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and in some of the sectarian churches which is good, but we should be estab. in this city within the last few weeks lished in the doctrine of the Lord that Abraham was an ignorant man; Jesus Christ; we should have a testithat God overlooked sin and crime in mony of the divinity of this work, for his case because of his degeneracy and

it is God's work and He will see it ignorance. It is remarkable that we through. He will cause that it shall live in a time when those who profess to triumph over everything that is man be the followers of Christ will ridicule made; and He will choose those things the man whom the Lord held up and which seem to be naught to bring to called righteous, and call him degener- naught those that be. ate and ignorant; he who was held up

God bless you. Amen. through the mission of Christ as a perfect man, the father of the faithful. ELDER RUDGER CLAWSON. There are anti-Christs among this peo

My brethren and sisters: This idea ple; we hear anti-Christ doctrine from

of having short speeches and songs time to time-doctrine which is not in interspersed meets my mind exactly. accordance with any of the scriptures It is an arrangement which seems to that have been handed down to us, nor

please the people. In Boxelder Stake in accordance with the teachings of the

we have our opening exercises, then Apostles of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our

we have the sacrament, after the sacpeople should be warned of these doc

rament singing again, then a short trines, the doctrines of devils and of

sermon, then a song, then another men, that are taught in some of the short sermon, and after that the concongregations of the world today by cluding exercises; and that generally those who profess to be the followers

brings us to half past three, and we of Christ Spiritualists, Christian

close our meeting. This is a custom we Scientists and others. Those who ad

follow at all times, except during our vocate them claim that they are

conferences, when we go a little beChrist's. But they do not teach the yond that hour.

When this meeting doctrine of Christ? They deny the car.

shall have closed you will remember dinal doctrines our Savior taught while that the Temple choir has done a great He was upon the earth. Why don't deal in helping to make it interesting they teach the one Lord, the one faith,

and instructive. and the one baptism that was taught

I sat in the Tabernacle and looked by our Savior and His disciples? Why

out upon the vast congregation of is it that they deny faith in the true

Saints, I was impressed with the reand living God-a God with body, parts mark of President Cannon when he reand passions. How is it that they deny minded us that the Church had grown these things? Why do they deny true

from a small beginning, from an orbaptism? Jesus says, "Except ye ara ganization of six members in the year born of the water and of the spirit ye 1830, to what we witness today. cannot enter into the kingdom of God." member the time when President If they believe in the doctrine of Jesus

Young was in our midst, and a large Christ, why do they spiritualize away canvas was stretched through the centhe resurrection, the fundamental doc- tre of the Tabernacle, and at confertrine which Jesus taught while He was ence time there were no more people upon the earth? I say our people should assembled to hear the instructions of beware of them. Where can you find the servants of God than we have in Latter-day Saints that have become dis- this hall today. We now have this contented with our doctrines, that have congregation and an immense conjoined any of these sects that have been gregation assembled in the Tabernacle, instituted by men, if they have been and I see hundreds of people passing faithful and kept themselves free from back and forth; and there are hunthe sins of

the world; there is dreds of Saints upon the streets of Salt a cause for apostacy; there is a cause Lake City at this moment walking for sin; there is a cause for rebellion; back and forth, and visiting among there is a cause for disobedience. They their friends. And there

other do not come by chance. It is all right hundreds of people that could not com to prove all things and hold fast to that to this conference being detainer



