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The One Hundred Thirteenth Semi-Annual Conference of the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints convened in the Tabernacle, Salt Lake
City, Utah, Saturday and Sunday, October 3 and 4, 1942.

The general sessions of the Conference were held at 10 a. m„ 2 p. m.,
and 7 p.m., Saturday, and at 10 a.m. Sunday. A special sacrament and testi-
mony meeting was held in the Tabernacle at 12:30 p.m., Sunday.

Admittance to all the meetings of the Conference was by special invi-

Through the courtesy of Radio Station KSL of Salt Lake City, the
proceedings of the Saturday morning and Sunday morning sessions were
broadcast for the benefit of the general public.

President Heber J. Grant was present and presided at the Saturday
morning and afternoon and Sunday morning sessions. President J. Reuben
Clark, Jr., First Counselor in the First Presidency, and President David O.
McKay, Second Counselor in the First Presidency, were present at all
the sessions. President McKay conducted the services at all the sessions.


Of the First Presidency: Heber J. Grant, J. Reuben Clark, Jr., and
David O. McKay.

Of the Council of the Twelve Apostles: Rudger Clawson, George
Albert Smith, George F. Richards, Joseph Fielding Smith, Stephen L Rich-
ards, Richard R. Lyman, John A. Widtsoe, Joseph F. Merrill, Charles A.
Callis, Albert E. Bowen, Sylvester Q. Cannon, and Harold B. Lee.

Patriarch to the Church: Joseph F. Smith.*

Assistants to the Twelve Apostles: Marion G. Romney, Thomas E.
McKay, Clifford E. Young, Alma Sonne, and Nicholas G. Smith.

Of the First Council of the Seventy: Levi Edgar Young, Antoine R.
Ivins, Samuel O. Bennion, John H. Taylor, Rufus K. Hardy, Richard L.
Evans, and Oscar A. Kirkham.

Of th.e Presiding Bishopric: LeGrand Richards, Marvin O. Ashton,
and Joseph L. Wirthlin.


Church Historian and Recorder: Joseph Fielding Smith, and A.
William Lund, assistant.

General Officers of the Church.

General Superintendences of Sunday Schools and Y. M.M.I. A.

Presidencies of Stakes.

Former Presidents of Stakes.

Patriarchs of Stakes.

Presidencies of High Priests Quorums.

Presidencies of Seventies Quorums.

Presidencies of Elders Quorums.

‘Joseph F. Smith sustained as Patriarch to the Church at this Conference.


Saturday, October 3 . First Day

Bishoprics of Wards

Temple Presidencies.

Presidencies of Independent Branches.

Presidents o[ Dependent Branches

Presidents of Stake Missions.

Mission Presidents: John H. Taylor, Temple Block, Salt Lake City;
William H. Reeder, Jr., New England Mission; Gustave A. Iverson, East-
ern States; Leo J. Muir, Northern States; George F. Richards, Jr., North
Central States; John F. Bowman, Central States; W. P. Whitaker, South-
ern States; William L. Warner, Texas; James P. Jensen, East Central
States; Elbert R. Curtis, Western States; Elijah Allen, California; Ger-
man E. Ellsworth, Northern California; Desla S. Bennion, Northwestern
States; David A. Smith, Canada; Walter Miller, Western Canada; Arwell
L. Pierce, Mexico, David F. Haymore, Spanish-American.


The first session of the Conference was held in the Tabernacle, Sat-
urday morning at 10 o’clock a.m., October 3, 1942.


Second Counselor in the First Presidency

In behalf of the First Presidency and other General Authorities of the
Church, I welcome the representatives of the Priesthood of the Church as-
sembled in this opening session of the 113th Semi- Annual Conference of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is to be regretted that
the exigencies of war make it necessary again to limit the attendance at this
gathering. However, if a general invitation had been given there would be
hundreds, perhaps thousands, who would be compelled to attend overflow
meetings, as every seat in the tabernacle will be filled by those who have
been invited to this Conference.

I am sure I express the feelings of all present when I say we are grati-
fied to have with us President Heber J. Grant; and all will be thankful and
happy to know that he is even stronger in every way than he was six months
ago. It is at his request that I conduct this meeting.

Others of the General Authorities present are the two Counselors in
the First Presidency, members of the Council of the Twelve, the Assistants
to the Twelve, the Presidents of the First Council of Seventy, and the Pre-
siding Bishopric.

Through the courtesy of Radio Station KSL, the meetings of this con-
ference are being broadcast. It will be necessary therefore for the informa-
tion of the radio audience to make some announcements which to you here
assembled may seem unnecessary.

The singing this morning will be conducted by J. Spencer Cornwall, di-
rector of the Salt Lake Tabernacle Choir. Elder Alexander Schreiner is
at the organ.


The congregation sang the hymn, "I Know That My Redeemer

Elder Alfred W. Chambers, President of the Smithfield Stake, offered
the invocation.

The congregation sang the hymn, "Come, O Thou King of Kings."


At the request of President McKay, Elder. Joseph Anderson, Clerk of
the Conference, presented for the information of the Conference the fol-
lowing report:

Special Appointments:

J. Leonard Love, Bishop of the Yalecrest
Ward, Bonneville Stake, appointed chair-
man of the new Church clothing committee
of the Church Welfare program.

A. Hamer Reiser, Secretary of the Des-
eret Sunday School Union general board,
appointed manager of the Deseret Book

Wendell J. Ashton, member of the general
board, was appointed to succeed A. Hamer
Reiser as Secretary of the Deseret Sunday
School Union board.

Mrs. Helena W. Larson appointed as
secretary of the Y. W. M. I. A. general

New Mission Presidents:

Eldred L. Waldron appointed to succeed
Roscoe C. Cox as president of the Hawaiian

James L. Barker appointed to succeed
Frederick S. Williams as president of the
Argentine Mission.

Elijah Allen appointed to succeed Henry
H. Blood, deceased, as president of the Cali-
fornia Mission.

Bishop Arwell Lee Pierce, El Paso Ward,
Mt. Graham Stake, appointed to succeed
A. Lorenzo Anderson as president of the
Mexican Mission.

New Stakes Organized:

Humboldt Stake was organized May 31,
1942, from wards and branches in the Reno,
Nevada, and Mt. Ogden stakes, and con-
sists of the Winnemucca Ward, Reno Stake;
Carlin, Elko, Metropolis, and Wells wards,
Nevada Stake; and the Montello Independ-
ent Branch, Mt. Ogden Stake.

Mt. Jordan Stake was organized May 3,
1942, by a division of the East Jordan
Stake, and consists of the Crescent, Draper
First, Draper Second, Granite, Sandy First,
Sandy Second, and Sandy Third wards.

Stake Presidents Chosen:

Samuel Polloch chosen president of the

Panguitch Stake to succeed President James
L. Hatch.

James M. Smith chosen president of the
St. Joseph Stake to succeed Jesse A. Udall.

Luther L. Fife chosen president of the
Weiser Stake to succeed President Scott B.

Rodney S. Williams chosen president of
che newly organized Humboldt Stake.

Stanley A. Rasmussen chosen president
of the newly organized Mt. Jordan Stake.

Moses Campbell Taylor chosen president
of the South Summit Stake to succeed H.
Fred Egan.

George F. Christensen chosen president
of the Nebo Stake to succeed Wayland R.

Edward E. Drury, Jr., chosen president
of the Denver Stake to succeed Douglas
M. Todd, Jr.

Willard L. Smith chosen president of the
Alberta Stake to succeed Edward J. Wood.

Ivan Call chosen president of the Nevada
Stake to succeed Fred C. Horlacher.

James D. Hoggan chosen president of
the Burley Stake to succeed President Rob-
ert O. Hatch.

Howard S. Bennion chosen president of
the New York Stake to succeed President
Harvey Fletcher.

J. Melvin Toone chosen president of the
Minidoka Stake to succeed President Rich-
ard C. May.

New Wards Organized:

Mount Fort Ward, Farr West Stake,
formed by a division of the Ogden Tenth
Ward, North Weber Stake.

Capitol Ward, Phoenix Stake, formed by
a division of the Phoenix Second Ward.

Lorin Farr Ward, Ogden Stake, formed
by a division of the Ogden Seventh Ward.

Rigby Fourth Ward, Rigby Stake, formed
by a division of the Rigby First Ward.

Rigby Third Ward, Rigby Stake, formed
by a division of the Rigby Second Ward.

Compton Center Ward, Long Beach


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Stake, formed by a division of the Comp-
ton Ward.

Cedar Fifth Ward, Parowan Stake,
formed by a division of the Cedar First

Valley View Ward, Big Cottonwood
Stake, formed by a division of the Winder

El Monte Ward, Pasadena Stake, formed
by a division of the Baldwin Park and
Rosemead Wards.

Pocatello Eighth Ward, Pocatello Stake,
formed by a division of the Pocatello
Fourth Ward.

Pocatello Ninth Ward, Pocatello Stake,
formed by a division of the Pocatello Fifth

Independent Branches Made Wards:

Payette Ward, Weiser Stake, formerly
Payette Branch.

Pendleton Ward, Union Stake, formerly
Pendleton Branch.

Napa Ward, Oakland Stake, formerly
Napa Branch.

Pittsburg Ward, Oakland Stake, form-
erly Pittsburg Branch.

New Independent Branches:

Buckeye Branch, Phoenix Stake.
Dependent Branches Made Independent

Branches :

Castleford Branch, Twin Falls Stake.

Filer Branch, Twin Falls Stake.

Wards Transferred:

Crescent, Draper First, Draper Second
Granite, Sandy First, Sandy Second, Sandy
Third Wards transferred from East Jordan
Stake to the newly formed Mt. Jordan Stake

Winnemucca Ward, Reno Stake, trans-
ferred to the newly formed Humboldt Stake

Carlin, Elko, Metropolis, and Wells
Wards, Nevada Stake, transferred to the
newly formed Humboldt Stake.
Wards Disorganized:

Topaz Ward, Portneuf Stake, merged
with the Lava Hot Springs Ward.

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Lava Ward, Portneuf Stake, merged witl
the Lava Hot Springs Ward.

Woodland Ward, Portneuf Stake, merged
with Downey Ward.

Independent Branches Transferred:

Montello Branch, Mt. Ogden Stake, trans

fered to the newly formed Humboldt Stake
San Rafael Branch, San Francisco Stake,

transferred to Northern California Mission
lone Branch, Sacramento Stake, trans

ferred to Northern California Mission.

Bishops Who Have Passed Away While in

the Service:

Bishop Lorenzo M. Harris, McCammon
Ward, Portneuf Stake, died June 5, 1942,
after having served about five years.

Bishop Douglas Hooper, Smithfield Third
Ward, Smithfield Stake, died June 17, 1942.
after having served about three years.

Bishop Henry Luthi, Freedom Ward, Star
Valley Stake, died August 16, 1942, after
having served about six years.


Mrs. Edna Harker Thomas, former mem-
ber of the general board of the Primary As-
sociation for nearly thirty years, died April
29, 1942.

Henry H. Blood, seventh governor of
Utah, president of the California Mission,
former bishop of the Kaysville Ward and
former president of the North Davis Stake,
died June 19, 1942.

Kumen Jones, patriarch and former bishop
of the Bluff Ward, San Juan Stake, died
June 11, 1942.

George Bowles, former bishop of the Bel-
vedere Ward, Grant Stake, patriarch of the
Los Angeles Stake, died June 30, 1942.

Mrs. Annie Wells Cannon, one of Utah’s
well known women, Church and civic leader
and one-time member of the National
Women’s Relief Society general board, died
September 2, 1942.


President McKay, Second Counselor in the First Presidency presented
for the vote of the Conference the General Authorities, General Officers and
General Auxiliary officers, who were sustained by the unanimous vote of
the congregation, as follows:

Heber J. Grant, Prophet, Seer and Revelator, and President of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

}. Reuben Clark, Jr., First Counselor in the First Presidency.
David O. McKay, Second Counselor in the First Presidency.



Rudger Clawson


Rudger Clawson John A. Widtsoe

George Albert Smith Joseph F. Merrill v

George F. Richards Charles A. Callis

Joseph Fielding Smith Albert E. Bowen

Stephen L Richards Sylvester Q. Cannon

Richard R. Lyman Harold B. Lee


Joseph F. Smith

The Counselors in the First Presidency, the Twelve Apostles, and the
Patriarch to the Church as Prophets, Seers and Revelators.


Marion G. Romney Clifford E. Young

Thomas E. McKay Alma Sonne

Nicholas G. Smith


Levi Edgar Young John H. Taylor

Antoine R. Ivins Rufus K. Hardy

Samuel O. Bennion Richard L. Evans

Oscar A. Kirkham


LeGrand Richards, Presiding Bishop
Marvin O. Ashton, First Counselor
Joseph L. Wirthlin, Second Counselor



Joseph Fielding Smith, with A. William Lund as Assistant


Heber J. Grant John A. Widtsoe

J. Reuben Clark, Jr. Adam S. Bennion

David O. McKay Joseph F. Merrill

Rudger Clawson Charles A. Callis

Joseph Fielding Smith Franklin L. West

Stephen L Richards Albert E. Bowen
Richard R. Lyman

Frank Evans, Secretary and Treasurer


Franklin L. West


Saturday, October 3 First Day


M. Lynn Bennion
J. Karl Wood


Orval W. Adams
Albert E. Bowen
George S. Spencer
Harold H. Bennett


Lester F. Hewlett, President
J. Spencer Cornwall, Conductor
Richard P. Condie, Assistant Conductor


Alexander Schreiner

Frank W. Asper

Wade N. Stephens, Assistant



John A. Widtsoe Nicholas G. Smith

Albert E. Bowen Antoine R. Ivins

Marion G. Romney John H. Taylor

Thomas E. McKay LeGrand Richards

Clifford E. Young Marvin O. Ashton

Alma Sonne Joseph L. Wirthlin
General Presidency of Relief Society


Henry D. Moyle, Chairman

Robert L. Judd, Vice Chairman

Harold B. Lee, Managing Director

Marion G. Romney, Assistant Managing Director

Mark Austin William E. Ryberg

Clyde C. Edmunds Stringham A. Stevens

Sterling H. Nelson J. Frank Ward



Amy Brown Lyman, President
Marcia K. Howells, First Counselor
Donna D. Sorensen, Second Counselor

With all the members of the Board as at present constituted




George D. Pyper, General Superintendent
Milton Bennion, First Assistant Superintendent
George R. Hill, Second Assistant Superintendent

With all the members of the Board as at present constituted


George Q. Morris, General Superintendent
Joseph J. Cannon, First Assistant Superintendent
Burton K. Farnsworth, Second Assistant Superintendent

With all the members of the Board as at present constituted


Lucy Grant Cannon, President

Helen Spencer Williams, First Counselor

Verna W. Goddard, Second Counselor

With all the members of the Board as at present constituted


May Green Hinckley, Superintendent

Adele Cannon Howells, First Assistant Superintendent

LaVern W. Parmley, Second Assistant Superintendent

With all the members of the Board as at present constituted


President J. Reuben Clark, Jr., First Counselor in the First Presidency,
presented the following Message of the First Presidency:

To the Saints in every land and Our Testimonies
clime we send our love and
greetings and say unto you: ^e again bear you our testimony:
May the Peace of Christ which that God lives and that He
passeth human understanding enter loves those who keep His com-
your souls and be and abide with mandments and walk in His ways;
you always. During the coming that Christ, His Only Begotten,
winter, may the Lord in His wis- came to earth and lived His mission
dom, give food to the hungry, rai- through, that He was crucified, died,
ment to the unclothed, heat and shel- the Lamb of God sacrificed for the
ter to those who are cold; may His sins of the world, and after three
Spirit bring comfort to the broken days came forth from the tomb, a re-
hearts, bind up the aching wounds, surrected being, thereby making the
heal those who are sick, preserve Atonement which brings the bless-
from plague and pestilence those ing of a resurrection to all God’s
who are victims of this worldwide children; that Joseph Smith was a
holocaust. prophet of God, raised up to usher


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in this the last dispensation of the
fulness of times, and to bring about
the restoration of the fulness of the
everlasting gospel and the Holy
Priesthood of God, lost to earth
through the wickedness of men.

We bear witness that this is the
one true Church of the Christ, and
that except through it and the fol-
lowing of the teachings and com-
mandments it proclaims, men may
not reach the highest exaltation in
the eternities to come.
■ We say unto you that in the dark-
est hours of these days of dread,
tumult, and woe, the Lord is near to
us, that He mourns over the iniqui-
ties and the sorrows of His children,
that He would lead us into paths of
peace if we would but follow Him;
that He holds in His loving hands,
nurtured by His boundless mercy,
every one who lives righteously, and
who seeks His protection; that He
listens and hearkens to those who,
having pure hearts and contrite
spirits, come to Him with prayers of
unshaking faith. He stands today
ready as always to gather us in,
"even as a hen gathereth her chick-
ens under her wings," would we but
yield our lives in righteous service
to Him.

Drink and the Word of Wisdom

HPhe world is smitten, nigh unto
death, with great and grievous
tribulations, following the commis-
sion of cardinal sins.

Over the earth, and it seems par-
ticularly in America, the demon
drink is in control. Drunken with
strong drink, men have lost their
reason; their counsel has been des-
troyed; their judgment and vision
are fled; they reel forward to de-

Drink brings cruelty into the
home; it walks arm in arm with
poverty; its companions are disease

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and plague; it puts chastity to flight;
it knows neither honesty nor fair
dealing; it is a total stranger to
truth; it drowns conscience; it is the
bodyguard of evil; it curses all who
touch it.

Drink has brought more woe and
misery, broken more hearts, wrecked
more homes, committed more
crimes, filled more coffins, than all
the wars the world has suffered.

Therefore, we thank the faithful
Saints for their observance of the
Word of Wisdom, for their putting
aside of drink. The Lord is pleased
with you. You have been a bulwark
of strength to this people and to the
world. Your influence has been for
righteousness. The Lord will not
forget your good works when you
stand before Him in judgment. He
has blessed and will continue to
bless you with the blessings He
promised to those who obey this
divine law of health. We invoke
the mercies of the Lord upon you
that you may continue strong in
spirit, to cast off temptation and
continue teachers to the youth of
Zion by word and deed.

But so great is the curse of drink
that we should not be held guiltless
did we not call upon all offending
Saints to forsake it and banish it
from their lives forever.

God has spoken against drink in
our day, and has given to this, the
Lord’s own Church, a specific reve-
lation concerning it, as a word of
■wisdom by revelation —

That inasmuch as any man drinketh wine
or strong drink among you, behold it is not
good, neither meet in the sight of your Fa-
ther …

And, again, strong drinks are not for the
belly, but for the washing of your bodies. —
(D. 6 C. 89:5, 7)

This declares the divine wisdom. It
is God’s law of health, and is binding
upon each and every one of us. We
cannot escape its operation, for it is


based upon eternal truth. Men may
agree or disagree about this word o£
the Lord; if they agree, it adds noth-
ing; if they disagree, it means nothing.
Beyond His word we cannot reach,
and it is enough for every Latter-day
Saint, willing and trying to follow
divine guidance.

For more than half a century Presi-
dent Grant has on every appropriate
occasion admonished the Saints touch-
ing their obligation to keep the Word
of Wisdom. He has told them what
it means to them in matters of health,
quoting the words of the Lord there-
on. He has pointed out that treasures
of knowledge, even hidden knowledge,
would come to those who lived the law.
He has, over and over again, shown
what it would mean financially to
every member who would keep the
law, what it would mean financially to
our people, and what it would mean
financially to a nation. He has told
us what it would mean in ending hu-
man woes, misery, sorrow, disease,
crime, and death. But his admonitions
have not found a resting place in all
our hearts.

We, the First Presidency of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, now solemnly renew all these
counsels, we repeat all these admoni-
tions, we reinvoke obedience to God’s
law of health given us by God Him-

We repeat here the directions here-
tofore given by President Grant: We
ask that every General Authority,
every stake and ward officer, every of-
ficer of Priesthood quorums, every aux-
iliary officer in ward, stake, or general
board, every president of mission,
every regular or stake missionary, in
short, every officer in every Church or-
ganization, strictly to keep the Word
of Wisdom from this moment forward.
If any feels too weak to do this, we
must ask him to step aside for some
one who is willing and able so to do,
for there are thousands of Latter-day
Saints who are willing to obey the com-
mandments and who are able to carry
on the work of the Lord.

We ask all Church presiding officers
immediately to set their official houses
in order.

The Lord will not otherwise fully
prosper us in our service in His cause,
wherefore we shall stand accused before
Him that we walked not in the lead
of His flock in the full stature of
worthy, righteous example. Further-
more, we make a like call upon all
these officers to keep also the law of
tithing, to live the law of strictest
chastity, and to observe and do the
commandments of the Lord.

That in these dire days, we may,
each in his own place, enjoy the abun-
dant physical blessings of the righteous
life, we call upon all true Latter-day
Saints, in or out of office, to keep this
law of health, — completely to give up
drink, to quit using tobacco, which all
too often leads to drink, to abandon hot
drinks and the use of harmful drugs,
and otherwise to observe the Word of
Wisdom. We urge the Saints to quit
trifling with this law and so to live it
that we may claim its promises.

Upon you parents, laden with the
divinely imposed responsibility of guid-
ing pure, eternal spirits through the
early years of their earth existence, we
urge a faithful performance of your
sacred duty, to teach this law of health
to your children both by precept and
example. Of a surety the Lord will not
hold us guiltless if we fail one whit in
guarding, protecting, and guiding these
innocent and precious souls on their
way to exaltation.

Parents, these are not the times for
weak attempts and half measures, but
for the full strength of righteous, pray-
erful, God-fearing effort to walk our-
selves, and to lead our children, along
the paths of sobriety and chastity.

How great are the blessings prom-
ised to those who observe the law:

And all saints who remember to keep and
do these sayings, walking in obedience to
the commandments, shall receive health in
their navel and marrow to their bones;

And shall find wisdom and great treasures
of knowledge, even hidden treasures;

And shall run and not be weary, and shall
walk and not faint.

And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise,
that the destroying angel shall pass by them,
as the children of Israel, and not slay them.
(D ; ©C. 89:18-21)

When, as the Lord Himself has de-



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clared, plague, pestilence, famine, and
death shall be poured out upon the na-
tions for their wickedness, and when
these shall break over our heads and
our loved ones are smitten nigh to
death, when hearts are torn and the
anguish of grief almost overwhelms
us, who can fathom the joy or measure
the blessing of that father and mother
who can stand before the Lord and
say: "We have kept Thy command-
ments. We and ours have lived Thy
law. Vouchsafe Thy promised blessings
unto us. We remember Thy word, ‘I,
the Lord, am bound when ye do what
I say.’ Let Thy healing power rest
upon our afflicted ones ‘that the de-
stroying angel shall pass by them, as
the children of Israel, and not slay
them.’ "

As with a person, as with a people,
so it is with a nation. A drunken na-
tion cannot expect that God will with-
hold His judgments, nor ward off the
ravages of the destroyer. A drunken
nation is a seedbed for disaster — poli-
tical, physical, moral, and spiritual. A
drunken nation may not, even in its
hours of direst distress, pray to God
for help, with that simple assurance
and unpolluted faith which bring aid
and comfort to those who abide the
law of sobriety and keep His com-

Rulers of nations may not suppose
that their peoples will be less drunken
than are they themselves. We call
upon the rulers of all nations to show
their peoples by their examples how to
live the sober and virtuous life. We
call upon them to bring into their coun-
sels, the reenthroned reason of un-
drunken minds. Then will wisdom and
vision return, and peace will leave her
hiding place to bless the world. We
exhort men and rulers the world over
to learn the blessings which come to
those who live God’s full law of
health, that they may, under His hands
and by His power, help to bring salva-
tion, temporal and spiritual, to the
whole human race.


I Tpon the heels of the demon drink,

tread the demons of unchastity —

harlotry, fornication, adultery, while

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murder itself Hurks not far .behind. From
Adam until now, God has commanded
that His children be sexually clean.

Here again we extend gratitude to
our Heavenly Father for the great body
of the Saints who have kept the moral
law. To the Corinthians, Paul said:

Know ye not that ye are the temple of
God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in

If any man defile the temple of God, him
shall God destroy: for the temple of God is
holy, which temple ye are. — ( I Cor. 3:16-17;
II Cor. 6:16)

And again:

What? know ye not that your body is the
temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you,
which ye have of God, and ye are not your
own?— (I Cor. 6:19)

You who have observed the law of
chastity have kept the temples of God
undefiled. You can stand unabashed
before the Lord. He loves you. He
will bestow honor and reward upon
you. Every overcoming of temptation
brings strength and glory to the soul.
May the Lord continue to bless and
prosper you in all your works of right-

But some of us have forgotten what
the Lord has said about these sins.
Some of us have failed to teach our
children the need for sexual purity.
Some teachers have tried to lay bare
to our youth the mysteries of life, and
so have robbed the creative act of all
the sanctity with which from the begin-
ning God has enshrouded it. These
have given no restraining righteous
principle in its place. So, with too
many, modesty has become a derided
virtue, and the sex desire has been de-
graded to the level of hunger and thirst.
From Sodom and Gomorrah until now,
sex immorality, with its attendant evils
of drink and corruption, has brought
low the mightiest of nations, has de-
stroyed powerful peoples, has reduced
erring man almost to the level of the
beasts of the field.

That we may be reminded of the
enormity of the sin of unchastity, it is
well that we recall some of the things
which the Lord and His prophets have
said concerning it.

One of the ten basic principles of



Christian society, and accepted by all
worshipers of the true God, came to
men at Sinai when God wrote with
His own finger: "Thou shalt not com-
mit adultery."

By the laws of Moses, adulterers
were stoned to death. (Deut. 22:24)
God said to Israel: "There shall be no
whore of the daughters of Israel, nor
a sodomite of the sons of Israel."
(Deut. 23:17) When God, through
Jeremiah, chastened Israel for apostasy,
He pictured her loathsomeness by call-
ing her a harlot. (Jeremiah 3) Paul
declared to the Ephesians:

For this ye know, that no whoremonger,
nor unclean person . . . hath any inherit-
ance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
(Eph. 5:5)

The Revelator declared that whore-
mongers "shall have their part in the
lake which burneth with fire and brim-
stone: which is the second death."
(Rev. 21:8) And when he wished to
condemn the great false church and its
iniquities that had led the world into
apostasy and wickedness, the Revela-
tor called her "Mystery, Babylon the
Great, the Mother of Harlots and
Abominations of the Earth." (Rev.
17:5) Jacob, teaching the Nephites,

Wo unto them who commit whoredoms,
for they shall be thrust down to hell. —
(2 Nephi 9:36)

To us of this Church, the Lord has
declared that adulterers should not be
admitted to membership (D. & C. 42:
76 ) ; that adulterers in the Church, if
unrepentant, should be cast out (D. &
C. 42:75), but if repentant should be
permitted to remain (D. & C. 42:74,
42:25) and, He said, "By this ye
may know if a man repenteth of his
sins — behold, he will confess them and
forsake them."— (D. & C. 58:43)

In the great revelation on the three
heavenly glories, the Lord said, speak-
ing of those who will inherit the lowest
of these, or the telestial glory:

These are they who are liars, and sorcer-
ers, and adulterers, and whoremongers, and
whosoever loves and makes a lie. — (D. & C.

The doctrine of this Church is that
sexual sin — the illicit sexual relations of

men and women — stands, in its enormi-
ty, next to murder.

The Lord has drawn no essential dis-
tinctions between fornication, adultery,
and harlotry or prostitution. Each has
fallen under His solemn and awful

You youths of Zion, you cannot as-
sociate in non-marital, illicit sex rela-
tionships, which is fornication, and es-
cape the punishments and the judgments
which the Lord has declared against
this sin. The day of reckoning will
come just as certainly as night follows
day. They who would palliate this
crime and say that such indulgence is
but a sinless gratification of a normal
desire, like appeasing hunger and thirst,
speak fllthiness with their lips. Their
counsel leads to destruction; their wis-
dom comes from the Father of Lies.

You husbands and wives who have
taken on solemn obligations of chas-
tity in the holy temples of the Lord
and who violate those sacred vows by
illicit sexual relations with others, you
not only commit the vile and loath-
some sin of adultery, but you break the
oath you yourselves made with the
Lord Himself before you went to the
altar for your sealing. You become
subject to the penalties which the Lord
has prescribed for those who breach
their covenants with Him.

Of the harlots and those who visit
them, God speaks in terms of divine
contempt. They are they who have bar-
gained away an eternity of bliss for the
momentary pleasures of the flesh.

The Lord will have only a clean
people. He has said, "I, the Lord, will
contend with Zion, and plead with her
strong ones, and chasten her until she
overcomes and is clean before me." (D.
& C. 90:36)

But they who sin may repent, and,
they repenting, God will forgive them,
for the Lord has said, "Behold, he who
has repented of his sins, the same is
forgiven, and I, the Lord, remember
them no more." (D. & C. 58:42)

By virtue of the authority in us
vested as the First Presidency of the
Church, we warn our people who are
offending, of the degradation, the
wickedness, the punishment that at-
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remember the blessings which flow
from the living of the clean life; we
call upon you to keep, day in and day
out, the way of strictest chastity,
through which only can God’s choice
gifts come to you and His Spirit abide
with you.

