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SIXTY-NINTH

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Annual Conference

CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF
LATTER-DAY SAINTS,

Held in the Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, April 6th, 7th and
9th, 1899, with a Full Report of the Discourses.

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ALSO AN ACCOUNT OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE
OF THE DESERET SUNDAY SCHOOL

THE DESERET NEWS.

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Of the general authorities present there were, of the First Presidency: Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith; of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles-Franklin D. Richards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham Owen Woodruff and Rudger Clawson; Patriarch John Smith; of the First Seven Presidents of Seventies-Seymour B. Young, C. D. Fjelsted, B. H. Roberts, George Reynolds, Jonathan G. Kimball, Rulon S. Wells and Joseph W. McMurrin; of the Presiding Bishopric, William B. Preston, Robert T. Burton and John R. Winder.

Considering the fact that this was the first meeting, the attendance was quite large.

Conference was called to order by President George Q. Cannon.

Singing by the choir and congrega

tion:

Come let us anew our journey pursue, Roll round with the year,

And never stand still till the Master appear.

Opening prayer by Elder Seymour B. Young.

The choir sang:

Behold, the mountain of the Lord In latter days shall rise,

On mountain tops, above the hills, And draw the wond'ring eyes.

PRESIDENT LORENZO SNOW.

OPENING ADDRESS.

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Brethren and sisters and friends: There are many reflections that arise in my mind as I behold the faces of so many Latter-day Saints here this morning. Sixty-nine years ago Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized. How many strange scenes have been witnessed and what wonderful things have been acomplished by the Latter-day Saints since the organization! Prophets and Elders have been martyred while defending the great cause which God established in the interersts of the salvation, exaltation and glory of His children whom He has sent upon the earth.

This is a lovely morning. All nature seems to smile upon us. I would like to ask my brethren and sisters, how do you feel? Do we all feel to rejoice in our hearts and to be happy? In view of what has been accomplished, do we feel grateful to our Heavenly Father? Think of the persecutions through which the Saints have pass

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