125 years ago today - Tuesday, Apr 4, 1899

[Rudger Clawson]
Pres. Richards ... Said he desired to say a few words about Freemasonry. A Masonic Lodge, he said, was established in Nauvoo and Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, Willard Richards, John Taylor, Lorenzo Snow, Orson Hyde, F. D. Richards, and about 1000 others in all became Masons. Joseph, the Prophet, was aware that there were some things about Masonry which had come down from the beginning and he desired to know what they were, hence the lodge. The Masons admitted some keys of knowledge appertaining to Masonry were lost. Joseph enquired of the Lord concerning the matter and He revealed to the Prophet true Masonry, as we have it in our temples. Owing to the superior knowledge Joseph had received, the Masons became jealous and cut off the Mormon Lodge. ...

Apostle H. J. Grant made brief remarks. Referred to the prediction of Pres.. Richards made 3 months ago (see page 88) [see 11 January 1899] that the Lord would open up the way for his deliverance from debt. Said it was being fulfilled—Jany. 1, 1899, he was, he said, $82,000 [in debt]. With the changes that had taken place and the advance in his stocks and holdings his indebtedness would now practically amount to $57,000.00. Thought it would have been better had he remained out of politics: it would be better to wait until we are sent. It was true, he said, that he had entertained some feelings against Pres. Can-non, but could now say that he had overcome and was in a proper frame of mind to break bread with him, and could do so without compunctions of conscience.

[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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