was moved and carried that the Manitoba Mission be changed from the jurisdiction of Pres. Bramwell to that of Pres. [Louis A.] Kelsch of the Northern States Mission. It was moved and carried that Elder Geo. H. Islaub be sustained as president of the Australian Mission.
Apostle A. O. Woodruff reported his recent visit to Mexico. Said the people were prospering. He made a new bishopric, he said, at Dublan, putting in Jno. S. Robinson as bishop. Reported that Pres. [Anthony W.] Ivins had been very active in taking steps to protect the title of our people in Mexico. Government very friendly to our people. The saints have made more progress there in the past few years than many of the Mexicans, in the past 100 [p.126] years. Said he had sealed two couples in Mexico, as it would have been a hardship for them to come to the St. George Temple.
There was some talk as to the propriety of the brethren of the Twelve being authorized to marry our people by the sealing ordinance in Mexico. It was the mind of the President, and the sense of the meeting that it be done. It seemed to be the mind of President Snow that an endowment house be provided for Mexico and points in the south.
Apostle Woodruff made some remarks concerning the Big Horn country. Read a letter from the governor [DeForest Richards] of Wyoming in which he said he favored the settling of the “Mormon” people in that part of the state—and would do all he could to assist them. Benediction by A. H. Lund.
[Monday, 25 December 1899] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cold. Christmas Day. I spent the day quietly at home with the wife and children. We were pleased to witness the joy and happiness of our little ones in their amusements with the Christmas toys. At 1 p.m. we sat down to a turkey dinner. The evening was passed at mother’s, where all her children and grandchildren (18 in number) were gathered. Ice cream and cake were served. Later on the children sang and recited, and the time glided swiftly away.
[Thursday, 28 December 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: the 1st Presidency, Apostles B. Young, Jr., F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, myself, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren robed. Song, “Come to Me.” Prayer by A. O. Woodruff, M. F. Cowley mouth in circle. Song, “O Babylon.” The brethren disrobed. Song, “O Ye Mountains High.” Benediction by B. Young, Jr.
[Friday, 29 December 1899] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. I spent the forenoon at the President’s office.
3 p.m. Meeting of the brethren at the President’s office. Present: First Presidency, Apostles F. M. Lyman, B. Young, Jr., J. [p.127] H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, Presiding Bishopric, C. W. Penrose, Bp. H[iram] B. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
The object of the meeting was to discuss the present situation—especially with reference to the effort that will be made to pass a constitutional amendment, prohibiting the practice of polygamy in the United States. Should such amendment be passed, the government would then be in a position to persecute and harass the Latter-day Saints as formerly.
It was thought that something might be done to placate our enemies of the Republican party. Although the Deseret News has been conducted as an independent paper up to the present time, the Republicans—many of them—claim it is democratic in its tendencies. Therefore, some of the brethren thought it would be good policy to relieve the present editor—C. W. Penrose—and put in a Republican for the time being. Others opposed the change. Although I had no opportunity to speak, I felt opposed to any change. It was also suggested that the leading authorities of the church be counseled to refrain from engaging in active politics. One of the brethren thought a general fast would be effectual in accomplishing much good.
President Snow said that he was not disturbed in his feelings over the present situation, but felt perfectly calm. Thought we should do what we could in wisdom to forestall threatened evils. Read from the revelation on tithing, showing that the land of Zion could only be sanctified for the saints in keeping the commandments and statutes of the Lord by the observance of that law. The saints were now doing better than heretofore. One third more tithing has been paid during the past 5 months than during the same period last year. If the saints continue in a more faithful observance of this duty, the Lord will not permit our enemies to bring evil upon us—only so far as it will accomplish His purposes. And if a constitutional amendment were passed, it would only be in the providence of the Lord. In view of the fact that the News is enjoying a season of unexampled prosperity under the editorial management of C. W. Penrose and business management of H[orace] G. Whitney, he was opposed to any change in that paper. Meeting adjourned until 2 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday.
[p. 128] [Saturday, 30 December 1899] Salt Lake City. Foggy and cold. 2 p.m. Continuation of the meeting of the brethren on Friday. The principal topic of discussion was the attitude of the brethren when arrested and found guilty of unlawful cohabitation. Would it be proper for them to promise to obey the law—or rather express their intention to do so?
