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they could see the face of God, that demnation such condemnation probathey could have the Melchisedek Priest. bly as has never rested upon us before, hood continued among them, and be. will rest upon this people unless they come a nation of kings and priests; but obey with all their hearts the words of they were hard in their hearts and re- the Lord that He has given

to jected the word of God. The result was through His servant. that for forty years they wandered in

We need to be born again, and have the wilderness, and all that generation

new hearts put in us. There is too were buried in the wilderness, except much of the old leaven about us. We two men. Two men only out of the vast

are not born again as we should be. Do host that left Egypt under the leader

you not believe that we ought to be ship of Moses, ever reached the prom

born again? Do you not believe that ised land, and they were Caleb and

we should become new creatures in Joshua. The Lord had a new genera- Christ Jesus, under the influence of the tion. The fathers had rejected Him, Gospel? All will say, yes, who underand He took the Melchisedek Priesthood stand the Gospel. You must be born from their midst, with Moses, and He, again. You must have new desires, gave unto them the lesser Priesthood,

new hearts, so to speak, in you. But which was confirmed upon Aaron and

what do we see? We see men following his seed. They administered the law

the ways of the world just as much as of carnal commandments. And this be.

though they made no pretensions to be. cause they did not have faith enough ing Latter-day Saints. Hundreds of to receive all that Moses was willing to

people who

called Latter-day teach them!

Saints you could not distinguish from Shall we be in the same condition? the world. They have the same desires, Shall we, through hardness of heart and the same feelings, the same aspirations, disobedience to God and His servants,

the same passions as the rest of the bring upon ourselves the same penalty? world. Is this how God wants us to be? I do not believe we will. I am sure we No; He wants us to have new hearts, will not reject the Melchisedek Priest

new desires. He wants us to be hood, its power and its ordinances. But changed people when we embrace His I do fear that we will defer the redemp. Gospel, and to be animated by entirely tion of Zion indefinitely through our new motives, and have a faith that will unwillingness to do the things that God lay hold of the promises of God. But requires at our hands. I have not an the trouble is, the Prophets of God walk earthly doubt that this revelation given around among you, and you see them in 1834 would have been fulfilled to the all the time. “Why, I saw Lorenzo very letter, had our people obeyed the Snow today, and he is just like any Lord as He desired; neither do I be- other man. I saw Joseph F. Smith, and lieve now that the redemption of Zion if I had not known, I might have taken will be long deferred if the people will him for anyone else. I saw

some of obey the Lord and keep His command.

the Apostles, and they are like other ments. But the difficulty is,

men." And because they are like other hearts are hard and almost impenetra- men, therefore they must be rejected. ble, in many instances. Here President It is not supposed that they have more Snow has been preaching for four

power than others. That is a mistake months now in relation to the payment that the world has always made. There of tithing; he has been laboring with all was Moses, one of the mightiest Prohis might, to the astonishment of all phets that ever lived. Did the children those who know his age; and yet he of Israel

anything particularly cannot rest-he has to here preach it mighty in Moses? No; he was one of again, because he feels that the people them, and they saw nothing exceptional need to be stirred up. I tell you that about him. Then there was Nephi, anall that is not for nothing. I tell you other mighty Prophet. Brother Grant that the man of God is not aroused and read to us a description of him. Did inspired for nothing. There is a mean. Nephi's brethren see anything mighty Irig to it. And I feel that great con- in him? Why, no; there was nothing

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to distinguish him particularly; and yet arguments. We are like the children of he was a mighty Prophet whom God Israel when they fled out of Egypt. had raised up. So it was with the Son They did not have faith. They were of God Himself, the mightiest being enveloped in the traditions of their that ever trod the earth. He descended fathers. They were an adolatrous peofrom the throne of His Father and ple, and had lived among the Egyptians came to earth; but men saw nothing in until they had imbibed many of their Him different to other men, and they false notions. It took forty years wancrucified Him. Thus it has been in dering in the wilderness to get rid of every age. There have only been a few the traditions they had imbibed, notwho have ever discovered the power of withstanding the mighty works which God as manifested through His serv

