Imatges de pÓgina

I know as well as I see you that Satan associate with any society they please. is abroad and his ministers are in the But for Elders of Israel, some of whom land by the thousands. They are per- have traversed the earth in preaching haps in this tabernacle. At any rate, the Gospel, to lay down their Priesthood they are in our midst, and they are and join secret societies, it is different. prompting individuals unknown to Are there any cases of this kind in the them, in the morning, at mid-day and midst of the people? I hope not, but I in the evening, and trying to divert fear that there are such cases. Hence their minds from the truth and from I warn my brethren and sisters, esthe work of the Lord. They are trying pecially the young, that these organizato stir up division and discord among tions are not for the Latter-day Saints. the Saints, and they succeed in a meas- They belong to the world and I warn ure. We feel sometimes that it is do

you against them. I would warn you ing no particular wrong if we associate mothers to teach your sons to live the ourselves with secret societies. But it

Gospel and its principles and to identify is drawing us away from the work of themselves with the organizations of the Lord and from the Priesthood. Peo- the Church. We have organizations that ple who join these organizations will take in all the people, from the child to argue that it is important for them; those who are a hundred years old, it is a sort of insurance for their fami- and in them we have all that we can lies; and they are not bad things be- possibly attend to. Some of the brethcause there is nothing bad done there.

ren spoke yesterday about people being Of course I do not know anything away so much from their families. about that personally. I speak simply Well, I do not know, but if all our orupon principle, and from that stand- ganizations were attended to properly, point I know they are not productive of it would take the fathers away a great good to any Latter-day Saint. These deal. However, as Solomon said, there secret organizations are what broke up is a time for all things. There is time the Nephite nation, and there is one to instruct our children and to assosociety after another being organized ciate with our families, if we would in the midst of the Latter-day Saints. divide our labors properly, and not And whose work is it? Do the lead- waste any of our time in associating ers of the Church advise it? Do they ourselves with organizations wherein countenance it? I do not know that there is no profit. they do. I know that I do not person- There are a great many amusements ally endorse any of these things, be- introduced among the Latter-day Saints cause I do not think they are productive wherein there is no profit. People get of good. On the contrary, they will together and indulge in card playing. I result in those who hold the Priesthood do not know personally that there is losing the spirit of that Priesthood and any particular wrong in playing going into darkness. The Lord has cards, but it is the example and given us the most complete organiza- the fascination about it which tion there is in the world. You cannot leads to gambling, and this has ruined find anything like it anywhere. It is many men and families. It leads to

safe-guard and an insurance to drink and to many other evils. Hence, the people. Who among all the Latter- when I see published in the paper what day Saints is allowed to suffer. a nice time so-and-so had at high five, If the husband should be or some other game, I wonder if there taken away, if any of the family should was any profit in the game to those peo. be taken away, are those remaining not ple who assembled. I believe in social provided for? Why, tens of thousands gatherings, such as family gatherings, of dollars of your tithes and offerings and gatherings of the Saints, where go to provide for the needy. Hence in they meet together and talk good things the Church of God there is no necessity and rejoice together in the truth. I be. for any of its members being associat- lieve such gatherings are profitable; ed with secret societies. There are peo- but when the table is set with intoxiple, of course, who do not belong to the cants, I do not think they result in Church living in our midst; they may good. We should not encourage



families to engage in these things, be- a law of the Lord. It was not insti. cause they lead to evil and away from tuted by man. President Snow did not the Lord and the influence of His Spirit. inaugurate this principle. The Lord There are plenty of good and profitable revealed it to the Prophet Joseph and things to engage in; and these things it is expected that all Latter-day Saints that are not profitable, let us not par- will observe this law of the Lord. I ticipate in them. When we are invited want to bear testimony that you who here and there to sociables and gather observe this law strictly will be blessed ings, we ought to consider, is there go. of the Lord. He will multiply you and ing to be any profit in this for me. Oh, your means shall be increased unto you, yes; it's going to be a grand thing; we because you have obeyed the law of the are going to have a nice program. Well, Lord and you are entitled to have the I have thought sometimes that we are windows of heaven opened unto you and getting so much program that every- blessings poured out upon you. But do thing will be run by program by and by, not become faint-hearted or discourif the Presidency of the Church will aged because you do not receive everyonly sanction it. I heard not long ago

