I will bear my testimony to the truths that we have heard this
morning. To my understanding, to my feelings, and to the spirit within
me, we had a good, sound discourse, about three minutes and a half
long, from brother Andrew Moffat. It was right to the point, and every
word was a text. We have also had an excellent discourse from brother
Hooper: his remarks were sweet to the taste of those who love the
It is a matter of rejoicing to me to have the privilege of bearing my
testimony to what we have heard this morning. Brother Andrew Moffat
started from here for the States, last fall, on business; and he has
labored most admirably in buying cattle and in assisting brother
Cannon and others who were engaged in getting up trains, and in so
doing has made himself very useful. And I think that he has not
neglected, in his business transactions and in his traveling, to let
people know that he was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints, and to bear his testimony of the truth of the
Gospel, and at the same time asked no odds of anyone who did not want
to hear. This is the feeling of the Elders who are full of the Spirit
of God, and what are the wicked going to do about it? The Elders have
this assurance within them.
Father Smith, who spoke first this morning, has been in the Church
almost from the beginning, but has not gathered with the Saints till
this season. In conversation with him the other day, he told me that
leading men in New York said that "Mormonism" would be used up at the
time the President issued his orders to the troops. Some of them asked
what he thought of it? He replied that he did not know what would be
done, but the result would be that "Mormonism" would triumph over all
its enemies, and in that affray would come out of the top of the heap.
This assurance is in every man who lives his religion; but when any
begin to doubt, then they begin to think that this is rather a hard
religion to live.
All that has been said by brother Hooper about temporal affairs is
good. I have lived nearly sixty years, and am acquainted with many
portions of the United States, somewhat acquainted with Europe, and
historically acquainted with many parts of the world; but, so far as I
have traveled and read, this is the best country we were ever in, or
can now find, for raising Saints.
The Spirit of the Almighty is being withdrawn from the people; and is
it not your prayer that he will gather to Zion all the wisdom,
strength, intelligence, and integrity of the earth? This is the prayer
of everyone that understands "Mormonism." What will be their condition
when the Spirit of the Lord is withdrawn? They will whet the knife to
cut each other's throats, and, as brother Hooper remarked, try to make
Mason and Dickson's the dividing line; but that will not
remain, for they will cross it to destroy each other, and the sword
and fire will be prevalent in the land. Says one, "But you are a
'Mormon,' and we do not believe anything in 'Mormonism,'
believe that calamities await the people, and that great events are at
the threshold." The world, and particularly the United States, have
been told these things during thirty years past; and though no one but
myself had warned them, there would not now be a man upon the face of
the earth but could have heard the Gospel, if he had been disposed to
listen to it. They would have been prepared for what is coming; for
any one of these my brethren has said enough to warn the whole world.
This frees our garments, for we are bound to do our duty; and then, if
they neglect, the blood of their garments will be found in their
skirts, not in ours.
Brother Hooper remarked that he had learned that "Mormonism" is true.
It is both the duty and privilege of the Latter-day Saints to know
that their religion is true. If brother Hooper had yielded to his own
natural feelings, he would not have represented us in Congress. Here
is a great people, and they wish a man in Congress to represent them
in their proper light. Now, who would say that he is capable of doing
this? Brother Hooper submitted to the people's choice, as every man
should. Had the choice fallen upon any other, as it did upon brother
H. S. Eldredge, who was our first choice previous to the last election
for Delegate (but it was thought best to change it), he also would
have been able to have done his duty in Congress—to have done whatever
the Lord wished to have done. Brother Bernhisel was our Delegate for
several years, and are we satisfied with his official course? Yes: he
did his duty.
How shall we know what to do? By being obedient to every requirement
of the Gospel. Brother Hooper has stated that I promised him the
assistance of the Almighty. I did. I laid my hands upon him and
blessed him, and told him that he should have dreams and visions, and
power with God to know what to do, if he lived his religion; but if he
did not, I promised him nothing. He prepared himself to pray; and when
a man with a disposition to listen to a truth called upon him, he felt
as well as with his friends, and could express his feelings; but if
visitors had no place for the truth, the sooner they left the better.
Joy filled his bosom, and each time the brethren called to see him was
the best time he had. When a man approached him with the Spirit of
God, he felt—"This is the man for me: here is the Spirit; here are joy
and peace in having fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ and with the
Father." This is the way brother Hooper felt; and just as much
confidence as he had in what I told him, so much he received.
Revelation is here poured out every Sabbath. Thank God for it. Am I
not happy? Yes, all the time. There is no darkness; and is there any
necessity of having sorrow? No. Our religion is peace, happiness,
wealth, and a fulness of good things to walk in the light of truth.
These blessings are with and for the Latter-day Saints, and we have
nothing to do but to live for them.
God has given us our tabernacles, and planted in them the germs of
eternity; and it is for us, in this present existence, to let the
spirit overcome every passion of the flesh, and never to suffer the
spirit to submit to the temptations of the flesh. Labor to bring
everything into subjection to Christ, for this is his earth. It came
from God in the beginning, and that, too, not by any chances of creation; for all that you see and can comprehend and
understand, that is good, is produced by the Almighty Creator of the
Respect one another; do not speak lightly of each other. Some, if they
get a little pique against an individual, are disposed to cast him
down to hell, as not worthy of a place upon earth. O fools! not to
understand that those you condemn are the workmanship of God, as well
as yourselves! God overlooks their weaknesses; and so far as they do
good, they are as acceptable as we are. Thank God that you know
better, and be full of mercy and kindness. I speak evil of no man; but
I hate, with a most cordial hatred, the evil actions of some men.
Their or ganization came from God, but their conduct does not. It is
not the persons, but it is their wicked conduct that I despise and
Live your religion. "Mormonism" will triumph, and all hell cannot
prevent it; and those that live faithful will be exalted. When people
get into the dark, they want to leave; and I do not know but that it
is one of God's foreordinations that as soon as they lose the Spirit
they should want to leave. That is just what I want; and I pray that
there may be no barrier in their way—that no man may ever stay here,
unless he loves God with all his heart.
May the Lord bless you! Amen.