How glorious is he who lives the
chaste life. He walks unfearful in the
full glare of the noonday sun, for he is
without moral infirmity. He can be
reached by no shafts of base calumny,
for his armor is without flaw. His
virtue cannot be challenged by any just
accuser, for he lives above reproach.
His cheek is never blotched with
shame, for he) is without hidden sin.
He is honored and respected by all
mankind, for he is beyond their censure.
He is loved by the Lord, for he stands
without blemish. The exaltations of
eternities await his coming.


Amongst His earliest commands to
*"* Adam and Eve, the Lord said:
"Multiply and replenish the earth." He
has repeated that command in our day.
He has again revealed in this, the last
dispensation, the principle of the eter-
nity of the marriage covenant. He
has restored to earth the authority for
entering into that covenant, and has
declared that it is the only due and
proper way of joining husband and
wife, and the only means by which the
sacred family relationship may be car-
ried beyond the grave and through
eternity. He has declared that this
eternal relationship may be created
only by the ordinances which are ad-
ministered in the holy temples of the
Lord, and therefore that His people
should marry only in His temple in ac-
cordance with such ordinances.

The Lord has told us that it is the
duty of every husband and wife to obey
the command given to Adam to multi-
ply and replenish the earth, so that the
legions of choice spirits waiting for
their tabernacles of flesh may come
here and move forward under God’s
great design to become perfect souls,
for without these fleshly tabernacles
they cannot progress to their God-
planned destiny. Thus, every husband
and wife should become a father and

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mother in Israel to children born under
the holy, eternal covenant.

By bringing these choice spirits to
earth, each father and each mother as-
sume towards the tabernacled spirit and
towards the Lord Himself by having
taken advantage of the opportunity He
offered, an obligation of the most
sacred kind, because the fate of that
spirit in the eternities to come, the
blessings or punishments which shall
await it in the hereafter, depend, in
great part, upon the care, the teachings,
the training which the parents shall
give to that spirit.

No parent can escape that obligation
and that responsibility, and for the
proper meeting thereof, the Lord will
hold us to a strict accountability. No
loftier duty than this can be assumed
by mortals.

Motherhood thus becomes a holy
calling, a sacred dedication for carry-
ing out the Lord’s plans, a consecra-
tion of devotion to the uprearing and
fostering, the nurturing in body, mind,
and spirit, of those who kept their first
estate and who come to this earth for
their second estate "to see if they will
do all things whatsoever the Lord their
God shall command them." (Abraham
3:25) To lead them to keep their sec-
ond estate is the work of motherhood,
and "they who keep their second estate
shall have glory added upon their heads
for ever and ever." (op. cit.)

This divine service of motherhood
can be rendered only by mothers. It
may not be passed to others. Nurses
cannot do it; public nurseries cannot
do it; hired help cannot do it — only
mother, aided as much as may be by
the loving hands of father, brothers,
and sisters, can give the full needed
measure of watchful care.

The mother who entrusts her child
to the care of others, that she may do
non-motherly work, whether for gold,
for fame, or for civic service, should
remember that "a child left to himself
bringeth his mother to shame." (Prov.
29:15) In our day the Lord has said
that unless parents teach their children
the doctrines of the Church "the sin be
upon the heads of the parents." (D. &
C. 68:25)

Motherhood is near to divinity. It



is the highest, holiest service to be as-
sumed by mankind. It places her who
honors its holy calling and service next
to the angels. To you mothers in Israel
we say God bless and protect you, and
give you the strength and courage, the
faith and knowledge, the holy love and
consecration to duty, that shall enable
you to fill to the fullest measure the
sacred calling which is yours. To you
mothers and mothers-to-be we say : Be
chaste, keep pure, live righteously, that
your posterity to the last generation
may call you blessed.


HPhe Lord has said to His Saints in
these days:

I say unto you, be one; and if ye are not
one ye are not mine. — (D. & C. 38:27)

These days through which we are
now passing present many problems
which are new to all of us but are par-
ticularly strange to the younger gen-
eration — those who have little back-
ground of experience and whose
knowledge is limited and immature. In-
fidelity, atheism, unchastity, intemper-
ance, civil corruption, greed, avarice,
ambitiori— personal, political, national
— are more powerful today than at any
other time in the lives of us now
living. They are pulling and thrusting
us almost at will into new fields of ac-
tion, new lines of thought. They are
shaking the faith, undermining the
morals, polluting the lives of the peo-
ple. They have thrown many so far
off balance in all of their activities,
economic, social, political, and relig-
ious, that they stand in real danger of
falling. Satan is making war against
all the wisdom that has come to men
through their ages of experience. He
is seeking to overturn and destroy the
very foundations upon which society,
government, and religion rest. He aims
to have men adopt theories and prac-
tices which he induced their forefa-
thers, over the ages, to adopt and try,
only to be discarded by them when
found unsound, impractical, and ruin-
ous. He plans to destroy liberty and
freedom — economic, political, and re-
ligious, and to set up in place thereof
the greatest, most widespread, and

most complete tyranny that has ever
oppressed men. He is working under
such perfect disguise that many do not
recognize either him or his methods
There is no crime he would not com-
mit, no debauchery he would not set
up, no plague he would not send, no
heart he would not break, no life he
would not take, no soul he would not
destroy. He comes as a thief in the
night; he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.
Without their knowing it, the people
are being urged down paths that lead
only to destruction. Satan never be-
fore had so firm a grip on this genera-
tion as he has now.

In the midst of this welter of lying
and deception, of woe and misery, of
death and destruction, of violent dis-
order and threatening chaos, the only
saving forces on earth are the eternal
principles of the everlasting gospel of
Christ and the rights and powers of the
Priesthood of Almighty God. We of
this Church stand as the sole possessors
of these mighty forces which we have
for our own blessing, salvation, and
exaltation, not only, but also we hold
them in trust for all mankind, those
who now live, those who are dead and
gone, and those to be born in the fu-
ture, that they, too, all of them who
will receive and obey the gospel, may
likewise be saved and exalted.

Standing thus, we have the loftiest,
the most vital, the most sacred respon-
sibility and obligation which God can
bestow upon man — a responsibility
and obligation which transcends every
other that can come to us and for the
meeting of which God will hold us
strictly accountable. To this high call-
ing we must dedicate all that we have,
all that we are, and all that we may be-
come. No lesser consecration than
this will meet the full measure of our
divinely imposed duty.

In the awesome war we must wage
to bring righteousness and salvation to
men, we must stand shoulder to shoul-
der and go forward as one. To this
glorious conflict to destroy sin and set
up righteousness, we call every mem-
ber of the Church. We must reinforce
our determinations, renew our resolu-
tions, retake our covenants, to serve
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From the great war in heaven until
now the armies of righteousness have
marched under one banner. They have
obeyed Him who stands at the head.
They have not, as it were, been, and
we may not be, of Paul, of Apollos, of
Cephas, "some of John, and some of
Moses, and some of Elias, and some of
Esaias, and some of Isaiah, and some
of Enoch," for all these inherit not the
celestial kingdom. To gain the celestial
glory we must receive the gospel, and
the testimony of Jesus and the proph-
ets, and the everlasting covenant. (D.
& C. 76:100-101)

The Lord has Himself organized us
for this great conflict against unright-
eousness, foreseen from before the
foundations of the earth were laid. He
has prescribed the rules and regula-
tions for our government while in this
field of action. He has placed at our
head His mouthpiece on earth and has
given him full authority to direct us in
this conflict. He who disobeys or dis-
honors that head is a traitor to the
Lord’s cause. Unrepentant, he must be
cast out from the Lord’s people.

• We who serve under the Lord’s
anointed, must serve with full loyalty
and devotion. We must heed his in-
structions and admonitions. The prin-
ciples, the ordinances, the rites and
ceremonies — few as they are — may not
be changed by any of us. The Lord
casts off those who "transgress His
laws, change His ordinances, and break
His everlasting covenant."

The principles of the gospel are all-
embracing — they are everlasting, un-
changeable, ultimate truth. They will
fit every situation, every problem,
every contingency that may arise in
the life of man. There are no local
problems, no peculiar situations, in
ward or stake, that may not be solved
under these principles. It will not do
for any Church officer or member to
work out for himself a different course
from that prescribed. This will lead to
disorder, and the Lord’s house is a house
of order. When new light is needed,
or further instructions, the Lord will
make them known through His ap-
pointed representative. What we
should seek, is wisdom to apply the old

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and true principles to new situations.
Let us not suppose that man has re-
cently changed in his essential quali-
ties or habits, for this is not true; all
that has happened today is that some
basic passions which, through the gen-
erations, mankind had brought under
control, have now broken loose in
something of their primeval strength.
They are not new passions. We pos-
sess the principles which brought them
under subjection once; these principles
were given to man in the very begin-
ning for this exact purpose; we must
now apply them again to conquer these
same old foes of righteousness. This
is not a new world; it is an old and sin-
ful world again returned, and now once
more to be reconquered and rejuve-

We must cling to the rigid simplicity
of the principles Jesus taught, to the
strict simplicity or the ordinances He
has established — neither elegance nor
pomp, nor elaborate ritual and cere-
mony had any place therein; we must
keep the everlasting covenant.

Men in the Armed Service

HPo our men in the armed service
•*■ everywhere we send our greetings
and love. We repeat our message, re-
new our admonitions, rebestow our
blessings recited in our message at the
conference of last April. We pray in
a prayer which daily ascends to our
Heavenly Father, that you will live
righteously, that you will be preserved,
that God will hasten the working out of
His purposes among the nations, so
that peace may come and you be re-
stored to your loved ones, as clean as
the day on which you left them.

Our constant prayer is that He will
give us wisdom to help you in your
sacrificing service to your country.

We are making every effort that
opens to us to aid you. Your frequent
shiftings from place to place, made
necessary by the exigencies of your
duties, increase our difficulties almost
immeasurably. But we shall do the
best we can. We are setting up a spe-
cial committee whose particular duty
and function it shall be to devise and



carry out means of keeping in touch
with you men in the service.

Realizing that one of the greatest
blessings that can come to you is
words of cheer from your loved ones at
home, we renew and make urgent our
request that these loved ones send you
frequent letters. No parent should let
a week go by without a letter sent to
his loved ones in the service. Every
wife should write as frequently, and so
should sweethearts. Every bishop
either himself directly or through one
of his counselors, should write at least
once a month to every member of his
ward who is in the armed service, and
so should every presidency of a Priest-
hood quorum with a member in the
field. This is little enough for us to do
for those prepared to sacrifice all at
their country’s behest.

Under our direction, you brethren
in the service have been requested to
organize Mutual Improvement groups
in your camps, so that both your rec-
reational and spiritual needs may be
served. This you brethren may do
wherever you go. Let your organiza-
tions be set up after counseling to-
gether and by mutual consent. In your
gatherings you can, the proper Priest-
hood officers officiating, administer the
sacrament. You, who hold the proper
authority, can administer to the sick;
you can teach and exhort one another
to works of righteousness. You can
build up and support, one in the other,
faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, in His
atonement, and in the gospel, and this
faith will hold when all else seems

We are prepared to send you Church
books and pamphlets as you may need
and desire.

We wish to bring to you every
spiritual comfort and consolation, every
encouragement, every upbuilding in-
fluence which we can command. We
and the brethren and the whole Church
pray for you constantly. And again
we pray here : May the Lord bless and
preserve you and keep you clean.

But we urge you to remember that
your righteousness rests between you
and your God. Others ‘may exhort, en-
courage, and support, but you only can
win the victory for your salvation,

aided always by the love, the mercy,
and grace of your Heavenly Father,
who will be always near you in your
righteous life, wherever your lot may
be cast.

Again we say, God bless you.

The War

Tl 7e renew the statement made in our
" * message of the last April confer-
ence, that obedient to the direct com-
mand of the Lord given to us more
than a hundred years ago ( directing us
to "renounce war and proclaim peace"
— D. & C. 98:16) the Church is and
must be against war, for war is of
Satan and this Church is the Church of
Christ, who taught peace and righteous-
ness and brotherhood of man.

As those chosen and ordained to
stand at the head of the Savior’s
Church, as followers of the lowly Jesus
trying to live His gospel and to obey
His commandments, we must call upon
the leaders of nations to abandon the
fiendishly inspired slaughter of the
manhood of the world now carrying
on and further planned.

We condemn the outcome which
wicked and designing men are now
planning, namely: the worldwide es-
tablishment and perpetuation of some
form of Communism on the one side,
or of some form of Nazism or Fascism
on the other. Each of these systems
destroys liberty, wipes out free institu-
tions, blots out free agency, stifles free
press and free speech, crushes out free-
dom of religion and conscience. Free
peoples cannot and do not survive un-
der these systems. Free peoples the
world over will view with horror the
establishment of either Communism or
Nazism as a worldwide system. Each
system is fostered by those who deny
the right and the ability of the common
people to govern themselves. We pro-
claim that the common people have
both this right and this ability.

We renew our declaration that in-
ternational disputes can and should be
settled by peaceful means. This is the
way of the Lord.

We call upon the statesmen of the
world to assume their rightful control
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this war to an end, honorable and just
to all. Animated and led by the spirit
of Christ, they can do it. The weeping
mothers, the distraught and impover-
ished wives, the fatherless children of
the world, demand that this be done.
In this way only will enduring peace
come; it will never be imposed by
armed force. Hate-driven militarists
and leaders, with murder in their hearts,
will, if they go through to the end,
bring merely another peace that will be
but the beginning of another war.

We call upon the Saints the world
over to pray to God constantly in faith,
nothing doubting, that He will bring
His purposes speedily to pass and re-
store peace again to the earth to bless
His children.

To the Officers and Members
of the Church

\17e pour out our thanks to our
"" Heavenly Father for the faithful-
ness and devotion of the great body of
the Church, without which the work
of the Lord would languish. To the
faithful members we extend our deep
and sincere gratitude for their loyal
support to their ward and stake officers
and to the General Authorities of the
Church. Except for this also, the
growth and stability of the Church
would suffer.

For the faith of the Saints as shown
in the payment of their tithes and offer-
ings we thank the Lord. We renew
to them the promise, so graphically
pronounced by Malachi to ancient Is-
rael, that for their faithfulness the Lord
will open the windows of Heaven and
pour out His blessings upon them.

We are grateful likewise for the
willing and effective response of the
people to the Welfare Plan. We call
attention to the repeated official warn-
ings which say that we face the urgent
likelihood of a shortage in many of
the necessities of life. We point out
that the very purpose of the Welfare
Plan is to help the people in such cir-
cumstances. We again urge that they
wholeheartedly support and work out
this plan in its full measure.

We thank the Priesthood of the
Church for their increased activity and
devotion. The carrying forward of

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the Lord’s work rests upon their
shoulders. We say to you brethren,
bearers of God’s Holy Priesthood, duly
ordained to your high and holy calling
by the servants of the Lord holding His
authority thereto, be faithful to the
divine agency that has been bestowed
upon you, magnify your offices, seek
for the blessings of the Lord.

To the auxiliaries we are grateful for
the work of each in the sphere as-
signed to it. You represent the First
Presidency in the labor assigned to
you. Seek earnestly to carry out not
only the letter but the spirit of the in-
structions from time to time issued to
you; to do otherwise will bring trouble
and a lessening of the good you are
counted upon to do.

Again we thank the officers of stakes
and wards for their devoted service.
The Lord will give them manifold
blessings for the great burdens they
carry in His service.

Lastly we give to our brethren and
associates of the General Authorities,
our unstinted love and gratitude for
their loyal devotion to the cause of the
Lord, for the unfailing assistance they
give to the First Presidency in carry-
ing the great burdens of these troublous
times, and for their faith and the right-
eousness of their living.

Upon all we ask the Lord to bestow
His choicest blessings.

We close with a prayer :

Our Heavenly Father:

In deep humility we Thy people,
Israel of today, come to Thy throne
pleading for Thy grace and Thy mercy.
Forgive what Thou hast seen amiss in
us, overlook our waywardness, keep
not in mind our lightmindedness and
our forgetfulness of our debt to Thee
for all we have and are, but hold in
memory our desire to serve Thee and
to keep Thy commandments, and in-
crease these to us from day to day. Let
nothing be betwixt us and Thee at this
hour. And standing thus, our Heaven-
ly Father, we beseech Thee speedily to
work out Thy purposes in the earth.
Bring quickly to those against whom
Thy righteous anger has gone forth be-
cause of their iniquity, a sense of their
sins and great guilt, and plant in their
hearts a will to repent and hereafter to



walk in Thy paths, guided only by Thy
commandments, that, Thy purposes ac-
complished, peace, Thy peace and the
peace of man, may return to bless the

Stay the hands, O Father, of the De-
stroyer. Let him not further curse the
world with the slaughter of Thy chil-
dren, nor pour out upon them a fuller
measure of the sore afflictions of/ fa-
mine, plague, and pestilence. We know
what Thou hast decreed against a
sinning world, but we humbly bow at
Thy throne and with our whole hearts
we pray Thee that, as seemeth to Thee
well, in Thy infinite knowledge and
wisdom, Thou wilt abate Thy right-
eous indignation, take away from the
full measure of Thy punishments, has-
ten the carrying out of Thy purposes,
shorten these days of world tribulation.

We know how we, Thy children,
have erred, we know how we have
failed to live the lives Thou hast marked
out for us, but at this time, O Father,
we humbly pray that Thou wilt close

Thine eyes to our misdoings and recall
not our frailties, nor withhold forgive-
ness for our transgressions, but grant
us this, our prayer for the speedy ful-
filment of Thy purposes, that peace
may come, that the cries of a wailing
world may no longer afflict Thine ears,
and that Thy people may again go for-
ward in their work of spreading Thy
gospel and bringing salvation to the
honest in heart.

Bless the needy, the sick, the world
over; make easy the pains of the in-
nocent and righteous ones who have
been torn by war; comfort the mothers,
the widows, the fatherless. Be merci-
ful to all who suffer in mind or body
or spirit.

For Thy boundless mercies to us we
are humbly grateful. Lead us day by
day so to live as to be more worthy of
Thy manifold blessings, without which
we should perish.

Grant us these blessings, O Father,
for we ask them humbly in the name
of Thy Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.


Second Counselor in the First Presidency

We shall now hear from Elder Joseph F. Smith whom you sustained
this morning as Patriarch to the Church.

For the benefit of those listening in on the air and for our further in-
formation I will repeat Elder Smith is the son of the late Hyrum M. Smith,
therefore the grandson of the late President Joseph F. Smith, and a great
grandson of Hyrum Smith, the Patriarch. Elder Smith’s right to this office
therefore is not only by lineage, but by direct inspiration to the President
who holds the keys of this high Priesthood.


Patriarch to the Church

I know that my Redeemer lives.
Once in January of this year,
and again in April, I lay in the
valley of the shadow of death. I re-
turned therefrom only by the power
of the priesthood and the faith of
those who love me. Let sophists
scoff — let worldly learned men
rationalize : I know — as I know that
I stand here — that I am alive this day

by the power of the Priesthood and
by the faith of my loved ones.

Many nights have I lain and
pondered the Lord’s goodness to me
— goodness which I must confess
seemed all too unmerited. There are
no words for me to tell you what
went on in my heart this day as I saw
this great body of men holding the
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calling to which the Prophet of God
has summoned me.

I know that my Redeemer lives.
I know that Heber }. Grant is His
chosen and properly – ordained
mouthpiece upon earth. God grant
that we as a body of Priesthood, that
our families, that our brethren and
sisters who are members of the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints may have the wisdom and the
strength to hew closely to the words

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which have issued and which shall
issue from the constituted authority
of the Church. Only by so doing
will we have the strength to face the
trials that are to come. The hearts
of the strongest may quail. Obedi-
ence to the word of the Lord is the
only thing which will fortify us in
the days to come.

God grant that we may be Latter-
day Saints. I pray in the name of
Jesus Christ. Amen.

The congregation arose and sang, "We Thank Thee, O God, For
A Prophet."


Of the Council of the Twelve Apostles

First, I wish to endorse all that has
taken place and all that we have
heard this morning.

We have here assembled in this im-
portant historic building the leading
men who hold the Priesthood who have
been called to great responsibility.
Never before in the history of the
Church has the responsibility which
has been given to the Priesthood been
more necessary of fulfilment than to-
day. Never before have we been un-
der greater obligation to serve the Lord
and keep His commandments, and
magnify the callings which have been
assigned to us.

The world today is torn asunder.
Evil is rampant upon the face of the
earth. The members of the Church
need to be humble and prayerful and
diligent. We who have been called to
these positions in the Priesthood have
that responsibility upon our shoulders
to teach and direct the members of the
Church in righteousness. I would like
to read the words of John as found in
the third chapter of the First Epistle
of John:

Behold what manner of love the Father
hath bestowed upon us that we should be
called the sons of God. Therefore, the
world knoweth us not, because it knoweth
Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of
God, but it doth not yet appear what we
shall be, but we know that when He shall

appear we shall be like Him, for we shall
see Him as He is, and every man that hath
this hope in Him purifieth himself even as
He is pure.

John was speaking to the men who
held the Priesthood. He calls them the
sons of God. We are the sons of God.
That same divine authority has been
bestowed upon us. We, too, in this
day should be just as grateful and just
as willing to serve and keep the com-
mandments of the Lord and magnify
the callings which have been given unto
us as were these men in former days
who were the sons of God. I wonder
if we realize the greatness of our call-
ings — yes, all the elders in this Church
— do they realize that they hold the
Melchizedek Priesthood? Do they
know that through their faithfulness
and their obedience, according to the
revelations of the Lord, they are en-
titled to receive all that the Father has
— to become the sons of God, joint
heirs with our Elder Brother, Jesus
Christ, entitled to the exaltations in the
celestial kingdom? Do we realize that?
We, too, if we do realize it, should be
like those of former days, and every
man that hath this hope in him, ‘will
purify himself even as Christ is pure.
Brethren, that we may do so, I pray in
the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.



Assistant to the Council o[ the Twelve Apostles

My brethren, I have been touched,
as you have, by the timely, com-
prehensive, straight-forward,
and inspiring message submitted by the
Presidency of this Church, to which we
have just listened. I share with you an
unusual emotion as we see this large
gathering of Priesthood, for here are
represented the workers and the lead-
ers of the Church. I rejoice in the
quality of leadership represented and
manifested here.

A great responsibility rests upon the
Latter-day Saints, a responsibility
which consists, not only in teaching,
but in living the restored gospel. The
spiritual crisis existing in the world to-
day is a challenge to every church and
to every devoted church member.

Roger Babson, within the last week,
has endeavored to answer the question:
"How long will the present war last?"
He said:

It will end only when we repent of our
sins, readjust our wasteful standards of liv-
ing, and once more make God the ruler of
our homes, schools, businesses, and nation.

Mr. Babson’s statement reflects the
wisdom of a man who has spent many
years in the study of economic trends
and business cycles. He has come to
the conclusion that man cannot live by
bread alone, and that we have reached
a juncture in the history of this world,
when it is either "Christ or collapse."

This Church has supplied a back-
ground before which our nation can go
forward triumphantly, victoriously and
gloriously. No nation is greater than
its spiritual concepts. Spirituality is
a recognition of God’s power in the
universe and in the affairs of men and
nations. It is a recognition of divine
commandment as a guide to humanity in
their struggles and strivings. It recog-
nizes God as ruler and creator and pro-
claims the fatherhood of God and the
brotherhood of man.

This Christian doctrine is the very
cornerstone of freedom, and it is the
mission of this Church to promote it,
and to inspire faith in the hearts of
men. In this solemn obligation we must
not fail, for faith is the bedrock of hu-
man life, without which the soul of man
has no anchorage. Despotism may
govern without such faith, but demo-
cracy will die without it.

May we appreciate the opportunity
we have, as members of Christ’s
Church. May we recognize in Jesus
Christ the only safe leadership which
we can follow in these days of uncer-
tainty and confusion.

May God give us strength and wis-
dom to walk in the way of righteous-
ness, that our daily example may be a
sermon to our friends, far and near, I
pray, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Of the First Council of the Seventy

As I face this body of people, I al-
ways feel under the necessity, it
seems, of calling upon the sus-
tenance and direction of my Father in
heaven for what I shall say, and I do
so at this time.

I think it would be enjoyable some
time when the pressure of life is not
so great, to indulge in the luxury of long
and leisurely sermonizing. That is a
luxury, however, that sometimes is en-
joyed by the speaker more than it is
by the audience.

First of all this morning I should like
to welcome to his new calling, Brother
Joseph F. Smith. I have enjoyed the
intimacy of his home, and he of mine.
I have stood by him in some of the
critical days of his life, of which he
spoke here this morning. I know him
to be a man of faith and courage, and
I look forward to the coming years of
close association with him in the coun-
cils of the Church.

I should like to read a statement
which I found the other day, first



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printed in the second number of the Eve-
ning and Morning Star, back in July,
1832, as I recall:

The old world was destroyed for reject-
ing the revelations of God given to them
through Noah. The Israelites were de-
stroyed in the wilderness for despising the
revelations given to them through Moses;
and Christ said that the world, in the days
of the apostles, would be condemned for
not receiving the word of God through
them: Thus we see that the judgments of
God in the past ages have come upon the
people, not so much for neglecting the reve-
lations given to their forefathers, as for re-
jecting those given particularly to them-
selves. (Doc. Hist, vol. 1:277)

Since the restoration there has never
been a time in the history of this people
when the leadership of this Church has
not given direction concerning those
things which vitally affect the temporal
and spiritual welfare of this Church
and this people; and the present and the
immediate past are no exceptions to
this general statement. Those who
have not seen the ‘way in which that di-
rection has pointed have not seen it,
either because they have been too in-
different, or because they have chosen
not to see it.

I hope that this fact will be burnished
upon our hearts and not only upon ours
but upon the hearts of all of our young
people, as they leave the shelter of our
homes, of necessity, as they become
uprooted from their native soil in this
surge of humanity that floods here and
there, these days, that they may be led
to know, with us, that truth is not a

matter of convenience; that principles
and ideals are not a matter of geo-
graphy or environment; that there is
only one set of rules — that a thing that
was not right at home is not right away
from home — if it was not right where
we came from, it isn’t right anywhere.

T\fi AY we go with them — these young
people of ours — with our prayers
and our letters — with our teachings be-
fore they leave, and with the example
of our own lives always to fortify
them, so that they may look back to
us, to their homes, to their Church for
strength and comfort in critical times.

Concerning all that has been spoken
and shall be spoken during this con-
ference, and at all times, by the lead-
ership of this Church, I close with the
words of Joseph Smith, the Prophet:

Therefore I declare unto you the warning
which the Lord has commanded to declare
unto this generation, remembering that the
eyes of my Maker are upon me, and that
to Him I am accountable for every word I
say, wishing nothing worse to my fellow
men than their eternal salvation.

May God help all of us to have
strength, in the days to come, no mat-
ter what may lie before us, to adhere to
those principles which were dearer to
our fathers than life itself. No matter
how we may be called upon to shift
the superstructure of our lives, and to
change the superficial habits of our
living, may we never shift our founda-
tions, I ask, in the name of Him whose
work this is, even the Lord Jesus Christ.


Of the Council of the Twelve Apostles

IN June I had the privilege of visiting
some of the shrines of the Church,
places made sacred by memorable
events in the history of the restored
gospel. I am happy to report that
wherever these places are owned or
controlled by the Church they are
maintained in good condition, creditable
to the great cause and momentous
things they commemorate. So signifi-
cant to Latter-day Saints is every
shrine that- a discourse might be built
around each one. That, of course, is

infeasible. I must be content merely to
give you a little of my reflection and
feeling as I came into the atmosphere
of these historic places.

Many of them are in western New
York, centering around the city of
Palmyra. The Prophet’s boyhood
home, the Sacred Grove, the Hill Cum-
orah, scenes associated with the trans-
lation and publication of the Book of
Mormon, the Peter Whitmer home
where the Church was organized, and
the site of the first baptisms — all are



within short drives of Palmyra. Not
far distant on the banks of the Susque-
hanna River is the area in which the
Priesthood was restored.

In this historic section perhaps noth-
ing is quite so conspicuous and im-
pressive as the Hill Cumorah. Capped
by the beautiful monument which the
Church has erected, it is the outstand-
ing landmark of the countryside. A
well-designed cottage-bureau of in-
formation at the base of the Hill with
beautifully landscaped grounds, a com-
modious parking space for cars, and
the illumination of the monument at
night which gives to it and to the statue
of the Angel Moroni which crowns it
the appearance and atmosphere of an
ethereal apparition projected high and
impressively into the night sky, all com-
bine to make this spot a mecca for
tourists. When, as has been the year-
ly custom, the missionaries stage a
sacred pageant on the crest of the Hill,
representing figures and events of the
past, culminating in the coming forth
of the new witness for Christ, and
when the trumpeters in the stillness of
the night, stationed at the base of the
imposing monument, sound their clarion
call heralding the advent of the new
dispensation of the fulness of times,
thousands of spectators, gathered
from far and near, coming mostly out
of curiosity, are hushed in speechless
and awful reverence for the sacred and
mighty thing the representation por-

Tn the Sacred Grove there comes to
one of faith, a solemnity and feeling
that are indescribable. It is believed
that many of the large stately trees
that gave shade and seclusion to the
humble boy a hundred and twenty
years ago still live. Standing beside
these ancient silent witnesses who
know the truth it is not difficult to se-
cure confirmation and added support
for testimony and conviction. That
something which we call the soul of
man responds to such an environment.
His inner feelings are stirred, the spark
of divinity within him is kindled anew,
and each one of the seventy persons
gathered together in a five-and-a-half-
hour missionary meeting in this ex-

quisitely beautiful Grove knew, as per-
haps he had never known before, that
the experience of Joseph within these
woods was actual, that he did behold
the Father and the Son, that he heard
Them speak and that his incompar-
able mission in life was divinely given
to him.

