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by the sea heaving itself beyond its bounds, by wars and rumors of wars, and by the contention and strife that will appear in various parts of the earth, that door after door will be opened, until the seed shall be sown and the light of eternal truth be allowed to shine in the dark places and the manifest wisdom of the glory of God be seen which shall change the hearts of the people and lead them to a love of the principles of eternal truth.

In order that the Latter-day Saints may fulfill the great destiny that God has designed for them, it will require

We are a people who believe in the continued extension of our doctrines among the people of the world. We left the village to the eastward; we planted our standard in Ohio, in Missouri and in Illinois; we have planted it beneath the shades of these grand old mountains, our "friends" pushing us forward to the accomplishment of our destiny, not recognizing the fact, and we not sensing it ourselves altogether, that it was the divine purpose to utilize us for the regeneration and uplifting of the human race; that from the mountain sides we should proceed in every direction, looking to the well-being and interest of our Father's children, her

an earnest and a most devoted labor in every given direction. We must exhibit our fidelity to him by the use of the talents which he has given us, looking to the betterment of everything that may come under our influence, and in extending the principles of right, justice alding His truths among the people,

and thereby freeing ourselves from that responsibility which has been placed upon us.


My brothers and my sisters, the field is before us, and that field is the earth. God's children are our brothers and sacred to us as our own rights. It is our sisters, their rights should be as laid upon us to carry to knowledge that God is their Father and



and mercy as far as we may have the power so to do. No greater mercy can be extended to the human race than to carry to them the eternal truths which our Father has revealed, which shall point to them the way of life and open up to them an understanding of the ministry they should perform to make themselves acceptable to our Father in heaven. We may have thought that our work was nearly completed, inasmuch as barriers seemed to be in our way in some nations, and the nations that had received us and given us so liberally of their people now seem to be but fields for the gleaning. We have perhaps forgotten that all this earth is covered with the sons and daughters of our God, and that while the nature of the governments under which they live or the prejudices in which they have been indoctrinated shut their hearts in some measure to the advance of the Gospel in their midst, our Father's purpose in regard to them is that they shall have the privilege of hearing that message. And he will so shape this earth,

our Father; that Jesus is the Redeemer of the world; that He has restored the keys, opened the door, pointed out the road, and selected us who have bowed to His shrine and recognized His holy will, to become the fore-front of mankind in disseminating every principle that shall tend to the ennobling and uplifting of man. To this end you have pledged your faith, your lives, your fortunes, your sacred honor; and to this end the men who have been selected to guide and counsel have directed their energies in the past and will direct them in the future, never slackening until the voice of truth shall be heard in every land and in every clime,

We have not, in many instances, as

ard, unfurled to the breeze, should never be lowered in this world until the uttermost parts of the earth should hear the warning voice of a servant of God. We may imagine sometimes that we have accomplished the mission that was assigned unto us; but we have only touched the edges of the work. This work is to become the joy of the whole earth. Providence has decreed it. No power can stay its progress. It may meet with rebuffs; enemies may seek to hedge its way; barriers may be thrown across its path; but they will be blown out of the way as the wind gathers the straws and carries them from place to place, or as the breezes gather the ocean waves and whip to pieces that which our Father wishes to destroy.

fully prepared ourselves for the accomplishment of this duty as we should have done. We have not secured unto ourselves that species of education and prepared ourselves in an understanding of the laws and customs of nations sufficiently to fully qualify us for the accomplishment of the work of sowing the seeds wherever opportunity might offer. But the oportunities will be given. Doors will be opened, light and truth will be shed forth, the standard that our Father has thrown to the breeze will float in these lands and climes, and the truth will be made known, at least to such an extent as to free us from responsibility of their blood, which would rest upon us if the effort were not made to give them the knowledge that our Father has given the Holy Phiesthood unto His children

and has turned the keys by which the

dead millions shall be redeemed. He purposes the opening of the door of every land, that every human being ma have the privilege of saying yes or no to His word.

