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GENERAL CONFERENCE

OF

THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST

OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS.

FIRST DAY.

OPENING ADDRE88.

The Seventy-first Semi-Annual Con- PRESIDENT LORENZO SNOW. ference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opened in the Taber.

Glorious prospects of the faithful-Necessity for nacle, Salt Lake City, at 10 a. m., Oct.

personal knowledge as to their source-Phil5th, 1900:

osophy of trials-Care exercised in the selec

tion of presiding officers-Examples of Christ of the general authorities present

and Job. there were, of the First Presidency, Lorenzo Snow, George Q. Cannon and

Brethren and Sisters, I feel to rejoice Joseph F. Smith; of the quorum of the greatly in having this opportunity of Twelve Apostles-Brigham Young,

meeting with you this morning and to Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, deliberate upon all such things and

talk about them, as may pertain to our George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Anthon present condition and secure our future

When this Gospel-these H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham prospects. 0. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson and Reed principles which we have espousedSmoot; Patriarch John Smith; of the

came to our ears in the different coun

tries and nations where they found us, First Seven Presidents of SeventiesSeymour B. Young, C. D. Fjeldsted,

of course they opened up to us certain George Reynolds, Jonathan G. Kimball, Prospects-prospects that relate to the Rulon S. Wells and Joseph W. McMur

present time, and to present time matrin; of the Presiding Bishopric-William ters, of the highest consequence in reB. Preston, Robert T. Burton and John

lation to our temporal salvation; and R. Winder.

again, prospects in reference to the fu

ture; what should be the outcome of The conference opened by the choir

God; and congregation singing

keeping the commandments of

the hymn which begins:

what should follow; what should be the

results when we have accomplished Our God, we raise to Thee,

these things that are required of us; Thanks for Thy blessings free,

what would be the results in the next We here enjoy.

life. After the opening prayer, the choir

Now, so far as regards our temporal and congregation sang the hymn com- advantages and our temporal prospects, mencing:

they certainly must be far superior to

any that were before us before this Redeemer of Israel our only delight, Gospel reached us; before the offer of

On whom for a blessing, we call,
Dur shadow by day and our pillar by

salvation saluted our ears. In the days night,

of Noah the Gospel which we have esOur King, our Deliv'rer, our all! poused was proclaimed to the people of

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his generation, and the same prospects tations, perhaps, have been to some of as are presented to us were presented us of a nature that almost amounted to them, temporal advantages, temporal

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disposition to turn a way salvation, and spiritual exaltation and from the principles that we had reglory; and the circumstances were of ceived. The trials and temptations that character that every person that have been very great to many of our listened to the voice of Noah could re- people, and more or less, perhaps, to all ceive clear manifestations, satisfactory of us. The Lord seems to require some knowledge, that what he said came proof on our part, something to show from the Almighty. Now when we re- that He can depend upon us when He ceived these principles it was clear to us, wants us to accomplish certain things I presume, that we actually received in His interest. The reason is that the assurances, the most perfect

condition in which we will be placed in ances, that

what was said to us, the future, as time passes along, as was actually of the Lord, that the par- eternity approaches, and as we move ties that brought us these principles forward in eternity and along the line were actually inspired from the Most of our existence, we shall be placed in High. The nature and character of the certain conditions that require very work that each one would necessarily great sacrifice in the interests of huhave to perform, the circumstances manity, in the interests of the Spirit that would surround us and the trials of God, in the interest of His children and temptations to which we had to and our own children, in generations to be exposed, would require a perfect un- come, in eternity. Jesus Christ the Son derstanding, not through the teachings of God was once placed in a condition of these individuals that proclaimed to that it required the highest effort in us these principles, but actual mani- order to accomplish what was necesfestations and assurances that should sary for the salvation of millions of the come from the Lord, either by extra- children of God. It required the highest ordinary faith or by a perfect reception, effort and determination that had to be physical and spi ual, of the Holy exercised before the Son of God could Spirit, a baptism of the Holy Ghost, as pass through the ordeal, the sacrifice was promised in former days to those that was necessary. that should receive the Gospel.

