120 years ago today - Thursday, Aug 9, 1900

[Rudger Clawson]

...A letter from Pres. J. F. Smith was read. Said that they (namely, Elders S. B. Young, presidency of the Juarez Stake, and himself) had met in council with [BYU President] B[enjamin] Cluff, Jr., pres. of the B. Y. College Scientific Expedition to South America and that Elder Cluff could not give up his cherished project to continue the expedition, although they had so advised it, and in consequence he would select 7 or 8 of his best men to continue the journey, the remainder to be released to take a mission to the S.W. States or return home. Some considerable discussion was indulged in regarding the unwillingness, apparently, of Elder Cluff to take the advice of Pres. J. F. Smith. ... Finally, it was moved and carried by unanimous vote that Pres. J. F. Smith be telegraphed to release and return the members of the expedition to their homes....

Apostle Reed Smoot called attention to the fact that the presidency and high council of the Utah Stake had made a distribution of the 10% tithing set apart as compensation to the bishops, and bishops' clerks, and stake tithing clerks, and that out of the distribution a small margin was reserved to meet some of the stake expenses, such as janitor hire and electric lighting for the stake tabernacle, and sundry other church items. The distribution, he said, was entirely satisfactory to the bishops and all others concerned. Bishop W. B. Preston, the presiding bishop, he remarked, objected to this arrangement, taking the position that the entire 10% should go to the bishops. While no formal vote was taken, it seemed to be the mind of the Presidency and brethren, that the presidency of a stake and high council had ample authority to make the distribution of the said 10%, and that if their action was accepted by the general authorities of the stake, it should stand.

[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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