History, circa June–October 1839 [Draft 1]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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About this time baptized the following viz: John Poorman, , —and , and in Seneca Lake.
Immediately after the conference, I <returned to my own house & from thence> (in company with my ) —<&> ) returned journeyed <again> on a visit to We found a number in the neighborhood still believing and now anxious, to be baptized, accordingly we appointed a meeting on the <next> Sabbath day, intending to attend to the ordinance. On the afternoon previous, we had erected a dam across a stream in order to form a place for baptism, but during the night a mob collected (at the instigation of sectarian Priests of the neighborhood) and tore away our dam, which hindered our intentions of baptizing those who wished at this time, We however held our meeting, preached, & many of us bore record & testimony to the truth of the book of Mormon, the doctrine of repentance &c Amongst our Audience were those who had torn down our dam the night previous, & seemed wishful to give us trouble, but did not untill after our meeting had been dismissed, when they immediately commenced talking to those who they considered our friends—<to try to turn them against us and our doctrines.> [p. [15]]
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About this time baptized the following viz: John Poorman, , —and , and in Seneca Lake.
Immediately after the conference, I returned to my own house & from thence (in company with my ) —& ) journeyed again on a visit to We found a number in the neighborhood still believing and now anxious, to be baptized, accordingly we appointed a meeting on the next Sabbath day, intending to attend to the ordinance. On the afternoon previous, we had erected a dam across a stream in order to form a place for baptism, but during the night a mob collected (at the instigation of sectarian Priests of the neighborhood) and tore away our dam, which hindered our intentions of baptizing those who wished at this time, We however held our meeting, preached, & many of us bore record & testimony to the truth of the book of Mormon, the doctrine of repentance &c Amongst our Audience were those who had torn down our dam the night previous, seemed wishful to give us trouble, but did not untill after our meeting had been dismissed, when they immediately commenced talking to those who they considered our friends—to try to turn them against us and our doctrines. [p. [15]]
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