spoken by any of the company from the
time they left Brother Brigham's house
till we crossed the public square, and
entered Brother Fordham's house. Bro-
ther Fordham had been dying for an
hour, and we expected each minute
would be his last.
When we entered the house, Brother Joseph walked up to Brother Fordham,
and took him by the right hand; in his
left hand he held his hat.
He saw that Brother Fordham's eyes
were glazed, and that he was speechless
After taking hold of his hand, he
looked down into the dying man's face
and said: "Brother Fordham do you
not know me?" At first he made no
reply; but we could all see the effect of
the spirit of God resting upon him.
He again said: "Elijah, do you not
With a low whisper, Brother Ford-
ham answered, "Yes!"
The Prophet then said, "Have you
not faith to be healed?"
The answer, which was a little plainer
than before, was: "I am afraid it is too
late. If you had come sooner, I think
it might have been."
He had the appearance of a man wak-
ing from sleep. It was the sleep of
Joseph then said: "Do you believe
that Jesus is the Christ?"
"I do, Brother Joseph," was the re-
Then the Prophet of God spoke with
a loud voice, as in the majesty of the
Godhead: "Elijah, I command you, in
the name of Jesus of Nazareth, to arise
and be made whole!"
The words of the Prophet were not
like the words of man, but like the voice of God. It seemed to me that the
house shook from its foundation.
Elijah Fordham leaped from his bed
like a man raised from the dead. A
healthy color came to his face, and life
was manifested in every act.
His feet were done up in Indian meal poultices. He kicked them off his feet,
scattered the contents, and then called
for his clothes and put them on. He
asked for a bowl of bread and milk, and
ate it; then put on his hat and followed
us into the street, to visit others who
The unbeliever may ask: "Was there
not deception in this?"
If there is any deception in the mind
of the believer, there was certainly
none with Elijah Fordham, the dying
man, nor with those who were present
with him, for in a few minutes he would
have been in the spirit world, had he
not been rescued. Through the bless-
ing of God, he lived up till 1880, in
which year he died in Utah, while all
who were with him on that occasion,
with the exception of one, are in the