A Ministry of Meetings
Stan Larson, editor

Chapter 8.

Diary Seventeen
3 January – 5 October
1904

The Burden of Plural Marriage: “Be Wise and Prudent”

[p. 693] [Sunday, 3 January, 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool; slight fall of snow. I spent the forenoon at home, and at 3 p.m. Lydia and myself attended fast meeting in the 18th Ward chapel, Bp. [Orson F.] Whitney presiding. The speakers were Bp. O. F. Whitney and his two counselors, Elders Jno. T. Caine, J. G. Kimball, R. S. Wells, and myself. I spoke of the providences of the Lord toward his people in relieving the church from financial embarrassment, calling attention to the fact that one half of the church bond issue of one million dollars was called in on Jan. 2, 1904, and paid. A few years ago the credit of the church was poor; today it is gilt-edge. Felt that this was a matter for thankfulness at the opening of a new year. Said that the counsel of the First Presidency is for the saints to get out of debt. Bishop Whitney stated that the 18th Ward as a ward is free from debt.

[Tuesday, 5 January 1904] Salt Lake City. Snowing. During the forenoon was engaged on the mill books.

At 2 p.m. I attended the quarterly conference of the Twelve Apostles in the temple. Present: Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Abraham [p.694] O. Woodruff, Hyrum M. Smith, and Geo. A. Smith. The brethren all spoke during the meeting, after the opening exercises and prayer by Elder Cowley. The principal topic of discussion was the present agitation in Congress over the Utah Senatorship—Reed Smoot’s candidacy. The brethren were cautioned not to exercise the keys of sealing in plural marriage at present and to be wise and prudent in all their doings. Elder Woodruff offered the benediction. The meeting was adjourned until Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

[Thursday, 7 January 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10:30 a.m. Meeting in the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, the Patriarch [John Smith], and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “O My Father.” Elder Taylor opened, and Elder Clawson was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “What Glorious Things Mine Eyes Behold.” The minutes of Dec. 31 were read and approved.

Stake conference appointments: Beaver, Elder Woodruff; Utah, Elder Teasdale; Emery, Elder Taylor. Elder Woodruff said that the Beaver Stake was in a bad condition spiritually, especially the Milford Ward, and asked if there were an[y] special instructions for him. Pres. Smith told him to do the best he could: if any changes could be made in the bishopric of Milford advantageously, to make them. Pres. C. N. Lund of North San Pete Stake reported that Elder Hans [Daniel] Rasmussen had been sustained as bishop of Mt. Pleasant North Ward.

The clerk read a letter from Jas. G. Duffin, president of the S.W. States Mission, in which he outlined the policy of the mission presidency in reference to the work to be done at St. Louis during the fair, subject to the approval of the brethren. Hall and street meetings would be held, lectures delivered, and church literature distributed. Prominent people from Utah will be expected to furnish most of the lectures. The expense of carrying on this work will be about $150 per month or in all about $5000 [$500]. Some of the brethren doubted whether a move of this kind would [p.695] accomplish much with people who go to St. Louis wholly for pleasure, while others thought favorable action should be taken. After some considerable discussion, Elder Clawson moved that Pres. Duffin’s letter be received and his plan, as outlined, be approved. Carried by unanimous vote.

Benediction by Pres. Lund, after which the brethren partook of the sacrament, which was blessed by Elder Taylor. While at the table Elder Jno. H. Smith reported to the Presidency that the apostles had met for their quarterly conference on Tuesday at 2 p.m., holding but the single session. Those present (eight in all) each spoke and expressed himself as being in harmony with his associates and with the Presidency and held himself in readiness to answer every call. Pres. Winder said that the brethren, as far as possible, should be in touch with Pres. Smith politically to avoid confusion.

Pres. Smith spoke of the courtesy that was due from the brethren to their seniors. It was a small thing, he said, but when the brethren were passing through a door, the juniors should step back and allow the seniors to pass ahead. He simply mentioned this as an illustration. Due respect should always be shown to those who are above us in the priesthood. The sacrament, he said, should always be passed to the presiding authority in a meeting first. Benediction by Elder Cowley.

[Tuesday, 12 January 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. I went to Brigham City, where we held the annual meeting of the Brigham City Roller Mill Co. The profits for the 6 months ending Dec. 31, 1903, were $3972 and a dividend of 6% was declared. The old board of directors was elected for 1904. At a later meeting of the directors Jos. M. Jensen was made president and I was made secretary of the mill.

[Thursday, 14 January 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, and Jno. Smith, the patriarch. The brethren clothed and sang, “See How the Morning Sun.” Elder [p.696] Jno. H. Smith prayed, and Pres. Winder was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “How Firm a Foundation.” Minutes of Jan. 7th were read and approved.

Stake conferences: Weber, Elders Clawson and Geo. A. Smith; Bannock, Elder Taylor; San Luis, Elder Cowley; Sevier, Elders Teasdale and Hy. M. Smith.

Reports
Elder Jno. H. Smith said that he attended the Utah Stake Conference Sunday and Monday or rather on Monday attended the funeral of Patriarch Jno. Tingey. Yesterday attended the funeral of Jos. Bull. Elder Teasdale attended the Utah Stake Conference. Fine conference and splendid priesthood meeting on Saturday night. Met with the religion class workers Sunday afternoon.

Elder Taylor was in attendance at the Emery Stake Conference, held at Castledale. Large attendance. Saints feeling well. Elder Cowley attended fast meeting at the temple two weeks ago and met with the people of South Bountiful in the afternoon. Last Friday attended a meeting in Preston, at which Elder B. H. Roberts spoke upon the subject of the Book of Mormon. Last Sunday attended a religion class conference at Logan, which was very satisfactory.

Elder Woodruff attended conference at Beaver last week and was accompanied by Frank Y. Taylor. While there reorganized the Milford Branch and made a ward of it with Jacob T. Tanner as bishop, W. J. Burns and Thos. G. Reed as counselors. Also organized a Sunday School and Y.M.M.I.A. and Y.L.M.I.A.

Elder Clawson attended meeting in the tabernacle in the afternoon and a meeting in the 18th Ward in the evening. Reported that he was very busy at present in closing the books of the trustee-in-trust for the year 1903 and expected to submit his report about Feb. 1st.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith said that he attended the funeral of  Jos. Nicholson on Tuesday. Elder Geo. A. Smith attended the funeral of Elder [Thomas B.] Brighton (one of the streetcar men who was murdered) on Sunday afternoon. Elder Jno. Smith attended the M.I.A. meeting in Provo Sunday night and the funeral of Jos. Bull on Wednesday. Pres. Lund attended the funeral of Elder Brighton and spoke in the 17th Ward Sunday evening. Pres. Winder attended ward conference at Sugar House Ward on Sunday. [p.697] Pres. Smith was in attendance at the Utah Stake Conference. He also attended the funerals of Patriarch Tingey and Jos. Bull. Reports were approved.

Pres. Smith spoke of the missionary work in Japan and said that reports coming from that land were not very encouraging. One of the converts was cut off from the church for attempted robbery and others had apostatized.

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

[Saturday, 16 January 1904] Salt Lake City. Cool. I spent the forenoon at the President’s office and assisted the First Presidency in checking off the $500,000 worth of church bonds redeemed Jan. 2, 1904. When the checking was completed the bonds were burned. A cancelled $1000 bond was reserved for each of the Presidency and the Twelve and the Presiding Patriarch as a memento.

[Monday, 18 January 1904] Salt Lake City. Snowing. 10 a.m. Continuation of [Weber Stake] Conference, Pres. [Lewis W.] Shurtliff presiding. David McKay, principal of the stake academy. Topics treated. Gave an excellent report of the work being done at the academy. R. Clawson. Topics treated. Power of attention.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. Shurtliff presiding. Pres. Shurtliff was the first speaker. Topics treated. Gave a report of the stake. Said the presidency had visited all the wards recently. Special attention had been given to record keeping and to the lesser priesthood. Stake academy. R. Clawson. Topics treated. The new and everlasting covenant.

I returned to Salt Lake at 5:55 p.m. Expected an important letter that did not come.

[Thursday, 21 January 1904] Salt Lake City. Snowing and cold. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, and the patriarch [John Smith]. The brethren sang, “Behold, the Great Redeemer Comes.” Elder Teasdale [p.698] prayed, and Pres. Lund was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Let Us Pray, Gladly Pray.” The minutes of Jan. 14th were read and approved. Conference appointments: Cache, R. Clawson; Juab, Elder Geo. Smith; Alpine, Elder Teasdale; Fremont, Elder Jno. H. Smith.

Elders Taylor and Woodruff were appointed to visit the Sun River country near Gt. Falls, Mont., at the solicitation of the Great Northern Ry. people to inspect some lands offered there for sale. Pres. Asahel H. Woodruff was instructed, in answer to a letter, to use his judgment about leasing the Carthage Jail property for another year. Pres. Frank Y. Taylor wrote, recommending Edwd. White for ordination to the office of patriarch. Approved. Pres. [John M.] Baxter notified the council that Chas. Kingston had resigned his position as counselor because of removal to the Snake River country. Approved. Pres. F. M. Lyman wrote, saying that in all probability they would have to abandon the purchase of the new Liverpool office.

Reports
Pres. Winder attended a ward conference at Wilford Ward last Sunday. Affairs in that ward were in good shape. Elder Teasdale said that he and Hyrum M. Smith attended meeting at Richfield last Sunday, at which time they set apart the three new bishoprics of that place: namely, 1st Ward, H. C. Christensen, bishop; 2nd Ward, V[irginius] Bean, bishop; 3rd Ward, Geo. W. Coons, bishop. The old bishopric of Richfield were taken into the high council. Elder Teasdale also effected a reorganization of the bishopric of the Salina Ward with Elder [Carl A.] Mattson as bishop.

Elder Taylor reported the conference of the Bannock Stake. Pres. [Lewis S.] Pond has things well in hand. His brother, Jos. Pond, was set apart as one of his counselors to succeed Denmark Jensen, removed. Some canal difficulties were settled under advice of Elder Taylor. The creamery industry is flourishing in Bannock. Elder Woodruff attended a young people’s conference in Granite Stake last Sunday morning and in afternoon ward conference in Wilford Ward.

Elder Rudger Clawson said that he was in attendance at the Weber Stake Conference. Pres. Smith and Elders Jno. H. Smith and Geo. A. Smith were also present part of the time. Pres. [Lewis W.] Shurtliff reported that all of the 25 wards had recently been [p.699] visited by the stake presidency and high council. They had been giving special attention of late to the lesser priesthood and ward and stake records. Pres. Lund attended Scandinavian conference in the assembly hall on Sunday. Reports were approved.

Elder Taylor reported that the people of Fielding were in some difficulty regarding a new meeting house now in contemplation and also stated that Bp. [James H.] Hess of Fielding, though a good man, had lost his influence. He did not seem to be adapted to the bishopric. Elder Taylor was instructed to go to Fielding next Sunday with authority to adjust the difficulty and effect a reorganization of the bishopric.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Taylor.

[Sunday, 24 January 1904] Logan, Utah. Snowing and cold. 2 p.m. Continuation of [Cache Stake] Conference, Pres. [Joseph] Morrell presiding. Pres.  Jos. Morrell was the first speaker. Topics treated. Special attention had been given to the lesser priesthood of late. Improvement in tithe-paying. Increased interest being taken in temple work. Block meetings. John Smith, the patriarch. Topics treated. Patriarchal blessings. Local patriarchs not only to bless the saints but also their own kindred. R. Clawson. Topics treated. Duties of the bishops. A bishop is an executive officer and should see that others do their duty; should foster and cultivate the talent and gifts of the gospel enjoyed by the saints. The liquidation of one half of the Church indebtedness.

[Thursday, 28 January 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and moderate weather. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Jno. W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Glorious Things Are Sung of Zion.” Elder Cowley was mouth in prayer, and Pres. Smith at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “O Say, What Is Truth?” Conference appointments: Fremont, Elder Cowley; Cassia, Elder Seymour B. Young; Bingham Stake, Elder[s] Taylor and Jno. H. Smith; Wasatch, Elder Hyrum M. Smith; to visit Brother Merrill, [p.700] Elder Geo. A. Smith; South San Pete, Pres. Lund and Elder Clawson.

Pres. Smith said that Mrs. Arthur Brown had called to see [him] in reference [to] the matter of assisting the orphan’s home, of which she is a director. Among other things she said that of the 2000 children taken care of in that institution during the past 19 yrs. 97% were of Mormon parentage and 3% of gentile parentage. Though not in a position to dispute this assertion, Pres. Smith said that he did not believe it. He requested Elder Clawson to ascertain the facts in the premises and report.

The presidency of the Granite Stake notified the council that they had decided to divide the Mill Creek Ward and had selected  Jos. A. Cornwall for bishop of the new ward. The action of these brethren was approved.

Bp. Thos. R. Cutler requested by letter that the brethren who visit the Fremont and Bingham Stake Conferences next Sunday be instructed to encourage the saints in further efforts at beet culture. The brethren were so instructed.

Reports
Pres. Winder said that he attended conference in the Taylor Ward last Sunday. Elder Jno. H. Smith went to Rexburg to attend conference, but the matter had been entirely overlooked and, therefore, no conference was held. Yesterday he attended the funeral of Henson Walker.

Elder Teasdale attended Sunday School conference of the Tooele, Davis, Granite, Jordan, and the Salt Lake Stake[s] last Sunday. Much good would result from this gathering, he thought.

Elder Taylor visited the saints of the Fielding Ward last Sunday. A feeling of harmony was brought about in relation to the new meeting house by deciding to erect a less expensive building. A change in the bishopric will be effected as soon as the president of the stake can reach the matter.

Elder Cowley reported his attendance at the San Luis Conference two weeks ago. On the way stopped at Denver and attended meetings. Also inspected the new mission house which has cost—lot and building—$7000. While absent collected $300 for the Denver house. Had a good conference. Constant improvement but slow. President [Albert R. Smith] of stake has a good deal of trouble with kickers. Last Sunday attended the Alpine Stake Conference. [p.701] Raised $700 for the Milwaukee house. Presidency [is] wide-awake.

Elder Woodruff attended the Sunday School conference in Salt Lake. Elder Clawson attended the Cache Stake Conference Sunday and Monday. Large meetings. Bishops and auxiliaries reported. Pres. [Joseph] Morrell reported an increase of 11% in tithes for 1903 over 1902 or $6000. Their total tithing being $50,000. Home missionaries had done a good work in the wards.

Elder[s] Geo. A. Smith and Hyrum M. Smith were in attendance at the Juab Stake Conference. Meetings rather poorly attended but good spirit prevailed. Pres. Lund and Pres. Smith attended the Sunday School conference in Salt Lake on Sunday. Thought much good would result. Reports approved.

It was moved and carried that Elias Kimball be sustained as president of the new stake in Bingham County, Idaho, and that the name of the stake be Basalt, if acceptable to the people.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Woodruff.

[Monday, 1 February 1904] Ephraim, Utah. Clear and cool. At 9 a.m. I visited the Ephraim Academy and was present at the theological exercises. There was a large attendance of pupils, with Newton Noyes, principal, presiding. The speakers were Pres. Lund, Andrew Jenson, and myself. Later we visited some of the departments. A good spirit prevails in the school and a good work is being done. The enrollment is 227. Leaving the school we visited the new stake academy now in course of erection. The building material used is stone, brick, and lumber, and the structure when completed will have cost $50,000. It is an important and splendid enterprise.

[Thursday, 4 February 1904] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool; thawing. 10 a.m. Meeting in the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Francis M. Lyman, Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, the Patriarch [John Smith], and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “See How the Morning Sun.” Elder Hyrum M. Smith was mouth in prayer, and Geo. A. Smith at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Lord, When Iniquities [p.702] Abroad [Abound].” Minutes of Jan. 28th were read and approved.

Conference appointments: Summit, Elder Cowley; Oneida, Elder[s] Clawson and Jno. H. Smith; Woodruff, Elder Hyrum M. Smith; Jordan, Elder Geo. A. Smith and Elder Lyman.

Letters
Pres. [Lewis W.] Shurtliff reported that at a meeting of his high council it was decided to reorganize the bishopric of the Liberty Ward on account of the removal of the present bishopric. Jos. Ward was chosen for the new bishop. Action approved.

A communication was received from Elder C. R. Savage. He proposed that steps be taken to perpetuate the memories of Karl G. Maeser and Geo. Goddard by taking up a subscription to secure suitable monuments to stand over their graves. It was stated by one of the brethren that a movement was already on foot under the direction of the B. Y. alumni to perpetuate the memory of Karl G. Maeser. Upon motion the matter so far as it concerned Elder Geo. Goddard was referred to the Deseret Sunday School board, and so far as it concerned Karl G. Maeser to the general board of education. The sentiment of the meeting favored the suggestion made by Elder Savage. Elder Savage also suggested in his letter that some assistance be extended to Elder Henry W. Naisbitt, and it was decided to allow him $25 per month.

Reports
Pres. Winder reported his attendance at the Mill Creek Ward Conference last Sunday and the organization of the new Winder Ward with Jos. A. Cornwall as bishop, whom he ordained and set apart. Elder Geo. A. Smith visited Elder Merrill last Sunday and found him quite feeble; he has difficulty in walking and standing. Attended meeting and Sunday School at Richmond.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith said that he accompanied his father to Heber last week. The meetings were fairly attended on Saturday and crowded on Sunday. Pres. [William H.] Smart’s new home was dedicated by Pres. Smith. Attended a meeting called for the purpose of examining the records of the stake, and they were found to be in splendid shape. Jos. W. Musser is the stake clerk. Bishops’ reports made at the conference were fine—some of the best he had yet heard. At the conjoint meeting Sunday night the very best of order was maintained. The bishopric of Center Ward [p.703] was reorganized with Hugh W. Harvey as bishop.

Elder Clawson accompanied Pres. Lund to Ephraim, where the South San Pete Stake Conference was held. All the meetings were well attended and a splendid spirit prevailed. On Monday Pres. Lund and himself attended the opening theological exercises of the academy and afterwards inspected the new academy building, which is progressing nicely and when completed will be a fine school building up to date in all its appointments.

Elder Cowley said that he and Louis A. Kelsch attended the Fremont Stake Conference. One of the principal topics treated was the importance of beet culture. Brother Kelsch remained to organize some classes in religion, he representing the religion class board. Elder Teasdale attended Sunday School and meeting in the Nephi Ward last Sunday. His son [Russell Teasdale], recently returned from a mission, was with him.

Elder Jno. H. Smith reported the division of the Bingham Stake last Sunday with Elias S. Kimball as president of the new stake, which is called Blackfoot. The saints preferred that name to Basalt. During the conference talked up the beet culture. Elders  Jno. W. Taylor and A. O. Woodruff and J. G. Kimball were also present. The dividing line between the two stakes is about 4 miles north of Shelley. Elias Kimball chose for his counselors, Lorenzo R. Thomas and Don C. Walker.

Elder Lyman said that last Sunday he was on the cars coming home. The Sunday before attended Sunday School at Boston with Brother [John G.] McQuarrie; attended afternoon meeting there. Visited his son [Richard R. Lyman] at Cornell University and while there invited President Shoreman [Jacob G. Schurman] to visit Utah. The invitation was accepted. Spent one day in Chicago with Elder Woodruff and 20 Elders.

Pres. Smith stated that the Presiding Bishopric had called on the Presidency [and] recommended that the Salt Lake Stake be divided into four stakes, the division lines to be Main St. and 3rd South. The time being spent, a meeting for 3 p.m. was called to consider this question of division and also to hear Elder Clawson’s financial report for the year 1903.

Adjourned. Benediction by Elder Lyman.

