-- Apr 3, 1901; Wednesday
To-day President Lorenzo Snow celebrated si eighty-seventh birthday anniversary at the Beehive House. The guests commenced to gather shortly after two o'clock p.m. ...
President George Q. Cannon, through his son, John Q., sent the following telegram: "Father sends congratulations on your anniversary, with warmest expressions of affection and esteem. His steady improvement since Sunday was somewhat disturbed by a restless night, leaving him weaker and fatigued this morning." (1)
-- Thursday, Apr 4, 1901
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
I had my wife Josephine sealed to me 24 years ago today. My son George A. was born 31 years ago today.
At 10:30 all of the Apostles met at their room in the Temple and at 11 a.m. Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Joseph F. Smith came in. It was agreed to Reorganize the Summit Stake of Zion with Moses W. Taylor as President. It was also decided to organize a stake of Zion in the Big Horn Country in Wyoming with Byron Sessions, Jesse W. Crosby and Chas. Welch as the presidency. Many other matters were talked over.
I went to the Theatre in the evening with my wife Josephine. (2)
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold. 10 a.m. Continuation of conference of the Twelve, Pres. B. Young, Jr., presiding. Full quorum present. Song, "Once More My Soul the Rising Day." Prayer by Apostle A. O. Woodruff. [Song,] "Away with Our Fears."
There was some further discussion in regard to administering to the sick. It was clearly the mind of the brethren that it should be done in a simple manner, without display, according to the order of the church. A letter incorporating this view was addressed to Jas. Hall of Springville, who had been going about among the saints holding special fast meetings and administering to the sick; and although he may have been accomplishing good, his manner of doing was thought to be too much in the nature of display of the power of God. (The Presidency afterwards approved of said letter.)
It was moved that we recommend Jos. E. Robinson to succeed E. H. Nye as president of the California Mission. Carried. It was also moved that we recommend Walter C. Lyman to succeed Louis A. Kelsch, president of the Northern States Mission. Carried.
11:30 a.m. Presidents Snow and Smith came in. Elder Jos. E. Robinson was sustained as president of the California Mission, and Walter C. Lyman as president of the Northern States Mission. Upon motion Edward Pugmire of the Bear Lake Stake was called to take a mission to California.
Apostle M. F. Cowley called attention to the labors of the Seven Presidents of Seventies. Said they had been very faithful and through their labors he was satisfied that the tithing of the church had been greatly increased. Inasmuch as some of them were in straightened circumstances, notably Brother B. H. Roberts (the latter was now acting as a life insurance agent), he felt that the compensation of the Seven Presidents of Seventies should be increased.
President Snow said that nothing could be done in the matter at present. We have not arrived at a point where we can say to the general authorities of the church: "Give up all your financial affairs, devote your whole time to the work, and the church will provide fully for you; but that time is coming."
[President Snow:] Said that there are many bishops in the church, who are not capable and efficient in their official calling, many of them not being naturally endowed with the qualifications for the bishopric. In all such cases they should be released and others planted in their stead. The payment of tithes should be carefully looked after. There are 10,000 non-tithe-payers in the church. This should not be.
A motion prevailed to the effect that the Summit Stake be reorganized with Moses Taylor as president. Apostle H. J. Grant's suggestion that he leave his family and proceed to Japan with three of the brethren as assistants to open up the mission there and that, if advisable, he send for his family later, was approved by the Presidency and Apostles.
I then read a statement showing the financial condition of the church for the year 1900. About an hour was occupied in the reading. A very brief synopsis of the figures submitted is given below:
Statement of Receipts and Disbursements From all Sources of the Trustee-in-Trust
for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints for the Year 1900
Balance on hand
Tithes recd. for the year 1900
Receipts from sundry sources (see detailed report)
Total receipts for year
Total disbursements to sundry sources (see detailed report)
Balance on hand, Jan. 1st, 1901
Statement showing the revenues and expenses of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the year 1900 (taken from the receipts and disbursements)
Tithes recd. for the year 1900
Salt Lake Temple free-will offerings
Dividends on capital stocks
Capital stocks sold
Dedicated stock sold
Recd. on donation for Jackson Co. Temple
Recd. from sale of Deseret Telegraph Line
Recd. from sale of real estate
Interest on various obligations
Rebate on missionary fares
Receipts from sundry sources (see detailed report)
Total revenues for year 1900
Appropriations to church authorities
Salary acct. (clerks, janitors, night-watchmen &c.)
Appropriations to church educational institutions
Appropriations to temples
Stake and ward meeting houses
Improvements and repairs on church property, Salt Lake City
Improvements and repairs on tithing premises in the stakes
Losses in handling tithes for 1900
Stake expenses in handling tithes
Bishop's percentage for handling tithes
Deseret News (new) building
Interest on sundry notes
Amount appropriated to sinking fund acct. church bonds
Amount appropriated for the poor
Amount paid acct. fares returning missionaries
Appropriation to wind up Utah Loan and Trust Co.'s business
Taxes on church property for 1900
Sundry other expenses (see detailed report)
Total expenses for year 1900
Total revenues brought down
Total expenses brought down
Total excess of revenues over expenses for the year 1900
A statement showing the Church indebtedness Oct. 1st, 1898, and the indebtedness April 1st, 1901.
Church indebtedness, Oct. 1st, 1898
Indebtedness incurred from Oct. 1st, 1898, to April 1st, 1901
Less amount paid by the trustee-in-trust on church indebtedness from Oct. 1st, 1898, to April 1st, 1901
Total church indebtedness, April 1, 1901
Total annual interest paid on church indebtedness, January 1st, 1899
Total annual interest paid on church indebtedness, April 1st, 1901
Total annual reduction of interest (or saving to the church)
Total monthly reduction of interest
Total tithing paid in 1898
Total tithing paid in 1899
Total tithing paid in 1900
Total tithing for the three years
Total revenues for 1898
Total revenues for 1899
Total revenues for 1900
Total revenues for the three years
Total expenses for 1898
Total expenses for 1899
Total expenses for 1900
Total expenses for the three years
Total excess of revenues over expenses for the three years
Average revenue for three years
Average expense for three years
Average yearly excess of revenues over expenses for 3 years
Pres. Jos. F. Smith moved that the report be received with thanks, approved, and placed on file. Carried by unanimous vote.
The sacrament was then administered, Pres. J. F. Smith being month in pronouncing the blessing upon the bread and wine. While at the table I moved that the following brethren be sustained as the presidency of the Big Horn Stake (it having been previously moved and carried that the Big Horn colonies be organized into a stake of Zion): Byron Sessions, president; Jesse W. Crosby, 1st counselor; and [Charles A.] Welsch, 2nd counselor. Carried by unanimous vote.
Benediction by Apostle B. Young, Jr. After the reading of the minutes, the meeting adjourned for three months. (3)
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
3 - 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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