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in it are composed of that which is cheer; "it is your Father's good pleasrightfully given you of the Lord, and ure to give you the kingdom.” Now that you have paid your tithing on--if the kingdom of God has come; that it is proper to say "paid your tithing." is to say, the government, the priestIf you have not trespassed and used the hood, the ordinances and the principles Lord's tithing, you can feel that you of salvation are revealed to us to build are doing in that what the Lord permits up the Church of Christ, as we may and requires.
have it to build up until the Savior It is just so with everything you have shall come, or until the prophets shall around you. Young man, when you come and reveal to us more than we get married and secure that farm that have already attained to. we have been talking about, be sure I recollect very distinctly hearing the that everything has been tithed before Prophet Joseph say that the kingdom you get it; or, when it is given you had come, but the will was not done yet with the principles of increase, that you on the earth as it was done in heaven; tithe it faithfully while you have it in and in order that the sisters especially hand, in order that you may plant might understand it, he said, “You sisyourselves in righteousness this ters can understand it by this little land, so that wherever you locate it similitude. When you scald out your shall become a Zion unto you. That is milk pans, you have the milk pan.” the way I look at the matter of tithing. “Yes." “But it is not full of milk?" I think if we entertain that subject cor- “No, of course not." "Now, here the rectly, live on the nine-tenths of what kingdom has come, but His will is not the Lord puts in our possession, and done on earth yet as it is done in give to Him that which is His (which heaven. The milkpan is not filled up is never ours), we shall institute the yet in doing the will of God." We are rule and law that the Lord wants us here to learn and to toil to this end; to do. To me it is so simple and plain not only those who are grey-haired and that a farmer would not have to stop bald-headed, but the boys and girls. to quarrel with himself to know whe- It is for all of us to do the works of ther he should reckon out his labor and righteousness and faith, that the will of reckon out this and that before he paid God may be done on earth as it is done his tithing. If we as a people would in heaven, so wat there may not only thus deal with the Lord in that which be a milkpan, but a pan of milk. I is our stewardship, how often we have heard the Prophet make use of this been assured by the authorities of the figure in the grove at the top of the Church that that would give enough hill, just in front of where the temple revenue to meet the general expenses stood, in Nauvoo. of the Church, and we would not have My brethren and sisters, we have beto be taxing so much and so often for fore us the law of the Lord. We are other offerings.
blessed today as we have not been For my part, this plan of salvation is, blessed in a great many years. We are as the Lord has pointed out, the way blessed with the First Presidency fully we have to accept; for He says if any organized. We are blessed with the bring an offering except as appointed quorum of the Apostles, and all twelve by the Father, it will not be accepted. of them are with us today. It makes We have to come to the Father by me to feel very joyful and thankful; the Lord Jesus Christ; and by His prin- for as long as I have been in the ciples and instructions, to become like quorum-now over fifty years—it has Him. He wants the whole human been but a very few times that we have family to be just as dutiful and obedi- had the pleasure of coming to conferent as He was. We pray, “Our Father, ence with a full quorum of the Twelve which art in heaven; hallowed be thy present, or coming into our council and name; thy kingdom come, thy will be talking over the things of God with a done on earth, as it is in heaven.” The full number. The other councils are alLord says, in the Book of Doctrine and so generally well filled. We have over Covenants, that it is His good pleasure a hundred quorums of Seventies! The to give to His people the kingdom. He organization is complete, and the Lord told the early Elders to be of good has designed to
bless us remarkably
with all the facilities to keep His com- never lose sight of the fact that it is mandments, to covenant with Him, to our great business to send the Gospel to go into His holy temples and learn how the people of the earth. That is why to become saviors for our dead, and we are calling upon you continually for labor to bring to pass this restitution brethren to go in the ministry.
