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provement. We are all pupils here in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints; but we are in different classes, and while we are interested in all the classes, in all the organizations in our Church, I believe it is necessary for us to put our best efforts and our best strength in those classes or organizations where we have been called especially to labor.
I can say, in behalf of President Tingey, her counselors, and the General Board, that we are interested in this work-heart and soul. We meet together week after week, not only in our general meetings, but we are cut up into committees, where we look after the different departments, and work out the details connected with this work; and wherever we come together, we do so in the name of the Lord. We meet together in prayer, many times in fasting; for we do know, with all our hearts and souls, that we need the help of our heavenly Father to enable us to perform the duties that devolve upon us, in a way that will be pleasing and acceptable to Him, and that will be for the best good of the daughters of Zion. We do earnestly pray that God will bless us, that He will enlighten our minds and instruct our understandings, and give us wisdom that we may know, at all times, what studies, what lessons, and what reading is best to select for our girls. We desire to help them in all their paths in life. We desire to help them to prepare themselves for wifehood and motherhood. We desire to impress upon their minds the fact that there is no greater or grander mission in the world than that of honored wifehood and motherhood. We would have our girls as pure and clean and sweet as the angels; and while this is our calling, to labor with the girls, to work with them, and to search them out, we are not one whit more interested in our girls than we are in our boys. We want our boys to be clean and pure and sweet in their lives and habits, just as our girls are. We want our boys to be worthy of our girls, and while we labor with the girls, while this is our calling, our hearts go out with a yearning and pleading to our boys the youth of Zion. We realize that those who are born under the new
and everlasting covenant should be prepared at the age of twenty, at least, to go forth to the nations of the earth and proclaim the glad tidings of great joy, that we have received, to those who have not been so fortunate, and warn them of the snares and pitfalls that Satan has prepared to entrap the children of men. It is sad to know that there are among our own people, occasionally, boys who have been born of good parents, boys who have good and noble mothers, and who are descendants of grand and noble sires-yet, through their disobedience, their minds become darkened; they have lost the light; they profane the name of God; they smoke and drink; and it is known that they enter dens of infamy. Would to God that we had power to reach them before it is too late. They are some mothers' boys; some mothers' hearts are breaking. I realize, with all my heart and soul, that the greatest thing that our young people of today can possess is a firm and convincing testimony of the truth of the Gospel. If we can get them interested in the study of the Gospel, this will be the greatest anchor to their souls of anything that can come into their lives.
That grand old woman, Julia Ward Howe, who has lately arrived at the age of ninety, says: "The deeper I drink of the cup of life, the sweeter it gets; the sugar is all at the bottom." So it is with our GospelThe deeper we study, the deeper we think, the sweeter it gets.
She further says: "It is only the body that grows old and weak. The spirit of woman is strong, and that is the best of her. All that is full of life lives in the future and joys that are unknown to the youth, come to bless the sunset hours of a life that has been well spent, and rich in service to our race."
That woman has lived. She hasn't merely existed; she has lived. How many grand and noble men and women have lived in our time. President Winder, for instance, who has lived to a ripe old age. He can look back over a well spent life, one that has been rich in service to God and His people. I can not imagine anything orander or more glorious-and how many examples of this kind we have
had to follow; but one after another these dear old familiar faces of our childhood are laid away to their rest, and we cannot help but realize that life, indeed, is real; life is earnest; that sooner or later we will reach that farther shore, and we will be numbered among those who have finished their work, and gone home to their rest. God grant that we may leave foot-prints on the sands of time, that will be worthy the emulation of our children and our children's children, until the latest generation.
Anthem, "I Waited for the Lord." Benediction, President John R. Winder, after which conference adjourned for one year.
Ann M. Cannon,
General Secretary Y. L. M. I. A. Note. The reports of speeches at Sunday meetings were made by F. W. Otterstrom, of L. D. S. University.
In the new list, published in July Journal, "Wake Robin," by John Burroughs, a book recommended for the Juniors, is listed at twenty-five cents. The price should be one dollar.
