Before the Manifesto: The Life Writings of Mary Lois Walker Morris

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1880
"I Can Earn a Triful"

January 1880

Thursday 1st arose at seven W. mild sun shineing brightly. Attended Fast Meeting at ten a.m. a spirit of peace seemed to prevail through the day having remembered the Poor liberaly as a Ward. Spent the p.m. in reading, spent the evening very pleasantly reading for the Children. After they had retired conversed with Willard Burton and Addie on the history of the Church and the manifestations of the spirit of God. Retired earley feeling very happy.

Friday 2nd arose soon after seven W. mild spent the day in cutting out and sewing retired at midnight. Addie had a sleigh ride with Willard Burton and family to his Fathers farm;

Saturday 3rd arose soon after seven W. bright and mild spent the day in cleaning. Addie attended Stake Con—morning noon and night.

Sunday 4th arose about seven W. still mild and beautiful attended Stake Con—took little George with me; the first speaker was Apostle Orson Pratt who spoke on union and the Word of Wisdom. the next was my Husband who continued the same subject, remarking that he intended to keep it all his life; and that he had two familys that one kept the Word of Wisdom no hot drinks allowed the consequence was there was no sickness. the next speaker was Bp Kesler—who spoke in the same strain; had not employed a doctor dureing forty years. and the result was satisfactory1 Bro Vancott was the last speaker. At two p.m. the house was crowded hundreds could not gain admittence. Pres. Taylor occupied the afternoon said that we would obey the commandments of God and leave our enemies in his hands; Apostle J.F. Smith made a few remarkes regreted that our new Hall was not larger. There was a Priesthood meeting in the evening Addie attended, the Children and I spent the eve pleasantly reading and converceing. Williard Burton and Sister Rowe called.

Monday 5th arose at six W. very mild and cloudy wrote till seven did

1. It is unclear which of his two families Elias Morris was referring to when he said one kept the Word of Wisdom and one did not. The Deseret Evening News account of his address says that Elias Morris and Bishop Frederick Kesler "bore powerful testimonies of the truths of the promises made to those who obeyed the counsels contained in the 'Word of Wisdom.'" Deseret Evening News, January 5, 1880.

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