We of all things which are in Christ Jesus, calculate to keep calling. The demand both which are in heaven and which is increasing everywhere. You fathers are upon earth.
mothers, brothers and sisters, I pray that the blessings of the Lord please hear it, and take notice, and be may be multiplied upon us all, through ready for the word when it comes for obedience and faith in the Lord Jesus that son, that brother, that father to Christ. It has to come through obedi- go and thrust in his sickle and reap, ence, that our faith shall increase. We for the harvest is great and the work must draw near to the Lord. We do not is increasing wonderfully. ask the Lord so much as He would like May the Lord bless and prosper every us to ask. He has said emphatically interest of Zion. May He bless the that to him that asketh it shall be Presidency, to be full of wisdom, revelgiven; there is none that seeketh that ation and knowledge; and the Twelve shall not find, and to him that knock- Apostles, that we may be such men as eth it shall be opened. Let us cleave we ought to be, to take the counsels unto the Lord and walk in His ways; of the Lord and dispense them to the strive to serve Him in all things, that people, and administer salvation everywe may be able to increase in right- where we go. I pray that the Lord eousness; that we and our generations will increase His kindness and His afafter us may grow up in fear of the fection and love towards us, and inLord, honor Him in the earth, and be crease our kindness and affection and counted worthy of that life and immor- love towards you. tality which are being brought to light You that have weaknesses, and perin the Gospel, and which the Savior haps have sinned, do not take it into has died to bring to pass unto us. your heart that the Lord wants to see
We ought not to forget that this is you afflicted and cut off. He will not but the beginning of a people who are that any shall perish, but that all shall to have such a position that by and by
come to repentance. Therefore, draw the Lord will come and dwell in their
near to the Lord, You who may feel midst on the earth. O glorious thought! yourselves the farthest from Him, find We often hear it talked about swords
your way back to Him, that you may being beaten into plowshares, spears in- walk in His ways, and He will work in to pruning hooks, the cow and the bear you by His Spirit after a while, and feeding together, the lion eating straw
will show unto you His good pleasure, like the ox, etc. All these things, and a
and you shall know of His favor, His multitude more, have to take place, loving kindness and forgiveness of sins. and the sooner or later depends upon
That we may so live that He may inour faithfulness and our diligence in
crease His favor and loving kindness keeping the commandments of God and
toward us, I humbly desire and pray, helping to build up righteousness in the
with all the rest of you, in the name of earth; for He will weed out and remove
the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. the wicked to make room for the right
The Temple choir sang the selection, eous as fast as there is necessity for it.
A beautiful City, I pray the Lord to bless you, my
the solo being rendered by Sister Magbrethren and sisters, in all your varied
gie Hull. interests; in your persons with health and faith to overcome your infirmities,
ELDER BRIGHAM YOUNG. and with ability to live and become full of years and ladened with experiences
The leading object of tithing is to educate the
Saints—The necessity of being guided by the of the goodness of God. God bless you
Spirit of God. in all your temporal affairs; and you will be if you tithe them properly and If you will give me your attention I then use what you do use to advance will endeavor to speak loud enough that
interests of His work. We must all the congregation may hear what I
have to say, I regret very much that with in precisely the same way by the all of the congregation could not hear spirit of God. Need I say to you that the remarks of President Richards, and whenever the spirit of God begins to it is possible that there are many here hew our sides off to straighten them, that will not hear what I have to say; there wont be much timber left when but he has touched upon many valuable it gets through with mortal man. That points and advanced doctrine that is is my opinion, at least, and God has dear to the heart of every Latter-day given us this law to perfect us. He has Saint; for with all those who have Zion given it to us to bear and me those exin their hearts, her interests are fore
penses mentioned by President Richmost on all occasions. President Rich- ards, but He has also given it to us for ards touched upon the principle of tith- a greater and wiser purpose than this, ing, and he used these words, as near as if possible. We are in training for the I remember, in reference to this prin- greater law; and the man who underciple: “The old theme of tithing; there takes to interprete the law of tithing to is nothing new in relation to it partic- suit his notions, as I find some of the ularly, but it is one of the most import- brethren doing, they will be misled to ant principles revealed to the Latter- that extent that they will not be preday Saints. If the people dwelling upon pared for the higher law when it is this land pay not their tithing, it shall revealed. For this is a system of trainnot be a land of Zion unto them.” It is ing that God has instituted for the peovery important, it seems to me that we ple. I ask this congregation, how many should pay our tithing, for if this be not of us are acting under that law of titha land of Zion unto us, then the dis- ing with the free and full spirit of God pleasure of God will rest upon us, for to direct us? Every man that gives the it was so predicted.
