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the Lord brought him to life again and or three years ago on that point. He has made him mighty in the earth to said: “I have paid my tithing recently, declare His word unto the people. This and I have been prospered. The way is no vain thing; it is a reality. The is opening up and things are becoming Lord has a mouthpiece on the earth more easy with me." in the person of President Lorenzo I would not advise you, my brethren Snow. Many of the Saints have lately and sisters, to worry or to lose any heard his voice on a certain subject, sleep over anything, but go along in relative to the welfare of the people of

the even tenor of your way, do your God. The Lord spoke to him and he duty before the Lord and before your spoke to the people. When President family, and set an example that is Snow was inaugurated as President of worthy of imitation. A great many of the Church every one present at that

our people are in bondage. In other time felt a testimony from the Lord words, they are in debt. Their homes that he was the right man in the right

are mortgaged, their farms are mortplace. I want to bear testimony to you gaged. This is all wrong. We should that the Lord has spoken to President

not place ourselves in bondage. PerSnow in relation to the law of tithing. haps there are mitigating circumThe Lord has looked down upon the

stances in some cases and good reapeople and beheld their condition, and

sons why some people are involved; but seeing that they were straying to a

such cases are few. A great many certain extent from the laws of the people have entered into these obliLord, He brought this subject forth gations unwisely. They have spent unto us, and I bear record that it is

their means unwisely and have nothing from the Lord. It means, too, just ex

to show for it. We want to begin to actly what it says-that we must from

redeem ourselves; turn our faces to this time forth pay our tithes and of

the Lord and intreat the Lord about ferings to the Lord. Not half do it;

our affairs. There is no wrong in going but do it completely.

into our secret places and telling the I have had the experience of being a

Lord our circumstances, and if you Bishop about eighteen years in the

will do this, you will find relief. You Church, and the Bishops have to deal

will have the suggestions of the Spirit, with tithing matters. I can truthfully and ways will be opened up that you say, in looking over the history of my

will not have thought of. If you will ministration, as a Bishop, that there

pay your tithing honestly before the were very few people indeed who paid Lord, He will hear and answer your their tithing. I can call to mind a few prayers and the day will come when this that in my judgment paid their tithing veople will be redeemed and their in full, but they were very few in the mortgages will be lifted. For the LatWard where I presided. This is an

ter-day Saints are a good people and important matter, my brethren and sis

the Lord loves them. If we were not a ters. It applies to all of us. No man

good people, we would not have the or woman is exempt. I do not know promise of being forgiven. I think I of any members of the Church being have heard President Snow say that exempt from this law, even if he or

if we would do better now, the Lord she has to draw support from the would forgive us for the past. This is Church. The tithing is due on what

an intimation that the Lord loves His ever they draw. I say to you that if people, because there are many pure we will from this time on renew our

and devoted Latter-day Saints among diligence in regard to observing this them. Of course, we are not all what law, the Lord will redeem us, and, as we ought to be, but we may become Brother Lund said, our faith will be in- what we ought to be by turning our creased. You mark it, the people who attention to our duty in the callings of pay their tithing will have an increase the Priesthood. of faith and an increase of prosperity. The idea has been common in the past It is the shortest and easiest way to that the Church could do everything extricate ourselves from debt and to it could build every meeting house and redeem the mortgages on our homes. every tabernacle almost throughout the I heard a man bear record to me two land. Numerous applications




made to the Church, and in the good- people

whole are becoming ness and sympathy of the souls of the wealthier every year, getting better Presidency and brethren they have con- homes, better surroundings, better ceded to our wishes in many instances, meeting houses, better school houses and tens of thousands of dollars have and everything better. The blessings of been appropriated to the people that we the Lord are upon us, if we can only could have got along without. Now, I acknowledge the hand of the Lord in know a little about the affairs of the them. Church; not a great deal; but if you My brethren and sisters, I do not Bishops and Presidents of Stakes will want to weary you at this time, but I take my counsel, you will not ask the want to see the Saints prosper. I know Trustee-in-Trust for anything until his this work is true. I learned this man hands are relieved. We do not want years ago. I left the grave of In him weighed down with obligations. We father, the fireside of my mother, a want to hold up his hands; to lift the boy alone in the world, without a cent Church from under its obligations, and in my pocket, to associate myself with to become a free people. We want to the Latter-day Saints. Why? Because become lenders, and not borrowers, and I had a testimony from the Lord that we can do it, if we will set ourselves this work was true, that Joseph Smith to accomplish the work. The Lord does was a great Prophet of God, and that not require, nor never has required,

his brethren of the Twelve were great anything of us but what we can accom- men of God and Seers and Revelators. plish if we set our hearts to the work. The Church will never be left without We need to be very careful and very a Prophet nor without Seers and Reveeconomical in our own affairs, and we

lators. My life has not been all smooth will prosper in the land.

