The Honor of Labor

John Taylor

Called Unto Liberty, 19th Century Sermons, John Taylor

Labor is the manufacturer of wealth. It was ordained of God as the medium to be used to obtain a living; hence it is the universal condition of this great bond to live …

God never meant to bemean His creation, especially His own IMAGE, because they had to labor. No never; God himself according to the good old book labored on this world, six days; and when Adam was animated … we read that God put him in the garden to DRESS it: Therefore, in connection with the samples of all holy men, we are bound to honor the laboring man; and despise the idler.


Source: John Taylor, 1844, as quoted in “The Church Welfare Plan,” p. 63, a 1946 Sunday School Lesson Manual by Albert E. Bowen of the Council of Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. John Taylor (1808-1887) was the third President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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