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CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER- 
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VOL. Ill 



A commandment: 
Seek ye dUigenily and teach one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out 
of the best hooks words of wisdom; seek learning even by study y and also by 
faith,** — The Lord to the Saints througt» the Prophet Joseph Smith. 

WHY it should be OBSERVED : 

**Knowledge saves a man, and in the world of spirits no man oan be exalted 
but by knowledge. So long as a man will not give heed to the commandments 
he must abide without salvation.** — Joseph Smith the Propihet. 



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PREFACE 



In pubJisdnng Volume III of tbe £)ldebs' Journal^ it hae been our earnest 
desire to furnish our readers with 9U<3i^ matter as would serve their educational, 
their moral, and their spiritual interests in the best possible way and to the utmost 
degree of 'perfection. Neither time nor labor has been spared in selecting and 
preparing the material for eaid> issue ; and in dischai^ging the duties incident to 
this work tbere iias been but one guiding thought upon* which our minds have been 
centered, and but one end toward wlidch our efforts have been aimed, namely, tbe 
dissemination of the truths of eternal life as they bave been restored by the power 
of God through the instrumentality of the immortal Prophet and Seer, Joseph 
Smitb, and the aocomplisbment of tbe salvation of the souls of men. Wie con- 
stantly have keipt in unnd the best interests of our readers ; and realising that the 
Journal visits the homes of the Saints in the South, the East, the North and 
the West, aod that it also finds its way into the hands of the ESdders in almost 
every missionairy field in the world, we have put forth our best efforts to mcdce it 
both interesting and instructive alike to all. How nearly we have attained this 
end we leave our patrons to say ; but the fact that during the past year the Elders 
and the Saints and our many friends, all being themselves close and careful readers 
of the Journal, without any mercenary inducement or offer whatever, nave assisted 
us to increase the subscription list from about eighteen hundred to five thousand 
subscribers, shows that our efforts have not been in vain. For this most excel lenc 
showing, we are greatly indebted to those of our subscribers who have so faithfully 
worked with us, and most sincerely do we appreciate their hearty co-operation and 
commend them for the valuable service they have performed in the interest of the 
work of the Lord. 

Keeping in mind the facts that we have selected the choicest writings contain- 
ing expositions of declrine, words of counsel and advice from our ablest men in 
the Church, both past and present ; that we have culled some of the most brilliant 
gems of thought relevant to the cause from the pens of recognized men of depth, 
and that sufficient live matter has been introduced to keep our readers abreast of th'f 
times in Church affairs, we conscientiously can recommend Volume III as a 
"pearl of great price" to all those into whose hands it may come. 

The Ix)rd has blessed our labors, and the honor for wiMttever good might have 
been or may yet be accomplished through the influence of the EIlders* Journal 
belongs to our Heavenly Father. 

In sending this volume forth upon its silent mission of usefulness to which 
it is set apart, we wish only to say in conclusion always remember the wonils of 
the Lord given to the Saints through tiie Prophet Joseph «Smath, "Seek ye out of 
the best books words of wisdom ; seek learning even by study and also by faith," 
for, as the Prophet further says, * **Knowled|je saves a man, and in the world of 
spirits no man can be exalted but by knowledge. So long as a man will not give 
heed to the commandments, he must abide without salvation." 

Ben E. Rich. 



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CONTENTS OF VOLUME III 



^ PAOl 

Aprivate 15, 31, 63. 

79, 95, 111, 127, 159, 191, 215, 279, 311, 327, 343, 359, 383. 399. 415, 431 
Appointments 15, 47, 63, 

79, 95, 111, 127, 159, 191, 215, 263, 279, 311, 327, 343, 359, 383, 399, 415, 431 

Another Pioneer Gone 371 

American Cigarette 431 

B 

Better in the MorniDg 85 

Brigham Young and the Miniater 164 

, C 

Cowdery's, Oliver, Account of Hig Meeting the Prophet Joseph -Smith 68 

Carthage Jail, Where the Prophet and Patriarch Were Massacred 139 

Cincinnati Flooded with Mormon Literature 170 

Counsel for Returning Missionaries 294 

Cigarette Evil, The 333 

Case of Healing 338. 391 

Church Buys Historic Press 391 

Cooley. Myron C, Death of 394 

D 

Description of tSie Great Temple at Salt Lake City 81, 97, 113 

Darbun Church Building 406 

E 

Bditc«ial — 

The Devil's Choicest Counterfeit 8 

His Open Letter Opened 24 

Re-Organized Churdi 40 

Don't Leave the Good Seed to Wither 41 

A Malicious Falsehood Refuted 56 

Cry Aloud €uid Spare Not 72 

Our Darting Little Ones 74 

Importance of Pajring Tithing 88 

Back From (General Oonference , 90 

The MormoQ People in School Histories 90 

Pree. Rich's Fiftieth Birthday 91 

Joseph Smith's Prophecy That the Church Would Be Driven to the Rocky 

Mountains 104 

L..D. S. Churdi at JacksonvHle 106 

President Rich Holding Comferences 107 

One Man Not Afraid to Publish the Truth 120 

Greetings From the First Presidency 144 

Some Things the Prophet Joseph Accomplished 145 

A Mormon Girl's Answer to Rev. ( ?) J. Stoker Hunt 168 

Don't Tear Dovn» Other People's Beliefs 169 

Memorial Services in the "South 169 

Dnoonraging Words for the Joubnal 62 

E>zplanation of ^bstituted Names in the Book of Doctrine and Cove- 
nants 179 

East and Middle Tennessee Conferences. . . : 253 

Election, EVneknowledge and Predestina tion 284 

iBlders Safe In Sam Francisco 323 

Elders Rejected in Indie Over Fifty Years Ago 418 

Another Church Burned to the Ground 184 

The Faithful 'nthe-Payers of the South 1^5 

The Growing Popularity of the Joubnal 185 

Dates for Holding Conferences 186 

Elder's Withdrawn from Harker's Island 204 

D^th of Apostle Marriner W. Merrill 206 

He Does Not Speak to Them 224 

Chinese Mobs vs. Christian Mobs 221 

The Work AocompPiahed in 19a5 224 

More Concetning Harker's Island /^v-v/->«/-?PAk 

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Editorial— Continued — pack 

The Signs of the Times 249 

Sayings of the Prophet Joseph 250 

Another House Burned on Harker*a Island 250 

Throug'h Holding Conferences 251 

Regarding Debates 251 

Important to Elders 251 

Which Is the Sabbath? 272 

■Every Colorado Miseionery Subscribes for the Journal 273 

Gcnerai Conference 296 

Missionaries Not to Worry About Things at Home 297 

Make the Rnle Measure Botii Ways 336 

Systematic Study for the Elders 337 

lElder Wlallis Honorably Released 320 

Signs of the Times 381 

Use Your Maps 322 

God's Work vs. Ma»'s Work 352 

Baptist Convention 353 

Will Your Rule Work Both Ways? 353 

There Seems To Be a Difference of Opinion 354 

Systematic Study 354 

A Beautiful Picture 35i 

More Subscriptions From Colorado Mission 3*55 

Charges Against Mormonism 372 

Reflections on the Martyrdom 302 

Administering to the Sick 408 

Keep the Sa^^>ath Day Holy 424 

Counsel to ithe Elders 436 

The Letter in La»t Issue 426 

The Postal Card Fad 427 

Words of Encouragement to the Saints 440 

Outrages on Harker's Island 442 

Close of Volume Three 444 

F 

Formation of the Earth 161 

Familiar Scene 205 

G 

Government of God, The (By Joseph Smith ) 2(>5 

God as He Was and Is 318 

Gubecnatorial Contest in Georgia 3(i3 

H 

Honest Little Match-Seller, The. 71 

Hyrum Smith the Patriarch 131 

Headquarters of the European Mission 262 

/ 

Innocence of Little Children 315 

J 

John Whitmer's Testimony 70 

Judge a Tree by Its Fruit 124 

Joseph Smith the Prophet 128 

Joseph Smith as a Boy 134 

Joseph Smith as a Scientist 14*! 

Joseph Smith's First Vision 147 

John, Sister Thomas P, Death of 355 

K 

King of Sweden Receives a Utah Delegation 437 

L 

Latter-day Saints Church at Roddy, S. C 181 

Letter From England 350 

Little, Elder W. H. Little's Wandering Commission 355 

Ivetter of Appreciation 393 

Literary Effort of a Mormon Boy 402 

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MornKni People, and a Visit to •Salt LaJce Oity 1 

Mormon EMders Gaiming Converts Rapidly \ 27 

Mormonism, The Truth About 33 

Mound, A Mississippi 55 

Mormon Loyalty ' 116, 420 

Mormon People, The 166 

Meeting of the Oonference Presidents 195 

Mind and Hand 243 

Miseries of a Mean Man 334 

Mississippi Oonlerence 364 

. Morrell, President Josepb, Death of \ 371 

Magnifioent Tribute to President Ben B. Rich and Wife 385 

N 

Notes Prom the FleJd 12, 29, 58, 78, 87, 92, 

103, 107, 124, 143, 154, 165, 171, 181, 208, 223, 255, 276, 303, 338, 364, 406, 439 

"Not D. D. S., but L. D. Devils" 142 

Nabive Elder Dies 359 

Numbers Changed on Tracts 415 

Notice of Florida Conference 430 

P 

POETBT — 

Thou Doest All Things Well 16 

The Sin of Omission 32 

Why I Am Glad 48 

(Jod Is Ouiding 64 

To the Elders in the South : 80 

Late, So Late, Wle Learn the Way to Live 96 

What Have We Done Today? 112 

There's Something To Be Thankful For 128 

Joseph Smith, the Prophet 160 

The Parson's Limit 176 

TOe Bravest Battle 192 

The Dear Wife at Home .' 216 

Papa's Kiss 216 

Do Your Best 232 

Some Little Things '. 23*J 

The Absent Father (Illustrated) 246 

A Mother's Thoughts 254 

God's Goodness 254 

Don't Wait Until He's Dead 264 

Before It Is Too Late 264 

The Baby Over the Way 280 

By the Baby's Bed 289 

Heroine of Mormoniam 292 

Write Them a Letter Tonight 312 

Pore OM Dad 344 

. The Silver Lining 328 

Give Him a Lift • 360 

Words That Count 384 

A Missionary's Letter 400 

Every Year 416 

Let Your Heart Rejoice 432 

Mother's Work 448 

Poor Little Boy's Hymn, The 61 

Personal Appearance of the Savior, The 86 

Power of Truth, The 177, 193 

Prophet of Latter Days, A 233 

Porter Rockwell, the Prophet's Friend 240 

People Who Live in Air Castles 330 

Purity of Saints Insures Triumph of God's Work 313 

Pontius Pilate's Death Sentence Upon Jesus 414 

Prehirtoric People, A 431 

President Joseph F. Smith to Visit Europe DlgltrzVd-bvGoOgte 



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Review — 

Ausrust 6 

Soptember 52 

October 75 

November 100 

December '. ' 149 

JaTraary 182 

February 217 

MftPch 268 

April 323 

May 355 

June • 395 

July 420 

R^eleafies 1 ^ 47 

63, 79, 95, 111, 122* 127. 159, 191, 215, 263, 279, 343, 359. 399, 415,' 431,* 447 

Rigckm's John W., Testnnony Confirmed 17 

RamarkcJyle Testimony of a Mobber 28 

Remiarkable Healings in the Southern Stajtes 00 

BemembeiB His Priende in the South 247 

Religioas Statistics 405 

S 

Saints and the World 20, 43 

SpauldinfT Manuscrrpt, Ohio Missionaries Bzamine the 27 

Soul of Man is the Spirit and Body, Tlie 49 

Sayings of the Prophet 1, 17, 33, 49, 65, 81, 91, 97, 

113, 129. 161, 177, 193, 217, "233, 236, 265, 281, 314, 330, 345, 362, 385, 401, 417 

She Was Taught To TeU the Truth 123 

Shoes in the Bottle 290 

Senator Smoot, In Defense of 380 

Semi-Annual Report of Mission 404 

Sound Advice to Youth 431 

Swords and Scabbards 434 

T 

Transfers. 15, 31, 47, 63, 79, 95, 127, 159, 191, 215, 263, 279, 311, 343, 383, 399, 447 

Ten Tribes, Where Are the 65 

Tithing, The Law of 118 

"These Signs ShaJl Follow Them That Believe" 119 

The Two Brothers 137 

The Sacked Grove and Memorial Monument 219 

The Ooura^re to Face In«n^titude 299 

The Work of the Lord in Japan 302 

Traitors 329, 401, 433 

The Three Witnesses • 347 

Two Faithful Missionaries Die in the Field 351 

Tliat Baby Talk 382 

Three Missionaries Die 437 

U 

Union of the Churches 51 

Unveiling and Dedication of the Monument 141 

Uees of Olive Oil 291 

Utah and the Mormons • 345 

V 

Veteran's Testimony of Joseph Snrith, A 122 

W 

Words of Ehicouragement to the Elders 18 

Word of Wisdom, Hyrum Smith 281 

Wrong Side Out. 335 

Wlae He a Prophet? 316 

Wrecking Tools for Political Wrecks 361 

Word From Harker's Island 362 



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SOUTHERN STATES MISSION. 

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" Though ovr rd»gious principles are before the worlds ready for the investigation of all men, 
yet we are aware that the sole foundation of all the persecution against us has arisen in conse- 
quence of calumnies and misconstructums, uithout foundation in truth or righteousness. Pos- 
terity will yet do U9 thejuiticCf when our persecutors are equally low in the dust with ourselves, to 
hand down to succeeding generations, the virtuous acts and forbearance of a people who sacrificed 
their reputation for their religion, and their earthly fortunes and happiness to preserve peace." — 
JoBEPH Smith, July 25, 1836. 

Vol. III. September 1, 1905. No. 1. 



A VISIT TO SALT LAKE CITY AND THE MORMON PEOPLE. 

(By Will N. Hudibubg, in the Chattanooga News.) 

Salt Lake Cky, Utah, the Mormon metropolis of ninety thousand people, is 
one of the prettiest and most interesting cities in the United States. It is beau- 
tiful because of its cosy homes, its green lawns, its shady trees and its great 
temple; and interesting because of the character and greatness of the Mormon 
people who make up half of its population. The industry and thrift of the old 
Mormon pioneer who crossed the desert a thousand miles from the borders of 
civilization fifty-eight years ago, in converting the waste places into gardens and 
groves and laying the foundations for the great commonwealth that has been the 
wonder of the world, is without parallel in the history of modern times ; not since 
the Pilgrim Fathers landed on Plymouth Rock nearly three centuries ago. 

To all broad-minded, liberal and gentle men and women, who would learn 
the ways and life of the Mormon people of Utah, I have to say : Go to Salt Lake 
City and there see for yourselves; see their comfortable homes, their happy fam- 
ilies, look ac the evidences of enterprise on all sides, see their healthy, robust 
children, see everybody working and everybody seemingly contented with his lot. 

Jeff R. Palmer and the writer were in Salt Lake but one day, but we saw so 
much, heard so much, and learned so much, that we had not expected to find away 
out in the Rockies, that we cannot but believe that our good friends of Chatta- 
nooga will enjoy with us in a letter to the News the very pleasant revelation our 
brief sojourn presented ; and we regret we couldn't stop over a month instead of a 
day. 

Soon after our arrival on the morning of July 20, we hunted up our friend, 
Ben B. Rich, the president of the Siouthern States Mission of the Mormon church, 
whose headquarters are at Chattanooga. We were with Mr. Rich during nearly 



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the whole time of our visit in Zion, and after meeting his people and visiting with 
him the attractions of Salt Lake, we told him that he certainly makes a great 
sacrifice in leaving his Utah home to spend eleven months of the year in the 
southern states in the interest of his church, Mr. Rich took us to the 
"Bee-Hive" House, the official residence of President Joseph F. Smith 
of the Mormon church, to meet the venerable president, whom half a mil- 
lion people respect as a prophet of the Lord. This "Bee-Hive*' house or 
mansion, for such it is, is so designated because it is surmounted with 8 
bronzed bee-hive, the emblem of Utah and industry, of about the size of a large 
flour barrel, properly mounted on a substantial base. The mansion is a two-story 
edifice of interesting and pleasing architecture, modern and symmetrical In 
appearance, containing twenty or thirty rooms, and was built by Brigham Young 
nearly fifty years ago. It occupies a corner lot at the intereeccion of "Brigham" 
or South Temple and State streets, surrounded by a well kept lawn and roi»e 
gardens. We were ushered into the presence of President Smith, and enjoyed 
several of the happiest moments of our lives during our brief interview with hiir.. 
We frankly admit that we never have met a kindlier, more fatherly and lovable 
gentleman than President Smith of the Mormon church. Although nearly of the 
age of three score and ten, he does not look it by fifteen years. He is spry and 
active, clear of sight and mind. He shook our hands warmly, bade us sit and 
heartily welcomed us to the City of Saints. He spoke with a mild and gentle, but 
firm and steady voice, and looked us squarely in the eye while talking to us; and 
altogether made us feel at home and comfortable in his presence. He hoped thai 
we might enjoy our visit in Utah, that our sojourn would be filled with pleasant 
incidents, that the people would receive us kindly, that no harm or accident or 
sickness would interfere with our visit, and that we would depart in peace anu 
with our understandings enli^tened' as to conditions among his much abused 
people. Upon learning that we had not yet visited "Saltair" on the great Salt 
Lake, he excused himself for a moment, to return with complimentary trip pass€!< 
to this wonderful bathing and dancing resort fifteen miles west of the city, which 
is hereinafter described. President Smith is one of the grand old men of this 
nation. He is a gentleman of high refinement, of broad and liberal views, and 
magnetic personality. We shall cherish the brief visit with him always with fond 
and pleasant remembrance, the more, perhaps, because we found him so different 
in looks, in actions, and in that indescribable personal environment which always 
surrounds great and good men, from the man we expected to meet and of whom 
so much stuff has been printed. 

We also met President Anton Lund, counsellor to President Smith and of the 
"First Presidency,** and we were very favorably impressed with him. President 
Lund is a native son of Denmark, of about sixty years of age, and very well 
educated. He speaks gix or seven modern languages with great fluency and 
has traveled extensively throughout the civilized world. He has a kind face, 
speaks in a soft voice, but possesses a keen and sharp dark eye through which he 
cakes in a situation quickly. His title of "Counsellor*' seems a very proper 
one for the man considering his special mental qualifications for a safe and 
conservative advisor, if one can judge a man by appearances in a few minutes 
conversation with him. In view of the fact that the Mormon church has been 
placed in the lime light of public attention so frequently during its existence 
and has been made the object of so many hostile and formidable attacks from 
which it has emerged practically unhurt, leads one to believe that its counsellors 
and advisors have been and are diplomats and generals of high rank and attain- 
ment. 

After our visit with the "First Presidency," we were introduced by Mr. Rich 
to Senator Reed- Smooc, whose seat in the United States senate is now being 
contested. Mr. Smoot is a younger man than Messrs. Smith and Lund, being oC 
about forty-two. The senator treated us very courteously, and was very frank 
and entertaining in his conversation and sanguine as to the outcome of the con- 
test for his position in the senate. Mr. Smoot is a man of business and is a 
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In his campaign for election to the senate we were told that not a cent was 
spent by himself or his lieutenants for intoxicants or cigars for the entertainmenr 
of his supporters ; that his canvass before the legislature was clean and honorable 
and that he received the support of practically the whole republican party com- 
posed about equally of Mormons and non-Mormons. Mr. Smoot, we are informed, 
and we have every reason to believe our information boch from our observation 
and the character of our informants, is a man of high moral ideals and personal 
integrity ; that he is honest and truthful in his dealings and honorable and upright 
in his conduct. If such are the facts as stated, we cannot but see how that 
membership in the senate of the United States of a man of that character should 
be both desirable and beneficial to that ancient and honorable body, the moral 
standards of whose many members are so inscrutable and so badly in need of 
adjustment. 

In the afternoon we were fortunate in hearing a recital of the great organ, 
the second largest in the world, in the great Mormon tabernacle. This tabernacle 
with its great turtle back roof, seats twelve thousand people comfortably; and 
there is not a pillar in all the auditorium to support the concave covering. This 
building is simply wonderful. It was built by Brigham Young before the Union 
Pacific railroad, and when the distance to nail factories was so great the builders 
used wood pegs to fasten together the great beams in the roof of the structure. 
Located in the west end of the tabernacle which is longer by east and west thnn 
by north and south, is the mighty organ. Three or four times a week recitals on 
this organ are given free to the public. Thousands of tourists avail themselves 
of this rare treat to hear the masters every week. The organ can thunder and 
roar like a mighty artillery duel, or play like the soft and sweet melodies of the 
nightingale. The organist, Mr. McGlellan, is a genius. We listened to him 
perform over thirty minutes, which jmssed like thirty seconds. Words or pencil 
and paper are inadequate to justly describe the sensations of an origan recital in 
the tabernacle. Some of the notes so nearly resemble the human voice that with 
one's eyes closed one cannot tell whether it is the organ which plays or whether 
a master vocalist sings his best, so perfectly is the imitation. The music lovers 
of Chattanooga would make regular pilgrimages to Salt Lake to hear the grea' 
organ if they realized the excellence and the quality of these recitals given free 
to the public three and four times a week. Around the great organ were the 
five hundred seats of the great choir. What a volume of music five hundred 
voices accompanied by that organ could roll out. If we could have spared the time 
we would certainly have stayed over to attend the Sunday services to hear 
the celebrated Mormon tabernacle choir, if for no other purpose. 

The temple is built on the same **block" as the tabernacle. The lot contains 
ten acres, and is laid off in lawns and trees and gardens, fenced in on the four 
sides by a twelve or fifteen foot high masonry wall, accessible by four great 
gates opening onto four streets. The temple is a magnificent edifice,* oblong in 
shape, five or six stories in height and surmounted by six great spires, three on 
each end. The architecture of the temple is unique and very beautiful. Several 
million dollars were expended in its building which covered forty years of time. 
Only members of the Mormon church in good fellowship are admitted to the 
temple, and then only for the purpose of attending to sacred ceremonies an J 
rites, such as baptisms for the dead, sealings, marriages and the like, or for the 
attendance of services of the priesthood. 

The city and county building of Salt Lake county and city is another beau- 
tiful building which cost over a million dollars to erect. It is located in the middle 
of another ten-acre square, well parked in lawns with walks and fountains. This 
structure is as fine as one will see in any southern or eastern city. The courts, 
county, municipal and state offices are located in this building. The edifice 1$ 
finished on the inside in mart>le and onyx and gray stone without. Salt Lake 
has many beautiful buildings. The government is just completing a four-story 
federal structure in gray granite of classic architecture which will be ready for 
occupancy in a month. Perhaps one of the most distinctive,, features of Salt 
Lake is the wide streets with big shade trees on both sides. The streets are all 



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nearly as wide as Pennsylvania avenue of Washington. The squares cover ten 
acres of land which makes it possible for roomy yards for residences. We walked 
east on South Temple street and saw some of the finest and prettiest cottages 
and most magnificent mansions we ever saw in any city. Former Senate 
Reams' home cost upwards of half a million dollars and is built of white stone 
with marble* porch, pillars and trimmings. Several car loads of marble froiii 
Marietta, Ga., are used in the house. This South Temple street extends for 
three miles, well paved and parked, and scores of homes costing from ten thousand 
to a hundred thousand dollars front on it. Salt Lake has many millionaires, min- 
ing men, bankers, brokers, lawyers, merchants and stockmen, who seem to vie 
with one another in beautifying their homes. And what a delightful place to live 
In, four thousand feet above the sea, and at the foot of the Washatch mountains 
ten thousand feet high. Snow in the tops of the mountains was plainly visible 
on the 20th of July. The nights are cool in the canyon breezes, and it is alto 
getlier good to be alive in Salt Lake City. 

Our visit to Saltair, on the lake, with complimentary tickets from Presid>nc 
Smith, was a most enjoyable outing. This resort is of world-wide reputation. It 
has perhaps the largest dancing floor, and smooth as glass, of any dancing pavilion 
in the world. Saltair is built over the lake on thousands of piles fifteen feet 
from the water, and ten thousand people at a time often flock to the resort to 
enjoy a picnic, a dip in the briny water or a glide on the great dance floor. 
Saltair has many of the features of most summer resorts — theaters, -swings, 
bowling alleys, shooting galleries, whirling horses and the like, but all built over 
the water on driven piles. And there is no other bathing in the world like Saltair 
affords in the great salt sea of America. The water is so salty that one cannor 
•ink in it' The temperature of the lake was eighty-four degrees the day we 
visited it, and hundreds of bathers were floating about on the waves jike so many 
pieces of light wood. The architecture of the pavilion is of oriental design, two 
stories in height and covered with Moorish domes. The dance hall on the second 
story is open on all sides to the lake breezes and lighted by thousands of electric 
lights which are brilliantly reflected in the polished floor of a night. From five to 
six hundred couples may dance here at a time without over-crowding the floor. 
The roof of the dance pavilion is oval and oblong in ahtipe and made of steel 
constmccion without a pillar or post except from the sides to support it. The 
orchestra is composed of ten or fifteen pieces, and sits in a shell sounding board, 
80 that the music can be heard in every part of the hall. There is nothing like 
it in the world. Everybody dances in Salt Lake— old and young. Mormon and 
non-Mormon, and everybody is happy. Fully five thousand people were at Saltair 
during our visit, mingling in friendly and democratic intercourse. We were 
told that about half the people whom we saw there were Mormons, but they all 
looked alike to us. They knew no distinction along religious lines so far as 
we could see. They didn't care whether their neighbors were Catholics, Jews, 
Protestants or Mormons. In this regard it was a revelation to us to find that 
one couldn't tell a Mormon from a non-Mormon in Salt Lake. They all live 
together in their city peacefully and mind their own affairs as a rule. They do 
business with one another, entertain one another socially and live on an equality 
such as one would expect to find among any civilized people. We looked to sro 
chose sad faced women and those terrible tyrants of men in Salt Lake we had 
heard so much about, but we saw none of them, and we don't believe there are 
any there. They all looked like the best people of our southern cities. Tb re 
is this difference, however, between the south and the west; the west hasn't a 
colored population. We reluctantly returned to Salt Lake from Saltair after 
dark to catch otur train for the west. And it was a beautiful sight to behold — 
the city at the base of the mountains in front of us on the east, high up and all 
aglow with lights and the Saltair at our backs on the west all alight with elec- 
tricity reflecting and dancing in the salt waves. 

We left Salt Lake City with misgivings that we could not stay over longer. 
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prosperous people when we departed from the commanity. Onr visit Was a new 
revelation in this — that it changed our ideas of the Mormon capital and the 
leaders of che Mormon people whom we met in nearly everything we had had it 
ki mind to find. We believe our preconceived notions of things in Utah were 
formed by the agitator with an itching palm. The south and east ought not 
to subscribe money to reform Utah when the money chus subscribed is needed 
so much more to reform the east and the south. Utah can take care of ita own 
affairs, and we all should mind our own business. 



IMPRISONED FOR THE GOSPEL'S SAKE. 

Elder W. H. Hopkins writing from Teasdale, Miss., July 27, 1905, gives the 
details of the arrest and imprisonment of himself and Elder Chester Liljenquist 
while preaching the Gospel of the Son of Ood in Tallahatchie county. He says: 
**Last Saturday evening Elder Liljenquist, myself and some of the saints of this 
place went to what was annouced to be a Campbellice meeting. When we got to 
the church we found a large congregation had assembled. After waiting aboui 
an hour and a half, the people concluded their shepherd had deserted thhm. A 
man arose and announced that inasmuch as the preacher had not arrived, chey 
would be dismissed, but would meet on the morrow. The congregation got up and 
proceeded to leave the house, when I arose and asked if I might preach to them. 
We were denied the privilege, so I thanked them and walked out of the house. At 
we were leaving, a couple of ladies approached us and asked us co go to a near-by 
schoolhouse and preach, which invitation we gladly accepted. We announced the 
meeting from the outside of the church, which the people were leaving, and no 
sooner had we done so, when the man who had denied us the privilege of preach- 
ing to the people, said in an angry tone : **I most emphatically object to any such 
movement." We wenc over to the school house, followed by a large crowd. 

** After we had arrived at the school house, and the people were all com- 
fortably seated — that is, all who could get inside — we opened our meeting, and 
Elder Liljenquist addressed the congregation on the divine mission of Joseph Smith 
the Prophet, bearing a strong cestimony. I spoke on the kingdom of God and the 
first principles of the Gospel, not forgetting to bear my testimony to them, in all 
humility. After announcing a meeting for the next day at che same place, we 
dismissed the meeting. We had held several meetings in the sdioolhouse previous 
to this one. The people went home, more than satisfied, and we were overjoyed 
to think the Lord had opened the way for us co i)ear the message of salvatioD 
to such a large crowd of people. We would always have felt condenmed had 
we not done so. We stayed that night at the home of Taylor Glarkson. 

"Sunday afternoon's meeting was attended by a fine congregation of earnest 
lisceners. By the help of the Lord, we declared the plan of salvation as it is 
laid down in the Bible, and after dismissal distributed our literature to the people. 
As we went out of the door, the sheriff, with a big 44 revolver strapped on him, 
stepped up and said he had a warrant for our arrest. He then read a com- 
plaint charging us with disturbing religious services. We submitted to arrest, 
and the sheriff wanted to know if we did not wish to give bail. We told him 
no, although there were men there who would have gone on the bonds. The sheriff 
asked when we would be ready for trial, and we told him Wednesday, on aooounl 
of the absence of some of our most important witnesses. We gave him che names 
of eleven witnesses^ and he then took us to his home, where we stayed all night, 
prisoners. The justice of the peace sent him word to put us in jail if we dkt 
not give bonds, so the next morning, glorious July 24, he cook us to Charleston, 
the county seat, about twenty miles away. The sheriff rode horseback, with his 
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reached Charleston about 11 o'clock at night, and were locked behind prison bars, 
like felons. Here we stayed until Wednesday, July 26, ac 9 a. m., when the 
sheriff came to take us to trial. We expected to be taken back to Teasdal*.. 
where our friends were, but instead of it he drove us twelve miles in aa 
opposite direction, he on horseback and us afoot. When we got to che placa 
of trial — a store — ^we found the building filled with our enemies. You couhi 
see the devil fairly dancing in their eyes. Our witnesses were not there — in fact 
they had never been subpoenaed, as they never intended to have a proper trial. 
Tliey wanted us to compromise, andi a man, whom we had supposed to b? 
friendly, advised us to do as they suggested, and we concluded that possibly it 
was the cheapest way to get out of the company of chose blood-thirsty villain.s. 
They fined us one dollar and costs, but afterwards withdrew the fine. The 
costs amounted to eight dollars, and we feel to thank che Lord that we had some 
friends who paid it for us. It was simply a mock trial, for the privilege of 
speaking in the Ounpbellite meeting. 

•*The man who denied us the privilege of talking to the people, chat same 
night lost the best horse he had, while the man who entered the complaint 
against us, while going to the trial, fell unconscious from his horse', and they 
had CO go for him in a buggy. 

"After the trial was over we both stood up and bore our testimony, and 
feel to rejoice in the glorious work of the Lord." 



AUGUST REVIEW. 



Alabama. — ^The ordinance of baptism was administered to several honest 
investigacors at Gadsden and Molder. The work in Montgomery has been hin- 
dered on account of the yellow fever excitement. After getting permission from Uio 
mayor to canvass Alabama City, Elder H. S. Parkinson had considerable 
trouble with the chief of police there, who told him that if ic was not against 
the law to teach Mormonism, that he had a law of his own that would stop him. 
He followed Elder Parkinson up, and as he would introduce himself and his 
business, the unscrupulous official would ask the scranger at the house if ho 
wanted anything to do with the Mormons. 

Florida. — On the 4th three honest souls were baptized at the St. John's river 
in a heavy rain. Pres. Rich visited Jacksonville on the 12th in che interests of 
our new church to be built there. On the 18th Pres. Ferrin went to Georgia to 
hold branch conference there. 

Gbobgla. — ^The work is progressing very satisfactorily in Atlanta, Macon au<i 
Augusta, many street and cot cage meetings being held each week. The eldeis 
laboring in the country report religious revivals in full swing, making it difficult 
to hold meetings. 

Kentucky. — ^There have been twenty-three honest souls baptised during thft 
month. Elders Broadbenc and B^eman have visited the conference in the interesN 
of the Sunday schools. 

Middle Tennessee. — Pres. Grant, writing from Arington, Tenn., says : "We 
have just held very successfully a series of two days' meetings, Saturday and 
Sunday, Aug. 12th and 13th, where Elders Dance and Woodward had labored 
a year ago last April, making friends of two families who became very interested. 
We are happy to say these meetings cerminated in great joy to the head of each 
family, Geo. F. Edens and J. I. Nealey, who prepared a bowery, where we held 
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being witnessed by about one hundred and fifty souls. Pres. J. W. Grant officiated 
in the ordinance. 

Mississippi. — ^ITie elders have been greatly hampered in their labors owing to 
the yellow fever quarantine in the state. Elders Wm. Hopkins and Chester Lil- 
jenquist were arrested and imprisoned in the Tallahatchie county jail for having 
asked permission to address a congregation which had been disappointed in their 
preachers not arriving. These two brethren afterwards administered the ordinance 
of baptism to two honest souls. 

NOBTH Caboijna. — ^As £21ders Montgomery and Simpson were making a few 
revisits in Winston-Salem, among friends and Saints, one of the Saints, Sister 
Bostie, found a letter in her yard, warning her against harboring Mormon elder-:, 
and for chem to leave her house, as they meant business. The elders did so, they 
having completed their work in that locality. 

Ohio. — During the past month a good work has been done on the street 
comers in the large cities of the state, where the Elders have addressed crowds of 
people. We had a very pleasant time the few days Pres. Rich was with us. 

South Cabouna. — Six baptisms were reported for the month. Pres. R. Ray 
Nixon ad Elder J. H. Cook have arranged to start two Book of Mormon Classens 
among the people at Columbia, Richland Co. A number of successful cottage 
meetings have been held by Elders Jens C. Anderson, Jos. Nelson and Jos. Andei 
son at Wallhalla, Oconee county. 

ViBOiNiA. — ^We have had a great deal of rain which has hindered the elders 
to some extent in their canvassing, and has done a great deal of damage to the 
crops in farming districts. The elders have met with no violence from mobs, 
and have received courteous treatment from the good people of Virginia. Elders 
H. E. Owens and B. E. Stone were refused the privilege of working among the 
people of Fries, (Grayson Co.), by the authorities of that place. The Saints in 
Giles county have enlarged their church at Mountain Lake, and preparations havo 
been made to hold the fall conference there. The counties of Bland and Scoit 
have been thoroughly canvassed, and Floyd. Buchanan and Tazewell have been 
entered again. Elders D. B. Foulger (who labored in this conference during the 
fore part of his mission) and A. C. Wright, who are on their way home, visited 
many places of historical interest in this city yesterday, and this morning left for 
Washington, D. C. 



The noblest motive is the public good. — VirgiL 



From the looks, not the lips, is the soul reflected. — McDonald Clarke. 



Take away the sword ; states can be saved without it ; bring the pen — Bultcer. 



Know how to listen, and you will profit even from those who talk badly. — 
Plutarch. 



Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait. Beauty without expression 
tires. — Emerson. 



No civilization other than that which is Christian is worth seeking or possess- 
ing. — BUmarck. 



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THE DEVIL'S CHOICEST COUNTERFEIT. 

"We are not antagonistic to any religions sect In the United States, excepting the 
Utali Mormons." 

The above remark was made by an elder of the Reorganized Church a short 
time since, when showing one of the missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day Saints through the temple at Kirtland, a building now owned by the 
Reorganizers. The missionary was a stranger to the individual making the state- 
ment, or he possibly would never have made it, which goes to show that without 
doubt the same remarkable declaration is made to all strangers visiting the 
historic structure. Consequently, it is now understood that the special mission of 
the Reorganized Church is that of hatred, and chey are very anxious that all 
people should understand cheir position. We are also anxious that their position 
should be known, so that members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints will not be deceived by this spurious organization. And the elders in this 
Mission should warn every convert and every investigator and friend as to what 
they may expect when they turn their hearts to God and determine to learn of 
His ways. For they can depend upon it that these representatives of thi^ 
apostate organization will camp upon their trail and attempt to uproot the 
faith planted there by the Word as declared by our elders. 

No other form of so-called religion affords the devil such an opportunity for 
making an aggressive warfare on the Church of Christ as does the Reorganized* 
Church. It is as near a counterfeit of the true Church, organized in this dis- 
pensation by God, through, the Prophet Joseph Smith, as it is possible to conceiv*^ 
of. It professes to believe in the di\'ine mission of this latter-day prophet, and 
in a church with apostles; but yet it is absolutely devoid of authority and revela- 
iton, and the other powers and blessings which characterized the administration of 
Joseph Smith. It is the very church peculiarly adapted to the work of the adver- 
sary, into which he can steer all those who are capable of being deceived. It 
should be remembered that this is a day when the devil will so imitate the truih 
that if it were jK)ssible the very elect would be deceived. He will have power to 
transform himself "into an angel of light" and "maketh fire come down froia 
heaven on the earth in the sight of men" chat thereby he "deceiveth them thrc 
dwell on the earth." What better medium or organization could he have to 
accomplish this than one patterned after the true church o^ Christ, albeit devoid 
of, yec claiming to have, the authority of the priesthood of the Son of God. 

The spirit of hatred filled the hearts of the men who instituted the Reorganized 
Church — hatred against the men upon whose shoulders the mantle of the Prophe^ 
Joseph had fallen, and the evil one has filled the hearts of its leaders ever since. 
Hatred and contention have been and are their particular mission agaist the Church 
of Jesus Chrits of Latter-day Saints. No wonder, then, that the Reorganizcrs 
should unite in declaring to the world, "We are not antagonistic to any religiou< 
sect, excepting the Utah Mormons." How true the words of the Savior, as 
recorded in the Book of Mormon (III Nephi xi, 2D-30) : "For verily, verily. I 
say unto you, he that hath the spirit of contention is not of me, but is of the 
devil, who is the father of contention, and he stirreth up the hearts of men to 
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up the hearts of men with anger, one against another ; but this is my doctrine, chac 
such things should be done away." 

The Reorganizers go hand in hand with the Presbyterian, the Methodist and 
the Baptist in their warfare upon the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints, following up the searcher after truth and injecting their poison and 
yenom at every opportunity. They court the favors of the world, and are anxious 
that chey shall not be classed with the Utah Mormons. They do not want perse- 
cution, nor do they wish to be at "outs" with the rest of spurious Christianity. 
They are of the world, therefore the world loves its own, and will care for them, 
and they have no need to fear that persecution will be their lot. And it is always 
their aim in preaching upon the streets to impress upon their hearers that they do 
not belong to that sect which is despised of the religious organizations, doing thh 
CO gain favor with the rest of Christianity. , 

The very name "Reorganized" with which they have christened their spurious 
church, itself declares the falsity of their claims, especially when it is understood 
as detailed in another portion of this article, that its organizers were apostates. 

The prophet Daniel, in interpreting the dream of the king of Babylon, as 
recorded in the second chapter of Daniel, tells what shall happen in the "latter 
days," when the image should be ground into pieces by the "stone cut out of the 
mountain without hands." It is to be in these days when "the God of Heaven 
shall set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, and the kingdom shall 
not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all other 
kingdoms, and it shall stand forever." This kingdom the Prophec Joseph Smith 
claimed to be the instrument in the hands of God of organizing and through all the 
tribulations and persecutions and drivings and martyrdoms it has passed through, 
€rod has been mindful of His promises and has not permitted the destruction of 
His kingdom, nor has He left it with any other people, but the Saints of the 
Most High possess ic, and will possess it, for ever and ever. Had it passed to the 
Josephite Church, as the Reorganizers claim, then this prophecy could have bnd 
no fufilling as a result of the mission of Joseph Smith. They themselves claim 
that it was "broken down" and remained disorganized for sixteen years, at which 
time representatives of various apostate factions which had broken away from 
the Church and set up their standard under such leadership as Strang, Lyman 
Wight, and other apostates, met together and found middle grounds upon which 
they could meet in unison and perfected what they called the Reorganized Church, 
which they blasphemously presented to the Prophet's son in the name of Jesu^ 
Christ, and ordained him their prophet, seer and revelator. 

It is true the courts awarded the building known as the Kirtland Temple lo 
the Reorganizers, and they have placarded this fact on its walls. 
But of what particular value is such a building to them? What do 
they know about temples? What do they know about the sacred ordinances of 
the Lord's house, as revealed to the Prophet Joseph Smith? What do they know 
about performing the ordinance of baptism for the dead? or the washings and s^al- 
ings and anointings and endowments given in Temples? Directly that building 
became polluted by man, it was no longer fit for the holy work for which it was 
erected. Joseph Smith abandoned it, as God had abandoned it, and had the prophet 
returned to Kirtland, he would never have used it for any of the purposes for 
which it was built. Therefore, when the Reorganizers went into court, asking for 
a title of the building, the original and true church, knowing of its pollution, made 
no attempt to interfere, as the building had already, in the days of the Prophet, 
been abandoned for the use for which it was built. 

Had the temple at Kirtland not been polluted by man, and consequently aban- 
doned by the church, it would never have been used as it is now, as a puppet-show 
or museum, turned over to the curious to be gazed at with worldly eyes. 

Any one acquainted with the Prophet Joseph, knows that the first thing he 
thought of when the church found a resting place from its drivings, was to search 
out a site on which a temple could be built to the most high God. This is evident 
to those who followed their history from Kirtland to Independence, to Far West, 
to Nauvoo, where sites for temples were selected by the Prophet, showing it to b*? 



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uppermost in his mind wherever he went; and he never lost sight of the great 
importance of the work which God showed to him mast be done in a cemple. The 
Bame spirit of Elijah rested on Brigham Young, his successor. The very first thing 
he did, after the pilgrimage of the pioneers to the great Salt Lake valley, was to 
place his stick in the ground, on the very spoc where the great Salt Lake tempi rj 
now stands, and say to those around him, **Here shall be erected the temple of one 
Qod I" And there it stands today, wherein thousands administer in behalf of the 
dead, and become saviors upon Mount Zion. The same can be said of the temples 
ac Manti, at St. George, and at Logan, Utah, where millions in money have been 
expended in the erection of these sacred edifices. 

Every truth, every principle, every ordinance, every key and every bless- 
ing bestowed by the God of Heaven upon Joseph Smith, His anointed, is now with 
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and before the prophets death 
he told the Twelve^ that every gift, power or authority received by him, he had 
conferred upon them, the Twelve, and they were in possession of all the power and 
authority necessary to build up the kingdom of God, in all the world. At tho 
prophet's death, this quorum, standing next in authority, as shoton by the revela- 
tions of Ood, with Brigham Young, as the president of the quorum, took charge 
of the church in the face of the opposition of those miserable apostates who after- 
wards became the foundation of the "Reorganized Church," and God's work has noi 
in any degree, been destroyed nor has it been left to another people. If the "Re- 
organizers" had the only true gospel, they would be exhibiting some of its fruits, — 
"love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance" 
(Gal. V, 22-23) instead of hate, contention, reviling, strife, envy, and other "works 
of the flesh." 

Their elder was indeed correct in making his statement that they "are not 
antagonistic to any religious organization in the United States, excepting the 
Utah Mormons," although we know that among the members of the Reorganizer*? 
there are many honest people who have been deceived, and it is our earnest hope 
that their eyes will be opened to see that God would not allow His work to he 
established and then disorganize it, and afterwards suffer it to be reorganized by 
men who had fought His authority and tried to overthrow His work. 

If the Saints will closely study the prediction of the prophet Daniel, referred 
to in this article, they will observe that from the time the little stone was ciif 
out of the mountain without hands, its destiny was to have a continuous growth, 
instead of being broken up, and having to be cut out of the mountain again — for a 
second start, or a reorganization. Any one acquainted with the history of rbe 
Church will know that God has blessed His work from its organization with a 
continuous growth ; at the close of each year the little stone has been larger 
than it was the previous year; and so it will continue until its destiny is ful- 
filled by becoming a great mountain, as seen by Daniel, and it filh the whole earth 
with the righteousness of God. The Prophet Joseph understood this and realized, 
more than any other man, the impossibility of disorganizing or staying the contin 
uous growth of the work. His faith and knowledge of this were emphatically and 
beautifully stated by him in the following language : 

"No unhallowed hand can stop the work of God from progressing. Persecu- 
tion may rage ; mobs may combine ; armies may assemble ; calumny may defam<^ ; 
but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly and independently, until it ha- 
penetrated every continent, visited ever clime, swept every country and sounded in 
every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the Great Jehovah 
shall say the work is done." 



The Reorganized Church is the result of the work of apostates and was organ- 
ized without authority after a lapse of sixteen years from the Prophet's death. 
In brief, the history of events culminating in its organization is as follows: Im- 
mediately after the martyrdom of Joseph Smith in June, 1844, Sidney Rigdon 
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guardian, clahning be bad received a vision in wbicb many important tbings bail 
been sbown bim. Notwithstanding tbe reputation Sidney Rigdon bad as an orafor. 
and despite tbe fact tbat he spoke for an hour and a half, be made no impression 
upon the multitude. President Brigham Young arose as soon as Rigdon sat down, 
and be bad no sooner commenced speaking than tbe people recognized tbe voice of 
t^e Prophet Joseph ; and not only tbat, but it seemed to tbe people as though 
Joseph himself stood there before them, so transfigured was President Young as be 
thundered out, "I will tell you who your guardians will be — tbe Twelve !" No 
longer was there any doubt in the minds of the people as to who should preside, 
and out of tbe thousands assembled that day, not one voted in support of Sidney 
Rigdon's claims. 

Soon after this William Smith, brother of the Prophet Joseph, now patriarch 
of the Church in place of.Hyrum, who bad been martyred, claimed the position of 
President of the Church, because be was tbe only surviving brother of Joseph. So 
violent did be become in denunciation of those who would not entertain bis claims, 
tbat be was excommunicated from the Church. He then drifted to Wisconsin and 
associated himself with James J. Strang and other apostates in an attempt to 
establish a church, from the remnants of the Church left in Illinois and Wisconsin, 
placing himself as its president. He failed in this, however, and subsequently be- 
came connected with tbe Reorganizers when they placed young Joseph at its head. 

Lyman Wight and Bishop George Miller next made an ineffectual attempt fo 
divide tbe Church, and did lead away small parties of its membership, going to 
Texas to establish themselves. They soon quarreled and finally separated, MilHr 
making bis way to Wisconsin, where be joined James J. Strang. Both had been 
excommunicated from the Church, however. As to James J. Strang, he claimed 
tbat about ten days before bis death the Prophet Joseph gave bim a letter contain- 
ing a revelation appointing him to be bis successor as president and prophet, follow- 
ing it up by asserting tbat immediately after the martyrdom of Joseph Smith am 
angel appeared unto bim and ordained bim to be a prophet to tbe Church. Among 
those who accepted and sustained bis claims were William Smith, tbe brother of 
tbe Prophet, tbe notorious John C. Bennett, John E. Page and others. Strang, 
besides being prophet and president, was crowned as a king over tbe people whom 
he led away from tbe Church to Wisconsin. A general uprising took place among 
this people there in which Strang was killed, and tbe organization fell to pieces. 

Among those who believed in the claims of William Smith to be President of 
the Church, on the grounds that he was the only surviving brother of tbe Prophcl 
Joseph, was one Jason W. Briggs, who also had ^^revelations" claiming how the 
Church should be conducted, which "revelation" was sent out to tbe scattered 
churches. At the same time as this was being done, Zenas H. Gurley, presiden: 
of one of tbe Strang branches in southwestern Wisconsin, became convinced that 
neither James J. Strang, William Smith, nor any that had claimed to be prophet-i 
since Joseph's death were servants of God, and he claimed to have been com- 
manded by the "voice of the spirit" to rise up and cast them all off. He read cte 
"revelation" of Briggs, predicting the coming forth of one of the* seed of Joseph 
the Prophet to lead the Church, but even this he would not wholly accept, although 
be states the Holy Spirit declared to him subsequently that "the suceess^r < f 
Joseph Smith is Joseph Smith, the son of Joseph Smith the Prophet." Brigg« 
and Gurley then united, called a conference of their followers and disclaimed oil 
connection with those men who bad presumed to lead the church. They then 
organized one themselves and ordained apostles, among whom were Briggs and 
Gurley. Young Joseph, who had failed as a merchant, lawyer, farmer and railroad 
contractor, was then called to act as president of this Reorganized Church, which 
he did, in 1860, seven years after Briggs and Gurley established it. This took place 
at a conference at which Gurley presided. The people voted to receive him as n 
prophet, the successor of his father, and Gurley said : "Brother Joseph, I present 
this church to you in the name of Jesus Christ." In the course of his response, 
young Joseph said : "I pledge myself to promulgate no doctrine that shall not h<» 
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him as president of the high priesthood and president of the church, notwithstand- 
ing they possessed no authority themselves with which to do this. 

All through this medley of confusion, when Law and Wight and Smith an«1 
Briggs and Gurley and other apostates were organizing churches, it is remarkable 
chat no one was heard to proclaim the most prominent argument now used by the 
Reorganizers, that the Prophet Joseph ordained his son at Liberty Jail, Missouri, 
to be his successor. And yet had such a thing occurred it would have been of 
no avail, because God, by His revelations through the Prophet Joseph, had already 
set forth the power and authority of the quorums of His priesthood, stating wh?ch 
of them constituted the highest, as well as designating the next in authority which 
should become the successor of the highest when death should take away the presi- 
dent. But even this latest argument of the Reorganizers has recently received a 
cooling set-back by the affidavit of John Rigdon, son of Sidney Rigdon, who was 
with young Joseph all the time during the visit made by him and his mother co 
Liberty Jail, and who declares most solemnly, under oath, that young Joseph's 
statement as to being ordained by his father the Prophet is a base falsehood, and 
that no such anointing or ordination took place as is now alleged by the apostate 
organization. 

All this time the body of the Church, under the leadership of President 
Brigham Young, upon whom the mantle of Joseph had so signally fallen, had con- 
tinued to grow and increase under the divine approbation of the Lord. No weapon 
that had been formed against it bad prospered, and every hand raised against it ha:i 
come to naught. It had not become disorganized by the death of the Prophet or the 
apostacy and traitorous conduct of its leading men. Instead, the Church has ba- 
come a mighty people in the midst of the Rocky Mountains, as the Prophet Joseph 
predicted it should become, and it has continued the work of redemption both for 
the living and the dead, for the glory of Zion, which it will continue to do until th: 
consummation of all things. 



NOTES FROM THE FIELD. 



Back numbers of Volume T\^'o of the Journal can be had by those desiring to 
complete their volume. Send at once. 



The missionary subscription price to the Juvenile Instructor is now $1.2n. 
The elders will please remember this hereafter. 



We have a few bound volumes of Vol. I of The Elders' Journal. These will 
be valuable in a few years. Any one desiring a volume can get them for seventy- 
five cents delivered. 



One of our subscribers in Georgia says : **I had rather do without bread than 
The Journal, if there was a way to sustain life, for the dear little Journal 
is food for the soul." 



We appreciate the kind help given by Elder E. A. Griffin, at Escalante, Utah, 
who sends us the names of half a dozen subscribers secured by him in his ward. 
**Go thou and do likewise." 



The elders of the mission are counseled to adopt the derby hat from now on. 
This will produce a uniformity among the missionaries, which is greatly desired, 
besides which they are more durable. 



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"We have given the Joubnal special attention," says Pres. Hull of the Ohio 
conference, "and as the fruits of our labor, most every Saint in Ohio is visited 
every two weeks by our little messenger of truth." 



President Rich has appointed a meeting of the conference presidents for Fri 
day and Saturday, September 22 and 23, in Chattanooga, and a grand time of 
rejoicing is expected when the brethem all get together. 



The set of stereoscopic views, twenty-nine in number, composing the "Silent 
Missionary," can be had for $4.25 postpaid. If a stereoscope is needed with it. 
send an extra eighty cents. We have a few of them in aluminum. 



During a series of nine meetings recently held at Moulder, Madison county, 
Ala., by Elders Jacob A. Paton and David Larson, a spirit of interest and inves- 
tigation was manifested. One baptism has taken place with prospects of many 
others as a result of the work done. 



We have received a communication from Bro. Benj. Richardson of the Glol>o 
cotton mills, at Augusta, Ga., in which he narrates his conversion to the church 
and bears a strong testimony to the divinity of Joseph Smith's mission. Had we 
room we would have gladly published it. 



Second class colonists' rates on the railroads will be effective, going wesc, on 
September 15, and are good until October 21. These rates are very low, and 
people contemplating going west should arrange to take advantage of them. liet 
all such communicate wich this office. 



Letters of appointment, such as are now being used in the mission, have 
been sent out this week to the elders, and dates have been filled in to correspond 
with the daces the brethren arrived in the field, together with the Conference m 
which they were assigned to labor, and the name of the Conference President. 



The next issue of the Journal will contain a most valuable article written by 
Sidney Rigdon in the sixth year after the Church was organized. It is taken from 
the Latter-day Saints Messenger and Advocate, published at Kirtland, O., in 
December, 1836, che first periodical published by the Church. The Journal will 
contain many of these gems, and therefore it should be widely circulated. 



Pres. R. Ray Nixon of the South Carolina conference writes: "The Saints are 
greatly interested in the Elders* Journal.. It has opened up a home for the 
elders in Columbia. A lady was at the home of one of our Saints and saw the 
Journal. She took it home and read the account of the mobbing in Tennessee, 
and it so moved her that she is now a good friend and investigator, besides sub- 
scribing for the paper." 



**The Elders' Journal is a paper I would not be without," writes Elder W. 
M. Hansen, of Logan, Utah. "When it reaches me, and I note its contents, I 
feel as though I was back in my southern home again. Anything which comes 
from the southern states always finds a warm spot in my heart. I love the south 
and her people, for it was there I planted my youthful footprints in trying to 
explain the principles of life and salvation unto that people, and I hope when out 
Father shall see fit to again call me in his vineyard to preach his Gospel that 
my lot will be with the southern states. 



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Elder James H. Wallis, who has been laboring in the Mission office in connec- 
tion with The Eldebs' Joubna.l, has been appointed associate editor of the mis- 
sionary paper, and the bulk of the work will rest upon his shoulders. We desire 
to say to the elders that they must heed all the counsel given them from time to 
time through the pages of the Joubnal, and not conceive the idea that the^words of 
the paper are to have any less weight with them on account of this announcemenr. 
The President of the Mission is consulted concerning matter which appears in th<»se 
pages, and the elders should receive the Journal as their official guide in their 
labors. Elder Wallis has been given a temporary leave of absence on acocunt of 
important business connected with his newspaper in the west, but will return and 
be at his post of duty in about two weeks. 



While laboring in Crenshaw Co., Alabama, Elder L. E. Harris and Pres. 
Jesse F. Bean attended a Campbellite revival, and listened to a sixty minu^i 
tirade on "Mormonism," after which they asked permission to speak in defense of 
the religion and people who had just been so defamed and abused, and to their 
own astonishment were granted the privilege. They held a meeting, devoting the 
time to church history and the question of authority. At the close of the 8ervi<*o 
neither the ministers nor the members had anything to say in answer to thvj 
charge of the elders that all ministers outside of the Church of Christ were usui- 
pers. At first the air seemed thick with prejudice but at the singing of our 
songs the mists seemed to clear, and all listened attentively. After meeting, thr 
elders distributed some tracts and went on their way rejoicing. 



It will be remembered that a few weeks ago Elder Z. C. Whittle, of the 
Middle Tennessee conference, was released to return home on account of his 
father's serious illness. His father died soon after his return home, withouc 
recognizing his boy, however. Elder Whittle writes: "I was not surprised when 
I received word that I was to return home, for I was shown in a dream some 
four months ago that after I had been in the mission field fifteen months I would 
be released to return liome. I told my companion. Elder John G. Shields, the 
dream I had had that same night, but did not then know what it was for. What 
short time I spent in the mission field are the happiest days of my life. I hopo 
the time will come when I will be permitted to take another mission." 



Writing from Darbun, Pike county. Miss., Pres. E. D. Buchanan says; 
"A short time ago I received a letter from Pres. Ben. E. Rich, with another 
letter enclosed from Mr. Geo. Ivy, requesting that two elders be sent to the bed- 
side of his wife, who was very sick. Mr. Ivy and wife have been staunch friend" 
and investigators for years past, and members of their family have been admin- 
istered to at different times with such gratifying results that at the time of 
her last illness Mrs. Ivy had faith that if the elders could reach her in time 
she would be healed. Elder D. A. Tidwell and I lefc on the first train to comply 
with their request, but were sorry to learn, before we reached them, that she 
was dead and buried. We went, how^ever. and saw Mr. Ivy and family, and 
did all we oould to comfort them. Sister Ivy was an exceptionally good ladj, 
a kind and true wife and mother, and will be missed by all who knew her. W? 
were pleased to have the privilege of blessing four of their children. Mr. Ivy 
is a kind father and a good citizen, and we sympathize with him in his sorrow.*' 



A remarkable case of healing is reported from Bannerville, Fla. : Little 
Amandy E. Comer, the six-year-old daughter of Brother and Sister J. H. Comer, 
there, had been for some time previous to May 27, 1905, a very sick child. She 
had been under the care of several doctors for two years, they calling it dropsy of 
the heart. She had become so ill that the doctors and her relatives gave her up — 
even her mother thought her darling's case hopeless. On the above mentioned 
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Amandy in the condition marrated. They administered to her, and for the fir^t 
time in two weeks she lay down and rested in peace. Previously she had to get what 
rest she could by sitting up, but after "the anointing with oil and the prayers of 
faith" she was able to lay down. The administration was repeated the following 
morning, May 28, the child not being as well as the night previous, and again that 
night she was anointed. Next morning Amandy awoke after the departure of th^; 
elders from her home and said, '*Mamma, I am well," and enquired for the elders. 
She requested that her mother write and tell Elders Bocker and Snyder that she 
was well. Today dear little Amandy is perfectly well, the picture of health and 
happiness, and has been ever since May 29. Such is the testimony of her parents. 



ARRIVALS. 



The following elders arrived in Chattanooga on August 21 : Richard B. Sum- 
merhays, of Salt Lake City, Utah; A. L. Jones, Overton, Nevada; Geo. W. 
Etherington, West Weber, Utah. 



APPOINTMENTS. 



Elder Sylvester Broadbent has been appointed President of the East Tennessee 
Conference. 

Elder A. L. Jones is appointed to labor in the Virginia Conference. 

Elder Geo. W. Etherington is appointed to labor in the East Tennessee 
Conference. 

Elder Richard B. Summerhays is appointed to labor in the Mission office. 



TRANSFERS. 

Elder Julian M. Cummings has been transferred from the Middle Tennessee 
Conference to the Mission office. 

Elder Elmer B. Mecham has been transferred from the North Carolina Con- 
ference to the Florida Conference. 

Elder Lawrence Johnson has been transferred from the Alabama Conference 
to the Ohio Conference. 



RELEASES. 



Elders H. G. Child and Frank S. Epperson have been honorably released from 
laboring in the Ohio Conference to return home. 

Elder Charles L. Gines has been honorably released from traveling in the 
Virginia Conference, on account of sickness, to return home. 

Elder William L. Batty has been honorably released from presiding over the 
East Tennessee Conference, and returned home August 21, in charge of a small 
company of emigrating Saints. 

Elder Sylvester Broadbent has been released from traveling in the Kentucky 
Conference. 



Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones. — Seneca, 



A life of pleasure makes even the strongest mind frivolous at last. — Bulwer, 

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THOU DOEST ALL THINGS WELL. 

(JAMES H. WALLIS.) 

O gracious Lord ! when trials sore 
Do seem to press us more and more, 
Teach us above all things to tell, 
That Thou e*er doest all things well. 

When powers of darkness tempt us stray 
From rectitude's blest narrow way. 
As we o*ercome, help us to tell 
'Tis Thou that doest all things well. 

When loved ones, whom we cherish fond, 
Leave us in tears for realms beyond. 
Help us, as hearts with anguish swell. 
To know Thou doest all things well. 

When scorned at when we dare to do 
Thy holy will, and sin eschew ; 
When kin forsake us, friends rebel, 
We*ll sing, Thou doest all things well. 

When heavenly gates ope to our view, 
And all on earth we bid adieu, 
Celestial choirs shall help us swell 
This song — ;Thou doest all things well. 



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Elder Ben. E. Rich, op the Southern Stat'cs Mission 

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If a people, a communitpy or a society — can accumulate tcealthf increase a 
tcorldly fortune, improve in science and arts, rise to eminence in the eyes of the 
public, surmount difficulties so much as to bid defiance to poverty and toretched- 
nese, it must be a new creation, a race of beings superhuman. But in all our 
poverty and want, we have yet to learn for the first time, that we are not indus- 
trious and temperate, and wherein we have not always been the last to retaliate 
or resent an injury, and the first to overlook and forgive. — Joseph Smith. 



Vol. III. Septembeu 15, 1905. No. 2. 



JOHN W. RIQDON'S TESTIMONY CONFIRMED. 

In the issue of the Journal for August 15 we published the affidavit of John 
W. Rigdon concerning the falsity of the statement now made \^ the Reorganizers 
that the Prophet Joseph Smith ordained* young Joseph to be his successor. The 
following additional information will therefore be of interest: 

Bunkerville, Lincoln Co., Nev., Aug. 4, 1905. — Seeing the testimony of J. W. 
Rigdon in the Semi-Weekly News of July 31, and being much interested in the 
subject, and knowing that there lived in this place a' man that was quite familiar 
with the early scenes of Church history, especially those in and about Far West, 
Missouri, and having heard him say that he had many times visited his father and 
the Prophet Joseph, while they were incarcerated in Liberty jail, I went an inter- 
viewed Orange L. Wight (eldest son of former Apostle Lyman Wight), who U 
now 82 years old and resides with his daughter, Sister Harriet M. Earl. Brother 
Wight is quite feeble in body, but his mind seems to be as bright as ever. 

I found Brother Wight in his usual good humor, and seemed quite willing to 
talk, in fact, was pleased to do so. "Elder Wight," said I, "are you willing to 
make a statement for publication in regard to what you know about Joseph 
Smith, son of the Prophet Joseph, being ordained while in Liberty jail to lead 
the Church?" 'Certainly I ami" "Then," said I, "just write me out a brief 
statement covering those points and I will give it in your own words." Follow- 
ing is Brother Wight's statement : 

"In regard to the statement of John W. Rigdon, I endorse it in every point. 
Brother John W. Rigdon speaks of being in Liberty prison when the Proph«»t 
Joseph Smith, Sidney Rigdon, Hyrum Smith, Lyman Wight, and others, were 
there (the others were Caleb Baldwin and Alexander McRae). I ^Iso visited the 
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periods, and I can not recollect of ever hearing the subject of an ordination mon- 
tioned. 

"My father, Lyman Wight, nor my mother, never alluded to it during thelv 
lifetime in my presence, so I take it for granted that Joseph, the son of tho 
Prophet Joseph Smith, was not ordained to fill the place of his father, in the 
Liberty jail. I was born in the state of New York Nov. 29, 1823, hence am 
about seven years older than Brother John W. Rigdon. And if an ordination of 
young Jcseph had occurred in the prison, I would likely have heard of it, and 
would certainly recollect it. 

"Previous to this, while I was several years younger, the Twelve Apostlex 
were organized and commisioned to assist in leading and governing the Church. 
I can recollect every detail distinctly. My acquaintance with the Prophet was 
from the year 1830 to this martyrdom, and I can truly say he was a Prophet of 
God and wa-? appointed to the divine mission to organize the Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter-day Saints, in this last dispensation. 

"As to the Prophet's believing and practising polygamy, I have as near a 
certain knowledge of the fact, I may say, as any man living; I was well ac- 
quainted with most or all of his wives, and talked with them on the subject, at Lh'» 
same time my wife also talked with them. 

"If there is anything further that is necessary for me to commimicate in 
regard to my recollection, I will willingly do so. Respectfully, 

"ORANGE L. WIGHT." 

Further talk with Brother Wight brought out the following facts: He was 
baptized into the Church in the spring of 1832, was with the Church through 
all their troubles in the state of Missouri. Brother Wight filled a thirteoj 
months' mission to the state of Virginia in company with Jedediah M. Grant and 
others, was in Nauvoo at the time the Prophet was captured at Dixon, 111., and 
was one of the crew that went up the Illinois river on the steamer ^faid of 
Iowa to assist in rescuing the Prophet. JOSEPH I. EARL. 



WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE ELDERS. 

• (From President Wilford Woodruff.) 

I would rather have a son in the vineyard, saving the souls of men, than to 
have him heaping up gold at home and becoming a millionaire. Yes ; I thank Go*! 
that the young men of Israel are rising up and going forth into the vineyard and 
magnifying the Holy Priesthood, and preparing themselves to fulfill their high 
destiny in this important dispensation. As I look over the history of this Church 
and kingdom of God on the earth, and think of the army of faithful laborers in 
the kingdom who have passed to the other side of the vail, and realize that I 
soon shall follow them, and as I draw near the close of my testimony and labor 
in the flesh, my anxiety greatly deepens and increases concerning the rising gener- 
ation, which I am to leave behind me in these mountains of Israel. I am thor- 
oughly satisfied in my own mind that there never was a generation of young 
men and maidens since the world was, that had awaiting them the same high 
destiny that awaits the young men and maidens who dwell in these valleya, 
surrounded by the everlasting hills, upon whose heads rest the blessings which 
the old Patriarch Jacob sealed upon the heads of his sons, Joseph and Ephraim. 
and their posterity. Through their lineage the sons and daughters who inhabit 
these mountains claim, and, as God lives, will inherit the blessings sealed upon 
the head of Ephraim in the last days. 

We are living in a momentous age, and events as weighty as ever rested upon 
the earth will have to be met by the generation which follows us. The whole earth 
is groaning under the weight of darkness, crime, corruption, and abominations, 
and its inhabitants are preparing themselves for the outpouring of the just judg- 
ments and indignation of an avenging God. In the midst of this scene of events, 
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of Zion, to hold the helm of state, or to prepare a piece of safety that mortal men 
may stand in holy places and be preserved, while the great judgments of God 
sweep the widced from off the earth, in fulfillment of the revelations of St. John 
and other Apostles and Prophets who spoke as they were moved upon by the 
Holy Ghost? Though heaven and earth pass away, not one jot or tittle of what 
has been predicted will fall unfulfilled. Neither God nor angels look to any other 
people than the Latter-day Saints — the Elders of Israel, the young men of 
Zion — to go forth bearing the Holy Priesthood to warn this Christian Gentile 
generation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ of the judgments which are to come; 
and their testimony will prove a savor of life unto life or of death unto death to 
all who hear it. 

Therefore, ye Elders of Israel, and young men who are in the vineyard of 
the Lord, or who dwell in Zion, prepare yourselves for that which is to come. 
Take upon yourselves the whole armor of Gtod, and bear a true and faithfpl 
testimony unto all people where Providence may call you, that your garments 
may be clean from the blood of all men, for the eyes of all the heavenly hosts of 
Gk)d, angels and men, are watching over you with feelings of the deepest interest. 
You are called and ordained of God to prepare this great and mighty work for 
the coming of the Son of Man. The Lord has said, through the mouth of His ser- 
vant Joseph, that **you are commanded of God to go to all the great and notable 
cities and villages, reproving the world in righteousness of all their unrighteous 
and ungodly deeds, setting forth clearly and understandingly the desolation of 
abomination in the last days; "for with you,'* said the Lord Almighty, **I wiH 
rend their kingdoms: I will not only shake the earth, but the starry heavens 
shall tremble; for I the Lord, have put forth my hand to exert the powers of 
heaven; ye cannot see it now, yet a little while and ye shall see it, and know 
that I am, and that I will come and reign with my people. I am Alpha and 
Omega, the beginning and the end. Amen." 

Thus, ye Elders of Israel, with the word of the Lord resting upon you, what 
manner of men ought ye to be? Gird up the loins of your minds — ^watch and 
be sober. Be ye clean that have the words of the Lord, that ye may be free from 
the blood of this generation. If you labor all the days of your life and save one 
:joul, how great will be your joy in the kingdom of God with that soul ! How 
much more if you save many souls! 

The Lord has called His servants into the vineyard to prune it for the la.»»t 
time, and He is also often showing us, by revelation, the great events that are at 
our doors — the gathering of Israel, the return of the Ten Tribes, the fall of 
Babylon, the judgments of God, the overthrow of the wicked, and all that is to 
transpire in the hour of God's judgment, and the final coming of the Son of Man 
in the clouds of heaven to reward every man according to the deeds done in %he 
body. I say, after the Lord has set all these things before us. He says unto us, 
**If you believe me you will labor while the day lasts, for soon night will come 
when no man can work." There are great events at the door. This generation 
knows not what awaits them. When the people reject the testimony of the Elders 
of Israel and turn them from their doors, they little know what they are doing 
or what their reward will be ; and while our nation is laboring for the destruction 
of the Church and the kingdom of God, and trample under their feet the laws 
and constitution which have been bequeathed unto us by our forefathers through 
the inspiration of Almighty God, they little know of the seed they sow or the 
fearful harvest they are doomed to reap. These eternal truths rest with we*ght 
upon my mind. 

The historian says: **The decline and fall of Rome was attributable to the 
general corruption of its people, and to the engrossing love of pleasure and idle- 
ness. Work, in the last days of Rome, was regarded as only fit for slaves. Its 
citizens ceased to pride themselves on the virtues and characters of their great 
forefathers, and the empire fell because it did not deserve to live. When 
national character ceases to be upheld, a nation may be regarded as next to lost. 
When it c«ases to esteem and to practice the virtues of truthfulness, honesty, in- 
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has only drawn the picture of what has followed all cities, nations and kingdom? 
of the whole earth from the creation of the world until now, and will continu'i 
until the end of the world. The history of Sodom and Gomorrah, the antediluvian 
world, and of Thebes, Memphis, Ninevah, Tyre and Sidon, Babylon the Grent, 
as well as Jerusalem itself, all have fallen when they were ripened in iniquity, 
and all this in fulfillment of the word of the Lord through the mouths of holy men 
who spoke as they were moved upon by the inspiration of eternal truth. The 
Lord has already swept off two great nations from the American continent, in 
fulfillment of His word, when they were ripened in iniquity, and while inspired 
men can look with indifference upon the vortex into which the American govern- 
ment is hastening through the same process to their utter destruction and over- 
throw, who will save the American flag and constitution? I heard Joseph Smith 
say the Elders of Israel would have it to do, and he was a Prophet of God. 
Therefore, prepare yourselves, O ye nations of the earth, for that which awaits 
you, for the God of heaven has a controversy with the nations! The Lord will 
disappoint no one for the want of the fulfillment of any of His words; and wh<*n 
I reflect that there is not one of the Apostles dwelling in the flesh who opened the 
doors of salvation in the British Dominions in 1837, and who assisted in baptizing 
some 17,000 in 1840, and that our mission and labors will soon be found upon 
the other side of the vail — I say, while these reflections rest upon me, I feel 
desirons to urge upon my brethren, the Elders of Israel, to labor faithfully while 
the day lasts. Try to save the souls of men. Bless and not curse. Keep pure 
and clean before the Lord. Pray earnestly for the Holy Spirit to guide you. Be 
patient in well doing. If you are persecuted and derided for the Gospel's sake, 
remember that Jesus has trod that road before you, and descended lower than ever 
you will be called to go; and if you are cast out of doors and get hungry, have 
to travel on foot, get weary and sore, and are without money, remember that 
others, even your fathers after the flesh, have passed through the same ordeal. 
Brigham and Heber, Willard and John, Parley and Orson, Wilford and George A., 
have traveled over the same road, preached in the same halls and streets, got 
hungry the same as you are. We are all in the same old ship of Zion, and thanks 
be to God for the privilege. 

Be of good cheer. Though earth and hell conspire against you, they shall not 
prevail if you are built upon my rock, saith the Lord. 



THE SAINTS AND THE WORLD. 

(By Sidney Riodon, in Messenger and Advocate, December, 1836.) 

The Lord always has an order of things or a dispensation of things suited 
to the times and seasons, and the same dispensation or order of things will not 
suit at all periods of the world. Hence the order of things introduced in the 
days of Abraham would not suit in the days of Moses, and the order of things in the 
days of Moses had to give way in the days of the Apostles, and the order of 
things established by the apostles must cease when the dispensation of the full< 
ness of times comes in. See Ephesians, first chapter, tenth verse. For the dis- 
pensation in the days of Moses was intended for regulating the Saints in cir- 
cumstances different from that in the days of Abraham, and that in the days of 
the apostles different from that of Moses, and the dispensation of the fullness 
of times different from all. 

So that every dispensation must have laws differing from each other, and 
the laws which would be good and wholesome under one dispensation, would be 
injurious and destructive under another; and instead of their tending to good 
they would tend to evil; because they would not at all tend to accomplish the 
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The purposes of God in revelation to this world nmst be accomplished, aud 
the different dispensations necessary must be introduced, in order that they may 
be accomplished, otherwise the testimony of the Prophets must fail, and the glory 
of God be tarnished forever. 

It is not my intention in writing this treatise to occupy the attention of my 
readers with remarks on the dispensations preceding my own day, only as occa- 
sion may require, but to invite their attention to the one under which we live. 

And the first item, is the fact that a dispensation was to be introduced 'n 
the last days, different from all that had gone before; that was neither the dis- 
pensation of Abraham, of Moses, nor yet of the Apostles of the New Testament 
(so called.) For proof of this we quote Ephesians, 1:10. "That in the dispen- 
sation of the fullness of times, he might gather together in one all things in 
Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth, even in him." 

Here, then, there is not only a dispensation mentioned, but the features of 
it so clearly set forth, as to preclude the necessity of mistakes. For we are told, 
in so many words, that it was to be a dispensation of gathering together all 
things which are in Christ Jesus; whether the things to be gathered were on 
earth or in heaven, they were all to be gathei;ed together. It wants but a moment's 
reflection to see that the dispensation mentioned in this verse, is neither the diK- 
pensation of Abraham, of Closes, nor yet of the Apostles: for neither of those 
dispensations nor the laws and regulations pertaining thereto, had power, neither 
were they designed to gather together all things in Christ. This must be the 
work of the last dispensation which will be introduced in the world. 

The Apostle Peter calls this dispensation by another name, in the third chapter 
of the Acts of rhe Apostles and first verse. He there calls it the times of the 
restitution of all things. Every observer of the ways of men and things knows 
that the present order of things in the world is not the restitution of all things. 
The apostle further says of this restitution of all things, that it has been 
spoken of by the mouth of all the holy prophets since the world began. So that 
it has been a matter of public notoriety among the saints of all ages and of ail 
generations. It is with this dispensation of things we have to do in the days in 
which we live. 

Let me here remark that the religion of Abraham, of Moses and of the 
Apostles, ceased to exist ; they are nowhere found in the world, neither do 
men believe that they will ever return to the earth. Ask any of the professors 
of religion of the different denominations if that religion which consisted in 
inspiring apostles, prophets, evangelists, and also in mighty works, such an 
healing the sick, casting out devils, raising the dead, etc., is now in the world, 
and they will answer you in the negative, and will further assure you that ic 
will never return again. 

So, when I say that the religion of the former dispensations is no more, 
I have the concurrence of all the professing world, of all parties and of all 
religions. And that any of them will return to the world in the form in which 
they once existed has yet to bo proven to my mind, for as yet I do not so under- 
stand the Scriptures. That they may yet return to the world, in part, or in 
whole, as forming a part of the dispensation of the fullness of times, I am 
now not disposed to dispute, but shall leave it for further investigation. But as 
the apostle has told us that the dispensation of the fullness of times, or the 
times of the restitution of all things, has been spoken of by the mouth of ail 
the holy prophets since the world began, to them we shall look for its features. 
And this becomes the more necessary, as it is with this dispensation we of the 
last days have to do. 

There will be no dispute among correct biblical students, that under this 
dispensation our Heavenly Father will bring about the deliverance of His people, 
fulfill His covenants which He made with the fathers since the world began, 
and bring about rest and peace on the earth, so that songs of everlasting joy wut 
crown the heads of the righteous, and peace reign within their borders. 

And I presume that it will also be admitted that the saints of the last daya 
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all investigations of this kind we should remember that we are speaking or 
writing of men, not of heavenly messengers; and we must, therefore, inquirr^ 
what kind of people they must be in order that they may inherit the blessings 
of the last days, and through whom the Lord can accomplish what He has 
designed to accomplish by them. 

The Prophet Jeremiah, in speaking of the dispensation of the fullness of 
times, in which all things in Christ were to be gathered in one, says : "Therefore, 
behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said that the Lord 
liveth that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but the 
Lord liveth that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of the north, ani 
from all the lands whither He had driven them, and I will bring them again into 
their land that I gave to their fathers. Behold, I will send for many fishers, 
saith the Lord, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters 
and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill and out of 
the holes of the rocks." Jer. xvi :14, 15, 16. 

These expressions of the prophet give us an idea of what kind of i)eople 
the people of the Lord will be in the times of the restitution, or gathering. That 
they will be a people of most daring courage, and of untiring perseverance, other- 
wise they will never fish Israel, and hunt him from every mountain and every hill, 
and out of the holes of the rocks. It is a well known fact that Israel is widely 
scattered, and that they help to people almost every division of the earth, wiih 
which we are acquainted, and must people some parts with which we are rot 
actjuainted, or else the ten tribes are not in existence on the earth ; and if that 
is the case, the testimony of the prophets is surely false, and they will be found 
false witnesses for Israel ; for Jeremiah has declared in the third chapter of 
his prophecy that Judah and Israel shall walk together, and Ezekiel has said that 
they shall be one nation on the mountains of Israel, and shall be two nations no 
more. Jer. iii:18. Ezek. xxxvii :20, 21, 22. 

So then it comes to this, that the Lord's fishers and hunters have to visit the 
mountains, the hills and the rocks of all nations, in order that the word of tho 
Lord need not be spoken in vain. This surely will require enterprise and perse- 
verance; and patience, too, will need have her perfect work, in order that they 
mav do the will of their Lord and Master, and gather Israel according to His 
decree. 

And it will not require much reflection to see that previous to the time of 
gathering the scattered remnants of Jacob, and the outcasts of Israel, that the 
saints will have to use vast exertion in order that they may be able to bear up 
under the heavy burden which is placed upon them; for it will require great 
wealth to visit every nation and gather up, in many instances, a poor and ignorant 
I>eopIe as those must be who are found in holes of the rocks, and in the moun* 
tains, and bear all the expense of taking them to their own land, that which was 
given to their fathers ; and there build them up. Who does not know that all this 
will be attended with great expense, and who is to bear this expense? The an- 
swer is, the fishers and the hunters ; if so, then how great must be their exertion 
and their enterprise to obtain all the wealth necessary to accomplish so great an 
undertaking; and how liberal, too, must they be, when after so great exertion 
to obtain so great wealth, they will be willing to spend it in thousands, yea. in 
millions, to gather together and to build Israel in order that the word of the 
Lord fail not. 

In those days the words of Isaiah will most assuredly be fulfilled, that 
'*the vile person shall no more be called liberal, nor the churl said to be bounti- 
ful." Isaiah xxii:5. They will try every man's work of what kind it is. So 
man can live among a people whose souls are sufficiently enlarged to nnderiak-i 
an enterprise of so daring a character as this, and yet be a churl ; depend upon 
it, in those days the vile person will not be called liberal, nor the churl bountiful, 
for liberality and entreprise must be the motto of every Saint, or so gigantic a 
work will never be accomplished. 

But in addition to the gathering together of Israel, we have many things 
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the Saints of the laat days must be; for who does not know that the Zion of 
the last days mentioned by the prophets is the place where the people are to be 
gathered, when the fishers and the hunters fish and hunt them from every moun- 
tain and every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks? 

The Psalmist David says -of Zion, in forty-eighth Psalms and second verse, 
that she is beautiful, the joy of the whole earth. 

The Prophet Isaiah has the following interesting sayings in the sixty-second 
chapter of his prophecy, commencing with the first verse we read as follows : 
"For Zion*s sake I will not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not 
rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation 
tU^reof as a lamp that bumeth ; and the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and 
all kings thy glory, and thou shalt be called by a new name which the mouth of 
the Lord shall name. Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of tht? 
Ijord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God." 

He further says, in sixth and seventh verses of the same chapter : *l 
have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their 
peace, day nor night; ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence; and 
give Him no rest until he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth" 

In the sixtieth chapter of Isaiah, we have one of the most beautiful tl?- 
scriptions given of the Zion of the last days, that can be given any place by 
the pen of man. Any person who will give himself the trouble to read this 
chapter must see that the Zion here spoken of is one which is built up by the 
gathering together of the righteous from the different parts of the world where 
they are found. As the chapter is too long to quote, we shall make some extracts 
from it; though we would solicit our readers to take their Bibles and read the 
whole chapter carefully through, as it contains matter of great consequence to 
the Saints. 

In the sixth verse, in speaking of Zion, he says: **The multitude of camels 
shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Epha, all they from Sheba shall 
come ; they shall bring gold and incense ; they shall show forth the praises of tho 
Lord." Seventh verse : "All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto 
thee; the rams of Nabaioth shall minister unto thee, they shall come up with 
acceptance on mine altar and I will glorify the house of my glory." Ninch 
verse: "Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish, first to 
bring thy sons from afar, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name 
of the Lord, Thy God, and the Holy One of Israel, because He hath glorifioJ 
thee." Thirteenth and fourteenth verses: "The glory of Lebanon shall come 
unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box tree, together, to beautify the 
place of my sanctuary ; and I will make the place of my feet glorious. Th.; 
sons of them also that aflBicted thee shall come bending unto thee, and all thoy 
that despise thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet, and they 
shall call thee the city of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel." 

We have made these quotations in order to find out what kind of people 
the people of the Lord shall be in the last days. This we propose to do in our 
own minds, by ascertaining what they had to do, and out of hundreds of quotations 
which we might make out of the prophets to the same effect, we shall be conten: 
with a few which we have made, as being sufficient to give an idea of what son 
of people the Lord will have in the last days. 

For though great things are to be accomplished, still those things are to be 
accomplished by the agency of men. It will be found to be a fact, that if the 
Lord ever does fulfill the testimony of the prophets it will be by the faith and 
agency of His Saints. 

(To be continued.) 



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Sbptember 15, 1905. 



EDIXO RI A L. 



HIS OPEN LETTER OPENED. 

Mr. Frederick M. Smith of the Re-organized Church, recently plunged into 
print out in Utah with an open letter, calling the members of the true Church 
to repentence. Like his father and his uncle, he banks entirely on his name anO 
pedigree, he seems to think the only requirement of leadership is in being a 
son or grandson of the prophet Joseph. The children of the prophet are no 
better than the children of any other good man, unless they do better; unfortu- 
nately in their case they have done about as bad, so far as apostacy is concerned, 
as they knew how. No one can revere the memory of the Prophet Joseph moi'e 
than do the members of the Church ; but we must bear in mind that it is Th^ 
Church of Jesus Christ; and He, the captain of our salvation, has laid down the 
law of succession. That law is found in the revelations He delivered to the 
Church through His chosen servant, the martyred Joseph, instead of leaving it 
in doubt, to be settled by statements made by early apostates as to what they 
claim they heard the Prophet say and saw him do. Frederick M. Smith's letter 
was recently laid wide open by a correspondent in the Deseret yews, over the 
signature of "Ephriam," which is as follows: 

I have another word with you, Mr. Frederick M. Smith. This is on account 
of your open letter to the Latter-day Saints (since my former communication), 
calling them to depart from the guidance of the authorities of the Church of 
Jesus Christ, whom you please to call "false leaders." I do not, however, observe 
a rush of the Saints to your leadership, for the sheep know the voice of the 
Good Shepherd, and **a stranger they will not follow." In response to your earlier 
declaration, I established from the record, beyond cavil, the fact that in its his- 
tory and spirit the Reorganized Church which you represent was not attended 
by that opposition from the evil one, and that exhibition of special provideUvial 
care, which always characterize the true Church of Jesus Christ, but that those 
features did attend what is commonly called the "Mormon" Church, today as 
well as in the days when your grandfather, the Prophet Joseph Smith, presided 
over it; and consequently that the latter organization was the true Church. You 
were completely beaten by the argument and the fact. Now you come to the 
assault on another tack, by claiming that, as to the prophetic office, through your 
father "alone, by the voice of inspiration, will the keys be handed down." 

I have no personal dispute with you. Your controversy is wholly with the 
Word of Grod which you have invoked in your open letter. In that document you 
quote from the revelation given to the Prophet Joseph Smith on Jan. 1^, 1841 
(Doctrine and Covenants, sec. 124, verses 57 and 58) : "For this anointing hav3 
I put upon his head, that his blessing shall also be put upon the head of hi^ 
posterity after him, and as I said unto Abraham concerning the kindreds of thr 
earth, even so I say unto my servant, Joseph, in thee and in thy seed shall the 
kindred of the earth be blessed." Why did you misrepresent that quotation to 
mean especially the prophetic office, when if you had quoted the 5Gth, 59th ani 
60th verses of the revelation it would have shown beyond question that the bles?'- 
ing of Joseph to "be put upon the head of his posterity after him" was an inher- 
itance in the Nauvoo House, that "Joseph and his seed after him have place in 
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that quotation to mean that the anointing: and blessing therein should be to your 
father "alone," when you know that Vinson Knight also was to have an inheri- 
tance in that house, "for himself, and for his generation after him, from 
|i;eneration to generation;" that Hyrum Smith was given a similar blessing; thil 
Isaac Galland, William Law, Amos Davies, Robert D. Foster, William Marks, 
Henry G. Sherwood, and others who were required to pay stock into the Nauvoe 
House, were treated in the same manner? Did you think the Latter-Day Saints 
whose attention you might attract would not read the whole revelation and 
thereby discover what a consummate fraud you were attempting to work upon 
them? 

I am coming back to your claim regarding the prophetic office, and to anocho^ 
part of the quotation you made; but for the time I will digress to other portions 
of your letter. You are flippant with your charges against the Presidency of th^ 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of your assertions is that their 
spirit "seems to be one more of commercialism and financial and political power 
than spirituality." When you talked so glibly about that "power" did you forger 
the Kirtland Safety Society and the Tannery, the Nauvoo Agricultural and 
Manufacturing Association, the Commercial City boarding house, and other com* 
mercial movements under the direction of the Prophet Joseph? The many reve- 
lation he promulgated regarding financial matters; and that he was an active 
worker in politics, was there, too, a mayor of Nauvoo, and was also a Candida t a 
for the office of president of the United States? Or were you playing the clown 
to elicit the plaudits of anti-"Mormon" spectators? 

You say that "the chief men of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints stand in antagonism to the government of this country." Those men 
say they do not. They have the advantage of you in knowing and being able to 
represent correctly their own views, while you neither know those views nor 
represent them correctly. You are merely retailing a falsehood. Did you get 
it because the clamor against those men includes the well-worn cry of "disregard 
of law?" When you caught up the falsehood, did you recall that the Church 
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was expelled from Missouri on just that 
plea, while your grandfather, the Prophet, presided over it? Or that your grand- 
father spent months in Liberty jail, and was indicted on charges of "murder, 
treason, burglary, arson, larceny, theft and stealing," which false charges were 
never answered in court, but were evaded by his escape from drunken guards aiid 
his going over to Illinois, where the Missouri officials tried in vain to retak? 
him? Or that at the time of his assassination in Carthage jail he was under arrest 
on just such a charge as you make? Whatever you may have thought, your ac- 
cusation proves that the leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints today are in precisely the same position the leaders of that Church were in 
in Ohio, Missouri and Illinois, when your grandfather was its president ; whiU« 
you and the leaders of your church are in the same category as the persecuting 
sects who hounded your grandfather and his brethren to their death. And yet yon 
talk of "pleading the cause of injured innocence !" Out upon such detestible 
hypocricy ! Hadn't you better practice a little repentance yourself? 

I will return now to your claim of the prophetic office for your father, the 
head of the Reorganized Church. You say that he "alone" has the keys of 
that office. The Lord disagrees with you, in the very revelation you have quott;tl 
from, and says regarding Hyrum Smith : "From this time forth I appoint 
unto him that he may be a Prophet, and a Seer, and a Revelator unto My 
Church, as well as My' servant Joseph." With due apologies, I prefer to believt» 
God rather than you. And further, I call your attention to the fact that eveiv 
right of "lineal succession" about which you prate so much, applies as well to 
the family of Hyrum Smith as to that of Joseph Smith. The particular revelation 
to which you refer knocks the underpinning from your family's claim to be "It." 
1 am not surprised that you failed to quote it fullv. Your attention is directed 
to another significant item in that same revelation. The Church is there com- 
manded to build Temples in Nauvoo and in Zion and her stakes to "be the 
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cient time such houses were not bdilt, * 'wherein the ordinance of baptizing for 
the dead belongeth, and for which the same was instituted from before the 
foundations of the world, your baptisms for your dead cannot be acceptable 
unto me, for therein are the keys of the Holy Priesthood, ordained that you may 
receive honor and glory." Of course you did not quote that, for it is an un- 
equivocal declaration from the Lord that when Temples are built in which to 
perform baptisms for the dead, the existence of those Temples and the per- 
formance of that particular ordinance should be outward evidence to all as to 
the people among whom is the prophetic office, "for therein are the keys of the 
Holy Priesthood." Did you fail to present that view of the case because you 
knew that only with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are thosj 
Temples and those baptisms? The presentation of this truth alone would have 
been fatal to your claim; hence you omitted it. 

There is something more in that revelation to come home to you. In it the 
Lord declared that if His people barkened to the voice of His servants whom 
He appointed to lead His people, the latter should not, "be moved out of their 
place." This fitting your father's family as well as any other family in the 
Church, both as to the blessing and the reverse ; for God is no respector of 
persons. He goes on to say that if His people did not hear the voice of those 
servants whom He appointed, they should not be so blessed^ and "I will not per- 
form the oath which I make unto you, neither fulfill the promises which yo 
expect at my hands, said the Lord ; for instead of blessings, ye, by your own 
works, bring cursings, wrath, indignation, and judgment upon your own head." 
Then, by that same revelation. He appointed Brigham Young, and his brethren 
of the Twelve to hold the keys to open up the authority of His kingdom upon the 
four corners of the earth, and to send His word to every creature. Thus O^d 
appointed the Twelve to lead His people when the First Presidency were taken 
away; and instead of barkening to the voice of those servants appointed by thi.i 
same revelation through your grandfather the Prophet, your father's family pur- 
sued the opposite course, the Lord did not fulfill the promises they expected, 
neither with regard to the Nauvoo house nor any other part of the blessing, 
and by their own acts they brought condemnation on themselves. To be sure, in 
any effort to deceive the Latter-day Saints, you would not quote from the word 
of (rod and the record the things I have here named. 

That revelation of Jan. 19, 1841, has yet another matter of vital importance 
to you as well as to the Latter-day Saints. It presents to each of you as the 
annointed of the Lord, Brigham Young and the Twelve for the work I have 
pointed out, also Hyrum Smith to be a Patriarch, by blessing and by right of 
lineage, to hold the keys of blessings upon all the people, to hold the sealing 
blessings of the Church, even the Holy Spirit of promise, to be a Prophet, a 
Seer, and a Revelator to the Church, as well as the Prophet Joseph. These 
were the annointed of the Lord as well as was the Prophet Joseph himself. In 
the word of the Lord to Joseph the Seer, given in Liberty jail, March 30, 1830, 
the Lord says: "Cursed are all those that shall lift up the heel against min*; 
anointed; they shall not have right to the Priesthood nor their posterity after 
them, from generation to generation." Your father's family, and you yourself, 
have lifted up the heel against the anointed of the Lord; you have said they 
have sinned when they have not done so, but have done that which the Lord 
commanded; and by the word of the Lord, through your own grandfather, tbe 
Prophet, you are deprived of the right of the priesthood, and so are your 
posterity, just as long as they walk in jour unhallowed footsteps. Yet you claim 
to have an exclusive right to the keys of the prophetic office! For lo theso 
many years GJod has denounced your claim as false, and the record is open to 
the world. You are as completely rejected as was the house of the Priest Eli, 
in the time of the Prophet Samuel. 

Once more, and I have done for the present. The promise that in him and 
in his seed should the kindred of the earth be blessed, was made to the Prophet 
Joseph, and so far as he is concerned it is fulfilled to the very letter; a 'similar 
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anointed it was taken from him, as it has been taken from your father and hiA 
posterity, and for a similar reason. The same promise, and the added gifts and 
powers of the patriarchal and prophetic offices, were placed upon Hyrum Smith, 
whose family hearkened to the voice of the servants whom the Lord appointed, 
and were not "moved out of theijr place.'* In that family alone, of all the fani- 
liies of the earth, is centered the voice of God in the very revelation you have 
quoted, by his ordination, by His - anointing, by His promise, by their own 
submission and faithfulness to His appointed authority, and by every right of 
lineage — in that family is centered the patriarchal and prophetic offices in this 
dispensation, and the promise that in them and in their seed shall the kindred of 
the earth be blessed. No, Mr. Frederick M. Smith, you cannot induce the Lord 
to prefer the disobedient, unfaithful family to the obedient, faithful one. Your 
effort to mislead the Latter-day Saints will fail. The sheep of the true fold 
know the voice of the Good Shepherd, and "a stranger they will not follow." Thj 
hour is meet for your own repentance and obedience to God, that you may gain 
a right to the Holy Priesthood lost by your father's disregard of the command 
of God to him to hearken to the voice of the servants whom the Lord appointed. 
Have you the courage and honesty thus to repent and obey, in the face of enmity, 
if you would be a Prophet, do a Prophet's work, and bear a Prophet's tribulations. 



MORMON ELDERS QAININQ CONVERTS RAPIDLY. 

The following is from the leading paper of Columbia, S. C, and shows some- 
thing of the good work being done in that locality, and the fairness of the local 
press: 

"Mormon missionaries are working hard just now in the various mill vil> 
lages .throughout the state and it is safe to say that they are gaining a lar^e 
number of converts to their faith. Litttle by little they are beginning to 
strengthen themselves in this section, and it will not be long before they will 
begin the erection of mission houses. 

"The district in which Columbia is placed is under the control of Elder U. 
Ray Nixon, who came here from Idaho Falls, Idaho. Nixon has a number of 
missionaries under him and a systematic canvass is made of the district as often 
as possible. Large quantities of booklets and other literature are distribute:!, 
nearly all of it purporting to throw light on their religion. 

"A few years ago there was considerable prejudice against the men and over 
in Aiken County a number of th'em were made to leave the community. Now, how- 
ever, they have little of this to overcome and at the last annual convention held 
here, there was an attendance of over one hundred. The states of South Carolina, 
Georgia and Tennessee are under control of Ruling Elder Ben E. Rich, and 
through him all communications must pass regarding converts and the spreadiui; 
of their faith. Just why they are so successful in the mill villages is not known, 
but it is said that the doctrine of polygamy is never preached and that every 
effort is made to show that the Mormons do not accept this as a necessary belief 
in their religion." 



OHIO MISSIONARIES EXAMINE THE SPAULDINQ MANUSCRIPT. 

The following interesting and instructive letter was received from the under- 
signed a few days ago. It is another convincing testimony against the fabrication 
so dearly mouthed by a certain class of people, that the Book of Mormon origins te<l 
in the Spalding story. 

Elder A. W. Kartchner and myself made a recent trip to Oberlin College, 
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We spent several hours in the college library, reading the now famous writing 
of Solomon Spalding, which has been so universally referred to by the enemies 
of Mormonism as the origin of the Book of Mormon. We can truthfully say thai 
Prof. Fairchild made no mistake when, after diligently comparing the two, he 
said, "There is no similarity between them.'' If those men who are so certain 
the Book of Mormon found its origin in this writing would but read both with 
honest hearts, we are positive they would be wise enough never to rehash tha** 
dried up argument again. Their theory of accounting for the divine record of 
the Nephites, which God has given this people through the instrumentality of the 
Prophet Joseph Smith, has long since been exploded and it is only those who 
are woefully ignorant or willfully malicious who persist in using it to reproach 
the character of the Prophet Joseph Smith and to destroy the church of Christ 
which he was instrumental in establishing, by the power of God. 

The Manuscript is handsomely bound in gilt morocco, and is never allowed 
to be taken from the building, so highly is it prized. However, it can be seen and 
read in the library by all who desire to do so. The greatest degree of kindness 
was shown us by those in attendance at the college, and as soon as it becam-; 
known that we were from Utah, representing the Mormon church, great interest 
was taken in us. The principal features of the college were shown and explaincil. 
and during our conversation with one young gentleman we learned that some of 
our Utah boys had attended school there during the past year. Praise for their 
good behavior and gentlemanly conduct was highly sounded, and we rejoiced that 
some parts of the world had become aware of the fact that "some good could 
come out of Utah." 

In a neighboring village we sold a number of books, one man, a lawyer, and 
the most influential man of the town, purchased three. He seemed hungry for 
the message, and we are led to believe this will be the means of opening up a 
way for future work in that place. J. W. Ahlstbom. 



REMARKABLE TESTIMONY OF A MOBBER. 

The following letter is from Brother P. P. Webb, and dated Black, Titus 
Co., Texas, August 20 : "I desire to give my testimony if you will grant me space, 
and I have living witnesses to what I say. Some Mormon elders came to the 
settlement I liv-?d in and for a time I thought well of them. But after a while 
I concluded to put a stop to their work ; so I got on a horse and rode haif a 
day, gathering up a mob to drive the elders out of that settlement, appointing 
my father-in-law's as a place for them to meet. We met at night, and there 
were fourteen of us, although about forty had promised to come. We went about 
one mile to see one man who had promised to give us his help. He made some 
excuse for not going, and we left, firing one round from our revolvers. We then 
went up the road, and arriving at the forks we stopped and talked over Ihe 
matter. Some wanted to take my father-in-law out into the field and beat him 
for entertaining the elders, while some wanted to beat the elders. I refused to 
hurt any of them, merely wanting to warn them to stay out of the countury. Wc 
went to within forty steps of the old man's house, where the elders were stay- 
ing, and commenced arguing who should go to the house and give the orders, when 
lo! and behold! a great light appeared before us. I was standing in the middle 
of the road at the time, for fear of being seen from the house, and had stepped up 
to the fence when I saw a large ball of fire, from which sparks flew in all direc- 
tions. When the light disappeared, then commenced a terrible rumbling in the 
skies. When I came to my senses, and looked around, the mob was all gone, 
excepting one man besides myself. It was about three o'clock in the morning 
when the light was seen. The roaring was heard for fifteen miles, and yet I bad 
no thought that it was our Great Creator who had sent this remarkable mani- 
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or more later I was with one of the men who was in the mob that night, and 
he said he would never mob another Mormon. This was in Alabama, which state 
I left for Texas. I was a Baptist at the time. I have since become converted :o 
the €rosi)el, and am now a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints. I know of five witnesses to what I have related." 



NOTES. 



Elder James H. Wallis writes that he will soon return to the South after a 
most successful trip west. We will all be glad to have him with us again. 



We are in receipt of a company of three elders this month : "Only three 
grains of com, n^other, only three grains of corn ; it will keep the little life I 
have, till the coming of the mom." 



Elders C. E. Rowan and Hugh Roberts report, that they held a series of 
meetings near Tennessee Ridge last week, after the conclusion of which they 
baptized three persons. 



Elders T. A. Storey and J. R. Strong write from Virginia that they have 
met with great success in holding meetings in a fine church. The people gave 
them a respectful audience, and treated them very kindly. 



Elders who are laboring in cities are requested to send in at once their street 
address as well as their postoffice box number. And hereafter as soon as either of 
these addresses is changed, notify the Mission oflBce without delay. 



The Middle Tennessee Conference has suffered greatly on account of so 
many of the elders being afflicted with different complaints. But from informa- 
tion to date they are all improving and will again soon be able to resume their 
labors. 



Elders are asked to write names and addresses on their orders plainly. Som.; 
orders are received which are unreadable and oftentimes mail is missent because 
of incorrect, or carelessly written addresses. See that the spelling is correct acd 
then write it carefully. 



Elder W. D. Bocker sent us a copy of a very nice letter sent to his friend^?, 
which was very interesting, indeed. We are sure that it will do a great deal of 
good, and had it been possible for us to use it all in the Joubnal we should 
have given it space therein. 



Brother T. L. Stevens, of Add, Ky., is doing a good work among the people 
of his village. So much interested have some of them become that they ^'ave 
him an invitation to preach in the church house. We pray the Lord to blesi 
Brother Stevens in his labors. 



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are visiting the elders in the East Tennessee Conference, report that the people 
generally are very friendly. On Sunday, the 3d, Elders Broadhent and Baiter 
baptized three honest souls at Sweetgum. 



Elders McLaws and Snyder, of the Florida Conference, have had a alight 
attack of fever, but are improving. The branch conference held at McDonatd, 
Ga., was a complete success. The people crowded the meeting house in a heavy 
rain, so much interested were they in the teaching of the elders. 



Elders Joseph Young and George Miller write that last week they were 
invited to preach in a church at Marion, O. The choir voluntarily rendered 
some excellent selections and a large crowd turned out to hear the brethren. 
After services a Mr. Stewart entertained them royally at his hotel. 



Postponement of conference of conference presidents: 

On account of the stringent fever regulations it is deemed advisable to 
postpone the conference of presidents which was to be held on the 22nd and 23d 
inst., until cold weather. Notice will be given later as to the date set for this 
convention. 



Elders C. E. Moore and R. S. Porter, while stopping at a country store for 
a drink, were given an invitation to talk to a crowd of men who were standing 
around the building. They were very attentive while the brethren spoke, and 
seemed to appreciate the opportunity they had of hearing the elders speak on 
the principles of the Gospel. 



There have been many inquiries come to the office concerning the newspaper 
report of a supposed Mormon elder's being found dead at Bristol, Tenn. The 
matter has been investigated, and the facts in the case received from the mayor of 
that city show that the man was not an elder, but that he had same friends 
among the elders, one of whom gave him the Book of Mormon found on his i>erson. 



We have recently received several nice letters from a few of the elders which 
we would liko to publish, were it not for the fact that they are too long for the 
space we have to spare in the Journal. We hope that the brethren who fail to 
see. their letters in print will appreciate the fact that our paper is small and 
that we only have room for a limited amount of matter, which makes it impossi- 
ble for us to use all the articles sent to us for publication. 



At Chance, Kentucky, while a branch conference was in progress a "Separate 
Baptist" preacher figured in the organization of a mob. The house was struck 
by a rock thrown from the hand of a ruffian, and after the meeting several shots 
were fired, and many stones were thrown at the brethren, but none of them were 
hurt. There are a great number of friends in that vicinity. President Crockett 
further writes, **We are making a special effort to get the Journal into as many 
homes as possible, for we realize it is the means of doing much good." 



Elder Jacob A. Paton, of the Alabama Conference, writes a very interesting 
account of his experience with a Baptist minister. After the services conducted 
by the preacher were over. Elder Paton introduced himself to the minister, who, 
after a brief exchange of words, ended the interview by hastily leaving, saying as 
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Mormons ; so go you go on your way to hell rejoicing, for there is where you are 
bound for, anyway." 



The elders in the Florida Conference are all reported well with the exception 
of Elder Phillips, who is bothered with rheumatism. President Ferrin and Eider 
Stoddard are holding branch conferences in Georgia. The work on the Jackson- 
ville church building is progressing very well, and even many people not of our 
faith are anxious to see it completed. Elders Heaton and Bocker have started 
to tract the small city of Sanford, in Orange County, Florida. At Blackshear, 
Ga., President Ferrin and Elder Stoddard baptized two honest souls, and held two 
very successful meetings. 



