-- Aug 17, 1899
Salt Lake Temple, 11 a.m. Present: Lorenzo Snow, John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Rudger Clawson.
Brother John Henry Smith brought up the matter of the making of Temple aprons out of native Utah silk, a subject broached by a kinsman of his to President Snow during his recent visit to St. George [Utah]. He was told that some of the people there were prepared to make such aprons, weaving the fig leaves into the fabric, and was asked his mind regarding it. Speaking upon this subject, Brother Lund suggested that the leaves be wrought so as to overlap each other, thus carrying out the idea intended to be conveyed. It was decided to have the parties submit a pattern. ...
An informal talk was had about the Utah Loan and Trust Company's bank. During the conversation Brother Grant stated that if President Snow approved of his being President of that bank, with George D. Pyper as cashier, he believed they would be able to revive the institution. The President took the matter under advisement. ...
Brother Clawson reported the visit of himself and Brother Wells to Star Valley [Wyoming]. It had been two years since the Saints in that valley received the visit of an Apostle, and as the result some things needed attention there. Bishop Wright of Afton had been released, and Osborn Low appointed his successor. The counselors were not chosen. Bishop Weight had not been in touch with his people. He lived two miles out of town. When made Bishop, he was told that he would have to move his family from his ranch into town; he did so, but his wife complained of the water, so he moved back again. He was very much pleased at his release. Fairview Ward was organized, with F. G. Tolman as Bishop, and Christopher Merkley and Levi Richardson as counselors. Brother Clawson added that he found an aged brother presiding, who was a barrier in the way of progress. It was suggested to him that he resign and go into the High Priests quorum, but he did not like this, and said that he would rather go on a mission.
This mention raised the question in the mind of President Snow as to how far a man should be permitted to hold office, when through age or other defects he impeded the progress of the work. Some of the brethren expressed themselves to the effect that there were a great many places where changes ought to be made on this account. President Snow, continuing the subject, said he believed the Lord required that the proper men should preside over our Stakes and Ward, men who would be diligent, thoughtful, full of consideration, and have the interest of the people very near to their hearts. Where men were found lacking in these qualities, they should be talked to and looked after, and if they failed to come up to the mark, a change should be effected. ... (1)
-- Saturday, Aug 19, 1899
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
A grand reception was acorded the returning volunteers today with a nice Banquet.
Prest. Lorenzo Snow and party left for Soda Springs and Bear Lake at 8:45 p.m. (2)
1 - Journal History
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
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