Delia Locke


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1870. preached, I think, better than I ever heard him before. The subject this morning was founded upon the text, "When the fowls came down upon the carcass, Abraham drove them away." When we make a sacrifice to God, we should watch it constantly, that it may remain whole-hearted and not be defective. Dr. Lee followed in some remarks. Mr. & Mrs. Bishop called this afternoon. Speaking of flowers on bonnet. Mrs. Bishop made the remark that she never wore flowers. I asked her if she did not like to see others wear them. She replied, "I can't lay that I do." I told her that I thought flowers were beautiful every where. I think it is a mistake to exclude them from the attire of those who looking up to God, can say, "Abba, Father," seeing that He is the Creator of us and them: and He made them to "beautify the earth and give pleasure to man." This evening, Mr. Bishop's text was, "I waited patiently for the Lord," etc. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 69.) Apr. 25. Monday. Mrs. James Brown called this afternoon. This evening, we have held a Degree Lodge, and J. D. Baylis, W. H. Bonner and Amanda Miner took both Degrees. (T.S.R. 48. 2 P.M. 79. S.S. 68.) Apr. 26. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 78. S.S. 65.) Apr. 27. Wednesday. Dr. started for San Francisco this morning, Dr. Lee called this afternoon. He is looking for a situation as physician, and inclines favorably towards Locke ford. (T.S.R. 49. 2 P.M. 75. S.S. 65.) Apr. 28. Thursday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 55. 2 P.M. 77. S.S. 63.) Apr. 29. Friday. Weather still hopefully cloudy. In the Lodge this evening, we have had election of Officers. John Hudson was Chosen W. C. T. and myself W. V. T. and F. C. Megerle W. S. and Deputy. I am glad to relinquish the secretary-ship. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 59.) Apr. 30. Saturday. John Calvin is now eleven months old and is the second in size, as was Willard, weighing twenty pounds. In teething, he is 1870. more forward than Mary, Willard or Hannah, as he has three teeth, two lower and one upper one. He does not creep as yet, but he can get down when he is up, and up when he is down, and stretches and rolls around considerably. In this respect, only Ada, Howard and Hannah were more forward than he is. He still calls, "Ida, Ida," and sometimes "Ada," but I suppose he does not distinguish between them. He is not yet weaned. Dr. arrived home from San Francisco this eve. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 70. S.S. 60.) May 1. Sabbath. We have attended meeting this forenoon. The S. school not meets at ten o'clock and the preaching is at eleven. Mr. Bishop preached from the parable of the ten virgins. A delegation of seven from this place attended the Sunday school Convention held in Sacraments the past week. There were Mr. & Mrs. Bishop, Mother and Clara, Geo. and Susie and Ellen White. They returned much interested in the subject of Sunday schools. Mr. Bryant preached. this evening, but I did not feel able to go. (T.S.R. 50. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 62.) May 2. Monday. The weather is a little cloudy. We much hope it will rain. The crops will be very short unless it does. We were surprised and pleased tonight at the arrival of Mrs. Holden this afternoon from Stockton. She came with her brother, Rev. Mr. Hurlburt. We were pleased that she is so soon able to resume the giving of music lessons to the children, as it was feared she would not regain her powers of mind for a long time, if at all. They were here to tea. (T.S.R. 52. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 60.) May 3. Tuesday. Hopefully cloudy. (T.S.R. 51. 2 P.M. 69. S.S. 59.) May 4. Wednesday. No rain. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 72. S.S. 67.) May 5. Thursday. Instead of rain, we are having warmer and dryer weather than before. All hopes of good crops have vanished before these dry times, and stock owners must now look out pasturage for flocks and herds, that they die not.

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January 1870

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