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dles prepared for the burning. Their the institutions of learning. They coverants are the cords that bind them. have built the Temples of God from I say that every Latter-day Saint who Cache Valley on the north to St. George keeps his covenants made in the waters on the south. And I know that they of baptism or elsewhere will be a good have been men of God, every one of citizen and will never infringe upon the them, from the Prophet Joseph Smith rights of any people; but he will take a down to President Lorenzo Snow. I · course that will exalt the people and know that the servants of God that will tend to the maintenance of have His mind and will; and the freedom upon this land. We are in- Latter-day Saints can have it too. I terested in this country. This is the want to tell you how you can get it. I land cf Zion. This is the land where As I started out to say, it is by the

Adam dwelt. This is the land where daily performance of every duty that :he built bis altar and offered sacrifice devolves upon us. You show me 1 to God. This is the land where the Gos- man who is

constantly engaged in i pel was first revealed to the children of prayer and supplication, and I will point men. This is the land where the ordi- to you a man that does not have to be nance of baptism was first performed preached to in regard to the subject upon this earth. This is the land where of tithing; he does not have to be urged the Holy Ghost was first given to man. to send his children to Sunday school, This is the land that God has always and to get his boys into the quorums of led people to when He wanted to secure the Lesser Priesthood. He is so full of iunto :hem the best of freedom. He led the Spirit of the living God that he * people from Jerusalem at different

wants them there all the time. The times, and he established them upon man who attends to his family prayers this land. He gave them Prophets and to his secret prayers, the man who and Apostles and inspired men, and He pays his tithes and offerings, the man 'bestowed upon them the inspiration of

who shows his willingness, when called the Almighty to guide them in all walks

upon, to carry the Gospel to the nations of life.

of the earth or to act in the capacity I feel im ressed upon this subject. It of a Deacon at home, that is the man seems to me that the Latter-day Saints who will obtain the mind and the will are not controlled as they ought to be of the Lord. I have seen not only the by the Spirit of the Gospel in some hand of the Lord, but the hand of the of the walks of life. It is the right of adversary working its way among the every man and woman in this Church Latter-day Saints. Satan is seeking to to have a testimony of the Holy Spirit divide them and to poison their minds as to how to act in all these matters. in regard to the authorities of the 'I have sought the Lord in regard to Church and the leaders in the various these things long ago and this is how I Stakes of Zion. Men have said that feel. Let me remind you that the devil they must not seek for counsel, and at is not dead. The adversary of righte- the same time they have sought counousness is working his leaven among sel from men who possess the spirit of the Latter-day Saints. He is trying to apostasy. They have sought counsel destroy the youth of this people by se- from men who to my personal knowlducing them from the paths of chastity edge have secured their livelihood from and virtue; by filling their minds with the Latter-day Saints and have spent skepticism, and by establishing in their their nights playing cards and talking hcarts the idea that there are some against the Authorities of this Church. tuings connected with the people of You can seek counsel from that class of God concerning which the servants of men, but if you seek counsel from God ought to keep their mouths shut. President Snow or from Apostle MerNow, I know the men that founded this rill, who presides over the Cache Valcommonwealth and the enterprises of ley Stake, or from some of the brethren this land. They came here when it was who preside over the Stakes in Idaho a howling wilderness and laid the foun- I say if you seek counsel from these dations of material prosperity in these men as to what would be for the best mountain valleys. They established interests of the people in this inter

mountain region, oh, you are going to to ask God for His Holy Spirit and for the wrong kind of men! Now, I want to that inspiration which has been sought say that I am going to these men for for by men of this country from the my counsel. I propose, God being my days of George Washington down to helper, (I do not say this boastingly, the present. There are no people in for I feel that I am the weakest among these United States who have been my brethren) to know the mind and inore patriotic to the institutions of our will of the Lord on all subjects; country than the Latter-day Saints. and whether in casting a political vote Have they ever lifted their hands or in lifting my hand to support the against the Stars and Stripes? No. Prophet of God, I propose that the chief Have they ever lifted their voice consideration in my heart shall be, what against the institutions of this country? is the will of the Lord? I want to know No. And I wish we had no men that His will. Are we the people of God, or

would raise their voice against the adare we not? Has God changed? No. ministration of our country, but would Has the everlasting Gospel changed? uphold and sustain it, no matter what No, and it never will. It is the same

might be the politics thereof, and treat yesterday, today and forever.

