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was to sacrifice His well beloved, His discourse of President Franklin D. first born, Jesus Christ. And what of Richards this morning; I remarked to Isaac? Josephus tells us that Isaac him when he sat down that I thought I was old enough to carry the wood for never heard him speak better, but I the sacrifice; and after his father had
sure that half the congregation told him what the Lord wanted, Isaac, had not heard what he had said. It is in the spirit of submission that such a a difficult thing to make so vast an asson had for such a father, said to him, sembly hear, and especially is this the “If the Lord had not commanded you case when there is a feeling of uneasito do this, father, I would have been ness among the people and more or less willing to have done whatever you re- moving about. Brother C. J. Thomas quired of me." In this Isaac exhibited can be seen here frequently with a a spirit akin to that manifested by company of people up in the other end the Lord Jesus; and Abraham showed a of the gallery, and he will rub his coat willingness akin to that exhibited by sleeve and ask them at the other end the Father in offering up His Only Be- if they can hear the sound, and they gotten Son for the rest of His brethren say yes. Then he will take a pin and and sisters.
drop it upon a table, and ask if they Now, brethren and sisters, do you see can hear that, and they say yes. It is why God requires these things at our the wonderful acoustic properties of hands? Can you comprehend why we this house that actually makes it so are asked to love our neighbor as we do difficult, in one respect, to make the ourselves? Is there any sacrifice that people hear when there are so many towe should not be willing to make? gether as are here today, because every Think of the unselfishness of our Lord little sound tends to confuse the voice and Savior! He came and died for all of the speaker. of us. He loved His neighbor as He I thank the Lord for the wonderful did himself. He loved the offspring of attendance on the part of the people His Father as He did himself. We during this Conference. It shows they must be like Him, or we cannot sit are awake, and interested in the cause down with Him in the kingdom of our of Zion. I am sure that all the people Father. We must be willing to make who have heard the instructions which every sacrifice necessary for the work have been given must be well pleased of God. But in the first place we must and satisfied. get faith; for without faith it is impos- I do not expect to advance a single sible to please God and to make these thought in relation to the principle of sacrifices. Without faith our courage tithing that has not already fails and we are filled with doubt; but been covered, but I desire with unflinching faith in God and in to call your attention to one thing His willingness and power to save us, which seems to me to be a prominent we can accomplish all the Lord requires feature in tithepaying. It is not SO at our hands. God bless you, in the much the means that we give into the name of Jesus. Amen.
storehouse of the Lord; for the Lord has plenty for Himself. The earth is
His, and the fulness thereof. But it PRESIDENT JOSEPH F. SMITH.
is a very important thing that we look
at the necessities of the poor and conThe aggregate of individual contributions to the
sider the duty of carrying on the work Church accomplishes great good-Tithing a
of the Lord in all its branches. Every test of obedience---The Lord requires the
little that we contribute toward this willing mind.
end helps the cause just that little; It is with a feeling of great depend- and so the little that each does is of ence uopn the Spirit that I arise to great importance to the cause of Zion. speak. I feel extremely grateful for When all the people do a little, it agthe outpouring of the good Spirit which gregates a great deal, and there is has accompanied all the speaking that abundance in the storehouse for the we have had throughout this Confer- feeding of the poor, and for helping out ence; and I regret that all the congre- in the proclamation of the Gospel to gation did not hear the most excellent the nations of the earth. For many a
the Elders who are sent out to preach books, and they will show where we the Gospel have not means wherewith have been deficient in our duty. to provide for their families altogether, Now, if we are not faithful to this and the Church is called upon frequent law, what evidence have we that we ly to assist. Then, the Church is called shall be faithful in other things? The upon for means to pay for the return Lord instituted it as a substitute, befare of almost every missionary from cause of our lack of faith, for the his field of labor. Sometimes an Elder higher law of consecration, in which dies abroad, and his remains have to the Lord requires not only all that we be brought home, the family is not able have, but our hearts also; and by this to do it, so the Church has to bear the substitute He designs to prove us, expense. When you take into consider- to see whether we will be obedient or ation the hundreds of Elders that are not. I perceive in this principle someout in the missionary field all
