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The Lesser Priesthood Conferred by John the Baptist.-Question: "What is meant by the words of John the Baptist in conferring the Lesser Priesthood: 'And this shall never be taken again from the earth, until the sons of Levi do offer again an offering unto the Lord in righteousness' "?-D. & C. sec. 13.

It simply means that the Priesthood of Aaron, "which holds the keys of the ministering of angels, and of the gospel of repentance, and of baptism by immersion for the remission of sins," shall surely remain upon the earth, until the time that the sons of Levi do offer an offering unto the Lord in righteousness. And, since the gospel of the ministering of angels, repentance and baptism by immersion for the remission of sins, is necessary for the salvation of mankind, it is quite probable that after the sons of Levi are purified so that they may make such an offering, that the Church will still be in such a condition of growth and development, and will have advanced to such a degree in the knowledge of the things of the Lord, that this priesthood will still remain and be found among us. Furthermore, the Aaronic priesthood, like the offices of the priesthood, is an appendage to the Higher, or Melchizedek priesthood, and will always be connected with it. (See section 107 of the Doctrine and Covenants.)

The Temple in Jackson County.-Question: Please explain verses 2, 3, 4 and 5 of section 84 of the Doctrine and Covenants.

These verses are as follows:

"Yea, the word of the Lord concerning his Church, established in the last days for the restoration of his people, as he has spoken by the mouth of his prophets, and for the gathering of his saints to stand upon Mount Zion, which shall be the city of New Jerusalem,

"Which city shall be built, beginning at the temple lot, which is appointed by the finger of the Lord, in the western boundaries of the state of Missouri, and dedicated by the hand of Joseph Smith, jun., and others with whom the Lord was well pleased.

"Verily this is the word of the Lord, that the city New Jerusalem shall be built by the gathering of the saints beginning at this place, even the place of the temple, which temple shall be reared in this generation;

"For verily, this generation shall not all pass away until an house shall be built unto the Lord, and a cloud shall rest upon it, which cloud shall be even the glory of the Lord, which shall veil the house."

The Lord has made these verses just as plain as it is possible to make them, without further additions or explanations. The place appointed in the revelation is in Independence, Jackson County, Missouri. Doubtless the query arises in the mind of the questioner as to how this can be fulfilled before all this generation passes away; moreover, the Saints were driven by their enemies from that land and their inheritances shortly after the revelation was given. The Lord has said in another revelation that when he gives a commandment "to any of the sons of men to do a work," and their enemies come upon them and prevent them from doing it, if they have labored with due diligence and with "all their might" to perform the labor, he will require that work "no more at the hands of those sons of men, but to accept of their offerings" (Sec. 124:49.) However, the Lord will cause that the iniquity, and the transgression of his "holy laws and commandments," shall be visited upon the heads of those who hinder his work unto the third and fourth generation, unless they repent. "Therefore, for this cause," said the Lord, "have I accepted the offerings of those whom I

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commanded to build up a city and a house unto my name, in Jackson county, Missouri, and were hindered by their enemies" (verse 51).

Nevertheless, the Lord will accomplish his work, as he has said, in his own due time; of this we need have no fear, and it is quite possible for the Lord to lengthen out the days of any of that generation if he so desires, just as easily as it was possible for him to grant unto John and others that they should remain upon the earth until his second coming.

Bishop Joseph C. Bentley, of Colonia Juarez, reported to the Presiding Bishopric, on Feb. 15, 1914, explaining the situation of the Latter-day Saints colonies in Mexico, and the condition of ward property, as follows:

In July, 1912, all the Latter-day Saints residing in the Juarez stake of Zion were instructed by the President of the stake to leave for the United States, on account of the revolution then prevailing in Mexico. In Colonia Chuichupa, the homes and property of the colonists were not seriously molested until some time after the people had left, when finally Mexican people began coming in and occupying the vacant homes and farms and many household effects were carried away and other property stolen. There are no colonists living in the colony at present.

In Colonia Diaz, the homes and property were not seriously molested until some time after the colonists left, when finally Mexican people began carrying away household goods and occupying some of the vacant homes, and finally, in-February, 1913, a band of “Red Flaggers" came into the colony and burned about forty of the principal homes, mostly along the Main street, including the meeting house; and since that time the natives have been carrying off the doors, windows and other lumber parts of homes except those occupied by the natives. The natives have also pastured the gardens and farms with cattle, horses and goats. There are no colonists living in Colonia Diaz at present.

