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dinance was actually performed in Rus- This doctrine of salvation for the sia. The Apostle' Peter undertood the dead does not have the effect, as some principle of salvation for the dead, and say, to make men neglect the present our Savior understood it, and, I believe, opportunity, thinking that there will allaid it before the congregation in Naz- ways be a chance for them. For there areth. After he had been out teaching is punishment meted out to those who and returned to his home at Nazareth, reject the Gospel. It was a long time he was called upon to read from the for the antediluvians to wait before roll, as was the custom in their syna- the door of grace was opened unto gogues, and when it was handed to them. We endeavor to impress upon the him he read from the 61st chapter of hearts of men the necessity of repenting Isaiah. When I was in Nazareth I and of living according to the comvisited that synagogue (at least, they mandments of God in this life.

We tell us its is the same), and when I want all men to understand that there stood inside that old building, I won- is a law which must be obeyed by every dered where He had stood when He one who sliall enter the kingdom of spoke on that occasion, and I thought God. Jesus laid it down to Nicodemus of the glorious doctrine that He alluded when he said that no man can enter to-salvation for the dead. I wish to the kingdom of heaven, except he is read a few verses from this chapter: born of

the water and of the

spirit. The many millions that have "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord has anointed passed away without having obeyed me to preach good tidings unto the this ordinance, if they shall enter meek; he hath sent me to bind up the the kingdom of heaven, must be born broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the

of water and of the spirit, and as this prison to them that are bound;

cannot be done in the spirit world, God

| has provided that that ordinance may "To proclaim the acceptable year of

be performed for them here upon the the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn."

earth. We cannot avoid obedience to

this law and still be permitted to enter He read these verses, which describe the kingdom of God. Here is the His own mission. Among other things, mercy and grace of God manifested unHis mission, He tells us, was to liberate to His children, in that He has devised the captives and to open their prison means whereby they can receive the doors. This part of His mission He did blessings even after they have departed not fulll while living in the flesh, so from this life. You who have entered far as we have any account, but we the Temples of God and performed or

account that He fulfilled it dinances for your dead, know what a afterwards. Peter tells us that He glorious work it is. You have unselfpreached to the spirits in prison-those. ishly labored for your relatives, and that Job speaks of when he says that you have been blessed in doing so, for they should be brought forth out of the your testimonies have been strengthpit and out of their prison. Jesus went ened, and you have felt that you were aid opened their prison doors; He led in the presence of departed beings, and captivity captive; He brought joy to that you were bringing blessings unto the mony millions that were waiting in them. prison, for His coming, who were there The reason why I dwell on this subbecause at one time they had rejected ject this morning is because many of the Gospel. They belonged to the ante- the Saints who are imbued with a love diluvians, and when Noah preached the for their relatives, and who would like Gospel

to them they rejected him; to enter the Temples and do work for hence they had a long time to wait, but them, cannot do so because they have finally the joyful tidings came to their not their genealogy. Now, my brethprison bouse. Jesus went and preached ren and sisters, we want you to be dilithe Gospel to them, and salvation was gent in your search for genealogies. offered to them once more. They had For this is a day in which the hearts of learned by sad experience what it the children

turned
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the meant to reject the Gospel.

fathers. As soon as the Prophet Jo

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seph brought this doctrine before the that back in paying less for your names world and the necessity arose of and in having the chance to visit the searching for the fathers, the hearts of library and search the books that are the people were turned that way. The already on hand. All that is paid in will Lord worked on the hearts of men, gen- go toward increasing our library of genealogical societies sprang up every- ealogical works. I hope that this matwhere; men began to search for the ter will be remembered by the Saints. the names of their forefathers, and if you write to the Genealogical Socimany works have been published on ety at the Historian's office, you can this subject. Those who put forth these obtain all the information we can give efforts had no idea of salvation for the you and we will help you to get more. dead, but the work of these devoted

