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We send out many Elders into the mis. Teachers are not doing their duty, shall sionary field and spend hundreds of the President of the Church be held rethousands of dollars to carry the Gospel sponsible? Would it be manly for the abroad. Is it not just as important that Bishop of a Ward to say that the Presthese quorums of the Priesthood should ident of the Church is responsible bebe active and alive to their duty, and cause his ward is not up to the mark that the members of those quorums in fulfilling the obligations that the should prize the office they hold suffi- Lord has placed upon them? It appears ciently to keep the commandments to me that this is not the spirit of the which God has given them, in order Gospel. The spirit of the Gospel is for evthat their example may be good before' ery man to do his duty and not try to the people? We find Stake officers and shift any responsibility onto somebody ward officers who do not observe the else. We are told that we are agents Word of Wisdom. They have their cup unto ourselves, and that we ought to of tea or their cup of coffee, or they be engaged in bringing to pass much are given to smoking, and perhaps in righteousness. When we are placed to some instances to drinking, and yet preside over a Ward it is not necessary they are tolerated.
to go to the President of the Church to My brethren and sisters, in speaking ask about every little matter, but we this way I do so with the feeling that I are entitled to the spirit of God and would expect to be dealt with if I did to the revelations of the Lord Jesus not honor the Priesthood that God has Christ in our calling. If we are enerconferred upon me sufficiently to let to- getic and are working in the calling bacco, whisky and other things that whereunto the Lord has called us, he God has forbidden alone. I feel that will reveal many great and important any officer in this Church who will per- things unto us, and he will bring to our sist in indulging in these things and minds many suggestions and ideas with setting a bad example before the peo- regard to the government of our Ward. ple ought to have at least sufficient in- So with presidents of Stakes and High terest in the work of the Lord to give Councils and other officers of the up his position to some one who will Church. prize and magnify the position that God I am interested in the work of the has called him to. I do not believe that Lord. I would like to see these quorums men who are living in open violation of
of the Lesser Priesthood in a good acthe commandments of God prize their tive condition. It is thought by some calling. They may think they do; they that we have concentrated our energies may think that they love the work of too much upon Sunday school work or the Lord; but their very acts show that
upon Mutual Improvement work, and they do not. When it comes to laying
we have not given that attention which aside their little cup of tea as Relief
we ought to do to the quorums of the Society workers or as other workers in Priesthood. If we have erred in this the Stakes of Zion, some cannot do it, direction, we ought to correct it and lanot even for the sake of the example.
bor diligently to see that every quorum I feel, my brethren and sisters, that is in good
condition. No this is an important matter. Every
up to Deacon, every Teacher and every Priest
the mark whose quorums of the ought to ask himself the question Priesthood are inactive. Inactivity is whether or not he is magnifying the death, and there are too many dead Priesthood that God has honored him
members in the Priesthood. The man with. For it is an honor to be a Dea
who will grow in this Priesthood and con in the Church of Christ. It is a
come to the front is the man who labors. greater honor than any that can be
And with the man,
so with the conferred upon men in the political quorum. The Stake President who will world, because this work that we are develop himself and his Stake is the engaged in is God's work, not the work one who is actively engaged in his of man, and God will honor those who calling. If he is not thus engaged, inhonor the positions that are given to
stead of growing he will wither up, and them in His Church, Now, where his Stake will suffer. Now it appears
to me that the progress of the work
tion. Some are afraid of the water; of God in the wards and in the Stakes
they dare not go into the water to be is of greater importance than the feel
baptized. Then there are others who ing of any man or woman; and it would
after they are baptized are afraid of seem to me that Latter-day Saints who something else. They cannot make actually believe that this is the work
the sacrifice, as they consider it, of of the Lord, when they know that
paying their tithing. They cannot keep hanges can be made which will bene
the Word of Wisdom. They cannot fit the work of God, they will not feel
be honest, or virtuous, or truthful. hurt or that an injustice is being done The result is, we find one turning off by such changes. I believe that some
here, and another there, and leaving censure has been merited by some Stake
the ship Zion. Now, only those are officers for not making changes that benefitted who continue in their search ought to have been made. I believe
for salvation, and in their journey tothat if they had made these changes ward eternal life. Only those receive manfully and under the influence of the
a reward who pass through the hardspirit of God, and explained to those
ships and the discouraging conditions affected why they were necessary, the
and continue in the way of life unto the brethren would not have felt half as
end. If we turn back any time before bad as it has been supposed they would.
