-- Dec 6, 1900; Thursday
President [Lorenzo] Snow was at the office today, having returned from Brigham City [Utah] last evening.
At 11 o'clock the council meeting of the Presidency and Apostles was held in the Temple. There were present: President [Lorenzo] Snow, John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Anthon H. Lund, Rudger Clawson and Reed Smoot. ...
Elder John Henry Smith stated that the officers of the Young
Men's Mutual Improvement Associations at their meeting last night discussed the propriety of combining the Juvenile Instructor and the Era, and perhaps the Young Ladies Journal, making it one publication, and by this means save expenses, and also relieve the representatives of those journals from continually calling upon the people to patronize them. He also stated that the idea was sprung and discussed tat that meeting, as to whether or not the Mutual Improvement Associations were not in their tendency drifting away from the regular quorums of the Priesthood; also as to what was now being done by those associations, if the same could not be done within the lines of the Priesthood in a quorum capacity.
Brother Heber J. Grant speaking on the same subject said that the Mutual Improvement officers did not wish it understood that they were asking President Snow and the Apostles to advise the amalgamation of these periodicals, that is, that they would not like the Juvenile people to get the idea that the Mutual Improvement people were seeking the influence of the Presidency to accomplish this; that if it were accomplished he would like it to be reciprocal. He said he had not heard this subject discussed until last night, but he certainly favored combining the periodicals. Also as to the idea of magnifying the Priesthood by means of the several quorums he believed if the same work had been done in the interest of the several quorums of the Priesthood as has been done in the interest of Mutual Improvement the results would to day be more gratifying.
Brother Clawson thought that the publications referred to could be combined into one magazine that would cover the ground, it would be a wise and beneficial change, as the number of papers now published and of which the people were requested to subscribe for, certainly was a burden to them.
Brother Lund believed the papers could be run more economically, but at the same time he believed that the trend of the age was to specialize; he believed there was room for all the magazines mentioned, and that better work could be done by each organization running its own paper.
It was decided that the council express no opinion and leave each organization to take its own course in the matter when the question should be brought up for consideration before them. ... At the President's Office this afternoon, the sum of $300 was appropriated in favor of St. Joseph [Arizona] Stake Academy on account of next year's appropriation, to enable that institution to pay its teachers. (1)
-- Dec 11, 1900; Tuesday
Mr. [Charles A.] Magrath of Canada called at the President's Office and interviewed President [Lorenzo] Snow in relation to land held by the Church in Canada, stating that he understood that some of it was for sale, so he had been informed by Mr. [Elliot T.] Galt who had cabled him from London, England, to see President Snow and ascertain the number of acres and the price. President Snow stated that he would sell three thousand acres at five dollars an acre, this information Mr.
Magrath said he would cable to Mr. Galt. The question of sending settlers to Canada was also discussed and President Snow promised to try to send a few more families to that country in the near future from among those who were seeking homes. (1)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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