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few remarks, recounting the mercies of Saints and our rights and independence. God to this people, in delivering them At fifteen minutes past ten a. m. three from the power of their enemies, in mak rounds were fired for the “Hope of Ising the desert places blossom like the rael.” Captain John W. Young's comrose and the sterile plains yield luscious pany of Light Infantry were paraded, fruits and golden grain, in loading the and elicited admiration and astonishment leaves of the trees and shrubbery with from all beholders. This company numhoney dew, and in increasing our flocks bers fifty boys, ranging from ten to twelve and herds in a marvelous manner. After years of age, and was furnished with Prest. Young had concluded his remarks, tasteful uniforms by Governor Young, and Prest. H. C. Kimball offered a prayer of truly they are the “Hope of Israel.” thanksgiving unto God for His goodness At about noon, Bishop A. O. Smoot, to this people; prayed for Israel and Is Elders Judson Stoddard and 0. P. Rockrael's enemies, and renewedly dedicated well and Judge E. Smith rode into camp, and consecrated unto God, the ground, the two former from the States in twenty the waters, the timber, the rocks and all days. the elements pertaining to the stream At about sunset the camp assembled upon whose head waters we were assem for prayers, when President Wells made bled, to celebrate the tenth anniversary a few remarks in relation to the latest of the entrance of the pioneers into these tidings from the States, upon the order valleys.

of leaving the ground in the morning, Three spacious boweries, with plank and concluded with prayer. Songs by floors, had been provided by the B. C. Brothers Poulter, Dunbar, McAllister Lumber Company, and a large number and Maiben commenced the evening's passed the evening in the joyous dance. exercises, after which dancing and gen.

July 24th every one began to enjoy the eral hilarity continued to a late hour. privileges of the occasion as best suited On the morning of the 25th the comtheir several tastes and feelings, in ac pany began to vacate the ground at daycordance with the order of the day, giv- break, every one apparently highly gratiing liberty to all to do as they pleased, fied with the privilege they had been so occupying their time and opportunities blessed in enjoying: in a manner the most conducive to the

G. D. Watt, Reporter. greatest amount of happiness and com The news which the brethren above fort. The different bands played at in named brought from the States was that tervals throughout the day, and greatly the mails for Utah were refused them at added to the zest of the varied sources Leavenworth; that intense excitementex. of enjoyment.

isted in the States on the Mormon quesAt morning assembly the choir sang, tion; the reports of the ex-officials of « On the mountain tops appearing.” Utah were being spread abroad and comPrayer by Elder Geo. A. Smith. Prest. mented upon in every paper,and the probKimball gave a few instructions for the ability of the Government sending an government of the company in their ex armed force to quell the Mormons had ercises during the day, and Prest. Wells about become a certainty. In army cirsaid that on account of the large number cles it was understood that General Harof people, Prest. Young wished them to ney would be assigned the command. attend to prayers at their several tents. The entertainment planned for the oc

The stars and stripes were unfurled on casion was scarcely interrupted by this two of the highest peaks in sight of the news, brought so rapidly from the froncamp, and on the tops of two of the tiers, and received on this ever memoratallest trees.

ble Twenty-fourth. The writer, then but At twenty minutes past nine a. m., three years of age, remembers the pause three rounds were fired from a brass in the exercises, and seeing General howitzer, for the First Presidency of the Wells step forward and address the peoChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day | ple. The incident made the first indeli

this point; this is the most ancient re-
cord spoken of in the Book of Mormon
on this continent, preceding the writ-
ings of Lehi and Nephi; and as Ether's
people came from the tower of Babel,
OBJECTIONS TO THE BOOK OF MORMON.