3 p.m. Continuation of adjourned meeting. The same brethren were present as in the morning. The question of the division [p.704] of the Salt Lake Stake was taken up and discussed at some length. Elder Clawson moved that the Salt Lake Stake be divided into four stakes on the lines suggested by the Presiding Bishopric and made some remarks in favor of the motion. Pres. Lyman seconded the motion after a strong talk in favor of the division. The brethren stood as follows on the question: Elder Jno. H. Smith, doubtful; Elder Cowley, for division; Elder Geo. A. Smith, for; Elder Hyrum M. Smith, in favor of two stakes; Elder Teasdale, against division; Pres. Lund, against; Pres. Winder, for. Pres. Smith suggested that the matter be submitted to the presidency, high council, and bishopric[s] of the Salt Lake Stake to ascertain their feelings regarding the matter, and next Wednesday was appointed for a meeting. The Twelve were requested to be present at said meeting.

Elder Clawson submitted his annual report for 1903 of the financial status of the church. The showing made was most excellent and satisfactory. Below is given the substance of the report, which was quite voluminous, in general totals:

Assets of the Church
Real estate 1,264,995.30  
Bank, R.R., and mer[cantile] stocks and bonds 1,612,813.06  
Cash on hand 210,930.48  
Bills rec. notes on hand 99,314.00  
Deseret News business 183,061.09  
Amt. in sinking fund,    
Church Bonds  80,095.32  
[missing asset] [$15,780.08]  
Total assets   3,466,989.33
Liabilities
Bills payable 130,318.00  
Church bonds 495,000.00  
Jackson Temple offerings 13,787.82  
Liverpool office drafts, money deposited to be paid in Liverpool 7,095.77  
Amt. due F. M. Lyman 348.94 647,350.53 [646,550.53]
[p.705] Surplus of excess of assets over liabilities, January 1, 1903 2,001,659.21  
Sundry items added to surplus during yr. 1903 188,543.74  
Net gain for the year 1903 629,525.85 2,819,728.80
Total   3,466,989.33

Upon motion of Elder Jno. H. Smith the report was received, approved, and order[ed to be] placed on file. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Teasdale.

[Wednesday, 10 February 1904] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cold. I spent the day at the President’s office, being engaged in writing an important letter.

At 7 p.m. attended a meeting of the presidency of the Salt Lake Stake, the high council, and the bishopric[s] of the wards held in the assembly hall, Pres. F. M. Lyman presiding. Every ward represented. Opening exercises. Pres. Lyman stated the object of the meeting, namely, to take into consideration the wisdom and propriety of dividing the Salt Lake Stake into four stakes. Said the Presidency and Twelve had decided that it would be a good thing to do. Elder Clawson read some data showing the improvement made in stakes that had already been divided, in tithing and other things, and also made some remarks on the advantages of a further division of the Salt Lake Stake. Other speakers were Elders Hyrum M. Smith, and Geo. A. Smith, and Bishop Wm. B. Preston, who favored the division. The presidency of the Salt Lake Stake each made brief remarks and spoke in favor of the movement. Elder C. W. Penrose moved that we sustain the proposition to divide the Salt Lake Stake into four stakes. Seconded and carried by unanimous vote. Meeting adjourned with singing and prayer.

[Thursday, 11 February 1904] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool; thawing. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Prest. Francis M. Lyman, and Elders Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, John Smith, patriarch, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Brethren clothed and sang, “In the Sun [and] Moon and Stars.” [p.706] The patriarch prayed, and Prest. Lyman was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Our God, We Raise to Thee.” The minutes of Feby. 4th, 10 o’clock meeting and 3 p.m. meeting, were read and approved.

Conference appointments: Nebo Stake, Elder H. M. Smith; Granite, Elder Teasdale; Blackfoot, Elder Clawson; Ogden Sunday School Union, Elder Geo. A. Smith; Anaconda conference, Elder Cowley; dedication of Denver meeting house, March 13th, Elder Cowley.

Reports
Prest. John R. Winder attended temple fast meeting last Sunday at 10 a.m. and fast meeting in Farmers Ward at 2 p.m. Elder Geo. A. Smith reported the attendance of Prest. Lyman, Elder John H. Smith, and himself at the Jordan Stake Conference. Good spirit prevailed. Tithing report of 1903 very favorable. Two high priests were ordained during the conference.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith said that he attended the Woodruff Stake Conference last week. While there Thos. J. Tingey was ordained a high priest and set apart as second counselor to Prest. [John M.] Baxter, in place of Chas. Kingston, removed; John Cox set apart as a high councillor; D. E. Thackery and Joshua Ashton were set apart as alternate high councillors; Henry Hoffman was set apart as stake supt. of Y.M.M.I.A. President of the stake felt that their allotment to the Fielding Academy, namely $3,000, was a burden upon the people. They had been assigned to the Fielding school district, but would much prefer the Logan school district.

Elder Clawson reported the Oneida Stake Conference. Said the meetings were crowded throughout. The Oneida Stake Academy building is inadequate for stake conferences. Looked upon said building as a veritable firetrap. The exit is very poor, and in case of a panic the passageway would be choked up instantly and many people trampled to death. Spoke of this in conference meeting and advised that another exit be provided. During the conference Edwin Bodily was ordained a bishop and set apart to preside over the Fairview Ward, Bro. Clawson [being] mouth; Lyman J. Lake was ordained a high priest and set apart as first counselor, Geo. C. Parkinson mouth; A. Willard Larsen was ordained a high priest and set apart as second counselor, Jos. S. Geddes mouth.

[p. 707] Elder Cowley attended the Summit Stake Conference, held at Kamas. Good conference. Talked up reservoir question. Some immorality in the stake. Tithing gradually improving. Elder Teasdale had been suffering from a bad cold and hence filled no appointment, but attended fast meeting at Nephi.

Prest. Lyman attended the Granite Stake priesthood meeting on Saturday, temple fast meeting Sunday morning, [and] Jordan Stake Conference Sunday evening and Monday. Also attended a meeting last night of the presidency, high council, and bishoprics of the Salt Lake Stake of Zion. The proposition to divide the Salt Lake Stake into four stakes was presented, the speakers being himself, and Elders Cowley, Clawson, H. M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, and Bishop [William B.] Preston. The presidency of the stake also spoke in favor of the movement. Proposition to make the division was submitted and sustained by unanimous vote. A fine spirit prevailed in the meeting, and the brethren generally seemed pleased with the action taken.

John Smith, patriarch, attended temple fast meeting Sunday and the Smith family reunion on Tuesday. Prest. Lund attended temple fast meeting Sunday morning and Seventeenth Ward fast meeting Sunday afternoon. Prest. Joseph F. Smith attended temple fast meeting and the Smith family reunion on Tuesday. Wednesday was Smith day in the temple. Upon motion the reports were received and the labors of the brethren approved.

Elder Clawson renewed his motion made at the last meeting, namely, that the Salt Lake Stake be divided into four stakes, along the lines suggested by Presiding Bishopric. Seconded and carried by unanimous vote. Upon motion of President Lund the Twelve were appointed as a committee to take the proper step looking to a division of the said stake and report with recommendations to the council. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by President Lund.

At the close of the meeting the Twelve met to consider the matter of division. It was decided that the priesthood of the southeast Salt Lake Stake be called together February 23rd, and that while in session that they be asked to submit fifty names of the best men in that locality. It was further decided that the Twelve and stake presidency of the present Salt Lake Stake meet on February 24th and select the presidency of the stake, the high council, and presidency of the high priests’ quorum of the Salt [p.708] Lake Southeast Stake from the fifty names furnished; and that the action of the brethren be submitted to the First Presidency and Twelve [on] February 25th; and that a meeting be called of the people of the Salt Lake Southeast Stake [on] February 26th to perfect the organization. It was further decided that this arrangement be carried out each week until the four stakes should be organized. Meeting adjourned.

[Sunday-Wednesday, 14-17 February 1904] Salt Lake City. Weather cold and stormy part of the time. Our baby [Lydia] has been very seriously sick during these four days. Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights we were up with her all night long, but this (Wednesday) evening she is much improved, and we trust is beyond the danger point.

Last evening I attended a meeting of the board of directors of the Salt Lake Knitting Works. The principal item of business was the proposed consolidation of the Salt Lake and Western Knitting Works. Wm. Smart and Secretary Smith of the Western Co. were present. It was quite apparent from the discussion that the consolidation would be more greatly to the advantage of the Western Co. than to the Salt Lake Co. The matter was finally referred to the executive committee with the manager and Saml. G. Spencer associated to take up the question and report their findings to the board.

[Thursday, 18 February 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Jno. Smith, the patriarch, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “‘Twas on That Dark, That Solemn Night.” Elder Clawson opened by prayer, and Elder Cowley was mouth at the altar. Song, “For the Strength of the Hills We Bless Thee.” Minutes of Feb. 11, 1904, were read and approved. Conference appointments: Box Elder, Elders Clawson and Hy. M. Smith; Benson, Elder Geo. A. Smith; Millard, Pres. Lyman; Butte, Elder Cowley.

Pres. [William] Budge of Bear Lake recommended Saml. W. Hart for bishop of the Raymond Ward. Approved. Names for the [p.709] new stakes were discussed. It was finally moved by Pres. Winder and seconded by Elder Clawson that the following names be adopted, commencing at the N.W. division: Salt Lake, Ensign, Liberty, and Pioneer.

The clerk read a letter from Chris Christensen of Brigham City addressed to Elder Jno. H. Smith, in which he referred to the trouble that had arisen between himself and partner C. O. Anderson regarding the erection of an opera house contrary to the counsel of the presidency of the stake. The matter was referred to Elders Clawson and Hy. M. Smith, who had been appointed to attend the Box Elder Stake Conference.

Reports
Elder Geo. A. Smith attended a convention of Sunday School officers and teachers at Ogden last Sunday and in the evening attended a meeting in the Fourth Ward. Elder Hyrum M. Smith reported the conference held in Blackfoot, the new stake. They completed the organization. The people were hungry for the gospel. A. P. Jensen was set apart as a high councillor; Jos. G. Johnson, an alternate high councillor; Griffith E. Williams, an alternate high councillor; R. Belnap, pres. of the high priest quorum. Elder Smith handed a list of minor officials to the clerk.

Elder Clawson attended conference at Payson, Nebo Stake, on Saturday, but could not go on Sunday because of sickness in the family. Pres. [Jonathan S.] Page, he said, appears to be a very quiet sort of a man, but at the same time he was wide-awake and active in his calling and seemed to be taking good care of the stake.

Elder Cowley attended conference at Anaconda last Sunday. He had good freedom in speaking to mixed congregations. Few converts made at the present time in the N.W. States Mission. The Patriarch attended the Granite Stake Conference Sunday morning and was present at the tabernacle meeting in the afternoon. Pres. Lund attended ward meeting at home last Sunday evening. Pres. Winder was in attendance at the Granite Stake Conference and during the conference ordained Edward White of Wilford a patriarch. Reports were approved and the meeting adjourned. Benediction by Hy. M. Smith.

[Tuesday, 23 February 1904] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. I spent the day at the [p.710] President’s office and was engaged during the afternoon in writing a very important letter.

At 7 p.m. I attended a meeting in the assembly hall of the priesthood of the new stake to be organized in the southeastern part of Salt Lake City. Pres. F. M. Lyman presided and explained the purpose of the gathering and then invited the brethren to name 50 of the best men among them, explaining that the presidency of the stake, the high council, and presidency of the high priest quorum would be selected from among those who should be named. The names were thereupon called out from the body of the house, and the meeting adjourned.

[Thursday, 25 February 1904] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 10:30 Meeting at the President’s office. Present: President[s] J. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Francis M. Lyman, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Jno. Smith, the patriarch, and the clerk. Prayer was offered by Pres. Winder. Minutes of Feb. 18 were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from Elder Woodruff, sent from Cowley, Big Horn Stake. Reported conditions there. Thought the building of a sugar factory in the Big Horn basin, as talked of, would be a good thing. Said he would submit a report on the wisdom of colonizing along the line of the Gt. Northern Ry. in the near future.

A letter from Pres. H. J. Grant was read. He wrote relative to making some improvements in the new mission headquarters. This matter was referred to the First Presidency for their determination. The clerk read letters from Brother Booth and Pres. [Anthon L.] Skanchy addressed to Pres. Grant. It was decided to ask the latter to remain in Scandinavia until such time as the new mission quarters in Stockholm should be finished.

Conference appointments: Bear Lake, Elder Clawson. The following brethren were chosen from the list of 50 names submitted at the priesthood meeting Tuesday night to officer the Salt Lake S.E. Stake; Hugh J. Cannon, president, with Arnold H. Schulthess and Phillip S. Maycock as counselors; high council: LeGrande Young, Oscar F. Hunter, C. W. Symons, Wm. S. Stringham, Wm. N. Davis, Milando Pratt, Elias A. Smith, Fred A. Michelsen, [p.711] B. S. Hinckley, Geo. T. Buckle, Alvin C. Strong, and Jno. Vetterli; alternate high councillors: Jno. Stringham, Taylor H. Woolley, and Seymour B. Young, Jr.; president of the high priest quorum: Jos. Keddington. It was further decided that the name of the new stake should be Liberty.

Reports
Pres. Lund said that Pres. Smith and himself attended the dedicatory service of the new West Bountiful meeting house, Pres. being mouth in offering the prayer. The building cost $15,000.

Pres. Lyman attended ward conference in Fillmore a week ago last Sunday and Millard Stake Conference at Deseret last Sat. and Sunday. Pres. [Ira N.] Hinckley, he said, had matters well in hand and was doing a good work. Jno. Smith attended meeting at the tabernacle Sunday p.m. and ward meeting in the evening.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith said that Elder Clawson and himself attended the Box Elder Stake Conference last Sunday and Monday and that Elder Clawson would make the report. Elder Clawson said that the presidency of the stake and the four bishops of Brigham were called together Saturday night and were closely questioned as to the conditions prevailing in Brigham, which seemed to have given rise to the recent agitation in the Salt Lake Herald. From all that could be learned it was apparent that the attack in the Herald was uncalled for and that the communications abounded with falsehoods and misrepresentation; and it further appeared that the presidency had pursued a wise and conservative policy relative to [Chris] Christensen and [Chris] Anderson of the Academy of Music and Dancing. Elder Clawson also submitted an answer from the presidency of the stake and bishops to the charges made in writing by Chris Christensen and addressed to Elder Jno. H. Smith, which clearly showed that said charges were false.

Pres. Smith was very emphatic in his statement that difficulties arising in the stakes must be investigated and adjusted by the stake authorities and that, if they came to the Presidency at all, it must be through the proper channel—namely, the church courts—otherwise complaints would not be entertained. The reports were approved. Benediction by Elder Clawson.

Lydia and myself went to the theater to see the “Frisky Mrs. Johnson.” It was an excellent play.

[Saturday, 27 February 1904] [p. 712] Paris, Idaho. Snowing and cool. 10 a.m. First session of the [Bear Lake Stake] Quarterly Conference in the tabernacle, Pres. Wm. Budge presiding. Opening remarks were made by Pres. Budge.

The reports were very good and showed that the saints of the stake were taking a lively interest in the work. There are three high priests reported as non-tithe-payers, and 1 70 [Seventy] in the quorum reported by Elder [John A.] Sutton.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. Wm. Budge presiding. I expressed pleasure in the reports that had been given. Spoke of the influence and power of Satan over the hearts of the children of men. The evil wrought by traitors and hypocrites in the church.

[Thursday, 3 March 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10:20 a.m. Meeting at the President’s office. Present: Presidents Jno. R. Winder and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Rudger Clawson, Geo. A. Smith, the Patriarch [John Smith], and the clerk. Prayer was offered by Pres. Lund. The minutes of Feb. 25th were read and approved.

Letters
Jos. Horne of the Stake Presidency of Juab [Sevier] wrote, recommending Parley Anderson for bishop of Koosharem. Recommendation approved.

The clerk read a letter from Elder H. J. Grant, dated Feb. 6th, in which he stated that he had received the cable message instructing him to purchase the new headquarters at Liverpool and that arrangements were now under way to complete the deal. He recommended that the London conference house property be sold and the elders scattered out over the city. The matter was discussed and it became the mind of the meeting that it would not be a good policy to dispose of the property, but the suggestion that the elders be scattered was approved.

A letter from Elder Monson of the Superior Lumber Co., Preston, Idaho, addressed to Elder Clawson was read by the clerk. Brother Monson represented that Pres. [Lewis S.] Pond and the building committee of the Bannock meeting house at Gentile Valley were owing the Superior Lumber Co. some $400, but refused to settle the bill. The claim was referred to Pres. Pond.

[p. 713] Conference appointments: North San Pete, Elder Clawson; Pocatello, Elder Geo. A. Smith. Elder Jos. Hyrum Grant, Davis Stake, wrote recommending Elders Ben J. Ashby and Thos. Briggs for patriarchs. The matter was referred to the visiting brethren at their next conference.

Reports
Pres. Lund attended the tabernacle meeting last Sunday and offered the dedicatory prayer at the 15th Ward house in the evening. Elder Clawson attended the Bear Lake Stake Conference on Saturday and Sunday. He was also present at a M.I.A. banquet Friday evening and conjoint meeting of the young people Sunday evening. Fine work is being done among the young people. The conference was well attended and a good spirit prevailed. An electric light system has just been installed in Paris. During the conference the following brethren were set apart and ordained: J. W. E. Stock, ordained a bishop and set apart to preside over the Fish Haven Ward, and Saml. W. Hart, ordained a bishop and set apart to preside over the Raymond Ward, R. Clawson [being] month, and assisted by the stake presidency.

Pres. Winder reported a meeting with the Presiding Bishopric and Prof. [Evan] Stephens yesterday to consider the matter of sending the choir to the St. Louis Fair to compete for the $4500 prize. Time and conditions: the contest takes place in June when the weather is insufferably hot in St. Louis; 250 members of the choir should go at a cost of $50 per capita; as leader, he could not guarantee more than $15 per capita. The brethren decided that, if the way opened up, the choir should go to St. Louis in Sep. or Oct. and take part in Utah Day exercises.

Pres. Winder also reported another meeting held yesterday with himself, Pres. Lund, Elder Clawson, the Presiding Bishopric, and Pres. L. W. Shurtliff to take up the letter of Pres. [James G.] Duffin, relative to the purchase of the Jackson County Temple lot of 25 acres. Pres. Shurtliff said that he had recently ridden over the land and felt that the church should own it. After some discussion Bp. [William B.] Preston moved that Elder Duffin be instructed to purchase the lot on the most favorable terms that could be obtained. Carried. Elder Geo. A. Smith now moved that we ratify the said action of the brethren. Carried. Benediction by  Jno. Smith.

[Wednesday, 9 March 1904] [p. 714] Salt Lake City. Stormy. On Wednesday I was engaged a greater part of the day in writing a very important letter. At 5 p.m. I attended a meeting of the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A.

[Thursday, 10 March 1904] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the President’s office. Present: President[s] Jno. R. Winder [and] Anthon H. Lund, Rudger Clawson, Geo. A. Smith, Jno. Smith, the patriarch, and the clerk. Prayer was offered by Elder Clawson. Minutes of Mch. 3, 1904, were read and approved.

Letters
Pres. [Lewis S.] Pond wrote, recommending that the Grace Ward be divided and a part of the Trout [Creek] Ward be included in the division; that Alma E. Hubbard, the present bishop of Grace Ward, be honorably released; that Christian Poulson be sustained as bishop of Grace Ward; and that Jas. W. Hubbard, now a high councillor, be sustained as bishop of the new ward and be released as high Councillor, if agreeable to his feelings. The recommendations [were] approved, with the understanding that these brethren be ordained and set apart by the visiting brethren at the next quarterly conference held in the Bannock [Stake].

