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13 November 1877


Salt Lake City Twelfth Ward Young Ladies; Salt Lake City, Utah Territory

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There were several members of other wards present among whom were Sisters E. A. [Elizabeth Ann] Whitney, M. I. [Mary Isabella] Horne, E. R. Snow, Z. D. [Zina D.] Young and many other prominent sisters of the Relief Society [. . .] Miss E. R. Snow said she felt honored to have the privilege of associating with the saints. Before arising, she had experienced a great variety of feelings. The question arose in her mind, “What were we here for?[”] And the answer “For the promotion of the welfare of the young,” speedily followed. She thought there should have been at least one hundred and fifty of the brethren here, and felt to bless the one brother who had attended. Have the men no interest in the welfare of the young! If it had been a cattle show, they would have turned out in full force. She had known as many as one hundred and fifty brethren to attend one of the sisters meetings; she said there is an apathy on the part, not only of the fathers, but the mothers, in regard to the position of the young. She told the young sisters it was their privilege to commune with God; to realize that they were born to be Saviors on Mt. Zion. She said God was calling on the sisters in unison with the brethren, to do what he has been calling on the saints to perform for years, and they want the assistance of the young sisters. When called before the Holy Tribunal, she added, will we think of the pleasure we enjoyed in this world, or will we consider the good we have or might have done? She said a record is kept by some one besides your secretary here; no matter how accurately she writes your minutes, it is all put down in another book. Young sisters, take care of your health, of your bodies, but do not spend all for these, spare some time in feeding your souls. And now, no matter how good you are, begin from to-day and live for God. This organization of young ladies was revealed by the Lord. [. . .] [p. 103]

Source Note

Mamie Young, “R.S. Reports,” Woman’s Exponent 6, no. 13 (1 Dec. 1877): 103.