-- Sep 26, 1901
President [Lorenzo] Snow presiding. After the usual opening exercises President Snow spoke as follows: I want to say, here's the Apostles and the Seventies; their business is to warn the nations of the earth and prepare the world for the coming of the Savior. They have been engaged in this more or less, but now we find ourselves in a compact gathered condition, the Church is divided into Stakes, and we come together from time to time in a council meeting to consider the interests of the cause generally and make appointments for brethren to visit the stakes when holding their conferences. It looks to me that our minds ought to extend somewhat, and we should get out of our beaten track, and a little change be made. For instance, we have started in this direction by sending Brother Heber J. Grant over to Japan, but this is only a start. Things seem to be going on favorable with him; and whether he will accomplish much or not, it matters little in one sense; it is for the Apostles to show to the Lord that they are his witnesses to all the nations, and that they are doing the best they can. ... President Joseph F. Smith remarked that the late President Franklin D. Richards and himself had acted as the missionary committee, and that since the death of Brother Richards he had been acting alone. As Brother Lund was located in the Historian's office, where he could be seen nearly always, President Smith moved that Brother [Anthon H.] Lund act with him on that committee. Carried. ... Met in Temple, clothed. Pres[ident]. [Lorenzo] Snow present. Have had talk with Pres[ident]. Snow and have begun to try to get brethern all interested in having Pres[ident]. Snow become owner of house and lot as he is a poor man. Asked Pres[ident]. what his aged widows would do if he were taken off. He said, "Three of them would go out to beg." I begged of him to provide for these and all helpless members of his family in need, while he was able to do so. He said, "I am doing so fast as I can." (1)
-- Sunday, Sep 29, 1901
[Apostle Rudger Clawson Diary] Salt Lake City. Clear and cool. 10 a.m. Fast meeting at the temple, Pres. Lorenzo Snow presiding. In his remarks Pres. Snow said in part: I know the destiny of the Latter-day Saints. I know my destiny, providing I keep in the path the Lord has marked out. I know what you--brethren and sisters--can reach. We are all the children of God--all that live upon the earth. God loves us all. When Jesus died, he died for the whole human family. He died that we might become Gods and Goddesses in eternity. Latter-day Saints are tried, have their troubles and disappointments. We cannot obtain a fullness of joy in this world. It was not intended that we should. Some will secure a fullness of glory hereafter, and others will receive it in part. There are three glories and other conditions that are not so glorious, and the Lord will bring his children into those conditions. As to the Latter-day Saints, the Lord designs that they shall receive a fullness of Celestial glory, and they are destined to
become Gods in eternity. Jesus was God before he came into the world and he was God after he came, while a babe in Bethlehem, but he did not know it. (2)
1 - Journal History; Brigham Young Jr., Diary
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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