-- Jan 24, 1901; Thursday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow and [George Q.] Cannon and [Joseph F.] Smith were at the office today, President Smith having returned from Manassa [Colorado].
At 11 o'clock the brethren met in the Temple. The following brethren were present: Presidents Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, Elders Brigham Young [Jr.], John Henry Smith, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O[wen]. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson and Reed Smoot. ...
Elder John W. Taylor, speaking of the affairs of the Colorado mission, stated that in his judgment Elder Horace S. Ensign or Joseph McRae would make a suitable president of the Colorado mission, but Elder McRae had been in the field already two years and perhaps ought to be released. After some discussion the matter was left to President Cannon to make inquiry of the Sunday School Union and report if Elder Ensign could be spared.
On invitation of President Snow, President Cannon made a brief report of his visit to the Hawaiian Islands. He commenced by saying that inasmuch as an extended report of the visit to the Islands had been made and published he would confine his remarks more to matters of interest more especially to the council. He thought it would be a good thing if more of the Apostles were sent to visit the several missions. He spoke very highly of the labors of Elder Samuel E. Woolley now presiding in the Islands. While there he discovered that one or two of the Elders were apparently unable to master the language and therefore could not accomplish all that they had been sent to do. If they were transferred to some other field like California it would be better. He had inquired of Elder Ephraim Nye, of the California mission, if he could use such Elders in his field and had learned that he could to good advantage. Brother Woolley had expressed the desire that Elders who were efficient in the language ought to return to the Islands occasionally where they could accomplish much good without having to learn the language. As it is nearly all the missionaries are handicapped because they have to spend so much time learning to speak to the native people. President Cannon had met with the Elders both at Honolulu and Laie and had tried to impress upon them the necessity of diligent labor among the native people, for their souls were precious; he had also spoken plainly to the sisters who were laboring there and urged them to teach the natives the importance of raising families and not enter into the vices of the Gentiles. There were native people in the Islands who were true to the truth and for many years had been faithful and that they had not been married for eternity. He felt that they should be married in the proper way where they were faithful sturdy people and some means, in his judgment, ought to be done for them along this direction.
After the close of President Cannon's remarks there was some
general discussion regarding the sending of incompetent Elders into the field and the suggestion was made that Presidents of Missions should use their judgment and initiative in releasing Elders they cannot use, or have them transferred to fields where they can be useful. However, it would be better to inquire into the merits of missionaries more carefully before they are called, and thus avoid some of these conditions. ... (1)
-- Jan 28, 1901; Monday
The First Presidency were at the office as usual today. Elders George M. Cannon and Royal B. Young met President [Lorenzo] Snow and stated that they are members of a building committee engaged in raising means for the purpose of erecting a new meeting house in Forest Dale Ward, to cost $13,000, and they asked for the tithing of the present year to assist the min the erection of this building. President Snow promised them that he would confer with his counselors regarding this request and let them know what action should be taken.
The Presidency made an appointment with the Church attorneys to meet tomorrow to consider certain charges made by the Salt Lake Tribune in which President Snow is accused of selling his influence for "a consideration" for the election of Thomas Kearns.
$23,533.19 in the form of an order was issued in favor of the Bishop's office to cover expenditures made in the purchase of property in Bear Lake county, Idaho. (1)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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