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the organization of the Union, and from "That teachers' meetings should be its commencement it has been our con- held at least once a month, for the restant friend. The publication in its gulation of school matters and the incolumns of the catechisms on the Bible, struction of the teachers. Book of Mormon, Church History, etc., “That public reviews should be huid its musical pages, its editorial teach- at such stated intervals as are conIngs, and many other of its features, sidered most convenient and profitable have rendered it a necessity in our Sun- by the officers of the schools. day schools whose influence can scarce- "That the Sunday school officers ly be over-estimated. It is now the re- should always work in harmony with cognized official organ of the General the local presiding Priesthood, and seek Board of the Union. Its value lies dis- to carry out their counsel with diligence tinctly in the fact that through its and in good faith. pages unity and harmony of action can "That continued efforts, through Sunbe brought about throughout all our day school visitors or otherwise, should schools, and the instructions of the gen- be strenuously made to obtain the ateral officers can reach the remotest tendance at school of every child of schools, where otherwise, through lack sufficient age belonging to the ward. of personal visits, they would often be "It would be ungenerous not to refer at a loss to keep step with the rest of to the immense amount of labor perthe Union. It is true that some slight formed by the brethren and sisters of variations, arising from local peculiar- the various committees connected with ities, must always exist, and with which the getting up and carrying to success. it would be unwise to interfere, but the ful conclusion of our mammoth celebrageneral rules suggested by the Union tions in the Tabernacle; the decorations have been almost universally adopted on more than one occasion of this vast in our schools throughout the length building with evergreens, flowers, etc., and breadth of our settlements, with the formation of the beautiful centermost gratifying results. Among these pieces that adorned it, and many other suggestions are:
duties associated therewith, were all “That the school should always be labors of love, but which at the same promptly opened at the time appointed; time required much toil, unwearied pawhich, wherever practicable, should be tience and a large amount of time to exten o'clock in the morning.
ecute. Nor were these alone; the ex“That the singing should be done by ecutive, finance, musical, reception and the whole school, and not simply by a other committees all had their hands selected choir of a few voices.
full of a pleasurable work, and they "That the Sacrament should be ad- performed it in such a successful manministered every Sunday.
ner as to meet, as it deserved, with un"That the readers used should be the Iversal commendation and approval Scriptures and other works of the from the Latter-day Saints. Church and publications approved by In 1884 the general monthly meetings the General Board.
were given in charge of the Stake Sun"That primary and infant classes day school authorities, and the general should be established, where the little meetings of the Union were appointed ones can be taught orally by one or to be held twice a year at the times of more of the most experienced teachers. the General Conferences of the Church. Whenever possible this should be done "Some of the principal events of in a room separate from the rest of the recent years have been: the holding of school.
an annual Sunday School Conference in "That every school should be fully each Stake, visited almost invariably organized with a complete set of of- by one or more members of the General ficers, and that every male officer and Board; the organization of a Sunday teacher should hold some portion of the School for the deaf mutes and one for Priesthood.
the blind, the more thorough grading “That when the school is dismissed of the pupils into different departments; the children should leave in order, class the establishment of Nickel Day, on hy class; and when consistent, to the which all members of the Sunday "sic of a march on the organ.
