120 years ago today - Wednesday, Jun 24, 1903

[Rudger Clawson]

At 2:30 p.m. attended a meeting of the general board of education of the church. During the meeting I called attention to the importance of the study of the science of life, which I thought was being neglected in our schools. It seemed to me, I said, that [more] of [the] young people should receive instruction in relation to love, courtship, and marriage, and should be warned against self-abuse and kindred evils. Many of the young people acquire the habit of self-abuse without knowing its baneful effect upon the health.

Supt. Jos. M. Tanner stated that arrangements had been made in the B. Y. College, Logan, the B. Y. Academy, Provo, and the Latter-day Saints University, Salt Lake, for instructions upon these important subjects, but nothing had been done as yet for the stake academies, though the matter would receive attention as early as possible.

Pres. [Joseph F.] Smith remarked that everything possible should be done to impart proper instructions to the young regarding the science of life and also to correct any immoral habits they may have contracted.

[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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