-- Jan 23, 1899; Monday
President [Lorenzo] Snow received a call from Elders John W. Hess and Joseph Hyrum Grant of the Davis [Utah] Stake Presidency, in relation to a letter which had been written by them respecting a serious difficulty existing between the people of Kaysville and those of Layton on questions of politics, and which if not settled in some other way, threatened to find its way into the courts. The suggestion was made by these brethren that Apostles F[rancis]. M. Lyman, M[arriner]. W[ood]. Merrill and A[nthon]. H. Lund be sent to settle the difficulty, these names being mentioned for the reason that they had not been mixed up in politics. President Snow authorized a letter to be written to these Apostles, requesting them to attend to the matter.
A letter was read from Elder David H. Cannon, President of the St. George Temple, conveying the information that a young married man named Merit L. Wines, a grandson of James M. Shearer Snow, while in an unsound state of mind had committed suicide in California, where he resided. The grandmother desired to know if Temple work might be done for him. President Snow decided that in this and in all like cases, where persons committed suicide in an unsound state of mind, Temple work might be done for them. (1)
-- Jan 24, 1899; Tuesday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow and [George Q.] Cannon received a call from Elder William H. Seegmiller, President of Sevier [Utah] Stake, who had written a letter dated December 25, 1898, giving information that a man named George Fenn, Jun[ior]., of Salina, had confessed to committing adultery in 1895 or 1896 with a woman living in Gunnison, whose husband is now dead, but to whom she was married when the crime was committed. President Cannon expressing himself upon this subject, stated that he felt this man should have confessed his own sins (after informing the woman that he was about to do so) leaving her to confess her sins, if she chose. She is a respectable woman with a family, and Presidents Snow and Cannon both felt that the man alone should be dealt with at the present time; he fully deserved to be excommunicated, but they were inclined to leniency, and instructed Brother Seegmiller to suspend him from acting in his Priesthood and to do this quietly. Brother Seegmiller interposed the remark that there was an idea
prevalent that a man's Priesthood could not be taken from him without excommunication. President Cannon replied that such a ridiculous idea was unworthy of consideration, a sentiment in which President Snow concurred. (1)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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