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

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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<December 30> the same day I left : only about 7½ hours going 101 miles, (38 of it by Coach) I stayed over the Sabbath there, preached twice to a very attentive congregation. In the afternoon the house was full to [HC 4:251] overflowing. Elder <Henry> Glover is preaching in this place, and in the regions round, with much success. I think he is a humble, good man, and will do much good. I attended the Gadfield Elm Conference. The minutes of the Garway <Conference> were read, which had been held on the 8th.; after this I visited the brethren ’till the Stanley Hill Conference which was held on the 21st.— The Church in Garway numbers 95 members 1 Elder, 7 Priests, 3 Teachers and 1 Deacon— At the Gadfield Elm Conference there were 17 branches represented, 327 members, 13 Elders, 31 Priests, 9 teachers. The Stanley Hill Conference contains 25 branches, which — — — represented 839 Members 17 Elders 57 Priests, 16 teachers and 1 deacon. Including Officers, there are in these 3 Conferences, 1261 members, 31 Elders, 95 Priests, 28 Teachers and 2 Deacons, making 254 added since the October Conference. I attended the Conference in the <Staffordshire> Potteries on the 25th.; we had a good meeting; but I have not the Minutes before me, so I cannot give a particular statement of the Church there, but I can say, they are prospering. In my travels and at the Conferences, there were some baptized & many ordained. We can say truly the Lord is doing a great work in the Land. The gospel is preached to the poor, and signs follow them that believe. I arrived in last evening, and expect to tarry here till the Book of Mormon is completed.
I am as ever, your brother in the kingdom of Patience. ”—
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About this time immense quantities of water fell, which produced a flood in the East and South of France, doing immense damage, carrying with it buildings, bridges, and every thing in its way— Earthquakes have been felt in divers places the past year, and fearful sights, and bloody signs have been witnessed in the heavens, fulfilling the words of the Ancient Prophets concerning the last days. I copy the following from a printed sheet—
“A most wonderful phenomenon was observed last week by the Inhabitants of Hull and the neighborhood. A perfectly blood red flag was seen flying in the Heavens. which illuminated the Horizen for many miles around. At intervals it changed its form, assuming that of a [HC 4:252] cross, sword, and many other shapes. At one oclock on Friday morning the town was nearly as light as noonday; the inhabitants were parading the Streets, fear and dismay pictured in their countenances. This wonder continued until near three oclock, when it gradually went to the Westward. illuminating the Humber, as it seemed to sink in her waters. Then for a few seconds all became total darkness, when from the north west by north, arose the most beautiful light, which shot away towards the Western Hemisphere, leaving in its train the most beautiful and variegated colors, and which the eye might readily form into armies, drawn up in the order of battle, charging and retreating alternately, and then again all was wrapped in the sable curtains of night. It appears that many signs were seen in the same night, in different parts of the Kingdom”—
31 December 1840 • Thursday
<31> <See Addenda book page 5. > [HC 4:253] [HC 4:254] [HC 4:255] [p. 1132]
December 30 the same day I left : only about 7½ hours going 101 miles, (38 of it by Coach) I stayed over the Sabbath there, preached twice to a very attentive congregation. In the afternoon the house was full to [HC 4:251] overflowing. Elder Henry Glover is preaching in this place, and in the regions round, with much success. I think he is a humble, good man, and will do much good. I attended the Gadfield Elm Conference. The minutes of the Garway Conference were read, which had been held on the 8th.; after this I visited the brethren ’till the Stanley Hill Conference which was held on the 21st.— The Church in Garway numbers 95 members 1 Elder, 7 Priests, 3 Teachers and 1 Deacon— At the Gadfield Elm Conference there were 17 branches represented, 327 members, 13 Elders, 31 Priests, 9 teachers. The Stanley Hill Conference contains 25 branches, which — — — represented 839 Members 17 Elders 57 Priests, 16 teachers and 1 deacon. Including Officers, there are in these 3 Conferences, 1261 members, 31 Elders, 95 Priests, 28 Teachers and 2 Deacons, making 254 added since the October Conference. I attended the Conference in the Staffordshire Potteries on the 25th.; we had a good meeting; but I have not the Minutes before me, so I cannot give a particular statement of the Church there, but I can say, they are prospering. In my travels and at the Conferences, there were some baptized & many ordained. We can say truly the Lord is doing a great work in the Land. The gospel is preached to the poor, and signs follow them that believe. I arrived in last evening, and expect to tarry here till the Book of Mormon is completed.
I am as ever, your brother in the kingdom of Patience. ”—
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About this time immense quantities of water fell, which produced a flood in the East and South of France, doing immense damage, carrying with it buildings, bridges, and every thing in its way— Earthquakes have been felt in divers places the past year, and fearful sights, and bloody signs have been witnessed in the heavens, fulfilling the words of the Ancient Prophets concerning the last days. I copy the following from a printed sheet—
“A most wonderful phenomenon was observed last week by the Inhabitants of Hull and the neighborhood. A perfectly blood red flag was seen flying in the Heavens. which illuminated the Horizen for many miles around. At intervals it changed its form, assuming that of a [HC 4:252] cross, sword, and many other shapes. At one oclock on Friday morning the town was nearly as light as noonday; the inhabitants were parading the Streets, fear and dismay pictured in their countenances. This wonder continued until near three oclock, when it gradually went to the Westward. illuminating the Humber, as it seemed to sink in her waters. Then for a few seconds all became total darkness, when from the north west by north, arose the most beautiful light, which shot away towards the Western Hemisphere, leaving in its train the most beautiful and variegated colors, and which the eye might readily form into armies, drawn up in the order of battle, charging and retreating alternately, and then again all was wrapped in the sable curtains of night. It appears that many signs were seen in the same night, in different parts of the Kingdom”—
31 December 1840 • Thursday
31 See Addenda book page 5. [HC 4:253] [HC 4:254] [HC 4:255] [p. 1132]
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