-- Nov 28, 1896; Saturday
President W[ilford]. Woodruff was at his office this morning by special appointment to meet the Russian gentleman, Hatchaddor Mardirosian, who had come to investigate Mormonism. By invitation Elders Lorenzo Snow, F[ranklin]. D. Richards, B[righam]. Young [Jr.] and C[harles]. W. Penrose were present, also Elder F[erdinand]. F. Hintze as interpreter. The Russian informed the brethren that he belonged to a body of people numbering about 30,000, and although he had not come by appointment as their representative, yet they knew of his coming to this country and his purpose, and would receive from him as true whatever he might report. He claimed that the voice of the spirit directed him about three years ago to come among the Mormon
people, and it had taken him all that time to work his way and obtain means to pay his way here. He occupied a prominent position in the religious association to which he belonged, but desired to support himself while here, by working as a shoemaker. Brother Hintze regarded him as very sincere, and as coming here through the workings of the spirit of the Lord upon his mind. The people where he came from believed in the workings of the Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Gospel, but did not seem to grasp the idea of divine authority in the Priesthood. After a long conversation, the gentleman expressed his belief that the brethren with whom he had conversed were men of God. He was encouraged to seek for and learn the truth, as led by the spirit, and by Brother Hintze and Brother Markoff who had him in charge. (1)
-- Nov 28, 1896
[Thomas A. Clawson Diary] "Today Bro Nephi L. Morris brought a petition to Prest. Lorenzo Snow asking if it was consistant with the Quorum of the Twelve and the order of the church, that there be a statement made of their side of reasons why Moses Thatcher was expelled from his Quorum. I signed it believing that ti would be good for the saints to know the true inwardness of the matter inasmuch as Moses had made public the private correspondence between himself and the quorum of the Twelve." (2)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
2 - Diary Excerpts of Thomas A. Clawson, Signature Books Library, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
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