105 ble impression upon his memory. The vailed. The extreme folly of sending an tenor of that gentleman's remarks may army to subdue a people guilty of no be readily imagined by those who know crime, was so apparent to those conscious him. Though at the conclusion of his of the purity of their lives and the favor speech the cry was, “On with the dance, of God, that not to indulge in hilarity let joy be unconfined," the address was would have plunged them into depths of one of historical significance. It ex sorrow, pitying the poor, blind administrapressed in unmistakable terms the just in tion that disgraced our loved and honored dignation that all felt. It outlined the country. policy of our people under the trying or Relief from such feelings was found in deal before them. It declared, and the the dance, the singing and rhyming, the everlasting hills heard and re-echoed the patriotic toasts, and in the general sport cry, that we are the people of God, and liberally provided. The following exHe hath made us a free people. We tract from lines and chorus hastily comwill maintain our freedom. No enemy

posed and sung by Brother Poulter, in any guise shall enter the peaceful vales were taken up and sung by the multithat we have secured for our inheritance, tude, to the tune of “Camptown Races,” and shackle us in the bonds of slavery, and for years after were a favorite among or corrupt our homes with the abomina- camp-fire rhymes: tions of Babylon.

"Squaw-killer Harney's on the way, While intense feeling existed in the

Doo-da, doo-da, breasts of all at the insult we had re The Mormon people for to slay, ceived, the philosophic faith of the peo

Doo-da, doo-da day. ple enabled them to throw off any appre

"Then let us be on hand, hension of danger that otherwise would

By Brigham Young to stand, have rested upon them.

So far from

And if our enemies do appear, succumbing to the promptings of fear,

We'll sweep them from the land." the liveliest spirit of indifference pre

Vaux. OBJECTIONS TO THE BOOK OF MORMON.

and could have brought with them no A short time ago we came across the Scriptures of later date, from the other following objection:

continent, and as none of the Old Testa"The Book of Mormon, claiming to

ment Scriptures were then written, what have been written without a knowledge

Scriptures can here be referred to but of the New Testament, and much of it before the New Testament was written,

those in the New Testament, where we

find similar language? 'The Scriptures repeatedly quoted from the New Testa

which saith' can be found nowhere else. ment. In the Book of Ether, purporting

In Luke xiii, 30, we read: “There are to have been written many centuries be

last that shall be first, and there are first fore the first advent, and to have been translated and transcribed by Moroni,

that shall be last;' and in Matthew xix,

30. Many that are first shall be last, and we read concerning the Scriptures

many that are last shall be first.' If we which saith, there are they who were first, who shall be last; and there are they

were only writing a statement similar to

Christ's, it would be different from an who were last who shall be first.' Mark

affirmation that it was said in Scripture, even before the Old Testament was written, or at least before Ether knew of its having been written, he being a descendant of those who emigrated to this continent at the confounding of lan

II.

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OBJECTIONS TO THE BOOK OF MORMON.

guage, before the Old Testament was writ “And now I, Moroni, proceed to finish ten."

my record." The whole of this objection is based Thus, time after time, Moroni, the last on a falsehood. The objector claims of the Nephite prophets, calls the Book that the Book of Ether as it is given us of Ether “my record.” It was not a in the sacred writings of the Nephites transcript, or translation, but a very "is the most ancient record spoken of in short abridgement of the twenty-four the Book of Mormon," and on this sup- plates found by the subjects of the New position he bases his absurd arguments. phite king Limhi; in which Moroni has He confounds the Book of Ether in the inserted many original remarks of his Book of Mormon with the orignal re own,interpolations, explanatory notes and cord on the twenty-four plates found by prophecies. After he had finished his the people of Limhi, from which it was abridgement, he commences his own reabridged by Moroni, which plates were cord (the Book of Moroni) with the known to the Nephites as the Book of remark “Now 1, Moroni, after having Ether. But Moroni and not Ether was made an end of abridging the account the author of the Book of Ether con of the people of Jared," etc. tained in the Book of Mormon. The Nor is Moroni's account of the people proofs of this are most positive. The book of Jared a literal translation of the itselt commences with the words “And twenty-four plates. It is a very short now I Moroni, * proceed to give an ac- abridgement in his own words. As count of these ancient inhabitants,” etc. already quoted, he expressly states “I The second verse opens with “And I take do not give a full account, but a part of mine account from the twenty and four the account I give,"' (Ether i, 5) and still plates.” The opening sentences of the more emphatically does he declare at third, fourth, fifth and sixth verses are the close of his abridgement "And the respectively:

hundredth part I have not written," “And as I suppose that the first part (Ether xv, 33) and yet again "And now, of this record.”

