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ing to some extent, and grow up with man should be content to sit down and the community in which they make be fed, clothed or housed without any their home, and not settle down and exertion on his or her part to comdepend upon the precarious chances of pensate for these privileges. All men obtaining employment in the city, and women should feel a degree of inwhere so many are seeking for em- dependence of character that would ployment.

stimulate them to do something for a May the Lord bless Israel; may He living, and not be idle; for it is written prosper Zion and all her people; may that the idler shall not eat the bread of the way be opened before the poor and the laborer in Zion, and he shall not the needy, that they may, by their own have place among us. Therefore, it is industry and perseverance, obtain all necessary that we should be industrithat is needful for their good. One ous, that we should intelligently apply reason that we are brought so promi- our labor to something that is producnently before the world is because we tive and conducive to the welfare of the have adhered, in some measure, to the human family. God help us to do this, instructions given in the revelations of is my prayer. Amen. God through the Prophet Joseph Smith The choir and congregation sang, in regard to industry. There should We thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet. be no idlers in Zio Even th poor Benediction by Elder George Reywho have to be assisted should be will- nolds. ing to do all in their power to earn Conference adjourned till 10 a. m. on their own living. Not one man or wo- Sunday.



then them in the way of righteousness.

Therefore, I earnestly desire that asSunday, April 9th, 10 a. m. The choir and congregation sang,

sistence without which it is impossible

to accomplish what is most desirable Do what is right, let the consequence

this morning. follow; Battle for freedom in spirit and

When we contemplate what the Lord might,

is doing in the earth, it is marvelous And with stout hearts, look ye forth till

beyond human comprehension. When tomorrow; God will protect you, do what is

we pass in review our personal experright.

iences, we find all along the path of Opening prayer by Elder Rulon S. life occasions for the utmost gratitude Wells.

to our Heavenly Father for His kind Singing by the choir:

and faithful care in preserving us in Softly beams the sacred dawning

the way of life till now. When we have Of the great Millennial morn,

seen so many turn to the right and to And to Saints gives welcome warning the left and forsake the cause of God, That the day is hasting on.

because of some trivial affair perhaps, PRESIDENT FRANKLIN D. RICH- it is all the more wonderful and is ocARDS.

casion for deeper gratitude on our part Importance of instruction received-Our Savior's

that the good hand of the Lord has asMission-The life and immortality of men

sisted, steadied and sustained us until Advice to young men--New and increasing the present. We have received at this duties during life-- Reference to Tithing- conference such a variety of instrucExhortation to faithfulness, with blessing. tions as has seemed calculated to exBeloved hearers, I arise with a deep tend over all the periods of human exsense of the impossibility of any man istence, even to our daily economy, the edifying and instructing such a congre- culture of our gardens, our farms and gation as this, except he be influenced our orchards. The way of life has by the spirit of truth. Certainly, unless been dwelt upon; and if we have been he be inspired therewith, he will be un- careful hearers and have treasured up able to feed and nourish the spirits of the things that have been said, certain


precious, and to those who fail to be off from accepting or taking in, with benefited they will meet a great and ir- any sense of benefit, the glorious words retrievable loss. Being surrounded of eternal truth that are being spoken with many cares, with the inconveni- to them, and they pass by them like ences of poverty,sometimes with pinch- the wind on the prairie or the barren ing want, at other times with troubles heath, "and they do not see when good brought upon ourselves by our indis- cometh." cretion, we naturally get but part of The Lord has told us, in one of His the benefit which we might receive if revelations, that from the time He gave we could preserve always that peaceful the Gospel to the human family, so far serenity and that entire composure as they heard its truths and rejected which belong to those who are the most them, they came under condemnation. perfectly devoted to God and His work. To reject the truths of the Gospel is a

Having had some little experience in fearful condition. We, who have been the sixty years that I have been in the led to receive and obey, have the greatChurch, and hearing the brethren talk est reason in the world to be thankful as they have during this conference, it Him who has given us the underhas seemed to pick up and bring to standing that when we heard the voice review much of what I have experi- of the Good Shepherd we received it, enced.

