Excerpt from The Latter-Day Saints' Millennial Star, Vol. 79: January 4, 1917
For Herr Pettersson was a God-fearing man, in his way. In fact, he was a Pietist. He claimed to have been born again by a hard, mental struggle, during which he had felt condemned for his sins, but had shed salty tears of repentance and prayed for forgiveness, until the Lord had assured him that his sins had been remitted. He was now, therefore, God's own child. He had peace in his soul, and knew that whenever the Lord should call him, he would be prepared to enter heaven, where he would don white robes and a crown of gold, and take his place in the string band which consists chieﬂy, if not exclusively, of harps. Happy in this belief, he frequently held conventicles in his house and preached to his friends and neighbors, who listened to him gladly and came to look up to him as a little king, a veritable pillar of society. True, some of them criticized him for not taking an active interest in the labor movement which at that time began to attract attention, and some were shocked when parliament passed the act abolishing the prerogatives of the nobility, and Herr Pettersson showed his dissension by refusing to illuminate his home as a sign of jubilation. But this was soon forgotten, and he continued to hold his position as a leader among the Pietists, none of whom took an interest in the common people. He read his Bible diligently; he prayed and preached, and gave alms, and toiled faithfully; not that he thought he would receive anything by work; he believed in salvation by faith only; but he did all the good he could, because it was a pleasure to him, reward or no reward.
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