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this labor in their behalf and to ex
AT THE TABERNACLE. tend to our kindred beyond the veil the greatest redeeming plan of salvation.
The choir sang the anthem: The opportunity is now a fforded us. Opportunities are also continually open- "O Lord, how manifold are Thy works." ing before us, whereby our genealo
Prayer by Elder Angus M. Cannon. gies may be obtained. I have learn
Singing by the choir: ed, through experience, that people who have an interest in their temple work,
O, my Father, thou that dwellest, records and genealogies, obtain those In the high and glorious place, genealogical records, to a great extent.
When shall I regain thy presence, Some people spend hundreds of dollars,
And again behold thy face?
In thy holy habitation, perhaps thousands of dollars, in trav
Did my spirit once reside? eling and gathering up the records of In my first primeval childhood, their forefathers, while others are in
Was I natured near thy side? different in this regard, and scarcely think of it from one year's end to an
THE AUTHORITIES OF THE other.
CHURCH We are not going to live forever, none of us. We may pass away
and those connected with various orany moment.
I have known of many ganizations, were presented to the Coninstances of this kind, where people ference for the votes of the assemblage, have put off from time to time and from
as follows: year to year, their work in behalf of
Lorenzo Snow, as Prophet, Seer and some of their kindred dead, and have Revelator and President of the Church finally passed away themselves without of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints doing this work. I know of such cases
in all the world. in Salt Lake City and all over the
George Q. Cannon, as First Counselor country. Now, brethren and sisters, do in the First Presidency. not forget this labor. Do not put it off
Joseph F. Smith as Second Counselor until you are entirely ready, because, if
in the First Presidency. you do, perhaps you will not get ready
Franklin D. Richards, as President at all. Your way may be hedged up, for of the Twelve Apostles. Satan is on the move and is looking into
As members of the Council of the our affairs continually and he
may Twelve Apostles: Franklin D. Richards, hedge up our way, wherever the oppor- Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, tunity is afforded him, that we shall not John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, be able to redeem our kindred dead.
Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, MarTherefore, I wish to urge this matter riner W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, upon you. In the midst of all our duties Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham 0. Woodand labor, let us not forget our fathers ruff and Rudger Clawson. and mothers, and our kindred on the
The Counselors in the First Presiother side of the veil.
dency and the Twelve Apostles as ProGod bless you, and may He lead us in phets, Seers and Revelators. the paths of life; that our minds may Patriarch of the Church-John Smith. be stirred up by way of remembrance of First seven Presidents of Seventiesthe duties pertaining to us in this our Seymour B. Young, Christian D. Fjeldsecond estate.
sted, Brigham Henry Roberts, George
Reynolds, Jonathan G. Kimball, Rulon The meeting was brought to a close
S. Wells and Joseph W. McMurrin. by the singing of the hymn, “We thank William B. Preston as Presiding BishThee, O God for a Prophet.”
op, with Robert T. Burton and John R.
Winder as his first and second counselBenediction by Elder Marriner W. Merrill.
Franklin D. Richards as Church Historian and general Church recorder, with John Jaques and Andrew Jenson as his assistants.
As trustee-in-trust for the body of re- John F. Bennett, John M. Mills, Willigious worshippers known the liam B. Dougall, William D. Owen, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Seymour B. Young. Saints-Lorenzo Snow.
YOUNG MEN'S MUTUAL IMPROVEAs members of the general Church
MENT ASSOCIATION. Board of Education-Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon, Karl G. Maeser, Lorenzo Snow, general superintenWillard Young, Anthon H. Lund, James dent. Sharp, Joseph F. Smith, John Nich- Joseph F. Smith, Heber J. Grant and olson and George H. Brimhall.
B. H. Roberts, assistants. As general Superintendent of Church Aids--Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Schools and Religion Classes-Karl G. Smith, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham 0. Maeser.
Woodruff, J. G. Kimball, Junius F. As Secretary of
General Church Wells, Milton H. Hardy, Rodney C. Board of Education-George Reynolds. Badger, Geo. H. Brimhall, Wiliam S.
As Members of the Board of Examin- Burton, Edward H. Anderson, Douglas ers of Church School Teachers-Karl G. M. Todd, John E. Heppler, Edward H. Maeser, Benjamin Cluff, Jr., William J. Snow, Nephi L. Morris, Richard W. Kerr, George H. Brimhall and Joshua Young, Horace G. Whitney, Willard H. Paul.
