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to look after those who are in need in of the earth, why? Because they bethe Church. Our brethren will not have longed to certain secret associations, to join these secret associations that and they were compelled to be at work are formed in the world, for the purpose all the time in order to pay their dues, of leaving a few thousand dollars to or they would lose what they had put their widows when they die. If we will in them. pay our tithes and our offerings we will I want to say to the Later-day Saints lay up for ourselves treasure in the that Zion and the Church of Jesus storehouse of God, by which our wid- Christ of Latter-day Saints are good ows and our children will be cared for enough for me and my family. I do after we are dead, and far better than not want any of these associations for they will be by these associations that the purpose of laying up money. If offer premiums on death. I mention there were any other object in them by this simply incidentally. The Church which I might be able to do good in the of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints world, that might be an inducement. is good enough for me and my family, But I cannot afford to join any associand I have no time or means to associ- ation simply for the purpose of laying ate myself with organizations that are up money to be received when I am not of this Church and which have sim- dead. I am willing to trust my people in ply for their object the laying up of the hands of the Lord, just as I have something for my wife to have after I been in the hands of the Lord from the am dead. I cannot afford to do it, for beginning. this reason; the Lord has seen fit to Now I will read a little from the Book give me from day to day just sufficient of Mormon in regard to the law of tithfor my needs, and if I were to join these ing as it existed in ancient days. The associations for the purpose of looking Prophet Alma, in his 13th chapter, comafter the future of my family, I would mencing at the 14th verse says: be compelled to neglect paying my

"14. Yea, humble yourself even tithing, and present duties, because I the people in the days of Melchisedek, would not have means enough to pay my who was also a High Priest after this tithing and my dues for these associa

same order, which I have spoken, who tions. We have known members of the hood forever.

also took upon him the High PriestChurch, who when they

asked "15. And it was the same Melchisewhy they did not pay their tithing, con

dek to whom Abraham paid tithes; yea, fessed that they were associated with

even our Father Abraham paid tithes of

one-tenth of all he possesed. organizations of

kind and

"16. Now these ordinances were other, wherein they

compelled given after this manner, that thereby to pay weekly or monthly certain the people might look forward on the

Son of God, it being a type of his order, of money; they had

been

or it being his order; and this, that associated with these institutions they might look forward to him for a for number of years and had

remission of their sins, that they might put quite a lot of money in them, and

enter into the rest of the Lord.

"17. Now this Melchisedek was a now if they did not continue to pay king over the land of Salem; and his their dues they would lose all they had people waxed strong in iniquity and put in, then in case of death their fami- abominations; yea, they had all gone

astray: they were full of all manner of lies would lose the premium. From

wickedness: this you can see they are in bondage "18. But Melchisedek having exerto these secret organizations, and if cised mighty faith, and received the ofthey want to pay tithing they cannot

fice of the High Priesthood, according

to the holy order of God, did preach redo it. Well, if they do not they will be pentance unto his people. And behold, among those whose names will not be they did repent; and Melchisedek did es.

tablish peace in the land in his days; found recorded in the book of the Law therefore he was called the prince of of the Lord and who will not have in- peace, for he was the king of Salem; heritance in the Zion of God. Further

and he did reign under his father.

"19. Now, there were many before more, we have called some of these men him, and also there were many afterto go on missions, but they could not

wards, but none were greater; there.

fore, of him they have more particulargo to preach the Gospel to the nations ly made mention."

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I desire now to read a few words in "2. Nevertheless there are those relation to the duty which devolves among you who have sinned exceedingupon the men who have been speaking ly; yea, even all of you have sinned, but

verily I say unto you, beware from during this conference. I will read a henceforth, and refrain from sin, lest portion of the 41st Section of the Doc- sore judgments fall upon your heads; trine and Covenants:

"3. For unto whom much is given

much is required; and he who sins "Hearken and hear, oh ye my people, against the greater light shall receive saith the Lord and your God, ye whom

the greater condemnation. I delight to bless with the greatest

"4. Ye call upon my name for reveblessings, ye that hear me; and ye

lations, and I give them unto you; and that hear me not will I curse, that have inasmuch as ye keep not my sayings, professed by name, with the heaviest of which I give unto you, ye become transall cursings.

gressors, and justice and judgment "2. Hearken, Oye Elders of

are the penalty which is affixed unto my my

law; Church whom I have called; behold I give unto you a commandment, that ye I say unto all, watch, for the adversary

