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surround ourselves with those things will probably have in the neighborhood that will preserve us from the difficul- of Twenty speeches here. When ties that are now coming upon

the the brethren arise to speak you world, the judgments of the Lord. We should ask the Lord to let them can see, as we read in the newspapers, say something that you want to know, that they are coming upon the nations that they may suggest something to of the ungodly; and they would have you that will be of some advantage. been upon us if we had stayed among If you have any desire to know certain the nations, if the Lord had not inclined matters that you do not understand, our ears and brought salvation to us, pray that these brethren in their talks we would have been as they are.

may say something that shall enlighten Brethren and sisters, I feel to

your mind in reference to that which

say God bless you. Here are my counselors,

troubles you, and we will have a grand We are one.

We are united. We do and glorious Conference, a better one not quarrel with each other. We speak than we have ever had before. Strange well of one another because we ought

as it may appear, our last Conference to do it, and we think we are worthy of always seems the best, and may this be being well spoken of by each other. the case; and you brethren and sisters, And here we have twelve men sitting in let your hearts rise up to the Lord and front with

· Twelve

Apostles, exercise faith while our brethren are There are many of these that you know. talking to you. We will not be disapYou know them from hearing what they pointed, and you will not go home, you

will not retire from this Conference, have accomplished. You have a personal acquaintance with some of us.

without feeling you have been greatly Now they are with us heart and soul.

and abundantly blessed. Amen. We are united together, We do not

ELDER REED SMOOT. quarrel with each other. We do not Spirit of Union among the Presidency and Twelve slander one another, but we go where

-Indebtedness is bondage-Labor should be

created for the young-Beneficent results of counsel requires and we are heart and tithe-paying-Avoid Procrastination. soul together. What for? Not to make

I am truly grateful to our Heavenly ourselves rich, not to make ourselves Father for this privilege of speaking wealthy, but to see what we can ac- at our Semi-annual conference to the complish in the interests of the people, Saints of the Most High, and I shall and we are laboring continually to see claim an interest in the opening prayer what we can do. We come together made by Brother Young, that the Spirit every week and we talk about what we of the Lord will attend those who adcan do for the people. What can we do dress this congregation. I shall also for these forty-two or forty-three ask you, my dear brethren and sisters, Stakes of Zion ? Are some of the pre

to give me your faith and prayers, as siding Elders, some of the presidents requested by the Prophet of the Lord; of these Stakes, getting too old to ad- for I have had experience enough in minister to the people? Are some of speaking to the Saints to know that them neglecting their interests? We without their faith and prayers and the talk these things over. We study and assistance of the Spirit of the Lord, I consider them, We try to ascertain

can say nothing that will be of interest what they are doing and what their

to the people. I have no desire in my feelings are and how they manifest heart to say aught this morning but them in the presence of the people. Are that will be for the benefit of the memthey working for themselves? Are they bers of the Church of Jesus Christ of trying to see how much money they can Latter-day Saints. get into this bank or the other, or are I am of the opinion that there is not they engaged heart and soul in doing

a soul present in this vast audience but what should be done in their respective

can say that the Lord has truly blessed responsibilities? Well, we are not idle them in more ways than one since our in these things.

last conference. I am thankful that You will have a number of speakers the principles of the Church to which here during this conference, you we belong are so broad that they r


only cover our spiritual welfare, but ex- fare of


Saints, but also tend farther and cover our temporal their temporal interests. There is welfare. As President Snow referred scarcely a day passes without some of this morning to our material interests, them meeting together to consider matI wished to myself that the people of ters of great importance to the people, this Church knew the true feelings and and among them none greater than the desires of the Presidency and Twelve salvation of our youth. These quesApostles of this Church with regard to tions are talked over and the brethren the material interests of every mem- become familiar with and instructed ber of the Church. I bear testimony regarding them, and then they go forth to you concerning what President Snow to teach the people how to avoid many said in regard to the unity that exists conditions and evils that are existing, among the Presidency of this Church some of which have been so trying to and the Twelve Apostles. Unity and the souls of the Later-day Saints. love truly exist with them, and I would I desire now to mention one thing that the same spirit extended to every that has brought sorrow to many member of the Church, My belief is home, and that is, so many Latter-day that if that unity and love existed Saints running in debt and not knowamong all the people, together with a ing how to get out of it. It is my hope determination to do only that which and desire that the warning which has God requires, the power of the Church been sounded among the Stakes of and of the members thereof would be Zion for the last year or more, advising so far-reaching that all hell and the the Saints to keep out of debt, and devil himself could have no power

