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gation, or anywhere else, who does not Every man that is born into the world need something of the Lord. Where will die. It matters not who he is, is there a soul upon the earth that does nor where he is, whether his birth be not need something that the Almighty among the rich and the noble, can give. In the first place, all that among the lowly and poor in the world, we have comes from him. It is by His his days are numbered with the Lord, providence that we exist on the earth. and in due time he will reach the end. It is by His kind mercy that we see We should think of this. Not that we and hear, that we have the power of should go about with heavy hearts or speech, and that

we possess intelli- with downcast countenances; not at all. gence, for as the prophet of old said, I rejoice that I am born to live, to die, “There is a spirit in man, and the in- and to live again. I thank God for spiration of the Almighty giveth them this intelligence. It gives me joy and understanding." Therefore the

very peace that the world cannot give, power of understanding that we possess neither can the world take it away. is the gift of God. In and of ourselves God has revealed this to me, in the

are but a lifeless lump of cla". Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know it to Life, intelligence, wisdom, judgment, be true. Therefore I have nothing to power to reason, all are the gifts of be sad over, nothing to make me sorGod to the children of men. He gives rowful. All that I have to do with us our physical strength as well as our in the world is calculated to buoy me mental powers. Every young man

up, to give me joy and peace, hope should feel from the depth of his heart and consolation in this present life, that he is indebted to Almighty God for and a glorious hope of salvation and his being and for every attribute that exaltation in the presence of my God he possesses which is in likeness of the in the world to come. I have no reaattributes of God. We should seek to son to mourn, not even at death. It is magnify the attributes that we possess. true I am weak enough to weep at We should honor God with our intelli- the death of my friends and kindred. gence, with our strength, with our I may shed tears when I see the griet understanding, with our wisdom, and of others. I have sympathy in my soul with all the power that we possess. We for the children of men. I can weep should seek to do good in the world. with them when they weep; I can re. This is our duty; and if a young man joice with them when they rejoice; but can only feel as all men should feel, I have no cause to mourn, nor to be he will find that it is an easy matter sad because death comes into the for him to bow down before the Lord world. I am speaking now of the temin humble prayer and seek unto him poral death, the death of the body. All for the aid, comfort, and inspiration fear of this death has been removed of His Holy Spirit, that he may not from the Latter-day Saints. They have be left entirely to himself, nor to the no dread of the temporal death, bewisdom and ways of the world. But as cause they know that as death came a rule, where young men have good upon them by the transgression of parents to provide for them, where Adam, so by the righteousness of Jesus they have good homes and their food Christ shall life come unto them, and and raiment are sure, they feel that though they die they shall live again. they are not dependent upon anybody, Possessing this knowledge, they have unless perchance they should be afflict- joy even in death, for they know that ed in some way, and then begin to real- they shall rise again and shall meet ize their weakness and dependence. again beyond the grave. They know But I want to say to you, my young that the spirit dies not at all; that it friends, that in the hour of your in- passes through no change, except the dependence, at the moment when you change from imprisonment in this morfeel the strongest, you should bear in tal clay to freedom and to the sphere mind that you are but human, the in which it acted before it came to breath of life is in your nostrils, and

this earth. We are begotten in the you are destined to pass from this similitude of Christ himself. We dwelt world through the portals of death. with the Father and with the Son in




the beginning, as the sons and daugh- to my prayer and devotion

He ters of God, and at the time appointed has made it clear to the understanding we came to this earth to take upon of all men who have sought diligently ourselves tabernacles, that we might to know of Him. We are not depenbecome conformed to the likeness and dent for this upon the written word, image of Jesus Christ and become like nor upon the knowledge possessed by him; that we might have a tabernacle the ancient Prophets and Apostles. We as He has a tabernacle; that we might depend only upon God as He reveals pass through death as He has passed Himself today and administers, unto through death; that we might rise men by the power of His Holy Spirit. again from the dead as He has risen And all men in the world, not only the from the dead. As He was the first Latter-day Saints, but those who have fruits of the resurrection of the dead, never embraced the Gospel, have the so shall we be the second fruits of the same privilege that we have, if they resurrection from the dead; for as He will take the course which God has came forth, so shall we come forth. marked out. It is their privilege to What is there therefore to be sad

