-- Sep 26, 1900; Wednesday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow, [George Q.] Cannon and [Joseph F.] Smith were at the office. Articles of association of a proposed Irish Missionary Society were submitted to the Presidency today. The objects of the proposed society are (1) to aid in the promulgation of the Gospel in Ireland; (2) to promote the spiritual growth of the Irish Saints in Zion; (3) to create greater interest in the gathering of genealogies; (4) to unite the Irish Saints in the bonds of social friendship. President Cannon freely expressed himself to the effect that such associations had a tendency to create a national feeling and clannishness among the Saints, and so far as they did that their tendency was bad and should be discouraged and had been discouraged in years past, and unless they confined their labors to the hunting of genealogies, he thought this society should not be encouraged. This met with the approval of the other brethren.
Elder [William G.] Sears, president of the Samoan mission wrote to the Presidency stating that some of the elders desire to bring over with them five bright native children with a view to having them educated in the Church schools and afterwards returned to their homes to become native missionaries, and he asks the
Church to pay their fares to Utah. Brother Sears stated that if the Church could not pay the fares it would be a great disappointment if three of them were not allowed to come. President Snow consented to the Church paying the fares of three of these children; with the distinct understanding that the brethren who should bring them shall assume the guardianship of them after they come here and care for them. Brother Sears also proffered to undertake the translation of the Book of Mormon into the Samoan tongue with aid of some of the native elders, provided it would met with the approval of the Presidency. The Presidency approved of Elder Sears undertaking that labor. (1)
-- Sep 28, 1900; Friday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow, and [George Q.] Cannon were at the office. Pres[ident]. [Joseph F.] Smith was absent until 4 p.m. Elder John Henry Smith received permission of President Snow to go on the political stump. (1)
-- Sunday, Sep 30, 1900
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and mild; very beautiful day. 10 a.m. Fast meeting at the temple in the room known as the "world." President Snow presided.
Pres. Snow made opening remarks and said in substance: the secret of true happiness consists chiefly in being contented with our lot in life and in doing and performing the duties that devolve upon us. "Just so far as we succeed in making ourselves happy in this life, according as opportunity offers, just so far will we succeed in making ourselves happy in the life to come."
The time of the meeting was then given to the brethren and sisters, and six brethren and seven sisters bore their testimony. Pres. Cannon said among other things that the day would come when the united order would be as easy to obey and practice as the principle of baptism or any other principle of the gospel. I spoke briefly upon the subject of "The Living Oracles." (2)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
2 - Stan Larson (editor), A Ministry of Meetings: The Apostolic diaries of Rudger Clawson, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1993, http://bit.ly/rudgerclawson
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