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preaching this Gospel than there has gression to the fact that they rebelled ever been. This should be indeed en- against the priesthood of the Son of couraging to the Latter-day Saints. God, and that they did not take the When I think of the constant drain counsel which the Lord had given them upon this people to maintain the mis- through His mouthpiece; and they did sionaries in the field, I marvel at the not end with the spirit of rebellion prosperity of

the people. But the and obedience, but they committed Lord blesses and prospers us in sus- other great sins, and finally lost their taining these missionaries and in res- standing in the Church of Christ. This ponding to the many calls that rule will apply to us today, and I pray made upon us. This labor is upon God that this people may ever be willus to carry the Gospel to the world, ing to receive the counsels which the that those who sit in darkness may see Lord has to give through His prophet. the light. It is incumbent upon every Some become so engrossed with politiman who holds the Priesthood of a cal parties, or with secret societies, or Seventy in the Church to go forth and something of the kind, that they pay preach the Gospel; and if he does not them greater devotion than they do the when called, it will be with him as with word of God. This is wrong. The Lord Paul, Woe be unto him if he preach has built up this western country not the Gospel of Christ when he is through His people who came here to called by the Prophet of the Lord to worship Him according to the dictates go forth and proclaim it.

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hearts. Let us not I have a testimony, my brethren and forget that. Let us not forget that sisters, that this is the work of God.

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first and foremost I know that the sick are healed; I devotion to God, the Eternal Father. know that the Lord answers the We sustain President Lorenzo Snow as prayers of His people; I know that the mouthpiece of God. Therefore, this people

have been able when he has anything to say to us as some occasions to even control the mind and will of the Lord, it is just the elements for their safety and as binding upon us as if God spake for the upbuilding of Zion. I rejoice personally to us. I ofttimes think of in being present with you this morning the parable of Lazarus and the rich and partaking of the sweet inrluence of man, and I sometimes think the LatterHis Holy Spirit. Did this people ever day Saints manifest a spirit like that come together with a desire to be fed which was exhibited by the rich man with the bread of life, and they were when he was in torment on account of not able to receive that which they de- the evil life he had led on earth. He sired? No, this has never been the had brothers whom he desired to be case. God has always inclined His ear saved, and he petitioned Father Abrato this people; He has always delivered ham that one who had risen from the them from their afflictions; He has al- dead should go to these brothers and ways blessed them. He has been in- tell them of their ways and call them deed kind and fatherly to us as indi- to repent. But Abraham remarked that viduals and as a people. The prospects they had Moses and the Prophets, and for the development and spread of this if they would not believe them they work were never brighter, never more would not believe one though he were hopeful, than they are at the present risen from the dead. I tell you that if time. I admonish the Latter-day Saints we do not feel in our hearts to susin all lands to seek the counsel of the tain the prophets of God, we would prophet of God. Do not be disobedient; not believe the Lord if He

to do not be rebellious. The spirit of re- come Himself, or if He were to send bellion caused, we understand, one-thi one that was risen from the dead. of the hosts of heaven to be cast out. There is no need for the Lord to send The spirit of disobedience and rebellion special messengers to tell us our duty. has caused many a man and woman to The Lord has placed President Lorenzo be cast out of the Church of Jesus Snow as the prophet, seer and revelator Christ of Latter-day Saints. The grav- to this Church; and if we desire to er sins do not come into our lives all at keep in harmony with this work we once. Very often men can trace trans

must listen to the words

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the Lord God gives to us through His scriptures only. He did act upon the Prophet.

promise of the Apostle James, con. May the Lord bless you, brethren and tained in the Bible, (and which is applisisters; may he pour out His spirit cable to our young people in securing a upon us; may we never rebel, nor lose testimony of the truth) where he says. the faith; may we be willing to receive “If any of you lack wisdom, let him the counsel of the Lord through His

ask of God, that giveth to all men libProphet whenever it is given to us. I erally, and upbraideth not; and it shall ask it for Christ's sake. Amen.

be given him.” The Prophet, in the confusion which came to his mind by

listening to the conflicting sentiments ELDER MATTHIAS F. COWLEY.

