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some dragged in the streets of Rome, uable time this morning, but I did want : some thrown from pinnacles, and some to bear this testimony unto you, and I stoned to death. What for? For obey- do it in the name of Jesus Christ. ing the law of God and bearing testi- Amen. mony to that which they knew to be

ELDER E. H. NYE, true. So may it be today. But let the

president of the California mission: spirit of this Gospel be so imbedded in

My brothers and sisters, it is a wondermy soul that though I go through pov

ful privilege to meet with you in this kerty, through tribulation, through per

conference. It seems though I am secution, or to death, let me and my

hardly able to control my feelings, I house serve God and keep His laws.

am so overcome with joy in meeting However, the promise is that you

with the Saints of the Most High. The shall be blessed through obedience. God

spirit that has prevailed throughout will honor them that honor Him, and

this conference thus far has been a joy will remember them that remember

to my soul. I thank the Lord my God Him. He will uphold and sustain all

and my brethren the Presidency that I those who sustain truth and are faith

have been permitted to come to Zion ful to it. God help us therefore to be

from the State of California, where I faithful to the truth, now and forever,

have been laboring for the last three is my prayer in the name of Jesus,

years and a half as a missionary. This Amen.

grand question of tithing has been with

us, and I ELDER WM. H. SMART,

bear testimony with my

brother, Elder Smart, who has just prepresident of the Eastern States mission, ceded me, that the same spirit permeat. said: I take great pleasure in assem- ed the hearts of the Saints throughout bling with you in this conference and I the State of California, so much so that am enjoying a spiritual feast, in lis- they have come to the front, paid their tening to the counsels that come to us tithes and their offerings and enabled from God through His Holy servants. us to carry on the mission in that part The uppermost thought in my mind is of the world. I rejoice in this and in that God has indited the counsels that

the testimony that has been given and have been given to us in our meetings in the spirit that has actuated the serthus far. I have been away from the vants of God, who have spoken to us the body of the Church for two years, as words of life and salvation in these a missionary to the Eastern States. meetings. It seems to me that if we While I have been absent when confer- could comprehend the situation, every ence time has rolled around my spirit man and woman would rise in the has been here and I have longed to sit strength of their manhood and under the sanctuary and receive the womanhood and rejoice in the word of God as it is given from time to privilege of performing this wontime by His servants. I desire to bear derful work. We have in our own hands my testimony to you, my co-laborers, a key to the spiritual blessings of the that God has inspired His Prophet in Almighty. We meet together in our this day with regard to the law of tith- various wards and branches and paring, and that this spirit is not only in take of the sacred emblems of the flesh Zion but that it has spread abroad into and blood of our Lord and Master every part of the world where the Jesus Christ. I am always impressed Saints and Elders are living. A little with the importance of that sacred orless than year ago, after the word dinance, for in that it seems to me we of the Lord had come through our have a key to the spiritual blessings Prophet with regard to this law of tith- of the Almighty. Let me call your ating, we caught up the spirit of it in the tention for a moment to what we do in Eastern States mission. It electrified us.

partaking of that ordinance: It was nothing but the power of God “Witness unto thee, O God, the Eterthat did it. The spirit bore witness to nal Father, that they are willing to take us that that word was from God and

upon them the name of thy Son, and al

ways remember Him, and keep His that it was not of man. I do not feel

commandments which he has given +ham


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What for? “That they may always there is a key to the wealth and blesshave His spirit to be with them.” Every ings of the earth; for the Lord makes time that we partake of that sacred a declaration that if we will pay our ordinance we enter into a covenant tithes and our offerings he will open the with the Lord that we will keep the windows of heaven and pour forth such commandments He has given. What blessings as there shall not be room to are the commandments? "Love one receive. These things have been mani. another," is one of them. “Thou shalt fested time and time again in the Calinot lie,” is another. And our brethren, fornia mission. I could enumerate inthe Presidency and the Twelve, have stances where individuals through the been impressing upon us in a most won- payment of their tithes have received derful manner that there is a command- wonderful gifts and blessings; have ment to pay our tithing. Now if we go been prospered in all that they set their to meeting, partake of this sacred or- hands to do, and have proved to their dinance, enter into this covenant anew, own satisfaction that the blessings of and then ignore these commandments, the Almighty do

unto them do we not, my brethren and sisters, through obedience to this command. become covenant breakers before the May God bless you. Amen. Almighty? This is the way it strikes me. This ordinance is instituted that

