History, circa 1841, draft [Draft 3]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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the room in a most fearful manner. His neigh bors were immediately made acquainted with  his situation who and came to witness this sin gular scene. After he had thus suffered some time I succeeded in getting hold of his hand.  when immediately he requested me to cast the  Devil out of him saying that he knew the devil  was in him and that I could cast him out
I replied if you know that I can it shall  be done and almost unconsciously I rebuked  the devil and commanded him in the name  of Jesus Christ to depart from him and  immediately spoke and said that he saw the  devil vanish from his sight this This was the  first miracle performed in this Church and this  was done not by man or the power of man but  by the power of God therefore let the glory be  asscribed to him.
The scene was now entirely  changed. His countenance became natural  his distortions of body ceased and the spirit of  the Lord descended upon him, <and> the visions of eter nity were opened to his view. He afterwards  gave us the following relation.
I now began to feel a most  pleasing sensation resting upon me, and immediat ely the visions of heaven of heaven were opened to my  view. I felt myself attracted upwards and rem ained sometime enwrapt in contemplation insomuch  that I knew not what was going on in the room.
By and by I felt some weight pressing upon my  shoulder and the side of my head, which served  to recall me to a sense of my situation. I found  that that the spirit of the Lord had actually  caught me up off the floor and that my shoulder  and head were pressing against the beams. [p. 71]
the room in a most fearful manner. His neighbors were immediately made acquainted with his situation and came to witness this singular scene. After he had thus suffered sometime I succeeded in getting hold of his hand. when immediately he requested me to cast the Devil out of him saying that he knew the devil was in him and that I could cast him out
I replied if you know that I can it shall be done and almost unconsciously I rebuked the devil and commanded him in the name of Jesus Christ to depart from him and immediately spoke and said that he saw the devil vanish from his sight This was the first miracle performed in this Church and this was done not by man or the power of man but by the power of God therefore let the glory be asscribed to him.
The scene was now entirely changed. His countenance became natural his distortions of body ceased and the spirit of the Lord descended upon him, and the visions of eternity were opened to his view. He afterwards gave us the following relation.
I now began to feel a most pleasing sensation resting upon me, and immediately the visions of heaven were opened to my view. I felt myself attracted upwards and remained sometime enwrapt in contemplation insomuch that I knew not what was going on in the room.
By and by I felt some weight pressing upon my shoulder and the side of my head, which served to recall me to a sense of my situation. I found that the spirit of the Lord had actually caught me up off the floor and that my shoulder and head were pressing against the beams. [p. 71]
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