I want to say a few words in regard men has come to the Saints as a very

to records. We advise our missionaries great blessing. We want to gather up

to keep diaries on their missions and to all we can in this regard. Many of the jot down the events of their lives. These Saints are not acquainted, perhaps, with by and by will be very precious. Many the fact that we have a genealogical of our brethren from the early decades society in our midst. We have some

of the Church have kept records. We four hundred volumes on genealogies, would like to get hold of these dayand we want to get more. We would books at the Historian's office, so that like to get all that is published, both

if there is any new matter or anything in England and in this country, that

that might give a sidelight upon events can be of any aid to the Saints; and

already known, we inay obtain the inas the same spirit works upon the

formation, We have men at the office, hearts of men in Germany, Denmark

such as Andrew Jenson and others, who and other countries,

want to

are well acquainted with the events of gather the information collected

our Church history, and who can soon there. They are working now in those

gather out of such day-books things countries in this direction.

that are not known and that will be a In Denmark, Sweden and Norway it

help to

us.

We would not will be a difficult task to gather genealo

ask children who have possession gies, on account of the change that for

of their father's records to give merly took place in names, the children

them to the office; but if they would being called after the first name of the

lend them to us, we would gather from father. This changes the surname from

them what would be of use in our one generation to another, like it was

Church history. There may be some in olden times. In the Bible we read

who would like to have them deposited of Simon Bar-jona. "Bar"

in the Historian's office, and we would son-Simon Jonason. Hence it is hard

be glad to take them, mark them, and to trace the names of families in those keep them safely. We are a people that countries. Yet there are several ar

make history every day; but we want chives in Denmark where we can obtain

this history written by ourselves. When genealogy, and as the opportunity opens

you read history you find many a char. in Sweden and Norway we want to

acter that is described to you far difhave brethren there to work in this line.

ferent from

the reality, because We have agents in Germany and Swit

his history has been written by zerland, so that our German and Swiss

an enemy. Many of the sects that have brethren can be helped in getting names

sprung up since the days of the Aposof their relatives. The same may be said tles have been represented to us in a concerning New England. The society very unfavorable light, because their is trying to open communication with histories were written by their enemies. all the countries from where the Saints We do not want coming generations to have come. Now it costs a little to get read our history in a different light work of this kind done, and we would from the real truth. like our brethren who are interested in Before I sit down there is another obtaining genealogy to become mem- matter that I would like to lay before bers of the society. It requires only a our brethren. It is now time for school. small entrance fee. and you will get During the summer months our religion

means

as

classes have not been maintained, ex- been multiplied somewhat in the last cept in a few places. Now that the few years, and no doubt will be multischool year has commenced we hope plied more in the future as we advance that the superintendents and teachers and become better acquainted with the of religion classes will see to it that the Gospel. There are a great many of classes are again started and that re- our young people born and reared in newed interest is taken in this good these mountains who need our care and work. We have just issued a new edi- attention as well as that of their partion of outlines, explaining the religion ents. class movement and the procedure, and I have thought sometimes that many any of our superintendents or teachers fathers and mothers do not give that can obtain this by writing to Superin- attention to their children which they tendent Maeser. We hope that this ought to have. They turn them over work will not lag, but that we will all to the organizations of the Church; in see the necessity of giving our children the first place, to the Primary, and then that kind of education that they can- to other associations as they grow oldnot obtain in our district schools, and er; and they neglect them at home. I that we cannot give at home because have heard young men say that their we have not the time. This religion fathers never asked them to pray in the class movement has been established in family, and I have heard girls say the order that our children may be trained same. This shows a lack of attention religiously as well as mentally and on the part of parents. I am quite conphysically, and I trust that we will not fident that many of the organizations in neglect it. May God bless you, breth- the Church are neglected. Take for inren and sisters; may our conference be stance, the Teacher's quorum. Every a feast indeed unto all present, is my ward in the Church is supposed to have prayer, in the name of Jesus. Amen. efficient men to labor Teachers “My Shepherd is the Lord my God”

among the people. I believe that this was sung by Sister Luella Ferrin.

important organization in the ward is in many instances, materially neglected.

If the duties of Teachers were carried ELDER M. W. MERRILL.

out as the Lord designed they should Proper care of Childrer-The duties of Teachers- be,

we

would see a marked improveConsequences of neglecting the people-The ment in the midst of the peonle. These duty of paying tithing-Promise of a man like urto Moses.