the thing that is of greater worth to me time, and the fact that brethren are than all the substance that I put into going and returning continuously, the the storehouse of the Lord as tithing. expense
connected with this matter That may be used wisely or unwisely, amounts to a very large sum during the So far as I know. What have I to do year. So that every little helps. Every with that? It matters not to me what man's mite adds to the good cause. is done with it. It is my duty But there is a principle connected to obey the law that God
has with tithepaying which, in my judg- given. This is exemplified in the ment, is above and beyond this, and remarkable instance referred to that is the principle of obedience. I be by President Cannon-that of requiring lieve the Lord designs in Abraham to offer his son Isaac. Did this principle to test the obed. God ask him to do this because he ience of the people. When we delighted in wringing the heart of His come to stand before the bar of God, servant and causing him anguish? Not to be judged out of the things which at all. The Lord has no delight in that. are written in the books, we may find But He wanted to put His servant to a difference between those things which the test, to know whether he was willare written in the books here and the ing to sacrifice himself or not in obedthings which are written in the books ience to the requirement of heaven. there. We
see this now. Who That is what God wants in relation to knows whether or not I pay my tithing? this principle of tithing; He wants to Do not the books show that I am a know whether we will do our duty or tithepayer? Certainly, they do; for all not, and whether we will be honest or that I pay is credited to me on the tith- dishonest with Him. Every man is left ing books of the Church. I think our to be his own judge as to what he calls system of bookkeeping in relation to his tithing, and there is a great varthe tithes of the people is so perfect iety of opinion as to what a tithing is. that every man who has ever paid A man who works for wages, and detithing may go to the books and find votes his whole time to the service of there his credit. But the books here do his employer, and he receives $1,000 or not pretend to keep an account of the $2,000 a year for his salary, it is an easy tithing you owe to God. We do not matter for him to tell how much he keep an account of that which you owes for tithing. If I earned $2,000 a should pay; we simply keep an account year, I should know that my tithing of that which you do pay. But there was just one-tenth of that. And I would is One above us who knows; and there not take out what it had cost me to may be a system of keeping accounts feed and ciothe myself and to pay all there wherein it will be known just the expenses necessary to the maintenwhat every man should pay to be hon- ance of my family, before I reckoned est with himself and the Lord. If that with the Lord as to what belonged to be so, when we come to be judged out Him. Two hundred dollars would be of the things which are written in the my honest tithing, would it not? That books, the difference between that is the way I look at it. Then, if a which we have paid and that which we farmer raises 2,000 bushels of wheat as
uld have paid will appear in the the result of his year's labor, how many
for tithing? it is through obedience that we will reWell, some people will go straightway ceive the reward. to dickering with the Lord. They will So I come to the conclusion that the say they hired a man so and so, and principal thing about tithe paying is his wages must be taken out; that they obedience to the law, and that more had to pay such and such expenses, and good will come to us through that obethis cost and that cost; and they reck- dience than to anybody else. We on out all their expenses, and tithe the may
be worth our tens of balance. If a man earns $1,000, and thousands, and pay an honest tithing it has cost him $600 to live, he pays on our income, making our tithing a tithing on the remaining $400. He con- large amount; yet the good that will siders that his net income, and he reck- come to ourselves by being obedient ons with the Lord on that basis. Well, to the law of God will be far greater a great many of the Latter-day Saints
in the end than the good which our reckon with God in just that way. substance may do to the poor. He
Now, you are at liberty to do as you is more blessed who giveth alms than please in regard to this matter. You is he who receiveth them. The troucan choose which ever course you wish.
ble is, when a man becomes rich he But let me say to you that as we meas- at once begins to feel too poor to be ure out so will it be measured back unto obedient to the laws of God. Riches us again. When we go to dickering make men poor when it comes to dealwith the Lord, probably He will dicker ing with the Almighty. The poor man with us; and if He undertakes to do so,
can easily pay his tithing and conwe shall get the worst of it. I think
tribute of his little substance for the we had better be honest with the Lord, benefit of the needy; but if he becomes and deal justly and liberally with Him;
a millionaire, or anything like it, then for, as it is said in the scriptures, the
his heart begins to narrow up.
