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have entered into covenant with the thing said to the missionaries. A good Lord to serve Him and to keep His many things have been said regarding commandments, that the keeping of His the teaching of the Gospel and the send. commandments is the greatest desire ing of men abroad to lift up their testi. that we have, and that we have no monies in defense of the truth; and it other God before the Lord, our falls to my lot occasionally, in fact quite God; that we have not set our af- often, to travel among the people and fections upon any other thing, but to associate with missionaries and to that we have an eye single to the keep- be in the company of men who have reing of the commandments of the Lord ceived authority to preach the Gospel, and a determination to sustain and up- and whose special calling it is to adhold His Priesthood. I take it that this minister words of salvation to the nais a very grave responsibility, and that tions, as they are directed by the men and women who have entered in- Twelve Apostles. I often listen to the to covenant with the Lord should ex- testimonies of returned missionaries. amine themselves and seek to put I have met a number during this conthemselves in such a condition that ference, and their faces have been they would have the Spirit of the Lord, aglow with joy and happiness and with that when we hear the voice of the testimony concerning the work of the Good Shepherd we will be able to un- Lord, and they feel that they have derstand it, and have a disposition to spent good and a profitable time while be in line with the authority that God they have been away from home acting has upon the earth.

as ambassadors of the

Lord Jesus The rights, independence and liberty Christ. And they have spent a profit. of no man can be infringed upon in the able time, have been filled with the keeping of the commandments of God. power of God, and have been instrưWe hear when we are away from home ments in the hands of the Lord of acas missionaries among the nations complishing a great deal of good. They many things concerning the bondage of have removed prejudice from the minds the people, that we are priest-ridden, of the people, through the blessings of and that we are not allowed to do the the Lord. Others have been converted things that we desire to do; but we

to the truth, and have been made to know by our own experiences that know, by the Spirit of God, that mesthis is not the case. I know as an in

sengers of salvation, holding divine dividual, having been born and reared authority, have ministered in their in the midst of this people, that no man, midst. It is a good thing to fill a misno authority, no priest, or apostle, or sion. It is a good thing to have it to our president has ever attempted in the credit that we have gone abroad in the slightest degree to interfere with the world and that we have returned in liberty that God has given me. I have honor without bringing disgrace upon had great liberty in


our name, upon the name of our parmidst of the Latter-day Saints ents, or upon the name of the Church as any man could possibly enjoy upon

of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. the face of the earth. When I bear

But the performance of a mission to this testimony I realize and understand the nations is a small thing in the that in this great congregation of winning of the race upon which we are people every man and every now set out for eternal life. Man: a woman who has received the Gos

man returns from a mission who has pel and who is acquainted with


valiantly maintained his position, who spirit and doings of the wonderful work

has stood up in the presence of opposin which we are engaged know that ir: multitudes and with the power of what I say is true. You all know it, be- God resting upon him has borne tescause you have all had the same experi- timony to the truth of the glorious Gosence, every member of the Church del, and his words have pierced the knows that we are a free people.

hearts and intellects of the people, and I have thought in listening to the re- they have been made to feel that they marks that have been made by some of were listening to the truth. Many a the brethren, that there might be some- man has filled a mission of this charac


ter and has done honor to the cause counsel, that you will be zealous in car. that he represented, but has returned rying out counsel, and that you will hone feeling, in a little while, that he keep yourself clean and

pure, and ought to rest from the ministry that sweet before the world. What is the someone else should take up the labors result? Men return who have never here at home. I desire to lift my warn- had experience before, and they are in: voice to returned missionaries. I filled with the power of God, filled with desire to plead with them in the name the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Lord, as I feel it to be my duty to and it is this testimony and this vigor, do, and that it pertains to the respon- and this life that I feel anxious that the sibilities that rest upon me to lift up brethren should preserve within them my voice and cry aloud to the mission- after having returned home. It can be aries, the Seventies of the Church of preserved, it can be maintained Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, that through their entire lives, if they will they shall not seek for rest, that they

only return with a determination to shall not feel that they have accom

hearken to counsel and be obedient to plished their salvation, or that they are those who preside in the Church and be secure, merely because they have filled diligent in the discharge of the duties a mission in the preaching of the Gos

that rest upon them. In traveling and pel. I feel when I greet a young Elder visiting among the people, when talkreturnin: from abroad that the grav

ing to the Bishops about returned est period of his life stands before him

missionaries with whom I have been acwhen he returns, when there is fear quainted, asking how they were doing that he may become a little careless,

in their callings at home, the answer that he may have a disposition to seek has often been given, “they are not doafter the rest that many have sought ing anything." Brother So and So after, and in seeking after that

