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ard, infuried to the breeze, should nev- by the sea heaving itself beyond its er be lowered in this world until the bounds, by wars and rumors of wars, uttermost parts of the earth should and by the contention and strife that liear the warning voice of a servant of will appear in various parts of the God. We may imagine sometimes that earth, that door after door will be we have accomplished the mission that opened, until the seed shall be sown and was assigned unto us; but we have only
the light of eternal truth be allowed touched the edges of the work. This
to shine in the dark places and the work is to become the joy of the whole
manifest wisdom of the glory of God earth. Providence has decreed it. No
be seen which shall change the hearts power can stay its progress. It may
of the people and lead them to a love meet with rebuffs; enemies may seek of the principles of eternal truth. to hedge its way; barriers may be
We are a people who believe in the thrown across its path; but they will continued extension of our doctrines be blown out of the way as the wind
among the people of the world. We left gathers the straws and carries them
the village to the eastward; we planted from place to place, or as the breezes
our standard in Ohio, in Missouri and gather the ocean waves and whip to
in Illinois; we have planted it beneath pieces that which our Father wishes to
the shades of these grand old moundestroy.
tains, our "friends" pushing us forward In order that the Latter-day Saints
to the accomplishment of our destiny, may fulfill the great destiny that God
not recognizing the fact, and we not has designed for them, it will require sensing it ourselves altogether, that it an earnest and a most devoted labor in
was the divine purpose to utilize us every given direction. We must exhibit for the regeneration and uplifting of our fidelity to him by the use of the tal.
the human race; that from the moun. ents which he has given us, looking to
tain sides we should proceed in every the betterment of everything that may
direction, looking to the well-being and come under our influence, and in ex
interest of our Father's children, hertending the principles of right, justice alding His truths among the people, and mercy as far as we may have the
and thereby freeing ourselves from that power so to do. No greater mercy can
responsibility which has been placed be extended to the human race than to
My brothers and my sisters, the field carry to them the eternal truths which our Father has revealed, which shall God's children are our brothers and
is before us, and that field is the earth. point to them the way of life and open up to them an understanding of sacred to us as our own rights. It is
our sisters, their rights should be as the ministry they should perform to
laid upon us to carry to them the make themselves acceptable to our Fa. knowledge that God is their Father and ther in heaven. We may have thought
our Father; that Jesus is the Redeemer that our work was nearly completed, in
of the world; that He has restored the asmuch as barriers seemed to be in our keys, opened the door, pointed out the way in some nations, and the nations road, and selected us who have bowed that had received us and given us so
to His shrine and recognized His holy liberally of their people now seem to
will, to become the fore-front of manbe but fields for the gleaning. We have kind in disseminating every principle perhaps forgotten that all this earth is that shall tend to the ennobling and upcovered with the sons and daughters of lifting of man. To this end you have our God, and that while the nature of pledged your faith, your lives, your the governments under which they live fortunes, your sacred honor; and to this or the prejudices in which they have end the men who have been selected to been indoctrinated shut their hearts in guide and counsel have directed their some measure to the advance of the energies in the past and will direct Gospel in their midst, our Father's pur- them in the future, never slackening pose in regard to them is that they shall until the voice of truth shall be heard have the privilege of hearing that mes- in every land and in every clime.
And he will so shape this earth, We have not, in many instances, as
fully prepared ourselves for the ac- pel shall manifest themselves in its oncomplishment of this duty as we should ward movement. have done. We have not secured unto May heaven's blessings and peace ourselves that species of education and abound with you; may we love the prepared ourselves in an understanding truth: may we love the principles of of the laws and customs of nations suf- liberty: may we love to extend those ficiently to fully qualify us for the ac- principles; and may we love the souls complishment of the work of sowing of men more than we love our own the seeds wherever opportunity might lives; utilize the talents the Father has offer. But the oportunities will be given us, and see that men shall learn given. Doors will be opened, light and of His ways and walk in His paths, is truth will be shed forth, the stand- mv prayer, in the name of Jesus. Amen. ard that our Father has thrown to the breeze will float in these lands and
ELDER B. F. JOHNSON. climes, and the truth will be made
My dear brethren and sisters, it is known, at least to such an extent as to
a pleasure that I did not expect, to free us from responsibility of their
have the privilege of standing here to blood, which would rest upon us if the bear my humble testimony to the truth effort were not made to give them the of the words this day spoken in your knowledge that our Father has given hearing-the truth of the great fact the Holy Phiesthood unto His children
that God has set His hand to the acand has turned the keys by which the complishment of the great purpose of dead millions shall be redeemed. He
gathering together all things in one purposes the opening of the door of
in Christ. I feel to express my gratievery land, that every human being tude that God has given me the privima” have the privilege of saying yes lege of living in this day of the harvest or no to His word.
