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impulse to break out around the mouth, as we say, that they will not understand that they are disturbing anybody; but you wait a little bit, and that silence that comes from the stopping of the machine will arrest their attention. If an exercise is being given, and there is a disturbance, I would not hesitate a moment to say, right to the speaker, "Just wait a moment;" then there is silence; that noise will cease. I don't know that I would carry it to the extent that one of the choristers did at one time. He noticed certain persons who were talking all the time when the singing was going on. Being a tactful fellow, he said to the choir, "Whenever I give this signal, you stop instantly." He got to a position so he could observe these particular individuals who were talking and disturbing, and at an unexpected moment the choir stopped on the instant, and a voice spoke out, in the audience, "We fry ours in grease." Well, it was very embarrassing. I do not know that I should attempt anything of that kind, but if you have a boy who is a persistent whisperer, or a restless. fellow, the thing to do is to use a little of the tact of President Diaz of Mexico; what did he do with his bandits? Why, he made of them the guardians of the state, and they were perfect Spartans. You can do that nine times out of ten, with the boy that is a disturber. How? By scolding him, and calling him down? No, you will make him your enemy, if you do that. Just take occasion to have a talk with him. Meet him, and take him by the arm, if he is a little fellow. If you are teaching the junior class, have a chat with him, and try to find out something that you can brag on. If he is a larger boy, you can approach him from a little higher standard and ask his co-operation to help you to keep order, and he will do it. Now, of course, I expect you to be there more punctual than ever; and you will convert the ring-leaders, and draw them in.
Now, in regard to position, I will refer back again; it is a good thing to have a place for the juniors, and a place for the seniors; and it is a good thing to have the juniors a little closer than the seniors, in your class. Then get hold of those persons who are full of this expression, and get them to help you in what we call the "restraint of the self."
I think I have said enough, perhaps,
I would like, however, to have you remember this eternal principle of government, that people like to be managed, but they like to be managed under the idea that they are managing themselves. It is much better to have a form of control that helps the person to manage himself, than it is to have a direct control; because, in the first case, you are making managers of these young people, and you are warming them up from within.
Now, if I may be permitted to repeat, the conditions of order are: a, preparation; b, punctuality; c, push. What do I mean by punctuality? I mean to start on time, and finish on time; then you will avoid irritating the boys and girls by dragging along. This condition of punctualty must be observed by the presiding officer. He must always be present on time, or have some one there to represent him. The condition of push is to know what you are going to do, and have your machinery ready to do it, and carry it out with dispatch; then order will become automatic.
I pray the Lord to bless you and keep this work moving on, and make our lives orderly with His great plan, in the name of Jesus, Amen.
CONVENTION DATES FOR 1909. Were read and approved as follows: August 22-Box Elder, Fremont. August 29-Beaver, Malad, San Luis, Hyrum, Pocatello.
September 5-Taylor, Cassia, Teton, Jordan, Weber, Parowan, North Davis, San Juan, R'gby, Yellowstone, Liberty, Bear River.
September 12-Alberta, Star Valley, South Sanpete, Wasatch. Granite, Wayne, Uintah, South Davis, Tooele, Ensign, Bannock, Emery.
September 13-St. George.
September 19-Big Horn, Oneida, Blackfoot, Summit, Millard, Pioneer, Salt Lake, Panguitch, Juab, North Weber, Ogden, Nebo.
September 26-North Sanpete, Woodruff, Union, Benson, Bingham, Morgan, Kanab, Utah, Bear Lake, Alpine, Sevier, Cache.
Dates for the St. Joseph, St. Johns, Snowflake, Maricopa, and Jaurez Stakes will be fixed later.
Singing "Come, come, ye Saints"congregation.
Benediction-Sister Julia M. Brixen. (CONTINUED IN SEPTEMBER JOURNAL).
Young Woman's Journal advice to others not to go to the
breaking point, but we seem to think that we are exceptions to the rule or that a special dispensation will be given us. We are so anxious to do, to achieve that we put off the rest time until nature calls a halt and instead of enjoying the time of leisure it is a period of suffering.
Thousands of men and women are in hospitals and asylums who might be helping in the world's work had they been wise and taken their needed rest and relaxation. Thousands are
dragging out a miserable existence in sanitoria and in their own homes, who might be well and strong if they had been contented to live simply and rationally.
Live Out of Doors.
Thoughtful men and women have again and again sounded warning. Unless they are heeded, Americans are likely to become a race of nervous wrecks. One of the most helpful suggestions offered to restore outraged nature is to live as much as possible out of doors. Physicians differ on what we should eat and drink, and how we should be clothed; but all agree on the value of fresh air and the efficacy of outdoor life. To keep up one's vitality it is a splendid panacea. To restore when run down it is most beneficial.
For a long time the great white plague baffled the most earnest efforts of physicians, and it was classed as an incurable disease.
Keep up your Vitality.
They are foolish who do not keep up their vitality by every possible means, for thus only are people able to withstand disease and do their work with pleasure. Experts say that nearly all people have received into their systems tubercular germs. The reason that they do not suffer from tuberculosis is because they have resistance power sufficient to kill the germs. The germs attack the place of least resistance in the organism. Physicians tell us that the bacteria of many diseases are always present in the mouth, but that people are not made sick thereby unless their vitality gets low.