President Snow said, he did not see how we could very well do otherwise, in order to satisfy the honorable people of the nation, who are willing to send their sons into battle for the defense of our country, and when they fall in battle it is looked upon as an honor. They are willing to make this sacrifice for their country. They look upon the United States as the greatest nation on the earth and feel that its laws are supreme—and that when it comes to a question of law, the Latter-day Saints should bow. It is necessary sometimes for the saints to make sacrifices for the good of their fellowmen, that the honorable ones of the earth perchance may be saved. This is one of those times. There are, he said, about 300 plural wives among the saints who are bearing children, as against the body of the church—say 350,000—who are not in polygamy. These 300 women for the good of the nation and of the church should be willing for a time to refrain from having children. They would lose nothing by it, for the Lord would reward them abundantly.
Though no formal vote was taken the brethren generally seemed to endorse the views of President Snow. Meeting adjourned sine die.
[Monday, 1 January 1900] New Year’s Day. Salt Lake City. Foggy and cold. I took a very bad cold last night. Lydia, myself, and the children took dinner at mother’s. All her children and grandchildren were there. We sat down to an excellent spread at 2 p.m.
[Thursday, 4 January 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild; thawing. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles B. Young, Jr., F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, Jno. W. Taylor, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and G. [p.129]F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren robed. Pres. Snow was mouth in prayer, and Apostle J. H. Smith was mouth in the circle, after which the brethren disrobed. Song, “Let Us Pray, Gladly Pray.”
Pres. Snow said a proposition had been made to the board of directors of the Saltair Beach Co. and the Salt Lake and Los Angeles Ry. Co. by Brother W. J. Bateman and a Mr. [Charles W.] Miller to the effect that they would lease Saltair beach and the railroad, giving to the stockholders 75% of the net earnings and guaranteeing $8,000.00 a year. N[ephi]. W. Clayton, the present manager, objected, he said, on the ground that they were not reliable. Later on the two parties above mentioned made a second offer, namely, that they would manage the properties at a salary of $150.00 each per month. N. W. Clayton offered to manage the properties without compensation, if the directors desired him to do so. As to the propositions submitted, no decision was reached at the board meeting referred to, but inasmuch as the church was the largest stockholder—owning almost wholly both properties—it was decided to refer the matter to Pres. Snow.
Pres. Snow now submitted the matter to the Presidency and Twelve. He said that from all he could learn the gentlemen who had made the proposition were perfectly reliable and were also familiar with the business. The clerk read communications from Bateman and Miller making the propositions referred to. Some of the brethren testified that N. W. Clayton was in the habit of getting drunk and they felt by continuing him in the management it would bring reproach upon the church, as it had already done. This feeling was shared by all present. After some discussion, it was moved by Apostle J. H. Smith and seconded [by] Apostle F. M. Lyman that the resignations of N. W. Clayton, Manager, and I. A. Clayton, Treas., be asked for and accepted. Carried by unanimous vote. A sentiment prevailed favoring the acceptance of Bateman and Miller’s proposition, or rather, their second proposition.
Apostle H. J. Grant stated that he had an opportunity to lease the Salt Lake Theatre to Mr. [Martin] Mulvey, manager of the New Grand Opera House, for a period of ten years to good advantage, and, if the brethren had no objections, thought he would do so. He would prefer, he said, to sell the church a controlling interest in the property—namely 51 shares or $51,000.00—but his circumstances were such he had to do something. He called attention to [p.130] the fact that he had a $30,000.00 note at Zion’s Saving Bank, a $12,000.00 note with the Trustee-in-Trust, and suggested that these notes be turned over to him for theatre stock and that the Trustee-in-Trust buy enough more to give the church the controlling interest. After some discussion it was moved by Pres. Jos. F. Smith that the suggestion made by Apostle Grant be adopted, providing after due consideration it met with the approval of Pres. Snow. Carried by unanimous vote. Benediction by Apostle A. O. Woodruff.
[Tuesday, 9 January 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. I attended a directors meeting of the Utah Light and Power Co., which was in session until 11 o’clock.
11 a.m. Quarterly meeting of the Twelve. Present: Pres. B. Young, Jr., Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, Jno. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, myself, A. O. Woodruff. When I came in at 11 o’clock, Apostle A. H. Lund was speaking. Topics treated: Conditions in the mission fields. Secret societies and societies that are formed for life insurance purposes. Thought our people ought not to go into these things.
