115 years ago today - 115 years ago - Thursday, Oct 1, 1903

[Rudger Clawson]
... Notwithstanding the fact that many were under the impression that the principle of plural marriage is dying out in the hearts of the people, he could testify that such was not the case in those southern stakes of Zion. The spirit of it seems to be working upon the hearts of the young people. One young woman in the St. Johns Stake of about 18 years of age, speaking for herself and a number of companions of the same age, said that they would much prefer to take a married man in the church who had proven his faithfulness and integrity than to marry a single young man who was untried. The same spirit was upon the young people of Mexico. Brother Clawson said that he was in harmony with the Presidency and his brethren, that he loved them with a love that exceeded the love of a man for his wife.

The clerk read a letter from Pres. W. A. Hyde and counselors of the Pocatello Stake regarding the trouble that had arisen between our brethren and the labor unions in the railway shops at Pocatello, and enclosing statements and affidavits from the brethren who had been discriminated against. ...

The tables were then spread with bread and wine, and the blessing was pronounced by Elder Grant, after which the brethren partook freely and with much relish and enjoyment.

After the Presidency had withdrawn and before the Twelve separated, Elder Marriner W. Merrill made a few remarks. He bore testimony to the truth of the principle of plural marriage and said that the brethren of the Twelve should lay the foundation for their kingdoms in their youth and not wait until old age comes on. If we have a kingdom, we must ourselves lay the foundation for it. We could not expect to inherit somebody else's kingdom. Brethren, he said, do not neglect your opportunities; otherwise you may fail in securing a kingdom. This advice is for Brother Hyrum, and Brother Rudger, and Brother Woodruff. Those who will avail themselves of the opportunity when it opens up, will be crowned with glory and exaltation in the presence of God.

[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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