-- Tuesday, Sep 6, 1898
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
I was sent for by President Lorenzo Snow to go to his room in the Temple.
He said he wanted me to run for U.S. Senator.
He also told me he would not take hold of affairs until after the funeral of Prest. Wilford Woodruff. He said he thought the church owed three millions of dollars. He also said he did not agree with Prest. Geo. Q. Cannon's business methods. He said the load seemed more than he could carry.
Heber J. Grant, Geo. T. Odell, Geo. Rommney, Chas. Burton, Wm. W. Riter, and Attorney J. Moyle of Coop. W. & M. Co. met with John W. Cannon and talked over a matter pertaining to Montpelier branch. (1)
-- Sep 7, 1898
The Council of the Apostles, Lorenzo Snow presiding, in answer to a telegram from Elder D[aniel]. D. McArthur, President of St. George [Utah] Stake, inquiring if it would be agreeable to the Council for the Saints of that Stake to hold memorial services in honor of the deceased President, authorized the transmission of a telegram, which was subsequently sent, stating that it would be very agreeable to them for the Saints of the St. George Stake to hold memorial services as proposed. This suggested the idea that it might be well for other Stakes, whose leading authorities might not be able to attend the funeral, to hold memorial services, and a telegram signed by President Lorenzo Snow, was sent to the Presidents of distant Stakes, suggesting to them that in case they should not be able to attend the President's funeral, it would be a very proper and appropriate thing for them to hold memorial services in their respective Stakes.
Had conversation with brethren on present situation: All who express themselves, some of the best men among us cannot entertain the idea to have a continuation of our present financial policy. God help us to arrange all in the fear of the Lord. Suggested to Pres[ident]. [Lorenzo] Snow that the apostles resume circle prayer at once and get ourselves in harmony with the spirit of God. I fear that there is division in our sentiments. Father give us unity in this one day of trial is my prayer. (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 - Journal History; Brigham Young Jr., Diary
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