Delia Locke


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1871. Jan. 26. Thursday. Mrs. McStay and son are moving into the large house by the store. She came and took dinner with us. This evening we have attended the prayer meeting, and more than usual in trust was manifested. I was impressed by one petition that Mr. McStay offered in his prayer which was something like this; that we might have grace to work more "in the present". We are too apt to rest contented with forming good resolutions of what we will do, and putting off the performance of duty from time to time. I join with him in the prayer, Lord help us to improve the present moment. Mr. Wiley and others spoke of the petition in the Lord's Prayer. "They will be done". It seemed to be decided that none but those who are all consecrated to God, can offer this petition in truth. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 54.) Jan. 27. Friday. Cloudy. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 55.) Jan. 28. Saturday. Rainy forenoon. (T.S.R. 53. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Jan. 29. Sabbath. A windy day. Mr. Bishop preached from the text in the forenoon, "Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye stead fast", etc. This evening, Mr. Bryant preached from the text, "All things work together for good to them that love God". My health is poor, but I am sure this also is among the "all things" that shall work for my good. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 51.) Jan. 30. Monday. Cloudy weather, but we do not seem to have much rain. Mr. & Mrs. Brier arrived here this afternoon. Having made the circuit of this county as Colporteurs, they will now change their field of labour. I did not attend the Degree Lodge tonight, not feeling well John Calvin is now twentys months old, weighs twenty five pounds and has sixteen teeth. He is as forward in teething and as large as any of the children except Howard who weighed a little more. He is very active and mischievous, meddling with everything within 1871. his reach, and is also very reckless of consequences, putting sticks of wood or the shovel into the fire and pulling out ashes and coals, and sometimes pulling down water pitches, cups of water, inkstands, &.c upon himself, seeming quite unconcerned about getting wet or burnt. He talks well, saying a great deal about "horse wagging". for as he says, shoe, stocking", he doubtless thinks he must give wagon the same ending. He sings, "do, re, me", but not in tone, and spells "up" as he hears the others. In short, he is very imitative, also affectionate. When I sit down in the rocking-chair with nothing in my hands, he comes to me and says, "up, by baby", (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Jan. 31. Tuesday. Mr. & Mrs. Brier are here today, and Mrs. Bishop called this afternoon. She with Mr. Bishop are to start tomorrow morning on a visit to San Francisco. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 54.) Feb. 1. Wednesday. Mrs. Brier is quite sick and threatened with a fever. She is quite won with traveling about and laboring in a Colporteur’s way. I can see she has failed fast since last fall. But she will be rewarded for all her toils some day. We have attended the Lodge this eve, and the Officers were installed. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 59. S.S. 51.) Feb. 2. Thursday. Mrs. Brier has been quite sick today, but is more comfortable tonight. Mrs. Wood dined with us. This eve, Mr. Brier has preached on the subject of "churchism", I believe he calls it. He believes in local, independent churches, and denounces church festivals that are held for the purpose of making money. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 54.) Feb. 3. Friday. Contrary to our expectations, Mr. & Mrs. Brier left this morning for Oroville, their next point of labor, where Mr. Buchanan is stationed. We did not think Mrs. Brier able to start away, for she is very weak, but he could not wait, and was not willing for her to remain. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 55.)

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January 1871

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