The choir and congregation sang: we may continually renew our obliga- The Spirit of God like a fire is burning; tions unto the Lord, and the ordinance The latter-day glory begins to come itself says what we do it for--that we


The visions and blessings of old are remay always have His spirit to be with

turning, us. Some of the brethren have quoted The angels are coming to visit the from the Book of Mormon. I earth. will call attention to

one pas- Benediction by Elder Rulon S. Wells. sage in it. On the occasion of our Lord and Master Jesus Christ visiting the people upon this continent, He called them to prayers. He prayed, and they prayed:



"And they did pray for that which they most desired; and they desired that the Holy Ghost should be given unto them."

2 p. m., singing by the choir,
Behold the mountain of the Lord

In latter days shall rise,
On mountain tops, above the hills,

And draw the wond'ring eyes.
Prayer was offered by Elder Joseph
E. Taylor.

The choir sang:

If we

Come, listen to a Prophet's voice,

And hear the word of God,
And in the way of truth rejoice

And sing for joy aloud.

And further on the Book of Mormon tells us, after enumerating the wonderful gifts and blessings that the Lord bestowed upon the people, that it was because the love of God did dwell in the hearts of the people. This is a key to the whole grand question. will keep the covenants that we make before the Almighty every time we partake of this solemn ordinance, we shall come right up to the standard of perfection that the brethren have been talking about, and that those old Nephite Saints arrived at when there was no wickedness of any kind among them, because the love of God did dwell in their midst, and the record declares that they were a most prosperous people in everything. Here is a lesson for us, if we can take it to ourselves.

I rejoice in the great work as it is



were presented to the conference for the votes of the assemblage, as follows:

Lorenzo Snow, as Prophet, Seer and Revelator and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in all the world.

George Q. Cannon, as first counselor

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Joseph F. Smith as second counselor are: George Q. Cannon, Wilson H. in the First Presidency.

Dusenberry, Brigham Young, David
As members of the council of the John, Karl G. Maeser, Edward Part-
Twelve Apostles: Brigham Young, ridge, Reed Smoot, Susa Y. Gates,
Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Thomas R. Cutler, Joseph Don Carlos
George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John Young, William H. Seegmiller and
W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Anthon Stephen L. Chipman.
H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley. Abra- The vote was unanimous.
ham 0. Woodruff and Rudger Clawson.
At this point President Cannon stated

ELDER REED SMOOT, that owing to the death of Franklin D.

of the Council of the Twelve, said: Richards a vacancy had been created in

“My dear brethren and sisters, I feel the council of the Twelve Apostles, and

exceedingly weak in standing before that the conference would be given an

this vast audience this afternoon. No opportunity to vote for some one to

doubt many of you are surprised at my fill the position. He then, in this con

being called to this position, but I can nection, presented the name of Reed

assure you that no one in this audience Smoot, and the vote was taken.

was more astonished than I. Five The counselors in the First Presi

years ago I was called by the mouthdency and the Twelve Apostles as Pro

piece of God to occupy a position in the phets, Seers and Revelators.

presidency of the Utah Stake. That was Patriarch of the Church-John Smith,

a surprise to me at that time and I First seven presidents of SeventiesSeymour B. Young, Christian D. Fjeld- thought then that the Lord moves in

a mysterious way. This afternoon when sted, Brigham Henry Roberts, George

the mouthpiece of the Lord told me it Reynolds, Jonathan G. Kimball, Rulon

was the will of the Lord that I should S. Wells and Joseph W. McMurrin.

occupy a position as one of the Twelve William B. Preston as presiding Bish

Apostles, I certainly felt a more humble op, with Robert T. Burton and John R.

and more weak instrument in his hands Winder as his first and second counsel.

for doing good than ever I did in my ors.

life. I beg of the brethren of the Assistant Church historians: John

Twelve to bear with me in my mistakes. Jaques and Andrew Jenson.

