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upon this block, when, striking his cane upon him, and there will be a time in upon the ground, he said, “Here we will the other life for repentance and reforbuild a temple of God." How glorious.
mation. Then shall the people of the ly that prediction has been fulfilled! earth go forth in the temples of God That Temple has been erected, though and do a vicarious work for those behe did not live to see its completion- hind the veil, as the Savior of the a monument to the faith, the determi- world has done a vicarious work for us nation and the good works of the Lat
all. We will taste of the fruits of His ter-day Saints. Not only is there great work in our salvation; so will the Temple on this block, but there is one
dead receive the good fruits of our at St. George, one at Manti, and one at
work in their behalf in the temples of Logan. And shall we cease building
God. Temples? No; other Temples will be
Is it not time, brethren and sisters, built. There is a reason for this.
that our minds should run back and be Strangers come into our midst, and
interested in the fate and condition of they gaze upon the Temple. In many our ancestors? Shall we not be interinstances they say it is a magnificent ested in every soul that has passed building, great accomplishment to
away? Must not the chain be made have been commenced in the early days complete, and the dead be connected of the settlement of this country and
with the living, and the living with the to have been carried on at such vast ex
dead? Otherwise, we shall be rejected pense until finally completed. It cer
as a church; for the Apostle has told tainly a great accomplishment.
that we without them cannot be But, my brethren and sisters, the value
made perfect, nor they without us. of that building is not in its outward Some thoughts have come to my mind appearance, not in the expense that in relation to this great and glorious has been put in it, not in the beauty of subject, and these thoughts have relaits architecture, nor in the richness of tion to the missionary work of this its furnishings. The value of that
Church. We are calling upon many Temple is in the ordinances which are able-bodied young men to go forth and performed therein for the living and the proclaim the Gospel of salvation to the dead.
nations of the earth. This glorious duty The keys of this great power of bind
and privilege is today resting upon the ing and sealing, referred to by the young men of Israel. But there Prophet Joseph Smith, are with us. are many who are not in a position to That power breaks down the barriers accept a call of this kind. Many are of the grave. By it both the living and deeply engrossed in the affairs of life in the dead are made to stand before the a way perchance that they cannot be Lord as if there were no such thing spared to take upon them this great reas mortal time. Moreover, the dead sponsibility. Then there are those who made equal with the living.
are so advanced in years that it would Glorious thought! Do we not see that
not be wisdom for them to go forth and God is no respecter of persons? The
proclaim the Gospel Must it be said of man who lived upon earth in a time
them that they shall be denied the priv. when the light of the Gospel had been
ilege of becoming saviors upon Mount extinguished, and who therefore lived in
Zion, because of the infirmities of age ignorance of the Gospel, will not be
and the engrossing cares of life? No, it consigned to endless misery because
shall not be so said. There is a chance he did not accept an opportunity that
for them, If they cannot go forth into never came to him, but the mercy and
the world to win souls unto Christ, let justice of God will reach out to that
them go forth into the temples of God man and he will have the opportunity and spend a portion of their time in in the other life. Therein is the virtue working for the salvation of the dead. and force of the binding and sealing I believe that the soul of one who is power. It reaches into the spirit world dead is just as precious in the sight of to every soul, no matter how humble or God as the soul of one who is living. obscure that soul has been on earth. Need the father say to his family, The light of the Gospel will break in “There is not much opportunity now for
me to do good; my days of usefulness them in a hundred per cent. Find me are past." No; your days of usefulness an investment in this country today are still with you; your opportunities that pays twelve per cent, or perhaps are still present; go forth and perform fifteen percent, and I will point out this great labor,
to you a most splendid enterprise. But
this investment that I allude to will But it will be said by many in the Church that their employment or their
pay one hundred per cent, and never fail. What is it? Lay up
some of business connections are such that they
your treasures in heaven. Invest with cannot give any time to temple work.
the Lord. Put some of your means inWhat shall be done in such cases? Men
to His temple. are spending their whole time, not alone
If you are so busily employed in in providing for themselves and their
looking after your material interests, families the comforts of life, but to ac
which are so vast and varied that it cumulate means and build up a fortune.
