Elders’ Journal, October 1837

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tire, that the saints may have the long desired information, that the standard of truth is hoisted on the Eastern continent, and hundreds are already enlisting under the blood stained banner of Immanuel, even him who once trod in the same path that our beloved brethren who are laboring in are now pursuing, i. e. “and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”— Mat. 11:5. We feel thankful in very deed that God is no respecter of persons.Ed.
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, Lancashire, Eng. Sept. 2 1837
My dear ,
I take this opportunity to write a few lines to you, to let you know I am in the land of the living, I am a pilgrim on the earth, and a stranger in a strange land far from my home, and among those that seek my life because I preach the truth and those things that will save their lives in the day of tribulation. On the 18 of July we landed in in the forenoon. I had peculiar feelings when we landed, the Spirit of God burned in my breast; and at the same time I felt to covenant before God, to live a new life, and to pray that the Lord would help me to do the same. We remained there three days, resting our bodies: on saturday the 22 we took coach for , the distance 31 miles, we arrived there at four in the afternoon.
After we had unloaded our things, had gone to see his brother, and Br. [John] Goodson had gone to get lodgings; all at once I looked up, there was a large Flag before me, with large gilded letters written thereon, “TRUTH WILL PREVAIL” we said Amen, so let it be Lord; the same evening, one of the clergy desired an interview with us. Elders and Goodson, and went to see him, conversed with him and one Mr. Watson until about ten in the evening, when we retired to our Lodging, the next morning we agreed to go and hear him preach, we did so; after he got through, he gave out an appointment for one of us at three in the afternoon. it fell to my lot to preach first; I spake upon the first principles of the gospel, and what the Lord was doing in these last days, it caused the people to stare at me; after I got through, bore testimony and many received our testimony, for they date their conviction back to that time. The Rev. Mr. —— gave out another appointment, at half past seven, Br. Goodson preached, and bore testimony after him, and it came with power, he then gave another appointment for Wednesday evening, preached, and there seemed to be many that rejoiced, that the Lord had sent his servants to preach to them. The Rev. Mr. —— closed his doors against us, and found fault with us because we held forth the order of baptism, said we agreed we would not hold forth these things, this was not so, for we did not ask him for his house, but we prayed that the Lord would open his heart to let us preach in it and so he did, and we gave God the glory. After this there were private doors opened for us to preach; we had two or three meetings every night, and many began to bear testimony of the truth of the things which we declared, and desired to be baptised, Eight days after we arrived at , nine presented themselves for baptism, and I was appointed to baptise, on sunday morning, and Br. Russel [Isaac Russell] was appointed to preach in the market place at half past two in the afternoon; this was concluded upon on saturday evening, and we retired to bed as usual.— A singular circumstance occurred before morning, which I will quote from s journal, as he wrote it down, he commences as follows, “Elder Russel was much troubled with evil spirits and came into the room where and were sleeping, and desired us to lay our hands on him, and rebuke the evil spirit: I arose upon the bed, and got upon the floor and I sat upon the bed; we laid our hands on him, and rebuked and prayed for him but just before he had finished his prayer, his voice faltered, and his mouth was shut, and he began to tremble and real to and fro, and fell on the floor like a dead man, and uttered a deep groan, I immediately seized him by the shoulder, and lifted him up, being satisfied that the devils were exceding angry because we attempted to cast them out of Br. Russel, and they made a powerful attempt upon as if to dispatch him at once, they struck him senseless and he fell to the floor; Br. Russel and myself then laid [p. 4]
tire, that the saints may have the long desired information, that the standard of truth is hoisted on the Eastern continent, and hundreds are already enlisting under the blood stained banner of Immanuel, even him who once trod in the same path that our beloved brethren who are laboring in are now pursuing, i. e. “and the poor have the gospel preached to them.”— Mat. 11:5. We feel thankful in very deed that God is no respecter of persons.Ed.
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, Lancashire, Eng. Sept. 2 1837
My dear ,
I take this opportunity to write a few lines to you, to let you know I am in the land of the living, I am a pilgrim on the earth, and a stranger in a strange land far from my home, and among those that seek my life because I preach the truth and those things that will save their lives in the day of tribulation. On the 18 of July we landed in in the forenoon. I had peculiar feelings when we landed, the Spirit of God burned in my breast; and at the same time I felt to covenant before God, to live a new life, and to pray that the Lord would help me to do the same. We remained there three days, resting our bodies: on saturday the 22 we took coach for , the distance 31 miles, we arrived there at four in the afternoon.
After we had unloaded our things, had gone to see his brother, and Br. John Goodson had gone to get lodgings; all at once I looked up, there was a large Flag before me, with large gilded letters written thereon, “TRUTH WILL PREVAIL” we said Amen, so let it be Lord; the same evening, one of the clergy desired an interview with us. Elders and Goodson, and went to see him, conversed with him and one Mr. Watson until about ten in the evening, when we retired to our Lodging, the next morning we agreed to go and hear him preach, we did so; after he got through, he gave out an appointment for one of us at three in the afternoon. it fell to my lot to preach first; I spake upon the first principles of the gospel, and what the Lord was doing in these last days, it caused the people to stare at me; after I got through, bore testimony and many received our testimony, for they date their conviction back to that time. The Rev. Mr. —— gave out another appointment, at half past seven, Br. Goodson preached, and bore testimony after him, and it came with power, he then gave another appointment for Wednesday evening, preached, and there seemed to be many that rejoiced, that the Lord had sent his servants to preach to them. The Rev. Mr. —— closed his doors against us, and found fault with us because we held forth the order of baptism, said we agreed we would not hold forth these things, this was not so, for we did not ask him for his house, but we prayed that the Lord would open his heart to let us preach in it and so he did, and we gave God the glory. After this there were private doors opened for us to preach; we had two or three meetings every night, and many began to bear testimony of the truth of the things which we declared, and desired to be baptised, Eight days after we arrived at , nine presented themselves for baptism, and I was appointed to baptise, on sunday morning, and Br. Russel Isaac Russell was appointed to preach in the market place at half past two in the afternoon; this was concluded upon on saturday evening, and we retired to bed as usual.— A singular circumstance occurred before morning, which I will quote from s journal, as he wrote it down, he commences as follows, “Elder Russel was much troubled with evil spirits and came into the room where and were sleeping, and desired us to lay our hands on him, and rebuke the evil spirit: I arose upon the bed, and got upon the floor and I sat upon the bed; we laid our hands on him, and rebuked and prayed for him but just before he had finished his prayer, his voice faltered, and his mouth was shut, and he began to tremble and real to and fro, and fell on the floor like a dead man, and uttered a deep groan, I immediately seized him by the shoulder, and lifted him up, being satisfied that the devils were exceding angry because we attempted to cast them out of Br. Russel, and they made a powerful attempt upon as if to dispatch him at once, they struck him senseless and he fell to the floor; Br. Russel and myself then laid [p. 4]
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