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Therefore, if parents desire and expect erence for the former; thereby developto have joy in their posterity, let them ing acquaintance with the spirit of inteltake the course which will secure it. ligence and truth, that the Lord has iinFrom the time that their little ones are planted within them to be their guide and old enough to discern the influences of director through the life they are sent good and evil, make it obligatory upon here to live. The results will justify those who teach them, to inculcate rev
OUR SOCIETY. To be a good member of a “Mutual It is the integrity of the Saints, their 'Improvement Association," implies, that devotion to the cause they have espoused there is a determination to improve, and which arouses the raillery and inspires also a settled purpose to use all the the opposition of the enemy. But every opportunities which such Society gives, well disposed person turns mid these that the improvement may be secured. contrasts of lite to the brighter—the
And to improve, each one must under better side; to the path of improvement, stand and know his own peculiar
peculiar of progress, of education, of refinement, defects. His own personal criticism, as of increased intelligence and consequent he has opportunities of contrast, will power in this life and in the life to come. enable him to see more and more plainly The members of our Associations should where he needs to cultivate, or seek to mark all the most desirable qualities improve. In listening to a good reader, a which they see exbibited by others, and poor one discovers how much he lacks then seek to emulate these examples, in this particular; in hearing a good, improving in reading, in singing, in comready, fluent speaker, one who is not so position or writing, in expression feels his imperfection; although there speaking, in behavior and conduct to may be fluency without any great mani- wards all around them, in ability to think festation of intelligence, if you couple on religious things, on things which are the two together, Auency and the evi called secular, such as business matters, dences of thought, ignorance and inability social matters, and domestic matters, feel at once that they have room for constantly enlarging their sphere of improvement. When a rude and selfish thought and adding to their stores of person comes in contact with one who is knowledge; gathering a little here, a little well behaved, kind in heart and spirit, there, an item from one, a hint from and studious of the feelings of others, another, and a thought from the next, so he is a rebuke to the vain and forward, “Improvement” will not be a catchword to the rude and unpolished, the thought-only, but a real, living, accomplished less of man
or womankind. Those thing. How much more companionable, whose language is vulgar and uncouth, how much more useful, how much more who use slang phrases, swear and take manly and womanly, nay even how much the name of God in vain, are never so more God-like might our youth become, if much abashed, nor realize their vulgarity, they were but a little more earnest in their as when in the society of those who are desire and search for “Mutual Improverefined in manner, and who, in language ment;" acting upon and also being acted full of simplicity and music, express
their upon by others, supplanting ignorance feelings or their wants.
by intelligence; error by truth; poverty There is no rebuke so effectual with of thought by reflection in many directhe skeptic, as the unfaltering trust in tions; rudeness and vulgarity by cultivaGod and faith in His providences, which tion and good manners; indifference to Saints exhibit when trial and sorrow God and His worship, by a living faith throw a shadow across their line of life. and abiding testimony; the following of
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gentile fashions, by the simplicity of can ever come to Saint or sinner in this attire as inculcated in the gospel; in- probation, or indeed, in any other sphere, dulgence in all the stimulants used to the where agency purified and enobled by dethronement of reason, the destruction experience and intelligence, shall aspire of vital force and the shortening of human to the society and glory of the Gods ! life, by a steadfast obedience to every Industrious use of all the faculties, “Word of Wisdom," and the ushering in mid all the opportunities of life, with a of such renovating processes as shall reverential yet earnest seeking for the favorably affect longevity, until man shall power of the Holy Ghost, (which is an again “Live to the age of a tree;" in everpresent inspiration) will enable every other words, overthrowing every institu member of both sexes, of this and kindred tion and influence which in their origin associations to become mighty in the are but of man, and establishing those arena of “Mutual Improvement;" aiding institutions and spreading those influ- | ourselves, aiding each other, and aiding ences which are divine; thus recognizing the building of the Kingdom of God God and righteousness as the fountain through that Priesthood, whose watchand stream, from whence for "The healing word is “Onward," and whose lever is of the nations,” and the realization of all and has been “Mutual Improvement." the dreams of mutual improvement that
