USAGES IN UTAH.—We have had many strange stories of the Mormons, since that form of delusion took root among us. Some of these have excited pity, others contempt; and not a few of them aversion and abborrence. From all accounts they are a "pecu-liar people," not at all over "zealous in good works." No doubt many of these marvellous relations are ex-aggerations, the offspring of a settled animosity, that can see in that, people "evil and only evil and evil continually." We would fain not believe otherwise. But, this admission notwithstanding, there must be grave moral delinquency in the Mormon charac-ter and habits, for the very reason that their distinc-tive creed is immoral and impure. It is true that some men's lives are vastly superior to their reli-gious creeds. Full of idolatry, abomination and ab-surdity as are the dogmas and doctrines of the Ro-man Catholic Church, men have lived and died in her communion whose memory is redolent of religious sentiments, pious converse and holy actions. But these are the exceptions, not the rule. When a man adopts a creed, his life generally conforms to it, whe-ther it be good or bad.
Recent intelligence from the Utah territory confirms this. The Deseret News has been received, with advices to the 20th of March. The paper of that date is almost wholly occupied with the details of a legislative festival held in the Territorial House on the 4th of March, the scenes at which were unique, and the recital of them must sound strange indeed to the ears of enlightened Christians every-where. A ball was an element in the festival. The Governor of the Territory and the members of the Legislative Assembly, "with their ladies," were pre-sent, as were also the Hon. Z. Snow, associate jus-tice of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the United States marshal and district attorney. It is worthy of remark that the News speaks through-out as though each Mormon was "the husband of one wife" only. "The bride of the young student," "the widow of the scar-be-laurelled veteran," are terms employed without any qualification, just as they would be employed in this latitude, and but for information derived from other sources, the world would be led to suppose that polygamy had no sanc-tion among the Mormons.
But what we designed especially to notice is something so closely bordering on profanity and blasphemy, that it is almost impossible for the most universal charity to "hope" or "believe" that it was not the impious outbreak of depraved hearts. The assembly having convened, as we are told by the Deseret News, and the "venerable patriarch and chaplain of the Legislative Council, John Smith, having addressed the Eternal Father on behalf of the company present; of his people in the moun-tains ; of the President of the United States, and for an end to war and contention, and that peace might be established on the earth," the Governor "led off in the dance, and was followed by the hon. Heber C. Kimball and other gentlemen of the Legis-lative Assembly. The time honored patriarch and the trouble-ripened stripling danced side by side. There balanced the statesman to the bride of the young student; and there swung the weather-worn young warrior with the widow of the scar-be-laurel-ed veteran. Cotillion succeeded reel, and the contra dance followed the money musk ; and yet no jar was heard." Whereupon the News declares that "the prayer of the greyheaded patriarch was indeed answered, for the halo of a heavenly embassy seemed to be spread over the whole"
Then followed supper,—provided at seven o'clock, p.m., " in untold variety and aumptuousness,"—and thereafter the Governor delivered an address of some length, "exhorting the company to a recollection of their duties to God in the midst of their enjoyment of the feast and the dance." A singular compound of good sense and fanaticism was Gov. Young's oration. He wished it to be distinctly understood that "fid-dling and dancing were no part of the Mormon wor-ship," and he thus explains their object:
The question may be asked, what is it for, then? I answer that my body may keep pace with my mind, My mind labors like a man lagging all the time ; and this is the reason why I am loud of these pastimes : they give me a privilege to throw everything off and shake myself, that my body may exercise, and my mind rest. What for? To get strength, and be re-newed and quickened, and enlivened, and animated, So that my mind may not wear out. Experience tells us that most of the inhabitants of the earth wear out their bodies without wearing their minds at all, through the sufferings they endure from hard labor, with distress, poverty and want. While, on the other hand, a great portion of mankind wear out their bod-ies without laboring, only in anxiety. But when men are brought to labor entirely in the field of intelli-gence, there are few minds to be found possessing strength enough to bear all things; the mind be-comes overcharged, and when this is the case, it be-gins to wear upon the body, which will sink for want of the proper exercises. This is the reason why I believe in and practice what I do.
The question might be asked, why not go into the kanyons and get out wood, which would be good ex-ercise enough? [….] ou would know, come up to my house, you will soon find out. Were I to go to the kanyons, the whole camp of Israel would follow me there ; and they would not be there long before they would say, "Come, brother Brigham, I want to talk with you; come, I will chop this wood." How many scores of times I have undertaken to work, since I came into this ministry; scores and hundreds of times when my calling in the kingdom of God was less than it is now, have I endeavored to set my-self to work, but seldom could have a chance to do so more than five minutes; some one would come along, "give me the hoe, brother Brigham ; I want to talk with you," and so stop me; and no sooner he stops me than he stops also. I have given it up, I do not intend to work any more at manual labor. I do not wrestle, or play the ball; all the exercise I do get is to dance a little ; while my counsel room is from my office to this room, and from this room to my house again, into my sitting room, dining room, &c.
It is mentioned that this same Governor Young has a loom in his house, at which Mrs. Young and her daughters are frequently employed, no less than five hundred yards of cloth having been woven by them during the season. Mrs. Young, having thus proba-bly supplied the wants of her own family, had an-nounced her willingness to allow to any of her neigh-bors, without such a machine, the use of her loom, and to board them while weaving.
To return to the festival. We are told that the re-marks of his excellency were followed by a "loud and thrice told hosanna to God and the Lamb from in the whole company." Immediately afterward the dance was resumed, refreshments were served out at midnight., and at 2 o'clock, A. M. the assembly was dismissed by the Hon. O. Spencer, to resume the duties of legislation. How strange to our ears is this strange combination, and how revolting to the minds of those who have drawn their views of God and religious duty from the Holy Bible, the only true revelation of religious motive, religious precept and religious duties. Yet is Utah a territory of the United States ; its people are fellow citizens with ourselves, and thence derive a right to a voice in all political and national affairs, of which they can-not be legally or constitutionally deprived. Is it not then a duty to labor to overcome every impediment that may oppose itself to their reclamation from such errors, and to seek at all costs to teach them a more excellent way? Not the heathen have erred more, in precept and in practice, than these same people of Utah, who are our fellow citizens.
It is fortunate, perhaps, for the United States that this leaven of error and immorality is not geographic-ally central, but lies at the extreme verge of the "measures of meal," the thirty one states of the Union. There is no fear of its leavening the whole lump. Nevertheless as we have admitted them into brotherhood, and neither by right nor by might can exclude them from fellowship, it would be but a cor-responding act—one of justice to ourselves and of benevolence toward them, to do for them at least what we are doing for those who hold no such rela-tion to us. The subject is worth reflecting upon, and it recalls a matter which, nearer home, has caused no little anxiety in the minds of many well wishers to the cause of "pure religion and undefiled"—the too great readiness, as we think, to mix religious exercises with matters, and on occasions, having in them no elements of a religious character.
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