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The Prophet writes... 

The circulation of pornographic pic- 
tures, books, magazines, and films 
in nearly every community has now 
reacned an alarming stage. 

Its detrimental effect upon standards 
of morality is becoming so serious 
that all thoughtful people must unite 
to combat it 

Financially interested persons, claim- 
ing " the right to sell whatever the 
public will buy," merchandise their 
questionable wares with no regard for 
the consequences 

The sale of unclean printed matter, 
the showing of salacious films, the pre- 
sentation of objectionable TV pro- 
grammes, and the dissemination of im- 
moral material through other means, 
have become so offensive that decent 
citizenry can no longer remain silent. 

Even the sanctity of the home is 
invaded as direct-by-mail merchants 
thrust their debasing products upon 
boys and girls, many of tender years, 
whose names they subtly obtain for 
their nefarious purposes. 

These merchants seem to have no 
concern for the morals of the people, 
nor for the well-being of the communi- 
ties at large which inevitably must 
suffer through the crime and corrup- 
tion which always results from a 
lowering of standards of decency. 

We are unalterably opposed to 
sexual immorality and to all manner of 
obscenity. We proclaim in the strong- 
est terms possible against the evil and 
wicked designs of men who would 
betray virtuous manhood and woman- 
hood, enticing them to thoughts and 
actions leading to vice, the lowering 
of standards of clean living, and the 
breaking up of the home. 

We call upon the members of the 
Church and all other right-thinking 
people to join in a concerted move- 
ment to fight pornography wherever it 
may be found, whether in books and 
magazines, on the screen, or in mater- 
ials sent through the post office. 

We also urge legislators and civil 
authorities to do all in their power 
to curb this pernicious evil. 

Local as well as national processes 
may be required to stem this tide, and 
yet such action will come only if an 
aroused electorate makes its feelings 

It seems incredible that elected 
officials can be so far misled as to 
suppose that they are acting in the 
public interest then thoy allow this 
debasing condition to continue. 

Minorities seeking to make financial 

President David O. McKay 

gain at the expense of a silent major- 
ity should not be permitted to bring 
widespread tragedy upon others for 
want of a strong expression in defense 
of decency. 

Every father and mother should be 
aroused to the danger, and should de- 
mand an immediate termination of this 
flagrant vice. 


April, 1966 



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Life-blood of the Church 

CONTENTS/Aprii 1966 


The Prophet writes . . . 


"1 have warned you, and fore- 

warn you . . ." 


... cycles 11 miles and has 

never missed a meeting 


News from the Stakes and 



The Church and You and the 







Melchizedek Priesthood 


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The Millennial Star Is the official publication of the 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints In Great 

Britain. Published monthly from 70 Queen's Road, 
Reading, Berks. Printed by the Target Press, Reading, 
Berks. Subscription rates: £1 per year (Foreign $3). 2s. 
per copy. The Star is not responsible for unsolicited 
articles, but welcomes contributions. 

PRIESTHOOD is the life-blood that flows through the 
Church. It is God's power and authority which He 
delegates to worthy, selected individuals so that they 
might function for him upon the earth. 

Priesthood is the power through which the worlds 
and all that is in them were created and organised. It is 
a force as real and infinitely more powerful than electri- 
cal or nuclear energy. When the time comes when we 
fully understand it, we will find that it, too, is based 
upon natural laws to which God, himself, conforms as 
implied in His divine statement, "I, the Lord, am bound 
when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, 
ye have no promise." 

God's great work, as He has declared, is "To bring 
to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." Priest- 
hood's chief function is to assist in this great process 
and to serve and assist God in His plan to bring his 
worthy children back into His presence. 

How best can Priesthood bearers perform this 
great service? They can live worthily so that the great 
power they possess may be magnified and put into 
action in their lives. The can set good examples for their 
neighbours and others to see and thereby, "Glorify 
their Father which is in heaven." They can direct and 
maintain ideal home lives for their families. Having 
established righteous characters and good home en- 
vironments, they can then teach effectively the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ to others 

Priesthood is power. But, it is power which can be 
exercised only on the principles of righteousness, 
"only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness 
and meekness, and by love unfeigned." 

Millennial Star 


by Hugh B. Brown 

Themes that have provoked 
the thoughts of man over 
the ages — character, free- 
dom, truth, God, science, 
religion, morality and eter- 
nity. President Brown's per- 
ceptive study matured by 
wide experience brings to 
the reader deeper meaning 
and understanding. An elo- 
quent testimony to all who 
wish to live the abundant 

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by Duane S. Crowther 

The accomplishment author 
of two LDS best-sellers, 
" Prophecy, Key to the 
Future " and " Prophecies 
of Joseph Smith," Duane S. 
Crowther, in his newest 
book, accomplishes a three- 
fold goal. First to show that 
divine spiritual gifts exist. 
Second, to explain the 
nature of various spiritual 
gifts. And finally, to show 
how man can gain the in- 
fluence of the Holy Ghost 
and the gifts of the spirit 
to enrich his own life. 




by Bruce R. McConkie 

This enlightening new book 
will help you understand 
the true teachings of the 
New Testament. The Book 
of Mormon, Doctrine and 
Covenants, Pearl of Great 
Price and the teachings of 
latter-day prophets are 
brought into harmony to 
cast the light of under- 
standing on the full and 
true meaning of the New 
Testament doctrines. This 
first volume deals with the 
four Gospels. 

Obtainable from Deseret Enterprises Ltd. 
288, London Road, Mitcham, Surrey. 

April, 1966 

Behold, verily, 
thus saith the Lord 
unto you... 

. . :; ,,,-m.. 

by Dr. Ray H. Barton 

President, South West British Mission 

THE heading to this article comes 
from the verse in which the Lord 
states that in consequence of evil 
designs that will exist in the hearts of 
men in the last days, he warns 
and forewarns us. Frankly, I feel that 
if the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- 
day Saints had nothing more in it than 
the 89th Section of the Doctrine and 
Covenants, known as the Word of Wis- 
dom, this alone would classify it as the 
true Church of Jesus Christ. 

As far as we know, there wasn't the 
slightest inkling in the mind of Joseph 
Smith or any other of the brethren in 
the early days of any problem in con- 
nection with smoking, nor the use of 
tea and coffee. 

The effects of alcoholism have long 
been known, and over-use ot wine in 
early Biblical days is recorded; but its 
use has never been commercially ex- 
ploited to the extent that it is today. 
So since there were no smokers or 
coffee or tea drinkers at the time of 
Christ, it was most logical that He 
should state that in the last days, He 
would warn and forewarn us regarding 
these evil designs. This revelation, 
dealing mainly with the proper mode of 
living and the rules for the same, was 
given far in advance of anything sug- 
gested by scientists. Scientists, there- 
fore, without intention on their part, 
have become witnesses to the fact that 
Joseph Smith spoke by divine inspira- 


The revelation was received Feb- 
ruary 27, 1833. It came in answer to 
earnest prayer to the Lord for guid- 
ance, as a result of the fact that the 
small room in which the brethren met, 
situated over the Prophet Joseph 
Smith's kitchen, was filled with tobacco 
smoke and other items of tobacco. 
Often when the Prophet entered the 
room, he would find himself in a cloud 
of smoke and find a soiled floor. 

Because of the successful activity 
of Satan in the world in convincing 
unsuspecting individuals that smoking 
and the use of tea and coffee and 
alcohol are innocuous, their useage has 
greatly multiplied. As a result, the 

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proselyting missionaries find a real 
road block when they try to present 
the third discussion which deals with 
the Word of Wisdom, and commit 
people to change their ways. The habit- 
uation of these things is attested also 
in that there are so many relapses by 
people who feel that they cannot get 
along without continued intake. It's 
true that life is a testing ground, and 
we should learn by experience; but we 
don't have to feel that every one of 
life's experiences must be tried. For 
example, few people would feel that it 
would be desirable to step in front 
of a train going 60 miles per hour just 
to see how it felt for once. The Word 
of Wisdom was given to allow a 
healthy spirit to operate in a healthy 
body. Since we share in the act of pro- 
creation with our Father, He would like 
us to have the best and give the best 
to our offspring. Now, the Word of 
Wisdom is a code which contains nega- 
tive and positive aspects; but whether 
negative or positive, it is all positive 
in the long run. 

Some interesting questions have 
often been asked missionaries. 

QUESTION: Is tea less harmful to 
the body than coffee? 

ANSWER: No. If anything, tea has 
more effect than coffee; although the 
two have approximately the same 
amount of caffeine. Tea, however, has 
tannin, whereas, coffee has some irri- 
tating oils. Caffeine is the constituent 
of the cola beverages which gives 
them their reaction similar to the 
coffee and tea drinks. The caffeine acts 
as a "whip." It increases and stimu- 
lates body responses. It was first dis- 
covered by some Monks of Arabia in 
the 16th Century who noted that their 
sheep, after eating certain berries, 
frisked and gambolled all night long. 
The Monks who had to spend many 
long hours praying on their knees dur- 
ing the night, often fell asleep, and 
decided to try it. It worked well for 
them and kept them awake. 

Besides the difficulty in sleeping, 
there is a rise in blood pressure and a 
more rapid pulse. It is analogous to 
"whipping" the body, which temporarily 
speeds us the body process, but must 

inevitably be followed by a period of 
increased fatigue and inefficiency 
while the body catches up. 

Unfortunately a cup of coffee or tea, 
and a cigarette, either with or as a re- 
placement for breakfast or other meals 
is practically an established institution. 

QUESTION: But the church preaches 
moderation. Therefore, surely, a few 
cups of tea a day won't do any harm 

ANSWER: The Church teaches mod- 
eration in good things, but abstinence 
from bad things. A small dose of 
strychnine poison isn't very good for 
a person, either. 

QUESTION: Don't they sometimes 
suggest a cup of tea when someone is 
suffering from shock? 

ANSWER: Tea is a valuable medicine, 
or at least the caffeine content there- 
of is useful as a valuable drug in cases 
of shock or where resuscitation is 
needed; but if a person is habituated 
to tea and the body will no longer 
respond, then a cup of tea will have no 
effect at the time when it is needed in 
an emergency. 

QUESTION: Why didn't the Lord say 
tea and coffee instead of just "hot 

ANSWER: The reason "hot drinks" 
was used is because tea and coffee 
were the common hot drinks that were 
used in the days of Joseph Smith. 
There is no question but that this is 
what was meant because they were 
the common hot drinks of the day. 
They are probably served more with 
meals than any food, with the possible 
exception of bread. Neither supplies 
calories, unless cream or sugar is 
added. They both contain caffeine, 
which is a nervous system stimulant. 

QUESTION: Is there something about 
any drink being too hot? 

ANSWER: Yes. something that is too 
hot can burn the tissue. Repeated 
burns can lead to cancer. People should 
not drink any beverage too hot. 

QUESTION: Are there any modern 
beverages that we know contain harm- 
ful drugs or harmful elements? 

ANSWER: Yes, the cola beverage; 
in general contain caffeine. Caffeine Is 
added to water, sugar, sweetening, and 
colouring to produce cola beverages. 

The reason that they are not mentioned 
in the Word of Wisdom is because they 
were not present at that day. That is 
why the Lord said, "In consequence 
of evils and designs which do and will 
exist in .the hearts of conspiring men 
in the last days, I have warned you, 
and forewarn you . , "So we might 
even look for newer products to come 
out later on. The fact that they con 
tain the same drug as the hot drinks 
certainly would be warning enough 
Whether we take strychine in a pill 
form or put it in a beverage or eat it 
in candy, it is still the same drug and 
has the same effect. 

QUESTION: With the widespread use 
of tobacco, is there anything good that 
can be said for it? 

ANSWER: "And again tobacco is not 
for the body, neither for the belly and 
is not good for man, but is an herb for 
bruises and all sick cattle, to be used 
with judgment and skill." According 
to Dr. Richard Tanner, there are many 
tars and residues in tobacco, but the 
main known ingredient at the present 
time is nicotine, a deadly poison. All 
persons who smoke or use tobacco in 
any form take into their bodies some 
nicotine, whether they inhale or not 
because nicotine is absorbed rapidly 
from all the mucus membranes includ- 
ing the mouth and throat. 

Once in the body the nicotine has 
many effects. The first time smoking is 
attempted by an individual, there is al- 
most always an acute toxic reaction 
characterised by nausea, vomiting, and 
ocasionally diarrhea. If that individual 
continues to smoke, he gradually de- 
velops a tolerance to the drug so that 
acute toxic effects are not noticed. 
Nevertheless, nicotine is still having 
a marked effect upon the body of that 
individual First, it produces an irrita- 
tion of the mucus membranes. 

Some years ago cigarette companies 
began to advertise that their cigarettes 
were manufactured in such a manner 
as to prevent irritation of the nose, 
throat, and accessory organs of the 
smokers The United States Federal 
Trade Commission through a Federal 
Court injunction forced them to discon- 
tinue this type of advertising, saying 

April. 1966 

"in truth and in fact the smoke from 
the cigarettes is an irritant to the 
mucus membranes of the nose, throat, 
the eustachian tube, sinuses, larynges, 
and trachea." They further declared 
that all popular brands of cigarettes 
are very similar and that there is no 
significant difference in their nicotine 
acid or throat irritant content. So the 
cigarette companies were finally re- 
duced to claiming that their product 
was milder. They cannot claim that 
there is no harm, so each has resorted 
to the ridiculous claim that their 
cigarette is "less harmful." 

Secondly, nicotine produces a rather 
marked vaso spasm of the peripheral 
arteries. This decreases the circulation 
of the oxygen bearing blood. Thus, 
impaired, you may have gangrene be- 
cause of this lack. Amputation of toes, 
feet or legs, or less commonly the 
fingers and hands has taken place in 
this dramatic and tragic disease known 
as "Buergers Disease." It occurs in 
young men usually, and almost 100 per 
cent, of them are smokers. Dr. Tanner 
quotes the case of a man in a Chicago 
hospital who had lost both hands and 
part of both legs, and was unable to 
hold a cigarette, yet as long as he 
could get someone to light one and put 
one in his mouth, he would smoke it. 
Here the tobacco habit had become so 
strongly fixed that it had become a 
greater force than the desire for self- 

Third, the British Medical Associa- 
tion and the American Medical Associa- 
tion recently declared that there 
seems to be direct evidence that 
smoking cigarettes causes heart 
damage, especially coronary disease. 
It has long been suggested that heart 
disease patients should imitate ath- 
letes and practice total abstinence. A 
study done by the American Cancer 
Society and the British Medical Society 
has uncovered strong evidence in sup- 
port of an idea which for some years 
has been gaining strength that there 
is a relationship between smoking 
cigarettes and cancer, particularly can- 
cer of the lung. In 1950, Dr. Everett A. 
Graham caused a sensation by an- 
nouncing that cigarette tars when 

painted on the skin of one strain of 
mice had produced a high incidence of 
cancer which seemed to bear out what 
many investigators had suspected that 
there is in tobacco a carcinogenic- 
producing factor. Fifteen studies have 
all been positive in this connection. 
The rate now is 400 per cent, higher 
in smokers than in non-smokers. 

Dr. Alton Ochsner recently said that 
some people maintain these figures 
don't mean anything. What do they 
want for proof? If we had one-tenth 
the evidence that a bridge was unsafe 
for traffic as we have the evidence that 
cigarette smoking causes lung cancer, 
the bridge would be closed and it 
would remain closed until we were 
certain it was safe. But tax revenues 
totalling more than 2i billion dollars 
a year kept the United States Federal 
Government from cracking down. Dr. 
Tanner further states, "As far as filters 
are concerned, I am certain that none 
of the present filters do any good." 
However, the cigarette manufacturers 
are not interested in health — only in 
selling cigarettes, As I have so often 
said, "What they say in their advertis- 
ing is that 'our product will kill you, 
but not as soon as the other guy's." 

