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blessed is he that cometh in the name Because the people were not prepared of the Lord."

to receive and obey it, Joseph Smith The day is coming when they will be and Oliver Cowdery besought the Lord willing to accept the principle of gath- to know what He required at their ering which they then rejected. But, hands as a tithing. As a result of that as I have said, the effort was made condition, He gave the law of tithing to establish the principles of the United wherein is required a tenth of all the Order subsequent to the ascension of interest of the people annually. The Jesus. They had, it is said, all things Lord specified what the tithing should in common. On one occasion Ananias be used for, and that it should be discame to the Apostle Peter ostensibly to bursed under the direction of the Presiconsecrate all that he had received dency of the Church. under the blessings of the Almighty. Now, my brethren and sisters, the peoThe scriptures inform us that he and ple who came to Zion without having his wife had sold a possession and he

an eye single to the glory of God lost brought a certain part of it and laid it their right to an inheritance. When at the feet of the Apostle Peter, who they came up with sinister motives, Was the Presiding Apostle of the and their hearts were not devoted to the Church and who had received the keys work of God, they suffered the disapnot only to baptize for the remission of proval of the Almighty. The same sins, to lay on hands for the gift of statement will apply to

us in

these the Holy Ghost and to administer the valleys of the mountains. We have sacrament of the Lord's supper, but

been led here by the inspiration of the also to administer in those things that Almighty. The same inspiration has pertain to the celestial kingdom here controlled and guided the Presidency upon this earth. Now Peter, under the of the Church in locating these Stakes influence of the Holy Ghost. discerned of Zion, these cities and towns, throughthat the man was not honest in his of- out the length and breadth of this infering, and he said unto him:

ter-mountain country. "Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine God has blessed us with abundance. heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to

The great majority of the Latter-day keep back part of the price of the land?

Saints own their own homes.

If you "While it remained, wag it not thine own? And after it was sold, was it not

were to ask them how many of them in thine own power? Why hast thou owned their own homes in their native conceived this thing in thine heart?

lands, possibly four-fifths of them Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.

would say that they did not.

If you “And Ananias, hearing these words, were to ask them how many of them fell down, and gave up the Ghost.”

conducted a profitable business of their Shortly afterwards his wife came in, own before they came here, four-fifths and she also lied in relation to this would perhaps have to give the same business, These are principles my answer. Yet in the prosperity that has brethren and sisters, that are attended attended us in the establishment of our by the power of God, if they are ob- cities, towns and in the building up of served. But they are attended by the the Stakes of Zion in this country, we judgments of God if they are violated. have not manifested the gratitude to These principles were carried out in the God for his choice blessings which we City of Enoch until the city was trans- ought to have done. We


an lated. They were carried out for a few abundance of blessings, especially of a generations upon this continent by the temporal character, and we ought to Nephites, and the Book of Mormon tells be willing to comply with the require. us that not one of that generation was ments that are made of us, and honestly lost, because they were equal before the and completely pay our tithing and our Lord and labored for the same end. offerings. The Lord revealed to the Prophet I rejoice in this work. I rejoice in Joseph the same principles. The Saints bearing testimony to the truth of the of God failed to carry them out be- Gospel and that we have a Prophet of cause of selfishness. The Lord re- God standing at our head today-Presivealed that Zion never could be redeem- dent Lorenzo Snow-who enjoys the ined, only by the law of consecration. spiration of the Holy Spirit and whose


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counsel to the Latter-day Saints comes God help us to do so, is my prayer in from the Lord. May God help us to the name of Jesus. Amen. carry it out, and to exemplify in our The choir sang the anthem: lives the principles which we testify “From afar, gracious Lord, God has restored to the earth in these

Thou hast gathered Thy flock." last days. I wish to urge the Latter

Benediction by Elder Angus M. Canday Saints to teach their sons and their daughters the principles of the ever

AFTERNOON SESSION. lasting Gospel. There is a great neces

2 p. m. sity today, in the various missions

The choir sang the hymn which bea broad, for efficient men to preach the

gins: Gospel and to represent the people of

"High on the mountain top God. Many of the young men that go

A banner is unfurled; from our Stakes of Zion to preach the

Ye nations now look up, Gospel have not studied it. They have

It waves to all the world." not taken advantage of the opportuni

Prayer by Elder Joseph W. McMurties afforded them in the Mutual Im

rin. provement Association, in the Sunday

“Glorious things of thee are spoken,

Zion, city of our God! school and in other organizations. I

He whose word cannot be broken, am sorry to say that some of them have

Chose thee for His own abode," been grossly neglected by their parents.

