A Ministry of Meetings
Stan Larson, editor
11 January – 12 July
Feasting at the Lord’s Table: “The Brethren Partook Freely”
[p. 133] [Thursday, 11 January, 1900] (continued) things are sung of Zion.”
Pres. Snow made brief remarks upon the principle of union. Said that the Presidency of the church and the Twelve were never more united than at the present time and felt that the Lord was, therefore, well pleased with them. If they would continue in the spirit of union, God would greatly bless them.
Stake conference appointments: Emery, Apostles H. J. Grant and F. M. Lyman; Utah, Geo. Teasdale; Box Elder, Y.M.M.I.A. special conference, Pres. J. F. Smith and R. Clawson. The committee on the division of the Salt Lake Stake, Apostles J. H. Smith and A. H. Lund, submitted a written report, which was read by the clerk. They recommended that the boundaries of the Jordan Stake should be 13th South St. on the north and Winchester St. on the south; and the boundaries of the Granite Stake Winchester St. on the north and the south line of the present Salt Lake Stake on the south. The report was adopted by unanimous vote.
The field of labor of Elder Chas. H. Grace of Nephi, who was called to take a mission to Turkey, was changed to Colorado. Pres. Wm. Budge, wrote desiring to make a change in the bishopric of Fishaven. The matter was left to be attended to at such time as [p.134] some of the Apostles should visit his stake.
The tables were then set for the sacrament, and Pres. B. Young, Jr, was mouth in blessing the bread and wine, after which the brethren partook freely of the same. Before the brethren withdrew from the table, Pres. Cannon by request made brief remarks. Said he felt it was a great honor to be associated with the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve. Felt that we ought to be devoted to the work of the Lord. Said that we were at the threshold of great events and that the time was not far distant, when the Savior would make himself known to us—would converse with and instruct us concerning our duties. Remarked that these were critical times, and none of the brethren should give general important counsel without consulting Pres. Snow. This was also the mind of all present. After benediction by Pres. J. F. Smith, the brethren dispersed.
Lydia is suffering from a severe cold on her lungs, which threatens to bring on pneumonia. I am working hard to prevent the threatened evil.
[Sunday, 14 January 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild, threatening rain. 9:45 a.m. I left for Brigham City to attend the stake Y.M.M.I.A. special conference, arriving at I p.m.
2 p.m. Opening of the conference at the tabernacle. The speakers were Oleen N. Stohl and Pres. J. F. Smith. Topics treated. O. N. S[tohl]. Reported the condition of the M.I.A. work in the Box Elder Stake. The stake presidency of the Y.M.M.I.A. had been united in all their labors and were ever willing to receive counsel. Had endeavored to set forth a proper example in all good works. Regular weekly officers meetings had been held. There were 226 subscribers among the young men to the Improvement Era, which he felt to be a good showing. He reported 19 associations in the stake with a membership of 1008—all in a flourishing condition. A Mutual Improvement Library had been built in Brigham City by the combined effort of the associations and paid for at a cost of $786.19. Number of books in the library—600; 1100 having been loaned out to the reading public during the year 1899.
Pres. J. F. S[mith]. Congratulated the saints of Box Elder in the possession of such a beautiful house (meaning the new tabernacle [p.135] as restored after the fire) in which to worship the Lord. He said that this house had been dedicated to the Lord and he felt in his heart that the Lord had accepted of it. Had listened, he said, with a great deal of interest to the testimonies of the young men who had been selected to stand at the head of the M.I.A. work in the Box Elder Stake. Invoked the blessings of the Lord upon them. They should meet together often and seek to be united. “In a multitude of counsel there is safety.” He loved men of integrity. Spoke of the fleeting character of earthly things and admonished all to lay up treasures in heaven.
7 p.m. Continuation of conference. The speakers were myself and Pres. J. F. Smith. Topics treated. R. C[lawson]. Hardness of heart. Responsibilities resting upon the saints. Covenants entered into before we came into the world.
Pres. J. F. S[mith]. The judgments of God upon the nations. The hand of the Lord as seen in the Spanish-American war and the English-Boer war. The saloon evil in Brigham City and other places.
[Thursday, 18 January 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, myself, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “For the Strength of the Hills We Bless Thee.” Prayer by Apostle H. J. Grant. The brethren robed and Apostle Geo. Teasdale was mouth in the circle.
A letter from Geo. Lewis, Mesa, chairman of committee on meeting house, was read. He said they contemplated building a new meeting house in Mesa and were considering the propriety of making it a two-story building with assembly room above and amusement hall below. Felt that they could accomplish the work by following this plan, but had not sufficient means to put up two buildings. Not knowing whether it would be exactly proper to combine the two buildings in one, now asked for counsel. The clerk was instructed to write Brother Lewis that it would be proper for them to build the two rooms under one roof.
The clerk read a letter from Elder Platte D. Lyman, pres. [of the] European Mission, in reference to the purchase of a house of [p.136] worship for the saints in the London conference. He said that Jesse Knight and Sister [Elizabeth C.] McCune had each offered to contribute $500.00, providing the balance necessary could be raised. He desired instructions from the brethren respecting the matter. As practically no information had been received relative to the cost, location, and other particulars, Apostle A. H. Lund and myself were appointed a committee to investigate the matter and report.
The clerk read a communication signed by 26 members of the Sugar House Ward, favoring the division of the Salt Lake Stake on the original lines decided by the council, namely, beginning at 10[th] South instead of 13[th] South St. There was some discussion and division of sentiment on the subject. Finally, the committee were instructed to visit the wards interested and ascertain the choice of the people respecting the boundary lines.
The name of Lars F. Johnson was submitted by myself for bishop of Bear River City. Accepted by unanimous vote.
A motion to close the temples and discontinue stake conferences for the present on account of smallpox was carried. It was also decided to discontinue prayer circles in the temple. Benediction by Apostle F. M. Lyman.
[Saturday, 3 March 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. I spent a greater part of the day at the President’s office and during the forenoon had a pleasant chat with Pres. Snow. After dinner in company with Apostle H. J. Grant, I called at the News office and gave them some items in reference to our trip south and later called at a number of business houses and paid some bills. In order to keep my credit good and from principle I make it a point to pay my bills each month regularly. A good credit is equivalent to capital.
[Thursday, 8 March 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren in the temple. Present: the Presidency, Apostles F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song. President Snow was mouth in prayer, and A. O. Woodruff was mouth in the circle. Stake conference appointments: Salt Lake Stake, 1st Presidency; Morgan, R. Clawson and [p.137] A. O. Woodruff; St. George, F. M. Lyman.
Apostle Grant and myself reported our visit to Arizona and Mexico. In order that the brethren might have a clear understanding of the situation, I read from my journal. Brother Grant and myself both strongly recommended that some assistance be rendered to the people of St. Johns. After some discussion it was unanimously decided that one half of the tithing paid in that stake for the year 1900—approximately $4500.00—be appropriated to assist them. Benediction by F. M. Lyman.
[Monday, 12 March 1900] Morgan City. Clear and cool. I am 43 years old today. 10 a.m. Continuation of [Morgan Stake] Conference. The speakers were myself and Apostle A. O. Woodruff. Topics treated. R. C[lawson]. Complimented the choir on the good singing furnished during the conference. The importance of having good choirs in the wards and stakes of Zion. Every man should be satisfied to labor where God wants him to labor. The folly of opposing the priesthood. Short meetings, short sermons, and plenty of singing. Punctuality.
A. O. W[oodruff]. Colonizing the Big Horn country. The B. Y. Monument Fund. Family reunions.
[Tuesday, 13 March 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. I called in at my brother Fred’s and entered into an arrangement with him to keep his books at a consideration of $10 per month, payable in dental work. This will enable me to get the dental work done for my family without any direct outlay. I spent a greater part of the day at the President’s office working on a statement of the receipts and disbursements of the church for the year 1899, which is quite a big labor.
[Thursday, 15 March 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, and myself. Song. I was mouth in prayer, and Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon was mouth in the circle. Song.
A letter from Platte D. Lyman, pres. of the European Mission, was read. He stated that an elder in the mission by the name of [p.138] Walter Alder, son of Lydia Alder, had committed himself with a lewd woman, and it was his feeling that the young man be dismissed without an honorable release, the authorities at home to take such further action as might be necessary. He said, however, that he would write further particulars regarding the matter. It was decided to await further particulars.
Apostle A. O. Woodruff reported progress being made in the colonization of the Big Horn country. Said some 63 heads of families would be prepared to go there this spring, with 92 teams to work on the canal. Apostle F. M. Lyman reported that the St. George people, notwithstanding the drouth in that country, were feeling well.
As chairman of a committee from the Y.M.M.I.A. board, I stated that a movement was on foot to erect a monument over the grave of the late President Woodruff; that $600 had been set aside in his will for that purpose; that the Young Men’s Board intended to contribute about $500 to said fund, and had authorized me to ask the church for an appropriation of, say, $1000, making a total of $2000, which would purchase a monument appropriate and in keeping with his position and calling in the church. The matter was discussed and it seemed to be the mind of the brethren generally that it would be more in harmony with President Woodruff’s views not to make an appropriation for the purpose set forth. Consequently, no action was taken. Benediction by Pres. Jos. F. Smith.
[Monday, 19 March 1900]
Bountiful, Utah. Clear and mild; beautiful day. 10 a.m. Continuation of [Davis Stake] Quarterly Conference, Elder Hyrum Grant presiding.
The speakers were Elder Andrew Jenson and Apostle F. M. Lyman. Topics treated. A. J[enson]. Dwelt upon the growth and progress of the work both temporally and spiritually since the early settlement of Utah. The Latter-day Saints are making history. Early modes of travel across the plains. Irrigating the soil. Sacrifice. Stake and ward records. His visit to the stakes and missions for historical purposes. Church Chronology; means realized from the sale of same to be used for the building of an historian’s office for the church. Urged the saints to subscribe for it.
[p. 139] F. M. L[yman]. Record keeping in the church and its great importance. Church Chronology. No one is called to the priesthood, or to preach the gospel, without being ordained by someone having authority. No baptism or confirmation should be consummated, except there is a recorder present. Every man is entitled to a certificate of ordination. Record day.
2 p.m. Continuation of conference. The speakers were myself and Apostle F. M. Lyman. Topics treated. R. C[lawson]. Record day. The growth of the church from Canada on the north to Mexico on the south. The conditions of progress and prosperity in those places, namely, the Alberta Stake in Canada, the St. Johns Stake, the St. Joseph Stake, [and] the Maricopa Stake in Arizona, and the Juarez Stake in Mexico.
F. M. L[yman]. The ordination of a bishop; to set apart alone is not sufficient, but a man to be a bishop must be ordained to that office. Tithing. The evil of indebtedness. Advised the saints to get out of debt and then to keep out of debt. Children should be blessed under the direction and approval of the bishop, whether at home or in the fast meeting. Men who are called away on missions to be gone two or three years should lay their hands on the heads of their wives and children and bless them.
Patriarch Judson Tolman blessed the congregation, the choir, and the apostles present in the name of Jesus and also offered the benediction. Conference adjourned for 3 months.
[Thursday, 22 March 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles B. Young, Jr., F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, myself, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Apostle B. Young, Jr., was mouth in prayer and Apostle J. H. Smith was mouth in the circle.
A letter from Apostle M. F. Cowley, who is visiting the conferences in Oklahoma Territory, Arkansas, and in Texas, was read. He said he was having a pleasant and profitable time.
A communication from Elders Jno. C. Cutler, Wm. Dougall, Spencer Clawson, and J. H. Paul of the Salt Lake Stake Board of Education was read. They called attention to the needs of the Latter-day Saints College, stating that the quarters in the Templeton Building are not ample to accommodate the students in [p.140] attendance. No action was taken.
Stake conferences: Bingham, R. Clawson; Sevier, F. M. Lyman and A. H. Lund; Beaver, Geo. Teasdale; and Fremont, J. H. Smith. Apostle B. Young, Jr., gave a brief account of his visit to San Juan, St. Johns, and Maricopa Stakes. Said he had organized a ward in the Tonto Basin, Maricopa Stake, called the Pine Ward, with Lyman Leavitt for bishop. He also ordained ex-bishop [Luther C.] Burnham a patriarch.
