-- Jun 26, 1899; Monday
President [Lorenzo] Snow was at the Office. In anticipation of an answer from President [George Q.] Cannon to the effect that under the proposed changes in the Union Light and Power Company's affairs, the liability of the Church would be increased, telegrams were sent to the following named Apostles, requesting them to be here to-morrow morning, as important business would then be considered: Brigham Young [Jr.], at Rexburg [Idaho], M[atthias]. F. Cowley, at Eagle Rock; George Teasdale, at Nephi [Utah]; A[nthon]. H. Lund, at Coalville [Utah]; M[arriner]. W[ood]. Merrill, at Richmond [Utah]; and A[braham]. O[wen]. Woodruff, at Spring Lake.
At 12:30 P.M. the following telegram, signed by President Cannon, and in answer to the one sent to him on Saturday, "Will answer your inquiry as to liability when we get Banigan's reply".
The following telegram was received from Elder Joseph S. Horne, of the Sevier [Utah] Stake Presidency: "William S. Riley was cut off several years ago; we don't know whether former blessings have been conferred. Is it right and proper to bury him in Endowment clothes?" The understanding had concerning this matter was that the deceased was in full fellowship when he died, but it was not known for sure that his former blessings, those given prior to his excommunication, had been reconferred upon him at the time of his return to the Church. The following answer was sent: "It would be proper to clothe body in Temple clothes (Signed) Lorenzo Snow". (1)
-- Jun 26, 1899
[Temple] [Lorenzo Snow to John D. T. McAllister, June 26, 1899] Yours of the 24th enclosing a circular issued by the Cache Knitting Works, advertising their knitted garment, and informing the public that the garment had been approved by the First Presidency of the Church, is received. You now desire to know if it be true that the approval of the First Presidency has been given as stated. In answer I will say that I understand that the pattern of the garment referred to did receive the approval of the First Presidency in the lifetime of President [Wilford] Woodruff. (2)
-- Jun 27, 1899; Tuesday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow and [Joseph F.] Smith were at the Office; also the following named brethren, in response to the call of the President: Franklin D. Richards, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O[wen]. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Franklin S. Richards and Robert R. Anderson. They remained for some time, talking over the business in which President [George Q.] Cannon is engaged in New York. Attorney F[ranklin]. S. Richards gave, by request, his opinion as to the legality of the guarantee given by the First Presidency on the so-called Banigan bonds. He was inclined to believe that the guarantee could not be held to be a legal instrument, in view of the fact that the Presidency, in giving it,
had gone outside the scope of their authority as Church men, illustrating his point by supposing the case of a superintendent of a mercantile institution going into the banking business, outside the line of the duties it would be fair to assume were the ones required of him. In such a case his banking business would not be held as legal. The attorney was strengthened in his opinion when informed that the guarantee given was a secret paper, not formally approved by the Church.
President Snow agreed with Brother Richards in this view of the matter, and while he would not think of repudiating the guarantee, if it should be found illegal he might feel justified in making the most of that fact as a defense, should he be crowded and oppressed by the parties holding it. This talk was entirely informal. The hour of ten a.m. having arrived, with no word from President Cannon, an adjournment was taken until 2 P.M., at which time the brethren met again, but nothing was done, as no word had yet come from President Cannon.
An appropriation of two hundred dollars, payable in grain, merchandise and perishable produce, was made to the Rigby Ward meetinghouse; and an appropriation of one hundred dollars, payable in potatoes, hay and grain, was made to LaBelle Ward. Both these Wards are in Bingham Stake, Idaho. (1)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
2 - Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship
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