125 years ago today - Jul 2, 1899; Sunday

[Anthony Ivins Journal]

.... [Lorenzo] Snow made preliminary remarks ... Within ten, fifteen or 20 years, perhaps sooner, we are going to Jackson County [Missouri]. If Latter-Day Saints had paid their tithing in the past we would have on hand today a million dollars and if this had been for ten years back we would have ten or twelve millions. The Lord has told me plainly and most distinctly that the law of tithing should be taught while we were at St George and He has made it just as plain that this is what I should say to you today. Bishop [William] Preston said one fourth of the Latterday Saints pay no tithing at all and many who have their names on the roll do not pay one fourth of what they should....

M[arriner] W. Merrill said non tithe payers were on the in- crease. This meeting has been called that there may be a reformation. ...

Heber J. Grant had always paid his tithing with pleasure. Two Dollars is spent in breaking the Word of Wisdom for every dollar paid in tithing. Sacrement was administered ...

Prest. Snow ... The man who fails to pay his tithing hereafter I could not recommend to the House of the Lord. Let every President of a Stake pay his full tithing. Let every bishop do so. If people have been remiss in the past they may make it good if they desire but we shall not say anything about the past. The Lord will send Cyclones, Whirlwinds and devouring fire and the way will be prepared for the fulfillment of His purposes.

... Prest. Jos[eph] F. Smith read from the Bible. God once cleansed the earth with water. He will cleanse it with fire. Just as sure as we live, just as sure as you hear the sound of my voice unless we honor this law of tithing we shall never get back to Jackson County unless we go there as ancient Israel went into the promised Land, by the shedding of blood.

... Francis M. Lyman. There has never before been just such a gathering. It has fallen to the lot of Prest. Snow to announce that the time has come when the law of tithing must be observed in Zion. The time approaches when Zion is to be redeemed and the Temple built under the law of consecration. When the time shall come that Prest. Snow, if it is his good fortune, and I see no reason why it should not be, shall say the time has come for the redemption of Zion, we will be surprised at the thousands who will be ready. Pronounced his blessing on all present.

George Q. Cannon. There are men in this congregation who are descendants of the ancient Twelve Apostles, and shall I say it, of the Son of God himself, for he had seed, and in time they shall be known.

...Prest. Smith introduced a resolution endorsing the teachings of today in regard to tithing. Prest. Snow asked all who endorsed it to arise and with the right hand raised to say aye. The response was unanimous. The entire body of priesthood joined in shouting hosanna, sang the Doxology and were dismissed by Seymour B. Young. ...

[Anderson, Elizabeth Oberdick, editor, Cowboy Apostle: The Diaries of Anthony W. Ivins: 1875-1932, Signature Books, Salt Lake City in association with the Smith-Pettit Foundation (2013) - http://bit.ly/AnthonyIvins. Formatting added.]

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