GRANTSVILLE, Utah Speaking at a Sept. 7 stake conference in this agricultural community west of the Salt Lake Valley, President Gordon B. Hinckley invoked the remarks of a 19th-century bishop from Grantsville.
"Way back in 1849," President Hinckley told members of the Grantsville Utah Stake, "Bishop Rowberry wrote to the Brethren and said, 'We have built a meetinghouse 24 feet square, and our meetings are well attended. We have no lawsuits or bishops' courts to contend with.'
"I hope that is the case still …. I hope that you are getting along, loving, appreciating, honoring and respecting one another."
Quoting further from the bishop's letter of 1849, President Hinckley read, "Peace and goodwill prevail in our midst, which causes the gratitude of our hearts to flow to the Giver of all good." He then commented, "Now if, in Grantsville, you can stand and say what he wrote in 1849, you are good people."
President Hinckley thanked them for the goodness of their lives.
"I want to thank you for living the Word of Wisdom," he said. "Isn't it a wonderful thing that we do not have to worry about liquor? We do not have to drink. We do not have to succumb to the advertising for beer, whiskey, any of those things. The Lord has told us what to do, and with that telling He has made a great and marvelous promise."
He spoke of the privilege Church members have to pay tithing "with trust and confidence in the Lord. The payment of that tithing which carries with it a promise, of which we can all testify, makes possible wonderful buildings like this across the world. We are building about 400 new buildings a year in this Church across the world. We are building temples. Next week we will go to Redlands, Calif., and dedicate the 116th working temple of the Church."
President Hinckley asked: "Isn't it wonderful that we can live together in peace and love and respect one for another as members of this Church? Isn't it a great thing that we are not at one another's throats, as is the case in so many parts of the world? Isn't it a great thing that we know the purpose of life, and that we can tailor our lives accordingly?"
Earlier, the Church president, while standing at the pulpit, turned and spoke to a choir of Primary children behind him, exclaiming: "You sang so beautifully …. Thanks for all you have done. Thanks for being so good. You are good, aren't you?"
After introducing his wife, Marjorie, to the congregation, President Hinckley said: "I want to tell you men something. She still goes her own way. Do not think that you can mold your wife to your pattern. Love her for what she is. Treat her with kindness and respect and regard her as the most precious possession that you have. She and the children are the only things that you will take with you into eternity. You better so conduct yourselves and your lives."
He expressed appreciation for the stake president, Brook P. Hales, a staff member in the office of the First Presidency. "He is a remarkable man, a good man, a man of great faith and devotion who loves the people of this stake and is seeming to do all that he can to help them and to assist them in their lives." He then promised members that if they would follow the leadership of their stake president and their bishops, they would be blessed.
Speaking earlier, President Hales noted that it had been about 64 years since a Church president had been to Grantsville. He noted that on that occasion on Oct. 10, 1939, President Heber J. Grant had come with other Church leaders for a reception, banquet and program celebrating the construction of an amusement hall adjacent to a ward building.
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