I arise before you this morning, unexpectedly; but as I always feel
willing to make an attempt to offer some reflections for the
consideration of my brethren and sisters, I feel a degree of pleasure.
While looking at the improved appearance of our benches today, I see
quite a number of comfortable seats have been brought here, which will
in a great degree dispense with the occasional breaking of temporary
seats, disturbing the congregation.
The Lord has said, in a revelation given through Joseph Smith, that it
is His purpose to take care of His Saints. He also promised His
peo ple, in the commencement of the foundation of this Church, to sift
them as with a sieve. Some of the old Prophets, in referring to the
work of the last days, speak of the sieve of vanity. The history of
this people since the Church was organized, has been one continued
scene of changes.
In the early years of the Church, there was a great anxiety among the
brethren to travel and preach the Gospel among the Lamanites, but the
rigid laws of the United States at that time, prevented any
intercourse with them. The brethren used to feel animated upon the
subject; they would speak in tongues and prophesy, and rejoice
exceedingly in the things that were about to transpire, or that they
believed would transpire when they should be permitted to go and
preach the Gospel to the Lamanites.
A series of unexpected and unthought of events has at length brought
about an opportunity, on our part, to instruct these remnants of the
house of Israel in the best knowledge it is possible for us to impart
We have now been for eight years right in their midst, where we could
have an opportunity of teaching them to read, if we chose; of teaching
them to work, or anything else we may take the time, labor, and
expense to teach them. We are now familiar with their habits,
character, and customs, to a considerable extent.
When the curse of the Almighty comes upon a people, it certainly is
the work of generations to remove it. When Cain brought a curse upon
his own head, and that of his household, his after generations bore
the same curse.
The curse that came upon Canaan, the son of Ham, has extended to a
great portion of the human race, and has continued to the present day.
For the last hundred years, philanthropists, who were ignorant of the
order of God—of the irrevocable decrees of the Almighty—have exerted
themselves vigorously to thwart the purposes of the Almighty, in
trying to remove the curse of servitude from the descendants of
Canaan; but their endeavors are vain and useless; it is labor lost,
and answers no end, only so far as it serves to multiply the
difficulties and perplexities which are arising in this generation, to
bring about the great destruction of corruption and wickedness from
the earth; in this way it all indirectly serves a purpose.
When God has decreed a certain way for men to be in servitude, and has
designed they shall hold that position, it is worse than useless for
any man or set of men, to undertake to put them in a position to rule.
The Lord conferred portions of the Priesthood upon certain races of
men, and through promises made to their fathers they were entitled to
the rights, and blessings, and privileges of that Priesthood. Other
races, in consequence of their corruptions, their murders, their
wickedness, or the wickedness of their fathers, had the Priesthood
taken from them, and the curse that was upon them was decreed should
descend upon their posterity after them, it was decreed that they
should not bear rule.
In looking abroad on the earth and seeing the effects produced upon
different races of men, it will be plainly discovered that there are
races who have never been permitted to bear rule to any great extent.
The God of heaven is the creator and proprietor of the earth; we will
admit, however, that His claim to it has been considered by men very
weak for many generations; His title has been, I would not say
disputed, but it has been absolutely denied for a great while, so much
so, that when the Son of God came on the earth he had nowhere to lay
his head; he said himself, "The foxes have holes, and the birds of the
air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head."
We also read that when the Savior was taken by the tempter on to an
exceeding high mountain, he showed him the kingdoms of the world, and
the glory of them, saying, "All these will I give unto thee, if thou
wilt fall down and worship me," although "the poor devil" did not own
single foot of it.
This proves that Satan considered himself so much in possession of the
earth, as to actually exclude the Savior's supremacy entirely, and
wished to place him in a position that it might never be
acknowledged; but the Savior said, "Get thee behind me, Satan: Thou
shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve."
The dominion of portions of the earth has changed hands frequently,
and sometimes in a very unexpected and miraculous manner; the Romans
overpowered it to a very great extent, and all that was considered
habitable, or that was then known, was either reduced to submission to
the Roman sway, compelled to pay tribute, or at least to acknowledge
Roman supremacy, with a very few exceptions; this is as far as profane
history extends: hence, says Luke, "And it came to pass in those days,
there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should
be taxed. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city." —ii.
1, 3. This circumstance shows the existence of several emperors
possessed of sufficient domains and power in the Roman empire to
demand taxation of all the world.
