Lorenzo Snow, Oct 4, 1898; Tuesday

-- Oct 4, 1898; Tuesday
...After supper I called on Pres[iden]t Lorenzo Snow and he said he would be pleased to meet Senator [Joseph L.] Rawlings. We had a confidential chat regarding the condition of Zion's Savings Bank and Trust Co[mpany]. I hope and pray in case he should take the Presidency of that Bank that he will stop dividends and cut down the expenses. This evening attended in company with Anthony W. Ivins the Democratic ratification meeting in the Theater. ... I heard more of O[rlando] W Powers' talk than any other speaker. (1)

-- Oct 5, 1898; Wednesday
Owing to the General Conference, which convenes tomorrow, the regular weekly meeting of the First Presidency and Apostles, which is usually held on Thursday, convened to-day at 11 A.M., in the Salt Lake Temple. Present: Pres[iden]ts. Lorenzo Snow, Geo[rge]. Q. Cannon, Jos[eph]. F. Smith and Franklin D. Richards; Elders Brigham Young [Jr.], Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Geo[rge]. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M[arriner]. W[ood]. Merrill, A[nthon]. H. Lund, M[atthias]. F. Cowley and A[braham]. O[wen]. Woodruff.

President F[ranklin]. D. Richards informed Pres[ident]. Snow that the Apostles in their meeting had been considering the vacancies about to be created in some of the missions, and certain names were now submitted to be considered and selected from in order to fill such vacancies. ...

While the Presidency and Apostles were partaking of the Sacrament, President Snow asked the mind of the brethren with regard to filling the vacancy existing in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles. It was the mind of all that the vacancy should be filled, President Smith making a motion to that effect.

Pres[ident]. Snow then invited each of the Apostles to hand in at their leisure, the names of persons from which a selection might be made to fill the vacancy. He went on to say that he had deep feelings while beholding the faces of his brethren around the sacramental table. He could not help but believe that the Prophets Joseph [Smith], Brigham [Young], John [Taylor], Wilford [Woodruff] and others were cognizant of this meeting, and watched with deepest interest the deliberations and actions of the Council. He invoked the blessing of the Lord upon all present, and besought the brethren to be humble in their callings and hold themselves in readiness to conform their wills to the will of God; never to be over-anxious to have their own way, but learn to listen with unbiased feelings and conclusions; leaving the mind free to be operated upon by the Holy Spirit In this way the will of the Lord would be in the Council. He had felt sometimes that brethren were more anxious to sustain a speaker who expressed their own mind and conclusions, than they were to obtain light, and he felt to caution the brethren against this spirit. There was nothing more glorious to behold than unity, a complete union among the Priesthood of God, and if they persevered, determined to sacrifice their own feelings in order to accomplish the Lord's purposes, great would be the results and great would be the joy of this body of men.

The Council adjourned. (2)

1 - Heber J. Grant, Diary
2 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes

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