Brother Benbow furnished us with £300 to print the first
Book of Mormon that was published in England: and on the 20th of May, 1840, Brigham Young, Willard Richards and I
held a council on the top of Malvern Hill, and there decided
that Brigham Young go direct to Manchester and publish
3,000 copies of the Hymn Book and 3,000 copies of the Book
of Mormon, this being the first publication of these books in
The power of God rested upon us and upon the mission.
The sick were healed, devils were cast out, and the lame
were made to walk.
One case I will mention: Mary Pitt, who died in Nauvoo,
sister to Wm. Pitt, who died in Salt Lake City, had not
walked upon her feet for eleven years. We carried her into
the water and I baptized her.
On the evening of the 18th of May, 1840, at Brother Kingston's house in Dymock, Elders Brigham Young, Wil-
lard Richards and I laid hands upon her head and confirmed
Brigham Young, being mouth, rebuked her lameness, and
commanded her to arise and walk, in the name of the Lord.
The lameness then left her, and she never afterwards used a
staff or crutch.
She walked through the town of Dymock next day, which
created a stir among the people; but the wicked did not feel
to give God the glory.
The whole history of this Herefordshire mission shows the
importance of listening to the still small voice of the Spirit of
God and the revelations of the Holy Ghost.
The Lord had a people there prepared for the gospel. They
were praying for light and truth, and the Lord sent me to
them, and I declared the gospel of life and salvation unto
them, and some eighteen hundred souls received it, and many
of them have been gathered to Zion in these mountains. Many
of them have also been called to officiate in the bishopric, and
have done much good in Zion. But in all these things we
should ever acknowledge the hand of God, and give Him the
honor, praise and glory, forever and ever. Amen.
"Leaves From My Journal," p. 14, The Wilford Woodruff Papers, accessed May 22, 2022, https://wilfordwoodruffpapers.org/documents/8b2aa80a-b208-418b-81eb-43a596287c6f/page/93a09ee4-6456-4985-a07a-47fd534a0945