I beseech of you, my brethren and sisGeneral Church board of education:

ters, to give me your faith and prayers Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon, Karl

for I need them, and to fulfill this posi. G. Maeser, Willard Young, Anthon H.

tion that I am called to, I must have Lund, James Sharp, Joseph F. Smith,

them. If I can be humble and have the John Nicholson and George H. Brim

confidence of the people and of the hall.

Priesthood, as God has called me so will General superintendency of religion

I receive it in the same spirit; and as classes: Anthon H. Lund, Karl G.

He gives me wisdom and light and reve. Maeser and Rudger Clawson.

lation, just so far can I do His will and Lorenzo Snow, trustee-in-trust for

serve Him in this calling. If I did not the body of religious worshippers know that Jesus was the Christ and known as the Church of Jesus Christ

that the Church of Jesus Christ of Lat. of Latter-day Saints.

ter-day Saints was His Church I can John Nicholson, clerk of the general assure you that this calling that has conference.

been placed upon me would be the The voting in every instance


farthest from me to accept of any posiunanimous.

tion that I could think of. President Cannon announced that, in My life in the past has been in a busiaccordance with a legal requirement, ness direction more than in any other the names of the members of the board way, and now that this change has

directors of the Brigham Young come and this call from God has been Academy, Provo, would be presented placed upon me, I hope and trust that for the vote of the conference. They I will do nothing-aye, I would rather

lose my right arm than to betray the


you, to

confidence you have placed in me this "Ye who are quickened by a portion of day by voting for me in this position. the celestial glory shall then receive of

the same, even a fulness; My only desire is that God will give me

“And they who are quickened by a power to perform the duties that shall portion of the terrestrial glory, shall devolve upon me acceptably in His then receive of the same, even a full

ness: sight, and acceptable to


“And also they who are quickened by Apostles and to the mouthpiece of God

a portion of the telestial glory shall upon this earth. To this end I beseech then receive of the same, even a fullof you an interest in your faith and ness;

And they who remain shall also prayers that from now on I may be

be quickened; nevertheless they shall clothed with the Priesthood that will be

return again to their own place, to ensome good to the children of men. joy that which they are willing to reI ask God's choicest blessings upon

ceite, because they were not willing to His Church and upon every member enjoy that which they might have re

ceived. thereof, that unity, peace and strength "For what doth it profit a man if a may be with us continually until we gift is bestowed upon him, and he rebecome a light unto the whole world, joices not in that which is given unto

Behold he reas has been predicted. In the name of him neither rejoices in Him who is Jesus Christ I ask it. Amen.

the giver of the gift."

I would like this next paragraph to be PRESIDENT GEORGE Q. CANNON. noticed by my hearers:

"And again, verily, I say unto you, Future exaltation dependent upon obedience to that which is governed by law is also

law-Having kept our first estate, our present preserved by law, and perfected and alm should be to keep well our second

sanctified by the same. Heavens filled with higher truths, which, as we

"That which breaketh a law, and abidprogress, will be revealed.

eth not by law, but seeketh to become

a law unto itself, and willeth to abide I arise, trusting that the remarks

in sin, and altogether abideth in sin, which I may be led to make may be in

cannot be sanctified by law, neither by spired by the Spirit of God. To this end mercy, justice nor judgment. There

fore they must remain filthy still." I beseech you, my brethren and sisters, to give me the assistance of your faith There is to my mind a great amount and prayers, for I would like the time I of importance in these words that I occupy to be of profit to those who lis- have read in your hearing, and they ten. Time is precious, and this is a vast

should be understood by us, because congregation, and they should not be they pertain to our future exaltation.

We have been taught by the Lord that kept here listening to something that is not of worth. I do not profess myself this is a preparatory state, that we are

here to be tested, to see whether we to be able to impart anything that is worthy of being listened to only as God shall prove worthy of the promises that

he has made unto his children. He shall give it through His Holy Spirit:

has given unto all of us our free agency, I will read a few paragraphs of the 88th section of the book of Doctrine and

and that agency is differently exercised.

We see mankind divided into classes. Covenants.

