-- Thursday, Jul 18, 1901
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and hot; during the day 102 degrees. 11 a.m. Meeting at the temple. Present: Presidents Lorenzo Snow and Jos. F. Smith, and Apostles Brigham Young, Geo. Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, Anthon H. Lund, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and G. F. Gibbs, clerk. Apostle Grant was mouth in prayer, and Apostle Smoot in the circle. Song, "Zion Stands with Hills Surrounded."
Apostle Lund was appointed to settle a water difficulty that had arisen at White River. Several interesting letters from Apostle Lyman, dated at Liverpool, [were] read by the clerk. Said that so far as he had investigated, he found the affairs of the British Mission in fairly good shape. His predecessor, Elder Platte D. Lyman, had given a strong administration. Spoke of his contemplated visit to the Swiss, German, and other missions.
Pres. C. O. Card of the Alberta Stake recommended by letter the appointment of Jas. P. Lowe and Henry E. Winder to take missions. The clerk read a letter from Sterling Williams, endorsed by the presidency of the Alberta Stake, in which he strongly recommended that missionaries be called from Canada to attend Canadian institutions of learning and prepare themselves to teach in the district schools of the Alberta Stake, as the Latter-day Saints have no teachers of their faith in said schools--sixteen in number. Recommendation adopted provided young men of proper talent and financial strength could be found.
A letter from Pres. [Collins R.] Hakes of Maricopa Stake was read. He desired permission to sell the church property--or farm--in Mesa for better property by paying a premium of $900. He thought he could raise the $900 without calling upon the church. Granted, if the church would be put to no expense.
Stake conference appointments: Weber, Geo. Teasdale; Juab, Rudger Clawson. Apostle Lund was appointed to dedicate the new meeting house at Syracuse, Sunday, July 20th.
Thos. E. Bassett, stake counselor in the Fremont Stake, representing the presidency of the Fremont Stake, recommended the organization of a ward at St. Anthony with Wm. H. Carbine as bishop. Recommendation adopted. An interesting report was received from Elder Jno. McQuarrie, president of the Eastern States Mission.
Apostle Grant was authorized to take what tracts he needed for the Japan Mission. He said that he and companions expected to leave on July 24th, 1901.
Apostle Clawson reported his recent visit to the Emery Stake and urged the necessity of dividing the stake, as the distances to be traveled by the stake presidency and other stake authorities was unnecessarily great. As a result of this condition the saints were not receiving that attention so much needed at all times. He recommended and moved that the Emery Stake be divided on county lines and that the Scofield and Mud Creek Wards of the Utah Stake be added to what would now be the Carbon Stake, giving to the Emery Stake a church population of 4081, and to the Carbon Stake, 2000. The motion was seconded and carried by unanimous vote, and Apostles Clawson and Smoot were authorized to make the division. They were also authorized to reorganize the bishoprics of the following wards: Wellington, Huntington, Castle Gate, Castle Dale, and presiding elder in Desert Lake. Also, to make some changes in the high council.
Apostle Smoot moved that Palmyra and Knightsville of Utah Stake be organized into wards. Carried.
Apostle Grant reported that himself and Apostle Clawson, the committee on the division of the present Salt Lake Stake, were heartily in favor of said division, Main Street to be the dividing line, and the Tabernacle Square to be kept independent. Action was deferred for the present, and Apostle Lund was appointed to succeed Apostle Grant on the committee, in view of the latter's early departure for Japan.
Apostle Smoot reported that Apostle Teasdale and himself had effected the division of American Fork into four wards, with Chas. G. Petersen [Patterson], bishop of the First Ward; Jos. H. Storrs, bishop of Second Ward; Jno. R. Hindley, bishop of Third Ward; Warren B. Smith, bishop of Fourth Ward. Apostle Smoot also reported that he had installed Wm. Waters, bishop of Bingham Ward.
In order to bring about a uniformity of action, it was decided that the authorities should be presented and sustained at each quarterly conference, and that the general authorities be named individually, and not in bulk as is the custom in many stakes. Apostle Brigham Young reported his visit to the Benson Stake recently, at which time he fixed the headquarters of stake at Lewiston, in conformity with the decision of the council. He said there had been a strong influence in the stake used to bring headquarters to Richmond. Benediction by Apostle Brigham Young.
4 p.m. Gathering of the First Presidency and Twelve and wives, the missionaries to Japan and wives, and others, numbering in all some forty souls at my home, 49 Canyon Road. It was an extremely hot day, but we had a pleasant and sociable time. The company sat down to dinner at 5 p.m., after which the following program was carried out.
Remarks of welcome, R. Clawson. I said we were very happy to have President Snow with us and we felt that whenever the prophet of God came into our home it brought a blessing to us. I also expressed the pleasure it gave us to have the apostles and wives and missionaries and wives come in and visit with us and bid them all welcome.
Poem, addressed to Lydia S. Clawson and written in the Utah penitentiary by Pres. L. Snow. (The poem was read by Thos. Hull.)
Remarks, Pres. Lorenzo Snow. Topics. He thanked Brother Clawson for opportunity he had enjoyed. Said that the happiness we enjoy is in the Spirit of the Lord. We were born in the other life, were born children to the Lord there. In the contemplation of what we shall be in the spirit world, we should be very happy. We should be careful to do right that our consciences may not trouble us. He felt to say "God bless you all."
Remarks, Heber J. Grant. Endorsed the remarks made by Pres. Snow. Felt it a great blessing to mingle with the prophet and apostles and the brethren and sisters. Rejoiced in the privilege of going out to preach the gospel.
Remarks, Brigham Young. Topics. Was pleased with the remarks of Pres. Snow. These gatherings do good. Always felt benefited in associating with the brethren and sisters. Thus ended (to us) a very profitable and pleasant affair. (1)
-- Monday Jul 22, 1901
[Apostle John Henry Smith Diary] Salt Lake City
President Lorenzo Snow telegraphed Prest. Albert R. Smith to sell the Zapato Ranch if he could get $6,500.00 for it and that he would pay all delinquent Taxes. (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 - 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
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