and solicited more preaching. I also
visi ted Salsbury, a place about 7 miles from
the Little Falls, and preached twice, the
people wished me to visit them again if possible. I have also
visited, and preach ed in the towns of Litchfield,
New Hartford, and many oth ers. The calls for
preaching in every direction, are so numerous and pressing, that I am
not able to fill the tenth part of them, but I have some help at present.
Mackley and —— Potter are laboring in
Salsbury, and region about; and Elder C.
Marsh, from Cayuga co. N. Y., is with me
in this region, and the young priests of the
Utica branch of the church, are
some of them beginning to magnify their calling, a young
man, (the only son of a lady in this
city, who with her whole
household, consisting of seven members of the family have em braced
the New and Everlasting Cove nant,) and the young man has been
or dained a priest, and is preaching more or less every week, in my
absence, besides teaching a high school in this
city; he is a grest help to me
(or in other words) to the cause in this place I assure you. We have
taken the City Hall, in this place, for one year where we shall continue
to meet for public worship every Sunday at the usual times of
worship, and also at 7 o’clock in the evening of every Thursday, we
have a council meeting once a week, generally, and a prayer meeting once a
The saints here
are in perfect un ity, and are enjoying the gifts of the spir it of the
Lord, such as, the gift of tongues, and the interpretation, and visions
and al so, the gift of faith, to be healed, and the gift of healing,
and also, the gift of fer vent charity, one for another; in short dear
brother, we have a little heaven al ready begun in this
city, and my soul feels to
magnify the Lord while I write, and no tongue can describe the feelings
of my heart; yea the gratitude of my heart to my Heavenly Father, for
his blessings upon my labors.
There are many
city now on the eve of obedience.
The church where my family resides, (near the village of
Rome,) is also in good fellowship and
standing, and there has been one bap tized in that branch of late, and
more are believing.
The church at
Hamilton Madison co. are in a good situation also,
and the branch at Edmiston Otsego co. are in a good
sit uation likewise, and the
Boonville branch Oneida co.
have had a number added to it of late and they are in a prosperous
condition. There are several other bran ches which I have not heard
from of late, but as far as I am acquainted with the situation of the
churches, and of the work of the Lord in this region of coun try, the
prospects are flattering. We wish the saints in that place, and in all
other places, all the good things that the nature of their situations
demand, and of our well beloved brother,
Smith, we wish concerning him and will pray, that he may be
preserved a prophet and seer, and revelator, unto the church of God
for many years to come. We know him to be a true prophet of the most
High, and as such he has the fellowship of this church of Latter-Day
Saints at Utica. We desire an interest in the
prayers of the saints in that place. Yours in the bonds and unity of
the New Cov enant.
Conference met at the
court-house in the village of Batavia, in the
county of Gennessee, aggreeable to previous appointment, on Saturday the
25th day of December, A. D. 1841. at
10 o’clock, A. M., and proceeded to busi ness. Elder Charles
Thompson was chosen president and John L.
Bartholf clerk in said conference.
Voted, that brother Coltrin, brother
Martin, and Ralph L. Young, take a seat with us
Voted, that a committee be appointed to examine
candidates for ordination.
McWithee [Joel McWithey], and
elder Hiram Thompson, were ap pointed that
that a committee for the trial of appeals be appointed. Elder
Mar tin, Elder
McWithee, and elder Hi ram Thompson,
R. D. Sprague, P. H. Winegar,
Ralph L. Young, Josiah Tyler,
elders, were appointed that committee.
opened by prayer, by elder Moses Martin.
The branch in
El bee, and Bethany, were
represented by John L. Bartholf, numbering 3 elders,
2 priests, 2 teachers, and 1 deacon, in all 41 members, in good
The branch in
Bennington was repre [p. 697]