-- Tuesday, Jan 16, 1999
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
President Lorenzo Snow, Geo. Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith set me apart for my mission, Geo. Q. Cannon being mouth. (1)
-- Jan 18, 1900; Thursday
In the forenoon Presidents Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith were at the office in conversation with Elder Leonard John Nuttall who had just returned from a visit to the settlements in Southern Utah and Arizona and was reporting to the presidency the condition of affairs in St. Johns, Arizona. Shortly before 11 o'clock the brethren left for the Temple.
At 11 o'clock the meeting of the Twelve Apostles with the presidency convened in the Salt Lake Temple. President Lorenzo Snow presiding. There were present, President Lorenzo Snow, and counselors George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith of the First Presidency; Elders Francis M. Lyman, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O[wen]. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson of the Apostles quorum. ...
When the brethren reassembled after the prayer circle, a communication was read from George W. Lewis, of Mesa [Arizona], who had been appointed to ascertain the mind of the Presidency on the following subject: The people of Mesa were about to erect a building, and had almost agreed to make it two stories, the upper story to be used for Sunday school and Mutual Improvement purposes, and the lower room as an amusement hall, but some of the Saints had objected on the ground that the upper room might suffer from the spirit of irreverence which was likely attach to the amusement hall. They could not build two separate buildings for lack of means, but felt that the amount could readily be raised for a two story building. It was the mind and will of the Council that the Saints build the two story building.
A letter from Platte D. Lyman was read stating that Sister Elizabeth McCune and Brother O. R. Knight had promised one hundred pounds each towards the purchasing of a suitable conference house in the city of London [England] in a more favorable part of the city than the present headquarters are in, however, these offers would be withdrawn unless something was done to make the necessary purchase. The matter was referred to Brothers Anthon H. Lund and Rudger Clawson as a committee to see what could be done and to make a report.
A petition was read signed by twenty-six persons residing in the Sugar House Ward, asking that the new proposed stake be divided on 10th south street instead of 13th south street, thus placing that ward, Forest Dale, and Farmers Ward in the new stake instead of remaining in the Salt Lake Stake. A great deal was said on this subject and it was finally decided to refer the proposition to the committee having the division of the Salt Lake Stake in hand, with the understanding that they shall visit the wards interested and meet with the saints and thus ascertain the desire of the majority of the people of each ward. Brother Lyman was appointed to take the place of Elder John Henry Smith on this committee as the latter was in the Eastern States.
It was reported that the late Christopher Layton's family were having trouble about the division of his property, he having died intestate. In order to save a lawsuit they asked the Presidency to appoint a committee to administer the estate. Elders John Henry Smith, Anthon H. Lund and Bishop William B. Preston were appointed as that committee, and Brother Lund stated that they had performed their duty in that regard to the satisfaction of the family and that the family were going to have a reunion and the committee had been invited to join them in those exercises. ...
The conferences of Weber, Tooele and Sevier [Utah], which were to be held this week were indefinitely postponed and it was agreed that the holding of prayer circle meetings in the Temples should also be discontinued for a time because of the smallpox scare.
The question of the naming of the two new stakes to be created out of the southern portion of the Salt Lake Stake was discussed and on motion of Elder Francis M. Lyman it was decided that the first south of Salt Lake be "Granite" and the other "Jordan." (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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