Schools are invited to contribute, at
least one nickel to aid the Sunday ous to this work that the First PresiSchool cause; the observance of Hu- dency published a circular letter over mane Day, on which special efforts are their own signatures to correct this made to inculcate the principles and evil. This was also in harmony with practice of kindness and mercy to an- the action of President Young, in dis imals; the holding of a Sunday School continuing the Sunday morning services Convention in November, 1898, which in the Tabernacle, so that they might was numerously attended by delegates not interfere with the Sunday schools. from the different Schools and Stakes extending from Canada to Mexico, and
OFFICERS OF THE UNION. which proved to be a grand success; "First organization, November 11, the delivery of a series of lectures on 1867. George Q. Cannon, President; Sunday School work by Dr. Karl G. Edward L. Sloan, secretary; George Measer at the special request of the Goddard and Robert L. Campbell, corofficers of the Union; these lectures responding secretaries; Brigham Young, were revised and published by the Jr., Albert Carrington and George A. Union for the benefit of the Sunday Smith, committee on books suitable school workers; the organization by for Sunday schools. permission of the warden, of a Bible "1872, George Q. Ca on, nera class or Sunday school in the Utah perintendent; George Goddard, assistPenitentiary, by President George Q. ant general superintendent; John B. Cannon while he and other brethren Maiben, general secretary; William Mcwere imprisoned there for conscience Lachlan, general treasurer. sake; the special request each year “In August, 1875, Elder Maiben havfor Sunday school statistics from the ing been called to be Bishop at Manti, different missions abroad, the rapid in- resigned the office of general secretary, crease of Sunday schools in those mis, and Elder McLachlan was appointed sions; and the many calls for gratu. his successor. He acted as secretary itous aid to them and other special and treasurer for a few months, when Sunday schools responded to by the he was called a mission to New Union; the publication of the Latter- Zealand. day Saints Sunday School Treatise, "The vacancies thus caused were filled upon which considerable care, time and by the appointment of Levi W. Richlabor were bestowed, and of which, af- ards (Dec., 1875) to be the general secter careful revision, a second large edi- retar and George keynolds (Feb., tion has recently been issued; the 1876) the general treasurer of the Union. publication of the first and second Book Elder Reynolds had been acting as auof Mormon Charts, each containing 12 ditor and treasurer, pro tem, of the original illustrations, also small cards Union. At the same time (Dec. 1875), on which are the same pictures and Thomas Champneys was appointed asshort scripture lessons, and with each sistant secretary; and after his removal chart a guide to its use; the prepara- to Ogden, John C. Cutler was appointed tion of leesong on the Bible, the Book to that office and also to be assistant of Mormon and History of the Church treasurer. in leaflet form. The first 31 numbers “In 1878, Samuel L. Evans and William contain the life of the Savior. The vast Willis were appointed Sunday school amount of literary and other work done missionaries at large. In June, 1883. by members of the board, much of
the organization of the general board which we have not time to even men- of officers was made complete by the tion, has been done without pecuniary appointment of John Morgan to be the compensation. It has been a labor of second assistant general superintendent love and duty. Last, but not least, of the Union. interruption to the regular sessions of "After the death of Elder Morgan, on the Sunday schools had become so July 14th, 1894, Karl G. Maeser was apnumerous through funerals and various pointed his successor in the superinconferences being held on Sunday tendency. mornings, and the effects of these in- "At the close of 1890 Elder Richards terruptions had proved to be so injuri- resigned the office of general secretary
and John M. Whitaker was appointed Each department has several teachers, to that position. On his departure on one of whom is appointed the head a mission he was succeeded, in 1897, by teacher in the department. George D. Pyper, the present general "All the Sunday schools in a Stake are secretary. The resignation of Elder organized with a Stake Sunday school Cutler made a vacancy in the office of superintendent, first and second assistassistant general secretary which has ant superintendents, secretary and been filled by the appointment of Leo treasurer and assistant officers when Hunsaker.
needed. Also, in many of the Stakes, "The decease of Elder George God- there are missionary aids, who visit dard in January, 1899, left the position the Sunday schools and labor under of first assistant general superintendent the direction of the Stake Sunday school of the Union vacant.
superintendents to whom they report "We cannot specify all the changes in their labors. the general board, but the following “Besides these are mission superintenhave been or are now members of it: dents of Sunday schools in the different George Reynolds, Thomas C. Griggs, missions. Levi W. Richards, George C. Lambert, "All these are included in a general orLouisa Lula Greene Richards, John C. ganization entitled the Deseret Sunday Cutler, Samuel L. Evans, George H. School Union. The general supervision Taylor, Abraham H. Cannon, Thomas and management of the affairs of the E. Taylor, Karl G. Maeser, Joseph W. Union are vested in a general board, Summerhays, Charles F. Wilcox, composed of a general superintendent, Francis M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant, first and second assistant general suJoseph M. Tanner, Hugh J. Cannon, perintendents, general secretary, genGeorge Teasdale, Andrew Kimball, eral treasurer, and assistant general Joseph F. Smith, and John W. Taylor. secretary,
and a number of aids. AIDS TO THE BOARD:
“L. John Nuttall, James W. Ure, John F. Bennett, John M. Mills, William B. "There was no general attempt made Dougall, William D. Owen, Seymour B. to gather statistics of the Sunday Young and Christian D. Fjeldsted. schools until 1872; since then efforts
“The Deseret Sunday School Musical have been made each year to secure full Union was organized in 1875; director, and correct reports, but with only parCharles J. Thomas.
