120 years ago today - Tuesday, Jan 7, 1902

Quarterly conference of the Twelve. ...

Apostle Jno. H. Smith was the first speaker. ... Spoke in reference to the principle of plural marriage, saying that under that principle men learned the true order of government and obtained invaluable experience; the fathers of all the apostles present had made a fairly good record in the practice of polygamy; a majority of the quorum were the sons of plural wives, namely, Jno. H. Smith, Heber J. Grant, Jno. W. Taylor, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson, Reed Smoot, and Hyrum M. Smith; it has been predicted that the posterity of the wicked should wither and die while the issue of plural marriage should be honored and blessed of the Lord, and I feel that in the quorum of the Twelve is found evidence of the fulfillment of said prediction.

Reed Smoot. ... Referring to the principle of plural marriage, spoke of the success of his father in its practice, which was due in part to the character of his wives, for they were good women; this order of marriage, if universally practiced, would save the world much sorrow and distress; looked for its restoration. ...

Apostle Jno. W. Taylor. ... He sometimes felt that it would be proper for the church to issue a manifesto against secret societies—the Catholic church, seeing the danger in them, has done so. ...

Apostle Clawson said that he felt that in selecting sisters for officers of importance in the church, they should be interrogated as to their views and feelings, as were the brethren, for some who have been chosen, it seems, have no faith whatever in the principle of plural marriage, and even talk against it.

[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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