Each historic scene brought similar
feelings and confirmation. There was
rejoicing in our hearts as we contem-
plated the great labors and accomplish-
ments of the Prophet as we tried to
reconstruct important episodes in his
life. The supernatural translation of
the Book of Mormon, its publication,
the attestation of its divinity, the be-
stowal of the Aaronic and the Mel-
chizedek Priesthoods, the organization
of the Church with its unique and ef-
ficient government, the marvelous mis-
sionary work carried forward under his
direction, reaching out into most of the
nations of the world when travel and
communication were extremely diffi-
cult, the unparalleled accretion to the
Church resulting from the wide accept-
ance of the restored gospel by brave
souls the world over, the inspired in-
terpretation of the gospel message with
its new and beautiful concepts which
for centuries had escaped a professed-
ly Christian world — these and many
other comparable meditations filled our
hearts with inexpressible gratitude.

^Throughout our visit, however,
there was ever a strain of sadness.
We realized that every accomplish-
ment had been attended with persecu-
tion and with sorrow. This was parti-
cularly emphasized on our way home in
Nauvoo, Carthage, and Winter Quar-

It was inspiring to behold the magni-
ficent site of Nauvoo. The state of Il-
linois has constructed a scenic high-
way along the banks of the Mississippi.
Nowhere is the view more impressive
than at the bend of the river where
Nauvoo is located. What a thrill must
have come to Joseph and his friends as
they saw this city grow with its lovely
homes and business institutions, its ad-
joining farmlands, its churches, schools
and recreational facilities, climaxed by
the million-dollar temple that symbol-



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ized perhaps more than anything else
the devotion, the sacrifice, and the true
faith of the Saints. Nauvoo is pretty
much a ghost city today, but enough
remains to help us visualize what it was
when it was the largest city in the state
— a bigger city than Chicago was. It
died with the depredations of the mob-
ocrats nearly a century ago and has
never revived.

Carthage is only a few miles distant.
It was here that our feelings were most
deeply touched. The jail which for
many years was used as a residence
has been restored by the Church as
nearly as may be to its original condi-
tion. It is now surrounded by lawn,
shrubs, and flowers, and a cottage for
the keeper has been erected nearby.
Many visitors come to this place. They
are taken up the narrow stairway to
the upper floor where the mob ascended
on that fateful June 27, 1844, to reach
the object of their malice. Visitors are
taken into the room in which the
Prophet and his friends were incar-
cerated. They are shown the faint
trace of the martyred Hyrum’s blood
on the oak floor and the window
through which the Prophet was shot
and fell as he gave himself to seal his
testimony for the cause he loved more
than his life.

It is but natural, being in this build-
ing and recalling the tragedy enacted
there, that I should think of my grand-
father. I thought of his devotion to
the Prophet, his offer to give his very
life for him, how he declined to part
from him even at the risk of great per-
sonal danger, his care of the wounded
John Taylor, and his taking the bodies
of Joseph and Hyrum back to Nauvoo.
I knew that he had had the closest per-
sonal relationship with Joseph and that
if there had been anything untrue
about him he would have discovered it.
I know that Willard Richards had the
utmost confidence in the Prophet and
an absolute conviction of the divinity of
the latter-day work. This realization,
as I visited this sad but hallowed scene
of our history, seemed to intensify
within me my responsibility to be true
and as helpful as my capacity would
permit to the cause for which my grand-
father gave his devotion, his loyalty,

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and his life. I prayed to God that it
might be so and that all of us in the
Church who are the descendants of
these noble men and the beneficiaries
of their sacrifice and devotion might
also be true and worthy.

f^N our journey westward we came
^ to the cemetery at Winter Quar-
ters near Omaha, Nebraska. Within
the grounds the Church has placed
beautiful statuary and other embellish-
ments to commemorate the heroic dead,
more than six thousand of whom lost
their lives in westward migration to
establish Zion in the Rocky Moun-
tains. The chief statue is a representa-
tion of a pioneer man and his wife
bowed in grief over a shallow grave
wherein is laid the body of their child.
The feeling that this work of art brings
is one of deep sorrow. You must weep
with the mother who is to leave her
little one on the lonely prairie, never
again even to see the spot where her
child is buried. But rising above the
sorrow are a great courage and a con-
soling faith that take the stricken par-
ents resolutely forward in their quest
for freedom and right and make them
know that in the end "all is well." On
a large flat plaque are inscribed the
names of about six hundred who were
buried in this cemetery. Among the
names I found my own kin and those of
many other families prominent in the
settlement of our western common-

It was all very sad, and I kept think-
ing how much of the tragedy might
have been avoided if only kindness and
tolerance and brotherly love had been
in the hearts of men. There was a
pathetic side to every historic scene at-
tributable to man’s inhumanity, bigotry,
and selfishness, but in my reflections I
consoled myself with the thought that
no great thing has ever come into the
world without trial and tribulation, and
that the greater the cause, the greater
the sacrifice necessary to establish it.

Today we find ourselves engaged in
a worldwide struggle to preserve liber-
ty and tolerance, the foundations of
peace in the earth. Let it be remem-
bered that these were the very prin-
ciples for which our progenitors have


made the tragic sacrifices of which I have emanated from the Prophet of the

have briefly reminded you. Every last dispensation.

shrine of the Church is a monument to It is my humble prayer that God will

freedom and truth. There have been reward trie heroism, the sacrifices, and

no more sincere and valiant defenders the devotion of the past with the per-

of true democracy than the Latter-day petuation of liberty and goodness in the

Saints. No higher concepts of the world, and that peace — peace founded

liberty of man, the Sonship of God, and in truth and in virtue and in Christian

the brotherhood of race have been brotherhood — may speedily come, in

given to the world than those which the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

After the singing by the congregation of the hymn, "High On The
Mountain Top," the benediction was pronounced by Elder Stephen L.
Chipman, President of the Salt Lake Temple.

Conference adjourned until 2 o’clock p. m.


Conference reconvened at 2 o’clock p. m.


Second Counselor in the First Presidency

President Grant is present and presiding at this meeting. He has asked
that I conduct the services.

There are present on the stand this afternoon President Grant, his two
Counselors, members of the Council of the Twelve Apostles, the Assistants
to the Twelve Apostles, the Patriarch to the Church, the Presidents of the
First Council of Seventy, and the Presiding Bishopric.

The congregation will please join in singing "Praise to the Man Who
Communed With Jehovah." Elder Richard T. Condie will direct us, Elder
Frank W. Asper is at the organ.

The congregation sang the hymn, "Praise To The Man."
Elder James H. Riley, President of the Weber Stake, offered the


Second Counselor in the First Presidency

The dominant principle in Christ’s Church is service: "Inasmuch as
ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it
unto me," said the Savior. There are many of the features in the life of
Joseph Smith which show that he exemplified that Christlike principle in
his life. One you will remember was when he said, "I go like a lamb to the
slaughter," — "If my life is worth nothing to my friends, it is worth nothing
to me." The same principle he exemplified when he and his brother Hyrum,
John Taylor, and Willard Richards were in Carthage jail. During a solemn
moment the Prophet said: "John, sing ‘A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief.’ "


Saturday, October 3 First Day

Though there are seven verses, after he had sung them the Prophet said:
"Sing it again."

At the request of President Grant, we are going to ask Brother Condie
to lead us in this song. He will sing the first two stanzas as a solo, then the
congregation will sing the third, he will sing the fourth as a solo, the con-
gregation will sing the fifth, he will sing the sixth, and we will conclude
with the congregation singing the seventh.

Elder Richard P. Condie and the congregation sang the hymn, "A
Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief."


Second Counselor in the First Presidency

The following testimony would have been given by President Grant
himself in person had not the doctor advised that he write his message and
not attempt to stand before the audience, subjected to the strain that natural-
ly comes therefrom. He asks that I read the message which he now presents
to this congregation and later to the whole world as it will be printed. You
will note that it has relation to the message given in the two songs that have
already been sung.


I am grateful beyond my power of
expression for the faith and
prayers of the people and for the
blessings of the Lord in my behalf.
For two and one-half years I have
been gaining a little since I became
ill. I have been home since that ill-
ness overtook me a little longer than
two years, and when people have
asked me how I am, I have said,
"Better than I was yesterday," and
this is really true — I have been gain-
ing a little all the time. To begin
with I could not move my left leg or
my left arm. The doctors said it was
not a paralytic stroke, but it must
have been at least a second cousin to
it. I could walk upstairs only one step
at a time and drag my left leg up.
Now, I can walk up and down stairs.
I can walk across the floor without
scraping my foot on the carpet; I
can throw my left leg over my right
one with perfect ease, and back
again; my improvement is very re-
markable considering the condition
I was in, and I attribute it to the

prayers of the Saints in my behalf.
I am grateful to them beyond ex-
pression, and I am grateful to the
doctors who have so very kindly
taken care of me in California and
here at home. I am truly appreciative
of the interest they have taken in my
behalf. I feel almost normal.

I have decided to tell in detail one
or two very remarkable things that
have happened in my life.

I was made one of the apostles in
October, 1882. On the 6th of Octob-
er, 1882, 1 met Brother George Teas-
dale at the south gate of the temple.
His face lit up, and he said : "Brother
Grant, you and I" — very enthus-
iastically — and then he commenced
coughing and choking, and went on
into meeting and did not finish his
sentence. It came to me as plainly as
though he had said the words: "Are
going to be chosen this afternoon to
fill the vacancies in the Quorum of
the Twelve Apostles."

I went to the meeting and my
head swelled, and I thouht to my-



self, "Well, I am going to be one of
the apostles," and I was willing to
vote for myself, but the conference
adjourned without anyone being

Ten days later I received a tele-
gram saying, "You must be in Salt
Lake tomorrow without fail." I was
then president of Tooele Stake. The
telegram came from my partner, Ne-
phi W. Clayton. When I got to the
depot, I said: "Nephi, why on earth
are you calling me back here? I had
an appointment out in Tooele Stake."

"Never mind," he said; "it was not
I who sent for you; it was Brother
Lyman. He told me to send the tele-
gram and sign my name to it. He told
me to come and meet you and take you
to the President’s office. That is all I

So I went to the President’s office, and
there sat Brother Teasdale, and all of
the ten Apostles, and the Presidency of
the Church, and also Seymour B. Young
and the members of the Seven Presi-
dents of the Seventies. And the revela-
tion was read calling Brother Teas-
dale and myself to the apostleship, and
Brother Seymour B. Young to be one
of the Seven Presidents of the Seven-

Brother Teasdale was blessed by
President John Taylor, and George Q.
Cannon blessed me.

After the meeting I said to Brother
Teasdale, "I know what you were go-
ing to say to me on the sixth of October
when you happened to choke half to
death and then went into the meet-

He said, "Oh, no, you don’t."

"Yes, I do," and I repeated it: "You
and I are going to be called to the

He said, "Well, that is what I was
going to say, and then it occurred to
me that I had no right to tell it, that I
had received a manifestation from the
Lord." He said, "Heber, I have suf-
fered the tortures of the damned for
ten days, thinking I could not tell the
difference between a manifestation
from the Lord and one from the devil,
that the devil had deceived me."

I said, "I have not suffered like that,
but I never prayed so hard in my life
for anything as I did that the Lord
would forgive me for the egotism of
thinking that I was fit to be an apostle,
and that I was ready to go into that
meeting ten days ago and vote for my-
self to be an apostle."

I was a very unhappy man from Oc-
tober until February. For the next i
four months whenever I would bear my
testimony of the divinity of the Savior,
there seemed to be a voice that would
say: "You lie, because you have never
seen Him." One of the brethren had
made the remark that unless a man had
seen the Lamb of God — that was his
expression — he was not fit to be an
apostle. This feeling that I have men-
tioned would follow me. I would wake
up in the night with the impression:
"You do not know that Jesus is the
Christ, the Son of God, because you
have never seen Him," and the same
feeling would come to me when I would
preach and bear testimony. It worried
me from October until the following

I was in Arizona in February, travel-
ing with Brigham Young, Jr., and a
number of other, brethren, visiting the
Navajo Indians and the Moki Indians.
Several of our party were riding in
"White Tops" and several on horse-
back. I was in the rear of the party
with Brother Lot Smith. He was on
a big fine iron-grey horse, and I was on
a small mule that I had discovered was
the easiest and best riding animal I had
ever straddled.

We were going due east when the
road changed and went almost north,
but there was a trail ahead of us, and I
said, "Hold on, Lot; stop."

I said, "Brother Smith, where does
this trail lead?"

He said, "It leads to a great gully
just a short distance away, and no
team can possibly travel over it. We
have to make a regular mule shoe of a
ride to get to the other side of the

I said, "Is there any danger from
Indians if a man were alone over

"None at all."

I said: "I visited the spot yesterday



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where George A. Smith, Jr., was killed
by a Navajo Indian, who asked him for
his pistol and then shot him with it, and
I feel a little nervous, but if there is no
danger I want to be all alone, so you
go on with the party and I will take
that trail."

I had this" feeling that I ought not to
testify any more about the Savior and
that, really, I was not fit to be an
apostle. It seemed overwhelming to me
that I should be one. There was a
spirit that said: "If you have not seen
the Savior, why don’t you resign your

As I rode along alone, I seemed to
see a council in heaven. The Savior
was there; the Prophet Joseph was
there; my father and others that I knew
were there. In this council it seemed
that they decided that a mistake had
been made in not filling the vacancies
in the Quorum of the Twelve, and con-
ference had adjourned. The chances
were the Brethren would wait another
six months, and the way to remedy the
situation was to send a revelation nam-
ing the men who should fill the vacan-
cies. In this council the Prophet said.
"I want to be represented by one of
my own in that Council."

A little while before this I had at-
tended the funeral of Brother Snede-
ker, a counselor in the bishopric of Mill
Creek Ward, and Brother Joseph E.
Taylor spoke at the services. In his
remarks he became very pathetic to
think that the Prophet had given his life
for the Cause and that he had no repre-
sentative in the quorums of the Priest-
hood of the Church. He was followed
by Brother Joseph F. Smith, and Broth-
er Smith said: " ‘We believe the Bible
to be the word of God as far as it is
translated correctly,’ and I believe it is
translated correctly when it says that
if a man die his brother shall marry his
widow and raise up seed to the dead
man, and I need to take only two steps
from where I am standing now to place
my hand on the shoulder of a man who
is one of the Twelve Apostles of the

First Day

Church, who is a son of the Prophet
Joseph," and he pointed directly at me.

It made a very f*rofound impression
upon me, and I wondered if I should
tell the people about it. I had always
understood and known that my mother
was sealed to the Prophet, and that
Brigham Young had told my father that
he would not marry my mother to him
for eternity, because he had instruc-
tions from the Prophet that if anything
happened to him before he was mar-
ried to Rachel Ivins she must be sealed
to him for eternity, that she belonged to

That is the reason that Father spoke
up in this council to which I have re-
ferred, and said: "Why not choose
the boy who bears my name, who be-
longs to you, to be one of the apostles?"
That inspiration was given to me.

I can truthfully say that from Febru-
ary, 1883, until today I have never had
any of that trouble, and I can bear my
testimony that I know that God lives,
that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of
the world, and that Joseph Smith is a
prophet of the living God; and the evil
one does not try to persuade me that I
do not know what I am talking about. I
have never had one slight impression
to the contrary. I have just had real,
genuine joy and satisfaction in pro-
claiming the gospel and bearing my
testimony of the divinity of Jesus
Christ, and the divine calling of Joseph
Smith, the prophet.

Now, brethren, I could go on dictat-
ing by the hour, there are so many
things that have happened in my life
that I would like to tell you.

I once more thank the Saints for
their faith and for their prayers, and
for the strength that I have today in
comparison with two and one-half
years ago.

May God’s blessings be and abide
with you, one and all, and all the
Saints and all the honest people the
world over, is the prayer of my heart,
even so. Amen.




Of the Council of the Twelve Apostles

Brethren, I have read the Bible sev-
eral times. I have read the Book
of Mormon, studied it, and re-
joiced in the teachings thereoL I have
rejoiced in reading and studying the
book of Doctrine and Covenants, and
also the Pearl of Great Price. I recom-
mend these books to many honest souls
asking questions about them. These
books constitute a library, one of the
greatest libraries in the world, because
It sets forth the truth, and calls atten-
tion to the wages of evil, and warns
against the evil.

There are many interesting and in-
structive stories and principles in these
good books. If we will follow the
teachings thereof closely through our
lives, we will reach a safe journey’s end.

I was reading, the other day, from the
book of Alma, who was the son of
Alma. I think likely you would be in-
terested if I read some, this afternoon,
from the character of Alma the Second.

This Alma, the Second, was address-
tag himself to his son Helaman. This
is where the story begins, and very soon
has an ending.

My son, give ear to my words; for I swear
unto you, that inasmuch as ye shall keep the
commandments of God ye shall prosper in
the land.

I would that ye should do as I have done,
In remembering the captivity of our fathers;
for they were in bondage, and none could
deliver them except it was the God of Abra-
ham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of
Jacob; and he surely did deliver them in
their afflictions.

And now, O my son Helaman, behold,
thou art in thy youth, and therefore I be-
seech of thee that thou wilt hear my words
and learn of me; for I do know that whoso-
ever shall put their trust in God shall be
supported in their trials, and their troubles,
and their afflictions, and shall be lifted up
at the last day.

And I would not that ye think that I know
of myself — not of the temporal but of the
spiritual, not of the carnal mind but of God.

Now, behold, I say unto you, if I had not
been born of God I should not have known
these things; but God has, by the mouth ol
his holy angel, made these things known
unto me, not of any worthiness of myself;

For I went about with the sons of Mosiah,
seeking to destroy the church of God; but
behold, God sent his holy angel to stop us
by the way.

And behold, he spake unto us, as it were
the voice of thunder, and the whole earth
did tremble beneath our feet; and we all fell
to the earth, for the fear of the Lord came
upon us.

But behold, the voice said unto me: Arise.
And I arose and stood up, and beheld the

And he said unto me: If thou wilt of thy-
self be destroyed, seek no more to destroy
the church of God.

And.it came to pass that I fell to the
earth; and it was for the space of three days
and three nights that I could not open my
mouth, neither had I the use of my limbs.

And the angel spake more things unto
me, which were heard by my brethren, but
I did not hear them; for when I heard the
words — If thou wilt be destroyed of thy-
self, seek no more to destroy the church of
God — I was struck with such great fear and
amazement lest perhaps I should be de-
stroyed, that I fell to the earth and I did
hear no more.

But I was racked with eternal torment, for
my soul was harrowed up to the greatest
degree and racked with all my sins.

Yea, I did remember all my sins and in-
iquities, for which I was tormented with the
pains of hell: yea, I saw that I had rebelled
against my God, and that I had not kept his
holy commandments.

Yea, and I had murdered many of his
children, or rather, led them away unto de-
struction; yea, and in fine so great had been
my iniquities, that the very thought of com-
ing into the presence of my God did rack
my soul with inexpressible horror.

Oh, thought I, that I could be banished
and become extinct both soul and body,
that I might not be brought to stand in the
presence of my God, to be judged of my

And now, for three days and for three
nights was I racked, even with the pains of
a damned soul.

And it came to pass that as I was thus
racked with torment, while I was harrowed
up by the memory of my many sins, behold,
I remembered also to have heard my father
prophesy unto the people concerning the
coming of one Jesus Christ, a Son of God,
to atone for the sins of the world.

Now, as my mind caught hold upon this



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thought, I cried within my heart: O Jesus,
thou Son of God, have mercy on me, who
am in the gall of bitterness, and am encircled
about by the everlasting chains of death.

And now, behold, when I thought this
I could remember my pains no more; yea
I was harrowed up by the memory of nr>
sins no more.

And oh, what joy, and what marvelous
light I did behold; yea, my soul was filled
with joy as exceeding as was my painl

Yea, I say unto you, my son, that then
could be nothing so exquisite and so bittet
as were my pains. Yea, and again I say
unto you, my son, that on the other hand,
there can be nothing so exquisite and sweet
as was my joy.

Yea, methought I saw, even as our father
Lehi saw, God sitting upon his throne, sur-
rounded with numberless concourses of an-
gels, in the attitude of singing and praising
their God; yea, and my soul did long to be

But behold, my limbs did receive theij
strength again, and I stood upon my feet,
and did manifest unto the people that I had
been born of God.

Yea, and from that time even until now
I have labored without ceasing, that I mighi
bring souls unto repentance; that I mighi
bring them to taste of the exceeding joy of
which I did taste; that they might also bf
born of God, and be filled with the Hol>

Yea, and now behold, O my son, the Lord
doth give me exceeding great joy in tht
fruit of my labors;

First Dag

For because of the word which he nas
imparted unto me, behold, many have been
born of God, and have tasted as I have
tasted, and have seen eye to eye as I have
seen; therefore they do know of these things
of which I have spoken, as I do know; and
the knowledge which I have is of God.

And I have been supported under trials
and trouble of every kind, yea, and in all
manner of afflictions: yea, God has deliv-
ered me from prison, and from bonds, and
from death; yea, and I do put my trust irs
him, and he will still deliver me.

And I know that he will raise me up at
the last day, to dwell with him in glory;
yea, and I will praise him forever, for he has
brought our fathers out of Egypt, and he
has swallowed up the Egyptians in the
Red Sea; and he led them by his power into
the promised land; yea, and he has delivered
them out of bondage and captivity from
time to time. (Alma 36:1-28)

jVTow, brethren, this is a remarkable
^ case. It shows the love and mercy
of God that was shown to this man
when he repented of his sins. God took
mercy upon him and forgave him of
his sins, and he accomplished a mighty
work among his people, and he became
high priest in the Church.

May the Lord bless you, my breth-
ren. This large audience is a great
sight, but I must not linger as there are
others yet to speak.

Peace be with you. Amen.


Of the First Council of the Seventy

I am grateful for this privilege and
trust that I may enjoy the blessings
of the spirit of the Lord.

In the twelfth chapter of Hebrews
we read: "Yet once more I shake the
earth — that those things which cannot
be shaken may remain."

Great is our stewardship! May we
be worthy of it and magnify it!

Under the calling of the First Presi-
dency of the Church, I find myself con-
cerned primarily with two great pro-
grams — our youth and our great mis-
sionary work.

Here lies opportunity — youth with its
great spiritual possibilities, and trained

to do its duty, and the world hunger-
ing for the gospel message.

Recently while visiting in the North-
ern States Mission we were traveling
one day through the state of Indiana.
We were impressed with the great
farms and the great corn crop. "How
many kernels of corn are there on a
cob?" asked President Muir. I did not
know. "Well," said he, "there are
many cobs that have as many as 1000
kernels." I had my doubts and at the
next prosperous farm, I requested that
the car stop. I went in and proffered to
purchase a large cob. A boy near by
said: "Come on, I’ll give you an ear



of corn." We went to the barnyard
and as I passed a large crib I said —
"There is a fine big ear, may I take
this?" "No," said the boy, "that is our
seed corn." He found me a large cob
soon, however, and to my surprise
there were nine hundred and forty ker-
nels on the cob. This number of kernels
soon became a secondary thing, how-
ever, for I was still thinking of what the
boy had said. "No, you can’t have that.
It is our seed corn."

I remember reading that when Robert
E. Lee was being pressed in the south
to conscript the sixteen-year-old boy
for service in the Confederate Army,
he said: "No, we cannot do that, they
are our seed corn."

We, today, in our own Church have
the task to preserve our youth — "that
those things which cannot be shaken
may remain."

Among the many things which we
may do, I suggest — A greater and
deeper sincerity among us — we who are
called to lead.

A boy recently speaking to his chum
about his father, who had asked him to
attend his quorum meeting, said: "I
felt something deeply sincere in father’s
voice today — and I liked it."

A president of a stake recently after
reviewing the results of a stake Priest-
hood meeting said: "Before this meet-
ing I should have had an hour of medi-
tation and prayer." Yes, brethren, our
task calls for our best — a deep sincerity
in what we do.

We must give them our companion-
ship. We must be nearer to them.

One of our sons recently came home
from college for a few days before he
went into the armed forces of our
country. I was asking him what he
needed — how much money for travel
and so on. I was surprised to hear him
say — -"Well, Father, what I need most
is a long talk with you." And I shall
never forget those sacred hours. He
may have been helped a bit — and I
know I was helped a great deal. We
shared the conversation as we spoke

of the importance of faith in oneself,
and faith in our dreams of the future,
never to falter or fail; faith in mankind,
although we may be greatly tried; and
faith in God, for His love will endure
forever and be a protection and help in
the hour of great need.

Yes, and we must be nearer to the
thousands at home in our own com-
munity life. A boy or girl with a
purse full of money, with a natural urge
for a good time, a hundred questionable
places to go, is a real individual and
social problem and a most vital chal-
lenge to us — their leaders. Have we
provided the best we can? Are we
meeting their needs? Do they feel a
sense of cooperation? We must be
nearer to them. They are waiting and
willing to be led.

We must teach them the gospel of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as
restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith.
For this great message has been en-
trusted to us. We must teach them that
it is not only for the enrichment of their
own lives but that they may become the
ambassadors of the gospel — for it is to
be preached to all the world.

Last week in Akron, Ohio, I was
greatly blessed: I baptised five friends.
After they had been confirmed, one of
them, a girl in her early teens said,
with tear-filled eyes, "Oh, how grate-
ful I am! This is the happiest moment
of my life!"

Yes, the gospel is the most joyous
gift of life.

May we preserve and train these
youth for their great destiny. And if
we do our part sincerely, humbly, and
aggressively, lo, the Lord will work
the miracles with us and our hearts
shall be filled with courage and joy.
‘Yet once more I shake the earth —
that those things which cannot be
shaken may remain."

I humbly pray for us — the strength,
wisdom, and the love to do our task,
and I ask for these blessings in the
name of Jesus Christ, Amen.


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Of the First Council of the Seventy

First Day

To you, my beloved brethren, to
you who have been chosen, se-
lected, and invited to attend this
great conference, I extend my love,
and also my great admiration for that
which is going on in this Church. All
my life, as I feel that also all your lives,
you have seen the hand of God in its
operation. And yet, for the moment
or two that I have to stand here, I
would like to say something that might
make us feel just a little bit more of an
urge to do that which we know should
be done.

This great gathering blessed with
the choicest diadem of God, His
Priesthood, is for what? Surely we all
can answer; it is for but one purpose,
and that purpose is to bring to pass the
salvation of the souls of men, and is
so declared by the Lord through the
Prophet Joseph Smith: "Behold, this
is my work and my glory — to bring to
pass the immortality and eternal life
of man." No more plainly stated is
this, than that which is declared in the
first chapter of Genesis in our holy
sacred history, the Bible. You will re-
call that God, after having formed
this earth — after having created this
great universe — after all things, both
animal and vegetable had been made by
Him, and in the great firmament above
that He had placed great lights, the
sun, the moon, and the twinkling stars,
those heavenly traffic signals that we
should obey, for they turn the days into
weeks and the weeks into months, and
the months into years — then God did
something which to me is one of the
most marvelous things that I have read
about. God spoke to His companions
and said, "Let us make man in our

image, after our likeness." "So God
created man in his own image, in the
image of God created he him; male and
female created he them."

And then the thing which was per-
formed which brings us nearer to God
than anything that I can imagine, was
this: "And the Lord God formed man
of the dust of the ground, and breathed
into his nostrils the breath of life; and
man became a living soul."

That which God has made He de-
sired protected and kept. Even so
every declaration that we have in our
sacred history handed down to us by
tradition bears this same record and
this same declaration: preserve and
keep and save the souls of men.

And, so, especially to our seventies,
especially to these men upon whose
shoulders rests the responsibility di-
rectly from God of teaching and
preaching this gospel abroad and at
home, I would say remember that which
is choicest of all things in God’s heart
is the souls of men, and preserve them
and keep them.

I am grateful for my associations —
thankful to God for the opportunity I
have had of being associated with
these fine men who stand at the head
of this Church, and I trust and pray
that I may always be worthy — that I
may do that which will bring to pass
that which God would like accom-
plished and that we all, you fine presi-
dents of stakes, presidents of quorums,
bishops of wards, together, may bend
our efforts to bring to pass God’s wish
that the souls of men may be saved in
His kingdom, I ask, in Jesus’ name.


