Millenial Star mentioned
Sunday, December 7
Well, fast day. Had a good meeting; cut one off. I preached in the evening. Had much spirit of God. Monday I talked with Mr. Cutler at 7:00 P.M. and baptized two, one, John Cutler, a very respectable man and the other a lad named John Lee. Read some good news in the “Star” [First mention of the Millennial Star]. Went to Chesterfield on Wednesday. Held a good meeting. Thursday, received a letter from Elder Ford wishing to receive his calling as a traveling Elder. On Friday, walked to Stanley where we had a meeting and confirmed a young man by the name of John Wagstaff.
The Lord was with us. Saturday, went to Chesterfield and found a letter from Pastor Young.
Sunday, December 14
Visited Saints, went to meeting at 2:00 P.M. and at 6:00 P.M. I preached on the “Blessings of Joseph” and about the “Land of Zion.” Went back to Sheffield on Monday. Held a meeting with Brother Robertson. Tuesday, we worked in Rotherham. Went to visit Sister Eastham and back to Sheffield. Found no letters. Wednesday, I fasted and visited Brother Cutler and had a talk with his wife. Held a council over Brother Law where he confessed that he had done wrong in speaking against tithing.
At the station, waited for Brothers [Ezra T.] Benson and Young who arrived at 7:30. I took a cab and we went to the Hall of Science. Brother Benson had a bad cold so called on Brother Young and me to fill the appointment and the Lord abundantly blessed us with his spirit. Thursday, we ordained John Cutler to the office of elder. At 2:00 P.M. left Sheffield for Leeds, found all well at Brother Fox’s house. Brother Benson was very hoarse. Held meeting in Bradford on Friday and spent the day with the brethren. Brother James Little arrived. Saturday the 20th of December, sat in council with the brethren. Had prayer and were blessed with the Holy Spirit; after which, we (Brother Young and I) went to Bradford and attended the commencement of the conference. Had some disagreeable business to attend to. The Lord blessed us and we were enabled to do all the business that was necessary.
Met at the Hall of Oddfellows at 10:00 A.M. Pastor Young laid the business before the conference and cut Elder Caine off from the Church and disfellowshipped the President of the Duesbery Branch. All business was done in the best of order and the good spirit prevailed. 2:00 P.M., Elder Benson addressed the meeting on “Adultery” with much spirit. The day ended with much joy and peace. It will be long remembered.
Spent the day with the brethren in council. Brother Benson left Leeds. In the evening I audited Brother Fox’s books. Thus ended this day. Tuesday all is well.
Bought me a hat and commenced to discharge some of my duties as Pastor. Bought a book to keep the accounts of receiving and disbursing of money. Bought me a vest.
Went to Bradford with Brother Young. Met Elder Rudd, his health rather poor. At 7:00 A.M. we were awakened by the singing of the Saints which caused my mind to run back to the valleys of the mountains. I wrote some to my family. At 4:00 P.M. went to the hall where we had a good time in singing and reciting pieces. Some splendid banners were placed in the hall in memory of the authorities of the Church. Stayed at Brother Hilstad’s all night Friday in Hull. I fasted through the day it being Saturday, in order that I might know how things were going on. Met in council at night and did the business of council previous to conference. Gave much instruction in relation to the conduct of Elders and showed how we must live to have the spirit of the Lord.
Sunday, December 28
Mt at the hall at 10:00 A.M. Laid the business of the conference before the congregation which passed off well and dismissed to convene at 2:00 P.M. I laid the business of emigration before the Saints. Appointed an agent to receive the money of the Saints, and Brother Rudd preached to the people. On Monday, attended a tea party. It went off well. Gave some good instructions and had songs. Tuesday evening went to Preston. Saw Brother Johnson; after which, Brother Rudd and I walked to Hull through the mud. It was dark and disagreeable but it was all right. Found several of the Saints waiting at Brother Hilsteads to see me. On Wednesday the 31st preached in the evening. Had much of the Holy Spirit with me. Then went to Mr. Maynes where several of the Saints stopped through the old year until the New Year came in. Talked with Mr. Maynes and he agreed to go and be baptized, and I stopped to attend to that office.
January 1, 1857
Arose at 7:00 and went with several of the Saints to mother Jackson’s. Talked with her, and she concluded to go with us and be baptized. I baptized two on this day and rebaptized two. The names of those that were baptized were John Alexander Maynes and Sister Jackson. The rebaptized ones, Ann Wilkson and Mary Ann Packson. Left Hull for Sheffield and met Brother P.H. Young and Pastor Young on their way to Worthley. I went with them. Found Brother Foster well and glad to see us. Spent the evening. On Friday, I spent the day with the brethren and wrote in my journal.
My health is good with the exception of a bad cough. This day is my birthday, thirty-two years. We attended conference at Sheffield. The spirit of the Lord was with us. On Monday, met with the Saints at the hall