180 years ago today - Apr 9, 1840

[Wilford Woodruff]
I preached at Wm. Simons at H[ans?] Cross to a vast mass of human beings & not a quarter of the people could not get in to the House, & their was many of the baser sort present, & the house was much disturbed by the crouding of the people. The people did not break up for several hours.

Many wished to be Baptized but could not because of the croud & mob. But some wishing to be baptized notwithstanding the persecution I repared to the pool about 12 oclock at night which was surrounded by a desperate Mob of the gentiles. I went down into the water & Baptized 5 persons in the midst of a shower of stones flung at me by the mob, & while they were pelting my Body with stones one of which hit me in the top of my head which nearly knocked me down into the water with the man that I was Baptizing but the Lord saved me from falling & I continued untill I had closed my Baptizing & my mind was stayed on God.

[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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