Linus Pauling, the atomic expert, has 
estimated that every cigarette shortens 
a person's life expectancy by 14.4 
minutes based on I.B.M. computer 

President Alvin R. Dyer tells the 
story about the amnesic smoker: This 
carpenter smoked five packs of cigar- 
ettes a day and felt that his body had 
become accustomed to it, and it would 
be dangerous for him to stop. He even 
had to get up at night to smoke. He 
set his alarm. One day while on con- 
struction doing a job, a board slipped 
off a platform and struck him on the 
head and caused him to be amnesic. 
He was taken to the hospital for six 
weeks. During this period, he gained 
twelve pounds in weight; his. blood 
count increased, his blood pressure 
subsided and a number of functions 
that could be detected by the labora- 
tory improved, and his appetite picked 
up and all seemed remarkably im- 
proved. Naturally being unable to 

probe into the man's memory and ask 
him questions about his background, 
they couldn't decide what was causing 
this. Suddenly one day the man re- 
gained his memory. He knew who he 
was and where his home was all in a 
flash. He said, "quick give me a cigar- 
ette." The nurse and doctor who were 
standing near by suddenly realised 
what had happened. They walked up to 
him and said, "Sir, we did not know 
that you smoked. For 45 days you 
haven't taken a cigarette. Your body 
has been improving. All functions have 
shown marked improvement. We did 
not know what to ascribe it to." It was 
then that he related the story of his 
heavy tobacco consumption and sud- 
denly began to realise that it wasn't 
as necessary to his health as he 
thought it was. 

Lately, we have begun to find out 
that tobacco-smoking mothers have a 
greater loss of their children from 
spontaneous abortions than non- 
smoking mothers. It is strictly an in- 
vitation for trouble for a surgeon to 
operate on a man who is a heavy 
smoker for an abdonimal or chest sur- 

QUESTION: Why should only wheat 
be for man? 

ANSWER: The Lord has said that the 
other grains are for man, but especially 

This means that wheat contains a 
balanced nutritional element which is 
just right for man, but not the way we 
usually use it in its refined, half-com- 
plete form, watered down with phos- 
gene, which is a poison gas designed 
to bleach the flour; but 100 per cent, 
whole wheat is a beautiful, nutritional, 
complete item which in and of itself, 
has remarkable promise to supply near- 
ly all of the necessary requirements of 
man's nutrition in terms of fat, carbo- 
hydrate, protein, and important 
minerals and vitamins. Other grains are 
supposed to be used for other animals, 
particularly because they supply the 
predominant necessary requirements. 
This doesn't mean that we can't eat 
corn flakes or rice krispies, or any 

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April, 1966 

Dean Wilson. 

HE British Mission have reason to be proud of two of 
their young Priesthood holders — Gerald John Bell, of 
Lowestoft, Suffolk, and Dean Thomas Wilson, of Norwich. 

Both of these boys are Priests in the Aaronic Priesthood, 
and both of them have 100 per cent, records of attendance 
at their meetings. 

On the front cover of this month's issue of the "Mil- 
ennial Star" we have featured Gerald Bell. This year 
Gerald will be receiving his 7th successive individual 
award. Gerald was five years old when his parents joined 
the Church in 1952. He was baptised by his father three 
years later. Brother Bell, Senior, is now 1st Counsellor in 
the Norwich District Presidency, and Sister Bell is secret- 
ary to the British Mission MIA Board. 

From the time that Gerald's parents first accepted the 
gospel until the present day — almost 14 years — Gerald has 
an almost unbroken record of attendance (with a few 
exceptions due to illness}, and by this we mean 100 per 
cent, attendance at Primary, MIA, Priesthood, Sunday 
School and Sacrament meetings. He holds all 100 per cent. 
Aaronic Priesthood Awards since receiving the Priesthood, 
and this year he will be receiving his Duty to God Award. 

When the Bells first joined the Church they lived in 
Gorleston and Gerald had to travel 8 miles by bus to the 
nearest branch in Lowestoft. The family later moved into 
Lowestoft and then Gerald would call on other Priesthood 
boys to encourage them to attend the 9 o'clock Priesthood 

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. ..cycles 11 miles to Church and he's never missed 

Gerald now lives in Haddiscoe, eleven miles from Lowes- 
toft on the edge of the Norfolk Marshes. He has lived there 
for about 18 months and as there are no trains or buses 
early Sunday mornings Gerald cycles the 11 miles each 
Sunday — and he has never missed a meeting, sometimes 
cycling through snow blizzards and rainstorms. Usually he 
is early to Church. 

Outide the Church, Gerald is an active member of the 
St. John Ambulance Brigade, of which his mother is a 
Divisional Officer. He works as a salesman in a Lowestoft 
Department Store. 

Brother Ronald S. Coleby, his Branch President, writes of 
him, "He is a great asset to us in the Branch. We know 
we can depend on Gerald to be there every Sunday and that 
the Sacrament will be properly prepared and later, cleared 
in the correct manner and attitude. At present he is serv- 
ing as the YMMIA secretary and Aaronic Priesthood 
General Secretary." 

Of his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ, Gerald 
Bell says, "My testimony is the most precious and dear 
thing that I hold. I know without a shadow of doubt that 
this Church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 
is true. I know with a deep conviction that Joseph Smith is 
a true Prophet of the living God. 

"I would like to thank my Heavenly Father for my parents 
who brought me up in the Church, who put me on the 

right path — the straight and narrow path that will lead 
back to my Father in Heaven. I would like to thank my 
parents for everything they have given to me — their love 
and kindness, their guidance in the Church and in my daily 

"My greatest desire is to hold the Melchizedek Priest- 
hood like my father, so that I can have eyerythina that a 
good Latter-day Saint can have." 

The same can be said of Dean Thomas Wilson. 

Dean has always been a Latter-day Saint. By that we 
mean that he was born into the Church of "goodly parents" 
who have served the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints for many years. 

He has passed through each stage of progression in the 
Priesthood from Deacon to Priest, qualifying for the Aaronic 
Priesthood Award in each of the past five years. 

Brother Kenneth Warren, the Norwich Branch President, 
writes of him, "It is most unusual to find him in any mood 
other than his good humoured nature. He is always alert 
and ready to accept any assignment. He seems to find an 
interest in almost ail the activities that take place in the 

"The Norwich Branch is fortunate indeed to have such a 
fine young man in their midst, and I have no doubt that 
within a few years Dean will become just as fine a member 
of the Melchizedek Priesthood as he is today of the Aaronic 

April, 1966 

News from the Stakes & missions 

THE following letter was sent by 
President David B. Haight, of the 
Scottish Mission, to President David 
O. McKay: 
Dear President McKay, 

You would have been thrilled last 
evening if you could have attended the 
first meeting held in our new Airdrie 

We understand you taught a Sunday 
School class in the little Airdrie 
Branch while you were in Scotland on 
your mission. Airdrie is not far from 
Stirling (about halfway between 
Glasgow and Edinburgh). 

A Sister Graham from Derby, Eng- 
land, attended the meeting. Her father 
was the Airdrie Branch President for 
many, many years and he remembers 
you. She related how this little branch 
was held together during the war — 
it had only three members. 

Last evening 500 members and in- 
vestigators nearly filled this new 
chapel. All the branch leaders and 
officers are local members. There are 
no branch positions being occupied by 
any proselyting missionary. 

As the meeting progressed, I 
thought of how the Church had pro- 
gressed and brought joy and happiness 
into the hearts of so many people 
since the days when you walked the 
unfriendly streets. The members are so 
proud of your having been associated 
with their branch, knowing you helped 
it in its beginnings. 

The Saints in Scotland join me in 
sending our love, wishes, and warmest 
greetings to you. 

In a covering letter sent to the "Mil- 
lennial Star" with a copy of his letter 
to President McKay, President Haight 

By the end of this month we will 
have opened 14 newly constructed 
chapels: Aberdeen, Airdrie, Ayr, Drum- 
chapel, Dumbarton, Dumfries, Dundee 
(2), Edinburgh, Hamilton, Johnstone, 
Kilmarnock, Kirkcaldy and Paisley. 
Another chapel in Greenock, on the 

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west coast of Scotland, will be com- 
pleted soon. 

That letter to President McKay was 
dated February 7, 1966. 

The following Sunday, February 13, 
more than 500 members of the Church 
in Edinburgh attended the opening 
services in their own new chapel. The 
services were presided over by 
President Haight, and were conducted 
by President Alexander Clark, of the 
Edinburgh District, and President 
James Thompson, of the Edinburgh 

One hundred and twenty-six years 
ago Missionary labours were begun 
in Edinburgh by Elder Orson Pratt. In 
fact just outside Edinburgh is a rugged 
hill known by the local people as 
Arthur's Seat, but called by the mem- 
bers of the Church, Pratt's Hill. It was 

Joan Farbus — "Ulster Hostess, 1966." 

on Pratt's Hill that Elder Pratt pleaded 
with the Lord to give him 200 bap- 
tisms. Many more than that number 
was the answer to his prayer. 

As each chapel in Scotland has been 
completed, a public "open house" has 
been held for two days, during which 
people have toured through the build- 
ings by the thousands, seeing dis- 
plays put on by the auxiliaries and 
having the Church Building programme 
explained to them. 

The highlight of each of these days, 
however, has been the showing of the 
film from the New York World's Fair, 
"Man's Search for Happiness," which 
was presented hourly. 

At the opening of one of the Scot- 
tish chapels, the Lord Provost of the 
City . . . while listening to an explana- 
tion of the display showing the 

Millennial Star 

Temples throughout the world and the 
reason for Temple work . . . remarked 
to the missionary in charge, "I be- 
lieve the work you are doing is true." 

Mission recently won a national 
competition to find the Ulster Hostess 
for 1966. The contest is run by the 
British Farm Produce Council and the 
Irish Television. The test consisted of 
preparing a meal for a transatlantic 
visitor using only Ulster produce. 

Sister Farbus has been hostess to 
many American missionaries, and was 
well qualified to enter. 

It was a joy — and a boost — to all the 
local Saints when she was presented 
with the winner's sash on television 
after serving the judges with apples 
stuffed with spicy pork, cole slaw, cot- 
tage cheese, stuffed eggs and potato 
salad. The sweet was a marshmallow 
meringue with whipped cream and 
raspberries (a number of missionaries 
now at the BYU will remember this 

Sister Farbus and her husband 
joined the church in 1956. They have 
three children, Simone (8), Julian (3) 
and Louise (18 months). She has held 
many positions, including teacher in 
Primary, Sunday School, Relief 
Society and MIA. At the time of the 
Singing Mothers' tour of Great 
Britain she was the District Relief 
Society President and arranged their 
Irish reception. At present she pre- 
sides over the Belfast MIA. 

Outside the Church, Sister Farbus 
runs a unique cooking organisation 
called "Cooks Anonymous." With five 
other Relief Society sisters she 
travels the province cooking for private 

Three pictures from the Irish Mission's 
MIA Training Course. Top: A Folk 
Dancing instruction period in session. 
Centre: Brother Tom Hezeltine open- 
ing one session of the course discus- 
sion periods. Bottom: Two of the 
guests at the Training Course . . . 
President Roland L. Jaussi (left), 
Irish Mission President, and President 
Robert Devenney. 

April, 1966 

The cast and (left) a scene from the 
musical show "The Boyfriend," which 
members of the Romford Ward in the 
London Stake presented in their new 
chapel recently. So successful was the 
production, that they have been invited 
by the London Stake Presidency to pre- 
sent it again for general stake mem- 
bers in the Hyde Park Chapel. 

parties — anything from an Indian 
buffet to a Lord Mayor's banquet. The 
organisation refuses to accept any 
bookings that would interfere with 
their Church work. 

ONE of the proselyting mission- 
aries in the Northampton Branch, 
Elder Mendenhall from Idaho, has 
taken on a task that may have resound- 
ing results in Northampton for many 
years to come ... he is teaching 
several of the branch members to play 
the organ in the new chapel. 

President and Sister Joy F. Dunyon, 
the Central British Mission President 
and his wife, were among the hundred 
guests who filled the Northampton 
Chapel to help Brother and Sister Allen 

Millennial Star 

celebrate at their Silver Wedding 
Ball. A dinner and entertainments were 
part of the social evening. 

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- 
day Saints in Northampton has been 
asked, along with other religious 
groups in the town, to act as a receiv- 
ing base for clothing and other articles 
being collected for the World Refugee 
Fund for the Aged. Naturally, the 
Branch members welcomed this oppor- 
tunity of helping others outside the 

The Glemm Council (Gleaner/ 
Laurel-Ensign/M-Men Council) of the 
London Stake held their Glemm Day in 
February and filled the day with three 
exciting events. 

The day began with a few hours 
hard work on the South London build- 
ing site. In the afternoon the Glemms 
expended even more energy trying to 
keep upright at the Silver Blades Ice 
Rink in Streatham. 

The highlight of the day, however, 
was a dinner held in the Lecture Room 
of the Hyde Park Chapel. The menu 
was rather unusual, but none of the 
food was left. In the evening the 
young people joined other members of 
the London Stake at a Valentine's Day 
Ball, which was put on by the Hyde 
Park Ward. 

The Glemm Council has been 
operating in the London Stake for 
about a year, during which time they 
have provided some outstanding enter- 
tainment for the youth of the Stake. 
Among its successes last year were 
the Rose Prom, a Tramps' Ball and 
Barbecue, a day trip to Windsor 
Castle and an organised Guy Fawkes 

LONDON'S Hyde Park Chapel Cul- 
tural Hall was packed to the 
doors with enthusiastic young mem- 
bers of the various Stake MIAs for the 
Young Artist's Music Festival on 
Saturday, February 26. 

What was most encouraging was 
the fact that more than 20 groups of 
artistes took part in the programme, 
and the quality of the music presented 

Top branch 

AT the beginning of this year, 
kthe Editor of the "Millen- 
nial Star" issued a challenge to 
all of the "Star" agents through- 
out the British Isles. They were 
challenged to DOUBLE the sales 
of single copies of the "Star" in 
their Wards and Branches 

It was suggested to them that 
this challenge would last for 
three months; at the end of 
which time the agent who had 
increased his sales by the 
greatest amount WOULD BE 

For the months from January 
to March, the winning agent is 
R. Turver, of the York Branch. 
Over the period of these first 
three months of 1966, President 
Turver increased his order from 
an original 18 copies to 39 

This month we have posted to 
President Turver a complete set 
of "Doctrines of Salvation" (3 
volumes), by President Joseph 
Fielding Smith. 

Ward or Branch which shows the 
greatest increase in sales over 
the March order by the end of 
June will receive an award for 
their Library. 

Albans Vocal Group and then sang 
three solos. 

The Music Festival fell on the 5th 
birthday of the London Stake — which 
had earlier that day been commemorat- 
ed with a Temple outing — and the 
surprise of the evening was a slice of 
birthday cake for every person in the 

THERE is a saying that you can't 
keep a good man down. Sister 
Bernice West, of the South-West 
British Mission, has proved that this is 
no male prerogative. 

In private life, Sister Bernice runs a 
thriving Ladies' Hairdressing Salon. At 
a recent 14-day professional manicure 
course organised by the makers of 
"Revlon," Sister Bernice was one of 
nine girls selected from the profession 
to attend. 

At the end of the course she was 
awarded 1st place, with a rating of 
"Excellent," and the judge remarked 
that he had awarded her 100 per cent, 
extra rating for "going the extra 

In addition to this, Sister Bernice 
was awarded a special Gold Medal — 
only one of three ever awarded by 
"Revlon." Her marks were 900 out of a 
possible 900. 

Of the other eight girls— 6 failed, 
1 was rated "Good" and 1 rated "Fair." 

Sister Bernice is president of the 
South-West British Mission MIA 
Board, and is a member of the West 
European MIA Board. 


ranged from classical duets to modern 
popula: - music, from a German "round" 
to Indonesian and Japanese folk 
songs, from home-produced folk 
music to "songs from the shows." 

Each of the artistes in the two-and-a- 
half-hour programme was greeted with 
loud applause, but none so loudly as 
Elder Brown, who sang with the St. 


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parishes. Please contact: 
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Box 153, 
R.A.F. Lakenheath, Suffolk. 

April, 1966 

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April, 1966 

No man can assume 

the right to speak in the 

name of the Lord. 