This is for many a vacation time. How few know how to spend it to the best advantage! It should not
be a period of excitement and fatigue, but a quiet rest which will build up and restore. When going to the canyon or lake side one should leave behind the home and business worries. He should be ready to take the sweets each day offers and not worry over the ills of the past nor the trials and the bitter cup the morrow may bring. How foolish to spoil the vacation days when one should rest, dream dreams, and recuperate, by forboding fears. What a lesson all might learn from Emerson's tribute to the humblebee: "Wiser far than human seer, Yellow-breeched philosopher! Seeing only what is fair,
Sipping only what is sweet, Thou dost mock at fate and care, Leave the chaff and take the wheat."
Wise are they who go out under the sky and play and rest: who let the birds joyous notes fill them with delight, who let the peace of the mountain fastnesses enter their souls, and who let the song of the brook find an echo in their hearts. When they come back to the busy marts they bring with them the health, the hope, the joy, the peace, the trust that comes from communing with nature.
PRIZE NEW YEAR STORY.
The Journal offers a first prize of $15.00, and a second of $10.00, 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.
THE APOSTASY ADMITTED.
As shown in the preceding lesson the great departure or apostasy from the Primitive Church was both foreseen and foretold. Prophets who lived centuries before the time of Christ predicted the great event, as did also the Savior Himself, and the apostles who continued the work of the ministry after His resurrection and ascension. We are now to inquire as to the fulfillment of these predictions.
Evidences that the apostasy occurred as had been foretold is found in the sacred scriptures and in the records of history other than scriptural. From certain utterances of the early-day apostles it is made. plain to us that the great "falling away" had begun even while those apostles still lived. The preaching of false doctrines and the rise of unauthorized teachers were referred to as conditions then actually existing in the Church, and not as remote developments of the distant future.
Paul recognized the fact that the people amongst whom he labored. were losing the faith they had professed, and were becoming victims of the deception practiced by false teachers. In his letter to the Saints of Galatia he wrote:
"I marvel that ye are so soon removed from Him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ." (Gal. 1: 6, 7).
And then, to emphasize the sin
of those who thus sought to "pervert the gospel of Christ," he continued:
"But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed" (verses 8 and 9.)
Again, in his second epistle to the Thessalonians the same writer warned the people of the danger in which the Church was placed. After declaring that a general apostasy was sure to come before the second advent of Christ, as considered in our last lesson; Paul continued:
"For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let until he be taken out of the way. And then shall that wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of His coming.' (II. Thess. 2:7, 8).
The seemingly obscure expression. "he who now letteth will let” may be more readily understood by remembering that in the older style of English "let" had the meaning of 'restrain" or "hinder." The passage therefore may be understood as a declaration that the spirit of iniquity was already active though restrained or hindered for a time; and that later even this restraint would be removed and the
evil one would be in full power. In the Revised Version of the New Testament this passage is rendered thus: "lawlessness doth already work: only there is one that restraineth now, until he be taken out of the way."
An excellent summary of important utterances by the Apostle Paul relating to the beginning of the apostasy as a fact in the early apostolic age has been made by one of the latter-day apostles, Orson Pratt. He writes as follows:
"The great apostasy of the Christian Church commenced in the first century; while there were yet inspired apostles and prophets in their midst; hence Paul, just previous to his martyrdom, enumerates a great number who had 'made shipwreck of their faith,' and 'turned aside unto vain jangling;' teaching 'that the resurrection was already past,' giving 'heed to fables and endless genealogies,' 'doubting about questions and strifes of words whereof came envyings, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness.' This apostasy had become so general that Paul declares to Timothy, 'that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me;' and again he says, 'at my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me!' he further says that 'there are many unruly, and vain talkers, deceivers, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.' These apostates, no doubt pretended to be very righteous; for, says the apostle, 'they profess that they know God: but in works they deny Him, being abominable and disobedient and unto every good work reprobate.'
Jude admonished the Saints to be on their guard against men who were in the service of Satan seek
ing to corrupt the Church. Addressing himself "to them that are sanctified by God the Father and preserved in Jesus Christ," he said:
"It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should
earnestly contend for the faith which Saints. was once delivered unto the For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ." (Jude 3, 4.)
During the banishment of John the Revelator on the isle of Patmos, when nearly all the apostles had been taken from the earth, many of them having suffered martyrdom, the apostasy was so wide-spread that only seven "churches," i. e. branches of the Church, remained in such conidtion as to be considered deserving of the special communication John was instructed to give. The Church at Ephesus was admonished:
“—thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly. and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent." (Rev. 2:4, 5).
To the Church at Pergamos John was commanded to write denouncing the false doctrines of certain sects and teachers, "which thing I hate" said the Lord (read verses 12-16).
The Church of the Laodiceans was denounced as "lukewarm," "neither hot nor cold," and as priding itself as rich and not in need, whereas it was in reality "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." (Rev. 3, read verses 14-21).