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Presidency Of Lorenzo Snow
September 13, 1898, the quorum of Twelve Apostles met at Salt Lake City and chose
Lorenzo Snow President of the Church. President Snow chose George Q. Cannon and
Joseph F. Smith as his counselors.
President Snow was born in Ohio, April 3, 1814. While yet a young man, he went to
Kirtland, where he became acquainted with the Prophet Joseph. Joining the Church, he
was soon in the field as a missionary, traveling through the States preaching the gospel.
From Nauvoo, he went on a mission to England, returning in 1843 with a large company
of Saints. He was ordained a member of the Twelve Apostles, February 12, 1849, at Salt
Lake City. Shortly afterwards he was called on a mission to Italy. His labors, however,
were not confined to that country, as he organized many branches of the Church in other
In 1853, President Snow removed to Brigham City, where for many years he united the
people in a system of co-operation, which rapidly built up the country. At the completion
of the Salt Lake temple he was called to preside in that sacred building.
Though so far advanced in years when called to stand at the head of the Church,
President Snow was quite strong in body and in mind. During the summer of 1899, with a
party of Apostles and, other leading men, he visited many of the stakes of Zion in their
conference gatherings. President Snow said he had a special message to deliver to the
Saints which was that they should in the future more fully observe the law of tithing. This
law had been neglected in the past, but now, the Prophet said, the Lord expected the
Saints to observe this commandment. It is pleasing to state that most of the Saints heeded
the timely instruction and warning, and there was great improvement in keeping this law
of the Lord.
When President Snow took charge of the affairs of the Church, it was largely in debt,
owing to the troubles incident to the confiscation of its property by the government some
time before. Now, because of the improvement in the payment of tithes and offerings, the
First Presidency were able to pay some of the debts of the Church, and make
arrangements for the payment of others as they became due.
President Snow put new life into many departments of the Church. The School system
which the Church had established received much attention. The Latter-day Saints'
University at Salt Lake City was established, and one of its buildings was erected. Many
other Church buildings were planned and begun.
At an election held in the fall of 1898, Brigham H. Roberts was elected to represent Utah
in Congress. At this election the people, as they had done many times before, voted as
either Democrats or Republicans, and both "Mormons" and non-"Mormons" were elected
to office. Now, however, some anti-"Mormon" newspapers, assisted by many of the Utah
sectarian preachers, made a great stir. The enemies of the Saints continued to send a flood
of falsehood all over the country. Much excitement was worked up and a determined
effort was made to keep Utah's representative out of Congress.
Representative Roberts fought bravely for his own and his people's rights, but once more
hatred against "Mormonism" overcame better judgment, and he was refused admission to