sailing. I have had the hard and the The people in the north, and perhapy rough times in the early days here, in the south, have met with some re

but I have had testimony upon testiverses this year on account of the frost mony that this work is from God. If destroying their crops to a certain ex- you do not know it is true, it is betent. I have heard it said that in one cause you have not sought as diliof the Stakes of Zion there is at least gently as you ought to do. Every ten thousand dollars worth of grain in

member of the Church may know that jured by the frost. A great many of

this is the work of God. Every young the brethren perhaps are more or less

man may know it, whether he goes on discouraged because of this.

a mission or stays at home, every to you brethren, be comforted, and be young woman may have divine evigood cheer. The hand of the Lord

dence from the Lord. You all may is in all these things and prosperity

know it, if you will seek for it earnestwill come to you. Your fields shall be

ly and devotedly. What greater bles. fruitful and the frost shall be stayed,

sing can we have than to be able to because of your diligence in serving the

give a reason for the hope that we Lord. He brings things upon is some

have. Whether we live or die, it mattimes to try our faith and our duvotion

ters not, so long as we are in the line to His work; but He will lift us up,

of duty, and so long as we can say:

know and we will be placed on a plane where

"Search me, O God, and

my we will have joy and consolation in ine heart; try me, and know my thoughts; goodness and mercy of the Lord to us.

and see if there be any wicked way in Who that has watched the course if events for the last forty or ifty years

May the Lord bless us and fill us with has not seen the hand of the Lord over

His power and manifest His blessings this people in these mountain Valleys,

unto us, that we may go home with the where, in early times, it was vrougnt spirit of this conference and disseminimpossible to raise grain or vegetables?

ate it throughout the land, that there These valleys have been made fruitful,

may be an awakening among the peothe elements have been tempered to the

ple, and that the Lord may approve of

us and our labors and bless us accordgood of the people, the blessings of the

Amen. Lord have been upon the land and the

ingly. God bless you.

We say





ELDER HEBER J. GRANT. After telling us to be anxiously engaged

in a good cause, and not to wait to be Effects Produced by the Lives of Great Characters -Blessings of God Secured by Obedience-When

commanded in all things, the Lord says: the Lord gives Commands He opens the way for

"Who am I that made man, saith the the Obedient to Fulfill them.

'Lord, that will hold him guiltless that I rejoice exceedingly at again having obeys not my commandments? the opportunity of meeting with the promised and have not fulfilled ?

"Who am I, saith the Lord, that have Latter-day Saints in General Con

“I command and a man obeys not, I ference. I have listened with a great revoke and they receive not the blesdeal of pleasure to the remarks that sing. have been made by the brethren who is not the work of the Lord, for His

"Then they say in their hearts, this have spoken, and I earnestly desire that promises are not fulfilled. But wo unto the time which I occupy may be for our such, for their reward Turkeun beneath, mutual benefit, to strengthen us in the

and not from above." faith of the Gospel, and to inspire us

I know scores of Latter-day Saints with a determination to press forward who have been commanded of the Lord in the discharge of the many duties and time and time again, but have failed to responsibilities resting upon

receive the blessings promised through members of the Church. We all, no the fulfillment of the commandments of doubt, look around in life and from our God, because they have obeyed not. Yet observation of men, or from our read- they have accused the Lord of failing to ing of the lives of those who have died, fulfill His promises made to those who form our ideals, and we try to live and obey His commandments. I have ever to be like those whom we admire. There known that those who pay not their is no character with which I have been tithing are the ones that criticise the familiar through my reading that has expenditure of the tithing. Those who inspired me more than has Nephi oi are approached for donations for laudaold. I can never read the life of that ble purposes, sometimes under the diman without being inspired with a de- rection of the Presidency of the Church, sire to be faithful, diligent and true to and who refuse to contribute, are the the Lord, that I may be abundantly ones that criticise the Presidency of blessed of the Lord, as was Nephi. If the Church and the Apostles for calling we all could be inspired with a deter- upon them for means. But I find that mination to live as this man lived, there the men who obey are those who testify is no question in my mind but we would that the promises of God are fulfilled. grow and increase in the Spirit of God, Therefore, it behooves each and every and in power and ability to do the will one of us to be true and energetic. of our Heavenly Father on the earth. I desire to read a few words from the Alma says that the Lord granteth un- writings of the Prophet Nephi. After to

according to their desires, hearing the testimony of his father, and whether they be for life or death, for after they had gone into the wilderness joy or remorse of conscience. As Lat- Nephi says: ter-day Saints, let us have a desire to

