Summit Stake Conference.

The Fourth Quarterly Conference for this Stake convened in the Bowery, in the Public Park, at Coalville, on Saturday, August 10, 1878. The attendance was good in numbers and was increased on the following day.

7:30 p.m.

Elder Orson Pratt occupied about thirty minutes in exhorting the people to be alive in their duties and privileges as citizens of this great country, and spoke of the necessity of their being united in the maintenance of their rights, and retaining the supremacy at the polls they now possess. He spoke briefly upon the blessings to be obtained by re-baptism.

Sunday 11, 10 a.m.

Elder Orson Pratt followed with a few remarks upon the “ways that are dark and tricks that are vain,” of the politicians of the day. He referred to the dealings of God with the wicked, and introduced several scriptural illustrations showing the long-suffering of His mercy with the human family.

2 o’clock p.m.

The remainder of the afternoon, occupying about an hour and a half, was devoted to remarks made by Elder Orson Pratt, in which he showed, in his usual clear and forcible manner, the difference between many points of our doctrines and the tenets of the “Christian” religion. He dwelt at some length upon the pre-existence of man, and described his condition before his advent upon the earth, also the purposes and object of man’s appearance upon this mundane sphere. He also touched on the celestial order of marriage, showing that the marriage contract, to the Latter-day Saint, is a most sacred one, and when rightly performed, by those who have the authority, will be valid throughout eternity, unless by transgression we invalidate our part of the solemn contrast.

[Deseret News, Aug. 28, 1878]

[transcribed and proofread by David Grow, Aug. 2006]

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