A Ministry of Meetings
Stan Larson, editor
14 July – 17 April
The Political Landscape: “We Will Have Control”
[Saturday, 14 July, 1900] [p. 189] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. I spent the forenoon at the President’s office. At 2 p.m. a meeting was held at the President’s office. Present: President[s] Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, [and] Joseph F. Smith, Apostles B. Young, Reed Smoot, and myself, and Elders Robt. T. Burton, J. R. Winder, F. S. Richards, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
The object of the meeting was to consider the matter of closing up the Utah Loan and Trust Co.’s business. Apostle Reed Smoot, one of the committee appointed by the Presidency and council of Apostles, made a brief report of the condition of said banking company, as follows, to wit:
|Less certificates of deposits made by H. J. Grant||28,774.11||78,896|
[p. 190] It was moved by Pres. Cannon and seconded by Jno. R. Winder that $35,000, or so much of it as may be needed, be set apart by the Trustee-in-Trust to liquidate the deficiency of the Utah Loan and Trust Co. and that the matter be submitted to the First Presidency and Twelve at their next meeting for their approval. Carried by unanimous vote.
[Thursday, 19 July 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Presidents G. Q. Cannon and J. F. Smith, and Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale. H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.” Prayer by Apostle H. J. Grant. Song. J. F. Smith was mouth in the circle.
Conference appointments: Tooele, Apostles F. M. Lyman and R. Clawson; Weber, J. W. Taylor and M. F. Cowley; dedication of Lewiston meeting house, Presidents Cannon and Smith. The clerk read a letter from Pres. Thos. Ricks of the Fremont Stake, asking for the privilege to change the names of the following wards to conform to the post office name: Hiatt to Plano; Fall River to Chester; Raymond to Victor. Upon motion the request was granted.
A letter was read from Alice A. Miskin in which she suggested the organization of a Young Married Woman’s M.I.A., where the duties of wife and motherhood could be taught. The clerk was instructed to answer and say that it was not deemed wise to make any further church organizations at present.
Apostle H. J. Grant reported his visit to Arizona and Mexico. Held conference at St. Joseph Stake in Thatcher. Ira B. Elmer was ordained a patriarch. Elder [David W.] Cluff, counselor in the bishopric of the Central Ward, had been teaching false doctrine, and was, therefore, released, and Elder Geo. R. Shurtz was ordained in his stead. Organized the Hubbard Ward with Elisha R. Hubbard bishop. The bishop of the Pima Ward was given J. A. McBride for 1st counselor and Seth Green for 2nd counselor. In relation to the taking of a certain railroad contract, Pres. Andrew Kimball was at fault and not the people. He took the contract and is losing money, but did it on his own responsibility; nevertheless, [p.191] he rather carried the idea that the people were to blame. Found the South American Expedition from the Brigham Young Academy, Ben J. Cluff in charge, at Thatcher. Said that in the expedition were some young men of inexperience, who were not fitted for exploration into South America, and he felt that, unless the matter were investigated and some changes made and men of experience appointed to join the party, the expedition would end disastrously. The matter was pretty fully discussed by the brethren and referred to the First Presidency for action.
Apostle J. W. Taylor reported his visit to Emery Stake, where he organized the Sunnyside Ward with Brother [John] Potter as bishop. Apostle A. H. Lund reported his visit to San Pete. Assisted the presidency of the stake, he said, to organize the Freedom Ward with Wm. Lowry as Bishop. Held meetings in Fountain Green and Moroni.
Apostle F. M. Lyman reported our visit to Juab Stake. Reed Smoot reported the visit of Pres. Cannon, Geo. Teasdale, and himself to Utah Stake Conference. Had a good time. Elders Jas. H. Clark and A. J. Southwick were ordained high councillors in place of V. L. Halliday and C. D. Evans.
Pres. J. F. Smith reported that he had assisted the high council and presidency of the Salt Lake Stake in setting apart Thos. S. Browning as bishop of the Salt Lake City 3rd Ward. It was decided upon suggestion of Apostle B. Young that the appropriation of $40 a month to Brother [Joseph H.] Ward to assist him in the publication [of] his German paper be continued. Benediction by Apostle B. Young.
[Tuesday, 24 July 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. Pioneer Day. The ceremonies connected with the unveiling of the Brigham Young Statue at the head of Main Street took place at 10 a.m. The statue and pedestal were draped with American flags and a platform was built around them for the accommodation of the speakers and prominent people. A large crowd had gathered around the stand. The following program was carried out, to wit:
The assembly was called to order by Hon. Jas. Sharp. Address, Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon. He recited the achievements of Brigham Young and the pioneers. Dwelt upon the hardships of early days. [p.192]Spoke of the incident whereby the people were saved from starvation by the sea gulls, which came in myriads, and destroyed the crickets, and thus saved the crops. Spoke of the gold fever that in early days took possession of the people, and how that Brigham Young counseled them to remain and develop the resources of the country and let the gold fields alone. Spoke of his wise counsels and timely instructions in all the trying situations of pioneer days. Said that the story of the emigration to and peopling of these valleys of the mountains should live in the minds of our children. This statue and monument will serve to remind them of these things.
An address, introducing C[yrus] E. Dallin, sculptor, through whose genius the statue of Brigham Young was brought forth, [by] Hon. Jas. T. Hammond. Address, [by] C. E. Dallin, sculptor.
The statue was unveiled at 11 a.m., the ceremony being performed by Margaret Young, great granddaughter of Brigham Young. In addition to the statue of Brigham Young, which rested upon the top of the pedestal, there were two figures and a group in bronze just finished and put in place for the unveiling. One of the figures represented a trapper and the other an Indian. The group represented a family of pioneers. The entire monument as now completed and unveiled is very fine.
Lydia and myself and the children spent the afternoon at Liberty Park. We took picnic with us, which added something of interest to the outing.
I have often said that if I were a wealthy man, I would set aside a portion of my means to be used in the temple for the salvation of the dead. There are many good people in the church who can be employed to work for the dead, and I have ascertained that it will cost from 75c to $1.00 for each dead person who is baptized for and endowed, which work, if accepted by them, means salvation to their souls; and Pres. Lorenzo Snow says that in nine cases out of ten the work will be accepted, so that, it might be said, there is very little risk connected with an investment of this kind. How beautiful it is in cases where men have means, but little or no time to spend in missionary work or to labor themselves in the temple that they should devote a portion of that means for the salvation of the dead, rather than to leave a great lot of means for their children to quarrel over. Now, I am not a man of means, but to [p.193] show forth the sincerity of my desire, I have decided to set aside a small part of my monthly income for the purpose above explained and shall start the fund with $4.00. I hope in the future to accomplish much good, under the blessing of the Lord, from this very small beginning.
[Thursday, 26 July 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Cannon and Smith, Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and Reed Smoot; and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren robed. Song, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.” Prayer by Apostle J. H. Smith, and Reed Smoot mouth in the circle.
Pres. G. Q. Cannon announced that the Presidency had appointed Apostle A. H. Lund as church historian. Upon the motion of Apostle F. M. Lyman, the appointment was approved by unanimous vote. Pres. Cannon also stated that Pres. J. F. Smith had been appointed by Pres. Snow to visit Mexico and investigate matters pertaining to the B. Y. Academy Scientific Expedition to South America, the expedition now being somewhere in the neighborhood of Nogales, Mexico. The appointment was approved by unanimous vote.
Quarterly conferences appointments: Bannock, Apostle F. M. Lyman; Cache, Pres. G. Q. Cannon, Reed Smoot, and myself; San Luis, B. Young and M. F. Cowley; district conference at Kaysville, H. J. Grant. Apostle F. M. Lyman reported our visit to the Tooele Stake Conference.
Pres. Cannon reported the attendance of himself and Pres. J. F. Smith to the dedication of the Lewiston meeting house. It was an elegant building, he said. The people there are united and prosperous. The dedicatory prayer was offered by Pres. Cannon.
The clerk read a letter from Jas. G. Duffin, pres. of the S.W. States Mission, who said that the number of elders in his mission had been reduced from 150 to 113. He, therefore, asked for more elders. The law of tithing is being fairly well observed by the elders and saints under his jurisdiction.
Apostle H. J. Grant testified to the healing of the waters, which were salty and bitter, in the large reservoir at St. Johns, Arizona. [p.194] He felt that it was in answer to the prayer offered by myself during our visit to that stake last February [January].
Apostle F. M. Lyman offered a suggestion to the effect that an architect—to be known as the church architect—be appointed to inspect and pass upon plans for meeting houses and tabernacles in all the Stakes of Zion. Economy, convenience, and beauty of design would result, he thought. The matter was deferred for the present. Benediction by M. F. Cowley.
[Monday, 30 July 1900] Logan, Utah. Clear and cool. 9 a.m. Apostle Reed Smoot and myself called in at several homes and administered to the sick, namely, to Sister Brown for heart trouble; to Brother Brown for cold; to Sister Parkinson for nervousness; to daughter of Sister Ballard for pain in the bowels; to Sister Ballard for swelling in the throat.
10 a.m. Continuation of [Cache Stake] Conference, Apostle Merrill presiding. Speakers were myself, Apostle Reed Smoot, and Pres. Cannon. Topics treated. R. C[lawson]. Took as my text a revelation to David Whitmer wherein the Lord told him that that which would be of the most worth to him would be to declare repentance to the people and bring souls to Christ. Referred to the case of the 3 Nephites, whose lives were spared for all time to come to bring souls to the Lord.
R. S[moot]. Took as his text the translation of Elijah, the prophet, who was taken into heaven by a chariot of fire. Bore a strong testimony to the truth. Referred to several incidents of healing by the laying on of hands.
Just before Pres. Cannon arose to speak, he was handed a Salt Lake Daily Herald, which announced the assassination of King Humbert [Umberto I] of Italy. He was shot through the heart by an anarchist. Pres. Cannon took this incident as a text and warned the saints against joining secret societies and combinations. Said we would be judged according to our works in the flesh. All that we say and do will be recorded. Spoke of the priesthood and said that every key, power, and authority enjoyed by people on the earth since the days of Adam, were conferred upon Joseph Smith, the prophet. Explained the true order of the priesthood and how the authority has descended from Joseph to Brigham, and to John, [p.195] Wilford, and Lorenzo. Spoke of the decision of the Presidency and Twelve in placing Jos. F. Smith ahead of Brigham Young—it was because of priority of ordination as one of the Twelve. Dwelt upon the subject of miracles. Said no greater gift is bestowed upon men than the gift of the Holy Ghost. This is by far greater than the working of miracles.
[Thursday, 2 August 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents L. Snow and Geo. Q. Cannon, and Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, and Reed Smoot; and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Pres. Snow was present today for the first time in seven weeks, he having been confined to his bed by a severe spell of sciatica. Song, “Zion Stands by Hills Surrounded.” Prayer by Apostle J. W. Taylor, I being mouth in the circle. Song, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”
The clerk read a letter from Emma Jensen of Logan, in which she charged the son [William Smith] of a prominent official [Isaac Smith] of the church in the Cache Stake of being the father of an illegitimate child by her daughter. Apostle A. H. Lund, with Apostle Cowley to assist, was appointed to investigate the matter. Apostle Reed Smoot reported that he was getting along fairly well in closing up and in making a final settlement in the matter of the Utah Loan and Trust Company.
Singing. Benediction by Apostle A. H. Lund.
[Saturday, 4 August 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 7 a.m. I left for Ogden to attend the monthly priesthood meeting of the Weber Stake, arriving at 8 a.m. I called in to see Pres. [Lewis W.] Shurtliff and told him I had come to fill an appointment made by Apostle J. W. Taylor for the purpose of talking up the matter of tithing. Apostle Taylor, having been called to the Woodruff Stake, could not be present.
11 a.m. Priesthood meeting in the academy building, Pres. L. W. Shurtliff presiding. I occupied the balance of the time (1 hour) and dwelt upon the duties of the presidency of a stake and the bishopric of a ward. Also spoke strongly upon the law of tithing [p.196] with respect to non-tithe-payers, showing that the obligation to visit and convert them rested upon bishops of wards, and that that responsibility is shifted from the First Presidency and Twelve. At the close of the meeting, I distributed some non-tithe-payers blank sheets to the bishops and asked them to make a report on or before Oct. 1st, 1900.
[Thursday, 9 August 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and warm. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Pres. L. Snow and Pres. G. Q. Cannon, and Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and Reed Smoot; and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “O My Father.” Apostle A. H. Lund was mouth in prayer, and F. M. Lyman in the circle. Song.
The clerk read a letter from Apostle B. Young, in which was given a report of his travels and labors in the San Juan Stake. A letter from Pres. J. F. Smith was read. Said that they (namely, Elders S. B. Young, presidency of the Juarez Stake, and himself) had met in council with B[enjamin] Cluff, Jr., pres. of the B. Y. College Scientific Expedition to South America and that Elder Cluff could not give up his cherished project to continue the expedition, although they had so advised it, and in consequence he would select 7 or 8 of his best men to continue the journey, the remainder to be released to take a mission to the S.W. States or return home. Some considerable discussion was indulged in regarding the unwillingness, apparently, of Elder Cluff to take the advice of Pres. J. F. Smith. There were some other things mentioned in relation to Elder Cluff, which made it appear that he was a man of poor judgment and, therefore, not altogether fitted to take charge of an expedition that would be attended with great danger and difficulties all along the line. Finally, it was moved and carried by unanimous vote that Pres. J. F. Smith be telegraphed to release and return the members of the expedition to their homes.1
[p. 197] Pres. R. G. Miller of the Emery Stake wrote respecting some water troubles in his stake, and asking that some of the apostles be sent to adjust the same. Apostles J. H. Smith and A. H. Lund were delegated to attend to the matter.
Apostle Reed Smoot called attention to the fact that the presidency and high council of the Utah Stake had made a distribution of the 10% tithing set apart as compensation to the bishops, and bishops’ clerks, and stake tithing clerks, and that out of the distribution a small margin was reserved to meet some of the stake expenses, such as janitor hire and electric lighting for the stake tabernacle, and sundry other church items. The distribution, he said, was entirely satisfactory to the bishops and all others concerned. Bishop W. B. Preston, the presiding bishop, he remarked, objected to this arrangement, taking the position that the entire 10% should go to the bishops. While no formal vote was taken, it seemed to be the mind of the Presidency and brethren, that the presidency of a stake and high council had ample authority to make the distribution of the said 10%, and that if their action was accepted by the general authorities of the stake, it should stand.
A letter from the presidency of the St. George Stake was read. They reported that owing to the resignation of the bishop [James M. Ballard] of the Grafton Ward, it became necessary to effect a reorganization. Apostle F. M. Lyman was authorized to attend to the matter. Benediction by Apostle A. O. Woodruff.
[Saturday, 11 August 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. Lydia was confined this morning and at 10 a.m. gave birth to a strong and beautiful boy. She is getting along nicely, and everything is favorable to her speedy recovery. Gay, our only living girl, was somewhat disappointed, as she was anxious for a little sister.
[Sunday, 12 August 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool; hot in afternoon. I spent the day quietly at home. I am pleased and happy to record that Lydia is progressing nicely in her confinement; the child is also doing well, being strong and vigorous in health.
6:30 p.m. Sacrament meeting in the 18th Ward chapel, Coun. Robert Patrick presiding. J. G. K. [ J. Golden Kimball] The impor[p.198]tance of missionary labor, and how our elders ought to be trained in the gospel for the work before them. Faith. Sacrifice.
[Monday-Tuesday, 13-14 August 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool; warm in afternoon. I spent these two days at the President’s office, working on various accounts for the information of Pres. L. Snow.
Lydia is not quite so well today, Tuesday, being weak and suffering more or less with her heart. I administered to her at noon.
[Wednesday, 15 August 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool; warm in afternoon. I spent the day at the President’s office, or that is to say, the forenoon, being engaged on the books. In the afternoon I took the children to the circus. They enjoyed the performance very much. The animal show was also very good.
[Thursday, 16 August 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool; warm in afternoon. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Pres. L. Snow and Pres. G. Q. Cannon, and Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet.” Pres. G. Q. Cannon was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Geo. Teasdale was mouth in the circle. Song, “Now Let Us Rejoice.”
A letter was read from Pres. [James] Steele of the Bingham Stake, in which he recommended that the Goshen and Milo Branches be organized into wards. The recommendation was approved. Apostle Reed Smoot said that the name of Elder Thos. N. Taylor had been suggested for bishop of the 3rd Ward, Provo. The suggestion was approved by unanimous vote, and Apostle Smoot was authorized to effect the reorganization.
Some discussion was indulged in regarding non-tithe-payers, and it was suggested by Pres. Cannon that men holding the priesthood who do not pay tithing should be handled in their quorums, and if they did not repent and honor this law, they should be dropped from the quorum, as in his opinion a man who [p.199]rejected this law was certainly not worthy to hold a standing in a quorum of the priesthood. Also, he thought quorums should adopt a rule requiring the attendance of their members, and an absence from three or four meetings without a proper excuse should be considered sufficient cause for dropping his name from the roll. It was conceded by all present that the suggestions were very good, and it would be well to take them as a text in visiting the various conferences. In regard to some members of the church who were reported up as not believing in the principle of tithing, Pres. Cannon remarked that a man who did not believe in the law was not worthy to hold the priesthood. Benediction by Apostle F. M. Lyman.
[Inserted after 22 August 1900.] The following is explanatory. I record it in my journal in order to preserve it in good form:
Salt Lake City
A blessing given by Patriarch Win. J. Smith upon the head of Rudger Clawson, son of H. B. Clawson and Margaret Gay Judd, born March 12th, 1857, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Recorded in Book E, page 240.
Brother Rudger, I place my hands upon the crown of thy head in the name of Jesus Christ, the son of the Living God, and by virtue and authority of the holy priesthood in me vested, I pronounce upon thee a patriarchal and a father’s blessing, and [seal and] confirm all thy former blessings, baptisms, ordinations, and confirmations, and every blessing that has been bestowed by the Lord through his faithful servants. And because thy heart is honest and full of integrity for the principles of the everlasting gospel, the power of the Lord shall rest upon thee in a greater proportion than heretofore. Thou shalt be a wise counselor in Israel. Thy heart shall be filled with wisdom and thy mind with understanding in the knowledge of God and the laws of His kingdom upon the earth; and thou shalt also become acquainted with the laws by which the Most High governs His vast [p.200] dominions. Thou shalt have power to honor both the Melchizedek and Aaronic Priesthood and will receive thy full blessings in the house of the Lord and be a pillar in the temple of our God. Thou shalt be filled with revelation and prophecy and have power to discern and detect wicked and false spirits wherever thou goest, and thou shalt have power over devils and demons and all diseases and the desolating sickness which shall come over the land and all destructive elements. The winds and the waves shall obey thy voice, and the tempests of the mighty deep shall be stayed at thy command. No enemy shall have power over thee—not even a hair of thy head shall fall by a foe. Thou shalt heal the sick, and cast out devils and raise the dead, if it be necessary, and the sun and the moon shall even be stayed at thy command for the furtherance of the work of God.
