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and that all these gifts of which I would have oil in their lamps. What is have spoken, which are spiritual, never that oil? It is the Holy Ghost, the will be done away, even as long as the world shall stand, only according to

power of God unto salvation; it is that the unbelief of the children of men.

spirit that will lead you into the ways of "Wherefore, there must be faith; and truth; it is that spirit which partaketh if there must be faith, there must also of the things of God and reveals them be hope; and if there must be hope, there must also be charity;

unto the children of men; it is that "And except ye have charity,ye can in spirit that makes children obedient to no wise be saved in the kingdom of parents. Young people, obey your par. God; neither can ye be saved in the ents! Parents, let us not permit that kingdom of God, if ye have not faith; neither can ye if ye have no hope;

commandment of the Lord to go un"And if ye have no hope, ye must heeded: "Honor thy father and thy needs be in despair; and despair.cometh mother that thy days may be long upon because of iniquity.

the land which the Lord thy God giveth "And Christ truly said unto our fathers, if ye have faith, ye can do all thee.” Nine-tenths of the mistakes of things, which is expedient unto me. this people would be corrected in the

"Aná now I speak unto all the ends young if they would listen to the coun. of the earth, that if the day cometh that the power and gifts of God shall be sels of their fathers and mothers. Fadone away among you, it shall be be- thers and mothers are just as much encause of unbelief."

titled to the revelations of God for the I admonish the Latter-day Saints to benefit of their families, as President seek for the best gifts. Although all Snow is for the good of the Church. of the sects upon the face of the earth Young people, listen to the voice of may say that it is unnecessary to be your fathers and your mothers! They baptized in the name of Jesus Christ, love you; you are the fruit of their and that it is not necessary to have loins, and they would give their lives hands laid upon them for the gift of the for you. And they are entitled to the Holy Ghost, I say that the voice of the revelations of the Lord to guide you Redeemer of the world cries out unto into the ways of truth. Every father all the nations of the earth in His testi- and every mother if they are doing mony to Nicodemus, “Except ye be their duty, will have that inspiration born of the water and of the spirit, ye they should have, and will have that cannot enter the kingdom of God.” I knowledge, to counsel their sons and testify unto you as an Apostle of the daughters to walk in that straight and Lord Jesus Christ, and in His name narrow path that leads to eternal life, that you will not be prepared for His and you will not make any mistakes if coming if you do not enjoy the gifts you will listen to their advice. of God. They are as free unto the chil- God bless you and fill you with His dren of men as a well of living water Holy Spirit. This is a time for preparspringing up unto everlasting life, if ation and not for many words. I rethey will follow the admonition of Bro- joice that I am counted worthy to be ther Kimball this afternoon to "seek

in your midst at this conference, and I first the kingdom of God and His right hope that what has been said will be as eousness, and all other things shall be leaven, and will go forth among the added unto you." What a grand and people until the whole lump is leavened, glorious promise! Young ladies, how and until the desire of all is to serve many of you have a gift from God? God and keep His commandments. 1 How many of you have been clothed feel to say God bless you and peace be with the fire of the Holy Ghost, that is unto you, and to your wives and to your as a fire burning within you? How many children, and to the land of Zion, and of you enjoy a knowledge of the Lord

may God temper the elements for Jesus Christ? How many of you young the good of this people, that Zion may gentlemen are seeking after these grow and increase until she shall be things? Have you a gift from God? If the glory of the whole earth, is my you have not seek earnestly after these prayer in the name of Jesus Christ. things, for Jesus speaking of His sec- Amen. ond coming, said that the kingdom of Sister Lizzie Thomas Edward, Sister God would be likened unto ten virgins, Ramsey and the choir sang, "O, Holy five of whom were wise and five were Jesus," and benediction was pronounced foolish, and he said but half of them by Elder Ardrew Jenson.

CLOSING SESSION.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 2 p. m.

Saints-Lorenzo Snow. Singing by the choir, the hymn com- John Nicholson as clerk of the Genmencing,

eral Conference. Ye simple souls who stray,

All of the voting was unanimous. Far from the path of peace, That lonely, unfrequented way PRESIDENT GEORGE Q. CANNON. To life and happiness.

Individual responsibility of the Saints-Their Prayer by Elder Heber J. Grant.

alms and hopes-Self-sacrifice a basis of exThe choir sang the anthem :

altation O come all ye faithful.

