175 years ago today - Jan 15, 1838

[Wilford Woodruff Journal] ... while [Elder Ball] was speaking to our edification a canon or swivvle was discharged near the house on the sea shore and was soon followed by the discharge of small arms.

He soon closed and I arose. The spirit of God rested upon me. I declared the word of God to the people in great plainness. My words were at times mixed with the report of musketry that were echoing outside of the house. I was Plain in declairing to the people the judgments of God. I shook my garments in the presens of the people & informed them that I was clear of their Blood. I asked if any wished to receieve the gospel & two arose to Be Baptized. We closed the meeting after the evening had borne its report to heaven we blessed three children of Br Sterrett's and spent the night with him. <Distance> 4 miles.

[Source: Wilford Woodruff's Journal: 1833-1898 Typescript, Volumes 1-9, Edited by Scott G. Kenney, Signature Books 1993, http://amzn.to/newmormonstudies]

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