Some exercise their agency in one direc“And again, verily I say unto you,

tion and some in another, and there is the earth abideth the law of a celestial

a great diverșity of view's and aims kingdom, for it filleth the measure of its creation, and transgresseth not the law. among the children of earth. But the

“Wherefore it shall be sanctified; yea, Latter-day Saints have had revelation notwithstanding it shall die, it shall be

given to them, which places them, it quickened again, and shall abide the

may be said, in a position different to power by which it is quickened, and the righteous shall inherit it;

the rest of the world. We are not ig"For notwithstanding they die, they

of the purposes

of God. We also shall rise again a spiritual body; have been informed why we are here "They who are of a celestial spirit shall

and what we should do to obtain the receive the same body which was a na

glory that God promises unto his faithtural body, even ye shall receive your bodies, and your glory shall be that ful children. We have had pointed out glory by which your bodies are quick- to us the path to pursu in continue






We all believe, I suppose, that we have upon our obedience to law. We should kept our first estate, or we would not be not lose sight of this. A man will here. The reward of our fidelity in our come along and say, "I believe in Jepre-existent state is manifest in the sus; I am willing to repent of my sins, fact that we have received earthly tab- I want to be baptized for the remisernacles. We have taken a great stepsions of my sins and I want to receive in advance by being permitted to come the laying on of hands and become here. Now much depends upon our a member of the Church." He obey's second estate and the manner in which these requirements and ordinances. He we keep it. If we are faithful in our then says, “I hear the Elders talk about second estate, as we were in our first, gathering, and I

do not

any then glory will be added to us, and we necessity for it. I do not see why shall go

progressing eternally. I cannot worship God in the Through the revelation of God's will place where Ι embraced the and our observance of it, the oppor- Gospel,


if I Were tunity is given us to continue in the to

gather. I hear

good path of progress. The Lord has shown deal about Zion. Some of the Elders to us that there are differences of re- tell me what a glorious condition of wards. Some of his children will at- existence there is there, while others tain to what is called celestial glory. say there are many evils in Zion, and I Others of his children will not have don't think I will gather there." Will faith enough nor exercise their agency that man attain unto celestial glory? I in the direction to gain that glory; leave this question with you to answer. but they will gain terres- How can he? It is necessary that he trial glory. There are others that will should gather. Why? Because it is a not progress that far; they will feel command of God that His Saints shall reluctant to obey the laws that pertain gather, and a man cannot receive the to the terrestrial, and they will ob- reward of gathering without he obeys tain telestial glory. There are still the law of God on that subject. There others that will not attain even to the are many reasons for this, with which telestial glory. Why is it that there you are all familiar. In the first place are these differences ? Is it because he cannot receive his endowments. Can God has chosen some of us for the teles. a man attain unto celestial glory withtial glory, some of us for the terres- out receiving his endowments? Under trial glory, and some of us for the

some circumstances he can. If he celestial glory? No, there is no such should die, as some of our faithful predestination as this. We are

all brethren have, before endowments were born with our free agency; with the given, no doubt he would be judged by power within ourselves, aided by the the Lord according to his opportunities blessing of God, to attain unto the high- and his willingness. But speaking genest glory. How shall we attain unto erally, men and women cannot receive the highest glory? There is only one celestial glory without having the ordiway, and that is by observing the nances that pertain to the endowments. highest laws. The highest laws, when Men and women cannot be united for obeyed, brinį as a reward the highest eternity unless they are united by the glory; and thuman or woman who ex- Priesthood of God in the place appoint. pects to attain to the highest glory ed for the administration of that without obeying these laws, deceives ordinance. The union of husband and himself or herself. It cannot be done. wife, of parents and children depends If I rise above the telestial glory, I upon obedience to law, and they cannot must obey a law that will lift me above get into the celestial kingdom without that. If I rise to the terrestrial glo. they obey these laws. Other commandry, it will be by obeying terrestrial ments of the Lord might be mentioned law. If I do not obey laws higher than in this connection. We are commandthat, I cannot attain to a higher glory. ed to live by every

word that proI want to impress upon you, my

ceedeth from the mouth of God. We brethren and sisters, that our exalta- must do this. The Lord reveals His tion, our future glory, depends entirely word to His Church; that word must

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