Lord the advantage is on the safe side. There are many new things connected Not like a sister I heard express herwith this principle that I have heard self. She had a horse to pay for tiththe brethren speak of. I remember on ing; she sent it to the bishop, and she one occasion, and I have mentioned it put the price on the animal. She said: from this stand at one of our confer- "This horse is worth fifty dollars, and ences, that I had a revelation in rela- I want that credit for it.” The horse tion to this principle. The Lord revealed was worth twenty-five, no more; but to me, that I needed not to open the she wanted a credit of fifty dollars for book of Doctrine and Covenants and it or to have it sent back. That spirit read the revelation on tithing, but to operating upon the minds of the Latspeak on that principle as the spirit ter-day Saints will becloud their minds should direct, and I obeyed the voice of to the greater blessings that God has the Spirit. I was told to say to that in store for us. congregation, that I had the privilege We, today, are in training by and of addressing, that the principle of through the influences of the spirit of tithing was given because the people God. As our President said yesterday, had rejected the higher law; and this this people are in training throughout law of tithing was given that they the length and breadth of the land for might be in training. It was as the the glorious work-the redemption of first primer in the system of education Zion; and the man or the woman who to the child, and when the people had puts his or her price upon articles they adopted that which had been given on have to pay in for tithing, and who are tithing, when they had absorbed it and glad to shovel off something that they become thoroughly conversant with it, have no use for in the tithing departand were acting in perfect obedience ment, God will reward them according thereto, God would give unto them to their just deserts. If my heart is again the higher law; but if a man who right, every time that I pay tithing, I paid his tithing did it grudgingly, he pay it with this view and this underwas blinding his eyes to his own inter- standing before God:-I am preparing ests; if he laid his own judgment upon my mind and all that is in me that the revelation and paid according to when the higher law shall come, I may his selfish ideas, and was very strict be prepared to receive it, and may be with the bishop, that he would be dealt numbered among those who will return
to Jackson County and go into the mandment to beware concerning yourorder which God instituted to preserve selves, to give diligent heed to the words
of eternal life: His people. This revelation must be
“For you shall live by every word looked upon in this light: We are in a
that proceedeth forth from the mouth school of training and God designs that of God. this people should be educated, that
"For the word of the Lord is truth, they may be prepared to redeem the and whatsoever is trutl: is light, and earth and make it like the garden of whatsoever is light is spirit, even the
spirit of Jesus Christ; Eden. This is an important part of the
"And the spirit giveth light unto great school which the Latter-day
every man that cometh into the world; Saints are in today and have been in
and the spirit enlighteneth every man ever since I can remember, and before, through the world, that hearkeneth to too. Think of it, Latter-day Saints, the voice of the spirit.” that when you are paying your tithing This is the spirit that Latter-day you are making your minds liberal,
Saints are taught to cultivate. That spreading out, broadening your ideas, spirit is given; it is yours; it is in that when the word comes, you can say, the possession of every human being I am on the altar in the Church and
that comes into the world, so far as I kingdom of God with everything that I know. I see no exceptions. It is the possess, with all that
the Lord has province, and duty of the Latter-day given me," that you may inherit ever
Saints to cultivate that spirit until it lasting life in the celestial kingdom of becomes as a living fire within them. our God. If we give all, we shall in- There is no error, though it may be herit all. It is a principle which God couched in the smoothest and most has laid down, and I exhort the Latter- beautiful language that can ever enday Saints to be very careful in paying tangle the spirits of those who walk in their tithing, because this is the step- the way of life. Therein is safety. The ping stone to the greater law.
brightest intellects, the strongest The principle of revelation to me is
minds, the most powerful men, the most important principle we have, swayed like children by the spirits of in one respect. If men were not dual
the air, by the spirits from beneath, if creatures, and could devise means as
they are not guarded and protected to how to proceed and act with cer
and strengthened by the spirit of God. tainty, we might say revelation
That spirit is given to them to cultiunnecessary. But there is no act of
vate it to the extent that it is an armor man, perhaps, that is not prompted by impregnable to all of the various sects the thought that enters the brain. It and parties that are trying to drag our that be the case, and man is dual, how people down to destruction. necessary that we should be directed by the spirit of God, which He sends to "And everyone that hearkeneth to the lead men in the ways of life everlast- voice of the spirit cometh unto God,
even the Father; ing! How necessary it is to receive it
"And the Father teacheth him of the and to keep it that the very thoughts of
covenant which he has renewed and our minds may be directed by Him confirmed upon you, which is confirmed above, who gives life eternal. The upon you for your sakes, and not for principle of revelation to every man
your sakes only, but for the sake of the
whole world." and to every woman is the safeguard that will keep them from becoming en
Hear it Latter-day Saints-you are tangled in the meshes of the sinful.