The liberal man deviseth liberal things, and
result is, he deprives himself of the by his liberality shall he stand. My ex
opportunity of receiving greater maniperience in my childhood was that festations of the kindness and mercy when the widow paid one-tenth of of God unto him, which he could reevery bushel of potatoes, of wheat, of ceive through the increased amount oats,of barley; when she paid the tenth of good he could do with his enlarged chicken, egg, the tenth calf, the
means. Obedience is what the Almighty tenth colt, the tenth pound of beef,
It was obedience that He or pork—when she did this she
required of Abraham. I am speaking blessed, and I know it. God opened up
now of obedience to God, and not to her way, and multiplied blessings upon
man; and I am at the defiance of any her; and though a widow, driven into
man to prove that obedience to God, the wilderness with a large family, and
even in the paying of tithing, is not without means to take care of them,
better than disobedience-better to the she never had to ask for or receive
man himself, and better to the whole help from the Church to feed and
people. If a man is obedient to this clothe her or her children. The Lord
law of tithing, he is entitled to the provided for her, because she put her
blessing of God himself and, far trust in Him and she was obedient to
as he is concerned, there are means in His law. I am a witness to that. And
the storehouse of the Lord for the feedthe Lord will provide for other widows
ing of the poor, for the sending of the in the same way. He will provide for Gospel abroad, for the building of temall His people according as they put ples, and for the accomplishment of His their trust in Him and are faithful and
purposes; but if he is not obedient to obedient. "Obedience is better than
this law, then there is nothing there, sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat
and he himself is deprived of the blessof rams.” It is the heart and the wil
ing that the Lord would otherwise give ling mind that the Lord requires of His
to him. I do not believe in obeying people, and not so much their sub
man, only when my judgment or the stance. He does not need our obedi
inspiration of the Almighty tells ence. But we need to be obedient; for
that obedience to that man will be wise
and good. In other words, I am not a in the promises of the Almighty and believer in blind obedience. I think those his obedience to his Father that made who know me
bear record to him the example of the world. His my testimony that I never yet obeyed name has come down and will go down any man, nor have I to my knowledge to the end of time as an example to
mankind of faith in God. When upobeyed God, blindly. What I have done I have done with my eyes open. I have braided and told to curse God and die, done it willingly, because I have be- Job turned and said, “Naked came I lieved have known it to be good. out of my mother's womb, and naked That is why I obey the counsels of the shall I return thither: the Lord gave, servants of God, and why I obey His and the Lord hath taken away; blessed
name law. know it is pleasing in the sight be the
of the Lord.” Joseph of the Lord for me to do this, and I re- the prophet was tried to the core, and
he proved true unto death. So with ceive benefit thereby.
Snow or Nowadays, if President
others of his brethren; they were persomebody else gives counsel to some of secuted, they were hounded, they were our brethren, if it does not suit them maligned, and every species of ignoexactly they will begin to whine about miny heaped upon them, and finally it, and shed great crocodile tears, per- they were put to death in cold blood; haps. I have heard of men shedding and yet they were true unto death. tears because they had received coun- That is what God requires at our hands.
He said, “I will try you sel from their brethren! And what is
even unto more, the men that shed tears and death, to see if you are worthy of the mourn over having received a little blessings I have in store for you.'' If counsel, are the kind that do not carry
you shrink from obedience to God, by it out; or, if they do, they tell why they which you become heirs of God and did it-making somebody else responsi- joint heirs with Jesus Christ-as Presible for their acts. I say, out upon such
dent Cannon said, "partners with Him obedience as that! I do not believe in
in all that He possesses"-how can you that kind at all.
