-- Aug 27, 1901; Tuesday
President [Lorenzo] Snow has been at Saltair the last four days. Brother [George F.] Gibbs took mail
out to him today.
A letter had been received from President [Collins R.] Hakes, asking how strict he and his Bishops should be with young men who join secret orders and apply for temple recommends. A letter was prepared by Brother Gibbs in answer to this question, which had been submitted to President [Joseph F.] Smith, and which was now submitted to President Snow, who also approved of it and directed that a copy be sent to each of the stakes. (1)
-- Thursday, Aug 29, 1901
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Cloudy and cool; rain during night. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Jos. F. Smith, and Apostles Jno. H. Smith, Jno. W. Taylor, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, "Glory to God on High." President Snow was mouth in prayer. Song, "Farewell All Earthly Honors."
Apostle Taylor reported the attendance of himself and Reed Smoot at the Millard Stake Conference, where they had an excellent time.
Apostle Smith reported the completion of the Hyrum Stake organization at the last quarterly conference. Geo. Pitkin was sustained as 1st and I. C. Thorsen as 2nd counselor to Pres. Wm. Parkinson. He also reported the division of the Hyrum Ward into two wards, with H. R. F. Llinquist [Harold F. Liljenquist], son of the patriarch, as bishop of the 1st Ward, and Andrew A. Allen, returned missionary, as bishop of the 2nd Ward.
I reported my attendance at the Uintah Stake Conference. Said that by the recommendation and approval of the stake president, Saml. R. Bennion, the following changes were made: Israel J. Clark, Jas. H. Glines, and Harley Morey being aged and infirm, two of them quite deaf, were honorably released as high councillors, and the following three brethren called to take their place: Ward E. Pack, Jr., H. W. Woolley, and W. H. Siddoway; Jas. Hacking, 2nd counselor in the stake presidency, was released as stake supt. of the Sabbath Schools, and was succeeded by Chas. B. Bartlett; Hyrum B. Calder was sustained as 2nd counselor to Bp. Jno. N. Davis of Vernal, and Don. B. Colton was sustained as stake supt. [of] Religion Classes. I also reported that in returning from Vernal to Price by stage, at 8 o'clock in the evening, one of the horses laid down and died from heart failure, and we [were] seven miles from the stage station. The driver was, therefore, under the necessity of riding 7 miles
for another horse. He was gone until 10 p.m. and we did not get in until midnight.
The clerk read a letter from Moses Thatcher, in which he suggested the establishment in the Brigham Young Memorial Building of the Latter-day Saints University of a library in memory of Joseph and Hyrum Smith. If this were done, he would contribute property valued at $1000 to $1500. Pres. Snow said that he was opposed in his feelings to the founding of a memorial to the Prophet Joseph Smith that would cost less than the memorial statue to Brigham Young, the second great leader in the kingdom. As to the above offer, he did not feel that it came from the right source, and was, therefore, not entitled to favorable consideration. Perhaps in the future, when the church is free from embarrassment, a memorial of some kind might be erected to the memory of Joseph either in the shape of a library or something else, providing it would do honor to this, the greatest man of the nineteenth century, the prophet of God. It was thought by the brethren that Moses Thatcher is anxious to
reestablish himself in the good-fellowship of his brethren, and that this offer was put forth as a feeler. The thought was strongly expressed by Pres. Snow and Pres. Smith and others, that if Moses Thatcher wished to secure the good-will and confidence of his brethren, he should make full and ample confession for all his faults, and that nobody knows better than he does his duty in the premises. Benediction by Apostle Smith. (2)
1 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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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