SUN. AUG. 4TH, [1907,] FAST DAY
Meeting commenced at 2:30 P.M., bishop John W. Hart presiding. Choir sang hymn, “Do what is right.” Prayer was offered by Elder Robert A. Green. Choir sang hymn, “Hail to the brightness of Zion’s glad morning.” Sacrament was administered by Elders Gilbert M. Green and Warden Jones. Infant son of Austin R. Green (Austin Clement Green) was blessed, Coun. O.W. Green being mouth.
Bishop Hart arose and spoke of its being fast day and of the few who attended meeting. Thought that the size of meeting on earth would not be an indication of the size of meetings in the hereafter, as we would all be clamoring for front seats there. If we devote 51 Sundays to visiting it will not be profitable; or if we devote the entire time to financial affairs it will not be profitable; or if we devote all our time talking about our neighbors, it will not have a tendency to profit us, but if we spend some of our time in spiritual things it will be better.
Did not think we should spend all our time in spiritual things, but should devote some of our time to financial affairs to provide for our families, to build temples &c. But it was also necessary that we spend some of our time in spiritual things, so as not to grow up one sided and be heavier on one side than the other.
If we would bug give these things consideration, we will not find our future disappointing. I am satisfied that a young man or woman who does not receive a spiritual education will not be as well off as one who does. We find when we leave this stage of action that these things will be those most required. If we do not have these qualifications we will have to step aside and let some one else take the place.
If we are farmers we like to have our farms look well and take care of the land. We do everything to make our farms a success; if we devote our time to be a school teacher, or physician we try to work for success. It should be our desire to succeed in spiritual matters. It is not very hard to attend to spiritual duties.
We sometimes become slothful and neglectful, we have good farms and homes and literary privileges &c, and care for these to the neglect of our spiritual affairs. There is something wrong with these things; we should try to find out why we are here, where we came from and where we are going and the reason of our mission.
We will find if we devote our time to these lines, we will be better able to cope with the things of this world.
I have thought of the gospel in various ways, to find flaws, have compared the scriptures with the work and teachings of the Prophet Joseph and find they all harmonize. If I do not live up to the light I have, it is not your fault and you will not suffer for my misdeeds. God is a just being and will deal out justice to his children, we will all get the reward we merit. God always told his children they would be rewarded for their work. This being the case we should attend ot our duties, the gospel plan is a personal consideration. I hope God will have mercy on us in our dilatory ways; may we have power to cope with the adversary and discern his evil ways, and gain an exaltation in His presence, amen.
G.M. Green said the remarks of the Bishop reminded him of missionary experience: the Bishop spoke straight gospel truth. Told of a lady, in the old country who had a brother, preacher in America, who wrote her that he could not preach plain gospel from the Bible; he had to go around and tell stories to entertain his congregation. Paul prophesied that men would arise and preach false doctrine. The spiritual food we get is genuine; these truths will make us perfect if we follow them out. Latter day Saints have the Gospel and all its ordinances, the world do not have these things and do not tell us to be governed by the law of the gospel.
We have the law of baptism and then have the Holy Ghost to seal the ordinance.
R.M. Poole said he believed the gospel and believed it to be the truth. Remarks of previous speaker showed us that we all should see our own faults. Thought we should all pay more attention to the gospel.
O.W. Green spoke next; said the more we read the gospel the better we feel, because they are elevating, if we live up to them we will be better men and better women. The Lord has promised blessings, among them are tithing; we ought to pay our tithing. No one will get poor by paying tithing. No one will apostatize if they pay tithing, as the Lord will bless us. There is lots for us to do.
Would like to see more of the choir. We have 40 or more good singers and ought to have a good choir. The choir is not so much to blame as the leader. Good singing is 1/2 of the meeting. The Lord is pleased with good singing.
Bishop said the committee having in charge the 24tgh of July celebration had turned over to him $22.80. Some thought it ought to be divided among the various ward organizations; but he thought it would be better to send it to our missionaries. By unanimous vote it was decided to do this.
Said V.S. Raymond,
war ward clerk, and choir leader had moved to Rexburg, but had not taken a recommend to join a ward there. The duties of these offices must be attended to, we must have someone to do it.
Elder Raymond was therefore released and a vote of thanks tendered him. have decided to present the name of John H. Yearsley for ward clerk. It is necessary to have someone with pride enough to attend to these things and be competent. (Yearsley sustained as ward clerk).
I also present the name of N.C. Geisler as choir leader. (Geisler sustained as choir leader).
The duty of the choir is to be here to sing and rehearsal whether there is a dance somewhere or not. It is a privilege to belong to the choir, you get a musical education. It ought to be your ambition to have the best choir in the stake. We have the ability and hope those who belong to the choir will have this idea in mind. If this organ is not good enough we will get a new one.
The missionaries put their mind to their work and do not think of dancing &c and 99% of them succeed. The Lord requires us to use our talents and it is the Lord’s law to hold us responsible for the use of them.
Choir sang hymn, “How firm a foundation”. Benediction by A.R. Green.
Clerk, pro tem.