-- Jan 01, 1901
President Lorenzo Snow addresses a special New Year's Day congregation in the Tabernacle: "I hope and look for grand events to occur in the twentieth century. At its auspicious dawn, I lift my hands and invoke the blessings of heaven upon the inhabitants of the earth" (Deseret Evening News, January 1, 1901, 5). (1)
-- Wednesday, Jan 2, 1901
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] [Salt Lake City.] Clear and cold, weather moderating. I was engaged most of the day working on the books of the Brigham City Roller Mill Co., preparatory to closing for the year.
On the opposite page [of the diary] is a verbatim report of a blessing given by Pres. Lorenzo Snow in the naming of one of my boys [Lorenzo Snow Clawson]:
A Name Given by President Lorenzo Snow to Apostle Rudger Clawson's Child, at the Home of Apostle Rudger Clawson, Thursday Evening, September 7, 1899.
All wise and holy Father, we ask Thee to smile upon us in compassion and look upon this little child, whose name is now to be given. It is Lorenzo Snow Clawson, and may this name be recorded in the Lamb's book of life and there remain from eternity to eternity.
We ask Thee to look upon this child in tender compassion and, if it be necessary, grant that an angel from Thy presence may watch over it until it shall go back into Thy presence. Bless it until it shall be baptized into Thy church, that Thy Holy Spirit may rest upon it greatly and abundantly, and that the spirit of inspiration may be upon it until it shall receive the fullness of glory in Thy presence.
Grant that it may have wisdom and intelligence, and that it may be preserved by Thy Spirit, that its life may be long in the land, and that it may live until Thy Son shall come in His glory among the children of men, and that it may accomplish a great work in the redemption of Zion, and in making the necessary preparation for the coming of Thy Son. May its life be precious in Thy sight, that no power shall be permitted to take away its life, and that it may be preserved from harm, and that in the days of tribulation it may be seen that it has been blessed of Thee and has been an object of Thy good care, and that it may be a star and blessing--a star that shall never be blotted out in the crown of its parents. All blessings which Thou seest that it shall require to make it a mighty man, we seal upon it, and we ask Thee for them all, and the praise and honor and glory shall be given unto Thee, now and forever. Amen. (2)
1 - The Woodland Institute 'On This Day Historical Database,' http://www.woodlandinstitute.com
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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