160 years ago today - Feb 13, 1861

... Among the Number was Isaac Laney who bore a strong testimony of the work of the Lord. He spoke of his being Shot at Hawns Mill with some 17 Ball Holes in his body many of them apparently the most deadly shots as History declares yet he was preserved. He had a dream the night before it took place as follows:

+ He dreamed that a shower of serpents was all around him in the air rattle snakes & that many of them bit him all over his body but he was told that if he would not fall down but keep running that they would not hurt him. After he was bit a man Came to him & said Brother Laney do not decieve yourself about living. No man ever bit as you are Can ever live. But he said I shall live & not die.

Brother Laney testified that when he was shot this dream was fulfilled. When. the Balls peareed his body through & through it did not hurt him more than the scrach of a pin allthough He bled at the mouth like an ox with his throat Cut yet he kept running untill he was out of the reach of the mob. A man Came to him & said Brother Laney do not decieve yourself about living. No man was Ever Shot as you are who ever lived. But He said I shall live & not die & he did live by the power of God & is now Harty & well & he said I had another Dream two years ago which will be fulfilled as Follows:

"I dreamed I was at Camp Floyd after the Armey of the US had Camped there & I saw a large frame building with all the Clapboards off & I saw a huge serpent stretched across the building about 100 feet long with his head to the East. He looked terrible viscious & dangerous. He soon rose in the air & flew towards the East. While in the air he appeared to be 500 feet long with 75 feet of rattles. Soon he fell all to peaces every Joint in his body separated from his head to his tail. The interpetation is the U.S. Government & Army will all break to peaces as they are now doing.

[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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