them the holy Spirit. As to your third
interogative, perhaps, I do not fully understand your meaning. I
shall there fore not answer it correctly.
The holy Spirit
was a source of en joyment to the saints, if this is what you mean by
enjoying religion I can adduce an abundance of proof to the
I read in our letter that the
apos tles sometimes laid on hands for the gift of the Spirit, but that
none others ever did. may I ask for what pur pose Ananias laid his
hands upon Saul.
SMITH Jr. Editor.
OHIO. OCTOBER, 1837.
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Minutes of a Conference of Elders and members of the Church
of the Lat ter Day Saints held in West Town ship,
Columbiana Co. O. Oct 6, 1837.
assembled at an ear ly hour and after immersing two in the waters of
baptism repaired to a mart house near the village of
Rochester.— The house was called to order by Elder
J. Cooper the presiding Elder of the church in
this place: thirteen official members being present one high priest,
eight elders, three priests & one teach er. elder
was called to the chair and L. Barns
chosen Secretary, The conference opened with singing & prayer, elder
Cooper represented the church in this
place consisting of 36 members, elder A. Stanley
represented the church in Suffield Portage co.
con sisting of 8 members in good standing elder
Strongsville Medina co. said there were six mem bers
in that place in good standing, J. Roberson a priest
Medina co. said he believed there were twenty members
yet in that place in good standing, elder
Winchester gave a short relatlon of his mission in the eastern
countries the past season in co. with
from which it appear ed that he had traveled in the states of
Delaware and Maryland, and
baptised twelve; he came through Beaver city he
believed the church in that place numdered 15 in good standing.
gave quite an inter esting account of his labours in compa ny with
others in Harrison co. Va. He stated that the
church in that region where he left numbered 71 members in good
standing and the work of the Lord in a very prosperous condition in
Barns made remarks concern ing his mission from
place and the prosperity of the cause of right eousness and the
meeting closed with prayer.
meeting commenced on Friday in the
afternoon, and continued until Sabath
evening: our congrega tions were respectable, solemn and at tentive.
Monday morning the church (and others
who felt disposed) came together to fast and pray and receive
instruction, and the Spirit of the Lord came down in power, and
seldom have the saints in the last days witnessed a more glorious
time. It was a little pentecost indeed: some spake in ton gues, and
some prophecied, some in terpreted, and some cried out as in former
times, brethren what shall we do to be saved. Five went forward
immediately and were baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for a
remission of sins. The prospect here is good, and we trust the work
is but just begun. O may the Lord roll on his kingdom in every land.
The church in this place now numbers forty five members, nine having
been added at our conference meeting.
Lorenzo Barns Clerk.
A conference of
elders and members of the church of Latter Day Saints, was held in
Steuben county, New York on the tenth of
July last, Elder