A Young Folks' History of the Church
the seat to which he was fairly elected, on the ground that he had obeyed the law of plural
August 19, 1899, the Utah volunteers returned from the Philippines where they had
proved themselves valiant soldiers in the service of their country. A grand celebration
was held in Salt Lake City in their honor.
On April 12, 1901, President George Q. Cannon died at Monterey, California, where he
had gone for his health. This great and good man had done much for the Church, and he
was greatly beloved by the Saints.
Elder Heber J. Grant, with Horace S. Ensign, Louis A. Kelsch, and Alma O. Taylor, left
Salt Lake City July 24, 1901, for a mission to Japan. They landed in that country August
12, and at once set to work learning the language. September 1, of that year, Elder Grant
dedicated the land for the preaching of the Gospel. Since that time a good beginning has
been made in the distribution of the printed word, and the Book of Mormon has been
translated into Japanese and printed.
President Snow died after a brief illness at his home in Salt Lake City, October 10, 1901.
He was not president of the Church long, but during the three years of his presidency, the
Lord blessed him and gave him power to do much good.
Four days before he died, President Snow addressed the Saints assembled in conference
in the Tabernacle at Salt Lake City. The burden of this, his last message was, "God bless
you." He urged the presidents of stakes and the high counselors to take upon themselves
more of the responsibility of looking after the affairs of the Church, so that the Twelve
could devote their time to their special work of preaching the gospel.
Topics.—1. Lorenzo Snow as President. 2. Election of B.H. Roberts to Congress. 3. The
Mission to Japan.
Questions and Review.—1. Who constituted the fifth Presidency of the Church? 2. Tell
what you can about Lorenzo Snow. 3. What is the law of tithing? 4. What message did
President Snow deliver regarding the law of tithing? 5. Why was the Church in debt? 6.
Who opened the Japanese mission?