In plain, unmistakable 

terms the Church declares 


a man must be 


of God, by prophecy, 
and by the laying on of 
hands, by those who 
are in authority' 


THE question of divine authority is one of the important 
factors which distinguish the Church of Jesus Christ 
from the Protestant creeds of Christendom. 

In plain unmistakable terms the Church declares that "a 
man must be called of God, by prophecy, and by the laying 
on of hands, by those who are in authority to preach the 
gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof." (Fifth 
Article of Faith.) 

In this declaration the Church but reiterates the words 
of one who bore Christ's authority in the Meridian of Time, 
and who, in writing upon this very question, said, "And no 
man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called 
of God, as was Aaron." (Hebrews 5:4.) 

Herein lies one secret of the strength of this great latter- 
day work. Its origin consists not in the whims, the desires, 
or the aspirations of men, but in the order and the will of 
Christ himself, the author of our eternal salvation. 

If one man could assume the right to speak in the name 
of the Lord, other men would have the same privilege. 
These many men, all presuming to say, "Thus saith the 
Lord," yet not seeing "eye to eye" on important elements 

of God's kingdom, the inevitable result would be con- 
fusion, and sincere men and women would be driven from, 
not attracted to Christ's Church, yet eventually would be 
made to suffer for not having obeyed the principles of life 
and salvation. 

Yet the real cause of their failure to accept these eternal 
principles would be the fact that unauthorised men arro- 
gated to themselves the right to officiate in things per- 
taining to God. 

Herein lies the explanation of the discordant condition 
existing among jarring creeds in the so-called Christian 
world today. Men who have no right so to do are officiating 
in the name of Christ. The result, of course, is confusion. 
Whatever else may be said of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 
the strength of his position in regard to divine authority 
must be recognised. 

The manner of restoring the priesthood in 1829 is strik- 
ingly in keeping with Christ's recognition of authority in 
the early Church. When, for example, the stricken Paul 
cried, "Lord, what wilt thou have me do?" the Saviour, 
although he could have easily told him what to do, recog- 
nised the authority he had given to man by saying, "Arise, 
and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou 
must do." (Acts 9:6.) 

In the city of Damascus was one Ananias, who had been 
commissioned to act in the name of Christ, and from him 
was Paul directed to receive instruction and guidance. 

So it was when Christ appeared to the Prophet Joseph. 
He did not confer authority direct but recognised John the 
Baptist, by whose authority Jesus himself had been bap- 
tised, and in the case of the Melchizedek Priesthood, Peter, 
James and John, unto whom he had given authority when 
he established his Church at Jerusalem. 

Thus men were made priests by him who alone has the 
right to say who shall officiate in his name. Literally, a 
"priest" is a mediator between God and man, and "priest- 
hood" is power and authority to administer in the name of 
the Lord. 

MENT. Every document such a one would sign in the name 
of the monarch, Parliament would repudiate as a forgery 
and would take steps immediately to have the usurper 
properly punished. 


If the world could but realise the full significance of the 
angel John's coming again to earth on May 15, 1829, multi- 
tudes who are praying for the kingdom of God to be estaD- 
lished among men would gratefully join in the commemora- 
tion of that heavenly manifestation. Their souls would 
respond to the ecstatic joy that Oliver Cowdery expresses 

Millennial Star 

in his description of that event, as follows ... 

"On a sudden, as from the midst of eternity, the voice 
of the Redeemer spake peace to us, while the veil was 
parted, and the angel of God came clothed with glory, and 
delivered the anxiously looked-for message, and the keys 
of the gospel of repentance. What joy! what wonder! what 
amazement! While the world was racked and distracted — 
while millions were groping as the blind for the wall, and 
while all men were resting upon uncertainty, 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 its brilliancy over the face of nature! 
Then his voice, though mild, pierced to the centre, and his 
words, 'I am thy fellow servant,' dispelled all fear. We 
listened, we gazed, we admired! 'Twas the voice of an 
angel from glory, 'twas a message from the Most High! 
And as we heard we rejoiced, while his love enkindled 
upon our souls, and we were wrapped in the vision of the 
Almighty! Where was room for doubt? Nowhere; the un- 
certainty had fled, doubt had sunk no more to rise, while 
fiction and deception had fled forever!" 

(Reprinted from the "Millennial Star" 1923.) 

Our conduct in 

our homes determines our 

worthiness to hold 

the Priesthood. Almost 

any man can make a good 

showing when on parade, before 

the public, but one's 


/s tested when 
'off-duty'. Let us 
honour the Priesthood 
in our homes 

Authority of God 

The Priesthood is the authority of God in heaven to the 
sons of man to administer in any of the ordinances of His 
house. There never was a man and never will be a man, in 
this or any other age of the world, who- has. power and 
authority to administer in one of the ordinances of the 
House of God, unless he is called of God . . . unless he has 
the Holy Priesthood and is administered to by those holding 
that authority. 

President Wilford Woodruff. 

Only legitimate power 

What is the Priesthood? It is the rule and government of 
God, whether on earth or in the heaven; and it is the only 
legitimate power, the only authority that is acknowledged 
by Him to rule and regulate the affairs of His Kingdom. 
When every wrong thing shall be put right and all usurpers 
shall be put down, when He whose right it is to reign shall 
take dominion, then nothing but the Priesthood will bear 
rule; it alone will sway the sceptre of authority in heaven 
and on earth, for this is the legitimacy of God. 

President John Taylor. 


I SHOULD like to make a few observations on the res- 
ponsibility of all whom God has honoured by per- 
mitting them to act for Him. 

There is need for courage and constancy in the midst 
of perilous and ominous world conditions. As I read of the 
Prophet Joseph Smith in Liberty Jail, I am inspired by the 
courage and faith which enabled him to carry on in spite of 
persistent and bitter persecution throughout his lifetime. 
When in Liberty Jail, where he spent many months, in 
1839, he felt that he had suffered about all that mortal man 
could endure. In an inspired appeal he prayed: 

"O God, where art thou? And where is the pavilion that 
covereth thy hiding place? 

"How long shall thy hand be stayed, and thine eye, yea 
thy pure eye, behold from the eternal heavens the wrongs 
of thy people and of thy servants, and thine ear be pene- 
trated with their cries? 

"Yea. O Lord, how long shall they suffer these wrongs 
and unlawful oppressions, before thine heart shall be soft- 
ened toward them?" (D. & C. 121:1-3.) 

And the Lord answered, with the understanding born of 

April, 1966 


"My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and 
thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; 

"And then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on 
high; thou shalt triumph over all thy foes." (D. & C. 121: 

In the 121st Section of the Doctrine and Covenants we 
have one of the most beautiful of all revelations: 

"Behold, there are many called, but few are chosen. And 
why are they not chosen? 

"Because their hearts are set so much upon the things of 
this world, and aspire to the honours of men, that they do 
not learn this one lesson — 

"That the rights of the priesthood are inseparably con- 
nected with the powers of heaven, and that the powers of 
heaven cannot be controlled nor handled only upon the 
principles of righteousness. 

"That they may be conferred upon us, it is true; but when 
we undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, our 
vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or com 
pulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any degree 
of unrighteousness, behold, the heavens withdraw them- 
selves; the Spirit of the Lord is grieved; and when it is 
withdrawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that 
man." (D. & C. 121:34-37.) 

Brethren of the priesthood, let us never exercise un- 
righteous dominion. Let us honour the priesthood in our 
own homes, in our attitudes towards our wives and child- 
ren, for there as elsewhere "when the Spirit is with- 
drawn, Amen to the priesthood or the authority of that 
man." The Spirit will not always strive with man but we 
should always strive to retain His Spirit in our homes, in 
our business, in all that we undertake to do. 

We must cleanse and purify our bodies and souls, and try 
to be worthy to be called sons of God and to hold the Holy 
Priesthood. I read on: 

"No power or influence can or ought to be maintained 
by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long- 
suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love un- 

"By kindness and pure knowledge, which shall greatly 
enlarge the soul without hypocrisy, and without guile — 

"Let thy bowels also be full of charity towards all men 
and to the household of faith, and let virtue garnish thy 
thoughts unceasingly; then shall thy confidence wax strong 
in the presence of God; and the doctrine of the priest- 
hood shall distil upon thy soul as the dews from heaven. 

"The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant companion, and 
thy sceptre an unchanging sceptre of righteousness and 
truth; and thy dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, 
and without compulsory means it shall flow unto thee for 
ever and ever. " (D. & C. 121:41, 42, 45, 46.) 

I never tire of reading or hearing this scripture because 
it is the direct word of the Lord to the men who hold the 
priesthood, telling us how to honour it, how to officiate 
under it, warning all against unrighteous dominion. 

I should like to say to the father that our conduct in our 
homes determines in large measure our worthiness to hold 
and exercise the priesthood, which is the power of God 
delegated to man. Almost any man can make a good show- 
ing when on parade, before the public, but one's integrity 
is tested when "off duty." The real man is seen and known 
in the comparative solitude of the home. An office or title 
will not erase a fault nor guarantee a virtue. 

True worth is in being, not seeming, 
In doing each day that goes by, 
Some little good, not in the dreaming, 
Of great things to do by and by. 

Whatever men say in their blindness, 
And in spite of the fancies of youth, 
There's nothing so Kingly as kindness, 
And nothing so Royal as truth. 

Let us never . . . 

"... undertake to cover our sins, or to gratify our pride, 
our vain ambition, or to exercise control or dominion or 
compulsion upon the souls of the children of men, in any 
degree of unrighteousness ..." (D. & C. 121:37.) 

The late President Joseph F. Smith wrote, "There is no 
office growing out of this priesthood that is or can be 
greater than the priesthood itself. It is from the priesthood 
that the office derives its authority and power. No office 
gives authority to the priesthood. No office adds to the 
power of the priesthood, but all offices in the Church derive 
their power, their virtue, their authority, from the priest- 
hood. The President of the Church carries on as Priesident 
by virtue of his priesthood." 

And now to you Drethren who preside in the Church, I 
should like to say a word — presidents of stakes, presidents 
of missions, bishops of wards, all who preside in any capac- 
ity — we urge you to recognise and use your counsellors. 
You will notice through all the organisation of the Church 
our Father in Heaven has provided that each presiding 
officer shall have two counsellors. We regret that occa- 
ionally we hear of a stake president, a mission president, 
a bishop or some presiding officer, who arrogates to him- 
self the honours which belong to the office he holds, who 
presides in a "one man" dictatorial way, forgetting his 
counsellors, neglecting to counsel with them, and thereby 
assuming all the honours of the presidency or bishopric 
and taking upon himself all the responsibility for decisions 
in which his counsellors should share 

There is wisdom and safety in counsel. Honour those 
with whom and over whom you preside. That we honour 
the priesthood and the office in it applies not only to our 
attitude toward those who preside over us but toward those 
over whom and with whom we preside. 

Let us preside with kindness, consideration, and love. 


Elder Hugh B. Brown is a member of the First Presidency 

of the Church of Jesus Christ. 

Millennial Star 

Let a man 

prove himself before 

God and his 

fellowman, and he will be 

called to a greater 

service - indeed 

there is no greater 

than the Priesthood, 
for the Priesthood is 
greater than any 
office in the Church 


CONVERSION is the occasion when the influence of the 
Holy Spirit moves a receptive heart to respond to its 
guidance; when the conscience of man, quickened by that 
same spirit, is compelled to recognise his position with 
respect to truth, accept it, and apply it to his life. 

What effect does this have on the individual. It demands 
an alteration in his personal behaviour; it becomes pos- 
sible for him, through introspection and reflection on the 
pattern of his own behaviour, over the past years of his life, 
to see "himself" as others do, and at this particular moment 
in his life, "as God does." 

However self critical he is, he will still be tempted to 
cling to his old ideas, and way of life. Habits formed over 
the years are hard to break. Courage born of conviction 
provides that breaking point, and a new ideal is created. 

He now sees himself as "God wants him to be" and 
accordingly seeks baptism into His church. He receives the 
Gift of the Holy Ghost, the means by which all inspiration 
and knowledge are received. This is his "spiritual birthday," 
the dawn of the day of his salvation From henceforth, if 
he remains faithful, he walks "in the light" 

Now let this man prove himself before God and his fellow- 
men and very soon the opportunity of even greater res- 
ponsibilities and blessings will be his. He will be called to 
a greater service yet — indeed there is no greater service 
than the Priesthood. The Priesthood is greater than any 
other office he will ever hold. It is an Eternal calling in an 
Eternal church, beside which all other offices — though part 
of and associated with it — are of temporary nature only. 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the finest 'self help" service 
there is, and the only way by which ultimate perfection in 
all things may be obtained. It is God's perfect plan for our 
perfection; indeed every thing that God has created, is 
perfect! To follow this plan faithfully is to achieve ultimate 

Through the Priesthood ho iearns how to know God and 
as a result, how to please Him. 

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the power of God unto 
salvation — and the part of the Gospel related to power is 
in the Priesthood. The Priesthood power of God delegated to 
man, to act in His name, the right to receive revelation 
from Him, for his own welfare, his home and family and the 
various callings he may have in the church. 

"No man can receive the Holy Ghost without receiving 
revelations. The Holy Ghost is a revelator! (History of the 
Church Vol. I, p: 338.) 

Without the Priesthood there is no revelation, without 
revelation there is no authorised church of God. 

Upon the shoulders of the Priesthood holder, then, rests 
this responsibility, that he, in effect, is the church. Through 
him the work of God must be done, it is the right and 
privilege of the Priesthood to take the lead in all the 
spiritual affairs of the church. God cannot come personally 
to the earth to do His work, the earth would be consumed 
at His presence. His work must be done by those to whom 
He has delegated His authority. 

How should the priesthood holder look upon his priest- 
hood. The Gospel of Jesus Christ possesses all "revealed 
truth," and this is his to obtain by prayerful study, and by 
full participation in the programme of the church. Truth is 
the rock foundation of every great character. It is the means 
by which the Priesthood holder may one day stand among 
the "noble and great ones." Its effect on the life of the 
individual cannot be over-estimated; it will endure forever 
and his own power to endure rests upon the knowledge he 
has of it. No man can be saved in ignorance. A knowledge 
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the "power" unto salva- 
tion, but it only comes into effect in his life, when it be- 
comes HIS LIFE 

He is instructed by the Lord to seek wisdom. 
"And as all have not faith, seek ye diligently and teach 
one another words of wisdom; yea, seek ye out of the best 
books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and 
also by faith." (D. & C. 88:111.) 

In his home the Priesthood holder must be prepared to 
take the lead in all spiritual matters; this is his responsibil- 
ity, and one that he cannot disregard — without incurring 

April, 1966 

greater responsibilities later. He is the presiding authority 
in the home and should exercise this authority in rightous- 
ness, thus setting his own house in order. Then the Spirit 
of God will be present, and evil will find no place therein. 

It is his duty to bring up his children in rightousness; 
they are his potential converts. Home to the Priesthood 
holder and his wife should be regarded as a mission field, 
where is wife is his companion and help-mate. 

Within the home she has her rights and privileges also, 
by delegation from him. There she should take every oppor- 
tunity to develop the leadership abilities that she will re- 
quire for future service in the church. 

The Priesthood holder must accept the fact that life is 
purposely a trial, a testing ground, a conflict for the spiritual 
survival of the family unit. In this matter the injunction 
of the Lord is clear, "Watch and pray lest ye enter into 
temptation." He should realise, as I am sure most members 
of the Priesthood do, that if the "evil one" can divide the 
homes of the Saints, he can divide the Wards and the 
Stakes; that nothing is defeated from without, but only 
from within. 

Fasting and prayer, faith and testimony, reverence and 
respect, all are nurtured and developed within the home. 
These are the assets of success. No parent can pass on 
to his children a greater blessing than that of a well 
ordered life. The potential for leadership in the spiritual 
affairs of God's Kingdom begin in the home. If a man is a 
good father, a good husband, he will make a good leader. 

If he holds the Melchizedek Priesthood, he should be 
WILLING AND ANXIOUS to take his wife and family to the 
Temple and be sealed to them for time and eternity. 

