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be obeyed, if we expect to reach the men who are Apostles? Not a word.. celestial glory. Besides these precious How is this determined then? It records that we have the Bible, the comes through the living oracles, the Book of Mormon, the Book of Doctrine authority that God has placed in His and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Church to
govern and dictate. Price-there must be some other power Of course, these books, I have among the people of God. These books said, are of inestimable value to us alone will never save this people. I ex- as a people, because they contain the pect some of you may be shocked at word of God. And that which is written. this statement. It is neverthe
agrees with that which is unwritten. less true. All these works, There is no clash; there never will be, divine as they are, pure as they are, because they
from the same cannot save this people. There must
source. They are both true, and there be something else; and God has placed is no conflict between two truths. That in His Church the living oracles, to
is our position. guide and govern the Church. We know
I think it is of great importance to us by experience that unless we had had
as a people to know what we shall do. the living oracles, we would have been
Are we content to aim for telestial in the worst possible position. For
glory. I never heard a prayer offered, instance, where is there a command
especially in the family circle, in which ment given concerning the migration
the family does not beseech God to give of the Latter-day Saints to the valleys
them celestial glory. Telestial glory of the mountains. Of course, the
is not in their thoughts. Terrestrial Prophet Joseph prophesied concerning it, but there was no command given. Gentiles, who have not faith enough to
glory may be all right for honorable The Lord, however, through His living
believe the Gospel and who do right oracles, revealed to the Church His
according to the best knowledge they will concerning it, and under the leadership of the living oracles the Church
have; but celestial glory is our aim-I came to these valleys. Almost every
perhaps should not say it is the aim, day we are doing acts under the direc
for sometimes it is not, but it is the
hope. If into tion of the living oracles which are es
family that had
just offered sentially necessary for the people of
prayer, and had God, but which are not commanded in
asked God to lead them into any of these books. There is nothing
the celestial kingdom,
angel foreshadowed in the records concerning
should enter and should say to them many acts that are performed from that their prayers were useless and that time to time by the direction of the
they would never attain unto celestial Lord through his living oracles. He glory, what a feeling would be produced has placed them in the Church to guide
in the breasts of that family! How sorthe Church. This book (pointing to
rowful and afflicted they would feel! the book of Doctrine and Covenants), Yet, as I have said, while it is the aim divine as it is, is insufficient. It re- of many, they do not act as if it were veals certain things, but does it reveal their true aim. They either misconceive the polity of the work? Does it reveal the nature of the duties they have to the mind and will of God concerning perform to attain to celestial glory, or His Church? Only so far as it goes. else they are very blind indeed. There must be a stream of living revel- I ask again, what is your aim, or my ation flowing from God to His servants aim? What do I desire? If I desire whom He has placed to preside over celestial glory, the highest law that God His Church. It was needed this after- has revealed I will be willing to obey, noon to fill
up the quorum of the and to observe every word that proTwelve. We had to know the mind and ceedeth from His mouth. I do not want will of the Lord concerning that im- to speak of myself, but if there is a law portant thing. Is there anything in that God has revealed and it is necesany of these books which
says that sary to be obeyed before celestial glory George Q. Cannon should be an Apostle,
be reached. I want to or Joseph F. Smith, or any of these know it and obey it. All that
O. this earth for brethren talk about their willingness is to get celestial glory. I do not want to lay down their lives for this Gospel; my second estate to be a failure, I but I have always been afraid to say want to keep it as valiantly and as much about this on my part, for fear if correctly as I hope I did my first es- I should be put to the test I might not tate. I believe with all my heart that be able to stand it. At the same time I kept my first estate. I believe that the desire in my heart, although I may Satan, with all his blandishments and not express it, is to do everything that sophistry, had not the power to induce God requires at my hands. I would me to follow him. Now I am here on like to be valiant enough to die if the the earth, and God has revealed to me time ever came that I had to die for it. why I am here. He wants me to be God help me at such an hour. I never true to Him in the midst of these trials yet have shrunk nor had fear in this and temptations, and in the midst of respect; but I do not know how soon the darkness that prevails. He wants I may, for I am a poor human being. me to be unswerving in my integrity But I rejoice in the Gospel, and I feel and in the keeping of His laws.