Presiding Bishop of the Church

With all my heart, brethren, I ap-
preciate the opportunity of be-
ing here today, feasting on the
spiritual food that we have been receiv-
ing from our leaders and associates. I
thank the Lord that there never has

been a time in my life that a shadow of
a doubt has crossed my mind as to the
divinity of this work and the divine
calling of the Prophet Joseph Smith and
those who have succeeded him in the
Presidency of this Church. I thrilled




today with President Grant’s testi-
mony, as it was read to us by President
McKay, and I was delighted with the
message of the First Presidency de-
livered to us this morning by President
Clark. Of all the leadership in the
world today, surely there is none com-
parable to that which we have in the
Church. How safe and secure we should
feel in following their precepts and
their example.

A few days ago I received a letter
from a man in the East with whom I
have had some correspondence — a
prominent business man, but not a mem-
ber of our Church. I forwarded him
some of our literature. He and his wife
have read the Book of Mormon three
times. He has just read the Articles of
Faith and writes a beautiful apprecia-
tion for the truths contained therein.
But I would like to read from his letter
his comment after having read the mes-
sage of the First Presidency delivered
at the April conference. He says: "The
message of the First Presidency was
read with intense interest. It portrays
the mind of a soul deeply interested in
the welfare of a higher civilization, with
a clear understanding of ‘mercy and
justice.’ " It is good to know that think-
ing men, though not of us, recognize the
power of leadership of those whom the
Lord has placed to guide His people in
these days.

"\\7e have a great responsibility, those
" of us who are here today. For we
represent the leadership of this Church
— the General Authorities and those
who preside in the stakes, the wards,
and the Priesthood quorums of the
Church. We have problems and re-
sponsibilities and opportunities probab-
ly such as we have never had before,
particularly in these defense areas. I
hope we will realize that there will be
more expected of us — that our arms will
be just a little longer, and our love a
little deeper, and our faith a little more
sincere, and that our confidence and
trust in God and the ultimate triumph of
His work in the earth may never falter.

I hope the bishops will realize that
they are in very deed fathers of the

people, all who live within the confines
of their wards whether their names be
on their records or not. Many have
come from outside places and they need
care and attention. I hope the bishops
will also sense their great responsibili-
ty as presidents of the Aaronic Priest-
hood in their wards — that the ward
teachers will realize that their responsi-
bility is greater than ever before, that
the presidencies of Priesthood quorums
and all charged with responsibility in
this Church will respond thereto as
never before. And I wouldn’t like to
overlook the seventies, for I feel with
Brother Kirkham the great importance
of missionary work, for the Lord has
decreed that the gospel shall be
preached in all the world for a witness
to all nations, even to every creature. I
feel that there are added opportunities
within our reach today, and I hope that
we will meet these responsibilities in
such a way that whoever comes into our
communities need never go away and
say that he was not given an opportuni-
ty to hear the gospel of the Lord Jesus
Christ from the elders of this Church.

I would like to leave one other
thought with you before closing. It
has been said that those who live in
glass houses should not throw stones.
Probably it was because Paul never had
any children of his own that he wasn’t
afraid to tell the bishops and deacons
that they should be able to rule well
their own houses, for said he: "If a
man know not how to rule his own
house, how shall he take care of the
church of God." Some of us may not
have dared say such a thing, but I be-
lieve that under present conditions we
should give more thought to this, each
one of us individually, than we have
ever done before.

■\17e listened to President Clawson a
few minutes ago reading the words
of Alma. It has always occurred to me
that that great mission of Alma, the son,
was the result of the faith and the pray-
ers of Alma, his father, who pleaded
with the Lord until the Lord saw fit to
call him back from the error of his ways.
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Saturday, October 3

boys and girls. I wonder if we are
holding council meetings as husbands
and wives, and fathers and mothers, to
try to meet the new conditions and
temptations that are in our midst. I
wonder if we know each one of our
children well enough to know that they
are making their contribution to the
building up of the kingdom of God in
the earth. Are our children setting an
example because of our power as lead-
ers and priests in our own homes?

A few days ago, I received a letter
from one of our boys in the service, and
I commend the counsel given in this con-
ference, that we write them. He said
he had just been ordained an elder in
the Church, and he thanked the Lord
for that more than for any other thing.
While he has been in the service he has
changed his way of living so that he is
setting an example in upholding the
standards of this Church.

But how did he get started in the way
of righteousness? His grandmother in
one of our stakes was concerned about
him, because his mother was dead. She

First Day

wrote a letter and asked if we would
write to this boy. We finally located
him, and the first letter we received
told how he was in California and heard
two missionaries speaking on the street
corner and lady missionaries singing;
and he said he wouldn’t have gone and
spoken to them for anything in the
world. He was afraid. He drew a dia-
gram showing how he went down to
the corner and back again, and then
down to the corner and back again, and
finally he found himself standing talk-
ing to the missionaries. In his letter he
asked: "Do you think the Lord had
anything to do with this?" As far as I
am concerned I think the prayers of that
grandmother and the importunities pro-
bably of his mother who had gone be-
yond, were the means of bringing that
boy back into line of duty and right-

God help us to labor with our chil-
dren, to pray with them, to see that our
own are setting an example in the
Church. It will do more than all the
preaching we can do. God help us to
do it. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Elder Harold H. Bennett sang a solo, "The Seer."
dent John Taylor).


Of the First Council of the Seventy

( Words by Presi-

Iwas deeply touched by the address
of President Grant, which was read
by President McKay this morning.
On the day that President Grant was
chosen as one of the Twelve Apostles
by a revelation of the Lord to President
John Taylor, my father was also called
and ordained a member of the First
Council of the Seventy. He succeeded
his father, President Joseph Young, who
was ordained to his position by the
Prophet Joseph Smith in the Kirtland
Temple in February, 1835. My grand-
father and my father both had deep and
abiding testimonies of the divinity of the
gospel of Jesus Christ as it was restored
by the Prophet Joseph Smith. I am
grateful to the Lord for the same testi-
mony, for I know that God lives, that
Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world,

and that Joseph Smith was a prophet of
God, for he spoke for God and was
sharer of God’s counsels. He was the
bearer and preacher of God’s Word,
and opened one of the greatest stages of
religion in the history of mankind.

My brethren of the seventies, we are
awakened to the great responsibilities
of teaching the gospel to all mankind.
If ever the world needed the Word of
God, it is today. For this reason we
must have vision, which gives us a view
of the future as well as insight into con-
ditions of the present. The calling of
the seventy is an ideal of fellowship,
with sacred obligations to God. Our
spiritual obligations must make for unity
and concord, and promote a spiritual
culture within our ranks, which will
give us power to teach the Word. From



now on, we of the organizations of sev-
enty will glorify our work as never be-
fore, for I believe that the world is
waiting for the truths of God. Every
one of us has a sacred duty and trust,
and while we as missionaries have our
daily vocations, the most joyful recrea-
tion is in going to the homes of people
with the gospel message. Remember the
divine injunction: "Not slothful in bus-
iness, fervent in spirit, serving the
Lord. " Our hearts need not be troubled
or afraid, if we have the simple faith in
God and the work He has given us to
do. We remember the words of the
Prophet Micah :

… in the last days it shall come to pass,
that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established in the top of the moun-
tains, and it shall be exalted above the hills;
and people shall flow unto it. And many
nations shall come, and say, Come, let us go
up to the mountain of the Lord. . . . (Micah

The nations have come to the moun-
tain of the Lord, and they will continue
to come and be taught by you, my breth-
ren, for the prophet continues and says:

. . . they shall beat their swords into
ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-
hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword
against nation, neither shall they learn war
any more. (Micah 4:3)

You stake mission presidents should

call your brethren around you and teach
the gospel. Remember when you ap-
proach people, you will receive from
them the same thought that you give
them. If hate, you will receive hate; if
love, it will be love. God will be the
judge of institutions and people; it is
your duty to "love the Lord thy God
with your might, mind, and strength,
and thy neighbor as thyself." In his let-
ter to the Ephesians, Paul speaks of the
grace that is given each one:

… for the work of the ministry . . .
Till we all come in the unity of the faith,
and of the knowledge of the Son of God,
unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the
stature of the fulness of Christ. (Ephe-
sians 4:12-13)

We pray that the missionaries of all
the stakes of Zion will from now on
have new life. We must turn our
thoughts forward, for the gospel will
meet every man’s wants, and protect
and guide his life. You will see your
labors rewarded. Sowers and reapers
will rejoice together. You are com-
mitted to nothing but the truth. People
will listen to you. God bless all the mis-
sionaries in the Church, that they may
see the importance of the work as never
before, and go forth with the Light of
God in their hearts, I humbly pray.


Assistant to the Council of the Twelve Apostles

The singing of the beautiful hymn,
"A Poor Wayfaring Man of
Grief," followed by the inspira-
tional message of our beloved Presi-
dent, and then the solo so well ren-
dered by Brother Bennett, "The Seer,
the Seer," has brought us all, I am sure,
nearer to our Father in heaven — nearer
to many of our loved ones who are on
the other side. I am very grateful to-
day for my parents. I am very grate-
ful that I have been considered worthy
to be associated with this splendid
body of men bearing the Holy Priest-
hood and am especially thankful for
my rather close association with our
beloved president, Heber J. Grant, his
counselors, the Quorum of the Twelve

and the other General Authorities of
the Church. I appreciate today, more
than ever before, my membership in
this Church — the great organization of
the Church — an organization which
furnishes not only just a favored few
but all the members the opportunity for

I am very happy to report that our
members in the European mission are
also still carrying on. From some of
them we have not been able to hear
lately but because of my acquaintance
with them and my love for them I am
sure I am safe in saying that they are
carrying on also as are the members
from whom we hear. We receive let-
ters and reports regularly from the



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British Mission, from Sweden, and
from Switzerland, also occasionally
from the Palestine-Syrian Mission.
Through Sweden we have been able to
hear from Denmark and from Nor-
way, and through Switzerland, from
Belgium and from Valence in the
southern part of France. The brethren
and sisters are holding their meetings as
usual: sacrament, Priesthood and aux-
iliary meetings. They are holding their
district conferences; they have held
their M.I.A. June conventions. They
also celebrated the Relief Society Cen-
tennial in nearly all the branches on
March 15th and 17th. Some of the
missions show a very substantial in-
crease in tithing and fast offerings, also
baptisms. The following is taken from
a recent letter from the French-Swiss
District with headquarters at Neucha-
tel, Switzerland:

Thank you very much for your letters
dated June 13th and July 28th which ar-
rived within a fortnight of each other. Also
the May Era and two Relief Society Maga-
zines; one has been soaked in sea water.

The District Conference will be held in
Geneva branch on the 17th and 18th of
October, the date most suitable for every-
one. Some will come out of military service
at that time, and just after some will go.
The branch there is going on strong and we
are hoping for some baptisms in the near
future. Next Saturday we shall have four
or five baptisms in the branch of Neuchatel.

The last letter from Palestine-Syrian
Mission, among other things, states:

I am very happy I hear from your side
and I can write to you all my desires, that
is a blessing of the Lord to us. All mem-
bers are in good condition in present time,
but wheat that we bought a year ago is fin-
ished and we are much in need of wheat,
and life is too hard to live, but we only
trust to Lord and prayers from Zion and all
will be well. Some members can’t pay for
living, and the wheat we give to them. As
far as we hear we carry on in gospel and
all Saints in good standing in faith.

From England we heard this sad

Brother John Cook and his family have
suffered in a recent air raid. The incendi-
aries destroyed most of their bedding and
linen. We have sent them a sum of ten
pounds to meet their immediate needs and

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learn that the government has also given
them a smaller sum, with a promise of furth-
er help towards the end of the war. Un-
fortunately, the cost of replacing the lost
bedding is so high that the family will have
to deny themselves for the time being.
Nevertheless, they are all well and Brother
Cook, being a genealogist, is delighted that
all his records and papers have been pre-

The British Mission is doing excep-
tionally well in its missionary work.

A letter from Oslo, Norway, recent-
ly came by way of Sweden. Some of
our letters have been returned since
we entered the war, with the words
printed upon them, "Service Suspended
— Return to Sender," but as I stated we
are able to hear through Sweden from
the other Scandinavian Missions and
through Switzerland from some of the
other countries.

This letter from Oslo informs us,
among other things, that:

The Saints are still faithful in paying
their tithes and offerings so we are well
situated financially. We have had six bap-
tismal services this year, and in hopes of
having more. Our mission paper Lys Over
Norge is published as before and comes out
regularly. Nearly all the branches in the
mission celebrated the Relief Society cen-
tennial with public meetings and banquets
on March the 15th and 17th, and all the
places had a very fine time. The lessons
for our organizations we have to work out
ourselves as best we can, as we can’t gel
anything from the headquarters. How long
these conditions will last is hard to tell, but
we will do our best to keep everything going
till we get regular connections with you
again. We trust in the Lord for whom we
labour, and I am glad for the many blessings
we receive from Him.

The following came direct from the
Danish Mission, via the Red Cross:

I send you greetings from all of us. We
are well, safe and happy. Extend our lov>
and best wishes to all.

This is from the Swedish Mission:

It is only a year since the unemployment
on account of the prevailing shut-out from
other nations was very much felt in out
nation. Now the condition has turned the
other way about, and the outcry for lack of
laborers is heard over the land. There is
especially a deficiency in farm help and also
for cutters to get out wood from the forests



This condition exists probably in part be-
cause of Sweden’s military training of mec
and their calling to encampments.

With regard to the food rationings, they
are usually sufficient, and it is of inestimable
value that such an important article of con-
sumption as milk is still on the free list
Vegetables are also plentiful. There has
been a further downward cut in the meat
rations, but the procurement of fish is good.

From the mission viewpoint the activities
are singularly lively, compared with earllet
periods. An especially fine unity prevails,
and the willingness to serve is great. As
regards the financial situation it is still good,
which is shown by the means of the mission
having nearly doubled in comparison with
the previous year. Even the branch cash
shows a balance of almost twenty percent

The Royal Society of Social Ad-
ministration Index shows that the living
cost has increased forty percent. The
tithing, however, shows an increase iD
1940 over 1939, and 1941 over 1940

And the following paragraph from
a letter from Beirut:

We receive some of the Church publica-
tions you are sending and by reading them
we understand something about the Church,
and especially we received the 112th Semi-
annual Conference Report, and we are ex-
ceedingly glad for it. Would that we had
a chance to attend a Conference like that!
From it we are receiving a lot of informa-
tion and advice to the Saints here in Beirut.
The lessons sent by President Amy Brown
Lyman for the Relief Society sisters were
translated and delivered to the sisters. We
get a lot of benefit from studying them. We
receive a lot of lessons and high ideals.
We were also exceedingly glad to read the
report of the one hundredth anniversary oi
the Society.

At present our thoughts are over there,
and I pray that in another year we will
have peace with us.

All our members in these war-torn
countries are doing their best to carry
on — God bless them. They appreciate
the gospel and know that by living its
principles they can have joy and hap-
piness even in these trying times. They
appreciate the prayers of you brethren
and other members here at home, and
we hope that you will continue to re-
member them. I appreciate very much
the opportunity that I have of contact-
ing them even in a remote way.

I appreciate also the opportunity of
visiting and getting better acquainted
with you brethren in your various
stakes. I congratulate you upon the
splendid work you are doing. I have
enjoyed my visits with you in your
homes. Especially have I appreciated
the flowers and shrubbery around these
homes, thanks to your wives, I sup-
pose, and also the well kept grounds
around your chapels. I commend you
for that. I hope you will observe the
beautiful trees, shrubbery and flowers
here on these sacred tabernacle grounds
and also the flowers near the Church
Office Building on the sides and es-
pecially on the north end.

God bless you brethren for the
splendid work you are doing. I think
I have detected, however, . a little
hesitancy, on the part of some with
reference to the Welfare Plan. You
seem afraid of it; you are standing on
the bank shivering. When I was a lit-
tle boy, there was a group of us fellows
who used to go from school direct to
the swimming hole instead of going
home. In the spring we could hardly
wait for the snow to melt before hurry-
ing to our swimming place. I remem-
ber one spring we were there when
there was still snow under the willows
and on the north banks. We prepared
for the dip. Some of us felt of the
water with our fingers, then with our
toes; it was cold and the air was chilly;
we remained on the bank shivering.
There was one boy in the group, how-
ever, a leader — he has always been a
leader — who didn’t touch his toe to the
water, nor feel of it. He just ducked
under and enjoyed the swim. Some
of us went home without ducking un-
der, and naturally we didn’t enjoy the

Well, some of us are on the bank,
hesitating and shivering with reference
to the Welfare Plan, and perhaps some
of our other responsibilities in the
Church. Brethren, let me advise you
to duck under and you will have great
joy in your labors. Give to this wort
the best you have. "Give to the world
the best you have, and the best will
come back to you." Look for the good



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and the beautiful, and the good and the
beautiful will also come back to you.

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God help us to do this, I pray in Jesus’
name. Amen.


Second Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric

I sincerely trust, my brethren, that the
same spirit that has guided and in-
spired those who have spoken to us
during this conference may guide and
direct me the moment or two that I
stand before you.

I have been deeply impressed with
the spirit of prophecy and revelation
that has characterized this conference.
And why shouldn’t there be a spirit of
prophecy and revelation? For we de-
clare to the world, "We believe all that
God has revealed, all that He does now
reveal, and we believe that He will yet
reveal many great and important things
pertaining to the Kingdom of God."

This declaration of faith is wholly
consistent and compatible with the
Lord’s dealing with His children on the
earth whenever the Priesthood has been
bestowed upon men. Declared Amos
of ancient times, "Surely the Lord God
will do nothing, but he revealeth his
secret unto his servants the prophets."
(Amos 3:7) The writer of Proverbs
declared, "Where there is no vision,
the people perish." (Prov. 29:18)

It is needless to go into the annals of
history to prove definitely that where
there has been no vision, no revelation,
and no prophecy, the people have in-
deed perished. In the days of Moses
and Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Peter, and
Paul, revelation was in the present
tense. Consequently doubters, disbe-
lievers, critics, and those who stoned
the prophets, were to be found in great
numbers, and time alone has proved
the validity and the authenticity of the
revelations of the Most High to His
servants in all dispensations.

We declare to the world that we do
not only believe all that God has re-
vealed but we believe that He does
now reveal His mind and will to those
who are His chosen servants upon the
earth today. And yet there are those
who propound this question: What of
present-day revelations? Is God actual-
ly revealing His mind and will to those

who guide and direct the destiny of His
Church? To such I would say that they
are seekers of a sign, and as the writer
of Proverbs says, ‘ The fear of the Lord
is the beginning of knowledge: but
fools despise wisdom and instruction."
(Prov. 1:7) We can point out many
instances wherein the Lord is revealing
His mind and will to those who have
been anointed to guide and direct the
destiny of this great work.

Seven years have elapsed since the
Presidency of the Church requested
stakes, wards, and Priesthood quorums
to set in motion the great Welfare
Program, Well do I recall there were
those among us who doubted that such
a plan was necessary and feasible. For,
on one hand, those in governmental
positions advised and counseled the
people to destroy food surpluses.
Farmers were paid for crops that were
not produced. And yet in the face of
such counsel and advice the leadership
of the Church admonished us to pro-
duce greater abundances of foods and
to erect storehouses wherein this food
could be stored. There have since been
erected milk-processing plants, grain
elevators, and sewing centers which af-
ford sufficient food, fuel, clothing, and
shelter to care for every worthy mem-
ber of the Church in case of an emer-

Seven years of plenty, of abundance,
are about to come to an end, and we
may face seven years of leanness and
the possibility of famine. The best au-
thorities in the United States are now
indicating that a food shortage for the
year 1943 is not a remote possibility
due to several conditions, too many to
enumerate at this time. In retrospect
we can all go back in our minds and
consider the counsel of the brethren
with reference to this matter and ob-
serve present-day conditions, which
definitely prove that the Welfare Pro-
qram was the mind and the will of. the
Lord made known through the power



of inspiration and modern-day revela-
tion to His people. With the passing
of time, as was the case with the declar-
ations given Moses on Sinai for the chil-
dren of Israel, the leadership of this peo-
ple will be vindicated in all of their ad-
monishments to the people, and man
will again be convinced that the Lord
has and does reveal His mind and will
to the prophets of modern times.

The message of the First Presidency
delivered to the people in April of this
year and the message delivered this
morning are revelations to the people,
for they contain all of those great truths
which are compatible with the mind
and will of our Heavenly Father. I
am grateful to say that when instruc-
tions are given by the First Presidency
of the Church and the Quorum of the
Twelve, there comes to mind the reve-
lation given to the Prophet Joseph
Smith, wherein the Lord had this to say
when His servants spoke to the people:
"And whatsoever they shall speak
when moved upon by the Holy Ghost
shall be scripture, shall be the will of
the Lord, . . . shall be the voice of the
Lord and the power of God unto sal-
vation." (Doc. & Cov. 68:4) There
is a test for modern-day revelation, the
same test Jesus Christ invited those
who heard His teachings to apply, for
said He: "My doctrine is not mine, but
his that sent me. If any man will do
his will, he shall know of the doctrine

whether it be of God, or whether I
speak of myself." (John 7:16-17)

As leaders in Israel, brethren, we
should accept wholeheartedly modern-
day revelation as presented to the peo-
ple by His chosen servants, applying
it in our lives to the end that we shall
be a shining example to all of those
who come under our direction — ad-
monishing the people that they, too,
can know of the doctrine, modern-day
revelation, by following the admoni-
tion of the Lord when He declared:
"Therefore, if you will ask of me you
shall receive; if you will knock it shall
be opened unto you. Now, as you have
asked, behold, I say unto you, keep my
commandments, and seek to bring forth
and establish the cause of Zion. Seek
not for riches but for wisdom; and,
behold, the mysteries of God shall be
unfolded unto you, and then shall you
be made rich. Behold, he that hath
eternal life is rich." (Doc. & Cov. 11:
5-7) And eternal life can only be
achieved, brethren, not alone by obey-
ing the principles of the gospel of the
Lord Jesus Christ, but by hearkening
unto the advice and counsel of those
who are in authority that come to us
as modern-day revelation.

May God bless us, strengthen us,
that we may ever be loyal and devoted
to these servants of the Lord, sustaining
them in all that they request us to do,
I pray in the name of Jesus Christ.


Of the Council of the Twelve Apostles

Brethren, this is a remarkable gath-
ering, the first that I have known
about in the history of the Church :
a session of a general conference com-
posed entirely of the leaders of the
Church in the stakes and wards and
Melchizedek Priesthood quorums in the
Church. Perhaps a larger percentage
of these officers named are here than
ever before.

I was recently asked if, in my opinion,
the Melchizedek Priesthood quorums
were making progress. That took me
back in memory thirty-one to forty

years ago when, as a seventy, a mem-
ber of two different quorums, one the
Third Quorum of Seventy of which
Brother George Albert Smith was also
a member, when we felt we were doing
our full duty as seventies if we met
once a month with our quorum and
there participated in the class work
along lines furnished by President B.
H. Roberts. Since that day we have
gone a long way. We have come to
appreciate that Priesthood means activ-
ity — that a quorum organization is a
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order to do things, not merely to study
about things. We stand foremost in
advocating that faith alone will not
save. Works are necessary, and no
man can do his full duty in any Priest-
hood capacity, member or official, in
any quorum who is content to sit on his
seat and listen only. He must be on
his toes doing things.

I was thrilled and thrilled with the
message of the First Presidency this
morning as it was delivered by Presi-
dent Clark. There were some things in
there relative to Priesthood that are
dear to those that are trying to help
Priesthood quorums in their work. Pres-
ident Clark referred to the family, what
it should do if it had an absent member
in the armed forces of the country, and
he referred to the quorums. Now,
brethren, may I say that as President
Clark indicated, any family that does
not communicate frequently, weekly, he
said, with its member, is failing in its
duty. Any quorum, we believe, and any
bishop at the head of the priests’ quorum
who does not write or have letters writ-
ten monthly on behalf of the quorum
to the ones that are absent, is fail-
ing also in his duty. Brethren, all we
need to do is to travel about the coun-
try on the crowded trains, keep our
eyes and our ears open, contact men
in uniform here and there, and lis-
ten to the stories of those of our
own boys who have been in the camps
to know that these boys are faced with
situations more tempting, more trying,
more severe, than they have ever before
faced in their lives; and would any quo-
rum permit any man, any member of
that quorum, to be without the assist-
ance that quorum can give? If the of-
ficers of any quorum fail in seeing that
that is done, they have failed in one of
their duties, I verily believe.

\\7e have heard this afternoon about
™ missionary work. May I say,
brethren, we are all called to be mis-
sionaries. The members of the Church
are all called to be missionaries, not
necessarily to give our time to pro-
claiming the word, the message of
Mormonism, which is defined as the
restored gospel of Jesus Christ in its

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fulness, but we are called upon to be
effective missionaries and perhaps the
most effective missionaries it is possible
for us to be, by being true in our lives
to the faith that we profess, and this is
not an easy thing. Perhaps never be-
fore in the history of the human family,
has the tempter had such power as he
has today. Perhaps never before, cer-
tainly not since I have known anything
about history, I believe, have the moral
standards of the people become so low,
as judged by our standards and our
points of view, as they are today. You
travel about on the trains. It used to be
that if one wanted to smoke he retired
to certain compartments, certain cars,
certain places in the train. Nowadays
it doesn’t make any difference where
you are, the air is blue with smoke, men
and women alike puffing — mothers,
grandmothers — I have seen them —
mothers with small children puffing to-
bacco smoke. It makes you sick. And
what else do they do? Brethren and
sisters, President Clark spoke of the
evils of drink. They are openly, in
these trains, everywhere drinking their
liquor. Now the conditions that pre-
vail in the camps, the cantonments, and
the places where our boys in uniform
are working and training, are the con-
ditions that are set according to the
standards of a sinful world, and our
boys are there. Will we try to help
this situation? Will we try to get those
boys — and there are hundreds of them
who have returned from foreign mis-
sions — so impressed that they will feel
obligated to continue their missionary
work by living according to the teach-
ings and standards of the Church? We
must do this, brethren. We must do it
or fail in a duty.

Now, may I say that all of us here
know absolutely, undoubtedly we know
absolutely, that this is the work of the
Lord. If the work of the Lord lags, it
is because we are lagging in our duty.
If the work of the Lord fails, it is be-
cause we fail in our duty; but to fail
in our duty is to do something in the
light of our testimony that is positively
absurd, perfectly ridiculous, absolutely
foolish; to know that this is the work of


the Lord and that the plan we teach is according to the plan we teach. To be

the plan that will lead into the celestial sure, the plan we teach, if followed, will

kingdom if we follow it unto the very yield more joy, more satisfaction, more

end, and then deliberately, through our real pleasure in life than any other; but

foolishness, through our weakness, yet, we must remember that it isn’t easy

through our indifference, st£p aside to live that plan, because of our environ-

from that plan, out of the path, and thus ment, because of our temptations, be-

endanger our admittance into the celes- cause of our weaknesses,

tial kingdom and therefore endanger our I pray God that He will help us —

achieving the great reward that we will that He will strengthen us, will give us

receive if we are true and faithful, is to wisdom and strength and courage and

do something that in the light of ration- all that we need to keep us active in His

ality is perfectly absurd, knowing that work, that we may realize the joys that

the gospel is true. But, brethren, we come to us as a result of obedience and

are in a world of temptation. We must faithfulness, and I ask it all in the name

not get an idea that it is easy to live of Jesus Christ. Amen.


Second Counselor in the First Presidency

Tomorrow afternoon, in this building, will be held one of the greatest
Fast meetings possibly ever held in the Church or in the world. To aid in
carrying that forward with the least possible friction we now ask some of
the Presidents of High Priests Quorums to come forward immediately fol-
lowing the dismissal of this meeting to receive some definite instructions.

The congregation joined in singing the hymn, "Do What Is Right."
President Walter Miller of the Western Canadian Mission offered
the closing prayer.

Conference adjourned until 7 o’clock p.m.


The third session of the Conference convened promptly at 7 o’clock
p.m., Saturday evening, October 3.

President David O. McKay, who conducted the services, announced
that the congregation would sing the hymn, "How Firm A Foundation."

After the singing of this hymn, the invocation was offered by Elder
Leslie F. Merrill, President of the Franklin Stake.

The congregation then sang the hymn, "God Moves In A Mysterious


Second Counselor in the First Presidency

Elder J. Spencer Cornwall, you will notice, is leading the singing to-
night; Elder Wade N. Stephens is at the organ.

Under the direction or advice of his physician President Grant has



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taken a rest this afternoon and in all probability will not be with us tonight.
We feel that he is wise in thus conserving his strength.