of the various factions of Christianity, Prophetic gift of Joseph Smith-Early manifesta- resorted to reading the scripture foi

tion of God and the ministration of Angels- himself, and he concluded to test this Opposition of the world --God guides His work

passage that I have quoted. He was by revelation.

inspired with the same faith that acMy brethren and sisters, I am pleased tuated the ancient Saints of God-the to meet with you at this conference. I same faith that was taught by the Sahumbly ask you to pray for me, that

vior when He said, "Ask, and ye shall the Holy Spirit may suggest what may

receive; knock, and it shall be opened be said.

unto you.” He went into the woods to I rejoice in the celebration of the na- pray, and he besought the Lord to tal day of the Church of Jesus Christ

know which of all the factions of of Latter-day Saints, and in being a

Christianity was acknowledged by the recipient of the blessings which are

God of heaven. In answer to this enjoyed by the members thereof, and

prayer, he received a communication which have come to us, to a very great from God, the Eternal Father, in which extent, through the labors incident to

the glory of heaven rested upon him, the establishment of this Church and

and in that glory there was presented the tribulations which were

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before this young man two heavenly ered by the Prophet Joseph Smith.

personages. When he had strength to Whatever characterized a prophet in

ask the question which he desired to olden times characterized the great propound, one of these personages said prophet of the last days. We point very

unto him, “This is my beloved Son; frequently to the remarkable fulfil- hear him.” The

son informed the ment of predictions which have been ut- Prophet Joseph that He did not recog. tered in ancient times by theJewish pro

nize any of the denominations. Among phets as an evidence of the divine au

them were honest people, people who thority which they bore and of the re. were doing the best they could with the markable work which

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light they had; but they had not been plished by them in the interest of hu. founded upon the revelations of God, manity. We may point with equal joy and He commanded this young man that and satisfaction to the remarkable ut.

he should not identify himself with any terances of the Prophet Joseph, to es

denomination, and that if he would lis. tablish the divine authenticity of his

ten to this counsel the day would come claim. I have never heard of a pre.

when he should he instrumental in the diction uttered by that man which has

hands of God in accomplishing a great not been verified, so far as time has

and a mighty work in the earth. This brought the prophecy due. I have young man was faithful to this innever discovered any characteristic as

junction. He did not follow the ways sociated with

any of

the ancient of the world, and in due time he reprophets of God in the work which they

ceived another communication from accomplished, and which went to prove

God, in which

holy angel their divine mission, which cannot be appeared unto him and revealed to him pointed to in the Prophet Joseph Smith the existence of some sacred records, and his work. He came to the world an. (from a translation of which Brother nouncing a new dispensation. He did Rudger Clawson has read a few state. not derive his information respecting ments), containing a brief history of the religious matters from reading the inhabitants of this continent from a

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period 600 years before Christ down to was commanded of God to found this about 400 years after Christ; also a work and to organize the Church after concise statement of a people who had the primitive pattern; that he received come to this land from the Tower of revelation and was guided by it all the Babel, when the languages were con days of his life, from the inception of founded. This angel of the Lord ap

the work until the hour when his life peared to the Prophet Joseph three was sacrificed in Carthage jail for the times during the night of the 21st of testimony of Jesus and the word of September, 1823. He met him next at God. The Saints of God, in all the trythe place where these sacred plates ing ordeals through which they passed were deposited, and commanded him to under the administration of the Prophmeet him there on that day of the et Joseph Smith, were sustained and month each year for four years, when, preserved. In the establishment of this if he was faithful in keeping the com: work it was designed of the Father that mandments of God, he should receive the same spirit and power should conthese sacred writings. He was faithful tinue with the Church down to the to this injunction, and on the 22nd of latest period of time; and I wish to September, 1827, the angel of the Lord bear my testimony-and I wish my delivered these plates into the hands brethren and sisters to remember it and of the Prophet Joseph Smith, who to instill it into the hearts of their chiltranslated them by the use of the Urim dren-that the prophets who have stood and Thummin, as he was led by the at the head of his Church since the spirit of revelation from God. Through death of the Prophet Joseph have been this we have what is called the Book guided by the spirit of revelation. I of Mormon.

am reminded of a statement made by In laying the foundation of this great the Prophet Amos, in his 3rd chapter work the Prophet Joseph was not sus

and 7th verse: tained by the popular sentiment of "Surely the Lord God will do nothing, mankind, nor by the hope of any world- but he revealeth his secret unto his ly inducement; but he was actuated servants the prophets." by the conviction and the understand.