Done, LeRoi C. Snow, Frank Y. Tay
lor. As Secretary of the Board of Examiners-John M. Mills.
Secretary and treasurer, Thomas
Music director, Evan Stephens.
YOUNG LADIES' MUTUAL IMBathsheba W. Smith, second vice
PROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, president.
Elmina S. Taylor, president. Sarah J. Cannon, third vice-president. Maria Y. Dougall, first counselor. Emmeline B. Wells, secretary.
Martha H. Tingey, second counselor. M. Isabella Horne, treasurer.
Secretary and treasurer, Annie M. Directors: Romania B. Pratt, Emelia Cannon. D. Madsen, Lucy S. Cardon, Susan Corresponding secretary, Mae Taylor. Grant, Mary Pitchforth, Harriett M. Assistant secretary, Joan Campbell. Brown, Martha Tonks, Helena E. Mad- Aides-Lilly T. Freeze, Adella W. sen, Aurilla Hatch, Hattie Brown, Mar- Eardley, Sarah Eddington, Aggie tha B. Cannon, Emma Woodruff, Julia Campbell, Minnie J. Snow, May B. Tal. L. Smith, Emily S. Richards. Rebecca mage, Emma Goddard, Rose W. BenStandring, Ellis R. Shipp, Julia P. M. nett, Alice K. Smith, Elizabeth C. McFarnsworth.
Cune, Ruth M. Fox, Julia A. Brixen,
Susa SUNDAY SCHOOL AUTHORITIES.
Y. Gates, Helen W. Woodruff,
Augusta W. Grant, Mary A. Freeze. George Q. Cannon, general superintendent.
PRIMARY ASSOCIATION. Karl G. Maeser, second assistant gen- Louie B. Felt, president. eral superintendent.
Lillie T. Freeze, first counselor. George D. Pyper, general secretary. Josephine R. West, second counselor. George Reynolds, general treasurer. May Anderson, secretary and treasLeo Hunsaker, assistant secretary. urer.
Members of the Deseret Sunday Olive Derbidge, assistant secretary. School Union Board-George Q. Can- Euphemia J. Irvine, recording secnon, Karl G. Maeser, George Reynolds, retary. Thomas C. Griggs, Joseph W. Summer- Aids-Aurelia S. Rogers, Cornelia H. hays, Levi W. Richards, Francis M. Clayton, Lulu Greene Richards, Belle Lyman, Heber J. Grant, Joseph M. Tan- S. Ross, Julia I. McDonald, S. E. Hyde, ner, George Teasdale, Hugh J. Cannon, Camilla C. Cobb, Zaidee Walker. Andrew Kimball, Joseph F. Smith, John Nicholson as clerk of the GenJohn W. Taylor.
eral Conference. Aids--L. John Nuttall, James W. Ure. All of the voting was unanimous.
Brocher Horace S. Ensign sang the understand it, that the responsibility solo, Jerusalem.
of preaching this glorious Gospel,
which has been revealed by our Father ELDER JOSEPH W. M'MURRIN. in Heaven, rests upon this people, par- 1
ticularly upon those who bear the Young Men should be prepared for the MinityUsefulness of Musical Ability.
authority of the Holy Priesthood.
When we think of the vast field that I feel, my brethren and sisters, in
opens up before us, of the millions of standing before this great assembly
people who know nothing concerning of people that I occupy a very respon
the glad news that God has sent to His sible position. The words spoken by
children on the earth, we should be Apostle Merrill come home to me with
anxious to qualify ourselves for these considerable force, that when one
duties and responsibilities. stands up to claim the attention of so
I feel that greater attention should many people, he certainly needs the in
be iven co the young men who are spiration of the Holy Spirit that the
growing up in our midst. There time may be spent profitably. The time
should be greater anxiety upon the of the people should not be wasted
part of fathers and mothers and of through men speaking by their own
who are in authority, to train wisdom and without the inspiration of
them ll the principles of the Gospel, the Lord. I sincerely pray that that
that when they leave their homes and spirit may direct me in the few words
go out into the world to preach the that I speak, and that I may have the Gospel, they may be qualified for that sympathy and the faith and prayers of
labor. thai none of them may be in the this great congregation of Latter-day condition of some who have declared Saints.
