This is much longer than the usual “A Few Minutes” post – it is the record of a single day’s meetings kept by an extraordinary man. David W. Evans was clerk of the North Weber Stake for 47 years (1908-1955), and his minutes, always kept as beautifully as this set, are simply extraordinary. In the case of major speakers, such as Orson F. Whitney’s two addresses to the stake on this day, he captured their words in shorthand, then typed page after page of transcription into the stake minute book.
If you don’t have time to read the full set, I’d suggest you use your browser’s search function to search for the word “scholarship” to read Elder Whitney’s defense of culture and education in the Kingdom, or “Unitarian” to read about his encounter with a gentlemanly opponent, or “Adam fell that men might be” to read his defense of Adam and Eve. Or, leave a comment mentioning other bits you think other readers might enjoy.
Thirty-First Quarterly Stake Conference, June 25, 1916
The Thirty-first Quarterly Stake Conference of the North Weber Stake of Zion convened in the Ogden tabernacle Sunday, June 25, 1916, meetings being held at 10 A.M. and 2 P.M. There were present of the General Authorities, Elder Orson F. Whitney, of the quorum of Twelve Apostles. Of the Stake Authorities: Each member of the Stake Presidency, the Stake Clerk, each member and alternate of the High Council, each officer of the High Priests quorum, 2 of the 3 patriarchs of the Stake, 35 of the 36 bishops and counselors, an 47 of the 54 auxiliary stake workers, a total of 110 out of 119 of these officers, or 92%, the 9 absentees being excused, 5 on account of sickness and 4 for other causes. There were also present counselor John Watson of the Weber Stake Presidency and, during the afternoon, patriarch George W. Larkin of the Weber Stake. The general attendance at the morning session was 1024, and during the afternoon, 1124.