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none, except it is made new among you; never made a sacrifice of a finan

yea, in this my Father's kingdom which cial nature in my life to help the ad

shall be built up on the earth. vancement of God's work, without be

**5. Behold, this is wisdom in me: ing abundantly rewarded therefor. Not wherefore, marvel not, for the hour only materially, but I grew in the

cometh that I will drink of the fruit of

the vine with you on the earth, and knowledge of the Gospel and in the

with Moroni, whom I have sent unto Spirit oi God, which is worth more than you to reveal the Book of Mormon, conall the wealth and honors of men. I de- taining the fullness of my everlasting sire never to allow my heart to wither gospel, to whom I have committed the

keys of the record of the stick of Ephup, so to speak, but rather to have it

raim; grow and expand. I desire to seek first “6. And also with Elias, to whom I the kingdom of God. I do know and have committed the keys of bringing bear witness to you that if I do it, all

to pass the restoration of all things,

spoken by the mouth of all the holy other things for my good will be added Prophets since the world began, conunto me. And what I bear witness to cerning the last days: pertaining to myself, I bear witness to

7. And also John the son of Zach

arias, which Zacharias he (Elias) visitfor all the Latter-day Saints.

ed and gave promise that he should desire the Spirit of God, be honest in have a son, and his name should be keeping the commandments of God. If John, and he should be filled with the you desire prosperity, and at the same

spirit of Elias;

“8. Which John I have sent unto you, time the testimony of the Gospel, pay

my servants, Joseph Smith, Jr., and all your obligations to God and you Oliver Cowdery, to ordain you unto this shall have it. If you are not honest first priesthood which you have

ceived, that you might be called and with God, you may prosper and you ordained even as Aaron: may be blessed with the things of this

"9.

And also Elijah, unto whom I world, but they will crowd out from have committed the keys of the power your heart the spirit of the Gospel; you

of turning the hearts of the fathers to

the children, and the hearts of the will become covetous of your

children to the fathers, that the whole means and lose the inspiration of Al- earth may not be smitten with a curse: mighty God. The Savior told us that if "10. And also with Joseph and Jacob,

and Isaac, and Abraham, your fathers, we gained the whole world and lost our

by whom the promises remain; own souls, it would profit us nothing.

"11. And also with Michael, or Adam, We have started out for life eternal, the the father of all, the prince of all, the

ancient of days. greatest of all the gifts of God to man,

«12. And also with Peter, and James, and keeping the commandments of God

and John, whom I have sent unto you, will bring it to us. May God bless by whom I have ordained you and conyou. Amen.

firmed you to be Apostles, and especial witnesses of my name, and bear the

keys of your ministry, and of the same ELDER GEORGE TEASDALE. things which I revealed unto them:

"13. Unto whom I have committed The Restoration of the Gospel Produced the Gath- the keys of my kingdom, and a dispen

ering-Exhortation Regarding the Law of Tithing sation of the Gospel for the last time; --The Latter-day Saints do nothing that should and for the fullness of times, in the draw out the Enmity of the World upon them-- which I will gather together in one all Knowledge and Wisdom come by Experience

things, both which are in heaven, and The National Constitution should be Supported.

which are on earth: "1. Listen to the voice of Jesus

"14. And also with all those whom Christ, your Lord, your God, and your

my Father hath given me vut of the

world: Redeemer, whose word is quick and powerful.

"15. Wherefore, lift up your hearts “2. For, behold, I say unto you, that

and rejoice, and gird up your loins, and it mattereth not what ye shail eat, or

take upon you my whole armor, that what ye shall drink, when ye partake

ye may be able to withstand the evil of the sacrament, if it so be that ye

day, having done all ye may be able to do it with an eye single to my glory;

stand. remembering unto the Father my body

"16. Stand, therefore, having your which was laid down for you, and my loins girt about with truth, having on blood which was shed for the remission the breastplate of righteousness, and of your sins:

your feet shod with the preparation of 3. Wherefore, a commandment I give the Gospel of peace, which I have sent unto you, that you shall not purchase mine angels to commit unto you. wine, neither strong drink or your ene- 17. Taking the shield of faith wheremies:

with ye shall be able to quench all the “4. Wherefore, ye shall partake of fiery darts of the wicked;

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"18. And take the helmet or salvation, with His divine love, and has granted and the sword of my spirit, which I will

unto us the glorious gifts of faith, pour out upon you, and my word which hope and charity. We gladly gather toI reveal unto you, and be agreed as touching all things whatsoever ye ask gether to wait upon the Lord, to hear of me, and be faithful until I come, and His word and to understand His counye shall be caught up, that where I am

sel. ye shall be also. Amen."

