The passage of scripture came to his mind that there would
be no sign given "but the sign of the prophet Jonas," and
while this thought was in his mind a large fish arose to the
top of the water, a distance from him in the sea, and suddenly
sank out of sight. He much desired to see it again, and soon
it arose to the top of the water, accompanied by another fish
of about the same size, and one of them swam on the water in
a straight line towards Mr. Carver as he stood upon the shore.
It came as near to him as the water would permit, and then
stopped and gazed at him with a penetrating eye, as though
it had a message for him. It then returned to its mate in
the ocean and swam out of sight.
Mr. Carver retraced his steps homeward, meditating upon
the scene and the wonderful condescension of the Lord.
It is proper to remark that this was at a season of the year
when fish of that size are never known upon those shores or
seas, and they are never, at any season, known to come ashore
as in the case mentioned.
Mr. Carver was convinced that it was intended by the Lord
as a sign to him.
Two days after this event I visited Mr. Carver at his house,
and found his wife confined to her bed with a fever, and she
requested me to administer to her. I placed my hands upon
her head, the power of God rested upon me, and I com-
manded her in the name of Jesus Christ to arise and walk.
She arose and was healed from that instant, and she walked
down to the sea and I baptized her in the same place where
the fish visited her husband. I confirmed her there, and she was
filled with the Holy Ghost and returned to her home rejoicing.
I now called the people together and exhorted them to sell
their property and prepare to accompany me to the land of
Zion. I had labored hard for many days for the temporal
and spiritual welfare of the inhabitants of those islands, and
the Lord had blessed my labors and given me many souls as
seals of my ministry, for which I felt to praise Him; and now
I felt to labor quite as zealously to gather out those who had
embraced the gospel, and lead them to Zion.
The worst difficulty which the Saints had to contend with in
that day was from false brethren. Warren Parrish, who had
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