125 years ago today - Mar 9, 1899; Thursday

Some voluminous correspondence, recently received from Elder F[erdinand]. F. Hintze in Turkey, was referred to Apostle Anthon H. Lund, who stated the substance of it to be: That the Protestant sects were concentrating their efforts against our people in Aintab and Aleppo, by getting their employers to either discharge them or reduce their wages. Three hundred dollars had been appropriated to help these people purchase looms and be independent of employers, and Brother Hintze now asked for an additional two hundred dollars. He also reminded the Presidency that the hall rent for a year would be due in May.

President Snow asked Brother Lund if these people had received a testimony for themselves, so that they might be relied upon to remain in the Church if assistance were withheld. Brother Lund answered that he regarded them as children but believed that they were growing stronger. Brother Hintze also asked for fifteen missionaries, but Brother Lund thought that five would perhaps be sufficient. The traveling expenses of each missionary would be about $800.

Nothing was done in relation to missionaries, but on motion of President Cannon the two hundred dollars asked for by Brother Hintze was appropriated, to help the Armenian Saints to be self-supporting. This amount on motion of President Richards, was subsequently increased to $340, the increased appropriation to meet hall rent.

[First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

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