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21 June 1884


Weber Stake Young Ladies; Ogden Tabernacle, Ogden, Utah Territory

A long, rectangular building with triangle roof, a single chimney, and three arched, front-facing windows

Original Ogden Stake Tabernacle. Used by permission, Utah State Historical Society.

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Sister E. R. Snow Smith then addressed the congregation. She exhorted the young ladies to try to improve in temporal, as well as in spiritual things. Recommended the study of government and thought we should become acquainted <with> the politics of our own, and other nations. The young ladies have laid the proper foundation, and it is my desire to have them continue in well doing. Each lady has an important part to act, and has to form her own character, and to make herself just what she wishes to be, by yielding to the influence from above or the one from beneath; by listening to the promptings of the Holy Spirit our names will be held in loving remembrance. I entreat of you young women to seek for your husbands men of God; men who will sacrifice all to do their duty, that you may raise up a righteous posterity, that will know God in their youth.

Woman is to hold a higher and nobler position than ever held by her before, and she requires a noble husband not one that is inferior to her. Gave many more valuable instructions, and closed by [p. 114] beseeching God to bless the youth of Zion; that they may become as precious stones, and shine brilliantly in the courts of Heaven.

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[. . .] Prayer by Sister E. R. S. Smith. [. . .]

Sister E. R. S. Smith said there was some business to be transacted, which she would endeavor to attend to. Sisters Emily S. Richards, and Josephine R. West offered their resignation, as Counselors to Prest. Sarah Herrick, thereby creating two vacancies, which were filled by Sister R. [Ruthinda] E. Monch [Moench] being chosen as first, and Sister E. [Elizabeth] Y. Stanford as second Counselor. This nomination was unanimously sustained. [. . .] also Sister E. R. S. <Smith> [p. 115] She was also presented with a large Photograph Album, containing the portraits of the Presidents of the Associations throughout the Co. [. . .]

Sister E. R. S. Smith advised a meeting to be held once a month for the officers, that they might counsel together, and better prepare themselves to preside over these Associations

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Source Note

Weber Stake, Young Women’s Mutual Improvement Association Minutes and Records (1879–1966), vol. 1 (1879–1885), pp. 114–116, CHL (LR 9970 17); Emily Newman, Secretary Pro Tem.

See also Emily Newman, “Interesting Conference,” Woman’s Exponent 13, no. 4 (15 July 1884): 29–30.