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In his new field of labor, the weight of his calling presses upon the “Mormon” missionary. He realizes what a weak instrument he is, and how much depends on the grace of God to be with him. He studies, he prays. If he formerly had doubts, these vanish; for he who does shall know, is his Master's promise. Out from the stress of conflict the missionary arises, his faith firmly planted on the rock, and he grows into a strong, resourceful, fearless man. The “weak things of the world” become “a polished shaft,”—and then he returns home to his native village.

The missionary may have been to the land of the Midnight Sun; he may have jostled in the crowds of London; he may have sailed on the scenic Rhine, or climbed the mountains of Switzerland. In his visits to the olden lands, he muses in ruined castles by historic walls and waters; he listens to the music of the masters in their native haunts; he lingers in the art galleries where the world's best in painting and sculpture is seen. If his mission takes him to South Africa, to the South Sea Islands, to Australia, or to Japan, he gathers a fund of interesting facts and experiences, all of which he brings home with him, and he frequently travels around the world to land there.

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ELDERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN MISSION During 1912 the elders spent 1,633 hours in tracting, visited 18,088 families, distributed 40,980 tracts, 87 standard Church works (mostly Books of Mormon), 1,897 other books, held 328 meetings. Names, front row, left to right: David F. Nash conference president, Franklin, Idaho; Sister Hyde, Charles H. Hyde, mission presi dent, Salt Lake City; John Smith, Franklin, Idaho. Back row: Edward F Clark, Farmington; Daniel' F. Orton, Alton; Thomas A. Lougy, Tooele, Utah; James R. Remier, Paris; Oscar B. Nielsen, Archer, Idaho.

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A GROUP OF ELDERS LABORING IN BERLIN, GERMANY Back row, left to right: Orson Johnson, Salt Lake City; John Stosich, Idaho Falls; T. A. Browning, Idaho. Sitting, left to right: William Kessler, editor Der Ster, Salt Lake City; Charles I. Stoddard, president Berlin conference, Richmond, Utah; James C. Oram, Idaho Falls; Otto Burgi, Sugar City, Idaho.

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ELDERS OF THE SHEFFIELD CONFERENCE, ENGLAND Top row, left to right: Lorenzo P. Burt, Brigham; Orion B. Thurgood, Bountiful; Milton Jacob, Provo; James D. Todd, Salt Lake City; Harry E. Page, Riverton; Joseph E. Wood, Holden; W. Chester Jefferies, Grantsville. Second row: George Hay, Menan, Idaho; Edwin Clawson, Hyrum; Roy H. Peck, Garland; Wiley S. Collett, Vernal; Wm. J. Francis, Brigham; Wollerton Brinton, Murray; Joseph S. Morgan. Third row: Byron R. Jordan, Mountain View, Alberta, Canada; Thomas Shenherd, Provo; A Laverne Riggs, conference president, Logan; Rudger Clawson, late president European mission; Isaac C. Wood, Woods Cross. Fourth row: Joseph A. Vanesse, Smithfield; John P. Leatham, Wellsville.

What a lesson is taught in common brotherhood by the “Mormon" missionary's experience! The banker missionary from the city arrives at his field of labor. He is assigned to a conference by the mission president. The conference president under whose direction he will labor may be at home the village blacksmith or carpenter, but no objections are raised to this arrangement, for these men understand that no man's honorable occupation either bars or qualifies for spiritual leadership. Together these men

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ELDERS AT COPENHAGEN, DENMARK The elders are all from Salt Lake City, and their fields of labor are, top row: Louis C. Jacobsen, Holbæk; Chris 0. Jensen, Silkeborg; Robert H. Sorensen, mission secretary; J: H. Johnson, Sweden; Joseph N. Busath, Copenhagen; Alvin R. Christopherson, Aarhus; sitting: Peter W. Kjær, Copenhagen; August H. Knebelau, Holbæk; Martin Christopherson, mission president; John S. Hansen, associate editor of Skandinaviens Stjerne; Alfred E. Pederson, Bornholm.

work for the salvation of souls, and then in due time, with their rich experiences, they come back to the body of the Church.

This coming and going is continuous, until in every community of Latter-day Saints there is gathering a class of men who have been educated in the school of the world. Every other man one meets in a “Mormon” village has been on a mission, some of them on two missions, a number, on three. These men are well-balanced, broad-minded. They talk intelligently on the manners and customs of other lands, and can explain the teachings and practices of religions other than their own. They know the world,—its good and its bad, its beauty and its ugliness, its strength and its weakness—and this knowledge is a part of true wisdom. They impart this experience and this wisdom to those around them, and thus the whole community is benefited. The busy bees of "Deseret" constantly gather honey from every fragrant field and bring it into the hive. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints does not believe in educating one or two only, in each community, to be preachers of the word and active in the ministry, but its theory is that if there is any educational value in this calling, every Church member should have the advantage thereof. If there is virtue in the Priesthood, then every worthy member should receive of it, until there shall be "a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation;" and in all this the missionary system of the Church plays an important part.

Thomas L. Chipman, Tokyo, Japan, April 16: “We are all well and happy here in the far East. We send you a snapshot of our headquarters. It is difficult to get a plain view of the whole house as it sets among so many beautiful trees in our garden. Our headquarters

are in the best part of the city of Tokyo, right in the midst of the very best schools in Japan, and some of them are ranking high among the universities of the world. Among these are the Waseda University and the Military Officers' Training School, the last named being very much like the West Point Military Academy. Many other high schools are in our neighborhood and from all of them a few students continually come to our meetings to investigate the principles of the gospel.

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very proud of the few good Saints that we have converted, and believe they compare favorably with Saints in any other part of the world. Today we led two souls into the waters of baptism for which we are indeed very happy. We work hard and know that with efforts such as are now extended the work will roll along very rapidly. We have many friends and are continually forming new ones. All of our meetings are well attended. We join in thanking all at home for the help rendered us in our work, for we know that it has been through the faith and prayers of our brothers and sisters at home that we have been able to meet with the good success that we have."

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The love of the people of Utah for higher education is well shown by the fact that in the Utah Agricultural College the enrollment of students is larger in proportion to the population of the State than in any other agricultural college of the United States. For every 227 of population one was a student at the college in 1912-13.

This unusual record is due to the fostering care which Utah has always given the cause of education. The University of Utah was organized almost before the Pioneers had really establishe 1 themselves in their new-found wilderness. The Utah Agricultural College was created in 1888 by the first territorial legislative assembly after the passage by Congress of the famous Hatch Act, authorizing the establishment of agricultural experiment stations. In the fall of 1890, a year and a half later, the doors of the new building were opened to students. From that day to the present the college has been generously supported by the State administrations, and has been largely patronized by the people of the state.

The Utah Agricultural College has had a somewhat remarkable history. In its opening announcement it declared its purpose so to teach and apply all the arts and sciences, in full present-day light, that agriculture, home economics, engineering, commerce, mechanic arts, and all other industrial pursuits would receive intellectual dignity as well as practical power, and thus be made quite comparable with the time-honored professions of law, medi

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