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DECEMBER 



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This is the last issue of the "Millennial Star" 
— first published in May 1840, and the only 
Church magazine to survive for 130 years. To all 
our readers . . . Farewell and God bless you. 




The Staff of 

Deseret Enterprises in 

Mitcham and at 

their new offices in 

Manchester, 

and the staff of the 

"Millennial Star" 

take this opportunity 

of wishing all 

their customers 

a Joyous Christmas 

and a 

Prosperous New Year. 




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CONTENTS 

The Last Editorial 
The First Editor 
Story of the Star 

Tributes 

Christmas Greetings 
S. Dilworth Young 
Howard W. Hunter 
Christmas Families 
Miscellany 



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After I'iO years of continuous publication the 

Editorial staff of the "Millennial Star" 

announce with regret that this will be the 

final issue. In keeping with the programmes 

of the church, beginning next month the General 

Authorities will be publishing a new 

series of church periodicals. 






Editor: 
David Boulton 



News Editors : 
Muriel Cuthbert 
Gwen Cannon 



Business Manager: 
Peter Morley, 
21 Stanley Street, 
Cheetham, 
Manchester M8 8SH 



Design and Art Direction: 
Walter Chiles 



The Millennial Star 
is the official publication 
of the 

Church of Jesus Christ 
of Latter-day Saints 
in Great Britain, 
published monthly 
from 21 Stanley Street 
Cheetham 

Manchester M8 8SH 
England. 



Printed by 

The Target Press Ltd 
Boulton Road 
Reading, Berks. 



















WHAT! Have we reached the end 
of the way? Will 1970 go down on 
the last of the "little Millennial 
Star"? Are we to see you no more, 
Can 130 years of faithful service be 
dismissd so easily, without a fare- 
well, without a thought, no back- 
ward glance, no sorrowing for the 
loss of a friend so true and of such 
long standing? 

"Parting and forgetting? What 
faithful heart can do these? Our 
great thoughts, our great affections, 
the truths of our lives never leave 
us — Surely they cannot be sepa- 
rate from our consciousness; will 
follow it whithersoever that shall 
go, and are, of their nature, divine 
and immortal." (William Makepeace 
Thackeray 1811—1863). 

Whe liasfe 

When Parley P. Pratt gave to the 
world the first "Millennial Star" in 
May 1840, he heralded it as "that 
luminary, which nightly conducted, 
may be a means in the hand of 
God of breaking the slumber and 
silence of midnight darkness, 
which, like a gloomy cloud, has 
long hung over the moral horizon 
— of dispelling the mists of error 
and superstition, which have 
darkened the understanding, and 
benumbed and blunted every great 
and noble faculty of the soul — and 
of kindling a spark of light in the 
hearts of thousands, which will at 
length blaze forth and light up the 
dawn of that bright day which was 
seen afar off by holy men of old — 
the Sabbath of Creation." 



Down over 130 years great men 
of our faith have joined Elder Pratt 
in preaching and teaching the gos- 
pel of Jesus Christ through the 
pages of the "Star" — fearlessly, 
boldly, without equivocation, and 
without a doubt in their hearts that 
this was to be about their Father's 
business. List the men who have 
stood at the helm of the "Stan" in 
past years and its reads like a 
"Who's Who of General Authori- 
ties" — Wllford Woodruff (who bap- 
tised 599 of the 600 United Brethren 
in that pond on Benbows Farm) , 
Orson Hyde, Orson Spencer (who 
read his own obituary in the "Star" 
when he came to take over as 
editor), Orson Pratt, Daniel H. 
Wells, George 0. Cannon, Brigham 




Young, Joseph F. Smith (father of 
our Prophet today) , Heber J. Grant, 
George Albert Smith, James E. Tal- 
mage, David O. McKay . . . their 
testimonies shine out of the pages 
of the past and declare to all the 
world the truth of Mormonism, the 
restoration of the Church of Christ, 
the knowledge of revelation — truths 
of their lives which can never leave 
us, which are 'divine and immortal." 
Farewell, little Star, your course 
is run. Progress, Victor Hugo's "on- 
ward stride of God," has overtaken 
you. Your work is done. You have 
served nobly your purpose, you 
have seen Christ's true Church 
grow in this land so treasured by 
Apostles of old and enobled by 
saints of the latter days. 



Humbly we add our witness — 
once more — to those that have 
gone ... no, not In a whisper — 
in a shout from the rooftops for all 
the world to hear and know the 
truth . . . 

We KNOW that God lives; like 
Paul we say "He whom ye ignor- 
antly worship, declare I unto you," 
God lives, He is our Heavenly 
Father; we are His children; 

We KNOW like Peter of old that 
Jesus is "the Christ, the son of the 
living God;" He is our Redeemer, 
our Saviour, that Messiah so longed 

for and so long looked for by the 
Jews, and yet not recognised when 
he stood in their midst: 

We KNOW that a young boy 
called Joseph, only 14 years old, 
knelt in prayer in a grove of trees, 
seeking the truth, and saw God and 
Jesus Christ . . . and they spoke 
to him; 

We KNOW that this same boy 
was called by God to restore, in 
these last days, tho true Church of 
Jesus Christ, and to bring back to 
man the Priesthood of God, that 
power and authority last held by 
the Apostles in the Meridian of 
Time by which worlds are created 
and through which God performs 
His will upon the earth; 

We KNOW that the great second 
witness to the divinity and authority 
of Jesus the Christ, the Book of 
Mormon, is indeed the Word of God 
translated by the Prophet Joseph 
Smith and given to the world for 
their perfection; 

We KNOW that we have a Pro- 
phet of God at our head this day — 
Joseph Fielding Smith, a Prophet 
like unto Moses, Abraham of old, 



who talks with Christ and receives 
His instructions; 

We KNOW for a surety that "the 
time is far spent," Christ is coming 
again, is now even at the door, and 
manl<ind will be judged according 
to their works and their deeds; 

Humbly we declare, look up, ye 
saints, for Christ is at hand; you who 
have put your "hand to the plough" 
(Luke 9:62), you who have been 
baptised, look not back, look up, 
steer that course along the straight 
and narrow into God's presence; 
put off the sins of today; steer 
clear of the world and all its ways 
— be in the world and yet not of 
the world; repent . . . repent and 
cleanse your souls, for the hand of 
God is indeed "breaking the slum- 
ber and silence of midnight dark- 
ness . . . and kindling a spark of 
light in the hearts of thousands" in 
this fair land of ours. Lead the way, 
ye latter-day saints, lead and direct 
their paths and their understanding. 

May we end our days by quoting 
that greatest of all Apostles, John: 
"Beloved, let us love one another, 
for love is of God; and every one 
that loveth is born of God, and 
knoweth God." 

God bless you all. 

DAVID BOULTON 



"The strength of the Church is not 
in a large membership, but the real 
strength of this Church lies in the 
power and authority of the holy priest- 
hood which our Heavenly Father has 
given to us in this day." 

—Harold B. Lee 



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This is a plea from 
♦he Editor of the 
"Millennial Star" . . . 

During the five years 
that I edited the "big" 
edition of the "Star" 
I faithfully kept a 
copy of each issue for 
my own library. 
BUT over the years 
these have been borrowed 
— and not returned — and 
now my only record of 
five years hard labour 
is a bundle of a dozen 
or so copies of the 
"Star." 

I would be grateful if 
members having spare 
copies of the larger 
sized "IMillennial Star" 
could let me have the 
spare copies so that I 
can build up my files 
again . . . and thus have a 
permanent record of my work. 

Thank you so much. 

Please send them to: 
David Boulton, 
6 Carew Road, 
Wallington, Surrey. 

P.S.: Has anybody got any 196L 
Copies? 










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LIVING in the shadow of a great man does not lessen the light for living it 
His greatness transcends the shadow. 

From the moment he received the Gospel in 1830, Parley P. Pratt became a 
servant of God, almost beyond the comprehension of mortal man. His under- 
standing of the physical and spiritual elements composing our universe have 
lifted the spirits of the multitudes and lighted the way of the weary for 140 years. 

Love for his family multiplied with each child born to him until the light of 
love outshone all else in the lives of his children, its brightness concealing 
moments of hardship and making trivial the burdens so heavy to most. 

Grandmother Ann Agatha Walker Pratt, born on June 11, 1829, in Leek, 
Staffordshire^ married to Parley Parker Pratt, on April 28, 1847. She once said 
of him some years after his death, when asked to marry another: "I have lived 
the fullest, having had the best, so why should I despoil that memory" — and this 
after having been married to him for only 10 years, most of which he had been 
away from home on various missions for the Church. 

The letters of love to his wife far outshine any possible legend. 

Words of guidance to his children, though oft from afar, could weW make a 
treatise on youth guidance. 

The "Millennial Star" was to me a legend although I knew it was still supposed 
to be in existence. Imagine my joy, when rummaging the effects f^f my prede- 



cesser in the Church Building Department, Brother Rudger Dent, and there in a 
drawer was a current issue of the "Star". It was a happier moment than I can 
express. 

An equal thrill, while perusing the book "A Century of Mormonism in Great 
Britain" to find the minutes of a meeting, April 14, 1840, of the Quorum of 
Twelve, then in England at which time it was decided to publish a "monthly 
periodical for the benefit and information of the Church." 

Then the minutes of April 16, 1840, "The number of the Quorum sr.me as 14th" 
at which time Parley P. Pratt was chosen as editor and on that same day the 
decision was reached. "The periodical will be named "the Latter-day Saints 
Millennial Star." 

Sister Pratt and I feel to the fullest the sadness of the Saints in general, so 
many of whom are of British ancestry, at the demise of this beautifully historical 
and truly English publication which has served so long and so well. 

We are gratefully humble to be here, coincidence or not, at its passing. 

Harold O. Pratt 
Grandson of the first Editor 

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Part of a letter written by Parley P. Pratt (pictured on opposite page). 

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by James P. Hill 



The Millennial Star, official publi- 
cation of the Mormon Church in Eng- 
land since May, 1840, has recorded the 
rise and progress of the Church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints over 
a greater span of time than any other 
publication ever issued by this Church 
in its one hundred and thirty years of 
latter-day existence. 

The Star has chronicled events, tem- 
poral and spiritual, under six Sove- 
reigns of the British Empire and under 
all ten Presidents of the Church, includ- 
ing the Prophet Joseph Smith. When 
Queen Victoria was early displaying 
her superb British statesmanship and 
sagacity the Star was noting events of 
the Church and the world. 

When Joseph Smith, the latter-day 
Prophet, was rounding out his work 



of "gathering the first harvest" and 
"strengthening the cause of Zion/' the 
Star was recording the progress of 
events. When a murderous mob 
claimed the Prophet Joseph as its vic- 
tim, the Star, with black borders, 
mourned the loss with those who loved 
the Prophet, and with just men every- 
where. 

When the first Britons left home and 
country to take their chances with the 
Church of Jesus Christ in a new world 
and on new frontiers, the Millennial 
Star recorded their departure, and has 
continued to note the sacrifices and 
faithfulness of these men and women 
who chose principles before conven- 
ence, and truth before worldly posses- 
sions. 

As thousands of missionaries have 



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quietly come and gone from British 
shores during the past 130 years the 
IVIillennial Star has noted their arrivals 
and departures, their success and dis- 
appointments, their welcomes and per- 
secutions, their testimonies and con- 
version. 

When a misinformed British Press 
has attacked "Mormons" and "Mormon- 
ism," the Star has replied with facts. 
When a well-informed British Press has 
dealt fairly with the "Mormon" ques- 
tion, the Millennial Star has noted this 
fair treatment and has published its 
gratitude. 

Among the editors and associate 
editors of the Millennial Star, oldest 
publication of the Church now in exis- 
tence, have been numbered seven of 
the Presidents of the Church, many of 
the General Authorities, and others of 
the Church's most worthy and brilliant 
writers and thinkers^ including univer- 
sity presidents, eminent scientists, 
congressmen, professors, poets, law- 
yers, financiers and scholars. 

The beginning of the Millennial Star 
dates back to the year 1840, when 
Brigham Young, and a majority of the 
Twelve Apostles conducted their affairs 
in England as a Quorum for the first 
and last time. The action which brought 
the Millennial Star into existence and 
named it, is recorded in the minutes 
of a General Conference of the Church 
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 
held in the Temperance Hall, Preston, 
Lancashire, England, on the 15th of 
April, 1840. 

In accordance with the commission 
from the Council of the Twelve, after 
the close of the conference, Elder 
Parley P. Pratt went to Manchester, 
and began preparations for the publica- 
tion of the Star. Within a month he 
had all arrangements completed and 



was able to issue the first number in 
the latter part of May, under date of 
May, 1840. 

The size of the page, weight of 
paper, and general make-up chosen at 
the beginning have been continued 
until the present. It was issued first as 
a monthly of twenty-four pages, with 
cover, and bore the imprint, "Man- 
chester: Printed by W. R. Thomas. 
Spring Gardens, 149, Oldham Road." 

The first number (May, 1841) of the 
second volume, was printed by Dalton 
and Rigg, 61 Spring Gardsns. After that 
the numbers bore the imprint: "Printed 
and published by P. P. Pratt, 47, Oxford 
Street, Manchester, and for sale at 
Emigration Office, 36, Chapel Street, 
Liverpool." Before the volume closed 
the publishing office was removed to 
Liverpool, 36, Chapel Street, and from 
that time until the removal of the Euro- 
pean Headquarters to London in March 
1933, the Star had been edited in that 
city. 

Commencing with Volume VI (June 
15th, 1845) the Star was changed to a 
semi-monthly, and in 1852 the paper 
was changed from a semi-monthly to a 
weekly periodical. 

On two different occasions the very 
existence of the Millennial Star has 
been threatened through lack of patron- 
age. The editor intended to suspend the 
publication at the close of Volume II, 
but upon the urgent appeal of the Scot- 
tish saints and others who promised 
and rendered financial aid, it was con- 
tinued. Early in 1843, agreeable to in- 
structions from the Church in Nauvoo, 
Illinois, the publication of the Star was 
stopped temporarily, but only for two 
months, after which it «rt/a.s continued, 
the back numbers issued, so that there 
was in effect no break in the publica- 
tion. In October. 1843, the Star had one 



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thousand six hundred subscribers, but 
when the periodical was changed to a 
weekly publication, January 1st, 1852, 
the circulation was increased to about 
twenty-two thousand and the sub- 
scription price lowered from threepence 
to one penny. 

Until 1861, the Millennial Star and 
other Church publications were printed 
by various firms in England, but in the 
spring of 1861 arrangements were made 
by President George O. Cannon, 
according to the wishes of President 
Brigham Young, for the printing and 
publishing of the Millennial Star, 
"Journal of Discourses," and other 
Church works and periodicals at the 
Latter-day Saint Mission Office in 
Liverpool. 

Consequently, a printing press and 
the necessary machinery, type and 
material was purchased, and the first 
number of the Millennial Star was prin- 
ted and published from number 42_ 
Islington, Liverpool, commencing with 
number 17 of VoJume 23, dated April 
20th, 1^61. The Star was printed from 
its own printing department from then 
until May 4th, 1933, when, with the re- 
moval of Mission Headquarters to 
London, it came from ths shop of Mr. 
James Foggo at 27, Park Lane, Liver- 
pool, the plant having been leased to 
him. 

Yet a third time the existence of the 
Star was threatened and this in very 
recent times, due to circumstances 
with which many readers are, in part, 
familiar. 

At the outbreak of war in September, 
1939, President Hugh B. Brown was 
very doubtful as to whether the Millen- 
nial Star could be continued by local 
brethren with only spare time at their 
disposal. The General Authorities of 
the Church were strong in advocating 



its continuance^ inasmuch as the Star 
is the oldest Church puijiication, and 
indeed a bulwark of the faith in Britain 
After long consultation with the 
Mission Presidency then proposed, it 
was decided that Elder James P. Hill 
should take over the work under the 
direction of President Brown, and with 
the assistance of Elders Melvin W. 
Dunn and Samuel W. Dyson who had 
been called on missions. 

Parley P. Pratt, the first Editor, 
stated: "This Journal will be printed 
until the Millennium will come," and 
the Star has faith that this utterance 
will be fulfilled and that the Journal 
will continue to be printed in "Britain 
for British people," heralding the 
Gospel message even under the most 
difficult conditions. 

It is interesting to note that the 
moving of the office of the publication 
of the Star from Liverpool to London 
which did not occur till 1933, was pre- 
dicted at a meeting of the Council of 
the Twelve in 1840, when it was: 
"Moved by Elder Kimball, that Elder 
Richards take care of the Millennial 
Star; seconded and carried. Voted that 
our publishing office be moved to 
London, as soon as circumstances per- 
mit." It was 93 years before circum- 
stances permitted. 

On the arrival of Apostle Orson 
Hyde and Jphn Taylor, in October, 1846 
to assume the Presidency of the 
British Mission, the first named be- 
came editor of the Star. Word having 
been received that Elder Orson Spen- 
cer was dead, his obituary was pub- 
lished in the Star on January 1st, 1847^ 
and in the next issue Elder Hyde 
announced his own departure for 
America, and the appoint.ment of Elder 
Franklin D. Richards to the presidency 
of the Mission and editorship of the 



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Star. Elder Richards tenure of office 
was very brief; he only remained to 
edit one number of the Star, and, in- 
deed, his name was not even published 
as editor, but instead appeared the 
name of Orson Spencer, for, strange 
to say, he landed in England twenty- 
three days after his death had been 
announced, and enjoyed a privilege 
which most mortals are denied — that of 
reading his own obituary! 

In June, 1936, Elder Joseph Merrill 
wrote in the Star: 

"But it has occurred to us that it 
would be well to tell our readers a 
few facts about the "Star." Obviously, 
it is a religious paper; it aims to carry 
in each issue one or more messages 
having a religious value. Whatever 
else it docj, the "Star" aims to teach 
religion; to be a religious messenger. 
It is the organ of the British Mission 
in the Church. The amount of material 
it can publish is therefore small. It is 
not self-supporting. Its income does 
not pay all the cost of its printing and 
distribution. So the "Star" has never 
been promoted as a money making 
venture. It has been published for the 
benefit of its readers." 

This has always been the banner 
under which the Millennial Star has 
been published. 



MAN 

What a piece of work is man : 
How noble in reason ! How infi- 
nite in faculties! 
In form and moving, how express 
and admirable! In action, how 
like an angel! In apprehension, 
how like a God! " 

William Shakespeare 



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FROM LEICESTER STAKE 

The passing of the "Millennial Star" is something which will be missed by so 
many, but it is but a part of the many great changes which are taking place in 
the Church today, not only in the Church, but the whole world. Time slips by so 
quickly, we almost have to force ourselves to stop for a moment and take stock. 