Thy faith shall increase and thou shalt have power to prevail with God like the brother of Jared, until thou shalt behold God face to face. Thou shalt have mighty faith in Jesus and gather thy thousands to Zion and feed them in the days of famine by the power of God. Thou shalt assist in gathering the Zion of God from all nations and live to see Israel gathered from the four corners of the earth. Thou shalt be gathered to the center stake, and assist in building that holy temple where a cloud by day shall rest and a pillar of fire by night. Thou shalt be a pillar in that temple, and perform a great work for thy progenitors, and assist in the redemption of thousands of thy friends and kindred that have died without a knowledge of the gospel.
Thou shalt be a mighty minister of Jesus and herald of salvation to the nations afar off, for thou shall bind up the law and seal up the testimony that the righteous may be saved and the wicked condemned; and thou shall have power to save all that shall cleave unto thee, and lead them like unto Moses, the great leader of Israel.
The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion and every gift and grace shall rest upon thee at every [p.201] time and place in the high and holy calling whereunto thou wilt be called by the Lord, through His servants, in His own due time.
Thou art a choice vine of the chosen seed of Israel: a child of promise, an heir of salvation, born under the new and everlasting covenant, and a lawful heir to the priesthood without adoption. And I bless you in the priesthood that the power thereof may rest upon thee and thy posterity after thee forever, for the blessings that were bestowed by Melchizedek upon the head of Abraham and his children, I seal the same upon thee and thine throughout all their generations. Thou art of the house of Joseph through the loins of Ephraim, fully entitled to all the blessings of the everlasting gospel, through thine obedience thereto and by thy lineage and furthermore the blessings of the fathers shall be upon thy head.
I seal thee up against all plagues and pestilence that shall be sent forth to devastate the wicked, but thy feet shall stand in holy and sure places in these days of trouble and woe. I bless you to be faithful in all time to come, that your feet may never stray from the path of Christ. I seal you up to eternal life, to a holy resurrection with thy full redemption, with thine inheritance, in a kingdom of glory that shall never fail thee. Even so. Amen.
[Thursday, 23 August 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Pres. Snow and Presidents J. F. Smith and Geo. Q. Cannon, and Apostles J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, R. Clawson, A. O. Woodruff, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded.” Pres. J. F. Smith was mouth in prayer, and M. F. Cowley was mouth in the circle. Song, “O Say, What Is Truth?”
Pres. [Willis E.] Robison of the Wayne Stake wrote, recommending Elder Jas. Grant for bishop of Thurber Ward, as it was necessary, owing to removal of present bishop, to effect a reorganization. The recommendation was approved.
[p. 202] Apostle J. H. Smith stated that women’s clubs were being established throughout the state for educational purposes, and some of our leading sisters were joining them. He desired to know if there was any particular objection to this movement. After some discussion it was decided that there was not. The purpose for which they were organized seemed to be all right, but if it was found later on that the tendency was to evil, it could then be looked into.
The clerk read a letter from Elder Platte D. Lyman, pres. of the European Mission. He referred to the case of Elder A. E. Hyde, Jr., who had borrowed $75.00 from a certain sister and afterwards had refused or failed to return it, thus bringing reproach upon the mission. Although Elder Hyde had been honorably released to come home, he really felt that in all such cases the elders should be denied an honorable release. This was exactly the mind of the brethren. Said he also regretted to have to report that some of the elders in returning home had indulged in card playing, gambling, &c., thus setting a bad example and bringing reproach upon the church.
The subject of Pres. Lyman’s letter led to some considerable discussion, in which it became clearly apparent that many elders were sent out who were poorly qualified to represent the church and preach the gospel. Pres. Snow said that some plan must be adopted to correct this evil and he felt that a missionary training school should be established in our midst, where the elders could receive proper instruction before leaving for their fields of labor. The idea seemed to meet with general approval.
Apostle M. F. Cowley reported his visit to the Uintah Stake and said he organized the Mountain Dell Ward with Elder J. C. Searle as bishop. Approved. Benediction by Apostle J. H. Smith.
[Sunday, 26 August 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool; slight rain during the night. I took train for Lewiston, Cache Stake, to meet with the saints in their new meeting house. Apostle M. F. Cowley joined me at Logan. We left the train at Franklin at 12 noon and drove over to Lewiston, some 6 miles, arriving at 1 p.m.
1 p.m. Meeting in the new brick meeting house, recently dedicated to the Lord. It is a fine building, being 40 x 80 ft. in [p.203] dimension. The walls, the woodwork, the painting, the seats, and all were finished and completed in first class style and workmanship, and left nothing to be desired. The house will accommodate about 1000 people and cost $10,000. The accomplishment of this enterprise reflects great credit upon the saints of Lewiston. The meeting was called to order by Bp. Wm. H. Lewis.
I made remarks upon the subject of faith and union. Referred in complimentary terms to the new meeting house. Related some incidents of my experience in the building of meeting houses in the Box Elder Stake to show the importance of union.
Apostle Cowley followed and treated upon the following topics. The temporal and spiritual. The evils of politics. The unchangeable character of the gospel. The principle of plural marriage. Some of the evils of monogamy. Virtue. Tithing. Dispensation of the fullness of times. Eternal nature of the marriage covenant.
[Monday-Wednesday, 27-29 August 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. I spent these three days in Salt Lake, mostly at the President’s office, working on various matters. I got up a comparative statement for Pres. Snow, showing the cash tithing paid during the first 6 months in 1899 and in 1900. The sum totals were as follows:
|Cash tithing paid during 1st 6 months in 1899||$176,484.07|
|Cash tithing paid during 1st 6 months in 1900||$259,287.38|
From this showing Pres. Snow assumed that the tithing for 1900 would be fully as much as paid in 1899, which I feel is a just conclusion.
[Thursday, 30 August 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Apostles B. Young, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song. Apostle M. W. Merrill was mouth in prayer, and H. J. Grant was mouth in the circle. Song, “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.”
Apostle B. Young reported his visit to the San Juan Stake. He had visited various settlements there. Also succeeded in settling [p.204] up a difficulty between some of the brethren in Manassah, Colo.
Apostle Reed Smoot reported that they were now about ready to settle and close up the Utah Loan and Trust Co.’s business, and will call upon the church shortly for the $36,000 promised. This matter has been of considerable annoyance to Pres. Snow and the brethren, and they will be glad to see the matter closed up.
Apostle A. O. Woodruff reported his visit to the Panguitch Stake in company with Apostle F. M. Lyman. Said they had reorganized the stake with David Cameron as President, M[ahonri] M[oriancumr] Steele, 1st counselor, and Jas. Houston, 2nd counselor, and reorganized the bishopric of 5 of the wards of the stake. These changes were approved by unanimous vote. Benediction by Apostle Geo. Teasdale.
[Saturday, 1 September 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 2 p.m. Continuation of [Salt Lake Stake] Conference, Pres. A.M. Cannon presiding.
The speakers were Apostles J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, and Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon. Topics treated. J. H. S[mith]. The responsibility resting upon the teachers and acting teachers of the church to teach the gospel of Christ to the people. Evil practices among the young men of our church. The breaking of the Sabbath day.
H. J. G[rant]. The breaking of the Sabbath day. The responsibility of parents toward their children—to set them a good example and lead them into the way of life.
Pres. G. Q. C[annon]. Influence of parents over their children. Sabbath breaking. Pres. Cannon said that the Lord would sift out the unfaithful from among his people and prepare a remnant for the day of His coming.
[Thursday, 6 September 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, and Apostles B. Young, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, R. Clawson, and Reed Smoot. Song, “Glorious Things Are Sung of Zion.” Apostle Reed Smoot was mouth in prayer, and Apostle B. Young in the circle. Song, “O Ye Mountains High.”
Apostles Teasdale, Cowley, and Smoot were appointed to attend the Morgan Stake Conference, Sunday the 9th, and reorganize [p.205] the presidency of that stake. Pres. Snow said that Apostle Merrill, president of the Logan Temple, had ruled that the baptism of a certain man who had been baptized a few days before he was 8 years of age was of no virtue. The effect of this decision would be to make null and void the ministrations in the priesthood of this brother in after life. Pres. Merrill had also ruled that he should be rebaptized and that his membership in the church should date from his second baptism. The matter was discussed and it was decided to set aside Pres. Merrill’s ruling and to affirm the man’s first baptism. To hold that a child in all cases must absolutely be eight years of age before administering the ordinance of baptism was regarded as rather too narrow and technical a view to take.
The time set for the opening of the fall conference was Friday, Oct. 8th, 1900. The clerk read a letter from Pres. Platte D. Lyman, in which he referred to the health of Jas. McMurrin, one of his counselors, who was afflicted, he said, with cancer of the lip, which was giving him considerable trouble. A letter from Elder Jas. McMurrin was also read. He gave a brief report of his recent visit to the Scandinavia[n] and the German and Switzerland Missions.
Bp. Geo. H. Crosby of Torrey wrote that they have room for 100 families. Desired the Presidency to recommend a competent engineer to assist them in the survey of their new canal. I reported the setting apart of Elder Noah S. Pond as 2nd counselor to Pres. Wm. C. Parkinson of the Pocatello Stake.
Some talk was indulged in regarding missionary work in the world. Pres. Cannon moved that we stop sending missionaries for the present to Gr. Britain and the Southern States, except in special cases—for the reason that these missions are now too crowded with missionaries. The motion was seconded and carried. Benediction by R. Clawson.
[Sunday, 9 September 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. M.I.A. convention of the general board and stake presidencies of the Salt Lake Stake, Davis, Weber, Box Elder, Utah, Summit, Tooele, Wasatch, Granite, Jordan, Morgan, and Juab. These stakes were all represented. President Jos. F. Smith presided.
The speakers were Pres. J. F. Smith, Elder J. G. Kimball, Apostle M. F. Cowley, and Elder J. Y. Taylor. Topics treated. J. G. [p.206] K[imball]. Missionary work. These conventions to take the place of missionaries as heretofore called. The local missionary work, however, will continue. The importance of selecting the right kind of men for missionaries. Their duty to visit young men who are wayward and indifferent to M.I.A. cause.
J. Y. T[aylor]. Missionary work. Each association ward to be divided into three parts—the president to take one and his counselors the other two. Every young man needing conversion to have a missionary appointed to do the work. Young men can only be reached by the influence of the Holy Spirit. Be in touch with the bishopric of your ward. Start work early in the season. The call for local missionaries should come from the bishopric of the ward in conjunction with the ward president.
J. F. S[mith]. Missionary work. Few men qualified for good missionaries. A man to labor successfully in this calling must be sociable and humble and must be able to win the confidence of people. Every missionary should have the witness of the Holy Spirit in his heart. Men are not converted by eloquence or oratory.
M. F. C[owley]. Gave some illustrations to show the truth of what the brethren had said in relation to missionary work and how to preach the gospel.
[Thursday, 13 September 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Pres. L. Snow, and Apostles B. Young, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “O Say, What Is Truth?” Prayer by R. Clawson, Apostle J. H. Smith being mouth in the circle. Song, “O My Father.”
Apostle Geo. Teasdale, J. H. Smith, and A. H. Lund were appointed to attend the Davis Stake Conference. A letter from Bp. T. J. Parmley of Pleasant Valley Ward, Utah Stake, to Pres. Edward Partridge was read. He reported that there were some 13 families living at a place called Clear Creek, a few miles distant from his ward, which he recommended should be organized into a branch of the church. Pres. Partridge wrote recommending that Pleasant Valley Ward be attached to the Emery Stake, giving a number of reasons therefor. There were, however, many good reasons adduced by the brethren to show that it would not be wise to make the change. Upon motion it was decided that Clear Creek be [p.207] organized into a branch and that Pleasant Valley be retained in the Utah Stake.
I suggested that as the general conference this year would be held on fast day that the time for October fast day be changed to Sept. 30th. The suggestion was approved.
Apostle Geo. Teasdale reported the reorganization of the presidency of the Morgan Stake with Daniel Heiner as president, and Wm. H. Rich as 1st and Wm. W. Francis as 2[nd] counselor. Anthony Heiner, Sr., and Jas. R. Rawle were ordained high councillors; Thos. F. Welch and W. G. Brough were set apart as alternate high councillors; Jas. N. Welch was ordained president of elders quorum; and Herbert Crouch was set apart as president of the Y.M.M.I.A. The report was approved.
Pres. Snow spoke of the movement now on foot to build a railroad from Salt Lake City to Los Angeles and said that it looked very much as if the enterprise would be carried through. He said that the promoters desired the church to join them in building the road. The proposition they make is that the church put into the enterprise the Salt Lake and Los Angeles R.R. and the Saltair Beach property and take stock in lieu thereof. The brethren in expressing themselves upon the subject said they thought it a matter worthy of consideration as it was conceded that a new road running from Salt Lake to California would not only pay well but would be of great benefit to Utah. Pres. Snow expressed the view that, if the church went into the enterprise, it might be wisdom to offer them the two properties referred to at a good fair price and take in payment, one third stock and two thirds cash. This being a preliminary talk only, no definite action was taken. Benediction by Apostle Geo. Teasdale.
[Monday, 17 September 1900] Meadow Creek, Utah. Clear and mild. At 5 a.m. we left for Oasis, arriving after a very pleasant ride at 11:15 a.m. Bp. Fyler [John Styler] has a fine flowing well of natural lithia water, which acts as an excellent tonic for the kidneys. I drank copiously from the same. It has been a very beautiful day. The air is clear and invigorating, and the water is cool and stimulating. I am enjoying my visit here and feel splendid.
7 p.m. Evening meeting for three wards [Deseret, Oasis, [p.208] Hinckley], Bp. Hinckley presiding. I occupied the time and spoke upon the importance of the callings of the priesthood and church. Exhorted the young people to faithfulness and diligence.
At the dose of the evening meeting, we called and administered to Elder Hyrum Cahoon, who was suffering with typhoid fever. Bp. Frank Hinckley was mouth in prayer, Bp. Jno. Styler anointed, and I confirmed the anointing.
[Thursday, 20 September 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Pres. Snow, and Apostles B. Young, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song. A. H. Lund was mouth in prayer, and J. W. Taylor was mouth in the circle. Song.
Pres. C. O. Card of the Alberta Stake recommended that Mark Beazer be ordained bishop of Beazer Ward. Approved and Pres. Card authorized to ordain him.
Pres. Thos. E. Ricks of Fremont Stake recommended Jas. J. Wellard for bishop of Twin Groves Ward to succeed Wm. D. Williams, resigned. Approved and referred to myself to attend to ordination.
Stake appointments: Fremont Stake, R. Clawson; Bingham Stake, H. J. Grant; Styler Stake, Geo. Teasdale. Apostle B. Young said that Bp. [Joseph S.] Rawlins of South Cottonwood was in feeble health and in his opinion ought to be released from presiding. No action taken.
Apostle Grant recommended that South Cottonwood and Mill Creek Wards be divided and gave a number of good reasons for said action. He felt, he said, that the population would justify it, and the people would get much better attention than they were now receiving. It was moved and carried that the division be made.
Apostle Taylor moved that a committee be appointed to consider the advisability of dividing some of the larger stakes, namely, Cache, Utah, San Pete, and Weber. The matter was discussed. Pres. Snow, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, M. F. Cowley, and myself speaking to the subject. Some of the reasons given why a division would result in good were: more of the brethren and sisters of the church would be brought into active service; the interests of the saints would receive more careful attention; [p.209] increase of tithing. Pres. Snow said he was heartily in favor of it, but suggested that the matter be deferred until the return of Presidents Cannon and Smith. Benediction by Apostle A. H. Lund.
I have just closed a bargain for 25 x 26 feet of land just back of my home in the 18th Ward. This, added to another piece adjoining upon which stands a small dwelling facing on State St. and which has been bargained for by Lydia at $1500, will give us space for a backyard and stable. Lydia will turn a piece of ground 4 x 10 rods in the 10th Ward against this purchase. I feel that we have been fortunate and are blessed in this transaction. I am paying $225 for the 25 x 26 feet.
[Tuesday-Wednesday, 25-26 September 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. I spent these two days mostly at the President’s office. Tuesday afternoon I assisted Apostle Teasdale in setting apart the following two brethren and sister: Edwin M. Andrews, ordained a seventy and set apart for a mission to the Eastern States, Apostle Teasdale mouth; Riley Garns Clark, set apart and blessed to pursue the study of medicine at Baltimore, Md., I being mouth; Mary Alice Clark, blessed to accompany her husband, Apostle Teasdale being mouth. At 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon I attended a meeting of the general Y.M.M.I.A. board.
[Thursday, 27 September 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Lorenzo Snow, G. Q. Cannon, and J. F. Smith, and Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Let Us Pray, Gladly Pray.” Prayer by F. M. Lyman, and A. O. Woodruff mouth in the circle. Song, “Come, Let Us Anew.”
Report of Elders C. W. Penrose [and ?] concerning the charges made by Elder Platte D. Lyman against Elder Walter Romney was read. They found upon careful investigation, and so far as they could judge, that he had drunk mild beer to some extent while in Germany on his mission but never was intoxicated; that he did not gamble; that in company with other elders upon one occasion to satisfy curiosity he looked into a house of ill-fame; that he played [p.210] a game or two of cards while on the ship returning home. A copy of the report, the clerk said, had been sent to Pres. P. D. Lyman. No action taken.
Apostle H. J. Grant reported his visit to the Bingham Stake. Two bishops were ordained as follows: Parley J. Davis, bishop of Milo Ward; Lars Sorensen, bishop of Goshen Ward.
Apostle F. M. Lyman recommended a change and reorganization of the St. George Stake, owing to the ill health of Pres. [Daniel D.] McArthur, who with other troubles was almost blind. Several names were discussed for the presidency of that stake, but nothing definitely was decided.