Of the Council of the Twelve Apostles

Wiile sitting here upon the stand,
realizing that I might be called
upon to speak, I have wondered
what I might be able to say that would
be germane to this occasion, something
in which we might all be interested and
possibly be profited. I have come to
this conclusion, brethren, that everyone
of us is a candidate for the blessings of
eternal life and exaltation, and that
nothing short of a fulness of glory will
satisfy us after this life. That suggests
that we have something to do while we
live here upon the earth and should not
forget the purpose of our being here —
the goal of our existence and that which
we desire to attain. And if we attain
eternal life, brethren of the Priesthood,
it will be through the Church and the
gospel of Jesus Christ with the Holy

The Savior said to Nicodemus, a
ruler of the Jews, "Except a man be
born of the water and of the Spirit, he
cannot enter into the kingdom of God."
We are all on common ground again in
that we have, all of us, been born again
of the water and of the spirit and have
entered the kingdom of God on earth
and have received our membership in
this way. Where we have received
blessings of this character from the
Lord, the saving ordinances of the gos-
pel, there is always a covenant of faith-
fulness attached. And so we might ask
what is the covenant that we have en-
tered into in receiving the gospel. I can
say for myself when I received baptism
I was placed under a covenant that I
would henceforth keep the command-
ments of God as fast as they are made
known unto me. This was done with
uplifted hand before God, angels, and
witnesses present.

I do not know to what extent that
practice obtained in the Church or how
long since it obtained in that particular
ward where I was born and where I
was baptized, but I have reached this

conclusion, brethren, that every person
that has been baptized into this Church
has received this covenant or has made
this covenant, if not verbally, the very
fact of accepting the gospel through
baptism, and confirmation, has made
this covenant. That responsibility rests
upon every member of the Church. We
hear people, sometimes, in praying, ask
the Lord to help us to keep the cove-
nants that we have made at the waters
of baptism. I know of no other cove-
nant that we have made in entering the
Church through baptism, and that is
very important, brethren. The gospel,
with our membership in the Church and
kingdom of God here on earth, is one
of the greatest blessings that our Father
in heaven has to give, and necessarily
a solemn covenant of faithfulness should
be exacted.

• Another thing, we all hold the Mel-
chizedek Priesthood. In this we are on
common ground; and in receiving this
Priesthood on the same principle we
have entered into a solemn oath and
covenant with God our Father that we
will magnify that Priesthood, and He
with us, that all He has shall be given
unto us. Most of these brethren hold
offices that grow out of the Priesthood,
and in order to magnify the Priesthood
we will have to magnify these offices
which we hold.

We have had the privilege and many
of us have accepted the privilege of go-
ing to the temple and receiving the holy
endowments, and there we are told that
they are to prepare us to enter into the
celestial kingdom and to receive an ex-
altation therein. But we have to enter
into covenants of faithfulness; and any
man who desires to be faithful and in-
tends to be faithful in keeping the com-
mandments of God will not be afraid
to make covenants of faithfulness. Now
be it known that a man cannot go to the
temple to receive those endowments un-



til he has received the Melchizedek
Priesthood and that makes the receiving
of the Melchizedek Priesthood a condi-
tion of salvation, to every male member
of the Church. We have had the privi-
lege, many of us, of going to the temple,
having first received the Melchizedek
Priesthood, and receive certain sealing
ordinances there, entering into the new
and everlasting covenant of marriage,
and it is in that covenant that the great-
est blessings that our Father has to give
to us are given. Those who have at-
tained those higher blessings, that is
husband and wife sealed for time and

eternity, they are to have an offspring,
an eternal increase. It is unthinkable
that that condition could be obtained
outside of the marriage relations that the
Lord hath ordained. Priesthood is nec-
essary in order to receive those bless-
ings. We ought then, brethren, to ap-
preciate this Priesthood which God has
permitted us to hold and keep all the
covenants we have entered into with the
Lord, and be prepared for that which
we hope to receive when we have fin-
ished this brief period upon this earth.
May God help us to this end, I pray, in
the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.


Of the Council of the Twelve Apostles

Almost every day we hear it said,
or read it, that we are living in a
changing world. I don’t believe
many of the people who use that phrase
have any very clear idea about what
they mean by it. It sounds good,
seeming to imply a penetrating insight
into the portent of the times, no matter
how nebulous or muddy the thinking
behind it may be, so it is freely used.

But I don’t want to talk about that.
A companion phrase is that we can’t
go back — we’ll never go back to things
as they were before. Well, the man
who finds himself finally hanged on the
gallows is the man who, when he got
started off wrong, wouldn’t go back.
My judgment is that when we get
started on the wrong way the sooner
we turn back the better. The whole
doctrine of repentance assumes a turn-
ing back from wrong to right.

But I don’t want to go into that,
either. I merely want to remind you
that, amid all the changes in an ever-
changing world there are some immut-
able things which do not change. They
are as steadfast and unchanging as the
heavens, which are the same now as
when the first man looked out upon
them. They are the basis of the moral
order of the world which is the founda-
tion upon which our civilization itself
is built. The task of today is to pre-
serve, though all else change, man’s al-

legiance, unshaken, to those eternal

The Ten Commandments, for in-
stance. They cannot be abrogated
without abrogating the moral order of
the world, shaking down the very foun-
dations upon which our civilization
rests. They set forth the law of life
and can never be outmoded or rendered
obsolete while life endures. They are of
just as much binding force today as they
were on the day when they were spoken
with the voice of thunder out of the
clouds on Sinai. They can no mere
be violated without disastrous conse-
quences than one can violate any law
governing in the physical world with-
out being visited with the inescapable

A s I listened to the powerful message
of the Presidency, delivered this
morning, I was impressed with the im-
portance of that idea. From that mes-
sage, if we were attentive to it, we
learned that as to basic things there is
no middle ground. Either we live by
them or we pay the penalty of de-
parture from their inexorable com-
mands. They are not subject to modi-
fication or interpretation, but stand
wholly as given, to be accepted in whole
and lived completely.

It is the same with the basic things
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Either a thing is, or it is not. To il-
lustrate: This Church is founded upon
the proposition that Jesus Christ is the
Son of God, that through His mediation
it became possible for us to attain im-
mortality and eternal life. We cannot
deviate from that. He is the Son of the
Living God, the author of our salva-
tion, and must be accepted in that light
solely and completely. The whole
structure of our own Church revolves
about that basic fact. We say that the
God of heaven came down in answer
to the prayer of a boy and that He
brought with Him a personage whom
He introduced as His son, and He com-
manded that praying boy to hear His
Son. And out of the teachings which
were then given, and followed up by
subsequent instructions, this Church
was established. Now, that admits of
no explanation, of no modification.
Either those things happened or they

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did not happen. There is no middle
ground; and if they did not happen then
we have nothing, because our whole
structure is foundationed upon that as-
sumed fact. We accept it as a fact, and
we may not temporize with it, try to
explain it away, modify it, or liberalize
about it. It stands as the basic thing
upon which our whole faith is founded.
And our whole system of belief exacts
of us that we accept those basic truths,
without modification or change. As
with the moral order of the world so
those things may not be changed. They
are as binding today as when they were
first declared by the voice of God out
of the heavens, and they will never

May God grant that we may hold
steadfastly to them and that we may
order our lives so that we shall not find
occasions to depart from them, I pray
in the name of Jesus. Amen.


Assistant to the Council of the Twelve Apostles

Ye are a chosen generation, a royal
priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar peo-
ple; that ye should shew forth the praises
of him who hath called you out of dark-
ness into his marvelous light. (I Peter 2:9)

No one can look into the faces of
this extraordinary body of men
and partake of the spirit present
without being conscious that there is
here a power not usually felt in gather-
ings of like numbers.

The source of this power is, of
course, the Priesthood. Each of us
bearing the Priesthood, as we do, there
should be power in our gatherings, for
as Peter wrote to the Saints in his day,
so with equal truth it may be said of
us, we "are a chosen generation, a roy-
al Priesthood," and it is our calling
and opportunity to "shew forth the
praises of him who hath called us out
of darkness unto his marvelous light."
All who have received the gospel
have come from darkness into light,
but we, who have been invited to this
conference, have been called, also, to
leadership in the Priesthood; to be of-
ficers in the government of God; to re-

sponsibility in a well-defined field of
action in which no one else can func-
tion so long as we hold the appoint-

Yesterday, the responsibility of lead-
ership was borne by our fathers; to-
morrow, it will rest upon our children;
today, it is ours. It is now that ‘ we
should feel the weight of our callings.

As we labor in the Church, two ob-
servations force themselves upon us.
One is that there is great strength and
devotion among the membership of the
Church. No one can visit among the
branches, wards, and stakes and see the
amount of work that is done and the
time freely given to service in the ac-
tivities of the Priesthood quorums and
auxiliaries without being impressed
with this strength and devotion. It
makes one, with the spirit of this lat-
ter-day work, thrill to be a part of it.

The other observation is of quite a
different nature. It comes when the
individual records of members are ex-
amined. They show that in nearly
every Priesthood quorum in the
Church there is a large percentage of
our brethren ‘who count the high honor



of being ordained to the Priesthood as
a thing of naught; who enjoy not its
blessings because they magnify not
their callings. If they continue in their
course, they stand in jeopardy of losing
their right to the Priesthood.

I call these well-known facts to
your attention, because I am persuaded
that if this great host of inactive breth-
ren are ever to be awakened, if they
are ever to be called again "out of
darkness into His marvelous light," it
must be done by more effective action
on the part of Priesthod quorum presi-
dencies and their committees.

HThe Priesthood quorum is an indis-
A pensable unit of the Church. The
presidencies of Priesthood quorums
have the responsibility to see that every
member of their quorums honors his
calling in the Priesthood, and they, with
their quorum committees, can labor
with every member if they but have
"the will so to do." Instructions as to
how to proceed have been and will be
given. They should be studied and
followed, in order that our activities
may be purposeful; but no instructions,
and no program, can take the place of
"A Will To Do."

We Priesthood officers must shake
off our apathy. With the prize of eter-
nal life for our brethren and ourselves
at stake, we must not falter. The Priest-
hood we bear is not of men. Joseph
Smith the Prophet received it direct
from heavenly messengers. He was in-
structed by them, and he labored with
all the energy of his soul to carry out
those instructions.

We bear the same Priesthood he
bore; we are called to service in that
Priesthood as was he; and we must
discharge the responsibilities laid upon
us in like manner, if we would share
with him in the rewards. Unto us the
Lord has said:

Wherefore, now let every man learn his
duty, and to act in the office in which he is
appointed, in all diligence.

He that is slothful shall not be counted
worthy to stand, and he that learns not his
duty and shows himself not approved shall
not be counted worthy to stand. (D. & C.

Would that every officer in the

Priesthood quorums could approach
his labors with the spirit and determina-
tion of Nephi. When his brothers
murmured about going for the brass
plates, saying it was a hard thing that
was required of them, he said to his
father :

I will go and do the things which the
Lord hath commanded, for I know that the
Lord giveth no commandments unto the
children of men, save he shall prepare a way
for them that they may accomplish the
thing which he commandeth them. (I Nephi

Then after Laman’s futile attempt to
obtain the plates, and he and Lemuel
were about to return to their father,
Nephi said:

As the Lord liveth, and as we live, we will
not go down unto our father in the wilder-
ness until we have accomplished the thing
which the Lord hath commanded us. (I
Nephi 3:15)

Observe that he did not complain
that the assignment was difficult, that
he had other work which took all his
time, that they had done the best they
could, nor that they had called on
Laban once and that it would be use-
less to call on him again. What he said
was that, "As the Lord liveth … we
will not go . . . until we have accom-
plished the thing which the Lord hath
commanded us."

‘T’he manner in which he obtained the
A plates is a familiar story, as is the
manner in which he obtained wild game
for food when all their bows were
broken. Everything he set his hand
to do in righteousness, he accomplished.
Why? Because he had the faith, and the
courage, and the "will to do" what the
Lord required of him, until finally he
could say, when his brothers ridiculed
him for undertaking to build the ship:

If God had commanded me to do all
things, I could do them. If he should com-
mand me that I should say unto this water,
be thou earth, it would be earth; and if I
should say it, it would be done. (I Nephi

The Lord help us, in this Priesthood
quorum activity, to approach our work
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indeed be " a chosen generation, a royal
Priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people"; and that we may by our works

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"shew forth the praises of him who
hath called" us "out of darkness into
his marvelous light," I pray.


Of the Council of the Twelve Apostles

Throughout the precious message
we received from the First Presi-
dency, the spirit of Isaiah and
Jeremiah, like a golden thread, was in
evidence. A true prophet is never
popular, because he reproves and de-
nounces, with equal vigor and equal
impartiality and justice, the iniquities of
the rich and the unrighteousness of the

In this solemn and troubled hour there
is an urgent need for the people every-
where to rededicate themselves to God,
home, and country. The world is wan-
dering in the wilderness because it is not
baptized into the obedience that makes
men free. We have been walking
proudly, with assumed confidence, as
though we were on adamant or the
foundations of the world. Really we
have been rolling along on parchment
beneath which glowed a lake of fire.
Lo, we have plunged into the inferno,
this terrible inferno of war.

Joshua, the great ruler in Israel, re-
dedicated himself in this way: "Choose
you this day whom ye will serve; . . . but
as for me and my house, we will serve
the Lord." If this nation would refresh
its soul with this reconsecration, if the
world would awaken and free itself
from the fearful enslavement of sin, then
the peace of Christ would dawn upon
the world, and men, instead of killing
each other, would love and save their

As I regard it, the home is the funda-
mental, essential unit of civilized so-
ciety. For the instruction of our chil-
dren we are depending too much on our
Sunday Schools, Primaries, and other
auxiliary associations, yea, and on the
day school. We are willing that our
children should receive instructions,
much of them unknown to us, while we
sit placidly by in our homes, and feel
that the teaching of our children, thrown
onto other shoulders, is a relief. This

will end in disaster. The home is the
place where character is formed and
where faith in God is strengthened.

Let us not delude ourselves; let us not
lay the flattering unction to our souls,
that if we complain at rulers and leaders
our duty is ended. Before God every
father in Israel is a ruler in the sense of
the Lord’s definition of the spirit of the
Priesthood. A man is a ruler in his
house, and he will be held accountable
for the manner and the character of his
rule. If in justice and love and patience
he exercises his authority, having rev-
erence for the dreams of youth, there
will be no need for so many public ex-
hortations on the Word of Wisdom,
for liquor and other forbidden things
will not be found in the home of "one
that ruleth well his own house." I be-
lieve that all evils are of a family. Im-
morality is a brother to drunkenness.

With firm assurance we will magnify
our calling and rededicate ourselves to
the service of God. The General Au-
thorities of the Church, stake presidents,
and bishops hold dominion, righteous
dominion, under the awful hand of God,
and to Him they are accountable for
their overseership.

God bless our country. God bless
our homes. In properly conducted
homes the children are builded up in
character, in faith, in the principles of
the gospel. A nation in which such
training abounds shall increase in glory
from day to day. The delight of such a
nation will be not in shedding blood,
not to conquer by might or physical
power, but to conquer the world in the
spirit of Christ along the lines of justice
and mercy.

And in the love of Christ we ‘will walk
under His banner and bring souls unto
Him whose glorious coming is nigh, and
he will reign as King of kings and Lord
of lords. This is my prayer in the name
of Jesus Christ. Amen.




Of the First Council of the Seventy

IT is a thrilling sight, brethren, to stand
here and look into your faces, so
many fine and wonderful men, many
of whom I know personally. I hope that
you will give me your faith and prayers
that the very few minutes that I occupy
of your time I may be prompted by the
Lord in what I say.

Some of you were amused at the last
conference in April when I remarked
that we needed a few seventies to give
the congregation complexion. Tonight
we have a large representation of that
group of the Melchizedek Priesthood.
Unless it might be the high councilmen
of the stakes who are present, perhaps
the presidents of seventies quorums
form the largest group here, and we who
*tand at their head pledge to the Presi-
dency of this Church the loyal support
of that group of men.

If you will read the 107th Section of
the Doctrine and Covenants you will
learn that they have a very special call-
ing. Their calling is to walk behind the
Council of the Twelve in carrying the
message of redemption to the people of
the world; and if the Church didn’t have
that charge and that calling I think this
group never would have been organized
in the Church at all.

We try to impress upon every man
who is ordained into the seventies quo-
rums that that is his calling and that if
he will not exercise that function he has
no right to come into this group of men.
They should be the missionaries of the
Church. They should be the predomi-
nating element in any missionary group
in the Church. Now we have two min-
istries of that type, the foreign mission
ministry and a stake mission ministry,
all of the same type and class except in
some minor details, and we now are in-
terested very much in that stake mission
work of this Church. It is proving to
be such a wonderful and magnificent
work that we are overjoyed with the
success that we have realized in the
past. But we are worried now, breth-
ren, because we note a falling off in that

effort. We are short this year about
six hundred missionaries as compared
with last year. We are short from the
seventies six or seven percent of that
missionary group. We would like to
ask you presidents who are here when
you return to use your influence in re-
cruiting from your ranks other seventies
who can go into that work.

XTow, there is no more magnificent
• work in the Church than to testify
that Christ our Lord came to earth to
redeem mankind, and that is the very
special calling of you brethren, the
seventies. You testify to that by word
of mouth, but you also do it by the ex-
ample which you live. And perhaps of
the two the more potent is the example
that one sets. We believe that the
reason that conversions are made among
the stakes of Zion more easily than in
outside countries is that the people of
the Church live the principles of the
gospel and that there is radiated from
them a light which people not of our
faith can see, and perhaps see more
readily than we ourselves; so we ask
you who are missionaries in this stake
work, as well as foreign countries, to
show by your lives that there is power
and efficacy and virtue in the gospel of
Jesus Christ.

We appeal to the bishops and the
presidencies of stakes to give us the men
and the women we need for this work.
They are just as essential as any other
work we undertake, and we are depen-
dent upon you brethren to supply them
for us. All our stake mission presidents
can do in that respect is to ask for a
group. It is your problem to supply
them. And be not afraid, brethren, to
give us men of quality and capabilities
especially adapted to this work. They
are much more successful than the ones
who have had no experience, who have
no liking for the work. A man to be a
successful missionary must have his
heart and soul in that work. We pray
that you will give us the type of men
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Now, in this particular emergency
which has lessened our group, we are
finding that our wives and our daughters
are one of our most effective missionary
elements. If you can’t supply us men,
increase our numbers by giving us good
women. We will take excellent care
of them. We will give them an oppor-
tunity that they cannot have otherwise,
likely — an experience which will broad-
en them and strengthen them and help
them. Those of them who are unmar-
ried will make better mothers, and those
of them who are already mothers will
go to the work with an experience that
will qualify them for it.

Brethren, it is an important work and
we have that responsibility. It is the

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charge that has been given to the
Twelve in every age when the gospel
has been established, and it is our
greatest purpose to carry to people who
have not learned of the truth a light
which will lead them back into the pres-
ence of God our Heavenly Father. Will
you, then, give us the aid and the sup-
port that we need that this work may
not falter; that it may not go forth halt-
ingly but that it may go with a tread so
firm that nothing can impede its pro-
gress and that many people may be gar-
nered into the Church to receive of these
wonderful benefits and blessings of
which we have heard this evening.

God bless you all I pray in the name
of Jesus. Amen.


Of the First Council of the Seventy

The Lord has said, "I have warned
you and forewarned you" — He
has warned us again today
through His servants. Perhaps some of
us will continue to say that there is a
tomorrow when we will repent and lead
a finer life, but we all know that as far
as each one of us is concerned the time
comes when for us there is no tomor-
row. The Lord has also said that today
Is the time to repent.

You remember that the Lord told His
prophet, Noah, that he should go out
and warn the people and tell them of
the coming destruction. But the people,
seemingly because they thought there
would always be a tomorrow and be-
cause the floods did not come that day
or the next day, thought they would
never come; therefore, they ridiculed
the prophets and went their way. But
the floods came and they were de-
stroyed, because they would not listen
to the prophets of the Lord.

I remember hearing a story of a man
who had just lost his oldest son. The
father was not a very religious man.
In fact, he had disregarded most of the
Lord’s commandments. Because of his
son’s being called to the other side, a
good man went into the house to talk
with the father and to the family. The
son had been unfaithful in every way.

He had been disobedient unto his par-
ents, to his country, to his God. As the
good man talked with the father and the
family, the father said, "I think that this
is a time for prayer." Perhaps we all
think that only when the emergency
comes to us it is the time to pray. The
efficiency of a prayer is dependent on
the type of life we have lived and the
way we have made progress upon the
earth. When the time comes for the
summons, to ourselves or to our family,"
if we have not repented, if we have not
done the things that should have been
done, the praying comes rather late.

I trust, brethren, that as we continue
traveling along the way of life, we will
try to do the things that God through
His servants wants us to do. The time
is short and there is no telling when it
might be too late for us to repent and
do the things that we ought to do. It is
very easy in an emergency, such as we
have in war today, to build big build-
ings and to make steel and to make air-
planes and to build hospitals. Perhaps
we can do these things in a material
way, but we cannot all of a sudden
build character, build decent homes, or
have a family who have such confidence
in us that they will listen to our words
and listen to the words of the servants
of the Lord,



May we be humble as we live upon
the earth. May we repent of our sins.
May we take this message seriously as

it comes to us today, and live better and
finer than we have ever lived before, I
humbly pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Of the First Council of the Seventy

One of the most important docu-
ments that I have read is the
message which was delivered by
the First Presidency last spring. Today
we have had another equally impor-
tant message. These brethren are in-
spired of the Lord. I don’t know where
we could find such writing outside of
Holy Writ itself, and to me it is Holy
Writ. We have been called to keep
the commandments of God and to walk
uprightly before Him. If this great
body of Priesthood will yield to the per-
suasion of these brethren and set the
proper example, there will certainly be
an influence for good in this great land
that never has been felt before, for here
is the strength of God, the strength of
the Holy Priesthood, vested in this

I often think of the words of the
great Solomon who said, "As a man
thinketh in his heart, so is he." Men
who have it in their hearts to keep the
commandments of God, will keep them.
They will not commit adultery who say
and feel that it is a sin akin to murder, a
thing the Lord has said we shall not do.
Such men will not steal, they will not
lie, they will not bear false witness, or
violate the Sabbath day. Men will not
leave the work of God undone if they
feel in their hearts that it is the thing
for them to do.

Brethren, there never was a time that
was more opportune for us than right
now. There will never be another
time when we will be enjoying this
earthly existence. This is your day
and mine. We will never go through
this world again as we are now. We
are here writing our history. We write
it every day and there can be no change
As we write it, that is the way it will
be. We write it by our lives. No mat-
ter what our vocation is, no matter
where we are, there is nothing that will
build us more surely and make us

stronger than an assurance that we
have the truth. As we work in our
fields or in our homes, in our shops 01
in our offices, let us keep in mind this
thought: This is the work of God that
I am engaged in.

I know that the Lord, our Eternal
Father, appeared to Joseph Smith and
introduced to him the Savior of the
world and said unto him, "This is
my beloved Son — hear Him." If we
will keep in our minds all the time that
the Priesthood of the Son of God is in
the earth and that the same leadership
that was introduced to the Prophet
Joseph Smith is here; if we will reflect
constantly upon the high standard of
living and teachings that have been
ours from the days of Joseph until now;
and if we will remember that there has
never been a wavering in any way in
the leadership of this Church, we can-
not help feeling in our hearts and souls
that this is the work of God. If we
do that we will be strong and we will
be able to carry on as the Lord would
have us do. We will not be weak,
and we will not be tossed to and fro
by every wind of doctrine, but we will
feel in olir hearts to know the truth.
We will understand the course we
should take and the opinion that we
should express; we will know that we
are the Lord’s chosen people.

I am thankful for the testimony that
I have, for the privilege of laboring in
a small way in this great Church of
Christ on this earth in this dispensation;
I rejoice that I have been permitted to
take a part in building this western com-
monwealth. I know that is the feeling
of every true Latter-day Saint. I pray
the Lord to bless the leadership of this
Church, for this Church is led by a
prophet of the living God who was
raised up for this very purpose. He
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pression of that code of living which, I
want to say to you brethren, commands
the respect of all honorable men and
women everywhere when they become
acquainted with the facts and know us
as we are. These are the things we

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should keep in our minds, and if we
do, we will not be weak and we will
not fail, but we will die worthy men,
Latter-day Saints in full fellowship. To
this end I pray, in the name of Jesus.

The congregation arose and joined in singing, "Go Ye Messengers
Of Glory." (Words by John Taylor).


Of the Council of the Twelve Apostles

WE certainly have had a glorious
time today. From the first prayer
that was offered, the first hymn
sung, this house has been the abiding
place of the Spirit of the Lord. Those
of us who have assembled have un-
doubtedly been enriched by the experi-
ences through which we have passed.
Reference has been made to the fact
that recently one of the brethren had
visited some of our shrines, if we may
call them shrines, and that reminds me
that within the last year I have been at
the birthplace of the Prophet Joseph
Smith. It is just about the same size
village as it was when he was born. I
have been at Kirtland, Ohio, where the
Latter-day Saints built a temple. It is
the largest building in that section of
the country now, and Kirtland is a vil-
lage shrunk to the point that it no longer
has a post office. I also have been at
Far West where there were three thou-
sand of our people, when they were
driven out, and there are only three
buildings on the tract of land that we
referred to as Far West — only three,
and very poor buildings at that. I have
been thinking also of other places where
our people lived, where they have de-
veloped lands and built houses, and then
were compelled to leave their homes and
go away. Independence. Missouri, is
no larger in point of population, or little
larger, than it was a hundred years ago
The section of country around Nauvoo
Is just a village. Nauvoo, when the
Saints were driven out, was a city of
more than twenty thousand people, and
today it has neither a streetcar nor a
railroad train, and its population does
not exceed one thousand people. Our

people came out of the world because
they were compelled to come. It was
a choice between the world and the
wilderness, but see what the Lord
wrought and see how He has fulfilled
His promise.

"Seek ye first the kingdom of God
and his righteousness; and all things
will be added unto you."

You will find no place even today.
In all America, no house of worship,
equal to the house you are sitting in
now, in point of convenience and the
ability to hear the voices of those who
speak. I know of no city more beauti-
fully laid out, in all America, than this
with its one hundred forty thousand
population, and we have other fine
cities. The Lord brought us here when
it was a wilderness, and He has made
it delightful to dwell in. Surely we are
grateful for our heritage.

This morning the patriarch to the
Church was introduced to you. His
remarkable lineage is worth tracing. He
is a son of one of the mighty apostles
of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
day Saints. He is the grandson of one
of the great presidents of the Church.
He is a great-grandson of Hyrum Smith,
the martyr, who was the brother of the
Prophet Joseph Smith, who gave his
life with his brother that this gospel
might be kept in the world. He is a
great-great-grandson of Joseph Smith,
Senior, the first patriarch in the Church
of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to
be so designated, and the first man to
receive the testimony of Joseph Smith
the Prophet that he had beheld a heav-
enly vision and had listened to the
voice of an angel.



Every family that came into the
Church in the early days and remained
faithful has enjoyed rich blessings that
could be obtained in no other way. The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints is not just another church. It is
His Church who gave it His name. The
gospel of Jesus Christ is the loving ad-
vice of a kind and Heavenly Father
who, knowing the end from the begin-
ning, says, "This is the pathway — walk
in it, and ye shall find the celestial king-
dom," and there is no other pathway
that leads to that kingdom.

Where are those who left the Church
about the time of the martyrdom of the
Prophet Joseph Smith expecting to de-
velop a church and lead the people?
What has happened to them? I made a
mental note while sitting here of the
failure of James J. Strang, Sidney Rig-
don, Jason W. Briggs, James H. Gur-
ley, Lyman Wight, Granville Hedrick,
and I might name others but I will not
take time. What became of them and
where are their followers today? You
could put all of them that make any
claim to following those men, in this
building and they would be lost. This
is only one of the great structures of
the Church with which you are iden-
tified that if it were required could be
filled many, many times over, not by
all the people, but by the Priesthood

f AM thankful for my membership
*■ in this, the Church of Jesus Christ
I think that nobody could be more
thankful than I or more grateful for
parents and grandparents who were
faithful Latter-day Saints. We must
not forget that when we see all the
richness of our lives we can’t separate
it from the righteousness of our moth-
ers. It is a wonderful thing to know,
as Nephi of old, who said he was born
of goodly parents — he didn’t say just
a goodly father. He was born of good-
ly parents, and we would do well when
we think of our blessings to remember
our mothers and our grandmothers and
our great-grandmothers. Wherever
there was a great leader in Israel there
was a great wife or mother or both who
stood by his side. I am thankful to b§

here with you. It is a blessed privilege.

That was a marvelous message that
was received this morning from the
Presidency of the Church — you can’t
duplicate it in any other church in the
world; and you can’t think of anything
that would be desirable to enrich the
Church and to prepare us for a place
in the celestial kingdom that was not
included in that message. A marvelous
gathering of facts and figures and ad-
vice and counsel that we would all do
well to listen to and profit by.

Now tonight we are here in peace
and quiet. The world is on fire. Every-
where peace has been taken from the
earth, and the devil has been given
power over his own dominion. God
has said if we will honor Him and keep
His commandments — if we will ob-
serve His laws He will fight our battles
and destroy the wicked, and when the
time comes He will .come down in
heaven— not from heaven — but He will
bring heaven with Him — and this earth
upon which we dwell, will be the celes-
tial kingdom.

