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Latter-day Saints. I wish that we had world. The Gospel has been preached millions more of them today, and that to us, and we have essayed to obey it, the world were full of this class of peo- that we might become the sons and ple, who fear God and who desire to daughters of God-heirs of God and serve Him and keep His command- joint-heirs with his Son. We can never ments, and whose sons and daughters attain to the blessings of the Gospel by are reared in the principles of the Gos- merely becoming acquainted with it and pel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

then sitting down and doing nothing I thank my heavenly Father for the ourselves to stem the current of evil testimony which He has given me that that is preying upon us and upon the this is His work, that President Snow world. is a Prophet of the true and living God, The remarks that have just been that God is with him, that He has in- made by Brother Woodruff are worthy spired him, and that the changes which of attention and acceptation on the part are being brought about in our financial of the young men and young women of conditions are due to the revelations of Zion. Those who have taken upon God through His Prophet. May God themselves the responsibility of wedded help us to be faithful, to be loyal. May life should see to it that they do not He give us His Spirit, that we may not abuse the course of nature; that they get into the dark, that we may not lose do not destroy the principle of life withthe Spirit of the Gospel of the Lord in them, nor violate any of the comJesus. Let us stand up to the rack and mandments of God. The command do our part. Let us see to it that the which he gave in the beginning to mulresponsibility which is placet upon us

tiply and replenish the earth is still in is discharged, that we may enter into force upon the children of men. the presence of God our Father, and Possibly

greater sin could share the reward of the laborer and be committed by the people who those who have been valiant for the have embraced this Gospel than to pretestimony of Jesus, and receive eternal

vent or to destroy life in the manner inlife. I ask it through Christ, our Re- dicated. We are born into the world deemer. Amen.

that we may have life, and we live that

we may have a fulness of joy, and if PRESIDENT JOSEPH F. SMITH. we will obtain a fulness of joy, we must Preservation and Multiplication of life-Dangers

obey the law of our creation and the of sign seeking-Man established in the truth law by which we may obtain the conby faithfulness and the spirit of God.

summation of our righteous hopes and It will give me great pleasure to re- desires-life eternal. ceive the spirit to bear testimony to If the time will permit, I desire to en. that which we have heard today and dorse the sentiments that were exyesterday. I think the true spirit of pressed by Brother Grant. It is counsel and instruction has rested upon wicked and adulterous generation that the Apostles who have spoken to us seeketh after a sign. Show me Latterduring this conference so far, and I de- day Saints who have to feed upon mirsire to say that I endorse with all my acles, signs and visions in order to keep heart the excellent counsel and blessed them steadfast in the Church, and I instruction which they have given to will show you members of the Church this people. I sincerely hope we will re- who are not in good standing betore member these counsels, and remember- God, and who are walking in slippery ing them, carry them out in our lives. paths, It is not by marvelous maniIt matters not how many good things festations unto us that we shall be eswe may hear, nor how much we may tablished in the truth, but it is by huknow, if we do not apply the instruc- mility and faithful obedience to the tions we receive and the knowledge we commandments and laws of God. When possess to the accomplishment of the I as a boy first started out in the minwork that we have in hand.

The para

istry I would frequently go out and ask mount duty is to labor for Zion, and the Lord to show me some marvelous work for our own salvation, that we thing, in order that I might receive a may gain the victory over ourselves and testimony. But the Lord withheld

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truth, line upon line, precept upon pre- Spirit unto men, but I do not want the cept, here a little and there a little, un-, gift of tongues, except when I need it. til he made me to know the truth from I needed the gift of tongues once and the crown of my head to the soles of the Lord gave it to me. I was in a my feet, and until doubt and fear had foreign land, sent to preach the Gospel been absolutely purged from me. He to a people whose language I could not did not have to send an angel from the understand. Then I sought earnestly heavens to do this, nor did He have to for the gift of tongues, and by this gift speak with the trump of an archangel. and by study, in a hundred days after By the whisperings of the still small landing upon those islands I could talk voice of the spirit of the living God. He to the people in their language as I now gave to me the testimony I possess. talk to you in my native tongue. This And by this principle and power He