Apostle F. M. Lyman stated that he, myself, and Andrew Jenson—committee on “Record Day” and church records—were prepared to make a report and that I would explain the forms we had prepared. There were three forms, namely, a church membership form, ordinations to the priesthood, and a form for the names of children blessed, to be bound in a single book for use in the various wards of the church; also an improved form for recommends both to the temple and for removals. Those forms I carefully explained, and upon motion they were adopted by unanimous vote. While there was no definite action taken in reference to the matter of a record day, no objection was offered to it. It was decided that ward clerks should have the privilege of charging a fee of 10¢ for each recommend issued.
The letter from Elder David K. Udall, addressed to Apostle H. J. Grant and myself, was read. Benediction by Apostle F. M. Lyman. I spent the balance of the day at the President’s office.
[Friday, 23 March 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. I spent the day at the President’s office, working on a statement to show the total yearly interest paid by the church on church indebtedness [as of] Jan. 1st, 1899, and the total yearly interest paid [as of] March 8th, 1900, with the following result:
The church indebtedness, Jan. 1st, 1899, calling for interest at the following rates:
The church indebtedness, March 8th, 1900, calling for interest at the following rates:
|Church bonds 6%||1,000,000.00||60,000.00|
|Church indebtedness $1,672,189.21||Interest $103,033.32|
|Total reduction of interest: $35,147.57|
|Note: on Jan. 1st, 1899, there was considerable indebtedness not drawing interest. Through the blessing of the Lord and the wise management of Pres. Snow, the yearly interest expense, as will be seen from the above, has been greatly reduced.|
[Saturday, 24 March 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. In going up [to Brigham City] I had a long and interesting talk with Elder B. H. Roberts, relative to his experience in Congress in fighting to maintain his rights there to secure the seat he was justly entitled to, but which, because of his being a polygamist, he failed to get.
[Thursday, 29 March 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles B. Young, Jr., F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song. Apostle B. Young, Jr., mouth in prayer, and H. J. Grant mouth in the circle. Song.
A letter from Chas. U. Locander of Juarez, Mexico, was read. He complained of not receiving a reply to certain letters he had written to the First Presidency in which he had made some complaints of certain wrongs he had suffered. The letter was threatening in tone. The matter was referred to Apostle J. H. Smith and Pres. A. W. Ivins of the Juarez Stake.
[p. 141] A letter from the Presiding Bishopric was read. They complained of the manner in which the tithes of the Eagar Ward, St. Johns Stake, had been handled by Bp. [George H.] Crosby. Brother Crosby had moved away from that ward, and he had been talked of for bishop in another stake. The matter was referred to Apostle F. M. Lyman.
A suggestion was made by Apostle H. J. Grant that the assembly hall, with some changes, be occupied by the Latter-day Saints College. The matter was deferred for the present.
Apostle J. H. Smith reported his visit to the Fremont Stake. Said the high council of the Fremont Stake was released and reorganized. The change was made necessary owing to the status of some of its members. A number of the council was in the habit of getting drunk; others neglected the law of tithing. Two of the old council were brought in again.
I called attention to the fact that the free-will offerings at the Salt Lake Temple for the year 1898 amounted to $5807.25, and for the year 1899, $6856.83; that the total membership of the church in the stakes of the temple district was 78,915. The amount contributed per capita was, therefore, between 8c and 9c per year. I thought this a poor showing and suggested that there were a great many who would contribute if the matter was properly brought to their attention. It seemed to be the mind of the brethren that it would be better to preach up tithing rather than to make an effort in the direction of the free-will offerings to the temple. Pres. Snow stated that there were 10,000 non-tithe-payers in 1899. The apostles should take up this matter in the stakes. It was reported that there were 30,000 non-tithe-payers in 1898. The number of tithe-payers in 1899 were 62,000.
Apostle J. W. Taylor reported that the Cache Stake was in bad shape through the incapacity of a number of the bishops. A committee of three apostles, namely, Apostles F. M. Lyman, Jno. W. Taylor, and M. W. Merrill (who is also president of the Cache Stake) were appointed to investigate the matter, and report to the Presidency such changes in the bishopric of that stake as might seem desirable. Benediction by Apostle J. W. Taylor.
[Monday, 2 April 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 1 p.m. Accompanied by Sister [p.143] Clawson, I attended a birthday gathering at the temple annex. The gathering was inspired by the temple workers under the direction of Brother Jno. R. Winder in honor of President Lorenzo [Snow], commemorating his 86th birthday. Present: President Lorenzo Snow and his counselors; Apostles B. Young, Jr., J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, and myself; of the First Seven Presidents of Seventies: S[eymour] B. Young, B. H. Roberts, Geo. Reynolds, R[ulon] S. Wells, and J[oseph] W. McMurrin; of the Presiding Bishopric: J[ohn] R. Winder and Robt. T. Burton; and a large number of temple workers and others numbering in all about 120. The meeting was called to order by Brother J. R. Winder.
Congratulatory remarks [by] Jno. R. Winder. He said in part: that the temple workers felt honored in the presence of Pres. Snow and wished him many happy returns of the day. Made the following report concerning the labor that had been accomplished in the temple, namely, that since the temple had been open until April 2nd, 1899—475,662 ordinances had been performed, and from Apr. 2nd, 1899, to Apr. 2nd, 1900, 68,871, making a total of 544,337 ordinances performed since the temple was opened. He said that the interest in the work is increasing and the temple workers are perfectly united. In behalf of the temple workers Brother Winder presented President Snow some flowers symbolic of the authorities of the church, namely, three white lilies representing the First Presidency, twelve white roses representing the Twelve Apostles, seven white carnations representing the Seven Presidents of Seventies, three small white roses representing the Lesser Priesthood. These he bound together with white ribbon and presented them to President Snow.
Brief response by President Snow. He expressed appreciation of the honor done him. Said he had greatly enjoyed the six years of labor he had accomplished in the temple. (He was for that length of time and is now president of the temple.)
Remarks [by] Pres. J. F. Smith. He said he honored Pres. Snow not only because of his faithfulness and integrity, but because of the priesthood and authority held by him.
Remarks [by] Pres. G. Q. Cannon. He spoke of the value of a testimony of the truth of the gospel and said it was equally [p.144] important to have a testimony concerning the men of God. Those who find fault with the prophet of God because of his weaknesses commit sacrilege—it is a sin. Spoke concerning work for the dead. Invoked the blessing of God upon President Snow.
Benediction [by] Pres. Lorenzo Snow.
The invitation being extended, 117 shook hands with the President as the brethren and sisters dispersed. It was a most enjoyable affair and a time long to be remembered.
[Tuesday, 3 April 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy with mild rain. 10 a.m. Quarterly conference of the Twelve at the temple. Present: Pres. B. Young, Jr., F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, R. Clawson, and A. O. Woodruff. Song, “Come Let Us Anew.” Prayer by myself. Song, “Ye Who Are Called to Labor.”
There was some discussion as to whether the minutes of our quarterly meetings should be read and corrected and approved at the close of each meeting. It was finally decided that it should be done.
Pres. Brigham Young, Jr., said that he believed that all the members of the quorum were in harmony with the Presidency and if so, we are entitled to the spirit of inspiration in our meetings. He had weaknesses, he said, but he desired to labor for the promotion of the work of God upon the earth. If we are in perfect harmony with our brethren and the priesthood, why should we not enjoy the spirit of revelation? Speaking of the private journals of the leading brethren, he said they should be deposited with the church historian at their death. There is half a million people looking to the Presidency and Twelve for guidance, and, therefore, it is necessary that they have the spirit of revelation upon them continually. Invoked the blessings of God upon the brethren.
Apostle F. M. Lyman made brief remarks. Said that as the body cannot live without the spirit, so the church cannot live without or exist without the quorum of the Twelve Apostles. Thought it important to keep a journal. Had written nothing he would be ashamed to read to the brethren. If we don’t write our own history—that is, furnish the data—nobody will. Was willing, he said, that his journal should go to the church historian at his death.
[p. 145] Speaking of the Twelve, he said our great merit is not in the fact that we are very great and smart, but that we are honest, humble, and united, and the Lord can use us. I believe the kingdom is the Lord’s and He will take care of it. Hoped it would not be necessary for the apostles to have much to do with politics in the future.
The minutes of the meeting were read and approved. Adjourned until 2 p.m.
2 p.m. Full quorum present. Song, “Glorious Things Are Sung of Zion.” Apostle J. H. Smith spoke very briefly and said that he was pleased to be present and had enjoyed the spirit of instruction that had characterized the morning meeting.
Apostle Geo. Teasdale said that he had greatly enjoyed his labors of late. Had been led by the spirit to speak plainly to the people. Thought sufficient plainness had not been used in the Salt Lake Stake. Spoke upon the subject of keeping a journal. Said God’s ways are not as man’s ways and His thoughts are not as man’s thoughts. If we were of the world, we could know nothing of the ways of God. Said he loved the brethren. Spoke of the oneness and union of the Twelve.
Apostle H. J. Grant spoke of his visit in connection with myself to the stakes of St. Johns, Maricopa, St. Joseph, and Juarez. Said he had greatly enjoyed himself. Thought it would be a good thing for some of the apostles to visit the various missions of the church once a year or once in two years. Had enjoyed his labors in the ministry; his heart was not set upon business affairs, but desired to magnify his calling. Said he had unbounded love for the brethren.
Apostle J. W. Taylor spoke briefly and said he desired to be one with his brethren. Song, “Away with [y]our fears.”
Apostle M. W. Merrill felt to endorse the sentiments of the brethren in respect to the union of the quorum. Felt that the quarterly meetings of the apostles to be important. Said the spirit of the Lord is very sensitive, and if grieved, it will leave us. Referred to the loss of his son by death. It was a great blow to him, but he acknowledged the hand of the Lord in it. Spoke of the visit of his son to him after his death. He heard his voice and was told not to grieve about his departure. He was told that his son was needed behind the veil to assist in the salvation of his progenitors. Spoke of his early acquaintance with Pres. B. Young. Was thankful that [p.146]he was enabled to retain his fellowship in the church. He looked upon it as a gift of God. Felt to bless the brethren.
Apostle A. H. Lund said he had been among the saints a great deal of late and had noticed an improvement. Spoke upon the subject of tithing and deprecated the fact that there were so many non-tithe-payers. Thought the authorities of the church should be stricter in relation to this law. Believed the dividing up of large stakes productive of good. Remarked that there was too much laxity on the part of the authorities of the church, he thought, with respect to the question of morality.
The minutes of the meeting were read and approved. Song. Benediction by Pres. B. Young, Jr. Adjourned until Wednesday morning at 10 a.m.
[Wednesday, 4 April 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Continuation of quarterly conference of the Twelve. Present: Pres. B. Young, Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, and myself. Song, “See How the Morning [Sun].” Prayer by F. M. Lyman. Song, “Come, All Ye Sons of Zion.”
Apostle J. W. Taylor made brief remarks and said our mission system is in a bad condition. Thought it would be a good thing to call the presidents of missions together during the coming conference and discuss the best methods of preaching the gospel and of conducting mission affairs and many other questions that would naturally arise. It was decided by unanimous vote that with the approval of the First Presidency a meeting of the Twelve, First Council of Seventies, and presidents of missions be called. Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. W. Taylor, and M. F. Cowley were appointed as a committee to arrange subjects of discussion for said meeting.
Apostle M. F. Cowley was the next speaker. Said he felt well towards his brethren. Had taken great pleasure in preaching the gospel. Was pleased with the suggestions made at this quarterly conference. Had born his testimony in 34 states of the Union. Spoke of his recent visit to the Southwestern States Mission, W. T. Jack presiding. The mission was in a prosperous condition and has a credit in the bank, over and above expenses, of $1000.00. Spoke of the inefficiency of some of the elders in the field.
[p. 147] Apostle A. O. Woodruff followed and said he felt humble in the presence of the apostles—men of such great experience and men of God. Desired to be one with his brethren. Spoke of the colonization of the Big Horn country. The union of the priesthood and saints, he said, is what excites the hatred and anger of the adversary.
