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The Church: Its Organization, Order and Discipline

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    God Erected the Structure

    As we “consider the light and experience” in the development of organization, it will lead us to note the difficulties that had to be met, and how the order established met the difficulties. In the Bulletin of 1893, we read still further respecting organization: “All this was missionary work of the highest order. Our work was not sustained by large gifts and legacies: for we had few wealthy men among us. What is the secret of our prosperity? We have moved under the order of the Captain of our salvation. God has blessed our united efforts. The truth has spread and flourished. Institutions have multiplied. The mustard-seed has grown to a great tree. The system of organization has proved a grand success.COOD 92.4

    “Let none entertain the thought, however, that we can dispense with organization. It has cost us much study, and many prayers for wisdom, that we know God has answered, to effect this structure. It has been built up by his direction through much sacrifice and conflict. Let none of our brethren be so deceived as to attempt to tear it down, for you will thus bring in a condition of things that you do not dream of. In the name of the Lord, I declare to you that it is to stand, strengthened, established, and settled.COOD 93.1

    “At God’s command, ‘Go forward,’ we advanced when difficulties to be surmounted made the advance seem impossible. We know now how much it has cost to work out God’s plan in the past, which has made us as a people what we are. Then let every on be exceedingly careful not to unsettle minds in regard to those things God has ordained for our prosperity and success in advancing his cause.”-Bulletins of Jan. 29 and 30, 1893.COOD 93.2

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