was sung by the choir. I have found Elders who did

ELDER ANTHON H. LUND. not believe in some of the principles of the Gospel. They said they

Benefit of Having the Living Oracles-- The Way to

the Tree of Life-The Oral and the Written had not been taught to them and they Word of God-Fulfillment of Ancient and had been neglected by their parents.

Modern Revelation-The Law of Tithing They had been engaged in herding I hope I shall be able to make myself sheep and other avocations, and had heard by this vast congregation, I not taken pains to prepare themselves. was very much interested in the reThe result was there was one principle marks of our brethren this forenoon, of the Gospel, at least, that they did and the subjects they touched upon are not understand, and consequently they of great value and importance to us as did not teach or defend it. To my mind a people. When Brother Cowley spoke this was a very sorrowful condition, he alluded to the blessings we have reand it cast reflection upon the parents ceived in having the living word of God and teachers of those Elders. I do not in our midst and the Prophet of God suppose that there is a mission upon

to lead us. It made me think, do we the earth that would not desire to have really appreciate this great blessing of more Elders than they now have, es- having inspired men in our midst to pecially Elders who are better qualified lead us? Do we give heed to their and more thoroughly indoctrinated in counsel and advice? The brethren have the principles of the Gospel and more dwelt upon the importance of paying thoroughly imbued with the inspira- heed unto the Lord's commandments tion of the Holy Ghost before they leave to His people. When He commands, their homes and shoulder the responsi- He desires His children to obey. Obedibility of carrying the message of eter- ence to the Father's will is a principle nal life to the nations of the earth. I that we must all learn. He has not know this is the case in the United left us in the dark in regard to what He States. I have recently had the privi- wants us to do. I believe the Latterlege of visiting with President Kelch day Saints have more faith and the conferences of the Northern States stronger testimony than any other peoMission, and I found the Elders labor- ple. They received this strong testiing earnestly to spread the Gospel mony when the hands of the servants among the people of that region.

of God were laid upon their heads. Brethren and sisters, let us heed the They received the Holy Ghost, which instructions that are given to us at this leads into all truth and makes known conference and endeavor to apply them the Father's will. So that, while we to our lives, that we may profit thereby. have inspired men in our midst to give

us the word of the Lord, we are not de


pendent upon that alone. The Lord has and greater, that it contains the word given unto us His Holy Spirit to wit- of God. We revere its contents, and we ness unto our spirits whether that are trying to carry them out in our which is given us is right or not. The lives. We have testimony of the truth Latter-day Saints who perform their of the Bible from other sources, which duty are not in the dark in regard to the world do not accept, however. But the counsel which they receive. When the book itself proves to us that it is it comes from the servants of God unto genuine. Its own prophecies, fulfilled them the Holy Spirit gives them a tes- since it was written, prove to us that timony that it is true.

it is a book containing the word of God. Lehi of old had a beautiful dream. Look at Daniel's prophecy. In what a He saw the world spread before him. nutshell is the history of the future He stood by a tree-the tree of life- portrayed there? We could not any enjoyed its precious fruit and saw how better describe it today, after we have multitudes were hurrying to get to that followed history down for more than tree. He saw that there was a mist two thousand years. Daniel's prophecame down that obscured the tree of cies are like history written beforelife from the view of the multitude. hand, showing that they were inspired. They wanted to reach it, but this dark- The words of Jesus have been fulfilled ness or mist prevented them from see- since they were written and given to ing it. The Lord, however, had pro

the world. In Matthew we have a clear vided means whereby they could reach prophecy concerning the Temple and it. There was a path leading to the the City of Jerusalem. How deeply I tree and at the side of it a rod of iron. felt impressed when I sat on Mount By taking hold of this and following