I made brief remarks and said that I had greatly enjoyed the spirit of our meetings. Desired to be in harmony with my brethren and to magnify the apostleship. Said that I not only had great pleasure in visiting among the saints and preaching the gospel, but also in assisting Pres. Snow in keeping posted regarding the financial condition of the church. Through reports furnished by myself he was perfectly familiar with all the obligations of the church, the receipts and disbursements, and revenues and expenses of the church for each year. This information relieves his mind of great anxiety for the reason that surprises never confront him.
Benediction by Apostle J. H. Smith. Adjourned until 10 a.m. Thursday morning. I spent the balance of the day and until midnight at the President’s office, working on a statement of receipts and disbursements and revenues and expenses of the church for the year 1899.
[Thursday, 5 April 1900]
Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren in the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles B. Young, 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, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. It would be proper to state that the Twelve had been in session since 10 a.m. in continuation of their quarterly conference. I was not present, however.
By request of Pres. Snow I submitted my report with reference to the financial condition of the church, which involved a great many figures and entries, but the grand totals were as follows:
|Tithing on hand Feb. 1st, 1899||538,130.66|
|Cash on hand Feb. 1st, 1899||43,278.16|
|Tithing rec[eive]d for year 1899||1,138,362.64|
|Rec[eive]d from all other sources||680,862.09|
|Total amount disbursed for all purposes||1,814,181.90|
|Tithing on hand Feb. 1st, 1900||479,839.44|
|Cash on hand Feb. 1st, 1900||106,612.21|
|Revenues of the Church|
|Tithing received for 1899||1,138,362.64|
|Received from dividends, rents, and||32,561.35|
|Expenses of the Church|
|The expense of conducting the affairs of the church for the year 1899||639,083.10|
|Excess of revenue over and above expenses||$619,425.56|
Pres. Cannon, B. Young, and others remarked that it was the most comprehensive report concerning the financial condition of the church they had ever heard read. It was moved and carried that the report be approved and filed.
Pres. Snow made some remarks upon the subject of tithing, showing the necessity of keeping the people stirred up. Was gratified with the improved financial condition of the church. Felt that the brethren of the apostles should take an increased active interest in the administration of the affairs of in [sic] the stakes of Zion. Men should be sought after who are fully devoted to the work of God, and steps should be taken that the saints may not suffer for lack of proper attention. A general discussion of how best to bring the principle of tithing before the people in the stakes was indulged in.
Pres. Cannon referred to the Cache Stake and said that its record for tithing paid in 1899 was very poor. Apostle Merrill said in reply that it was due, he thought, to the fact that the crops in 1899 were much smaller than in 1898.
Apostle F. M. Lyman made brief remarks and said that he was pleased with the improved financial condition of the church. Felt [p.149] that Pres. Snow would not only live to see the church out [of] debt, but to see it flourish.
Pres. Snow said that it would be necessary to fill the vacancy of the quorum made by the death of the late Franklin D. Richards and requested the brethren to hand in two names each for consideration. Apostle Merrill said, speaking for himself personally, that he would prefer to leave the matter with the First Presidency and that he fully believed the Lord would inspire Pres. Snow to make the proper selection. Pres. Snow said that he thought so, too, after the names had been handed in.
A very important question was now brought to the attention of the council by President Snow, and that was as to which ranked highest in the quorum—Pres. Jos. F. Smith, or Apostle Brigham Young. The difficulty of deciding the question arose from the fact that Brigham Young was ordained an apostle first but that Jos. F. Smith was received into the quorum and sustained as one of the Twelve first. It was decided by unanimous vote that a man’s seniority dated from the time he was received into the quorum, and not necessarily from the time of his ordination, and that, therefore, Jos. F. Smith ranked higher than Brigham Young. It was decided that this action and all that was said upon the question should be furnished by the clerk to each member of the quorum. The full particulars will, therefore, appear later in my journal.
The tables were spread and the brethren partook of the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper. A spirit of perfect peace and union prevailed and it was a very enjoyable affair. Apostle B. Young was mouth in blessing the bread and wine. At the conclusion Apostle J. H. Smith offered the benediction.
By invitation of Apostle Grant, the Presidency, the Twelve, and Presiding Bishopric and their wives spent a few hours at his house in social converse, taking refreshments at 5 p.m. While together the brethren and sisters were addressed by Pres[idents] Snow, Cannon, Smith, and Apostles Lyman and Merrill; also Apostle Grant. We had a very pleasant and instructive time.
In the evening I had the pleasure of listening to a lecture delivered by Bp. O. F. Whitney, under the auspices of the Historical Society of Utah, on the life and character of the late Pres. Franklin D. Richards. It was interesting and instructive.
[p. 150] [Saturday, 7 April 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool, threatening rain. 7 p.m. General priesthood meeting in the tabernacle, Pres. Lorenzo Snow presiding.
The speakers were Pres L. Snow, Bp. [William B.] Preston, and Pres. G. Q. Cannon. Topics treated. Pres. Snow. Dwelt upon the law of tithing. Referred to a large book which he exhibited to view containing the names of the non-tithe-payers of the church, amounting to 10,000 in number. Spoke very pointedly and forcibly in relation to the book and thought it showed a very serious and lamentable condition, notwithstanding the great improvement made during the past year. It was estimated, he said, that there were 30,000 non-tithe-payers in 1898. Felt that, if the authorities in the stakes had done their duty in bringing the matter to the attention of the people more fully, the showing would have been very different—perhaps there would have been not more than half the non-tithe-payers here exhibited. Said the matter of paying tithing was very important, as among other things the redemption of Zion (namely, Jackson County) would be brought about by purchase with the tithes of the people. In order to improve and correct conditions as they exist at present, had concluded to divide up the 42 stakes of Zion among the Twelve and make them responsible to look into the matter of tithe-paying. Spoke of the greatness and importance of the calling of a bishop.
Bp. Preston made brief remarks and spoke of the neglect of teachers and priests in carrying this law to the people. Elders in Israel who fail to pay tithing are not worthy to hold the priesthood.
Pres. G. Q. Cannon thought the showing made a dreadful one. He felt that the paying of tithes as essential as the laying on of hands or in fact as any other principle of the gospel. Men who have no means should have the privilege of paying their tithing in labor—namely, by giving one day in ten.
Sunday, 8 April 1900
Salt Lake City. Snowing hard; heavy rain and snow during night. 12:30 noon. Meeting at the President’s office. The First Presidency and Twelve were all present.
Pres. Snow referred to the vacancy occasioned by the death of the late Franklin D. Richards and said, we have decided on the [p.151] man to fill it and hope the selection will suit you. The name of the man, he said, was Reed Smoot. We feel that he is the man the Lord wants. The nomination was seconded and approved by unanimous vote. Elder Reed Smoot was then called in from an adjoining room and was informed by Pres. Snow what had been decided upon and was invited to express himself regarding the matter. Pres. Snow said further, however, that in calling a man to be an apostle, we take into consideration the man whom the Lord wants, and who will give his heart to the work. We want a man who will be strong in the Lord and will so live that he can have the Spirit of the Lord to give him understanding and judgment in deciding matters of importance that may arise from time to time. We believe that you are such a man.
Elder Reed Smoot said he was willing to do anything the Lord required of him, but, nevertheless, he felt his unfitness for the appointment and was very weak. Pres. Snow explained how Moses was called of God to lead Israel. He felt his weakness, but God made him strong. Elder Smoot said he did not know how much help he would be to the quorum, as heretofore he had been engaged more particularly in financial matters. Pres. Snow said in reply, that he did not know either, but felt the Lord could qualify him for the labor.
Pres. Cannon remarked that, if he accepted the calling of an apostle, he would in a measure have to change his course of life, to which Elder Smoot assented, saying that he fully realized in accepting the apostleship, he would have to make it the first consideration.
Pres. Jos. F. Smith explained and dwelt upon the greatness of the apostleship and called attention to the importance of an apostle having the testimony of Jesus that he might thus become a special witness of his name in the world. An apostle should live above reproach, being strictly honest, faithful, and sincere. An apostle should be a man who will faithfully and completely sustain the authorities of the priesthood and the organizations of the church. We have a right to entertain and express our views and feelings, but we are not justified in standing out against the united decisions of the priesthood. While we may have our opinions, we must yield and obey the authority of God upon the earth.
Pres. Cannon said that in case Brother Reed Smoot is ordained [p.152] an apostle, it is his privilege to see the Lord Jesus, if he so desires and shall live for it, that he may indeed become a special witness of Jesus. This privilege belongs to the apostleship. Warned him against entering into any cabal or association outside of the quorum. We should enter into the quorum or council meetings free from any previous considerations or understandings.
Apostle J. H. Smith asked Elder Smoot if he accepted Lorenzo Snow as the leader of the church and as having the right to counsel him in all things. He answered, yes, but further remarked that he was of a positive nature and when he saw and felt a thing to be right, it was hard for him to change and see it differently.
Pres. J. F. Smith remarked that the Presidency and Apostles were all constituted that way, but sometimes it became necessary to change our views. Pres. Snow said a condition like this has prevailed, namely, that there are men in the church who have stood out against the combined judgment of the First Presidency, the Twelve, the First Council of Seventies, the Patriarch, and the Presiding Bishopric. This, he said, was damnable and has in some measure grown out of the spirit of the devil in politics.
Apostle Lyman spoke briefly and said he felt that the Lord had brought Brother Smoot to his present position. His financial experience would be of benefit to the church.
Apostle Brigham Young questioned him in relation to the principle of tithing, and Elder Smoot said he was willing to be judged by his tithing record. Apostle Young further said to Brother Smoot, “Nothing must interfere with your duty as an apostle. You must be willing, humble, and obedient as a child. This was the charge given to me. I felt that everything that pertained to my power of life was subject to this calling.”
Pres. Snow said, we will present you to the conference, and the church will accept you, of course. Anybody that can pass beyond the scrutiny of the Twelve, can pass into any place in the church. In conclusion Elder Smoot said that he would doubtless make many mistakes, but he hoped the brethren would be free to correct him.
[Monday, 9 April 1900] Salt Lake City. Snowing. 10 a.m. Meeting at the assembly hall of the general authorities of the church, the presidency of stakes, [p.153] the bishopric of ward[s], and others, Pres. Snow presiding.
Pres. Snow explained that the object of the meeting was not so much to preach as to transact business. The authorities present are called to positions of high importance, and said he, “I love you, but that love will not prevent me from telling you your duty.” You must not go into debt. The church is bound to get out of debt, and is bound to have a revenue of thousands and millions of dollars. For what purpose will this revenue be used? To buy up the land of Zion (Jackson County). In order to get out of debt the church, collectively and individually, will have to study and practice economy. Spoke of the improvement in the financial condition of the church. We have reduced the annual interest on the church indebtedness about $3000 a month or $36,000 a year. Spoke regarding second anointings. This blessing is not only intended for the aged, but also for younger men. We are afraid, however, that presidents of stakes do not exercise sufficient care in regard to this matter. The privilege should only be given to those who have been tried and tested, being full of integrity and not likely to fall away. In reference to non-tithe-payers, he said we cannot receive them into our temples; and if bishops send people to the temple who have not paid tithing and we find it out, we will send them back and have the bishops reported. Said that the land of Zion could only be sanctified by the paying of tithing.
Pres. Cannon spoke in relation to the care that should be exercised by bishops in selecting men for missions to the world. Dwelt upon the subject of debt and said that presidents of stakes and bishops of wards should be careful and wise in regard to the matter of laying burdens on the people. Said the Church Chronology should be patronized.
I made remarks on the subject of record keeping and the new forms of ward records and recommend blanks; also upon the subject of “Record Day.” Apostle Teasdale said a few words in relation to the book of non-tithe-payers. Apostle Lyman spoke briefly on the matter of record keeping. Bp. [William B.] Preston remarked that there were some errors in the book of non-tithe-payers, and, therefore, the list would be sent back to the bishops for revision and correction, and that proper reasons might be set forth why people did not pay tithing.