and have tried to follow it, notwithIn large congregations, where the standing all our staggering infirmities Gospel is preached to strangers, there and weaknesses, follies and frailties, is a great variety of dispositions pres- and all the allurements of the world ent to listen. There are those who re- that have been around us to draw us ceive the words of the Elder and drink away. We have reason today to be them in, because they seem exactly to exceedingly thankful to the Lord that satisfy the soul, and the whole nature we are still blessed of Him and preyields accord and acceptance to the served in His favor. things that are taught. Many of us The Lord, on one occasion, told Moses can remember when

first what His work was. Moses became heard the sound of the Gospel. It came inquisitive. That is the way we all do to us with a most grateful and satisfy- when we are brought into the confiing influence, and we embraced it the dence of those who know more than we first time we heard it. There are those do. It is natural for us to want to get whose hearts and consciences are right further knowledge, if we have the spirit before the Lord, who are ready to re- of intelligence, which is a little of the ceive the truth, and the Holy Spirit glory of God. We hunger and thirst can move upon such and give them tes

for knowledge. The Savior said, timonies there and then. Others in the "Blessed are they which do hunger and congregation who are more of an ag- thirst after righteousness; for they nostic disposition, and do not know shall be filled.” So we may take courwhether things are true, or whether

age if we can only keep on and endure they want to believe them or not, are

to the end. When Moses first enquired there for curiosity, and they cannot ac- of Him, He turned Moses off and told cept anything unless it is thoroughly him that the great things which he saw proved from the scriptures. Others were for His honor and glory. To Him again, when anything is proved by the they were all numbered, He said; but scriptures, are doubtful, skeptical, and to man they were not numbered. Finof an unbelieving kind-men who have ally, He told Moses that “His work and delighted in sin, and their consciences His glory was to bring to pass the imhave become seared with hot mortality and eternal life of men." iron, so that they are not sensitive From this it would appear that before and conscious to the truth. The Spirit the earth was created and father Adam cannot work in them, and they are un- given possession, it was understood worthy perhaps of these testimonies. that death might be brought into the There may be those even who have world through sin and transgression, bloodguiltiness upon them, listening to and that there was a provision made the words of the teacher. They may be for that. The trial came, the sentence satisfied of their truth, but by their of death was passed, and men began to




ject for which the earth had been particularly at present, why the peocreated and man placed upon it was ple got to dreaming about gathering frustrated. The object had been and about Zion. It could not be kept for men to

come and obtain from them. The spirit of the work was tabernacles that they might - ac- upon them. Thus the spirit of gathering quire the knowledge, blessing and comes upon the Saints wherever the power of God in the flesh, and that he Gospel is preached to them, and there might be able to exalt and glorify these arises within them an inclination to tabernacles. When death came into the want to leave where they have become world, the body and spirit were separ- strangers, to go to people whose faith ated, and this great object seemed to be is like their own, with whom they are defeated. But God had provided for this acquainted in the Lord and have felThe Lamb of God, “slain from before lowship together. the foundation of the world,” came in In speaking concerning the people His appointed time to correct and re- at the present time, there is one im. store. How often the Savior told the portant feature among us of great conbrethren, when they were together, that cern. That is, there are so many young the whole need not a physician, but they men and young women who are of marthat are sick. The Son of Man came not riageable age and who ought to be takto call the righteous, but sinners, to re- ing seriously into consideration the impentence. He came to restore that portance of uniting themselves together which was lost, He said. Now, that properly, and commencing to build up which was lost was the tabernacle that families and to make homes for them. had been consigned to the grave, and selves, thus becoming persons of value He came to bring to pass the resurrec- and worth among the Saints in the tion of the body. That seemed to be latter days. If I could speak into the the summing up of the saying that“His ears of a host of young men, I would say work and His glory was the immortal- to each one of them, Look around you, ity and eternal life of man"-to restore my young brother, find a young lady man, after being lost, to immortality who is waiting for you to come and ofand eternal life. That is what we fer to take her to wife-some faithful are after, that through keeping the girl, who is dutiful and obedient to her commandments of God we may be ac- parents at home, who has been taught counted worthy to attain unto that bet- to work and to relieve her mother, and ter resurrection, even the first resurrec- who feels a spirit of ambition and ention, to immortality and eternal life, ergy to take hold of life. Do not wait and an abundant entrance into the till you have got enough money to make kingdom of God. The Apostles seemed a home and to store it with all the comto understand this. One of them says forts of life. You that are studying that life and immortality are brought upon that point, let me cite to you a to light through the Gospel. He seemed case that occurred just over the river to realize that life and immortality here a little while ago. A couple had were out of sight, except as revealed got some land, built a house, had it and made manifest through the Gospel. nicely furnished, cupboards well Thus, the great restoration, is to be stocked, a fine cow in the stable, and brought about.