Each day the newspaper, radio, television and the many technical publications 
announce far reaching changes, it may be the change in the price of a com- 
modity, in Government Policy or a break through in a scientific field, always 
comes quickly the question, what ever will they do next? 

However, one thing is very sure, as the correlated programmes of the Church 
continue to expand with the new magazines in the home of every member, the 
foundation which the "Millennial Star" built will surely blossom forth. 

One could almost say that with its setting, the "Millennial Star" ushers in 
the dawn of the Millennial Era, wherein we might prepare for the coming of the 
Saviour with all of His power where upon another change comes to mankind as 
every knee does bow, and every tongue confess that Jesus is the Christ. 

FROM MANCHESTER STAKE 

The saints of the Manchester Stake pay a tribute to the "Millennial Star," and 
the large part it has played in many personal conversions. 



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As it arrived month by month, investigators read of the struggles and tribu- 
lations of the early church members; noted the efforts of the various branches of 
the Church to maintain a social programme without adequate buildings; read of 
the arrivals and departures of missionaries to the British Mission; were thrilled 
by the testimonies of new converts — and all the time it was bringing a change in 
their attitude and thinking. 

As they drew inspiration from its pages, it became more and more real to 
them — that there was a God, and that there were people prepared to serve Him, 
people they longed to know and to associate with. 

It wiir be hard to think of the "Millennials Star's" passing. It has r'ways been 
so closely identified with the Church in Great Britain^ recording everything 
possible of happenings here in more detail than we will be able to expect in 
the new Church magazines. 

FROM THE SUNDERLAND STAKE 

We are grateful for the contribution the "Millennial Star" has made to stimulate 
the lives of our members. 

It has been possible for us to learn of news and progress in other British 
stakes and missions — information available nowhere else, and we l^ave regarded 
the magazine peculiarly as 'our own'. 

Through its pages we have come to be familiar with the words of the General 
Authorities, and we have often been inspired by the poems, testimonies, etc, of 
the British Latter-day Saints, 

While we are proud of the fact that the "Millennia! Star" is the oldest maga- 
zine in the Church, we realise that the time of change has arrived and we will 
give the new "Ensign" the welcome it deserves. 

FROM THE ENGLAND CENTRAL MISSION 

It is with love and appreciation but a touch of sadness in our hearts that we 
share these thoughts with you today. "The "Millennial Star" has been a most 
effective missionary tool, has helped strengthen testimonies, has been the means 
of making and keeping friends, and has enriched the lives of all who have had 
the opportunity to read it. Both new converts and members of the church for 
many years have eargerly watched for their issue of the "Millennial Star" each 
month. It has been a great aid in fellowshipping and in testimony building. The 
England Central .Mission is most grateful to all those who have made this publi- 
cation possible in the past, and in this final issue would like to take this oppor- 
tunity to express our thanks and appreciation for a job well done. 

The England Central Mission, formerly called the Central British Mission, was 
formed in 1960. All the historic highlights of our mission's organisation and 
growth have been preserved in the "Millennial Star," both in picture and in story. 
It is most interesting to note the history and the growth of the mission under the 
capable leadership of such great men as James A. Cullimore, Joy F. Dunyon, 
and George I. Cannon. A good foundation has been laid and much progress made, 
but, according to the prophecies of men of God concerning this area, the greatest 

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strides for success will be in the future for wonderful things are promised to 
come to pass. 

This Christmas edition of the "Millennial Star" will be "special" to all the 
people who have enjoyed and have been uplifted by its contents in the past. It 
will be something we will keep and cherish. Let us also make thir. Christmas 
season "special" and keep and cherish throughout the year the love we feel for 
our fellowmen in our hearts now as we endeavour to more fully live according 
to the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

FROM MURIEL CUTHBERT 

As this will be the last publication of the "Millennial Star" I vyould like to 
take the opportunity to thank the many news reporters through the British Isles 
for all the work they have done in supplying items for the news section. 

It has been a very interesting experience, and although I have not met all of 
you I have made many friends because of this assignment. I shall miss the 
letters, even though at times I could not read the writing correctly, I felt I had 
a personal link with each Mission and Stake. 

May the lord bless you all for your efforts, may everyone of you have a very 
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That ever comes to one, 
I would Uke to have seen 
The face of God 
When the angels returned 
And announced to Him, 
"You have a little Son." 

Ora Pate Stewart 




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For unto us a child is bom 

unto us a son is given 

and the government shall be upon 

his shoulder and his name 

shall be called Wonderful . . . 



Wf&SSIIBSSIBSflBSISSI^MMm 



There is joy in Christmas which is unsurpassed by any other season or 
event In the year. With this celebration is associated the soul satisfaction 
that comes from losing self for the happiness of others. Because of this, 
though Christmas had no other virtue, each Yuletide should find the 
world a little better than the last, and men and women a little more in- 
clined to strive to establish peace on earth. 

Ever since man was placed on earth, peace has been among his noblest 
quests. Associated with it has been his desire for freedom — freedom to 
express what he thinks, freedom to choose his work without dictatorial 
compulsion, freedom to worship without molestation, freedom to own 
a home into which dictators or usurpers may not enter unbidden — indis- 
pensable conditions to the enjoyment of peace! 

It is my conviction that millions of sincere people the world over are 
praying and striving for this consummation. 

The loyalty of the members of the Church to the ideals and teachings 
of the Man of Galilee has been evidenced by the response of tens of thou- 
sands to the message of the Restored Gospel as proclaimed by messen- 
gers at home and abroad, by ready and willing response to 'calls" and 
assignments, and by increased tithes and offerings. 

All such efforts contribute to the joy and peace Christ came to establish. 

But let us ever remember that the price of peace is eternal vigilance 
and constant righteous efforts. Forces of evil and misery are still ram- 
pant in the world and must be resisted. The Powers of Darkness have in- 
creased in accordance with the spread of the Gospel .Whole nations are 
declaring atheism to be the law of the iand. Atheism has become the 
greatest weapon Satan has to use, and its evil influence is brmging degra- 
dation to millions throughoui ihe world, hven at this moment as the sun 
throws warm, genial rays on snow-capped summits and trost-covered 
valleys of this western land, the public press tells of increasing activity 
on the part of the Evil One. Warlike activities and Internationa' misunder- 
standings prevent the establishing of Peace and divert man s inventive 
genius from thfe paths of science, art, and literature, and apply it to 
human retardation and the holocausts of war. 

The rising sun can dispel the darkness of night, but it cannot banish 
the blackness of malice, hatred, bigotry, and selfishness from the hearts of 
humanity. Happiness and peace will come to earth only as the Light ot 
Love and human compassion enter the souls of men. 

it was for this purpose that Christ, the Son of Righteousness, with 
healing in his wings" came in the meridian of time. Through Him wicked- 
ness will be overcome; and hatred, enmity, strife, poverty, and war 
abolished. This will not be accomplished, however, with atomic bombs 
and battleshot; with submarines or poison gas, but with a slow but never- 
failing process of changing men's mental and spiritual attitudes. The ways 
and habits of the world depend upon the thoughts and soul-convictions of 
men and women. If, therefore, we would change the world, we must first 



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change people's thoughts. Only to the extent that men desire Peace and 
Brotherhood can the world be made better. Only by adhering to sound 
principles can peace come, either to individuals or nations. 

Christ is the true light of men's lives. He is the Son of God — the Savie 
of the world! His coming was heralded by heavenly hosts singing: 
"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." 
(Luke 2:14). 

Thus was recorded the greatest and most momentous fact in the history 
of the world. In His taking upon Himself mortality, Christ personified 
Deity; in His walks and teachings among men, He exemplified the true 
philosophy of being; in His death and resurrection, He opened the door 
to life and immortality. 

Rejecting the Tempter's scheme of coercion and self-glorification, the 
Saviour established a plan that will regenerate men's souls. He knew 
that this regenerating force would be silent, almost imperceptible; slow 
in gaining momentum, and disappointing to all except only those who 
caught His vision; victorious only through His death, resurrection, and 
Second Coming. 

With the announcement of the Birth of the Saviour by the Heavenly 
Hosts more than nineteen centuries ago, there was given a message 
which, if heeded, would unite peoples of all nations in a friendliness that 
would bring not suspicion and fear of the possibility of any atomic war, 
but confidence and resultant peace. 

Many and swift are the changes that have come to the peoples of the 
world since the announcement of the angels, but the principles they gave 
remain changeless and ever applicable and essential to the happiness, sal- 
vation, and exaltation of the children of men. These principles as summa- 
rised are: 

1 Faith in God ("Glory to God in the Highest"). 

2 Peace through brotherly love ("Peace on earth"). 

3 Good will and fellowship ("Good will among men"). 

No worry or anxiety over the choosing and giving of gifts; no enjoyment 
of holiday feasts; no decorations however modern or attractive; no 
social parties however jovial, should ever overshadow the fact that Christ- 
mas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ who came to give Life, 
Light, and Peace to all mankind, and who marked the Way by which these 
eternal blessings may be obtained. Let us ever remember that "... God so 
loved the world, that he gave his only begotten. Son, that whosoever 
believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16). 

This love of our Father has been manifested ever since He gave free 
agency to man and was particularly made known during the earthly life of 
Jesus, by His teachings. To His disciples in that day. He said ' Ihese things 
1 have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye 
shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." 
(John 16:33). 

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This love was again demonstrated eighteen hundred years later when 
the Father introduced the Saviour to the young man, Joseph Smith, saying 
"This is IVIy Beloved Son, Hear Him!" 

Under the divine authority, Jesus, the Babe of Bethlehem, who later 
established His Gospel among men, who was crucified, resurrected, and 
who lives today, again established His Church that all mankind might hear 
His word and receive eternal blessings through obedience to the laws and 
ordinances of the Gospel. 

Therefore, let your gifts to one another carry with them a reminder of 
the Father's gift of His only begotten Son, who in turn gave to all the gift 
of the Gospel. Let the pleasures of the season be subordinated to the true 
spiritual meaning of this greatest of all festivities — The Birth of Our Lord 
and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

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^wJ a^ai« inasmuch as parents 

have children in Zion or in any of her stakes 

which are organised that teach them not 

to understand the doctrines of repentance, 

faith in Christ the Son of the living God, and 

of baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost 

by the laying on of hands when eight years 

old, the sin be upon the heads of the parents. 



RHHHnHBH 



by S. Dilworth Young 



"Now when they saw the boldness 
of Peter and John, and perceived that 
they were unlearned and ignorant men, 
they marvelled; and they took know- 
ledge of them, that they had been with 
Jesus. 

"And beholding the man which was 
healed standing with them, they could 
say nothing against it. 

"But when they had commanded 
them to go aside out of the council, 
they conferred among themselves. 

"Saying, what shall we do to these 
men? for that indeed a notable miracle 
hath been done by them is manifest 
to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; 
and we cannot deny it. 

"But that it spread no further among 
the people, let us straitly threaten 
them, that they speak henceforth to no 
man in this name. 

"And they called them, and com- 
manded them not to speak at all nor 
teach in the name of Jesus. 

"But Peter and John answered and 
said unto them. Whether it be right In 
the sight of God to hearken unto you 
more than unto God, judge ye. 

"For we cannot but speak the things 
which we have seen and heard." 
(Acts 4:13-20). 

It is that last phrase that I should 
like to apply to children. It is the bur- 
den of the Church, if any such thing 
can be a burden, to testify of things 
"seen and heard." How are we to teach 
children? They do not know ail that an 
adult should know, but they, should 
have no doubt as to where adults 
stand. 

Every boy has a right to get the 
feeling that his father and his mother 
and his priesthood teacher, his Sunday 
School Teacher and his scoutmaster, 
or anyone with whom he comes into 



association in the Church, knows of a 
surety of things "seen and heard." 
Every girl has a right to the same 
assurance that her parents and leaders 
know of things "seen and heard." 

Young folks themselves do not know 
yet, but confidence which they must 
develop comes because those closely 
in touch with them constantly bear 
witness to them in act, in deed, in 
word, that they know of things "seen 
and heard," the things seen and heard 
mentioned by Peter and John; the 
things mentioned by Nephi in the first 
chapter of the Book of Mormon in 
talking about his father Lehi, of the 
things he saw and heard; the glories 
of the gospel and of Jesus Christ and 
of all the things "seen and heard" of 
him and of the things Joseph Smith 
"saw and heard." 

Children are not well taught by just 
being told. When I was a young man, 
at one time I worked on a ranch in 
Idaho for a large cattle outfit. Fences 
were more of a curiosity than now. 
The first morning I went to work for 
them (and I was green at it) the boss 
sent the man who took care of the 
"remuda," the horses, out to get them 
before daylight. I was curious to know 
how these cowboys were going to 
rope and saddle their horses because 
I could see no corral. I assumed the 
"punchers" were going to have a rare 
time chasing them down. But as day 
broke, in they came, fifty or sixty 
head of horses at a dead run, and they 
came to a corral I had not noticed. 

Stakes had been driven in a large 
circle on the prairie, each stake pro- 
truding about eighteen inches above 
the ground. In the top of each stake 
was an eyelet, and threaded through 
the eyelet was a rope; wings went 



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out from a twenty-foot entrance, per- 
haps one hundred feet on both sides. 
These horses came into the enclosure 
at a full gallop. The rope did not reach 
to their knees, and yet not a horse 
stepped over it. The punchers went 
into that little makeshift corral and 
roped their animals, saddled and 
bridled them, mounted and rode the 
buck out of them, and not a horse 
jumped over that rope out of the corral 

I asked the foreman why that was, 
and he said, "They know better." I 
did not learn until later what "better" 
meant, but the horses through fear 
first and habit second had long since 
learned where they could go and where 
they could not, and what they could 
do and what they should not do about 
stepping over that rope. 

Children are not horses, or even like 
horses, and we cannot teach them by 
fear because that has a bad effect 
upon them, but teach them we can 
and teach them we must. 

May I give you half a cozen homely 
and homey suggestions which to me 
seem simple, in relation to teaching 
children? Before I give them you 
may I say that teaching Is an attitude. 
One does not learn by the words 
spoken, but rather by the attitude and 
spirit in which they are 
spoken. One does not alv;ays lean by 
action, but by the happiness with which 
the action is performed. And the lesson 
must be repeated over and over again 
all the time the child is growing up. 
Surely the Lord knew what he was 
doing when he said, in effect, "I am 
going to give you these children for 
twenty years or so, before they mature, 
and in that twenty years repeat with 
them what they must know well." 
Twenty years is a long time to a child. 




S. Dilworth Young 

You have plenty of time to give them 
the habit of not stepping over the rope 
without having them fear it. 

FIRST, let us revive that happy 
custom oftaking our meals together 
Let us abolish the snack bars in our 
kitchens and establish a table around 
which all may sit, and let Father have 
breakfast with his children as well as 
supper and let them sit there for a few 
moments after each meal and have 
conversation about things which Father 
and Mother would like to talk. That 
custom is going out of our existence 
rapidly. It is a powerful thing; it will 
work wonders on children. 

SECOND, when Father comes home 
at night, I suggest to him that he really 
resist this temptation and put the 
paper m a hidden place until tne chiia- 
ren nave gone to oed. me news- 
paper nas no place m tne home where 
children are until tne Father nas spent 
tne evenmg witn tnem. And it is like 
reading tor tineen minutes a day — if 
you spend fifteen minutes or twenty 
minutes with eacn cniid according to 



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HIS years in doing things which are 
interesting to him ana being a com- 
panion to him, you have come nearer 
to tuitiliing your obligations as a tather. 
It you leave it up to ine mother, and 
get behind the newspaper, i thinl< you 
nave committed a sin, because the 
cniid is neglected, and you have not 
uone your duty, bo be firm; put the 
newspaper under the mat until atter 
tne children have gone to bed. 

THIRD be sure to spend time with 
each child, according to that childs 
age and interests. With a three-year- 
old girl, if you have to, get down and 
play paper dolls. With a seventeen- 
year-old son, who wants to go to the 
brigham Young University of Utah 
game, that is where you should be. 

The point is, by the time the child is 
twenty, he should be so companionable 
with his father that he can talk to him 
about anything he wants to. The way 
to do it is to be companionable at 
every age of his life, from the begin- 
ning. That is why it is important to 
learn how to handle a baby, fathers, 
and do all the things that a baby 
requires. 

FOURTH, it is a poor parent who is 
not up or awake when the children 
come home from late parties or late 
dates. Then is the time to invite them 
to talk over happened; to enjoy the 
things which were good and to be con- 
selled on avoiding the things which 
were sorrowful; to counsel wisely 
about the things which they might have 
done which are wrong. This practice, 
kept up all the days of his childhood, 
will be a great deterrent for a child 
who is anxious to stay out longer than 
he should. My mother sat up for me, 
and I did not have the nerve ever to 
keep her waiting too long. I knew she 



was there. It helped me. It will help all 
our children. 

FIFTH, no parent in this Church is 
doing his duty unless he makes the 
Sabbath what it should be. It should 
be a happy day together^ with the whole 
family participating. The first thing in 
the morning. Father and Johnny go to 
priesthood meeting, and Father should 
take Johnny there, not oJhnny take 
Father. They should discuss things on 
the way there and coming home, too. 
Each one should feel that the other is 
equal to him, and the father should take 
particular care that Johnny understands 
his priesthood. The Aaronic Priesthood 
is vital. This is successful r"^t so much 
because of what is said L_t because 
of the unsaid emotions and feelings 
engendered. 

And then, parents encourage the 
children, and themselves as much as 
they can, to go Sunday School and to 
the auxiliaries. But above all things, the 
whole family, if it is going to do what 
it ought to do, must go to Sacrament 
meeting. Father and Mother should 
lead the way, the children following 
close after and staying there until it 
is dismissed. If one child is too small, 
one can go out with him, walk him up 
and down until he gets the kinks out 
of his legs, or if a small child is cry- 
ing^ one may have to take him home; 
but the family understands that at the 
proper hour, all are in Sacrament meet- 
ing together. 

These suggestions followed carefully 
with assiduousness will bring others. I 
have not mentioned many things that 
should happen in the home, but they 
will happen: prayer, love, all of the 
things which go with it. 

May I now remind you of the first 

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Now when Jesus 

was bom 

in Bethlehem of 

Judaea in the days of 

Herod the king, 

behold there came wise 

men from the east 

to Jerusalem 
saying, Where is he 

that is born 

Kingof the Jews? 

for we have seen 

his star in the east 

and are come 

to worship him. 