Before coming to this meeting we Thus said the Lord many years ago. have been on our knees, pleading with This everlasting Gospel that was re

the Almighty that He would pour His stored to the earth through the agency spirit and blessing upon His servants of Moroni, John the Baptist, and Peter, who should speak, that they might James and John, has brought about this faithfully deliver His word unto the wonderful gathering that we see at this people. We have had the word of God conference. We can congrarulate each given unto us, and I bear testimony other that we have this glorious privi- that this word is true, that we should lege today. The Lord Jesus Christ said: repent of our robbing the Lord in tithes "No man can come unto me, except my

and offerings and that we should turn Father draw him." How is it that we unto Him with full purpose of heart, have accepted the principles of ever- consecrating unto Him one-tenth of lasting life? Forty-seven years' ex- everything that the Lord shall give unto perience I have had with this people,

us, by which we would be enabled to and I know most assuredly that the sanctify the land, so that His statutes Priesthood of the Son of God has been might be kept thereon. This is the word restored to the earth, and that this of the Lord to us, and it will naturally work that we are engaged in is the bring division. There will be those who work of the Lord, which Isaiah spoke will hear the word of God and do it, about when he said that the Lord would and there will be those who will reject commence a marvelous work and the word of God and count it as a light wonder, in which the wisdom of the thing, making any frivolous excuse for wise should perish and the understand- despising the ordinances of the house ing of the prudent should be brought to of God. The Lord told His people nought. Our Father in Heaven is doing through Malachi that when they robbed his own work. That I want to say to Him in tithes and offerings they were my beloved brethren and sisters who laboring under a curse, and the Lord have gathered together here for the has told us that if we do not honor this purpose of worshiping the Lord at this

law it shall not be a land of Zion unto conference. God has manifested his

us, and

enemies shall prevail love unto us. How did these brethren against us, but if we love Him and keep who have spoken obtain the testimony His commandments we. shall prevail which they have borne ar the confer- against our enemies. ence in the power and spirit of God? It I do not know that we should have is because God has loved them and any enemies. I am not aware that we given unto them his spirit. How is it do any harm. We are striving all the that these Presidents of Stakes and time to set a righteous example, teachtheir counselors, High Councilors and ing the people correct principles. We the Bishops and their counselors have take our lives in our hands and go this glorious privilege of assembling to- forth to the nations of the earth with gether at this conference to hear the this glad message of great joy to the word of the Lord and to represent their people, that God hath spoken and that respective fields of labor? It is by the He has restored to the earth His holy grace of God.

By His grace we are Gospel. We promise them that if they saved and have the privilege of a stand- will obey the Gospel and live the prining in the Church. It is our Father in ciples of righteousness they shall have Heaven who has drawn us into His a living testimony and shall know, as fold, adopted us into His royal family we know, that God lives, that Jesus is and given unto us the Holy Priesthood, the Christ, that Joseph Smith was a with the blessings and keys of endless true Prophet sent of God, that the dislife. He has also given unto us the pensation of the fulness of times is

our

are being prepared for everlasting life might say, beware of the leaven of the or for death, for a glorious resurrec

Gentiles. Let us be what we seem to tion or a resurrection of everlasting be. If we are patriots, let us stand by shame. There are two resurrections, correct principles, and let this be a the resurrection of the just and the land of religious liberty to all manresurrection of the unjust. How could kind. Let it be the land of the free we expect a part in the resurrection of and the home of the brave, truly and the just, unless we were just to our literally, and let those that are weak God and to each other?