those who are in debt to get out as soon over this organization. I do not believe as possible, will be heeded by the Latthat the love, union and determination ter-day Saints; for I tell you that to an of the Presidency and Twelve were ever honest man there is no bondage congreater since the Church was organized trolled by human laws upon the face than at the present time. Our desire is of the earth greater than the bondage to do nothing but that will advance th of debt. I trust that the note of warninterests of the Church and Kingdom of ing which has been given by the AposGod. We want the people to be pre

tles in all the Stakes of Zion, at the pared for the coming of the Son of God quarterly conferences, will be heeded --which I say to you, my brethren and by those who are in debt and by all sisters, is nearer than many of us an

people. Ask God's blessings upon your ticipate.

efforts in this direction, and at the I ask you, my brethren and sisters, same time remember the Lord in your to be prayerful and humble, and to seek tithes and your offerings, and He will the same spirit that the Presidency and bless you and so shape your circumthe Apostles have; and I promise you stances that relief will come unto you that you shall have a testimony that who are in debt. And when you are they are working for your interest and relieved, do not go in debt any more. for the advancement of the Church of The improvement made by the people God upon this earth. The quorum of in this regard during the past

six the Twelve Apostles visit every Stake months is marvelous, from all I hear, in the Church. They go into the homes and I pray God that this improvement of the people; they listen, not only to will continue until the time shall come the complaints of the people, but also when not only the Church will be abto the desires of the Saints, and they solutely out of debt, but when each of know the true feelings of their hearts, the members of the Church will be able they know their virtues and their to say, "I owe no man a dollar that I short-comings. I do not believe, there- cannot pay.” Then when we are in fore, that there are any better capable this position, whatever call

may be of judging as to what the members of made upon us or wherever we may be this Church require than the Apostles called to go by the servants of the Lord. and the Presidency of the Church. we can say that we are ready to go and Moreover, they labor to this end, to fulfill the call without being under obadvance not only the spiritual wel- ligations to anyone; we can perform

the duty that God requires at our new comers, and we ought to begin hands, because we are free. How much to think what our sons and daughters, better this would be than to be in the especially our sons, are going to do for position that some of the brethren are a living in the future. Take almost in at present.

President Snow report- every institution that is started now by ed this morning that some who were the people here, where skilled labor is called on missions replied that they had required, and do we find Utah boys at a desire to go, but their circumstances the head of the different departments? were such that they really could not Take, for example, the Provo Woolen leave. These “buts' are put in a great Mills. Can I get a Utah boy to start many times when they have no right in the dye room and learn the trade, to be put in by men holding the Priest- and stick to it until he knows every hood of the Son of God, who are sup- requirement of this department? No, posed to be minute men and ready to I cannot. The result is, we are comgo anywhere when called.

pelled to send east to get a man who I also desire this morning to call your has lived in a community where it was attention to the early days of this great absolutely necessary for him to learn commonwealth of ours. Allow me to every detail of the business, in order refer you to the memory of that great to take charge of that department, man, President Brigham Young, and to and it is so with other departments. I some of the fundamental principles per- hope we will begin, as fathers and taining to our temporal welfare which mothers, to see our responsibility in rehe taught so strongly. One thing that gard to our children, and take care that he advocated long and loud was