To stand up before this congregation THE GENERAL AUTHORITIES and attempt to speak with the hope of were presented, for the vote of the con- instructing them, requires, it seems to ference, by President George Q. Can- me, some faith. I do not think that non, as follows:

any man who understands the responLorenzo Snow, as Prophet, seer and sibilty of a position of this character Revelator, and President of the Church would attempt to do it, unless he could of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints hope to have the assistance of the in all the world.

Spirit of God. George Q. Cannon as First Counselor

The servants of God have spoken with in the First Presidency.

great plainness and a large amount of Joseph F. Smith as Second Counselor instruction has been given in this conin the First Presidency.

ference, and no doubt all of us feel Franklin D. Richards as President of that it is one of the best conferences the Twelve Apostles.

we have ever attended. I think we alAs members of the Council of the ways look upon the present conference Twelve Apostles-Franklin D. Rich- as the best conference, and I hope

we ards, Brigham Young, Francis M. Ly- will be justified in this feeling by the man, John Henry Smith, George Teas- spirit we shall enjoy during the redale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, mainder of the time. Marriner W. Merrill, Anthon H. Lund, There are so many subjects that are Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham 0. intimately connected with our lives and Woodruff and Rudger Clawson.

with the growth and development of the The counselors in the First Presi- work, that a man cannot be at a loss dency and the Twelve Apostles as for something to say, if he has the Prophets, Seers and Revelators.

Spirit of the Lord; in fact, at times the Patriarch to the Church-John abundance of subjects makes it rather Smith.

embarrassing, and it requires the dicFirst Seven Presidents of the Seven- tation of the Holy Ghost to enable us to ties-Seymour B. Young, C. D. Fjeld- say those things that are suited to the sted, B. H. Roberts, George Reynolds, people and their circumstances. I earnJonathan G. Kimball, Rulon S. Wells estly desire, in the remarks that I shall and Joseph W. McMurrin.

make, to be dictated entirely by the William B. Preston presiding Spirit of the Lord. I have looked at Bishop, with Robert T. Burton as his this large assembly, and I have thought first and John R. Winder as his second what a vast variety of thought there counselor.

must be in the breasts of those present; Franklin D. Richards as Church his- what hopes, what desires, what fears, torian and general Church recorder, what anticipations each one indulges and John Jaques and Andrew Jenson in. Life to the Latter-day Saints posas his assistants.

sesses a seriousness that I do not think As the general Church Board of other people feel, because of our knowlEducation-Lorenzo Snow, George Q. edge concerning our existence here, why Cannon, Karl G. Maeser, Willard we have come here, and what lies before Young, Anthon H. Lund, James Sharp, There is an individuality about Joseph F. Smith, John Nicholson and the members of this Church that I do George H. Brimhall.

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not think can be found elsewhere. We As Trustee-in-Trust for the body of feel our individual responsibility. We religious worshippers known as the are not taught to rely upon priests, or

us.

teachers, or apostles, or prophets; but swerg in some respects, and yet how each one is taught to be responsible similar in other respects. The Latterhimself. In our Church the wife is not day Saints have been animated by taught to feel that she is divested of hopes that no other people possess. Alresponsibility, and that it rests solely lusion was made the other day to the upon her husband. Sons and daughters, kind of heaven we anticipate. There as soon as they are capable of compre- are no people upon the earth who have hending the truth, are taught their re- such ambitious hopes and aims as the sponsibility also. In our Sunday schools, Latter-day Saints have. Some would in our associations, and in all the gath- call them irreverent. But the Lord has erings of our young people, as far as made promises to this people, and the my knowledge extends, this feature is Latter-day Saints believe in them. On kept constantly in view. Of course, that account they put their trust in the they are taught to look for guidance, Lord, and are willing to endure an but not to rely upon anyone to do that things for His sake. which properly devolves upon them as I will read a little from one of the living souls in the sight of God. They revelations of the Lord. Speaking of are impressed with their individual re- those who receive the testimony of sponsibility. In this respect I think Jesus, and who overcome by faith the we are a peculiar people, different from

Lord says: every other people upon the face of the

"They are they which are the Church earth. This makes us a serious and of the firstborn.