a gift that

worthy of will give to all the children of men a the Gospel. There

purpose knowledge of the truth that will stay in it. There was something in it to with them, and it will make them to strengthen my faith, to encourage me know the truth, as God knows it, and and to help me in my ministry. If you to do the will of the Father as Christ have need of this gift of tongues, seek does it. And no amount of marvelous for it and God will help you in it. But manifestations will ever accomplish this. I do not ask you to be very hungry It is obedience, humility and sub- for the gift of tongues, for if you are mission to the requirements of heaven not careful the devil will deceive you and to the order established in the in it. He can talk by the gift of kingdom of God upon the earth that will tongues as well as the Lord can. Paul establish men in the truth. Men may did not seem to care much about the receive the visitation of angels; they gift of tongues either. He said to the may speak in tongues; they may in

Corinthians: terpret; they may prophesy; they may

“I had rather speak five words with heal the sick by the laying on of hands;

my understanding, that by my voice I they may have visions and dreams; but might teach others also, than ten

thousand except they are faithful and pure in

words in

unknown heart, they become an easy prey to the

So far

I am adversary of their souls, and he will

concerned, if the lead them into darkness and unbelief Lord will give me ability to teach the more easily than others. The devil him- people in my native tongue, or in their self can appear like an angel of light. own language to the understanding of False prophets and false teachers have those that hear me, that will be suffiarisen in the world. There is perhaps cient gift of tongues to me. Yet if no gift of the spirit of God more easily the Lord gives vou the gift of tongues, imitated by the devil than the gift of do not despise it, do not reject it. For tongues. Where two men or women if it comes from the Spirit of God, it exercise the gift of tongues by the in- will come to those who are worthy to spiration of the spirit of God, there are receive it, and it is all right. But this a dozen perhaps that do it by the in- idea of seeking it, desiring it, when you spiration of the devil. Bless your souls, don't pay your tithing, when you don't apostates speak in tongues, apostates pray in your families, when you don't prophesy; apostates claim to have mar- pay your debts, when you desecrate the velous manifestations. And what is Sabbath day, and when you neglect that to us? The trouble is, we know other duties in the Church; I tell you so little of the truth ourselves and we the devil will take advantage of you live by it so poorly that almost any lit- bye and bye, if he does not at first. tle jackanapes in the country may rise The time will not permit me, or I up and claim he has had a vision, or would like to take the Scriptures and

marvelous dream, and however read from them in relation this absurd or untrue it may be, he may find subject. I love the truth; I love my believers and followers among those brethren, and I know that the visiting who profess to be Latter-day Saints. of an angel alone will not keep one in

I believe in the gifts of the Holy the Church. The opening of the hear.




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ens to you in marvelous manifestations words of Joshua, "as for me and my will not establish you in the truth. We house, we will serve God,” and as also have abundant proof of that in the expressed by Job, “Though he slay me, history of the Church. But the yet will I put my trust in Him." If you and the women who

have that spirit toward God and His honest before God, who humbly plod work in these latter days, you will along, doing their dutv paying build, steadily and, slowly it may be, their tithing and exercising but surely, upon a foundation that will that pure religion and undefiled before endure throughout the countless ages of God and the Father. which is to visit eternity. And if you do not get any the fatherless and widows in their af- great manifestations, you need not worflictions and to keep ones self unspot- ry about it. You will get the testimony ted from the world and who help look of Jesus Christ in your hearts and you after the poor; and who honor the will know God and Jesus whom He has holy Priesthood, who do not run into sent, whom to know is life eternal, just excesses, who are prayerful in their as well as those who receive visions. For families and who acknowledge the Lord those who do receive visions, the devil in their hearts, they will build up a

will try to make them believe that they foundation that the gates of hell can- were delusions, and if they commit sin, not prevail against; and if the floods he will be sure to make them believe it. come and the storms beat upon their God bless you, is my prayer. Amen. house, it shall not fall, for it will be

The choir sang: built upon the rock of eternal truth. I Ye simple souls who stray, pray that this vast congregation will

Far from the paths of truth. build upon this imperishable foundation, Benediction by Elder Jonathan G. upon the principle expressed by the Kimball.