God did in their midst. We should enants. It is so today. Who recognized deavor to profit by the lessons of the Joseph Smith as one of the mightiest past. Let us put away our hardness of Prophets that ever lived? Why, the heart. Let us be a distinct people. Let Saints themselves received with reluct

us try to realize that we should be ance the truths he taught; and men

born of God; that we should have new alew him, and may possibly have desires in our hearts; that we should thought they were doing God's service put away everything that is offensive in doing so. So it has been with those in the sight of God, and endeavor to who have followed him and have held

live in strict conformity to the laws the keys of authority. They have and commandments that He has given

unto us. passed among their fellow men and re

There is a class of people in ceived but little recognition. Men

our midst that probably will not be could see all their faults and failings,

obedient. We shall have that to conand could talk about them one to an

tend with as long as Satan is unbound; other; but they could not

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for he has power over the hearts of the divinity in them. It is the same with

children of men. But we should enthe servants of God in our midst today. deavor to lessen his power to the exThey are but mortal men, and we see

tent of our ability. their weaknesses and their defects of In this connection a great deal decharacter. These become magnified in pends upon the parents. My parents our eyes, and we talk freely about were exceedingly strict in exacting them. The result is, we receive their obedience from their children. The leswords with reluctance; we question the sons I learned in my boyhood I have word of God that comes through them, never forgotten. They have been of and wonder if it is not alloyed with service to me in my labors among the something of their own.

people and with the servants of God. What we all need is faith-faith in I do not wish to say anything of a God, faith to believe that which He

boastful nature, but I never have had tells us. Here the brethren have been the least difficulty thus far in my life laboring for days to tell us what bles- in obeying the servants of God. This sings will attend obedience to the law habit of obedience was formed in me of tithing-how our storehouses will be when I was a child, and I have thanked filled, our fields be fertile, etc., in this God many times that my parents were way appealing to our selfishness. We determined that their children seem to be able to reach the people should be obedient to them. As a rebetter by appealing to their selfish in- sult of their training, it has been no stincts. If we can make them believe trouble to me to come or to go, to do that they are going to get something this or that, at the request of the servin return for what they do, it seems to ants of God. Yet those who know me be more effective than any other way. regard me, no doubt, as a man who It is true that these blessings will fol- likes his own way. That is my nature. low; but it shows, my brethren and It is a pleasure to me to have my own sisters, how our hearts have to way. I am positive in my nature. But reached. We do not have faith. If it has also been a pleasure to me to we had faith as we should have, it obey the servants of God. I say to would not be necessary to use such my folks that that is the way we

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should raise our children. They should this conference will not be lost sight be made to do that which is required of and forgotten by us. I want to see of them. If the Latter-day Saints as Zion redeemed. I pray for the redempa people would enforce obedience in tion of Zion. I labor for it. It will be the home, our children would grow up brought about by peaceful methods. and become men and women who would Nobody need be afraid of the designs obey God, who would listen to His of the Latter-day Saints. We have no word, and be as strict in observing it designs only to keep the commandas they had been to obey the word of ments of God. We have no evil detheir parents. But instead of that you signs on anybody. We invite everysee the rudeness of some of our child- body to come and partake of liberty ren. The manner in which they con- with us. We will defend men of every duct themselves at times is disgrace- creed and of every denomination in ful. I feel mortified occasionally at their rights as quickly as we will our the behavior of our children. There own people. will be a meeting here tonight of the

Joseph Smith taught us a lesson beSunday school workers, and we shall

fore he died in this respect, and it be under the necessity of having police should never be forgotten. It will men, if we can obtain them, to main

never be by those familiar with the tain order outside the building and to

circumstances. He invited men not of prevent the meeting being disturbed

us to take part in certain things, as by the boisterous conduct of a class

an example of what would be in days of boys and girls. This is one of the

to come. They did not belong to our things we should attend to.

