Father, forgive him. He thinks he is doing Thee service in persecuting Thy servants. Soften his heart and cause that he might see his wrong and repent of his sins and accept the true doctrines of Christ, the Gospel in its purity and fullness.
Some of our friends wanted to break the doors open and ring the bell, but we constrained them not to, telling them that we would preach in the dark. By 8 o'clock a large crowd of men and women, boys and girls., had assembled to hear the doctrine of the people that were "everywhere spoken evil of." A light was procured, and under the blue canopy of heaven, with no protector but God, and no comforter but the Holy Spirit, for nearly two hours we portrayed to them the Gospel in its beauty, and fearlessly bore our testimonies unto them. Stillness pervaded the place of meeting. The sweet and divine influence of the Holy Spirit thrilled us through nnd through and our warning voices, under its guidance, had the desired effect. The people became our friends. Sunday the doors were opened nnd we were privileged to hold two rousing meetings, causing many to investigate. Mr. Taley, the trustee, and a very dear friend of ours, told us when we left. "Come back, boys, nnd I will go and open the doors for you."
by ELDER JOSEPH HUGHES
[editors note: James County was formed in 1871 from a portion of Hamilton County. Unfortunately the county went bankrupt in 1919 and was merged back with Hamilton County. Salem]