then, our labors have been in vain and I thank the Lord for his goodness
we will not receive the reward. We and for the blessings which this people
are told that blessed is the man who are enjoying at the present time. The
endureth temptation, for he shall rething for us to do is to hold on to the
ceive a crown of life which the Lord end; not simply to go part of the way,
has promised. but to go all the way, doing the will of
My brethern and sisters, whatever our Father from day to day so far as
position we have been called to occupy it is made clear to us.
in this Church, or whatever quorum Our labor for salvation reminds me
of Priesthood we are members of, the very much of an experience that was brought to my attention this season by
only way we can receive the promised
reward is to labor constantly and to a colony of our people going into Wyo
keep the Spirit of God. If we will do ming. I heard of one or two of them who became discouraged before they
this, we will love the work of God
more every day of our lives. I thank got to the Summit in Parley's canyon,
God that this has been my experience. and one or two more became discouraged when they got to some other sum
I have felt better every day in the mit; while others turned back as they
labors which the Lord has called me were going or after they got there.
to perform, and my pleasure in them
increases. I know this is the case with Now those people did not receive any reward. Their time was thrown away.
all men and women that work to bring
about righteousness. Others, after they got there and en
Those who engaged in the toil which was necessary
dure trials and temptations, those who to settle up any new country, became
are full of zeal and of the Spirit of discouraged and they also left. And
God from morn until night, you will alothers will leave. This has been the
ways know just where to find them. history of the settlement of all our new
Great and glorious will be their countries. I am told that at least one
ward. half of the people that went to Cache
I thank the Lord for the testimony I
have that this is his work. I reValley in early days returned because they did not think they could live
ceive new testimonies every day of my there. In listening to Brother Judd
life. I know that God is with this peoBrother Ricks, Brother Card and other
ple, and I know that He will bless brethren who are having experience in
everything that is undertaken as indi. this same line, I can sympathize with
cated through the Ponnhat of God. It them, for our experience is similar to is enough for us to know that the theirs. There are some people who Lord has indicated through His mouthturn back all along the way. So it is piece what should be done, and it is for on our journey and search for salva- us to give heed unto it.
grant that we may have His Spirit in no matter what the subject may be all our labors; that we may be true to which suggests itself to their minds. the testimonies we have received; that The one thing that is always obligatory we may love the work of the Lord, and upon every Saint is to do the duty that not be jealous of any department that devolves upon him at the moment. We is thriving; but that we may desire, as have heard Brother Ensign sing about Bishops and Stake Presidents, to con- Jerusalem, the beautiful city. We somecentrate our efforts upon the part of times read in the book of Doctrine and the work which is a little delinquent, Covenants, 84th section, a beautiful and see to it that it is brought to the song which the Lord said should be front, in order that every department gung in the last days. He says: of the Priesthood may be united. If
“For I, the Almighty, have laid my it is possible for the Presidency of this
the nations, to scourge Church and the Apostles to be united them for their wickedness: to a man, that the president of the
"And plagues shall go forth, and they quorum of the Apostles
shall not be taken from the earth until can
I have completed my work which shall say to the Presidency of
the be cut short in righteousness, Church that nothing in righteousness "Until all shall know me, who remain, can be required of these men that will
even from the least unto the greatest,
and shall be filled with the knowledge not be done, so it is possible for this
of the Lord, and shall see eye to eye.” to be said of the Seventies, and of the High Priests, and of the Elders, and
President Snow, Elder Smoot and Elder of every department of the Priesthood, Clawson testified this morning that the if all men will labor to bring this re
Presidency of the Church and the sult about. God grant that this may
Twelve Apostles are united and see be the case; that we may be encour
"eye to eye." I wish to say that this aged, and that the blessings of God ought to be the status of the Presiding may attend every effort which we put Council of Seventies, and I presume it forth toward the upbuilding of His is. It ought to be the condition of evkingdom. I ask it in the name of
ery council of Seventies throughout the Jesus. Amen.