that they never studied the Gospel, I have rejoiced exceedingly in the
that they did not know where to find meetings of this conference and in the certain books of the Holy Scriptures, glorious instructions that have been
and that they had never prayel publie given by the servants of the Lord, as
ly in their lives, not even in the family they have been inoved upon by the circle. I rejoice that there are opporpower of the Holy Ghost. I thank the
tunities abounding on every hand, if Lord that in my heart there is a re
the people will take advantage of them sponse to the teachings that have been
to educate their sons and daughters given by the various speakers, and
in the principles of the Gospel and to that I feel in my soul that I am in full
prepare them for this serious responsiaccord with the doctrines that have bility thai niust come upon them in the been announced; that I sustain them, future. We have many schools organand that I can bear testimony to their iced that are under the control of the truth and to their great value to this
Lorriter-iny Saints, where the principeople. I feel that there could have ples that are so dear to us are taught been no man or woman attend the as
to the students. I feel that all the semblies of this conference without people should give encouragement to feeling that he or she has received in
these worthy institutions. They should structions from the Lord, and has come send their sons and daughters to be away with a determination to improve educated under the influence of the in the future with the assistance of Gospel, that they may grow up with God. I know my own heart has had
an understanding of its principles and feelings of this nature. I have felt
be capable of defending them when that I would endeavor to do better, they go out among the people. I bethat I would pay attention to the hints lieve that in one particular we could that have been thrown out and to the make very great improvement, and doctrines that have been given and try that is in a musical way. As I listened to keep the commandments of the Lord to the solo that was rendered here this more fully. There is a splendid op- aflurnoon by Elder Ensign, who has portunity for all Latter-day Saints to recently returned from missionary laaccomplish a great amount of good. Lor, I felt in my heart that the power We heard here this morning and we all and ability that he has in this direc
lion has been as of great worth to hiin out to them the way in which they in thn lieaching of the Gospel as a should walk, that they may be blessed knowledge of the scriptures. 1f great- of the Lord. Let us receive the couner aliention were given to this subject sel given; let us believe the word of of the l'a.ning of young men änd of the Lord; let us sustain His servants, yoning wonien also, how to sing the and let us awake to the responsibilities songs (Zion, it would be of great that rest upon us and follow in that
crul to the missions to which they go. straight path that will bring us everI think that if Mission Presidents who lasting life. May God bless us and are in this congregation were asised, help us to live aright all the days of they would bear testimony thai lhcy our lives, is my prayer in the name of would rather have men sent into their Jesus. Amen. missi9:s who could sing well anä who CUUM 'tiach cthers to sing, even though PRESIDENT JOSEPH F. SMITH. they could not preach at all.
Effectiveness of Musical Ability-The Efficacy of This has been my experience in the Prayer--The Righteous have no cause to Fear European Mission, particularly in
the Death of the Body-Spiritual Death and
the Means of Escape from It--Young Men Great Britain. The young men who should Preserve Themselves in Purity. could sing the songs of Zion in a proper and pleasing manner were always in
Greatly to my surprise, I have been demand. They carried an influence with requested to occupy a few moments. them that made them welcome at the I need not repeat the petition of my homes of the people. They attracted brother who has just sat down, that I attention uron the streets and they may have the sympathy and the prayfound good congregations to preach to,
ers of the Saints, for I certainly desire and the vere able to do a great deal
and need them. A certain incident was more good through being able to sing brought forcibly to my mind while well than they otherwise would have
Brother McMurrin was talking to us. done. Wonderful things can be ac
Not long ago President Snow and his complished in this direction. Prof. party attended a Stake conference, and Stephens, I believe, at times has had
I noticed that the choir was made up thousands of students under his direc- almost entirely of young ladies. There tion, training the youth of this Stake
were perhaps two young men. One of Zion particularly, to sing the songs
young man led the choir, and I do not of Zion. Other musical directors could
remember clearly whether there was follow this example. They should per
one young man in the choir or not be. suade young men to join their choirs,
sides the leader; but all the rest were to form glee clubs, and to
young ladies. It was a beautiful choir, themselves in this way to make a good, and they sang beautifully, but the abimpression on the people when they go
sense of male voices was very conout to preach the Gospel.
spicuous, notwithstanding. I believe I do not feel, my brethren and sis.
