-- Monday, Apr 3, 1893
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, F. M. Lyman, George Teasdale, John W. Taylor, M. W. Merrill, A. H. Lund, A. H. Cannon and myself met in Council.
Bros. Lyman and Taylor reported a visit to Bro. M. Thatcher and said he did not receive them kindly but exhibited a bad spirit. (1)
-- Apr 3, 1893
[Apostle Marriner W. Merrill Diary] Monday. I went to Salt Lake on Conference train, arrived in S. L. at 12:10. Sarah, Cyrene, Aunt Lib, Sophia, Amos, Lorin, and Ezra came also. Went to meeting of Quorum at 2 p. m. when Apostle Moses Thatcher's case was again discussed, F. M. Lyman and John W. Taylor having visited him since our last meeting. They reported him as being very defiant and justifying himself in his course, and treating them in a very discourteous manner while at his house. President Snow was very pronounced against Brother Thatcher's course. Meeting adjourned at 5 p. m. to meet in Conference at 10 a. m. tomorrow. (2)
-- 1893, April 6
Salt Lake Temple, forty years in construction, dedicated by President Wilford Woodruff. (3)
-- Apr 6, 1893
Wilford Woodruff dedicated Salt Lake temple, forty years after its cornerstone-laying [twice the time it took to build the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt]. It is largest LDS temple ever build, with 253,105 square feet of floor space. Joseph F. Smith "sobbed & wept like a child" as he gives talk that day. Some see halos of light around first counselor George Q. Cannon and around Apostles Lorenzo Snow, John W. Taylor, and Heber J. Grant. Not everyone present sees these manifestations, and future apostle James E. Talmage notes: "There were no strange or bewildering manifestations of 'supernatural' agencies during the service: but the power of God was there, and the entire assembly felt it." (4)
1 - 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
2 - Notes from the Miscellaneous Record Book, 1886-1906: Selected diary notes from the journal books of Marriner Wood Merrill, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
3 - Ludlow, Daniel H. editor, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Macmillan Publishing, Encyclopedia of Mormonism, Vol. 4, Appendix 2: A Chronology of Church History, http://amzn.to/eG0DIp
4 - On This Day in Mormon History, http://onthisdayinmormonhistory.blogspot.com
LDS History Chronology: Lorenzo Snow
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