the men who are elected to office in our There are a certain class of pious men among us that I call hypocrites. country with that respect which is due They are “too good” to do anything to them by virtue of their high position that is not considered just right by the and the trust committed to them by the

franchise of the American people. But world, whether it is right in the sight of God or not. They are after the or

the Latter-day Saints have been true. der of the men who, in the days of

to their country. They have furnished Jesus, sought to bring Him into disre

soldiers to fight its battles, some of

whoin have laid down their lives in pute, and even impeached the honor of His birth, because they did not un

deferse or the Stars and Stripes on the derstand it. They are the kind of men

soil of Cuba and in the Philippine Islthat condemned Rahab, the harlot, be- ands. Whenever this people have taken cause she hid the spies. Why did she

issue with any enactment, it has been hide the spies? Was it to infringe upon

in at lawful manner. They have tested the rights of the people of Jericho that the constitutionality of laws passed by she hid them and preserved them from

the Congress of the United States dithose miserable minions of the law? No, rected against them. When there has she did it for righteousness sake, to been a ruling in the courts of our Terriprotect innocent men in their liberties. tory that has been esteemed unconstiWhat does the Apostle Paul say about tutional, it has been appealed to the that woman? He said it should be ac

highest court in the Territory. When counted unto her for righteousness. that body has sustained the lower court God commanded Abraham to offer up they ha appealed to the Supreme his son Isaac, and yet it had been writ- Court of the United States, but they ten, Thou shalt not kill. Abraham have never lifted the hand of violence; withheld not his son. He took him to they have never resorted to mobocracy the altar. He prepared the kindling (r to anything of that kind. When the wood, and proposed to sacrifice his son Supreme Court has given its decision upon the altar, in obedience to the com- the Saints of God have rendered obedimand of God. He did not know that ence to that decision. I say that we God would provide a ram in the thicket, have made more sacrifices in the interor that he would send an angel to est of respect to our country than any say. "Lay not thine hand upon the other class of people in it. My advice lad, neither do thou anything is to sustain those men who will susunto him for now I know that thou tain the enterprises which have been fearest God, seeing that thou hast established by sacrifice among the peonot withheld thy son, thine only son, ple of God. I want to see men sustained from me."

in this country to administer the affairs Brethren and sisters, we do not want of the government who will not turn to be hypocrites, and we do not want aside the citizens of any State when

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saying “Your cause is just, but we can Let us do our duty, and then some do lothing for you.” I want to see men day we will sing this song that I am sustained in this land who will uphold about to read; and there will be more the Constitution of our country, and in it than there is in a great many who will dare defend its citizens in songs we sing. Some of the every State and every Territory.

songs we sing do not amount to much, I want to encourage

you, brethren

because we do not exemplify them in and sisters, to do your duty, to pay your our lives. I have helped to sing "We tithing, and to say your prayers, and thank the, O God, for a Prophet,” when to sustain the quorums of the Priest- I knew we hardly meant it, especially hood. I wish that our Lesser Priest- if anything outside of religious matters hood quorums would take up such a came from the Prophet of God. Lots of program as we have in the Mutual Im- times we sing "The Spirit of God like provement Associations. I wish that a fire is burning." But after all the members of the Priesthood while we will sing this song which would exalt their quorum and make it came to my mind when I first arose. the chief consideration in the Church,

"And plagues shall go forth." because God has founded it. He founded the Deacon's quorum, the Teacher's That reminds me of Brother W. T. quorum and the Priest's quorum. All

