180 years ago today - Oct 2, 1840

[Wilford Woodruff]
Oct 2d Elder Kimball & myself arose from our bed in the morning with the power of God resting upon us. Yea the spirit of God is like fire shut up in my bones. O my God, why is thy spirit thus upon me? Why is mine eyes this morning a fountain of tears? What art thou about to do O my God that causes this thing? I ask the father to tell it unto me in the name of Jesus Christ thy son.

Thus Saith the Lord God unto thee my servant Willford. This is my spirit that resteth upon thee to enlighten thy mind to show the things to cum not ownly upon thee but upon all my faithful servants upon the face of the whole earth. Therefore lift up thy voice & spare not for I am about to perform a great work upon the face of the earth Saith the Lord. Mine indignation is about to be poured out without mixture upon the heads of this nation & all the nations of the earth & they shall not escape. The cry of the poor, the widow & orphan is assending into mine ears Saith the Lord & I am about to avenge the cry of mine elect by laying low the oppresser & executing the decree of mine heart upon all the ungodly from among men.

Therefore I put my spirit upon the & say unto thee lift up thy voice & spare not & Call upon all men to repent that cume within the sound of thy voice & many souls shall be given unto the & great shall be thy reward & eternal shall be thy glory Saith the Lord.

The people are much stired up throughout the Potteries. They feel as they never felt before. They believ that sumthing in earnest is cuming in. Great distress is resting upon the peopl. The poor are perishing for bread through the streets. I walked to Stoke & we preached to the people. The power of God was upon us. 3 were Baptized & we confirmed them. We spent the night at Stoke. 3 miles.

[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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