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November 1877

9 November 1877 • Friday

1In the afternoor after exercises, Mrs Presendia [Huntington] Kimball the honor we enjoyed as women mothers to children, teach th[e]m kindness to tell truth, your reports are splendid, assisting in laying up wheat no knowledge comes assistance little by little [p. 129] {p. 66}

we would be subject to you are are blest with a good president young lady’s societies are improv[in]g young men’s mutual improvement are giving them something to say the prayers of the faithful mothers and sisters [p. 130] {p. 67} go on and

Mrs. E. B. Wells

Mrs. S. M. Kimball, referred to the organization the work done by the sisters in my parlor2 the constitution3 Emma Smith the queens of the earth Sister [Eliza R.] Snow [p. 131] {p. 68} prophesy on Sister [Jane Snyder] Richards head4 Sister Snow arose and said Sister Richards request by uniting together our faith our prayers, and the blessing of God upon [p. 132] {p. 69} our efforts upon our means, but we have bone and sinew and father Smith Joseph Smith father said fait[h] was energy and energy was fait[h]5 and call all our faculties be very humble so that the spirit of God may be in [p. 133] {p. 70} our hearts when we do this we live above the beggarly elements of the world. I was thinking what great events will grow out of this meeting, Sister Richards came up to visit this meting, then president Young gave a key to the whole [p. 134] {p. 71} of the Rilief Societies in Zion–6 we shall be more intent in carrying out his couns[el] in their future lives, a counselor is not a heal [head] or dictator. no time to find fault, one sister not to tell her all her ache’s. they multiply [p. 135] {p. 72} when we speak by the spirit of God let us be as luminaries to those that are round about us. such sympathies such feelings as shall tend to good works. if it will something else but when we acknowledge [p. 136] {p. 73} the hand of God in all things theres happines joy life and be noble what the sisters have accomplished morelly and spiritually

between 90 and 100,000 dollars7 we had to go to the butchers and got cows hair [p. 137] {p. 74}

8E. [Eli] H. Peirce9

1505 Ridge Ave.


Pa. [p. 138] {p. 75}

and made into wearing apparel laimg [laying] up grain plant out mulberry trees, I do not know as president laying a founder the strike10 is a proof of the things that are about to come to pas[s] plural marriage they can’s [can’t] see it [p. 139] {p. 76}

silk dresses and silk clothing

Sister H. [Harriet] Snow

Silk wheat interest in Societties in the interest of the Gospel. Questons of What the Lo[r]d will dictate to us to save our grain [p. 140] {p. 77}

the poor give to the wheat and other purposes Some get out to meeting

Lula [Louisa Lula Greene Richards], an advocate for the principles are so nicely combined and linked into each other Love of the Gospel Br. [David] Peery’s remarks faith to heal and [p. 141] {p. 78} heal others– perhaps one reason fasting as Alma understand the commandmnts of God Editing the Exponnt– plural marriage [p. 142] {p. 79}

Sister [Jane Snyder] Richards was chosen President and referring to of Weber County Mormon Literature [p. 143] {p. 80}

Sister Zina [D. Huntington] Young made some remarks upon faith, and to treasure up what has been said, it is the lot of all to the crown of glory upon thy head, Zion arise and put on her beautiful garmnts, [p. 145] {p. 81} and Pres, Young death, and I hope he will in the name of Jesus. Franklin D. Richards In their meetings the silk mulberry districts [p. 146] {p. 82}11

memorialize the President of this stake of Zion & and the Bishops of the Wards

meeting adjourned until the 31. Jan. [p. 147] {p. 83}

John E. L. [Argyle] Taylor son of Grandma [Elizabeth Pummell] Taylor of Hooper

Alice [Neibaur] Rosenbaum

Three numbers

Sept. 1–Oct. 1, 15 [p. 151] {p. 84}


  1. [1] text: Beginning at this point, and continuing to the entry on 27 December (irrespective of the preprinted dates), EBW reports on a 30 October 1877 Relief Society conference. This report is interrupted only by a mailing address EBW records on page 138. When speaking to the Relief Society women of Weber Stake in Ogden, Utah Territory, on 9 July 1877, Brigham Young had appointed a meeting to be convened three months from that time and requested ward leaders to bring written reports. Thus, on 30 October 1877, sisters from Salt Lake City joined the Weber Stake women for a quarterly stake Relief Society conference, a record of which is kept on these pages. (See “Weber Stake Relief Society, Minutes, July 19, 1877,” and “Weber Stake Relief Society Minutes, October 30, 1877,” in Derr et al., First Fifty Years, 405–409, 413–424.)

  2. [2]Sarah M. Granger Kimball instigated the gathering of women for charitable work in Nauvoo, Illinois, which resulted in the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo, organized 17 March 1842. (Derr et al., Women of Covenant, 26–27; for the minutes of the Female Relief Society’s first meeting, see “Nauvoo Relief Society Minute Book,” in Derr et al., First Fifty Years, 28–37.)

  3. [3]According to the meeting minutes, Sarah M. Kimball recounted the organization of the Relief Society thus: “We met, drew up a constitution and Sister Snow showed it to Bro. [Joseph] Smith. He said the Lord accepts your offering, but you shall have something better. He then organized us into a Relief Society. Sister Emma Smith being elected president.” (Weber Stake Relief Society, Minutes, 30 Oct. 1877, 26, CHL; Derr et al., Women of Covenant, 26–27.)

  4. [4]Sarah M. Kimball told of a blessing that was given to Jane Snyder Richards: “I remember being here some years ago. Sister Richards was then sick. Sister Snow washed and anointed her, and told her if she would take charge of the Relief Society in Ogden, she should have health and the Lord would bless her. We can testify that her words have proved true.” (Weber Stake Relief Society, Minutes, 30 Oct. 1877, 26.)

  5. [5]Eliza R. Snow said, “Union is strength. By unity, our energies, faith and perseverance accomplish much. But it is all by the blessing of God. We have not the wealth of the world, but we have faith bone and sinew. Father Smith said, faith is energy, and so, also, energy must be faith; for the more energetic a person is, the more faith he has.” (Weber Stake Relief Society, Minutes, 30 Oct. 1877, 26–27.)

  6. [6]The “key” seems to refer to President Young’s idea of holding quarterly stake Relief Society conferences. In the conference, Eliza R. Snow said, “I consider this meeting a precedent of a great thing. Sister Richards invited President Young to come and talk to the sisters of Weber County. She did not think that Relief Soci[e]ty Conferences would be the result. He said adjourn your meeting for three months. I think it a key to the Society. He was with us then, now he has passed behind the vail. Let us carry out his instructions.” (Weber Stake Relief Society, Minutes, 30 Oct. 1877, 27.)

  7. [7]Eliza R. Snow said, “Two years ago I called for reports from all the Relief Societies. From $90 to $100 thousand dollars had been disbursed, and we commenced by saving carpet rags, no other capital.” (Weber Stake Relief Society, Minutes, 30 Oct. 1877, 28.)

  8. [8]text: EBW’s notes are interrupted by this mailing address but pick up again on the next page of the diary.

  9. [9]Eli H. Peirce Jr. (1850–1915) was a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at this time serving in the Eastern States Mission. (Parrish, “Eli H. Peirce Collection,” 137–138.)

  10. [10]The strike may refer to the Saints’ boycott of merchants who were not of their faith, as urged by Brigham Young in the late 1860s. (Walker, Wayward Saints, 96–97.)

  11. [11]text: At this point the preprinted diary dates end. The following page has the preprinted heading Memoranda.