-- Tuesday, Oct 1, 1895
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Moses Thatcher, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Martinet W. Merrill, and Abraham H. Cannon of the Council of the Apostles met in their room in the Temple at 10 a.m. Prayer by Geo. Teasdale. Prest. Lorenzo Snow spoke against the taking of animal life and the eating of meats. F. D. Richards endorsed Bro. L. Snow's views, as did B. Young, M. Thatcher, F. M. Lyman and Myself, we being all that spoke today. Bro. M. Thatcher explained his condition. Our meeting was a most interesting one. (1)
-- Oct 2, 1895
[Apostle Marriner W. Merrill Diary] Wednesday. In Salt Lake. Had our Quorum meeting at 2 p. m. I occupied 1 hour at President Snow's request relating my experiences and dreams, etc. (2)
-- Oct 7, 1895
[Apostle Heber J. Grant Diary] At ten attended a Priesthood meeting in the Assembly Hall Brief remarks were made by Pres[iden]ts Lorenzo Snow, Marriner W. Merrill and David H. Cannon regarding Temple Work and the necessity of making correct records. The brethren felt that many were very neglectful with reference to their temple work and testified that it was as much a duty to do our work in the temples for the dead as it was to go and preach the gospel. Pres[iden]t Franklin D. Richards spoke on the necessity of getting up a good library to assist in getting the proper information for those wishing genealogical knowledge. Pres[iden]t Joseph F. Smith spoke 35 minutes mainly on Home Manufacturing and Priesthood. He referred to an apostle and one of the seven presidents of seventies having accepted nominations for political offices without consulting with the members of the their quorums and he felt this action was all wrong, I spoke for fifteen minutes after brother Joseph F. and endorsed all that he had said. ... [Cannon continued] Referred to the great necessity of all our the men at the meeting doing all in their power to have a full vote cast in favor of Statehood. Endorsed what Pres[iden]t Joseph F. Smith had said about men not going in for political offices without first getting the consent of those who presided over them. Said he was glad brother Smith had said what he had, but said he would not have said it ... Have met a lot of people this afternoon who are very much worked up over the remarks of Pres[iden]t Smith at the Priesthood meeting this morning. I am sure I endorse with all my heart ever word that he said and feel that there was no just reason to complain at his remarks. (3)
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 - Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
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