LDS Tithing History, Thursday, Oct 26, 1899

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-- Thursday, Oct 26, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Apostle F. M. Lyman made an appeal for aid in behalf of Elder Nephi Pratt, who, he said, is in destitute circumstances, and Pres. Jos. F. Smith, in behalf of Elder Jno. T. Caine, suggesting that the latter be appointed stake tithing clerk of the Cache Stake, to succeed the present clerk, who purposes to resign. Action on these two cases was deferred for the present. Prayer by President Lorenzo Snow. (1)

-- Monday, Nov 20, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Bp. Zundel seemed to feel that he was entitled to know the exact cause for asking his resignation. Pres. Snow, thereupon, called upon me to make a statement. I complied by saying that the Willard Ward was not up to the standard of the other wards of the stake; that the tithing was not properly looked after; that, speaking of tithing, the presidency of the stake a year or two ago called Bp. Zundel and counselors together and stated clearly and strongly that the tithing was not properly cared for and demanded stricter attention to this matter, but no improvement had since been made; that the Willard Ward, the largest in the stake, paid less tithing than the Brigham City 4th Wardâ€"a ward of widows and orphans; that Willard was always slack in meeting the apportionments made by the Presidency of the church and the presidency of the stake (which Bp. Zundel now admitted); that aside from the matters herein specified, many complaints concerning the bishop'
s neglect had come to the
presidency of the stake from the people of the ward; that Bp. Zundel's counselors had threatened to resign because of the unsatisfactory condition of affairs. Brother Chas. Kelly endorsed my statement as being correct.
Bp. Zundel said he was willing to do anything Pres. Snow desired and, if his resignation was wanted, it would be forthcoming, but he was now taken by surprise and, therefore, asked a few days for consideration. Granted. ... (1)

-- Friday, Dec 1, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 7 a.m. Took train for Brigham City, arriving at 9 a.m. During the forenoon attended to some matters pertaining to the mill and insurance business. Also called at the tithing office and paid in some tithing. ... 4 p.m. Meeting of the high council at the tithing office, Pres. Chas. Kelly presiding. The case of H. W. Harris vs. A. H. Snow, which by the consent of the high council and agreement of both parties was submitted to arbitration, came up for final action. Brother H. W. Harris stated in a letter to the council that he would not abide the decision of the arbitration, which was to the effect that A. H. Snow pay him $147.00, and asking for a rehearing. (1)

-- Friday, Dec 29, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson] President Snow said that he was not disturbed in his feelings over the present situation, but felt perfectly calm. Thought we should do what we could in wisdom to forestall threatened evils. Read from the revelation on tithing, showing that the land of Zion could only be sanctified for the saints in keeping the commandments and statutes of the Lord by the observance of that law. The saints were now doing better than heretofore. One third more tithing has been paid during the past 5 months than during the same period last year. If the saints continue in a more faithful observance of this duty, the Lord will not permit our enemies to bring evil upon usâ€"only so far as it will accomplish His purposes. And if a constitutional amendment were passed, it would only be in the providence of the Lord. In view of the fact that the News is enjoying a season of unexampled prosperity under the editorial management of C. W. Penrose and business management of H[orac
e] G. Whitney, he was opposed to (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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