Since the last Date I have been in Preston chiefly, but expect to leave tomorrow for a season. It is evident that I am most pleasing to the Lord when I am most engaged in the Work, and I also obtain more Faith and more of the Spirit, and Power. I purpose by the help of God to go forth and magnify my Office. It is rather trying, after giving up all for the Good of my fellow Men to be treated lightly, because of my weak abilities, or my inexperience in preaching, etc., and that often by the Saints; but the Lord sees it, and I keep my Mind pretty well above it. The Work is going on, though not quite as rapidly in Preston as it once did. Last Sabbath Elder Hyde preached in the Evening on the Priesthood, with extraordinary Power. I think I never heard anything equal it. He was filled with the Spirit, as I never before saw any man; thus the Lord is with us.
I have just received a short letter from my Sister Mary in Kirtland. She is much troubled about her Friends in England because they have rejected our Message. May the Lord support her Mind. She relates the following Dream which she said she had a short time before the Date of her letter, Nov. 3rd: “I thought some of the Elders had been to Jerusalem and had found the Garment which Christ wore while on Earth. It had been brought from them and was at our old home at Honydon where I saw you wearing it. I felt a great Desire to have it in my hands, and persuaded you to take it off, which you did. When I was examining it I turned it inside outward, and found it covered with Blood. This Sight greatly affected me, and I turned with emotion to Mother and said ‘O Mother, you remember it is said they scourged his Back, and here are the Marks of his Blood left upon his garment.’ I mentioned this Dream to Brother Joseph1 who gave me this short interpretation. He said it was an Evidence that you wore the Priesthood of the Son of God, and you would have to endure some of his Stripes.”
It is observable that just about the same time my Sister had this Dream I was ordained an Elder, see page 40. This, though it appears somewhat alarming, greatly strengthens my Faith. I feel as though it would be an Honor to Suffer as my Lord and Savior did. O may he give me Wisdom and Strength, according to my Day.