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SATURDAY NIGHT

THOUGHTS

A Series of Dissertations on Spiritual, Historical
and Philosophic Themes

BY ORSON F. WHITNEY

Of the Council of the Twelve, Church of Jesus Christ
of Latter-day Saints

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH:
THE DESERET NEWS

1921

HARVARD
UNIVERSITY
LIB ARY

Copyright, 1921
HEBER J. GRANT

Trustee-in-Trust.

FOREWORD

Most of the contents of this volume appeared originally as a series of articles in Saturday issues of the Deseret Evening News, beginning October 26, 1918, and ending May 31, 1919. As stated by the News, these articles "were designed to fill in some degree a spiritual void and meet a special need of those who were in the habit of attending Sunday services, but were denied that privilege by the prevalence of the influenza epidemic." That epidemic caused a suspension of public gatherings for several months, and even made necessary the postponement of one General Conference of the Church.

It was during this period of suspension that these contributions to the Church organ began. They were given place on the editorial page, and subsequently the News said of them: "These 'Thoughts' have subserved a far more than temporary and passing purpose—they have stimulated study and deep reflection, and they have been greatly enjoyed and prized by the thoughtful reader everywhere."

Among those who uttered similar sentiments was President George H. Brimhall, of the Brigham Young University, who, in a letter to the author, expressed the hope that provision would be made for publication

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