The clerk read a letter from Brother Wm. Mendenhall of the Bannock Stake presidency, in which he explained the nature of the claim made against the Bannock Stake presidency by the Superior Lumber Co. of Preston, amounting to about $500. He showed that the claim was unjust. Elder Clawson was directed to write Brother Monson in answer to the letter he received last week and say that the matter had been referred to the Bannock Stake presidency for action and settlement.

Pres. [James G.] Duffin wrote that he was unable to get the temple lot at Independence for the sum of $24,500, which he had tendered, but he was still negotiating for same. There was no doubt, he said, that the purchase could be made for about $26,000. It became the sense of the council by vote that the purchase be made immediately at the best terms possible up to $26,000.

Conference appointments: Sevier, Elder Clawson; Morgan, Elder Geo. A. Smith.

Reports
[p. 715] Elder Clawson reported the North San Pete Stake Conference held at Mt. Pleasant. Pres. A. H. Lund was also in attendance. Meetings were largely attended. Pres. C. N. Lund gave an excellent report of the stake. The quorums of the priesthood were in good shape, and the auxiliary organizations were doing a good work. During the conference David Rasmussen was ordained a high priest and bishop and set apart to preside over the Mt. Pleasant North Ward, Elder Clawson [being] mouth; and Geo. F. Morley was set apart as Bishop of Freedom, Pres. A. H. Lund mouth; the counselors to these brethren were also set apart, as also a number of high priests were ordained.

Elder Geo. A. Smith attended the Pocatello Stake Conference. Some little confusion at the Sunday School gathering Sunday morning. The afternoon and evening meetings well attended and good spirit present. A large representation of strangers were also at the meetings. Jos. S. Morris was ordained a high priest and set apart as 1st counselor to bishop of Wilford Ward [i.e., Bishop Wilford Bennion of the Neeley Ward]; Arthur Edgley was ordained a high priest and set apart as 2nd counselor to bishop of Pocatello; Mark E. Walker was ordained a high priest and set apart as 1st counselor to bishop of Rockland. H. P. Frodsham was ordained a high priest and set apart as a high councillor, Elder Smith being mouth in each case.

Jno. Smith attended fast meeting at temple, afternoon meeting in tabernacle, and evening meeting at ward. Pres. Winder attended the temple fast meeting and Farmers Ward meeting in the afternoon. Pres. Lund said that on Friday he attended a funeral of an aged sister, a pioneer woman, at Ephraim and went from there to the North San Pete Stake Conference.

Reports were received and the labors of the brethren approved. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Geo. A. Smith. At 5 p.m. I attended prayer circle in the temple. Lydia and myself went to the theater in the evening.

[Sunday, 13 March 1904] Richfield, Utah. Clear and cold. 10 a.m. First session of the second day’s [Sevier Stake] Conference, Pres. [William H.] Seegmiller presiding. R. Clawson. Topics treated. Judgments of God [p.716] among the nations. The investigation by congress of the principle of plural marriage will help to preach the gospel to the world.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. Seegmiller presiding. Pres. Seegmiller was the first speaker. Topics treated. The permanency of the work of God. Elder J. G. Kimball. Topics. No excellence without labor—nothing accomplished without effort. Predictions of Heber C. Kimball fulfilled. R. Clawson. Topics. The evil of indebtedness.

4:30 High council meeting, Pres. Seegmiller presiding. The presidency of the stake, and 9 high councillors, myself, and Chas. H. Nielsen, and others present. Pres. Seegmiller stated that Brother [Henry W.] Nielsen, who had been cut off the church some years ago for transgression and had been restored, now desired his priesthood and former blessings restored. So far as he knew, he said, Brother Nielsen had been faithful and showed forth a spirit of worthiness, since he came back into the church. Brother [George W.] Coons, his bishop, testified that he was now worthy of this blessing; also a high councillor, his neighbor, testified to the same effect. The high council, being called upon, then voted unanimously that Brother Nielsen should have his former blessings restored to him.

[Thursday, 17 March 1904] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Francis M. Lyman, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Jno. Smith, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Glorious Things Are Sung of Zion.” Pres. Smith was mouth in prayer, and Elder Hyrum M. Smith was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Lord, When Iniquities Abound.”

Letters
The presidency of the Utah Stake wrote, saying that Bp. Wm. D. Lewis of Vineyard had been honorably released to move away, and recommended Geo. M. Smoot to succeed him. On motion of Elder Clawson, the recommendation was approved. Pres. Geo. C. Parkinson reported that Bp. N. R. Lewis of Oxford had been honorably released on account of ill health and recommended Walter Hatch to succeed him. On motion of Elder Hyrum M. [p.717] Smith, the recommendation was approved. A letter was read from Isaac Smith of Logan, in which he said that the published report of a fast meeting held in Logan, by which it was sought to influence the enemy against us, was very inaccurate and misleading. He explained just what was said.

Pres. Smith said that he and the brethren who went east visited the cemetery at Florence, Nebraska, where a number of the saints who were driven from Nauvoo were buried and he thought perhaps some steps should be taken looking to the erection of a monument to mark their graves. After some discussion the matter was referred to the Presidency to take such action as in their judgment might seem proper.

Brother J. Havinga of Holland, Europe, wrote, saying that some years ago he turned over some $200 to W. D. Bingham for investment in Utah. The money, he afterwards learned, was loaned to J. S. Bingham of Brigham, a brother of W. D., at 10% per annum. He now complained that he had neither received back the principal nor the interest, and asked the Presidency to investigate and do what they [could] for him. The matter was referred to Elder Clawson.

Pres. Lewis Anderson of the South San Pete Stake wrote the Presidency in regard to the importance and necessity of piping the water owned by the temple association down to the Manti Temple. There was urgent necessity for this move, as the claim on the water was endangered. He submitted an estimate showing that the cost would be about $5000. This was considered to be a very important matter by the brethren and was referred to Elder Geo. A. Smith to ascertain what could be done through Z.C.M.I. in reference to the cost of piping.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. H. J. Grant of Mch. 5th in relation to matters in the Turkish Mission. He did not believe it wise, he said, to colonize the saints in that land.

The matter of reorganizing the presidency of the Davis Stake was discussed. Brother Jos. H. Grant seemed to be the choice of the Presidency were he in good health, but it was thought in view of his physical condition that it would probably be necessary to select another. However, this would not be done without first learning Brother Jos. Grant’s feelings in regard to himself. Henry Blood, Jesse N. Smith, and Amasa Clark were mentioned for the [p.718] new presidency with a slight leaning to Jesse for president.

Conference appointments: Hyrum, Elder Geo. A. Smith; Davis, First Presidency.

Reports
Pres. Winder attended Sabbath School in Farmers Ward last Sunday and enjoyed himself. Elder Geo. A. Smith attended meeting at Linne, Alpine Stake, last Thursday night. On Sunday and Monday he attended conference at Morgan. During the conference met with the presidency of the stake and high council, and, as some of the council failed to observe the Word of Wisdom, spoke upon that subject. He ordained Frank B. Hopkin a high priest and bishop and set him apart to preside over the Croyden Ward. Elder Hyrum M. Smith said that while at Washington he and the brethren met with the saints there at the home of Brother Willey. They had an enjoyable time.

Elder Clawson reported the Sevier Stake Conference. Good attendance and good spirit. He ordained Parley Anderson a high priest and bishop and set him apart to preside over the Koosharem Ward, and Jno. E. Gledhill, Jr., a bishop and set him apart to preside over the Vermillion Ward. Henry W. Nielsen, who had been cut off the church some years ago for transgression and later restored to fellowship, was ordained an elder and his former blessings sealed upon him. This action was approved by unanimous vote of the high council. Pres. Smith enquired if the presidency of the stake had been authorized to submit this matter to the high council. Elder Clawson replied, not that he knew of. Pres. Smith thereupon reminded the brethren that in the future the high councils could not take an action of this kind without special authority from the First Presidency.

Jno. Smith attended meeting at home last Sunday. Pres. Lund attended Sunday School in the 17th Ward and a funeral, that of Sister [Mary R.] Bouton, in the afternoon. Reports were received and the labors of the brethren approved. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Geo. F. Gibbs.

Pres. Lyman enquired if Peter A. Druby of Tooele, who had been cut off the church some years ago and had repented, might again be received into fellowship. It was decided that no action should be taken in this matter at present.

[p. 719] [Sunday, 20 March 1904] Salt Lake City. Stormy. I attended meeting at the tabernacle in the afternoon and was one of the speakers. Dwelt upon the first principles of the gospel, also the resurrection. Pres. A. M. Cannon also spoke.

[Monday-Wednesday, 21-23 March 1904] Salt Lake City. Heavy snow storm on Wednesday. During these three days was busily engaged at home in assisting with the housecleaning.

Monday night I attended a meeting of the priesthood of the stake to be organized in the southwestern part of Salt Lake, held in the assembly hall, Pres. F. M. Lyman presiding. The purpose of the meeting was to get 50 names to be suggested by the brethren present from which to choose the presiding officers of the new stake. This was done and the meeting adjourned. I also attended a meeting of the priesthood of the northwestern part of Salt Lake, held in the assembly hall on Tuesday evening. The purpose was similar to that of the Monday evening meeting.

Wednesday at 3 p.m. I attended a meeting held at the office of Pres. A.M. Cannon. Present: Elders F. M. Lyman, myself, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, and the presidency of the Salt Lake Stake. The purpose of the meeting was to canvass the names obtained at the two meetings mentioned with a view to presenting them to the Presidency and Twelve at the regular Thursday meeting, in the following order: No. 1—those who would be suitable for stake presidents; No. 2—those who would be suitable for counselors to stake presidents; No. 3—those who would be suitable for high councillors. We adjourned at 6 p.m.

At 7 p.m. I attended a meeting of the board of directors of the Salt Lake Knitting Works. Retired at 11 p.m. and was very tired.

[Thursday, 24 March 1904] Salt Lake City. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Francis M. Lyman, and Elders Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Truth Reflects upon the Senses.” Elder Geo. A. Smith prayed, and Pres. [p.720] Winder was mouth at the altar. Minutes of Mch. 17th were read and approved.

Letters
The presidency of the South San Pete Stake recommended that Niels R. Petersen be sustained as bishop of Manti to succeed Bishop Wm. T. Reid, deceased. Recommendation approved upon motion of Elder Clawson.

Reports
Pres. Winder was at home last Sunday. Elder Geo. A. Smith, accompanied by R. S. Wells, attended the Hyrum Stake Conference Sunday and Monday. Never saw so much and so deep mud in Cache Valley as at present time. Good attendance at conference, and good spirit among people. Pres. [Joseph Morrell] of stake feels much encouraged. 9 quorums of elders in stake. Therefore, consented that some should be ordained seventies. Spent Monday night at Moses Thatcher’s. Seems to feel very different to what he used to feel. Elder Merrill improved in health. Returned home Monday and was with the brethren Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday in getting names for Pioneer and Salt Lake Stakes. Asked for further time in reference to the Manti Temple pipeline. Granted.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith attended the Liberty Stake Conference Sunday night in the assembly hall, when a number of auxiliary officers were called. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday was with the brethren considering names for the new stakes.

Elder Clawson spoke at the tabernacle Sunday afternoon and in the evening was present at the Liberty Stake Conference. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday was with the brethren on the new stake organizations. Elder Clawson also reported his visit to Brigham City and talk with Jno. S. Bingham in relation to the $200 turned over by O. Havinga of Holland to Wm. Bingham, missionary, to invest in Utah. Brother Jno. S. Bingham said that he had borrowed $100 of the amt. from his brother for one year and paid it back again. His brother’s affairs were in a bad condition at the time of his death, nevertheless, he (Jno. S.) felt that the family ought to meet this obligation and he would endeavor to get them to take immediate favorable action in the matter.

Pres. Lyman said that he and Pres. Lund attended the Davis [p.721] Stake Conference. Visited Brother Jos. H. Grant, who is quite sick but is slowly improving. They did not think it advisable to reorganize the stake presidency just at present. Pres. Lyman strongly advocated the wisdom of dividing the Davis Stake. The population of the south end including Farmington is 4210; the population of the north end including a small ward or two of Weber Stake is 3122. He thought there was ample strength for two stakes. Attended the Liberty Stake Conference Sunday night and on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday was with the brethren in looking after material for the new stakes.

The names of the brethren living in the southwest or Pioneer Stake, submitted by the Twelve, were now canvassed with the following result: Wm. McLaughlin [McLachlan], president; Sylvester Q. Cannon, 1st counselor (suggestive); E. H. Eardley, 2nd counselor (suggestive); high council: Jno. Cutler, Jos. Q. Cannon, Ed. E. Jenkins, Geo. E. Burbidge, W. D. Callister, H. B. Clawson, Jr., Arnold G. Giaugue, Frank B. Woodbury, Geo. G. Smith, R. K. Thomas, A. R. Needham, David Adamson; alternate high councillors: Chas. H. Worthen, Frank Stanley, Chas. H. Hyde, W. A. Cowan, Harry Harrow; David McKenzie, president, high priest quorum.

Salt Lake Stake: Nephi L. Morris, president; Wm. N. Williams, 1st counselor (suggestive); B. F. Grant or Jos. F. Smith, Jr., 2nd counselor (suggestive); high council: Alfred W. Peterson, Elias S. Woodruff, Walter J. Lewis, Arthur Parsons, Arthur Fruin, Jesse Badger, D. L. Davis, A. W. Carlson, Jas. M. Christensen, F. S. Fernstrom, Geo. Q. Morris, (Jos. F. Smith, Jr., or B. F. Grant); alternate high councillors: Wm. Lathem, S. F. Taylor, J. W. Ure, Wm. T. Noall, Jno. T. Flashmann, Wm. Wood, Jr.; Wm. Asper, president of high priest quorum.

These nominations were sustained by unanimous vote. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. Lund.

[Monday, 28 March 1904] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. At 3 a.m. I was called hastily to the bedside of Miss Susa Gull, sister to one of our renters, who was taken sick Saturday night with lung trouble. When I came in, she was dead. She was a young woman of 18 years of age. Later in the day I made arrangements for the shipment of the body to [p.722] Fillmore, where her parents reside.

I spent the day mostly at the President’s office. At 7:30 I attended a priesthood meeting in the assembly hall of the brethren living in the northeast division of Salt Lake, Pres. F. M. Lyman presiding. 460 present. The purpose of the meeting was to get 80 or 90 names, from which to select officers of the new stake organization, which was fully explained by Pres. Lyman and the names were called for from the body of the house. Bishops and bishops’ counselors and others each named a brother until the quota was reached, and it would be proper to say that some of the best and strongest men in that part of the city were named. It was decided to call the new stake the Ensign Stake. The meeting adjourned.

[Thursday, 31 March 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear in morning, snowing in afternoon. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Jos. F. Smith, Jno. R. Winder, and Anthon H. Lund, and Elders Francis M. Lyman, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Jno. Smith, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk.

The brethren indulged in a little informal discussion of the present situation as to the investigation under way by the senate committee and agreed that it is pretty serious—especially in view of the fact that some of the brethren are wanted as witnesses and cannot be found. While it was conceded that the church is under no obligation to furnish evidence for the committee, the fact remains, if the witnesses are not produced, the verdict of guilty will be pronounced by our enemies. On the other hand, the brethren looked upon this present movement as a most unholy crusade.

After clothing, the brethren sang, “Let Us Pray, Gladly Pray.”  Jno. Smith, the patriarch, opened by prayer, and Pres. Lyman was mouth at the altar. The brethren disrobed and sang, “Come, O Thou King of Kings.” Minutes of March 24th were read and approved.

Letters
Pres. Wm. H. Smart wrote, saying that several ward meeting houses were contemplated for his stake and asking if the brethren had any suggestions to make regarding architectural design, &c. As this move would involve considerable expense to the wards, if [p.723] not the church, it was decided to ask Pres. Smart to call upon Pres. Smith during the coming conference and talk the matter over with him.

The bishopric of Gray’s Lake Ward requested that the said ward be taken from the new Blackfoot Stake and reattached to the Bingham Stake, it being 30 miles nearer the Bingham Stake headquarters. It was moved and carried that the people of that ward have their choice in this matter.

Pres. [Reuben G.] Miller of the Emery Stake recommended  Jno. D. Killpack for bishop of the Ferron Ward to succeed Bp. Anderson [Hyrum A. Nelson], released. Recommendation approved. The brethren also endorsed the recommendation of Manasseh Blackburn for bishop of a new ward to be organized at Deseret [Desert] Lake, Emery Stake.

Ben E. Rich recommended that a headquarters mission house be erected at Atlanta, Ga., and that donations to meet the expense be called for from the brethren who had labored in the Southern States Mission—some 2500 in number. No action was reached.

Reports
Pres. Winder attended the dedication of the bureau of information on Saturday night and delivered the dedicatory prayer. The speakers were Presidents Smith and Lund and Elder Clawson. It is a beautiful building well finished and furnished and cost the church some $8000. On Sunday he attended the temple fast meeting.

Elder Geo. A. Smith assisted in organizing the Pioneer Stake on Thursday last and the Salt Lake Stake on Friday. Attended temple fast meeting on Sunday. On Monday and Tuesday assisted the brethren in getting names for the Ensign Stake.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith and Elder Clawson attended the meetings referred to by Elder Geo. A. Smith. Elder Clawson here remarked that he thought one lesson had been learned from the method of procedure followed in the organizing [of] the new stakes, viz.: that it is unsafe to call for nominations, or rather for names, from the body of the priesthood for the reason that while you are pretty certain to get the best names, you will also get the names of brethren who are unsuitable for any office in the church; and further it becomes a humiliation to the brethren whose names are not considered, or rather accepted, after having been named [p.724] in a public meeting; and furthermore this method of procedure somewhat detracts from the idea of inspiration as the guiding principle. Pres. Smith said that he coincided with the view expressed by Elder Clawson. Elder Clawson said that he thought it a very necessary and proper thing before setting apart and ordaining the officers of a stake, they should be closely questioned as to their status respecting the Word of Wisdom, tithing, &c. This was not done in effecting the organization of the new stakes, except only by way of a general observation. The brethren felt that this should be done in all cases.

Pres. Lyman attended a Sunday School convention in Provo on Sunday. Had also taken charge of the meetings which were called for the purpose of getting and afterwards classifying the names suggested for officers in the new stakes. Assisted in organizing the Pioneer and Salt Lake Stakes last Thursday and Friday.  Jno. Smith, the patriarch, attended the funeral of Grandma [Elizabeth C.] Pixton on Thursday, and the dedication of the bureau of information on Saturday night.

Pres. Lund presided at the meetings to organize the Pioneer and Salt Lake Stakes. Attended the dedication of the bureau of information, also temple fast meeting, fast meeting in the 17th Ward in the afternoon, and young people’s meeting in the 18th Ward in the evening. Reports were received and the labors of the brethren approved.

The list of names as arranged by the Twelve for the Ensign Stake (namely, into three classes, those suitable for presidents, those suitable for counselors, and those suitable for high councillors) were now submitted to the meeting, and after consideration and discussion, the following personnel [were] adopted by unanimous vote: stake presidency: Richard W. Young, president; Jos. S. Wells, 1st counselor (suggestive); Thos. A. Clawson, 2d counselor (suggestive); high council: Jno. Nicholson, H. P. Richards, Jno. T. Caine, Jno. Clark, W. W. Riter, J. H. Moyle, Wm. Armstrong, Frank R. Snow, Alonzo Young, Melvin D. Wells, Matthew Noall, Matthoniah Thomas; alternate high councillors: Jno. C. Sharp, Jno. C. Cutler, Jr., Saml. G. Spencer, Jno. F. Bennett, Jno. Woodmansee,  Jos. V. Smith; presidency high priest quorum: Hamilton G. Park, president; Jos. H. Felt, 1st counselor; Levi W. Richards, 2nd counselor.

