120 years ago today - Thursday, Mar 27, 1902

[Rudger Clawson, minutes of the Quorum of Twelve]
Apostle Cowley reported the Hyrum Stake Conference. ... He learned that immorality prevailed among the young people of that place to an alarming extent....

Apostle Hyrum M. Smith said that the conditions in the Hyrum Stake were similar to those in Logan City; there was a great deal of immorality. He spoke during conference against said evils.

At this point Pres. Smith referred to a report made by Elder Jos. M. Tanner at the church board of education meeting yesterday, in which he stated that the practice of masturbation was indulged in by many young people in the church schools. Pres. Smith remarked that this was a most damnable and pernicious practice, and the face of every apostle, president of a stake, and high councillor should be set as flint against it. The priesthood should be called together at the stake conferences and the brethren and parents should be instructed and warned in relation to this matter.

Pres. Winder said he felt that there is too much familiarity between the sexes at the Latter-day Saints University. Pres. Lund, who is president of the board, said he would enquire into the matter.

[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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