Walter Lee Noblin (1878-1936) would have been about 30 years old when he wrote this letter to the Juvenile Instructor. The parents he mentioned were William Henry Noblin (1851-1910) and Margaret Catherine Hughes Noblin (1855-1935).
I have been a Mormon for about seventeen years and love the gospel and all of the Saints and Elders. Many of the Elders in Zion know me and I have learned to love them. I have been reading the Juvenile and have learned some fine things from it. I love to read the “Stories from Church History” and the Letter Box.
I want to bear you my testimony that I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. I have seen the sick healed and I have had many testimonies of the gospel. I want to do all I can to help roll this work along.
I do not have the opportunity of a Sunday School and preaching often. I have never been in a church owned by the Saints. How thankful the Saints in Utah ought to be. I would give anything to be there.
I have seen a mob of men of about two hundred around my father’s house with guns; I have heard people call my mother an old Mormon, and I have seen some of them pay dear for it.
But I am not ashamed of the gospel for I know it is the power of God unto salvation unto all who obey it. I wish the Lord to bless all who are trying to serve Him and all of the authorities of the Church.
24 November 2009 update: See The Kindness of Strangers.