[p. 725] Pres. Winder laid before the meeting a resolution, which he had prepared and which he desired should be submitted to the general conference, to the effect that the trustee-in-trust be authorized to take the necessary steps looking to the erection of a memorial building in honor of the Prophet and Patriarch, Jos. and Hyrum Smith, and that the expense should be met from whatever funds were available. The resolution was adopted by unanimous vote. Pres. Winder proposed that the church offices be eliminated from the memorial building and that the said memorial building be erected in the southeast corner of the Temple Block. There was considerable difference of opinion as to the wisdom of varying from the original idea and, therefore, no definite action was taken.

Meeting adjourned to Sacrament table. Benediction by Pres.  Jos. F. Smith. The brethren repaired to the sacrament table; the bread and wine were blessed by Elder Clawson. Note: the Twelve did not hold their usual quarterly meetings on account of so few of the Twelve being at home, and other matters arising.

[Monday, 4 April 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild, heavy rainstorm in night. 7 p.m. General priesthood meeting in the tabernacle, Pres. Smith presiding. The speakers were Presidents Smith and Lund and Lyman, and Bishops [William B.] Preston and [Orrin P.] Miller. Much good instruction was given on the subjects of tithing, indebtedness, lesser priesthood, &c.

Pres. Smith said he hoped to see the day when church improvements in the stakes, such as new meeting houses, school houses, and so forth, could be built by the church from the tithes of the people and that it would not be necessary to tax the saints as we do at present. That day would come, he thought, when the church is free from debt—in the course of two or three years.

[Tuesday, 5 April 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. At 4 p.m. I attended a meeting of the Presidency and Twelve and Chas. W. Penrose to consider the propriety of making some announcement to the conference concerning plural marriages since the issuance of the Manifesto. It was decided to make an announcement to the effect that such marriages were not authorized or countenanced by the church.

[p. 726] [Thursday, 7 April 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10:45 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Smith, Winder, and Lund, and Elders Lyman, Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, and Jno. Smith, the patriarch, also the clerk. Prayer at the altar was dispensed with on account of matters that were pressing on the time of the Presidency. Prayer was offered by Elder Clawson. Minutes of Mch. 31 were read and approved.

It was decided that the Presidency of the church should hereafter take charge of the tabernacle meetings. Pres. Lyman reported that Elders A. M. Cannon and Jos. E. Taylor were ordained patriarchs, Pres. Lyman being mouth in ordaining A. M. C[annon] and Pres. Smith, in ordaining J. E. T[aylor]. Elder Geo. A. Smith called attention to the unsanitary condition of the tabernacle water closets. The matter was referred to Bp. [William B.] Preston to correct.

Upon the suggestion of Pres. Smith, it was the feeling of the brethren that immediate steps should be taken to finish off the steps that lead into the temple, and also provide statuary for the niches in the walls. It was decided to employ Bp. [Edward J.] Ashton to look after the steps. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. Lyman.

[Sunday, 10 April 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. I spent the forenoon at home. At 2 p.m. I attended meeting at the tabernacle, Pres. Winder presiding. The speakers were Arnold Schulthess and Pres. Francis M. Lyman. One notable feature of the meeting was the fact that it was presided over by one of the First Presidency. Heretofore—before the division of the Salt Lake Stake—the tabernacle meetings were presided over by the presidency of the stake.

In the evening I attended services in the 18th Ward chapel and was one of the speakers. I read from the D.&C. and endeavored to show how precious in the sight of God are the souls of men. The other speakers were Pres. Wm. H. Seegmiller of the Sevier Stake and Elder Rulon S. Wells. The singing was especially fine.

[Thursday, 14 April 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. [p.727] Present: Presidents Smith, Winder, and Lund, and Lyman, and Elders Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Jno. Smith, the patriarch, and the clerk. Pres. Smith read a letter from Elder H. J. Grant, in which he reported a recent payment on the Liverpool property purchased by the church. He also reported that bids had been asked for in reference to painting, &c.

There [was] some informal talk in regard to the policy of leasing Saltair and incidentally granting the privilege of selling liquor there. It was conceded that, if the Latter-day Saints were strong enough by their patronage to sustain Saltair, there would be no necessity of leasing; but their patronage is not sufficient, and the gentiles will not give their support without the liquor privilege, so it was considered good policy by the Beach Co. to lease the property and, if liquor were sold, the odium must rest upon the lessee. The price fixed for rental was $30,000—$18,000 for the railroad and $22,000 [$12,000] for the beach.

The brethren clothed and sang, “Let Us Pray, Gladly Pray.” Elder Hyrum Smith prayed, and Pres. Lund was mouth at the altar. Song, “Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise.” Minutes of April 7th were read and approved.

Letters
The clerk read a letter from Pres. Walter C. Lyman of the San Juan Stake. He reported that it became necessary to reorganize the bishopric of the Moab Ward on account of unfavorable conditions there, and consequently Bp. David A. Johnson was released and  Jno. P. Larson had been installed in his place, subject to the approval of the First Presidency. Upon motion of Elder Clawson, the action was approved. Pres. W. C. Lyman now made application to the church for a donation of $2500 to assist in building a reservoir at White Mesa near Bluff. It was represented that this enterprise would greatly benefit the saints in that part of the country. The application was granted under proper restrictions, the church to receive reservoir stock in lieu of the donation, which might at some time be used to good advantage for voting purposes.

Stake conference appointments: Emery, Hyrum M. Smith; Beaver, R. Clawson; Utah, Geo. A. Smith and Francis M. Lyman.

Reports
Pres. Winder presided at the tabernacle meeting on Sunday. [p.728] Elder Geo. A. Smith visited the 17th Ward Sunday School Sunday morning, attended the Dennis Eichnor funeral in the afternoon, and 28th Ward meeting in the evening.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith was at home Sunday, but during the week helped to set missionaries apart and attended a meeting of the Twelve and mission presidents. Pres. Lyman and Elders Clawson and Geo. A. Smith were also present. Elder Clawson attended tabernacle services last Sunday and in the evening spoke at the 18th Ward chapel.

Pres. Lyman filled the following appointments: 27th Ward Sunday School, tabernacle meeting and spoke, and 27th Ward in the evening. Yesterday he attended, he said, Ira N. Hinckley’s funeral at Provo. Jno. Smith was present at the tabernacle meeting. Pres. Lund attended Scandinavian meeting on Sunday morning and tabernacle meeting in the afternoon. Reports were received and labors of the brethren approved.

Pres. Smith announced that the Presidency had about completed a bargain for the purchase of 25 acres of the original temple lot at Independence, Jackson County, Mo. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. Winder.

[Saturday, 16 April 1904] [Beaver, Utah.] 2 p.m. Second session of the [Beaver Stake] Conference, Pres. [Charles D.] White presiding. Pres. C. D. White was the first speaker and made a brief report of affairs in the stake. Stake organizations in pretty fair condition. Deplored the fact that many of the brethren had to seek employment in the mines. Seymour B. Young. Topics treated. The value of opposition. The preaching of the gospel by our sons. The early martyrs of the Christian church. R. Clawson. Topics treated. Good desires lead to good deeds. Repentance.

At 8 p.m. I attended a debate at the Beaver church school building between three of the Beaver boys and three young men from Fillmore. Subject of debate [was] “Should the Negro be disfranchised.” The young men from Fillmore took the negative side and won. It was quite interesting and entertaining.

[Thursday, 21 April 1904] Salt Lake City. Snowing. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. [p.729] Present: Presidents Smith, Winder, and Lund, and Elders Lyman, Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, the Patriarch [John Smith], and the clerk. There was some informal talk about present conditions.

The brethren clothed and sang, “O My Father.” President Winder opened, and Pres. Smith was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” Minutes of Apr. 14th were read and approved.

Letters
The presidency of the Sevier Stake reported that at a recent priesthood meeting held at Monroe, the brethren refused to sustain Bp. Saml. Gould as bishop, the reason given being that they did not consider him sufficiently capable for the place and not strong enough to carry the people with him. The next day he sent in his resignation, which was accepted at a gathering of the saints on a vote of 123 to 70. The presidency of the stake now recommended that Monroe be divided into two wards, with Heber Swindle for bishop of south division and Jos. H. Jenson as bishop of north division. The high council, they said, concurred in the recommendation. Upon motion Elders Lyman and Clawson were appointed to go to Monroe Sunday next and effect a division of the ward, if in their judgment it would be a wise thing to do.

Conference appointments: Blackfoot, Geo. A. Smith; Liberty, Pres. Winder and Hyrum M. Smith; Weber, Presidents Smith and Lund.

Reports
Pres. Winder presided at the tabernacle meeting on Sunday. Elder Geo. A. Smith attended the Utah Stake Conference last week. Assisted in the setting apart missionaries on Tuesday and attended the Salt Lake Stake Conference last night, when the stake organization was completed.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith attended the Emery Stake Conference at Ferron. Good conference. Bp. Anderson [Hyrum A. Nelson] of Ferron resigned and was succeeded by J. D. Killpack; held meeting at Huntington and Desert Lake. He ordained Manasseh J. Blackburn a bishop and set him apart to preside over Desert Lake.

Elder Clawson reported the Beaver Stake Conference, where the usual meetings were held. Also held meeting at Minersville and [p.730] Milford. Elder J[ohn] F. Tolton was sustained as 1st counselor to Pres. C[harles] D. White, and Warren Shepherd as 2nd counselor, the latter to succeed M. L. Shepherd, his father, deceased, and Geo. Parkinson was ordained a high priest and set apart as 2nd counselor to Bp. Jno. M. Murdoch of Beaver Ward, Brother Clawson being mouth in each case.

Pres. Lyman attended the Utah Stake Conference. Good reports showing a growth among the people. Geo. Smoot was ordained a bishop and set apart to preside over the Vineyard Ward, Pres. A. H. Lund mouth. Jno. Smith attended the tabernacle meeting. Pres. Lund attended the Utah Stake Conference, and Pres. Smith attended the funeral of Brother [Thomas P.] Thomas.

Pres. Smith stated that Brother Oleen N. Stohl of the stake presidency of the Box Elder Stake had called upon him and reported that Chris Christensen and Chris Anderson of Brigham, who had been sowing the spirit of division and strife among the people in that place regarding the question of dancing and the building of a dancing academy against the united counsel of the stake presidency, high council, and bishopric[s] of the four wards, had now preferred a charge in the bishop’s court against Presidents [Charles] Kelly and Stohl for interfering, as they claimed, with their affairs, and Brother Stohl now desired some counsel in the matter, as this was an unusual procedure. Ordinarily, said Pres. Smith, these brethren should at once be tried for their fellowship, but in view of present conditions and the fact that Brigham City matters had been discussed in the senate investigation, he instructed Brother Stohl to let the matter go through the church courts, and when the boys had reached the end of their rope, they could then be handled for their standing in the church. The brethren concurred in the advice given by Pres. Smith. Benediction by Hyrum M. Smith.

[Sunday, 24 April 1904] Richfield, Utah. At 9 a.m. we left for Monroe, 11 miles distant, arriving at 11:10 a.m. 1 p.m. Meeting of the priesthood in the meeting house, Pres. Lyman presiding. Pres. [William H.] Seegmiller made a few remarks. Pres. Lyman spoke of the propriety of dividing Monroe into two wards and asked for an expression of the brethren. They approved of it by unanimous vote, one to be [p.731] called the Monroe North Ward, and the other, the Monroe South Ward. The names of Jos. H. Jenson, bishop of the North Ward, and Heber Swindle for bishop of the South Ward were presented and sustained by unanimous vote. The brethren retired with the presidency of the stake to select their counselors. Pres. Lyman made brief remarks to the meeting. Topics treated. The relationship of the people of a ward to the bishop.

The brethren returned and the name of Jno. E. Magleby was presented for 1st counselor to Bp. Swindle. There was some division of sentiment in regard to Brother Magleby and the name was withdrawn. Brother Magleby, however, is a good man and worthy of the place.

3:30 p.m. General meeting of the saints, Aug. Bowman presiding. Pres. Lyman was first speaker and called for an expression of the saints as to the division of Monroe, and the move was sustained by unanimous vote. The names of Jos. H. Jenson for bishop of Monroe North Ward and Heber Swindle for bishop of Monroe South Ward were presented and sustained by unanimous vote. Pres. Lyman then made remarks upon the duties of a bishop.

Thursday, 28 April 1904

Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting in the temple. Present: Presidents Smith and Winder, and Elders Lyman, Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Jno. Smith, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Jesus, Once of Humble Birth.” Pres. Lyman opened, and Geo. A. Smith was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded.” Minutes of Apr. 21 were read and approved.

Letters
Pres. [James W.] Paxman of the Juab Stake wrote, saying that  Jas. Sperry, his first counselor, had resigned on account of advancing age—he being now about 75 years old. Recommended that Isaac H. Grace, 2nd counselor, be made first counselor, and that  Jno. W. Ord be given him as 2nd counselor. Recommendation adopted. Pres. Smith suggested that Brother Sperry be made a patriarch. Approved.

Pres. Collins R. Hakes of Mesa wrote, advising that the Nephi Ward, which is very small and without a bishop owing to the death of Bp. Saml. Openshaw, be attached to the Alma Ward. He also [p.732] reported that Bp. [Alexander] Hunsaker of Alma, who owns property in Alma but lives in another ward, is necessarily absent a good deal and in consequence should be released. The clerk was instructed to write Elder Teasdale to visit Maricopa and attend to this matter.

Conferences: Fremont, Pres. Lund; Juab, Geo. A. Smith; Alpine, Elder Clawson; Cache, Elder Hyrum M. Smith; Pioneer, Pres. Lyman.

Reports
Pres. Winder attended the Liberty Stake Conference on Sunday. Good attendance and fine spirit. Elder Geo. A. Smith reported the Blackfoot Stake Conference at Shelley. Had a fine conference, the attendance being unusually large. The people found it a burden to meet the obligation for the support of the Ricks Academy.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith attended the Liberty Stake Conference on Sunday and the Weber Stake Conference on Monday. Elder Clawson said that he and Pres. Lyman went to Monroe Sunday and divided the ward, placing Jos. H. Jenson to preside over the Monroe North Ward and Heber Swindle to preside over the Monroe South Ward; their counselors and clerks were also put in.

The patriarch attended the Weber Stake Conference. While in Ogden blessed 6 or 8 people. Pres. Smith attended the Weber Stake Conference, and was accompanied by Pres. A. H. Lund. Reports were received and labors of the brethren approved. Benediction by Elder Clawson.

[Friday, 29 April 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. I spent the day mostly at the President’s office. In the afternoon wrote a very important letter. At 2:30 p.m. I attended a meeting of the general board of education, and much business was presented and disposed of.

[Monday, 2 May 1904] Lehi, Utah. Raining pretty much all night, now clearing up. I left for home at 8:30 arriving at 9:35 a.m. Having a very important appointment at 10 a.m., I feel concerned about the weather and trust it will clear up and be fine.

[p. 733] [Monday-Wednesday, 2-4 May 1904] Salt Lake City. Raining hard until Wednesday afternoon. I came home from Lehi Monday morning and during the day walked up on Ensign Peak. The weather for a few hours was reasonably fine and I much enjoyed the view. Tuesday and Wednesday I was working a part of the time in entering my church financial report for the year 1903 into the record provided.

Wednesday evening, accompanied by Sister Clawson, I attended a reunion of the first company of missionaries sent to the Sandwich Islands, held at the Beehive House. Pres. Smith was of the company. A very delightful evening was passed. A banquet was served at 7 p.m. and later brief speeches were made by Pres. Smith and Elders Jno. T. Caine, Henry P. Richards, W. W. Cluff, and others who went to the [Sandwich] Islands with the first company.

[Thursday, 5 May 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10:30 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Smith, Winder, and Lund, and Elders Lyman, Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Jno. Smith, the patriarch, and the clerk.

There was some informal talk in relation to one or two matters. Pres. Winder said that it was reported that a young girl, member of the church, 14 years of age, living at Logan, had confessed to having had unlawful intercourse with 20 different persons. This information was shocking to the brethren.

Pres. Smith suggested that the exterior of the Lion House, church offices, and the Beehive House be thoroughly repaired and made presentable; also that the wall around the Temple Block be put into repair. Suggestion approved.

Pres. Lyman reported the meeting of the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A. last evening, saying that some ill-feeling was manifested in regard to the secretary, Thos. Hull, or rather, the attitude of some members of the board towards him. It had been decided by the board previously that an expert auditor and accountant should go in and audit his books at once. Thomas Hull wanted 30 days in which to bring his books up to date. This the board was not willing to grant, though several members favored it, namely, Elders Clawson, Hy. M. Smith, and Douglas Todd, and two or three others. Subsequently, Pres. Smith advised the committee who had [p.734] this matter in charge to grant the extension of time asked for by Brother Hull, which was done. There seemed to be somewhat of a feeling in the board that they had been unfairly overruled.

The brethren clothed and sang, “Redeemer of Israel.” Elder Clawson opened, and the patriarch was mouth at the altar. Song, “Come to Me, Will Ye Come to the Saints That Have Died.” The minutes of April 29th were read and approved.

Principal A[ndrew] B. Anderson of the Beaver branch of the B.Y.U. wanted a speaker to deliver the baccalaureate sermon on May the 15 and expressed a desire for Pres. Lyman to be the man. Brother Lyman said that he could not very well go, and so it was decided to send someone else. Pres. David Cameron of the Panguitch Stake wrote, saying that Jos. A. Tibbals [Tippets] had been installed as bishop of Tropic Ward but had not been ordained. This duty was left for the next visiting apostle. The presidency of the Pioneer Stake wrote, saying that Saml. F. Ball had been selected as 2nd counselor to Bishop Theo. McKean. Action endorsed.

Upon the recommendation of Pres. Smith, it was decided that the tier of blocks in the 16th Ward just east of the O.S.L. Ry. track be detached from that ward and attached to the 17th Ward. The presidency of the Bingham Stake wrote, recommending that Bp. Jesse T. Clark of the Rudy Ward be honorably released on account of advancing age and lack of executive ability. Recommendation approved.

Conference appointments: South San Pete, Pres. Lund; Wasatch, Elder Clawson; Bingham, Hyrum M. Smith; Jno. Smith also to Wasatch; dedication of new meeting house at Lake View Ward, Utah Stake, Pres. Lyman.

The clerk read a long and interesting letter from Horace S. Ensign, president of the Japanese Mission, showing the work in that land to be in a promising condition. Pres. A. H. Woodruff of Northern States Mission made a lengthy report upon the advisability of purchasing a certain church and church property now offered for sale in Chicago for our headquarters of the Northern States Mission. The building was [in] every way suitable and had cost originally about $40,000, and could now be purchased, he thought, for $17,000. It was moved and carried that the matter be looked into further by the Presidency, and, if satisfactory, that the purchase be made at $17,000.

Reports
[p. 735] Pres. Winder attended fast meeting in the temple on Sunday a.m. Elder Geo. A. Smith attended the Juab Stake Conference. Besides the regular meetings, he attended a meeting of the high council. During the conference Elder Isaac Grace was sustained as 1st counselor to Pres. [James W.] Paxman and Jno. W. Ord as 2nd counselor, the latter to succeed Chas. Sperry, resigned.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith was in attendance at the Cache Stake Conference. Good attendance and general counsels were given. The bishop of the 2nd Ward informed him, just as he stopped on the train to return home, that there is a patriarch [Rasmus Rasmussen] in the Cache Stake in Logan, who visits the saloon and who is guilty of stealing whiskey in small bottles from the saloon. The empty bottles had ben found in his home, and yet he is sustained in his position as patriarch.

