President Joseph F. Smith said he wanted the homes of children to be near the body of the church, instead of scattered abroad.
"In my judgment it would be prudent and wisdom for the young people to secure land near the homes of their parents and near the body of the church ... " he said in a Deseret News report of conference.
President Smith's advice to bishops and stake presidents was to try and solve questions and problems among themselves first before approaching general authorities. "Then, if the matter still appears to be in doubt, send us your conclusions and we can solve that quicker than we can in the way you often put them to us."
President Smith also deplored the use of tobacco. He said anyone smoking a pipe on the street had better not recognize him, because he won't recognize them for having such a pernicious habit.