-- Tuesday, Mar 14, 1893
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
Presidents W. Woodruff, Jos. F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, F. D. Richards, Brigham Young, Moses Thatcher, Francis M. Lyman, J. W. Taylor, A. H. Lund, A. H. Cannon and myself met in Council. Prest. W. Woodruff stated to the brethren that his feeling[s] were that we must not be to stringent as to who among our people should attend the dedication services but that all who held any kind of a standing should go through the Temple and look at the building. (1)
-- Mar 23, 1893
[Francis M. Lyman] Met with our quorum at 10 A.M. Pres[ident] Lorenzo Snow presiding Present Pres[iden]ts W[ilford]. Woodruff, Geo[rge] Q. Cannon, Jos[eph] F Smith and Lorenzo Snow; also elder [Franklin D.] Richards, [Brigham] Young [Jr.], [Francis M.] Lyman [John Henry] Smith, [George] Teasdale, [John W.] Taylor, [Marriner Wood] Merrill, [Anthon H.] Lund and Abra[ha]m H. Cannon. We met fasting. The brethren all gave expression of their faith in the Presidency and in each other. The testimony and spirit manifested by each were all that could be asked for and brought tears frequently to Pres[ident] Woodruff s eyes. He finally with difficulty restrained his feelings sufficiently total with much power and the demonstration of the Spirit of Truth. He said not one of us present 13 in number would ever fall away from the Truth. Our subject was chiefly the case of bro[ther] Moses Thatcher which we all saw had been radically wrong. It was concluded he must be brought to see that he had been working against the policy of the Presidency, thus heading a faction against the Presidency and bringing them to disgrace in the eyes of the Saints. It was concluded we could not go in to the dedication of the Temple with him unless he could thus see his course and repent of it. That is the only thing that separates our quorum. We all see his error. He was taken so very sick last night that he was compelled to go home this morning, which we all deeply regretted. It was concluded also that a labor must be taken up with bro[ther] B. H. Roberts and Cha[rle]s W. Penrose in regard to their course in opposition to the counsel of the First Presidency. The First Counsel of the Seventy shall handle Elder Roberts and Pres[ident] A[ngus]. M. Cannon and Jos[eph] E. Taylor will take up a labor with Bro[ther] Penrose. Pres[ident] Lorenzo Snow will with others of our quorum take up a labor with bro[ther] Moses and try to open his eyes. Pres[ident] Jos[eph] F Smith and I were charged to explain to the Seventies and to Pres[ident] Cannon and Taylor what their labors would be. All felt merciful towards these brethren but felt they should be brought to see their danger and the wrong they have done. (2)
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 - Francis M. Lyman, Diary
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