Writing from Locust, Ohio, Elders H. G. Child and F. S. Epperson say. 
'^During the past three weeks we have been visiting the Saints and friends of 
Scioto, Adams and Pike counties in the interest of the Journal, and have been 
successful in getting this precious periodical in nearly all their homes. Great 
success has also attended our labors in the line of baptisms, as we have already 
this week baptized six honest souls." They further say that they held a meet- 
ing on the 20th of August, at which about one hundred and fifty people were 
present. A very enjoyable time was spent by all in attendance. 



TRANSFERS. 



Elder Julian M. Cumming from Office to Ohio. 
Elder Lawrence Johnson from Alabama to Ohio. 
Elder W. J. Stephens from Ohio to Virginia. 



ARRIVALS. 



Elder Loraine L. Bagley, Montpelier, Idaho, assigned to labor in Office. Elder R. 
E. Baxter, Salt Lake City to Alabama. Elder Frank P. Whitney, Rexburg, Idaho, 
to Virginia. 



OBITUARY. 



Sister Mary A., the devoted wife of Brother M. Lemacks of Osbom, S. C, 
died on August 14. She was sixty-six years of age, and leaves a husband, 
seven children, seventeen grand children and five great grand children, together 
with many friends to mourn their loss. She was the mother of thirteen children, 
and was devoted to her family all the days of her useful life. She had been 
acquainted with the elders for a number of years and always assisted her husbaud 
in entertaining them with the very best at their command. She was faithful 
to the cause of Truth since her baptism in 1898, and prior to this event she 
was a woman of Christian heart and practice. She was a devoted wife, a 
loving mother, and a faithful Latter-Day Saint. Our hearts go out in deep 
sympathy for those who mourn her death, and we pray that the Spirit of t'.ie 
Lord will comfort their hearts in their hour of bereavement. 



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THE SIN OF OMISSION. - 

(Maboabet E. Sangster.) 

It isn't the thing j^ou do, dear. 

It's the thing you've left undone. 
Which gives you a bit of heartache 

At the setting of the sun. 
The tender word forgotten. 

The letter you did not write. 
The flowers you might have sent, dear, 

Are your haunting ghosts tonight. 



The stone you might have lifted 

Out of a brother's way. 
The bit of heartsome counsel 

You were hurried too much to say; 
The loving touch of the hand, dear, 

The gentle and winsome tone. 
That you had no time nor thought for, 

With troubles enough of your own. 



The little acts of kindness, 

So easily out of mind ; 
These chances to be angels 

Which every mortal finds. 
They come in night and silence, 

Each chill, reproachful wraith. 
When hope is faint and flagging, 

And a blight has dropped on faith. 



For life is all too short, dear, 

And sorrow is all too great 
To suffer our slow compassion, 

That tarries until too late, 
And it's not the thing you do, dear. 

It's the thing you leave undone. 
Which gives you the bit of heartache 

At the setting of the sun. 



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Elder Ben. E. Rich, op the Southern Stat'cs Mission 

chattanooga, tenn. 



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** It hoi bem the de&iffn <^ Jehovah, from the oommeneemaU <^ ike world, and ie His 
pwpoee now, to regtdoUe the affairs of the world in His own time, to stiumd as Head of the 
vBiuversey and take the reins of government into His own hand. When that is done, judgment 
win be adminisfered in rigMeousnev; anarchy and confusion will be destroyed, and * nations 
will learn war no more.* It is for want of this great governing principle that all this confusion 
has existedJ' — Joseph Smith. 



Vol. III. October 1, 1905. No. 3. 



THE TRUTH ABOUT MORMONISM. 

(By Pbesident Joseph F. Smith, of the Church of Jesus Christ of Lat^ter-da^ 

Saints, in Out, West.) 

A Bi09t malicious and determined effort is being made at the present time 
to misrepresent the acts and motives of prominent men in Utah. The hack- 
neyed question of **iK)lygamy," and the equally well-worn subject of "church . 
and state," while still harped upon, are no longer to the fore in these savage 
and unscrupulous assaults upon the lives and characters of the present "Mormon*^ 
leaders. The partial retirement of those trite and threadbare themes is doubtles;^ 
for the reason that the most virulent enemies of our cause are becoming con- 
vinced that they cannot convert into facts their whilom pet theories, to the effect 
that the so-called "dominant church" has re-sanctioned the inhibited practice 
of plural marriage, and that it dictates to its members how they shall exercise 
their political rights and privileges. Therefore, these plotters against peace and 
good will — the only real enemies of the "American home," the only actual 
uniters of church and state — see the necessity for a change of base, or at 
least a new war-cry, in order to succeed in their nefarious work of deceiving the 
nation and the world regarding the unpopular "Mormons" — ^the most persistently 
slandered and most misunderstood people under the sun. 

The main charge now is "commercialism" — the alleged departure of the 
Church, under the present administration, from its original standards; the 
sordid and selfish enthronement of the temporal above the spiritual This accu- 
sation is intended, of course, to have its greatest effect, in the designs and desires 
of its inventors, upon the Latter-day Saints themselves; a schism in their ranks 
being among the things hoped for by these religious and political conspirators. 
Much is being said of the alleged tyranny of the "Mormon" tithing system, the 
"exactions," "extortions," "oppressions" and "cruelties" said to be practiced 
by the Church, and particularly by myself, to the infinite woe and misery of 
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of the Hierarchy." Day after day, from press, pulpit and rostrum, in various 
parts of the land, these falsehoods, with "polygamy'* and **church influence" 
as subsidiaries, are fulminated and sent broadcast, for the purpose of poisoning 
the public mind against the "Mormbn" community. 

That these false and foolish stories will be believed by many, whether dis- 
puted or not, is perhaps inevitable ; and indeed the effect of their . circulation 
is already apparent in prejudice and feelings of ill will that have arisen «n 
the hearts of men and women once friendly, or at all events charitable and 
tolerant, towards our people. 

It is marvelous to me, not that the "Mormons" can be lied about — for I 
have been used to that all the days of my life — but that the atrocious and 
often absurd calumnies manufactured concerning them can be so easily swallowed 
and assimilated by the sober, sensible, discriminating, and usually fair-minded 
American people; a people sprung for the most part from the sturdy Anglo-Saxoa 
race, from the cool-headed, well-poised, steady-going northern nations; a people 
whose mission and destiny are to prevent injustice, put down wrong, exalt truth, 
defend the weak, stand by the right, and hold things level, wherever their power 
and influence extend. That a nation formed from such elements can be lashed 
periodically into a frenzy of hatred against a peaceable, patriotic, and well-meaning 
body of their fellow citizens, and this at the mere dictum or instigation of some 
ribald newspaper, some characterless demagogue, intent only upon feathering 
his foul nest, or feeding fat his selfish grudges, ' regardless of truth, consistency^ 
or any other consideration — this to me is a matter of astonishment. 

I would expect such things in some parts of Europe — say from the mobs ot 
Paris, from the blood-thirsty "Commune," that portion of the excitable Gallic 
nation graphically described as "the red fool-fury of the Seine." I would accept 
such incidents as commonplaces among savages and barbarians. But I canhot 
reconcile them with my early teachings and traditions, my high conceptions of 
the innate chivalry, generosity, and sound common sense of my American coun- 
trymen. 

And I see in these things a menace, not only to the unpopular "Mormons^" 
the present victims of this reckless, mobocratic tendency : but to the whole 
American people, our glorious nation at large. This spirit of falsehood and 
intolerance — an emanation from the bottomless pit, a miasma from Hades, from 
the abode of the infernal gods, bent upon "making mad" those whom they would 
**destroy" — ^this spirit of injustice and persecution, so opposite and antagonistic 
to the true genius of Americanism, will not focus its malevolence upon the 
Latter-day Saints alone. It will attack in time every sect, creed, party and 
organization that stands for peace, order and good government ; and, if not 
checked, will uproot, overthrow, destroy and sweep them from the face of the 
earth. It is the spirit of anarchy, of murder and spoliation. These 
are its ultimate aims, whether recognized or not by those foolish enough to 
follow its lead and do its dire bidding. Religious rancor and political chincanerv 
are its right and left hands; "yellow journalism" its banner, trumpet and drum; 
more blatant and more bigoted than any Peter the Hermit, working up a "holy 
crusade." Both these mischievous agencies are at work, consciously- or uncon- 
sciously preparing the way before a national, perhaps a world-wide catastrophe, 
that will inevitably follow a continuation of this pernicious and persecuting 
course. 

Having said this much, Mr. Editor — and I would not feel satisfied to say 
less — I wish to thank you, a real American, one of the upright, unoringing meu 
of the west, for the privilege accorded me by your request, of making, through 
the columns of your fair and fearless magazine, a plain and truthful statemear 
concerning "Mormonism," having special reference to the false charges that are 
now being hurled against its leading representatives. 

I shall not deny that "Mormonism" has a commercial or material side. I 
admit that to begin with. But I propose to show that this is not the only side, nor 
by any means the largest and most important feature of the system. And I shall 
further prove that "Mormonism" from the first has avowed and presented to 
the world this particular phase of its many-sided self; that it is no new devel- 
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the part of the present leaders, as some people pretend to believe. All snch 
allegations are the veriest trash, the flimsiest of fabrications, sasoeptiblo of the 
easiest disproof. They have not even the merit of b6oest ignorance in their 
favor, so far as the authors are concerned. They are grounded in sheer malice 
and hypocrisy. Some of those who repeat them, parrot-like, may be sincere; 
but those who uttered them in the first place, and are still sending them forth 
and deceiving others, know full well that they lie. 

I need not inform any reasonable Latter-day SaiBt — ^for to my own peoplv» 
as well as to the public at large, this article will come — tkatt the temporal part 
of the Church of Christ is essential to its existence in tbls M a UtMi aJ world ; almost 
as essential as the spiritual part, which of course comes first and is absolutely 
indispensable. No sacred system of government, bavins » ▼icw the salvation 
of the bodies as well as the spirits of men, can sueoessfolly aoosiapHsh its 
mission without being temporal as well as spiritual in character. It was the 
doctrine of Joseph Smith, the* original revelator of ''Mormonism,** that the 
spirit and the body constitute the soul of man. It has alwajrs been a cardinal 
teaching with the Latter-day Saints, that a religion which has not the power to 
save people temporally and make them prosperous and happy here, cannot be 
depended upon to save them spiritually, to exalt them in the life to come. 

A duality in the government of the Church is plainly apparent from tin 
fact that there are two priesthoods therein, namely, the Aaronic and the Mel- 
chisedek; the former officiating m temporal things, and the latter in spjritui^l 
things, which, however, include the temporal. Our entire ecclesiastical ]y>lit'/ 
U in and under these two priesthoods, which correspond to the duality of the 
soul. Paul, the apostle, compared the Church of Christ to the perfect body of a 
man, including, of course, the animating spirit, without which the body would 
be dead. Joseph Smith, who proclaimed the restoration of the ancient Church, 
Priesthood and Gospel, emphasized and amplified Paul's doctrine. 

It is well understood in our Church that those holding the Aaronic Priesthood 
liave authority to officiate only in outward ordinances. By virtue of this Priest- 
hood, faith and repentance may be preadied, and baptism by immersion (in tho 
temporal element of water) administered. But it requires the imposition of 
hands by those holding the higher or Melchisedek Priesthood, to bestow th3 
Holy Ghost and induct the convert Into the spiritual concerns of the kingdom. 
All the officers of the Church, from the highest to the lowest, bear one or the 
other of these two priesthoods. Ascending the scale of authority, the titles 
and callings of Deacon, Teacher, Priest and Bishop come within the purvi^ 
of the Aaronic Priesthood; while those of Elder. Seventy. High Priest, Patriarch, 
Apostle and President are offices and callings in the Melchisedek Priesthood, to 
which the Aaronic Priesthood is an appendage. A full equipment is thus shown 
for the government and conduct of the Church both spiritually and temporally. 

According to Joseph the Prophet, who claimed to have received these Priest- 
hoods through angelic ministrations, the time of their restoration was sevenl 
months before the organization of the Church. The Aaronic Priesthood came 
first, being conferred by John the Baptist upon Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, 
^lay 15. 1S29. The Melchisedek Priesthood came soon after, when they were 
ordained under the hands of Apostles Peter, James and John. By virtue of the 
sacred keys thus given, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was 
organized at Fayette, Seneca county, New York, on the 0th day of April, 1890. 
The Book of Mormon had been previously translated and published, and Its 
doctrines, .identical with those of the New Testament, were preached by Jos3ph 
Smith and his associates in Western New York and Northern Pennsylvania. In 
that region several hundred converts were made before the removal of the 
Church to Kirtland, Ohio, in February, 1831. 

One of the first steps taken by the Prophet, after the establishment of headquar- 
ters at Kirtland, was the institution of what Latter-day Saints call the "Unitad 
Order." a religio-social system, communal in its chara<^er, designed to nboPsh 
poverty, monopoly, and kindred evils, and to bring abon^ unity and equality in 
temporal and spiHtual things. It required the consecration to the Church, by 
its members, of all their properties, and the subsequent distribution to those 
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a stewardship — ^which might be the same farm, workshop, store, or factory that 
this sarme person had "consecrated'' — ^waa expected to manage it thereafter ip 
the interest of the whole community ; all his galas reverting to a common fund, 
from which he would derive a sufficient support for himself and those dependent 
upon him. The Bishops, being the temporal officers of the Church, received the 
consecration of those pioperties, and also assigned the stewardships ; but they per- 
formed their duties under the dlreetkm of the First Presidency, who hold the keys 
of the Melchisedek Priesthood, to which the Aaronic or Lesser Priesthood is 
subject. Eiach Bishop, I will remark, has two Counselors to assist him, these 
three forming a Bishopric; and the President over the entire Church also has 
two Counselors, they with him constituting the First Presidency. 

The United Order, the Prophet declared, was the same ancient system that 
sanctified the City of Enoch ; the same also that the Apostles set up at Jerusalem 
(Acts 4 :32-35) ; and that the Nephites instituted upon this land, according to the 
Book of Mormon ( IV Nephi 1 :3) . The purpose -in view, by the Latter-day Saints, 
was the building up of Zion, the New Jerusalem; an event to be preceded by the 
gathering of scattered Israel, and preparatory to the second coming of the Saviour 
and the advent of the MillenniunL 

I need not weary the reader with a recital of details as to how the Church 
grew and prospered along the lines laid down by the United Order, which was 
established at Kirtland, Ohio, and at Independence, Missouri, during the year 
1831. Suffice it, that under the auspices of this beneficent system the Gospel 
was preached on both hemispheres and the gathering of Latter-day Israel begun. 
Lands were purchased in both the States named; and in Jackson county, Missouri, 
the foundations of the City of Zion were laid. A Temple was reared at Kirtland, 
schools were opened, mercantile and publishing houses instituted, and industrial 
enterprises of various kinds conducted by the Church ; the object being to build op 
Zion spiritually and temporally, and prepare for the literal coming of the King 
of Kings to reign upon the earth a tbonsaad years. In this cause, the Apostles 
as well as the Bishops performed a variety of labors, not only preaching che 
Gospel and administering its sacred ordinances, but also traveling to collect money 
and other means for the erection of the Kirtland Temple and the purchase of lauds 
in Missouri. 

The United Order was not perpetoated at that time, and the reason was 
two-fold. Primarily it was due to the innate selfishness of human nature, which 
prevented the Saints, as a whole, from entering into the work of ''redeeming 
Zion" with sufficient seal and singleness of purpose. But another cause, equally' 
cogent, was the cruel mobbings and drivings of our people, by those who did 
not comprehend their real motives, or maliciouriy made evil out of their pure 
and philantropic designs. The "Mormon** colony which settled in Jackson county, 
Missouri, was violently expelled from that part in the autumn of 1833; and in 
1837-39 the main body of the Church was compelled to leave Ohio, and migrated 
to Missouri. 

It was at Far West, Caldwell county, Missouri, that the law of tithing 
was instituted, concerning which so much is now being said. The tithing systegi 
of the Church did not do away with the United Order, the practice of which, 
though discontinued during that period, is still contemplated as an event of Mie 
future. But the law of tithing (like the law of Moses, in its relation to the 
Gospel of Christ) was to be observed and obeyed pending the final establishment 
of the more perfect system. Here is the full text of the law : 

Revelation given through Joseph, the Prophet, at Far West, Missouri, July 
8th, 1838, in answer to the question, •*0 Lord, show unto thy servants how 
much thou requirest of the properties of the people for a tithing?" 

Verily, thus saith the Lord, I require all their surplus property to be put 
into the hands of the Bishop of my Church of Zion. 

For the building of mine house, and for the laying of the foundation of 
Zion and for the Priesthood, and for the debts of the Presidency of my Chur<* ; 

And this shall be the beginning of the tithing of my people ; 

And after that, those who have dins been tithed, shall pay one-tenth of ali 
their interest annually; and this shall be a standing law unto them forever, for 
my holy Priesthood, saith the Lord. 



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Verily I say unto you, it shall oome to pasB, tluit all tboee who gather unto the 
land of Zion shall be tithed of their muirfiia pioperties, and shall observe this 
law, or they shall not be found worthy to abide among you. 

And I say unto you, if my people obeerve not this law, to keep it holy and by 
this sanctify the land of Zion unto me, that my statutes and my judgments may 
be kept thereon, that it may be most holy, behold, verily I say unto you, it shall 
not be a land of Zion unto you. 

And this shall be an ensample onto all the Stakes of Zion. Even so, Amen. 

The Stakes of Zion, I will explain, are those gathering places of the Sainta 
that are outside of Zion proper — ^Jackson county, Missouri, where the holy city it 
is believed will yet be built. For instance, Kirtland was « Stake of Zion, as was 
also Nauvoo, Illinois, where, early in 1839, the Saints after their barbarous mid- 
winter expulsion from the State of Missouri, under the exterminating order of 
Governor Lilbum W. Boggs, next established their headquarters. 

In Illinois, the same methods and policy were pursued for the upbuilding 
and maintenance of the Ghilrch, and the prosecution of the sacred labor devolving 
upon it, as those previously adopted and followed; and this under the personal 
supervision and direction of the Prophet, its first President. The law of tithing 
continued in force, and the revenues of the Gburch, thus obtained, were used in 
a variety of ways for the advancement of the general cause. "The gathering" 
also went on, not only from the various States of the Union, but from Gan0.da 
and Great Britain. Mormonism's first foreign mission was opened at Preston, 
England, in 1837, and the foundations of the mission were broadened and strength- 
ened in 1810-41. This work was done by the Council of the Twelve Apostles — tha 
second quorum in authority in tihe Church — acting under the direction of tho 
First Presidency in America. A Church paper was founded at Manchester 
and a new edition of the Book of Mormon printed, with means contributed by 
ttie Saints of the British Mission. A permanent emigration agency (now at Liver- 
pool) was established, and this has conducted annually across the Atlantic thou- 
sands upon thousands of Church members. Many other similar works were don-» 
by the Apostles while upon that mission. At Nauvoo a Temple was built and a 
university chartered; papers were published, mercantile and industrial enterprises 
were founded wherever necessary, and all kinds of legitimate business, essential 
to the work in hand, carried on by the Church under the express sanction and 
direction of its spiritual and temporal head. The Prophet even laid out cities, and 
in this he was assisted by the Apostles, who as well as the Bishops were active in 
settling in these places the newly arrived inunigrants from abroad. 

Joseph Smith, with his brother Hyrum, the Patriarch of the Church, wan 
murdered ^>y a nM)b, in Carthage jail, Illinois^ June 27, 1844. His death dis- 
solved the First Presidency, and the suooession fell upon the Council of Twelve 
Apostles, with President Brigham Young at its head. He ccmducted the **Mormoa'' 
exodus from Illinois. Leaving Nauvoo in February, 1846, he led the first companicj« 
of the migrating Saints to the Missouri River, and, after enlistment of the 
**Mormon" Battalion, which aided t:he United States in its war with Mexico, 
he headed the pioneer movement which in July, 1847, penetrated to the heart of 
the **Great American Desert,** and selected Salt Lake valley and the surrounding 
region as the future home of the "Mormon" people. 

Brigham Young succeeded to the sacred powers and presidential position' 
held by Joseph Smith. Choosing two counselors, he re-organized the ^irst 
Presidency, filled the vacancies thus occasioned in the quorum of the Twelve, 
and otherwise set the Church in order in its new gathering place. In all the 
wondrous work performed by that truly remarkable man — the reclamation of the 
desert, the continuation of "the gathering," tbe establishment of numerous Stakes 
of Zion, €md incidentally the founding of the commonwealth of Utah — ^he buf 
carried out the policy and fulfilled the predictions of his yet more remarkable 
predecessor. President Young's proudest boast — figuratively speaking, for he was 
not a man who boasted — was that he was Joseph Smith's Apostle, and was building 
upon the foundation that he had laid. Joseph prbphesied, years before his 
death, that the Saints would be driven westward, and would "become a mighty 
people in the midst of Ohe Rocky Mountains ;" here to irenuin, growing in numbers, 
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return to Jackson county. Brigfaam Young inherited ibis work from its inspired 
originator, Joseph Smith, and the work, it is needless to say, was well and 
faithfully done. It was a spiritual and a temporal work, having in view, not 
the aggrandizement of self, not the oreation of privileged classes and the oppres- 
sion of the toiling masses, but the glory of Qod, the redemption of Zion, and 
the prosperity and happineae of all mankind. 

Under President Yopng's wise and able administration, the savage trib^^ 
were won over and made peaceable, colonies were sent out in all directions; cities, 
towns and villages laid out and peopled, irrigation introduced, arid lands e- 
deemed, mills, factories and mercantile houses established, and the whole lan.l 
made to hum «I8 a veritable hive of industry. Missionaries went forth, new 
missions were opened in various parts of the world, and five hundred Church 
teams were annually sent to the frontier to bring in the immigration. Special 
features of President Young's industrial work were the mining and manufacturing 
of iron, and the manufacture of nails; also the raising of cotton in Southern 
Utah, at the outbreak of the Civil War, and the building of* a cotton factor f in 
that section. He likewise founded woolen mills, some of which are still in 
existence. He even attempted the manufacture of beet sugar, the pioneer mill at 
Sugar House Ward, in the suburbs of Salt Lake City, being the forerunner of ihe 
present flourishing factories of the Utah and Idaho sugar companies. 

But Brigham Young did not believe in ell work and no play. While his 
tireless brain and potent hand were busy laying broad and deep the foundation^ 
of Utah*B prosperity and greatness, he also bore in mind the necessity for purn 
and wholesome amusement and recreation. As early as 1862 he built the Salt Lake 
Theatre, as he had previously built the Social Hall and the "Old Bowery," our 
earliest homes of the drama ; end he exercised ceaseless watchcare over the morals 
and manners of those who frequented as auditors, or appeared as performers, at 
these popular places of amusement. The erection of the Saltair Pavilion — Utah's 
great bathing resort — in after years, was simply a continuation of the policy 
inaugurated by President Young relative to public means of recreation, and It 
was undertaken in the same spirit that he manifested, and for the same purpo&c 
at which he aimed. 

In all the useful and philantropic enterprises thus enumerated and 'n 
many more that cannot now be named, it was virtually the Church that took 
the lead; for Brigham Young, as President and Trustee-in-Trust, acted as the 
agent of the Church in investing its means and manipulating its revenues. In 
this capacity he built the Deseret Telegraph line, entirely with home capital an'} 
home labor, only a few years after the original telegraph line crossed che continent, 
and before the advent of the railroad. He and other leading "Mormons" helpe.l 
to construct the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads, whi(?h on May 10, 
1869, made Promontory, Utah, their place of meeting and welding point between 
east and west. About this time also he took the initiative in organizing ZionV 
Co-operative Mercantile Institution, a mammoth concern designed to unify "Mor- 
mon" commercial interests in the face of impending fierce competition from the 
outside, resulting from the coming of the railroad. He even attempted to re-es- 
tablish the United Order, and ' succeeded in part; though his greatest success 
in that direction was limited to the mighty Co-operative movement of which 
he was the chief instigator and promoter. 

A word in passing, as to the origin and nature of the office of Trustee-in-Trusr, 
which was first held by the Prophet Joseph Smith. It originated while I ho 
Church was in Illinois, and was in conformity with the laws of that state, 
which required each religious body to have a financial agent to act for it and to 
hold the legal title to its property. From the days of the Prophet Joseph Smith 
down to the present, the head of the Church or one of the General Authorities, 
has been chosen and sustained by the members in their general annual and semi- 
annual conferences, as "Trustee-in-Trust for the body of religious worshippers 
known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." 

Brigham Young died August 29, 1877, and John Taylor, the senior of the 
Twelve Apostles, became his successor as President of the Church. H<b chose 
as his two counselors George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, and these three, .i»* 
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policy of those who had preceded them. It was during President Taylor's ad- 
ministration — an anti-polygamy crusade having been instituted under the EMmunds 
law and the Edmunds-Tucker statute — that the "Mormon" public property was 
confiscated by the federal government. The greater* part of it waa subsequently 
returned, but the finances of the Church were seriously disordered by thone pro- 
ceedings. President Taylor died in July, 1887, and was succeeded by President 
Wilford Woodruff, who chose as bis counselors those of his predecessor. 

It was during President WoodruiFs administration that the Pioneer Electric 
Power company was established, a proposition involving several millions of dollar?, 
and in which the Church became largely interested, mainly through the influence 
of President Gveorge Q. Cannon and his soa, Frank J. Cannon, the present editor 
of the Salt Lake Tribune. The Pioneer Electric Power company was the fore- 
runner of the present Utah Light and Railway company. 

President Woodruff, at his death in 1898, was succeeded by President Lorenzo 
Snow, who also chose Creorge Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith as his counselors. 
President Snow's administration was rendered notable by a revive! in the obser- 
vance of the much-mooted law of tithing. For years the hands of the Trustee-in- 
Trust had been tied so to speak, and the Church crippled financially, not so 
much by the confiscation of its property as by the failure of many of its 
members to pay their tithing; they fearing further confiscations and escheat- 
ments under the laws of congress. President Snow, at the beginning of his admin- 
istration, began a zealous and strenuous preaching of the law of tithing, and in 
this movement he was loyally seconded and supported by his counselorq^-and tha 
priesthood generally. The result was a great reform in the direction of tithe- 
paying, and a consequent improvement in the financial condition of the Churcn. 
This presidency continued until the death of President Cannon in 1901, when 
Joseph F. Smith succeeded him as First Counselor to President Snow, who died 
in October of the same year. Then it was that Joseph F. Smith became Presi- 
dent, with John R. Winder and Anthon H. Lund as his counselors. 

Up to the ingoing of the present administration, while much had been said 
about polygamy, church-and-state. and t>;e commercial and material phases of 
"Mormonism," no one had the temerity to assert or even intimate that the poliry 
and procedure of the Church leaders were at all at variance with those of their 
predecessors. It remained for the Salt Lake Tribune, edited by the aforesaid 
Frank J. Cannon, "Mormon" apostate and broken-down politician, in the employ 
of ex-Senator Thomas Kearns, another disgruntled office-seeker, to invent this 
false charge and hurl it at the heads of the church. Disappointed in their 
plans for re-election, and unable to secure for the furtherance of their financial 
and political schemes the "Church influence," of which they now prate, they 
seek revenge by endeavoring to blacken the characters and lessen the influence 
of the "Mormon" leaders. These two men, Keams and Cannon, are the principal 
figures in the self-styled "American party." Their i^kigious coadjutors are the 
members of the Protestant Ministerial Association of Salt Lake City, a little 
clique of nn-Christian ministers, who spend one day in seven preaching the 
Ten Commandments and the Golden Rule, and the Remaining six an bearing false 
witness against their neighbors and stirring up strife and hatred against them. 
When not engaged in getting up "anti-Mormon" petitions to congress, or lobbying 
in the interest of partisan legislation, they may be found any day at the old stand, 
denouncing "union of church and state" and proclaiming against "priestly Inter- 
ference in politics." The summoning of several prominent "Mormons," myself 
included, before the Smoot investigation committee at Washington, where it wa« 
shown that the Church was to some extent interested in various secular enterprises 
and that its President was an oflBcer in them, gave these political and religious 
crusaders their opportunity: and that they have made the most of it, the un- 
blushing effrontery and ribald mendacity of their operations bear ample and 
daily witness. 

It is true the present Trustee-in-Trust is prominent in various business con- 
cerns that have done much and are destined to do more in the. development 
of the material resources of Utah and the west ; but it is also true that many of 

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EDIXO RIAL. 



"REORGANIZED** CHURCH. 

In answer to an enquiry recently received we will state that the Reorganized 
Church is the name of a church organized by apostates from the true Church, and 
the work of their elders is devoted principally to following the tracks of our elders, 
ascertaining who our members are and generally visiting newly baptized converts, 
into whose ears they whisper damnable heresies, and endeavor to lead them aw^v 
from the true fold into their apostate church Their elders tell our converts that 
Joseph Smith, the leader of the Re-organizers, who is a son of the Prophet Joseph 
Smith, was duly appointed as his father's successor, and thisit Brigham Young led 
the people away into apostacy. They tell all manner of falsehoods about our lead- 
ers and use the same arguments as do the people of the world when speaking about 
blood atonement, and other charges generally made against us. 

The elders should closely study the article published in the Journal for Sep- 
tember 1, entitled "The Devil's Choicest Counterfeit," and should carefully explain 
the nature of this organization to all our Saints, especially those whom they may 
baptize, luid warn them against these wolves who are attired in sheep's clothing 
and who follow in the wake of our elders. As stated in that article, the very 
name of this apostate church presupposes what its members claim, that the 
original Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was disorganized. When 
did the event take place? The expulsion of the Saints from Nauvoo did not 
disorganize the Church, or affect its constitution in the slightest degree. If 
it is claimed that the removal of the great body of the Church from Illinois 
was its disorganization, then it must have been disorganized several times, having 
been forcibly removed from several places previous to its location at Nauvoo. 
But it was never claimed in the days of Joseph the Prophet that the Churc'i 
was disorganized when the majority of its members were driven from Missouri, 
nor at any time of its persecution and expulsion. 

When the body of the Church moved from Nauvoo. it simply changed its loca- 
tion, as it had done before, the Churcli remaining intact, with its organization 
unimpaired. The authorities which managed its affairs, and every essential to its 
perpetuation, continued in it and animated it. The priesthood in ell its quorums 
and councils — excepting for a brief season that of the first presidency — officiated 
in the various callings and duties pertaining thereunto: the work of proselytism 
and gathering went on ; the spirit that inspired the church at every previous stagi^ 
of its progress increased rather than diminished, and the Hand of Providence wa*^ 
manifested in its protection, consolidation and increase, in a more signal manner 
than ever before. The persecutions and tribulations through which it had passed 
were overruled by the Almighty for its exceeding benefit. It was elevated on high. 
The place of its people's defense became *'the munitions of rocks :" "bread was given 
unto them, thei-r water was made sure ;" "the wildernness and the solitary plac** 
were made glad for them ;" "streams broke out and waters in the desert :" "joy and 
gladness were found therein, thanksgiving and the voice of melody." "The 
mountain of the Lord's House'' was "established in the top of the mountains" just 
as the Prophet Joseph predicted a short time before his cruel death it would be, 
and to it came people from all nations, that they might "learn of His ways and 
walk in His paths," and there they were free to carry out the work revealed to the 
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and people diligently ap^ied themselyes, and God worked with them, confirming the 
word with signs following, and giving the testimony of the truth to all who re<^ved 
the Gospel under their teaching, in every land and clime. There was no break 
in the continuance of the Church. Neither was there any token that the Lord had 
withdrawn Himself from His people. The pretended reorganization of scHnething 
that was never dlsorganiied, is but "the shadow of a shade.'' 

The Lord, from the very beginning of the Church, gave the most solemn and 
certain assurances to His servants and Saints, that the power of this priesthood 
was revealed **in the last days and for the last time;" that this kingdom should 
"not be prevailed against, but should prevail ;" that it should "not be left to another 
people ;" that the keys thereof were not only given to the Presidency of the Twelve, 
in connection with the priesthood from the beginning, being "sent down from heaven' 
unto them "last of all." It was "never to be taken again from the earth until 
the sons of Levi do offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness." "Fear 
not little flod£," said the Lord, "the kingdom is yours until I oome." The whob 
tenor of the revelations in the Doctrine and Covenants is to the same effect as these 
4iuotations. It was understood from the first that transgressors should be dealt 
with "from the greatest unto the least," but the church and kingdom of God set 
up on the earth should remain "no more to be thrown down for ever." 

Neither did the death of the Prophet Joseph affect the organization of the 
church. It would be a poor system that depended upon the life of one man, or 
two or three men. Even the death of the Savior, the head of the primitive 
Christian Church, did not affect the organization thereof; it continued and grew 
and increased as has the Latter-day Church under similar circumstances and 
like the tree springing from the grain of mustard seed, flourished and spread 
forth when watered by the blood of martyrdom. 

The quorum of the first presidency was dissolved by t?he death of Joseph and 
Hyrum, but the quorum of twelve, with its president designated by revelation, 
was in full force, and, according to the order of the priesthood, "was equal 
in authority" to the first presidency, and expressly endowed with power to 
"build up the church and regulate all the affairs of the same in all nations." The 
dissolution or disorganization of any quorum or council does not and cannot 
disorganize the church, but each and every quorum may be set in order again 
under the keys and authority given for that purpose. This was done — ^the 
first presidency being reorganized according to the plan and pattern designated. 
The same course was repeated after the death of President Young. The position 
is impregnable. The church continues. If its earthly head is removed frotn 
any cause, it has vitality and power to bring forth another. And so with any 
of its essential facts: that it may never perish nor be materially affected by 
the violence of the wicked, the transgression of any of its ofllcers or members, 
change of location, or any trial or vicissitude through which it may be called to 



DON'T LEAVE THE GOOD SEED TO WITHER. 

In giving general counsel to the president of the Virginia conference, regard- 
ing the fields of labor the Elders under his direction were to be sent to upon 
the adjournment of conference there. President Rich advised that they be sent 
into those counties where the seed of the Gospel had been sown, and not try to 
break up new ground. Too much of this kind of work has been done in the past, 
and too frequently the Elders have preached the Gospel to* strangers who have 
become interested, and then the missionaries have left for other fields to allow 
the good seed sown to wither and die. 

The time has come for our Elders to labor more extensively among those 
who have started to investigate the Grospel, and they must cultivate the seed which 
has been sown, endeavoring to successfully ripen it, instead of trying to cover too 
much ground. When a good opening presents itself for successful work, the elders 
should remain and labor diligently among those who manifest a disposition to em- 
brace the Gospel. Of course there is such a thing as "wearing out your welcome,** 
but where people commence to investigate the Gospel, under the influence of tha 
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and will gladly make any sacrifice to entertain tbem under their humble roof. In 
such cases the Elders should prefer to remain rather than to see how many miles 
they can walk by the time they make their next report. 



Prbsidbnt Rich rcently held a branch conference with the Elders at Augusta^ 
Ga., and had a most interesting time. He recommended to President Whiting and 
the elders associated with him in that conference that they have two or three 
sets of **The Silent Missionary'' for the use of the missionaries, and thcLt for this 
purpose they each contribute a small amount of the purchase price. This was 
readily agreed to, and the views forwarded to the eiders. A letter just received 
from President Whiting conveys the encouraging news that the interest taken 
in the pictures by both saints and strangers is simply wonderful, and will have 
great effect in making friends for the elders and ultimately converts. 



On thb 16th and 17th of September, President Rich was in Mount Lake, Va.» 
attending conference. He reports that a nicer set of elders than those laboring in 
the Virginia conference, it has not been his pleasure to meet. They were neat 
and comely in their attire and progressing and developing wonderfully, even the 
youngest of the elders having perfect control when caUed upon to address the 
conference. They had enlarged their church for the occasion, but even then 
there was not room for the vast numbers of people who came from all parts of 
the country to hear the preaching. The elders gave up their seats to the visitors 
and sat outside of the building. 



And now the Methodist Episcopal conference at Madison, Wis., has adopted 
resolutions asl^ing the United States senate to declare the seat of Reed Smooi* 
vacant, liiis, we believe, completes the list of the religious denominations, in the 
United States who have been mixing up church and state, by dabbling in political 
matters before the United States senate. We are willing to assert, without 
any fear of contradiction, that the Mormon Church is now the only religiou<{ 
body in free America which is not figuring in national politics. 



An interesting communication from Elder D. B. Foulger tells of the safe 
arrival of himself and Elder C. A. Wright at their homes in Ogden, Utah, anfT 
the hearty welcome they received from the people. He says: "We were chosen 
as counselors to the Y. M. M. I. A. president before we arrived, so you can see 
ttiat they intend keeping us awake to our duty. I was chosen to do the baptizing 
in the ward last Sunday." 



We desire to impress upon the minds of the elders that they should send lit 
their reports on the regular blank furnished by the mission. When you see that 
you are running short, order at once, so that you will not be under the necessity 
of disobeying this instruction. We hope that all the brethren will remember 
this and avoid thereby the necessity of being reminded again of this important 
rule of the mission. 



We desire to call the attention of the superintendents of the Sunday schools 
in the Mission to the new Sunday school minute book just published by the Desere^ 
Sunday ^hool Union, and bound in full cloth, with leather back and corners, which 
will be sent to any address on receipt of $2.50. Everything essential is incor- 
porated in the volume, and it contains suflScient printed pages for two years' 
minutes. 



We are again encouraged by receiving large additions to our subscription 
lists from local Saints in the south and returned missionaries in Zion. In some 
instances clubs of six and eight have been sent us, which is truly gratifying. We 
trust that others will follow up the good work and labor among their friends to 
spread the usefulness of The Journal. 



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spondence from oar elders, Mission History, Notes From the Field, etc. Our 
next issue will be full of interesting mission news. 



Eldeb James H. Waixis arrived from the West on Sept. 22, and has aga*n 
entered upon his editorialjabors on the Joubnal. He brings good news from th^ 
BHrst Preudency of large numbers of elders for the South commencing with 
the present month. 



Eldeb W. H. Ltttu: of the Georgia Conference, laboring in Atlanta, writos 
of his meeting with Rev. J. C. Burton and Rev. G. M. Camile, both of the Baptist 
diordi, bnt iieither of whom would have anything to say to him because he was 
a Mormon. 



Eldeb W. L. Batty, late president of the East Tennessee Conference, writes 
from Zion that he reached home safe, and found his wife in much better health 
than he expected. His address is Toquerville, Utah. 



Elncb Weight of the Virginia conference is down with the typhoid fever. Tbe 
elders and saints are requested to unite in prayers for his recovery. 



The Swedish Mission has lately been organized with headquarters at Svar- 
tensgatan 3, Stockholm, Sweden. 



A HEALTHY Sunday school has been organized at Mount Lake, Va., with thirty 
members. 



THE SAINTS AND THE WORLD. 

(By Sidney Riodon, in Messenger and Advocate, December, 1836. ( 

(Continued from page 2S.) 

. Bnt to i^tum to the sayings of the Prophets, as quoted above. From 
these sayings we learn some very important things. We learn, first, that the Zion 
of the Lord is to be built up by gathering His Saints together, from all plaoe>% 
even from the islands of the sea. Let us quote two more verses from the srixtieth 
chapter of Isaiah, the third and fourth, which read thus : "And the Gentiles shnll 
come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes 
around about, and see, all they gather themselves together they come; thy sons 
shall come from afar, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side." In thp 
forty-third chapter of this same prophecy of Isaiah and the sixth verse, tlie 
Prophet thus expresses himself, speaking of this same gathering together of the 
people : "I will say to the north, give up ; and to the south, hold not back ; brjnj; 
my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth." This quota- 
tion gives us a pretty clear idea of the nature and extent of tbe gathering spoken 
of in the sixtieth chapter, third and fourth verses, that it is to be from the en«1s 
of the earth. And the prophet says that they shall be gathered unto thve. 
What thee, I ask, is this? This question is answered in the fourteenth verse. 
and the thing or place which is called thee in the third and fourth verses, U 
called the city of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel. So there can 
be no doubt that the place where the Saints are to be gathered is the Zion of tlt( 
last days mentioned by the prophets. 

Concerning this Zion we have the following sayings: 

First. She is beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth. — Psalms 48 :2. 

Second. That the forces of the gentiles shall come unto her, and the abundance 
of the sea shall be converted unto her. 

Third. The multitude of camels shall cover her, the dromedaries of Midinn 
and Ephah. All they of Sheba shall come with their gold and incense. 

Fourth. The isles shall wait for her, and the ships of Tarshish, to bring htr 
sons from far, their silver and their gold with them. 

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and the box tree together, to beautify the place of the Lord's sanctuary, and to 
make the place of his feet glorious. 

Now let me ask the Saints of the last days, what kind of people must you be, 
in order that you may accomplish so great a work? That you may bring to the 
Zion of your God, the foundation of which is now laid, in spite of the powers of 
earth and hell, combined; for surely their utmost exertion has been used to pre- 
vent it, but it has been used in vain), the forces of the gentiles, to obtain for to 
enricheu her, the abundance of the sea ; the camels in sufficient abundance to cov(>r 
the dromedaries of Midian and of Ephah ; the gold and silver of Sheba. 

To put into requisition the ships of Tarshish, or in other words, great ship^ 
that the Lord's scms may come from far, and his daughters from the ends of the 
earth ; to bring unto her the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box tree together, 
in order that you may beautify the Lord's sanctuary, and make the place of his 
feet glorious, and by all kinds of refinement, and learning, make Zion the joy and 
praise of the whole earth, until the kings of the earth shall come to the brightness 
of thy rising. Will not the accomplishment of so great a work as this, requii'e 
exertion and enterprise? Surely it will. 

May I not again ask, ''how is Zion to become the joy and praise of the whole 
earth, so that kings shall come to the brightness of her rising? Surely, it will 
be by her becoming more wise, more learned, more refined, and more noble, than, 
the cities of the world, so that she becomes the admiration of the great ones of the 
earth. And by what means is this to be obtained?" The answer is, by the 
superiority of her literary institutions, and by her general effort of all the 
Saints to patronize literature in our midst, so that the manners of the Saints 
may be properly cultivated and their habits correctly formed. 

In addition to this, her buildings will have to be more elegant, her palacos 
more splendid, and her public houses more magnificent; otherwise, she will not 
be the joy and praise of the whole earth, and kings will never come to the 
brightness of her rising. Neither are we to leave out of the question the dress 
of the Saints, for this supplies the place also in effecting this great object: the 
beauty and the neatness of the dress is characteristic of the degree 'of refinement, 
and decency of a society. The nobles of the earth would not be likely to admire 
disgraceful apparel, untastefully arranged: but the very reverse: indeed, if ever 
Zion becomes the joy and praise of the whole earth, the sayings of the Psalmist 
must be literally fulfilled, "That our sons must be as plants grown up in their 
youth ; our daughters as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a 
palace," Ps. 144:12. 

If these things should not take place, then surely the voice of the prophets 
is of no avail and the purposes which God hath proposed in himself will coma 
to naught. 

From this the Saints may have something of an idea unto what they are 
called : that they are called unto glory and virtue, or in other words, to enterprise 
and courage; that in order to fulfill their calling, there must not be an idler in 
all their ranks, but that they must cultivate the habits of industry and of enter- 
prise so that they can be prepared to visit all lands, and acquit themselves like 
men, in the presence of all people ; the wise, and the learned, and even the noblea, 
and the kings of the earth not excepted. 

Let not any of the Saints be deceived by the ignorance of this age, neither 
let them be led astray by design, to have their minds confused by an attempt 
to subject them to laws, either of revelation or tradition, which are not in 
accordance with their calling, and the dispensation under which we live ; it 
matters not what might have been the laws which regulated the Saints under 
other dispensations, it belongs to us to be regulated by the order of things which 
has been introduced for our benefit and salvation, and though it could be shown 
that there were regulations among the former day Saints, which were opposed 
to the order which regulates us, it would only prove that at different times and 
ages, God had different things to accomplish, and that it required different orders 
of things to accomplish them. 

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a notion prevailing amongst a great many people, that the nearer a man got io 
his God the less enterprise he should exert, that he should show forth his 
righteousness by his rags, and his holiness by an utter contempt of the rules of 
decency. Indeed among some that would be called wise, to this day, they think 
that the cut of their coat and the shape of their hat is of great importance, an^l 
has considerable to do with their salvation; but let the Saints know assuredly 
that their righteousness does not consist in putting on some old antiquated dres> : 
but in enterprise, in accomplishing the will of God and building up a city to His 
name, and beautifying His sanctuary and making the place of His feet glorious. 

Let the Saints, therefore, equip themselves like men. Let them seek learning 
and wisdom, refinement and elegance. Let industry and enterprise be encouraged, 
not merely as appendages to our religion, but as an identity with it, as part of 
it, without which the other parts would be of little consequence; yea, may I not 
say, let them get riches. However, some mig^t be ready to say in opposition to 
this, that it is impossible for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. 
Admit it, but does this argue that those who have sacrificed their all for the 
kingdom of heaven's sake and entered in, should not get rich after they got there? 
No, verily; for the Savior has said in language not to be misunderstood **That 
he that forsaketh father or mother, wife or children, houses or lands, for my snk>^ 
and the gospel's, shall have in this world an hundredfold, and in that which is o 
come, Ekernal life." 

So, then, the Saints who have first sought the kingdom of heaven and th.? 
righteousness thereof, may calculate the addition of all things ; yea, even an 
hundredfold. And may I not say if we fail of getting the earthly promise, what 
hope can there l>e of our getting the heavenly) For it is assuredly said we shall 
have an hundredfold in this life, as it is said we shall have eternal life in che 
world to come. 

Again, let us observe in order that Zion may become the joy and the prai^^? 
of the whole earth, it is necessary that the Saints should cultivate the principles 
of honesty and integrity in all their intercourse with the world, so much so that 
those who have dealings with them will have to say, that their intercourse i^ 
honorable above all others. The Saints must 'become notorious for this, so that 
all men will be willing to deal with them, and rather do it than with any others, 
for this is one of the ways by which they will obtain wealth, without which they 
will never be aUe to fulfill the end of their calling. 

Once more, in order that Zion may become the joy of the whole earth, the 
Saints must practice holiness in the fear of the Lord ; for without this, no man cao 
see the Lord, neither will He prosper them unless they do it. They must attend 
punctually to the orders of His house, every head of the family must see that 
his or her house is kept in order before the Lord, so that in their midst the name 
of the Lord may be had in reverence, and His conmiandments regarded witb 
veneration, and His worship respected as of the first importance. 

In so doing, the Saints may anticipate the blessings of heaven attend them 
more abondantly, and with every increase of wealth and honor and increase of 
blessings, until as the prophet Malaohi has said, **The earth will not be able :o 
contain it." 

Let the Saints, then, consider the nature of their high calling lest any man 
deceive them with the fair pretences and with vain tradition after the rudiments 
of the world and not after Christ. Let them remember that God has called 
them, that they may distinguish themselves by the boldness of their enterpriser ; 
by the magnificence of their schemes, and by the greatness of their industry, and 
by their untiring perseverance, and by their patience, and indefatigable zeal. 
Let them be patient in all things till they overcome the world, the devil and the 
flesh, and Zion becomes a joy and the praise of the whole earth. 

The apostle Paul has a valuable saying in his epistle to the Hebrews, tenth 
and thirty-sixth, "For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will 
of God, ye might receive the promise." The Saints would do well to give heed to 
this saying, that they may never get weary in well doing. Let them recollect 
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to inherit the promise. How many may have done the will of God, and yet for 
want of patience to wait upon the Lord, have lost the promise altogether; when, 
if they had had patience to wait on the Lord, they might have received it to the 
joy and gratitude of their hearts. 

Remember, then, ye Saints of the last days! that you aire called upon by the 
great God to be ministers of righteousness in the last days to all people, languages 
and kindreds of the earth. Ye ore called upon to visit every nation under heaven ; 
to waft yourselves over every sea and every ocean; to stand iu the presence of 
kings, and of princes, and of the nobles of the earth ; to gather op of all nation'^, 
tongues and languages under heaven, and of them to build up the Zion of the 
last days of the Most High. And nothing of all this can fail if you are faithful 
in your calling and consider the nature and the end thereof ; for great is he who has 
(*aHed you, and none of his promises can be broken, neither can hit faithfulness 
fail. 

Arm yourselves, therefore, like men, ye elders of Israel ; store your heads 
with knowledge and your hearts with grace, and as the heads of the Israel of che 
last days, go forth without fear; for strong is He who has called you; and om- 
nipotent is the arm of Him who sustains you; fear not and your peace shall be 
like a river and your righteousness as an overflowing stream. Rejoice upon tho 
hills and shout hoeannah upon the mountains; until you shall bring the last stone- 
of the building of your God with the shout of grace, grace, unto it. 



THE TRUTH ABOUT MORMONISM- 

{GofUinued/i'(mpa<feS9.) 

tlie offices held by him in those concerns — mainly directorships — have descended 
to him from former incumbents of his position: a fact which his enemies, in 
all their unwarranted strictures upon his course, keep carefully out of sight. It 
is true that the Church, whose main support is the tithes of Its members, has from 
time to time placed means where they would be likely to do the most good, 
for itself and for the community at large; and as a result it has paid off many 
of its debts and its credit today is sound and unimpaired. But it is not tru*^ 
that the Church has been **commerciali]sed'* by its leaders, or that there has been 
any radical change of policy in the financial conduct of the authorities, in the 
course pursued by them, spiritually or temporally, since the days of Lorenzo 
8now, Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor, Brigham Young and Joseph Smith. 

I denounce as an infamous falsetiood the allegation that the tithing system 
of the Latter-day Saints is a system of robbery, tyranny and extortion, as these 
wretched libelers continually declare. The tithing of the Church, which I have 
shown to be a tenth of the annual increase of its members, is purely a voluntary 
offering, willingly and cheerfully made by them in obedience to what they hold 
to be a law of God. The leaders pay tithing as well as the people. There is 
no element of extortion in it, and no shadow of oppression hangs over it. On 
the contrary, the tithes of the Saints have been used . largely, from, the very 
beginning, for the support of the poor, the relief of the sick and afflicted, the ctr? 
of the widow and the orphan. Other purposes for wbich these funds have been 
expended are the building of temples and houses of worship, the emigration of 
the poor, the founding of hospitals end other benevolent institutions, and the 
maintenance of Church schools throughout the Stakes of Zion. now reaching 
from Canada to Mexico. The outside missions have also been aided in various 
ways. 

The priesthood of the Church, though possessing a legitimate clj|im upon th^ 
revenues — as the revelation on tithing plainly shows — tiave never '^pressed that 
claim, but have preferred to earn their own living and support their families 
by private labor, while giving their services gratuitously to the cause. Ours 
is not a salaried priesthood, and never has been: even our foreign missionaries 
usually travel "without purse or script." Only those who give their entire time to 
the Church, and have no other income, receive regular assistance from its pofferg; 
and even this is limited to the actual needs of such workers and their families. 
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managers, and leading men of affairs throughout the country, are utterly un- 
known among the Latter-day Saints. I do not exaggerate when I say, without 
fear of successful contradiction, that our leading men. Presidents, Apostles and 
Bishops, who from the first have given their lives and labors in this cause, ha.^ 
they employed their tkne and talents in other pursuits, and sought their own ac;- 
grandizement, would >have been able to command, as their reasonable compensation^ 
many times the amount they have received from the Church for their simple 
support while devoting themselves unselfishly to its interests. 

All this talk about a "heartless hierarchy," "grinding the faces of the poor,** 
^'oppressing the widow and the orphan/* in order that a few men and their famine's 
may "revel in wealth,** "practice licentiousness,** and "plot treason against the 
government/* is just so much humbug and clap-trap, ludicrous enough to be laughable 
were it not taken seriously by the lyiififormed "dupes and victims** — not of the 
"Mormon** priestboed, but of their libelers and defamers. Everybody in Utah 
knows this to be true. The reputable Gentiles take no stock in the lurid and lugu- 
brious tales told by the Salt Lake Tribune. The "Mormon** people are not op- 
pressed and down-trodden. Neither are they a poverty-stricken class, impecunious 
and improvident. A greater number of them own their own homes, and are freer 
from debt than is the case with any other community in the United States. We 
have no paupers, no beggars, no tramps. The comparatively few indigent people 
among us — indigent because aged, ailing, or otherwise unfortunate — are well cared 
for by the Church, through a priesthood perfectly organized and equipped for all 
conditions and emergencies. Everything within the Church is done by common 
consent. Priesthood and people are united, .and possess each other*s confidence. 
Withal, the "Mormon** people are shrewd and sensible. They know who their 
friends are, and their eyes are open to the trickery and true inwardness of those 
who. profess love and sympathy for them in order to alienate them from their 
leaders. They have no use for hypocrites, for the turncoat and the traitor. And 
they will never be won from "Mormonism** by the modem Pharisee, who preaches 
truth and charity while he practices lying and persecution. 

Salt Lake City, Utah. 



TRANSFERS. 

Elder H. R. Harrison has been transferred from the Georgia to t^ Ohio 
Conference. 

Elders J. D. Stoddard and R. L. Baxter have been transferred from the 
Florida to the Ohio Conference. 

Elder Geo. A. Prescott has been transferred from t^ Mississippi to the Eas^t 
Tennessee Conference. 

Elder H. S. Parkinson of the Alabama Conference and Elder Jos. S. Fish 
of the (Georgia Conference have been transferred to the Florida Conference, to 
labor in Key West. 



APPOINTMENTS. 

Elder C. S. Jones has been appointed to succeed Elder A. C. Hull in the 
presidency of the Ohio Conference. 



RELEASES. 

The following brethren have been honorably released to return home : 

Elder V. D. Thome from North Carolina. 

Elder W. B. Frost from the Georgia Conference. 

Elder A. C. Hull from presiding over the Ohio Conference. 

Elder C. E. Rowan, Jr., from Middle Tennessee. 

Elder W. T. Cranney from Ohio. 

Elder A. W. Kartchnerfrom Ohio. 

Elder C. H. Erickson from Ohio. 

Elder E. P. Moser from Ohio. 

Elder A. H. Pierce from Middle Tennessee. 

*rhe following brethren have been released to t>etum home at their own request : 

Elders Wm. R. McNeil and W. O. Patterson from tl^e Mississippi Conference. 



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WHY I AM GLAD. 



Across the way lives a Ijidj', 
Witli houses and lauds and gold; 

But she has no frolicsome baby 
To love and kiss and hold. 

She has gems and jewels and laces, 

Pictures costly and rare; 
But she has no dear childish faces 

To leave their sunshine there. 

Over there the house is silent, 
Not a bit of sunshine or noise; 

Over here is fun and merriment. 
And happy girls and boys. 



And I have what her life misses. 
What she is hungering for — 

The touch of my children's kisses 
When the toiling day is o'er. 

So I wouldn't change with my neighbor. 

No, not for a single day; 
I'd rather have toil and labor, 

And watch my children play. 

And when the glad day is ended 

I'll forget my weariness. 
For life with my work is blended 

As each dear cheek I press. 



Oh, gold cannot stay the hunger 
Of an empty, cheerless life, 

And I gaze across and pity her— 
Glad I'm a poor man's wife. 



OBITUARY. 

Hill — At Tillie, Letcher Co., Ky., Eliza Victoria and Pearlie, daughters of 
Brother and Sister Ira S. Hill. Eliza was bom Jan. 25, 1802, and died July 28. 
1905 ; Pearlie was bom Jan. 25, 1904, and died Aug. 16, 1905. 



McDowEL. — At Marlows, Harry county, S. C, Sept. 2, 1905. Florence, the 
beloved wife of Rufus McDowel. Deceased was bom Christmas Day, 1888, and 
was a faithful member of the church. She was the daughter of Brother James 
J. Owens. 



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** No unhal/owed hand can stap the uwk of God from progressing. Persecution may rage, 
mobs nuiy eombiney armies may assemble^ culumvy may defame; but the tivth of God will go 
forth bolily, nobly and independently ^ until it has penetrated every c&ntinentj visited every dime, 
swept every country and sounthd in every ear, till the purposes of Gud sliall be^aceomplished and 
the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.^^ — Joseph S.MfTH. 



Vol. III. OoTOBEu 15, 1906. Ko. 4. 



THE SOUL OF MAN IS THE SPIRIT AND BODY. 

By Apostle ('has. W. Penrose. 

[The following is taken from a discourse delivered at the seventy-fifth annual 
conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the Tabernacle, 
Salt Lake City, Utah, on Sunday, April 1), llK)o.] 

In the Doctrine and Covenants, on page HOT, you will read these words : 

**The spirit and the body is the soul of man. And the resurrection from the 
dead i« the redemption of the soul.'* 

I call your attention to the fact that we are not only spiritual beings, wh'> 
have received our origin as such from our Eternal Father, but we also hav.> 
bodies, fashioned out of the elements that compose this earth, which God has 
made for that purpose. And the religion that Grod has sent out of heaven in 
the la.st days is a religion for man as he is, for the souls of men. 
In the Book of Genesis, 1st chap., we read that God made man in his own 
image; that He made them male and female, and gave him the great com- 
mandment, the first, which was that they should **increa9e and multiply and 
inherit the earth and suMue it and have dominion over all things" upon the 
face of the earth and in the firmament around. We are told in the second chap- 
ter of Genesis that lie formed the body of man out of the dust. Crod thus oi- 
ganized the body of man, 'as well as his spirit, and He gave him commandmeats 
in relation to his body. He gave him commandments in regard to the fruirs 
that grew upon the trees in the Eden that (fod had planted. He gave him law* 
in relation to the present as well as those that pertained to the future. 

We should understand that God has something to do with earthly thing-; 
as well as those things that we call heavenly. It was He who made this globe 
on which yoo and I live. God called the elemetits together — these elements that 
He says are eternal. You will read that in the Doctrine and Covenants, page 
331. The Ijord says that the elements — that is, the essence of things that \\«; 
call mateirial, and that scientists call matter — are eternal ; and He called the 
elementary particles together that now compose this globe, which at first was 
covered with water. Water is composed of gases, as scientists tell us, and they 
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in the form of water, are themselves comiwsite : that these elements, as they 
were once called, are not elementary ; but that you can g:o back of the water 
to the gases of which it is composed, and then you can dissolve these gases iiuo 
still nearer primary elements. And j'ou may go on until you come to the real 
essence or atoms of elementary existence. The Lord says they are eternal. They 
were not created, in the sense that some people use the term. Now, the Lord 
says that these elements are eternal, and that "spirit and element, inseparably 
connected, receiveth a fullness of joy, and when separated man cannot receive a 
fullness of joy.'* So we shall find that not only in time, but in eternity, when 
the soul is redeemed, when tli€ spirit and the body, which are the soul of man, 
are joined together in the resurrection of the dead and are made eternal and im- 
mortal, the body as well as the spirit, that there is something to do in regard 
to the material elements in the universe of God. God is a being that takes 
cognizance of us as we are, and the religion He has given us is not merely 
what is called a spiritual religion, but it is also a temporal religion, using the 
term as men use it. 

In the twenty-ninth section of the Doctrine and Covenants, God says thai 
He made all things. He speaks there of the earth and the animals upon it, and 
the vegetation that graws out of the ground, and of the material things which 
men handle. The Lord says He created them all by the word of His power, 
"firstly 8t)irituaf, and secondly temporal;*' and the last of His works will t>e 
"firstly temporal, and secondly spiritual." But He explains further, that to 
Him all these things are spiritual, because they are eternal. The elements are 
eternal, and therefore God calls them spiritual ; for the things that are temporal 
are those that pass away, and the things that ai?e spiritual are those that re- 
main. So we will find by and by, when we understand things as God under- 
stands them, that they are all eternal in His sight; for His eyes penetrate to 
the essence of things* while we can only see things on the surface. The things 
that pass away from our gaze, caught up as it were in the air and passin'^ 
out of sight, like the vapors of the sea drawn up by the sun — the elements of 
these things remain and abide, and cannot be annihilated. Not one particle of 
matter can be annihilated ; not one particle of spirit can be annihilated ; for they 
are eternal. They always were, in their essential particles, in their primary 
elements, and they always will abide, though their forms may be changed by the 
power of the great Creator. 

The Lord tells us, as you will see in the 131st section of the Doctrine and 
Covenants, that we shall find some time, when we can see things properly, that 
all are to that extent material, that they exist and do not pass away; that spirit 
is matter of a refined and purified nature, different from that which we cail 
matter. There are two primary divisions, we may saj-, in the universe — spir-t 
and matter; or, as the I^rd calls them, spirit and element. Grod has to do with 
both. He organized both. He rules over both, and gives laws in relation lo 
both. And it is only by the eternal, inseparable union of the spiritual and the 
material, or elementary, that perfect happiness can come. So God our heaveniy 
Father, who is the Father of our spirits, with whom we dwelt, with Jesus Chrisl 
our Elder Brother, before the foundations of this earth- were laid, is the Father 
of our spirits and the framer and former of our bodies. He prepared this earth 
for our abode. He brought together the chaotic particles, which now are a solid 
globe governed by His laws. He brought forth the earth at the right time and 
in the right place, that it might keep up the equilibrium necessary to be main- 
tained in the worlds that He created before. He formed this earth for us, His 
children, that we might come here and obtain a portion of it, organized accord- 
ing to the laws of generation, which we will find also are eternal ; that we 
might have a portion of the elements of this globe to fashion these bodies, in 
which our eternal, immortal spirits might enter, and that we might claim them 
as ours, when the great change that we call death that must pass upon a!l 
people shall come. It is necessary for our education, for our experience, that 
we might know what it is. When that change comes, and the spirit of man is 
separated from the body, that is not the end of the body, any more than it is 
the end of the spirit: but at the word of the Lord, whose word formed this or- 
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particles that belong to each other and which are esi^ntial to the organization 
of these bodies, will be brought from the dust, and the spirit and the body will be 
reunited. We will then stand in the presence of God, and all be relegated to 
our respective spheres — the places we have prepared ourselves for by our earthly 
acts. 

Now, I want to emphasize the point and make it clear to your minds, if T 
can, that these bodies that God has given us, fashioned though they be out 
of dust, and to all appearances are merely temporal, are bodies which we shall 
have in the world to come. Our inheritance will be with them. Therefore, God 
gives us laws for their government now. He gives laws for the government of 
each individual as an entity. He gives laws for the government of His Church, 
as a collective body. He places at the head of it a man to receive His word, 
whenever He designs to give His word to the people; and we have a man now 
wlio is capable, ready and willing, and who has the authority, the keys and the 
power to receive the word of God, whether by His own voice, by the voice of 
angels, by the manifestation of visions, or by the power and gift of the Hoiv 
Ghost, by which holy men of old spoke and wrote. Crod will give us laws f>r 
our government, not only in relation to these things that people call spiritual, 
but also in relation to what we call temporalities ; for He recognizes us as we 
are. We are His children, and we need to be guided and directed in all our 
works and ways. The silver and the gold, the metals of every kind, the wheat 
and the fine flour, the cattle on a thousand hills, and all things that the earth 
produces, the Lord says are His. And they are ; for He made them, and He 
has care over them all. To think that God cares for nothing but singing and 
praying, and that hereafter we will sit on the corner of a cloud twanging a 
harp through all eternity, and that Ls to be our heaven, is an absurdity to my 
mind. We will be living beings, with a body as well as a spirit, in the image 
of our God. As the Apostle John said, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God; 
and it doth not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when He appears 
we shall be like Him; for we shall see him as he is. An^ every man that hath 
this hope, purifieth himself, even as He is pure." That is the lesson. God has 
given these bodies to us to be preserved in purity, according to the laws He has 
given us by revelation and in nature. We are to govern ourselves by the laws 
of God, revealed from on high, and by the laws of nature, and make ourselves 
just as happy and as comfortable as we can under the circumstances in which 
we are placed. Do right to one another. Let no man infringe upon the rights 
of his neighbor; regard every man*s rights as sacred, understanding that we are 
all the children of our heavenly Father, all brethren and sisters, whether we are 
Latter-day Saints or latter-day sinners; but more especially should our love and 
affection and help be extended to the household of faith, to those who have been 
baptized into Christ, and have put on Christ, and have become part of Him. 



UNION OF THE CHURCHES. 

By Eldeb Ezra Christiansen. 

A great church conference, representing twenty-four religious denominations, 
and a membership of 18,000,000 communicants, has been called to meet in New 
York, November 15. Each denomination will have from five to fifty delegates. 
The main purpose of the confeirence will be an effort to form a federation of 
the Protestant churches in America. Other issues such as religious education, 
the social order, evangelization, home and foreign missions, etc., will be considered. 

WTiile no harm can come from a discussion of this kind, and some good 
may result, it is quite certain that no plan for the union of the churches w'll 
be decided upon. There are of course, some interests which all Protestant sects 
have in common, but there are so many principles upon which they differ, that 
it will be impossible to harmonize them. A religious congress of this kind iso*t 
like a political convention, where a majority of the delegates decide upon tQ» 
platform to be adopted. A person cannot change his faith because a majority 
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science. As soon as he attempts to do that, his faith is weakened, and hi* 
spiritual life begins to die and lose its power. 

Imagine for a moment, the apostles whom the Savior called and gave au- 
thority to minister in his name, meeting in convention with the different creeds 
of the Roman Empire, and trying to reconcile the conflicting religious opinions of 
that time, and mold them all into one standard of faith. It is doubtful whether 
they would have been able to persuade the delegates to incorporate one of the 
principles that Jesus taught into the general creed. The majority would have 
ruled them out on every question. And even if they had partially succeeded, 
where henceforth would have been their authority to minister in the name of 
their Master. As soon as they should have tampered with the authority which 
the Savior had given them, and compromised with the creeds of men, their com- 
mission would have expired, the keys of salvation would have been taken from 
them, and all their power gone. 

We contend that no denomination can afford to surrender one principle of 
faith, because a majority may decide that it is not essential. If it does, it loses 
in spiritual force much more than ah increased membership can ever balance.' 

A true faith cannot be added to or taken away from, by discussions or de- 
bates, or because of votes that may be recorded for or against it. Faith is a 
gift from God, and ccmes from within. If it is genuine, it is not affected by 
external pressure. It shines as brightly whether inclosed in prison walls, or 
pampered by the good will of men. It survives storms and snows of winter, 
when driven forth to perish, and cheerfully endures hunger and want upon the 
desert when exiled from home and its' comforts, as if it had enjoyed all the 
luxuries of life. Nothing can destroy it. It has "subdued kindoms, wrought 
righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the 
violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, waxed valiant in fight." It has 
passed through "trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, bonds and imprisonment," 
and all the punishments that man could inflict. There is no suffering that it 
has not endured ; there is no earthly triumph that it has won. 

Cam a congress then hope to change it? Can a. few day*s discussion and 
debate bring about a unity of the faith? Does it depend upon the eloquence 
and oratory that may be displayed on ths occasion, whether a true faith shall 
live or die? Not at all. Until the world recognizes the authority which God 
has called, there can be no unity. When men ask the way that leads to the fold 
of Christ, a prophet's voice must ring back the answer, loud and clear, abov? 
the confusion of jangling sects and creeds, as did Peter's on the Day of Penti- 
cost. And that answer must be final, for Grod is back of it. It cannot com- 
promise with the creeds of men, or be changed to suit their conflicting opinions. 
It must stand, immutable as the Rock of Ages. Through that door, and that 
alone, can unity come, and all who remain outside, must continue in confusion 
and disorder. 



REVIEW. 

Alabama Conference — Six Elders were present at the branch conference held 
at Elkmont, Limestone county. A very good time was had by all who attended. 
The saints and investigators seemed to enjoy the speaking and testimonies of th«» 
humble ambassadors of truth. After the series of regular meeting, several cottage 
services were held with the saints and some non-members. President Jesse F. 
Bean had a warm discussion with a Campbell ite on "Authority" and "Salvation 
for the 4)ead." But the disciple of Alexander Camj^bell suffered the chagrin 
of being completely hushed before his associates whom he had promised to en- 
tain by making the Elder acknowledge the weak points of "Mormonism." Work 
has been reopened in Birmingham. Successful street meetings are being held. 
At first the Elders experienced a little difficulty competing with the Salvatioa 
Army for the best comer. But now the Elders take one corner, the Army 
another and the meetings go on simultaneously. The competitiop now is for 
the crowd. After the street service the Elders have had interesting con- 
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Smoot investigation. They all have words of praise for Senator Smoot and all the 
people they saw from Utah. Their prejudice is a thing of the past. Elders R. E. 
Baxter and L. E. Harris have gone to Lee county in response to a call, to 
baptize some repentant believers. Elders C. W. Smith and C. E. Moore have just 
closed a series of five meetings at WTiitehead. Previous to their visit the peopio 
knew very little about "Mormonism," as there are no members closer than twenty 
miles, and no Elders have visited there for five years. The people were excep- 
tionally kind and large crowds turned out to the meetings, which was an evidence 
of the interest taken. 

East I'^nnessee — On Aug. 23, Elders Sylvester Broadbent and George W. 
Etherington started to visit the Saints and Elders of East Tennessee conference, 
going through Bradley, Rhea, Van Buren, Cumberland and White counties, re- 
entering to Van Bnren Sept. 2. Several meetings were held among Saints and 
friends, and on Sept. 5 Elders Broadbent and Parker baptized three honest 
souls. Many friends have been made and it will only be a matter of time 
until several others will join the Church of Christ. On Sept. 6, EJiders Johnson 
and Etherington baptized one more member into the Church of Christ. Elders 
Ford and Hobson, who are laboring in Hancock county, have had a very hard 
time to get the people to investigate the gospel. The Elders are enjoying good 
health and are trying to raise the standard of the conference. 

Florida — After obtaining permission from the officials, Elders Heaton and 
Bocker opened up work in the city of Sanford, Orange county, Fla. President 
Rich visited Jacksonville in the interest of the meeting house, which is being 
erected at Jacksonville, and had the structure insured. President C. E. Ferrlu 
and Elder J. D. Stoddard returned from Southern Georgia, having held two 
interesting and well-attended branch conferences, one at Blackshear, Pierce county, 
the other at McDonald, Coffee county. Elders R. L. Baxter, J. B. Heaton and 
J. D. Stoddard have been quite ill, but all are able to be out again. The work 
during the past month has been retarded some on account of bad weather and 
sickness among the Elders. 

Georgia — Good work is being done by our Elders in the cities of Macon, 
Augusta and Atlanta, where street meetings are conducted. On Sept. 10 and 
11 a very successful branch conference was held. Twelve elders were present, 
including President Rich, who gave a talk Sunday night that will never bt* 
forgotten by those who heard it. We find our every hope for "The Silent 
Missionary'' and its results fully realized. 

Kentucky — ^The month opened with good weather and all the Elders en- 
joying good health and working hard for the spreading of the gospel. On the 
26 and 27 of August, a very successful branch conference was held at EJd, Cancy 
county, Ky. There were seven elders in attendance and a good many Saints 
and friends. Six public meetings were held with good success. After the 
Sunday night meeting Elders Hawks, Sant, Christiansen and Crockett were 
attacked by a mob. Several rocks were thrown and a number of shots fired, 
but there was not any damage done. Elder Jos. F. Walker is troubled with 
bis lungs. Elders A. A. Wilde and Crosby have just concluded a series of fourteen 
meetings at Ironton, Ky. A few years ago there was a strong branch there, 
but the Josephites oame in and succeeded in breaking it up and scattering the 
saints. A short time after Elders James C. Wood and C. H. Norton tried lo 
hold some meetings, but they were broken up; since which time the Elders have 
ceased holding meetings there. Most of the meetings held by Elders Wilde and 
Crosby were held in the day time under a brush bowery, built by these Elders 
for that purpose. They had a crowd of interesting listeners, some of whom 
stopped their work and came three and four miles to hear the preaching. 
There are some fourteen or sixteen saints at Ironton, and they have under 
their control twenty-five or thirty children of Sunday school size, and they all ex- 
pressed themselves as. anxious to have a Sunday school organized, which will 
be done. 

Middle Tennessee — The Elders, generally speaking, have been energetic, 
and as a result much good has been accomplished. Street preaching has been 
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At different times we have been interrupted by a couple of so-called "followers 
of the meek and lowly Lamb," who, just as soon as we would draw our meetiniSf 
to a close, would step out on the streets and with cries of "Polygamist MormonK," 
"Delusion," and such like, endeavor to poison the minds of the people against uh, 
but the Lord has promised to fight our battles inasmuch as we trust in Him, 
which promises have verily been fulfilled, for the words spoken by them have 
turned to their own condemnation and many are the people who have becomv* 
friendly as a result and have procured our literature and ere now investigating 
the gospel. On the 17 and 18, Elders J. W. Grant, J. G. Shields, J. F. Brown, 
J. H. Walton and Hugh Roberts held a branch conference in a grove near Glen- 
raven, Robertson county, where an excellent spirit prevailed. Four public and 
one sacramental meetings were held. We also had the privilege of leading t'va 
more earnest investigators into the waters of baptism, Brother Ervine Abner 
on Sunday the 17, being baptized by Elder John G. Shields and Brother Leander 
Martin on the 18th by Elder J. F. Brown. 

Mississippi — During the month Elders E. D. Buchanan and D. A. TidweU 
baptized one young man at Darbun, Pike county, and Elders Hopkins and 
Liljenquest reported one baptism at Sardis, Panola county. The Elders have 
been hindered greatly owing to the yellow fever excitement, while some of 
them have had fever and other aliments. 

North Cabolina — The Elders are all enjoying good health, except Elder 
Hanson D. Bayles, who has a swelling on his foot, and is unable to walk or 
put on his shoe. President L. W. Johnson and companion are visiting the saints 
and friends of the Mt. Airy branch. It is one of the thriving branches of tho 
conference. A Sabbath school was organized about a month ago, which has an 
average attendance of about twenty pupils, besides a few visitors. There are 
three local Elders in this part who are doing a good work, traveling from placid 
to place, holding cottage meetings with the saints and friends. Their work 
for the past month is as follows: Miles walked, 59; families revisited, 27; 
gospel conversations, 54; tracts distributed, 11: meetings held, 9; and one book 
distributed. The saints are contemplating building a meeting house and a good 
number have expressed that they are willing to contribute liberally to assist li; 
more added to the fold in the near future. Elders Hanson D. Bayles and Wra. 
A. Pettey were given permission to hold a meeting in a school house on 
the 13th, at Decatur, Henderson county, and had a nice little crowd out who 
seemed to be interested. The Elders were asked to go back and hold another 
meeting, which the did and received four applications for baptism. They thou 
appointed another meeting to be held at the water's bank. There were abouc 
fifty persons present to witness the glorious principles of salvation administered. 

Ohio — We are able to report all well and doing duty, except one Elder, 
Lawrence Johnson, who was transferred to Ohio, but who has not been entirely 
restored to health. The baptisms for the month are as follows: Elders Epper- 
son and Child baptized six honest souls at or near Locust Grove, Adams county; 
Elders Hull and Rich baptised two at Sharon Center, and Elders Young ani 
Miller baptized two at Irontori. 

South Carolina — The month opened up hot and stormy although the work 
progressed very rapidly. The treatment is exceptionally good and the Eldeis 
report the blessing of the Lord in opening up the way for them. A Sunday school 
was organized August 27, on the Olympia Hill, at Columbia, by Elders J. H. Cook 
and President R. Ray Nixon, twenty-two pupils being enrolled the first day. 
On Sept. 3, Elders D. E. Boam, George F. Rawlins, J. H. Cook and R. Ray Nixon 
held baptismal ceremonies at Camden, S. C, about 150 persons coming out to 
hear the addresses and witness the ordinance. Elder Cook took the chills 
while there and President Nixon having a branch conference at Society Hill, ap- 
pointed Elder Boam to travel with him. Sister Williams, one of the Saints bap- 
tized at Camden, was found by Elders Boam and Rawlins, she taking them in 
for entertainment for the night. The Elders found her baby in an almost dying 
condition, and in fact it had been laid in the cradle several times during the night 
by its mother for dead, but the Elders encouraged the parents all the whil«, 
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ordinance of the laying on of hands for the healing of the sick and in the 
rooming the husband and wife asked the Elders to administer to the child. From 
that time on it began to recover, and now is gaining strength. It is reported that 
this is the only child out of sixty-six sick with the disease that has recovered and 
;M>me babies have b^n children of doctors. Sister Williams had been a member of 
the Episcopal church for some tlvi-rteen 3'ears. and was an active and influential 
worker in that church. On Sept. 10 three successful meetings were held at the 
new meeting house at Society Hill, during the branch conference held by President 
Nixon. Sickness has been raging here among the Elders, J. II. Cook, Jens C. 
Anderson, Jos. Nelson, M. C. Smith, W. E. Jones, I). A. Gillies and R. Ray 
Nixon complaining. The month closed with five baptisms. 

ViBGiNiA — Eleven souls have been led down into the waters of baptism. One 
by President C. L. Pritchett, three by T. T. Mendenhall, two by R. J. Strong, 
four by T. A. Storey and one by G. L. Morrison. As a rule the people are inter- 
ested in the gospel and many invitations are extended to the brethem to have 
them preach and present their side of the question before the people. Kind treat- 
ment has been meted out to the Elders and but very little opposition to contend 
with are pleajsant experiences of this conference. On the IG and 17 inst., all 
the Elders of Virginia met at Mountain Lake, Giles county, in semi-annual 
conference. President Ben E. Rich spoke to the people and instructed them 
in their duties. 



A MISSISSIPPI MOUND. 

Writing from Darbun. Pike county, Miss., on Sept. 30, 1905, President E. I). 
Buchanan, of the Mississippi conference says: "While visiting saints arid friends 
on Pearl river, Lawrence county, ten miles south of ATonticello, we were told of 
a mound of earth nearby that has been known as Indian Hill by the settlers for 
many years. My companion. Elder I). A. Tidwell, and I visited it, and felt that 
it may be of interest to Book of Mormon readers. It is situated on the west bank 
of Pearl river, and about one-quarter of a mile from that stream, and is built on 
one of the highest points in that vicinity. It is about 25 or 30 feet higher than the 
ground surrounding it and about 100 feet square at the top, by 150 feet at the 
bottom. It is almost square and almost level on top, with many large trees around 
the sides, and two or three smaller ones on top. It seems to have been built with 
care, for the sides and corners are. in general, quite true and in line. It stands 
nearly north and south by east and west. On the north and east is a lake which, 
during the rainy seasons, extends to near its bai^e. On the south side, running east, 
is a nice stream of water. On the west side is a trench, running north and south, 
and extending from the lake on the north to the stream on the south, a distance 
of about three hundred yards. The trench is about 10 feet wide on top and 
about 6 feet on the bottom, and most of the way it is about 8 feet deep. The 
dirt has apparently all been piled on the west side of the trench, furtherest 
from the mound. The trench has been dug straight, with one abrupt turn of 
about thirty degrees, near the center. There are many large trees along the 
banks, .showing that it is very old. The jjeople told us that the earliest settler 
found decayed bones in the trench. There are no signs of any now. It is our 
opinion that it was built for protection in time of war among Indian tribev, 
and that the mound was used as a tower to overlook the surrounding country, 
the trench being used for protection from invading tribes." 



Serene, I fold my hands and wait. 
Nor care for wi^^*!- or tide, or "e?. ; 

I rave no more *gfljnst time or fate, 
For lo ! my own shall come to me. 



There are a thousand ways of lying, but all lead to the same end. It does net 
matter whether you wear lies, tell lies, act lies or live lies, your character is ruined 
all the same. — Success. 



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OCTOBKK 15, 1905. 



BEN E. RICH, Editor. JAME8 H. WALLIS, Associate Editor. 



KDITORIAU. 



A MALICIOUS FALSEHOOD REFUTED. 

In response to the request recently made through The Journal for the Elders 
to send us any articles published in the newspapers and magazines, either for oi* 
against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or the principles whi«^h 
•its representatives advocate, we have received many such clipi>ings. We notice 
among the many malicious statements made by our enemies the accusation that our 
Elders in their missionary work among the j)eople take advantage of the absence: 
of the head of the house to i)reacli t^ the wife and family. Such a statement :s 
absolutely false in every i*espect. 1 he Elders are under entirely diflfe-rent instruc- 
tions to this, and have been from the very commencement cf the Cnurch. The 
Prophet, Joseph Smith, soon after the Church was organized, published an addresa 
to the Elders from which we take the following portions, and which has been th.) 
rule of action in the church ever since : 

"1 now proceed to make a few remarks on thi* duty of Elders with regard to 
their teaching parents and children, husbands and w.ives, masters and servant--, 
etc. And, firstly, it becomes an Elder when he is traveling through the world, 
'warning the inhabitants of the earth to gather together that there may be buiiL 
up an holy city unto the Lord, instead of commencing with children, or those who 
look up to parents or guardians, to influence their minds, thereby drawing them 
from their duties which they rightfully owe to such, they should commence their 
labors with parents or guardians, and the.j- te:ichin.a:s sliould be such as are cal- 
culated to turn the hearts of the fathers to thv» ciiildron and the hearts of the 
children to the fathers. And no infiuenco should be u<i'd with children contrary 
to the consent of their parents or guardians, but all such as can be i>ursuad€d in 
a lawful and righteous manner, and with common consent, we should feel it our 
duty to influence to gather with the people of (Jod. But otherwise let the re- 
sponsibility rest upon the heads of the parents or guardians, and all condem- 
nation or consequences be upon their heads, according to the dispensation which 
He hath committed unto us; for (lod has so onlained that His work shall 
be cut short in righteousness in the lust dnys; therefore, first teach the par- 
ents, and th<.«n with their consent, persuade th*^ cliildren to embra<«-the gospel 
also and if the children embrace tho gospel, and their parents or guardians 
are unbelievers, teach them to stay at home and he obedient to their parents or 
guardians, if they require it, but if they consent to let them gather with the people 
of (jod, let them do so and there shall he no wrong, and let all things be <'one 
carefully and righteously andOod will exiend His guardian care to all such. 

"And secondly, it should lie the duty of the Elders, when they enter into any 
house, to let their labors and warning voice l.e unto the master of that house; and 
if he receives the (Josi)el, then he may extend his influence to his wife also, witti 
consent, that i)readventure she may receive the (iospel ; but if a man receive not 
the Gospel, but gives his consent that his wife may receive it. and she believes 
then let her receive it. But if the man forbid his wife, or his children beforo 
they are of age, to receive the Gospel, then it should be the duty of the Elder t > 
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his head — shake off the dust of thy feet as a testimony against him, and th • 
skirts shall then be clear of their souls. Their sins are not to be answered upon 
such as God hath sent to warn them to flee the wrath to come, and save them- 
selves from this untoward generation. The servant^ of Crod will not have gone 
over the nations of the Gentiles, with a warning voice, until the destroying angel 
will commence to waste the inhabitants of the earth ; ajid as the prophet hatli 
said, "It shall be a vexation to hear the report." I speak because I feel for my 
fellow men ; I do it in the name of the Lord, being moved upon by the Holy 
Spirit. O that I could snatch them from the vortex of misery into which I behold 
them plunging themselves, by their sins, that I may be enabled, by the warning 
voice, to be an instrument of bringing them to unfeigned repentance, that they may 
have faith to stand in the evil day. 

"Thirdly, it should be the duty of an Elder, when he enters into a house, to 
salute the master of that house, and if he gain his consent then he may preach 
to all that are in the house, but if he gain not his consent, let him go not unto his 
servants, but let the responsibility be upon the head of the master of that housn, 
and the consequence thereof; and the guilt of that house is no longer upon thy 
skirts; thou art free; therefore, shake ofl! the dust of thy feet, and go thy war. 
But if the master of that house give consent that thou mayst preach to his family, 
his wife, his children, his man-servants and his maid-servants, then it should \y> 
the duty of the Elder to stand up boldly for the cause of Christ, and warn thui. 
people with one accord, to repent and be baptised for the remission of sins, an'J 
for the Holy Ghost, always commanding them in the name of the Lord, in the 
spirit of meekness, to be kindly affected one toward another; that the fatheis 
should be kind to their children, husbands to their wives; masters to their ser- 
vants; children obedient to their parents, wives to their husbands, and servants 
to their masters. 

"Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. B\)r th? 
husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the Church ; and he 
is the Savior of the body. Therefore as the Church is subject unto Christ, so lo: 
the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Husbands love your wives 
even as Christ also loved the Church and gave himself for it ; that he might sancti- 
fy and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present 
it to himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing ; 
but that it .should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their 
wives* as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. For no 
man ever hated his own flesh ; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even- as the Ijord 
the Church ; for we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For 
this cause shall a man leave his father and mother and shall be joined unto his 
wife, and they two shall be one flesh." Ephesians, Ch'ap. V. from the 22nd to the 
end of the 31st verse. 

"Wives submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord, 
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. Children, obey your 
parents in all things ; for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers, provoke 
not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. Servants, obey in all things 
your masters according to the flesh ; not with eye service as men pleasers : but with 
singleness of heart, fearing God." Colossians, Chap. IH. from the 18th to the 
end of the 22nd verse. 



President Ben E. Rich left Chattanooga Sept. 30th for Salt I^ke City 
to attend the Semi-Annual Conference of the Church. At Chicago he met his 
son. Elder Fred Rich, who has just returned from Germany, after having per- 
formed a faithful mission in that country of some thirty-two months duration. 
Together they journeyed homeward to Zion, and we can well imagine the happy 
greetings that were given them by the members of their h<?usehold and their 
friends. We all look anxiously forward to President Rich*s return to this mis- 
sion, as we know he will be filled with counsel from the authorities in addition 
to his own ever valuable admonitions, which are so highly prized by Elders and 
Saints alike. 



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NOTES OF THE FIELD. 

Writing from Lynchburg, Va., Sept. 22, Elder L. R. Baker says: "After tae 
conference at Mountain Lake, some of the Elders held three meetings near Newport. 
After the last meeting, which" was held Wednesday night, Elder George L. Morrison 
lead an honest soul, Bro. Wm. H. Myers, into the waters. It was "the eleventh 
hour of the night," reminding us of the baptism of the jailor and his household, 
performed by Paul and Silas. Lanterns were held at the waters edge, and th? 
waters were dedicated by Elder H. A. Rands, after which the ordinance was pev- 
formed. We then held a short meeting, when Elder L. R. Baker confirmed Bt*o. 
Myers a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We then 
gave the Saints some valuable instructions, and partook of the sacrament with 
them. We are indeed having much joy in our labors." 



Elders O. P. Callister and Silas W. Bills, writing from Victory, Tenn., Sept. 
29, tell of an interesting time they had at a Scotch chapel on the head of Big 
Cypress Creek, where they went for the purpose of attending a Baptist meeting. 
Between 200 and 300 people were present, but there was no preacher. A gentleman 
named R. Brewer, a friend to the Elders, announced to the crowd that there were 
two Mormon missionaries present, who would be pleased to have the privilege of 
addressing them. The people consented, and the Elders preached ijowerful sermons 
to the congregation, who were very attentive. One lady tried to get the people to 
stop the Elders talking, but failed. 



President R. Ray Nixon writes from Columbia, S. C, Oct. 7, as follows: 
"We had three baptismal ceremonies appointed for Sunday last, eighteen having 
applied for this ordinance. Two of our baptisms were a success, but the othfr 
appointment was postponed on account of the sickness of Elders J. 11. Cook 
and George F. Rawlins, who were to have baptised eight. Five were baptised at 
Salem, Oconee county, by Elders Jos. Nelson and M. C. Smith, where about 150 
people gathered to witness the ordainance. Two persons were baptised at Colum- 
bia, where four successful meetings were also held. Elders R. Ray Nixon and 
D. E. Boam officiated. 



Elders J. W^ Grant, J. G. Shields, J. F. Brown, J. H. Walton and Hugh 
Roberts met at Glenraven, Tenn., and successfully held another branch conference 
Sept. 17 and 18, where an excellent spirit prevailed. Irvin Abner and Leandor 
Martin who had been investigating the faith for some time were added to the 
true fold of Christ. There are now many friends there and we were permitted 
to hold several cottage meetings, finding the people desirous of learning the truth, 
where but a few years back they were very prejudiced. 



On the evening of Sept. 28, we had a very enjoyable time at the home of 
Bro. Welti, at Cincinnati, Ohio, at which place a number of Saints and friends 
had gathered. From there they all went down to the Ohio river, where Elder 
Carl K. Conrad baptised two honest souls into the fold of Christ. After the 
baptism they returned to the home of Bro. Welti, where they held a sacrament 
meeting, during which time they "enjoyed the Spirit of the Lord in great 
abundance. 



Sister Florence Eden, who lately immigrated from the North Carolina con- 
ference to Utah, writes of her safe arrival, and says : "We are delighted with our 
new home. I think Logan a very pretty place. I like all the people I have met, 
and they have been real good to us. We are all at work and perfectly satisfied, 
as I knew I would be. I wouldn't be back in North Caroline and know I have to 
stay there, for anything. 1 am thankful to my Heavenly Father that I am at 
last in Zion." 



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opportunity of addressing a large Baptist congregation which had gathered at 
Dug Hill Church, Ala. Their minister being sick, the elders, while passing the 
church, were invited to hold meeting. The best of attention was given while the 
Elders spoke on "ITie First Principles." After the meeting a good spirit was mani- 
fested, and the Elders went on their way rejoicing. 



Elder Alma O. Jackson, writing from Lorretto, Tenn., Sept. 30, says : "I rejoice 
to report that last Sunday we had the privilege of holding two successful meetings, 
with a very good attendance at each meeting, after which I baptised two honest 
souls into the church. Elder Thos. A. Walton baptized another person the folio %v- 
ing Wednesday. There is a good prospect for more additions to the church." 



Brother J. F. Saunders, of Gavin, Miss., says: "I received the stereoscopic 
views and am well pleased with them. Every Latter-day Saint ought to have 
a set of these pictures. *The Silent Missionary* is indeed the right name for 
them. With them I have been able to make a favorable impression on the minds 
of some of the leading men in this county, after all else had failed." 



We have been revising our mailing list, and we request our subscribers to 
look at the wrapper their Journal is mailed in and if there is any mistake in the 
name or address to let us know, as we desire to have everything in as perfect condi- 
tion as it is possible to get it. 



Bro. Robert L. Harris, of Catawba, S. C, says: "The Eldebs' Journal is 
highly appreciated by the Saints and investigators, and I sincerely trust the time 
will soon come when it will be in the homes of every Latter-day Saint in the 
entire Southern States." 



President J. W. Grant of the Middle Tennessee conference says: "Elder 
Shields and I are now visiting Saints and friends and placing The JouRNAt in 
every home possible." Success, brethren. 



Pbes. Samuel B. Woolijcy of the Sandwich Islands Mission sends in ten sub- 
scriptions for the Elders* Journal. We are grateful for this kind reminder from 
"the isles of the sea.** 



We are glad to say that Elder C. F. Weight, of the Virginia conference is 
rapidly recovering from his attack of typhoid fever. 



The_ Elders are again notified that the works of Orson Pratt are out of print, 
and therefore their orders cannot be fulfilled. 



There's nothing gained by fretting, 
Gather your strength anew, 

And step by step go onward, 
Let the skies be gray or blue. 



The only use of caution is to show us dangers to be overcome. When she bids 
us halt because of dangers too great to be overcome she is a traitor. — L. Abbott. 



Our grand business undoubtedly is : not to seek for that which lies dimly 
in the future, but to do that which lies clearly at hand. — Carlyle. 



The mother in her office holds the key of the soul, and she it is who stamps t be 
coin of character. 



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REMARKABLE HEALINGS IN THE SOUTHERN STATES. 

Sister Alice Poj'nter, of Chance, Ky., narrates the following: On the first 
of July my mother was stricken with a slight illness, which continued to grow 
worse until her condition was indeed alarming. She became weak and suffered 
from a burning fever, which seemed literally to consume her. Her body was 
racked with pains, and no relief could be obtained. She decided to send for the 
EWers, jind on the evening of Aug. 20, Elders A. C. Sant and H. W. Richins 
administered unto her. She immediately declared that she was free from pain, and 
the fever that had such a hold on her system w^as banished at once. She enjoyed 
a good night^s rest, which was an unusual occurrence. The next morning she 
arose and dressed herself, after which she walked to the table and ate a hearty 
breakfast, declaring that she felt as well as ever in her life, except physical weak- 
ness, which might be expected after being confined to her bed all the time for three 
weeks. She is now enjoying the best of health, and is gaining flesh and strength 
very rapidly. Her testimony previous to l^,er wonderful experience has given place 
to a stronger one and the Saints in this part are pleased to see the same signs 
following the believers as anciently. Such a miraculous case of healing has 
created quite a stir in the community. 



Nearly a year ago the wife of R. H. Bowen at Lewisport, Ky., had a large 
cancer come on her right hand, between the thumb and the top of the knuckle of 
the first finger; it grew T\x)rse and worse until they came to the conclusion that 
the doctor would have to use his knife, for they could do nothing else, and it 
was so bad that she was unable to perform but little of her household work. 
About the middle of last June Elders P. L. Pierson and Thomas W. Kerby visited 
them and before leaving they promised to return the first of July and spend 
Fast day and administer the healing ordinance to the wife. They went and spent 
the day in fasting and holding meetings. The Elders administered to her on 
the second day of July and in less than two weeks the cancer had entirely disap- 
peared and her hand was just as sound as though it had never had a cancer on it, 
and she was doing all her housework. This has greatly strengthened their testi- 
mony, and they feel to thank the Lord that He has brought the same Gospel 
to them that He had upon the earth in the days of Christ and His Apostles, and 
that the signs, follow the true believer. 



Elder Lyman Jas. Ball, of the Kentucky conference, received a letter re- 
cently from a man living at Isonville, Ky., named J. M. Gillam, in which he 
says : "No one has been able to stand before me and deny that you was the 
means in Grod's hands of healing my five-year-old child. It has not been sick one 
day since you administered to it, nor has it lost one meal. It looks as well as 
any child you ever saw. It never had enjoyed good health, and was never 
able to take its shoes oflf before. Our little baby you blessed is now the fattest 
baby you ever saw, and my wife and eldest daughter rejoice continually in ths 
power of God so visibly manifested in our behalf. It has put all the people 
here to silence." 



Elders W. H. Smith and G. A. Bigler of the Ohio conference write as follows : 
"Last week we were called from Toledo to Columbus Grove, O., a distance of 
sixty miles, to the bedside of Sister Sarah Norman, who was very sick. We 
remained there administering to her, and left her feeling much better. For ihe 
last eighteen years Bro. and Sister Norman have given a home to the Elders, 
supplying them with whatever they needed. 



Though a great man may by a rare possibility be an infidel, yet an intellect 
of the highest order must build upon Christianity. — De Quincy. 



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THE POOR LITTLE BOY'S HYMN. 

A friend of mine, seeking for objects of charity, got into the upper toom 
of a cheap lodging house. It was vacant. He saw a ladder pushed through the 
ceiling. Thinking that perhaps some poor creature had crept up there, he climbed 
the ladder, drew himself through the hole, and found himself under the rafters. 
There was no light, but that which came through a hole in the roof. Soon he 
saw a heap of chips and shavings, and on them a boy about ten years old. 

"My boy, what are you doing here?" 

"Hush ! Don't tell anybody, please, sir." 

"But what are you doing here?" 

"Hush ! please don't tell anybody, sir ; I'm a-hidiug." 

"What are you hiding from?" 

"Don't tell anybody, please, sir." 

"Where's your mother?" 

"Please, sir, mother's dead." 

"Where's your father?" 

"Hush ! don't tell him, don't tell him I But look here !" He turned over on 
his face, and through the rags of his jacket and shirt my friend saw that the boy'? 
flesh was bruised and his skin was broken. 

"WTiy, my boy, who beat you like that?" 

"Father did, sir." 

"What did he beat you like that for?" 

"Father got drunk, sir, and beat me 'cos I wouldn't steal I" 

"Did you ever steal?" 

"Yes, sir ; I was a street thief once I" 

"And why don't you steal any more?" 

"Please, sir, I went to the meetinghouse, and they told me there of God, 
and of heaven, and of Jesus; and they taught me Thou shah not steal,' and 
I'll never steal again if my father kills me for it. But, please sir, don't tell him." 

"My boy, you must not stay here; you'll die. Now you wait patiently heie 
for a little time; I'm going away to see a lady. We will get a better place for 
you than this." 

"Thank you, sir, but please, sir, would you like to hear me sing a little 
hymn?" 

Bruised, battered, forlorn, friendless, motherless, hiding away from an infu- 
riated father, he had a little hymn to sing. 

"Yes, I will hear you sing your little hymn." 

He raised himself on his elbow and then sang : 

"Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, 
Look upon a little child; 
Pity my simplicity. 
Suffer me to come to Thee." 

"Fain I would to Thee be brought, 
Gracious Lord, forbid it not. 
In the Kingdom of Thy grace 
Give a little child a place." 

**That's the little hymn, sir. Good-by." 

The gentleman went away, came back again in less than two hours, aad 
climbed the ladder. There were the chips, and there were the shavings, and 
there was the boy, with one hand by his side, and the other tucked in his 
bosom, underneath the little ragged shirt — dead. 



Success produces confidence ; confidence relaxes industry, arid negligence rnlng 
the reputation which accuracy has raised. — Johnson. 



We step not over the threshold of childhood till we are led by love. — L. B. 
Landon. 



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ENCOURAQINQ WORDS FOR THE JOURNAL. 

***TnE Journal is a welcome visitor in our home," writes Bro. Forest Farley, 
of Corn Creek, Ky. **We learn many precious truths from its pages. We would 
be lost without it. We feel sorry to hear of so much persecution in the South, hut 
it makes us stronger in the faith, for we read in the scriptures that those who 
live Godly in Christ must suffer persecution, and the Latter-Day Saints are the 
only ones that suffer for their faith. I will be 79 years old November 6." 



Elder Joseph Bingham, of Safford, Ariz., sends in the names of eight new 
subscribers to The Journal, and says: **I took the privilege on myself to gst 
these subscribers, as my interest still clings with the Southern States Mission, 
where I labored as a missionary. I take great interest in reading The Journal, 
and anxiously await its coming." How we wish other returned missionaries would 
go and do likewise. 



E. B. Rucker, of Windy, Va., sends in another new subscriber and says : "I 
have got the promise of others. After once reading it they would not be without 
it for anything. It is the next thing to a visit from the Elders. I have been 
taking it ever since it was published, and yet have not one copy home, as I keep 
them circulating among my neighbors." 



**I do not have the pleasure of seeing the Elders very often," writes Sister 
Sadie Branch, of Raleigh, N. C, "so I long for the Journal. I never stop until 
I read it through, and am pleased to watch the great success attending all labors 
of the servants of God." 



Sister Sallie E. Burch, of Nathalie, Va., expresses the hope that "the little 
messenger of light and truth will yet visit our homes weekly, for it is the source 
of so much light, and brightens us up when it makes its visits." 



Sister Lizzie Renen, of Windsor, S. C, says : **I prize The Journal too highly 
to be without it, and cannot say too much in its favor. There are no saints here, 
so I value its worth more than I can tell you." 



**I would not miss one copy of The Journal for the price of a whole volume," 
writes Bro. G. W. Baird, of Cupp, Tenn. "I have been trying to get you some 
subscribers, but the people -don't like the truth." 



**I could not possibly do without my Journal," writes Sister A. C. Royals, 
of Mt. Olive, N. C., **for it gives me joy and comfort to read it, and I get sf» 
much good counsel from it." 



"The Journal should be in the home of every Latter-day Saint," says Sister 
Maggie L. Knight, of Lydia, Va. "As for myself, I cannot do without it." 



Sister E. F. Sanders, Aucilla, Fla : "I am always so glad to get The Journal. 
It brightens my life so much that I would be glad if its visits were weekly." 



M. E. Walker, Susina, Ga : "I am so glad to get the Elders* Journal every 
two weeks, for it carries comfort wherever it goes to the honest in heart." 



Sister N. C. Stanfield, Adamsville, Tenn : "I cannot do without The Journal. 
We look for its coming as a welcome and glorious visitor." 



Edmund G. Lunnen, Sandy, Utah: "The Journal is one of the best and 
breeziest papers published in the Church." 



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S. K. Louden, of Sulphur, Ky., says : **I look for The Journal like I wouM 
for the coming of some dear friend." 



W. S. Bradley, Lapine, Ala: "We love The Journal, and are always glad 
to receive it and persue its pages." 



Gordon O. Beckstead, Sandy, Utah : "Many happy moments are spent read- 
ing The Journal." 



ARRIVALS. 



The following Elders arrived from the West on October 1, 1905: 
J. C. Farr, of Ogden, Utah ; S. E. Peterson, Salt Lake City, Utah. 



APPOINTMENTS. 



Elder Wm. B. Fitt has been appointed to preside over the North Carolina 
Conference. 

Elder A. C. Jensen has been appointed to preside over the Georgia Conferenctt*. 

Elder W. O. Patterson has been appointed to labor in the Ohio Conference, 
this appointment being made instead of Elder Patterson going home, as requested 
by him. May the Lord bless Elder Patterson, and give him joy for his deter- 
mination to remain and complete an honorable mission. 



TRANSFERS. 

Elder Geo. A. Prescott has been transferred to the Kentucky Conference. 
Elder E. P. Moser is transferred to the Ohio Conference, and not released 
to return home, as erroneously published in the last issue. 



RELEASES. 

Elder Geo. R. Williams, of the Georgia Conference, has been honorably r- - 
leased to return home. 

Elder E. I. Whiting is honorably released from presiding over the Georgia 
Conference to return home. 

Elder L. W. Johnson is honorably released from presiding over the North 
Carolina Conference to return home. 

Elder A. L. Jones, of the Virginia Conference, is honorably released to re- 
turn home on account of sickness. 

Elder Thos. P. John, of the East Tennessee Conference, is honorably released 
to return home on account of the serious sickness of his wife. 

Elder A. L. Lau, of the Ohio Conference, has been honorably released upon 
a telegram from President Jos. F. Smith on account of his father's sickness. 



Statistics of the increase in the i)opulation of Omaha during a recent mon*-h 
show that Qishop John Marshall Francis of Indiana was right when he declared 
babies are not born in the homes of the wealthy. Of the 155 babies bom duriAg 
the month all have parentage on the birth cards as "artisan," "clerk," or "laborer." 
While babies in the wealthy homes are scarce this is the first month where none 
could claim parentage among people of means. 



What is a power but the ability or faculty of doing a thing? What is the 
ability to do a thing but the power of employing the means necessary to its 
execution ? — Alexander Hamil ton. 



lie who criticises, be he ever so honest, must suggest a practical remedy or he 
soon descends from the height of a critic to the level of a common scold. — Elbert 
Hubbard. 



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nOD IS OUIDINO. 



Be thou patient, God is guiding; 

Trust in Him, and go thy way. 
What though many are deriding? 

They must own their fault some day. 
Up above the sun is shining. 

Look to Heaven for heavenly peace: 
He will guide thee, cease repining! 

Truth must triumph error cease. 



Be thou patient, God is guiding; 

Persecution only tends. 
For a time the sunlight hiding. 

To prove our devoted friends. 
What though millions now deride thee, 

Look for strength to God on high; 
For though evil oft betide thee. 

God is guiding— dawn is nigh. 



Be thou patient, (lod is guiding! 

He will steer thee safe to shore, 
]f thou, in His love confiding. 

Trust in Him and doubt no more, 
He will save thee, and will cherish, 

He will prove His boundless love. 
For His Church will never perish. 

God is guiding — look above. 



DEATHS. 