Elder Clawson attended the Alpine Stake Conference and was accompanied by R. S. Wells and the patriarch, Jno. Smith. The presidency of the stake are active and have some fine presidencies in the auxiliary organizations. Pres. Lyman attended the Pioneer Stake Conference held in the tabernacle, and Pres. Lund organized a prayer circle in the Pioneer Stake, [attended] fast meeting in the afternoon, and 2nd Ward meeting in the evening.

Pres. Smith attended the temple fast meeting. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Geo. A. Smith. I filled a very important appointment at 2:30 p.m. and at 5 p.m. attended a meeting of the general board of religion classes.

[Tuesday, 10 May 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. Made a call on a friend from the south. At 3 p.m. attended the funeral of the late Jas. Sharp at the assembly hall, Pres. Richard W. Young presiding. The speakers were Elder Seymour B. Young, Jos. Murdoch, and Presidents Smith, Winder, and Lund.

[Thursday, 12 May 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Elders Lyman, Jno. H. Smith, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Truth Reflects upon the Senses.” Pres. [p.736] Winder opened, and Elder Smoot was mouth at the altar. Song, “The Seer, the Seer, Joseph, the Seer!” Minutes of May 5th were read and approved.

Letters
Pres. [Joseph] Morrell of Cache Stake wrote, explaining in relation to the matter of Patriarch [Rasmus] Rasmussen’s visit to a saloon in Logan as reported at last meeting. The explanation given was that he had gone there to sell some eggs, and while there that the proprietor had slipped a bottle of whiskey into his pocket and later accused him of stealing it, and extorted money from him—hush money. The brethren of the council didn’t think the explanation very satisfactory and concluded to make further enquiries.

A letter from Pres. [Anthon L.] Skanchy was read, in which he gave some information relating to the Christiania meeting house. He expressed appreciation for a draft from the First Presidency, which he had received.

A letter from Geo. H. Brimhall, pres. of the B. Y. University, said that Elder Earl J. Glade, who had received a call for a mission, was very much needed in the school to teach penmanship and bookkeeping. He was excused from this call for the present.

The clerk read a letter from the Superior Lumber Co., referring again to the difficulty between said company and the presidency of the Bannock Stake. Matter was now referred to the authorities of the Bannock Stake to settle.

Conference appointments: Oneida, Geo. A. Smith; Benson, R. Clawson; Jordan, Hyrum M. Smith and Pres. Lyman; Wayne and Woodruff, some of the Seventies.

Reports
Pres. Winder attended the funeral of Annie Murphy on Sunday in the Granite Stake. Elder Geo. A. Smith and Hyrum M. Smith attended the Bingham Stake Conference. Saturday’s meetings were mostly attended by the sisters and general attendance on Sunday large. In that stake the men of the priesthood are slack in attending their duties—hence, this matter was emphasized.

Elder Smoot and Pres. Lyman attended the dedication of the Lake View meeting house, Utah Stake, Pres. Lyman offering the prayer. The house was fully paid for and $10 dollars in the treasury. [p.737] The tithing receipts had not suffered by reason of this enterprise.

Elder Clawson reported the Wasatch Stake Conference and said a wonderful change had taken place in that stake since its reorganization for the better. A splendid priesthood meeting was held on Saturday morning, and all the meetings were well attended, and good spirit prevailed. Much practical instruction was given on timely topics.

Elder Jno. H. Smith spoke of his sickness and [said] that he was still feeble but felt that he was on the road to recovery. Pres. Lund reported the South San Pete Stake Conference held at Mayfield. A fine spirit prevailed and good reports were made.

Pres. Smith attended a district Sunday School conference in the 16th Ward. Pres. S. also announced that Edwin F. Parry had been decided upon for bishop of the 16th Ward to succeed Bishop [George R.] Emery. Pres. Smith further stated that the little difficulty existing between the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A. and Thos. Hull, sec., had been adjusted so far as ill feelings were concerned and that the auditing of the books would soon be completed. Benediction by Elder Jno. H. Smith.

[Monday, 16 May 1904] Smithfield, Utah. Clear and beautiful. 2 p.m. Continuation of [Benson Stake] Conference, Pres. [William H.] Lewis presiding. R. Clawson. Topics treated. The evil of indebtedness. Thus dosed a very interesting conference. The reports throughout were very encouraging, and matters in the Benson Stake are in a fairly good condition.

At 4:30 p.m. I left for Richmond to call on Elder Merrill, who is sick, arriving at 5:30 p.m. Visited the condensed milk factory at Richmond. It is a very fine institution. Its capacity is 60,000 lbs. of milk per day. I later called upon Brother Merrill and found him only fairly well. I administered to him. We had a very interesting conversation. He blessed me and said that the desires of my heart would be realized.

[Thursday, 19 May 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting in the temple. Present: Presidents Smith, Winder, and Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. [p.738] Smith, Jno. Smith, and the clerk. The clerk read a letter from Pres. A. H. Woodruff of the Northern States Mission, in which he reported that he had tendered $16,000 for the church property in Chicago and hoped to secure it for that price. The more he examined the property, the more he was convinced that it would make ideal headquarters for the mission. The clerk read a letter from Elder J. G. Kimball reporting his attendance at the Woodruff Stake Conference last week.

The brethren clothed and sang, “Lord, We Come before Thee Now.” Pres. Lund opened by prayer, and Hyrum M. Smith was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “From Greenland’s Icy Mountains.” Minutes of May 12th were read and approved.

Conference appointments: Nebo, Elders Smoot and Geo. A. Smith; Star Valley, Elder Hyrum M. Smith; Teton, Elder Clawson.

LettersThe Presidency of the South San Pete Stake wrote, recommending Lauritz O. Larsen to succeed Bp. [James A.] Allred as bishop of Spring City. Bp. Allred recently passed away. Recommendation approved. The following communication was read by the clerk:

May 18th, 1904
The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Dear Brethren:

I have the honor to state that the presidency of the Ensign Stake is in receipt of the following communication:

[Salt Lake City, May 9th, 1904]

Elders
Richard W. Young,
Jos. S. Wells,
Jno. M. Knight,
Presidency of the Ensign Stake of Zion,

Dear Brethren:

For a period of 22 years, I have had the honor of occupying the position of bishop of the Twelfth [p.739] Ward. While I may not possess all the qualifications to entitle me to be considered an ideal bishop, I have had at heart the interests of the saints of the Twelfth Ward and have served them to the best of my ability. During the administrations of Presidents Jno. Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, and Lorenzo Snow, I was called to serve the church in numerous ways. I wish to state, as a matter of justice, that on such occasions the duties of my office as bishop were performed by my counselors in a most satisfactory and praiseworthy manner.

My reason for now addressing you is my belief that a change in the bishopric of the ward would be beneficial to the members. For several years I have been a sincere advocate of an age limit for bishops. In order to be consistent with my own theory, I cannot do otherwise than tender to you my resignation as bishop of the Twelfth Ward. If I had been possessed of any hesitancy in taking this step, it completely vanished last Saturday evening, when, at a meeting held by the presidency and bishoprics of the Ensign Stake, I discovered that in point of age I was in advance of every other bishop present.

I, therefore, tender to you my resignation as bishop of the Twelfth Ward, to take effect at your earliest convenience.

With much respect and kind wishes for your welfare,

Your brother and fellow-laborer,
(signed) H. B. Clawson.

Further, that the stake presidency and the stake high council by resolution, adopted at a session held last evening, expressed their sincere appreciation of the bishop’s long and faithful performance of the arduous tasks of his position and recommended the acceptance of the foregoing resignation and the appointment of [p.740] Elder Thos. A. Williams of the Twelfth Ward as Bishop Clawson’s successor.

By direction of the stake presidency, this matter is submitted to you for such action as you may deem proper.

Very respectfully,

Your Brother,
(signed) Richard W. Young,
President of Ensign Stake.

Upon motion the resignation of Bishop Clawson was accepted and the recommendation regarding the appointment of Thos. A. Williams as his successor was approved. Pres. Smith proposed that Bishop Clawson be ordained a patriarch. Approved by unanimous vote.

Pres. Smith said that Edwin F. Parry had been selected for bishop of the 16th Ward and Jno. W. Bond for bishop of the 15th Ward and W. J. Newman for an alternate high councillor. These selections were approved. The presidency of the Salt Lake Stake also recommended that the two blocks immediately east of Agricultural Park be detached from the 16th Ward and attached to the 29th Ward and that that portion of the 16th Ward lying east of the Oregon Short Line Ry. be attached to the 17th Ward. Suggestion approved.

Reports
Pres. Winder attended services at the tabernacle last Sunday. Elder Geo. A. Smith attended the Oneida Stake Conference, which was largely attended, necessitating some overflow meetings. Matters there are in splendid shape. Walter Hatch was ordained a high priest and set apart to preside over the Oxford Ward. Elder Smith desired to know whether it would be proper to ask the members of the First Council of Seventies to assist in ordaining high priest[s] and bishops and bishops’ counselors. The answer was that it is proper to ask them to lay on hands but not to be mouth. The question arose as to whether a man’s priesthood could be taken from him by the church through any action short of cutting him off the church. The answer was that it could not, although he could be debarred from officiating in the priesthood.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith attended the Jordan Stake Conference. [p.741] Elder Smoot failed to go to Summit by reason of a change in the trains unknown to him. He attended meeting at Provo.

Elder Clawson attended the Benson Stake Conference. General reports were given and showed matters to be in a pretty satisfactory condition. He said that he called to see Brother Merrill on Monday night and found him still suffering greatly from his feet and legs. For a long time he did not know the character of his trouble, but it is now determined that it is diabetes. He says, however, that he has good hope of getting well.

Pres. Lund attended Scandinavian meeting on Sunday. Jno. Smith was at the tabernacle service. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Jno. Smith.

[Wednesday, 25 May 1904] Salt Lake City. Raining. I spent the forenoon at the President’s office. At 2 p.m. I attended a meeting of the general board of education, at which considerable business was transacted. In the evening, accompanied by Lydia, I went to the theater to see Maud Adams, the famous actress, in the “Little Minister.” It was very fine, and the house was crowded to the door.

[Thursday, 26 May 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild, raining in afternoon. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Smith, Winder, and Lund, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Jno. Smith, the patriarch, also the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Where the Voice of Friendship is Heard.” Pres. Smith opened, and Elder Clawson was mouth at altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Lord, When Iniquities Abound.” The minutes of May 19th were read and approved.

Letters
The clerk read a letter from Elder Ed. S. Hall, Society Islands, in which he said that the mission there is prospering, most of the branches are in good order, and a number of baptisms are being reported. Assistance, he said, was needed to build a new meeting house in town. It was decided that Elder [Heber J.] Sheffield be consulted in regard to the situation there, he having recently returned from a mission to the islands. It was the sense of the meeting, however, that help be extended to them.

[p. 741] Pres. McLaughlin [William McLachlan] of the Pioneer Stake recommended Wm. A. Bricker for ordination to the office of a patriarch. Approved. He also reported that Bishop [William] Thorn of the 7th Ward was willing to resign, and he now recommended that he be honorably released and ordained a patriarch. Approved. Pres. McLaughlin [McLachlan] submitted the name of Chas. P. Margetts for bishop of the 7th Wd. Approved.

Conference appointments: Vernal, Elder Hyrum M. Smith; Box Elder, Elders Smoot and Geo. A. Smith; Granite, Elder Clawson; Millard, Elder Lyman.

Reports
Pres. Winder attended tabernacle service last Sunday p.m. and in the evening effected the reorganization of the 12th Ward bishopric with Thos. A. Williams as bishop to succeed Bishop [Hirman B.] Clawson. Elders Smoot and Hyrum M. Smith attended the Nebo Stake Conference. Had a good conference. Found records in splendid shape. A good vault had been provided for safekeeping of records.

Hyrum Smith set apart Paul Ludlow as one of the seven presidents of a seventies quorum. Some of the brethren of the quorum rather objected to this method of procedure, saying that they had been instructed by the First Council of Seventies that the presidents should be ordained and not set apart. This evoked considerable discussion as to which is the proper method. The matter was laid on the table until next meeting, and the clerk was instructed to look up any decisions that might have been formulated respecting this subject.

Elder Clawson said that he and Elder [J. Golden] Kimball attended the Teton Stake Conference last week. Attendance crowded with overflow meeting on Sunday. During the conference Robt. G. Meikle was set apart as bishop of Cache Ward, Elder Clawson [being] mouth, and Stanley B. Fairbanks, as bishop of Driggs Ward, Elder Clawson mouth. On Monday afternoon the cornerstone of the new stake tabernacle at Driggs was laid, Brother Clawson offering the dedicatory prayer. The building will cost from $15,000 to $20,000.

Patriarch Jno. Smith attended the tabernacle services on Sunday. He reported that Elder Saml. H. B. Smith is in destitute circumstances and greatly in need of assistance. It became the [p.743] sense of the council that his wants be relieved and $25.00 per month was appropriated for his benefit.

Pres. Lund attended the 14th Ward Sunday School and was also present at the reorganization of the 12th Ward bishopric. Pres. Smith attended meeting at Provo in the afternoon and addressed the B.Y.U. students in the evening. Benediction by Pres. Lund.

[Thursday, 2 June 1904]

Salt Lake City. Raining part of the day. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Smith, Winder, and Lund, and Elders Lyman, John Henry Smith, Clawson, Geo. A. Smith, and John Smith, the patriarch. The brethren clothed and sang, “How Great the Joy, the Promised Day.” Elder Geo. A. Smith opened, and Prest. Lyman was mouth at the altar. The minutes of May 26th were read and approved.

A letter was read from Elder Woodruff, in which he reported his attendance at some conferences near the city of Mexico, at one of which there were some 200 native Mexicans present and they seemed to be much interested in the gospel. He also spoke of the sickness of his wife, Helen, who was taken down with the smallpox.

The clerk read a letter from Sylvester Q. Cannon, regarding the continuance of the Dutch meetings in the city and desiring to know which of the four Salt Lake Stakes should have charge over them. Owing to the many duties devolving upon him, he felt to resign the presidency of the Dutch meetings, if agreeable to the brethren. As to the matter of jurisdiction, Prest. Lund was instructed to ascertain where the majority of the Dutch people of the city resided.

Elder S. B. Young wrote, recommending the improvement of the Lion House by raising it one story. The suggestion was not approved. Jos. H. Grant wrote notifying the brethren that the Davis Stake Conference would be held at Syracuse, June 26th and 27th. His health, he said, was improving. Davis Stake [is] in fairly good condition.

A letter from Pres. [Charles] Kelly of Box Elder was read. He requested that the presidency of a neighboring stake be appointed to preside over the high council of the Box Elder Stake in the case appealed from the bishop’s court of the Brigham City 4th Ward, [p.744] in which he (Chas. Kelly) is charged by Chris Christensen of the Brigham City Dancing Academy with using an undue influence against his business, exercising unrighteous dominion, and unchristianlike conduct. The charge was not sustained in the bishop’s court. The brethren appointed the presidency of the Weber Stake to take charge of the case.

Conference appointments: Bear Lake, Elder Smoot; Tooele, F. M. Lyman; Panguitch and Kanab, Elder Clawson. The brethren voted to sustain Chas. P. Margetts, Alfred C. Thorne, and Lorentius Dahlquist as the bishopric of the 7th Ward, and Elders Clawson and George A. Smith were appointed to effect the reorganization of the 7th Ward bishopric this evening.

Reports
Pres. Winder attended fast meeting at the temple and the Granite Stake Conference in the afternoon and evening of Sunday. Elders Smoot and Geo. A. Smith attended the Box Elder Stake Conference. Meetings well attended. Lesser priesthood in somewhat disorganized condition. On Monday Decoration Day was observed by the people going to the cemetery en masse to decorate the graves. Meeting in the afternoon in the tabernacle.

Elder Clawson attended the Granite Stake Conference on Saturday and a religion class conference of the Weber Stake at Ogden on Sunday. Very fine exercises given by the children.

Pres. Lyman reported his attendance at meetings held in Kanosh a week ago Sunday and the Millard [Stake] Conference last week. Had an enjoyable time. During the conference Hirum Bell Bennett was ordained a patriarch, himself (F. M. L[yman].) [being] mouth. Jno. Smith said that Brother S. H. B. Smith was very grateful for the appropriation made for his benefit. Presidents Smith and Lund attended the Granite Stake Conference on Sunday.

Elder Clawson called attention to a question that had been submitted to him regarding the standing of certain persons in the church, namely, “What action should be taken in reference to a man who claimed he had been ordained to the priesthood but had no record of his ordination, and perhaps had even forgotten the name of the party who ordained him?” The answer was that each case must be determined on its merits. Benediction by Elder Jno. H. Smith.

[p. 745] [Wednesday, 6 July 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 11 a.m. Quarterly meeting of the Twelve. Present: Pres. Francis M. Lyman, Jno. H. Smith, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Geo. A. Smith. Song, “We Found the Way the Prophets Went.” Prayer by Elder Clawson. Song, “School Thy Feelings.” Upon motion of Elder Clawson, Elder Hyrum M. Smith was appointed to succeed the late Elder [Abraham] Owen Woodruff as clerk of the council.

Pres. Lyman spoke and said in substance that he was pleased to see six of the brethren present. The others, though absent, were all busy. The death of Brother Owen, he said, was a serious blow to the quorum. It was quite a shock to the brethren. He will be missed in the Big Horn. Death comes when least expected. Owen has worked early and late and has shown the spirit of a true disciple of the Lord. All the brethren of the quorum show the same spirit. Pres. Lyman said that he wanted the fellowship, love, and confidence of the brethren. We live in a delicate time and need to be wise and prudent in all things. No more cogs should be allowed to slip. The brethren present should be clear on this point. There are only about four left to meet the calls at home. Brother Jno. Henry is not able to do much at present and Elder Smoot is absent a good deal of the time. Spoke of his visit to Brigham City and the trouble among the young people there on the amusement question. He poured oil on the troubled waters.

Elder Jno. H. Smith spoke briefly and endorsed the remarks of President Lyman. Spoke of the importance of keeping sacred matters that are discussed in our council meetings. He learned a lesson years ago on this point, when he was severely rebuked by his father [George A. Smith] for repeating some things that had been said in the School of the Prophets. Meeting adjourned until 9 a.m. tomorrow morning. Benediction by Elder Reed Smoot.

[Thursday, 7 July 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 9 a.m. Continuation of the quarterly conference of the Twelve. Present: Pres. Lyman, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Clawson, Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, and Geo. A. Smith. Song. Prayer by Hyrum M. Smith.

Elder Clawson was the first speaker. Said that he was feeling well and happy in the work. Desired to be one with his brethren. [p.746] Held the apostleship above every other consideration and felt to respond to every call. Was shocked and grieved to learn of the death of Brother Owen [Woodruff] and his wife [Helen Woodruff]. He was a man who was active and energetic in his work—who was kind and lovable in his manner, and would be greatly missed in the church. Elder Clawson spoke of his recent trip south, during which he visited four stakes of Zion, namely, Panguitch, Kanab, St. George, and Parowan. Found the saints feeling well and contented. Prospects favorable for good crops. The Hurricane Canal in the St. George Stake, undertaken at a cost of about $80,000 in cash and labor, is now about completed.

