Autobiography 1865 Millennial Star

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Autobiography 1865 Millennial Star

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    (Continued from page 168.) HISTORY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. -[FROM HIS OWN PEN.]- At an early age my mind was exer- cised upon religious subjects, although I never made a profession until 1830. I did not then join any church, for the reason that I could not find any denomination whose doctrines, faith or practice, agreed with the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or the ordinances and gifts which the Apostles taught. Although the ministers of the day taught that the faith, gifts, graces, miracles and ordinances, which ...
    Dates:
    December 29, 1833 December 31, 1833 January 2, 1834
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    Elder, and a small Branch organized of twelve members, by Elder Pulsi- pher. In February following, in company with Elder Holton, I walked some sixty miles to the town of Fabius, to attend an evening meeting of the Saints in that place, where Elder Pul- sipher was presiding. I saw the book of commandments or revelations given through Joseph Smith, and I believed them with all my heart, and rejoiced therein; and after spending several days ...
    Dates:
    February 1, 1834 April 11, 1834 April 25, 1834 May 1, 1834 May 7, 1834 November 5, 1834
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    according to the law of God. He answered, that he had not faith enough to start on a mission through Jackson county without money, and if I did it, I must do it on my own faith. I felt strenuous to keep the commandments, so I started without money. I called upon Elder Harry Brown, and asked him to accompany me; he consented, and Bishop Partridge appointed him to go with me. Jan ...
    Dates:
    January 13, 1835
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    (Continued from page 184.) HISTORY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. -[FROM HIS OWN PEN.]- June [January] 18—We called at the Har- mony mission, and had an interview with the President, a Presbyterian minister. Although it was near sun- down, he would neither give us any- thing to eat, nor lodge us, because we were "Mormons." It was fifteen miles to the nearest house, which was Jerrew's Indian trading house. We asked the minister to direct us ...
    Dates:
    January 18, 1835
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    were having a pow-wow. As we ap- proached, we were met by a dozen large savage looking dogs; they smelt us in a friendly manner, but did not attempt to bite nor bark. We ar- rived about midnight, covered with mud, hungry and weary, and were kindly received and entertained for the remainder of the night by Mr. Jerrew, who had an Osage squaw for a wife; she prepared us a good supper, but marvelled that we did not drink coffee. She proffered us their best bed, which was ...
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    (Continued from page 200.) HISTORY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. -[FROM HIS OWN PEN.]- June [January] 19—Mr. Jerrew gave us a good breakfast, put us across the Osage river in a canoe, and we started upon our long day's walk, it being sixty miles to the nearest house. We had not anything with us to eat. Most of our travels through the day was through prairie; before dark we en- tered timbered land; as we approached the ...
    Dates:
    January 19, 1835
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    Saints, and had lately moved here, depending upon his gun mostly for his living. It was sixty miles to a house on the north, and twelve miles on the south. He and his family were living in a small old log hut, about twelve feet square, and one bed in the room, upon which lay his wife, several children and three young dogs. He lay stretched out upon the bare floor, with his feet to a small fire. There was no door to the house, but a rag- ged quilt ...
    Dates:
    January 24, 1835
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    When I had got a few rods from his door, he was nearly treading on my heels, and fell dead at my feet, as though he had been struck with light- ning; he swelled, and immediately turned black. This created a great wailing and mourning among his family. Brother Brown and myself assisted in laying him out and burying him. He died Feb. 14, 1835. This singular dispensation of Provi- dence brought solemnity upon the people, and they began to reflect and wished to hear ...
    Dates:
    February 14, 1835
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    (Continued from page 217.) HISTORY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. -[FROM HIS OWN PEN.]- March 2—We cut down a large cotton-wood tree, and in two days dug out a canoe four feet wide and twelve long, put on a pair of oars, and then rowed down the Arkansas river, 125 miles, to Little Rock, beg- ging our food by the way, a meal at a time, as we had opportunity. After ...
    Dates:
    March 2, 1835
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    visiting Little Rock, we travelled down the river ten miles, and tied up our canoe on the east bank, and stopped with Mr. Jones. I preached next day at his house. On the 16th we left our canoe with Mr. Jones, and walked back up the river ten miles, opposite Little Rock, and took the old military road, and started to wade the Missis- sippi swamp, which was mostly cov- ered with water from Little Rock, Arkansas, to Memphis, Tennessee, a distance of ...