“16. And it came to pass that I Nephi, live lives of usefulness, and to be in being exceeding young, nevertheless struments in the hands of God of ac- being large in stature, and also having complishing much good.

great desires to know of the mysteries

of God, wherefore I did cry unto the I have read and spoken time and time Lord; and behold he did visit me, and again from the section of the Book of did soften my heart that I did believe Doctrine and Covenants from which

all the words which had been spoken Brother Woodruff read this morning. by my father, wherefore I did not rebel

against him like unto my brothers. I have felt a desire in my heart to be "17. And I spake unto Sam, making anxiously engaged in a good cause, known unto him the things which the and to bring to pass much righteous- Lord had manifested unto me by his

Holy Spirit. And it came to pass that ness of my own free will. I have en

he believed in my words; deavored to impress this also upon the "18. But behold Laman and Lemuel minds of those with whom I have been would not hearken unto my words; and laboring since being called to minister being grieved because of the hardness

of their hearts, I cried unto the Lord among the people. I desire to read a

for them. few words more from this same section. "19. And it came to pass that the Lord



spake unto me, saying, blessed art what sooner or later fulfilled that misthou, Nephi, because of thy faith, for sion. This is a testimony of the statethou hast sought me diligently, with

ment of Nephi: "For I know that the lowliness of heart. "20. And inasmuch as ye shall keep

Lord giveth no commandments unto the my commandments--"

children of men, save He shall prepare This is the point that I desire to im- a way for them that they may accompress upon your minds.

plish the tliing which He commandeth

them." Let us realize this and that the "And inasmuch as ye shall keep my

God commandments, ye shall prosper, and

keeping of the commandments of shall be led to a land of promise; yea, will bring to us the light and inspiraeven a land which I have prepared for

iion of His Spirit. Then the desire of you; yea, a land which is choice above all other lands."

our heaits will be to know the mind

and will of the Lord, and we will pray I say to the Latter-day Saints that

for strength and ability to carry it out, this last statement is one of the

thereby following in the footsteps of our testimonies of the truthfulness of

Lord and Master Jesus Christ. After this record, because this is a land

the sons of Lehi had gone up to try choice above all other lands, and

and get the plates and were driven God has blessed the people upon

back, and Nephi's brethren desired to this land. He has fulfilled the words

return to their father, Nephi said unto recorded in this book time and time

them. again, that those who should come up to

"That as the Lord liveth, and as we fight against the people of this land live, we will not go down unto our father should not prosper. After Nephi had in the wilderness, until we have accombeen thus abundantly blessed of

the plished the thing which the Lord hath

commanded us. Lord, when he returned to his father,

"Wherefore let us be faithful in keepwho had received command- ing the commandments of the Lord." ment from the Lord that his sons Here is the key: Nephi knew how should go back to Jerusalem for the to be successful. Let us therefore be brass plates, Laman and Lemuel faithful in keeping the commandments were murmuring against this command- of the Lord. ment. But these

the words of "Therefore let us go down to the land Nephi:

of our father's inheritance, for behold.

he left gold and silver and all manner "And it came to pass that I, Nephi,

of riches. And all this he hath done be. said unto my father, I will go and do

cause of the commandments of the the things which the Lord hath com

Lord." manded, for know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the chil

After they had been driven the second dren of men, save He shall prepare

time and Laban had stolen their gold a way for them that they may accom- and silver that they had offered him for plish the thing which he commandeth

the plates, Laman and Lemuel murthem.

"And it came to pass that when my mured again, and said that Laban could father had heard these words he was command his fifty and would slay them. exceeding glad, for he knew that I

And Nephi replied: had been blessed of the Lord.”