Olivet and looked down upon the Temit, although they were not able to see ple ground. I thought of the prediction the tree, but believing what had been that not one stone of that building told them, that this rod led to the tree should be left upon another. This was of life, many found it. But many

uttered when Jerusalem was flourishwould not take hold of the iron rod, and ing. It seemed an impossibility that they went astray and did not reach the such a phophecy could be fulfilled, but tree with its precious fruit. Lehi saw within forty years it came to pass. The also how that the greater number were Temple, built of large masses of rock, walking on the other side of a river, was entirely destroyed, the stones carwhich divided them from the tree of ried away and the Temple ground life. They went to a spacious building. plowed, so as to obliterate any trace of He saw his own children, Laman and the Temple. It was considered policy Lemuel, and He feared for them when by a Roman emperor to do this, but it he saw that they did not come where was the fulfillment of a prophecy of he was. His wife and his other child- Jesus. We look upon the Bible as conren, shared with him the blessing of taining the word of God written to partaking of the fruit of the tree of those of old, but much of it in a general life. This iron rod, it was explained, way applies to us. is the word of God. By taking hold We also believe the Book of Morof that we need not go astray. Al- mon to contain the word of God. We though we may have to look forward look at its contents and we find that it with the eye of faith, holding to the contains internal, evidences of its truth, iron rod we will be just as safe as if that it sets forth, which also show that there were no mist.

it is a divinely inspired book. Take We are blessed, brethren and sisters, the tenth chapter of second Nephi, and in having the word of God in our you will find that in that book, which midst; not only the written word, but was published to the world some also the living word of God. We are months before the Church of Jesus thankful that we have so much of the Christ was organized, prophecies conwritten word of God in


midst. cerning our time. It alludes to this While we do not look upon the Bible as land; it designates it as the land of many Protestants do, still we have just Zion and tells how the Gentiles shall as great reverence for it as they have. come and enjoy liberty here; that there We have just as great a testimony, shall be no king here, and that those who fight against Zion shall not suc- ing their homes and their relatives, ceed. The prediction that there shall and when they are well grounded in be no kings upon the land has been the faith and have helped to build up fulfilled even in our day. When I read the Church where they have received of Dom Pedro of Brazil having been the Gospel, we want them to gather dethroned, and the report went forth with us and to make a part of the great that being so popular he might again united Church of God. take the reigns of government over We have also the Book of Doctrine that state, I said that I did not believe and Covenants, which contains numerthat he would do so. I believed that ous prophecies that have already been the words uttered by Nephi, six hun- fulfilled. Take the 45th Section and dred years before Christ, would be ful- that alludes to the gathering. The filled, and that the time was hastening first year after the Church was organwhen there should not be any kings ized this revelation was given and it upon this land. When Louis Napoleon plainly tells us that the people should tried to establish an empire in Mexico gather from all the nations to this land, he miserably failed, and the man who and that no weapon formed against tried to become king there lost his life. Zion should prosper. Take the 49th

But I specially want to draw your at- Section, and what a plain prophecy it tention to the allusion to this being a contains! So early in our history we land of Zion. It here gives us an in- are told that Jacob should flourish on timation of the gathering; that people the mountains-alluding to the people should come from other nations, gather coming to the mountains and becoming to this land, establish a Zion and that a strong people here, as the Prophet the Lord should protect them so that Joseph prophesied twelve years after the enemies of Zion should not have the organization of the Church. power over her.. This was years be- These books we look upon as confore emigration to this country took taining the word of God to us. But place, but the prophecy has been ful- further, we believe that God has living filled. We look upon this as the land witnesses upon the earth; that He has of Zion, and the principle of gathering, a mouth-piece upon the earth to give though a unique one, has been one forth His words. Joseph Smith was a that has pervaded the teachings and Prophet of God. His teachings prove belief of the Latter-day Saints from that what he taught was divinely inthe beginning. Even before the Elders spired. Some of his prophecies have in their missionary labors have said been fulfilled, and others remain to be anything about a Zion, the spirit of God fulfilled. His predictions have not been has witnessed to the spirits of those guesswork. In 1832 he looked down and who have received the Gospel that saw the fate of the nation. Earlier than there would be a gathering, but that that he told us the fate of the Church. God would have a people of His own Now it is reasonable to suppose that if and that they would be gathered to one the Lord raised up a Prophet, that place. From the very beginning of the Prophet would say something in reGospel being sent to England we have gard to these two important thingsevidence to prove this. I have seen in the nation and the Church, and he did. my administrations how quickly this He told how the Church would be perspirit has taken possession of the secuted and driven, and that even the Saints. And while we do not urge blood of some should be spilt and gathering today, feeling that the work should cry unto Heaven against those will be strengthened by most of the who had shed it. He prophesied that Saints remaining in the branches for the Church should go to the Rocky a time and helping the Elders carry the Mountains, and he was so much imwarning message of the Gospel, yet pressed with the spirit of this that he the principle of gathering is just as appointed a committee to go and search true today as ever it has been. We for a place to locate the Saints. He feel, however, that it is better for did not live to see this accomplished, those who receive the Gospel abroad but we have seen this prophecy fulto become well grounded in the faith filled. In regard to the nation he plainbefore they make the sacrifice of leav- ly foretold where the Rebellion should