Teachers are not confined to spiritual I have heard it remarked that it paid things. They can talk and advise about

In temporal things also.

many a good many people to come to confer

inence to hear the singing alone. But a

stances, however. Teachers' visits are great many things are treated upon in hurried over while in others they are put the general conference which supply off. If the Teacher is expected to visit many wants and answer many inquiries

once a month, he puts it off till the last among the Saints. We are here for day before the Bishop requires him to mutual improvement and for instruc- report, and then he hurries around and tions which will apply to us when we

does not take the time that ought to be get home. There is no doubt in my taken. I know whereof I speak in remind that if the Latter-day Saints gard to this matter, because in the throughout the Church were fully up early days I was trained under Brother to their duties we would have condi- Jedediah M. Grant. When the Teachers tions superior to what they are now.

in the district where he labored all did There is a laxity on the part of many

their duty, it was called a reformation. of the Latter-day Saints. I believe, We had quite a reformation in all the however, the Saints are improving. Still Church at that time. I remember there is room for more improvement in very distinctly in the ward where I the affairs of our lives. We have an lived, Brother Grant on one occasion organization in this Church which the called all the Teachers to the stand. We Lord has given us. It was not insti. met in the bowery, and had a board tuted by man, but by the inspiration of about sixteen feet long, put on the Holy Ghost. This organization has posts for the stand. There were twelve

some

see

men

of us in the ward, and we had to stand their duty in every ward, people would up there in a row. He wanted us all feel that they ought to go to meeting. to pray, each one in his turn, com- I have heard people say, “We have not mencing on the right and going to the seen a Teacher in our house for a year," left. Someone asked Brother Grant or for six months, as the case may be. afterward why he did that, and This is not as the Lord designed it and he replied that he wanted to there is some responsibility resting upwhether those young

on the presidents of Stakes and their had the spirit of prayer, so that he counselors in regard to this matter. could judge if they prayed in the house. The Lord gave a revelation to President holds of the Saints. I was quite a boy Taylor in his time on this subject. It at the time, and when it came to my does not matter how isolated the Saints: turn I hesitated a moment

or so. may live, they are in somebody's ward, Brother Grant happened to be kneel. and they should be sought after if it ing right behind me, and he turned takes two or three days to find them. around, grabbed me by the leg with his I can remember when Brother Preston hand and said, “Now, you pray." Well, was president of the Cache Stake and it nearly scared all the pray out of I was one of his counselors, it took us me. But it was an object lesson and one just one month to get around the Stake that was very profitable to me. How and visit the Saints, and then we could many of the Teachers who go into your not get to all the wards. The Stake at homes, gather the family together and that time ran from Logan to the Monpray with the family or ask some of the tana line. Stakes now are smaller, and family to pray? I question whether they are within the reach of every this is very strictly attended to. Now, President. The wards are within the it is the Teacher's duty to talk about reach of every Bishop, and the teachers all matters of interest to the Saints, can find the people, if they are so inconnected with the kingdom of God. It clined. Bishops and Presidents of Stakes is their business to inquire of the fam- should be aroused to the importance ily if they pay their tithes and offerings, of this matter, because when the people that the poor may be sustained and the are neglected, the Church is neglected, hands of the Bishop upheld. In going the poor are neglected, the tithes and into the congregations of the Saints it is offerings are neglected. Hence we canvery seldom that I hear an Elder pray not afford, as officers in the Church, to for the Bishop, or for his counselors, neglect our duty. If we do the Lord will or for the Teachers. Teachers need not hold us to account for it. discuss the condition of the weather, for I believe that a president of a Stake this is not part of their duty. They should have a meeting with his counshould go into the houses of the Saints selors at least every week. They should enjoying the Spirit of the Lord, that sit down together, sing and pray tothey may have a refreshing from the gether, and see what the Lord will Lord with that family. They go there suggest to be done in that Stake of to bless the family and to do them good, Zion. I think Apostle Lyman has adand in order to do this successfully vocated this idea. I do not know how they must concentrate their minds on far it is attended to, but I say to you, the object of their labor in the midst of my brethren, it ought to be attended to the people. By these means the Saints in every Stake of Zion. Then, followare instructed in their homes. When ing in the same line, every Bishwe find invalids in the households of ор in the Church should meet the Saints who are unable to attend the with his counselors and talk over matgatherings of the people we can com- ters pertaining to the ward. Just as fort and bless them. If this were car- sure as you do this, you will always ried out as the Lord has designed it, find something to talk about that will the people would become more and be of interest and benefit to the ward. more united, and they would be deter- If we do not come up to the expectamined to do their duty in paying their tions of the Presidency of the Church, tithes and offerings and in attending it is because we fail to some extent. their meetings. If the teachers did We may not fail as individuals, but we fail collectively. If we all did our duty connection with the other duties that the Church would be improved and the pertain to our calling. tithes and offerings would be increased. I pray that the Lord may bless the I understand they have increased; but Saints and fill all our hearts with love they have not increased enough yet, be- toward one another; that we may put cause the Saints throughout the Church away our bickerings and our faultdo not all pay their tithing. We call finding, and turn unto the Lord with upon all, whether in the Church or not, full purpose of heart, that He may ento pay their tithing. Some who are dow us richly with His Spirit; that our not in the Church will do it if you call mission on the earth may be filled up upon them and ask them. Represent to in usefulness, so that when we get them that they are living upon the land through it may be said of us, Well done of Zion and that this is the principle good and faithful ser sant, enter thou upon which the land is to be sanctified into the joy of thy Lord. God bless and to bring forth of its strength, and you. Amen. you would find that people who are not in the Church would pay their tithing,