In view of this, we may say that ing that he had received a revelation

when He did not have a prophet upon from God; that he had seen the Father

the earth He was not doing anything, and the Son; that he had received the so far as the great plan of salvation ministration of holy angels. He endur. is concerned; that is, the ordinances of ed the trials that the ancient prophets that plan were not being administered, passed through; he suffered persecu

and He was not communicating His tion, imprisonment and privation; he

will to His children respecting the plan offered his life for the work, and he of redemption. However, His hand was sealed his testimony with his blood. manifest in the progress and in the enThe Apostle Paul tells us that where lightenment of the world, and in the there is a testament there is of neces- extension of human liberty. Where sity the death of the testator. He there

has been no prophet of has offered to the world his testimony, God the people have not received the the fulfilment of his prophecies, the light of revelation to the extent that verification of the promises made they could understand and apply the by him. Those who would lis- ordinances of salvation. As Solomon ten to this voice of inspiration says, in Proverb 29: 18: “Where there and receive the Gospel as revealed is no vision, the people perish;" and Hothrough him were promised that they sea said that the Lord had spoken by should receive a witness for themselves. prophets, and had multiplied visions In the offering made by the Prophet and used similitudes, by the ministry Joseph Smith nothing

withheld of the prophets. “By a prophet the that was offered by the ancient proph- Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and ets of God and by the Savior himself. by a prophet was he preserved." And And I wish to bear testimony that I I want to say to the Latter-day Saints have received the witness that Joseph that Israel in modern times have been Smith was a prophet of the Almighty. preserved by the same means. Those I have received the testimony that he who listened to the voice of the in

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spired Prophet in the commencement, receive here a little and there a little, no matter what sacrifice it cost them, and that from what is said by the were sustained by the power of God. speakers each and every one of us may This is true also respecting the ad- find something applicable to ourselves, ministration of President Brigham which we can take home and carry out Young. What a wonderful work he in our daily lives. I trust also that accomplished, building upon the founda- we may have the spirit of the business tion laid by God through the Prophet that may be transacted at this conferJoseph Smith, and carrying out the ence, whatever it may be. There is a plan which had been predicted by the very great responsibility resting upon Prophet Joseph! In leading the Lat- the authorities of the Church. I feel ter-day Saints to these mountains and that it is an immense responsibility to establishing their feet here, he was be a servant of God. I feel

my unbut carrying out the great plan that worthiness in occupying such a posihad been revealed to the Prophet Jo- tion among the Saints of God, and I seph Smith, who had prophesied on the cannot occupy it unless I am sustained 6th of August, 1843, that some of the by the Almighty. But while there is a people would die of persecution, some great responsibility resting upon the would die of trial and hardship, but Presidency and the general authorities some, he said, would live to go beyond of this Church, there is a correspondthe Rocky Mountains and see the Lat- ing responsibility resting upon every ter-day Saints become a mighty people inan and every woman in the Church. in that region of country. This prophecy We are not alone in bearing the holy has been fulfilled as well as other pre- priesthood, we are not the only ones dictions he uttered in connection with that have received the testimony of the this work, as established in these moun- Holy Ghost. We all have received this tain valleys. The Latter-day Saints testimony who have been brought into are safe as long as they listen to the communion with God. Hence there is voice of inspiration. I rejoice that we a responsibility of a weighty character have President Lorenzo Snow with us resting upon all of us, in every avenue today. I rejoice that the Lord has of life and in all the interests of this spared his life. He is now eighty-five work. And the interests of this work years of age; he is in the possession of are varied. They are not all what is all his faculties, bright, clear and called spiritual; if they were, we would active;