tial success. "The Musical Union was an organiza- “We only attempt to give the figures tion of short duration; but the willing of the two years, 1872 and 1898. and efficient public services of David O. "In 1872 there were 190 schools, of Calder, Charles J. Thomas, Ebenezer which 41 did not report. In the 149 Beesley, Adam C. Smyth, John S. schools reported there were 1,408 officers Lewis, Thomas C. Griggs, George Care- and teachers and 13,373 pupils. Total, less, Thomas McIntyre, Joseph J. Day- 14,781. nes, Evan Stephens and others in pro
"In 1898 there were forty Stakes of moting the musical interests
of our Zion, containing 639 Sunday schools,11,Sunday schools generally, well deserve 384 officers and teachers and 93,388 remembrance in this brief review.
pupils. Total 104,772. Besides these ORGANIZATION.
there were 16 missions that reported
378 Sunday Schools, 1,933 offcers and "Each Sunday school when fully or- teachers and 9,998 pupils. Total, 11,931. ganized has a superintendent, first and The grand total
116,703 officers, second assistant superintendents, sec- teachers and pupils. retary, treasurer, librarian, chorister, In conclusion we cannot but point and such assistant officers as may be with gratitude and pride to the results needed. The school is graded into de- which, under heaven's continued blesspartments, namely: The theological, ings, the Union has already brought second intermediate, first intermediate, about, and to the bright and cheering primary, and infant or kindergarten. prospects that illumine our future and
bid us persevere in the good work. To who were absent being made by say that it has been a potent instrument Elder Joseph W. Summerhays, of the of religious culture, of social refinement, Sunday School Union general board. and moral worth, a factor in the devel-The roll is as follows: opment of God's purposes, a bond of Richard Ballantyne, died Nov. 8, union among his people, a source of 1898. strength to the Church, and an aid to Angus M. Cannon, Salt Lake City. the Priesthood would, we submit, not Joseph J. Taylor, Manti, Utah. be claiming too much; and this posi- Jacob Peart, Farmers ward, Salt tion is all the more gratifying when Lake County. we consider how vast has been the la- Mary Ann Taylor, died in California bor performed and how slight has been
about ten years ago. the cost in dollars and cents, to the
Emily Hoagland Cannon, Salt Lake community. The officers, committees, City. etc., have been veritable workers with
Henry Horne, Mesa City, Ariz. out purse and scrip. We believe, though
Adelia West Hoagland, Salt Lake perhaps in our zeal we may err, that City. seldom, if ever, have as great results
John T. Rich, died in Brigham City, been achieved with so small or so few
a year or two ago. contributions from the pockets of the
John Turnbow, Kamas, Summit Co., people; and we trust in future reports
Utah. to be able to state that our publication
George J. Taylor, Salt Lake City. department has become self-sustaining,
David H. Cannon, St. George, Utah.
in or, better still, a source of income to the
James Phelps, went to Australia
1856. Never returned. institution. For we have an ardent de
Martha Van sire to increase the value of our literary
Cott Price, Goshen,
Utah. productions, and so continue until the
shall works published by the Union
Elizabeth Hoagland, died January 25,
1882. have become a power in the land for righteousness, and for
Margaret Oakley Best, Salt Lake
our children's salvation-a power for God and His
Joseph S. Horne, Richfield, Utah. truth."
Richard Taylor, Ogden, Utah. GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT GEO. Elizabeth Pugmire Taylor, Salt Lake Q. CANNON
Sophronia Ellen Leonora Turnbow next introduced the members of the
Carter, St. George, Utah. first Sunday school, saying:
Ann Longstroth Whitney, Mendon, "On the left of the stand are the sur
Utah, wife of John Whitney. viving members of the first Sunday
Augusta Braddock Clayton, Salt Lake school, of which we have heard a des
City, wife of the late Wm. Clayton. cription by Elder Lyman, and the roll
George A. 'eart, Randolph, Utah. will be called. The original roll, if
Lydia Phelps Thorp, Salt Lake City. there ever was one, cannot be found,
R. Frank Turnbow, Farmers ward. but, after years of inquiry, a number
Samuel H. B. Smith, Salt Lake City. of those who were members of that
Those who responded as present were: school have been found, and their names are enrolled and will be read by Angus M. Cannon, Jacob Peart, Emily
Hoagland Cannon, Adelia West Hoagthe secretary, and, as they are read, we
land, George J. Taylor, David H. Canwish each member to arise and say,
non, Martha Van Cott Price, Margaret 'present.' If there are any who are absent, whose names are called, Brother Oakley Best, Joseph S. Horne, ElizaSummerhays will explain the cause of
beth Pugmire Taylor, Augusta Bradtheir absence. Then badges will be
dock Clayton, Lydia Phelps Thorp, and given to them."
