History, 1838–1856, volume E-1 [1 July 1843–30 April 1844]

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<​January 28​> I am inclined to believe, that a far greater number of manifest displays of the power of God would be therein recorded, than is found in the journals of the Elders of the church of Jesus Christ, in the early ages; at least, <​so​> far as they are faithfully handed down to us in the New Testament Scriptures. And, although as in days of old, we are frequently branded with the epithets of “fools,— fanatics,— religious enthusiasts,— dupes and vile imposters;”— yet, “what we have felt and seen, with confidence we tell.” We have frequently heard, from individuals on whose testimony we can rely with the greatest confidence, of extraordinary displays of the power of God in the gift of healing; such for instance, as the blind receiving their sight, the deaf having their hearing restored; the lame man being made to “leap as an hart”, the dumb spirit being cast out, and one instance of the dead being restored to life. Another instance of the kind last mentioned, with a heart overflowing with gratitude. I desire to record. On the afternoon of yesterday, a child of mine, a girl, aged 8 years, was sliding on the rails of the staircase, when on a sudden she turned over, and fell from top to bottom with a most tremendous crash, falling on her head, and being completely double when picked up by her mother, so much so indeed, that [HC 6:186] her brother, who heard the noise, looked out of the kitchen, and seeing something lying in the passage motionless, concluded that his sister had thrown some dirty linen over the rails, and took no further notice; his her mother on hearing the noise occasioned by her fall, hastened out of the Parlor to the fatal spot, and immediately discovered it was poor Mary Jane, who lay motionless,— speechless,— senseless, yea, lifeless; she instantly took her up in her arms, and when she beheld her appearance, in an agony she cried out, my child is dead, she has fallen and killed herself. By this time, I had hastened to the horrid scene, where I beheld my lovely girl stretched on the lap of her disconsolate mother without the slightest appearance of life: I immediately examined her, and found that she breathed not, and that her pulsation had ceased; her eyes also were wide open, and quite fixed as in death, and there appeared to be gathering over them the film of dissolution; in fact if it be true that Eutychus (the young man mentioned in the 20th chap. of the Acts of the apostles, who fell from an upper story,) was taken up dead, it is equally true, that my daughter was taken up dead; for there was not the slightest vestige of life apparent. At this moment, with heart uplifted to my heavenly Father, I, in mighty faith placed my hands upon her and ejaculated, “Lord heal my child,” when in one moment she shewed signs of life, and attempted to speak, I immediately gave her to drink a little cold water, bathed her head with the same; she then sat up and vomited considerably, and she is now so far recovered, as this morning to sing a verse of a hymn, and walk about as usual. During my Presidency over the Conference, which is nearly eighteen months, I have witnessed many cases of healing, but never any so very striking as the one I have just related. If you deem the narrative worthy of a place in the pages of the Millennial Star, you are quite at liberty to insert it.
I remain, Dear Brother Yours sincerely, in the Gospel of Jesus—
George Mitchelson.” [p. 1868]
January 28 I am inclined to believe, that a far greater number of manifest displays of the power of God would be therein recorded, than is found in the journals of the Elders of the church of Jesus Christ, in the early ages; at least, so far as they are faithfully handed down to us in the New Testament Scriptures. And, although as in days of old, we are frequently branded with the epithets of “fools,— fanatics,— religious enthusiasts,— dupes and vile imposters;”— yet, “what we have felt and seen, with confidence we tell.” We have frequently heard, from individuals on whose testimony we can rely with the greatest confidence, of extraordinary displays of the power of God in the gift of healing; such for instance, as the blind receiving their sight, the deaf having their hearing restored; the lame man being made to “leap as an hart”, the dumb spirit being cast out, and one instance of the dead being restored to life. Another instance of the kind last mentioned, with a heart overflowing with gratitude. I desire to record. On the afternoon of yesterday, a child of mine, a girl, aged 8 years, was sliding on the rails of the staircase, when on a sudden she turned over, and fell from top to bottom with a most tremendous crash, falling on her head, and being completely double when picked up by her mother, so much so indeed, that [HC 6:186] her brother, who heard the noise, looked out of the kitchen, and seeing something lying in the passage motionless, concluded that his sister had thrown some dirty linen over the rails, and took no further notice; her mother on hearing the noise occasioned by her fall, hastened out of the Parlor to the fatal spot, and immediately discovered it was poor Mary Jane, who lay motionless,— speechless,— senseless, yea, lifeless; she instantly took her up in her arms, and when she beheld her appearance, in an agony she cried out, my child is dead, she has fallen and killed herself. By this time, I had hastened to the horrid scene, where I beheld my lovely girl stretched on the lap of her disconsolate mother without the slightest appearance of life: I immediately examined her, and found that she breathed not, and that her pulsation had ceased; her eyes also were wide open, and quite fixed as in death, and there appeared to be gathering over them the film of dissolution; in fact if it be true that Eutychus (the young man mentioned in the 20th chap. of the Acts of the apostles, who fell from an upper story,) was taken up dead, it is equally true, that my daughter was taken up dead; for there was not the slightest vestige of life apparent. At this moment, with heart uplifted to my heavenly Father, I, in mighty faith placed my hands upon her and ejaculated, “Lord heal my child,” when in one moment she shewed signs of life, and attempted to speak, I immediately gave her to drink a little cold water, bathed her head with the same; she then sat up and vomited considerably, and she is now so far recovered, as this morning to sing a verse of a hymn, and walk about as usual. During my Presidency over the Conference, which is nearly eighteen months, I have witnessed many cases of healing, but never any so very striking as the one I have just related. If you deem the narrative worthy of a place in the pages of the Millennial Star, you are quite at liberty to insert it.
I remain, Dear Brother Yours sincerely, in the Gospel of Jesus—
George Mitchelson.” [p. 1868]
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