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Messages from the Missions
By a letter received from Theodore Ellertson, dated January 30, on the steamship "Seydlitz," we learn that five elders, with former President O. D. Romney of the New Zealand Mission, left New Zealand, January 12, per steamship "Maheno," via Australia and Europe. They stopped at Sydney, Australia, the most fashionable city of the Australian commonwealth, where they attended Sunday service with the Saints, spending four days there in which they observed the important sights. They also stopped at Melbourne, the next city in size to Sydney, but more beautiful. Here Elder Taylor, of the Australian Mission, met them, and they visited the botanical gardens, the most
beautiful in Australia. They had a Dortrait taken while in the gardens, showing elders, left to right, O. D. Romney, Jr., E. A. Ricks, J. L. Ellertson, President O. D. Romney, Melbourne Romney, and L. F. Harris. They held a good meeting in the evening and next morning held a Priesthood meeting. Two more days and they reached Adelaide, and here they met also with the elders and Saints where they had an outing at the National Domain. They met in the evening at the L. D. S. meeting
house where a pleasant program was given; and four days later they reached Fremantle, the last port in Australia, where they spent only a few hours, and they then proceeded on their way around over the President Romney great waters, leaving Australia behind forever. reached Salt Lake about the middle of April.
Elder William H. Griffiths, Manchester, England: "The elders in this conference are energetic in their efforts, and the majority of the people treat us fairly well. At the Princess Theatre 'The Girl from Utah' is being played by an excellent company, but is very poorly appreciated by the public. Elders, left to right, top row: F. H. Eastmond, Provo; D. Beck, Centerfield; O. J. Bennion, Murray; C. E. Harris, Scofield; A. B. Hunter, Salt Lake City; S. T. Fotheringham, Milford; second row: L. P. Maughan, Wellsville; J. A. Welling, Fielding. Utah: G. H. Parker, Mt. View, Canada; P. Z. Hatch, Deith, Nevada; A. D. Clark, Jr., Provo; J. H. Vickers, Nephi; G. A. Hunt, Plain City, Utah; A. G. Eames, Preston, Idaho: sitting: H. Pardoe, Woods Cross: D. J. Shaw, Logan; W. H. Griffiths, conference clerk, Smith
field; Hyrum M. Smith, mission president; C. A. White, conference president, Coalville; J. E. Davis, Salt Lake City; President Hyrum M. Smith's son, J. F. Smith, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Elder L. E. Olpin, Nuhaha, New Zealand, January 26: "The first Primary association was organized in the New
Zealand Mission at Nuhaha, December 28, 1913, this being the largest branch in the New Zealand Mission. At our district conference, held at this place, and attended by former President O. D. Romney, his successor, William Gardner, Sister Mecham, and others, this association was organized, and has since held meetings each week. It consists of some of our learned Maori sisters, who take great interest in teaching the children the principles of the gospel in the English lan
guage. Top row, left to right: Erena Whai, secretary; Ema Mataera, chorister; Apikara Waaka, second counselor; bottom row: Raiha
Elders David H. Cannon and E. C. Samuels, Birmingham, England, February 18: "Birmingham, which bids fair for the second city in size in the United Kingdom, called the workshop of the world. It is said that its factories manufacture everything but ships. However, some people do not exclude these, as they say the parts that go to make up the boats are fashioned here. This city has been worked by the Church missionaries for a long time, and we have three thriving branches in it. In Handsworth Branch we have a fine chapel of our own, and are pleased to say that investigators visit our meetings in goodly numbers. When our chapel was first erected the persecution in this city was very rabid, and the knowledge of our new venture was noised throughout the isles. After thirteen months of labor under such conditions the Latter-day Saints have made many staunch friends who were once prone to attach to the name
'Mormon' any ime or lawlessness that man could be guilty of. A bounteous harvest is asured for us in the future. Elders, sitting, E. C. Samuels, Vernal; David H. Cannon, standing, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Report of the General Committee. This report was read at the General Priesthood meeting, Monday, April 6, 1914:
It is six years since the general authorities of the Church made the appointment of a Priesthood Outlines Committee. This period has been marked by a far-reaching increase in Priesthood activity, and a realization of the importance of the Priesthood quorums as compared with the auxiliary organizations. The outlines committee does not take the credit for the change; its work was only incidental to it. When the weekly meeting of quorums and classes was instituted, it was extremely hard for many of the wards to accept the change, and practically impossible to continue the classes during the summer. Now the weekly meeting is established throughout the Church, and the classes continue in about eighty per cent of the wards without inerruption the year round.
