1871. Feb. 4. Saturday. The weather has been cloudy and a little rain has fallen, but the farmers are earnestly wishing for more, as there has not yet been rain enough to start the grass under the trees. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 53. S.S. 50.) Feb. 5. Sabbath. The weather this forenoon was cloudy. Mr. McCreecy preached in Mr. Bishop's place from the text, "The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal,"etc. He spoke particularly of the "seal" and his sermon was full of beautiful and poetic thoughts. He came home with us to dinner, and this evening preached from the words. "Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling-block and to the Greeks foolishness", etc. (T.S.R. 45. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 50.) Feb. 6. Monday. School commenced today, and we intend to send seven scholars of our own children this term. The weather is still cloudy. Mrs. McStay called this morning for a few moments. Since school, I have been to the store to make purchases, and have also called on Mrs. McStay Sister Geffroy and Mrs. Wallace. This evening I have had a sweet season of communion with Jesus. It is so unmerited by me, and I am so thankful for it, that I feel I must record it, as an encouragement for the future. O he is my dearest friend. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Feb. 7. Tuesday. The weather is still cloudy. We learn that the new Methodist Church at Mokelumne was destroyed by fire after the meeting on Sunday night. Cause of fire unknown. It is a heavy loss, but will be felt most severely by Mr. Bryant, who has labored hard all the winter in its building, and is also responsible personally for some of the lumber debt, yet unpaid. (T.S.R. 47. 2 P.M. 57. S.S. 53.) Feb. 8. Wednesday. Still cloudy. Have had the sick headache very severely and could not attend the Lodge meeting. (T.S.R. 43. 2 P.M. 58. S.S. 52.) 1871. Feb. 9. Thursday. The weather has been cloudy with a light rain this afternoon. Mrs. Weber dined with us. Have attended the prayer meeting this eve, and in addition to the usual subject considered, the crimes of drunkenness and cruelty to animals were considered. (T.S.R. 44. 2 P.M. 60. S.S. 53.) Feb. 10. Friday. The weather is still cloudy. This evening, Ada and I have attended a "sing" at Mr. Geffroy's Mr. & Mrs. Bishop, Mr. & Mrs. Wallace, Mr. Brooks Clara and John were also there, and we practised church music, Clara leading on the Organ. (T.S.R. 38. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Feb. 11. Saturday. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 50.) Feb. 12. Sabbath. Mr. Bishop preached this forenoon a good sermon from the text, "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood" etc. He compared the people of God to the ancient order of priests, anointed of God. This evening, we have had a prayer meeting - interesting and profitable. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 56. S.S. 53.) Feb. 13. Monday. A cloudy day and a rainy night. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 55. S.S. 51.) Feb. 14. Tuesday. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 54. S.S. 50.) Feb. 15. Wednesday. A rainy day. I did not attend the Lodge meeting, but the others went. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 46.) Feb. 16. Thursday. Have attended the prayer meeting this eve. In the course of the remarks, Sister Pygall said she grieved much that she should ever sin, she often wished she could go away and live by herself in a cave, or somewhere else, that she might be free from temptation to sin. I have often felt so myself in times past, but I am satisfied that there is a "more excellent way", that though living in the world, we may yet have grace to live above the world, if we but place ourselves completely under the control of Him who "willeth our sanctification". Several professed complete faith in Christ. (T.S.R. 42. 2 P.M. 52. S.S. 50.)
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