(with one or two additions from other sources and a few comments by others)
Deseret News 1850-11-02
G. S. L. City, Oct. 26, 1850.
An adjourned meeting of the Seventies, held in the Bowery, at early candle light; was opened by singing and prayer.
President Joseph Young laid before the congregation the object of the meeting; stating, that at a previous meeting, they had voted unanimously to build a Hall; gave his views respecting the same, and presented tickets, representing shares of five dollars each, to be taken by individuals, making them stockholders.
[Brigham Young proposed the price be raised to $25, that it be named “the Seventies Hall of Science,” and talked about design of various halls around the country. Motions carried, and Joseph Young made trustee.]
Deseret News 1851-01-25
Seventies Special Conference .—Saturday, January 18, 1851. About 10 1-2 a. m. a large congregation of the Seventies had assembled in the Bowery, when President Joseph Young gave an introductory address, stating that the object of the conference, was to examine into the standing and situation of the Seventies; ascertain what vacancies exist in the quorums, and fill the same, so far as it shall be wisdom; attend to ordinations; and to devise ways and means for prosecuting the building of the Seventies' Hall of Science.— ...
... the assembly were severally addressed by Pres't Zera Pulzipher, W. Woodruff, J. M. Grant, and Joseph Young, on the importance of the Seventies attending to their several duties; of there being a reformation among the Saints, and of their living so as to have a fullness of the Holy Spirit at all times.
[80 seventies in the Valley.]
Deseret News 1851-02-08
From the Frontier Guardian
BY JOSEPH YOUNG
Hark ye Seventies! hear the whispering
| Of the spirit from on high,
Gently hovering on your vision,
Showing you the hour is nigh,
When the gospel trump of gladness,
You will publish far and near;
And the meek who sit in sadness,
Wait to hail the Jubil' year.
To the islands and the nations,
Lo! Your wayward steps you'll bend,
Pouring forth your proclamations,
Sweeping earth from end to end.
Let no trifles e'er prevent you,
Pride nor lust bedim your light,
Go by faith in Him who sent you,
He will always guide you right.
Golden dreams and trifling trashes,
All the glittering toys of earth,
Tread beneath your feet as ashes,
Gathering things of greater worth.
Flaming heralds of salvation,
All who are faithful will return;
Glean the wheat from every nation,
While the tares are left to burn.
Deseret News 1851-02-22
From the Guardian.
PARODY, IN REPLY TO PRESIDENT JOSEPH YOUNG'S CALL, “THE SEVENTIES.”
BY JOHN M. STEWART.
Yes! We Seventies hear the whisp'ring
Of the Spirit from on high;
Gently hov'ring on your vision,
Showing us the hour is nigh,
When the gospel trump of gladness,
We will publish far and near;
And the meek who sit in sadness,
Wait to hail the jubil' year.
To the islands and the nations,
Lo! our onward steps we'll bend,
Pouring forth our proclamations,
Sweeping earth from end to end.
Trifling things shall not prevent us,
Pride nor lust bedim our light,
Go by faith in Him who sent us,
He will always guide us right.
Golden dreams and trifling trashes;
All the glittering toys of earth,
We'll tread beneath your feet as ashes;
Grasping things of greater worth.
We, the heralds of salvation,
All who are faithful will return;
Bringing the wheat from every nation,
While the tares are left to burn.
Deseret News 1852-02-21
Bishop Kay's Ward, Davis co.,
January 17th, 1852.
Dear Sir;—I came into this ward on the 3rd of Oct. last, and located myself in this ward, and was much pleased with the place and people—all were engaged in farming &c. We have meetings on Sundays, sometimes well attended and at others but few; but I am happy to say, things have taken a change for the best, and that since we had a visit from president Joseph Young, Pulsipher and Fulmer, who came to stir the saints up to a sense of their duty, that their labors have not been in vain, for we have had much better meetings than before, and we find that the houses of the saints are not large enough to hold the saints that come to the Sunday meetings; but we hope to have a larger place built for that purpose as soon as the weather will permit for us to make adobies for that purpose.
Deseret News 1852-04-17
[report of General Conference, 6 Apr 1852]
6 P. M.
The Seventies assembled to hear instructions from Pres. Joseph Young, and to take into consideration the continuation of the building of the Seventies' Hall of Science
Deseret News 1852-04-17
4 P. M.
Preacing by Joseph Young, Wilford Woodruff, G. A. Smith, and others, until 9 1-2 p.m.
Deseret News 1852-11-06
MINUTES of the General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, held in the Tabernacle, Great Salt Lake City, Commencing October 6th, 1852, 10 a. m., Prest. Brigham Young, Presiding.
October 7, 6 p. m.
The quorums of th eSeventies met in the Tabernacle, adn were called to order by Prest. Joseph Young. When a hymn was sung. Prayer by elder Levi Hancock; a hymn “Sweet is the work my God my King.” Was sung.