Church; I do not know that they beI feel to say that all the evils we longed to any church. Some people suffer from are due to our disobedience have found fault with me because on and hardness of heart. The persecu- one occasion I made a little distinctions that we have endured are trace- tion between the Kingdom of God and able to this. Our future persecutions the Church of God. Now, there is a will be attributable to the same cause. distinction, and Joseph Smith illustratTherefore how necessary it is that we ed it. He showed us that when the should train our children to be obedient Lord's kingdom should be established, to authority. If we will do this, it people of every creed and of no creed will be an easy thing for them to obey should have perfect liberty and protecwhen they are men and women. A tion under it. It will not be for the girl thus trained makes a good wife. Latter-day Saints alone; it will be for A boy thus trained makes a good hus- the protection of the Church of God band. Send him on a mission, and the and every other church. God does not presiding authority there will see the deprive men of their agency. He lets difference between him and the one them worship according to their connot trained in habits of obedience. I sciences. If they want to be Methodhave noticed it in my experience in the ists, or Episcopalians, or Catholics, or world. We should think of the future Agnostics, or anything else, all right. of our children. We should not let They can follow Confuscius, or they them have their own way in everything. can believe as the Hindoos do, or anyThey should be taught that it is not thing else, so long as they do not tresright, but that they should submit to pass upon the rights of their neighbors. the judgment of those who are over They cannot do that. They have no them. And we should submit to the right to force their belief on other peowill of our Father in Heaven, what- ple, or to war on other people because of ever He requires at our hands. If it their belief. God never did that. He will is to give our tithing, all right. If it bless everyone of every creed who will is to consecrate, all right. We should serve Him to the best of his ability, have faith that the Lord has power and especially those who seek to preto bless us according to our devotion serve the rights of their fellowmen. and diligence in keeping His command- For God loves His children, and He ments.

wants them to have their full agency. I trust that what has been said at Of course, if they rebel against Him,

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and reject His laws and ordinances, in the temporal salvation of the Church they must meet the penalty. As a peo- of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, ple, we ought to feel the utmost kind- and I believe that the Lord will deliver ness and to grant the utmost liberty us from our troubles and difficulties if to everyone. We exhibited that feeling we will observe all His words. when we first came to this valley. In

also very deeply interested in the spirit1849, when the emigration came through ual salvation of the children of men. here to California, I well remember believe that that angel which John saw how many preachers were invited to flying in the midst of Heaven with speak in our old Tabernacle on the the everlasting Gospel to preach to corner of this block, because President every nation, kindred, tongue and peoYoung said he wanted the people to ple, came to the Prophet Joseph Smith hear these men and their views. For and delivered his message, and that a years this was done. Prominent min- great responsibility rests upon the isters were invited to speak to us. I Church today to see to it that this mesremember Methodist Bishops and oth- sage is delivered to the nations of the ers preaching to us in this Tabernacle. earth. As has been stated, there are Why? Because we were willing to ex- doubtless between seventeen and eightend liberty to everybody. In return, teen hundred missionaries throughout we ask that they will not trespass upon the world preaching the Gospel. In my us. We think we have a right to wor- opinion, not less than five hundred ship God in our own way, and we try thousand dollars is spent each year in to worship Him in that way which will sending out our Elders, in distributing be acceptable to Him.

books and tracts and in preaching the My brethren and sisters, I ask God Gospel throughout the world. to bless you-bless you in your families

I desire to speak, if I can have the and in everything pertaining to you. spirit of my calling, more particularly Let us labor continually for the re

to the Seventies of the Church of Jesus demption of Zion and for the time

Christ. The special calling of the First when the promises which God has

Council of Seventy is as witnesses of made to Zion will be fulfilled; that we

the Lord to the nations of the earth, may build the centre Stake of Zion,

under the direction of the Twelve Aposand rear the house of the Lord there.

tles. There are something like one There are men standing in this genera- hundred and twenty-two quorums of tion that will see it accomplished; but Seventy in the Church of Jesus Christ, we do not want it put off to the very numbering nearly eight thousand men. last. Let us all strive to fit and qualify Over each quorum there are seven Presourselves and our families, by obeying idents, the Lord having arranged it so the commandments of God to the full

that six of them can go on missions, est extent, so that we and our families

and always leave one to look after the may be remembered among those who

remainder. And in my opinion there shall be counted worthy to take part in

should not be very many remaining to the glorious work of redeeming Zion

look after. and enjoying the blessings thereof,

I want to read from the book of Docwhich I humbly ask in the name of

trine and Covenants and ascertain Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

what the Lord has to say about the Seventies. You will have to excuse me

for occupying the time in talking about ELDER J. G. KIMBALL,

the Seventies, for our labor among Carrying the Gospel to the Nations - The Duly of them puts me a good deal in mind of the Seventy.

