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Wilford Woodruff’s First Mission, part 7 (Graphic History)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - October 25, 2009

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







to be continued …

Text from Leaves from My Journal

… We had great anticipations of meeting Mr. Akeman, supposing him to be a member of the Church. When we arrived at his house he received us very coldly, and we soon found that he had apostatized. He brought railing accusations against the Book of Mormon and the authorities of the Church.

Word was sent through all the settlements on the river for twenty miles that two “Mormon” preachers were in the place. A mob was soon raised, and warning sent to us to leave immediately or we would be tarred and feathered, ridden on a rail and hanged. I soon saw where the serpents were. My companion wanted to leave; I told him no, I would stay and see my dream fulfilled.

There was an old gentleman and lady, named Hubbel, who had read the Book of Mormon and believed. Father Hubbel came to see us, and invited us to make our home with him while we stayed in the place. …

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. So Brother Akeman was the snakes he saw in his dream–Voldemort!!!

    Comment by Steve C. — October 25, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

  2. I wonder if “Brother” Akeman’s name wasn’t actually “Aikman”. If that’s the case, I think he moved to Texas…

    Comment by Velikiye Kniaz — October 25, 2009 @ 5:56 pm

  3. I don’t know who Voldemort is, but when I think of snakes in dreams, I am reminded of Kekule. Maybe the Lord was trying to reveal the chemical structure of benzene, and Brother Wilford misunderstood the message.

    Comment by Left Field — October 26, 2009 @ 7:21 am

  4. This may be the first moment in the history of the Church when Wilford Woodruff has been linked to Harry Potter, professional football, and organic chemistry, all in the space of less than 100 words.

    Comment by Ardis E. Parshall — October 26, 2009 @ 8:04 am

  5. Re:#4: Hilarious!

    Comment by Clark — October 26, 2009 @ 11:40 am

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