that if there is anything of earth that wants me to come back to Him as His the Lord has given me control of, I loyal, faithful, obedient child. He not would like to put it where He wants it. only wants me to do this, but He wants I want to help forward His work in all of us to do so; to say to Satan, We every possible way, not only by my will not be deceived by you, but we
means and my ability, but by whatever will endure all things for the sake of
I have; for I want celestial glory. I our Father and the glory that He has
crave that with all my heart. I feel as in store for us. This is my desire; though, with God's help, I would make and it is your desire, when you are any sacrifice to obtain it, and obey any aroused. You have shown it as far as law, be it ever so high, so far revealed. you have gone. But something comes We have not got all yet. I expect along that you hesitate about, and you higher laws will be revealed to us as say in effect, "that law is a little too
we ascend nearer and nearer to our high for me, my faith is not sufficient
Father in heaven. Therefore we should to obey it." We heard Brother Claw
prepare ourselves for this, and as fast son this morning repeat the expres
as we can be willing to obey the laws sions of some concerning the law of
that God reveals to us. You have heard tithing, and those expressions illustrate during this conference considerable on what I am now dwelling upon. A the subject of títhing. In one sense it commandment has been given, a law is a small matter to pay tithing. I conhas been proclaimed, and some have sider it like the A. B. C. of the Gospel. not seen the necessity of obeying it. The promises concerning it are great, They seem to be content with what and it is such an easy matter to give they have done. Brethren and sisters, one-tenth of all we have. Then why is when you know that your eternal exal- it dwelt upon so much during this contation depends upon obeying law, ference? Because this people called will you hesitate and say "I have not Latter-day Saints are defaultfaith enough for that; it's too high for ers, because they have utterly failed in me; it requires too great a sacrifice on keeping this law. It is just as necesmy part, and I cannot receive it; the sary that we should warn you about laws of the terrestrial kingdom
tithing as it would be to warn you more suited to my faith and
my de- about the necessity of the laying on of sires, and I am willing to be content hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost, if with that glory.” Will you, I repeat, you had not received that ordinance. If hesitate in rendering obedience, and this congregation had gone as far as argue thus to yourselves?
baptism and then had settled down and I want to bring this home
not desired the laying on of hands, we minds this afternoon, my brethren and would preach to you with all our might, sisters. Personally I have never and impress upon you the importance of felt to say what I would do in being obedient to that ordinance. And the midst of trial. I have heard you would not be surprised at that. If
you heard us talking to people who I hope that the Saints will take this were in that condition, you would say view of this law and understand that we were doing perfectly right in aright. What do I care, What does impressing them with the solemnity of President Snow care, what do any of us the holy ordinance of laying on of care, whether you pay money or not? hands, for they could not have the Holy We are able to live without getting Ghost without it. Now what shall be anything from you. I thank God that said of tithing? I say to you that in this is the condition of most of us, and your non-payment of tithing you have that we can live without being a burstopped your progress and
den to the people, and at the same time disobeyed a command of God just as do our share in helping the work along. much as if you had refused, after you It is not for this that we talk like we had been baptized, to have hands laid do, but it is because of the importance upon you; just as much as you would of it to you, so that you may carry this have done, after having received the out in your lives, and then get faith Gospel, had you refused to gather to enough to do something higher. It Zion; just as much as you would if you has required faith to obey some came to Zion and refused to go into the laws that have been revealed Temple and have saving ordinances ad- in the
past, and it
will require ministered to you there, such as the faith to obey other laws that will yet ordinance of marriage for time and be revealed. The heavens are full of eternity and other things. You may or truth and of everything that is good may not think as I do, but I know I and noble, and many things are rehave taken the correct position in this vealed to the servants of God which matter. Here we have had the word of they are commanded not to reveal to God through the Prophet Joseph for the people. Why? Because it would sixty-two years, and here President try their faith. Joseph had things reSnow, the man who now stands at the vealed to him that he did not make head, comes forward and tells the known. I heard him once say on the the Church that they are defaulters in stand, that if he were to tell what the this thing, that they have not obeyed Lord had told him, there were certain this commandment, and that God re- persons, and he mentioned their names quires obedience to it. Not only so, but
of whom was an Apostle, he tells us that we are in danger of be
that would go around the streets ing scourged of the Lord for this dis- of Nauvoo seeking his life. I was a boy obedience. I believe it with all my
at that time and I wondered what it heart. I believe that this con
could possibly be that would prompt sequence will follow
those men, one of them especially, to and that the anger of God
do such a thing. But there are things will be kindled against the people, un
which God reveals pertaining to the less they obey this law. It is in our
celestial glory and to the higher worlds path of progress, and is to be obeyed, that the people are not yet prepared to not evaded and taken advantage of.
receive. We will all have to grow in Men will take advantage of this law faith before these things can be made in many ways. They will pay a tithing
known. Paul, we are told, saw things that is not true. They will not do as that were unutterable. When the Lord Brother Joseph F. Smith said this visited the Nephites they had things morning his mother did, pick out the shown to them and their little children best; but they will pick out something spoke things which could not be writthat is practically worthless, as though ten. So it is now. The heavens are full they were making a bargain with a of knowledge. To God in his exalted hard man and glad to get the advantage condition, dwelling in the midst of eterof him. That is not the spirit of tithing. nal burnings, surrounded by concourses No blessing will attend the payment of of holy angels, we are by comparison tithing under such circumstances. Men almost insects in his presence. But we must feel that they are doing this to are his children. We have within us comply with the law of God, and that the elements of Deity in their inchoate for complying with this law they will state. to be developed as time passes on
think we have taken great stride
be quickened again, and it will be cewhen we have obeyed baptism and had lestialized and glorified, as we will be. hands laid upon us and received the We ought to be numbered among the Holy Ghost. We think, Oh! what a church of the first-born.