The question of dividing some of the larger stakes was again considered. The following brethren spoke in favor of it: Pres. Snow, Apostles H. J. Grant, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, A. O. Woodruff, and myself. Apostle Smoot said he did not think the presidency of the Utah Stake would favor division. As to his own views, he was not quite clear on the matter. No definite action was taken. Benediction by Elder B. Young.
[Sunday, 30 September 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild; very beautiful day. 10 a.m. Fast meeting at the temple in the room known as the “world.” President Snow presided.
Pres. Snow made opening remarks and said in substance: the secret of true happiness consists chiefly in being contented with our lot in life and in doing and performing the duties that devolve upon us. “Just so far as we succeed in making ourselves happy in this life, according as opportunity offers, just so far will we succeed in making ourselves happy in the life to come.”
The time of the meeting was then given to the brethren and sisters, and six brethren and seven sisters bore their testimony. Pres. Cannon said among other things that the day would come when the united order would be as easy to obey and practice as the principle of baptism or any other principle of the gospel. I spoke briefly upon the subject of “The Living Oracles.”
[Tuesday, 2 October 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Quarterly conference of the Twelve at the temple. Present: Apostles B. Young, F. M. [p.211] Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and Reed Smoot. Song, “Lord, We Come before Thee Now.” Prayer by Apostle H. J. Grant. Song, “Guard [Guide] Us, O Thou Great Jehovah.”
Apostle B. Young made opening remarks. Said he was in perfect harmony with the Twelve and the First Presidency. In laboring among the saints, [he] said, we ought to jot down the headings of topics most necessary to bring to the attention of the saints that they might not be overlooked. Spoke of the reunion of the leaders of the church and the brethren behind the veil and felt that he would be willing to make almost any sacrifice to attain to such a blessing.
Apostle Lyman said he expected soon to make a trip to Boston to arrange for the publication of the Lyman family genealogy in connection with the publication of the Mason family genealogy. The Lymans are descendants of the Masons. Felt that the brethren of the Twelve had been pretty faithful in their labors. Gave an account of his recent visit in the southern part of the state.
Apostle J. H. Smith said among other things, he felt that the Latter-day Saints are censurable before the Lord for their treatment of the Sabbath day. It is not observed among our people as it should be. Spoke briefly in relation to the B. Y. Monument Fund, Deseret News, moral training of the youth, and business integrity among our people. “Our enemies are on the alert and are disposed to bring trouble upon the Saints.”
Apostle F. M. Lyman said he did not know just how the brethren felt, but he had been advising presidents of stakes and counselors and bishops and counselors to keep out of active partisan politics. Some discussion followed bearing on this subject, bringing out a variety of opinions. The matter was laid on the table until tomorrow.
Adjourned until 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Benediction by Apostle J. W. Taylor. In the evening Lydia and myself went to the theatre.
[Wednesday, 3 October 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Continuation of conference of the Twelve, Apostle B. Young presiding. Full quorum [p.212] present. Song, “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet.” Prayer by Apostle M. W. Merrill. Song, “We Are the True Born Sons of Zion.”
Apostle Geo. Teasdale spoke of the union of the Twelve and felt that heaven must be pleased with it. Spoke of his visit to Provo last Sunday in attending the fast meeting at the B. Y. College. About 40 of the students in attendance at the school bore testimony of the truth, and it was a splendid meeting.
Apostle H. J. Grant was the next speaker. Felt, he said, that those who fail to observe the word of wisdom and pay their tithing ought not to be sustained in presiding positions. He endorsed Brother Brigham’s suggestion that we should note down important subjects to be brought before the saints—always being subject to the inspiration of the Spirit. Dwelt briefly upon the subjects of Sabbath breaking and immorality. Said he thought that each member of the quorum should make an effort to visit every stake of Zion. Benediction by Apostle M. F. Cowley.
11 a.m. Funeral service over the remains of Dr. Jno. R. Park, Bp. O. F. Whitney presiding. Consolatory remarks were made by Jos. T. Kingsbury, pres. of the University of Utah, Senator Jos. L. Rawlins, Elder Jas. Sharp, Governor H[eber] M. Wells, Bp. O. F. Whitney, and Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon. Dr. Jno. R. Park was one of Utah’s greatest educators and was a man much beloved of the people.
3 p.m. Continuation of the quarterly conference of the Twelve. Full quorum present. Song, “The God That Others Worship Is Not the God for Me.” Prayer by Apostle A. H. Lund. Song, “Ye Who Are Called to Labor.”
Apostle H. J. Grant made further remarks. Said that if we are united in the view that the larger stakes be divided, we should not pass the matter over but urge immediate action, and so in reference to changes in the various presiding offices of the church. Apostle J. W. Taylor felt that if the quorum of the Twelve were united in asking the discontinuance of liquor selling at Saltair and the correction of certain evils connected with the B. Y. Trust Co., it would be done.
Apostle M. W. Merrill said he felt desirous to see the church free from debt. Spoke of his labors in the temple and said he was there to carry out the counsels of the living oracles. Spoke upon [p.213] the subject of church schools.
Apostle A. H. Lund was the next speaker. Alluded to his appointment as church historian and spoke of the changes and improvements going on at the historian’s office. Spoke in relation to the proper training of the elders for missionary labors.
Apostle M. F. Cowley reported his labors in the stakes appointed to him regarding the matter of tithing and non-tithe-payers. Said he had met with pretty good results.
Song, “Come Let Us Sing an Evening Hymn.” Benediction by Apostle M. F. Cowley. At 5 p.m. I attended a meeting of the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A.
[Thursday, 4 October 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Continuation of the quarterly conference of the Twelve, Apostle B. Young presiding. Full quorum present. Song, “Amid Scenes of Confusion.” Prayer by Apostle Reed Smoot. Song, “Be It My Only Wisdom Here.”
Apostle A. O. Woodruff said that he rejoiced in the union of the Twelve. Spoke of the joy he had experienced in his recent visit to the south with Apostle F. M. Lyman. Also spoke of his labors in the Big Horn country. The people there are poor but, in view of the early completion of the canal, are very hopeful. He desired to be one with the brethren.
I made brief remarks and said that I rejoiced in the testimonies of the brethren. Also said that if I understood myself, I was in perfect harmony with the brethren of the Twelve and the First Presidency and held myself ready to accept from them correction and reproof when needful. Called attention to a great evil existing in the church, namely, the failure of the acting teachers generally to magnify their callings. This matter, I thought, should have our attention.
Apostle Reed Smoot followed. He reported his labors in regard to tithe paying in the stakes allotted to him and other principles of the gospel, which he is endeavoring to lay before the saints. Said he had rejoiced much in the work. Spoke interestingly upon the subject of church schools.
At 11 a.m. Pres. Snow came in, as also did Pres. Cannon a few minutes later. A letter from the presidency of the Snowflake Stake was read by the clerk. They alluded to the subject of round dancing [p.214] and said that for a period of about 20 years this mode of dancing had not been permitted in the stake over which they presided—and this by common consent; but now the young people in part were asking for round dances. The brethren were, therefore, appealed to for counsel in the matter.
Some discussion followed the reading of the letter and it was shown to be a difficult matter to control round dancing in the church. The rule permitting two round dances at a party was not enforced, but generally every other dance was a round dance. It was shown that if the young people were denied this privilege or even very greatly restricted, they would go beyond control and would patronize objectionable dance halls. It was also further shown that the evil of round dances, as existing formerly, was at least in part done away. The position taken in the dance was such as almost to entirely prevent “hugging.” Some objections to the square dance were mentioned, such as “spinning” on the corners, which was thought to be equally as bad, if not worse than round dancing. It seemed to be the sentiment of the brethren that it would probably be best to allow round dancing without any very serious restrictions as to number in order to keep the young people under the influence and control of the church. Apostle J. H. Smith was authorized to talk with the presidency of the Snowflake Stake at the coming conference respecting this matter and suggest to them that it would be well to gratify the young people of their stake.
I read and submitted to the brethren a detailed report of the seizure of the church property by the government. (For report see sheets [at 29 May 1900].) Pres. Cannon said that he felt I was entitled to the thanks and appreciation of the church for having furnished the information contained in said report, which he thought was very necessary and valuable, and moved that it be approved and entered upon the journal of the First Presidency. Carried by unanimous vote.
The tables were spread and the sacrament administered, Apostle B. Young being mouth in blessing the bread and wine. While at the table Pres. Snow made brief remarks. He spoke of the union of the brethren and said we witness today that which has seldom been seen in the world, namely, the perfect union of 15 men—the First Presidency and Twelve. He was sure, he said, that the Lord [p.215] was pleased with our union, and in this union the brethren are in advance of the Twelve who were with the Savior. There were heartburnings and divisions among them.
Pres. Snow expressed a desire that at our next meeting (namely, sacrament meeting) the First Seven Presidents of Seventies, the Presiding Bishopric, and Patriarch of the Church be invited in to meet with us. If this union of the authorities (referring to the First Presidency, the Twelve, the Presidents of Seventies, the Presiding Bishopric, and Patriarch) continues, what shall we not be able to accomplish? With the union we have attained to we are not going to remain idle. There will be something for us to do. The Lord will not let us remain idle. Something will arise requiring extra faith, extra exertion. Something is coming by and by that will require an extra effort on our part.
[President Snow:] We talk about Jackson County; why, I know a brother who is today holding in reserve a thousand dollars to assist in redeeming Jackson County. That spirit is among the people. I believe the Lord will open the way by cyclones and storms for the redemption of Jackson County. These things are coming. There is an immense work to be done and the brethren of the Twelve will have a hand in it, but as to myself I do not know. Brethren, said he, we are united—we stand together, as also the Seven Presidents of Seventies, the Presiding Bishopric, and Patriarch, and we say to the Lord, “What do you want of us? We are ready to do Thy will”—and we shall have honor and glory in doing it. We are getting a good influence among honorable men of the earth. We are not going to be idle—the Lord has not sent us here and conferred upon us the authority of the priesthood to be idle. I feel to rejoice in the good fellowship and feeling that is here. My heart is with you. Anything I can do in order to assist you I am perfectly willing to do.
Pres. Snow said he would like to hear some of the brethren express themselves. Pres. G. Q. Cannon responded. He expressed pleasure in witnessing the union of the Twelve. Spoke of foreign missionary work. The gospel, said he, will have to be sent to all nations. There are countries where the sound thereof has never been heard. It is the duty of the Twelve to send forth the word. It is not so needful to preach in those countries where the elders have been laboring for years as to preach in those countries that [p.216] have not been visited. Referred to the number of the Twelve—some eight—laboring in the M.I.A. cause. However laudable this may be, said he, it would be better in his opinion for the Twelve to be engaged with the quorums of the priesthood in carrying and sending the gospel to the nations of the earth.
Pres. Snow further said: what President Cannon has said is true. I endorse every word of it, but I want to say a few words in regard to the condition of affairs when I was called to the presidency of the church, which will explain in part the necessity for the presence of the Twelve at home. The financial situation of the church was deplorable. I remember as I was leaving to attend the first general conference held after I was sustained as president—or rather the general conference at which I was sustained—Brother [James] Jack came to me and said that a certain man, whom the church was owing, wanted $10,000 immediately and the balance due him shortly after. The church actually could not pay it. This was the first intimation I had of the real condition of affairs. I found that the church was obligated for about $4,000,000—$2,500,000 of direct indebtedness and $1,500,000 of guaranteed indebtedness. Frank J. Cannon was sent East to borrow $1,500,000 pledging the church property as security, and he couldn’t get it. Had the people we were owing at that time come against us, this church would have been bankrupt. Such was really the case. To relieve the situation it was decided to bond the church for $500,000 and later for another $500,000—making a million dollars in all. The bonds found ready sale at home, and we had money to meet our pressing obligations.
[President Snow:] The question now arose as to how we were going to pay off the church indebtedness. During my trip to St. George last year, the Lord manifested to me that it was to be done through the tithing of the people. This message was carried to the saints by the First Presidency and Twelve, and with splendid results. The tithing paid in 1898 amounted to about $800,000, and in 1899, $1,138,000. We have paid off many obligations; we are paying $3000 less per month in interest than we were in 1898. We are not borrowing money and do not need to. The brethren of the Twelve have assisted us in bringing about this condition. Through the blessing of the Lord, the guaranteed indebtedness of $1,500,000 has been removed from the church, which is miracu-[p.217]lous in our eyes. What Pres. Cannon has said in relation to carrying the gospel to the nations is true, and I know of nothing to stand in the way of it. “I am with you, brethren, heart and soul.” Christ will come before long, but before that event he will come to some of us individually to ascertain how things are going.
Apostle Brigham Young made brief remarks and said that the brethren of the Twelve were in perfect accord with one another and in harmony with the First Presidency, and were ready and willing at a moment’s notice to go anywhere on earth. They held themselves subject to the direction of the Presidency. President Cannon said that he thought the Twelve had accomplished a great and glorious work in stirring up the people on the question of tithing.
At the suggestion of Apostle M. F. Cowley and upon motion of R. Clawson, the states of Missouri and Louisiana were attached to the Southwestern States Mission, and upon motion of Apostle Cowley Nebraska was attached to the Colorado Mission.
Elder Uriah G. Miller was sustained as bishop of Murray Ward, and Elder Peter J. Saunders as bishop of Grant Ward. This action was taken upon motion of Apostle H. J. Grant.
At this juncture in the meeting the First Presidency retired (President Jos. F. Smith having come in a few minutes before). The minutes were read and approved and adjournment was taken until January 8th, 1901. Benediction by R. Clawson.
5 p.m. Accompanied by Lydia and the children, I visited the fair and spent a couple of hours there very pleasantly.
[Saturday, 6 October 1900] 7 p.m. General priesthood meeting held in the tabernacle, Pres. Lorenzo Snow presiding. The speakers were Bp. W. B. Preston, Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon, Apos[tles] F. M. Lyman, Jno. Taylor, Pres. J. F. Smith, and Pres. L. Snow. Topics treated. W. B. P[reston]. Duties and responsibilities of the lesser priesthood—priests, teachers, and deacons. The bishops improving in their labors. Corrected list of non-tithe-payers. Tithing settlement in each ward for the year to be made on or before Dec. 31st.
G. Q. C[annon]. Duties of the priesthood—men who fail to attend their meetings and to magnify their callings to be called to account, and if they do not repent, to be suspended. Presidents of [p.218] stakes and bishops of wards should give this matter attention. Apostle F. M. Lyman announced that the bishops could obtain new ward records and new certificate forms, which had been approved by the presidency, at the Deseret News office.
Pres. Cannon remarked that wives would cease to love their husbands and in many cases would leave them, if they failed to magnify their priesthood and to be valiant in the cause of truth; and thus men would lose their wives and also their children. Apostle F. M. Lyman endorsed the remarks of Pres. Cannon. If we magnify the priesthood, we get the spirit of the priesthood; otherwise we do not have it. The great atonement of the Savior; if we would be his followers, we must take up our cross. Word of wisdom. Tithing. The apostles of today have been called and designated of the Lord just as much so as were the apostles in the time of Joseph Smith.
J. W. T[aylor]. Patronizing home institutions. Pres. J. F. S[mith]. Home industries. Young men recommended for missions, who are not altogether qualified, to have the privilege of a training in the church schools. Men are not sent on missions for the purpose of reformation—they should be reformed at home. “We want exemplary men.” Pres. Lorenzo Snow said that there had been a great increase in the payment of tithes since the matter was brought to the special attention of the Latter-day Saints.
[Monday, 8 October 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting of the general authorities, presidencies of stakes, bishoprics of wards, and others, Pres. Snow presiding.
The speakers were Presidents L. Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, [and] J. F. Smith, Apostles B. Young, J. H. Smith, J. W. Taylor, H. J. Grant, and myself. Topics treated. L. S[now]. He said that there were no people on earth so great nor with so great a work to accomplish as the brethren before him. And what makes them great? It is the priesthood. I am talking to men who as time rolls on will become Gods in eternity. At this meeting we have men who preside over stakes and wards of Zion, and they preside, as it were, over kingdoms. If we do not magnify the priesthood, it were a thousand times better never to have received it. It is a mighty few compared with the fourteen thousand million of people of the earth, that [p.219] have received the priesthood, and these few will be Gods in eternity. In early times the destiny of the men before me was revealed to us and is embraced in that which I have told you. When Jesus came to the earth, he was a God without knowing it—he did not comprehend his former greatness, neither did we comprehend ours. We are scarcely out of our infancy. We ought to be up and doing, and when people come for counsel, be prepared to give it to them.
[President Snow:] We are giving the brethren their second anointings, and anyone who receives them, I should think, would never apostatize. This blessing unfolds to us just what I have been telling you we can attain to. We are just working up to the greatness of our calling. The bishoprics and presidencies of quorums should be united. In Brigham City I succeeded in getting about 50 brethren united so that we could work together and accomplish anything necessary for the interest of the people; and they could come together and partake of the sacrament as the Savior administered it. A bishopric do not realize what they can accomplish—they are the servants of God. Go to the Lord and tell him what you want and ask him to help you. Presidents of stakes and bishops of wards should be very careful in recommending people for their second anointings. They should be sure, so far as it is possible to be sure, that they will not afterwards apostatize. Do not recommend those who are not worthy. As to some presidents of stakes who have not received their second anointings, he said, if they were worthy to be presidents of stakes, they were worthy of this blessing and could have it upon application.
Pres. G. Q. C[annon]. Said, we should feel greatly blessed in listening to the words of President Snow. Such words lift up from low and groveling thoughts; tithing-consecration should not give us trouble and anxiety in the observance and are, indeed, small things compared to the higher and greater things we have received. He desired, he said, to say a few words upon the subject of politics. We have to do with them to preserve our liberties. In the coming contest the brethren should say and do nothing to grieve the Spirit of the Lord. It is desirable [that] we should maintain in the midst of the people a feeling of goodwill and peace. It has been felt by the Presidency that there are too many missionaries laboring in some of the missions—notably the Southern States and [p.220] Great Britain. The elders going to those fields will, therefore, be restricted in number. We should endeavor to preach the gospel in the primitive way, and if people will not receive, feed, and clothe the elders, they will at least have done their duty and are not obliged to remain in their midst. In Great Britain there are 274 elders, whereas so far as conversions are concerned, 74 could do the work.
