130 years ago today - Dec 14, 1882

[Apostle Wilford Woodruff Journal] 14 I received 3 letter from Lot Smith and C[lark/hurch?] Allen Foster. The following is an extract from Br Fosters letter:

We had a vary interesting report from Br C L Christiansen about the spirit that is working among the Lamanites of Late. He said there was one of the Lamanites that had been visited four different times And the Messenger gave him much valuable instruction and told him that the Mormons were their true friends and that they must listen to their teachings for they were their Brethren and would do them good and tell them what to do. That they had the History of your fathers forefathers.

On one occasion he was shown a large pile of Records and it was told him to Chuse one Book. He told the Messenger He Could not read but reached over and took one Book, and said He would Chuse that one. The Messenger said that was the right one for that was the one that The record of their forefathers that the Mormons had.

At another time He was Shown the Indians & the Mormons and the Devil between them like a great Big Ox or Bull. He was looking, pawing and Bellowing trying to keep the Mormons from the Indians but he Could not do it, for he saw the Mormons and Indians all together and all living as one people. He also saw them rise above their Enemies.

It is plain to be seen that there is a good spirit at work with the Lamanites for when they Come around they show it and it is growing in them. They say that they know that there is a Better spirit with the Mormons than with the Americans. They say they do not hear the Mormons sware and get Drunk and fight and abuse them as the Americans do. There is a good Many more of them visiting us than usual.

I dedicated the Prayer Circle room at Kayesvill on Sunday Dec 10.

[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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