H. W. Naisbitt.
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great and important duty of have to offer for their acceptance. On preaching the Gospel is of such vital the contrary, to apparently agree with moment, especially in this the last them on minor and unimportant points, dispensation, that the Elders to whom to go with them as far as the tenor of the labor is entrusted should certainly their road leads towards our destination, be willing at all times to take into con will better prepare them for going with sideration how they can most effectually us, part way at least, when the roads perform it to the acceptance of Heaven, diverge. It is an old axiom, that “if you and to the salvation of the souls of men. go with your companion to the forks of Human nature is pretty much the same the road, you can then take him whitherall over the world, as regards its main
soever you will.” features, attributes and propensities. To figuratively fight and oratorically
are generally cudgel an assembly, would hardly be more acceptable, and consequently more considered the more certain method of successful, than the opposite, in remov allaying their antagonism to your docing prejudice, and promoting confidence trine, but rather to engender a dislike to and faith in the doctrine to be advanced. the speaker, and through him, a conAn open warfare need not be declared tempt for his principles. A liberality of against the present convictions of an sentiment concerning the opinions of audience, in order to institute a more others, erroneous as they may be, will acceptable and truthful standard of always induce a greater sympathy toGospel life and practice. To give a wards our own. There is probably congregation to understand that you nothing so repulsive to an audience as a mistrust their honesty of heart, their in- dogmatical address: an effort to coerce tegrity of purpose, or their sound com the public mind to our way of thinking mon sense, even if such were actually by arrogant assertion, instead of convincthe case, would not be calculated to ing by argument, persuading by appeals arouse the most pleasant reflections, nor to reason, and touching the heart by the to mould their minds into the most con sweet spirit of inspiration. The warfare genial humor for receiving the truths we of the Gospel is not waged against men,
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but against error; and all its administra smith stops beating to go out and see tions are characterized by love for the a “dog fight.” The minds of the audihuman race, who are the offspring of ence should be kept intensely interested God. Its mission is to supplant ignor- | in our subject; and in order to effect ance by revealing knowledge, to culti- this, their sympathy must be engaged. vate acceptance of that which is good Illustrations best adapted to meet their and true by showing its beauty and con own experiences should be used to porsistency.
tray any given idea, and if metaphors The mind intuitively reverences that are introduced, let them by all means be which is holy. The divine in man re appropriate and telling. We should sponds to the divine in principle, when never speak for the purpose of display. advanced by an inspired speaker. Love The individual who yields to this flimsy begets love. But few there are who will temptation defeats his own object. It not recognize kindness, and yield to a deprives his efforts of that fervor-that loving appeal to their hearts or reason, warmth of self-conviction, and that earin preference to an attack upon their igo nest desire for the salvation of his hearnorance, wilfulness or stupidity. Not ers which are such aids to the preacher withstanding the latter may be most ap in making converts. Hence the telling parent, still wisdom suggests that much effects of a strong testimony to the Gosshould be ignored in the effort to infuse pel, showing not merely belief in the correct principle into a benighted, tra doctrine, but positive revealed knowledge ditionated and prejudiced mind.
concerning its truth. People may not alAnother thing that should be regarded ways believe through hearing our testiis: in all our arguments, we should hold
mony, but they may be led to an investithe fact prominently before the people, gation and further inquiry into a doctrine that God has revealed this Gospel from so forcibly advanced and sustained. Furheaven; that it is for this reason it
thermore, it is our duty to testify of that should be believed, rather than that we which we do know concerning this great ourselves are convinced of its Scriptural work, that those who will not heed our correctness, or that our investigations | teaching may at last have to face our teshave been more profound or our conclu- | timony; and thus, by having every opsions more just than others. Intelligent portunity of conversion, be left without audiences do not like to be made to be excuse before the judgment seat of God. lieve a doctrine simply because the On the manner of preaching the Gospreacher is convinced, without hearing pel, we find a commandment of the the “strong reasons” which induced him Lord, published on the one hundred and to believe. Neither do they always re twentieth page of the Book of Doctrine gard his opinion as paramount, because and Covenants (n.e.), in a revelation to he may claim to have stood well in the Martin Harris, given in March, 1830, community. He may, however, show through Joseph the Seer: “And thou what opportunities he has had for inves shalt declare glad tidings, yea, publish it tigation of the subject in hand. Apt upon the mountains, and upon every quotations from historical information | high place, among the people that thou found in his researches, will always in shalt be permitted to see. And thou terest and edify, as well as make a point in shalt do it with all humility, trusting in his argument. People naturally like to Je, reviling not against revilers. And hear brief incidents narrated, the truth of tenets thou SHALT not talk, but thou of which is established by some histori shalt declare repentance and faith on the cal record. These, however, should be Savior, and remission of sins by bapmade as concise as possible, and directly tisin and hy fire, yea, even the Holy to the point. Arguments lose force Ghost. Behold, this is a great and the and effect, if we stray off from the sub last commandment which I shall give ject to tell an out of place story. The you concerning this matter; for this shall 'hottest iron will “cool off” if the suffice for thy daily walk, even unto the
end of thy life. And misery thou shalt into the world, he sees some people who receive if thou wilt slight these counsels; shine, and who seem to be admired and yea, even the destruction of thyself and esteemed; he discovers, on acquaintance, property."
that they carry many vices, that they are How plainly does this endorse the genteel drunkards, gamblers, etc., upon principle which is the subject of our ar which he adopts their way of living, misticle!
