Speaking up.

A word of exhortation on this subject is really needed; for many dear brethren have fallen into the way of speaking- so low, and indistinctly, that much of what they say is unheard and lost upon the listeners. The speech may be good and what we wish to hear, but through faintness it fails largely to benefit. By a little thought and practice this defect can be corrected, to the relief and profit of all.

When one rises to take part in a meeting, he should remember that he is not now engaged in a personal conversation, therefore he must raise his voice louder. The correct thing is to always address the person furthest off in the company; make sure they hear, then all the rest will. This is the chief consideration. in speaking. The next is to clearly pronounce the words, and do not drop the end of sentences to a whisper. Every word should have its full sound.

If taking part in prayer audibly, to do it quietly as if kneeling at the bedside is not the way. A whisper is sufficient for the ear of God; but in public prayer we are leading all present to the throne in Heaven, and that all may say, Amen; therefore we must speak up. When a hymn is given out, or a chapter from the Word, let number and reference be very distinctly uttered. When reading letters of commendation, the names of the visitors should be given very clearly; and Assembly intimations should likewise be made distinctly. Letters from missionaries are not always read as clearly as interested people would like to hear, causing them to say, “I do wish he would speak up!”

To sum up: speak and pray that the person furthest off may hear quite well, and pronounce your words clearly.

These remarks are not intended for beloved brethren who through age and infirmity cannot be heard very well; but are meant for all in health who could improve by a little thought and practice. “Cry aloud…lift up thy voice” (Isa. 58:1). “So they read…distinctly” (Neh. 8:8).