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Wisdom of the World

If two men possessing equal natural abilities, start out in life, one cultivating the spirit of the Lord and taking it as his guide and the other neglecting it, but taking in the place of it books and the wisdom of the world and have every facility afforded him of becoming proficient in that kind of knowledge, the one who is taught by the Spirit though he may be destitute of worldly advantages, will at the end of any given period be far in advance of the other. (9 February 1862)


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Next to Brigham Young, George Q. Cannon was arguably the best-known Latter-day Saint in the last half of the nineteenth century. His record covers half a century, a period in which he served as an editor and publisher, a businessman, an educator, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, a territorial delegate in Congress, and a counselor to church presidents Brigham Young, John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, and Lorenzo Snow.

This website publishes for the first time George Q. Cannon’s journal from 1855 through 1901. It also reproduces Cannon’s journal from 1849 through 1854, which was previously published in two print volumes.

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