-- Feb 9, 1901
Elder Horace S. Ensign met President [Lorenzo] Snow this morning in relation to his responding to a call made upon him to succeed Elder John W. Taylor in the presidency of the Colorado mission. After explaining his circumstances, showing that he was financially involved the President felt not to call him, but allow him to remain at home to work out his debt. Elder Charles W. Penrose also called and presented some manuscript writing in relation to the Governor's veto of the anti-compulsory vaccination bill, that he desired to publish in the [Deseret] News as an editorial, but desired the approval of President Snow on the matter. He had not read very far before President Snow stated that he thought it wisdom not to say anything in way of criticism of the Governor's attitude. Brother Penrose thereupon decided out of deference to President Snow, that it would be better not to publish the article, although he was of the opinion that it was clearly the duty of the News to meet some of the arguments in the Governor's veto favoring compulsory vaccination. Later in the day President [George Q.] Cannon came to the office and Brother Penrose was sent for and again submitted the article, but President Cannon concurred in the expression of President Snow. Elder Horace G. Whitney talked with the Presidency on the subject of printing a new edition of the Book of Mormon. He stated that he had been informed that bids had been obtained from Eastern printing houses, the lowest of which was twenty one cents per copy for ten thousand copies, and the question before the Presidency was, whether the Church works shall be published at home at a higher rate than they could be published in the East? President Snow concurred in the expression of President Cannon, therefore it was decided that the publishing better be done here at home and the books sold as reasonably as possible. Gov[ernor]. [Heber M. Wells] has vetoed bill releasing the people from thraldoms and sent a subtle substitute. Heber [M. Wells] is too much under the influence of outsiders. Saw Pres[ident]. [Lorenzo] Snow asked if he had authorized the Gov[ernor]. to say it was by his advice that Wells vetoed McMillan Bill. He Pres[ident]. S[now]. answered "I have given no man the right to say that." (1)
-- Feb 12, 1901; Tuesday
The Presidency were at the office. Pres[ident]. [Lorenzo] Snow had a talk with Elder Francis M. Lyman in relation to his duties and labors while in the British mission. President Snow stated that he expected Brother Lyman to be absent about two years, but did not want him away any longer.
Elder Heber J. Grant came in the office, he had just returned from California.
A letter had been received from Bishop Madsen, of Gunnison [Utah], conveying the idea that a Brother Copening, of that place, who had already filled one mission, and who was recommended as quite a competent missionary, had expressed himself to the effect that he was quite willing to go on a mission to Japan if it met the minds of the authorities. President [George Q.] Cannon suggested to President Snow and President [Joseph F.] Smith, the propriety of sending someone to Japan, for the purpose of opening the door of the Gospel to that nation, and said that he had felt for some time that Elder Heber J. Grant should go on a foreign mission and gain experience by laboring in the ministry, and in his opinion it was an opportune time for Brother Grant to open the
mission in Japan, and perhaps take this Brother Copening or someone else with him.
President Smith stated that Brother Grant had told him that he had thought of making a visiting tour to all the foreign missions in the world, but President Cannon felt it would be better for him to go and open up the work in Japan rather than take a roving mission.
President Snow expressed himself in favor of sending Elder Grant to Japan, but thought his financial circumstances should be taken into account before he be sent away, less the Church should be called on to meet some of his accounts and schemes in his business relations.
President Cannon thereupon moved that Brother Grant be appointed to this proposed mission, provided he can make satisfactory arrangements with his creditors. This motion met the unanimous approval of the Presidency, with the understanding that it be brought up for consideration at the next council meeting, but that nothing in the meantime be said to Elder Grant respecting it.
The President appropriated the sum of $288.20 for the payment of fares of returning Elders from the Southwestern States mission on report of President James G. Duffin.
The sum of $500. was also appropriated in favor of the Northwestern States mission to defray the expenses of the current year and to assist one of the Elders who is visiting all the conferences and branches instructing the clerks in record keeping in order that uniform records and methods might be adopted throughout the mission. This is done by request of President [Franklin S.] Bramwell. After issuing the above order, it was concluded that it would be better to write a letter authorizing President Bramwell to use this means for the purpose mentioned, and return the letter as a voucher for the same at the close of the year. (2)
1 - Journal History; Brigham Young Jr., Diary
2 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
LDS History Chronology: Lorenzo Snow
Mormon History Timeline: the life of Lorenzo Snow
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