under the hands of Father Joseph Smith, the Patriarch, two
I felt impressed by the Spirit of God to take a mission
to the Fox Islands, situated east of the Maine shore, a country I
knew nothing about. I made my feelings known to the
Apostles, and they advised me to go.
Feeling that it was my duty to go upon this mission, I did
not tarry at home one year after having married a wife, as the
law of Moses would have allowed. On the contrary, I started
just one month and one day after that important event, leav-
ing my wife with Sister Hale, with whom she expected to
stay for a season.
I left Kirtland in good spirits, in company with Elder Jonathan H. Hale, and walked twelve miles to Fairport, where we
were joined by Elder Milton Holmes. There we went aboard
the steamer Sandusky, and made our way to Buffalo, and pro-
ceeded thence to Syracuse, by way of the Erie Canal. We
then walked to Richland, Oswego Co., N. Y., where I met
my two brothers, whom I had not seen for several years.
Here we found a branch of the Church, presided over by John E. Page and James Blakesly. We accompanied them
to their place of meeting, and attended a conference with
them, at which three hundred members of the Church were
Thirty-two persons presented themselves for ordination,
whom I was requested to ordain, in company with Elder Wm. Draper. We ordained seven Elders, nine Priests, eleven
Teachers and five Deacons.
We spoke to the people several times during this conf-
erence, and at its close we were called upon to administer to a
woman who was possessed of the devil. At times she was
dumb, and greatly afflicted with the evil spirits that dwelt in
her. She believed in Jesus and in us as His servants, and
wished us to administer to her. Four of us laid our hands
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