180 years ago today - Jun 19, 1840

[Wilford Woodruff]

I arose early in the morning & Baptized & confirmed one. A number of others soon came to us & wished to be Baptized. We immediately walked to the river Lug. & we being hendered a short time in looking for a suitable place for Baptizing a man by the name of Pitt Came to us filled with the Devil & wrath at the head of a mob & commanded us not to he Baptized in that river & threatened us much if we did so. Elder Richard Preached to Mr Pitt & warned him to repent & be Baptized or he could not be saved. But the Devel raged to such a degree in this man & his company we thought it wisdom to omit it on this occasion. We did so & retired & went our way, with this wicked man & the rest of the mob following us shouting, hooting, & yelling as though a part of hell at least had broke loose. The Saints were strengthend seeing that they were not of the world but the world hated them & we also went our way rejoicing that we were counting worthy to partake of thes things.

We clensed our feet by the way side as a testimony against Mr Pitt for rejecting our testimony, & forbiding, & hindering, others from Entering into the kingdom of God. May the will of God be done conserning that man, I pray that we may ever be reconciled to his will in all things

[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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