It was the 26th of April, 1834, that I was first introduced
to Elders Brigham Young and H. C. Kimball. When I met
Brother Brigham, he had his hands full of butcher knives;
he gave me one, and told me to go and put a good handle on
it, which I did. I also had a good sword, which Brother
Joseph wanted, and I gave it to him. He carried it all the
way in Zion's camp to Missouri, and when he returned home
he gave it back to me.
When I was called to go on a mission to the South I left the
sword and knife with Lyman Wight. When he was taken
prisoner at Far West, with Joseph and Hyrum, he had both
the sword and knife with him. All their weapons were taken
from them, so were the arms of many of the Saints at Far
West, under promise that they should be returned to them
when they were prepared to leave the State. When the
brethren went to get their arms, Father James Allred saw my
sword, which Lyman Wight had laid down, and took it and
left his own, and afterwards gave it to me and I still have it.
I prize it because the Prophet Joseph carried it in Zion’s
Camp. The knife I never obtained.
The first day of May, 1834, was appointed for the Camp of
Zion to start from Kirtland to go up to Missouri for the
redemption of their brethren. Only a small portion of the
Camp was ready. The Prophet told those who were ready, to
go to New Portage and wait for the remainder. I left, in com
pany with about twenty men, with the baggage wagons. At
night we pitched our tents. I went to the top of the hill and
looked down upon the camp of Israel. I knelt upon the ground
and prayed. I rejoiced and praised the Lord that I had lived to
see some of the tents of Israel pitched, and a company gathered
by the commandment of God to go up and help redeem Zion.
We tarried at New Portage until the 6th, when we were
joined by the Prophet and eighty-five more men. The day
before they arrived, while passing through the village of Mid
dlebury, the people tried to count them; but the Lord multi
plied them in the eyes of the people, so that those who
numbered them said there were four hundred of them.
On the 7th, Brother Joseph organized the camp, which con
sisted of about one hundred and thirty men. On the follow
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