takes all your time, send your son to This is being done by hundreds of Lat
the temple, and support him while he ter-day Saints; for God is blessing and
works there for you. 'If you have no multiplying His goodness upon the peo,
son, perhaps you have a good neighbor, ple, and the windows of heaven are
a man of God, who has no means of his opened unto us, until many are becom
own and no employment; send him to ing rich in this world's goods. Is it not
the temple, and provide well for him so? If you do not believe it, go to some
while he is there; look after his bodily of the Stake conferences and see the
wants, and let him work for your dead expensive vehicles that are tied all
and save your ancestors. around the meeting house. Do people
Perhaps you will tell me that you walk to meeting any more? Not except
have no list of your ancestors; you they live within a half a block of it or
have not even
single name. so. If they live a mile or a mile and a
I take it that that is
excuse. half away, they never think of walking. If
you cannot do a work for And they do not need to
your own dead, do a work for your walk; for God has blessed them
neighbor's dead. Assist that poor man with horses and carriages,
across the way who has perhaps hunby means of which they can ride to
dreds and thousands of names, but has meeting in comfort, They are being
no means and no way of having them blessed in all their affairs and multi
officiated for, and verily you shall in no plied exceedingly, until it has come to
wise lose your reward. When an Elder that condition that some of our
is sent into the world to preach the Gosbrethren in the Church hardly know
pel, if circumstances are favorable, he what to do with their means.
goes first to his relatives and acquaintThe question with them is, Where ances, and then he preaches the Gospel shall we invest our riches? Put money
to the world. So we must labor at in the sugar factory? Yes, by all
cannot get information means, because it is a good investment; concerning our own dead, let us expend it pays a good dividend. It did not a portion of our means, if we have any, pay a good dividend when the Presi- for the salvation of the dead of others. dency of this Church were urging the In this we will manifest the spirit of people to take hold of the industry true charity. and contribute of their means to estab- As it is at present, we find that in lish it. They could not see it then; some instances brethren are building up but now they can see it, and sugar fortunes for their children to quarrel stock can hardly be purchased at pres- over and spend when they are gone. We ent, it is so desirable, However, as I know by experience that we cannot was saying, the people hardly know take these things with us from this where to put their savings.
life, and the result is, all we accumuNow, I want to tell the men of late of this world's goods is left bemeans among the Latter-day Saints of hind, and trouble generally arises a good investment; where they can
among children over such things. place some of their means to bring I am reminded of an occurrence that
is said to have actually happened. One the great responsibility of exercising of our rich brethren died, and after a that power. I ask you, Who shall be time his spirit returned to earth. He worthy to go into these temples? We visited a friend, and this is the language have been told by our Prophet and that he used in speaking to that friend: President that the man who does not “What a fool I have been. I spent days pay his tithing in this Church shall not and weeks, months and years upon the have access to them. Not that he shall earth in accumulating means, and I be coerced, not that he shall be frightwas abundantly successful. I built up ened, by this saying of the President's; a big fortune, and then I was called but simply because he is unworthy to away. I passed into the spirit world,
go into the temple. If he violates this and left it all for my children to quar- great commandment of God—the law of rel over. What a fool I have been."