That nation has been compared to a nation of iron in the visions of
the Prophet Daniel; it has been considered, by most commentators upon
the word of God, that the Prophet Daniel considered the Roman empire
to be typified by the dream of Nebuchadnezzar, in which it is
represented as being of iron in the great image which he saw.
I believe it came nearer exercising universal dominion than any other
empire that has ever existed. Nations of the present time have
obtained dominion over a greater extent of the earth's surface than
the Roman empire did, yet it appears to be inhabited, cultivated,
improved, and discovered to a far greater extent in proportion.
It has been said by some geographers that the empire of Russia is the
most extensive one that ever existed; others, that the empire of
Charles the Fifth of Germany, which included Spain, Germany, the
Netherlands, and Mexico, Guatemala, and nearly all South America, was
the greatest. Others say the present dominions of Queen Victoria are
the most extensive of any other. Be that as it may, it is but a mere
matter of speculation. Rome at its time was the only government that
was considered all powerful. That this power was given by the
Almighty, no man who believes in the dealings of God with men will
dispute, though many who are skeptical on this subject may produce
different ideas and views.
From the time Rome was founded—a small city upon the seven hills of
the Tiber, to the final extent of its dominion, was eight hundred
years, when it commenced to crumble, and continued so doing until it
fell in pieces.
About six hundred years after Christ a prophet rose in Arabia, by the
name of Mahomet, who was born in 569; he was an orphan boy; his father
(Abdallah) having died, he was left in childhood, and was raised under
the care of his uncle, whose name was Abu Taleb, and finally became an
apprentice to learn the mercantile business; he was sent by his master
several times on trading expeditions, as his agent, to take charge of
his train of merchandise.
He subsequently married Kadija, the widow of his employer, who had
left her, at his death, considerable wealth.
Mahomet carried on the business his master left, profitably, until he
professed and proclaimed to the world to have received a mission from
heaven. He was five years in making his first convert; this was rather
slow progress; and that convert, when made, was only a boy of eleven
years of age, whose name was Ali, the son of Abu Taleb.
It will be recollected that the climate of Arabia brings persons to maturity in body and mind much earlier than colder climates.
Mahomet and Ali commenced to preach, and finally succeeded in
gathering around them a considerable number of adherents.
Mahomet descended from one of the most noble families of the Koreish;
he came direct in descent from Ishmael, the son of Abraham.
He was set upon by that powerful and popular tribe, the Koreish, who
were determined to destroy him, as he proclaimed that their idol gods
were all a humbug, and setting forth but one true and living God for
them to worship. The persecution continued to increase until he was
obliged to leave Mecca, and flee for his life to Medina, on 15th July,
622, which is the great Hegira or Mahometan era. On leaving his native
city, Al Abbas, his uncle, one of the most powerful chiefs of the
Koreish, made the Ansars, as his friends in Medina were called,
promise and swear that they would not deceive, but would protect his
nephew at the expense of their lives, though Al Abbas himself did not
then believe in his divine mission.
Mahomet continued preaching; there was nothing in his religion to
license iniquity or corruption; he preached the moral doctrines which
the Savior taught; viz., to do as they would be done by; and not to do
violence to any man, nor to render evil for evil; and to worship one
He continued so to preach until he was driven from his home. After he
had commenced preaching his doctrine extensively in different parts of
Arabia, and many had believed it, his persecutors at Mecca gathered a
large force, and, followed him, with a determination to exterminate
him and his friends. They followed him up with their persecutions
until he got so mad, that he could not stand it any longer; his
religion caved in, he drew his sword, gathered his followers, and gave
his enemies such a drubbing that they went off ashamed. This was the
battle of Bedr.
They raised a superior force of 3,000 men, and had a second fight with
the prophet (in 626) who could scarcely muster 1,200 men; his orders
not being obeyed, his followers left the field, but the prophet was
determined not to be beat from the track, and concluded to fight the
battle alone; his intrepidity and boldness on the occasion converted a
leader of the infidel army, named Khaled, and he subsequently made him
his general, and surnamed him the sword of God. This is called the
battle of Ohud.
One hundred years extended the Mahometan power over more territory
than the Romans gained in eight hundred years; in a very short time
all Arabia bowed to his scepter, and he was confirmed in his kingly
power, and assumed the ensigns of royalty in 628.