thing today that you expect; but trust of Relief Society meetings having pro

in the Lord, and so sure as you continue grams. I asked them what they had a

to trust in the Lord the way will be program for. "Oh, we have a program

opened up from time to time and means so as to make it interesting." "You

will be multiplied upon you. Above all leave the Lord out, then; you have ev

things, my brethren and sisters, let us erything cut and dried, learned by resolve in our hearts that from this heart, and you do not depend upon the

time forward we will observe the law of Spirit of the Lord." I do not believe in

the Lord, we will be consistent in our too many programs. In some cases we

lives as Latter-day Saints, and we will might have programs, which would be

try 'to educate ourselves to love one very nice and profitable. But to carry

another, to love the work of God, to love this to the extreme, like we have our

His Priesthood, to reverence and obey politics, I think will work an injury. I them, and to walk in the light that God heard of a ward once where they were

may sustain us and give us the victory, going to introduce programs into their

which He will do, if we will only do ward meetings. I do not believe in that. these things. I think we can have a ward meeting

How many of you Latter-day Saints without a program, and we will depend neglect your prayers? How many fail upon the Spirit of the Lord to direct

to call your families together in the what shall be said and done.

morning and in the evening, or have My brethren and sisters, there are

you so much to do that you cannot atmany, things that we can improve in.

tend to it? Do you have to go to some We can improve in vur tithes and our

secret organization, and you have not offerings. Who is there in all Israel

time for family prayers? I want to that cannot improve a little in this di

advise you personally to drop all these rection? Peradventure there may be a

organizations wherein there is few that observe the law of the Lord profit; associate yourselves with things strictly; but I tell you the large major- wherein there is profit, wherein you ity of the Latter-day Saints do not, al

may have more influence with your though there has been great improve- households, in persuading them to obey ment made among the people. Further the laws of the Lord. There are a great improvement is in order, and it will be many things for Latter-day Saints to well for us to do a little better this year do, and we know what is best to be than we did last year. If we cannot do done if we will only sit down and think any more ourselves, we might convert about it. Let us consider our condiothers to pay their tithing, if we will tion before the Lord and place ourtake pains to reason with them, that selves in the position of the Prophet they might not be burned in the day of who said, “Search me, O God, and know the Lord Almighty. It is said that they my heart; try me, and know my that are tithed shall not be burned, in- thoughts; and see if there be any wickferring that they that

not ed way in me, and lead me in the way



that sentiment? If we will do so, and must have the Holy Spirit within it; observe these things, we will be glad of the members of the Chuch must have it by and by. When we get through this Spirit, and the spiritual gifts must with this short career of ours, and we be manifested; otherwise it would be a look back upon our lives, if we have dead church. These words are recordkept the commandments of God, what ed in the Book of Mormon-this wonjoy and satisfaction it will be to us. derful book that has been brought forth We shall go in peace and associate with by the power of God in our age. This the just behind the veil.

book was printed before there Brethren and sisters, attend to the was a church organized, and yet we find duties that pertain to your calling in these remarkable words in it, which at the ministry, and let everything else once furnish the world with a test take care of itself. God bless you, and whereby they can judge if this is the lead us all in the paths of life, is my Church of Christ or not. It says that prayer, in the name of Jesus. Amen. in the Church there must be found these The choir sang:

gifts. Now, if Joseph Smith had not

been an inspired man; if the Book of Let the mountains shout for joy,

Mormon was not the word of God, but and the congregation joined in singing

written by man, how careful such a the Doxology.

man would have been not to furnish Benediction by Patriarch John Smith.

the world with a test like this whereby they could at once detect whether

it was the Church of Christ or not. AFTERNOON SESSION.

A man who should fraudulently give

himself out to be an inspired man, would The choir and congregation sang the hymn: Praise to the

be careful that such words should not man who

be given to the world. But these were communed with Jehovah!

not the words of Joseph; they were the Prayer by Elder B. H. Roberts.

words of a prophet that lived some The choir sang the hymn: Great God

fourteen hundred attend while Zion sings.

years before, and

one who understood the Church of ELDER ANTHON H. LUND. Christ.