tithing—then he is not worthy to reIs there not a text in his words? It ceive and participate in the blessings of might have occurred to that man, while the House of the Lord. It is a simple he was talking to his friend, that he proposition. The Bishop shall not reccould have founded an institution of ommend him; the president of the learning, or endowed a hospital, or bet. Stake shall not recommend him. They ter than that, he could have creaț- cannot do it. It would not be pleasing ed a temple fund; that is to
in the sight of God. And they who viohe could have provided amply late the other commandments-and for each one of his children, and there are many who disregard the auwith the remainder,
goodly thority of the Priesthood, who slight portion of it, could have created the counsels of the servants of God, and temple fund, to be used for the salya- who will not give ear to their teachings tion of the dead; and had the fund been -are not worthy to go into the house of sufficiently large, the interest only, and the Lord and officiate for the living and not the principal, might have been ex- the dead. And that shows a very close pended to save his dead and the dead connection between the living and the of others. Perhaps the thought occurred dead, between this world and the other to him that if he had done this, while world; for you can scarcely mention his body rested in the grave and his the work for the dead, except you shall spirit dwelt in the spirit land, the say something concerning the living; means that God had given him on earth and you can scarcely speak of the livwould be doing a great and glorious ing, except you shall say something work and perpetuating his memory up- concerning the dead. on earth. This is one way in which we
I believe that God speaks to us as if can perpetuate our memories,
we were in eternity, and that whenever It seems to me that this is a most He gives a commandment or a law un. glorious subject to contemplate. And
to this Church, it is done as if there not only shall the brethren be saviors
were no such thing as death or a veil upon Mount Zion, but the sisters, too, dividing us from His presence. His shall share in this glorious work; for laws are permanent and eternal in their
binding they can go to the temple and assist in nature; they are
this officiating for the dead. The sisters as
world and upon the world to come; well as the brethren shall have credit they are binding upon the living and on the books for their share in this
binding upon the dead. grand work. Brethren and sisters, here
As I have said, this is glorious are the temples before us. Now let me
theme for contemplation, and could not ask the question, Who shall be worthy
be exhausted in a sermon a month long. to go into them and to do the work
God bless you, Amen. that I have indicated? You know some
The choir sang: thing of the power and sacredness of
All hail the glorious day, the work; you know something of this
By Prophets long foretold. binding and sealing power; you know Benediction by Patriarch John Smith.
AFTERNOON SESSION—2 P. M. to do. There is too great a tendency The choir and congregation sang:
on the part of those who bear the Holy
Priesthood to try to shift responsibility Come, come, ye Saints, no toil nor labor fear,
onto the presiding officers of the wards But with joy wend your way.
or the Stakes or the Church. Did we
ever think of the fact that every one Prayer by Elder Jonathan G. Kimball.
of us should be as interested in the Şinging by the choir:
work of God as our brother or our sisGuide us, o thou great Jehovah,
ter? We ought not to try to shift reGuide us to the promised land. sponsibility onto some one else; but we We are weak, but Thou art able.
ought to secure a clear conscience beHold us with Thy powerful hand.
fore God by faithfully discharging the ELDER A. O. WOODRUFF. duty whereunto we have been called, Individual Responsibility of the Saints-Neglect of be that duty ever so humble. duties of the Priesthood deprecated-Baneful
Every quorum of the Priesthood is effects of bad example-Officers should be wisely selected-Saints should not take necessary in the Church of Christ. If their hands from the piow.
not, it never would have My beloved brethren and sisters: I
been given to us. I have feel very grateful this afternoon that
been alarmed at the disthe Lord is mindful of his people. I
regard of duty shown by many men thank him for the prosperity that is at
who have been honored with the Priesttending the Latter-day Saints, for the
hood of the Son of God. Especially liberty that we enjoy, and for the mar
is this the case in the Lesser Priestvelous way in which he has operated hood, and in many instances it is to be upon the people in many sections of the
found among the Elders and Seventies. earth to bring about the freedom that
This ought not to be. I feel that his servants enjoy today. In standing
will never arrive at the condition which before you this afternoon feel very
we would like to attain until there is a humble, and I pray that the power and
renewal of interest in all the quorums inspiration of God may rest upon me
of the Priesthood. Our heavenly Father that I may be led to give forth the
has placed each quorum in the Church words that he would have me speak on
to perform an especial labor. The duty this occasion; for he knows the hearts
of the Deacon is different from that of of this people and the teachings that
he Teacher, the duty of the Teacher will be best adapted to their needs. I
is different from that of the Priest, the have greatly enjoyed the instructions
duty of the Priest is different from that that have been given here today. I do
of the Elder, the duty of the Elder not know that I ever heard President
from that of the Seventy, the Seventy Snow speak when his voice sounded
from that of the High Priest, and the clearer or more forceful than it did this
High Priest from that of the Apostle. morning, and this reminded me of the
In some of the Stakes we discover that change that ofttimes comes over men
such an officer as a Priest has not been when they are called of God to certain
heard of; the homes of the people have positions. In many instances their
never been visited by Priests, and they bodies and their minds seem to be re
have never heard of quorum of novated and renewed by the power of
Priests in their Stake. The quorum of God within them. I felt in listening Teachers is almost as badly neglected to President Snow's words to glorify in some quarters; as also is the quorum the name of our Eternal Father for his
of Deacons. goodness and for the abundant manifestations of his approval of this peo
Now there is a great and a grand ple.
