the truth of prophecy and its fulfillment; Being acquainted with the things of the East, he informs me that there are people in the confines of Russia who are called Gog and Magog to this day, and that the chief prince of Mesheck and Tubal* (Tobolsk) is no less, than the Emperor of Russia; In short his coming and his manner of preaching is but another evidence that the pre parotory work has commenced upon all the face of the earth for the gathering of his people. The following is one of his visions which he has suffered to be published in the papers in this , which is truly a striking picture of the state of things as they will by and by exist in Jerusalem. He says being greatly cast down in my mind concern ing the Jews, I was all at once carryed a way in the Spirit and set down in the midst of Jerusalem (which is to be rebuilt) & I saw Jesus and Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, & others walking the streets in their glorified bodies, and as they passed by the daughters of Je rusalem devoutly looked out of the window as Jesus approached and ex claimed, the Tabernacle of God is now with men. Some of the saints were looking about and said who are these ships coming from a distance as doves to their windows and others answered these are ships of England, and the vision closed. Besides our labours in this I have been to Providence and , and from thence to Holliston, Mass. where I gave a course of lectures in the Town house, the building was decently full at first, but the congrega tion continued to increase insomuch that some put ladders to the windows and listened from without by climing to the second story. I baptised two persons in Holliston and I think many more will come forward soon, indeed the work must be firmly rooted in the minds of many in that place, judging from the attention of the people who listened with intense interest through a regular course of Instruction. Be sides other labors, I have in two months past written 216 pages, which with the assistance of Eld. who has been laboring faithfully with me, is now issuing from the press and the first will be bound and ready for sale to morrow or next day, three Thousand copies are printed, it is entitled A Voice of Warning and Instruction
*See Ezekiel 38 chap.
to all people containing a declaration of the faith and doctrine of the church of Latter day Saints commonly called Mormons. It contains in short the principles which we wish to teach the world as to prophecy and doctrine, opening the prophecies in a clear, con clusive, and intelligent manner, and so simple that all may understand. It contains eight chapters exclusive of preface, and appendix. The first is on prophecy already fulfilled, the second on prophecy yet future, the third is on the kingdom of God. the fourth on the book of Mormon, and origin of the Indians, the fifth, a proclamation, the sixth on restoration of all things, the seventh on the dealings of God with all nations in regard to revelation, the eighth is entitled a contrast between the doctrine of Christ and the false doctrines of the nineteenth century.— But I will Immediately forward you a copy from which you will feel at liber ty to extract such portions as you see fit, for your valuable paper.
, Oct. 2, 1837.
The following correspon dence between myself and Wm. Hay don, the champion of the Campbellites in this quarter, passed last fall and fi nally resulted in a two day oral debate. I forward you the letters, and if you think they will be of any benefit to your readers, they are at your disposal. At the end of the letters I subjoin a recapitalation of the debate in a very concise manner, as a synopsis of the whole would be quite to[o] lengthy for publication in your paper.
, O. Nov. 10, 1837 .
Dear sir, a few Sabbaths since I was long and attentively listen ing to you upon the subject of miracles as recorded in the Holy scriptures, one to me of deep interest.
With the most part I was well pleas ed, but there were some ideas advan ced which you scarcely attempted to prove. No opportunity was given & fearing I might trespas upon the pre rogatives of others by requesting the privilege, I forbore making any re marks at that time.
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