Prest. Joseph Young enquired if there was any person present, who could report the situation of the brethren, who are not yet arrived from the States? The brethren reported, the Sugar Company had lost 80 head of Cattle by a storm in one night; many have not any Flour, and great sufferings prevail, and the Sugar Company were living on their frozen oxen.
Elder Young remarked, many persons who have been ordained into the Seventies, are anxious to know when they can be organized. I now say, let them apply to the Senior President of any quorum, and if there are vacancies, to step in and fill them. He then brought forth the subject of the Seventies Hall of Science, on which, nothing has been done for the last 12 months, although he has now got in his possession a Saw Mill, which is ready to run, which will supply the lumber for the hall. There is a load now on my shoulders and I shall want to know if that load is to be taken off me. The Mill that we have, has an excellent natural dam, which was proved by the Freshet of last Spring—and the Saw being circular, will run with great rapidity, for we can turn the whole of the Cotton-wood Creek upon the wheel if we wish. If you have a mind, the rotunda can be built, and the roof can be put on next fall.
October 10, 2 p. m.
Joseph Young spoke on Erysipelas, a disease brought from the Mississippi and Missouri bottoms, and recommended the brethren to steep the Quaking Asp bark, make tea and drink it: and said men may prolong their lives if they have a mind to take care of themselves.
Deseret News 1853-12-01
DEDICATION.—On Sunday evening, Nov. 27th, the new and commodious School House, built by the inhabitants of the 12th Ward in this city, was dedicated by Elder Lorenzo Snow. The meeting was opened at half past 4, and was kept up with unabated interest until a little after 10, P. M.
Addresses were delivered by Brethren L. Snow, Joseph Young, B. Covey, &c., &c. The Spirit of God was enjoyed in an eminent degree,—and was manifested by the gift of tongues, prophesying, and the overflow of joy and peace, which the brethren and sisters could not find language to express. All felt good; and to quote an expression of Pres. Joseph Young at the conclusion,— “there were none but the children of God there.”
The School House is very nearly finished; and for convenience, surpasses any hitherto erected in this city; in fact it is a pattern, both for school houses or lecture rooms.
Deseret News 1854-03-30
By Prest. Kimball at the Special Conference, Aug. 1853
The preaching we have had by Brother Joseph Young is the kind I love. It is very unlike the mixed-up preaching of the world, but it is music to my ears. There are no jars nor discord when we hear the sounds of the glorious gospel of the Son of God. It matters not to me what kind of an instrument it is played on, it is music to me and to you; but if you will tear in pieces the best and most perfect thing on the earth, it will not look well in that condition.
The gospel, and plan of salvation that I have embraced, is music to me; it is sweet to my body and congenial to my spirit and it is more lovely than anything else I have ever seen since I have been in the world. I love it, and that is why I love this people better than any other people on God's earth, because there was never a better people, that is. I am speaking of the majority of them, but if you take them as a whole, I do not know that you can find any worse—that is, there are some that will compare with the worst in the world for sin and wickedness.
As br. Joseph said, so say I:—Do not fear anything this side of hell, or that is in the east, west, north, or south. I do not fear it any more than I do that the sun will fail from its position in the heavens, if this people will do just precisely as they are told.
Deseret News 1854-12-28
On Monday, 25th inst., according to previous appointment, the Seventies' Council Hall was dedicated. The Presidents of Seventies, with their families, having assembled at 10 o'clock, a. m., the meeting was opened with Singing. Prayer by Prest. Z. Pulsipher. Prest Joseph Young made some appropriate remarks, and his health being feeble, after expressing his gratitude and joy in meeting his brethren on this happy occasion, resumed his seat. [This will be an appendage to the Hall of Science.]
Deseret News 1855-09-19
Meetings of “State Fruit Committee,” and Organization of Horticultural Society
G.S.L. City, July 24, 1855
Elder Joseph Young made a few remarks on the benefits of fruit raising; he cut up the fruit he had brought and gratuitously distributed the same, all present partaking. The Governor's grapes, President Kimball's plums and peaches, Mr. Nebeker's splendid apples, Dr. Sprague's mountain peach with the balance of the fruit was distributed in the same generous manner to the satisfaction and gratification of the whole Assembly.
Deseret News 1856-10-0
Of meeting held in Farmington, Davis county, Sept. 16, 17, and 18, 1856
[18th, 2 p.m.]
Prest. Joseph Young remarked that he felt to ask why we should have any misgivings, why we should have any mist of darkness cross our minds. It is because we dwell in darkness; this is a world of darkness. Said that bro. Brigham says, “think not that the citizens of Kaysville and Farmington are sinners above all others in this Territory, for except they repent in Great Salt Lake City, they shall likewise perish.” I saw bro. Brigham lately, and he would have been glad to come here, but press of business prevented him. I often feel concerned about Brigham, for I know that the many cares he has concerning this people weigh heavily upon him. My constant prayer to God is, that his life may be long spared to this people; for where, I ask, is there a man on earth that could take his place? Could any of the wise statesmen of Europe? No, not one. Could any of the great senators of our nation fill his position? No, not a man among them. I do not say this because he is my brother; I have never spoken of him, in public, as I have done this day; but the more I study the course and policy he pursues, the more I feel convinced that no one on earth could fill his place. Blessed the people in the name of the Lord.
