-- Jun 23, 1898; Thursday
Elder Anthon H. Lund of the
Council of the Apostles, called at the President's Office this morning, having just returned from Palestine.
At 11 A.M. the First Presidency and the Apostles met as usual in the Temple. Present: Pres[iden]ts. Wilford Woodruff, Jos[eph]. F. Smith and Lorenzo Snow; Elders F[ranklin]. D. Richards, Brigham Young [Jr.], John Henry Smith, Geo[rge]. Teasdale, H[eber]. J. Grant, A[nthon]. H. Lund, and M[atthias]. F. Cowley.
Brother Lund presented to Pres[ident]. Snow a genuine Turkish rug, made expressly for the Salt Lake Temple by one of the sisters of the Church, whom he met during his travels in the Orient. The rug was made since 1893 the year of the Temple's dedication, and the figures 1893 are woven into the fabric. ... (1)
-- Jun 30, 1898
Meeting of the First Presidency and Apostles at the Temple at 11 A.M. Present: Pres[iden]ts. Wilford Woodruff, Jos[eph]. F. Smith and Lorenzo Snow; Elders F[ranklin]. D. Richards, B[righam]. Young [Jr.], F[rancis]. M. Lyman, Geo[rge]. Teasdale, M[atthias]. F. Cowley and A[braham]. O[wen]. Woodruff. ... Elder A[braham]. O[wen]. Woodruff presented the following case: A woman was sealed to her husband and had children by him; he died and she afterwards married a Gentile and had children by him. In course of time he joined the Church and wanted his children sealed to him. Elder Woodruff asked for information regarding the matter, and was answered to this effect: That the woman having been sealed and divorced was already in the covenant of the Holy Priesthood, and her children born to the Gentile, as well as those born to her husband, were already in the covenant, and therefore could not be sealed to her Gentile husband.
The following case was presented by Elder Lyman: Sidney R. Burton, an apostate, died out of the Church, and is supposed to have committed suicide, though this is uncertain. He left a wife and children in the Church. His widow now desired permission to have his Temple work done (He had not received his endowments) and be sealed to him. Brother Lyman favored the granting of the request, as it might be the means of her holding her children together. Elder Young took the opposite view, holding that such leniency might be regarded by them as a licence and do them more harm than good. Pres[ident]. Smith thought it a waste of time as well as an improper proceeding to seal a woman to such a man. He believed in giving a woman the largest liberty possible in such a case, and would even strain a point by granting her request; but at the same time he would advise her against it. Pres[ident]. Snow agreed with Pres[ident]. Smith. Pres[ident]. Woodruff thought that we should not defile our Temples and altars by acting in such cases, but leave them in the hands of the Lord. Brother Lyman agreed with the views of the other brethren, but thought that as there had been so much leniency shown in such cases of late, he would satisfy Sister Burton's feelings by bringing the matter before the Council. It was finally decided that the case be laid over for further inquiry. ...
Met in Temple Pres[ident] [Wilford] W[odruff]. & [Joseph F.] S[mith]. present. Question of admitting apostate husband now dead of faithful woman to ordinances of Temple. he was active against church up to time of his death. He felt it repugnant to my feelings others advocate for sake of wife & children it would soften them. (2)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
2 - Journal History; Brigham Young Jr., Diary
LDS History Chronology: Lorenzo Snow
Mormon History Timeline: the life of Lorenzo Snow
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