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MILLENNIAL STAR, 

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rROSl'ECTUS. 
Thk long ]ii;;li( of darkiicss is now 
far spent — ilic Inith revived in its 
primilivo .simjdic.ity and purity, like 
llic day-star of the liori/on, lij^hts up 
the dawn of tljat cn'ulgcnt morn wlicn 
the knowledge of Cod will cover the 
earth as the waters cover the sea. Tt 
1ms jdeased the vMmiglity to Hcnd forth 
an lIoi.Y ANfJKi,, lo restore the ful- 
ness of the gospel with all its attendant 
hlcssings, to hring t.ogelhor his wan- 
dering sheej) into one fold, to restore to 
them " the faith wJn'ch was once 
delivered to the saints," and to semi 
liis servants in these last days, with a 
.special message to all tlu; nati<ms of 
the earth, in or<lcr to jirejtarc all who 
will hearken for the Second Advent 
'of JNIessi.-ih, which is now near ai hand. 

IJy this means, the Cluu'ch of .lesiis 
Christ of I«atter-I^ay Saints, (heing 
first organized in lb30) has spread 
ihronghout many parts of America and 
Europe ; and has caused many tens 
of thousands to rejoice above measure, 
while they arc enabled to walk in iho 
light of iruih. 

And feeling very desirous that others 
should bo njade partakers of the same 
blessingH by being made acqiiainled 
with ihc ttunic iruihs, ihoy have thought 



prrtjior to order the })uhlication of a 
IVriodieal devot«>d entirely to the great 
work of the spread of truth, sincerely 
])r.'iying that men may he led to circ- 
fully examine the subjocl, and lo 
disc«>rn l)elw(>en truth and error, and 
actaecordinj^ly. 

"Tin- Mir.r.F.KNiAT, St.vu" will 
stand aloof from the connnon political 
and rominercial news of the day. — Its 
cohunns will he devoted to (he spread 
of the fulness ol'the gos]iel — the roslov- 
ntion of the ancient principles of Chris- 
tianity — the gathering of Israel — the 
rolling forth of the kingdom of God 
among the nations — the signs of the 
linjcs — iho fulfilment of prophecy — 
recording the judgments of God as 
they l)efal the nationg, whether signs 
in the heavens or in the earth " blood, 
fire, or vapour of smoke" — in short, 
whatever is shown forth indicative of 
the coming of the "Son of INIan," and 
th.: ushering in of his universal reign 
on tlio earth. Tt will also contain 
letters from oiir numerous ciders who 
aro abroad, jircaching tho word botli 
in America and Europe, containing 
news of their s»;cccss in ministering 
(he blessings of the gloiious gosnel. 

As an Ancient Kccord has lately 
been discovered in Amcncu, unfolding 
li 



the hi-stdiy of thai coiiiineiil and its 
iiilialiilaiits, as far hack as its lirsi 
l)CO[iliiig .ilur the flood, ai.d CDiitaiu- 
jiig miic]i hi>:tiiital, pr<ii'l;> tical, and 
doctrinal knowled^'e, v.liirli is of tiie 
ntniost inijiortancv to the prrsent ai:o, 
we sliall yi\c sucli extracts from time 
to time as -.Nill be most interi"-.ti)i^,' to 
llic lovers oflnith. 

Vvom lliis ^'.';u■CL• \vc shall be able to 
jjiviir a lliiod cl'li^ht iijimr the wdrld cm 
subjeols before euiicealed — iijioii the 
liisu.ry *d" a r;atlui) Mliuse renmanls 
liave Ion.:; >'.r.vv.' dwindled to insimiili- 
eanee in niili i_",il d,ailvUe-s, and wbo.-r 
l"oMt)er i;rea:i.'.«> was Inst in obli\i(i;i, 
ur oidvl.ntv. n bv ibe ri iiiiins of cilir.-, 
pa'acts, temples, aijiicducis, niunu- 
nuiits, tuwi r>. forlitkati'ins, iniiiiteili- 
tfildj i;iscri].'.i.i;.s, ^epl"■k■brc.^, and 
bones. 

'I'liC ^•b:i':bi ;■ of ap,es li.is now bei n 
ln'-l-.eii. U'.' (lark eiirJain (j1' the pa--t 
lii-^ J en rdltd n}>. 'I'lie \ .il ol' (di- 
;-e;i!'i(v ]r.\- h < n I'/iiioved, a-^ il reLjards 
the wn;]-] o;.ll>.d ;!cw. — 'J"hi.>. d;sco\ir\ 
\'. illvelbj bfiiled anions; all iialicms, 
a^ ainoML' ibt^ mio'>1 lilorioiis oveiils of 
latter titiKs. ;;n<l as one ofthe principal 
iiieaiis of ovtrwbelniing the earth with 
kno-.vlcd;;e. 

'J'iiis ])aj'cr will also coiit.iiii extracts 
fi<ini soiDe roiiiarkable visions and 
revelations which have been uivcii to 
tiie siiinfs in this njv, unfcdilinij; the 
mysteries uf the kingdom of Cod from 
<la\"s of old and for aL!;cs to come; for 
truly some of the wonders of eternity 
have been opened to our view, and 
thing^ to co)ne have been shou n to us, 
even the tiiiiigs of many generations. 

EDITOirS ADDKESS TO HIS 
PATKfiNS. 

Friends and Jellou-t/avillcrx to 

eternity. 
It is with heart- felt j»iy and satis- 
fjtlion we have the pleasure of sending 



forilj ilie first Jiiimh^rorihcMiUennial 
iiti;— ihat Iniiiin.iry, wjiich riphtly 
conducted, may be a m. ans in .),,• 
liand .'i'Gcd. "f loeakini: the slumber 
and sibtice o\ midni-hl dsrkne--:, 
VArh'.h, likt .1 gloo)/iy ejond, has ).,„<,' 
Itinig over the nu>ral horizon of dis- 
pelling ihi mi>l5 (if error and g,iiper- 
Nlilioii, whiLJi have d.nkrned the 
nndoi>laMdiiig, and bcnnmbcrl pnd 
blunted ev.-ry great and lu-bl. I i. nhv 
ol the soJil — and of kindling a snirk 
of light in the hearts of il...,i-:.i|,ls, 
v.birhwi||;,t lin'.j;l]j blaze |..,il,. ;,,id' 
lijit lip the dav\n of lb a luighl dav 
wliieli wa- n.h!: alar oft 1)\ holy men 
of old -the Saldiaib of CrValion. 

We trust this piper will prove a 
welcom'- vtMlot lo the paLces of ihe 
Moblr, the ln:\n>•il'n^ of lln- rich, the 
\y>\\:\- cf lb.' hi .\(v, and !;.,■ CC>tt<'gis 
"!' ihc |)ccv; ;li .t i! c MiMimity (if it.s 
l!ii;b-. the -p!pndc:ii of It-, light, and 
tlie ea-y simplicity of it^ <ilyl(5 and 
! tngiiig''. ni.iy. ■•'■\ om,.', interest and 
e.iily ill ItMiie d, and instnict and 
enli^htui these in llie bui.ibler walks 
of life. 

W I- ale awa.<- of lb'' gtcatciec^ ,,f 
th • undtrtakirc. and of ihe Solemn 
;!nd i:wrul rc-poiisibilil\ rcitlr^g tipoii 
lis in conducting -uih a publiccrtion, 
;^N Will :•- of ih.' liiindl- -1 field the 
sborJe- I'c 'n — ibe f i^bi'tnlcss. deep 
upon wljieli Wtlia\e < iile.cd Wt* 
are tiidv .'^. n-ible cif «iiir own weakness 
and in;.l»il.'.\ l« fill >■• important a sta- 
tion -I" do jnStice to subject-, so 
•;Iuiio;;- .mmI s diliine, ti> themes so 
delighlfid, vo divin-' : llumcs which 
ha^e e\liaii-tcd tliL ebujiicncc of an- 
cient jiT' ph.li — the n.el"d_\ oi . >.pirc<I 
jiorls: ih. ;)i-^, of \-bieh ang v hf,ve 
tuned l';<.r '-v.e.ti'-t iioti >, th suWi- 
iMol effusi n^.in sti.iins divir>. y pi.^j, 
the fulr^ess yet untold. 

Sensible of our own infibilUy, yn- 
sh ille.'ii- r.lly.:iw;h«:d;'thc .,.-. word 



ofproplicoy, as loaliglilwliiclibliiiicsin 
a dark place, and seek for the inspira- 
tion of lliat Spirit which guides into 
all truth, and which scarclics all things; 
yea, the deep things of God. Tn so 
doing, we hope to be able to hold forth 
the truth in a light so clear and evi- 
dent, that it will commend itself to 
every man's conscience. 

In onr principles, we sliall be oI)li- 
ged to come in contact wiih many of 
the opinions, doctrines, and trr.ditions 
of men ; and have to contend with 
many j)rejudices which now exist in 
the world, growing out of the present 
and past unhapj)y stale of religious 
society. But we shall pursue a straight- 
forward, bold, and fearless (.-ourse, 
without turning a hair's-brcadlh to the 
right or left from the jtrinciples of 
irulh, to court a smile, or shim a frown. 
We shall not be careful to euipiire 
what will be popular or unpopular — 
wliat will please or di^jdease, but, what 
is truth ; and when we discern that 
a principle is true, aiul will benelit 
niankinil, we sliall pid)!ish it, even if 
it Were to come in contact with the 
opinions of all Christendom. 

If at anytime wc sliall be under the 
necessity of answering tibjeetions, cor- 
recting misrepresentations, or of enter- 
ing into the field of controversy with 
those who may dilllr from us, we 
shall " contend earnestly for the faith 
which was once delivered to the saints;' 
but Qt the same time, hold sacred the 
characters, regard the rights, and re- 
spect the feelings of those who do not 
see with us. "The servant of the 
Lord must not stnve, but be ge^Mlc — 
patient towards all men." " I;- meek- 
ness instructing those who oppose 
themselves." 

In matters of doctrine, we shall con- 
tend for one Lord, one faith, one bap- 
tism, one Holy Spirit, one (lod aii(l 
Tather of all ; and in short, for all lh< 



oflices, ordinances, gifts, and blessiiigb 
which were set in order among the 
ancient saints. 

As to parly names, wc shall acknow- 
ledge no name as belonging to the 
people of God but that of '".aints; a 
name which is older than the flood. 
In relation to the Church of God in 
this age of the world, we shall acknovr- 
ledge no name but " the Church of 
Jesus Chiisf, of Latter-day Saints." 

Tn regard to projihccy, we shall 
contend lor a literal .ipplicaiion and 
fiilfdment, according to the common 
usage of the language, — according to 
to the nn)st plain, easy, and simple 
meaning of words and sentences. 

As to '•Calvinism," "Arminianism," 
" Trinitarianism," " I'nilarianism," 
" Total Depravity," and a tlsousand 
(ulier such-like terms, which have 
confused, distracted, and divided the 
religious world, we know of no such 
terms in the Bible, and therefore have 
nothing to do with them. 

As to " the powers that be," wc shall 
teach men to fear God, honour and 
respect the laws, and all who are in 
authority, until he (Christ) reigns, 
w hose light it is to reign. 

.\s to Temperance, we shall ear- 
nestly j>lcad for men to be temperate 
in ;dl things; and especially to beware 
of drunkenness and all its attendaqt 
evils and abominations. 

In our style, we shall endcayour to 
be jdain and simple, as our principles 
are designed for the benefit of nil 
classes of society. In short, we hope 
by the aid and assistance of the Spirit 
of God, to comfort the mourner — to 
bind nj) the broken-hearted — to preach 
the gosi)el to the poor— to bring glad 
tidings to the meek; and "that those 
who have erred in spirit may come to 
understanding, and those who have 
murmured may learn doctrine," 

Mmnholcr, M"i/, IS 10. 



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THE MILLENNIUM. 

" For if Jisus had given them rest, Ojcu 
lie would not nftcnvarJ have spoken of ano- 
ther day. Tljcre rcmainetli therefore a reit 
\o the ijc<ji>lc of God." 

'llic wXird Millennium signifies a 
thousand years, and in this sense of 
ihc \rord may be applied to any thou- 
sand years, wLetlier under the reign 
ofuickedness or righteousness. But 
the term, /he Millennium, is generally 
understood to apply to the particular 
thousand years v/hich is mentioned in 
the Seriptures as the reiini of peace — 
the great sabLath of creation, of which 
Jill other sabbaths or jubilees seem to 
be but types. It is wTitten that " a 
thousand years is as one da\-, and one 
day as^ a thousand years with the 
Lord." ITiis being the case, then 
seven thousand jxars are seven days 
\\\\\\ the Lord, and the seventh, 
or last thousand years, would of 
course be a sabbath or jubilee; a rest, 
a grand releiise from senitude and wo. 

nie first sabbath appointed unto 
man, was the seventh day. It was 
sanctified and set apart bv the Crea- 
tor, and was to be obscneJ by man as 
a day of rest for himself, his house- 
hold, his Servants, and even his cattle, 
because the Lord had rested from all 
his work. 

Another sabbath was ap])ointcd to 
the Children of Israel. ( see Levit. 20 ) 
Tins consisted of everv seventh year. 
It was a sabbath for tlie eailh to rest 
from being cultivated ; and even that 
which grew spontaneously was not to 
bi^ gaibeivd in, but was free for all to 
pailake of, in the place wlu re it grew. 

'riiis seveinb year was not t>nly for 
the land to nst, but it was a kind of 
jubilee in which the creditor forgave 
the debtor — the scnatit wi nt free from 
his master, &c. A third sabbath or 
jubilee, consisted of the fiftieth year, 
nuinbcrtng seven finus sc>en vcitrs, 



after which came the grand jubileC 
of jubilees, or sabbath of sabbaths. 
(Le\it. c. 2-5, V. 10.) " And ye shall 
hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim 
liberty throughout all the land unto 
all the inhabitants thereof: it shall 
be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall 
return every man unto his family." 

But, notwithstanding all these sab- 
baths were appointed by God, and 
enjo3-ed by his people in former times J 
yet says our text, " If Jesus had given 
them rest, he would not aftenvard 
have speken of another day." 

It seems evident then, that a future 
rest was anticipated, of which all 
these sabbaths or jubilees were but a 
foretaste, lliis rest was to be enjoyed 
by the people of God one thousand 
years, during wliieh time, Satan was to 
remain confined in the bottomless pit, 
(fathomless abyss) and deceive the na- 
tions no more till the time was fulfilled. - 
'Ilie dead in Christ were to rise from 
the dead at the bcgiuing' of tliis 
thousand years, and were to live and 
reign with Christ as priests and kings 
until the thousand years were ended. 
"Tins is the first rcsmTcction. Bles- 
sed and holy is he that hath part in 
the first resurrection : on such the 
second death hath no power." Who- 
ever will read the 20th chapter of 
Revelations, will read the particulars 
of this millennial reign, in all the 
plainness which would be necessary 
to establish any fact. 

If any en(piir)- should be made in 
relation to the place where these resur- 
rected saints will reign during that 
millennium, the oth chapter of Rcvc- 
l.iiions will settle the point: verse 10th 
records the closing \vords of the 
hcavenlv song thus: "WE SHALL 

rf.igS: on the earth.- 

Having ascertained iwe important 
fads in relation to onr groat subject, 
viz., the //wf and y'/<T<T, (the time n 



ihousancl years, llic jtlacc on tlic 
earth) we shall now jiroccv J to an 
examination of other facts connected 
with this ih.owsanJ years roij^n on 
the earth. 

The prophet Zechariah, c. Mth, 
has infoimed us that there shouhl be 
OKE Lord, and his name one, and 

HE SHOULD BE KING OVER ALL THE 
EARTH. 

John, in his Revelations, informs us 
of a time Avhen the kingdoms of 

THIS world would BECOME THE 
KINGDOMS OF OCR LORD, AND OF 

HIS Christ. 

Daniel infonns us of a time when 

"THE KINGDOM, AND THE GREAT- 
NESS OF THE KINGDOM, UNDER THE 
WHOLE HEAVEN, SHALL BE GIVEN 
TO THE PEOPLE OF THE SAINTS OF 

THE Most High." And again, "the 
thne came that the sauits possessed 
tlie kingdom." 

And again, " the saints of the 
Most High shall take the king- 
dom AND possess the KINGDOM 
FOR EVER AND EVER." 

I might quote many other prophets 
to prove the same points, but if my 
readers \nll not beheve the positive 
testimony of three of the prophets, it 
would be in vain to bring more. 

From the above quotations, it ap- 
pears endent that in the Millennium, 
all the political, and all the religious 
organizations that may prenously ex- 
ist, will be swallowed up in one entire 
union — one imiwrsal empire — haung 
no laws but God's laws, and saints to 
administer them; while the very 
priests of that happv period will be 
those who are raised from the dead. 

Astonishment seizes on my soul ! 
I gixze ! ! I wonder ! ! ! T admire ! ! ! ! 
I pause — I am overwhelmed, ^^^1at ! 
the monarchies of Enropc — the re- 
publics of the two Americas — the 
m'spotu* govvrnnvnis yl* the Indias— 



the vast empire of China — the mingled 
kingdoms of Asia and of Africa — 
the thousand tribes of the wilderness— 
the unnumbered inhabitants of the 
islands. All — all these dissolved — 
destroyed — or mingled into oh-c — otie 
body politic — one peaceful empire- — 
OHC Lord — one King — one interest all ? 

Yea, and stranger still — more won- 
drous to behold ! 'iTic thousand party 
sects, and names, and creeds, anj 
faiths of men, that now distract the 
world all gone, all fled before the 
brighter |rays of truth divine, which 
overwhelm the eaith. 

Tlie thousand pagan rites and su- 
perstitions, all overcome and swept 
away. Tlie very names of their un- 
numbered deities lost in oblinon, no 
more are heard. 

Eanh has one King, one Lord, and 
his name one. 

Can any one acquainted with hu- 
man nature, and with the present 
political and religious state of the 
world, believe that such vast changes 
will be elTected ? !^L1n would almost 
be led to exclaim : Impossible. And 
still there is no alternative but to be- 
lieve it all, or disbelieve the prophets. 

'Hie mind is naturally led to en- 
quire by what means such ^. onderful 
cnanges — such astonishing revolutions 
will be efTected. 

We shall now cuter upon the in- 
vestigation of this part of the subject; 
and when our reaclere have heard and 
understood the means employed to 
accomplish this great work, they will 
be convinced that *the means are ade- 
quate to the end. 

'JTlie first important consideration 
which presents itself while examining 
the pronhets on this subject, is, that 
God will set his hand the second time 
to restore the house of Israel and the 
house of Judah to their national rights, 
to the favour of God, and lo their otMi 



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land, 'llicy will gather out from 
every jialiou under lieaven, willi tlielr 
silver and geld, kc, employing the 
ships, stcain-lxiats, railroad carriages, 
caiial-hoats, liltors, horses, nmks, 
camels, and s\\'ift l)c;usts, and every 
kind of conveyance which the nations 
can furnish, 'i'his gathering will he 
by a mighty hand, with a strelched- 
ont ann, and with fury poured out ; 
and in short, Jehovah's ann will be 
made bare in the eyes of all the na- 
tions, in signs, in Monders, in mira- 
cles, in revch'itions, in judgments, 
and in mercies. 