“5. Therefore, what I say unto one shall assemble yourselves together to

spreadeth his dominions and darkness agree upon my word,

reigneth; "3. And by the prayer of your faith **6. And the anger of the Lord kindye shall receive my law, that ye may leth against the inhabitants of the know how to govern my Church, and earth; and none doeth good, for

all have all things right before me.

have gone out of the way. "4. And I will be your ruler when I

7. And now, verily I say unto you, I come; and behold, I come quickly, and the Lord, will not lay any sin to your ye shall see that my law is kept."

charge; go your ways and sin no more;

but unto that soul who sinneth shall The Lord here especially demands of

the former sins return, saith the Lord the men who stand at the head of this your God. Church and who are responsible for the

“8. And again, I say unto you, I give guidance and direction of the people of

unto you a new commandment, that you

may understand my will concerning God that they shall see to it that the

you, law of God is kept. It is our duty to do “9. Or in other words I will give this. We are not talking to you about

unto you directions how you may act

before me, that it may turn to you for paying your tithing because it is a

your salvation. pleasure to do so, or because we desire "10. I, the Lord, am bound when ye do to harp upon that principle; but we are what I say, but when ye do not what I doing it because the necessities of the

say, ye have no promise." people are such that it becomes obli

Now, Brother Lyman has been talkgatory upon the leaders of the Church ing to you about the remission of sins. to say something upon this principle, When we commit sin, it is necessary that not only the people may do their that we repent of it and make restituduty in regard to this law, but that tion as far as lies in our power. When there may be something in the store- we cannot make restitution for the house of the Lord with which to meet wrong we have done then we must apthe necessities of the people; for the ne- ply for the grace and mercy of God to cessities of the Church are the neces- cleanse us from that iniquity. sities of the people. The members of the Men cannot forgive their own sins; Church constitute the Church, and there, they cannot cleanse themselves from fore whatever obligation the Church is the consequences of their sins. Men under, it rests upon each individual can stop sinning and can do right in the member of the Church proportionate to future, and so far their acts are accepthis means. The Lord requires of us that able before the Lord and worthy of we shall see that His law is kept among consideration. But who shall repair the the people. This is one of the principle wrongs they have done to themselves reasons why we are talking to you as and to others, which it seems imposwe are. In Section 82 of the Book of sible for them to repair themselves? By Doctrine and Covenants, the Lord the atonement of Jesus Christ, the sins speaking to the Church says:

of the repentant shall be washed away,

though they be crimson they shall be “Verily, verily I say unto you my ser

made white as wool. This is the provants, that inasmuch as ye have forgiven one another your trespasses, even

mise given to you through the President so I, the Lord, forgive you.

of the Church today. We who have noi

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paid our tithing in the past, and are Lord in His mercy withdrew from the therefore under obligations to the Lord, Latter-day Saints the law of consecrawhich we are not in position at tion, because the people were not prepresent to discharge, he has said

pared to live it, and as long as it was to us the Lord requires that no longer in force and they kept it not they were at our hands, but will forgive us for the under condemnation. The law of tithpast if we will observe this law honestly ing was given in its place. in the future. That is generous and

Some people may not care very much kind, and I feel grateful for it.

whether their names are recorded or I will read row a few verses from Sec- not, but this comes from ignorance tion 85 of the Book of Doctrine and Cov- of the consequences. If their names enants, commencing at the 9th verse:

are not recorded they will not only be "And all they who are not found writ

cut off from the assistance which they ten in the book of remembrance, shall would be entitled to from the Church find none inheritance in that day, but

if they needed it, but they will be cut they shall be cut asunder, and their portion shall be appointed them among

off from the ordinances of the house of unbelievers, where are walling and God; they will be cut asunder from gpashing of teeth.

their dead and from their fathers who "These things I say not of myself;

have been faithful, or from those who therefore, as the Lord speaketh, He will also fulfill

shall come after them who shall be "And they who are of the High Priest. faithful, and they will be appointed hood, whose names are not found writ

their portion with the unbelievers, ten in the book of the law, or that are found to have apostatized, or to have

where there is weeping and gnashing of been cut off from the Church; as well teeth. It means that you will be cut as the lesser Priesthood, or the mem- off from your fathers and mothers, bers, in that day, shall not find an in

from your husbands, your wives, your heritance among the Saints of the Most High;

children, and that you shall have no "Therefore it shall be done unto them portion or lot or inheritance in the king. as unto the children of the priests, as

dom of God, both in time and in eterwill be found recorded in the second chapter and sixty-first and second

nity. It has a very serious and far verses of Ezra."

