An Address at the Mormon Taber-nacle in Salt Lake City.
The Salt Lake Herald gives the follow-ing report of an address delivered by Brigham Young at the Mormon Taber-nacle in that city on Sunday, April 29, on the occasion of the renewal of Sab-bath meetings there:
"He said he felt under obligations to be happy and satisfied at having the privilege of standing here to speak to the Latter-day Saints. He was also sat-fied with his labors during the six months he had been absent. Were the Saints here satisfied with their labors during the same period? This was a question they might answer for themselves. If they had done well they certainly had cause to be satisfied; if they had not, their own consciences would be their judges. He knew the saints would like to hear con-cerning things in the South. Those who had been to St. George had enjoyed a blessed time. The saints had been striv-ing and laboring almost half a century for the privilege of entering the house of God and officiating for those of their friends who had slept without the gospel. The sensations which had pervaded the hearts of the saints while in the temple could not be described to the understanding of any but those who had shared in those blessings in the house of God. These things could not be realized except by those who shared and enjoyed them. The Holy Spirit of God had testified to them that their labor was accepted of heaven. If the re-mainder of the youth could have en-joyed what a few had recently been par-takers of, they would withdraw from the frivolties of this life, and turn unto the things of God. When he reflected that the children of men were sent to this earth for the purpose of gaining the experience that the angels had obtained, it seemed remarkable to him that people would stoop to do many things which some did. At times he felt so exercised that he chastened the saints very severely, but he wished to say, 'I have no chastisement for any one who do not deserve it.' How easy it was to give way to false spirits and to yearn for things of the earth. If the saints would cling to and practice the principles of heaven which they had em-braced, there would be no need of chas-tisement, but in the prone condition of man to wander in the ways of darkness, it was always necessary for the Father, through His Son Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, to chasten the saints in order to keep them to the line of their duty toward His work. If the people here were enjoying the Holy Spirit he was glad of it, for then there would be no necessity to urge them from Sabbath to Sabbath to complete the temple now in process of erection. Some might wonder, in view of outside influence, whether the gospel would stand triumph-ant. He would say to them, 'Have no fears on that point.' The saints were looking for the coming of the Son of Man, and if they would overcome sin in themselves they would gain power over sin in those around them, for it would be by the saints becoming sancti-fied in the truth, through their useful-ness, that the earth would be redeemed. 'What does the world say about your humble servant? Many things! Some say that I am not fit to live; the righteous do not say so, but the wicked do: and they would take my life if they had the power, but I fear them not; I stand in the place where God has set me, and my strength and trust are in Him. He said they had massacred the Prophet Joseph and his brother Hyrum, and the result would be that God would come out of his biding place and vex the nation when the cup of their iniquity was full. The sorrows inflicted on the saints had not been so great as the sufferings of the enemies, whom God had punished. It was sometimes necessary that God should use the outside world as an instrument in scourging and chaste-ning the saints. "It must needs be that offenses come; men had crucified the Saviour, his death had to be brought about for the salvation of the world. What was the duty of the saints when persecuted? To do nothing only to preach the Gospel to their perscutors, send salvation to the nations of the earth, build up Zion and live faithful to the Gospel. If God should see it necessary that any of his servants should seal their testimony with their blood, all was right, they would go into the arms of God and reap an eternal re-ward. If the saints would live as faith-ful as they had the power to do, God would hasten his work in righteousness, for this depended much on the progress of those who embraced the gospel. Pres-ident Young then referred to the prone- ness of some to drink, others to swear, smoke and associate with the ungodly. It was also a shame for the ladies in Zion to yearn after the fashions of the world. He had no fears respecting the triumph of the work of God. The only thing any one had to fear was his own carelessness, lest he might be among the foolish vir-gins when the Saviour should come. God would never commit the fullness of the earth to the saints until they had sanctified themselves as far as lay in their power. He sometimes felt thankful that the saints did not yet have the judging of the world, for they were not prepared to do so righteously; they did not pos-sess sufficient knowledge to judge the nations, but would have to learn and be-come sanctified in their lives before this would be given them."
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