Deseret News 1856-11-05
By Jedediah M Grant, Tabernacle, Oct. 26, 1856, p.m.
If a man knows anything valuable, we want him to impart his knowledge. We want the President of the Seventies, br. Joseph Young, about us; we do not want him to go on the hill where Lorenzo lived, but we want him to live in the city near br. Brigham, because, if he does not, he will die. Some of br. Joseph's council want to wander off, saying that br. Brigham says they may go. Why? Because they want to go. If the light of God was in them and the gift of the Holy Ghost, they would know that their place is at head quarters. We want such men to come and be one with the Prophet, and believe and understand for themselves.
Deseret News 1856-11-05
Of a Special Conference Held in Lake City from Oct. 18 to 22, 1856.
[18th, 7 p.m.]
Prest. Joseph Young spoke of his first trial in the plurality of wives, the injunction the Prophet Joseph laid upon the Twelve, and of the designs, purposes and purity of that holy order.
[19th 6 p.m.]
Prest. Joseph Young called upon all to confess their sins frankly; spoke of his first experience in this church, of bro. Brigham's bringing the news of the gospel to him, and how the Lord showed him in vision the Book of Mormon.
[Another speaker, then:]
Speaking in tongues, and the Spirit of God was given in great abundance, until many were melted down to shedding tears of joy.
Prest. Joseph Young prophesied great blessings, and poured out blessings upon all present.
Deseret News 1856-11-12
Of a Quarterly Conference Held in Pleasant Grove City, Beginning Oct. 25, 1856
Prest. Joseph Young and Elders Hunt and Long sung “The mountain song.” Prest. Jos. Young counseled the saints to forsake their sins, and to seek the bread of life in preference to temporal things.
Benediction by Prest. Jos. Young.
Prayer by Prest. J. Young.
Prest. Jos. Young counseled the brethren in regard to economy.
Prest. Joseph Young pled for the people.
Deseret News 1857-03-11
By President Heber C. Kimball, Tabernacle, March 1, 1857
I will speak of br. Joseph Young, I often speak of him; he is one of the most sensitive men that ever walked on the earth, and that is in proportion to the light he has, and if the Lord has not laid his hands on him and said, “My servant Joseph, be thou sick adn go to thy bed and rest,” he would have been in his grave long ago. His late sickness saved his life. That may be a curiosity to you, but the best days I ever had with regard to the happiness of my spirit have been when I was prostrate on my bed and in reality could not help myself. People will say, “Oh how I pity such and such brethren and sisters because they are unwell.” If persons would appreciate their blessings when they are on beds of sickness, and say, “Father, thy will be done and not mine,” there would be no room for that pity. When necessary in God's providences towards me, I would as soon lay on a bed of sickness as to do anything else, for we have got to learn that lesson. I have to struggle and br. Brigham has to struggle to exist on the earth.
I will say, not that I speak of these things to boast, that if this people, both men and women, would pray, and that devoutly before God in their secret places, one quarter as much as br. Brigham and I and br. Joseph Young do, you would see different days from what you see to-day.
... If you so come unto him [Jesus Christ[, repenting and being sorry for your sins, then he will hear you and forgive you, and he will forgive this whole people. Why? Because br. Brigham never would have said to you that God would forgive you if you would repent, unless he had received some intimation of that kind from the Father and the Son and the Hol Ghost. But br. Brigham told you the truth, and the Lord will forgive you, if you stop sinning now and begin anew to-day to work righteousness with full purpose of heart. Then through continued faithfulness that Spirit, light and glory will rest upon you that br. Joseph has been talking about this morning.
I am speaking of these things to comfort you, for they comfort me. I am talking to you of nothing mor\e than what I know, feel and have experienced. What br. Joseph Young has said, is good. I feel very well in regard to the things of God. I feel well, because there are some trying to live t heir religion and worship God in spirit and in truth. ...
I feel as br. Joseph Young feels. God bless him, and may he live a hundred years. If he wants to. I pray that God may renew him in body and blood, and bless him with every good thing that he desires; also br. Brigham, and br. Daniel, and br. Heber, and every other good man. That is my prayer and my feeling. And may the Lord bless every good woman with the same blessing.
Deseret News 1857-04-15
Prest. Joseph Young spoke of the importance of building the Temple, forwarding the Express and Carrying Company, &c.
Deseret News 1857-07-22
Fourth of July Celeberations.
[spoke earlier, then...] At half past two the people the people again assembled and listened with attention to an interesting discourse delivered by Elder A. P. Rockwood, who was followed by a short but thrilling speech from Elder Joseph Young.