'Hie very waters will be divided, 
and his people led through dry-shod, 
as in days of old. 'Hie mountains 
shall feel his power, and melt like 
wax; and the boundanes of the ever- 
lasting hills shall tremble at his pre- 
sence; for he will rend the heavens, 
and come down, and do terrible 
things — things we look not for. He 
will say to the north, give up, and to 
the south, keep not back; bring my 
sons from afar, and my daughtei-s 
from the ends of the earth. His 
hand will be lifted to the Gentiles, 
and his standard to the nations. 'Die 
power displayed in bringintj them out 
of Egypt under Moses, will bear no 
comjiarison, it will scarce be remem- 
bered or come into mind, when con- 
trasted with the mighty restoration 
which now awaits that people. Ilie 
destiny of the nations hangs upon 
that point as on a pivot, 'llieir po- 
litical and reliinous blessings or cur-- 
sings, in hict, their ver}- existence 
dt-pends \\Y^<n the course they pursue 
in relation to the work of God in the 
gathering of his people Israel. Tlioy 
niav (>ppose, and be hurled down like 
a f*haroah ; or they may assist, and 
be blessed like a Cyrus or a Ruth : 
They may come into the covenant, 
and bo partakers of the bkssings in 



common with his chosen people ; or 
they may cling to tluir own supersti- 
tions, and sectanan tradilir.ns, and be 
found fighting against God, till the 
thrones are cast down, and judgment 
is given to the saints. 

For Scripture illuslralions on these 
great subjects, wc refer the reader to 
a general and carefid reading of the 
prophets ; particularly Isaiah, Jere- 
miah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and Zecliariah. 
Some of the most important facts in 
relation to these things will be foutid 
in Is. c. 11, GO, and last ; Ezek. c "20, 
30, and 37; Jcr.c. 10; Zcch. c. 14; 
A careful reading of the propliets will 
demonstrate, beyond any room for 
doubt, all we have said on this sub- 
ject, and much more than we can say. 

The Second Coming oj" Messiah is 
intin.ately connected with the great 
restoration of which we have been 
speaking, lliis w ill be personal and 
visible; as much so as bis first coming.' 

Enoch, the seventh from Adam, 
speaks of his coming, with ten thou- 
sand of his saints. 

Job speaks of his standing on the 
earth in the latter day, and says, " in 
my fiesh I shall see God." 

Isaiah represents him as coming 
with vengeance and reconipence ; as 
coining with dyed ganiients from 
Bozrah, treading the people in his 
anger, and trampling them in his' 
fiirA' ; as coming with fire and with 
his chariots to the destruction of his 
enemies, and for the joy and deliver- 
ance of his saints, even they who 
tremble at his word. 

Daniel viewed him coming in the 
clouds of heaven. 

Zechariah foretells that his feet 
will stand upon the Mount of Olives, 
for the deliverance of the Jews, and 
the destruction of their enemies; that 
the mount would rend beneath his 
feet, and bo removed, leaving a great 



viilley in its slc;i(l ; and lliut all tlic 
siiints will conic willi liini ; and lliat 
.TcTusaloni and llie Jews will be holy 
frton tlial day forward ; and all the 
nations of tlic surronndiug coiuitrifs 
will go up to Jerusalem once a year, 
"to worsliip the King, tlie I.ord of 
Hosts ; and to keep llie foast of 
taljernacles. 

Malachi testifies of liis coniiiig, 
and encjuires who can abide it : and 
also of his sending Elijah the pi\)ph(;t 
hefoie him, to perform a certain mis- 
sion, which would prevent the curse 
from smiling the earth entire. 

Peter foretels of his coming in 
Jlaming fire, to take vengeance ; also, 
thai he shall he sent lo the Jews, after 
the Heavens have received him till the 
fimcs of reslitution. 

Jesus himself has foretold his se- 
cond coming, with its altendant signs; 
and that it would bring destruction 
comparable to the dajs of Noah; and 
to the <Jays of Lot. 

ITie Angels also predicted it at the 
time he ascended, and even told 
the manner of it, viz. " 'Diis same 
Jesus shall so come, in like manner 
as he went up :" that is, personally, 
bodily, visiblv, in the clouds of heaven. 
'J'he Pvevclation of John often con- 
Hnns the second advent: and even 
declares that his enemi.cs shall see him, 
:ind all the kindreds of the earth shall 
wail because of him : and finally clo- 
ses the volume by saying, even so 
ci>mo,Tiurd Jesus. Now it is evident 
th.it ; 11 these testimonies had direct 
alliisinn to his second coming, and 
liOt to his first ; for many of them 
were spoken after his first coining, 
and all of them describe circumstances 
entiiely difllrent from those connected 
with his fii-st coming ; and therefore, 
cannot pos<;ihly api>1y to iU 

Having abundantly eslablislied the 
fact.thattheinillenniunnvillbensluTcd 



in by the restoration of Israel — the re- 
building of Jerusalem — the second 
advent of Messiah — the destruction 
of the wicked, and the establisbuieiit 
of his universal kingdom. We shall 
now proceed to describe something of 
the nature of that millennium, ana of 
the blessings of that happy reign. 

It is evident that those wlio arc 
raised from the dead are immortal, 
therefore they do not enter into the 
duties and enjoyments which are pe- 
culiar to a state of mortality; but their 
dwelling is the holy city, and they are 
kings and priests, to administer the 
affairs of government, and to instruct 
the people. But those who have not 
yet put on immortality, but arc spared 
alive at the second coming of Messiah, 
become poscssed of the earth with all 
its riches and blessings, like Noah 
and his family when they came (orth 
out of the ark. "They plant gardens 
and eat the fruit of them; they plant 
vineyards and drink the wine of them; 
they build houses and cities and 
inhabit them;" "'Die ploughman 
overtakes the reaper; the treader of 
giapes him that soweth seed j" in short, 
they "beat their swords into plough- 
shares, and their spears into pruning 
hooks, and the nation^ learn war no 
more." The lion, the wolf, the leopard, 
and the bear become as harmless as 
the lamb and the kid, — llie little child 
plays in safety among the beasts of 
prey as they are now called; and ihe 
poisonous reptiles and seqientsbecorae 
e(|ually harmless, Tlie curse will ba 
taken from olF the earth, and it will 
cease tobringforth thorns and thistles, 
and become fertile as it were a para- 
dise, w hile sickness, premalnre death, 
and all their attendant train of pains 
and sorrows will scarce be k-noTvn upon 
its face: thus peace, and joy, and 
truth, and love, and knowledge, and 
plenty, and glory, will cover the face 



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of the L-ai ill as ihc waters do tlic sea. 
The tabi-niacle of God, and his sanc- 
luaiy v.ill he wilh man,' in tile midst 
of tlie lioly cilics; and joy and glad- 
ness \\ill ("ill the measure of their cup. 

SVCII THEN, IS THE GltEAT I^IlL- 

t-f.nxium of which ovr little 
"Star" would fain* akxounce 

THE DAWX. 

Tube roiitinucd.. 



REVELATIONS. 

According to proniise in our jiros- 
poctus, we now proceed to ^ive 
some extracts from ce;tain Revelations 
w]n"ch A\ere given for the organization 
of the Church; and for the establish- 
ment and rcguh'.tioa of all the olfices 
and ordinances pertaining to the gospel 
of salvation. 

Tjie Church of Jesus Christ of 
Latter-Day Saints had its oiigin in 
1S.30, in Xcw York, North Ameiica. 

We wish it to he understood dis- 
tinolly, tljat the organization of tliis 
Church came hy express command- 
ment and revelation from the Al- 
mighty — that all its ofncos.ordlnances,- 
and principles, were given hy Inspira- 
tion of the Holy Gliovt, hy the voice 
of God, (»r by the ministering of 
angels. 

We are aware that some will stanle 
at such ideas, and be suiynsed that 
men should believe in revelation in 
these davs. But they cannot be 
mcire surprised at our principles on 
this point than we are at theirs. 

We are astonished above mca^me, 
that men. wiih the Bible in their 



lands. 



slu>uld 



eviT 



belie 



ve ni any 



Church organization which was not 
by revelation; for there is neither 
precejit nor example in the word of 
God for any other Church than that 
whose aj>osilcs, prophets, evangelists, 
past«.>rs, teachers, and nienibevs ;ne 



ins'piied by thai spirit which loads 
into truth, and which makes manifest 
things past, present, and future, and 
searches all things, y<a the deep things 
of God. Indeed such a thing as an 
tniinspired Saint (or Christian) was 
)iever found among men. 

The following is e.\tr;'.cted from the 
bonk of Doctrine and. Covenants, 
Section 2 & .3, eommenring page 77. 

1. "Tlicn'seof the Church of Christ 
in these last days, being one thousand 
eight hundred and thiity years since 
the coming of our Lord and Saviour 
Jesus Christ in the flesh, it being 
rcgidarly organized and established 
agreeably to the laws of our country, 
by the will and commandments of God 
ill the fourth month, and on the sixth 
day of the month which is called 
April: which commandments were 
gdven to Joseph Smith, jun. who was 
called of God and ordained an apostle 
of Jesus Christ, to be the first elder of 
this church ; and to Oliver Cowdery, 
\dio was also called of God an apostle 
of Jesus Christ, to be the second elder 
of this church, and ordained under his 
hand; arid this according to the grace 
of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, 
to \vhom be all glory both now and 
for ever. Amen. 

2. After it was trul> manifested 
unto this first elder that he had re- 
ceived a remission of his sins, he was 
entangled again in the vanities of the 
world : but after repenting, and hnm- 
bling himself sincerely, through faith 
God ministered unto him by an holy 
angel, whose countenance was as light- 
ning, and whose ganncnts were pure 
and white aliove all other whiteness, 
and gave unto liim connnandments 
which inspired him, and gave him 
power from on high, by the means 
which were befoie prepared, to Jrans- 
late the book of Mornum, which con« 



d 



la'ins a record of a fallen ijeople, and tlie 
fulness of the gospel oi Jesus Clirist 
to tbe gcnlilcs, and to the Jews also, 
which AVas given by inspiration, and is 
confirmed to others by the ministering 
of angels, and is declared unto the 
world oy them, proving to the world 
ihat.the holy scriptures are true, and 
that God does inspire men and call 
them to his holy work in this a^e and 
generation, as well as in generations of 
old, thereby shoeing that he is the 
same God yesterday, to-day, and for- 
ever. — Amen. 

3 Therefore, having so great wit- 
nesses, by them shall the world be 
judged, even as many as shall hereafter 
come to a knowledge of this work; 
and those who receive it in faith and 
work nghteimsness, shall receive a 
croAvn of eternal life ; but those v.ho 
harden their hearts in unbelief and 
reject it, it shall turn to their own con- 
demnation, for the Lord God has 
spoken it, and we, the elders of the 
Church, have heard and bear witness 
to the words of the glorious I\Iajesty 
on high to whom be glory for ever and 
ever. Amen. 

4 By these things we know that 
there is a God in heaven who is infi- 
nite and eternal, from everlasting to 
everlasting the same unchangeable 
God, tbe framcr of heaven and earth 
and all things which are in them, and 
that he created man male and female 
after his own image and in his own 
likeness created he them, and gave 
unto them commandments that they 
should love and serve him the only 
HviDC and true God, and that he 
should be the only bein^ whom they 
should worship. But by the tmns- 
grcssion of these holy laws, man 
ueranie sensual and devilish, and 
became fallen man. 

6. ^^^lcrcfore, the Almighty God 
gAve his only-bcgoUcn Son, as it is 



wiiiion in those Scrij)lurcs which 
have been given of him ; he su/Tcred 
temptations, but gave no heed unto 
them ; he was crucified, died, and 
rose again the third day ; and as- 
cended into licavcn, to sit down on 
the light hand of tlie Father, to reign 
with almighty power according to 
the will of the Father; that as many 
as would believe and be baptized in 
his holy name, and endure in faith to 
the end, should be saved : not only 
those who believed after he came in 
the meridian of time in the flesh, but 
all those from the beginning, even as 
many as wore before he carne, who 
believed in the words of the holy j>ro- 
phcts, who spake as they were inspired 
by the gift of the Holy Ghost, who 
truly testified of him in all things, 
should have eternal life, as" well as 
those who should come after, who 
should believe in the gifts and callings 
of God by the Holy Ghost, which 
beareth record of the Father, and of 
the Son, which Father, Son and Holy 
Ghost are one Gv»d, infinite and eter- 
nal, without end. , Amen. 

6. And we know that all men must 
repcfnt and believe on the. name of 
Jesus Christ, and worship the Father 
in his name, and endure in faith on 
his name to the end, or they cannot 
be saved in the kingdom of God. 
And we know that justification through 
the grace of our Lord and Saviour 
Jesus Christ, is just and true: and we 
know, also, that sanctification through 
the grace of our Lord and Savlotir 
Jesus Christ, is just and true, to all 
those who love and serve God with all 
their might, mind, and strength : but 
there is a possibility that nian may 
fall from grace and depart from the 
living God. Therefore let thcchurch 
take heed and pray always, lest they 
fall into temptations; vea, and even 
let tlioso who arc sanctified, take hvcd 



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also. — And \vc Viiow tliat tlicse tilings 
are true, and according \o the Reve- 
lations of Jolin, neither adding to, 
nor diminishing fioni the prophecy of 
liis hook, the Holy Scriptures, or tlic 
revelations of God which shall come 
hereafter by the gift and power 
of the Holy Ghost, the voice of God, 
or the ministeiing of angels: and the 
Lord God has spohen it; and honour, 

f)Ov.er, and glory, he rendered to his 
loly name, both now and ever. Amen. 

7. Aud again by uay of com- 
vianJmcnt to (he church concerning 
the manner of hapti%m. 

All those v.ho humble themselves 
before God, and desire to be baptized, 
and come forth with broken hearts 
and contrite spirits, and witness before 
(he church that they have truly re- 
pented of all their sins, and are willing 
to take upon them the name of Jesus 
Christ, having a detennination to 
serve him to the end, and truly mani- 
fest by their works that they have 
received of the Sjdrit of Christ unto the 
remission of their sins, shall be receiv- 
ed by baptism into his church. 

8. The duty of the elders, priests, 
teachers, deacons, and members of 
the church of Christ. 

An apoi-tle is an elder, and it is his 
calling to baptize, and to ordain other 
elders, priests, teachers, and deacons, 
and to administer bread and wine — 
the emblems of the flci-h and blood of 
Christ — and to confirm those who are 
baptized Into the church, by the laying 
on of hands, for the baptism of fire 
and the Holy Ghost, according to the 
Scriptures; and to teach, expound, 
exhort, baptize, and watch over the 
church; and to cunfinn the church by 
the laying on of the hands, and the 
giving of the Holy Ghost — and to 
take the lead of all meetings. 

9. The ciders are to conduct llie 
meetings as ihey arc led by the Holy 



Ghost, according to the command- 
ments and revelations of God. 

10. The priest's duty is to preach, 
teach, expoimd, exhort, and baptize, 
and administer the sacrament, and 
visit the house of each member, and 
exhort them to pray vocally and in 
secret, antl attend to ;ill family duties: 
and he may also ordain other priests, 
teachers, and deacons — and he is to 
take the lead of meetings when there 
is no elder present, but when there- is 
an elder present he is only to preach, 
teach, expound, exhort, jHid baptize, 
and visit the house of each member, 
exhorting them to pray vocally and 
in secret, and attend to all family 
duties. In all these duties the priest 
is to assist the elder if occasion re- 
quires. 

11. The teacher's duty is to watch 
over the church always, and be with, 
and strengthen them, and see that 
there is no iniquity in the church, 
neither hardness with each other,' nei- 
ther lying, backbiting, nor evil speak- 
ing : and see that the church meet 
together often, and also see that all 
the members do their duty — and he is 
to take the lead of meetings in the 
absence of the elder or priest — and is 
to be assisted always in all his duties 
in the church, by the deacons, if oc- 
casion requires : but neither teachers 
nor deacons have authority to baptize, 
administer the sacrament, or lay on 
hands ; thev are, however, to warn, 
expound, exhort, and teach, and invite 
all to come unto Christ 

12. Every elder, priest, (caclier, or 
deacon, is to he ordained according to 
the gifts and callings of God unto him: 
and he is to be ordained by the 
power of the Holy Ghost which is in 
the one who ordains hira. 

1 3. The Several elders composing this 
chuich of Christ, are to meet in confer- 
ence once in three months, or from time 



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to lime, as llic said conferences sli;ill 
direct or appoint: and (he said con- 
ferences are to do whatever church 
business is necessary to be done at the 
time. 

14. The elders arc to receive tlieir 
licences from other elders, by vote of 
the church to which they belong, or 
from the conferences. 

15. Each priest, teacher, or deacon, 
who is ordained by a priest, may take 
a certificate from him at the time, 
which certificate, when presented to an 
elder, shall entitle him to a licence, 
which shall authorize him to perform 
the duties of his calling — or he may 
receive it from a conference. 

16. No person is to be ordained to 
any ofiice in this church, where there 
is a regularly organized branch of the 
some, without the vote of that church; 
but the presiding elders, (ravelling 
bishops, high counsellors, high priests, 
juid ciders, may have the privilege of 
ordaining, where there is no branch of 
the church, thai a vote may be called. 

17. Every president of the high 
prie^thood (or presiding elder) bishop, 
high counsellor, and high priest, is to 
be ordained by tlie direction of- a high 
council, or general conference. 

18. The duly of the members after 
they are received by baptism. 

19. The elders or priests are to have 
a sufficient time to expound all things 
concerning the church of Christ to 
their understanding, preuous to their 
partaking of the sacrament, and being 
confirmed by the laying on of the 
hands of the ciders; so that all things 
may be done in order. And the 
members shall manifest before the 
church and also before the elders, by 
a godly walk and conversation, that 
ihcy arc worthy of it, that there may 
be works and faith agreeable to the 
hol\- scriptures — walkmg in holiness 
before the Lord. 



20. Every member of the church 
of Christ having children, is to bring 
Ihcm unto the elders before the church, 
who arc to lay their hands upon them 
in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless 
them ill his name. 

21. No one can be received into (he 
church of Christ unless he has arrived 
unto the years of accountability before 
God, and is capable of repentance. 

22. Baptism is to be administered 
in the following manner unto all those 
who repent. I'lie person who is cal- 
led of God, and has authority from 
Jesus Christ to baptize, shall go down 
into the water with the person who 
has preseiiiid hira or heisclf for bap 
tism, and shall say, calling him or 
her by name : having been commis- 
sioned of Jesus Christ, I baptlije you 
in the name of the Father, ana of 
the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, 
Amen. Then shall he immerse him 
or her in the water, and come forth 
again out of the water. 