“will not act as a Teacher, he will not rest they have found not only rest

act in the Sunday school, he will not but rust. They are becoming rusty in

act in the Improvement associations. the service of the Lord, and

He returned and bore us a good testithey are not willing to labor at

mony, but we have seen but little of home as they did abroad. What a glor

him since that time." ivus feeling we have had, when we have

I plead, in the name of the Lord, with

Great and glorious opporgone away from our homes, impelled by young men. the spirit of truth, to preach the Gos

tunities are before them. This is an pel among the children of men. I sup

age of opportunities for young pose that every missionary that re

The Priesthood, the Apostles, the Pressponds to an appointment, goes away

idency of the Church, are conferring from his family and friends with

honors upon the young men of Israel, determination in


heart paths are opening on every hand in that he will do honor to his call

which we can labor, opportunities are ing. I have met hundreds of mission- being made everywhere wherein we can aries in the old country, sometimes

work for the advancement of the work boys who have been indifferent to the

of the Lord and for the salvation of responsibilities of the Priesthood at

the souls of men and women here at home; but I do not now recall having home. When we are abroad we someever met one in all the hundreds with

times travel ten miles to attend a meetwhom I have been brought in contact

ing, and would a hundred miles, if who reached the missionary field with need be, that we may meet with some a feeling of indifference, with a disposi- one that would be willing to listen to tion to oppose authority, with a feeling the testimony we have concerning the in his heart that he would question the Cospel, that we might explain the princounsels of the men who presided over ciples of the Gospel. And how our him. You who have filled missions hearts are aglow, and we are filled with know that you go into the world with the fire of the Holy Ghost when men these thoughts uppermost from the very listen, when we see that they are connioment that you respond, that you will vinced of the truth. What a dreadful be obedient, that you will hearken to thir: it is after being abroad and by




ing filled with this happiness, that we the counsel of the Lord, and honor the should return home to smoulder away Lord by the observance of His laws and die, become indifferent and cold to upon the earth and by sustaining the the duties that rest upon us! I plead authority of His holy Priesthood. We with Bishops, and I plead with the cannot sustain the Priesthood by the presidents of quorums and with the mere lifting of our hands. The man presidents of Stakes, to throw their who sustains the Priesthood is the man arms around returning missionaries, who responds to the appointments that young men; to point out the troubles are given him, the man who says "yes" that are in their paths, the temptations to the Bishop, and to the president of that will beset them, the fearfulness of the Stake, the man who responds in his turning away from the path of duty and quorum. The man who is always work. of becoming careless and neglectful og willingly and dutifully, is the man concerning the things of God. We who sustains the authority of God. ought not to return and feel that we There is no other way to sustain that have given to the Lord two years or authority. more of our

time, and that now May the Lord help us to seek after we will be justified in seeking His spirit and to be filled with His after the things

the world power, that we may magnify our callto the exclusion of the things per ings and accomplish much righteoustainins to our duties. But we should ness, is my prayer through Jesus Christ. be more anxious, if anything, when Amen. we return to set a goodly example before the people, that when the young men and young women, who have