I pray God wonderful thing has come to us! Well, that this may be our happy lot; that it is wonderful. But, my brethren and we all may live so that we shall be sisters, that is just the beginning of counted among the members of the What there is in the future. The church of the first-born, and that we heavens are full of light and intelli- shall receive a fullnes of celestial glory; gence, and a little of it has been com- which I humbly ask, in the name of municated to us.
Jesus. Amen. We should live so as to keep in this The choir sang the anthem: path of progress, and not stop at tith
Heavenly Father we would worship ing, feeling that that is too great an thy Great Name this Hallowed Day. obstacle to get over, and therefore cease
The solo parts were rendered by Sisto progress. If you do, your faith will
ters Lizzie Thomas Edward and Mabel wither, the Spirit of God will withdraw
Cooper. from you, and you will be in the dark;
Benediction was pronounced by Elder and in the resurrection, as I have read, Francis M. Lyman. you will be quickened by that spirit a
Conference then adjourned for six portion of which you have had here. If
months. you have had only a portion of the terrestrial spirit, you will get a fullness of
The stenographic work in taking an it there. So with the telestial, and so
account of the proceedings of the Conwith the celestial. You are all going to
ference was done by Arthur Winter. be resurrected. The earth is going to
JOHN NICHOLSON, be resurrected. It will die; but it will
Clerk of Conference.
DESERET SUNDAY SCHOOL UNION.
Its Seini-Annual General Conference.
The general annual conference of the Owen, Jr., Seymour B. Young and Geo. Sunday schools of the Church of Jesus D. Pyper. Christ of Latter-day Saints was held General Treasurer George Reynolds at the Tabernacle, Salt Lake City, Sun- made a report of the nickel fund doday evening, April 8, 1900, at 7 o'clock. nation received during the last four There were present of the general su- years. perintendency, George Q. Cannon and A kindergarten class of eight little Karl G. Maeser, most of the members of girls from the Eleventh ward, under the the Deseret Sunday School Union
direction of Sister Louie B. Felt, sang Board, and aids, several of the Apos- two selections very sweetly, which were tles, and many Stake superintendents, greatly enjoyed by the audience. ward officers, and Sunday school work
GENERAL SUPERINTENDENT GEO. ers. The conference was opened by the
Q. CANNON. Tabernacle choir and congregation sing
From our statistical report it is seen ing, "Do What is Right."
number nearly 120,000, Prayer was offered by Elder George
in the aggregate, but if we Teasdale.
had all the reports in from The choir sang, “Prayer is the Soul's
the various schools there would sincere desire,"
be upwards of 121,000. The interest in General Secretary Horace S. Ensign
the Sunday schools is growing. Every called the roll, which was responded to
meeting that we have of this character by thirty-four Stakes.
shows the importance, the growing imThe secretary then read the annual
portance, of this institution among the financial and statistical report for year
people, and it is bearing abundant ending December 31st, 1899. After which
fruit. There are a great many reasons he presented the general Sunday school
why we should be zealous in this diauthorities, and they were sustained as
rection. The reports that come to us follows: Geo. Q. Cannon, general su- from the presidents of missions conperintendent Karl G. Maeser, second
cerning the ignorance of some of our assistant general superintendant; Hor
young men who are sent out to help ace S. Ensign, general secretary;
them ought to stir us all up to diligence George Reynolds, general treasurer; Leo
in imparting a knowledge of our prinHunsaker, assistant general secretary ciples to the rising generation. There is and stenographer.
a great field, notwithstanding we have As members of the Deseret Sunday labored for so many years in this diSchool Union board: George Q. Cannon, rection, there is a great need that the Karl G. Maeser, George Reynolds, children, the young people of this comThomas C. Griggs, Joseph W. Summer- munity, be instructed thoroughly in the hays. Levi W. Richards, Francis M. principles of our religion. I feel to conLyman, Heber J. Grant, Joseph M. Tan- gratulate you on your labors, and I can ner, George Teasdale, Hugh J. Cannon, say truly that there is much cause to Andrew Kimball, Joseph F. Smith and rejoice in what has been done. The John W. Taylor.
publications of the Sunday School As aids to the board: L. John Nut- I'nion are of such a character as to be tail, James W. Cre, John F. Bennett, of great benefit. I wish to call attention, John M. Mills,, W. B. Dougall, Wm. D. particularly, to the Leaflets. I do not