Elder Smoot said that he was in harmony with the members of the quorum. Spoke of divisions arising in the midst of the saints and felt that the brethren should be active and watchful. Referred to some trouble in Springville due to the operations of Brother [James] Hall, in visiting and administering to the sick independent of the stake and local authorities. This matter was thought to have been settled months ago, but not so.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith followed and said that he was happy to be present with the brethren. Could say that he was in harmony with the spirit of these meetings. Regretted that the brethren of the quorum had differed somewhat in their views regarding a certain question. The church has been brought prominently before the world, and as to whether the hand of the Lord was in it all, he could not say. He thought that the members of the quorum who are absent should be asked to make a weekly report of their labors in writing. The apostleship should be regarded as of more importance than any other consideration, and those who hold it should not engage in business pursuits—at least that was his feeling. There is much work to be done looking to the salvation of the young. He thought the brethren ought to be in harmony in all matters of interest to the saints. He wondered how far the apostles should engage in politics, if at all.

Elder Geo. A. Smith had looked forward to this conference with a good deal of pleasure. In regard to the question of participating in temporal affairs, he had had some peculiar feelings, being himself somewhat mixed-up in business and politics. Had done his duty, however, as best he could. Hoped to see the day when he would be free to give his whole time to his calling. The [p.747] church had grown so large, he thought it would require the whole time and attention of the Twelve and Seven Presidents.

At this point there was some discussion in regard to politics. It was generally conceded that the brethren should counsel the people to maintain their political rights. Conference adjourned until Oct. 4, 1904. Benediction by Reed Smoot.

At 10:45 the Presidency came in. Song, “Up, Awake, Ye Defenders of Zion.” Prayer by Elder Hyrum M. Smith, Pres. Lyman being mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Glorious Things Are Sung of Zion.” Minutes of June 30th were read and approved.

Pres. Wm. Budge wrote, recommending Jas. Hymas for bishop of Lanark. Recommendation approved. Pres. [Franklin S.] Brainwell of Union Stake wrote and reported the organization of a new ward, Pine Grove, and recommended Hyrum Weech for bishop. The clerk was instructed to write for particulars as to size and location of said ward.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. A. W. Ivins, in which he stated that the check for $480 covering the expense of the last sickness and burial of Elder A. O. Woodruff had been duly received. He would report, he said, the expense connected with the death of Helen Woodruff a little later on.

A letter was read from Pres. Collins Hakes, in which he stated that he was at the bedside of Elder Woodruff during his sickness and up to his death. Felt thankful, he said, that he was inspired to go, for he felt that his presence was a comfort and consolation to Brother Owen, who thanked him over and over again. And in fact had he not been there, it must have been necessary at times to lash Brother W. to the bedstead. It was moved and carried that the expenses of Brother Hakes’ visit to El Paso be met by the church and that the trustee-in-trust be authorized to meet the legitimate expenses growing out of the death of Elder Woodruff and his wife, Helen.

The clerk read a written report from the First Council of Seventies. Among other things they said that there were 145 quorums, and an enrollment of 8004. The brethren of the Seventies desired to be advised as to whether the aged and infirm presidents of seventies should be transferred to the high priest quorum, and as to whether brethren who are called to be presi-[p.748]dents should be ordained or set apart to said office. They had been instructed (they said) some years ago by the First Presidency to ordain them. (Note: no such instructions were of record, but it was not doubted that such instructions had been given.) The clerk now read a copy of the letter written by the Presidency, in which they answer “yes” to both questions. In the discussion that followed, it was conceded that to ordain man [men] to be presidents with the idea that “once a president always a president” might in some cases lead to awkward situations, for in filling vacancies presidents coming in from other quorums would claim recognition regardless of their fitness.

The presidency of the Weber Stake reported by letter their findings in the case of Chris Christensen vs. Chas. Kelly, Box Elder Stake. Report received and filed.

Reports
Pres. Winder attended the temple fast meeting and meeting in the Farmers Ward last Sunday. Also the funeral of Bp. [Elijah F.] Sheets. Elder Smith attended the temple fast meeting and meeting in his ward; also the funeral of Bp. Sheets. Elder Smoot attended meeting in Provo.

Elder Clawson said that he had visited four stakes of Zion during the past month, but having sent in written reports from three of the stakes, would now only report his visit to Parowan. Held the usual meetings, with priesthood meeting Saturday and conjoint meeting Sunday evenings. The meetings on Saturday were poorly attended. A good spirit prevailed during the conference, nevertheless. Good crops will be gathered in the Parowan Stake this season. Brother Clawson said that he had preached several political sermons during his absence, in which he advised the people to maintain their political rights by attending the primaries and putting forward the best men for office.

Elder Jno. H. Smith remained at home on Sunday. Attended Bp. Sheets’ funeral. Pres. Lyman visited Elder Merrill last week. Found good life in him, but he was quite weak in lower limbs. Attended afternoon service and conjoint meeting of young people in Brigham City last Sunday. In the evening spoke upon the subject of amusements. Attended Bp. Sheets’ funeral.

Jno. Smith was at the temple fast meeting and the funeral of Bp. Sheets. Pres. Lund attended the funeral of Nels Peterson, his [p.749] brother-in-law, at Ephraim last Sunday. Pres. Smith attended the temple fast meeting and went to Logan Sunday afternoon.

Elder Clawson, as chairman of the auditing committee, submitted a report, showing the exact status of the church, Jan. 1, 1904. The said report comprehended the net surplus as shown by the books of the trustee-in-trust and as previously reported in detail, the tithing on hand in the stakes of Zion as shown by the books of the Presiding Bishop (and transferred to the books of the T.-in-T.) and the surplus of the Deseret News business. Upon motion of Elder Jno. H. Smith, the report was received, approved, and ordered to be placed on file. The showing made by said report was most excellent and encouraging.

The brethren now repaired to the Apostles’ Room and partook of the sacrament, Pres. Lund being mouth in blessing the bread and wine. While at the table Pres. Smith arose and said that he had been impressed to name a certain brother to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Elder A. O. Woodruff and he now submitted for the consideration of the brethren the name of Chas. W. Penrose. Upon motion of Pres. Lyman, seconded by Elders Jno. H. Smith and R. Clawson, the nomination of Pres. Smith was approved by unanimous vote. Many expressions of satisfaction followed the said action. Brother Penrose was sent for. The brethren returned to the Presidency’s Room, and when Elder Penrose entered, they sang, “Up, Awake, Ye Defenders of Zion”—a hymn composed by Brother P[enrose].

Pres. Smith arose and said that he had been impressed to nominate Brother Penrose to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Brother Woodruff, and although Brother Penrose was somewhat advanced in life (being a little past 70) yet the Lord in this selection recognized the faithfulness of his servant. Elder Penrose was asked to express himself regarding this call, and he said that he would accept it as coming from the Lord and his brethren and would do anything and everything in his power to assist in the upbuilding of the kingdom of God. He was then ordained under the hands of the brethren, Pres. Smith being mouth. Pres. Lyman was set apart as president of the Twelve, Pres. Smith being mouth. Under the direction of Pres. Smith, Pres. Lyman delivered the charge to Elder Penrose. (Elder Geo. A. Smith left the meeting before the brethren sat down to the table, having been called away [p.750] to attend a funeral.) Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Jno. Smith.

[Monday-Wednesday, 11-13 July 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm; heavy dust storm on Tuesday. I spent a greater part of these three days in closing the Brigham City Roller Mill books for the six months ending June 30, 1904. Monday afternoon Lydia and myself and the children went to Saltair. The bathing was fine.

[Thursday, 14 July 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Elders Lyman, Jno. H. Smith, Clawson, Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Penrose, Jno. Smith, and the clerk. There was some informal talk in relation to politics, in which the moral corruption of Fred T. Dubois and Frank J. Cannon was mentioned. In view of conditions that exist in Washington and other cities, the cry raised in defense of the purity of the home did not appear to the brethren as being very consistent. Song, “Lord, We Come before Thee Now.” Elder Penrose opened by prayer, and the Patriarch was mouth at the altar. Song, “High on the Mountain Top.” The minutes of July 7 were read and approved.

Conference appointments: Utah, Elders Clawson and Geo. A. Smith; Beaver, Pres. Lyman and Elder Smoot; Emery, Pres. Smith and Elder Hyrum M. Smith; Scandinavian reunion at Manti, Pres. Lund and the Patriarch. The clerk read an invitation from committee to attend the old folks excursion to Spanish Fork, tomorrow, the 15th.

Letters
The clerk read a letter from Pres. Jno. G. McQuarrie of the Eastern States Mission. He reported the health of the elders as being good and said that they were putting forth considerable effort. Sometimes an interest in the gospel is manifested and sometimes it is not. Last year there was an average of 2 baptisms to the elder. A meeting house at Tomstown, Penn., had been acquired by the saints and was dedicated on June 26th. Pres. McQuarrie urged the importance of the church securing headquarters in New York City. The clerk was instructed to write Brother McQuarrie to investigate and see what he could do.

[p. 751] The President informed the council that the Presidency had telegraphed Ben E. Rich of the Southern States Mission, authorizing him to purchase certain property in Chattanooga, Tenn. (previously reported on favorably by Elder Rich) for $4000. The action of the Presidency was approved.

The clerk read a letter from Elder Nephi Pratt, pres. N.W. States Mission. In view of the fact that the Bramwell, Emmett, and Indian Creek Wards were located so far distant from the headquarters of the Union Stake, he suggested that the said three wards with the Boise Branch (total population about 600) be organized into a stake. The suggestion not approved on account of fewness of numbers. The people in the N.W. States Mission, he said, were dead to the gospel. Baptisms for last year would scarcely average one to the elder. He asked that the state of Oregon be returned to the N.W. States Mission, where it originally belonged. The clerk was directed to correspond with Pres. Jos. E. Robinson regarding this matter.

Presidency of the Blackfoot Stake recommended Wm. M. Dye for bishop of Basalt and Jasper J. Hammer for bishop of Woodville. Recommendation approved. Pres. [William A.] Hyde of the Pocatello Stake requested that the apostle attending the Blackfoot Stake in the near future be instructed to stop over at Pocatello and organize a prayer circle. Request granted.

Reports
Pres. Winder attended the tabernacle service last Sunday. Elder Penrose was at the tabernacle in the afternoon and at the 11th Ward in the evening. Elder Geo. A. Smith attended the funeral of Daniel W. Shupe last Thursday afternoon and last Sunday spent the day in Little Cottonwood Canyon with his family.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith attended meeting in Farmers Ward last Sunday afternoon and 17th Ward in the evening. He spoke of the sacred concerts given at Liberty Park every Sunday evening and said that they were taking the saints away from their meetings.

Elder Smoot attended meeting in Provo. Elder Clawson spoke in the tabernacle Sunday afternoon and was at the 18th Ward Sunday School in the morning. Pres. Lyman attended the tabernacle service on Sunday, as also did Pres. Lund and the Patriarch.

In view of Sunday concerts and other things going on, it was suggested that the brethren preach up the proper observance of [p.752] the Sabbath day. Benediction by Pres. Winder.

[Sunday, 17 July 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 8 a.m. I left for Provo to attend the Utah Stake Conference, arriving at 9:40 a.m.

10 a.m. Continuation of conference in the tabernacle, Pres. David John presiding. Elder Geo. A. Smith then spoke. Topics treated. Word of Wisdom. Responsibility of parents to their children. Extravagance.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. D. John presiding. Pres. John made brief remarks, reporting the stake. R. Clawson. Topics treated. Spoke in complimentary terms of the singing by the choir. The building up of Zion. The temporal and the spiritual. The things of God can only be understood by the Spirit of God. Geo. A. Smith. Topics treated. We should appreciate the labors of the bishops. The proper manner of blessing children. People moving from ward to ward should bring their recommends.

[Tuesday-Wednesday, 19-20 July 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. On Tuesday Lydia was taken sick and, being three months with child, miscarried. She was dangerously sick during the night and barely escaped with her life. On Wednesday she was somewhat improved but still very sick.

[Thursday, 21 July 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. 10 a.m. Meeting in the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Pres. Lyman, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Chas. W. Penrose, Jno. Smith, the pat., and the clerk. The brethren sang, “Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded.” Elder Clawson opened by prayer, and Elder Geo. A. Smith was mouth at the altar. Song, “Go, Ye Gospel Heralds, Go!” The minutes of July 14 was read and approved. The clerk read a letter from Bp. F. H. Merrill of Richmond, who informed the brethren that the cornerstone of the Richmond Tabernacle would be laid Sat., July 23rd, and invited them to be present. It was understood that a representative would go from the council.

Stake conference appointments: Liberty, Elders Clawson and Penrose; Weber, Elder Hyrum M. Smith; Blackfoot, Elder Geo. A. [p.753] Smith; San Luis, one of the Seventies.

Having received further information in regard to the Pine Grove Ward, Union Stake, Heber [Hyrum] C. Weech was approved as the bishop. Thos. E. Bassett recommended Mark Austin for bishop of Sugar Ward, Fremont Stake. Recommendation approved, providing that Elder Austin be consulted in the matter, as he is loaded down with business responsibilities. The clerk read a letter from Pres. [Anthony W.] Ivins, in which he explained quite fully the circumstances concerning the death of Elder A. O. Woodruff.

Reports
Pres. Winder was at the tabernacle Sunday afternoon and in Forest Dale in the evening. Pres. Lyman and Reed Smoot attended the Beaver Stake Conference last week. Had a profitable time. Advised the saints to plant a grove of trees in the meeting house grounds for conference purposes. Brother Lyman went with the old folks to Spanish Fork on Friday.

Elders Clawson and Geo. A. Smith attended the Utah Stake Conference. Meetings on Saturday were poorly attended and this led Brother Clawson to suggest that the presidency of the Utah Stake should follow the example of the four stakes in this city and have one day’s conference instead of two.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith said that Pres. Smith and himself attended the Emery Stake Conference at Price. The usual meetings were held. The saints appreciated the presence of Pres. Smith. Elder Penrose attended the tabernacle meeting of Sunday and spoke in the 9th Ward Sunday evening. Pres. Lund attended the Scandinavian reunion at Manti and said that it was a pronounced success. There were 2500 people in attendance.

Reports were received and the labors of the brethren approved. Benediction by Elder Hyrum M. Smith.

[Sunday, 24 July 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. I attended the morning and afternoon sessions of the Liberty Stake Conference at the assembly hall and tabernacle, Pres. Jno. R. Winder presiding. We heard some excellent reports. The principal speakers were Pres. Jno. R. Winder and Elders Jno. H. Smith, C. W. Penrose, and myself. Sabbath breaking was one of the topics treated.

[p. 754] [Thursday, 28 July 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot, rain during the day. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Elders Lyman, Jno. H. Smith, Clawson, Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, C. W. Penrose, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Daniel’s Wisdom May I Know.” Pres. Winder opened, and Elder Smoot was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Know This That Every Soul Is Free.” Minutes of July 21st were read and approved.

After some discussion a motion prevailed to the effect that the 11,000 kroner or $3000 held by the bank against the meeting house recently purchased in Arhus, Denmark, be advanced by the trustee-in-trust in order to secure the property.

Letters
A letter was read from Pres. Chas. Kelly, in which he stated that, through the good offices of Pres. C. W. Middleton as mediator, the trouble between the authorities of Box Elder Stake and the Academy of Music, Brigham City, had been satisfactorily settled. The basis of settlement was this: that the Academy of Music be placed under the direction of the stake amusement committee and that the academy corporation pay over to the said committee for stake purposes 25% of net proceeds of the house or of all that is earned.

Pres. Wm. T. Jack wrote, recommending Oliver Pickett for bishop of Oakley 3rd Ward to succeed Bishop [Elam W.] McBride, resigned. Approved. Bp. Henry Blackburn of Yost, Utah, Cassia Stake, asked for a lone of $1200 to assist him in purchasing a home offered by a widow woman living at Yost. It was decided that some inquiries should be made with reference to the property, and, if found to be worth $1200, purchase might be made by the trustee-in-trust and the title be vested in him until the obligation is cancelled by Brother B.

Conference appointments: Juab, Pres. Lyman; Alpine, Elders Clawson and Smoot; Fremont, H. M. Smith; Cache, C. W. Penrose; Pioneer, Elder Jno. H. Smith; next week, San Juan, Elder Smoot; Cassia, Elder H. M. Smith.

Reports
Pres. Winder, Jno. H. Smith, Elders Clawson and Penrose [p.755] attended the Liberty Stake Conference last Sunday. Poor attendance in the forenoon. Large afternoon meeting. Pres. Lyman visited Batesville, Tooele Stake, and reorganized the bishopric with Edwin M. Orme as bishop, himself [being] mouth in ordaining. On Monday he attended the reunion of the Sons and Daughters of the Pioneers at American Fork.

Elder Smoot spent some hours at Pleasant Grove on Sunday for the purpose of settling a difficulty between the presidency of the stake and Jos. Wadleigh and his son, or rather, the difficulty was between the two latter. Settlement was effected. In the afternoon effected a reorganization of the bishopric of Lindon, Utah Stake, with Albert L. Cullimore as bishop. In the evening met with the saints of Springville 2nd Ward and reorganized the bishopric with Jno. Frank Bringhurst as bishop to succeed Bp. [George E.] Anderson, resigned.

Pres. Lund and Elder Hyrum M. Smith attended the Weber Stake Conference. Elder Geo. A. Smith reported the Blackfoot Stake Conference, which was quite successful. While on his way up, he organized a prayer circle at Pocatello with 16 members. He ordained Jas[per] J. Hammer, bishop of Woodland [Woodville], Blackfoot Stake. Pres. Smith attended the laying of the cornerstone of the Richmond tabernacle, which, he said, would be a costly building. On Sunday he was present at the Weber Stake Conference.

Reports and labors approved. Adjourned. Benediction by Jno. H. Smith.

[Monday-Wednesday, 1-3 August 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. I spent most of these two days at home. Lydia is improving gradually, but the baby is sick with a bad cold. I took Lydia out riding Tuesday evening. On Wednesday I went to Grand Junction to meet Brother Cowley and returned in the evening.

[Thursday, 4 August 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Clawson, Hy. M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Penrose, and Jno. Smith, the patriarch. The brethren clothed and sang, “Our God, We Raise to [p.756] Thee.” Pres. A. H. Lund opened, and Elder Penrose was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Go, Ye Gospel Heralds, Go.” Minutes of July 28th were read and approved.

Conference appointments: Cassia, Hy. M. Smith; San Juan, Elder Smoot; Bingham, Elder Clawson; Wasatch, Pres. Smith, Pres. Lund, and Jno. Smith; South San Pete, Elder Geo. A. Smith.

Letters
O. P. Burns, dept. commander of the G.A.R. [Grand Army of the Republic], asked for a donation to help get the G.A.R. to come to Utah next year and to help pay for representation of Utah this year at Boston. Petition not granted.

Presidency of Utah Stake wrote, saying that the Provo Book Club desires to establish a free library in Provo and asks the church there to donate for the purpose part of the tabernacle square with the old church located on it. It was decided to advise the said presidency not to grant the petition, but to recommend the book club to apply to Provo City for assistance.

Bp. Geo. A. Holt, representing the Enterprise Reservoir and Canal Co. of Washington County, wrote, saying that the reservoir when completed will water 5000 acres of land. They need help, he said, and now ask the church to contribute $2500 to assist them. Request granted.

Hugh W. Dougall wrote, saying that it was the intention of himself and others to establish a Conservatory of Music for Utah and asking for the moral support of the church and to use the name of Pres. Jos. F. Smith as a patron. It was decided to enquire further into the matter.

Pres. Smith said that the Presidency had received a long letter from the brethren at Samoa, in which they recommended strongly that the church purchase some 800 acres of land now offered for sale for the purpose of securing a foothold and establishing a plantation in that land. It would cost about $10,000. It was decided to make the purchase provided the title is clear. It was also decided to send Saml. Woolley of the Sandwich Islands down to see the land.

