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26 June 1872


Salt Lake City Fourteenth Ward Relief Society; Fourteenth Ward Meetinghouse, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory

White building with wood trim, Salt Lake City, circa 1890

Salt Lake City Fourteenth Ward meetinghouse, circa 1890.

[. . .] Prayer by Sr. Eliza R. Snow. [. . .]

Mrs. E. R. Snow then arose & said:—

A variety of thoughts have passed through my mind since I came into this Hall. I was so late that I was tempted not to come, but late as I was, others were later still. We should always endeavor to be punctual.

I am surprised to see so few here, & yet when I reflect I need not be surprised, for Pres [Brigham] Young has often said the few would do the work of the many.

When I looked around upon the countenances of those present, I said, these are the choice spirits of the 14th ward; those who will be His when He makes up His jewels.

This organization if for the exaltation of woman. The care of the poor is one of our first duties, but this is almost the least when properly understood.

Bp. [Bishop Thomas] Taylor, who had been invited, then arrived & Sr. Snow gave way to him. [. . .]

I feel thankful that there is a F. R. S. [Female Relief Society] in this ward. I know when I am obliged to be from home, that if any are ready or sick the sisters will attend to them. [. . .] [p. 209]

I feel sorry to learn from your Report that your disbursments have exceeded your receipts. If, at any time I can do anything to assist you, I am on hand to do so. I know this is also the feeling of my counsellor. [. . .]

Sr. Snow resumed: I have been truely pleased with bishop Taylors remarks. It is not every society whos bishop encourages, or even feels well towards them. Joseph Smith remarked when he first organized the R. S. that if they would implicitly follow his instructions, it should become one of the most glorious institutions that had ever existed upon the earth. Queens should yet come & donate to it.

Of all the callings, none are of greater importance than that of teacher. A teacher should have so much of the spirit of the Lord as to be able to go into a house, & immediately know what spirit they are of who dwell there, & be enabled to comfort, instruct & strengthen them. I have never felt competent myself to act as teacher, but if I were called to that office I would humble myself & seek the gift of the Holy Ghost.

I feel to bless the teachers & I pray God to assist them to faithfully discharge their duties.

None will eventually ride off on the merits of another, but each will be rewarded according to their works.

Mrs. Barsheba [Bathsheba W.] Smith arose:—I am glad that Sr. Snow has occupied so much time that I shall not be obliged to say much. [. . .] [p. 210]

Pres. M. I. [Mary Isabella] Horne:—

I do not think I can add to what has been said, but I wish to say I have been pleased with the remarks which have been made.

I know if the sisters would come out, they would not lose any time, but would have more of the spirit of God, & could better perform their duties as wives & mothers: believed that Sr. Snow had said that queens should yet donate to these societies. [. . .] [p. 211]

Source Note

Fourteenth Ward, Salt Lake Stake, Relief Society Minutes and Records (1864–1957), vol. 3 (1867–1885), pp. 209–211, CHL (LR 2972 14); Elmina S. Taylor.

See also “F. R. Society Reports,” Woman’s Exponent 1, no. 4 (15 July 1872): 26.