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Lethbridge Daily Herald (Newspaper) - February 16, 1918, Lethbridge, Alberta rvVUHDAY, FEBKUARY 1G, 1918 THE LETHBRIDGE DAILY HERALD PAGE SRVfiN I A n Letter to Dr. Ferguson ) HaymontI, Alta., Feb. 11, 1918. Rov. Dr. Ferguson, Hnmo MIshIoii Supt. for the Northwest. Tlo.voroiul Sir,-If reports are true In our Canadian newspapers, you huvn made Home inisreprcKentations asalnst my people, that are hunts, .slanderous, and false. "We might pass them hy silently, as wo have many things in the past, hut thoro comes a time, Sir, when patience eeases to he a virtue. If you are from our own fair province, tliero could he nothing but animus that would lead you. to stoop to say ihe things reported to have made up your report to the i'ruHhyterlnn geuoivil assembly. I have no quarrel with the Proshytcrians, as my creed teaches mn tolerance. One of our articles of faith roads: "We claim the'privilege of worshipping Almighty (iod according to the dictates of our own eon-science, and allow all men the same privilege, let them worship how, where, or what titey may." Substantiate Them As-to'the report, it. is headed-To-Tonto, Feb. 11 .-"Disloyalty, veiled polygqmy, and attempts to undermine Christianity and'Christian institutions are charged against the leaders of tlu� .Mormon invasion of Canada,etc. Making an assertion proves nothing. Where are your figures to suhstantiate your charges. Yon have none, and can present none. Do you think that 1he officers of the law in this province c- T i Uav/d.-l-Kings. *v-5 �� v. "David did (hat which was right in the eyes of the Lord, and turned not aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, save only in the matter or Uriah the Ilittitc." 1/ am afraid when you get. to the New Jerusalem which i.s coming down from Heaven, and find Jaeoh's polygamous sons' names written on the gates, you will he so disgraced you won't, go in. See Hook of Revelations, chap. xxl. Vtiul says'. llel).-i:i-chap.-'l v. "Marriage 3s honorable in all,- hut whoremongers, and adulterers. Cod will judge," You speak of the "astute leaders and their 'queer heresy.' " What really do you know of our doctrine? I think you come in the class that called Paul's teachings "heresy" and can prove it to he "heresy" on our part as those "Old Pharisees" did in Paul's ease. As Paul said; so say IActs-xxiv-13-lfi v. "Neither can they (you) prove the things whereof they (you) now accuse me (us). Put Ihh; I confess unto thee, that after the v.-ay which they (you.i call heresy, so worship I (we) the God of my fathers, believing all things whicii are written in the law and the prophets; and have hope toward Cod which they themsi'lves allow, Dial there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offense toward Cod and toward men." Now you prove nothing by bare assertions, such porposes as building temples, maintaining them, and for providing for those poor people you accuso ub of bringing in, if it so happen they are in need. We already have four temples, patterned after the manner of Solomon's temple, in the inner portions of them, and will soon complete one in Hawaii, and one at Cardston, Alta. Tlie. $i!nn,onn used for Liberty Ponds, and the $I0,W)0 used for victory Loan to produce as many upright, just, virtuous, and morally clean individuals, in any of your communities as we can produce in ours. We look out for our people In a social capacity, as we feel that it is much better to iurnish our own amusements, than to let our young people see.k for it elsewhere. If coming into your Dominion, taking up your lands, paying for them, living on the fruits of our labors, pay- ( ^ (., , here, instead of being used to pay fat, j ing our honest debts, improving and ! ^Pcc'i;i1 rie:-,ts "who teach for j building op villages and lov/n^, making prosperous farms, when- j>rciritis before were' in evidence, building and maintaining a .school :->�.-�: .-in, of our own, as to high school, and abo building suitable district school buildings and maintaining them, al-.j nb-uTvin^ your laws in general, i .-ay, if that is a menace, then why try in i:; luce emigration to Canada, can yon find people Event-W. A. Buchanan salaries* to pi hire," is kept for building up the temples of our Cod. Arc Loyal In conclusion let rue say:-We are as loyal and true to Canada, and her institutions, as are the people which you represent, and we do now, and always have, maintained her institutions. We do as Christ said:-'Luke xx-L\"i v. "Header unto Caesar the j who do hotter? I say if tha* is a men things which be Caesar's and unto Cod i ace, J fail to know H;-> d�-i'itiii ion. To Speak New Garage Going Up f Frnm Our Oivii (*nri-i'V| if .p(V n {> Noblefnrd, {-'md soon got into working harness again. are so stupid that lawlessness, and dis- ] neither does it make us had, if we do loyalty would be covered up? It is an insult, not only to our officers and courts, but also to our whole population. When our people entered into Canada NO years ago, I admit that some men came here, who hart perhaps engaged in polygamous practices in the United States*, but after entering our Dominion, only monogamous marriages wore recognized, and our leaders went to Ottawa, made pledges to our Canadian government that Canadian laws and institutions would be good woiks, any more than it. maih Paul a criminal, because people who disliked him made false accusations about him, when he was doing good works. Your reference to the menace of Mormonism In Canada is like the many things the Pharisees of old said of Jesus. You remember they said: If wc let him alone, all men will believe in Mini, and the Romans will take away our [dace and nation. Jesus always claimed that His Kingdom was upheld, as to marriages, as well, as (not of this world, but the Jews would other things, with the result, that so far as I tiave any knowledge, and J claim to be weJJ informed on the subject. I know of no instance where a man can be found in Canada, of our faith who has two families located here and is living in a polygamous relation. not believe Mini, and finally put Him to death. You .say we are striving to "undermine Christian institutions." In what manner are we trying to undermine them pray? We meet on Sabbath days and teach from the Holy Scriptures, and emphasize, faith in So far as I know, there lias never been \ the Lord Jesus Christ, repentence from such a case. Disloyalty Charge I should like to refer to what you s.iy of "disloyalty." To me, whose ancestors on my father's side came from KuRlund, and whose mother was barn and rahsert in Wales, and who loves British institutions, and also who knows the Mormon people, such charges against our people, are "A tinkling cymbal and as sounding brass." Why? In the first place; our words do not belie our actions, neither in Canada, neither in Clan. When in 1!U4. Belgium was being overrun by the German armies, I think, if you will look up the records, the Taylor Stake of Zion, representing a few less than *)000 souks in all were the first to piake up .a-oar load of flour to send to ibem. .Ask the Lethbrklge member of parliament if any otjier of tne churches in Lethhridge did'that. Did vouv flock do It? Again:-I haven't the figures, but } think you will find that by way of enlistments, and. production to aid in supplying our allies, we will compare with any rural community in the dominion, taking the numbers of military age. There is one thing to consider, however, w