Delia Locke


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1876. Jan. 12. Wednesday. Went to the morn meeting. But three were present, but the Lord gave us encouragement and added His blessing. The Holy Spirit seems hovering over the people. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 49. S.S. 48.) Jan. 13. Thursday. Went to the morning meeting - only three were present, Some who would be glad to attend cannot come in the forenoon. The meeting is appointed at exactly mail time, and hinders them from coming from the store. Eunice is now seventeen months old, and has grown so fast this last month that only four were larger than she is - Luther, Howard, Hannah and Eddie. She now weighs twenty three pounds and has twelve teeth, so that she has as many teeth as any except Howard and Eddie, who had sixteen. She is very active and talkative, and makes but little trouble. (T.S.R. 33. 2 P.M. 48. S.S. 47.) Jan. 14. Friday. Morning foggy. The meeting has been changed to afternoon, and twelve were present, and we had an interesting and profitable time. The interest is increasing daily, and many seem impressed to seek the Saviour. (T.S.R. 35. 2 P.M. 44. S.S. 40.) Jan. 15. Saturday. Morning foggy. Have attended the P.M. prayermeeting, and eight were present. The appointment at 2 P.M. is no better for the store people. than 11 A.M. was, as it is their busiest time of day. Susie comes now, and the interest increases daily. We have great hopes for this people. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 44. S.S. 43.) Jan. 16. Sabbath. We have attended meeting. Mr. Stewart preached from the text, "Beye therefore perfect," &c. He is very earnest and fervent in prayer. (T.S.R. 32. 2 P.M. 45. S.S. 42.) Jan. 17. Monday. Weather foggy and cloudy. Have attended the P.M. prayermeeting. But three were there, Garn Day. Mr. Stewart and myself. What Garn - Day's motives were in coming in, I know not, but think he came as a spy. However, Mr. Stewart talked well to him and he listened respect fully to the reading of God's word and to earnest prayer, and perhaps received some good impression, but I fear his conscience is seared as with a hot iron." Susie attends meetings in the evening, which I cannot do. 1876. She has good help now - a Miss Phillips works for her, otherwise she would not be able to attend. I have called on Mrs. Wagner and Mrs. Renner since meeting. Mrs. Renner has six children - lives in our new house. Mrs. Wagner has five children - lives in the in the white house, but will soon move to the front part of the new house. They are both recently from Kansas - and their husbands are working for us. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 46. S.S. 45.) Jan. 18. Tuesday. A foggy morning. I have attended the P.M. meeting. Eight were present, and truly we had a precious season of prayer. The interest continues and increases. Have received a letter from Ada. she commenced teaching in the Training School this week. (T.S.R. 36. 2 P.M. 50. S.S. 45.) Jan. 19. Wednesday. Weather foggy and rainy, and unfavorable for our meeting, but I went, nevertheless, and three others were present. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 43.) Jan. 20. Thursday. Cloudy and showery and very chilly. There was a heavy hail-storm just before meeting time in the P.M. which covered the ground as with snow, but we went to meeting. Four were present and the Lord himself was with us. Eddie went out on the hail covered ground just before I started to meeting with his bare fret, and when he came in he said, "I went out in the freezing water storm and burnt my feet." Mrs. Smith was much amused at his remark. Wrote to Ada. (T.S.R. 39. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 42.) Jan. 21. Friday. Another hail-storm occurred at the same time as yesterday. However we had our meeting and six were present. (T.S.R. 34. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 42.) Jan. 22. Saturday. A cloudy, windy and rainy day, chilly and cold with snow in the air - just such a day as would generally keep people from all kinds of meetings. But we had our prayermeeting this afternoon, and quite a number of young people were present, and the meeting seemed solemn because of the presence of the Spirit of God. (T.S.R. 37. 2 P.M. 43. S.S. 40.) Jan. 23. Sabbath. Windy, cloudy and rainy - O it is a frightful storm we have had all day and especially tonight. Three large trees.

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January 1876

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