Exerpt from a Discourse by President Ezra T. Benson (18111869)
Priesthood Meeting, Whitechapel Hall, London, 6 Apr. 1857
In Millennial Star, vol. 19 no. 23 (6 Jun. 1857), p. 357

. . . When I first came into the Church, I wanted to go and preach the Gospel, but brother Kimball told me it would not be wisdom at that time. In 1842, I was called upon to take a mission. It was close times just then, and I had no one to go to and ask them to take care of my family, but I left them what I had, and said, "The Lord will provide for you, and see that you lack nothing that is needful." I went to Illinois, where the mobbing fever was at such a height. I went trusting in the Lord, and if I had not so much learning as the priests, I knew that this work was of God, and neither they, nor all the devils, could knock it out of me. I knew that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God, and that was of more weight than all their arguments. It is the testimony that goes to the honest heart. I knew if I had to rebut argument, that I might be used up, but I had knowledge which they did not possess.

The second time that I preached was at Chambersburgh on the Illinois river. I obtained permission to preach in the school house. I gave out an apointment, and invited the people to attend. At the appointed time the place was filled. I put my trust in the Lord, and I never felt more liberty in my life. I felt as though I was about two inches from the floor. The people were so silent that you might have heard a pin drop, for the power of God was upon them. I preached about an hour and a-half, and when I had concluded, the people said they never had heard such a sermon in their lives. Well how did I feel? Why instead of being humble before the Lord, I felt, I am a preacher, gentlemen, hurrah! I can preach as well as the rest of them. With this feeling I stood before my next congregation, but did I feel the same power as before? No. I preached, it is true, and it was nobody else but me, for the Lord was not in it; it was about the driest discourse that ever I heard in my life, and if I could have taken my hat and walked off, I should have felt very thankful. Well, this did me good, for I learned to put my trust in the Lord. Let us all do so, brethren, and we shall never be confounded. . . .

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