23. It is expedient that the church 
meet togctlier often, to partake of 
bread and wine in remembrance of 
the Lord Jesus : and the elder or 
priest shall administer it : and after 
this manner shall he administer it: 
he shall kneel with the church, and 
call upon the Father in solemn 
prayer, saying, O God, the eternal 
Father, we ask thee in the name of 
thy Son Jesus Christ to bless and 
sanctify this bread to the souls of all 
those Mho paiiake of it, that they may 
eat in remembrance of the body of 
thy Son, and ^-itncss unto thee, O 
God, the eternal Father, that they are 
willing to take noon them the name 
of thy son, ana always remember 
him, and keep his commandments 
which he has given them, that ihcy 
may always have his Spirit to be 
with them. Amen. 

24. The manner of administering 



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tlic wine : lie sliall lalic ihc cup also^ 
and ^ay, O God, tbc clernal I'ailicr, 
Mc ask tlicc in the name of Uiy Son 
Jesus Christ, to bless and sanctify 
this wine to the souls of all those who 
drink of it, thai they may do it in rc- 
mcmhrancc of the lolood of thy Son 
which was shed for thorn, that they 
raay witness unio thee, O God, the 
eternal father, that they do always 
remember him, that they may have 
his spirit to be with them. Amen. 

25. Any member of the church of 
Christ transgressing, or being over- 
taken in a fault, shall be dealt with as 
the Scriptures direct. 

26. It shall be the duty of the se- 
veral churches composingihe church of 
Christ, to send one or more of their 
teachers to attend the several confer- 
ences, held by the ciders of the church, 
with a list of the names of the several 
members uniting themselves \\-ith the 
church since the last conference, or 
send by the haiid of some priest, so 
that a regular list of all the names of 
the whole chuich may be^kcpt in a 
book by one of tlie elders, whoever 
the other elders shall appoint from 
time to time: — and also, if any have 
been expelled from the churcli ; so 
that their names may be blotted out 
of the general church record of names. 

27. All members removing from 
the church where they reside, if going 
to a church where they are not known, 
may take a letter certifving that they 
are regular members, and in good 
standing: which certificate may be 
signed by any elder or priest, if the 
member receiving tie letter is person- 
ally acquainted with the clJcror priest; 
or it may be signed by the teachers 
or deacons of the chunh. 



1. Tlicre are, in the church, two 
priesthoods, namely : the Melchizc- 
dck, and the Aaronic including the 



I/Cvitical pricslhood. Why the first 
is called llie Mdchizcdck priesthood, 
is because IMelchlzcdek was such a 
great high priest: before his day it 
was called the holy priesthood, after 
the order of the son of God ; but 
out of respect or reverence to the 
name of the Supreme Being, to avoid 
the too frequent repetition of his 
name, they, the church, in ancient 
days, called that priesthood after 
j\lclchizc(lck, or the iMelchizedck 
priesthood. 

2. All other authorities or offices 
in the church, arc appendages, to this 
priesthood ; Irat there are two divi- 
sions, or grand heads — one is the 
Mclchizodok prit.nhood, and the other 
is the Aaronic, or Levitical priesthood. 

3. The olTice of an elder comes 
under the priesthood of ]\Iclchizedek. 
The ^lelcliized'-k priesthood holds the 
right of prcsidci'-cy, and has power 
and authority over all the offices in the 
church, in all aiius of the world -to ad- 
minister in spirinuU things. 

4. The presidency of tlie high priest- 
hood, after the order of Melchlzedek, 
have a right to oHiciale in all the 
offices in the cluuch. 

5. High priests, after the order of 
the ^lelchizcdik priesthood have a 
right to officiate in-tlieir own standing, 
under the direction of the presidency, 
in administering spiritual things, and 
also in the office of an elder, priest, 
(of the licvitical order,) teacher, dea- 
con, and member. 

6. An elder hrs a rii^ht to officiate 
in his stead when llie nigh priest is 
not present. 

7. The high pri-.st, and elder, are lo 
administer in spiriinftl things, agree- 
ably to the coveiiiuits and command- 
ments of the chinch ; and they have 
a right to officiate in all these offices 
of the church wjjcn there are no 
higher authorities present. 



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8. Tlic sccoifd piicstltood is called 
llje prkslliooJ of Aaron, because it 
M'as conferred upon Aaron Jind liis 
seed ihrouglioul all llieir generations. 
Why it is called llic lesser priesthood, 
is because it is an appendage to the 
greater, or the jNIolchiscdek i)ricst- 
hood, and has power in administering 
outward ordinances. The bishopiic 
is the presidency of this pnesthood, 
and holds the keys, or authority of 
the same. No man lias a legal right 
to this office, to hold the keys of this 
priesthood, except he be a literal des- 
cendant of Aaron- But, as a high 
priest, of the ]\Ielchizcdek priesthood, 
has authority to officiate in all the 
lesser offices, he may officiate in the 
office of bishop when no literal 
descendant of Aaron can be found, 
provided he is called, and set apart, 
and ordained unto this power, by the 
hands of the presidency of the i\Iel- 
chizedek priesthood. 

9. The power and authority' of the 
higher or ^Iclcliizedek priesthood, is to 
hold the keys of all the spiritual bless- 
ings of the church — tohavetheprivilege 
of receiving the mysteries of the king- 
dom of heaven — to have the heavens 
opened unto them — to commune with 
the general assembly and church of 
the firstborn, and to enjov the com- 
munion and presence of God the 
father, and Jesus the Mediator of the 
new covenant 

10. The power and authority of the 
lesspr, or Aaronicpriestliood,is,lohold 
the keys ofthe ministering of angels,and 
to administer in outwardordinances — 
the letter of the gospel — the baptism 
of repentance for the remission of sins, 
agreeably to the covenants and com- 
mandments. 

11. Of necessity there are presi- 
dents, or presiding offices, growing 
out of, or appointed of, or fromaraon^ 
those who are ordained to the several 



offices in these two priesthoods. Of 
fhe IMclchizcdck priesthood, three 
presiding high priests, chosen by the 
body, appointcil and ordained to that 
office, upheld by the confidence faith, 
and prayer of the church, foirn a quo- 
rum of the presidency of the church. 
The twelve travelling counsellors are 
called to be the tM'clve apostles, or 
special witnesses of the name of 
Christ in all the world : thus diffisr- 
ing from other officers in the church 
in the duties of their or\lHng. And 
they form a quorum equal in authority 
and power to the three presidents, 
previously mentioned. The sevenly 
are also i:alled to preach the gospel, 
and to be especial witnesses unto the 
Gentiles, and in all the world, thus 
differing from other officers in the 
church in the duties of their calling : 
and they fonn a quorum equal in 
authority to that of the twelve especial 
witnesses or apostles, just named. 
And every decision made by either of 
these quorums must be by the unani- 
mous voice of the same : that is, every 
member in each quorum must oe 
agreed to its decisions, in order 1o 
make their decisions of the same 
power or validity one with the other. 
(A majority may form a quorum 
when circumstances render it impos- 
sible to be othenrise.) Unless tms is 
the case, their decisions are not entitled 
to the same blessings which the deci- 
sions of a quorum of three presidents 
Avere anciently, who were ordained 
after the order of Melchizedek, and 
were righteous and holy men. The 
decisions of these quonims or either of 
them, are to be made. in all righteous- 
ness; in holiness and lowliness of 
heart; meekness and long suffering; 
and in faith, and riitue, and know- 
ledge; temperance, patience, godli- 
ness, brotherly kindness and charity; 
because the promise is, if these things 



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a1j(»unil ill tijcin, I'iuy sliall not be 
unfruitful in ihc kiiowl'.flge of ihc 
Lord. And in case tliat any decision 
of tl)c?c quorums is made in umiglit- 
cousness, it may be brou^^^lit beforu a 
general a<iseiiibly of the several quo- 
rums wliich consfilutc ibe spiritual au- 
iboriticsof the cburcb, otherwise llicrc 
can be no apjpeal from llieir decision. 

12. The luelve are a travelling, 
presiding Iji^li council, to officiate in 
ibc name of the Lord, under the di- 
rection of the presidency of the church, 
agixoahly to the inslitution of hea- 
ven, to build up the church, and 
regulate all the affairs of the same, 
in all nations : first unto the Gentiles, 
and secondly urito the Jews. 

13. The seventy are to act in the 
name of the Lord, under the direction 
of thf twelve, or the travelling high 
council, in building up the church, 
and regulating all the ajfairs of the 
same, in all nations : first unto the 
Gentiles, and then to the Jews — the 
twelve being sent out, holding the 
keys, to open the door by the procla- 
mation of the gospel of Jesus Chiist, 
first unto the Gentiles, and then unto 
the Jews. 

14. Tlic standing high councils, at 
llie si alecs of Zion, fonn a quorum 
equal in authority, in the all'airs of 
thc\ chiurch, in all their decisions, to 
the quorum of the presidency, or to 
ihc travelling high counciL 

15. The high council in Zion, 
fonns a quorum equal in authoiity, in 
the afTairs of the chiirch, in all their 
decisions, to the councils of the twelve 
at the stakes of Zion. 

10. It is the dutv of the trarclling 
high council to call upon the seventy 
when they nee J assistance, to fill the 
several calls for Preaching and adniin- 
islering tlu; gospci,instead of anyothers. 

17. It is tlic duty of the twelve iu all 
larg*' branches of the church lo ordain 



evangelical ministers, as they shall be 
designated unto them by revelation. 

lb, 'flic order of this priesthood 
was confirmed to be handed down from 
father lo son, and riglitly belongs to 
the literal desccndanls of the chosen 
seed, to whom the promises v.cre inadc. 
'lliis order was instituted in the days 
of Adam, and came down by lineage 
in the following manner : 

19. From Adam to .Seth, who was 
ordained by Adam at the age of GO 
years, and was blessed by him three 
years pre\ious to his (Adam's) death, 
and received the promise of God by 
his father, lliat his posterity should be 
the chosen of the Lord, and that they 
should be prcsened unto the end of 
the earth, because he [Seth] was a 
perfect rnan, and his likeness was the 
express likeness of his father's, inso- 
much that he seemed lo be like unto 
his father in all things ; and could Ve 
distinguished from him only by his age, 

20. binos was ordained at the age 
of 134 yeai-s, and four months, by the 
hand of Adam. 

21. God called upon Cainan in the 
\\-ildeniess, in the fortieth year of his 
age, and he met Adam in journeying 
to the place Shedolamak : he was 
eighty seven years old when be re- 
ceived his ordination. 

22. !Mahalalcel was 496 years and 
seven days old when he was ordained 
by the hand of Adam, who also bles- 
sed him. 

23. Jared was 200 years old when 
he was ordained under the hand of 
Adam, who also blessed him. 

24. Enoch was 25 years old when 
he was ordained under the hand of 
Adam, and he was 65 and Adam 
blessed him — and he saw the Lord : 
and he walked with him, and was be- 
fore his face continually : and he >valk- 
cd with God 365 years : making him 
J30 years old when he was tran?>htcd. 



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2-5. Mcllius.iliili was 100 yc;iis old 
when he was ordaincJ under the hand 
of Adam. 

26. liamcch was 32 years old wlicn 
he' was ordained under the hand of 
Seth. 

27. Noah was 10 years old when 
he was ordained under the hand of 
Methuselah. 

28. Three years previous to the 
death of Adam, lie called Seth, Enos, 
Cainan, Mahalalecl, Jarcd, Enoch 
and Methuselah, who were all high 
piiests, with the residue of his pos- 
terity, Avho were righteous, into the 
valley of Adam-ondi-ahinan, and 
there bestowed upon them his last 
blessing. And the Lord appeared unto 
them, and they rose up and blessed 
Adam, and called him Michael, the 
Prince, the A rchangel. And the Lord 
administered comfort unto Adam, and 
said unto him ; I have set thee to be 
at the head : a multitude of nations 
shall come of thee, and thou art a 
prince over them for ever. 

29. And Adam stood up in the 
midst of the congregation, and not- 
withstanding he was bowed down with 
age, being full of the Holy Ghost, 
predicted whatsoever should befall 
nis posterity unto the latest genera- 
tions, 'riicse things were all written 
in the boolc of Enoch, and are to be 
testified of in due time. 

30. It is tlie dut}' of the twelve, 
also to ordain and set in order all the 
other officers of the church, agreeably 
to the revelation which says : 

31. To the church of Christ in the 
laud of Zion, in addition to the church 
laws, respecting church business : — 
Verily, I say unto yon, saith the Lord 
of Hosts, there must needs be pre- 
siding elders, to preside over thdse 
who are of the office of an elder ; and 
also priests, to preside over those who 
arc of the otfice of a priest ; and also 



teachers, to preside over those who arc 
of the oifice of a teacher, in lil<e man- 
ner; and also the deacons: wherefore, 
from deacon to teacher, and from 
teacher to priest, and from priest to 
elder, heverally as they are appointed, 
according to the covenants and com- 
manUmenls of the church : then coines 
the Jii^h priesthood, which is the 
greatest of all. \Vhcrcfore it must 
needs be that one be appointed of the 
high priesthood, to preside over the 
priesthood ; and he snail be called the 
president of the high priesthood of 
the church, or in other, words, the 
presiding high priest over the high 
priesthood of the church. From the 
same comes the administering of or- 
dinances and blessings upon the 
church, by the laying on of the hands. 

32. Wherefore the olTiccof abishop 
is not equal unto it : for the office of a 
bishop is in administering all temporal 
things : nevertheless, a bishop must be 
chosen from the high priesthood, unless 
he is a literal descendant of Aaron: for 
unless he is a literal descendant of 
Aaron he cannot hold the licysof that 
priesthood. Nevertheless, a high priest, 
that is after the order of Melchizedclc, 
may be set apart unto the ministering 
of temporal things, ha^ing a know- 
ledge of them by the Spirit of truth, 
and also to be a judge in Israel, to do 
the business of the church, to sit in 
judgment upon transCTcssors, upon 
testimony, as it shall belaid before liim, 
according to the laws, by the assist- 
ance of his counsellors, whom he has 
chosen, or will choose among the 
ciders of the church. ITiis is the duty 
of a bishop who is not a literal des- 
cendant of Aaron, hut has been or- 
dained to the high priesthood after the 
order of jNIelchizcdek. 

33. Tlius shall he be a judge, even 
a common judge among the inha- 
bitants of Zion. or in a stake of Zion« 



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or in any liancli of ilie diurcli wli^ re 
he sliall be set aparl iinlo this ministry, 
until tlic borders of Zion arc enlarged, 
and it becomes necessary to Lave other 
bi-liops, oi- judges in Zion, or clsc- 
\vlicre : and inasmuch as there arc 
other bishops appointed they shall act 
in the same oflice. 

34. But a literal descendant of 
Aaron, has a legal riglit to the presi- 
dency of this priesthood, to the keys 
of this ministr}', to act in the olBce of 
bishop independent!}, ■without coun- 
sellors, except in a case where a presi- 
dent of the high priesthood, after the 
order of ]\Ielchizedek, is tried : to sit 
as a judge in Israel. — And the decision 
of either of these councils, agiveably 
to the commandment -nhich says: 

35. Again, rcrih', I say unto you : 
Tlic most important business of the 
church, and the most dilTicult cases of 
the church, inasmuch as there is not 
satisfaction upon the decision of the 
bishop, or judges, it shall be handed 
over and can ied up unto the council 
of the church, before the presidency of 
tlie high priesthood : and the presi- 
dency of the council of the high priest- 
hood shall have pi»^ver to call other 
high priests, even twelve, to assist as 
counsellors ; and thus the presidency 
of the high priesthood, and its coun- 
sellors shall have power to decide upon 
testimony accordijig to the laws of the 
church. And after this decision it 
shall be had in remembrance no more 
bclorc the Lord ; for this is the highest 
council o{ the church of God, and a 
final decision upon controversies, in 
spiritual matters. 

3t>. There is not any per«)n be- 
longing to the church, who is exempt 
from this council of the church. 

37. And inasmuch as a president of 
llie high j>ricsthood ^hall transgress, he 
shall be had in remembrance before 
the common council of the church, who 



shall be assisted by twelve counsellors 
of the high priesthood ; and their de- 
cision upon his head shall be an end 
of controversy concerning him. 'flujs 
none shall be exernijtcd from the jus- 
tice and the laws of God ; that all 
things may be done in order and 
in solemnity, before him, according to 
truth and righteousness. 

38. And again, verily I say unto 
yon, the duty of a president over (he 
ofTice of a deacon, is to preside over 
twelve deacons, to sit in council with 
them, and to teach them their duty — 
edifying one anotl^er, as it is given ac- 
cording to the covenants. 

39. And also the duty of the piesi- 
dent over the ollice of the teachers,is to 
preside over iweTity-four of the teach- 
ers, and to sit in council with them — 
teaching them the duties of their 
office, as given in the covenants. 

40. Also, tlie duty of the president 
over the priesthood of Aaron, is to 
preside over forty-eight priests,, and 
sit in council with them, to teach 
them the duties of their office, as is 
^iven in the covenants. This presi- 
dent is to be a bishop ; for this is one 
of the duties of this priesthood. 

41. Again the duty of the president 
over the office of cMors is to preside 
over ninety six elders, and to sit in 
council witli tlum, and to teach them 
accordingtothe covenants. Thispresi- 
dcncy is a distinct one from that of the 
seventy, and is desigttd for those 
who do not travel uito all the world. 

42. And again, the duty of (he pre- 
sident of the office of (he Vigh priest- 
hood is to paside over the whole 
church, and to be like unto Moses. 
Behold, here is wisdom — yea, to be a 
seer, a rcvelator, a Iranstator and a 
prophet — having all ihe gifts of God 
which he bestows upon the head of 
the church. 

43. And it is accordinu to the 



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vision, showing llie orJcr of tlic se- 
venty, that tliey sliould have seven 
presidents to preside ovvr then), cho- 
sen out of the number of the seventy, 
and the seventh president of these pre- 
sidents is to preside over the six ; and 
these seven presidents arc to choose 
other seventy besides the first seventy 
to whom they belong, and are to pre- 
side over them ; and also other seventy 
until seven times seventy, if the labour 
in the vineyard of necessity requir.is 
it. And these seventy arc to be tra- 
velling ministers unto the Gentiles, 
first, and also unto the Jews, whereas 
other officers of the church who belong 
not to the twelve, neither to the se- 
venty, are not under the responsibility 
to travel among all nations, but are to 
travel as their circumstances shall 
allow, notwithstanding they may hold 
as hi^h and responsible offices in the 
church. 

44. Wierefore, now let every man 
learn his duty, and to act in the office 
in which he is appointed, in all dili- 
gence. He that is slothful shall not 
be counted wortliy to stand, and he 
that learns not his duty and shows him- 
self not approved, shall not be counted 
worthy to stand ; even so. Araen. 