Many of the books in our stake trayeling libraries belong to the class called "standard works." They have stood the test of time and have received a place among the things that live to do good to each succeeding generation. The traveling library committee have thought it advisable to each month call special attention by means of a short notice, or review of some book that has already been placed in our library. Our idea is that the stake librarian may refresh her memory and revivify her love of these particular books that in turn she may send them out to the different wards with some words of her own to interest the new readers that come into the associations each year.
The book we call to your attention this month is Eugene Field's "A Little Book of Profitable Tales," recom mended in the list of June, 1908. Have you a copy in your traveling library? If not, get one as soon as you can. The author was a man of fine feeling, a great lover of children, and with a rare gift of verse and story telling. Such a spirit of human kindness breathes in his stories. Such a charm of word picture and quaint humor. In
"A Little Book of Profitable Tales" will be found twenty-one of his short stories. Read them all-you will find occasion for many of them in your preliminary program, on your special programs for Thanksgiving or ChristThe Junior girls will love them. Especially do we recommend "The First Christmas," "The Coming of the Prince," "Margaret: A Pearl," "The Springtime," "The Little Yaller Baby." But get the book and read them allthen may your appreciation of their worth enable you to make the girls it too.
The traveling library committee desires to call the attention of librarians to the recently published book of Sister Susa Young Gates, John Stevens' Courtship. It is now on sale at the Deseret News Book Store and the Deseret Sunday School Union Book St, e, price on dollar.
This little romance is connected with a dramatic incident in the history of Utah-the invasion of Johnston's Army. Simple customs of pioneer days are held up to view in a way which makes that Some wholesome life quite attractive. character studies and many masterly sayings of President Young are preserved herein to become valuable helps in forming the characters of the youth of today. Historical incidents are clustered about the central figure, John Stevens. He is a young man of big frame, few words and stirring deeds. His keenness, silence and wisdom as a mountaineer soldier in Echo Canyon make him a favorite private messenger from the commander of the army to President Young. The histories of two lovable girls are intricately linked with his. These girl friends, Diantha Winthrop and Ellen Tyler, are strongly contrasted in beauty and disposition. Diantha is a strong character who resists the blandishments of a handsome soldier. When tests come, she rids herself of the faults of a cold, proud nature. By slow degrees she is fitting herself to be worthy of a great love. Gentle, clinging Ellen is weaker. Self-indulgence in little things with neglect of homely duties has not increased her resistive power, she longs for love, admiration, and pleasure, and she falls a prey to the subtle and alluring stranger. Through hardship, rebuff, misunderstanding and tragedy the flame of John Stevens' love, burns bright and steady. Invincible in war and diplomacy he triumphs at last in love.
THE RELIGION CLASS.
It has been decided by the General Board of the Religion Class to use the Young Woman's Journal as their organ, the pages of the magazine having been courteously opened to us for this purpose. Our organization has grown so extensive that a means of reaching our workers, other than the outlines and general letters, seems to be indispensable. The Journal's wide circulation, together with the fact that it already reaches probably most of our officers and instructors, points to the general usefulness and popularity of a page in the magazine. Religion Class workers are advised to subscribe for the Jour
nal, where they do not now take it.
The present intention is to make our official announcements in these pages, to give such aid to our instructors as may be within our power, and to publish from time to time such items in the past and current development of the organization as may come to our notice. Religion Class workers everywhere are urged to keep us informed as to what they are doing to promote interest and win success in their classes. All communications intended for the Religion Class page in the Journal should be addressed to the Committee on Outlines, Secretary's office on South Temple Street, Salt Lake City.
The outlines for the coming. season's work are printed. They follow the lines of practical duty peculiar to the Religion Class. Particular attention is called to the suggestion made there to appoint some one person in each stake whose duty it shall be to keep track of successful points in method or material and to report such points to the outline committee, with such recommendations as he may have gathered from the workers in his district. Too much stress cannot be laid on the fact that we should study the nature, environment, and needs of the children with a view to supplying those needs and helping that invironment and nature on the lines of religion and general morality.
for Programs are out tions. Each stake is to hold one by itself, except in cases where two or more adjoining stakes wish to hold one in conjunction. Where this is desirable, however, the initiative must come from the stakes. In the event of any changes from the announced program, and these should be made only where necessary, such should be sent to the general secretary immediately. Let these conventions be enthusiastically and intelligently conducted everywhere.
