1869. Mar. 3. Wednesday. This morning, Mrs. Shackford and I went together in the buggy to visit Susie. She is getting well fast. We remained till after dinner. Mr. & Mrs. Butterfield came to a late dinner there. After we came home, Mrs. Shackford left us. She proposes to go as far as Mr. Vincent's and spend the night, and in the morning proceed home. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 57.) Mar. 4. Thursday. A great and joyful day to the nation. Ben. Grant takes the Presidents seat, and assumes that great responsibility. We look hopefully forward to what he may be able to accomplish in the next four years. We have been to hear Mr. Butterfield preach this eve, in the church. He took for his text, Mal. 3.2. Who shall abide the day of his coming. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 59.) Mar. 5. Friday. The weather is a little cloudy. In the Lodge this eve, we had visitors from Refuge Lodge. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 57.) Mar. 6. Saturday. I have attended a Preparatory meeting this afternoon, previous to the Communion. Mr. Powell preached from the text. "In whom the whole building fitly joined together, groweth together unto a habitation of God through the Spirit." His subject was. The spiritual life of the Christian. "The kingdom of God is within you." The creed of our church was read and the covenant. Mrs. Pygall was present, and requested admission to the church. She was voted in. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Mar. 7. Sabbath. We have attended meeting today. Mr. Powell preached from the text, "My peace I give unto you." After the sermon was communion, and Mrs. Pygall was received in full connection. This evening, we have been to hear Mr. Gibson preach. He had a good gospel sermon from the text in Hosea 14,2. "Take with you words and turn unto the Lord your God," &.c Mr. Powell announced that there would be a meeting every evening during the week. (T.S.R. 40. 2 P.M. 66. S.S. 59.) Mar. 8. Monday. Hannah made a short call this afternoon. Mr. Gibson preached this evening, but I was too weary to go and hear him. (T.S.R. 46. 2 P.M. 65. S.S. 62.) Mar. 9. Tuesday. Mrs. Wallace called to borrow a pattern. The weather is very pleasant. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 62.) Mar. 10. Wednesday. Ada commenced attending Mrs. Wallace's private school. Luther was rather behind her in his studies, because he was out herding stock so much in the fall. So we thought better for him to attend without her. She will now go to make up for the time he lost by sickness, etc. The afternoon was cloudy. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 64.) Mar. 11. Thursday. Mrs. Harris came and bought a Florence Sewing Machine. The afternoon was a little cloudy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 71. S.S. 63.) Mar. 12. Friday. The day was cloudy and this eve there came up a storm of thunder, lightning and rain, so that we had no Lodge meeting. It rained very hard for a short time, which was very grateful to the farmers, whose crops needed it badly. A failure in crops was beginning to be talked of on account of drought, but this rain has quieted all fears. Mr. Blakeslee dined with us, and had an appointment to preach this evening in the church. So we took an umbrella, and went to hear him in the rain, which fell steadily. About a dozen people were present at the meeting. Mr. Blakeslee preached from the text, "Go ye into the vineyard, and whatever is right, that ye shall receive." (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 63. S.S. 57.) Mar. 13. Saturday. The forenoon was cloudy. John Reed called this afternoon. He lives in Stockton, and practices photographing there. Mr. Blakeslee preached this evening. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 61. S.S. 55.) Mar. 14. Sabbath. There has been preaching three times at the church today. Mr. Blakeslee preached in the forenoon, but I did not attend. Mr. Powell preached this afternoon from the parable of the owner of the vineyard, who came for three years seeking fruit of a certain three, and found none, and the husbandman pleaded that it might be spent another year. Mr. Blakeslee preached this evening a very good sermon from the text, "Are not my ways equal?" I never heard him preach better. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 64. S.S. 59.)
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