God has sustained die temporally. They are not all temhim in his administrations, and poral; if they were, we would die spiritbrought him to stand at our head at ually. But it is all spiritual unto God. this present period of time. I am re. He designs that the laborer in Zion minded of what was said of the Proph- shall labor for Zion, and that in all et Moses, that notwithstanding his age

things we shall be actuated by the his eye waxed not dim, neither did his spirit of God, so that all we do may be natural force abate. The Lord has sanctified to His honor and glory and done this for those who have presided to the accomplishment of His great over His Church in the last days. He work upon the earth. has sustained them in body and in May the Lord bless you, my brethren mind; He has preserved their lives, and sisters; and when we leave this that we might profit by their vast ex- conference, may we leave it renewed in perience. I rejoice in this fact, and strength, in faith and in a determinawish to express my gratitude before tion to keep the commandments of God God and before this congregation that

and walk in the paths of life. This is the Lord has preserved President Snow my prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen. to administer unto us and to

The choir sang the hymn commencus the benefit of his great experience in

ing. this latter day work.

How are thy servants blest! O Lord. 1 trust, my brethren and sisters, that How sure is their defense! during our conference we shall be fed Benediction was pronounced by Patwith the bread of life, that we shall riarch John Smith.

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AFTERNOON SESSION.

they have many friends. We should

look after these, that they be not dis2 p. m.

couraged. They may not be able to Singing by the choir:

find the kind of work they have been

used to do, and we may not be able to On the mountain top appearing Lo! the sacred herald stands!

provide that for them, but we should Welcome news to Zion bringing

try to give them an opportunity to earn Zion, long in hostile lands.

their livelihood. We do not want to Prayer by Elder John Nicholson. make paupers of them. We want to

The choir sang the hymn which be- study ways and devise means whereby gins:

they can earn their living in our midst.

should Truth reflects upon our senses,

Our missionaries who return Gospel light reveals to some,

continue to take the same lively inIf there still should be offenses,

terest in the Saints after they gather Woe to them by whom they come.

as they did when they were laboring

in their midst in the different fields ANTHON H. LUND.

abroad. Sometimes they feel hurt

when they come here and no Giving employment to the poor-Home manufac

notice is taken of them. The

missionaries who are acquainted with I hope while I shall speak to you, my them should take some interest in them brethren and sisters, that I shall be and try to do something for them. A under the influence of the same spirit great many are doing this, and I am as guided our beloved brethren who always pleased when I hear the misspoke this forenoon. It is pleasant sionaries make inquiries about acto have the privilege of meeting with quaintances, to know if they arrived; the Saints in general Conference. We and to see interest taken in them; but I feel that there is a great deal of the

have seen other cases where our emispirit of God present and we delight to grants have felt as if they were not hear our leaders speak unto us.

looked after, and if under such circumAt this Conference we are favored

stances, when they feel a little slightby having the First Presidency, the ed, they should come in contact with Apostles, and the Presidents of Seven

those who are disaffected it may make I do not remember that them so, and cause some of them to this has been the case for many years. return to the places where they formerI believe that during this Conference ly lived; and such have at times done a the Lord will bless us and give us a great deal of harm to the cause.

We outpouring of His Holy Spirit. can fulfill part of a mission in looking One of the brethren this forenoon al- after the Saints when they have gathluded to the many hundreds of Elders ered; we should see to it that employwe have in the field working for the ment is provided for them. In early spread of the truth.

We have glorious years those who embraced the Gospel reports from the different missions; our were mostly from the rural districtsbrethren are doing well and laboring farmers. When they came here they to gather sheep into the fold of Christ; did not want to stay in the city; they and the Lord is blessing their endeav- wanted to go out where they could get

Now, while the great majority land and the same kind of employment of us are not called upon to go out in- they had been used to, and they soon to the active missionary field, there is established themselves and prospered.

a great mission which all of us Of late years our missionaries in Eu

Perform. The Latter-day Saints rope have not been able to do much at home have a great deal to do. Our among the rural population, but have brethren gather Israel from the dif- done more in the cities, and more of ferent nations of the earth. Most of those who live in large cities have the Saints when they come have ex- joined the Church than of those outside hausted their means in bringing them the cities, and when these come here to Zion; they come to a strange land: they seek the more populous centers

are different, and they as they are not accustomed to farming. have not many acquaintances, though Such should be looked after and en

ties with us.

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