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Sunday, April 6th, 10 a. m. best that we have ever had. What a The choir and congregation sang the great variety of instruction has been hymn commencing:

given to this people, and we can see Redeemer of Israel,

the growth and progress that has been Our only delight,

made since we were convened in conOn whom for a blessing we call.

ference one year ago. We rejoice in it, Opening prayer by Elder Charles W. and our hearts are made glad. NotwithPenrose.

standing this, how er, we witness Singing by the choir:

things in the Church that need attenAll hail the glorious day,

tion and correction, and we know that By Prophets long foretold,

there is opportunity for still greater When, with harmonious lay,

growth and progress. The Lord, as if The sheep of Israel's fold

Church On Zion's hill His praise proclaim,

in smiling approval of His And shout hosanna to His name.

(speaking of the Church as a whole)

has sent a most glorious storm-a storm ELDER RUDGER CLAWSON.

that was greatly needed and that gives A striking evidence of God's goodness-Tithing

promise of abundant crops in the year consecration - Importance of Church 1900. So greatly needed was this storm records.

that the Latter-day Saints can overlook Brethren and sisters, I can say that I the inconvenience of getting around, have greatly rejoiced in the spirit of and can lift up their hearts in praise this conference. We have truly had a and thanksgiving to God. Truly we time of instruction and refreshing to are a blessed people. our souls, and this conference, held in I was very deeply impressed with the the seventieth year of our age as

revelation that was read in part by Church, has this far been one of the President Snow at the Priesthood meet




ing last evening, and also the very in- are found to have apostatized, or to structive comments made upon it. It is

have been cut off from the Church; as

well as the Lesser Priesthood, or the of such great and vital interest that I

members, in that day, shall not find have thought to read the revelation to an inheritance among the Saints of the you this morning. It is recorded in Most High; section 85 of the Book of Doctrine and

"Therefore it shall be done unto them

as unto the children of the priest, as Covenants. The Lord says:

will be found recorded in the second "It is the duty of the Lord's clerk,

chapter and sixty-first verse of Ezra." whom He has appointed, to keep a his- Brethren and sisters, the Lord in retory, and a general Church record of

vealing to the Prophet Joseph that all things that transpire in Zion, and of all those who consecrate properties, day of vengeance and burning is comand receive inheritances legally from ing upon the earth, did not desire, I the Bishop;

think, to arouse any feelings of fear or “And also their manner of life, their anxiety in the minds of His people. faith, and works; and also of the apostates who apostatize after receiving

It was simply that they should their inheritances.

be made acquainted with the *It is contrary to the will and com- fact that such a day is coming upon mandment of God, that those who re

the earth and also that there should be ceive not their inheritance by consecration, agreeably to His law, which He

a preparation made by his people for has given, that He may tithe His peo- that time, that they might be able to ple. to prepare them against the day of

abide that great and dreadful day of vengeance and burning, should have

the Lord. their names enrolled with the people of

One peculiar feature of God;

this revelation is that while the Lord "Neither is their genealogy to be kept, speaks of this time of trouble and caor to be had where it may be found on any records or history of the Church;

lamity, he also comes down to the sim“Their names shall not be found, ple matter as it might seem to some, of neither the names of the fathers, nor giving instructions to his clerk. He says the names of the children written in the that his clerk shall

keep a book of the law of God, saith the Lord

history and a of Hosts.


Church "Yea, thus said the still small voice,

record of all things that transwhich whispereth through and pierceth pire in Zion, and in the manner of all things, and often times it maketh

life and faith and works of His peomy bones to quake while it maketh manifest, saying:

ple, and especially that it should be "And it shall come to pass that I,

recorded of His people that they pay the Lord God. will send one mighty their tithes and offerings, and later perand strong, holding the sceptre of power in his hand, clothed with light for a

haps that they shall observe the law covering whose mouth shall utter

of consecration, that they may escape words, eternal words; while his bowels the day of vengeance and burning. We shall be a fountain of truth, to set in order the house of God, and to ar

see that the Lord is very particular range by lot the inheritances of

in this matter. In the early days of the

tlie Saints whose names are found, and Church,some baptisms for the dead that the names of their fathers, and of their

were not properly witnessed and recordchildren, enrolled in the book of the law of God:

ed, were rejected of the Lord, and the “While that man, who was called of

work had to be done over again. We God and ayyointed, that putteth forth know that great care and attention is his hand to steady the ark of God, shall fall by the shaft of death, like as

given to this matter today in our Tem

a tree that is smitten by the vivid shaft ples, and that efficient help must be of lightning;

secured to do this. Let me tell you And all they who are not found writ

this something in relation to

great ten in the book of remembrance, shall find none inheritance in that day, but

