-- Thursday, Aug 8, 1901
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot; heavy thunder and lightning during the night, but no rain. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Jos. F. Smith, and Apostles B. Young, Jno. H. Smith, Geo. Teasdale, Matthias F. Cowley, Rudger Clawson, and Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Song, "Guide Us, O Thou Great Jehovah." Apostle Clawson was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Brigham Young in the circle.
Apostle Young reported the visit of himself and Rudger Clawson to the Fremont Stake, where conference was held. While there, he went over into the Teton Basin, he said, and upon investigation found the saints in a neglected condition. Considerable looseness existed among the young, and the drinking of liquor was freely indulged in at the parties given from time to time. Recommended that Elder Jos. W. McMurrin, with a companion, be sent there to labor among the people until Sept. 8th, when a district conference will be held. There are about 1200 people in Teton and Jackson's Hole. Rather a small number, he thought, for a stake organization, but some kind of an organization should be effected, as the Fremont Stake authorities cannot give them the attention that is so much needed at the present time. Pres. Snow felt that someone with higher authority than that held by the Seven Presidents should be delegated to go there and set things in order, and, if need be, organize a stake in
the Teton Basin. Upon the suggestion of Pres. Snow, Pres. Smith was appointed to undertake this duty.
Pres. Jos. F. Smith reported his attendance at the Summit Stake Conference. Enjoyed the spirit of the conference. While there, saw and talked with Brother W. W. Cluff, who was brooding over the recent changes in that stake. Wanted to know why he was released. The answer came that Summit was greatly in need of a change--and this was shown in part by the fact that a bishop [Samuel F. Atwood] of one of the wards [Kamas], who professed disbelief in the visitation of the Father and Son to the Prophet Jos. Smith, was retained in office some 20 years. Bro. Cluff seemed not to be satisfied with the turn affairs had taken and manifested a fault-finding spirit.
Conference appointments: Wasatch, Apostle Cowley; Bingham, Apostle Teasdale; South San Pete, Apostle Lund; Cassia, Apostle Clawson. The clerk read an interesting letter from Apostle Lyman from Frankfurt-on-the-Main, Germany, in which he gave an account of his labors with the elders and in the public meetings.
Apostle Teasdale submitted the case of a brother who had killed a fellow-being in a spirit of (as he said) self-defense. He was sent to prison for six years, but, after a year's confinement, received a pardon. In a repentant frame of mind he now desired rebaptism in the church. The matter was referred to the high council of the stake in which he lived for action.
The clerk read a letter from Reuben G. Miller, president of the Emery Stake, who gave some good reasons why changes should be made in the bishopric of the following wards: Castle Gate, Wellington, Huntington, Castle Dale, Molen, and Emery, also in Desert Lake Branch of Cleveland Ward. Recommended that the high council be dissolved and a reorganization effected. The letter was referred to Apostles Clawson and Smoot, who were appointed to attend to this business at a recent meeting.
The clerk read a letter from Apostle Heber J. Grant dated at Vancouver, July 29, in which he said that they were about to sail for Japan. He and his companions together with some California elders had held an open-air meeting in Portland, which was his first experience in open-air preaching. They enjoyed a good flow of the Spirit. The letter left them in good health. Benediction by Apostle Reed Smoot. (1)
-- Aug 13, 1901; Tuesday
A cable was received at the President's office by President [Lorenzo] Snow this morning from Heber J. Grant dated near midnight of last night, stating that he and companions had just arrived at Yokohama [Japan].
Mr. D. H. Loux of the Chicago [Illinois] Chronicle called and had a talk with President Snow. He was presented with a copy of President Snow's biography. (2)
1 - 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
2 - First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes
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