135 years ago today - Nov 1, 1887

[Heber J. Grant]
John W. Taylor called on me this evening after the City Council and stopped until a late hour conversing with my wife and I.

He advised me to stop getting into as many business transactions and to close up my affairs so that I would have less care. He thought it was not pleasing in the sight of God for me to work so hard to make means and to carry such a heavy load of debt. He advised me to get rid of a good share of my business, to work less, sleep more, & visit with my family more, and take time enough to eat so that I would not eat as a duty but because I really enjoyed my food. Thought I was killing myself by degrees and was as guilty before God as thought I took my life by a single act.

I am now borrowing something like $75,000. Lucy said she felt impressed that Jno. W. had given us the mind and will of the Lord and that if I did not follow it that I would live to see the day that I sincerely regretted not doing so. Jno W. advised me to make it the great aim and object of my life to get the financial affairs of the people of God arranged in some manner that the opposition of our enemies would be as nothing and could not stand. He thought something in the shape of a United Order was our only hope for salvation temporaly and that if I went to get out of business personally and give my mind to it I might hit upon a plan that would unite and save the people financially.

While John was talking I felt very strongly impressed that his advice was what I actually needed and with the help of our Heavenly Father I shall try and start from this my tenth wedding day, to closing up my affairs. I will make less and live on less.

[The Diaries of Heber J. Grant, 1880-1945, Abridged, Digital Edition Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015]

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