-- Monday, Jan 7, 1901
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
I paid the following notes during the day:
The Deseret Savings Bank and Trust Company
Zions Savings B. & T. Co.
The State Bank 730.00 Lorenzo Snow, T[rustee]. in T[rust]. took from me for a note of $3,692.15 and in interest about $600.00
This was on the old Cannon
Grant business and which ought no to pay
Lorenzo Snow, T. in T. tithing
I turned over to my wife Josephine 420 shares of sugar stock, 50 shares of Home Fire Insurance Co. stock.
My daughter Sarah and I attended the grand inaugural ball in the Theatre. (1)
-- Jan 9, 1901; Wednesday
Presidents [Lorenzo] Snow and [Joseph F.] Smith were at the office. Bishop Edwin Woolley of the Ogden [Utah] Third Ward, accompanied by Elder William H. Smart called at the office and had a talk with President Snow in relation to the financial condition of that ward, which is in debt. They desire relief. The matter was taken under advisement. (2)
-- Thursday, Jan 10, 1901
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
The Apostles met in their room in the Temple at 10 a.m. Prayer by Heber J. Grant.
Marriner W. Merrill spoke, said he had 21 sons living and 17 of them were married and they were all Tithe payers. Anthon H. Lund read a letter from Prest. Peterson of the Scandinavian Mission which said that some Elders had arrived in that field having the small pox, which they had scattered some.
President Lorenzo Snow and Joseph F. Smith joined us.
After some discussion we decided to deride the Cache stake.
The brethren discussed quite freely the question of making some changes in the method of our mission work.
We partook of the sacrament together, President Lorenzo Snow blessing the bread and Wine. (1)
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and cold, freezing weather. 10 a.m. Continuation of quarterly conference of the Twelve. Present: full quorum.
Being detained, I came in a little late and Apostle M. W. Merrill was speaking. He referred to conditions in the Cache Stake. There was some improvement in tithe paying, but a slackness in temple work. The stake is getting out of debt.
Apostle A. H. Lund read a letter from President [Andreas] Peterson of the Scandinavian Mission, giving information that some of the elders had been taken down with smallpox. Spoke of the lack of religious freedom in Norway and Sweden, also in Turkey. If we could get the appointment of a United States consul to one of these countries, it would be a blessing to the church, remarked Apostle Lund. Apostle Smith said he thought we could get such an appointment.
Apostle Reed Smoot dwelt briefly upon the law of tithing. Said the spirit of indifference prevailed more or less among the saints in the various stakes. Referred to some of the fast meetings in Provo last Sunday and said the spirit and power of testimony rested upon the people and the gifts of the gospel were manifested. One brother spoke in tongues to the effect that the impressions given to Pres. Snow of late regarding the redemption of the center stake of Zion and the building of the great temple were from the Lord and such event would transpire much sooner than many supposed.
At 11:15 a.m. Pres[idents] Lorenzo Snow and Jos. F. Smith came in. The recommendations of the Twelve respecting changes in certain stake presidencies were submitted. Pres. Snow seemed quite pleased with them, but suggested that final action be deferred until the return of Pres. G. Q. Cannon.
The division of the Cache Stake was discussed in all its bearings. It was finally decided by unanimous vote that the division be made, and Apostles B. Young, M. W. Merrill, and M. F. Cowley were appointed a committee to investigate and report as to the division lines.
Apostles J. H. Smith strongly recommended that a new plan for missionary work at home be adopted, namely, that two or three elders living in one stake be called to labor as missionaries for two years in another stake with the same zeal and interest manifested in the world. The idea was pretty fully discussed. No definite action was taken but the Presidency seemed to feel that this duty devolved upon the acting teachers.
Stake appointments: Utah Stake, Pres. J. F. Smith, and Apostles Geo. Teasdale, H. J. Grant, and Reed Smoot. In view of the fact that it had been decided to divide the Utah Stake into three stakes, these brethren were instructed to effect the division and organize the center stake at the coming conference.
Sacrament was then administered, Pres. Lorenzo Snow being mouth in blessing the bread and wine. We had a very enjoyable time together, and much business of importance was transacted. The conference was adjourned for three months. (3)
1 - 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
2 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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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