Church. It ought to be the condition of
the Presiding Bishopric of this Church, "The Holy City" was sung by Horace
and I suppose it is. It ought to be the S. Ensign.
condition of the presiding authorities of ELDER M. F. COWLEY.
every quorum in the Holy Priesthood
down to the presidency of the last quorPatrick Henry's eloquent plea for freedom-Regard
of the Saints for the Constitution-Work of um of Deacons, which has been estabthe Adversary-How to obtain the mind and
lished in the Church. It ought to be will of the Lord-The duty to sustain the Government - The redemption of Zion-- the condition of every Stake presidency, Striking experience at Galveston.
of every High Council, of every BishopMy brethren and sisters, I feel grate- ric, of the presiding authority of every ful for another conference, and for the branch, of every Elder, of the presiopportunity of being associated with dency of every mission, of every conyou. It is our duty to obtain the word ference president and of every Elder in of the Lord, and it does not depend every mission on the face of the earth. solely upon the authority of the Church. There should be an absolute unity There is a responsibility, as stated by throughout the Church. And this unity Elder Woodruff, resting upon every can only be brought about by a commember. It is not confined to those who mon enjoyment of the Holy Ghost. It is bear the respective offices in the Priest- the only thing on this earth or in the hood, but it extends to all Saints, male heave'ns that will bring people to a and female. As I view it, there ought unity of the faith. It was this spirit to be some advancement on the part which led us in the first place to emof the Latter-day Saints as a whole, and brace the Gospel, and when we were on the part of the Priesthood, during baptized we received a title to the comthe time that intervenes between our panionship of the Holy Ghost, and we general conferences. I always feel im- were promised that he should guide us pressed when listening to my brethren, into all truth.
I would like to impress upon the Lat
Recording Angel-pale as angel is pale,
weeping as an angel can weep-come ter-day Saints that we ought to be
trembling up to the throne, and speakguided by the Spirit of the Lord in ev- ing his dread message: everything that affects the welfare of “'Father! The Old World is baptized
in blood. Father! It is drenched with this people. No Latter-day Saint bear
the blood of millions, butchered in war ing the Holy Priesthood ought to go
in persecution, in slow and grinding to any place without the companionship oppression. Father, look! With one of the Holy Ghost. I do not care
glance of Thine eternal eye, look over
Europe, Asia, Africa, and behold everywhether it is a dance, to enjoy a little
where a terrible sight-men trodden innocent recreation, or whether it is a down beneath the oppressor's feet, napolitical meeting, to consider the great tions lost in blood, murder and
perstition walking hand in hand over questions of the day, he ought to take
the graves of their victims, and not a the Priesthood of God with him and en
single voice to whisper hope to man.' joy the inspiration of the Holy Spirit "He stands there (the angel), his in what he says and does. By that I hand trembling with the black record
of human guilt. But hark! The voice do not mean that we ought to use our
of Jehovah speaks out from the awful Priesthood in any manner that is not
cloud: Let there be light again. Let justifiable, but I do mean to say that there be a New World. Tell my peowe ought always to remember that we ple, the poor, downtrodden millions, to
go out from the Old World. Tell them are Latter-day Saints, and that there is
to go out from wrong, oppression and no consideration affecting the welfare blood. Tell them to go out from the of this people in which we are justified Old World, to build my altar in the in separating ourselves from the
New." thought that we are Latter-day Saints, In the closing words of the speech, and that the highest responsibility that he made this significant remark: rests upon this people is to establish the "As God lives, my friends, I believe Church and Kingdom of God upon the
that to be His voice. Yes, were my earth. I feel that we have broken away
soul trembling on the wing of eternity.
were this hand freezing in death, were to a great extent from the old fashioned
my voice choking with the last strugspirit of the Gospel, if you will allow gle, I would still, with the last gasp of me to use that expression. I think that voice, implore you to remember sometimes that we have not so
the truth God has given America to be much
free." faith in God as had the patriots who founded this country. When they pre
This was the spirit of Nephi. Nephi pared the Declaration of Independence declared in the name of the Lord that they invoked the inspiration of the su.
