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July 1878

10 July 1878 • Wednesday

This morning went with Aunt Eliza R. Snow to attend the Conference at Farmington and had as pleasant a time as possible when one’s heart is broken, I cannot say much to Aunt Eliza she does not think I ought to give way to emotions not in the least.

We had dinner at Sister [Sarah Harvey] Holmes the President and Sister [Aurelia Spencer] Rogers who was there talked to us about an Association for little boys;1 she has been much exercised about it and feels that she has some ideas about it. Sister Eliza is greatly interested & thinks it will be a very excellent thing2 and we all spoke to Bishop [John W.] Hess and he approved & on the way home on the train we decided to go to Br. [John] Taylor and take the matter [p. 213] {p. 74} before him [p. 214] {p. 75}


  1. [1]Aurelia Spencer Rogers’s idea for teaching manners, skills, and gospel principles to children prompted the founding of the Primary Association. (Madsen and Oman, Sisters and Little Saints, 1.)

  2. [2]Eliza R. Snow was responsive to the idea of a church organization for children. She had visited a Montessori-type school in Paris and a kindergarten in Munich while touring Europe and Palestine with other church leaders in 1872–1873. She had written songs, poems, and stories for children in the Juvenile Instructor, a newspaper for the Sunday School published by George Q. Cannon. She quickly won approval from church leaders for a children’s organization and began to organize Primary Associations in Salt Lake City and other areas. (Madsen and Oman, Sisters and Little Saints, 2–4, 9–11.)