Here is a direct command not to taking their defects for their perfections, "talk of tenets,” showing that attacks and thinking that they owe their lustre to upon religious creeds are in the very na those genteel vices, whereas it is exactly ture of things calculated to arouse the the reverse; for they have acquired their worst kind of opposition, for Martin good reputation by their parts, their learnHarris was positively warned that misery ing, their good breeding, and other real should come upon him if he slighted | accomplishments, and are blemished and these counsels; and that it would end in lowered in the opinion of all reasonable the destruction of himself and property. people, and of their own, in time, by
The Gospel revealed from Heaven is their vices, which at first appear essenso broad and deep and high, that it fur tial to their splendor. nishes ample scope for preaching, with Vanity, the source of many of our folout spending time in analysing and at lies, and of some of our crimes, has sunk tacking the systems of religion that sur many a man into company in every light round us; and when it is preached in infinitely below himself, for the sake of the power and demonstration of the being the first man in it. There he dicHoly Spirit, its comparative beauties tates, and is applauded, admired; and, will be apparent to the honest seeker for the sake of being the Coryphæus of after truth. Let him make his own com that wretched chorus, disgraces and disparison between the Gospel revealed qualifies himself soon for any
better through Joseph and the creed which he company. Depend upon it, you will has hitherto believed as divine, and we sink or rise to the level of the company doubt not the result will be manifest in which you commonly keep; people will due time. By taking this course, the judge of you, and not unreasonably, by speaker will stimulate and promote the that. There is good sense in the Spanhealthy action of the hearer's mind, will ish saying, “Tell me whom you live with, thus draw upon his good sense instead of and I will tell you who you are.” Therearousing his combativeness; and his fore, be extremely careful in the selecheart, touched as it were, by the magic tion of companions. The adoption of wand of eternal truth, yields willing obe vice has, I am convinced, ruined ten dience to the behests of Heaven, and times more young men than natural inblesses the hand that wielded it for his clinations. When a man considers the salvation.-Millennial Star.
state of his own mind, he will find that
the best defence against vice is preservA HOMILY ON VICE.
ing the worthiest part of his own spirit Vice is the extreme opposite of virtue, pure from any great offence against it. or virtue violated.
Great vices, like There is then a magnanimity in him great virtues, are not the creation of a which makes him look upon himself with
hour, but come by the repeti disdain, if he is ever betrayed by a sudtion of little acts in our everyday life, as den desire or temptation, into the gratifi
Our words and our ac cation of lust, covetousness, rage or tions are but the echo of the mind; if pride. our minds are occupied by evil and cor If a man would preserve his own rupt thoughts, they will, by persistent in spirit, and his natural approbation of dulgence, create habits of life and vices higher and more worthy pursuits, he that will bring us to shame and destruc could never fall into this littleness, but
his mind would be still open to honor When a young man first launches out and virtue in spite of infirmities and re
day or an
lapses. Every step that a man takes the original, but until men inspired by beyond moderate and reasonable pro- the spirit in which it was written, shall vision for his interests in any direction, ' undertake its revision we shall view the is taking so much from the worthiness of efforts of classical scholars with a degree his own spirit; as he that is entirely set of apprehension and doubt. upon making a fortune, is all that while !
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GAMIA CRISTIANA COMPARADAS. A defense in them something that adorns their con of Polygamy, written and published in Spanish. dition, and shows the man, whether a hy Elder Moses Thatcher, Mexico. prince or a beggar, above his fortune. It is necessary to an easy and happy which shows from Scriptural, Philo
This is a very ably prepared pamphlet life, to possess our minds in such a manner as to be always well satisfied with sophical and Natural Laws, the superiour own reflections. The way to this ority of the Divine Law of Plurality of
Wives, over the man made monogamic state is to measure our actions by our opinions, and not by those of the rest of system of modern Christendom. the world. The sense of other men
Spanish scholars of this city state that
the work has been most carefully and might prevail over us in things of less
excellenily prepared. It must therefore consideration, but not in concerns where
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inspired servants of God, and its testiJohn A. Hellstrom.
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not only the dwellers in Deseret, but learned translators who are engaged on
many who live beyond the guardian the Old Testament complete their labors,
ranges of our "hidden desert land." some of the popular objections to certain passages of the New may be considered and the version improved accordingly. Silence is just as far from being wis. We would be glad to see the Bible text dom as the rattle of an empty wagon is in every respect rendered according to from being music.