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home owing to the lateness of the years ahead of the times, and it must season, as they are putting in their surprise them greatly when they learn seeds, trimming their trees, and putting that that building was commenced in things in order. We have grown to be the days of poverty, and in the days of a mighty people in the midst of the the afflictions of this people. But the Rocky Mountains; and the peculiarity grandeur of that building, which is esof it all is that this people are held to- timated to have cost between three and gether. You go down into the Utah four million dollars. The beauty of its Stake of Zion, meet with the people finish, the richness of its furnishings, there in conference, and you will find are nothing compared to the spirit that the same spirit prevailing in their midst you find in that building. Strangers as we have witnessed at this general who look upon it and contemplate the conference. If you go up into the Box- work of the Latter-day Saints, have no elder Stake you will find the same spirit conception of the spirit that prevailing there. If you go down to dwells in that holy Temple. When Old Mexico and meet with the Saints in the Saints go into that buildthat part of the country, there will be ing they are at first impressed the same good spirit of the Gospel; and by its surroundings, by the spaciousso in Canada, and in all parts of the ness of the rooms, and the beauty of Church. How is it that this people are the furnishings; but after awhile they not wandering away into false doctrines forget all that; they have no time to and into heresies and becoming dark- think about the building, they are so ened in their minds and contending one deeply impressed by the spirit that is with another? It is the marvelous there. A place where they can enter power of God that holds them together. and leave the world behind them. They I used to wonder, years ago, how it are not troubled in that house by the would be when the Church grew in cares and the anxieties and the troubles numbers and spread out, filling the of this world. The world seems to be land north and south, east and west- far beneath them. They have no time to how they could be held together and think about it. They are swallowed up kept as one people having one faith, one in the spirit and power of God. In rebaptism and one understanding of the flecting, I have been struck with the Gospel. There is no power under the idea that had it not been for the conheavens that could accomplish this descension of God to His servant wonderful thing but the power of God; Joseph Smith the prophet, that magniand it is a testimony to me of the truth ficent building would be of little use to of this great work. If I saw nothing

us, as there would have been no occaelse about it, this would be convincing sion to build it. We could not have used to me.

We are established in the moun- it if we had had it. Its arrangement tains, and the character of our organ- is such that it would be good for no ization, the character of our teachings, other purpose except the purpose dethe character of our temporal work, is signed by our Father-the performance such that we are attracting the notice of vicarious ordinance work for the livof the world; and the rich men, and the ing and for the dead. And it is through learned, and the dignitaries of this world the blessing, mercy, and condescension who go forth and visit from place to of the Lord that we enjoy these blessplace, feel that their journey is not ings, and that we are permitted to go complete until they have visited Zion. into the house of God; and that we are They come into our meetings and learn permitted to receive the Priesthood and something of our doctrine or organiza- go forth and work out our salvation in tion; they go out upon our streets, fear and trembling. visit the lake,and they see that wonder- I rejoice in these things, and I ful building there; they go into our truly thankful to be associated with Tabernacle and are entertained there by you in this work of God. I have a demusical selections from the great organ, sire in my heart to magnify the Priestand observe the remarkable accous- hood and to follow counsel. I know tic properties of that building; they there is safety in counsel. With the go out and look upon our Temple, and little experience I have had in the they see a building there that is fifty world, I have been delivered from many

am are


difficulties, I have been protected and blessed us in these mountain valleys, shielded from harm, by following ad- more liberally in the advancement of vice. I know that my Priesthood, my the work of God upon the earth. In calling and the authority that God has connection with this we ought to engiven unto me, will be of little use in courage the work for the salvation of this world except I shall be submis- the dead. Our contributions to the sive and willing to follow counsel. Let temples ought to be more liberal; and us reflect upon these things. Let us be the Saints who home, and wise in our day and generation, that pecially those who have been blessed

with God may be pleased to accept of our

means and have considerable labors and crown us heirs with His leisure, ought to go to the Temples in Saints in His kingdom. I trust that their respective districts and work

the redemption of this may be the case, in the name of for

the dead.

If you Jesus. Amen.

have not names in The choir sang "Along the river of

the line of your own family genealogy, time we glide," after which

there is an abundance of genealogical records which have been prepared by

the inspiration of the Lord upon the ELDER MATTHIAS F. COWLEY.

hearts of men, not Latter-day Saints. My brethren and sisters: I desire Since the Prophet Elijah visited the your faith and prayers for the few mo- Kirtland Temple and turned the keys ments that I shall occupy. I have very of salvation for the dead, that spirit much rejoiced in the teachings of this has brooded not only in the hearts of conference, including this meeting; and the Latter-day Saints, but it has opthe beautiful songs of praise which erated largely in the hearts of men who have been rendered, must of necessity do not understand the spirit which impress the hearts of Latter-day Saints actuated them to write genealogical with the spirit of spiritual refinement, histories. We ought to work for the and tend to lead us to exercise our redemption of the dead. thoughts and influence our acts, when We have been cited by President we shall leave this conference, in a Snow and others of the brethren to the strong devotion to the cause which we necessity of paying our tithing, and we are so honored as to be identified with. have been reminded that this law has