reaching effect. It is therefore the

more obligatory upon me and upon my I am going to turn now to Ezra and

fellow-servants in the Church of God see what is said there. We read:

to make these matters known to the "61. And the children of the Priests; people, that our skirts may be free from the children of Habaiah, the children their blood. I need not read to you of Koz, the children of Barzillai; which took a wife of the daughters of Barzillai

from Malachi, but I will read something the Gileadite, and was called after from Amos, who is called one of the their name;

lesser Prophets. The Prophet says"62. These sought their register

and he says it ironically: among those that were reckoned by genealogy, but they were not found,

"4. Come to Bethel, and transgress; therefore were they, as polluted put from the Priesthood.

at Gilgal multiply transgressions; and *63. And the Tirshatha said

bring your sacrifices every morning,

unto them, that they should not eat of the

and your tithes after three years.

*5. And offer a sacrifice of thanksmost holy things, till there stood up a Priest with Urim and Thummim."

giving with leaven, and proclaim and

publish the free offerings; for this This is the position the people will liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith be in when they come to claim an in

the Lord God. heritance in Zion, if their names are

“6. And I also have given you clean

ness of teeth in all your cities, and want not found recorded in the book of the

of bread in all your places; yet have ye law of God. And I want to tell you not returned unto me, saith the Lord. that this refers directly to the law of

7. And also I have withholden the

rain from you, when there were yet tithing. In the first place it referred

three months to the harvest; and I to the law of consecration, but that law, caused it to rain upon one city, and as has been explained, was not properly caused it not to rain upon another city; kept, and inasmuch as people are under

one piece was rained upon, and the

piece whereupon it rained not withered. greater condemnation when they keep

"8. So two or three cities wandered not the laws that are given them, the unto one city, to drink water; but they

were not satisfied; yet have ye not re- Now let me show to you how the turned unto me, saith the Lord. "9. I have smitten you with blasting

Lord poured out blessings upon His and mildew; when your gardens and people anciently when they obeyed the your vineyards, and your fig trees, and

law of tithing. I will read from the your olive trees increased, the palmer- 31st chapter of II Chronicles, comworm devoured them; yet have ye not

mencing at the 5th verse: returned unto me, saith the Lord. "10. I have sent among you the pes

"5. And as soon as the commandtilence after the manner of Egypt; ment came abroad, the children of your young men have I slain with the Israel brought in abundance the first sword, and have taken away your fruits of corn, wine and oil, and honey, horses; and I have made the stink of and of all the increase of the field; and your camps to come up unto your nos- the tithe of all things brought they in trils; yet have ye not returned unto abundantly." me, saith the Lord. "11, I have overthrown some of you,

This is in accordance with the law of as God overthrew Sodom and Gomor- tithing that was given to the children rah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked through Moses, as you may read in the out of the burning; yet have ye not re

27th chapter of Leviticus: turned unto me, saith the Lord.

"12. Therefore thus will I do unto "And concerning the children of thee, O Israel; and because I will do Israel and Judah, that dwelt in the this unto thee, prepare to meet thy cities of Judah, they also brought in God, O Israel.

the tithes of oxen and sheep, and the "13. For, lo, he that formeth the tithe of holy things which were conmountains, and createth the wind and secrated unto the Lord their God, and declareth unto man what is his thought, laid them by heaps. that maketh the morning darkness, and "In the third month they began to treadeth upon the high places of the lay the foundation of the heaps, and earth, the Lord, the God of Hosts, is finished them in the seventh month. His name.

"And when Hezekiah and the princ"14. Hear ye this word which I take es came and saw the heaps, they up against you, even a lamentation, O blessed the Lord and His people Israel. house of Israel.

"Then Hezekiah questioned with "15. The virgin of Israel is fallen; the Priests and the Levites concerning she shall no more rise; she is forsaken the heaps. upon her land; there is none to raise "And Azariah the chief Priest, of her up."

the house of Zadok, answered him and

said, Since the people began to bring These were the consequences of dis- the offerings into the house of the obedience on the part of ancient Israel,

Lord, we have had enough to eat, and

have left plenty; for the Lord has the same power reigns today that

blessed His people; and that which is reigned then.

left is this great store." I have referred you to some of the

In connection with this passage of chastisements and promises of punish

scripture I would remind you of the ments upon those who will not hearken

promise made through the Prophet unto the Lord nor obey His law. The

Malachi to the children of Israel: Latter-day Saints are in the midst of these mountains for the express pur

