-- Thursday, Feb 2, 1899
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
I spoke to the students of the University of Deseret this morning on the necessity for a Savior.
Prest. Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon, and Elders F. M. Lyman, Myself, Heber J. Grant, Geo. Teasdale, Anthon H. Lund, M. F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson met at the Temple and had prayers. We voted to give the Tithing office corner to the government for a building. (1)
-- Feb 2, 1899; Thursday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow and [George Q.] Cannon, shortly before 11 a.m., proceeded from the President's Office to the Salt Lake Temple to attend the regular meeting of the First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles.
Present at the meeting: Presidents Lorenzo Snow and George Q. Cannon; Apostles Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O[wen]. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson. Absent, President Joseph F. Smith, in the Sandwich Islands; President Franklin D. Richards, visiting in San Francisco [California], Apostle Brigham Young [Jr.], sick. ...
President Snow brought forward the subject of the Federal building site, mooted at previous meetings of the Council, and after considerable discussion, in which Apostles Lyman, Grant, Smith and President Snow participated, it was moved by Brother Lyman that the sentiment of the Council be to sustain the Presidency in making an offer of twenty rods square on the Deseret News corner as a site for the Government building. The motion was seconded by several of the brethren, and carried unanimously. ...
Brother Clawson brought up the subject of round-dancing, which was considered at some length, Brothers Woodruff, Lyman, Grant, Lund, Clawson, President Cannon and President Snow all speaking upon it. After discussing the pros and cons, it was found to be the consensus of opinion among the brethren that inasmuch as dancing in moderation was a healthful and grace-giving exercise, and that the style of round-dancing had so changed of late years as to do away with its most objectionable features, and since to prohibit it altogether would be to drive many of our young people
to Gentile dancing halls, outside the control of the Priesthood, that it was not wise to attempt to abolish it entirely, but to restrict it as much as possible, and instruct Bishops and Stake Presidents accordingly. (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 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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