At 2 p.m. I attended a meeting of the Twelve and presidents [p.154] of missions. The object of the meeting was to discuss the best methods of doing missionary work, also of meeting mission expenses. Much useful information was brought out. It was decided to hold other meetings of a similar nature in the future.
I omitted to record that on Monday, April the 9th, 1900, there was a meeting at the President’s office of the Presidency and Twelve. Present: Presidents Snow and Cannon, Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and Reed Smoot; also H. J. Grant. The Presidency and Apostles then laid their hands upon the head of Elder Reed Smoot and ordained him an apostle in the quorum of the Twelve Apostles, Pres. Lorenzo Snow being mouth.
[Wednesday, 11 April 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. I spent the day at the President’s office, entering up the financial statement of the condition of the church, which was submitted at the last council meeting and approved, in Pres. Snow’s book of miscellaneous reports. In the evening I attended a board meeting of the Y.M.M.I.A.
Thursday, 12 April 1900
Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting of the apostles at the temple. Present: B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson. The object of the meeting was to divide out the stakes of Zion to the apostles, in accordance with the suggestion made by Pres. Snow at the priesthood meeting during conference—namely, for the purpose of looking into the matter of tithing.
The following apportionment was adopted: to Apostle B. Young, Salt Lake, San Juan, San Luis; to Apostle Lyman, Beaver, Parowan, Millard, Panguitch, Kanab; to Apostle J. H. Smith, Bingham, Fremont, Alberta, Bear Lake; to Apostle Geo. Teasdale, Utah and Juab; to Apostle M. W. Merrill, Cache; to Apostle A. H. Lund, San Pete, Sevier, and Wayne; to Apostle A. O. Woodruff, Uintah, Woodruff, St. George, Star Valley; Apostle H. J. Grant, St. Johns, St. Joseph, Maricopa, Snowflake, Juarez, Granite; Apostle J. W. Taylor, Weber, Emery, Tooele; Apostle Reed Smoot, Wasatch, [p.155] Summit, Morgan, Jordan; Apostle R. Clawson, Box Elder, Malad, Davis; Apostle M. F. Cowley, Oneida, Bannock, Pocatello, Cassia.
11 a.m. Meeting of the Presidency and Twelve. Present: the First Presidency and the brethren above mentioned. The brethren clothed and sang, “A poor wayfaring man of grief.” Prayer by Apostle A. H. Lund, and Apostle Geo. Teasdale mouth in the circle.
Stake conference appointments: to Juab, A. H. Lund and Geo. Teasdale; to Utah, H. J. Grant and myself; to Emery, J. W. Taylor. A letter from Brother C. Smith, Leamington, Millard Stake, was read. He recommended a certain brother by the name of Reeves for bishop. Apostle Lyman was appointed to look into and to attend to the matter.
The question as to the attitude of the church in relation to secret societies was brought up. Some letters bearing upon the subject, addressed to the late Pres. Woodruff and counselors, and also some letters written by them, were read by the clerk. The letters of the Presidency spoke in condemnation of secret societies so far as the members of the church are concerned. It was the mind of the brethren that our people should not have the consent or approval of the church in connecting themselves with secret societies and that those who already belong should be encouraged to withdraw as soon as they reasonably can. The society of Freemasonry was in some degree excepted, as it was thought that in some instances it might be advisable to join that body. Apostle H. J. Grant said that if this matter was not publicly announced (and some of the brethren seemed to think it ought not to be) we would make slow progress in fighting it with active canvassers of secret societies in the field. He suggested that the organization of a local life insurance co. would have a tendency to head them off. Pres. Snow said that presidents of stakes and bishops of wards should be notified that the Presidency and Twelve are opposed to secret societies and be instructed to notify the people that those who go into them will be denied admission to the temple for ordinance work.
Apostle H. J. Grant made a brief report concerning the Utah Loan and Trust Co. matter, stating that he had been unable to collect a good deal of the money promised as donation, and if something were not done, that company would yet fail and bring [p.156] discredit upon the church. He was instructed to make a further effort to collect the means. Apostle Reed Smoot was added to the committee. Benediction by myself.
[Saturday, 14 April 1900] Salt Lake City. Storming. At 7:30 a.m. I left by rail for Provo to attend the Utah Stake Conference, arriving at 9:30 a.m., and was driven to Apostle Reed Smoot’s.
2 p.m. Continuation of conference. The speakers were myself, Apostle Reed Smoot, and H. J. Grant.
R. C[lawson]. Read from the 8th chapter of Alma in relation to his visit to the city of Ammonihah to preach to that people the gospel of repentance, to show that while at first his mission appeared a failure, finally it proved a great success. Said that I felt the bishops of wards and the brethren and sisters holding positions of responsibility should take courage from the experience of Alma.
R. S[moot]. Spoke of his call to the apostleship and how humble and weak it made him feel. He desired, he said, above all things to magnify the same. Spoke of the responsibility resting upon the authorities of the church and parents regarding the young. We should be kind and charitable and endeavor to win the wayward back to the path of duty. Referred to the case of a young man, who, doubtless through neglect, had lost faith and was now actuated by a spirit of faultfinding. Tithing. The Twelve to look into the matter of tithe-paying. While connected with the stake presidency of the Utah Stake, there had never been a jar.
H. J. G[rant]. Spoke of the manner in which he was called to the apostleship; it was by reason of the faithfulness of his father. How his brother was converted to the Lord. Tithing. After the meeting Apostle Grant and wife, Sister Booth, and myself took a stroll through the town, very much enjoying the walk.
[Thursday, 19 April 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents L. Snow and J. F. Smith, Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, myself, and Reed Smoot; also G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.” The brethren clothed; Apostle J. W. Taylor was mouth in [p.157] prayer, and M. F. Cowley was mouth in the circle. Song, “O My Father.”
A letter from Geo. Stewart of Malad was read by the clerk. He wrote suggesting the organization of a new stake in that district of country. No action was taken in the matter.
I made some remarks suggesting the division of some of the larger stakes, such as Utah, Cache, Weber, and San Pete. Apostle H. J. Grant spoke favoring the suggestion. Pres. Snow remarked that it was a matter worthy of the deepest consideration and suggested that the matter be laid on the table until the return of Pres. Cannon and Apostle J. H. Smith.
A letter was submitted from Bp. E[phraim] Lambert of the Woodland Ward, Wasatch Stake. Owing to circumstances, he said, he could not give that attention to his bishopric that its importance demanded. He also explained that he had a family of boys growing up and but little land to provide for them. If agreeable, he would like to be released to go to the Big Horn country. It was decided to release him.
Stake conference appointments: Weber, H. J. Grant, Reed Smoot; Tooele, A. H. Lund; to Cache Stake for purpose of reorganizing some of the wards there, F. M. Lyman and J. W. Taylor; to Spanish Fork to dedicate a meeting house, myself. The question as to whether trains should be allowed to run to Saltair on Sundays was discussed. It seemed to be the conclusion of the brethren that inasmuch as the other summer resorts could not be controlled, the object had in view could not be accomplished by stopping the Sunday trains.
Pres. W. C. Parkinson of the Pocatello Stake reported that Bp. I. Thorn of Rockland desired, for good and proper reasons, to be released, and in view of said desire, he recommended E[phraim] Ralphs to succeed him. The recommendation was adopted. Apostles J. W. Taylor, H. J. Grant, and Reed Smoot were appointed a committee to consider matters [relating] to conditions in the mission fields. Apostle Grant reported the visit of himself, Reed Smoot, and myself to the Utah Stake and the changes effected. Apostle Teasdale reported his visit to the Emery Stake and the reorganizing of the Lawrence Ward with Christian Miller, bishop.
Apostle B. Young said that inasmuch as the church had purchased the Lion House from the Brigham Young Trust Co. the [p.158]Twelve should be provided with an office therein. Benediction by Apostle F. M. Lyman.
[Saturday, 21 April 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. I spent the forenoon at the President’s office, working on the Brigham City Roller Mill books. In the afternoon Lydia and myself went to the matinee to see “Quo Vadis.” We enjoyed the piece very much.
[Thursday, 26 April 1900] Salt Lake City. Raining. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Pres[idents] Snow and Smith, Apostles B. Young, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, myself, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded.” Apostle Reed Smoot was mouth in prayer, Pres. J. F. Smith was mouth in the circle.
Stake conference appointments: Cache, Apostles F. M. Lyman and Geo. Teasdale; Bannock, M. F. Cowley. It was learned from a letter written from Cairo, Cassia—a branch of some 200 souls—that the people there had not been visited by any of the church authorities for many months. The matter was referred to Apostle Lyman.
Apostle H. J. Grant reported the visit of himself and Reed Smoot to the Weber Stake. In relation to the Utah Loan and Trust Co. he said it would take about $30,000 to wind up the business and this, he said, ought to be done at once. It was suggested by Pres. Smith that Apostles Grant and Smoot be authorized to make a final effort to raise means by subscription from some of the wealthy men of Ogden and that the church make good the shortage should there be any. The suggestion was adopted. Apostle Grant reported the Weber Stake as being in a bad condition spiritually. This, he thought, was due to the lethargy of the stake presidency. There was plenty of evidence to show that the president of the stake had neglected his official duties for years. Apostles Lyman and Teasdale were appointed a committee to take up a labor with Pres. S[hurtliff], and to show him the necessity of immediate reformation.
I reported my visit to Spanish Fork and the dedication of the Spanish Fork 1st Ward meeting house. Said that the building cost [p.159] about $5300, and the work was carried on during the years 1898 and 1899, and submitted the following report of tithing paid in that ward to show that the tithing was not lessened by reason of this accomplishment: tithing paid in 1896, [blank]; tithing paid in 1897, [blank]; tithing paid in 1898, [blank]; tithing paid in 1899, [blank]. Benediction by Apostle Geo. Teasdale.
[Sunday, 29 April 1900] Salt Lake City. Raining, mild. 8:45 a.m. Accompanied by Lydia and Samuel, I took a street car to Mill Creek to attend meeting there, at which the presidency of the Granite Stake and other visitors were expected to be present. At 15th Street we were met by a carriage and driven to the Mill Creek Ward house. It was still raining when we arrived.
10 a.m. Sunday school session, Elder Jos. Carlisle presiding. J. F. S[mith]. Training the young. Said he used to herd stock all over the Mill Creek country, when there was not a house or a tree here. In the fall of 1849 he hauled, he said, some 30 loads of wood from the Mill Creek canyon with an ox team. Attended the dedication of the house in which we were assembled some 33 years ago.
2 p.m. Meeting crowded, Bp. [James C.] Hamilton presiding. J. F. S[mith]. Alluded to the Stake President [Frank Y. Taylor] and spoke of his long acquaintance with his father, the late Pres. Jno. Taylor, and his integrity to the Lord. Spoke of the [anti-polygamy] Crusade and how Pres. Taylor, himself, and others had taken to the “underground.” Related his underground experience and spoke of his mission to the Sandwich Islands. Dwelt upon the sacred character of the high priesthood and how it is to be exercised. Read a revelation treating upon the subject. The deadly sin of treachery or the betrayal of one’s brother. Said he desired to be true to God and his brethren. Invoked the blessings of the Lord upon the stake organizations.
[Thursday, 3 May 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Pres. J. F. Smith, Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, myself, and Reed Smoot; also G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.” [p.160] Apostle F. M. Lyman was mouth in prayer, and I was mouth in the circle. Song.
Elder Platte D. Lyman, president of the European Mission, wrote in relation to purchasing a mission house in Bristol. He said one could be bought for $800.00. Apostle Grant moved that we recommend to the First Presidency that they purchase the property, with the understanding that the saints pay back the purchase price in the shape of rent at $25 [$125] per year. Carried.
Apostle Lund also stated that there was an opportunity to purchase a mission house in Copenhagen and thought it should be done. With what the people had already saved, it would take $1600 to purchase the place and remodel the building. It was moved and carried that we recommend to Pres. Snow that the church donate the $1600 required.
Apostle[s] Teasdale and Grant and Smoot were appointed to attend the funeral of the victims of the coal mine disaster at the Pleasant Valley Coal Mine, Scofield, Utah. (In explanation of this matter, would say that on May 1st, 1900, there was a terrible explosion at the mine above referred to, and as a result, it is thought some 250 miners perished. 224 bodies have already been taken out of the mine. It is the greatest disaster of the kind that ever occurred in the United States.)