Deseret News 1858-03-17
MONDAY EVENING, 15th inst. [March], at the Seventies Council Hall, the brethren and sisters were addressed by brs. Samuel B. Hardy and Oliver D. Huntington, followed with remarks by Pres. Joseph Young, relating some of his experience in this church expressing his heartfelt gratitude to God for the blessings he enjoyed, and urging the necessity of faithfulness among the Saints.
Deseret News 1859-04-13
President Joseph Young spoke of the merciful interference of the Almighty for the deliverance of his people; alluded to the weaknesses that mortals were subject to; admonished the Saints to be faithful and diligent; treated upon the ebbing and flowing of the Spirit of God; said that it was for the trial of our faith, and that such transitions as the Saints experienced were calculated to call into requisition the best faith and feelings of the people of God. He contended that the day would come when every man's faith would he tested; rejoiced to meet with the Saints in conference and longed to see the day when they would be of one heart and one mind.
Deseret News 1859-10-12
SATURDAY Oct 8 10 AM
President Joseph Young treated on the weakness of man, the greatness of his folly, and his backwardness to seek after eternal things. Read the text, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true god, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.”—[John 17 chap 3 verse. Exhorted the elders of Israel to perfect themselves as much as possible in the glorious attributes of the Deity; spoke encouragingly to the Saints who have just arrived in the valley.
Deseret News 1860-02-22
On Sunday, Feb. 19th, 11 a.m., the meeting was opened as usual, with singing by the choir, and music by the organist. Bishop Hunter and council, and President D. Fullmer administered the sacrament.
President Joseph Young addressed the congregation from the following text: “These have died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”—[Hebrews, chap. 11, v. 13–16. Reasoned on the revelation of the gospel with its gifts and graces, and said that the foundation of our faith and hope is precisely the same as that which they anciently clinged to; that he could not tell all that God had manifested to him, but he could give sufficient to make them understand how he felt in relation to the things of God. Argued that evidences go to show that it is natural for all mankind to bow to, and worship some being whom they believe to be superior in intelligence and greater in power than themselves, in proof of which he referred to the customs and worship of the heathen nations. Spoke of the nature of the evidences that we have in favor of the truths revealed in the gospel of Christ, and contended that the principles of faith, and the nature of testimony were the same in all ages of the world, whenever and wherever they were found; remarked that if the Latter Day Saints do not abuse the light of the Holy Spirit they will not have any condemnation; that man, by the light of the truth, and following the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, can overcome his own spirit and fallen nature, and walk in the way of righteousness and truth. Philosophers and poets, he observed, have the praises of the world, their fame is handed down from generation to generation, they become renowned and
are celebrated for their discoveries and learning, but where is the man that has overcome his passions? He that has done this has more to boast of than Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, Hannibal or Napoleon Bonaparte. It is not the men of blood, nor men of war, but those that have overcome by the Spirit of the living God, that shall rule over kingdoms and sit upon thrones to govern and control in the presence of God. Described in a pathetic manner the sufferings and atonement of Jesus Christ, his perfect life, his examples of holiness, patience and peace making; his mediation and love, as our advocate with the Father.
Deseret News 1860-03-07
By Elder JOHN TAYLOR, Tabernacle, Feb. 19, 1860.
I am always pleased to hear brother Joseph Young speak, because, as the Indian says—“he talks good talk;” and I always like to hear people talk good talk, and things that are calculated to make one feel pleasant and comfortable.
A passage of scripture which he quoted attracted my attentino, it is one of the sayings of David—“What is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him.”
Deseret News 1860-04-11
Pres. Joseph Young observed that his brother Brigham was the first man who preached the gospel to him; at that time he was traveling in Canada preaching for the Methodists. He became acquainted with the Book of Mormon about two months after its publication, but he never investigated the subject of its coming forth for two years, when his brother came two hundred miles to preach it to him; he received it with joy and went forth testifying to the truth; from that time to this he always had a testimony to bear that Joseph Smith was a Prophet and that the Book of Mormon was a divine revelation, and he could bear testimony that the keys of power were now committed to Joseph's successors.
Deseret News 1860-04-18
[Sunday, 15 Apr. 1860]
In the afternoon, President Joseph Young addressed the audience on the necessity of every Latter Day Saint trying to build up the kingdom of God, of each one keeping himself in the path of virtue and righteousness and abstaining from every species of sin and uncleanness; spoke of the penetration of the Spirit of God in searching the secret things of men's hearts; argued that all things belong to the Saints of the Most High, and called attention to the future happiness, glory and exaltation of the Saints of the living God.
Deseret News 1860-06-27
Sunday, June 24, 10 a.m.—President Joseph Young spoke of the goodness of God towards the Latter Day Saints, that he regards them as the seed of the chosen, the elect of God, and the children of the promises. Made cheering remarks upon the subject of universal salvation, and reasoned on the possibility of enjoying happiness and peace in every circumstance of life, for the gospel lays the foundation for permanent happiness. Alluded to the inconsistency of the conduct of mortal man in carrying everything he does to excess; that he eats, drinks, and labors to excess and thereby shortens his days upon the earth; argued that if the Saints wish to be fully prepared to enter into the rest of the Lord, they must curb their appetites and control their passions, live lives of chastity, purity and virtue.