during one of the services the leader of ters, that it would be proper for me to
the choir was absent, and one of the occupy more of your time; but I do re. young ladies had to step forward and joice in this Gospel. I thank God with lead it. I inquired why it was that the all my heart that I have been born young men were not more numerous and reared in the midst of the Latter- in that company of singers, and was day Saints. I testify before you that told that the young men considered it this work is of God; that there is was too effeminate, too womanly, for power and salvation within it; that it them to engage in the occupation of has been revealed by the God of Heav. singing. I presume they might have en for the benefit and blessing of the felt more at home shaking the quilts, people. I pray God that we may be sweeping the floors, and helping to stirred up as a people; that we may
wash the dishes. I can remember when believe that there is a Prophet in the I was a little boy, hearing my father midst of Israel and that the God of sing. I do not know how much of a Heaven has spoken to him and has singer he was, for at that time I was commanded him to warn this people of not capable of judging as to the qualthe error of their ways and to point ity of his singing, but the hymns he
sang became familiar to me, even in how to sing. I hope they will rise the days of my childhood. I believe above such a foolish notion as this. that I can sing them still, although I Not only should we learn to sing, am not much of a singer. When young but we should learn to say our prayers. men go out into the world to preach It is about as awkward for a young the Gospel, they will find it very bene- man to go out to preach the Gospel to ficial for them to know how to sing those who sit in darkness, who does the songs of Zion. I repeat the ad- not know how to pray, as it is for one monition and request made by Brother who does not know how to sing. And McMurrin, who has recently returned there are some who have gone out infrom a lengthy mission to Europe, that to the world, as we have heard today, the young men who are eligible to who have not even known how to pray. preach the Gospel, and who are liable The last time I was absent from home to be called into the missionary field, in the missionary field, I heard of a begin at once to improve their talent young man, whose grandfather was an to sing, and do not think it is beneath Apostle and one of the most brilliant their dignity to join the choirs of the and faithful Apostles of the Church, wards in which they live and learn how and whose father has been a Bishop in to sing. When we listen to this choir, the Church, and is today a very promunder the leadership of Brother Sle- einent man. This young man went out phens, we listen to music, and music is to preach the Gospel to the heathens, truth. Good music is gracious praise and when he got into the field of labor of God. It is delightsome to the ear, he confessed he had never said and it is one of our most acceptable prayer in his life; he had never heard methods of worshipping God. And those his mother pray; he had not been suffwho sing in this choir and in all the cintly with his father to hear him choirs of the Saints, should sing with pray, and he knew nothing about praythe spirit and with the understanding. ing and he had to begin as little They should not sing merely because child, in the missionary field, to learn it is a profession, or because they have how to pray. It is a great pity that a a good voice; but they should sing also young man should be sent out handibecause they have the spirit of it and cappid in this way; that he should be can enter into the spirit of prayer and put to such a disadvantage by the inpraise to God who gave them their difference of his parents and the negsweet voices. My soul is always lifted lect of ihr opportunities that he had up and my spirit cheered and com- had in Zion. I pray you, my young forted when I hear good music. I re- brethren who are present in this vast joice in it very much indeed. Now, I congregation, and who are liable to be would like to encourage the young men
called to preach the Gospel to the of Israel to learn to sing, and especially world, when you are called to go out, those young men of whom I have been I pray that you will know how to apspeaking. I would not like to tell you proach God in prayer. It is not such just where they live, because it might a difficult thing to learn how to pray. be considered a little personal, but it It is not the words we use particularly was down south; it was not very far that constitute prayer. Prayer does down south either. It was somewhere not consist of words, altogether. True, near Sanpete valley. I want the young faithful, earnest prayer consists more men of Sanpete Valley to learn how to in the feeling that rises from the heart sing, so that when we go down to hold and from the inward desire of conference there again we can have the spirits to supplicate the Lord in huyoung men joining with the young wo- mility and in faith, that we may remen in the choir, and not leave the ceive His blessings. It matters not young women to do all the singing. how simple the words may be, if our This might apply also to all the other desires are genuine and we come becounties; especially should it apply to fore the Lord with a broken heart and those counties or Stakes of Zion where a contrite spirit to ask Him for that the young men think it is beneath their which we need. I would like to know dignity and their manhood to learn if there is a young man in this cong