George Albert Smith, Sunday, Dec. 1, 1907

-- Sunday, Dec. 1, 1907
[Diary of John Henry Smith (apostle and father of George Albert Smith)] Salt Lake City

At 3 p.m. I attended fast meeting in the 17th ward.

We had sixteen speakers and all enjoyed a good spirit. It was a remarkable meeting.

I confirmed my grand daughter Edith, my son Georges daughter. (1)

-- Dec 4-5, 1907
[Apostle George Albert Smith Journal] "Widow of John E. Page who gave her husband six wives." (2)

-- Dec 4-Dec 14, 1907
[Apostle George Albert Smith Journal] he and George F. Richards visit Mexican settlements (2)

-- Dec 10, 1907
[Apostle George Albert Smith Journal] At Dublan, Mexico, "Held Priesthood meeting at 1 P.M. and Reorganized the Bishopric. Bishop Samuel John Robinson having disregarded the advice of the Church regarding new marriages and it is believed and accepted as a fact that he has taken a new wife.

Albert K Thurber Bishop ordained by G.A.S. Gaskell Romney 1st C. ordained H.P. by G.F.R. Anson Bowen Called md C by Pres Ivins The above anmed (sic) brethren were Chosen as the new bishopric and sustained by the priesthood and at another meeting held at 2 P.M. I spoke on the Church and how the Lord has placed men at the head of the temperament required for the circumstances to surround the Church during their Presidency." (2)

-- Saturday, March 14, 1908
[Diary of John Henry Smith (apostle and father of George Albert Smith)] Salt Lake City

We reached home at 6:30 a.m. having attended 31 meetings and traveled 3,730 miles.

I paid my son George Albert $1,000.00. I received from Telephone people $3,500.00. (1)

-- Tuesday, June 2, 1908
[Diary of John Henry Smith (apostle and father of George Albert Smith)] Salt Lake City

I went to Provo this morning and attended the Commencement exercises of the Brigham Young University. The members of the board of Trustees, The Faculty and Student body marched [to] the Stake Tabernacle where the exercises were held.

During the present year 74 Professors and Teachers have been employed. 1,756 students have been enroled.

I presented Diplomas and confeted degrees by order of the President and faculty representing the board of Trustees.

My son George Albert Smith delivered address.

We marched to Temple Hill in a rain storm where ground was broke for the Karl G. Maeser Memorial building, Geo. Albert Smith offering the Prayer of Dedication and I breaking the sod [and] making a short speach. Many lifted a sod. I threw one dollar into the hole. (1)

-- Friday, Dec 25, 1908
[Diary of John Henry Smith (apostle and father of George Albert Smith)] Salt Lake City

I drove Sarah F. out in the Cutter to see all of our Married children. I ate my Christmas Dinner at [wife] Josephines. We had Turkey. (1)

-- 1909
[Apostle George Albert Smith Journal] entries are extremely short, and of a routine nature, (2)

-- Jan 6, 1909
[Apostle George Albert Smith Journal] "Met at 5 PM and discussed BH Roberts case. He refused to comply with the feelings of his associates." (2)

[Quorum of Twelve] The Twelve Apostles and the First Council of the Seventy call B. H. Roberts before them, accusing him of questioning the good faith and honesty of the First Presidency and the general authorities. Roberts had previously published an open letter to Richard R. Lyman, a Democrat and son of Apostle Francis M. Lyman, expressing his opposition to Apostle (and Senator) Reed Smoot's political involvement. Roberts stated that he thought it unwise for Church leaders to run for political office. (3)

1 - White, Jean Bickmore, Church, State, and Politics: The Diaries of John Henry Smith, Signature Books in association with Smith Research Associates, Salt Lake City, 1990,
2 - Journals of George Albert Smith
3 - Advent Adam website (defunct) - based on

LDS History Chronology: George Albert Smith

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