ELDER JOHN W. TAYLOR. and it would be the means of bringing Binding, sealing and blessing power of the Priest

hood-Patriarchal office not always apprt ciatthem into the Church, because the

ed--Every authoritative change of officers Spirit of the Lord would work upon

should be cheerfully accepted-Example of

Hyrum Smith. them and He would manifest Himself to them by dream and by vision, until

My dear brethren and sisters: I humthey would see the propriety of joining bly pray that our Father who is in the Church.

Heaven will bless me with a portion of These are questions that have my at

His Holy Spirit this afternoon, that tention from time to time, and I think what I shall say may be in accordance they are of importance to the Church. with His mind and will. I feel to bear You will read it in the Doctrine and testimony to the truth of all that I Covenants that the Lord at some time have heard during this conference. I or other was going to raise up a man have felt so much like we always feel, like unto Moses, to lead the people out I suppose, at our conferences-that this of bondage. Well, that man may be is one of the best conferences that I President Snow, for aught I know. The have ever attended. Lord seems to be working upon his There is a question that I would like mind to try and lead His people out of to speak to you upon

a little. It bondage. President Snow is working seems to be very much in line with the at it all the time. He wants to get remarks of several of

previous the Church and the people out of bond speakers. To commence with, I desire age. Therefore, I say, the man like to make a quotation that was made by unto Moses may be President Snow, for Elder Clawson yesterday. It is the aught I know, I do not know who it words of our Lord and Savior to Peter, is. If it is not President Snow, it will (Matt. 16, 13-19.) the presiding Apostle, be some man a great deal like him, after Peter had received the revelation whom the Lord will raise

up

from God that Jesus was the Christ. natural way.

Jesus said: I was much delighted with the re

“Whom do men say that I, the Son marks of Brother Clawson and Brother of Man, am? Lund in regard to Temple work.

"And they said, some say that thou bear testimony that they are true. The

art John the Baptist; some Elias; and

others, Jeremiah, or one of the proLord manifsts Himself unto His Saints

phets. in the Temples. These manifestations "He saith unto them, but whom say are private. They

not talked ye that I am ? abroad, but many of the Latter-day

"And Simon Peter answered and said,

thou art the Christ, the Son of the Saints who have entered into these Living God. sacred places have had manifestations “And Jesus answered and said unto from God in approval of the work they him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona:

for flesh and blood hath not revealed were doing for their kindred dead. Let

it unto thee, but my Father which is ir us not neglect this important thing in heaven

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