Salt Lake City, Utah,
“The Lord possessed me in the beginning
of his way, before his works of
“I was set up from everlasting,
from the beginning, or ever the earth
“When there were no depths, I was
brought forth; when there were no
fountains abounding with water.
“Before the mountains were settled,
before the hills was I brought
“While as yet he had not made the
earth, nor the fields, nor the highest
part of the dust of the world.
“When he prepared the heavens, I
was there: when he set a compass upon
the face of the depth:
“When he established the clouds
above: when he strengthened the
fountains of the deep:
“When he gave to the sea his decree,
that the waters should not pass his
commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth:
“Then I was by him, as one brought
up with him: and I was daily his
delight, rejoicing always before him.”—Prov. 8:22-30.
“Where was thou when I laid the
foundations of the earth?...
When the morning stars sang together, and all the Sons
of God shouted for joy?”—Job 38:4,7.
The hosts of heaven—sons and daughters of God—were assembled. The many voices mingling, rose and fell in one great murmur like the rising and falling of waves about to sink to rest. Then all tumult ceased, and a perfect silence reigned.
“Listen,” said one to another by his side, “Father’s will is heard.”
A voice thrilled the multitude. It was clear as a crystal bell, and so distinct that every ear heard, so sweet, and so full of music that every heart within its range beat with delight.
“And now, children of God,” were the words, “ye have arrived at a point in this stage of your development where a change must needs take place. Living, as ye have, all this time in the presence of God, and under the control of the agencies which here exist, ye have grown from children in knowledge to your present condition. God is pleased with you—the most of you, and many of you have shown yourselves to be spirits of power, whom He will make His future rulers. Ye have been taught many of the laws of light and life, whereby the universe is created and controlled. True, ye have not all advanced alike, or along the same lines. Some have delighted more in the harmonies of music, while others have studied the beauties of God’s surrounding works. Each hath found pleasure and profit in something; but there is one line of knowledge that is closed to you all. In your present spiritual state, ye have not come in contact with the grosser materials of existence. Your experiences have been wholly within the compass of spiritual life, and there is