-- Apr 5, 1899; Wednesday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow, [George Q.] Cannon and [Joseph F.] Smith were at the Office until 11 A.M., when they met with the Apostles at the Temple in regular weekly council, the time of which was changed on account of the General Conference, which opens to-morrow. The Apostles met yesterday at the Temple, and again at 9:30 this morning, it being their regularly quarterly meeting.
President at the Council: Presidents Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith and Franklin D. Richards; Apostles Brigham Young [Jr.], Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Mar[r]iner W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O[wen]. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson.
President Richards announced that the Twelve Apostles had been together yesterday and to-day, that all the members of the Quorum were present, and that they had great joy in the fact that they were in cordial love and fellowship with each other; and they were now prepared to eat and drink with the First Presidency in the name of the lord. He asked President Snow if he had anything special to say to the Apostles. The President replied that he had nothing to say at present, but might have something to say after they had partaken of the sacrament.
President Richards also informed President Snow that the brethren of the Twelve had been talking about the changes that had been made in certain hymns in the hymn book, and that it was believed by some of the brethren that some of these changes were mutilations instead of improvements. He suggested that some hymn books be sent for to the Liverpool [England] Office, books containing the hymns in their original form. President Snow had no objection to this being done.
Brother Grant, speaking upon the same subject, moved that when a new edition of the hymn book should be published, a new committee be appointed to revise the work, with a view to restoring the hymns that had been changed to their original form, excepting such changes as might be considered by them real improvements. The motion was seconded by Brother John Henry Smith, but no action was taken upon it until after the sacrament had been prepared and partaken of, when the motion was renewed and carried.
... The subject of plural marriage came up, and was talked on at considerable length, after which the Council adjourned. ... (1)
-- Monday, Apr 10, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild. 10 a.m. Meeting at the Assembly Hall of the First Presidency, Twelve, presidents of stakes and counselors, patriarchs, high councillors, First Seven Presidents of Seventies, and bishops and counselors.
Pres. Lorenzo Snow was the first speaker. Topics treated. Duties of the presidents of stakes and bishops in the selection of brethren to fill offices of importance. Presidents of Stakes are not selected for their eloquence but rather with a view to their being practical men. Indebtedness of the Church. Said the Church will emerge from debt. Imagination cannot conceive the grandeur of the prospects before us in the other life. The experience and training we are getting here will fit us for that other life. Speaking of the compensation of the presidency of stakes, said those who are really not in need of same should not draw it. Bishops of wards ought not to engage in building of meeting houses or other enterprises of importance without first consulting the presidency of the stake. Following Counsel.
... Apostle H. J. Grant said: In the case of a pres. of a stake, or high councillor, or bishop, or counselor, who did not pay tithing, they should be released. Asked if he gave that as counsel, he said, "No. I give it as my opinion, but if I am wrong the First Presidency are here to correct me." (2)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
2 - 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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