While we speak thus upon these questions affecting the interests of our fellow-men, we must not forget the responsibilities that surround us. Our eyes should be upon the standard, watching its movements, and looking to the accomplishment of our Father's purposes. It was His purpose that this nation of ours should become the leaven of liberty that should leaven the lump, until every doorway should be opened for the benefit and blessing of His children. It is accomplishing its mission, and His blessing will abide with it so long as the prospects of liberty and the opening of doors for His Gos

Sunday, Oct. 7th, 10 a. m.-The choir and congregation sang:


The time is far spent, there is little remaining

To publish glad tidings by sea and by land,

Then hasten ye heralds, go forward proclaiming:

Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Prayer by Elder John Nicholson.

pel shall manifest themselves in its onward movement.

May heaven's blessings and peace abound with you; may we love the truth; may we love the principles of liberty; may we love to extend those principles; and may we love the souls of men more than we love our own lives; utilize the talents the Father has given us, and see that men shall learn of His ways and walk in His paths, is my prayer, in the name of Jesus. Amen.


My dear brethren and sisters, it is a pleasure that I did not expect, to have the privilege of standing here to bear my humble testimony to the truth of the words this day spoken in your hearing-the truth of the great fact

that God has set His hand to

the ac

complishment of the great purpose of gathering together all things in one in Christ. I feel to express my gratitude that God has given me the privilege of living in this day of the harvest time of the earth-a period toward which all energies, all desires and hopes have been directed from the earliest times. I know that God lives; I know that Jesus Christ lives; I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of the Most High God. It is a pleasure to me to look around upon this vast assembly and say to you that this is my testimony, and that I know that the work in which we are engaged as Latter-day Saints, is the work of God. Amen.

The choir sang the anthem, "Light and Truth."

Benediction by Elder Joseph W. McMurrin.

Singing by the choir:

Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
Uttered or unexpressed;
The motion of a hidden fire,
That trembles in the breast.

The General Authorities of the Church were presented by President George Q. Cannon, 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

Roumania B. Pratt, Lucy S. Cardon,
Mary Pitchforth, Elizabeth J. Steven-

all the world.

George Q. Cannon, as first counselor son, Aurilla Hatch, Martha B. Cannon, in the First Presidency. Julina L. Smith, Rebecca Standring,

Joseph F. Smith, as second counselor Emelia D. Madsen, Susan Grant, Harin the First Presidency.

As members of the council of the Twelve Apostles: Brigham Young, Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham O. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson and Reed Smoot.

The counselors in the First Presidency and the Twelve Apostles as Prophets, Seers and Revelators.

Patriarch to the Church, John Smith. First Seven Presidents of Seventies, Seymour B. Young, Christian D. Fjeldsted, Brigham Henry Roberts, George Reynolds, Jonathan G. Kimball, Rulon S. Wells and Joseph W. McMurrin.

William B. Preston as presiding Bishop, with Robert T. Burton and John R. Winder as his first and second counselors.

Anthon H. Lund as Church Historian and general church recorder.

General authorities of the Young

As trustee-in-trust for the body of Men's Mutual Improvement associa


religious worshippers know as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lorenzo Snow.

As members of the general Church board of education, Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon, Karl G. Maeser, Willard Young, Anthon H. Lund, James Sharp.Joseph F. Smith, John Nicholson and George H. Brimhall.

As general superintendent of Church schools, Karl G. Maeser.

riet E. Brown, Helena E. Madsen,
Hattie Brown, Emma Woodruff, Emily
S. Richards, Ellis R. Shipp, Julia P. M.


General Authorities of the schools:

George Q. Cannon, general superintendent; Karl G. Maeser, first assistant general superintendent; Horace S. Ensign, general secretary; George Reynolds, general treasurer. Members of the Deseret Sunday School Union Board: George Q. Cannon, Karl G. Maeser, George Reynolds, Thomas C. Griggs, Joseph W. Summerhays, Levi W. Richards, Francis M. Lyman, Heber J. Grant, Joseph M. Tanner, George Teasdale, Hugh J. Cannon, Andrew Kimball, Joseph F. Smith, John W. Taylor, L. John Nuttall, James W. Ure, John F. Bennett, John M. Mills, William D. Owen Seymour B. Young, George D. Pyper, Henry Peterson.

As secretary of the general Church board of education, George Reynolds.

As members of the board of examiners, Karl G. Maeser, George H. Brimhall, Joshua H. Paul, James H. Linford and John M. Mills.

