A Young Folks' History of the Church
"... And I now publicly declare that my advice to the Latter-day Saints is to refrain from
contracting any marriage forbidden by the law of the land."
At the general conference of the Church held October 6, 1890, President Woodruff's
action was sustained by the vote of the conference.
The enemies of the Church now had no excuse for their persecutions, so, after a time,
peace came once more. The two political parties, the "Liberal" and "People's" which had
been for many years fighting each other at the polls, now disbanded, and "Mormons" and
non-"Mormons" joined either the Democratic or the Republican party.
In 1893 the great World's Fair was held in Chicago. In September of that year the
Tabernacle choir of Salt Lake City, led by Evan Stephens, went to Chicago, accompanied
by the first presidency and others. The choir gave concerts in some of the large cities on
the way, and at Chicago carried off the second prize of one thousand dollars for the best
During the World's Fair there was held what was called a Parliament of Religions.
Meetings were convened where people of all religions were invited to speak and tell of
their beliefs. Men came from every part of the world. There were Catholics and
Protestants; there were followers of Brahma and Buddha from India; there were Greeks
and Mohammedans; there were Japanese, Chinese, and negroes—but, among them all
there was one religion and one church lacking, and that was the Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter-day Saints. It had not been invited, and when Elder B.H. Roberts was sent to
Chicago to get a hearing for the Church of Christ, he was treated in an ungentlemanly
manner and was not allowed to properly present the claims and doctrines of the Church.
The Savior once said: "Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall
separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil,
for the Son of Man's sake." May we not draw a great lesson from all this?
On January 4, 1896, President Grover Cleveland signed the paper which admitted Utah
into the Union as a state. Celebrations in honor of the event were held in all the towns
and cities of the State.
Fifty years from the time the pioneers entered Salt Lake Valley, July 24th, 1897, a grand
celebration was held in Salt Lake City to honor the event.
This celebration began Tuesday, July 20, 1897, and closed on the night of Saturday 24th.
On the 20th the Pioneer Monument, which is surmounted by a bronze statue of President
Brigham Young, and situated near the Southeast corner of the Temple block, Salt Lake
City, was dedicated by President Wilford Woodruff. The same day, at a reception held in
the Tabernacle, all surviving pioneers of 1847, were presented with a golden badge.
Memorial services in honor of the deceased pioneers were held in the Tabernacle on
When the war with Spain broke out the next year, a call was made on Utah for five
hundred volunteers. Utah's young men, many of them sons of the pioneers and old
settlers, heeded the call, and the men were promptly raised and sent to the seat of war.
President Wilford Woodruff while on a visit to the Pacific coast, took suddenly ill and
died in San Francisco, September 2, 1898.