McCu^-iN — At Rutledge, Ga., Sept. 5, 1905, of paralysis. Sister Alvira (.'. 
McClain. Deceased was baptised six years ago and has been a faithful Saint, ever 
ready to do her duty and always kind to the Elders. 

Anderson — At I^vejoy, Clayton county, G«., Sept. 12, 1905, after a long siege 
of sickne.*»s, Brothpr M. C. Anderson. I>eceflsed was a faithful Latter-day Saint, 
and was always very kind and hospitable to the Elders. He died with a firm 
testimony. 



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Elder Ben. E. Rich, of the Southern States Mission 

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SOUTHERN STATES MISSION. 

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P. O. Box 417. 

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" HeM may pour forth its rage like the burning lava of Mt. Vesuvius, or of Etna, or cf the 
most terrible qf burning mountains; and yet shall Mormonism stand/ Water, fire, truth, and 
Ood are all realities. Truth is Mormonism ! Ood is the Author of Uf He is our shield. 
It is by Him we received our birth. It was by His voice that we were called to a dispensation of 
His Qospel, in the beginning of the fullness of times. It was by Him we received the Book of 
Mormon; and it is by Him thai we remain unto this day; and by Him we shall remain, if it 
shaU be for our glory; and in His Almighty name, we are determined to endure tribtdation as 
good wldiers unto the end."— Joseph Smith, in Liberty (Mo,) Jail, March S5, 1839, 

Vol. III. NovKMBEu 1, 1905. No. 5. 



WHERE ARE THE TEN TRIBES? 

BY APOSTLE ORSON PRATT. 

(ITie following inferestiyg article was written in the year 1807, and was pub- 
lished in the Miilennial Star for March 30 of that same year.) 

About seven hundred and twenty years before Christ, the nine and one-half 
tribes (generally called the ten tribes) were 'taken captive by the Assyrians, and 
led away from their own lands, into Assyria. The sacred historian records this 
event in the following language : **Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all 
the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. In the ninth 5 inr 
of Hosea, the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyr'a, 
and placed them in Halah and in Habor, by the river of Gozan, and in the cities 
of the Medes." (II. Kings 17:5-6.) 

How long thds numerous people remained in Assyria is not exactly known. 
The prophet Esdras, who wrote his books less than two centuries after the Assyrian 
captivity, records a wonderful event in the history of the ten tribes. A prophetic 
vision was unfolded to him in regard to the great events of the latter days, of 
the Son of God, and the destruction of the wicked. In this vision he saw a great 
but peaceable multitude gathered to Motint Zion, and desiring to know who these 
peaceable people were, the Lord informed him as follows: "And whereas thou 
sawest that he gathered another peaceable multitude imto him ; those are the t^n 
tribes which were carried away prisoners out of their own land in the time of Osea 
(Hosea) the king, whom Salmanasar the king of Assyria led away captive, and 
carried them over the waters; and so came they into another land. But they 
took this counsel among themselves, that they would leave the multdtude of the 
heathen, and go forth into a further country, where never mankind dwelt, that they 
might keep their statutes, which they never k«pt in their own land. And they 
entered into Euphrates by the narrow passage of the river. For the Most Higii 
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Foi* through that country there was a great way to go, namely of a year and a half. 
Then dwelt they there until the latter time ; and now when they shall begin lo 
come, the Highest shall stay the springs of the stream again, that they might go 
through; therefore sawest thou the multitude with peace." (II. Eisdras 13:39-47.) 

During their captivity, the ten tribes dwelt in the region of the Euphrates, and 
when they departed, instead of returning westward to their own land, they crossed 
the great river Euphrates, from the west to the east bank, the river being 
miraculously divided for the purpose. They must have repented of their sins or 
this wonderful manifestation of the pK>wer of God would not have been exhibited 
in their behalf. After arriving upon the east side of this great river, in wha: 
direction were they led to the remote, uninhabited land, sadd to have been **a 
far country" at the great distance "of a year and a half's" journey? We ara 
told by Jeremiah, and other Jewish prophets, that they will return from the 
north. (Jer. 16:15; also 31:8.) Consequently they must have been led in ;i 
northerly direction, and very probably passed between the Black and Caspian 
Seas, and continued through Russia to the extreme northern shore of Europo, 
which would bring them about 2,500 miles to the north. But this could not be 
considered "a year and a half's" journey ; indeed, it would not be an average of 
five miles a day. From many intimations of ancient prophecy, they evidently had 
a highway made for them in the midst of the Arctic Ocean, and were led to a land . 
in the neighborhood of the North Pole. This region would be about 4,000 miles 
north of their Assyrian residence, and could be traveled an eighteen months* tim,? 
at an average of a little less than eight miles per day. 

The expression "then dwelt they there until the latter time" is an evidence 
that they were not only to preserve their existence, but their nationality, and 
were to return with a full knowledge of their Israelitnsh origin ; and what is stiil 
more wonderful, they are not to be so amalgamated as to lose all distinction of 
tribes, but each family will know the particular tribe to which it belongs; and 
thus the whole nation will be able to classify themselves into ten distinct divisions, 
and each division, according to the Prophet Ezekiel, will receive its inheritance 
within the boundaries descnibed in his prophecy. 

The ten tribes can not be among any of the known nations; for there is no 
one who is able to identify them; and there are no people who even profess or 
claim to be of such origin. Who among all the known nations would be able to 
point out the tribe of Dan — the tribe of Naphtali — the tribe of Zebulon, etc., eto.V 
If there is no nation yet discovered who are thus classified, then it is certain that 
the ten tribes are not yet discovered. There is no possible chance of their being 
south of the Arctic circle; and the only remaining portion of the earth north of 
that circle with which we are acquainted, is the polar region. This unknown 
regHon is upwards of 1,000 miles in diameter, containing about 800,000 square 
miles of surface. This large area may be all land, or it may be of both land 
and water. And even if we suppose only one-half this surface to be land, namely, 
400,000 square miles, and still further suppose its capabilities sufficient to sustain 
a population of 25 to a square mile, we should have the very large number of 
10,000,000, or over one-third of the population of Great Britain. But withoat 
agg*regation there might be some 50,000,000 of polar inhabitants, now hidden up 
by the impenetrable zones of ice, enough to make quite a powerful nation, should 
they all return. 

Some may suppose that a polar continent would be incapable of supporting 
human life, on account of the intensity of the cold ; but bold and intrepid navi- 
gators have left their ships, and with sledges, drawn by dogs, have passed over 
several hundreds of miles of ice, and were only stopped by encountering an open 
unfrozen sea. This proves the astonishing fact that the great intensity of the cold 
is from latitude 76 to 83 degrees north. The open sea, north of this zone, indicates 
a higher degree of temperature; and for aught we know this temperature may 
increase from the beginning of this unfrozen sea, until the pole is reached, [f 
this should be the case (and many substantial facts strongly indicate the unex- 
pected phenomenon), then a polar country might be comparatively pleasant, and 
the temperature during its long summer day be sufficiently high to bring to ma- 
turity grain and other vegetables. 

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temperature. It is generally admitted that the ne^u^er we approach to the center 
of the earth the higher is the temperaiture ; this is ascertained by a vast number of 
experiments in deep pits and mines; a certain number of feet in depth raises 
the temperature one degree; and the increase is said to be in arithmetical propor- 
tion to the number of feet downwards. This is undoubtedly owing to the great 
internal fires, raging far beneath the earth's surface. The poles are over thirteen 
miles nearer the earth's surface than the equatorial regions, and, therefore, the 
poles may be several miles nearer these terrestrial fires; and thus by the native 
heat of the earth, those regions may be maintained at a comparatively high 
degree of temperature. The water at the bottom of the open sea, in the extreme 
northern latitudes, becomes warmed, and hence, specifically lighter, and rises to 
the top, and floats off toward the south, while the undercurrents of the ocean 
circulate to the north, until they in turn receive a higher temperature and rise, 
following the track of those in advance. This will satisfactorily account for the 
observed strong surface currents constantly setting to the south. Thus both the 
sea and land, near the pole, are undoubtedly maintained in a much higher tem- 
perature than would be produced by the action of the sun's rays alone. Also 
five or six months of uninterrupted solar heat will produce a higher temperature 
near the pole and the shorter days, interrupted by nights, in the region of the ice 
zone. 

If the polar region is not warmer than that of the ice zone, why do birds 
of passage in the region of this Icy belt fly to the northward to escape fcli.^ 
severities of winter? All these observed facts bespeak a warmer climate around 
the pole. There is a great- probability that, in that apparently inhospitable soli- 
tude, will be found the great nation of the ten tribes, not in a barbarous or semi- 
barbarous state, but in the enjoyment of the Christian religion. They have had 
their prophets and inspired men, ait different periods; they have their sacred 
books, in addition to the ones which they carried with them; and their Bible is 
just as sacred to them as our Bible is to us. And when they return we shall havA 
another Bible in addition to the Jewish Bible and the Book of Mormon. 

That the ten tribes will come from the polar regions is placed beyond contro- 
versy by new revelations. The word of the Lord reads thus : 

**And they who are in the north countries shall come in remembrance before 
the Lord, and their prophets shall hear His voice, and shall no longer stay them- 
selves, and they shall smite the rocks, and the ice shall flow down at their pres- 
ence. And a highway shall be cast up in the midst of the great deep. Their 
enemy shall become a prey to them, and in the barren deserts there shall come 
forth pools of living water; and the parched ground shall no longer be a thirsty 
land. And they shall bring forth their rich treasures unto the children of 
Ephraim my servants. And the boundaries of the everlasting hills shall tremble 
at their presence. And then they shall fall down and be crowned with glory, 
even in Zion, by the hands of the servants of the Lord, even the children of 
Ephraim; and they shall be filled with songs of everlasting joy. Behold, thU 
is the blessing of the everlasting God upon the head of Ephraim and his fellows. 
And they also of the tribe of Judah, after their pain, shaU be sanctified in holiness 
before the Lord to dwell in his presence, day and night forever." (Doctrine and 
Covenants.) 

This highway through the waters, cast up to favor the return of Israel, is 
often made the subject of prophecy by the inspired writers. Zion, on the Ameri- 
can continent, is to be favored with a visit of these ten tribes before they are 
finally located in Palestine. The antediluvian Zion that was translated with 
Enoch will come with the Son of God ; and the two Zions, with the ten tribes, 
will be filled with the gilory of the Lord, upon the mountain of His holiness, and 
rejoice in His presence forevermore. 

These grand events were shown to ESsdras, and he prophesied as follows: 
**Behold. the days come, when the Most High will begin to deliver them that ar^ 
upon the earth. And He shall come to the astonishment of them that dwell upon 
the earth. And one shall undertake to fight against another, one place against 
another, one people against another. And the time shall be when these things shall 
come to pass, and the signs shall happen which I shewed thee before, and then 
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the people hear His voice, every man' shall in their own land leave the battle 
they have one against another. And an innumerable multitude shall be gathered 
together, as thou sawest them, willing to come, and to overcome him by fij^tii?. 
But he shadl stand upon the top of the mount Sion. And Sion shall come and bquU 
be shewed to all men, being prepared and builded, like as thou sawest the hill 
graven without hands. And this my Son shall rebuke the wicked nations, wh;ch 
for their wicked life are fallen into the tempest; and shall lay before th(*m 
their evil thoughts, and the torments wherewith they shall begin to be tormente^l, 
which are like unto a flame; and He shall destroy them without labor by the law 
which is like unto fire. And whereas thou sawest that he gathered another peaci'- 
able multitude unto him; those are the ten tribes," etc. (Esdras, 13th chap.) 
Having seen all these things, Esdras exclaimed, '*Now understa|id I the things th.i: 
are laid up in the latter days, which shall happen unto them." (Verse 18.) 

The Zion which is to come and be shown to all people is not the one to be 
built with hands here on the earth, but it is the heavenly one, to which we have 
already referred. The place whereon it will stand will be a great mountain wh'c'Ii 
will then be cast up for the express purpose ; or, as Esdras says, "But I beheld. 
and k), he had engraved himself a great mountain, and flew upon it. But I would 
have seen the region or place whereout the hill was graven, and I could not.'* 
(Verses 6, 7.) 

The days have come when these things must shortly be fulfilled; for this 
reason the Lord has shown to the great prophet of this dispensation the verv 
place of Zion which the Lord would not permit Esdras to see. Thds Zion will 
be on the western borders of Missouri. It is on that favored spot where the 
Saints will build the city of Zion ; and it is to that holy place where the heavenly 
Zion will descend. It is that great region which will be lifted up and formed 
into a great mountain. The land now is comparatively level, or rather a gently 
undulating country; but a mountain will be formed, and the Son of God, with Hi- 
people, will stand upon it; and the ten tribes with the remnants of Joseph, aad 
other branches of Israel, wdll be round about; and twelve thousand out of each 
tribe will be sealed in their foreheads, and ordained unto the holy priesthood 
and will sing the song of Moses and the Lamb forever and ever. These are they 
who shall minister with power, and great glory among all the nations that a:e 
spared, and **bring as many as will come unto the Church of the First-bom." 

Much more might be said in relation to the ten tribes and their future union 
with Judah, and tne wonderful prosperity which awaits them, and all their futui.* 
generations in Palestine. 



OLIVER COWDERY'S ACCOUNT OF HIS MEETING THE PROPHET. 

JOSEPH SMITH. 

The following communication was published in the first number of Ihe Lat- 
ter-day Saints Messenger and Advocate, at Kirtland, Ohio, October, 1834, and 
is part of a letter written by Oliver Cowdery to W. W. Phelps, and dated "Nor- 
ton, Medina Co., Ohio, Sabbath evening, Sept. 7, 1843." 

"Near the time of the setting of the sun. Sabbath evening, April 5, 1829, my 
natural eyes for the first time beheld Joseph the Prophet. He then resided in Ha**- 
mony, Susquehanna county, Penn. On Monday the Gth I assisted him in arrang- 
ing some business of a temporal nature, and on Tuesday the 7th commenced to 
write the Book of Mormon. These were days never to be forgotten, to sit under 
the sound of a voice dictated by the inspiration of heaven, awakening the utmost 
gratitude of his bosom ! Day after day I continued, uninterrupted, to write from 
his mouth as he translated, with the Urim and Thummim, or, as the Nephites 
would have said, "Interpreters," the history, or record, called **The Book of Mor- 
mon." 

*To notice, in even a few words, the interesting account given by Mormon, 
and his faithful son, Moroni, of a people onoe beloved and favored of heaven^ would 
supercede my present design. I shall therefore defer this to a future period, and 
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ly connected with the rise of this Chorc^, wiiich may be entertaining to some 
thoQsands who have stepped forward amid the frowns of bdgots and the calumny 
of hypocrites, and embraced the -Goepel of Christ. 

"No men in their sober senses, could translate and write the directions given 
to the Nephites, from the mouth of the 3avior, of the precise manner in wihidi men 
should build up His Church, and especially when corruption had spread an uncer- 
tainty over all forms and systems practiced among men, withouit desiring a privi- 
lege of showing the willingness of the heart by being buried in the liquid grave, 
to answer *a good conscience by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.* 

''After writing the account given of the Savior's ministry to the remnant of 
the seed of Jacob upon this continent, it was easily to be seen, as the prophet said 
would be, that 'darkness covered the earth, and gross darkness the minds of the 
people.* On reflecting further, it was as easily to be seen that amid the great 
strife and noise concerning religion, none had authority from God to administer 
the ordinances of the Crospel. Or, the question might be asked, have men author- 
ity to administer in the name of Christ, who deny revelation? when His tesr.i- 
itiony is no less than the spirit of prophesy? and His religion based, built, and 
sustadncd by immediate revelation, in all ages of the world, when He has had a 
I>eopIe on earth? If this fact were buried and carefully concealed by men whose 
craft would have been in danger, if once permitted to shine in the faces of men, 
they Avere no longer to ub ; and we only waited for the commandment to be given, 
*arise and be baptised.* 

**This was not long desired before it was realized. The Lord, who is rich in 
mercy and ever willing to answer the consistent prayer of the humble, after we 
bad called upon Him in a fervent manner, aside from the abodes of men. conde- 
scended to manifest to us His will. On a sudden, as from the midst of eternity, 
the voice of the Redeemer spake peace to us, while the vail was parted and ibe 
angel of God came down, clothed with glory, and delivered the anxiously looked for 
message, and the keys of the Gospel of repentance. What joy! What wonder! 
What ama2ement! While the world were racked and distracted, wiiile millions 
were groping as the blind for the wall, and whdle all men were resting upon un- 
certainty as a general mass, our eyes beheld; our ears heard, as in the *blaze 
of day;* yes, more; above the glitter of the May sunbeam which then shed lis 
brilliancy over the face of nature. Then His voice^ though mild, pierced to the 
center, and his words, *I am thy fellow servant,' dispelled every fear. We listened, 
wc gazed, we admired ! *Tuas the voice of the angel from glory ; 'twas a message 
from the Most High! And as we heard we rejoiced, while his love enkindled 
opon our souls and we were wrapped in the vision of Uie Almighty ! Where was 
room for doubt? No where ; uncertainty had fled, doubt had sunk no more to rise, 
while fiction and deception had fled forever! But think, further think for a mo- 
ment, what joy filled our hearts, and with what surprise we must have bowed, (for 
who would not have bowed the knee for such a blessing?) when we received under 
his hand the Holy Priesthood, as he said, *Upon you, my fellow servants, in the 
name of the Messiah, I confer this Priesthood and this authority, which shall re- 
main upon earth that the sons of Levi may yet offer an offering unto the Lord in 
righteousness!* 

*'I shall not attempt to paint to you the feelings of this heart, nor the majestic 
beauty and glory which surrounded us on this occasion; but you will brieve me 
when I say that earth, nor men, with the eloquence of time, can begin to clothe 
language in as interesting and sublime a manner as this holy personage. No ; nor 
has this earth power to give the joy, to bestow the peace, or comprehend the wis- 
dom which was contained in each sentence as they were delivered by the power 
of the Holy Spirit! (Man may deceive his fellow man; deception may follow de- 
ception, and the children of the wicked one may have power to seduce the foolish 
and untaught, till naught but fiction feeds the many and the fruit of fabefaood car- 
ries in its current the giddy to the grave. But one touch with the finger of His 
love, yes, one ray of glory from the upper world, or one word from the mouth of 
the Savior, from the bosom of eternity, strikes it all into insignificance and blots 
it forever from the mind. The assurance that we were in the presence of an angel : 
the certainty that we heard the voke of Jesus, and the truth unsullied as it flowed 
from a pure personage, dictated by the will of God, is to me past description, and 
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thanksgiymir, while I am permitted to tarry; and in thoee mansions, where per- 
fection dwells and sin neyer comes, I hope to adore in that Day which shall never 
cease!" O. CJowmbt. 



JOHN WHITMER*S TESTIMONY. 

It may he interesting readincr to those who have not the opportunity of per- 
using the early Chnrch publicatioos, to read the testimony <^ John Whitmer, whose 
name will be found among the eight witnesses to the Book of Mormon, and who, 
at the time he made public the following testimony, was editor of the Latter-Day- 
Saint's Messenger and Advocate, the official oigan of the Oturch, published in Kirt- 
land, Ohio, in 1834-7. The occasion for giving the following testimony to the 
world was the retirement of Elder Whitmer from the editorship of that pi4>lication. 
It is as follows : 

"Ood has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the things which 
are mighty; the base things of tlte world, and things which are despised, hath 
Qod chosen; yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that ar.r. 

**Whiie I reflect on the above sayings of the holy writer, it gladdens my heart 
that I enjoy the privilege of living in this age of the world, when Ood in Hi:^ 
kind providence has began a work for the good of His long dispersed covenant 
people; when He has again made manifest His will, and has called servants 
by His own voice out of the heavens, and by the ministering of angels, and by 
His Holy Spirit ; and has chosen the weak and simple to confound the wisdom of 
the wise ; and to raise up and bring the Ohurdi of the Lamb up out of the wilder- 
ness of wickedness, fair as the sun and clear as the moon, which Ohurdi took its 
rise April C, 1830, and has thus far come up through much persecution and great 
tribulation. 

**It may not be amiss in this i)lace to give a statement to the world concerning 
the work of the Lord, as I have been a member of this Curch of Latter-Day Saints 
from its beginning. To say that the Book of Mormon is a revelation from God, I 
have no hesitancy, but with all confidence have signed my name to it as such, and 
I hope that my patrons will indulge me in speaking freely on this subject, as I 
am about leaving the editorial department. Therefore I desire to testify to all 
that will come to the knowledge of this address, that I have most assuredly seen 
the plates from whence the Book of Mormon is translated, and that I have handled 
these plates, and know of a surety that Joseph Smith, Jr., has translated the 
Book of Mormon by the gift and power of God, and in this thing the wisdom of 
the wise most assuredly has perished. Therefore, knew ye, O ye inhabitants of 
the earth, wherever this address may come, that I have in this thing freed my gar- 
ments <^ your blood, whether you believe or dis(believe the statements of your un- 
worthy friend and well-wisher. 

**It is no trifling matter to sport with the souls of men, and make merchan- 
dise of them. I can say with a clear conscience before God and man, that I have 
sought no man's goods, houses or lands, gold or silver; but had in view for my 
chief object, the welfare of the children of men, because I know that I have been 
called of God, to assist in the bringing forth of His work in these last days, and 
to help to establish it, that as many souls as would believe, and obey the truth, 
might be saved in His kingdom ; and also assist in bringing about the restoration 
of the house of Israel, that they might magnify His name, for what He has done 
and is doing for the fulfilment of the prophecies of all the holy prophets that have 
written on this great and important subject, since the days of Adam to this pres- 
ent time. 

'*I would do injustice to my own feelings if I did not here notice still further 
the work of the Lord in these last days. The revelations and commandments given 
to us are, in my estimation, equally true with the Book of Mormon, and equally 
necessary for salvation. It is necessary to live by every word that proceedetb 
from the mouth of God. I know that the Bible, Book of Mormon and Book of 
Doctrine and Ck>venant8 of the Church of Christ of Latter-Day Saints contain t!ie 
revealed will of heaven. I further know that God will continue to reveal Himself 
to His Cburdi and people until He has gathered His elect into His fold, and pre- 
pared them to dwell in His presence. 

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persuasions to embrace different sj-stems. This is correct, inasmuch as the princi- 
ple is a just one ; God always commissioned certain men to proclaim His precepcs 
to the remainder of the generation in which they lived, and if they heeded not their 
sayings they were under condemnation. 

**Though weak may have been my arguments and feeble my exertions to per- 
suade others to believe as myself. I trust I have been the means of doing some 
good to my fellow men. If 1 were not sensible that I have been doing the will 
of my Heavenly Father, I should regret that I had ever suffered my name to be- 
come public. I could not endure the idea of having been the means of persuading 
men to detract from truth, and embrace error ; it has been a principle in my heart 
to embrace truth and reject error, and I trust it will remain in my heart forever." 



THE HONEST LITTLE MATCH-SELLER. 

Dean Stanley, in a sermon to children in Westminister Abbey, once told a 
very touching little story. He said: 

**Not long ago. in Edinburg, two gentlemen were standing at the door of a 
hotel one very cold day, when a little boy with a poor, thin, blue face, his feet 
bare and i-ed with cold, and with nothing to cover him but a bundle of rags, 
came and said: 

" 'Please, sir, buy some matches.* 

" *No, don't want any,* the gentleman said. 

" *But they're only a penny a box,* the poor little fellow pleaded. 

** *Ye8, but you see we don't want a box,* the gentleman said, again. 

" *Then I will give you two boxes for a penny,* the boy said at last. 

''And to get rid of him,' the gentleman who tells the story said, 1 bought 
a box, but then I found I had no change, so I said : 

" *I will buy a box tomorrow.' 

" *Oh, do buy them tonight, if you please,' the boy pleaded again ; *I will rua 
rnd get the change, for I am very hungry.* 

*1Bo I gave him the money and he started away. I waited for him, (nit no 
boy came. Then I thought I had lost my money. (Still there was that in the 
boy's face I trusted, and did not like to think bad of him. 

**Late in the evening I was told a little boy wanted to see me. WHien he was 
brought in I found it was a smaller brother of the boy who got my money, but, if 
possible, still more ragged, and poor, and thin. He stood for a moment, diving 
into his rags, as if he was seeking something, and then said : 

" *Are you the gentleman who bought the matches from Sandy?' 

*♦ 'Yes.* 

" 'Well, then, here's the change out of yer money. Sandy cannot come ; he's 
very ill. A cart run over him, and knocked him down, and he lost his hat, and his 
matches and your money, and both his legs are broken, and the doctor says he'll 
die ; and that all.' And then putting the money on the table, the poor child broke 
down into great sobs. 

"So I fed the little man, and went with him to see "Sandy. I found that the 
two little things lived alone, their faither and mother being dead. Poor Sandy 
was lying on a bundle of shavings. He knew me as soon as I came in and said : 

" 'I got the change, air, and was coming back, and then the horse knocked me 
down, and both my legs were broken. And Oh, Reuby! Little Reuby! I am 
cure I am dying, and who will take care of you when I am gone? What will ye 
do, Reuby?* 

"Then I took ibis hand and said I would care for Reuby. He understood me, 
and had just strength to look up at me as if to thank me, and the light went 
out of his eyes. He was dead !" 



"As the Elders have been taken from our county, and we do not have them 
visit us very often from other counties, we feel the Journal is a sure friend.** 
writes Sister Clara L. McAuley of Lucas vi lie, O. "I have two babies, and do not 
have much time to read, but I always find time to read the Joubnal, for it is a 
source of much comfort to me. I wish its visits were every week.** 



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BEN B. RICH, Editor. JAMES H. WALUS, Associate Editor. 



KDIXORI A L. 



"CRY ALOUD AND SPARE NOT." 

As will be seen from the list of "Arrivals" published in this issue, the cry for 
help to the authorities of the Church in Zion has not been in vain, for we aie 
beginning to receive much needed reinforcements. We trust the missionaries will 
continue to arrive until the gaps in our diminished ranks nave been filled up, and 
we can present an unbroken front to the enemy. Instructive meetings have been 
held at the Mission Office with the new elders, where they have received counsel 
and admonition regarding their duties as missionaries. It is to De 
hoped they will not forget this instruction in the least degree, as 
they are here on their first mission as ministers of the Gospel and what they havo 
been told by their brethren has been the result of experience. The elders must 
understand that they have not come on this mission for worldly pleasure, nor to 
sit down at their ease to partake of the people's hospitality; but to work, and th?t 
diligently, for the salvation of mankind and the building up of the work of tac 
Lord. Among the sinful and degraded milHons who are hurrying along the broad 
road to death, there are many honest souls who know not tne way of life. You are 
sent to hunt them out and save them from the world^s sad fate. You should 
. be more than willing to undergo toil and privation in hunting for souls in the wil- 
derness of sin. Let the energy which has attended you in your past life non- 
be turned in the direction of your new labors, and work with untiring diligeaoe 
and zeal for the salvation of those who know not the true God. Warn all whom 
you meet, but remember, "to the poor the Gospel is preached." Do not disdain, 
then, to visit the poor and the lowly in their humble habitations, to impart counsel 
and consolation to them in their smallest affairs, or to admindster toe ordinances 
of the House of the Lord. The blessings of the poor will be a crown of giory on 
your heads, more resplendent in the sight of heaven than diadems of gold sparkl'n,; 
with the richest earthly gems. 

Seek for opportunities to extend the work of God. There are many taousands 
of people who have no proper understanding of Ihe principles of our faith — manv 
small villages where the Gospel has not even been introduced, for "the harve.s^ 
is great and the laborers are few." "Thrust in your sickle and reap." "Cry 
aloud and spare not." Remember this is the day of God's judgments, when every 
word that has been spoken by the mouth of God's holy prophets must and will be 
fulfilled. Remember you have great promises from the Lord in this great work 
you are now performing, and you need not fear but what the Lord will magnify 
j'ou in the ej'es of all men if you will trust in Him. 

"Verily, I say unto you, Lift up your voices unto this people, speak the 
thoughts that I shall put into your hearts, and you shall not be confounded before 
men; 

"For it shall be given you in tne very hour, yea, in the very moment, what 
ye shall say. 

"But a commandment I give unto you, that ye shall declare whatsoever things 
ye declare in my name, in solemnity of heart, in the spirit of meekness in all things. 

"And I give unto you this promise, that inasmuch as ye do this, the Holy 
Ghost shall be shed forth in bearing record unto all things whatsoever ye shaU 
say." (Doctrine and Covenants, p. 348, v. 5-8.) 

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frequent reflection. Read much, but think more ; and above aU, seek for the lii^ht 
and assistance of that Spirit which guides into all truth, and whose inspdrationsi 
you have a right to claim while you preserve yourselves pure and unsullied. Bind 
the Word of Wisdom ito your hearts as a safeguard against the approach of 
temptation, and reap the fruits of the promised reward — ^health of body, treasures 
of knowledge, and protection from the power of the destroyer. The power of your 
example will have its effect upon the Saints and all lovers of virtue, and will *n 
many cases be more potent than argument or persuasion. If your practice accords 
not with your profession, instead of being the saviors of men, you may prove 
the instruments of their destruction. The weak and foolish among the Saints, 
who seek an excuse to do wrong, will follow your evil exaanple, and inquirers wiH 
stumble over your foJly. While treating all with that kindness and affection whicli 
the Gospel produces in the heart, do not depart from the dignity of the holy priest- 
hood, and that proper deportment which becomes an Elder in Israel. Be faithfnl 
in keeping your appointments, for the angels of the Lord will be there awaiting 
you and you cannot afford to disappoint them. Be timely and prompt in all your 
transactions — be wdse and honest stewards over all tha,t is committed to your care. 
Keep strict account of all moneys entrusted to you, and always forward them 
in due time to their proper destination. Encourage the people to pay their tithing 
and fast offerings ; do not refuse their smallest donations when bestowed to assise 
in the work of the Lord, for by so doing you would deprive them of the promised 
blessings, and close up the fountadns of their generosity. Practice the great prin- 
ciple of obedience to counsel, the good effects of which you have so often seen at 
home in Zion. Follow the instructions of the Presidents of Conferences, undor 
whose direction you are placed, in all righteousness; and whether your sphere 
of operations be small or extended, strive to i^erform, in the best possible manner, 
the duties required of you, to the satisfaction of the Lord and of those wlio 
preside over you. 

The experience you will gain during the two or three years you are on this 
mission will be above the price of gold or rubies, and there will be no time in your 
life to equal it, unless you are again called into the missionary field. On tUis 
first mission, therefore, will perhaps depend your whole future for joy, usefulneis, 
and crowns of immortality ; or misery, a wasted life, and banishment from th«? 
glory of the Saints. Abstain, then, from the very first approach to sin, and as u 
rule for your guidance. Do nothing that you know to be wrong, and do nothing that 
you are doubtful about. Let the sacred covenants you have made in the House of 
the Lord be never forgotten, and never let them in the slightest degree be violated. 
Avoid everything which would interpose the slightest barrier between you and the 
Ijord. to whom you must seek oontinuaHy for help and guidance. 

In a revelation given through Joseph the Seer at Kirtland, Ohio, on September 
23, 1832, the Lord has made such grand and glorious promises to His servants, 
that we reproduce them for the encouragement of the missionaries, and we appeil 
to them to read them and re-read them, for the voice of the Lord has declared them : 

"Any man that shall go and preach this gospel of the kingdom, and fail not 
to continue faithful in all things, shall not be weary in mind, neither darkened, 
neither in body, limb, nor joint: and an hair of his head shall not fall to the 
ground unnoticed. And they shall not go hungry, neither athirst. 

**Therefore, take no thought for the morrow, for what ye shall eat, or what yo 
shaiU drink, or wherewithal ye shall be dothed ; for consider the lilies of the field, 
how they grow ; they tx>il not, neither do they spin ; and the kingdoms of the worid 
in all their glory, are not arrayed like one of these ; for your Father who art in 
heaven, knoweth that you have need of all these things. Therefore, let toe 
morrow take thought for the things of itself. Neither take ye thought beforehand 
what ye shall say, but treasure up in your mdnds continually the words of life, and 
it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto eytFy 
man. Therefore let no man among you, (for this commandment is unto all the 
faithftrl who are caHed of Qod in the church unto the ministry) from this hour 
take purse or scrip, that goeth forth to proclaim this gospel of the kingdom. 

'*Behold, I send you out to reprove the world of all their unrighteous deeds, 
and to teach them of a judgment which is to come. And whoso receiveth you, there 
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your left, and my sinrit shall foe in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, 
to bear you up. Whoso receiveth you receiveth me, and the same will feed you, 
and clothe you, and give you money. And he who feeds you, or clothes you, or 
gives you money, shall in no wise lose his reward: and he that doeth not these 
things is not my disciple; by this you may know my disciples. ♦ ♦ ♦ * 
"Search diligently and spare not ; and woe unto that house, or that village or 
city that rejecteth you, or your words, or your testimony concerning mc. Woe, I 
say again, unto that house, or that village or city that rejecteth you, or your words, 
or your testimony of me ; for I the Almighty, have laid my hands upon the nations, 
to scourge them for their wickedness : and plagues shall go forth, and they Bhal! 
not be taken from the earth until I have completed my work which shall be cut 
short in righteousness." 



OUR DARLING LITTLE ONES. 

It is a great thing to be faithful to a trust. It takes a high order of man- 
hood to walk even close to the line of perfection. The sentinel who is of the most 
tervice is the one who is the most watchful. The parent who is the best is the 
one who is the most alert to the interests of his child — ^his second self — the out- 
growth of loving, trusting, confiding, beautiful relationship. The great Father of 
all we recognize and love as God. We know that we are one of a good family, 
and that it is far easier to fall into error than to fall into rightmindedness. which 
is the up-leading path of right ; but he who climbs is always approaching the bet- 
ter condition, while the one who descends is sinking deeper into error. We know 
how God cares for His children, and we should care for ours, as we are but in- 
termediary agents between the Creator and the created. To be faithful to our- 
selves is to be faithful to our God. To care for our offspring is to be faithful to 
our trust, and he who is faithful over a few shall become ruler over many. 

One day when one of our youngest children was about two years and a half 
old, a condition of disappointment resulted in a fit of baby passion, that reached 
into primary ugliness. A look of pain and disappointment checked the little ugli- 
ness for a moment, then it broke out again. A few words, lovingly, encourag- 
ingly spoken failed to readi her heart A little more firmness, but none the less 
love, checked the storm for a moment. Ttien it broke out again, and we told her 
she was disobeying her papa. That papa was papa, and must not be disobeyed, 
that papa knew all about it and knew how baby was hurt in her heart, and if she 
would come to papa's arms he would make her well. We did not seek to bear 
down upon her with a will power that could have broken her inner life, nor were 
we in the least anger. It was a giant with a rose bud. We lifted her mentally 
into our hearts. "She came to our arms, pillowed her head on our breast, 
reached her little arms about our neck, put her baby lips for a kiss. We bath^ 
her head to cool the blood, kissed the little tears away from her eyes, absorbed the 
grief from her heart, told her that she was a good child even if she had disobeyed, 
and the storm was over. It was a little storm for us, but a great storm for her, as 
it swept over her soul, as would tons of grief over ours. Then we kissed her littlt» 
hands and told her, so that she understood, that she was a darling and that papa 
would always love and protect her, that in papa's arms and on papa's bosom 
she was as safe as in the arms <^ mamma or good angels, that papa would always 
love her and that she would always do as papa wished her to. Her soul drank 
in the lesson. 'She said she would always do what papa wanted, and then went 
to sleep. 

CSiildren can be killed by brute floroe, of will, or of musde. They are quick 
to obey or disobey, as they are helped or excited. We believe it wrong to whip, cuff, 
knock, thump, tongue-lash, harrow and torture children. Children are not little 
braits. They are not poor, wicked littie sinners. They are not born to hell or perdi- 
tion. They are all children of God, and if they err it is under the teachings of rant, 
cant and ignorance. If they become other than manifestations of good, or good- 
ness, it is because they are bent down, crushed, deceived, abused and belittled by 
their parents. The parent who leacliee ihis child that it is a sinner bom out of 
sin, makes a fearful mistake, as children are not sinners; and as they are vAl 
born out of God, they cannot be descended from any power or initiatory of error. 

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sticks <m the ground. * We shoold at the earliest moment enter into and take 
possession of the heart of our child, and guide, not destroy it. We should tell 
it how to be good, how to be lovable, how to be happy; enter into its childish 
games; teach it to think and lift it to love; fill its soul with love and pride in 
being physically and mentally clean; try to develop the good and help it to kill 
down, to grow ouit of and away from the bad that the dhlld picks up, not be- 
cause it is tMid, but because it is new and novel. 

It is cruel, wicked, to whip children as some parents do. One light blow of 
the switch, one little touch of the wand is punishment. Every blow after punish > 
ment is brutality. Often in childhood we have been struck. One touch of a switch 
we have often admitted the justice of, but we never could come to see how that 
a succession of blows, laid on until the skin was in welts and drops of blood stood 
out like scarlet buds, made us better. On the contrary. As blows by the score 
have been rained on our back we grew into that rebellion that ended in the birth 
of revenge. PunifiOnment is right, but brutality is cowardly and detrimental. Never 
let it see us in anger. Anger begets anger, and then comes revenge in the path of 
injustice. The wisest parent never need a rod or instrument of torture. One 
day our child willfully disobeyed, and we had to punish her severely. For an 
hour there was a contest, will against will. Little rebellion against strong, lov- 
ing firmness. The wave dashing against the rock. There were no blows, no scold- 
ing, no building up of ugliness or unreasonableness. After a while two little feet 
brought a body up to our rocking ohair. Two little hands lifted and helped the 
body up quietly behind us. Two little eyes came over our shoulder. Two little 
arms came about our neck, and a little voice said : *'Papa, please love me : I'se 
good now.'* Then we put our books away and had such a make-up. And so, by 
love, kindness, firmness, will power, and not by brute force, we win the love, th3 
respect, the confidence and the regard of our little ones. Let us never promise 
them anything we do not perform. Do not notice all their little blue moods, ex- 
cept to lift them gently out of them. Let us guide rather thaa punish, and so 
live that our sweet little darlings can say: **I'se going to marry papa, 'cause 
he's so good to me." 



REVIEW. 

Alabama — ^With a few minor exceptions, good health has prevailed among the 
Elders, and excellent work has teen done throughout the Conference. The city 
of Ensley has been canvassed, several street meetings being held. On the 8th 
inst., one repentant believer was led into the waters of baptism by EMder Jesse F. 
Bean. The convert was a lady who had never heard the Elders preach, but had 
been investigating the doctrine since last winter. Elder L. E. Harris, being the 
Gospel a m bassa d or who first induced her to read the tracts and books and prove 
the truth or falsity of the doctrine, and the testimony (he bore. The Vesult was as 
it will be with all who investigate the message from an unprejudiced standpoint-. 
At the water's edge a service was held. Elders J. A. Paton and J. E. Gee spoke 
on ''Authority," and the "Necessity of Water Baptism." A sacramental service was 
held at the home of her father, where the member was confirmed. The attitude 
of the people generally is quite friendly in E)nsley. In Birmingham, Elders Bean 
and Paton were set upon by an angry crowd and barely escaped a serious mob- 
bing by getting out of the way as quickly as possible. After the street meeting 
several had asked questions, which were being answered, when some of the by- 
standers b^?an making very insulting personal remarks relating to polygamy. In 
retaliation. Elder Paton thoughtlessly replied, and what he said was taken person- 
ally. In a moment he was being struck and kicked by the ones who considered th'3 
remaric made to them. During a short respite the Elders moved off and before the 
disorderly element realized it, the objects of their fury had disappeared. The police- 
man stood by and coolly watdied the outrage. Street preaching has been re- 
sumed, but no discussion afterward. Investigators are invited to the rooms of 
the Elders who will willingly answer all questions. Elders C. E. Moore and C. 
W. Smith found a member of the Church in Colbert county, who had not seen 
an Elder for ten years. She was still a faithful Latter-Day Saint. At Dickson 
Elder Smith baptised his brother who had come there from Tennessee to visit 
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i)eon suspended for the season. Our force has been strengttiened by the arrival 
of three new Elders. The Elders are well and seem to be enjoying the spirit of 
their calling. 

East Tennessee — ^Pres. Broadbent and Elder Barker visited Elders Walker 
and lioyle in Hawkins county. They are doing a good work and many new friends 
have been made, even among those who were once bitter. On September 28 
Elders John and Barker started for Unicoi county, to finish canvassing there. 
While on the way Elder John was released to return home on account of the ill- 
ness of his wife, leaving October 2. We will miss Elder John very much and 
pray our Heavenly Father to bless Sister John and restore her to health and 
strength. On October 1 Elders Taylor, Jensen, Broadbent and Miller held two 
meetings on the streets of Raytown, t>eing unable to get a school liouse or church 
to speak in. Large crowds came out to hear the Elders, and as a result of their 
work several are investigating the Gospel, and some who were bitter are asking the 
Elders to hold Fall Conference there. Elders Johnson and Etherington report that 
good work is being done in Cocke county. The people there are asking for a Sun- 
day Sch€ol to be organized at Bybee. After visiting 'Saints of Carter, Elder 
Miller went with Elder Barker into Unicoi and Pres. Broadbent went to Chatta- 
nooga to work on Conference records. On October 15 Pres. Broadbent and Elder 
P. C. Winter baptised six honest souls of South Chattanooga, the latter officiating. 
On October 17 Elders Broadbent, Oldroyd and Fillmore left Chattanooga for 
Chucky City, where they will meet Elders Ball and McGavin coming from Ken- 
tucky and Elder Pulley from Mississippi. Our work is progressing and the Elders 
are all well. We feel very much encouraged over wihat is being accomplished. 

Florida — Pres. Ben E. Rich and Elder Chas. L. French visited the Elders and 
Saints in Jacksonville September 24. Pres. Rich made the visit to see how we 
were getting along with the Church being erected here. The Elders who are 
building the house will have it finished by the last of October. The Sunday these 
brethren were here we held two very successful meetings at the home of one of 
our friends, Mrs. Sellers. The majority of the Sadnts and friends attended the 
services, and all enjoyed the sermons delivered by Pres. Rich and Elder French. 
The Elders in the Conference are all in fairly good health. Pres. C. E. Ferrin and 
Elder S. E. Peterson are visiting Saints in the southern county of Georgia, which 
is part of this conference. They are meeting with success and enjoying their trip. 

Georgia — ^This nM>nth closes with general good health throughout the Con- 
ference, althougih Pres. Jensen has been in bed for several days with malaria. 
His condition at present, however, is greatly improved. Two of the Elders have 
been afflicted with boils, but one of them is better at this writing. Elder Whiting, 
who has been released to return home, has been a faithful, energetic worker, and 
won the confidence and love of all with w<hom he labored. Street meetings are 
still being carried on in the cities of Atlanta, Macon and Augusta. The Augusta 
Elders have been disturbed a time or two by a Methodist preacher, who also de- 
livered a tirade of falsehoods against our people from his pulpit. The same old 
stories were repeated by him. 'Six souls have been added to the Church by bap- 
tism since last writing. 

Kentucky — During the month seven more honest souls applied for baptism 
and were led into the water by the Elders. T^e reports were very good until the 
latter part of the month, at which time the Elders were hindered somewhat on 
recount of rain and cold weather. On the first of October Elder Jos. A. Young 
was transferred from Ohio to Kentucky, and in company with Elder Walker went 
to Leitchfield to labor. On October 6, Elder Geo. A. Presoott arrived in 'Louisville 
to labor in the Kentucky Conference. Previous to this he had been laboring in 
Mississippi. Pres. Geo. R. Crockett and Elder Jas. S. Webster arrived in Louis- 
ville October 16, after visiting the Elders and many of the Saints in the western 
part of the state. The Elders all report being well at present and all seem to 
be enjoying their labors. 

Mississippi — ^Tlie report of the month is very good, considering the health 
of the Elders and the quarantine regulations to contend with. Elders E. D. Buc- 
hannan and D. A. Tidwell baptized a young man at Pearl River, Lawrence coun- 
ty, on October 17. Pres. E. D. Buchannan and Elder D. A. Tidwell arrived in 
Meridian after a two months* absence and found all well. Elders M. Anderson 
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of Millville, ^ladiscHi county, are desirous of having a meeting-house built there, 
and had offered to contribute one hundred and fifty dollars toward building it. All 
the EXders are improving in health and there is an increase in meetings held. Elder 
Hatch is still sick with chills and fever, but we hope for his improvement. Elders 
Hopkins and Liljenquist reposed one baptism at Laws Hill, Marshall county. 

Middle Tennesseb — The month opened up with all the Elders enjoying goo^l 
health. EHders J. F. Brown and Jos H. Walton made a visit to Covington, Wil- 
liamson county, on the 29th uit., and held some very successful meetings, returning 
to Nashviile on the 3rd inst. Elders Grant and Shields left Nashville on the 3r(i 
inst, for Lawrence county, where they were going to visit Saints and friends and 
meet some of the Elders. On October 1 Elder Roberts and Pierce had the op- 
portunity of baptising another honest investigator. The candidate bears testi- 
mony that it was in answer to his prayer that the Elders came to his house. He 
said that he humbled himself and asked the Lord if the Mormon Elders were 
preaching the true Oospel, and if they were he requested that some Elders would 
be sent to his home. In answer to his prayer Elders Roberts and Pierce put in 
their appearance and he was baptized at the hands of Elder Pierce. On October 
16 and 17 Elders Grant, J. G. Shields, A. O. Jackson, T. A. Walton, S. W. Bills 
and O. P. Oallister held a Branch Conference at Bro. Pamplin*s, Lawrence county, 
where they had a good time and held some very successful meetings. Elder J. G. 
Shields and Pres. Grant met Elders J. B. Woodward. J. W. Gillman, A. O. Jack- 
son, Thos. A. Walton, O. P. Callister and S. W. Bills at Dunn, Tenn., where 
there are some Saints and friends, and held a Branch Conference. Six public 
meetings and one sacramental meeting were held. We find that moc^h interest is 
being taken by some in the search for truth and some fruits will be gathered in 
this part of the Lord's vineyard in due time. The Elders are all able to travel 
and carry glad tidings of great joy to the doors of the honest in heart, except Elder 
Woodward who has a rising under his arm, which will not permit him to carry 
his grip. 

NoBTii Oabolina — Some time ago Elders Petty and Bales dedicated Hender- 
son county to the work of the Lord. They entered the county and were successful 
for a shoit time, baptiiing four honest souls, but soon the tide of persecution 
began to roll upon them. They saw tacked on the door of the building in which 
they intended holding a meeting, a notice telling them to **get" out of the 
county. They did not leave at this time, but went on in a humble way, 
doing what the Lord had sent them to do. But threatenJngs of their 
being mobbed were given them continually, and the people closed their 
doors on the Elders, so that they were able to do but little good. Thry 
were in consequence assigned to other localities in which more good may be ac- 
<.*omplished. Pres. Johnson and Elder Young visited Saints and friends at !Mt. 
Airy, Surry county, holding four very successful meetings, which were well at- 
tended. There are three local Elders at this place, who are doing a good work. 
EUders Fitt and Burbidge were called to Wilmington to administer to the sick, a 
distance of eighteen miles. 

Ohio — On September 21, Elders Erickson and Crossley baptissed John Mullen 
and wife of Spring Valley, who have been investigators for more than a year. On 
SeptOTober 28 Elders O. K. Conrad and BI P. Moser baptized J. H. Smith and 
wife, of Cincinnati. An important feature of the Ohio work is that of recan- 
vassing every second week the districts canvassed the week previous. Cold weath- 
er is playing its part in tihe stopping of street meetings, thus causing a falling 
off in reports. However, it gives room for more spirited canvassing. All the 
Elders are enjoying good health. The work in Dayton will be recommenced by 
Eiders Crossley and Stoddard. 

South Carolina — This month is one of fair weather and prosperous as to 
fall reaping. On account of continuous stomach trouble. Elder M. C. Smith is 
transferred to Oohmibia City for treatment and rest. While Elders J. Finlinson 
and R. R. Siepert were traveling through Saluda county, two rough looking men 
passed them on wagons. Wlien the Elders caught up with them the men stopped 
them and ordered them out, but by reasoning with them they were permitted to 
pass through the county. The Saints and friends of Columbia have been greatly 
bereaved this month by the loss of two of the babies of Sunday School Superin- 
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sorrow to shadow all. The funeral services were held by Elders Smith and Boam. 
Fifteen baptisms are reported this month, five by Elder Jas. Nelson, Pres. R. Ray 
Nixon five, Elder J. H. Cook two, Eilder J. Finlineon two, and Elder N. J. Wadley 
one. iMiB Mary f^igiht, a twenty-year friend to the EUders, passed away at her 
home August 11. She was 71 years old and a faithful, good woman. Altli«-mgh 
she did not join the Church, she has acted the part of a mother to the Elders, 
and 'her death will be regretted by many wbo have returned home as well as by us. 
Our conference is in "apple pie** order. The Elders who have been sick are again 
on their feet, and I feel confident that we will begin to increase our reports. The 
weather is getting more favorable for our work, and oor Elders are becoming more 
energetic and are fighting more valiantly for the cause of truth. The Lord is open- 
ing up our way and we feel to rejoice at His goodness. Tomorrow we again per- 
form the ordinance of baptism to two applicants, which will make eleven in the 
city of Columbia this year, and more are nearing the point of applying. Elders 
J. Finlinson and R. R. Seipert were called to Beaver Dam, Aiken county, to ad- 
minister to Sister Alice B. Herron's daughter. When they arrived there they 
found several of the family sick. They were asked to administer to them, which 
they did. The next morning they were all up and singing. 

ViBOixiA — Elder O. F. Weight, who has been sick with the fever since the 
16th ult., continues to improve slowly, and is now able to sit up in bed a short 
time each day. Elder L. R. Baker, who underwent an operation, is now feeling 
much better. Elders J. H. Gibbs and F. P. Whitney have recently come to this 
city, being unable to stand the country work. Dr. W W. Dunnan, an eminent 
ph.^-sician, has examined them, and they may have to accept treatment from him. 
Elder A. L. Jones has returned 'home during the past month on account of sick- 
ness. With those exceptions, the Elders are feeHng well and in their letters ex- 
press a desire to continue on in the work they have begun. On 'September 24 
Eiders G. L. Morrison and L. R. Baker preached funeral sermons over the remains 
of the infant daughter cf Bro. and Sister H. W. Rucker, at Windy, Amherst 
county. The same day Elder T. T. '^lendenhall and companions organized a Sun- 
day sohool at Mountain Lake, Giles county, with Charles Smith as superintetid- 
ent, and an enrollment of thirty pupils. Bro. J. W. Goins and son, while laborng 
in the shops at Pulaski City, were both killed by the explosion of powder. Bro. 
Goins leaves a wife, who is also a member of the Church and a number of friends 
to mourn his departure. Pres. C. L. Pritchett has been holding a number of 
meetings in the Church at Mountain Lake, and also at Ellendale, Smyth county, 
much good being accomplished. He has baptized seven souls there. Our Con- 
ference headquarters have been changed from 404 North Twelfth street, to 1420 
East Main street, Richmond, Va. 



NOTES FROM THE FIELD. 

Sister Virginia E. Preecott, of Conoley, Fla., writes: "The Saints in this 
part of the Mission are all well, though there has been much sickness. I think It 
is due to the large rainfall we have had this summer. It has rained here for three 
months, almost incessantly. We have lost lots of our crops, which have rotted 
in the fields. Yet I must say God is very merciful to His children, yet how 
ready we are to complain, which only shows our weakness. We need to be 
chastened, so as we can see more clearly our weakness. I owe much to God, and 
am willing to forsake much for my Master's sake. I am pleased with the Joubnal. 
I get from its pages so many grand lessons and so much va)uable information. It 
tells me of all the changes in the Mission, and the number of Elders coming and 
going. Those who are sick always have my secret prayers, that God will give 
them health and strength." 



"Elder Jacob A. Paton of the Alabama Conference, writes: "At a meeting 
held in the city of Athens, lUa.. recently by Elder David Larsen and me, I spoke 
upon the subject of *Salvation for the Dead.* My remarks were maliciously 
falsified to the inhabitants of the city by a Baptist minister, who, not being satisfied 
with misrepresenting my sermon, began a personal attack upon my character. I 
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of correcting his uncalled-for assaults, and to furnish him with Scriptural proof 
in support of my sermon. After a short interview he said if I was looking for 

trouble I could d eoon find it. He was filled with anger and reached for a 

knife and started after me. For the protection of my life I give credit to his two 
daughters, who held firmly their enraged father while I made my way safely from 
bis residence." 



L. N. Hune of Emery, Utah, has 300 apres of fine farming land and personal 
property, valued at over $5,000, which he wants to exchange for property in ♦^ho 
South, as he has to move here for his health. 



ARRIVALS. 

The following Elders arrived in Chattanooga on October 15, 1905 : 

Paris Leoan Fillmore, of Burrville. Utah; William Thomas Litster. Cleve- 

fand, Utah; Wallace Aird Macdonald, Mesa, Ariz.; Fred Elmer Willardson, 

May field, Utah ; Lemuel Wm. Willis, Kanarra, Utah ; Hugh P. Sellers, Manassa, 

Col.; Isaac Willard Oldroyd, Glenwood, Utah; John Henry Bagley, Baker City, 

Ore.; George W. Miller, Helper, Utah. 

The following Elders reached Chattanooga October 22, 1005 : 

Royal Moroni Jeppson, of Brigham City, Utah ; IMoroni Franklin Savage, Hen- 

rierville, Utah; Lawrence Egbert Nelson, Crescent, Utah; John Joseph Lyon, 

Basalt, Idaho; David Smith Rowley, Helper, Utah. 

The following Elders arrived in Oiattanooga on October 29, 1905 : 

James L. Oman, Mount Pleasant, Utah; William A. Wells, Joseph City, 

Utah; Alma Murphy, Salina, Utali; Henry Isaac Mills, Centreville, Utah; Geo. 

M. Gooch, Preston, Idaho. 



APPOINTMENTS. 



Elders L. E. Nelson and J. J. Lyon have been appointed to labor in the 
Florida Conference. 

Elders D. S. Rowley, R. M. Jeppson, and M. F. Savage have been appointed 
to labor in the Mississippi Conference. 

Elders F. B. Willardson, H. P. Sellers, and L. W. Willis have been ap- 
pointed to labor in the Alabama Conference. 

Elders J. H. Bagley and G. W. Miller have been appointed to labor in the 
Middle Tennessee Conference. 

Elder W. A. (Macdonald has been api>ointed to labor in the Virginia Conference. 

Elder W. T. Litster has been appointed to labor in tihe Ohio Conference. 

Elders I. W. Oldroyd and O. L. Fillmore have been appointed to labor in the 
East Tennessee Conference. * 

Elders James L. Oman, William A. Wells and Henry Isaac Mills, have been 
appointed to lat>or in the South Carolina Conference. 

E!1ders Alma Murphy and George M. Groocfa have been appointed to labor in 
the Georgia Conference. 



RELEASES. 

Elder J. A. Brown has been honorably released trom traveling in the Georgia 
Conference and returned home October 24. 

Elder Geo. R. Williams returned home October 11. His release has already 
been published. 

Elder A. H. Pierce returned home October 17. Has release also has been 
published. 



TRANSFERS. 



Elder Chester E. Pulley has been transferred from the Mississippi to tlie 
East Tennessee Conference. 

Elders Lyman J. Ball and Lorin McGarvin have been transferred from Ken- 
tucky to the East Tennessee Conference. 



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TO THE ELDERS IN THE SOUTH. 

JAMES H. WAUJS. 

Fear not, though the frowns of a proud, scoffing world 

May greet you in doing the right ; 
Press on in your mission, thou^ on you is hurled 

The taunts of the ignorajit wight. 
The wicked have e'er sought the right to assail. 
To crush down the meek, worse than dust in their trail, 
But truth is still mighty, and yet will prevail. 

And Saints of the Lord shall be free I 

Let the proud monarch rule while the day is his own ; 

Let him laugh at the truth while he may. 
But tomorrow's the Lord's, and 'twill see his proud throne 

And His sceptre and crown waste away. 
For God will not suffer the rich to oppress 
The righteous, without them obtaining redress, 
But soon shall they glories and power possess, 

When Saints of the Lord shall be free. 

Let the. proud point the finger of scorn in your face, 
Let them jeer as you strive for the right ; 

Let the despot endeavor to bring you disgrace. 
And bind you in tyranny's might ; 

'IVill be but a moment ere to your glad sight 

The heavens will open, in splendor so bright — 

Jehovah descend in His power and might, 
To set all His faithful ones free. 

Then press boldly on, though despised of the world; 

'Mid the frowns of the rich seek the crown ; 
Let the banner of truth and right be unfurled — 

No power shall e'er cast it down; 
Sing praises, give thanks to the Lord as you go. 
Heed not the contempt and the taunts of the foe ; 
But in life's grand mission the truth gladly sow, 

'Till Saii^s of the Lord shall be free. 



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" Tkimt who have not been enclosed in the vxdk of prison^ wUhoui cause or provocation^ can 
have but littieidea how sweet the voice of a friend is! One token of friendship from any source 
whatever awakens and calls into action every sympathelie feeling; it brings up in an instant 
everything that is passed; it seizes the present with the avidity of lightning; it grasps after the 
future with the fierceness of a tiger; it moves the mind backward and forward^ from one thing 
to another^ until finally all enmity , maHce and hatred, and past differences^ misunderstandings 
and mismanagements are slain victorious at the feet of hope," — Joseph Smith, in Liberty 
(Mo.) Jail, March 25, 1839. 

Vol. III. November 15, 1905. No. 6. 



DESCRIPTION OF THE GREAT TEMPLE AT SALT LAKE CITY. 



HOLINESS TO THE LORD. 

IJIF HOUSE OP THE LORD, BUILT BY THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY 

SAINTS. COMMENCED APRIL 6, 1853; COMPLETED APRIL 6, 1893. 

(Aibore are the words Inscribed on a stone tablet on the east center tower 

of the Temple.) 

No object in Salt Lake Oity excites greater interest in the minds of strangers 
than the Temple, which has been erected there by the Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-day faints. It elicits expressions of wonderment because of its beautiful 
.vet massive proportions, unique architecture^ and evident costliness. Numerous 
questions a-re asked concerning the structure, the purposes for which it has been 
built, and why none but members of the Church are permitted to enter its pre- 
cincts. This article has been compiled, from authentic sources, to satisfy 
all reasonable inquiries in relation to these matters. 

Four days after the arrival of the Pioneers on the barren site of this now 
lovely city, July 28th, 1847, President Brigham Young, while walking over the 
ground w^th some of his associates, suddenly stopped, .and, striking the point of 
his cane into the parched soil, exclaimed, "Here we will build the Temple of 
our €rod." His prophetic words were noted by his companions, and Apostle (af- 
terward President) Wilford Woodruff drove a wooden stake into the small hole 
made by the point of President Young's cane. On the evening of the same day, 
the ten acres selected for the Temple Block were marked out, and it was de- 
cided that the future city should surround that square. 

In April, 1851, the members of the Church — assembled in general conference 
—voted unanimously to build the Temple. February 14, 1853, after the site for 
the great structure was surveyed, the block was solemnly dedicated, and ground 
broken ior tl^ foundation of the Temple. On April 6th of the same year, the 



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corner stones of the Temple were laid, with impressive ceremonies, amid great 
rejoicing of the assembled multitude. 

Unknown to those who E>urvcyed the site for the building, the wooden stake 
driven into the ground by Wilford Woodruff, on the 28th of July, 1847, marked 
the center of the plot laid out by them. 

It should ever be remembered that this magnificent structure was planned, 
and its erection begun, by a small nun>ber of despoiled and destitute people, at 
a time when they were struggling for existence in the midst of adverse sur- 
roundings. We shall not enumerate the many seemingly insurmountable obstacles 
which, from time to time, hindered the progress of the stupendous undertaking; 
but it may well be said that the completed Temple is a monument of faith and 
work unparalleled in the world's history. 

The Temple is built of gray granite taken from a mountain of that endur- 
ing material at the mouth of Little Oottonwood canyon, twenty miles southeast 
of the city. Many blocks of granite in the walls are so large that four yoke of 
oxen were required to haul each of them, occupying four days in transit. TKiis 
process of hailing rock -by ox-teams, from the quarry to the Temple site, was so 
slow and expensive that President Young decided to have a canal constructed to 
carry the rock by boats. Accordingly, the canal was dug, at great cost, from the 
mouth of Little Cottonwood canyon across the bench land, to an outlet in City 
Creek, near the Temple block. But in 1873, before the canal was sufilciently 
comp^leted to be made available for the main purpose in view, a line of railroad 
was laid which supplanted this contemplated use of the canal. The latter has 
since been used to great advantage in conveying a large supply of water from 
Jordan River to the City. 

•Some idea of the massiveness of the building, and of the enormous amount 
of rock used in its construction, may be obtained from the following figures: 
Foundation, or footing waH, sixteen feet wide and eight feet deep ; basement walls, 
eight feet thick; upper story walls, six feet thick. 'ITie extreme length of the 
building is 186% feet; extreme width, 118^^ feet. Height of side walls on main 
building, 107% feet; east center tower 210 feet high; west center tower, 204 
feet. Inverted arches are constructed in the foundation, to distribute evenly the 
enormous pressure of the massive walls. The entire area is 21,850 feet. 

The architecture of the Temple is composite and original. The six towers, 
three on the east and three on the west, are built entirely of granite. Within 
each of the four comer towers there is a spiral staircase. There are 172 granite 
steps, and four landings, in each of these stairways. Each step is six feet long, 
and weighs over 1,700 pounds. 

On the capstone of the east center tower is a hammered copper statue, 
twelve feet five and one^alf inches in height, heavily gilded with pure gold leaf. 
It represents the angel Moroni blowing a trumpet, proclaiming the restoration 
of the Gospel. (See Book of Mormon.) 

The largest dressed rocks in the building are known as the '"Eiarth Stones." 
They are at the base of the buttresses, near the level of the ground, on each 
side of the basement windows, fifty of them in all. Ekich of these blocks of granite 
is five and one-half feet high, four and one-half feet wide, and twenty inches 
thick, and weighs over three tons. On each of them is carved, in bas-relief, a 
globe three feet eleven inches in diameter. They cost, when finished, about ^300 
each. 

The "Moon Stones" are also fifty in number, inserted in the buttresses in 
line with the top of the first row of oval windows. These stones are carved to 
represent the different phases of the moon. 

On the buttresses above the "Moon Stones," in line with the top of the upper 
row of oval windows, are the "Sun Stones," fifty in number. 

Nearly all the keystones of the windows and doors in the building are orna- 
mented with a beautifully cut five-pointed star. There are also stars carved on 
the face of a large number of other granite stones prominent in various parts of 
the structure. 

On the facade of the middle tower at the west end of the building, in line 
with toe battlements, is carved the seven stars forming the constellation of Ursa 
Major, the Great Bear, or Dipper, with the pointers directed, as nearly as possi- 
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The keystones of the lower windows of the east and west center towers have 
inscribed on them the words of the Lord, "I am Alpha and Omega." Below these 
kejrstones is carved the emblem of Clasped Hands, and on the stones at the top 
of the upper windows in t}ie same towers is depicted the awe-inspiring symbol of 
the Allseeing £^e. 

At the top of the buttresses of the east center tower are carved representa- 
tions of rays of light emanating from clouds. 

It may be of interest to note the meaning that the Latter-day Saints attach 
to some of the architectural features herein described. 

The three towers at the eastern end, or front, of the building are each six 
feet higher than the corresponding towers at the west ead. These three eastern 
lowers represent the three Presiding High Priests of the lOhurch, wbo constitute 
the First Presidency, whose special province it is to supervise the spiritual affairs 
of the Church. In !iko manner, the three towers at the west end represent the 
Presiding Bishopric of the Church, whose duty it is to supervise its temporal 
interests. 

The angel <Moroni, whose statue crowns the highest pimnacle of the Tnnple, 
was the heavenly messenger who appeared to the Prophet Joseph Smith, pro- 
claiming the re-establishment of the Kingdom of God in this age, and gave to him 
the plates of the Book of Mormon, which book contains the fullness of the Ever- 
lasting Gospel. The coming of Moroni marked the fulfillment of the prophecy 
•contained in Rev. 14: 

6. And I saw another ange) fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlastluff 
gospel to prefl<*!h luito them that dwc 1 on the earth, and to every nation, and 
kinared, and tongue, and people. 

7. Saying with a loud voice. Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his 
Judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and 
the fountains of water. 

The stones representing nays of light streaming from the midst of clouds 
indicate Gospel light dispelling the clouds of error which had enshrouded the 
world, Isaiah 60: 

2. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peop ; 
bat the Lord lAiall arise upon thee, and bis glory shall be seen upon thee. 

The stones representing the sun, earth, moon and numerous stars, are alle- 
gorical emblems of the conditions to which the resurrected souls of mankind will 
be assigned, when aB are judged "according to their works." 1 Cor. 15 : 

40. There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial; but the glory of the ce- 
lestial Is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 

41. There is one glory of the sun, and another of the moon, and another of the 
stars; for one star dUIereth from another star In glory. 

42. So also Is the resurrection of the dead. 

Rev. 20: 

12. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were 
opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of 'life; and the dead were 
Judged out of those things which were written in the books, accOTdlng to their 
works. 

13. And the sea gave up the dead which were in It: and death and hell delivered 
op the dead which were In them; and they were judged every man according to their 
works. 

The depicted constellation of Ursa Major, with the pointers directed to the 
North Star, is intended to remind those in doubt concerning the true way, that 
they should follow the path indicated by the Priesthood. 

The Clasped Hands are emblematic of. the strong union aad brotherly love 
characteristic of Latter-day Saints, through which they have been enabled to ac- 
compiish so much both at home and abroad. 

The grand truth recorded in the Scriptures, **The eyes of the Lord are in 
every place, beholding the evil and the good," is expressed by the symbol of the 
All-seeing Eye. This, with the words, ^'Holiness to the Lord" under it, is often 
seen on buildings owned by latter-day (Saints. 

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block, having an ornamental smoke stack attached to it, is die boiler house. The 
boilers are underground, and they supply steam for generating power, and hot 
water for heating the Temple. It will be observed that this boiler house is about 
two hundred feet distant from the Temple, thus insuring safety from fire. 

Under the level of the ground, at the west end of the Temple, is the ma- 
chinery room, which contains pumps for the hydraulic power required to operate 
two elevators in the ceiktral west tower; and there are engines and dynamos to 
generate the electric light requisite for the Temple and all other buildings oo 
the same block. 

The elegant white stone building, of oriental architectural design, situated 
about one hundred feet north of the Temple, is named the Annex; and therein 
the people assemble before they are permitted to go into the Temple. The door- 
keeper and recorders have offices in the annex. Each individual who desires to 
enter the Temple is required to present necessary credentials, signed by his re- 
spective Bishop and Stake President, certifying that he is worthy of that great 
privilege. 

At 9 a. m., four Jays weekly, preparatory services are held in a com- 
modious assembly hall in the annex; after which those who are to participate 
in t^e sacred ordinances of the Temple, generally numbering about two hundred 
persons, ilescend a staircase into a well lighted passageway, where they remove 
the shoes worn out-of-doors, and they are then ushered into the splendid roomi^ 
of the Temple basement. 

(To be continued.) 



BETTER IN THE MORNING. 

How much there is in the words, "Better in the Morning." Tonight, before 
coming to a cheery, very pleasant home, where love and harmony are ever g^uesU, 
because invited and welcomed, here to rest outside of mental and business har- 
ness, we went with a kind-hearted physician to an extra charity call. Not u 
palace home, nor a hovel, but to a well-known hospital in the great city of the 
New World. 

O ! The suffering of patients and the mechanicalism of some of the paid 
nurses in hospitals. How glad are we that we have a home, and home loves and 
home comforts all about us. And how thankful that we have never chased dissi- 
pation into hospitals and so on, to the all -one-way road that leads to the Potter's 
field, which though a tnifle lonesome, is a kindlier place than are many to which 
men take their wives, then curse and grumble while God is answering their cal'r 
for children — even the call was unintentional. 

There is a tenement house in the city, but we did not stop there. Six years 
ago on one of the boats, running trips to Coney Island, a fair, well-educated, sho]> 
girl met a stout, ruddy-faced young man, clad in his Sunday best. He appeared 
manly with his easy, reckless swagger. She was beautiful, as out for a half hol- 
iday, and eager to dissolve the memories of the close little store, in which, da> 
after day, she had to sit from morn till night, sewing bits of lace and ribbon.s 
together for those who so love airy nothings. 

The eyes of the young man feasted on her fair form, till anticipation wji? 
kindled. The hpart of the young orphan girl was hungry for love and for the 
beginning of the sweet life that should be for all who are between girlhood and 
the little mound from which humanity steps to the greater uplift of immortality. 
The hunger of her young heart was for a husband, — for someone to lead her forth 
from the little prison pen where herself and her young thoughts were confined. 
She wanted a home and she believed all that the young man told her. 

Why are there not more good rtien in the world to whom girls and women 
can go and ask for advice as to who and what the suitor is? The Sunday best 
too often conceals faults that, like whipped dogs, couch in silence until the victim 
is secured. No man can correctly answer questions concerning men till he hi& 
been around more than one block from home. And O ! the leaps in the dark that 
are made by girls and women, more than by men. 

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green-winged canary sung and swung in his cage. The little wife sang and flitted 
about from room to room. She always had a tidy home, a loving word and a 
sweet kiss for the man who told his shopmates that she was all his own. 

Then they would all take to drink. They told him that as he was married 
and getting on so well, that he could afford to treat — and to treat often. And he 
treated. At the end of €i year he and his wife retreated from the snug little house 
to a four-room apartment flat, and here it was that baby was bom. 

A golden-haired, blue-eyed baby boy that looked the picture of its moth.T. 
True to the principles of heredity, the boy was patterned by its mother. They 
of the shop laughed at the husband, because the boy, as it grew up, did not look 
so much like him as the mother. Then he drank more, worked less, and was \6ry, 
very often late at night from home. He did not tell where he found a bettjr 
place than he had provided as a home, nor did he bring to his home the earnings, 
the health, the hearty greetings that he did before baby came to pick up the tears 
its mother so often let fall, as she thought of the past and began to dread che 
future. 

A few weeks ago they moved in a still poorer place to abide. The way to 
the Potter's Field seems to be all the way down hill, and a rough road at that. 
God pity all who are led, shoved or escorted therein! 

Baby boy bad grown to be four years old. To dress him well his mother 
took in work — anything that educated fingers and a needle could do. Drink! 
drink! drink! How it did eat the lining of goodness and of kindness fr<Mn the 
man who started so well in life! What little he earned went for drink. He 
brought it into the house by the bottleful. Two days ago he came home very 
drunk. In his pocket a pint bottle of intoxicating abomination, bought from one 
to whom a Christian society had sold the iright to sell. The husband went to bod 
in a drunken stupor. The wife with tears coming up from her heart along the 
well-worn way, put the bottle aside and went out to borrow a pailful of coal. 
While she was out, though it was but a moment, the baby boy got hold of the 
bottle, drank from it, and when the mother came in was dividing his time between 
drinking and making faces of doubt, inquiry and disgust. Quickly she took the 
bottle away, and would have thrown it out of doors, but oft had her husbiind 
beaten her for so doing. 

In an hour the child was in convulsions. The poison it had taken was too 
much for the stomach not yet used to such abuse. The husband lay in a drunken 
stupor, as was his nightly wont. A good woman near by ran for a doctor. The 
child grew worse and worse. There was little of things for comfort, and che 
child was, by the order of physicians, taken to the hospital. 

There it was placed in the care of a kind nurse, one who was also a mother, 
and a loving one. The two mothers watched over the little sufferer, and prayed 
over him and for him. Another physician was sent for, and with a friend h-^ 
hurried away to see what he could do, if anything. 

The shades of night were falling over the city as into the heart of the dis- 
tracted mother. All the day long had the little sufferer been making his way by 
convulsive steps to the arms of the angels, ever outstretched to bear the little on ^s 
on to the better home. The motheir said he would live here on earth because Jhe 
wished it. The good nurse did not say nay, but knew better. The hour for closing . 
came. The rules are that none can stay after the hour. The visiting doctor and 
friend looked at the little sufferer so near to the end of its brief journey. 

**Now, madam, you must go. Tears will avail you nothing. See, the others 
who are ill must not be disturbed.'* 

"And how will it be when I come in the morning?" 

"Better — ^yes, better in the morning." 

*************** 

The good doctor led her away to the den of despair. No fire, no food, but 
an empty bed and an empty bottle. The husband had gone long, long since. Tht> 
man that was once a model of a husband had become the abject slave of the 
saloon. Thither, the neighbors said, he had gone. 

In ten minutes after the mother was thus forced to leave, the eyes of the 
dying child opened and it called: 

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"Mamma ! Mamma !'' 

Then it lifted its little arms to clasp the neck of the kind-hearted nurse, and 
in an instant the spirit had gone. 

Early to the Savior's tomb went Mary. Early to the hospital went the wrung- 
out mother. "Is he better?" 

Yes. "Better in the morning." The morning of the second life, or second 
chapter of the first life. Oh, it was pitiful to see the nearly insane motuer, 
or what was left of the wreck, weeping, sobbing, kissing the lips, the eyes, the 
face of the lost darling, till she too was led away to a ward in the hospital, 
there to hover for days between death that is ever an angel of mercy to all who 
suffer and are robbed of the love all of earth are entitled to. 

They bore the little boy away to the Potter's Field. And there, too, will 
probably go the mother. And after that the father. 

"Better in the morning." Yes, so much better. And what a blessed morning 
it will be, when the spirit is no more environed by weakness and dissipation. 
Then those who suffer in this life, will have their tears dried and their hearts 
healed. When the mothers whose lives are thus wrecked, and the dear liitlo 
children who are so robbed, and robbed, and robbed by dissipating, cruel, pab- 
sionate, fault-finding, child-abusing fathers, will be in better care than while on 
earth. The beautiful morning where the spirt will not have to pay homage to or 
crouch before unkindness. Where God will draw the line between those who suf- 
fered here and the flowery fields in which they will find homes builded for them, 
and the sands on the shore where must wait the abusers and the leaders astray 
of humanity till eternal justice is satisfied and the culprit is made to begin the 
new life over there as a mere child. — Selected. 



THE PERSONAL APPEARANCE OF THE SAVIOR. 

BY ELDEB GEOBOE BEYT90LDS. 

• In the days when the Savior was on earth the art of photography was un- 
known, and we have no authentic record that His portrait was ever painted 
during His lifetime. Consequently we have no portrait of the Redeemer that 
can be relied on. The pictures we have of Him are largely works of fancy, tinged, 
as a rule, by the religious faith of the artist. And as most of the men who painted 
the pictures now in existence lived from one to two thousand years after the 
Savior's death and resurrection, there is no need for saying that they differ very 
greatly and no one man could resemble them all. 

Quite lately it has become somewhat common for paintings illustrating the 
earthly life of the Son of God to represent Him and His surroundings as near 
as possible to what historical research causes us to believe were the actual con- 
ditions existing in Palestine at the time He dwelt among mankind. Previously 
no attempt had been made to obtain historical or geographical accuracy. The old 
masters had souls above such details as time, place or condition. They painted 
Christ as a red-haired, bare-headed man marching through the streets of a Grer- 
man village, or seated by an Italian villa with the utmost complacency; they 
put stoga boots on the feet of the disciples and armed the Roman soldiers with 
blunderbusses; and the painters of later years followed largely in their foot- 
steps so far as the pea-son of Christ is concerned. He is almost universally rep- 
resented as a somewhat effeminate and sentimental young man with long flowing 
locks, a weakling in body with few traces on his face of the strength of character 
within. All this is wrong, the Christ was not red-haired, nor effeminate, neither 
was he a dyspeptic, nor a dreamy sentimentalist ; the Being who drove the money 
changers out of the Temple was no weakling. Of the rather better class of the 
ordinary picture is that of *'Christ blessing little children," but it contains a 
number of the foolish inaccuracies above referred to. Oan any one of ordinary 
common sense conceive of the Savior traveling from one end of Palestine to the 
other bare-headed, with the fierce sun of that semi-tropical region beating down 
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When we consider the parentage of Jesus we should naturally expect that 
all the evidences of perfect vitality would be manifested in his face and body. 
There would be no signs of torpid liver, an inactive stomach, or a weak heart. 
He would be a vigorous, deep diested, i)road shouldered man, with well cut 
features and above the medium height, with his bodily energies developed through 
a life of youthful labor in Joseph's carpenter shop at Nazareth. Those to whom 
He has manifested Himself in this generation, who have said anything on this 
point, state that He appeared to them to be not less than six feet in height. It 
must be admitted, without argiuuent, that if Jesus inherited any predisposition 
or tendency to ibodily weakness or disease, which we do not believe, it must have 
come from his mother's side — to think otherwise is absurd. 

Of the appearance of the Father of Jesus it would savor of sacrilege to 
speak in association with the question under consideration; but we are told this 
much, thac the Son was the express image of His Father's person ( Hebrews 1:3.) 
On the other hand we are not l^t to tradition to determine the x)ersonal appear- 
ance of the Virgin Mary. She was among the most beautiful women that ever 
graced the earth. Nephi, the son of Lehi, in his prophetic vision saw her, and 
he speaks of her as "a virgin, most beautiful and fair above all other virgins." 
(I Nephi 11:15.) 

We often condemn the Jews, and very rightly, too, for their rejection of 
the Savior. But let us view Him from their standpoint. To them He was a 
young carpenter, of doubtful parentage, with nothing in his outward appearance 
tc differentiate or distinguish Him from others of His class. He wore the garb 
usual to His calling, and in ordinary, every day life spoke and acted as other, 
men. To bring thie idea closer to the people of this asge. Christian Skredsvig, 
a Norwegian artist, has painted Christ as a young artisan of today and surround- 
ed Him with a modem environment. He places the scene of His ministry in 
Norway and makes His associates and disciples Norwegian peasants. The 'Scribes 
and Pharisees he has replaced by Lutheran priests and college professors. Thlss 
brings Christ much nearer home to the conceptions of many than when they view 
Him robed in oriental costume in the midst of Jews and Syrians or of Roman 
soldiery. To the Latter-day Saints this modem presentation is not so startling. 
They are used to the preaching of the same Gospel and the performance of like 
miracles by men clothed in the coats, hats and other garments of the nineteenth 
century, and they know also though Christ Himself has not personally ministered 
in the midst of the nations in this dispensation, His prophets and duly author- 
ized representatives have been treated by the unbelieving exactly as the Divine 
Master was nearly nineteen hundred years ago. 



"On the 29th of September," writes Elder Carl K. Conrad, from CincinnatJ. 
Ohio, "I found one of our investigators very sick. He asked me if we could do 
nothing for him, and I explained the ordinance of the laying on of hands for th> 
healing of the sick. The following day Elder E. P. Moser and I administered 
to him. Three days after he was at work again. Through this wonderful ex- 
perience he received a testimony and desired to be baptized. On the 17th of 
October we baptized Bro. A. Bitner, and his wife, and Sister Lucy May. Two 
weeks previous to this we baptized Bro. James H. Smith and his wife. The woik 
is progressing very nicely in this dty." 



Sister N. C. Stanfield, of Adamsville, Tenn., writes: "Last spring I was so 
afflicted with my head that I had not slept but very little for many nights. Elders 
J. F. Jenkins and O. P. Callister came to visit us, and I told them I wanted them 
to administer unto me, for I had faith I would then get better. They did so, anJ 
that night I slept soundly. Next morning I woke up feeling better, and I have 
never been troubled since. I am so thankful to have such a testimony, and for 
the faith of the everlasting Gospel." 



Sister Mary E. Kidd, of Manchester, Tenn., says: "I could not do without the 
JoUBNAL. It helps to make the way brighter for me. It is so helpful and 
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BEN B. RICH, Editor. JAMES H. WALLIS, A88O0IATB Bditob. 

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IMPORTANCE OF PAYINJi TITHING, 

Inasmuch as the year 1905 is drawing tx) a close we desire to address a 
few words of cotmsel and instruction to the Saints upon their duty in the 
matter of paying their tithing. Possibly in no surer way does the Lord test 
the abiding faith of His children than in asking them to part with their sub- 
stance. It will be^ remembered that the Savior, when He was upon the earth, 
applied this test to the young man who went to Him and asked Him what he 
should do to gain eternal life. The Savior answered him in three words, "Keep 
the commandments.*' To this the young man wanted to know which of the 
commandments the Master had reference to, and He then detailed to him several 
of them. The young man said, "All these things have I kept from my youth 
up; what lack I yet?" Jesus answered and said unto him, **If thou wilt be 
perfect, go and sell all that thou hast and give to the poor and thou shalt have 
treasure in heaven. But when the young man heard that saying, he went awny 
sorrowful, for he had great possessions." Now the Lord is not asking the Saiuis 
to give up all of their possessions, but He is merely asking them to give one- 
tenth — a tithe — and no member in the Church, who values his salvation, can 
afford to do as that young man did: turn away sorrowful because they are 
called upon to live up to this principle. It is not hard to do this, if you have 
the Holy Spirit with you; nothing should be hard which the Savior wants us to 
do. Hear Him when He says, "Take my yoke upon you and learn of me; for 
my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Shall we deprive ourselves of th: 
greater blessings of our Heavenly Father for the sake of hanging on to a little 
means which we know honestly belongs to the Lord? 

How many of the Saints ponder over the blessings promised to those who pa^' 
their tithing honestly? The Lord has said in this day, "He that is Htihed shall 
not be burned," and "thev shall observe this law, or they shall not be found worthy 
to abide among*' His Saints. The Lord, speaking to Israel by the prophet 
Maladii, charges them with infidelity, and calls them robbers, even the whole 
nation, because they paid not their tithing. He afterwardis entreated of them 
to obey this law, and promised if they would comply with its requirements thnc 
He would pour them out a blessing that there should not be room enough to 
contain it. A further promise, great anJ precious, He makes to His people, "'And 
I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits 
of your ground, neither shall your vine cast her fruits before the time in the 
field, saith the Lord of Hosts." It is also recorded, "Honor the Lord with thy 
substance, and with the first fruits of all thine increase; so shall thy bams 
be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine." Are such 
blessings not desirable? And they are attainable. 

All should deal honestly with their God, and He will bless them tenfold. 
There may be some who seek to justify themselves on the plea of poverty. These 
should bear in mind the fact that the Lord requires of them nothing but whec 
they can do. The poor above all others should obey the law of tithing that 
they might claim the fulfillment of the promise, "I will multiply thy substance 
on thee exceedingly ; I will bless thy bread and thy water ; and I will take away 
sickness from the midst of thee." Those who do not pay their tithing are not 
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-duty, poverty will always be their portion. Those who will honestly pay their 
tithingr will perform every other duty which the Grospel enjoins; and by paying 
j-our tithing and neglecting not the weightier matters of the Gospel, you will make 
the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost your friends, and having so done, 
when you shall fail in mortality, you will be received into realms of everlastln;; 
irlory, with the welcome plaudit on your head, *'Well done, thou good and faithful 
servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over 
many; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord** — for it must be remembered that we 
are but merely stewards of all the substance that comes into our hands. 

There is one principle which, if cultivated and exercised, as it should be, 
will make dt easy to pay tithing, and that is the principle of faith. We shouM 
have a firm belief that it is a good thing to pay tithing; and when we becomo 
thoroughly convinced of this, tihen the payment of tithing will be a pleasure to 
us all. But without this principle of faith and confidence in God, and a perfect 
reliance in His word as given Uirough Malachi, we may find it a difficult th'mu:, 
We should pay tithing not only because it is a profitable thing in every direction, 
and a good investment, but because God has commanded it. The late President 
■George Q. Gannon was once in a -very tight place financially, and he determined 
to put aside all he could as tithing. One day the Bishop of his ward met hira 
•on the street and said: "Brother George, you are paying a pretty good tithing.** 
"No, Bishop," he replied, "I am not paying the tithing of that which I have 
received; I am paying the tithing of tiiat which I would like to receive." And 
fiure enougih the next year he had as much income as he had paid tithing on the 
previous year. In relating this incident. President Gannon said : "Now, men 
will 9ay that that merely happened .so. Well, all these things happen, dou*t 
they? I was relieved from my difficulty, and I had my faith confirmed. I have 
tried to follow that principle a good deal since. I can therefore bear testimony 
that it is a good thing. I have faith in it, and I have tried to carry it out." 

Such has been the testimony and is the testimony of not only the leaders 
of the Church, but of the humblest members who have desired to do the will of 
the Father. The trouble is, a great many men and women look at things from 
the standpoint of their traditions. They have been trained in the world chat 
they must see a thing worked out upon natural principles, or upon princlpli^s 
•or in ways with which they are familiar, or they have no confidence, in it. That 
IK the faith of the world. Men do not understand how our Elders can go out 
Into the world and preach the Gospel without purse and scrip; in fact, tliey 
do not believe it Is done, because it is contrary to their experience and training. 
If they engage in any labor of this kind, they must have money to live upon. 
But God has commanded us to go without purse and scrip — and with what re- 
sults? Thousands of our Elders who have gone forth in this way can testify that 
they have been fed and clothed, and money has been given to them. Those who 
have devoted themselves to the work of God have been blessed of God. Their 
children have been multiplied, and all around them gives evidence of the blessing 
of God. What people are like the Latter-day Saints in this respect? God ha>s 
made His people promises ; and when they have tried to live so . as to have 
those promises fulfilled they have been fulfilled. He has increased them on the 
right hand and on the left; He has multiplied them in every direction. When 
they went to the Rocky Mountains the land was apparently cursed; it was a 
land of which it might have been said, as ^'as once said of the land of Canaan, 
that it "eateth up the inhabitants thereof." But the Lord touched it, and made 
it fertile. The water increased, and the facilities for living were greatly 'm- 
proved until now it is a veritable land of beauty and industry, the wonder of the 
t-bousands w^ so every year to see it and its people. 

The year 1905 will soon be closed and gone forever. There is yet time for 
those who have neglected the payment of their tithing to send in that portion 
which belongs to the Lord, and have their names recorded. By so doing they will 
feel they have done their duty and therefore entitled to the blessings promised. 



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BACK FROM GENERAL CONFERENCE. 

President Ben E. Rich is back from his visit to the West and brings us most 
excellent reports as to the grand time experienced at the General Conference behl 
in Salt Lake City. He describes it as having been one of the most remarkable 
gatherings in the history of the Church. The immense concourse of people 
attending the services was greater than ever before on such occasions, and the 
intense earnestness of the congregation and the force and fervor of the speakers, 
with the splendid musical exercises, and the abundant outpouring of the divine 
Spirit, constituted an event that may truly be recorded as unparalleled. All llie 
discourses were received with pleasure and appreciation, but the crowning address, 
was that delivered by President Joseph F. Smith at the close of the conference. 
He had just made some announcements of meetings of different societies, appar- 
ently intending to give out the closing anthem and adjourn the assembly, when 
the Spirit of the Lord rested down upon him in great power, and he pronounced 
a blessing upon the people, in behalf of himself and counselors, which thrille.} 
the vast audience with emotion and electrified every soul in the immense con- 
gregation. In the name of the Lord he blessed the authorities of the Chun b 
and of the Stakes and Wards of Zioo, the choir and its leader, the organist, the 
sweet singers who had contributed to the enjoyment of the occasion, the quorums 
of the Priesthood, the auxiliary societies and the Saints generally, and then ap- 
pealed to the Most High for mercy upon the enemies of the Church, for those who 
had maligned and slandered him and his brethren, especially those who had done 
this ignorantly. He called upon all who heard him to seek for no vengeance upon 
the wilfully wicked who were trying to bring trouble upon the Church, exhorted 
them to refrain from retaliation and especfally from violence, and prayed God to 
pity them and have mercy upon them. The whole audience was deeply affected, 
not only by the eloquent words that flowed from the prophet's lips, but by Ibo 
all-pervading, peaceful and heavenly spirit which accompanied them. Tears 
flowed from the eyes of young and old. Strong, rugged men as well as tender and 
susceptible women wept with joy, in sympathy with the influence that proceeded 
from the speaker and permeated the great assembly. Never before in the his- 
tory of the Church was there such an outpouring of divine power, overwhelming, 
yet tranquil and free from agitation, and causing unsi)eakable peace to the soul. 



THE MORMON PEOPLE IN SCHOOL HISTORIES. 

On page 170 of Lee's New Primer History of the United States, used in th»i 
Columbia (S. C.) schools, under the heading, "Trouble With the Mormons," is 
found the following: "The Mormons were the followers of the false Prophet. 
Joseph Smith. Smith claimed that he had dug out of the ground some goid 
plates, with the Book of Mormon engraven on them. Smith taught that a man 
ought to marry a great number of wives, and that an old maid has no soul. 
The Mormons were driven from place to place, and finally settled in Utah, which 
they called the *Land of the Honey Bee.' When Utah became a territory, 'h<» 
Mormons refused to obey some of the laws of the United States, and President 
Buchanan had to send troops to compel them to submit." And this is the stuff 
that school teachers are compelled by the law of South Carolina and wherever 
else this work has been adopted as a text book, to teach to the children. 
Without any question, if the true source of this History (?) of the United 
States could be discovered, it would be found that some professed minister of the 
Crospel had been the instigator, if not the author, of such an infamous libel on t\i^ 
Mormon Church and its members. Realizing their "craft is in danger," such men 
are willing to go to any extreme in an attempt to destroy the efforts of the 
humble Mormon elders in the service of their Master. It is the premeditated 
purpose of such divines (?) to embitter the hearts of the people against the 
servants of (Jod, so that when they go among them to proclaim His word, they 
will be despised and rejected and cast out as their Lord and ^faster was. It is 
an outrage that state governments should lend their aid and indorsement to such 
methods, as has been done in the designation of such a work as a text book 
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of edncation should be free from misrepresentation, libel and prejudice. Weil 
may the historian Bancroft say, "Almost every book that has been put fortJi 
respecting the people of Utah by one not a Mormon, is full of calumny, each 
author apparently endeavoring to surpass his predecessor in the libertinism of 
abuse. Most of these are writt^i in a sensational style, and for the purpose of 
deriving profit by pandering to a vitiated public taste, and are wholly unreliable 
as to facts." ^Such indeed is the case with regard to "Lee's New Primer History 
of the United States" on the Mormon question. Phil Robinson, the great news- 
paper writer of New York, once said, "There is not, to my knowledge, a single 
gentile work before the public that is not utterly unreliable from its distortion 
•of facts. Yet it is from these books — for there are no others — that the American 
public has acquired nearly all its ideas about the people of Utah." The pity of it 
is, that notwithstanding all such admisaions, such methods are not only continued^ 
but legalized by public officials, as in the particular instance under consideration. 
Those elected to the high and important position of caring for the educational wel- 
fare of the rising generation of South Carolina, should at once condemn this New 
Primer of History. The good people of the South have been so wilfully misrepre- 
sented, that their officials should never, knowingly, allow themselves to be use I 
in misrepresenting others. 



PRESIDENT RICH'S FIFTIETH BIRTHDAY. 

November 7 was the fiftieth anniversary of the birth of our beloved Mission 
President, Elder Ben. E. Rich, and the Elders laboring in the Office made the 
occasion a very happy one — one that will always be remembered. An Informal 
program was prepared for the evening, when a presentation was made to the Presi- 
dent of a substantial rocking chair and cushion, one of the elders being de- 
tailed to make the presentation speedi, which he did in a few choice words, alluding 
to the years unselfishly spent by the President in the service of the Lord. It .va»- 
quite a surprise to the President, who was visibly affected by this mark of love 
and confidence shown him, and he made a fitting response. The evening was 
very enjoyably spent. 



At the time of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph, the saints were being 
gathered at Nauvoo, and were building a Temple there, baptizing for the dead,^ 
etc., which work unceasingly has been kept up by those, who, under the leader- 
ship of the Twelve, gathered to the Rocky Mountains, notwithstanding the various 
factions which have separated themselves from the true Gosjwl tree. Elder P3d- 
ward Stevenson, one of the seven presidents of seventies, heard the Prophet ^ay 
on a stand at the east end of the Nauvoo Temple, that the time was coming 
when there would be dissensions from the Church. "But," said he, "I now see 
the time which I have long desired to see. Let me go where I may, the Gospel 
tree is planted never more to be rooted up, for there are those present who are pi'o- 
pared to oarjry on the Gospel, whatever may become of me." He also said : "I will 
give you a key by which you may never be deceived, if you will observe these facts : 
Where the true Church is, there will always be a majority of the saints, and the 
records and history of the Church also." 



Thb cikcuit cx)URT grand jury at Greeneville, Tenn., on Oct. 24, refused to 
indict the leaders of the mob who brutally assaulted Elders F. J. Sorenson and 
Olaf Jensen last May. Strong evidence was submitted to them, and Attorney- 
General Dana Harmon was indignant when they bluntly told him that they rec- 
ognized no law for "Mormons." He told them that he did not believe in the doc- 
trines of the Mormon Church any more than any member of the grand jury dJd,. 
but that he had taken an oath to do his duty and he proposed to do it. What 
will be the next step taken remains to be seen. United States District Attorney 
Will D. Wright at Knoxville has the matter in hand, and he is taking every op- 
portunity to see that justice is meted out, if such a thing can be accomplished. 



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Writing from Empire, Ga., Oct. 27, Elder W. C. Shipley says : "While visit- 
ing Saints and friends in South Greorgia Elder Bradshaw and I have met many 
faithful followers of our Lord and Savior. Last Saturday we attended a Second 
Day Adventist meeting and asked permission to address the people in their diurcli 
the following afternoon, and our request was granted. After the service the pa-s- 
tor, Rev. Fortner, asked us to transfer an appointment we had for a cottage 
meeting the same evening, to the church, and preach to his congregation, and 
allow him time to answer our sermon, which we agreed to on condition that wo ' 
be allowed to address them after his Sunday service, which was also agreed to. 
Saturday afternoon we preached from the platform of the depot in Soperton, and 
had fully 200 hearers, many of whom were very interested. Here we distributed 
seventy-five tracts, which was all we had with us. We announced our evening's 
meeting from the platform, and when we arrived at the church it was well filled 
with attentive listeners. I spoke forty minutes on the first principles of the 
Crospel and the apostacy, after which the pastor arose and indorsed all I had said 
and told the people it was the old-time religion come again, the same that he had 
preached to them; but this sophistry didn't exactly satisfy them, and they were 
eager to hear more about the Latter-day Kingdom. When the time arrived for 
our Sunday meeting the house was once more filled, with people ready and will- 
ing to hear our message. At once we commenced meeting and discussed the 
apostasy and the restoration of the Gospel, bearing our testimonies to the diviuity 
of Joseph Smith's mission. At the close of the meeting we received many *uvi- 
tations to ^ visit people who had turned Elders from their doors, little realizing 
the mistake they were making. We continued holding meetings in the settlement 
until Tuesday night, with good crowds at every meeting, and we feel to thank 
our Heavenly Father that the way was opened up for us jto bear the Gospel to 
so many honest-hearted people, several of whom are now sincerely investigating 
the truths of the everlasting Gospel." 



"Last Sunday Elder M. G. Smith and I had the privilege of leading five sons 
of Brother R. T. McLeod of Privateer, Sumter county, into the waters of bap- 
tism," writes President R. Ray Nixon, of the South Carolina conference, Oct. 2S. 
^*It was a joyous sight to see them going down into the waters of baptism, the 
eldest first, with their father looking happily on. We had people to witness the cere- 
mony from a distance of ten miles, and to listen to what was said in our little 
meeting before the baptism, about eighty-five people being present. At night 
we had a successful meeting at Brother McLeod's home, giving away 125 tracts. 
Elders Bradley and Wadley also led some believers into the waters of baptiKin. 
The laborers are certainly few, but the harvest is great." 



"During last week," writes Elder D. R. McLaws, from Staiice, Bradford 
eounty, Fla., Oct. 22, "My companion. Elder R. W. Snyder and I held eleven 
meetings, and sold nine books — ^a Book of Mormon and a Doctrine and Covenants 
being included. We gave away 250 tracts, and baptized six honest souls into the 
fold of Christ, all of them grown-up men and women. Two were baptized by 
Elder Snyder, and four by myself. There is an excellent prospect for the organiza- 
tion of a Sunday school at Starke. The prospects for the spread of the Gospel are 
fine in this county, and other Elders who follow after us will reap a good harvest 
from the seed we have sown." 



Elder M. Powell Crosby, writing from Murray, Ky., Nov. 7, says: "Eld.;r 
Jos. F. Walker and myself preached here on the streets today. As it was election 
day we had a large crowd of listeners, probably 250 or 300. After we got through. 
Rev. W. M. Hopper, of the Primitive Baptist Church, disputed some of our as- 
sertions. A large crowd gathered to hear him, and he took the stand that tiie 
kingdom that Christ set up while here on earth was in fulfillment of the kingdom 
Daniel spoke of, and had been here ever since. He was very anxious to debate 
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Pres. Sylvester Broadbent, writing from Rheatown, Tenn., Oct. 21, says: 
"We tried to get the churches and schoolhouses here to hold some meetings in, bu*: 
coold not. They have let the negroes hold services in their churches, and shows 
in their schoolhouses, but when the servants of the Lord wish to preach the 
Gospel in them, then those having them in charge say they can not let thera 
go. I told one of the trustees yesterday that the time had surely come, of which 
Christ said, *They shall cast you out of their synagogues.' Well, we are holdin;; 
some cottage meetings, all the same, so that they can't stop us from preaching 
the Gospel." 



Elders E. Z. Taylor and Olof Jensen are opening up the work in Johnson 
City, Tenn., in excellent shape. The first day they got there Elder Jensen ran 
across three ministers, one of whom engaged him in conversation for an hour ani 
a half on the doctrine of salvation for the dead and paradise. The people have 
received the Elders in a kind spirit, and they have permission from the municipal 
authorities to do all the preaching and canvassing they want to. They have 
been welcomed into the best residences of the city. If a hall can be secured, the 
East Tennessee conference will be held in Johnson City. 



**The Silent Missionary" is doing lots of good wherever it is used. Here is 
one of the many letters we receive where the pictures are used; it is from Sister 
Mamie Stewart, of Meansville, Ga., dated Oct. 28: **The stereoscope and viewe, 
with your letter giving instructions how to use them, came safely to hand. I 
cannot express to you the gratitude, joy and satisfaction I f«lt when I receivci 
them, to look at those scenes and read the history with them. I could almost 
imagine myself there in person. I feel sure they will perform a good mission 
here. I am going to show them to all I can." 



"That article in The Elders' Journal of October 15 by President Joseph 
P. Smith," writes Elder H. P. Jacobson, of the Alabama Conference, "was one 
great truth from beginning to end, and can not help but do a world of good in plac- 
ing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in a proper Light before the 
people. In regard to the Joubnal, I would say that the sayings and teachings of 
the Prophet Joseph Smith, published in the heading of each issue are worth many 
times the price of the Journal. I want to get volumes one and two in bound 
form. I loan mine out when I have read them." 



Sister Mary Jane Ashcroft of Booneville, Miss., writes a nice letter, in which 
she bears a strong testimony to the truthfulness of the Gospel preached by the 
Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and also to the bene- 
fits she has gained since paying her tithing. She says : *I am trying to live up ut 
my promises, and enjoy paying my tithing, because I know that it is right to do 
so. So would every Latter-day Saint if they knew the blessings that come as a 
result. I love the little Journal. It is a welcome visitor to my home, and 
almost like one of my family." 



Writing from Petrey, Cranshaw county, Ala., Oct. 23, 1905, Elder R. E. 
Baxter says : "We have had great success in holding a series of six meetings in the 
past few days, with large crowds of investigators, and have gained a great many 
friends in this locality, with encouraging prospects. On Sunday last, Elders J. 
E. Gee and R. E. Baxter held a short meeting at the edge of Blue Creek, about n 
mile and a half from Petrey, after which a repentant believer in the restored 
Gospel was baptized into the church. About fifty people were present. 



Elder L. J. Willis, county commissioner of Big Horn county, Wyo., wri^^es 
from Cowley, Wyo., Oct. 21, as follows: "I am the man that got hurt in Atlanta, 
Ga., but I have never forgotten you, and the scene of my former labors. I am 
still working for the Gospel of Christ, for that is all the world to me. EhicloseJ 
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much to visit you and the good people of the South once more." How many 
more of our returned missionaries could "go and do likewise?" 



Sister Martha Hodges of Smithville, Tenn., writes concerning her being 
miraculously healed, as a result of her faith, in September last She was sick 
in bed fifteen days, and was very low. No medicine seemed to do her any good. 
The next morning after the manifestation of the power of God as a result of 
her faith she was able to get up and 6ing the praises of her Heavenly Father for 
His great blessings to her. She says she has quit taking medicine now, and will 
put her trust in God. 



Elder Arthur F. Law, of the Ohio Conference, who was recently released to 
return home on account of the serious illness of his father, writes from Soda 
Springs, Idaho, October 8, that hie father is gaining strength slowly, and wUh 
care and the blessing of the Lord will soon be well again. Bro. Law says he is 
going to get us some subscribers for the Journal. God speed him in the good 
work, and all other returned missionaries who are laboring to spread its use- 
fulness in Zion. 



Elders H. S. Parkinson and J. S. Fish reached the Island of Eev West on 
the evening of Oct. 27. "We surprised the Saints there," says Elder Parkinson, 
"and they were delighted to see the Elders back again, for they said they had 
not heard the Gospel iH'eached since they left. The news soon spread that we 
had reached town, and the Saints have been calling on us since arriving here% 
We know we will have good success in our new field of labor." 



Writing from Fredericksburg, Va., Oct. 30, Elders J. H. Gibbs and W. J. 
Stephens say: "We have been denied the privilege of doing work in this town, 
in any kind of manner. We saw the mayor this morning, and he said he could 
not grant our request to hold meetings end canvass the town. He also advised 
us not to even remain in the place. There is a revival going on here, and most of 
the people have got religion (?), but not Christianity." 



President Heber J. Grant, of the European Mission, writing from Liverpool, 
Eng., Oct. 13, to President Rich, says: "Everything is progressing nicely with 
us. There were 103 baptisms reported to the Star last month. You will appre- 
ciate the fact that a record of this kind makes us all happy at mission headquar- 
ters. The bound volume of The Elder's Journal came duly to hand, for whi!U 
you will please accept thanks." 



Sister Daisy Thompson writes from Rochester, O., on Oct. 30, that she would 
dearly love a visit from the Elders, that so far as she knows she is the only mem- 
ber of the Church in Warren county. She says, "I feel the need of friends, for it 
is truly lonesome for one to be alone. I don't know what I would do without the 
Journal. I feel like a new person after I have read its pages. It is a dear 
friend to me." 



A letter from Elder T. L. Stevens, dated Add, Ky., tells of a series of very 
excellent meetings held by him at that place and Johnston, at which he delivered 
discourses on several of the principles of the Gospel to large gatherings of his 
people. Since then he has been deluged with invitations to speak from all ad- 
joining towns, end much good will result from it. 



Elder H. Ashley Rands, writing from Midvale, Va., Nov. 3, 1905, says: 
"Elder Webb and I are visiting Saints and friends, and we almost invariably 
find the Journal among those who are not ashamed of the Gospel. We have 
taken four subscriptions this week. I would like to see it in the homes of the 
Saints as it is a great help in our work." 



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**I am going to try and get some subscribers for the Journal," writes the 
granddaughter of Brother Starling H. Home of Verdery, S. C. "I read every 
number that comes, and enjoy it so much. My grandfather, with whom I live, 
is 87 years old, and I am 14 years." 