I believe that his Father had eduI dare say that the people that are cated him, had passed him through before me this morning have learned scenes that were of very serious that it was an absolute necessity to character, of great trials, and he knew have a perfect understanding, and an just what he could depend upon from understanding that could only come di- the facts that were illustrated and rectly from the Lord. It would not be shown by his experience.

We place satisfactory simply to turn over the men here from time to time in positions leaves of the New Testament and to of presidents of Stakes, as Bishops of see that these principles were in ac- wards. We are called upon sometimes cordance with those preached by the to take into consideration whom we will Apostles of old, but to have this knowl. place in this Stake or that Stake of edge come directly to themselves from Zion to preside over us. Perhaps there the Lord. Now, I say this in order that are fourteen thousand members, Latif there are any Latter-day Saints, who ter-day Saints, in that Stake, or there have not advanced to this knowledge may be fifteen or twenty thousand, and and can not see and understand clearly the prosperity of the people of that that they have espoused the principles Stake, to a certain extent anyway, deof salvation and exaltation and glory, pends upon the qualification of that and that directly from the Lord, it is president. time they were about receiving this in- How

can we determine in orformation.

der to make the proper selection? We are not through with our labors How are we to determine so as to make yet, although we have got through a a wise selection, in placing the respongreat many of them that have been sibilities upon a man that we propose considerable of a trial to us, and temp- to take this position? The people of

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the Stake are greatly concerned; they I might go; I cannot go and leave my want a good man; they want a wise family very well." man; they want a man that by night Did he make these excuses, and how and by day will think how he can best has he been all along the path of his improve them, make them happy, place life for the past few years or for many them in circumstances that will be years as the case might be? We judge agreeable, and advance them. We look the man not always by his looks or aparound to find a man that we feel has pearance; not always by hearing him a thorough interest in the people, and preach a sermon; but we judge him by that is a wise and a good man, and it what he has done or failed to do in the is well that we should. That is our past. That is just the way the Lord business-to look after the interest of intends to do with you or the Saints, and to place such men be- exactly. We will be judged according fore them to look after their interests to what we have done or what we have as will be faithful in their calling and failed to have done all along the line of will be unselfish, and will not spend our experiences. When Jesus was their time in any other direction than placed in a condition where acting in that which pertains to the general ad- propriety or otherwise confronted him; vancement of those they are appointed when he saw before Him the cross and to look after. Is it possible that the immediate prospects of being placed we sometimes make a mistake and

upon it and of his undergoing those get the wrong man? Well

you

excruciating tortures that he had seen perhaps should be the judges.

nature But others experiencing, then his I can tell you one thing, surely, that we failed as it were and he said: Father use our best efforts to find the proper if it be possible that this experience or man. How do we do it? We send this cup pass from me, let it pass. somewhere about eighteen hundred That is the way he told the Lord. But missionaries to the nations of the earth. notwithsanding, he said:

If this can: We keep about that number of mission- not be done, Thy will be done, and not aries in the different nations. We ap- mine. So he was placed upon the cross Doint men here at home, we place re- and suffered that excruciating torture. sponsibilities upon them, large respon- Supposing that he had failed, the nasibilities. We look over the history of tions of the earth and the people of the these men. Perhaps this man was a Lord, his sons and daughters, would Bishop. Well, how did he act and per- have failed to be put into the posiform his duties as a Bishop? Did he tion of having the opportunity that you devote himself to the interest of the and I have today. They would have people of his ward or was he trying to failed for a long time, to say the least. make himself wealthy? Was his mind Of course the provisions would have devoted to saving what he been made and the work of the Alcould for himself and in en mighty would have been proceeded with, hancing his own individual in- but there would have been a halt there. terests and that of his

wife

and But the Lord knew just what he could children and neglecting the interest of depend upon, and therefore, he selected the people of his ward? How is it? that son of His,

