Lorenzo Snow, Dec 27, 1899; Wednesday

-- Dec 27, 1899; Wednesday
Presidents Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith were at the office.

The following appropriations were made: $161.05, cash, in favor of President W. C. Parkinson, of Pocatello [Idaho] Stake; $75, labor tithing, in favor of Oakley Ward; $7,300 in favor of the Presiding Bishopric, $2,400 cash, their compensation for the year. (1)

-- Dec 27, 1899
Missionary training-Seventies-- Salt Lake City.

The General Board of Education of the L.D.S. Church had decided to experiment with a missionary training program in Church schools which would better qualify the missionaries being called into missionary service.

A LETTER to the First Seven Presidents of Seventies, Office of The First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Salt Lake City, Utah, December 27, 1899.


In accordance with a resolution passed by the General Board of Education September 11th last, you are hereby authorized and requested to select and call upon members of the various quorums of Seventies whom you think qualified and suitable for missionary service in the various mission fields to attend the Latter-day Saint schools or colleges to take one year's preparatory course to better fit them for their missionary labors, and, so far as, may be necessary to meet the requirements of the various missions, you are requested to inquire of the various stake presidencies the names of such other young men of good standing and report as would also be suitable to call to the missionary fields, who would also be willing to take such preparatory course in one of the three colleges most convenient to them, and you will be further guided in this labor by the instructions you have already received from the General Board of Education in relation to this matter.

Praying God to bless you in this labor, we are,

Very respectfully, your brethren, LORENZO SNOW, GEORGE Q. CANNON, JOSEPH F. SMITH. {1899-December 27-Circular letter, Church Historian's Library,} (2)

-- Dec 28, 1899; Thursday
Presidents Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith were at the office.

They received a call from Bishop M[ilton]. D. Hammond, just from Alberta, Canada. He reported that the Irrigation Company was very anxious that our people should complete the canal next year; also that the Company had withheld ten per cent of the amount due for work done on the canal. He did not think they had any ill intent, but they may have been short of money. At all events they were very anxious that our people should complete the canal, and perhaps they thought that by withholding this means it would enable them to accomplish their desires. The Presidency arranged to meet Brother Hammond and Brother [Charles O.] Card this afternoon.

Salt Lake Temple, 11 A.M. Present: Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon, Joseph F. Smith, Brigham Young [Jr.], Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O[wen]. Woodruff, and Rudger Clawson. ...

An order was issued for $2,210.42 to cover the amount

advanced by the Presiding Bishop's Office on account of the Parsons Ranch [Nevada] property.

At 3 P.M. Brother Abraham O[wen]. Woodruff, accompanied by Brother Charles Kingston, met with Presidents Snow and Smith and several of the Apostles. Brother Kingston represented the great facilities of the Bighorn country as a place for settlement, and the great advantages that now offered for an organized effort to colonize a tract of surveyed land in that region, under the Carey act. It was the best country he knew of, and he had been in the west quite a number of years. So well pleased was he with it that he was quite willing to go and settle there. He exhibited an exceedingly fine sample of wheat grown in that country, and stated that fruits had already been raised there. One great advantage was that there was practically no Snow, the year around. He thought that if fifty men were to go and start a canal they could support themselves the following season. President Snow favored the scheme, but left the details of colonization in the hands of Brother Woodruff.

Brother M[ilton]. D. Hammond, who had been waiting to be heard, now reported to Presidents Snow and Smith. He stated that he believed when Mr. [Elliot T.] Galt should come to Salt Lake, in January, he would give the Presidency a satisfactory explanation as to the amount of ten per cent retained by the Company out of money due for work done on the canal. The Church would come out about $20,000 short, but would have land to represent that amount, which could readily be sold for part cash and the balance on time. The half cash payment was not sufficient to meet cash expenditures, and for this reason he was short in cash and over in land. As President Cannon could not be present to hear Brother Hammond, President Snow asked him to call again tomorrow at 2 P.M. (1)

1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
2 - Clark, James R., Messages of the First Presidency (6 volumes)

LDS History Chronology: Lorenzo Snow

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