Deseret News 1860-07-11
On Sunday, July 8, at 10 o'clock a.m., President Joseph Young read the latter part of the 16th chapter of Mark, after which he addressed the audience on the birth, early life, public ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Deseret News 1860-11-14
President Young's Trip South
In the evening the Seventies held a meeting at which others were present, Prest. Joseph Young having extended a general invitation. He preached, and gave directions about the Quorum reports, etc.
Deseret News 1861-07-03
By President Brigham Young, Mill Creek Ward, p.m., May 7, 1861.
Twenty-seven years, on the 5th of this month, in the year 1831, a company started from Kirtland to redeem the land of Zion. Br. Heber C. Kimball and my brother Joseph were in that camp. There had not then been ordained any Twelve Apostles nor any Seventies, although there was a revelation pertaining to the Apostles and Seventies. There were High Priests, but no High Priest's quorum. I am relating this as a little matter of history that will no doubt be interesting to those who were not there.
After we returned from Missouri, my brother Joseph Young and myself had been singing and preaching in a meeting, and when the meetings was dismissed, br. Joseph Smith said, “Come, go down to my house with me.” We went and sung to him a long time, and talked with him. He then opened the subject of the Twelve and Seventies for the first time I ever thought of it. He said, “Brethren, I am going to cal lout Twelve Apostles; I think we will get together, by and by, and select Twelve Apostles, and select a quorum of Seventies from those who have been up to Zion—out of the camp boys.” In 1835, the last of January or in February, or about that time, we had our meetings from day to day, and br. Joseph called out Twelve Apostles at that time. He had a revelation when we were singing to him. Those who were acquainted with him knew when the Spirit of revelation was upon him, for his countenance wore an expression peculiar to himself while under that influence. He preached by the Spirit of revelation, and taught in his council by it, and those who were acquainted with him could discover it at once, for at such times there was a peculiar clearness and transparency in his face. He followed up that revelation until he organized the Church, and so along until the baptism for the dead was revealed.
Deseret News 1862-02-12
During the present winter, lectures on the Sciences, Arts, Manufactures, and History have been delivered in the Seventies' Council Hall, most of which have been numerously attended. In November last, a committee was appointed by the First Presidents of the Seventies to select competent persons to deliver lectures on Wednesday evening of each week, upon such subjects as they might deem suitable to be presented to the public. ...
...on the 26th [Dec.], Prest. Joseph Young and Gilbert Clements lectured on the Travels of the Children of Israel.
Deseret News 1862-04-16
Prest. Joseph Young said he wanted to speak a few words of general instruction to the quorums of the Seventies. He proceeded to give the history of the mass quorum, and stated that all the members of mass quorums in the country were required to report themselves quarterly to their respective quorums so that their stranding might be understood here at headquarters.
By President Daniel H. Wells, Tabernacle, 7 Apr 1852.
[comment in his speech:]
Br. Joseph Young remarked that there was no law against doing good.
Deseret News 1862-10-22
President Young's Trip North
Elders Charles C. Rich and Joseph Young preached on the duties of this present life, the necessity of manufacturing the fabrics we require for home consumption.
President Joseph Young preached from four texts in the afternoon, viz., ball rooms, theaters, whisky, doctors and their poisons.
Deseret News 1862-11-12
SEVENTIES HALL LECTURE
On Friday evening, President Joseph Young delivered an interesting and instructive lecture on the rise, progress and persecutions of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. After a brief and appropriate introduction, well suited to the occasion, he stated that our history was so well known to all men of education throughout the civilized world that, to some, it might seem that his lecture was uncalled for; but, although our history as a people has been published by our own editors in Missouri, Illinois, England, in this Territory, and many other parts of the world, yet there were many incidents of interest and importance which had come under his own observation. He then spoke of the appearance of an angel to Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery, the revelation of the fulness of the gospel to them, the coming forth of the Book of Mormon, the restoration of the priesthood, the manifestation of the gifts of the Spirit to believers, and the rapid increase of the church by the constant additions of new members.
The lecturer next spoke with solemn emphasis of the burning rage of sectarian zealots who rose up in opposition to the truth, the persecutions that followed, dwelling at some length on the inhuman butcheries by the mobs in different parts of Missouri, especially the massacres at Haun's Mill in 1838, at which he was present.
Deseret News 1863-01-21
Seventies Hall Lectures
...this evening's addresses were delivered by Mr. John Pack, Mr. Thomas Bullock, President Joseph Young and Hon. Albert P. Rockwood, principally on the fulfilment of the prophecies of Joseph Smith, the history of the present war, and the mental torture and physical suffering occasioned thereby.
