120 years ago today - 120 years ago - Oct 1, 1898.

The Church has been paying me $500.00 per year in produce for my services as president of the Stake. It was decided on motion of Pres. Jos. F. Smith that 25 per cent of this amount be paid in cash or mds.

When I went to Mexico I loaned the Church $10000.00 at 10 per cent interest. ...

Bishop Preston said one fourth of the Latterday Saints pay no tithing at all and many who have their names on the roll do not pay one fourth of what they should.

. . .John W. Taylor suggested that surplus property be consecrated to the Church to pay its debts.

M. W. Merrill said non tithe payers were on the increase. This meeting has been called that there may be a reformation.

... Heber J. Grant had always paid his tithing with pleasure. Two dollars is spent in breaking the Word of Wisdom for every dollar paid in tithing.

Sacrement was administered by Bishops Preston and Burton.

Pres. Snow ... The man who fails to pay his tithing hereafter I could not recommend to the House of the Lord. ... The Lord will send Cyclones, Whirlwinds and devouring fire and the way will be prepared for the fulfilment of His purposes. ...

Pres. Jos. F. Smith read from the Bible. God once cleansed the earth with water. He will cleanse it with fire. Just as sure as we live, just as sure as you hear the sound of my voice, unless we honor this law of tithing we shall never get back to Jackson County unless we go there as Ancient Israel wint into the Promised Land, by the shedding of blood. ...

Francis M. Lyman. There has never before been just such a gathering. It has fallen to the lot of Pres. Snow to announce that the time has come when the law of ;tithing must be observed in Zion. ... The time approaches when Zion is to be redeemed and the Temple built under the law of consecration. ...

George Q. Cannon. There are men in this congregation who are descendents of the ancient Twelve Apostles, and I shall say it, of the Son of God himself, for he had seed, and in the time right they shall be known. ...

Pres. Snow asked all who endorsed it to arise and with the right hand raised to say aye. The response was unanimous. The entire body of priesthood joined in shouting hosanna, sany the Soxology and were dismissed by Seymour B. Young.

[Diary Excerpts of Anthony W. Ivins, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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