Minutes of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Held at Great Salt Lake City, State of Deseret, Sept. 6, 1850;
President Brigham Young, Presiding.

Two P.M.

P.P. Pratt made some remarks on the mountains and vallies south of Utah.

If we carry out the instructions that we continually receive, we shall be the happiest people on the earth; whoever is governed by the kingdom of God, is a happy man, but who realizes it?  It always was the man that was ready, that the Lord would work by; the only thing that should concern us, is, have we the principles of the kingdom of God in our hearts? and is it our desire to fulfill them?

[Deseret News, Sept. 14, 1850]

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


P.P. Pratt spoke against persons taking the name of the Lord our God in vain, “and if a man is even an Atheist, he shows bad manners and disrespect to his superiors, and it is a sin against the neighbor who hears him—any man who suffers his children, or servants to do it, is neglectful of his duty.”

If persons come here who do not profess any religion, we do not want to hear them sin against us, as a people, by taking the name of God, or his Son Jesus Christ, in vain.

Two P.M.

P.P. Pratt gave a lecture to young men on cleanliness, and the abstaining from the use of Tobacco, and Ardent spirits; and in a few years it will be written of you, “that they were perfect in their generation, clean in their houses and their persons; good hearted, gentle, kind, happy and everything that is agreeable; their houses were filled with the spirit of good men, sanctified by the Holy Ghost and where angels delighted to visit,”–&c.

[Deseret News, Sept. 21, 1850]

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

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