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1 May 1875

Retrenchment Association; Fourteenth Ward Meetinghouse, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory

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

Salt Lake City Fourteenth Ward meetinghouse and assembly hall, circa 1890. (Courtesy Church History Library.)

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Remarks by President Mrs M. I [Mary Isabella Hales] Horne

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I was very much pleased with a remark made by Sister Snow in the Thirteenth Ward, that we can do a greater work in the Home Industries than if we were Elders preaching the Gospel. [. . .] [n.p.] [. . .]

Counselor Miss E R Snow, said

In hearing the minute of the young ladies we scarcely need any more principles than they have expressed. While listening to them I thought how fast they are progressing, it is almost the promptings of the Holy Spirit; there is one item I want connected with them I want to speak about and that is the knowledge of the truth of the Gospel; that knowledge only comes by revelation; it is requisite to read the Bible, the Book of Mormon the Book of Covenants and so forth; but with it all there must be a conviction bearing within us. Since I last met with you I have been to Cedar Fort and Fairfield the last named place is where old Camp Floyd used to be. I have been to <at> meetings in both these places, at Fairfield in the evening they we held a general meeting for all Saints and Sinners; Jews and Gentiles, and I bore my testimony to them all. From there I went to Lehi and held a meeting there to which I told the young ladies to invite their beaux; I asked the young men to vote and told them I wanted them to sustain the young ladies in their positions; and also if they did not leave off their drinking and tobacco where were the young [n.p.] girls to get their husbands. The young men did not wish the girls to be in advance of them I heard the next morning that the young men had been after the Bishop to organize them before night. I have been very much pleased with Sister Horne’s remarks.

If there is any person present that understands the cutting of straw at if they will offer themselves to do so as there are persons of that kind needed in the Thirteenth Ward. We do not want it all to devolve on one but we want assistants. We want to call out all the workers, for Zion is not free and will not be free until we are independent

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Counselor Miss E R Snow said she wanted to see sister Cheshire and also the presidents or representatives of the different Wards at the close of the meeting

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Coun. Miss E. R. Snow said if we will lift our hearts unto the Lord simultaneously we may have a song of Zion from Sister [Elizabeth Ann] Whitney accordingly Sister Whitney arose and sung a song of joy and praise which impressed every one present by its solmenity [solemnity]. Counselor Zina D. [H.] Young gave the interpretation in the same impressive manner.

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Counselor Miss E R Snow said

I am proud of those young ladies who have voted to wear homemade hats.

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Source Note

Retrenchment Association, Meeting Minutes (1871–1874), n.p., CHL (CR 129 1); Margaret M. Groo, Secretary.

See also “R. S. Reports,” Woman’s Exponent 3, no. 24 (15 May 1875): 186.

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