History, 1838–1856, volume C-1 [2 November 1838–31 July 1842]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<​July 9​> labor in different parts of the vineyard, which were now open before us. I left on the 17th. accompanied by Elder , and visited the churches by the way until we arrived among the Saints in Herefordshire, who were anxiously looking for my return. In a few days we were joined in our labors by Elder . We took locations in different parts of this new field of labor which extended through various places in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire We continued preaching, and baptizing, and administering in the ordinances of the gospel daily unto such as would receive our testimony, and obey the gospel of Jesus Christ. Truth was mighty and prevailed; the work prospered and multiplied on every hand, until several hundreds, including more than fifty preachers of — — various sects, were rejoicing in the fulness of the everlasting Gospel; and felt to praise God that they had lived to behold the day when the Lord had set his hand to prune his vineyard once more with a mighty pruning, and to establish the gospel in its ancient purity again upon the face of the earth; and in many instances, signs followed the believer, according to the promise of the Savior. The Spirit of God accompanied the preaching of the word to the hearts of men. Whole households, on hearing the word, have received it into good and honest hearts, and gone forth and received the ordinances of the gospel, and frequently we have baptized from eight to twelve the first time of meeting with the people in new places, and preaching the word of God unto them. labored with us about one month, during which time many were baptized, confirmed, and numbers ordained to preach the gospel, and while the Saints were much edified, and their hearts made glad with the teaching and instruction by , I also obtained much benefit myself by enjoying his society, sitting under his instruction and sharing in his Council. As it became necessary for to return to , to [HC 4:152] assist in preparing a Collection of hymns and other matters, he took the parting hand with us on the 20th. day of May; and and myself continued our labors in the vineyard, in connexion with Elder Kington, who had given himself wholly to the work of the ministry. The Lord still continued to bless our labors, and added daily unto the Church; new doors were opening on every hand, a multiplicity of calls constantly reached our ears, many of which we could not answer for the want of laborers. Notwithstanding there were about fifty ordained Elders and priests in this part of the Vineyard, yet there was equally as many places for preaching to be attended to upon the Sabbath day. Thus we continued our labors in this region until the time drew near for the General Conference in on the 6th. of July. But before leaving the Saints, we considered it wisdom to set in order the Church, and organize them into Branches, and Conferences, that they might be properly represented before the General Conference. Therefore we held two Conferences with the Saints before we took our departure from them. The first was held at the Gadfield Elm Chapel, Worcestershire, on the 14th. of June, at which time we organized twelve branches, and transacted such business as the occasion required. The second Conference was held at Stanley Hill, Herefordshire, on the 21st. of June, and organized twenty branches of the Church. The minutes of the above named Conferences I present you for publication, if you think proper. On the day following , and myself took our leave of the [p. 1076]
July 9 labor in different parts of the vineyard, which were now open before us. I left on the 17th. accompanied by Elder , and visited the churches by the way until we arrived among the Saints in Herefordshire, who were anxiously looking for my return. In a few days we were joined in our labors by Elder . We took locations in different parts of this new field of labor which extended through various places in Herefordshire, Worcestershire, and Gloucestershire We continued preaching, and baptizing, and administering in the ordinances of the gospel daily unto such as would receive our testimony, and obey the gospel of Jesus Christ. Truth was mighty and prevailed; the work prospered and multiplied on every hand, until several hundreds, including more than fifty preachers of — — various sects, were rejoicing in the fulness of the everlasting Gospel; and felt to praise God that they had lived to behold the day when the Lord had set his hand to prune his vineyard once more with a mighty pruning, and to establish the gospel in its ancient purity again upon the face of the earth; and in many instances, signs followed the believer, according to the promise of the Savior. The Spirit of God accompanied the preaching of the word to the hearts of men. Whole households, on hearing the word, have received it into good and honest hearts, and gone forth and received the ordinances of the gospel, and frequently we have baptized from eight to twelve the first time of meeting with the people in new places, and preaching the word of God unto them. labored with us about one month, during which time many were baptized, confirmed, and numbers ordained to preach the gospel, and while the Saints were much edified, and their hearts made glad with the teaching and instruction by , I also obtained much benefit myself by enjoying his society, sitting under his instruction and sharing in his Council. As it became necessary for to return to , to [HC 4:152] assist in preparing a Collection of hymns and other matters, he took the parting hand with us on the 20th. day of May; and and myself continued our labors in the vineyard, in connexion with Elder Kington, who had given himself wholly to the work of the ministry. The Lord still continued to bless our labors, and added daily unto the Church; new doors were opening on every hand, a multiplicity of calls constantly reached our ears, many of which we could not answer for the want of laborers. Notwithstanding there were about fifty ordained Elders and priests in this part of the Vineyard, yet there was equally as many places for preaching to be attended to upon the Sabbath day. Thus we continued our labors in this region until the time drew near for the General Conference in on the 6th. of July. But before leaving the Saints, we considered it wisdom to set in order the Church, and organize them into Branches, and Conferences, that they might be properly represented before the General Conference. Therefore we held two Conferences with the Saints before we took our departure from them. The first was held at the Gadfield Elm Chapel, Worcestershire, on the 14th. of June, at which time we organized twelve branches, and transacted such business as the occasion required. The second Conference was held at Stanley Hill, Herefordshire, on the 21st. of June, and organized twenty branches of the Church. The minutes of the above named Conferences I present you for publication, if you think proper. On the day following , and myself took our leave of the [p. 1076]
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