He then sends his ambassadors to visit the neighboring nations, for he
was now the monarch of Arabia, and asked them to receive his religion.
They visited Khosroes the Great, king of the Persians, one of the most
warlike sovereigns of his time. Mahomet's ministers presented his
letters, but the Persian king haughtily tore them in pieces, ordered
the ambassadors to be scourged, and sent them home in disgrace. They
returned to Medina and found Mahomet mending his shoes, and reported
their treatment; with tears he replied, "You need not be alarmed,
boys, for many of you will live to riot in the white palace of
It was thought that Mahomet's death would put a final stop to the
progress of his religion; some persons gave him poison to see whether
he was a prophet or not, and it was his belief that poison was the
cause of his death. He died at the age of sixty-three, in 632, and was
succeeded by his father-in-law, Abu Bukker, who was very
faithful in sustaining the prophet during his life, and who was
acknowledged as the first Khalif after the prophet's death. This man
continued the war which Mahomet had commenced, for when the prophet
had found that the people would not leave their idols by being
preached to, he concluded the sword was the best argument; he
therefore decided he would take up the line of march to his native
city, sustained by a powerful army. He destroyed the idols in the
Kaaba, the temple of Mecca, and dedicated it to be the great temple of
Mahomet, and the center of Mahometan worship, which position it has
held up to the present time. Mahomet set his examples, gave out his
laws in relation to pilgrimage, prayer, and matrimony, and adopted
many rigid rules, which he kept strictly himself, and which his
followers have observed for many generations; and in his last
pilgrimage, in 632, 114,000 Mussulmen converts marched under his
Now this man descended from Abraham and was no doubt raised up by God
on purpose to scourge the world for their idolatry. Immediately after
his death, his successors commenced a series of campaigns against the
Roman or Greek empire, under the command of Khaled the Great, surnamed
the sword of God, and Abu Obeidah. During the two years of the reign
of Abu Bukker, who ascended the throne in 632, he determined to
enforce the new religion upon the inhabitants of Persia. This
expedition, however, failed in consequence of its being too weak; but
the expeditions against the Greeks were more successful; battle after
battle was fought, province after province was surrendered, and
millions were converted to the new faith; and on the death of Abu
Bukker, Omar Ebu Al Khattab ascended the throne in 634, and the war
During the reign of Omar they conquered Syria and Egypt, overthrew the
Persian monarchy, the old dynasty of the Sassanides yielded their
standard (the blacksmith's leather apron), which had floated for
several hundred years in triumph over the Persian monarchy, to the
Saracen rule, and many who surrounded Mahomet's person in times of his
greatest danger rioted in the white palace of Khosroes, which was
taken by the Arabs in 637, and where they divided among themselves a
spoil of sixty millions of pounds sterling, and many of the companions
of the prophet wept when they saw this prophecy so literally
Their manner of doing business was singular; they had a way of their
own. When they entered the Persian empire, led by Saud-e-Wekkauss,
they received a message from Zezdejird the king, that they were a pack
of poor devils, that they came from a country which was a desert, and
had not much to eat, and if they would go home and mind their own
business he would lead their camels with dates. They replied, that
they did not come for his riches, nor yet for the fruits of his
country, they knew they were poor, and had lived on green lizards and
snails, but that had nothing to do with the matter, their business was
to present to the king and his people the pure religion which God had
revealed to them, and if they would accept of it, and obey its
precepts, not one hair of their heads should be hurt, if they would
not accept of it, if they would not obey it, they would require of
them all to pay tribute, and if they would not pay tribute, they would
cut off their heads. It was all told in three words, the Koran,
tribute, or the sword.
The proud monarch could not bow to this, but called out his immense
armies and placed them under the command of Rustum, the son of
Furrukh-zaud and Ameir ul Omra of the empire. And a decisive
battle was fought at Kaudsiah; this opened the whole of the Persian
monarchy to Saracenic dominion. Saud-e-Wekkauss was afflicted with a
disease called the Sciatica, which rendered his joints so stiff that
he could not ride on horseback; he sounded the Tekbair (alla hu
akbar—God he is great) from a terrace of the palace in Kaudsiah, which
was the signal of battle.
The Persian king drew up his hosts amounting to one hundred and twenty
thousand men, while the Mahometan army amounted only to thirty
thousand men. The battle commenced in the morning at eight o'clock and
lasted until dark, when every Saracen lay down on the ground where he
finished his day's work.
