I had much liberty in speaking, and informed the people
that the Lord had raised up a prophet and organized His
Church as in the days of Christ and the ancient apostles, with
prophets, apostles and the gifts as anciently, and that He had
brought forth the Book of Mormon.
At the close of my remarks Elder Hale bore testimony.
I gave liberty for anyone to speak that might wish to. As
no one responded, I announced that we would hold meetings
the next four evenings in the school-houses, beginning at No. 1.
MR. NEWTON, THE BAPTIST PREACHER, WRESTLING WITH
OUR TESTIMONY—REJECTS IT, AND BEGINS TO OPPOSE
—SENDS TO A METHODIST MINISTER TO HELP HIM—MR. DOUGLASS' SPEECH—OUR GREAT SUCCESS ON THE NORTH ISLAND—GO TO THE SOUTH ISLAND AND BAPTIZE MR.
DOUGLASS' FLOCK—GREAT NUMBER OF ISLANDS—BOILED
CLAMS—DAY OF PRAYER—CODFISH FLAKES.
DURING the first thirteen days of our sojourn upon the
island we preached seventeen discourses, being invited by
the people to tarry with them. I left a copy of the Doctrine and Covenants with Mr. Newton for his perusal.
He read it, and the Spirit of God bore testimony to him of
its truth. He pondered over it for days, and he walked his
room until midnight trying to decide whether to receive or reject it.
He and his family attended about a dozen of my first meet-
ings, and then he made up his mind, contrary to the dictation
of the Spirit of God to him, to reject the testimony, and
come out against me. However, we commenced baptizing his flock.
The first two we baptized were a sea captain, by the name
of Justin Eames, and his wife. Brother Jonathan H. Hale
went down into the sea and baptized them on the 3rd of Sep-
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