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cwn souls. They have been careless from his mission he had called upon her and indifferent concerning the salvation and they had visited some places toof themselves and their families. Presi- gether. I asked her parents why she dent Young used to say that there were did not return with her brother. They many men that were willing to die for said she did not want to return. She their religion who would not live it. So has only been out eighteen months, she there are many men willing to make is busily engaged in the work of the great sacrifices for the salvation of Lord, and she feels desirous to complete others who are apparently indifferent her mission before she returns home. about that which is necessary for their This spirit is on our sisters, as well as own salvation. This is not right. It on our Elders, and they do all in their is a personal matter with us as to power to warn the people, until in some whether we are preparing ourselves and lands and some cities there is scarcely our families for the coming of the Lord. a house that has not been visited Are we doing all that we can to prepare that has not had a tract delivered to it. ourselves and our households, so that

According to the last report when He comes we shall not be caught received from Great Britain, unprepared ?

two hundred and seventy-four Elders This talk that we have heard so much are laboring in that land, with faithfulof concerning tithing is a preparatory ness and assiduity, spending time and step. I believe President Snow has been means and in a certain sense wearing moved upon by the power of God to themselves out in order to deliver the stir this people up to diligence upon this message of salvation that God has compoint. There are other things contin- mitted to them. This work has now gent upon the payment of tithing. Pres- been going on for upwards of sixty ident Snow has told us this afternoon years, and there is scarcely an ear that what one thing is, and that we should has not heard the message. prepare ourselves for it. We are not Concerning the missions in this coungroping as blind men to find the path, try, this land has been warned now for for the Lord has made the path plain seventy years. God commanded the before us. We are not in the dark; but Elders in early days to warn the peoit is necessary that we should exercise ple, and away back in Kirtland and faith in God and beseech Him continu. Missouri He said that the leading Elally to give unto us the strength and ders of the Church had done their duty, grace necessary to perform the labors and there was none of the blood of this that have to be done in order to prepare

generation their garments; but ourselves as we should do.

those who had not labored as they had There is one labor that has rested up

done were to continue in the field until on my mind with great weight for some

it could also be said of them that their time. I have looked at the nations of garments were clean from the blood of the earth and have examined somewhat this generation. In that early day the

On one ocinto the labors of our Elders. We have Lord spoke in this manner. about eighteen hundred Elders preach- casion He said: “Behold, I sent you ing the Gospel in various places, and out to testify and warn the people, and they are doing the work most thorough. it becometh every man who hath been ly. Men and women have gone forth warned. to warn his neighbor. and have spent their time with the great cuse, and their sins are upon their own

"Therefore they are left without exest pleasure, forsaking home, leaving heads." business, and devoting themselves for The Lord appeared to be determined years to the warning of the people con. to cut his work short in righteousness. cerning the calamities that the Lord is I do not wish to detract from the labors about to pour out upon the nations of of the Elders in our own land; but this the earth. Both men and women are land has been warned. I feel that we doing this work with all diligence and can stand before the judgment seat of faithfulness. I was told a day or two our great Creator free from the blood ago concerning a young lady who is out of this generation in these United in the ministry. Her brother has just States. It is true, we have not told returned from a mission. In coming every


and child about



these things. God requires us to preach without scrip, have not the faith to His Gospel and to warn the inhabitants stand as they would have if they enof all lands, and then if they do not tertained The Elders and furnished take warning and warn their neighbors, them with what they needed, as God their sins rest upon their own heads, has commanded. I do not believe we and our garments are clean.

are getting so good a class of converts How long has this great work which under this system as under the old sysGod has established been a theme for tem which was followed by the early newspaper writers? Ever since we came Elders of this Church. Our converts to these valleys they have known about showed their faith by feeding and us; they have had thousands of testi- clothing the Elders and by giving them monies borne to them concerning this money when necessary. By taking this work; they have seen it grow and course they proved themselves to be the spread; they have seen and heard of disciples of the Son of God, for the our Elders traveling through their

Lord says: cities and visiting foreign lands; and "Whoso receiveth you receiveth me, now the warning voice of the judgments and the same will feed you, and clothe

you, and give you money. of God is following the testimony of the

"And he who feeds you, or clothes Elders. As far back as December, 1832,

you, or gives you money, shall in no the Lord said:

wise lose his reward:

“And he that doeth not these things "And after your testimony cometh

is not my disciple; by this you may wrath and indignation upon the people;

know my disciples." (Doc. and Cov. 84: "For after your testimony cometh the

89—91.) testimony of earthquakes, that shall cause groanings in the midst of her, and

But now our Elders go and spend men shall fall upon the ground, and

their own money, and people in some shall not be able to stand.

cases will not feed and entertain them. "And also cometh the testimony of the

Of course, I believe there are many voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tempests, places where the people, but especially and the voice of the waves of the sea,

the Saints, are exceedingly kind to the heaving themselves beyond their

Elders, and while there may be some bounds.

"And all things shall be in commo- exceptions, there are very good people tion; and surely, men's hearts shall fail being gathered out now. them; for fear shall come upon all peo

In this land of ours, what warnings ple.”

there have been! The blood of the marThe Lord's judgments are following

tyrs shed upon this soil is crying to the warning voice that has be'n raised

God. The expulsion of the Saints from

If anby the Elders of this Church.