What if all the world knew and be-
lieved that? What a change there
would be in the conditions among the
children of men! What joy would be in
the place of sorrow and distress today!
It is your duty and mine, having re-
ceived this information, to impart it to

We are a little handful of people
among the children of men, but possess-
ing the only key to exaltation in the
celestial kingdom of our Heavenly Fa-
ther. I wonder if we appreciate it. If
we do we should evidence it by teach-
ing others. Let us set our homes in
order. Let our lights so shine that our
neighbors who are not of this Church
may see our upright lives and be con-
strained to glorify the name of the Lord.
Let us so adjust ourselves in our busi-
ness affairs that we will be known for
our virtues and for our integrity. Let
our homes be the abiding place of pray-
er and let our premises indicate that we
rejoice in living in our homes. Let us
set the example to the world that the
world needs, that of a choice, sweet,
wholesome surrounding in the place
that we call home.



Saturday. October 3

I am glad to be identified with this
group of men here tonight. I thank you,
my brethren, for the joy that has come
into my life as a result of this compan-
ionship. I have been privileged above
many other men in the world. I am
thankful for it. I am not inclined to
boast about it, but I do feel grateful to
my Heavenly Father that all my life I
have had the privilege of associating
with the best boys and girls and the
best men and women that I could find in
the world, and it has not been neces-
sary for me to seek my pleasure and
my company and my education among
those who are evil-minded. Tonight,

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with gratitude in my heart, and with
thanksgiving I associate with these men,
the General Authorities of the Church,
these men who preside over the stakes
and wards of Zion — these men who are
seeking to build the quorums of the
Priesthood as they ought to be- — thank-
ful that I belong to this group and pray
that as the days go on and as the op-
portunities are presented that I may
do my part. That I may be worthy of
this fellowship and this membership,
not only here but throughout the ages
of eternity, and that we may all be so
blessed I humbly pray, in the name of
Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.


Assistant to the Council of the Twelve Apostles

IT was a hundred years ago that
Stephen A. Douglas came to Nau-
voo to visit the Prophet Joseph. He
had previously been employed as coun-
sel in some litigation in which the Proph-
et was involved, and was a very warm
friend of his. As he surveyed that
lovely city, Nauvoo (in 1843 it was
the largest city in Illinois, with a popu-
lation upwards of twenty thousand peo-
ple) he saw the orderliness, the mag-
netic power that the Prophet seemed to
have with his people, and he is said to
have remarked that if he could command
the leadership that the Prophet Joseph
had, he would lead a group of people
to the Northwest and give up his politi-
cal career. He was then in the House
of Representatives in Washington.

There is one thing, however, that
Douglas seems to have overlooked.
We sang today "A Poor Wayfaring
Man of Grief." The Prophet Joseph
was in prison. Everything that he
possessed, apparently, was in the hands
of his enemies, but there was something
that was still within his own soul-
there was something that he still pos-
sessed that Stephen A. Douglas had
not recognized. He could, in the face
of his enemy, in the face of persecution
conscious of martyrdom — he could still
sing with Brother Taylor, at least in his
heart, that lovely hymn, a hymn of char-
ity, a hymn of kindness, a hymn of

forgiveness, even of his enemy. That
was something that Stephen A. Doug-
las didn’t detect. Stephen A. Douglas
didn’t detect, either, that same attitude
of spirit that the Prophet Joseph had.
when in Liberty Jail there came to him
through the revelation of Almighty God
that marvelous prayer in which he in-
structed the Priesthood, an injunction
that stands for you and me today:

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

By kindness, and pure knowledge, which
shall greatly enlarge the soul without hy-
pocrisy, and without guile —

Reproving betimes with sharpness, when
moved upon by the Holy Ghost; and then
showing forth afterwards an increase of
love toward him whom thou hast reproved,
lest he esteem thee to be his enemy;

That he may know that thy faithfulness
is stronger than the cords of death. (D. G C

Then in instruction to his people —
and mind you he was in prison, in a
dingy, dirty, prison, restrained as far
as the physical part of him was con-
cerned; everything taken away from
him, in the bigness of his soul he said:

Let thy bowels also be full of charity
towards all men, and to the household of
faith, and let virtue garnish thy thoughts
unceasingly; then shall thy confidence WBX



strong in the presence of God; and the doc-
trine of the priesthood shall distil upon thy
soul as the dews from heaven.

The Holy Ghost shall be thy constant
companion, and thy scepter an unchanging
scepter of righteousness and truth; and thy
dominion shall be an everlasting dominion,
and without compulsory means it shall flow
unto thee forever and ever. (D. & C. 121

It was this, my brethren, it was this
attribute that was manifest in Carthage
Jail that Stephen A. Douglas never felt.
He saw only, but he did not feel. That
is one reason why today it is recognized
by people around us that there is a big-
ness in the coming together, as we do
here on these occasions of the general
conference, but those who do not know
as we know do not sense the bigness of
this thing. They do not know what it

is that impels men to come hundreds
of miles in answer to a call such as this.
They do not know what it is that impels
men in our outlying stakes to give their
all, almost, for the benefit of their
brethren, to help build up their social
life, their physical life, and, above all,
their spiritual life. These are the things
that men do not realize when they come
in our midst. These are the things that
men did not realize when they came
to Nauvoo, in the days of the Prophet
Joseph. They saw merely the external,
not the internal; but there is a power
here that you and I feel, and we are
grateful to God tonight for it, for the
testimony that God has given us of the
divinity of this work, and I rejoice with
you in it with all my heart, in the name
of Jesus Christ. Amen.


First Counselor in the Presiding Bishopric

I would give almost anything I have
if I could fight away the timidity
that comes with this responsibility.
However, with that feeling, there is
with me the consciousness of the thou-
sands of sympathetic attitudes towards
us who have this responsibility in gen-
eral conference. If we did not enjoy
the music and the fine things that are
said here on these occasions, if we didn’t
have those at all, it would be worth
while just to grasp the hands of you
men and get the white of your eyes and
the spirit that you carry with you. I
want to take this occasion to express
my appreciation of the filial feeling that
you extend to us.

As we go about visiting you in the
different stakes, so far as some of us are
concerned, we wonder just how much
good we do. But there is one thing we
are sure about, and I have expressed it
more than once; we are sure of the fine
spirit that we get from you, and it is
not your fault if ^ve don’t take it else-
where. I am one of those who believe
that inspiration goes up the ladder as
well as down the ladder. I mean that
we expect and get inspiration and reve-
lation from our file leaders. It must be
that way— that’s the inspiration going

down the ladder. I am not unmindful,
however, of the inspiration that goes
up the ladder as you in your commun-
ities, your wards, and your stakes de-
velop things and perfect them; then we
who visit you get these ideas and par-
take of those influences. We are like
the bee who goes from flower to flower
sipping honey as we find it. Unless we
are altogether dead on our feet, we can-
not help scattering the pollen — the pre-
cious gems we find in your particular
stakes. Each one of us is made the
better by virtue of the attainments and
spirit of the rest of us.

I remember seeing, as a boy, a pack-
ing company’s advertisement that was
on the billboards of every city in the
United States. I can see that picture
now as vividly as if it were yesterday.
It was a herd of steers being crowded
into one can of \)tei extract. In other
words, in every can were vitamins of
the herd. Rather a rough comparison,
I agree, but in a sense isn’t each one of
us a soul of the virtues of all of us?

I am thoroughly convinced that one
of the great virtues of the Church is that
of visiting about and taking the honey,
if you please, from flower to flower.
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Saturday, October 3

Church alive. There is no question
about it. What concerns me right now
is that these contacts with one another
are going to be hampered. It is this
rubber situation. It is a challenge to
you. You have never had so many in-
roads on your organizations as now.
You have the boys leaving for the
army, you have people going to the
arms centers, and last but not least,
you have the people that are going
crazy over money. It is going to their
heads, and it is a sad picture.

ou have often heard it said, "Liber-
ty, liberty, how many crimes are
committed in thy name?" May I just
change that a little bit? "Oh, rubber, oh
tires, (the want of them), how many
crimes of omission are going to be com-
mitted in thy name?" If you are inactive,
if you are shirking your responsibilities,
you are going to blame it on the lack
of rubber, and while I love you and
hope you love me, I am not unmindful
of some of the conditions we find in the
stakes. We find people who are not as
active as they ought to be. They have
a testimony of the gospel, (at least they
think they have) , but it stops there. We
are not as active as we should be. I
often think of the old fellow down our
way who used to get up on fast days
and say, "I just can’t rest until I have
borne my testimony." The trouble
with him was that he bore his testimony
the first part of the meeting and then
went sound asleep and pretty nearly
snored his head off. Now are you do-
ing that? Am I doing it? It is one thing
to have a testimony and another thing
to do something about it. Don’t you
think that I have so little sense that I
am speaking disparagingly of the testi-
mony of a humble person. The Church
rests on that kind of faith. My mother
taught me at her knee just how impor-
tant that is.

To illustrate what I am driving at,
may I tell a story that was told to us
down in Lehi at a recent conference
there. A good patriarch said that he
was asked to take his saw and hammer
to the church and do some work. He
found the hammer, but he couldn’t find
the saw. He hunted all over for it,

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and finally his wife came to the rescue.
She said, "Now, Father, if I were you
I would think where I used that saw
last, and I believe I would hunt in
that place." Well, he went every-
where in search of the saw. He looked
high and low ever trying to think where
he last used the saw and praying that
he might be guided to the lost article.
He climbed on the roof — no saw in
sight. At that moment, when he was
about to despair, although it was a
breezeless day, a slight stir of the air
tipped the saw from the top of the chim-
ney. It whirled through the air and
stuck in the shingled roof a few feet
ahead of him like the alighting of an
arrow. In soliloquizing about this al-
most miraculous restoration, our patri-
arch remarked to us, "I thought I saw
the hand of the Lord in that saw. But,"
emphasized he, "I was dead sure the
Lord wanted me to see the hand of the
saw." Now, it is easier to see the hand
of the Lord in things than it is to see
the hand of the saw.

Someone has wisely said, "Many a
man has made a false step by standing
still." A good member of our Church
who is more skilful in the use of the
baton than he is in penmanship stated
that in giving the name of a hymn to
be sung as, "Sweet and Low," the
brother presiding announced it as,
"Sweat and Sow." Rather an odd
coincidence, but life is more "sweat and
sow" than it is "sweet and low." Do
some of us fish on the sand bar not-
withstanding the fact that the fish have
moved out with the river?

May I read in closing this piece called
"Blind People"?

This is an age of readjustment. Only
those capable of making quick changes fit
the times. Those with closed eyes and
closed minds are in for trouble. A blind
man wants the furniture in a room left un-
changed. Only then can he move about
with any degree of comfort and safety.
Change the setting, and he finds himself
bumping into things. No longer can he
move freely. In our Church there are many
men who act as if they were blind. They
too want no changes made. They worship
familiar patterns, and new ideas, new meth-
ods, new personalities cause them discom-



fort. Now is the time to remember the law
of the survival of the fittest. We survive
or we perish according to our adaptability
or inadaptability to our environment. Each
of us must ask, "What changes must I make
in my thinking to fit me to this new environ-

I am not in any sense fighting the idea
presented by Brother Bowen. I think
he is just as right as he can be. You

can’t change fundamentals. We have
people coming in all around us by the
thousands. What are you doing about
it? Are we going to absorb them, or
are they going to absorb us? It depends
on our attitude.

May the Lord help us to be broad-
minded and see the hand of the saw and
work our heads off. Amen.


Assistant to the Council of the Twelve Apostles

IT is a marvelous thing, my brethren,
to be numbered among the men who
have been called to act in the name
of God here on earth. There are one
hundred eleven thousand — slightly more
— men holding the Melchizedek Priest-
hood, divided into one thousand two
hundred six quorums. I suppose there
are five thousand of that number here
tonight, and you constitute the leaders
of the Church. As you know, my activ-
ity has been largely in the mission field.
Since returning from the Northwestern
States Mission, I have been assigned to
read every Priesthood quorum report in
this Church, and make notations as to
where these Priesthood quorums are
falling down. It has been an interesting
thing to me to note that for the month of
August just past, in activity, the high
priests quorum of the San Diego Stake
leads with eighty-two percent of its
members active. The lowest stake in
the high priests quorums runs only
twelve percent. All along between that
point of twelve percent and eighty-two
percent, the different quorums function.
Eighty-two percent would be a low per-
centage if the Priesthood really realized
the importance of their calling as God’s
representatives in their respective
places, I am sure.

In the seventies for August, Long
Beach Stake led with seventy-four per-
cent of the seventies active; in the low-
est stake only eight percent of the sev-
enties were active.

Of the elders in Juarez Stake fifty-
nine percent were active, and there were
two stakes that only had four percent
of their elders active.

^Tow it has been interesting in check-
■*■ ^ ing these reports to find that many
of the questions are not answered. They
are slurred over and the very reason
for those reports, of course, is to call
to the attention of the presidency of the
quorums wherein they are failing, and
it is the duty of every presidency of a
quorum to know his quorum members’
activity and to be closely associated
with them and be indeed a father to his
brethren and to show a great deal of in-
terest in them. I have noticed that prac-
tically nothing is being done with re-
spect to the request President Grant
made some years ago, that we work with
those who are addicted to liquor and to-
bacco; and I find in one quorum where
there are forty-four members ‘and not
one of them is reported as observing the
Word of Wisdom. Now, I think per-
haps the secretary has neglected to fill
in the answer in his hurry to get the job
over. In other quorums I find where a
third of the quorum members use liquor
and tobacco, I am sure that these things
are not pleasing to our Heavenly
Father. But if the quorum secretaries
would be more careful — if the presi-
dencies of quorums would check upon
these questions and the answers before
they sign the reports and see that they
are properly filled out and if quorums
would only send in their reports — we
have some quorums that haven’t sent
in their reports all this year, yet — to me
it is rather strange after laboring in the
mission field, and having one hundred
percent response when you ask the mis-
sionaries to do something, to come home
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that it runs as low as four percent who
are active in some stakes.

Brethren, the gospel is true. I know
it, and I love it. I love these men with
whom I associate. I love the stakes and
the wards, and the mission fields. I have
found, wherever I go among the stakes,
such a sweet spirit that I am sure things
are not reported that are happening
there, and it would be nice to have these
things on file in the head offices of the
Church where they can be checked upon

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and known. Surely much is being missed
I feel as I go amongst you and feel the
spirit in your stakes.

God bless us and help us to measure
up to this responsibility, that the men
who hold this Priesthood might act as
do their sons who spend their time in
the mission field and put in thirteen and
fourteen hours a day in doing something
about the responsibility which is theirs
is my prayer in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Second Counselor in the First Presidency

We shall now have the privilege and pleasure of hearing a message
from President J. Reuben Clark, Jr.

There was one other member of the General Authorities on the pro-
gram tonight, but his doctor, solicitous of his health, has advised that he
be not subjected to the strain of public speaking. That is Brother Sylvester
Q. Cannon. We should like to hear from him, but we want him to know
that we are solicitous of his health, and we will excuse him from this ex-
treme responsibility during this Conference. He knows he has our faith and
prayers for a complete recovery.

President Clark will now speak to us and we trust he will take all the
time that he feels impressed to occupy.


First Counselor in the First Presidency

I have been trying for a week
to relieve you of this experi-
ence, but Brother McKay, so kind,
so sweet, and so merciful, has been
perfectly adamant. So I stand be-
fore you here, not to preach, but to
counsel with you.

There is a great deal of misappre-
hension among our people regarding
the United Order. .

I have not been able to believe
that the United Order meant what
some people have thought it meant,
so within the last months I have spent
quite a little time reading the revela-
tions thereon, also reading our his-
tory, and at the same time giving
some consideration to a dissertation
which has been written regarding the

There is a growing — I fear it is
growing — sentiment that commun-
ism and the United Order are virtu-
ally the same thing, communism be-
ing merely the forerunner, so to
speak, of a reestablishment of the
United Order. I am informed that
ex-bishops, and indeed, bishops, who
belong to communistic organizations,
are preaching this doctrine. So I
thought that perhaps if I said just
a few words to you tonight regard-
ing the way I interpret the revela-
tions that are printed’ about this in
the Doctrine and Covenants (if
there are other revelations about the
Order, I do not know of them), I
thought if I said something about it,
it might be helpful. I recommend
that you, my brethren, read a few of
the Sections of the Doctrine and



Covenants which cover this matter,
beginning with Sections 42 and 51.
( See also Sections 70, 78, 82, 83, 85,
90, 92, 96, and 104. ) If you will go
over these sections, I feel sure that
you will find that my explanation of
the United Order will be substanti-
ally accurate.

Early Deviations

I may say to begin with, that in
practice the brethren in Missouri got
away, in their attempts to set up the
United Order, from the principles
set out in the revelations. This is
also true of the organizations set up
here in Utah after the Saints came to
the Valleys. So far as I have seen
there has been preserved only one
document that purports to be a legal
instrument used in connection with
the setting up of the United Order,
and that document is without date.
It is said to have been found among
the papers of Bishop Partridge. It
was a "lease-lend" document. You
may have heard that phrase before.
Under this instrument the Church
leased to Titus Billings a certain
amount of real estate and loaned him
a certain amount of personal prop-
erty. 1

This instrument is not in accord-
ance with the principle laid down in
the revelations touching upon the
United Order.

The basic principle of all the reve-
lations on the United Order is that
everything we have belongs to the
Lord; therefore, the Lord may call
upon us for any and all of the prop-
erty which we have, because it be-
longs to Him. This, I repeat, is the
basic principle. (D. &. C. 104:14-17,

One of the places in which some
of the brethren are going astray is
this: There is continuous reference
in the revelations to equality among

iSmith, Joseph, History of the Church, Vol. I, pp.

the brethren, but I think you will
find only one place where that equal-
ity is really described, though it is
referred to in other revelations. That
revelation (D. & C. 51:3) affirms
that every man is to be "equal ac-
cording to his family, according to his
circumstances and his wants and
needs." (See also D. & C. 82:17;
78:5-6.) Obviously, this is not a
case of "dead level" equality. It is
"equality" that will vary as much as
the man’s circumstances, his family,
his wants and needs, may vary.


In the next place, under the United
Order every man was called to con-
secrate to the Church all of the prop-
erty which he had; the real estate was
to be conveyed to the Church, as I
understand the revelations, by what
we would call a deed in fee simple.
Thus the man’s property became ab-
solutely the property of the Church.
(D. &C. 42:30; 72:15) Then the
bishop deeded back to the donor by
the same kind of deed, that is, in fee
simple, and also transferred to him
by an equivalent instrument, so far
as personal property was concerned,
that amount of real and personal
property, which, the two being taken
together, would be required by the
individual for the support of him-
self and his family "according to his
family, according to his circum-
stances and his wants and needs."
This the man held as his own prop-
erty. (D. & C. 42:32; 51:4-6; 83:3)

In other words, basic to the United
Order was the private ownership of
property, every man had his own
property from which he might se-
cure that which was necessary for the
support of himself and his family.
There is nothing in the revelations
that would indicate that this proper-
ty was not freely alienable at the
will of the owner. It was not con-



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templated that the Church should
own everything or that we should be-
come in the Church, with reference
to our property and otherwise, the
same kind of automaton, manikin,
that communism makes out of the in-
dividual, with the State standing at
the head in place of the Church.

Now, that part of a man’s prop-
erty which was not turned back to
him, if he had more than was needed
under this rule of "equality" already
stated, became the common property
of the Church, and that common
property was used for the support of
the poor of the Church. It is spoken
of in the revelations as the "residue"
of property. (D. & C. 42:34-36)

Land Portions

Furthermore, it was intended,
though apparently it did not work
out very well, that the poor coming
into Zion, and by Zion I mean, here,
Missouri — the poor coming into Zion
were to have given to them a "por-
tion" of land, which land was to be
either purchased from the Govern-
ment (and it was planned to pur-
chase large areas from the Govern-
ment), or purchased from individu-
als, or received as consecrations
from members of the Church. The
amount of this "portion" was to be
such as would make him equal to
others according to his circumstan-
ces, his family, his wants and needs.

The land which you received from
the bishop by deed, whether it was
part of the land which you, yourself,
had deeded to the Church, or wheth-
er it came as an out-right gift from
the Church as just indicated, and the
personal property which you re-
ceived, were all together sometimes
called a "portion" (D. & C. 51:4-6).
sometimes a "stewardship" ( D. & C.
104:11-12), and sometimes an "in-
heritance." (D. &C. 83:3)

As just indicated, there were oth-
er kinds of inheritances and stew-

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ardships than land or mere personal
property; for example, the Prophet
and others had a stewardship given
to them which consisted of the reve-
lations and commandments (D. & C.
70 : 1 -4 ) ; others had given to them a
stewardship involving the printing
house (D. & C. 104:29-30); another
stewardship was a mercantile estab-
lishment. ( D. & C. 1 04 : 39-42 )


I repeat that whatever a steward
realized from the portion allotted to
him over and above that which was
necessary in order to keep his family
under the standard provided, as al-
ready stated above, was turned over
by the steward to the bishop, and this
amount of surplus, plus the residues to
which I have already referred, went
into a bishop’s storehouse (D. & C. 51 :
13 and citations above), and the mate-
rials of the storehouse ‘were to be used
in creating portions, as above indicated,
for caring for the poor (D. & C. 78:3) ,
the widows and orphans ( D. & C. 83 :
6) , and for the elders of the Church en-
gaged in the ministry, who were to pay
for what they received if they could, but
if not, their faithful labors should an-
swer their debt to the bishop. (D. & C.
72:11 ff)

Other Institutions

Now, as time went on and the system
developed, the Lord created two other
institutions besides the storehouse: one
was known as the Sacred Treasury, in-
to which was put "the avails of the
sacred things in the treasury, for sacred
and holy purposes." While it is not
clear, it would seem that into this treas-
ury were to be put the surpluses which
were derived from the publication of the
revelations, the Book of Mormon, the
Pearl of Great Price, and other similar
things, the stewardship of which had
been given to Joseph and others. (D. &
C. 104:60-66)

The Lord also provided for the cre-
ation of "Another Treasury," and into
that other treasury went the general



revenues which came to the Church,
such as gifts of money and those reven-
ues derived from the improvement of
stewardships as distinguished from the
residues of the original consecrations
and the surpluses which came from the
operation of their stewardships. (D. &
C. 72:11 ff)

The foregoing is the general outline
as it is gathered frdm the revelations
of the law of the United Order which
the Lord spoke of as "my law." (D. &
C. 44:6; 51 : 15) There are passages in
the revelations which, taken from their
context and without having in mind the
whole system, might be considered as
inconsistent with some of the things
which I have set out, but all such pas-
sages fall into line if the whole program
is looked at as contained in all of the

Private Ownership Fundamental

The fundamental principle of this sys-
tem was the private ownership of prop-
erty. Each man owned his portion, or
inheritance, or stewardship, ‘with an ab-
solute title, which he could alienate, or
hypothecate, or otherwise treat as his
own. The Church did not own all of
the property, and the life under the
United Order was not a communal life,
as the Prophet Joseph, himself, said,
(History of the Church, Volume III, p.
28). The United Order is an individ-
ualistic system, not a communal system.

The Welfare Plan and the
United Order

We have all said that the Welfare
Plan is not the United Order and was
not intended to be. However, I should
like to suggest to you that perhaps,
after all, when the Welfare Plan gets
thoroughly into operation — it is not so
yet — we shall not be so very far from
carrying out the great fundamentals of
the United Order.

In the first place I repeat again, the
United Order recognized and was built
upon the principle of private ownership
of property; all that a man had and lived
upon under the United Order, was his
own. Quite obviously, the fundamental

principle of our system today is the own-
ership of private property.

In the next place, in lieu of residues
and surpluses which were accumulated
and built up under the United Order,
we, today, have our fast offerings, our
Welfare donations, and our tithing,
all of which may be devoted to the care
of the poor, as well as for the carrying
on of the activities and business of the
Church. After all, the United Order
was primarily designed to build up a
system under which there should be no
abjectly poor, and this is the purpose,
also, of the Welfare Plan.

In this connection it should be ob-
served that it is clear from these earlier
revelations, as well as from our history,
that the Lord had very early to tell the
people about the wickedness of idleness,
and the wickedness of greed, because
the brethren who had were not giving
properly, and those who had not were
evidently intending to live without work
on the things which ‘were to be received
from those who had property. (D. & C.

Storehouses and Projects

Furthermore, we had under the
United Order a bishop’s storehouse in
which were collected the materials from
which to supply the needs and the wants
of the poor. We have a bishop’s store-
house under the Welfare Plan, used for
the same purpose.

As I have already indicated, the sur-
plus properties which came to the
Church under the Law of Consecration,
under the United Order, became the
"common property" of the Church (D.
& C. 82:18) and ‘were handled under
the United Order for the benefit of the
poor. We have now under the Wel-
fare Plan all over the Church, ward
land projects. In some cases the lands
are owned by the ‘wards, in others they
are leased by the ‘wards or lent to them
by private individuals. This land is
being farmed for the benefit of the poor,
by the poor where you can get the
poor to work it. ‘

We have in place of the two treas-
uries, the "Sacred Treasury" and "An-



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other Treasury," the general funds of
the Church.

Thus you will see, brethren, that in
many of its great essentials, we have,
as the Welfare Plan has now developed,
the broad essentials of the United Or-
der. Furthermore, having in mind the
assistance which is being given from
time to time and in various wards to
help set people up in business or in farm-
ing, we have a plan which is not essenti-
ally unlike that which was in the United
Order when the poor were given por-
tions from the common fund.

Now, brethren, the Church has made
tremendous advances in the Welfare
Plan. We shall have to make still great-
er advances. As the Message of the
First Presidency said this morning, we
are being told by Government officials
that we face what we used to call "hard
times." If the Welfare Plan is fully
operative, we shall be able to care for
every destitute Latter-day Saint wher-
ever he may be.


Now, I would like to say something
else, brethren, again by way of counsel.
I shall be accused, when I do, of talking
politics, and perhaps on this point I may
say I do not read anonymous letters.
When they come in I just throw them
into the wastebasket. I only read
enough of the signed scurrilous letters
that are sent to know that they are scur-
rilous, and then they follow along. So
it is useless for anyone to try to take out
any personal feeling in that way.

You and I have heard all our lives
that the time may come when the Con-
stitution may hang by a thread. I do
not know whether it is a thread or a
small rope by which it now hangs, but
I do know that whether it shall live or
die is now in the balance.

I have said to you before, brethren,
that to me the Constitution is a part of
my religion. In its place it is just as
much a part of my religion as any other
part. It is a part of my religion because
it is one of those institutions which God
has set up for His own purposes, and,
as one of the brethren said today, set

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up so that this Church might be estab-
lished, because under no other govern-
ment in the world could the Church
have been established as it has been es-
tablished under this Government.

I think I would be safe in saying that
my fellowship with you in the Church
depends upon whether or not I accept
the revelations and the principles which
God has revealed. If I am not willing
to do that, then I am not entitled to fel-
lowship. Anyone else who fails to ac-
cept the revelations and the principles
which God has revealed stands in pre-
cisely the same situation.

In the 101st Section of the Doctrine
and Covenants, which contains a reve-
lation received by the Prophet in 1833,
when the persecution in Missouri was
at its highest, the Lord told the breth-
ren that they should appeal for help.
Then He added these verses, which I
want to read to you:

According to the laws and constitution of
the people, which I have suffered to be es-
tablished, and should be maintained for the
rights and protection of all flesh, according
to just and holy principles;

That every man may act in doctrine and
principle pertaining to futurity, according
to the moral agency which I have given
unto him, that every man may be account-
able for his own sins in the day of judg-

Therefore, it is not right that any man
should be in bondage one to another.

And for this purpose have I established
the Constitution of this land, by the hands
of wise men whom I raised up unto this
very purpose, and redeemed the land by the
shedding of blood. { D. 6 C. 1 01 : 77-80 )

Influence in the Americas

I suppose you brethren will all know,
but I will recall it to your attention, that
the Constitution of the United States is
the basic law for all of the Americas, or
Zion, as it has been defined by the Lord.

You brethren from Canada know that
your great British North America Act,
in its fundamental principles, is based
upon our Constitution, and you know
that in the courts of Canada, the reports
of our Supreme Court, and our Federal
courts generally, are just as persuasive
as the decisions of the courts of Eng-



land, and even more so, where ques-
tions of constitutional law and consti-
tutional interpretation are involved.

You brethren also know that from
the Rio Grande down to the Horn there
is no constitutional government except
those that are founded primarily upon
our own Constitution. In Mexico the
revolutionary party which more than a
century and a quarter ago rebelled
against the king of Spain and established
a republic, copied almost verbatim, and
practically overnight, our Constitution,
and made it their own. Neither Mexi-
co nor the others to the South interpret
their Constitutions as we interpret ours.
They have different standards and dif-
ferent canons of interpretation, for
their fundamental system is the civil
law, while ours is the common law. But
the great essentials of that document,
the Constitution of the United States,
which God Himself inspired, is the law
of Zion, the Americas.

The Law of Zion

So, brethren, I wish you to under-
stand that when we begin to tamper
with the Constitution we begin to tam-
per with the law of Zion which God
Himself set up, and no one may trifle
with the word of God with impunity.

