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CREATION AND PROGRESS.

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things in nature are subject to nature's, grading; it is so to day; it has been so unchangeable laws, and as nothing is a ever since the nations divided, and the mystery to those who understand, so races of men commenced to work out nothing is supernatural to those beings their individual history. We know, who comprehend all of nature's laws. that the Egyptian, the Persian, and the The workings of electricity as seen in the Lamanite are far below the standard of telegraph, the telephone, etc., are far the civilization of their ancient ancestors, more miraculous than many occurences while other races are still growing and called by that name. But it is only the improving in all the excellencies of untulored savage that would consider the humanity. effects of electricity supernatural, for the Modern science is too much given to simple reason that civilized man knows generalizing. It knows a little, and enough of its manifestations to under assumes everything. Let us suppose for stand that they are all governed by well a moment that every record relating to ordered laws, many of which he has the history of Utah could be wiped out already discovered and applied, and of existence, and two thousand years others he is gradually unfolding.

from now, philosophers of that age dig There is very much false reasoning in up some of the workmanship of our most the assumptions of those who deny the skilled artizans, say some complicated existence of the Divine Being. They machinery; then again, that others dig ascribe effects to utterly inadequate up some fint arrow heads or other rough causes. The difference between the work of our friends the Diggers, the intelligence and spiritual powers of man Utes, or Shoshones, what could these and those of the brute, they ascribe to parties know by deduction about our difference in the size and structure of state of society? Would they not the brain, and the organs through which probably, according to the present system it works,

Difference of structure is of reasoning, conclude that the arrow asserted to be the cause of difference of heads were the work of a people who anfunction, and man is simply an improved tedated by many thousand years, the men or more perfect animal than the beasts who constructed the delicate pinions, by which he is surrounded and whom he or massive beams of the machinery, rules.

But there is something more than and argue that the one was the gradual difference of structure that causes the development of the other, instead of distinction between man and the brutes. being two diverse races occupying the It is difference of origin, difference of same region at the same time. And parentage and descent. Man was then let us imagine they find the remains inherently capable of the high attain of Kit Carson's boat hewed out of a log, ments of to-day, had the surrounding which is now in our Museum, by what circumstances been as favorable, in the process of reasoning, at present in vogue, earliest ages of this world's history, as he could they ascribe it to one of the is now. There is no evidence of the enlightened race. They must know the gradual development of man as a race

circumstances that surrounded the buildfrom the universal barbarism of the stone ing of that boat before they could decide age to the enlightenment of the present. correctly. So is it with many of the The theory of the gradual mental growth relics of earlier ages of the world's of the whole human family through the history that are to day advertised as slow bronze, iron ages, etc., once so stumbling blocks to the revelations of popular with those who did not want to the Bible. They prove but little, and believe the Scriptures, is fast falling into amount to nothing when they are exThere is nothing to prove

hibited as evidences of the untrustthe universal prevalence of any one state

worthiness of the Divine Record. True, of society in any age of the world's they may disprove some of the theories history since the creation; whilst some advanced by uninspired men, which such nations were growing, others were retro- | pretend are based upon the Bible, but

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CORRESPONDENCE-HOMESPUN TALK.

that is a matter between the scientists | tial; all true science will aid you. Then and theorizers, but these finds disprove an understanding of music, sufficient, at none of God's revealed word, nor demon- least, to enable you to lead a hymn, is strate that there is no creator, nor that the advantageous. Don't fail to embrace race of man was ever anything radically every opportunity of speaking in public, different to what it is to day, or ever thus to accustom yourself to stand bedeveloped or differentiated from one of fore an audience. And the young man the lower creations.

R. that will make God his choice, keep the

Word of Wisdom, and store his mind as CORRESPONDENCE.