CHURCH OF ENGLAND. 

A printed circular was lately put 
into our hands, signed "Isaac Wood, 
Pastor of the Parish of ^liddlewich," 
holding out a warm invitation to men 
to become members of the Church of 
England, from which wc extract the 
following; with some remarks and 
enquiries, which, until satisfactorily 
answered, will prevent us from avail- 
ing ourselves of the reverend gentle- 
man's generous olTer. 

lie says, "In religion wc cannot be 
too cautious — I donotsay in thcchoice 
ef our religion, for there is but one 



true rclijhn, and therefore KO 
CHOICE. But in those doctrines 
which wc receive and embrace as the 
truths ol the religion of Jesus Christ, 
v.'c cannot be too careful, since the 
everlasting salvation of our souls de- 
pends upon them. Here then, if 
anywhere, we arc called upon to 
' prove all things, and to hold fast 
that which is good.' " 

"The Ijible, the inspired word of 
God, is the rule of faith ; and there 
is no truth nor doctrine necessary for 
our justification and everlasting salva- 
tion, but that is, or may be, drawn 
from that fountain and well of troth: 
and I most- fully believe the Churcli 
of England to be the best because the 
most ;p /at 71 and sohh^/ expounder of 
that word. " To the law and to the 
testimony, and if they speak not ac- 
cording to this word, it is because 
there is no light in them." Is. c- 
viii. v. 20. 

He further says, " In the services 
of the Church of England, there is 
more of the word of God read to the 
congregation than in 'the public wor-i 
ship of any other denomination of 
Christians whatever." 

I would here remark, that it is not 
the hearer of the word, but the doer 
who is justified : Tlie question is not 
how much is read, but how much is 
practised by the Church pf England : 
indeed how much do they teac-li men 
to practise ? 

If the bible is a rule of faith and 
practice, then men should pattern 
afier it in their doctrine and practice. 

Does the church of England have 
inspired apostles and prophets for their 
ministers r 

Do they baptize penitent believers 
and none others, for the remission of 
sins ? 

Do they go down into the water, 
and " bur)- ihem by baptism?** 



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Do iliey te^cli ilitm to expect the 
hiiplisni of llic Holy Ghost after the 
haj>lism of \iater ? 

Do they teach them to helicvc in, 
and pray for the ipfts of the Spirit, 
such as revehtlions, visions, prophcsy- 
in_:3's, niiiacle?, tongues, inferjireta- 
tions, Jiealings, ministering of angels, 
&c. ? 

Do they teach the sick to send for 
the ciders of the church, to pray for, 
and anoint them v.ith oil in the name 
of (he Lord, and that " the prayer of 
faith shall save the sick, and God 
shall raise them up?" 

Do they teach the helievcr to 
lay hands on the sick in the' name of 
the Lord, that they may he healed ? 

Do they "visit the v\ido\r and the 
fatherless in their aflliction, and keep 
themselves unspotted from the world ?" 

Docs he that has two eoats give to 
him that has none, and he that has 
meat likewise ? 

Do they take heed not to pray and 
give alms to he seen of men ? 

Do their ministers go forth like the 
ancicr.t servants of God, taking no 
thought for the inoiTOW, as to food 
and clothing? or, do they take thought 
a year at a time, hy haung a certain 
stipulate*! salary ? 

Do they teach men that if they 
have lliis world's goods, and do not 
impart to the needy, they have no love 
of God in thcra ? 

In short, do they teach men to 
practise and chsene all those things 
which Jesus comraanded ? 

Xow all these things are according 
to the Bihle, Mhicli they say is a rule 
of faith. -Ml those things are accord- 
ing to the " law and testimony." I 
have made these enquiries in order to 
" prove all things, and hold fast that 
which is good." I am sure to give 
no ofTenco, cither to the Church of 
Kngland or to Mr. Wood hy these 



enquiries, because himself has' oh- 
servcd that the Church of England 
"courts enquiry." 

If all tl-'C a1)0\c questions can he 
answered in the affirmative;, f, for one, 
will he a Churchman. Jjut if, on the 
other hand, after careful investigation, 
the reverend gcnileman should find 
his favourite cliurch weighed in his 
own balances (the law and the testi- 
mony) and found wauling; we ear- 
nestly invite liim to become a member 
of tlie Church of L'atter-Day Saints, 
for they hold and teach all these 
things; and "eternal salvation de- 
pends on our embracing the truth."ED. 



EESTORATION OF THE JEWS. 

" Sir !}.Ioscs Mcritefiore has cove- 
nanted with Mehemet Ali for ai tri- 
bute equal to present receipts, on the 
condition of Tc-colouizing the whole 
of Palestine with Jews. 

Memorials have been scut to all 
the Protestant Princes, soliciting their 
interference in the present dispute 
hctv.ceji the Sultan and !Mehemel 
All, about Palestine, to secure that 
country for the speedy return yf the 
Jews. 

A Hamburgh paper. The Burfeit- 
sung, says, that the Jews of Con- 
stantinople have, with their Rabhi, 
declared that diey ^^ill not wait 
any longer than another year for 
their Mcs.-iah. If, within that time, 
he docs not appear, the}- will conclude 
that he has already come, and then 
they « ill try to discover by what re- 
ligion he is already recognized. The 
Rabbi is entirely of tUis opinion ; and 
has even proposed to his congregation 
to profess Christianity forthwith." — Sa^ 
cred Album. 

Tlius is fulfilling a prediction of 
Ncphi; "And the Jews also shall 
begin to believe in Christ, and they 
shall begin to gather in upon the face 



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of the land. And it shall come to 
pass that the Lord Cod shall com- 
mence his worV among all nations, 
hindrcds, tongues, and people, to 
bring about the restoration of his 
people upon the earth." — Book of 
Mormon, p. 125. 



PERSECUTION OF THE JEWS. 

[iKOM THE SUX.] 

llie horrible persecution now ra;^qng 
against the Jews in ,the East is not 
confined to the city of Damascus. 
The following extract from a letter, 
addressed by the Hebrew community 
at Rhodes to the Grand fiabbi of Con- 
stantinople, satisfies us that the per- 
secution, unless vigorous steps be taken 
to prevent it by the enlightened go- 
vernments of England and France, is 
intended to be general. The object of 
this persecution is plunder. As we 
have again anil again stated, in their 
wealth consists the only crime of the 
innocent Israelites. No less clumsy 
mode of plundering them of their pro- 
perty could be devised by the scmi- 
barljarous government of Egypt, be- 
cause by no other could the prejudices 
of the ignorant and supersiitious orien- 
tal Christian be enlisted against them. 
We pity the Christian capable of be- 
lieving that the Jews were ever guilty 
of the horrible crime which the Pacha 
of Damascus has laid to their charge ; 
and when we bear in mind, that this 
highly -favoured land has yet \o atone 
for setting an example of the persecu- 
tion of the Israchtes, we feel surprised 
that no Christian meetings have been 
held to denounce the revival of an ex- 
ploded fable of the monks, for the 
fiendish purpose of shedding the blood 
and confiscating the property of an in- 
nocent community. 'V\\<i Journal des 
Dclata gives the details of the cruellies 
to which the Damascus Jews have 



been subjected, but vrant of space pre- 
vents us from insciiing them in our 
columns. The following is the ex- 
tract from the letter from Rhodes 
above alluded to: — 

" We hasten to inform you of the 
sad position in \i'hich our community 
has been placed. The focis are as 
follows : — A Greek child, ten years of 
ago, the son of a peajant, hanged him- 
self, it is said, some days njjo, and the 
Christians accused ns of liiiviug sacri- 
ficed liim. The European consuls as- 
sembled to demand an investigation ol 
the afTair, and went in a body, wiih 
the exception of the Austrian consul, 
to the Racha, to demand that the pro- 
ceeding should be left to them, which 
was gi'antcd. Tliey then called before 
them two Greek women from the en- 
virons of the town, who declared that 
some Jews had gone on Tuesday from 
the villages to the town, and that one 
of them had been followed by a Grcelc 
child. The consuls imraediately called 
this Jew before them, and questioned 
him. He replied ihat he would pi'ove 
by witnesses that he had spent Tues- 
day in his own nllacre, and had not 
come into town till ^Vednesday- He 
added, that even if the child liad come 
into town at the same time as the .Tews, 
this fact could not testify against them, 
as they were on the public road. Tliese 
reasons, however, were not admitted 
by the consuls. The accused was 
thrown in chains, and unheard-of tor- 
ments inllicted upon him. The l»as- 
tinado was given him ; his nostrils 
wore pierceil with iron wire, heated 
bones were placed on his head, and a 
very heavy stone, on his heart — tor- 
tures whic^li reduced the victim to the 
last extremity. At the same tjme, 
they sought to extort confes>ion from 
him, and saidv to him, ' If you oulj 
slcdc the Greek boy to deliver him t« 
the chief rabbi, say so plainly, if yo« 



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•wish lo save your life.* ITicir inteu- 
lion was lo involve our rabbi and the 
whole community in the accusalion. 
However, ilie unhappy Jew, in the 
midsl of liis torments, implored 
death, and was alv.ays answered by 
exlioitations to confess his pretended 
crime. Overcoire by torments v.hich 
a human body cannot support, the 
victim suffered caluranies to be ex- 
torted from him against several Jews, 
most of whom had for some lime 
been absent from Rhodes. Tliose 
who could be found were airested, 
and also tortured to make thera con- 
fess that llicy had delivered the child 
to the cliief rabbi, or head of the Jew- 
ish community. Seven persons are 
in a dangerous state in consequence 
of these tortures. To cro^^^l our mi- 
ser\*, the Ghetto has been closed and 
sun-ounded with guards, in such a 
manner that no one can go in and 
learn the fate of the prisoners. A fact, 
which I think il my duty to tell vou, 
is, that during tbis time, as no Chris- 
tian, that is nil Greek, can enter the 
Jewish street, they walk continually 
round the Ghetto in order to find 
means of throwing a Turkish, or Greek 
dead body into some court, and then 
getting it taken from thence to the 
government, lo form a basis of their 
calumny." 

Ihe Lucca Gazelle quoXcs adnces 
from Ei^ypt, stating that the ai^sassin 
of Father Thomaso and his scnant 
at Damacns has, beta discovered to 
be a Druse, and that the innocence of 
the unfortunate Jews has been dearly 
proved. 



AT A GENER.\L CONFEHENCE 
Of tlic Church of Jtsus Christ of 
I.altcr-Dav Saints hold h\ the Tem- 
perance llall, ^^v^(on, Lancashire, 
Kngland, on the 15ih of April, IS4O : 



The foljowing Churche3 v;cie re- 
presented ; 

Places. I J I 1 I 

S u; U i^ Q 

Preston 300. .7. .3. .6. .2 

Penworthen 73. .3. .1 . .2..1 

Longton..^ 51 . .2. .4..2..0 

Southport •20..0..1..1..0 

Daubers Lane, &c 5-1. .1 . .2..3'..0 

Hunters HiU, &c 17. .1 . .1 . .I..0 

Ilcskin 3..I..0..0..0 

Bolton C0..l.,2.,2..0 

Ratcliffe. 10. .0. .0. .0. .0 

^Miittle 18..1..4..0..0 

Eitchcster '. . . . 2-5. .2. .0. . 1 . .0 

Burnley 24..0..r..l ..0 

BlackLum 15. .0..1..0..0 

Keiyhlej Sec 29 . . 2 . . J . . 1 . . 

WadOington 50..0. .2..2..1 

Clithcro9 27.. 1.. 3.. CO 

ClutLum 84.. 1.. 2.. 2.. I 

Dunham 20..0..0..1..I 

Giindleton 5. .0. .0. .0. .0 

Manchester' ' 240.. 2.. 5.. 4.. 

Stockport 40..0..1..2..1 

Duttonfieia 30..0..1..0..0 

.\llruicham 8. .0..1..I. .0' 

Pervcr & Macclesfield .. 30..0..3..0..0 

MiJ^^e^^cb 6..0..0..0..0 

Bury & Elton 12..0..0..0..0 

Potteries 101.. 1.. 2.. 4.. I 

Hertfordsliire 160 . . 1 . .2. .0. .0 

Liveiiiool 28..0..0..0..0 

.\lston 4.)..2..2..2..0 

Brampton 30..I..1..0..0 

BeJlford ,. 40..1..»1..0,.0 

Scotland 2I..3..0..O..0 

Since tlie Conference, and up to 
the present lime, many are being added 
by baptism in almost cveiy place 
where ihc fVilncs* of the gospd U 
preached. la Scotland the work .of 
the Lord is going on, and (ouls are 
coming into the church. In Here- 
fordshire and the adjoining country,. 



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some foilv preachers of oilier orders 
have lately subniitlcd to the ordi- 
nances, and united themselves to the 
Church of the Lattcr-Day Saints ; Ly 
which means upwards of forty preach- 
ing places have been opened for our 
ciders. IMay God Almighty bless the 
people of that region abundantly, be- 
cause with all readiness they received 
the word, and were willing to be tiuight 
in tho way of the Lord jnore perfectly. 
In Manchester our meetings are well 
attended, people seem desirous to hear, 
and some arc baptised and added to 
the church every week. We very 
much need a larger place to mcetj 
indeed the largest place in the town 
would be to small if the public could 
have general, notice. Numbers are 
bciugbaptiscd and added to the church 
in the towTis and country around. 

In short, on all sides we turn our 
eyes, we behold the field all whate 
ready to haivest. Calls for preaching 
are more than we can fill at present. 
!i\Iay the Lord send more laoourers 
into his harvest. There are thousands 
of jieople in Imgland, if they once 
knew our principles would embrace 
them, and even lay do^\"n their lives 
for them if required. 

We shall probably give the minutes 
of the Conference in our next. — Ed. 



TEMPERANCE. 

Landing in a certain Town in 
England, from a distant country, not 
long since, I felt my heart pained for 
the multitude of beggars, and of 
other persons apparently in distress, 
who almost thronged the streets. 

From feelings of deep sympathy 
I was led to enquire tlie reason of 
so much want; and why human 
beings, the noblest work of God, 
should exist In such multitudes with* 
out the means of comfortable sub> 



sistcncc, while even the sparrows and 
ravens are ronembered by the Great 
Au^ihor of tljcir existence; and even 
the grass of the field is decked in 
beauteous robes by his beneficence. 

Surely, thought I, there is some- 
thing radically wrong. Either God 
has been unwise in creating people, 
without creating means sulficienl for 
their subsistence ; or there is some 
terrible mismanagement in the Go- 
vernment under which they live ; or 
else, the people have by some means 
greatly erred from the ways of wisdom 
and prudence, and brought this misery 
upon themselves. 

But passing onward through the 
difierent slrcels, still pondering the 
subject in my heart, with no ordinary 
feelings, hardly decided whether to 
charge this lact upon Providence, 
Government, or people ; I was often 
interrupted in my train of thought 
by signs, and advcrUsements some- 
thing like tlie follo>dng : " Spirit 
Vaults," " Wine and Liquor Store," 
"Importer of Foreign Spiiits," "First- 
rate Bi-andy," "Best of Spirits,"" Rum, 
Gin, Wine, Brandy, Irish "\Miiskey, 
Beer, and Spirituous liquors of eveiy 
description sold here, &;c." Seein^such 
things at almost ever)* step, I en- 
quired what all this could mean ? 
^^^lat suange inconsistency ! The 
people wanting bread and clothing 
— tne country unable to support it* 
poor, and yet all these spirit-shops 
supported ! It cannot be, unless the 
people have lost their reason, and 
gone mad. 

But it must be these shops are sup- 
ported, or they woidd not be here, 
riie mystery was now solved — Provi- 
dence was not in the blame ; be had 
provided enough and to spare. But 
the people are perishing by their own 
folly. 

Now, people of England, I aslc ycn^ 



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Vould not the cash you pay forsjiiiils 
iind tobacco, be a sum Millicicnl to re- 
lieve all tlic sufTcring poor, the laiuc, 
the blind, the side, the widow, and the 
fatherless ? 'nien why not dispense 
with these needless things altogether? 
and tax yourselves with the same 
money to give to tliosc in distress ? 
and thus dry the tear of sorrow from 
the diseoDsolate widow and the help- 
less orphan, while they rise up and 
call you blessed. — Ed. 



LATTER DAY SAINTS IN AMERICA- 

It is generally known throughout the 
civiliijcd world that the Saints in Ame- 
rica have lately sulFercd a storm of per- 
secution, which has no parallel- in the 
annals of jnodern histpr}'. We have 
only room in this Xo. to say that 
they have again bccorae established 
in peace; and that the subject of their 
persecution has been before Congress 
during its present session, with an 
application for redress and protection. 

Since tlie persecution the Church 
has spread more rajndly than ever 
before, in almost every part of that 
wide-spread republic Tlundrcds are 
embracing the truth in dilferent stales, 
and calls for our books and for 
preaching cannot the 'tenth-part be 
supjdied at present. ^Ve have some- 
times been oflcrcd £2 for a book 
worth one crown, but could not 
supply them until reprinted : the 
scarcity is owing to the rapid spread 
ot the work, and the do^trnctioh of 
our printing c^lablishments in the 
persecution. In New York, Phila- 
delphia, and the adjoining counliy, 
hundreds have been baptized during 
the pa.^it winter and spring. Hie 

1 lower of God is with his people, and 
10 confirms the word with signs 
followins. 



For a particular account of the 
l)ersccution, we refer our readers to 
our history of the same, which is a 
hook of 21 G pages, for sale at our 
Ollice, Xo. ll'J, Oldham Road, Man- 
chester. 

'n»e following particulars oi their 
present setllenunts we extract fiom 
their monthly perio«.lical, publis)ied 
at Commerce, Illinois, entitled, " 'ilie 
Times and Seasons." 

" Keokuk. — This is a situation on 
the west bank of the Mississippi River, 
about forty miles abo\e Quincy, Illi- 
nois, at the foot of the Rapids, which 
is the first obstruction to the navigation 
for the largest class of steam boats. — 
At this place all sleara boats, in as- 
cending the Mississijipi at low water, 
are compelled to discharge their car- 
goes, which are transported over the 
Rapids in lighters, and on descending, 
the boats receive their cargoes from 
the lighters at this place. The land- 
ing is equal to any on the River. And 
ho part of the town is ever overflowed. 

A pai't of this place has recently 
been purchased by the Bishop of the 
Church of Latter Day Saints. Bishop 
Knight has also purchased another 
town six miles above Keokuk, which 
is called Nashville, it being at the head 
of the Rapids, the place has advan- 
tages equal to any town on the Missis- 
sip])i ; it has a large body of valuable 
timber att^ichcd to it, and the surround- 
ing country is beautifully interspersed 
with prairies which w^jl admit of a 
dense population ; these advantages lo- 
getherwith the advantage of landing, 
renders the countiy valuable. 