As secretary of the board of examiners, John M. Mills.

General Authorities of the Relief Society:

Zina D. H. Young, president; Jane S. Richards, first vice president; Bathsheba W. Smith, second vice president; Sarah J. Cannon, third vice president; Emmeline B. Wells, secretary M. Isabella Horne, treasurer. Directors:

Lorenzo Snow, general superintendent; Joseph F. Smith, Heber J. Grant, B. H. Roberts, assistants; Thomas Hull, secretary and treasurer; Evan Stephens, music director; Horace S. Ensign, assistant music director.

Board of Aids-Francis M. Lyman,
John Henry Smith, Matthias F. Cowley,
Abraham O. Woodruff, J. Golden Kim-
ball, Junius F. Wells, Milton H. Hardy,
Rodney C. Badger, Geo. H. Brimhall,
Edw. H. Anderson, Douglas M. Todd,
Nephi L. Morris, Willard Done, Le Roi
C. Snow, Frank Taylor, Rudger
Clawson, Rulon S. Wells, Jos. W. Mc-
Murrin, Reed Smoot, Briant S. Hinck-
ley, Moses W. Taylor.

General Authorities of the Young Ladies' Mutual Improvement Associations:

Elmina S. Taylor, president; Maria Y. Dougall, first counselor; Martha H. Tinsecretary and treasurer; Joan Campbell, gey, second counselor; Ann M. Cannon, recording secretary.

Board of Aids-Adella W. Eardley, Sarah Eddington, Agnes Campbell,

Lillie T. Freeze, Minnie J. Snow, May of the human family who contemplate
Booth Talmage, Rose W. Bennett,
Emma Goddard, Alice K. Smith, Eliza-
beth C. McCune, Ruth M. Fox, Julia M.
Brixen, Helen W. Woodruff, Augusta
W. Grant, Mary A. Freeze, Susa
Y. Gates.

General authorities of the Primary associations:

the great work which this people have undertaken to accomplish, under the in spiration of the Holy Spirit, for the amelioration of the condition of mankind. God has been kind to His sons and daughters, and especially so to those who have taken upon them the name of Christ. True, we are a small people; but if we do anything out of the ordinary it is heralded abroad to all the nations of the earth, and we are published from one end of this land to the other.


I do not suppose that I could mention the word "politics" in this congregation without arousing the ire of some on the outside, and perhaps some on the inside, and having to meet the remonstrance of many of my friends. But there are points of doctrine, if you choose to call them so, which press upon me to that extent that I would rather maintain silence than to be called to speak and not give them forth. Some things have come to this earth that are paramount to all other considerations with me. The kingdom of God and His righteousness are beyond all other considerations that have ever entered into my heart. But what do these words mean? To me they mean that I will support the institutions that God sustains; that I will sustain the organization which He has so many times testi fied to me that He has inaugurated for the accomplishment of the sal vation of his sons and daughters whom He has sent into this vast school of experience. Will I serve God, or will I serve Mammon? is the question that arises in my breast, and I feel it in my soul.

If the hereafter is important to me, what is the condition of my soul today?

may have to leave this state of existence any moment, or I may live for years. But what situation am I in? How does the Almighty view me as a man whom He has elected to bear the holy vessels of the Lord, to receive His Priesthood, and to assist in bringing to pass His righteous purposes in the latter days? If I am not in a saved condition this moment, I am in a bad plight, because I have no assurance that life will be lengthened out to me. I believe

Louie B. Felt, president; Lillie T. Freeze, first counselor; Josephine B. West, second counselor; May Anderson, secretary and treasurer; Olive Derbidge, assistant secretary; Euphemia I. Burnham, recording secretary.

Board of Aids-Aurelia S. Rogers, Lulu Greene Richards, Camilla C. Cobb, Cornelia H. Clayton, Belle S. Ross, S. E. Hyde, Zaidee W. Miles.

Officers of Religion Classes-Anthon H. Lund, general superintendent Karl G. Maeser, assistant superintendent; Rudger Clawson, assistant superintendent.

Leader and Director of the Tabernacle Choir-Evan Stephens, with Horace S. Ensign as his assistant; John J. McClellan as organist, and all the members of the choir.