they learn a trade. So far as I am the people should place themselves in personally concerned, if I were posa position to create labor for their sons sessed of millions of money I would deand daughters. Are we doing this? I sire every son of mine to have a trade am afraid that we have almost forgot- at his fingers' ends, so that if everyten that there was such a principle ad- thing were swept away from him he vanced. Who taught home manufac- could fall back on his trade and make ture more than President Brigham an honest living. I wish that every son Young? Who preached oftener and in this fair State, and especially in this stronger and put his money into those Church, was in this position. institutions more than did President I had a young man come to me a Brigham Young? We are raising young short time ago and ask for an explanamen by the thousands in this fair State tion of some remarks he had heard of ours, and do we ever stop to think Brother Grant make concerning tithing. what they are going to do for a living? He said that at a meeting the other I hope my brethren and sisters, that we day he had heard Brother Grant exwill think of this, and that we will, so press the belief that a man who paid far as possible, establish such industries his tithing honestly-one-tenth of all here as will give employment to our God gave him-would be better preyoung men and young women. I also pared to meet his obligations with the feel that the fathers and mothers of nine-tenths and it would go further this Church should begin to realize the than the whole, and he did not believe importance of instructing their boys to it. He said he came to me as one who prepare themselves for future life by had studied financial matters, and learning some kind of trade. Our boys, would like to have me explain how as a rule—and I think that the parents ninety cents could go farther than one are at fault in many instances-seem to dollar. I thought a minute or two and drift along without caring anything then decided to take his own case for about the responsibilities of life, or an example. I asked him if he would thinking of how they are going to fuls object to my taking his own case to fill the requirements that will be made prove to him the truth of what Brother of them as husbands and fathers. They Grant had said. Certainly not, he said. do not stop to consider these things. I All right, said I, I will prove to you by want to say that this is not an un- your own acts that what Brother Grant developed country now as it used to be, said was an absolute fact, and I be

Jiova it is an in nine hundred and ninet

nine cases out of a thousand,' if not in that we will not do anything contrary every case. I then remarked to him, to the spirit of God or the laws of this "I was going to a conference not long Church. ago, and I saw you out driving on the There is another thing with our Sabbath with a two-seated rig, at a young people, as well as the people gentime when you ought to have been at erally, that I desire to call you attenmeeting." "Yes," he said, "I remem- tion to and that is, procrastinationber.” “What did you pay for that rig?” putting off till tomorrow what we I asked. “It only cost me four dollars,” ought to do today, and thinking that we he replied. “What are vou getting a will live our religion a little better next month?" "Forty-five dollars a year. The old saying that to travel by month.” “Then,” said I, "this would the road of bye and bye will reach the almost have paid your tithing home of never, is just as true today as on your wages for that month and you it ever was. Let us live our religion could have claimed the blessings of the today. Let us do the duty of today. Lord instead of breaking the law of Let us pay our tithes that we owe toGod pertaining to the Sabbath.” I day. Let us do everything required of want to say to you, my brethren and us today, and not put it off for some sisters, that the law of tithing is not a future time. question of dollars and cents alone. I My testimony to you, my brethren believe that the man who pays his hon- and sisters, is that this is the Church of est tithing to God will not only be God; that Joseph Smith was a prophet blessed by God himself, but that the of the Living God; that his successore nine-tenths will reach farther than

down to and including President Snow would the ten-tenths if he did not obey have been called of God, and that they that law; for the man who believes in have given the people the word of God. the law of tithes and offerings, be- I hope and trust that this same testilieves also in the other requirements mony will be so strong in the hearts of made by God of him, and he does not every member of this Church, and egspend money in breaking the Sabbath pecially in the hearts of the young men day, nor in going to places where his and young women, that no matter what very soul is in danger of partaking of trial or temptation may come in our things that are not good for a Latter

way, we can say, Thy will, O Father, day Saint to receive. I testify as be done, and not mine. If we get in Brother Grant testified; I testified to this position this Church will grow and that young man that I believed what increase, and we will be blessed, not Brother Grant had said, and he was only spiritually, but in every way that compelled to say that he had never God can bless a son or daughter of His. thought of it

in that light before. To this end I ask God's blessings upon Brethren and sisters, there are thou- the Church and upon the people, and sands of dollars spent by the people in may peace and plenty be yours forever, breaking the Word of Wisdom more with, a glorious salvation in the kingeach year than all your cash tithing dom of God, is my prayer, in the name amounts to. This vast sum is sent out of Jesus Christ. Amen. of this State and for what? Not for

ELDER RUDGER CLAWSON. the necessities of life, but for articles the use of which cause the people to Growth of the spirit of Union-Building of Temples

and vicarious work for the dead-Thoughts break a commandment that God has

and desires of the Saints should be directed given us. Let us remind ourselves of to their ancestors- Valuable suggestions up.

on this subject. the positions that we hold. Let us understand what we are-that we are