Hyrum Kay wrote, desiring to know if it were necessary for a brother who moves from one quorum to another to take a recommend of standing. The answer was “no.” He should take a recommend of removal to the new ward and should have a certificate of [p.757] ordination to the priesthood, and that would admit him to his quorum: It was also decided that a certificate of ordination should be issued to the Presidency and apostles and that the apostles and others in the future, when they ordain to the priesthood, should give certificates of ordination.

Sister Amelia Folsom’s bill of $147.00 for board and lodging of the late Pres. Brigham Young, Jr., was allowed.

Reports
Pres. Winder attended Pioneer Stake Conference. Poor attendance in the morning and excellent meeting in afternoon. Elder  Jno. H. Smith also attended the Pioneer Stake Conference.

Elder Clawson said that Pres. Smith, Reed Smoot, and himself attended the Alpine Stake Conference at Pleasant Grove on Sunday, Elder Smoot being present also on Saturday. The stake supt. Sunday Schools and stake supt. religion classes made excellent reports. Pres. Smith spoke interestingly on the subject of the resurrection.

Elders Hyrum M. and Geo. A. Smith attended the Fremont Stake Conference, where they held overflow meetings on Sunday. The new sugar factory is making a good showing.

Elder Penrose said that Pres. Lund and himself attended the Cache Stake Conference. They had some very good meetings and found stake matters in good shape. Jno. Smith attended meeting at the tabernacle on Sunday.

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

[Monday-Tuesday, 8-9 August 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. In the afternoon I took Lydia and the children to the Lagoon, Farmington, for an outing. On Tuesday I spent the forenoon at home. In the afternoon I took the folks out for a ride. At 6:15 p.m. I attended a meeting of the board of directors of the Salt Lake Knitting Works.

[Thursday, 11 August 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot; rain during the night. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Elders Lyman, Jno. H. Smith, Clawson, Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Penrose, Jno. Smith, and the clerk. The brethren clothed [p.758] and sang, “There Is a Place in Utah That I Remember Well.” Pres. Smith opened, and Pres. Lyman was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “School Thy Feelings, O My Brother.” The minutes of Aug. 4th were read and approved.

Correspondence
Elder N. W. Clayton wrote, saying that the cashier of Wells Fargo and Co. desired to know if the church would sell the Salt Lake and Los Angeles Ry. and Saltair Beach, and if so, on what terms. The matter was discussed at some length. Pres. Lyman, Pres. Smith, and Elder Clawson spoke to the question and opposed the selling of said properties. The general sentiment of the council was against it. Upon motion of Elder Jno. H. Smith, it was decided not to sell.

M[artin] Slack, sec. of the Hurricane Canal Co., wrote, notifying the brethren that on Sat., Aug. 6th, water was run on to the Hurricane Bench from the Hurricane canal for the first time. The clerk was instructed to prepare a letter of congratulation for the signature of the First Presidency.

Apostle Jno. W. Taylor reported by letter that he and Pres. H. S. Allen of the Taylor Stake recently met F. J. Whitney of the Gt. Northern Ry. at St. Paul and with Mr. Whitney and other officials visited several points along the road. No places suitable for the colonization of our people were found.

A letter was read from the presidency of the Big Horn Stake, enclosing a letter from the state engineer of Wyoming, in which the engineer stated that our people could combine with the government in the building of the Willwood Canal or could wait until certain lands there were released by the government and then build their own canal. It was decided to make an effort at once to get said lands released and then encourage the saints to build their own canal. This plan, it was thought, would make them more independent.

Pres. [William C.] Parkinson of Hyrum recommended Jno. [James] J. Facer to succeed former bishop [George W. Davis] of Avon, resigned. Recommendation approved.

Conference appointments: Jordan, Elders Jno. H. Smith and Reed Smoot; Summit, Elder Hy. M. Smith; Benson, Elder Clawson; Oneida, Elder Lyman; Woodruff, Elder Geo. A. Smith; Sunday School conference at Ogden, Elder Penrose.

Reports
[p. 759] Pres. Winder attended fast meeting at the temple on Sunday a.m., Farmers Ward fast meeting in the afternoon, and Forest Dale meeting in the evening. Elder Jno. H. Smith was at the tabernacle in the afternoon and visited Taylorsville in the evening.

R. Clawson said that he and S. B. Young attended the Bingham Stake Conference at Iona, where they held conference in the new ward house, which had been erected at a cost of $10,000—$2500 still due on said building. Capacity about 900. Meetings crowded. Conjoint meeting Sunday evening. Good spirit prevailed. Had a report from the high council, high priest quorum, seventies quorum, elders quorum, and all the auxiliary organizations of the stake, and also heard from some of the bishops.

Elder Reed Smoot said that he attended the San Juan Conference held at Monticello. Long hot trip and bad water. Had a splendid conference. Crops a failure at Monticello but good at Bluff. Very bad spirit and influence at Moab. Advised that the church sell the Moab Ranch for $5000—if they could get it. The property is going down. Thought Brother Larsen there and another brother would buy. Ordained Jno. P. Larsen a bishop and set him apart to preside over Moab Ward.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith and Jos. W. McMurrin attended the Cassia Stake Conference at Oakley. Had a good time. Ordained Oliver Pickett a high priest and bishop and set him apart to preside over the Oakley 3rd Ward. Elder Geo. A. Smith attended the South San Pete Stake Conference at Gunnison. The attendance was large and a good spirit prevailed. Elder Penrose attended fast meeting at the temple on Sunday, funeral of Elder [Charles W.] Johnson in afternoon, and 23rd [Ward] conjoint meeting in the evening. Pres. Lund reported that Pres. Smith,  Jno. Smith, and himself attended the Wasatch Stake Conference and had a very enjoyable time. Reports received and the labors of the brethren approved.

Pres. Smith stated to the council that Elder Jno. H. White wanted a loan of $2500 from the church, which he proposed to invest in the wholesale meat business. It was decided to loan him the amount, if he could furnish reasonable good security. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Elder Clawson.

[p. 760] [Sunday, 14 August 1904] Richmond, Utah. Clear and cool, hot during the day. 8:30 a.m. Called in and had a pleasant visit with Brother Merrill. His health is improving somewhat. 9:20 a.m. Left for Lewiston, 6 miles distant, with Alma Merrill, arriving at 10:05 a.m.

10:10 a.m. First session of the [Benson Stake] Conference in the ward house, President Wm. H. Lewis presiding. Pres. Lewis was the first speaker. Topics treated. The stake presidency meet once [per week]. Auxiliary organizations in fairly good condition. Good crops. People feeling well. West side canal about completed at a cost of $200,000—$25,000 still due. Elder Jos. W. McMurrin. Topics treated. Religion class work.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. Wm. H. Lewis presiding. R. Clawson. Topics treated. The character of God. The plan of redemption. Marriage.

I rode out over the country a few miles with Pres. Lewis. The crops are progressing grandly. It’s a rich country.

[Thursday, 18 August 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot. 10 a.m. Meeting in the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Elders Lyman, Jno. H. Smith, Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Penrose, and Jno. Smith, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Come, Dearest Lord, Descend and Dwell.” Elder Geo. A. Smith opened by prayer, and Elder Hyrum M. Smith was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” The minutes of Aug. 11 were read and approved.

Correspondence
The clerk read a letter from Pres. E. J. Wood of Alberta, in which he reported a recent visit to the north of Cardston, where he recommends the organization of two new wards and a branch of the church—namely, Frankfort [Frankburg] Ward with C. H. Frankfort [Frank] as bishop, Drallinger [Claresholm] Ward with J. W. Clareholm [Drollinger] as bishop, and Tolman Branch with W. A. Tolman as presiding eider. The recommendation was approved, subject to the visit of Elder Lyman to Canada.

Wm. A. Walkup of Chicago wrote, desiring to know if the church desired to exchange the Saltair beach property for desirable property in New York. The answer was “no.”

[p. 761] Stake conference appointments: Taylor, Pres. Lyman; Star Valley, Elders Hy. M. Smith and Penrose; Nebo, Elder Clawson; Teton, Elder Geo. A. Smith.

Reports
Pres. Winder attended the tabernacle on Sunday. Pres. Lyman was in attendance at the Oneida Stake Conference, held at Franklin in a bowery. Fair attendance and good spirit prevailed. He set Denmark Jensen apart as bishop of Mink Creek. Elder Jno. H. Smith and Reed Smoot attended the Jordan Stake Conference at East Mill Creek in their splendid new meeting house.

Elder Clawson said that he and Elder [Joseph W.] McMurrin attended the Benson Stake Conference at Lewiston. The attendance was large and a good spirit prevailed. Suffered much from the heat. The presidency of the stake have matters well in hand. The west side canal just about completed at a cost of $200,000—$25,000 of which is still due. The saints have large holdings in Lewiston. One man owns about 800 acres of land, but at the same time he has 3 wives and 25 children. Many of the farms are mortgaged.

Elder Hy. M. Smith said that Pres. Smith and Lund and himself attended the Summit Stake Conference at Kamas. Pres. Smith dedicated the new Kamas meeting house on Sunday afternoon. The brethren held meeting in Park City on their return. Elder Geo. A. Smith attended the Woodruff Stake Conference at Woodruff. Pres. [John M.] Baxter recommended that Manila, a branch of the church with 16 families, be organized into a ward. Elder Penrose attended a Sunday School conference at Ogden, meeting in the Ogden 4th Ward at night, and on Monday the funeral of Albert Morris. The Patriarch attended the tabernacle meeting on Sunday.

The reports and labors of the brethren were approved. Council adjourned. Benediction by Jno. Smith.

[Sunday, 21 August 1904] Spanish Fork, Utah. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Continuation of [Nebo Stake] Conference in the pavilion, Hy[rum] Lemmon presiding. Jno. Smith, the patriarch, spoke. Topics treated. Union. Missionary work. Reed Smoot. Topics. Honesty. S. B. Young. Topics. Honesty. Saints should treat their children kindly.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Hy. Lemmon presiding. [p.762] R. Clawson. Topics treated. Marriage. Reed Smoot. Topics. Cleanliness. S. B. Young. Same topic. Thus ended an interesting conference. The reports were of an encouraging character, and affairs of the stake were shown to be in fairly good shape.

[Thursday, 25 August 1904] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting in the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Elders Jno. H. Smith, Rudger Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Reed Smoot, Chas. W. Penrose, Jno. Smith, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “How the Saints Will Rejoice to Tell.” Jno. Smith opened by prayer, and Elder Smoot was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded.” The minutes of Aug. 18 were read and approved.

Correspondence
The presidency of the Utah Stake wrote, enclosing a letter from Bishop [Alonzo] Brinkerhoff of the Emery Ward, Emery Stake, in which he made a complaint against Elder Jas. Hall, who was going around in his ward administering to the sick. His presence there without authority either from the general or local authorities and his manner of administering to those who are afflicted was creating a division among the saints of that ward.

The clerk also read a letter from Jas. Hall, in which he said that the presidency of the Utah Stake had asked for his resignation as a bishop’s counselor. He asked for an investigation, but did not think it should be had before the presidency and high council of the Utah Stake because he felt that the brethren were prejudiced against him. It was decided that the high council of the Utah Stake should take the matter up for investigation and if Brother [Hall] was not satisfied with their decision, he could appeal to the First Presidency.

The clerk read a letter from Bp. Dan’l Connelly of Eureka, in which he claimed that the Eureka Ward held a possessory right to certain lands belonging to the Bullion, Beck, and Champion Mining Co. and for which the said co. at one time offered them $300. They could not at the time very well accept the offer, but would now be willing to take $150. The mining co. would probably sometime need the said land for a dumping ground. He desired the brethren to use their  influence to get the $150. The clerk was [p.763] directed to address a letter to P. T. Farnsworth, asking him to do what he could in the premises.

Conference appointments: Box Elder, Elder Clawson; Granite, Hy. M. Smith and Elder Penrose; Millard, Elder Smoot.

Reports
Pres. Winder attended tabernacle services on Sunday afternoon. Elder Penrose said that he and Elder Hy. M. Smith attended the Star Valley Stake Conference held at Afton. Good attendance on Saturday and meetings crowded on Sunday. Fred [Frank] Cranney was ordained a bishop and set apart to preside over the Smoot Ward. The cornerstone of the new stake tabernacle was laid during the conference. He officiated in laying the stone and Elder Smith made remarks. People prosperous, notwithstanding early and late frosts.

Elder Smoot attended the funeral of Elder Lyman Woods at Springville on Sat. and Nebo Stake Conference on Sunday. Elder Clawson said that Elders Jno. Smith, Smoot, and Seymour B. Young, and himself attended the Nebo Stake Conference at Spanish Fork. Good attendance throughout, especially of the priesthood. There are some good, active, live presiding officers in the stake and affairs are [in] pretty good shape.

Elder Jno. H. Smith attended tabernacle meeting on Sunday afternoon and spoke. He said that on Monday Pres. Smith and himself attended the ceremony of laying the capstone of the South Bountiful meeting house. Pres. Lund said that he attended tabernacle services on Sunday afternoon, and in the evening assisted in the reorganization of the bishopric of the Tenth Ward, ordaining  Jos. Christensen as bishop.

Elder Clawson submitted Manager H. G. Whitney’s report of the Deseret News business of the year 1903, which, he said, had been carefully audited and found correct. The showing made was very satisfactory and reflected great credit upon the able management of Manager Whitney. Below is given a statement of the assets and liabilities, taken from said report:

Assets

Accounts due 46,999.57
Cash and orders 1,452.58
Newspaper plant 41,340.72
[p.764] Mdse. 36,494.39
Job, bindery, and press-room plants 22,159.85
Mdse., book dept. 70,405.60
Ledger accounts, book dept. 17,859.36
Due from school trustees 48,876.36
Fixtures, &c. 413.95
  $286,002.38
Liabilities
Due Zion’s Savings Bank 10,000.00
Overdraft at Stake Bank 13,487.23
Accounts payable  6,307.00
Accounts payable at bookstore 55,706.21
Capital 158,363.03
Surplus,  
surplus Dec. 31, [19]03——$24,755.84  
surplus Dec. 31, [19]04——$17,382.08 42,137.92
  286,002.38
Audited Aug. 24, 1904
(signed) Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, Auditing Committee.

Upon motion the report was received, approved, and ordered [to be] placed on file. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. Winder.

At 2 p.m. I took Lydia and the children to Liberty Park, where the Sunday School children of the Ensign Stake had gathered. At 5 p.m. I attended a meeting of the general board of religion classes.

[Friday-Saturday, 26-27 August 1904] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. Friday I spent in Brigham City, returning Friday night. Saturday forenoon I was engaged in entering up data in the book of the patriarchs.

[Thursday, 1 September 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Elders Lyman, Jno. H. Smith, [p.765] Clawson, Smoot, Hy. M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Penrose, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Come, All Ye Sons of Zion.” Elder Penrose opened, and Elder Clawson was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “O Zion, When I Think of Thee.”

Elder David H. Cannon said in a letter written to the Presidency that it would be necessary to overhaul the steam plant of the St. George Temple, and he recommended that it be changed from a steam exhaust to a steam circulating plant, which would cost about $1600. The matter was referred to the First Presidency for action. Pres. Smith and Pres. Lund will visit St. George shortly and examine into the question.

The presidency of the Juab Stake recommended either Eph[raim] Ellertson or Jno. L. Ellertson for bishop of the Mona Ward. The first was chosen. Don. Kimball, who worked on the Canada canal and who lost money by staying with the work to help the church carry out its contract, now felt that the church should reimburse him. He asked for a thousand dollars. Action was deferred that Presidents [Heber S.] Allen and [Edward J.] Wood of the Canada stakes might be conferred with regarding the matter.

Conference appointments: Panguitch, Presidents Smith [and] Lund, and Elder Hy. M. Smith; Tooele, Pres. Lyman; Maricopa, Elders Teasdale and Cowley; Union, Elder Clawson. Pres. Lyman read a letter from Elder Heber J. Grant, in which he spoke of the new conference house in Sweden.

Reports
Pres. Winder attended the Granite Stake Conference, Elders Hy. M. Smith and Penrose were also present. Had an excellent time. Elder Geo. A. Smith reported the Teton Stake Conference. Good conference. Had a heavy frost, but crops not much damaged. New tabernacle completed to square of foundation. Held two day’s meetings in the Jackson Hole country. Two branches of the church there and they want a ward organization. Elder Smoot attended the Millard Stake Conference at Deseret. Had a good time. The land proposition at the Abraham Ward in bad shape.

Elder Clawson said that he and Jos. W. McMurrin, L. A. Kelsch, and Geo. F. Gibbs attended the Box Elder Stake Conference. The meetings were largely attended on Sunday with light attendance [p.766] on Monday. The ill feelings aroused over the Christensen Academy of Amusements were now pretty well allayed. There were several disgruntled people there, however, who could not endure to see peaceful conditions restored and would upset things, if they could.

Elder Jno. H. Smith attended the funeral of Father Matthews on Tuesday. Pres. Lyman said that he, Elder J. G. Kimball, and Alice K. Smith attended the Canada [Alberta] Stake Conference during the past two weeks. Large turnout of the saints. The country had been suffering from a drought. Crops better at Cardston than at Raymond. Some people discouraged. No friction. Good peace. Had held about 20 meetings. Elder J. G. Kimball and Sister Alice accomplished a good work among the Kimball family. He ordained  Jno. Kirkham a patriarch and Christopher Frank a bishop and set him apart to preside over the Frankfort [Frankburg] Ward.

Pres. Lund presided at the tabernacle meeting on Sunday and spoke in the 17th Ward Sunday evening. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. Lund.

[Sunday-Tuesday, 4-6 September 1904] LaGrande, Oregon. Clear and warm. 10 a.m. Continuation of the [Union Stake] Conference, Sunday School session, Supt. Saml. Storey of the ward school presiding. Elder Lyman spoke of the missionary movement, that is, the plan to gather means to assist missionaries in the field and their families at home. R. Clawson. Topics. Addressed a few words to the S.S. children and pointed to the many blessings bestowed upon them in their homes, having good parents, food, and raiment. Also the wonderful faculties and organs of their bodies, such as their eyes, ears, and so forth. Pres. [Franklin S.] Bramwell. Topics treated. Missionary fund. Amusement committee.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. Bramwell presiding. R. Clawson. Topics treated. The good singing of the choir. Religion class work. Obedience.

7 p.m. Conjoint meeting of the young people, E. Z. Carbine, stake supt. Y.M.M.I.A., presiding. I was the first speaker and dwelt strongly upon the principle of virtue. Pres. Bramwell made brief remarks in relation to the classes in singing, soon to be organized under the direction of Elder Ferrin.

[p. 767] I left the meeting at 8:45 p.m. in order to catch the train for Salt Lake. On our way home we encountered a wreck at Zenda just below McCammon O. S. L. [Oregon Short Line]. A number of freight cars had been thrown off the track and were piled up on the track in great confusion. They were mostly loaded with lumber. We were detained from about 3 p.m. Monday until 1 a.m. Tuesday and did not reach Salt Lake until 6 a.m. Tuesday. We were due at 7:30 p.m. Monday.

[Thursday, 8 September 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Pres. Jno. R. Winder, and Elders Clawson, Smoot, Penrose, Jno. Smith, and the clerk. Pres. Winder was mouth in the opening prayer. Minutes of Sep. 1st were read and approved. The clerk read a letter form Pres. Jesse N. Smith, in which he reported the visit of himself and Elder Cowley to St. Johns to attend the stake conference there. He said that Arizona has recently been visited by some destructive floods.

Conference appointments: North San Pete, Reed Smoot; Pocatello, Elder Clawson; Sevier, one of the Seventies.

