And He did help me. There was a large congregation. The
gallery was full, and every part of the house was packed. I stood
up trembling. The cold chills ran over me. My heart seemed to
stand still. Oh, it was a night. But the Lord gave me great lib¬
erty in speaking. After I had talked a little while the cold chills
stopped, my heart began to beat naturally and all fear was gone,
and I seemed to lose sight of everybody and everything but my
responsibility to God and my duty to the people. The Holy Ghost
fell on the people and we had a wonderful time. Souls were con¬
victed and some converted that night. But the meeting did not
go on from that.
Thursday night was the regular prayer meeting night.
Brother Cooper said I was there, and would preach Thursday
night. He was going to give me a chance to preach, and he
wanted all the people to come out.
There was no snow, but Oh! it was cold. The ground was
frozen. The moon shone brightly, and the wind blew a perfect
gale. One good thing, I did not have to go back to Sister Curtis'.
Another good sister asked me to her house to stay. She made me
very comfortable, but said I would have to be alone most of the
day, as she was going to some of the neighbors to help with the
butchering, as they do in the country. I was very glad of that,
for it gave me a chance to pray. So I fasted and prayed and read
my Bible nearly all day. Oh, I had a good time. And then I
thought I would visit a neighbor near by, another friend. So I
did; and this was a good old mother in Israel. I told her a little
of my experience, and then I told her the message the Lord had
given me to speak about, and how it would lead to the subject of
"My child," she at once said, "don't you say a word about
sanctification here. Honey, if you do, they will persecute you to
death. My poor husband used to preach that doctrine, and for
years he knew about this blessing. But, Oh! honey, they perse¬
cuted him to death. You must not say a word about it."
Well, there I was again! So I went home, and the next day I
prayed to God all day. I asked Him to give me some other mes¬
sage. If this message was going to do so much damage, I did not
want it. But no, the Lord held me to it. Not a ray of light on
anything else but that. I didn't know what to do, but I made up
my mind it was all I ever would do, so I would obey God and take