B. Y[oung]. When any of us go wrong, there is a way to be corrected. Let us go for counsel and be guided by it. Elders in the missionary field are many times in doubt just what course to pursue. Why, go to the Lord in prayer and He will answer you. The elders of Israel—presidents of stakes and others—are entitled to the spirit of revelation, if they live for it.
H. J. G[rant]. Church literature. J. H. S[mith]. B. Y[oung] Monument Fund. Pres. J. F. S[mith]. Said that it is the intention of the First Presidency, soon as practicable, to furnish church literature to the missionaries free of charge. Advised the brethren against secret societies.
R. C[lawson]. I spoke upon the subject of record keeping and said that there was a good deal of neglect in regard to this matter. Advised presidents of stakes and bishops of wards to take an active and personal interest in their records and see to it that our history is properly written and preserved.
J. W. T[aylor]. Warned the authorities against hastily cutting people off the church. We should seek rather to convert than to cut off.
[Thursday, 11 October 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents L. Snow, G. Q. Cannon, and J. F. Smith, and Apostles F. M. Lyman, B. Young, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, myself, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Apostle Geo. Teasdale was mouth in prayer, and Pres. Cannon in the circle. The title of the first hymn sung was “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah,” and the second, “Away with Our Fears.”
Conference appointments: Utah Stake, F. M. Lyman; Emery Stake, H. J. Grant. A letter from Elder F. S. Bramwell, president of the N.W. States Mission, was read by the clerk. The elders in [p.221] said mission, he reports, are doing a good work in preaching the gospel.
Apostle A. H. Lund said that a certain sister by the name of Quist very much desired the remains of her husband [John H. Quist], who died while on a mission to Sweden, be shipped home. She is poor and could not do this at her own expense. If her request were not granted, Apostle Lund stated that it would be necessary to erect a monument over his grave, otherwise his resting place would be lost to the knowledge of men. Apostle Lund was authorized to investigate the matter more fully and report to the Presidency. Benediction by Apostle F. M. Lyman.
[Saturday, 13 October 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. I spent the day at the President’s office, working mostly on the books of the Utah Coal Co., getting out a statement for the month of September. In the afternoon I assisted Pres. J. F. Smith in ordaining Elder Squire Coop an elder and in setting him apart and blessing [him] for a musical mission to Europe—namely, to pursue the study of music.
[Sunday, 14 October 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild; beautiful day. I spent the forenoon at home.
2 p.m. Meeting at the tabernacle, Pres. A.M. Cannon presiding. The speakers were Louis A. Kelsch, Apostle A. H. Lund, and myself. Topics treated. L. A. K[elsch]. Bore testimony to the truth of the gospel. Related a dream in which he saw the first person he baptized long before it happened. Dwelt upon the first principle[s] of the gospel.
A. H. L[und]. The sabbath day and its proper observance. R. C[lawson]. I made remarks upon the subject of signs following believers and related an incident where a young woman [Ella Jensen], who had apparently died, was restored to life and health by the anointing and laying on of hands of Pres. Snow and myself.
[Thursday, 22 November 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy, with storm during the night. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Geo. Q. Cannon, and Apostles F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. [p.222] Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, and later Reed Smoot. Singing. I was mouth in prayer, and Apostle F. M. Lyman was mouth in the circle. Song, “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”
A letter was read from Prof. J. H. Paul of the Latter-day Saints College. He asked permission to reopen the college, which had been closed for some time on account of smallpox. He thought the danger [had] passed. The request was granted.
The clerk read a letter from Mr. L. T. Galt, pres. [of the] Northwest Irrigation Co. of Canada, in which he referred to the church claim of $4099 against the irrigation co. He expressed willingness to pay said claim, providing the Presidency would send 100 more families to Canada to settle along the canal. The matter was deferred for the present.
A circular letter from Elder [Samuel E.] Woolley, who is in charge of the Sandwich Islands Mission, was read by the clerk. He called attention to the fact that there would be held in Honolulu on the 12th of December a celebration commemorative of the fiftieth anniversary of the introduction of the gospel in that distant land. He announced that it was confidently expected that one or more of the First Presidency would be present. The matter was earnestly discussed, and Presidents Snow and Cannon were urged by all the brethren present to make the journey. They took the question under advisement.
Some views were expressed by the brethren respecting our next senator to the United States Senate. Apostle Reed Smoot reported that the articles of incorporation of the new railroad to Los Angeles had been signed, and there was now no question but that the road would go through. Benediction by Apostle Geo. Teasdale.
[Monday, 26 November 1900] Brigham City. Cloudy and cool, with rain in the night. 10 a.m. Continuation of [Box Elder Stake] Conference, Pres. Kelly presiding.
The speakers were Pres. Chas. Kelly, Pres. J. W. McMurrin, and myself. Topics treated. C. K[elly]. Presidency of stake united and have a desire to do good. They meet once a week to deliberate for the benefit of the saints. All vacancies that occur are filled immediately. The presidency and priesthood of the stake are [p.223] working in harmony. Some who bear the priesthood are spiritually dead. Considerable sickness among the people during the summer and fall; 257 cases were treated for typhoid fever. Home manufactures.
J. W. Mc[Murrin]. Dwelt upon the wonderful fulfillment of the predictions of the prophets concerning the work of the Lord in these latter times. Judgments of God being poured out upon the inhabitants of the earth. Word of wisdom.
R. C[lawson]. Read from the 3rd chap., D.&C., and showed how strict are the commandments of God, and if we fail to observe them, great condemnation will follow.
[Tuesday, 27 November 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool; frost during the night. 11 a.m. Meeting at the President’s office, in lieu of the regular Thursday meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Geo. Q. Cannon, and Apostles F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot.
A letter, addressed to Apostle F. M. Lyman by Elder Platte D. Lyman, president of the European Mission, was read. He spoke in reference to some deaf mutes in England, who professing belief in the gospel desired baptism. He was in doubt as to whether they should be given the privilege, as he feared they might possibly be disappointed in reference to some expectations they might have regarding the gift of healing. In such case the church would be injured. It was decided that if the mutes believe and have faith, they should not be denied baptism, and if they have sufficient faith to be healed, they could be healed.
Conference appointments: to Bear Lake Stake, H. J. Grant; to Oneida, R. Clawson and Reed Smoot. The question of dividing some of the larger stakes was discussed, and it was unanimously decided to divide the Utah Stake into three stakes, with Stephen L. Chipman for president of the subdivision on the north, Jos. B. Keeler, president of the middle section, and Jos. E. Page, president of the subdivision on the south. The division to be effected January 1901. It was also determined to divide San Pete into two stakes, the dividing line to be drawn between Spring City and Ephraim. Bp. C. N. Lund was selected for president of the north division. Apostle Lund was delegated to look over the ground and submit [p.224] a name for president of the south division to succeed Pres. Canute Petersen, now somewhat unfitted for the presidency of a stake by the infirmities of advancing age. He is a man of unflinching integrity and in his younger days was energetic, active, and progressive. He is justly entitled to the plaudit: “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
In speaking of politics Pres. Snow declared that no man should be chosen for president of a stake or bishop of a ward, who did not place his priesthood and calling above political considerations. President Cannon expressed himself as being opposed to the leading brethren of the church being actively engaged in politics. The brethren present shared a similar view, and it was thought a wise and proper thing, as a rule, for apostles, presidents of stakes, and bishops of wards to refrain from running for political offices. Benediction by President Geo. Q. Cannon.
[Saturday, 1 December 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. I spent a portion of the day working on the books of my brother Fred, dentist. In the evening Lydia and myself went to the theater to see Fred Warde in “Duke’s Jester.”
[Wednesday, 5 December 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. I spent the day at the President’s office, working on the Brigham City Roller Mill books for the month[s] of Oct. and Nov. At 5 p.m. attended a meeting of the Y.M.M.I.A. general board.
The Deseret Evening News Publishing Co. are getting up an elaborate number for their Christmas issue. They intend to publish among other things the pictures of the First Presidency and Twelve and have asked these brethren to contribute an article upon any subject of their choice, suggested by the advent of the twentieth century.
The following is a copy of the article written by myself:
Standing upon the threshold of the twentieth century and glancing back along the hundred years that are gone, one is struck by the mighty changes that have been wrought among men. It has indeed been an era of progress and advancement—in the arts, in science, and in literature. The world has been startled from time [p.225] to time by the creations of inventive genius. The railroad, the telegraph, and the telephone bring the children of men into close communion, and by the adoption of modern appliances life is made comparatively easy and the poor man of today has come into the enjoyment of comforts that were unknown even to potentates and rulers of other centuries. Electricity—that subtle, invisible, and all-powerful force—has been harnessed up and made to do service in a thousand different ways. Through its agency the world is flooded with light, and by its inherent power men are transported from place to place with an ease, rapidity, and comfort that would bewilder and astonish our forefathers.
In all that stands for civilization and progress, no nation among all the peoples of the earth takes precedence of the United States of America. It is the pride of every loyal citizen of the republic that the stars and stripes—emblem of liberty—wave unceasingly over the “land of the free and the home of the brave.” Therefore, turning to America and bringing into review the history of a hundred years, this momentous question is propounded, namely: “Which of all the great and important events of the century will have the most marked and lasting influence upon the people of our nation, and finally upon the people of the whole earth?”
The writer, having due regard for the views of others and speaking from the standpoint of a Latter-day Saint, unhesitatingly replies: the organization of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints upon the 6th day of April, A.D. 1830, in Fayette, Seneca County, New York. The growth, expansion, and progress of the world in recent years made imperative the introduction of a new and progressive religion—a religion that would meet every want and answer every question pertaining to the welfare of the soul. Such was the great demand of the age, and in answer thereto the nineteenth century gave birth to “Mormonism.” But, says one, “Mormonism” is distasteful to the world, is unpopular. In reply, it may be said: “So, also, was Christianity in the meridian of time.”
The central figure in the organization of the new religion was Joseph Smith, the prophet, then twenty-five years of age, and the fundamental principles taught were: faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; repentance; baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; and the laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. Joseph Smith [p.226] came to be what he was, namely, a prophet of God by divine appointment, and the doctrines inculcated by the new creed—born and established upon American soil—were calculated in time to revolutionize religious conditions throughout the world.
In proof of the foregoing affirmation it needs only to be cited that the boy prophet taught new and strange doctrines—doctrines which were repudiated at the time but which have since been adopted, in part at least, by many eminent divines, and intelligent, thoughtful people of the Christian faith. For example, the personality of God in contradistinction to the then prevailing notion of a God without “body, parts, or passions”; repentance and reformation beyond the grave as opposed to the idea of eternal punishment without hope of deliverance; and baptism and ordinance work for the dead, who were supposed to have gone beyond the influence of human effort.
With the organization of the church, persecution followed. Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were martyred for the cause, and precious blood has since been spilled for the testimony of Jesus, but the new religion passed through the crucible unscathed and has stood the test of three-score years and ten. From a membership of six the church has grown and expanded until its devotees number 300,000 souls, and the precepts taught by its founder have made a great and strong people of the Latter-day Saints in the Rocky Mountains. Possessed of the elements of strength and endurance and firmly anchored to the rock of truth, “Mormonism” enters upon the twentieth century fully prepared to meet the living issues of the day and grapple with the social problems that are disturbing the peace of the world and undermining the very foundations of society.
The writer bears his humble testimony to the truth of the gospel as taught by the Latter-day Saints and invites the earnest attention of the investigator to its glorious doctrines and urges renewed faithfulness to the cause on the part of his people.
[signed] Rudger Clawson
[Thursday, 6 December 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: Pres. L. Snow and Apostles J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, [p.227] R. Clawson, and Reed Smoot. Song, “Glory to God on High.” Apostle H. J. Grant was mouth in prayer,. and J. H. Smith in the circle. Song.
A letter from Apostle B. Young at Fruitland was read by the clerk. He gave some particulars in regard to the accidental death of Pres. F. A. Hammond of the San Juan Stake. He was thrown from a wagon drawn by a runaway team.
The clerk read a letter from Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon. Said that he and party had reached San Francisco in good health and safety and had made arrangements for their trip to the Sandwich Islands. A letter from Apostle M. F. Cowley was read. He recommended Elder Ed. H. Snow, pres. [of the] Eastern States Mission, for president of the St. George Stake.
A question arose regarding church publications, namely, as to whether it would be wise to combine and publish them under one cover. The publications referred to, more [blank]. The matter was discussed pretty freely, Apostles J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, and myself being in favor of the proposition, and Apostle A. H. Lund opposed to it. It was finally decided that no recommendation be made by the council, but that the magazine companies themselves deal with this question.
Apostle H. J. Grant made some remarks in regard to Saltair and said that, in engaging a manager for next year, he thought it should be distinctly understood that no liquor should be sold there. This seemed to be the mind of most all the brethren present. President Snow said that, while he was personally in favor of restricting the liquor traffic, when we deal with people outside the church as well as those inside, we have to be wise and get along the best we can.
The question arose as to whether it would be wise for Reed Smoot, one of our number, to make an effort to secure the senatorship from Utah. Success seemed to be fairly within his reach. A proposition was made that President Wm. McKinley, Mark Hanna, and other distinguished men of the party be consulted, and, if they thought it proper so [to] do, then Apostle Smoot was to enter the race. The gentiles already have two congressmen from Utah, and it is thought that the “Mormons” are justly entitled to the third. Benediction by Apostle J. H. Smith.
[p. 228] [Tuesday-Wednesday, 11-12 December 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. I spent these two days in Salt Lake working on the cash receipts and disbursements of the church for Sept., Oct., and Nov. Wednesday evening at 4 p.m. I attended a meeting of the general superintendency of Religion Classes and at 5 p.m. a meeting of the general board of the Y.M.M.I.A.
Lydia is suffering from a swelling on her left breast resulting from a cold and afterwards a sudden blow by one of the children. We have had some anxiety concerning the matter, as a trouble of this kind has been known to lead on to cancer.
[Thursday, 13 December 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cold. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Pres. Snow, Apostles J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, myself, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Glory to God on High.” Apostle J. W. Taylor was mouth in prayer, and Apostle A. H. Lund in the circle. Song, “Praise to the Man.”
The clerk read a letter from Apostle B. Young, Fruitland, giving some further particulars concerning the death of Pres. F. A. Hammond of San Juan. His own health, he said, was not very good.
Pres. Snow said that he desired to hear from the brethren concerning their labors in presenting the law of tithing to the saints. I reported that I had visited the three stakes assigned to me—namely, Davis, Box Elder, and Malad—and had received a report from them giving the names of all the non-tithe-payers, and showing they had all been visited by the bishopric of the various wards; also read a summary report showing other information gathered. Apostles Smith, Teasdale, Grant, Taylor, and Lund reported that they had also presented the matter to the stakes allotted to them.
Apostle A. H. Lund reported the recent visit of himself and J. H. Smith to San Pete and the division of that stake into two stakes. Apostle J. H. Smith recommended that inasmuch as Pres. Wm. C. Parkinson of Pocatello Stake, and formerly bishop of Preston, Oneida Stake, had found it somewhat inconvenient and difficult to settle up his affairs at Preston and move to Pocatello, and, if he did so, the business in which he is interested would [p.229]suffer greatly; and further, because of the efficiency of his first counselor, who would make an excellent president, thus making the sacrifice on the part of President Parkinson unnecessary, he be honorably released, if agreeable to himself, and Elder Wm. A. Hyde be installed as his successor. Apostle Smith was delegated to talk with Pres. Parkinson in regard to the matter. Benediction by myself.
[Saturday, 15 December 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild; beautiful day. I was engaged most of the day in entering up the cash payments on the bills payable liability of the church for Sept., Oct., and Nov. 1900. During the three months named the church indebtedness has been reduced, in round numbers, $148,000 and now stands as follows:
In the evening Lydia and myself went to the theatre.
[Sunday, 16 December 1900] [Salt Lake City.] 7 a.m. I left by train for Fairview Branch, Box Elder Stake, to organize a ward there and was joined at Brigham by the presidency of the Box Elder Stake. We reached Deweyville at 9:30 a.m. and were driven by team to Fairview, 4 miles distant.
10 a.m. Meeting in the school house, Allen Hunsaker, presiding elder in charge. I made remarks in relation to the proposed ward organization; also the restoration of the gospel in the 19th century. I suggested that during intermission, the saints think the matter over, and be prepared at the time of re-assembling, to hand in some names for bishop of the ward. We called for names, and upon careful count found that Peter M. Hansen was named by a majority of those present. He had been our choice from the first. I then proposed that Peter M. Hansen be sustained as bishop of Fairview. Sustained by unanimous vote. Brother Hansen expressed a willingness to accept the appointment.
Bp. Peter M. Hansen having made his selection, I presented the name of J. P. Christensen as first and K. H. Fridal as second [p.230] counselor. Sustained by unanimous vote.
I proposed that the name of Fairview be changed to Manila Ward, and this because there were a number of Fairviews in Utah. The proposition was sustained by a full vote. I dwelt at some length upon the duties of the bishopric. Also spoke in appreciation of the labors of Allen Hunsaker as presiding elder, and proposed a vote of thanks for the same. Adopted.
[Thursday, 20 December 1900] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Apostles J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, myself, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.” Apostle J. H. Smith was mouth in prayer, and I was mouth in the circle.
The clerk read a letter from Pres. A. W. Ivins of the Juarez Stake in relation to opening the Mexican Mission. He thought Mexico City [was] the most suitable place for headquarters and suggested that one of the apostles be present to direct and assist in the preliminary work.
Pres. [William H.] Seegmiller of the Sevier Stake reported the selection of a bishopric for the Burrville Ward and asked the approval of the council. Granted.
The clerk read a letter from Louis Kelsch, pres. [of the] Northern States Mission, giving particulars concerning the finding of a stone box containing a manuscript, which was supposed by the finder, Marshall Penrod, to be the original manuscript (in part) of the Book of Mormon. While it was conceded that some such box might have been found, it was doubted that the contents had any bearing on the Book of Mormon and no importance was attached to the incident.
Conference appointments: Malad, R. Clawson. Benediction by Apostle A. H. Lund.
[Monday, 24 December 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. I was engaged most of the day working on the books of the Utah Coal Co.
Lydia is still troubled with the swelling on her breast, and the matter is giving us some concern as the lump seems not to yield readily to treatment.
[p. 231] [Tuesday, 25 December 1900] Salt Lake City. Mild and pleasant, almost like summer. Christmas Day. The children were made happy by their presents, and it was extremely delightful to witness their appreciation and pleasure.