Jack and myself in Galveston last these other associations outside of the spring. I shall always remember it, for quorums of the Holy Priesthood are as we entered that city I said to Brohelps in government, and good ones ther Jack, “I would like to lift up my too, and ought to be sustained in their voice in this city and say that the judgplace. If we will seek the mind and ments of God are coming upon the peo. will of the Lord on all subjects the Lord ple.” But we only had a few hours will bless us; He will advance us; and there and not much money to hire a the words of the Prophet Lorenzo hall, so we let it go, and we left upon Snow will be fulfilled in the not far dis- the train for Houston. I had a feeling tant future by steps being taken look- of sadness in my heart that I had not ing to the redemption of Zion and lifted my voice in that city and warned planting the feet of the people of God the people of the judgments that were on that land. Why were they driven coming upon the earth. Brother Jack from this land? Well, I believe that will remember our conversation. There they were driven from the land of their was an editor there, Mr. Clarence Ousinheritance because they became like ley, who entertained us kindly, and who the world. They would not accept the wrote a column and a half regarding United Order; they would not listen to the Latter-day Saints and what he had the counsels of the Prophet of God seen in Salt Lake City. He came here upon all subjects, which they could and looked around the city, and though have done without interfering with the he came with prejudice, he left with a welfare or interests of any people upon feeling that these were a good people, the face of this land. Let us not for- and he wrote a column and a half in get that we are Latter-day Saints. We our favor. What occurred to him durare not narrow-minded, either. Do not ing the flood at Galveston? He gathered we send the Gospel to the nations of the neighbors into his house, and he the earth and ask the Elders to preach and his family and every soul in the it without money and without price? house were saved. The judgments of Are we not willing to make any sacri- God went all around them, but they fice for their salvation ? When they were spared. Now we want to warn the have smitten us on the one cheek, have nations. I was down in Chicago a year we ever knocked them down? When ago with President Kelsch. I had been they have mobbed our Elders and slain down in the Southern States and in the them, have we ever returned the com- Southwestern States also. I am glad pliment in the same way? No, our that in Chicago and in other cities in course has been one constant chain of our land the Elders are not afraid to devotion to principle and to human lib- stand up and defend every principle of erty upon this land.

the Gospel. We are living in a land


of liberty. It is a land upon which any political or financial interests which God has decreed to establish and main would make the work of God secondary. tain His government forever.

I am glad therefore, that these El

And they shall lift up their voice,

and with the voice together sing this ders dare to defend the

new song, saying: no matter what it is. God bless them. The more the truth is assailed “The Lord hath brought again Zion. the more of the Holy Ghost they enjoy The Lord hath redeemed His people, in defending it. After a while God will According to the election of grace,

Israel, rule upon this land. He said that Jesus which was brought to pass by the faith Christ should be the king of this land And covenant of their fathers. and no human king should reign here.

The Lord hath redeemed His people,

And Satan is bound and time is no It was a foregone conclusion that Max

longer; millian could not remain Emperor of The Lord hath gathered all things in Mexico, for this is a land of freedom.


The Lord hath brought down Zion from God laid the foundations of it that He

above. might bring forth His Church and es- The Lord hath brought up Zion from tablish His Priesthood upon this land. beneath. Therefore, I say do not forget that you

"The earth hath travailed and brought are Latter-day Saints. At the same forth her strength; time we can remember the injunction And truth is established in her bowels; of Jesus. He said: "Make to your

And the heavens have smiled upon her;

And she is clothed with the glory of her selves friends of the mammon of un

God; righteousness.” If you will follow His For He stands in the midst of His counsel you won't forget that, and you people. can make to yourselves friends of the

"Glory, and honor and power and might, mammon of unrighteousness without be ascribed to our God; for He is full being unrighteous yourself.

of mercy, I am going to read to you this beauti- Justice, grace and truth and peace,

For ever and ever, amen.” ful song and then sit down. If I have said anything wrong. I am willing to be Brethrer and sisters, respect the corrected by President Snow or any of Prophet of God, listen to his counsel the brethren. I want to learn the and do not seek to give him counsel. truth. I want to be controlled by the God bless you. Amen. truth. I want my heart to be in the The choir sang the anthem, “Let the work of God. I do not want to have Mountains Shout for Joy."

