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5. The providing of a definite plan of salvation, by obedience to which man may obtain remission of his sins, and be enabled to advance by effort and righteous achievement throughout eternity.
6. The establishment of the Church of Jesus Christ in the "meridian of time," by the personal ministry and atoning death of the foreordained Redeemer and Savior of mankind, and the proclamation of His saving Gospel through the ministry of the Holy Priesthood during the apostolic period and for a season thereafter.
7. The general "falling away" from the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by which the world degenerated into a state of apostasy, and the Holy Priesthood ceased to be operative in the organization of sects and churches designed and effected by the authority of man.
8. The restoration of the Gospel in the current age, and the reestablishment of the Church of Jesus Christ by the bestowal of the Holy Priesthood through Divine revelation.
9. The appointed mission of the restored Church of Jesus Christ to preach the Gospel and administer in the ordinances thereof amongst all nations, in preparation for the near advent of our Savior Jesus Christ, who shall reign on earth as Lord and King.
The short essays following have been published at weekly intervals through two years; they number therefore one hundred and four. Concise rather than exhaustive treatment has been attempted. No apology is offered for reiteration of quotations or comment; repetition seemed preferable to the introduction of cross references.
JAMES E. TALMAGE.
Salt Lake City, Utah,
1. THE MUSTARD SEED AND THE TREE-Development, not Growth
2. WHAT THE "MORMONS" BELIEVE-Their Articles of Faith
3. WHAT'S IN A NAME?-Is "Mormonism" Misunderstood be-
4. "MORMONISM"-A Distinctive Religious System
5. DIRECT AND SURE-The Church Bold yet Tolerant
WHEAT AND WEEDS-Successive Apostasies from the Gospel
7. A NEW DISPENSATION-Authority by Restoration not Through
9. THE HOLY TRINITY-Unity of the Godhead
8 DIVINE COMMAND AND HUMAN AGENCY-The Church a De-
THE NEED OF A REDEEMER-Man Cannot Exalt Himself
CHRIST'S UNIQUE STATUS-AS Redeemer and Savior of the
PHILOSOPHY OF THE ATONEMENT-Its Two-fold Effect
HEAVEN AND HELL-Graded Conditions in the Hereafter
17. IN THE REALM OF THE DEAD-Paradise-What of the Spirits
BAPTIZED FOR THE DEAD?-Elijah the
Prophet on the American Continent
19. OBEDIENCE IS HEAVEN'S FIRST LAW-Conditions of Citizenship
20. THE DEVILS BELIEVE AND TREMBLE-Faith not Mere Belief
21. THE VOICE OF JOHN THE BAPTIST AGAIN HEARD-Repent Ye,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand!
22. ARISE AND WASH AWAY THY SINS-The Only Way.
23. ARE BABES TO BE DAMNED?-A Horrible Misconception
25. THE BAPTISM OF FIRE-Power of the Spirit
26. IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN!-Authority of the Holy Priest-
28. APOSTLES AND PROPHETS NECESSARY-The Primitive Church
29. WHEN DARKNESS COVERED THE EARTH-The Long Night of
30. THE MORNING BREAKS, THE SHADOWS FLEE-Light of the
31. THE BEGINNING OF THE END-Ushering in of the Last Dis-
32. A GOD or MIRACLES-Wonders Wrought by Devils.
33. IS THE BIBLE SUFFICIENT?-Scriptures of Many Peoples.
34. A MESSENGER-From the Presence of God
36. BY THE MOUTH OF WITNESSES-Shall the Truth be Established
37. VOICES OF THE DEAD-A Testimony from the Dust.
38. A NEW WITNESS OF THE CHRIST-An Independent Scripture. 144
39. WHEN CHRIST STOOD ON AMERICAN SOIL-His Church Estab-
lished Among the Ancient Americans.
40. EAST AND WEST IN ONE ACCLAIM-That Jesus is the Christ
41. SHEEP OF ANOTHER FOLD-Shepherds and Sheep-herders
42. FROM GOD TO MAN-Divine Communication in the Current
43. THE TRAGEDY OF ISRAEL-A Nation Without a Country
44. THE GATHERING OF THE TRIBES-Judah and Israel to Come
50. THE LAW OF THE LAND-Should We Submit to It?.
45. AMERICA THE LAND OF ZION-The Place of the New Jerusa-
46. THE COMING OF THE LORD-The Consummation of the Ages. 173
47. THE FEDERATION OF THE WORLD-A Thousand Years of Peace
48. THY KINGDOM COME!-So Pray We Yet.
FREEDOM TO WORSHIP GOD-Man's Divine Birthright
DEMOCRACY OF AMERICAN ORIGIN-The Founding of an An-
PERPETUITY OF AMERICAN NATION-Assured by Prophecy
56. LAW OF THE TITHE-The Lord's Revenue System
57. THE UNITED ORDER-No Longer Mine and Thine, but the
59. UNCHASTITY THE DOMINANT EVIL-Infamy of a Double
60. NOT GOOD FOR MAN TO BE ALONE-Companionship of the
6. TILL DEATH DOES YOU PART-Is there no Hope Beyond?
62 THEY NEITHER MARRY-Nor Give in Marriage.
63. CELESTIAL MARRIAGE-Eternal Relationship of the Sexes.
65. WE LIVED BEFORE WE WERE BORN-Our Primeval Childhood 236
66. MAN IS ETERNAL-Successive Stages of Existence
67. IN THE LINEAGE OF DEITY-Man's Divine Pedigree.
UNENDING ADVANCEMENT-Infinite Possibilities of Man's Es-
71. BEYOND THE GRAVE-Repentance Possible even There
72. OPPORTUNITY HERE AND HEREAFTER-Free Agency and its
DEITY AS EXALTED HUMANITY-Man is a God in Embryo
80. KNOWING AND DOING-Knowledge May Help to Condemn
78. THE GLORY OF GOD IS INTELLIGENCE-Knowledge is Power in
84. REACHING AFTER THE DEAD "Lest We Forget"
85. THE HOUSE OF THE LORD-Why do the Latter-day Saints
81. WILL MANY OR FEW BE SAVED?-Our Place Beyond the Grave 285
82. THE GRAVES SHALL BE OPENED-And the Dead Shall Live
RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD-When Shall it be?
ANTIQUITY OF THE GOSPEL-AS Old as Adam
THE ORIGIN OF SACRIFICE-Coeval with the Race
SIMPLICITY OF THE GOSPEL-None Need Err Therein
90. THE WILL OF GOD-Though Opposed, Yet Eventually Su-
99. ARE MEN CREATED EQUAL?-Individualism is Eternal
ETHICS AND RELIGION-A Distinction with a Difference.
94. RELIGION ACTIVE AND PASSIVE-Effort Essential to Salvation. 327
95. REMEMBER THE SABBATH DAY-A Law unto Man from the
96. THE FOOLISHNESS OF GOD-And the Wisdom of Men
97. FREEDOM THROUGH OBEDIENCE-Release from Autocracy of
98. HE WENT AND WASHED-And Came Seeing
99. THE ROD OF IRON-A Dependable Support
100. LIAR AND MURDERER-From the Beginning
103. THE GARDEN OF GOD-And the Weeds of Human Culture
104. THE LAST DISPENSATION-Today is the Sum of all the Yes-