Deseret News 1863-02-04
Seventies Hall Lectures
Prest. Joseph Young followed with some happy remarks on the superiority of elocution inspired by the Holy Ghost to that merely dictated on the fixed term of science, and concluded with some amusing remarks on the very remarkable eagerness displayed by a portion of the people in sustaining school teachers. (?) [parenthetical question mark in original.]
On Friday evening last, [speech by someone on education]
President Joseph Young then delivered an interesting address on the rapid growth of the community in the knowledge of those arts and sciences best suited to their immediate wants.
Deseret News 1864-03-16
Conference at Provo
... President Joseph Young preached a soul-inspiring sermon on the “new birth” from John, 31 Chapter and 4th verse.
Deseret News 1864-07-13
In the afternoon President Joseph Young preached a highly intellectual and spiritual discourse upon the sayings of the Prophet Joseph, basing his remarks upon this text:
“We have known him, for he spoke to us as one that speaketh from heaven” When a preacher in the Methodist church he would have given all he possessed could he have heard a man who spoke from heaven; when he heard the gospel and saw the Prophet Joseph he found that man. When God spoke from heaven through Joseph Smith the people were bound down by priestcraft, king-craft, doctor-craft and lawyer-craft, which are the four grand crafts that uphold satan's kingdom. Described his first visit to the Prophet in company with Presidents Young and Kimball, Joseph's simplicity of manner, the nature of his communications ,the heavenly light and intelligence poured forth in his remarks, so much so that they were all filled with joy and with the Spirit of God.
President Young then made a few pointed remarks on labor, wages and price of provisions. [Was this last Brigham or Joseph? Both present.]
Deseret News 1864-10-12
Festival of the Camp of Zion
President Joseph Young narrated many incidents that occurred in the travels of the camp; and also remarked upon the sayings and doings of the Prophet Joseph.
Deseret News 1864-12-28
[Sunday services in Tabernacle]
...The sacrament was administered in the afternoon, by the presiding Bishop adn others, and President Joseph Young addressed the congregation on the means employed to get in possession of the true theory of religion, and how to obtain a knowledge of God; showing that a life of obedience and humility is indispensable to the spiritual increase and growth of the Latter-day Saints. The gospel, he said, is full of the most liberal principles, both those that emanate directly from the worlds above, and those that are found in this world. The Spirit of God communicates to the spirit of man, and points out to him the way of life, but if he forgets the Lord he becomes hard hearted towards his God and towards his friends. When we were in the spirit, he remarked, we listen to the voice of humanity, and of all things that come before us we take a judicious survey. God is patient and long suffering with all his children, and so we shall be if we have His Spirit. Let the Saints have their hearts and minds opened by the Spirit of God, and then they will see as God sees and feel as he feels; but the earth can be shaken and the dead brought to life sooner and easier than the conscience of a man can be touched, who has once had the Holy Ghost and has turned away from the light of truth. Such a man has no society, neither is he society for anybody else.
Deseret News 1865-06-07
Prest. Joseph Young exhorted the Saints to cultivate the softening and purifying influences of the Gospel. God teaches man a lesson, that when He reveals one principle to him by which his knowledge and happiness are increased, he should teach it to others so that their knowledge and happiness may be increased. He bore testimony to the mission of Joseph and his being called as a Prophet, testifying to the same knowledge with regard to President Young. He exhorted the people to constant and continual acts of faithfulness and righteousness.
Prest. Joseph Young referred to the church being overcome in former days; the Saints were overcome but not the Priesthood, which was pure and remained so, and was taken from the earth to heaven when men became unworthy of it. That Priesthood is now restored; and men have received it, with power to administer in the ordinances of salvation. Quoted the words of the Prophet Joseph,—“Get the Holy Ghost and keep it,” urging the Saints to live so as to keep the Spirit of the Lord with them.
Deseret News 1865-07-12
Sunday, July 9th.
Pres. Joseph Young treated on the principle of prayer, and exhorted the Saints to cultivate a liberal and charitable spirit of prayer, in consonance with the gospel we have received, which has not been revealed for the salvation of a few, but of all the human family.
Pres. Jos. Young spoke on the character of the Lord Jesus Christ, and continued at some length on the principles of the gospel, referring more particularly to baptism.
Deseret News 1865-08-09
Pres. Joseph Young exhorted the Saints to a practical application of the principles of the gospel, that, when their career in mortality terminates, they may be prepared to enter into the possession of the blessings prepared for the faithful in the eternal world. Enjoined upon those who are in a position to exercise authority, that they should do it mercifully and full of charity, not as tyrants, neither cruel nor overbearing.
Deseret News 1867-02-13
President Joseph Young, senr., treated of the condition of the Saints as a people, in a spiritual point of view, and, considering the manifestations of their faithfulness and their integrity to the truth, concluded that a large majority are devoted to God and righteousness. Still, there are numerous trifling matters that excite animosities and ill feelings, and grieve the Spirit of God, and prevent many blessings being enjoyed by the Saints which they would otherwise possess. He urged upon all the importance and necessity of prayer, that the power and Spirit of God may be increased upon them, pointing out the peace, happiness, joy and exaltation which flow from obedience to the everlasting gospel.
