120 years ago today - Feb 26, 1901

We held a special meeting of the First Presidentcy and Apostles ... This meeting was called to reconsider the Evans Bill relating to unlawful cohabitation [making it unlawful for anyone to bring a charge of adultery against a married man except the legal wife, she being the aggrieved party -- lessening the ability of church enemies to make charges of polygamy againt Mormons]. We all spoke on this subject. Pres[iden]t. Snow said he had not got the will of the Lord and wanted us to express ourselves. We all spoke in favor of the bill but Reed Smoot and he said it was simply a question of policy with him'he would vote with his brethren. Some very warm words were exchanged between Pres[iden]ts. Cannon and Smith. It was moved by Pres[iden]t. Jos[eph]. F. Smith and 2nd by F[rancis]. M. Lyman to sustain the Evans Bill. Carried unanimously.

[Abraham Owen Woodruff Diary, as quoted in Minutes of the Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1910-1951, Privately Published, Salt Lake City, Utah 2010]

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