I have advised, will be able, through the CHIPPEWA FALLS, Iowa.

aid of the Lord, to stand before all men Editor Contributor:

and not be confounded. If I can arrange my thoughts, and pre

I write thus on account of the idea sent my ideas on paper, I would like to

some have that it is not necessary to pretell the young men of Zion what qualifica- pare themselves for missions, thinking, tions are necessary to become good mis no doubt, that they will not be called. sionaries. I am aware that many of our

The field is large, and all who are qualiElders have had but limited education, fied will be needed. We are told that yet, through the aid of the Spirit of God, whatever intelligence we attain unto in have done much good on missions. But

this life will rise with us in the life to this is no excuse for us, who enjoy op- come, and we believe no man can obtain portunities which they did not have; a high exaltation in ignorance. That all "where much is given, much is required," my young brethren may improve the goland it is our duty to get knowledge from den moments as they fly, and make of all good books and all proper sources.

themselves skilled artizans in the work Here let me say I consider the knowledge of God, is the desire of your friend and that comes from the Lord, through com- brother.

Thomas 7. Steed. munion with His Spirit, is to be preferred before all other knowledge. First of all

HOMESPUN TALK. I would therefore recommend, as the Thought you'd bring your boy friends greatest qualifier, simple, childlike prayer. with you, did you? That's right my dears. Pray in faith. Let no young man think Here are seats. Glad you came in, I he will obtain and retain communion have just done my evening chores. with the Father, unless he lives a life of Don't I dislike doing chores? Why, yes, virtue, a life of morality, a life of clean- of course I do, but I don't grumble about liness and of temperate habits. “For them. I do think if there is any thing my spirit dwells not in unholy taberna on earth that is trying to patience it is cles, saith the Lord.”

for the different members of a family to These things having been observed, neglect their chores. You see they are the next thing I would recommend is to necessary evils. I don't want you to feel become thoroughly conversant with the offended my dear boys, at what I say, Bible, not only to repeat the various ap but I am glad of an opportunity of giving propriate passages, but also to tell under you some much needed advice on this what circumstances and conditions they subject. I know its disagreeable to work were given. The Book of Mormon and all day and have to come home and milk, Doctrine and Covenants should likewise and chop wood, and feed stock, etc. But be committed. Add to these, histories it has to be done, so do it cheerfully, as of the churches, the creeds and doctrines your mother or sister does hers. Suppose taught by other denominations. Go into you have to say to your mother about your researches deep. Don't be satisfied eight or ten times, “I want my supper," with a mere glance. The more you have “Sew on this button,” or “make my bed," of real knowledge, the more you have to and then have to go and throw on the draw from; histories of great men and bed-clothes, hunt up something to eat or of nations are good; geography is essen pin up your shirt collar. It is quite as

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trying for mother or wife to ask and ask for wood or water and then toil up the hill after the heavy bucket of water, or haggle off a stick of wood, or worse, pick up tantalizing chips in the hot sun. Do you think its fun for her! The doing of these same chores is the oil which lubricates the intricate machinery of domestic labor. And oh, when the wheels get dry how they do squeak? In fact I have known some to get se clogged that they moved slower and slower and finally stopped. A young man lately married, whose wife was possessed of good common sense, dropped into his old habit of neglecting chores as long as possible. One morning his wife wanted wood but he was engaged talking to some man about fields. The wife called several

times and got the time honored reply, “Yes, my dear, in a minute.” After a while the calls ceased, and the husband settled down with a sigh of relief on the top of a fence rail. The hour for breakfast came and in walked the young man. The table was set as usual. They sat down and he was helped to white unboiled potatoes, the plate of raw beefstake was by his side, and the table was crowned with a breadpan full of uncooked dough. We draw the curtain. Men get tired of chores, while a woman's life is made up of them, and like them or not they have to be done. And now, don't forget when you go home to-night to do up what few chores you may have to do cheerfully and well. Good night, come again.

Susa Young Gates.

REAL AND IDEAL.
At times sweet visions float across my mind, What glowing aspirations fill the mind-

And glimpses of the unknown bright and fair, Of noble work designed for man to do!
Where all the objects seem so well-defined What purity of purpose here we find-
Tasteful in color, and in beauty rare,

What longings for the beautiful and true; That I must pause, and think if they be real, Ere know we of the toil, the grief and woe; Or only what the poets call ideal.

