-- Mar 24, 1900; Saturday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow, [George Q.] Cannon and [Joseph F.] Smith, were at the office. Elders Reed Smoot and B[enjamin]. Cluff Jr., had a long talk with the Presidency in behalf of the Brigham Young Academy. The Academy had applied for $25,537. to carry on the several departments the present year ending December 31, 1900. President Snow felt that he could not spare so large a sum for one school, when so many were applying for help. It was therefore decided to cut out the training department of the school, and reduce the appropriations to $20,000. of which amount $8,000. has already been paid, and the balance is to be paid in instalments during the year. (1)
-- Thursday, Mar 29, 1999
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
President Lorenzo Snow is in quite poor health.
I made an arrangement [for] Dr. L. Snow to operate on my eye. (2)
-- Mar 29, 1900; Thursday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow, [George Q.] Cannon and [Joseph F.] Smith were at the office. Sister Amelia Folsom Young called and introduced two lady friends, relatives of the Folsom family who had come on from the east to attend her father's birthday anniversary.
At 11 o'clock the authorities met in their council meeting in the Temple. There were present: President Snow, Cannon and Smith of the Presidency; Elders Brigham Young [Jr.], Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, John W. Taylor, Anthon R. Lund, Abraham O[wen]. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson. ...
A long communication written by Charles W. Locander to President George Q. Cannon, in which charges were made against some of Brother Locander's relatives and others of a serious nature, were considered and referred to Elder John Henry Smith and the president of the Stake in which Brother Locander lives to see if a proper understanding could not be reached. From this letter it would appear that the complaining brother thinks that it is the duty of the Church to settle his personal difficulties in his own peculiar way.
Elder Francis M. Lyman stated that he had had a conversation with President J[oseph]. T. Kingsbury of the University of Utah who complained that Dr. James E. Talmage, who is professor of geology in the State university was not performing the amount of labor for that institution that his salary warranted and that Dr. Talmage was not inclined to add more time to the interests of the institution and had refused to take the class in mineralogy in his course of studies. The chair occupied by Dr. Talmage, that of geology had been endowed by the Church at a cost of $60,000. Elder Lyman stated that Dr. Kingsbury had stated that if the matter was taken before the board of regents they could require Dr. Talmage to take the course in mineralogy, but he desired to not take such steps, and he thought it would not be necessary for him to lay the matter before the board if the Presidency knew the situation and could induce Dr. Talmage in an amicable way to comply with his request. The Council felt that Dr. Talmage ought to comply with this request and President Cannon was asked to see him and convey the mind of the Council to him in regard to the matter. ...
Brother Clawson referred to the Temple offerings and said that they had decreased considerably in comparison to the amount received the first year after the Temple was opened, and suggested that a move be made to get the Saints of each Temple district to contribute a certain amount once a year in support of the Temples.
President Cannon stated that there were two things that could be consistently taught and they were tithing and fast offerings for the support of the poor, and if the Saints would faithfully do this the Church could afford to defray the Temple expenses, and he felt that the poor of the Church were entitled to the benefits of the ordinances of the Church without charge, but those who had work done in the Temples who could pay for it should make contributions.
President Snow emphasized President Cannon's remarks on the
subject of donations. The question of tithing was a serious matter. Referring to a Tithing record book that Bishop [William B.] Preston had taken to the office, President Snow said that when he saw the size of the book thought it was that of the tithe payers but to his astonishment it was the lists of non-tithe payers and about 10,000 names were in the record. He had learned that there were some names on the book which should not appear there, as the parties were on missions, and he believed that one half of those recorded in the book would not be there if Bishops and Stake presidents had done their full duty towards those whose names were on that record. He advised the brethren in attending conferences to take a list of the names of non-tithe payers of the Stakes they visit and confer with the Stake presidencies in regard to them with the view of taking up a labor with such individuals. ... (1)
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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