work for the Deacons, the Teachers and There is a matter that have thought the Priests to perform, as well as for of a great deal of late in connection the Elders and the Seventies. If we are with the work of our Heavenly Father, not faithful in the Lesser Priesthood, and that is the individual responsibility how can we expect to advance? If we which the Latter-day Saints are under. do not fulfill the duties whereunto God I doubt very much if in our different
has called us, how can we expect him to annreciate this as we ought to honor us with greater things. T!
is no young man in this Church who they are sent by the Presidency. They has been honored with the Priesthood go into these Stakes authorized to perof the Deacon and has been faithful in form certain labor, and if they, on acdischarging the duties of that calling, count of leniency, retain men in office but what has been honored with some whose example they know is bad, are higher calling and Priesthood. This is they not shouldering upon themselves true also of the Teachers and Priests. the responsibility of the unsatisfactory There is always room for advancement conditions found in those Stakes. in the Priesthood of the Son of God. this be true of the general authorities Our Eternal Father will always honor of the Church, it is also true of the those who honor Him and His author. Stake authorities, when they retain in ity.
office Bishops or officers in any of the I feel that there are officers of Stakes different associations who are not doand wards who have taken upon them. ing their duty? Do you believe, my selves a grave responsibility in main- brethren and sisters, that Stake Presitaining men and women in positions in dents will be justified in whose Stakes this Church who have not magnified we have never heard tell of a Priests' or even appreciated the callings where- quorum or a Teacher's quorum, and if unto the Lord has called them. And we have heard tell
а Teachers' I fear that in
instances whole quorum, those Teachers were not doing Stakes have suffered by the example their duty? And where Bishops allow of some member of the Stake Presiden- this condition to exist, they as well as cy, of the High Council, or of some the Stake Presidents are taking upon other organization of the Priesthood.
themselves responsibilities I should not Men have pointed to a brother who per- like to assume. haps been retained
а Stake Presidents and Counselors, High Councilor
as a Stake High Councilors, Bishops and Counsel. President, who has not honored the
ors ought to have the guidance and the Priesthood that has been conferred up- inspiration of the Spirit of God on him, and whose example has not in
the selection of men to fill been a good one before the youth of offices. Because
holds Zion, and they have justified them- a certain degree of priesthood, selves in evil conduct by reason of such it does not follow that he will make a examples. The presiding officers in good Teacher or a good Priest, or that Stakes and wards have been lenient in he will make a good man to instruct many instances. People have been the people on the Sabbath day. Bishops tolerated who have not observed the and counselors and Stake officers should Word of Wisdom; others have been tol- study this matter. They ought not to erated who have not paid tithing, and send Teachers into the homes of the still others who have violated other people who will visit for two or three laws of God; and this course has been hours and never
any teaching. followed in some instances because of They ought to send men out who are the desire of the brethren to keep these filled with the Spirit of God, who will people in the Church and save their go into the homes of the Saints and souls. The question is, is it better to pray with them, and who will make a maintain officers in the Church under study of the people under their watchthese conditions, for the sake of their care. Such brethren, when they see a own feelings, than to make changes member of a family who is not a tithe. which would benefit the people in gen- payer, will labor with that member uperal? And is it not a fact that those on that point; and if there is who do retain officers in the Church who member who is not an observer of the do not prize the Priesthood and have Word of Wisdom, they will labor with no interest in the work, are assuming a that one upon that particular point, great responsibility? President Snow, and so on. They will find all the dePresident Cannon or President Smith fects and weaknesses, and in the spirit cannot go into all the Stakes and wards of love and kindness they will labor in Zion. They therefore send the Apos- with those brethren and sisters who are tles; and the Apostles never go except delinquent and will try to reform them.