be protected. That was the determinaVain theories will never do us any tion when the Constitution was writgood. Foolish dogmas never saved any- ten. The more I study and understand body or anything. We can

only be the Constitution of the United States, sanctified by the truth as it is in Christ the more I revere it. I am something Jesus. The Lord hath said “Look unto like Bishop Edward Hunter, who said, me all ye ends of the earth, for beside “Too good, too good, for a bad people." me there is no Savior.” Why do not It is a glorious document, and one that the inhabitants of the earth look unto we are under obligation to sustain. him? Why do they not have faith Every American citizen promises to in Him? Because it is not their tradi- sustain the Constitution of the United tion. “Without faith it is impossible to States. Every officer in the country please God.” I was not educated to be- makes that oath and covenant. That lieve that it was essential that I should is done for the protection of the weak enjoy the spirit of revelation myself; and to prevent religious persecution. It that I had the privilege of communion was so in the beginning, and wo unto with God my Eternal Father and ob- those who trample upon that Constitutaining light and intelligence from Him; tion. and that if I would sanctify myself be- God bless us in our individual refore the Lord and keep His command- sponsibilities. We shall all have to ments I should receive line upon line, stand before the bar of God and give precept upon precept, here a little and

an account of the deeds done in the there a little. I ask you, my beloved

body. All men, whether they be princes brethren and sisters, if we do not grow on their thrones, or beggars in the gradually in the knowledge of God? We street, have got to meet the covenants do not receive it in a day; we must

that they have made. The choir here have experience, and therefore I think sings sometimes, “Who shall ascend inour persecutions are all right. Jesus

to the hill of the Lord? Or who shall Christ said: “It must needs be that stand in His holy place? He that hath offenses come, but wo unto them by clean hands and a pure heart; who hath whom they come.” We have to be edu

not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor cated in this line. If we were not op

sworn deceitfully.” That is it. pressed, misrepresented, lied about and Let us be kind to ourselves; let us slandered, we never would have sym- fear God and keep his commandments, pathy for others in the same condition. and when He requires anything at our My sympathies go out to the patriot and hands by His grace, let us perform it. to the lover of liberty who believes in Unto this end may God sustain us, for sustaining the constitution that was

Christ's sake. Amen. given of Almighty God. I do not sym- The chior sang: pathize with the hypocrite. Jesus

“Let the mountains shout for joy." Christ said: "Beware of the leaven of

Benediction by Patriarch John Smith. the Pharisees,” (hypocrisy) and we

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Saturday, October 7, 10 a.m. 25. “Behold the land of Zion, I, the Conference was called to order by Lord, holdeth it in mine own hands;

26. “Nevertheless, I the Lord, renderPresident George Q. Cannon.

eth unto Ceasar the things which are The choir and congregation sang the Caesar's; hymn which begins:

27. “Wherefore, I the Lord, willeth

that you shuold purchase the lands that "We thank Thee, O God, for a Pro

you may have the advantage of the phet,

world, that you may have claim on To guide us in these latter-days;

the world, that they may not be stirred We thank Thee for sending the Gos

up unto anger; pel,

28. “For Satan putteth it into their To lighten our minds with its rays.” hearts to anger against you, and to the Prayer by Elder Charles W. Penrose. shedding of blood;

29. “Wherefore the land of Zion shall Singing by the choir:

not be obtained but by purchase or by "Come, dearest Lord, descend and blood, otherwise there is none inheridwell,

tance for you. By faith and love, in every heart;

"And if by purchase, behold you Then shall we know and taste and feel are blessed; The joys that cannot be expressed." 31. "And if by blood, as you are for

bidden to shed blood, lo, your enemies are upon you, and ye shall be scourged

from city to city, and from synagogue PRESIDENT LORENZO SNOW. to synagogue, and but few shall stand

to receive an inheritance." How the Land of Zion shall be Redeemed--The

We learn from these verses that the Law of Consecratiou-The Law of Tithing Persecutions in the Past and the Cause of Lord determined that the Latter-day Them-Gratifying Effects of Recent Preaching

Saints could secure the land of Zion - Not the Business of Saints to fight their Enemies,

only by two ways: One by purchase,

the other by the shedding of blood. The Brethren and sisters: I wish, as I al

Lord also determined that possession of ways do in coming before an audience of

that country should not be gained exLatter-day Saints, your faith and pray

cept by the purchase of the land. It ers, that I may say such things as will

should be bought and paid for by the be a comfort and a blessing. A day or means furnished by the Latter-day two before this conference, in thinking Saints, whether rich or poor. It should upon what I might wish to say to the

be bought as other people buy land. Latter-day Saints, it occurred to me

The Lord would not permit them to that perhaps I had said about enough

take possession of the land by force, in reference to the matter of tithing, or by antagonizing the people's interand that I would not confine myself to ests. The Lord expressly stated that that subject, as I have spoken to the