President R. Ray Nixon writes that Elders Rawlins, Cook and Smith, of 
the South Carolina Conference^ who have been sick, are now better and commenc- 
ing tx> enter on their labors again. President Nixon has himself been sick, but is 
now much better. 



ARRIVALS. 

The following Elders /arrived in Chattanooga, Sunday, Nov. 5, 1905: 
Clarence O. Whiting, Mapleton, Utah; Ernest Sheen, Salem, Utah; David 
Abraham Penrod, Wallsburg, Utah; William P. Killian, Blackfoot, Idaho; Ai- 
nold S. Mecham, Riverdale, Idaho; Henry Gustava Stokes, Elba, Idaho; Ralph 
W. Cheney, Cheney, Wyo. ; Daniel E. Mdcfhaelson, Af ton, Wyo. 



APPOINTMENTS. 



Elder A. C. Jensen has been released from presiding over the Georgia Con- 
ference and appointed to labor in the Mission Office. 

Elder W. H. Little has been appointed to preside over the Georgia Con- 
ference. 

Elders Clarence O. Whiting and William P. KilHan have been appointed to 
labor in the East Tennessee Conference. 

Elder Daniel P. Michaelson has been appointed to labor in the Middle Ten- 
nessee Conference. 

Elder Arnold S. Mecham has been appointed to labor in the Ohio Conference. 

Elders Henry G. Stokes and* Thos. F. Farr have been appointed to labor 
in the Florida Conference. 

Elder Ralph W. Cheney has been appointed to labor in the Mississippi Con- 
ference. 

Elders Ernest Sheen and David A.* Penrod have been appointed to labor in 
the Kentucky Conference. 

Elder C. F. Weight has been appointed to preside over the Virginia Coq- 
ference. 



RELEASES. 



Elders J. G. Chadwick and I. R. Pierce have been honorably released from 
laboring in the Georgia CcMiferenoe to return home. 

Elder J. W. Ahlstrom has been honorably released from laboring in the Oliio 
Conference to return home. 

Elders W. J. Stephens and N. W. Oldroyd have been honorably released 
from laboring in the Virginia Conference to return home. 

Elder C. L. Pritchett has been honorably released from presiding over th«5 
Virginia Conference to return home. 

Elder Charles L. French has been honorably released from laboring in the 
Mission office to return honte. 

Elders D. R. McClaws and Elmer B. Mecham have been honorably released 
from laboring in the Florida Conference to return home. 

Elder Thomas F. Brown has been honorably released from laboring in the 
Alabama Conference to return home. 



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Elder Greorge F. Rawlins has been transferred from South Carolina to rlie 
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We find what life may give; 
We spend our years with lavlefti hand, 
Their worth we do not understand, 

Till late, late, so late. 

Lffte, late, so hite 

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Late, late, so late 

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We fling away the coin of youth, 
And do not learn to prize the truth 

Till late. late, so late. 



Late, late, so late 

We learn how »weet is love; 
Late, late, so late 

We find 'tis from above; 
We loiter in forbidden ways 
And do not learn to hoard our days, 

Till late, late, so late. 

Late, late, so late 

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And do not read life's book aright, 
. Till late, late, so late. 



DEATHS. 

Bauldbee. — At Bristol, Fla., November 1, 1905, of congestive chills, Sister 
Sarah J. Bauldree. Deceased was bom December 5, 1856, and became a member 
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints June 6, 1897, since which 
time she has been a fadthful worker for the truth, while her home has been open 
to the Elders. She leaves a husband, two daughters, a mother, two grandchil- 
dren, and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss. 

Bbeweb. — ^At Lehi, Greene county, Miss., September 3, 1905, Nancy Eliza- 
beth Walley, the wife of Mr. Brewer. Deceased was a faithful member of th'.- 
Church and a clevoted member in the Sunday school. 

Habtless. — At Lexington, Rockbridge county, Va., December 21, 1904, Si:i- 
ter Melinda J. Hartless, wife of William J. Hartless. Deceased was born June 
15, 1839, and for about fourteen years was a devoted member of the Church. Sh« 
was the mother of eleven children, eight of whom belong to the Church. Memorial 
services were held at Collierstown, Va., Oct. 29, by Elders Rands and Webb. There 
was a large attendance. 



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"TFe have heen driven time after ttme, and that without cause; and tmitten 
again and again, and that without provocation; untU we have proved the world 
with kindness, and the world has proved us, that we have no designs against any 
man or set of men; that we injure no man; that we are peaceable with all men, 
minding our own business, and 'our business only. We have suffered our rights 
and our liberties to be taken from us; we have not avenged ourselves of those 
wrongs; we have appealed to magistrates, to sheriffs, to judges, to the government 
and to the President of the United States, — all in vain; yet we have yielded peace- 
ably to all these things. We have not oomplaincd at the Great God; we murmured 
not, hut peaceably left all, and retired into the back country, in the broad and 
wild prairies, in the barren and desolate plains, and there commenced anew; mak- 
ing the desolate places to bud and blossom as the rose. — Joseph Smith, Sep- 
tember 1, 1838. 

Vol. III. December 1, 1905. No. 7. 



DESCRIPTION OF THE GREAT TEMPLE AT SALT LAKE CITY. 

Continued from page 84. 



INTERIOR OF TlfE TEMPLE. 

A wide and lofty corridor extends the entire width of the basement, in the 
ci*nter of the building, from north to south. At the south en4 of this corridor 
is a handsome staircase, thi posts, rails, and wainscoting of which are solid, 
polished cherrj' wood. The various rooms of the basement are reached from the 
corridor. Spacious bath and dressing rooms, for men only, are located alon? 
the northwest side. Similar rooms, for women only, are on the southwest side. 
Intervening and entirely separating these two sets of rooms, is the magnificent 
baptismal font room of the temple, fifty-seven feet long by thirty-five feet wide. 

The distinctive feature of this room is the font itself. In some respects it 
resembles the '*molten sea'* of Solomon's Temple, described in I. Kings, vii., 23 
to 26. '[Diis in the Salt Lake Temple is, probably, equally beautiful. It is cast 
iron, elliptical in form, and of ample dimensions in length, width and depth to 
contain an abundant supply of water in which the officiating Elder can submerge 
the individual who acts as proxy in the ordinance of baptism for the dead. It 
rests upon the backs of twelve life-size, cast iron, bronzed oxen, which stand in 
an excavated depression about three feet below the level of the floor, in the center 
of the room. There is a flight of iron steps at the east and west ends of the 
font, from the floor to its rim,connecting with steps leading down into the water. 
The elegance of the castingH, enameling, gilding, and other ornamentation and 
appointments connected with the font, and the room in which it is placed, makes 
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There are two assembly rooms on the east side of the corridor, each about 
forty by» forty-<five feet, with opera chair seats in each for two hundred persooB. 
The room to the north is quite plain in its finishings, but the jone on the soutii 
is splendidly frescoed, the ceiling painted to represent the firmament, and the 
walls displaying beautiful landscapes. At the south side of this room are open- 
ings into a large conservatory of lovely flowering plants. 

On the floor above the basement, which is reached by the grand staircase 
from the corridor below, there are three large rooms, and a number smaller, all 
of which are beautifully decorated, and furnished at great cost. On the wall of 
the hall-landing on this floor is a large oil painting, twelve by eighteen feet, 
painted by Armitage, depicting a Book of Mormon subject — Christ preaching to 
the Nephites. A companion picture to this is in the hall below, and the subject 
is Joseph Smith preaching to a tribe of Indians. 

TTie walls of the large room on the southwest of this floor are painted in 
landscape scenes, differing in character from those on the walls of the room below. 
The splendid chandeliers, furnishings, and decorations make this an elegant as- 
sembly room. It is surpassed, however, by the other large room on the north- 
west. In this white and gold is the predominating feature of the beautifully 
decorated ceiling, cornice, and walls. It can be brilliantly illuminated, when de- 
sired, by the handsome chandeliers and great number of electric lights. A very 
large mirror covers a section of the west end of" the room. The seats are finely 
upholstered, rich curtains hang at the windows, and splendid paintings adorn 
the walls. 

Across the entire east end of the room just described, is an archway, which 
connects it with the northeast room. Ascending a few steps, we push the cur- 
tain aside and pass into the most magnificent room in the Temple. It is larger 
and more lofty than either of the others. Grecian columns are ranged along the 
sides, supporting an arched roof. A double row of windows gives abundant light ; 
the upper row is of stained glass, semi-circular in form. Immense plate-glass 
mirrors cover the east walls. Above the mirrors are two splendid oil paintings 
by Lambourne, representing historic spots, the Hill Cumorah, and Adam-Ondi- 
Ahman. Decorative artists of great skill have done their best, and produced a 
harmonious blending of gorgeous colors and gilding on the walls, columns, cornices 
and elaborate, paneled ceiling, with its artistically arranged borders, and clusters 
of grapes, fruits and flowers. The furniture, carpet, curtains, pictures, chan- 
deliers and ornaments are all of the most costly description. 

Tl.ree comparatively small apartments open to the south of this indescribably 
beautiful room. Those at the southeast and southwest ends are semi-circular, 
and about equal in size, each of them exquisite in decoration and furnishings, 
while large plate glass mirrors cover the end walls; stained glass windows, and 
numerous electric lights brilliantly illuminate the rooms. 

The third apartment alluded to is situated between the two just described 
and elevated a few feet above them. The stairway leading to it from the main 
room is an elegant design, finished in white and gold. The room is circular in 
form, with a domed ceiling, which is completely encircled by jeweled windows' 
that admit a multi-hued softened light. The walls are artistically paneled, red 
silk velvet forming borders; delicate blue, white, and gold predominating in the 
shades of color, ^e floor is inlaid with inch-square blocks of hardwoods, polished, 
the whole forming a pattern of great beauty. A fitting adjunct to this beautiful 
room is a large stained glass window, placed in the south side. It is a work 
of art of the highest tyi)e, made by the celebrated Tiffany Co., and represents 
the Father and the Son appearing to the boy Joseph Smith. There is another 
large window of the same kind in the room adjoining this on the west: the 
subject represented being the delivery of the Book of Mormon to Joseph Smith 
by the Angel Moroni. Still another window, in a hall on the same fioor, depicts 
the expulsion of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. 

The eastern front doors of the Temple are on this floor, and they open into 
hallways which lead to a series of reception rooms, beautifully decorated and 
furnished, and to the grafnite stairways in the north and south towers. 

Ascending to the second story of the Temple, by the south stairway, we reach 
a landing from which we proceed westward, and then find ourselves in a corridor 
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rated in excellent style, for the nse, severally, of the First Presidency, the Twelve 
Apostles, first seven Presidents of ^Seventies, Stake Presidencies and High Coun- 
cils, and varions quoroms of Elders, etc The members of these Church organ- 
izations hold prayer and council meetings in the respective rooms assighed to 
them in the Temple. Many choice paintings, and portraits of distinguished men 
of the Church adorn the walls of these rooms. 

Again ascending a granite stairway, in one of the comer towers, we reach 
the third story of the Temple and enter the general assembly room. It is one 
hundred and twenty feet long, eighty feet wide, and thirty-six feet high. It oc- 
cupies the entire width of the interior of the building, and is lighted by the two 
upper rows of windows, on both sides. It is a grand and beautiful room, with 
a splendid gallery on each side. Several rows of finely upholstered seats are 
located at the east end, under an ornate canopy, for the presiding authorities of 
the Church and other leading representatives holding the Melchisedec Priesthood. 
A similar arrangement of seats is provided at the west end for the Presiding 
Bishopric Bishops, and representative men holding the Aaronic Priesthood. The 
seats in the body of the hall are reversible, that the audience may turn toward 
either of the stands occupied by the speakers. The entire seating capacity is 
about 2,000 persons. A great number of electric lights surround the cornice, and 
there are five large diandeliers, providing as brilliant a light at night as in the 
day. 

A further ascent of the granite stairway brings us on a level with the roof 
of the Temple, whereon there is a broad promenade, from which an entrancing 
view of the city, valley, mountains, and lake, may be obtained. From that po- 
sition the electric light finials on the capstones of the five towers can be noted, 
and a good view can be had also of the statue of Moroni, crowned with a 100- 
candle power electric light. 

The entire edifice, with all its details of furnishings, etc., and including the 
annex, boiler house, machinery room, etc., has cost about $4,000,000. 

It was completed, in all essential respects, on the 5th of April, 1893; anl 
was dedicated on the following day. The many thousands of Latter-day -Saints 
who had contributed money or labor, often involving self-denial and sacrifices 
such as will never be told, could not all participate in the first day's dedicatory 
services, consequently those services were repeated twice daily for three weeks, 
until about 70,000 people had been made glad in beholding the realization of 
their long cherished hopes, and joined in shouting '*Hosanna to God and the 
Lamb" in the great assembly room of the Temple. 

N0N-1CBMBEB8 ADMIITBD. 

An erroneous idea prevails, and it is often asserted, that none but members 
of the Church have ever been admitted to the Temple. On the 5th of April, 
i8d3, when, as before stated, the Temple was completed in all essential respects, 
over 600 non-"Mormon" residents of Salt Lake City accepted an invitation ex- 
tended to them, by the Presidency of the Church, entered the Temple and freely 
examined every portion of the interior. These ladies and gentlemen included 
clergymen of all the denominations represented in Salt Lake City, professional 
men, bankers, merchants, judges, and federal officials, with their wives, sons and 
daughters. Qualified attendants escorted those visitors through the various rooms 
in the Temple, from basement to roof, answered inquiries, and gave every one 
ample opportunity to see all they desired. Many of those ladies and gentle- 
men can therefore verify the description given in the preceding pages, concern- 
ing the interior arrangements of the building. There have been no changes made 
since then. 

Since the final services connected with the dedication of the Temple, none 
but members of the Ohurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in good stand- 
ing have been permitted to enter, for reasons which considerate people will readily 
concede are sufllcient and satisfactory. That those reasons may be better ap- 
preciated, a brief statement will be given in our next issue concerning Temples of 
ancient times that are mentioned in the Jewish Scriptures. 



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Alabama. — With the coming of cold weather the elders, like birds of passage, 
make their way southward and purpose laboring in those counties bordering on tht» 
Gulf, while frost is holding the fevers in check, that have existed during the hot 
summer months. On Oct 29th a Sunday-school was organized at Redbird, Walker 
Co., with Joo. T. Perry as superintendent It is called the Warrior River Sue- 
day-school, and has an enrollment of twenty. The Old Field Sunday school was 
organized Nov. 12th, near Bradleyton, Crenshaw Co., and the responsibility of 
maintaining it rests upon local Elder J. F. Wilson, who was sustained as super- 
intendent and teacher. A branch conference was held at Old Field, Cranshaw 
Co., on Nov. 11th and 12th. Eight elders were present and a general good tim*? 
was had. Elders L. B. Harris and H. J. Fowkes held a series of nine cottage 
meetings at Phoenix, Lee Co., and developed some of the investigators into genuine 
friends. The mayor would not allow them to hold street meetings nor sell books, 
and even forbade them the privilege of distributing literature free. The Saints 
and friends, however, enjoyed their visit very much and will be very glad to wel- 
come the elders when they return to Phoenix. The city of Selma is being can- 
vassed and street meetings are being held. No serious illness exists among the 
elders and all seem to be enjoying their labors. 

East Tennessee. — Oct. 20th Elders Oldroyd and Fillmore arrived in the mis- 
sion, and the day following, with President Broadbent, they left Chattanooga for 
Rheatown, Greene Co., where they met Elder McGavin and Elder Ball, both of 
whom were transferred from Kentucky into this Conference. On Oct. 27th Elders 
McGavin and Oldroyd started for Hawkins Co., where they have been laboring 
In connection with Elders Walker and Royle, all of whom are doing good work 
and report that many friends are being made and a few are investigating the Gos- 
pel. Oct. 28th Elders Ball and Fillmore commenced working Washington Co.. 
and are having good success with the exception of holding meetings. On Oct. 29th 
Elders Taylor and Jensen started work in Johnson City. Elder Taylor in writin^j 
says: "We have had excellent success In our work here. The people treat us 
very kindly and we have been i)ermltted to enter some of the most beautiful homes 
I ever was in. The mayor and other city authorities have welcomed us and prom- 
ised to protect and aid us all they can, for which we feel to thank them." Oct. 30th 
Elder Chester C. Pulley arrived from Mississippi, and the same day we tried to g^t 
the privilege of holding meetings at Rheatown, but were refused. The trustees of 
the churches and school house will permit these buildings to be used for negro 
camp meetings and traveling shows, but when the servants of God wish to preach 
the Gospel they are refused admittance. Oct. 31st Elders Broadbent and Pulley 
started for Hawkins Co. to visit the Elders laboring there. The people are grow- 
ing more friendly towards our Elders. Nov. 5th Elders Johnson and Etherlngton 
baptized one more honest soul. Elder Etherlngton officiating. On Nov. 8th oik* 
more soul was led into the water by Elder Johnson. Nov. 9th Elders Clarence 
O. Whiting and Wm. P. Killlan commenced their work In East Tennessee. Elder 
Killian starting with Elder Ford for Marlon Co., where they will labor this win- 
ter. Elder Pulley and Whiting will visit Saints and friends on the way to War- 
ren Co. Nov. 10th Elder George L. Hobson went to Johnson City, where he 
met Elder Barker, both of whom will labor at that place. Nov. 11th and 12th the 
Elders held several meetings near Bybee, Cock Co. The people seem very much 
interested and several are Investigating the principles of the Gospel. Nov. 13tb 
Elders Broadbent and Johnson started for Rockwood, Roane Co., where they me'' 
Elders Ford and Killlan Nov. 17th.. Elder Johnson went with the latter into 
White Co., while Elder Broadbent went Into Chattanooga. Nov. 18th Elder Mll!er 
met Elder Etherlngton at Bybee, Oocke (3o., and will go with him to ^quatchie 
Co.. where they will labor. The Elders are all well and are enjoying their woi-k, 
which is improving very much. As the weather is becoming cold our Elders are 
making their way toward the southwestern part of the state, where it will be 
more pleasant laboring during the winter months. 

Florida. — The month opened with the arrival of Elders Lyon and Nelson 
from Idaho and Utah. Elder H. S. Parkinson, transferred from the Alabama Con- 
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held the 25th, thirteen Elders being present. All bore testimony and were readv 
for work. Elders Parkinson and Fish left the following day for Key West. On 
the 28th Pres. Ferrin and Elder Peterson went on a visit to Blackshear, Ga. 
After a series of meetings at this place Pres. Ferria had the pleasure of bapiix- 
ing Uncle John Jackson Henderson, at the age of seventy-one years. Brother 
Henderson was the first one to entertain the Elders in Pierce CJo., Ga., and many 
of the returned Elders of this Conference will be very pleased to get this happy 
news. Elders T. F. Farr and H. G. Stokes arrived In this Conference from the 
West on the 7th of November. Elder G. L. Spangenberg arrived on the 11th and 
went with Elder Heaton to visit some sick at Kissimee. The Elders came in for 
Conference, arriving on the 17th and 18th. A priesthood meeting was held on 
the evening of the 18th. it being the first meeting in our new church. All tx- 
pressed themselves as feeling well. Pres. Rich and Elder Moses Smith were prei«- 
ent and gave much good advice. Three public meetings were held on Sunday, the 
19th. The house was full at each service. Pres. Rich gave us much advice. On 
Monday, the 20th, a priesthood meeting was held in the morning, at which the 
Elders received their appointments. Elder J. B. Heaton was sustained to suc- 
ceed Pree. Ferrin, who will soon return home. Elders G. A. Phlppen and A. G. 
Burton were chosen and sustained as first and second counselors. Meetings were 
held in the afternoon and evening. Both were well attended. 

Gbobgia. — The work for the past month has been very encouraging. Good 
health has prevailed among the Elders and the month closes with all working 
unitedly for the cause. On account of scarcity of water in Telfair Co. baptism 
for several applicants has been postponed for future date. The work In Macon 
is progressing and one honest soul has been led down into the waters and been 
baptized. The work in general is in a prosperous condition, and we feel to 
regret that we have not a sufficient number of Elders to supply the demands made 
of us. The Elders have been notified to meet in Augusta for conference, whidi 
has 6e«i appointed for Dec. 2d. All look forward to a spiritual feast. 

Kentucky. — During the latter part of October letters were received from 
all parts of the state from friends, investigators and Saints, desiring the Elders 
to call on them, showing that there was plenty of room for more workers. On 
Nov. 10th Pres. Geo. R. Crockett and Elder Jas. S. Webster left Louisville to 
visit the Saints of Meade Co., where they held a series of meetings that were well 
attended by the Saints and friends. They report the work there as being in a very 
prosperous condition, and the Saints are trying to live up to their duties as near 
as possible. The Elders are putting forth their efforts with a zeal that proves 
they are enjoying the spirit of Gk)d to such an extent that they desire to do all 
in their power for the spread of truth and righteousness. At present all the Elders 
report being well, with the exceptions of Pres. Geo. R. Crockett and Elder Geo. 
E. Chadwick. 

Middle Tennessee. — ^This month opens with cooler weather, and all enjoying 
good health with one exception. Elder Woodward's arm will not permit him to 
travel and carry his grip. He was left where he could receive good treatment, 
being at Brother and Sister Pratt's, at Weekly, Giles Co. Elder Daniel E. Mich- 
aeleon joined our ranks Nov. 7th. Pres. J. W. Grant and Counselor J. G. Shields 
arrived in the city of Nashville Nov. 13th from their visit among Elders, Salnrs 
and friends, meeting with ?reat success, especially in getting the Joubnal in 
the homes of the Saints, also with many of our friends, who are earnestly inves- 
tigating our message. It will be the means of making friends for us, as it has 
hitherto done, being handed to neighbors for perusal. This month closed with 
great joy in the hearts of the Elders for the success we are meeting with, and 
great blessing of health which prevails. Elder Woodward, who received an hon- 
orable release to return home, was permitted to stay longer, when his illness was 
found to be of no serious nature. Counsellors Shields and Brown are back from 
a visit to Glenraven, Robertson Co., where they went to visit some of the Sainis 
who were sic*. They were improving rapidly when they left their bedside. 

Mississippi. — Oct. 28th Elder Hatch was reported sick at Booneville, Miss. 
Elders Moroni M. Savage, Royal M. Jeppson and David S. Rowley arrived in 
Meridian from Zion Oct. 28t4i, Sister May Alexander coming with them, on a 
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with Elder Smith in Tippah Co., Elder Jeppson to labor with Elder Jenks In 
Benton Co., Elder Rowley in Meridian on account of being an old Elder. Elder 
Ralph W. Cheney arrived on Nov. 17th. He was assigned to labor with Eld«r 
Kennington in Lafayette Co. Elder Rowley was assigned to labor with Elder 
Gubler in Attala Co. Elders Hopkins and Liljenquist reported two baptisms at 
Strayhorn, Tate Co. Local Elder J. F. Sanders reported four baptisms at Gaveu, 
Clark Co. On Nov. 11th the reports showed a slight increase over last week's 
reports, both in meetings held and books sold. Elder Hatch reported very sick at 
Hatchie. Elder Tidwell was sick at Meridian. Elder Corbridge reported a series 
of seven soccessfol meetings at Hatchie, where the people seemed glad to hear the 
Gospel. The new Elders felt ready for missionary work. 

NoBTH Cabouna. — During the month the health of the Elders has been ex- 
cellent, with the exception of Elder Bayles, who has had a sore foot, unabling 
him to travel. Elder Petty and he were called to Hampstead, where Elders Petty 
and Burbidge became companions and were assigned a county in which to labor. 
Elder Bayles remained to assist the president, who is teaching school, until his 
foot gets well. On their way down here they baptized one man in Wake Co. 
At present there are nineteen pupils in daily attendance at our school. Some of 
them belong to our faith, while others do not. They are all advancing satisfac- 
torily and are doing good work. More pupils will come to our school as soon ns 
they get their work done up. The school is being taught as free as is the Gros- 
pel, yet there are some who dre so prejudiced against the "Mormons" that taey 
will not send their children to learn to read and write, because the teacher is a 
"Mormon." In the end what will the Great Judge of All say to such people? 
Several pairs of Elders completed canvassing their counties and they were 
given counties in the eastern part of the state, where it is not so muddy or cold 
in the winter as in the mountainous districts. Nothing more of importance has 
transpired in this conference during the past month. 

Ohio. — ^The transfers from other Conferences on account of ill health has 
only been that of W. O. Patterson. Elder Patterson was transferred Oct. 14th 
from Mississippi to Ohio. The breaking out of sores on his face rendered it 
impossible for him to do active work, but he reports well at present. Arrivals 
are those of Wm. T. Litster and Arnold S. Mecham. Elder Litster since his a - 
rival has been with Elder C. S. Jones visiting Elders, Saints and friends in 
Southern Ohio. The Saints have a stronger testimony to the divineness of the 
Church and are observing fast day more closely and are keeping the Word cf 
Wisdom better than ever before. One great feature of the trip of Elders Jod**s 
and Litster among the Saints was that of the many times they were asked to ad- 
minister to the sick. The desired effect was had in not less than half a dozen 
times, and we are greatly impressed with the influence the Lord manifests in thin 
ordinance. Elder J. W. Ahlstrom, who is honorably released, expected to start 
for home Nov. 20th. Elder Ahlstrom and G. A. Bigler have been laboring in To- 
ledo with great success in making friends. They attribute a part of their success 
to the use of the "Silent Missionary," Faith Promoting Series, "Leaves from 
My Journal," etc., which they have bought and freely loaned to friends. I am 
recommending them to all the Elders. We have had two mild cases of sicknest*, 
that of Elder Lawrence Johnson, who is not exempt from the malaria contracted 
in Alabama, and Elder H. R. Harrison, a touch of the grip. However, they a'-e 
much improved and you can put the Elders of the Ohio Conference down as 
being well and full in the harness, working hard for the Lord. 

South Carolina. — The month opens up bidding fair as to the progress of 
the Gospel work in South Carolina. The sick Elders have improved remarkably;, 
and our Elders with one or two exceptions are in excellent health. We can truly 
say the field is great and the laborers are few, as it is almost impossible for our 
Elders to comply with the requests for visits of our investigators and Saintit. 
Our forces were increased this month by the appearance of three new energetic 
Elders from Zion, Elders H. I. Mills, James L. Oman and W. A. Wells. Elder 
Joshua Finlinson was selected to labor with Elder Oman, Elder R. R. Siepert 
with Elder Mills and D. E. Boam with Elder Wells, in Newberry and Saluda, 
Laurens and Sumpter oounties, respectively. Elder Robt. G. Booth had the pleas- 
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pastor and directors, in which to hold the funeral services of Sister Rufue Mc- 
Dowell, who had died some months before and was buried in the yard of said 
diurch. A nice congregation filled the house, the pastor also being present. 
After tiie service all expressed themselves as well pleased with the same. During 
this month President R. Ray Nixon received a letter through the office from a 
Mrs. Steadman, of Langley, Aiken Co., S. C, stating that neither she nor her 
husband were Latter-day Saints, but that they had read considerable of our doc- 
trines and had come to a knowledge of its truthfulness, and as she had been af- 
flicted with asthma for some time and the assistance from several doctors had 
failed, she believed that she could be healed by the Lord through the Latter-day 
Saints* Elders. Elders J. H. Cook and !Pres. Nixon went to their home and ad- 
ministered to her, and the next day she said she felt considerably better, and :8 
mending rapidly. Our fall reaping is still progressing, as we have united eleven 
into the fold of Christ, four by Elder E. Bradley and seven by Elder M. C. Smith. 
During this month we also lost one of our faithful workers. Elder Geo. F. Raw- 
lins, which we regret very much, he being transferred to Georigia Conference for 
health. Elder W. E. Jones and D. A. Gillies are reaping much success in re- 
gards to The Eldebs* Journal, in the interest of which they are traveling. 
**We leave a subscription with each family of Saints we visit," says Elder Jones. 
ViBomiA. — Pres. C. L. Pritchett returned Oct. 24th from his sojourn in 
the country since June 1st, having performed a splendid work during the summer. 
He walked 835 miles, rode 1,019 miles, visited and revisited many families, 
preaching, teaching, holding conferences and baptizing thirteen into the fold of 
Christ, three of whom were his relatives. Received word Oct. 30th that Elders 
W. J. Stephens and J. H. Gibbs were refused, by the mayor of Fredricksbur?, 
the privilege of canvassing the city. A branch conference was held Oct. 2l8t 
and 22d at Windy, Amhurst Co.. Va., at the home of Brother and Sister H. W. 
Rucker, Pres. C. L. Pritchett, G. L. Morrison, H. A. Rands and €^eo. A. Webb 
hemg the Elders in attendance. A very enjoyable time was had. Elders W. .T. 
Stephens and J. H. Gibbs visited Washington, D. C, from which city Elder W. J. 
Stephens left for home via Baltimore. Philadelphia and New York, having? spent 
two years in the field, the last two months of which was spent in this Conference. 
Elder P. P. Whitney underwent a successful operation Nov. 11th at the Memorial 
Hospital, which was witnessed by Pres. C. L. Pritchett. He has been doing fine 
ever since. Pres. Pritchett and Elder L. R. Baker, in company with Bro. E. 
Henshaw, held a very successful meeting at Bellwood, near Petersburg, Nov. 12th, 
where they feel much good seed was sown. After visiting Elder F. P. Whitney 
at the Memorial Hospital, Elders C. L. Pritchett and N. W. Oldroyd left Nov. IStii 
for home, via Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York. BuflFnlo and Chicago. Elder 
C. F. Weight arrived here Nov. 14th from Giles Co.. where he had been during 
his spell of fever, to succeed C. L. Pritchett a^ president of Virginia Conference. 
Elder Weight has fully recovered from the fever, and nearly so from rheumatisi-i, 
which followed th6 fever. Nov. 16th the office was moved to 404 North Twelfth 
street, where we are located for the winter. Elder F. P. Whitney is visited at 
the hospital every day. He is rapidly recovering. The doctor thinks he jvill 
be out in two weeks. 



Elder Kossuth Dyal of the Kentucky Conference 5*ends in a special order 
for books and tracts, and says: "On the 17th of November Elder Penrod and I 
entered Henry county and found the people friendly and willing to read and in- 
vestigate the message of salvation. I have never met as many friendly people in 
one day in all my labors as a missionary as yesterday, the 21 st. We sold seven 
books and gave away sixty-five tracts, and never found a person with a frown on 
their face. Our greatest difficulty is finding places to hold meetings in." 



Elder E. S. Greenwood of American Fork, Utah, sends a subscription to The 
Journal and says : "I always peruse its pages, and I tell you it Is a source of 
inspiration to me. It causes my mind to go back to what I call the best two 
years of my life, and I rejoice that I was once enlisted among the ambassadors 
of the Gospel in the Sunny South." 



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BEN E. RICH, Bditob. JAMES U. WALLIS, Associate Editor. 

EDIXO RIAL. 



JOSEPH SMITH'S PROPHECY THAT THE CHURCH WOULD BE 
DRIVEN TO THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. 

** I prophesied that the Saints would continue to saffermuch affliction and would be driven 
to the Rocky Mountains, manj would apostatize, others would be put to death bj our perse- 
cutors, or lose their liyes in consequence of exposure or disease, and some will live to tro and 
assist in making settlements and build cities ana see the Saints become a mighty people In the 
midst of the Rocky Mountains." 

Such was the prediction made by the Prophet Joseph Smith on August 6. 
1842, in Nauvoo, Illinois, and is recorded by his own hand in his history. The 
men responsible for the institution of the spurious church, known as the Reorgan- 
ites, have denied that the Prophet ever thought of the Church being driven into the 
Western wilds, and have ignored the statement that the prophecy published at the 
head of this article was ever made by Joseph Smith. At the last general con- 
ference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, held in Salt Lake 
City, Utah, in April last. Elder Samuel W. Richards, well known In the churcn, 
was called to the stand by President Joseph F. Smith, and there related, to the 
assembled thousands of Israel, his testimony as to being called by the Prophet to 
take part in the advance guard of the proposed exodus. We give his remarks in 
full, as they are of great worth and will be of especial historic value as the yea-s 
roll by, when Elder Richards shall have gone to his final account. They are as 
follows : 

My brethren, sisters and friends — Quite unexpected to me, prior to coming 
into this meeting, I have been requested to say a few words to you on some 
liiatters touching my history and exi)erience with the Prophet Joseph Smith. I 
am thankful that I can say I was quite intimate with him while he was 
living upon the earth. There is a little experience I had with him that perhaps 
no other person living today could relate. In the winter of 1843-4, about six 
months prior to the death of the Prophet Joseph Smith, a messenger was sent 
to me from Nauvoo to ask me if I would be one of a company of pioneers to 
explore the Rocky Mountains and to find a place for the Church to go to. Hiat 
request came from the Prophet Joseph Smith. At the time I thought it a 
little strange that I should be called upon for a mission of this kind, as I 
was but a young man, in m^^ teens; but my acquaintance up to that time with 
the Prophet Joseph was such that I could not say no. I replied, yes, I 
will do anything that the Prophet Joseph wants me to do, that is in my power 
to do. Consequently I gave my name in to be one of a company of twenty-four 
young men, who were selected to travel and explore the Rocky Mountains and 
find a place for the Church to go to, because the persecution was getting so 
strong then in (Nauvoo that the Prophet Joseph foresaw that the Church would 
have to leave, retire from the civilized world, and go into the mountains. This 
was then a wild country. 

I am reminded that when I was in Europe, in the early fifties, it was re- 
ported to the British government that I was emig^rating many people from Great 
Britain into a wild country, where they were liable to perish, and it was 
thought that this emigration ought to be stopped. Because of this I was ordered 
to appear in London and give an account of what I was doing. I was then pre- 
siding over the British mission, and emigrated many people to this country. I 
responded to this call, and spent about five hours before a committee of sixteen 
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valley myself and knew what is was. I told them that I was sending people to 
a country where they could own a farm and be as independent in their living as 
the lords and peers were there. I satisfied them, and they all shook hands with me 
at the end of our interview and wished me well, and I was invited by a number 
of them to come again to London and spend some time with them. I speak of 
this to show that the feeling of the people at that time was that this was a wild 
country, and we were coming here to perish. 

It was the purpose of the Prophet Joseph to come here and locate with his 
people. He organized this company and held weekly meetings with them for 
several weeks in Nauvoo, and when he had them sufficiently instructed, as he 
thought, to properly understand what was to be the character of their miss inn 
and fit-out, he went across the river and made a start to go toward the moun- 
tains. It was his intention to go to the mountains with us, as a company of 
pioneers. But he was followed by those who did not like the idea of his leav- 
ing, and while they were pleading with him to return, he told them, '*If I go 
bade, I go as a lamb to the slaughter." Nevertheless, they determined he should 
return, and he went back to Nauvoo. From there he went to Carthage, and we 
all know the history of what followed. 

Suffice it to say, I attended four meetings of this company and at one of them, 
which was in charge of Hyrum Smith, and three or four of the Twelve were 
also present, it was said that Joseph the Prophet had remarked that he wanted 
young men for that mission who could go u];>on the mountains and talk with God 
face to face, as Moses did upon Mount Sinai. When I heard that statement, I 
felt in my soul that I was not the one to go: and just before the meeting closed 
I got up out of my seat for the purpose of going to Brother Hyrum Smith and 
telHng him I was not the one to go, for I did not fed that I could meet the condi- 
tions, but as I got up there was a voice came to me, and I heard it distinctly as 
from one standing by my side, saying, "Stop ; rest awhile.'* I took my seat again, 
and instead of telling the Prophet Hyrum that I did not feel I could go, I wei^t 
home, and before retiring I knelt by my bedside and prayed to my heavenly Father. 
If I ever prayed in earnest it was then, that I might know before morning 
whether I was a suitable one to go on that expedition, under the terms specified. 
The idea of going into the mountains and talking with Qod face to face, as Moses 
did upon Mount Sinai, was more than I, as a boy, could think of encountering. 

No one perhaps need wonder that I should shrink from such a considera- 
tion. I retired to my bed and remained there about four hours, and during that 
four hours I got the answer to my prayer, and when I awoke I was prepared to 
go upon that journey and do just as the Prophet wanted me to do. During that 
four hours I saw all that I expect to see if I should live a thousand years. Some 
one came to me and told me where to go, and I performed that journey that night 
while I lay upon my bed. I came to this valley first. I don't know how I got 
here, but I went down through these valleys and into •Southern California. It 
had been stated that possibly we might have to go that far. When I came here 
I had to pass four sentinels, and in passing them I gave a countersign, which I 
got direct from heaven at the time it was needed. I passed them all, and went 
on down into "Southern California. Then I was prompted to go farther, and I 
went into the northern part of Mexico. I returned from there to Jackson county, 
Missouri, and there I stayed and helped build the temple. I saw that temple 
thoroughly completed; in fact, I labored upon it until it was complete. When 
this was done, the vision continued, and I went and laid down my body in the 
ground, and my spirit left this tabernacle. Then I traversed this continent from 
end to end. I saw the Garden of Eden as it was in the beginning and as it will 
be restored again. It was a land filled with verdue and vegetation, and with al' 
manner of fruits, on which man was living. I saw it filled with cities, towns and 
villages, and people happy, living under the administration of divine providence. 
It was a Garden of Eden in very deed. 

Now, all this I saw while I was sleeping, and it was so impressed upon me 
that it can never be forgotten. I saw that this was the result of the Latter-day 
Saints coming to these valleys of the mountains and following the direction that 
the Prophet Joseph indicated. I could tell a long story about this matter if I had 
the time to do it, but it is not best that I should. I wish, however, to make the 
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establishing themselves here was under the special direction of the Prophet Joseph 
Smith. Although there are those who say to the contrary, this is my testimony. 
The Prophet Joseph Smith had all this planned, and if he had been alloweJ to 
have had his way, I believe he might have been with us even today. He would cer- 
tainly have gone with that company to these mountains and have located the 
people. I was one of that company, and I think I have the names of the resc. 
However, the conditions became so severe at Nauvoo that the people had to pick 
up and leave in a body, before there was time for this company to make the pn>- 
posed exploration. The Prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum were martyred 
in Carthage, and the mob would not let the people remain in Nauvoo. 

These are the facts in regard to this matter, and I am proud and thankful 
that I know of these things, and am glad that the Saints are building up thesci 
valleys of the mountains as I saw them built up in vision. If the people of God 
will only go on and keep His commandments, the time will come when this whole 
land will be filled with towns, cities and villages, and the earth will bring forfh 
all that is necessaiT for the support and sustenance of the people thereof. Amen. 



L. D. S. CHURCH AT JACKSONVILLE, FLA. 

In the fall of 1904 the Elders and Saints of Jacksonville, Floridci, having for 
a long time felt the lack of a suitable place in which to worship the Lord, decideil 
to make an effort to obtain aid from the Saints in various parts of the Ck)nfer- 




enoe and erect a meeting-house. The matter was submitted to President Ben 15. 
Rich, who sanctioned the movement. A committee was appointed to make al) 



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arrangements, and consisted of the following brethren and sisters: President 
GoHghtly, Elders A. L. McAlister, C. E. Ferrin, Brother Fred Reimer, and Sisters 
A. G. Watson and W. V. CoJby. Letters sigaed by this committee were sent to 
the Saints throughout the Conference, asking their financial help in the under- 
taking, flany nobly responded, and* with their support and that given by Presi- 
dent Rich, land was secured and the building erected. Excepting the mason work, 
the building has been constructed by Elders Elmer B. Mecham, Wilford Whitta- 
ker, A. M. Palmer, A. G. Burton, G. A. Phippen and Brother Adams, the former 
in charge. They pulled off their preachers* clothes, put on overalls and jumpers, 
and did every bit of the carpenter work, even to building the pulpit and painting 
the building, inside and out. It was a sermon to the people of Jacksonville, thac 
many of them never tire of talking about, — to see preachers of the Gospel of 
the Lord Jesus Christ handle the saw and the hammer and build a church from 
the ground to the steeple, — ^it was something that opened their eyes. 

The house as completed cost a little over $2,000.00. It is insured for 
$1,000.00. The EHders who did the carpenter work are seen in the picture. 



PRESIDENT RICH HOLDING CONFERENCES. 

On Sunday, Nov. 19, 1905, President Rich commenced his regular tour of 
the mission, holding conferences in the different states. On that day he met with 
the Florida Presidency, Elders and Saints, in their lovely church at Jacksonville, 
the picture of which is published in another part of this issue. Elder Mobcs 
Smith, who has been so faithfully connected with the business of the mission at 
the Chattanooga office, and who will be shortly leaving for his home in Zion, was 
invited by President Rich to accompany him and preach to the people. The ac- 
count of their visit is given in the Florida Conference monthly review in this 
number of the Joubnal. 

On Sunday, Nov. 26, President Rich attended the Ohio Conference, which was 
held at Cleveland, and next Sunday, Dec. 3, he will be at Augusta, Georgia, to 
hold Conference there. The Sunday following, Dec. 10th, he will attend the South 
Carolina Conference at Camden, and on Sunday, Dec. 17th, he will be at Hamp- 
stead, N. C, for Conference. He then goes to Nassau, one of the Bahama group 
of islands, lying southwest of the coast of Florida. The island of Nassau be- 
longs to England and has been attached to the Southern States Mission. It is 
reached from Miami, Florida, and has never been visited by an Elder of Lb? 
Church of Jeaus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

After New Year's President Rich will hold Conferences in Kentucky. Alabama, 
Mississippi, East Tennessee, Middle Tennessee and Virginia. So that he will 
be kept going now until well in the spring. He is enjoying the best of health, 
and is being greatly blessed of the Lord in his ministry. 



NOTES FROM THE FIELD. 



Elder O. E. Overson of St. Johns, Ariz., sends us in' a bunch of eight new 
subscribers for The Eldebs' Joubnal, and says: **I send you this to show the 
remembrances that still linger in my bosom of the kindness you showed to me as 
my Mission President. My missionary experience is a source of joy and satis- 
faction to me, even to this day, and I hope it will be to the end of my life. The 
energy you instilled in my heart I am pleased to say has not all left yet, and I 
now sometimes fed like trying to do some good among our people at home. Th«> 
officers of our state and ward have not let me go idle since I arrived home abour 
six months ago. When I first came home I was chosen as an assistant superin- 
tendent of our Sunday school, a week later as president of the Y. M. M. I. A., and 
in a short time afterwards as stake clerk. All of these offices I now hoKI. I am 
now teaching in the Stake Academy. I look very anxiously for the little Journat^ 
that speaks so often of my dear old mission companions and the places where T 
have trod many a-weary mile in the hot sun and enjoyed an evening in the woods 
with my companion. To read of these bring back the many incidents to m.v 
mind that I passed through, and I feel thankful for the privilege I then had of 
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as ever, and I still know the Gospel is true in every principle, and stand by ic 
as firmly as when I saw you last" 



''I have just got through reading the 'Life of Joseph Smith the Prophet/ ** 
writes Sister Alice B. Herron of Beaver Dam, N. C, "and I have been deeply im- 
pressed with what the early Saints went through and how the Prophet Joseph 
suffered. And yet how firm he was, and bore his lot meekly and without a mur- 
mur. How I wish every one would read this book and learn for themselves the 
truth about the church. I can bear my testimony to the world that Joseph Smith 
was Indeed a prophet and that every prediction made by the Lord through him 
will be fulfilled. I have secured the genealogy of my mother's relatives and am 
preparing to have a work done for them in the House of the Lord. I have seea 
the power of God made manifest through the healing of my daughter, and I 
cannot tell nor can pen write my joy nor my faith in the promises of the Lord. 
I enjoy the dear little Joubnal. It is all the company I have. I wish it could 
coime every week. I have kept all the numbers and have sewed them together. 
I never tire of reading the old ones. I like to read them over and over again. 
It brings many precious messages to the drooping heart, and its pages are like 
the comforting voice of a dear mother. It is full of cheer. My little girl says, 
*How I do love the Joubnal.' " 



Brother C. M. Hauser of Washington, D. C, writes us a nice letter, from 
which we make the following abstract: "Never in its history was this old world 
of ours in such a state of universal stir and expectancy. There is an awful ca- 
tastrophe impending. One of the iron legs of the image is crumbling to its 
utter downfall. Russia is doomed, and already there are ominous rumblings in 
the long-time stagnant and stolid Turkish empire. It will grow to a mighty 
earthquake, and the Sultan — the sick man of the East — will be shaken from h'n 
throne. The Shah of Persia will soon follow, and the great seismic convulsion 
will travel around the globe, until autocracy and misrule of every kind is toppied 
down and trampled in the dust. No one can view and understand this so well 
as the Latter-day Saints. There is quite a nice band of 'Mormons' in Washington. 
Pres. McQuarrie called to see us one day last week. I enclose you fifty cents 
for the glorious little Elders' Journal." 



Elder J. H. Hardy of Vernal, Utah, writing on Nov. 17, says: "You will 
find enclosed $10.50 to cover twenty-one subscriptions to The Elders' Journal. 
I am still deeply interested in the success of the missionary work in the South, 
and knowing the little Journal to be a factor of mighty worth in the spread of 
truth, I take pleasure in sending you the above list, with more to follow, and 
feel to say that I wish it could find its way into the homes of all that are seeking 
the true message of salvation, for too much cannot be said of its merit, and I 
am glad to see it grow. May it ever live!" Good for Bro. Hardy. His list Is 
the second longest sent in. Brother Joseph Irwin of Laketown, Utah, holding the 
record. Bro. Jos. W. Musser of Heber City, Utah, comes third. We wonder how 
long Bro. Irwin will hold the banner over all ! 



Elder Robert G. Booth sends in an account of the funeral of the daughter of 
Brother Jas. J. Owens of Myrtle Beach, S. C. "We had a large congregation 
and the very best of order. I never saw better decorum anywhere. The youns: 
lady was buried in the Collins Creek Missionary Baptist churchyard. The pas- 
tor gave up the church to us and he was there himself with his following. The 
Lord was with me in my discourse on that occasion, for which I feel to thank 
Him. I preached the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and bore a humble but 
faithful testimony to the truth of its restoration, and that Joseph Smith was a 
prophet of the Almighty, to be an instrument in His hand in setting up His King- 
dom upon the earth, never more to be thrown down or given to another people, ns 
recorded by Daniel in his second chapter." 



Sister Florence Bale of Langston, Ala., writes : "I have been so blessed 
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ceive the btemings promised. My father is a farmer, and he gives me a parch 
of cotton every year. Last year I had $15, on which I paid my full tithing. This 
year I had $30, and I send my tithing on that. Therefore I have great caase Cor 
having faith in the promises of the Lord. There are no Saints here, and I gee 
lonely sometimes, but I get the Journal every two weeks, and it helps to mako 
the way brighter for me. I am going to try and get you some new subscribers, but 
the people here don't seem to appreciate the truth." 



Brother R. H. Cherry of Robersonville, N. C, says: "I know that the law 
of tithing is one of the grandest principles of the Gospel. The Lord has blessed 
me in observing it. I often think of myself and little family living here in the 
county of Martin, where none only ourselves belong to the Church, and no Elders 
have been here for a long time. If it was not for the Journal making its visits 
twice each month how lonely we would be. How I long for each publication day 
to come around so as I can go to the postoffice and get it. God bless the little 
messenger with a long life to carry the glad tidings of the progress of C^'s work 
to his sons and daughters." 



Writing from Columbus, Ohio, Nov. 11, Elder J. M. Cummings says: "On 
Friday I met a valuable friend to the Elders in the person of Dr. C. S. Carr of 
the "Peruna" establishment. He invited us to his home, where we partook of 
his hospitality. Dr. Carr said a religion that could produce such bright, clean, 
pure young men like the Mormon Elders are, and implant in their hearts such 
a reli^ous zeal, deserved high commendation. Although one of the clergy in the 
Congregational church, he said he knew of no other religious organization which 
could trust its young men out in the world of temptation as does the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." 



We have received a very nice letter from Sister Agnes Maddox of Beech 
Grove, Ky., in which she bears testimony to the blessings resulting from a strict 
observance of the law of tithing, and very tersely says: ''Although I am poor 
I can be honest. I was 60 years old last June and have always had food and 
raiment and a shelter. I have never suffered like some poor earthly mortals do, 
and am very thankful that my Heavenly Father has remembered me. O, how 
could I forget sudi a Friend. I feel like I am one of his weakest followers, .\ot 
I want to do all I can. The Elders' Journal is so consoling and brings glad tid- 
ings of great joy." 



Elders Corbridge and Hatch write from Hatchie, Miss., that they have jusc 
concluded a series of nine meetings, with fine attendance at each, accomplishing 
much good. Elder Hatch is recovering nicely from his attack of malarial fevei* 
after being confined to his bed for nearly five weeks. '*Thb Elders' Journal 
does a power of good among the Saints and Elders, as also among others who take 
time to read its beautiful pages," write these brethren. "Many express themselves 
to us that they would not do without it in their homes, as it would be Hke miss- 
ing one of the family." 



Elder James S. Blake of Hinckley, Utah, writes a nice letter, accompanying 
his subscription to the Journal. In it he says: ''I am interested in the mis- 
sion, as there are many warm, dear friends in North Carolina. I feel to lejoice 
when I look back and realize that in my humility I tried to do my best thei« and 
accomplished my mission to the satisfaction of the authorities. Just tell the El- 
ders to push on and on to victory; and for the Saints to keep the faith and ibe 
sinner to repent." 



Sister M. A. Sinclair of Middendorf, S. C, says: "As I consider the law 
of tithing is one of the greatest blessings we can enjoy, I feel I would like to v»x- 
press myself in the Journal about it. Ever since embracing the Gospel I have 
paid mine, if it is ever so little, and I can truthfully say that I never feel any 
happier than when I start mine to the mission office. I know I have i^ceived 
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"On Sunday evening, Nov. 19th," writes Sister N. C. Sanders of Hampstea*!, 
N. C, **Elders Wm. A Petty and James R. Burbidge called at my house and 
administered to one of my children, who was very sick, and had been for two 
days with severe pains in the head and continued vomitting. In twenty minuten 
after administering to her she was at perfect ease, and I feel thankful to *^he 
Lord for His blessings." 



"While in Green Co., Va.," write Elders Pearce and Morrison, "we held a 
series of fifteen meetings and had the pleasure of baptizing two souls. Had it 
not been so late in the season undoubtedly many more would have been baptized, 
as we have a great number of friends, and many investigators who firmly believe 
in the doctrines taught by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints." 



"I am, as you predicted, pleased with the Journal," writes Elder Wm. As- 
per, of Salt Lake City, Utah, "and will endeavor to have others send in subscript 
tions. 1 learned to love the Southern people while in their midst as a missionary, 
and am about as much interested in their welfare as when tramping over their 
hills nearly a quarter of a century ago." 



•Sister Cynthia Glover of Blaney, S. C, writes : "The Journal is a welcome 
guest in our home. In it I learn many truths concerning the work of €k>d and 
love to read all about the Elders. I know they are the true servants of God, 
sent forth to call all people to repentance, and deliver glad tidings of great joy 
to those who will obey." 



Elder S. C. Parkinson of Franklin, Idaho, sends us three new subscribers, an.l 
says: "I know we will enjoy the reading. Twenty years ago I labored in the 
South. I was there when Elders Gibbs and Berry were murdered in Tennessee, 
and I was mobbed myself. I trust you do not have that kind of treatment now." 



Elder Jos. W. Musser of Heber City, Utah, says: "I enclose you herewith 
check for $6.50, for thirteen subscriptions to The Elders Journal. Success lo 
the JoxTRNAL and the mission." The names sent by Elder Musser have been put 
on our mailing list, and we take this opportunity of expressing our thanks to him. 



Elder Wm. Moultrie of Basin, Idaho, writes for us to place his name down 
for a life subscription to the Journal. "I am greatly pleased with it. It con- 
tains sketches from many parts where I did duty as a soldier during the Civil 
war, and later on as a missionary." 



In the Journal of Nov. 1st it was stated in Virginia Conference History 
that Charles Smith has been appointed superintendent of Sunday school at Moun- 
tain Lake, Giles Co. This was wrong. It should have been Julian M. Ratliff. 



Elder Wm. Criddle of Syracuse, Utah, sends us his subscription to Tnt: 
Elders' Journal, and says: "I am well pleased with it, and will try and got 
you some more subscribers." We will be glad to receive them. 



"The Journal is a welcome visitor in our home. It is a messenger of truth, 
My children enjoy the beautiful poetry it contains, and say it makes such nico 
recitations." So writes Sister X. J. McLamb, of Hinckley, N. C. 



"If I cannot see the Elders nor hear any preaching, I want to hear from 
them and see what they are doing, so send me The Elders' Journal," writes Bro. 
John W. Eams of Veto, Ala. We are glad to send it. 



Elder Geo. F. Montieth, of Saltord, Ariz., writes us that he is going to send 
us in some new names for the Journal. We shall be glad to receive them, and b'd 
yon God-speed. 



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Elder John F. Sanders reports the baptism of four new members at Gavm. 
Miss. Nov. 5. A short meetingr was held at the water's edge, where the principle 
of baptism was explained by Elder Sanders. The newly baptized members were 
confirmed at the home of Sister Alvira Holomont, and a sacrament meeting hcLi. 



Elders Hatch and Tidwell of the Mississippi Conference are sick, and the 
Elders and Saints are requested to let their prayers ascend for their speedy re- 
covery. 



Elder Alfred Fuller of Pine, Ariz., sends in his subscription to the Journal 
and says, "I will do all I can to get more subscribers." Success to you. 



Elder Geo. W. Perkins of Bluff, Utah, sends us in four subscriptions to the 
JouBNAL. Many, many thanks. 



ARRIVALS. 



The following Eilders arrived in Chattanooga from Utah on Sunday, Nov. 1^, 
1905: William Nelson Wignall, of Payson, Utah; David Gourley, of Provo, 
Utah; Leonard Preece Allen, Richmond, Utah; Oliver WsLgaer Bonham, Hooper, 
Utah; Ivan Lee Ballard, Payson, Utah. 

Elder Edwin Walker of Rexburg, Idaho, arrived in Chattanooga on Sunday, 
Nov. 26, 1905. 

Elder George L. Spangenburg of Ogden, Utah, arrived in Chattanooga on 
Nov. 18, 1905. 



APPOINTMENTS. 

Elders L. P. Allen and I. L. Ballard have been appointed to labor in the 
East Tennessee Conference. 

Elder J. B. Heaton has been appointed to preside over the Florida Conference. 

Elder O. W. Bonham has been appointed to labor in the Middle Tennessee 
Conference. 

Elders W. N. Wignall and David Gourley have been appointed to labor in 
the Mississippi Conference. 

Elder G. L. Spangenberg has been appointed to labor in the Florida Confer- 
ence. 

Eilder Edwin Walker has been appointed to labor in the Georgia Conference. 



RELEASES. 

Elder J. B. Broderick has been honorably released from traveling in the 
Florida Conference, to return home. 

Elder Geo. E. Chadwick has been honorably released from traveling in the 
Virginia Conference, to return home. 

Elder C. E. Ferrin has been honorably released from presiding over the Flor- 
ida Conference, to return home. 

Elder T. F. Brown of the Alabama Conference has been honorably released 
to return home. 



TRANSFERS. 

Elder Geo. F. Rawlins has been transferred from the South Carolina Confer^ 
ence to labor in the Georgia Conference. 

Elder S. E. Parkinson has been transferred from the Alabama Conference to 
labor at Key West, in the Florida Conference. 

Elder Jos. S. Fish has been transferred from the Georgia Conference to labor 
at Key West, in the Florida Conference. 



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WHAT HAVE WE DONE TODAY? 



We shall do so much In the years to come, 

But wha^t have we done today? 
We shall give our gold In a princely sum, 

But what did we give today? 
We Shall lift the hearL and dry the tear. 
We shall plant a hope in the place of fear, 
We shall speak the words of love and cheer. 
But what did we speak today? 

We shall be so kind in the after-a-while. 

But wnat have we been toda.y? 
We ahaU brlnig to each lonely life a smile, 

But wliat have we brougftit today? 
We shall g4ve to truth a grander birth 
Aud to steadfast faith a deeper worth, 
We flftiaW feed the hungering souls of earth. 
But whom haye we fed todiay? 

We rtiall reap such Joys In the by-and-by. 
But wihat haive we sown today? 

We shall build us mansions in the sky, 
But what have we built today? 

*Ti8 sweet in Idle dreams to bask, 

But here and now do we do our tatfk? 

Tes. this is the thing our soul must ask, 
••Wliat have we done today?" 



DIED. 

Vinson. — At Coleman, Crenshaw Co., Alabama, August 25, 1905, of general 
debility, William Vin»on ("Uncle Buck," as he was familiarly known by the Ei- 
ders and friends), aged 92 years, 6 months and 6 days. Deceased had been a 
faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for ten years, 
and was a friend to the Elders long before be embraced the Gospel. The final 
illness was of two weeks' duration. He welcomed death and seemed anxious to 
lay down his well-worn tabernacle. 



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chattanooga, tenn. 



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SOUTHERN STATES MISSION. 

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**By the potcer of Qod I translated the Book of Mormon from hieroglyphics, 
the knowledge of which was lost to the world; in which wonderful event I stood 
alone, an unlearned youth, to comhat the worldly wisdom and multiplied ignorance 
of eighteen centuries, with a new revelation, which — if they would receive the 
everlasting Gospel — would open the eyes of more than eight hundred milliQns of 
people and make **plain the old paths,** wherein if a man walk in all the ordinances 
of God hlameless, he shall inherit eternal life.*" — Joseph Smith, Nov. 13, 1843. 

Vol. III. December 15, 1905. No. 8. 



DESCRIPTION OF THE GREAT TEMPLE AT SALT LAKE CITY. 

Continued from page 99. 



HISTORICAL TEMPLES. 

Dictionary definitions of Temples include the following : "A holy sanctuary ;"" 
"An edifice erected in honor of Deity ;" "A place in which the Divine Presence spe- 
cially resides." God spoke to Adam in the Garden of Eden, and thus, as the poe" 
Bryant says, "The groves were God's first Temples.** He selected the top of Mount 
Sinai on which to abide while making His decrees known to Israel. But, ii 
seems that, whenever circumstances would permit, the chosen people havo always 
l)een required to erect special and suitable edifices wherein to perform sacred rite^i, 
ceremonies, and ordinances acceptable to the Father, that can not be performed 
elsewhere, and where His presence would be manifest. 

There is reason to believe that the children of Israel had a primitive structure 
of that character in the land of Egj^pt, and that they carried with them such por- 
tions of it as were portable when they fled into the wilderness. There is a detailed 
description, in Exodus, of a building constructed under the direction of Mose^. 
in accordance with plans revealed to him by the Most High. It was called th* 
Tabernacle, and its purpose and uses were similar to those which Temples were 
afterwards devoted to. The Tabernacle, therefore, may properly be regarded 
as a temporary Temple, to suit the unsettled condition of the Israelites at thnt 
time. It was a holy place, in which the Lord communed with Moses, and wherein 
solemn assemblages of Priests and other worthy individuals were held, ordinance;* 
were performed, and the sacred vessels, furniture, and records were carefully 
guarded. 

Many years afterward, all the sacred things thnt had been faithfully kep^; 
within the Tabernacle, or Temple of the wilderness, were transferred to the great 
Temple that was built by Solomon, under Divine command, and with them aj.«o 
the materials of which the Tabernacle was constructed. 

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probably no other has equalled it in the magnificence and costliness of its decora- 
tions and furnishings. The main building, however, was not very large, measuriii.:; 
105 feet in length, 35 feet wide, and 52 feet high. It consisted of two halls, divided 
by a vail, and was surrounded by chambers used by the officiating Priests. Be- 
fore the entrance was a portico 210 feet high. Sacrifices were not perform***! 
within the Temple, but in the courts surroundiog it. 

The Lord accepted the Temple built by Solomon, and His Glory was within 
and upon it ; but, after a few years, the King and people transgressed the laws of 
God ; they permitted the consecrated building to be polluted, and the Divine Pres- 
ence was withdrawn ; the Temple passed into the hands of their enemies and wu i 
despoiled by them, and finally it was destroyed by fire. 

Another Temple was completed 516 B. C., its erection having been commenced 
under direction of Zerubbabel, when the Jews were permitted to return to Jeru- 
salem, after their seventy years captivity in Babylon. This Temple was on the 
same general plan but of larger dimensions than the preceding one ; it was greatly 
inferior, however, in its appointments. It did not contain the Ark of the Go vena nr, 
the Urim and Thummim, Aaron's rod, the "tables of stone" on which the com- 
mandmants were inscribed, nor other most precious relics; those things had been 
removed from Solomon's Temple, and hidden by faithful Priests, when it was 
desecrated. 

The favor of God was manifest in this Temple of Zerubbabel, during the brief 
periods the people observed Divine laws; but the structure gradually decayed, and 
King Herod, 15 B. 0., commenced work of reconstruction and improvement. Tii** 
main building erected by bim was more massive and much larger than Solomon's 
Temple, although the same general plan was followed; and the courts were in- 
creased and greatly extended. The portico was one hundred and seventy-five foet 
long, thirty-eight feet wide, and two hundred and twenty-four feet high. 

The Jews rejected and crucified the Messiah, and Herod's great Temple was 
totally destroyed by Titus, A. D. 70. As predicted by Jesus, **not one stone was lef u 
on another." This was the last Temple erected on the eastern continent, of which we 
have any record. The Book of Mormon tells of numerous Temples on the western 
hem-isphere, built by descendants of the house of Israel who came to this land in 
ancient times, and their Temples w<ere the same in character as those of the East. 

Unlike synagogues, churches, cathedrals, and other places of worship, the 
Temples herein referred to were not designed, and not used, as places of public 
assembly for the people in general. These Temples were reserved for special, holy 
purposes in which only a limited number of the Priests and people could partici- 
pate. Details of the services, rites, ceremonies, and ordinances performed in the 
Temples, or the Tabernacle, are not given in the Scriptures; on the other hand, 
thie most minute details are recorded concerning sacrifices and ceremonies per- 
formed outside of those holy places. It is presumable, therefore, that those who 
were privileged to enter were not permitted to make known unto others the nature 
of the solemn proceedings conducted therein. This is in conformity to what mav 
properly be regarded as an Eternal law — the unworthy are deprived of privileges 
and blessings accorded to the righteous. 

The Crospel proclaimed by the Latter-day Saints is the Gospel of the Jjonl 
Jesus Christ, in its fullness, restored to earth for the redemption of mankind ; 
and it includes all that God has revealed that is essential for the salvation and 
exaltation of His children. Evidently it is His will that Tempdes, sacred and 
holy places, should be erected, duly dedicated, accepted by Him, and kept pura 
and undefiled, where His Spirit may abide, and wherein ordinances may be ad- 
ministered that can not be performed else^vhere. 

In harmony with this known will of Crod, and in obedience to His command, 
the Latter-day Saints have erected Temples in this age. Not only was this 
comnMind given, but every requisite detail was reveaied, just as it was to Mosos 
and to Solomon. This was necessary because the knowledge thereof was lost to 
mankind; and further, the law of sacrifice was superseded, consequently, the 
arrangements formerly made for complying therewith are no longer needed. 

From the time that the vast importance, and glorious purposes involved in 
Temple building were made known to the Latter-day Saints they have considerei 
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relation thereto. This is manifest in their having already erected six Temple?*, 
each one as grand in structure and furnishings as it has i>een possible to mako 
it, considering the circumstances of the people. The Saints have cheerfully 
expended millions of dollars in money and value of labor in this direction, un- 
grudgingly given, often under most distressing conditions, when necessities were 
hardly obtainable and comforts were unknown. 

The first Temple built by the Latter-day Sainto was in Kirtland, Ohio. It 
was begun in July, 1833, and completed March 26tti, 1836, at a cost of about $70,- 
000. Soon after its completi<^n the Saints were compelled to abandon it;' the 
building, however, still remains. 

The second Temple was erected by them in Nauvoo, Illinois. The work on 
it was commenced April 6th, 1841. In the fall of 1845, the portion then com- 
pleted was dedicated; but it was not until April 30th of the following year thai 
it was completely finished and dedicated. Immediately thereafter, a mob drove 
tbe Saints from their loved Temple and beautiful city; and in November, 184S, 
the Tempfe was destroyed by incendiaries. It cost over $1,000,000. 

The third Temple was built in St George, Utah. Work was begun on it 
November 9th, 1871, and it was finished and dedicated January 1, 1877. It codt 
about $800,000. 

The fourth Temple is located in Logan, Utah. The comer stones were laid 
September 17, 1877, and the building was dedicated May 17, 1884. The cost wos 
about $500,000. 

The fifth Temple was erected in Manti, Utah, the work on which was com- 
menced April 14, 1879, and it was completed and dedicated on May 21, 1888. 
It cost $992,000. 

The Salt Lake Temple is the sixth that has been built, but the Latter-day 
Saints anticipate continuing indefinitely this gigantic labor of Temple building. 
They have received numberless manifestations of Divine approval, and will noL 
ce«se their efforts to accomplish all that is required of them in this direction. 
Two other sites have been designated for Temples, one at Independence, Missouri, 
where, it is expected, the grandest one of all will be erected; the other is at 
Far West, Missouri. 

History records that the Jews and Romans sought to justify themselves for 
persecuting and killing the early Christians by declaring that the followers of 
Messiah were guilty of wicked, immoral, and murderous practices. In this 
generation enemies, and ignorant malignors, have, in like manner, aroused 
popular hatred and persecution againut the Latter-day Saints, by industriously 
circulating the most abominable falsehoods concerning them. Among other 
canards thus proclaimed is that vite, blasphemous, and bloodthirsty ceremonies, 
accompanied by dreadful oaths, are and have been prevalent in their Temple^. 
In recent years, however, thousands of people, not of their fadth, have met 
missionaries of the Church abroad, and associated with its members in Utah and 
elsewhere, with the result that the characCer of the Latter-day Saints is now 
better understood, and those who have thus met them recognize the fact that rhe 
old unfavorable reputation is untrue. It is now common to hear unprejudice^i 
ladies and gentlemen, who have had opportunity to become acquainted with faith- 
ful members of the Church, declare that their lives and conduct are exceptionally 
pure, their temperance and industry notable, and that they come as near ax 
human beings can to loving Ck>d with aU their heart, and their neighbors as 
themselves. 

Anothor old-time falsehood concerning this formerly much- abused and 
roisrei'fesenied community is in process of being swept away in a similar 
manner. Their enemies and those who ignorautly repeat the fabrications, nseil 
to assert vigorously that the '^Mormons" were rebellious and treasonable, and 
that they desired the overthrow of the United States Government. The fact is that 
it has been demonstrated numberless times, in the true history of the Latter-day 
Saints, that loyalty to the Government of the United States is one of their 
distinguiahing characteristics; fathers, sons, and brothers have unhesitatingly 
risked their lives to maintain its institutions. Men of the greatest prominence 
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and naval academies of tiie nation, that they may qualify themselves to defend 
thedr country in times of danger. 

An article of faith of the Latter-day Sainte is that the Constitution of the 
United States was formulated under the inspiration of God. The civil, religious, 
and political Kberty guaranteed by that grand document to every citizen of the 
Republic, is appreciated by the Saints as an inalienable right they are individ- 
ually entitled to enjoy; and they consider it their duty to aid in protecting all 
others in the enjoyment of its glorious provisions. 

Another part of their creed, to which they sincerely and honestly subscribe, 
is: "We believe in being subject to kings, presidents, rulers, and magistrates, 
in obeying, honoring, and sustaining the law. We believe in being honest, trui, 
chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men." 

TTiese are the people whose upnght lives and exemplary conduct earn for 
them the privilege of entering the House of the Lord, and participating in tho 
sacred services and ordinances performed therein. Scores of thousands of th^in 
are living witnesses who solemnly testify that everything said and done in th«? 
Temples is of the most sublime character ; pure, holy, sacred, such only as shouJ 1 
prevail in a place dedicated to the Most High. There are no individuals on the 
face of the earth who would more quickly resent and denounce any effort to make 
them take part in evil or unlawful acts or expressions. They are selected for Lht* 
great honor of entering the Temple because that is their character, and their 
testimony is that all they see and hear therein has the effect of strengtbenlu,^ 
their resolves to live in accordance wtih the commandments of God, to do all the 
good they can to their fellow-men, and to sustain the laws of their country. 



MORMON LOYALTY. 

BT ELDER EZRA CHRISTIANSEN. 

'Some months ago Leslie's Monthly Magazine contained an article written by 
W. M. Raine and A. W. Dunn in which a savage attack was made on the Latter- 
day Saints. Among other falsehoods, they charge that it is impossible for a 
Mormon to be a loyal American citizen. 

Of course nothing that I could say in reply willfind its way into the homes 
of those who may have reftd this article, and even if it did it would no doubt 
remain unnoticed. But I desire at least to record my protest against such a 
malicious statement, whether any one reads it or not. 

It is not pleasant to always be placed on the defensive, to be compelled to 
answer slanders and falsehoods that hold us up to contempt and reproach be- 
fore our fellows. The Mormon people are in some respects pretty much like th*> 
rest of mankind. They desire the good opinion and respect of all honorable 
men, and do not in the least enjoy the ill will and ridicule that is continually 
heaped upon them. It has always been their desire to live in peace with one 
another, and all the world. But this happy privilege has been denied them. 
They have always from the very beginning of their history been misrepresented 
and lied upon. Their motives have been impugned and their good name tram- 
pled in the mire by their enemies. Almost every sect and denomination in 
Christendom, through their ministers and leading members, have joined in the 
hue and cry. Mothers' organizations and Christian congresses of every descrip- 
tion, have passed resolutions condemning our church and people, until today, 
there is scarcely a voice in all the land that is brave enough to speak a word 
in our defense. 

I have often wondered why those who live among the Mormon people, who- 
have business dealings with them, and have tested their honesty, and witnessed 
the integrity of iheir lives, and who have found them good neighbors, friends, 
and citizens, have not tried to correct the false impressions that have gone out 
concerning them. I cannot understand why they should not tell the truth, and 
thus defend them from the vile slanders that are sown broadcast throughout the 
abroad in favor of this unpopular people, 
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This condition of affairs is not desirable, but what can the Mormons do? 
They are not conscious of any wrong doing. Their intentions are the best. They 
compare their lives with those who come i^nong them and claim to be good Amer- 
icans, and they cannot help but feel that the comparison is favorable to them- 
selves. And while they desire the good opinion of their fellows, they cannot 
be untrue to their religion or renounce their faith to get it. Why should they? 
This is a free country, and a land of religious liberty, lliey are American citi- 
zens and as such claim all the rights and privileges that others enjoy. They do 
not ask for favors; they simply claim their rights under law. 

But, says the article to which I have referred: "It is impossible to be a 
good American and belong to the Mormon Church.*' We resent any such state- 
ment. It is absolutely false. There is not a boy or girl who has been bom 
of Mormon parentage, who has not been taught to love and revere the institu- 
tions of his country. He knows its history from beginning to end. The great 
characters who have figured in its development are as familiar to him as the 
people in his own neighborhood. There is scarcely a name that he learns to 
iisp, and a face that he learns to recognize before that of Washington. The 
Americaii flag floats over the school house where he learns to read and the uni- 
versity from which he graduates. He knows the history of every stripe and 
star. Every Fourth of July since his memory began he has listened to the 
reading of the Declaration of Independence, until he almost knows it by heart. 
As a child he learns to sing: 

"My country 'tis of thee. 

Sweet land of liberty. 

Of thee I sing," 

and that other no less patriotic song: 

**llie star-spangled banner, oh long may it wave. 
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave." 

He has repeated again and again the lines from Drake's stirring poem : 

*^orever float that standard sheet! 

Where breathes the foe but falls before us; 
With Freedom's soil beneath our feet. 

And Freedom's banner streaming o'er us." 

The story of Lexington, Ck)nc'ord, Bunker Hill. Trenton, Saratoga, Yorktown 
and other places, where blood has been shed and victories won from the freedom 
cf bis country are as familiar to him as the songs of his childhood. At home 
and in school, at church and in all the organizations of which he is a member, 
he has been taught to love and pray for his country, to make any sacrifice nec- 
essary to maintain its greatness, to live and work for its interests always, to 
die for it if necessary. 

Tell me, then, Mr. Raine and Mr. Dunn, since you have seen fit to make 
this wicked charge of disloyalty against the Mormon people, is it possible for 
anyone to grow up in such environments and under such teachings and learn to 
hate their country? Could these conditions breed and develop disloyalty? You 
might as well expect the thrifty plant to wither and die, when the sun, soil 
and moisture were favorable to its growth, as to expect the fruits of disloyalty 
and un-Americanism to come from the teachings which Mormon children receive. 

This despised people have sown their patriotism in a hundred ways. In times 
of peace and in times of war, they have been in the front ranks. They have 
been the greatest pioneers that the country has yet produced. Their industry 
has made hundreds of fruitful fields from desert wastes, and the homes that they 
have built would do credit to any community. No state or territory in the union 
can boast of more splendid school houses and public buildings than those that 
they have erected. Their churches and temples are as imposing as any in the 
land, and the manufacturing plants which they have established aie the pnda 
of the states where they are located. In their private lives and in the home 
they compare favorably with the citizens of other states. In sobriety, morality, 
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not a whit behind the best citizens in the land. When their country haa called 
for volunteers to fight its battles, they have enlisted as readily and fought as 
bravely as any who have gone to the front. 

rnius in times of peace and in times of war, they have been tried and not 
found wanting in their duties as American citizens. May we not hope then, that 
the time will soon come when they will be looked upon in a more favorable 
light? When the good that they have done will be held up to the world, instead 
of slanders and falsehoods? In the meantime they can afford to wait. Let them 
continue to live according to the light and knowledge which God has given them 
and their vindication will surely come. 



THE LAW OF TITHINO. 

What portion of my income doth the Lord require? is a material question 
when we are converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, obey its principles and 
have the gift of the Holy Ghost. We understand that God is no respecter of 
persons, and that we are His children. He being our Father in heaven ; therefore, 
we are equal before Him, and we naturally expect that He would treat us all 
the same, not requiring more of one than another. He is just and equitable 
and His requirement would suit us all as His children. 

I remember when I embraced the Gospel I asked this question: *^ow 
much of our income does the Lord require?" for I felt assured that there must 
be something suited to us all, that would affect us all the same, and could he 
understood by all alike. And the answer to this question was. Yes, there is a 
law — the law of tithing. God requires one-tenth of our income — our increase — 
and, moreover, that we should be kind and considerate to the poor; but one- 
tenth of what the Lord provides for us, he requires from us. It is His. He 
gives us our increase in the wonderful dispensations of His providence and we 
have to acknowledge His hand in all things. Our consecration of one-tenth ol 
our increase is an acknowledgment unto Him that we believe He provides and 
we give to Him His due as He has required us. Tithing is an easy proposition 
and has been taught in a variety of ways, all tending to establish the fact that one- 
tenth of our income or increase belongs to the Lord. Our children can under- 
stand the requirement. It is one in ten of all that we receive, in kind. Now, 
if your father were to give you ten apples, all the same in value, equally to be 
desired, and then he asked you to return one tenth to him, how many would 
you have to return? One. Yes, just one in ten. That is just what the Lord 
requires of us. Do you not think we should be very covetous if we refused 
father one of the ten apples he had so kindly given? Should we not show we 
were very avaricious and that we needed repentance and reformation? For cov- 
etousness is idolatry, and the scriptures tell us an idolator cannot enter the 
kingdom of heaven. See how easy to understand is the law of tithing if we 
want to understand it. 

Now, the Saints who have faith to obey this principle know that it is a 
correct and valuable one. Those who do the will of the Lord know of the doc- 
trine. If the -Saints do not obey this law, do they not demonstrate that they do 
not believe in Grod nor His ordinances and may expect to take their portion with 
the unbelievers? We cannot be members of the Church of Christ, in good 
standing and "rob Crod in tithes and offerings." If the tenth of our increase 
did not legitimately belong to God we could not rob Him by withholding it. He 
gives us our increase and claims one-tenth as His. This seems to have been 
understood by the children of God from the beginning: they honored the Lord 
in tithes and offerings. If He had not given us this law of tithing we should 
be left in uncertainty; we should never know if we pleased Him or not; whether 
we gave suflScient or not. We are spared this uncertainty by this just and equit- 
able law, and have the satisfaction of knowing we please God by the consecracion 
of one-tenth to Him of all He gives to us. 

The Saints know this principle is true, and they encourage each other by the 
recital of their experiences in the law of tithing and the benefit it has been 
unto them to obey it. It would be a serious thing for the Saints if they did not 
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II im and keep His commandments they shall prosper in the land and their 
enemies shall not prevail against them. We are a small people compared with 
the world. Our strength is in our righteousness, in our obedience to the require- 
ments of the Gospel. We are dependent upon the Lord for His kindly care and 
protection. He has encouraged us to prove Him in this principle through the 
Prophet ATalachi (3rd chapter, 30th verse) **Bring ye all the tithes into the 
storehouse, that there may b? meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, 
saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven and pour 
you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it." This 
promise 13 to all His children who believe on Him, every member of His Church. 
It must oe all the tithes, not part ; tithing being the tenth. We are not dealing 
uith man, but with God, as members of His Church fulfilling our covenants to 
ss<»rvo Him and keep His commandments. 

Bishop Edward Hunter, once the presiding bishop of the Church of Christ, 
was a man of few words, but they meant a great deal. He used to say, **Pay 
your tithes and offerings and be blessed.'* He knew the value of being obedient 
to this important principle. And so docs every Latter-day Saint who is faithful 
in obeying this requirement, and they know this principle is true and that it is 
a righteous obligation. 

Uncle Geobge. 



•THESE SIGNS SHALL FOLLOW THEM THAT BELIEVE." 

**If they drink any deadly thing It shall not hurt them; they shall lay haiids on 
the Blck, and they shall recover."— Btb^e. 

Mrs. Susana M. Woodburn. daughter of Brother and Sister J. W. Manire, 
of Haleys Mill, Christian county, Ky., was confined in the insane asytlum at Hop- 
kinsville, Ky., for five or six months. She was one of the wildest maniacs in eight 
or nine hundred patients confined there. After being there for this length of time 
she was taken home on a short visit. While there, during the month of June, 
1904, Elders Fred W. Ball and James C. Wood administered to her. She improved 
from that thne on. She was taken back to the asylum, but was given no more 
medicine. After five weeks she was taken home, and is now the picture of health, 
and her mind as strong as that of any other person. She is not a member of 
the church. 

J. L. Manire, a member of the church, who was in Howe. Indian Territory, 
at the time of the remarkable healing that I am about to reflate, says the nurs« 
administered to him by accident a half teaspoonfull of tincture of aconite, three 
drops of which is the greatest amount any one is allowed to take in any sick- 
ness. The amount taken by Brother Manire was enough to kill any one. Me 
says his wife gave him some consecrated oil, and they had prayer. The nurse 
brought some ipecac soon after prayer, and gave sufficient quantity to produce 
vomiting, but stated that Brother Manire must not have taken enough aconite ♦.> 
hurt him, or it would have already killed him. The nurse didn't understand that 
the signs should follow the true believer. Brother and Sister Manire are glad to 
testify that they know that the signs follow the Saints today as well as in ancient 
times. This happened in the month of May, 1905. Brother Manire says that 
the poison had no effect on him, neither did he vomit it up. 



While one finds company in himself and his pursuits he can not feel old, no 
matter what his years may be. — A. B. Alcott. 



A man must be short on character when he has to assert himself by clothes. 



Men are not drawn to the church by using the creed as a club. 



He can bear a great trust who can bear little trials. 

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BEN B. BICH, Bditor. JAMBS H. WALLIS, Absooiats Editor. 



EDIXORIA L. 



ONE MAN NOT AFRAID TO PUBLISH THE TRUTH. 

During the past summer thousands of people, from all parts of the Unite«l 
States, and also other parts of the world, visited Salt Lake City and enjoyed iis 
beauties and became acquainted with some of the features connected with ihe 
Mormon church. Iklany of these people were men connected with our largest 
newspapers and other publications, and they have given publicity to the impres- 
sions formed by their personal experiences at the headquarters of the religious 
body known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In this way, 
thousands and tens of thousands of persons have had their attention drawn lo 
this much misunderstood people, and in the majority of cases we are glad lo 
know that the truth has been told by these men, and their readers have had 
the opportunity of removing prejudice from their hearts. Among these writers 
was Mr. J. H. Baird, publisher of the Southern Lumberman, of Nashville, Tenn.. 
and in the issue of that well-known publication for October 10, appeared an ex- 
cellent write-up of a trip made by that gentleman to the Pacific coast and Utah, 
which is so interesting and truthful that we reproduce the major part of it, as 
follows : 

"Monday morning brought us to Salt Lake City. Here we had one of the 
most delightful visits of the whole trip, comprising a special organ recital at the 
great Mormon Tabernacle, to be followed by a trolley ride around the city and a 
trip on the railroad out to the bathing place on the Great Salt Lake. The organ 
recital was by common consent voted to be the feature of the whole trip. I will 
not attempt to describe it. It was a revelation to me. I had no idea any 
mechanical instrument could be made to render such music. I thought a quartet 
was concealed somewhere back of the chancel and that the organ was only playin,? 
the accompaniment. When I found that the organ was doing the whole thing, 
I was speechless with amazement. The wonderful acoustic properties of this 
tabernacle have been often commented upon. I have heard it said that a pin 
dropped to the floor at one end of it could be heard at the other. I never 
believed it for a moment until I saw it done. More than two hundred of us we:e 
seated at the extreme end of the balcony, while the man in charge stood in tae 
chancel at the other end. In a whisper, perfectly audible, he told us that he 
would now drop the pin. He dropped it, and I heard it strike the floor as dis- 
tinctly as I would have heard it four feet away in ©n ordinary room. I judge 
we were distant from the man not less than two hundred feet. 

"Later, we examined from the outside the splendid temple, but were, of course, 
not admitted. 

"The trip out to the lake was most delightful. Despite a very distinct chill 
in the air, and the fact that the bathing season had long since closed, most of 
the party, including many of the women, donned bathing suits and plunged into 
the lake. The peculiarity of this water and its extreme density has been often 
commented on. I can add from a personal experience that it is perfectly feasible 
for a man to sit cross-legged out in the water and smoke a cigar with practically 
the entire upper half of his body out of the water. I tried it, and it is a fact. 
The tendency to "turn turtle" is very great, but can be readily overcome by putting 
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To sit in this posture and smoke while the waves heave you gently up and down 
is one of the most peculiar experiences I ever had. 

"Salt Lake is one of tiie handsomest and cleanest cities I ever saw, and I think 
the people look as healthy, contented and happy there as any place I ever visited 
in my life. I. have long harbored a not very secret admiration for the people who 
originally laid out the city, and who have contributed so much to its growth and 
developnjent, and my brief visit there more than confirms all that I have ever 
thought. There is something wonderful and revivifying and vital about a religion 
that will enable a lot of people to wander off into the desert and build such a city 
as there exists. I have never been very strenuous or "choosative" about my 
religion. I am for any religion that makes men better and more honest and 
harder workers. And I am for any system of education that contributes to the 
same end, and I have but a sort of contempt for all religion and all philosophy 
and systems of education that do not show results along this line. 

•*That one hundred and nine people — one hundred and seven men and Iwi 
women, as I now remember — should wander off into a trackless desert infested 
with furious savages, after having been despoiled by ruflfianly detractors, but little 
better than savages themselves; that these people, destitute of all worldly goods 
and alone in the world, without friends or influence, should still hold fast to so 
wonderful a determination — that they should, at the command of their leader, 
who had smitten the ground with his staff, stop there in the desert, a thousuud 
miles from anything and anybody, and set about the erection of a temple to cost 
millions of dollars ; that they should then and there lay off a modem city, intro- 
ducing into it ideas that have later come to be adopted by the most progressive 
places in America ; and that under the leadership of this same man, they should 
persevere year after year in the determination to carry out what they had planned 
in the face of fierce fights with the Indians and fiercer fights with hunger an<l 
privation; that they should bring blocks of granite twenty-five miles, one at a 
time, by ox teams, to go in the temple ; that they should transport timber an even 
greater distance, and having no nails with which to fasten it, should notch it 
together and tie it with raw-hide thongs; that they should plan an organ, rhc 
splendid melody of which we heard, and should set about its construction by hand 
out of the small pieces of mountain mahogany, a small and scrubby growth of the 
Wasatch mountains, twenty miles away; that these people so situated should 
undertake a scheme so magnificent and carry it out finally to a success so mar- 
velous, and do it all without money, without outside influence or assistance — 
transcends, in my judgment, the probability that would be demanded by fiction, 
and is unparalleled in the history of the world." 



The attention of the Elders is kindly directed to the necessity of taking 
great care in making out their weekly reports. Write plain, and be neat in the 
arrangement of your figures. Be sure they are placed in the right column. 
When you have reported on Friday commence the following week's report in the 
space marked "Saturday,** and not at the top of the list, as many of the Elders 
are now doing. The blank left for the name of the Conference is for th'it 
purpose only; no other information should be placed there. Same with the 
blank space for the date. Don't write anything on the report blanks only the 
information it calls for. If you have any instructions for the Mission offit^e, 
send it on a separate sheet of paper. This is of the utmost importance. In 
folding your reports for mailing, be careful and fold them less than two inches 
from the edges, so that they will readily assume their original shape when bound. 
Never send in a mutilated or blotched report. Be neat, as these reports are bounJ 
and preserved for future inspection. Keep plenty of blank reports on han<l. 
Save this little paragraph for future reference. It will beair constant reading. 



The tithing records for the year 1905 will be kept open until January 15. 
1906, in order to enable the Saints to get their year's tithing settled, that their 
names may be properly enrolled upon the records which go to the Church head- 
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through the law of tithing that the Lord challenges His children to test Him aud 
see if He will not pour out upon them His promised blessings. All Saints having 
faith in the Gospel and in God's promises should obey His sacred law. 



Eldeb Moses Smith has been honorably released from his mission. He first 
labored in the Mississippi Conference, where he suffered a great deal through 
ill health. He was then transferred to the Georgia Conference and labored in 
the city of Atlanta. When the Mission Headquarters came back to Chattanooga 
Elder Smith took charge of all the books and financial part of the work. He 
liaB endeared himself in the hearts of his co-laborers, and has been a valiant 
laborer in the Master's cause. 



A VETERAN'S TESTIMONY OF JOSEPH SMITH. 

Patriarch Lorenzo Hill Hatch, of Logan, Utah, in enclosing two subscrip- 
tions for The Elders' Joubnal, says: *'I am delighted with the Journal, and 
persuaded Pres. Geo. O. Pitkin, of Millville, Utah, to subscribe for it also. I am 
deeply interested in the success of the Southern States Mission. I have had 
three of my sons laboring in that field, Willard Hatch of Taylor, Ariz., L. W. 
Hatch of Woodruff, Ariz., and E. T. Hatch of Taylor, Ariz. 

"Sixty-one years ago last April 15 (1844), I left Nauvoo on my first mission 
to my native state of Vermont. Whilst there I received the sad news of the mar- 
tyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his noble brother Hyrum, the Patriarch. 
My first patriarchal blessing was given to me on Jan. 11, 1844, under his hand.^, 
and it has been literally fulfilled. In 1856 I was sent to England on a missiou. 
and I labored there two years. After my return I served thirteen years as bishoj> 
of Franklin, Idaho. From Franklin I was called to go to St. George. Utah, and 
from there to New Mexico to look after the Zuni and Navajo Indian missions. 
From there I was called to Eastern Arizona, where I served two years as coun- 
selor to President Lot Smith, of the Sunset or Little Colorado Stake. When tue 
Eastern Arizona Stake was organized I was chosen first counselor to President 
Jesse N. Smith. I remained with him in that position until the Stake was di- 
vided into the St. Johns and Snowflake Stakes. 

"I have been intimately acquainted with all the Presidents of the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and I am now in my eightieth year, having 
been born in Lincoln, Addison Co., Vermont, Jan. 4, 1826. I wish to bear my 
testimony that Joseph Smith and all his successors were men of the True and 
Living God. I am a living witness of their prophetic words, and I love the-w 
great and noble leaders. Last but not least is President Jos. F. Smith. 

"Of my eleven sons six have been on missions, while my son Willard has 
filled his second mission. I have two grandsons who have filled missions to th^- 
Samoan islands, and another is now in England. I have devoted sixty-one yea«^ 
of my life to missionary work, and my ambition is to see all my descendants be- 
come advocates of this great and glorious work. I heard the Prophet Joseph 
Smith say in Nauvoo that he rolled the responsibility of carrying forward this 
work on the shoulders of the Twelve Apostles, with Brigham Young at their head. 
President Young was the Prophet's successor, and a friend to all mankind. As 
early as 1S43 it was well understood that Joseph Smith had received the revela- 
tion on plurality of wives. In 1845 I heard William Smith, the Prophet's 
brother, preach the doctrine of polygamy, and in February, 1844, I heard the 
Patriarch Hyrum Smith refer to this same revelation, stating that his brother, 
Joseph Smith, had inquired of the Lord on the subject. This occurred at a meet- 
ing of the Elders* Quorum in Nauvoo, and there were over 200 people present. 

"I was very intimate with Apostle Chas. C. Rich, the venerable father of 
President Ben E. Rich, and knew all the members of the first Quorum of Apostlf.s. 
excepting Lyman E. Johnson and Wm. E. McLellan. I have been associated In 
missionary work with Orson Pratt, Chas. C. Rich. Geo. A. Smith, Ezra T. Benson, 
Erastus Snow, Lorenzo Snow, Brigham Young Jr., Wilford Woodruflf, Joseph F. 
Smith and Charles W. Penrose. I heard the final testimonies of Martin Harris. 
Luke Johnson and Thomas B. Marsh after their return to the Church." 



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SHE WAS TAUGHT TO TELL THE TRUTH. 

Not very long ago a Httle girl, only nine jears old, was brought forward as 
a witness in a trial of a person for stealing. The robbery had been committed 
in the house of the little girl's father. She had seen it. Her testimony was very 
important. The lawyer who was defending the thief didn't want this Httle girl 
to appear as a witness; he knew that what she had to say would bo very much 
against his side of the question. So when she was brought in he said to her : 

"Emily, do you know the nature of an oath?" 

"I don't know what you mean, sir," said she. 

"There, may it please your honor," said the lawyer to the judge, "she doesn't 
understand the nature of an oath. Is not this sufficient evidence that she is not 
fit for a witness? Her evidence cannot be taken." 

"Let us see," said the judge. **Come here, my little girl. Tell me if you have 
ever taken an oath?" 

The red blood rose to her face and neck at the very thought of it, as she an- 
swered: 

"No, sir." 

"I don't mean a profane oath," said the judge. "Were you ever a witness in 
court before?" 

"No, sir." 

"Do you know what this book is?" said the judge, handing h<?r a Bible. 

"Yes, sir; it is the Bible." 

"Have you ever read that book?" 

"Tes, sir; I read it every evening." 

"Do you know what the Bible is, ray child?" 

"It is the word of the Great God." 

"Now, my little dear, place your hand upon this book." 

She put her hand upon it tremblingly. He then repeated to her the forui 
of the oath taken by one who is to be a witness. With her hand upon the Bible, 
she said, "I do solemnly swear that what I am about to say is the truth, the whole 
truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God." 

"Now, my dear," said the judge, "you have sworn as a witness. Do you 
know what the result will be if you do not speak the truth?" 

"Yes, sir." 

"What?" 

"I shall be locked up in the prison." 

"Anything else?" 

"Yes, sir. I cannot go to heaven." 

"How do you know that?" 

She took the Bible, ran her fingers over the leaves, and turned to the twen- 
tieth chapter of Exodus, the sixteenth verse, and read, **Thou shalt not bear false 
witness against thy neighbor." "I learned that," said she, "before I could read 
the Bible." 

"Has any one told you that you were to be a witness in this case?" asked th-* 
judge. 

"Yes, sir. After mother heard that I was to be called, she took me to hr-r 
room and asked me to tell her the ton commandments; and mother and I kn?;t 
down and prayed that I might understand how wicked it was to bear false witness 
against a neighbor, and that God would help me to tell the truth if I had to ^ro 
to court to morrow. And when I went away, mother kissed me, and said to me. 
*Remember the ninth commandment, and remember that whatever you say in 
court, God hears every word of it.' " 

"Do you believe this," asked the judge, while a tear glistened in his eye, and 
his lip quivered with emotion. 

"Yes, sir," said the child, in a way which showed that she meant what slie 
saii). 

"God bless you, my child!" said the judge. "You have a good mother. Thi.-< 
witness is competent," he added. "If I were on trial for my life today, and inno- 
cent of the charge, I would pray God to give me such a witness as this child. 
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JUDGE A TREE BY ITS FRUITS. 

The people of the United States have the Bible or the Word of God, and 
everyone has the privilege of reading for themselves. Fight for Truth, but do it 
with kindness. If you have light, then let it so shine that others may see it, and 
don't hide it under a bushel of strife and contention. Jesus exhibited the feeling 
of love for all, so much so that He died that all might be saved if they wouid 
believe and obey the Gospel. Now, friends, haven't these Mormons tfbe right, under 
the laws of this country, to serve the Ivord as their conscience dictates to them. 
Let us be fair and do as they wiM. Listen to all and accept that which is good. 
And if you can take the Bible and condemn this religion, they are not only willing 
to be condemned, but will turn from their error (?). To my opinion these despised 
Mormons — or wolves in sheep's clothing, as they are often called — are not only 
teaching, but living up to the commandments of our Lord and Savior nearer than 
any people I have ever met. And in teaching the Scripture they take it aJll aud 
not just a part. Lay down your prejudice and read their literature, compare in 
with the Bible and see if they are not teaching from the same Bible which we are 
paying out thousands of dollars every year to be preached to the heathens. B:it 
the Mormons are teaching it freely. They leave theior homes and go to all parts 
of the world and preach the Gospel without purse or script, as our Savior has 
said it should be. Then why not hear them, and accept the good and leave the 
bad for the wolves. And I fear the wolves would starve while the sheep would 
fatten on the Gospel, which flows from the mouths of the Mormon Elders. They 
have the same law and government, and the same religious liberty as we hav"^, 
so let us not try to deprive them of their rights. Follow their history and travels 
over plains and deserts, and you will see what they have suffered for their religion, 
which is founded on a firm foundation, or it would not have stood the persecu- 
tions it has for seventy-five years. They are worthy of the sublimest commenda- 
tion for their courage. And if we will not grant them the same neligious liberty 
we ask for ourselves, we are neither true Christians nor true Americans. 

[Written for The Elders' Journal, by Mrs. N. E. Poole, 1101 Elbert street, 
Macon, Ga. Not a Mormon, but a friend to them.] 



NOTES FROM THE FIELD. 



Elders Joseph H. Freeman and Harvey W. Richins, of the Kentucky Con- 
ference, have been holding a series of thirty-seven meetings at Grape Ridge, 
Webster Co., the result of which has been tiiat seven honest-hearted persons 
were baptized into the fold of Christ and several more are investigating. Th^ 
people who did not believe the doctrine taught treated the Elders with respect, 
and invited them into their homes, where they were well treated. Sister Mav 
Brans, about a week after being baptized, was taken with rheumatism, and for 
twelve hours lay in one position unable to move, and no one being allowed to 
even touch her because of her intense suffering. Having faith she could be 
healed by the administration of the Elders, she sent for Elders Freeman nnd 
Richins. Immediately after their hands were taken from her head she turned 
over saying, "I am healed." She is now enjoying good health. This was a 
strong testimony to those who were present, that the signs promised by the 
Savior do follow those that believe. There is quite a small congregation of 
Saints in that vicinity, now, numbering about fifteen, and a great many friends*. 



One of the Elders traveling in the Alabama Conference says: "While 
traveling through a somewhat bitter settlement of the southern part of Alabama, 
we were invited to preach in a Missionary Baptist churchy mThe regular minister 
had refused to come any more and, it being the usual Sunday for preaching, the 
people were willing for us to have the *one time the Mormons were to preach In 
the church,' for when it was built it was understood that all the diflPerent creeds 
could preach there but the *Mormons.' The people afterwards decided to give ua 
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for Sunday, but when the people were gathering there and we were making ready 
to start, the kind old deacon of the church came in and ordered us out. The 
people became somewhat angry at his conduct, but a friend stepped up and said 
there was his house, and it was open for us to hold meeting in. We went and 
the people all followed. It's the same old story, it turned many friends our way." 

"I feel that the Southern States mission is the best," writes Elder John M. 
Allen, of Thatcher, Ariz., **and therefore am greatly interested in the work there, 
and find pleasure in reading The Elders' Journal. I will endeavor to get as many 
subscriptions as I possibily can in tlws part of the country, for I very much desire 
to keep up with the progression of the missionary work, for that interests me more 
than anything else. I know that without the information which the Journal 
gives I would be unable to keep up with the sigrns of the times in that direction. 
1 am more than willing to gi\t> my aid for the spread of truth among the childron 
of men. Whenever there is anything I can do to help you, do not be afraid lo 
call on me at any time, for all that I have I have placed upon the altar for tho 
promotion of God's cause here upon the earth. I have ever tried to keep my armor 
bright with constant labor in spreading the truth among the people." 



*^*I have been a Latter-day Saint six years and am just as strong in the faith 
as ever," writes Sister Birdie L. Bailey, of Bluffton, S. C. "There are no other 
religions under heaven that can turn me from the true and everlasting plan of 
salvation. I live down here in Bluffton, a small village in South Carolina, with a 
husband and one little son, and am the only one of my faith. I seldom see an 
Elder, and the Journal is so welcome I never lay it down until I have read it 
through, if possible. I have some Methodist friends who are always sending mo 
papers containing slanderous attacks on the Mormons, but all this gives mc a 
stronger testimony of the Gospel. *If ye were of the world, the world would 
love you.' How true and consoling those words are. The Elders who are sck 
and the Saints who are striving to do the will of the Lord have my earnest 
prayers." 



Elder Israel Barlow, Sr., of Woods Cross, Utah, writes as follows: "Three 
of my sons have been in the Southern States on missions, and yet I have never 
been on a mission. I wish, therefore, to take The Elders' Journal. The one 
piece you published on "The Ten Tribes" is worth more to me than the price of 
one year's subscription. I am always interested in the spread of truth, and know 
that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, for I was personally acquainted 
with him, and my father was one of his body guards. I have also been intimately 
acquainted with those who have succeeded him as president of the church, espe- 
cially President Brigham Young, under whose guidance I traveled over the track- 
less plains to Utah, over one thousand miles, in 1848, I wish the little Journal 
success." 



Elder J. H. De Priest, writing from Manassa, Colorado, says: "Tennessee, 
being my native state, and finding The Elders' Journal an interesting paper 
to read, I thought I would say this much through its columns: I was bom on 
Cane Creek, Hickman Co., where I first heard the Gospel preached in 1880. 
After listening to a number of the Elders, and thoroughly investigating the Gosjiel 
for myself, I complied with the ordinance of baptism, and gathered with the Saiuts 
in 1883, to Manassa, Col., under the leadership of President John Morgan. My 
testimony to my friends in Tennessee and North Carolina is that the Gaspei 
which the Elders are advocating is true, and I would exhort them to lay aside all 
prejudice, like I did, and ask God to show them the truth, which He will do." 



Sister Mary E. Stinson, of Seneca, Fla., says: "In glancing over my 
accounts I find God has prospered me more and more each year since I begivn 
paying my tithing. While it is not much, even now, yet it is more thnn I hiiv^ 
had in years past, and I feel truly blessed in body and in spirit. I have proved 
God, and trust Him fully. I also pay my fast offerings, and take the Journal 



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and enjoy reading its pages. We don't see the Elders very often, and the Journal 
keeps us posted, and gives us much instruction." 



Elder Wm. D. Bocker sends us the account o£ the murder of two sons of 
Bro. B. Rilley Carter, of Moultrie, Fla., at a dance held in the schoolhouse there 
in October. The men who did the shooting were tried for the crime, ard 
acquitted, excepting one of them, who was found guilty and sentenced to two 
years' imprisonment. Bro. RUley feels his loss very keenly. We regret that spaoe 
in our little paper is so limited that we are unable to publish further details. 



On the afternoon of November 26 the Elders, Saints and friends of Jackson- 
ville, Fla., assembled on the bank of the St. Johns river, and President C. B. 
Ferrin baptized Able Roberts and Foster Hill. Two interesting meetings were 
held in the new church the same day. About the same hour, on the 28th of No- 
vember, President Ferrin baptized Ellis AMiittemore. The above brethren have 
been faithful friends to our cause for years. 



"I can not find words to tell you just how much I appreciate the Journal. 
I think it should be in the home of every Latter-day Saint. It always brightens 
us up. We haven't had any Elders in this county for four or five years until 
now. Elders Andrews and Anderson being with us." So writes Sister Lizzie 
Goodwin of Huntley, N. C. 



D, W. Hess of Georgetown, Idaho, sends us in a batch of five new sub- 
scribers; Jaa. B. Wasden, of Garland, Wyo., sefids us in three, and Edward F. 
Stevens, of Holden, Utah, sends us in four. Last issue we added 114 new names 
to our subscription list, and it will reach another hundred by the time this issuo 
goes to press. 



Elder Robert G. Booth, of the South Carolina Conference, writing from 
Michael, November 25, says: "Our meeting last Sunday was held in the woods, 
as they closed the schoolhouse door against us, after giving us permission to 
meet in it. But it was alright, and we thank the Lord and confess His name ii 
all things." 



Sister M. A. Chatman, of Crockett, Va., writes of the blessings she has al- 
ways enjoyed as a result of paying her titbing. "I have paid it ever since I era- 
braced the Gosi)el seven years ago," she says. "I delight to see the Journal, 
and wish it was large enough to koep me reading from one Issue to another.' 



Elder Wilber T. Cranney writes from Smoot, Wyo., under date of November 
22, and says: "I receive The Elders' Journal regularly, and assure you it js 
highly appreciated. It takes my mind back to my missionary labors and is like 
a letter from a dear friend." 



Elders Lyman Jas. Ball and P. L. Fillmore write that they have comploted 
a canvass of Jonesboro, and left tracts in every house who would receive then>. 
The last timo Jonesboro was canvassed, the Elders had to leave on account of 
the bitterness of the people. 



Elder Robert L. Harris, of Ryoddey, S. C, sends in three more new sub- 
scribers, and says: "The Journal is highly appreciated by those who read if. 
It should be in the homes of the Latter-day Saints, and I only wish it could come 
once a week." 



"I am always anxiously waiting to get the Journal so as to read the news 
from the South. I think it is a very interesting little paper, and I will want lo 
take it again next year:" So writes Sister Mary E. Baxter, of Wellsville, Utah. 

El^er O. E. Overson, of St. Johns, Ariz., sends in two more new subscriberji. 
We made mention last issue of the long list he then sent us. 



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We want to thank all the Elders who have been sending in press clippings 
pertaining to the Church, as requested by us. It is important that the Elders 
continue to do thi». 



Sister E. B. Harrison, of Haran, Va., writes us a nice letter, in which she 
tells o£ her appreciation of the Joubnal and the desire she has to live her 
religion. 



The postoffice address of the headquarters of the Florida Conference is Box 
793, Jacksonville, Florida. 



Elder Joseph Irwin, of Laketown, Utah, sends us in another subscriber to 
his already long list. 

"I think your little Joubnal a perfect gem," writes Sister E. B. Weight of 
Springville, Utah. 



ARRIVALS. 

