TO THE BISHOPS OF THE VARIOUS WARDS.
SALT LAKE CITY, July 9th, 1883.
Complaints have reached us to the effect that in some of the Wards of the Territory a disposition has been manifested by some of the Bishops presiding to take possession of and disburse the wheat which has been collected by the members of the Relief Societies.
This wheat has been collected by the members of this society in the various wards at considerable trouble and they are the proper custodians thereof and responsible therefor to the parties from whom it has been obtained.
No Bishop has any right, because of his authority as a presiding officer in the ward, to take possession of this grain. It belongs to the societies who have collected it, and it is their province to dispose of it for the purpose for which it has been collected, and it should not be appropriated or disposed of by any Bishop for any other object.
JOHN TAYLOR, GEORGE Q. CANNON, JOSEPH F. SMITH,
First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter‑day Saints.
Messages of the First Presidency, 2:355