expect to obtain eternal life and to I know that obedience to the Lord is
become a partner with Him? If we are a good thing. I know this also, that if
not true to these things, we are not
worthy of them. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, had not
May God bless us, been absolutely obedient to the
therefore, and help us to be worthy of
all that has been promised unto us quirements of His Father, He would
through the keys and authority of the have ceased to be the Savior of the
holy priesthood, that we may come up world, for He could not have accomplished the mission He came to fulfill. titled to all the blessings that have been
in the morning of the resurrection enIf Abraham had not been obedient, even
sealed upon us. This is my prayer in to the sacrificing of his own son, he
the name of Jesus. Amen. would not be today the father of the
The choir and congregation sang: faithful, and the promise made to him that his seed should have no end would
Our God, we raise to Thee
Thanks for Thy blessings free, have been revoked. The same with re- We here enjoy; gard to Job, who was tried to the core. In this far distant land, It was said, "put forth thy hand now A true and faithful band and touch all that he hath, and he will
Led hither by Thy hand,
Would sing for joy. curse thee to thy face." But the Lord knew he would not, and he said
by President Lorenzo Satari, “Behold, he is in thy hand; but
Snow. save his life." Satan laid his hand upon his property, upon his sons and his Conference adjourned for six months. daughters, and upon his own body, The stenographic work in taking the and Job was brought down into the account of the proceedings was done dust because of the afflictions that fell by Arthur Winter and E. H. Holt. upon him; and yet he was true to
JOHN NICHOLSON, God! It was his love of God, his faith
Clerk of Conference.
DESERET SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.
Its Semi-Annual General Conference.
The semi-annual conference of the the hundred thousand mark, and that Sunday schools of the Church of Jesus has been gained during the last year.” Christ of Latter-day Saints was held The secretary then presented the genon Sunday evening, April 9th, 1899, ral Sunday school authorities, who at i o'clock.
were unanimously sustained as folThere were present the general super- lows: intendency, officers and members of the General Superintendent, Qeorge Q. Deseret Sunday School Union Board Cannon; second assistant general SUand aids, a number of Apostles, presi- perintendent, Karl G. Maeser; general dents of Stakes and Bishops, and the secretary, George D. Pyper; general Tabernacle was well filled with Sunday treasurer, George Reynolds; stenschool workers.
ographer, Leo Hunsaker. General Superintendent George Q. Members of Deseret Sunday School Cannon presided.
Union Board: George Q. Cannon, Karl The Tabernacle choir, under direc- G. Maeser, George Reynolds, Thomas C. tion of Prof, Evan Stephens, sang Griggs, Joseph W. Summerhays, Levi "Lord Thou wilt hear me when I pray." W. Richards, Francis M. Lyman, Heber Prayer was offered by Elder John M. J. Grant, Joseph M. Tanner, George Mills. The choir sang "Come, dearest Teasdale, Hugh J. Cannon, Andrew Lord."
Kimball, Joseph F. Smith, John W. Secretary George D. Pyper called the Taylor. roll which was responded to by repre- Aids to the General Board: L. John sentatives from twenty-seven Stakes. Nuttall, James W. Ure, John F. BenThe secretary also read a portion of the nett, John M. Mills, William B. Dougall, general annual statistical report of the William D. Owen, Seymour B. Young, Sunday schools of the Latter-day Saints Christian D. Fjeldsted. for 1898 showing: Total number of Sun- General Treasurer George Reynolds day schools, 1,019; male officers and reported that he had received from teachers, 7,524; female officers and nickel donations for 1898, the sum of teachers, 5,524; total officers and teach- $3,111.62, an increase of nearly eight per ers, 13,048; average attendance of offi- cent over 1897. cers and teachers, 8,472; male pupils, Elder Reynolds presented the Con50,862; females, 52,524; total number of ference assignments for 1899
as folpupils, 103,386; Sunday school mission- lows: aries not enrolled, 269; total officers, Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and teachers, pupils and missionaries, 116,- 30-Sanpete. 703; cash on hand and collected during Saturday and Sunday, May 6th and the year, $17,264.33; disbursed, 13,278.12; 7th-St. George. on hand, $3,986.21.
Saturday and Sunday, May 13th and The report was approved and filed. 14th-Parowan.
General Superintendent George Q. Saturday and Sunday, May 20th and Cannon said:
21st-Malad. "I feel very much gratified at this Saturday and Sunday, May 27th and report, as I think you all do. We have 28th-Juab. now, as you have heard, 103,000 pupils; Saturday and Sunday, June 10th and this is a very fine showing; gone past