God had decreed that this land should preme God to guide them in the fram. be a land of liberty, and that there ing of that document. And they se
should not occupy it any people that cured that inspiration. It was guided
would hold in servitude any other class by the Spirit of the Lord, and the Lord
of people. So that when in the hishad a hand in it. You remember, per
tory of this great country the question haps, reading what purports to be а.
arose regarding the slavery of the black speech delivered by Patrick Henry in
race, it was a foregone conclusion that the Congress at Philadelphia, at a time
that section of the nation which eswhen men were afraid to stand up for poused their freedom, would gain the what they considered to be the rights victory over those who sought to mainof the colonists of this country and to
tain slavery, because God had decreed establish upon this land a government
that the people of this land should be that sliould be free from allegiance to
free. every other government. In
What I desire to call your attention memorabie address he made this state
to is the fact that the hand of Alment:
mighty God is in all these things, and
when I see Latter-day Saints breaking "It is not given to our poor human away and feeling that they ought to be intellect to climb the skies, to pierce free from the councils of the Almighty One. But would benefit the work, I feel that they
any considerations that methinks I stand among the awful clouds which veil the brightness of Je.
are not true to the history of the coun. hovah's throne. Methinks I see the try in which we dwell and to that na.
triotism which God decreed the Latter- try; and in those days when the Conday Saints should exhibit. For I say stitution had not been infringed and that in this land there are no people trampled upon by ungodly men, he said that have so great a respect for the that no man had occasion to break the Constitution of the United States as laws of the land in keeping the laws have the Latter-day Saints. There are of God. He also said that righteous no people that can have the respect men should be selected to administer for it that they can. I do not wish the affairs of government, men who to impeach the respect of other people would uphold the Constitution of the for that glorious instrument, but the country and who would maintain the depth of the respect that is entertained rights of the people in every State. by the Latter-day Saints is based upon I want to tell you, Latter-day Saints, their knowledge of the purposes of that we have not got out of the woods God concerning this land and the in- yet. No circumstances will arise in this stitutions which God inspired the people country that will affect the welfare of to found The Roman empire prior to this people, either from a religious, a the coming of the Savior tol- political, a financial, a social, business, erated all classes of religions, no scientific, or any other standpoint, but matter what dogmas they what Almighty God is bound to have taught, and this policy
main- something to say in regard to them. tained until the Son of God came and He may not come out and
say it established His Church. His Church, through the voice of the Prophet of however, came in contact with the in- God; but it is expected that every Latstitutions of men, but it did not seek ter-day Saint is a prophet of God, and to injure any of these men. It was that he will get the will of the Lord to established for the salvation of the Guide him in all these matters. What human family, to lift them upon a high. did Moses say to those who sought his er plane, and to point them the way to rebuke of
persons that had eternal life. It was the only plan of prophesied in Israel? Why, said he, "I salvation, devised in the heavens above. would to God that all the Lord's people Because of the freedom granted to all were prophets." We ought to be prophreligions by the Roman empire, Jesus ets, and we ought to seek the mind was enabled to establish His Church and will of the Lord on every subject upon the earth. So in these last days that arises. If we will do this, we shall God inspired the founders of this coun- know for ourselves. Unless we feel this try for the same purpose. They sought way I believe I am justified in saying the inspiration of the Almighty when that it will be a long time before we they framed the Declaration of Inde- shall be able to sing this song conpendence and the Constitution of the tained in the 84th section of the DocUnited States. We read in the book of trine and Covenants. In all affairs, in Doctrine and Covenants that God raised whatever arises, we ought to seek the up men and inspired them to frame the mind and will of God thereon, and try constitution of this land, and many of to understand what will be for the best these men laid down their lives in de interests of the Latter-day Saints. We fense of human liberty and to lay the are justified in so doing. There is not foundation of a government upon this one principle of the Gospel that will land which should be a palladium of lead me to entrench upon the right of a human rights, unequalled by any other Methodist, a Baptist, a Catholic, an incivil government upon the face of the fidel or any other man, no matter what earth. God says He inspired the Con- his religion or his politics may be. There stitution; and every law made in pur- is not one covenant of the Holy Priestsuance thereto He declares to be a righ hood that will lead me to do this. I teous law, and every law not in pur- have read the secret oaths and covesuance thereto an unrighteous law: nants of some of the combinations that "And whatsoever is more or less than exist in this land, and I want to raise these cometh of evil." He further states my voice against the Latter-day Saints that the Saints of God are justified in identifying themselves with these upholding the institutions of this coun- "tares,” which are being bound in bun.