Then it is his duty to seek out his kindred dead and have 
the work done for them through the various services that 
are at his disposal with respect to Genealogical work. 

In the Ward, he has responsibilities also — and may I 
emphasise that the greater the responsibilities he accepts 
and lives up to, the greater will the blessing he will receive. 
The Lord cannot deny blessings that are merited in right- 

"I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when 
ye do not what I say, ye have no promise." (D. & C. 82:10.) 

His greatest responsibility however is in supporting the 
Bishop. If there is any person in the church who needs sup- 
port and encouragement it is the Bishop of the Ward. 

Associated with his Ward duties is his position as a 
Home Teacher. This gives ample opportunity for Priest- 
hood service, and its predominating purpose is the pre- 
vention of inactivity — as well as apply the cure for it. If 
this fact is accepted and his duties in this respect carried 
out faithfully, it will become an increasingly popular calling. 
If we can prevent the rust and corrosion of inactivity among 
our fellow brethren and sisters, we shall really be fulfill- 
ing the requirements of the first two great commandments 

— and upon these two hang all the law and the Prophets, and 
I am personally convinced that more blessings come through 
living up to their requirements than any other. 

By virtue of his Priesthood, every male member of the 
church is a missionary. First where he stands, he is a walk- 
ing, talking, living example of what the gospel can do for 
all who accept its truths and abide by them. There is no 
greater proselyting force than personal example. To quote 
the words of our Prophet: "We may preach, we may write 
and publish books; but the most effective way of preaching 
the Gospel to the peoples of the world is by example." 

The purpose of the Gospel is to make wicked men, good 
men, and good men, even better! The Priesthood gives to 
men the right to save souls, and the authority also. But 
only knowing the Gospel and living it gives to him the 
ability to do so. 

Every member of the Priesthood is a link, a vital link, 
in the chain that shall one day bind evil for a thousand 

"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the 
key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 

"And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which 
is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years." 
(Revelation 20: 1-2.) 

The importance of this particular revelation from John 
should be fully understood by every member of the Priest- 
hood, for they are the links in this chain. In the unity of 
the Priesthood lies its greatest individual and collective 
power. A chain is no stronger than its weakest link. 

On the line of authority held by every member of the 
Priesthood are the names of many of the "noble and great 
ones" who have gone before us Some of them still dwell 
with us to encourage us by their outstanding leadership, 
and personal example. Every one of them had, and has, 
divine ideals, this makes it a line of inspiration also and 
with such incentive we cannot fail. 

Heading this line of authority is the one and only name 
by which man can be saved and exulted, our Lord and 
Saviour, Jesus Christ. 


Elder Ralph Mount has been a member of the Church all 
his life. He has served in many positions in the Church, 
and is currently a member of the London Stake High Council. 

The last elder 

It it were necessary — though I do not expect the neces- 
sity will ever arise — and there was no man left on earth 
holding the Melchizedek Priesthood, except an elder, that 
elder, by the inspiration of the Spirit of God and by the 
direction of the Almighty could proceed, to organise the 
Church of Jesus Christ in all its perfection, because he 
holds the Melchizedek Priesthood. 

President Joseph F. Smith. 

Millennial Star 

Son, many 

wonderful things can 

come to those who 

five clean lives and receive 

the Priesthood. 

It is a great honour - 

indeed, a greater 

than to be awarded 
a medal 
or gain a prize 
at school 


YOU'RE a good navigator, David." 
I put my arm round the shoulders of my seven and 
a half year old son and gave him a hug of appreciation 
as we pulled up in front of the St. Alban's Chapel, where 
I had a Sabbath Day assignment. We had travelled from 
our home in south London, and whenever opportunities such 
as this presented themselves I let David navigate and tell 
us the turns to take and the road to follow. 

Apart from making him keen to look for landmarks and 
remember routes, it strengthened the bond between us . . . 
and helped me to do a spot of navigating, too, along the 
road of life — David's life. 

We talked a lot as we drove, about the countryside, 
school, food, but especially about the Gospel. With bap- 
tism only a signpost away, and the Aaronic Priesthood only 
a little further on, I felt the great responsibility and privilege 
I had of making straight the path that would lead our son 
safely and preparedly to these momentous occasions in 
his life. 

"Ever heard about the nine steps, Dave?" I asked him 
one day as we sped along a country road. "No, Dad," he 

grinned, "but it looks as though I soon shall." How right 
he was, for we spent the rest of that journey, and many 
other journeys too, talking about the nine steps. 

"The first step, son, is Faith, like David in the Bible 
had when he fought Goliath, and Daniel when he was cast 
into the den of lions, and like the boy Joseph had when he 
knelt to pray in the grove. Someone who has faith in Jesus 
loves Him, wants to be like Him, and do the things He did. 

"The second step is Repentance, because when we know 
what is right we have to stop doing the things that we 
shouldn't do and show that we are really sorry for them. 
Then we are ready for the third step which is called Bap- 

David's eyes lit up. "I'm eight in June, Dad. then I can 
be baptised and I'll be on the third step." 

"Only if you've climbed up the first two. Dave." I re- 
plied, but I knew he would make it if we helped him and 
guided him. He was eager to learn, but we had to be eager 
to teach 

We talked about the fourth step, but I guess it was a 
little harder for him to visualise the Holy Ghost and what 
he could do for him after he was baptised. Th'at would 
come; he would get the same burning in his breast as his 
parents had experienced when they embraced the Gospel. 
How grateful we were to be able to raise our boy in the 
Church, and when the time came, to exerise our patriarchal 
right to baptise and confirm him. 

"What about the next steps, Dad? You've only told me the 
first four and I'm there now." 

Yes, he was there now, but where would he be at 
eighteen, at twenty-eight, at . . "What about the next steps, 
Dad? I'm eight now." My reverie ended abruptly as the 
question came again. Now we were sitting together on the 
beach, throwing stones in the sea, resting after a hectic 
race along the sand. How treasured are these teaching 
moments that strengthen the bonds of understanding be- 
tween father and son. 

"The fifth step, Dave, is marked Deacon, and that means 
holding the Aaronic Priesthood, and helping the Bishop, 
and having the authority and the right to do the Lord's 
work. You remember when Jesus went with his parents to 
the Temple in Jerusalem when he was twelve. They lost 
him. didn't they, and after much searching they found him 
conversing with the elders in the Temple. 'Wist ye not that 
I must be about my father's business.' he asked them. 

"Yes, the Lord has a great work to do here on earth, the 
business of setting up His Kingdom, but He can only do this 
with the help of those who are willing and worthy to help. 
These are the ones to whom the Lord entrusts His Priest- 
hood. What a great privilege and blessings it is to be able 
to serve the Lord and prepare the way for Him to come 
again in all His glory." 

Was ! going too fast? I thought. 

No, the next four years would slip away and he'd be 
"there" again. I realised that a lot of what I was saying 
would bounce off rather than penetrate, but David's Sunday 

April. 1966 

School teachers would help, and so would his Primary 
teacher, and those wonderful Home Evening programmes 
we enjoy so much. It would all fit in . . . and so would the 
sixth, seventh and eighth steps, as we went on to talk 
about Teacher, Priest .and Elder, the offices through which 
he would progress in the Priesthood. 

"It sounds exciting, Dad, to think that I shall be able to 
hold the same Priestnood that the people in the Bible had. 
Shall 1 have wonderful things happen to me like they did?" 

"That's a very good question, Dave, but to answer it I 
would like to ask you some questions. 

"Don't you think it is wonderful that when the Deacons 
pass the Sacrament on Sundays that they are doing the 
very thing that the Saviour did at the Last Supper? 

"And when the Home Teachers come round, isn't it won- 
derful to think that they are helping the Lord to watch 
over His Church, just as the Apostle Paul in the Bible said 
they should? 

"And how about when you were baptisted; remember it 
had to be someone holding the Priesthood who baptised 
you, just like John the Baptist who baptised Jesus. 

"And when you were sick and asked to be administered 
co; it was through the laying on of hands by the elders 
holding the Priesthood that you were made well. 

"Yes, all these wonderful things, and many more, come 
to those who live clean lives and receive the Priesthood. 
It is indeed a great honour to hold the Priesthood, a 
greater honour than to be awarded a medal or gain a prize 
at school. We are all sons of God and He is happy when 
He sees His sons preparing for the Priesthood as you are 

"How am I going to remember all the steps, Dad?" 

"Write them down, son, on a card, and put it in your 
top pocket. Just have a peek at it occasionally, and if you 
can't understand the speaker in a Sacrament meeting, just 
set to learning the nine steps. 

"I'll soon know them," he assured me. 

And he did, and the ninth step too, which was marked 
Temple. And what fine discussions we have had on each 
of the steps as his understanding has increased. Pointing 
out the various times in the meetings when the Priesthood 
was exercised helped to illustrate and exemplify the things 
we talked about. Another effective means was to take 
stories from the Bible and the Book of Mormon to show 
how the Priesthood operated in the lives of those people. 
Then there are the thrilling pioneer stories of faith and 
devotion and the power of the Priesthood manifest in the 
lives of the early saints. David lapped them up; what boy 
cannot picture himself as a pioneer on the wild frontier 

confronted by all manner of perils'. 

But how many boys can face the world around them, 
fortified by prayer, both family prayer and private prayer, 
and sanctified by partaking of the sacrament worthily and 
justified by a desire to serve his Heavenly Father? 

Only those who have been taught from early years what 
the Lord expects of them, and what high goals they can 


In three months' time David will be twelve, and how he is 
looking forward to having the Aaronic Priesthood conferred 
upon him and being ordained to the office of Deacon. 
No, it won't come as a shock to him, for the Priesthood is 
already part of his life; he has seen it in action. 

Four years have come and gone in a flash, and so will the 
next few with their Teacher, Priest and Elder. 

There's a mission ahead, too, and Temple marriage, but 
the seeds are already planted and will blossom in due time. 

Thank you, Primary, for teaching him the Articles of 
Faith and the many other things he will take with him as he 
graduates to Mutual. Thank you, Sunday School, for matur- 
ing the seed. Thank you, Bishop, for the kindly word of 
encouragement and the invitation to join in Aaronic Priest- 
hood sporting activities during the vital year. Thank you, 
President McKay, for inspiring the Family Home Evenings 
where we have helped each other to grow in the Gospel. 

Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity of helping one of 
your children prepare to hold your Priesthood. 


Elder Derek A. Cuthbert is 1st Counsellor to President Joy 
F. Ounyon of the Central British Mission Presidency. Elder 
Cuthbert was the first president of the Leicester Stake, 
and became a member of the London Stake Presidency 
when he moved to live in south London. 


The Priesthood is everlasting. The Saviour, Moses and 
Elias gave the keys to Peter, James and John, on the 
mount, when they were transfigured before him. The Priest- 
hood is everlasting — without beginning of days or end of 
years; without father, mother, etc. If there is no change 
of ordinances, there is no change of Priesthood. Wherever 
the ordinances of the Gospel are administered, there is the 

Prophet Joseph Smith. 

Eternal power 

Our Heavenly Father performs all His works — the creation 
of worlds, the redemption of worlds — by the power of the 
eternal Priesthood. And no man on the earth, from the days 
of Father Adam to the present time, has ever had the power 
to administer in any of the ordinances of the Gospel of life 
and salvation only by the power of the Holy Priesthood. 
You will find this to be the case in the whole history of 
the prophets of God. 

President Wilford Woodruff. 

Millennial Star 


by Max A. Bryan 


THE law of tithing is of ancient 
origin with an early account of its 
observance dating from the time of 
Abraham and Melchizedek down to the 
time of Christ. As Abraham was return- 
ing from a victorious battle, he was 
met by Melchizedek, king of Salem, 
and priest of the most high God, who 
blessed him, and to whom Abraham 
"gave a tenth part of all." (Heb. 
7:1-2.) Jacob, made a promise with 
the Lord to pay a tenth of all that 
should come unto him: "And of all that 
thou shalf give me I will surely give 
the tenth unto thee." (Gen. 28:22.) 

The commandment given of the Lord 
to Moses for the children of Israel was 
very clear regarding the payment of 
tithing. "And all the tithe of the land, 
whether of the seed of the land, or of 
the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's: it 
is holy unto the Lord . . . And concern- 
ing the tithe of the herd, or of the 
flock, even of whatsoever passeth 
under the rod, the tenth shall be holy 
unto the Lord." (Lev. 27:30-32.) 

The prophet Malachi was deeply con- 
cerned with the people of his day be- 
cause of their neglect of this law, and 
through him the Lord accused the 
people of having robbed Him. He 
promised them however, blessings be- 
yond their ability to receive if they 
would keep the law. "Will a man rob 
God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye 
say, Wherein have we robbed thee? 
In tithes and offerings. Ye are cursed 
with a curse: for ye have robbed me. 
even this whole nation. Bring ye all 
the tithes into the storehouse, that 
there may be 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 e 
blessing, that there shall not be room 
enough to receive it." (Mai. 3:7-10.) 

In this, the dispensation of the full- 
ness of times, the Lord has again 

spoken regarding the law of tithing. 
The following revelation was given to 
the Prophet Joseph Smith in answer to 
prayer, July 8, 1838. "And this shall 
be the beginning of the tithing of my 
people. And after that those who have 
thus been tithed shall pay one-tenth 
of all their interest annually; and this 
shall be standing law unto them for- 
ever, for my holy priesthood, saith the 
Lord." (D. & C. 119:3-4.) 

This day has been called by the Lord 
"a day of sacrifice, and a day for the 
tithing of my people; for he that is 
tithed shall not be burned at his com- 
ing." (D. & C. 64:25.) 

The payment of an honest tithing 
should be a sacred duty to each mem- 
ber of the Church, and understood as a 
law that must be kept to have happi- 
ness in this life and eternal life here- 
after. The question is sometimes 
asked: How should I pay my tithing? 
The answer is simply stated in the 
June 1964 issue of the "Improvement 
Era" for those who do not have access 
to other of the Church books and publi- 
cations. "The paying of the tithing is a 
simple matter, even the weakest 
among us know what the tenth of a 
dollar is. Therefore out of every dollar 
we receive as a wage or increase no 
matter from what source, one-tenth 
part belongs to the Lord, taxes witheld 
included. The self-employed person will 
take an inventory of his substance, 
total his expenses from all sources, 
determine his profit, and pay one-tenth 
of his "intake" free from expenses to 
the Lord " (President Joseph Fielding 

Melchizedek Priesthood Ouorums 
have as one of their objectives: The 
keeping of the Church members in the 
way of their full duty and to help them 
walk uprightly before the Lord 
Ouorum Presidencies and Group 
Leaders are responsible for the spirit- 

ual and temporal well-being of all over 
whom they preside. They are to lead 
their quorum members to eternal life 
in the celestial kingdom. (Melchizedek 
Priesthood Handbook, age 19) There- 
fore, in teaching the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ to their members, they have the 
sacred charge to understand and live 
the law of tithing, and by precept and 
example teach it to the quorum mem- 
bers and their families. The following 
are but a few of the benefits derived 
from the payment of tithing: 

1. Tithing is a law of the Lord unto 
his people and must be observed 
to fully participate in the pro- 
gramme of the Church. Full partici- 
pation is required for baptism into 
the Church, receiving of and ad- 
vancing in the priesthood, receiving 
a temple recommend, and to 
qualify for an executive or presid- 
ing leadership position 

2. Tithing is God's way of financing 
his Church All members contribute 
according to their income and abil- 
ity to pay, and share in the bless- 
ings of careing for the sick, aged, 
and infirm, the widows and home- 
less children, and in the building 
and maintaining of hospitals, 
schools, temples, and Churches. 

3. Tithing is the Lord's way of bless- 
ing his people. The paying of an 
honest tithe is a great developer 
of faith and helps one to obtain a 
burning testimony of the truthful- 
ness of the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ and the divine mission of 
the Prophet Joseph Smith. Spiritual 
power and character development 
can be acquired, and the love of 
God and fellow men increased 
through the observance of the law 
of tithing. 

Always: remember to: "Honour the 
Lord with thy substance, and with the 
first fruits of all thine increase. 

