"The whole earth is the Lord's. The time will come when it will be translated and be filled with the spirit of God. The Atmosphere around it will be the spirit of the Almighty. We will breathe that Spirit instead of the atmosphere we now breathe." - Lorenzo Snow (1)
-- Saturday, Aug 26, 1899
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Paris, Idaho
Conference convened at 10 a.m. President Lorenzo Snow dwelt upon the law of tithing for 85 minutes and in a most pleasing and forcefull manner. Bp. William B. Preston followed in the same strain, and with a most excelent spirit.
2 p.m. Prayer by LeRoy Snow.
Apostle Anthon H. Lund spoke on the wisdom of obeying every law of the Lord.
President Franklin D. Richards spoke 37 minutes. His mind would not work and he stood for four minutes at a time without saying a word. All were much distressed by his evident growing weakness of Intelect. He seemed very nervious. He, however, stuck to the text.
Joseph E. Taylor made an interesting talk on the Law of tithing. (2)
-- Sunday, Aug 27, 1899
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Paris
At 9 a.m. the Sunday schools met in the Tabernacle.
2,511 persons shook hands with President Lorenzo Snow, among them 111 babies, three pair of twins being among the Little ones.
2 p.m. Prayer by Joseph E. Taylor.
The speakers were Hyrum M. Smith, J. Golden Kimball, LeRoy Snow, Joseph F. Smith, Lorenzo Snow, and Wm. Budge. Spoke on the Law of Tithing.
Prest. Joseph F. Smith and wife Edna and son David, my wife Josephine called upon three of the widows of Charles C. Rich and a widow of Bp. Edwin D. Wooley. (2)
-- Thursday, Aug 31, 1899
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 11 a.m. Meeting of the brethren at the temple. Present: The First Presidency, Apostles J. H. Smith, B. Young, M. W. Merrill, H. J. Grant, A. H. Lund, R. Clawson, and A. O. Woodruff.
Apostle B. Young reported his recent visit south. Held conference in Mexico on July 23 and 24; also held meeting in Dublan [Mexico].
A letter from Anthony Ivins in relation to the Dublan W[ar]d was read. He said that a reorganization of the Dublan Ward was almost a necessity, owing to the inability of the present bishopric to meet the requirements of the office. Winslow Farr, the bishop, had decided to resign, and in fact had done so, and Philip H. Hurst had been selected by the presidency of the stake and high council to succeed him, subject to the approval of the brethren. It was moved and carried that said action be sustained.
Stake conferences appointments: to Pocatello, Apostle M. W. Merrill; to San Pete, President Snow and party. Apostle A. O Woodruff reported the recent visit of himself and Jos. W. McMurrin to the Woodruff Stake Conference. The conference was well attended, and the reports were favorable. They afterwards visited, he said, the Big Horn country, which was 150 miles long by 125 miles wide. At Burlington the people had built a good sized meeting house. They were visited by some elders from Colorado, who had organized a Sabbath School, a Young People's Association, and Relief Society. The people there had paid some tithing. Said that the Big Horn valley is a beautiful valley and very desirable for settlement. There were, he thought, about 400 people of our faith in the Big Horn. The following brethren, he said, were selected and ordain[ed] to the bishopric of the Burlington Ward: W. H. Packard, bishop; D. P. Woodruff, 1st counselor; Wm. Neves, 2nd counselor. Held ward conference at Fort
Bridger, and also visited Lucerne Valley, and gave the people there a branch organization. They also visited Vernal but finding the conference adjourned, or rather postponed, they left for home immediately.
Pres. Cannon expressed some views respecting the colonization of our people at distant points—500 or 600 miles—from headquarters (Salt Lake City). He was opposed to it in his feelings. He thought the policy not a wise one, as a rule. There are reasons, however, he thought, why we should colonize Canada and Mexico. It seemed to be the general feeling among the brethren that it would be a good thing to secure the Big Horn valley, so far as possible. Prayer by M. W. Merrill. (3)
1 - MS :546
2 - 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
3 - 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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