-- Aug 29, 1901
[Temple] [Lorenzo Snow and Joseph F. Smith to Angus M. Cannon and counselors, Aug. 29, 1901, in MFP, 3:340-41; emphasis in original.] The following question has recently been asked us by one of our Stake Presidencies: How strict shall we be with young men who wish to go to the temple who have united themselves with secret orders? which has not been instituted of the Lord for the building up of His Zion in the earth, and to all brethren who manifest a desire to receive this advice we would give temple recommends, also permit them to join prayer circles if found otherwise worthy. ["]In addition to the above we feel to direct your attention to the importance of the young men under your jurisdiction receiving proper instruction on this subject before they join secret societies; and we would suggest, instead of making this a subject for public discourse, that it be talked of at priesthood and quorum meetings.["] (1)
-- Sep 1, 1901
[Apostle Marriner W. Merrill Diary] Sunday. Fountain Farm. I attended fast meeting today; spoke 10 minutes. I received a letter from President Snow asking me to go with Brother George Reynolds to the Big Horn country to attend a Conference there if I was able to go. I wrote him and also Brother Reynolds that I would go. To leave next Wednesday evening at 11:30 p. m. (2)
-- Sunday, Sep 8, 1901
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Salt Lake Stake Conference, held in assembly hall, Pres. A.M. Cannon presiding. Attendance fairly good--much better than at the first session for several years past. This was due in the main to the fact that the conferences had been changed from Saturday and Sunday to Sunday alone with three sessions.
I made brief remarks and expressed gratification at the improvement as shown by the attendance and was also pleased to learn that all the bishops of the stake were present but three, and that the three were absent from the city or they would doubtless have been present. Said that while our whole people were shocked by the fearful news that came over the wires within a day or so--namely, that Wm. McKinley, president of the United States, had been shot and severely wounded, and brought near unto death by the hand of an assassin--yet we were pleased to learn this morning that he has a strong chance for recovery. I invoked the blessing of God upon him and said that I believe in so doing I was expressing the universal sentiment of the Latter-day Saints. Dwelt strongly upon the subject of marriage; reading from Section 132 on the "Eternity of the Marriage Covenant," pointed out the great responsibility resting upon parents and presiding officers of the church to teach the young people of
our faith the importance of being married for time and eternity in the temple, thus laying the foundation of their kingdoms firm and strong.
2 p.m. Continuation of conference at tabernacle, Pres. A. M. Cannon presiding. Pres. Lorenzo Snow followed and, referring to the attempted killing of Pres. McKinley, said he felt it to be the duty of the Latter-day Saints to pray for his recovery. Pres. McKinley, he said, had been called of the Lord to do the work assigned him. He will receive a great reward in the future life for that which he has accomplished in the interest of the nation. Sorrow, trouble, and affliction is absolutely necessary to those who receive a fullness of the Godhead. (3)
1 - Anderson, Devery; The Development of LDS Temple Worship, 1846-2000: A Documentary History, http://amzn.to/TempleWorship
2 - Notes from the Miscellaneous Record Book, 1886-1906: Selected diary notes from the journal books of Marriner Wood Merrill, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies
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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