April. 1966 

So youre the new Branch President 

Spreading the load 

by the South London Ward Bishopric 

THE old proverb tells us that "two 
heads are better than one." In 
more recent time, the Lord has desig- 
nated that, in fact, three heads are the 
best combination for the good running 
of the Church, of a Stake, of Ward or 
Branch, or of an Auxiliary. For this 
reason each Bishop or Branch Presid- 
ent has TWO counsellors to share with 
him in the organisation and control 
of auxiliaries and in the building up of 
the kingdom of God in their special 
corner of His vineyard. 

Too often we hear of Bishops and 
Branch Presidents adopting a dictator- 
ial attitude in their Branch; keeping 
all the controls in their own hands; 
never relinquishing any of the respon- 
sibility to their Counsellors or to the 
auxiliary heads which they have called. 

We know from sad experience of 
Counsellors who have had the fire of 
enthusiasm dampened out by being 
given a task to perform only to find 
later that the Branch President went 
on to carry it out himself. 


We often hear the expression used 
by the controllers of our electricity or 
gas supply, "Spreading the load." This 
should be the maxim of every Bishop 
and Branch President. NO ONE MAN IS 

What do we mean by delegation? 

There are three basic concepts funda- 
mental to the art. of delegation ... 
Authority, Responsibility, Accounta- 

AUTHORITY: Each one of you, as the 
Branch President, has been given 
authority to act in the name of the 
Church in the Branch over which you 
are the head. While you are running 
your Branch efficiently the Church will 
not interfere. When you delegate some 
of that duty to your Counsellors, you 
delegate some of your authority . . . 
you give your Counsellors the 
AUTHORITY to act on your behalf. Just 
as the Church would never interfere 
with your authority, neither should 
you, in turn, neutralise the authority of 
your Counsellors. 

Imagine, for instance, what would 
happen to a Branch if the District 
Presidency were constantly changing 
the instructions given by a Branch 
President to his Branch members. In 
next to no time, the members would 
lose faith in their Branch President. 
Whenever he asked them to do some- 
thing, they would say to themselves, 
"I won't do that until I find out what 
the District Presidency has to say 
about it." 

Such is the lot, also, of the Coun- 
sellor, who, invested with authority by 
his Branch President, is never given 
the opportunity of carrying out a pro- 
gramme without having his authority 

And so the first principle of delega- 

Of course, your choice of Counsel- 
lors is important. They should be 
supremely reliable, otherwise your 
trust in them becomes misplaced. 

RESPONSIBILITY: Although you give 
to your Counsellors the task of watch- 

ing over one or other of the auxiliaries 
and acting on your behalf in the or- 
ganisation and control of those auxilia- 
ries, this does not mean that you no 
longer have any responsibility for the 
good running of that auxiliary. You, as 
the Branch President, CANNOT 
AUXILIARY. After all, you are fully 
responsible to the Church for the good 
order of your Branch. In other words, 
if anything goes wrong "you carry the 

BUT, and this is important, JUST 

Also a good line of communication 

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must always be maintained. Because 
authority and responsibility have been 
delegated, this does not mean that 
you have "passed the baby" and you 
can now forget about it. The Counsel- 
lor in the Branch Presidency should 
know what is going on in the auxilia- 

ries for which he is responsible . . . 
not by exerting his "authority," but by 
being present at meetings — prepara- 
tion and planning meetings, prayer 
meetings — and by keeping his ears 
and eyes open, by having informed 
talks with officers and by making sug- 

And this brings us to the third con- 
cept of delegation — ACCOUNTABIL- 

Accountability means that the per- 
son to whom you give authority and 
responsibility must answer to you for 
the conduct of his affairs. Thus, if you 
make a Counsellor responsible for an 
auxiliary, he is accountable to YOU for 
the success or failure of that auxiliary. 

Now this is the THEORY of delega- 

tion. How does it work in practice? 
Let's go into this in detail. 

As a Branch Presidency, you should 
adopt from the outset the attitude that 
you are all three "Presidents," each 
one fully responsible for the organisa- 
tion and running of a portion of the 
Church programme. The Branch Presi- 
dent assigns each of his two Counsel- 
lors specific departments of the pro- 
gramme as their responsibility . . . one 
Counsellor, for instance, being placed 
in charge of the Sunday School and 
Primary (this is a good combination, 
since these two auxiliaries have close 
connections in the teaching of young 
children), and the other having control 
of the MIA, Scouts and the Branch 
Budget programmes. 

This leaves the Branch President 
specifically responsible for the Relief 
Society (and he is the only 'member 
of the Branch priesthood who has the 
right to attend Relief Society meet- 
ings) and — his most important calling 
— the Aaronic Priesthood. 

Within these specific fields, each 
member of the Presidency has com- 
plete control and is fully responsible 
for the good order of the auxiliaries. 
The Counsellor has the authority to 
effect changes in the teaching staff, 
the secretaries and the directors in the 
auxiliary for which he is responsible 
without necessarily having first to 
bring them to the notice of the Branch 

Naturally, at any one of the weekly 
Branch Presidency meetings, these 
changes are reported and noted in the 
minutes of the meeting. Comments and 
reasons are specified, and approval 
given. Should a Counsellor feel that 
changes should be made in the presid- 
ency of an auxiliary, he has the author- 
ity to make preliminary moves 
(possibly a discussion with Stake or 
District leaders who could be helpful 
in leading the Counsellor to make the 
right decision), but he is expected to 
discuss these major changes with the 
full Presidency. However, since he 
should be close to the problem and 
know all the facts, his suggested 
changes would usually be adopted . . . 
unless either of the other members of 
the Presidency know of any reason 

/continued on page 140 

April, 1966 


by Christine H. Robinson 

Summer lessons 

Last year, for the first time, a 
unified summer Relief Society 
lesson programme was widely followed 
throughout the British Isles. Most of 
the Societies in stakes and missions 
that followed this suggested pro- 
gramme found that it brought them 
many blessings and advantages. Many 
letters and comments were received 
confirming that the programme: 

a. Provided a means of continuity 
which had been lacking in pre- 
vious years. Relief Society atten- 
dance, like many other things 
becomes a habit. When we did 
not hold regular Relief Society 
meetings during the summer 
months, it required a considerable 
amount of momentum to get the 
programme going again in the 

b. Enabled the Societies to assist 
importantly in fellowshipping new 
converts who were baptized 
during the summer months. 

c. Provided a means for expanding 
the Relief Society programme 
into areas which might not other- 
wise have been possible, i.e. our 
lessons on nutrition helped the 
sisters to count calories and im- 
prove their diets and our pro- 
gramme of physical exercises 
were received with enthusiasm. 
Several of our Societies held 
sewing classes and demonstra- 
tions in which many of the sisters 
made clothing for themselves for 
the first time. 

d. Provided the opportunity for 
sisters who were relatively new 
in the church to enlarge their 
Gospel knowledge and to partici- 
pate each month in testimony 

1966 Summer Programme 

Again this year following the advice 
and counsel of our supervisors Presi- 
dents Mark E. Petersen and Bruce R. 
McConkie, summer lessons will be 

The lessons being planned are: 

1. Theology The Book of Mormon 
covering 1 Nephi and the first part 
of 2 Nephi. This will cover the 
period of time when Lehi and his 
family left Jerusalem, found the 
promised land and covers Lehi's 
blessings upon his children before 
he passed away. 

All of us need to enlarge our know- 
ledge of the Book of Mormon. The 
summer months should provide an 
opportunity for us to engage in 
some intensive study of this won- 
derful book. We hope also it will 
encourage many of our members 
to continue reading this scripture 
and to become really acquainted 
with it. 

2. Visiting Teacher Messages Book of 
Mormon Gems of Truth. The Visit- 
ing Teacher messages for the 

summer will be taken from the 
Book of Mormon and will cover 
such subjects as: 1. Giving service 
to one another; 2. Following the 
words of Christ; 3. The Lord will 
comfort our troubled hearts if we 
are faithful; 4. Importance of re- 
fraining from judging one another. 
These Visiting Teacher messages 
will tie in with the Theology 
lessons and will help to provide 
another course of study on the 
Book of Mormon which in the 
Prophet Joseph Smith's own words 
is " . . . the most correct of any 
book on earth and the keystone of- 

our religion." 

3. Literature Latter-day Saint Church 
History. For our literature lessons 
this summer we shall study Latter- 
day Saint Church History from the 
first vision to the organization of 
the Church. These lessons will 
include, " The Vision ". " Cumorah 
and the Golden Book ", " Ancient 
Plates " and " Witnesses ". 

This brief introduction to Church 
history will tie in very well with 
the Theology lessons and with the 
Visiting Teacher messages. 

4. Social Science Essentials for 
Happy Family Living. The Social 
Science lessons will cover such 
topics as the sacredness of home 
and family ties, training our child- 
ren in spirituality, the place of the 
mother and father in the home and 
family co-operation. 

Lessons to appear in " Millennial Star " 

All of these lessons will be available 
to members of Relief Society through 
the " Millennial Star ". It is suggested 
that Relief Society Presidents en- 
courage members who are not now 
subscribers to make sure they have 
access to this fine magazine. By estab- 
lished policy, some of the missions 
have given permission to each branch 
and district to provide two subscrip- 
tions for their Societies from regular 
Relief Society funds. 
Work Meeting Lessons and Activities 

The Work Meeting lessons will 
appear as usual in the Relief Society 
magazine and will be a continuation 
of the present lessons " Development 
through Home Making Education ". 

As you plan your monthly Work 
Meeting activities you will find it ad- 
vantageous to select a project which 

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can be completed during the summer 
months, i.e. You might like to arrange 
for a course in first aid to be given 
by a professional. You could contact 
your local hospital or St. John Ambu- 
lance for such a person. 

Those of you who have not taken 
sewing classes recently might like to 
arrange for a special project in this 

The summer months are also an 
ideal time to arrange visits to factory, 
bakery, butcher shop, telephone ex- 
change, local stately homes, palaces, 
and other such trips which are both 
interesting and educational. 

Summer Visiting Teaching 

The summer period is a particularly 
appropriate time to re-organize, re- 
activate and revitalize the Visiting 
Teaching programme. Days are long, 
habits of regular Visiting Teaching 
formed during the summer will tend 
to carry over during the rest of the 
year. All of our sisters need to ex- 
perience the feeling of friendship and 
personal interest which the Visiting 
Teacher programme makes possible. 
The summer months are an ideal time 
for the ward or branch presidencies 
of Relief Societies to visit the sisters 
in their homes. The ward or branch 
president of Relief Society and one 
of her counsellors might like to visit 
the sisters in the various Visiting 
Teacher districts by taking a district 
each month. This will make it possible 
for them to cover four districts during 
the summer. 

Let us employ these wonderful 
summer months to make our Relief 
Societies even more effective. 

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Message 72: "He That Seeketh Me Early Shall Find Me, 
and Shall Not Be Forsaken." (D. & C. 88:83.) 
Objective: To stress the importance of seeking and finding 
the Lord as early as possible. 


a. We must seek the Lord to find him. 

b. Blessings come through seeking and finding the 
Lord early in life. 

c. Many great leaders in the Lord's work sought and 
found the Lord early in their lives. 

d. Mothers have a responsibility to teach children at 
an early age to seek the Lord earnestly and dili- 


a. Discuss thought No. A including question No. A. 

b. List on the blackboard the blessings that come 
through praying to the Lord early in life. 

c. Assign a sister to give a brief account of a great 
leader who sought the Lord early in life (Jesus, 
Joseph Smith, David, Samuel, Solomon). 

d. Discuss thought No. D, and include question No. D. 


It is the duty of the mother to teach love of the gospel 
to the children in the home at an early age. 


a. Why is it necessary to seek the Lord? 

b. What blessings come through praying to the Lord 
early in life? 

c. Why did the Lord call many of his great leaders 
early in life? 

d. Why is it important that we teach our children to 
seek the Lord early? 


Lesson 72: The First Presidency — Keys of the Kingdom — 

(Text D. & C. 90, 91 & 92.) 

Objective: To understand the place of the keys of the Priest- 
hood in the gospel plan. 

a. Tne keys of tne Hriestnood form the power to direct 
tne use or tne mesinooa. Witnout tnese keys tne 
Lora s Uiiurch wouia not oe a kingdom ot order. 

b. Tnere is oniy one man at a time on earth who is 
allowed to use all of tne keys, to receive revelation 

and direct tne activities ot tne Church. Preparation 
has been made for the orderly passing on of the 

c. The Priesthood ordination gives the power to act. 
However, to use this authority consent must be 
given by the presiding officer. 

d. The advice given to the brethren in verses 17, 18 
and 24 are equally suitable in our lives. 

e. Joseph Smith was instructed that it was "not need- 
ful" to translate the Apocrypha. ISec. 9.) 


The latter part of Section 90 and Sections 91 and 92 
should not take much class time. It might be well to 
make two minute assignments to three sisters to make 
brief short comments on the last part of Section 90 
and Sections 91 and 92. 


The more we learn of our duties in the Church and grow 
in understanding, the more we see wherein we may 
make our lives better and happier. 


Lesson 17: Two Worlds as One. 

Objective: To point out the need of sharing ones world in 
the bettering of human relationship. 


This lesson points out how natural differences in the 
respective roles of man and woman tend to create two 
distinct worlds of interest. It also gives some sugges- 
tions for unifying their lives and shows that gospel 
living is the most important factor in molding and main- 
taining their two worlds as one. 


a. It is important that all couples (1) recognise the 
forces that tend to separate man and wife; (2) 
take positive steps to keep their companionship 
close and rewarding. 

b. Both husband and wife must recognise the need to 
make wise adjustments. 

c. All couples should reserve some time for private 
discussions of family problems and of their own 
personal goals. 

d. The willingness to share one's world has meaning 
in the relationships other than that of husband and 
wife. For instance, the mature woman living alone 
may enrich her life by a wise sharing of interest 
with neighbours or with close friends. 


a. This lesson may be deveiopea tnrough discussion 

and by special assignment. 
Suggested scripture reference: 

And if a kingdom cannot be divided against itself, that 
kingdom cannot stand. 
And if a house be divided against itself, that house can- 

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not stand. (Mark 3:24-25.) 

c. The many case studies used in the lesson to illus- 
trate an ideal or a problem, might be assigned to in- 
dividual members for oral reading in the class. The 
class leader would guide the discussion through 
questions which would help to bring a solution to 
the problem. 

c. Make these case studies live. 


APART of human nature that some find difficult to 
overcome is that section of our thoughts that leads us 
to find fault with our fellow saints, to gossip about them", 
to say unkind things about them behind their backs. Natu r - 
ally, we are all striving to become perfect, for this was the 
commandment given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. Never- 
theless, there is still a small portion of backbiting left in 
our Wards and Branches, and this small portion can spread 
like a cancer to destroy the whole Branch. 

Joseph L. Townsend realised this when, as he was labour- 
ing in the superintendency of a large Sunday School, he 
heard a number of fault-finding remarks among the people. 
It occurred to him how much finer it would be if he could 
hear kind words spoken more often. With this thought in 
mind he wrote a song which has been translated into many 
languages . . . "Let us oft speak kind words." Some have 
called this his best sermon: it is said to have stopped the 
gossiping tongues of the people in his home town and pro- 
duced a kindlier feeling. 

Let us oft speak kinds to each other 

At home or wher-e're we may be: 

Like the warblings of birds on the heather, 

The tones will be welcome and free. 

They'll gladden the heart that's repining, 

Give courage and hope from above, 

And where the dark clouds hide the shining, 

Let in the bright sunlight of love. 

There is probably no phase of Mormon history or theo'ogy 
that has not been developed in songs and hymns. This 
tendency is nowhere more strikingly shown than in the 
songs of Joseph Townsend, for they cover the subjects of 
love, fealty, valour, rewards, reverence, restoration, the 
Lord's bounty, adoration of the Saviour, and many other 

O the kind words we give shall in memory live 

And sunshine forever impart; 

Let us oft speak kind words to each other, 

Kind words are sweet tones of the heart. 