I desire to ask my brethren and sis- been established to some extent as a ters, and in order to be consistent, I source of education, to bring us to the will covenant with you,(as we shall get observance of the higher law-the law the reports of this conference) to read of consecration. Zion can only be recarefully all the instructions which deemed upon that law. Now, if we have been given by President Snow, would come to that higher law, we his counselors,


Twelve Apost- must act upon the law of tithing, and les, and the presiding council of the we must pay our tithes honestly and Seventies, whose representatives are fully in order to secure the blessings with us in this meeting, and that we which are attached to that sacred reshall digest at our leisure the counsel quirement which God has established which has been imparted. The instruc- as a law in His Church. We have been tions are important, and their propriety reminded at this conference by numbers should be a testimony to us that they of the brethren that we should utilize have been dictated by the inspiration the temporal blessings which have of the Lord. We have been instructed come to us in making the Latter-day at this conference with teachings that Saints more of a self-sustaining people. should lead us to respect and venerate I do not understand the design of God the Father and the Son, and to cherish to be that His Saints shall be dependwith profound respect the name of the ant upon any nation. I do understand Prophet Joseph Smith, and also his that the decree has gone forth that successors down to the present admin- Babylon shall fall-Babylon, the mother istration of the affairs of the Church of harlots and the abomination of all We have been counselled to utilize the

the earth. Suppose her institutions the material substance with should fail, and we should be cut off the Lord has generously from that communication with the out

means, which

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side world that we now possess, what we are under, and then I will close. is our condition so far as material in- I wish to say to the Elders of Israel terests are concerned? We do not man- that when they are called upon to bear ufacture clothing enough to clothe our testimony, or preach the Gospel at people; we do not manufacture boots home or abroad, they are forbidden to and shoes enough for footwear; do so, except through the prayer of we do not manufacture the head-gear faith, they receive the spirit of God and that adorns and shades the heads of the preach by the power of that spirit. In men and women of this Church. We do speaking of those who are called upon not utilize the elements with which the to preach the Gospel, it says they Lord has so abundantly blessed this "shall reason and expound the scripland and work them into utensils that tures unto them. are essential for the benefit of the people as we should do. The time is com

“And, behold, and lo, this is an en

sample unto all those who were oring when God will require us to do it, dained unto this Priesthood whose miswhen He will require that the apparel sion is appointed unto them to go forth; and other articles of usefulness shall

"And this is the ensample unto them, be of the workmanship of our hands, upon

that they shall speak as they are moved

by the Holy Ghost, and and it is the duty of the Latter-day whatsoever they should speak when Saints to use the manufactured mater

moved upon by the

Holy Ghost, ials that can be produced in this land

shall be scripture, shall be the will of

the Lord, shall be the mind or the Lord, by our own efforts. I do not think that shall be the word of the Lord, shall be we should be a covenant breaking peo

the voice of the Lord, and the power of ple. I remember a few years

God unto salvation." Doc. and Cov. Sec.

ago, when Brother John W. Taylor and my

68. 2-4.) self lived in the Fourteenth ward, on a Young brethren and sisters, what you certain occasion his father, Elder Or- have heard President Snow say in reson Pratt, and Elder George Q. Cannon gard to doing the will of the Lord, came to a meeting in that ward and

no matter what the world might say they read to us what was designated

was the will of the Lord, the as the fourteen rules of the united or

voice of the Lord, and will be the power der, and there were a great many truths of God unto salvation unto all who have enunciated in that document. We made the integrity of heart and the courage solemn covenants that we would ob- to obey it. And whatsoever counsel is serve the Sabbath day and keep it holy, given by the Bishops, by the Presidents and that we would

not justify our of Stakes, by the presiding authorities young people in going to pleasure re- in every department is the word and sorts upon that day; that we would not will of the Lord when they are actuated justify them in profanity, nor in the by the light and intelligence of the use of any unbecoming language. We Holy Spirit. "Behold, you are they who made covenants that we would not take

ordained of me, and ordained the name of the Deity in vain nor speak priests and teachers." This calling, lightly of His character nor of sacred speaking of the Twelve, “is to declare things. We made solemn covenants my Gospel by the power of the Holy that we would sustain one another in Ghost, which is in you, and according

material interests, and that we to the callings and gifts of God, unto would utilize the means which God had

men.” This is the way they are to do placed in our hands to manufacture the it-by the spirit and revelation of Alarticles that were necessary for our use mighty God. “Wherefore, lift up your in the establishing of the work of God voice and spare not." We are not to in this land. A great many other cov- spare or neglect. It is the duty of the enants were made, and we lifted up

servants of God in every capacity to

mince it. our hands in solemnity before God, just declare the truth and not as we have done this afternoon to sus- “Wherefore, lift up your voice and tain the Prophet of God and his associ- spare not, for the Lord, God, hath ates, who have been called to be the liv. spoken. Therefore, prophecy, and it ing oracles of God unto this Church.