Samuel H. B. Smith.
Special badges had been prepared for SECRETARY GEORGE D. PYPER
these brethren and sisters, and they called the roll of members of were pinned upon them by a committee the first Sunday school, the composed of the daughters of the memresponse
the names of those bers of this first school.
ELDER ANGUS M. CANNON. constructed by our industry, and pos
sessing sufficient comfort to promote a member of the first school, spoke as
our health and give us strength, that follows:
we might cultivate these then barren *The impression made upon my mind
wastes, procure the necessaries of life, this evening, compared with my at
carry the Gospel to a dark and benight. tendance at the first Sabbath school, is
ed world, proclaiming that God hag very great. There may have been fifty spoken from heaven for the regenera scholars in the original Sabbath school
tion of mankind, and to teach us that during the time that it was held in
He was our Heavenly Father, and that Brother Ballantyne's house, but if there
our destiny was to become His children were a dozen persons present when the and enter into His celestial presence. class was formed, I fail to remember it.
"How faithfully Brother Ballantyne's The Fourteenth ward was fenced with
testimony has been observed in the inpoles around the entire ward, bars
crease of Sunday schools, is evidenced being placed at the entrance of each tonight in the number that are here asstreet. Brother Ballantyne's house sembled. And when I remember that was new, and was made very comfort. God has promised us this increase and able with benches constructed hastily prosperity, and still greater increase for our accommodation. Brother Bal- and prosperity, provided we are loyal to lantyne's soul was swallowed up in the Him, every fibre of my being seems to good effects that this school would have
enter in with my whole soul upon the youth of this people; and I pledge God loyalty, to observe will say the impressions that were cre- faithfully, to pay my tithes and ated upon my mind regarding the ob- offerings unto Him, in hope that ject that God has in calling us from
He will give my children faith and the world unto Zion was marked and make them firm supporters of His work has helped to shape my character up to in the establishment of His Gospel as the present time.
He has revealed it and restored His “We were familiar with poverty. The Priesthood in these the last days. meeting house that was occupied in this “I thank you for this opportunity, and city stood on the southeast corner of for the honor conferred upon me, and this block, known as the mud-covered pray God's blessing to be upon the genbowery, constructed of Spanish adobies, eral superintendency, the superintenone foot by eighteen inches in size. The dents, the teachers and the scholars, meeting place we occupied in the Four- and all the associations of Zion through. teenth ward was in the house of Dr. out the whole world, in the name of Je. Richardson, a little log hut. The meet- sus. Amen." ing house we occupied in the Seventh “Zion's Sunday School Jubilee Hymn," ward was Samuel Pitchforth's resi- (words and music written for this occadence, where testimony meetings were sion) was sung by the Tabernacle choir. held, and faith in God was promoted Then followed the presentation of the in our hearts. We rejoiced in the testi. gold medal awarded to Emily H. Woodmony that God gave us of His truth, mansee for the best hymn; also gold having been informed by Brother Bal- medal to the Rev. W. Daunt Scott, for lantyne that God had indeed restored the best musical composition. the Gospel, established His Priesthood The presentation was made by among men, called us from darkness
ELDER HEBER J. GRANT, unto light, from the world unto Zion, and that we were not to be of the world. of the Deseret Sunday School Union but that we were to be the children of board, who spoke as follows: God, under the everlasting covenant; "A committee consisting of John being taught that Joseph the Prophet, Nicholson, Joshua H. Paul and George and Hyrum, his brother, had been mar- H. Brimhall was selected by the Sunday tyred for the testimony of Jesus, and School Union board to examine all that we should be devoted to His cause, hymns that were submitted in this comdeny ourselves luxuries, be content with petition and to decide upon the best the necessaries of life, living in houses composition. The committee were unan