Lorenzo Snow, January 12, 1898

-- January 12, 1898
[James Jenry Martinau] To day received the following in answer to the letter I sent to Prest Lorenzo Snow in November, and which he had submitted for consideration to the First Presidency and Twelve:

"Salt Lake City, Utah 24th Dec. 1897

Elder James H. Martineau

Dear Brother. In replying to the questions submitted by you in your letter of Nov. 28th 1897, it is not necessary to repeat them here, as you will find them covered by a decision made on Thursday, December 16th 1897, by the Council of the First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles, which was as follows:

(1st) That the sealing of a couple outside of a temple, as husband and wife for time and eternity by one holding the requisite authority (The President of the Church, or any one deputed by him) is as valid as when performed in the House of the Lord, even when either or both of the parties have not been previously endowed.

(2nd) That children born after such sealing are legal heirs, even if begotten before the sealing occurred, and it is therefore unnecessary to seal them to their parents.

(3d) No measures are at present afoot looking to the erection of a temple in Mexico. Your Brother in the Gospel Lorenzo Snow." (1)

-- Thursday, Mar 24, 1898
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City

All of the Presidency and Lorenzo Snow, Franklin D. Richards, Myself, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Matthias F. Cowley, and Abraham O. Woodruff of the Apostles met at the Temple. I made a report of my labors in the south.

I asked the brethren for the priveledge of working to make myself a United States Senator. Joseph F. Smith moved I be allowed to make the effort. It was seconded by Lorenzo Snow and carried unanimously. (2)

1 - James Henry Martinau Journals
2 - 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

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