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Organizations it represents and for the THE CONTRIBUTOR. price of subscription charged. A MONTHLY MAGAZINE.

To an extent we have also entertained this opinion, knowing that its columns

did not afford room for the publication of JUNIUS F. WELLS,

many deserving articles handed in, and EDITOR AND PUBLISHER. that it was not equal in extent to others

of our home papers, issued at the same

price. Our excuse has been that the Two Dollars a Year, In Advance.

magazine was in its infancy; only just Single Copy, Twenty Cents. commencing its life, and that we wished

to lay a sure foundation upon which to SALT LAKE CITY, OCTOBER, 1880.

build, that it might become all that could be desired. Not, however, by trying the

first year to do too much, and so exhaust VOLUME TWO.

ourselves that it would be impossible the With the present number the CONTRIB second year to do more. UTOR enters upon its second year. The This policy, we are pleased to state, favor with which it has been received has enabled us to present the first numduring the past, has been most gratifying ber of volume two in a much improved to the publisher. It has shown that such form. The addition of about ten pages a publication was needed and that it has of reading matter, entirely removes the a large field in which to circulate and do objection of its diminutiveness. Its congood. The response of the young ladies tents are now as extensive as those of and gentlemen to the invitation and op any similar magazine published in the portunity extended them to write for West, while the paper, type, and general publication, has been such, as at all times appearence of the publication is not surto supply the editor with suitable copy, passed by any. and at the same time to manifest their The contents, so far as may be foreappreciation of such advantages and told, of this volume, will be of the same their ability to make good use of them. interesting, solid, readable quality that

The voluntary assistance of the officers has made the first volume a success. of the Associations, in canvassing for Elder Moses Thatcher commences a and collecting subscriptions, evinces the historical and descriptive series on interest they take in the publication; the Mexico and the Mexicans, which his appreciative manner in which they have mission to that country and people, enreceived it demonstrates that it is of use ables him to present in a manner most to them, in the work of mutual improve instructive and entertaining, while the ment. It is indeed to be observed that prospective missionary relations of our where Associations take and read the people with the Mexicans, descendants CONTRIBUTOR, their progress is more of ancient Israel, will enhance the inmarked in many particulars than in other terest and profit with which such a series places. Some of the Stake Superintend will be read. ents have stated that from such Associa A number of articles upon the first tions, they receive better and more satis principles of the Gospel will be presentfactory reports than from any others. ed under the heading, Leaves from the

Mingled with the almost universal ap Tree of Life, treating an old subject in probation of our first volume, wherever a new manner, that will perhaps make it has circulated, we have occasionally plain to many, important truths that all heard the murmur of a complaint. \ It should understand. That this series is has not been in the form of objection from the talented pen of Elder C. W. to the contents, nor the style of the Penrose, is sufficient indication that it magazine, but to the size. Some have will be, not only orthodox and instructive, thought that it was rather small for the but interesting as well. The contribu

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tions of Quebec on popular scientific / good ground-work for a life charicaturist subjects, with common illustrations, will as the poor London reporter. Editorials be a feature of the magazine as hereto upon subjects relating to the work of fore. Travels in Italy from De Vallibus mutual improvement, and interesting Aswill be a continuation of that young sociation Intelligence, will constitute a author's tour of the continent of Europe. feature of each number. Besides these, Book of Mormon characters and inci- the budget of matter from all parts of the dents will form the subject of several Territory, will afford a great variety that contributions from our esteemed and will help to make the CONTRIBUTOR worthy friend, Elder George Reynolds, the genuine, sterling, representative pubwhose thorough researches in that sacred lication that it is our desire and intenrecord, qualify him to cull from its pages lion to make it, with the assistance and appropriate and entertaining matter, that encouragement of the young, which we is calculated to arouse the interest of the

are sanguine will greet all our endeavors. young and to encourage them in their studies of holy writ. In addition to Prof. Riggs' educational

MEMBERSHIP AND SYSTEM. treatise, within the pages of this volume, The season for resuming the winter we shall endeavor to present an epitom- meetings of the Associations is apized statement of the educational status proaching; during the present month of our Territory; beginning with the most of them will have commenced University of Deseret, followed by the active work. Now is the time for the Brigham Young Academy of Provo, and officers to carefully consider the instructhe Logan College, the history and tions that have been given, and to precharacter of those institutions will be pare their winter's programme in accordgiven by students of the respective ance with them, and the true spirit of schools; and will be succeeded by a mutual improvement. sketch of our district school system and In some places we are informed a deworkings, so far as developed at the parture has been taken from the original present time. There will be the usual design and object of our Organization, variety of matter upon Literature, Art, and innovations permitted upon the plan Music and Biography, with Character given by President Young, and since apSketches, Correspondence, and original proved by the Apostles. We shall and selected poetry.