the Filipinos. They shoot and then I am very desirous that I may have run, and that is about the way your attention as well as your faith have been doing. We would have a and prayers for a short time. I am little time between meetings to talk able to testify to the truth of all that to our Seventies; then we would shoot has been spoken unto you during this and run and never ascertain whether conference. I believe with all my heart we had killed any one or not-that is

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metaphorically speaking. We did not upon them. I desire to proclaim from know whether we had any good effect this stand that, as a Seventy in the on our Seventies or not. I believe that Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day our Seventies are not doing their work Saints, as a witness of the Lord to the as they should do it. I know you Seven- nations of the earth, I am willing to ties will not like it, and it will not go forth and cry aloud to the children make me popular with you, but I de- of men repentance, and I ask no Sevsire to say that there is a percentage enty to do what I am not willing to do of the Seventies than whom there are myself. I have the faith to testify, no more faithful men in the Church of and am willing to do so, that Joseph Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But Smith was a Prophet of God, notwiththe other percentage I have not much standing it is unpopular to do this. I to say about. This is what the Lord consider that Elder Ben E. Rich and says:

Elder Kelsch and other Elders that “And it is according to the vision, have been appointed to labor in the showing the order of the Seventy, that ministry have never had conferred upthey should have seven Presidents to preside over them, chosen out of the

on them greater blessings and honors number of the Seventy.

in all their history. They are honored “And the seventh President of these of God, and if they have the spirit of Presidents is to preside over the six;

God resting upon them, which they do “And these seven Presidents are to choose other Seventy besides the First have, they will be sorrowful when they Seventy, to whom they belong, and are released from that labor, and when are to preside over them;

they have to come back and go to their And also other Seventy, until seven times Seventy, if the labor in the vine

little plodding along, hunting their lityard of necessity requires it.

tle farm and getting a little work to do. "And these Seventy are to be travel- I read in the scriptures that some one ing ministers unto the Gentiles first, says that he would rather be a living and also unto the Jews;

“Whereas other officers of the Church, dog than a dead lion. So far as I am who belong not unto the Twelve, concerned, I would rather be a dead neither to the Seventy, are not under lion. I would rather go forth and the responsibility to travel among all preach the Gospel of the Lord Jesus nations, but are to travel as their circumstances shall allow, notwithstand- Christ, and I want to do it while I am ing they may hold as high and respon- young and full of vigor and life. When sible offices in the Church.

I get old I will come back and go into Wherefore now let every man learn his duty and to act in the office in

the High Priests' quorum and labor, which he is appointed, in all diligence.

while some other young men preach the "He that is slothful shall not be Gospel. I believe that the Seventies counted worthy to stand, and he that

quorums ought to be made up of young learns not his duty and shows himself

men. not approved, shall not

for be counted

The saying is "old worthy to stand. Even so. Amen." counsel and young men for war," and I want to ask the Latter-day Saints this is a warfare. If we do not kill

I if they have ever heard of a Seventy anybody, everybody wars upon us. being handled that is slothful and care

believe that aged men ought to go into less regarding his duties. I have heard

the High Priests' quorum. I want to of men being handled who waded out

say it right from this stand, so that into the mysteries of the kingdom and

when they call upon us for missioncommenced advocating false doctrine. aries, we will have able-bodied men One brother asked me the other day if

and men who are willing to go forth I had ever heard of a man being han- and preach the Gospel. We do not want dled for not knowing anything, and I

any Seventies that are run by their could not remember a single case of wives either. I do not blame the wivo that kind in the history of the Church. for running their husbands, because I I want to say to the Seventies, the High think have Seventies that their Priests and the Elders, that I do not

wives ought to run. I hear it almost believe the Lord is well pleased with every day (I do not want you to think the children of men in that they do it at home either) “What a lovely hus. not qualify themselves and learn their band that man is. If I only had a

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