Young Woman's Journal sooth the doors and windows are kept closed. Does not reason tell them that they need as much fresh air in winter as in summer? at night as in the day time? Why keep the windows closed and breathe impurities? Is health less valuable than
ORGAN OF THE YOUNG LADIES' MUTUAL IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATIONS.
IMPROVEMENT OUR MOTTO, PERFECTION OUR AIM.
Edited and published by the General Board, monthly. Price, $1.00 a year.
Entered at the Post Office, Salt Lake City, Utah, as second class matter.
Health is a priceless boon, yet too often it is thoughtlessly bartered away. Many go to physicians and take quantities of medicine yet persist in doing the very things that brought about their indisposition.
Prevention is far better than cure and surely in this day when information is given so freely by those who have made a life study of disease, its cause and cure, all may learn the laws of health if they will.
I think I am safe in saying that ninety per cent of our ills we bring upon ourselves by our non-conformity to the laws of our being. If we would be vigorous and strong enough to meet the strain of twentieth century life it behooves us to be careful as to our way of living.
The season is approaching when many suffer because they do not get enough fresh air, not that there is a shortage, but it is cold and so for
More people are suffering in this country today from the effects of over-eating than do from lack of sufficient food. Not only do they eat too much but they eat too fast, not masticating the food and thoroughly mixing it with saliva, often the food is washed down with tea, coffee, or water then medicine is taken to remedy the trouble, what folly! Many are over-indulging in candy and soda-water, and numerous ills result therefrom.
Some there are who do not bathe as frequently as they should and their clogged pores are unable to perform their function. So many stay up late at night, fail to get their needed rest, and then wonder why they feel so stupid and have so little vitality. Many are patent medicine fiends: fortunately the number is decreasing owing to the information spread broadcast by doctors and magazines. It would enlighten all to read "The Great American Fraud," published by Collier. Thousands of copies have been circulated in Utah surely less patent medicine will be consumed in the state after people peruse the pages of this book.
Drug fiends and drunkards by the hundreds began their downward course with patent medicines not knowing the fearful habits they were fastening upon themselves. Many children have met an untimely death through soothing syrups administered by fond mothers. Many are injuring themselves irretrieveably by the use of headache
powders. We quote from "The cle entitled "The Fantastic FemGreat American Fraud:" inine," says,
"Acetanilid will undoubtedly relieve the headache of certain kinds; but acetanilid, as the basis of headache powders is prone to remove the cause of the symptoms permanently by putting a complete stop to the heart action. Invariably, when taken steadily, it produces constitutional disturbances of insidious development which result fatally if the drug be not discontinued, and often it enslaves the devotees to its use."
How long will it take light to penetrate the darkness? How long before the people shall cease to support and sustain patent medicines and believe in their fraudulent claims?
Uncounted women suffer from severe and serious ills owing to their slavish devotion at fashion's shrine. Physicians could tell of many nervous troubles brought on by the wearing of shoes with the abominable high French heel, of serious intestinal troubles brought on by tight lacing and by women changing their shapes at fashion's decree.
Mrs. Wilson Woodrow in an interesting and cleverly written arti
"Why longer marvel at the magic miracles of the Eastern faker when we have the incontrovertible testimony before our eyes that the portly is lady of yesterday the sinuous whalebone of today? What has she done with it-that too, too solid flesh which expressed itself in rather sagging lines and somewhat exaggerated and aggressive curves?
"We are informed by those who have had much experience in hospitals that women show greater fortitude than men in bearing pain. But the place to learn that lesson is at the corsetieres. The events in the realm of fashion during the past year are worthy an epic."
Many other sins of omission and commission could be pointed out. Let each think and consider well wherein she breaks the code of thou shalt not upon which her health is predicated. Women should seek to learn the laws of health, then live them that they may be vigorous and strong, ready to carry the burdens of life, capable of meeting each responsibility as it comes to them, able to bequeath to their children healthy vigorous bodies.
PRIZE NEW YEAR STORY.
The Journal offers a first prize of $15.00, and a second of $10.00, for the best New Year Stories of not less than two thousand, nor more than three thousand words. Slight excess or deficiency will not bar. Stories must be typewritten. They must be in by October ist.