the room was filled with large serpents, and I shuddered at
the sight. My companion said he would not go into the room
for fear of the serpents. I told him I should try to go through
the room though they killed me, for the Lord had commanded
it. As I stepped into the room the serpents coiled themselves
up, and raised their heads some two feet from the floor, to
spring at me. There was one much larger than the rest in
the center of the room, which raised his head nearly as high
as mine and made a spring at me. At that instant I felt as
though nothing but the power of God could save me, and I
stood still. Just before the serpent reached me he dropped
dead at my feet; all the rest dropped dead, swelled up, turned
black, burst open, took fire and were consumed before my
eyes, and we went through the room unharmed, and thanked
God for our deliverance.
I awoke in the morning and pondered upon the dream.
We took breakfast, and started on our journey on Sunday
morning, to visit Mr. Akeman. I related to my companion
my dream, and told him we should see something strange.
We had great anticipations of meeting Mr. Akeman, suppos-
ing him to be a member of the Church. When we arrived at
his house he received us very coldly, and we soon found that
he had apostatized. He brought railing accusations against
the Book of Mormon and the authorities of the Church.
Word was sent through all the settlements on the river for
twenty miles that two "Mormon" preachers were in the place.
A mob was soon raised, and warning sent to us to leave
immediately or we would be tarred and feathered, ridden on a
rail and hanged. I soon saw where the serpents were. My
companion wanted to leave; I told him no, I would stay and
see my dream fulfilled.
There was an old gentleman and lady, named Hubbel, who
had read the Book of Mormon and believed. Father Hubbell
came to see us, and invited us to make our home with him
while we stayed in the place. We did so, and labored for him
some three weeks with our axes, clearing land, while we were
waiting to see the salvation of God.
I was commanded of the Lord by the Holy Ghost to go
and warn Mr. Akeman to repent of his wickedness. I did so, and
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