Delia Locke


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May 2. returned. Dr. then had an errandto Mr. Butler's, and askedme if I wished to ride up therewith him. I went accordingly.Afterwards, we took dinner, andas it was a very fine day, a ride onthe plains was proposed. I muchwished to see the beautiful flowers,therefore I was not long inagreeing to the proposal. We startedimmediately, leaving baby athome, and rode out about 6 milesto where a man from the Ranch iskeeping the hogs. We found somevery pretty flowers and several newvarieties. We returned by way of theroad leading to Mr. Hodges', making,with the rides of this morning,about twenty miles ride today. Ihope I shall not feel any the worsefor it.May 3. T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 63.Feel rather tired after the ride ofyesterday, otherwise pretty well. Mrs.Vincent and daughters have calledon us today - also Mr. Athearn. Mr.Bryer, who is to preach for us tomorrow,will spend the night here.May 4. Sabbath. T.S.R. 56. 2 P.M. 76. S.S. 65.As I could leave my babe at home as wellas not with Miss M. I concludedto do so. Accordingly, attended churchat the lower schoolhouse this morningand above this afternoon, Mr.Bryer preached to us this morningfrom James 1.25. subject - The gospel isa perfect law of liberty. Mr. Bryer andMr. Holman then came home anddined with us, and the sermon for theafternoon was from Rom. 8.13. "If yelive after the flesh ye shall die" - diespiritually. He illustrated his subjectby relating the case of several who havecome to this country from highlyreligious families, at first they werestrictly moral, but they went bydegrees from bad to worse, until theywere past hope - but waiting for thedeath of the body to seal their fate foreverI could but help fearing for my littleboy - now my dear innocent one, forall bad men were once as free fromsin as he. The influence abroad hereis not favorable to the right trainingof children. I can but pray, Lord, fithim for thy service and Kingdom.

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May 1856

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