The women of the Saracens carried them food, and dressed their wounds,
and carried away the wounded and dead, but the soldiers, men, and
officers, never left their position until the call was given in the
morning, "God is great." On account of the position which each army
occupied, the one army could not present a greater front than the
other; they fought the second day, the third, and the fourth, until
tens of thousands were killed. On the second day the Saracens received
a reinforcement of two thousand men that had marched five hundred
miles under forced marches; the Persians also received a reinforcement
of 30,000 men, and on the fourth day at noon the conflict was decided,
after about one hundred thousand men had been slaughtered on the
I relate this to show you what religious zeal will accomplish.
Mahomet, in his day, cautioned his people not to drink wine, or in
other words, he had given them a "word of wisdom," showing that it was
not proper to drink wine. There was a warrior whose name was Abu
Mohudjen, of some considerable reputation at the time, who had broken
this law of Mahomet; he had taken some of the good wine of Persia, in
consequence of which he had been put in chains, by order of Saud, and
confined in the palace of Kaudsiah, while the battle was going on so
severely. The general had not left a single staff officer to
communicate the word of command, from the point the Mahometan general
occupied, to his officers in the field, so he had to send them by his
wives, or his servants. The only man left about the house was the
general, and this officer in irons, who begged of the women to beseech
the general to dismiss him, and let him go and fight, but they dare
not do it for fear of the wrath of their husband. He importuned so
earnestly when they brought to him his provisions, declaring that if
he did not die in the field, he would return again and put on the
irons, that they concluded to let him go, so they gave him the
general's piebald mare and a suit of his armor, and away he went to
Saud was not long in observing the actions of the disguised warrior,
whose extraordinary prowess excited his admiration. He inquired of his
attendants who he was, but they were unable to give him any
information. He concluded that if it were possible to suppose that God
sent assistance on such occasions, it must be the immortal Kezzer,
which word signifies Enoch, Elias, St. John the Evangelist, or St.
The Arabs, through suffering severely from the annoyance of the
Persians' elephants, and from the firm and resolute resistance of the
troops of Rustum where he commanded in person, were repulsed and
thrown into disorder, and were only recovered by the extraordinary and
unlooked for exertions of Abu Mohudjen, disguised in the armor of
After the battle the imprisoned officer returned to his quarters, and
the women again put the irons on him, and nothing was said to the
general about his having been set at liberty. While the general was
exulting over his victory, and the immense spoil he had taken, he told
his wives that the immortal Kezzer had fought for him; says he, "The
prophet knew I could not ride, and I saw a mighty warrior on my
piebald mare, leading the way wherever the battle was thickest."
His wives then told him who it was he saw; Saud says, "Bring him here,
take off his chains, give him the piebald mare and armor, and let him
drink all the wine he pleases all the days of his life." "But," says
the old officer, "if I drink wine now, I shall be doing that which is
contrary to the law of God, which if I could atone for by imprisonment
I would drink it, but as I cannot, I will drink no more wine;" and he
kept his word.
I relate this to show you what union and religious enthusiasm will
accomplish: the Greek empire in Asia was crushed to atoms, and in one
hundred years the Mahometan dominion was more extensive than that of
the Roman empire in eight hundred years from its foundation.
Persia, Egypt, Mauritiana, and nearly all of Northern Africa, Cyprus,
and Rhodes were subdued previous to 637, together with Syria, Asia
Minor, and the countries now known as Turkistan, Afghanistan,
Beloochistan, Circassia, and Asia Minor, and a part of Chinese
Tartary. Tarick and Musa completed their conquest of Spain in 714; and
had it not been for dissensions among themselves, the probability is,
that the crescent would have now surmounted the top of St. Paul's
Cathedral in London, instead of the cross.
Christianity had become so corrupt and divided, that none of the
Christian princes were willing to unite their power with the Greek
emperor to defend themselves against the Mahometan power, or to
prevent them overpowering one Christian nation after another, for so
they continued to do until division among themselves prevented their
increasing; and now their national existence is waning little by
little, until it is becoming very weak.