At 5 p.m. we all called in to see Grandpapa and Grandmama Clawson. All of mother’s children and grandchildren were there—some 35 grandchildren in all. We spent a very pleasant evening. The children were much amused by selections from the graphophone and Punch and Judy.
[Wednesday, 26 December 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cold. I was busily engaged all day on the books of the Utah Coal Co. Besides this work I am keeping the books of the Brigham City Roller Mill Co., and also from time to time am getting up financial statements relating to the condition of the church. These things added to the requirements made of me as an apostle are almost more than I can attend to. As it is, I often work until ten and eleven o’clock at night.
[Thursday, 27 December 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cold. 11 a.m. Meeting at the President’s office. Present: Presidents L. Snow and J. F. Smith, and Apostles B. Young, Jr., J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Glory to God on High.” Prayer by Apostle B. Young. Song, “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet.”
The clerk read a letter from Pres. C. O. Card. He stated that there were some 24 members of the church living about 250 miles from Cardston who were receiving no attention whatever and were without organization. It was decided that they be organized into a branch of the church. I reported the organization of the Manila Ward with Peter M. Hansen as bishop and J. P. Christensen and K. H. Fridal as counselors.
Pres. Snow said that the large organ in the tabernacle was in need of some repairs and improvements. After a careful inspection, it was estimated that the cost would foot up to $12,000. Upon motion it was decided to make all necessary repairs.
Several letters were read from Pres. G. Q. Cannon, Sandwich [p.232] Islands, giving an account of the celebration which he went to attend. He was well received and had thus far enjoyed himself. The celebration was a great success.
Apostle Reed Smoot gave an account of his visit to Washington to consult President McKinley and the national Republican committee as to the propriety of his running for the senatorship for Utah. He was well received and by manifesting a disposition to be guided by their views, made an extremely favorable impression. The matter was gone into pretty fully. They expressed themselves as being much in favor of his becoming a senator from Utah, but were rather of opinion that it would be best for him to make the run two years hence, although Senator [Sereno E.] Payne, one of the committee, was greatly in favor of his coming at the present time. The other members of the committee were not necessarily averse to Apostle Smoot coming, only they favored the candidacy of Thos. Kearns for political reasons. It was explained to them that in all probability Kearns could not be elected, so that at present the matter is somewhat in doubt. Benediction by Apostle Geo. Teasdale.
[Friday-Saturday, 28-29 December 1900] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cold. I spent these two days in Salt Lake and was engaged most of the time on the books of the Utah Coal Co.
On Saturday afternoon it was finally decided by the Presidency and some members of the Twelve that Apostle Reed Smoot refrain from allowing his name to be put forward as a candidate for the U.S. senatorship. And in view of the fact that President McKinley and the national Republican committee favored Thomas Kearns, it was decided that so far as it might be proper, the brethren would support him for the place.
[Sunday, 30 December 1900] Salt Lake City. Snowstorm during the night. We are still working assiduously with the swelling on Lydia’s breast. I administer to her daily when at home, and she employs the application of hot water, liniment, and other things, also taking iron and wine for her blood. We feel that it is a matter that requires serious attention, as well as the exercise of great faith.
Wednesday, 2 January 1901
[p. 233] [Salt Lake City.] Clear and cold, weather moderating. I was engaged most of the day working on the books of the Brigham City Roller Mill Co., preparatory to closing for the year.
On the opposite page [of the diary] is a verbatim report of a blessing given by Pres. Lorenzo Snow in the naming of one of my boys [Lorenzo Snow Clawson]:
A Name Given by President Lorenzo Snow to Apostle Rudger Clawson’s Child, at the Home of Apostle Rudger Clawson, Thursday Evening, September 7, 1899.
All wise and holy Father, we ask Thee to smile upon us in compassion and look upon this little child, whose name is now to be given. It is Lorenzo Snow Clawson, and may this name be recorded in the Lamb’s book of life and there remain from eternity to eternity.
We ask Thee to look upon this child in tender compassion and, if it be necessary, grant that an angel from Thy presence may watch over it until it shall go back into Thy presence. Bless it until it shall be baptized into Thy church, that Thy Holy Spirit may rest upon it greatly and abundantly, and that the spirit of inspiration may be upon it until it shall receive the fullness of glory in Thy presence.
Grant that it may have wisdom and intelligence, and that it may be preserved by Thy Spirit, that its life may be long in the land, and that it may live until Thy Son shall come in His glory among the children of men, and that it may accomplish a great work in the redemption of Zion, and in making the necessary preparation for the coming of Thy Son. May its life be precious in Thy sight, that no power shall be permitted to take away its life, and that it may be preserved from harm, and that in the days of tribulation it may be seen that it has been blessed of Thee and has been an object of Thy good care, and that it may be a star and blessing—a star that shall never be blotted out in the crown of its parents. All blessings which Thou seest that it shall require to make it a mighty man, we seal upon it, and we ask [p.234]Thee for them all, and the praise and honor and glory shall be given unto Thee, now and forever. Amen,
[Thursday, 3 January 1901] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Lorenzo Snow and J. F. Smith, Apostles B. Young, J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, myself, Reed Smoot, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Apostle Geo. Teasdale was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Reed Smoot was mouth in the circle. The first song that was sung was “Glory to God on High,” the second, “Come, Let Us Anew.”
A letter from Apostle Cowley written from Chicago was read. He gave a brief account of his visit to the Eastern States Mission, saying that he had had a profitable time.
Information was received from the clerk of the Weber Stake to the effect that Bp. Barnard White of the 3rd Ward had removed to Box Elder Stake and that the Weber Stake presidency now recommend Elder James Wotherspoon as his successor. Recommendation adopted.
The clerk read a letter from Platte D. Lyman, pres. [of the] European Mission. He reported the return of 158 elders during the fall of 1900. Gave some interesting items concerning the European Mission. Some persecution is being stirred up against the Mormons in England by [William] Jarman.
It was suggested that, as Elder [Platte] Lyman had been away a little over 2 years, he be released to return. Apostle H. J. Grant thought he would make an excellent choice for president of San Juan Stake to succeed the late Pres. F. A. Hammond. No definite action was taken for his release but in discussing his successor, one of the brethren suggested that it ought to be an apostle. Pres. Snow heartily endorsed the idea and said the Presidency would take the matter under advisement.
The clerk read a letter from Elder E. H. Nye, pres. of the California Mission, in which he asked for some more elders, suggesting certain names. Apostle A. H. Lund reported the organization of the Burrville Ward, Sevier Stake, with Jno. F. Anderson, bishop.
It was moved and carried that Elder James McMurrin, counselor in presidency of European Mission, be released to return [p.235] home on account of ill health and further because his mission was completed. Apostle A. H. Lund recommended that Bp. [Anthon L.] Skanchy of Logan be temporarily released from his bishopric to preside over the Scandinavian Mission. Recommendation adopted.
It was clearly shown from a letter written by Pres. [Franklin S.] Bramwell of the N.W. States Mission that said mission is in a prosperous condition. It was moved that Apostle J. W. Taylor be released from the presidency of the Colorado Mission. Carried.
President Snow made some remarks on the subject of politics with reference to the United States senatorship. Said that the Lord does not always reveal his will concerning matters of importance—sometimes he does. He expects us to act and work according to our best wisdom and judgment; he wants to see what we will do and he overrules matters for the accomplishment of his purposes. The Lord will send the man he wants. However, if we could use an influence for the man who is wanted by the administration at Washington and he is elected, it would give the Latter-day Saints power. We know the man they want, and I for one, said President Snow, propose to work for him [Thomas Kearns].
The brethren approved the suggestion of a benefit concert to Elder Jos. H. Ridges, builder of the great organ in the tabernacle, to be given in that building, and the President subscribed for 500 tickets. Benediction by Apostle B. Young.
[Sunday, 6 January 1901] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild with tendency to storm. 10 a.m. Fast meeting at the temple, Elder Jno. R. Winder presiding.
Remarks were made and testimonies borne by Elder Jno. R. Winder, Pres. J. F. Smith, and Apostles H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, and myself. The meeting was spirited and instructive. Pres. J. F. Smith spoke feelingly and strongly upon the principle of plural marriage, showing that although its practice had been for the present suspended, it is nevertheless a divine principle. Those who honored it would be honored of God. The principle of healing by faith was also beautifully touched upon. I spoke upon the principle of obedience in contrast to that of rebellion.
[Tuesday, 8 January 1901]
[p. 236] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 10 a.m. I attended a directors meeting of the Utah Light and Power Co.
11 a.m. Quarterly meeting of the Twelve at the temple. When I came in Apostle Cowley was giving a brief report of his recent visit to the Eastern States Mission. His trip proved to be interesting and profitable.
Apostle Lyman gave an account of his trip East. While absent attended to some matters relating to the publication of the genealogy of his father’s family. Before returning, he visited the Hill Cumorah and Independence, Mo. He found that the Hedrickites were taking about such a stand against the “Mormons” as the Josephites. Benediction by myself.
2 p.m. Continuation of the quarterly conference. Present: Apostles B. Young, Jr., J. H. Smith, F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, and myself. Song, “O, Ye Mountains High.” Prayer by Apostle J. H. Smith. Song.
Apostle B. Young gave an account of his recent trip south and in connection therewith described the circumstances leading up to the death of the late Pres. F. A. Hammond of the San Juan Stake. Apostle A. H. Lund asked how the brethren felt in relation to the saints selling out their property to the gentiles. Apostle Woodruff said that in their trip to Mexico, Pres. J. F. Smith counseled the saints everywhere not to sell to the gentiles.
Apostle J. H. Smith reported his recent trip to Chicago to attend the irrigation congress. He made an address to the congress on Utah conditions, which was afterwards published in the Deseret News and copied into other papers. Said that by the blessing of the Lord, he had liquidated some $40,000 of personal indebtedness within the past ten days.
Apostle Grant spoke briefly and said he was contemplating a move to start a local life insurance company and would do so, if the idea met with the approval of the First Presidency and Twelve. Said that within the past three years using the property’ he now owned, through the providences of the Lord, he had paid and would be able to pay off $100,000 of indebtedness.
Song, “Weep, Weep not for Me, Zion.” Benediction by Apostle Lund.
[Wednesday, 9 January 1901] [p. 237] Salt Lake City. Snowing. 10 a.m. Continuation of the quarterly meeting of the Twelve. Present: Apostles B. Young, Jr., F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, and Reed Smoot, and myself. Song, “The Morning Breaks, the Shadows Flee.” Prayer by Apostle G. Teasdale. Song, “Ye, Who are Called to Labor.”
Apostle Teasdale was the first speaker. Topics treated. Felt happy in the association of his brethren. Tithing. Word of wisdom. The call for men to preside over missions should come from the Lord through the President of the church and not by the suggestion of the brethren merely. Favored the establishment of a fund by the Twelve to assist one another in times of trouble or misfortune.
Apostle B. Young, Jr. Topics treated. Word of wisdom was given by way of commandment, he said, by Pres. Brigham Young. Tithing. Pres. Snow’s greeting to the world.
Apostle Grant said he thought it but proper when Pres. Snow asked for suggestions, we should give them and leave it for the Lord to decide. Advocated the organization of a home life insurance company. Spoke against the selling of liquor at Saltair.
Apostle J. H. Smith moved that it be the sense of the council that we recommend to Pres. Snow that no liquor be sold at Saltair during 1901 as an experiment. Carried by full vote.
It was moved that we recommend to Pres. Snow that Platte D. Lyman be made president of the San Juan Stake, Edward H. Snow, president [of the] St. George Stake, and Wm. Smart, president [of the] Wasatch Stake. Carried. This would, of course, necessitate a change in some of those stakes. The meeting was adjourned, and the brethren went in a body to the residence of Apostle J. H. Smith, where we sat down to an excellent dinner.
2 p.m. Meeting resumed. Apostle J. W. Taylor made brief remarks and moved that we recommend to Pres. Snow the appointment of a church architect, whose duty it should be to inspect the plans of buildings designed for church purposes, such as tabernacles, meeting houses, &c. Carried.
I spoke briefly and dwelt upon the calling of an apostle. Said that if we speak by the Holy Ghost, we would live in the hearts of the people, otherwise it would not be so. Gave a detailed account [p.238] of settlement effected by Apostle Lyman and myself of the difficulties growing out of the building of the canal in Canada. Benediction by Apostle A. H. Lund.
[Thursday, 10 January 1901] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold, freezing weather. 10 a.m. Continuation of quarterly conference of the Twelve. Present: full quorum.
Being detained, I came in a little late and Apostle M. W. Merrill was speaking. He referred to conditions in the Cache Stake. There was some improvement in tithe paying, but a slackness in temple work. The stake is getting out of debt.
Apostle A. H. Lund read a letter from President [Andreas] Peterson of the Scandinavian Mission, giving information that some of the elders had been taken down with smallpox. Spoke of the lack of religious freedom in Norway and Sweden, also in Turkey. If we could get the appointment of a United States consul to one of these countries, it would be a blessing to the church, remarked Apostle Lund. Apostle Smith said he thought we could get such an appointment.
Apostle Reed Smoot dwelt briefly upon the law of tithing. Said the spirit of indifference prevailed more or less among the saints in the various stakes. Referred to some of the fast meetings in Provo last Sunday and said the spirit and power of testimony rested upon the people and the gifts of the gospel were manifested. One brother spoke in tongues to the effect that the impressions given to Pres. Snow of late regarding the redemption of the center stake of Zion and the building of the great temple were from the Lord and such event would transpire much sooner than many supposed.
At 11:15 a.m. Pres[idents] Lorenzo Snow and Jos. F. Smith came in. The recommendations of the Twelve respecting changes in certain stake presidencies were submitted. Pres. Snow seemed quite pleased with them, but suggested that final action be deferred until the return of Pres. G. Q. Cannon.
The division of the Cache Stake was discussed in all its bearings. It was finally decided by unanimous vote that the division be made, and Apostles B. Young, M. W. Merrill, and M. F. Cowley were appointed a committee to investigate and report as to the division lines.
[p. 239] Apostles J. H. Smith strongly recommended that a new plan for missionary work at home be adopted, namely, that two or three elders living in one stake be called to labor as missionaries for two years in another stake with the same zeal and interest manifested in the world. The idea was pretty fully discussed. No definite action was taken but the Presidency seemed to feel that this duty devolved upon the acting teachers.
Stake appointments: Utah Stake, Pres. J. F. Smith, and Apostles Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, and Reed Smoot. In view of the fact that it had been decided to divide the Utah Stake into three stakes, these brethren were instructed to effect the division and organize the center stake at the coming conference.
Sacrament was then administered, Pres. Lorenzo Snow being mouth in blessing the bread and wine. We had a very enjoyable time together, and much business of importance was transacted. The conference was adjourned for three months.
[Friday, 11 January 1901] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. I spent the day at the President’s office, working most of the time on the books of the Brigham City Roller Mill Co. in closing for the year. Lydia is quite sick with la grippe, but I am pleased to say the swelling in her breast appears to be disappearing.
Saturday, 12 January 1901
Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. During the day I got out some statements for Pres. Snow regarding tithing and church indebtedness, which gave the following information: the cash tithing paid in 1900 in round numbers was $684,000, as compared with $669,000 in 1899; the church indebtedness, Jan. 9th, in round numbers was $1,370,000 as compared with $1,670,000 in March 1899, showing a reduction during the year of $300,000, which is an excellent showing. The Lord is blessing his people financially as well as spiritually.
[Thursday, 17 January 1901] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. [p.240]Woodruff, R. Clawson, and Reed Smoot. Song, “Glory to God on High.” Prayer by Apostle F. M. Lyman, and Pres. J. F. Smith mouth in the circle. Song, “This Earth Was Once a Garden Place.”
Stake conference appointments: Weber, Geo. Teasdale; San Luis, Pres. J. F. Smith; Juab, A. H. Lund; American Fork (where a new stake is to be organized), H. J. Grant and A. O. Woodruff; Payson (where a new stake is to be organized), R. Clawson and Reed Smoot. In answer to a letter from Pres. [Anthony W.] Ivins of the Juarez Stake, in which he suggested that an apostle should be sent to assist in reopening the Mexican Mission, Apostle Grant was delegated [to] attend to the matter. Pres. G. Q. Cannon brought a message of love and affection from the elders and saints on the Sandwich Islands to the First Presidency and Twelve.
Some discussion was indulged in respecting the senatorial contest. Pres. Snow remarked that, it being the desire of the administration that the Hon. Thos. Kearns be returned as senator from Utah, he would be pleased personally to see him go. Pres. Cannon moved that the brethren of the council be left free to act according to their best judgment but that they do or say nothing to injure the candidacy of Thos. Kearns. Carried.
Regarding Apostle Reed Smoot, who it was generally conceded by the brethren present, had an excellent chance of winning the appointment, Pres. Snow said (in substance): Brother Reed Smoot is the youngest member of the quorum of the Twelve. While he has been known and tried in other positions and places, he is not known as an apostle. His duty as an apostle is of greater importance and responsibility than that of a senator. It would, therefore, be far better for him to remain and magnify his present calling than go to Washington. There will be opportunities for Brother Smoot, and other brethren present, to go to congress in the future, and also to occupy high and important positions in the government. The president of the United States, and those associated with him, and the members of congress, are our children. God has given them into our charge and we must plan for their welfare. We will have control among the nations in the due time of the Lord.
It would be proper to state that Apostle Smoot answered that he was in the most perfect accord with Pres. Snow’s views. Benediction by Apostle F. M. Lyman.
[p. 241] [Sunday, 20 January 1901] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 7:45 a.m. I left by train for Payson to assist in the organization of a new stake to be detached from the Utah Stake, arriving at 10:20 a.m. The meeting at the Payson tabernacle was in progress, J. S. Page, Jr., presiding. Bp. J. S. Page, Jr., had previously been sustained as president of the new stake.
The speakers were Pres. J. S. Page, Jr., and Apostle Reed Smoot. Topics treated. J. S. P[age], Jr. Was glad to see so large an attendance. Desired to magnify his new calling and hoped the saints would sustain him in his labors.
R. S[moot]. Explained the purpose of forming the new stake. The population of the stake would be reasonably small (namely, about 10,000), and as a result the saints would get better attention than they could possibly get in a larger stake organization. He proposed that the new stake be called the Nebo Stake of Zion. Carried. Other topics. Tithing. Prayer. Word of wisdom.
