Late in 1922, Joseph R. Shepherd, president of the Logan Temple, circulated a letter through the wards of the Cache and Logan Stakes, addressed to the Saints in those places “who are interested in Temple Work.”
Dear Brethren and Sisters:
After due consideration, and consultation with the Presidencies of the Cache and Logan Stakes of Zion, it has been decided to inaugurate at the Logan Temple a night session once a month, thus giving an opportunity for all those whose labors and duties prevent them attending the Temple in the day time, of taking part in that most important and sacred duty committed to the Church in this dispensation, viz., ordinance work for the dead; therefore, commencing Wednesday evening, November 1st. there will be a night session held on the first Wednesday in the month, to which, all those who are eligible, and who find themselves unable to attend in the day time, are invited, together with their wives and husbands.
It is especially desired that the leading authorities of the Stakes and wards will avail themselves of this opportunity, and a special invitation is extended to Stake Presidencies, High Councillors, stake Clerks, Presidencies of High Priests, Seventies and Elders Quorums, Bishoprics and Clerks of Wards, Stake Presidencies of Auxilliary organizations and genealogical Workers. Let us make the opening session a representative one, and we will then be assured of a veritable spiritual feast.Only endowments for the dead will be given at these sessions.
Bring records of your own kindred, if you have them, if not, you will be supplied at the Temple. If possible, bring your own Temple clothing; if you cannot do this, you can rent it at the Temple. Present your recommends, properly signed, at the door.
Recording will commence at 6.00 o’clock, and the session close at from 9:30 to 10.00 o’clock.
That this action will meet with the hearty support of the Saints, and prove a blessing to both the living and dead, is the sincere prayer of your brother in the Gospel.
I think there may have been evening sessions at the Salt Lake Temple before this date, but I’m still trying to pin that down.
For months now I have been seeking to identify the “little” changes — changes that had nothing to do with doctrine, but merely with practice — that allowed the Church to function throughout the world in the 20th century. Recognizing that so many Latter-day Saints had become employees of commerce and industry, less in control of their working schedules than they had been in a more agrarian age, and making concessions to the reality of that change, was one more step in modernizing the Church and preparing it to spread throughout the earth.