-- Apr 2, 1900; Monday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow, [George Q.] Cannon and [Joseph F.] Smith were at the office. Two hundred bushels of seed grain were appropriated in favor of the people of Koosharem, who were in need of it. The people of that ward having been quarantined through smallpox, and having suffered also from frost last fall, they were in need of grain. The request in their behalf was made by the presidency of the Sevier stake.
Letters from President Charles O. Card of Alberta [Canada], and Francis M. Hammond of San Juan [Utah], in relation to matters in their respective stakes were read and taken under advisement.
A case entitled Helen Perkins vs. Louisa Coultrin, which had been appealed from the Bishop's court to the High Council and from the High Council to the First Presidency, was sustained according to the decision of those two courts after a careful consideration
of all the evidence.
At 1 o'clock the First Presidency went to the Temple. The Temple workers had invited a few of their immediate friends to join them in celebrating the 86th anniversary of the birth of President Lorenzo Snow. They chose the second of April for the celebration so that President Snow could be free tomorrow, the 3rd, which is his birthday, to spend with his family or as he may choose. The annex of the Temple, where the celebration was held, was about three parts filled with the Temple workers, the Church Authorities and friends. A luncheon had been provided, and a program of exercises prepared. After the luncheon the program was carried out, consisting of musical exercises, a presentation speech by Brother John R. Winder in which he presented President Snow three callalilies, representing the First Presidency, eleven white roses representing the council of Apostles and seven white carnations, representing the First Council of Seventy, to which President Snow responded. Remarks were also made by others of the brethren, a pleasant time was had. (1)
-- Thursday, Apr 5, 1999
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
At 10 a.m. all of the apostles and Rudger Clawson met and finished up their conference work. At 11 a.m. all of the First Presidency and Rudger Clawson joined us.
The Sacrament was administered, Brigham Young blessing it. President Lorenzo Snow said the question of the seniority of Joseph F. Smith or Brigham Young in the Council of the Apostles was one of moment and must be decided.
It was determined unanimously that Joseph F. Smith was the senior, he having been sustained by the Apostles and church and ordained and set apart as a member of the Council of the Apostles. Brigham had been ordained an apostle when a boy by his Father and taken in to the Council of the Apostles some years later by setting apart and the vote of the Twelve and Saints.
The President requested us to hand to him two names each to fill the vacancy in the Twelve. Brigham is to preside in the Councils of the Twelve while President Geo. Q. Cannon shall act as Councillor to President Lorenzo Snow. Benediction by Geo. Q. Cannon.
This has been a great day to the church of Christ. (2)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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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