notice some of these and give our reaIn addition to the above, a new depar sons for objecting to any material variture will be observed, in the introduction ance, from the pointed and comprehensive to our pages of a lighter kind of reading instructions that have been given from matter, the first article appearing in the beginning. the present number, under the title, First of all, in relation to the memberSketches from Life. Our object in doing ship of the Young Men's Associations. this, is to add variety to the contents of In a few wards in the Territory, Literary the magazine, without descending to Societies had been organized prior to the trash, and to amuse our readers as well general organization of the young men as instruct them; besides encouraging in 1875. These had usually a mixed those having the ability to take up the membership, consisting of ladies and common occurrences of every day life, gentlemen, young and old; and when and to direct attention to the various the instructions were given to organize phases of humanity which we daily meet. young men's associations in each ward, This remarkable faculty, carefully culti some of the members of these older vated, made Charles Dickens famous, societies objected to any change in their and his works sought after by the masses, membership, or particular alteration in among whom they have done a world of their methods of conducting meetings good, in praising virtue and ridiculing and carrying on their exercises. There vice. We may have among us just as

being but one plan suggested by the

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EDITORIAL

authorities, this matter of mixed mem young ladies as members, is to be obbership was brought before them, with served in many places.—The boys go to the arguments of those who favored it, meeting to take the girls home, and the such as increased attendance, more en- girls go to be taken. tertaining meetings, etc. And in reply, That we should have amusement and President Young said, so far as those that our meetings should be entertaining societies that had already been organized we perfectly realize, but this can be prowere concerned, it would be better not to vided for without subverting the more make any radical changes in them, but important interests of our Organization in give them time and they would change our efforts to supply it, and without desthemselves. In relation to those we troying its character or making a laughwere called upon to organize in the ing stock of its name. It can be done future, however, he was most emphatic by universally adopting the system that in regard to the membership. He wished has been very generally presented to the to see an organization of the young men Associations throughout the country, but of Israel, in which they would be brought which has not been thoroughly reduced together to cultivate themselves in the to practice in but a few places. principles of the Gospel, and to obtain The successful operation of this sys. and bear testimony of the truth. He tem pre-supposes the Organizations to be plainly indicated that the matter of an established upon the original plan of disevening's entertainment was very far in- tinct and separate membership; that the deed from the chief object of the organi- two Associations – Young Men's and zation, and seemed to associate the latter Young Ladies' — are holding regular idea with mixed societies, to which he weekly meetings, and that once a month was strongly opposed, saying, “If you a conjoint session is held by them, for run into a mixed membership I will have the purposes of recreation, entertain. nothing whatever to do with you.” In ac ment and the delivery of competitive excordance with these instructions, the ercises, showing the progress of each. brethren who were instrumental in organ Thus organized, the systematic exercises izing the majority of the Associations in proposed are easily adopted and are the Territory, never thought of admitting found to give great satisfaction wherever any but male members, except in a very carefully conducted. The leading feafew instances, where the population tures of this programme consist of Bible, seemed so small that two associations Book of Mormon and Church History could not be officered only at the expense subjects, so arranged that they can be of the membership.

taken up chronologically, and carried Wherever mixed membership prevails, through in about two seasons, leaving systematic exercises are almost impossi- each attentive member at the end of that ble; at least they are seldom found to-time, with a knowledge of the leading gether. The young ladies in their own events, recorded in their order, within Associations take up subjects, and con the pages of those sacred records; betinue their studies upon them with a sides being familiar with many passages, degree of regularity and method, but as

and not at a loss to find any. This, as members of the Young Men's Associa the basis of our programme, maintains tions, which is rather paradoxical, they the character of the Associations, and require entertainment and amusement, does more than anything else to qualify and too frequently the exercises in such the members for missions, or any other Associations will be found to pander to position they may be called upon to octhis disposition rather than to be of a cupy in the Kingdom. In addition to systematic, progressive character, that these chief features, the exercises may involves study by the members and regu- be diversified to any extent; admitting larity in the manner of presentation. the reading of select pieces, essays, Further, the very evil that the President declamations, addresses, answering quessaid would ensue, from admitting the tions, testimonies, songs, etc., so far as

But the quality, surely, should differ indeed.
They have plenty to eat, yea enough and to
While I perish of hunger, of toil and of care.
But I will arise, to my father I'll go;
THE PRODIGAL'S PRAYER.

29 the time will admit. This is for regular practically carrying them out. Plans for weekly meetings.

missionary labor should be perfected, At the monthly conjoint sessions, a and the regular routine of visiting comprogramme of greater variety, and of an menced. This will have the effect of entertaining and amusing character bringing the Associations together in should be given. · The reading of man closer and more familiar relationship, uscript papers, dialogues, scenes from

and will create a mutuality of purpose good plays, songs, choruses and lectures and plan that cannot fail to produce the upon given subjects, might be introduced, most gratifying results. A great deal according to the taste of the programme depends upon how we commence our committees. In addition to these meet winter's work; if it is started systematings, public lectures should be arranged | ically, upon a correct basis, it will be for, under the auspices of the Associa- found easy to carry it on and retain the tions, upon such subjects as the commit interest of the members until the close of tees may consider desirable; the best the season.

