-- Aug 8, 1892
[Apostle Marriner W. Merrill Diary] Monday. Held meeting at Alma, Wyoming, at 7:30 p. m. Had a large meeting, some 300 people. They have a nice large brick meeting house, but not quite finished. Apostle Lorenzo Snow spoke 60 minutes on the restoration of the Gospel, and I spoke 35 minutes on the importance of living godly lives, Temple work, etc. (1)
-- Aug 9, 1892
[Apostle Marriner W. Merrill Diary] Went to meeting at Evanston, Wyoming, at 7:30 p. m. I spoke first and occupied 55 minutes; President Snow spoke 45 minutes. We also had a large meeting here and many outsiders. (1)
-- Dec 2, 1892
[President Wilford Woodruff Journal] 2d A Bablam Called in the Morning. Had an interview with G. Q. Cannon & H B Clawson upon the Bulion Beck Mine. I sent a Draft to Henry A Woodruff of $40 to Manchester England.
J Gould died this morning at New York at 9.15 Supposed to be worth $100,000,000, the greatest Rail Road Man in America. But the rich must die as well as the poor. Worth One hundred Million Dollars. Prest Lorenzo Snow Called upon us. I had some Conversation with him about the future state of the Church. (2)
-- Thursday, Dec 15, 1892
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
Presidents W. Woodruff, G. Q.. Cannon, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, F. M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant and A. H. Cannon and myself met and agreed to get rid of our lawyers. (3)
-- Dec 16, 1892
[James E. Talmage] On the train en route to Ogden, I had a long and interesting conversation with Apostle Lorenzo Snow, President of the Quorum of the Twelve. He spoke to me at length concerning the Church School Cause, and encouraged me in my labors in the same. Then, taking me by the hand, he pronounced over me words of counsel, and blessing, and that too by the spirit of prophecy; for so he declared to me; and so the testimony in my own heart bore record. As soon as possible,-within a quarter of an hour after the interview closed, I wrote down, as fully as I could remember, the sentiments he expressed. Said he, "I do not know exactly why, but I feel, and have always felt a deep interest in you. I want you to feel encouraged in your labors; and to cultivate a love for life and a desire to live, for I tell you, you shall live till you are satisfied with life; and if you so desire till you are a very old man. You shall attain to the very highest pinnacle of fame, that your heart may aspire toward; and you shall reach a position which very few men in the church will attain. The Lord has wondrously blessed you; you are endowed with talents many and great,-endowments for which many men would give a fortune of millions of dollars; and if you will continue to cultivate a spirit of humility, and fail not to give to God the glory for your successes, achieved through His favor, you shall be blessed of God, more and more; and your heart shall be filled with blessings indescribable.
You are called to fulfill a mission of rare and great importance in the Church, and the Lord will assist you".
I was deeply affected at his words; and I asked of him as a favor to offer criticism and instruction whenever he saw me wandering from the track of the Gospel, for I have seen so many men, highly favored of God, fall away through pride and arrogance. To this President Snow replied,-"Brother Talmage, I will do so, but I prophecy to you, as Joseph Smith prophesied to me once,-though your weaknesses may be many, and your failings not a few, yet the Lord will not permit you to live to wander entirely from the path of right. God bless you, and you shall be blessed".
Oh! how can my heart contain the blessings of my Father! God grant me power to live for them and to resist the temptations that come in my path. (4)
1 - Notes from the Miscellaneous Record Book, 1886-1906: Selected diary notes from the journal books of Marriner Wood Merrill, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
2 - Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
3 - Jean Bickmore White (editor), Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990, http://bit.ly/johnhenrysmith
4 - James E. Talmage, Diary
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