2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. J. S. Page presiding. I made remarks defining some of the duties of the presidency of the stake and also other officers of the stake organization. Union. Apostle Reed Smoot followed. Topics treated. Apostasy. Closing remarks were made by Pres. J. S. Page, Jr.
[Thursday, 24 January 1901] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles B. Young, J. H. Smith, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Come, Come, Ye Saints.” Apostle M. W. Merrill was mouth in prayer, and M. F. Cowley in the circle. Song, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.”
Stake conference appointments: Cache, M. W. Merrill and M. F. Cowley; Fremont, J. W. Taylor; Bannock, R. Clawson. A letter from Pres. Jas. E. Steele, Bingham Stake, was read. He recommended Bp. [Alfred J.] Stanger to succeed Elder Jas. Mulligan [Joseph Mullinet], one of his counselors, who had resigned on account of ill health. It was decided to leave this matter to the next visiting apostle.
Apostle F. M. Lyman wrote from the Millard Stake, recommending [p.242] a change in the bishopric of Fillmore Ward, also the bishopric of the Meadow Ward. The presidency of the stake concurred, he said, in this statement. He would remain and attend to this matter, if agreeable to the council. It was decided that Apostle Lyman be left to act according to his best judgment in the premises.
I suggested that some action should be taken in reference to the Wasatch Stake presidency—conditions being such as to render a change very desirable. After some discussion, it was decided to sustain Elder Wm. Smart [as] president of the Wasatch to succeed Pres. Abram Hatch, who would be asked to resign because of the many unfavorable conditions existing in that stake.
Apostle J. W. Taylor recommended Elder Horace Ensign for president of the Colorado Mission. Taken under advisement. Pres. Cannon reported his visit to the Sandwich Islands. He had had a pleasant and profitable trip. Said that Elder Saml. Woolley, president of the mission, was an excellent and efficient man. Said that there were a number of individuals, members of the church, who were living off the mission, but were not entitled to support. Felt that the converts on the islands—that is, natives—should have the privilege of marriage for eternity.
Apostle Merrill recommended Elder Jos. Cardon for bishop of Logan 1st Ward to succeed Bp. [Benjamin M.] Lewis, resigned. Adopted. Apostle Lund reported that he had ordained Elder Jno. Ellertson [to be] bishop of Mona, Sevier Stake.
I called attention to the fact that the church records in the stakes of Zion are in a bad and neglected condition and moved that a record day be instituted and had in connection with ward conferences. Upon the annual ward conference day, it would become the duty of the presidency of the stake, who were usually present, to examine the ward records and give instructions relative to the proper method of keeping them and other kindred topics. The motion was seconded and carried.
Apostle H. J. Grant reported the organization of Alpine Stake with Stephen L. Chipman as president and J. H. Clark and Abel J. Evans as counselors. Apostle Reed Smoot reported the organization of Nebo Stake with J. S. Page, Jr., president, and Hyrum Lemmon and Henry Gardner, counselors. Benediction by Apostle M. W. Merrill.
[Tuesday, 29 January 1901] [p. 243] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Attended a meeting of the board of directors of the Utah Light and Power Company to consider a proposition made by the New Heat Light and Power Co. for the purchase of a new light, recently invented and now owned by said company, manufactured from coal oil (vapor gas). It is a light equal to, if not brighter than, the electric light and costing about one tenth as much. The price they demanded for the control of the new light in Utah was $50,000. The deal was not consummated, but our company is very anxious about it, as the new light certainly is a menace to the business of the Utah Light and Power Co. We meet again tomorrow for further negotiation.
12:30 noon. Meeting at the President’s office. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles B. Young, J. H. Smith, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, Bp. W. B. Preston, J. R. Winder, Attorneys LeGrande Young and F. S. Richards, C. W. Penrose, and Bp. H. B. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk.
Pres. Snow stated that a very serious charge had been made by The Salt Lake Tribune against the Presidency of the church to the effect that they had sold out or bargained away for a money consideration the United States senatorship to Thos. Kearns. The purpose of the meeting, therefore, was to consider the wisdom and propriety of starting a suit for libel against the publishers of that paper. By request of Pres. Snow, Elder C. W. Penrose read a number of excerpts from different issues of the Tribune covering the change.
In the opinion of the attorneys present there was good ground for a libel suit and this view was shared by all present. After some discussion it was unanimously decided that it would not be wisdom for President Snow to institute the suit, but that this should be done by Thos. Kearns, who was equally interested in the matter, and that Pres. Snow could bring suit later on, if deemed advisable.
Many, if not all of the brethren present, felt that if by this arrangement Thos. Kearns was vindicated before the courts and the public, the Presidency also would naturally share in said vindication. It is sufficient to say that there is not the least coloring of truth in the charge, but it is a malicious libel on the part of the Tribune. Pres. G. Q. Cannon was delegated to confer with Thos. Kearns relative to the matter.
[Thursday, 31 January 1901] [p. 244] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song. A. O. Woodruff was mouth in prayer, and J. W. Taylor was mouth in the circle.
Stake conference appointments: Jordan Stake, B. Young, Jr., and R. Clawson; Summit, M. F. Cowley; Wayne, A. O. Woodruff. Apostles B. Young, Jr., F. M. Lyman, and M. F. Cowley made their report regarding the division of the Cache Stake. They recommended that it be divided into three stakes with the following brethren for presiding officers: namely, Jos. Morrell for president of the middle stake, about 6000 population; Bp. W. H. Lewis for president of the north stake, about 5000 population; and Chas. G. Hyde for president of south stake, about 5000 population. Recommendation adopted by unanimous vote.
Upon motion it was decided that Missouri be attached to the Southwestern States Mission, but that the city of St. Louis shall still remain as a part of the Northern States Mission.
Upon motion the following committee was appointed to supervise the laws now being introduced in the legislature: Apostles J. H. Smith, A. H. Lund, Atty. F. S. Richards and Atty. LeGrande Young. The purpose of this appointment is to guard the interests of the church and state, only so far as the church may properly have any influence.
The question as to whether Mercur Ward should remain in the Tooele Stake or be attached to the Juab [Alpine] Stake, which can be reached with less expense and more ease; and as to whether Mammoth Ward be taken from the Juab Stake and be attached to the Nebo Stake for the same reason was discussed, and it was determined to leave the matter to a decision of a representative from the council and the people.
Elder Wm. Parkinson was honorably released from the presidency of the Pocatello Stake to return to Preston, where his business and family interests needed his attention. In fact he had never moved to Pocatello. Brother Parkinson had given good satisfaction during his brief presidency of that stake. Benediction by Apostle Geo. Teasdale.
[p. 245] [Sunday, 3 February 1901] Salt Lake City. Several inches of snow during the night. 5 p.m. Conjoint conference of the young people, Stake Supt. Elisha Brown presiding.
R. C[lawson]. The binding nature of the word of God as recorded in the Book of Covenants and also as spoken by the elders under the power of the Holy Spirit. Conversion of the young people to M.I.A. work.
A. O. W[oodruff]. Bad habits. Brief closing remarks were made by Pres. O. P. Miller in which he endorsed the instructions given and made some interesting remarks upon the principle of tithing. We had a very interesting and instructive [Jordan Stake] Conference, and it may be remarked that if the saints would accept and carry out the counsels given at any one of the stake conferences, they could walk straight into the Celestial Kingdom.
[Thursday, 7 February 1901] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles B. Young, Jr., F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Wake, O, Wake the World from Sleeping.” Apostle A. H. Lund was mouth in prayer, and Pres. G. Q. Cannon in the circle. Song, “Glory to God on High.”
Conference appointments: Wasatch, F. M. Lyman and Reed Smoot; Bingham, R. Clawson and A. O. Woodruff. Pres. G. Q. Cannon moved that Elder Platte D. Lyman be presented and sustained as president of the San Juan Stake at their next quarterly conference. Carried.
Pres. J. F. Smith moved that Apostle F. M. Lyman be sustained as president of the European Mission. Carried. It was moved and carried that H. S. Ensign be sustained as president of the Colorado Mission.
After some discussion it was shown to be the sense of the meeting that public funerals among our people be not held where death has resulted from diphtheria.
The question of getting out a cheap edition of the Book of Mormon was discussed. Apostle J. H. Smith reported that an edition of 10,000 copies could be contracted for in Kansas City at [p.246] about 21 cents per copy. It would cost about 31 cents if published at home. Pres. Cannon favored having the work done at home, [even] if it were a little more expensive. Action was deferred until the manager of the Deseret News [was] consulted.
“Doxology.” Benediction by Apostle Geo. Teasdale.
[Monday, 11 February 1901] At the close of the [Bingham Stake] Conference, I was driven to the Idaho Falls Ward, 15 miles distant, where I held meeting. 7 p.m. I arrived at Idaho Falls and put up at Bp. [James] Thomas’. Before going to meeting Bp. Thomas informed [me] that a peculiar and somewhat serious condition prevailed in the ward and he wanted counsel regarding it. He said that one of the sisters had been speaking in tongues at their fast meetings and he feared that it was not done by the Spirit of the Lord. A very unpleasant and unsatisfactory feeling prevailed in the meeting whenever she spoke or sang in tongues. And not only so but the interpretation was not given of the Spirit of God. As a further evidence that the tongue was not from the Lord, one of the sisters in the congregation immediately upon hearing the tongue was visibly affected and went into spasms.
Upon one occasion the bishopric administered to her and rebuked the spirit that was afflicting her, but the administration was without effect. The afflicted sister, contrary to the order of the church, called upon one of her sisters to rebuke the spirit, which was done and it left her. The bishop took occasion to point out to the saints the evil resulting from the exercise of this strange tongue and warned them against it. This greatly angered a young man, who was related to the sister who had spoken in tongues, and who had just returned from a mission to the world, and he arose in the meeting and cursed the bishop in the name of the Lord.
I was very much shocked at the bishop’s statement and said that it now became his solemn duty to forbid the sister alluded to from further exercising the strange tongue; and that the young man who had so grievously offended, should be called to answer before the bishop’s court, and that if he did not make ample and humble reparation for his fault, he should be disfellowshipped, and the case sent to the high council for further action.
8 p.m. Meeting at the ward house, Bp. J. Thomas presiding. I [p.247] was speaker of the evening. Topics treated. The excellent conference held at Lewisville. The authority pertaining to the bishopric and his right to the spirit of discernment.
[Thursday, 14 February 1901] Salt Lake City. Cloudy, with light snow during night. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: First Presidency, and Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah.” I was mouth in prayer, and Apostle H. J. Grant in the circle.
The clerk read a letter from Pres. W. C. Parkinson in which he recommended Elder Wilford Bennion for bishop of Neeleyville, Pocatello Stake, to succeed Bishop [William] Neeley, who would be relieved on account of failing health. Recommendation adopted, Brother Bennion to be set apart at next quarterly conference.
Pres. A. W. Ivins of Juarez Stake sent in a written recommendation that Elder Orson P. Brown be sustained as bishop of the new ward, Colonia Morelos, Mexico. The recommendation was adopted, and Pres. A. W. Ivins authorized to set him apart. I was appointed to go to Mercur, Sunday, Feb. 17th, and determine whether it would be wise and proper to attach the Mercur Ward to the Alpine Stake or let it remain a part of the Tooele Stake.
Pres. Cannon stated that it was the mind of the First Presidency that a mission be opened up in Japan and that Apostle H. J. Grant be appointed to take charge of it. The recommendation of the Presidency was adopted by unanimous vote.
Song, “Glory to God on High.” Benediction by Apostle J. W. Taylor.
[Friday, 15 February 1901] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. I spent the day in Brigham City, going in the morning and returning in the evening. I attended to some matters of business while there. Pres. Chas. Kelly is suffering with an attack of his kidneys and is quite sick.
Upon returning home I was shocked to hear of the sudden death of Brother Karl G. Maeser, who passed away during the morning with heart trouble. Brother Maeser has been a very active and faithful man in the church. Under the direction of President [p.248] Brigham Young, he built up the Brigham Young Academy of Provo and has done a great work as general supt. of Church Schools, asst. supt. of Religion Classes, and general asst. supt. of the Sunday Schools throughout the church. He will be greatly missed.
[Thursday, 21 February 1901] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild; thawing weather. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: the First Presidency, Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded.” Reed Smoot was mouth in prayer, and Geo. Teasdale was mouth in the circle. Song, “O Give Me Back My Prophet Dear” and “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.”
Stake conference appointments: Box Elder, H. J. Grant and R. Clawson; Millard, F. M. Lyman. Elder [Charles A.] Hickenlooper was sustained as bishop of Pleasant View, Weber Stake, to succeed former bishop, removed to Ogden, and Apostle Geo. Teasdale was authorized to attend to the reorganization.
Apostle Reed Smoot recommended that Spring Lake Villa, Utah Stake, be organized into a ward. Recommendation approved. Apostle Smoot delegated to attend to the matter. He recommended that Elder W[illiam] J. Taylor be made bishop. Approved.
I reported my visit to Mercur, and in accordance with a suggestion made by Pres. S. L. Chipman of Alpine Stake, recommended the division of American Fork Ward, which has a population of 2700 souls, and Lehi, which has a population of 3200 souls. Said that Pres. Chipman had informed me that he had plenty of material for officers of two or four wards in each place, and this would bring many more into active service and training than at present. Some of the brethren were adverse to the division, and Apostle Lyman recommended that action be deferred at least until the Lehi meeting house now under construction be completed, and until American Fork has had ample time to complete a meeting house now in contemplation. Recommendation carried.
Apostle H. J. Grant was given time to arrange his financial and personal affairs satisfactorily before leaving for Japan. He thought he could be ready to start in June. He will be accompanied by Elder H. S. Ensign.
[p. 249] Apostle J. W. Taylor reported a series of meetings for missionary purposes held in Farmington. He felt that good would result from same. Conditions prevailing in the Summit Stake were discussed with the result that Apostles J. H. Smith and J. W. Taylor were appointed to visit that stake and ascertain just what changes should be made.
Upon motion the clerk was authorized to notify Bp. [Orson F.] Whitney of the 18th Ward to sever Elder R. W. Sloan from the church for apostasy. Benediction by Apostle F. M. Lyman.
[Tuesday, 26 February 1901] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 11 a.m. There is a law now pending before the Utah legislature making it unlawful for anyone to bring a charge of adultery against a married man except the legal wife, she being the aggrieved party. The design of this measure is to curtail the power of our enemies, who seek to bring trouble upon the Latter-day Saints by prosecuting polygamists for unlawful cohabitation.
A meeting was, therefore, called of the Presidency and Twelve to consider the wisdom of passing such a law at this time. There is no question as to the advantages it would bring to our people, but it has been thought by some that it would bring trouble upon the church, as our enemies would claim that we were taking steps to revive the practice of polygamy, which is not true. Present: the First Presidency, and Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. The brethren were called upon to give an expression of their views, and all present expressed themselves in favor of the bill, except Pres. Cannon, who thought it an unwise measure. Pres. Snow said he was not quite clear in his mind as to the policy and wisdom of such a law at this time. A vote was taken and was unanimous in favor of the measure. Adjourned. I spent the balance of the day working on the books of the Utah Coal Co.
[Thursday, 28 February 1901] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: First Presidency and Apostles F. M. Lyman, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. [p.250] Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “O My Father.” Prayer by Apostle F. M. Lyman. Song, “Glory to God on High” and “School Thy Feelings, O My Brother.”
At the meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 1901, a difference of view existed among the brethren regarding the proposed law on adultery, and in the discussion that followed feelings of an improper character were manifested as between Pres. Cannon and Pres. J. F. Smith. Pres. Snow said that the matter ought to be rectified and the perfect union of the Twelve restored. He took the view that Pres. Smith was at fault. Pres. Smith made suitable acknowledgments and was freely forgiven. Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon also asked forgiveness, which was freely granted.
Pres. S. L. Chipman of American Fork wrote, asking that Vineyard Ward be attached to the Alpine Stake. It was decided that said ward should remain in the Utah Stake.
Upon motion Edward Snow was released from the presidency of the Eastern States Mission to return home, and [it was decided] that Jno. G. McQuarrie be called to succeed him.
Pres. Cannon moved that Pres. Dan McArthur be honorably released from the presidency of the St. George Stake on account of failing health, and that Edward Snow be appointed in his stead. Carried. Benediction by Apostle H. J. Grant.
[Tuesday, 5 March 1901] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. I am making some changes in my home, which will cost about a hundred dollars. I am moving the bathroom from the south part of the house, where we have been having trouble this winter with the water freezing up, to north side of the house, taking a part of one of the bedrooms for the purpose. It is our purpose to throw the former bathroom and office just behind into one large room, which will be used for a parlor, and will be connected with the sitting room by folding doors. This we think will be a decided improvement upon the present arrangement. I spent the day at the President’s office.
[Thursday, 7 March 1901] Salt Lake City. Mild and raining. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: First Presidency, Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, [p.251] A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Glorious Things Are Sung of Zion.” Apostle M. F. Cowley was mouth in prayer, and Apostle J. H. Smith was mouth in the circle. Song, “Glory to God on High.”
Speaking upon the principle of union, Pres. Snow said that the Lord had greatly and abundantly blessed his counselors and the Twelve in the spirit of union that exists between these brethren. “I say (he said) God bless Brother Cannon, God bless Brother Smith, and God bless the Twelve, each one of you, that you may be greatly blessed in your future labors.” Pres. Cannon invoked the same blessing upon Pres. Snow, and all the brethren said amen.
The clerk read a petition signed by the presidents of the LeGrande Valley, Or., branches of the church asking for a stake organization. Apostle Cowley was appointed to visit LeGrande Valley and ascertain if the conditions and population are such as to justify favorable action.
A letter signed by about 18 saints living in Teton Valley, Fremont Stake, and addressed to Pres. Thos. E. Ricks, was read. They asked for a ward organization. Request granted.
Stake conference appointments: San Pete, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, and R. Clawson; Pocatello, J. H. Smith and M. F. Cowley.
Upon the recommendation of the President [Willis E. Robison] of the Wayne Stake, Elder Jno. R. Stewart was sustained as bishop of Torrey Ward to succeed Geo. H. Crosby, moved away.
Apostle J. W. Taylor recommended Elder J. A. McRae as his successor in the presidency of the Colorado Mission. Carried.
Wm. A. Hyde was sustained as president of the Pocatello Stake to succeed Elder Wm. C. Parkinson, and Wm. C. Parkinson was sustained as president of the South Cache Valley Stake, when organized.