If left alone and no system talent to be procured should be sought is adopted, we are almost sure to witness for on these occasions. With this ar the waning of interest, if not the collapse rangement, in connection with onr inter of our Associations. Hence we strongly missionary visiting, the general tone and urge the officers to give their attention to character of the Organizations can be

the renewal of their meetings, the pergreatly improved, and glorious results fection of their rolls, the introduction of will ensue.

systematic exercises, the carrying on of We trust the Stake officers of the As- missionary visiting, providing good lecsociations everywhere will, at the begin tures and conjoint entertainments on the ning of this season, begin to trim up their best plans, and are sanguine if they do membership, revise the old rolls so as to so, they will have joy in their labors, and have them represent the genuine attend will after many days, see the fruits thereants, and not a long list of names that of, in multiplied intelligence among the are never responded to; and that they people, who shall know the truth and be will at once communicate with the gen able to give a reason for their faith, eral officers, through the Territorial Sec-through having learned correct docretary, upon the systematic order of trine and true principles in the Muexercises to be adopted, where they have

tual Improvement Associations of the not already received instructions, and are young.

THE PRODIGAL'S PRAYER. Husks, only husks! Oh, for life-giving bread;

Ah! woe, to the son, should the father not care Can souls be sufficed if with husks they are fed ?

If in anger he turns, from the prodigal's prayer, Than the brute, less support, may humanity need

But his father beholds him, towards him has

flownMust I fare as the swine, or from hunger expire?

His arms for protection around him has thrown; Alas! 'tis a choice of extremity dire.

'My father, no more am I worthy to be For the halls of my father I languish and pine,

Thy son, as a servant l'll labor for thee." The lot of his servants is better than mine;

But the father has turned to his servants and

said "In the very best robes, let my son be arrayed; Put a ring on his hand, and put shoes on his feet;

The fatted calf kill, that my loved one may eat, I will fall at his feet, I will tell him my woe;

And let us be merry, for this, my lost son, I will say I'm not worthy so noble a sire,

Is restored to my arms, yea, from death, he is Make me one of thy servants, who labor for hire.

won;

spare;

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VALUE OF MOMENTS.

'Tis meet that our welcome, and joy, be pro With feasting and mirth, when the lost one is found

found. When the dead is restored and the lost one is found.

Which of us ne'er has gone out of the way;

Which of us ne'er had occasion to sayHow many are lost in the darkness of night "My father, I've sinned, I am worthy no more, Because there are none, who will read them Thy child to be called, turn me not from thy aright.

door? Grief, from Indifference, hideth her need; As a servant, I fain would my faithfulness prove, Hearts torn with anguish, in silence oft bleed. Wilt thou only vouchsafe me this proof of thy Too careless, the stranger, to fathom their woe; love ? And those who should help them, but strike That yet I may labor, that yet I may bethem a blow.

Somewhere, or something, belonging to thee?" The virtuous, even, are slow to discernThat well timed compassion, and counsel, may Love's intuition doth make us to feel,

That love is convincing, and potent to heal. turn, "To righteousness many," that pity divine,

Where'er love aboundeth, the will it is givenWill e'en make the giver in glory to shine.

To excuse and forgive, “even seventy times

seven." By Propriety's mill stones, the erring are crushed; Too often by many who claim to be just;

Hear how Jehovah doth sinners invite Who care not the penitent's sorrow to see;

"Though as scarlet your sins, they as wool shall Who heed not the publican's pitiful plea.

be white; To the orthodox only, the bigot, unbends;

Come; saith the Lord, let us reason together, Distinction must favor the haughty one's friends;

And I will forget your transgressions forever." The hypocrite's policy, keeps him afar

Let us meet the repentant with welcome and From sinners confessed, lest his name he should

cheermar;

To encouarge their hopes and to banish their And only the Lord hears the cry of despair;

fear; Only the Lord, heeds the prodigal's prayer.

If we make not a feast let us give them a crust; So the prodigal's brother, in anger drew near,

Nor drive them again unto hunger and husks. And questioned the servants, almost with a sneer;

Though justice is stern, yet our mercy 'twill wait; "Wherefore this feasting, this music and mirth;

If the famished and starving are close at our Measured with mine, is this renegade's worth ?"

gate. "Son! said the father, why should'st thou re

When the soul like the body is hungered and

cold, pine? My substance, my all, is assuredly thine.

Shall we stop to reprove, and due comfort with

hold? With me thou art ever, and what would'st thou more?

Lest we kill such with coldness, oh! let us beBut my lost and my dead, has returned to my

ware, door;

There are many who echo the prodigal's prayer. Tis meet that the halls of his father resound

Emily Hill Woodmansee.

VALUE OF MOMENTS. MANY a youth Aings away the finest the World,” affords illustrations of the opportunities of life, by not realizing the value of moments that ought to impress value of moments. If a piece of work every one. is assigned one of this class, he thinks it “It has been truly said that the great too great to be done at once, and excuses moral victories and defeats of the world his delay by saying, "I haven't time.” turn on minutes. Fortune is proverbially When, if he would seize the minutes, a fickle jade, and there is nothing like in other words, if he would “make time," promptness of action,—the timing of there is no computing the amount of work things at the lucky moment,—to force he might accomplish. The following her to surrender her favors. Crises extract from Dr. Matthews' “Getting on come, the seizing of which is triumph,

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