Brethren and sisters: I have greatly members of the Church of Christ, that rejoiced in the remarks that have been we are the children of God, that we made to us this morning. and in the have a special work to do here, and spirit of union alluded to by President that the Priesthood which has been Snow. I can testify that, so far as I given us has been given for a purpose.

have been able to observe, the most We should realize the importance of perfect union exists among the First this authority, and labor to the end Presidency and Twelve; and so far as


my observation has.gone, I can also tes- of the translation,- whatsoever you retify that there is a spirit of union and cord on earth shall be recorded in

heaven; and whatsoever you do not harmony among the First Seven Presi.

record on earth, shall not be recorded in dents of Seventies, and with the Presid- heaven; for out of the books shall your ing Bishopric, and with the Patriarch, dead be judged, according to their own and with very many, if not all, of the works, whether they themselves have

attended to the ordinances in their own Stake presidencies, the Bishops and propria persona, or by the means of counselors of wards, and the presi. their own agents, according to the ordencies of quorums. And I believe that dinance which God has prepared for

their salvation from before the foundathis spirit of oneness and union is grow.

tion of the world, according to the ing upon the Latter-day Saints. There- records which they have kept in is the strength of this Church.

cerning their dead. There is a subject that is very near to

It may seem to some to be a very

bold doctrine that we talk of-a power my heart, and I would like to say a few

which records or binds on earth, and words upon it this morning, if the binds in heaven. Nevertheless in all Spirit of the Lord shall give me freedom

ages of the world, whenever the Lord

has given a dispensation of the Priestof speech; otherwise I should wish that hood to any man by actual revelation, it might be taken entirely from my or any set of men, this power has almind, because I desire to speak to the

ways been given, Hence, whatsoever Saints only that which the Lord desires of the Lord, and did it truly and faith

those men did in authority, in the name I should speak, and which will be most fully, and kept a proper and faithful suitable for the occasion. I will first record of the same, it became a law on read from an address to the Saints by earth, and in heaven, and could not

be annulled according to the decree of the mighty prophet of these latter the great Jehovah. This is a faithful times, the Prophet Joseph Smith. These saying! Who can bear it? were his words:

And again for the precedent, Mat

thew xvi, 18, 19, “And I also say unto And again, verily thus saith the Lord, thee, that thou art Peter: and upon let the work of my Temple, and all the this rock I will build my Church; and works which I have appointed unto you, the gates of hell shall not prevail be continued on and not cease; and let against it; and I will give unto thee your diligence, and your perseverance, the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and and patience, and your works be re- whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth doubled, and you shall in no wise lose shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoyour reward, saith the Lord of hosts. ever thou shalt loose on earth shall be And if they persecute you, so persecut. loosed in heaven." ed they the prophets and righteous men that were before you. For all this there

Are not these most glorious words, is a reward in heaven.

my brethren and sisters? Even in And again, I give unto you a word in those early days of the Church the relation to the baptism for your dead.

Prophet Joseph Smith was exercised Verily, thus saith the Lord unto you concerning your dead: When any of

very greatly concerning the temples of you are baptized for your dead, let there the Lord, so much so, that the word of be a recorder, and let him be eye-wit- the Lord came to him, and from him ness of your baptisms; let him hear

to the people, that they must not cease with his ears, that he may testify of a truth, saith the Lord:

the work of His temple, and all the That in all your recordings it may

works which He had appointed. Spebe recorded in heaven; whatsoever you cial stress was laid on this subject of bind on earth, may be bound in heaven; whatsoever you loose on earth, may be

the temple. The spirit of temple-work loosed in heaven;

has rested down upon the Latter-day For I am about to restore many Saints from that day until this, and I things to the earth, pertaining to the doubt not will rest upon them with great Priesthood, saith the Lord of hosts."

power from now until the morning of In another place:

the resurrection, and from the morning

of the resurrection until the thousand "Now the nature of this ordinance consists in the power of the Priesthood,

years of the Millennium have expired. by the revelation of Jesus Christ,

This spirit will grow stronger and wherein it is granted, that whatsoever brighter with this people. Was it not you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatsoever you loose on

upon President Young and the Pioearth shall be loosed in heaven. Or.

neers? Almost the first words he uttaking a

tered concerning this land were made

in other words

different view

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