In a number of stakes throughout Zion the Priesthood are meeting on Sunday morning at nine o'clock and continue their sessions until ten or ten thirty, at which time the Sunday schools are called to order. Many of those in the Melchizedek Priesthood classes who are present at this Priesthood meeting attend the parents' class in the Sabbath school, thus receiving added blessing to themselves, and rendering a service to the school. In other stakes this same method is adopted except that the Lesser Priesthood meet separately in quorums at ten o'clock in the morning for one-half hour, then adjourn at 10:30 for Sabbath school, and receive their lessons in the Priesthood manuals as Sabbath school students.
In other stakes they meet at two o'clock in the afternoon for the Priesthood quorums. This is where the sacrament meetings are held in the evening. In all these stakes it is generally conceded that the Priesthood quorums are faring better, as far as attention and advancement are concerned, both in their duties and studies, than in the stakes where the Priesthood quorums meet on a week night. No general rule has been adopted in this matter, but the time of meetings is left with the authorities of each stake.
For the Church as a whole, an average of 21% of the Priesthood were in attendance at the weekly Priesthood meetings, during the year, 1913. The stake showing the best record in attendance of weekly Priesthood meetings was Ogden stake with 39% in attendance, followed closely by the Pioneer stake with 38%.
Probably the best index to the new spirit of the Priesthood is the desire for the lesson literature issued by the committee. This surprising eagerness for the outlines and text-books has been a source of some embarrassment, for already this year a new edition has had to be printed of "Gospel Themes" used by all classes of the High Priesthood. During the last five years about 150,000 outlines have been distributed throughout the Church.
Of all the activities of the Priesthood, next to crass work, the one receiving the benefit of the new impetus to the greatest extent, is ward teaching. During the last three years the average percentage of families visited rose from 20% in 1911, to 30% in 1912, and to 39% in 1913.
This result could not have been secured without reducing the average number of families in each district for each pair of teachers to visit. The number in each teachers' district was reduced from 20 in 1911 to 12 in 1912 and to 8% in 1913. Some wards and stakes have shown wonderful examples of what can be done.
The following wards shows 100% of the families visited each month by the ward teachers for the year 1912:
Clearfield Ward, Davis stake; Elwood and Penrose, Bear River stake; Thirty-third, Liberty stake; Eden, Ogden stake; Twin Groves, Yellowstone stake; Redmesa, Young stake.
The following wards showed 100% of families visited each month by the ward teachers for 1913:
Elwood, Penrose, Riverside, of the Bear River stake; First, Thirty-third, Emigration, of the Liberty stake; Eden, Ogden stake; Fairview, Oneida stake; Twin Groves, Yellowstone stake; Redmesa, Young stake.
The best record in ward teaching was achieved by the Ogden stake, where 93% of all the families were visited each month, throughout the year, by the ward teachers. The Liberty Stake showed a record of an average of 83% visited every month, and the third best record is that of Bear River stake, showing an average of 76% visited each month for the year 1913.
In five years the Priesthood of the Church has increased in numbers over 15,000. At the end of 1908, they numbered 71,550; at beginning of this year 86,731, a veritable army of well-trained youths and young men. The largest proportionate increase has been among the priests and teachers, to which quorums special attention has been paid. In practically every ward the bishops personally preside over the priests. A few years ago, there was scarcely a quorum of priests presided over by its proper authority, the bishop.
The convenience of meeting close at home in the wards, instead of in distant parts of the stake, the frequency and regularity of the weekly meeting as contrasted with the former practice of more or less irregular monthly meetings, the convenient size of the classes, have wrought a great change in conditions. They have brought about closer companionship between members of the Priesthood, made them better acquainted with the needs of one another, better fitted to carry out any labors for the common good, and more united in spirit.
The committee has thought seriously of their work for the future. Never has the Priesthood, since the organization of the Church, been in so favorable a position to work out the problems connected with our great cause. We are meeting many of the same problems that come into the lives of people elsewhere. That we shall ultimately solve them better than can society generally, is our destiny.
Next year's work, and subsequent courses, it is desired, will have something to do with these conditions and their betterment.
It has been felt that such work in connection, of course, with the history and doctrines of the gospel and the biographies of the leaders in this dispensation, may help make active some of the 25,000 members of the Priesthood who are now performing no active labors in the wards or stakes of the Church.
The general committee will be pleased to receive from quorums any experiences or carefully considered plans that will be suggestive and helpful, to be embodied in next year's course of study.
THE GENERAL COMMITTEE ON PRIESTHOOD,
Gospel Themes.-Questions and suggestions for teachers and students, by Elder David O. McKay:
PART III-PRIESTHOOD AND CHURCH GOVERNMENT (CONTINUED)
2. Explain briefly, yet comprehensively, the Church organization.
4. Why may this organization be rightly termed a "spiritual-temporal" government?