Apostle Reed Smoot reported the organizing, last Sunday, of the Leland Ward, Utah Stake, with Wm. D.C. Markham as bishop. Apostle Lyman reported the reorganization of the following wards in the Cache Stake: Smithfield Ward, with Newton Woodruff as bishop; Richmond with Thos. H. Merrill as bishop; Wellsville with Evan R. Owen as bishop; Mendon with Jno. H. Anderson as bishop; Logan 2nd Ward with Anton Anderson as bishop; Logan 3d Ward with Richard Yates as bishop. At the stake conference held later the following brethren were ordained patriarchs: ex-bishop [George L.] Farrell of Smithfield, ex-bishop [Henry] Hughes of Mendon, ex-bishop Henry Ballard of Logan.
Singing. Benediction by Apostle Teasdale.
[Wednesday, 9 May 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. By request of Pres. Snow, I am getting up a report showing just what the recent seizure of church property by the government of the United States (and which was [p.161] afterwards returned to the church) cost the church. Of course, there were many expenses connected with the handling of this property—such as attorneys fees, clerk hire, &c., &c. I am getting my data from the receivers’ reports filed with the supreme court of the state, which cover a period of some 9 years. I spent the day engaged in this work.
[Thursday, 10 May 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents L. Snow, G. Q. Cannon, and J. F. Smith, and Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
The clerk read a letter from Platte D. Lyman in which he stated that he had received a letter from the president [Arnold H. Schulthess] of the German Mission, saying the elders were having trouble in Hamburg, being persecuted by the authorities, who had made an effort to get possession of church records. They, however, failed as the records had been removed to Berlin. Baptisms in Germany were double this year so far what they were last year. He desired permission, he said, to print a cheap edition of the Book of Mormon in England, which could be done, he claimed, for 6 cts. a piece. To the brethren this seemed incredible and it was decided to write for a sample of the class of work the printers would do.
The question of the reorganization of the presidency of the Cassia Stake was submitted by Pres. Snow` Apostle Cowley suggested Elder Wm. T. Jack, late president of the S. W. States Mission, for president and spoke highly of his capabilities for said position. He then moved that Elder Jack be the choice of the council; seconded by Pres. G. Q. Cannon. Remarks were called for. Apostle J. H. Smith said there were a number of capable men in the stake who would make good presidents, and named Bp. [William T.] Harper, a son [Hector C. Haight] of the late Horton D. Haight, and others.
Apostle Lyman stated that there was an important matter he wished to lay before the brethren, but as some of the brethren wished to be excused from the meeting, an adjournment was taken until 2 p.m. Benediction by Apostle J. H. Smith.
After the meeting some informal talk was indulged in and it [p.162] was agreed among the brethren that Elder W. T. Jack with Jno. L. Smith and Bp. Harper would make a strong presidency for the Cassia Stake.
2 p.m. Adjourned [reconvened] meeting. The same brethren were in attendance. The motion to sustain Elder Wm. T. Jack as president of the Cassia Stake was put and carried by unanimous vote. Apostle Lyman, as a member of the committee on church publications, submitted a sample of the size of book and the style of type for the History of the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Church, to be edited by Elder B. H. Roberts. Adopted by unanimous vote.
The question as to whether the church, as a church, should contribute to the fund that is being raised for the relief of the sufferers of the great mine explosion at Scofield (and which fund now amounts to about $89,000) was discussed. There was quite a diversity of opinion. Some of the brethren took the ground that, as many Mormon business organizations as well as members of the church had and were contributing, and also inasmuch as the church would be expected to support the widows and orphans the church ought not, therefore, to contribute. Others took the view that on account of the extent and greatness of the calamity, and the large number of our people who were killed (it was estimated that one third of the total number of victims—namely, about 224—were Mormons) and the readiness with which all classes in and out of the church were contributing, the church ought therefore [to] make a donation. Some of the brethren suggested $5000. Those who were in favor of making a contribution were Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, Reed Smoot, and myself. Those who opposed were Presidents Cannon and J. F. Smith, and Apostles Geo. Teasdale, B. Young, and M. F. Cowley. It was finally decided to refer the matter to President Snow for decision and action. President Snow remarked that he would split the difference and fix the contribution at $2500, which was assented to by the brethren. Meeting adjourned.
[Sunday, 13 May 1900] Heber City. Cloudy and cool. 10 a.m. Gathering of the Sunday School children in the [Wasatch] Stake Tabernacle, which is a fine rock building. The interior is well finished and is quite roomy, [p.163]having seating capacity for about a 1000 people. Dimensions: 60 x 90 ft. The building was completed and dedicated about 11 years ago. Wm. Lindsay, Supt., presided.
Remarks were made by Apostle Reed Smoot and myself. Topics treated. R. S[moot]. Importance of Sunday School work. Power of habit. Admonished the children, that whatever they put their hands to, to do it well. Spoke of the cleanliness of the tabernacle and said it was evidence of a good janitor. R. C[lawson]. Good order. Punctuality. Responsibility of parents and Sunday School teachers to our children.
Apostle Smoot, Pres. [Abram] Hatch, myself, and one or two others had an interview with high councillor, Jno. W. Witt, and Martha Witt in reference to the application of Martha Witt for a divorce from Elder Jno. W. Witt. She was his plural wife. It developed during the interview that Brother Witt had neglected his wife—Sister Martha—in divers ways: that he had deeded his first wife a good home with 44 acres of land and that he had not provided for Martha at all. She asked that he be required to deed her 40 acres of land, which he was in a position to do. It was our decision that he do this. All the brethren present concurred. Brother Witt did not seem willing to accept the decision and asked for time to consider the matter, and was given until 4 p.m.
2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. A. Hatch presiding. The speakers were Pres. A. Hatch, Apostle Reed Smoot, and myself. Topics treated. A. H[atch]. Financial condition of the stake [was] good and spiritual condition fair. The tithing paid in 1897, $7,700; in 1898, $7,900; in 1899, $14,399. Word of Wisdom. Large number of missionaries from the Wasatch Stake in the field. The saloon evil.
R. S[moot]. Expressed a desire to magnify the office of an apostle. The great evil existing in the world and to some extent among our people of restricting and limiting by unlawful means the number of children in our families; warned the saints against the practice. The evil growing out of club life and secret societies. Word of wisdom. Virtue among the Jews. The judgments of God being poured out upon the nations. Tithing.
R. C[lawson]. Necessity of continual repentance. Read from the Book of Mormon to show how prone to do evil were the Nephites, and also showed how prone to do evil are the saints in [p.164] our day, notwithstanding they were and are accomplishing great things.
4 p.m. Priesthood meeting, Pres. Hatch presiding. Apostle Reed Smoot took up the question of non-tithe-payers. Said that the duty of visiting and converting non-tithe-payers rests upon the bishopric of the wards. Gave some important instructions upon the matter of tithe-paying. R. C[lawson]. I made remarks upon the same subject and suggested that it be the duty of the bishop and one or both of his counselors to visit and convert, if possible, each non-tithe-payer.
7:30 p.m. Young Men’s meeting, Jas. H. Moulton presiding. R. C[lawson]. Loyalty to the cause of Mutual Improvement. Fund. [Improvement] Era. My call to the ministry as president of the Box Elder Stake, and how the Lord had blessed and provided for me. R. S[moot]. Related a vision he had while on a mission to England, which was fulfilled and which he related to a railroad conductor to prove the existence of a God. Bore a strong testimony of the truth.
Meeting of the priesthood and brethren to be set apart. Remarks were made by Pres. Hatch, Reed Smoot, and myself in relation to the members of the high council and alternates keeping the word of wisdom and paying tithing. We all felt they should do so or resign. The alternates now about to be set apart were questioned and said they would endeavor to observe these laws.
[Thursday, 17 May 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren in the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles B. Young, J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, myself, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Come, Come, Ye Saints.” Prayer by Apostle H. J. Grant; A. H. Lund was mouth in the circle. Song, “Do What Is Right.”
Stake conferences: San Juan, Apostle B. Young; Granite, A. H. Lund and H. J. Grant; Millard, F. M. Lyman; Box Elder, R. Clawson. There was some discussion as to the importance of interrogating elders who are called upon missions to ascertain their character and fitness for missionary labor. Pres. Cannon said this duty was given to the apostles some time ago, but for some reason had not been attended to in many cases. Pres. J. F. Smith explained that in many instances it would be impossible for the [p.165] apostles to attend to the matter, as many of the elders come from stakes long distances away. It was the mind of the brethren that where the apostles could not attend to it, bishops of wards and presidents of stakes should exercise more than ordinary care in the selection of elders.
The question relating to the propriety of building an addition to the west end of the assembly hall, and then occupying the building when not used for other purposes with the Latter-day Saints College, was discussed. A letter suggesting the plan herein referred to from Prof. J. H. Paul was read. A number of the brethren talked upon the subject developing a difference of opinion. The points in favor of the project were the central locality of the building and the comparative inexpensiveness of arranging and remodeling the assembly hall for school purposes. It was estimated that $30,000 would cover the cost of making the change. The points against it were that the building was never intended to be used for school purposes and that there would be no campus or playground for the children. The general sentiment of the meeting was against the idea.
Apostle H. J. Grant suggested that an effort be made to secure the Spencer Clawson wholesale dry goods building for the occupancy of the Latter-day Saints College. It could be done, he thought, upon this basis, namely, by the church releasing Spencer Clawson’s obligation to the church of $40,000 and paying $20,000 in cash. Apostle Grant was appointed to investigate the matter and see what could be done.
Apostle Grant reported the condition of the Utah Loan and Trust Co. affairs. Said that $52,000 could be realized from the assets and that it would require $30,000 more to close up the business. There had been already about $80,000 raised and paid over through the efforts of the committee. Pres. Snow said that, if the committee would accept $25,000 as the amount to close up the matter, the church would furnish that amount. The committee accepted the proffer.
I asked if it would be proper for the president of a mission to require an elder to pay tithing on money received from home and which had already been tithed. The answer was no, and the clerk was instructed to notify presidents of missions to that effect. Benediction by Apostle Reed Smoot.
[p. 166] Note: I failed to state in the account of my visit to the Wasatch Stake that upon Monday, May the 14th, 1900, High Councillor Jno. W. Witt reported that he could not comply with the decision of the brethren given May 13th. In view of his failure to comply with said decision, his name was not presented to the conference as a high councillor and Pres. [Abram] Hatch was instructed to bring the matter to the attention of the high council for further action.
[Friday, 18 May 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. I spent the day at the city and county building, working on the statement of the church property seizure by the government. I have now secured all the necessary data to get out a full and complete report, which I shall do at the earliest possible moment.
[Thursday, 24 May 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting of the Twelve at the temple. Present: Apostles B. Young, J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, Geo. Teasdale, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, myself, Reed Smoot, and M. F. Cowley. Singing. Prayer by Reed Smoot. Singing.
There was some discussion upon the question as to just what members of the church should be listed as tithe-payers. It was the unanimous view of the brethren that wage earners, producers, and interest receivers should [be] include[d] and [this] covers all who ought to pay tithing—although others may be permitted to do so.
At 11 o’clock the Presidency came in. The brethren clothed. Singing. Prayer by Apostle Geo. Teasdale; Apostle B. Young was mouth in the circle. The brethren disrobed, and sang.
A letter from Bp. Thos. Judd of Lund Ward, Nevada, was read by the clerk. He said it would be very much better for the welfare and convenience of the people of his ward to be detached from the Millard Stake and taken to the St. George Stake. He also said he had selected his counselors. By unanimous vote his selection of counselors was approved and his ward attached to the St. George Stake, and the clerk was instructed to send out the proper notices of said change. Apostle B. Young reported his visit to the Moab Ward, and Apostle Teasdale to the Franklin Ward last Sunday.