The following Elders arrived in Chattanooga from Utah Sunday, December 
10, 1905: 

James Wm. Hansen, of Payson, Utah; William N. Patten, Moore, Idaho; 
Edward Koford, Weston, Idaho ; John A. Barrett, Murray, Utah ; Daniel C. Ju.ld, 
Pleasant Grove, Utah; John Austin Watts,, Rexburg, Idaho; Carlos Stevens, Or- 
derville, Utah; Jos. F. Corbett, Bancroft, Idaho; Clarence E. Little, Alpino, 
Utah ; Arnold R. Mecham, Lago, Idaho ; John T. Parker, Hibbard, Idaho ; Charles 
R. Drumiler and Olga Mary Drumiler, Ogden, Utah ; John Ernest Adams, Bluff, 
Utah. 



APPOINTMENTS. 



Elders Arnold R. Mecham and Fred Corbett have been appointed to labor in 
the Ohio Conferenoe. 

Elders Wm. N. Patten and James W. Hansen have been appointed to labor 
in the Middle Tennessee Conference. 

Elders Oliver C. Stevens, Austin Watts and Edward Koford have l)een ap- 
pointed to labor in the Kentucky Conference. 

Elders John Parker and C. E. Little have been appointed to labor in the 
North Carolina Conference. 

Elder John A. Berrett has been appointed to llabor in the Georgia Conference. 

Elder Chas. R. Drumiler €md his wife, Sister O. M. Drumiler, have been ap- 
pointed to labor in the East Tennessee Conference. 

Elder D. C. Judd, who is here for the purpose of gathering genealogy, is aii- 
pointed to labor in the Middle Tennessee Conference. 

Elder Jo4m E. Adams baa been appointed to labor in the South Carolina 
Conference. 



RELEASES. 

Elder Thos. F. Brown has been honorably released from traveling in the 
Alabama Conference to return home. 

Elder Geo. B. Chadwick has been honorably released from traveling in the 
Kentucky Conference to return home. 

Elder Joseph H. Freeman has been honorably released from traveling in the 
Kentucky Conference to return home. 



TRANSFERS. 



Elder W. Aird Macdonald Is transferred from the Virginia Conference and 
appointed to labor in the Mission Office. 



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THERE'S SOMETHING TO BE THANKFUL FOR. 

There's something to be thankful for, no matter how things go — 
In summer time for fruit and flowers, in winter time for snow. 
There's something sort of pleasant happens to us every day, 
And life's a perfect picnic if we look at it that way. 

There's always something pretty for our weary eyes to see — 
The glory of the sunset or the blossom on the tree. 
And always something tuneful for our tired ears to hear — 
The children's voices chirping or the robin's music cJear. 

There's always something ready for our willing hands to do — 
Some halting steps to help along, some job to carry through. 
No chance to be a-kicking when our feet are busy going, 
No time for idle growling when wt^'re planting seed and sowing. 

There's something to be thankful for, no matter how things go 

No end to all our blessings if we only count them so. 
And even if you're out of sorts, or sick, or sad, or poor, 
Just thank the Lord you're living, if you can't do nothing moi"^. 

Pauline Rice Shields. 



DEATHS. 

Church. — At Duckriver, Hickman Co., Tenn.. December 11, 1905, George B. 
Church, aged 83 years. He lived and died a faithful member of the church. Eldi-r 
M. A. jMobley conducted the funeral services. 

Hill. — At Imboden, Wise Co., Va.. December 1, 1905, William Hill, age! 
75 years. Deceased was a faithful member of the church. 

Simmons. — At Glencoe, Belmont Co., Ohio, November 24, 1905, Sister Mar- 
tha J. Simmons. Decea»"d was born in Ttzewell Co., Va., March 9, 1841 ; bap- 
tized July 10, 1808. by Elder Benjamin Fullmer, and died a faithful Latter-day 
Saint. Elders W. H. Smith and Wm. M. Crossley conducted the funeral service * 
and made consoling remarks. 



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" We eannoi keep ail the commandments without first knmcing iJteni^ and we cannot expect to 
know all, or more than we now know, unless we comply with or keep those we have already re- 
eeked. Thai which is wrong under one eircumslance^ may he, and often isy right under another. 
God said, "Thou shall not kill;" at another time He said. ''Thou shall utterly destroy." This 
is the prineiple on which the government of Heaven is conducted — by rf.velation adapted to the 
circumstances in which the children of the kingdom are placed. Whatever God reguires is 
right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof till long after the events 
transpire. If we seek first the kingdom of God, all good things will be added. So with Solo- 
man; first ne asked wisdom, and God gave it him, and wUh it every desire of his heart, even 
things which might be considered abominable to all who understand the order of Heaven only in 
part, but which^ in reality, were right, because God gave and sanctioned them by special reve- 
lation." — Joseph Smttm, August 25, 1842. 



Vol. III. January 1, 1906. No. 9. 



JOSEPH SMITH THE PROPHET. 



One hundred years ago! What a volume of history has been made since the 
auspicious day when the great Prophet of the last days was born into the world ! 
The historians of the future will write that the most important event of the past 
century and the centuries still before us are affected by the life mission of Joseph 
Smith, thfr martyred Prophet. Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of his 
birth. We bless his name and memory. Our hearts melt with gratitude to God 
that Joseph Smith was born, that he lived and labored for the salvation of a 
fallen world. The Savior said of John, the Baptist, that of those bom of woman 
a greater prophet had not arisen. Why? Because be wrought miracles or uttered 
many distinguished prophecies? No, but because he was ordained of God to 
baptize the Redeemer of the world, a distinction enjoyed by no other living being. 
We say of Joseph Smith that next to the Redeemer he was the greatest prophet 
who ever lived, not because he wrought miracles and uttered many glorious 
prophecies, for he did all that and much more ; but because he bore the distinction 
of holding the keys of salvation for the living and the dead more fully than any 
other prophet except the Messiah. He was and is president of the greatest 
dispensation of the Gospel ever committed to man upon the earth, that of the 
fulness of times, comprehending all the keys and powers, principles and blessings 
pertaining to all past dispensations combined together. lie came of a noble 
lineage, not rich in the goods of this world, but rich in honor, rich in patriotism 
to country and loyalty to God. His progenitors were among the sturdy pioneers and 
revolutionairy fathers, who came from the old world to find religious liberty on the 
land of Joseph. They fought in the revolutionary war for American independence. 
They offered their life's blood for the political freedom of all the generations of 
men which should make America their earthly abode. Joseph the Prophet gave 
his life for the spiritual and eternal freedom of all men who would receive his 
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a loving son, obedient and arlectionate to his parents, kind and considerate to 
brothers and sisters, respectful and courteous to neighbors and to all with whoTi 
he came in contact. His devotion to true principle and his abhorrence of evil were 
so great that he would not touch a drop of liquor to his lips under any 
consideration. When suffering the excruciating pain of having pieces of bone 
extracted from his leg, he would not even take a drink of liquor to deaden the 
intense pain. He put his trust in the Lord and in the faith and prayers of a 
devout father and mother, while he placed himself resignedly in the loving arms 
of his father. Such a character could not be an impostor. It would take more 
credulity on the part of any intelligent honest man to doubt the testimony of such 
a character than it would to believe it. This devotion to principle ; this willingness 
to suffer for right, was .iust as pronounced through all his manhood days, right to 
John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Joseph F. and Greorge A. Smith, 
with numerous others who might be named, formed a coterie of men well 




qualified to stand by and follow in the footsteps of this modern prophet. Did 
the hour of his martyrdom, as in his boyhood days. Compare his life of suflPering, 
privation and hardship, of persecution, imprisonment and death with the trials 
undergone by the Savior and His ancient Apostles, and you have a parallel 
unexcelled in the life and experience of any religious or political reformer, whose 
name can be found emblazoned with honor on the pages of history. Contrast this 
with a class of men who "preach for money and divine for hire," who cater to 
public sentiment and frame their religious teaching as not to offend the world, and 
you find in the former the true type of a genuine disciple of the Lord Jesas 
Christ, and in the latter a prototype of the ancient pharisee, who "compassed sea 
and land to make one proselyte, and when he was made was ten-fold more the child 
of hell." 

Joseph Smith was poor in purse, but rich in faith, courage and unblemished 
honor. It is not to be wondered at that God should choose such a boy and man to 
preside over the greatest and grandest of all dispensations of the Gospel. The 
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associates in founding this great and mighty work. Such men were not wanting. 
flis own father, his dear brother Hyrum, Brigham Young, Ileber G. Kimball, 
they come to earth at this time all by chance or accident, or did the Lord 
predetermine when and where these men should be bom? Why did Adam, Enoch, 
Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and the Savior, the Apostles and all the 
Prophets come to earth each at the particular time and in that portion of the 
world where his earthly life was spent and his glorious mission accomplished? We 
answer, because God Himself assigned and pre-arranged that thus it should be. 
Let Paul answer the question : *'And hath made of one blood all nations of men 
for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before 
appointed and the bounds of their habitation. ♦ ♦ ♦ Por in Him we live and 
move and have our being." (Acts xxvdi, 26-28.) This, then, points to the divine 
purpoee in the coming forth of Joseph Smith and his associates in this great 
epoch of the world's history. That Joseph was reserved to present the Gospel to 
the world in the dispensation of the fulness of times, is evidence to all the Saints 
that his was among the greatest and noblest spirits that dwell in the presence of 
the Father. "Now the Lord had shown unto me, Abraham, the intelligences that 
were organized before the world was, and among all thc^se there were many of the 
noble and great ones; and God saw these souls that they were good, and he stood 
in the midst of them and he said: These I will make my rulers; for he stood 
among those that were spirits, and he saw that they were good; and he said 
unto me: Abraham, thou are one of them; thou wast chosen before thou wast 
bom." (Pearl of Great Price, page 66). Thus he spake to the great Patriarch, toe 
father of the faithful ; thus he also spake to Jeremiah ; and thus we testify is true 
of Joseph Smith, whose glorious birth we celebrate today. Well can we teach our 
little ones the boyhood life of Joseph Smith as an example for their love, 
admiration and following. We may teach them the purity of his whole life, the 
true manhood of his noble character; the kindness, gentleness and unbounded 
generosity of his great heart toward all mankind. We may teach them and testify 
to them that he was a just and righteous man; that he was called of Crod, and 
that he was the greatest prophet except the Savior, who has ever lived. Let us 
revere his name and memory forever. Let it be a household word in the homes 
of all Saints, and in fine let us live as he lived — a pure and virtuous life, full of 
faith in God and devotion to His great work, that we may with Joseph and all the 
righteous be crowned with glory, immortality and eternal lives. 



HYRUM SMITH THE PATRIARCH. 



At the time of the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum, 
President John Taylor, who was present and savagely wounded with four balls, 
expressed in spirit and subsequently wrote the following words : '*Soon afterwards 
1 was taken to the head of the stairs and laid there, where I had a full view of our 
beloved and now murdered brother, Hymm. There he lay as I had left him ; he 
had not moved a limb; he lay placid and calm, a monument of greatness even in 
death ; but his noble spirit had left its tenement, and was gone to dwell in regions 
more congenial to its exalted nature. Poor Hyrum! He was a great and good 
man, and my soul was cemented to his. If ever there was an exemplary, honest 
and virtuous man, an embodiment of all that is noble in the human form, Hyrum 
Smith was its representative." 

Hyrum Smith was bom Feb, 9, 1800, at Tunbridge, Vt., and was five and 
one-half years older than his brother Joseph. Very early in his childhood life he 
flhowed a ready response to the religious example and teachings of his noble 
father and mother. He was a boy with a very prayerful heart and very obedient 
and respectful to his parents. He was never known to willfully disobey them. 
To his brothers and sisters he was the very embodiment of gentle love and 
kindness. He early expressed by his sober mind and conduct that his was a 
spirit, which had been great and noble in some former life, and was a senior to 
most boys much older in this world than himself. His parents could, with 
Implicit confidence, trast him with any responsibility that his years would justify 
them in placing upon him, and never were they disappointed in their expectations 
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when worn out by constant watch care at the sick bed of any of her children, her 
beloved son Hyrum, though a mere lad. would relieve his mother and watch with 
all patience at the bedside of the sick and wait upon the patient with the 
tenderest of care. He had the keenest sense of moral honor and obligation to 
neighbors and friends, for if he borrowed from them any article he was careful 
to return it at the appointed time and place. If he owed them a debt he paid it as 
quickly as possible. In his religious life as a boy and as a man, he was full 
af faith in God. In social life he was gentle, courteous, and modest, beyond the 
possibility of any just criticism. 

In fine, Hyrum Smith possessed all the traits in his boyhood life designed 
to make of him one of the noblest and greatest of God*s chosen servants. When 
his brother Joseph received his first vision — the glorious appearance of the Father 
and the Son — Hyrum was 20 years old. He readily believed and received the 
testimony of his favored brother. His faith and devotion brought to him a tesil- 




mony for himself and from that time to the end of his earthly career Hyrum 
Smith was a close companion and undeviating supporter of his prophet-brother in 
all things pertaining to the work of the Lord. They were to each other nearer and 
dearer than David and Jonathan. Throughout life they were one ; where Joseph 
was, Hyrum wanted to be, unless the Ix)rd directed him to labor in another 
part of the land, where, as to all other calls, he was strictly obedient. In all the 
trials through wbicii the Church has passed, and in which he was always a sufferer. 
Hyrum never murmured nor found fauU. Like Caleb and Joshua ; like Sam and 
Nephi; he always brought a good report. If he bore from one locality of the 
Saints to another the sad tidings of mobbings, persecutions and suffering, it was 
always attended with patience and resignation! no desire to retaliate upon his 
enemies, but breathing cheer and hope to those who were encompassed with sorrow. 
If any man from the greatness and Godlikeness of his soul was like unto the Lord 
of Glory in saying of his persecutors and murderers, **Father, forgive them for 
they know not what they do," Hyrum Smith was that man. When rebellion 
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and calumny were cruelly and without cause hurled at him, even by many leading 
men in the Church, Hynim never faltered, but stood nobly by his side helping .to 
bear the burdens of those troublesome times. Hyrum Smith was always a 
peacemaker. When on one occasion a prominent brother in the Church so far 
got himself in selfish passion, as to strike the Prophet, Hyrum labored with all 
dilligence to bring the refractory brother to repentance. When success had 
crowned their labors and reconciliation made, the Prophet thus commented on his 
devoted brother Hyrum : **And I could pray in my heart that all my brethren 
were like unto my beloved brother Hyrum, who possesses the mildness of a lamb, 
and the integrity of a Job, and in short the meekness and humility of Christ ; and 
I love him with that love which is stronger than death, for I never had occasion 
to rebuke him, nor he me, which he declared when he left me today." One of the 
great attributes in the nature of Hyrum Smith was that of mercy. His soul was 
full of love for his fellow beings, and we may say that this mercy was greatly 
quickened and intensified in Hyrum Smith because his soul was enlightened by 
the intelliscnce of the Holy Spirit, whereby he valued the worth of souls in the 
sight of our Heavenly Father. He was filled with keen abhorrence at the condition 
of those who fell away and made shipwreck of their faith. ''Wo unto them who 
are cut off from my Church, for the same are overcome of the world," is the word 
of the Lord to all Saints. If Hyrum Smith knew of a man or woman who was 
tempted ^'o turn aside through the trials and temptations of life, or who through 
misunders,:anding or ignorance, was considered out of harmony with the rules of 
the Church or the Spirit of the Gospel, he would go to such individual and labor 
with heartfelt love for that soul to show him his error and turn him from the 
dangers which threatened him. Even when men were wilfully stubborn and 
rebellious he never gave them up without a desperate effort to bring them unto 
repentance. This was strikingly illustrated in the case of a brother who in the 
serious troubles in Missouri forsook the Prophet and published false things 
against him. Hyrum sought dilligently to turn this man from his error. Of this 
circumstance the Jate President John Taylor said to this effect : **! had it in my 
heart to try and save the rebellions brother, but when I heard that Hyrum Smith 
had gone before me on the same errand, I knew it was useless for me to try if 
Brother Hyrum should fail." When Sidney Rigdon failed in his devotion to God 
and His work and was al)Out to be dropped from his counselorship in the 
Presidency of the Church, Brother Hyrum plead for mercy to be extended. His 
pleading prevailed and for the time being Sidney Rigdon was retained. Sidney was 
ungrateful, however, for the consideration shown him, and soon turned aside. 

That the readers of the Joubnal may know how more fully the great love <»nd 
esteem in which the Lord held this great man we quote the following from Section 
124 of the Doctrine and Covenants : "And again verily I say unto you, blesse«l is 
ray servant Hyrum Smith, for I the Ix)rd love him because of the integrity of 
his heart and because he loveth that which is right before me, saith the Lord." 
To be so loved of the Father is a blessing greater than which none can attain. 
What is it compared with this mortal life? To be thus in harmony with Qod the 
Fountain of all life and truth, is but the gift and principle of eternal life, to be 
extended to all eternity. When God loves a man, so that His Holy Spirit manifests 
His power and influence through that man, how vain and ignorant it is in mortal 
men to despise such noble characters and withhold their fellowship from them as 
the world have always done in the days of Prophets and inspired men. The Lord 
says in the same revelation : "That my servant Hyrum Smith may take the office 
of Priesthood and Patriarch, which was appointed unto him by his father, by 
blessing .ind also by right. That from henceforth he shall hold the keys of the 
Patriarchal blessings upon the heads of all my people, that whoever he blesses shall 
be blessed, and whoever he curses shall be cursed ; that whatsoever he shall bind on 
earth shall be bound in heaven ; and from this time forth I appoint unto him that 
he may be a Prophet, and a Seer and a Revelator unto my Church as well as my 
servant Joseph ; that he may act in concert also with my servant Joseph ; and that 
he shall receive counsel from my ser\'ant Joseph who shall show unto him the keys 
whereby he may ask and receive, and be crowned with the same blessing and glory 
and honor and Pristhood and gifts of the Priesthood that once were put upon him 
that was my st»rvant Oliver Cowdery ; that my servant Hyrum may bear record of 
all things, which I shall show unto him, that his name may be had in honorable re- 
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upon this faithful man keys, powers and authority equal to which bat few men have 
ever attained in this life. Side by side with his brother Joseph in all things pertain- 
ing to the plan of life and salvation. To the life and mission of Hyrum Smith there 
is still another great phase, the importance of which is beyond calculation. fYom 
the trials which came to the Church in the days of the Prophet, his wife Emma 
chose to refuse following the Twelve Apostles who succeeded the Prophet, with 
President Brigham Young at their head, in the presidency of the Church. Through 
her unfortunate example and the influence of apostates and traitors the Prophet's 
sons have failed to follow their noble father in the work of the Lord. On the 
other hand, as Hyrum had been true and faithful to his brother, so were his 
family true to him. They went with the Church to Utah and have blen true and 
faithful in keeping the commandments of God. Today, the keys of presidency and 
prophetic office are upon the head of Hyrum*s son, President Joseph F. Smith, a 
man like his father, noble and great in the work of the Lord. The Patriarchal 
office and keys of blessing the people of God are in the hands of the Patriarch 
John Smith, eldest son of Hyrum. Truly Hyrum Smith was and is, and ever 
will be an anchor to the Prophet Joseph Smith. We feel safe in saying that through 
all the generations of unborn time will be found the descendants of Hyrum Smith 
bearing and honoring the keys of the Holy Apostlcship and Patriarchal office for the 
benefit and blessing of the Church throughout the world. Truly like Abraham in 
"him and his seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed." Henceforth through 
time and all eternity is the name of Hyrum Smith inseparably connected with that 
of Joseph his prophet brother. They were together in their pre-existent state. They 
were bom into this world not apart ; were one in life, and one when together they 
went to Carthage and laid down their lives as faithful witnesses of the truth and 
martyrs for the word of God. 



JOSEPH SMITH AS A BOY. 

BY PRESIDENT JOSEPH F. SMITH. 



With the knowledge we have of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints, and looking back a hundred years to the birth of the Prophet Joseph, the 
question naturally arises: **Can a good tree bring forth evil fruit V" We are 
informed that false prophets are also known by their fruits. **By their fruits ye 
shall know them," says the Redeemer. That Joseph was a true Prophet and 
brought forth good fruit is evidenced by the Latter-day Saints. They are fruits 
of the doctrine, and the result of the organization which he was instrimiental 
in the hands of God, in bringing forth. All that they have and are bear record 
that they are the product of a good tree which has brought forth good fruit. 

It could not be otherwise. How inconsistent, therefore, to charge Joseph 
Smith' with being an imposter, a money-digger, and a deceiver! Let us look at 
him as a boy, and see if one reared as he was could be inclined to great evil. To 
me there is a sweet fascination in the contemplation of his childhood and youth. 
I love to contemplate the innocence and the artless simplicity of his boyhood. It 
bears record that he was honest, that he was led by the Spirit of God, to perform 
his wonderful mission. How could a child at his age be impelled by other than 
honest motives in the accomplishment of his high and holy calling? What he 
did he was led to do by the inspiration and guidance of his Heavenly Father*, of 
this I feel assured. 

He was much like other children ; his play was like that of his companions ; 
his thoughts, like those of most children, were innocent, and consequently he was 
incapable of the knavery and connivance that his enemies declare he practiced. 
Though poor, his parents were honest and good ; they delighted in the truth, and It 
was their honest desire to live according to the best light within them. Love and 
good will to all, found expression in their hearts and acts ; and their children were 
imbued with like sentiments. They were firm believers in God, and trusted in 
His watchcare over His children. They had frequently received manifestations 
of His loving kindness, in dreams, visions and inspirations; and God had healed 
their little ones in answer to prayer, when they were nigh unto death. It w^as 
in such an atmosphere that the boy was reared. 

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little or no trouble. As early as the age of 8, he gave proof that, besides being 
thoughtful, easily governed, and of sweet and loving disposition, he possessed the 
foundation principles of a good character — filial affection, patience, endurance, 
courage. An incident related by his mother will illustrate. Tif'phoid fever had 
left him with a fever sore between his breast and shoulder, and he suffered 
excruciating pain for more than two weeks before the cause was discovered. The 
sore was then lanced, at which the pain left it, but shot into his leg, so that with 
that he suffered the greatest agony for several weeks more. His mother carried him 
for most of the two weeks in her arms, until she was worn out ; whereupon, his 
elder brother Hyrum, noted for his tenderness, sympathy, and trustworthiness. 




President Joseph F. 8mith. 

insisted on watching by his bedside. He sat faithfully beside his brother with the 
affected leg in his hands so that Joseph might the better endure the pain. 
Several incisions were made at different times, but to no seeming purpose, the pain 
of the little sufferer becoming each time more intense. At length the doctors 
decided to amputate the leg, but the mother protested, and the doctors concluded 
to make one more trial to heal the affected bone, by operation. 

"We have come again." said the doctors, approaching the patient boy's bed. 
"Yes," said Joseph, "but you have not come to take off my leg, have you, sir?" 
He was assured that, on the request of his mother, only an incision was 
contemplated. Then the principal surgeon asked that cords be brought to bind 
him to the bed while the operation was performed — for anesthetics were unknown. 
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his liberty. "Will you, then, take some brandy or wine?" "No;" exclaimed 
Joseph, "I will not touch one particle of liquor, neither will I be tied down ; 
but I will tell you what I will da — I will have my father sit on the bed and hold 
me in his arms, and then I will do whatever is necessary in order to have the 
bone taken out!'* Then, looking at his mother, he said, "Mother, I want you to 
leave the room, for I know you cannot bear to see me suffer so ; father can stand 
it, but you have carried me so much, and watched over me so long, you are almost 
worn out. Now, mother, promise me that you will not stay, will you? The Lord 
will help me, and I shall get through with it.** And God did help him through. 
But here, in the child, the boy, what evidence have we not of love and anxiety 
for mother ; what confidence in father ; what endurance, what patience in suffering, 
what self-reliance, what love of liberty, what temperance, what courage! Can 
such a spirit later befoul its purity with duplication and deceit? Impossible. 
These evils are not the fruits of such a tree ; rather these traits and virtues which 
the boy exhibited are the foundation principles of true character; and, belonging 
to the boy, they became second nature to the man. Such childhood is toe hSLsis 
of such manhood. 

Now what shall we say of the wonderful manifestation to him some seven 
or eight years later when he was still a boy of about 14 years of age? It was 
in the early spring of 1820 when this same child, in answer to the word of God 
in James, sought God in prayer to know the right. He declares that in reply to 
his petitiou, he saw a pillar of light descending gradually until it fell upon him : 
"When the light rested upon me,** he testifies in his own language, "I saw two 
personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in 
the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name, and said, pointing to 
the other, 'This is my beloved Son, hear him.* ** 

Is it reasonable to suppose that there could have been premeditated deceit 
on the part of the boy, and .such a boy, in his simple statement of what he saw? 
No ; neither could the answer which the heavenly messenger gave to him have been 
composd in the child's own mind. Note the plainness and simplicity of his 
following statements. He says : 

"I asked the personages who stood above me in the light, which of all the 
sects was right — and which I should join. I was answered that I must join none 
of them, for they were all wrong; and the personage who addressed me said that 
all the creeds were an abomination in His sight; that those professors were all 
corrupt ; that they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from 
me ; they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of 
Godliness, but they deny the power thereof.** 

Keeping these things in mind, and many others which might be referred to 
of a similar nature in the boy's early life, let the doubter who considers the child 
an imposter, call up a noble lad of 14 years before him. Let the reader do it. 
Look at him carefully, and ask yourselves, what motives underlie his acts and 
words; and decide when you look at him whether in his young life there is apt to 
be premeditated schemes of deception, pertaining to such mature and really 
wonderful things as those about which the boy Joseph was making declarations 
and stat'^raents, with the earnest simplicity of youth! No: here is yet uncon- 
taminated childhood, that will tell its story straight ; childhood that will out with 
the full, unvarnished truth. Joseph declared in the simplicity of his nobld boy- 
hood that he had seen this vision, and that he knew it to be true. It is a wonder, 
considering the circumstances, that he rhould not be believed, and received with 
rejoicing as a favored Prophet of God. 

On the contrary, he was persecuted and made sport of by ministers of 
religion who, above all, should have hail?d him as favored of God. No wonder that 
in later life he thought how very strange it was that an obscure boy, a little over 
14 ye^rs of age, one doomed, too, to the necessity of obtaining a scanty maintenance 
by his daily labors, should create in the great ones of the most popular sects of 
the day, a spirit of most bitter persecution and reviling just because he had 
testified that he had seen a vision. Thanksgiving and repentance would have been 
more appropriate on their part. 

And this bitter opposition and persecution from the religious organizations 
continued in the interval up to Sept. 23. 1823, during which seemingly uneventful 
time in his life the boy continued to labor with his father in the field, and to 
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of the sacred records of Cumorah, containing the fulness of the gospel, was revealed 
to him by ministering angels, with many other precious truths, which finally led 
to the publication of the Book of Mormon and the organization of the Church 
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with power and authority from God, because 
of what was conferred upon Joseph, to officiate in the name of the Lord. 

Joseph 'Smith's testimony, concerning these things, in later life, was as 
simple, straightforward, plain and true as it had been in childhood; his fidelity, 
courage, and love, implanted in and characteristic of his life in boyhood, neither 
faltered nor changed. 

One marked illustration of this was his love for children. He never saw a 
child but he desired to take it up and bless it, and many he did so bless, taking 
them in his arms and upon his knee. 1 have myself sat upon his knee. He was 
so fond of children that he would go far out of his way to speak to a little one, 
which is to me a striking characteristic of true manhood. 

His was true love for the human race. His life was definitely characteristic 
of the great principle expressed in his prayer in Liberty jail. (I>octrine and 
Covenants, section 121:39). He reproved at times with sharpness, when moved 
upon by the Holy Ghost, but afterwards showed forth an increase of love toward 
him whom he reproved, lest the latter should esteem him an enemy. He was full 
of charity toward all men, and virtue indeed garnished his thoughts. 

H^ exercised dominion and authority by persuasion, long-suffering, gentleness, 
meekness, and love unfeigned, until kindness and pure knowledge enlarged his 
manly soul without hypocrisy and without guile. He waxed strong in the presence 
of God, and the doctrine of the Priesthood distilled upon his soul as the dews from 
heaven. 

Can such a tree bring forth evil fruit? No; verily, no. 

When, at last, having demonstrated these qualities all his days, he freely gave 
his life for his testimony and his people, he had succeeded in outlining the work 
of the Lord, and in revealing to mankind the foundation principles of all progress 
and salvation. I know, and have known from my childhood, that he was a Prophet 
of God, iind I believe in His divine mission with all my heart; and in the 
authenticity and inspiration of the revelations which he received, and the Book of 
Mormon which he was instrumental in bringing forth. Many people, a century 
from this centennial anniversary, will bear testimony to similar knowledge and 
light, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the undying work of 
God. — Improvement Era. 



THE TWO BROTHERS. 



It is but fitting that the portraits of the Patriarch Ilyrum Smith's two 
noble sons should appear in this issue of the Journal. One is the Prophet, 
Seer and Revelator, while the other is the presiding Patriarch of the Church. 

President Joseph F. Smith has had a wonderful experience as a boy, as a 
youth, and as a man. There is no other livinsr individual in the church whose 
biography is better known than his. Born amidst the most trying times of this 
great dispensation, deprived of his father by assassins during the days of his 
tender childhood, yet blessed with Grod's true nobility in the personage of his 
noble mother, he has stood every test, f iced almost every kind of trial through- 
out his whole life. As a mere boy he drove the ox team of his mother over 
the unknown prairies and mountains of the west and was reared in the midst of 
nil the dangers of pioneer life. The exalted position he now occupies came to 
him as a reward of merit and faithfulness in his work of devotion to the gredt 
cause for which his father laid down his life. 

John Smith, the presiding Patriarch of the Church, entered upon this sphere 
of action seventy-three years ago, th^ exact date of his birth being Sept. 22nd, 1882, 
and the place Kirtland, Lake (then Geauga) county, Ohio. His father, Hyrnm 
Smith, was the Patriarch, who seaJed his testimony with his bh)od along with \\U 
brother Joseph : the mother was Jerusha Barden Smith, who died October 13th, 
1837. The father was again married, on December 24th, 1837, to Miss Mairy 
Fielding, who bore him a son and a daughter. Young John accompanied his 
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lections to the Saints center, eerly in 1838. Persecution was rife. During that 
year his Patriarch father and Prophet uncle were bounded in various ways by 
howling mobs and finally lodged in Liberty county jail, but were subsequently 
released. Expulsion from the community and the state are also among the youth- 
ful recollections of the present Patriarch; these with many other tribulations for 
the Gospel's sake going to make up a very turbulent commencement of a life's 
journey. 

After varied experiences, all involving innumerable hardships, the family at 
last reached Ck>mmerce, Illinois, the town which afterwards became world-renowned 
as Nauvoo. Young John left his people and started with Heber G. Kimball's fam- 
ily for the "Wild West" in February, 1847. On this expedition his experieuo^s 
were numerous. He had to do all kinds of work and endure all kinds of privation.-?. 
During the early part of the journey across the plains he became acquainted with 




Patbiaboh John f mith. 

Col. Thomas L. Kane, whose name is held in high regard by the Latter-day Sainrs, 
and became a nurse for that distinguished gentleman when suffering from an attack 
of sickness. After going back over a great portion of the journey traversed to 
meet his relatives, whom he heard were coming, and returning to Winter Quarters 
where an extended stay occurred, the party at last were off for the "vast, booming, 
bounding West," commencing the journey during the month of April, 1848. It 
proved to be an unusually hard journey, filled with trials and perils, but under the 
providence of the Lord it was finished in safety on the 22nd of September, Brother 
Smith's sixteenth birthday. 

Brother Smith's career in Utah, like that of many others who came at or doee 
to the beginning, has been exceedingly varied. All kinds of service, public and 
private, military and civil, religious and secular, has fallen to his lot, and always 
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cesBfuI misskm ta Scandinavia, on which he set out in May, 1862 ; his experiences 
on this mission were at times most trying, but he faltered not and came home at 
last with a company of 972 Saints. On December 25th, 1853, he was married t.> 
Miss Helen M. Fisher, who has borne him five sons and four daughters. His or- 
dination to the office of Patriarch was in February, 1855, under the hands of 
Presidents Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball and Jedediah M. Grant, and Apos- 
tles Orson Hyde, Orson Pratt, Wilford Woodruff, George A. Smith and Lorenzo 
Snow. During his administration of this high and holy office, Brother Smith has 
given 15,863 Patriarchal blessings. Notwithstanding his years and the dazzli.ng 
whiteness of his hair and beard, he is as active and spry as many a man of half 
his years. May he long continue so. The writer received a Patriarchal blessing 
at the hands of Patriarch Smith, when nineteen years of age. Many glorious prom- 
ises therein have been literally fulfilled. This may be said of the thousands of 
blessings he has given, for he enjoys the spirit of his calling, and his predictions 
will be fulfilled. Happy is the man who receives a blessing from him who hold;) 
the keys of the office. Brother Smith is kind, genial and fatherly, sociable with all 
and unassuming in his disposition. May his life be preserved for many years to 
bless the people of God. — [From M. F. Cowley's "Prophets and Patriarchs."] 



CARTHAQE JAIL, WHERE THE PROPHET AND PATRIARCH WERE 

MARTYRED. 

This hiertoric structure, built in 1841, is still standing dn Carthage, III., 
corner Walnut and Fayette streets. It is built of red sandstone and the waPs 
are nearly three feet in thickness. It shows no sigoa of decay. The building 




and grounds are now owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 
Regarding the terrible tragedy enacted in this building on June 27, 1844, we ap- 
pend section 135 of the Book of Doctrine and Covenants as foUojf^s : 

To seal the testimony of this book and the Book of Mormon, we announce 
the Martyrdom of Joseph Smith the Prophet, and Hyrum Smith the Patriarc'). 
They were shot in Carthage jail, on the 27th day of June, 1844, about 5 o'clock 
p. m., by an armed mob, painted black — of from 150 to 200 persons. Hyrum 



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was shot firsrt and fell calmly, exclaiming, *'I am a dead man !" Joseph leapf'd 
from the window and was shot dead in the attempt, exclaiming, *'0 Lord my God I" 
They were both shot after they were dead in a brutal manner, and both received 
four balls. 

John Taylor and Willard Richards two of the Twelve were the only persous 
in the room at the time; the former was wounded in a savage manner with four 
balls, but has since recovered ; the latter, through the providence ot God, escaprd, 
"without even a hole in his robe." 

Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more (savs Jesus 
only,) for the salvation of men in this world than any other man that ever 
lived in it. In the short space of twenty years, he has brought forth the Bonk 
of Mormon, which be translated by the gift and power of Crod, and has been th(« 
means of publishing it on two continents ; has sent the fullness of the everlasti<ig 
gospel which it contained to the four quarters of the earth ; has brought foi ili 
the revelations and commandments which compose this Book of Doctrine and 
Co^ienants, and many other wise documents and instructions for the benefit ot* 
the children of men ; gathered many thousands of the Latter-day Saints, founde-1 
a great city; and left a fame and name that cannot be slain. He lived great and 
died great in the eyes of God and his people, and like most of the Lord's anointed 
in ancient times, has sealed his mission and his works with hie own blood — and 
so has his brother Hyrum. In life they were not divided, and in death they wercj 
not separated! 

When Joseph went to Carthai?e to deliver himself up to the pretended require- 
ments of the law, two or three days previous to his assassination, he said, "I am 
going like a lamb to the slaughter; but I am calm as a summer's morning; I 
have a conscience void of oflPence towards God, and towards all men. I shall 
die innocent, and it shall yet be said of me — he was murdered in cold blood.** Th»» 
same morning, after Hyrum made ready to go — shall it be said to the elaughtr"? 
Yes, for so it was — he read the following paragraph, near the close of the fifth 
diapter of Ether, in the Book of Mormon, and turned down the leaf upon it : 

"And it came to pass that I prayed unto the Lord that He would give unto 
the Crentiles grace, that they might have charity. And it came to pass that th* 
Lord said unto me, if they have not charity, it mattereth not unto you, thou -hast 
been faithful ; wherefore thy garments are clean. And because thou hast been 
Ihy weakness, thou shalt be made strong, even unto the sitting down in the place 

which I have prepared in the mansions of my Father. And now I bid faiv- 

well unto the Gentiles; ji^a and also unto my brethren whom I love, until we 
shall meet before the judgment seat of "Christ, where all men shall know that 
my garments are not spotted with your blood.'* The testators am now dead, and 
their testament is in force. 

Hyrum Smith was 44 years old, February, 1844, and Joseph Smith was 38 
in December, 1843; and hencoforward their names will be claseied among the flaar- 
tyrs of religion ; and the reader in every nation will be reminded that the "Bo<>k 
of Mormon,** and this book of Doctrine and CovenantR of the church. co«t the best 
blood of the nineteenth century to bring them forth for the salvation of a ruJn«^i 
world ; and that if the fire can scathe a green- tree for the glory of God. how easy 
it will bum up the "dry trees** to purify the vineyard of corruption. They lived 
for glory; they died for glory; and glory is their eternal reward. From age to 
age shall their names go down to posterity as gems for th^" sanctified. 

They were innocent of any crime, as thi^y had often been proved before, anl 
were only confined in jail by the conspiracy of traitors and wicked men ; and their 
innocent blood on the floor of the Carthage jail, is a broad seal afiixed to "Mor- 
monism" that cannot be rejected by any court on earth, and their innocent blooil 
on the escutcheon of the State of Illinois, with the broken faith of the State a.^ 
pledged by the Governor, is a witness to the truth of the everlasting gospel, that 
all the world cannot impeach : and their innocent blood on the banner of liberty, 
and on the magna charta of the Ignited States, is an ambassador for the religion 
of Jesus Christ, that will touch the hearts of honest men among all nations; and 
their innocent t>Iood, with the innocent blood of all the martyrs under the altar 
that John saw, will cry unto the Lord of hosts, till he avenges that blood on the 
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A pleasing feature of Christmas celebration by the Latter day Saints in 
the year of our Lord Nineteen Hundred and Five, was the erection, unveiling 
and dedication of ihe monument to Joseph Smith, the Seer of the Nineteenth 
century, at his birthplace in Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont. He was born 
there on December 23, 1805. At this centenary of his advent into the world, 
it was a fitting time to commemorate that event and give honor to an illuetrious 
man whose mission has been but little understood, but whose name, as was 




predicted at the beginning of his active career, is known throughout the world 
for good or evil. He raado his mark upon the history of his time. Under divine 
inspiration he founded and built up the Cfhurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints after the pattern of that which Christ himself set up while in the fle^ih. 
It is conceded to be the most complete and powerful ecclesiastical organizacion 
in the world. Starting with six members on the sixth day of April, 1830, it has 
grown into a vigorous body, numbering hundreds of thousands, the members jf 
which are scattered in all the civilized nations, while its central location on the 
western slope of the Rocky Mountains finds a dwelling place for devotees, who 
form the majority of the population of a sovereign state of the American Union. 
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the origin of things spiritual and natural. They explain Deity and €k>d's rela- 
tion to humanity. They answer the soul's inquiryt "Whence am I, what am I, 
whither am I going?" They reveal the reality of Eternalism. They settled theo- 
logical disputes that have been carried on through centuries. They disclose the 
doctrine of God's personality, manifetsed in Christ, His divine Son, in the power 
and light of the Holy Ghost, by which He is omnipresent. They expound the 
truths concerning the fall of man, the plan of redemption, and the future of the 
human race in the various conditions and degrees in the "many mansions" of the 
Eternal Father, the justice and mercy of the Almighty, His purposes in relation 
to His children who inhabit the worlds He has formed for their dwelling p\&:ns 
throughout the extended universe, and open up to the understanding of mortal life 
and light and immortality everlasting. During his short career on earth he 
translated the records containing the ancient history of the American continent, 
built cities and temples, brought forth knowledge, wisdom and pbiloeopbic truihs 
to a greater extent than any other man esteemed as a prophet, a sage or a reve- 
lator. He sealed his testimony with his blood. His name will be enrolled apon 
the list of the martyrs. It is venerated now by people of all nationalRies and 
tongues. He is also decried, despised and rejected by numerous millions who «'io 
not understand his works or his words. It will take time as well as labor and 
the spread of intelligence to make him known as he was and is and will be. 
His followers have no doubt of the ultimate result. The erection of a monu- 
ment to his memory, is a fitting tribute from the people who esteem him as a man of 
God, raised up to usher in the greatest of all divine dispensations, preparatory 
to the second advent of the great Redeemer, the Christ, the rightful King over 
all the earth. "Honored and blest be his ever great name!" — Deseret News. 

A telegraphic account of the dedicatory services held at Sharon, A^^mont, 
on Saturday, December 23, is as follows: "The day was thawing anSsfoppy, 
buggies instead of sleighs being used, carrying the party three and one-half 
miles to thid monument, which is of magnificent polished granite from base to 
point of spire. A fine cottage has just been built over the hearthstone around 
which the Prophet played when three years old, all that was left of the home- 
stead. Twenty persons, including Elders from Boston and New York, were here 
today; also John W. Young. They, with the Utah party, made a total of fifty, 
and with resident visitors, 450 were at the services. Boston Globe, Boston Amer- 
ican and other reporters were sent here ; also Shecher of the Reorganized Church. 
Services were held in the house at 11, President Smith presiding. Singing, 'Amer- 
ica.' Prayer was offered by President Lund. Singing, 'We Thank Thee, O (Jod. 
for a Prophet.* Junius told the story of getting the property, sixty-eight acres, 
and the herculean task of getting the immense polished granite stones on the spot, 
requiring providential help. Considering the country, the achievement was most 
manolous, not a scratch or chip on any part being made. The cost is not over 
$25,000. Easton sang the 'Guiding Star.' President Lyman, in his remarks, 
recognized and thanked Vermont help and skill. Dr. Edgar Fisher extended greet- 
ing to the visitors and congratulations on behalf of the people of Vermont. Elder 
John Henry Smith delivered a patriotic speech and Lucy Gates and Easton sang 
*An Angel From On High,* and Elder Ilyrum M. Smith bore his testimony. Jesse 
M. Smith spoke, representing the Vermont Smiths and Elder C. W. Penrose bore 
testimony to the Prophet's mission. President Smith oflBsred the dedicacoiv 
prayer. Singing, 'Praise to the Man,* etc. A vote of thanks was given to Junius 
F. Wells, and benediction was then offered and the monument unveiled, it having 
been covered by the Stars and Stripes, which were removed by Miss Ediih 
Smith." ' , 

"NOT L. D. SAINTS BUT L. D. DEVILS." 



The above is the title which the Rev. J. Stoker Hunt, of Milner, Pike Co., 
Georgia, gives to an article written by him for "The Watchman," the mouthpiece of 
the Southern Episcopal Methodist Church, and without mnking any comment upon 
the savageness of ita statements, we submit the article as a choice gem from 
this professed follower of the meek and lowly Nazarene. It is as follows: 

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Satan. It is a shame to this land of Christianity, of general intelligence and of 
chastity, where woman is the honored queen of onr homes and where every ba^ 
villain who would dare bring reproach upon her fair name is not only despised 
as having c(Mnmitted the unpardonable sin, but to whom is meted out swift and 
severe justice. That those infernal slick-tongue scoundrels, enemies of hell, wao 
tramp over our country by twos and threes, and who profanely introduce them- 
selves as missionaries of the Church of Christ, *L. D. S.,' *Mormons,' are suffered 
to spread themselves like a mighty octopus over our country. Like their father, 
the devil (for little devils they are), they go into every city and every village and 
along the highways and hedges, and where permitted enter every home, carrying 
their danmable heresies and hellish lies. If there ever was a wolf in sheep's 
clothing theee so-called L. D. S. or Mormons certainly are. They come, Bible 
in hand and well-oiled tongue in mouth, and preach salvation and sanctification, 
and purity and chastity through Jesus Christ the Lord. They tell of their sublime 
faith and of their heroic sacrifice, of being away from wives, if you please, for 
mouths, all for the salvation of immortal souls. If possible they will conceal 
their true identity and manage to get into some chucch dedicated to the worship 
of the one true and living God, and there preach the purest Gospel imaginable 
and hold themselves up as beacon lights of righteousness, the holiest of the holy, 
the very embodiment of chastity, and the fountain head of wisdom, with whom 
only the wicked will disagree. But wait until they win their way into your 
confidence, and if possible proselyte you to their faith, till they tell you that the 
vile Book of Mormon, written as a smutty novel, but swiped by Joseph Smith, one 
of the most contemptible men who ever drew a breath of life, as a direct revela- 
tion to him — is more truly the word of God than the Holy Bible which was given 
by direct inspiration of God to holy men of old; till they tell you (all these 
secrets by degrees as you become confirmed into the Mormon faith and your con* 
science hardened) that the teachings of Joseph Smith and the other nefarious 
polygamist Bi^ops of the Mormon Church are more binding upon Christians than 
the teachings of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of Gk>d, ever were; till they 
seize an opportunity to betray your confidence and wreck your happy hoiiie, tbe 
story of which-^too dark to write here — is told in the divorce courts; till your 
fair daughter — the very idol of your heart — is inveigled into a mock marriage with 
one of these L. D. Devils, who perhaps starts with her presumably to Utah, but 
leaves her in some strange city, homeless, friendless and penniless, and often a^ 
times writes her insultingly that he no longer ha^ need for her as he already has 
several wives — ^and all the world knows her shame. 

"Shall we under any circumstances permit them to enter our homes? Ten 
thousand times no. Rather would I let a lousy, ragged, foul-emelling tramp, who 
was an avowed drunkard, murderer, thief and libertine, enjoy the hospitality of 
my home than to allow one of those accursed wolves in sheep's clothing, who is 
really an emissary of the society of satan, L. D. Devils, to enter my threshold. 

"I care not though the night be dark and cold, and the elements raging in a'l 
their most awful fury — the devils shall not enter my home if I know it. These 
can positively be no companion with evil. 

"Then, Mormons, or L. D. Devils, back to Salt Lake and hide your shame- 
covered heads beneath its briny depths, for though your tongue be smooth and 
your words honeyed, your hearts are as black as perdition and your lives are, as i.n, 
the life of your father, the devil. 

"Mormonism, back to your native hills, for from hell did you spring and to 
hell shall you, with all the poor wretches deceived by you, return. And ther^i 
shall be weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth." 



Elder L. R. Baker, writing from Richmond, Va., says: "While Elder F. P. 
Whitney was confined in the Memorial Hospital in this city. President Weight 
and I visited there to help pass away the lonesome moments for him. While there 
we entered into mamy (Jospel conversations with the patients. Previous to our 
visit they knew nothing concerning the truth of Mormonism. As a result, three 
men are very deeply interested, and we think much good has haen done. We are 
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January 1, 1906. 



BEN K. RICH, Editor. JAMES H. WALLIS, Associate Editor. 



EDIXORIA L. 



QREETINQS FROM THE FIRST PRESIDENCY. 

We hail with pleasure the advent of another Christmas day. celebrated 
throughout Christendom as the anniversary of the birth into this life of the world's 
Redeemer. We regard and venerate Him as the Christ, the veritable Son of the 
Eternal Father. To the Latter-day Saints we extend cordial greeting at this 
festive season, and congratulate them on the condition of the Church and its 
pleasing prospects. In temporal things our people in these valleys of the 
mountains have been greatly blessed. Bountiful harvests have been reaped on fie'ft 
and farm, in orchard and garden and vineyard. The flocks and herds upon the 
bills and tJie ranges have been multiplied ; most of the industries that have been 
established have flourished ; comfortable homes greet the eye in every direction^ 
and want and penury are little known among the Saints. For these favors of 
divine Providence we ought to be truly grateful, but in addition to these good 
things, which are material, there has been- an increase of spiritual life and unity, 
resulting from increased faith in God and confidence in His servants. It is 
delightful to behold the peace and joy and contentment to be found throughout 
Zion, and the determination exhibited to hold fast to the truths which our 
Heavenly Father has revealed in the latter days and to the spiritual kingdom 
which He has set up to "be throMTi down no more forever." In all the quorums of 
the Holy Priesthood and in the auxiliary organizations there is a marked increase 
of interest, intelligent inquiry and intense satisfaction. The eflSciency displayed by 
the presiding officers among them is evident to all observers. The influence of 
education is also apparent; the Church academies, college and universities show 
marked improvement, being aided far more liberally than ever before from 
CSiurch funds; musical culture is progressing; order is maintained in public 
gatherings, and advancement is seen on both intellectual and spiritual lines. One 
striking evidence of the faith of the Saints is their fidelity in the payment of 
titbes» and the offerings for the poor, in the erection of substantial and elegant 
houses of worship, in the maintenance of missions and the support given generally 
to all measures for the spread of the work of the Lord. Our people are gradually 
following the advice given to "get out of debt." It is confidently hoped that the 
Church itself will, before long, be free from the bonded indebtedness which has 
been a burden upon it for some time. It will be glad tidings to us all if by next 
Christmas day we can declare, truthfully, that "we owe no man anything, but ta 
love one another.*' The Church abroad is strengthening its hold upon the thinking 
portion of mankind. Prejudice is being removed from the minds of good people. 
Substantial meeting houses have been erected at several points, and the way is 
opening up for the promulgation of the Gospel in many lands, some of which 
have hitherto been barred against our Elders. There are openinzs for our 
missionaries, too numerous to fill at present. The cry is repeated, as of old, **The 
harvest is great, but the laborers are few." The unveiling of the monument to- 
the Prophet Joseph Smith at Sharon, Windsor County, Vermont, on Dec. 23, the 
100th anniversary of his birth, is a cause of great congratulation to all who. 
believe in his divine mission. Slander, false witness and the shafts of malice are 
arrayed against the Church and its authorities, as may be expected until Satan is 
bound and falsehood is conquered by divine truth. It is our duty to bear such 
things with patience, and not permit ourselves to be aroused to an^rer or retaliation. 
We should stand up for the right, and as far as possible ignore the wrong-doers. 
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up under every difficulty and every trial, havinjr the conviction that the Lord 
will cause even "the wrath of man to praise Him.'* The very efforts of the 
enemies of His Church to hedge up its way will be overruled by Him to accelerate 
its advancement. We advise the Saints to enjoy as far as is possible and consistent, 
the pleasures of Christmas time, with that temperance and regard for others 
which should be observed at this sacred anniversary. Bless the children ; provide 
for the poor ; comfort the distressed ; visit the widow and the fatherless ; forgive 
those who may be regarded as enemies; be filled with the spirit of blessing; have 
charity for all ; promote peace and good will, and spread abroad the light and 
intelligence which flow down from heaven in the Gospel of the Son of Grod; 
recognize His divine hand in all that is good and useful and that promotes the 
welfare of humanity. All truth, from whatever source it seems to emanate, in 
science, in art, in phUosophy, in theology, in discovery or invention, which 
promotes happiness and elevates mankind, is from the Father of light, who sent 
His Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, into the world to uplift His sons and 
daughters and bring them out of darkness, ignorance and sin into communion with 
Him and obedience to His laws. Glory and praise be unto Him for this great and 
crowning mercy I Let all nations join in the glad refrain which was sung by the 
angels at the Savior's birth ! We extend greeting and blessing and earnest desire 
for the favor of heaven to rest upon all the human family, with the fervent hope 
that the time is not far distant when they will bow the knee to the King 
Immanuel and sing with united voice. Glory to God and the Lamb for ever and 
ever. Amen 

Joseph F. Smith, 
John R. Winder, 
Anthon H. Lund, 
— Deseret News. t irst Presidency. 

SOME THINGS THE PROPHET JOSEPH ACCOMPLISHED. 

Before the Prophet was twenty-five years of age he had : 

1. Seen the Father and the Son. 

2. Had held eight conversations with the Prophet Moroni. 

3. Had received the Aaron ic Priesthood from John the Baptist, and the 

4. Melchisedec Priesthood from Apostles Peter, James and John. 

5. Translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God, and had it printed 
and circulated among the people of the nation. 

6. Had organized a Church of Christ, by instructions from heaven. 

7. Had received a number of revelations from God 

8. And within fourteen years afti3rwards had seen 

9. Elijah, who committed to him the keys of turning the hearts of the chil- 
dren to the fathers. 

10. Received a visit from Moses, who committed unto him the keys of the 
gathering. 

11. Had communication with Elias, who committ>?d to him the dispensation 
of the Gospel of Abraham. 

12. Had built two temples, one at Kirtland and one at Nauvoo. In the 
former he received personal ministrations from Jesus. The latter was not com* 
pleted before he was murdered. 

13. He received nearly two hundred revelations from God. 

14. He completed an entire revision of the Old and New Testaments. 

15. He translated the Book of Abraham from rolls of papyrus, written by 
Abraham himself, while he was in Egypt, which came from the Catacombs of 
Eg>'pt. 

16. Had had revealed to him th.? visions and writings of Moses, as contained 
in the Pearl of Great Price, and which contain a minute account of the rebel llou 
in heaven and of the creation. 

an illiterate boy when he first received heavenly ministrations. 

17. He had mastered the Greek and Hebrew and other languages, although 
an illiterate bov when he first received heavenly ministrations. 



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JOSEPH SMITH AS A SCIENTIST. 

BY DB. J. A. WIDTSOE. 

The Latter-day Saints claim for Joseph Smith that he spoke face to face with 
God. The system of theology introduced by Joseph Smith claims that all moral 
truth, whether of a moral, intellectual or physical nature, is embraced by it ; chat 
correct physical living is just as important as correct spiritual living, and that the 
truth of physical science is not essentially different from the truths of the so-called 
theolog>'. If God spoke to Joseph Smith, there can be no reason why we should not 
find references in the written revelations to Joseph Smith, to any part of human 
knowledge. God, the organizer of all things, is certainly equal in knowledge to the 
best of His creatures. 

Joseph Smith was a poor boy of humble extraction, living in the back-woods 
of New York, who received the most meagre education and was unlearned in 
worldly wisdom. It, therefore, would be no reflection on the greatness of the work 
done by the Prophet if in his works he found no reference to the philosophies of 
man that are usually taught in quiet academic halls. On the other hand, if reason- 
able statements of theory and fact, developed by man, are found in the Prophet's 
published works, it forms an additional testimony to the truthfulness of the work 
that he inaugurated. 

It will come perhaps as a surprise to many, that Joseph Smith, the Mormon 
prophet, had anything to do with modern science. It is true that he was not a 
scientist in the sense that he studied books on science, or that he performed scien- 
tific experiments ; but in his works lie clear statements of nearly all the funJ.t- 
mental laws that form the foundation stones of modern science. Joseph Smith 
taught that the elements are eternal ; that matter was never created and can never 
be destroyed. The law, known as the law of conservation of matter, is the very 
foundation stone of modem science. To my knowledge no other Prophet has 
based his system of theology on so secure a foundation. The second fundamental 
law of science is that the energy in nature has never been created and can not be 
ilestroyed. It can only be changed. For instance, light, heat, electricity and me- 
chanical motion are all various forms of energy. Heat may be changed into light 
or electricity or some other form, but it can not by any means be destroyed. This 
law is known as the law of the conservation of force. Joseph Smith in his philo**- 
ophy of the universe, taught a doctrine precisely the same. He taught that a f*>rni 
of energy, known as intelligence, permeates the ^universe; that the universal intel- 
ligence had no beginning, and can have no end, and that all of the forces of naturi* 
are simply various manifestations of the great force of intelligence. Of coui*«e, 
Joseph Smith speaks of intelligence as the great force of the universe, while 
scientists speak of light, electricity and gravitation, and do not pretend to eay 
which is the original force. When two names apply to the same thing, the differ- 
ence does not aflPect our ideas concerning any matter. The second fundamental 
principle of Mormon philosophy is certainly identical with the second great prin- 
ciple of scientific philosophy. 

Science claims that the forces of nature are made manifest by a universal sub- 
stance of very refined .nature known as the ether. Certain vibrations of the ether 
we interpret as light; others as heat, and still others as gravitation. The universal 
ether is everywhere present, even among the ultimate particles of matter. This may 
be classed as the third great conception of science. Joseph Smith taught a doctrin-i 
precisely similar to this. He claimed that all space and all things in it are filled 
with refined medium which he called the Holy Spirit (something very distinct "!rom 
the Holy Ghost, the third member of the Godhead), and he taught that the various 
natural forces are nothing more than various manifestations of intelligence in this 
universal Holy Spirit. 

The doctrine of the conservation of matter was beginning to be understood 
among learned men at the time that Joseph Smith stated the corresponding l.qw 
in the Mormon theology. However, it was not until ten years or more after 
Joseph Smith's enunciation of the principle of the conservation of force that 
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was not firmly rooted among scientists, until many years after Joseph Smith cte- 
clai«d the law a foundation stone in his system of theology. How was the Proph'^t 
able of his own powers to anticipate worldly science in the statement of such fuud- 
amental laws? God revealed it to him and Joseph wrote it for generations to 
come. 

In science the great law that binds together the phenomena of living things is 
the law of evolution. This law teaches that all things are advancing and that pro- 
gression is a law of nature. More than twenty years before the enunciation of the 
law of evolution, Joseph Smith stated an almost identical law. It was a wcil 
established doctrine in Mormon theology that all things are advancing; that every 
man who lives properly shall advance in power and knowledge until he may become 
even as God is now. It is further true that the law of evolution as taught by 
Joseph, the Prophet, is clearer and further from error than the corresponding Uw 
taught by scientific men. Is it not marvelous that the unlearned boy Joseph 
Smith should also anticipate the world in this fundamental law? 

Joseph Smith taught early in the thirties of the last century a new system of 
astronomy. All heavenly bodies are in motion ; a certain number of them con- 
stitute a system, each of which revolves about a sun ; and further, that these sys- 
tems, with their suns, in turn revolve about still greater suns. This* is continued 
far into space. Anyone who will read a modem work on astronomy will find thai 
precisely these ideas lie at the foundation of astronomy as developed by modern 
scieutists. Moreover, a brief study of the history of astronomy will convince any 
one that these ideas had not been suggested at the time that Joseph Smith taui^ht 
his new system of astronomy. Again, the marvel is, where did the Prophet get iiis 
information if not from God Himself? 

In several minor matters, Joseph Smith revealed extraordinary knowledge of 
minor scientific facts. For example, in the revelation known as the Word of Wis- 
dom, he emphasized the injury that comes from the drinking of hot drinks such as 
tea and coffee and explains the uses of tobacco, alcohol and meat. He •also classi- 
fies the grains and indicates which one is best adapted for various animals. It Is 
strikingly noteworthy that many scientific facts given in the Word of Wisdom 
were not generally known to the world at the time the Prophet spoke. Again and 
again comes the question : How did the unlearned boy prophet see the visions of 
nature's truths that have come to patient seekers only after decades of persisteiit 
work? 

The limits of this article forbid a more extended discussion of the wonderful 
manner in which the theories of Mormonism and scientific philosophy agree. Wo 
can safely assert that the philosophy of Mormonism is founded on rational sci- 
entific laws. The world is invited to examine our published books to verify this 
claim. It is especially remarkable that in the statement of many of these laws 
Joseph Smith anticipated by many years the statement of corresponding doctrinos 
by the world of science. Every Latter-day Saint should find joy in knowing that 
his religion rests upon rational, world-governing laws. 

A truth in science must be a truth in theology, also ; a truth is a truth forever, 
whettier taught by prophet, priest or scientific preacher. 

Mormonism is philosophical ; and it bears much and long study. We believe 
in progressive revelation. Some of the coming revelations will no doubt result 
from the closer consideration that we shall give to the words already revealed by 
Qod through Joseph Smith. It should be the aim and de'sire and the great pleas- 
ure of every student of the University to give some time every »day to the study of 
the Gospel, so that its full beauty may be apparent and make life happier because 
of the glory it has awakened. 



JOSEPH SMITH'S FIRST VISION. 

No incident in the truly remarkable life of Joseph, the Prophet, was of 
more consequence to himself, or to the entire human race, than the vision, l>y 
which the great and marvelous work he was called upon to perform, commencol. 
When granted this great revelation he was only about fifteen years of a??e. It 
was a beautiful morning in the early spring of the year 1820, that he was ioJ 



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into the depths of a wood near his home, and to a little glade, where he wa* 
prompted to pour out his soul in prayer to the Almighty for wisdom. After nn 
intense struggle with the powers of darkness, he beheld a heavenly light, and two 
divine personages, that filled him with awe, and yet with unspeakable joy. AnJ 
then he was told, in answer to his trembling question, that the existing churches 
were all built upon false creeds. He was warned not to join them, for "they 
teadi for doctrine the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but 
they deny the power thereof." This was indeed a revelation. It forms the 
beginning of a new dispensaticm. With it the claims of the Prophet Joseph to 
the exalted position of a divinely commissioned messenger to mankind, must 
stand, or fall. 

Some of the opponents of the Prophet have taken offense at the declaration 
quoted above, but without just cause. It does not say, that all truth, all right- 
eousness, all light had been taken away from the world; it does not say that nil 
men then living were wicked, or destined for eternal damnation. It does say, 
that the ecclesiastical form of government known as the Church of God, had been 
abolished, and that no church claiming that name had the original, divinely ap- 
pointed organization, or the divine laws in their purity. In other words, che 
message declared that the general apostasy predicted by the Apostle Paul, ana 
others, had actually taken place, and that the world was religiously, and other- 
wise, suffering under the conditions originating in that apostasy. It was a 
confirmation of the ancient predictions of the servants of the Lord, and there- 
fore a testimony to the infallible truth of the word of God. 

Is it historically true that such an apostasy had taken place? No one ac- 
quainted with the ecclesiastical history of the early centuries of our era, can 
doubt that . That apostasy commenced already in the days of the first apostles. 
Paul warned the Elders of Ephesus, that from "among themselves men woul! 
arise speaking perverse things to draw disciples after them." John asserts that 
many antichrists had already gone out into the world. The seven churches of 
Asia Minor are therefore exhibited to us as beacons, and not as patterns. Ephe- 
sus was threatened with the removal of the candlestick *, and the Laodiceans were 
neither cold nor hot, and therefore in danger of rejection. In fact, the churchc'? 
were, during the first three hundred years, hastening to that state of moral fnd 
doctrinal corruption which finally brought the Mohammedans upon them, to 
sweep over there as a destructive cyclone. The apostolic warnings were but littl*^ 
heeded. Clement of Alexandria, in the early part of the third century, gives 
a fearful picture of the conditions observed by him. If his sketch is true to 
life, the manners of the so-called Christians in his day had indeed departed far 
from the ideal. He says: **I know not how it is, but they change their forms 
and manners with the place like the polypus, which is said to resemble the rocks 
to which it is attached. For after they come out of the congregation, they become 
like those with whom they converse, or rather they are convicted, by laying asid**- 
a hypocritical appearance of reverence, of being what they were not known ro- 
be ; and having reverenced the discourse concerning God, they left it within (doors), 
but without they are maddened by atheistic love sons^s. and they who before 
were rhyming immortality, bade farewell to it, saying, 'let us eat and drink, for 
tomorrow we die.* '* 

Cyprian is another witness to the corruption of his age, which produced 
such number of apostates in the hour of persecution, that the church was more 
trouWed to know what to do with them than with the heathen antagonists. 

The nature of* the tendencies that led to the general apostasy of the early 
church, may be learned from the Epistle of Paul to the Colossians. It is clear 
from that valuable letter, that the philosophers of that time taught tb:it 
matter itself was evil, and that, consequently, there could be no direct commu- 
nication between what is composed of matter and the Infinite One. To th«»m 
the question became important, how to cleanse matter of all that is evil, and 
so to establish communication with God. Two answers suggested themselves to 
this vital question. One was, to "mortify the flesh" by the most rigid asceticisri 
possible. A great many followed this line of conduct. Others recommended the 
most unbridled licentiousness as the surest means of overcoming all evil ten- 
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ness. To these two tendencies, originating in the same erroneous view of tn^ 
relationship between God and the visible world, it is easy to trace many, boih 
doctrinal and moral errors of the early centuries. 

But this is not all. Representatives of the church of the first part of the 
fourth century officially revolted from the divine Head of the church, the Lord 
Jesus Christ, surrendering their authority to a pagan emperor. Let us case a 
glance at the pages of history of that period. When the Emperor Ck>nstantin<j 
had succeeeded in establishing himself on the throne, through wars, treachery, 
murder, and similar means, it occurred to him that he could best continue 'n 
power by making the Christians of the empire his friends. But he found them 
quarreling with one another, and indulging in perpetual squabbles about doctrines. 
This puzzled him, and annoyed him, for he had no use for a divided church. In 
the Roman empire the most different religions lived peaceably together, but here 
was one which could not live in peace with itself. So he convened the first great 
council of Christians to settle their controversies and bring about unity. Thin 
was in the year 325. This was, as one ecclesiastical historian remarks, the firnt 
time the Christian church and the Roman state met each other face to face. 
When the emperor stood there among the three hundred and eighteeen bishops, 
he felt disgusted "at these coarse and cringing creatures, who one moment scram- 
beld sportily around him to snatch at a bit of his munificence, and the next 
flew madly into each other's faces for some incomprehensible mystery." But he 
saw that on the sentiment animating these men, the throne could be rested more 
safely than on court intrigues. At this council, and by the official acts of the 
delegates to it, the power vested in the holy Priesthood to declare truth and 
rebuke error was virtually given to a pagan empero^, who himself paid all thn 
expenses of the meeting and undertook to execute its decrees. After this sur- 
render of a sacred trust, the completion of the great apostasy was but a question 
of time. It followed, as naturally as the ripe fruit follows the planting of seeds. 

And this is the great truth declared in the first, glorious vision of the Prophet 
Joseph. It was necessary for the world to know the extent of the apostasy from 
God's established form of spiritual government before the Church — His Church — 
could be re-established. It was therefore declared under circumstances moi-e 
impressive, even, than those under which the Law was written upon the Mount, 
as a preliminary to the restoration of the Gospel, by which, finally, the humnn 
family will be redeemed. — Deseret News. 



REVIEW. 



ALABAMA — The Elders are in the Southern part of the Conference visiting 
Saints and canvassing. Many meetings are being held. The people in this port 
are generally quite friendly and reasonable, but even here much prejudice an ill 
have to be overcome before they will be able to see the beauties of the restoretl 
Gospel. The old time prejudice is nearly a thing of the past in certain localities, 
where the Saints show by their sincerity and righteous living that the unpop- 
ular religion they have embraced is, to them, a perfect plan of salvation. On 
December 9 and 10 Pres. Jesse F. Bean, Elders L. E. Harris, T. E. Rose an.l 
R. S. Porter met with the Saints of Choctaw county, at Lusk, end held a very 
successful branch conference. The Mt. Vernon Branch was organized with Bro. 
L. T. Crawford as presiding elder. The Sunday school of the same name meets 
every Sunday, and all seem to be much interested in the work. On the 10th 
Elder L. E. Harris administered the ordinance of baptism to one applicant. 
Although the water was nearly freezing cold, the yoimg lady went into it like a 
heroine, knowing it was essential to her salvation. The members are erecting 
a church building, where Sunday school and meetings will be held in the future 
under more favorable circumstances. After conference Elders Bean and Harris 
started for the station to take the train to Mobile. The, nearest point bappenei 
to be across the line in Mississippi, and more than one day's walk from Lusk. 
They put up many hard talks for eotertainment, but the good Christians (?) 
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not forgetful to entertain strangers," etc. Anyhow, their report showed thar 
they had shared the hospitality of Mrs. Sippd Woods, Openair, Wayne Co., Miss. 
They say it would have been pleasanter if it had not rained nearly all nigfaU 
Moral — Hereafter Alabama Elders will do well to stay in their own conference. 
Elders T. F. Brown and Geo. W. Chapman finished canvassing the city of Selma. 
Some good friends were made, but the people as a rule are indifferent and ba^'c 
no relish for the sound doctrine presented by the Elders. All Elders have enjoyt^l 
good health during the month. Conference headquarters is established at No. 100 
St. Francis street, Mobile, Ala. 

East Tennessee — On November 25 Elders Leonard P. Allen and Ivan I. Bal- 
lard were appointed to labor in the East Tennessee Conference. Elder W. A. 
Walker reports the work in Hawkins Co. as being in a very good condition. Tiie 
Elders there are making many friends. On November 27 Elders Broadbenc, 
Ball and Allen went to Rhea county, where they were met by Elder Walker N«)- 
vember 29. On Dec. 1 Eiders Walker and Ballard went to Bledsoe Co.. to labor 
this wiDter, while Elders Broadbent and Allen went to Van Buren, where goo^i 
work can be done by an energetic pair of Elders. December. 4 Elder Johnson 
reported the people of DeKalb Co. being very much interested. He and Elder 
Maynard are doing a good work in holding meetings. On the 8th Elders Ball and 
Fillmore entered White Co., where they will visit Saints and friends and then 
go to Van Bupen for their winter work. On account of Elder Pulley's having 
the chills and fever, he and his companion, Elder Whiting, have not been able ci> 
do the work which they would like to do. Elders Miller and Etherington, in writ- 
ing December 15, say : "We have had excellent success while visiting Saints anJ 
friends. The people show a greater interest toward obeying the .principles of tho 
Gospel than in times past." The Saints and friends from nearly every part of 
the conference are asking for the Elders to revisit them. More calls are made 
than the number of Elders we now have can fill. The Elders are endeavoring 
to revisit all Saints and friends of the conference, teaching them their duties a.« 
Latter-day Saints, encouraging them to pay their tithes and offerings, keep *.be 
Word of Wisdom, and live nearer the commandments of God. If there are any 
Saints who are not visited it will be because they have moved their place of resi- 
dence without notifying the conference president, or because they have moved 
into the confepeoce without bringing their membership certificates with them. 
The last two weeks the weather has been very disagreeable. The Elders have not 
been able to do as much as they should like, but have done the best they couU 
under the circumstances. Elder Royal has had another attack of blood poison 
in his foot, but is now much better. Elder Chester C. Pulley was released De- 
cember 20 to return home to his loved ones. We very much regret to lose him, for 
we have learned to love him. 

Florida — On the evening of November 21 the Elders had a social at Jack- 
sonville at the home of Mrs. Sellers, preparatory to departing from Conference 
to their work in their counties. The evening was spent in music. A number of 
the Saints and friends were present. The following day a priesthood meeting was 
held and the Elders were given further instructions regarding their woric. On 
November 26 a baptism was held at the St. Johns river, but at too late an hour 
to hold a public meeting. President Ferrin officiated. Abel Roberts and Foster 
Hill were baptised. The day following Elder E. B. Mecham left for his home in 
Oakley, Idaho. On November 28 another baptism was performed in the St. Jones 
river, Pres. Ferrin officiating, when Ellis Whittamore wa« added to the church. 
After bidding the Saints and friends good-bye, Pres. Ferrin left for his home in 
Pima, Ariz. On December 7 Elder D. R. McLaws left for his home in Oakley, 
Idaho. On December 9 Elders Burton and Peterson went to Sanderson and heid 
four meetings with the Saints there, returning on the 11th. On December 12 
Elder J. B. Broderick arrived from Kissimmee, preparatory to his departure for 
home. He left on the 14th, after bidding his many friends good-bye. Elder Jas. 
Phillips left the same day for Kissimmee, there to travel with Elder Stokes «n 
place of Elder Broderick. On December 17 Pres. Heaton and Elder Peterson 
left to visit the Saints in Suwanee, Brooks and Thomas Cos., on the subject cf 
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rheamatism. The reports show up well, considering the bad weather and th.> 
further fact that many of the Elders are devoting much of their time in teachir.;^ 
tithing to the Saints. Our Conference address is Box 793, Jacksonville, Fia. 

Georgia — ^The Georgia semi-annual Conference convened December 3J and 
4th in Woodlawn Hall, Augusta. Four rousing public meetings were held, three 
of which Pres. Rich attended. Success crowned each meeting. After two days 
of Conference the Elders were assigned to their various fields of labor, from 
where all report good health and success. Throughout the Conference the work 
is progressing, espedally in the large cities of Atlanta, Macon and Augusta^ 
where the work is encouraging. The Elders of the two latter places are contem- 
plating the purchase of building spots, as there are Saints enough in each plae.> 
to justify a church house being built. We are thankful to receive four new 
Elders this last mouth— Elders C. E. Walker, C. W. Wasden, J. A. Berrett and 
Jos. H. Walton. We still have more work than workers. Conference head- 
quarters is established at 1463 Estee street, Augusta, Ga. 

Kbntuckt — On November 21 word was received from Pres. Rich requesting 
the Saints of the Conference be visited in the interest of tithing. Pres. Crockett 
immediately appointed eight good energetic Elders to perform the labor. Under 
very trying circumstances they started to work with a zeal that proved them to 
be true sons of God. The result so far has been very successful. Many of llie 
Saints who never had understood the principle now rejoice in having a knowledge 
of the truthfulness of it, and are ready and willing to pay their tithes and offer- 
ings in the future. The month of December opened with much snow and rain 
throughout the Conference, which hindered tlie woik to a great extent. At present 
the Elders possess good health and all seem to be enjoying their work. We can 
truly say, as did the Prophet, "The harvest is great, but the laborers are few." 
There is more work in the Conference that ought to be done than our little band 
of Elders can accomplish. We still raise the cry, "More Elders wanted." Our 
Conference address is Owingsville, Ky. 

Middle Tennessee — The great blessing of health has been enjoyed by lue 
Elders more this month than for some time. We now have* seventeen soldiers, 
who are not afraid to pick up the cross and follow Jesus. Our greatest desires 
are to teach the children of men what God has revealed in this «ge of the world, 
and what his Holy Prophets have said He would reveal to His children prior to 
His second coming. There has been several changes made on account of three 
arrivals, and also because of our desire to work the western part of our Confer- 
ence during cold weather. Elder J. G. Shields and J. W. Gillman have been 
assigned to labor in Memphis. J. F. Brown and S. W. Bills to Jackson. Elder 
A. W. Bonham, who arrived from Hooper, Utah, was assigned to labor in Nash- 
ville with Elders J. W. Grant and J. B. Woodward. Elders W. N. Patten, of 
Moore, Idaho, and J. W. Hansen, Payson, Utah, joined us on the 13th, and were 
sent to Lawrence Co. to meet their companions. Elders Jackson and Hansen 
then went to Gibson Co., and Elders Walton and Patten to Carrol Co. Elders 
Roberts and Bagley are visiting Saints in Cannon and Rutherford Cos. at present 
in the interest of 'tithing. Elders J. W. Jackson and G. W. Miller are on their 
way to Madison Co. visiting some of the Saints in the interest of tithing. Elders 
O. P. Callister and D. E. Michaelson are en route to Chester Co. for the same 
purpose. Our work has been retarded on account of rain and Christmas. Elder 
J. H. Walton was transferred from our Conference to Georgia on the 16cb. 
We all join in wishing our Mission brethren a Happy New Year. 

Mississippi — On November 25 the reports showed a gratifying increase ?n 
books sold, meetings held and tracts distributed. Elder' Cheney was not able to 
do much work on account of sickness. Elder Gurley was assigned to labor with 
Elder Anderson on the Millville meeting house. Elder Wignall was assigned 
to labor with Elder Powell in Winston Co. On December 2 Elder Hatch w>u; 
sick at Hatchie. Elder Cheney went to Millville to assist Elder Anderson on tiie 
meeting house. Elder Kennington took Elder Gurley to canvass in Rankin Co. 
The Millville meeting house will be ready for Conference- in January. LocaJ Elder 
J. P. Sanders informed Pres. Buchanan that himself and three other families 
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£iIdors be sent to visit them before leaving. December 13 Sister B. K. Oden left 
for Salt Lake City. On the same day Pres. Buchanan and Elder Tidwcll lefl 
Meridian for Quitman to visit with the Saints before they left for Texas. On 
December -10 eight grown folks and ten children left Quitman for Kelsey, Texas. 
The rainfall has been very heavy here, and has hindered the work, but the Elders 
are busy and trying to do their duty. On Sunday, December 10 Elder D. A. 
Tidwell and Pres. Buchanan had the pleasure of leading three honest souls into 
the waters of baptism. The day was cloudy and cold, but the candidates wero 
not afraid, so in the afternoon the Saints and friends, with a goodly number of 
investigators, met on the water's edge, where we held services and had the pleas- 
ure of explaining the first principles of the Gospel to some who had never hea'*d 
an authorized servant of God preach. The water was very cold, but a friend 
nearby made ready a good fire and soon all were comfortable again. On the fol- 
lowing evening we met with Saints and friends at Bro. Hom*s, where we con- 
firmed the new members and partook of the Sacrament. None of the new meni- 
bers took cold, and are glad they have been baptized. We appreciate the Journal 
for the good it is doing, and wish it and all connected with it a Merry Christma.s 
and a successful and Happy New Year. 

Ohio — The most important incident of the first part of the month was th^t 
of the semi-annual conference of the Ohio Elders and Saints, held in Abie's 
Hall, November 2G, 1905. Two public meetings were held, with en attendance of 
fourteen Elders, besides Saints and visitors. The opening service was called t*3 
order by Conference President C. S. Jones, who extended to all a hearty i^-el- 
come. Elders H. R. Harrison, C. K. Conrad and P. C. Winter, the speakers »u 
the first meeting, spoke upon the apostacy from and restoration of the Gospel. 
The wrapt attention given them by the audience proved their great interest and 
very favorable comments were givtm the speakers after meeting. Elder J. M. 
Cummings sang very beautifully a solo, entitled, "Redemption." Pres. Ben. E. 
Rich was not privile^fed to attend the first meeting, his absence being due to poo? 
railway connections. The congregation of the evening was increase<l somewnnt 
by the presence of mora friends and investigators, and also some curiously in- 
clined. Short but spirited addresses were delivered by Elders R. L. Baxter and 
Geo. W. Miller, *A trio was rendered by Elders Cummings, Harrison and Winter. 
Following this Pres. Rich occupied the greater part of the remaining time l»y 
asking and answering the question. What is Mormonism? His language was 
fluent and a great flow of the spirit of the Lord accompanied him. Among other 
things lie produced sufficient evidence to prove that the setting up of the church 
was in direct fulfillment of revelation, and said, "These Elders," pointing to the 
EldoTs on the front row, "are called by revelation to carry the Gospel to ih.? 
civilized world, and to administer in the ordinances of the Gospel." Then, with 
emphasis, he declared that the gifts and blessings and miracles characteristic of 
the New Testament times, were tenets of Christ's church at present. All were 
deeply impressed and freely expressed themselves to that effect. Elder C. S. 
Jones spoke on the faithfulness of the Elders, of their chaste habits and bore 
testimony to the divini-ty of the Priesthood they hold, and expressed himself sat- 
isfied with the work beinsr done in Ohio. The good spirit that prevail »d mado 
all happy. On Monday morning an Elders' council meriting was held at the 
borne of Sister H. E. Harrison. Valuable counsel was given by Pres. Rich, and 
the Elders received their assignments. The night previous to Conference Elders 
Smith and Crossley went to Glencoe to conduct funeral services over the re- 
mains of Sister Simmons. The Elders are all well. Following is « summary of 
work done during the past seven months : Tracts distributed, 21,040 ; families 
Visited, 8,710; families revisited, 6,754: books sold, 1,556: books otherwise lis 
tributed, 678: meetings held, 716: baptisms, 37. Our Conference address is Box 
126, Columbus, Ohio. 

SotJTH Carolina — At the beginning of this month's history, Pres. R. Ray 
Nixon and Elder M. C. Smitli were calM by telephone to the bedside of Sister 
Rlvina Honver, who was in a dying condition, and who had been given up by 
four physicians. When the elders reached her bedside they administered to her 
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became like herself again, and the third day, after being administered to, she 
sat up for upwards of half an hour. Elders Joshua Finlinson and James L. 
Oman had the pleasure (?) of hiding in the woods, while an armed mob fol- 
lowed them up and passed on in pursuit of them. They searched until about 
midnight, and then returned, passing within a short distance of the brethrcu, 
which gave the Elders the signal that the chase was given up and that it was 
time for them to go on unmolested, having been cared for by the Lord. Our Con- 
ference at Camden was quite successful, considering the short notice we gave 
the Saints. Three successful public meetings were held on Sunday, besides one 
Priesthood meeting on Sunday and two on Monday, where quite a feast of the 
Spirit of the Lord was manifest, and a good time was had. AH the Elders ex- 
pressed themselves as feeling well in the work and ready and willing to go in 
to the lower counties. They reported their past fields of labor as very favorable 
tor the work of the Lord, especially in the counties of Oconee, Chesterfield, Dar^ 
lington and Marlboro. Union has been canvassed, excepting the cities. Union 
City is a very favorable place. Cherokee is quite favorable, but has been very 
bitter. Spartenburg Co. was worked some years ago, but is very favorable. York 
Co. was reported very bitter and cruel to the Elders. Greenwood has been worked 
this year und is found quite prejudiced. Edgefield Co. has also been worked 
this year and is very friendly. A good work can be done in the city of Green- 
ville. In Kershaw there is a bitter section, but most of it can be worked. The 
city of Camden has been worked, and eight souls have been baptised in Lee Co. 
A good work can be done especially in the city of Bishopsville. Sumpter \*y, 
has been worked quite thoroughly, but a good work can be done in the city of 
Sumpter. Oconee and Pickens are good fields of labor, and a good work has 
been done there. The people are generally friendly. These counties have not 
lieen worked for several years. Laurens Co. has been worked thoroughly this 
year. There are some friendly ones there, but most are prejudiced. Clinton 
and Laurens are favorable for work, while Darlington has been entirely 
canvassed excepting the city of Heartsville. A good work has been done in 
Chesterfield. Pres. R. Ray Nixon, Elders Emerson Bradley, Jens C. Ander- 
son, James L. Oman and J. E. Adams, held Branch Conference at Ridgewaj, 
Fairfieid Co., and three successful meetings were held and a good time had. 
Our baptisms this month have been performed by Elder Joseph Neilson and 

A. W. Archibald, five, and Pres. R. Riy Nixon, one. We have just concluded 
our General Conferenc(> and all the Elders were represented with the exception 
of Special Elder Robert G. Booth. He could not come on account of haviujr 
been vaccinated. All the Elders felt well and full of the spirit of their calling. 
They wer^? rearranged as to companions and separated into the lower counties 
to spend the winter months. They all reported a good work to be done in the 
upper counties, all of which are friendly with a few exceptions. Our Conference 
was very successful, considering the short notice the people had as to where it was 
going to be held. We are now on our way to Ridgeway, where we will hold a 
Branch Conference, with five Elders in attendance. 

VinoiNiA — The general health of the Elders is very good, and they are on 
their way East, visiting among the Saints, preaching tithing, instructing the 
Saints in their duties, and encouraging them to take the Journat., for we know 
it is one of the greatest factors for good we have. Elders H. J. Clark and T. A. 
Story held a series of meetings in Craig Co.. as they were passins: through. Elder 
Clark caught a severe cold, which terminated in tonsil itis. Elder Story went, 
ahead with the meetings, filling the appointments to the satisfaction and edifi- 
cation of all present. Elder Clark has recovered and is at the helm again. Elder 
T. T. Mendenhall. J. I. Bowers, H. E. Owens, J. I. Reid. R. J. Strong. B. E. 
Stone. D. E. Bishop and R. A. Dahlquist met at Huron, Roanoke Co., to hoM 
a Branch Conference, December 9 and 10. On the 9th it rained all day and 
was very disagreeable, but the 10th was a fine day, and two very interesting 
metings were held in the Latter-day Saints' Church, where the Saints and friends 
assembled, being much edified and instructed. The following week. December 
IB and 17, Elders H. E Owens, J. I. Reid, R. J. Strong, H. J. Clark. T. A. Story, 

B. E. Stone, Benj. Larsen and H. W. Olsen met at Montvale. Bedford Co., and 
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had an interesting time, and much good was accomplished. Elders L. R. Baker, 
F. P. Whitney and Pres. C. F. Weight have been holding meetings in Richmond 
and at Forest Hill, amon^ the Saints and friends, inviting all to come and hear 
the everlasting plan of salvation preached. Not many attended, as the peopL> 
of Richmond are not much interested in the Gospel. The Saints were glad of 
the privilege of meeting together to worship the Lord *'in spirit and in truth." 
Sister Aramintha Rosa Goodman, Hanover Co., died in Philadelphia, Pa., De- 
cember 9, 1905. The Elders of Philadelphia Conference held the funeral services 
there, then the body was shipped for burial to the home of her parents at Ban- 
danna, Va., where a large congregation met and listened with interest to the able 
remarks of Elders L. R. Baker and J. H. Gibbs. Much good was accomplisbel 
and many friends made. The little son of Bro. J. W. Harris, of Jackson, Louisa 
Co., has been suffering with paralysis. The Elders administered to him and he 
is improving. We desire the Saints to exercise their faith in his behalf. 



NOTES OF THE FIELD. 



Elder A. Milton Musser, of Salt Lake City, Utah, a well-known and talentf»d 
author and lecturer, writes, "For the endofrnd fifty cents please send me Tn»: 
Eldees* Journal for 190C. I esteem it greatly, and heartily wish you success in 
all your labors for the betterment of mankind. My son Joseph labored in rhi^ 
South for several years, under the presidency of Elder Elias S. Kimball. Let m** 
whisper an open secret : My eons and I have put in over thirty-tl^ree years •. f 
missionary work. We have preached the gospel in Asia, Africa, Europe, and in 
twenty States of the Union and on six isflands of the Pacific ocean, and we aro 
consummating arrangements to keep the equivalent of at least one of my descen 1- 
ants in the vineyard and another working in the Temple, till the Second Advent of 
our Savior. Each of my childreoi is putting into a family fund a monthly sum fo^ 
the consummation of these purposes. What do you think of these aims? Do 
you approve them? [We do, indeed, most heartily. — Ed.] I will add that from 
Octoh&r, 1852, to October, 1857 — five years — I circumscribed the earth in tho 
capacity of a "Mormon" missionary, absolutely without purse or scrip. I ^ook 
no funds with me, nor did I receive a cent from home during my absence. Abouc 
three years of my time I si)ent in Hindoostan. Food, clothing, shelter and trans- 
portation were all asasonably furnished me by the Father. I do not refer to chcse 
grand providences boastingly, but present them as object lessons and for the en- 
couragement of the elders. *Praise God from whom all blessings flow.' " 



Writing from Mt. Airy, N. C, December 17, Elder J. M. Hiatt says: "The 
words of the Savior have again been fulfilled, *They shall put you out of the 
synagogue,' (John 16:2), as witness the following: "The Mt. Airy branch of 
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Siints was organized on August 21, 
1904. We have held meetings regularly ever since. Some time ago, about August 
1, we obtained permission of the public school committee to use the school hoivse 
in which to hold meetings and Sabbath school. All went weH until Dec. 3, 1905, 
when the door was locked against us by the teacher, who told us that the com- 
mittee told her to lo<* us out. The committee say they never told her any ^ucli 
thing. We have not been able to get them to assign any reason for so doing. 
Of course such things only strengthen our testimonies. We continue to hold our 
meetings and Sunday school at private houses. Little Elzo Fulk, son of Brother 
W. O. and Sister Gary J. Fulk, died on Dec. 5, 1905, of indigestion. The funeral 
service was held by Brother J. M. Shelton in the Holly Springs Baptist church, 
December 7." 



Sister E. B. Rucker, of James River, Va-, in remitting her tithing, says, "I 
send in my mite, but am really ashamed to send so little. I don't get much money, 
but I pay an honest tithing on what I do get, and can conscientiously say, f 
pay more than one-tenth. We have plenty around us, but cannot turn it into 
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storehouse of the Lord. I know I have been greatly blessed by paying my tithing, 
but they have not always been of a temporal nature. I have always tried to obey 
every law and commandment of the gospel and my testimony grows brighter day 
by day. I have just finished reading the description of the Salt Lake Temple, as 
published in the Journax. O, how grand it must be! It makes me long to g«> 
and see it. I want to go and do a work for my dead, if I am worthy of enterin;; 
that sacred place. May God bless the Southern States Mission and prosper the 
dear little Joubnal. I hope the elders keep well during this cold weather, aniT 
pray that they might not suffer from cold or hunger." 



President Christian D. Fjeldsted, of the First Council of Sevonties, died on 
December 23. An operation was performed about five weeks ago »n the hope of 
saving his life but he was not strong enough to recover, and has gradually been 
sinking towards the end. President Fjeldsted was a native of Denmark, and his 
residence was at Logan, Utah. He was bom February 20, 1829, and came to Utah 
in 1858, after joining the Church in his native land, and laboring thore as a mis- 
sionary for four years. In 1867 he went back to Denmark and filled another mis- 
sion among his own people. He was set apart as one of the First Seven Presidents 
of Seventies April 28, 1884, and has held the position continuously since then. 
He recently returned from the Scandinavian mission, where for over two years 
If* had been its active president. He is well known among church workers, and 
his death will be widely regretted. 



Sister Martha A. Blake, of Battletown, Ky.. writes an account of having 
been remarkably healed about a year ago through the administration of Eliers 
A. J. Aagard and Lyman James Ball. **I am now entin2ly well." she declares, 
"amd I know I was healed by the power of God." She sends in her tithing, and 
says: "It isn't much, I know, but hope to be able to pay more in the future. 
The Lord has blessed us by being obedient to His Commandments, and if we Cv>n- 
tinue to serve Him, I know He will shower down His blessings upon us. Both of 
our children sing they are 'Mormon' boys, and it is our constant prayer that we 
may never fail to teach them the way they should walk, so that when they be- 
come men they will honor their parents for teaching them the principles of 
eternal salvation. We know it is our duty to train them while they are young." 



One of our faithful sisters, a member of one of our Ohio branches, sends in 
her tithing and says, "I have enjoyed life sino? joining the church, but I hav 
met with much persecution. Many of my friends have left me entirely, and this 
I count as nothing. I have never had better health than sino? I became a Mor- 
mon, and have beem blessed in many ways. I want to live better and do better. 
I think so much of the Journal. It helps me in many ways and brightens my 
life. It is my only companion. My husbapd will not go with me to any place, 
and I am not allowed to even mention Mormonism in his presence. He forbidt? 
the elders to come to our house. So, I have a lonely life, and don't know whau 
I would do If It was not for the little Journal to cheer and comfort me." 



A remarkable case of healing is reported from the Virginia Conference. On 
November 25 Elders John H. Gibbs and W. Aird Macdonald were laboring m 
Jackson, Va,, when they were sent for to go and administer to the six-year-old son 
of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Harris, who was suffering terribly with neuralgia of t)ie 
stomach, being paralyzed on one side, and speechless. He had been sick in bed 
two weeks, and had been reoeiving the best medical attendance. Upon the occasiim 
referred to he went off as though dead. The Elders administered to him, and he 
opened his ej'es. The next morning he was able to move his body, and he is now 
almost well. 



Elders Ohancey Jenks and Royal M. Jeppson, writing from Lawshill, Miss., 
December 15, says: "On the 4th ult., while laboring in Tippah county, we re- 
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Four days after, at Laird, we baptized one honest soul into the Church. A* 
Michigan City the Saints feel well, and in that vicinity we held a series of sev- 
enteen meetings, distributed literature to all who would accept it, and sold some 
books. When we left there, many were investigating and some were converted, 
and will be baptized as soon as warm weather comes." 



The following item published in the papers is self-explanatory : "Cheyenne 
and Pocatello railway postoffice Union Pacific railway train No. 2, scheduled to 
leave Pocatello, Idaho, December 6, at 2 :40 p. m., was wrecked near Wilkins sta- 
tion, Wyoming, about six miles of Granger, at 3 a.m. December 7. Of the entire 
mail, consisting of thirty-two pouches of letter mail and 324 sacks of paper mail, 
but twenty-four sacks of pai)er mail were saved from destruction, the balance being 
consumed by fire. The mail destroyed originated in the states of California 
Nevada, Washington, Idaho and Oregon." 



Elders Joshua Finlinson and James Oman, of South Carolina Conference, 
report that they wiere ordered to leave Whitmore, Newberry county, before sun- 
down, by a mob there. This they did not do, and shortly after dark they heard 
them coming, and they started to go and were followed by these law-abiding (?), 
citizens until midnight. The Elders wene left alone the remainder of the night, 
and were only hurt by having to stay out in the cold weather. They are aow 
feeling fine. Elder Oman dreamed of this the night before, just exactly as it 
liappened. 



"About a month ago," writes Bro. T. A. Martin, Jr., of Cherokee Falls. S. 
€., "I wrote to you to send some Elders to come and administer to my boy, who 
was afflicted with a very sore eye, and suffering great pain. The same day I sent 
the lettier I met Elder Bradley, and I told him what I wanted. He came to my 
home and administered to the lad, and today he is almost well. The reason £ 
have not written sooner is because I was waiting to see how he got along. My 
wife was sick at the time, and she was administered to, and is now all right." 



Elder I. R. Pieroe, who labored in the Georgia Conference, writes from bis 
home in Salem, Utah, these comforting words: "My labors in the South were of 
great pleasure, and I can see every day where they ha\9e been of inestimable ben- 
efit to me. My mission has instilled in me principles that I shall try to cultivaro, 
that I may be continually raising myself to a higher standing; for I malize that 
H I don*t make use of what t have learned, it will be a condemnation to me in- 
Btead of a blessing." 



Every Christmas time, since returning home from his mission to the South, 
Elder L. R. Anderson, now Mayor of Manti, Utah, has furnished the largest, 
plumpest and juciest turkey the Chattanooga market affords, for Christmas dinner 
at Mission Headquarters. This year was no exception to the rule, and the best 
wishes and blessings of the entire Office force go out to Brother Anderson for his 
kindness and remembrance. No one can appreciate so fully such an act as a mis- 
sionary. 



Elder Edward F. Turley, of Colon ia Juarez, Mexico, sending us some sub- 
scriptions on December 6, says: "We have had a young Noah's flood, and sev- 
eral thousands of dollars in property destroyed. More than two dozen buildings 
were swept away by th? flood, including Colonies Juarez, Diaz, Oaxaca and 
Morelos. I lost more than $2,000 in property and buildings. I find the Joubnal 
a worthy paper to subscribe for, and shall try and secure more subscribers." 



Sister Virginia E. Prescott, of Conoley, Fla., writes, "The time has come 
for me to stmd in my tithing, and I can say it is with great joy that I do so. How 
pleased I am to b^ able to see and understand the gospel like I do. There is 
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that a grand work is being done b^ the elders and I love our little paper. I cheer- 
fully send my tithing, aod know I will be blessed for it." 



"We feel to rejoice when we pay our tithing," writes Sister M. J. Bradler^ 
of Lapine, Ala. "We know and realize that God blesses all who pay their tith- 
ing, for it is one of His commandments. 1 know lie has blessed us for so doin:JC, 
and that He will continue to do so if we only hold out faithful to the end. Wh.U 
a glorious messenger the little Journal is, and how happy we are to have it com> 
to our home." 



In sending her tithing. Sister Isabel Frizzell, of Morgantown, Ky., says, •'! 
have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for six 
years, and it has always seemed to me that I was too poor to pay my tithing, but 
this year I felt it my duty to do so, and have given the Lord the money realized 
from the sale of my tenth chicken, tenth pound of butter, milk, etc. The Journal 
does me so much good, and is greatly appreciated." 



President J. M. Christensen, of the Scandinavian Mission, writing from Co^ 
penhagen, Denmark, November 29, writes : "I am very pleased to report that 
the work is progressing fairly well here. We do not have so much opposition as 
indifflsrence to contend with. The Elders all feel well in the work, and their 
health is good. The Journal is a welcome friend." 



Elder W. T. Moss, of Riverside, Utah, sends us the names of five new sub- 
scribers, and rejoices to know that he has been able to do this much for the mis- 
Kion in which he labored in the cause of his Master. He recounts the glorious 
times he spent in the field, and says they were the most profitable days of his 
life. Thanks, Brother Moss; come again. 



Reports received from the elders in all parts of the Mission show that a good 
work has been done by them among the saints in the interests of tithing. Wo 
desire to say to the saints that they have until the 15th of January in which to 
get their names on the records for 1905, and we hope they will not permit the 
opportunity to pass away unimproved. 



Elder William Moultrie, of Basin, Idaho, is still increasing his list of sub- 
scribers. He writes us: "I will do all I can for the advancement of the good 
work. I consider the Journal of much more value than the price of it. Lodjj 
may it visit the homes of the Latter-day Saints and the honest in heart." 



Brother I. T. Gotten, of Nellie, Ala., in sending in his tithing, says, "It 
always makes me feel to rejoice when I have done my duty honestly before, the 
Lord. It strengthens my faith and strengthens my testimony. The joy it bring* 
to the heart, far surpasses anything the world can produce." 



Sister M. E. Walker, of Susina, Ga., writes: "I would be so glad to see 
some Elders come this way. The dear little Journal comes every two weeks, 
and it is a power for good. I wish it could come every week. I don't care how 
I am employed, I stop work until I have read it through." 



Elders J<^n H. Gibbs and W. Aird Macdonald had the unique experience of 
leading out in a Methodist prayer meeting in Golansville, Va., on December 3« 
They went by invitation with. a family of Saints — Brother Carpenter and family. 
It is needless to say they will not be invited again. 



Elder Andrew A. Johnson, of Spanish Fork, Utah, writes, "The Eldkbs* 
JoxTBNAL Is a welcome visitor, and verifies the statement in Proverbs 25-25, *A8 
cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.* Indeed th« 
JouBNAL is the bearer of good news to me." 



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Brother Robert L. CJoxey, of Clifton, S. C, writes: "I like che little 
Journal, and don't want to miss a single copy. I believe that all the Saints 
should take it themselves, and have it sent to some of their friends. It will not 
fail to make a friendly house for the Elders." 



In remitting her tithing, Sister Harriett Hodges, of Sulphur Lick, Ky., takf-s 
occasion to say : "The Journal is a welcome visitor. It is a messenger of truth. 
If the Elders do not come so I can hear them preach, I can hear them through ch^ 
Journal.. I am greatly pleased with it." 



Elder D. A. Morris, of Hinckley, Utah, sends us in a list of ten new sub- 
scribers, and adds: **I have given nearly every one in this town a chance to 
subscribe, and others may follow later." Good for you, Broth»?r Morris. We 
appreciate what you have done. 



Sister Sarah Steams, of Bloomingdale, Fla., sends in her tithing and says, 
"I am too old to work, but I have a few chickens and two cows, and feel it n.v 
duty to pay my tithing. I am away where I don't see any Latter-day Saints, but 
ask the elders to pray for me." 



Elder James P. Jensen, of Sanford, Colorado, sends us in a batch of new 
subscribers to the Journal, and says he is greatly pleased with it, and that ;i 
carries him back to his missionary days in the South. We greatly appreciate the 
generous help he has given us. 



Elder H. W. Miller, of Parker, Idaho, sends us in some subscriptions to the 
Journal, and says : "I am pleased with the paper, and will try to get others lo 
take it." That's the kind of spirit to have, and we shall await the result of Elder 
Mailer's labors. 



"The Journal is always received in our home with great joy," writes Bco. 
R. M. Yarbo, of Kelsey, Texas. "I could not do without it, for in it I hear from 
the elders, many of whom I know well, and it does me so much good to hear from 
them." 



Elder George A. Macdonald, of Mesa, Arizona, sends us some new subscribers 
and says, *'I often think of President Rich and the dders, and hold very dear 
the ties ol friendship and brotherlv love formed while laboring in the South." 



If you like this Issue of The Elders' Journax, tell your neighbor so, and get 
him to send us fifty cents for a year's subscription. He would not take five times 
as much for it when the year is up and he binds them into a book. 



Brother E. C. Rolph, of Foxport, Ky., says, "The little Journal is doing 
much good, helping me and others to be more faithful, often bringing the tears to 
our eyes, and causing me to be more steadfast in the faith." 



*'I don't take the Journal," writes Brother T. L. Walker, of Susina, Ga., 
"but mother does, and I get to read it. I think it is a grand little paper, and 
I hope it wili m time reach every Latter-day Saint." 



The article by Prof. Widstoe in this issue and the poetry on the last page are 
taken from "The White and Blue," the elegant periodical published by the Brigham 
Toung Academy students at Provo, Utah. 



Sister Nannie C. Davenport, of Wilhelmina, Ky., sends us the season's greet- 
ings, and expresses her great pleasure in reading the Journal, remarking, "It 
is a great help to me in various ways." 



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mencing in February. Those desiringr to avaH themselves of this opportunity 
to go West can cornespond with us. 



Sister Rachel Bartlett, of Bowersville, Ga., says, **I don't know what I would 
do if it was not for the Journal. It is like a ray of sunshine, and I appreciaie 
it more than any company I have." 



The elders are advised that we are entirely out of the little work, "The Un- 
organized Church vs. Salvation for the Dead," and we cannot fill any more orders 
until another shipment is received. 



Elder J. H. Hardy, of Vernal City, Utah, swells his already large list wiJi 
four new subscribers. He is now up to Elder Jos. Irwin, of Lake Town, Utah. 
who has hitherto held the record. 



"My daughters, Lillie and Annie, send their tithing herewith, and I also 
send mine," writes Sister Malinda Deel, of Nace, Va. "This is really more '"ban 
the tenth of what I have made." 



"I enclose you my tithing and also that of m> two boys," writes Sister Susie 
Oposley, of Greenville, S. C. "I teach my childr<in to pay it, and they do so 
willingly." 



Brother J. W. McAuley, of Lucasville, Ohio, writes a letter full of faith in 
sending in his tithing. He entertained some of the Ohio elders for Christmas. 



Sister Kizzie Keen, of Kissimmee, Fla., writes us a nice letter, in which 
she send holiday greetings to all the elders in the field. 



ARRIVALS. 

The following Elders arrived from Utah on Sunday, December 24, 1905: 
Orrin R. Williams, Salina, Utah; William Aaron Judy, Salem, Idaho; Freeman 
E. Pace, Parley's Park, Utah; Albert H. Taggart, Sm<jot, Wyo. ; Thomas Edwin 
Ricks, Jr., Rexburg, Idaho; Jesse Winn, lichi, Utah; James A. Ransom, Cleveland, 
Idaho; Leonard W. Hardy, Stirling, Canada. 



APPOINTMENTS. 

Elder O. R. Williams has been appointed to labor in the Mississippi Con- 
ference. 

Elders L. W. Handy, J. A. Ransom and W. A. Judy have been appointed to 
labor in the Florida Confeience. 

Elders A. H. Taggart and F. E. Pace have been appointed to labor in I ho 
Alabama Conference. 

Elders T. E. Ricks Jr., and J. Winn have been appointed to labor in the 
Virginia Conference. 



TRANSFERS. 



Elder Arnold S. Mecham has been transfered from Ohio to the Kentucky 
Conference. 



RELEASES. 

Elder Jos. H. Freeman has been honorably released from laboring in the 
Kentucky Conference to return home. 

Elder Chester C. Pulley has been honorably released from the East Tennes- 
see Conference to return home. 



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JOSEPH SMITH, THE PROPHET. 

BT GEO. H. BRIM HALL. 



CJhosen spirit, .«^nt of God, 
Welder of the iron rod. 
Stick of Ephraim in his hand, 
Zion built on Joseph's land. 

Humble youth and mighty s^er, 
Man of truth and prophet dear. 
Soul of sorrow, full of cheer, 
Mind of mercy, void of fear. 



Life extended from above, 
Life uplifting, life of lovo. 
Death triumphant, full of grief, 
Made a martyr like his Chief. 

Historic eve, remembered morn, 
So made by prophet being born : 
And fame of him shall gird the earth. 
While millions celebrate his birth. 



DEATHS. 



HUTTO.— At Sally. S. C, December 3, 1905, of old age, Sister Elmira Hutto, 
aged 90 years. Deceased had been a faithful member of the church for nine j-ears. 

Morgan.— At Bedford, Trimbell county, Ky., May 10, 1905, Sister Lily A. 
Farley Morgan. Deceased was baptized March 19, 1900, and died true to t'le 
cause. 