as 1, Moroni, said, I would not make a “Therefore I do not write those

full account of these things,” etc. The things."

simple fact is that Moroni's abridgement “But behold I do not give the full ac

is no more the original Book of Ether as count, but a part of the account I give, written on the twenty-four plates, than is from the tower down, until they were

any historical discourse on the Jaredites destroyed.”

delivered by Elder Orson Pratt or other “And on this wise do I give the ac

servants of God living in this generacount."

tion. The difference is that one is the Again, the fifth, sixth and ninth and

work of the fourth or fifth century and thirtheenth chapters each commence with

the other of the nineteenth. Thus all a statement which shows that the writ- arguments based on the great antiing were Moroni's and not Ether's. quity of the Book of Ether fall to the Each in its order, the opening clauses ground, as would reasonings in the same are as follows:

direction on the antiquity of Farrar's “And now I, Moroni, have written the

“Life of Christ” because it is based upon words which were commanded me."

the writings of the four Evangelists. “And now I, Moroni, proceed to give Moroni's work is simply a comparatively the record of Jared and his brother.”

modern abridgement of a very ancient “And now I, Moroni, proceed with my

record. record.”

The objector above quoted untruth

fully asserts that the original Book of * The expression “I, Moroni," occurs eleven

Ether was “translated and transcribed times in the Book of Ether, but "I, Ether," by Moroni.” We have already showa,

He is always referred to in the third according to his own account, that he person.

did not transcribe it, but only gave

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same manner.

short a synopsis or abridgement that he Book of Genesis when it existed in its did not write one hundredth part of the entirety. original record. It is also incorrect that There is nothing extraordinary in the he translated it. The twenty-four plates supposition that men inspired by the containing the record of the Jaredites same spirit should write the same truths were translated by Mosiah, king of the and frequently in almost the same lanNephites, some five hundred years be guage, for the reason that the language fore Moroni made his abridgement. they use is the most appropriate to the For proof of this read the twenty-eighth subject and best expresses the idea. chapter of Mosiah, from the tenth verse Especially is this the case with men into the end.

spired by the Holy Spirit of God; that The "Book of Ether” having thus spirit produces a oneness, and the more been written by Moroni, he had at his marked will be that oneness the more of command from which to quote when he that spirit men possess. Then it must wrote it, all the Scriptures brought from not be wondered at if men dwelling in Jerusalem by Lehi, and all the writings remotely distant lands, or at widely sepof the inspired servants of God amongst arated eras of the world's history, treat the Nephites and Lamanites, as well as upon the same doctrine in very much the the twenty-four plates of Ether. And

For instance we cite the as we have no detailed statement of all teachings of Paul and Mormon on Charthe Scriptures brought from Jerusalem, ity; but in which, in our opinion, the nor a tithe of the writings of the ancient Nephite disciple has the advantage in Nephite Priesthood, we must be pre

It is not

some expressions and detail. sumptuous, indeed, to assert that he had to be expected that as great a gospel no such scriptures in his possession, and truth as that the first shall be last and that the quotation must be stolen from the last first would not have been referthe New Testament. Who can say that red to by some inspired writer before this quotation was not in the Book of Christ's day. The improbability is altoEnoch, or of Josher, mentioned in the gether on the other side. Bible, or in the the Books of Neum, But even admitting that this disputed Zenos or Zenock quoted in the Book of quotation appeared in the original writMormon, or indeed that it could not beings of Ether, what then? Had he not found in the writings of Alma or some

the Scriptures of the Antideluvian Patriother Nephite prophet? No one.