Apostle Grant said he had had an interview with Spencer Clawson in relation to getting his building for college purposes [p.167] and found that it would not be feasible. Pres. Snow suggested that perhaps the “Cannon House” on 1st South St. with some changes would be a suitable building for the college. The idea seemed to meet with favorable consideration, but no definite action was taken. It was suggested that in case a college building were erected the most suitable loca[tion] for it would be the northwest corner of the tithing block. That was readily conceded by all present. Benediction by Apostle H. J. Grant.
Two very nice rooms in the Templeton Building that had been fixed up for the use of the General Sunday School Board [were] dedicated at 3 p.m. I had the pleasure of being in attendance. Presidents Cannon, J. F. Smith, Apostles H. J. Grant, Geo. Teasdale, and other members of the board were present; also Apostles J. H. Smith, J. W. Taylor, Reed Smoot, and others.
Remarks were made by Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon. The dedicatory prayer was offered by Pres. J. F. Smith. Remarks were made by Pres. J. F. Smith and others in regard to secret societies and they expressed the view, which seemed to be shared by all present, that officers in the Sunday Schools who belonged to secret societies and who were not willing to withdraw should be quietly weeded out.
[Tuesday, 29 May 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. I spent the day at the President’s office working on the statement of the church property confiscation by the government, and completed it with the result as shown on the following page [of the diary].
The following is a carefully prepared statement (the data having been taken from the reports of receivers Frank H. Dyer, Henry W. Lawrence, and Jno. R. Winder) showing the amount and kinds of church property taken possession of by the government, its handling and final disposition, in the following entitled case, to wit:
The United States of America
The late Corporation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
|Real estate taken possession of by receiver Frank H. Dyer:|
|Gardo House, valued at||50,000|
|Historian’s office, valued at||20,000|
|[p.168] Tithing office and yard, valued at||75,000|
|Church farm, valued at||110,000|
|Half interest in coal lands at Grass Creek near Coalville, Summit Co., containing 235 acres more or less, valued at||30,000|
|The above real estate was afterwards returned to the church by decree of the Supreme Court of the United States.|
|Personal property taken possession of by receiver Frank H. Dyer, as follows, to wit:|
|800 shares Salt Lake City Gas Co.’s stock valued at||80,000|
|4732 shares Deseret Telegraph Co.’s stock, valued at||20,000|
|30,000 head of sheep, valued at||52,500|
|Interest accrued on same||2,980|
|The gas stock and sheep were afterwards sold and turned into cash and the telegraph stock was returned to the church.|
|Cash received and taken possession of by receivers Frank H. Dyer, Henry W. Lawrence, and Jno. R. Winder from Nov. 1st, 1887, to June 4, 1896, to wit:|
|Received from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for rental of Gardo House||12,507.85|
|Recd. from Keeley Institute for rental of Gardo House||3,600.00|
|Recd. from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for rental of tithing office and yards and historian’s office||22,559.23|
|Recd. from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for rental of church farm||12,318.50|
|Recd. from lease of church farm to F. A. Mitchell||6,139.00|
|Accepted cash from the church in lieu of the following property, to wit:|
|Angus M. Cannon lot||5,500.00|
|[p.169] Part of Constitution Block||36,241.15|
|S. L. City Railroad,||45,000.00|
|Interest on same since sale||6,000.00|
|Provo Mfg. Co.’s stock||22,000.00|
|Deseret News Co.’s stock||5,000.00|
|Interest on note of $157,666.15 W. Woodruff et al.||2,233.60|
|Compromise on personal property||75,000.00||239,899.75|
|Recd. dividends on gas stock||20,200.00|
|for gas stock sold||100,000.00||120,200.00|
|Recd. interest on church funds deposited in sundry banks||53,121.36|
|Recd. from lease of sheep||15,039.85|
|from sale of sheep||45,404.75||60,444.60|
|Recd. from church coal mine lease||318.72|
|Recd. on theatre notes||24,833.31|
|Recd. account office rent||35.00|
|Recd. account fire loss on Gardo||70.00|
|Cash disbursed by receivers Frank H. Dyer, Henry W. Lawrence, and John R. Winder from Nov. 1st, 1887, to June 4th, 1896, as follows, to wit:|
|Paid clerk hire, stationery, and office rent, &c. account receivers||8,429.45|
|Paid legal expense, namely: attorney’s fees, Special masters fees, and other court expenses||25,582.00|
|Paid receivers fees, to wit:|
|Frank H. Dyer||15,540.00|
|Henry W. Lawrence||10,941.60|
|John R. Winder||1,260.00||27,741.60|
|Paid sundry trips, acct. receivers||347.70|
|Paid for acct. sheep expense, viz., [p.170] for camp outfits, herding, &c.||19,759.80|
|Paid for advertising||415.55|
|Paid for taxes||6,857.00|
|Paid acct. Gardo House repairs and improvements:|
|Paid acct. tithing office repairs and imp[rovemen]ts:|
|Shingling Em. House||96.00||1275.45|
|Paid acct. Church farm repairs and improvements||984.74|
|Paid acct. Historian’s office repairs||37.44|
|“Paid the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints—paid W. Woodruff, Geo. Q. Cannon, and Jos. F. Smith, the First Presidency of said church—in compliance with the order of the Supreme Court of Utah of January 10th, 1894, voucher 213”||438,174.39|
|Paid the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—June 4th, 96||13,404.30||451,578.69|
The following summary taken from the foregoing statement, with the legal expense borne by the church added, shows the actual loss sustained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by reason of the unlawful seizure of its property by the government of the United States of America:
|Clerk hire, stationery, office rent, &c. acct. receivers||8,429.45|
|Legal expense, namely: attorney’s fees special masters fees, and other [p.171] court expenses||25,582.00|
|Receivers fees, to wit:|
|Frank H. Dyer||15,540.00|
|Henry W. Lawrence||10,941.60|
|Jno. R. Winder||1,260.00||27,741.60|
|Sundry trips account receivers,||347.70|
|Sheep expense, viz., for camp outfits, herding, &c.||19,759.80|
|Total receivers’ expenses||84,765.74|
|Legal expense borne by the church in recovering the property||14,285.00|
|Total loss to the church||99,050.74|
[Wednesday, 30 May 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. Decoration Day. 7 a.m. Accompanied by Lydia and Rudger, I left by rail for Brigham City, arriving at 9 a.m. During the forenoon we went to the cemetery where two of our children are buried and decorated their graves. There were hundreds of people at the cemetery during the morning hours according to previous custom, decorating the last resting place of loved ones gone before.
[Thursday, 31 May 1900] Salt Lake City, Clear and warm. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents G. Q. Cannon and J. F. Smith, Apostles B. Young, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “O My Father.” Prayer by Pres. G. Q. Cannon; Pres. J. F. Smith was mouth in the circle.
A letter from Brother M. Thomas, presiding elder of the Ann Arbor Mich[igan] Branch, was read. Reported that the members of the branch—consisting in the main of young people attending the Ann Arbor school—were feeling well and attending to the duties of their religion.
Two letters from Apostle A. O. Woodruff [were] read. They gave an account of the journey of the colonists to the Big Horn country, saying that they got along very nicely without serious [p.172]trouble or accident, except in the case of a 3-year-old girl who died from natural causes.
Conference appointments: San Pete, J. H. Smith and A. H. L[und]; Pocatello, H. J. Grant and Reed Smoot; Salt Lake Stake, Presidents G. Q. Cannon [and] J. F. Smith, Apostles Geo. Teasdale and R. Clawson. Apostle H. J. Grant recommended that Bp. [Apollos G.] Driggs of Sugar House Ward be released and Millen Atwood [be] appointed in his stead. He said that Bp. Driggs had neglected the law of tithing and was quite delinquent in other respects. Recommendation approved.
Pres. Cannon reported the visit of the First Presidency and some of the Twelve, last Sunday and Monday, to the Oneida Stake Conference. Said the attendance was crowded and the meetings were quite spirited.
The clerk read a letter from Elder James Clove in which he suggested that an effort ought to be made to secure to one of our people a place on the Republican National Committee. It was the sense of the meeting that, under the approval of Pres. Snow, Apostle Reed Smoot try for the place. Benediction by Apostle A. H. Lund.
[Saturday, 2 June 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 8 a.m. I spent an hour with Fred [Clawson], who is still working on my teeth. 10 a.m. Salt Lake Stake Conference in the tabernacle, Pres. A.M. Cannon presiding. Attendance light, there being only about 175 people present, which is a very poor showing for the Salt Lake Stake.
Jno. Kirkman, high councillor and clerk at the tithing office, spoke briefly and said that the payment of tithes and offerings was increasing every month. Many young people were beginning to pay tithing.
Pres. J. F. Smith spoke of the visit of the Presidency to the Oneida Stake and the large attendance at the meetings, and this in contrast with the attendance at the Salt Lake Stake Conference. Spoke of the growth of Zion and how the saints were obtaining influence in the world because of their stability of character, honesty, truthfulness, and sincerity. Spoke of the duties devolving upon the Relief Society sisters, Young Ladies, and Primary Associations.
[p. 173] 12:30 noon. Brother and Sister Fruen and daughter were set apart and blessed to make a visit to the old country under the hands of Pres. J. F. Smith and myself, Pres. Smith being mouth in blessing Brother Fruen and daughter and I in blessing Sister Fruen.
2 p.m. Continuation of conference. Attendance about the same as in the morning. Meeting called to order by Pres. A.M. Cannon. The speakers were myself and Pres. G. Q. Cannon.
R. C[lawson]. I made remarks in respect to the small attendance and said that it seemed to me that it would be better to have one day’s conference with two good-spirited meetings, than two days’ conference and one of these two days a partial failure—at least so far as attendance is concerned. The importance of all stake officers, such as the presidency of the stake, high councillors, bishopric[s] of the wards, stake presidencies of organizations, and quorums of the priesthood being present at stake conferences. Respect and reverence for the priesthood.
Pres. G. Q. C[annon]. Almost felt to make a motion that the Salt Lake Stake conferences be confined to one day. Honoring the priesthood. Proper teachings for our children. Marriage. Neglect of our young people in attending meetings of the church.
7 p.m. Brother Jos. Watkins of Beaver Ward, Box Elder Stake, called in. He said he had just returned from Loa, Wayne County, where he had gone, accompanying Elder Elmer Loveland, to see Brother [Elias H.] Blackburn, Patriarch. Brother Loveland, it seems, is suffering from a cancer in his breast and throat, which is growing very fast, and without help would undoubtedly soon kill him. Patriarch Blackburn has the gift of healing in a marked degree, and it was for the purpose of putting himself under his care and ministrations that Brother Loveland had gone to Loa. Brother Watkins stated that after a visit of only a few days Brother Elmer was greatly improved with fair prospects for complete recovery to health—notwithstanding that, in the opinion of many and especially doctors, he would surely die. I am watching the case with great interest.
[Thursday, 7 June 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 11 a.m. Meeting of the First Presidency and council of Apostles in the temple. Present: Presidents [p.174] G. Q. Cannon and J. F. Smith, B. Young, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot. Singing. The brethren clothed. Prayer by Apostle Reed Smoot, Apostle J. H. Smith was mouth in the circle. Singing.
The clerk read a letter from Elder Andrew Kimball, pres. of the St. Joseph Stake. He desired to know if any of the apostles would be present at his next stake conference. Also said he had secured a railroad contract for the benefit of himself and some of the brethren of the stake, but that, while the work was in progress, some of the brethren returned home and left him in the lurch. He felt confident, he said, of being able to fill the contract without loss to himself, and possibly with a profit. He would appreciate a word of encouragement from the brethren. The clerk was instructed to get him up a nice letter.
A letter from the presidency of the Utah Stake was read. They said that Bp. W. D. Robinson of American Fork was in poor health and the ward in a bad condition and felt a change ought to be made. Pres. Cannon remarked that Bp. Robinson was a dying man and that in his opinion it would be unwise to make any change at present. Action was, therefore, deferred.
Pres. Angus M. Cannon of the Salt Lake Stake reported that he had advised Elder Jno. C. Sharp, late bishop of the Vernon Ward, who had recently moved into Salt Lake, to settle in the 3rd Ward with the view of making him bishop of that ward and desired to know if the brethren felt to sustain said action. There was some discussion in relation to the matter—mainly upon the question as to whether or not a suitable person for bishop could be found among the old residents of the ward. No definite action was taken.
