120 years ago today - Wednesday, Apr 1, 1903

[Rudger Clawson]
... Elder Jno. H. Smith was speaking. He alluded to the extremes to which some of the brethren go in their administration over the saints. He understood that in one ward the bishop required the people to ask forgiveness for the most trivial offenses; in another ward the boys were forbidden to play marbles.

Elder Geo. Teasdale. ... Spoke at some length upon the subject of amusements, of which he was reminded by the fact that at the B. Y. Academy, Provo, they have nothing but round dances in their parties. This, he felt, was improper and remarked that excessive round dancing exerted a bad influence over the mind.... Referred to Elder Smoot's election to the U.S. Senate and said that he recognized the hand of the Lord in it. He will be able to represent Utah affairs as they are. Rejoiced in the union of the brethren of this council. Felt thankful that he had received the principle of plural marriage. When sick upon a mission many years ago, the fact that he had not entered into the practice of this higher law was the one and only thing that worried him.

Prophesied that our enemies would never prevail against us, and we shall be blessed individually with every gift needful for our welfare. Remembered that Brother Brigham, who is sick, was healed upon one occasion by the prayer of faith offered by Pres. Smith and his brethren, but the Lord at this time seems to have something else in view concerning him.

... [Marriner W. Merrill] Had once heard a good man prophesy that the land of North and South America would yet be dotted with temples and work would go on in them until all of Adam's race should be saved that could be. Said that he had no feelings against any living soul. Felt to sustain the Presidency. I want to hold on to the faith and never apostatize. Our families will constitute our kingdoms. If we are faithful, power will be given us to save our wayward children.

Elder Cowley. ... While in attendance at the recent Kanab Stake Conference, he was led by a rich outpouring of the Holy Spirit to speak upon the principle of plural marriage and to defend it. This talk seemed to be necessary because of a spirit of fault finding and complaint against the authorities that had broken out there. ... The hand of the Lord is in it, so that our young people shall not lose sight of the principle. We must, of course, sustain the policies of the church, but cannot change the revelations of God. Plural marriage will stand. ...

[Brigham Young, Jr., whom they visited later:] I would like to say how satisfied I am. I feel that I am going to get well. Some time ago Sister Caroline Holbrook said to me that she was anxious about me and had made it a subject of prayer. The Spirit whispered to her (so she informed me) and said: "Be of good cheer; he will get well." When summer comes, I expect to get out, and I certainly do not anticipate an underground passage at this time. ...

[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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