Reeves.— At Sedan, Ala., November 3, 1905, Sister Elizabeth Caldwell 
Reeves, wife of Jesse Reeves, baptized in July, 1898. She died strong in the faith. 

Smith. — At Mountain Lake, Giles county, Va., November 25, 1905, of oil 
age, John Smith, born December 12, 1821. Deceased had been a faithful believer 
in the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sinoe July 7, 1898. He leav<»>* 
7 sons, 76 grandchildren and 22 grreat grandchildren, 26 of whom belong to the 
church. Elders T. T. Mendenhall and James I. Bowers conducted the funeral 
services November 27 in the Latter-day Saints church at Mountain Lake. 

Webb. — At Black Tax, Va., in November, Brother T. P. Webb. Deceased was 
a faithful member of the church for seven years. Just before dying he admou- 
isbed his sorrowing wife to be true to the principles of the gospel, and bore a 
strong testimony of their truth to those around him. 



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"AfinW noL if you are perteeuted; hvJL remember the words of the Savior: *The servant 
is noi above /tis Lord; if they have persecuted m€, ihey will persecute you aUo;^ and thai aU the 
afflielians through which the Saints have to pas^j are (JicfuUfiUmcnt (/the words of the Prophets 
which hive spoken since the world began. We shall^ therefore^ do well to discern the signs of the 
times as we pass along^ thai the day of the Lord may not ^overtake us as a thief in the nigfU/ 
AMiefions, persecutions, inwrisonmentSf and death, tee must extxct, according to the SeriptureSf 
vmch tell us thai the blood of those whose souis tvere under the altar could noi be avenged on 
them thai dwell on the earth, until their brethren should be slain as they vfcre." — Joseph 
Smith, April 22, 1839. 

Vol. III. January 15, 1906. No. 10. 



FORMATION OF THE EARTH. 

Its Division Into Islands and Continents — Its Restoration to Its Antedi- 
luvian Condition. 

BY APOSTLE OBSON PRATT. 

There has been much speculation in nelation to the ancient condition of our 
globe, and from the many facts connected with the geological formations of the 
earth's crust, it has been concluded that the land and water have more than once 
changed places. Upon mountains and high elevations are frequently found shells 
and other remains of marine inhabitants, in circumstances where it would seem 
to preclude all possibility of their having been deposited through human agency. 
It seems to be almost certain, then, that the dry land, and even the highest eleva- 
tions of our globe, have, at some former period, been submerged beneath the 
Heo. and have formed the bed of the ocean. 

Many geological speculations have been put forth to account for the great 
changes chat have happened in the surface strata of the earth. But it is not 
our intention to examine the probability or improbability of those conjectures; but 
merely to give some facts from divine revelation to show that the present geological 
conditions of our globe are not, in their general characteristics, the result of the 
slow, i^radual changes; but the effects of sudden convulsions and catastrophe;^ 
under the control and superintendence of the All-powerful Bieing who formed ol! 
things. 

As the elements of all worlds were not created, but are eternal, and as they 
have always been the tabernacle or dwelling place of God, they must have eter- 
nally been acted upon by His Spirit; consequently must have passed through an 
endless series of operations without beginning. Instead of seeking to trace out 
evidences of a beginning to the elements, we shall at once pronounce them eternal, 
from the fact that we have no account of their creation from nothing, for Go.1 
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all thi3 other elements which are His tabernacle are eternal, as to admit, as we 
are compelled to do, the eternity of His substance. 

How many thousand millions of times the elements of our globe ha^»3 be^n 
organized and disorganized; or how many millions of shapes or forms the elements 
have been thrown into in their successive organizations and disorganizations; or 
how widely the particles have been diffused through boundless space; or of how 
many different worlds these particles have, at one time and another, formed com- 
ponent parts ; or how long they have been parts of the solar system ; or how long 
that system itself has formed a branch of our stellar heavens — is unknown to ik-* 
mortals. We can only go back to the organization of our present globe — to the 
time when "the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God- shouted for 
joy.'* This is only one link in the endless chain — only one grand event in a 
series without beginning. But this event was sudden, not of the effects of 8lo\/ 
and imperceptible changes, oi)erating for an indefinite number of ages. Jehovah 
spake — the elements came rushing together, not by their own power, but und*:v 
the action of the self -moving foroe of His Spirit, associated with the particles ro 
be moved. That this atl-powerful Spirit performed its operations in a definiro 
and fixed manner, according to certain and prescribed laws, there is no doubt. 
And if any of our modern philosophers had been present on that grand occcasiou, 
they undoubtedly would have beheld every particle moving toward the great com- 
mon center, with a resultant force, varying inversely as the square of its distantv* 
from every other particle. They would have called it the law of gravitation; 
while those better acquainted with the origin of the force would have called it rhe 
law by which the Spirit of God moves together the particles of matter. 

We are not to suppose that these elements, before they were collected, were 
formed into solid masses of rodcs, and other hard substances ; and that these camo 
rushing together — rocks being piled on rocks, breaking, crashing, and rendering 
into millions of fragments. But no doubt, through the operation of antecedent 
forces, there had been a complete disorganization or dissolution of the bodies com- 
posed of these elements, in that prior state of existence anterior to the foundation 
of the present globe ; this being the case, the elements being separate and apart, 
and widely diffused^, were in a condition to come together in a state of particles, 
instead of aggregate masses. These particles, under the law of force ordained, 
would collect in the form of a sphere, arranging themselves, according to thetr 
specific gravities, in strata of different distances from the center. If these par- 
ticles, while collecting from the surrounding spaces, were under the influence of no 
foreign forces, they would form a perfect sphere, having no tendency to rotace; 
but if they were disturbed by their gravitation towards foreign bodies they wi.»ulJ, 
at the time of their contact with the central nucleus, strike the surface of the 
same obliquely, which would give rise to a rotary movement, and this rotacion 
would change the form of the nucleus from that of a sphere to a spheroid ; and rhe 
oblateness or eccentricity of the spheroid would depend upon the final resultant 
velocity of the rotation at the time that the particles will be collected. 

In the morning of our creation the gathering together of the particles was 
accomplished under such regular, harmonious and systematic laws that there 
were no elevations of the land above the water. All the successive strata seemed 
to have arranged themselves into a perfect spheriodal form, conforming to the 
laws of gravity and rotation, as if they had been a fluid substance. So perfect 
was their arrangement thet the land was completely enveloi)ed in a flood of water ; 
no portion thereof was seen. 

But soon the commandment came for the waters to be gathered together in 
one place, and for the dry or solid land to appear. This great event was un- 
questionably brought about under a system of fixed laws, no less definite than 
that of gravitation; but perhaps not so well comprehended by man. The Spirit 
of God in association with the elements not only produces all the phenomena of 
gravitation, but also causes the elements to act upon each other, cohesively and 
chemically, when the particles are brought insensibly near to each other. It 
ccould hardly be expected, the^refore, that such a great mass of elements could be 
brought together from the surrounding spaces without producing chemical ope- 
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caase the opheaval of. the dry land in some places and corresponding depression 
In others, to which the waters would rush; or the dry land might be made to 
ftppear, and the waters be gathered together, by a very different process, namely, 
by a variation of the period of the earth's rotation. 

The original position of the land and water in regard to the surface of ihc 
eauth, as it existed immediately after tbedr separation, we have no means of 'de- 
termining, only by revelation. It is certain, however, that it was entirely differ- 
ent from the present arrangement; and that it remained so sufficiently long for 
extensive marine deposits to be formed, which, by the great eruption^ and changes 
that have taken place, exhibit themselves in the interior of continents, and in 
locations highly elevated above the sea level. 

From the revelations which God has given, there is no doubt but there ha9 
been a most wonderful change. By them we learn that the Eastern and Western 
Continents were one; whilst the waters occupied the polar regions of our globe. 
America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and many islands of the sea, were all one land. 
The dividing of the earth into continents and islands was mostly accomplished in 
the days of Peleg, who was bom 101 years after the flood, and died 339 years 
after that memorable destruction. Many changes were made upon the earth in 
the days of Enoch; and no doubt the flood occasioned still greater; but we must 
look to the days of Peleg for the division of the earth into continents and islands, 
and the letting of the waters upon tiie equatorial regions. Since the grand di- 
vision of the earth many great changes have haift)ened to the various divisions 
of land by volcanic action and earthquakes; the greatest of which transpired at 
the crucifixion of Christ, when all the face of the land was broken up and 
changed; many mountains becoming valleys, and many valleys becoming mouu- 
tains. 

Without further revelation it is impossible for us to give anything like a 
correct idea of the geographical condition of the earth before tiie days of Peleg. 
Some of its general features may be very correctly determined from the following 
revelation, concerning the second coming of Christ, which reads thus : 

"Prepare ye for the coming of the Bridegroom ; go ye, go ye out to meet Him, 
for behold. He shall stand upon the Mount of Olivet, and upon the mighty ocean, 
even the great deep, and upon the islands of the sea, and upon the land of Ziou ; 
and He shall utter His voice out of 21ion and He shall speak from Jerusalem, 
and his voice shall be heard among all peopk, and it shall be a voice as the vo«ce 
of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder which shall bieak down the 
mountains, and the valleys shall not be found ; He shall command the great Jeep 
and it shall be driven back into fthe North countries, and the islands shall beoonie 
one land, and the land of JerusaOem and the land of Zion shall be turned back into 
their own place, and the earth shall be like as it was in the days before it was 
divided. And the Lord, even the Savior, shall stand in the midst of His people 
and shall reign over all flesh." (Doc. and Oov., xxxiii, 17-25.) 

The great deep is to be driven in the North countries — the islands are lo 
become one land — the land of Jerusalem and the land of Zion (meaning the East- 
em and Western Continents), are to be turned back into their own place, and the 
earth to be restored to its ancient geographical position. John the Revelator 
prophesies of the same convulsions, and says that "every mountain and island were 
moved out of their places." He saw that when the seventh angel poured out his 
vial of the wrath of GJod that 'There were voices and thunders and lightnings; 
and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since man were upon the 
earth, wo mighty an earthquake and so great. And the great city was divided into 
three parts, and the cities of the nations fell ; the great Babylon came in remem- 
brance before God to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His 
wrath. And every island fled away and the mountains were not found." Rev. xxvl, 
17-20. 

The same tremendous convulsion is predicted by Isaiah (xxiv, 17-20) in the 
following language : 

"Fear, and the pit, and the snare are upon thee, O inhabitants of the earth. 
And it shall come to pass that he who fleeth from the noise of the fear shall fall 
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the snare; for the windows from on high are open, and the foundations of the earth 
do shake. The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the 
earth is moved exceedingly; the earth shall reel to and fro, like a drunkard, and 
shall be removed like a cottage and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon 
it; and it shall fall and not rise again." 

. The convulsion of the earth at the time of its restoration to its antediluvion 
condition, will exceed all former convulsions, not excepting the great one which 
took place at the time of its division into continents and islands; hence, John 
describes it sls the greatest earthquake that ever happened since men were upon 
the earth, not only affecting the surface by castdng down mountains and exalting 
valleys, but causing the very continents and islands themselves to flee, away ; tiiey 
are not annihilated, but, as John says, **moved out of their places." It will not be 
merely the exterior strata of the earth that will be broken up, but the very "foun- 
dation," as Isaiah says, shall shake. This latter-day earthquake will be atten«1e«l 
with intense heat, meltdng and separating the very elements, or as Isaiah says, 
"The earth is clean dissolved" ; and as the Psalmist predicts, "A fire goeth before 
Him, and burneth up His enemies round about. His lightnings enlighted ths 
world; the earth saw and trembled. The hills melted like wax at the presence 
of the Lord of the whole earth. The heavens declare His righteousness, and all 
the people see his glory." (Ps. xcvii, 3-6.) From this passage we learn that :h}9 
intense fire will attend the presence of the Lord at His coming, and appears to be 
of the nature of lightning, whrch is to enlighten the whole world. We cao form 
Bome idea of its tintensity from the fact of its melting hills like wax, and dissolving 
the earth. 

If we had an antediluvian map, we should be able to point out the future 
geographical positions of the land and water as they will exist during the Mil- 
lennium ; or in other words, an antediluvian map would answer very well the 
purpose of a Millenndal map, for the earth is to be restored to its former condition. 

In order to maintain the present ellipticity of the earth, and its present 
diurnal period of rotation, and at the same time retain the seas in the polar 
regions, it wdll be necessary that the solid portions, now submerged beneath the 
equatorial sea, should be upheaved or lifted up. This could not be done without 
producing a corresponding depression around the poles, and the waters would 
thus, under the present laws of gravitation, be obliged to rush from the equatorial 
to the polar regions. Although it is done by the direct command of God, yet He 
generally accomplishes His purposes through the medium of the laws which are 
in operation. For aught we know, the raising up of the equatorial bed of the 
ocean may be accomplished by the internal forces of the earth, with which we are 
entirely unacquainted, only as we now and then behold their effects in the earth- 
quake and volcano. But whatever be those internal forces, it is certain that they 
will be controlled intelligently so as to arrange the continents and islands in their 
ancient position. 



BRIQHAM YOUNG AND THE MINISTER. 

[The following is taken from one of the sermons of Pres. Brigham Youug, 
delivered in Salt Lake City in August, 1856:] 

Every Elder should become a profound theologian — should understand this 
branch better than all the world. There is no Elder who has the power of God 
upon him but understands more of the principles of theology than all the world 
put together. This reminds me of a little circumstance that transpired here a 
year ago last summer. You, no doubt, well recollect Elder Day (a Baptist Min- 
ister on his way to California), who used to preach to us so nicely. I preached 
one day when he was present. In the course of my remarks I brought up I he 
subject of the Deity. At the point touching our Father in Heaven, upon which he 
desired the most to be intsructed, I dropped the subject and turned to something 
else. He went to dinner with me, and while we sat at the dinner table he said: 

"Brother Young, I was waiting with all my anxious heart, with mouth, eyes 
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"What about. Brother Day?" 

"Why, as you were describing the Deity, and just came to the point I was 
most anxious to have expounded, behold, you waived and turned to something 
else." 

I smiled and said, "After I had taught them how, I wanted the people to aJd 
the rest of the sermon themsedves." 

He said, "I declare. Brother Young, I would have given anything I possessed 
in the world if you had continued your remarks until I had obtained the knowl- 
edge I desired." 

I inquired the nature of it. 

"To know the character of God." 

I smiled and said, "Are you a preacher of the Gospel?" 

"Yes." 

"How long have you been a preacher?" 

•*Twenty -seven years I have been a preacher of the Gospel of Christ." 

"And you have been a minister so long and have never learned anything about 
the character of the Being of whom you have beenpreaching. I am astonished! 
Now you want to find out the character of God. I can make you answer the ques- 
tion yourself in a few minutes." 

"Well, I do not know, Brother Young ; it is a very mysterious subject to mor- 
tal man." 

"Now, let me ask you a single question. Will you tell me what God our 
Father in heaven appears like?" 

He sat a considerable time, while the color in his cheeks ebbed and flowed 
alternately, till at last he replied: 

"Brother Young, I will not presume to describe the character of the Deity." 

I smiled, and he thought I was treating the subject lightly. "I am not making 
light of this subject, but I am smiling at your folly, that you — a teacher in Israel 
— a man who should stand between the living and the* dead — yet know nothing 
about your Father and God. Were I in your place I would never preach another 
sermon while I lived, until I learned more about God. Do you believe ^he 
Bible?" 

"I do." 

"What resemblance did our father Adam bear to his God, when He placed 
him in the Garden of Eden?" 

Before he had time to reply, I asked him what resemblance Jesus bore to 
man in his incarnation? and "Do you believe Moses, who said the Lord made 
Adam in His own image and after his own likeness? This may appear to you a 
curiosity; but do you not see that the Lord made Adam like himself; and the 
Savior we read of was made to look so like him, that he was the express image 
of his person?" 

He laughed at his foJly himself. 

"Why," said he, "Brother Young, I never once thought of it before in nil 
my life, and I have been a preacher twenty-seven years." He never had known 
anything about the character of the God he worshipped; but, like the Athenians, 
had raised an altar with the inscription, "To the unknown God." 

There is not one of the faithful Elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Lat- 
ter-day Saihts but is more or less acquainted with the physical and moral char- 
acter of the God he serves; which is more than all the world knows, or can know, 
independent of the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. The greatest, the best, the 
most educated, and the most profound theologians on the earth, who have obtaine*! 
their learning by reading and study, had no correct knowledge of what is in ilie 
Bible about God, angels, sin, righteousness, and many other important subjects, 
until Joseph Smith made it known. 



Sister Rebecca Nettles, of the Georgia Conference, sends her tithing and says: 
"It is a small amount, but I am paying an honest tithing, and feel that God will 
bless me. I am 58 years old, and have been a member of the Church for over 
fifteen years. All the pleadings my Methodist and Baptist friends can do just 
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THE MORMON PEOPLE. 

[Written E^specially for and Published in The Chattanooga Times, Sunday, Dec 
17, 1905, by C. C. Holzel. a Non-Mormon.] 

Having resided for a number of years in the state of Utah. I venture a few 
lines respecting the much misunderstood and grossly misrepresented Moriuou 
people. During my years of sojourn among them, I had occasion to be closely 
associated with them in business relations and was very familiar with them in a 
social capacity. With this experience I feel qualified to speak advisedly and 
tnithfully of the Mormon people without the slightest fear of successful con- 
tradiction. 

I may say in the outset that no people in our broad republic are more 
hospitable and kind to strangers than are these people. In matters of generous 
treatment to strangers I think they are not one whit behind the proverbial 
hospitality of the Southern States. I believe it safe to say that no man or woman 
ever suffered any unkindness at the hands of the Mormon people. If there has 
been an exceptional case where an outsider has been treated to a cold reception it 
is because the people have had some reason to look upon him as a doubtful 
character. Notwithstanding these facts many who have partaken of their 
kindness have gone abroad and wilfully lied about the people of Utah. In other 
words they have "smitten the hand that fed them." In business transactions the 
Mormon people are strictly honest. That there are exceptions to the rule cannot be 
truthfully denied, but as a people, they have a far greater percentage of those who 
would scorn to be tricky or indifferent in the payment of a debt than any other 
body of people of the same number in the world. In thriving and growing business 
towns of Southern Idaho and Utah, if a Gentile merchant was asked for goods on 
credit by a Mormon, the only question the merchant will ask is the applicant in 
good standing and will the bishop of his ward recommend him. If the answer is in 
the affirmative he is allowed to buy on credit to almost any amount, and I doubt 
that a single exception could be pointed to where the merchant has failed to get his 
pay. Be it said, however, to the credit of the Mormon people that they do not 
believe much in the credit system and are being strenuously counseled by 
President Smith today as by nil his predecessors to get out of debt and keep out. 

I may say here, too. that in former days of Utah, when the Mormons had 
absolute control of the territorial and municipal government in Utah, that the 
territory and municipalities were absolutely free from debt, for they believe that 
what is good for an individual or a family is likewise beneficial for a city, state 
or nation ; that is, to live within your means, and see that whatever growth is made 
is not on borrowed money, but is substantial and not artificial. In this, as in many 
other views, the whole country, and for that matter the world itself, might profit- 
ably follow the belief and example of the Mormon people. 

Educationally speaking, the aims and ambition, the sentiment and principle 
of this people to bequeath to posterity a good education are not exceled by any 
people on the face of the earth. History shows that Joseph Smith, their 
prophet and founder, was foremost in the cause of education. He established a 
school of learning in the Kirtland temple. He obtained from the Illinois 
legislature, when Abraham Lincoln was a member, a charter to establish a 
university in the city of Nauvoo. The Utah university, now considered one of the 
very best institutions of learning west of the Mississippi river, was founded by 
Brigham Young and his pioneer colleagues as early, I believe, ad 1850, only 
three years subsequent to the entrance of that memorable body of pioneers into 
Salt Lake valley. In addition to this Ihey have the Brigham Young University 
at Provo, the Brigham Young College at Logan, the L. D. S. University in 
Salt Lake City and many similar institutions throughout the states occupied 
by them, as also in Canada and Mexico. All these are institutions of a high 
order. In their church schools they not only teach the spirit and letter of theology, 
but the secular, including scientific branches, are also embodied in the system. 
If non-Mormons desire to patronize these church schools through convenience ot 
locality or for reason^ of superior instructions they may do so without being 
required to study theology. The utmost liberality is shown in this regard. The 
Mormon people are equally loyal in their support of the public school system, 
and today statistics show that Utah is excelled only by one other state of the 
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have atended the higher schools of learning, such as Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Ann 
Arbor and others and almost without exception they have graduated with the 
highest honors, so much so that the success of the Mormon students has becom-j 
proverbial with the instructors of the great institutions. The Mormon people aro 
very fond of music. In visiting their many cities and towns I never saw in any 
other community of the same number so many pianos and organs. It is an old 
adage among some of the Germanic races that a people exceedingly fond of music 
cannot be bad people. The Mormons are industrious. In this they have no 
superiors. "The idler shall not eat the bread of the laborer," is a truism with 
them. They teach that when you do for an individual what he can and should do 
for himself you do him an injury. Among them there are fewer poor people and 
possibly fewer rich, but there is no suflfering. The worthy poor are looked after 
and provided for with scrupulous integrity. A greater percentage of the Mormons 
own the homes they live in and the resources of a livelihood than other peoples 
throughout the world. They are temperate people. More than nine-tenths of the 
saloonkeepers of Utah have always been non-Mormons, and now, and for the 
future, a inile prevails among Ihem that no man shall be a saloonkeeper and retain 
his standing in the church. He must repent and find honorable employment or 
submit to excommunication. As a people they use neither liquor nor tobacco and 
very little tea or coffee. As to matters of the higher morality, which involves sexual 
purity, I consider them as a whole entirely above reproach. There are exceptions, 
it is true, but any one in the church that is found guilty of a lapse of virtue in 
any form must repent and make restitution as far as possible or the hand of 
fellowship is withdrawn from them. They look upon adultery as next in the 
catalogue of crime to murder, and as for infanticide, foeticide and the prevention 
of offspring, they esteem them either murder or very closely akin to that awful 
crime. We are honored at the present time with a man at the head of our 
glorious republic who does not believe in race suicide, Presideot Roosevelt. He 
has by his utterances practically rebuked this heinous practice in our nation. In 
this rebuke I believe the Mormon people to be the only great body of people in the 
nation who are not guilty and who stand unscathed by this just rebuke coming 
fix>m the chief executive of the greatest nation on the earth. 

Any person or persons in the Mormon church known to be guilty of race 
suicide in any form would be as promptly excommunicated as for stealing or 
highway robbery, and with a sentiment of much keener abhorrence for the 
perpetrators of such a crime. Plural marriages have been prohibited by the 
government and by the church, and are not. therefore, a subject for present 
discussion : but should the Mormon people themselves admit the system of plural 
marriage to be incorrect, with all that thrown in they could still claim a higher 
standard of morality than those who so industriously traduce their true character 
and the principles of their faith. They are a people of deep religious convictions 
and sincere purpose of heart. With deep convictions of the divine authenticity 
of plural marriage grounded in them for more than half a century, it is not to 
be wondered at that before they give up this practice they tested every inch of 
the ground in the courts of the country. They proved their sincerity by over 
seven hundred of them suflfering terms in the penitentiary and paying heavy fines. 
Hundreds of others spent years in exile under the most extraordinary and trying 
circumstances; during all these trials they never did violence to any man nor 
rebelled against the authority of the law. At every stage of their history they 
have proven their loyalty to the government and in every sense of the word, in all 
things that go to make good people and loyal citizens, they are the peers, if not the 
8ui)eriors, of any other body of people in the nation. Ministers and politicians may 
pollute the pulpit, the rostrum and the press by misrepresenting, traducing and 
lying about the Mormon people, but as certainly as God lives and history rep?acs 
itself, so surely will future generations do justice to this people to the everlasting 
shame and contempt of those who may speak evil of them. My testimony 
concerning the Mormon people, from years of experience in their midst, is that 
they are hospitable, kind-hearted, charitable, industrious, temperate, virtuous, 
God-fearing, loyal and progressive. 

For them, as for all other people, there is but one true and safe standard 
by which they shall be judged, and that is the rule and Jaw of the Great Master 
"in whose mouth there was found no guile," viz. : **Ye shall know them by their 
fruits." 



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BSK E. BICH, BoiTOR. JAMBS H. WALLIS, ASSOOIATK Editob. 

EDIXORI A L. 



A "MORMON" GIRL'S ANSWER TO REV. (?) J. STOKER HUNT. 

Ordinarily we do not give room to lengthy correspondence, as our space U 
not only valuable but very limited. We believe the force and justice of this can 
be seen by our readers, and therefore this will explain why we are sometimes 
compelled to deny admission to our columns to even meritorious efforts. But this 
issue we feel constrained to give room to a communication written by one of our 
"Mormon" girls, fifteen ^ars old. The letter was sent in answer to the article 
written by the Rev. (?) J. Stoker Hunt, of Milner, Ga., entitled "Not L. D. 
Saints, but L. D. Devils," and which we copied into the Journal from "The 
Watchman," the mouthpiece of the Southern Episcopal Methodist Church, simply 
to let our readers ju^ge for themselves the kind of treatment the Gospel of the 
Lord and Savior Jesus Christ neceives at the hands of professed CSiristianity. 
The little girl who wrote the answer to this scurrilous tirade is Miss OUie 
Collier, of the Mississippi Conference, residing at 3318 Harris street, Meridian. 
She did not sign her name to the letter when she sent it to this Rev. (?), but per- 
mits us to publish it in connection with the letter which we give in full as follows : 

Rev. J .Stoker Hunt, Milner, Pike County, Georgia.— 'Dear Sir: I have just 
finished reading your most untrue piece, entitled, **Not L. D. Saints, but L. D. 
Devils," and want to tell you that every word you said was untrue. I realize 
that you are a fine minister of the Gospel, using such language as you did, for 
your followers to read. I have been in the so-called "Mormon" Church nearly 
two years, and have never heard a "Mormon" elder use such words as you have 
done. I am fifteen jrears old, and want to ask you if you are not ashamed for 
your members to nead what you have written. If you are not ashamed here 
on earth, will you not be ashamed to stand before Christ and o^-n the falsehoods 
you have told about us? I am sure you will have to confess, and you will be 
sorry, too. • I was surprised to read that it was written by a Methodist preacher. 
Mother said ^e was not surprised to hear of an^tthing a Methodist preacher 
would do. She said if there ever was a wolf in sheep's clothing it was a 
Methodist preacher. All you are "fit" for is to have little infants sprinkled, so 
that when they grow to be men and women they can help pay your salary. The 
last time mother was at church (the Methodist) papa had been sick and she did 
not have her dues. The minister told her she would have to take her letter out, 
for she was behind one month. Do you think a Mormon elder would tell a 
poor lady that? No, indeed, he would not; they have too much of €Jod's spirit 
in them to do so. I am ashamed that I was ever a Methodist. I was sprinkled 
before I knew what it was for. When I grew to be large enough to know what 
it was to sin, the humble "Mormon" elders came and taught us the true and 
everlasting Gospel, and the scales have now been removed from our eyes and we 
can see the light of the Gospel which we never saw before. I know that I am 
in the only true church that is on the earth today, and I am proud that I am 
a "Mormon" and hope I will never be ashamed of it. I showed your piece to one 
of the Methodist sisters, and she said you must be a very trashy man. You 
claim to be a minister of God. Where is your authority to preach? Was you 
called of God as was Aaron? If so who called you? "And no man taketh this 
honor unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron." (Heb. 5). You 
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Don't you think we were a lucky people to have it, and to have a man able to 
swip«3 it? I do. You also said wa would be weeping and wailing and gnashing 
of teeth, but you have certainly judged us wrong, and "He that judgeth a thing 
before be heareth it is not wise." 

I wish to bear you my testimony before I close that th3 "Mormon" Church 
is tbe only true church on the earth today, and that the Book of Mormon is true, 
and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, and that Joseph F. Smith, now 
at the head of the Church, is also a propfhet of God. We do not claim that the 
Book of Mormon is more true than the Bible, but we do claim that it is ju«t 
as true. As one of our Articles of Paith says: "We believe in being honest, 
true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we 
may say that w^e follow the admonition of Paul: We believe all things, we hope 
all things. * We have endured many things and hope to be ai>le to endure all 
things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiaeworthy, 
we seek after these things." 

Fbom a Latiebday Saint, not a L. D. Devil. 



DON'T TEAR DOWN OTHER PEOPLE'S BELIEFS. 

President Joseph F. Smith, en route to Utah from dedicating the monument 
to the memory of the Prophet Joseph, stopped at Chicago, and while there held 
special services at the elegant Church on Paulina street. During his discourse 
the President uttered the prophecy that "Mormonism, so-called, would some day 
encircle the world as the ruling religion of the universe," and the prediction has 
caused much comment. Referring to the unfounded reports that our elders are 
sent to induce women to leave their homes and go to Utah, President Smith 
said: "All Elders of our Church are forbidden to entice people to our beli?f 
against their will. We do not seek to coax women away from their families. 
I want you to know that the Church doesn't tolerate such wrong-doing." Th n 
be delivered these grand words to the Elders from Zion sitting around him on the 
stand, which are "like apples of «old in pictures of silver," and which we hop? 
the missionaries in the Southern States will read and never forget: "To you 
young men here tonight I would leave this message : I want you to live above 
suspicion. It is essential that you live pure lives, that you keep your word sacred, 
and that you be honest in your business dealings. DON'T TEAR DOWN OTHER 
PEX)PI>E'S BELIEFS, but ^ow them yours, and if yours is better th?y will 
choose it. That is our idea of religion." 



MEMORIAL SERVICES IN THE SOUTH. 

In accordance with instructions sent out by President Rich, all the Elders 
laboring in the Southern States Mission held memorial services wherever they 
happened to be laboring on the Prophet Joseph's birthday. In those cities or 
villages whene there were enough Saints and friends, elaborate programs were 
prepared and rendered, and in some instances a bounteous repast was served in 
connection with it. In places were no Saints lived, tbi3 elders went into a secluded 
spot and sang appropriate hymns, offered a prayer to God, and bore their testi- 
monies to each other. The favorite hymns sang at these gatherings were, "We 
Thank Thee, O God, for a Prophet," "Praise to the Man Who Communed With 
Jehovah" and "O How Lovely Was the Morning." A request was made of tlie 
Conference Presidents to send us a brief report of the exercises h ^Id in their con- 
ferences, but instead of doing so, they have forwarded individual communications 
from the elders under them, and the result is we are unable to publish a report 
as we intended, because there are over two hundred Elders in the field, and conse- 
quently we have in the neighborhood of one hundred letters, giving an account of 
as many meetings held in honor of the Prophet. 

President W. H. Little, of the Florida Conference, sent us the kind of a 
report requested, which we publish in connection with this article, as follows : 

Augusta, Ga., Jan. 4, 1906. — Pres. Ben E. Rich, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Dear 
Brother: All the Elders throughout the Conference were able to hold memorial 
services in memory of the Prophet Joseph Smith. Many prepared suitable 



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programs, while others were only able to hold meetings, where they lectured on 
the Prophet's life, his honesty and great character, and of the Gospel being restor- 
ed to him by an angel from heaven. Everywhere the services were a success, and 
it is said by the brethren that nearly every one who attended these services went 
away believing within their souls that Joseph was indeed a Prophet of God. 
All enjoyed the spirit of the Lord, and we feel that much good has been accom- 
plished as a result of holding these meetings. 



We make the following extract from a letter just received from President 
J. A. McCrae of the Colorado Mission, dated Denver, January 5, 1906, and com- 
mend it very kindly to other missions wiiich have no organ of their own : "I 
want to congratulate you on the success of The Eldebs' Journal. I am alwavs 
glad when mine arrives, for I find many good things in its pages. I ^m going to 
see what can be done here in toe way of subscriptions. We will have a meeting 
of the Conference Presidents next week, and I will lay the matter before them." 
In this connection we are glad to say that we send regularly a batch of Journals 
to the Somoan Mission, and if any of these missions, which give us such substan- 
tial encouragement, desire to use our columns at any time, we will be only too 
glad to give them what space they need. 



President Rich has returned from his trip to Nassau, the little island in the 
Bahama group belonging to Great Britain, lying off the coast of Florida. He 
found the greater per cent, of the inhabitants to be negroes. The island is 
small, and walking down its principal street he met fully sixteen to twenty negroes 
for every white person. Prices for living are so high that Elders going there to do 
missionary work would have to pay $50 to $60 a month. Tcdcing all these t'nings 
into consideration, President Rich deems it unwia3 at present to send any Elders 
there to do any missionary work. 



The Improvement Era for December without any question of a doubt is 
the finest and most valuable publication of its kind ever produced in the Church. 
It was entirely devoted to the life of the Prophet Joseph, and the important work 
entrusted to his care by the Lord, and the effects of that work upon the historv 
and events of the world. Every article was a gem, and the whole was a delicious 
symposium of eternal truths. The publishers certainly have every occasion to 
be proud of the centennial number of the Bra. 



CINCINNATI FLOODED WITH MORMON LITERATURE. 

"Since coming back from our Conference which was held in Cleveland, Obi >, 
November 25th," writes Elder Carl K. Conrad from Cincinnati, "Elder E. Moser 
and I have devoted the most of our time in distributing the little work, 'Joseph F. 
Smith Denies the Charges.* We have given out over a thousand of these tracts, 
and only to lawyers and in the stores. The result is we have aroused the city con- 
siderably. A reporter of the Commercial -Tribune' called at our place of meeting?, 
and the next day there was a long article in that paper. We are having gi»od 
success, and are making many friends. The Saints are all feeling fine." 

Following is the article referred to by Elder Conrad, which is so fair that we 
deem it worthy of reproduction : 

"Polygamy in the Mormon Church is rapidly dying out, and with the passmjr 
of the old generation it will be seen no more in Utah or any other place where the 
Monnons are to be found, according to a statement given out by Elder Carl K. 
Conrad, of the local Mormon Mission, at 154 East McMicken avenue, yesterday. 
That part of the creed is no longer being taught, and the elders and President 
Joseph F. Smith are doing everything in their power to make marriage among their 
people a matter of quality rather than quantity. In speaking of the Reed Smoot 
case yesterday, Elder Conrad declared that he was personally acquainted with the 
Apostle-Senator and that he has but one wife. He says that the general opinion 
that Apostle Smoot was nominated and elected to the United States Senate by che 
Mormon church is erroneous. *The people in the church are divided over political 
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election was doe more to the Grentiles than to the Mormons, as theve are more 
republicans among the Christians in Utah than among the Mormons.* With the 
coming of the case in the limelight again the Mormons are making efforts to 
alleviate the feeling against their belief and their participation in polities by 
spreading broadcast pamphlets containing a recent interview given out by Presi- 
dent Joseph F. Smith regarding the part played in the campaign by the L#atter-day 
Saints. After making an exhaustive explanation of the grounds of the opposition 
taken by the antagonists to the Mormons, President Smith says : 

** *W€ ask no favors. All we want is a free field and a fair fight. We would 
like to be treated honorably. We would like people to come here and learn rhe 
truth, find out about us and what we are really doing. There is nothing here wc 
need care to conceal. We only desire that the truth may be spoken concerning us.* 

"Over a thousand of these pamphlets have been distributed in Cincinnati 
among lawyers and men prominent in politics. Of their work in this city, EUler 
Conrad said that his congregation only numbered thirty at the present time, 
but that during the past year ten families have moved to Utah. He declared tnat 
converts weakened under the persecutions of the Christians, and that as soon as 
they could possibly do so they moved to Utah among their own people. Cincinnati 
has not been without a Mormon elder since Joseph Smith first appeared here in 
1840, and Conrad was unable to say just how many Ohioans had joined the Church 
during that time, but said that the number was exceedingly large. There are six- 
teen elders in the state at present, all under President Calvin S. Jones, of Colum- 
bus. Ohio is controlled by the Southern States Mission, the headquarters being v^ 
Chattanooga, Tennessee." 



NOTES OF THE FIELD. 



We are in receipt of a letter from Eugenio Dahne, ex-Brazilian Government 
Commissioner of the World's Fair, St. Louis, in which he says: "Your address 
has been given me by a Mr. Conrad, of Cincinnati. I am a Brazilian and reside 
in Brazil, and having been last year one of the Brazilian Commissioners to the 
World's Fair, I am now here again on a short visit. I I»ave heard a great of your 
religion and would like to know more of it, and what the fundamental principles 
of it are. The people in my country have hitherto been governed entirely bv the 
Jesuits, who do their best to keep them in gross ignoranoa and behind the times. 
We are tired of their rule, and seek a more enlightened religion, and I am sure 
that in my country you would find a promising field for your missionary worfl. 
I would thank you if you would indicate to me where I can get books or literature 
teaching me the principles of your religion, and I would also thank you if you 
would give me the address of the head of your Church, with whom I could discuss 
the possibility of lestablishing missionary stations in Brazil." 



Elder S. L. Cox, who was President of the Middle Tennessee Conference, but 
who had to be released because of the dangerous condition of his wife, writes from 
his home at Idaho Falls, Idaho, January 4, that he will leave Salt Lake City 
January 17 for the South to complete his mission. Regarding the Joitrnal. he 
says: "I do not wish to be understood as flattering, but never in my life did a 
small pamphlet excite my being to the pitch the Journal does. It is the newsiest 
paper, and contains more truths, recalls more interesting news of bygone days of 
the history of our Church than any periodical we have. The description of 
Temple was so beatuifully exemplified that it alone was well worth the subscrip- 
tion price. May God bless the faithful efforts of the editors of this giant mission- 
ary. It is equal to several bright, intelligent Elders, for it makes a semi-monthly 
visit to so many more homes than could the Elders." 



In sending in her tithing, Sister Maude R. Kidd, of the Tennessee Confer- 
ence, says: **'Before I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- 
day Saints, I thought and studied and prayed to God to help me know how to 
serve Him. I was so miserable that life had no pleasure for me. At last it 
seemed I could bear it no longer. One night, before netiring, I knelt down by my 



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bed and asked the Lord if the Mormon Church was right, and that if it was to send 
two Elders to our home. That night I dreamed I was going to be baptized by the 
Elders and saw the place where the ordinance was performed, and also the Elders. 
One wteek afterwards these very Elders came, and I was baptized at the very placo 
shown me in my dream. The miserable feeling left me after that, and today I 
feel thankful to my Heavenly Father for His goodness to me." 



•Mrs. Geo. W. McDonald, of the Florida Conference, though not yet a memt«?r 
of the Church, writes a very nice letter, in which she expresses her good feelings 
for the work of the Lord and the Elders. Referring to The Eldebs' Journal, 
she says : "We have taken it ever since we first met and became acquainted with 
the Elders. We would not be without it. There never has been a paper of any 
kind in our home that was read by the whole family with more pleasure. We 
had Elders W. D. Bocker and J. C. Farr with us for the holidays, and we hated 
to see them go. My husband was baptized by them before leaving. The bap- 
tismal ceremonies were very impressive, and touched the hearts of most of the 
people, as there were not many 'dry eyes in the congregation. They held several 
meetings in the neighborhood while here, and did mudi good." 



Elders Albert A. Wilde and Joseph Young, of the Kentucky Conference, have 
just concluded a trip through seven counties, visiting the Saints and teaching them 
the law Off tithing. "We found a very small percentage of the Saints obeying 
this principle," writes Elder Young. "We spent what time we could spare with 
each family, and in almost every instanoa the Saints promised to obey this law 
in the future. They "were glad to see us and sorry we could not spend a week 
or two with them. They are hungry, but not for bread. They thirst after 
spiritual drink, but it is not to be found in the broken cisterns of modem Chris- 
tianity. The call is great, and the laborors few. The sheep know the Sl»pherd's 
voice, and will not follow the hireling." 



Elder Percival C. Winter writes us an interesting letter from his home in 
Rexburg, Idaho, under date of January 5. expressing his pleasure at bein^ home 
again, after his mission in the South. The Ward authorities have placed bim in 
the superintendency of the Sunday School, and he enjoys his labors. "I have 
just received the last number of the Journal," he says, "and I think it's a 
*daisy'— for want of a better term. It always gets the 'cream' of good, instruct- 
ive reading. And wliat one reads in it is sound and beneficial. To a Southern 
States missionary, it's the 'very best.* " 



"After our General Conference," writes President R. Ray Nixon, of the 
South Carolina Conference, "Elders Emerson Bradley, Jens C. Anderson, James 
L. Oman, J. E. Adams and myself held a branch conference at Ridgeway, Fair- 
field County, which was indeed a success. We held three meetings and the room 
was filled each time. We also arranged for the erection of a new meeting-^ouse. 
Fifty dollars was subscribed at the first meeting. This will be the third building 
that has been erected in this locality, the other two having been burned down by 
those professing to bo our friends." 



Brother R. H. Cherry, of the North Carolina Conference, writes that he 
made a visit to Brother and Sister O'Mary in Washington, N. C, during the 
holidays. They are both getting old, but they gave their tithing to Brother 
Cherry to send to the Mission office, and told him they had paid it ever since 
they had been taught it, and knew the Lord had blessed them for so doing. 
They take the Journal, and desired to say, through its pages, to those who don't 
pay it, that all such do not realize how sweet the blessings of the Lord are to 
those who keep that law. 



We desire to inform all Sunday School workers that the Leaflets are no longer 
used in the Sunday Schools, but instead the '"Sunday School Outlines" have been 
adopted. In ordering literature for your classes simply state for which dr^partment 
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are arranged for the tbeological, first and second intermediate, primary and kinder- 
garten departments. They are nicely bound and cost five cents per copy for 
each department, postpaid. We are unable to furnish any mon? of the leaflets. 



Sister W. F. Faglie, of the Florida CJonference, writes a V?tter in which she 
states that on Christmas night their store was robbed and then burned to the 
ground. "It was in full blaze when we found it out," she says. "It is hanl for 
us, as we have a large family to support, and also owe J^lOO on the goods.*' The 
Faglie family are some of the most faithful Saints in the Mission, and this is a 
severe trial to them. Here is an excellent opportunity for any good Samaritan 
to extend a helping hand. 



Sister Myrtie Stroud, of the North Carolina Conference, writes: "I never 
feel better than when I start my tithing to the oflSce. Our strength is in our 
righteousness — in our obedience to the requirements of the Gosr»2l. We are 
dependent upon the Lord for His kindly care and protection. He has encouraged 
us to prov» Him in the principle of tithing through the Prophet Malachi (3 chap., 
10 v.). The promise there made is to all His children who believe in Him." 



"If it was not for the Joubnal I would not know what the Lord was doing." 
writes Brother H. L. Mattox, of the Georgia Conference, "for I have not seen an 
Elder nor even a member of the Church for over twelve months. You can there- 
fore ima^ne how we appreciate the Journal and look forward to its coming. 
If we never have the privilege of seeing and hearing another Elder we will still 
know we are ri^t. There is nothing that can change my faith in the (Jospel." 



"When I got my last tithing receipt from the Mission Ofl5ce," writes Brother 
T. A. Martin, Jr., of the South Carolina Conference, "I went to a man who does 
not like the Mormons, and asked him if he ever paid any money into his church. 
He said *Yes, lots of it.* I then asked him if they gave him a receipt and a long 
letter of encouragement like I got, at the same time letting him read it. After 
he had read it, he said, *That looks like business.* " 



Brother J. M. Melvin, of the Alabama Conference, in a letter to us, says he 
has been acquainted with the Reorganites for twenty-five years, his father having 
been a member of the Church that long and a presid<^nt of one of its organiza- 
tions. "I never could see how they could be right, for if thi^ kingdom of God 
was broken up and given to that people, as they claim, then the Prophet Daniel 
is wrong.** 



Elder Moses Smith writes from his home in Marion, Idaho : "The dear 
little Journal of January 1 can not be beat. I will canvass for it. I wish 
everybody would take it, for it is a gem. I send herewith five new subscrih rs. 
and will send more soon. Will soon p.pt out and visit the other Wards, and 
work for it as long as it is printed.*' (iood for Uncle Mose. 



"I have been rustling a few more names for the Journal,** writes Elder 
Joseph Bingham, of Safford, Ariz., "and enclose you four more new subscribers. 
I tackle almost every man I meet to send for it. I await its coming very anxious- 
ly, as I want to hear what is going on in the Southern States Mission, especially 
in Kentucky, my old stamping ground.** 



Sister Laura T. Toler, of the Virginia Conference, writes: "I appreciate 
the Httle Journal so much. I would not be without it for anything; for that 
reason I never fail to see that my subscription is paid up in due time. I have 
been trying to get you some new subscribers, but have not succeeded as yet. I loan 
mine ont to my neighbors to read.** 



We ane in receipt of a most excellent letter from Sister Mamie Stewart, of 
the Georgia Conf.^rence, which is full of faith and earnestness, and good will. She 
sends in her tithing and says: "Though I am not yet a member of the Church 



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of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, yet I try to beep the commandments of the 
Lord and He blesses me for it." 



Sister Mintie Rice, of the Kentucky (Conference, says: **I have not heard an 
Elder preach for four years, so you can imagine how badly I want to hear them. 
I would give anything to have them visit me. I am delighted with the Joubnal 
and every issue is like a sermon to me." Sister Rice bears a strong testimony to 
the truth of Mormonism. 



Brother J. J. Blansett, of the Mississippi Conference, says he is highly 
pleased with his new surroundings, and believes other Saints looking for a new 
location would do well to make Darbun their home. He says the Saints already 
there are doing well, and will gladly welcome new comers. 



Elders D. E. Bishop and James Bowers improved the holiday season by 
holding eight meetings at Nathalie, Halifax County, Va., while spending Christmas 
at the home of Sister Mary J. Brown. Each meeting was well attended and a 
good spirit prevailed, the people evincing much interest. 



"I would rather have the blessings of the Lord on nine dollars, than have ten 
dollars and not have His blessings," is the way in which Brother R. M. Ball, of 
the Mississippi Conference, expresses his faith in the law of tithing. That is 
the way for every Latter-day Saint to feel. 



Brother J. H. Madril, of the Alabama Conference, writes an encouraging 
letter, testifying to the healing of three of his childnen by the power of God, 
through the administration of the Elders, who were called in to attend to the 
ordinance of the laying on of hands. 



Elders A. C. Sant and Jas. A. Christensen, of the Kentucky Conference, 
write that they have just completed a tour of eight counties of that Conference in 
the interests of tithing, and found a remarkably good spirit existing among the 
faithful membiors of the Church. 



Brother John W. Hill, of the Florida Conference, and his wife, Sister 
Susan E. Hill, and all their children who have been baptized, are strict tithe- 
payers, and we feel to say God bless them for their devotion to this law of the 
Lord, and we know He will. 



President Rich has sent out notices to the Conferenae Presidents for thorn 
to meet in Chattanooga on Saturday, January 20, in convention. A grand 
time is expected. Conference Presidents will bring with them the reports for 
1904 recently mailed them. 



Brother Jacob F. Hiatt, of the North Carolina Conference, writes an en- 
couraging letter, expressing the great pleasure he derives from the Joubnal, and 
says it should be in the homes of every Letter-day Saint. That is what we are 
trying to accomplish. 



We would like to say to the Elders that in ordering shoes, we can fit you bet- 
ter if you would give us the number found on the inside of the shoe you are 
wearing. Should you want them either narrower or wider, you should so state in 
your order. 



In sending her tithing. Sister P. A. Davis, of tl*e Kentucky Conference, says : 
"I take pleasure in remitting the tenth of my increase, which I owe unto the 
Lord. I pay it freely, for I know the Lord blesses me in so doing, and belongs 
to Him." 



Brother Thos. R. Styron, of the North Carolina Conference, makes a plea 
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to educate their childnen. The matter is now under consideration bv President 
Rich. 



The Journal sends its greetings to Brother and Sister Raleigh Rowland, 
of the Virginia Conference, on the occasion of the birth of their eleventh child, 
making eight boys and three girls, among thom twins, a boy and a girl, four vears 
old. 



"I can not afford to miss one copy of the Journal. I love the Gospel truths 
it contains and wish it came every week. It is a ray of living light to one so 
lonely as I am." So writes Sister N. O. Stanfield, of the Mississippi Conference. 



Brother Robert L. Coxey, of the South Carolina Conference, sends in the 
name of a new subscriber, a member of the Baptist Church. Who knows but wliat 
the little paper may be an effective missionary in his hands? 



President J. W. Grant, of the Middle Tennessee Conference, reports that the 
Elders there started the New Year with a two days* fast and prayer, desiring 
the rich blessings of heaven to aid them in their calling. 



Elder Joseph B. Richey, of St. Johns, Arizona, send us in five subscrib?rs, 
and says : "I hope to be able to send some more in the future. We are all 
anxious to read the Journal as soon as it gets hens.** 



Sister Bessk? Hassell, of the Georgia Conference, writes: *'I am always 
glad to welcome The Elders* Journal in our home, and we enjoy reading its 
sacred pages, as they contain so much useful advice.' 



"Every Journal that comes, I think, *Well, this is certainly the best number 
I have read. They get better each issue. I would not do without it.*' So writes 
Sister P. A. Davis, of the Kentucky Conferenoe. 



Sister Sabra Nelson, of the North (^arolina C4)uference, sends in her subscrip- 
tion to the Journal and says it is impossible to do without it. She pays quite a 
tribute to the usefulness of our Mission paper. 



Sister Ada L. Johnson, of the Alabama Conferenos, says: "The dear little 
Journal is such a good counselor for us. I am so glad to see it come and hear 
what the Elders and Saints are doing.** 

"The very best friend that comes to my house is the dear little Journal,** 
writes Brother J. H. Locat, of the Virginia Conference. "I would have it if it 
cost twice as much.*' 



"To miss the Journal would be almost like missing one of my family,** writes 
Sister Josie Bodlford, of Utah. She renews her subscription and sends us in a 
new name. Good. 



Sister Ellen Webb, of the Georgia Conference, sends in four subscriptions 
to the Journal, and says : "I love the Journal and I love the Church." TTiat is 
a noble sentiment ! 



Elders sending personal checks or money orders to the Mission Office will 
kindly endorse same properly, making them payable to the Southern States 
Mission. 



Sister Lillian Pamplin, of the Bast Tennessee Conference, entertained four 
of the Eiders during the holidays at her home. She writes that they had a nice 
time. 



Elder James Phillips, of the Florida Conference, is suflBsring with rheumat'sm. 

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THE PARSON'S LIMIT. 

He*d been preaching and exhorting 

For a score of years or ao 
In a portion of the vineyard 

Where the harvesting was slow; 
Where the temporal inducement 

For his ceaseless diligence 
Was a promise of four hundred 

For his yearly recompense. 

Unrelenting was the ardor 

He devoted to the cause. 
And thougli slowly came the dollars 

Still he labored without pause 
Till one day they came and told him, 

As he kicked against the pricks. 
That they raised their offered stipend 

From four hundred to six. 

Then the good man sank exhausted 

As he feebly made reply: 
"Don't, I pray you, men and brethren. 

Thus my patience overtry; 
For to glean the four you've promised 

Hath so warped my vital store 
Tliat 'twould kill me if you taxed me 

To collect two hundred more." 



DEATH. 

Flowers — At Lehi, ^liss., on Christmas Day, 1905, Sister Effie Flowers, wife 
of Brother Walter J. Flowers. Sister Effie was a faithful Latter-day Saint. 
She was married December 28. 1004. The funeral sermon will be preached when 
elders can reach the home of Bro. Flowers. 



edited and published by 

Eldeb Ben. E. Rich, of the Southebn States Mission, 

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*' We glory in our fribtdaium^ heoavse we know that God U with us^ thai He is our /riend, 
and that He wiU 9ave our souls. We do not care for them thai can kill the body; they cannot 
harm our sotUa, We ask no favors at the hands of mobsj nor of the world, nor of the devily nor 
of his emissaries the dissenters^ and those who love^ and make^ and sfwear falsehoods^ to take away 
our lives,** — J08BPH Smith, written in Liberty Jail, Missouri, Sunday, December 16, 
1838. 

Vol. III. February 1, 1906. No. 11. 



THE POWER OF TRUTH. 

[The following article, and those that will follow it in succeeding issues of 
The Journal, is taken from a choice work presented by Apostle Heber J. Grant 
to President Ben E. Rich, at Christmas. The author is William George Jordan. | 

Truth is the rock foundation of every great character. It is loyalty to the 
right as we see it; it is courageous living of our lives in harmony with our 
ideals; it is always — power. 

Truth ever defies full definition. Like electricity, it can only be explained 
by noting its manifestation. It is the compass of the soul, the guardian of con- 
science, the final touchstone of right. Trutli is the revelation of the ideal ; but 
it is also an inspiration to realize that ideal, a constant impulse to live it. 

Lying is one of the oldest vices in the world ; ' It made its debut in the 
first recorded conversation in history, in a famous interview in the Garden of 
Eden. Lying is a sacrifice of honor to create a wrong impression. It is mas- 
querading in misfit virtues. Truth can stand alone, for it needs no chaperone 
or escort. Lies are cowardly, fearsome things that must travel in battalions. 
They are like a lot of drunken men, one vainly seeking to support another. 
Lyin^ is e partner and accomplice of all the other vices. It is the cancer of 
moral degeneracy in an individual life. Truth is the oldest of all the virtues; 
it antedated man, it lived before there was man to perceive it or to accept it. 
It is unchangeable, the constant. Law is the eternal truth of nature — the unity 
that always produces identical results under identical conditions. When a man 
discovers a great truth in Nature he has the key to the understanding of a 
million phenomena; when he grasps a great truth in morals he has in it the 
key to his spiritual recreation. For the individual, there is no such thing as 
theoretic truUi ; a great truth that is not absorbed by our whole mind and lif*?, 
and has not become an inseparable part of our living, is not real truth to us. If 
we know the truth and do not live it, our life is— a lie. 

In speech, the man who makes truth his watchword is careful in his words: 
he seeks to be accurate, neither under-stating nor over-coloring. He never staves 
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he hallmark of pure gold. If he praises yx)u, you receipt hU statement as "net ;" 
you do not have to work out a problem in mental arithmetic on the side to see 
what discount you ought to make before you accept his judgment. His promise 
counts for something, you accept it as being as good as his bond, you know thit 
no matter how much it may cost him to verify and fulfill his word by his deed, he 
will do it. His honesty is not policy. The man who is honest merely because 
it is "the best policy" is not really honest. He is only jwlitic, Uusually wueh 
a man would forsake his seeming loyalty to truth and would work overtime for 
the devil — if he could get better terms. 

Truth means "that which one troweth or believes." It is living simply and 
squarely by our belief; it is the externalizing of a faith in a series of actions. 
Truth is ever strong, courageous, virile, though kindly, gentle, calm and restful. 
There is a vital diffierence bettween error and untruthfulness. A man may be 
in error and yet live bravelly by it; he who is untruthful in his life knows the 
truth, but denies it. The one is loyal to wiiat he believes, the other is traitor to 
whait he knows. 

"Wlbat is truth?" Pilate's great question, asked of Christ near two thpusan'l 
years ago, has echoed unamswered through the ages. We get constant revela- 
tions of parts of it, glimpses of constantly new phases, but never complete, 6aa' 
definition. If we but live up to the truth that we know, and seek ever to know 
more, we have put ourselves into the spiritual attitude of receptiveness to know 
truth in the fullness of its power. Truth is the sun of morality, and, like that 
lesser sun in the heavens, we can walk by its light, live in its warmth and life, 
even if we see but a small part of it, and receive but a microscopic fraction of 
its rays. 

Which of the great religions of the world is the real, the final, the absolute 
truth? We must make our individual choice, and live by it as best we can. 
Every new sect, ever new cult, has in it a grain of truth at least ; it is this that 
attracts attention and wins adherents. This mustard seed of truth is often 
over-estimated, darkening the eyes of man to the untrue parts or phases of the 
varying religaous faiths. But in exact pro(portion to the basic truth they contain, 
do religions last, become permanent and growing, and satisfy and inspire the 
hearts of men? Mushrooms of error have a quick growth, but they exhaust their 
vitality and die ; but truth still Kves. 

The man who makes the acquisition of wealth the goal and ultimatum of his 
life, seeing it as an end rather than a means to an end, is not true. Why does 
the world usually make wealth the criterion of success, and riches the synonym of 
attainment? Real success in life means the individuars conquest of himself; it 
means "how he has bettered himself," not "how has he bettered his fortune?'' 
The great question of life is not "What have I?" but "What am I?" 

Man is usually loyal to what he most desires. The man who lies to save a 
penny merely proclaams tiiat he esteems a penny more than he does his honor. 
He who sacrifices his ideals, truth and character, for mere money or position, is 
weighing his conscience in one pan of a scale against a bag of gold in the other. 
He is loyal to what he finds the heavier, that which he desires the more — thr» 
money. But this is not truth. Truth is the heart's loyalty to abstract right, 
made manifest in concrete instances. 

The tradesman who lies, cheats, misleads and overcharges, and then seeks to 
square himself witih his anaemic conscience by saying, "lying is aibsolutely neces- 
sary to business," is as untrue in his statement as he is in his acts. He justifies 
himself with the same petty defense as the thief who says it is necessary to 
steal in order to live. The permanent business prosperity of an individual, a 
city, or a nation rests finally on commercial integrity alone, despite all that the 
cynics may say, or all the exceptions whose temporary success may mislead 
them. It Is truth alone that lasts. 

The politician who is vacillating, temporizing, shifting, constantly trimming 
his sails to catch every puflf of wind of popularity, is a trickster who succeeds 
only until he is found out. A lie may live for a time. A lie Jiever lives by its 
own vitality, it merely continues to exist because it Simulates truth.. When it 
is unmasked it dies. 

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circulation is larger than all the others combined, there must be an error Bome- 
wheie. ^Vbe^e there is untruth there is always conflict, discrepancy, impoBsr- 
bility. If all the truths of life and experience from the first second of time, or 
for any section of the eternity, were brought together, there would he perfeel 
harmony, perfect accord, union and unity; but if two lies come together, they 
quarrel and seek to destroy each other. 

It is in the trifles of daily life that truth should be oar constant guide and 
inspiration. Truth is not a dress-suit, consecrated to special occasions; it is 
the strong, well-woven, duraUe homespun for daily living. 

The man who forgets his promises is untrue. We rarely lose si^ht of those 
promises made to us for our individual benefit; these we regard as cheques we 
always seek to cash at the earliest moment. *'The miser never forgets wh^re 
he hides his treasures," says one of the old philosophers. Let us cultivate that 
sterling honor that holds our word 80 supremi3, so sacred, that to forget it would 
seem a crime, to deny it would be imposedble. 

The man who says pleasant things and makes promises whidi to him are 
lig^t as air. but to some one else seem the rock upon which a life's hope is built, 
is cruelly untrue. He <wbo does not regard biis appointments, carelessly breaking 
them or ignoring them, is the thoughtless thief of another's . time. It reveato 
selfishness, carelessness, and lax busiikess morals. It is untrue to the simplest 
justice of life. 

Men who split hairs with their conscience, who mislead others by deft, sfarewi 
phrasing, which may be true in letter yet lying in spirit, and designedly uttere*! 
to produce a false impression, are untruthful in tiie most cowardly way. Such 
men would cheat even in the game of solitaire. Like murderers, they forgive 
themselves their crime in congratulating themselves on the cleverness of their aMbi. 

The parent who preaches honor to his child and gives false statistics about 
the child's age to the inspector, to save ipayting full fane, is not true. 

The man who keeps his religion in camphor all the week, and takes it out 
only on Sunday, is not true. He who seeks to get the highest wages for the 
least possible amount of service is not true. The man -who has to sing lullabies 
to his conscience before *he himself can sleep is not true. 

(To be continued.) 



EXPLANATION OF SUBSTITUTED NAMES IN THE BOOK OF DOC 
TRINE AND COVENANTS. 

BY APOSTLB OBSON PBAIT. 

For the edification of the saints we will give some explanation concerning 
certain names in connection with several reflations in the Book of Doctrine and 
Covenants. By reference to section 78^ it will be perceived that the Lord gave 
a revelation to "Enoch** in relation to "a permanent and everlasting establish- 
ment and order" for the benefit of tihe poor. Many of the saints unacquainted 
with the circumstances, have wondered whether the names, "Enoch." "Gazelaro." 
**Aha8hdah," "Pelagoram," etc., mentioned in that secti<», together with those of 
similar character, mentioned in other sections, were really ancient personages and 
ancient places and things, or those of the present age. All these names have ref- 
erence to modern persons, places and tMngs of our day. Indeed, when these revela- 
tions were first received by the Prophet Jose|A, the real names were given ; and it 
wafs not until months, and in regard to some of them, even years had passed away 
before the names were altered and others bearing an ancient appearance were 
substituted. 

We often had access to the manuscripts when boarding with the prophet; 
and it was our delight to read them over and over again before they were printed. 
And so highly were they esteemed by us that we committed some to memory ; and 
a few we copied for the puri>ose of reference in our absence on missions ; and alsi 
to read them to the Saints for their edification. These copies are still in our pos- 
session. WTien at length the time arrived to print the manuscripts, it was thought 
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means to destroy the Prophet and the Church. On account, however, of the great 
anxiety of the church to see them in print it was concluded through the sugges- 
tions of the Spirit that by altering the real names given in the manuscripts, and 
substituting fictitious ones in their stead, they might thus safely appear in print 
without endangering the welfare of the individuals whose real names were con- 
tained therein. It was by this means that several revelations were permitted to 
appear in print in the first edition, that otherwise would have been withheld from 
the knowledge of the saints, perhaps for many long years, or ac least until moiv; 
favorable circumstances would have permitted them to have been made public. 

It may be' asked, had the prophet a right to alter names given by revelation 
and substitute fictitious ones in their stead? We reply that it is only the printed 
edition that contains the substituted names, while the original manuscripts, that 
are safely preserved in the hands of the church contain the names as they were- 
originally given. Moreover, the substitution of fictitious names for persons and 
places does not alter or destroy the sense or ideas contained in the revelations. 
But what the Prophet did in relation to this thing was not of himself ; he was dic- 
tated by the Holy Ghost to make these substitutions, for the time being until it 
should be wisdom for the true names to appear. That he was thus inspired is cer- 
tain from the fact that at the very time that he made these substitutions, he also 
received much additional light; and by revelation line was added upon lin<^ to 
several of the sections and paragraphs about to be published. But some may 
inquire, are not the Almighty's revelations perfect when they are first giveji ; 
and df so, where was the propriety of the Lord's adding anything to them, when 
they were already perfect? We reply that ewry word of God is petfect; but He 
does not reveal all things at once, but adds *'line upon line, precept upon precept, 
hens a little and there a little," revealing as the people are able to bear, or as 
circumstances require. But these were not the only rev^ations to which the Lord 
made additions ; for when the king of Judah burned the book of revelations whioh 
God gave by the mouth of Jeremiah, God commanded Jeremiah to re- write I he 
same. "Then took Jeremiah another roll, and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the s.m 
of Neriah, who wrote from the mouth of Jeremiah, all the words of the bo»>k 
whdch Jehoichim, king of Judea had burned in the fire ; and there were added be- 
sides unto them many like words." (Jer. xxxvi, 32). 

The Lord, therefore, adds to his own revelations whenever He thinks proper; 
but He has expressly forbidden man to make any additions. The higher preroga- 
tive of adding to an inspired revelation belongs to the Lord only ; hence the LorJ 
added by the mouth of Joseph "line upon line, here a little and there a littl'/* 
to some of the mansucript copies which were about to be published. 

A singular ching transpired in ancient America. God expressly forbad-^ 
the Prophet Mormon to write all the revelations contained in the numerous rec- 
ords of his forefathers. He was only permitted to make a small abridgemon«-, 
called the Book of Mormon, and he states that not one-hundredth part was o^^r- 
mitted to be copied into the abridgement. The* Lord declaring to him that H> 
would try the faith of the Gentiles and of the nations of the latter times to see 
whether they would receive this abridgement; if so, He would give them more; 
but if not. He would withhold the greater things to their condemnation. 

To add to or diminish the light to be offered to a generation or individual, 
is in strict accordance vdth the wisdom, mercy and justice of God. When a 
generation or individual is faithful to the light already given. God has prom i soil 
to add more, and will cause that the light shall grow brighter and brighter unt»l 
the perfect day. But when men despise the light and treat it with contempt, U^ 
will withhold from them and diminish that which they already have, until their 
minds become entirely enveloped in darkness, and they thus prepare themselves 
to dwell with the prince of darkness, and to be cast into outer darkness, where 
there are wailing and gnashing of teeth, and where no ray of heavenly light can 
penetrate their dark and dismal abode. This will be the fearful state of the 
wicked, because they love darkness rather than light, and will not come to the 
light that their deeds may be reproved. 



It's a poor religion that lets the prayer meeting hide the poor. 

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LATTER-DAY SAINTS' CHURCH AT RODDY, SOUTH CAROLINA. 

This issue we present a picture of our Church building at Roddy, in Ibc 
South Carolina Conference. It was built in the spring of 1897, and is 16x22 feet. 
Elders Parker and Grordon were the Elders who suggested the advisability of build- 
ing the house ; Elders Millet and Call roofed in the structure, and Elders Andrus 
and Taylor were the first Elders to preach in it. The Saints there all contributed 
liberally of their means to erect it. Elder John Sanders was Sunday School Super- 
intendent at the beginning of the work, a position now held by Brother Samuel T. 
Blue. The above picture was taken on December 10, at the dose of Sunday 
School, so that we have the faces of those who attend Sabbath School there, all of 
whom are of the Catawba Indian tribe. It is said the Catawbas came from Canada 
about the year 1600, and first settled in North Carolina. They were then a large 
nation, but wars with other tribes and smallpox decimated their numbers. At 




present there are only eighty ^seven in the State of South Carolina, three-fourths 
of which number are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 
The first missionaries to preach to them were Elders Henry Miller and Charles 
Robinson, in May, 1883. Elder Robinson's home was in Montpelier, Idaho, and he 
died in the harness at King's Mountain, S. C. In May, 1885, Elders W. G. Oragun 
and F. A. Fraughton visited the Catawba tribe. They held two or three meeting!!, 
and were mobbed on the night of May 25, 1885. Elders W. E. Bingham and 
Cragun slipped into Roddy by walking through the woods in- the day time and part 
of the night. They spent part of a day and two nights in the woods. On Sunday, 
August 2nd, 1885, Elders Cragun and Bingham called a meeting and organized & 
Sunday School, with Alonzo Canty as Superintendent. About thirtyjeight of the 
Indians baptized have gone West. There are at present about the same number 
remaining, all faithful and loyal to the Church. 



Elder C. L. Pritchett, of Fairview, Utah, sends in nine new subscribers, and 
says: **I am deeply interested in the Joubnal, and esipecially with the news 
from the Old Dominion State, her people, and the Elders laboring there. I learned 
to love the ^Saints and friends in old Virginia, and invoke the blessings of a kind 
and loving father upon them, for the many kindnesses and acts of charity to the 
Eklers in the time of need." 



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Alabama — On Deoember 23 memorial services were held with the Saints in 
the different counties where the Elders are laboring. Very enjoyable timt's 
were reported by aJll wiho took part in the services commemorating the birth of 
the latter-day Prophet. Special attention was given to the divine mission of 
Joseiph Smith and his successors, end the work they performed in the one hun- 
dred years just past. On January 7 five Edders met at Wright's Holmes County. 
Florida, and held a branch conference. Good crowds of strangers and investi- 
gators attended, and all seemed interested. Bighrt meetings were held, includin;; 
one at the water's edge, where President Jesse F. Bean administered baptism 
to one applicant. There will probably be more in the near future. Work is 
being carried on in the city of Mobile. The friends that were found last wintei 
are being cultivated, and an extra effort is being made to overcome prejudice, .so 
that those who are looking for the truth may see it in the Gospel message ihnr 
the unpopular Elders present. Good health plevaiJs among tjhe Elders, and nil 
seem to be enjoying the good treatment they have neceived formerly in tiiis part 
of the conference. 

East Tennessee — Eiders Taylor, Hobson, Barker and Jensen have oon- 
chided their work in Johnson City, Washington County, where they have bee;t 
very successful in getting the message of salvation before the people, and have 
made some good friends who are investigating the Crospel. They are now on 
their way to the southern counties, where they will labor during the winter. 
On Deoember 26 ESder Sylvester Broadbent was honorably released from pre- 
siding over the East Tennessee Conference, and Elder H. C. Ford was appointed 
to succeed him. We greatly regret to part with Elder Broadbent, as he was 
doing a good work and we had all learned to love him. On January 1 President 
Ford and Elder William Killian started visiting the Saints of Marion and Grundy 
Counties, teaching them their duties, encouraging them to pay their tithes anl 
offerings, so as to enjoy the promised blessings which thev have been depriving 
themselves of by not cJbeying these divine laws. Our Elders, after spending a 
pleasant Christmas week with Saints and friends, are now settled down to work 
with renewed determination to make the year 1906 one of rapid advancement 
for the i^yread of truth in this part of the Lord's vineyard. They all report 
good openings for missionary work in their respective counties, which is good 
news. BBders Johnson and Whiting, who are laboring in Rhea County, report 
having a gun drawn on them as they were leaving a gentleman*s (?) house, 
where they had called to deliver their Gospel message. They also heard of 
some bad threats being made by other parties, b^it they are gokig on with their 
work in fear of God and not of man. Owing to bad weather, with much rain, 
the Elders have been unable to do as much woik as they would like to hav* 
dome during the past month. 

Florida — On December 23 Joee?>h Smith memorial exercises were heM )iy 
the Elders to as many people as would listen to them. On the 28th, Eldei*^ 
W. A. Judy, J. A. Rnnsom and L. W. Hardy arrived in this conference from 
their homes to do missionary work, and on the 30th Elders Broadbent and 
Bagley arrived in Jacksonville for the same purpose. Pnesident Rich made us 
a visit on the 31st on his way to Nassau. A very interesting meeting was held 
in the evening, he being the principal speaker. On January 2 President Heatnn 
and Elder Phippen arrived in Jacksonville after a visit in the country preaching: 
tithing, etc. Next day Elders Ransom and Judy went to Newberry, Alachua 
Comity, Fla., where they joined Elders Durfee and Nelson. Elders Nelson and 
Judy are tracting Citrus County and Elders Durfee and Ransom will visit Saints 
a short time and then tract Pope County. On the 4th Elder Hardy went to 
Bepanalo, St. Johns County, -where he was met by Elders Bocker and J. C. 
Farr. He will labor in that county with Elder Farr. Elder Bocker went to 
Orlando some time during the next few days and there met Elder Phippen, who 
also left there on the 4th. They will do city work in Orlando for the next few 
weeks. President Rich returned to Jacksonville from Nassau on January 8th. 
haying decided not to send Elders there. President Rich lo^ft on the evening? 
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Tampa, where they' will do city work. On Jamwry 19th, President Ileaton went 
to Chattanooga to attend the Conference of Conference Presidents. 

Geoboia — The past month has found the laborers of (this conference in the 
collar, pushing onward in the good work. Good health has generally prevailed 
throughout, with a slight exception, and all are aWe to battle on. Four ne^w 
converts have been led into tne waters of baptism, W. C Shipley and Geo. M. 
Gooch> officiating?. Many meetings are held each week in th« cities of Atlanta. 
Augusta and Macon, most of them being held in cottages. All look for a greater 
harvest ijhis year than ever before. 

Kentucky — ^The month opened up with good weather prevailing and all 
the Elders enjoying good health, also desiring to go forth and perform th<!ir 
duty. All the EMders have been working very diligently throughout the Con- 
ference, teaching tlve Sainits the principles of tithing and fast offerings, and they 
have met with good success. Many of the Saints who did not understand 
these offerings before now have a desire to pay their tithing and fast offering?*. 
On the 28th of IKecoanber President Crockett and Elder Stevens left Owingsvilie 
to go to Fleming County and visit the Saints and friends. Elder A. S. Mechara, 
who was transferred from the Ohio Conference to continue his labors in tae 
Kentucky Conference, arrived on th(^ 10th of January. We are glad to have 
Elder ^lecham join our ranks. On the 12th President Crockett and Elder D. A. 
Penrod returned from Fleming County, and they report finding the Saints all 
well. The month closes with all the Elders enjoying good health, and working 
hard for the spread of truth and righteousness. 

Middle Tennessee — This month has passed with all of the Elders enjoying 
good health, altiiongh some write that they have taken bad colds during the 
changeable weather hoiv? lately. Elder A. O. Jackson has had a touch of rheuma- 
tism again. EJlders Woodward and Bonham met with the Saints and friends 
at Arrington. Williamson County, Sunday, January 7, and held three very suc- 
cessful meetings, having some to attend that had never heard the Elders before. 
We have appointments there for the first Sunday in each month, and much 
good will be accomplished. Ehlers Roberts and 'Bagley arrived in this city on 
the 10th, stating they oad met with fair success wfliile visiting among the 
Saints in the interest of tithing and fast offerings. Eld»r Roberts, not feeling 
very well, stayed in Nashville to work, while Elder Bonham took his companion. 
Elder Bagley, and started for West Tennessee. Elders Shields and Gillmsn 
arrived in Memphis and found the people very friendly, and some good Saints 
in that part of the Conference. Most of the Elders have arrived in their coun- 
ties and desire to make their message one of success in gatliering out the honost. 
The month closed with beautiful weather prevailing. We met with good success 
where we held services in honor of our beloved brotner and Prophet, whose 
likeness we beheld on these pages. Some of the Elders could not get places 
to hold services, while others stated that they were not notified in time. Elders 
Woodward, Bonham and President Grant were privileged to meet with several 
Saints and friends at the home of "Grandma" Mathews at Nashville Sunday, 
December 24. Elder J. B. Woodward spoke upon the life of the Prophet. Presi- 
dent J. W. Grant showed by the teachings of the BiWe that the Lord always 
had a prophet to direct His affairs on earth, whenever He had dealings with 
His people, bearing testimony tihat Joseph Smith was one of these noble and 
honored men sent by the Father in this the latter dispensation, and that thos*? 
who had succeeded him were men sent in like manner. 

Mississippi— On December 2.3 President E. D. Buchanan and Elder D. A. 
Tidwell met wdth the Saints and friends at Meridian and held memorial services 
in honor of the Prophet Joseph Smith's one hundredth birthday, and a very good 
time was enjoyed by all present. Nearly all the Saints took 'part and rendered 
selections appropriate for such a memorable occasion. Elders Jenks and Jeppsou 
held services at Denmark, Lafayette County, and Elders Kennington and Cheney 
at Teaadale. Tlie other Elders were not fortunate enough to be where they 
could meet with Saints and friends on this occasion. On th^ 26th Eldt'r 
Orren R. Williams of Salina, Utah, arrived in this city to assist in the fipread of 
truth. He is the only Elder to join our ranks this month. The year closed with 
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BEN E. RICH, Editor. JAMES H. WALLI8, A880CIATB<Editob. 



EDITO RIAL. 



ANOTHER CHURCH BURNED TO THE GROUND. 

While President Fitt, of the North Carolina Conference, was in Chatanooga 
on January 23, he received word that a mob had set fire to the church on Harker's 
Island, N. C, and destroyed it. This building had been erected by the handful of 
members of the church on that island, and by the Elders laboring there at the time, 
at a grea,t sacrifice, impoverishing themselves so that they might have a place :u 
which to worship. The island lies in the Atlantic several miles from the coast line, 
and the Saints there floated most of their lumber over, because of the absence of an^ 
material there, suitable for the purpose, the Elders doing the carpenter work and 
making the benches and a liioe pulpit. The Saints are all poor, depending entirely 
upon what they make at fishing for their living, and it is a great loss to them, 
for they had the finest church on the island. They had recently pleaded wiih 
President Rich to send them an Elder who could teach a school for them, so that 
their children might be educated. Elder Wm. A. Petty was sent there the middle 
of the month and had made desks and other necessary furniture in order to start 
school last Monday. The school will now be opened in one of the homes of th^j 
Saints, until it is decided what better to do. Not satisfied with destroying th-»ir 
place of worship, the mob now threatens the lives of the Elders there, while the 
following report of the occurrence, published in Sunday's Chattanooga Times, 
intimates that notice has been served on the missionaries that unless they at once 
leave the island they will receive a coating of tar and feathers : 

RAXjEIGCH, iN. C, Jan. 27.— 'A special to the Evening Times from Newberne. N. C. 
says: Citizens of Harker'» Island and Core sound, became indignant at efforts of Mor- 
mon missionaries to establish a church In that vicinity and set fire to the bulldinp 
where they held services and destroyed it. The missionaries themselves were told to 
spare no time In getting away; that If they should loiter over long on the island a 
coat of tar and feathers would be presented. 

We submit to the proper authorities of the State of North Carolina that the 
individual who sent the above newspaper r^eport of the burning of the church Ls 
either one of this mob of "citizens (?)" or a responsible party to the transaction. 
Certain it is that he is in a position to give informaton to the officers of the law 
that will lead to the arrest of the guilty parties, and we submit to the proper 
officials that here is a good starting point for them to work on. If there is any 
regard for the constitutional rights of the citizens of North Carolina in the 
free and untrammeled worship of God according to the dictates of their own 
conscience, then let the men chosen to uphold, honor and sustain the law protect 
the people in those rights. Let it not be said that these officials sat supinely by 
and winked at such offenses. It is bad enough when mobs attempt the destruction 
of public buildings in order to satiate their wrath upon some poor wretch incnr- 
ce rated therein; but it is infinitelj^ worse whon "citizens" (?) march with tho 
fireibrand in their hands and burn down the house of worship which has be^n 
erected to the name of God by a handful of poor, unoffending religious worshippers. 
If the powers of a grand jury and the armed forces of a State can be invoked !o 
mete out justice to the mob who attempts the destruction of a county jail, surely 
the strong arm of the law should be stretched out when the temple of Gk)d, be it 
ever so humble, is burned to ashes by "citizens (?)." If a Presbyterian church 
should be set on fire by a mob of Mormons, we presume there wouJd be a demand 
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anned foroes af both state and nation. We submit in all earnestness that the 
proper officials of North Caroline take steps looking to the arrest and punishment 
of the inhuman wretches who destroyed the Barker's Island church, and at the 
same time we submit to the Senate committee who are investigating the Smoot 
question, and who are so fearful as to whether Mormons are law-abiding or not," 
that here is food for thought in connection with their labors. 



THE FAITHFUL TITHE- PAYER OF THE SOUTH. 

The Saints in tl^ (Southern States ^Mission are to be justly commended for 
the noble response they have made in the observance of the law of tithing. During 
the three months ending January 15, 1906, there was more tithing paid than at anv 
other period in the history of the 'Mission. It seemed as though the spirit of Our 
Father in Heaven rested upon the people and pointed out unto His children their 
duty in this regard. In many, many instances, the Saints had never understood 
this principle before; some were under the impression that it only applied to 
gathered Saints, and some misunderstood it in its practice. The articles in The 
JouBNAL, the letters which have been written from this office to the Saints, the 
Elders who have traveled amon^ the people, specially to teach the law of tithing, 
and the noble sentiments we have published from the Saints observing this law. 
have all been successful agencies in the hands of the. Lord in bring^ing about the 
grand results stated; but above and over all has been the blessings of our 
Heavenly Father, without which all our labors are in vain. 

We trust the Saints will not srlacken in their good woi^s during the year 1906. 
Tithing should be paid in its season. The person who works for wages shocid 
pay one-tenth to the Lord before spending any portion of it. The farmer should 
pay the cash value of one-tenth of his crop or increase directly he is able ro 
ascertain what the amount is. The boy or girl who works and earns a salary 
should be as loyal to this principle as their fathers and mothers, because the 
blessings of the Lord is promised to all alike, in observing this law. 

How very glad we would be could we only publish the noble expressions 
contained in the letters of the Saints who have sent in their tithing! Our souls 
swell with gratitude to our Heavenly Father to know that we are associated in 
the ministry with such a faithful band. But while our limited space will not 
permit us to publish these words of good- will, it is so very comforting to know 
that there is One above who records the good deeds of His faithful children, and 
that in the day when He shall make up Hi^ jewels, the good people of the 
South, who have been "buried with Him in baptism,*' and who remain faithful to 
the end, wiU be bright gems in His diadem. This is better and more endurable 
than all the*^ praise of men, and must be a source of great consolation to those who 
are proving by their works, as well as by their faith, that they are in very deed 
the children of "Our Father, who art in Heaven." 



THE GROWING POPULARITY OF THE JOURNAL. 

Strange as it may seem to our readers, we issued over six hundred subscription 
receipts for the Joubnal during the month of January. This will give our friends 
some idea of the growing popularity of our little Mission paper. Every mail 
brings in the names of new subscribers from all over the South and West, and 
we deeply appreciate the kind help that is being rendered. The Journal seems 
to have bounded into popularity at one grand leap, and we have improvements 
under contemplation which will make it more valuable. We simply are unable to 
publish the beautiful expressions which have accompanied these several hundred 
remittances, but we thank one and all for the noble words they have spoken in 
behalf of the Joubnal and the encouraging sentiments they have written us. We 
only regret* that we haven't room to print them so that others may take comfort 
from them also, but we shall alwaj^ deeply appreciate these words of good-will. 
We have given room for several letters from Zion. because we knew the Saints 
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forgotten the scenes of tbeir former operations — and the kind hands who awn- 
Istered to their wants. 



The Meeting of the Conference Presidents at Chattanooga was one of tfa« 
grandest occasions ever experienced in the Southern States Mission. The Confer- 
ence convened on Saturday, January 20, and did not get through until Wednesday 
night. Our next issue will contain a full report of the proceedings, and will be a 
very valuable number for the Elders in the Mission. It will be accompanied witJi 
a full page picture of the Conference Presidents and the missionaries at 
headquarters. If extra copies are needed, orders should be sent in at once. They 
will be five cents each. 



We ABE out of "Friendly Discussion" tructs, but will have another edition 
ready within two or three weeks. This notification will explain why orders for 
these tracts will be substituted until we get the "Friendly Discussion" pamphlet in. 



Colonist Rates will be in effect between February 15th and March 7th ; 
also September 15th to October 31st. All Saints or x)ersons going West sboiild 
write this ofllce for quotations on price of colonists* tickets. 



DATES FOR HOLDING CONFERENCES. 

President Ri<3h lias arranged for Conferences to be held as follows : 

Alabama — ^At Mobile, February 4. 

Mississippi — ^At Jackson or Meridian, February 11. 

Kentucky — At Louisville, February 18. 

East and Middle Tennessee — At Nashville, February 25. 

Virginia — At Richmond, March 4. 



JANUARY REVIEW. 

(Continued.) 



the Elders in good health, excepting Elder Cheney, who was sick at Teasdale, and 
Elder Savage at Sturges. On January 1 President E. D. Buchanan and Elder 
Williams left Meridian to visit tlie Saints in the soutihem counties in the incr- 
est of tithing, leaving Elder D. A. Tidwell in the city of Meridian. On January 
2 President E. D. Buchanan and Elder O. R. Williams baptized one more into 
the fold at Lumberton, Miss. This was the only baptism in our Conference this 
month. On January 6 Elders Kennington and Cheney were separated at Millviile. 
Elder Cheney was assigned to assist Elder Anderson on the new meeting house 
and Elder Gourley was assigned to labor with Elder Kennin^irton in the country. 
The Elders reported the roads in bad condition and many of the streams over- 
flowing. Elders Savage and Cheney have been sick most of the past month. On 
the 15th President Buchanan and Elder Williams returned to this city to prf- 
pare the Conference neports for the year 1905. Also to make arangements to 
meet with the Conference Presidents in Chattanooga on the 20th and 21st. 

Nobth Carolina — Our Elders are enjoydng good health, also the spirit and 
labors of the Grospel. Persecution has been heaped upon some of our Saints 
during this month. Six Elders were requested to spend Christmas on HarkevVs 
Island with the Saints and friends. On the way over they were made aware 
that the adversary had been aroused, for as they entered the boat that won id 
take them over there a certain official of Beaufort City stepped up to Ehier 
A. Andrus, who was the last of the Elders to enter the boat, and asked : **Ar'? 
you fellows Mormons?" The answer was. "Yes, sir." He then went to the capta n 
of the boat and said: "I want yon to throw these Mormons overboiird, and aot 
allow them to go to Harker's Island." The captain took the Ellders to the 
island and when they arrived there they found that a minister (?) had be-?n 
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Elders, as they would be allowed to come no fartlier than Beaufort, aleo nia- 
. lining the Mormon people and misrepresenting the principles of the Gospel tliey 
teach. So sucoessful was he among our enemies that violence was aroused. Im- 
mediately after tl»y had held a mutual improvement meeting, some ruffian fired 
through the window of the meeting house, t)reaking a number of lights, ihe 
shot lodging in the walls of the room. No one was in the building at th^^ time 
of the shooting. The Saints on the island had ap{>l'ied for a school, and it wa?! 
decided to establish one there. Tins aroused the animosity of the enemy to 
the extent that about January 18 the comfortable little church built by the 
Saints by means of having to sacrifice the necessities of daily . life in many 
instances, that they might have a place to worship Qod accordinig to the dic- 
tates of their conscienoes, and where they could enjoy the religion they have 
embraced, was burned to the ground, but a private house has been obtained in 
which to hold meetings and in which the school will be established. One of the 
Saints on the island while hunting had one of his hands accidentally shot off by 
his companion. He is recovering nicely. 

Ohio — ^There have been two arrivals during the month, that of A. R. 
Mecham and J. F. Corbett, both Elders recently from Zion. The former wan 
assigned to labor in Toledo, the latter in Dayton. Elder A. S. (Mecham, who hai 
been laboring in Columbus, was transferred to the Kentucky Conference. By th«t 
request of Preerident Ben. E. Rich the Elders and Saints of Ohio celebrated the 
one hundredth anniversary of the birtih of the Prophet Joseph Smith by holding 
memorial services. All the Elders in writing from the different parts of th« 
state speak of their glorious success, especially of the excellent programs that 
were rendered, the beautiful spirit that prevailed and the good impressions tbat 
were left on the minds of visitors. All join in the assertion that a grem 
amount of good has resulted from the several services, especially in the line of 
allaying prejudice. On December 22 a Christmas Eve social was held by the 
Elders, faints and friends in Cincinnati, where an excellent and enjoyable 
program was rendered. Previous to the conclusion of the program Elders 
Conrad and Moser were very agreeably surprised by being presented with a purst« 
of $11.50 for their Christmas, the amount having been subscribed by the Saints 
and friends. During the latter part of the month President C. S. Jones ha? 
been visiting Saints and friends in Adams County, where he, in connection witfi 
Elders Baxter and Johnson, held a few very successful meetings. The result i^ 
that a good field has been opened up for effective work in the future. The 
condition of the conference is very good and all the Elders are enjoying excellent 
health. 

SocTH Cabouna — ^The opening of this month finds the Elders in \h^ir 
new fields of labor (the south or lower counties), reporting that the Lord has 
prepared the way before them, and has caused that the spirit of kindness is 
settling upon all. No rough treatment has been shown our Elders, and we ar^ 
led to rejoice in the blessings of the Lord. Every pair of Elders had the privilege 
of holding services in honor of the Prophet Joseph Smith, and in each meeting 
an abundance of the Holy Spirit was felt and much good has been accomplished 
by the holding of these meetings. Although the weather has been somewiiat wei 
and uncomfortable, yet we feel that a good work has been done. Elders W. E. 
Jones and M. C. Smith suprised the Reverend Chas. E. Smith of Charleston by 
announcing themselves in his congregation after he had pouned into his hearera 
the old pack of falsehoods that have been rehearsed in almost all pulpits. 
The Elders told him they were from Utah and were representing the "Mormon 
Church," and desired a few minutes' time in rectifying some of the remarks he 
had made. In rectifying them a short discussion ensued, which caused the min- 
ister some annoyance. After the short debate several of the people crowded 
around and congratulated the Elders on their bravery in resenting falsehoods 
and publishing the truth. The papers of Charleston have published a few articles, 
but showing up the side of the minister. Elders R. Norwood and A. M. Hammon 
came from Utah and Idaho to fill our ranks. They are both fine men. Baptisms 
by R. G. Booth, 5; A. W. Archibald. 1. 

Virginia — We have bad four Elders traveling among the Saints since Sep- 
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them to pay their tithing and subscribe for the Journal. They traveled o?er 
a great jwrtion of the state, and no doubt much ^^)od wa« accomfplished. EJlder 
M. P. Oosby of the Kentucky Conference came into Richmond December 23 to 
labor among 'his relatives, who are quite numerous in Virginia. He is being 
reoeived kindly by them. Most of the Elders held memorial services Decemb«»r 
24, and report having had good meetings, quite well attended. Christmas was 
celebrated in Richmond in the usual way, by shooting fireworks and firecrackers, 
and such things as are ad flar from the true spirit of the occasion, as is popular 
Christianity. Elders Rands, Webb, Cosby, Winn, Gibbs and President Weight 
met at the Latter-day Saints Church at Golansville, Va., and held a branch 
conference. The weather was quite unfavorable, it raining and snowing. Two 
meetings were held Sunday, December 31, and a good spirit prevailed and som? 
good seed was sown. The Elders held meetings at the homes of several of ihe 
Saints during the week. On account of the rain and snowstorms of the first of 
the year Little River overflowed its banks and Elder Gibbs and President Weiirtt 
had the pleasure of wading: barefooted about one hundred yards in about two feet 
of its cold waters, with no ill result. They visited a number of Saints in ^he 
interest of tithing and the Journal, and were quite eucoesaful in their labor;*. 
The general health of the Elders is good, with the exception of some bad colds, 
caused by exposure whiie traveling to their several counties after laboring amon? 
the Saints in the interest of tithing and the Journal. The Elders are now 
getting located for their winter work and we hope the weather will permit of a 
ffood work being done. Elder J. I. Bowers is suffering from an old complaint, .i 
Izumeness in his foot. Elders H. J. Clark, D. E. BisftiOp and G. L. Morrison hav*> 
bad colds. 



NOTES OF THE FIELD. 



"I especially enjoy the poems found on the last page of the Journal," writes 
Sister Mary Anderson, of Salt Lake City, Utah. **They alone are more than 
worth the price of subscription." 



We appreciate the following words of encouragement from Apostle George 
A. Smith ; "I am glad to know that the subscription to the Journal is growing 
80 nicely. It is a splendid little volume, and reflects credit on the Mission." 



If Presidents of Missions will kindly maM us photographs of their head- 
quar^rs, with data, we will be glad to have cuts made and publish same in the 
Journal. This applies to foredgn missions as wiell as to those in the United 
States. 



"I like the Journal very much and am always interested in the Southern 
States Mission because my husband labored there so long. I have three boys, 
whom I hope will make as faithful missionaries as their father." So writes Sister 
Mary L. Morgan, of Hunt, Ariz. 



Baptismal certificates can be had by applying at Mission headquarters. 
No one should be baptized without receiving a membership certificate, and the 
Elders should always carry one or two with them, so that this important 
matter can be properly attended to at the time of the baptism. 



Among the many lettc^rs written to Rev. (?) J. Stoker Hunt, in reply to his 
tirade of abuse on our Elders, is one by Brother J. Allen Steadman. of Langley, 
S. C, containing about 35,000 words. Pnesident Little, of the Georgia Confer- 
ence, has read portions of it and pronounces it a meritorious production. 



We have received a copy of a letter written by Sister Lanni'* Rooks, of 
the Georgia Conference, in answer to the vicious attack made by Rev. (?) J. 
Stoker Hunt, and wliich was sent to him. We would have been glad to hav^ 
published it, had we the room. Undoubtedly many others have written to him 
in a similar strain. 



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In a letter received from President German E. Ellsworth of the Northern 
States Mission, he speaks words of appreciation of our missionary paper, and of 
the good work it is perfonming. He says it is always a most welcome visitor 
at their headquarters and would rejoice in seeing such a paper established in 
the interests of all the missions. 



Miss Pear] Robinson, the fourteen-year-old daughter of William Robinson, 
of Sheffield, Teno., carried home with her from the Baptist Sunday School a beau- 
tiful Bible which was given her as a prize for getting more of GkHi's promises t^ 
mankind from the Bible than any other member of the Sunday Sdiool. Pearl is 
a Latter-day Saint And we are proud of her and her achierement. 



Elders sending in tithing for the Saints must be very careful to give ihc 
proper initials, and addresses, and be sure the spelling is correct. This appiiei 
to Saints also, who send in tithing for their neighbors. It should be rememberoa, 
too, that this care should be taken in relation to ail matter addressed to che 
Mission. Considerable trouble and inconvenience caused in the past by thin 
neglect makes this note necessary, and we hope it will not be overlooked. 



Writing from Mclntyre, Fla., January 19th, 1906, Elders John W. Staples 
and Geo. L. Si>angenburg say: "Last Sunday we baptized five children. We 
had about fifty people present to witness the ceremony, but when we asbed them 
to go to the house of Brother Evans to witness the confirmation they coultlu*r 
all of them see it in that light, and about thirty dispersed. We have two mora 
applicants whom we will baptize next fast day. We are now visiting some 
Saints who have not seen the Elders for about seven years, and they wene very 
proud to have us with thecn." 



It is the desire of President Jos. F. Smith that the Juvenile Instrucior 
be in the families of the Saints, and at a recent meeting of the Deserot 
Sunday School Union Board it was unanimously decided to let the Saints in 
the respective Missions of the Church have the Juvenile for half price, viz, 
$1.00 per year. This is 25 cents cheaper than the cost of production. Thij 
offer is made to the Saints in the Missions only. It is expected the current 
volume will be one of exceptional interest to both young and old, and we feel 
confident that many, if not all, of the families of the Saints in the Southern 
States Mission will take advantage of this liberal offer. 



As an instance of the great faith exercised by some of the good Saints of the 
Southern States, we quote the following from a letter written by Sister Elizabeth 
Whittemore, of the Florida Conference: "I am glad to say that my husband has 
been baptized and is now one with us; also my mother and one brother. I am 
praying all the time now for my sisters and other brothers." And we feel that 
the Lord will hear the prayers of such a faithful soul, and answer them for good 
upon her head. She says further: '"Phere is one thing I can say and say it 
truthfully, that there never has been one principle of the Gospel made known to 
me yet by the Elders that I can not believe. I believe all of them, and would 
bate to be found speaking against one of them.'' 



The following pretty tribute was sent us to publish : "Two years a^o deatli 
entered the home of Mr. and Mrs. R. Q. Bailey, of Bluffton, S. C, and bore away 
their infant, Nora. She never stayed with them but one year and seven months, 
at which time the Lord plucked the little flower and transplanted it in His vine- 
yard, where He could nourish it in the palm of His hand. Oh, how hard it wan 
to give it up. Only those who have parted with loved ones can realize the trial 
it was, yet we bow in humble suiMnission to the will of Him who is too gracious 
to be unkind. We often think of the little angel and wonder if she looks at the 
approach of some one as they enter the place of rest with her little blue eyes to 
see if it is Papa or Mamma. While the hearts of the father and mother are sad- 
dened, they can only say, *We bow, dear Saviour, to Thy kind will, and will tiry 
to meet our dear little Nora.' " 



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Elikr Tidwell, writing from Meridian, Miss., December 30, says: "Nearly 
ten days ago we received a letter addressed to us, and the Saints of this city, tied 
up in a bunch of switches, informing us that unless we were out of the city by 
the end of the week ending December 23, we would be helped out. Here is a copy 
of the letter: 

To the Elders of the Mormon Church: We, the citizens of Meridian, take 
this means of warning you to leave the town, as you and your followers have 
caused the peace and happiness of some of our homes to be broken up with your 
so-called religion. Now, we are law-abiding citizens, and respect all laws of our 
country, and hope that we will not be forced to assist you and your kind to leave, 
but we will, if necessary, do so, if you and yours are not lout of town by the 
end of this wieek." 

We haven*t heard anything more about this, but we have stayed out of that 
part of the city and haven't done much during this time, when so much whisky 
is apparent. But we haven't felt uneasy over the letter, for it is not the senti- 
ment of the people of the city, as we are generally well treated. 



Writing from Cleveland, O., Jan. 6, 1906, Elder W. H. Smith says: "The 
night ibefore we held our Conference in «this State, Elder W. M. Orossley and my- 
self were called to the southeastern part of the State ,to conduct the funeral 
of one of our good Latter-day Saints. The people there were kind enough to let 
us have the M. E. Church to hold the services in. We remained in that i^rc 
for some time, and had the privilege of holding meetings in the town halls of 
Neflf, Ohio and Glencoe Counties. At the latter place the young ladies of tlie 
little town came out and sang for us. We remained there for three weeks and 
made many frietnds. From there we went up the eastern side of the Ohio and 
visited all the scattered saints. We found the most of tliem trying to do what 
is right. Those who had not paid their tithing expressed themselves as desirous 
of doing BO. Another big thing we noticed was that the saints wto were taking 
the Journal were enjoying more of the blessings of the Gospel and were in touch 
with the church. They were not like sheep without a sheipherd, as are those who 
do not take it. We found that the little paper is doing so much good that we 
put forth every effort and got all the saints we visited, with one exception, to 
subscribe for it. The saints who take it told us that the Joubnal was lik*^ :\ 
visit from the Elders. So from that we can see that it is doing a great deal of 
good." 



Elder M. Powell Cosby, of the Virginia Conference, writes: "Friday nigin. 
January 5, Sister Carpenter, her two daughters and her son, accompanied by 
Elder Jes5*3 AVinn and myself, attended the breaking up of a Methodist Sunday 
school at Golansville, Va. I had been invited to give a lecture on the "Sign.^ 
of the Times," and used a chart I have made to illustrate it with. After the 
exerci»?s one of the gentlemen in charge gave out my lecture. I used for uiy 
text the 24th chapter of Matthew. All went well till I got to the ninth vers?, 
which says, 'Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill yon : 
and ye shall be hated of all nations for my nam.3*s sake.* I made a few state- 
ments about how our people had been persecuted, even unto death, in fulfill- 
ment of this passage, and that Joseph Smith had been tried fifty times before 
the courts, and that, not being able to convict him, they murdered him in cold 
blood. Mr. Smith, one of the men in charge, couldn't bear to hear this name, 
so he stopped m«?, saying that history didn't give it that w^y. He said that 
the country had been flooded with anti-Mormon publications at the time, and 
that no one but our few followers cared to hear about him. Elder Winn rose 
Dp in the back of the house at that time and suggested that nothing moi-e ho 
said about that, and that I go on with the lecture. As soon as I got through 
Sister Carpenter said she wished to say a few words. She bore a strong testi- 
mony and said she knew what the despised ^^^ormon Elders are teaching is the truth, 
and the only plan that will exalt us in the presence of God; that she was glad 
that her children and she had accepted it and were counted worthy of being 
numbered among us. She told them *that if we were of the world the world 
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world hates us.* She then asked why it was that any other preacher except 
Mormon Elders would be invited to occupy the pulpit of any other church. Mr. 
Smith and the others sat in silence till she was through, then Mr. Smith said. 
*We want nothing but Christ and Him crucified,* and picked up his hat and said 
*Let*s go,* which they did, without singing or closing with prayer.** 



ARRIVALS. 

The following Elders arrived from Zion on Sunday, January 14. 1900: 
Amasa M. Hammon, Roy, Utah; Owen W. Ouyman, Huntington, Utah; Richard 
Norwood, Blackfoot, Idaho; Solomon L. Cox, Idaiho Falls, Idaho; Lars Walti'^r 
Woolsey, Safford, Arizona. 



RELEASES. 

Elder Creorge A. Phippen, of the Florida Conference, is honorably released to 
return home. 

Elder George A. Fresco tt, of the Kentu<dey Conference, is honorably relea«ied 
to return home. 

Elder Thomas O. Crowther, of the North Carolina Conferenoe, is honorably 
released to return home. 

Elder Clarence F. Coit)<ridge, of the Mississippi Conference, is honorai)Iy 
releaaed to return home. 

Elder Ephraim Y. Moore, of the Florida Conference, is honorably released to 
return home. 



APPOINTMENTS. 

Elder Hyrum C. Ford is appointed to preside over the East Tennessee Con- 
ference. 

Elders Amasa M. Hammon and Richard Norwood are appointed to labor in 
the South Carolina Conference. 

Elder Owen W. Guyman has been appointed to labor in the Georgia Con- 
ference. 

Elder S. L. Cox is appointed to labor in the Middle Tennessee Conference. 

Elder L. W. Woolsey is appointed to labor in the Mississippi Conference. 



TRANSFERS. 

Elder H. Wallace Olsen has been transferred from the Virginia Conferonco 
to Ohio. 

Elder LeRoy Baker has been transferred from the Virginia Conference* to 
Mississippi. 

Elder David E. Boam has been transferred from the South Carolina Oonfe'- 
ence to Kentucky. 

Elder Lorenzo F. DePriest is transferred from the North Carolina Confer- 
ence to Middle Tennessee. 

Elder M. Powell Cosby is transferred from the Kentucky Conference lo 
Virginia. 

Elder D. A. TidweM is transferred from the Mississippi Conferenoe ro 
Virginia. 

Elder Sylvester Broadbent is transferred from presiding over the East Ten- 
nessee Conference to labor in the Florida Conference. 

Elder L. Loraine Bagley is transferred from the Mission Office to labor in 
the Florida Conference. 

Elder John H. Gibbs is transferred from the Virginia Conference to labor 
in the Mission Office. 

Elder Geo. L. Morrison has been transferred from the Virginia Conference to 
Alabama, where he will preside upon President Bean being transferred to ih3 
Eastern States Mission. 



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THE BRAVEST BATTLE. 

The bravest battie that ever was fought, 
Shall I tell you where and when? 

On the maps of the world you will find ic 
not: 
'Twas fought by the mothers of men. 

Nay, not with a cannon or battle shot, 

With sword or nobler pen; 
Nay, not with eloquent words or thought. 

From mouths of wonderful men; 

But deep In a walled-up woman's heart— 
Of woman that would not yield. 

But bravely, silently bore her part— 
Lo, there was the battlefield. 

No marshalling troops, no bivouac song, 
No banner to gleam and wave; 

But, lo! these battles, they last so long, 
From babyhood to the grave. 

Yet faithful still as a bridge of stars. 
She fights in her Walled-up town- 
Fights on and on in the endless wars, 
Then silent, unseen— goes down. 

Oh. ye with banners and battle shot, 
And soldiers to shout and praise, 

I tell you the klngllest victories fought 
Were fought in these silent ways. 

Oh, spotless woman in a world of shame! 

With a splendid and silent scorn. 
Go back to God as white as you came, 

The kingliei<t warrior born! 

—Joaquin Miller. 



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Eldeb Ben. E. Rich, of the Southern States Mission, 

CHATTANOOGA, TSNN. 



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SOUTHERN STATES MISSION. 

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Entered aa second-class mail matter at Post Office, Chattanooga, Tenn. 



*' Seek to know God in your closets, call upon Him in the fields. Follow the direcliona of 
the Book of Mormon, and pray over and for your familieSy your eaitle, your fioeksj your herds, 
your cam and all things that you possess; ask the blessing of Qod upon all your labors, and 
everything thai you engage in. Be virtuous and pure; be men of integrity and truth; keep the 
Commandments of Qod, and then you will be able more perfectly to understand the difference 
between right and wrong — between the things of God and tlie things of men; and your path 
will be like that of the just, which shineth brighter and brighter unto the perfect </ay."---Jo8EPH 
Smith. June 15, 1842. 



Vol. III. February 15, 1906. No. 12. 



THE POWER OF TRUTH. 



(Continued from page 170.) 