"Let us go up again unto Jerusalem, We will all be blessed of the Lord if and let us be faithful in keeping the we have this same spirit and realize

commandments of the Lord; for bethat no obstacles are insurmountable

hold he is mightier than all the earth,

then why not mightier than Laban and when God commands and we obey. I his fifty, yea, or even than his tens of heard Brother Lyman once remark in thousands." a meeting of the Quorum of the Apos- That is the kind of faith to have. Let tles, that he knew of no man who had us be faithful in keeping the commandever been blessed by one of the Quorum ments of God and then we know that of the Apostles or by the Presidency of we can win the battle, though we may the Church and had been sent out to be opposed by a man with his tens of fulfill a mission that had failed to do so. thousands. The final result was that There might be those whose hearts Nephi got the plates. We find recorded they did touch, but there were those here also that Nephi was commanded whose hearts could be reached. There of the Lord to build a vessel. His never was a member of the Quorum of brethren laughed at him when they the Apostles sent upon a mission, but saw he was sorrowful because they



refused to help him to build the vessel. of Doctrine and Covenants, the followNephi said to them;

ing: “Behold, my soul is rent with anguish "There is a law, irrevocably decreed because of you, and my heart is pained; in heaven before the foundation of this for I fear lest ye shall be cast off for- world, upon which all blessings are preever. Behold, I am full of the Spirit dicated: of God, insomuch that my frame has no “21. And when we obtain any blessing strength.”

from God, it is by obedience to that law Nephi continues:

upon which it is predicated." “And now it came to pass that when

I bear witness to you, as an Apostle I had spoken these words, they were

of the Lord Jesus Christ, that material angry with me and were desirous to and spiritual prosperity is predicated throw me into the depths of the sea;

upon the fulfillment of the duties and and as they came forth to lay their hands upon me, I spake unto them, say

responsibilities that rest upon us ing: In the name of the Almighty God, Latter-day Saints. I have rejoiced exI command you that ye touch me not, ceedingly that the debts which the peofor I am filled with the power of God even unto the consuming of my flesh;

ple owe to the Lord in tithing have been and whoso shall lay their hands upon

forgiven by the Prophet of God. But me, shall wither even as a dried reed; I want to say to those who are able to and he shall be as naught before the

pay those debts, it will be a great deal power of God, for God shall smite him. “And it came to pass that I, Nephi,

better for them if they will do so, notsaid unto them, that they should mur- withstanding they have been forgiven. mur no more against their father;

If the Lord will help me, I neither should they withhold their labor

propose to from me, for God had commanded me pay every debt that I owe in the world. that I should build a ship."

I propose with the help of the Lord to On another occassion when Nephi be true to my fellowmen in fulfilling was in affliction, having been bound by every obligation that I have entered in. his brethren on the ship, and they un

to with them. But a bove all and bebound him because they were afraid of yond all, I propose to fulfill my obligathe storm. Nephi said:

tion, to the best of my ability, to God “Wherefore they came unto me, and

my Heavenly Father. I have been ridiloosed the bands which were upon my

culed in the public prints because I said wrists; and behold they had swollen that a man's duty was to pay his debts exceedingly; and also mine ankles were to the Lord if he did not pay his debts much swollen, and great was the sore

to his fellowman. I repeat that. God ness thereof.

“Nevertheless I did look unto my God, my Heavenly Father has blessed me and I did praise Him all the day long; with a knowledge of the Gospel. I do and I did not murmur against the Lord, know that God lives; because of mine afflictions."

I do know that

Jesus is the Christ; I do know that We find here a man of faith; a man

Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God; who submits to affliction without mur

I do know that Lorenzo Snow is muring. In all his history we find that Prophet of God; I know that God loves he followed the commandments of the

me; that He blesses me; that I am one Lord. The Lord said to him in the be.

of His children; that I am under obliginning that if he followed His

gations to Him; and that all I have commandments he should be prospered

on earth, all that I will ever receive in the land, and he was prospered. I wish here or hereafter, I am indebted to Him to bear my testimony to the Latter-day for it. Therefore, I say, shall I not fulSaints that all of us who will obey the fill the duties and obligations that I commandments of God will be pros- owe to niy Creator and loving Parent pered in the land. Sacrifice doth bring before I full my obligations to my felforth the blessings of heaven. I bear lowman. Has any man ever loaned my testimony to the truth of what

me money because he loved me? No; he Brother Lund has said today, that if has loaned it to me because he wanted the people will pay their tithes and of

his interest. With the help of the Lord ferings, they will not only be blessed in I propose to keep the commandments their material affairs, but they will be of the Lord, and then I do know that abundantly blessed with increased out. I shall be able to pay all that I owe; pouring of the Spirit of the Lord. We because I know that God blesses those find recorded in Section 130 of the book who keep His commandments. I know

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