time of the earth-a period toward While we speak thus upon these ques- which all energies, all desires and tions affecting the interests of our
hopes have been directed from the ear. fellow-men, we inust not forget the re- liest times. I know that God lives; I sponsibilities that surround us. Our know that Jesus Christ lives; I know eyes should be upon the standard, that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of watching its movements, and looking to
the Most High God. It is a pleasure the accomplishment of our Father's
to me to look around upon this vast purposes. It was His purpose that this assembly and say to you that this is nation of ours should become the leaven
my testimony, and that I know that the of liberty that should leaven the lump,
work in which we are engaged as Latuntil every doorway should be opened ter-day Saints, is the work of God. for the benefit and blessing of His
Amen. children. It is accomplishing its mis
The choir sang the anthem, “Light sion, and His blessing will abide with
and Truth." it so long as the prospects of liberty
Benediction by Elder Joseph W. Mc. and the opening of doors for His Gos- Murrin,
Sunday, Oct. 7th, 10 a. m.-The choir Singing by the choir: and congregation sang:
Prayer is the soul's sincere desire,
Uttered or unexpressed; The time is far spent, there is little re- The motion of a hidden fire, maining
That trembles in the breast, To publish glad tidings by sea and by land,
The General Authorities of the Church Then hasten ye heralds, go forward were presented by President George Q. proclaiming:
Cannon, for the votes of the assemRepent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
blage, as follows:
Lorenzo Snow, as Prophet, Seer and Prayer by Elder John Nicholson. Revelator and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Roumania B. Pratt, Lucy S. Cardon, all the world.
Mary Pitchforth, Elizabeth J. StevenGeorge Q. Cannon, as first counselor son, Aurilla Hatch, Martha B. Cannon, in the First Presidency.
Julina L. Smith, Rebecca Standring, Joseph F. Smith, as second counselor Emelia D. Madsen, Susan Grant, Harin the First Presidency.
riet E. Brown, Helena E. Madsen, As members of the council of the Hattie Brown, Emma Woodruff, Emily Twelve Apostles: Brigham Young, S. Richards, Ellis R. Shipp, Julia P. M. Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Farnsworth. George Teasdale, Heber J. Grant, John General Authorities of the Sunday W. Taylor, Marriner W. Merrill, Anthon schools: H. Lund, Matthias F. Cowley, Abraham George Q. Cannon, general superin0. Woodruff, Rudger Clawson and Reed tendent; Karl G. Maeser, first assistant Smoot.
general superintendent; Horace S. EnThe counselors in the First Presidency sign, general secretary; George Rey. and the Twelve Apostles as Prophets, nolds, general treasurer. Members of Seers and Revelators.
the Deseret Sunday School Union Patriarch to the Church, John Smith. Board: George Q. Cannon, Karl G.
First Seven Presidents of Seventies, Maeser, George Reynolds, Thomas C. Seymour B. Young, Christian D. Fjeld- Griggs, Joseph W. Summerhays, Levi sted, Brigham Henry Roberts, George W. Richards, Francis M. Lyman, Heber Reynolds, Jonathan G. Kimball, Rulon J. Grant, Joseph M. Tanner, George S. Wells and Joseph W. McMurrin. Teasdale, Hugh J. Cannon, Andrew
W. William B. Preston as presiding Bish- Kimball, Joseph F. Smith, John op, with Robert T. Burton and John Taylor, L. John Nuttall, James W. Ure, R. Winder as his first and second coun
John F. Bennett, John M. Mills, William selors.
D. Owen Seymour B. Young, George D. Anthon H. Lund as Church Historian Pyper, Henry Peterson. and general church recorder.
