into the hands of our enemies against us; ^t^They had
oppressed the poor saints ^& had brought soughtto bring distress th upon them^, and had become covenant breakers,
for which they ^will feel the^ wrath of God,^.^ he said, they would become whited walls.
15, I received my Patriarchal blessings under the hands
of the Patriarch Joseph Smith Sen. My wife having received her
Patriarchal blessingsfrom him previously.
May 5[th], while laboring for Joseph Young, we ^Kirtland^ wereas
visited with a sudden storm of wind and rain, a vain ^current^ of it passed
south of the Temple in the form of a whirlwind or tornado, which
destroyed and injured several buildings, it clocros crushed ^one of^ Joseph Young's
buildings and removed the one we were in some 10 feet, but no
person was injured. ¶ I felt impressed to go out upon a mission,
the spirit was upon me & lead me to go to Fox islandscalled Vinal Haven, bordering East upon the ^east coast of the^ state of Maine, it was a
country I had never visited, I named my feelings upon the subject
to Elders Kimball, Rigdon and others, they encouraged me to go.
Elder Kimball blessed me and said in the name of the Lord I
should be blessed and prospered on my mission and do a good work;
I made a proposed to Jonathan H. Hale to accompany me on my mission, which he did.
May—31, I left my wife and friends in Kirtland, and
walked to Fairportin company with bro. Hale, we were joined by Milton Holmes, & took the steamer Sandusky and arrived in Buffalo
June 1st, and Syracuse on the 4th, — walked 36 miles to Richland,
Oswego Co. N.Y. and called upon my two brothers Azmon & Thompson, whom I had not seen for several years; we
visited the churches as far as Sacketts' harbor—called upon Archd. Patten and delivered to him some letters from Warren
Parrish, ^in^ which were enclosed many ^one^ hundred ^dollar^ bills, which he had
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