Anabella Haight, Rachel Whittaker, Elizabeth Liston, Sister Morris, and Alice Randle
Cedar City Benevolent Society
Tabernacle, Cedar City, Utah
January 8, 1857
Met pursuant to adjournment January 8th, 1857. Thursday. President John M. Higbee presiding.15 Singing. Prayer by President Higbee. Singing. Minutes read and accepted. President Higbee then arose and made some very good remarks and gave some good advice to the sisters, said “that a great responsibility rests upon the sisters. It’s you that bends the young and tender minds; example is better than precept. Teach them while they are young, and they will call you blessed. We may say just what we will, but they will take teaching from example, etc.” Said that anyone that would speak or go against the Plurality were in darkness.16 I don’t want to take up your time, sisters; I want to throw the meeting into your hands. Sung “O my Father, thou that dwellest.”17 Sister Anabella Haight said she felt she held a responsible situation since the society was formed and gave some very good advice to the sisters; said that they had visited a many poor of this place, as regards worldly matters, but not poor in spirit, and that they manifested a good spirit generally. She hoped the sisters would do their duty and speak their feelings. Sister R. Whittaker said it was the first meeting in this new year, and she intended to double her diligence, and that she would bear testimony to what Sister Haight had said, and that she spoke on the principles of the new and everlasting covenant wherever she went, with few exceptions, and they were not aware that any of the members disbelieved the Principle.18 Sister Liston said she felt that this society was of God, and she took great delight in it, etc.19 Sister Morris bore her testimony to the work.20 Sister Randle said the treasury was getting rather low, wanted some clothing, and yarn to darn stockings with, etc. Moved and seconded that the following sisters become members of this society: Mary A. Savage, Sarah M. Willis, Susannah Perry, and Naomi Howles. Carried unanimous.21 President Higbee said it is expected that the donations will be taken to the treasurer.22 You have no idea the amount of good you are doing. You have done liberally and God will bless you a hundred fold. He then asked if there was any particular business to be done, Sister Hopkins being absent attending a case of sickness. Sister Haight answered and said she didn’t know of any particular business, only she would like to mention the case of Old Father Chatterley having to sleep on the floor in consequence of his bed having been burnt up.23 She thought it was our duty to find him one. Sister Hannah Fife said she would find a bed tick, and Sister Mary McConnell a feather pillow.24 A few more sisters bore their testimony, and then Brother Higbee said he didn’t think it was wisdom to hold the meeting any longer, as the day was very cold.