Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Prophetic

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When William Watton Burton was staying at a friend’s house, and the house was open to him to preach, his friend’s wife made it clear that she had no desire to be baptized. What did William state he would do?
a.                  Shake the dust from his feet
b.                  Leave her house
c.                   Baptize her
d.                  Convince his friend to kick her out of the house
Yesterday’s answer:
a.                  That prayer and fasting goes hand in hand with preaching the gospel
From the life of William Watton Burton:   After being ordained a Priest, and before taking part in the missionary labors on Sabbath days, a request came from the president of the Wilsden branch to the Priesthood meeting held at Bradford, to send them some experienced Elders next Sabbath, as it was expected some Socialists were going to give them opposition. To my astonishment, I and two other brethren, with little more experience than myself, were selected to fill the appointment, and from that time until the appointment was filled I could eat and sleep but very little. I prayed very earnestly for the Lord to help us. At the time appointed I was there, but the other two failed to come. This made me feel very bad, but I concluded to go on without them and do the best I could, and trust in the Lord to help me. On account of the expected opposition a large congregation assembled and the house where the meeting was appointed not being large enough to hold the people, an open air meeting was held. After the opening services I was called upon to speak, and immediately my fear and timidity left me, and I don’t know that I ever spoke with greater freedom. At the close of the meeting, no opposition was offered, and I went home rejoicing and feeling that it was not hard after all to fill those appointments. Next Sabbath, it fell to my lot to go with two other brethren to a town, about ten miles from Bradford, where I was also called upon to speak. I rose with confidence, thinking that I could do as well as on the previous Sabbath; but I had scarcely occupied two minutes of time when I sat down very much confused; and when I came to look over my conduct the week previous I saw that I had not been as humble as the week before I had not fasted and prayed as much, but relied more on my own strength than on the Lord’s help. This lesson impressed me with the feeling that without the Lords’ help, which is only reached through humility and prayer, a man cannot preach the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Andrew Jenson, LDS Biographical Encyclopedia (Salt Lake City: Publishers Press, 1901) 1:349.

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