The whole range of Joseph Townsend's writings is de- 
veloped along these lines — of kind words, of sunshine, 
of sweet tones of the heart. Whether he was writing a 
Sacrament hymn, such as "Reverently and Meekly Now," 
or music for a funeral such as "0 What Songs of the 

Heart," or the powerful theme of "The Iron Rod," which was 
based on Lehi's dream in the Book of Mormon, whatever 
he was writing Joseph Townsend found beauty and love in 
the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Equally as beautiful as the poetry of "Let us oft speak 
kind words," is the delicate music of Ebenezer Beesley. 

Brother Beesley caught the spirit of the song and fitted 
it to a melody that has captured the hearts of Latter-day 
Saints throughout the world. 

Brother Beesley was born at Bicester in Oxfordshire on 
December 14, 1840. As a child he developed a great talent 
for music, a talent that first became evident when he was 
only two years old. The meeting of the Wesleyan Choir 
in the home of his parents naturally helped in the develop- 
ment of his talent. 

At the age of six some influential ladies offered to have 
him trained as a choir boy at St. George's Chapel at 
Windsor. But he was the only living child of his parents 
and they refused to part with him. Probably that refusal 
was inspired, for it changed the whole course of the lives 
of the Beesley family. Within a few short years they had 
accepted the teachings of the missionaries and had joined 
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Ebenezer, 
himself, was baptised on September 22, 1849 . . . and thus 
another beautiful talent was added to the strength of the 
Church. The Beesley family emigrated to Utah in 1859. 

Brother Beesley was soon thrown headlong into the 
world of music in the Church. He lead the singing of his 
Ward Sunday School; he revised and prepared music for 
the "Juvenile Instructor;" he directed his Ward Choir, he 
was studying the violin under Professors C. J. Thomas and 
George Careless, a fellow Englishman; he was busy com- 
posing Sunday School music, and compiling song books for 
the Sunday School and the MIA. 

Indeed, his life was full. And then in 1880 he was called 
to direct the Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir, and for more 
than nine years he directed the destinies of that great 
organisation. In this he joined other British musicians and 
composers — such as George Careless and Evan Stephens — 
who have had the privilege of directing this great choir in 
the past. 

Like the warblings of birds on the heather, 

The tones will be welcome and free. 

Like the murmur of cool, pleasant fountains, 

The fall in sweet cadences near. 

These words describe perfectly the gentleness of 
Brother Beesley's music for the song which we are studying 
this month. 

"1. Have the sisters sing the song "Let lis oft speak kind 

words " 
2. Discuss the purpose behind the writing of the song; 

what does it mean; what does it tell us; is it applicable 

in our lives today. 

PRAYER is a source of spiritual 
power and mental peace. It is our 
most sincere expression faith in 
God and in His promises that if we 
ask, we will receive, if we knock, it 
will be opened unto us. 

Dr. Alexis Carrel describes prayer as 
"The most powerful form of energy 
that one can generate. The influence of 
prayer on the human mind and body 
can be measured in terms of increased 
physical boyancy, greater intellectual 
vigour, moral stamina and deeper un- 
derstanding of the realities underlying 
human relationships." 

In talking with His disciples at the 
last supper, Jesus exhorted them to 
abide in Him so that He might abide 
in them. He used the illustration of 
the vine and its branches pointing out 
to His disciples that He was the vine 
and they the branches. "As the branch 
cannot bear fruit of itself except it 
abide in the vine; no more can ye, 
except ye abide in me," He said. He 
then warned them that "without me ye 
can do nothing." (John 15:4, 5.) 
We Need the Lord's Spirit 

In our Sunday Schools, as we fulfil 
our great responsibility of teaching the 
Gospel of Jesus Christ, we cannot 
expect to be successful unless we 
have the Lord's spirit with us. Without 
Him we can do nothing. We depend on 
Him and upon His guidance. Conse- 
quently, the atmosphere of our Sunday 
School must be a spiritual one and our 
attitudes as Sunday School officers and 
teachers must be solidly welded in 

What steps can we take to assure 
this spiritual atmosphere? How best 
can we prepare ourselves to be worthy 
of the precence of His spirit. The Sun- 
day School plan shows us the way. 
We should never attempt to conduct a 
Sunday School without first having 
met in a prayer meeting. 
The Grayer Meeting 

The Sunday School handbook in- 
structs us that the prayer meeting 
should precede every Sunday School 
session and should be attended by all 
officers and teachers. We are not re- 
quired to hold a separate meeting for 
the Junior Sunday School. All officers 
and teachers of the Sunday School 
should meet together at least 20 
minutes before the Sunday School con- 


by President O. Preston Robinson 

venes and the prayer meeting should 
not be held for more than 10 minutes 
— thus allowing all officers and 
teachers to take their places so that 
preludial music can begin on time and 
the Sundav School can convene 
promptly as scheduled. 
A Spiritual Atmosphere 

The fundamental purpose of the 
Sunday School meeting is to set a 
spiritual atmosphere for the Sunday 
School session. Its basic purpose is for 
the officers and teachers to kneel to- 
gether and ask the Lord for the 
presence or His spirit throughout the 
Sunday School session. However, ac- 
cording to the handbook this short 


meeting can be used for last-minute 
instructions and announcements by the 
superintendency. It should be used for 
a recitation of the sacrament gems for 
the entire group, for the presentation 
of an inspirational thought or a read- 
ing of scripture and for the prayer it- 
self. Kneeling during this prayer is 
recommended. This humble posture 
will help all in attendance to dismiss 
from their minds worldly thoughts and 
worries, to concentrate on their res- 
ponsibilities as Sunday School leaders 
and to invite the spirit of the Lord to 
be with them. 

Prayer and the help that comes from 
it can be the most effective tool that 

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a Sunday School worker can possess. 
One of the greatest obstacles to suc- 
cessful Sunday School operation is the 
lack of humility. Sincere prayer is the 
essence of humility. It forces us to 
recognise our dependence upon the 
spirit of the Lord and helps us to put 
in the background any thoughts or con- 
cerns which might possibly divert us 
from the important work we have to do 
in Sunday School administration and 
teaching. Prayer helps us to put our 
spirits in tune with the whisperings of 
the Holy Ghost. Prayer helps us also 
to make new resolves to keep the com- 
mandments and to order our lives in 
tune with our Lord's teachings. 
The Prayer Meeting Habit 

There is only one way to make sure 
that prayer meetings are held regular- 
ly. This is to hold them regularly and 
on time. Every Sunday School officer 
and teacher should know that a speci- 
fic time each Sunday morning a prayer 
meeting will be held. They should know 
that they are expected to attend this 
meeting and that the obligation is just 
as definite and certain as is the obliga- 
tion for them to meet their other ad- 
ministrative or teaching assignments. 
When they form the prayer meeting 
attendance habit, they will be prompt 
and regular. 

Regular and habitual attendance at 
prayer meeting can have a remarkable 
beneficial effect upon the lives of all 
Sunday School workers. 

Prayer is the soul's sincere desire. 
It is the influence which will notice- 
ably and profoundly affect lives. It 
brings to those who pray regularly a 
tranquility of bearing, even a facial and 
bodily repose that can be developed in 
no other way. It helps man to see him- 
self as he is — in reality a son of God. 
It helps to uncover weaknesses and 
magnify strengths. In truth, it is a 
source of power. 

Let every Sunday School administra- 
tor be diligent and conscientious in 
holding regular prayer meetings and 
let every Sunday School worker be 
regular and punctual in attendance 
This meeting, more than anything else 
can set the stage for a successful 
Sunday School operation. Let us re- 
member, the importance of the Lord's 
spirit. For without Him we can do 

April, 1966 


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The Wonderful World of MIA 

by President & Sister Ray H. Barton 

Good speakers are not born 

CONTRARY to generally accepted 
thought, good speakers are not 
born; they are developed. They grow 
and learn through experience. If you 
don't believe this, think of a new born 
baby. None of them can speak. They 
learn to develop their speech through 
practice, stumbling, stammering, stud- 
dering, haltingly, hesitantly, progres- 
sively, and are able to develop into the 
mature type of speaker they become. 
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- 
day Saints offers untold opportunities 
to any young person to develop to 
become a speaker. True, the inherent 
qualities vary from person to person, 
but all can become good speakers. 

Therefore, speaking in any of our 
church activities should be recognised 
by everyone as a golden opportunity. 
The MIA especially gives chance for 
self expression. 

Fair warning: No Latter-day Saint boy 
or girl or man or woman can escape 
from being invited to (1) offer a 
prayer, (2) bear his testimony, (3) in- 
troduce a subject to a class, (4) make 
an announcement or report, (5) tell a 
class of his experience, (6) defend 
his beliefs, his principles, his points of 
view, (7) express his own convictions, 
his personal feelings for or against a 
question, (8) make a short talk in 
some auxiliary class or priesthood 
quorum, or (9) speak in a meeting at 
a Ward/Branch Conference, Stake/ 
District Conference, or a Youth Con- 
ference or fireside. 

The purpose of the speaker in any of 
these doings is, whether he is con- 

scious of it or not, to motivate those 

who hear. 

How to go about it: 

A. Determine the purpose of your 
talk. Before preparing your talk 

1. What the audience will be. 

2. What type of meeting it is. 

3. What the occasion is. 

4. What the specific purpose of 
the talk will be. 

5. Remember, good talks are short 

B. Anatomy of a Talk. A talk has 
natural divisions: 

1. The Introduction. 

2. The statement of what you in 
tend to talk about. 

3. The body of the talk. 

4. The conclusion. 

THE INTRODUCTION. The introduc- 
tion might deal with an initial state- 
ment with impact, a short scriptural 
quotation, a brief story of a national 
or world event, a reasonable challenge, 
a quick statement of local circumstan- 
ces, a striking question. 

A STATEMENT. A statement of what 
you will talk about must be short and 
to the point and cover the ground you 
have in mind; for example, "I believe 
our youth today have more problems to 
face than their parents did" 
"What are the fundamental values in 
our society that we should be most 
grateful for?" . . . "This afternoon I 
would like to share with you a peculiar 
promise in my life, and its unexpected 
and unusual fulfillment." 

THE BODY. The meat of what you 

will say is the sum of your search for 
material, your knowledge and experi- 
ence, and your long hours of prepara- 
tion. This is the portion of your talk 
where, if necessary, you may wish to 
use notes. Speak in a friendly, casual, 
conversational manner, with sincere 
conviction and enthusiasm. 

THE CONSLUSION. It is always best 
when it is short. It comes unannounced 
and leaves a sweet after-taste and 
positive attitude. 
General hints: 

1. Make your opening an attention 
getter. Make it the sharp, clear punch 
of what you have to say. 

2. Be sure and finish with a good 
conclusion, and you're almost sure to 
guarantee an excellent talk. 

3. Compliment and commend your 

4. Be for something rather than 
against something. 

5. Play down yourself. Avoid "I" 

6. Humanise your talk. Relate it to 
people and characters. 

7. Keep your eyes on the audience. 

8. Look at all your listeners. 

9. "For instances" are magic. Use 
them frequently; they can relate the 
idea to a story; they can relate famous 
people to the idea; they can relate the 
idea to historical events; they can en- 
hance the idea with colourful analo- 
gies; and they can underscore the 
idea with dramatised statistics. 

Also, pure magic and spice for your 
talk are: 

1. Short, short stories and appro- 

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priate humour. 

2. Parables, quotes, and compari- 

3. Illustrated techniques. 

4. Pauses, phrasing. 

5. Unique visual aids. 
Remember to keep in mind the 

differences in the skills, backgrounds 
and experiences of your audience. Talk 
to the average personality. 

Most important of all — don't apolo- 
gise. Don't say, "I didn't know I was 
going to have to get up and talk," or 
"pardon me" or "I've forgotten my 
point," or "I have more prepared, but 
I see my time is up," or "Oh, I just 
can't think of that word." Actually your 
talk might be going over and the 
people might think you're really good. 
Don't tell your audience otherwise. 
Helpful Tips: 

1. Preparation precedes perform- 
ance. Straighten your beads first and 
then polish their brilliance. 

2. Pearls are more precious be- 
cause of quality than their size. 

3. The longer the spoke, the bigger 
the tire. Big wheels are vanishing. 

4. Any form of oratory is old 

5. The final and most important 
point of preparation — get down on your 
knees and pray to your Father in 
Heaven for guidance and inspiration. 
You are entitled to the Spirit of the 
Holy Ghost and its inspiration. 

1. MIA Speech Director's Guide, 

2. The Best Red Book. (This is an 
MIA pocket-size first aid manual for 
all who have been or may be invited to 
best. It is absolutely indispensable, 
give a talk and who desire to do their 

3. You Can Learn to Speak, by 
Royal L. Garff, PHD. 

Throughout the year, there will be 
many golden opportunities to speak, 
both in the girls' and boys' programme, 
and the speech directors stand ready 
to assist. The speech directors should 
go into the classroom and will be pres- 
ent in the classroom, when outlined to 
give lessons and helps. 

DOUBLE CAUTION. Make sure your 
conclusion is indeed the end. 

Have you 

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Accommodation for 90. Fee, £10 10s. Deposit, £1. 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND? All MIA Executives, Leaders, Branch Presidents, 

Bishops and all Youth interested in MIA activities. 

SUBJECTS: Keep-fit, Basketball, Campcraft (for the sisters), Football, Minor 

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Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope. 


April. 1966 


by Eileen R. Dunyon 


TAKE me for a walk," said a small 
mechanical voice when Gillian 
pulled the cord on the back of Chatty 
Cathy's neck. Gillian smiled happily 
and picking her doll up into her arms 
walked out the door, down to the gate 
and then back into the house again. 

Again Gillian pulled the cord and 
this time the music-box-voice chimed, 
"Comb my hair." And Gillian hurried 
to get the small comb and brush and 
do as the doll requested. 

Gillian was playing "Let's Pretend." 
She was the Mother and Chatty Cathy 
was her little girl. 

From the corner of the room came 
the sound of a clanging bell. A large, 
red toy fire engine prepared to extin- 
guish a fire. The tall ladder swung into 
place, the sturdy hose was connected 
and uncoiled. A tiny stream of water 
poured from a miniature pail to 
douse the flames and save the house 
that was supposedly burning down. 
Colin was playing "Let's Pretend." 

As long as there are children who 
are learning about life, the desire to 
play the role of someone else will be 
important, for this is the way that 
children learn quickest and most 
effectively. They become the mouse, 
the elephant, the mother, the father, 
the bishop, the tennis champion, or the 
missionary that they have been reading 
or learning about when they play that 
they are this person. 

Because make-believe is so import- 
ant and real to children it is one of 
the most interesting ways of teaching. 
Rather than the teacher only telling 
the story or lesson, if the children are 
allowed to become the characters in 
the story and actually act out their 
roles the teachings will never be for- 

Read your Primary lesson for the 
coming week and see if your presenta- 
tion could be more interesting by 
dramatising one of the stories. If this 
is the children's first experience with 
dramatising stories in the classroom 
move slowly and allow them enough 
time to get the feel of the play and 
the fun that it is to perform. They may 
need to be shown how to act like the 

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different characters if they have not 
dramatised before. As this procedure 
is repeated the children will soon feel 
free to play the characters and will be 
able to make up their own actions and 
conversation after you have told the 

1. Choose a story or incident that 
is short, with plenty of action 
for the children to perform. 

2. Know the story so well that you 
can tell it without reference to 
the book. 

3. Tell the story with much expres- 
sion. Lower your voice to a mere 
whisper. Then raise your voice in 
the exciting parts. The more 
dramatically you tell the story, 
the better the children will be 
able to dramatise it. 

4. After the story has been told re- 
view the main events with the 
sequence on the blackboard if 
you are teaching older children. 

5. Choose the characters. Usually 
it is best to make-believe with a 
story that has only a few 
characters. The rest of the child- 
ren can be rocks, trees, clouds, 
flowers, doors, furniture, etc. 

6. The teacher assists the children 
reminding them of the actions, 
helping them with dialogue until 
they are assured of what they 
wish to say. They probably will 
enjoy playing the story several 
times until they can go through 
it smoothly. 

