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Bountiful, Davis Stake, Utah; Harley P. Randall, Centerville, Davis
In order to prepare them for their mission, meetings were arranged for by the missionary committee, to be held in the Social Hall, Salt Lake City, at which the following program was carried out:
Thursday, October 12, 1899. 10 a. m. Introductions, etc. 2 p. m. Outline of Missionary Work for the Season of 1899-1900;
and general instructions. (a) Representatives of General Board. (b) Work with associations and stake and ward officers. (c) How this season's work differs from that of previous seasons.
Missionary Committee and Elder B. F. Grant. 7:30 p. m. The Manual. (a) What this manual is.
Elder Willard Done. (b) Its object and plan. (c) How to use it.
Elder Edward H. Anderson. Questions and answers
By Missionaries. Friday, October 13. 10 a. m. Improvement Era and general improvement fund.
Elders Francis M. Lyman and Heber J. Grant.
2 p. m. 1. Local missionary work. (a) Ward officers to direct it.
(b) Call missionaries in wards to labor with dilatory members
Elders J. Golden Kimball and Frank Y. Taylor. 2. Secretaries' work. (a) Rolls. (b) Records. (c) Kind of men for secretaries.
Elder Thomas Hull. 7:30 p. m. Questions and answers.
Saturday, October 14. 10 a. m.
Duties of stake superintendents and ward presidents.
Elders John Henry Smith, Frank Y. Taylor and Thomas Hull. 2 p. m. Questions and answers. 7:30 p. m. Model Association.
Sunday, October 15. The missionaries will visit the Sabbath Schools and Tabernacle and ward meetings.
Monday, October 16. 10 a. m. Address
By President Lorenzo Snow. 2 p. and 7:30 p. m. Methods. (a) How to entertain the members
of associations. (b) How to enthuse the members of associa-
Elder George M. Cannon. (c) How to get young men to work. (d) How to get older members to work.
Elder Abraham 0. Woodruff. (e) Ward amusements, outside influences, libraries, etc.
Elder Frank Y. Taylor. Questions and answers.
Tuesday, October 17, Final Instructions. 1. First things to do on entering stake and ward. (a) Call on super
intendent of M. I. A. (b) Call on president of stake. (c) Call on
president of association. (d) Call on bishop of ward.
ident of stake. (c) President of M. I. A. (d) Bishop of ward.
President Joseph F. Smith and Apostle Francis M. Lyman. 3. Preaching. (a) When. (b) What. (c) How.
Elder J. Golden Kimball. 4. Deportment and appearance.
Elder J. Golden Kimball. The missionaries will go out into the various stakes of Zion and meet with the local officers and associations, in turn instructing them upon these same points. The meetings resulted in decided success. The
Spirit of God and of the work were manifest. They go out to the stakes prepared to instruct and enthuse the officers in the important work before them. There should be good results from their labors. We trust that the stake and ward officers of the associations, conjointly with the local authorities of the Church, under whose directing and ecouraging care the associations are placed, will co-operate with the missionaries, and push the work with vim, under the blessings of God, to sure and complete success.
EVERY PROGRESSIVE PRESIDENT SHOULD ANSWER, YES.
These are important days for Mutual Improvement Association work. Is your association completely organized? Do you succeed in getting a good attendance? Are all your members supplied with manuals? Do the officers meet weekly to prepare the lesson, and to arrange details for the regular meeting? Are you trying to comply with the rules on page 5, in the manual? Do you meet promptly on time and close on time? Is your meeting-place warm, light, clean and cheerful? Do you have a local system of missionaries whose duty it is to visit delinquent members each week? Do you think of your work constantly, and so create enthusiasm and interest? Do the members prepare their lessons at home? Have you and all your officers subscribed for the ERA, and each obtained one other subscriber? Have you planned for the collection of the Improvement Fund?
EVENTS OF THE MONTH.
BY THOMAS HULL, SECRETARY OF THE GENERAL BOARD OF Y. M. M. I. A.
September 19th, 1899: The third annual convention of the League of American Municipalities opens in Syracuse, N. Y. President Sam'ı L. Black in his opening address, said:
"We are not here to lose ourselves in abstruse and abstract speculations. Our purpose is a sternly practical one. We deal with human life; we seek to prolong it. We aim to work this out by disposing of such severely practical questions as garbage disposal, water supply, civil service reform, saloon regulations and similar measures. Neither the physicians nor the ministers of the gospel go before us in the humanitarian character of their work.”
The French council of ministers decides to pardon Captain Dreyfus and the pardon is signed.
20th: Captain Dreyfus is released at 3 a. m. and leaves Rennes for Nantes.
25th: Affairs are reaching a crisis between Great Britain and the Transvaal republic in South Africa. The Orange Free State has decided to assist the Boers in case of hostilities.
The Filipinos capture an American gunboat the Urdaneta. All her crew are missing
26th: Admiral Dewey arrives off New York at dawn, two days ahead of schedule.
28th: Governor Wells and staff call on. Admiral Dewey on the Olympia. .
29th: A great naval parade is given in New York in honor of Admiral Dewey. It is said that nothing like it was ever seen before. Three million people witness the gigantic pageant.
The situation in the Transvaal is such that hostilities may occur at any moment.
30th: The City and State of New York and the Nation unite in a vast demonstration in honor of Admiral Dewey. The great land parade is described as the wonder of modern times.
Boers are mobilizing their forces in the Transvaal, and it is believed they will initiate hostilities shortly.
Fourteen American prisoners are released by the Filipinos.
October 1st. George Swan, the City Auditor of Salt Lake and who was for many years the secretary of the Utah Central Railway, dies suddenly in Salt Lake City.
2nd: Another great ovation is given to Admiral Dewey. This time it is in Washington, D. C., and it is the greatest tribute ever paid by the Capital to any person. 3rd: The first State Fair in Utah opens in Salt Lake City.
President McKinley presents to Admiral Dewey the handsome sword awarded him by Congress.
4th: President McKinley directs the immediate dispatch of a number of war vessels to the Philippines. This action is the result of his interview with Admiral Dewey.
President McKinley leaves Washington for a visit to Chicago.
6th: The seventieth Semi-Annual Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opens in Salt Lake City.
7th: The now notorious C. M. Owen files a complaint against President Lorenzo Snow, charging him with unlawful cohabitation.
8th: Bishop Edwin Stratford of the Fourth ward, Ogden, dies at his home in that city.
Hon. Wm. J. Bryan is taken sick with throat and lung trouble, at the home of Fred. J. White the Democratic candidate for Governor of Iowa, in Webster, Iowa.
Active war preparations continue both in England and the Transvaal.
10th: President Kruger of the Transvaal issues an ultimatum to Great Britain.
11th: A remarkable phenomenon is seen in Butte, Montana. One half of the town is said to be sliding down hill. Many buildings are badly cracked by the movement.
Free State Burghers, South Africa, seize a train at Ladysmith, which was the property of the Natal (British) Government. This is practically the beginning of war with England.
13th: The county attorney of Salt Lake County refuses to prosecute President Snow on the ground that there is not sufficient evidence to convict.
The first battle in the Transvaal war is fought. The Boers destroy an armored train and kill fifteen British soldiers.
14th: C. M. Owen files a complaint agaist Congressman-elect Roberts charging him with adultery.
16th: The Columbia wins the first race in the international contest.