Now, I am not caring today, for my-
self, anything at all about a political
party tag. So far as I am concerned,
I want to know what the man stands
for. I want to know if he believes in
the Constitution; if he believes in its
free institutions; if he believes in its lib-
erties, its freedom. I want to know if
he believes in the Bill of Rights. I want
to know if he believes in the separation
of sovereign power into the three great
divisions: the Legislative, the Judicial,
the Executive. I want to know if he be-

lieves in the mutual independence of
these, the one from the other. When
I find out these things, then I know who
it is who should receive my support, and
I care not what his party tag is, because,
brethren, if we are to live as a Church,
and progress, and have the right to wor-
ship as we are worshipping here today,
we must have the great guarantees that
are set up by our Constitution. There
is no other way in which we can secure
these guarantees. You may look at the
systems all over the world where the
principles of our Constitution are not
controlling and in force, and you will
find there dictatorship, tyranny, oppres-
sion, and, in the last analysis, slavery.


I have said enough. I believe you
understand what I have said. Today,
our duty transcends party allegiance;
our duty today is allegiance to the Con-
stitution as it was given to us by the
Lord. Every federal officer takes an
oath to support that Constitution so
given. The difference between us and
some of those to the South of us is this :
down there, their fealty runs to indi-
viduals; here, our fealty and our alleg-
iance run to the Constitution and to the
principles which it embodies, and not to

God give us wisdom and enable us
in these times of trouble and strife clear-
ly to see our way, that we may be in-
strumental in sustaining the Constitu-
tion, in upholding our free institutions,
our civil rights, our freedom of speech,
of press, of religion, and of conscience.
If we shall stand together we shall save
the Constitution, just as has been fore-
seen, and if we do not stand together,
we cannot perform this great task.

God grant that we may be true, I
pray, in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.


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If my being insistent was an element in getting you that message, then
I am happy, for I know you are deeply grateful for it. Let us take that mes-
sage to heart and profit by it during the coming three months especially.

After the benediction this meeting will be adjourned until ten o’clock
tomorrow morning. Being our regular fast day, we invite all of the brethren


Sunday, October 4 Second Day

to come fasting. The first part of the session will be taken up with sermons
from the brethren, the national broadcast of the Choir and the Church of
the Air program. There will be a thirty-minute intermission between 1 2 and
12:30. The afternoon session will be devoted to testimony-bearing. The
Sacrament will be administered by the General Authorities assisted by ap-
proximately forty-five presidents of High Priests Quorums. Admission
will be only by tickets. Do not lose your tickets. Do not forget them.

As we shall go on the air at 10 o’clock sharp, everybody should be in
his seat no later than 9:50 a. m. All Bishops who have been invited to as-
sist in passing the Sacrament tomorrow afternoon will please come forward
immediately at the close of this meeting for final instructions.

The congregation sang the hymn, "Praise God From Whom All
Blessings Flow," after which the benediction was offered by Elder William
A. Matheson, President of the Chicago Stake.

Conference adjourned until Sunday morning, October 4, at 10 a.m.


Conference reconvened Sunday morning, October 4, 1942 in the


Second Counselor in the First Presidency

This is the morning session of the second day of the 1 13th Semi- An-
nual Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. You
will be interested to know that seventy-five years ago today, or at the Oc-
tober Conference, the great Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City was
used for the first time. That was the 38th Semi- Annual General Conference
of the Church and convened in the Tabernacle on October 6th, 1867,
President Brigham Young presiding.

There are present on the stand this morning President Heber J. Grant
and his two Counselors, members of the Twelve, the Assistants to the
Twelve, the Patriarch to the Church, Presidents of the First Council of
Seventy, and the Presiding Bishopric. Assembled in the Tabernacle, and
filling this historical edifice to capacity are Presidencies of Stakes and for-
mer Presidents of Stakes, Patriarchs, High Councilmen, Presidencies of
Melchizedek Priesthood Quorums, Bishoprics of Wards, Mission Presi-
dents, Temple Presidencies, Presidencies of Independent Branches, Presi-
dents of Dependent Branches, Presidents of Stake Missions, the General
Committee of the Church Welfare Plan, the General Superintendency of
Sunday Schools, the General Superintendency of the Y.M.M.I.A., Presi-
dents of Church and Stake Colleges. We believe that nearly every Stake in
the Church is represented.



The Tabernacle Choir and the congregation sang the hymn, "I’ll Go
Where You Want Me to Go."

Elder Stayner Richards, President of the Highland Stake, offered the


Second Counselor in the First Presidency

President Heber J. Grant is presiding at this Conference. At his re-
quest the exercises will be conducted by his second counselor.

Of the Council of the Twelve Apostles

IN the public press appeared a state-
ment recently from an official of our
Navy that we are losing this war
and that we do not know it.

If I express, therefore, some rather
intense feelings at this trying and ter-
rible time of unprecedented war and
bloodshed, I hope I may be forgiven.
If I say some things that seem to be
critical, I hope you who listen will be
good enough to look upon my asser-
tions with charity and regard them
merely as suggestions.

A good many years ago my beloved
friend, the late Henry van Dyke, put
into my hands one of his poems en-
titled "Righteous Wrath."

This poem reads:

There are many kinds of hatred, as many
kinds of Are;

And some are fierce and fatal with murder-
ous desire;

And some are mean and craven, revengeful,
sullen, slow,

They hurt the man that holds them more
than they hurt his foe.

And yet there is a hatred that purifies the

The anger of the better against the baser

Against the false, the wicked, against the

tyrant’s sword,
Against the enemies of love, and all that

hate the Lord.

O cleansing indignation, O flame of right-
eous wrath,

Give me a soul to feel thee and follow in
thy path!

Save me from selfish virtue, arm me for
fearless fight,

And give me strength to carry on, a soldier
of the Right!

On a large poster in the Strater
Hotel of Durango, Colorado, I read
recently these words:

"We consider peace a catastrophe
for human civilization." — Mussolini

"We shall soon have our storm
troopers in America."— Hit ler

"I am looking forward to dictating
peace to the United States in the White
House in Washington." — Admiral

How Unlike Christianity

I_Tow unlike the Christian teaching,
"Thou shalt love thy neighbor as
thyself," or the spirit of the immortal
Lincoln who "with malice toward none
and charity for all" undertook to settle
those great issues for which thousands
had struggled on the battlefield.

And under each of those quotations
in the Strater Hotel is the statement,
"What do you say, America?" And
that is the question I ask you citizens
of the United States: What do you

As an American citizen I say these
statements fill me with that "righteous
wrath" of which Henry van Dyke
speaks. But with deliberation let us
examine some of the conditions in our
country today.

The Matter of Repeal

T~\uring the years 1932 and 1933, the
people of our nation voted to re-
peal the Eighteenth Amendment to the
Constitution of the United States and
to repeal also all our prohibition laws.
Will I be unpatriotic if I say to you


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that this action filled me with "right-
eous wrath"? The people did not then
nor will they ever repeal that law of
nature which makes alcohol a poison.
Nor did the people then nor will they
ever repeal that law of God which
says, "Strong drinks are not good for

In those days the strategy of many
of our political leaders seemed to be
that we could drink ourselves into
sobriety. Ask the mothers and the
widows and the fatherless children of
the three thousand whose lives were
lost at Pearl Harbor December 7th if
that strategy was correct. Many of
those three thousand, as I have been
told by soldiers who were there, were
killed by our own bombs because of
the inefficiency of our own men, which
inefficiency was due to the use of al-
coholic beverages. Are the leaders of
our nation and those at the head of our
armed forces today proceeding on the
theory that we can drink ourselves into
victory? Alcohol and war will not
mix any more successfully than do
alcohol and gasoline. Ask the loved
ones of those thousands who have lost
their lives on our highways because of
the use of liquor what they think oJ
mixing alcohol and gasoline.

The Word of God

T atter-day Saints believe the Book
of Mormon to be the word of God.
This sacred record of recently revealed
truth tells us that the Lord Himself has
prepared this land of America as a land
choice above all other lands, and that
inasmuch as the people on this land
keep the commandments of the Lord
they shall prosper. (I Nephi 2:20)
This land, the divine record says, has
been provided for a righteous people.
(Ether 2:7) and whatsoever nation
shall possess it shall be free from bond-
age, free from captivity and free from
all other nations under heaven on con-
dition that the people will but serve the
God of this land who is our Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ. (Ether 2:12)

These stirring promises of the Al-
mighty are to be effective for the in-
habitants of this land only if the in-
habitants are a righteous people. This


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land, the revealed word says, has been
prepared and preserved by the Lord
Himself (Ether 2:7) and that whoso
should possess it "henceforth and for-
ever" must serve the true and living
God or they will be "swept away"
when they are "ripened in iniquity."
(Ether 2:9) Let me ask, are we serv-
ing the true and the living God or are
we ripening in iniquity?

Immorality and Our Armed Forces

TVTore of the men in our armed forces,
it has been said, are rendered un-
fit to fight because of venereal diseases
than from all other causes put together.
And it is said also that for seventy-
seven days after December 7 prohibi-
tion was in force at Pearl Harbor.
During the next thirty days after pro-
hibition was discontinued by military
order, the number of arrests for drunk-
enness at Pearl Harbor was more than
six times the average during the seven-
ty-seven days of prohibition.

When I think of Pearl Harbor and
the American lives which that disaster
cost, I am filled to overflowing with
that "righteous wrath" of which I have
spoken. Let me say with J. Frank
Hanley, I bear no malice toward those
engaged in the liquor business, much
less toward those young men who. in
society, by example or otherwise have
been taught to drink, but I do hate the
liquor traffic. I hate it as virtue hates
vice, as truth hates error, as righteous-
ness hates sin, as justice hates wrong,
as liberty hates tyranny, as freedom
hates oppression. I hate it for its in-
tolerance. I hate it for its hypocrisy.
I hate it for its commercialism, for its
greed and for its avarice and for its
sordid love of gain at any price. I
hate it for its domination of politics; I
hate it for its corrupting influence in
civic affairs and for the cowards it
makes of public men. I hate it for the
load it straps on the back of labor and
for the wounds it gives to genius. I
hate it for the multitudes of human
wrecks it has made of men of out-
standing ability and promise, for the
prisons it has filled, for the insanity
that it begets and for the countless
graves it has made in potter’s fields. I



hate it for the mental ruin which it im-
poses upon its victims and for its moral
degradation. I hate it for the crimes
that it commits, for the homes that it
destroys, and for the hearts that it
breaks. I hate it for the grief it causes
womanhood, for the scalding tears of
women, for their hopes deferred, for
their strangled aspirations, for the
burden of want and care which liquor
heaps upon them. I hate it for its
heartless cruelty to the aged, the in-
firm, and the helpless. I hate it for the
shadow it throws upon the lives of
children, for its monstrous injustice to
multitudes of the blameless little ones.
"I hate it," concludes Frank Hanley, "as
Abraham Lincoln hated slavery. . . .
And I sometimes seem to see the end of
this unholy traffic, the coming of the
time when, if it does not wholly cease
to be, it shall find no safe habitation
anywhere beneath Old Glory’s stainless

"On Fire for God and for Right"

T^he great "Flying Squadron" that
visited every state in the Union, all
of the states’ capitals and many of the
other important cities of our country
in the latter part of 1914 and the be-
ginning of 1915, delivered stirring ad-
dresses in two hundred fifty-five cities
in two hundred thirty-five days. These
addresses were heard by a million peo-
ple, it is said. Their slogan was, ‘ We
stand for the abolition of the liquor
traffic. On this issue we fight. When-
ever a politician or an executive of-
ficer or a political party prefers the
liquor traffic above the public morals,
such men must be set aside and such
parties abandoned. To the accom-
plishment of this high purpose," they
said, "we dedicate ourselves."

This group of sixteen speakers of
commanding eloquence and personal
force were all "on fire for God and for
the right." The name of President
Heber J. Grant might very appropriate-
ly be added to this list of distinguished
prohibitionists, for he and these other
unselfish and effective workers gripped
the hearts of thousands of the young
and of the old throughout the country
and gave to their hearers a clearer and

a bigger vision of true Christian citizen-

We have now unsheathed the sword
of the United States of America, and
we have carried into this great world
conflict "the only flag in all the world
that has never known defeat." To
complete the mighty task to which we
have set our hands, to make the future
better than the past, to create a better
world in which to live, "America needs
every man at his best." Daniel A.
Poling says that whatever makes for
physical incompetency is an enemy of
the state. He says a moral incom-
petent cannot be a good citizen, an in-
dustrial incompetent cannot be a good
citizen, a political incompetent cannot
be a good citizen, and he adds that the
liquor institution is the supreme tangible
foe of the state because it is the supreme
positive promoter of physical, moral,
industrial, and political incompetency.
He says, "Millions of citizens, men and
women, immediately vital to the na-
tional and world program of this re-
public cannot be at their best until the
liquor institution and the evils con-
nected with it are destroyed." Alco-
hol was once regarded as a food, later
as a stimulant. All scientists agree to-
day that alcohol is a narcotic. Its. ef-
fects upon the human system are the
same as those of ether and chloroform.
Alcohol, a poison, is the greatest phy-
sical menace of the human race. Who
would care to converse even with his
best and most intimate friend if that
friend were drunk or even tipsy.

Another Drink of Whiskey

The only thing that a drink of whiskey
ever suggests is another drink of whiskey.
Whiskey never suggested to a drunkard that
he buy shoes for his children or furniture
for his house, but it has suggested to crea-
tures, once men, that they take the shoes
from the feet of their babies, the furniture
from their scantily supplied house to buy
more whiskey.

Prohibition is patriotic because it has
proved itself to be a true friend of
labor and a true friend of capital. Rome
did not die for lack of college and pub-
lic games, for the want of culture and
refined society, or because she had no
army or no navy. Rome died when



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she rotted at the heart. Rome com-
mitted moral and political suicide.
Said Poling:

I fear no yellow peril, I fear no foe that
may embark from a foreign shore to do us
hurt. I fear only the foe from within, this
shackler of bodies, this impoverisher of in-
dustry, this moral despoiler, this corrupter
of government which is called alcohol.

And may we ever remember the sad
lesson our country has learned that
statutory legislation and constitutional
amendments are helpless in the hands
of unfriendly and indifferent political
administrations. To our sorrow we
have learned that prohibitory law is not
an automatic machine. A tool must be
used. An ax calls for a man to wield
it. Prohibition demands an administra-
tion that will enforce it.

Prohibition Laws Not Automatic
■p\UTY and patriotism today demand
that by legislation or otherwise we
do something to protect against them-
selves our fine and innocent young men,
especially those who are serving as
soldiers of our country. When in a
doctor’s office the father of a young
man was informed that his son had a
venereal disease, the father let loose
his uncontrollable temper and berated
the boy because of the boy’s condition.
Soon, however, the tables were turned,
according to the doctor’s story, so
that the father was seated, and the boy
was standing. It was then clearly
evident that all the temper in the family
was not in the father.

"Who is to blame for my condi-
tion?" shouted the boy. "You are old
and I am young. You knew and I did
not. You had the information and 1
was in ignorance. You are the father
and I am the son. Why didn’t you
teach me, why didn’t you warn me, why
didn’t you protect me! I didn’t know
there was such a thing in the world

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as this disease. You are the one,"
shouted the boy, "that is responsible
for my condition." No nation can en-
dure indefinitely with a manhood af-
flicted with venereal disease and the
liquor habit. The great need of our
country is spiritual awakening. While
our motto is, "In God We Trust," yet
as Babson says, World Wars I and II
have come about because the leading
nations during the last fifty years have
been trying to get along without God.
If this war is to be fought to a finish
it will end only when we repent of our
sins, readjust our wasteful standards
of living, and once more make God the
Eternal Father the ruler of our homes,
our schools, our businesses, and our

Have We Forgotten God?
Touring our Civil War, Abraham Lin-

coin said the great difficulty with
our country and our people was, "We
had forgotten God." In a modern re-
velation to you and to me and to the
people of this generation the Lord,
speaking through the Prophet Joseph
Smith, has said, "Behold, the world is
ripening in iniquity; and it must needs
be that the children of men are stirred
•up unto repentance." (D. & C. 18:6)
Let us therefore as a nation return to
church, let us partake worthily of the
sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, let us
come into closest possible communion
and cooperation with God, the Eternal
Father, and pray that freedom and lib-
erty, that gift of God by us so highly
prized, may come to all the people of all
nations of the earth. And I pray humbly
that we in this land, choice above all
other lands, may be a righteous people
who deserve the blessings the Almighty
has promised to those who love Him
and serve Him and keep His command-
ments, and I do this in the name of
Jesus Christ. Amen.


During the period from 10:30 to
11:00 a.m., the regular weekly
nationwide broadcast of choral
and organ music and brief spoken com-
ment was presented as part of the Gen-

eral Conference proceedings. This pro-
gram, which completed its thirteenth
year of continuous nationwide broad-
casting in July of this year, was pres-
ented by the Tabernacle choir and or-



gan, and broadcast through the courtesy
and facilities of the Columbia Broad-
casting System’s coast-to-coast net-
work, throughout the United States.
The broadcast, written and announced
by Elder Richard L. Evans, originated
with radio station KSL, Salt Lake City,
and was presented as follows :


10:30-11:00 a.m. MWT
Sunday, October 4, 1942

Choir hummed "Gently Raise the Sacred
Strain" for announcer’s background:

Richard L. Evans: We pause once more
from the hurried ways of life to beckon your
thoughts again unto the hills. As we wel-
come you within the peace and quiet of these
walls, Columbia presents again the music
of the Tabernacle choir and organ from
Temple Square in Salt Lake City. This is
the 690th performance of this traditional
broadcast from the Crossroads of the West,
now in its fourteenth consecutive year of
nationwide presentation.

The choir is conducted by J. Spencer
Cornwall. Dr. Frank W. Asper is at the

We begin with one of the cherished
hymns of the inland West — a hymn that
has called men and women to renewed pur-
pose these many decades past: "Come,
come, ye saints, no toil nor labor fear."

(Choir sang "Come, Come, Ye Saints" —

Evans: As we -continue from Temple
Square we give place to the solo voice of
the organ, which recalls from out of its
seventeenth century setting a "Trumpet
Tune and Air" by Henry Purcell.

(Organ presented "Trumpet Tune and
Air"— Purcell)

Evans: Voices are raised now in quiet
supplication to the Father of all men as
Richard Condie and the Tabernacle choir
sing the hymn by Roger Quilter: "Lead us,
Heavenly Father, lead us, o’er the world’s
tempestuous sea; Guide us, guard us, keep
us, for we have no help but Thee."

(Choir presented "Lead Us Heavenly Fa-
ther" by Quilter)

(Without announcement organ modulated
into "Deep River," arranged by Asper)

Evans: These words from David of Is-
rael are recalled in a text from the Twenty-

fourth Psalm: "Who shall ascend into the
hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his
holy place? He that hath clean hands, and
a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul
unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully." (Psalm
24:3-4) The musical setting is by J. A.
Parks and is sung by Jessie Evans Smith
and the Tabernacle choir.

(Choir sang "The King of Glory" —

Religion On Trial

President Evans: We live in a day
when every standard of value is being
challenged, and religion has not escaped
the challenge. Perhaps this is because
men have asked too much of religion
and too little of themselves. Many have
supposed that a mere creed or code of
belief, or statute of doctrines and dog-
mas, would take the place of self-effort
and self-mastery. Some have known
the law but have not lived it. Some
have not even bothered to know the
law, but have left such knowledge to
others, and have worshiped once re-
moved, if at all. Some have placed
convenience above truth. Some have
permitted man-made sophistries to
supplant the revealed word in their
thinking and in their living. By some
it has been supposed that religion was
a system whereby men could have set
aside the consequences of their own
doings — another form of the false phil-
osophy of getting something for
nothing. And so, perhaps we should
determine once and for all what we may
rightly expect religion to do for us, and
then judge its effectiveness or ineffec-
tiveness by that standard. It should not
be expected to give us ease without ef-
fort, or knowledge without study, or
truth without search. We should not
expect it to offer reward without work,
peace without repentance, blessings
without obedience, or exaltation here-
after without justifying our existence
here. The Savior of the world gave us
an indication of what we should expect
of religion, when He spoke of the "wise
man which built his house upon a rock :
and the rain descended, and the floods
came, and the winds blew, and beat up-
on that house; and it fell not." But the
house of the foolish man was built upon




Sunday, October 4

the sand, "and it fell: and great was the
fall of it." (Matthew 7:24-27) The
implication is plain. The floods and the
winds came alike to the wise and the
foolish. But one stood the onslaught,
and the other fell before it. And that is
what we should expect of religion — not
that it should spare us the varied ex-
periences of living, but that it should
help us to understand them and sustain
us through them; help us to grow be-
yond them, and prepare us for yet great-
er things. No man escapes all the
vicissitudes of life — but he who has
isolated himself from spiritual under-
standing, frequently breaks under the
strain, and is brought low in the anguish
of his own bitterness and in the blind-
ness of his own unwillingness to see.
But this uncertain groping and sense of
defeat are they spared whose lives have
been shaped by the principles and pow-
er of religion, pure and undeflled — by
the everlasting truth of things both pres-
ent and yet to come.

(Without announcement organ modulated
into "How Great the Wisdom and the
Love" by Mclntyre)

Evans: "How Great the Wisdom and
the Love" was the hymn just now spoken
by the voice of the Tabernacle organ.

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And how we close from these valley-lands
of the mountains as the choir takes up the
moving march of a hymn that compels the
hearts of men and is cherished the world
over: "Onward Christian Soldiers."

(Choir presented "Onward Christian Sol-
diers’ ‘ — Sullivan )

(Choir sang "Gently Raise" and organ
modulated into "As the Dew")

Evans: This Sabbath Hour from the
Crossroads of the West is ended. Until we
beckon your thoughts again unto the hills,
may peace be with you this day — and al-


This has been the 690th of these tradition-
al broadcasts, presented each week by the
Columbia network and its affiliated stations
from the Mormon Tabernacle on Temple

When the happenings of another seven
days have woven themselves into the pat-
tern of life, music and the spoken word
will be heard again from Temple Square at
this same hour next Sunday, originating with
Radio Station KSL in Salt Lake City.

The singing of the Tabernacle choir was
conducted by J. Spencer Cornwall. Dr.
Frank W. Asper was at the organ; the
spoken word by Richard Evans.

This is the Columbia Broadcasting Sys-


Immediately after the conclusion of
the traditional nationwide Taber-
nacle broadcast, Sunday morning,
October 4, an additional thirty-minute
period, regularly known as the Colum-
bia Church of the Air, was presented
from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m., over the na-
tionwide Columbia network as a part of
the proceedings of this session of the
conference. President David O.
McKay, second counselor in the First
Presidency, delivered the address.
The program was conducted by
Elder Richard L. Evans, of the First
Council of the Seventy, whose con-
tinuity follows:

Theme: "Sweet is the Work" — McClel-
lan — Organ and humming voices.

Richard L. Evans: Columbia’s Church
of the Air.

Evans: A decade ago the Church of the
Air was brought into being by the Columbia
network to give opportunity to representa-
tives of the major faiths to bring their
messages to a nationwide congregation of
worshipers. Since that time these religious
services have been heard twice each Sun-
day. Today, in the twelfth year of the
Church of the Air, the service comes to
you through Station KSL as part of the
proceedings of the 113th Semi-annual Con-
ference of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, now in session. The
service originates in the Mormon Taber-
nacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City,
and the congregation which fills the Taber-
nacle includes the General Authorities and
representatives of the worldwide Priesthood
organizations of the Church. The speaker
will be President David O. McKay, a mem-
ber of the First Presidency.

The Tabernacle choir joins in the serv-



ice and will sing now "O Light Divine" by
LeRoy Frisby.

(Choir sings, "O Light Divine" — Frisby)

Evans: We now turn the service into

the hands of President David O. McKay of
the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints. The subject
of President McKay’s address: "The Light
that Shines in Darkness."


Second Counselor in the First Presidency


alk while ye have the light,
lest darkness come upon
you : for he that walketh in
darkness knoweth not whither he

That solicitous admonition given
by the Savior of men is as pertinent
today as when it was first expressed.
Men and nations having refused to
walk in the Light now as Jesus said
stumble in darkness and know not
whither they go. Motivated for cen-
turies largely by selfish interests, the
human race, judging from present
world conditions, is still dangerously
near the jungle where primitive pas-
sions dominate and govern.

There is a mythical Greek tale
that Charon was permitted once up-
on a time to visit the earth to see
what men were doing. From a lofty
eminence he looked over the cities,
palaces, and other works of men. As
he turned to resume his assigned
task, he exclaimed: "These human
beings are spending their time in
building just birds’ nests. No won-
der they fail and are ashamed."

Men today in far too great an ex-
tent are not only spending their time
with things which have no perma-
nent value, but ruthlessly destroying
much that they have built through-
out the centuries. War is making
the earth a shambles. Churches, pal-
aces, cottages, hospitals in many
parts of the globe lie in ruins as if
shakenby a terrible earthquake. As
accompaniment to this destruction
there is a pall of night which seems
to be enveloping nations as an im-
penetrable fog — a darkness that

springs from Hate; for, "He that
hateth his brother is in darkness, and
walketh in darkness, and knoweth
not whither he goeth, because that
darkness hath blinded his eyes."

During this very hour while we
reverently worship the God of Heav-
en, millions of men lie wounded,
bleeding, maimed, many disabled for
life by the hands of their fellow men.
Other millions sleep in death, many
in unknown graves, some in no
graves, their bodies trampled by sav-
age feet stumbling forward toward
a coveted and selfish goal. Not only
men but women — mothers lying life-
less clasping their babes even in
death. Truly it seems that "Dark-
ness covers the earth, and gross
darkness the people."

Men Have Forgotten God

Why this worldwide holocaust?
Why this mad orgy of death? Be-
cause man is acting contrary to
eternal principles of Right!

In words quite as applicable today
as when he declared them, the im-
mortal Lincoln gives the answer as
f ollows :

We have been the recipients of the choic-
est bounties of Heaven. We have been
preserved these many years, in peace and
prosperity. We have grown in numbers,
wealth, and power as no other nation has
ever grown; but we have forgotten God.
We have forgotten the gracious hand which
preserved us in peace, and multiplied and
enriched and strengthened us; and we have
vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our
hearts, that all these blessings were pro-
duced by some superior wisdom and virtue
of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken sue-


Sunday, October 4

cess, we have become too self-sufficient to
feel the necessity of redeeming and preserv-
ing grace, too proud to pray to God that
made us. It behooves us, then, to humble
ourselves before the offended power, to con-
fess our national sins, and to pray for clem-
ency and forgiveness.

I still have confidence that the Almighty,
the Maker of the Universe, will, through the
instrumentality of this great and intelligent
people, bring us through this as he has
through all other difficulties of our country.

In the Doctrine and Covenants the
Lord says:

If you keep not my commandments, the
love of the Father shall not continue with
you, therefore, you shall walk in darkness.

The Antithesis of Christ’s

No one can doubt that the seeds
of this war found nourishment in soil
of hatred and dishonor, which are
the antithesis of Christ’s teachings.
The Conversations of Munich, for
example, were followed by viola-
tions of agreement and broken prom-
ises; the invasion of Poland was
prompted by covetousness and car-
ried out by the fiendish power of
conquest; the attack of Pearl Harbor
was conceived in treachery and de-
ceit; Czechoslovakia, Greece, and
other nations, too weak to withstand
the onslaught, have been cruelly
crushed by the forces of one who
had defiantly rejected Jesus of Naz-
areth and His teachings. So the list
can be lengthened, showing how
principles of Right have been vio-
lated, and how Hate has plundered
and destroyed.

Men Groping Blindly, Aimlessly

The serious effect of all this is far
reaching. Men’s confidence is shak-
en in political forms of government.
In uncertainty they begin to ques-
tion the promised security of well-
tried and fundamental principles.
They see the discoveries and inven-
tions of science prostituted as a
means of human destruction. Old

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beliefs and ideals are toppling, and
as a drowning man seizes a floating
substance, men and women grasp
at any new idea or theory that is
thrown as a bait in this sea of con-

The upsetting of the world has
forced us into war, and we should
be recreant not to go forward. To
our soldier boys wherever you are
we say God bless and guide you as
you defend the divinely-given prin-
ciples of freedom. May the Light
of Truth and the power to resist
evil be your constant companions.
We all realize with you that you
are enlisted in a war against
wickedness, and that peace cannot
come until the mad gangsters having
In their hands science-produced ex-
plosives, mechanized equipment, and
giant tanks, are defeated and branded
as murderers, and their false aims re-
pudiated, let us hope forever. Yes, the
conflict must continue though its aims
and purposes to many seem terribly
complicated, and the establishment of
a just peace, a task as herculean as the
terminating of the war itself.

The Need of a Guiding Light

f~\v the ultimate victory for Free-
^ dom, we must not doubt; nor har-
bor either discouragement or despair.
As after every night, even in the dark-
ness, rises the morning star, so now in
the midst of the blackness of inter-
national hatred and bloody conflict,
men may behold a Light heralding a
new day, if they will but look through
the eyes of Reason and Common Sense.
Statesmen, men of science, thinking
men in all nations, laymen everywhere
sense the need of something definite to
which to look forward, some clear bea-
con that will guide the stranded nations
to a safe harbor of permanent peace. As
practical steps toward that goal they
say: (1) mete out just punishment to
villains and murderers; (2) make res-
toration of sovereign rights to those
who have been deprived of them by
force; (3) secure equal enjoyment by
all nations of world trade and materials



needed for prosperity; (4) establish
improved labor standards, economic
advancement, and social security for
all; (5) declare a peace assuring safety
and tranquility the world over; (6)
grant freedom of the seas to all; (7)
exact promise of abandonment by all
nations of the use of force, and of dis-
armament of aggressive nations pend-
ing the establishment of general securi-
ty — these and other expressed aims are
worthy ideals and point to the fact that
generally in men’s hearts there is a de-
sire to treat fairly their fellow men.

