120 years ago today - Aug 12, 1900

... Bro[ther]. Cluff here to get supplies for his S[outh]. A[merican]. Expedition [to search for archaelogical evidence of the Book of Mormon] which is at Nogales waiting under the guard for him to arrange to get them through the Custom House. At 3 P.M. meeting ... The idea had been conveyed that this was a Church expedition. Read letter of instruction from Pres[ident]. [Lorenzo] Snow ... that it was the unanimous opinion of the Pres[idency]. & Apostles that the expedition disband, but if reasons exist which we do not know that a part of the expedition proceed. Cluff must assume the entire responsibility. ... Bro[ther]. Cluff spoke. Said he greatly desired to go forward. If he returned now the expedition would be a failure & his reputation was worth more to him than his life. He would rather fail on the Isthmus or on the banks of the Magdelena River than turn back now. He did not desire to go forward, however, unless he could do so with the blessings of the Lord. Bro[ther]. [Joseph F.] Smith'asked Bro[ther]. Cluff'Do you feel, in view of the contents of the telegram, that you desire to go forward? Pres[ident]. Smith, I do not feel like turning back. Bro[ther]. Kenkie said he was set apart to remain in the South & preach the Gospel. Pres[ident]. Smith made remarks. Bore strong testimony that the work of the Lord would spread till the L[atter]. D[ay]. S[aints]. would control in this land, (&) U.S. ... Pres[ident]. Smith said that he would not be placed in a position to be held responsible for the act of any individual. You must chose for yourself.

[Anthony W. Ivins, Diary, August 13, 1900, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1835-1951, Electronic Edition, 2015]

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