begin and what its results should be. to my mind. It is a saying of one of Every one can see plainly that part the prophets, written in the Bible, and of that revelation has been fulfilled it reads like this: and the other part remains to be ful

“Search me, O God, and know my filled. Take the successors of the

heart; try me, and know my thoughts; Prophet Joseph, and they have been in- “And see if there be any wicked way spired of the Lord to give His word in me, and lead me in the way ever

lasting.unto the people, and we have known that it has been the word of the Lord. This is a very important saying, and

Today, brethren and sisters, the word we may find profit in it by making it of the Lord to us through His Prophet applicable to ourselves. No doubt is that we should remember the law of many of this congregation have had tithing. It has been preached to you in testimonies of this work. They have many of your Stakes, and I am very seen the power of God made manifest. happy to see the response that you have The gifts and blessings of the Gosmade to the call of the servants of the pel which we have embraced have not Lord. I hope that this will not be

passed away from the Church. There a temporary effect, but that you will is in the Church all the gifts, blessings all see and appreciate the importance and graces of the Gospel, and they are of continually obeying the word of the made manifest in many instances Lord. Today we are walking in faith; among the Saints, and would be more that mist which Nephi saw lies around so had we more faith and exercised us, but we are shown the iron


more diligence in serving the Lord. Let us not let go of it and think that Every speaker doubtless that you will we can follow in another direction and

hear during this conference will have that we will get through any way. If something to say different from former you and I shall obtain the privilege of speakers. There are a variety of subeating of that precious fruit of the

jects in the Gospel that are of vast tree of life, we must huid to the iron

interest to us, and we come to Conferrod. When the servants of God give us ence from far and near to consider His word, let us cling to it; let us that which may be presented to us for obey His will, and we will have no

our guidance, for our profit, and for cause for regrets. In the book of Doc- our instruction in the future. Hence trine and Covenants we are taught the speakers do not confine themselves that no religion has salvation in it

entirely to the written word, but speak that does not ask for sacrifice. It

as they are moved upon by the Holy should not be a great sacrifice to us Ghost. While listening to my brethren to pay our tithing. Great blessings I have thought what an important posihave been promised those who will tion it is for one to occupy to stand obey this law. The experience of the before so many people and have their Saints has been that the Lord has ful

time and attention. Surely we ought to filled His promise in this regard. Be

be inspired of the Lord, so that our fore I close I wish to say to all: if you words may be instructive and interest. want your faith strengthened, if you ing to the people. We are here from want your testimony made clearer, pay different parts of the land, agreeable your tithing and the Lord through His

to the appointment of our conference, spirit will witness His approbation of and we are here to listen, to make your work. God bless you all. Amen.

notes and to write down what may be

said that is applicable to our case. ELDER MARRINER W. MERRILL.

The brethren who are our leaders, What the Word of the Lord Means to the Saints you have known for so many years that None are Exempt from the Law - The Bondage

no doubt you have implicit confidence of Debt should be Avoided The Burdens of the Church should be Decreased--Prosperity

in them. We all have implicit confican be Secured.

dence in the Presidency. We have This is a very solemn assembly, a known them for a great many years. very important meeting, and one where We knew our beloved President before we may consider our standing and fel- he was drowned in the Pacific ocean. lowship with each other and with the President Snow was drowned once; at Lord and sit in judgment upon our- least after he was taken out of the selves. A passage of scripture comes water, he was pronounced dead; but

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