“They are they into whose hands the thoughtful people. We ponder careful

Father has given all things." ly upon our lives, and we consider well

Now, these are not idle words, given our course of action. And I think this characteristic will grow among us. I merely to round out a sentence; but

they are full of meaning. hear of little children bearing testimony in the Sunday schools, and doing so by “They are they who are Priests and the Spirit of God; and by that they are

Kings, who have received of His ful

ness, and of His glory, made to feel their individual responsi

“And are Priests of the Most High, bility before the Lord. In my opin- after the order of Melchisedek, which ion, this is a good thing. I believe our

was after the order of Enoch, which

was after the order of the Only Begotfuture will be greatly enchanced by

ten Son; this kind of training, and we shall have "Wherefore, as it is written, they are a class of people grow up among us

Gods, even the sons of God.

“Wherefore, all different from all others. It may be

things are theirs,

whether life or death, or things present, gradual-so gradual that

will

or things to come, all are theirs, and scarcely notice its growth; but the they are Christ's, and Christ is God's." growth will take place.

-Section 76: pars. 54-59. In connection with this, the question Yesterday Brother Teasdale quoted arises, What are the aims and the something from section 84, which I wish hopes of the Latter-day Saints? Why to emphasize. These are the words: is it, it may be asked, that the “Mor

"And also all they who receive this mon” people are willing to undergo Priesthood, receiveth me, saith

the such privations, such persecutions and

Lord;

“For he that receiveth my servants, such banishments as they have endured receiveth me; in the past, and such obloquoy, hatred “And he that receiveth me receiveth and animosity as they do at present?

my Father; It is a serious question for the world to

"And he that receiveth my Father,

receiveth my Father's kingdom; there. answer, and it possesses some gravity fore all that my Father hath shall be for us as members of the Church of given unto him." Christ. What are our hopes? If I were

Notice the last clause, “All that my to ask this congregation, What has

Father hath"-not a part, but "all that caused you to leave your homes and

my Father hath shall be given unto your friends, notwithtstanding their him." That language admits of no persuasions or their threats, and cast mistake. It corresponds with the other your lot among a people with such

language that I have read in your hear. bad name as the Latter-day Saints ing. It also corresponds with what the have? how different would be the an- Lord says in section 93:

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owh exaltation and for the exaltation worship; that you may come unto the Father in my name, and in due time of other human beings. It is God's dereceive of His fulness;

sign to make us priests and kings; not “For if you keep my commandments

to have an empty title, not to sit upon you shall receive of His fulness, and be glorified in me as I am in the Father; thrones without power, but to be actutherefore, I say unto you, you shall re- ally and really priests and kings. The ceive grace for grace."

promise is that all things that He hath This same revelation goes on to say:

shall be given unto us. We will be "The Spirit of truth is of God. I am His heirs; we will be (if I may use the the Spirit of truth, and John bore rec

term without irreverence) co-partners ord of me, saying, He receiveth a full

with Him in all this power and authoriness of truth, yea, even of all truth, "And no man receiveth a fullness un

I do not know whether all the less he keepeth his commandments. Latter-day Saints grasp this idea. It "He that keepeth his commandments

is important that we should. receiveth truth and light, until he is glorified in truth and knoweth all

We heard some talk this morning upthings."

on the principle of tithing. People wonTime will not admit of my reading der how it is that the Latter-day Saints any more passages, but these are suffi- pay their tithing. Some think it must ciently plain to reveal to us that which swell the coffers of the Church and God has in contemplation for His fatten the leaders. But they would not faithful children. The Latter-day wonder if they understood the princiSaints are promised, if they are faith- ple. Brother Brigham Young told us ful, that they shall receive the fullness, this morning that the law of tithing as Jesus received it; and Jesus received was an inferior law. It is. The law it as the Father received it. In the of consecration is a higher law, and words of Paul, they become heirs of it was revealed to us, but we were not God and joint heirs with Jesus Christ. perpared to receive and act upon it. There is nothing that the Savior has at- The result is, we are not doing what tained unto that God's faithful children we ought to in this respect. The Lord are not promised. They are promised requires from us consecration. Why the same blessings, the same power, does He ask you and me to consethe same authority, the same gifts, crate all we have and hold it subject the same

