Lorenzo Snow, Apr 8, 1890

-- Apr 8, 1890
[Apostle Abraham H. Cannon Journal] At 7 p.m. I met in the Historian's office, where Pres. Lorenzo Snow had requested our quorum to meet. There were present L. Snow, F[rankling] D. Richards, M[oses] Thatcher, F[rancis] M. Lyman, J[ohn] H[enry] Smith, H[eber] J. Grant, J[ohn] W. Taylor, M[arriner] W. Merrill, A[nthon] H. Lund, myself and J[ohn] W. Young. Bro. Snow stated that he desired the quorum to meet together occasionally to talk over different matters and to unite our hearts and feelings together. Where ill feelings existed we should express them and have our differences amicably arranged. The brethren all felt that the union which should prevail in our quorum did not exist, and were glad that Pres. Snow had been moved upon to call such meetings as were suggested. It was thought best for us to fast and meet tomorrow, and spend the day in expressing ourselves fully and freely. At this John W. Taylor arose and said he could not meet as he had hard feelings against Father, because the latter had expressed his disapproval of the settlement that was made with John Beck in the Champion mine affairs, and John W. felt that Father had accused him of misappropriating funds and he would not rest easy under the imputation. Bro. Thatcher felt that John W. should visit and talk with the offender privately in this matter, and seek reconciliation between themselves. In this view all agreed and John promised to see if this matter could not be settled in the morning before 10 am. to which time we adjourned. (1)

[Apostle Heber J. Grant Diary] At seven attended meeting of the Quorum of the Apostles in an upper room in the Historian's office. Prest. Lorenzo Snow referred to the fact that there had not been a meeting of the Apostles since the death of Prest. Taylor in a quorum capacity, only during the time that they were acting in the capacity of the Presidency. He wanted us to hold a meeting that should last all day and if necessary two days where we should come together fasting and praying for the blessings of the Lord to attend us. (2)

-- Apr 9, 1890
[Apostle Heber J. Grant Diary] Prest. Lorenzo Snow spoke to us for an hour and a quarter. His remarks were very interesting indeed. He said that he did not care how much more of this world's goods his brethren had than he did, but wanted to see them use their means for the building up of the church on the earth. He referred to the abilities that Orson F. Whitney had been blessed with, Said that he thought his talents were worth more than the wealth of the world. It was not reasonable to expect the Lord to bestow every talent on us. We should try and be contented and satisifed [sic] with those things which were given us. I do not envy any of my brethren, he said, that have been blessed with greater talents than I have. He said we should all prepare to stand reverses when they come along. The Lord would teach us one and all the lesson of humility. He had done so with the prophets of old. He had done so with brother Joseph Smith, Brigham Young and Jno. Taylor. He referred to an incident in the life of the Prophet Joseph where Brigham had Joseph's brother William on trial for his misdeeds. Joseph took his brother's part although he was in the wrong and Brigham submitted to it. Had Brigham Young refused to submit, although he was in the right, to the prophet he, Brigham, would never have been the President of the Church. He said most of the plans of Prests. Smith, Young and Taylor had not been successful and we must not think the Lord would cause us to succeed in all that we undertook. (2)

1 - Diary of Apostle Abraham H. Cannon, http://www.amazon.com/Apostles-Record-Journals-Abraham-1889-1896/dp/B000MFD1K4
2 - Diary of Heber J. Grant, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies

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