everything prepared for housekeeping. Looking on down to our own time, we They went away to get married, and see that we live in the dispensation of while they were away their home was the fulness of times, in which the Lord broken into and devastated, so that has promised to gather together in one when they got back they had no home all things which are in Christ, both to go to. which are in heaven and which are I want to tell you, if you have no upon earth. This is according to scrip- home, ask the Lord to bless you and ture, and this is what we are working open up your way to make one. Go out at. As soon as the Gospel was first and get a piece of land somewhere. preached to the people, they felt the There is plenty of land to be got in difspirit of gathering. When the Presi- ferent places around. Young men, take dency, from the Kirtland Temple, sent this matter into your hearts, and conElders over to the old country and in- sider how you will feel when you are structed them not to teach gathering 70 or 80 years of age if vou are blessed

to live that long-and you would feel our way along as best we could. The terrible if you had a witness that you Lord helped us and steadied us, until would not. Think how you want to be when we had to leave Nauvoo we were found when you are that age. You want able to leave a nice, comfortable brick to see your children and your grand- house, a garden and lot that we had children come around you, to bless and bought and paid for, all fenced and comfort you, to eat and drink at your cultivated. table, and to make you feel that you Then again, when the Prophet Joseph have a generation planted in the earth.

was killed, the question was, how shall Now, it is going to take some years to we finish the temple? I recollect well do this, but if you will get a good, hon- that Elders were sent out through est-hearted girl, unite with her and the Churches to gather means for this plight your troth at the altar of the purpose. I was sent to Michigan. The Lord, in His holy house, and let Him thing was, that temple had to be finseal your hearts together, and then go ished or we could not go get our endow. into this labor of life and make a home ments and learn the things that had together, you will begin to be happy. been kept hid from before the founda

I remember, as if it were only last tions of the world. What was to be week, when I married and hired a done? When we got back, the Presiroom, in which my wife and I began dency called us together and told us housekeeping. Our wants were but few; the thing as it was. I recollect disour means very limited; but we had tinctly that one after another came forenough to eat, to be comfortable and ward and offered everything he poshappy with each other. I remember

sessed to finish that temple, and I was the first time I bowed down to pray by thankful that I could count one among that fireside that I had hired to live that number. Of course, things are difby. I tell you I felt nearer like a man

ferent now to what they were then. than I had ever done before in my life.

But this is what the young man wants. When I was a single man, traveling If he has the holy faith of the Gospel, around as an Elder, I had either to find he has within him the elements of a friends or to make them; for it is the

kindred and friends, and be business of the Elder to make friends

among men,

A Saint among if they do not find them ready made. I

Saints. Oh! what blessing it used to think sometimes that maybe

will be to you young I was in somebody's way; and when I when you get to be old, to feel that was ill or afflicted, certainly I was de

you have a righteous race around you, pendent upon somebody's kindness, and

who will try to carry out your will and I generally found it. But I did not feel pleasure after you are gone. You must that strange way in my own hired house consider, my boy, that your life is not Now, my good young brother, to

all of today, tomorrow, this year or whom I am talking now, you want to next year. You are but making a start become a man among men; you want here to obtain that life and immortalto become an Elder among the Elders ity which is revealed in the Gospel, and of Israel; you want to have a wife, and to stand at the head of a righteous a home, where you can have concen

