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Faith, Hope, Charity

A campsite at Locust Creek, Iowa, over 100 miles west of their origin city of Navoo, Illinois, an important literary work was penned. At or near this campsite William Clayton reportedly penned the words to the song “All is Well,” after receiving word that his wife, Diantha, still in Nauvoo, had given birth to a healthy baby boy. Since renamed “Come, Come, Ye Saints,” the stirring hymn—an anthem of faith, full of praise amidst privation—has come to signify the Mormon migration to the West perhaps more than any other piece of writing.
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From William Clayton’s journal, 15 April 1846 :” . . . This morning I composed a new song—’All is well.’ I feel to thank my heavenly father for my boy and pray that he will spare and preserve his life and that of his mother and so order it so that we may soon meet again” (William Clayton’s Journal [1921], 19).”
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Come, come, ye saints, no toil nor labor fear;
But with joy wend your way.
Though hard to you this journey may appear,
Grace shall be as your day.
Tis better far for us to strive our useless cares from us to drive;
Do this, and joy your hearts will swell –
All is well! All is well!
Why should we mourn or think our lot is hard?
‘Tis not so; all is right.
Why should we think to earn a great reward if we now shun the fight?
Gird up your loins; fresh courage take.
Our God will never us forsake;
And soon we’ll have this tale to tell-
All is well! All is well!
We’ll find the place which God for us prepared,
Far away, in the West,
Where none shall come to hurt or make afraid;
There the saints, will be blessed.
We’ll make the air, with music ring, Shout praises to our God and King;
Above the rest these words we’ll tell –
All is well! All is well!
And should we die before our journey’s through,
Happy day! All is well!
We then are free from toil and sorrow, too;
With the just we shall dwell!
But if our lives are spared again to see the Saints their rest obtain,
Oh, how we’ll make this chorus swell-
All is well! All is well!

The following list is quoted directly from Marion G. Romney’s April 1977 Conference address entitled “The Purpose of Church Welfare Services”.

1. A belief in God and acceptance of Him as Lord of the earth and the author of the united order. Through it we seek righteousness and spiritual development. “For,” declared the Lord, “if ye are not equal in earthly things ye cannot be equal in obtaining heavenly things;
“For if you will,” he continued, “that I give unto you a place in the celestial world, you must prepare yourselves by doing the things which I have commanded you and required of you. …
“That you may come up unto the crown prepared for you, and be made rulers over many kingdoms, saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Zion.” (D&C 78:6–7, 15; italics added.)

2. The united order is implemented by the voluntary freewill actions of men, evidenced by a consecration of all their property to the Church of God. No force of any kind is ever involved.

3. As to property, in harmony with Church belief as set forth in the Doctrine and Covenants, “no government can exist in peace, except such laws are framed and held inviolate as will secure to each individual the free exercise of conscience, [and] the right and control of property.” (D&C 134:2.) The united order is operated upon the principle of private ownership and individual management. Thus, in both ownership and management of property, the united order preserved to men their God-given agency. In this way, He holds each steward accountable for his own work and productivity. Indeed, He said:
“For it is expedient that I, the Lord, should make every man accountable, as a steward over earthly blessings, which I have made and prepared for my creatures.” (D&C 104:13.)
You can see from this the truth of President Clark’s statement when he said:
“The Church never was, and under existing commandments never will be, a communal society, under the directions thus far given by the Lord. The United Order was not communal nor communistic. It was completely and intensely individualistic, with a consecration of unneeded surpluses for the support of the Church and the poor.” (J. Reuben Clark, Jr., “The United Order and Law of Consecration As Set Out in the Revelations of the Lord,” from a pamphlet of articles reprinted from the Church Section of the Deseret News, 1942, pp. 26–27.)

4. The united order is nonpolitical. It is therefore totally unlike the various forms of socialism, which are political, both in theory and in practice. They are thus exposed to, and riddled by, the corruption which plagues and finally destroys all political governments which undertake to abridge man’s agency.

5. A righteous people is a prerequisite to the united order.

6. The united order exalts the poor and humbles the rich. In the process both are sanctified. The poor, released from the bondage and humiliating limitations of poverty, are enabled as free men to rise to their full potential, both temporally and spiritually. The rich, by consecration and by imparting of their surplus for the benefit of the poor, not by constraint, but willingly as an act of free will, evidence that charity for their fellowmen characterized by Mormon as “the pure love of Christ.” (Moro. 7:47.) In this way they qualify to “become the sons of God.” (Moro. 7:48.)

Now Lenny says:

I have been blessed to be born in this exciting and important time, given a set of experiences to learn from and choices to make for myself. My freedom was critical to this life and I must share what I know and am, or lose what I have. I choose as, Abraham of old to be on The Lord’s side. When I fear or doubt I must remember these promises he has given through the ages of a life full of joy and challenge, sorrow and achievements. I have many memories to carry me on, but only if I am on His side consistently and eternally will I find more joy than sorrow.

I was at the American Revival seminar / event at Jobbing.com in Glendale Arizona. I sat next to a couple that came from Pittsburg Pennsylvania, and saw about 10,000 people at a very well organized and promoted event. As well promoted as I thought it was a few friends and relatives said they did not know and would have gone. This makes the meagerly attended events I have been to over the years; with Louis Stradling, Earl Taylor Jr, W Cleon Skousen, Glenn Kimber and others, sharing the same message to 20 – 150 people at a time seem well worth the efforts. The speakers said the time would come when their message would help save the U S Constitution that would hang by a thread.

An exciting moment, Saturday was as Glenn Beck started telling of the infamous “Extermination Order” in Missouri against the Mormons. He then told of the difficulties the pioneers faced as they left under duress with murder chasing them across the plains towards the mountains and unknown. Then he read the words of the hymn I started this document with, “Come, Come Ye Saints”. If they could find hope and be optimistic in those conditions, I certainly can now. My trials are mine but God helps with my struggles just as He helped those noble pioneers in their great challenges and tragedies.

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