Lorenzo Snow, Apr 4, 1899

-- Apr 4, 1899
Church President Lorenzo Snow authorizes proxy work for eleven women who may have been plural wives of Joseph Smith. (1)

"The sealings of those named below were performed during the life of the Prophet Joseph[,] but there is no record thereof. President Lorenzo Snow [president of the Salt Lake Temple, 1893-98] decided that they be repeated in order that a record might exist; and that this explanation be made," regarding "FANNIE ALGER ... LUCINDA HARRIS ... ALMERA W. JOHNSON ... SARAH BAPSON ... FLORA ANN WOODWORTH ... FANNY YOUNG ... HANNAH ELLS ... OLIVE FROST ... SARAH M. CLEVELAND ... SYLVIA SESSIONS (LYON) ... RUTH VOSE ... died 15 Nov 1870 "[extracted (with all-caps added) from Salt Lake Temple Sealing Record Book D, 243 (4 April 1899)] (2)

-- Wednesday, Apr 5, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Continuation of quarterly meeting. The brethren came fasting. Full quorum present, Pres. F. D. Richards [presiding]. Singing. Prayer by [blank]. Singing.

Apostle J. H. Smith made a few remarks suggesting that the quorum ought to be extremely careful and guard against taking action in advance upon any question that may be brought before the Presidency and Twelve, and that we should hesitate before making appeals, as a quorum, to the First Presidency and especially when such appeals affect our personal interests.

Apostle F. M. Lyman in brief remarks said the way would open up for the relief of the brethren from financial embarrassment and also that the Church would be relieved. Said he felt that there was going to be a great change in the financial condition of the Church. The stand that Pres. Snow is taking is the beginning of a great revolution. It will be but a little time when we may look for an increase of faith in the hearts of all. There will be an increase in the tithing. A wonderful change is coming.

I made a few remarks endorsing the sentiments expressed by the brethren. Said that I was deeply impressed with the spirit of our meetings and felt that the inauguration of the quarterly meetings under the direction and by the suggestion of Pres. Lorenzo Snow some years ago was a great and important movement. The Spirit bore testimony to me that the prophecies uttered by the brethren while we have been together would be fulfilled.

At this point the First Presidency came in and, after some conversation in which it was decided by unanimous vote that Pres. Snow be authorized to appoint a committee to revise the next edition of the hymn book, sacrament was administered. The brethren sat around a table provided plentifully with bread and wine, which was blessed by Pres. Geo. Q. Cannon. We had a very enjoyable and profitable time together and adjourned at 2 p.m.... (3)

1 - Hales, Brian C., Joseph Smith's Polygamy: History and Theology, 2 vols., Salt Lake City: Greg Kofford Books, 2011 (www.JosephSmithsPolygamy.com)
2 - "Evidence For The Sexual Side of Joseph Smith's Polygamy," Comments by D. Michael Quinn on Session #2A "Reconsidering Joseph Smith's Marital Practices," Mormon History Association's Annual Conference, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 29 June 2012 (unabbreviated version, revised during July)
3 - Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson

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