To archs—the Book of Enoch and other accuse a writer of forgery or falsehood sacred writings? If not, from whence because we have not the work from did he get his account of the history of which he quotes is no argument at all,

the world from the creation to the buildwhen it is positively known that many ing of the Tower of Babel, which books are lost at this late day from which

Moroni altogether passes over in his he could in his time have quoted. Num- abridgement? If he did not get his facts bers of the sayings of the New Testa

from early scriptures in his possession ment writers supposed by the world to

he received them by divine revelation, be original, are quotations from the as did Moses. In either case it is imancient Hebrew prophets. For instance possible for any man to say this quotathe saying of the Savior that “Abraham tion does not appear. Again there were saw his day and was glad,” John viii, 56, many great prophets among the Jaredrefers to a parallel passage in the Book of

ites. What about their teachings and Genesis as originally written, and re

writings? Ether was acquainted with stored to us by the Prophet Joseph them for they are frequently spoken of. Smith, so also is Paul's disquisition on

Why should we fancy that not one of the Melchizedec Priesthood, found in the

them ever gave expression to the truth? seventh chapter of Hebrews. This is we have no valid reasons for such a also a quotation from the original writ- supposition. But to finish the matter, ings of Moses as they appeared in the

and show how entirely untruthful is the

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THE BRAHMANS OF INDIA.

assertion that his quotation can only be Or if that language is not sufficiently found in the New Testament we make pointed we will turn to the words of the the following extract from the parable of angel recorded in the writings of Nephi, Zenos as recorded in the Book of Jacob. when he says, “Then He Jesus sball

Graft in the branches, begin at the manifest himself unto the Gentiles and last that they may be first, and that the also unto the Jews, and the last shall be first may be last, and dig about the trees, first, and the first shall be last" (1 both old and young, the first and the Nephi xiii, 42), surely the words of an last, and the last and the first, that all angel are Scripture. Geo. Reynolds. may be nourished once again for the last time." (Jacob v, 63.)

If you would be happy, be virtuous.

a ewer with

THE BRAHMANS OF INDIA. The Brahmans, as a class, are much , dancing, from vocal and instrumental venerated by the inferior castes; inas- music, from wrath, from covetousness, much as it is a part of their calling to from gaming and disputes. He must direct all other classes in their religious carry water pots, cow-dung, cusa (sacred) exercises, which occupy the greater por grass, and flowers, such as may be retion of their time. There is scarcely an quired by his preceptor. When bis hour during the day, nor a function of time is not occupied by the performance nature, but what has its complicated of his multitudinous precepts, he is erceremonies, that requires the guidance pected to study the Vedas. He must of the priest who is highly learned in the not be asleep when the sun rises or sets. Vedas. The Brahminical noviciate for A Brahman, says the Institutes of sacerdotal orders, takes up his abode Menu, must keep his hair, nails and beard in the house of his preceptor, or guri. clipped, must subdue his passions; have The disciple may spend the whole of his his mantle white, his body pure. Let life time as a pupil, and by doing so will him carry a staff of Venue, receive the highest rewards. It requires water in it, a handful of cusa grass, or a from nine to thirty-six years to thorough- copy of the Veda, with a pair of bright ly master the three Vedas. During this golden earrings in his ears.

He must period the pupil has to wait on his guri, not gaze on the sun whether rising or and his wife and sons, if he has any. His setting, or eclipsed, or reflected in the condition is more like our European water, or advanced in the middle of the apprentice than a pupil at college. sky. He must not step over a string, to

The scholar is loaded with a ludi- which a calf is tied, nor run while it crous ritual, that nearly occupies his rains, nor look on his own image in the whole time. The main object is to bring water. He must pass the following with all the members of his body in subjec- his right hand toward them: By a tion, to increase his devotional desires. mound of earth, by a cow, by an idol, by According to the laws of Menu, he must

a Brahman, by a pot of clarified butter purify himself by bathing several times

or of honey. By a place where four each day, after which it is his duty to roads meet, and by large trees well offer fresh water to the gods, the manes known in the district. and sages, and show respect to the with his wife, nor look at her eating; images of the deities. He must contin nor sneezing, nor yawning, nor sitting ually sleep alone, and do no injury to carelessly at her ease.

These precepts any animated being. He is not allowed must be carefully observed or their standto eat flesh meat, nor use black powder ing would be imperiled. for his eyes, nor wear sandals, nor carry

The Brahmans have several avenues an umbrella. He must abstain from open to them whereby they

He must not eat

can obtain

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