Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 74: April 4, 1912
It is the claim of the Latter-day Saints that the God of heaven has set up His kingdom on the earth, according to the prophecy of Daniel, and that He is preparing a people in His own way as sub jects of that kingdom. Judged in the light of reason and of the Holy Scriptures, this gives comfort to the souls of those who seek to know the truth of these things, for it brings to their knowledge the fact that God does not sleep, but that His purposes in the earth are reaching consummation. Even the planets move to fulfill His great design. Chance has no place in the plan of the universe.
The light of reason is the light of the Spirit of God, which lighteth every one that cometh into the world. If God has spoken from the Heavens concerning this world, then reason will verify the truthfulness of those revelations of His mind and will. Sure and certain is His truth. Nothing can fall if He wills it to stand. The Lord God has spoken, whether you believe it or not - and it shall be known of all nations when he pours out His judgments upon them, because of their waywardness. If the tenets of Mor monism are not reasonable, do not accept them. But first be sure that prejudice has no place in your heart.
In the light of reason the startling stories concerning Mormon ism that have gained currency in the world - I say, in the light of reason, they are simply ridiculous. The twentieth century, with all its advances in knowledge and civilization, would not tolerate such a people as the Mormons are given out to be by these scaremongers. The Mormons do not hide under a bushel, but they are set upon a hill and may be seen and known of all men for what they are - a sober and industrious people, God-serving and God-fearing. As a people, they are seeking to serve the present age. Their aim is not to be praised of men, for the reverse is the case, but to find satisfaction to their souls by serving their God to the best of their knowledge. They are imbued with the light of reason - a people who have accomplished much, and who will yet accomplish greater things in the land of their inheritance. The light of reason shines in the countenance of every true Latter-day Saint, and wins them place in the front ranks of the noblest of inen.
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