Deseret News 1867-04-24
Pres, Joseph Young encouraged the people to live the principles of the gospel, cultivate the Holy Spirit, and live so that the blessings of God might continually be enjoyed by them.
Deseret News 1867-05-22
[Visit for Farmington, May 15, 1867]
On Sunday the 24th, 10 a.m., meeting was called to order by Bishop John Hess, singing by an excellent choir, after which President Joseph Young spoke one hour and ten minutes, to a large and attentive audience, on practical duties, self, and family government. At 2 p.m., Elder E. Stevenson addressed the meeting for fifty minutes, followed by President Joseph Young, for thirty-five minutes. The commodious house was well filled, and the congregation listened attentively to the teachings, on “Be ye one as I and my father are one;” concert of action in temporal as well as spiritual things; obtaining information by reading the Bible, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and History, &c., and treasuring up all useful knowledge, with humility, thanksgiving and prayerful hearts to God, that we may live long and be useful, and finally obtain salvation and exaltation in the presence of God.
Deseret News 1867-06-12
Sabbath Meetings.—President Joseph Young spoke on several subjects relating to the mercies of God, towards His creatures, the manifold reasons we have to be filled with wonder at His works, and with love and gratitude for the great blessings we enjoy. He pointed out the emptiness and fleeting character of worldly greatness, pomp and wealth; the humility required to render obedience to the commandments of God; and the superiority of the wisdom of Heaven, made manifest through the elders of Israel, to that of the great and learned of the earth, for the accomplishment of holy and righteous purposes. He referred to those who have recently fallen by the Indians, pointed out that they have passed the ordeal that all must pass, which they will never be called upon to undergo again, and are with the spirits of the just. He recalled the counsel often given, to exercise the utmost care while living in or traveling through places where there is a liability of danger from savages, and to built a fort at every new settlement, sufficiently large and strong to protect all the inhabitants. He concluded by exhorting the Saints to faithfulness and diligence.
Deseret News 1867-07-31
Sabbath Meetings. ...
President Joseph Young encouraged the congregation to work the works of righteousness. He pointed out that many men have given way to a spirit of speculation, when their minds should be filled with a desire to do the will of God. We should live by the gospel continually, and live so as to have the Spirit of the Lord ever with us.
Deseret News 1867-10-09
E. W. Tullidge, “Brigham Young and Mormonism”
The “Book of Mormon” somewhat accidentally—at least indirectly—fell into Brigham Young's hands. He read it several times, investigated it, weighed it, and was convinced of its truth; and thenceforth the Mormon mission was scarcely more Joseph Smith's than Brigham Young's. He forthwith went not to Joseph Smith, but into Canada, where his favorite brother, Joseph Young, was preaching Methodism, to bid that brother follow him “into the new light.” Together they then travelled to the headquarters of the Mormon Prophet. There is a tradition among the Mormons that—after their first interview with the man who was important enough in his lifetime to be known through the United States and Europe as the “American Mahommed”—Joseph declared that Brigham Young would let lead the Church.
Deseret News 1867-10-09
Pres. Joseph Young expressed his gratification at the erection of the New Tabernacle; and followed on the subject of marriage, urging its importance upon the young, and advocating the right of the young ladies to make their own choice and express it, instead of being compelled to wait until they are asked in marriage. He also urged the keeping of the Word of Wisdom.
Deseret News 1867-12-25
Pres. Joseph Young, pointed out the great blessings which the gospel secures to all who obey it and live faithful. He spoke of his visits to various settlements, and the feelings which existed among the people to serve God and do His will, though there is still much room for improvement; and he urged upon the congregation to seek for the Holy Spirit, and live according to its monitions.
20 April 1868
Minutes, Provo School of the Prophets, pp 6-7
“Brigham Young Addresses, 1865–1869: A chronological compilation of known addresses of the prophet Brigham Young,” comp. Elden J. Watson, vol. 5 (Feb. 1982), p. 117).
Joseph Young then remarked on his views in relation to the sacrament. I never did eat or drink the actual blood & flesh of Jesus. I think the translation correct as the ordinance is a spiritual food, and means of union with him applied through faith; and having the holy spirit through faith; I believe that the virtues of this I have felt, at my finger ends, and feel the power of that atonement at everytime I partake of this ordinance.
Deseret News 1868-04-29
President Joseph Young dwelt on the means by which salvation is to be obtained; and touched upon several principles of the gospel showing the necessity of our regulating our lives by them, and the happy results which follow by so doing. The spirit of the gospel teaches us charity and kindness, one towards another, and inspires those who possess it to avoid speaking evil of the brethren, and to learn the will of God, and do it in all things. He exhorted the brethren to cultivate brotherly love, and to walk in paths of righteousness continually.