Savior, Jesus inquire around. We

get the Christ, and he has wrought out that history of the man, his past experiences great work of redemption for the huHe has had several calls here and there. man family, the living and the dead. Did he answer those calls? Was he Now brethren and sisters, what have called as a missionary to leave his wife these principles we have espoused done and his children and go to the nations for us? Are you satisfied? I am, perto be gone two years or three years or fectly and fully satisfied. I have gone four years, as the case may be? And through a great many things that were did he go, or did he say: "Oh, no; I

very unpleasant, far from being agreewould like to go very well, but my cir- able, all along the line, and I do not cumstances are not quite so pleasing or know how much further or what else advantageous as they ought to be un- will be required of me of this characder such circumstances in order that ter; but I am satisfied with what the

our

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relationship through

our

Lord has done for me and what I ex- it has been a wonderful consolation to pect He will do in regard to my tem- the people of the Lord to read the hisporal affairs, temporal salvation, and tory of his experiences and his trials also in regard to the future.

and how well he passed through them. My hopes in reference to the future

The religion that we have received, life are supremely grand and glorious, and I try to keep these prospects

the principles of exaltation and glory bright continually; and that is the

that you and I have received, bring privilege and the dut» of every Latter

upon us persecution, or else they are day Saint. I suppose I am talking now

not those principles which we thought to some Latter-day Saints that have

they were. They bring upon us troubeen sorely tried and they have

ble upon the right hand and upon the thought sometimes, perhaps like the left, but we should seek to be calm and Savior felt, that he had no friends, cool as Job learned to be calm and cool that his friends had

and
all gone;
under

of the
circumstances

most everything was going wrong, and every- uphappy character. We should learn

to do this and there thing was disagreeable, and his circum

things stances were continuing to get worse

that are provided for us by which we and worse, and those that he depended

can learn this. Think now of how upon for assistance failed perhaps to

much worse you and I might be, and render the assistance expected, and all

then think of what superior blessings

we actually possess. We know that in that sort of thing. Likewise everything

the future after we sometimes becomes dark to

have passed us and

this life, we almost

then we

will forget the

have our wives and that we stand in to the Lord and be

our children

with us. We will have gin to feel as though it was not what we expected.

bodies glorified, made free from every I wonder if there are a few here with

sickness and distress, and rendered in the sound of my voice that have

most beautiful. There is nothing more feelings of this kind, like old Job had,

beautiful to look upon than a resur

rected man or woman. for instance.

There is nothA poor man who won

ing grander that I dered why his children were taken from

can imagine him; why his herds were destroyed

that a man can possess than a resurand why his houses, his dwelling, went

rected body. There is no Latter-day up in flames, and why he was left with

Saint within the sound of my voice but out anything. He formerly

that certainly has this prospect of com

was very wealthy man, then was left with

ing forth in the morning of the first out anything. Well, his friends came

resurrection and being glorified, exalted about him. They were supposed to be

in the presence of God, having the privfriends. They were friends formerly. ilege of talking with our Father as we They came about him and wanted to

talk with our earthly father. show him that these evils came upon What a glorious thing! You will him because he had failed to do his duty know no prison walls, your friends in the past; because he had committed turning away from you, your being dissome sin. That was the kind of ideas possessed of your property, being driven that they communicated to him. But from your home, being cast into prison, there was nothing of the kind. It was being defamed. These things do not not so. They were vastly mistaken. The hurt you one particle. They do not deLord had a certain position in which He stroy your prospects, which

are still sought to place Job in the future at glorious before you. And then we some future time when years and years should understand that the Lord has had rolled away perhaps, and he wanted provided, when the days of trouble come to try him. He wanted to educate him upon the nations, a place for you and so that he would not complain, no mat- me, and we will be preserved as Noah ter how illy he thought himself treated was preserved, not in an ark, but we by the Lord. That was a glorious trial will be preserved by going into these of Job's It has

down in his principles of union by which we can tory; his experiences and his trials, and accomplish the work of the Lord and

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