-- Saturday, Sep 2, 1899
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Mount Pleasant
Prest. Lorenzo Snow spoke 48 minutes. Wm. B. Preston, Joseph E. Taylor, Abraham O. Woodruff and Anthon H. Lund. All spoke on the law of tithing. (1)
-- Sunday, Sep 3, 1899
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Mount Pleasant.
Joseph F. Smith spoke 42 minutes, Seymour B. Young 10 minutes, Myself 20 minutes, Arthur Winter 10. All upon the law of tithing.
At 2 p.m. the conference met again. Prayer by Joseph E. Taylor. The sacrament was administered. Prest. George Q. Cannon spoke on Zions growth and mens duty to their families. Heber J. Grant, LeRoy Snow, J. Golden Kimball and Prest. Lorenzo Snow spoke upon the law of tithing.
The weather has been fine. The attendance was large. A most excelent spirit prevailed. (1)
-- Sep 5, 1899; Tuesday
The First Presidency were at the office. Brother Franklin S. Richards called and presented the claim of a wife of Brother William H. Folsom against the estate of Sister Farr, deceased, who left her homestead property to the Church. Sister Folsom was an adopted daughter of Sister Farr, who is said to have stated to her executors, John Henry Smith and John Groesbeck, that she felt she had done enough for her, and she wished the Church to have the benefit of the property in question. Brother Folsom, who is in straitened circumstances, now joins his wife in asking the Church to turn over the property to her. It was decided that the Church relinquish its claim to this property, without expense to the Church, and Brother Richards was instructed to so inform the executors of the estate.
Brother Richard W. Young called and met Presidents Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith. He laid before them a matter upon which he desired their advice. Before leaving Manila, General [Elwell S.] Otis had appointed him a member of the Supreme Court there, and he had come home on furlough, with the privilege of remaining in Utah, or returning to the Philippines to continue in his present position, which brought him a salary of $5,000.00 a year. He remarked to the Presidency that if left to his own discretion he should consider it a sacrifice to return to Manila,
for the reason that his family needed his presence at home, and he could not think of taking his family with him, on account of the expense it would incur. He said that he now came for the purpose of submitting the question, and would carry out whatever advice might be given him. After some deliberation the Presidency seemed to feel that it would be a proper thing for Brother Young to continue in the service of the Government. They would not, however, advise him against his will. President Snow counselled him to make it a matter of prayer, and whatever he decided to do afterwards would be agreeable and satisfactory to the brethren. With this understanding, the interview ended. (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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