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7 February 1878


West Jordan Young Ladies and Relief Society; West Jordan Meetinghouse, West Jordan, Utah Territory

One-story, red stone building

The West Jordan meetinghouse was built in the 1860s in West Jordan, Utah Territory. It stands today as a museum for the Daughters of Utah Pioneers. This photograph was taken in 2020.

[Editorial Note: This discourse was reported in several sources. Two versions are transcribed below. For more information, see the source note following each transcript.]

I. From the Young Ladies Minutes

[. . .] Sister Eliza Snow Said the first to be attended to was to Elect a Secretary pro-tem moved seconded & carried unanimously that Joseph J Williams be sec-pro-tem Sister Delilia [Delila] Gardner was then unanimously Chosen President of the West Jordan Y. L. M. I. A. Sis. Snow said it was her duty to Choose Six Counsellors [. . .] Sis. Snow then gave some instructsion to the mothers & related an anecdote of George Washington & exhorted the members to be punctual in the[ink blot] [their?] duties. [. . .] Sis MacGregor said she felt there was a great resposibility placed upon the sisters here to day but if they would give heed to what Sis. Snow had said the lord would bless them Sis. Snow said when she first came into the church she made up her mind to do any and every thing she was called upon to do however hard awk[w]ard she might do it. [. . .] [p. 1]

Source Note

West Jordan Ward, West Jordan Utah South Stake, Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Association Minutes and Records (1878–1973), vol. 1 (1878–1896), p. 1, CHL (LR 10051 17); Joseph J. Williams, Secretary.

See also Elizabeth Davis, “R. S. Reports,” Woman’s Exponent 6, no. 19 (1 Mar. 1878): 146; Elizabeth Cutler, “R. S. Reports,” Woman’s Exponent 6, no. 22 (15 Apr. 1878): 170; and Elizabeth Cutler, “R. S. Reports,” Woman’s Exponent 6, no. 23 (1 May 1878): 178.

II. From the Relief Society Minutes

[. . .]

Sister A [Althea] Cooper then said Sisters E R Snow & [Elizabeth A.] Davis was present for the purpose of Organizing A Young Ladies Mutuel Improvement Association the meeting would now give way for that purpose

After the YLMIA had been effected Sister Snow spoke to the Releif Society & said that when the members came together it was like a kind of Pic nic & evry member should bring along some portion of the Viands & not expect A few to bring the whole. [. . .] [p. 26]

Source Note

West Jordan Ward, West Jordan Utah South Stake, Relief Society Minutes and Records (1868–1973), vol. 3 (1868–1938), p. 26, CHL (LR 10051 14); Delila Gardner, Secretary.