When we look back upon the history Spiritual gifts must exist in the Church of Christ

of the Church we find that the spiritThir absence an indication of unbelief.

ual gifts were very abundant in the I hope, while I shall address you, that original Church, and that whenever the the same good spirit may guide me as

Saints met they were much blessed has assisted my brethren who have al


the power of the spirit. They ready spoken in the different meetings

were so eager to attend their meetings of this conference. I have enjoyed their

and to speak, prophesy. and talk in remarks very much, and I believe all

tongues, that the Apostle Paul had to who have been present have felt to

regulate their meetings and give them rejoice in the good teachings that have

counsel in regard to the manner of conbeen given us.

ducting them, that order might prevail. This morning, when Brother John W. The Saints were abundantly blessed Taylor read the testimony of the with these manifestations of the spirit. Prophet Moroni to us, I was much But when the apostasy took place, the struck with some of the words he read. spirit of the Lord departed, its maniWe were told there that the spiritual festations were fewer, and at last they gifts should always be found in the were not known in the Church. Then Church, and that if there ever came a it was very convenient to teach the time when these gifts were not in the people that revelations were no longer Church it would be on account of un- needed, that prophets were not needed: belief; and a woe was pronounced upon that these spiritual gifts were given the inhabitants of the earth if such only in the beginning of the Church, to should be the case. I thought how clear convert men; but that they were not the Prophet Moroni made this; that the to continue with the members of the Church whenever it is upon the earth Church, and therefore they were done

but a



away. When Jesus appeared to ever so gifted. He would be detected in the Nephites, upon this continent, He some fault or other. taught them the pure Gospel and or- The book has been given unto us by ganized His church. He left this power the Lord, and we find in prophesies of the Priesthood with His servants concerning our time and prophecies here, the same as He had with His ser- concerning the time that is already vants upon the Eastern continent, and past, which have been fulfilled, proving the spiritual blessings were enjoyed as the book to be an inspired one. These long as the Church was in existence gifts which the book mentions should be upon this continent. Moroni understood found in the Church; my testimony to this so well that he said these gifts you is that they are found in the must always be found in the Church, Church. Talking in tongues has been and if not it would be a sign of unbe- very common in the Church. Nearly all lief.

the members have at some time or anAfter the Book of Mormon was pub- other heard this gift, as well as the inlished, the Church was organized, and terpretation of tongues. Some may say, then men could read the book and test But how can we judge whether this is the words, and judge whether or not the a true tongue or not? You can judge Church that was afterwards organized by the Holy Spirit whether it is promptcorresponded with what the Propheted by that Spirit or not. There have had said the Church should be.

been times when the proof of the tongue It was

few days after the spoken has been overwhelming. Church was organized before the spirit When President Peterson of the Sanpete uttered itself in power, and spiritual Stake was a young man he attended manifestations were given and miracles

a meeting in Illinois. There were many performed, showing that the Church present, and the spirit of the Lord was which had been

recently poured out upon the Saints in a great organized was not


measure. He felt urged by the spirit to tion, but that it


talk in tongues, and when he sat Church itself, containing the same pow. down a young girl arose and interpreted er and spiritual blessings. In fact, it. She was but seventeen years of age, this wonderful book itself was trans- perhaps younger, and she interpreted lated by the power of God. Joseph what Brother Peterson had spoken. Smith was an unlearned man; he had Some of the brethren there, then in not studied at colleges; he was not good standing but who afterwards left much of a writer at that time, but had the Church, were told that if they did to employ others to write for him, and not take heed they would apostatize, those who wrote for him wrote as he and that the balance of the branch dictated. Now, you who have tried to should emigrate to the West and travel dictate to a person know how hard it is in