Father Abraham lived to be a trated all the comforts and happiness of hundred years old before he got a boy, mortal life, and where you can have the and see what the Lord has made of fulfillment of the promise that where him! His name, his seed and his gentwo or three are agreed as touching erations are here, and his blood is in anything it should be granted to them. you. The promises that were made I remember how we used to pray that unto him and to his son Isaac, and then the Lord would grant unto us that we to Jacob, have been renewed upon your might have children who would be kind fathers and the faithful in these last and dutiful and obedient, and who days. Rise up and take hold of them. would love Him and walk in His ways. They await you. The Lord gave us such children, too. Speaking of my own case, I recollect That is the way we felt when we called well how, as we got along there came upon the Lord and asked Him for every a time when we needed some consecratblessing that we needed. So we worked ed oil. I took a bottle of oil to Presi




men can


dent Young in Nauvoo, and asked him severe, rugged and trying scenes that to consecrate it. He did so; and said many of your parents have had to pass he, “The riext time you want a bottle through to get to this place and make of oii cor secrated, do it yourself.” This Utah what it is today. Then be brave, is the way a man develops. He comes and daring, and strike out. in that to be a father, and he needs to prepare which is manifestly your duty to do. himself to assume the responsibilities The first thing we have any account of the position, that he may bless his of our Father commanding Adam was little children as they come along, and to multiply and replenish and subdue consecrate the oil if need be. I remem- the earth, and take dominion. And ber it struck me all over when the that same saying is just as applicable President told me to consecrate the oil. now to all good Later-day Saints in Could I do it? Would the Lord hear

this new part of the world as it was me? Well, he told me to do it, and I when it was first given to father Adam. did it. So step by step we go along in I really do wish that it could be sensed the work of the Lord.

and acted upon more generally. We I recollect the first time I went to should live by every word of the Lord stop with President Young. When it and every principle of truth that is came to prayer time, he asked Brother given to us. Franklin to pray. I was but a oy, and

I fee! like saying a few words about I turned to him and said, "President tithing—that old, threadbare subject, Young, I would rather you pray; you that you have not heard anything new pray better than I can." "Oh!

about for a long time. I tell you it well," said he, "you can pray well looks a:3 new to me as it ever did, beenough; you try it." So I knelt down

cause it is the word of the Lord; and and prayed the best I could. Thus we

unless we can take it in and make it have to prepare ourselves and be ready to operate upon us, and we operate in for every duty as we go along. I wish it, we shall never become the people that some of these boys who are among that we want to be. The Lord has us, scarcely knowing which way to turn

told us positively that if we do not or what to do, would just brace up and keep the law of tithing this land shall do what is right, let the consequence not be a land of Zion unto us. Is not follow; and, as your fathers have done, wat as straight and as strong as anygo and try to be somebody and do

thing we get? On the other hand, He something that shall be worthy for both

says that it we will do this He will you and your children to remember.

make it to be a land of Zion unto us. All these principles are important; What does it mean to be a tithepayer? and if the young folks sensed their im- It means that of all which the Lord portance I know there would not be gives to us in this life we should deso much carelessness as there is. You vote one-tenth to Him. We should rewant to go into this union that I have

cognize that it is all His till He puts been speaking of with a determination it into our possession as stewards; and of purpose to bring to yourselves the when He does this we should remem. pleasures and exaltations of the future ber that one-tenth is not ours. It says life, bring back the pleasures and bless.

expressly in the scriptures that the ings of the former life, enter into the tithing is the Lord's, and therefore we fulness of that life which is eternal, have no right to appropriate it to our and take hold on the things of God, as use and say we will restore it at the if you meant to be men and women of

end of the year, or at the end of the God. Remember the pathway that some job. It is the Lord's. We have only of your fathers and mothers have had right to take that which He gives to to travel to get where they are today. We must take this course if we Think of your condition as it is today. want to get the real virtue and benefit The chances for you to get and make of a true and faithful stewardship. You homes now, why there is no comparison want to so arrange it that the food you to what they were when we were in eat, and the clothing you wear come to the States' There is no possible chance you through that which has been for you to have to pass through the tithed; that your body and all that is


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