125 years ago today - Dec 29, 1898; Thursday

Elder Lund reported information to the effect that the Governor of Aleppo had received word from Constantinople [Turkey] not to recognize the petition presented by the Saints at the former place for recognition as a religious body. The primary object in endeavoring to obtain such recognition was that our people in that country might tax themselves and have the right to circulate printed matter. The Governor of Aleppo had also received instructions to prevent the Armenian Saints from colonizing. Brother Lund thought the best thing that could be done at present was to advance a little means to enable our Armenian brethren to purchase looms and some raw material for weaving purposes, as this would make the independent of employers who had commended to boycott them on account of their religion. ...

An order was issued by the Presidency for the payment of $200, appropriated some time ago by President [Wilford] Woodruff in favor of Elder C[harles]. W. Penrose, in view of the fact that at the time of the general reduction of salaries in the Church offices, his salary was reduced a greater percentage than those of other Church employes.

[First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve minutes]

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