"Bring ye all the tithes

into the pose of serving Almighty God. We storehouse, that there may be meat in

mine house, and prove me now herehave not come here to serve ourselves

with, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will nor to serve the world. We are here not open you the windows of Heaven, because we have believed in the Gospel and pour you out a blessing, that there

shall not be room enough to receive it. that has been restored in the latter day

"And I will rebuke the deveria for through the Prophet Joseph Smith. We

your sakes, and he shall not destroy are here because we believe that God the fruits of your ground; neither shall Almighty has organized His Church your vine cast her fruit before the time

in the field, saith the Lord of isosts.'' and has restored the fullness of the Gospel and Holy Priesthood. We are here I know that the Lord will do this to because we have received the testi- those who fear Him and work rightemony of the Spirit of God that the ousness before Him. course which we have pursued in this I refer you now to the 28th chapter of regard is right and acceptable in the Deut., and also to the 26th chapter sight of the Lord. We are here be- of Leviticus. They run almost parallel. cause we have come in obedience to the I will read from the 28th chapter of command of the Almighty.

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“And it shall come to pass, if thou but we would have enough to meet all shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of these necessities in my opinion. But of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments which I com

as long as some people are disobedient mand thee this day, ihat the Lord thy and neglectful in observing this law, God will set thee on high above all na- those who are willing will of necessity tions of the earth. "And all these blessings shall come

be called upon from time to time to on thee and overtake thee, if thou shalt

show their further liberality in mainhearken unto the voice of the Lord thy taining the poor. I want to say for the God.

benefit of our friends who may be pres. "Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt thou be in the field.

ent that the Latter-day Saints do not "Blessed shall be the fruit of chy ask their non-Mormon neighbors to seei body, and the fruit of thy ground, and their poor. We do it ourselves and we the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of

feed hundreds that are not of us bethy kine, and the flocks of thy sheer. "Blessed shall be thy basket and

sides. However, those who do not pay thy store.

their tithing are not entitled to the help "Blessed shalt thou be when thou

that they would be if they paid üheir comest in, and blessed shalt thou be When thou goest out.

tithing. When one comes to a Bishop "The Lord shall cause thine ene

and asks for assistance because of his mies that rise up against thee to be or her straightened circumstances, the smitten before thy face; they shall

first thing the Bishop should do is to income out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways.

quire if he or she is a tithe payer. He "The Lord shall command the bles- should know whether the name is on sing upon thee in thy storehouses, and

the book of the law of the Lord, arid in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall bless thee in the land

if not on the book, if he or she has which the Lord thy God giveth chee. been derelict and negligent in relation

"The Lord shall establish thee to this principle of tithing, he or she holy people unto Himself, as He hath

has no claim upon the Bishop, neither sworn unto thee, if thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God,

have their children, and if uncer thos? and walk in His ways.

circumstances the Bishop assists him, "And all people of the earth shall

it will simply be out of pure charity see that thou art called by the name

and not because such have iny claim of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.

upon the Church. That is why the "And the Lord shall make thee widow who receives assistance from. tlie plenteous in goods, in the fruit of thy Church should pay her tithing, so that body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy ground, in the her name may be on the records of the land which the Lord sware into thy Church. It is not a law that is apfathers to give thee.

plicable to one and not to another. If “The Lord shall open unto thee

the rich may not receive blessings beHis good treasure, the Heaven to give the rain unto thy land in His season,

cause their names are not o: the reand to bless all the work of thine hand, cord, then neither shall the poor reand thou shalt lend unto many nations,

ceive blessings in the house of God if and thou shalt not borrow.

thir names are not recordel. So long God hasten the day when this people as a poor person receives his or her supshall be in a position to lend and not port through the tithings of the people, be under the necessity of borrowing at they should be willing to observe the all, and I believe the only remedy that lav themselves in order that they inay is necessary to bring about this result te entitlrd to what they receive. They is for the people to observe the "w of should show by their observance of the tithing. If the people of God would law that they are law-keepers and not pay their tithing honestly we would law-breakers. Our children, as soon as have abundance with which ic build they become old enough to earn means, Temples and to maintain the work of should be taught to pay th-ir tithing, the Lord in the Temples; would that their names may be written in the have abundance to take care of the kook of the law of the Lord, 20 that if widows and orphans and the poor in perchance their fathers die and they our midst. We would not have to ask are left orphans, their names, as weil you to donate this little thing and that as the names of their parents, will be ttle thing for the benefit of the poor found upon the records and they will

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