7. Sometimes it is effective for the 
teacher to do all of the talking 
and the children selected for the 
various characters to do the ac- 

8. With children who are old enough 
to read well, the teacher might 
take a story from the lesson 
book, rewrite it into a play and 
bring parts for all of the children 
to read. Following the make- 
believe part of the lesson, the 
teacher would then make applica- 
tion of the play to the purpose of 
the lesson. 

A Story to Dramatise 

(1) Ralph was fast asleep. His eyes 

were closed tightly, his hands were 
tucked under his cheek. Slowly he 
opened first one eye and then the 
other. What was that noise he could 
hear? He put his hand to his ear to 
listen more intently. Yes. It was rain- 
ing! It was raining again. He could 
hear the rain tapping and splashing on 
the roof. 

He stretched, yawned, climbed out of 
bed and hurried down the stairs to the 
warm kitchen where his mother was 
preparing breakfast. 

(2) Mother seemed happy this 
morning. She was humming a cheery 
song as she worked. It sounded like 
"If You Chance To Meet A Frown." 
She stirred the porridge with one hand 
and turned the bacon with the other. 

(3) "Mother? Mum, stop singing 
and listen to what's happening out- 
side. It's raining again and this is the 
day I promised Brother Jones I'd help 
him clean up the flower beds and the 
lawns around the Church. I can't pos- 
sibly work out in such a downpour." 
Ralph sat down dejectedly and began 
tieing his shoe laces. "No. I simply 
couldn't be expected to work outside 
in this kind of weather." 

(4) Mum brought the porridge to 
the table and placed a steaming bowl 
in front of Ralph. It smelled so good. 
He picked up his spoon and was just 
ready to taste the first bite when a 
loud knock sounded on the kitchen 
door. Mrs. Evans opened the door to 
see who was calling at this early 

There stood Clive with his hands in 
his pockets, his eyes twinkling, and 
tiny rain drops trickling off from the 
end of his nose. "Good morning," he 
cried gaily. "Let's go." 

(5) But it's raining," exclaimed 
Ralph. "Surely you aren't going to work 
on the wet lawns at the church in this 
heavy storm." 

"Oh, a little rain won't hurt you. Be- 
sides, we're all going fishing this after- 
noon. Had you forgotten?" Clive was 
eager to be going. 

"That's right." Ralph hurriedly 
finished his porridge, pushed his chair 
back from the table, and put on his 

coat and hat. "Let's go. If it's dry 
enough to go fishing, its dry enough 
to work for the Lord." 
Helps for Dramatising 

1 Ask the children to listen for the 
action and words of the characters and 
be thinking who they would like to be 
as you tell the story. They are: Ralph 
(or Ruth if you are teaching girls). 
Ralph's mother, Mrs. Evans, and Clive 
(or Josie. if yours is a girl's class) to 
be chosen. 

2. Choose the chacters. Read para- 
graph 1 again and let the person who 
will play Ralph do the actions it des- 

3. Read paragraph 2 and let the 
child who will be the mother act out 
her part. 

4. Go over paragraphs 1 and 2 again 
so the children have the actions well 
in mind. 

5. Read paragraph 3. Have Ralph 
and Mother act it out and speak what- 
ever words they wish to tell the tale. 
They do not need to be the same 
words as are written in the story. 

6. Read paragraph 4. Let mother do 
the actions suggested. 

7. Read paragraph 5. Help Ralph and 
Clive to work out the conversation. 
Let them repeat it two or three times 
so they will remember it. 

8. Present the ."Let's Pretend" 
story. Read as far as paragraph 3 — the 
children do the actions. Children act 
out paragraph 3. Read paragraph 4 — 
children do the actions. Children act 
out the rest of the story. 

9. Do the play a second time. 
Choose different children to act out 
the roles. 

Let's keep Primary a happy time. 
Let's be sure it is a learning time and 
an experiencing time. Remember that 
children remember best those things 
that they not only hear but also see 
and do. Through the use of dramatisa- 
tions, or "Let's Pretend" in the class- 
room the purpose of the lesson can be 
emphasised, there will be a greater 
interest and variety and the children 
will feel a part of the group and that 
they are needed to make the class a 

April, 1966 


MAY I thank you for a very inspir- 
ing Church publication. We 
eagerly await the arrival of each 
"Star" in our home, and without being 
too biased about it consider that the 
"Star" is the best of our Church maga- 

I find, however, that a typical Eng- 
lish failing is to criticise wrongly our 
American brethren (see Brother Ross's 
letter. Page 73, March issue) in that 
when we receive Church programmes 
we tend to classify them as "Ameri- 
can" rather than think of them as in- 
spired revelations of the Lord through 
Church leaders — regardless of what 
country the leader comes from. 

I wonder if you could clarify an item 
for me on Page 95 in the March issue, 
in the article "So you're the new 
Branch President." In connection with 
the calling of officers and teachers, 
the article states that "IT IS ALWAYS 

The Primary Handbook, Page 69, 
states that this is to be done by the 
"Bishopric," as does the Sunday School 
Handbook, Page 17. The Sunday School 
Handbook goes one step further in 
that it states that a member of the 
Superintendency may offer the call 
when requested to by the Bishopric. 
Within our unit in Derby Ward, the 
Counsellor responsible for the auxiliary 
usually offers the call. 

When it comes to Church procedure 
I'm rather a stickler for correct detail, 
as it is so easy for one person's ideas 
to become established procedure over 
the years and the divine instructions 
gradually watered down to become 
man's interpretations. 

You may not agree, but it is only 
costing me a 4d. stamp to air my 
views. Again, thank you for a very 
much improved "Millennial Star," may 
you continue to inspire and encourage 
the saints as the Lord prepares us for 
His returns. 


Editor's note: The Branch President is 
the person who holds all the keys of 
authority within the branch of the 
Church over which he has been called 
to preside. But, in order to carry out 
the programmes of the Church, he 
delegates a portion of his authority to 
his two Counsellors and to the various 
auxiliary heads. (See this month's 
article, Page 128). On the point of 
"calling" an officer, the call is AL- 
Branch President, but he may delegate 
the actual task of "making the call" to 
whichever one of his Counsellors is 
responsible for the auxiliary. No 
auxiliary president or superintendent 
has the authority to CALL AN OFFICER 
in his auxiliary. He may, however, on 
the authority of his Branch President, 
call a teacher— BUT ONLY WITH THE 
DENCY. "Branch Presidents choose 
their auxiliary heads . . . Other officers 
and teachers are NOMINATED by the 
organisation heads concerned. Follow- 
officers may all be set apart by the 
Branch Presidency." (Handbook of In- 
structions for Districts and Branches, 
Page 42.) 

FRANKLY I can find no fault with 
the "Star;" it caters for the inter- 
ests of all adult members and this is 
especially true of the sections devoted 
to the various auxiliary organisations 
and of the Lesson Helps. Members' 
opinions are expressed on the 
"Letters" page, and our activities well 
recounted in the "News from the 
Stakes and Missions." The articles by 
the General Authorities — counselling, 
exhorting, admonishing and instructing 
us — are excellent in reminding us of 
the powerful and divine leadership 
under which we thrive. 

Thus I feel that any improvements 
that could be made to the "Star" 
would only be in minor details, such 
as were suggested in "Letters" in the 

January issue, i.e., interviews with 
British members, etc. 

It seems to me that the various 
series of instructive articles provide 
the constant "change" that is neces- 
sary to stimulate interest. 


MY letter is NOT a testimony, in 
fact you could call it the exact 
epposite, as I am an "ex-member" of 
ine Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- 
uay Saints. After not hearing anything 
or the Church for the last three or four 
months, it was quite an experience to 
have the "Star" delivered to my home 
this morning. 

Most people in the Church think it 
would be quite easy to go back to 
being "normal" again after being a 
Mormon. Let me emphasise IT IS NOT. 
Underneath you are never the same 

In my case I believe in the Church 
completely . . . even the one thing that 
made me leave the Church, I am quite 
leady to admit may be true. But be- 
cause of my background, my upbring- 
ing and my life in general, I cannot 
accept the Church's teachings on the 
negro. Over the months many fine and 
dedicated elders have talked to me on 
tne subject and I have read most of 
tne available literature. But none of 
this makes any difference. 

Recently I moved from my home 
town of Widnes to a country district. 
My home town had a small struggling 
branch and testimonies were always 
being tested, yet these people kept on 
smiling. My family and I have many 
wonderful memories of the people 

May I through your pages thank all 

those people at home — their struggles 

will be worth it for in the end the 

Mormon Church must triumph 



Millennial Star 

Dr. BARTON/ 'continued 

/ have warned you 
and forewarn you 

other cerial made from grains; but we 
get a very useful, all-round balance 
from wheat. 

QUESTION: Does the Word of Wis- 
dom indicate that even today in the 
land of plenty we should still eat meat 

ANSWER: Meat is a wonderful 
source of protein, the building blocks 
of the body. In times of growth or sick- 
ness or winter, meat should be eaten 
in moderation. Actually, very little 
meat is necessary during the summer 
months; being protein, it is used for 
the replacement of worn muscle and 
other tissues. When we glut with it, 
we overcharge our systems with pro- 
tein. Your own native desires and tem- 
perament will tell you that you don't 
want or desire as much meat during 
the hot summer months as you do in 
the winter. I say "your own native 
desire" unless this desire is thrown 
out of kilter by gluttony in the first 
place and stretching the stomach 
muscles and obesity which creates 
false signals and appetites. 

Now this brings up the subject of 
overeating, a question I feel very 
strongly about. Overeating is a cardinal 
sin and breaks the Word of Wisdom, 
just as much as some of the other 

things we can do. It certainly can 
cause a great strain on our bodies by 
depositing fat which causes pressure 
and crowding and greater demands on 
the heart. 

"For the sake of health, medicines 
are taken by weight and measure; so 
ought food to be, or by some similar 
rule." (Skelton.) 

The trouble with overeating is the 
damage it can do to your body. It can 
literally wear you out years ahead of 
time. If you can imagine carrying a 25 
or 50 pound bag of sand on your 
shoulders all the time, you can imagine 
the extra weight that you are carrying 
around and what it is doing to you in 
terms of fatigue. 

When you reduce weight, you liter- 
ally throw this bag of sand off your 
shoulders. Such liberated people joy- 
fully exclaim how good and active they 
feel and how much more energy they 

Included is adequate rest and regular 
hours. Section 88 says, "Retire to thy 
bed early, that ye may not be weary; 
arise early, that your bodies and your 
minds may be invigorated." In addi- 
tion to the night of sleep, one should 
have the Sabbath Day, one day out of 
the seven, set apart as a day of rest 

so the body and the mind and the 
spirit can be rejuvenated. 

It all boils down to the Biblical 
quotation from I Corinthians 3:16-17: 
"Know ye not that ye are the temple of 
God, and that the Spirit of God dwel- 
leth in you? If any man defile the 
temple of God, him shall God destroy; 
for the temple of God is holy, which 
temple ye are." This is an accurate 
description of the view of the Church 
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 
concerning the relationship of the mor- 
tal body to the spirit. 

In conclusion, the Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter-day Saints offers a per- 
fect plan for happiness in this world 
for temporal salvation. Since the spirit 
is a part of the tabernacle, obviously 
spiritual salvation is tied up with this. 
This also involves the world to come. 
This plan involves a constant striving 
for perfection. It does not mean that 
we have to live out of the world in an 
attempt to humiliate the body, but live 
in the world, yet not partake of world- 
liness. It requires us to be constantly 
in control of physical passions and to 
avoid all things which would be harm- 
ful either to the body or the spirit. 
Thus, our souls will always be ready 
to serve Him and our fellowmen. 


why a person should not be called. 

And so within your Presidency you 
act as three "Presidents." This attitude 
should be explained very carefully to 
the Branch members, and in the event 
of any problems arising they should 
be instructed to see whichever mem- 
ber of the Presidency is responsible. 
Should a member go direct to the 
Branch President, he will ask, "Have 
you seen my Counsellor about this? 
He is responsible for that auxiliary, 
and will be able to answer your prob- 

The Branch Presidency is like a 

three-legged stool. Remove a leg and 
the stool collapses. If the Branch 
President realises this, he will under- 
stand how important his Counsellors 
are and will give them the respect 
and trust those "two legs" deserve. 

Does this take away any of the 
authority of the Brancn President? We 
feel not. In fact the reverse is usually 
the case. The Presidency are recog- 
nised as a team, the Branch members 
see them as three "Presidents" and a 
feeling of strength and security is 

In this way you build up a pyramid 
of strength in your Branch, with a 
foundation of members who know 
where they stand in connection with 
their officers and teachers. 

You also establish a direct line of 
authority, which, if followed, keeps the 
Branch running smoothly. 

One last thought, and a quote by 
Dr. Kenneth C. Hutchin in the February 
1966 issue of "Family Doctor": 

"The surest way to get a coronary? 
Carry all the responsibility on your own 
shoulders and never trust anyone else 
to do, or think, of anything." 

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Visiting Teaching 


Message I — " When ye are in the ser- 
vice of your fellow beings ye are only 
in the service of your God." 

(Mosiah 2:17) 

Objective: To show that service to the 
Lord and service to our fellow men 
are synonymous. 

Ofttimes we unconsciously make a 
distinction between serving the 
Lord and serving our fellow men, when, 
i in reality, they are one and the same. 
We think of attending our meetings, 
paying tithing, saying our prayers, and 
fulfilling assignments in Church posi- 
tions as belonging to the service of 
the Lord, while, on the other hand, 
tending the baby of a tired mother, 
encouraging a despondent widow, 
taking some delicacy to an invalid 
across the street, appear to us as 
simply being a good neighbour. We 
mistakenly feel that service to the Lord 
is in a different category, removed 
from our contacts with mere human 
beings in the mundane affairs of daily 
living. Why cannot we see that service 
rendered to our neighbours and asso- 
ciates is of the selfsame fabric as 
service to God? Yet the Lord has told 
us this is so. 

As parents we know our feelings 
when someone befriends our child who 
is in difficulty. We feel as grateful as 
though he had befriended us. So it is 
with our Heavenly Father. When one 
of us befriends another of his children, 
it is the same as though we rendered 
that service unto him. The more we 
do to bring joy and righteousness into 
the lives of his children, our brothers 

and sisters, the more we lift each 
other up the ladder toward perfection 
the more we are serving our Maker. 
Henry Van Dyke, in the " Other Wise 
Man ", aptly illustrates this great truth. 
According to the story, the " other 
wise man " used his three precious 
jewels, intended as gifts for the 
Messiah, to minister to the needs of 
a sick stranger, to save a baby boy 
from certain death, and to free a young 
woman from the bondage of debt. " I 
have spent for man that which was 
meant for God," Artaban said sadly. 
He searched thirty-three years for his 
King and finally neared Golgotha as 
Christ was hanging on the cross. 
Buildings were shaken from their 
foundations by the force of the ensuing 
earthquake, and Artaban was struck 
down by a piece of falling tile. As he 
lay dying, his lips moved as if answer- 
ing someone. " Not so, my Lord. For 
when saw I thee an hungered and fed 
thee? Or thirsty and gave thee drink? 
Three and thirty years have I looked for 
thee; but I have never seen thy face, 
nor ministered to thee, my King." 
Then, we are told, he ceased speaking, 
and a sweet voice was heard saying, 
" Inasmuch as thou hast done it unto 
one of the least of these thy brethren, 
thou hast done it unto me." 



Lesson 1 — Lehi Leaves Jerusalem 

Reference: The Book of Mormon, 1 
Nephi, Chapters 1-4. 

Visual Aids: Map of the world or a 


Pictures: Jerusalem. 

OUR story begins in Jerusalem, 600 
years before Christ was born. 
Jerusalem was a beautiful city. It was 
a busy city. Many people lived there. 

Some of them had great riches. They 
had beautiful homes, large herds of 
sheep and cattle and much gold and 
silver. They had everything they 
needed to make them a happy people. 