Ohio, the expulsion from Jackson counother Elder did not lift his voice, and

ty, from Clay county, from Caldwell if another tract were not distributed in county, in Missouri, and from Illinoisthis land of ours, the Elders have done

are they not testimonies? I take it that their duty, and this nation cannot in the

they are, and God will hold them as day of judgment rise up against the testimonies against the guilty men and Elders of this Church and say that they

women who have done these things, as did not bear testimony to them con- well as against those who have never cerning this work.

I am now telling lifted their hands or their voices to reyou my own views.

Our Elders spend dress any wrong that has been practwo years or more in the missionary ticed

upon the Latter-day Saints. field and they baptize on an average not

Then since

to these exceeding four souls, or about two a

mountains, this whole nation has year.

I would not dare to tell you how been almost convulsed by this Mormuch money is spent as well as time to

mon question. It has agitated the peodo this.

ple everywhere. All the newspapers I will tell you another thing connected in the land have discussed it in all its with this, inasmuch as it occurs to my phases. Is not this a warning? What mind. Many of those who are brought more can we do than we have done in into the Church under the present sys- this direction? Or shall we all go out tem of preaching with purse and with and allow ourselves to be martyred, scrip, instead without purse and Hundreds of Elders now in the mis






sionary fields might leave this nation, lives, as it may do, to carry this Gospel and go to peoples who have never heard to every land, it would be no more than the sound of the Gospel; I would carry others have suffered in the same cause. the tidings of salvation to lands that God has said in this Book of Doctrine are now locked in tyranny, where the and Covenants: people cannot breathe the air of free

"And whoso layeth down his life in dom; and I would risk imprisonment, my cause, for my name's sake, shall and even death, in order that these find it again, even life eternal: peoples might be warned. No doubt mies, for I have decreed in my heart,

“Therefore be not afraid of your enethousands of them are praying to our saith the Lord, that I will prove you in heavenly Father to send them the truth all things, whether you will abide in my of heaven; for there are other souls who covenant, even unto death, that you want the truth besides those who have may be found worthy.” received it. When this Gospel was first

And again He says: carried to Europe thousands were pray- “And all they who suffer persecution ing for God to send the truth to them. for my name,

and endure in faith, When they heard the message they re- though they are called to lay down ceived it gladly. So in other places partake of all this glory.

their lives for my sake, yet shall they where the Elders have gone. But there "Wherefore, fear not even unto death; are many nations yet to be warned, for in this world your joy is not full, but and we have this work to do. I will in me your joy is full," not say that ought to do it In another revelation the Lord tells before the Lord comes, for I do not know when He will come. But this duty "Let no man be afraid to lay down his is incumbent upon us; for by people out life for my sake, for whoso layeth down of every nation under heaven Zion is

his life for my sake shall find it again;

"And whoso is not willing to lay down to be built up. Every land and every

his life for my sake, is not my disciple.” nationality will have to contribute of

It is a test by which His disciples may its strength and numbers, in greater or

be known. But while we should not less degree, to fulfill the words of God

shrink from complying with every reconcerning the building up of Zion. Oriental lands now untouched by the quirement, we ought to avoid persecuElders of the Church have to be pene

tion and death by every means in our

be honorable and trated and the honest souls sought out. power that would In this work God will precede His El

consistent with our duties and obligaders. He will send His angels before

tions. But in preaching this Gospel to them, as He has done, to prenare the

the nations of the earth, we ought not people to receive them and to listen to

to be afraid of our liberty or our lives. their message.

It has cost the liberties of Elders in My feeling is that we should with, Austria, Norway and other places al

but it has been follo draw our efforts to a great extent from ready;

red by the countries where we have

been greater freedom. The efforts of the spending so much time and means with Elders have been crowned with success so little fruits. Let the Gospel be sent

in this respect. It has seemed as though to lands afar off, where tyranny reigns;

the preaching of the Gospel has had a and when the Gospel goes there, God loosening effect in many places upon will soften the hearts of the rulers, and the people, greater freedom will follow. It has In this connection I think we should been so in Germany; it will be so in teach our young men all the languages Russia, in the Latin countries, and in of the earth. Let them seek by study, the countries of eastern Europe. God by faith, by the gift of tongues and by is working with the nations, and He the gift of interpretation to understand will work with us if we will do our the languages of men. Our Mutual Im. duty. Then we can stand before our provement associations should devote Father with our skirts clean from the themselves to the study of languages, blood of this generation, having done that we may have a people here familour whole duty.