Reports
Elder Penrose said that he attended the temple fast meeting on Sunday, also the funeral of Henry Reiser, and yesterday the funeral of Bp. [Nelson A.] Empey. Elder Clawson said that he attended the Union Stake Conference held at LaGrande, Ore. Attendance poor on Sat. but large on Sunday. Very good feeling among the saints. Foundation of the new meeting house, or rather stake tabernacle, completed at a cost of about $9000. The same paid for and about $800 in the treasury. Having some trouble in that stake with people who refuse to get recommends of standing.

Elder Smoot attended prayer circle at Provo on Sunday, also fast meeting in Provo 1st Ward. Pres. Winder said he attended temple fast meeting on Sunday, also Farmers Ward fast meeting in the afternoon, and conjoint conference of young people of the Granite Stake Sunday evening.

Reports approved. Meeting adjourned with benediction by Reed Smoot.

[Sunday, 11 September 1904] [p. 768] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. The reason I did not go to Pocatello according to appointment was that the stake conference there had been changed and held the week before.

2 p.m. Accompanied by Lydia and the younger children, I attended the tabernacle meeting, Pres. Jno. R. Winder presiding. Elder Jos. E. Taylor was the speaker and spoke from the text: “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world before the end shall come” [cf. Matt. 24:14].

[Thursday, 15 September 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Pres. Winder and Elders Lyman, Jno. H. Smith, Clawson, Smoot, Penrose, Jno. Smith, and the clerk. Elder Jno. H. Smith was mouth in prayer. The minutes of Sep. 8 were read and approved.

Correspondence
Pres. Jas. E. Steele of the Bingham Stake wrote, recommending Henry M. Perry for bishop of Rudy, and Geo. A. Browning, bishop of Annis Ward. Upon motion the recommendation was approved.

The clerk read a long letter from Elders Jno. W. Taylor and Heber S. Allen, in which they gave a full report of their investigations for locations along the line of the Gt. Northern R.R. system. They found none that would be suitable for our people.

A letter addressed to Elder Geo. Reynolds from Ben E. Rich was read. He said that they moved into the new mission house at Chattanooga about the 15th of August. The elders feel well, although there is some sickness among them resulting from the intense heat of the summer mouths.

The clerk read a letter from Truman [German] E. Ellsworth, acting president of the Northern States Mission. Mission in good condition. Will take possession and dedicate the new mission headquarters at Chicago in Oct. Said that a good work is being done by our elders in Hancock County, Ill., in and about Nauvoo.

Conference appointments: Bannock, F. M. Lyman; Morgan, Elder Clawson.

Reports
Elder Penrose attended the funeral of Sister [Marion] Beatie [p.769] during the week and was present at the tabernacle service on Sunday. Elder Smoot attended the North San Pete [Stake] Conference at Mt. Pleasant. Poor attendance on Saturday, but crowded on Sunday. Reporters were there expecting to hear political talk, but were disappointed. Held meeting at Spring City on Sunday night. Interest among the people has been aroused by Bp. [Lauritz O.] Larsen and they are going to finish meeting house that has been in course of erection for last 30 years. Have raised $1400. Assisted in laying the cornerstone of the Provo 6th Ward meeting house yesterday.

Elder Clawson attended the tabernacle service. Was appointed to attend Pocatello Stake Conference, but found that the said conference had been placed ahead one week. Elder[s] Lyman and  Jno. H. Smith attended the Big Horn Stake Conference held at Cowley. Had a fine time and feel that the Big Horn country is a fine locality for the settlement of our people. Found some little political differences among the brethren. Jno. Hopkins was set apart as a high councillor. Also held meeting at Byron.

Pat. Jno. Smith was at home. Pres. Winder attended meeting at the tabernacle. Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Pres. Lyman.

At 5 p.m. I attended circle meeting at the temple. In the evening went to the theater.

[Sunday, 18 September 1904] Thatcher, Idaho. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Continuation of [Bannock Stake] Conference, Pres. [Lewis S.] Pond presiding. J. G. Kimball. Topics treated. Punctuality. Good order in our meeting houses. The proper training of our children.

1:30 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. Pond presiding. R. Clawson. Topics treated. Reverence for the priesthood. Closing remarks were made by Pres. Pond.

The conference was quite spirited throughout, and the reports showed the stake to be in fairly good shape. Pres. Pond is an active, energetic president.

[Thursday, 22 September 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild, cloudy later in the day. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Elders [p.770] Lyman, Jno. H. Smith, Clawson, Smoot, H. M. Smith, Penrose, Jno. Smith, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Glory to God on High.” Pres. Lyman opened, and Pres. Lund was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Praise to the Man.” The minutes of Sep. 15th were read and approved.

The clerk read a letter from German E. Ellsworth, acting president of the Northern States Mission, in which he desired to know if he would be permitted to come to the general conference. Said that Elder Geo. A. Smith had recently paid them a visit and had preached upon the street corners of Chicago. He spoke of a remarkable case of healing under the hands of Elder Smith.

A long letter from Elder Horace S. Ensign was read. Among other things he referred to the “Thomas” tract and that, if translated into the Japanese language, it would accomplish much good. Spoke of tracts that were written by Elders Taylor and Featherstone. Said that he was now engaged in translating our hymns into the Japanese language and felt that good would result therefrom.

Elders Peter Loutensock and Herman Grether wrote, recommending the name of Jno. Merhoffer to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Henry Reiser. The matter was referred to Pres. Lund for investigation.

Conference appointments: Davis, Elders Jno. H. Smith and Penrose; Hyrum, Pres. Lyman and Elder Hy. M. Smith; Malad, Elder Clawson; Parowan, Elder Smoot. The matter of reorganizing the presidency of the Davis Stake was referred to the visiting apostles with power to act.

Nephi L. Morris informed the brethren that a meeting of the elders of the Salt Lake Stake would be held tomorrow evening for the purpose of selecting missionaries to labor in the stake. He extended an invitation to the brethren of the council to be present. Elders Jno. H. and Hy. M. Smith were appointed to attend said meeting.

Reports
Pres. Jno. R. Winder and Elders Lyman, Jno. H. Smith, and Penrose attended the Salt Lake Stake Conference. Excellent reports were made. Elder Hyrum M. Smith reported the visit of Presidents Smith and Lund and himself to Panguitch, Kanab, and the St. George Stakes. Large attendance at the meetings and good [p.771] instructions given. Matters are going slowly in the Panguitch and Kanab Stakes. They have been having some fine rains throughout these stakes, putting the ranges in splendid shape. Geo. Spillsbury of Toquerville and Nathan Adams of Kanab were ordained patriarchs.

Elder Smoot celebrated the 20th anniversary of his marriage on Saturday night. Spent Sunday at home. On Monday attended the opening of the university at Provo.

Elder Clawson reported the Bannock Stake Conference, held at Thatcher. Poor attendance on Saturday but crowded on Sunday. Good meetings. Good spirit prevailed. Pres. [Lewis S.] Pond seems to have matters well in hand. The people in Gentile Valley have suffered considerable damage by recent frosts. Jno. Smith attended the Salt Lake Stake Conference.

Pres. Smith said that the Cainnan Ranch, St. George Stake, had been purchased by our people, but that the Pipe Springs and some other important springs were still in the hands of the gentiles. Counseled the saints to hold on to the country. Also advised them to exercise care and judgment in putting up their fruit for the market.

Labors of the brethren were approved. Benediction by Elder Hyrum M. Smith.

[Sunday, 25 September 1904] Malad, Idaho. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Sunday School session of the [Malad Stake] Conference at the tabernacle, Stake Supt. Owen T. Davis presiding. Elder Geo. Reynolds spoke. Topics treated. Sunday School work. Regretted the tendency among our boys to absent themselves from the Sunday School. Church schools. R. Clawson. Topics. Order. Punctuality.

2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. Welling presiding. Pres. Milton H. Welling was the first speaker. Topics treated. The presidency of the stake meet regularly once a week. High council united with the presidency. The auxiliary organizations all complete. Tithing this year will exceed that of last year. Elder Geo. Reynolds spoke briefly. R. Clawson. Topics treated. Spoke from the text [blank]. The saints must keep their promises and meet their obligations.

[p. 772] [Thursday, 29 September 1904] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool, threatening rain. 10 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Elders Lyman, Jno. H. Smith, Clawson, Hy. M. Smith, Penrose, Jno. Smith, and the clerk. Some informal talk was indulged in with reference to the proposed visit of the senate committee to Utah. Some of the brethren thought they would come and others thought not.

Pres. Smith said that there was a matter he desired to present to the council. Some years ago, he said, the brethren of the Twelve were authorized to perform the sealing ordinance for young people living in distant places, such as Arizona and Mexico, who could not well go to the temple. He felt that this practice ought to be discontinued, as the enemy by misconstruction might seek to bring trouble on the church. Young people who cannot go to the temple should be married by the law of the land and afterwards come to the house of the Lord at their earliest convenience. A motion offered by Pres. Lyman to the effect that sealings for time and eternity must be performed in the temple at the altar, and that the practice of sealing outside of the temple be discontinued, was carried by unanimous vote. Minutes of Sep. 17th were read and approved.

Reports
Pres. Winder attended the funeral of Marvin Kimball, who met death by accident. The funeral was held on Sunday in the Farmers Ward house. He was a good boy. Elder Penrose attended the Davis Stake Conference, in company with Elder Jno. H. Smith. Held the usual meetings—M.I.A., conjoint, and high council meeting. An excellent spirit prevailed.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith said that Pres. Lyman and himself attended the Hyrum Stake Conference held at Millville. Good attendance. All the bishops—10 in number—reported, as also other authorities. Several ward meeting houses in course of construction. The one at Wellsville [is] a very handsome building. Originally estimated to cost $20,000, but will reach about $50,000. Pres. [William C.] Parkinson and his counselor, Elder [Ingwald C.] Thoresen, are engaged in business at Logan, hence, absent from the stake much of the time.

Elder Clawson reported the Malad Stake Conference held at [p.773] Malad City. Fair attendance and good spirit prevailed. During the conference Elder Jos. Jones was ordained a bishop and set apart to preside over the Cherry Creek Ward, Brother Clawson being mouth.

Elder Jno. H. Smith reported the reorganization of the Davis Stake presidency with Jos. H. Grant as president and Jas. Eldredge as 1st and Jesse N. Smith as 2nd counselors. Elder Grant was set apart by Elder Smith, Jas. Eldredge by Elder Penrose, and Jos. Clark, high councillor, by Elder Smith. Jesse N. Smith was set apart as 2nd counselor by Pres. Jos. F. Smith yesterday in Salt Lake City. E. A. Williams was ordained a patriarch by Elder J. H. Smith.

Pres. Lyman said that Jas. J. Facer was ordained a bishop and set apart to preside over the Avon Ward, Hyrum Stake. Pres. Lund attended the Ensign Stake Conference and said that he listened to some excellent reports. Jno. Smith said that he attended the funeral of Jos. Smith [sic] on Sunday. Pres. Smith attended the funeral of Marvin Kimball and also one session of the Ensign Stake Conference. Reports were received and the labors of the brethren approved.

Elder Clawson made a brief report on the book of the patriarchs, which he had been appointed to get out. Said that he had received the genealogical data from 52 stakes of Zion and had entered it upon the record provided. There were some 4 stakes yet to hear from.

The presidency of the Blackfoot Stake recommended Peter C. Johnson. to succeed Frank Hess, bishop of Blackfoot, the latter having been called on a mission. Recommendation approved.

Meeting adjourned. Benediction by Jno. Smith.

[Sunday, 2 October 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. At 10 a.m. I attended the temple fast meeting, Pres. Smith presiding. A fine spirit prevailed. Among the speakers were Pres[idents] Smith, Winder, and Lund, and Elders Francis M. Lyman, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, and myself. The singing was very beautiful.

At 2 p.m. I attended the fast meeting in the 18th Ward chapel, Bp. [Orson F.] Whitney presiding. Two babies were blessed and 5 boys and 1 girl were confirmed members of the church. Among the number was my boy, Samuel George. I was mouth in the [p.774] confirmation and was assisted by Bp. Whitney, Robt. Patrick, Henry P. Richards, and R. S. Wells. At the close of the meeting a ward priesthood meeting was held.

At 6:30 p.m. I attended a conjoint meeting of the young people of the 16th Ward in the 16th Ward house. The musical exercises were very beautiful. I was the speaker of the evening. Endeavored to show the value of our mortal bodies.

[Tuesday, 4 October 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Quarterly meeting of the Twelve at the temple. Present: President Lyman, and Elder[s] Clawson, Smoot, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, and Penrose. Opening song, “Redeemer of Israel.” Prayer by Pres. Lyman. Song, “Glory to God on High.”

Pres. Lyman was the first speaker and said that of late he had taken some pains to instruct presidents of stakes and members of this council that they must guard against the occurrence of any more plural marriages. Was pleased, he said, that action had been taken by the Presidency and Twelve to the effect that sealings should no longer be performed outside of the temples. The enemy is on the alert and the brethren should be careful in their public utterances at the coming conference and in the stakes of Zion. It is important that the brethren should be united and entertain harmonious views. He had been looking over the record of the various members of the council and was wonderfully well-pleased with it. The brethren were men of faith and integrity. It is the duty of the apostles to regulate the affairs of the kingdom, under the First Presidency, and in his opinion their labors will be employed principally in the stakes of Zion, although they will be required to turn the key and unlock the door of the gospel to the nations. He desired, he said, the faith and prayers of the brethren, which he felt the need of.

Elder Clawson followed and said in part that he had enjoyed the spirit of the meeting and desired to be one with his brethren. Rejoiced in the gift of faith, whereby it was an easy matter for him to believe in principles of the gospel as set forth in the scriptures and the miracles of the Bible. There are people in the church, who are naturally, it seems, unbelieving. This was due, he thought, to the fact that there is gentile blood coursing through their veins. [p.775] Faith also is a gift of God. Spoke of the local situation. Some of our people expressed regrets that Elder Smoot had been sent to congress in view of what had followed. He didn’t feel that way, but could see the hand of the Lord in it. The fact that portions of the Book of Covenants, including the revelation of plural marriage, had been copied into the records of the U.S. senate and that President Smith had been called before a committee of the senate to testify to the truth of the work was little less than a miracle in his eyes. The investigation was preaching the gospel throughout the nation as our elders could not do it. Desired to meet every call in a spirit of willingness and not grudgingly. Loved the brethren and the work to that extent that he believed, if it were necessary, he could die for them. That was the feeling in his heart.

Elder Reed Smoot said that he was in full accord with the sentiments expressed by the brethren. Whatever he had to do, he tried to do with all his heart. He had had, he said, but few wild oats to sow and his habits had always been temperate—the result of his father’s and mother’s teachings. Spoke of his connection with the Utah Stake presidency some years ago. So far as the senatorship is concerned, he would willingly resign tomorrow, if the brethren desired it. Like Brother Clawson, he thought it a most wonderful thing that President Smith had been permitted to testify before a committee of the United States senate that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that as a church we enjoy the spirit of revelation, all of which testimony becomes a part of the records of the senate for all time to come.

Elder Hyrum M. Smith said that he had nothing special on his mind. Rejoiced, however, in the spirit of the meeting. Felt to regret the absence of some of the brethren. Said that he knew the gospel to be true and encouraged the saints to be faithful. Felt indignant when anything is said against the brethren of the council. Has many times testified that he knew his brethren were devoted to the cause of God. On his recent southern trip, spoke a little along the line of politics, advising the people to put up good men for office. Also spoke a word in favor of President [Theodore] Roosevelt and said he believed him to be a good man because of his love for his wife and children. He stood ready, he said, as a member of the quorum to do whatever is required of him.

Elder Geo. A. Smith said that he felt he would like to see the [p.776] time come when the Twelve could be cut loose from business and secular affairs that they might give themselves wholly to the work of the ministry and yet he realized that, if they devoted all their time to preaching, they would become narrow and bigoted. Said that he loved the brethren of the Twelve. Spoke of the local situation. Felt that the brethren should be one in their views and feelings.

Elder Chas. W. Penrose said that he had greatly enjoyed the spirit and remarks of the brethren. Remarked that he was the youngest member of the quorum and feels that fact. In being called to the apostleship, he felt to lean upon the Lord. His first duty, he said, was to his quorum. In regard to the present agitation said that he was not afraid of agitation. Could see the hand of the Lord in it. He was one, he said, who sought the Lord early and found him. There seemed from the first a place within him for the gospel. Spoke of his early missionary labors in England. There never was a time when he was not willing to respond to every call. His heart was in the work and he loved the brethren. Regretted that some of them could not be present, but looked for the time when their seats would all be occupied and we would be united.

The minutes were read and approved, and the meeting adjourned until January 3, 1905. Benediction by Elder Penrose. The Presidency and Twelve will meet tomorrow at 11 a.m. instead of Thursday.

[Wednesday, 5 October 1904] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Elder[s] Lyman, Jno. H. Smith, Clawson, Hyrum M. Smith, Geo. A. Smith, Penrose, Jno. Smith, and the clerk. The brethren clothed and sang, “Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise.” Elder Hyrum M. Smith opened by prayer, and Pres. Smith was mouth at the altar. After disrobing, the brethren sang, “Should You Feel Inclined to Censure.” The minutes of Sep. 29th were read and approved.

Pres. [John M.] Baxter of the Woodruff Stake wrote to the effect that he had visited the Manila Branch of his stake and organized it into a ward with Peter G. Wall as bishop. Arnold Schulthess and Philip Maycock recommended by letter that the lower part of the second ward be permitted to hold meetings in [p.777] that locality under the direction of a presiding elder during the winter months. Recommendation approved.

A letter from Brother [Anthon L.] Skanchy was read from [by] the clerk. He referred particularly to instructions that had been issued from the Presiding Bishop’s office in relation to the distribution of tracts, hall expenses, and other things. Brother Skanchy said that he was endeavoring to carry out the instructions of the Presiding Bishop and to keep expenses within the limit of appropriations made for the mission. In order to do this, it became necessary for the elders to bear the expense of furnishing their tracts and paying hall rent, &c. Pres. Smith said that he had felt for a long time that tracts should be furnished to the elders free of charge, but, if this were done, he feared that in many instances the tracts would be handled without judgment, thrown around, and lost. Perhaps it would be wiser, he said, to make a small charge for them, say, one half the cost. The council coincided with this view. It was determined that the matter be referred to a committee for further consideration.

Reports were called for and most of the brethren said that they were in attendance at the temple fast meeting. Elder Geo. A. Smith reported his recent visit East.

Pres. Smith said that he wanted to refer to a matter that had given him much concern—namely, the private journals of the brethren of the council. Many things were written in them which, if they were to fall into the hands of the enemy, might bring trouble upon the church. After the death of the brethren, you cannot tell what may become of their journals, and even now the brethren felt an anxiety in relation to Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon’s journal, who made a pretty full account of everything that transpired in the councils of the brethren; the same with Abram Cannon and others. Elder Jno. H. Smith said that he was very much concerned about this matter and had been for a long time and felt ‘that some action should be taken in the premises. Pres. Winder said that it was very unsafe and risky for the brethren to write down that which occurred in these meetings. This duty belonged to the clerk of the council and nobody else. Pres. Winder moved that it be the sense and feeling of the council that the brethren should not write in their journals that which took place in the council meetings. Carried by unanimous vote. Meeting [p.778] adjourned. Benediction by Elder Jno. H. Smith.

Dear Brother Heber [J. Grant]:

I received your letter of Sep. 11th and appreciate all that you say. Pleased to hear that you are enjoying your labors. Will send the certificate book you ask for.

You will see by the “leaves” of today that I am debarred from writing in my journal the doings of the council, which of necessity debars me from sending you any further “leaves.” I regret this exceedingly, but of course you will see the wisdom of the council’s action in the matter.

Praying for your continued welfare, prosperity, and happiness, and a full measure of success in your missionary labors, I remain,

Yours most faithfully,
[signed] Rudger Clawson