Apostle J. H. Smith was appointed to go to Baker City, in company with Pres. [George C.] Parkinson of Preston, to ascertain whether the people of Baker City wish to remain attached to the Oneida Stake, or be attached to the N.W. States Mission, or to the Pocatello Stake which is nearer than Oneida. Pres. J. W. Paxman of Juab Stake desired that an apostle be sent to reorganize the Eureka Ward bishopric, the former bishop having moved away. The clerk was instructed to write Pres. Paxman to send in his recommendation as to the man for the place.
Apostle H. J. Grant reported that the resignation of Bp. [Apollos G.] Driggs of the Sugar House Ward had been accepted [p.175] and Millen Atwood had been selected to fill the vacancy. Upon motion Apostle Grant’s report was adopted. Apostle Grant also recommended that a change be made in the bishopric of the Big Cottonwood Ward, Granite Stake. Pres. Cannon suggested that, if said change were necessary, that the president of the stake address a letter to the Presidency of the church asking that it be made. Suggestion approved.
It was moved and carried that Elder Jas. E. Daniels be ordained a patriarch; Brother Daniels resides in Provo.
Pres. W. H. Smart of the Eastern States Mission raised a question by letter in relation to the payment of tithing by the elders in the mission field. It was the sense of the meeting that means sent to elders from home, and which had already been tithed, should not be tithed again (except upon request of the elder) but that all other means received by them should be tithed. Benediction by Elder J. W. Taylor.
[Monday, 11 June 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 2 p.m. Continuation of [Y.M.M.I.A.] officers meeting. Topics treated: Missionary work in general, [by] J. G. Kimball and F[rank] Y. Taylor.
The question as to whether the annual conference of the Young Men should continue to be held in June or should be called for October immediately preceding the general conference of the church was discussed. June was the time decided upon. The question as to whether a convention of stake superintendents and ward presidents should be called for the purpose of giving them instructions such as have been given to Young Mens’ missionaries heretofore was discussed. The matter was referred to the general board for action—they to decide either upon a convention or to send written instructions to the officers referred to.
4:30 p.m. Meeting of the general board at the President’s office, Pres. J. F. Smith presiding and 17 members present. The principal subject of discussion was in relation to the Improvement Era—as to whether we should reduce the price from $2.00 to $1.50, or combine it with the Young Ladies’ [Woman’s] Journal. It was decided to keep it distinct and let the price remain at $2.00 per annum.
8 p.m. The Y.M.M.I.A. Oratorical Contest held in the assembly [p.176] hall, Pres. J. F. Smith presiding. The judges were: Elder B. H. Roberts, Bp. O. F. Whitney, and Elder G. H. Brimhall. Prizes offered: 1st prize for best oration, gold medal; 2nd prize for 2nd best oration, three volumes of Impvt. Era.
“Joseph Smith’s first vision,” Alma Taylor.
“Early persecutions of the saints,” Thos. J. Howells.
“Thou shalt not,” W. J. Sloane.
“Joseph Smith: his mission and persecutions,” Mark C. Brown.
“The philosophy of trial,” C. H. Carlquist.
The judges rendered their decision giving to W. J. Sloane the first prize and to Mark C. Brown the 2rid prize. It was truly a most interesting and instructive contest, though the audience did not seem to be altogether satisfied with the decision. There appeared to be a pretty general sentiment in favor of Alma Taylor.
[Thursday, 14 June 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 11 a.m. Meeting of the authorities at the temple. Present: Presidents Cannon and Smith, Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, J. W. Taylor, M. F. Cowley, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Singing. Prayer by Elder M. F. Cowley, Elder J. W. Taylor being mouth in the circle.
The clerk read a letter from Apostle A. O. Woodruff. He said that over 100 teams were at work on the canal in the Big Horn country. He had traveled, he said, over 850 miles since he left home. He reported that some few of the colonists had become dissatisfied and returned to Utah, but the majority of them remained and were determined to do their duty.
A letter was read from Elder Jesse W. Crosby, who went with Brother Woodruff. Said he was surprised the country in the Big Horn had not been settled before. Gave a good account of his surroundings. Said there was plenty of feed, water, timber, and coal (in the mountains).
Elder J. W. Paxman, pres. [of the] Juab Stake, wrote, asking that an apostle be sent to Eureka to reorganize the ward there. Apostle Smoot was appointed to go.
Apostle J. W. Taylor reported the visit of himself and Reed Smoot to the Morgan Stake. Had canvassed for the best men to fill the vacancy in the presidency of the stake caused by the death [p.177]of Pres. Richard Fry and would recommend W. H. Rich for president, Chas. Welsh for 1st counselor, and Richard Fry for 2nd counselor, and Samuel Francis for patriarch. The recommendation was adopted by unanimous vote. Benediction by Apostle J. H. Smith.
[Wednesday, 20 June 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. I spent the day at the President’s office, investigating the Liverpool office accounts, as furnished by a statement from them. As the accounts as between the Liverpool office and the President’s office are a little obscure, I suggested a means by which they may be straightened out and be kept straight in the future. A letter was written to Elder Platte D. Lyman, president of the European Mission, asking for the information desired.
At 5 p.m. attended a meeting of the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A. Later took the family out for a carriage ride.
[Thursday, 21 June 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents G. Q. Cannon and J. F. Smith, Apostles B. Young, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, A. O. Woodruff, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “The Glorious Day Is Rolling on.” I was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Lund was mouth in the circle. Song, “O Jesus! the Giver.”
The clerk read a letter from the presidency of the St. George Stake. They had received a letter, they said, from a young man in the Southern States Mission field, who asked for financial help because of certain requirements made of him by the president of the mission. It was decided to write a letter to Ben E. Rich, the president, asking him for a statement showing the condition of the mission and explaining the reason for making certain requirements of missionaries, such as, a deposit of $50.00 in the mission office to meet the expense of sickness and for other emergencies, and also requiring each elder to purchase and dispose of one Book of Mormon monthly.
A letter was read from the presidency of the Kanab Stake in which they stated that two wards in their stake were without [p.178] bishops, and asking for an apostle to be sent to effect reorganization. No action taken.
The clerk read a letter from Pres. W. H. Seegmiller of the Sevier Stake, in which he stated that they had selected bishops for three of the wards of their stake, and asking for an apostle to be present at the next quarterly conference to set them apart. Apostle A. H. Lund was appointed to attend to the matter.
Stake conference appointments: Fremont Stake, Presidents Cannon and Smith, and R. Clawson; St. Joseph Stake, H. J. Grant; Sevier Stake, A. H. Lund; Beaver, F. M. Lyman; Bingham, Reed Smoot. President Cannon said that in view of some important matters needing attention two of the brethren were wanted—one to go to Portland and the other to Mexico. The brethren selected were Apostles J. H. Smith and H. J. Grant, and upon a few hours notice only, they would be ready to leave. He was delighted, he said, at the readiness with which the brethren responded.
Reed Smoot reported that he had assisted in reorganizing the bishopric of the Eureka Ward, with Daniel Connelly, bishop. Apostle A. O. Woodruff reported his trip to the Big Horn country in company with the colonists who were called to make a settlement there. While on their journey, he organized a branch of the church at Kemmerer with Daniel Clark, presiding elder. They encountered a blizzard at Ham’s Fork in which there was much suffering among the colonists, one little girl dying. They finally reached their destination and established a small settlement giving it the name of Shoshone with a population of 300 colonists. The brethren immediately started work on the contemplated canal with 105 teams. To strengthen their cause financially, the brethren had taken a $5000 railroad contract. During his absence Apostle Woodruff said he had traveled some 1500 miles. Benediction by Apostle B. Young.
[Monday, 25 June 1900] Rexburg, Idaho. Clear and warm. 9 a.m. The laying of the cornerstone of the Fremont Stake Academy. A large number of people were gathered and were called to order by Pres. T[homas] E. Ricks. The cornerstone was then laid under the direction of Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon. It was a large square stone weighing about 5300 lbs. The dedicatory prayer was offered by Pres. Geo. Q. [p.179] Cannon, after which an adjournment was taken to the bowery.
10 a.m. Continuation of the [Fremont Stake] Conference, Pres. Ricks presiding. I made remarks in reference to the building of the stake academy. Said it would be done, and could only be done, upon the principle of faith and union. Recounted the experience of the saints in the Box Elder Stake in the rebuilding of the Box Elder Stake Tabernacle after its destruction by fire.
Pres. G. Q. Cannon showed how the saints had been blessed by paying their tithing. If a man makes $10.00 and pays $1.00 tithing, the other $9.00 will go as far as the $10.00 would have gone if he had not paid his tithing, and further. Those who pay tithing will not apostatize. If we desire celestial glory, we must obey the laws of the celestial kingdom. We must be willing to do all things—to make every sacrifice. Explained the order of the priesthood and how that the president of the Twelve succeeds to the presidency after the death of the president. Of course, the Lord by revelation can select any man, said Pres. Cannon, to be president of the church, but following the order of the priesthood, the president of the Twelve succeeds. Further explained why Apostle Brigham Young was not sustained as president of the Twelve—it was simply because there were two others who stand ahead of him in the apostleship, namely, Pres[idents] G. Q. Cannon and J. F. Smith.
Pres. J. F. Smith followed and spoke upon the right of presidency in the church, quoting from Sec. 107, Book of D.&C. Showed that the organization of the church would be incomplete without the quorum of the First Presidency. Explained the calling of an apostle. Exhorted the saints to honor the priesthood.
Elder S. B. Young dwelt upon the Word of Wisdom. Also spoke of the bad sanitary condition of many homes among the saints and gave some good counsel regarding the matter.
[Thursday, 28 June 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents Geo. Q. Cannon and J. F. Smith, Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, A. H. Lund, myself, A. O. Woodruff, and Reed Smoot; and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “O, Say What Is Truth.” Prayer by A. O. Woodruff, and Apostle F. M. Lyman being mouth in the circle.
[p. 180] Bp. [William H.] Lewis of Lewiston notified the brethren that the new meeting house in his ward would be ready for dedication, July 8th, 1900, and extended an invitation to the Presidency and apostles to be present. Pres. J. F. Smith reported the visit of Pres. Cannon, himself, Elder S. B. Young, and myself to the Fremont Stake Conference and gave a brief account of the dedications and meetings held.
Apostle Reed Smoot reported the visit of himself and J. G. Kimball to the Bingham Stake Conference. There was a good attendance and excellent meetings. Organizations of the stake, he said, were in good shape.
Pres. Cannon expressed the view that the Fremont Stake is too large and should be divided. Apostle A. H. Lund reported his visit to the Sevier Stake and ordained while there a bishop for Joseph, Brooklyn, and Venice Wards.
Apostle F. M. Lyman reported the visit of himself and J. W. McMurrin to the Cardston [Alberta] (Canada) Stake Conference. While there, he said, they visited and held meetings also in a number of the wards. Organized a new ward, which they called the Taylor Ward, and also completed the organization of the Kimball Ward. Reported that new meeting houses had been erected in the Sterling and McGrath Wards. Also reported his visit to the Beaver Stake Conference.
Pres. Cannon stated that word had been received that eight or nine of the bishops of the Emery Stake were desirous of resigning, which denoted to him that something must be wrong in that stake, and it would be necessary for some of the apostles to go there. Apostle Geo. Teasdale received the appointment with the privilege of selecting two or three of the brethren to go with him.
Apostle Reed Smoot reported that he had advised the Scofield mine explosion sufferers not to take any action against the P. V. [Pleasant Valley] Coal Co. for damages, and that he would undertake to get the company to make favorable terms with them. As a result the company had agreed, he said, to give them $106,000, which would be equal to $500 for each sufferer. It was moved and carried that the report be adopted and his action approved and that Apostle Smoot be authorized to go to Scofield and recommend the acceptance by the sufferers of the company’s tender.
Apostle B. Young suggested the propriety of dividing the San Juan Stake and felt that such action would be for the best good of all concerned. The matter was referred to Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, J. H. Smith, and A. H. Lund.
