-- Wednesday, Nov 23, 1898
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
I was at the Groesbeck Co. office today for an hour.
Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Franklin D. Richards, Francis M. Lyman, Myself, Heber J. Grant, Matthias F. Cowley, Win. B. Preston, Robt. T. Burton, John R. Winder, LeGrand Young and Frank S. Richards [met].
We decided to issue a bond for $500.00 at 6% for ten years, redemable in five years. Geo. Q. Cannon made the motion. Seconded by Joseph F. Smith. The action was unanimous. (1)
-- Nov 25, 1898; Friday
In answer I desire to say that I do not see my way clear to delegate the sealing power outside the Temples, and until something can be done to accommodate such parties as those referred to by you, it had better be understood that yourself or any other competent Elder will be free to solemnize marriages according to the laws of the land, with the understanding that as soon as the circumstances of all such married couples shall warrant they should come to a Temple to be sealed. (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 - Lorenzo Snow, letter to Charles O. Card, Lorenzo Snow Letterbook, LDS Archives
LDS History Chronology: Lorenzo Snow
Mormon History Timeline: the life of Lorenzo Snow
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