the power of , for the , but that this should be conferred on
<us> hereafter and he us to go and be , and gave us direct ions that I should baptize , and afterward that he should baptize me. and that I should be called the first elder of the Church and he the second.
Accordingly we went and were baptized, I baptized him first, and afterwards he baptized me, after which I laid my hands upon his head and him to the , and afterward he laid his hands on me and ordained me to the same priesthood, for so we were commanded.
The messenger who visited us on this occasion and conferred this priesthood upon us said that his name was John, the same that is called John the Baptist in the new Testament, and that he acted under the direction <of> Peter, James, and John, who held the of the , whi[c]h priesthood he said should in due time be conferred on us. <And that I should be called the first of the and he the second.>
It was on the fifteenth day of May, Eighteen hundred and twenty nine that we were baptized; under and ordained under the hand of that <the> Messenger.
Immediately upon our coming up out of the water after we had been baptized we experienced great and glorious blessings from our Heavenly Father.
No sooner had I baptized than the Holy Ghost fell upon him and he stood up and prophecied many things which should shortly come to pass: And again so soon as I had been baptized by him, I also had the Spirit of Prophecy, when standing up I prophecied concerning the rise of this church, and many other things connected with the Church and this generation of the children of men. We were filled with the Holy Ghost, and rejoiced in the God of our Salvation.
Our minds being now enlightened, we began to have the Scriptures laid open to our understandings, and the true meaning and intention of their more mys terious passages revealed unto us, in a manner which we never could attain to previously, nor ever before <had> thought of. In the meantime we were forced to keep secret the circumstances of our having been baptized, and having received this priesthood; owing to a spirit of persecution which had already
manifested itself in the neighborhood. We had been threatened with being mobbed, from time to time, and this too by professors of religion, and their intentions of mobbing us, were only counteracted by the influence of ’s family (under Divine Providence) who had became very friendly to me and were opposed to mobs; and were willing that I should be allowed to continue the work of without interruption: And therefore offered and promised us protection from
all unlawful proceedings as far as in them lay.
After a few days however, feeling it to be our duty, we commenced to reason out of the scriptures, with our acquaintances and friends, as we happened to meet with them. About this time my brother, came [p. 18]