Song, “Let Zion in her Beauty Arise.” Benediction by Pres. J. F. Smith.
[Friday, 29 June 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. I spent the day in Brigham City, going at 7 a.m. and returning at 7 p.m. While there I took stock at the Brigham City Roller Mill for the 6 months ending June 30th, 1900, and attended to some other matters of business.
8:30 p.m. Accompanied by Lydia, I attended the wedding reception of LeRoi C. Snow, son of Pres. Lorenzo Snow, and a Miss [Maud Mary] Ford, lately from the East, given in the “Beehive House.” It is estimated there were 400 guests present.
[Thursday, 5 July 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents G. Q. Cannon and Jos. F. Smith, Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Come, Come, Ye Saints.” Apostle B. Young was mouth in prayer, and Pres. Cannon was mouth in the circle.
Apostle F. M. Lyman reported the organization of the Mercur Ward with Geo. W. Bryan as bishop. He also dedicated, he said, the new meeting house of Mercur, which had been erected at a cost of $1500. The clerk read a letter from Bp. W. H. Lewis, Lewiston, in which he stated that the new ward meeting house dedication had been postponed from July 8th to July 22nd.
A letter was read from Elder Ben E. Rich, pres. [of the] Southern States Mission, in which a statement of the financial condition of the mission was given as follows:
|Resouces of the Mission|
|Cash on hand||2,151|
|Books, tracts, &c.||1,926|
|Clothing &c. in commissary dept.||1,414|
|Gents furnishing goods||906|
|Accounts due from elders in the “field”||4,126|
|[p.182] Accounts due from other missions||204|
|Liabilities of the Mission|
|Amounts due the elders—money on deposit||5,484|
|Balance in favor the mission||5,243|
There was some discussion entered into as to the propriety of keeping a commissary in the Southern States Mission. It seemed to be the mind of the brethren that while the running of a commissary to supply the wants of the elders might be a very good thing, the credit system connected with it was harmful and should be discouraged. It was also felt that great care should be taken to lessen the expense of our missions and thus lighten the burden resting upon the elders. It was moved by Apostle J. W. Taylor and carried that it be the sense of the meeting that elders in the field be self-sustaining, as far as possible; Benediction by Elder G. F. Gibbs.
[Saturday, 7 July 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. During the day I opened a set of books for the Utah Coal Co. and have engaged to keep them for $10.00 a month. The work will take but little of my time, and the salary will furnish coal for the family.
I have just closed the Brigham City Roller Mill books for the 6 months ending June 30th, 1900, and find that the business has run behind between $900 and $1000. While this is a bad showing for the 6 months, the general showing for the past seven years is most excellent. During that time the business has paid $14,400 in dividends, with $3200 carried to the reserve fund, making a profit in all of over $17,000.
[Tuesday, 10 July 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. 10 a.m. I attended a meeting of the board of directors of the Utah Light and Power Co.
2 p.m. 2nd session of the quarterly conference of the Twelve. Present: Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and Reed Smoot. Song, “Who Are These Arrayed in White.” Prayer by Apostle J. H. Smith. Song, “Our God We Raise to Thee.”
[p. 183] Apostle Geo. Teasdale was the first speaker. He read a letter from his son, Russell, who is on a mission in Germany. Gave an account of his recent visit to the Emery Stake. Reorganized the Spring Glen Ward with Jas. N. Miller as bishop and held a splendid meeting at Castle Gate. Spoke of his love for the gospel and for the brethren of the Twelve. Desired to walk in harmony with them and to fulfill every obligation. Said that the union of the Twelve is a strength and power in Israel.
Apostle M. W. Merrill followed and said that he appreciated these meetings and felt they were productive of much good. Said he had noticed an improvement among the saints and less of a disposition to find fault and criticize as in times past. Spoke upon the subject of giving and receiving counsel. If the saints were more ready to take counsel, it would be better for them. Made remarks in relation to higher education and said there is a tendency among our people to go to extremes in this direction. Some of our children are educated so much they are not fit for anything. They should be taught how to work, for labor is honorable. Had no feeling in his heart against any man and desired to be in harmony with his brethren, whom he loved.
Apostle A. H. Lund said he felt like Apostle Merrill that our children should be taught how to labor. Manual training should have a place in our schools. Spoke upon the subject of missionary work. Elders should travel without purse and scrip and sustain themselves as far as possible, but in the old countries, owing to the poverty of the people, the elders cannot travel and preach without means to assist them. Felt that more missionaries were being sent into the field than were actually needed—or rather, more than the results of their labors would justify. If fewer, good, competent elders were sent out, as many or more converts would be made as are now made with 1900 elders in the field.
As bearing upon this subject, Apostle Brigham Young read from a report furnished by Elder Geo. Reynolds, as follows: the number of converts (adult) made by the 1900 elders in the field in 1899 was 4100, or a fraction over 2 converts to an elder. The cost of keeping the elders in the field—including transportation, cost of living, and value of time, amounted to $950,000 per annum, or in other words, the cost of making each convert was $250.
This idea was brought out in the discussion that followed, [p.184] namely, that while the expense of converting the people of the world was great, it should be remembered that much good comes to our young men who take missions, for in this way many of them obtain a testimony of the truth of the gospel. Notwithstanding this and other considerations, it was thought by some of the brethren that the missionary work was being overdone. Benediction by Apostle F. M. Lyman.
I took the family out for a little ride in the evening. We drove through Liberty Park, which is very attractive and beautiful at this season of the year.
[Wednesday, 11 July 1900] [Salt Lake City.] 9:30 a.m. Continuation of the conference meetings of the Twelve. Present: Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, J. H. Smith, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and Reed Smoot. Song, “Prayer Is the Soul’s Sincere Desire.” Prayer by Apostle Geo. Teasdale. Song, “May We Who Know the Joyful Sound.”
A letter from Elder J[ospeh] H. Ward was read. He called attention to the fact that he had been receiving $40.00 a month from the church to assist him in publishing a paper in the German language, in which the principles of the gospel were set forth and sustained, and that now the appropriation was about to cease. Upon motion of Apostle J. H. Smith, it was decided to ask Pres. Snow to continue the appropriation, with $10.00 a month added.
Apostle Cowley reported that there was a debt of $700 still due on the Park City meeting house, which had been built by the saints there at great sacrifice. It was the sense of the meeting that the church should make an appropriation to cover the above amount and that Apostle Teasdale be authorized to bring the matter to the attention of Pres. Snow and the Twelve at our next regular meeting.
Apostle M. F. Cowley spoke and said that he had visited the stakes allotted to him on the non-tithe-payers matter. Also gave an account of the installation of Elder Wm. T. Jack as pres. of the Cassia Stake. Said that he was well received and that a number of the saints had received a testimony of his appointment. Observed that in calling men to priesthood and presidency we should have the spirit of revelation. In our human judgments we are liable to [p.185] err and to depreciate men because of a lack in financial ability and, as we view it, a deficiency in other respects. The Lord knows best and, if we have his spirit to confirm our judgment, we shall not go amiss. Speaking of preaching the gospel, he said, we cannot regulate it from a financial standpoint.
Apostle Lyman made brief remarks respecting the selection of church officers. Apostle A. O. Woodruff rejoiced in these conference meetings and desired to walk in harmony with his brethren. Spoke of his labors in helping to colonize the saints in the state of Wyoming. Had been greatly blessed. Related the case of a healing that had been accomplished by the blessing of the Lord under his hands. In the matter of colonizing he desired to work under the direction of his brethren.
Meeting adjourned until 2 p.m. Benediction by Apostle M. W. Merrill.
2 p.m. Continuation of our meetings. Song, “The Trials of the Present Day.” Prayer by Apostle A. H. Lund. Song, “O Zion, When I Think of Thee.”
I made brief remarks and said that I rejoiced in the exhortation and testimony that had been given in our meetings and also in the union of the Twelve. I read the instructions of Jesus to the Twelve among the Nephites, recorded in the Book of Mormon, 3rd Nephi, [chapter 11,] verses 21 to 29, and made remarks thereon.
Apostle Reed Smoot gave a brief report of his visit to Scofield for the purpose of persuading the people to accept the terms and conditions of compromise offered by the Pleasant Valley Coal Company and was in the main successful. Speaking of the membership of the church, he said he thought apostates whose names are on the records and who seem to have a standing in the church should be weeded out, or rather cut off.
Apostle M. W. Merrill related a dream or vision given to Brother [Samuel] Roskelly in the Logan Temple during the “raid” when the enemy threatened to search our temples. A personage, who in appearance was seven or eight feet tall, appeared to him and said that he was once a Nephite warrior and that he had come to defend the temple. He assured Brother Roskelly that the enemy would not be permitted to enter the house of the Lord. Apostle Merrill said that later on a bitter anti-Mormon by the name of [Charles C.] Goodwin and several others organized a “raid” on the [p.186] temple, but through fear abandoned their project.
It was moved and carried that Pres. Snow be asked to provide a suitable receptacle for church relics and that the same as fast as gathered be deposited in the temple. Benediction by Apostle M. F. Cowley.
Accompanied by Lydia and the children, I went out to Saltair at 4:15 p.m. The day being quite sultry, the ride out and visit there proved to be very delightful.
[Thursday, 12 July 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. 10 a.m. Continuation of our quarterly meetings at the temple. Present: Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, J. W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “See How the Morning Sun.” Prayer by Apostle J. W. Taylor. Song, “Come, All Ye Sons of Zion.”
Apostle J. W. Taylor gave an account of conditions in Canada and said the crops are good, the stock is fat, and the people feel well. The Canadian government has appropriated, he said, $2500 a mile for the building of a railroad from Lethbridge to McGrath, with a prospect for the same appropriation next year for a railroad from McGrath to Cardston, thus connecting our settlements by rail. He further said he felt honored in being permitted to meet with the brethren of the Twelve. He had no feeling in his heart against any man.
Apostle Reed Smoot made remarks in relation to the building of tabernacles and meeting houses by our people. He thought an architect—known as the church architect—should be employed by the church to inspect plans for same from time to time, so that all matters connected with the heating, ventilation, appearance, and convenience of said buildings might have proper attention, with a view to constant improvement in these things. Apostle F. M. Lyman and myself made remarks upon the subject, making suggestions and approving of Apostle Smoot’s views.
At 11 a.m. Presidents G. Q. Cannon and J. F. Smith came in. Song, “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah.” Prayer by Apostle Geo. Teasdale, with Apostle M. W. Merrill as mouth at the altar.
Stake conference appointments: Juab, F. M. Lyman and R. Clawson; Provo, Geo. Teasdale; Emery, J. W. Taylor; Star Valley, [p.187] A. O. Woodruff; Y.M.M.I.A. conference [at] Richfield, J. H. Smith; meeting at Preston, M. F. Cowley. A letter from Elder David H. Cannon, pres. [of the] St. George Temple, was read by the clerk. In speaking of ordinance work, said they were in bad condition, as most of their workers were aged men. He wanted some advice in regard to the matter. It was moved and carried that the president of the St. George Temple be authorized to call upon the stakes in that temple district to furnish young, able-bodied, competent men as missionaries to work in the temple from one to two years.
A tabulated report showing the number of elders in the field and the number of conversions made by them was submitted by Pres. Cannon. The deduction to be drawn from the report was that in view of the large numbers of the elders out, the conversions were few, and it seemed to be the mind of the brethren that a retrenchment was needful in the matter of missionary calls.
Apostle Smith reported his visit to Baker City, Oregon, and said that the branch voted unanimously to be attached to the N.W. States Mission. Apostle Smith recommended that the change be made. Carried. Apostle Teasdale reported his visit to the Emery Stake.
The proceedings of the meeting of the Presidency and Twelve that decided as to the standing of Pres. J. F. Smith and Apostle B. Young in the quorum of the Twelve were read by the clerk, and it was moved that they be approved as read. Carried by unanimous vote. Song, “Now Let Us Rejoice in the Day of Salvation.”
The tables were then spread with bread and wine and the sacrament was administered. Pres. J. F. Smith was mouth in blessing the bread and wine. At the conclusion Apostle F. M. Lyman offered the benediction.