He had no other object in view than Latter-day Saints in conferences of all that the Latter-day Saints should obthe large Stakes and also here in Salt

tain it upon the principle of purchase. Lake City at a Stake Conference. I felt

Even if it took every cent they posthat it might not be necessary to talk sessed, they should not secure it by the upon this subject, but that it would be shedding of men's blood. And if you proper for two of my brethren, who

and I ever get any possession upon the were with me at St. George and since, land of Zion, it will be by purchase, not to talk upon it once more in their lives, by force. This has been the will of the and I have so requested them. Now, Lord from the beginning. He has never I feel it my duty to say something still allowed his people to take possession of myself in reference to this most import any property by force. When the Childant subject of all, under the present ren of Israel were taken froin Egyptian condition, that can be iaid before the bondage and promised an inheritance in Latter-day Saints. I will read a few what is called the "land flowing with verses in the 63rd Section of the Book milk and honey," it was not the design of Doctrine and Covenants, comment of the Lord that they should get posses

us.

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banks of the Red Sea, after they had But inasmuch as they would not comcrossed over by the miraculous inter- ply with His requirements, the Lord position of providence, he presented to could not sustain them against their them the same principles of salvation enemies. So it will be with us, or with and exaltation as he has presented to any people whom the Lord calls to com

But they rejected those principles, ply with His requirements and whom and then he told them what should be He proposes to confer the highest blessthe results of that rejection. He pro- ings upon, as He has in reference to us, posed to make them a nation of kings and as He did in reference to the people and priests, and there is only one way

in Jackson County. do that, and that is through the ever- There having been a failure in regard lasting Gospel in all its fullness.

to this law of consecration--a failure so He told them that he would send the serious that it resulted in great misery hornet before them to drive out the peo- to the people of God-a few years after ple from the land that he proposed to that the Lord gave another law for the bestow upon them. But, as I have said, Saints to observe in place of the law of they rejected the principles that were consecration. It is called the law of presented to them, and therefore the tithing. If we look upon this law in its Lord, through their disobedience, was proper light, we will see the importance compelled to give them another law. of it and the danger that will result it

We are told in the 29th verse, which we fail to observe it. It would hardly I have read:

be justice in our Heavenly Father if He

were to deal with the Latter-day Saints "Wherefore the land of Zion shall not he obtained (not may not be, or can not

now in any way different from that in be, but shall not be) but by purchase which He dealt with His people in Jackor by blood, otherwise there is none

son County. If we find out what resultinheritance for you."

ed from their failure in the law of conThat which I have read from the 63rd

secration, we may. I think. very readSection has been literally fulfilled. The ily and reasonably conclude what will Lord provided a way whereby they be the result of a failure in reference could secure the means to purchase to this law that has been put before us that country, namely by the law of

in place of the law of consecration. I consecration. There was no one man

dare say that it seems to some persons in the Church that could have bought who are not in the habit of reflecting that land; there were no two men, or much that the Lord is severe under cerhalf a dozen men, or a hundred men tain circumstances. When we consider that could have bought it. The people what transpired here a few years ago as a general thing were poor. There

in this beautiful country and the diswere no rich men that received the Gos- tress that was visited upon the men, pel in those early days. But by combin- women and children, we might think ation and union they could nave secured there was some severity about that. the means to carry out the purposes The same in reference to what followed of the Almighty in regard to the pur- a disobedience to this law of consecrachase of that country. They failed be- tion in the early days of the Church. cause of their love for money. In a re- The Lord told the Saints who velation after this we are told that they formed that colony in Jackson failed to give their names as they were County What should be the results if commanded. The Lord sent Elders they failed to observe the law of conthroughout the States, where there were secration. He said: Ye shall be Latter-day Saints to collect means scourged from city to city and from for this purpose, and the people in Jack- synagogue to synagogue, and but few son County were required to observe shall stand to receive an inheritance." the law of consecration. But they fail- I do not wish to speak very long; I do ed to do it, and therefore the lands were not expect my voice will allow me; but not secured. The Lord could have sus- I want to read an extract showing what tained the people against the encroach- followed a disobedience of consecration. ments of their enemies had they placed And in this connection I want you to themselves in a condition where he distinctly understand that the Lord cer. would have been justified in doing so. tainly could have preserved the

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