wagons like houses, across large to dictate, and to continue to do this, plains. This was the interpretation of without altering or without having the the tongue. They did not then know last sentence repeated; but Joseph dic- that there would come a time when tated to these men, and was not under they should travel in covered wagons the necessity of asking them where they and go to the west. But a remarkable had left off, because he translated by thing happened at that meeting. Two the power of God. The Urim and young girls that had been stolen while Thummim was in his possession, and children, by the Indians, and been with this instrument he was able to brought back by the government, were translate the characters that were en- present. They heard Brother Peterson graven upon the plates. This was a mir- speak in tongues, and they declared acle in itself, and these men who wrote that he spoke in an Indian tongue, for him would soon have been able to which they had heard before, and they detect whether he was inspired in the understood most of it, though they said translation, or whether it was his own he spoke it better than they ever heard brain that furnished them the material the chiefs speak it, and the young girl, to write. And let me say that no man they said, had translated what they uncould write such a work, if he were derstood correctly. This is a great tes

timony of the truth of that gift, and Nearly every nation in Europe has had many other instances could be men- the Gospel offered to them. I was readtioned, showing that this gift is in the ing a letter last night which Brother Church. The gift of prophecy we know Hintze had received from Athens, is in the Church. How many of the Greece, a country where we have not prophecies of our beloved Prophet yet done much missionary labor. BroJoseph Smith have not been fulfilled to ther Hintze went there and preached the very letter? You take the book the Gospel and the seed sown is gerof Doctrine and Covenants, and you minating, and they want to be informed will find there many prophecies that concerning the truth. Certain princihave been fulfilled already, and many ples have struck them as true: others relating to time yet to come, which we they do not understand yet. In the believe will be fulfilled just as literally Donaw principalities we have a man la as have those that have already been boring, who has already baptized serfulfilled. Let me read a few words of eral persons, and it will not be long a revelation given March, 1831, some before it can be said that all nations in eleven months after the Church Europe have been informed concernwas organized. In talking about ing the Gospel. And the myriads in what should come to pass, the Lord re- Asia and Africa will yet have to hear vealed to Joseph:

the Gospel.

The Lord is in His mar

velous way preparing the way for the “But before the great day of the Lord

I rejoice shall come, Jacob shall flourish in the Gospel to be taught to men. wilderness, and the Lamanites shall in contemplating the dealings of the blossom as the rose.

Lord with this work of His, and my "Zion shall flourish upon the hills and rejoice upon the mountains, and shall testimony to you is that God has esbe assembled together unto the place tablished this work, and that He will which I have appointed.”

see that it shall triumph in the earth. This was many years before the Lat. God bless you all, amen. ter-day Saints were driven from the

ELDER M. F. COWLEY. States, and it talks in such plain terms concerning the gathering. The gather

The Church built on the foundation of Continuons

Revelation- Each member entitled to an ining is a unique principle in this Church,

dividual testimony of the truth. one that is not found in other churches,

My brethren and sisters, I am pleased It is referred to in the Book of Mormon,

to have the privilege of meeting with and in the early revelations to the

you at this Conference. I desire in Church it is given to the people in great the performance of my duty the kind plainness. We are told in some of the assistance of your prayers of faith. I revelations that the people should be have been edified through the instrucgathered from all nations unto this

tions of my brethren. They have enland, which should be the land of Zion. couraged me and also corrected me, for When we now read about this, it may I find in them instructions which will not seem so remarkable. But let us put enable me to improve wherein I lack, ourselves back to the time when the and encourage me in the enjoyment of Church numbered but a few members the blessings resulting from the duties and was hardly known outside of a few which perhaps I have performed more counties, and remember that then the faithfully than others. In contemplatLord told the Prophet that the work ing the character of these instructions, should be known in other lands and it is a solemn testimony to me of the that the people should be gathered from truth of


my brethren have all nations, and it becomes,indeed, mar- spoken, that the Church is guided by velous unto us. Gradually our mission. the spirit of revelation. But we are aries are reaching the different nations not guided by the spirit of revelation of the earth, and we have people as much as we ought to be. I think here from every part of

the sometimes that we have not fully di. earth, if not yet from every na- vested ourselves of the elements of sec. tion. Our missionaries are going in tarianism which some of us may have faith, proclaiming the truth. They are brought from the world and which othreaching

people after another. ers have imbibed because


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