Or dream that men and women suffer so. I well remember when a little child,

Though all along life's weary, toilsome way, I had these same strange, wand'ring fancies; We meet with disappointments hard to bear, And I was told my thoughts were running wild,

Yet strength is given equal to our day, That I must not indulge in such romances,

And joy is of 'nest mixed with pain and care; Wasting in idle dreams the precious hours,

But let us not grow weary in well-doing, Building air-castles and gazing from the towers. Still persevere the upward path pursuing. E'en then I seemed to familiar things,

Thus ever struggle on, 'mid doubts and fears, Pertaining to a dim, uncertain past;

While changing scenes before our gaze unfold, And to my recollection faintly clings,

Till, through the vista of long, weary years, A sense of something, which the shadows cast, We see heav'n's sunshine, thro' its gates of gold; That showed me what my future life would be, And feel assured it is an answering token, as 'twere, of destiny.

Aye! though our earthly idols have been broken. There was an intuition in my heart,

Tho'those we've cherish'd most have been untrue, An innate consciousness of right and wrong, And fond and faithful ones have gone before, That bade me choose a wiser, better part,

Still let us keep the promises in view,
Which, in rough places, helped to make me Of those who're pleading on the other shore,"

Whose tender messages are with us yet,
And though my path was oft bereft of beauty, The words of love, we never can forget.
Still urged me on to fulfil ev'ry duty.

And while we muse and ponder, shadows fall,
O, happy childhood, bright with faith and hope, And a sweet spirit whispers, “Peace, be still;"

Enchantment dwells within thy rosy bowers, What of the past—'tis now beyond recall;
And rainbow tints gild all within thy scope, The future, we with usefulness may fill.

And youth sits lightly on a bed of flowers, Yet sometime, we shall find in regions real His cup of happiness just brimming o'er, Those dreams fulfilled we only term ideal. Unconscious of what life has yet in store.

Emmeline B. Wells.

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THE CONTRIBUTOR.

TERMS:

If we ask the ministers the object of

their extreme interest, they commence A MONTHLY MAGAZINE. to generalize. Education is their themed

broad, liberal education, that will make JUNIUS F. WELLS,

refined, intelligent men and women of EDITOR AND PUBLISHER.

our children. This, they say, to us, is the first and only consideration they

have in view, and they spend their time Two Dollars a Year, In Advance.

and devote their strength and talent to Single Copy, Twenty Cents.

its accomplishment for the love of Christ

and humanity, being sustained, in the SALT LAKE CITY,

meantime, by the church funds and school JULY, 1881.

perquisites, tuition fees, etc. It is hard

for some of us Latter-day Saints to be. SECTARIAN SCHOOLS.

lieve that they have no other object or There has been of late, considerable intention; that they do not wish to said in the stand and by the press upon destroy our children's faith in our sectarian schools among the Latter-day religion; and that purely for the love Saints. In our comments upon this sub- they bear us, they are willing to educate ject, we desire to take the correct view our children without money and without and to weigh the situation fairly and price. We are made more incredulous without prejudice.

when we read the dispatches, and find That there is universal sectarian oppo that our anxious educators humiliate sition to our people and institutions none themselves, begging money in the east to will deny. There is no church, no support them in the glorious cause of society, no political party of the world education among the Mormons, and that that favors the Saints. A few years ago,

to raise sufficient interest and money all of them that were not actively en they are obliged to waive the matter of gaged in the assault, remained at home truth and greatly exaggerate the extent in indifference, at ease, while our people of their field, and the necessity of its were being driven from the pale of civili thorough cultivation. zation, their leaders murdered and their Our faith, in the innocent nature of homes destroyed. While these atrocities their calling, and in the purity of their were being committed, and a friendless designs upon our children, is further people ostracised from their native land, wrecked, when we hear that they tell none of these good Christians, whose

other stories of their purposes and mission is to educate poor children and objects to their patrons abroad. They send missionaries to the heathen, were say that a famous bishop of one of the known to pen a line, deliver a sermon or leading sectarian churches here, told his raise an arm in defense of the helpless fellow bishops in Boston, that he could Saints,or in opposition to the cruel bigotry do nothing towards converting the adult and relentless frenzy that actuated the Mormons to the popular creeds, for they mobs who drove them into the wilderness. were rooted and grounded in their delu