The One and Safe Guide

Tn all such seeking, however, there is
*■ one idea indispensable to the estab-
lishment of a permanent peace which
too many men and some nations have
obliterated from their minds entirely,
but which now should be reburnished
until it shines as the unclouded noon-
day sun. I call it an idea, having in
mind the fact that "there is more dyna-
mite in an idea than in many bombs."
It is as old as the Lord’s first message
to man, and some of you listening in
will call it trite — men in the past have
entertained it for a time, have dallied
with it, then without attempting to
make it a reality have permitted it to
drop below the plane of consciousness,
and even to sink into the abyss of un-
belief. This idea so frequently men-
tioned but so seldom practiced, con-
notes things which, if lost, civilization
itself is lost. It connotes the right to
live, to be treated decently, to be kind-
ly spoken to, to enjoy home, to love,
and to be loved. It connotes strength
to defend the Right — sympathy for
those who, striving, have failed. It
connotes justice and mercy. It turns
the eye and the heart from beastly pas-
sions to noble aspirations.

It is Christ’s plan of love and serv-
ice — summarized in the two great com-
mandments: "Thou shalt love the Lord
thy God with all thy heart, and with
all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and
thy neighbour as thyself."

I fully realize with Professor Wie-
man that

When one looks out upon the human race,
the way it has come and the way it must

go, and sees that tiny gate so obscure that
one must search to find it, and so lowly that
one must stoop to enter it, and yet the only
way to life, the only escape from ruin of
mankind, one is sobered. . . . And yet civ-
ilization will be transitory until men in large
numbers go this way of love.

For two thousand years and even
more, nations have ignored, and, in
many instances, repudiated fundamen-
tal principles of the gospel. Even in so-
called Christian lands men have spurned
the teachings as being impractical. The
result is that the earth has literally
been drenched with blood.

I have referred to the present-day
carnage, even to think of which makes
everyone gloomy and sick at heart, to
emphasize, if possible, the need of a
drastic change in men’s dealings with
one another. Never has there been a
time in the history of the world when a
change for the better was so impera-
tive. Now, if ever, as the scripture
promises, "a nation should be born in
a day" — a nation of men and women
with changed hearts and changed at-

Since rejection of Christ’s teachings
has resulted in disaster and useless
bloodshed, with only intermittent
periods of respite and progress, why
in the name of reason should people
not be willing to substitute for selfish
aggrandizement Christ’s principle of
brotherly consideration? As a first
step, for example, make truly appli-
cable the simple injunction of putting
one’s self in the other fellow’s place,
the surest of all means of eliminating
the bitterness that characterizes mis-

Applicability of Christ’s Teachings

■^To thinking person can say truthfully
**^ that the application of this one
simple act if practiced among individ-
uals and nations would not bring about
a better worldl

Equally effective and applicable are
His teachings regarding the value and
sacredness of human life, the virtue of
forgiveness, the necessity of fair deal-
ing, His condemnation of the sin of
hypocrisy, and of covetousness, His
teachings regarding the saving power


Sunday. October 4

of love, and of the immortality of the
soul. His doctrine of arbitration as a
means of settling difficulties and quar-
rels if applied by warring nations would
in itself do away with war.

If America is the "melting pot," the
gospel of Jesus Christ is the crucible in
which hate, envy, and greed are con-
sumed, and good will, kindness, and
love remain as inner aspirations by
which man truly lives and builds.

Proclamation of Christ’s

HThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
■*■ day Saints believes with the Proph-
et Lehi that America is a "land of prom-
ise, a land choice above all other lands’
— a land of liberty unto those who keep
the commandments of God. But "if the
day shall come that they will reject the
Holy One of Israel, the true Messiah
their Redeemer and their God, behold,
the judgments of him that is just shall
rest upon them." The Church believes,
also, that before the end of wickedness
shall come, and wars shall be no more,
"this gospel of the Kingdom must be
preached tp all the world."

The Constitution of this government
was written by men who accepted
Jesus Christ as the Saviour of man-
kind. Let men and women in these
United States then continue to keep
their eyes centered upon Him who ever
shines as a Light to all the world. Men
and women who live in America, "the


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land of Zion," have a responsibility
greater than that yet borne by any
other people. Theirs the duty, the obli-
gation to preserve not only the Consti-
tution of the land but the Christian
principles from which sprang that im-
mortal document.

With the appeals for freedom that
you transmit to your fellow-country-
men across the seas, send also in mes-
sages that connote a sincerity never
before expressed, an avowed convic-
tion that Christ is the Way, the Truth,
the Life, the only safe Guide to that
haven of peace for which men and
women the wide world over are earn-
estly praying. Thus may we hope that
there will come an answer to the pray-

Peace in our time, O Lord,

To all the peoples — Peace!

Peace that shall build a glad new world.

And make for life’s increase.

O living Christ, who still

Dost all our burdens share,

Come now and dwell within the hearts

Of all men everywhere.

To this end let members of the
Church, and honest men in every clime
accept, not as an abstract, inapplicable
saying, but as an eternal and guiding
truth, the declaration of the Redeemer:
"I am the light of the world: he that
followeth me shall not walk in dark-
ness, but shall have the light of life.’

(After the address of President McKay
and the singing of "See the Mighty Angel
Flying" by the male voices of the choir, the
following closing announcement was

Evans: Ladies and Gentlemen: You
have been attending Columbia’s Church of
the Air. The service today has come through
Station KSL, from the Mormon Tabernacle
on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, as
part of the proceedings of the 113th Semi-
annual Conference of the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as

the Mormon Church. Filling the Tabernacle
was a congregation of men including the
General Authorities and representatives of
the worldwide Priesthood organizations of
the Church. The speaker was President
David O. McKay, .a member of the First
Presidency. Copies of President McKay’s
sermon, "The Light that Shines in Dark-
ness," may be obtained by writing to the
station to which you are listening.

The Tabernacle choir joined in the serv-
ice with J. Spencer Cornwall conducting
and Dr. Frank W. Asper at the organ.

At the request of President McKay, who was conducting the services,
the congregation arose and joined with the choir in singing "O Ye Moun-
tains High."




Of the Council of the Twelve Apostles

I desire to bear my testimony to you
that I know that we are engaged in
building up the Kingdom of God
on earth and that the teachings of the
Church are in truth with fulness of the
gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ restored
to the earth in these latter days. That
testimony is strengthened as I observe
the influence of the Church in the lives
of our young men and women today.

What is it that, having, we are strong
in overcoming temptations and person-
al difficulties, and having not, we are
afraid, weak, and an easy prey to the
temptations of the world?

Often during the past few weeks I
have asked myself that question, dur-
ing which time I have had an opportu-
nity to visit many of our young Latter-
day Saint boys in military camps in
company with Elder Albert E. Bowen
of the Council of the Twelve and Pres-
ident Hugh B. Brown, and to inquire
after many others whom we were not
privileged to see. There I observed
many of our young men who ‘were
meeting the problems of their strange
environment with great fortitude, and
were optimistic and hopeful. They
were maintaining the highest Church
standards. They were applying them-
selves diligently to the business of
military training and were steadily ad-
vancing in rank. They were seeing in
this experience a great opportunity for
missionary work among their fellow
soldiers. They were seeking out other
Latter-day Saint boys to enjoy with
them, whenever possible, the sweet
communion of a sacred hour spent in
sacrament meeting or in a study of the
gospel in a Mutual Improvement or-
ganization. During their leisure hours
when on leave of absence from camp,
they were finding social relaxation in
wholesome associations and seemed to
be little affected by the tawdry and
cheap entertainment that beckons in the
vicinity of nearly every armed camp.

‘T’he thought has often been expressed

that the discontinuance of sending

of young men into the mission field un-

til after the war would result in great
spiritual loss to the Church, but after
seeing the splendid young men of the
Church — many of them returned mis-
sionaries — and the work they are do-
ing in armed camps, I am convinced
that upon their return home the Church
will receive a great spiritual uplift as
these young men bear testimony to the
guiding hand of the Lord in their pre-
servation and of the good that they
were able to do.

Others there were who were melan-
choly, and discouraged, who seeming-
ly had yielded to the deadly fatalism all
too often found among soldiers. These
had adopted a sort of indifference and
an "Oh, what’s the use" attitude that
finds expression in the army song they
sing, "We’re in the Army Now." These,
it was observed, are the ones that fre-
quently yield to the enticing invitations
that induce to harmful practices and
vices and are encouraged in their in-
dulgences by the "Eat, drink, and be
merry, for tomorrow we die" philos-
ophy frequently expressed by men in
the armed services.

In one of the army camps we visited
on the west coast, we had met with a
group of our boys to consider what
the Church might do to provide ma-
terials for use in religious services and
to aid them in making proper social
contacts with organized branches of
the Church adjacent to the camp. After
a prolonged discussion of these mat-
ters, a young captain in the group made
this remark, "To my mind it’s a ques-
tion of spirituality — if a man lacks that,
then there is little gained by anything
you try to do for him; if he has spirit-
uality, then he will be all right whether
you do little or much."

What is meant by spirituality? The
dictionary defines it as "the faculty that
gives a feeling of confidence; sense of
the spiritual; belief in divine things; an
inclination to interpret prospects of
promise in one’s own favor."

I found out two weeks later what
spirituality meant to that young army
captain when I met him on the street



Sunday, October 4

here in Salt Lake City, and learned that
during a short furlough prior to his
leaving for overseas duty he had
brought his wife and family with him
to the temple where, by the authority
of the Holy Priesthood, they were
sealed together in the everlasting cove-
nant for time and for all eternity. He
was living with "an eye single to the
glory of God" to lead him through this
trying war period.

"Decently I had a visit with a young
A ^ man returning from a mission.
When I asked him what he thought
had been the most important thing he
had gained from his mission experience,
he replied, "I expect shortly to be
drafted for army service. I have gained
a testimony that if I live a clean life 1
will be entitled to the companionship
of the Holy Ghost that will warn me
of needless danger and keep me safe
until my work here on earth is com-
pleted. Also I have gained a testimony
that life on this earth is but a prepara-
tion for eternity and that if I live
worthily, after this life I will have im-
portant work there; so I have over-
come the fear of death and am better
prepared to go into the army than I
would have been without my mission-
ary experience."

In my heart I said, "Thank God for
the seeds of the teachings of the gospel
planted in the hearts of the youth of
Israel that build a faith to fortify them
in times of danger, adversity, ana temp-

Sometime in his youth, and through
the experiences of his mission, there
had been burned into the heart of that
young man the truth that if he was
purified and cleansed from sin he could
ask whatsoever he would in the name
of Jesus and it would be done (D. & C.
50 : 29-30 ) and that the Spirit of the Lord
would not always strive with man; and
that when the Spirit ceased to strive
with man, there came speedy destruc-
tion. (II Nephi 26:1 1 ) He had learned
that if he were wise and had received
the truth and had taken the Holy Spirit
for his guide that he should not be
hewn down and cast into the fire, but
should abide the day. (D. & C. 45:57)
The scriptures had taught him that his

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body was the temple of the Holy Ghost
which was in him, which he had of
God (I Cor. 6:19) and that whatsoever
temple is defiled, God shall destroy that
temple. (D. & C. 93:35)

One who has a testimony of the
purpose of life sees the obstacles and
trials of life as opportunities for gain-
ing the experience necessary for the
work of eternity; he sees death as one
of the greatest experiences of life. One
of the saddest things I see as I travel
throughout the stakes and wards of the
Church is occasionally a person who
because of a little wordly learning or
wealth has come to think he has out-
grown the Church and the faith of his

To one who has high spirituality,
faith in the gospel and in the doc-
trines of the Church supersedes scienti-
fic theories and the philosophies of men;
Priesthood quorum activities supplant
service clubs and lodges; and Church
social and recreational responsibilities
come before fraternities and sororities.

Security that comes from the broth-
erhood of a Priesthood quorum with a
Church membership and the living of
the Church standards is valued above
a fancied security that is purchased with
wealth or political prestige.

The spiritually-minded seeks the
respect of the high-minded who obey
the law, who revere womanhood and
virtue and encourage purity of
thought and action rather than cater to
the applause of the tipsters who secret-
ly despise the man who thinks and acts
below the standards he professes.

When prospering in a material way,
those with great spirituality show ap-
preciation to God to whom they are
indebted for all that they have, by a
thrifty, frugal husbanding of their sub-
stance and by extending generosity to
the unfortunate according to the laws
of the Church, rather than indulging in
a reckless, riotous living as a prodigal
in defiance of the laws of both God
and man. In adversity he does not de-
spair; when his bank fails he does not
commit suicide; he lives above his
world, and all that he does is with his
eye ever fixed upon the goal of eternity.

If face to face with death, such a one
will not fear if his feet have been "shod



with the preparation of the gospel of
peace," and those who lose their loved
ones will have the faith of Moroni, the
captain of the army, who declared,
"For the Lord suffereth the righteous
to be slain that his justice and judgment
may come upon the wicked; therefore ye
need not suppose that the righteous are
lost because they are slain; but behold,
they do enter into the rest of the Lord
their God." (Alma 60:13)

Tt is my conviction that the present dev-
*■ astating scourge of war in which
hundreds of thousands are being slain,
many of whom are no more responsible
for the causes of the war than are our
own boys, is making necessary an in-
crease of missionary activity in the
spirit world and that many of our boys
who bear the Holy Priesthood and are
worthy to do so will be called to that
missionary service after they have de-
parted this life.

The Lord, ever mindful of the wel-
fare of His children, has, through His
prophets, given wise counsel as to the
rock upon which men should anchor
their lives.

And now, my sons, remember, remember
that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer,
who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must
build your foundation; that when the devil
shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his
shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his
hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon
you, it shall have no power over you to

drag you down to the gulf of misery and end-
less wo, because of the rock upon which ye
are built, which is a sure foundation, a
foundation whereon if men build they can-
not fail. (Helaman 5:12)

And again in another place we are
counseled :

O, remember, my son, and learn wisdom
in thy youth; yea, learn in thy youth to
keep the commandments of God.

* * *

Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings,
and he will direct thee for good; yea, when
thou liest down at night lie down unto the
Lord, that he may watch over you in your
sleep; and when thou risest in the morning
let thy heart be full of thanks unto God;
and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted
up at the last day. (Alma 37:35, 37)

The time is here when we would do
well to sing again the song that com-
forted the pioneers of a former day:

Think not, when you gather to Zion

Your troubles and trials are through
That nothing but comfort and pleasure

Are waiting in Zion for you.
No, no; ’tis designed as a furnace,

All substance, all texture to try,
To burn all the wood, hay, and stubble,

The gold from the dross purify.

May we survive the fiery furnace of
God’s judgment and prove true to what-
ever test shall be made of us and
abide the day of the second coming of
the Son of Man. I humbly pray in the
name of Jesus Christ. Amen.


Of the Council of the Twelve Apostles


ear Brethren and Fellow Work-

J— "^ During the time allotted me I
should like to call to mind some funda-
mentals of leadership.

Nearly every member of the Church,
at one time or another, is called to some
official Church position; but here are
assembled the present Priesthood lead-
ership of the Church. In our hands,
with the willing cooperation of the
membership the Latter-day Saints, lies,
in large measure, the future of the
Church. We may retard or accelerate

its progress. The Lord has given us a
great trust:

The Church of Jesus Christ in these
latter days has had great leaders.
From Joseph Smith to Heber J. Grant
they have been mighty men. In their
day they may have suffered persecu-
tion and derision; but with the process
of the years they have come to stand
as gigantic figures, worthy of the ac-
claim of all who love righteousness.
They are fruits of the spirit of the gos-
pel of Jesus Christ. To follow the ex-
amples of these great leaders is to make



Sunday, October 4

our own leadership more worthy and

Joseph Smith, under Jesus Christ is
the head of this dispensation of the
gospel. To him we bore tender and
touching tribute yesterday. He was
indeed a leader worthy of our emula-
tion. His leadership began with a con-
suming love of truth. Indeed no man
can be a safe leader who does not love
truth above all else. The words truth
and light appear and reappear as the
foundations of his teachings. He would
not walk in darkness. He knew that
the light of truth would banish the night
of error. Truth was his measuring
rod, therefore he would not and could
not support any cause, political, social,
or commercial, which did not square
with truth. There is never a possible
compromise with untruth. Truth must
ever be obeyed, or leadership leads
downward. What a different world we
should have today if the leaders of
nations had made truth their first love
and had surrendered to it. The Prophet
declared his passion for truth, and the
power of truth, in a glorious answer to
a correspondent:

I combat the errors of ages; I meet the
violence of mobs; I cope with illegal pro-
ceedings from executive authority; I cut
the Gordian knot of powers; and I solve the
mathematical problems of the universities
with truth — diamond truth. (D. H. C. 6:78)

Love of truth by all members of the
Church, from 1830 to 1942, has made
the Church mighty; and love of truth
and obedience to it will enable us to es-
tablish on earth the kingdom of God.
By truth we shall achieve the world’s

‘"Phe history of Joseph Smith reveals
A further a man who did not pretend
to know everything. He was not
opinionated. He was not sufficient unto
himself. He knew the limitations of
man who is born to die. That is an-
other mark of his leadership. In his
eager boyhood, when he longed for the
truth of religion he went to the Lord
for help. As he grew in age and power,
he continued to seek help from the Cre-
ator of earth and man. He was pray-
erful. In the record of his life we

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read again and again, "I enquired of
the Lord." There was in his life a con-
stant outreaching for divine help. He
knew the source of truth, and sought
refreshment at the fountain head. Per-
sonal opinions and even the apparently
needed help of living men were set
aside when the Lord spoke. James
Arlington Bennett, recently baptized
into the Church, but without the spirit
of the gospel, desired to help the
Prophet out of the difficulties of the
day. He offered to be the Prophet’s
"right hand man." Like a flash from
the sky came the Prophet’s thunder-
ous reply: "God is my right hand man."
We can not attain leadership unless
we seek help from the Lord, unless we
cultivate the spirit of prayer. Again,
let me ask, would the world be in its
present state of bloody confusion, if its
leaders had sought counsel from the

The truth that Joseph Smith promul-
gated, the instructions he received
from heaven, were applied in the spirit
of love for humanity. That was a
further mark of his leadership. He
recognized that all are children of the
Eternal Father, and to that extent di-
vine. He was ready to afford all men
equal rights on the way to salvation.
He did not lift himself above his
brethren. He had seen the Lord and
had conversed with Him; he was a
prophet; he was the president of the
Church — nevertheless he was but as
one with his brethren — a member of
the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-
day Saints, striving and struggling for
salvation. In him destroying pride was
swallowed up in life-giving humility.
Arrogance was absent from his private
or official actions. Such forgetfulness
of self, such love of his fellow men
made him a powerful leader. If we
who battle for the cause for which he
gave his life desire to become success-
ful leaders, we must love our brethren
and sisters, be courteous and gentle
with them, must be one with them. The
Prophet records in his diary that he
told some new arrivals in Nauvoo:

I was but a man, and they must not ex-
pect me to be perfect; if they expected per-
fection from me, I should expect it from
them; but if they would bear with my in-



firmities and the infirmities of the brethren,
I would likewise bear with their infirmities.
(D. H. C. 5:181)

Such an attitude creates leadership.
The resulting love quiets "the restless
pulse of care" in our human relation-

Joseph the Prophet met the final test
of the leader, that of fidelity. He was
true to the cause which he represented.
He gave of himself for it. Almost
every day of the fourteen years he
presided over the Church was one of
toil, often of pain and sorrow. But,
he continued to be diligent, dependable,
ever considerate of the welfare of the
people. In the needs of the Church he
forgot himself. Opposition to the
Church was usually visited upon his
head. Fifty times he was charged with
offenses, falsely as the record shows,
for he was never found guilty. He
spent months in a foul jail. He was
driven from place to place and robbed
of his material possessions. His name
became known for "good and evil" the
world over. But he did not falter. He
built cities and temples; he fought the
battles of the Church; he surrendered
his own comforts for the benefit of the
people; he taught them everlasting
truth. When at long last the enemy
threatened to take vengeance upon his
people, if he would not yield himself
to men of the law who were untrue to
the law, and because some of his own
people were seized by fear, he said,
"If my life is of no value to my friends
it is of none to myself." And when
he accepted arrest he said to the com-
pany who were with him:

I am going like a lamb to the slaughter,
but I am calm as a summer’s morning. I
have a conscience void of offense toward
God and toward all men.

The words of a worthy leader!

He suffered a martyr’s death. He
was true even unto death.

The Lord does not require that we
give our lives in this manner for the
cause of truth. Yet, every man to be
true to his calling in this Church must
possess the spirit of devotion and sac-
rifice, of diligence and dependability,

of love of man and God, which en-
abled the Prophet to seal his testimony
with his blood. Humanity in its pres-
ent utter travail and sorrow is calling
for leaders, who, rising above human
diplomacy and self-interest, are true to
the cause of truth, at any cost.

T eaders who follow the example of
Joseph Smith receive great rewards.
They find daily joy in life. The visions
of heaven are theirs. And they win
disciples. Others, witnessing their
lives, seek to follow them. Brigham
Young bore incessant testimony to the
joy of being a disciple of Joseph Smith;
and his dying words were, "Joseph,
Joseph!" John Taylor, with Hyrum
Smith and Willard Richards, dared
death in Carthage Jail to be with their
leader and brother. The lives of Wil-
ford Woodruff, Lorenzo Snow, Joseph
F. Smith, and Heber J. Grant, judged
by the marks of leadership, conform to
the Prophet’s life. Love of truth, of
God, and of their fellow men, and an
unquestioned, unselfish devotion to the
latter-day work of the Lord have char-
acterized the actions of these men. To
follow the examples of these men is to
achieve leadership.

In our respective callings, in stake or
ward or in the Priesthood quorum, the
signs of leadership which have marked
the great leaders of the whole Church,
will mark us as successful leaders.
Leadership is in essence the same wher-
ever applied.

That which makes a Church official
a leader may be used by any and every
member of the Church in winning joy
in life. It is equally important for the
whole membership of the Church, if
we are to be as a light upon a hill for
the guidance of the nations, to love
truth, to go to the Lord for help, to re-
cognize the divine kinship of all men,
and to be obedient and dependable,
true citizens of the Kingdom of God.

We have a great destiny. We are
commissioned to bring peace and hap-
piness to the earth, to lead the world
from error to truth, from darkness into
light. In that sense we have been called
to be world leaders. For that calling
let us prepare; let us build the Church


Sunday, October 4 Second Day

with courage and faith toward perfec- righteousness shall be ushered in, I
tion, until the time when the reign of pray in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.


Second Counselor in the First Presidency

After the singing by the choir and the benediction this session will be
adjourned for thirty minutes intermission. We shall reassemble at 12:30.
During this intermission members of the choir and members of the press
will have an opportunity to retire. Those, however, who hold regular cards
of admission, may of course remain or return and take their places in the
audience this aternoon.

Will Presidents of the High Priests Quorums, immediately after the
intermission occupy these front seats. That means others besides those
whose names were read yesterday. Then the Presiding Bishopric may draw
from your ranks any others besides those who were invited to take places
as shall be assigned. Members of the Presidencies of the High Priests may
occupy these front seats.

Brethren: Once again we have had our hearts comforted, our souls
inspired by the sweet, harmonious music furnished by the great Tabernacle
Choir. The leadership of the Church here assembled expresses gratitude
with one heart to the members of this great organization for the noble
service you render the Church and the Nation. To the soloists today and to
those who sang yesterday we express sincere thanks.

The Choir sang "God Is Our Refuge."

Elder Vernal C. Webb, President of the West Jordan Stake, offered
the benediction.

Conference adjourned until 12:30 p. m.


The concluding session of the Conference was a sacrament and testi-
mony meeting and was held in the Tabernacle Sunday at 12:30 p. m.

President Grant was present during the early part of the meeting’
President David O. McKay, Second Counselor in the First Presidency,
conducted the services at the request of President Grant.

The congregation joined in singing the hymn, "Did You Think To
Pray," after which the opening prayer was offered by Elder Joseph T.
Williams of the Blackfoot Stake.

The congregation then sang the hymn, "How Great The Wisdom
and the Love."

The sacrament was administered under the direction of President
Rudger Clawson of the Council of the Twelve, assisted by the Presidents
of High Priests Quorums and Bishops of wards.

The time was then devoted to testimony bearing.

During the meeting President David O. McKay presented to the
congregation the following resolution:


"It is proposed that from this body of Priesthood representing the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints there be sent to the President
of the United States, the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the
country, a memorial soliciting his early consideration of measures to pro-
tect more adequately the young men of America, who have been inducted
into the Service, against the evils of intoxicating liquor and unchastity."

On motion duly made and seconded, the resolution was unanimously
adopted by those present.

At the conclusion of the meeting the congregation sang the hymn,
"O My Father," and the benediction was offered by Elder Alex Brown,
President of the Seattle Stake.

Conference adjourned for six months.

The singing of the Tabernacle Choir at the Sunday morning meeting,
as also the music of the Tabernacle Choir and Organ Broadcast and the
Church o[ the Air broadcast was directed by J. Spencer Cornwall.

The congregational singing was directed by J. Spencer Cornwall and
Richard P. Condie, conductor and assistant conductor, respectively, of the
Tabernacle Choir.

Accompaniments on the organ were played by Alexander Schreiner
and Frank W. Asper. Organ accompaniments and solo presentations for
the Tabernacle Choir and Organ Broadcast and the Church of the Air pro-
gram were played by Frank W. Asper.

Stenographic notes of the Conference were taken by Frank W. Otter-
strom and Joseph Anderson.


Clerk of the Conference.



Ashton, Elder Marvin O. 51

Authorities present 1

Authorities sustained 4

Auxiliary Officers sustained 6

Bennion, Elder Samuel 47

Bishops who have passed away .. 4

Bowen, Elder Albert E 41

Broadcast of Choir and Organ ….64

Callis, Elder Charles A 44

Changes in Church Officers 3

Church of the Air Broadcast 66

Church Welfare Committee 6

Clark, President }. Reuben, Jr 54

Early deviation, 55 — Consecratioin, 55
— Land portions, 56 — Surplus, 56 —
Other Institutions. 56 — Private Own-
ership Fundamental, 57 — The Wel-
fare Plan and the United Order, 57 —
Storehouses and Projects, 57 — The
Constitution, 58 — Influence in the
Americas, 58 — The law of Zion, 59
— Allegiance, 59.
Clawson, President Rudger 27

Deaths 4

Evans, Elder Richard L 19, 65

First Day, afternoon meeting ….23

First Day, evening meeting 39

First Day, morning meeting 2

General Authorities present 1

General Authorities sustained …. 4
General Stake, Ward and Mis-
sion Officers Present 1

Grant, President Heber J 24

Hardy, Elder Rufus K 30

Ivins, Elder Antoine R. 45

Kirkham, Elder Oscar A 28

Lee, Elder Harold B 71

Lyman, Elder Richard R 61

McKay, President David 2,

17, 23, 24, 39, 54, 59, 60, 61, 67, 76
McKay, President David 67

Men have forgotten God, 67 — The
Antithesis of Christ’s teaching, 68 —
Men groping blindly, aimlessly, 68 —
The need of a guiding light, 68 — The
one and safe guide, 69 — Applicability
of Christ’s Teachings, 69 — Proclama-
tion of Christ’s teachings, 70.

McKay, Elder Thomas E. 33

Merrill, Elder Joseph F 37

Message of the First Presidency 7
Our Testimonies, 7 — Drink and the
Word of Wisdom, 8— Chastity, 10—
Parenthood, 12 — Unity, 13 — Men in
the Armed Service, 14 — The War, 15
— To the Officers and Members of the
Church, 16.

Mission Presidents 2

New Mission Presidents 3

New Stakes organized 3

New Wards organized 3

Officers sustained 4

Resolution addressed to the Pres-
ident of , the United States 77

Richards, Elder George F 40

Richards, Bishop LeGrand 30

Richards, Elder Stephen L 20

Romney, Elder Marion G 42

Sacrament and Testimony Meet-
ing 76

Second Day, morning meeting ….60

Smith, Elder George Albert 48

Smith, Patriarch Joseph F 17

Smith, Elder Joseph Fielding ….18

Smith, Elder Nicholas G. 53

Sonne, Elder Alma 19

Special Appointments 3

Tabernacle Choir and Organ

Broadcast 64

Taylor, Elder John H 46

Wards Transferred 4

Widtsoe, Elder John A 73

Wirthlin, Elder Joseph L 36

Young, Elder Clifford E 50

Young, Elder Levi Edgar 32



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Daniel H. Wells saw it all happen: The rise of the Church
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