Sunday, August 1st, 1841 – Brew & I according to appointment of the council started again for Nilston [Neilston] in company with B. Sawden & Findley for Barhead, we agreed to unite our hearts in prayer at the usual place before parting. Brew was very ill on the way & after prayer he desired the ordinance of laying on of hands, which was done after prayer & he was restored instantly to our joy. We came to Nilston. We went to our friend’s house, G. Caldwell, & sat with a few people reasoning from scripture for 2 hours. We came to B. Shanks & rested & got some food & returned to Nilston in the evening & preached the gospel in its simplicity. We said we or some others would be here next Sunday & we came away & 2 men came after us inquiring into those things concerning there peace. They came 4 miles & we parted.
Sunday, August 7th, 1841 – B. Camble & I went to Williamsburgh according to promise & we lifted a warning voice & told them where they would get more information, & we left them & we said we or some others would come again. the same day Brew & A. Sprowl started for Nilston & B. Sawden & b. Findley for Barhead. We again united in prayer & parted. We came to our friend’s house, G. Caldwell, we stayed a while & told the things of the Kingdom & we preached to a number of people in the evening at the cross & we said to them we or some others would be here next Sunday & we left them & desired God’s blessing with them & us.
13th August, 1841 – I met in council with my brethren. Brew said he felt so week after traveling so far & speaking so much that he thought he would not go any more, & B. Gibson, teacher, was appointed to go with me to Nilston. It was also agreed that I & B. Camble, Deacon, should go & lift a warning voice at the Cofen end of Paisley which we did on Sunday morning to a number of quiet people, we or some others would come again.
15th August, 1841 – I & B. Gibson started for Nilston in company with B. Sawden & B. Findley for Barhead. We again united in prayer in the retired place spoken of before & we parted. We preached to a very quiet people in the evening, we told them we or some others would be next Sunday, amen.
18th August, 1841 – The man to whose house we was so kindly received, since we went to Nilston, came to Paisley to be baptised, therefore I baptized him (George Caldwell) in Miclerigs Burn on the above date, praise God, and he was confirmed by Elder Jaap on the 25th of August, 1841.
Sunday morning, 22nd August, 1841, I & B. Camble, Deacon, went to the Cofen end according to appointment of the council, & lifted a warning voice in the morning. We had a number of people hearing us. We invited them to our meeting & after laying before them the truth of heaven we left them & said we or some others would be next Sunday morning, & we left them. The same day I & b. Gibson according to council started for Nilston, in company with B. Findley & Camble for Barhead. We agreed to unite in prayer to God at the place before spoken of, & while I was praying B. Camble felt warm & a light passed before his eyes, & a glorious personage stood before him with his arms extended in the direction we all went to preach, & in his hand a large book & on the book written in large letters “Truth.” At this time I stopped praying and the vision closed, we parted & etc. We came to Nilston, went to brother Caldwell’s & rested a little & we came out & held meeting at the cross. A number of people was gathered together. I preached the gospel in its ancient order & told them that the Lord had sent a holy angel according to promise in these the last days with the gospel & etc. B. Gibson bore testimony & shortly after we came we said we would be there at night, but it being wet we bore our testimony & left the town. We told them we would come next Sunday, god permitting.
Monday, August 30, 1841, I was taken ill with scarlet fever. I got hands laid on & got better, but went to work too soon & fell back, after 4 weeks illness I got better & on Sunday, October 4th, 1841 I resumed my labours & preached in the morning along with B. Camble at the west end of Paisley. I & B. G. & B. F. Sproul went to Nilston. We held meeting at night in B. Caldwell’s house. After meeting B. F. Sproul confirmed Sister Caldwell & the meeting was closed.
Sunday, 11th October, 1841, I preached in the morning at the Cofen end of Paisley. B. Shanks bore testimony, the same day. B. Gibson & went to Nilston. We held meeting in B. Caldwell’s. A number of strangers was there.
B. Gibson laid before them the first principles of the gospel in plainness. I bore testimony & closed meeting, I opened meeting at night & preached to the Saints upon the necessity of being faithful to the end.
George Caldwell Baptised August 18, 1941, by A. Sproul. Confirmed Aug. 2th, 1841 by Thomas Jaap
John Busbay, do [i.e., baptized], Sept.1 9th, B. W. Gibbs. Confirmed by James Rew
Isobell Caldwell, do, Sept. 19th. Confirmed Oct. 4,1841, by Francis Sproul
Thomas Eccles, do, Oct. 10 Bapts. Confirmed Oct. 24, 1841 by James Rew
Jane Eccles, do, Oct. 10th. Confirmed Oct. 24th, 1841 by James Rew.
Thursday night, Oct. 15, 1841 – I & B. Gibson went to Charleston & held meeting, a few came. B. G. spoke first upon the doctrines of Christ. I bore testimony to what the Lord is doing in the last day & that we had come to lift a warning voice that they might repent & believe obey & be saved in the kingdom of God.
Sunday, Oct. 17, 1841 – I & B. Gibson went to Charleston and held a meeting in the morning at widow Inch’s house. A few came together. We laid the Gospel & its requirements before them. We said we would come on Thursday night. the same day we went to Nilston and held meeting in the Forenoon at B. Caldwell’s house. I preached & when done B. Gibson bore testimony. After meeting we went & baptised Adam Inch from Charleston, baptism by Wm. Gibson, Oct. 11th, 1841. We held meeting in the afternoon. We spoke to the Saints concerning their duty to take the Lord’s supper &c.
Sunday, Oct. 24, 1841 – B. Gibson & I started for Nilston morning, we called at widow Inch’s house according to promise to hold meeting but the people will not come out to hear. We came to Nilston & held meeting in B. Caldwell’s. I opened the meeting. A few strangers were there & E. Rew spoke after me, having come in after meeting was opened. B. Gibson bore testimony & after breaking of bread & drinking of wine, Elder Rew confirmed a brother & sister Eccels into the Church of God. We held meeting at night & we spake to the Saints of the coming of Christ from the prophets & of their duty towards one another. Elder Rew closed.
Thursday, 28th Oct., 1841 – I & B Camble went to widow Inch’s to lift a warning voice but they will not come to hear themselves & as they say they will not let them come that would. So we prayed & came away.
Sunday, Oct. 30, 1841 – Elder Gibson & I started for Nilston. We held meeting in B. Caldwell’s house. B. Gibson opened our meeting. He spake at great length on the justice of God in rewarding every man according to his works & when he was done I bore testimony & closed meeting. We met again in the afternoon, took the supper. He (Elder G.) taught the Saints to observe their duty to God, to each other & their fellow men, I spake when he was done on the principles of the gospel. A few strangers were present
These lines was given by the Spirit of the Lord on the morning of the 24th of August, 1841, to Brother Thomas Jaap, presiding Elder of a branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at Paisley:
L.D.S. Hymn, “Common Metre”
Awake, awake the sacred Muse,
And tune the heavenly lyre.
Let holy zeal, and love to God
Thy newborn soul inspire.
Let earth be glad and man rejoice
And each the other embrace.
The fullness of the gospel’s come
To raise our fallen race.
The great eventful day is dawned
On our benighted world,
When priestcraft from its lofty seat
Must down to hell be hurled.
The nations that hath long been held
In her unhallowed grasp,
They shall awake & will regain
Their liberty at last. Praise the Lord.