1870.Apr. 9. Saturday. It was thought not best to have a mousing meeting today, that all might have time to fully prepare themselves for the exercises of the Sabbath. But I believe I have enjoyed a richer blessing at home than I have at any of the meetings. Thinking over and pondering in my mind what Mr. Brier has said about sanctification and wishing and praying for the same, the Holy Spirit has been pleased to bless me in a rich degree. Many passages of Scripture have come to my mind with a fresh inspiration and filled me with joy and peace, especially these, "The blood of Jesus Christ his Son, cleanseth us from all sin," and "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." For a while today, it did seem as if I could rise above all the sin and dross of earth, and live in the blessed light of God. It seemed as if I enjoyed a fresh baptism of the Holy Spirit. What a great blessing it would be to be able to live so all the time. Lord, help me. In the meeting this evening, Mr. Bishop preached from the text, "Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance." The congregation was small. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 68. S.S. 58.) Apr. 10. Sabbath. A blessed morning service we had, communion and preaching by Mr. Brier. The text was, "Therefore being justified by faith," etc. He endeavored to simplify the plan of salvation. Five persons then united with the church, W. D. Bishop, W. A. Dawson, Thomas Hamilton, Horace Hammond and Ada. My heart was filled to overflowing with joy to see there persons thus uniting with the church on earth, especially our dear daughter. What a long life of usefulness is before her if she be but faithful. Mr. & Mrs. Wagner took dinner here. We then went to the afternoon meeting, at which time Mr. Brier 1870. made some more remarks on the subject of sanctification. After he had concluded he called for witnesses, and the following persons arose and stated their belief that they had experienced it, and probably others were ready to testify, but Mr. Brier cut them short for want of time. Mr. & Mrs. Bishop, Mr. Young, Mr. Wiley and Susie Locke. As to "perfect sanctification" in this life, I am inclined to the belief that there never was a person sanctified to that degree that they were not liable to fall into sin, and I should be afraid to prefers it, for fear of bringing a reproach upon the blessed cause. But I long to hear the subject more fully explained, and I long to be baptized a fresh each day by the Holy Spirit of God. This evening we have again attended meeting Mr. Bryant preached from the text, "And they all with one consent, began to make excuse." It had been thought advisable to close the protracted meeting with this evening, but there was so much interest that one more meeting was appointed for tomorrow evening. This is our Ida's birthday night, and I see by my record that she is about the size of Luther and Horace, varying only one quarter of an inch from their height, and weighing exactly the same that Luther did, but not so much as Horace. Her weight is fifty five and one-half pounds, and her height is four feet and three-fourths of an inch. In her studies, she has advanced farther than Horace had, about as far as Luther, but not so far in arithmetic as Howard, though in other studies fully his equal. She has been through Eaton's Primary Arithmetic, and the Second Reader (Willson's) so many times, that she can almost repeat it, and will probably take the Third Reader next term. She has kept a Daily Journal more than a year, and has written several letters to her grandmother. She helps "do up" the housework and can
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