Temple of the Lord in Salt Lake City. they shall be cut asunder, and their From the time that that Temple was deportion shall be appointed them among dicated, in 1893, up to the year 1899, unbelievers. Where are wailing and gnashing of teeth.

there were 475,662 ordinances performed "These things I say not of myself:

therein, and for the year 1899, 68,871, therefore, as the Lord speaketh, He will making a grand total of 544,337 ordinalso fulfill.

ances performed in the House of the "And they who are of the High Priesthood, whose names are not found

Lord for the living and the dead, and

Torl that h


been done in other temples of God. tithing is most carefully looked after. Truly it is a great and marvelous work, I have admired the system that is foland not the least important thing about lowed in the Presiding Bishop's office. it is that these ordinances are all care- There is another matter that I would fully recorded in the books and are filed like to speak of briefly, and that is away in the archives of the Temple, to this:

has inspired his serbe brought forth in due time. From vant not only to look after the proper these records the people who have gone recording of the tithes of His people, to that house will be judged. Nothing but also to call for the names of the nonthat is done in that Temple will be ac- tithepayers of the Church. This is cepted of the

Lord, except something that has never been done beit is properly witnessed and fore, so far as I know. A list most recorded. The Temple work carefully prepared as to names, but not is strictly looked after each day, so always as to explanations has been that nothing is neglected or omitted, compiled and furnished the First Presimuch to the credit of those who labor dency of this Church, That action in the Temples. The great work per

seems to have come to us through the formed in the Salt Lake Temple, has inspiration of God, that it shall be thus far been accomplished under the known who are neglectful in the midst Presidency of our Prophet and Seer,

of His people. I do not know that I and we rejoice in it.

am authorized to tell you

how many I also want to say to you, my breth- names there are in it, but I can say ren and sisters, inasmuch as there is

that it is a large book. It was premore or less anxiety at times among

sented at the Priesthood meeting last some of the Saints concerning the tith- night as text book to talk upon. Presi. ing, that the tithing records of this dent Snow talked from that text. and Church were never before in such good Presiding Bishop Preston talked on it. condition as they are today. I ask the It was a big text, so large that he could Presidents of Stakes and the Bishops of hardly follow it. There is not a man wards to bear witness with me that the or woman in this Church who ought to tithing is most strictly looked after, pay tithing and who does and that no mistakes occur, but which

whose name is recorded in that great are readily detected. was going to

book. It was designed that in each say that the "eagle eye" of the Presid- case a reason should be given why each ing Bishop of this Church, through the person had not paid tithing. But this very efficient help that he has, detects has not been fully done in all cases, every inaccuracy and every neglect in owing no doubt to the fact that this is the recording of the tithes. The Presid- the first request of the kind that has ing Bishop is one of the Lord's clerks, been made of the Bishops of this and he of necessity must keep a strict

Church; but there will be an improveand careful record. All of the tithing ment in this particular hereafter. The reports which come from the forty-two lines are being drawn.

It must be Stakes of Zion, covering five hundred

known to the authorities of this Church and thirty-eight wards, are carefully and to the people who are faithful and tabulated and filed away in the Bishop's who are not faithful. God requires it office, and you would be astonished, it and it must be recorded, for the reayou went there, to find how readily son plainly set forth in the revelation, you could get any information pertain- that those whose names are not found ing to the tithing of this Church. There recorded in the book of the law of God is no man, woman or child in this shall have no inheritance in Zion in Church who has paid tithing, but whose that day when our eternal inheritances name will be found upon the tithing shall be divided out to us. Therefore records in the Bishop's office and the it is a matter of serious importance, office of the First Presidency. It is all and we appreciate the meaning of the understood, and we are fast coming to great text that was given to us in our that condition where nothing will be Priesthood meeting. I am sure that neglected or wasted. There are losses those who were present were that occur in a natural and proper way, deeply impressed

by what

not, but

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