MoNTUosE. — This place is four 
miles above Nashville, it is situated on 
a bottom prairie, and a handsome place 
for a town, it has equal advantages with 
other towns on thcMississijipi. Bishop 
Knight has also purchasca a pari o( 



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tills town, togellicr with iil)Out thirty 
thousand acres of the sunouuding 
coniitry, on the point of hmd hctwccn 
tlie Mississippi and the Dcsmoinc, ge- 
nerally denominated the Half Breed 
Iraet ; this traet has actually superior 
advantages, having the Desmoine on 
the West, and the Mississippi on the 
East, both navigable streams ; and the 
soil is generally acknowledged to be 
nearly C(pial to that of the .State of 
Missouri. The Half Breed tract con- 
tains 119,000 acres, and the whole 
tract can be purchased by a united ef- 
fort of the saints; 

Xauvoo. — This is a newly located 
Town, and is situated on the East bank 
of the Mississippi, opposite Montrose, 
it derived its name from the Hebrew, 
which signifies fair, very beautiful, and 
it actually fills the definition of the 
word, for nature has not formed a pa- 
rallel on the banks of the Mississippi 
from New Orleans to Galena, for the 
beauty of the ground on which it 
stands ; there is a good landing, and it 
has equal privileges with other towns. 
This is also owned by the saints, and 
is rapidly increasing. Tlie suiTounding 
country is fertile, and the crops, this 
present year, are good, therefore there 
is no fear existing that emigiation will 
be too extensive." 



TO THE EDITOR" OF THE MIL. STIR. 
Lcdlury, Herefordshire, May 15, I&IO. 

Beloved Broth er. 

Two weeks ago, this day, I 
parted with Brothers Youftg and 
Woodrofle in this place, taking differ- 
ent locations in this pait of the 
vineyard, originally opened by Bro- 
ther Woodrofle ; and after visiting 
various places in Herefordshire, Wor- 
cestershire, and Gloucestershire, 
S reaching daily, talkin"; ni^ht and 
ay, and administering the ordinances 
of the gospel as . directed by the 



Spirit ; we have >n«'ain this day 
found ourselves together, and Elder 
Kingston in our midst ; (he is devo- 
ted wholly to the ministry) and by 
comparing minutes, we find there 
has been in these two weeks about 
112 baptized; 200 confirmed'; 2 
elders, about 20 priests, and 1 
teacher ordained — and the Church in 
these regions now numbers about 320. 
The branches are small, thebrcthrcn 
much scattered, consequently the field 
is so large that the reapers cannot call 
to each other from side to side ; nei- 
ther can they often see each other 
\\ iihoui a telescope. Tf'here are many- 
doors open which we cannot fill ; calls 
for preaching on almost every hand 
which we cannot answer. Oh ! that 
the saints would pray to the Lord of 
the hanesl to send forth labourers. 1 
have this day received a letter from mj 
sister in ^Massachusetts (North Ame- 
rica), giving me the intelligence of the 
death of my aged father; and also 
that the work of the Lord is rolling 
forth in that part of the land. Suck 
intelligence * from our native land, 
makes our hearts rejoice even in 
affliction. 

Your brother in the E. Cov. 

WiLLARD Richards. 

HYMNS. 

INVITATION. 

I 

When time shall be no more 

Its joys and sorrows fled— 
When all Us cares are o'er 

And numbered \dth the dea^ 
UnvcQcd eternal truth will shine 
In its own image all divine. 
The Saints in rohcs of light 

Shall walk the golden street- 
Shall how before his throne. 

Or worship at his feet — 
Shall sit on thrones, exalted higk 
Enthroned in might and raajeMr. 



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O ' siniicr woulilVt tliou stanJ 
In that Wcss'd compony ? 

Obey the I.or.J's toinmand, 
And from Ihy sins he free. 

I shall he th( tc, an 1 look for Ihcc- 

Farcwcll ! till then, rt-nuinhcr ine. 



BAPTISM. 
Repent ye Gentiles all, 

jVnd come and be haptiz'd; 
It IS the Saviour's call, 

He's spoken from the sides, 
And sent the message ive declare. 
His second coining to prepare. 
Be buried vith your Lord, 

And rise ilinncly new, 
'Tis his eternal word— 

The ancient path pursue. 
The promised blessing now secure. 
The Spirit's seal, for ever sure. 
Ye souls Tvith sin ilistress'd, 

■Who fain would find relief; 
Come, on his promise rest. 

He v\in assuage your grief. 
Hell send tlje Sjiirit from on high, 
WTien •tt-ith the gospel you complj. 
Come he adopted in, 

\Y\xh Israel's chosen race. 
And wash away your sina. 

The promised blessing taste ; 
Tlie covenant stands for ever sure^ 
To all who to the end endure. 



O ! grant rne, ihtn, thy spirit's power 

To guide my feet in ways of peace— 
rrcF.crre me thine each day and hour, 

Till from a world of hin releas'd- 
Thcn, when my inoital life is closed. 

Eternal gloiT mine s)wl\ he, 
And all jirray'd in spotless white, 

I shall the King of Glory see. 



MORNING ni'MN. 
■U'r.t'd from ray bed of slumber swcel^ 

Refreshed in body and in mini. 
The morning light with joy I greet, 

And offer up a song tlivinc. 
Thy pniise, God ! shall be ray theme, 

■\Miilc (lay and night their coarse pursue. 
Till tine sluJl end its transient drcaia— 

Eternity the theme rcneir. 
Thy mercy has prcserrcd my wul 

Through toils and dnngrrs, gritfs and fears 
.\.ud stiU npon this cnrtlily ball 

Thou leni^thcncst out my Jay« and ycara. 



SECOND ADVENT. 
Come, O! thou King of King*! 

We're waited long for thee. 
With healing in thy wings, 

To set thy people free ; 
Come thou desire of nations, come, 
Let Israel now be giithercd bome. 
Come, make an end of sin. 

And cleanse the earth by fire. 
And righteousness bring in. 

That saints may tune the lyre 
With songs of joy in happier strains. 
To welcome in thy peaceful reign. 
Hosannahs now shall sound 

From all the ransomed throng. 
And glory echo roimd 

A new triumphal song; 
The xside expanse of heav'n fill 
Vilih anthems sweet from Ziou's hilL 
Hail! Prince of Life and peace, 

Tlirice welcome to thy throne, 
AMiile all the chosen race. 

Their Lord and Saviour own; — 
The heathen iiations bow the knee. 
And every tongue confess to thee. 



CONFERENCE NOTICE. 
At tlie suggestion of Eldera Young, 
Richards Woodroffe, and others we give 
notice that the General Conference wliicli 
was appointed at Preston, on the Gtli of 
July next, will be wiOidrawn from Preston, 
and held in Manchester. This ii en ac- 
count of being more central, and because th« 
publishing oflicc i« here. — Ed. 

MAN'CUESTEB : 
Printed by W. It TnoMAt, Spring Gardont. 



THE OXEN 



Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock 
'Now they are all on their knees,' 
An elder said as we sat in a flock 
By the embers in hearthside ease. 

We pictured the meek mild creatures where 

They dwelt in their strawy pen. 

Nor did it occur to one of us there 

To doubt they were kneeling then. 

So far a fancy few would weave 

In these years ! Yet, I feel, 

If someone said on Christmas Eve, 

'Come; see the oxen kneel 

'In the lonely barton by yonder coomb 

Our childhood used to know,' 

I should go with him in the gloom. 

Hoping it might be so. 



THOMAS HARDY 



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thing I mentioned, things "seen and 
heard." How necessary it is for a 
parent to bear that witness! I have an 
aged great-grandmother, long since 
dead, who in her ninety-seventh year 
was approached by one who had lost 
faith, and thinl<ing perhaps that the 
grandmother, too, had lost some, said 
to her. "You know the Prophet. What 
did you think of him?" This aged 
woman had endured the vicissitudes 
of the seventies' trek from Kirtland to 
Missouri, had suffered through Haun's 

Mill with her infant ohild in her arms, 

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plains, and then had lived through years 
of poverty in Utah. She smiled as she 
looked at this person, and I think dis- 
appointed the person, too, because this 
is what she said: "We all knew that he 
was a Prophet." 

So we all do know that he was a 
Prophet, but do our children know it? 
Do our children know that we know it? 
That, I think, is our greatest obligation 
as we face life with these little ones 
who are given to us to rear to adult- 
hood. 



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Since the beginning God lias given 
to every man the power to control his 
thoughts. He has also given man the 
freedom to select the course in life he 
wishes to pursue. When Adam was 
placed in the Garden of Eden, the Lord 
commanded him saying: 

"Of every tree of the garden thou 
mayest freely eat; but of the tree of 
knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt 
not eat of it; for in the day that thou 
eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." 
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Although Adam was thus admonished 
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of knowledge of good and evil, never- 
theless he had the right to think for 
himself and the right to make his own 
choice. 

Scriptures are replete with God's 
promised blessings to us if we will 
keep His commandments and comply 
with His laws, but it is a fundamental 
principle that we are never compelled 
to do His will, in ancient times the 
Lord commanded Israel to keep all of 
His comandments with the promise of 
an abundant harvest if they would do 
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wrath would be kindled against them. 
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blessing and a curse; A blessing if 
ye obey the commandments of the 
Lord, your God, which I command you 
this day: And a curse, if ye will not 
obey the commandments of the Lord 
your God, but turn aside out of the 
way which i command you this day, to 
go after other gods, which ye have 
not known." (Deut. 11:26>28). 

So it has been down through the 
ages. Although God has pointed the 
way, He has given to all men the right 
to think for themselves and make their 
own choices. 



l\/!arcus Aurelius once said, "A man's 
life is what his thoughts make of it." 
Emerson said, "A man is what he thinks 
about all day long." Man's mind may 
be likened unto a flower garden. It can 
be a thing of beauty and inspiration 
to the gardener and all who may gaze 
upon it, or it may be ill kept and over- 
run with weeds. As the plant which 
produces the beautiful flower grows 
from a seed, so every act of man 
springs from the hidden seed of 
thought. As a being of power and 
intelligence, and master of his own 
thoughts, man has the divinely given 
ability to make of himself what he 
chooses to be. 

Dr. Robert A. Milliken, well known 
in the circles of science, and once 
winner of the Nobel Prize, made this 
significant statement: "I think you will 
not misunderstand me when I say that 
I have never known a thinking man 
who did not believe in God." George 
Washington had a deep and abiding 
faith in God. Abraham Lincoln, on many 
public occasions, made it known that 
his actions were motivated by his firm 
bejief in God. We will recall that Jesus 
was asked: 

"Master, which is the great com- 
mandment in the law? Jesus said unto 
him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God 
with all thy heart, and with all thy 
soul, and with all thy mind. This is the 
first and great commandment. And the 
second is like unto it. Thou shalt love 
thy neighbour as thyself. On these two 
commandments hang all the law and 
the prophets." (Matthew 22:36-40). 

As man's thoughts turn to God and 
the things that pertain to God, man 
undergoes a spiritual transformation. 
It lifts him from the commonplace and 
gives to him a noble and God like 
character. If we have faith in God, we 



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are using one of the great laws of life. 
The most powerful force in human 
nature is the spiritual power of faith. 
Jesus said: 

"According to your faith be it unto 
you." (Matthew 9:29). 

"And this is life eternal, that they 
might know thee, the only true God, 
and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast 
sen^" (John 17:3.) 

God is our Father, and we are his 
children. From father to child there 
exists that same natural parental love 
that is expressed by our Heavenly 
Father for His children. When the pro- 
digal boy, in that parable which most 
perfectly tells the story of the sin- 
ning, and repentant life, "came to 
himself," his first words were, "I will 
arise and go to my father." (Luke 
15:18). While he is yet afar off the 
waiting father sees him coming and is 
moved with compassion. Repentance is 
but the homesickness of the soul, and 
the uninterrupted and watchful care 
of the parent is the fairest earthly 
type of the unfailing forgiveness of 
God. The family is, to the mind of 
Jesus, the nearest of human analogies 
to that divine order which it was His 
mission to reveal. 

Fathers and mothers have a great 
responsibility with respect to the 
children which are entrusted to their 
care. 

One of the greatest needs of the day 
is for parents to teach and encourage 
young people to conduct themselves 
according to Christian standards. In 
the Book of Proverbs we find this 
admonition to parents: 

"Train up a child in the way he 
should go: and when he is old, he will 
not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6). 

The greatest training that can be 
given to a child is that Vi/hich comes 



from the example of parents. Parents 
need to set the example for young 
people to follow. Great strength comes 
from the home where righteous prin- 
ciples are taught, where there is love 
and respect for each ether, where 
prayer has been an influence in the 
family life, and where there is respect 
for those things that pertain to God. 

The Christian family gets its unity 
and stability, not by outward regula- 
tion, but by the natural processes of 
its inward lifff. It has its troubles and 
sorrows and th'ey draw hearts together; 
it has its joys, and they are multiplied 
by being shared. As the children are 
taught the lessons concerning their 
Heavenly Father and the truths of the 
Gospel, and of the son whose return 
the father is waiting — they will inter- 
pret these truths as Jesus prompted 
them to do, in the language of their 
own loving and united home. 

Young people need to be taught by 
parents in the home to have the 
desire to live clean lives and have 
clean thoughts. 

"For as he thinketh in his heart, so 
is he." (Proverbs 23:7). 

This often quoted line from the Book 
of Proverbs is as applicable to youth 
as to old age and should be a reminder 
to parents that the acts and conduct 
of young people are motivated by their 
thoughts. 

I am deeply impressed by the great 
youth programme of the Church which 
I have the honour to represent. Thou- 
sands of young people across our 
nation are meeting in fireside groups 
of their own age where they are dis- 
cussing among themselves, under the 
guidance of their leaders, the prob- 
lems of modern day youth: Such 
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going to questionable places; dating, 



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ting, proper use of the automobile; 
morality, honesty, clean living, and 
many other things which will have a 
permanent affect on their lives as 
they grow to face marriage and parent- 
hood. 

As our young people discuss these 
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after applying the moral principles of 
Christianity, they find strength in their 
resolutions to live the clean life their 
Heavenly Father would have them live. 
The whole idea behind this programme 
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develop right thinking for their 
guidance so that they will not make 
mistakes. 

In order that parents and children 
may better understand wit'i each other, 
a plan has been adopted by that Church 
known as the "Family Council. " This 
council is called and conducted by the 
parents and attended by all members 
of the family. It strengthens family ties, 
assures children they "belong" and 
convinces them that the parents are 



interested in their problems. This 
family meeting teaches mutual respect 
for each other, eliminates selfishness, 
and emphasises the Golden Rule in the 
home and living a clean life. Family 
worship and prayer are taught, together 
with the lessons of kindness and 
honesty. The problems of the family 
usually confronts one at such close 
range that its real dimensions and 
significance are not easily appreciated 
but when families are strong and united 
in the endeavour to serve God and 
keep His commandments, many of our 
modern day problems disappear. 

The world would be a better place 
to live if we would think and act as 
God would have us do. This should be 
a personal challenge to every man and 
woman, and every father and mother, 
to live according to the commandments 
of God and be an example for good 
to boys and girls in their years of 
growing up. 

They are the most happy whose lives 
have been dedicated to the endeavour 
of making the world a better place to 
live by raising the standards of though 
and action. This can only be done by 
strict obeservance to the laws which 
God has laid down for the conduct of 
man in this mortal existence. 

I know that God lives. I bear witness 
that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of 
the living God; that He is the Saviour 
of the world having given His life as 
the great sacrifice that we might have 
life everlasting. He is ynur personal 
Saviour and my personal Saviour. If 
we will open our hearts to his presence 
and accept of him, our lives will be 
enriched by the joy and happiness that 
comes only to those who do so receive 
Him. May righteous thoughts control 
our lives so that we may always make 
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The 

McEwens of 
Huddersfield 

Robert, Sharon, Joanne, Nathan and 
Boyd are the children of Bishop Neil 
McEwen and his wife Wendy of the 
Huddersfield Ward, Leeds Stake, so 
you can imagine the excitement in their 
home as Christmas approaches. There 
are secrets, whispered consultations, 
giggles, shopping expeditions, count- 
ing up of pennies and the anxiety of 
wondering if they are going to receive 
the presents they would like. But there 
is more to their Christmas than just 
receiving presents for they are a 
family who likes to share their 
happiness. 

First of all "Granny" McEwen, who 
lives alone in London, always goes up 
to spend the holiday with them, but 
then she is part of the family anyway 
so it would not be complete without 
her. Christmas Day however, usually 
sees others joining in their Christmas 
dinner and festivities. Often it is the 
missonaries, but for the past few years 
an ex-missionary who had returned to 
study in this country and Switzerland 
found his way back to their home. This 
year he is teaching at B.Y.U. so some- 
one else will undoubtedly take his 
place Last year they also invited two 
Chinese waiters from a local 
restaurant, because they knew they 
were far from home and rather lonely. 

The night before Christmas the 
children hang up their stockings at the 
end of their beds, leave a glass of 
milk for Santa and a carrot for his rein- 
deer, and then try to keep awake till 
he comes. So far they have never 



managed to do this, and have been 
disappointed that they have never 
seen him actually filling their stockings 
So last year their daddy stayed up 
very late, and took a film of Santa as 
he came down the chimney, drank his 
glass of milk, filled their stockings 
and looked at all the children asleep 
in their beds, before going on his way 
again. 

Usually they film the activities of the 
children on Christmas day, but this 
was a special record for them, and 
there is no doubt that they will be 
showing the film again this Christmas. 

Amid the excitement o', the turkey 
dinner, presents, crackers, and special 
visitors, the family like to remember 
just what it is they ars celebrating, 
and sit down quietly together to talk of 
the birth of the Saviour and what it 
means to them. They sometimes read 
from the scriptures, but one year they 
dressed up and performed a small 
nativity play written by Biohop McEwen 
especially for them. 

A few years ago Bishop McEwen 
received a very special Christmas card 
from a business acquaintance with 
whom he had had gospel conver- 
sations, the card told the story of 
"Uninvited Guest." This impressed the 
family so much that it has now become 
part of their Christmas tradition to 
read this story every Christmas day. 
And like the man in the story who was 
expecting the Lord to call, they would 
never turn away anyone from their 
door, because Christmas for them is 
sharing. 



THE UNINVITED GUEST 



"When I was a child I loved to hear 

This story my Grandma told each year, 

She told it in her native tongue, 

And I was very, very young . . . 

But yet this story seemed to be 

Filled with wonderment for me, 

For in my childish heart there grew 

The dream that I might see Him, too, 

For lie might call on me this way 

So I must watch for Him each day . . . 