to the knowledge of this truth about? What is there to make

and to understand these things for heavy of heart or sorrowful in this themselves. We have derived this matter? Nothing at all. Sorrowful, in- knowledge from the Lord, not from deed, to think that we shall live for- man. Man can not give this knowledge. ever! Is there any cause for sorrow I may tell you what I know, but that to know that we shall rise from the is not knowledge to you. If I have dead, and possess the same tabernacle learned something through prayer, supthat we have here in mortality? Is plication, and perseverance in seeking there cause for sorrow in this great, to know the truth, and I tell it to you, glorious Gospel truth that has been re- it will not be knowledge unto you. I vealed to us in this dispensation? Cer- can tell you how you can obtain it, tainly there can be no sorrow connected but I cannot give it to you. If we rewith a thought like this. There must ceive this knowledge, it must come be only joy connected with this know- from the Lord. He can touch your ledge-the joy that springs from the understandings and your spirits, ten thousand feelings and affections of that you shall comprehend perfectly the human soul; the joy that we feel and not be mistaken. But I cannot do in association with brethren, with that. You can obtain this knowledge wives and children, with fathers and through repentance, humility, and mothers, with brothers and sisters. All seeking the Lord with full purpose of these joyous thoughts spring up in our heart until you find Him. He is not souls at the thought of death and the afar off. It is not difficult to apresurrection. Wherein should we be proach Him, if we will only do it with sad or sorrowful? On the contrary, it a broken heart and a contrite spirit, is cause for joy unspeakable, and for as did Nephi of old. This was the way pure happiness. I cannot express the in which Joseph Smith, in his boyhood, joy I feel at the thought of meeting my approached Him. He went into the father, and my precious mother, who woods, knelt down, and in humility he gave me birth in the midst of persecu- sought earnestly to know which church tion and poverty, who bore me in her was acceptable to God. He received arms and was patient, forbearing, ten- an answer to his prayer, which he ofder and true during all my helpless fered from the depths of his heart, and moments in the world. The thought of he received it in a way that he did not meeting her, who can express the joy? expect. The thought of meeting my children My brethren and sisters, do not learn who have preceded me beyond the veil, to pray with your lips only. Do not and of meeting my kindred and my learn a prayer by heart, and say it friends, what happiness it affords! For every morning and evening. That is I know that I shall meet them there. something I dislike very much. It is God has shown me that this is true. true that a great many people fall into He has made it clear to me, in answer the rut of saying over a ceremonious

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prayer. They begin at a certain point, and without the power of redemption; and they touch at all the points along for they know not God nor His Gospel the road until they get to the winding In order that they may be redeemed up scene; and when they have done, I and saved from the spiritual death do not know whether the prayer has which has spread over the world like ascended beyond the ceiling of the room a pall, they must repent of their sins, or not. I rejoice in the truth. I thank and be baptized by one having authorGod for the testimony that I have re- ity, for the remission of their sins, that ceived of the Gospel. I thank God that they may be born of God. That is why I live, and that I shall die and that I we want these young men to go out inshall live again in spite of me. I can- to the world to preach the Gospel. not prevent that, I am bound to go While they themselves understand but through that ordeal.

little perhaps, the germ of life is in But I want to speak a word or two them. They have been born again, they in relation to another death, which is have received the gift of the Holy a more terrible death than that of the Ghost, and they have the authority of body. When Adam, our first parent, the holy Priesthood, by which they can partook of the forbidden fruit, trans- administer in the name of the Father, gressed the law of God, and became and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. subject unto Satan, he was banished Though they may know but little in the from the presence of God and was beginning, they can learn, and as they thrust out into outer spiritual darkness. learn they can preach, and as they have This was the first death. Yet living, he opportunity they can baptize for the was dead-dead to God, dead to light remission of sins. Therefore, we want and truth, dead spiritually; cast out them to do their duty at home. We from the presence of God; communica- want them above all things to be pure tion between the Father and the son cut in heart. We want our boys to be off. He was as absolutely thrust out without sin or blemish. We do not from the presence of God as was Satan want boys that have been in saloons, and the hosts that followed him. That that have been in houses of ill-fame, was spiritual death. But the Lord said that have been gamblers, that have that He would not suffer Adam nor his been drunkards, that have been inposterity to come to the temporal death famous in their lives-we do not want until they should have the means by such to go into the ministry of this holy which they might be redeemed from Gospel to represent the Son of the Livthe first death, which is spiritual. ing God and the power of redemption Therefore angels were sent unto Adam, to the world. We want young men that who taught him the Gospel and re- have been born or adopted in the covvealed to him the principle by which enant, that have been reared in purity, he could be redeemed from the first that have kept themselves unspotted death, and be brought back from ban- from the world, and can go into the naishment and outer darkness into the tions of the earth and say to men, "Folmarvelous light of the Gospel. He was low me, as I follow Christ." Then we taught faith, repentance and baptism would like to have them know how to for the remission of sins, in the name sing, and to pray. We expect them to of Jesus Christ, who should come in the be honest, virtuous, and faithful unto meridian of time and take away the