cultivating the spirit for the whole A passage comes to my mind that is
world. Not for you and your posterity, found in Sec. 84 of the Doc. and Cov.
but for all of the children of men whom A revelation given through Joseph God has placed here. You have come Smith th prophet, at Kirtland, Geauga
out of the world, not to bring Babylon County, Ohio, the 22nd and 23rd of Sep with you. But people have come here tember, 1832,--four years before I was from Babylon, and are among the Lat. born in that place:
ter-day Saints with their sins and filth, "And I now
give unto you a com - and we gather it up by the handfulls,
sometimes to the extinction of that PRESIDENT LORENZO SNOW. power that God has placed in every How to overcome temptation--The Holy Spirit au
unerring guide. man,
I have been very much pleased with "And the whole world liveth in sin, what has been said this morning, and and groaneth under darkness and un- also during the whole of this confer: der the bondage of sin.
ence. We certainly have had a very Who has said it? Jesus Christ said
excellent time. it to His servant the prophet.
It struck me while Brother Young "And by this ye may know they are under the bondage of sin because they was addressing us that there were two come not unto me.
very strong temptations that trouble "For whoso cometh not unto me is us from time to time, and which someunder the bondage of sin.
times prevent the spirit of light from "And whoso receiveth not my voice is not acquainted with my voice and is giving us the information absolutely not of me;
necessary for our prosperity. One is, "And by this you may know the what will people say if I do so and so? righteous from the wicked, and that the If I do these things that are now rewhole world groaneth under sin and quired of me, what will be said of me? darkness even now.”
I think that every one, at least most
of my brethern and sisters who are now My brethren and sisters, here is
before me, will understand test for you:
mean, from the experiences they have By these things that I have read you
had. Such a consideration has affected may know the righteous from the wicked. Who is it that will receive that almost every one. I know that it was
the case with me, when the principles spirit and cultivate it? Who is it that
of the Gospel were announced and I listens to the voice of the men whom
took them into contemplation. It came God has placed to redeem the world and
to my mind; "what will people say if guide in the redemption of the human these
men? and family?
these doctrines, and is
it what do
known that I have become what is ey say to the people? What
called а. "Mormon?” When have they said to the people during this
such a conference? What has the President temptation as this comes before us it and his fellow-laborers said at this con
should be laid aside, and not permitted
to influence us. ference? They have delivered unto you the words of life and salvation, and as
Another temptation is, How much true as God lives, according to the money shall I give? That is a very spirit that is in me, we will be judged strong temptation to most of us, I preby the words of these men in the time sume. Speaking of tithing as Brother to come. They have given unto you the Brigham has, how much of this tithing words of everlasting life. They have shall I give? Cannot I reserve a porgiven unto you those things that God
tion to myself? The Lord is very rich has given unto them, to purify you.
and I doubt if He will be troubled at I testify to you that the Church is all if I withhold a little for myself; and growing; that the Gospel is here and so a little to oneself is withheld. But men respect it and women respect it. that very little that is reserved will But how
many more might re- trouble that man, if his conscience is spect this glad message
that God like the consciences of most of the Lathas sent
they would but ter-day Saints. It will trouble him more seek Him and be earnest and or less in the day time, and also when faithful and prayerful and humble and he thinks of it at night. He does not keep the spirit of light within them! have that happiness that it is his priv
God bless you and peace be unto you ilege to enjoy-it goes from him. One in all of your homes in all of the set- of the best things to do under such a tlements of the Latter-day Saints. temptation as that is to give, so as to Be faithful that we may have victory, be sure, a trifle more than is required; and sing the song of the victorious in and to think that you have it wholly the day that is not far distant, which within yourself to do so. If you do this I ask in the name of Jesus. Amen the temptation is overcome, you have