-- Dec 2, 1899; Saturday
Presidents Lorenzo Snow and George Q. Cannon were at the office, where they met with Brother John W. Taylor and Brother LeGrand Young by appointment. It had been determined to foreclose a mortgage given to secure a note held by the Church, against Thomas Taylor, of Cedar City [Utah]. Two similar notes, also secured by mortgage, had outlawed while in the possession of Bishop [William B.] Preston, and it was desirable that an effort be made to get Thomas Taylor to recognize the two outlawed notes as well as the one that is not outlawed. Brother John W. Taylor, who had re-baptized Thomas Taylor when he rejoined the Church, was thought to be the proper person to see him regarding the matter, and it was hoped that a settlement could be made in view of the pending disposition of the iron mines in that locality. Brother John W. Taylor accepted the appointment.
At 3 P.M. Bishop John R. Winder and Brother Robert S. Campbell came to the office, by appointment, and joined the Presidency in the consideration of certain land claims at Cedar City. The Church had employed certain brethren to enter these lands, comprising twelve thousand acres, in view of the passing of the railroad through that country, and some payments had been made on them, amounting to $3,800, and another payment was now past due. The question was whether the Church should continue the payments, or turn the lands over to the people who had entered them, they to continue the payments themselves until they came into possession of the land.
President Snow said that he did not feel like continuing the payments, and therefore was in favor of turning over the property to the people who had entered the lands, some of whom had expressed themselves as very desirous of owning them. President Snow had expressed the same view on a former occasion, during President Cannon's absence, but action was then deferred in order that President Cannon's mind might be obtained upon the matter. He now coincided with President Snow, and Brother Campbell was authorized and requested to write to Brother Dalley at Cedar, regarding this conclusion. (1)
-- Dec 7, 1899; Thursday
Elder George F. Gibbs, secretary, returned this morning from his ranch in Idaho, whither he went last Saturday night. No record was taken during his absence of any business that may have been transacted while he was away.
Salt Lake Temple 11 A.M. Present: Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Brigham Young [Jr.], Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Heber J. Grant, Marriner W[ood]. Merrill. ...
A letter was read from Elder Ephraim H. Nye, presiding over the California Mission. It related to the Yuma Indians, a matter referred to him some time ago. The letter was given to Elder Brigham Young, with the suggestion that he and Brother Nye visit those Indians and report the situation.
Brother Young explained that while South he could not make the contemplated trip into Mexico, on account of sickness. In case he could not visit the Yuma Indians personally, he said he would correspond with Brother Rogers, and have him met Brother Nye for that purpose.
President Cannon suggested that whoever visits the Yuma Reservation should carry letters of introduction from the Senators or the Governor, or both, of the State of California. He thought that before the step contemplated was taken, Brother Nye, who had free transportation, should go to the reservation, look over the situation, and report to this Council.
On motion of President Smith it was decided to have Brother Rogers meet Brother Nye on the ground, and report if in their judgment it would be necessary for an Apostle to go there and try to settle these Indians on lands to be taken up by them. ...
A letter from President F[rances]. A. Hammond, of San Juan [Utah/Colorado] Stake, gave an account of the labors of Elder Jonathan G[olden]. Kimball in that part, and asked that he be requested to labor especially in Moab, a place described by Brother Hammond as "a stronghold of sin and iniquity".
On motion of President Smith, the secretary was instructed to write to President Hammond and counsellors, requesting them to take up a labor themselves with the people of Moab, and prepare them for the visit of an Apostle.
A letter from Elder Platte D. Lyman, President of the
European Mission, gave an account of the excommunication of two missionaries, Erastus F. Romney of Panacca, Nevada, and John A. Borlase, of East Jordan, Utah, for the sin of whoredom, with prostitutes. The writer, President Lyman, stated that this action had been taken upon these missionaries agreeable to instructions from himself and counselors. ...
A letter was read from President D[avid]. K. Udall, of St. Johns [Arizona/New Mexico] Stake, asking that some of the brethren be sent to attend the Stake Conference on the 10th and 11th inst. He said that his stake was gradually being depopulated, the people being discouraged on account of so much mineral in the soil.
Brother John Henry Smith suggested that the people there be given their liberty, to move away or remain, but that it be made known to those who go that the Authorities would like them to settle on the Gila river.
President Snow informed the Council that some of our brethren were passing about a subscription list among the Elders who labored under the Presidency of the late John Morgan, for the purpose of raising means to erect a monument to his memory.
Brother John Henry Smith spoke against the laying of such burdens upon the people, unless they were authorized by the proper authorities. He held that it was having a bad effect.
President Snow approved of Brother Smith's remarks, and asked the Council to consider well the question whether a monument should be erected for every good man that dies.
President Cannon referred to the burden now on the people resulting from the erection of a monument to President [Brigham] Young, and expressed the unqualified opinion that no man should be allowed to start a thing of this kind without the consent of the First Presidency.
This voiced the sentiment of the Council, and it was expressed by vote on motion of Brother Clawson. ...
Thomas Taylor of Cedar City [Utah], called and met President Snow. He is to come again tomorrow at 10 A.M., when Attorney F[ranklin]. S. Richards will also be present. (1)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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