ELDER JONATHAN G. KIMBALL. known us when we have not been so My brethren and sisters: One thing careful and so diligent, look upon us in a I specially like about our conference is year after our return-in ten years after the plain talk that has been given to our return-they will say, “Surely the the Latter-day Saints. I realize that power of God came to that man. The

some of you have fairly crawled in your testimony of the Lord Jesus was given seats for fear the brethren would say him, and when he returned and bore something. It is a spirit that is creeprecord that he knew this work to be ing into the hearts of our people. My true, it was a solemn truth, and God father once in preaching prophesied had given him that assurance, for his that goods would be as cheap here as whole life and his conduct before us, they were in the streets of New York; ever since he has returned, has testified and after the spirit subsided a little, he all the time that he had a knowledge of turned to President Young and said, the truth of the Gospel." And we should "Well, President Young, I have done it not have to bear the responsibility of


President Young said, "Never testifying to the truth before the peo- mind, Brother Kimball, let it go." He ple and then turning away from the didn't believe it either. But it came path of duty.

to pass. I want to ask you Latter-day God bless the missionaries at home Saints if, when men are inspired of God and abroad wherever they may be; and you exercise faith for them, as you bless those who have returned and who have done in this conference, they are are returning, that they may be filled to be always held accountable for what with the missionary spirit at home, for they say under the influence of the Holy there is need of the missionary spirit Spirit. It is bad enough to be held in all the wards and stakes of Zion. personally responsible when a man is There is need at home for men who are not under the influence of the Spirit. I devoted to the work of the Lord, and have been fearful that some of us have who feel that it is of the utmost import- become cowardly in our hearts in advoance all the time. It is a glorious cating the principles of the doctrines of thought that we are given to the Lord, Christ. I remember in laboring among that we are given to the accomplishment the Elders in the Southern States, the of His work, and that we have the cour- question came up, shall we go when age and determination to hearken to they tell us to go? Well, I said, if you got

do you will all be home in three weeks. inspiration that has actuated me during You ought to go when you feel im- this conference. pressed by the Spirit to go, and when

It is getting so a man dares not to you are not you are to hold the fort

open his mouth for fear he will say and let God take care of you. That

something for fear he will tread on is the kind of doctrine I believe in; I what they term holy ground. I think don't know whether I live up to it or

we ought to be wise, and I think that rot. I have a little boy at home. I didn't know how to train children, and Latter-day Saints ought to keep their

during the times that are coming the when he was a little fellow we made feet warm and their heads cool. him give up to every little child that

I remember a time not long ago, during came in to visit us, till today

our troublous times, a very nice, promihe hasn't grit enough to

nent Gentile-he was very much aroused take his own part, and we have him

and excited about matters—who raised come home crying because somebody

his hand in indignation (I guess he has whipped him. And now I have to go to work and train that boy to fight, like a lion: “Keep your hands off from

thought I would run), and he roared if he ever gets on in this world. I have

the State, and you see to it that your another little boy growing up, and I

authorities do the same." I said look tell you I don't bother myself about

here and I wasn't very cool eitherthese things. I believe in being loyal I don't think I had an overload of the and true to the Church of Jesus Christ Spirit myself. I said, look here, my of Latter-day Saints, and I believe in

friend, you were not born here like I doing right. And I believe in men being

was, in these mountains. I was brought under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit,

up in the mountains. I don't know and women, too. I don't know that I can

anything else but liberty, like the birds tell you how I feel during this confer

that fly in the air, and I love this ence, any better than to tell you how

country because my fathers and my noI felt when I was down to the Chica

ble loved ones are buried over here on maugua Park, when they were mobil

the hill, over sixty of them. I love this izing soldiers for the war. They mo

country because I have been with my bilized forty thousand soldiers at that

father as a child when


walked place, and one day I saw there nine

around the site of this great tabernacle thousand soldiers under dress parade,

before it was built. My father's oxen and I heard the martial music, and I

and his mules and his wagons hauled saw them pass under the great flag of

rock for that temple when I was the United States, and every one of

child. My father and my mother, whom them doffed his hat when he came to

I loved and venerated, came to this the flag. My blood coursed rapidly country as pioneers. I can't tell you through my veins, and I felt as if I was

about our temples, about our worship, eight or ten feet tall, and that I would

about our marriages, about the Holy like to go to the war and see how it

Ghost, about the Priesthood-I can't felt. I don't know how long the feel- tell you, no man can tell you, unless ing would have lasted, but I never felt you have the Spirit of God; but I want better in my life. Ι never felt