Song, “Doxology.” Benediction by myself.
[Sunday, 10 March 1901] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 8:30 a.m. I proceeded to the D. & R. G. [Denver and Rio Grande] Ry. station to take the train for Ephraim to attend the San Pete Stake Conference, but found upon arrival that I had mistaken my train. The one I should have taken left at 7:50 a.m. I was, therefore, obliged to return home in disappointment.
10 a.m. Continuation of Salt Lake Stake Conference, Pres. A. M. Cannon presiding. The speakers were Elder Richard R. Lyman, stake supt. Y.M.M.I.A., Bp. [Heber C.] Iverson, Stake Coun[selor] Chas. W. Penrose, Bp. [George] Romney, and Stake Court. Jos. E. Taylor. Topics treated. The M.I.A. work. Marriage. The erection of the new Latter-day Saints College building. Church members moving from one ward to another were urged to secure immediate standing in said wards.
During the morning meeting Pres. A.M. Cannon said to Apostle M. F. Cowley and myself that it would be necessary to select two alternate high councillors for the Salt Lake Stake. He had selected, he said, Briant S. Hinckley for one, and asked us to nominate another. Brother Cowley could think of no one, and asked me to suggest, and I gave him the name of my brother, Thomas Alfred Clawson, who is a very faithful man and worthy of promotion. The nomination was accepted.
[Thursday, 14 March 1901] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Pres. Snow, and Apostles Geo. Teasdale, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “We Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet.” Prayer by Apostle J. W. Taylor. Song, “Come, All Ye Sons of Zion.”
Apostle J. W. Taylor spoke of the appointment of himself and Apostle B. Young, Jr., to visit the Summit Stake to enquire into the conditions there. He said he knew the conditions, which were very bad. He felt that the presidency of the stake and the bishopric of a number of the wards should be reorganized and that the proposed visit was really unnecessary. Some considerable discussion followed upon this subject, and while no definite action was taken (owing to the absence of so many of the brethren) the sentiment was strongly in favor of Apostle J. W. Taylor’s recommendation.
Apostle Reed Smoot reported that Brother James E. Hall of Fairview, North San Pete Stake, who enjoyed the gift of healing, had been visiting around among the saints in various wards and stakes exercising this gift, and his success was creating considerable excitement in different places. While many approved of his work, others thought he ought not to operate outside of the ward [p.253] where he lived. Pres. Snow ruled that he would have the right to exercise his gift in any of the wards or stakes under the direction of the presiding officers thereof.
There is an army of about 10,000 people connected with the church, who have no standing in any of the wards and stakes of Zion, owing to the fact that in moving from one ward to another they failed to take with them a certificate of standing, and this usually by reason of indifference or carelessness. To assist in correcting this condition, I proposed that the bishop in giving a recommend of removal to any member of his ward, be required to send notice of the fact to the bishop of the ward where the party intended to settle, and also submitted a form to insure the observance of said rule. The recommendation and form were adopted by unanimous vote.
Song, “Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing.” Benediction by Apostle Reed Smoot.
[Sunday, 17 March 1901] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 7 a.m. I left by train for Brigham City for the purpose of dedicating the Brigham City First Ward meeting house, arriving at 9 a.m.
Dedication of the First Ward Meeting House
7:30 p.m. Bp. Jno. B. McMaster presiding. The meeting house is a fine brick building, with basement for amusements and upper assembly room for worship, and in dimensions is 32 ft. x 65 ft.
Bp. J. B. McMaster was the first speaker and said that the house [was] completed and out of debt and had cost about $6750. The saints had been united, he said, in the prosecution of the work. The ground was broken in May 1894, and the cornerstone was laid by myself in June 1894.
At this point I offered the dedicatory prayer:
Dedicatory Prayer Delivered March 17tb, 1901, by Apostle Rudger Clawson, at the Dedicatory Services of the First Ward Meeting House, Brigham City, Box Elder Stake of Zion.
Brethren and Sisters, we will now offer the dedicatory prayer.
All-wise and Holy Father, we, Thy children, members [p.254] of the Brigham City First Ward of the Box Elder Stake of Zion, approach Thee at this time as a worshipping congregation and we do humbly and gratefully thank Thee for this privilege, and we thank Thee for all Thy mercies so graciously bestowed upon us. We thank Thee, Holy Father, that Thou didst put it into the hearts of this people to come together and determine to build a house in which to assemble from time to time to worship before Thee, and to offer up the devotion of their hearts and the praises of their souls; and also to assemble under the various organizations of the ward, such as the Relief Society, the Sunday School, the Mutual Improvement Associations, the Primary Association, and Religion Class, and the quorums of the priesthood. And that a place should be provided where Thy servants and handmaidens can come together to call upon Thy name, to receive instruction, and be converted, and blessed. And we thank Thee, Holy Father, for that degree of union and oneness that has characterized this enterprise from the first, wherein Thy saints have manifested a willingness to listen to counsel, and have been liberal in contributing of their substance for the accomplishment of the work, and for the presentation of this house unto Thee free from debt and obligation.
Now, we rejoice in these things, and feel to praise Thy holy name, and we present this house unto Thee, O Lord. We dedicate it unto Thy holy name, yea, every part and portion thereof; with the foundation upon which this house rests and the walls thereof, and the basement which has been provided for a place of amusement for the dramatic performance, for entertainments, and for dances that shall be conducted under the influence of Thy Spirit, for we realize, Holy Father, that Thou dost approve of suitable and proper recreation for Thy saints; and also the upper room in which we are assembled, and everything pertaining thereunto; the walls, the windows, and the material of which they are composed; the stand for the priesthood, and the choir stand and the auditorium, and the seats that are [p.255] provided, and all that pertains to this room in every detail and every portion thereof. We dedicate unto Thee, Holy Father, the roof that covers this building and all the material pertaining thereto, and every part and portion thereof; and we ask that Thy Spirit and blessing may rest down upon this house in its entirety from the foundation to the crown thereof.
And we do humbly beseech Thee that this house may never be defiled or polluted in any manner, and that nothing may ever be said or transpire here that shall cause the withdrawal of Thy Holy Spirit. And wilt Thou grant that it may endure and that it may withstand the fury of the elements, and that it may remain intact by Thy power and blessing, for this house has been erected to Thy name for Thy worship. We rejoice in that which our eyes do behold, for we realize, as we look into the past, that we have been the recipients of great blessings, that Thou hast been with us, that Thou hast prospered us, and that in the accomplishment of this work we have been rewarded fourfold for all that we have contributed thereto. And we do know that this effort has brought a blessing unto Thy work and unto Thy people in this ward and stake of Zion, and we feel that, by this good work and all our good works and our faithfulness, we have assisted in a small degree in establishing Zion upon the earth.
We pray that Thy choicest blessings may be poured out upon Thy servant, John B. McMaster, the bishop of this ward. We thank Thee for his integrity and faithfulness and we feel to sustain and support him in his high calling. Wilt Thou also bless his counselors, that they may be one with him, and the acting teachers, and the various organizations of the ward, naming each one before Thee, the Relief Society, the Sunday School, the Young Men’s organization, the Young Ladies’ organization, the Primary Association, the Religion Class, and the choir, and the leader of the choir, and those who preside in these organizations. We pray that Thy blessings may be upon them at all times when they shall [p.256] come together to learn of Thee and be instructed in Thy ways. We also ask Thy blessings upon the quorums of the lesser priesthood, and the members of the high priesthood who live in this ward, the brethren and sisters and the little children, that the children may escape the contagious diseases that abound in the land, that the same may be rebuked from this ward because of the faithfulness of this people.
Now, we do not feel to further multiply words before Thee, our Father. We pray that Thou wilt accept this house in its entirety, which we dedicate to Thee and Thy cause for the blessing of this people; and we do it in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Pres. Chas. Kelly gave some facts concerning the building of the house, stating that about seven years ago Brother R. Clawson—then president of the stake—counseled the people of the first ward to sell their old meeting house to the school trustees and build a new house. This work had now been accomplished. He related how by the same counsel a new meeting house had been erected in Three Mile Creek, Beaver Ward, North Ward, and Bear River City. Spoke words of praise for the new house as we now behold it.
I followed and spoke words of praise and commendation for the faithfulness of the people of the First Ward in the building of the new meeting house and said that the Lord was pleased with their labors. Referred to the completeness of the work in every detail, both in appearance and finish, and expressed the opinion that it would bring them credit wherever spoken of throughout Zion. Asked the Lord to bless the bishopric, the building committee, and all who had been associated with them in the good work. Blessed the people for the union and liberality manifested by them.
[Thursday, 21 March 1901] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Pres. L. Snow, Pres. J. F. Smith, and Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Geo. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “Glory to God on High.” Apostle A. H. Lund was mouth in prayer, and Apostle B. Young was mouth in the circle.
[p. 257] The clerk read a letter addressed by Reuben A. McBride to Pres. [Ira N.] Hinckley of the Millard Stake. He asked to be reinstated in the church and have his former blessings and priesthood sealed upon him. The status of the case may be given in a few words. Some 13 years ago he was cut off the church for the crime of murder committed while under the influence of liquor. It seems that in a moment of anger, while intoxicated, he killed a man by the name of Speed for striking his son. He was tried, convicted, and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment, but, after serving three years, was pardoned. He has since led a temperate life, is repentant, and desires reinstatement in the church. After some discussion the matter was referred to the presidency and high council of the Millard Stake for action. It was, however, decided that in any event he could only receive a standing in the church and would not be entitled to receive the priesthood.
Song, “Lord, Dismiss Us with Thy Blessing.” Benediction by myself.
[Sunday, 24 March 1901] Mt. Pleasant, Utah. Snowing and cold. 11 a.m. Continuation of [North San Pete Stake] Conference, Pres. C. N. Lund presiding.
H. B. [Henry Beal] Felt the saints here would be greatly blessed in having a stake organization under the division. The blessing of wives and children. Spoke of the building of the Ephraim Academy, and suggested that the sisters contribute their Sunday eggs to assist in the good work; if this were done, he estimated they would get about $5000 during the year. Asked the Lord to bless the apostles.
2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. C. N. Lund presiding. The speakers [were] Pres. C. N. Lund, myself, and Apostle A. H. Lund. Topics treated. C. N. L[und]. Was pleased with the reports given by the bishops, with the singing, and with the sermons. Spoke of the academy in course of erection at Ephraim and said this enterprise should have the support of the saints.
R. C[lawson]. The power of prayer. Religion class work. The building of the academy at Ephraim. A. H. L[und]. The academy at Ephraim. Religion class work.
[p. 258] [Thursday, 28 March 1901] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Snow and Smith, and Apostles B. Young, F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, R. Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, “If You Could Hie to Kolob.” I was mouth in prayer, and Pres. J. F. Smith in the circle. Song, “Weep, Weep, Not for [Me,] Zion.” Stake conference appointments: Sevier, M. F. Cowley.
It was learned by letter that a sheep difficulty, lately arisen in the Beaver Stake, needed adjustment. It was decided that two of the brethren be appointed to go there and effect settlement.
Apostle M. F. Cowley reported his visit to Oregon. He attended meetings in Baker City, Portland, and branches of the church in LaGrande Valley. His visit was quite satisfactory, he said, and moved that a stake of Zion be organized in the state of Oregon, that it be called the Union Stake, and that Elder Franklin S. Bramwell be chosen for president. Carried by unanimous vote.
Pres. [William] Budge of the Bear Lake Stake recommended Alfred Kerl for bishop of Fishaven. Adopted. In answer to the request of Pres. S. L. Chipman of the Alpine Stake, Apostle Teasdale was appointed to attend the stake monthly priesthood meeting at American Fork, Sat., March 30th, 1901. Apostle Reed Smoot reported the organization of the Spring Lake Villa Ward with Jesse W. [William Jesse] Taylor as bishop.
Apostle Reed Smoot was appointed, with any of the brethren he might select to go with him, to visit the North Morgan Ward, Morgan Stake, and settle a difficulty that had arisen there in regard to the building of a new meeting house. Apostle H. J. Grant reported that under permission of Pres. Snow he had written Louis A. Kelsch, pres. [of the] Northern States Mission, inviting him to go to Japan to assist in opening up the mission there and that Brother Kelsch had accepted the invitation.
It was decided that the presidents of seventies quorums be not interfered with any more than possible in effecting stake and ward organizations. Benediction by Apostle F. M. Lyman.
[Monday, 1 April 1901] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. Having completed my work on the church financial statement for 1900, I submitted a portion [p.259] of it to Pres. Snow during the forenoon, namely, the statement of receipts and disbursements from all sources for the year 1900. He seemed to be quite pleased with my labors. I will submit the statement of revenues and expenses for the same period, tomorrow.
[Tuesday, 2 April 1901] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild; threatening storm. 10 a.m. Attended a meeting of the executive committee of the Utah Light and Power Co.
11 a.m. Came into the meeting of the first session of the quarterly conference of the Twelve and Apostle F. M. Lyman was speaking. Topics treated. The appointment of Apostle H. J. Grant to carry the gospel to Japan; thought it a very important mission. His own call to the presidency of the European Mission; anxious to fill the appointment to the satisfaction of the Lord and his brethren. Felt that the Lord could and would qualify Brother Heber and himself for the work before them. He wanted, he said, the faith and prayers of the brethren and desired to be remembered by them when they came together in their usual meetings. Said the Lord has blessed the apostles and given them success in their labors and will bless them so long as they are humble and faithful. Referred to the Canada canal settlement effected by himself and Brother Clawson, which was accomplished under the blessing of the Lord. He closed by saying: “Brethren, I leave with you my love, confidence, fellowship, and blessing.”
Apostle J. H. Smith. Topics treated. Rejoiced in the work of the Lord and in the fellowship of the brethren. Hoped Apostles Lyman and Grant would be successful in their missions.
Apostle Geo. Teasdale. Topics treated. Had presided over the European Mission and rejoiced in his labors there. Apostle Grant’s mission to Japan, and the preaching of the gospel in the world. Believed that Apostles Lyman and Grant would be able to accomplish all that the Lord designed concerning them. Hoped the Lord would spare the life of Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon, who is dangerously sick in California. Spoke of Pres. Cannon’s active and faithful life.
Benediction by Apostle M. W. Merrill. Adjourned until 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m. Continuation of quarterly meeting. Full quorum [p.260] present. Song, “Let Us Pray, Gladly Pray.”
Apostle H. J. Grant was the first speaker. Topics treated. His mission to Japan; he had been studying up the history of the Japanese and found they were a very progressive people. He expected to take with him Elders Louis A. Kelsch and Horace S. Ensign. His business affairs would be left in fairly good shape. Was pleased with the division of some of the larger stakes and felt that good would result therefrom. Said he had absolute confidence in all the brethren of the Twelve and felt to leave his blessing with them. Felt to suggest that it would be a nice thing and a strength to him, if one of the apostles could accompany him to Japan.
Apostle J. W. Taylor. Topics. Desired to be humble and obedient to the counsels of the brethren. Felt interested in Brother F. M. Lyman, Jr., who is suffering from nervous prostration and is afflicted in his mind, and believed that if the brethren were united he might be healed. Suggested that Pres. Cannon and Elder F. M. Lyman, Jr., be specially remembered in our prayers on Thursday. Thought some plans should be devised to preach the gospel to strangers in our midst.
Apostle M. W. Merrill. Topics treated. Always felt diffident in getting up to speak. Had enjoyed the meeting. Speaking of Elder Fred [Heber J.] Grant, said that he had an important mission to fill; this had been shown to him. Felt that one of the apostles should go with Heber to Japan. Saw no reason why Elder F. M. Lyman, Jr., should not be healed; the Lord might have a reason but he knew of none. Felt well toward his brethren.
Apostle A. H. Lund. Topics treated. Had greatly enjoyed the meeting. Felt that Apostle F. M. Lyman would enjoy his labors as president of the European Mission. Spoke of the various missions in Europe. Thought a good work might be done in the Holy Land.
Benediction by Apostle J. W. Taylor. Adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow.
After the meeting I submitted the statement of revenues and expenses of the church for the year 1900 to Pres. Snow. He was very much pleased with the showing made, and also with the manner in which the statement was formulated. This statement and also the one submitted to him on Monday will be submitted to the Presidency and Twelve at their meeting on Thursday, April 4th.
[Wednesday, 3 April 1901] [p. 261]Salt Lake City. Cool and snowing. 10 a.m. Continuation of the conference of the Twelve, Pres. B. Young, Jr., presiding. Full quorum present. Song, “Redeemer of Israel.” Prayer by Apostle A. H. Lund. [Song,] “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.”
Apostle M. F. Cowley was the first speaker. Topics treated. Rejoiced in his fellowship with the brethren. Spoke of the faithfulness of the First Council of Seventies and felt that they should have a little further help from the church than they were receiving. Thought steps should be taken to publish a cheap edition of the Book of Mormon; an edition could be gotten out—say of 10,000—for $2100 or 20 cts. a piece. Desired, he said, to be devoted to the cause.
Pres. B. Young, Jr, said nothing could be done about the Book of Mormon in the absence of Pres. Cannon. Thought the Seven Presidents of Seventies should have further assistance.
A. O. Woodruff. Topics treated. Felt that a special fast should be held and prayer be offered in behalf of F. M. Lyman, Jr., by the Twelve. Had recently been visiting the new colonies in the Big Horn and found the saints there getting along nicely; they are prosecuting work on the canal. Favored the organization of a stake in the Big Horn country and suggested for the presidency, Byron Sessions, Jesse W. Crosby, and Brother [Charles A.] Welsch. Said a great many of our people are moving into Canada—some 200 had gone there recently—but it was the mind of Pres. Snow that it would be better for our people to settle in the states, where they would have political influence. Invoked the blessing of the Lord upon Pres. B. Young, Jr., Apostles F. M. Lyman, H. J. Grant, and the members of the quorum.
A committee of two, namely, H. J. Grant and Reed Smoot, were appointed to confer with the Presidency and see if something could be done for the widow of Karl G. Maeser, who is in poor circumstances. R. Clawson. Topics treated. Said he had greatly enjoyed the meetings of the conference. Felt well towards his brethren of the Twelve. Also rejoiced in his labors in the ministry and apostleship. Had been engaged for some time upon a financial statement of church affairs for the year 1900, but, notwithstanding this, had endeavored to meet every requirement and call made upon him to go into the stakes of Zion. Rejoiced in the union of [p.262] the Presidency and Twelve. Showed how that God is no respecter of persons in that the leaders of the people have to make sacrifices as well as humbler members of the church. Spoke of the faithfulness of the First Presidency.
