Church News: Question of the week

In the late 1870s, two Church members in Salt Lake City went to John Taylor, then president of the Quorum of the Twelve, to help them with a disagreement over business affairs. What unique method did the Church leader use to settle their dispute?

In the late 1870s, when the two Salt Lake City men came to John Taylor with their business dispute, he first asked if they would permit him to "sing one of the songs of Zion." President Taylor, known as a capable singer, proceeded to sing four hymns.

President Heber J. Grant, who related the incident years later in a Deseret News article, said:

"The story goes that when President Taylor had finished the fourth song, the brethren were melted to tears, got up and shook hands, asked President Taylor to excuse them for having called upon him, and for taking up his time; they then departed without his even knowing what their difficulties were."

Source: The Deseret News, Aug. 11, 1934, p. 2.