In Colonia Dublan, a few of the Saints returned to their homes, and while some household effects, wagons and farming implements have been stolen, the homes and farms of the colony have not been otherwise injured. Those who returned have raised good crops and done well. There are about sixty colonists now living in Dublan.

In Colonia Garcia, soon after the colonists left their homes, native people and soldiers came into the colony and carried off and destroyed a great deal of property, and did much damage to the homes of the colony. There are no colonists living there at present.

In Colonia Juarez, before leaving, some of the people of the colony arranged with the Mexican president and other natives living there, to take care of the colony and look after the homes and property of the people during their absence, which was faithfully done, the president calling the Mexican people together and putting families in charge of homes, and men in charge of different portions of the colony. Orchards and farms were cared for, so that when the colonists returned a month or so later they found the homes and entire colony in excellent condition. In some cases fruit and other products were sold and the money turned over to the owners on their return. There are about 200 colonists now living in Colonia Juarez.

In Colonia Morelos and San Jose, I do not know the condition. In Colonia Pacheco, after the people left, the entire "Red Flag Army," under Jose Inez Salazar (over one thousand men) went into the mountains and camped at Pacheco for several days. They destroyed a great deal of property, and used the meetinghouse and homes of the people for the soldiers. Some homes were entirely destroyed. There are no colonists living in Pacheco at present.

"Gospel Themes."-Questions and suggestions for teachers and students: PART III-THE WAY OF SALVATION (CONTINUED)

Lessons 13-14 Chapter VII-Mode and Meaning of Baptism. Define "symbolism."

1.

2. Explain this statement: "Symbols are already in existence, awaiting recognition."

3. To whom do all things "bear record of God"?

4. Explain the symbolic meaning of baptism.

5. Name a reason for Jesus' being baptized.

6. Quote three scriptural passages pointing to immersion as the proper mode of baptism.

7. Explain how the proper mode of baptism became changed. 8. Define "clinic" baptism.

9. What was the "Council of Ravenna"?

10. Give Calvin's testimony to immersion's being the proper mode. 11. Name different methods of baptizing now being practiced in various churches.

12. Explain in detail the proper method and the ceremony of baptism as revealed to the Latter-day Saints.

13. Prove the necessity of divine authority in baptism.

14. What is the responsibility of parents regarding this principle? 15. How is baptism by the spirit administered?

16. Give the historical significance of the ordinance of the laying on of hands.

17. What is the symbolical relation between baptism and crea

tion?

18. Explain how baptism symbolizes birth.

19. With this thought in view, prove the necessity of divine authority.

PART IV-PRIESTHOOD AND CHURCH GOVERNMENT

Lesson 15-Chapter 1-Divine Authority.

1. Explain in detail the meaning of the word "Priest."

2. What does Priesthood mean?

3.

What two significances has Priesthood to Latter-day Saints? 4. Show the necessity of the Lord's having representatives.

5. Define "plenary," "valid," "prerogative," "admonition."

6.

Memorize Doctrine and Covenants 121:40-46.

7. Explain the significance of the parable, Matt. 25:4-46.

8. What two things are named by the Prophet Joseph as being among the grossest of sins?

9. What kind of men ought to constitute the Priesthood of God?

Lesson 16 Chapter 11-Divine Authority (Continued).

1. Define the difference between the Melchizedek and the Aaronic Priesthood.

2. Explain the significance of the statement that God gives no temporal commandments.

3. What is the jurisdiction of the Melchizedek Priesthood?

4. Give the substance of Doctrine and Covenants 107:8-20.

5. Show the need and benefits of a church organization. 6. When was the Priesthood instituted? Quote the passage. 7. Prove from scripture the antiquity of the Priesthood.

Give an account of the restoration of the Priesthood in this

8. dispensation.

9. In the light of Doctrine and Covenants 84:19-22, how was it possible for Joseph Smith to have looked upon God and live?

Y. M. M. I. A. Class Pins

Class pins for the Junior classes of the Y. M. M. I. A. will be ready for distribution upon application, about April 30, through stake superintendents, to the General Secretary of the Y. M. M. I. A., Moroni Snow, No. 20-22 Bishop's Building, Salt Lake City, Utah. The conditions for obtaining the pins are set forth in the Junior Manual under the heading "How to Organize Junior Classes," page 103. Every request for pins must be accompanied by a list of the boys in the class, their addresses, their age, and the per cent of their standing in the three requirements; namely, attendance, knowledge of the text, and conduct. Where, in the judgment of the class leader, endorsed by the ward president, a boy has received seventy-five per cent or over, on an average, in these requirements, he is entitled to a membership pin, when the conditions are complied with. There will be no charge for the pins this season.