[The following article, and those that will follow it in succeeding issues of The 
Journal, is taken from a choice work presented by Apostle Heber J. Grant to 
President Ben E. Rich, at Christmas. The author is Williaul George Jordan.] 

Truth is the straight line to morals. It is the shortest distance between a 
fact and the expression of it. The foundation of truth should ever be laid in 
childhood. It is then that parents should instill into the young mind the instant, 
automatic turning to truth, making it the constant atmosphere of the mind and 
life. Let the child know that **Truth above all things" should be the motto of 
its life. Parents make a great mistake when they look upon a lie as a disease 
in morals; it is not always a disease in itself, it is but a symptom. iBehiud 
every untruth is some reason, some cause, and it is this cause that should be 
removed. The lie may be the result of fear, the attempt to cover a fault ann 
to escape punishment ; it may be merely the evidence of an over-active imagina- 
tion; it may be the hunger for praise that leads the child to win attention inrl 
to startle others by wonderful stories; it may be merely carelessness in srpeecli, 
the reckless use of words; it may be acquisitiveness that makes lying the hand- 
maid of theft. But if, in the life of the child or the adult, the symptom be made 
to reveal the disease, and that be then treated, truth reasserts itself and the moraJ 
health is restored. 

Constantly telling a child not to lie is giving life and intensity to "the 
lie." The true metiiod is to quicken the moral muscles from the positive side, 
urge th5 child to be honest, to be faithful, to be loyal, to be fearless to the trurh. 

The parent must live truth or the child will not live it. The child will startle 
you with its quickness in pricking the bubble of your pretended knowledge; in 
instinctively piercing the heart of a sophistry without being conscious of proce5?s . 
in relentlessly enumerating your unfulfilled promises ; in detecting with the justice* 
of a court of equity a tedinicality of speech that is virtually a lie. He will 
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and unknown to be overheard by the iittle one, w4iose mental powers we ever 
under-estimate in theory though we may overnpraise in words. 

Teach the child in a thousand waye directly and indirectly, the power of truch. 
Ihe beauty of truth, and the sweetness and rest of companionship witjh truth. And 
if truth be the rock-foundation of the child's character, as a fact, not as a theorv, 
the future of that child is as fully assured as it is possible for human provision to 
guarantee. 

The power of truth, in its highest, purest, and most exalted phases, stands 
squarely on four basic lines of relation — the love of truth, the search for truth, 
faith in truth, and work for truth. 

The love of trutjh is the cultivated hunger for it in itself and for itself, 
without any thought of what it may cost, what sacrifices it may entail, what 
theories or beliefs of a lifetime may be laid desolate. In its suipreme phase, this 
attitude of life is rane, but unless one can begin to put himself into harmony with 
this view, the individual will only creep in truth, when he might walk bravely. 
With the love of truth the individual scorns to do a mean thing, no matter what bo 
the gain, even if the whole world would approve. He would not sacrifice the 
sanction of his own high standard for any gain ; he would not willingly deflect the 
needle of his thought and act from the true north, as he knows it, by the slightest 
possible variation. He himself would know of the deflection — that would be 
enough. What matters it if the world thinks if he have his own disapproval? 

The man who has a certain religious belief and fears to discuss it lest it 
may be proved wrong, is not loyal to his belief ; he has but a coward's fait^fulne.^s 
to his prejudice. If he were a lover of truth, he would be willing at any 
moment to surrender his belief for a higher, better, and truer faith. 

The man who votes for the same party in politics, year after year, without 
caring for issues, men, or problems, merely voting in a certain way because he 
always has voted so, is sacrificing loyalty to truth, to a weak, mistaken, stubborn 
attachment to a womout precedent. Such a man should stay in his cradle all h\s 
lifie — ^because he spent his early years there. 

The search for truth means that the individual must not merely follow truth 
as he »?es it, but he must, so far as he can, search to see that he is right. When 
the Kearsage was wrecked on the Roncador Reef, the captadn was sailing correctly 
by his chart. But his map was an old one; the sunken reef was not markel 
down. Loyalty to back-number standards means stagnation. In China tbpv 
plough today, but they plough with the instrument of four thousand years ago. 
The search for truth is the angel of progress — in civilization and in morais. 
While it makes us bold and aggressive in our own life, it teaches us to be t«ndcr 
and sympathetic with others. Their life may represent a station we have pa5»**»<l 
in our progress, or oae we must seek to reach. We can then congratulate ourselves 
without condemning them. All the sunshine of the world is not focussed on our 
doorsteps. We should ever speak the truth — but only in love and kindness. 
Truth should ever extend the hand of love ; never the hand grasping a 
bludgeon. 

Faith in truth is an essential to perfect companionship with truth. Thn 
individual must have perfect confidence and assurance of the final triumph of 
right and order and justice, and bslieve that all things are evolved toward the 
divine consummation, no matter how dark and dreary life may seem from day 
to day. No real success, no lasting happiness, can exist except it be founded on 
the rock of truth. The prosperity that is based on lying, deception, and intrigue 
is only temporary — it cannot last, any more than a mushroom can outlive an oak. 
Like the blind Samson, struggling in the temple, the individual whose life is ba^^ed 
on trickery alwaj's pulls down the supporting columns of his own edifice, rp.J 
perishes in the ruins. No matter what price a man may pay for truth, hj Is 
getting it at a bargain. The lying of others can never hurt us long; it always 
carries with it our exoneration in the end. During the siege of Sebastopol, :he 
Russian shells that threatened to destroy a fort opened a hidden spring of water 
in the hillside, and saved the thirsting people they sought to kill. 

Work for thi? interests and advancement of truth is a necessary part of real 
companionship. If a man has a love of truth, if he searches to find it, and ua* 
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strongest way for man to strengthen the power of truth in the world is to live It 
himself in every detail of thought, word or deed — ^to make himself a sun of 
personal radiation of truth, and to let his silent influence speak for it, and his 
direct acts glorify it, so far as he can in 'his splhere of life and action. Let him 
first seek to be, before he seeks to teadi or to do, in any line of moral growth. 

Let man realize that truth is essentially an intrinsic virtue, in his relation to 
himself even if there were no other human being living; it becomes extrinsic as he 
radiates it in liis daily life. Truth is, first, intellectual honesty, the craving to 
know the right; second, it is moral honesty, the hunger to live right. 

Truth is not a mere absence of the vices. This is only moral vacuum. Truth 
is the living, pulsing, breathing of the virtues of life. Mere refraining from 
wrong-doing is but keeping the weeds out of the garden of one's life. But this 
must be followed by positive planting of seeds — seeds of right — to secure the 
flowers of true living. To the negatives of the Ten Commandments must be added 
the positives of the Beatitudes. The one condemns, the other commends; the 
one forbids, the other inspires; the one emphasizes the act, the other the spirit 
behind the act. The whole truth rests not in either, but in both. 

A man can not truly believe in God without believing in the flnal inevitable 
triumph of truth. If you have truth on your side, you can pass through ihe 
dark valley of slander, misrepresentation, and abuse, undaunted, as though you 
wore a magic suit of mail that no bullet could enter, no arrow could pierce. You 
can hold your head high, toss it fiearlessly and defiantly, look every man calmly and 
unflinchingly in the eye, as though you rode, a victorious king, returning at the 
head of your legions with banners waving and lances glistening, and bugles fllling 
the air with music. You can feel the great expansive wave of moral health 
singing through you as the quickened blood courses throat the body of him who 
is gladly, gloriously proud of physical health. You will know that all will come 
right in the end, that it must come, that error must flee before the great white 
light of truth, as darkness slinks away into nothingness in the presence of the 
sunburst. Then, with Truth as your guide, your companion, your ally and 
inspiration, you tingle with the consciousness of your kinship with the Infinite, 
and aJl the petty trials, sorrows, and sufferings of life fade away like temporary 
harmless visions seen in a dream. 



MEETING OF THE CONFERENCE PRESIDENTS. 

One of the mo9t profitable and enjoyable gatherings ever held in the history 
of the Southe-m States Mission was the meeting of Oonferenoe Presidents which 
commenced in Chattanooga, at the ^fission Office, on Saturday, January 20, 1906, 
and ended on the Wednesday ni/<ht following, January 24. Those in attendance 
were the following: President Ben E. Rich, Elder J. F. Bean, president of 
the Alabama Conference; Elder HjTum C Ford, president of EJast Tennessee; 
Elder J. B. Heaton, president of Florida; Eilder W. H. Little, president of 
Georgia ; Elder G. R. Crockett, president of Kentucky ; Elder J. W. Grant, pres- 
ident of Middle Tennessee ; Elder E. D. Buchanan, president of Mississippi ; 
Elder Wm. B. Fitt, president of North Carolina ; Elder C. S. Jones, president of 
Ohio; Elder R. Ray Nixon, president of South Carolina; Elder C. F. Weight, 
president of Virginia. Seven meetings were held, some of them occupying as 
much as three and one-half hours' time. The greatest of interest was mani- 
fested by the brethren in all that was done and said. They had been supplied 
with notebooks, and they used them liberally in making record of the valuable 
counsel and instruction given by President Rich and his associates in the Office. 
EJach President made a detailed report of his Conference, and the condition of 
its records, after which President Rich took eveiy Elder laboring in each Con- 
ference, and inquired about his health, his habits, his ability, his financial condi- 
tion, his missionary work and spirit, and other similar particulars, so that by 
the time the Presidents had all reported, a thorough report had been made 
on every Elder laboring in the Mission. On the Sunday afternoon, a testimony 
meeting was held, and it was attended with such an outpouring of the Spirit of 
God, that all were constrained to say, when it was through, "Did not our hearts 
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Presidents in attendance, so that they might be free in discussing matters pertain- 
ing to their work or that of the Mission. At this meeting they adopted a set 
of resolutions, wiidch were presented to the brethren laboring in the Office, and 
which conveyed their kindiy feelings toward the Mission President and associates 
at headquarters, and also thanked Sisters Stokes and Drumiler for the botinteous 
repast given and sisterly reception accorded the Presidents during their stay. On 
Saturday evening the following impromptu program was excellently rendered by 
the Conference Presidents: 

Singing, "Stand Up for Jesus, Ye Soldiers of the Cross ;" prayer by Elder J. 
Stokes, Jr.; greeting. President Ben E. Rich; response, President W. H. Little; 
Gospel Trio, "What Was Witnessed in the Heavens," Presidents Grant, Ford and 
Heaton; declamation, "Spaj^cus to the Romans," President Buchanan; instru- 
mental solo, President Weight ; "My First Marriage Ceremony in South Carolina," 
President Nixon; original poetry. President Jones; song, "The Letter Edged in 
Black," President Grant ;" "Reciting the Alphabet," President Crockett ; *Teadi- 
ing School in North Carolina," President Pitt ; comic recitation. President Bean. 
This was followed by a bounteous spread, after whidi Elder Jas. H. Wallis enter- 
tained the company on the graphophone, and President Rich pronounced bene- 
diction. 

On Tuesday morning President Rich commenced his address to the brethren, 
the delivery of which continued throughout three meetings, giving them instruction 
and counsel. We herewith give the substance of some of the more important topics 
of his remarks, as we know they will be greatly appreciated by the Elders who are 
laboring in the missionary field: 

THE SAINTS SHOULD WABN THEIB NEIGHBORS. 

The Saints should always have a supply of tracts and church works, so thac 
having been warned themselves, they can warn their neis^bors. A great work 
can be done by members of the Church in loaning out literature explaining our 
faith, and in setting good examples before the people where they live. 

EXCOMMUNICATING MEMBERS FROM THE CHURCH. 

Persons sending in their names, with the request that they be excommuni- 
cated, should be summoned to meet with the Elders, at a certain time, and 
then and there show cause why they should not be dealt with as requested by 
them. No person should be excommunicated without the approval of the Presi- 
dent of the Mission, nor should a person be ordained to the Priesthood without 
his consent. 

ELDERS IGNORING THEIR CONFERENCE PRESIDENTS. 

Elders should not be allowed to step over their Conference Presidents and 
write to the President of the Mission for instructions as to trying members for 
their fellowship and ordaining people to the priesthood. The Conference Presi- 
dents are the medium through which every matter of business should reach head- 
quarters, and every Elder should honor his President, and be proud to do so. 
It is not only the case in matters of excommunication and ordination, but it 's 
the same with many other things — ^the Mders are writing to the Mission Office 
about nearly everything. 

ANTAGONIZING PEOPLE WHO GET RELIGION. 

During the hot weather, when revivals are prevalent throughout the South, 
and people get religion, the Elders should rest on their oars, but they should not 
abuse this counsel, and use it as an excuse for sitting down in the homes of 
Saints and friends and wearing out their welcome. What is meant is that 
they shoold not antagonise people under the excitement of revivals, but avoid 
all such gaitherings, and spend the time in visiting amcmg the friendly people, 
and encouraging the Saints in living their religion, and observing the command- 
ments of God. In the very hot months, the Elders should not walk more than 
five to eight miles a day, and avoid over-eating, especially greasy foods. 

SUBSTITUTING TRACTS. 

Sometimes the printers disappoint us in delivering our tracts, and as a result 
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the Elders give no second choice, some other kind is substitated, and the Elders 
should receive them in a kindly spirit, and use them. All things are done for 
the best at the Mission Office. 

USING THE "silent MISSIONARY." 

, The stereoscopic views of the history of the Ohurch, called the "Sil«it • 
MissionarTv" if properly used amon^ strangers and investigators, will be the 
meADs of doing much good for the introduction of the Gospel, and providing 
entertainment for the Elders. Many a person will look at these pictures and 
hear them described, who would not read a tract nor permit an Elder to de- 
liver the Gospel message to them. Every Omference should own several sets for 
the use of the Elders. 

FAST OFFEBINGS SHOULD BE OBSERVED. 

The Saints should be taught to observe the first Sunday in every month as 
Fast Day, and pay the expense of their food for that one day unto the Lord as 
an offering, to be used for the support of those who are poor and destitute. The 
Lord has said in this day, "Behold, thou wilt remember the poor; and inasmuch 
as ye impart of your substance unto the poor, ye will do it unto me." 

ACCEPTING CHALLENGES FOB DEBATES. 

There should be few, if any, debates held. The Elders are not sent oat 
into the world to discuss religion with men who approach our miesionaTies witli 
chips on their shoulders. We have a more honorable calling to attend to. If a 
minister wants to know our position on any principle of the Gospel of our Lord 
and Master, tell it to him and his people in any meeting he calls for that 
puri>ose, and prove it by the Word of Gk>d, as we can do everything we preach. 
If he can find any error in what we say let him point it out. If he still insiata 
on a debate, then enter into a written agreement with him to occupy one-half of 
a meeting with him on the subject, "What Must We Do To Be Saved?" Then let 
the people be their own judges as to what they have heard. 

LEAVING THE GOOD SEED TO WITHER. 

We should not break up more ground than we can cultivate and properly 
look after. The harvest is great, and the laborers are few, and we have got 
more ground broken now thacn we can cultivate. Instead of breaking up more 
ground, let us take half of that which is broken, and cultivate it properly. In 
the short space of time allotted to every missionary, we must not expect to be 
able to preach the Gospel to every creature; so don't try to do impossibilities. 
There will be other Elders called after we get through; and others after them. 
Let us pray ov.?r the ground already planted with the good seed, «nd water it 
with our tears, nurturing it as carefully as possible, for God will give the 
increase in His own good time. 

CIRCULAR LETTERS TO BE FILED AWAY. 

All circular letters mailed from the Mission Office, containing instruction 
regarding the work of the different Conferences, should be preserved in a regu- 
lar letter file, and properly indexed according to the subject it deals with, that 
other Ck>nference Presidents might also have the benefit of the mstruction they 
contain. ITiese circular letters are in no sense the property of those who 
receive them. 

SAINTS MUST NOT JOIN OTHER RELIGIONS. 

The memrbers of the Church should be instructed that they must not 
join other religious bodies. When they have been baptized they have put on 
Christ, and are called out of the world, and consequently should remain separate 
and distinct and apart from all other churches. 

TITLE TO CHURCHES SHOULD BE SECURED. 

The title to all church property should be vested in the name of President 
Joseph F. Smith, who is trustee-in-trust for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- 
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be attended to at once. All church buildings of any material worth should be 
insured in the same name, and before it is too late. 

CHANOINQ CONFERENCE HEADQUABTEBS. 

Conference Presidents should not change their headquarte^rs without first 
notifying the Mission President. This is very important. Let the address also 
appear at the end of the regular monthly review, so that it can be published for 
the benefit of any one who desires to correspond with the Conference President. 
Elders laboring in cities should send the Mission Office the complete address 
of their new quarters whenever they change their residence. 

FOLLY OF PURCHASING CHEAP CLOTHING. 

The Elders should not be **too cheap" in purchasing clothing. Let tbom 
order their apparel through the Mission Office, and not be tempted with bargain 
sales at "Cheap John" establishments in the cities wh^^re they happen to be 
laboring. There is no money in cheap clothing; cheapness is next to nasti- 
ness. Clothes talk, and you can take an Elder who is neatly dressed, and he 
makes a better appearance and talks better than does the Elder who has been 
out in a rainstorm with a suit of clothes bought at some irresponsible Jew store. 

THE JOURNAL SHOULD BE IN EVERY HOME. 

The Elders must not stop canvassing for The Elders' Journal until they 
get it into the home of every member of the Church and every friend. It is one 
of the most effectual weapons in the defense of the truth that we have at our 
command, and will make friends for us and the Gospel whorever'it goes. 
Elder Jas. H. WaJlis has charge of our Mission paper, doing the editorial 
and other work' upon its pages, of course und-^r the direction of the Mission 
President, and has proven himself a valiant defender of the faith. He has 
Elder Summerhays as his assistant in the circulating department, and I know 
of no two men who are working hard<T for the spread of truth or who are 
more devoted and in love with their labors than are these brethren. The Journal 
should be carefully read by our Elders and members, and looked upon as a 
direct message to them from the headquarters of the Mission, 

ADMINISTERING THE SACRAMENT TO NEW MEMBERS. 

The Sacrament should be partaken of by the Elders at least once every week, 
no matter where they are, while it should be administered to new members as 
soon as they have Ix^on confirmed into the Church. When they visit the homes 
of th*» Saints they should inquire when they partook of the Sacrament, and a 
Saciament meeting should be held, giving them the privilege of so doing and 
instructing them in the ordinance. 

MEMBERS MOVING INTO OTHER CONFERENCES. 

Members of the Church quite frequently move from place to place without 
properly notifying their Conference Presidents. The Elders should coun&>l the 
Saints to give proper notice, and obtain their membership certificates before 
leaving a Conference, and aJso to present those certificates to the new Conference 
in which they may locate, that such members may never become lost, nor miss 
receiving the Journal. 

FAMILIARITIES WITH THE OPPOSITE SEX. 

Elders cannot be too particular in the company of the opposite sex. They 
have been warned by the authorities of the Church that their time is to be de- 
\oted to converting souls to Christ and not to making love. Any Elder who 
violates this solemn injunction will be relieved of his license and sent home. 

WASTING TIME IN PLEASUE-SEEKINO. 

The lime of the Missionaries belong to the cause they represent, and ought 
not to be wasted in seeking pleasure. Avoid .nil amusement not consistent wifh 
your calling in the ministry. 

don't FORGET THE DEAR ONES AT HOME. 

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the same time thej' should not spend too great a portion of their time in writing 
letters to them. 

PBESERVINO THE ADDRESSES OF FRIENDS. 

The Saints need teaching as well as the friend or stranger, and while greet- 
ing new-comers kindly, don't forget the old friends. Keep the names and ad- 
dresses of friends made in your travels, and write them when you return home, 
so that they may know you are grateful for kindnesses received. 

LET THE MYSTERIES ALONE. 

Pray all the time and fast when it is wisdom. I>on't be a sluggard in the 
mission field, but labor all the time for the uplifting of humanity by the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ. Avoid set speeches and mannerisms ; don't condemn others ; 
teU what you believe; preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified; tell of the divin? 
mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith ; let the mysteries of the kingdom alone. 

KEEP YOUR BODIES CLEAN. 

In the winter time the Elders should bathe once or twice a week, and as 
often as possible in summer time. It is not always convenient to get the ac- 
commodation for a full bath, especially while traveling in the country ; but a 
good sized sponge can be earried, and it will not require a very large quantity 
of water to enable one to thoroughly cleanse his body. The Spirit of God will 
not dwell in an unclean tabernacle. 

ANSWERING LETTERS OF INQUIRY PROMPTLY. 

When Elders receive a letter of inquiry from the headquarters of the Mis- 
sion which requires an answer, they should answer it by the very next mail. 
The Elders laboring in the office are but human and liable to make mistakes, 
but always willing and anxious to correct the same. If mistakes occur, notify 
the Mission Office in the Spirit of the (rospel, so that they can be rectified. 

NECESSITY OF USING SEPARATE ORDER BLANKS. 

In ordering articles from the office, don't forget to give proper addresses, 
and sizes of articles or apparel wanted. Use plenty of order blanks. Never 
order money, subscriptions for the Journal, tracts or books, upon the same order 
blank used in ordering clothing. Place all these articles on separate order blanks. 

NECESSITY OF SENDING CORRECT P. O. ADDRESS. 

All mail ^ould come to P. O. Box 417, Chattanooga, Tenn., and it will 
be forwarded promptly to the Elders each week if their weekly reports are re- 
ceived promptly and contain the correct postoffice address. 

INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING RAILROAD TICKETS. 

When letters are received containing instructions about railroad tickets, 
read them carefully and follow them. Never destroy the letter until you thor- 
oughly understand the same. 

TELEGRAPHING TO THE MISSION PRESIDENT. 

In case of sickness, death or serious trouble of an Elder, his companion 
should promptly invite aid by wire, sending the same at the expense of the 
^fission if necessary. Never limit your message to merely ten words, when a 
longer statement is necessary in order to make us fully understand the situation. 

KEEPING THE CONFERENCE RECORDS. 

Confei-ence Presidents are the custodians of the conference records, and 
should see they are properly kept and safely guarded, for they are held ab- 
solutely repponsible for their correctness, neatness and security. 

ELDERS EXPECTING THEIR RELEASE. 

Elders expecting their wlease should see to it that sufficient money is on 
deposit for them so that arrangements can 'be made for their tickets. At least 
ten days' notice should be given of the place from whioh the Elder desires to 
take the train. 

THE LENGTH OF A MISSION. 

The length of a mission is not t\\x> years; sometimes it is longer, and some- 
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"circumstances" sometimes m^'an the health of an Elder, the condition of 
his loved ones at home, or it may mean the amount of more good to be accom- 
plished at home than remaining in the missionary field ; but always to the Elder 
it should mean an honorable release. 

VALUE OF AN HONORABLE BELEA8E. 

An Elder's thoughts of home, if his thoughts are directed by the Spirit of 
God, will never make him homesick. Such an Elder will never be possessed 
with a desire to return until he can carry with him a consciousness of having 
done his duty, and bearing the impress of an honorable release stampe'd upon 
his countenance, as well as one written over the signature of his Mission 
President. 

WHY ELUEBS ARE SOMETIMES TRANSFERRED. 

It is sometimes deemed of benefit to the Mission that transfers from one 
Conference to another be made; even in the selection of Presidents, as well as 
traveling Elders. A good, energetic traveling Elder, understanding all the de- 
tails of ihe work in his Conference, is sometimes valuable enough to be trans- 
ferred and made President of another Conference. He not only has the benefit 
of methods and ideas found in his new field of labor, but takes with him, 
for the benefit of the Conference, the very best of what he has learned in the 
other Conference while laboring there as a traveling Elder. By pursuing this 
policy, occasionally, it mixes up ideas, keeps a Conference from getting in a rut, 
and is very beneficial to the work. If the Elders will bear in mind that this 
method will be followed from time to time, it will do away with guessing, and 
s])eculating as to who will be the next Conference President, as well as re- 
moving the inducement for Elders to be filled with ambition to hold office, which 
we all know is foreign to the spirit of our work. 

PROPER WAY TO REMIT MONEY TO THE OFFICE. 

The headquarters of the Mission now being owned by the Church, the 
Elders and memWrs can always find us by simply addressing their letters to 
"Southiern iStates Mission, Chattanooga, Tenn." In this particular, it would 
also be well to remark that all remittances should never be made out in the 
name of the President of the Mission, but always in the name of the Southern 
States Mission. 

VIOLATING PROMISES TO WRITE TO SAINTS. 

Too often the Elders forget the promises they make to the Saints about 
writing letters to them after their return home. A few good letters from an 
I>lder who has gone home does the Saints a world of good, and aids largely in 
the labors of the Elder who is still in the field; but a broken promise throwi- 
a damper upon the work and makes it up-hill work for the Elder who follows 
in the footsteps of the one who once labored as a missionary. Elders should 
be careful and not make too many promises; but when once they have made 
them, they should be cherished as a sacred covenant. 

PROPER KIND OF CLOTHING TO WEAR. 

The Elders should be particular about their appearance. They should ha 
dre&sed in neat, dark suits, and derby hats; shirts and ties should be suitable 
for their clothing. 

MEMBER.SHIP CERTIFICATES FOR EMIGRATING SAINTS. 

Membership certificates for emigrating Saints must be signed by the Con- 
ference President before they can be signed by the President of the Mission. 
The Saints may then take them to Zion, where they will be accepted by the 
Bishop when becoming a member of his Ward. 

RESPONSIBILITY OF SENIOR ELDERS. 

Let every Elder who takes a new companion — one who has recently arrived 
from Zioii^ — sense the i-esponsibility that rests upon him. God will hold him 
responsible for the example he sets to his new companion, and a reward or a 
punishment is certain to follow as a result of his acts. Teach the new Elder 
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forgive his enemies, because ibis is tbe spirit of a missionary. Show them how 
to seek opiK>rtunities to have Gospel conversations, to hold public metinj^, to 
distribute the Gospel tracts and to sell the books containing the Word of God. 
If they do this, they are in the line of their duty. If they fail to do their 
duty in this respect, the new Elder should report the fact promptly to his Con- 
ference I*resident, and a change in companions will at once be made. Be careful 
and not walk your n^w companion too far at first. 

WRITING LETTEBS TO CONFERENCE PRESIDENTS. 

Elders should write a weekly letter to their Conference President and giva 
him a brief statement of their labors and of all important happenings. This 
v-ill enable the Conference President to properly report the history of his Con- 
ference, which should l>e terse and complete, not too lengthy, and promptly 
mailed to the Mission Office for publication. 

SAINTS MUST RECOGNIZE THEIR PRESIDENTS. 

Elders should instruct the Saints that any nniuest for favors from the 
Mission Office must come from the Conf'ronoe President. Letters are fre- 
quently rjoeived from Saints whicJi have to be sent to the Conference Presidents 
for their personal examination l>^fore any action can be taken. If the EMders 
will inform the Saints of this procedure, it will save them and us a great deal 
of unnecessary trouble. 

BOOK OF MORMON SAL£S SHOULD BE PUSHED. 

Each Elder should take pride in having a large book record to his credit. 
Especially should he endeavor to sell as many copies of the Book of Mormon 
as possible, and ought never to be without one for sale. 

MEANING OF "FAMILY VISITED" AND "RE-VISITED." 

Where a family has never been visited by any other Elders, it should be 
reported as n family visited. Wh(*re a family has been visited by other Elders, 
it must be reported as a family re-visited. By faithfully reporting in this par- 
ticular, it will give us a clear understanding as to the extent of missionary' work 
done in the parlicular country the rei>ort d^^als with. 

ELDERS SHOULD ALWAYS TROWEL TOGLTHEK. 

Ehlers laboring in the country should always go in paii-s, never singly. 
Where Elders are laboring in a city they need not go in pairs to a person's house 
to distribute tracts; one may b' on tho other side of a street, or even canvassing 
on a different block, but still they should not be separated for any great length 
of time. Elders are less liable to be falsely accused when th<*^y are together. 

WHAT IS A "GOSPEL CONVERSATION." 

A "g.x«q)el conversation" does not mean a few words spoken while urging an 
individual to accept a tract, but it means a gospel conv^'-rsation carried on in 
explaining the principles of our faith. 

CONSECRATING OIL MAILED FROM THE OFFICE. 

Olive oil sent from the office is never consecrated unless we are requested 
so to do. Elders should bear this in mind, and be careful to consecrate all o>l 
ordered by them from this office. It is always bettor for the Elders to purchase 
the oil themselves if they are in localities where a good quality can be obtained. 

INSTRUCTING THE CANDIDATES FOR BAPTISM. 

Due care should be exercised by the Elders that the subjects for baptism be 
properly instructed before they enter the water; that they may know what is 
exp^ted of them as Saints. The consent of the wife's husband should be 
obtained, and that of the parents when the children are under age. Confirma- 
tion should follow baptism as soon as convenient, and no candidate should be 
baptized unless the individuals believe with all their hearts that Jesus is the 
Christ and that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God. ITiey may not be able 
to know for themselves that Jos ph Smith was a Prophet, but must believe 
with all their hearts and understand that baptism is too sacred an ordinance to be 
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baptism w-as asked for; the answer was: **If thou ibelievest with all thine heart, 
thou mayest." God is not looking for quantity as much as He is for quality. 

We would have been glad could we have found room to have published a ver- 
batim report of President Rich's remarks, for they were full of valuable counsel 
and instruction, as can readily be seen from the gems given above. 

At the conclusion of the conference the presidents prepared the following 
communication, a copy of which they sent to the Elders laboring under their 
direction : 

TO THE ELDERS IN THE SOUTHERN STATES MISSION. 

Dear Brethren — Upon the eve of adjournment of the annual gathering of 
conference presidents, we desire to report to you the very profitable and interest- 
ing time we have spent while we have been together. We arrived in Chattanooga 
on Saturday, January 20, 1906, and were greeted by President Ben E. Rich, who 
instructed us as to arrangements for our stay during conference. In the after- 
noon we transacted business at the Mission Office, pertaining to our several con- 
ferences, and in the evening partook of a bounteoiis repast at our Mission 
Home. A fine program, consisting of songs, recitations, original poetry and 
selections on the graphaphone, had been arranged and was delightfully rendered, 
every conference president taking part. President Rich greeted the gathering 
in a very kind and fatherly manner, trusting th:^ Elders would enjoy themselves 
during the stay. This address was responded to by President W. H. Little, of 
the Georgia Conference, in behalf of the Elders. 

Meetings were held on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday — seven in all — at which 
most profitable instruction was given, and which the Elders will be informed 
of through the Elders' Journal, and also from the conference presidents. 

The reports made by the Elders laboring in the Mission headquarters, touch- 
ing on the nature and scope of their work, was of the greatest interest to us, 
and we only wish it had been possible for the brethren in the field to have been 
present and understood the business of the mission as it was there detailed to us. 
We must confess that we had no idea of the magnitude of the business that is 
done at headquarters. We not only heard for ourselves, but we also saw some of 
this business transacted. We saw the letters opened containing the weekly 
reports of the Elders, together with their orders for books, tracts, clothing, shoes, 
money, subscriptions for The Elders' Journal, etc. We saw these orders go to 
the Office Elders having charge of these respective departments, to be filled. In- 
the mailing department we saw hundreds of letters, newspapers and packages 
being re-directed, weighed and re-stamped and sent into every part of the mis- 
sionary field, from Ohio in the North to Florida in the South. The same in. the 
commissary department ; there we saw them wrapping up tracts and books in 
bundles and sending them out to the Elders, all over the field. The merry clicking 
of the typewriters in another part of the headquarters by two of the brethren told 
of hundreds of letters that were being written to the Saints in acknowledgement 
of tithing remitted, fast offerings received, subscriptions sent to the Elders* 
Journal, and other kindred business, while letters were oJso being sent to the 
Elders to accompany money requested by them or instructing them on matters 
upon which they had desired information. In the bookkeeping department we 
found the brethren working twelve hours a day in making up yearly reports, bal- 
ancing books, transferring accounts for the new year, tilling out tithing and sub- 
scription receipts, and much other work. In fact, as before stated, we had no 
idea of the amount of work that is connected with the business of the Mission, 
and of the arduous labors of the Elders who have been called to headquarters to 
attend to it. 

The conference will always be remembered by your conference presidents, for 
it was a time of spiritual feasting and replete with brotherly love and good will. 
We win return to our fields of labor with renewed energy in the work of the 
Lord, and a greater desire to magnify the responsible position unto which we 
have been called. We desire that the brethren in the field shall partake of the 
same spirit and determination, and that as a result we may from henc:'forth 
accomplish greater results oiid feel more encouraged. 

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BEN K. RICH, Editor. JAMES H. WALLIS, Associatb Editor. 



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ELDERS WITHDRAWN FROM BARKER'S ISLAND. 

Our readers will remember that in the last issue we published an acoouni. 
of a mob burning down the church on Harkcr's Island, N. •C. On the evening 
of February 1, as President Rich was leaving for Mobile, Ala., to attend Oon- 
ferenee there, a letter from received from Elder Wm. A. Petty, detailing thj 
situation on the Island, and slio>ving the urgent necessity of some action being 
taken, as the Saints had received threatening letters if they persisted in enter- 
tainiftg the Elders, and so disturbed were the people as a result that th^y had 
commenced to guard their homes at night with guns. Elder James H. Wallis 
v/as at once dispatched to the island, going by way of Harapstead, a short dis- 
tance from Wilmington, N. C, where President Wm. B. Fitt has his headquar- 
ters. He arrived at Hampstead Saturday afternoon, and as there were no 
trains out of that place uniil Monday afternoon, he remained with the Saints 
there and held two meetings in their beautiful little church, enjoying great free- 
dom in his remarks on both occasions. The next afternoon, FeDruary 5, Elders 
Wallis and President Fitt left Hampstead for the island, going by way of New 
Bern and Beaufort. The train does not go direct to Beaufort, but stops a few 
miles this side, at a place called Morehead, and the rest of the journey was 
made by boat, arriving at Beaufort after dark Monday night. Beaufort is the 
county 8. at of Carteret (^untj', N. C and the next morning Elder Wallis went 
in search of the sheriff and prosecuting attorney, to see what steps could be 
taken toward bringing to justice the individuals who were responsible for the 
d<»st ruction of the church. Sheriff Hancock was found to be a fair, square man, 
but powerless to do anything. He said he had no authority to employ any help 
in the detection of the guilty persons, that his hands were practically tied. He 
was outspoken as to the dastardly act committed, and said the Mormon Elders 
had as much right to preach the religion they believed in as any other body, and 
if they ever wanted entertainment in his neighborhood they would be made 
welcome nt his home. He was especially commendatory in alluding to the 
efforts made by the Mormon Elders to establish a free school on the island, to 
which the children of all classes, both Mormon and non-Mormon, were free to 
go, and receive a thorough education. 

Mr. Chas. L. Abemathy, the county attorney, was also seen, and he stated 
he had no power at all, so far as criminal prosecutions were concerned ; that 
he was simply employed to advise the county commissioners in civil matters. 
While Elder Wallis was discussing the situation with these county officials. 
Elder Petty reached Beaufort from the island, having been kindly conveyed over 
by Mr. Willie Willis, in his gasoline launch. Mr. Willis is a friend to the 
Elders, and one of God's noblemen. He has not been afraid to defend the 
Elders and shelter them, and administer to their comforts. After the interview 
closed. Elders Wallis, Fitt and Petty sailed for Harker's Island, with Mr. 
Willis, and on reaching that point were soon comfortably entertained at the home 
of Brother and Sister Oscar Brooks. This was Tuesday afternoon. School had 
not been dismissed, and the three Elders all walked to the building in which 
it was being held and found Elder John T. Parker, Elder Petty's companion, 
teaching it in the latter's absence. What a grand meeting that was for the 
four brethren ! What a hand-shaking each other received ! After school had 
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at which the entire situation was fully discussed. Elder Petty related three 
dreams he had had, before having gone to the island, in which everything that 
had happened, even to the destruction of the church, had been shown him. Since 
the burning of the church, he had had a fourth dream, in which he saw a mob 
of men, resembling negroes and Indiaiis, surround the house he was staying at, 
and then saw his body, clothed in white, lying in a casket, followed by a bright 
light from the east, out of which came a cross, with the one word, "Coming," on 
it, and which settled over him. Upon his relating these dreams, and in view of 
the impression it made, added to which was the disturbed condition of the people 
on the island. Elder Wallis decided it was best for the Elders to leave the 
island, until such time as some protection could be afforded to the brethren. 
As it is now, there is not a constable or justice of the peace there, and neither 
telephone nor telegraph. The island is entirely remote from the main land, and 
in case of a storm on the water, it would be hazardous getting help. 

Through the threats made, a scene of terror had struck the people. They 
had received letters warning them that their homes woCild be burned down, as 
the church had Ik^ou ; and that if they did not close up the pchool being taught by 
the "Mormon** Elder, that would be burned down also. One man who keeps a 
store on the island had n "Mormon" girl employed as clerk. lie was warned 
against further employing her, that if he did, his storo would be destroyed. The 
next morning he discharged the young lady. The house Elder Wallis stayed at 
was guarded at night by armed men. and this had been done every night since 
January 22, when they received the first letter of warning. Every man* in the 
"Monnon" church since that time, has not gone to bed at night for fear of his 
home being destroyed. 

A meeting was held, at which all the Saints and friends met. There they 
were told of the action taken, and that the time had come to say "Farewell." 
At this they wept like children. The scene was more sorrowful than a funeral, 
and it seemed impossible for the Saints to say "good-bye." They clung to the 
Elders, and offered to protect them with their lives. They recounted the priva- 
tions they had gone through for the Gospel — ^how they had almost deprived 
themselves of food in order to build a church in which to worship their God, 
only to see it burned down, and how they were willing to go further than that, 
and o^er their own lives, if necessary, so that they would not be deprived of 
the presence of the servants of God. One good sister, amid her sobs, told how 
her father had beaten her about her head and body while investigating Mormon- 
ism, and how that since she had had a little family of her own, she was trying 
to bring them up in the fear and admonition of the Lord. Some of the Saints, 
with tears running down their cheeks, told how they had gathered up a little 
means to buy blinds and curtains for the church, and also a Bible and other 
Church works — ^how they had sewed their rags together, and made a carpet for it — 
p.ll but just a short time before it was burned ; and then as they thought of their 
little place of worship going up in flames, they wept afresh. But the hour of 
parting came, smd Saints and friends bade the Elders a sad farewell. 

The little island, containing some of the most faithful Saints in the Church, 
was left at three o'clock the next morning, and the party of Elders landed at 
Beaufort at daybreak. At New Bern, Elder Wallis separated from the other 
brethren, going to Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina, for the purpose of 
laying the whole situation before the Governor, and asking his aid in affording 
the Elders protection. The other brethren continued their journey to Hampstead. 

Correspondence is now being had with the state authorities of North Caro- 
lina, and it is confidently expected that it will result in a peace oflScer being 
located on Harker's Island, who will see to it that our Elders are protected from 
any violence, and that the people are permitted to worship God according to the 
dictates of their own conscience, as the Constitution of our country directs, 
with none to molest nor make them afraid. The sheriff at Beaufort has been 
authorized by the Mission to offer a reward of fifty dollars for information 
leading to the conviction of those who set fire to the church, and with the 
honesty and determination evinced by Sheriff Hancock, it is hoped that the guilty 
ones will soon be brought to justice. 

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church once stood, and saw the complete offering that had been made. A few 
hands?ful of charred ashes was all that was left, everything connected with the 
building and its furnishings having been completely consumed. In the middle of 
where the floor stood, some people, who had gathered to the spot the morning after 
the fire, found the charred remains of the Bible. There was just one fragment of 
printing left, with these five words: ''AND THEY SHALL BE KNOWN." As 
a prophecy burned in fire, those words will ever ring in the minds of every person 
who were witnesses to the incident. 

In conclusion, we want to say to the members of the church and our friends 
on the island, that no efforts will be spared by us to bring them security, and 
that just as soon as this blessed condition becomes an assured fact, that Elders 
will again come to bless them, and a competent school teacher will again be 
teaching their children. 



DEATH OF APOSTLE MARRINER W. MERRILL. 

It will come as sad news to the Elders €ind Saints to hear of thi death of 
Apostle Marriner W. Merrill, which occurred at his home in Richmond, Utah, on 
Vebruary G, 1906, and whose picture we here present. Apostle MeiTill was bom 
in Sackville, Brunswick, September 25. 1832. When a boy of nine years of age, 




and before embracing the Gospel, he received a testimony from the Lord that 
Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God. He emigrated to Utah in 1853, and in the 
settlement of Cache County was a main figure, receiving many divine manifesta- 
tions of God's providence in those early days. AVhen the Logan Temple was pre- 
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was plac'd as President of the Cache Stake. The funeral services were held on 
Saturday, February 10, at the new Richmond tabernacle, which was especially 
fitted up for the occasion. It had been President MerrilTs wish that he be buried 
from the new tabernacle, and every effort was made during the week to prepare 
tho new building so that Elder MerrilTs wish could be complied with. The speak- 
ers, all of whom dwelt eloquently upon the noble character of the departed, were 
President Lund, and Elders C W. Penrose, George A. Smith, Hyrum M. Smith, 
Rudger Clawson and President Ljinan. 



MEETING OF CONFERENCE PRESIDENTS. 

(Continued from page 203.) 

Acting upon a suggestion made by President Rich, we will acquaint the 
Elders lalwrin^ under us of the expenses incurred while attending this confer- 
« nee and apportion it out to them, that all who feel so disposed may assist us in 
defraying these expenses, which we know the traveling Elders desire should be 
borne equally, inasmoich as all receive the benefit of it in common, and all being 
for the better accomplishment of the woric of our Heavenly Father. 

We cannot say too much in behalf of our beloved president, Ben E. Rich. 
He has been kind and encouraging, solicitous for our development, counseling us 
in the spirit of love and urging us forward to better results. 

I*raying the blessings of our Heavenly Father to rest upon President Rich, 
the Elders at the Mission Office and the missionaries laboring in the Southern 
States Mission and throughout the world, 

Your brethren and fellow laborers, 

Wm. B. FiTT, President of the North Carolina Conference. 

W. H. Little, President of Georgia Conference, 

C. S. Jones, President of Ohio Conference. 

James \V. Grant, President of Middle Tennessee Conference. 

Jesse F. Bean, President of Alabama Conference. 

J. B. Heaton, President of Florida' Conference. 

H. C. Ford, President of East Tennessee Conference. 

E. D. Buchanan, President of Mississippi Conference. 

C. F. Weight, President of Virginia Conference. 

G. R. Crockett, President of Kentucky Conference. 

R. Ray Nixon, President of ^^ouih Carolina Conference. 



Following are the names of those represented in the picture, according to 
numbers indicated : 

1. James H. Wallis, Associate Editor The Elders' Journal, Sugar, Idaho. 

2. Mrs. Eugenia Neff Stokes, East Mill Creek. Utah. 

3. J. Stokes, Jr., Secretary of Mission, East Mill Creek, Utah. 

4. Ben E. Rich, President of Mission, Centervilb, Utah. 

5. Chas. R. Drumiler, Office Elder, Ogden, Utah. 

6. Mrs. O. M. Drumiler, Ogden, Utah. 

7. Wm. H. Little, President of Georgia Conference, Ogden, Utah. 

8. S. L. Cox, ex-President of Middle Tennessee CK>nference, Idaho Falls, Idaho. 

9. R. Ray Nixon. President of Sonth Carolina Conference, Idaho Falls, Idano. 

10. J. W. Grant, President of Middle Tennessee Conference, Oxford, Idaho. 

11. Andrew C. Jensen, Bookkeeper of Mission, Idaho Falls, Idaho. 

12. C. F. Weight, President of Virginia Conference, Springville, Utah. 

13. Win. B. Fitt, President o«f North Carolina Conference, Price, Utah. 

14. Hyrum C. Ford, President of East Tennessee Conference. Kanarra, Utah. 

15. Geo. R. Crockett, President of Kentucky Conference, Preston, Idaho. 

16. Calvin S. Jones, President of Ohio Conference, Fairview, Utah. 

17. Jonathan B. Heaton, President of Florida Conference, Orderville, Utah. 

18. Jesse F. Bean, President of Alabama Conference, Richfield, Utah. 

19. John H. Gibbs, Office Elder, Paradise, Utah. 

20. E. D. Buchanan, President of Mississippi Conference, Ven!C\ Utah. 

21. W. Aird Macdonald, Office Elder, Mesa, Ariz. 

22. Richard B. Summerhays, Office Elder, Salt Lake City, Utah. 



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Writing from Glenwood, Ala., Jan. 2G, 190(5, Elder Jacob A. Paton says: 
"Since December 15 myself and Elder L. W. Willis have been visiting saints and 
friends in Barbour, Pike and Crenshaw Counties, where most all the Saii^ts are 
taking the Journal and have a word of praise to speak for this litttle Gospel mes- 
senger. On December 30 one honest soul was lead into the waters of baptism by 
Elder Willis, and on January 25 two more walked boldly into the waters to answer 
the requirements of God. An offer of twenty dollars, enough nails and an acre of 
land has been made by the people of Southern Crenshaw toward the erection of e 
meeting house. The land, nails and ten dollars are offered by a non-Mormon. The 
scarcity of Saints would hardly justify such a movement, but it speaks well of the 
community. God bless them in the future with the desires of their hearts and the 
light they so earnestly seek." 



"When I consider 'the fact that I was in Atlanta when the first issue of ilio 
little Journal was published, and tnat I carried the first *bnnch* down to the 
postoffice when it was entered as second-class matter, I feel condemned at the lack 
of interest I have shown in the matter of getting subscribers," writes Eider 
A. N. Sorenson, of Mendon, Utah. "But I got out yesterday, and as a result 
of my canvass I send you herewith four subscribers. My best wishes go out 
to the Southern States Mission and all its interests. I compliment you upon 
the appearance of the Journal, as well as upon the subject matter it con- 
tains. It is a treasure and turns toy thoughts twice a month to the boys 
in the field. I find the Journal on the newscounter at the B. Y. College, an 1 
am pleased to inform you that it is read by the Missionary students." 



"I am sending >x>u the names of eight new subscribers for the Elders* Jour- 
nal," writes Elder R. F. Dennison, of Sterling, Utah. "The Elders' Journal 
is a paper I appreciate very much. When it reaches me and I read its con- 
tents my memory goes back to the many happy days I 9p?nt as a Southern Star-^s 
missionary. I have been home fourteen months and am still kept busy in ilic 
Master's cause, laboring in the capacity of a ward teacher and being class leader 
of the senior class of our Y. M. M. I. A., as well as superintendent of our Sunday 
School. I have given nearly every family here a chance to take the Elders* 
Journal, and wouJd like to see it in the home of every Latter-day Saint. Success 
to the little messenger of truth." 



Elder Joseph Young writes from Canton, Ky., on January 20 and sas^: 
"About the 6th day of December last Elder Wilde and I were in Canton and 
baptized an old gentleman bearing the name of Leander Taylor. H^ was in 
poor health and had been for ten years. We visited him yesterday and he said 
he was glad to inform us that he had bf^en restored to health, and was feeling 
better than be had been feeding for ten years. This is the first time we have 
seen Brother Taylor since we baptized him. He tells us that much evil is spoken 
of him because of his joining the Mormons, but his salvation is worth moio 
than even the respect of his pretended neighbors." 



In sending five subscribers to the Journal, Eld^-r E. S. Davis, of Clifton, 
Ariz., says: "Since leaving the Mission my thoughts have been back in the fieid.s 
where I labored, and my prayers have been for the success and advanc^meot of 
the Gospel. It is certainly encouraging to me to read of th? progress of this 
•marvelous work and a wonder' — so encouraging that I have not shed the harness 
yeU nor shall I. I am Mill in the Mission field, trying to be faithful and true 
to that which has been intrusted to me. One 5?ource of encouragement to me is 
the Elders' Journal. *How nobl^ its aim, how pur? its thoughts.' Certainly 
it is doing a good miss-ion work." 



Elder E. E. Randall says : "I have been away from home is the reason I 
have not n newed my subscription to the Joi'RNAl before this, and not for lack 
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and am so enthused that I feel as if. I were again in the Sunny South, grip in hand, 
or upon some street comer defending the cause we Jove and for which the blood 
of our prophets has been made to crimson our mother earth. I know of no better 
way to administer the antidote so much needed by those who receive a superfluity 
of the venom of so-called "Christianity" than through the pages of our little gem, 
the Journal/' 



Elder W. Woodward, of Franklin, Idaho, writes: **I can not say, like 
Elder Musser. that I have circumnavigated the globe, but like him I went on n 
mission in 1852. I have crossed the Atlantic and the plains seven times; have 
had a son on a mission to Virginia for more than two years; a son and 
daughter on a mission to England; crossed the plains for a thousand miles in 
a handcart in 1856, and was in the snowstorm from the Sweetwater to Salt 
Lake City. I am still trying to keep the faith of the Divine Master, and love 
our leaders. There is nothing to compare with the Gospel. Success to the 
Journal. 



Sister Lissa C. Chad wick, of the North Carolina Conference, writes: "I 
consider the Elders' Journal one of the sweetest papers I ever read, and think 
it should be a constant visitor to every home where religious truth can be en- 
dured, because it teaches the pure principles of life and salvation just as they 
have always been taught when a Gospel dispensation, recognised by (5od, has-been 
upon the earth. Last we^ I went on a visit up in Onslow and Jones Oove. I 
took the Journal with me and succeeded in interesting my friends sufficiently to 
obtain one subscription. I think others will subscribe also." 



Elders H. S. Parkinson and Joseph S. Fish, writing fipom Key West, Fla,, on 
Jan. 27, 1906, say : "We herewith send in seven subscriptions for the Elders' 
Journal. We have been making a special canvass for it this week and we take 
great pleasure in being able to repreeent such a valuable paper. We will try to 
send in some more soon. The people of Key West are very liberal minded in 
regard to religion. We have full liberty from the mayor and also have received 
many favors from some of the prominent men of this island. The only opposition 
we now have to our work is the spirit of indifference." 



Elder Dudley J. Hamblin, of Nutrioso, Ariz., writes: "I dearly love the 
Journal. In it I read where Elders visit places where I have been and taught 
the truth in my weak way. I love the people of the South. There it was 1 
found many a friend, when hungry and weary from traveling. I also love the 
South because there it was I gained a testimony of the Gospel, and the strongt.'st 
testimony I ever received was when I stood before the people there and told 
them of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his divine calling, for the Holy Ghost 
bore witness unto me that what I said was true." 



Elder W. R. Turner writes from Robinson, Utah, Jan. 3. that he is glad to 
hear all is lovely in the dear old Sunny South. "When I get the Elders' Journal 
and read the reports of the Elders, I think of my labors while there in the old 
Savannah home. It was the happiest two years of my life. I met many good- 
hearted, dear old friends, for whom I still have a lovie and would like to he^r 
from more of them, if I only had their addresses. The Journal for January 
is the best paper I have read and I would not think of having it stopped." 



"Uncle Mose" Smith sends us in the names of twelve new subscribers to 
the Journal, and says he isn't half through yet. When he was released to 
return homo. Uncle Mose said he was going to send us in about fifty new names, 
and it looks as though he was going to make his word good. How we would liko 
to see some of our other returned .missionaries go to work also, to show they 
have not forgotten us nor the good people of the South who were such friends 
to them when they traveled among them "without purse and scrip." 



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relatives. I found thirty-five or forty of them and received the b st of treat- 
ment. I find them very much divided on religious matters; seven different faiths 
are represented among them, while a portion of them are not connected with any 
church. I did not force my religious views upon them, but I had the privilege of 
explaining the scriptures to some 'of them and leaving tracts which they said they 
would read. Altogether I think my visit will be very profitable." 



"My father takes the Joubnal and I am his youngest daughter at home," 
writes Celia Phelps, of the Alabama C5onference, "and therefore it is not neces- 
sary for two in the same family to have it. So I send you a new subscriber in 
place of my own. I am going to do all I can for the Journax, for I know it is 
the best little paper any person can take. I have tried nine people today to get 
them to subscribe, an-d only got one, but that did not discourage me. The harder 
the world kicks at Mormonism, the stronger it makes our faith." 



We have received a nice letter from Brother John H. Maynard, of Silver 
Point, Tenn., in which he says that Elders Miller and Etherington have he] J 
several meetings in that neighborhood, and as a result more homes have been 
opened up for the Elders to visit, while many who cared nothing for Mormonism 
before are now beginning to investigate the Grospel. Brother Maynard praises 
the Journal and says that after reading it he distributes it among his neighboi-s 
and finds that it does much good. 



Sister S. F. Kitchen, of Junction, Utah, who went there from Virginia 
twenty months ago, ^nds in four subscribers to our little paper and says : "The 
Journal is a great comfort to our home. When I read it, it brings back to 
my memory all the happy hours I have spent in my little Virginia home w«tb 
the Elders and Saints, when we first embraced the Gospel. But I love my 
mountain home alright, and last fall at Conference met many of the Elders who 
used to visit us in Virginia." 



Brother P. H. Messervey writes from Osborn, S. C, that Brother Lemacks 
and he were requested by a few members of a Baptist congregation, about five 
miles from where he lives, to meet them at their school house and organize a 
Sunday School for their children. "So we went last Sunday," he says, "and com- 
plied with their request," adding that the good seed sown by the Elders there is 
bearing fruit. Brother Messervey sends us another subscriber to the Journal 
and promises more. Good! 



Brother Robert Barrett, of the Ohio Ck>nferenoe, sends in sixteen dollars, snJ 
says; "Apply five to the credit of my tithing, five towards payment of the grand 
monument so graciously and lovingly erected in memory of one of the greates* 
and most blessed of all time; five dollars in behalf of the needy, and one dollar 
for The Elders' Journal. The Journal and the Deseret News keep my 77 
years ripe with hope and inspiration. I may be called home any day, but have 
left no debts unpaid." 



Elder W. H. Findl-ay, of Fish Haven, Idaho, writes as follows : **I am 
very much pleased with the Journal. It takes me back to the fireside of my 
friends in the South, with the warm handshake and the kindly greeting. I hav-^ 
many friends in dear old Virginia with whom I labored twenty-six months. I 
have tried to keep up a correspondence with them, but I found it very unsatis- 
factory, and have not written lately. But I have not forgotten them by any 
means." 



Elder John Bailey, of Bluff, Utah, says: "I am deeply interested in the 
Journal, and though I have not sent in any subscriptions but my own, I can say 
that I never lose an opportunity to talk Journal, and perhaps in this way have 
influenced some to subscribe for it. No Elder that has labored in the South, or 
expects to labor there, or expects to produce sons to labor in the South, or any- 
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Bishop Orson WHkins, of Nutrioso, Ariz., writes : **I think the January 1 
number of the Journal, containing the articles and pictures of our martyred 
Prophet and Patriarch, well worth a year's subscription price. I always look 
for items of news from Hie Florida Conference, as that was my field of laboi*. 
I almost w-ish sometimes that I was back in the South helping to teach the Gospol 
to some of those good people down there." 



"I desire to express my appreciation of the little Journal. We have enjoyed 
the Elders* visits and looked forward to their coming with pleasure, but we were 
very lonely when they left. Since we subscribed for the Journal it partly fills 
the vacancy and we are able to keep informed on what they ore doing. Though 
I am not a member. I am always glad to have the Elders come." So writes Eli 
Stafford, in the Georgia Conference. 



Brother J. W. Edwards, of the South Carolina Conference, sends in a sub- 
scriber, concerning whom he says: **Mr. W is a member of the Baptist 

Church and has been for many years, but he says he has learned more from the 
Elders in a few days than he ever did learn from his ministers in all his life. 
Elders Jones and Gillies were here last summer and held a few meetings and made 
many friends." 



Elder C. K. Conrad, writing from Cincinnati, O., on January 26, 1906, says : 
"Elder E. P. Moser and I have just returned from a short country trip, where we 
visited Brother Alfred H. Young. He says the Elders' Journal is one of the 
newsiest little papers he ever got hold of, and he says : *I appreciate it as much 
as an Elder's visit to my home.' lie also had one of his neighbors subscribe lo: 
the Journal." 



Sister A. C. Rorya'll, of the North Carolina Conference, writes : "I have been 
thinking for some time that I would write j'ou and tell you how much good the 
little Journal has done me. I have been very sick for four months, but I have 
had it read to me every time. It is my greatest comfort and it does me so much 
good. I would almost rather do without the necessities of life than be without it." 



"I find the Journal very interesting and watch very closely for everything 
that comes from the Florida Conference, as that is a very dear spot to me," writes 
Elder Thomas J. John, of Woodruff, Idalio. "I not only think of those scenes, 
but dream of them also, find I long to be there once again, for it w^s truly the 
happiest time of my life. God bless the Florida Conference and its good people." 



**Tlke richest memories of my life had their origin in dear old Mississippi*, 
where I spent three years of my life, bearing testimony to the divine mission of 
our beloved Prophet, and of the saving power of the Gospel." So writes Elder 
Frank T. Pon^roy, of Mesa, Ariz., and adds: "The Journal brings back aud 
freshens those events, and does me good» and I don't want to miss a copy^* 



Elder Percival C. Winter, who was our eflScient commissary Elder at the 
Mission office when released, writes from his home in Rexburg, Idaho, that he is 
working hard for the Journal. He sends in the names of six new subscriber.'?, 
and says: **These are only a few, but I am going to get more, for the Journal 
is the proper kind of reading for the Saints to have in their homes." 



**T^e Journal is certainly an excellent missionary among the Saints at home 
as well as abroad," writes Elder L. M. Terry, of Hebron, Utah. "It carries mj 
nund h&ck to *01d Kentudc ' on the *blue grass' hills, where I spent many happy 
days. I have kept up correspondence with some of the Saints and friends, while 
some have moved around until I cannot reach them any longer." 



Sister Jane Ervin, of the North Carolina Conference, writes: "I am 
near seventy years old, and I am the only Latter-day Saint in this neighbor- 
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senger of truth to m€, as I don't hear the Ellders preadi often, and I can hear 
of them through our glorious little paper." 



Brother W. H. Provoux, of the South Carolina CJonference, writes: "My 
daughter and I have been taking the Journal, hut as we are both in the same 
house one will answer for both. I will not lessen your subscription list, however, 
so I went out and got another subscriber, for it should have a place in the home of 
every honest seeker after truth." 



Writing from Cincinnati, O., Jan. 27, Pres. C S. Jones says : "I arrived in 
Ohio from Chattanooga without mishap and learned that all are well in the confer- 
ence. I have held two meetings and got a promise that every Saint except two in 
Cincinnati will pay their fast offerings. We have just got through holding a street 
meeting in Covingtop, Ky." 



We have received another consignment of "The Re-organized Church vs. Sal- 
vation for the Dead," which we wilJ sell as long as they last for twenty-five cents 
a dozen. Also "Blood Atonement," twenty cents per copy. Send in your orders 
early, as the supply will not last long. These are two excellent treatises, both by 
Elder Jos. F. Smith, Jr. 



Elders Sylvester Broadbent cmd L. Loraine Bagley report that they are doing 
a good work in Tampa, Florida. Their report for the week ending Feb. 2 shows: 
"BVimilies visited, 18 ; revisited, 12 ; tracts distributed, 151 ; books sold, 22 ; Book 
of Mormon sold, 1 ; books otherwise distributed, 12 ; meetings held, 3 ; gospel con- 
versations, 41. 



"I simply feast on the good reading the Joubnal contains," is the way in 
which Elder Josiah Leavitt, of Gunlock, Utah, expresses himself, at the same time 
sending in four new subscribers. "I am greatly interested in the work in the 
Southern States, as I labored in Kentucky and found -many good souls all around 
there." 



"We lost our little five-year-old girl in September last, and had more sickness 
in our family," writes Brother Bowden Williford, of the North Carolina Confer- 
ence. "My little boy was very sick, but some of the Elders came and administered 
to him and he has not been sick since. Five of my family belong to the church." 



Subscribers to the Deseret News, Juvenile Instructor or Improvement Era, 
who desire to change their address, should write direct to the oflSce of these publica- 
tions in Salt Lake City, Utah, about the matter and not address this Office. You 
will lose fewer numbers of your papers and magazines if you will remember this. 



E^er J. W. Grolightly of Preston, Idaho, sends in several new subscriptions 
and says : "I enjoy needing the Joxjbnal very much, as it brings the happy mis- 
sionary days back to my mind. I shall never forget the tender companionship 
of the men I labored with, and the good counsel I received from President Rich.'* 



Mary A. Melvin, of the Alabama Conference, who is only 11 years old, teils 
of the strong testimony her mother bore just before she died, leaving three little 
girls, the eldest being Mary. "My mother was a firm member," she writes, "and 
was the first one in Monroe County to let the Elders preach at our home." 



Brother W. J. Hartless, of the Virginia Conference, writes of the funeral 
sermon preached over his wife by Elders H. Ashley Rand end Geo. A. Webb. "I 
have been so lonely since she passed away. She had been a faithful member of the 
church for fifteen years, and when she passed away she did so in peace." 



"I can get more understanding of the Scriptures from one copy of ihv; 
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to pay each of tbem more than fifty cents, or they would not preach for me." So 
writes Brother Morgan Martin, of the South Carolina CJonference. 



"I was wondering what to send my sister for a Christmas present," writes 
Elder James A. Blake, of Hinckley, Utah, "wben it dawned uipon me to send her 
a paid-up subscription to our dear little Journal." And so he orders it sent, 
together with other subscriptions. Good for Brother Blake. 



Elder Joseph J. Porter, of Escalante, Utah, writes on January 19 as follows : 
"Ekidoaed you will find check for $15.50, in ijayment of thirty-one subscriptions 
to the JouBNAL." Thanks, Brother Porter; that is the largest list we have yet 
received at one time. Who can beat it? 



Receipts are now being mailed to all who have sent in subscriptions since 
January 1. If you have not received yours within a day or two after this copy of 
the Journal reaches you, drop us a postal card telling us about the date you 
mailed it, so as we can trace it up. 



"We are thankful for the inspiring little Journal, which visits our home 
twice a month," writes Brother W. Calvin Marshall, of the Virginia Conference. 
"We are subscribers for six different publications, but we value the Journal above 
all the others put together." 



"It is a source of joy and satisfaction to me to read the testimonies of many 
of the Saints that appear in the Journal," writes Brother L. M. Faircloth, of the 
Kentucky Conference, who at the same time bears a strong testimony concerning 
the truthfulness of the Gospel. 



Elders Thos. A. Storey and Benjamin Larsen write that they are feeKiig 
greatly encouraged in their labors in Amherst and Campbell Counties, Va., :iu«l 
were delighted with the Sunday School near Lynch Station, held at the home 
of Brother Tuck. 



Elder A. Done, of Colonia Dublan, Mexico, writes that he considers the Jan- 
uary 1 number of The Elders* Journal worth more than the price of subscription. 
He expresses the gratitude he feels for the privilege he had of laboring in the 
Southern States. 



"Keep the Journal coming." writes Sister M. E. Oliver, of the Virginia Con- 
ference, "for I would not be without it for anything. It is my greatest desire to 
help forward this great work, and the Journal keeps me informed as to its 
progress." 



"When I read tiie Elders* Journal I can almost feel myself going over the 
once familiar ground, bearing glad tidings of good things to the people of Tennessee 
and other places where I labored." So writes Elder Jesse N. Perkins, of Taylor, 
Ariz. 



**The Journal brings many fond recollections of happy times spent in the 
South," writes EUder Anders Mortensen, of Bast Dale, Col., "and it would indeed 
be gratifying to shake the hands of my old friends in Virginia and North Carolina." 



"Myself and three children are the only ones in this county who belong to 
the church,*' writes Sister Aldosa Yarn, of the Georgia Conference. "I cannot 
afford to do without the dear little Journal, for it is such a solace to me.*' 



Sister Martha Hodges, of the East Tennessee Conference, writes of meeting 
with a sad accident recently, hurting one of her arms, but says that through the 
administration of the servants of God she was almost miraculously healed. 



Sister Mattie Carraway, of Pocatello, Idaho, sends in three more new 

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subscribers and says: "I love it better than any paper I ever read, and hope it 
will never die, for if it did, it would be like losing one of my loved ones.*' 



Sister Eliza Hawkins, of the Alabcuna Conference, in sending as in a new 
subscriber, says : "I think I will be able to send more soon. I want to get every 
one I can to subscribe, for it is the best company they can have." 



The East and Middle Tennessee C3onferencfc will be held at the Philharmonic 
Hall, comer Church and High streets, Nashville, on February 25. The Saints in 
both Conferences who can possibly arrange to attend should do so. 



"I can say that I love to read the Joubnal," writes Elder J. W. Caspersen, 
of Preston, Idaho, "for it not only reminds me of the many happy hours spent in 
the Sunny South, but teaches me the principles of the Gospel." 



**The sample number of the Journal I received reminded me of bygone days 
in the Sunny South, ten years ago. I enclose you money for two years* subscrip- 
tion.** So writes Elder Orton A. Williams, of Kaysville, Utah. 



**I have tried to get some of my neighbors to take the Journal, but none 
seem to want it. I loan out mine all fixe time and also my church works,'* writes 
Brother Edward Wilson, of the Kentucky Conference. 



Sister Josie Bodeford, of Hatton, Utah, sends us in sevien new subsoribei's. 
She recently emigrated from the South, and says: *'I am satisfied with my new 
home and would not be back there for anything.** 



L. G. McCard, of the Georgia Conference, says : "I have read several copies 
of the Journal given me by the Elders and other friends, and every one gets bet- 
ter. It is the grandest little paper I know of." 



"Here is the price for two i-ears' subscription to the Journal. Keep the 
little Southern visitor coming, for it is alwaj-s welcome.** So writes Elder N. A. 
Nelson, of Crescent, Utah. 



Elder D. E. Boam, of the South Carolina Conference, writes that he has 
recovered from his recent sickness and has resumed his labors in the field. We 
are truly glad to hear it. 



Brother L. S. Fleming, of the Florida Conference, writes: **We don't have' 
the Elders very often, but we have the dear Journal twice a month, and we 
prize it highly." 



**I cannot get along without the little Preacher,** is the way Sister Sarah A. 
Nye, of the CHiio Conference, writes concerning the Journal, and we rather like 
the name. 



"The Journal is such a comfort to me and my family that it would be hanl 
to miss getting it," writes Brother S. W. Woods, of the South Carolina Conference. 



Brother R. J. Jewell, of the Georgia Conference, sends in two subscribers and 
says he will soon send some more, as several have told him they want the paper. 



Brother J<^n T. Bates, of the Georgia Conference, says : "I have been taking 
the Journal for two years and would not be without it for twice the price.** 



If there are any Elders in the field who ha\'e not made application for clergy 
permits they should correspond with the Mission Office at once. 



**I am pleased with the Journal and especially with the subjects bandied from 
a scriptural standpoint,** writes Brother A. G. Brown. 



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From a letter just received from Elder Jos. F. Smith, Jr., we extract the 
following words of commendation for our little paper: **I have always taken a 
great deal of interest in reading The EjLDEbs' Journal, which we receive reg- 
ularly at the Historian's office, for I feel that it is one of the brightest and most 
interesting of our publications, also one of historical interest. I feel that its 
value will increase as the years go by." 



Brother R. H. Bowen, of the Kentucky Conference, writes: "I want my 
neighbors to learn the truth, and so I give you the names of two of them whom 
I induced to subscribe for the Journal." 



Elders receiving olive oil in tubes will kindly put a two-cent stamp on the 
lube and jnail it back to us. Please do not forget this. 



ARRIVALS. 

The following Elders arrived in Chattanooga from Zion on Sunday, Feb- 
ruary 11, 1906: 

Elder Marcus B. Farr of Ogden, Utah; Elder W. R. Wightman, Payson, 
Utah. Sister Sadie Turman, of Sugar, Idaho, arrived with these brethren, an^J 
will spend the summer among her father's relatives in Kentucky. 



APPOINTMENTS. 

Elder W. D. Bocker has been appointed to preside over the Middle Ten- 
nessee Conference. 

Elder Geo. L. Morrison has been appointed to preside over the Alabama 
Conference. 

Elder William A. Petty has been appointed to preside over the North Caro- 
lina Conference. 

Elder John H. Gibbs has been appointed to preside over the South Caro- 
lina Conference. 

Elder R. Ray Nixon has been released from presiding over the South Caro- 
lina Conference and will spend two or three weeks in each Conference, going 
o\^r the records, and giving special instructions regarding their proper keeping. 



TRANSFERS. 



Elder D. A. Tidwell has b^en transferred from the Mississippi to the Florida 
Conference. 



RELEASES. 

Elders L. E. Harris and C. E. Moore have been honorably released from 
traveling in the Alabama Conference to return home. 

Elder J. A. Humphries has. been honorably released from laboring in the 
Kentucky Conference to return home. 

Elder C. A. Montgomery has been honorably released from the North Carolina 
Conference to return home. 

President W. B. Fitt, of the North Carolina Conference, has been honorably 
released to return home. 

President J. W. Grjint, of the Middle Tennessee Conference, has been 
honorably released to return home. 

President J. B. Bean, of the Alabama Conference, has been honorably released 
and will be transferred to the Eastern States Mission. 

EJder S. L. Cox has been released from laboring in the Middle Tennessee 
Conference to return home, on account of sickness due to injuries received in St. 
Louis on his way to Chattanooga, where he nearly lost his life by escaping gas in 
his bedroom. Elder John B. Woodward has been honorably released to accom- 
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THE DEAR WIFE AT HOME. 

The dear little wife at home, John, 

She has ever so much to do, 
Stitches to set and babies to pet, 

And so many steps for you. 
The beautiful household fairy, 

Filling your home with light, 
Whatever you meet today, John, 

Go cheerily home tonight. 

Although you are worn and weary. 

You needn't be cross or curt. 
There are words like darts to gentle hearts, 

There are looks that wound and hurt. 
With the key in the latch at home, John, 

Drop troubles out of sight; 
To the dear little wife who is waiting. 

Go cheerily home tonight. 

What though the tempter try you, 

Though the shafts of adverse fate 
May gather near and the sky be drear 

And the laggard fortune wait. 
You are passing rich already. 

Let the haunting fears take flight, 
With the faith that wins success, John, 

Go cheerily home tonight. 

Margaret E. Sanqster. 



PAPA'S KISS. 

"\Vhy don't .vou kiss like mamma?" 

Asked the little maid of three. 
As she ran to greet her papa. 

And climbed upon his knee. 
"Her kisses taste like candy. 

And are dood enough to eat : 
But your mouth does taste awful, 

And ain't the least bit sweet." 

"That is so," replied the father — 

Her eyes he dare not meet — 
"There's no reason why, my darling, 

My kiss should not he sweet." 
To him the thought was galling. 

That each evening with his kiss, 
He had thoughtlessly polluted 

Those innocent young lips. 

"Come here, dear wife and mother. 

And help me take this vow ; 
Neither liquor nor tobacco 

Shall touch my lips from now. 
And oh, dear Heavenly Father. 

Thou who art good and wise, 
I thank Thee for this angel 

Who has opened my blind eyes," 
Samuel F. Harker. 



DEATHS. 

Harris — At Jackson, Va., December 22, 1905, of bronchitis, Aaa R., the six- 
j ear-old son of Brother J. W. Harris. Funeral was held January 24. 

Martin — At Phoenix, Miss., January 26, 190G, of bronchial pneumonia, Mil- 
dred, the twin child of Brother and Sister J. J. Martin; bon* December 18 1904. 

edited and pubushsd by 

Elder Ben. E. Rich, of the Southern States Mission, 

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PUBLI8HBD 8BMI-M0NTHLT BY THB 

SOUTHERN STATES MISSION. 

Oppiob, 711 Fairtixw avenue, Chattanooga, Tbnn. 
P. O. Box 417. 

Subscription, ftO Cents per Annum 

Entered as second-clMs mail matter at Post Office, Chattanooga, Tenn. 



** Salvation cannot come without rcvfUitiotf ; it is in vain for any one to minister 
without it. A'o man is a ministfr of Jesus Christ tcithout being a Prophet. No 
man can be a minister of Jesus ("hrist except he has the testimony of Jesus; and 
this is the spirit of prophecy. Whenever salvation has been administered, it has 
been by testimony. Men of the present time testify of heaven and of helU and 
have never seen either; and I will say that no man knows these things without 
Mi>."— JOSEPH SMITH, the I'rophet. June, ia*50. 



Vol. III. March 1, 1906. No. 13. 



FEBRUARY REVIEW. 

AiABAMA — The Elder*! are still laboring in the Southern part of the Con- 
ference, letters were sent out notifying: th^m to be at Mobile on Feb. 4 for 
conference. All respoiKled but Elders David Larsen and Cbas. W. Ii^mith, who 
failed to receive notic* in time on account of their letters beinj? delayed by the 
mail routes becoming impassable through the swamps in this high-water seaoon. 
(>n Saturday a priesthood meeting was held in a room of the Duncan House. 
President Jesse F. Bean read the notes (he had taken, and repeated much of the 
valuable in-srtructions received at the meeting of the Conference Presidents at 
(Chattanooga. After dinner all enjoyi^l a very pleasant excursion to Dophin, 
Point C^lear and Battles, on board the t^teamer ^'Pleasure Bay.*' President Ben 
E. Rich arrived Sunday and at the afternoon and evening meeting explained che 
Gospel plan and what Mormonism stands for in e way that those who heard 
will never forget. AJl the Saints and Elders expressed their appreciation of 
his visit and timely instruction. Preimrations had been made for a large crowd. 
The German Relief Hall wai? rented, two thousand dodgers distributed, a notice 
put in the papers, all the friends and investigators personally invited, but not- 
withstanding all this, the attendance was discouragingly small. The jjeople here 
may see the day when they will be glad to hear from an authorized servant of 
the Ijord. After baving tiheir photogrraph taken in a group, the Elders left for 
their fields of labor. Elder Geo. L. Morrison, who has been appointed to pre- 
side over this Conference, arrived from Virginia, and with President Bean pro- 
ceeded to Walton county to meet with several other Elders in branch con- 
ference ott the 17th and 18th, at Laurel Hill. The meetings were well attended 
and the conference in every way a success. On Sunday the Masonic Hall was 
packed at both services. The Elders have started again into the oountry, two 
by two. All are well and enjoying their labors. Elder R. S. Porter is teach- 
ing school at Lusk, Choctaw county. We wonder if the same Christian (?) 
spirit will inspire the people of that neighborhood to bum the new Latter-day 
Saintfl* Church and drive out the teacher as it did those poor p(H)ple at Harkers 
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are trjing to do them good, when they will teach day-school free of charge in 
localities where the children have no other opportunities to attend school. What 
can be more like true Christian charity than this? Where will you find other 
preachers that will do it? 

East I'ennessee — The i)ast month has been one of progress. Some f en- 
cases of sickness have been reported, but all were of short durart:ion. On Feb. 
7 Elders Taylor, Hobson and President Ford started visiting Elders and Saints 
of Van Buren, White, Putnum and De Kalb counties. In each of these coun- 
ties good work is being done, and many friends and investigators h-ave been 
made by the energetic work of the Elders laboring there. On Sunday, Feb. 18, 
the Elders being on their way to Nashville, four pair unexpectedly met at Ensor, 
Putnum county. It was a happy meeting for all, and to use the church house 
in which "Mormons" had never before held meeting, was granted -and a very 
successful public meeting was held, after which the Elders and Saints retired 
to the home of Brother J. R. Fields, where a sacrament and testimony meeting 
was held. 

Florida — On the return of President J. B. Heaton from the successful 
conference held at the Mission Home in Chattanooga, he found all well excepting 
Elder Phillips, who is still afflicted with rheumatism, and Elder Thonms T. 
Farr, with kidney trouble. We have received a letter from Elders Sylvester 
Broadbent and L. Loraine Bagley, at Tampa, Fla., from which we quote the fol- 
lowing regarding their work there: "While canvasing the first day we met 
Brother and Sister Brannen, who, though not members of the Church, were 
kind enough to offer us their house to hold meetings in and we gladly accepted. 
We started a series of cottage meetings, holding three and four each week, 
while we were in Tampa. All the people in tha.t neighborhood and some from 
other parts of the city attended quite regularly and became interested in the 
(rospel. We took up a series of subjects, -and all were pleased with our inter- 
pretation of the Scriptures. We were also very successful in distributing liter- 
ature, meeting with little opposition. We made many friends, who will be glad 
to see the Elders at any time they^ are in Tampa. We concluded our work in 
Tampa with a well attended meeting on the 14th." Elders R. W. Snyder and 
ij. E. Peterson are now laboring in Jacksonville. They have just finished tract- 
ing Gadsdeu count>'. Our Elders seem to be united and taking an interest in 
spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is a great comfort to all who und^- 
stand it and obey the same. Conference address — Jacksonville, Fla., Box 793. 

Georgia — ITie work here for the past month has been somewhat hindered 
by the rainy weather. However, all the brethren are doing what they can for 
the progress of the Grospel. Some sickness has prevailed the past month, but all 
are well and happily at work again, with the exception of Elder B. B. Brad- 
shftw, at Macon, who for sometime has been suffering with rheumatism. Elder 
W. C. Shipley and Geo. M, Gooch report from Soperton, Montgomery county, 
that recently they have held twelve meetings in that neighborhood, baptized 
three converts and have more invitations to visit homes than they can fulfill. 
At Macon the work is in a thriving condition. Elder A. B. Palmer, who has 
charge of the wx>rk there, continues to say, *'There is not enough Elders here to 
do the work." In Atlanta and) Augusta the work continues to grow. President 
W. H. Little and Elder B. Nielson are visiting through the country districts. 
They expect to see all the Elders on their trip. A branch conference haa been 
appointed at Soperton in the Smut settlement. A rousing: time is expected. 
The address of President W. H. Little will be Stillmore, Emanuel county, Ga.. 
until further notice. 

Kentucky — The first of the month opened with verv favorable conditions 
for the work of the Lord in this part of His vineyard. Good weather prevailed 
and all the Elders felt well. A number of very succesrful meetings were held, 
and one baptism was reported from Sebree, Webster county. Elder J. A. Humph- 
ries officiating in the ordinance. On the 8th we were very pleased to have our 
ranks enlarged by Elder I>avid E. Boam, who for the last fourteen months has 

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THE SACRED GROVE AND MEMORIAL MONUMENT. 

Throug'h the kindiifessr of the publisrbers of the Improvement Era and Juven- 
ile Instructor, we are enabled to present to the readers of the Joubnal this 
Iserue some vie^s of the Joseph Smith memorial monument, the cottage erected 
nearby, and the sacred grove wthere (.he boy prophet poured out his soul unto 
the Lord and received his grand vision of the Father and the Son. TTie cottage 
is a beautiful, cozy place, ae can be very easily imagined from the picture 
herewith. When Junius F. Wells visited the spot for the purpose of building 
a memorial upon it, he found naught but the remnants of the crumbling found- 
ation walls of the old house where Joseph Smith was bom ; but in the center 
thereof, guarded by two overreaching trees of flaiming maple, lay the great 
hearthstone, still embedded in the earth, and around it a few crumbling bricks 
of the old chimney. Hither he led the architect : "Build me a house," he said, 
**which may be of varying proportions aaid details, but of whatsoever it be, let 
the center of this hearthstone be the center of all your plans. Above this stone, 
you shall erect a wide and simple open fireplace, in keeping with its outlines; and 




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this hearthstone shall be the altar on which this home shall rest." And it is 
so done. The cottage itself is in exact harmony with the whole atmosphere of 
reality and ideality. Its broad, simple, flowing outlines, its sunny, wide porches, 
and its great, roomy cellar, its beautifully simple, yet costly furniture of mis- 
sion design, its furnace below and its bathroom above, all mark it as a modem 
miracle to the plain, simple dwellers of the hills, who meet only with such 
luxuries as furnaces and bathtubs, \n (hotels and books. A caretaker will live 
at the cottage, plenty of literature for the stranger will be on. sale there ; while 
its roof -tree will shelter the weary, elder or saint who may knock at its hos- 
pitable door. 

W^e have already published a description of the monument in the July 15ch 
number of the Journal, so we w^ill not repeat it here. We give, however, the 
dedicatory prayer of President Joseph F. Smith, delivered on December 23, 1905, 
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*'Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be^Thy most holy name. \Ve, 
Thy servants and handmaidens, representing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- 
day Saints, have gathered here to dedicate this monument to the memory of Thy 
servant, Joseph Smith, the sji-eat Prophet and Seer of the nineteenth century, who 
was born into the world near this spot on the 23rd day of December, 1805 — one 
hundred years ago. 




The Sacred Grove. 

"It was from him that we received the everlasting Gospel, revealed to him by 
the Eternal Father, through Jesus Christ, the Son. 

**With hearts of gratitude to Thee for the light and truth of Thy Gospel, the 
authority of the Holy Priesthood, and the ordinances of salvation for the livinvr 
and for the dead through Thy servant Joseph Smith ; in loving remembrance of 
him, and grateful for the privilege of being present on this occasion, we dedicate 
to Thee the ground on which stands this monument that it may be sacred and 
most holy. We dedicate the foundation, tyiwcal of the foundation Thou hast laid, 
of Apostles and Prophets, with Jesus Christ, Tliy Son, as the chief comer-stone. 



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We dedicate the base, as typifying the rock of revelation on which Thy Church is 
built. We dedicate the die, witli its inscriptions, as apfpropriate to the whole 
design. We dedicate the capstone as a sign of the glorious crown that Thy servant 
Joseph has secured unto himself through his integrity to Thy cause, and of that 
similar reward which dhall grace the iiead of each of his faithful followers. We 
dedicate the spire, as a token of the inspired man of God whom Thou didst make 
indeed a polished shaft in Thine hand, reflecting the Hght of heaven, even Thy 
glorious light, unto the children of men. 

"We dedicate the whole monument, as signifying the finished work of human 
redemption. And we now earnestly invoke upon it Thy blessing, O Lord, and ask 
Thy divine appro^'al, acceptance, and protection, that it may stand as a lasting 
testimony to the world of the love and devotion of Thy i)eople, of the opening of 
the last dispensation, and the coming of the Son of Man. May it be preserved 
frm the ravages of time, t}^e disintegrating action of the elements, from upheavals 
of the earth's surface, and from the violence of human malice or caprice. May 
it be surrounded by the influence of the spirit of peace, and remain a joy to Thy 
people who may behold it, and a silent witness to Thee to all who may look 
upon it. 

**And may the light of the Gospel restored to the earth through Thy servant, 
the Prophet Joseph Smith, shine forth to every land and nation, until all people 
shall come to the knowledge of Thy truth, and the name of Thy chosen minister 
be known for good, and not for evil, unto the uttermost parts of the earth. 

**Ble8» those who have contributed of their means for the erection of this 
monument. And remember in loving kindness all Thy peopled Deal out blessings, 
prosperity, and continued happiness upon our glorious country and aH her people. 
Hiess and preserve our nation, and guide those who direct her affairs in all their 
f^xalted stations. Give the judicial, lawmaking, and executive branches of our 
government adequate wisdom, that her integrity may be preserved, and that her 
glorious institutions, the just liberties of her people and the rights of all her 
citizens may be preserved and perpetuated. 

"And, O God, we ask Thee, in the name of Thy Son Jesus Christ, that thou 
wilt blesB and sanctify all the land surrounding this spot, sacred to the memory of 
all Thy people, it being the birthplace of Thy servant Joseph. May it be hallowed 
by Thy people. May Thy blessing abide upon it, that it may be a blessed place, 
where Thy people may visit from time to time and rejoice in contemplating Thy 
goodness in that Thou hast restored to the earth the fulness of the Gospel of Thy 
Son, with all the power and authority necessary to administer it and all its ordi- 
nances unto the inhabitants of the earth, for their salvation and for the redemp- 
tion of their dead. 

**And inasmuch as this Httle cottage has been erected and provision made by 
which all the expenses thereof may be defrayed, we offer unto Thee this building, 
and ask that Thou wilt sanctify it ; for we dedicate it unto Thee, and consecrate it 
to the needs of those who shall come to visit here to contemplate, and to receive 
instruction, light, and understanding concerning Thy great latter-day work. May 
no harm come to this little dwelling. May those who dwell here possess the spirit 
of light and truth in their hearts. May their souls burn with love for the salva- 
tion of the human family, and may they take great paiins in administering unto 
those that shall come, for their comfort and enlightenment, that they may be assist- 
ed in their search for that which will exalt them and bring them back into Thy 
presence. 

**We ask Thee also. Heavenly Father, that Thou wilt remember in Thy mercy 
and in Thy continued lo\'e, Thy servant, Junius F. W>lls. who has borne this great 
labor and responsibility. May Thy blessing and peace abide in him. We thank 
Thee for him, and his integrity, for his persistent and intelligent labor in the ac- 
complishment of this work. We pray for Thy blessings to be upon him from this 
time henceforth and forever. Bless him with those things that are needful for life, 
and with Thy Spirit, that he may continue to live in the light of Thy countenance. 

"Wilt Thou bless abundantly also those who have taken part in this labor — 
the laborer^,^ those who have directed the work, and those who have furnished the 
material and the skill with which this labor has been accomplished. We ask Thy 
blessing upon them. Holy Father, one and all. May they prosper in the land. 
May they be blessed of the Lord in their basket and in their store, in their outgoing 
and incoming, when they shall lie down and when they shall rise up. O GJod, put 



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Windsor County. Vermont, after unveiling. President Jos4'ph F. Smith in the centre 
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Thy Spirit into their hearts: lead them in the path of righteousness, and prosper 
them in the labor of their hands. 

"We ask Thee to bless the people of South Royalton, of Tunbridge, and 
Sharon, and of the surrounding country. And this land being the birthplace and 
the Dursingplace of many of Thy most faithful and renowned servants, who have 
made their mark in the world for the uplifting and benefiting of mankind, O God, 
wilt Thou let Thy blessing and peace be upon this land. May it be prospered. 
May those who dwell here multiply and increase and replenish the earth. May all 
barrenness be removed from the soil, that it may be fruitful and prosperous from 
ibis time forward;* that good men may gather here, and those bom here find place 
and be happy and enjoy themselves in the midst of these everlasting hills. 

"We ask all these blessings, heavenly Father, and we dedicate unto Thee 
ourselves, our labors, and all that we have, and this gathering, and those who ha^e 
come here to assist us in the services. Thy servants and handmaidens who have 
come here to sing for us, we pray for Thy blessing to be upon them, and upon 
each and every one. Bless all that seek to do good, to build up ; and sustain the 
righteous, the upright, the honest, and Ihe pure in heart in all the land. 

"These mercies. Holy Father, we humbly ask, and we rejoice in Thy mercy 
and kindness unto us. We give honor, and glory, and praise and obedience unto 
Thy most holy name, and ask Thee to accept of this monument and of this little 
cottage, these services, and nil our efforts. 

"We rejoice in Thy goodness. We praLse and adore Thee this day. We 
conunend ourselves, with this monument, unto Thee. Glory, and honor, and 
majesty, and power, and dominion, be ascribed unto God and the Lamb now and 
forever. Amen." 

The grove is three miles from Palmyra, which is in the northwestern iwwt 
of the state of New York, and is part of the farm where Joseph Smith lived 
with his parents in 1820. It is upwards of eighty-five years since Joseph 
Smith, with wondering eyes, looked upon the Father and the Son in thac 
grove; and the grove still remains as a silent witness to the fact that within 
its sacred precincts was beheld che most glorious manifestation of this age, if 
not of any age. "We approached the grove with peculiar emotions," says Bro. 
Arthur Winter, who was one of President Joseph F. Smith's party to that 
sacred place last December, "and, standing upon that sacred ground, our hearts 
were stirred within us. Here eighty-five years ago^ on a glorious spring morn- 
ing, the boy Joseph Smith knelt and prayed to Qod for light and wisdom. Here 
he struggled with the power of Satan until almost overcome. Here appeared 
before his wondering gaze che very Eternal Faither and His Son Jesus Christ. 
The Fathei' introduced His Son, and the Son, by His own mouth, answered the 
prayer of the humble boy. Here on this sacred spot and on that memorable 
spring day, a new era dawned. Here, in this wooded temple, God once again 
revealed Himself in person, and by so doing dissipated the fal*> conceptions 
that prevailed concerning Him. Who will say that this was not a momentous 
time in this world's history? And surely the place where both the Father and 
the Son appeared in person must be hallowed ground on earth. In calling the 
place a grove, we do not wish to convey the impression that it is only a little 
place with a small bunch of trees. Not so. It is several acres in extent, and 
contains a large number of trees, principally maple and birch. Many of the 
trees are beautiful specimens, and some of them no doubt were standing when 
the Prophet visited it. 



"Since the Journal of January 1 came." writes Elder James E. FoUett, of 
Mathews, Ariz., "I have tried to get others to subscribe. It is received with great 
joy at our home." 



Sister S. A. Benton, of the South Carolina Conference, writes that the little 
Sunday School at Islandton is progressing finely and that it is regularly attended 
by many friends. 



Brother Bd. Gordon, of Helier, Utah, sends us in a batch of four new sub- 
scribers, and say« : "I have the promise of three more, and will do all I can for 
your little gem." 



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BEN B. RICH, Bditor. ' JAMES H. WALLIS, ABSOOiATi Editor. 



EDIXO RIAL. 



HE DOES NOT SPEAK TO THEM. 

At the Sixty-Eighth semi-annual Conference of the Church, when Elders 
M. F. Cowley and A. O. Woodruff were selected to fill the vacancies which ex- 
isted in the quorum of the Twelve, the late Presitlent George Q. Gannon, the il- 
lustrious fath<r of the present editor of the Salt I^ke Tribune, made the fol- 
lowing remarks: *7 have been gladdened during this Conference over one thing. 
I believe the nomination of the two brethren tcho arc appointed to fill the 
vacancy in the quorum of the Apostles came as a surprise to the community, if 
not to the Haints. I have not seen ichat the papers have said at different 
times, but I understand they have been picking and choosing and mentionifig the 
name of every man that is at all conspicuous in the Churchy as likely to be 
chosen. It is evident that the Lord did not tell them anything.** 



CHINESE MOBS VS. CHRISTIAN MOBS. 

In our correspondence with the governor of North Carolina, he states that 
bis people do not Hk? our faith. In this connection, we might mention 
that the papers just now are saying that the Chinese do not like the Christian 
faith. Such are not just reasons why Chinese should mob Christians, nor why 
North Carolina Christians should mob Monnon Eldei-s and burn their churches. 
We call special attention to the cartoon in this issue on page 227, and recom- 
mend that Christian ministers take a little more notice of what is happening un- 
der their very noses and not let their interests in far-off China prevent them from 
being decent at home. What happened on Harker's Island was the outcome of 
the work of a Christian minister and we would be pleased to have some Chris- 
tian minister challenge us to the contrary. 



THE WORK ACCOMPLISHED IN 1905. 

We publish herewith the statistical report of the Southern States Mission 
for the year ending December 31, 1005. and feel truly grateful to our Father in 
Heaven for having so greatly blessed the labors of the noble band of Elders who 
labored during that period in this part of His vineyard. We consider that a 
great work w-as accomplished, and that there is much cause to rejoice, because 
this is a day **as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grape 
gleanings of the vintage." There have been but an average of two hundred 
elders in the field during the past year, and yet o55 persons were initiated into 
the fold of Christ by baptism, and almost two hundred thousand people, who 
never before heard the Gospel, were iwivileged to have an Elder of the Lord 
Jesus Christ converse with them ujKm the glorious Gospel truths and the 
divine mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith. There is much food for reflection 
in the results shown by the figures publislvd herewith, and we trust all will 
study the table carefully : 



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In t-his coniMK?tion we take pJeasure in publishing the following extract 
from a letter written by Pres. Ilelx^r J. Grant of the European Mission, which 
gives an iciea of the work accomplished "across the pond" last year : 

"We are basy on our annual reports. I have just taken off some figures 
as to tracts, hooks and conversations as wvll as baptisms and made some com- 
parisons with 1904. I enclose you some figures which 1 have made. They show 
an increase of 351,90G tracts, 0,427 l>ooks, 58,08G conversations and 27 baptisms 
as against 1904. There may be some slight Changes as all the conference re- 
ports are not ch- eked up, but these figures are approximateJy correct. I need 
not tell you that I am very pleased indeed with the showing which the Elders 
in this Mission have made for the past year. They have worked hard and I 
am sure are kippior and more contented than they were a year ago. I have 
always found that the itwre we do for the spread of the Gospel the happier we 
are in our labors." Our totals for 1905 were : 2,722,709 tracts. G2,182 books, 
174.51G conversations amd 629 baptisms. 



MORE CONCERNING MARKER'S ISLAND. 

In order that the Elders laboring throughout the Mission, and also the 
members of the Church and our friends, may i-ealisse that we are doing all that 
we possibly can to bring to justice the parties who are responsible for the 
A«t ruction of our Church on Harkers Lsland, and the threats uttered against 
the Elders and Saints, we publish this issue some of the correspondence that 
has passed between President Rich and the Governor of North Carolina, together 
\^-ith some other additional facts connected with the trouble there, all of Avhich 
we know will be read with much interest : 

PRESIDENT rich's LETTER TO THE GOVERNOR. 

<'hattanooga, Tenn., Feb. 10, 190G. — Hon. Robert B. Glenn, Governor, 
Raleigh, N. C. — Sir : On the night of January 16, 1906, a church belonging to 
our organization was destroyed by fire on Harker*s Island, off Beaufort, in your 
State, by p.^raons unknown to us. The act was the direct result of an agitation 
worked up by a minister named Morgan, who incited the lawless element tiiere 
to commit this dastardly act. Not content with destroying the place of worship 
erected by in^^imbers of our Chui*ch, they have sinee threatened the lives and 
property of those who entertain and shelter our Elders, while they even warned 
a non-meml)er of our Church, who is in business ther\ tliat if he did not dis- 
charge tlie young lady employed by hiin as a clerk, aiid who is a member of our 
faith, that they would bum him out. The young lady was immediately dis- 
charged. 

- There had betn no school on the Island, and the children there were grow- 
ing up in ignorance. As President of the Southern States Mission, I was ap- 
pealed to for help and asked to send one of our Elders there, who was com- 



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petent to teach sohooJ. I did so, and the diildren of both members and non- 
membere to the number of nearly forty, were enrolled, and our Church was 
fitted up for school purposes. The outlook was fair for excellent results, no 
charge being made for tuition, and all parents being free to send their children 
and have them educated. No religious instruction of any kind, in the least 
degree, was imparted, but the school was conductedi as the most exacting would 
require. With tho burning of the Church, school had to stop temporarily. An 
empty house was secured from a friend, and our Elders then commenced to 
fix it up until something better could be done, making ben<dies, desks, black- 
boards, etc., so that it was only a few days before school re-convened. Threat- 
ening letters were then sent the parents, warning them to take their diildren 
out of the Mormon school, or their homes would? be burned down, as the Church 
had been. They also threatened to burn the school building down, if school 
was not stopped. Fearing the results of theee threats, the heads of families 
receiving these * letters have continuourfy guarded their homes at night 
with guns, not knowing any moment when all that they possess of worldly goods 
would be destroyed by fire. Such a scene of terror did the conditions there be- 
come, that I sent Elder James H. Wallis, as my personal representative, to in- 
vestigate conditions on the Island, and take what steps he considered necessary. 
He reached Beaufort on Monday night late, February 5, and the next morning 
he waited on the Sheriff, Mr. Hancock, who told him that he was powerless to 
render any help, that if he incurred any indebtedness in running down the per- 
petrators, he would ha.ve to pay the expenses out of his own pocket. He said 
there was no officer on the Island, nor even a justice of the peace or a constable ; 
that there were about 400 people diere; that the Island Jay several miles out 
from the main land, with neither telephone nor telegraph communications. Elder 
Wallis next hunted up the County Attorney, Mr. Charles L. Abernatny, and 
that gentleman said he had no jurisdiction in criminal cases, that he was simply 
employed by the county commissioners to giye that body advice in civil matters. 
Consequently E21der Wallis failed to get any promise of iielp or future protection 
from the county officials there, but dad authorize the Sheriff to offer a reward of 
$50 to be given to any person imparting information leading to the arrest and 
conviction of the guilty parties. He then crossed to the Island, and made a 
thorough investigation of conditions there. He found the people, as already 
stated, guarding their homes at night, and fearful of results. He concluded it 
best to withdraw the two elders from the Island, until the excitement abated, 
and something had been done to arrest and punish tho»? who were responsible 
for the conditions there. 

On his way back to Chattanooga, Elder Wallis stopped at Raleigh in the 
hopes of being able to meet you and lay the situation fully before you. Failing 
in this, I now present herewith a brief statement of the matter, and appeal to 
you, as Governor of a great State, as an upholder of law and order and good 
government, as the sworn defender of the Constitution of our glorious country, 
which guarantees every man religious freedom, to give the members of our faith 
on Harker's Island the protection they are entitled to. We feel that our earnest 
petition will not be ignored, but that with the co-operation of the Attorney- 
General of your State, some measures can be taken by you, looking to a peace- 
ful solution of the trouble. 

The matter is urgent, and we plead with you that there be no unnecessary 
delay in taking what steps are best in the accomplishment of the ends desired, 
so that no further crime may be committed, and that those who have outraged 
the law may be promptly dealt with. Most respectfully yours, 

Ben E. Rich, 
gov. glenn of north carolina replies. 

State of North Carolina, Executive Department, Raleigh, February 21, 
1906. — Mr. Ben E. Rich, Chattanooga, Tenn. — Dear Sir: Your letter is a very 
extraordinary one. I have just come from the section about which you write, 
and did not hear a word in regard to theee terrible outrages committed against 
your people. However, we are a law-abiding people, and if any lawlessness has 
been committed, we will look into it. Write to Hon. L. I. Moore, Greenville, 
N. C, who is the solicitor of that district, and he will see that your wrongs, if 



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any, are righted. Our people do not like jx>ur faith, but certainly will protect 
your i)eople against criminal outrage. Yours very truly, 

R. B. Glenn, 
Governor of North Carolina. 

PRESIDENT RICH REPLIES TO THE GOVERNOR. 

Chattanooga, Tenn., Feb. 23. 1906. — Hon. R. B. Glenn, Governor, Raleigh, 
N. C. — Dear Sir: Your very candid letter reached me today, and I thank you 
for your promise of protection in behalf of my people, and I will write to Hon. 
L. I. Moore as suggested, sending him all necessary data. 

I note what you say about your people not liking my faith, which I realize 
is strictly correct, when we consider what is known as the "majority." I am 
iv^minded, however, that the principal cause of the crucifixion o€ our Blessed 
Redeemer was on account of Him belonging to the helpless minority, and also, 
because the great majority was totally void of that spirit of religious tolerance 
which, about eighteen hundred y^ars later, was injected into the veins of the 
American Constitution. But you realize. Governor, that many times in the 
history of the world, the minority has been misjudged and wrongfully dealt with, 
which should act as a lesson to you and to me that nevor, while we can prevent, 
shail might become right. 

At the present time, I can truthfully say to you, from statistics at my com- 
mand, that there are about 1,405 citizens of >-our state who DO like my faith, 
and belon? to it. About 57 of this number reside upon the little Island where 
this trouble occuriied, and thought enough of their faith to erect the little house 
of worship which has been destroyed, and still think enough of it to patiently 
cling. to rh 'ir faith, while all of these indignities are being heaped upoo' them. 
They are entitled to just as mucli protection as though they belonged to the 
invat majority. In the country where I come from the majority do not like the 
faith of some other p^ple, but, thank God, they have Americanism enough to 
eee that the constitutional rights of individual American citizens are protected 
to the extent of i>ermittin^ them to worship God Almighty according to the 
dictates of their own consi'ience, let them worship how, when and what they 
please. This is what we have a right to ask in North Carolina, and this is 
what the power of the State will see that we have, if the American blood run- 
ning in their veins is of th* same quality as that found in the veins of my 
people in the West, who probably do not worship at the same altar as the one 
to which some others bow. Pardon me, Grovemor, for making mention of this 
fact, but the little mention you made of my faith n'-»cessarily called it out. 

The .:n*eat Jefferson, referring to religious freedom, once said, **It behooves 
every man who values lilK?rty of conscience for himself to resist invasion of it 
in the case of others, or their case may, by change of circumstances, become his 
own." I think this is as grand a sermon as can be found anywhere within the 
lids of the Sacred Scriptures, and if I were (xovemor of a State, by the EHemel 
I would enforce this Jeffersonian doctrine if it took tJje entire militia of the 
state to plant it, with granite-like stability, that all the religious bigots within 
her borders would n**ver dare to mar its beauty. 

Again thanking you for your promise of protection, I am, 

Yours very truly, 

Ben B. Rich. 



With the commencement of the building of the Church came the first oppo- 
sition to the work of the Lord on Ilarker's Island. The material was furnished 
by tho Saints and the Elders constructed and painted the building. The lumber 
from which the church was constructed was floated across Core Sound, which 
was the only way of getting it over. The enemy realizing that the Mormon people 
^•ere about to build a Church, put forth their power to prevent it. Thv'y went 
to the Sheriff and asked him to keep the Mormons from taking lumber across 
the Sound to build a Church with. The enemy, however, wv?re disappornted in 
this, as they were told by the Sheriff that they had better attend to their own 
business and let other p ople's business alone. They then went back to tfle 
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the Elders landinfr the lumber. One man threatened to split Elder L. W. Joiin- 
800*8 head open with an oar if he landed it. The Elders succeeded without being 
harmed, and work on the Churdi bc^gan immediately. Elder Johnson did the 
carpenter work, being assisted by EUder Spencer and eome of the Saints. Elder 
Jenkins and Bpo. Thomas Styson painted the building, completing it in the 
spring of 1904. It was one of the prettiest and neatest churches owned by the 
Latter-day Saints in North Carolina. W-hen, dn compliance with a suggestion 
made by President Rich at ihe North Carolina Conference held at Hampstead in 
December, six Elders arrived on the Island to spend Christmas with the Saints, 
they found there a minister (?) by the name of Thomas Morgan, stirring up 
strife and contention among the people and advocating persecution against the 
"Mormon" Elders €md Saints. In his farewell address to his followers, he said: 
*"You have certainly accomplished a good deed in burning the "Mormon" 
Church; and now you women folks, I want you to go hand in hand with your 
husbands and drive those Mormon devils off the Island, for they are worse than 
devils; yes, they arc* lower than hogs or dogs ever were. It is your duty to 
dri\'e them out of your midst at once." In hds sermon in a;n adjoining village, 
Marshallburg, he said: **You people should stand shoulder to shoulder with the 
men of the Island and drive those Mormon devils oflf. Why/* said h\ "they are 
over there buying clothes for the poor children, and they are now going to set 
up a school to be tauglit free. This is the way they hav.' of winning people 
into their religion." 

Meanwhile the Elders were holding some well attended meetings, from two 
to three hundred people being present at each gathering. The remarks made by 
Rev. (?) 'Morgan- had ^aroused many of tlie people to such an extent that they 
wished to know for themselves what the "Mormons" really did believe and teach, 
so they came to listen to the Elders. The establishing of a free school and the 
successful meetings of the Elders aroused the animosity of the Rev. (?) and his 
few followers to action. 