graces. I know that to His will? If He is going to take us we are apt to think that heaven' into partnership He wants to know in is a sort of spiritual place. It the first place whether we will be willis spiritual; but God our Eternal Fa ing to do as He wants us and to share ther is a being of power. He controls all that we have with Him. I the earth and the inhabitants thereof; pleased with a little incident that ocHe controls the elements of the earth; curred in my own family the other day. and we are promised that we shall be I gave two of my little children some sharers with Him. He will give us an money; and after a while something equal interest in all this power and arose that caused me to need some authority. What is more desirable to money, and their mother said to these man, generally speaking, than to wield children, Your father needs power? Mankind aim for it. To what money." The children went and got lengths will ambitious men go to wield their banks, and said, “Here, father, power, to sit upon thrones and to wield you can have all I have in this bank." a sceptre of authority! History tells I was greatly delighted with the spirit us that men have been willing to wade of the children. I did not say anything, through seas of blood to gratify this but I thought to myself, “That illusambition. Now, this ambition can be trates the principles that Father in heagratified righteously by keeping the ven is trying to teach us, His children. commandments of God; and a righteous He gives us something, and when He man will exercise righteous authority. asks for anything He wants us to be That is the object God had in view in just as liberal as He has been in givsending us here.

Through faithfully ing it." Those who have faith and who keeping His commandments we may at- rise to the comprehension of the digni

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ty and exaltation that God intends to days of man upon the earth. Human bestow upon us, will not hesitate to life was sacred; God had made it so. give everything they have to the Lord, He had made murder the worst crime but it requires faith. The Lord might that could be committed

by require us to lay down our lives. That against his fellow

The curse would require faith, would it not? Yes. that He pronounced upon Cain is felt But what is the promise? That we shall by his descendants to this day, so have eternal life and be exalted in His grievious was his sin in the sight of presence. Therefore, those who wish to God. But that God who gave this comattain to this exaltation must cherish mand to His children on earth required sublimity of feeling, sublimity of self- . His servant Abraham to take his son, sacrifice. They must not only be will- go into a high mountain, and there of ing to pay their tithing, but be willing fer him up as a sacrifice. At the same to give everything they have got on time it was contrary to the law of God the earth-wives and children, and to offer human sacrifice. God had proeverything else. If I cannot give up my hibited it. It was a grievious sin among wife and all my children, if required,

the idolatrous nations. Abraham's own if I cannot lay down my life, if nec

kindred indulged in that wicked pracessary, God help me! I do not know tice. He tells in his record that virwhat I might do, but God help me to gins were sacrificed on altars in the do it if the test ever comes.

But if I land of his nativity, and he himself am not willing to do this, I cannot hope was bound on an altar to be sacrificed. to attain to that exaltation and re

his kindred doubtless submitting to it, ceive that fullness which the Lord has but an angel of God delivered him. But promised unto us, if we are faithful. here comes the command of God to this Therefore, shall we hesitate about

man who has been taught so scruputithing? Shall we hesitate about any- lously about the sinfulness of murder thing else, with such objects in view

and human sacrifice, to do these very and with such righteous ambition as things. Now, why did the Lord ask God has implanted in our hearts? No, such things of Abraham? Because, we cannot hesitate if we have faith. knowing what his future would be and The world say: "Oh, you are led by that he would be the father of an inpriests, who are dominating you and numerable posterity, he was determined tyrannizing over vou, and using you for

to test him. God did not do this for their own purposes."

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what has

His own sake; for He knew by His God said? what has He promised to us? foreknowledge what Abraham would That is the question for us to ask. We do; but the purpose was to impress upmust not look at what the world says;

on Abraham a lesson, and to enable it is what God says that we must act him to attain unto knowledge that he upon. And I say to you this day, in the could not obtain in any other way. presence of God and the holy angels That is why God tries all of us.

It is and of this assembly, if we expect to

not for His own knowledge; for He attain the fulfillment of the promises knows all things beforehand. He God has made to us, we must be self- knows all your lives and everything sacrificing. There is no sacrifice that

you will do. But He tries us for our God can ask of us, or His servants own good, that we may know ourselves; whom He has chosen to lead us, that

for it is most important that a man we should hesitate about making. In should know himself. He required one sense of the word, it is no sacrifice. Abraham to submit to this trial because We may call it so, because it comes in He intended to give him glory, exaltacontact with our selfishness and our un- tion and honor; He intended to make belief; but it ought not to come in con- him a king and a priest, to share with tact with our faith. The infidel says, Himself the glory, power and dominion “What a monster God was to ask Ab. which He exercised. And was this raham to offer up his only son as a sac- trial any more than God Himself had rificemto ask him to break a law which passed through? God the Eternal FaHe Himself had given to man, wherein ther gave His Only Begotten Son to He said, Thou shalt not kill." That law die for us; and He wanted to see whewas embodied in the ten

command ther Abraham was as willing to sacriments, but it dated back to the early fice his son of promise as He Himself

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