Being called upon, I made brief remarks. Spoke of my recent visit to Willard and the reorganization of the bishopric there. Said that in visiting among the saints, I found too much of a spirit of disorder in many of the meetings—especially in many of the young people’s meetings. Referred to the evening session of the Y.L.M.I.A. Conference held in the tabernacle Sunday evening, when great streams of people filed out between each exercise, much to the annoyance of those who remained. Such things should not be permitted in the house of the Lord, which according to the scriptures is a house of order. Bore testimony to the truth of the gospel.
Apostle M. W. Merrill followed. Topics treated: The death of Pres. F. D. Richards; he missed him very much. Knew the gospel to be true. In speaking of the principle of plural marriage, said it had come to stay in some form or another. Said that the people of Cache Stake, where he is presiding, are greatly involved in debt, and his counsel to them is to get out of debt and keep out. Related [p.131] a dream he had had concerning Satan and the power he has in the world. Benediction by Apostle J. W. Taylor.
2 p.m. The same brethren were present as in the morning session. Singing. Prayer by Apostle J. W. Taylor. Singing.
Apostle J. W. Taylor was the first speaker. Referred to some of the wards in the Cache Stake as being in a bad condition and thought a change in the bishopric necessary. Thought some of the stakes should be divided, such stakes as San Pete and Utah. Was in favor of some form of life insurance for our young people. Thought it a mistaken policy to keep the saints in the world from gathering [to Utah], as their children in many cases grow up and marry gentiles. Had a burning desire to preach the gospel to nations who had never heard it.
Apostle H. J. Grant was the next speaker. Felt that the brethren of the Twelve ought to visit the missions of the church in the world, as well as to visit the stakes of Zion. Was thankful, he said, that the Lord is helping him to get out of debt. Through the action of the Presidency and Twelve in taking theatre stock from him, he was greatly assisted. Believed that his mother would receive her hearing through the prayer of faith being offered up by the saints. Was in favor of making changes in the church where needed. Benediction by Apostle H. J. Grant.
[Wednesday, 10 January 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 7 a.m. I took train for Brigham City to attend the annual stockholders meeting of the Brigham City Roller Mill Co.
The meeting was held at the tithing office at 10 a.m., a majority of the stock being represented, namely, 111 shares. Lorenzo Snow was elected chairman, and I, secretary of the meeting. As secretary for the year 1899, I submitted my report for the six months ending Dec. 31st, showing a net profit of $1850. A dividend of 5% was declared—namely $1000—and $600 was passed to the real estate account for wear and tear and general depreciation of the property. The following were elected directors for the year 1900: Lorenzo Snow, A. Madsen, J. L. Edwards, Jas. Nelson, John Crawford, and myself. At a later meeting Lorenzo Snow was elected president of the board of directors, Jno. L. Edwards, vice president, myself, secretary and treasurer, and Jas. Nelson, mgr.
[p. 132] I returned to Salt Lake on the 4:45 p.m. train. Pres. Snow also returned at the same time.
[Thursday, 11 January 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cold. 10 a.m. Continuation of the quarterly meeting of the Twelve. Singing. Prayer by Apostle A. O. Woodruff. Singing. There were present at the meeting Pres. B. Young, Jr., Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, and myself.
Apostle H. J. Grant read two interesting letters—one from Elder B. H. Roberts regarding the situation in Washington and his fight for a seat in Congress to which he is justly entitled. An effort is being made to exclude him because he is a polygamist, but the committee who are investigating his case have not yet made their report to the House. Elder Roberts feels hopeful of winning. The other letter was from his brother, B. F. Grant.
Pres. B. Young, Jr., spoke briefly. Felt that the brethren of the quorum were growing in the things of the kingdom. Dwelt upon the principle of the United Order. “As members of the quorum we must let nothing come between us and the Lord.” Felt to invoke the blessings of the Lord upon the Twelve.
The date fixed for the next quarterly meeting was the 3d of April, 1900. The First Presidency came in at 11 o’clock. Song, “Glorious [Continued in Diary Twelve.]
1. Members of the LDS church believe that Jesus Christ will usher in the Millennium from Jackson County, Missouri. They believe they will reoccupy the land, from which they were expelled in the late 1830s, will build a temple, and will help establish the New Jerusalem.