Is still the story I love best — 

And that is why "The Christmas Guest" 

And I retell it to you now, 

For I can't help but feel somehow 

That children Everywhere should hear 

The story Grandma told each year . . . 

For Christmas Day is doubly blest 

When Jesus is Our Christmas Guest! 

It happened one day at the year's white end, 

Two neighbours called on an old-time friend 

And they found his shop so meagre and mean, 

Made gay with a thousand boughs of green. 

And Conrad was sitting with face a-shine 

When he suddenly stopped as he stitched a twine 

And said "Old friends, at dawn today. 

When the cock was crowing the hight away. 

The Lord appeared in a dream to me 

And said "I am coming your guest to be . . . 

So I've been busy with feet astir. 

Strewing my shop with branches of fir. 

The table is spread and the kettle is shined 

And over the rafters the holly is twined 

And now i will wait for my Lord to appear 

And listen closely so I will hear 

His step as He nears my humble place 

And I open the door and look in His face" . . 

So his friends went home and left Conrad alone. 

For this was the happiest day he had known. 

For long since, his family had passed away 

And Conrad had spent a sad Christmas Day . . . 

But he knew with the Lord as h>s Christmas guest 

This Christmas would be the dearest and best, 



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And he listened with only joy in his heart, 

And with every sound he would rise with a start 

And look for the Lord to be standing there 

In answer to his earnest prayer . . . 

So he ran to the window after hearing a sound, 

But all that he saw on the snow covered ground 

Was a shabby beggar whose shoes were torn 

And all of his clothes were ragged and worn . . . 

So Conrad was touched and went to the door 

And he said, "Your feet must foe frozen and sore, 

And I have some shoes in my shop for you 

And a coat that will keep you warmer too" . . 

So with grateful heart the man went away. 

But as Conrad noticed the time of day 

He wondered what made the dear Lord so late 

And how much longer he'd have to wait. 

When he heard a knock and ran to the door, 

But it was only a stranger once more, 

A bent, old crone with a shawl of black, 

A bundle of faggots piled on her back, 

She asked for only a place to rest, 

But that was reserved for Conrad's Great Guest . . . 

But her voice seemed to plead "Don't send me away. 

Let me rest for awhile on Christmas Day," 

So Conrad brewed her a steaming cup 

And told her to sit at the table and sup . . . 

But after she left he was filled with dismay 

For he saw that the hours were passing away 

And the Lord had not come as He said He would, 

And Conrad felt sure he had misunderstood . . . 

When out of the stillness he heard a cry, 

"Please help me and tell me where am 1", 

So again he opened his friendly door 

And stood disappointed as twice before, 

It was only a child who had wandered away 

And was lost from her family on Christmas Day . . . 

Again Conrad's heart was heavy and sad, 

But he knew he should make this little child glad, 

So he called her in and wiped her tears 

And quieted all her childish fears . . . 

Then he led her back to her home once more 

But as he entered his own darkened door. 

He knew that the Lord was not coming today 

For the hours of Christmas had passed away . . . 

So he went to his room and knelt down to pray 



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What kept You from coming to call on me, 
And he said "Dear Lord, why did You delay. 
For I wanted so much Your face to see" . . . 
When soft in the silence a voice he heard, 
"Lift up your head for I kept My word — 
Three times My shadow crossed your floor- 
Three times I came to your lonely door — 
For I was the beggar with bruised, cold feet, 
I was the woman you gave to eat 
And I was the child on the homeless street.' 



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The 

Bennetts of 
Salt Lake City 

Christmas is a family time and as 
this season draws near, so a flood of 
childhood memories fill our minds and 
refresh our spirits. 

We remember the beauty of the 
Christmas story told and retold each 
year; the mystic of Father Christmas 
bearing the wonderful gifts; the senti- 
ments of Christmas cards renewing 
friendships; the sparkle or a splendid 
tree, the tallest of the lot! 

The Wallace G. Bennett family of 
the England South Mission are spend- 
ing their first Christmas in England. 
They have treasured memories of other 
Christmases in Salt Lake City, their 
home. They anticipate a different but 
equally happy time this year in the 
mission field. They share with us some 
of the traditions they hav3 built as a 
family in past years. 

"Preparations begin early at our 
house," said Theda Bennett, mother of 
the five young Bennetts. She explained 
that they have two trees to trim — one 
is in the lounge, flocked white and 
decorated with ribbons and green and 
gold ornaments. 

"The other is the children's tree set 
up in the playroom," 3he continued. 
This is heavy with home-made ginger 
bread men, elves, candy ornaments and 
decorations made by eager children's 
hands. 

On December 1, a large, felt Advent 
Calendar was brought out and hung in 
a special place. 

Sister Bennett made this at a Relief 
Society Homemaking meeting. A tiny 
ornament is taken from a pocket each 
day and pinned on the felt Christmas 




Stephen and Janna Bennett examine 
one of the Wise Men 



tree. How exciting when Christmas 
Eve arrives and the last decoration is 
put in place. 

The Bennetts gather with their 
neighbours one evening during the 
week before Christmas to join in carol 
singing. How sweet the voices sound 
in the still, cold night of winter, and 
there is hot punch and cookies for all 
to complete the festivities at a neigh- 
bour's home. 

Reading Christmas stories together 
enriches the season for the entire 
family. The birth of the Saviour as 
recorded in Luke is read and Dickens 
Christmas Carol is a yearly event. Each 
takes his turn to read. 

Christmas at the Bennett's involves 



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sharing with those less fortunate than 
themselves. They have participated in 
a "Sub for Santa" programme, pro- 
viding gifts of a Christmas tree, toys 
and food for a needy family. Each Ben- 
nett child, purchased a toy that they 
particularly wanted for themselves and 
gave it to the children of "their" family 

A highlight in the store of Christmas 
memories was the annual Christmas 
Eve party at the home of a favourite 
aunt. All the family from grandparents 
to the newest arrival gathered together 
to await a visit from Santa Claus. 

When Christmas mornina comes at 



Reading the Christmas story — left to 

right: Stephen, President Wallace G. 

Bennett, Theda C. Bennett, Bruce, 

Grant and Janna. 



last, all is in readiness. The gifts are 
piled under the tree, Sani:a Claus has 
been and the joy and excitement of 
giving and receiving is paramount. 
Grandparents, Senator and Mrs. Wal- 
lace F. Bennett, are there to share in 
the festivities. There is time on this 
day also to contemplate and remem- 
ber the great event that was heralded 
by the angels so many years ago. 

What a happy, memorable season 
for each of the Bennetts. 

All the parts are there: the tradition; 
the celebration; the beauty of scarlet 
ribbon and green bough; the merri- 
ment of family gatherings; the sharing 
with those in need and the giving of 
gifts to loved ones. The family, the 
hope and the love lifts this season 
from the commonplace as this family 
remembers and celebrates Christmas. 




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There are some slight things forgotten as soon as seen; and there are other 
things remembered for a day or so; but there are too, incidents and sights, 
small in themselves, that burn indelibly into the hearts of small children. 

For several hours each week my wife practises her profession as a physio- 
therapist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Sick Children, Brighton, Sussex, 
England. 

There came a day in 1968 when I arrived home from my office to find her in 
the midst of our three daughters — Susan Jean 10, Sally Ann 10, and Wendy 
Michal 8 — telling them of the intended visit of the patron of the hospital. Her 
Royal Highness Princess Alexandra. The childrens' eyes shone as my wife told 
them of the preparations for the visit of a real princess. And then the pleading 
began. 

"Oh, Mummy, can't we go and see her? We wouldn't be a nuisance, and we 
wouldn't push. Honest. And we'll stand just where you tell us. Please Mummy." 

And so my wife promised to ask the matron if the girls could visit the hospital 
to see a real princess. 

The matron was very kind about the whole business. Being the matron of a 
childrens' hospital she had quite an understanding of what went on in a child's 
mind. Yes, certainly the girls could come to the hospital for the ro/al occasion,. 
But if they did they must keep to the places assigned to them. 

The great day came, a Summer's day, a day of heat and clear fkles. 

At the hospital the bunting went up and Union Jacks sprouted like flowers on 
every available height. Uniforms and overalls were starched and if'oned to per- 
fection, the floors and furniture were polished almost to glass; and all the sick 
children were wrapped in their beds like Easter gifts. 

As for our daughters, they bathed and brushed, put on their best dresses, and 
made so absolutely sure they were bright and sparkling, that at the end of their 
efforts they looked like princesses themselves. 

My wife took them early to the hospital and placed them in the spot the matron 
had assigned to them, a quiet corner of the approach yard. And after giving them 
several strong injunction not to move, she left them to go about I. or assigned 
duties. 

After a while the crowds began to gather and the children found themselves 
hedged about by excited nurses; and they began to crane and peer lest they 
miss the smallest incident of the arrival of the Princess. 

And then to the sound of cheers and trumpets Princess Alexandra arrived, ail 
sweet royalty and smiling. Cameras clicked and flashed endlessly. 

As the visitors approached the entrance to the hospital, the children jumped 
up and down excitedly; and over the heads of the crowd the Princess saw them 
and stopped. She moved towards them and the crowd opened up before her. 

continued on Page 56 

The author of this article is Derek Dixon, formerly a president of the Brighton 
Branch, a District Mission President. Opposite — his three daughters meet 

Princess Alexandra. 

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John and Jean Rourke were intro- 
duced to the Church food storage plan 
by their first Branch President ten 
years ago. He was an enthusiastic, 
faithful man and believed in storing a 
year's supply of food for his family. He 
was showing the Rourkes his new 
house and also showed them the store 
of food his family had saved as part 
of the Church Welfare Plan. The 
Rourkes were impressed and realised 
what wonderful security such a plan 
could offer to them and their growing 
family. They decided that it was worth 
the effort and began to reorganise 
their budget and buying programme to 
include the purchase of extra food to 
store. 

Their beginnings were small. It 
meant buying an extra tin of meat or 
vegetables each time they shopped. 
They soon learned that new buying 
methods were necessary to make this 
plan succeed. They watched for special 
offers, bought in bulk at every opportu- 
nity and attempted to extend the time 
between shopping excursions. There 
were problems in the beginning. They 
found it was difficult to make food last. 
They had to discipline themselves not 
to eat it just because it was there. 
They learned to buy what they would 
use. Sister Rourke remembers with 
amusement the time that they bought 
a case of pilchards — 64 tins, only to 
find that the family really didn't like 
pilchards. What a chore it was to use 
them up! She said that the cat finally 
finished them to the relief of all. It 



was a good lesson in buying only 
those items that their family would 
eat and enjoy. 

Brother and Sister Rourke started 
their food store by investing any spare 
money available into extra food. Jean 
remembers that a tax rebate helped 
them at one time to increase their 
store. 

Space was a problem and in the 
beginning they kept the food in boxes 
under the beds. Recently they bought 
a new house and chose a chalet-style 
because the loft lends itself to easy 
conversion into an extra bedroom. 
When this is done, the rest of the loft 
can be insulated, shelves built and 
will make ideal storage space for extra 
food. 

Jean Rourke is a trained Home 
Economist and with this background, 
it was difficult for her to accept using 
tinned foods. She needed to discard 
many old values and re-educate her- 
self to use foods that would store 
whether dried or tinned. This she has 
done. Her training is reflected in the 
kinds of food she buys. They are of 
good nutritional value and she can 
supply her family a balanced diet from 
their food cupboard at any time. 

John and Jean have seven children 
and they are planning a noliday abroad 
next year. They have camping equi[> 
ment to accommodate the entire family 
and they take along their own food 
from their year's store. They have a 
Gaz camp stove and take extra bottled 
gas to supply their cooking fuel. Jean 
takes tinned meat and recommends 
corned beef as good holiday fare as it 
is solid meat. She also suggests that 
tuna fish is useful on holiday because 
it can be prepared in several different 
ways and in many combinations. She 



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always tries to plan her food to give 
her family as much variety as possible. 
Their meals will also include Batchelors 
dehydrated food packs thai are easily 
kept and easily prepared, fruit juices^ 
tinned vegetables, rice, dried milk and 
tinned puddings and fruit. They will 
buy fresh fruit and bread. 

Planning a holiday in which your 
food is already purchased cuts down 
considerably on the immediate ex- 
pense. This plan makes it possible for 
the Rourkes to give their big family 
the advantages of a continental holi- 
day exposing them to people of 
different languages and cultures. It is 



through their budgeting, careful spend- 
ing and saving that this is possible. 
This new way of life stjrted for the 
Rourke family when they listened to 
the counsel of Church leaders and 
followed their advice in building up a 
year's supply of food. The greatest 
blessing that has come because of this 
is the knowledge that their children 
are secure no matter wha!: emergency 
should arise. Whether illness or 
financial reverses, the Rourkes would 
be able to meet it with courage in the 
security of knowing that for a time, at 
least, there would be ample food for 
their family. 




John and Jean Rourke and their children at a Famfly Home Evening. 



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AS STRANGERS in a foreign country, 
Heber C. Kimball and his associates 
landed in Liverpool on July 20, 1837. 
They had to leave their home and loved 
ones and travel to this relatively un- 
known land where, with no precedent 
to follow, they were faced with a task 
that would try their strength and cour- 
age physically and spiritually. Elder 
Kimball preached the first sermon in 
a Chapel in Vauxhall on Sunday, July 
22, 1837. The opportunity was afforded 
him by the Rev. James Fielding, who 
was a brother of Josepn Fielding, a 
member of the initial party. 

However, it was not unci I 1961, when 
the ground was broken in Manchester, 
that the Church in Great Britain began 
a Building Programme which was to 
provide the members with a suitable 
Chapels in which to worship. The first 
project office opened in a house in 
the centre of Epsom in 1961 and from 
there they progressed to a small flat, 
also in Epsom and subsequently, in the 
early part of 1962, the complete office 
was moved to modern offices in North 
Chearfi, where it is at present. 

As this is the last oportunity we shall 
have of expounding the virtues of the 
Building Programme in the "Millennial 
Star" we would like to introduce you 
to various members of the staff. 

When the Building Programme began 
the majority of those involved were 
Americans, working here on building 
missions. Now there are only two 
Americans, Harold Pratt, Area Super- 
visor, and Melvin Hill, Building Opera- 
tions and Maintenance Supervisor. The 



gradual change from American to 
British management has been accom- 
plished in a remarkably short time and 
there have been very few problems 
during the process. 

It is under the co-ordinative efforts 
of Brother Pratt (the grandson of Parley 
P. Pratt, who was the first editor of 
the "Millennial Star") that the Build- 
ing Department functions. 

In recent months Don Hendon — no 
newcomer to the Programme — has 
taken full responsibility of the most 
challenging position of Area A|rchitect. 
Brother Hendon has set structural 
standards and streamlined methods in 
design and technique of present and 
future chapels. With the number of 
buildings presently under construction 
and plans for the future, this is no 
mean feat. 

Another longstanding member of the 
team involved is Bill Sheppard. As 
Quantity Surveyor, it is the responsi- 
bility of Brother Sheppard to establish 
quickly and efficiently the specific 
quantity of materials involved in the 
construction of new Chapels. Brother 
Sheppard has held this position for 
over eight years now. 

Fred Curtis has also been involved 
with the programme for eight years 
and, although he and his family are 
originally from Australia, he says that 
having been in Great Britain for so long 
they feel that this is their home. 
Brother Curtis is the General Field 
Superintendent and he divides his time 
between the offices and the building 
sites, supervising and inspecting the 
Chapels under construction. 

The Financial Department is in the 
hands of Bishop Peter Manners. With 
a small efficient team, his office is 
handling all the financial programme.* 



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concerned with the Church in the 
British Isles. 

With the change to British manage- 
ment also came Robert Dowling as the 
area Purchasing Agent. His job involves 
the complete furnishing of all the 
Chapels under construction. When you 
realise that there are 102 completed 
Chapels in Great Britain, it will be 
appreciated that this is by no means 
a simple task. 

Brother Ron Green is our Real Estate 
Representative. Although he has only 
been in the office for two years he 
has, in fact, been acting for the Church, 
buying and selling all the property used 



by the Church, including Mission 
Homes, etc., ever since the Building 
Programme started in the British Isles. 

A relative newcomer to Britain is 
Melvin Hill, who last August began to 
organise the much needed Building 
Operations and Maintenance Depart- 
ment. It is his responsibility to provide 
all the necessary repairs and provide 
adequate maintenance for the existing 
Chapels. 

Minor Construction Co-ordinator, 
Brian Hopkinson, is also associated 
with the projects which concern 
Brother Hill and it is through his efforts 
that better and faster service is pro- 
vided. 




Members of the BuHding Committee staff. 

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"Hallo/' she said, "are you triplets?" 

"No," said Sally Ann. "Susan and I are twins and Wendy is our sister." 

"And are you poorly?" 

"No, our Mummy works here and matron said we could come and see you." 

"I am pleased," said the Princess. "You are pretty girls." 

The girls blushed and smiled; absolutely captivated by the sweet demeanour 
of a real princess. They were ready to kiss the earth she walked on Their eyes 
glowed and their faces shone with the joy of that supreme moment. 

The Princess moved on to begin her official tour. 

The children continued to wait outside. After a while my wife returned and 
took them to a spot just outside the reception room where the Princess was due 
tc be refreshed. After a while they heard the hum of the returning crowd; and 
the Princess appeared again attended by senior members of the hospital staff. 
She was escorted into the reception room. There stood a table and on the table 
several bottles of alcohol. 

"Will your Highness take refreshment now?" the matron asked. 

The children, their curious heads poked round the door, heard the question and 
waited. 

"Just a tomato juice, please," said Princess Alexandra. And she turned and saw 
the children and smiled at them, as though she knew what thoughts were in their 
minds! And as they continued to watch she drank her tomato juice. 

Gone is the day with all its jubilation; newspaper reports of the visit gather 
dust in library catacombs; the bunting has been stored and forgotten; the major 
incidents of that occasion grow dim in individual memories; but in our childrens' 
minds there is one incident that will be remembered beyond all present years; 
and they will tell it to their children; and it will gather weight and power in the 
telling. For they saw a Princess of the Royal House of England spurn strong 
drink and order a tomato juice. 



"I Am A Child Of God" 

I am a child of God, And He has sent me here, Has given me an earthly 

home With parents kind and dear. 

Lead me, guide me, walk beside me. Help me find the way. 

Teach me all that I must know To live with Him someday. 

I am a child of God, And so my needs are great; Help me to understand 

His words Before it grows too late. 

Lead me, guide me, walk beside me. Help me find the way. 

Teach me all that I must know To live with Him someday. 

I am a child of God, Rich blessings are in store; If I but learn to do His 

will I'll live with Him once more. 

Lead me, guide me, walk beside me. Help me find the way. 

Teach me all that I must know To Ih^e with Him someday. 

—Naomi W. Randall and Mildred T. Pettit 
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