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Wilford Woodruff’s First Mission, part 6 (Graphic History)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 18, 2009

Adapted from Leaves from My Journal, by Wilford Woodruff; artwork by Douglas Johnson.







to be continued …

Text from Leaves from My Journal

… Just as we arrived at the rolling flood a negro, on a powerful horse, entered the stream on the opposite side and rode through it. On our making our wants known to him, he took us, one at a time, behind him and carried us safely over, and we went on our way rejoicing.

We arrived that night within five miles of Mr. Akeman’s, and were kindly entertained by a stranger. During the night I had the following dream: I thought an angel came to us, and told us we were commanded of the Lord to follow a certain straight path, which was pointed out to us, let it lead us wherever it might. After we had walked in it awhile we came to the door of a house, which was in the line of a high wall running north and south, go that we could not go around. I opened the door and saw the room was filled with large serpents, and I shuddered at the sight. My companion said he would not go into the room for fear of the’ serpents. I told him I should try to go through the room though they killed me, for the Lord had commanded it.

As I stepped into the room the serpents coiled themselves up, and raised their heads some two feet from the floor, to spring at me. There was one much larger than the rest in the center of the room, which raised his head nearly as high as mine and made a spring at me. At that instant I felt as though nothing but the power of God could save me, and I stood still. Just before the serpent reached me he dropped dead at my feet; all the rest dropped dead, swelled up, turned black, burst open, took fire and were consumed before my eyes, and we went through the room unharmed, and thanked God for our deliverance.

I awoke in the morning and pondered upon the dream. We took breakfast, and started on our journey on Sunday morning, to visit Mr. Akeman. I related to my companion my dream, and told him we should see something strange. …

Wilford Woodruff’s First Mission (Graphic History) part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7, part 8, part 9, part 10, part 11, part 12, part 13, part 14, part 15, part 16, part 17, part 18



  1. A cliffhanger every week! It’s as good as the old Lone Ranger movies!

    Comment by Researcher — October 18, 2009 @ 9:04 am

  2. Getting to the good stuff, now. So, do they come across some of those snake-handling religions?

    Comment by Steve C. — October 18, 2009 @ 6:09 pm

  3. That is funny Steve, in Arkansas no less.

    Comment by Bruce Crow — October 18, 2009 @ 6:23 pm

  4. Snakes! I hope Elder Woodruff is a Parselmouth!

    Comment by Hunter — October 18, 2009 @ 9:26 pm

  5. I knew the Parselmouth comment was coming. I love it.

    Bruce: On campus one of our psychology professors is a leading expert on snake-handling religions of the south. Pretty cool.

    Comment by Steve C. — October 19, 2009 @ 12:39 pm

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