The battle of Tours, in which 370,000 Mussulmen were killed, which
prevented the Saracens from not only overrunning France, but all
Europe, was fought in the year 732, by the French, under Charles
Martel, who was styled in his time, "the hammerer," because he struck
such hard blows in battle. He seized on a quantity of church revenues
to pay his troops, and for this the Catholics damned him to purgatory,
and required his children for generations to pay for prayers for his
relief, but he was the great chieftain, as far as man is concerned,
that prevented the utter annihilation of the religion of the cross,
and the constituting in the place thereof that of the crescent.
History is a natural theme with me, and while I have taken so much
license of your time in tracing the progress of the history of
nations, I will still say to you, that this Mahometan race, this
dominant power of the 7th and 8th centuries, were the descendants of
Abraham, which Mahometan records show in a straightforward genealogy,
from the family of Mahomet direct to that of Abraham, through the
loins of Ishmael, the son of Abraham; and in this dominion there
certainly was a recognition of the dominion of the sons of Abraham,
and just as long as they abode in the teachings which Mahomet gave
them, and walked in strict accordance with them, they were united, and
prospered; but when they ceased to do this, they lost their power and influence, to a very great extent.
I am aware that it is a difficult matter to get an honest history of
Mahometanism translated into any of the Christian languages. One of
the best works I ever read upon the subject, and one I can put the
most confidence in, is Simon Ockley's History of the Saracens; it was
a translation of a Mahometan historian named Abu Abdollah Mahommed Ebu
Omar Al Wakidi, who wrote eighty years after the flight of Mahomet
from Mecca. Ockley prided himself in rendering the Arabic in good
style, although his religious prejudices were so strong that he durst
not render the sentiments he translated in full force, without rather
blinding them a little. He would frequently translate as it ought to
be, as nigh as he could, and then stick down a note in the margin, and
say, "That was only done out of hypocrisy. "He is one of the best
authors, or the one I would rather read.
It is a hard matter, as I have said, to get an honest history of any
nation or people by their enemies. For instance, read Governor Ford's
History of Illinois, and you will find that he will contradict himself
half-a-dozen times in one statement, for fear that he will not flatter
the prejudices the people had against the "Mormons." He would in one
place assert that he had never done anything to favor the
Anti-Mormons, and then immediately afterwards declare that he could
not see why the Anti-Mormons could have any feelings against him, when
he had done so much for them; and then go on to enumerate how he
prevented Backenstos from arresting the house burners; yet he declares
he had never done anything to favor them, and wonders why that party
should feel crossways to him. This is the temper of almost all men who
undertake to write the history of their enemies.
Just read the reports of different generals on the battlefields of
the Crimea, and you will see that every one has a different side to
it. These reports have got to be received with great allowance all
All the Christian translations of Mahometan history, as well as of the
Koran, should be received with a great deal of allowance. I would
recommend the reading of Major David Price's "History of the Mahometan
Empire." He was educated and trained to be a Church of England man,
but had not many conscientious scruples on religion; still he had
prejudices against the Mahometans, so that when you read it, you must
throw your ear a little quartering. I consider Bush's "Life of Mahomet"
written under the influence of a violent Christian prejudice. I would
prefer the account in Crichton's "Arabia" to Bush.
I would like to inspire in the minds of the youth a disposition to
study oriental history, because a great deal of human nature is
learned therein: how powerful dominions grew up in a short time, and
how, through the violation of the principles of union, those nations
have as quickly come to naught. Many useful lessons are taught on the
pages of history.
Within the last eighty years our own republican government has
increased its territorial limits about threefold, and it is constantly
on the increase.
The fact is, if a man who is in the habit of raising trees makes his
top to grow larger in proportion to the roots and the main trunk of
the tree, it will break asunder or be uprooted. The American power is
in danger of losing its balance by extending its limits faster than it
accumulates strength to consolidate them together.
I will explain one term which I have used. At the time that Mahomet
fled from Mecca (July 15, 622), it was the new moon: the
Mussulmen therefore adopted the crescent as their religious emblem.
When the Mahometans conquered a Christian church, and turned it into a
mosque, they put the crescent on the top of the cross. The old Greek
cathedral church of St. Sophia, in Constantinople, is now a mosque:
the cross is surmounted by a crescent. The Russians have conquered and
overpowered various countries that were held by the Mahometan power,
where you may now find the Greek cross mounted over the crescent,
turning many Mahometan mosques into Christian churches. I give this
explanation, thinking it may perhaps be information to some of our
young people present.
