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16 August 1873

Retrenchment Association; Fourteenth Ward Meetinghouse, Salt Lake City, Utah Territory

White building with wood trim, Salt Lake City, circa 1890

Salt Lake City Fourteenth Ward meetinghouse, circa 1890. (Courtesy Church History Library.)

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Miss Eliza R. Snow said she believed it right and incumbent upon the sisters to read good books and get all the useful knowledge they could in relation to the cause of diseases and how to treat them; in as much as the Lord had endowed them with faculties, it was for them to cultivate and use them; but their chief dependence and reliance, they should ever keep in mind was in the power and spirit of God, and that He alone was able to strengthen and preserve the works of His hands. When young people could be made to understand the spirit of the Gospel, they had no more need to be warned against the influence of the spirit of the world, it was as uncongenial to their feelings as to those of older people who realized its follies. If young ladies were wanted who could be depended upon, the Retrenchment Associations were the places in which to look for them. Speaking of the importance of the present day, Miss Snow said, “Let every woman who has light within her, warn her neighbor, for this is a day of warning.”

[. . .] [p. 51]

Source Note

M. A. Jenkins, “R. S. Reports,” Woman’s Exponent 2, no. 7 (1 Sept. 1873): 51.

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