death to their covenants, to their brethsin of the world, and was thus given a ren, to their wives, to their fathers and chance to be redeemed from the spirit- mothers, to their brothers and sisters, ual death before he should die the tem- to themselves and to God. Where you poral death. Now, all the world today, get men like this to preach the Gospel I am sorry to say, with the exception of to the world, whether they know much a handful of people who have obeyed to begin with or not, the Lord will put the new and everlasting coverant, are His Spirit into their hearts, and He will suffering this spiritual death. They are crown them with intelligence and power cast out from the presence of God. They to save the souls of men. For the germ are without God, without Gospel truth, of life is in them. It has not been


vitiated or corrupted; it has not been to feed the poor, to clothe the naked, to driven away from them.

educate the orphan, and to take the God bless all Israel, and preserve the helpless and lift them up and put them life of our beloved President. May He in a position where they can contend in all him with wisdom, with understand- the world successfully for their living, ing, and with a knowledge of the neces- equally with those who have guardians sities of the whole people and of the and protectors to take care of them. cause of truth in the world, that he may May God bless Israel, and may peace be instrumental in the hands of Al- abide upon all the household of faith, mighty God of meeting every exigency is my prayer in the name of Jesus. of the Church and performing every

Amen. duty that may be required for the salvation of Israel and for the redemption PRESIDENT GEORGE Q. CANNON. and sanctification of this land, that it may be a land of Zion unto us. May

In Relation to Prayer. the blessing of life, peace, health and

I would like to add a few words in Intelligence rest down upon President

relation to prayer. The testimony that Cannon also, and upon the Apostles, one

President Smith has borne is very true and all of them, that they and the

and comes home to me with great Presidency may be united; that we may

force. It is a subject upon which I see eye to eye, and labor as one man

have had a good many thoughts. I for the salvation of souls, and especi- have talked to our people in various ally for the preservation and the integ- conferences concerning it, and I will rity of the household of faith. May

say here that we should give our wives God bless these men, and the Presidents and children the opportunity to pray of Stakes and their counselors, the High in the family circle. There are Courcils, the Bishops and their coun- who think that unless they pray the selors, and the Presidents of the High Lord does not hear the prayer, and Priests. Let me say here that we do they are in the habit of doing all the not want every “old fogey,” or any man praying in their families. I have known because he is an “old fogey," to be men who have got into such a habit, joined to the High Priests quorum.

President Smith has said, that We want men to be connected with the

prayer with them is only a form. There High Priests that have sense and in- is a story told of some boys who were telligence enough to govern, if they are outside a house while the man of the called upon to do so. The office of High house was praying. One of his sons Priest is the office of Presidency in the was among the number, but he was Church, and men who are High Priests not where he could hear as well as should be men possessing more wisdom, some of his companions; so he asked more intelligence, and more knowledge one of the boys where his father was as to how to govern and how to rule in at, and I believe they told him he was righteousness in the Church than any at Jerusalem and the gathering of the other class of people in it. We want Jews. "Oh!" said he, "we can go off good men to be High Priests, as well as for some time yet." He knew good men to be Seventies. Then we

prayer so well that he could tell how want good men to be Elders. May God long it would take to finish it. Now, bless the High Priests in their organiza- it is a delightful thing to hear little tions in Zion, and the Seventies, and children pray. They pray so innocentthe First Seven Presidents of the Seven- ly and simply; and I would rather hear ties. May He bless the Elders, and the a little child pray than I would some lesser Priesthood throughout the of the ceremonious and formal prayers. Church. May God bless the widows, Some men seem to think that they have and provide for them, through the got to tell the Lord all about it or He means that He Himself has appointed will not know; so they enter into every in the Church. May the people of God detail. Well, if the Spirit prompts that, remember their tithes and offerings, and it is all right; but it is good for us to obey the laws of God, that there may pray concisely. We should teach our be meat in the storehouse of the Lord, children to pray simply and naturally;


the to ask for that which they want. We The choir sang the anthem: should ask our wives and our daughters

Hosannah. to pray. Let them do some of the praying in the family. They will enjoy Benediction by Elder Josepn E. Tayit better, and they will come to pray- lor. ers more regularly, because they will Conference adjourned for six months. take an interest in them. Brethren, do not get the idea that the Lord will not hear your wives and daughters. He does hear them, and He hears our lit

The stenograph work in taking an actle children. I would give them the op

count of the proceedings in the Taberportunity as as they soon

nacle was done by Arthur Winter, and are

old enough, to ask a blessing, and to pray

in the Assembly Hall by Leo Hunsaker. around the family altar, and to ask

JOHN NICHOLSON, for the things that are in their hearts.

Clerk of Conference.

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