Need a smile? Then you might wish you’d gone to sacrament meeting on March 15, 1857 in the Salt Lake Thirteenth Ward:
Daniel Spencer, notable Salt Lake farmer and businessman, rarely wrote long entries in his journals. But he did after that meeting. Notoriously forthright bishop, Edwin D. Woolley, apparently gave quite a tonguelashing to the men who were “delinquents in Labor on the Canal. Said they wer men of no standing Poor scabby Lousy Loungers the offscouring of all the bad.” Woolley said that even though some of these delinquents were “Big on[e]s” and quorum presidents, “they wer only foot pads” and then proceeded to read off the list of offenders’ names. He read Daniel Spencer’s name and, Daniel recorded, Woolley added “special advice to my Wives not to Sleep with me until I had paid my Tything.” [Whoa! Yep, in sacrament meeting!]
Daniel considered complaining to Brigham Young about Woolley’s “quit sever . . . denunciations,” but decided against it since he had, after all, hired men “to work out all and more than my Tax.” Pulling together what dignity he could, he “concluded from the language and the manner of his speach that he [Bishop Woolley] was not worth minding and of no account.”
Spencer does not comment on whether any of his wives felt moved to follow the bishop’s counsel.