High Council Sunday
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It was "high council Sunday" in Lyman Ward, and two members of the council had come to address the Saints.
Charles Okerlund, whose father lived in the ward, was pleased to see the way the Sunday School was conducted earlier in the day. From its inception in the 1860s, Sunday School had been largely for children, but lately a movement was afoot to have parents attend. Okerland encouraged the parents of Lyman Ward to attend the school.
Charles was grateful for the ways the Lord had blessed his life. Though Wayne County had suffered from drought the last few years, still Charles felt the people should thank God for the ways He had blessed them.
“He knew the gospel was true. We should be thankful for the good crops we was blessed with and we should be punctual in paying our tithing so the Lord would bless us and open up the windows of heaven unto us.”
Andrew Sander, the second high council speaker, also spoke briefly about the Sunday School. He “was pleased to see the Sacrament administered properly," he said, referring to the practice of the sacrament being passed in Sunday School as well in Sacrament meeting.
He was glad to see "nothing on the stand but the sacred things"--"the Sacrament, Bible, Book of Mormon, Pearl of Great Price."
Sander "hoped we would live our religion not only profess to be so." He noticed that the meeting had more women than men. Where were the men?
"There were more of the Sisters to meeting than the Bros," he said, "yet there were more of the girls went out of the church then there were boys because the married men that were not of our faith.”
Sander worried about gossip and backbiting among the Saints. "We are a peculiar people or the world says we are, but we are not as good as we should. We should not backbite. The world could do that and did do it to perfection and every time they did they were helping us but did not know it."
Hypocrisy, the sin the Savior warned his contemporaries about, was another problem. "In our occupation we should put our cloake [sic] of Religion on and not only wear it on Sunday but to wear it all week all our life."
Sander touched on many themes: he spoke of sinning against the Holy Ghost, tithing, and prayer. We should "not use vain repetition of words but it was the earnestness of the heart" that mattered, he said.
"We should set a good example before our children because they would emulate the parents in everything they did."
Sander mentioned the Three Witnesses. "In all they did they never denied the truth of the Book of Mormon," he affirmed.
Source: Minutes, Sept. 15, 1901, Lyman Ward, Wayne Stake, 1900-1907, LR 5119 11, v 10, p. 174, Church History Library, Salt Lake City.