A great deal has been said about some of the religious emperors who
have had dominion in the earth being remarkably good men; but if their
characters were impartially examined with any degree of criticism, it
would be found that many of them used their religion as a matter of
policy; as the present pretender to the throne of France of the house
of Bourbon, who is so pious that it is said he goes to church six
times a day, and that Pope Pius IX has christened him his own dear
son; I suppose he feels that he is honest in heart, but he would like
the throne of France, and there is probably a better chance to get it
by making a great deal of pretension to religion than by any other
process; and if he gets it, he thinks he will have a little better
chance to keep it.
Such speculations have a tendency to make men religious. Like men who
write to President Young, saying, "I am a physician, and graduated so
and so, and I would like you to write to me, and let me know if there
ain't a good chance for me to make a comfortable living in your place,
in case I should embrace your religion, and settle among you." We
frequently receive just such communications. These are the principles
that are rankling in the breasts of selfish and ambitious men. I say,
ever since Adam ate the apple, it has been more or less the case.
There was Constantine the Great, who was the first Christian emperor;
his dominion was termed a Christian dominion, or in other words, it
was a Catholic dominion, and extended far and wide, and everything
that dared to oppose it was made to suffer the most cruel tyranny. The
truths of the Gospel becoming absorbed and swallowed up by Paganism,
and Christianity left only in name, there grew out of his
administration Christian division, dispute, war, and destruction,
which have continued to the present time.
Look in the history of the revolutions and conspiracies of Europe, and
you will find that religion has always a finger in the matter, even in
the present great war: it amounts to about simply this—whether the
Catholic power shall exclusively control the holy places, or whether
the Greek power shall. The probability is, that the Mahometans have
got to surrender them to the Christian powers soon; even the mosque of
Omar, which is upon the site of King Solomon's temple at Jerusalem,
will soon be surrendered to some Christian power; the only thing that
delays it is the Christian quarrel between the Greek and Catholic
I do not consider Great Britain has waged this war so much for the
sake of religion as to control the trade of India, and the way to it:
England is after the purse. But all the Catholic powers that are in
any way concerned in the matter are the leading influence in the
business to check the growing power of the Greek Church; hence it is a
religious war. But the men to whose ancestors God has given
Priesthood, and to whom in the last days the privilege of
receiving it has been conferred, have been abroad, and published the
principles of salvation, and the voice of the Prophet of God to the
world, and now the nations are left to wrangle with and destroy each
other. It is an old proverb, and one of long standing, that "whom the
gods would destroy, they first make mad." Peace is taken from the
earth, and wrath and indignation among the people is the result: they
care not for anything but to quarrel and destroy each other.
The same spirit that dwelt in the breasts of the Nephites during the
last battles that were fought by them on this continent, when they
continued to fight until they were exterminated, is again on the
earth, and is increasing.
I was amused the other day in hearing a relation of a visit of brother
Barlow to his native State, Kentucky. He said, "The people are so
united in secret conspiracies that everything they do not choose to
uphold, they will proscribe in every way." Says he, "If I had mended a
clock or a piece of jewelry, it would have been desecrated, and the
man that dared to employ me or feed me would have been proscribed by
the community, through their secret organizations." That is the
spirit that is abroad on the earth, and one party will unite against
another, and so on, to the utter destruction of every single principle
of liberty, human happiness, and human right upon the face of the
earth, and bring down upon the heads of the wicked a terrible
destruction, which has been predicted by the Prophets.
I have seen the same spirit operate in the midst of these mountains. I
have seen individuals here who are filled with the spirit of
contention—who are filled with the spirit of wickedness; I have heard
them complain, murmur, and find fault, until, by and by, they
conclude Brigham is wrong, the Church is wrong, and everything is
wrong, and that they would go to California, and there stay until the
great day, when the Prophet should come and set things right.
This spirit will in the end lead a man to destruction; and all that
will preserve the Saints in the last days from the general destruction
in the vortex of ruin to which the world is rushing, will be their
unity with each other, their clinging with all their might, mind, and
strength to the building up of this kingdom, and making it their only
interest, that they may hang together as one; knowing the text we
started on, that it is the Lord's business to provide for His Saints.
If you excuse me for my Mahometan narrative, I will close my remarks,
praying that the Lord may bless you, and lead you in peace to inherit
the celestial kingdom in the end. Amen.
- George A. Smith