shall be given by the power of the Holy I will read a passage

two of Ghost." scripture to show the responsibility “And again the Elders, Priests and




Teachers of this Church shall teach the and wide is the way that leadeth to principles of my Gospel, which are in destruction, and many there be that go the Bible and in the Book of Mormon, in thereat." If you will listen to the in the which is the fulness of the Gos- words of the Prophets of God, and will pel;

walk in that straight and narrow path, "And they shall observe the coven

you can have a testimony of this Gosants and Church articles to do them pel. There are a few that enjoy these and these shall be their teachings, gifts and blessings, but it is a rare ocas they shall be directed by the spirit;

currence where a man can go among "And the spirit shall be given unto

this people and see these gifts and you by the prayer of faith, and if ye receive not the spirit, ye shall not teach.” blessings manifest in their midst. I

feel that there is a responsibility restI might read many more verses, but ing upon this people. I will read a few this will suffice. Let us seek for the

verses, before I take my seat-the tescompanionship of the Holy Spirit, that timony of Moroni the Prophet:” it may be our guide in all of our minis

"And by the power of the Holy Ghost trations and in all our ambitions, and ye may know the truth of all things. in applying to our conduct the excel- "And whatsoever thing is good, is lent counsel and instructions which just and true; wherefore nothing that have been given unto us during this

is good denieth the Christ, but acknowconference; and inasmuch as we do this ledgeth that He is. the spirit of Almighty God will be with “And ye may know that He is by the us and the spirit and peace of the Al

power of the Holy Ghost; wherefore I mighty will dwell in our homes.

would exhort you, that ye deny not the Have your family prayers every night power of God; for He worketh by power and every morning, and let every man, according to the faith of the children woman and child attend to his or her of men, the same today, tomorrow and secret prayers, that we may come near forever. unto the Lord. Pay your tithing and the God of heaven will bless you. May that ye deny not the gifts of God for

"And again I exhort you my brethren, peace be with you my brethren and sis- they are many; and they come from the ters, and be taken to your homes and

same God. And there are different ways rest upon your children

that these gifts are administered; but and your

it is the same God who worketh all in flocks and your herds and upon the soil all; and they are given by the manifestwhich God has given us in this choice ations of the spirit of God unto men, land, in the name of Jesus. Amen. to profit them.

"For behold, to one is given by the spirit of God, that he may teach the

word of wisdom; ELDER JOHN W. TAYLOR.

"And to another, that he may teach

the word of knowledge by the same Before closing, I wish to bear my tes- spirit; timony to what has been said, and con

"And to another, exceeding great cerning this Gospel. I know that God faith; and to another, the gifts of heal

ing by the same spirit. lives, and that every man and woman

“And again, to another, that he may can have this testimony if they will de- work mighty miracles; vote themselves to God and keep His

"And again, to another tnat he may

prophecy concerning all things; commandments. I know that Joseph

"And again, to another, the beholding Smith was a prophet of God, full of in- of angels and ministering spirits; spiration, and a man that had the rev- “And again, to another, all kinds of elations of the Lord Jesus Christ con


“And again, to another, the interpretinually delivered unto him; that the tation of languages and of divers kinds gifts and blessings that were in the an- of tongues. cient Church of Christ exist in the "And all these gifts come by the Church of Christ in our day.

Spirit of Christ and they come unto

every man severally, according as He I wish to say to my young brethren

will. and sisters, do not be led away by the “And I would exhort you, my beloved sophistry of the world, "for straight is brethren, that ye remember that every the gate and narrow

is the way


good gift cometh of Christ.

"And I would exhort you, my beloved leadeth unto life eternal and few there brethren, that ye remember that He is be that find it; and broad is the gate the same yesterday, today and foreve

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