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Oct. 6, 10 a. m.-The choir and congre- tunity as we have today, and I wish gation sang the hymn which begins: to remind the Latter-day Saints that Come, let us anew our journey pursue.

the advantages we receive today or toPrayer by Elder George Reynolds.

morrow, while gathered here, will be Singing by the choir:

according to the spirit that we exer

cise individually. The Elders may adSoftly beams the sacred dawning Of the great millennial morn.

dress you here, and yet no particular

advantage is secured unless you have PRESIDENT LORENZO SNOW.

the spirit and exercise the faith that I want to say just a few words. What it is our privilege to exercise, that we I say may not be necessary to a large may be blessed to understand such portion of this audience, but I want things as may be spoken. We had a the Latter-day Saints to understand beautiful meeting yesterday, and the and think of the object of their coming Spirit of the Lord

poured out together. It is only


in six greatly upon the Elders who spoke. We months that we have such an oppor. wish the same today, and we wou'?


like the Latter-day Saints to forget plained to him several principles that everything outside of the meeting, and were not known to the world, and he try to exercise faith that the speakers also explained several chapters of the may advance such principles as will be prophets. Among others, he alluded to most to our service.

the prophecy in Malachi, to the effect ELDER ANTHON H. LUND. that Elijah should be sent to turn the Temple'work-Baptism for the dead-To be born hearts of the children to the fathers and

of water and of the Spirit-Be diligent in the Search for Genealogies-Work of the Genea.

the hearts of the fathers to the children. logical Society-Missionaries should keep Who had understood the deep meaning records-Religion classes.

in these words? When the Lord reOur meetings were enjoyed very much yesterday, and to me they were spiritual derstand it, and now we know that that

vealed more to Joseph we began to unfeasts. I hope that our meetings today and tomorrow may be like them, that prophecy pertains to salvation for the

dead. I suppose that the boy Joseph we may enjoy a rich portion of the Holy Spirit.

did not understand the import of the I was much impressed yesterday with prophecy at the time, but the Lord Brother Clawson's remarks concerning

wanted these things brought forth. temple work. I thought to myself,

They were not evolved as the Church What a glorious principle this is! How grew, but they were principles given

Hence in these thankful we are that the Lord brought before the world was. this forth through His servant Joseph.

first revelations to the Prophet they It was in the latter years of his life

are pointed at and indicated, and grad. that he was more deeply impressed to ually, as the people were ready for lay this matter of salvation for the them, they were explained. dead before the Saints; but it was not a

These principles are not new. They new principle. Though he preached and

were understood by the prophets of wrote upon this subject a year or two

old and by the writers of the New only before his death, still we find this

Testament. Paul alludes to the orprinciple referred to in the revelations dinance of baptism for the dead. I have given to him in the early years of the attended several funerals in England, Church. In that glorious vision given and I have been surprised to hear them to the Prophet Joseph and Sidney Rig- repeat the 29th verse of the 15th chapdon concerning the different glories, we

ter of I Corinthians: are told about a certain class that had

"Else what shall they do which are not received the Gospel while alive, but baptized for the dead, if the dead rise had received it in prison after death.

not at all? Why are they then bapThis shows that the Lord gave His tized for the dead?" Saints to understand at that early day

How few understood the meaning of that there is an opportunity for salva

the words in this verse! Paul undertion after death. It manifests the great stood them, and I believe the first-day mercy of God, and places salvation be- Saints understood this principle clearly, yond the narrow bounds within which for Paul uses this as an argument in it is placed by other denominations. favor of the resurrection. What would The Prophet Joseph could not have re

be the use of being baptized for the ceived this from man, because man did

dead if the dead rose not? That was not teach this doctrine. It

his argument. The Saints no doubt vealed to him, and he gave it unto the practiced the principle in those days, people. In looking upon and examin- because we find in the Church aftering this principle, we cannot help but

wards that decrees were made against be struck with the wisdom and mercy

the custom of being baptized for the of God in providing salvation for the dead. Some ten hundred years after, up many, many millions that have died in Russia, when some of their princes without a knowledge of the truth. Even

converted to Christianity, they before this allusion to the principle of felt impressed to ask for that ordinance salvation for the dead was made, it was to be performed for their forefathers. given unto the Prophet Joseph. That Whether they had any knowledge from first night when he received a visit the history of the first-day Saints, or from the Angel Moroni, the angel ex- not, I do not know; but such an





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