Lorenzo Snow, Feb 13, 1896; Thursday

-- Feb 13, 1896; Thursday
The First Presidency met with the Twelve at the Temple: Present: Presidents [Wilford] Woodruff, [George Q.] Cannon, [Joseph F.] Smith and L[orenzo]. Snow, and Elders F[ranklin]. D. Richards, B[righam]. Young [Jr.], H[eber]. J. Grant, M[arriner]. W[ood]. Merrill, F[rancis]. M. Lyman and A[braham]. H. Cannon. ... The Presidency then withdrew, and the following brethren met to consider the case of Elder B. H. Roberts, viz, President Lorenzo Snow, F[ranklin]. D. Richards, B[righam]. Young, F[rancis]. M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M[arriner]. W[ood]. Merrill, and A[braham]. H. Cannon of the Twelve; of the First Council of Seventies S[eymour]. B. Young, (President) B. H. Roberts, George Reynolds, J. G[olden]. Kimball, R[ulon]. S. Wells and Edward Stevenson. The position taken by Elder Roberts during the late political campaign in reference to the authority of the Presiding Priesthood, was considered for several hours, Elder Roberts maintaining that he had done nothing but what he considered his right, and the other brethren holding that he had acted without the advice and counsel of the Presiding Authorities, and had taken a course to belittle their authority and weaken it in the minds of a great many people. When the meeting adjourned in the evening, after all had spoken, no conclusion had been arrived at, but further consideration was deferred to give Brother Roberts time to consider the matter in all its bearings. (1)

Sawed wood and worked around home until 12 Noon, when I went to Temple as per appointment. There were present of the Twelve Apostles Lorenzo Snow, Brigham Young [Jr.], Franklin D. Richards, F[rancis]. M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant, M[arriner]. W[ood]. Merill, John W. Taylor, and Abra[ha]m Cannon. Also of the 1st Council of Seventies Seymour B. Young, B. H. Roberts, George Reynolds, J. G[olden]. Kimball, Rulon S. Wells and Edward Stevenson.

Apostle Snow presided. A hymn was sung. Prayer offered by Apostle Lyman. Bro[ther] Snow in a very kind manner explained the object of above meeting. said that Elder Roberts had made statements in public gatherings and had taken positions in political matters that the Apostles felt it their duty to investigate, that this was not to be considered a trial but a [illegible] of investigation. He said considerable in way of explanation, but manifested a very kind spirit.....

Apostle Lyman, Grant, Seymour B. Young and others wept and cried like children, and begged and pled, but of no avail. Apostle Snow again spoke as I never heard him speak before. ... (2)

1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
2 - J. Golden Kimball, Diary

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