-- Tuesday, Jan 10, 1899
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
All of the Apostles but Brigham Young and Matthias F. Cowley met at their room in the Temple at 10 a.m. Singing. Prayer by Francis M. Lyman. Singing.
... Heber J. Grant said his financial condition left him about $77,000.00 worse than nothing. He lamented because he had no living son. Prest. F. D. Richards prophesied that he would have a son and means to pay his debts.... Heber J. Grant and I called upon President Lorenzo Snow and he as Trustee in Trust forgave the interest on the notes given to the Church to save Len Hardy from disgrace.
Heber J. Grant paid five hundred dollars for me which I am to refund when I can. (1)
-- Jan 10, 1899; Tuesday
George Teasdale expressed delight in these quarterly meetings [of the apostles]. Said since our last meeting he had passed through the greatest sorrow of his life, in the death of his wife. Thanked one and all of his
brethren for their words of sympathy. ...
[Francis M. Lyman] made a strong appeal that we one and all pray earnestly that God will sustain Pres[iden]t Lorenzo Snow under the great burdens financially resting upon him. Felt that we should supplicate God to not allow Pres[iden]t Snow to sink under the great burdens on him. ... (2)
-- Jan 11, 1899; Wednesday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow and [George Q.] Cannon at the Office. Elder George E. Woolley, counselor to Bishop Nelson A. Empey of the Thirteenth Ward, Salt Lake City, called to see the Presidency regarding a desire expressed by the widow of George A. Meears to be sealed to her dead husband, after the preliminary Temple work should be done for him. George A. Meears committed suicide by shooting himself. He was financially ruined and took this means of ending his trouble. President Snow consented that the desire of Sister Meears should be gratified. ... (3)
-- Jan 12, 1899
The First Presidency and the Apostles met at the Salt Lake Temple at 11 A.M. Present: President Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon and Franklin D. Richards; Apostles F[rancis]. M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, M[arriner]. W[ood]. Merrill, A[nthon]. H. Lund, M[atthias]. F. Cowley, A[braham]. O[wen]. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson. ...
The question of locating the proposed Federal Building on the Deseret News corner was discussed. A Mr. O'Meara of Salt Lake City, had proposed to work for its location on this site, it being understood by him and others that the Church would not only be willing to have a building there, but to render substantial aid in the premises. A committee had been appointed to select a suitable committee to take the matter in hand, and the latter committee had been appointed, with Brother Thomas G. Webber as chairman. An appointment had been made for this committee to meet with the Presidency to-morrow at 11 A.M., but President Snow signified a desire to discuss the matter beforehand in this Council.
... President Snow thought that $25,000 would be sufficient for the Church to give after a proper valuation had been put upon the property.
... The sacrament was now partaken of by those present, President Snow officiating in prayer. Over the Sacramental table an informal talk was had upon the subject of plural marriage, suggested by certain correspondence in this morning's Salt Lake Tribune. ... (4)
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 - Heber J. Grant, Diary
3 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
4 - Journal History
LDS History Chronology: Lorenzo Snow
Mormon History Timeline: the life of Lorenzo Snow
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