Reed Smoot. Topics treated. Spoke of the missionary call of Apostles Lyman and Grant and felt that they would be blessed. Expressed a hope for the recovery of Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon. Said he had perfect confidence in the members of the quorum.
Remarks were made by Apostles F. M. Lyman, J. W. Taylor, and R. Clawson, and Pres. B. Young, Jr., upon the principle of healing by the laying on of hands. They thought this ordinance should always be performed in a simple way, as prescribed by the word of God, and not with display.
Song. Benediction by Apostle F. M. Cowley. After the meeting 5 sisters were set apart for the practice of midwifery among the saints by Apostle J. H. Smith, J. W. Taylor, and myself. I was mouth in setting apart Sister Augusta Pratt.
2:30 p.m. Gathering at the Beehive House under the direction of Bp. Jno. R. Winder and the Salt Lake Temple workers in honor of President Lorenzo Snow’s eighty-seventh birthday. It was a delightful affair.
Congratulatory remarks, Bp. J. R. Winder. In connection with his remarks he reported for the information and comfort of President Snow the ordinance work done in the temple since its opening, as follows:
|Number of ordinances performed from the opening until April 1900|
|Total for past year||68,881|
Response, Pres. L. Snow. He expressed his appreciation of the honor done by the presence of the brethren and sisters. Was greatly pleased with the report of the temple work done. Spoke of his having been set apart by Pres. Woodruff as president of the Salt Lake Temple, and he was then informed by Pres. Woodruff that he had been appointed in the other world to said position before he came here.
Remarks, Pres. J. F. Smith. He expressed appreciation for the life of Pres. Snow. He also expressed love for the brethren. Remarks, B. Young, Jr. Stated that the Twelve had been holding their quarterly conference, and during the meetings it was truly manifested that they were perfectly united with each other and the Presidency, and were each and all ready under the direction and call of our Prophet and President to go to the ends of the earth, if need be, and preach the gospel.
Remarks, S. B. Young. In behalf of the 138 quorums of seventies he congratulated Pres. Snow and wished him many happy returns of the day. Remarks, Apostle M. W. Merrill. As president reported the work at the Logan Temple as being in a prosperous condition. Over a million souls had been baptized for and endowed since its dedication some 24 years ago. Spoke relative to the principle of tithing. Prophesied that in the due time of the Lord Pres. Snow would have power to save every soul in his family.
Remarks, David H. Cannon. Reported favorable conditions in the St. George Temple. Said Pres. Snow had promised the people of the St. George country that, if they were faithful in honoring the law of tithing and other commandments of God, they should be visited by the early and latter rains. This promise had been literally fulfilled, for a recent drought of some 5 years had been broken by copious rains. Explained how he had been guided by revelation in his labors at the temple.
[Thursday, 4 April 1901] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 10 a.m. Continuation of conference of the Twelve, Pres. B. Young, Jr., presiding. Full quorum present. Song, “Once More My Soul the Rising Day.” Prayer by Apostle A. O. Woodruff. [Song,] “Away with Our Fears.”
There was some further discussion in regard to administering to the sick. It was clearly the mind of the brethren that it should be done in a simple manner, without display, according to the order of the church. A letter incorporating this view was addressed to Jas. Hall of Springville, who had been going about among the saints holding special fast meetings and administering to the sick; and although he may have been accomplishing good, his manner of doing was thought to be too much in the nature of display of [p.264] the power of God. (The Presidency afterwards approved of said letter.)
It was moved that we recommend Jos. E. Robinson to succeed E. H. Nye as president of the California Mission. Carried. It was also moved that we recommend Walter C. Lyman to succeed Louis A. Kelsch, president of the Northern States Mission. Carried.
11:30 a.m. Presidents Snow and Smith came in. Elder Jos. E. Robinson was sustained as president of the California Mission, and Walter C. Lyman as president of the Northern States Mission. Upon motion Edward Pugmire of the Bear Lake Stake was called to take a mission to California.
Apostle M. F. Cowley called attention to the labors of the Seven Presidents of Seventies. Said they had been very faithful and through their labors he was satisfied that the tithing of the church had been greatly increased. Inasmuch as some of them were in straightened circumstances, notably Brother B. H. Roberts (the latter was now acting as a life insurance agent), he felt that the compensation of the Seven Presidents of Seventies should be increased.
President Snow said that nothing could be done in the matter at present. We have not arrived at a point where we can say to the general authorities of the church: “Give up all your financial affairs, devote your whole time to the work, and the church will provide fully for you; but that time is coming.”
[President Snow:] Said that there are many bishops in the church, who are not capable and efficient in their official calling, many of them not being naturally endowed with the qualifications for the bishopric. In all such cases they should be released and others planted in their stead. The payment of tithes should be carefully looked after. There are 10,000 non-tithe-payers in the church. This should not be.
A motion prevailed to the effect that the Summit Stake be reorganized with Moses Taylor as president. Apostle H. J. Grant’s suggestion that he leave his family and proceed to Japan with three of the brethren as assistants to open up the mission there and that, if advisable, he send for his family later, was approved by the Presidency and Apostles.
I then read a statement showing the financial condition of the church for the year 1900. About an hour was occupied in the [p.265] reading. A very brief synopsis of the figures submitted is given below:
Statement of Receipts and Disbursements From all Sources of the Trustee-in-Trust
for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the Year 1900
|Balance on hand||586,451.66|
|Tithes recd. for the year 1900||1,183,007.01|
|Receipts from sundry sources (see detailed report)||386,683.97|
|Total receipts for year||1,569,690.98|
|Total disbursements to sundry sources (see detailed report)||1,576,208.56|
|Balance on hand, Jan. 1st, 1901||579,934.08|
Statement showing the revenues and expenses of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the year 1900 (taken from the receipts and disbursements)
|Tithes recd. for the year 1900||1,183,007.01|
|Salt Lake Temple free-will offerings||5,952.10|
|Dividends on capital stocks||22,399.20|
|Capital stocks sold||63,712.00|
|Dedicated stock sold||61,616.13|
|Recd. on donation for Jackson Co. Temple||1,250.00|
|Recd. from sale of Deseret Telegraph Line||10,117.24|
|Recd. from sale of real estate||41,700.00|
|Interest on various obligations||35,145.19|
|Rebate on missionary fares||6,143.32|
|Receipts from sundry sources (see detailed report)||15,241.87|
|Total revenues for year 1900||1,448,840.81|
|Appropriations to church authorities||88,806.93|
|[p.266] Salary acct. (clerks, janitors, night-watchmen &c.)||36,490.61|
|Appropriations to church educational institutions||61,774.27|
|Appropriations to temples||49,878.70|
|Stake and ward meeting houses||5,040.15|
|Improvements and repairs on church property, Salt Lake City||22,023.60|
|Improvements and repairs on tithing premises in the stakes||22,812.38|
|Losses in handling tithes for 1900||68,311.49|
|Stake expenses in handling tithes||17,649.67|
|Bishop’s percentage for handling tithes||104,839.10|
|Deseret News (new) building||91,460.59|
|Interest on sundry notes||99,115.71|
|Amount appropriated to sinking fund acct. church bonds||50,000.00|
|Amount appropriated for the poor||41,427.21|
|Amount paid acct. fares returning missionaries||18,283.94|
|Appropriation to wind up Utah Loan and Trust Co.’s business||39,000.00|
|Taxes on church property for 1900||11,499.26|
|Sundry other expenses (see detailed report)||49,641.31|
|Total expenses for year 1900||890,367.90|
|Total revenues brought down||1,448,840.81|
|Total expenses brought down||890,367.90|
|Total excess of revenues over expenses for the year 1900||558,472.91|
A statement showing the Church indebtedness Oct. 1st, 1898, and the indebtedness April 1st, 1901.
|Church indebtedness, Oct. 1st, 1898||2,168,012.20|
|Indebtedness incurred from Oct. 1st, 1898, to April 1st, 1901||374,194.90|
|Less amount paid by the trustee-in-trust on church indebtedness from Oct. 1st, [p.267] 1898, to April 1st, 1901||1,257,950.35|
|Total church indebtedness, April 1, 1901||1,284,256.75|
|Total annual interest paid on church indebtedness, January 1st, 1899||138,180.89|
|Total annual interest paid on church indebtedness, April 1st, 1901||77,654.22|
|Total annual reduction of interest (or saving to the church)||60,526.67|
|Total monthly reduction of interest||5,043.89|
|Total tithing paid in 1898||794,332.28|
|Total tithing paid in 1899||1,138,362.64|
|Total tithing paid in 1900||1,183,007.01|
|Total tithing for the three years||$3,115,701.93|
|Total revenues for 1898||836,639.36|
|Total revenues for 1899||1,258,508.66|
|Total revenues for 1900||1,448,840.81|
|Total revenues for the three years||$3,543,988.83|
|Total expenses for 1898||592,627.38|
|Total expenses for 1899||639,083.10|
|Total expenses for 1900||890,367.90|
|Total expenses for the three years||2,122,078.38|
|Total excess of revenues over expenses for the three years||1,421,920.45|
|Average revenue for three years||1,181,319.61|
|Average expense for three years||707,359.46|
|Average yearly excess of revenues over expenses for 3 years||473,960.15|
Pres. Jos. F. Smith moved that the report be received with thanks, approved, and placed on file. Carried by unanimous vote.
The sacrament was then administered, Pres. J. F. Smith being month in pronouncing the blessing upon the bread and wine. [p.268] While at the table I moved that the following brethren be sustained as the presidency of the Big Horn Stake (it having been previously moved and carried that the Big Horn colonies be organized into a stake of Zion): Byron Sessions, president; Jesse W. Crosby, 1st counselor; and [Charles A.] Welsch, 2nd counselor. Carried by unanimous vote.
Benediction by Apostle B. Young, Jr. After the reading of the minutes, the meeting adjourned for three months.
[Saturday, 6 April 1901] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and mild. 7:30 [p.m.] Very heavy snowstorm in progress. Priesthood meeting at the tabernacle, Pres. J. F. Smith presiding.
Pres. J. F. Smith was the first speaker. Topics treated. Some of our brethren of the priesthood in need of conversion. There is one bishop [Samuel F. Atwood] in the church, according to report, and perhaps others, that does not believe that the Father and Son visited Joseph Smith. Non-tithe-payers. A time of pruning is to come, when men of the priesthood and position, who are unfitted to preside by reason of age, or bodily infirmities, or indifference, or lack of faith, will be released and others planted in their stead. The widows and orphans to be taken care of by the church.
Apostle F. M. Lyman. Topics treated. Changes among the officials of the church necessary from time to time in the interest of the cause. Record keeping in the wards of the church and record day. The necessity of presidencies of stakes and bishops of wards meeting together oft. Revelation always needed in the church.
A. O. Woodruff. Topics treated. Admonished and counseled the brethren who sell out their homes to go and settle in new countries not to sell to the unbeliever, but to our own people.
[Sunday, 7 April 1901] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cold with about 3 or 4 inches of snow on the ground. Word comes to the brethren of the Twelve from Pres. Snow that he has just recd. the guaranty given by the church to secure payment of the 1,500 $1,000 bonds (or $1,500,000) of the Pioneer Electric Power Co. It cost the church $225,000 to secure the return of said guaranty, but it is felt by the brethren, notwithstanding the heavy actual cost ($225,000) to the church, [p.269] that the Lord has removed from our path a threatening danger of great magnitude. The church at the present time is rapidly being freed from debt, but was liable at any moment, through the guaranty, to be engulfed in a further indebtedness of $1,500,000.
[Monday, 8 April 1901] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool. 10 a.m. Meeting of the First Presidency, the Twelve, the presidencies of stakes, bishops of wards, and other authorities at the assembly hall, President Snow presiding. A telegram from Pres. Cannon stated that he was somewhat better.
President Snow. Topics treated. Only those who are fully entitled to their second anointings should receive this blessing. Presidents of stakes are under a high responsibility in this matter. The elders of Israel will never be called to go back to Jackson County, unless they conform in perfect obedience to the law of tithing. Some bishops were derelict last year in teaching the people of their wards the law of tithing. The proper name of the tithing record is the “Book of the Law of the Lord.” “This church will never go back to Jackson County to build up the temple, until the church as a church learns to observe the law of tithing. No one can get a remission of his sins except by baptism, and so no one can secure the blessings of the land he occupies except by observance of the law of tithing.”
[President Snow] Blessed the brethren and authorities present. Said that it was a wonderful blessing to receive and hold a portion of this sacred and all-powerful priesthood. You can afford to make any sacrifice that may be required. Abraham never would have been able to offer his son Isaac, as a sacrifice, had he not known the blessings connected with the priesthood. The church can pay all of its obligations as they fall due, or may arise, and we do not have to borrow money for that purpose. Admonished the brethren not to enter into obligations they cannot meet when due.
Pres. J. F. Smith. Topics treated. Mask balls among the saints not approved by the First Presidency. 2[nd] anointings. Binding and sealing power of the high priesthood of the church. Importance of union.
Apostle H. J. Grant. Topics treated. Perseverance. The nobility [p.270] of labor. Learning to sing. Redemption of Zion. Tithing. A. O. Woodruff. Topics. Importance of sustaining and carrying out counsel.
Elder S. B. Young. Topics. The organizing of the seventies quorums. Desired the local authorities not to take presidents of seventies for local positions, only in cases where it is imperative.
Reed Smoot. Topics. Read a letter in regard to proper manner of administering to the sick. Tithing.
R. Clawson. Topics. The establishment of a Record Day in the church. The importance of conforming to the counsel given in this matter. Tithing. J. W. Taylor. Topics. Proper entertainment of the Presidency, the Twelve, and the Seven Presidents in the stakes of Zion.
[Thursday, 11 April 1901] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild; like spring. 10:30 a.m. Short session of the Twelve. Present: Apostles B. Young, Jr., F. M. Lyman, J. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, A. O. Woodruff, R. Clawson, and Reed Smoot. Song. Prayer, myself. Song, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.”
It was moved that hereafter in our meetings, after singing and prayer, no one should speak without first obtaining recognition of presiding officer. At 11 a.m. Presidents L. Snow and J. F. Smith came in. Song, “May We Who Know the Joyful Sound.” Apostle H. J. Grant was mouth in prayer, and A. O. Woodruff in the circle. Stake conference appointments: Utah, Apostles J. H. Smith and Geo. Teasdale; Emery, Apostles M. F. Cowley and A. O. Woodruff.
Pres. Snow said that the brethren of the Twelve should give the matter of tithe-paying in the stakes their personal attention; there are many bishops who should be released on account of their lack of qualifications. He had no fears, he said, but that the church would be relieved of its financial embarrassment, but the land of Zion could only be sanctified to the saints by the proper observance of this law.
I expressed the view that the most effectual way to reach the non-tithe-payers would be to take up a special and personal labor with the presidencies of stakes and bishops of wards. Apostle Reed Smoot thought that presidents of stakes and bishops of wards should refrain from going to the saints for donations to meet stake [p.271] and ward expenses, but should be allowed sufficient tithing to cover the same, and with this idea in view the presiding authorities should redouble their efforts to get the people to pay their tithing in full. Some of the brethren did not share in this view.
Apostle H. J. Grant felt that the Salt Lake Stake with a church population of about 24,000 was still too large and suggested that a committee be appointed to investigate and report as to the advisability of such action. Carried. Upon motion of Pres. J. F. Smith, Apostles H. J. Grant and R. Clawson were appointed as said committee. In the discussion that followed some of the brethren—notably Pres. J. F. Smith and Apostle A. H. Lund—expressed the view that it would be better to reorganize the presidency of the Salt Lake Stake than to divide it. There seemed to be a feeling among the brethren that whether the stake was divided or not divided, there should be a change in the stake presidency. Benediction by Apostle J. H. Smith.
[Sunday, 14 April 1901] Salt Lake City. Mild and beautiful day. I spent the day quietly at home, it being my first Sunday at home for many weeks.
6:30 p.m. Meeting at the 18th Ward chapel, Bp. O. F. Whitney presiding. Bp. Whitney stated that several members of the ward had been severed from the church for apostasy, they having embraced the Christian Scientist faith. In the case of Thos. J. McIntosh, who holds the priesthood and whose name was sent up to the high council, the action of the bishop’s court in disfellowshipping him was sustained and he was cut off the church. The other cases were those of sisters and the bishopric having the necessary jurisdiction, they were cut off by the bishop’s court.
[Wednesday, 17 April 1901] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool; beautiful day.
Funeral service of President Geo. Q. Cannon
The Twelve Apostles acted as pallbearers. The corpse was enclosed in a very handsome white plush casket and left the Cannon home in the southwestern part of the city at 11 a.m., reaching the tabernacle at 12 noon. The building was appropriately draped in white, the floral display being most chaste and beautiful. Attendance was crowded, Pres. L. Snow presiding.
[p. 272] The speakers were Apostle Geo. Teasdale in behalf of Deseret Sunday School Board and the Sunday Schools, Apostle H. J. Grant in behalf of the general Y.M.M.I.A. board, Geo. H. Brimhall in behalf of the B. Y. Academy and church schools, Apostles B. Young, J. H. Smith, and J. W. Taylor.
Pres. Jos. F. Smith testified that he had always known Pres. Cannon as a man of sterling integrity. He had been faithful to his brethren, faithful and true to the interests of Zion and in every way a mighty man. Dwelt upon the subject of the resurrection. Admonished the wives and children of Pres. Cannon to follow in the footsteps of their illustrious husband and father.
Being in feeble health Pres. Lorenzo Snow did not speak, but had prepared some remarks which were read by his son, LeRoi. Testified to the faithfulness, integrity, and humility of Pres. Cannon as his first counselor and as a Latter-day Saint.
A very long line of carriages followed to the cemetery, and the grave was dedicated by Apostle A. H. Lund. The following order was observed in the cortege: the First Presidency, the Twelve Apostles, the hearse, family, various orders of the priesthood, various organizations, friends.
1. Benjamin Cluff’s controversial expedition to Central America was intended to prove scientifically the ancient historicity of the Book of Mormon. Difficulties and complications arose almost immediately, including the allegation that Cluff had taken an additional wife. Word of these problems reached church leaders, and the expedition was eventually disbanded.