Lists of class members applying for pins, with age, proper address, and per cent marks, after each name, must be endorsed as follows: We certify that each of the members named above, in the Junior class of... .ward, stake, .P. O., is entitled to a membership pin. Class Leader. Ward President. Stake Superintendent.

Send the pins to:

(Name)

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What of the Boys during Vacation?

This question arises in the minds of hundreds of parents everv spring. It often taxes the ingenuity of the wisest among them. All agree, however, that the boy who can devote a part of his time to some useful industry, is better off than the one who spends all his time in play.

But where shall we find something for all our boys to do? This question has received some attention from the Committee on Vocations and Industries of the General Board, and two plans have been considered. One plan takes into account the boys and young men living in the gardening and farming communities, and the other those residing in our cities. The first plan has been worked out in detail and accepted by the General Board. It recognizes the fact that nearly all boys like to have something of their own. If a boy has something that really is his own, generally he will become interested, and try to increase his substance. In the communities where it is possible, why not give the boys a half-acre or more of land. for themselves? At least, let it be theirs exclusively for the season, to cultivate as they deem best, and when the harvest is gathered let them have the profits derived from the crop grown under their management, and through their industry and work. Such a proposition will doubtless interest hundreds of boys and young men. This is the thought back of the committee's suggestions, and to add zest to the plan a "Boys' Half-Acre Contest" has been provided for. The plan in detail is as follows:

For the encouragement of industry in the gardening and farming districts, and to impress upon our boys and young men the value

of intensely cultivating the soil and profitably marketing their products, the committee on vocations and industries of the General Board of the Y. M. M. I. A. make the following recommendations:

1. That a contest he held among the members of the Y. M. M. I. A. to be known as the Boys' Half-Acre Contest.'

2. That all Y. M. M. I. A. members from the age of 12 to 18 years, inclusive, be eligible to enter the contest.

3. One-half acre of ground shall form the unit for this contest, but each contestant may enter one, two, three or four units.

4. Two or more young men may work two or more units together, forming a club or partnership for this purpose, but there must be at least one unit of ground for each member particpating in such partnership or club. All partnerships or clubs shall be restricted to not more than five members each.

5. The participant or participants in the contest are to decide for themselves what crop shall be planted, the frequency and amount of irrigation, how it shall be cultivated and marketed, and as far as possible, each shall do his own work, hiring only such work done as he may be unable to do. An accurate record shall be kept of all work hired done, both as to the amount of time the hired person spends and the amount he receives for his labors.

6. An accurate record shall be kept of all the expenses pertaining to the cultivation of the ground and the marketing of the crop, and the returns shall also be carefully and accurately recorded. The expenses shall include labor, seed, fertilizer, etc

7. A record shall also be kept of the actual time that the contestant himself works on his unit or units.

8. The contest shall be conducted by the committee on vocations and industries, affiliated with the state and national boys' and girls' clubs. It shall be conducted under the direction of the stake committeemen, assisted by the state leader of boys' and girls' clubs. Each stake shall form a unit in the contest. At the end of the season the report of each contestant shall be certified to by his ward committeeman and bishop, and shall be sent to the stake committeeman, who shall arrange for judges to decide the merits of the different contestants, and shall award a prize for the best general record made. The stake committeeman shall also endeavor to interest the leading business men of his section and others in the contest, and have them offer prizes for the contest.

9. At the conclusion of the contest in each stake, the stake committeeman shall send to the committee on vocations and industries of the General Board the four records which shall have been adjudged to be the first and second, third and fourth best, and from the records thus submitted a final decision shall be rendered for the work done throughout all the stakes, by a committee to be arranged for by the committee on vocations and industries, recognizing, first, second, third and fourth best. All boys and young men entering this contest are also eligible to compete in the county and state contests of the boys' clubs, and are in line to win the state championship.

10. The contest shall be determined on the following points, namely: the crop yield, marketing of the crop, record and net results. 11. The winners of the final contest shall be given honorable mention in the IMPROVEMENT ERA, and presented with a suitable token signifying their achievement.

Parents, help us to help your boys by giving this movement your enthusiastic support. Do what you can to make your boy a winner. The interest awakened now may be the beginning of a useful and successful career. Who knows? Get circulars from your committee

man.

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