Now, with these historical facts before sion, but “in ten years you will see we us, we have to conclude that the solici will make great inroads upon their tude at present manifested by the sec children." His remarks were applauded. tarian Christians of the world, in behalf Remarks like this, and their bitter deof the you:h of the Latter-day Saints, is nunciation of our Church leaders and the result of a change of sentiment in some of the principles of our faith, regard to our people, or it is to be viewed which they compare to diabolism, aniin the light of a new invasion, with the malism, etc., necessarily cause thinking same fell purpose that the mobs had in Latter-day Saints to suspect that “there's Missouri and Illinois, namely, the des a nigger in the fence" somewhere. truction of our faith and people.

Now, what is the design and object of

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sectarian churches in seeking to educate the world with their fellow men arrayed, Latter-day Saints' children? They say, on every hand, against them. To be "we do not teach religion in our schools. prepared for the battle of life, to be able Your children may or may not be Pres to defend their father's faith and to give byterians, Episcopalians, or Methodists. a reason for the hope within them, they It is our business simply to give them a must be educated. They must be able common or high school education; not to to meet the theologian, the scientist, the interfere with their religion, whatever it philosopher, and confute strange theories may be.” But with their ideas of Mor- and vindicate the truth. For this labor ionism, viewing it as evil, abominable, they should be educated. They have a immoral, and not orthodox, what kind of wonderful mission upon the earth, and men must they be, and how will they should be trained from childhood directaccount to their supporters East, if they ly and purposely for its fulfillment. make no effort to destroy the germ of Neglect of parents to start them well faith in the breasts of Mormon children, drilled, armed and in condition to meet which is

sure to develop into a perfect the opponents of their life's mission, testimony of the truth of Mormonism if will be visited upon the parents' heads. left alone ?

If the youth fall by the wayside, skepThey are hypocrites and false to their tics, unvirtuous, infidel, let parents take trust if they do not seek to dispel from warning. Where have the little ones the minds of children under their care, been taught? If in the school of the any theories, or principles not in accord unbeliever, their sin be upon your with their traditional ideas of Christian heads. If in the school of faith, God ity, morality, and respectability. And will visit His judgments upon them and any one of them, not believing in Mor

recompense you for the care you have monism, who would assume to teach a given them. Mormon child, and not correct in the In most cases where the latter course mind of that child, the principles its is pursued, there will be little danger of parents, as good Latter-day Saints, are children going astray.

"Train up a bound to impart, is too much of a hypo- child in the way he should go, and when crite to his own faith, to be trustworthy he is old he will not depart from it” is a or fit to teach, guide or control any one,

true saying. The only difficulty is in and particularly children of whom great knowing how he should go and training things are expected in the future.

him accordingly. If Latter-day Saints These teachers have some other object do not know the destiny and expectain view, and are doing what they con

tions of their children, they certainly sider a nobler work than merely instruct

can not suppose sectarian school teaching our children in grammar and arith

ers to be better informed. We are of The arithmetic they take most the opinion that children, with the work delight in teaching, and which they ex

before them that our children have to do, pect the greatest results from, is infidel deserve better treatment than to be subity to Mormonism. Certainly we wont jected to the false traditions and infidel insist on you being Baptists or Congre- influences of bigoted sectarians, before

or even Catholics, so that they have learned the whisperings of the anything under heaven but a Holy Spirit which God gave them in

The devil is well enough their early childhood, to be their monisatisfied with the victory, and is willing

tor and help, while obtaining their eduto let his various sectarian churches cation. And we consider it an insult to clamber among themselves for the spoils. those children, if not an offense to God,

We consider that Latter-day Saints' for parents to place them where the dechildren have a claim upon their parents

velopment and employment of that for a fair education. They are the off-sacred gift is not deemed necessary to spring of a system that the world abhors, educate and qualify them for the duties and they have to contend for a place in of life which await them.

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gationalists, you are Mormon.

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