The enemy no doubt thought that burning the (?hurch would stop the school, 
frighten the Elders from the Island, and make the Saints there renounce Mor- 
monism. They found that to accomplisli these things they would have to take 
even a more desperate stand, because the day following the burning of the 
Church the Elders held a meeting on the spot where th- sacred building once 
stood. Two hundred people were present. The Saints were advised by the 
Elders to censnre no one, but rather to return good for evil. Sev.^ral people 
had applied for baptism and the Elders appointed February 4 as a time to 
perform the ordinance. T^ese candidates for baptism received unsigned notes 
threatening them that their homes would be burned if tJiey were baptized. They 
beliew^ in the Gospel, however, and were baptized. The following is the copy 
of a letter written to the Elders in an undisguised hand on the morning of the 
baptism: "Elder Mormons — Sir: With friendship now to you and your 
partner you are quietly warned against staying on Ilarker's Island further. It's 
not right to take advantage of you without informing you in some way before- 
hand. Now, if you stand your ground and meet up with any danger physically 
or vital death, it's your own lookout. It can't be borne much longer. Our time 
has arrived and over with, and the next thing will be your time. You may think 
it is a scare crow, but it is just as true coming as the sun shines. Don't be 
8urpri9?d if you are pulled out of bed by the heels, because these things come 
like a thief in the night. Remember this Ls sure coming soon. Your pi^sence 
is no longer required at Ilarker's Island. (Signed) Conspiracy.'' 

Following the receipt of this threat, and since the Elders have been with- 
drawn from the Island, warnings and threats have been posted up on the houses 
of the members of the Church or nailed up to their gates, filling th» people 
there with absolute dread. Some of these letters we have in our i>ossession, and 
tlr^r will be placed in» the hands of the prosecuting officials wiien the proper 
thne comes. 

ELDER AVM. A. PETTY TET.LS HI 8 DREAM.S. 

"While on my way to attend Conference at Hampstead, N. C December 16- 
18, in company with Elder James R. Burbridge, I had a dream, which occurred 
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was with a very large berd of sheep, the lairgest, the whitest and modt beautiful 
sheep I had ever seen. I rode up to him, being on horseback, and he ptMnted off 
to the east to a small flock of sheep that was some distance away from the main 
herd, saying to me : *I want you to go to these sheep.* I went as he command- 
ed, and when I reached the sheep a four-footed beast, of a very vicious charac- 
ter, came up to me, and rearing up, struck at me with his fore feet. He reached 
up as far as my knees, scra<tched my legs and fell to the ground, disappearing. 
This was the end of my first dream. The next night I dreamed I had left the 
shi^p and gone to town for supplies for the herd. I had secured the flock I was 
commanded by the Prophet to get, and was preparing to go and take charge of 
the herd. I received a letter, apparently from my brother (who has been dead 
some time), stating that I need not go and take charge of the herd unless I 
\v.ished to; that I was left to suit my self about it. Sudi was the end of tiie 
dream the second night. The third night I dreamed that I was on my way to 
take charge of the herd, and had a new man with me. We went, and when we 
arrived where the sheep were, I felt very much disappointed in not finding 
the t<^nt up, but that instead it ' was down on the ground, and the sheep were 
scattered around. I felt very bad, and awoke feeling very much disappointed. 
In fulfillment of my dream, I was sent to Barker's Island, with a new com- 
panion, by the authority transmitted to the Prophet Joseph by God to his suc- 
cessors, and found the beast in the form of Rev. (?) Thomas Morgan, advocat- 
ing persecution against the Saints and trying to scatter the sheep. After reach- 
ing the Island I was instruct^^d to teach a school, as the Saints there had sent 
a request to Pres. Ben E. Rich for such an Elder. When I got everything ready 
to start school, word came that it had been decided, if agreeable with me, to s^nd 
another Elder to teach school. Subsequently I received word that I should 
remain with the flock and teach the school. As for the tent being down, after I 
got the supplies necessary for the school and had arranged' to take cnarge of 
the flock, the Ohurch was burned to the ground^ which was truly a great dis- 
appointment to me. About one week after the burning of the Church I had a 
fourth dream, mentioned in the last issue of the Journal, which was given me 
as a warning and which I verily believe would have come to pass had Pres. Rich 
not s^nt Elder Wailis to look into the condition on the Island and take what 
action he thought necessary." 



FEBRUARY REVIEW. 

(Continued from page 218) 

been laboring in the South Carolina Oonference. On the seventeenth anfl 
eighteenth the Elders and Saints met at Louisville, Ky., in general conference. 
Thei-e were three public and four priesthood meetings held, all of which the 
Elders and Saints attended and received much spiritual food. We had with 
us President Ben E. Rich and Elder Jas. H. Wailis, from the Mission office at 
Chattanooga, who gave us some very valuable instructions, which the Eldei^ 
have made resolution to obey. After a general hand shaking they left for their 
fields of labor. 

Ohio — Jan. 25 President C. S. Jones returned to Cincinnati from his trip 
to Chattanooga, Tenn., where he had been attending the meeting of Oonference 
Presidonts. He expresses himseJf as there having the most profitable time of 
his life. He brought back many valuaible instructions. He arrived ini Columbus 
Feb. 7, where he is straightening up the conference books. Elder H. W. Olsen 
arrived in Cincinnati Feb. 7, having been transferred from West Virginia Con- 
ference on account of ill health. Elder W. H. Smith was transferred from 
Cleveland to re-open the work in Xenia and Elder Olsen will labor with him. 
Elders J. D. Stoddard and J. F. Corbett have been called to Oimden, Peeble 
county, to administer to Sister Rebecca Ries. They report her full of faith and 
improving in health. 

South Caeolina — The month of January was exceptionally good this year. 
While the rain caused our Elders some little inconvenience, having, in some 
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worthy to suffer for the Gospel's sake. The Elders report good treatment, and 
state that they are finding old friends and investigators wtho have not seen the 
Elders in several years. Altjogether our reports are smaJI. on account of the 
rain and scarcity of white people. We are doin^ a good work. Elders J. Fin- 
linson and J. L. Oman (held services over the remains of Sister L. Lemachs. 
About one hundred people witnessed the services. A good time was had and 
the Elders were invited to come back again. The Saints and friends at Colum- 
bia, S. C, recently met at the home of Sunday School Superintendent P. W. 
Turner, in a farewell party in honor of Brother Preston Joyner, who is called 
to perform a mission in the Southern States. A <nice program was rendered 
and all enjoyed themselves in a fruit supper, then Brotiier Joyner was made 
the recipient of many hand shakes and **God bless yous." A ©mall purse of 
money ^vas given him. Elders J. H. Cook and Jae. Anderson have been selected 
to labor in the interest of the Journal. They are intending to place it in the 
home of every Saint in this Conference. At the gathering of Conference Pres- 
idents at Chattanooga, President R. Ray Nixon was called to labor in the 
Mission, visiting the Conferences and going over the records, giving special 
instructions in regards to their keeping. Elder John H. Gibbs was selected to 
take his place as Conference Presrident. 

Virginia — President C. F. Weight left for Chattanooga Jan. 19, to attend 
the Conference of Conference Presidents, where a very interesting, instructive 
and enjoyable time was ihad. On his return to Richmond the train was late, 
and he was unable to make connections at Danville, and was, here given free 
board and lodging at a hotel, where he had eome very interesting conversations, 
giving away all his tracts. On arriving at Richmond, (he received reports of 
all the Elders enjoying good health excepting Elders J. I. Bowers and H. J. 
Clark. Elder C3ark is now at Brother Carpenter's at Golansville. He is slowly 
improving. Elder Strong \has received his notice of release and will start for 
home after Conference, whicii will be held in Richmond, March 4, at 307 N. 7ih 
street. Conference address: Box 427, Richmond, Va. 

Middle Tennessee — The Elders have enjoyed very good health during this 
month, with few exceptions. Elder S. W. Bills has been afflicted some with the 
same i>*^st as Father Job (boils.) Elder S. L. Cox, who was honorably released, 
was accompanied by Elder J. B. Woodward to his home in Zion where he can 
receive rest and proper nourishment, until his system is cleansed from the effects 
of being overcome by gas in St. Louis. Th^^re have been many friends and a few 
saints found in the travels of the Elders in their new fields of labor, who were 
pleased to see them, as they had not seen any Elders for some time. The month 
closed with beautiful weather prevailing, and the Elders rejoicing in their labors, 
and all journeying to Nashville, the gathering place for conference, February 24 
and 25. Our ofllce address is 147 Fourth avenue. North Nashville, Tenn. 

Mississippi — Good health has been prevailing among the Elders, with the 
exception of Elders Cheney and Savage, who have received their release. On Jan. 
25, President Buchanan and Elder J. W. Woolsey arrived from Chattanooga, Presi- 
dent Buchanan having been at the Confer<^nce of Presidents. We were glad to 
welcome them with our band. President Buchanan tried to get a place at Me- 
ridian and at Jackson to hold conference, but was unsuccessful at both places. 
Thinking Millville was next best, the conference was appointed there. On Feb. 
2Dd, Elder Le Roy Baker arrived from Virginia, and on the 7th inst., Elder A. G. 
Burton arrived from Florida. We are pleased to welcome them. On Feb. 11, 12 
and 13 we had an enjoyable time in conference. We held six general meetings, 
well attended, and two priesthood meetings in the new meeting house among Elders, 
Saints and friends. We think that much good was accomplished. Friends as 
well as Saints were greatly interested. We think the number of our Saints will 
soon be added to in that locality. We were greatly disappointed at not meeting 
President Ben E. Rich. Elders Chauncy Jenks and Moroni Savage were com- 
pelled to sleep with Uncle Sam on the 5th and 6th of February, the two worst 
nights we have had this winter, but it only strengthened their testimony. After 
conference the Elders separated for their new fields of labor, all feeling well and 
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DO YOUR BEST. 

Do your best ami leave the rest I 

Xever mir.d tomorrow; 
He who works with happy zest 

Hhs no need to borrow 
Trouble fron» some future day, 
True success will come his way. 

Do your best and leave the rest I 
He who strives for duty 

Often finds that he Is blessed 
With life's crown of beauty; 

rnseen forces lift the load. 

Hoses bloom beside the road. 

Do y<iur best and leave the rest! 

What's the use of worry V 
Firm endeavor stands the test 

More than haste and hurry. 
lUch rewards will come to him 
Who works on with smiling vim. 



ExchauKe. 



SOME LITTLE THINGS. 

A little cot, a little love, 

A little rift in clouds above. 

A little smile to start the day, 

A little son?? uiwn the way. 

A little trouble with a task, 

A little help i« all you ask. 

A little la<'king In your art, 

A little word that hurt your heart: 

A little strength to bear the pain. 

Your little world is bright again. 

A little clang of sunset l>ell, 

A little thought of "all Is well." 

That little cot on the side street. 

The patter of some little feet; 

A little shout of **Papa*8 come." 

A little wife and home, sweet home. 

A little evening lamp that's dim. 

A little sweet contentment hymn. 

A little while her hand you hold. 

Your little wife's as good as gold. 

While twinkling stars send down their light, 

A little kiss— good night, gootl night. 

Will Waters. 



edited and fubushbd bt 
Elder Ben. E. Rich, of the Southebn States Mission, 

CHATTANOOGA, TENN. 



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SOUTHERN STATES MISSION. 

Office, 711 Faibvibw Atbmub, CHATTANooeA, Tbmm. 
P. O. Box 417. 

SubBcription^ 60 Cent* per Annum 

Bntered as second-class mail matter at Post Office, Chattanooga, Tenn. 



**Our troubles are invariably brought upon us by falsehoods and misrepre- 
sentations by designing men. We have ever held ourselves amenable to the law; 
and, for my self , Sir, I am ever ready to conform to and support the Uiws and 
Constituiion, EVEN AT THE EXPENSE OF MY LIFE. I have never in the 
least offered any resistance to law or lawful process, which is a well-known fact 
to the public:*— JOSEPH SMITH, the Prophet, in a letter to Governor Ford of 
Illinois, written at Nauvoo, June 22, 1844, five days before his martyrdom. 



Vol. III. March 15, 1906. No. 14. 



A PROPHET OF LATTER DAYS. 

BT EUHEB EDWIN F. PABBT. 

Would it not be joyful news to the seeker after truth to be assured that a 
prophet had been raised up in latter days? How glorious would be the thou^rht 
that the Lord had again spoken from heaven! The direct word of God to man 
in this age ought to be sufficient to settle all disputes concerning the way of 
salvation. 

Is it in accordance with scripture to expect prophets to come in these latter 
days? Let us search the scriptures and leam what they teach. 

The Bible is a record of God's dealings with His prophets in past ages. It 
shows that He always raised up such men whenever He intended to perform any 
special work among mankind. One of the ancient prophets declaired: 

Purely the Lord God wiU do nothing, but He revealeth His secret to His servants 
the prophets. (Amos Zfl,) 

The whole book of divine scripture confirms these words of Amos. Wben- 
t\er it mentions an important event in the world's history it speaks of a prophei 
in connection with it. 

Before destroying the earth with a flood the Lord sent Noah to cry repentance 
unto the people, that they might escape destruction if they would obey Him. In all 
following ages of which the Bible speaks the Lord sent prophets to warn the 
people before He brought destruction upon them. The Savior says: 

Bat as the days of Noe were, so ^all also the coming of the 9on of Man be.'* 
(M[atthew 24:37.> 

This being true we are to exx)ect that some prophet will be sent to warn the 
world of the destruction of the wicked. That the wicked will t>e destroyed at 
that time is evident. St. Paul says that when the Savior comes He will take 
''vengeance \rpon them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our 
Lord Jesus Christ." (II Thessalonians 1:8.) 



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The Prophot Mnlachi, speaking in the name of the Lord, says: 

Ht'hold, I will send my messenger and he shall prepare the way before me; and 
the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to His temple. (Malachl 3:1.) 

This is another proof that a divine messenger is to -be sent to prepare th^ 
way for the coming of the Lor<3. That this passage does not refer to His firsi 
coming" is shown by the following verse, which reads: 

But wno may abide the day of Ills coming? And who shall stand when Hie ap- 
peareth? For He is like a refiner's fire, and like fuller's soap. (Malachl 3:2.) 

The words of Jesus show that inspired prophets and apostles are necessary 
in Ilis Church. He commanded His disciples in these words : 

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them In the name of the Father, 
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; teaching them to observe all things what- 
soever I have commanded you. (Matthew 28:19, 20.j 

If all things whatsoever Jesus commanded are to be taught today how can 
one teach them unless he be inspired of God? It needs a prophet to reveal thes:* 
things anew to mankind, for the Bible does not contain all the teachings and 
doings of the Savior. St. John in speaking of the doings of Jesus, says that "even 
the world itself could not contain the books that should be written.'* (John 
21:25.) 

The Apostle Paul gives us to understand that Christ's Church is founded 
upon apostles and prophets : 

Now therefore ye arc no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the 
saints, and of the householld of God; and are built upon the foundation of the apos- 
tles and prophets, Jesus Christ (being the chief corner stone. (Bphesians 2:19, 20.) 

Apostles and prophets in olden times were men who received power from the 
Lord to act in His name. 

And when he called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against 
unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner 
of disease. (Matthew 10:1.) 

Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound In heaven; and whatsoever ye 
shall loose on earth shall be loosed In heaven. (Matthew 18:18.) 

They were also men who "spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." 
(II Peter 1: 21.) 

St. Paul tells why apostles and prophets and other officers are in the C?hurch : 

For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of 
the bodv or Christ; • • • that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and 
fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and 
cunning craftiness, whereby they lie In wait to deceive. (Epheslans 4:12, 14.) 

He shows plainly that these insrpired officers should remain in the Church 
oC Christ •*till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of 
the Son of God." (Ephcsians 4: 13.) As that condition has not yet been at- 
tained, there is still need of apostles and prophets to bring mankind to the "unity 
of the faith." This desirable state cannot be brought about without living apostles 
and prophets, who are inspired of God. People are divided in their opinions about 
the meaning of many things written by ancient apostles and prophets, and they 
will not unite without receiving new revelation to enlighten them. -Some may 
be led to think prophets are no longer needed in the iCJhurch because of the words 
of Paul : 

Whether there be prophecies, they shall fall. • • • For we know In part, and we 
prophesy In part But when that which Is perfect Is come, then that which Is In 
part shall be done away. (I Corinthians* 13:8, 9, 10. '» 

The time he speaks of, "when that which is perfect is come," has not yet 
arrived. When it does come prophecies may fail or be "done away ;" but that 
time will be when **they shall teach no more c^ery man his neighbor, and every 
man his brother, saying. Know the Lord ; for they shall know me, from the least 
of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Ix>rd." (Jeremiah 31: 34; Hebrews 
8: 11.) 

The following words of St. John are supposed by some to imply that no 
more revelation is to be ?iven : 

For T testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book. 
If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that 
are written In this book. (Revelation 22:18.) 

The npostle here only warns man against adding to the words of the 

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prophecy of his book. lie says nothing about the Bible as a whole; nor does 
he say that God will not add any more revelations to His word. 

The Bible contains many predictions concerning marvelous events to take 
place in latter days, just before or at the time of the second coming of Christ. 

The (iospel of the kingdom is to be preached in all the world as a witness 
to all nations. (Matthew 24: 14; Revelation 14: 6.) 

The Lord's elect is to be gathered from the uttermost parts of the earth. 
(Mark 13:27; Isaiah 11:11, 12.) 

The house of the Lord is to be establisri^d in the top. of the mountains. 
(Isaiah 2:2, 3; Micah 4:1, 2.) 

The Lord is to set up a. kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor left 
to other people. (Daniel 2:44.) 

The gifts of the gospel as enjoyed in the days of Christ's former apoetles are 
to be restored. ( Isaiah 35 : 5, 6. ) 

According to the ancient predictions, many other great things are to take 
place in latter days. But how can they be accomplished unless the Lord directs 
what is to be done by revealing "his secret unto his servants the prophets," and 
by sending his messenger to "prepare the way" before Him? 

Sufficient proof has been given to show that apostles and prophets should be 
in the Church of Christ, and that we should expect prophets to be raised up by 
the LonTin these latter days. 

The scriptures furnish abundant evidence to prove another peculiar fact 
respecting the Lord's holy prophets. That is, they have always been misunder- 
stood, reviled, persecuted and spoken evil of. Jesus says to His disciples: 

BVssed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all 
manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. • "► • For so persecuted they the 
prophets which were before you. (Matthew 5:11, 12j 

Our Savior Himself met with the same kind of treatment. He is spoken of 
as a "stumbling stone and a rock of offense." 

The <jk>spel narrative as given by the four evangelists, shows very clearly that 
He was indeed a stumbling stone to the Jewish nation. He did mighty miracles 
before their eyes. They were in possession of the prophecies concerning His com- 
ing and ministry; but He did not fulfill their preconceived and erroneous ideas 
of what they exi)ected of Him, and so they refused to accept Him as their Re- 
deemer. 

The Prophet Noah was rejected by all in his day except his own family. 
His message, no doubt, was regarded as a very strange and extraordinary one. 
It was hard to accept. No such thing as a flood covering the entire earth was 
known up to that time, and how could they accept his warning only through simple 
faith? 

When Moses, under the direction of the Lord, undertook to free the Israelites 
from bondage in Egypt the people whom he was sent to deliver murmured against 
him, notwithstanding the Lord performed sudi mighty wonders in their behalf. 

When Jeremiah and Ezekiel predicted the downfall of Jerusalem in their 
day thoy were not believod. The historian Joeephus says that Zedekiah, the king, 
refused to believe the prophets because Jeremiah foretold that he, the king, should 
be taken captive to Babylon, while Ezekiel said he should not see Babylon. These 
two prophecies seemed to disagree, so Zedekiah made this apparent disagreement 
an excuse for not "believing either of the two prophets. Yet they were both cor- 
rect in their utterances. The king was taken to Babylon, but he never saw the 
city, for his eyes were put out before he arrived there. 

The words of Jesus to His disciples about the prophets before them being 
persecuted convey the idea that those who should follow would get the same 
reception. 

If they hare persecuted me, they will also persecute you. (John 15:20.) 

So says the Savior to His apostles; and so it was. They were pers(»cuted 
and put to death. It is reasonable to believe that other prophets might be treat- 
ed in a similar manner. If it is to be as in the days of Noah at the time of the 
coming of the Son of man, then we may expect that the great majority of man- 
kind will reject the messnge of salvation proclaimed to them by the prophets 
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The scriptures pointed out in the foregoing clearly show these facts: 

1. That Prophets abb sent by the Lobd to Announce all Important 
Events C6nnbcted with His Purposes. 

2. That a Prophet should be raised up in Latter Days to Prepare 
FOR Christ's Second Ck>MiNu. 

3. That Apostus and Prophets are always necessary in the Church 
OF Obbist. 

4. That the true Oiurch is Built upon Apostles and Prophets. 

5. That the Canon of Scripture was not completed in Former Days. 

6. That Without new Revelation the Bible Prophecies Cannot bk 
Fulfilled. 

7. That in all past ages Prophets have been Persecuted. 



SAYINOS OF THE PROPHET JOSEPH SMITH. 

"O ye Eilders of Israel, hearken to my voice, and when you are sent into the 
wofrid to preach, tell those things ye are sent to tell ; preach and cry aloud : 'Re- 
pent ye, for the kingdotn of Heaven is at hand; repent and believe the (Jospel. 
Declare the first principles and let the mysteries alone, lest ye be overthrown. 
Never meddle with the visions of beasts and subjects you do not understand, but 
preach those things the Lord has told you to preach about — ^repentance and 
baptism for the remission of sins." 



'*If the ministers of religion had a proper understanding of the doctrine of 
eternal judgment, they would not be found attending the man who has forfeited 
his life in the injured laws of his country by shedding innocent blood, for such 
ch€uracters cannot be forgiven until they have paid the last farthing; the prayers 
of all the ministers in the world could not close the gates of hell against a mur- 
derer — unconditional election to eternal life was not taught by the Apostles." 



"No unhallowed hand caa stop the work of God from progressing. Persecu- 
tion may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame; 
but the truth of God will go forth bo4dly, nobly and independently, until it has 
penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country and sounded 
in every ear, till the purposes of Grod shaJl be accomplished and the Great Jehovah 
shall say the work is done." 



*"A11 men who become heirs of God and joint heirs of Jesus Christ will have 
to receive the fullness of the ordinances of His Kingdom ; and those who will not 
receive all the ordinances will come short of the fullness of that glory, if they 
do not lose the whole." 



"EJver keep in exercise the principle of mercy, and be ready to forgive your 
brother on the first intimation of repentance, and asking forgiveness; and if we 
even should forgive our brother, or even our enemy, before they repent or ask 
forgiveness, our Heavenly Father would be equally merciful unto us." 



"If you wish to go where God is, you must be like God, or possess the princi- 
ples which God possesses, for if we are not drawing toward God in principle, we 
are going from Him and drawing towards the devil. A man is saved no faster 
than he gets knowledge, for if he does not get knowledge, he will be brought into 
captivity by some evil power in the other world, as evil spirits will have more 
knowledge, and consequently more power, than many men who are on earth. Hence 
it needs revelation to assist us, and give us knowledge of the things of God." 



"We oame to this earth that we might have a body and present it pure befoi^ 
God in the Celestial Kingdom. The great principle of happiness consists in having 
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be can obtain the tabernacle of man, and when cast out by the Savior, he asked to 
go into the herd of swine, showing he would pr^er a swine's body to having none." 



"Salvation means a man's being placed beyond the power of all his enemies. 
The more sure word of prophecy means a man*a knowledge that he is sealed up 
unto eternal life by revelation and the spirit of prophecy, through the power of 
the Holy Prieetiiood. It is impossible for a man to be saved in ignorance." 



"There is a law, irrevocably decreed in Heaven before the foundation of this 
world, upon which ail blessings are predicated; and when we obtain a blessing 
from Grod, it is by obedience to the law upon which it is predicated." 



"I will give unto you one of the keys of the mysteries of the Kingdom. It is 
an eternal principle that has existed with Gk>d from all eternity: that man who 
rises up to condemn others, fiiMiing fault with the Ohurch, saying that they are 
out of the way while he himself is righteous, then know assuredly that that man 
is «! the high road to apostasy ; and if he does not repent wi'll apostatize as God 
lives." 



"Many men will say, *I wHl never forsake you, but will stand by you at all 
times.' But the moment you teadt them some of the mysteries of the Kingdom of 
God that are retained in the Heavens, and cue to be revealed to the diildren of 
men when they aie prepared for them, they will be the first to stone you and put 
you to death. It was the same principle that crucified the Lord Jesus Christ, and 
will cause the people to kill the prophets in this generation." 



"We A> not beiieve it is just to mingle religious influeiice with civH govern- 
ment, whereby one religious society is fostered, and another proscribed in its 
spiritual privileges, and the individual rights of its members, as citizens, denied." 



"We believe that every man should be honored in his station: rulers and 
magistrates as such, being placed for the protection of the innocent, and the pun- 
ishment of the guilty ; and that to the laws, all men owe respect and deference, as 
without them peace and harmony would be supplanted by anarchy and terror; 
human laws being instituted for the express purpose of regulating our interests as 
individuals and nations, between man and man, and divine laws given of Heaven, 
prescribing rules on spiritual concerns, for faith and worship, both to be answered 
by man to his Maker." 



"We believe that no government can exist in peace, except such laws are 
framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of 
consd^ice, the ri^t and cimtrol of property and the protection of life." 



"We believe that all men are bound to Fustain and uphold the respective gov- 
ernments in which they reside, while protected in their inherent and inalienable 
rights by the laws of such governments ; and that sedition and rebellion are unbe- 
coming every citizen thus protected, and ^ould be punished accordingly ; and that 
all governments have a right to enact such laws as in their own judgment are best 
calculated to secure the public interest ; at the same time, however, holding sacred 
the freedom of conscience." 



"The Confltitution of the United States is a glorious standard. It is founded 
in wisdom ; it is a Heavenly banner ; it is like a great tree under whose branches 
men from every dime can be shielded from the burning rays of an inclement sun ; 
and Mormons, as well as the Presbyterians, and every other denomination, have 
equal rights to partake of the fruits of this great tree of our national liberty." — 
(While in Liberty jail, Olay County, Mo.) 



"We have never violated the laws of this country ; we have every right to live 
under their protection, and are entitled to all the privileges guaranteed by our 



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State and National Constitution. We have turned the barren, bleak prairies and 
swamps into beautiful towns, farms and cities, by our industry ; and the men 
who seek our destruction and cry thief, treason, riot, etc., are those who them- 
selves violate the laws, steal and plunder from their neighbors, and seek to destroy 
the innocent, heralding forth lies to screen themselves from the just punishment 
of their crimes by bringing destruction upon innocent people. I coll God, angels 
and men to witness that we are innocent of the charges which are heralded fortji 
through the public prints against us by our enemies." 



"Meddle not with any man for his religion ; for all governments ought to 
permit every man to enjoy his religion unmolested. No man is authorized to take 
away life in consequence of difference of religion, which all laws and governments 
ought to protect." 



"Attempts to promote universal peace have failed. The world has had a fair 
trial for six thousand years ; the Lord will try the seventh thousand Himself : *IIe 
whose right it is will possess the kingdom, and reign until Ht? has put all things 
under His feet: iniquity will hide its hoary head, Satan will be bound, and the 
works of darkness destroyed; righteousness will be put to the line and judgmt^t 
to the plummet,' and 'He that fears the Lord will alone be exalted in chat day.' 
To bring about this state of things, there must of necessity be great confusion 
among the nations of the earth, *distress of nations with i)erplexity.' " 



"Though our religious principles are before the world, ready for the inve^itii^a- 
tion of all men, yet wo are aware that the sole foundation of all the persecution 
against us has arisen in consequence of calumnies and misconstructions, without 
foundation in truth or righteou^iess. Posterity will yet do us the justice, when 
our persecutors are equally low in the dnst with ourselves, to hand down to suc- 
ceeding generations, the virtuous acts and forbearance of a people who sacrificed 
their reputation for their religion, and their earthly fortunes and happiness to 
preserve i)eace." — (July 25, 183G.) 



"If a people, a community, or a society, can accumulate wealth, increase a 
worldly fortune, improve in science and arts, rise to eminence in the eyes of the 
public, surmount difficulties so much as to bid defiance to poverty and wretched- 
ness, it must be a new creation, a race of beings superhuman. But in all our 
poverty and want, we have yet to learn for the first time, that we are not indus- 
trious and temperate, and wherein we have not always been the last to retaliate 
or resent an injury, £ind the first to overlook and forgive." 



"It has been the design of Jehovah, from the commencement of the world, 
and is His purpose now, to regulate the affairs of the world in His own time, and 
to stand as Head of the universe, and take the reins of government in His own 
hand. When that is done, judgment will be administered in righteousness ; 
anarchy and confusion will be destroyed, and 'nations will leam war no more.' It 
is for want of this great governing principle that all this confusion has existed.'' 



"No unhallowed hand can stop the work of God from progressing. Persecu- 
tion may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame ; 
but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly and independently, until it has 
penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country and sounded 
in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the Great Jehovah 
shall say the work is done." 



"Hell may pour forth its rage like the burning lava of Mt. Vessuvius, or of 
Etna, or of the most terrible of burning mountains; and yet shall Mormonism 
stand ! Water, fire, truth, and God are all realities. Truth is Mormonism ! God 
is the Author of it ! He is our shield. It is by Him we received our birth. It 
was by His voice that we were called to a dispensation of His Gospel, in the 
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Mormon ; and it is by Him that we remain unto this day ; and by Ilim we shall 
remain, if it shall be for our g-Iory ; and in His Almigrhty name, we are determined 
to endure tribulation as good soldiera unto the end."( — In Liberty, Mo., Jail. 
March 25, 1830.) 

**Those who have not been enclosed in the walls of prison, without cause or 
provocation, can have but little idea how sweet the voice of a friend is ! One token 
of friendship from any source whatever awakens and calls into action every sym- 
pathetic feeling; it brings up in an instant everything that is past; it seizes the 
present with the avidity of ligl.tn»ing; it grasps after the future with the 
tierceness of a tiger; it moves Ihe mind backward and forward, from one thing 
to another, until finally all enmity, malic^\ hatred and past diflPerences, misunder- 
standings and mismanagements are slain victorious at the feet of hope." — (In 
Liberty Jail, Clay County, Mo., Mardi 25, 1839.) 



"We have been driven time after time, and that without cause; and smitten 
again and again, and that without provocation ; until we have proved the world 
with kindness, and the world has proved us, that we have no designs against any 
man or set of men ; that we injure no man ; that we are p?aceable with all men, 
minding our own business, and our business only. We have suffered our rights 
and our liberties to be taken from us; we have not avenged ourselves of those 
wrongs ; we have appealed to magistrates, to sheriffs, to judges, to the government 
and to the President of the United States — all in vain ; yet we have yielded peace- 
fully to all these things. We have not complained at the Great God ; we mur- 
mured not, but peacefully left all, and retired into the back country, in the broad 
and wild prairies, in the barren and desolate plains, and there commenced anew; 
maJcing the desolate places to bud and blossom as the rose." — (September 1, 1838.) 



"By the power of God I translated the Book of Mormon from hieroglyphics, 
the knowledge of which was lost to the world ; in which wondo^rful event I stood 
alone, an unlearned youth, to combat the worldly wisdom and multiplied ignorance 
of eighteen centuries, with a new revelation, which — if they would rtH?eive the 
everlasting gospel — would open the eyes of more than eight hundred millions of 
p-ople and make 'plain the old paths,' wherein if a man walk in all the ordinances 
of God blameless, he shall inherit eternal life.'* — (Nov. 13, 1843.) 



•*We cannot keep all the commandments without first knowing them, and we 
cannot expect to know all, or more than we now know, unless w^» comply with 
or keep those we have already received. That which is wTong under one circum- 
stance, may be, and often is, right und'^r another. God said, *Thou shaJt not kill' : 
at another time He said, *Thou shalt utterly destroy.' This is the principle on 
which the government of Heaven is conducted — by revelation adapted to th? cir- 
cumstances in which the children of the kingdom are placed. Whatever God re- 
quires is right, no matter what it is, although we may not see the reason thereof 
until long after the events transpire. If we seek first the kingdom of God, all 
good things will be added. So with Solomon ; first he asked wisdom, and God 
gave it him, and with it every desire of his heart, even things which might be 
considered abominable to all who understand the order of Heaven only in part, 
but which, in reality, were right, because God gave and sanctioned them by 
special revelation." — (Augu.st 25, 1842.) 



"Marvel not if you are persecuted ; but remember the words of the Savior : 
*The servant is not above his Lord; if they have persecuted me, they will i>erse- 
cute you also' ; and that aJl the afflictions through which the Saints have passed. 
are the fulfillment of the words of the prophets which have spoken since the world 
began. We shall, therefore, do well to discern the signs of the times, as we pass 
along, that the day of the Lord may not 'overtake us as a thief in the night.' 
Afflictions, persecutions, imprisonments, and death, we must expect, according to 
the Scriptures, which tell us that the blood of thoso whose souls were under the 
altar could not be avenged on them that dwell on the earth, until their brethren 
should be slain as they were."— (April 22, 1839.) 



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"We glory in our tribulation, beca4ise we know that God is with us, that He 
is our friend, and that He will save our souls. We do not care for them that can 
kill the body: they cannot harm our souls. We ask no favors at the hands of 
mobs, nor of the world, nor of the devil, nor of his emissaries the dissenters, and 
those who love, and make, and swear falsehoods, to take away our lives." — (Lib- 
erty Jail, Missouri, Sunday, December 16, 1838.) 



"Seek to know God in your closets, call upon Him in the 6elds. Foik>w the 
directions of the Book of Mormon, aiid pray over and for your families, your 
cattle, your flocks, your herds, your com and ail things that you possess; ask the 
blessing of God upon all your labors, and everything that you engage in. Be 
virtuous and pure; be men of Integrity and truth; keep the commandKnents of 
God, and then you will be able more perfectly to understand the differecKX between 
right and wrong — between the things of Qod an< €he things of men ; and your 
path will be like that of the just, which shineth brighter and brighter unto the 
perfect day."— (Jnne lo, 1843.) 



"Salvation cannot come without a revedatiotn; it is in vtdn for any one to 
minister without it. No man is a minister of Jeeus Christ without being a 
Prophet. No man can be a minister of Jesus Christ except he has the teetimony 
of Jesus; and this is the spirit of prophecy. Whenever sadvation has been ad- 
ministered, it has been by testimony. Men of the present time testify of heaven 
and of hell, and have never seen either ; and I will say that no man knows these 
things without this."— (June, 1839.) 



PORTER ROCKWELL, "THE PROPHET'S FRIEND." 

There are thousands of people, both in and out of the Church, who bavj 
heard or read of "Port" Rockwell, but have never seen his pdcture. Herewith 
is a faithful likeness of him, showing his "eagle eye" and his long hair, which 
he wore in that manner because, it is said, the Prophet Joseph Smith promised 
him that he should never die at the hand of an assaasin if he did so. And 
certain it is, that notwithstanding the many hairbreadth escapes he experienced 
as an officer, he died a peaceful, natural death, at a good old age, in Salt Lake 
City, Utah. 

The eariy life of Orin Porter Rockwell was closedy associated with that 
of the Prophet Joseph Smith, whose faithful friend he was. Truly could Brother 
Rockwell say of the Prophet, as President John Taylor said of him in his 
beautiful hymn, "Joseph the Seer:" 

The Seer, the Seer! Joseph the Seer! 
O, how I love his memory dear! 
The just, the wise, the pure and free — 
A father he was, and is to me! 

When the ProjAet Joseph was unjustly incarcerated in Liberty jail, in 
Clay Co., Mo., in 1830, Porter Rockwell carried refrecrhments time and time 
again to h.im and to his suffering companions. A few months afterwards, when 
the Prophet went to Washington for the purpose of laying the grievances wbicB 
the Saints had endured before President Van Buren and the Congress of the 
United States, O. P. Rockwell accompanied him. This was on November 29. 
1839. He accompanied the Prophet to Washington a second time; this was 
in the latter part of January, 1840, when Joseph had a second interview with 
President Van Buren, who treated him insolently, and told him, "Your cause 
is just, but I can do nothing for you." 

On May G, 1842, Lilbum W. Boggs, who was Governor of Missouri at 
the time the Saints were driven out of that state, was shot at and wounded at 
his house at Independence, Mo. He charged Rockwell with the crime, and the 
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innooent of the offense, and that the charge was trumped-up for the purpose 
of getting them in custody, Rockwell left for the EaMem States and the 
Prophet went to Iowa. About a year afterwards Rockwell decided to return 
to Nauvoo, but*was arrested in St. Louis, where he was thrown into jail. Iron 
bobbles were welded to his ankles, and several plans were formed to kill him. 




ORIN PORTER ROCKWELL. 

Joseph heard of his arrest, and prophesied in the name of the Lord Jesus 
Christ that he would get away honorably from the Missourians. This pre- 
diction was fulfiHed. God preserved him, for His power alone couid have 
preserved him. Several times, while being taken back and forth to the jail, 
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could not find any evidence to prove that he had shot at Boggs, and he was 
released from jarl, having been a prisoner upwards of nine months, and suflfering 
almost everything but death. When the irons were taken off, he was so weak 
he had to be led. He was reduced to a mere skeleton. 

While in jail, Rockwell heard pflans formed to secure the arrest of the 
Prophet and oarry him to Missouri, yet he was a prisoner and had no means 
of informing him of the danger he was in. He knew that they were deter- 
mined to kill Joseph, and his anxiety was so intense upon the subject that his 
flesh twitched on his bones. Twitch it would, and he could not help it. While 
he was in this condition he heard a dove aJight <m the window in the upper 
room of the jail where he was confined. The dove commenced cooing and then 
went off. In a short time it came back to the window, where a pane was 
broken, and crept through between the bars of iron, which were about two and 
a half inches apart. It flew abound the trap door several times; did not alight, 
but continued cooing until it crept through the bars again, and flew out 
through the broken window. This proved a comfort to Brother Rockwell, and 
he accepted it as a favorable sign. The twitching of his flesh ceased, and ho 
was fully satisfied from that moment that they would not get the Prophet in 
Missouri, and that he should regain his own freedom, aJl of which happen^ni. 
As near as could be found out, this happened at the time Joseph was in custody. 
It was the only time he had a visit from the dove. 

On Tuesday, August 22, 1842, while Rockwell was in prison at St. Louis, 
the Prophet wrote in his history as follows: **There is a numerous host of 
faithful souls, whose names I could wish to record in the Book of the Law of 
the Lord, but time and chance would fail. There is one man I would mention, 
namely, Orin Porter Rockwell, who is now a fellow- wanderer with myself, 
an exile from his home, because of the murderous deeds and infernal fiendish 
disposition of the indefatigable and unrelenting hand of the Missourians. He 
is an inncM?ent and a noble boy. May God Almighty deliver him from the hands 
of his pursuers. He was an innocent and a noble child, and my soul loves him. 
Let this be recorded forever and ever. Let the blessings of salvation and honor 
be his portion." 

Upon Brother Rock well's liberation from prison, he made his way to Xauvoo, 
arriving there Christmas night, 1843. Straightway he went to the home of the 
Prophet, where there was a happy company enjoying the season's festivities. 
Id the midst of them a man with his hair long and falling over his shoulders 
and apparently drunk, came in and acted like a Missourian. Joseph rt quested 
the captain of police, who was present, to put him out of doors. A scuffle 
ensued, and Joseph had an opportunity of looking the man full in the face. 
It was no drunken man ; it was no Missourian ; "but," as Joseph writes in 
his history, "to my gn^at surprise and untold joy, I discovered it was my long- 
tried, warm, but cruelly persecuted friend, Orin P. Rockwell." 

Five days before the Prophet's martyrdom, Brother Rockwell rowed him 
across the Mississippi river, from Nauvoo, when he was about to flee to the 
Rocky Mountains, in obedience to a warning from the Lord, to save his life. 
Rockwell was sent back to Nauvoo to get horses for Joseph and Hyrum. On 
the afternoon of June 23, 1844, Emma, Joseph's wife, sent Rockwell back, 
requesting him to entreat of Joseph to come back. He carried the message. 
Joseph was deeply wounded. He said, "If my life is of no value to my friends, 
it is of none to myself; but," he added, "we shall be butchered." While walking 
towards the river, Joseph fell behind with Rockwell. The others aiiouted to 
him to "come on," but he replied, "It's no use to hurry, for we are going back 
to be slaughtered." And so it proved to be, for on June 27, four days later, 
while incarcerated in Carthage jarl, under a solemn pledge of protection from 
Gov. Ford of Illinois, a mob of over one hundred persons, with fac?s painted 
black, broke into the jail, shot and killed the Prophet Joseph, and his faithful 
brother, IIjTum the Patriarch, besides wounding President John Taylor. Brother 
Rockwell was faithful to the Prophet until the last. He would gladly have 
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While we do not say it authoritativeily, yet it is our candid conviction that 
"Port" Rockwell, the Fropliet's friend, was one of a limited few who knew the 
final resting place of the bodies of the Prophet and Patriarch, and that secret 
he carried with him to his grave. 



MIND AND HAND. 

BY NORA TAYLOR. 



By hand we mean the whole physical being. In dealing with this subject we 
shall endeavor to prove that the education of the mind, no matter how exten- 
sive, is materially faulty unless the hand is educated also; and that the educa- 
tion of the hand is valueless unless the mind is properly developed. True, the ed- 
ucation includes not only education of the mind but the development of the 
physical, intellectual and moral powers of man. The whole being must receive 
training and development. Assuming this to be a fact, I will venture and en- 
deavor to sustain the statement that, if it were possible to obtain an ideal 
school, fully one-half of the time would be devoted to the training of the hand. 
Charles H. Ham tells us that the tendency to undervalue the worth of the hand 
has come to us from the middle ages, and the effect is vicious in the extreme, 
for out of this a contempt for manual labor was born, and this contempt has 
multiplied the dishonest means by which men struggle to gain wealth by any 
means other than by manual labor, and thus has society been corrupted. The 
mind and the hand are allies; they are associated with each other as helpers. 
The mind can and does work without the aid of the hand, but very often the 
work which it does is absolutely useless until the hand puts into effect that 
which the mind has done. The mind forms the desire, and the hand acts upon 
it. The body is the servant of the mind; not an imaginary but a real servant, 
and it must be absolutely under the control of its master. The hand is the in- 
strument by which the mind and the outside world go together. The body 
must express a41 the sentiments and desires of the mind and the mind must 
keep the body in a position to do so. That the mind has control of the body is 
very generally accepted, but we are surprised when we find to what an extent. 
When the body is exposed, worn out, weak, and susceptible to disease, the 
mind in a great many instances may ward off the threatening disease. The 
hand only supplies its own needs, but when the other senses are rendered use- 
less it takes their duties upon it. The dumb man speaks with his hand, the 
blind man reads with it; it plucks the flower for the nostril and supplies the 
tongue with objects of taste. The mind speculates, the hand tests its specula- 
tions in things by practically applying the ideas of the mind and finds out 
whether or not they are valuable, or whether they are such as will prove useless 
when the hand attempts to apply them. The hand explodes the errors of the 
mind. Thingrs are more easily said than done; so, it is much easier for the mind 
to form the ideas, to make the speculations, than it is for the body to carry out 
those plans. An inventor may think of his invention for years perhaps, until he 
thinks he has planned it perfectly, but when he comes to make iiis experiment 
he finds that only a small part of his plans will work. By the act of doing the 
hand finds out wherein the mind has made mistakes. The mind may reason 
falsely without the error being exposed at once, but if the hand works falsely 
the result is that the thing produced is badly shaped. The hand is the mind's 
moral rudder. Just as the baud tests the speculations of the mind so it guides 
it. If the hand in acting upon the ideas formed by the mind demonstrates that 
the mind has made an error, then the mind is guided by that which the hand 
has demonstrated to be true. If then, the work done by the hand is so impor- 
tant, let us consider the effect of its training upon the being: 

First— physically. Manual training has a very important effect on the physi- 
cal being. If the arm remains inactive it is only a very short time till its 
strength is gone and it becomes limp and unable to work, and it can be restored 
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body if they become inactive for a time, they lose all their strength. The more 
a limb is exercised and the more difficult the work it has to do, the stronger and 
more able it becomes. No part of the physical being can be developed in the 
slightest degree without exercise and the more the exercise the higher the devel- 
opment of the body. When the hand has been trained in one direction the 
training is valuable not only for the development it gives the hand by the exer- 
cise but it becomes apt and more easily trained for other things.^ 

Second— intellectually. The quality of all civilization depends upon its intel- 
ligence and its moral standard, and the more practical the intelligence the high- 
er the development of the character. If the intelligence one has is practical, if 
he can use it in the work he has to do, his character is developed by that Intel- 
ligence; but though his mind may be full of ideas they are of no use to him if 
he cannot apply them in that which he has to do. Cleopatra was one of the 
most learned women of her time on the arts ; she also had a very great amount 
' of book learning, yet she was extremely narrow in her views and her moral 
side was totally undeveloped. Her education was valueless as far as the devel- 
opment of her character was concerned. Work, manual labor, whether diffi- 
cult or easy, is full of materials for the building up of the character if the la- 
borer loves it. Look into the penitentiaries of today and you will find that a 
great percent of the prisoners are men of learning. They have had so much 
book learning that they have grown to despise the honest laborer and have de- 
termined to make their means without disgracing themselves by work, whether 
It waa accomplished by fair means or foul. Morality springs from intelligence; 
not intelligence from morality, and practical intelligence is a better character 
builder than mere theoretical learning. 

Making of things arouses the attention, sharpens the observation, and 
steadies the judgment. We may see a thing done or hear a thing rehearsed day 
after day without having our interest awakened, but if we once have it to do 
ourselves, our attention is aroused and we are more interested in that thing af- 
terward. As soon as we begin to construct we are compelled at once to think 
and reason. When we look at any thing we usually do not pay much attention 
to the construction; we take it all in at a glance, not thinking much about the 
details; but if we attempt to construct we encounter many little details which 
we had never thought of, and the more we make the more we observe in other 
things we see. 

James Watt was extremely delicate when a child and unable to join in the 
games and sports of the other children, so he amused himself by drawing a 
great part of the time. His father also supplied him with a few carpenter 
tools from his workshop which the boy soon learned to handle with great ex- 
pertness. Mr. Smiles in his biography of Watt says: "The mechanical dex- 
terity he acquired was the foundation upon which he built the speculations to 
which he owes his glory, nor without this manual training is there the least like- 
lihood that he would have become the improver and almost the inventor of the 
steam engine. As a student Watt was dull. He left the school room at an 
early age, but while engaged at humble employment he studied after hours and 
nearly starving his body, he constantly added to his intellectual store— study- 
ing art, science, history, etc., and acquiring several modem languages. In 
short, without the aid of schools, but under the stimulating influence of mechan- 
ical investigation and hard labor. Watt became an accomplished and scientific 
man." 

Next we consider the effect of manual training on the moral being. Often 
our impulses are vicious, but the exertion of physical power in work of any 
kind is beneficial. Manual training tends to correct those vicious mental im- 
pulses. The body is constantly accumulating physical strength which must be 
expended in some way. If a child is put in school and has no physical exertion 
either in work or play his physical strength accumulates and must be expend- 
ed, if not physically it may have an outlet in vicious impulses. All useful and 
beautiful thoughts are the issue of labor and study. When the hand is work- 
ing the mind is on that work. Manual training has two immediate effects, 
first— the development of the mental qualities; second, the forming of the char- 
acter. The mind must necessarily be occupied; if not employed with good 
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Every mental impression prodoces a moral effect. By this we do not mean 
that every, influence or effect on the intellect is moral, bot that every influence 
exerted without, whether good or evil, produces either a good or an evil effect 
morally. If the impression is good the moral standard is raised; if the impres- 
sion is evil the standard is lowered. Our thoughts make our character. When 
we hear a thing told it is not that which affects morally, but it is rather the 
impression it makes on our minds. If it is good, that thought has made us 
better; but if it is evil, the very same thing may be detrimental to our char- 
acters. An idea given may produce a moral impression on one person and 
thereby uplift him, while on the oth$r the impression may be immoral and thus 
lower him morally. Charles H. H&m said: "Morality can no more be acquired 
by memorizing a series of maxims than the art of using tools can be acquired 
by studying the laws of mechanics and of mechanism." Education which ed- 
ucates the mind only in a way prompts selfishness, for it relates to self, and all 
that is attained intellectually becomes a part of self and so remains until 
transmitted into things by the hand, while on the other hand manual training 
promotes altruism, for it prelates not to self but to the outside world. Han- 
kind receives a benefit of the skilled hand, and the moral influence of a good act 
exerts itself upon the mind of the benefactor. 

Let us consider the power of the trained hand. We often hear that man is 
the wisest of animals because he has hands; he is also the most powerful of 
animals for the same reason, for with his hands he controls all animals. A 
story is told of Adam, of how he refused to obey his Maker; the animals also 
revolted against him. Accordingly he called upon the Lord for aid, and the 
Lord told Adam to take a limb from a tree in the garden and make of it a 
weapon. This he did and immediately the animals were filled with instinctive 
fear and wonder. A lion, however, bolder than the rest, leaped upon him to 
devour him, but Adam- struck the animal to the ground with a single blow. 
At this the other animals were so terror stricken that they came up to their 
master trembling and licked the stick which he held in his hand as a token of 
submission. Thus throughout the early ages the stick was a symbol of power, 
and the hand alone could use it. In our day the hand no longer exerts its 
power by the stick; it is no longer a menace to mankind, but it has complete 
control over the mechanical powers. It controls steam and electricity and 
forces them to do their work. It makes the plows, mowers, harvesters, plant- 
ers, etc., which the farmer finds so indispensible; the separator and the sewing 
machine for the housewife. It digs the canals, makes the roads, opens rich 
mines, builds the mills and factories, cultivates the waste lands, and covers the 
globe with tracks of steel which bear the commerce of the world. Two hun- 
dred years ago England knew nothing of most of these things. And what was 
her stage of civilization? She had not even good dirt roads. Mail was carried 
on horseback. No bridges were erected, no canals dug, no factories of any im- 
portance. Most of the people were poor and ignorant; brutal masters beat their 
servants, husbands their wives, and in the school room the rod was the princi- 
pal means by which the teacher imparted knowledge. The people were little 
more than barbarians, delighting in all kinds of fights, and the witnessing of 
an execution was a very interesting amusement. From this low state England 
has been raised to a fruitful garden, and her subjects have assumed the garb 
of civilization. All the world admires her public works; her ships sail upon the 
waves of every sea, and her manufactories are monuments of genius and in- 
dustry. And to whom does England owe all this? Not to orators or states- 
men; no, they neither build factories, open mines nor build railroads. Perhaps 
the pen in their hand was mightier than the sword; but is that any match for 
the planters, the harvesters, the power of steam and electricity? It is very 
easily understood then that it is not to the men who make the laws we owe the 
progress in civilization, but it is through the arts that the world has been civil- 
ized. The arts make the difference between the savage and civilized man, and 
all the advancement a race can make will be by the expansion of arts. To 
gain the result our schools must be transformed into laboratories for the de- 
velopment of the mind of man. Through the mastery of useful arts, we add 
to the happiness and sweetness of our lives, adorn our homes and beautify our 
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hearts with good and generous impulses, and in which our noblest impulses are 
made manifest, and the only hope we have is that civilization shall triumph 
over barbarism, and rest in universal, impartial and scientific education. 




THE ABSENT FATHER. 



Thou art absent, dearest father. 
Gone apd left us here alone; 

But thy name is often mentioned 
By thy little ones at home. 

Much we miss thy kind attention. 

Miss our father's warm embrace; 
Oft forgetful thou art absent, 

Run to greet thy loving face. 

When the hours of day are numbered, 
And the evening lamp we light; 

When we seek our peaceful slumber, 
How we miss thy kind 'NSood-nlght." 

How we miss thee in the morning, 
When draws near the hour of prayer; 

At our table, at our meeting; 
Yes, we miss thee everywhere. 

•*Why does father go and leave us?" 

Little loving hearts do say, 
**He must know that it will grieve us 

When he stays so long away. 

"We h.ave playmates, and their fathers 
Never think to leave them so; 



But when next he comes to see us. 
Mother, do not let him go!" 

•'Stop, my children, be not angry 
With your father, kind and true; 

For 'tis not for worldly pleasure 
That he bid his home adieu. 

•'Let us take the HY)ly Bible, 
O'or its sacred pages look; 

Rend the words of Christ, our Savior, 
Which are written in that Book. 

" 'He that lenveth father, mother, 
Wife and children for my sake 

To go forth and preach the Gospel, 
Of my glory shall partake.' " 

So while we are separated, 
O how good we'll try to be; 

Seek to make each other happy. 
We will never disagree. 

Let us ask our Heavenly Father 
To protect him while away. 

And, as God loves little children. 
He will hear us when we pray. 



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and accompanying it at the time were the folk>wiQg choice words from our Mission 
President ; 

"Mother ! Wife ! Home ! Ihese three words have a sweet sound and shonM 
alwa^'s be remembered when Heaven is thought of, or the name of the Deity lisped. 
A youngr man will not fall into sin nor disgrace If the memory of Mother '3 
fresb in his mind. He will fully realize that her prayers in his behalf are thitc 
he micrht retain his purity and keep his manliness. The nmrried man does not 
give way to temptation when a vision of Wife, Children and Home is before aim. 
An honest man is always anxious to return to his loved ones with honor and 
manliness stamped on his brow. God has honored us with noble mothers, he has 
given us devoted wives, and blessed us with lovely children; how God-fearing we 
should be ! Our loved ones at home are ever praying that we may perform an 
honorable mission. When we return unto them may the expression of our cojin- 
tenanoes bespeak an honorable release. This should be the ambition of every 
Mormon Colder while remembering Mother, Wife and Honie !" 



REMEMBERS HIS FRIENDS IN THE SOUTH. 

Logan, Utab, Feb. 27, 1905.— President Ben) E. Rich, Saints and Friends: 
On December 16, 1898, I left the decir old state of North Carolina for my homo 
and loved ones in the City of Logan, Utah, after having filled an honorable mission 
in that part of the Lord's vineyard. I shall never cease thanking our Heavenly 
Father for this privilege of proclaiming His everlasting Gospel, in the days of 
my youth, to such a good, kind-hearted people as I found the people in the South 
to be. President Rich, you can feel yourself proud (and perhaps you do) for the 
honor and privilege of presiding over the Southern States M<i8sion. Notwithstand- 
ing there may be those who are unfriendly towards the Latter-day Saints, yet the 
people of the Southern States as a body are big-hearted, and earnestly seeking after 
the right way to be saved in the Kingdom of God. I believe I have many friends 
in the South, and perhaps some would be interested in hearing from me, and 1 
take the liberty of using the EJlders' Journal as a means whereby a great many 
may hear from me once more. I believe, too, many of the Elders, after they re- 
turn home, forget all about the kindness of the good people in the missionary 
fields where they labored and had to depend on the mercy of the people for food 
and for shelter, for we had no money to fall back upon, but desired to fulfill the 
commandment of our Saviour when He required His* servants to travel without 
purse or scrip. If we still remembered the kindness of the children of Qod toward 
us in these circumstances, we would not be so slow in writing to our friends and 
encouraging them in the faith. I greatly delight when I receive letters from the 
Saints and friends in the South, and, would time permit, I should write a grett 
many more than I do. 

As children of God we have great cause to rejoice, for I am sure if we will 
look around us we must admit that we are being blessed by some power greater 
than the power of man. There is a subject which comes to my mind as I am 
w^riting which we should reflect upon more than we do, and that is the subject of 
prayer. We should remember that our Saviour said, "If you love me, keep my 
commandments.'' Prayer was a commandment given by our Saviour in these 
words: "And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always 
to pray and not to faint." (Luke 18:14.) Again, here are some great promises 
and blessings to be obtained by obeying his command : "Watch ye, therefore, and 
prav always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall 
come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21, 36.) W^e should 
"also pray that we enter not into temptation." (Luke 22, 40.) Even Jesus, 
though He were the Son, yet learned He obedience by what He suffered, and there- 
by became perfect; but still, when He was in pain and distress, He always went 
before His Father in prayer and thereby set the example. (See Matt. 14, 23; Mark 
C, 4C; Luke 6, 12, and Luke 22, 41 to 44.) He does not require long prayers of 

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BEN E. RICH, Editor. JAMBS H. WALLIS, Assooiatb Bditob. 

"Behold, tiiey that have been sent to preach my Gospel among the ooo^rega- 
tkm8 of the wicked : wherefore I give to them a commandment thus : *THOU 
SHALT NOT IDDB AWAY THY TIME.' "—(Doctrine and Oovenaats, £«otion 
60, verse 13.) 



KD IXO RIAL. 



THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES. 

As the Savior sat upon the Mount of Olives, just prior to hds crucifixion, 
four of His Apostles sought Him privately to let them know what particular 
remarkable manifestations would take place in the earth to indicate His second 
coming. About the first thing He told them was that many should oome in 
His name, and deceive many. He then followed this by depicting the awful 
scenes of distress and commotion and bloodshed which should come upon the 
earth — wars, and rumors of wars, pestilenoe, famine, earthquakes, "fearful 
sights," "signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the 
earth, distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men's 
hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things wliich are coming 
on the earth." And then to make it still more impressive. He added: "For in 
those daj's there shall be affliction, such as was not from the beginning of the 
creation, neither shall* be." But the Savior said the people would be as indiflfer- 
ent to this awful condition of things when it occurred as they were in the days 
of Noah, "eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, and knew not 
until the flood came and took them all away. So also shall the coming of the 
Son of Man be." 

We have been led to think of these things because of the terrible occurrences 
that have taken place since the beginning of this present month. March had 
bairelv made its appearance when news came of a cyclone striking the city of 
Meridian, in Mississippi, blotting out many lives and destroying nearly two 
millions of property. It was all over in an instant, so suddenly did it occur. 
There were several Elders in the city at the time, and President E. D. Buchanan 
wrote at once to us to allay any fears we might have as to their safety. He 
says; *'We went down town early, intending to make some purchases before 
supper. When we reached the center part of town we were moved upon to get 
supper first, which we did. We had not left the restaurant more than three 
minutes, and were possibly 300 yards from the place when the cyclone struck 
the city; in^faet, we ^-ere in the edge of it, for windows, brick, lumber, etc., 
were flying in every .direction. We stopped at a corner and stood in the door 
of a bank. The buildings around us were toppling over, and the telephone and 
telegraph poles were hurled through the air like pieces of kindling wood. But 
not a thing came near us, nor were we harmed in the least manner, all of 
which we attribute to the hand of Providence. There are Saints here living in 
the east and west ends of the city. The cyclone whistled so close to them as 
to blow over the homes of their neighbors, but none of our Saints were marred 
at all. The damage was all done in five minutes without a moment's warning." 
It was only last month tliat President Buchanan tried in every possible manner 
to get a hall in Meridian in which to hold conference, but without success, on 
account of the prejudice existing there. A Monmon missiona<ry was murdered 
there a few years ago, and on December 21 last. President Buchanan received 
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**To the Elders of the Mormon Oharoh — We, the citiaene of Meridian, take 
this means of waraing you to leave the town, as you and your followers have 
caused the peaoe and happiness of some of our homes to be br(Aen up, with your 
so-called religion. Now, we are Iaw-abi<^g citizens, and respect all laws of 
our country, and hope that we will not be forced to assist you and your kind 
to leave ; but wiH, if necessary, do so, if you and yours are not out of town by 
the end of this week. T " 

Three days after the Meridian catastro^Mie, news reached this country of a 
great tidal wave in the south Pacific ocean, wfaicb overwhelmed some of the 
Society Islands. The damage is estimated to have reached three millions of 
dollars, with heavy loss of life, especially in the lagoons of the Tuamota 
Islands. The waves were estimated at sixty-five feet tiigh, and it was impossible 
to see twenty feet away at 3 o'clock in the afternoon. Hundreds of bouses were 
destroyed, and thousands of acres of land were swallowed up in the depths of 
the sea. The hurricane, or cyclone, reached the velocity of 120 miles per hour, 
and swept from the face of ^e earth several settlements. 1^ waves rose up to 
the necks of the people, and those who escaped with their lives did so by clinging 
to trees for safety and support. Elder Edward S. Hall, President of the Society 
Islands Mission, in sending the news to President Joseph F. Smith, says: 

"I am pleased to report to you that our property here in Papeete has not 
been damaged at all, for it is in the highest part of town' where the sea did no 
damage, and the mountains protected it from the wind. All the low lands and 
the business part of town were flooded and every house broken to pieces or 
washed away. The *Reorganite' mission, whidi included a large meeting house 
and from 50 to 100 frame houses, was entirely wa^ed atway and nothing but 
a sand bank left. Our Saints here in Papeete have not suffered to any great 
extent. The land which I talked to you of buying for the mission to colonize on 
was not hurt at all. The work on the new buildings is prospering nicely, and 
the Elders and sisters are all well." 

The Elders on the Society Islands saved the records of the American con- 
sulate from destruction, and also relieved the sufferings of the consurs family, 
for the consular building was entirely wrecked. The American consul, Hon. 
Wm. F. Doty, reporting the matter, says : **The Elders have produced a splendid 
example of loyalty to the interests of their country abroad. I have reported 
their bravery and successful service to the department of state. I congratulate 
you upon such noble representatives in this insular community." 

Ships arriving in New York on March 11 and 12 report fearful times on the 
Atlantic on the night of March 9. Oapt. Mills, of the American Line steamer 
Philadelphia, and Oapt. Juham, of the Frendi Line steamer Hudson, say they 
never experienced such huge waves in all their thirty years' sea travel. Panic 
reigned on board, and it was only after the officers had threatened to shoot the 
passengers that they were quieted. The huge ships reeled and quivered under 
the shock produced by the violence of the waves. "It seemed," said Oapt. Mills, 
"to pick the great vessel up like a tiny shell, toss it into the air and catch it 
again." 

On March 10 the Mves of eleven hundred French people were blotted out 
in a frightful coal mine disaster near Paris, bringing sorrow to six thousand 
fathers, mothers, wives and children. The work of relief was carried on until 
the relief parties themselves were engulfed in the same grave. The burdens that 
have been brought up from the bowels of the earth consist of a mere heap of 
burnt flesh. It is not possible that one-tenth of the charred remains will ever 
be identified. 

And so the signs given by the Savior are taking place in the earth, and 
in very truth "men's hearts are failing them for fear." "But the end is not yet," 
said the Redeemer, "but this Grospel ^all be preached in all the world as a 
witness, and then shaiil the end come." This is the most imiK>rtant sign of all. 
The Elders of the Ohurch of Jesus Christ are now going among the people in 
all parts of the earth, preaching this Gospel of the Kingdom, and declaring unto 
them that if they will comply with its ordinances and live Godly in Christ Jesus 
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haa raised ^up prophets and apostles in tbese days, and communicated His 
mind and will to them. God will not be mocked, and has declared in this dav, 
by His servant Joseph Snrith: "And after your testimony oometh wrath and 
indignatioot upon the people; for after your testimony conv&th the testimony of 
earthquakes that shaFl cause groaninge in the midst of her, and men (9hall fall 
upon the ground, and shall not be able to stand. And also oometh the testimony 
of the voice of thunderings, and the voice of lightnings, and the voice of tem- 
pests, and the voice of the waves of the sea« heaving diemselves beyond their 
bounds. And &K things shall be in commotion; and suiely, men's hearts shall 
fail them ; for fear i^all come upon all people." — (Doc. & Oov., sec 68, vs. 88-91.) 
Let the Saints heed the voice of the Savior: "When ye theretore shall 
see the abomination of desolation, stand in holy places," and *"flee to the 
mountains." Hie vials of God's wrath are being broken on the nations, and 
every word uttered by the mouths of His holy prophets wiU be fulfilled. 



SAYINGS OF THE PROPHET JOSEPH. 

We have received so many requests from new eubecribers for a republication 
of the sayings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, which have appeared each issue on 
the first page of the Journal, that we have decided to do so, and they will be 
found in this issue. There is another reason which has impelled us to republish 
these sayings, and that is the fact that our stock of most of the back numbers 
of the Journal of the present volume is entirely exhausted, and can only be 
secured in the few bound volumes we will have for sale when this volume closes. 
We are frequently receiving calls for back numbers of November 1, Januarv 1 
and February 15. There is not a copy left, but we have a few copies of some of 
the other issues. 

We want to say a few words, in this connection, regarding our bound vol- 
umes. As announced elsewhere, we can not fill any more orders for volume 1> 
because there is not another copy left. We have a few bound copies of volume 
2, orders for which will be filled as long as they last. They are $1.25. postage 
prepaid to any address. We are now entering up orders for the present volume 
at the same price, which will be filled next August in the order in which they are 
received. We advise all missionaries and members of the Ohurch who want to 
secure a bound volume to file their orders now. TTiis volume is goin^ to be one 
of the most precious books of the Church, containing as it does many valuable 
articles from the pen of some of our earliest writers, which have been resur- 
rected from the first publications of the Ohurch. 

We a^ain suggest the importance of sending in without delay your orders 
for bound volumes. 



ANOTHER HOUSE BURNED ON HARKER'S ISLAND. 

The sad news has reached the Mission Office that the house in which the 
SainYs on Barker's Island were holding school temporarily after the burning of 
their church, has been destroyed by fire just as the mob there threatened they 
would do if school was continued. The use of this house had been loaned by a 
friend of the Saints, and not only was school held in it, but also Sabbath school 
and meetings. An arrest was made after this second fixe and an examination 
held at Beaufort, before the authorities there, but the defendant was acquitted. 
The condition of the people on the Island is such now as to call forth the sym- 
pathies of every person who has a heart to feel for another's sufferings. Isolated 
from all protection, at the mercy of cut-throats and assassins, afraid to leave their 
homes after dark, standing on guaid through the dreary hours of the night to sav<? 
their little earthly possessions and the lives of their loved ones, deprived of the 
association of their spiritual advisors, their places of worship burned to ashes, 
afraid to mingle with each other in sacred devotion — such is the condition of the 
devotees of an unpopulair religion, on American soil, who are now awaiting pro- 
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su|^port tine ConstitutiiXD, Tvhicb guarantees to all men religious freedom soki 
immunity from molestation in their civil rights. When will theee poor people 
receive some assurance that this condition of affairs will cease? Surely there is 
power enough in the civil authority of North Carolina to extend protection to 
these people? Why delay the matter? Send some one to Harker's Island with 
authority to hunt down the human bloodhounds who are responsiWe for this scene 
of terrorism and arson, and let the law be vindicated, and the good name of that 
State upheld. 

THIWUGH HOLDING CONFERENCES. 

With the holding of Conference at Richmond, Va., on Sunday, March 4, Presi- 
dent Rich has made a complete tour of the Mission, having held successful C<hi- 
ferences during the winter in all of the States under his presidency. Everywhere 
was heard the most encouraging reports regarding the spi^ead of the work of the 
Lord. The people among whom the Elders are laboring show an anxi€ty to iear 
the message they have been sent to declare, and are investigating the Gospel wa 
revealed through the Brophet Joseph Smith. The Elders are working with an 
earnestness that shows they are filied with the spirit of their missions, and are 
united in the conflict being waged against the powers of darkness. President Ridi 
has taken occasion in every Conference to personally interview every Elder regard- 
ing his health, his circumstances, and! the condition of his loved ones at home. 
Now that these general Conferences are over, it will rest with the Conference 
Presidents to hold district meetings at such points as will be beneficial to the 
Saints, and where a few pairs of Elders can meet together without traveling too 
far. It is not wise to compel Elders to travel too far and to leave their fields of 
labor too long at a time in order to attend these district meetings. Where it is 
possible for two or three pairs of the Elders to meet together, much good can be 
accomplished, and the Conference Presidents by using good judgment can dis- 
tribute these district meetings throughout their Conferences in a way that will 
be of great benefit to the Saints and investigators. But don't take too msny of 
the Elders away from their fields of labor. 



REGARDING DEBATES. 



Recently quite a number of our Elders have been challenged^ by ministers 
to hold debates, and in almost every instance it has been done with a desire, 
on the part of ministers, not to have the truths of the Gospel presented, but to 
present a rehash of all the foul and contemptible and exploded statements which 
in the past have been made against the Church, and which on account of the 
narrow, contracted ignorance on the part of the ministers, they have not yet 
discovered the proven falsity of the same, or else they are actuated with a wicked, 
wilful desire to deal in faJsehoods and misrepresentations. We, therefore, 
desire to give this final counsel to the Elders, and we wish them to record 
it in their books and remember it, that under no consideration must they 
deal in these discussions without first submitting all the facts in the case 
to the Headquarters of the Mission. It is always a pleasure on our i>art to 
divide time with ministers in speaking upon the question, **What sheHl we do 
to be saved?" and no application of this kind will ever be ignored when sub- 
mitted to us with an honest desire on the part of those who request it. But, 
as we have said, the large majority of these individuals must know of a surety 
that the usual statements used by them are false, and they desire to deal in 
such lies, even though it bring damnation to their own souls. 



IMPORTANT TO ELDERS. 

With the coming week's mail, we will enclose to the Elders, with their 
papers, two of the little jreferenci* pamphlets, same as the one sent last week, 
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folks at home, that they may also know of the instructions under which the 
Elders are laboring. A good way for the Elders to preserye these pampMets 
in a handy manner, for constant reference, is to open tiieir daily journal in 
the centre, lay the pamphlet on it, opened up also in the centre, a^ bind them 
togetiher with the rubber band. If the Elders will do this they wiU not lose 
sight of them, and will always have them handy. If any of our Elders fail 
to receive these pamphlets, (iiey should notify us, and others wiii be sent; also, 
when they become worn, Elders should send for new ones, which will always 
be sent without charge. On account of an error in the ones already sent, we 
desire the Elders to replace them with one of these now mailed out. Wliite 
ttbese references are not for general distribution, yet much good wiH be accom- 
pHflhed if the missiimaries will let our Saints and friends peruse them and 
undjerstand just what the instructions are governing the labors of our travel- 
ing EUders. 

Quite fbequently Saints in the South write letters to the President of the 
CSiurch in Salt Lake City which always have to be referred bade to the President 
of the Mission. If the Saints will understand this matter and send their letters 
to the headquarters of the Mission, instead of sending them to President Smith 
at Salt Lake, it will be of the greatest benefit to all parties concerned. The 
Elders should teach the Saints the necessity of observing the rules governing 
these matters. It will be far better for the Saints to honor their Conference 
Presidents and let their communications reach the headquarters of the Mission 
through their Conference Presidents, who are always in ok>6e touch with the 
Saints, understanding their neceesnties far better than we do and mudi better 
than can be understood by our brethren in Zion. 



Florida leads the Mission in the patter of subscribers to the EjUXBBs' 
Journal, with South Carolina a close second. There is but one subscriber dif- 
ference in the Conferences of Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia, they stand- 
ing in the order named. In the next issue of the Journal, and in each succeeding 
issues, we hope to be able to show the standing of each Conference. 



Elders David Powell and Royal M. Jeppson send us clippings from one of 
the Vicksburg, Miss., papers, in which city they had been refused permission to 
hold street meetings and distribute literature. The published reply of these Elders 
was excellent, and must have had its effect with all fair-minded persons. We 
regret we cannot find room to reproduce it. 



Tiie Elders and Saints in Zson are warned against complying with requests 
they receive for help from people in the South professing to be members of the 
Church, unless they are well acquainted with such individuals and know they are 
worthy of the helping hand. We would appreciate it if all sudi calls for help 
were sent to us to pass upon. 



Saints desiring the Elders to call on them, will get much quidser response, 
if they will write direct to their Conference Presidents, whose names and 
addresses appear in the Journal. All we can do when we receive their letters 
is to send them to the Conference President. 



President George Reynolds sends us the gratifying information that one 
hundred Elders have been called on missions to ths Southern States, and that the 
first consignment will leave Salt Lake City on the 21st inst. Good! 



Elder Wm. A. Morton, business manager of the Juvenile Instructor, has 
been called on a mission to England, to succeed Elder Nephi Anderson as asso- 
ciate editor of the Millennial Star. He leaves in June. 



In a letter just received we learn that the First Presidency have expressed 
themselves as being well pleased witii the Elders' Journal and the excellency of 
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EAST AND MIDDLE TENNESSEE CONFERENCE. 

On Sunday, Febrnary 25, 1906, the Elders of the Middle and East Tennessee 
Conferences held their conferenod together in the Philharmonic Hall, Nashville, 
Tenn., oonmtencing at 10 a.m., when they met with President Rich in priesthood 
meeting, and had an enjoyable time together. President Rich congratulated the 
Elders upon ttteir neat appearance, and gave them very valuable advice as to 
their becoming accustomed to the conditions surrounding them, and learning not 
to complain; showed the necessity of being bumble and forgiving towards those 
who maltreated them, for we never know when the door of their hearts will be 
opened. As an example of this, he related the forgiving spirit of Stephen and the 
conversion of Saul. He urged the Elders to get the Elders' Joubnal into the 
homes of every Saint and friend in the Conference. Following President Ricb« 
EUders A. O. Jensen and R. B. Summerhays, from the Oiiattattooga office, addressed 
the EMders, dealing with the work under their supervision. Elder Jas. H. WalHs 
spcke of the marvelous growth of the Journal and encouraged the Elders to 
write for it. He made some valuable suggestions in this particular. President 
H. C. Ford of the E>ast Tennessee Conference, and President J. W. Grant of the 
Middle Tennessee Conference, reported the condition of the work under their 
charge. President Rich introduced Elder Wm. D. Bocker, who succeeds President 
Grant. He spoke for a few moments, expressing his appreciation of the united 
vote given him as their president. President Rich occupied the rest of the time 
in giving much valuable counsel to the Elders. 

In the afternoon President Bocker addressed the meeting upon the first prin- 
ciples of the Gospel. Elder A. C. Jensen illustrated the parable of the talents, 
it being suggested to him by a solo sung by little Miss I^atie May West. A 
quartet, composed of Elders Hobson, Ball, Taylor and McGavin, of the East 
Tennessee Conference, then sang "School Thy Feelings," followed by a few words 
from Elder Summerhays, after which Elder Jas. H. Wallis sang "Who's on the 
Lord's Side, Who/' all joining in singing the chorus. President Rich then deliv- 
ered one of his characteristic eloquent and forceful Gospel discourses. He ex- 
plained in a very clear and direct way the necessity for prophets and apostles and 
the organization of the Church. President Ford bore testimony to the divinity 
of the mission of the Prophet Joseph Smith. 

At the evening meeting President Grant bade farewell to the Elders and 
Saints, as he is about to return home to Zion. Elder Wallis sang the solo "I 
Have Heard of a Beautiful City." Elder J. G. Shields sp<^e upon our pre- 
existent state, and was followed by Elder Jas. H. Wallis, who spoke in a very 
convincing way upon the divine authenticity of the Book of Mormon, the history 
of the mighty races of people who were the original inhabitants of this nation. 
After a few concluding remarks from President Ford, Conference adjourned with 
prayer and benediction. Jas. W. Grant, President. 



REMEMBERS HIS FRIENDS IN THE SOUTH. 

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us, for He Himself set the example in this regard, and taught us the manner in 
which we should pray. There are but few acquainted with the Bible but what 
know the Lord's prayer. How beautiful ic is, and how to the point. We often 
hear people pray who do not consider to whom they are praying, for what they 
are praying, and where they are praying. When we have our family prayer, whicli 
we should always ask for the blessing desired **in the name of Christ," "and what- 
soever ye shall ask in m^ name that wUl I do, that the Father may be glorified in 
the Son. If ye ask anything in my name, I will do it." (John 14, 13-14.) Also 
John 15, 16, and John 16, 23. In Ephesians 5, 20, it reads : "Giving thanks always 
for ail things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." 
This is very plain, for whatsoever we receive is from above and oometh down from 
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ase the name of the Father nor His Son Jesus Christ in our prayers any more than 
is necessary, for this is displeasing in His sight. 

There are a great many points to which I should like to call your attention, 
showing you how answers to prayers are promised, how essential it is to have 
fadth in prayers and how prayers have been answered both dn the days of old as 
well as in these latter days. 

In conclusion, I desire to bear my testimony to all who may read th:^ 
letter that God does live and that Jesus is the Christ and the Only Begotten of 
the Father. Joseph Smith was a true Prophet of the Living God as also all that 
proceeded him including Joseph F. Smith the present President of the Church 
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saiints, who is indeed a prophet of God and a true 
leader for us as children of God to sustain. This Gospel, known by the world as 
Mormonism is true and the only Gospel on earth. It must be preached in all 
the world as a witness, unto all nations, for none will be excused, and then will 
the end come, for every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is 
the Christ and that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. Let us prove faitii- 
ful to the end, finish the fight we have started out to defend, oome what may, cuivj 
our reward will be sure. 

God bless us all, help us to do right and live in peace. 
Your Brother and Friend, 

, William M. Hansen, 

428 N. First East Street, Logan, Utah. 



POETRY COMPOSED BY MISSIONARY MOTHERS. 

[The following poems were composed by the mothers of two of the Elders 
now laboring in the Southern States — Elder Lyman J. Ball of the East Tennessee 
Conference, and Elder David A. Penrod of the Kentucky Con-ference. Tlie 
sentiments expressed by these noble women are inspiring, and show the loyalty 
that burns in tlieir hearts for the Cause of Truth.] 



A MOTHER'S THOUGHT. 

The fire burns brightly at home tonight, 
Everything seems at peace and is quiet; 
As I sit in silence these thoughts come 

to me: 
Where and O where can my dear boy be? 
Shall I worry and fret and be full of 

fear? 
Why not? he is one that I love so dear! 



The rain-drops patter, the mud is deep; 
He knows not where tonight he'll sleep. 
Hungry and tired, wet and cold. 
Will anyone take him into their fold? 
Will the minister great, who hires for 

gold? 
No, verily, no, he is cruel and cold. 

Darkness comes on. he is still outside. 
Too dark to see the path for his guide. 
Yet there's something within his burn- 
ing breast 
That will guide him on to a place of 

rest. 
The angels will guard while he sleeps 

at night. 
Sweet rest will come with the morning 
light. 



Shall I worry? No! My strength is in 

prayer. 
Shall I murmur? No! He is in God*s 

care. 

Maby a. Ball. 



GOD'S GOODNESS. 

Oh, how grand is the plan of salvation 
Revealed by our Father above! 

How great are His mercies and blessings. 
How boundless His infinite love! 

He restored the glorious Grospel, 
Through a brave but humble youth. 

And gave us the dear Book of Mormon, 
That sacred message of truth. 

To guide us through life's thorny path- 
way, 

This message to us is given, 
To help us live pure lives of honor. 

That we might return to heaven. 

May our Riders ever declare it. 

And testify boldly its birth. 
That thousands may hail its glad mes- 
sage, 
And know of its beauties and worth. 
Isabel Penbod. 



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NOTES FROM THE FIELD. 

Brother J. J. Blansett, writing from Darbun, Pike Co., Miss., says: "I 
haven't been here very long, but I find some twenty-five or thirty Lratter-day 
Saints here, and most of them are true to the cause of truth. All of them are 
getting along fairly well and the most o£ thefb are on their own land, and 
generally they take an interest in the Sunday School. Those that are regular 
at the Sunday School are progressing finely and learning the word of God, so 
much so that they are not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for they know it is 
the power of God unto salvation. If we had some one to take the lead, there 
could be a grand work done here. This is a fine farming country. We can 
raise nearly everything that is used, such as com, cotton, vegetables of all kinds, 
and it is fine for stockraising and poultry. We have a good market near by for 
all farm products. If one will work there isn't any reason why a man can not 
do well. I came here a few months ago, and though very feeble, I built a 
blacksmithing shop. In two weeks I have made enough to pay all expenses up to 
date. The Saints are not persecuted here like they are at some other places, and 
the people generally are glad to see the Saints come here to live, and help them 
get a start. We have a good school here, which the Latter-day Saints and all 
others attend. If we had a few more good Saints here we could have our own 
school and do all of our own work of every kind." 



We publish the following choice words from a letter received from Bro. 
C. M. Hauser, of Washington, D. C. : **Your little coin card invitation, desiring 
donations to assist the Saints in paying for their nice little church house in 
Jacksonville, Florida, came aafely. My better half, Mrs. Job-like, said to put in 
only fifty cents, and the devil suggested fifteen cents. Then I was reminded' of 
the story I heard of an old negro slave, who was addicted to drinking all of 
the "hurrah juice" he could get. He joined the Methodist church, and when 
communion day came around he, with others, went forward to receive the 
sacrament, and kneeled at the altar. The pastor poured the goblet full of wine, 
and, approaching old Uncle Jesse (expecting him to take but a sip of it), ex- 
claimed, "Drink ye, all of it." Uncle Jess drained the goblet, and exclaimed as 
he handed back the vessel, "Fill *em up agin, brudder; I luv de Lrtiwd gude 
enuf to drink a quart." So I decided to "fill up" the envelope, and put in $1.30, 
all it will hold, for I love Mormonism good enough to die for it, if God so 
requires. I trust enough of the Saints will donate their mite to pay off the 
church debt; and I can truly say to the Saints of my beautiful Southland, 
that Mormonism is simply Godism, and to never allow satan to pull the wool over 
j-our eyes and cause you to apostatize from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- 
cm y Saints." 



"I have just read the Joubnai. containing the account of the burning of the 
Church at Barker's Island," says Brother Edward S. Rolph, of Foxport, Ky. 
**I can indeed sympathize with these people, for a mob took sledge hammers and 
axes and tore down our little Church at Beechburg, and threatened us all, and 
went to hunt the Elders, but did not find them. Don't get discouraged. God is 
on our side. We have proved it. After tearing down our Church, several of 
the Saints and their families left here for Brigham City, Utah. One of them, 
Elder Figgins, has since been called to Australia on a mission, and is now 
President of the Tasmania Mission. One of the mob said he saw that the 
judgments of God were coming on every one who took part in the destruction of 
our Church, and he has been baptized into the Church. Another has been eaten 
up by a cancer, one was killed before the year ended, one was arrested and 
punished for insulting another man's wife, another lost a fine cow. So you can 
see how Grod follows them up and chastens them if they do not repent and 
serve Him. Be faithful, and all will be \<^ell." 



Elders W. A. Walker and I. L. Ballard visited a Christian Sunday school 
Feb. 11, near the Deboard settlement, Bledsoe Co., Tenn., and was asked by 
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responded to. The Elders sang the following: "Welcome, Welcome, Sabbath 
Morning," and "In Our Lovely Deseret," after which they were asked to take 
part in the Sunday school lesson, and were granted the privilege of asking any 
question they desired. After Sunday school, the Elders were asked by many 
present to hold a meeting. This they did, and met many approving friends. At 
night the minister with others met at W. C. Meddley's, where the Elders were 
staying and requested them to hold another meeting. After these services were 
over, an elderly gentleman shook hands with the brethren and said: "Young 
men, I watched your sermons very closely to find some place to catch you, but 
failed to find you dealing on dangerous ground. The only fault I have to find 
with your speaking is that you don't speak long enough, for I could listen to 
you a half day.' There is a good chance for some new members in that part 
soon." 



Writing from South Washington, N. C, Feb. 24, Elders Lorenzo Depriest 
and Wallace Young write: "We have been laboring in Pender county, as it has 
been several years since this county was canvassed. We have been very suc- 
cessful and have met many kind-hearted people, several of whom have pur- 
chased books from us. It has been extremely wet on account of rain, which 
made it diflScult to accomplish very much. On the 11th, after holding our morn- 
ing service at J. J. Wells, we decided to attend a non-denominational Sunday 
school, held in the neighborhood. We had scarcely set down, when, to my sur- 
prise, a gentleman touched me on the shoulder and asked, *Are you Mormon 
Eilders?' On replying *yes,* he asked us to preach. The superintendent was 
willing and the time was granted for a short service. The congregation sang 
two songs, and the time was given in our hands. The fundamental principles 
were taken up, and we bore our testimony that the Grospel had been restored 
in these last days. Another interesting meeting was held at night, when the 
Book of Mormon was discoursed upon." 



While tracting the little town of Center HiH., Fla., Elders Stokes and Phil- 
lips met two Baptist ministers on the street. They told the Elders they would like 
to "correct some of the lies" they had been preaching. "We told them," says 
Elder Phillips, "to prove from the Scriptures wherein we weYe preaching any 
principle that was wrong. In a short time a large crowd gathered together, 
who listened very attentively to the investigation. One of the ministers said 
we claimed to give the Holy Ghost by the laying on of hands, and this was 
untrue. We proved from the Scriptures that in the days of the Apostles it was 
bestowed by the laying on of hands. Then they raised the old cry, that the 
Apostles were all done away with, and that if any preached the Holy Ghost was 
given in these days by the laying on of hands, they were sinning against the 
Holy Ghost. When we got through talking to them, we distributed our tracts 
among the crowd. They all took one, excepting the two preachers. They said 
they didn't want anything to do with us. 



Another of our Mprmon girls, Helen M. Shultz, of the Ohio CJonference. 
sends us in some new subscribers and says, "I will send more later. It is a dear 
little pamphlet. I do believe the happiest moments of my life are when I am 
talking Mormonism and reading the Journal. I try to get every one to read it 
who will. We are delighted at home with it, and could -not do without it. We 
learn so much from the testimonies and experiences of others. We were pleased 
with the answer the little girl gave to that Methodist minister. I am fifteen 
years old, and go to school every day. I know my prayers are answered, because 
the children surely treat me royal. And it seems quite strange, because they all 
know I am one of those despised Mormon girls. I never looked to be treated so 
after I was baptized. I have the pleasure of talking M(^moni9m to them when- 
ever I please, and they seem very interested and fusk me questions." 



Elder W. C. Shipley writes from Dexter, Ga., as follows: "EJlder Gooch 
and I have been visiting Saints and friends in the southern part of the Con- 
ference, and have been invited to preach in many homes where we have been 
turned away before. Near Sopertou we have met with extraordinary success. 



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During the last two weeks we have held twelve meetings and made many friends. 
On Sunday, Feb. 11, we baptised one applicant, and Monday, two more were 
added to the fold. Notwithstanding the fact that the weather was very cold 
large crowds were at the water*s edge and at the confirmation meetings. Mon- 
day night we were invited to preach in the Second Advent Church, but owing 
to cold weather our congregation was small. Tuesday night we held another 
meeting in the same neighborhood, and had a large crowd. At this meeting 
we sold seven books and one Book of Mormon, and distributed all the litera- 
ture we had. Prospects here look very favorable.** 

Elders Albert Harper and Peter G. Whitehead are at work in Mount Airy, 
N. C, as the following clipping from the paper published there plainly shows: 
**A pair of Mormon preadiers have been making a systematic canvass of this 
town this week, «rt least we think so. We saw them and noted their methods, 
which are gentlemanly and above criticism. They go to a home and call for the 
lady; if not invited in they talk of their religion for a few minutes and leave 
some literature an^ depart for the next house. We are fearful that th4?re are 
many homes here that receive no pastoral visits from the ministers of the 
town, and if this U true these homes are the more easily reached by a Mormon 
preacher.'* 



A poor old sister in one of the conferences in the Southern States Mission 
expressed her desire to have the JoubnaIj sent her, and regretted her helpless 
condition was such that ^e could not pay for it. The case was brought to the 
attention of President Rich, and while he was considering it Elder Jensen, the 
bookkeeper in the Mission office. w«is opening the mail from the West. One of 
the letters was from one of the returned Elders, who enclosed one dollar to pay 
for his subscription, and for the subscription of some worthy poor Saint in the 
South. It is needless to say the great good that sudi a thoughtful act accom- 
plished. Tlie beart of our poor sister was made glad in consequence. 



"I haven*t forgotten the work in the South,** writes Elder C. E. Ferrin, from 
Pima, Ariz., ''which I learned to so dearly love. My heart and prayers are 
ever with the Elders and Saints; that the work may continue to progress. 1 
find no time for idleness here, and hope to be able to do much in furthering 
the cause at home. I feel grateful for having had the great pleasure of laboring 
in the South. The Joubnal always brings good tidings, and from its p^ges I 
obtain the desired information as to how the work is progressing. It also 
awakens within my heart the love that has been instilled therein for the dear 
people who were so kind to me during my labors in the Sunny Land.** 



Elder T. R. Canova, of Douglas, Ga., is to be congratulated upon the 
gallant stand he made in defense of character. It seems a Rev. (?) Hill villified 
' him and abused him in a shameful manner, the result of which was they met on 
the streets of Douglas, and- Bro. Canova administered to him a severe drubbing. 
The professors and teachers of the Southern Nonnal Institute, of Douglas, 
where Bro. Canova has been for the past two years taking a course in English, 
unite in testifying to his high moral conduct, and the leading business men of 
the place raised the money among themselves to pay the exp^ise of his 
defense and tho fine imposed, realizing that he had been shamefully abused by this 
divine (?), and all because be was a Mormon. 



"I think the lovely little Journal is getting better all the time,** writes Sister 
Isabella H. Putnam, of the South Carolina Conference. **There cannot be too 
mndi said in praise of it. I love to read about the Gospel. On Christmas I 
was very sick, not able to do anything hardly. I received the "Brief History of 
Joseph Smith** just a few days before Christmas, so I spent that day reading it. 
I read every word in it from beginning to end. I was filled with so much sym- 
pathy and love for the Prophet and his brother Hyrum, the Patriarch, that I 
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s<?e how human beings oould have been so cruel as to wilfully murder such good 
men. When I read the chapter narrating their martyrdom, I had to weep." 



The Signal, published at Emporia. Florida, publishes an account of the 
burning of the church on Ilark^r's Island, and the editor in commenting on tho 
outrage, says : "The perpetrators of the heinous crime of incendiarism should 
\ye adequately punished by the North Carolina authorities. The Mormons are 
American citizens and have the right to go into any state to preach and estan- 
lish churches, the same as any other denomination, and it is as great a crim^ lo 
burn a Mormon church- as it is to burn any other kind of a church. Besides 
burning the church the Elders were threatened and told to leave. The crime was 
premeditated, as the press dispatches show." 



Sister Etherington, of West Weber, Utah, the wife of Elder Geo. W. 
Etheriugton, now laboring in the East Tennessee Conference, sends in a batch 
of new subscribers, and says: "I never got to read it until my husband went 
on his mission, and now I wouldn't be without it. I only wish it came every 
week. It is a paper that should be in every home, and I will do all I can to get 
it there." Good for Sister Etherington. Why cannot the loved ones of other 
missionaries help us in a like manner, and thus co-operate with their husbands 
in doing good missionary work, for such it is when you get the Journal ir.to 
the homes of the people. 



Elder Ed. L. Pomeroy, of Mesa, Ariz., sends in a batch of eight new sub- 
scribers, and says, "Just a few lines in one of your issues Of a few weeks ago 
pays me for all the trouble I can possibly go to here in the interests of the 
Journal, and that was where it speaks of ono of our d^ar Saints in the Soii.li. 
whom I had not heard from for a long time, as being a faithful tithepayer and 
still firm in the Gospel, Sister Rebecca Nettles of the Georgia Conference. She 
was one of the few converted under the sound of my voice, and I will at once 
write her a good long letter to renew our acquaintance." 



Elder G. Williams, of Kanarra, Utah, says: *The Journal is such an in- 
teresting little paper, with so much good reading matter in it. It brings back 
old times to one who has walked the swamps of the South. I spent some twenty- 
six months in Middle Tennessee, as a laborer in that part of the Lord's vineyard, 
and very much appreciate having had that experience. It makes my heart 
rejoice when I see the pictures of the noble servants of God, and read their 
counsel to the laboring Elders. Some of the best people on the earth live in 
the Southern States." 



'*The Journal brings past experiences to my mind while I was in the mi!>siou 
field," writes Elder Jedediah M. Brown, of Woods Cross. Utah. "I traveled 
a great many miles in the State of Tennessee, endeavoring to spread the Gospel, 
and had many enjoyable times and found many kind friends in that State of 
sunshine and flowers. I love to recall the many good times I have had at their 
homes and the inexpressible joy I had w^hile in the mission field. They were the 
happiest days of my life, although I had the chills and fever and rheumatism 
to coutend with." 



Elder P. N. Nelson, of Richmond, Utah, contrasts the excellent work being 
done in Jacksonville now, compared to the time when he labored there, before 
the destruction of that city by fire. "I labored in that city for three months, 
and we were not permitted to hold meetings on the streets nor sell books. But, 
thank God, there was no law forbidding us giving them away. They did not 
heed our warning voice, but when tho Lonl spoke from heaven with flames of 
fire, then that proud, independent spirit was melted to humbleness and obe- 
dience." 

Sister Birdie U. Bailey, of Bluffton. S. C, tells of the great loss she suffered 
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months and 2 weeks. The little tot went off to play, and was not missed but 
a short while when his body was found floating in an old well at the edge of 
their garden, the well being but two feet deep. He was the only child the 
parents had, and the loss is a great one. We deeply sympathize with the bereaved 
parents. 



Elder P. C. Winter, of Rexburg, Idaiio. is still workinjj for the Journal, 
and we have received another remittance from him. "Am trying to get more 
of the people interested," is what he says, "and hope to send in more subscrip- 
tions soon. My heart is still with the Mission and I hope it wttl always be.*' 
He remembers his old companions in the Office, and our hearts go out in bless- 
ings to him. 



Elder Alvin Warner, of Safford, Ariz., writes: "I take a great deal of 
plt^asure in reading the Journal, especially whon I can find wonie mnvs fro.n 
my old field of labor. South Alabama and West Florida. I often think of the 
good times I had and the people who were so kind to me. May God bless them, 
and all those who share their food and shelter with a Mormon Elder." 



"I am one of the mothers of a missionary in the South, so when I saw your 
request in the Journal for aid in grottioff new subscribei's, I at once went o^h 
among my friends," writes Sister Mary A. Willardson, of Mayfield, Utah. "I 
read pieces from the Journat- in our Primary Association, as I am the Presid**nt 
here. I will get you some more subscribers after awhile." 



"I have been out among my friends in th<> interests of the Journaf^. and hnd 
a nice talk with some of the Baptist people," writes Brother Robert L. Coxey, 
of the North Carolina Conference. "They told me that it took all the money 
they could spare to pay their preacher. I told them not to pay the preacher, 
but to subscribe for the Joubnal." 



"I am walking six miles to get you these new ^ubscril)ers " writes EUl r F. 
J. Sorenson, of Park City, Utah, in sending in another batch of names. "The 
little Journal is indeed a welcome visitor to me, and the spirit that aocompanios 
it makes me long to be back in the 'Sunny South,' grip in hand, laboring among 
that kind and hospitable people." 



Accompanying the names of four new subscribers are the foHowing kind 
words from Elder C. E. Owens, of Woodruff, Ariz. : "The Journal brings to my 
heart many pleasant remembrances of the good people of the South, and I am 
still proud that I had the privilege of traveling for a little more than two years 
in the Southern States Mission." 



"I am getting very old now, having just passed my eighty-second birth- 
day," writes Sister Eliza C. Mason, of the Kentucky Conference. '*My eyesight 
has failed considerably, and I can see to read but very little; but I enjoy reading 
the Journal, and it revives me, as I don't often see the Elders or Saints. I am 
glad to hear of its success." 



"The Journal is a little busy bee. and is a ray of sunshine in my home, and 
my heart is full of praise for it," writes Sister Sadie E. Branch, of the North 
CajTolina Conference. "I am all alone in my faith here, and the Journal comes 
like the visits of the Elders, and drives away the dark clouds which sometimes 
hover around me." 



"I think the iUtle preacher* is a grand paper," writes Sister G. H. Stoddard, 
of Downey, Idaho. "We can hardly wait after it arrives until we are seated in 
our little happy home circle to listen to its inspiring contents. As a family, we 
often wonder how we ever existed without its counsel, which is so inspiring and 
consoling." 



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Brother Morgan Martm of tbo South Carolina Conference says the Journal 
18 nourishing food for the hungering Saints, who do not get to hear the Elders. 
**T:iie Journal is my preaoher, and the mail box our placj of meeting," he sa^s, 
"and how joyful is that meeting. All the Saints should take it; it is so full 
of truth." 



Elder Thos. Lawrence, Jr., of Summit, Utah, sends in seven subscriptions 
and says : "When I read the dear Journal. I long to get back again in the South, 
defending the truth. It is a pleasure to labor in so good a cause, under such 
men as are at the head of the Mission. The Journal haa a good future be- 
fore it." 



President C. F. Weight, of the Virginia Conference, boiled down President 
Rich's address to the Conference Presidents into fifty-four terse statements, 
embodying the gist of the instructions given, and sent them out in- typewritten 
form to the Elders laboring under him. It was very nicely and effectively done. 



A friend in the Vipginia. Conference, Mr. Jamea Fitzgerald, says: "I am 
no Mormon, and may never be, but I want it understood that I am a friend to tne 
Elders, and while I am very poor in this world's goods, the Elders can always 
find a welcome at my home. God bless the Elders and the dear little Journal. 



"The fifty cents I spent for the Journal has done me more good than any 
money I ever spent. When I read it my spiritual thirst is quenched and my soul 
revived, for I feel as though I had heard a sermon from some of the Elders of 
Israel." So writes Sister Ellen J. Howerton of the Kentucky Conference. 



We have completed an entire revision of our subscription list, excepting 
the Elders* list. In order to get this correct, we want the Elders to send with 
their next reports, on a separate order blank, the name and address of the 
Individual who is supposed to be getting their home copy of the Journal. 



Sister Rachel Bartlett, of the Georgia Conference, in a very interesting 
letter, tells of her joy in reading and re-reading the memorial number of the 
Journal of Jan. 1, devoted to the life and mission of Joseph the Prophet. "That 
one number was worth many times the price of the Journal," ^he says. 



The Elders of the Middle Tennessee Conference had a little gathering in 
Nashville on Tuesday following the Conference there, and presented their retiring 
President, Elder James W. Grant, with a military set of hair brushes in a 
leather case, to show their love and confidence in him. 



Elder M. C. Pierce, of Colonia Diaz, Mexico, writes that he is still interested 
in the work of the Lord in the Sunny South. "I often fed I would like to 
return, and tramp over some of the country again, and visit some of my friends 
and enjoy myself with the Elders." 



We are unable to supply any more bound copies of Vol. 1 of the Journal. 
having sold them all out. There are still a few copies of Vol. 2 left. First 
come, first served. They will be worth ten times what we ask for them now. 
Send in your orders. 



Sister Mary Sturgill. of the Kentucky Conference, sends us an account of her 
being remarkably healed by the power of God. She had not walked «. step for 
eight weeks at the time she was administered to, but the morning following was 
able to do so. 



"We can not do without the Journal in our home," writes Rosa Lee Patter- 
son ,of the Mississippi Conference. "We always have time to read its beautiful 
pages. Papa has been taking it for a year." 



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Brother Elijah S. Coleman, of the Virginia Conference, says: '*I hope the 
honest-hearted people of the South will read the Journal, for I am sure that 
whereyer it is read by those who desire to know the truth it will do good." 



i^der Eli Gordon, of Heber, Utali, says: "I love the Journal, for it re- 
minds me of the good times I had in the states of North Carolina and Virginia, 
and I would love to be there again, for I love the people of the South." 



Sister M. B. Paschal, of the South Oar(rilna Conference, writes that The 
Elders' Journal is the most welcome visitor she has, and she can hardly wait 
for it to reach her. She has been auooessful in loaning it to her friends. 



**The Journal is highly appreciated by all those that read it in this part," 
writes l^lder Walter M. Bird, of Bingham Canyon, Utah, in sendinjg in some 
more new subscribers. 



By letter from President Wm. A. Petty, of the North Carolina Conference, 
we learn that the school at Hampstead hae been stopped, and Elder Parker has 
gone into the field. 



"I can always get two or three good sermons out of the dear little Journal, 
even though I do not see the EJders," writes Brother Eugene Poynter, of the Ken- 
tucky Conference. 



Sister Ella F. Gatlin, of the Florida Conference, is another of our good 
Saints who are loaning out their Journal to their friends, so as to get them to 
subscribe for it. 



"I appreciate every visit the worthy Journal makes at my home, as its pages 
recall the dear old days I spent in the South," writes Elder B. Mann, of Woods 
Cross, Utah. 



"I find the Journal to be not <mly a comfort but a great aid in studying the 
principles of the Gospel," writes Sister Mary Ellinger, of the Virginia Conference. 



"At the suggestion of Apostle Geo. A. Smith, I desire to become a sub- 
scriber to the Journal," writes Elder Geo. E. WooJley, of Salt Lake City. Good .' 



Elder J. W. Workman, of Park Gty, Utah, says: "I have found the 
Journal one of the beet investments I ever made with the small capital required." 



Elder S. H. Price of the North Carolina Conference sends us in some new 
subscribers, and writes a letter full of testimony and the spirit of the €k>spel. 



President Edward S. Hall, of the Samoan Mission, sends seven dollars for 
fourteen paid up subscribers. The Journal will help all our missions. 



"I realize the Journal is doing much good in my old Mission field, where I 
still have an interest," writes Elder Samuel Cook, of Syracuse, Utah. 



Elder J. B. Broderick, of Emmery, Utah, sends in fourteen new subscribers, 
and says the Journal is a welcome guest and doing untold good. 



Sister Mary J. Podgett, of the Florida. Conference, writes an encouraging let- 
ter concerning the good the Journal is doing in her home. 



Brother G. W. Bragg of the Georgia Conference induced one of his Baptist 
friends to take the Journal. That is tke way to work. 



"We would rather have the Journal to read than any other paper," writes 
Sister W. F. Faylie, of the Florida Conference. 



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The following Eld<?r arrived in Cliattanooga from Zion on Sunday, February 
18, 19(M]: Elders John W. Jones, of Lehi, Ariz., and Geo. L. Wilcox, of Preston, 
Idaho. 



"The Journal brwithes the spirit of the old times in the mission field," writes 
Elder Anders Mortensen, of East Dale, Colo. 



"The Elders' Journal vibratos a pk?asant chord within ray soul," writes 
Elder O. K. Meservy, of Wilford. Idaho. 



Sister J. D. McGavin, of Marysville, Idaho, sends us in a number of new 
sub.scribers, and we bless her for it. 



We thank Sister Mary E. Kidd, of the East Tennessee Conference, for the 
press clippings she has sent us. 




HEADQUARTERS OF THE EUROPEAN MISSION. 

Here is shown tho present bountiful location of the Mission Home in 
Europe — No. 10 Holly Road, Liverpool, England — with President Hober J. 
Grant and his noble b^rnd of workers in the foreground. For over half a cen- 
tury the Liverpool oftiot^ — ns it is knowu^ — was located at 42 Islington, Li%^erpool. 
and thon>nnds of Kld^Ts will remember tho historic building, at the comer of 
Islington and Ann street, with its flight of stone steps and double doors, mounted 
with the regulation iron "knocker." That is now a thing of the pasrt, and tho 
now quarters are in a l>etter neighborhood, more convoniviit, and, what is still 
more pleasing, are owned by the Church. 



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E L D E R S ' J O U R N A L 20^ 

CONFERENCE ildDDRESSES. 

Alabama — Geo. L. Morrison, 160 St. Francis street, Mobile, Alabama. 

East Tennessee — Ilyrum C. Ford, P. O. Box 417, or 711 Fairview avenue, 
Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

Florida — J. B. Ileaton, 511 West Adams street, or P. O. Box 793, Jackson- 
ville, Florida. 

Georgl\ — W. H. Little. 1463 Estes street, Augusta, Georgia. 

Kentucky — Geo. R. Crockett, 611 Third street, or P. O. Box 554, Louisville, 
Kentucky. 

Mississippi — E. D. Buchanan, 3126 Seventh street, or P. O. Box 162, Me- 
ridian, Mississippi. 

Middle Tennessee — Wm. D. Bocker, 147 Fourth a venire North, Nashville, 
Tennessee. 

North Carolina — Wm. A. Petty, Hampstead, Pender Co.. North Carolina. 

Ohio — Calvin S. Jones, 154 East McMicken avenue, or P. O. Box 31, Station 
V. Cincinnati, Ohio. 

South Carolina — John H. Gibbs, 25 Bull street, Charleston, South Carolina. 



APPOINTMENTS. 

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