John Nicholson, as clerk of the general conference.

All the voting was affirmatively unanimous.


A paramount consideration-Good men should be selected for office-One-sided education unsatisfactory-Exhortation to Stake Presidents and Bishops-A day of separation approaching.

It is very gratifying to me to look upon this vast concourse of people. The building is crowded to its utmost capacity, and I rejoice in meeting so many of my brethren and sisters who have as. sembled on this occasion to worship the Lord our God. It is on occasions of this kind that the power of the people is manifest. When we come together united in our hearts in prayer to Almighty God, there is a strength devel. oped among the Latter-day Saints that forces itself upon the notice of the civilized world. There is a power among the Saints, endowed as they are with the Spirit of God, that cannot be witnessed in any other congregation on the earth. It is not a loud and boister ous demonstration, but it is a quiet

no friend in this world that stands between me and my God. Then if I have elected to follow Him, what will I do as one who has taken upon him this responsibility? I tell you one thing that I will do: I will support good men in every position. I care not what proposition may be submitted to me, I will sustain good men. For it is written, "When the wicked rule, the people mourn." When the righteous rule, the people rejoice. In every condition, spiritual and temporal, moral, political, religious, and in every sense of the word, I stand before God as a man who has covenanted before Him and before His people, solemnly in sacred places, that I will sustain Him and His kingdom and people. I am not a covenantbreaker, unless I depart from the counsels of the Spirit of God within me. I seek to have that spirit constantly with me; and when there is any doubt I seek light from the source that He has appointed to direct me in the things of life, here and hereafter.

Am I talking about politics? No. But I tell you one thing that burns in me, and I pray to God that it may never be extinguished. The last words that our late President said to me were, "Sustain good men, and put good men into office." Good men, not drunkards, not immoral men. None of this class of individuals shall rule over the Latterday Saints with my consent, or by my vote and acquiescence. I ask you, Latter-day Saints, and latter-day sinners, men in the Church and men out of the Church, shall we have men who are just and upright, whether they are Mormons, Jews or Gentiles? Shall we have men who are honorable and will seek the interests of the honest of every nation and creed? You know as well as I do, that the perpetuity of this people, the perpetuity of the nation, depends upon the virtue that is developed in the midst of the people. It is a reproach to any nation, or to any individual, to be unvirtuous. I feel for one that the day is come when the voice of this people shall be raised for good men to rule over us. What do I care about party feeling! A lot of men meet together and get up names, among them some shyster that has foisted himself into notice through some means or

that upon me, and because I would not vote for such men two or three years ago, they said, "You are a mugwump." Well, I would rather be a know-nothing than to subscribe to conditions which will make me responsible for the actions of the wicked. I will not do it, I do not care who it cuts, nor what the consequences may be. I say it to the nation, I say it to the world: As God lives, I will never support a man that I know is a wicked man, for any office. The word of the Prophet of God has been given to me, as it has to you, and we have got to take cognizance of these things.

There is another subject-education. Educate our children! That is right and good. A great share of our attention is given now to educating our youth-and how? Well, I would not have to go far in this State to find an example. In the early days here we owned lots in the ten-acre field, and in the five-acre plat, and in the city plat, and we paid taxes on them. By and by harder times came, taxes increased, and we sold the tenacre lot to pay the taxes on the other. Then the five-acre lots went, and by and by the city lots began to go. Here is a case of a badly balanced estate-plenty of realty, but no cash to keep up the current expenses. That is the condition in which our educational affairs are at the present time. We educate one side of the individual, and the other side remains unimproved. Why do I say tha.. Because all that goes to make the foundation of life, that builds up a country, and that develops the mines and the manufactures, is left out of the education. It is all letters!

Educate a young man in mineralogy in our schools, and what does he know? Take him into the field, where you think he will be useful, and you will find that one of the most unlearned of men who has made a little practical study of this subject will go around him a dozen times a day. Why? Because the educated man cannot apply the knowledge he has received. Educate him as a surveyor. Well, he has to go into the field to labor and practice for a long time before he becomes proficient in that department. The education is good, but where the school drops them we leave them, and the result is, they

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