to tell you now, I shall not be cowardly more inspired with that kind of inspira- and stop my tongue, but you must keep tion and loyalty to the United States your hands off the Church, and you than I did on that one occasion. It has must respect the men that I honor, or been the occasion of my life, and I you and I will no longer be friends. A learned that I was patriotic, that I was man is a cowardly craven that will sit loyal, that the blood of the revolution- by for fear of trouble and allow men to ary fathers coursed through my veins, be-little and abuse him and call the and I was mighty glad to find it out authorities of the Church everything I felt just the same way during this


under heaven. I don't believe in war. conference, and I wouldn't be afraid of believe in loving the souls of the chilall the world, all the devils in hell, if I dren of men. But I tell you when could always have the same spirit of you



authorities your

a men

am a

self, other people will respect saved, and I want to see the Gospel them, and the world will. The preached to every tongue and people as Gentile world and the people


a witness, anl I will be mighty glad this city and State would have respected when the end comes. May the Lord the authorities more than they do had bless you. Amen. our own people set the example. That Sister May Young sang a solo. is what I want to tell you, and I have told you, and I am not going to take

ELDER ABRAHAM O. WOODRUFF. it back either. I am not going to make

I desire, my brothers and sisters, that any apologies because I have made that

the words that I shall speak may be statement. It is true, just as true as the

dictated by the Holy Spirit. I have reLord lives. If you honor your wife and speak well of her, other people will do joiced exceedingly in this conference in

the words that have been spoken to the So. If you do not honor your chlidren

Latter-day Saints, and I feel that the and you have a hired girl in the house

Lord and you do not treat them kindly,

has greatly favored the Latter

the girl herself will treat your own child- day Saints in giving them the instruc

tions that He has given through the ren unkindly.

mouths of His servants; and I pray Now I feel that we ought to honor that we may be faithful and true in God. We ought to be loyal to our coun

carrying out these instructions that will try, and I believe that honest

be for our good and blessing. ought to rule this nation, that honest

I desire to raise my voice in warning and good men ought to rule this coun

to the fathers and mothers of young try. It is a mighty poor time for us now

men and young women, who come to to sit down and feel bad about it, if any

this city to attend school or to find work. mistakes are made. I want to tell you

I desire to caution them to see that that while I

member of the

they are under proper influences, and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day know something of the families that Saints, I have my franchise, and my cit- they are living with, something of their izenship, and I have my vote, and I environments, for we are all influenced have a right to cast it. And if every

to a great degree by our surroundings. single man and woman that is entitled

It is a great deal better or easier for to their franchise, instead of going and

us to do right and keep the commandhowling after the trouble is over, would

ments of the Lord when we are under shake themselves and realize that they good influences; and it is a great deal are members of this great nation and

easier to do wrong when we are under great State, and go to their primaries conditions of wrongdoing, or where othand cast their ballot, I tell you mighty

ers set the examples. And especially few dishonest men would find their way

are the youth, the young men and into our State and into the offices. But maidens of Zion, or of any community it is your fault, because we do not

or of any people, inclined to be influ. do our duty as American citizens. I

enced by conditions which surround claim that every man and every woman

them. I feel that this is a very imin this nation that has the franchise- portant matter. There are things that that own property, that pays taxes

are of more importance to the Latterhas a right to go to the primaries and

day Saints' parents than the mere earnsee to it that honest men go into the ing of dollars and cents by their sons convention, and then

you leave the

and their daughters; and the question matter in their hands and let them do

ought not to be, when their sons and the rest, and hold them responsible.

daughters come to this city, or to any Now I pray God to bless you. I feel other city, to obtain employment, “How to be loyal, I feel to be true to the cause much money can they get?" The conof Christ, and I want to be saved in sideration ought to be, in part at any the kingdom of God; and I want to go rate, what

the conditions where my father went and where my that will surround them in this pomother went. I want to be with this sition

in this employment? people. I want to see all the world I feel that creat evil has come



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