    Dates:
    March 16, 1835 March 24, 1835 March 27, 1835 April 4, 1835 June 23, 1835 June 28, 1835 July 23, 1835 November 15, 1835
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    Thomas, at nine o'clock, all safe, hav- ing rode twenty miles, five hours in the storm, and we felt to thank the Lord for our preservation. During the winter and spring, I continued to labor mostly alone, through Kentucky and Tennessee, opening new places, preaching daily, baptizing, confirming, and organizing new Branches. Feb. 26, 1836—At a Conference held at Brother B. L. Clapp's, in Callaway county, Kentucky, I or- dained
    Dates:
    February 26, 1836 May 27, 1836 May 31, 1836
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    (Continued from page 232.) HISTORY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. -[FROM HIS OWN PEN.]- June 19—A States warrant was issued against D. W. Patten, Warren Parrish and Wilford Woodruff, sworn out by Matthew Williams, a Metho- dist priest, and served by the sheriff, Robert C. Petty. Elders Patten and Parrish were taken by an armed mob of about fifty, under pretence of law, led by the sheriff, a colonel, first ...
    Dates:
    June 19, 1836 June 29, 1836 July 14, 1836 July 18, 1836
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    with a high circulation of blood and blistered hands; but our horses leapt the bank, and we went on our way to the Sandy, which we swam, and spent the night at Thomas Frazer's. —30—We preached at Mr. David Crider's, also on Sunday the 31st, where we were threatened by a mob. I baptized Mr. Crider amid the scoffs of the rabble, who went in the night and poisoned both of our horses; the ...
    Dates:
    July 30, 1836 July 31, 1836 August 11, 1836 August 29, 1836 September 2, 1836 September 19, 1836 September 20, 1836
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    (Continued from page 248.) HISTORY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. -[FROM HIS OWN PEN.]- Oct. 20—In company with A. O. Smoot and Jesse Turpin, I started for Kirtland; this was the first time I had ever travelled on a steamboat. We left the steamer at Louisville, on the 28th, and spent nineteen days visiting Elder Smoot's relations, and preaching among the people; we visi- ted the Big Bone ...
    Dates:
    October 20, 1836 October 28, 1836 November 17, 1836 November 25, 1836 November 29, 1836 December 20, 1836 January 3, 1837 January 25, 1837
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    —29—Presidents Joseph Smith and O. Cowdery addressed the Saints in the Temple. Joseph blessed the peo- ple in the name of the Lord, and said, if we would be faithful, we should arise above our embarrassments, and be delivered from the hands of our enemies. —30—I wrote an article on faith, which was published in the Messenger and Advocate. Feb. 19—I attended meeting at the Temple. President Joseph Smith had been absent on business for the Church, but ...
    Dates:
    January 29, 1837 January 30, 1837 February 19, 1837 March 23, 1837 April 4, 1837 April 6, 1837
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    many of the gifts were poured out upon the people; at break of day we were dismissed. I also spent the night of the 7th in the Temple, with several of the Elders, in prayer and praise before the Lord; the Holy Ghost rested upon us, and the spirit of prophecy was given, and many things were shown by the holy Spirit. April 9—President Smith spoke in the afternoon, and said in the name of the Lord, that the judgments of God would ...
    Dates:
    April 7, 1837 April 9, 1837 April 13, 1837 April 15, 1837
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    (Continued from page 265.) HISTORY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. -[FROM HIS OWN PEN.]- May 5—While laboring for Joseph Young, Kirtland was visited with a sudden storm of wind and rain, a cur- rent passed south of the Temple in the form of a whirlwind or tornado, which destroyed and injured several build- ings, it crushed one of Joseph Young's buildings, and removed the one we were in some 10 feet, but no person was ...
    Dates:
    May 5, 1837 May 10, 1837 May 31, 1837 June 1, 1837 June 4, 1837 July 6, 1837 July 10, 1837
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    with his rabble, and asked many ques- tions; he said I had no right to my opinion, and no man had a right to preach the gospel unless he had a collegiate education. I told him I would admit that point, when he would tell me at what college Jesus Christ and his Apostles obtained their educa- tion: the priest and rabble then left. —12—I preached in a school house in West Avon to an attentive congre- gation; after meeting I baptized my uncle, Ozem Woodruff, his ...
    Dates:
    July 12, 1837 July 16, 1837 July 19, 1837 July 20, 1837 July 21, 1837 July 22, 1837 July 23, 1837 August 1, 1837 August 7, 1837 August 10, 1837 August 18, 1837 August 19, 1837 August 20, 1837
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    up into the pulpit, and took a seat o n each side of him. When he closed his discourse, he asked me what hour we would like to speak; I told him at five; he gave out our appointment, and invited us to his house. I asked him how many school houses were on the Island; he said four, and gave me their names. I asked him if they were free for any one to preach in; he answered in the affirmative. I took out my Bible, Book of Mormon, and Doctrine ...
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    (Continued from page 281.) HISTORY OF WILFORD WOODRUFF. -[FROM HIS OWN PEN.]- I followed Mr. Douglas to his own island, and commenced preaching to his church, and baptized a good share of his members, among whom were several sea captains. Ministers from the main land were sent for, who came over and tried to put a stop to the work, by preaching and lying about us; but the work continued to roll on. They wished me to work a miracle to convince them that my doc- ...