At one time the people believed in 
God. They believed that he was their 
Heavenly Father who loved them and 
blessed them. They worshiped him 
and obeyed his laws and command- 
ments. However, as the people become 
more wealthy many forgot the bless- 
ings God had given them. They stopped 
worshiping him and attending their 
religious services. They became greedy 
and selfish and wicked. Our Heavenly 
Father sent prophets to preach to the 
people and to encourage them to re- 
pent and to live better lives. But the 
wicked would not listen to the 
prophets and continued in their 
wicked ways. 

In the city of Jerusalem lived a man 
named Lehi. Lehi was rich and success- 
ful. He also was kind and good. He 
loved the Lord and kept his command- 

One day while Lehi was praying, the 
Spirit of the Lord gave him a message 
for the people of Jerusalem and in a 
vision showed him how the entire 
city of Jerusalem and all its people 
would be destroyed or carried away as 
slaves, if they did not repent. Lehi was 
very sad with what he saw and he 
feared for the safety of the people. 

After the vision he went up and 
down the streets preaching and warn- 

ing the people; but they paid no atten- 
tion to him. They refused to listen to 

his warning. Indeed, they became so 
angry that they planned to kill him. 

The Lord told Lehi to take his family 
and go into the winderness for safety 
before Jerusalem was destroyed. 

Lehi told his family what the Lord 
had commanded him to do. Sariah, his 
wife, and his two younger sons, Nephi 
and Sam, believed Lehi and were wil- 
ling to obey the Lord and follow their 
father into the wilderness. But Laman 
and Lemuel, the older 50ns, hated to 
leave their friends and their good 
times in Jerusalem 

They travelled into the wilderness 
for three days, going south from Jeru- 
salem over rocks and desert sands 
until they came to a small green valley 
near the shore of the Red Sea. There 
they pitched their tents and prepared 
to rest for a time. 

Lehi built an altar and offered up a 
sacrifice to the Lord, and thanked Him 
for His goodness in bringing them out 
of Jerusalem before its destruction. 

One day while they were resting in 
the wilderness, the Lord commanded 
Lehi to send his sons back to Jerusa- 
lem for the brass plates which con- 
tained the records of their forefathers. 
It was necessary that Lehi have these 
brass plates because they contained 
the scriptures as well as their family 
history and genealogy. They also 
needed the records in order to pre- 
serve their language and remember 
how to read and to write. These brass 
plates were like a book to us and were 
being kept by a relative named Laban, 
a rich but wicked man. 

When Laman and Lemuel were asked 
to return to Jerusalem they began to 
grumble. They said it was impossible 

to return to Jerusalem and it would be 
a useless journey because Laban would 
not give them the brass plates. But 
Nephi did not complain. He said: "I 
will go and do the things which the 
Lord hath commanded, for I know that 
the Lord giveth no commandments un- 
to the children of men, save he shall 
prepare a way for them that they may 
accomplish the thing which he com- 
mandeth them." These words made 
Lehi happy and he was grateful when, 
at last, his four sons consented to re- 
turn for the records. 

Back through the deserts and hot 
sun the brothers went toward Jerusa- 
lem. Arriving at the house of Laban 
they drew lots to see which one would 
go in and ask for the plates. The lot 
fell on Laman. He was gone but a short 
time when he ran back in great fear 
and told his brothers that Laban had 
called him a robber and had driven 
him out of the house saying he would 
never consent to part with the records 
and that he would surely kill him if he 
returned again. 

Nephi would not be discouraged. He 
said. "We will not go down unto our 
father in the wilderness until we have 
accomplished the thing which the Lord 
hath commanded us." Then Nephi told 
them that he had an idea. They should 
go back to their own home in Jerusa- 
lem and get some of the gold and 
silver and precious things which they 
had left there. They would then give 
these to Laban in return for the brass 

Quickly the four sons returned to 
their old home and filled their arms 
with gold and silver and precious 
things. They went again to Laban and 
begged him to exchange the plates for 
their property. The things were lovely 

and Laban wanted them badly, but he 
grew angry and ordered his servants 
to use swords and clubs to drive the 
brothers away. They were forced to 
flee for their lives, leaving their 
property behind. 

Back in a safe hiding place Leman 
and Lemuel were furious. They were 
so angry they fell upon Nephi and beat 
him. Then an angel of the Lord ap- 
peared and scolded them for being so 
cruel to their younger brother. The 
angel told them to return to Jerusalem 
and try again to get the records. 

At the gates of Jerusalem Nephi 
told his brothers to hide in the dark- 
ness and he would creep to Laban's 
house for the plates. He was led by 
the Spirit and did not know ahead of 
time what he would do. As he came 
near the house of Laban he saw a man 
lying on the ground in a drunken 
stupor. It was Laban with his sword 
and dressed in his armour. Nephi 
looked at Laban's sword. Then he was 
constrained by the Spirit to take 
Laban's sword and kill Laban. Nephi 
hesitated to do this for he had never 
killed anyone. But the Spirit told him 
the Lord had delivered Laban into his 
hands and he must slay him, that it 
was better that one man should die 
than that a whole nation should forget 
their God. Nephi realised they must 
have the precious records so they and 
their children would know the com- 
mandments of the Lord which were 
written on the brass plates. 

So Nephi did as he was commanded. 
Then he dressed himself in Laban's 
clothes and armour, and ordered 
Zoram, Laban's servant, in the voice of 
Laban, to give him the brass plates. 
He went with Zoram into the house 
and carefully got the plates and car- 

ried them out. He ordered Zoram to 
go with him outside the walls of Jeru- 
salem. Zoram was frightened and 
would have run away when he saw 
Nephi's brothers but Nephi told him 
not to be afraid, that he would not 
harm him, but would make him a free 
man if he would leave Jerusalem with 
them and go into the wilderness. 
Zoram believed Nephi and trusted him. 
So he and the four sons of Lehi re- 
turned to the tent of Lehi in the wilder- 
ness carrying the precious records 
with them. 

It was the faith and persistence of 
Nephi that resulted in obtaining the 
brass plates which contained the 
genealogy of Lehi's ancestors and the 
commandments of the Lord. Nephi fully 
believed that if God wanted his father 
to have those records he would make 
it possible to obtain them. He didn't 
doubt for one minute that he and his 
brothers would be successful in their 
Application of Lesson 

This story teaches us two very im- 
portant things: 

First: that any task the Lord asks us 
to perform, any service he asks us to 
do in the Church, is possible for us 
to do if we have faith. 

Secondly: we learn from this story 
the importance of keeping records. 



Lesson 1 — The First Vision. 

Objective: To learn something of the 
background of the Smith family and to 
appreciate the reality and importance 

of the first vision. 

N the year 1820 there lived in 

New York a boy whose name was 
Joseph Smith. At this time he was not 
yet fifteen, for he had been born just 
two days before the Christmas of 
1805. That event took place in Sharon 
Windsor county, Vermont. 

His parents were Joseph and Lucy 
(Mack) Smith. The father's ancestors 
had come to America from a town near 
London, in England, and the mother's 
from Inverness, Scotland. 

The Smiths had not always lived in 
New York. Their home before this was 
in Vermont, where Joseph, the son, 
was born. There they owned a farm, 
but failure of crops through drought 
for three years in succession had 
forced them to look for another place 
to live. In Manchester they bought 
another farm. This change of homes 
took place in 1815, when the boy was 
ten years old, God had thus brought 
the family to where Joseph's work for 
him was to be. 

Secondly: we learn from this story 
the importance of keeping records. 

Now, the people in this part of New 
York State were religious at heart. That 
is to say, they believed in God, in the 
Bible, and in another life after this. 
Most of them belonged to one of the 
three churches in the place, the Pres- 
byterian, the Baptist, or the Methodist. 
But sometimes they were careless, like 
other folk elsewhere. Religion did not 
mean very much to many of them, be- 
cause they used just words instead of 
deeds. And so it became necessary, 
every once in a while, for them to be 
"revived" in the religious spirit. The 
parents of Joseph, while religious and 
believers in the Bible, never had be- 
longed to any church, although the 

mother had been baptised. 

Usually in those days people were 
"revived" after they had become spirit- 
ually dead, in special meetings held 
for this purpose. A preacher would be 
brought from another town, and this 
man would hold "revival meetings," 
often in the woods. 

To these "revivals" men and women 
and children would come from near 
and far. Sometimes there would be as 
many as ten thousand persons at the 
same "revival." They brought with 
them enough food to last a week or 
ten days, and during this time they 
lived in tents and wagons. It was such 
a "revival" as this that took place in 
Manchester in the spring of 1820. 

Since some of the family had joined 
the Presbyterian Church, Joseph was 
greatly troubled as to what he should 
do. For, after the meetings were over, 
he believed he ought to become a 
member of some church. But he did 
not know which church to join. One 
church, for instance, asked its con- 
verts to be baptised by immersion, 
while another permitted them to be 
sprinkled. Joseph saw clearly that both 
forms could not be right. So he could 
not make up his mind. 

Then, one day, he read the Epistle 
of James (1:5, 6): "If any of you lack 
wisdom, let him ask of God, that 
giveth to all men liberally, and up- 
braideth not; and it shall be given him. 
But let him ask in faith, nothing waver- 
ing. For he that wavereth is like a 
wave of the sea driven with the wind 
and tossed. For let not that man think 
that he shall receive any thing of the 

This passage exactly fitted his case. 
He lacked wisdom, for he did not know 
what to do. And here was a promise 

that he should receive — if he had 
faith. So he went out into the woods 
not far from his home, where he could 
be alone. It was a beautiful spring 
morning. The leaves were out, the air 
was fresh, and everything was still. 

We can easily believe how fright- 
ened he was. Although he had often 
prayed in his heart, this was the first 
time he had ever attempted to pray 
aloud. For he had determined to use 
his voice in this prayer. Kneeling on 
the soft earth, he began to pour out 
his thoughts and desires to God. 

Then something strange happened. 
Darkness overwhelmed him — real, thick 
darkness. Then, too, all of a sudden, 
he could not speak. An unseen power 
took hold of him. It was a terrible 
thing. But he had presence of mind 
enough to pray in his heart — this time 
it was that he might be delivered from 
this wicked power which was trying to 
destroy him. Just at the moment when 
he was about to give up, he saw above 
him in the sky a brilliant light. At once 
the evil power left him. Meantime the 
light continued to come nearer, till it 
surrounded the tree tops, and he 
thought they would be set on fire. 

"When the light rested upon me," 
Joseph tells us, "I aw two Personages, 
whose brightness and glory defy all 
description, standing above me in the 
air. One of them spoke unto me, call- 
ing me by name and said, pointing to 
the other — 'This is my beloved Son, 
Hear him.' 

"My object in going to inquire of the 
Lord was to know 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 

Joseph was also told that the people 

drew near to God with their lips, but 
their hearts were far from him. The 
preachers taught the doctrines of men, 
not the doctrines of God. And they 
had the form of godliness, but denied 
the power of God. He was again for- 
biden to join with any of them. 

These two personages were God the 
Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. 

Joseph told the vision to his family 
and to some of his close friends. 
Soon, Joseph found himself the 
centre of unfavourable attention. His 
neighbours ridiculed and reviled him, 
and the preachers warned their con- 
gregations against him. But Joseph was 
undaunted. He said of his experience: 

"... I had actually seen a light, and 
in the midst of that light I saw two 
Personages, and they did in reality 
speak to me; and though I was hated 
and persecuted for saying that I had 
seen a vision, yet it was true; and 
while they were persecuting me, re- 
viling me, and speaking all manner of 
evil against me falsely for so saying, 
I was led to say in my heart: Why per- 
secute me for telling the truth? I have 
actually seen a vision; and who am I 
that I can withstand God? ... I had 
seen a vision; and I knew it, and I 
knew that God knew it, and I could 
not deny it, neither dared I ..." 

So far as the question of the 
churches was concerned, Joseph had 
now got his 'mind satisfied. He had 
learned several things about religion. 
For one thing, he had learned that 
God would answer prayer, no matter 
how humble the person. The heavens 
were not sealed against men, in spite 
of what the churches taught. And then, 
for still another thing, he had learned 
that man had really been made in the 
image of God and that Jesus Christ 

had truly risen from the dead. He had 
learned, too, that the Bible could be 
depended upon, that it was an inspired 
book. We shall learn, as we go on with 
these lessons, what use Joseph made 
of these truths. 
Questions for Discussion 

1. Where and when was Joseph Smith 
born? Who were his parents? 

2. Where is Palmyra? Where is 
Cumorah? (Study map.) 

3. What is a religious revival for? Tell 
something about the one in Man- 
chester. How was Joseph affected 
by the revival? 

4. Relate the First Vision. What truths 
do we learn from this vision? 

5. Read or sing the hymn "Oh, how 
Lovely was the Morning," and ex- 
plain why this hymn was chosen 
in connection with the lesson. 

Social Science 


Lesson I: The Family the basic unit 

of society. 
Objective: To understand more fully 

the sacredness of home and family 

Visual Aids: Pictures of a happy family 

gathering, will help to visualize this 

group and its importance. 
Suggested Song: " O My Father ". 

n the teachings of the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the 
family is considered of greatest im- 
portance. The marriage covenant is 
sacred and should be entered into only 
after serious and prayerful considera- 
tion. It is generally considered that the 
family is the basic organization of 
society. It was so designed by God. 

The home is the cradle of civilization. 
The strength of a nation depends upon 
the strength of its individual homes. 
The strength and effectiveness of the 
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day 
Saints depends upon the strength of 
our individual homes. 
Mother Love 

We know our Father in heaven loves 
us and is concerned for our happiness. 
We all come into the world as little 
helpless infants, unable to do anything 
for ourselves. We must be kept warm, 
well fed, comfortable, well and happy. 
Most mothers would sacrifice their 
own comfort or their very lives for the 
well-being of their children. 

Father Love 

In the family the father's love is 
also important and when a husband 
and wife are bound together in the 
holy bonds of marriage, with an under- 
standing of the responsibility of each 
for the other, we have the organization 
which God has designed for the best 
good of all his children. 

It has been said that parenthood is 
next to godhood. Another oft repeated 
saying is that " God could not be 
everywhere and so he gave us 

Dangers that threaten family life 

The sacredness of the marriage 
covenant is threatened as there are 
those who fail to live up to their 
covenants and resort to divorce. We 
have all seen the tragedy which comes 
when the father and mother cease to 
love each other, when they first begin 
to criticize and say unkind things to 
each other. Sometimes they take in- 
terest in another man or woman, not 
their spouse. Sorrow comes at once 
into the home The children very 
quickly realize that something is wrong. 
They are frightened and feel insecure. 
Usually there is fault with both father 

and mother, and they should talk to- 
gether and try to find out what is 
happening and when they no longer 
love each other as they did at first. 
Sometimes it is the fault of the mother 
who nags and complains to her hus- 
band all the time. Or maybe she does 
not take care of the house and family 
as she should. Maybe she lets herself 
get untidy, and does not try to stay 
attractive. There may be fault with the 
man, too. Maybe he is lazy and does 
not provide food for his family. Some- 
times the dreadful curse of alcohol 
enters in to break up the home. The 
man sometimes takes an interest in 
another woman. They should talk things 
over in a kindly way and both 
recognize their mistakes and proceed 
at once to correct the mistakes. They 
should always realize what a very 
serious matter it is to break up the 
family. It is a sin against the children. 
They always suffer most when parents 
insist on divorce. It has been said that 
" when harmony, mutual consideration 
and trust pass out of the home, hell 
enters it ". 

Always remember that " marriage is 
ordained of God" (D & C 49:15). The 
family unit may be maintained through- 
out eternity if the marriage is per- 
formed in the holy temple and if we 
keep God's commandments and are 
true to our covenants. The Melchizedek 
Priesthood held by the father in the 
family is the greatest authority, for it 
can be traced bach to Jesus Christ 
and then through the Prophet Joseph 
Smith to the father in the home. Hus- 
band and wife must be true to each 
other. They must be kind and con- 
siderate and patient with each other 
so that their love for each other will 
continue forever. Remember the great 
responsibility parents have to their 
children. We must be true to them. 
God has commanded us.