General authorities of the Young As trustee-in-trust for the body of
Men's Mutual Improvement associa
tions: religious worshippers know as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Lorenzo Snow, general superintendSaints, Lorenzo Snow.
ent; Joseph F. Smith, Heber J. Grant,
B. H. Roberts, assistants; Thomas Hull, As members of the general Church
Evan education, Lorenzo Snow, of
Stephens, music director; Horace S. George Q. Cannon, Karl G. Maeser,
Ensign, assistant music director, Willard Young, Anthon H. Lund, James
Board of Aids-Francis M. Lyman, Sharp.Joseph F. Smith,John Nicholson
John Henry Smith, Matthias F. Cowley, and George H. Brimhall.
Abraham O, Woodruff, J. Golden KimAs general superintendent of Church
ball, Junius F. Wells, Milton H. Hardy. schools, Karl G. Maeser.
Rodney C. Badger, Geo. H. Brimhall, As secretary of the general Church
Edw. H. Anderson, Douglas M. Todd, board of education, George Reynolds.
Nephi L. Morris, Willard Done. Le Roi As members of the board of examin
C. Snow, Frank Y. Taylor, Rudger ers, Karl G. Maeser, George H. Brim
Clawson, Rulon S. Wells, Jos. W. Mchall, Joshua H. Paul, James H. Linford
Murrin, Reed Smoot, Briant S. Hinckand John M. Mills.
ley, Moses W. Taylor. As secretary of the board of examin
General Authorities of the Young ers, John M. Mills,
Ladies' Mutual Improvement AssociaGeneral Authorities of the Relief So.
Elmina S. Taylor, president; Maria Y. Zina D. H. Young, president; Jane S.
Dougall, first counselor; Martha H. TinRichards, first vice president; Bath
gey, second counselor; Ann M. Cannon, sheba W. Smith, second vice president; secretary and treasurer; Joan Campbell, Sarah J. Cannon, third vice president; recording secretary. Emmeline B. Wells, secretary: M. Isa - Board of Aids--Adella W. Eardley, bella Horne, treasurer. Directors: Sarah Eddington, Agnes Campbell,
Lillie T. Freeze, Minnie J. Snow, May of the human family who contemplate Booth Talmage, Rose W. Bennett, the great work which this people have Emma Goddard, Alice K. Smith, Eliza undertaken to accomplish, under the in beth C. McCune, Ruth M. Fox, Julia M. spiration of the Holy Spirit, for the Brixen. Helen W. Woodruff, Augusta amelioration of the condition of manW. Grant, Mary A. Freeze, Susa kind. God has been kind to His sons Y. Gates.
and daughters, and especially so to General authorities of the Primary those who have taken upon them the associations:
name of Christ. True, we are a small Louie B. Felt, president; Lillie T. people; but if we do anything out of Freeze, first counselor; Josephine B. the ordinary it is heralded abroad to West, second counselor; May Anderson, all the nations of the earth, and we are secretary and treasurer; Olive Der- published from one end of this land to bidge, assistant secretary; Euphemia I. the other. Burnham, recording secretary.
I do not suppose that I could mention Board of Aids-Aurelia S. Rogers, the word “politics" in this congregation Lulu Greene Richards, Camilla C. Cobb, without arousing the ire of some on the Cornelia H. Clayton, Belle S. Ross, S. outside, and perhaps some on the inE. Hyde, Zaidee W. Miles,
side, and having to meet the remonOfficers of Religion Classes-Anthon
strance of manyof my friends. But there H. Lund, general superintendent. Karl are points of doctrine, if you choose to G. Maeser, assistant superintendent; call them so, which press upon me to Rudger Clawson, assistant superintend- that extent that I would rather mainent,
tain silence than to be Leader and Director of the Taberna- called
upon to speak and cle Choir-Evan Stephens, with Horace
not give them forth. Some things S. Ensign as his assistant; John J. Mc
have come to this earth that are paraClellan as organist, and all the mem
mount to all other considerations with bers of the choir.
The kingdom of God and His John Nicholson, as clerk of the gen- righteousness are beyond all other coneral conference,
siderations that have ever entered into All the voting was affirmatively unan
my heart. But what do these words imous.
