1837 • Saturday–Sunday
<Sat August 5th.> The elders at Bedford, continued to Lecture in
the basement of Mr [Timothy R.]
Matthews chapel from evening to evening until
evening with the most flattering prospects, until this
evening, when Elder [John]
Goodson, contrary to the most positive instructions of . and without
advising with any one, read publicly the vision from the Doctrine and Covenants,
which turned the current of feeling generally. and nearly closed the door in all
that region.— Mr Matthews wished the meetings to be removed
from his house, but continued to attend the meetings occasionally and
investigated the subject to considerable extent. In the August number of the Messenger and Advocate was
published a prospectus for a new paper to <Elder’s
Journal> be published at
Ohio, called the “Elder’s Journal,” of the church of Latter Day Saints, to
commence in October. Edited by Joseph Smith
and and having continued their labors in Preston,
<Sunday 6> preached to a great
multitude in the market place, Sunday the 6th. of August.
opposed by one Reverend (sectarian Priest) gentleman, who was quickly
confound ed by the Spirit of truth; and in the evening they met at the house of
Sister Ann Dawson, and confirmed between forty and fifty who
had been baptized, most of whom had been members of Mr James
Fieldings church; So mighty grew the word this being only the third
Sabbath in Preston, Mr Fielding per secuted and called the elders thieves,
sheep-stealers &c; acknowledging them good judges. having stolen all the best
of his flock. Sister Dawson, (a widow) kindly received the
elders into her house and lodged them, which was a great blessing to the
brethren, as they were quite destitute, most of the people extremely poor, &
lodgings scarce: while they went from house to house as in vited, to procure their
1837 • Saturday–Sunday
having received a letter from Mr
[John] Richards, inviting him to
preach <Sunday 13>
in his chapel, repaired to Walkerfold, where he was most
hospitably re ceived, and the day following, preached three times in
Mr Richards pulpit.
Elders [John] Goodson
and baptized five at Bedford among whom, and
the first, was Mrs Ann Broddock,— a widow, who was
obliged to support her family by her industry, yet she received the elders
and lodged them.
1837 • Monday–Thursday
<The Quorum of High
Priests organized at
Missouri this day.> Richard <Thimothy> R.
Matthews, having investigated the work, acknowledged the truth,
and having previously borne testimony of the same to his church in public,
and urged them to go forward, agreed with [John] Goodson and to meet them on the bank of
the River Ouse, one hour before sunset and be
baptized, The hour and the elders arrived, but Mr Matthews
was not there, he had gone and out in the
country to preach.
preached on monday and
Wednesday evening and in Mr [John] Richards chapel
<at Walkerfold> <17>
and on thursday baptized six individuals.
Mr Matthews baptized <T. R. Matthews Baptized
himself in the river and then went to baptizing his people, denouncing the
elders as false teachers, and the doctrine of the latter day saints as
having come from hell, while he went to preaching the same doctrine.
baptizing all, even infants, and laid on hands for confirmation.
20 August 1837 •
was ordained President of the high-priesthood
<high-priests quorum> in , and Harv[e]y Green President
of the Elders in
August 20th. <Fox
the same day Elders and landed at Vinalhaven, on
North Fox Island, and commenced preaching, the Gospel.
In the August number of the Advocate, I published the
CAUTION. To the brethren and friends of the church
of Latter Day saints