120 years ago today - Thursday, Feb 26, 1903

[Rudger Clawson]
There was some discussion regarding secret orders in our midst, suggested by the fact that in one instance a secret order claimed the privilege to officiate at the funeral of a member of the society—a Latter-day Saint—and in case of denial threatened to withhold the annuity, or death allowance, to which said deceased person was entitled. The bishop objected to being mixed up with said society in the funeral services. It became the sense of the council that the stand taken by the bishop was [right] and that in future cases of a similar character, our bishops should insist upon completing the funeral service before any society or outside organization should officiate in the burial.

[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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