Deseret News 1868-07-22
In the afternoon President Joseph Young addressed a full house, and was, as he always is, rich, instructive and spiritual.
Deseret News 1868-10-14
Sabbath Meetings.—Pres. Joseph Young Sen., addressed the congregation on the right of human beings to select their own associates and sustain themselves in righteousness. He endorsed the teachings given at the action of the Conference just closed; and expressed his intention of abiding by them in the spirit and to the letter. He treated on the subject of training youth, urging parents to seek the Spirit of God that they may have wisdom and understanding to train them aright. Praise them for all the good they do and say, and admonish them in kindness when they speak or do anything wrong.
Deseret News 1869-11-17
In the afternoon Elder Joseph Young spoke of the great worth of the gospel and of the blessings and privileges enjoyed by those of the Latter-day Saints who live their religion. He also dwelt upon the necessity of observing care and wisdom in the selection of those articles of food best calculated to sustain and perpetuate life.
Deseret News 1871-04-12
Forty First Annual Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter - Day Saints
Sunday 10th 10 a.m
Elder Joseph Young, Sen.,
Addressed the congregation. He stated that he was glad that he was numbered among the Latter-day Saints that their God was his God, and that, with them, he had been permitted to enjoy the spirit of the gospel of Jesus, through which he had been enabled to learn something about the Creator. He impressed upon the Saints the necessity of being humble, submissive and forgiving. He bore testimony that the gospel preached by the Elders of Israel was the same as that taught by Jesus and His Apostles, and declared that he knew Joseph Smith was a true prophet on the same principle as Peter knew that Jesus was the Christ; by revelation from the Almighty. He reviewed some of the trying circumstances through which the Saints passed in coming to these vallies and at various times after their settlement here, and alluded to his late mission to Europe and the peculiar feelings he experienced in being so far from his brethren, kindred and friends. He drew a picture of the extremes of wealth and squalid penury which characterize England, in which country he had labored. He described the wretched condition of many of the poor Saints there and strongly advised those who had means to send assistance to enable them to come here.
Deseret News 1872-04-17
General Conference, Mon 8 Apr 2 p.m.
President Joseph Young addressed the Conference. He had listened with great pleasure to the testimonies and preaching of the brethren who had preceded him in speaking. We lived in a world whose history furnished many problems, which could only be solved by revelation from God. God himself could see it all, and could we but do so we would be more willing than we were to extend charity toward our brethren and sisters who had sprung from the same parent source as ourselves. Mankind had become fallen, and consequently generally unbelieving and dark, but God had at different periods of the history of the world sent messengers to the human race and proclamations of mercy had been published, yet those proclamations had almost invariably been rejected by those unto whom they were sent.
The speaker continued at some length, dwelling especially upon the different gospel dispensations of God to man, and the consequences which invariably attended the rejection by man of heavenly messages.
We do not believe in coercion, and it was the speaker's belief that we could exist as a religious organization under a republican form of government without infringing upon anybody's privileges. We were willing all other people should enjoy their rights.
Brother young concluded by exhorting the Saints to be faithful to their religion.
Deseret News 1872-05-15
[Conference in Tooele Sat. 4 May 1872]
President Joseph Young spoke encouragingly to the Saints, instructing all to live so as to possess a clear conscience, and that the Spirit of Christ might be a characteristic of their lives, both in private and public.
Deseret News 1880-07-07
[Stake Conference, Salt Lake Tabernacle, July 4, 1880]
President Joseph Young said, one of the greatest blessings a person could enjoy was the power of expressing his thoughts to his fellowmen. Some used this power for evil, others for good. Joseph Smith was one of the latter class, divinely appointed to minister in the things of God, yet being withal humble and subject to the inspiration of God. The servants of God in all ages cried repentance to the people, then baptism and the laying on of hands as revealed to Joseph Smith, but the religious reformers had not received communications from God. One of the greatest testimonies of the truth of the work was that the Saints were everywhere evil spoken of. The Gospel required a humble following of our Lord, devoting our spirits to the keeping of his commandments, forgiving as we expected to be forgiven, entering in at the straight gate and walking in it, denying ourselves that which would tend to our destruction. The old and middle aged among the Saints were doing pretty well but some of the young were buried in the pursuit of pleasure. Great pains were taken to instruct them in Sabbath schools, and he was astonished with the aptness in learning, but in some instances the instructions so received seemed to be soon forgotten. No one could of himself withstand the temptations of the adversary. He exhorted the Saints to ponder the things of God in their hearts and to rear their children in the fear of God, for it would be a sorrowful reflection that the possession of the blessings of God's kingdom should be denied to our children.
Deseret News 1880-07-28
[Joseph Young attended Seventies conference in Payson the Saturday & Sunday before July 10, 1880]
Joseph Young addressed the congregation on the general duties of Seventies, exhorting them to prepare for missions, etc.