An account taken from the Book of Benjamin, a record written by the hand of Benjamin upon the plates of Benjamin, they being called after his name.
1 Now it came to pass that in the nineteenth week of the first year of the mission of Elder Williams, he having had much success in the preaching of the word, yea, for he had preached the word with great diligence, having sought with all his heart to be led to those whom the Lord had prepared to receive him–
2 Now behold, as he went about with his companion Elder Carter, and also with his brother Tait–now Tait was a young man from the land of Wheelersburg who, having been brought up in the knowledge of the goodness of God, yea, having tasted of his goodness while yet in his youth, therefore he had a great desire to preach the word;
3 Therefore, as they went forth from house to house, seeking to spread the message of the restoration of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, having seen little success for the space of an hour, they bowed their heads and began to cry mightily unto the Lord, yea they did plead with the Lord that he would grant unto them that they might be instruments in his hands in bringing some soul into the fold of God, yea that they might bring him to a knowledge of the Lord their God.
4 Now behold, after they had finished pouring out their hearts unto God, the Spirit said unto them: Look, and they looked, and they beheld a man, standing beneath the shade of a great tree.
5 Now they did not know this man, but As Elder Williams beheld him, he felt the Spirit stir within his bosom, and he said unto his companion: Behold, let us greet this man, that perhaps we might be the means of bringing him unto a knowledge of the Lord our redeemer;
6 And behold, who knoweth but that we might be the means of bringing many of his family unto repentance also, that they may taste of the goodness of which we have tasted; wherefore let us be diligent, and obey the Spirit of the Lord, for is it not him who hath caused us to see this man, and is it not him who hath caused our hearts to burn within us?
7 Now it came to pass that when Elder Williams had said these things, that Elder Carter and Tait did approach the man, and began to speak unto him.
8 And they did speak unto him for the night unto an hour, and did bear witness of the goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the prophets had testified; yea and they did also bear record that the book which they carried was the word of God, and that they were servants of God, and had been called by him to carry this message unto the people of Portsmouth, that they might be the means of bringing the people of Portsmouth unto repentance.
9 And now it came to pass that after they had testified, they did inquire of him saying: Believest thou the things which we have spoken unto thee? And he said: I desire to believe in the words which thou hast spoken unto me, nevertheless, I know nothing concerning the truth of these things, and I have no witness save it be thy word.
10 And they said unto him: Wilt thou read from this book of which we have spoken? And he said: Yea, I will read from the book.
11 And now, when Elder Williams and his brethren had heard these words they did rejoice, and Elder Carter said: Behold, I know that the things which we have testified unto you are true; and behold, if thou wilt read from the book of which we have spoken, which is the word of God, yea even a holy book of scripture, and wilt cry unto the Lord for a witness that the things which it contains are true, behold he will manifest the truth of it unto you by the power of the Holy Ghost.
12 And it came to pass that when Elder Carter had spoken these words, that Elder Williams did speak again saying: Seeing that we have this time given unto us, I would that we should read together from this book, which is the word of God, that we might feel of his Spirit and be edified together.
13 And now it came to pass that after he had spoken these words, the man having agreed to read from the book–for he desired to know of the truth of the things of which Elder Williams and his brethren had spoken; therefore, when Elder Williams had spoken these words, they did all of them open their books and begin to read.
14 And they did read the words which were spoken unto Shiblon, who was the son of Alma, who was converted unto the Lord with the sons of Mosiah as they went about seeking to destroy the church–therefore they did read together the words which were spoken unto Shiblon by his father Alma.
15 And now behold, as they did finish reading the words which were spoken by the mouth of Alma unto his son Shiblon, the Spirit did bear witness unto all who were present that the words which had been read were true.
16 And so it was that in the nineteenth week of the first year of the mission of Elder Williams, he and his companion and also their brother Tait did witness the hand of the Lord in leading them unto one who had been prepared to receive the word of the Lord.
17 And thus we see that the Lord will pour out his spirit upon all those who diligently inquire of him, and will lead them to those whom he has prepared to receive his word.
Third Transfer Portsmouth District
Back: Elder Green, Elder Labrum, Elder Moore, Elder Campbell, Elder Kelly, Elder Carter
Front: Elder Wright, Sister Boldrin, Sister Gray, Sister Call, Sister Richards, Elder Williams