-- Thursday, Aug 22, 1901
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
At 10:30 a.m. Myself, George Teasdale, John W. Taylor, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson and Reed Smoot met in Council at the Temple.
President Lorenzo Snow said he felt the Apostles should be more active in the field in preaching the Gospel among the nations of the World. (1)
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and warm. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Jos. F. Smith, and Apostles Smith, Teasdale, Taylor, Lund, Cowley, Clawson, and Smoot, and Geo. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, "Praise to the Man." Apostle Lund was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Taylor in the circle. Song, "Do What Is Right."
Stake conference appointments: Millard, Apostles Taylor and Smoot; Box Eider, Apostle Cowley; Uintah, Apostle Clawson; Hyrum, Apostle Smith. It was decided by unanimous vote that the quarterly conferences of the Salt Lake Stake should hereafter be held on Sunday only with three sessions: morning, afternoon, and evening. The necessity for this action has been many times made apparent by the small attendance at the Saturday's sessions of the conference.
Pres. Jos. F. Smith reported his recent visit to Star Valley Stake, where he attended conference. He enjoyed the visit.
At this point Pres. Snow made remarks and said in substance that he doubted whether we were justified in keeping the Twelve Apostles and Seven Presidents of Seventies at home as much as we do. Their special calling is to preach the gospel to the nations, and he felt that a great work must be accomplished in this regard before the coming of the Savior. The president of the Twelve should think about this matter, should pray about it, that his mind might be broadened to comprehend what is needed. It is a matter worthy of thought and consideration. Referring to the 130 quorums of seventies, remarked that he didn't know how far we are justified in waiting for the young men of the Mutual Improvement Associations to be instructed and qualified to do this work, and leaving the members of the quorums inactive.
Apostle Taylor said that he had thought of this matter many times and felt as President Snow had expressed himself. Was willing and anxious to go to the nations and preach the gospel. He held himself in readiness for a call of this kind and believed all the brethren of the quorum felt the same and would not look upon it as a burden or hardship.
Apostle Smoot reported the organization of Parley's Park Ward with Angus J. Cannon as bishop and Park City Ward with Frederick Rasband as bishop. Apostle Smoot suggested that a letter of encouragement and blessing be written to ex-president Abram Hatch in view of the fact that he is feeling humble and reconciled to the recent changes in the Wasatch Stake and is supporting the priesthood there. Recommendation adopted.
Song, "Glory to God on High." Benediction by Apostle Cowley, who prayed that the Lord would inspire President Snow to direct the labors of the Twelve Apostles and to say when and where they should go and when they should return. (2)
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 - 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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