LDS Tithing History, Saturday, Apr 14, 1900

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-- Saturday, Apr 14, 1900
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] R. S[moot]. Spoke of his call to the apostleship and how humble and weak it made him feel. He desired, he said, above all things to magnify the same. Spoke of the responsibility resting upon the authorities of the church and parents regarding the young. We should be kind and charitable and endeavor to win the wayward back to the path of duty. Referred to the case of a young man, who, doubtless through neglect, had lost faith and was now actuated by a spirit of faultfinding. Tithing. The Twelve to look into the matter of tithe-paying. While connected with the stake presidency of the Utah Stake, there had never been a jar. ... H. J. G[rant]. Spoke of the manner in which he was called to the apostleship; it was by reason of the faithfulness of his father. How his brother was converted to the Lord. Tithing. After the meeting Apostle Grant and wife, Sister Booth, and myself took a stroll through the town, very much enjoying the walk. (1)

-- Thursday, Apr 26, 1900
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] I reported my visit to Spanish Fork and the dedication of the Spanish Fork 1st Ward meeting house. Said that the building cost about $5300, and the work was carried on during the years 1898 and 1899, and submitted the following report of tithing paid in that ward to show that the tithing was not lessened by reason of this accomplishment: tithing paid in 1896, [blank]; tithing paid in 1897, [blank]; tithing paid in 1898, [blank]; tithing paid in 1899, [blank]. Benediction by Apostle Geo. Teasdale. (1)

-- Sunday, May 13, 1900
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] 2 p.m. Continuation of conference, Pres. A. Hatch presiding. The speakers were Pres. A. Hatch, Apostle Reed Smoot, and myself. Topics treated. A. H[atch]. Financial condition of the stake [was] good and spiritual condition fair. The tithing paid in 1897, $7,700; in 1898, $7,900; in 1899, $14,399. Word of Wisdom. Large number of missionaries from the Wasatch Stake in the field. The saloon evil. ... R. S[moot]. Expressed a desire to magnify the office of an apostle. The great evil existing in the world and to some extent among our people of restricting and limiting by unlawful means the number of children in our families; warned the saints against the practice. The evil growing out of club life and secret societies. Word of wisdom. Virtue among the Jews. The judgments of God being poured out upon the nations. Tithing. ... 4 p.m. Priesthood meeting, Pres. Hatch presiding. Apostle Reed Smoot took up the question of non-tithe-payers. Said that the duty o
f visiting and converting non-tithe-payers rests upon the bishopric of the wards. Gave some important instructions upon the matter of tithe-paying. R. C[lawson]. I made remarks upon the same subject and suggested that it be the duty of the bishop and one or both of his counselors to visit and convert, if possible, each non-tithe-payer. ... Meeting of the priesthood and brethren to be set apart. Remarks were made by Pres. Hatch, Reed Smoot, and myself in relation to the members of the high council and alternates keeping the word of wisdom and paying tithing. We all felt they should do so or resign. The alternates now about to be set apart were questioned and said they would endeavor to observe these laws. (1)

1 - Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993

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