iar with every language spoken under If it should cost us our liberty, as it heaven. What was the gift of tongues

for the brethren and sisters to get up thus shown their patriotism. Let us in and talk in tongues in fast meeting? like manner show our patriotism to the That is a small thing, very good in its kingdom of God and for the salvation place; but what we want is to have men of Jesus Christ, our great leader. Now that can go to any nation and speak is the time for us to do this, and we the language of that nation by the shall be blessed in doing it. God wili power of God, first having sought by be with us and will bless us. as He faith and by study to obtain the lan- has done in every effort that we have guage and the gift of interpretation. I made to do His will. It is His will that talk this way because I know that the this Gospel of the kingdom should be gift of tongues and the gift of interpre. preached, that every ear mav hear the tation can be obtained, to enable an sound of it; not, perhaps, by direct conElder to speak to the people and to un- tact with every individual, but by the derstand them when they speak to signs that accompany the kingdom of him. We should utilize these gifts that

God and the wonderful events that are God has given for this purpose. Many taking place. of our Elders who go out into foreign The Spirit of God is moving upon the lands do acquire the language by that people in all lands, and in many coungift and are able to speak it with a fa- tries they are waiting in solemn anticicility that surprises other people. On pation of what is going to happen. Al the Sandwich Islands I know that the the nations of the earth feel that somepeople were astonished by the facility by thing remarkable is likely to happen, which the language was acquired by our but they do not know what. The honElders and the correctness with which

est in heart in those lands, when they it was spoken by them. So it has been hear the glad tidings that God has proin Germany. I have had sons there vided a refuge to which thev can flee who, in a very few weeks were able to

as He did in the days of Noah, will express their thoughts in the German

be led co rejoice. God has founded language. Other men have had sons

this land and the government for the there whose efforts have been attended

express purpose

that Zion might with the same results. So it will be if be built upon this land, and that the we send our Elders to any land to people of all nations might come here France, to Spain, to Protugal, Italy and singing His praises and thanking Him all along the Mediterranean, to the isles

that from the darkness and the threatof Greece, up to the Danubian princi- ening evils by which they are surroundpalities, and into Austria with its nu

ed He has provided a way of escape, a merous nationalities, to Hungary, Po- safe place, that when calamities and land, and to Russia. Almost all these judgments come upon the inhabitants lands are sealed against us at the pres

of the earth, they can stand in holy ent time. We have not made any great places and be secure by keeping the effort to enter some of thein. What commandments of God. What a glorihas been done has been done in a spas- ous theme this is for the Elders to carmodic way. Now I believe with all my

ry to the down-trodden of the nations heart that the time has come for us to

of the earth who groan in darkness and break forth and lay siege, so to speak, who see no way of deliverance! Nor to these lands, whereby an entrance will it be the down-trodden alone who may be effected and the Gospel be will listen to these tidings. Men in high preached to the people. If the time has places and of commanding positions come for Elders to go to Japan, let will yet listen to them, and they will Japan be penetrated. After a while take note of this extraordinary people perhaps an opening may be made in who have done such a remarkable work Corea, and in Manchuria, and in China, and who are now traversing he globe and these lands be penetrated by the to bring from every land all who will Elders with this message of salvation, listen to their message; to bring them as soldiers of Christ. Our young men with all their traditions to this place go to the Philippines and to Cuba, and which we call Zion, where they can, by they have been willing to lay down their the fusing power of the Spirit of God, lives for their country. Young men be consolidated into one united people. from this State have done so and have It is already the most wonderful thing

that has ever taken place upon the God has spoken so plainly. The law of earth; but if we will do our duty on the tithing ought to be so understood that lines that I have been speaking, how every man, woman and child would much more influence will we have and obey it gladly, for it is accompanied by how much more will our God be glori- great promises, and it will prepare the fied! The world will see and wonder at way for greater things, as President what is done by those who are laboring Snow has told us. in the Lord's name, without taking any I pray God that that which has been credit to themselves, but ascribing all said during this conference may sink power and success to Him and His Holy deep into all our hearts. I pray God to Spirit. These will be additional testi- bless you all, to be with you, to fill you monies to the inhabitants of the earth with the Holy Ghost, to preserve your that God is in this great movement, lives, to preserve your generations, that and that he is preparing the way, as you yourselves or some of your posthe prophets have predicted, for the terity, if you should happen to pass coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus away before that time, may be numChrist.

bered among the Saints of God who Before closing, I wish to say, my shall enter into that millennial glory brethren and sisters, I hope you will which is prepared for the faithful, and take these things to heart and prepare that none of us may ever be destitute yourselves. If you are not living as you of a man or men to stand before the should do, regulate your households and Lord, bearing the Holy Priesthood, strive to live according to the com- throughout all the generations to come, mandments of God and the counsels of until time shall be no more, which is His servants. Bring your lives into my prayer for you all and for myself, complete subjection to the will of God. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. If there is anything in you or in your

Sister Lizzie Thomas Edward and the families that is not in accordance with choir sang the anthem, "When Thou the laws of God, divest yourselves of Comest." it as fast as you can by faith and

The final benediction was pronounced prayer. Let us be a holy people. Oh! by Elder Francis M. Lyman. when I hear the brethren spending time

Conference then adjourned for six talking about the Word of Wisdom, I months.' feel to say, are we still little children that we have to be talked to in this way The stenographic work in taking the meeting after meeting? It is disgrace- account of the proceedings was done ful that a people who know as much as by Arthur Winter. we do should have to be talked to about

JOHN NICHOLSON. those little habits concerning which

Clerk of Conference.

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