To me they mean that I will
support the institutions that God sus. ELDER BRIGHAM YOUNG.
tajns; that I will sustain the organizaA paramount consideration-Good men should be tion which He has so many times testi. selected for office--One-sided education unsat
fied to me that He has inaugurated isfactory-Exhortation Stake Presidents and Bishops-A day of separation approaching.
for the accomplishment of the sal.
vation of his sons and daughters whom It is very gratifying to me to look
He has sent into this vast school of upon this vast concourse of people. The
experience. Will I serve God, building is crowded to its utmost capac- will I serve Mammon? is the question ity, and I rejoice in meeting so many of that arises in my breast, and I feel it my brethren and sisters who have as.
in my soul. sembled on this occasion to worship the If the hereafter is important to me, Lord our God. It is on occasions of this what is the condition of my soul today? kind that the power of the people is I may have to leave this state of exmanifest. When we come together istence any moment, or I may live for united in our hearts in prayer to Al
years. But what situation am I in? mighty God, there is a strength devel. How does the Almighty view me as a oped among the Latter-day Saints that man whom He has elected to bear the forces itself upon the notice of the holy vessels of the Lord, to receive His civilized world. There is a power Priesthood, and to assist in bringing to among the Saints, endowed as they are pass His righteous purposes in the lat. with the Spirit of God, that cannot be ter days? If I am not in a saved condiwitnessed in any other congregation on tion this moment, I am in a bad plight, the earth. It is not a loud and boister because I have no assurance that life ous demonstration, but it is a cuiet will be lengthened out to me. I believe
no friend in this world that stands be- that upon me, and because I would not tween me and my God. Then if I have vote for such men two or three years elected to follow Him, what will I do as ago, they said, “You are a mugwump." one who has taken upon him this re- Well, I would rather be a know-nothing sponsibility? I tell you one thing that than to subscribe to conditions which I will do: I will support good men in will make me responsible for the actions every position. I care not what prop- of the wicked. I will not do it, I do not osition may be submitted to me, I will care who it cuts, nor what the consesustain good men. For it is written, quences may be. I say it to the nation, “When the wicked rule, the people I say it to the world: As God lives, I mourn.” When the righteous rule, the will never support a man that I know people rejoice.
In every condition, is a wicked man, for any office. The spiritual and temporal, moral, political, word of the Prophet of God has been religious, and in every sense of the given to me, as it has to you, and we word, I stand before God as a man who have got to take cognizance of these has covenanted before Him and before things. His people, solemnly in sacred places, There is another subject-education. that I will sustain Him and His king- Educate our children! That is right and dom and people. I am not a covenant- good. A great share of our attention is breaker, unless I depart from the coun- given now to educating our youth-and sels of the Spirit of God within me. I how? Well, I would not have to go far seek to have that spirit constantly with in this State to find an example. In the me; and when there is any doubt I early days here we owned lots in the seek light from the source that He has ten-acre field, and in the five-acre plat, appointed to direct me in the things of and in the city plat, and we paid taxes life, here and hereafter.
on them. By and by harder times came, Am I talking about politics? No. taxes increased, and we sold the tenBut I tell you one thing that burns in acre lot to pay the taxes on the other. me, and I pray to God that it may Then the five-acre lots went, and by and never be extinguished. The last words by the city lots began to go. Here is a that our late President said to me were, case of a badly balanced estate-plenty "Sustain good men, and put good men of realty, but no cash to keep up the into office.” Good men, not drunkards, current expenses. That is the condition not immoral men. None of this class of in which our educational affairs are at individuals shall rule over the Latter- the present time. We educate one side day Saints with my consent, or by my of the individual, and the other side re. vote and acquiescence.
I ask you,
mains unimproved. Why do I say tha.. Latter-day Saints, and latter-day sin- Because all that goes to make the ners, men in the Church and men out foundation of life,
builds of the Church, shall we have men who up a country, and that develops the are just and upright, whether they are mines and the manufactures, is left out Mormons, Jews or Gentiles? Shall we of the education. It is all letters! have men who are honorable and will Educate a young man in mineralogy seek the interests of the honest of every in our schools, and what does he know? nation and creed? You know as well Take him into the field, where you think as I do, that the perpetuity of this peo- he will be useful, and you will find ple, the perpetuity of the nation, de- that one of the most unlearned of men pends upon the virtue that is developed who has made a little practical study in the midst of the people. It is a re- of this subject will go around him proach to any nation, or to any indi- dozen times a day. Why? Because vidual, to be unvirtuous. I feel for one the educated man cannot apply the that the day is come when the voice of knowledge he has received. Educate this people shall be raised for good men him as a surveyor. Well, he has to go to rule over us. What do I care about into the field to labor and practice for party feeling! A lot of men meet to- a long time before he becomes proficient gether and get up names, among them in that department. The education is some shyster that has foisted himself good, but where the school drops them into notice through
means we leave them, and the result is, they