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22 May 1868


Salt Lake City Twentieth Ward Relief Society; Twentieth Ward Schoolhouse, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory

White, two-story, brick building with two chimneys protruding from the opposite ends of the roof

Salt Lake City Twentieth Ward schoolhouse. Church meetings were often held in this building. (Used by permission, Utah State Historical Society.)

[. . .] It was then moved by Pres. M [Margaret] T Smoot, that inasmuch as important duties at home required the presence of the Secretary, that she be excused and that Eliza R Snow officiate as Secretary pro tem—Seconded & carried. [. . .] [p. 16]

[. . .] the Secretary protem proceeded to call for the reports of the Teachers, who came forward in order, commencing with District No 1 and reporting in rotation. [. . .] Mrs President arose and said, the sick should be attended to, urged the sisters to move forward in getting up quilts, they may be of Linsy or Flannel pieces, if one District is not sufficient, two Districts join &c., suggested making rag carpets, that the Teachers mention these subjects as they visit in their Districts, &c.

By request of the President, E R Snow arose and addressed the Society.

Having been invited by the presidentcy to make a few remarks, I do it cheerfully. It is a responsible position you lod hold in this Society, it is very necessary you be united, that no gape [gap] be left open for evil spirits. If you have the Spirit of Jesus Christ, you will love one another and that Love will increase.

Yours is not only a spiritual work but also temporal. We must live above every triffling spirit promote good, and strive to mak this Society honorable, that anyone will feel proud to join your Society.

To the Teachers who visit the Saints, you need the Spirit of God, that when you enter a house, that the Spirit [p. 17] you possess, may gladden the hearts of the inmates Do not go merely as beggars, do not refuse any thing every thing will increase your fund.

I would not use new calico for quilts as there is not much profit in it, we must learn economy. We are now in the wash room, so let us roll up our sle[e]ves, and do the work, and then we shall be called in due time into the parlor.

Thise Societies are a great blessing to us, Joseph Smith said in the Society in Nauvoo, that the Queens of the Earth, would donate to those Societies, which yet stands good, we must be noble, pure, and attain to every grace.

I bless you as a sister, and pray that the blessing of God may rest upon you from this time hence forth and forever, Amen. [. . .] [p. 18]

E R. Snow, made a few brief remarks on business policy after which the President arose and expressed her happiness in the spirit of union which privails in our midst, and said that she rejoiced in the prospect before us, hoped that with the assistance of God we should be enabled to do much good [. . .] [p. 19]

Source Note

Twentieth Ward, Ensign Stake, Relief Society Minutes and Records (1868–1973), vol. 1 (1868–1877), pp. 16–19, CHL (LR 9455 14); Eliza R. Snow, Secretary.