Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 68: June 7, 1906
In Portland, on February 4, we baptized seven souls, and last Sunday we baptized three others. We went around the mission baptizing people every where. We made an opening in the city of Vancouver, B. C., where about eighteen people applied for baptism, whereas two years ago we could not get a hearing there at all. In the city of Spokane, in Washington, where for a time we withdrew the Elders because of the indifference manifested, the Lord has poured out His Spirit upon the people since the Elders have come back there, and His providence has been manifested until the spirit that is leading some of the people indicates that we shall reap a harvest in that town.
One man who had a Latter-day Saint wife, and had prevented her from making her membership known to the Elders, lost her by death. He had in his family six children, partly grown. His wife's last request was that he would hunt up the Mormon Elders that they might perform the funeral services and preach the discourses. He hunted up two of the boys that had been in the mission but a few months. They were bashful young men, with stammering tongues, and he asked them if they would come and perform the duties of the funeral services over his wife. They were so frightened when they promised to do it that they fasted and prayed for two days, and then when they went to the funeral, their tongues were loosed, and the Spirit and power rested upon them until the hearts of the people in the congregation were melted. The husband came seeking forgiveness that he had manifested such a spirit of bitterness against the Saints, and invited his children to come with him. They became investigators of Mormonism, and the last I heard, a week ago, they had given in their names for baptism.
A lady twelve miles out of that city, whose husband we have baptized, sent him to find the Elders, as she had discovered something with which she could overturn Mormonism, and she wanted first to show the Elders the error of their ways, and then she intended to go about and inﬂuence the neighborhood against the work that the Elders had been doing. When they had engaged in conversation about four hours, her oldest son arose and said, Mother, instead of your proving that Mormonism is wrong, by your conversation you have proved to my brother and I that it is divine, and if the water is not too cold for Elder Holliday, he can baptize me to-morrow morning. Elder Holliday led the young man into the water the next day, and confirmed him a member of the Church in the presence of his mother.
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