This doctrine appears glorious, inas much as it exhibits the greatness of divine compassion and benevolence in the ex tent of the plan of human salvation. This glorious truth is well calculated to enlarge the understanding, and to sustain the soul under troubles, difficulties, and distresses.
For illustration the speaker presented, by supposition, the case of too men, bro thers, equally intelligent, learned, virtu ous and lovely, walking in uprightness and in all good conscience, so far as they had been able to discern duty from the muddy stream of tradition, or from the blotted page of the book of nature. One dies, and is buried, having never heard the gospel of reconciliation: to the other the message of salvation is sent, he hears and embraces it, and is made the heir of eternal life. Shall the one become a partaker of glory, and the other be con signed to hopeless perdition? Is there no chance for his escape? Sectarianism answers, “none! none!! none!!!” Such an idea is worse than atheism. The truth shall break down and dash in pieces all such bigoted Pharisaism; the sects shall be sifted, the honest in heart brought out and their priests left in the midst of their corruption. The speaker then answer ed the objections urged against the Lat ter Day Saints for not admitting the va lidity of sectarian baptism, and for with holding fellowship from sectarian church es. It was like putting new wine into old bottles and putting old wine into new bot tles. What, new revelations in the old churches! New revelatiens knock out the bottom of their bottomless pit. New wine into old bottles!—the bottles burst and the wine runs out. What, Saddu cees in the new church! Old wine in new leathern bottles will leak through the pores and escape; so the Saddacee saints mock at authority, kick out of the traces, and run to the mountains of perdition, leaving the long echo of their braying behind them.
The speaker then contrasted the char ity of the sects, in denouncing all who disagree with them in opinion, and in joining in persecuting t[h]e saints, with the faith of the saints, who believe that even such may be saved in this world and in the world to come, (murderers and apos tates excepted.)
This doctrine, he said, presented in a clear light, the wisdom and mercy of God, in preparing an ordinance for the salva tion of the dead, being baptised by proxy, their names recorded in heaven. and they [j]udged according to the deeds done in the body. This doctrine was the burden of the scriptures. Those saints who neg lect it, in behalf of their deceased rela tives, do it at the peril of their own sal vation.
The dispensation of the fulness of times will bring to light the things that have been revealed in all former dispensations, also other things that have not been before revealed. He shall send Elijah the proph e[t]. &c., and restore all things in Christ.
The speaker then announced, “There shall be no more baptisms for the dead, until the ordinance can be attended to in the font of the and the church shall not hold another general con ference, until they can meet in said . For thus saith the Lord!”
Closed by prayer by Pres. —adjourned for one hour.
P. M. Conference opened by the ch[o]ir singing Hymn 105, and prayer by Br. .
Br. addressed the Elders at some length. on the importance of teach ing abroad the first principles of the gos pel, leaving the mysteries of the kingdom to be taught among the saints.
Also, on the propriety of the Elders, many of them, remaining at home, and working on the ; and that their labors will be as acceptable to the Lord as their going abroad, and more prof itable for the church—that those who go abroad must take a recommend from the proper authorities, without which they will not be fellowshiped—and that those who go and those who remain make con secrations more abundantly than hereto fore.
Br. , followed with re marks of a similar purport; resigning his mission of gathering means for the build ings.
Br. called upon the confer ence to appoint a committee to petition Congress for redress of wrongs and inju ries received in .
On Motion—, , and Elias Smith, were appointed said committee.
On Motion—Elder was appointed to present said petition at the city of .
Closed by the choir singing hymn 125 and prayer by Elder . [p. 578]